Awesome / Rush

  • The quick timbali triplet fills Neil plays at the beginning of "Time Stand Still" were inspired by a similar fill in a Genesis song. Later, he worked with the same engineer as that Genesis record and was told that the fill he was inspired by was recorded with the tape slowed down.
  • Neil's triumphant return from his late '90s Trauma Conga Line. Vapor Trails opens with the song One Little Victory... as Alex stated in Beyond the Lighted Stage, "it was a huge victory!"
  • After having his guitars take a backseat to Geddy Lee's keyboards from Signals to Hold Your Fire, many thought Alex Lifeson was going to be thrown into the background again on Presto. The first 20 seconds of the opener "Show Don't Tell" starts quiet. Then, this happens. Many fans rejoiced and started cheering "Lifeson has returned!"
  • After being snubbed for 15 years, they were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Neil's speech said it best:
    "We've been saying for years that this really wasn't a big deal. Turns out, it kinda is!"
    • Another gem from Neil in the same speech:
    "All of the previous inductees in this pantheon of rock are like a constellation of stars in the night sky. Among them, we are one tiny point of light. Shaped like a maple leaf."
  • While being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Neil gave a very well-written, eloquent speech. Geddy gave a much more casual but still gracious speech. Alex did this. While mostly done to be funny (which it was), it was also a very obvious dig at the Hall. He pulls "notes" out of his jacket towards the end, which seems to indicate he was going to make a proper speech, but decided not to... after all, the hall decided they weren't worthy of being inducted for 14 years. Why should he feel they were worthy of a real speech?
    • His bandmates had no idea of what he was going to do. Looking closely, one can see Geddy whispering something towards Alex during his "speech". According to Alex, Geddy said, "I'm going to fucking kill you!"
    • Geddy also specified in a later interview that Alex did have a speech written out, which was being given to him on the teleprompter. He just ignored it.
  • For the R40 Tour, the band had a set-list in perfect reverse chronological order of their discography (Starting with "Clockwork Angels", ending with the self-titled album). While they played, their road crew moved era appropriate backlines in place (the steam punk set-up of Clockwork Angels, huge Marshall stacks for "Moving Pictures", etc). How did they close the show? Amps propped on desk chairs and a disco ball while they played their earliest songs, mimicking the high school dances the band started out at 40 years ago.
    • Geddy gets extra points for the huge selection of basses he brought on the R40 tour, from vintage limited-edition Fenders to pawn shop wonders.