Time Stand Still (DVD)
Release Date: November 18, 2016
Time Stand Still is the document of what is generally believed to be Rush’s final tour. I use the term “believe” loosely here because by all accounts throughout the documentary, this is indeed the end of the touring life for the iconic band and perhaps even the last curtain call altogether. The expertly put together documentary sadly does not spend much time exploring the possibility of new music but it does note the band’s elation with the Clockwork Angels album and tour, feeling it was the album and tour that they had been trying to have for 40 years.
This documentary feels like an end cap to Beyond the Lighted Stage in all honesty (which isn’t a bad thing at all). It follows the band as they trek along the all-too-short R40 tour, which began each set with the newest material and ended with the backdrop of a high school gymnasium and a never-before-released song. It really was one of the band’s most iconic tours, in some ways surpassing the aforementioned Clockwork Angels tour for me. The DVD also includes some live extras from the “Rabbit Hole” that, as a big fan of the Presto era, is pretty cool to see.
The viewer learns more about the band’s many, largely unspoken ailments of aging, and how they present unique challenges for a band like Rush, who are not known for three chord anthems, right? Peart wisely notes that Rush are not the Rolling Stones and that their bodies cannot perform at this level anymore. As sad as it is to see and hear, it should make us all that much more appreciative of the fact that for the last 20 years these guys have given us 3 hour set after 3 hour set, night after night, year after year. We also spend a good deal of time following Peart’s motorcycle adventures, something that helps him deal with the harsh boredom of touring after 40 years.
What I really appreciate about this documentary the most though is all the footage of the managers and crew, some of which have worked with Rush for multiple decades. From the truck driver who went on the road with the band and never really came home to the instrument techs to the fans from RushCon. It feels like great lengths were gone to to ensure that the band recognized everyone one last time. After a sold-out tour the band called it a day and the filmmakers do a great job of recognizing the fact that many lives changed the next morning, not just those of Lifeson, Lee, and Peart.
Narrated by Paul Rudd, this is another excellent Rush documentary that almost feels surprising. A world without a touring Rush is an idea I had ever really entertained and it’s honestly quite sad. That said, Rush has left some of the most epic tours and albums ever in their wake, all the while never losing their connection to the hearts of the “working man.” Bravo Rush. Bravo.
Reviewed by mark1340