By 1981, RUSH had built a fiercely loyal fan base through eight albums, only one of
which did not sell more than its predecessor, and road-dog touring, all
the while honing their chops, their arrangements and lyrical themes into a laser-tight focus for RUSH's worldwide blockbuster, "Moving Pictures". So what did the band do for the follow-up when all of their hard work paid off? RUSH changed.
the album also contained the Top Ten hit "New World Man" and sold over a
million copies in its first two months, there is a tendency to assume
that the follow-up, "Signals", was easily embraced by all of the RUSH faithful. It wasn't. With back-to-back million sellers "Permanent Waves" in 1980 and then the massive "Moving Pictures", RUSH risked their new-found fame and fortune with the 1982 album "Signals", expanding their sound with new instrumentation and additional layers of sound on songs "Subdivisions", "The Analog Kid", "Chemistry" and "The Weapon". But if RUSH had not challenged themselves and their fans by continuing to innovate and explore all four corners of the studio on "Signals" in fall 1982, would there even be a RUSH in the 21st century? Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart all weigh in for this classic rock interview.
Here is just a portion of what Neil Peart shared with "In The Studio" host Redbeard: "We were all looking for a new place for the guitar, and Alex was looking for a new way to play it and present it. So 'Signals' is very experimental for us."