I love seeing this article on Jambase! My iPod mostly contains artists that you could say are of the "jamband" variety, whatever that means these days- Phish, SCI, moe., Leftover Salmon, Keller, Umphrey's, Flecktones, Acoustic Syndicate, etc. Other than that, my iPod just contains Rush. They have been my favorite band for the last 22 years.
Exit...Stage Left was the first album I ever owned, back in '82.
I'm 38 years old, and it's weird to think that I have never lived in a world where there wasn't Rush (I know their first album came out when I was 2, but like the article says, they've been together for 42 years). I'm not sure what it's going to be like when they're not around anymore.
And I'm not just one of those fans nostalgic for the music of their youth, who go to the shows, hit the snack bar or the beer tent during the new songs, and then leave after the guys play "Tom Sawyer." In fact, the two Rush albums I listen to most are Vapor Trails and Snakes & Arrows, and I can't wait to see them play "Caravan" and "BU2B" live- these new songs are great! I can honestly say that they are the only band that has never put out an album I didn't like all the way through.
They are not hitting Phoenix, AZ on this leg of the tour, so my wife and I are driving up to Vegas this weekend to catch the show- can't wait! I heard that they will come through AZ next year, so I'll be there when they do.
I couldn't make it to any of the SCI or Phish shows this summer (I really wish I could have), but at least there's always Rush.