In 2015 the iconic Canadian rock band Rush embarked on their 35-date R40 tour to celebrate their 40th anniversary. With rumors this would be the bands final full-fledged tour, Geddy Lee (bass, vocals), Alex Lifeson (guitar, vocals), and Neil Peart (drums) enlisted director Dale Heslip, and producer Allan Weinrib, the team behind the band’s live concert films, “Rush: R40 Live” (2015) and “Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour” (2013), to document this historic tour. The result is the thrilling and emotional feature-length documentary “Rush: Time Stand Still.”
The R40 tour kicked off May 8, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and concluded on August 1, 2015 in Inglewood, California at The Forum. “Rush: Time Stand Still” chronicles the tour with an in depth look at the band on the road with compelling backstage footage, interviews, live footage of the trio at the top of their game. At 97 minutes of documentary footage, plus additional 67 minutes of never-before-released bonus content entitled “Down the Rabbit Hole,” “Rush: Time Stand Still” is one for the books.
With more than 40 million records sold worldwide (with 24 gold, 14 platinum, and three multi-platinum albums to their credit), it is the fans which have made this band one of the greatest in the history of rock & roll. Where 2010’s film “Beyond the Lighted Stage” focused on the history of the band, “Time Stand Still” is more of a dedication to the fans. From Rushcon to fan interviews proudly stating how many times they’ve seen Rush in concert, this is a true testament to band loyalty.
For people discontent on the band not doing big tours anymore, I think they need to consider what is at stake here. Rush are perfectionist and they aren’t playing easy music. In addition, there sets are nearly three hours in length. As Lifeson said in an interview, “there are a lot of notes” and with his arthritis, that’s got to be hard. But even worse is Neil Peart behind his wall of drums and cymbals pounding them night after night after night. Like he said in the film, his drum style is way more intense and harder than say, someone like Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones. So yeah, it’s completely understandable, why these men in their 60s can’t do it on a level they see fit because after all, they want to be perfect for the fans.
Personally, I don’t believe we’ve seen the last of Rush. I am thinking or hoping at least, there will be more albums and maybe even a few one-off shows or weekend shows in their future. If not, “Time Stand Still” is one hell of a thank you for the fans.