Is it possible you’ve never heard of Rush?
Not if you’ve had an eye and ear on the pop music landscape over the past five decades. And, if you’ve been a loyal fan (those who have been described as the “Trekkies” of rock), then you’ve probably already scored tickets to R40 LIVE on May 12 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The good news is that, die-hard Rush fans, this tour is devoted especially to you; the bad news is they’ve announced this as their last large-scale, major tour.
With 24 gold records, and 14 platinum, to their name, Rush has only been outsold by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Think about that for a moment. These guys are big. Mind-bogglingly big.
Since 1968, the aptly-labeled “progressive rock” band has a diversity of music that has provoked everything from hosannas to haters. It might be easy to forget that, with such mega-selling LPs such as “Grace Under Pressure” and “Signals,” it was Rush who catapulted the heated debate over how much synthesizer and keyboarding can be good for your ears.
And, then there are the iconic band members (there’s no other way to describe them really): Neil Peart (he who was voted the greatest drummer, possibly ever), Geddy Lee (he of the high-pitched, wailing vocal pipes), and Alex Lifeson (he of the amazing guitar riffs and non-traditional chording).
While their collaboration has inspired everything from a documentary to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it’s also been the cause of controversy from time to time, which can hardly be a surprise in the nearly five-decade span of their careers.
A list of their hit songs, as well as the top-notch artists they’ve influenced, would run into next week, and even though their various sounds haven’t always been easily embraced, their aggressive philanthropy has been admired by almost everybody. Big hearts, big talent.
And, as any Rush fan will tell you, the blood-pounding excitement inspired by a massive concert tour at the hands of these legends of rock can border on hysteria and euphoria.
You’ve got one last chance. Rush for tickets.