In the lead-up to RUSH‘s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction on April 18, the ArcLight Cinemas in Los Angeles, California will host a special screening of the the band’s documentary, “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage”, on April 16 at 7 p.m. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with RUSH vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson, hosted by SiriusXM disc jockey Jim Ladd.
“Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” was honored in the “Music DVD Of The Year” category at the 2011 Juno gala dinner and award ceremony. This marked the second consecutive win in this Juno category for filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen of Banger Films, who received the same award lain 2010 for “Iron Maiden: Flight 666”.
The two-disc DVD release of “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments in excess of 100,000 copies. (Note: Due to the fact that the set consists of two discs, it was eligible for platinum certification after shipping 50,000 copies; platinum certification for a single-disc release is 100,000 copies.)
Guitarist Alex Lifeson told The Pulse of Radio that it wasn’t until he saw the film himself that he thought there was actually an interesting story to tell about the band. “It’s just kind of a, you know, a success story — kids from the suburbs have a dream and they live their dream,” he said. “And everybody can relate to that. There’s been quite a dynamic in the band, a lot of stuff has happened, so there was a story to tell there. And I don’t think I really realized there was one until we actually saw a rough cut and how they pieced it all together and the chronology and the ebbs and flows of the story.”
RUSH bassist Geddy Lee told RollingStone.com that the band was initially hesitant when approached by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen about making a documentary, saying, “We thought, ‘How foolish are these guys?’ We’re just this dull band. I remember [drummer] Neil [Peart] asked them rather pointedly, ‘What’s your angle? What’s the story you want to tell?’ They said, ‘Well, to be honest, we don’t know.’ We liked that and said, ‘Good luck, let you know what you want us to do.'”
“Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” won the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.