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RUSH Makes VH-1'S 100 Greatest Artitsts Of Rock

Rush was voted as #28 on the five part/five hour program hosted by Carmen Electra which aired in mid-November.  During the program, Rush was supported with comments by Vinnie Paul, Vernon Reid and Sebastian Bach:
"My first impression of Rush was "God On Drums." Neil Peart... I mean everything he did was unbelievable. And you can't forget Geddy and Alex man. God... great great band." - Vinnie Paul (Pantera)

"Musically... you know they've carved an incredible niche. They've created their own language." -  Vernon Reid (Living Colour)

Sebastian Bach (Skid Row): "I actually proposed to my wife because of one of their I heard these words and it just kind of....{slapping himself} kind of slapped me back into reality and I went back and put the ring on her finger cause of... cause of a Rush song."

Rush Quoted In Esquire To Inspire Votes

"And as the nation yawns and rolls over, heedless of the thrumming media harpies and their 'Decision/Vote/Choice 2000' business, we realize: Rush was right. Not the talk-radio fattie-the band. People, whom do you think Rush was trying to reach with 'If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice'? Correct it was you. So now more than ever: Rush powered by Neil Peart-chief lyricist, Ayn rand devotee, bitchin' drummer and more. Turns out Mr. Peart is an ardent libertarian. (They're the ones who want to abolish taxes and legalize pot, we think.) As such, societal themes permeate the Rush canon, among them freedom, self-reliance, and Thai stick. Peart noted the individualism of Tom Sawyer; he celebrated the worth of philosophers and 'ploughmen'; and long before Napster, he gave us his eloquent lamentation on record-company greed: 'For the words of the profits were written on the studio wall/[and]concert hall/And echoes with the sounds of salesmen/ooooofffff salesmen!' Our Point? Not sure, but maybe it's that the Libbies deserve another look-if only because their convention will probably not showcase Fleetwood Mac and might even feature a Canadian power trio whose logo involves a naked guy and a pentagram. Whatever: Rock the vote!" - Esquire Magazine, November, 2000