Geddy Lee Recalls The Time Rush Was Booed Off The Stage


In a new conversation with House of Strombo, Rush’s Geddy Lee talked about their past with different bands and acts. The musician remembered opening for a band that was far different from rock music and getting booed off the stage.

Rush was formed in 1968 and settled on a power trio lineup in 1974 with Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart. Their commercial success came with the albums named ‘Fly by Night,’ ‘2112,’ ‘A Farewell to Kings,’ and ‘Hemispheres,’ which were released between ’75 and ’78. They continued to be successfully present in the rock world, creating and touring until 2015, when they ceased touring. In 2018, they disbanded, and sadly in 2020, their drummer Neil Peart passed away from brain cancer.

Their progressive rock and metal sound had developed over the years with their success. Their worldwide sales are over 40 million, they received many Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Before their success, they had toured with and opened up for some odd bands that weren’t from the rock and metal scene, and recently Geddy Lee recalled one of these concerts.

In 1973, Rush opened for NY Dolls which was considered an unexpected choice because stylistically, their music didn’t have the same audience. Moreover, a year later, the band opened for Sha Na Na at a show at the University of Maryland. The band was booed off stage because they didn’t match Sha Na Na’s style, and the audience was there to listen to Sha Na Na’s kind of music.

Here is what Lee said about being booed off stage:

“We played on bills that didn’t make sense. We opened for Sha Na Na. That makes no sense. We did the Sadie Hawkins dance in Baltimore, and we got booed off the stage. We should have got booed off the stage because they were all dressed like the Fawns. And here comes this really loud metal band, and they’re like, ‘What the f*ck is this?’ So yeah, we took every gig that was offered to us pretty much.”

You can watch the full interview below.