During the Dan Rather interview, Geddy Lee's explanation as to why Rush were denied airplay was that they were "too derivative".
Does this ring true to anybody?
With the exception of the first record, I've always thought Rush were a particularly un-derivative band. I mean, as a fan, I can hear their influences (and how those changed over the years) but Rush has always seemed like a band that fans and non-fans agree that they always just sound like Rush.
And since when has been derivative kept you OFF the radio? Even in the time he is referring to, it seems to me radio was full of stuff that sounds like other stuff. Radio, even in its heyday (with the exception of some great alternative shows) was never some great champion of originality. If Rush REALLY sounded like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd mixed together with some Black Sabbath and Genesis, wouldn't they have been all over the radio?
It just seems like an absurd argument... and it was a moment where I thought, oh, a member of the band might not be the person who has the most reliable perspective on why they didn't get radio airplay.