Rush 'Don't Care' For Hall Of Fame

The band don't mind being snubbed by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame - they've got a huge new stage show to focus on, says guitarist Alex Lifeson.

Rush 'Don't Care' For Hall Of Fame
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Rush say they "really don't care" about being part of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame that snubbed them this year. Guitarist Alex Lifeson told Rolling Stone that they might still accept an induction if it were offered, but added: "There are a lot of other bands that should be in there before we should be in there ... If the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame doesn't want us in there, that's fine. I don't care." He says Rush are more honoured to receive the Governor General's Performing Arts Award a couple of weeks ago. "That's really the highest accolade you can get in this country for the performing arts, and it's recognized nationally, and I felt so proud as a Canadian to be in this esteemed group of artists that have been there for the last 20 years." Meanwhile, after releasing "Clockwork Angels" their first album in five years the band will hit the road with a string ensemble to recreate the ambitious scores on the new record, and perhaps add new scores to older Rush songs. Their new stage show is an entirely fresh production after their 2010/11 "Time Machine" tour, says Lifeson, and the set-list could change from show to show. "The set list is quite fluid these days," he said. "We're dropping and replacing songs constantly, and that's the way it always goes before we get into rehearsals. "There's still a lot of older stuff we want to do, and we've got some great songs lined up from the past. We'd be loath to drop them to add more of Clockwork Angels, at least on the first leg. It's always nice to switch up on the second leg and make it a little different." The new tour kicks off on September 7 in Manchester, N.H. Will you be there? What do you think of the new record? Let us know in the comments.

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    RUSH is GOD2112
    it would be cool to hear rush with an orchestra. rush. making epic music even more epic since 1974.
    pullmyfinger
    Rush has 22 consecutive gold records, and is fourth behind The Beatles, The Stones, and Kiss in all-time gold record acquisitions for a band. Fourteen of those albums have gone platinum. Who are the other bands that should be there before them???
    Maiden95
    A part of me says.. RUSH SHOULD WITHOUT A F*CKING DOUBT BE IN THE HALL OF FAME. But another part of me says THEY ARE TOO GOOD FOR THE HALL, F*CK THE HALL. As a fan it would just be so cool to see these guys finally get what they deserve.
    Minivirus2
    Christ! Now I'm even more excited to see them in September! They should start a Rush Hall of Fame, encompassing all that is Rush and the best prog rock/metal known to man.
    ProgJazzMath
    Why should they care? Rush doesn't belong there in my opinion. They should have their own ****ing museum!
    ibanez124
    Rush is the epitome of class, they have been writing great music for decades and are humble about it
    Mack888
    This is some exciting stuff indeed, I did wonder if they were gonna add a new flavor to some of their older material with an orchestra or ensemble. I'm really excited to hear how it turns. Plus if they're hauling along extra musicians, that may explain the steep ticket prices and year in advance sales. And the Hall of Fame can go suck a choad!
    ShackledDevil
    Goes to show they are all about playing the music and having fun with it! It's not about awards or ceremonies/being inducted.
    vppark2
    fede01_8 wrote: good. so now their fans can shut the **** up about them not being there. Is tiring reading the same shit all over
    Hey, get off your highhorse brotha!
    Baphometronic
    its not really a secret that the hall doesnt exactly like prog. Floyd and Genesis are the only real ones in there, and Genesis wouldnt have gotten in without selling out
    Abacus11
    They'll get in eventually but good for hem for not caring. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is just a popularity contest anyway... it's almost as irrelevant as the Grammys.
    Iommianity
    Rush is one of the only bands who can say they don't care and mean it. I doubt Kiss is going to have the integrity (lol) to not milk the shit out of their inevitable induction. I just wish other Rush fans would just accept this. Why would you care whether or not a supposedly useless institution honors your favourite band? Do you think it will somehow bring integrity to either Rush or the hall? Be happy their music exists, and that they've continued to make it. Who really cares about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame besides suits?
    Skuzzmo
    g.k wrote: Ever since GnR got in before the likes of Iron Maiden or Rush or Pearl Jam , ive lost all faith in the rock and roll hall of fame...
