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(That Eric Alper)   40 years ago today, Rush released their debut album. With thanks on behalf of all Canadians to 100.7 WMMS, here are 15 little-known facts about the record   (thatericalper.com) divider line 16
    More: Cool, WMMS, Canadians, Working Man, John Rutsey, Mercury Records  
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2014-03-01 04:19:41 PM
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Ishkur: Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?

That is interesting. Who knows what their career might have sounded like if the drummer didn't have an annoying tendency to overdrum every single farking thing.


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I actually know nothing about Rush, this image was just too good not to use
2014-03-01 03:29:20 PM
2 votes:
Greatest band EVER!!!!

/suck it haters
2014-03-01 11:11:15 PM
1 votes:

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: puckrock2000: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Keywork99: Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?

No, he didn't. I don't know what he did after he left the band immediately afterwards, but I know it had nothing to do with the band at all. Alex said in an interview once that John either ran a gym or was a bodybuilder or something up in Canada. I'm not exactly sure what, but it had something to do with athletics. He died in 2008.


That makes no sense. He had diabetes so bad that he couldn't tour and they had to kick him out of the band. But then became a body builder?

Sounds like Geddy and Alex were convinced by the record label to ditch him.

Pete Best - is that you?

According to Wiki, it was a combination of diabetes, drinking, and the inevitable "musical differences" that led to his departure/dismissal from the band.

Musical differences? Geddy has never written a song has he? I thought Neil wrote everything?


Neil writes 99.9% of the lyrics. Geddy wrote a couple of songs at the early part of their career, but Geddy said in Beyond The Lighted Stage that they let Neil write the lyrics because they saw early on how much he read and how well spoken he was, and thought, "he'd probably be really good at writing lyrics." Plus he said at one point writing lyrics wasn't his (or Alex's) strong suit. They're more into the musical side of things.

Having said all of that, Geddy  did release a solo album in 2000 called My Favorite Headache. It's not bad; sounds a lot like Rush but very mellow for the most part. Alex also released his own solo album in '96 called Victor.  That album is farking awesome. It's one of my favorite records and I highly recommend checking it out. It rocks hard. Doesn't sound much like Rush, but it is really kickass.

Oh, and you're partially right about the label getting the band to ditch Rutsey, but not completely. The documentary basically said the label/management team for the band told Geddy and Alex they had to replace Rutsey because, if he drank as much as he did on the road and didn't keep good care of his body, he would probably die because of his diabetes. They claimed it was for his own health and well being. Alex and Geddy, though, also said that they were becoming more experimental and were into bands like Genesis and Pink Floyd, whereas Rutsey was influenced more and interested in being a band like Bad Company. So it was a mix of things.

Seriously, if you haven't seen Beyond The Lighted Stage, I highly recommend it. It's a great documentary.
2014-03-01 06:40:55 PM
1 votes:
TedCruz'sCrazyDad:

Musical differences? Geddy has never written a song has he? I thought Neil wrote everything?

Geddy and Alex write all the music. Neil writes all the lyrics.
2014-03-01 05:14:19 PM
1 votes:

A10Mechanic: Someone should set up a Rush-Haters support group for all you people.


Or as the rest of the world calls them: Women.

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2014-03-01 04:46:31 PM
1 votes:

SilentStrider: Primitive Screwhead: SilentStrider: MBrady: SilentStrider: Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.

Every tour since Grace Under Pressure.  Mainly in Philly, but have seen them a few times at Madison Square Garden...Once in Pittsburgh, Florida, Vegas, LA, and Phoenix.

Peart is no Charlie Watts though.


Philly in 96, Hershey in 02 (front row center even), 08, 11, and 13.

Haven't missed a tour since Presto. (05/07/1990)

Never had front row. Best was about 10th.


My then girlfriend won us the tickets off the radio.

Obviously went on to marry her.


She's a keeper! :)
2014-03-01 04:42:07 PM
1 votes:

Primitive Screwhead: SilentStrider: MBrady: SilentStrider: Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.

Every tour since Grace Under Pressure.  Mainly in Philly, but have seen them a few times at Madison Square Garden...Once in Pittsburgh, Florida, Vegas, LA, and Phoenix.

Peart is no Charlie Watts though.


Philly in 96, Hershey in 02 (front row center even), 08, 11, and 13.

Haven't missed a tour since Presto. (05/07/1990)

Never had front row. Best was about 10th.



My then girlfriend won us the tickets off the radio.

Obviously went on to marry her.
2014-03-01 04:34:52 PM
1 votes:
Thanks, Donna.


/ for best results, play at maximum volume
2014-03-01 04:28:38 PM
1 votes:
Yeah Ohhhhh Yeah!
2014-03-01 04:18:44 PM
1 votes:

SilentStrider: MBrady: SilentStrider: Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.

Every tour since Grace Under Pressure.  Mainly in Philly, but have seen them a few times at Madison Square Garden...Once in Pittsburgh, Florida, Vegas, LA, and Phoenix.

Peart is no Charlie Watts though.


Philly in 96, Hershey in 02 (front row center even), 08, 11, and 13.


Haven't missed a tour since Presto. (05/07/1990)

Never had front row. Best was about 10th.
2014-03-01 04:06:15 PM
1 votes:

MBrady: SilentStrider: Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.

Every tour since Grace Under Pressure.  Mainly in Philly, but have seen them a few times at Madison Square Garden...Once in Pittsburgh, Florida, Vegas, LA, and Phoenix.

Peart is no Charlie Watts though.



Philly in 96, Hershey in 02 (front row center even), 08, 11, and 13.
2014-03-01 03:53:53 PM
1 votes:
Thanks subby - I needed to know this. Been rocking out for the last hour or so. Working Man, Finding My Way, 2112, La Villa Strangiato, Trees, Freewill, Spirit of Radio. Gonna finish out with The Camera Eye starting...now!
2014-03-01 03:51:06 PM
1 votes:
The first album I ever had was Exit... Stage Left.
The second live concert I ever saw was their Grace Under Pressure tour.
They were dead to me after listening to Power Windows.
2014-03-01 03:08:57 PM
1 votes:
Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.
2014-03-01 01:14:51 PM
1 votes:
Overrated band is overrated.  Don't get me wrong, they're ok and all.  Just not especially impressive.
2014-03-01 12:42:21 PM
1 votes:
On behalf of all Americans, thank you Canada for giving us Rush.

/You can keep Beiber, Nickelback, Celine Dion and Ted Cruz
 
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