I suspect that Portnoy is simply representative of a large subset of Rush fans who lost interest in Rush after Moving Pictures because of their shift towards what many would describe as "synth pop".
Discussions about this can get very heated obviously. Many object to using the word "pop" in the context of Rush for example because they take it as an insinuation that Rush softened its sound and moved towards a synth driven rather than guitar driven sound primarily for commercial reasons.
That's not an argument that interests me. I find it hard to believe that a band that had the balls to do something as unconventional as 2112 when they were essentially issued an ultimatum to make a more publicly accessible album or else get out of town would change their sound in an attempt to reach the top of the charts.
But at the same time I don't summarily dismiss the possibility. They aren't morally perfect gods, they're human beings.
At that point in their lives (after MP), they were all married with children and approaching or past 30 (an age that seems REALLY OLD at that point in your life) and had experienced unprecedented commercial success. I don't think it's impossible that the idea of putting out something that could reach a wider audience than MP by changing their sound to something more radio friendly didn't figure in their decision to change sonic direction.
After all, the bands they cite as influencing them in their choice to change direction were The Police and U2, not some underground band they heard in some small club or some such.
They could reasonably be expected at that point in their lives to have recognized the unique opportunity they had to firmly establish sound and stable economic security for themselves and their families.
Consciously or subconsciously.
Nothing wrong with that.
I'm not saying I think they did that; I'm skeptical of the possibility frankly for many reasons.
But I don't think it should be so casually or angrily dismissed as it seems to so often be.
Yeah, I know I've stepped into the shit with this post and can anticipate some angry responses but - hey - just saying.
I apologize in advance for pissing anyone off...
Edited by rftag, 11 January 2018 - 07:53 PM.