Alex Lifeson, the guitarist who founded Rush 45 years ago, remembers very clearly the first time the band played Dallas. It was Oct. 17, 1974, at the Travis Street Electric Company, a club on Knox and Travis streets.
The band was touring behind its self-titled debut, which had been released in March with John Rutsey on drums. Rutsey didn’t last long, and by the time of that fall tour, Neil Peart was sitting behind the kit. Thirty-nine years later, Lifeson, Peart and Geddy Lee, the skinny bass player with the glass-shattering voice, would become the subjects of a well-received documentary — 2010’s endearing Beyond the Lighted Stage — and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers inducted by the Foo Fighters.
Back then, they were gawky Canadians in a strange land.
“And I remember having such a great show in Dallas that night,” says Lifeson. “We were playing a lot of our bar set — stuff we put together very quickly with Neil off the first show. We played ‘Bad Boy,’ the Beatles song. We were out with Uriah Heep, Rory Gallagher, Nazareth, relegated to a 20-minute, half-hour sets. So we would pick up these club dates where we would play for a couple of hours, and that was a really exciting night, because nobody knew who we were, and we won the crowd over that night. The place was just roaring by the end of it, and we all just thought, ‘Texas is awesome!’”
- RUSH’s ALEX LIFESON Speaks To TeamRock Radio At ‘Classic Rock Roll Of Honour’ (Audio) (blabbermouth.net)