My name is Paul, I’m thirteen years old, and I love Rush. I’m being bullied in school because of it. This is my story.
Friends at school say, “You’re the only one in this school or perhaps the world who likes such a horrible band.” “They were only one hit wonders.” “They had all that sad music done for them.” People walk in the hallway and say, “Hey Paul, Rush sucks!”
“Go listen to fuckin’ Eminem. FUCK RUSH!”
To my middle school classmates: Kiss my ass! Rush is one of the most amazing bands in rock and roll history. They have been playing successfully for over forty years! They have more hit songs than you have dreams about Katy Perry. They are third — behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones — for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band.
Haters: I don’t call you stupid for liking LMFAO. I won’t question your sexual identity for listening to Lady Gaga or Justin Timberlake. I love classic rock with loud guitars. If you’ve got a problem with that, which I think you do, kiss my ass. That’s rock and roll.
I identify with Rush’s story because they were ridiculed for what they liked to do, too. They didn’t fit any preconceived mold, and they paid the price for it. They’ve gotten love from the fans, but not much industry recognition. They’re still not in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame! The record company didn’t always like what they had to offer, but they still recorded the music they wanted to make. They stayed true to themselves. I admire that.
Rush’s lyrics resonate with me. My favorite one is from the song Limelight:
“Living in the Limelight the universal dream for those who wish to see.
Those who wish to be must put aside the alienation.
Get on with the fascination.
The real relation, the underlying theme”
To me, this means if you want to succeed, you have to let go of what people think of you.
A recent Rolling Stone article listed the100 best rock guitarists. They put Jimi Hendrix at #1 and Alex Lifeson at #98. I do not understand this. I think Alex should be somewhere in the 40’s. Why, Rolling Stone?
I’m still being teased for liking Rush. I love Rush regardless of how much people bully me. I can’t stop listening just because others don’t agree. The teasing hurts, but trying to be someone I’m not hurts more. I listen to Rush on my way to school because it gives me confidence to stay true to what I believe in.
In summary: I am a Rush fan, deal with it.
RUSH, if you are reading this, I think you are the coolest band ever and I hope to see you in concert, soon. You guys are the greatest.