September 7th, 2013 — One Month Out
Rush fans have been taking the Rush Fan Stories survey for a little over a month
now. The biggest news to report is that Donna Halper has agreed to write the
Foreword! Donna is credited for discovering Rush and was instrumental in helping
them get their first record deal. Rush Fan Stories will be a better book because of
Donna, considered by many to be Rush's #1 fan.
Thanks so much to everyone who has participated so far! Surveys have been sent in
from well over a dozen countries, including Argentina, Australia, Chile, Finland,
Norway, Poland, Slovakia, and The Netherlands. It's no surprise that most
respondents are male, but 17% out of the 300 are female.
There will be plenty of stories about all varieties of Rush concert experiences in
the book. Eight people have seen over 100 shows (two of them over 150!). Only one
person (from the UK, aged 18-29) reports never seeing Rush live. And 27 fans said
they attended the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Regarding the question of favorite member of Rush (not that this is a popularity
contest), Geddy and Neil tied at 20% each, while Alex received 15% of the love. But
above all, 44% chose "not to decide." John Rutsey was chosen by one person.
The survey answers produced a few other interesting statistics. Under the question
of significant others' feelings about Rush, there was only one response where
females outnumbered males. By more than two to one, women said their significant
other was already a Rush fan when they met. Regarding fans' ages, 56% are 40-49
year olds, while 23% are 50-59, and three people are in the same decade of life as
the members of Rush (60-69). Remarkably, 12% of those who took the survey estimate
they've spent more than $25,000 in their Rush pursuits. Almost exactly 50% of those
who responded, have met a member of Rush outside of a Meet & Greet.
The question that's been asked the most is, what are everyone's other favorite
bands? The top ten are, in order of popularity, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Yes, The
Beatles, Porcupine Tree, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, U2, Genesis, and Foo Fighters.
While there has tremendous responses from many areas, there are some places that are
particularly lacking, including all of Africa and Asia. People from the Canadian
provinces of Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan
are still needed. In the United States, surveys are lacking from Arkansas, Kansas,
Louisiana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.
Another resource that's been added to the book is a Rush Fans' Glossary. To
contribute, comment in that thread
on the Rush Fan Stories Facebook page. And if
you want to help out by curating the Rush Fans' Glossary for use in the book and at
RushFanStories.com, send an email. Whoever gets the job gets credit for it...
Please help spread the word about Rush Fan Stories to all your Rush friends, and
also Like the Facebook page!