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Interview 30 May 1976 - Rush Interview in Springfield, Illinois

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01 - Interview in Springfield, Illinois (1976)​


  • This is an interview with the band during the 2112 tour, following their performance in Springfield, Illinois on 30 May 1976.
  • The person who conducted this post-show interview with the band backstage at the Nelson Center also recorded the complete concert from the soundboard.
  • Unfortunately, this interview contains a lot of static and muffle that makes most of it hard to hear. You can read my current attempt at transcribing the interview below, which is by no means complete.


*Current work in progress*
Interviewer: "Okay, now first I'll just get a bunch of *inaudible*."​
Geddy: "Uh, we're from Toronto, Canada. We've been together as Rush for about seven, almost eight years now."​
"Uh, Neil's been with us, Neil's the drummer, he's been with us about two, two years."​
Geddy: "Alex and I went to junior high school together."​
Neil: "None of us ever got in the college door."​
Geddy: "We've been on the road now for *inaudible*."​
Neil: "We do (our thing there). We uh... *inaudible*. We get to come here and bring our own show, bring our own sound and lights, and it's a real pleasure to put on a show like that *inaudible."​
Geddy: "that-(that's/there's) no technical (tradeoff/*inaudible*)."​
Geddy: "Uh it's a, three-way, uh, collaboration. *inaudible*. Neil wrote the majority of the lyrics while Alex and I *inaudible*.​
Neil: "... when we did 'Don Kirshner's Rock Concert'... *inaudible* ...and uh, I imagine next time we do television is when we're able to do it on our terms, and somebody says to us 'come be on our show', and then when we have a little bit of control... *inaudible*​
Neil: "(Yeah) *inaudible* did that too, (one day in concert?) (they chopped us?)..."​
Geddy: "'In Concert' butchered us."​
Neil: "Yeah."​
Geddy: "They took, w-we did a, we had a 20 minute spot, and cut it to 10 minutes. (We/they didn't care where (we/they) cut it."​
Neil: "Pieces of songs even, I mean not cutting songs out, cutting pieces of songs." *laughs* "That's ridiculous."​
(Interviewer/Alex?): " *inaudible* ...Don Kirshner... *inaudible*."​
Neil: "Well it could be done so much better too, that's the pathetic thing."​
Neil: "Yeah. it's not like it's a limited medium, it certainly isn't. With television you can do, it's almost limitless, and uh, you've seen (what?) and some people have been able to do it on their terms, and seen that people have done great presentations on television. Not very many, only people like *name* or somebody like that, that does their own special under their auspices *inaudible*."​
Interviewer: "Now (what about this uh?), like what are the ways can you *inaudible*, like you know, (presented on?) *inaudible*. *inaudible* (communicational?)..."​
*pause of silence*​
Interviewer: "Like how are you gonna..."​
Neil: "Okay... th-the way we're doing it, is the way we're doing it now, just being on the road constantly playing as many places as we can, because that's really the safest route to get to a lot of people without having to give up anything."​
Interviewer: " *inaudible* progressive rock *inaudible*, where do you see yourselves at *inaudible*."​
Geddy: "Uh actually, I've seen quite the opposite (trending?)... rock-n-roll (most of the while?) has been pretty regressive, so were trying..."​
Neil: " *inaudible* is our best." *laughs*​
Geddy: *inaudible*​
Interviewer: " *inaudible*, um... sort of like an (ominous?) *inaudible*."​
Geddy: "We're not using, we're not using much (*inaudible*/harmony?)."​
Geddy: "We did it on a couple earlier tunes, but it was always uh... *inaudible* (singing with me?). *laughs* You know, we'd like to work on more vocals but uh..."​
Neil: "You haven't got the raw materials." *laughs*​
Geddy: *inaudible*​
*pause of silence*​
*inaudible* *laughs*​
Neil: "Oh, don't push yourself, we're not in any hurry. *inaudible*."​
Interviewer: *inaudible*​
Neil: *inaudible*​
Neil: "Pardon?"​
Interviewer: *inaudible*​
Geddy: "No *inaudible*."​
Interviewer: *inaudible*​
Neil: "Is it? Pretty (night/nice)."​
Interviewer: *inaudible*​
Neil: "Certainly the tallest building *inaudible* you can see."​
Geddy: "Hello?"​
Random Woman: "Hello! *inaudible*."​
Geddy: "Yes I do. *inaudible*."​
Random Woman: "Huh?"​
Geddy: *repeats inaudible*​
Random Woman: "(Okay/*inaudible*) *inaudible*."​
(Alex?): *inaudible*​
Interviewer: " *inaudible*. Alright, now here's another one (I wanna get?) is *inaudible* crowds that are coming to your shows."​
Neil: "Okay."​
Interviewer: "Do you find more or less, like in rural areas, like 13, 14, *inaudible* that age?"​
Geddy: "Actually, in the rural areas, I think you're getting all kinds, all ages. Everybody who just wants to go to the event. You know? Not so much to see the band, but just to go to a concert and uh, get a little loose."​
Interviewer: *inaudible*​
Neil: "Oh, definitely between a place like this and say, we played Chicago a couple days ago, and we had about the same amount of people, but... the, thing in Chicago when you drive down there the people they're all there to see you. Whereas in a place like this, they're going to a concert. You know, to a certain extent. A lot of people of course are coming that know the band, but there's uh, certainly a large percentage that it is coming, (*inaudible*/to go from there)."​
Interviewer: "Do you guys play *inaudible*?"​
Neil: "No. *inaudible*."​
Geddy: *inaudible*​
Interviewer: "What do you think of that (state/stage)?"​
Neil: "A lot nice *inaudible*." *laughs*​
Geddy: "Nicer sound-wise, *inaudible*."​
Neil: "It was pretty funky."​
Interviewer: " *inaudible*. Then the other thing is acoustics. What could you do more of if, you know, if you were playing off of the... all of the *inaudible* for every hall you go on to?"​
Geddy: "Yeah, i-it's hard, you know? I mean, so many halls are so bad. You just gotta, sorta persevere and do what you can. We do it, we try to do as long *inaudible* as we can. *inaudible*, *name* said that, as soon as the crowd blows up the place, it changes the whole acoustics, you know?"​
Neil: "This (happened in the stage?) sound here was terrible, it was so depressing, and then tonight, (for me then anyway?), the stage sound was really good."​
Geddy: "Yeah."​
Interviewer: "(Do you suppose/You were supposed?) *inaudible* the vocal..."​
Geddy: *inaudible* (Sorry/It's alright?)​
Interviewer: *inaudible* (You sing pretty good?)​
*pause of silence*​
Interviewer: " *inaudible* (When you give an interview in another city, what would you say?)"​
Geddy: *laughs*​
Interviewer: *inaudible*​
Geddy: *inaudible*​
Neil: "Use your imagination." *laughs*​
Interviewer: *inaudible*​
Geddy: "Um, we listen to (so?), so many different kinds of music, and so many different people, that uh, we couldn't really pin down *inaudible*. Anybody who's good."​
Interviewer: *inaudible*​
Geddy: *inaudible*​
Interviewer: *inaudible*​
Neil: "Okay!" *laughs*​
Interviewer: *inaudible*​
Geddy: "Alright."​
Interviewer: "I appreciate it."​
Interviewer: "Thank you."​
Neil: "Thank you!"​