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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 comprised of 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, the band also released Clockwork Angels Tour, a three-disc live album recorded during their 2012 tour. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Comments

In addition to all the love that's been posted before this, I must add that these three artists are masters of their respective crafts. They create some awesome music that is difficult to adequately describe. All I know is that it has been part of my life for close to four decades, and I have loved all of it. And the so called musicians nowadays are not fit to fold the underwear of the members of Rush. Rock on, boys !
Fill the power of three!!!!! VERY LOUD.
RUSH is better than your favorite band.
The apex of instrumental prowess and lyrical depth, RUSH-ON!
On top of the world forever journey....
Love em, can't wait for summer to see them
Holy trinity of rock
julian537
My favorite band ever.
The best band of ALL time
One of the best drummers in the world Keith said it
My son hates Rush. I figure he aint smoking dope if he hates Rush.
It's great. I am here listening to Rush on the headphones,
cs13537
Rush are just plain out bad a** and that's all there is to it. They totally beat all that crappy music out there like rap, pop, modern country, and that techno bs that sounds like two f*cking transformers having bathroom sex
fordgt.coope r
Kanye West said that he was the new rock and roll well he can have his a** kicked by RUSH this is where the best of the drummers out there turn to for help neil is a god in the drums and geddy is a bad a** in bass keep it up
Yes but Canada also had such greats as Loverboy, BTO, and Triumph!
sjakubiak9
Rush makes up for the bad Canadian music stars such as Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj
jboruff5
Rush is 70s-80s rock band I respect the most. Musically and lyrically. Not to say the guys are above reproach or perfect; but when I think of Rush, I think of deep, meaningful, and cool sounding songs. Not sex, drugs, and retarded songs about girls and romance.
RUSH makes me want to be Canadian !!!!
cavor4
RUSH, MAHOGANY RUSH, and ROBIN TROWER - The best music to come out of Canada, ever.
This song holds great memories for me
The Power House that is...Rush! Neil rocks!!!!
Great track never heard. Good stuff on halloween morning party radio my station. Love rush!
There is RUSH, then everything else. Love Neil, love RUSH
I sometimes forget how gorgeous Caress of Steel is...Love many of these. Good escapism.
From the Spirit of Radio compilation I like tracks 1-4, 7-11, 14, and 16.
I drink non Catholic blood for my potions. I'm a Warlock. Jews and Muslims have my favorite type of blood to drink.
Guy below me is right. And you can't forget the 360 drum set. Go impromptu solos!
fordgt.coope r
Neil style is unmatched by any other band out there there are faster drummers but speed in not always the key if you look at his style he is at the top of his game with good runs and lots of good spots for him to slip into a new style
pete sandoval, dave lambardo and nick menza are better drummers than peart
jimbosc
Can't wait for the 41st anniversary tour to start!!!
Wow rush just keeps going I can't get enough of them
LISTEN AND LEARN...Read the lyrics. These guys are genius. With a doctorate in philosophy, percussion and English, who, pray tell, can compare to DR. Neil Peart...Answ e r . . . N O - O N E
When I was a kid during hunting/fish i n g trips with my Uncle, I would hear their music played nonstop.... And obviously with good reason cause Geddy, Alex and Neil Kick A**!! Rush, Definitely in a class all their own.
rweaver224
3 men that make noise like nothing else musically possible. Each album shows their musical growth. Beyond amazing. Just something words can't explain. LISTEN and learn.
Saw them at the Aragon Ball Room Chicago in 78 and haven't mixed a tour since. Best Band of All time!!
dyer.steve
Best drummer of all time.
Love this album, underrated
rush4820
Nobody does it better than these 3
they have so many, but yea, 2112 is awesome. Personally, always likey the snow doggie.
2112 greatest song ever
I have always despised Rush, but in the military we had a Canadian rotation come through NTC and the guys told me to watch Trailer Park Boys, ever since I have such a huge respect for them and their music. DECENT!!!!!!
I just find it the variety and drive these 3 have shown over the years to be truly amazing. Long Live RUSH!
Progressive rock I think gets defined alittle better by RUSH. I think this band is more than just prog rock though. They are very talented. I saw them on their curent tour at mohegan sun, and they were awesome....a l t h o u g h my wife felt she was the only female in the audience.... . t h e line to the ladies room was non-existant lol. The lyrics are what captured me with PRESTO which I thought was their best album, with maybe 2112 next. While rush fans all have a fav album, I bet we all agree these
Remove brain....rep l a c e with time machine..... . .
i was turned onto Rush in 1981 by a foster brother. I love their music.
No one will.ever sound like Rush! Mold was broken.
Anything after Retrospectiv e I am not too familiar with, I feel that I have cheated or not truly lived a complete future from within.
One hell of a three piece band love em my lighters lit rock on
Fat boy on That metal show says the album signals and grace under pressure are soft and all synthesizers . Well I feel the two albums are the best and I saw them live on these 2 tours
trebor12
Oddly enough, you get more Rush tracks if you set up a Styx channel than you do on a Rush channel. On a Styx channel, the 2nd track is almost always Rush.
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