Rush Behind The Lighted Stage
By Rick Coates
Filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFayden will be in Traverse City this week with their latest project Rush: Behind The Lighted Stage, an intimate look at one of rock musics most influential yet often misunderstood bands. The documentary gives an insiders look and unprecedented access to the Canadian power trios musical journey through the decades.
The film will screen Friday night at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 11:59 p.m. with Dunn and McFayden appearing at both screenings as well as at the panel discussion on Saturday morning.
Rush ranks third for the most consecutive gold and platinum albums in the world behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Yet unlike the latter two bands, Rush has been primarily ignored by critics despite being revered by musicians and having legions of loyal fans. Even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has failed to recognized the groups accomplishments by not nominating them for the HOF.
Rush is a musical anomaly; as the band says themselves, you either love us or hate us -- there is no middle ground with Rush. The bands music is hard to define by traditional categories.
We are not the kind of music you put on to dance to or as background music at a party, said Geddy Lee, lead singer and bassist. Our music requires some thought and work to listen to, and that is not for everybody.