Rush News

Remembering Don Kirshner

"Don Kirshner, rock impresario, music publishing powerhouse, television host and behind-the-scenes music supervisor (before there was such a job title) and song-picker for the Archies and the Monkees, died Monday in Boca Raton, Fla., at age 76. Over the course of half a century in the music business, he served as a bridge connecting songwriters with opportunity, and provided a televised stage in the 1970s and early '80s on which some of the rock era's most important bands performed.... With his syndicated late night show 'Don Kirshner's Rock Concert,' which ran from 1973-1981, he delivered to America some of the world's biggest bands, which performed for way below their usual fees because of the publicity the broadcast generated. His taste in booking crossed boundaries, and was influential in the 1970s for highlighting budding hard rock bands such as Black Sabbath, Rush, Montrose and Kansas. For rock fans away from major metropolitan areas, the show served as a lifeline to musicians they might not have otherwise seen...", January 18, 2011 - Thanks to John at for the headsup!


  1. My first exposure to Rush was courtesy of Don Kirshner's Rock Concert: Alex Lifeson walking through a meadow, strumming out the acoustic introduction to "A Farewell to Kings." Thank you, Mr. Kirshner. Rest in peace.

  2. My first visual taste of Rush was also on "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert." "Best I Can" was the song I remember and thinking what a lot of hair Alex had and how small the area was for Neil's drum set.