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Friday, January 18, 2013

Rare 1977 Alex Lifeson video interview
9:56AM EST | comments (19) |

Rush 1977 Portland with UFOA 35-year-old video interview with Alex Lifeson recently surfaced on YouTube which shows Alex Lifeson backstage giving a tour of his guitars to music journalist Buck Munger at the Paramount Theater in Portland, OR. Although the video is labeled as occurring in 1975, the marquee in the video reads September 19, 20, 21 - Rush & UFO. Rush never played any shows with UFO on those dates in 1975, but they did in 1977. You can check out the video below or on YouTube at this location (thanks Eric at Power Windows):

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#19 - Posted 1/19/13 @2:39PM by broughttoyoubytheletterj [contact]

Yeah, that was easy...any knowledgeable RUSH fan (who,me,geek?) knows Alex didnt have all those axes yet.
#18 - Posted 1/18/13 @7:40PM by jaeger [contact]

It is great to see the continuity in '77 with the teenage Alex we see in the documentary. What a lovable guy!
#17 - Posted 1/18/13 @12:40PM by kjbird [contact]

#14 - NICE. And AFTK was at least nominated for Best Selling Album. Boy, Dan Hill cleaned up a bit that night!
#16 - Posted 1/18/13 @12:14PM by aboyalone [contact]

Awesome! Just wish the quality was a bit better, but I still like. Took me awhile to figure out what he was wearing. At first I thought maybe it was one of his absurdly prophetic robes/kimonos. Definitely 1977. Another clue is when he's talking about his 1968 es-335 and says it's almost 10 years old. So this must have been the Farewell To Kings tour eh? Just wish there was more like this..
#15 - Posted 1/18/13 @11:37AM by snowdog2113 [contact]

Thanks #14! I'll re-label it when I put up a non-watermarked copy.
#14 - Posted 1/18/13 @11:35AM by bucklemyshoe [contact]

#5 - That was the Juno awards 1978. I actually remember watching that.

link

Check out who the band of the year was :-)
#13 - Posted 1/18/13 @11:15AM by Alexfan [contact]

Awesome. I would love to see more of these relics.
#12 - Posted 1/18/13 @11:05AM by kjbird [contact]

Great relic! My take-aways? I am very ignorant when it comes to knowledge of the tools that produce the sounds of Rush i adore! My background is in piano and singing. Period. But I appreciate the time, the countless hours that Alex (and all 3 ,really) have invested to create the plethora of sounds, tones, etc for the incredible tunes i so enjoy. This is so early in his career, and yet he speaks with such veteran experience. I respect true musicians so much.
#11 - Posted 1/18/13 @11:00AM by jottinger [contact]

Oh, this awesome... Alex looks like he's totally baked, and his explanation of the sound is hilarious, especially in light of the fact that he uses so many "mushy" solidbodies nowadays.

It's great to watch, though.
#10 - Posted 1/18/13 @10:46AM by snowdog20 [contact]

Thanks Ed, great find! Alex's jumpsuit is awesome!

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