Today,Thursday, April 1st, marks the 45th anniversary of Rush releasing their fourth album, 2112. Often described as the first progressive metal album, it saved them from being dropped by Mercury Records. Here is Geddy Lee.
“2112 opened a lot of doors for us accidentally in the sense that even though it was not really considered a very commercial album, in terms of its structure being a side-long concept, it had something about it that was vital and connected with people, and really, even though it didn’t get a lot of airplay at the time, it created a whole new wave of fans for us. And that just encouraged us, you know. Nothing like a little bit of success to fuel the fire.”
In 2016, for the album’s 40th anniversary, it was re-released in a deluxe format, which added an additional CD of rare, live and previously unreleased material — including newly recorded tracks from 2112 featuring Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters, along with others. And the DVD contains a restored 1976 concert from the Capitol Theatre in Passaic New Jersey, plus bonus videos, interviews and more.