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Rush

Over the course of their decades-spanning career, Canadian power trio Rush emerged as one of hard rock's most highly regarded bands; although typically brushed aside by critics and rarely the recipients of mainstream pop radio airplay, Rush nonetheless won an impressive and devoted fan following, while their virtuoso performance skills solidified their standing as musicians' musicians.

Rush formed in Toronto, Ontario, in the autumn of 1968, initially comprising guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Alexander Zivojinovich), vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib), and drummer John Rutsey. In their primary incarnation, Rush drew a heavy influence from Cream, and honed their skills on the Toronto club circuit before issuing their debut single, a rendition of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away," in 1973. A self-titled LP followed in 1974, at which time Rutsey exited; he was replaced by drummer Neil Peart, who also assumed the role of the band's primary songwriter, composing the cerebral lyrics (influenced by works of science fiction and fantasy) that gradually became a hallmark of the group's aesthetic.

With Peart firmly ensconced, the band returned in 1975 with a pair of LPs, Fly by Night and Caress of Steel. Their next effort, 1976's 2112, proved their breakthrough release: a futuristic concept album based on the writings of Ayn Rand, it fused the elements of the trio's sound -- Lee's high-pitched vocals, Peart's epic drumming, and Lifeson's complex guitar work -- into a unified whole. Fans loved it -- 2112 was the first in a long line of gold and platinum releases -- while critics dismissed it as overblown and pretentious; either way, it established a formula from which the band rarely deviated throughout the duration of its career.

A Farewell to Kings followed in 1977 and reached the Top 40 in both the U.S. and Britain. After 1978's Hemispheres, Rush achieved even greater popularity with 1980's Permanent Waves, a record marked by the group's dramatic shift into shorter, less sprawling compositions; the single "The Spirit of Radio" even became a major hit. With 1981's Moving Pictures, they scored another hit of sorts with "Tom Sawyer," which garnered heavy exposure on album-oriented radio and became perhaps the trio's best-known song. As the 1980s continued, Rush grew into a phenomenally popular live draw as albums like 1982's Signals (which generated the smash "New World Man"), 1984's Grace Under Pressure, and 1985's Power Windows continued to sell millions of copies.

As the decade drew to a close, the trio cut back on its touring schedule while hardcore followers complained of a sameness afflicting slicker, synth-driven efforts like 1987's Hold Your Fire and 1989's Presto. At the dawn of the '90s, however, Rush returned to the heavier sound of their early records and placed a renewed emphasis on Lifeson's guitar heroics; consequently, both 1991's Roll the Bones and 1993's Counterparts reached the Top Three on the U.S. album charts. In 1996, the band issued Test for Echo and headed out on the road the following summer. Shortly thereafter, Peart lost his daughter in an automobile accident. Tragedy struck again in 1998 when Peart's wife succumbed to cancer.

Dire times in the Rush camp did not cause the band to quit. Lee took time out for a solo stint with 2000's My Favorite Headache; however, rumors of the band playing in the studio began to circulate. It would be five years until anything surfaced from the band. Fans were reassured in early 2002 by news that Rush were recording new songs in Toronto. The fruit of those sessions led to the release of Rush's 17th studio album, Vapor Trails, later that spring. By the end of the year a concert from the supporting tour was released on DVD as Rush in Rio.

In 2004 Rush embarked on their 30th anniversary tour, documented on the DVD R30, and in 2006 they returned to the studio to begin work on a new album. The resulting Snakes & Arrows was released in May 2007, followed by the CD/DVD set Snakes & Arrows Live in early 2008. Material from the latter was combined with footage from Rush in Rio and R30 for the CD/DVD compilation Working Men, which was released in 2009. A documentary on the band assembled by Toronto's Bangor Productions called Beyond the Lighted Stage appeared in 2010, followed a year later by another Bangor video production, Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland.