    Rock and Roll hall of fame is shite. Always has been, always will be. and...
    reason84 wrote: Ummm...by saying they "don't care": they DO care. Because if they truly didn't care, they wouldn't even bring up the topic in the first place. ..."The More You Know" *cue NBC chime*
    Have you considered that Alex was asked the question "how do you feel about being snubbed by RnR HOF" by the rolling stone reporter??? Well obviously not otherwise you wouldn't have written what you did. What you read on UG isn't the be all and end all....
    vikkyvik
    reason84 wrote: Skuzzmo wrote: g.k wrote: Have you considered that Alex was asked the question "how do you feel about being snubbed by RnR HOF" by the rolling stone reporter??? Well obviously not otherwise you wouldn't have written what you did. Have you ever considered that Alex could have simply said "no comment" or "oh well/whatever happens: happens" instead of thumbing his nose up like his poo don't stink by saying (pretending) they "DON'T CARE"? ..."Obviously not" Clearly they care, and so do the fans, otherwise there wouldn't be all the comments on here (nor would the article even exist to begin with). Btw, don't kid yourselves with the "RAWR, they're above the RnR hall of fame" comments everyone, you know damn well they would jump all over that and accept it without hesitation if they were inducted...then you would be like "YAYYYYY! Go RUSH!", f-ing hypocrites!!!
    That was possibly the dumbest line of reasoning I've ever read on here. When Lifeson says "There are a lot of other bands that should be in there before we should be in there," yeah, that's REALLY "thumbing his nose up like his poo don't stink"! What an ass!
    BassFishin
    Admittedly I didn't read the article due to being hungover and lazy. That being said, I'm glad Rush doesn't care about the 'hall of fame'. It's the equivalent of any of the huge 'top [whatever] of all time' lists we always see here. They're based on opinion. Inducting Rush into the Hall of Fame means nothing for them. Rush fans KNOW that they're amazing, and that is all that matters in the long run.
    comeee
    g.k wrote: Ever since GnR got in before the likes of Iron Maiden or Rush or Pearl Jam , ive lost all faith in the rock and roll hall of fame...
    Don't forget Judas Priest and Deep Purple
    Alex's Disciple
    CinderellaFan14 wrote: and the setlist could change from show to show Taking a page out of Van Halen's book, I see?
    Yeah, cause Van Halen invented changing the setlist.
    xplosive59
    krizzlybaer wrote: Rush - being underrated since over 4 decades
    They deserve more but are no way underated, seriously they are one of the biggest Prog-Rock bands along with Pink Floyd and Genesis and are critically praised for the most part which proves that they should be inducted. Truly underrated prog-rock bands would be stuff like Harmonium, Caravan and Premiata Forneria Marconi.
    bradwhiteuk
    If Rush don't care about the Hall of Fame, then I don't care about the Hall of Fame.
    BwareDWare94
    I hate to pull this card, but not liking Rush is pretty much musical ignorance. If you can't dig Geddy Lee's voice, adjust. If you like things to be simple and straight-forward, change your mind. If you don't own an album dated later than the 1990s, open your ****ing eyes to the past. This band will literally blow your mind the moment you open up to them. Accept Rush into your life and you will never regret it.
    g.k
    Ever since GnR got in before the likes of Iron Maiden or Rush or Pearl Jam , ive lost all faith in the rock and roll hall of fame...
    fede01_8
    good. so now their fans can shut the **** up about them not being there. Is tiring reading the same shit all over
    AcdcTXfan
    krizzlybaer wrote: Rush - being underrated since over 4 decades
    All this talk about them being underrated is actually making them overrated. But I'll agree that they should be in the Hall someday. I know KISS, Def Leppard, and Motley Crue still aren't in either.
    reason84
    Ummm...by saying they "don't care": they DO care. Because if they truly didn't care, they wouldn't even bring up the topic in the first place. ..."The More You Know" *cue NBC chime*
    Miyagi84
    g.k wrote: Ever since GnR got in before the likes of Iron Maiden or Rush or Pearl Jam , ive lost all faith in the rock and roll hall of fame...
