Geddy Lee says the upcoming theatrical release, Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019, serves as a testament to the band's 2015 final tour. The movie takes its name from the band's 1978 Hemispheres track “La Villa Strangiato,” and compiles live soundcheck and concert footage of the band from its 2015 “R40 40th” anniversary tour.
Blabbermouth reported that Lee spoke about the film on Philadelphia's WMMR, explaining, “What it is is basically a way of celebrating the 'R40' tour in the sense on a big screen. It's taking a lot of stuff that fans might have seen on that video, the concert footage, but it's added a few twists to it — there's some soundcheck footage, there's some pieces that people haven't seen and haven't been released, and there are interviews with various musicians blah-blah-blah-ing about us. (Laughs) So I think the intent of the record company, in that regard, was just to create something that you can't have at home. Going into a venue with a ton of other like-minded Rush fans and celebrating the final tour, as it were.”
Along with unseen footage of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart, Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019 features new interviews with producer Nick Raskulinecz, Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, Tom Morello, and Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins.
Geddy Lee told us that over the course of the band's career he's never been afraid of making a mistake in public: “Y'know, you look back, and sometimes you go, 'What was I thinking?' But that's part-and-parcel of, kind of, being slightly experimental. That means you're gonna make mistakes, and you're gonna, you're gonna be off the mark sometimes. But I think it's important for all artists not to be afraid to make mistakes in public.”
Rush's Cinema Strangiato 2019 will run for one night only on August 21st. For participating theaters, log on to cinemastrangiato.com.