Today in Music History:
In 1974 The Ramones give their first live show at the Performance Studio in New York.One of my readers called me out, homercat is indeed Geddy Lee. Ok enough with the funny photoshops already. I couldn't resist. Seriously, Rush is one of Canada's premier rock n roll bands. Those early albums were so damn good that they could make you cry. Rush's first album is a corker but the band didn't really find it's voice when original drummer John Rutsey left and mad percussionist Neil Peart joined the group for their second album, Fly By Night, which happens to be my favorite Rush album. Of course the groups real breakthrough was 2112, which is a masterpiece and my second fave. It should be a requirement that everyone own this album. I have run across people who don't care for Rush. Admittedly Geddy's vocal is not instantaneously accessible, but then again Rush wouldn't be the same without it. Even people who don't like Rush can agree on one thing. Peart is probably one of the greatest drummers of all time, and nowhere is it more evident than on 2112. We can't forget Lifeson's mastery of the guitar either.
I usually stay away from these big name acts but Mr. Beer mentions Rush in almost every comment he's left so I'm interested to hear what he says now. Honestly though if you're a young un and you've never heard the two albums I mentioned, then you should really do yourself a favor and get listening. It's safe to say that most of us old farts own everything Rush did in it's first ten years of existence. Rush's second album is one of the finest albums they ever recorded, it's just a shame that outside of the title track and Anthem, the album gets practically no credit at all. Don't make that same mistake! Rush has always been a good band, and they were certainly already good before 2112 launched them into super stardom just a year later. If you're a fan of the group, or of classic rock in general, you MUST buy Fly By Night then 2112. What's your favorite Rush?