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Here we have two bands that created unique followings for their music. Rush has the advantage in the amount of time that they’ve been around, but both have a unique sound and style.

While most would probably give the drumming advantage to Rush, the bass and guitar riffs that have made the bands famous is what can set them apart. Having seen both bands live in concert, I’d give the guitar playing advantage to Muse, and it’s extremely difficult to measure up the bass playing.

While Rush has the forever famous “Tom Sawyer”, Muse gets more airplay on average. The Hall of Fame is already a done deal for Rush (and deservedly so), and I think Muse will get there in time.

Of the two bands, who has been more influential?

Muse – Live at The Roundhouse, London, UK (iTunes Festival) 2012 HD

Rush In Rio

4 Comments to “MUSE Vs RUSH”

  • brian mccabe October 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Is this a serious question????? Muse is cool and all, but come on. Don’t be ridiculous.

  • admin October 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    HI Brian –

    Thanks for the comment. Yes, it’s serious! I know RUSH has decades of more music and performances under their belt, and for that you can’t take anything away from them.

    But, from a perspective of growing musically, I haven’t heard that evolution in their sound. MUSE continues to push the boundries no matter the stage (I was not a fan of the Olympics performance), but at least they were willing to try and fail.

    Both are great bands, but I’d rather have MUSE playing at my funeral!

  • brian mccabe October 2, 2013 at 2:05 am

    You haven’t heard the evolution in their sound. Hmm. I really can’t think of a way to express what I think of that statement, without being a total douche. And I don’t want to be “that” rush fan (read: irrationally defensive). So I’ll just say this. Their sound has evolved. If you disagree, then I guess we’ll agree to disagree. But do this. Listen to 2112, followed by The Camera Eye, then say, Mystic Rhythms. Then anything off of Hold Your Fire. Then Bravado. Then Driven. Then The Garden. If you’re not hearing an evolution, maybe a blog about music isn’t the right fit for you.

  • admin October 2, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Hi Brian –

    Don’t worry about bruising my ego. I’m well aware that I don’t know everything. Like all things in music, it’s a matter of taste. I’ll go back and listen to the sequence you listed, (it will take me a few days) and then I can circle back with more comments.

    Keep in mind that my perspective of RUSH is different than MUSE. My first introduction to Rush was Tom Sawyer. I saw them live for the Presto Tour (http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/rush/1990/civic-arena-pittsburgh-pa-2bd1889a.html) and followed them loosely afterwards.

    I welcome the comments hope that you’ll stop by to add some more!

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