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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-08-09

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members, who first got together in
Toronto in 1969, would ever reunite
and make music again.
fter a half-decade of circling
"Our thoughts and our energies for
a field of sadness and
the last few years had been more
uncertainty, a new album
involved around making sure that [Neil]
and hot summer tour by
was OK and that he was surviving and
Rush has safely landed the popular
that he wasn't bothered by any pressure
Canadian rock group into the healing
from band activities or day-to-day junk
hands of time.
in being a musician," Lee explains.
because Rush's dedicated legions of
"We hoped that that would be help-
fans have not been able to hear the
ful to him and that he would be able
band in concert since July 1997,
to eventually find reasons to continue
Canada's officially proclaimed
his musical life. But, of course, that
"Ambassadors of Music" have waged a
was not a priority to us."
jam-packed summer tour that will
In January 2001, Peart, Lee and
bring the group to the DTE Energy
Lifeson decided to regroup in a
Music Theatre on Aug. 11 and 12.
Toronto recording studio and began
Billed as "An Evening with Rush,"
work on their newest Anthem/Atlantic
the power-rock three-
album, Vapor Trails,
some plan to play and
hailed by Billboard
jam from a 30-song
magazine as "a non-stop
playlist, without featur-
wallop of energy."
ing an opening act.
Peart had remarried in
2000 and the 13-track
comeback's kick-off hit,
Reuniting
"One Little Victory," cel-
The reason for Rush's
ebrates his rebounded
holding pattern occurred
rock 'n' roll spirit.
between the release of
"Things developed
the group's 1996 studio
in such a fashion that
album, Test for Echo, and "Vapor Trails," the new CD
he did find some posi-
from Rush, has been hailed
the issuance of 1998's
tive influences in his
by Billboard magazine ac
live set, Different Stages,
life that allowed him
"a non-stop wallop of en 11 X7 to come back and want
when drummer Neil
Peart's 19-year-old
to start making music
daughter was killed in an auto acci-
again," says Lee.
dent and, less than a year later, his
'And, of course, we are happy about
wife died from cancer.
that and welcomed him back and tried
Insofar as Peart doubles as Rush's
to create an atmosphere that was calm
central songwriter and the creative
and secluded and protective and allowed
force behind the band's impressive
•him to integrate with us and make
string of 22 gold and platinum-certi-
music at a natural, comfortable pace."
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Signals, Moving Pictures, Counterparts),
the other two members of the trio,
Jewish bassist-vocalist Geddy Lee and
guitarist Alex Lifeson, respectfully
chose to let their fellow bandmate's
grieving process take its course.
Meanwhile, Lee and Lifeson dabbled
in outside projects, including a Rush-
minus-one track to the 1999 animat-
ed-feature soundtrack South Park:
Bigger, Longer & Uncut.
Yet both were unsure if the original

Jewish Roots

Behind his rock star image, Lee has
always remained mindful of his Jewish
roots, because both of his parents were
among the Polish Jews imprisoned at
Auschwitz during the Holocaust.
Lee's mother had been born in
Starachowice in the Radom District of
east central Poland, the site of a Jewish
slave labor factory.
Lee has recalled that his parents

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