RUSH “Time Stand Still” Review
In 2015, Rush went out for a 40th-anniversary tour; rumored to be the last tour of its kind and the end of their life on the road. The documentary covers the R40 tour and the unique relationship Rush have with their devoted fans. As one of those fans, I caught 3 shows on the R40 tour and attended the screening last night at The Regal Canyon View 14. Here are my thoughts on the new "Time Stand Still".
First a big "thank you" to the Regal Canyon View 14 folks and their hospitality. They were helpful and accommodating. I had the opportunity to address the crowd, toss out a few 95 Rock t-shirts, and thank the fans for coming out.
For hardcore fans, it was an emotional trip back to the end of an era. How do you say a proper goodbye to a band that has remained relevant and held itself to such a high standard for over 40 years? The movie helps put things in perspective, as a celebration, explanation, and heartfelt farewell.
The documentary isn't a history lesson. The 2010 documentary "Beyond the Lighted Stage" already told the band’s story, and while Time Stand Still includes interviews with industry onlookers and colleagues for context, this is very much a movie for the fans.
Of course, it is the level of musicianship that earns the respect. Never have three guys done so much. The movie begins with “Rush: A Salute to Kings.” The 20-minute featurette is an in-depth discussion about the importance of Rush with Gene Simmons, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters and Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart, among others.
Time Stand Still shares Neil's motorcycle rides along the way. His battle with a nasty foot infection that nearly canceled the tour, and looks back at the memorable night the band was FINALLY inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. It all ends with that last stop in L.A. were crew members and fans alike try to hold back tears. Peart offers a memorable gesture at the conclusion of what may be his final live performance. If this really is the end for Rush, it’s hard to imagine a more poignant goodbye. The Blue-Ray and DVD's go on sale November 18th. Be sure and grab a copy for the fan on your holiday list. You, and most certainly they, will be glad you did. It's good stuff. Rush rocks!.