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Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

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Ben Craighead By Ben Craighead on
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"Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, " is a Grammy nominated documentary/biopic about one of the most prolific rock bands in the last 40 years. It starts with the origin of the band, and through in-depth interviews with the members themselves, delves into how each got their start on their chosen instrument and eventually met each other to form the group. It then methodically moves on through the rest of their career up to the present day. Full of stories and insight from not only Neal, Alex and Geddy themselves, but also people who have been directly involved with the band. Also for added color are interviews with other established artists who speak on the influence Rush has had on their careers. Some of these are more interesting than others, Jack Black for instance, really had nothing of importance to contribute during his segment.

This is a must see for any fan of the band, or the progressive rock genre in general. It is full of interesting anecdotes, and is a rare glimpse into the lives of this otherwise shrouded band. Fans of the older Rush material will enjoy the look back into the past, including footage and pictures from the bands early days playing in a church basement with original drummer John Rutsey, as well as some brief childhood home movies.

Time watching this film is well spent, if you are already a fan. If not, by the end you either will be a new fan, or slightly bored. A little background knowledge is helpful, or at least a passing knowledge of the Rush discography doesn't hurt.