Classic prog-rock loving Canadians are celebratingÂ from coast to coast after it was announced that their men Rush are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio this coming April. And Rushâs response? A resounding âMeh.â
In the words of guitarist Alex Lifeson, âI never really cared if it happened or not, to be honest with youâ¦. It doesnât change anybodyâs life at the end of the day. Are we going to become more popular? Are we going to sell more records? Are more people going to come to the shows? I donât know. Weâre quite happy where we are and with what weâve accomplished. â¦ So we continue to do the kind of work we want to do and we will continue regardless of our induction or notâ¦.I think at the end of the day, really, what this is about is making our fans feel like their support has been worthy.â Geez, Alex. You could sound a little more excited!
Regardless, the fans are rejoicing. Even the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper weighed in with a tweet saying, âCongratulations to Rush who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Rock on!â Rock on?? If there is one thing I donât think of when I think of Harper itâs anything to do with rock and roll. None the less, this tweet will probably be the most popular thing that the PM has done all year, after months of seemingly wanting to destroy everything Canadian about Canada through questionable Conservative party thinking and weasely, dirty, underhanded politics.
For years, rabid Rush fans cursed the Hall of Fame for excluding the Canadian hard rock noodlers who began making music in 1968. They have 24 gold records and 14 platinum records. But most importantly, they have a distinct sound that gives prog-nerds everywhere goose bumps thanks to Geddy Leeâs insane vocals and Neil Pertâs legendary drumming. I suspect part of the reason Rush are to be inducted is to get Rush fans off the Hall of Fameâs back, although, it goes without saying that Rush do have a wealth of talent and plenty of accolades to suggest they really do deserve this place in history. Toques off to Rush!
Oh, ya, and incidentally, other artists to be inducted include Public Enemy, Randy Newman, Donna Summers and Heart.
Words by Chris Hearn. More writing by Chris on Louder Than War can be found here.