The trio Rush has been a part of classic rock contemporaries. Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, and Alex Lifeson have been iconic friends and have always gotten along. Despite many challenges in their career, their career was full of a long-lasting funny sense of humor.
The rise of their career made it look like it was easy to operate as a band. Rush created their own style and made a huge impact all over the world. Back then, there was defying cultural revolution of punk-rock and synth-wave style. The keepers of the progressive-rock genre, Rush has always been a legendary lineup in terms of greatness and humor. While looking back, the band reflects and laughs about when they were young and foolish.
Neil Peart, the drummer in a conversation with CBC revealed his reflections. The time when he picked his ten favorite Rush songs, the drummer made his selections and it was filled with the usual collection and other classics. The list consisted of ‘2112’, ‘Spirit of the Radio’, and also the infamous song ‘Xanadu’.
The song from 1977’s album ‘A Farewell To Kings’ is a song that is bound to bring smiles to every Rush fan. He told to CBC, “Let’s call that our experimental phase.” He also added, “After ‘2112’, we were guitar, bass, and drums and ambitious, so we thought maybe we should add another musician.”
The band kept on refining their work over their career. The trio has always been a trio. Instead of adding more members to the band, they focused on crafting their art. He said, “But then it was, no, let’s expand our own arsenal, so the guys started getting into acoustic guitar, bass pedals were just coming out, and I started expanding my drums, which would give us a great orchestration ability.”
Back then, when the song was released they were focused on experimenting. They kept the band as it is and the primary definition of the band was their artistic evolution. Neil said, “Those subsequent albums are us learning to use all that, having fun, experimenting, as genuine as can be. When I look back on that it’s an indulgent smile. We would later do better but there was nothing wrong with it. I described it once as young, foolish and brave.”
Listen to ‘Xanadu’ down below.