Trivia / Rush


  • Creator Breakdown: Neil's late-90s Trauma Conga Line spurred one collectively. After the death of Neil's only child and wife, Alex hung up his guitars and didn't even listen to music for about a year, Geddy considered the band more or less dead and also broke away from music (returning in 2000 to record his only solo effort, My Favourite Headache). Neil went off on an epic motorcycle journey that took him from Quebec to Alaska, down the West Coast of the United States, and into Belize before going back up and eventually stopping for good this time in Los Angeles. He was still hurting pretty badly as of 2001, when Vapor Trails was in production, if the album's angry, mournful tone is anything to go by.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Neil wanted his drumming on Clockwork Angels to sound more spontaneous, like "This guy never played that before, and he just barely made it." So instead of spending many hours (or even days, as he did earlier in his career) preparing composed parts before recording, he just listened to each song a few times before recording the drum tracks.
  • Old Shame: They'd love to forget their first live album, All the World's a Stage.
    • Same with Caress of Steel and Test for Echo.
    • Peart seems to regard his early association with Ayn Rand as this after enough backlash. While he admits that her work meant a lot to him in his youth, he describes himself as a "left-leaning libertarian" now, and has downplayed her influence on him in recent years. It's safe to say that most Ayn Rand fans would be fairly horrified by how his position has evolved over the years.
    On that 2112 album, again, I was in my early twenties. I was a kid. Now I call myself a bleeding heart libertarian. Because I do believe in the principles of Libertarianism as an ideal because I'm an idealist. [...] Libertarianism as I understood it was very good and pure and we're all going to be successful and generous to the less fortunate and it was, to me, not dark or cynical. But then I soon saw, of course, the way that it gets twisted by the flaws of humanity. And that's when I evolve now into...a bleeding heart Libertarian.
  • One of Us: Two of their concerts have opened their songs with Rush-themed skits of South Park and Family Guy. They've gone on record as being huge fans of the former, having issued a congratulatory video on their 200th episode.
    • They LOVE the fact that their work is featured prominently in Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and think they are one of the best ways to reach a new audience. All 7 segments of "2112" appear in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Each segment has its own corresponding venue, and feature narrations by the band (though only Geddy and Alex are credited). Harmonix also released all of 2112 as DLC for Rock Band 3, split into three parts: "Overture" and "The Temples of Syrinx" as one (which is similar to the actual single released in 1976), "Discovery" and "Presentation" as the second, and "Oracle: The Dream", "Soliloquy" and "Grand Finale" as the third.
    • I Don't Know Mortal Kombat: As mentioned above, they failed "Tom Sawyer" on Rock Band.
    • Geddy owns a Strong Bad baseball cap and a Trogdor shirt. He's actually performed wearing the Trogdor shirt.
  • The Pete Best: John Rutsey, their first drummer, was fired from the band due to health concerns in 1974. Still, he narrowly averted this as he played on the debut album. He barely even toured with them before he had to leave due to his diabetes, and that's how he was replaced by Neil Peart, who's been behind the drums for the last four decades and counting.
    • A better example would be Jeff Jones, a founding member of the band, who was replaced within less than a week of Rush's formation by Geddy. Jones later resurfaced as the bassist for Red Rider, of "Lunatic Fringe" fame.
      • Also of note is Lindy Young, the band's ex-keyboardist well before they hit any kind of fame, who left the band because he was going to college [he was slightly older than the rest of the band]. The kicker, though? Geddy and Lindy are brothers-in-law (Geddy married Lindy's sister Nancy)!
      • Mitch Bossi who for a very brief time in 1971 was the rhythm guitarist in Rush, before the band reverted back to a three piece, Alex says Mitch became a teacher and wasn't very good at guitar.
  • Referenced by...: Quicksilver wears a Rush T-shirt in the second act of X-Men: Apocalypse.
  • Running the Asylum: Nick Raskulinecz, Rush's current producer, is a major fan of their '70s output and tried to push them back towards it with Clockwork Angels.
  • Troubled Production: 2112, Hemispheres, and Grace Under Pressure.

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