Alex Lifeson says Rush’s no-compromise approach is key to its staying power

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When the Georgia Straight interviewed Queensrÿche vocalist Geoff Tate last month, the singer had some intriguing things to say about an alleged “backlash” against progressive rock, which he felt had been initiated by the music industry in the ’70s. Tate uncovered a plot to undermine the growing popularity of musically accomplished bands like Yes and Genesis, its ultimate aim being to make it easier for talentless recording “artists” to go forth and multiply, reaping bigger profits for record companies.

When you look around today, the scarcity of progressive rock bands gives credence to Tate’s theory, but not all of the so-called “dinosaurs” of the ’70s are extinct. There is the odd exception, and Canada’s irrepressible Rush is probably the oddest. As guitarist Alex Lifeson explained from Fresno, California, last week, his band’s iron will to make music its own way has…

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