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Interview:
Rush Documentary Airs On VH1, Others
 

By GARY GRAFF

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The documentary “Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage” has generated plenty of buzz during the first half of the year — especially after winning the Festival Audience Choice Award at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

The film has a free showing at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 26, on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia in advance of its June 29 DVD release, and guitarist Alex Lifeson says he hopes more than just Rush fans tune in to check it out.

“What will be interesting is to see how broad the appeal is for non-Rush fans,” says Lifeson, 56. “Will it pique the interest of people who just want to go see a documentary that might be interesting rather than being Rush fans and going for that reason.

“It’s kind of a success story — kids from the suburbs have a dream and they live their dream, and everybody can relate to that. It’s an interesting story that a lot of people can relate to, and at the same time, it’s kind of unique and different.”

Rush is taking advantage of the film publicity to take a break from recording its next album, “Clockwork Angels,” and hitting the road for a summer tour during which they’ll play their 1980 album “Moving Pictures” — the one with the hit single “Tom Sawyer” — in its entirety. Detroit-area fans are surprised and disappointed that no local date is on the itinerary, but Lifeson promises that no slight was intended — “Detroit has been one of our key cities, from the very beginning,” he notes — and that we’ll definitely be on the docket for next summer.

“This is only 40 dates, which is a really mini-tour for us and is kind of a warm-up for next summer,” Lifeson explains. “We’re missing a lot of places on this tour. We’ll be out next spring for a much longer tour and we’ll fit everything in then — especially Detroit.”



“Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage” airs at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 26, on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia. Check listings for local channel numbers.

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