This is notable because, although the band has enjoyed a enduring popularity that is nearly unprecedented (they’ve sold tens of millions of records and still routinely sell out the same sized arenas they did in the 1980s, without having to hook up with other bands on a package tour, or even have an opening act) the venerable rock magazine has mostly ignored the legendary Canadian power trio for most of their existence. In fact, it wasn’t until 2008 that the magazine did a full length feature on the band.
It’s well known, of course, that most rock critics, notably Rolling Stone publisher/founder Jann Wenner, aren’t fans of Rush. Guitarist Alex Lifeson acknowledged that when he he spoke to Radio.com last year.
“Yeah, well, I don’t really know what the deal was there,” he said. “They didn’t like us at all at Rolling Stone. In fact, I think it sort of bordered on hate. They were a ‘hip’ crowd from an earlier generation.”