During an appearance on “The National” of the CBC News channel, Rush’s Geddy Lee recalled the time Rush opened up for Kiss on a tour back in 1974 and what they learned from Kiss at that time.
About this, Geddy Lee said:
“We were so green when we crossed the border into the US of A for the first time in 1974. When we were opening shows, we were so wide-eyed and we barely had professional cases. We were still carrying some of our cabling in empty Coke crates. […]
“So, we had a lot to learn. And we’d sit night after night at the side of the stage after our short set and watched all the bands.”
About Kiss, Lee also said:
“And Kiss was really impressive because not only was their road crew incredibly kind to us, and the guys in the band were very supportive of us, but they were putting on this literally explosive pyrotechnic display.
”And they worked so hard and everything had to be choreographed and everything was split-second timing.”
Going more into the matter, Geddy pointed out that what they learned from Kiss wasn’t necessarily about their music but rather how they approached live shows, as well as how incredibly professional they were. He concluded by adding:
“So there was a lot to learn, there was a lot to take in. And it wasn’t really about their music for us. We liked some of their songs, of course. And some of them we didn’t care for. But the way they went about their business was really instructive.”