Rush's 19th full-length studio album, Clockwork Angels, arrived in June of 2012. While the following year wouldn't bring a new album, it did deliver the next best thing by way of Vapor Trails: Remixed, which found producer David Bottrill revisiting one of the more notable victims of the so-called loudness wars. Along with a freshly repaired album, Rush also released Clockwork Angels Tour, a three-disc live album recorded during their 2012 tour. The band took the next year off, but returned in 2014 with the R40 video box set, which was released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Neil Peart's membership with the group and included the live outings Rush in Rio, R30, Snakes & Arrows Live, Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland, Clockwork Angels Tour, and two previously unreleased bonus discs. The following year saw Rush embark on their North American R40 tour, which was purported to be their last large-scale tour. It was chronicled in the 2015 CD/DVD concert album R40 Live. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Clockwork Angels Tour

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: Vapor Trails (Remixed)

1. One Little Victory (Remixed)

2. Ceiling Unlimited (Remixed)

3. Ghost Rider (Remixed)

4. Peaceable Kingdom (Remixed)

5. The Stars Look Down (Remixed)

6. How It Is (Remixed)

7. Vapor Trail (Remixed)

8. Secret Touch (Remixed)

9. Earthshine (Remixed)

10. Sweet Miracle (Remixed)

11. Nocturne (Remixed)

12. Freeze (Part IV Of Fear) (Remixed)

13. Out Of The Cradle (Remixed)

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Track List: Clockwork Angels

1. Caravan

2. Bu2b

3. Clockwork Angels

4. The Anarchist

5. Carnies

6. Halo Effect

7. Seven Cities Of Gold

8. The Wreckers

9. Headlong Flight

10. Bu2b2

11. Wish Them Well

12. The Garden

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Track List: Snakes & Arrows

1. Far Cry

2. Armor And Sword

3. Workin' Them Angels

4. The Larger Bowl

5. Spindrift

6. The Main Monkey Business

7. The Way The Wind Blows

8. Hope

9. Faithless

10. Bravest Face

11. Good News First

12. Malignant Narcissism

13. We Hold On

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Track List: Feedback

1. Summertime Blues

2. Heart Full Of Soul

3. For What It's Worth

4. The Seeker

5. Mr. Soul

6. Seven And Seven Is

7. Shapes Of Things

8. Crossroads

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Track List: Retrospective II 1981-1987

1. The Big Money

2. Red Barchetta

3. Subdivisions

4. Time Stand Still

5. Mystic Rythms

6. The Analog Kid

7. Distant Early Warning

8. Marathon

9. The Body Electric

10. Mission

11. Limelight

12. Red Sector A

13. New World Man

14. Tom Sawyer

15. Force Ten

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Track List: Test For Echo

1. Test For Echo

2. Driven

3. Half The World

4. The Color Of Right

5. Time And Motion

6. Totem

7. Dog Years

8. Virtuality

9. Resist

10. Limbo

11. Carve Away The Stone

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Track List: Counterparts

1. Animate

2. Stick It Out

3. Cut To The Chase

4. Nobody's Hero

5. Between Sun & Moon

6. Alien Shore

7. The Speed Of Love

8. Double Agent

9. Leave That Thing Alone

10. Cold Fire

11. Everyday Glory

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Track List: Roll The Bones

1. Dreamline

2. Bravado

3. Roll The Bones

4. Face Up

5. Where's My Thing? (Part IV, ''Gangster Of Boats'' Trilogy)

6. The Big Wheel

7. Heresy

8. Ghost Of A Chance

9. Neurotica

10. You Bet Your Life

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Track List: Presto

1. Show Don't Tell

2. Chain Lightning

3. The Pass

4. War Paint

5. Scars

6. Presto

7. Superconductor

8. Anagram (for Mongo)

9. Red Tide

10. Hand Over Fist

11. Available Light

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Track List: Hold Your Fire

1. Force Ten

2. Time Stand Still

3. Open Secrets

4. Second Nature

5. Prime Mover

6. Lock and Key

7. Mission

8. Turn the Page

9. Tai Shan

10. High Water

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Track List: Power Windows

1. The Big Money

2. Grand Designs

3. Manhattan Project

4. Marathon

5. Territories

6. Middletown Dreams

7. Emotion Detector

8. Mystic Rhythms

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Track List: Grace Under Pressure (Remastered)

