Tom Rush, On Stage and Screen, Wows at Boston Documentary Premiere

Jul 31, 2014

There was an extra surprise at the Boston-area premiere of the award-winning documentary, “Tom Rush: No Regrets,” at Arlington’s classic Regent Theatre late last month. While a Q&A session was expected at the end of the screening, Rush also treated fans to a three song, 15 minute set (“I don’t do two song sets,” he joked from the stage). Rush then entertained questions from the audience, along with filmmakers Todd Kwait and Rob Stegman, for another 20 minutes.

Rush began his mini-set with a new love-song-in-progress, apparently titled “Life is Fine.” He introduced it by explaining how his “muse” woke him up with the idea, and if he didn’t grab that moment of inspiration immediately, the song would be given to “Arlo.” Rush followed with covers of “Drift Away,” most notably a 1973 hit for Dobie Gray, and a medley of “Who Do You Love” and “Bo Diddley.”

You can watch the entire musical set in the embedded video. Mr. Rush appears about two minutes into the clip.

“Tom Rush: No Regrets” was the recipient of the 2013 “Best N.H. Documentary” at last year’s New Hampshire Film Festival. More information about the film can be found in the links below.

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