In 2021 Rush marked the discharge of the fortieth anniversary version of their basic Moving Pictures album by lifting the lid on Deborah Samuel’s cowl shoot.
One of many outtakes launched by the band revealed – for the primary time – the face of the person carrying Rush’s iconic Starman brand portrait up the steps of the Ontario Legislature in Queen’s Park, Toronto. That man was Crowbar frontman Kelly Jay, who had died in 2019.
“You’re the primary individual to wish to converse with me,” Kelly instructed us earlier than he handed away. “Up till now no person knew that I used to be on that sleeve.”
“I knew Geddy and the boys; we travelled in the identical circles. We have been [former Canadian PM] Pierre Trudeau’s favorite band and we had a big following, however not as huge as Rush.
“We’d stumble upon one another, however the principle connection was photographer Deborah Samuel, who I – and my spouse on the time, Kerry Knickle – knew. She requested me to come back and be one of many guys concerned within the shoot. I didn’t know that a lot about Rush’s music. We have been like Mozart and so they have been like Wagner [laughs] – they’d a whole lot of notes!
“It was filmed in entrance of the Ontario Legislature. It was a Sunday and the place was closed, no person besides us within the parking zone. We have been there for fairly some time. My spouse was the make-up woman – you’ll see her on the within cowl.
“Deborah is an outstanding photographer and a tremendous director, and the concept for the sleeve was very good: the totalitarian Russian gulag carrying the work round. My spouse and I did a whole lot of vogue pictures again then, as a result of my different work along with her was making feather hats. So it was simply one other vogue shoot! We didn’t receives a commission however we did favours forwards and backwards for one another.
“Afterwards, Crowbar carried on as band, we had a whole lot of good accolades, and our track Oh, What A Feeling appears to have grow to be a basic. I’ve written 5 hundred songs since then.
“I’ve bought a duplicate, however I’ve by no means heard the file. It’s a cool piece of artwork and the superb factor about all of it is that it leads folks to take a look at why did they do it, who was concerned, and also you uncover rather a lot stuff.
“Nevertheless, you’re the primary individual to wish to converse with me. Up till now no person knew that I used to be on that sleeve. It was once one of many nice bar bets: who’s that on the Transferring Footage cowl? The thriller appears to have lived on.”
Kelly Jay was chatting with Jo Kendall.