1. Distant Early Warning

2. Afterimage

3. Red Sector A

4. The Enemy Within

5. The Body Electric

6. Kid Gloves

7. Red Lenses

8. Between The Wheels

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Track List: Signals (Remaster)

1. Subdivisions

2. The Analog Kid

3. Chemistry

4. Digital Man

5. The Weapon

6. New World Man

7. Losing It

8. Countdown

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Track List: Moving Pictures

1. Tom Sawyer

2. Red Barchetta

3. YYZ

4. Limelight

7. Vital Signs

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Track List: Permanent Waves

1. The Spirit Of Radio

2. Freewill

3. Jacob's Ladder

4. Entre Nous

5. Different Strings

6. Natural Science

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Track List: Hemispheres

2. Circumstances

3. The Trees

4. La Villa Strangiato

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Track List: A Farewell To Kings

1. A Farewell To Kings

2. Xanadu

3. Closer To The Heart

4. Cinderella Man

5. Madrigal

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Track List: 2112

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Track List: Fly By Night

1. Anthem

2. Best I Can

3. Beneath, Between & Behind

4. By-Tor And The Snowdog

5. Fly By Night

6. Making Memories

7. Rivendell

8. In The End

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Track List: Rush

1. Finding My Way

2. Need Some Love

3. Take A Friend

4. Here Again

5. What You're Doing

6. In The Mood

7. Before And After

8. Working Man

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Track List: Caravan (Radio Single)

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Track List: Headlong Flight (Single)

1. Headlong Flight

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Track List: The Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987

