RUSH was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Watching the festivities on HBO last night, a few things went through my mind. Geddy Lee in his simple analysis described his partners and himself as a working band. After 39 years and 40 million records, I have to say they are the most successful working band of all time. To realize that much success and still have the same passion you did when first starting out is truly amazing. Those three individuals came together and the audience found them. They did not adapt to current themes or flashy trends. Just play what they thought was good, to the best of your ability, and the art will be appreciated.
Watching them belt out Spirit of the Radio in front of a mostly Hollywood packed house, was typical of the boys from Up North. Their music wasn't for the Top 40 DJ's/TV hosts who play the latest hot number by a so-called musician who's lyrics speak about cool area codes and self promotion and who's instrument is an MP3 player pushed in front of them from the industry. As RUSH says: "For the words of the prophets were written on the studio wall and Concert hall."