Rush refuses to give John Rutsey his due on Test for Echo tour in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 22, 1997 By Steve Newton Although they’ve sold more than 35 million records and been a major force on the hard-rock world for 23 years, it appears as though Rush’s status as an arena-packing concert draw—at least in Vancouver—has slipped a few notches. There were scads of empty … Continue reading Rush refuses to give John Rutsey his due on Test for Echo tour in Vancouver

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson calls the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “a popularity contest”

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 20, 2012 By Steve Newton If you're a Rush fan, you've no doubt heard that the Canuck power trio has finally been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group has been eligible for induction since 1999--25 years after the release of its self-titled debut album (featuring … Continue reading Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson calls the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “a popularity contest”

Coheed and Cambria’s prog rock gets cosmic

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 13, 2010 By Steve Newton I'm a big fan of progressive rock, but I must admit that I don't always listen as closely to prog lyrics as I should. Heck, sometimes when I'm vegging out to Rush's “2112” I'll get all lost in Alex Lifeson's compelling chords and have no … Continue reading Coheed and Cambria’s prog rock gets cosmic