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Rush Working Man Original Drummer John Rutsey 1974 Live

teefus

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great song, one of my favorites from their early years. john rutsey was certainly a good drummer. iirc, he left because of medical (diabetes?) reasons. touring was very difficult for him because of his condition.
 

redchapterjubilee

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I love Rutsey's playing. I'm a Peart dude but I can't handle how he plays the stuff from the first album live. I always felt like Neil put a little too much of his stamp on it and wouldn't just let those songs groove like they did with Rutsey. Understandable, but for my taste I prefer Rutsey's playing on the first album songs.
 

clint

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Thanks for posting!
I wish that they would have done more stuff in this stripped down style. It seems heavier than the popular stuff they are more known for.
 

erksin

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Yeah. There were some "tempo variances".
I think that's putting it diplomatically. :p

I think Rutsey was always the weak link - the diabetes stuff while a valid reason to boot him (because he was alcoholic and life on the road was going to do him a lot more harm than good), they needed a better drummer if they were gonna be anything more than a watered-down Led Zeppelin/Bad Company type band.
 
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Funny how Rutsey was the "crowd banter" guy in the band back then. Must've been tough for Ged to pick that up after Rutsey was gone....
 

custom53

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Nothing against Neil Peart, But I liked RUSH a lot more with John Rutsey.. I just wanted to see a hard rocking, hard charging Bar Band.. After they switched, they got a bit to "Artsy" for me..
 

Sean French

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I first got into Rush in the late 70's when I was 13. 2112 and Hemispheres were what got me turned on.
Much respect for John. The first album was great and a straight ahead rocker it was. He was replaced for health reasons. No shame in that.
Neal took them to a way more progressive place. He was their missing link IMO.

Really. Can anyone imagine Rush without Neal?
Forty years later they are still touring/recording and on top of their game.
 

joek86

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As good as the first album was, I think Rush would have faded into obscurity if they hadn't recruited Peart and evolved as they did. They were kind of a Zep derivative originally.
 

CharAznable

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Nothing against Neil Peart, But I liked RUSH a lot more with John Rutsey.. I just wanted to see a hard rocking, hard charging Bar Band.. After they switched, they got a bit to "Artsy" for me..
They would have faded away like a million other bar bands with nothing original or special.
 






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