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Kepler Ten: "We never really think about Rush when we’re writing music"

The former Rush tribute band spread their own wings

“We never really think about Rush and other bands when we’re writing music. I get a little too wound up in my own storyland to wonder if it echoes anything else.”

When we catch up with Steve Hales, co-founder and drummer of Kepler Ten, he’s diplomatically keeping comparisons to the Canadian prog superstars at arm’s length.

As one of the founding members of the UK’s premier Rush tribute act, R2, it would be all too easy to draw a line between his new project and his second life as the two-limbed maelstrom that is Neil Peart. It doesn’t help either that the band’s name sounds like a nod to Rush’s extraterrestrial pursuits.

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