Rush

Rush

Beyond the Lighted Stage

DVD - 2010
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"Rush is one of rock's most influential bands. Ranked third in consecutive gold or platinum albums after the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the band enjoys a devoted following by legions around the world and is revered by generations of musicians. Yet, their incredible success story has, up to this point, remained largely untold. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with some of today's most respected rock artists, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage explores the forty-year career and phenomenon behind what could be the world's biggest cult band."--Container.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Rush Doc Films, Inc., c2010
Call Number: DVD 780.2 RUSH
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (195 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Beyond the lighted stage

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lukasevansherman
Oct 27, 2017

"What about the voice of Geddy Lee, how did it get so high? I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy."-Pavement, "Stereo"
Rush has enjoyed commercial success, a stable line-up, and a passionate fan base for decades, but critical respect and cred have remained elusive. That has started to change, at least in part due to a Rush concert as a plot point in the bromance comedy "I Love You Man." And as this affectionate documentary makes clear, they've always had a lot of musicians as fans. In fact, the only people I know who liked Rush in high school were musicians. Formed in 1968 in Toronto, Rush was never cool, but they didn't really seem to care. They were a proudly virtuosic band, which earned them scorn, and they embraced some of the excesses of prog rock, like concept albums, complex music, long songs, and titles like "By-Tor and the Snow Dog." This documentary faithfully, if somewhat blandly, traces their career and features copious interviews with the band, all of whom are very polite, low-key Canadians, and celebrity fans like Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Jack Black, and Kirk Hammett. I'm not exactly a fan, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. There's a new book about prog rock that might be of interest called "The Show That Never Ends."

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ehm_chen
Jan 26, 2014

As a non-Rush fan (and as someone who actually has a tough time listening to Geddy Lee without wincing), I was surprised to have enjoyed this film so thoroughly — and ended up actually very much liking the guys in the band. Although I still won't be voluntarily listening to Rush's music anytime soon, I would still recommend the movie to fans and to anyone who enjoys a solid documentary.

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kevin2011
Jan 30, 2012

i was a big rush fan when i was a kid and lost interest when the band's sound got more techno in the '80's.

this is a good movie about the history of the band. i have always respected their early albums up to the album "signals". but my favorite Rush albums also happen to be my favorite rock and metal albums with "caress of steel" and "hemispheres" at the top of the stack.

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sandrachan2
Sep 05, 2011

Great movie providing insight on one of the greatest bands of all time!

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hgibbins
Aug 12, 2011

Good retrospective on Rush and how they have endured the years.

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bobfrombob
Jun 06, 2011

So I grew up on Rush and then decided they weren't all that cool so I sorta abandoned them but then I saw this DVD and all the cool people that didn't abandon Rush and now I feel kinda guilty about that.

But enough about me. Great film. Lots of early and mid-period footage. Liked it a lot. (That said, I do agree with Bewlay that the "dinner" footage is not flattering and adds nothing to the film)

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Bewlay
Nov 05, 2010

Rush fans will love this, I actually thought less of them after seeing this. If you want to see them eating dinner and telling stupid jokes, then Rush nerd this is for you.

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