Rush was long considered one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s most glaring omissions, so when the band was finally inducted in 2013 after 14 years of eligibility, the moment became a glorious celebration for Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and their fiercely loyal fanbase.
The band was inducted by Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins who delivered a speech that was as heartfelt as it was hilarious. When it was time for Rush to say a few words, they followed suit, especially Lifeson’s with his dramatic “blah-blah-blah” speech. Peart acknowledged the grandness of the moment by saying, “We’ve been saying for a long time — years — that this wasn’t a big deal. Turns out, it kind of is.” Lee added, “I have to say this is a little overwhelming for a nice Jewish boy from Toronto.”
For their performance, Grohl, Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz, who produced albums by Rush and the Foo Fighters, opened the set with a performance of “Overture.” Lee, Lifeson and Peart would then take over and perform two of their biggest songs: “Tom Sawyer” and “Spirit of the Radio.”
Rush’s induction can be seen in its entirety below. (WARNING: Some NSFW language ahead.) Below the video is a gallery of images from the induction.
FLASHBACK: Rush Gets Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame