Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson talk to their fans across the country...  Not even Geddy Lee can hold back the powerful Bob Coburn   
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Vapor Trails (2002)
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Geddy Lee (1969-Present), bass/vocals/keyboards/guitar
Alex Lifeson (1969-Present), guitar
Neil Peart (1974-Present)
In the epic title track from Rush’s classic album 2112, Neil Peart demonstrates both his penchant for science fiction and his knowledge of Greek mythology. The priests of the temple of Syrinx is a reference to the story of how Pan, the Greek god of pastures, sheep and shepherds, came to invent the instrument that bears his name, the panpipes — popularized by a man familiar to aficionados of late night television, Gheorghe Zamfir.

Syrinx was a river-nymph who caught Pan’s eye. Unfortunately, the feeling was not mutual — though he was a god, Pan was certainly no Adonis. To escape him Syrinx fled into the waters of her river where she beseeched the gods for help. Just as Pan was about to pounce on her, they saved her by changing her into a reed. This put a damper on Pan’s amorous intentions, but not his affection for the nymph. He cut the reed into pieces of gradually decreasing lengths and fastened them together with wax, thus creating the first shepherd's flute, or "pipes of Pan."
Though the appeal of Rush has generally eluded critics, the trio struck a chord with a small legion of fans and fellow musicians from the outset. Formed in 1969, the early years of Rush were influenced by the power trio dynamic of Cream as well as pop — the band’s debut single was a cover of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away.” Following the 1974 self-titled debut album, original drummer John Rutsey departed. Neil Peart signed on and Rush was set on course to become one of rock’s most inspiring and enduring bands.

Rush’s big breakthrough came with 1976’s 2112. Brimming with lofty ideals, high concepts and riveting playing it was a huge hit with fans and a curiosity to most critics, who dismissed Rush as a pretentious variant of Yes. The theme running through the album is based on the writings of Ayn Rand and among the many sci-fi scenarios woven into it is one that bears an uncanny likeness to the 1999 film The Matrix. 2112 was the first of many gold and platinum albums to come, and it set the tone for Rush’s career.

Throughout the ’80s, Rush built a reputation as a powerful live act and produced some of its greatest work, contributing a string of classics to album-oriented rock radio, including “Spirit of the Radio,” “Tom Sawyer” and “New World Man.” The late ’90s saw the release of Hold Your Fire and Presto, glossier albums which left some hard-core fans concerned that Rush’s music was taking a disconcerting commercial turn. The fears were allayed with subsequent releases in the ’90s, which returned to a heavier, more guitar-driven sound.

Shortly after 1996’s Test For Echo tour, Peart’s daughter died in an automobile accident, and then in 1998 the drummer lost his wife to cancer. It would be four years before Rush produced any new material (Geddy Lee in the interim recorded a solo album, My Favorite Headache released in 2000) but in early 2002 the trio rallied and began recording its 17th studio album, Vapor Trails.
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