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For Canada’s Rush, all the world’s indeed a stage

May 4, 2010

FILM-RUSH/After rocking for several decades and largely flying under the critical radar, Canada’s perennial power trio Rush seems to have finally crossed over into superstardom. While talk show icon Stephen Colbert may attempt to take credit for that development, Rush — Geddy Lee on bass and vocals, Alex Lifeson on guitar and Neil Peart on drums and percussion — has been winning over audiences worldwide for the better part of four decades.

At the Tribeca Film Festival this past week, fans of the band were seen lining up for screenings of “RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage,” a new documentary which premiered at the festival. The film, directed by noted rockumentarians Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, chronicles the band’s journey from the early years of heavy metal headbanging to a brainier, more modern rock sound. Along the way, Rush goes from playing school dances in the suburbs of Toronto to negotiating record deals and surviving long years on the road without comprimising their music.

The band (http://www.rush.com/) has enjoyed a popular renaissance in recent years, making appearances on T.V.’s “Colbert Report” as well as in the buddy film “I Love You Man.” Rush ranks fourth in most consecutive gold and platinum albums behind only The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith. Now they can add one more trophy to the mantle — the documetary was named the winner of the festival’s 2010 Heineken Audience Award.

The film is due for a wide release in June just as the band hits the road for its “Time Machine” tour.

- Reporting by Gary Crosse, Photos by Reuters

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