2112 was RUSH's first mainstream succes. It featured the 20 minute and 33 second epic song called 2112. (respectivly) The song was broken into 7 parts that told an amazing story of a world run by the evil Priests of the Temples of Syrinx. Every dimension of life is controlled by them. Until one day the man on the star, or starman, finds an ancient guitar and learns to make his own music. Thinking he has found something that could change the world, he brings it to the Preists. He plays for them, and after he is done, The Head Priest, Father Brown, destroys it. He goes home, and promptly falls asleep and dreams of a land before the Preists took over. He thinks that in death, he will reach the land of his dream and commits suicide. The last part of the song is the Grand Finale, were a voice repeats the words "Attention all Planets of the Solar Federation," "We have assumed control," three times over and the song ends.
- 2112 (l. Overture/ ll. The Temples of Syrinx/ lll. Discovery/ lV. Presentation/ V. Oracle: The Dream/ Vl. Soliloquy/ Vll. The Grand Finale)
- A Passage to Bangkok
- The Twilight Zone
- Something for Nothing
On a Side Note....Edit
- Neil was inspired by the genius of Ayn Rand when he wrote the song 2112.
- This is the only album to feature a different musician on it, Hugh Syme played the mellotron in the song Tears, wrote by Geddy Lee.
- The song "A Passage to Bangkok" is said to be about marijuana, referncing places such as Columbia and Jamica, and the expression "Wreathed in smoke in Lebanon".
- On February 1st 2012, (several months ago...) they day was considered "RUSH Day", because if you write the date out like this, 2/1/12. Or this, 2|1|12, it spells out 2112, hence "RUSH Day" (not to be confused with Bastille Day from "Caress of Steel".)
- The starman logo on the back of the album became the band's most well-known logo, (and my favicon) and Peart explained it later and said,
"All (the naked man) means is the abstract man against the masses. The red star symbolizes any collectivist mentality."