Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is available for purchase on Blu-Ray and DVD today! Weeeee! The documentary covers the band from their formation in Ontario in 1968 to present day (and all of the glorious rock-goodness in between). The film also features never-before seen archival footage–like the moment when Alex Lifeson tells his family at the dining room table that he’s dropping out of high school. There are also interviews from some big name rockers, too. The likes of Billy Corgan, Trent Reznor, Kirk Hammet, Gene Simmons, and Jack Black all profess their love and appreciation for these crazy Canadians.
Fun fact: Rush ranks third for most consecutive Gold or Platinum studio albums behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
In the film, Geddy Lee describes Rush as “the world’s most popular cult band.” There’s no doubt about that–they have some hardcore fans that, in the film, boast Rush pilgrimages of over 100 shows. The long-hailed geek band has also been riding what some call a “pop cultural wave” of late. Showing up on the Colbert Report, being included in the greatest fanboy flick that almost never-was, Fanboys (“Rule number one: In my van, it’s Rush. All Rush, all the time. No exceptions.”), and making their first feature film appearance in the hilarious I Love You, Man.
Fun fact: This isn’t the first time I Love You, Man star, Jason Segel has professed his love for Rush in popular culture. His drummer character in the gone-to-soon Freaks and Geeks attempts to build a massive drum kit to honor the elaborate 360 kit of his idol Neil Peart.
Why is Rush a geek band? You got me. Sure, it’s complex music and they wrote lyrics about space travel, black holes, metaphysics, and Ayn Rand (credited for Anthem and the band’s 20 minute suite, 2112). But Led Zeppelin was referencing J.R.R. Tolkien back in 1969’s Ramble On, and I don’t know that too many people would call Page or Plant geeks. Like most things labeled “geek,” Rush is for smart, awesome, people.
Fly by Night
Its time I was king and not just one more pawn.
I’m blasting Rush all day on Little Junkies Radio, too. So check it out. Keep the good times rollin. All that jazz.