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  • "Sound and fury drown my heart/Every nerve is... TORN APAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAART...!" Ladies and gentlemen, the highest note that Geddy Lee ever hit in his career.
  • The quick triplet fills that Neil plays on timbales 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 original fill had been recorded with the tape slowed down.
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  • 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!"
  • The band's 2013 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, after being snubbed every year since they first became eligible in 1999.
    • At the start of the ceremony, Jann Wenner (publisher of Rolling Stone magazine) read off a list of the year's inductees, with Rush at the very end. He got no farther than "And from Toronto..." before the entire audience broke into a solid 60 seconds of cheers and standing ovations.
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    • Comments from Neil in his acceptance speech:
    "We've been saying for years that this really wasn't a big deal. Turns out, it kinda is!"
    "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."
    • Neil gave a very well-written, eloquent speech, followed by a more casual but still gracious one from Geddy. 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.
  • Outside of the band, Geddy performing "Roundabout" with Yes during their Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame induction. Fans were sad that longtime Yes bassist Chris Squire passed away from cancer before he could see the band inducted, but they universally agreed Geddy was the perfect choice to play in his stead.
  • Randy Johnson (a.k.a. "Big Unit"), a retired pro baseball pitcher, is a fan of rock music in general and of Rush in particular. At a ceremony to retire his jersey number in 2015, the Arizona Diamondbacks presented him with a replica of the drum kit Neil used during the R30 tour. He even tried it out on the spot.


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