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Rush to appear on The Colbert Report, 07/16/08

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:51 pm
by PV
My sister called me tonight to tell me this. Thanks, Ann!!! :cool:

Rush to make rare TV performance on 'Colbert'
July 15, 2008, 1:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rush will be appearing on "The Colbert Report," and it's not Limbaugh.

The Canadian band Rush, which hasn't performed on U.S. television in more than three decades, will play their classic "Tom Sawyer" on the Comedy Central show Wednesday (11:30 p.m. EST). The Geddy Lee-led trio, which is currently on tour, hasn't played on U.S. television since 1975.

Rush is only the latest act to perform on "The Report," which has steadily edged closer to "Ed Sullivan Show" territory. With increasingly frequent musical performances, "The Report" has grown a variety-show impulse, evident in other upcoming bookings.

The rapper Nas will perform on July 23, Toby Keith will return for a second performance on July 28 and Crosby, Stills and Nash will play on July 30.

The Stephen Colbert-hosted comedy show was originally launched as a parody of conservative political punditry ? and shows like "The O'Reilly Factor" do not make a habit of hosting music performances.

But "The Report" circus has expanded into musical realms, often with its sonorous host joining in. John Legend, Neil Young, R.E.M., Tony Bennett, Peter Frampton, Willie Nelson, Barry Manilow, John Mellencamp, the Roots and Carole King have all performed on the show.

Colbert's enthusiasm for the music has been easily apparent. He's sung the "Star-Spangled Banner" (in two-part harmony) with Legend, and mocked the MTV-style band interview by questioning R.E.M. from a stool twice the size of those the band sat on.

Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:00 pm
by awip2062
The Geddy Lee Trio?! LOL!

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:25 am
by Big Blue Owl
Too cool to be believed. Stephen must really be flattered. First show as a band since 1975 :-)

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:21 am
by rushfanfla
They appear on tonight's show :)

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:30 am
by Walkinghairball

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:35 am
by Big Blue Owl
Holy mother of coolness! I'm there, man! I don't suppose I can find tonight's show online now....nah, prolly not. :-D

I'll post the link at 6am Pacific time tomorrow morning.

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:31 am
by awip2062
So now BBO is on my normal time?

We'll look for your post, BBBro!

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:25 pm
by Kares4Rush
*gets toothpicks ready to prop open eyes* :shock: :-D

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:21 pm
by Middle Kingdom
I wonder how he got them to appear?

This is awesome....I'll be up for this!

They repeat the show three times tomorrow, and I think you can
view the shows on the comedy central's site for the Colbert Show
the day after they air.

Should be fun!
They'll get their highest rating ever!

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:03 pm
by Kares4Rush
Since Colbert parodies a right-winged political pundit blowhard like O'Reilly (nothing personal or political here--just saying what he does) I'll bet he makes some big deal that "Rush" is coming on. Like Rush Limbaugh, one of his "heroes" and then it will (uh oh) be the band Rush. :-D

Tom Sawyer a good choice for all his "America First" parodies too.

I've seen him "join" the bands on his show too and it's a riot! I wonder if he'll do that here?

I can't wait!!!

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:24 pm
by ElfDude
Getting ready to tape it.

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:06 pm
by ElfDude
Well, that was fun. :)

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:20 pm
by Kares4Rush
Indeed! I loved when he was reading the By-tor lyrics! :-D

Representin'! Sayin'?

Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:24 pm
by ElfDude
I definitely like Jimmy more than Mr. Colbert! :-D

Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:51 am
by Tinkertoy Drummer
How cool is this! Everyone I know watches Colbert. Maybe we'll gain a few more Rush fans