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The Rise of Kings DVD

Review by Greg Olma

Ever since Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, everyone has become a Rush fan.  For a band that used to be considered “uncool,” they have managed to get beyond that label and have become a household name.  There is no denying that the golden years for Rush were 1974 through 1981 which is the timeframe covered on this DVD.  In fact, it goes a little earlier and starts with the year 1968 with the formation of the band, before the first record was released.  The Rise of Kings does not contain a lot of so-called new information, but it does have interviews with a couple of people who were there at the beginning.  Most of the live footage and Rush interview material has been released before, but it is nice to have them all here in one place.  Set in chronological order, the footage, music, and critic interviews follow each album with most of the time focused on 2112 and Moving Pictures, which does make sense as those were the two pivotal releases in the band’s career.  Martin Popoff lends his knowledge and opinions throughout, but most of the other critics are not people I have run into often.  That doesn’t necessarily take away from this DVD, it just would have been nice to see other well known reviewer added to the mix.  All in all, I like The Rise of Kings, and it makes a great addition to the ever growing Rush DVD catalogue.

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