Reporting Brian Ives
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is closely associated with Rolling Stone magazine, as that magazine’s founder, Jann Wenner, is the co-founder of the Hall Of Fame. And Rolling Stone has never given much love, or much attention at all, to Rush. So, what has changed, and how did Rush get voted into the Hall Of Fame?
A lot of factors could play into it, but one is likely the 2010 Rush documentary, Beyond The Lighted Stage, directed by Scot McFayden and Sam Dunn. Besides extensively interviewing the band and its fans, the film also spoke to a number of well-known musicians who were heavily influenced by Rush, including Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Tim Commerford of Rage Against The Machine, Vinnie Paul of Pantera, Danny Carey of Tool, Les Claypool of Primus and Kirk Hammett of Metallica.
Rush bassist/singer/keyboardist Geddy Lee agrees that the documentary did play a role in pointing out the band’s impact.
“I think it probably did have an effect to a certain degree,” he told Radio.com on the red carpet of the Induction ceremony. “The way the filmmakers put that story together, it showed what a vast and diverse audience we have, and what the effect of our music has been on young players. One of the criteria of the Hall Of Fame is influence, and it was easy to see that influence in that film.”
That influence was on display at Thursday’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, as Foo Fighters Hawkins and Dave Grohl were on hand to present the band and perform “2112: I Overture.”
“It really means a lot to me, because I love those guys as musicians and as people. And to me, the Foo Fighters are an example of: you can have enormously talented people rise to the top of the music industry who are just normal and fun to hang out with. It’s a great honor that they’re giving us this award.”
Lee added that he loved Grohl’s Sound City film, and would certainly consider recording a Rush album in analog (analog recording is championed throughout the film).
Rush isn’t sitting back and relaxing now that they are in the Hall of Fame. They’ve just kicked off the next leg of their Clockwork Angels Tour. See their official website for dates.