    Maiden is a great band, and Purple as well as VH should be in as well... but GNR deserves to be in just as much as them, Appetite is one of the most successful and best albums ever, their rise was almost as legendary as their fall. They should be in, but it's not like GNR is so terrible. Complain that Madonna and Styx are in before Maiden is.
    orangepi
    Rush dosn't need the hall of fame, to go down in history. They can achive more in one album, than most can.
    MrDo0m
    I think it's cool that they aren't in any Rush to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. RnRHOF's kind of lost it's weight with me.
    Skuzzmo
    reason84 wrote: Skuzzmo wrote: Have you considered that Alex was asked the question "how do you feel about being snubbed by RnR HOF" by the rolling stone reporter??? Well obviously not otherwise you wouldn't have written what you did. Have you ever considered that Alex could have simply said "no comment" or "oh well/whatever happens: happens" instead of thumbing his nose up like his poo don't stink by saying (pretending) they "DON'T CARE"? ..."Obviously not" Clearly they care, and so do the fans, otherwise there wouldn't be all the comments on here (nor would the article even exist to begin with). Btw, don't kid yourselves with the "RAWR, they're above the RnR hall of fame" comments everyone, you know damn well they would jump all over that and accept it without hesitation if they were inducted...then you would be like "YAYYYYY! Go RUSH!", f-ing hypocrites!!!
    You totally missed my point.
    zerocenx
    I'm making my own hall of fame, named: "The Music Hall of Fame for Artists who Actually Deserve it."
    RushJam
    I don't understand why we should talk about this stuff, and why THE ONLY TIME UG puts Rush in home page is about this insignificant little matter, when we all should talk about the awesome,amazing and fantastic new album. Clockwork Angels is magnificent. I can't stop listen to it. Talk about that. Rush is not Guns' n Roses, they don't need stupid gossip to be noticed.
    jhart08
    [quote]g.k wrote: Ever since GnR got in before the likes of Iron Maiden or Rush or Pearl Jam , ive lost all faith in the rock and roll hall of fame...[/quote In what world does Pearl Jam deserve to be in the HoF more than GnR?
    GenerationKILL
    Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Deep Purple don't give a shit either, and they all deserve it more than Madonna or a whole bunch of other acts that are in there, as ROCK N ROLLERS.
    travislausch
    Meanwhile, after releasing "Clockwork Angels" their first album in five years
    At first I wanted to argue the crap out of this post, but then I remember that 2007 WAS five years ago. My opinion of Clockwork Angels notwithstanding, Rush is still one of my favourite artists of all time, and they deserve the accolade, fair and square. Could be the fact that they're one of the highest-selling rock bands of all time?
    reason84
    Skuzzmo wrote: Have you considered that Alex was asked the question "how do you feel about being snubbed by RnR HOF" by the rolling stone reporter??? Well obviously not otherwise you wouldn't have written what you did.
    Have you ever considered that Alex could have simply said "no comment" or "oh well/whatever happens: happens" instead of thumbing his nose up like his poo don't stink by saying (pretending) they "DON'T CARE"? ..."Obviously not" Clearly they care, and so do the fans, otherwise there wouldn't be all the comments on here (nor would the article even exist to begin with). Btw, don't kid yourselves with the "RAWR, they're above the RnR hall of fame" comments everyone, you know damn well they would jump all over that and accept it without hesitation if they were inducted...then you would be like "YAYYYYY! Go RUSH!", f-ing hypocrites!!!
    Baphometronic
    g.k wrote: Ever since GnR got in before the likes of Iron Maiden or Rush or Pearl Jam , ive lost all faith in the rock and roll hall of fame...
    pearl jam isn't eligible until 2016
    Skodward714
    I was just at the Hall of Fame on Sunday, and I never knew how many bands that desrve to be there aren't and vice versa. I mean Madonna is in there and she isn't even rock. I really think it's like a Grammy Award: It's an honor to get one, but it doesn't mean you're any better than other musicians, especially ones way more talented than you.