Rush

Rush

Beyond the Lighted Stage

DVD - 2010
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"Rush is one of rock's most influential bands. Ranked third in consecutive gold or platinum albums after the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the band enjoys a devoted following by legions around the world and is revered by generations of musicians. Yet, their incredible success story has, up to this point, remained largely untold. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with some of today's most respected rock artists, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage explores the forty-year career and phenomenon behind with could be the world's biggest cult band."--Container.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Rush Doc Films, Inc., c2010
Branch Call Number: 782.42 RUS 2010 22
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (195 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Beyond the lighted stage [dvd]

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orvpibbs
Feb 25, 2019

For any diehard RUSH fan, this documentary is a must! Truly excellent. Very well done with great pace. Showing the band at the beginning with Drummer John Rutsey, and through the whole time with "The New Guy", The Professor Neil Peart on Drums. Early footage of Alex Lifeson at home around the dinner table with his folks, to Neil Pearts father discussing if Neil should join the band after John Rutsey was let go due to health reasons. Interviews are intertwined with great live and studio footage. Love the live concert footage of la villa strangiato at 1979's Pink Pop. Well worth the watch!!!

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gates2
Jan 09, 2019

I've always respected Rush's talent and drive, but never liked most of the stuff I've heard from them all that much. Seemed to niche for me, and I like more melodic stuff generally than they do.

But I came away liking them a lot, more than I thought I would, and this video is so well done, I liked it very much. Doesn't feel hyped or idolizing, pretty natural feel, people at ease, and not apologizing for blemishes.

I even went back and watched some of the extras again. There was the dinner the three of them have, looks like they get pretty loose and not afraid to show them being so goofy. Really nice.

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thornhill_boy
Oct 12, 2018

I am rock fan who wasn't really familiar with Rush until recently, mainly because they were ahead of my age. This movie transformed me into a solid Rush fan. This is well packaged, without trying to create hype or star dust. It really works because all three of them along with the support cast appear down to earth music lovers who believe in sharing their passion with other music lovers.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 27, 2017

"What about the voice of Geddy Lee, how did it get so high? I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy."-Pavement, "Stereo"
Rush has enjoyed commercial success, a stable line-up, and a passionate fan base for decades, but critical respect and cred have remained elusive. That has started to change, at least in part due to a Rush concert as a plot point in the bromance comedy "I Love You Man." And as this affectionate documentary makes clear, they've always had a lot of musicians as fans. In fact, the only people I know who liked Rush in high school were musicians. Formed in 1968 in Toronto, Rush was never cool, but they didn't really seem to care. They were a proudly virtuosic band, which earned them scorn, and they embraced some of the excesses of prog rock, like concept albums, complex music, long songs, and titles like "By-Tor and the Snow Dog." This documentary faithfully, if somewhat blandly, traces their career and features copious interviews with the band, all of whom are very polite, low-key Canadians, and celebrity fans like Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Jack Black, and Kirk Hammett. I'm not exactly a fan, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. There's a new book about prog rock that might be of interest called "The Show That Never Ends."

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ehm_chen
Jan 26, 2014

As a non-Rush fan (and as someone who actually has a tough time listening to Geddy Lee without wincing), I was surprised to have enjoyed this film so thoroughly — and ended up actually very much liking the guys in the band. Although I still won't be voluntarily listening to Rush's music anytime soon, I would still recommend the movie to fans and to anyone who enjoys a solid documentary.

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kevin2011
Jan 30, 2012

i was a big rush fan when i was a kid and lost interest when the band's sound got more techno in the '80's.

this is a good movie about the history of the band. i have always respected their early albums up to the album "signals". but my favorite Rush albums also happen to be my favorite rock and metal albums with "caress of steel" and "hemispheres" at the top of the stack.

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sandrachan2
Sep 05, 2011

Great movie providing insight on one of the greatest bands of all time!

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hgibbins
Aug 12, 2011

Good retrospective on Rush and how they have endured the years.

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bobfrombob
Jun 06, 2011

So I grew up on Rush and then decided they weren't all that cool so I sorta abandoned them but then I saw this DVD and all the cool people that didn't abandon Rush and now I feel kinda guilty about that.

But enough about me. Great film. Lots of early and mid-period footage. Liked it a lot. (That said, I do agree with Bewlay that the "dinner" footage is not flattering and adds nothing to the film)

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Bewlay
Nov 05, 2010

Rush fans will love this, I actually thought less of them after seeing this. If you want to see them eating dinner and telling stupid jokes, then Rush nerd this is for you.

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