Given a UK premiere across big screens nationwide on June 7, fans of Canadian prog rock legends Rush don’t have to wait long before they can enjoy the story of their favourite band from the comfort of their own living room.
Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on June 28 and the award-winning documentary is a must for anyone remotely interested in the groundbreaking three-piece.
Film makers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn unveiled their movie in New York last month to critical acclaim and promptly scooped the Heineken Audience Award at the Tribeca Music Festival.
Rush (Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart) is one of rock’s most influential bands, ranking third for most consecutive gold and platinum albums behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
The band has engaged legions of devoted fans over the decades and is revered by generations of musicians.
The documentary features never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with some of today’s most respected rock artists such as Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, Trent Reznor, Sebastian Bach, Kirk Hammett, Jack Black and Gene Simmons.
Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage explores the 40-year career and phenomenon behind what could be the world’s biggest cult band. Directors McFadyen and Dunn embark on a comprehensive exploration of this extraordinary power trio, from their early days in Toronto, through each of their landmark albums, to the present day.
The DVD also features a bonus disc that includes the following exclusive material:
1. Being Bullied and The Search for The First Gig
2. Reflections on the album Hemispheres
3. Presto and Roll The Bones Rap
4. The RUSH Fashion
5. Hobbies on the Road
6. RUSH Trekkies
7. Pre Gig Warm-Up
8. “Best I Can” – (never-before-seen footage w/ original drummer, John Rutsey from 1974)
9. “Working Man” – (never-before-seen footage w/ original drummer, John Rutsey from 1974)
10. “La Villa Strangiato” – Live at Pinkpop Festival in Holland from 1979 (first time this epic song was captured on video)
11. “Between The Sun and Moon” – Hartford, CT (from the band’s first show back after hiatus in 2002)
12. Dinner with RUSH at a Hunting Lodge
13. “Far Cry” live – from the ‘Snakes & Arrows’ DVD
14. “Entre Nous” live – from the ‘Snakes & Arrows’ DVD
15. “Bravado” – rare live version — previously only available on the ‘R30’ Blu-ray version
16. “YYZ” – rare live version — previously only available on the ‘R30’ Blu-ray version