Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage

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Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
  • Sam Dunn
  • Scot McFadyen
CinematographyMartin Hawkes
Edited byMike Munn
Music byRush
Distributed by
Release date
  • June 10, 2010 (2010-06-10)
Running time
107 minutes

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is a 2010 documentary film directed by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn. The film offers an in-depth look at the Canadian hard rock band Rush, chronicling the band's history and musical evolution.[1] The film made its debut at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, where it earned the 2010 Audience Award.[2] The film was also nominated for Best Long Form Music Video at 53rd Grammy Awards, losing to When You're Strange, a documentary about The Doors.[3] A limited theatrical run began on June 10, 2010 and the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the US and Canada on June 29 of that year. John Rutsey, the band's original drummer, died in 2008; tape-recorded comments from him are incorporated into the film.


Individuals are listed in alphabetical order.


Celebrity Band
Sebastian Bach Skid Row
Jack Black Tenacious D
Mick Box Uriah Heep
Danny Carey Tool
Jimmy Chamberlin The Smashing Pumpkins
Les Claypool Primus
Tim Commerford Rage Against the Machine
Billy Corgan The Smashing Pumpkins
Freddie Gruber Freddie Gruber
Kirk Hammett Metallica
Taylor Hawkins Foo Fighters
Jason McGerr Death Cab for Cutie
Kim Mitchell Max Webster
Vinnie Paul Pantera
Mike Portnoy Dream Theater
Trent Reznor Nine Inch Nails
Gene Simmons Kiss
Matt Stone DVDA
Zakk Wylde Black Label Society


Name Description
Liam Birt Tour manager
Terry Brown Rush's producer, 1975–1982
Cliff Burnstein Q Prime Management
Frank Ciampa Fan
Peter Collins Rush's producer, 1985–1987, 1993–1996
Ray Danniels Band manager
Donna Halper Media historian, former music director for WMMS
Rupert Hine Rush's producer, 1989–1991
Kelly Paris Fan
Glen and Betty Peart Neil Peart's parents
Nick Raskulinecz Rush's producer, 2006–2012
John Roberts Fox News Channel anchor, former MuchMusic video jockey
Christopher Schneberger Fan
Kevin Shirley Engineer, 1993
Howard Ungerleider Tour lighting designer
Mary Weinrib Geddy Lee's mother
Vic Wilson Former band manager
Melanija Zivojinovich Alex Lifeson's mother


Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage premiered on VH1 on June 26, 2010.


The 2-disc DVD features over 3 hours of video, including a 1.5 hour bonus disc of never-before-seen live performances, special features, and deleted scenes from the film.

Deleted/extended scenes[edit]

  • Being Bullied and The Search for the First Gig
  • Reflections on the album Hemispheres
  • Presto and "Roll the Bones" Rap
  • The Rush Fashion
  • Hobbies on the Road
  • Rush Trekkies
  • Pre-Gig Warm-Up - An extended version of the backstage footage shown at the start of the film
  • Dinner with Rush at a Hunting Lodge - An extended version of the footage shown during the film's closing credits

Live performances[edit]

  • "Best I Can" - Live at Laura Secord High School, St. Catharines, Ontario, 1974 (with original drummer John Rutsey; part of Rush's appearance on the TV series Canadian Bandstand)
  • "Working Man" - Same performance as above, also with Rutsey
  • "La Villa Strangiato" - Live at the 1979 Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands (first time this song was captured on video; recording begins at the start of the "A Lerxst in Wonderland" section, after comments by Alex Lifeson about an injured finger)
  • "Between Sun and Moon" - Opening night of the 2002 Vapor Trails Tour, Hartford, CT (first live show following the band's hiatus)
  • "Far Cry" - Live in Rotterdam, 2007 (from the Snakes & Arrows Live DVD)
  • "Entre Nous" – Live in Rotterdam, 2007 (from the Snakes & Arrows Live DVD)
  • "Bravado" - Live in Frankfurt, 2004 (previously only available on the R30 Blu-ray version)
  • "YYZ" - Live in Frankfurt, 2004 (previously only available on the R30 Blu-ray version)

Runtime of the film and bonus disc includes over three hours of content.


The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and currently holds a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[4]


  1. ^ "Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage". 5 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-25. Retrieved 2010-07-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Awards Nominations & Winners". 30 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage". Rotten Tomatoes.

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