I was first introduced to Rush when many people my age were introduced to them; when Moving Pictures was released. I’d been a fan of bands such as, Nazareth, Styx, Journey, Supertramp and others of that time frame, but had never heard anything on the musical level that these three Canadians were doing.
The first song I heard of course was Tom Sawyer and I was mesmerized by the sound I heard; the eerie guitar synth, the impossible drum line, a bass line that could be heard and was incredible, and a guitar solo that would make Eddie Van Halen drool in envy.
Sometime after that, I obtained a copy of Moving Pictures and just fell in love with the entire album and wore out the cassette tape on a few occasions, as well as vinyl versions. I then got to see them live for the first time during the Power Windows tour and the next thing I knew, I was buying studio albums, live albums, video tapes and anything else I could get my hands on; I was a lifelong fan.
These days, when I listen to Rush, it’s like hanging out with old friends and their music, no matter which era, still moves me and stirs my soul. I could carry on about Neil Peart’s lyrics and drum acrobats, Geddy Lee’s incredible bass lines, and Alex Lifeson’s often overlooked guitar work, but if you’re a fan, you know all this already. And if you’re not a fan, what the hell is wrong with you? Ha ha.
But in all seriousness, no other band has had such a huge impact on me, as the band with three humble, amazingly talented guys from Canada: Rush.