Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage film review

Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn (Banger Films) return with their fourth film, this time chronicling Canadian rock greats Rush.

The film runs in chronological order, from when Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were school friends to modern times.

Numerous musicians are interviewed within, including Kirk Hammett (Metallica), who call Rush a huge influence, Trent Reznor (Nien Inch Nails), Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan), Vinnie Paul (Pantera), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society), Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave), Gene Simmons (KISS), and more! The film paints Rush as being a very underrated band in music. Which is probably true, even if they remain quite well-known. Another aspect I find underrated is their influence on other musicians and bands.

What I liked was how the band was portrayed in periods. Such as the period before Neil Peart joined, the period when they received airplay in Hartford, thanks to “Working Man”, and so on. Also, I did not know their toured so extensively with KISS after their second album Fly by Night, as Gene Simmons was a big fan. And after the release of Caress of Steel, the tour was dubbed as the “Down the Tubes” tour. As they went from playing arenas with Kiss to playing much smaller venues. I cannot recall who they were opening for, or billed alongside with, a smaller known act, but not of Kiss’ size that is for sure. Of course with the release of 2112, things picked up again for Rush.

About three weeks has passed since I watched it, and writing this, so I do not remember it all. I do know it is a film I will check out again after having listened to their music once again, perhaps in chronological order. Also pausing the film to listen to specific albums and or songs, such as the complex Hemispheres (and the song “La Villa Strangiato”, having been recorded in Wales. As well as checking out the DVD bonus features!

Highly recommended for Rush fans (assuming they have not seen it yet!), and non rush fans (so they can discover how great Rush are)!

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