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The Rush Moving Sync Pictures

The Place Where Rush Secret Movie Connections Are Revealed

By Andrew C. Wendland (remove "no-spam" from address)

With Contributions from Tyler Buffett

Originally Introduced 21.12.12 --- Latest Movie Sync Added 21.12.22 --- Last Updated 21.12.22

Significant Updates 16.04.13, 21.12.13, 16.04.15, 21.12.15, 21.12.17, & 21.12.2020


This page is a continuation of my Pink Floyd page on the topic of album & movie synchronicity (or synchronization). To enjoy a sync, simply play the chosen movie with the sound turned off, and play the appropriate CD at the same time. Turning on the captions can enhance the experience. Specific instructions for each sync are given on this web page.

Special Notes

21.12.22 -  Today, we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Rush Moving Sync Pictures web page.  I must admit that I really like the clever naming I gave this page ten years ago.  As part of the celebration, I've added a movie sync that my friend Tyler Buffett revealed ten years ago on his own web page.  The sync's music consists of the career defining 2112 from 1976.  Back when I first started searching for Rush syncs, I really didn't think the syncs went this far back in their careers.  But after a recent repeat viewing of this sync, I can't help but feel that this one is intentional.  As always, you can judge for yourself.  This addition now opens the possibilities of many more Rush syncs with their entire catalog.  We'll see where this leads us.  For now, enjoy...

16.04.22I just received the Moving Pictures 40th Anniversary Backstage Exclusive Super Deluxe box set, and it is amazing!  They did a high-quality superb job on this item, perfect for the dedicated Rush fan.  I find it interesting that the original album was released on February 12, 1981, yet this 40th Anniversary edition was released a year and 2 months late.  It was released conveniently a day before (April 15th) the anniversary of The Pink Floyd Movie Synchronization Story web page (April 16th) and the same month as my 50th birthday.  I've mentioned before on this site that Rush is my favorite band and Moving Pictures is my favorite album, so I like to think that this is a "tip of the hat" to us movie sync enthusiasts, signaling we're on the right path.

02.02.2020We were saddened by the passing of the exceptional musician and genius lyricist Neil Peart on January 7th of this year. One of the greatest appeals of Rush has always been the lyrics. They are thought provoking and genuine. Obviously, the music is amazing as well. Neil will definitely be missed by many. My uncle Rick took the news pretty hard. He called Neil, "The Greatest Brain in the World." Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends.

09.09.19Back in July, I got the chance to meet legendary rock star, Geddy Lee, during his "Big Beautiful Book of Bass" book signing tour when he made a stop in Livonia, Michigan.  I decided to wear The Claypool Lennon Delirium concert shirt, so I would "stick out" a little bit from the crowd of fans wearing Rush shirts.  The line to meet Geddy was very long but was moving pretty quickly, so I knew I wouldn't have a lot of time to converse with him.  I was determined to ask him about movie syncs.  So, when I got my turn to get my book signed, I said something like, "Hi, I'm Andrew Wendland.  And Rush has been my favorite band since I was about 10 years old...  I have this interesting theory that some famous bands are writing their albums to sync with movies."  Then I boldly asked, "Has Rush ever written an album to fit with a movie?"  Geddy shook is head, looked down, and muttered, "No."  Then he looked at me and said, "But I'd like to think that our albums are like their own movies."  I nodded my head in agreement, and we gave each other a fist bump... My turn was over.  I'm so glad that I finally met him.  I knew that he would never admit to creating movie syncs, but I felt compelled to ask anyway.  Even though I'm a huge Rush fan, I never managed to meet the band over the years.  I'm actually glad that I waited.  I'd like to think that all these sync artists are aware of my work and website, and that maybe Geddy actually recognized my name.  Thanks for stopping in Livonia.

21.12.17Today, we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of this Rush sync web page.  It's been fun discovering syncs of my favorite band.  Even though they've retired from touring, they are still releasing expanded additions of select classic albums, so the potential for more Rush syncs is evident.  We're adding a new one today from Tyler Buffett with disc 2 of the 40th Anniversary edition of 2112.

30.06.15The Rush R40 concert on 14.06.15 was fantastic!  Rush sounded great.  My uncle Rick and I were pleasantly surprised by the song selections, such as Jacob's Ladder, Hemispheres, Cygnus X-1, Xanadu, and Lakeside Park.  The songs were played in reverse chronological order from their latest album to the first one.  If this ends up being their final tour, it was a perfect way to give the fans a beautiful memory.  Of the 12 Rush concerts I've attended, this was one of my favorites.  Even if they don't tour anymore, I hope they will continue creating music in one form or another.  Thank you, Rush, for the music, the shows, and the syncs!

16.04.15I purchased two Rush R40 concert tickets for 14.06.15 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Section 125, Row C, Seats 3 & 4.  Obviously, I am very much looking forward to this show.

21.12.12Today, I am pleased to expand the secret sync society to include Rush. I had been ignoring the signals that this band was creating album/movie syncs, but I finally woke up. Only recently did I start attempting any combinations. I'm very pleased that my favorite band was invited into the fold. A new adventure awaits us...

I started noticing the last few years that Rush CD's and concert DVD's were coming out on the same days as material from other bands mentioned on this site (such as Pink Floyd).  At first, I wrote it off as coincidental, but later a pattern started to emerge.  Then, the Time Machine tour with its elaborate video productions seemed to be pointing towards something more.  Finally, while enjoying their latest concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills of the Clockwork Angels tour, it finally hit me.  The combination of the elaborate story-telling through video and song, the inclusion of their first-ever string ensemble on stage, and the clues in the album artwork, they gave me the strong desire to search for a sync.  It didn't take too long to find a really good one in my opinion.  Now I needed a link or connection between Rush and one of the bands above.  I did a little web search and found that Alex Lifeson apparently met David Gilmour during his On an Island tour.  Lo and behold, Alex actually thanks David Gilmour in the liner notes of the Snakes & Arrows CD.  How did I miss that before!  So, the connection I needed was confirmed.  The torch has been passed.

The Syncs

For individual syncs, click on an album title or a movie title below.  For the entire list of syncs, click on the link at the bottom.

The Albums

bullet2112 (1976)
bulletSnakes & Arrows (2007)
bulletRetrospective III 1989-2008 (2009)
bulletWorking Men (2009)
bulletTime Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland (2011)
bulletClockwork Angels (2012)
bulletThe Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays the Music of Rush (2012)
bulletClockwork Angels Tour (2013)
bulletR40 Live (2015)
bullet2112 - 40th Anniversary - Disc 2 (2016)

The Movies

bulletThe Time Machine (1960)
bulletThe Omega Man (1971)  ***NEW***
bulletTime Bandits (1981)  ***NEW on 21.12.15***
bulletIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)  ***NEW on 21.12.2020***
bulletBack to the Future Part II (1989)  ***NEW on 21.12.15***
bulletBack to the Future Part III (1990)
bulletThe Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
bulletThe Time Machine (2002)
bulletNational Treasure (2004)
bulletThe DaVinci Code (2006)
bulletIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)  ***NEW on 21.12.13***
bulletThe Watchmen (2009)
bulletHugo (2011)  ***NEW on 16.04.15***
bulletMad Max: Fury Road (2015)  ***NEW on 21.12.17***

Warning:  Clicking the link below will reveal all the syncs.

The Rush Movie Synchronizations