Thursday, July 8, 2010
"COUNTDOWN from the 'Signals' cd by Rush. On April 12, 1981, Rush was invited to NASA to watch the launch of the first Space Shuttle Columbia. They were so impressed and inspired that they came up with this song and video to pay tribute to NASA astronauts Young and Crippen, and the whole space program. I recall being at a Rush concert during the Signals tour back around sometime in 1983 and watching them perform this song. When the song reached the point where the countdown begins prior to liftoff, the giant screen was showing the exact same footage as the music video, and the stage was filled with smoke(dry ice) to simulate the launch sequence on stage. It was an awesome experience which I will never forget. Those of you who saw this know what I am describing."