Well, I guess I've been following them for a while. But a lot of my info comes from their documentary too. What's odd, I didn't discover them until 1978 when my brother brought home "A Farewell to Kings", and then I went backwards to go forwards. Thankfully, there wasn't that much to listen to back then. The hardcore fans of today probably know ALL of their albums. I didn't follow them that hardcore.i feel that no one in this thread so far.....knows anything about RUSH except for Bo. im guessing you havent seen the documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage.
It wasn't that, as much as he had diabetes.Rutsey didn't like roadwork.
It was interesting in the documentary how Alex said that you basically go through high school with people and after you graduate, you never see them again. And I've known he was right. I haven't seen anyone I went to high school with (except for the ones on social media). But the premise makes sense, Rutsey wasn't going to be in the band, I'm not surprised that they didn't remain close buddies.It wasn't that, as much as he had diabetes.
Although Rush has always said he quit before the tour because his diabetes made touring difficult. But in the movie, it's said he was fired, because management noticed he was getting tempted by drinking and other things, and they realized that drinking+road temptations+ diabetes was a bad combo.
I recall in an interview in the late 80's, Alex said he and John hung out all the time. But in interviews in the 90's, Alex said he hadn't spoken to John in 10 years.
Anyhow, his playing on the first album was pretty good. I enjoy the 1st album a lot, there are some really good songs on it.
But I suspect John wouldn't have lasted in the band even if he had done that first tour.
Geddy was already getting into more prog, and Rutsey was resisting, wanting to stay with the more straight ahead rock.
Geddy apparently wrote the 7/4 section that became song Anthem when Rustsey was still in the band, but John wasn't interested in trying to learn how to play it.
And then there is the story about Rutsey originally wrote all the lyrics for the the 1st album, but then tore them up because he didn't like them, and Geddy had to re-write all the words at the last minute.
Not to get off topic, but yes. This is what drives me nuts when people start bashing Peart and saying "why is he highly regarded when he's not as good on drums as *insert name*?"Had Peart not joined Rush in 1974, it's pretty certain they'd now just be a footnote in rock history.
Yeah, there's footage of a TV appearance on the documentary where he gets the audience clapping at one tempo and then kicks off at a much quicker tempo, and you see the audience getting confused and their clapping getting ragged. But for a young drummer getting a TV slot, that's probably not unexpected, it was probably nerves.If you watch their live stuff, you can tell that John wasn't particularly a great drummer. He could not keep tempo to save his life. It reminds me of the Pete Best demos that the Beatles made. He had some cool licks, like Pete did, but he couldn't do the fundamental stuff down.