Before the days of digital, Rush fans had to work hard to stay updated on current news for their favorite band. In 1980, The Rush Backstage Club was created to deliver, via regular mail service, band news, tour dates, fan Q&A’s, merchandise catalogues, and a young Neil Peart’s reflections. Over the years, there were over thirty newsletters released, some were full of timelines from Neil, some contained tentative upcoming tour dates, and some were merely merchandise catalogues. We have reprinted and bound the most meaningful of these newsletters in a 9” X 12”, 96-page folio.
This folio is printed in Canada on heavy art paper, with open-stitch binding on the spine. Along with actual newsletters, there are a couple of other visual features, as well as a couple hand-typed notes from Neil to their management company SRO. There is an Introduction written by Ray Wawrzyniak, and Foreword written by Patrick McLoughlin.
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Excerpts from The Rush Backstage Club Newsletters
“We put together some rough demo’s of the aforementioned five songs, as well as a rough (to say the least), and riotous (to say the most), version of Witch Hunt. This was the winner of the most re-written song award, being very difficult to get a handle on, but our intention had always been to use it as the ‘production number’ of the album, in the tradition of such pieces as Different Strings, Madrigal, and Tears…” – Neil Peart 1980
“Satanism. Now here is a word that should be kept away from some people the way you should keep matches away from children and guns from jealous husbands!” – Neil Peart 1983
Q – In what album did you think you performed your best drumming? Will you ever write a book, maybe even on the history of Rush? – Rush fan Kyong Yup Chu, from Fort Lee, NJ
A – In answer to the first question, I think my best drumming appears on the album I haven’t recorded yet! In other words, I haven’t got there yet.
I would like to write some kind of a book someday, but there are plenty of histories of Rush around now, I haven’t really got anything to add. If anything at all in that line, perhaps a collection of the biographical writings on the band I have done over the years.” – response from Neil Peart 1987