Rush on The Colbert Report Tonight!

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For the first time since 1975, the ultimate nerd-rock band Rush will perform “Tom Sawyer” live on The Colbert Report.  Not exactly sure what Rush and the comedy news show have in common, but who cares!?  It’s Rush!

Rush was recently featured in a great article in Rolling Stone (excerpt) that does a great look-back over the years and influence Rush has had in modern rock music, leaving one to wonder why they still haven’t been inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

One of the coolest Rush pieces is the 2112 Suite: Overture, The Temples of Syrinx, Discovery, Presentation, Oracle: The Dream, Soliloquy and Grand Finale.  If you’re not familiar with this seminar work of art rock…

it’s a 20 minute long story that takes place in the year 2112.  In this
bleak future, music, reading and pictures are controlled by the priests
of Syrinx until one man discovers a guitar and creates a new kind of
music.  This man takes his guitar and music to the Priest of Syrinx but
they destroy his guitar, seeking to suppress this form of individualism.  The man goes into hiding and becomes
depressed and eventually kills himself.  Neil Peart, who wrote the
lyrics, credits Ayn Rand‘s Anthem for inspiration.

Updated: Here’s Rush from The Colbert Report…

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