Rush And Rolling Stone Magazine Bury The Hatchet

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It wasn’t too long ago that Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson said this in reference to Rolling Stone magazine: “They’ve never been much in the way of fans of ours — in fact, totally the opposite of that for the longest time. There’s been quite a bit of friction between them and us.”

image That was his reaction after learning that Rolling Stone wanted to send a reporter to spend some time with the group.

From that, we learned recently, that the relationship between the long-enduring Canadian rock trio and the magazine was showing signs of improvement, and now it appears official. The latest edition of Rolling Stone has a nice feature on the group which centers mostly around the group’s history, and quite a bit of talk about drummer Neil Peart in particular.

The feature is not yet available online, but as things typically work in the age of the internet, you can still check it out courtesy of some fan with a document scanner. This post on the “Rush Is A Band” site will lead you to the scanned images. The pages may have been a bit too wide for the scanner that was used, but you can still read pretty much the whole thing.

For Rush fans it’s really kind of nice to see them get some attention from a major music publication like Rolling Stone. Maybe they are finally being accepted more as a mainstream group, and that’s something that both the band and their fans may have mixed feelings about.


  1. Chris July 2, 2008 at 10:25 am

    That was the MOST insulting article I have EVER read. RS is a piece of shit!
    It was insult after insult. All stereotypes and put downs. I could not believe it. Do not praise RS. They are narrow minder ass holes. I burned my issue in disgust.

  2. RealRockNews July 2, 2008 at 10:38 am

    I’m not quite sure what I said could be considered “praise,” and I didn’t find the feature as unfriendly to the group as you obviously did.

    I surely do not doubt your status as a die-hard Rush fan, but please, we’re taking about music here – not the fate of the human race or something.

    I’m a Rush fan, too, but I doubt that even the guys in the band took the Rolling Stone piece as seriously as you did.

  3. greg July 6, 2008 at 10:11 am

    The article called the band and its fans nerds in the opening paragraph.
    Why not find a writer who actually likes the band? Oh yeah. R.S. is a nerd magazine run by nerds.

  4. morgan rothe July 11, 2008 at 11:46 am

    As much as I would like to think Jann Wenner was behind some of the many snide insults…he was probably doing some kitesurfing in Bora Bora or something when the writer Norris was doing this first-time piece.I know Wenner does not like Rush but I think he had no choice but to feature them at this point in their success…the article had equal amounts of Paul Bunyan type praise to offset the snide insults…as a Rush Fan I’ll take the olive branch while finally watching Wenner eat crow…Congrats Rush.. you did it “your” way…

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