It is not uncommon to meet fans that have notched over 100 Rush shows, and the contents under pressure within this box demonstrate ably why such super-fans exist. From the start, Rush has worked tirelessly toward headline status and never looked back. Through relentless touring, despite lack of radio play, and through the building of a show and setlist that continually keeps fans intrigued, Rush has remained a touring force for four decades.
The 40th anniversary of the band - represented by this R40 collection - gives opportunity to present the plush visuals and sonics that pushed Rush to their present status as hard-won rock icons. In other words, the evolution of the trajectory toward the burnished and polished multi-sense insanity that is Time Machine and Clockwork Angels becomes well pronounced over the course of this package.
It is well documented that Rush fans revere the band for the three-hour mass of their show (rolling into town with no support act), the extensive backscreen video, the futuristic lights, the skits 'n' surprises that take place, the props like the chickens and dryers as well as the eight-piece string section adding texture to the Clockwork Angels campaign. Ergo, we see the evolution from the goodly glam of band emcee John Rutsey at Laura Secord High, through the classic rock ideals of the legendary Passaic bootleg, the arch-'90s tech of the Test For Echo campaign, and the flood of human emotion that is Rush In Rio.
Move forward still into the most recent components of this box, and what is on graphic display is the sweat ethic of a band that dared to become rock titans through the deliberate act of pressing all their intellectual and financial faculties into building the ultimate superhero rock show - and then surpassing it a few years later, rinse, lather, repeat.
"Exactly," says crucial crew pro since '76, Tony Geranios. "Each new tour, the band would try to deliver something that they hadn't delivered before, that was maybe difficult and a bit beyond. They'd make a statement musically that they hadn't been able to - or hadn't considered - before. Every presentation has its own magical, new and forward-thinking portion to it. Contributing as well to the grandeur of the thing... after the keyboards started becoming a prevailing part of the sound, it was tying Geddy to the keyboards quite a bit, and Alex to the pedals. And I think the concern was that there was wasn't enough action on stage; they felt they should be running around and rocking out. And that's when the video became more of an important factor. So you get the lasers, the lights, videos, music, and to me, that follows along with the band's philosophy of creating a show of huge impact."
So while the band pushed themselves to new limits, they demanded the same from the crew and team that worked on their live show. Using all of the new technology and innovations available, Rush's celebrated and long-time Lighting Director, Howard Ungerleider, continually pushed the envelope. From lasers to pyro, to the advent of moving lights in the '80s, to a gigantic five-ton "spider" that undulated over the band, the senses were maniacally overloaded. And then there are Neil's custom drum kits ...
The result is a top-tier rock act rewarded with such dependable and perennial ticket sales that in fact, their time as a support act with few lights and curtailed PA was in fact quite brief and very, very long ago. And so as it turned out, quite remarkably, Rush began headlining in the late '70s and then never ceded that position. Even as record sales and relative imprint on the music scene waxed and waned, the show remained somewhere between robustly sized and defiantly outsized. As alluded to, Geddy, Alex and Neil never looked back.
Executive Producers: Pegi Cecconi/Ray Danniels/John Virant
Content Producer: Allan Weinrib
Art Direction, Illustrations and Design: Hugh Syme
Photo Curation: Patrick McLoughlin
Production: Brian Schuman
Video Production: Elizabeth Boettcher
Project Management: Liza Levy
R40 Bonus Disc Credits
Laura Secord Secondary School, 1974, St. Catharines, Ontario
Capitol Theatre, 1976, Passaic, New Jersey
Lock and Key, 1988, Hold Your Fire Tour
Test for Echo Tour:
Molson Amphitheatre, June 30, 1997, Toronto, Ontario
Produced by Revolver Film Company, Director: Don Allan
Mixed by David Bottrill, Mainstation Toronto, Ontario
Digital Editing: Mike Monson and Ryan McCambridge
A&R: Andy Curran
I Still Love You Man (Closing film from Time Machine Tour), 2011
Featuring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel
Writer/Director: John Hamburg
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction, April 18, 2013, Los Angeles, California
© 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation Inc.
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"The office and our manager is always pushing us to release some archival stuff. Seeing as we were off, we said, 'Have at it.' It was interesting seeing all the old footage. We recorded a show on the Test For Echo tour we'd forgotten about because it came just before a particularly dark period in our history. It was painful to think about, but when we listened back we realized we were in good form that night. It would have been a shame to not unearth at least part of it." - Geddy Lee, Rollingstone.com, November 11, 2014
"2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Rush's eponymous debut album in 1974. This superb collector's box set brings together live performances by Rush from each decade of their career. It includes 'Rush In Rio', 'R30', 'Snakes & Arrows Live', 'Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland' and 'Clockwork Angels Tour' plus a bonus disc of previously unseen live material stretching from 1974 to 2013. Rush are renowned for the energy and excitement of their live concerts and this set brings together some of their finest performances. The 6 Blu-ray discs are contained in a stunning 56 page hardback book measuring 305mm x 225mm with the 6 discs contained in 5 additional rigid insert pages. The 56 pages of the book are filled with memorabilia and photographs documenting 40 years of Rush live in concert. This is the ultimate collection of Rush live performances, beautifully presented." - R40 Press Release
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