1. Working Man

2. Fly By Night

3. 2112 Overture / The Temples Of Syrinx

4. Closer To The Heart

5. The Trees

6. The Spirit Of Radio

7. Freewill

8. Limelight

9. Tom Sawyer

10. Red Barchetta

11. New World Man

12. Subdivisions

13. Distant Early Warning

14. The Big Money

15. Force Ten

16. Time Stand Still

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Track List: Vapor Trails

1. One Little Victory

2. Ceiling Unlimited

3. Ghost Rider

4. Peaceable Kingdom

5. The Stars Look Down

6. How It Is

7. Vapor Trail

8. Secret Touch

9. Earthshine

10. Sweet Miracle

11. Nocturne

12. Freeze - Part IV Of 'Fear'

13. Out Of The Cradle

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Never a big Rush fan but these Guys just keep going and going I bow to them
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trinn17
First saw Rush right after 2112 came out. Tickets were about $18.. I remember one of my friends asking who the back-up band was, and another guy answers some band called Van Halen...Firs t guy asks who the heck is Van Halen? Friend #2 answers, oh you know, they got that song Running with the Devil playing on the radio. Point being we had no idea what we were about to see. Had to be about 1978 or so. Note that Rush is a band that never stopped improving. Masters of their instruments!
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coleman3.edw i n
Neil and the boys! Still the sh*t!
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Rush bad rocking goods group rock can fly by night. Good group Dallas tx. Ken m. Green.
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Listening to Permanent Waves, my favorite Rush album.
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It's understandab l e that R40 would be their last big tour. Rocking so hard for so long takes a toll. I'm so grateful that I saw Rush in concert twice. R40 is possibly the greatest concert I will ever attend. They played everything, the setlist almost made me cry. Every song they played went in order from newest album to the original RUSH album, and as they went through the show, equipment was taken off stage, going back in time until they were playing Working Man with nothing but a few speakers.
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I've been a Rush fan since middle school and around the beginning of college, I decided that it was my favorite band of all time! When I heard that Neil Peart recently retired from music, my heart just sank! On the other hand, he's definitely done enough incredible work as a drummer - and as a lyricist - to earn his retirement. I just he, Geddy and Alex do one last tour before calling it quits for good!
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Amazing
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Been Rush fan all my life ever since I listened to Fly By Night album.. Many years listening to the vinyls.. Rush on!!
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sagndk
I saw them at LIsner Autitorioum in DC Before they got BIG.
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One of the best live bands there is. Now that is musicianship .
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jpicha1
f**kin decent boys!
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Rush rocks big time lefty in the house said so.
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Oh Rush, hail to the Gods: Geddy, Alex and Neil!! songwirting geniuses!
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I love them. Sadly, I never got to see them in concert. I love how they put such deep meaning in their songs. Signals and Grace Under Pressure are my favorites.
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Triumph is the only band that even come close to being like Rush. It lasted one good tour. And 20 years later Tom was out peddling DVD's and CD's. Enough said.
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IMAO
Three of the very most talented as a group and individually artist ever to touch the face of this earth !!!
Neil, Getty & Alex
' my BOYS'!!
There still rocking on l!
pretty amazing… 0;o)))
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Didn't like it at first (many years ago), but now I dig it.
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Fly by night is there best song even tho the beginning sounds od
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pbgranma
2112 their best
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DONT READ THE LAST POST! No really, don't read that last post. It will cause you to loose at least 20 IQ points and regress to the mind set of a elementary school special ed child. Anyway, loved Rush. The only band I saw in concert that came even close to Jethro Tull. Both groups were on the cutting edge of RnR and totally baffled music critics for their originality. Shalom
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gmcanc222
one great Live band, Fly by Night and tom Sawyer forever my favorites
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You know what truly baffles me? The similar artists listing. Pink Floyd? Check. Led Zep? Of course. The Who? Absolutely. VAN HALEN?? For some reason, I can't picture Geddy and the boys doing a cover of 'Hot for Teacher.....
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kc01000101
@ talktomyinbo x , No, Mahogany Rush is an entirely different band.
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many moons ago was this band called mahogany rush ?
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milosdad
Well said Virtwintech7 .
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Integrity, songwriting and musicianship . Faithfulness to their fans everywhere, and pure hard work. Certainly one of the very top bands of all time.
And yes, Geddy can 'Slappa dat bass!'
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Rush is one of the most underrated bands of all time. But too me they are one of the greatest!
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Best album of rush by far
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Classic all the way
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How is Rush not at 100,000 likes.
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milosdad
Under the shadow/Retur n of the Prince is as rocking as it gets. Balanced with great melodies and lyrics.
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milosdad
Just watched their documentary. Pretty insightful and well done. Made me love them even more. Plan on showing it to my youngest who is an aspiring musician. Just to show him how to never compromise.
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For instance - Rush does not mix with AC/DC
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Its amazing how they made a career in pop rock. In my opinion Rush doesn't mix well with the one hit wonder bands.
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Peart's lyrics were not so much about or if at all, in reference to science fiction and fantasy as it was history, social and Libertarian, (Randian) thought. Someone that knows RUSH well punk me if I'm wrong.
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Peart's lyrics were not so much about or if at all, in reference to science fiction and fantasy as it was history, social and Libertarian, (Randian) thought. Someone that knows RUSH well punk me if I'm wrong.
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Wrong Lyrics...... . t h e s e are off of Cygnus X-1 from A Farewell to Kings....
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aprilakaiser
Rush is a awesome band !!!!
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bngnt
A masterpiece.
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Rush is the best thing ever created
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the best thing to come out of canada
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Shut up & get off pandora. Below
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This band is truly amazing. Their music is out of this world..Geddy Lee is bass god.
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Milo's dad if it's 2 costly sit in the fields like the grass or the back somewhere where it's cheaper because the music is great anywhere u sit,its,stil l good
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milosdad
Forgive me for repeating myself but I've seen them at least 12 times. Awesome, awesome live shows. Especially loved the 2112 and Farewell to Kings tours. Unfortunatel y , the last time I saw them was the Presto tour. Their tix just got too costly. With young kids, some things have got to give.
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kbhammill
R50 anyone?!!
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jonpriluck02
I stopped listening to music for 20 years, I was just too busy. The upside of this is that now that I've retired (from the US Navy!) there is 20 years of new stuff for me to discover. It's like being a teenager all over again. I can listen to the old stuff I am familiar with, but I can also discover so much more! How cool is that?
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This is just unbelievable ! Unique sound. How come I have never heard of them before?
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leahhuskey
Funky cold Medina




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