Rush

What's in the Case? 


Gold Record (US): Awarded and presented to the band members in November 1977 for the sale of more than half a million copies of their album, All the World's a Stage (Anthem Records). The now-classic live album was recorded at Massey Hall over three nights on June 11-13, 1976, during their 2112 tour. The album was later certified Platinum in 1981 and is a treasured document of the evolution of the band's earliest material.

"When we play a piece live, we add all our little quirks to it. It grows; our older material shows a remarkable progression. Some of the old songs have developed until they're superior to the originals. This gives us a chance to bring them up to date. We always felt there was something happening live that didn't come across on record. Now we have the opportunity to capture that essence of the band." – Neil Peart, 1976

Jacket: The green velvet jacket with intricate stitch design was worn by guitarist Alex Lifeson on stage at Massey Hall during the now legendary 1976 performances. 

Drum: The custom-made Floor Tom by DW (Drum Workshop) was owned and used by drummer Neil Peart. It features custom gold-coloured hardware and Neil Peart designs, including the iconic Star and Man logo on the body. An example of the intricate and highly customized drum kits the influential musician was well known for.


Rush would go on to record many other live shows throughout its forty-plus-year career, but to this day, many fans call this record their favourite live album from the Canadian rock band. "It's probably the most raw album we've ever made," says Geddy Lee. The two-record set presented the band's hour-and-a-half headlining show in its entirety, a show that featured material from its first four Mercury releases: RushFly by NightCaress of Steel, and 2112

All the World's a Stage would be Rush's first U.S. Top 40 charting album and would go on to sell over 1 million copies. According to the liner notes, this album marks the end of the "first chapter of Rush" and would start a trend of releasing a live album after each four-studio album cycle. 

Geddy Lee and Massey Hall


Geddy Lee, lead singer, and bassist for Rush, was born and raised in North Toronto by a working single mother. Massey Hall was not on her radar, so the youngster was left to discover the venue on his own. "For the kids of that generation of immigrants, you were left on your own to discover the arts in your own way," he says.

Long before Rush took to the stage, Lee was a patron of this palace of the arts. The first show he attended there was on June 5, 1968. The band was The Cream. This was one of the first rock shows presented at the venue and a harbinger of what was to come in the 1970s. It was a spectacular show and stands out as one of his fondest memories of Massey Hall. "I remember the day I went down to buy tickets. Strangely, none of my buddies wanted to go, or they could not afford a ticket, so I went down to the box office by myself. The show was the same day Robert Kennedy was shot! I remember taking a shortcut through Eaton's and Simpsons, and in the section where they had instruments and television sets, all of the TVs were tuned to that horrible event."
 Good music is a remedy for bad news. That's what Cream offered the teenaged Lee. He recalls this concert and its impact on him as a budding musician: "In those days, when your heroes came on stage, they didn't even walk, they kind of floated onto the stage. I was just staring, especially at Jack Bruce, because he was one of my first bass playing heroes, and I couldn't get my eyes off his whole routine, how he sang and played the bass, and I remember there were only two microphones on the stage, and they were going through the PA system of Massey Hall without having their own PA system! You've got this distorted voice of Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton while they were just rocking the joint." 
Excerpt from Massey Hall by David McPherson, published by permission of Dundurn Press

Artist Biography
Life-long friends and collaborators Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart of Rush were together inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. They have received a star on both Canada's Walk of Fame and Hollywood Walk of Fame and received the highest artistic honour in Canada by winning the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, and were made Officers of the Order of Canada. Recipients of the JUNOs Allan Waters Humanitarian Award in 2015, the band has made a career of donating and raising funds and awareness to support countless efforts from human rights, disaster relief, children's charities, and music scholarships. 

More From Rush

Official Website: https://www.rush.com
Listen: All the World's a Stage
Read: Big Beautiful Book of Bass
Read Massey Hall by David McPherson
Watch: Geddy Lee, Shine a Light on Massey Hall