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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

richisabigda w g
1St owned 2112 on 8track (lol. Showin my age-50) and have been a passionate lifelong fan since...seen them 20+ times live - never fail to impress me
Best hard rock band ever!!!
jrorders7
I'm a huge fan of Rush. I don't like the mix from 'Live in Rio' that play on Pandora. It's either mastered for DVD/TV sound or something else, because it sounds harsh and extremely mid-ranging here. But what a great set!
no other band can EQUAL the brilliance of song like RUSH. Live on forever RUSH. I really love these guys. Not in that way you retards !!!!!
Seen them 20+ times. Inspired by RUSH!
saw them at the Friendly Confines in Chicago in 79. OMG how is it possible that it was that long ago???
Best band ever
Complex. These guy are real pros.
wegoweko
1st time at the Morris Civic Auditorium in South Bend, In. They warmed up for Arrowsmith. Tickets $4.50, bought mine from a friend day of the show for $4. Saw them again on Signals tour - Notre Dame, 5th row right in front of Geddy Lee. Rory Gallagher warming up. Strong show, lots of hits and full version on 2112. Ah, those were the days.
If Pandora had a Rush only radio, id never turn it off
This is my s**t. Air Guitar & Drum Solo Song
allmixedup20
The Trees is quintessenti a l brilliance, and arguably one of their most underrated
andytalbert2 3
Success is 30000 people singing along to an instrumental song....
atmosriv
ok djdevoe8 you are right...Perm a n e n t Waves was their breakthrough studio album...but Moving Pictures hit a bigger audience, And Vital Signs is the best of Moving Pictures...I agree totally.
Wow 3 man band!!!! Greatest!!!! !
djdevoe8
Armosriv, are you out of your mind? Without Permanent Waves to break them out of their 18 minute songs Moving Pictures wou ld never have happened. Please believe me, I understand what you're saying, my favourite Rush song of all time is Vital Signs! For multiple reasons but anyhoo, check out Entre Nous
terryskabo
WOW still amazing
ditto ironmaiden66 6 ... 2112 one of the best albums ever
gatormeier
What a great album!!!!!
First album I ever bought was All the World's a Stage, need I say more. ....
Snakes and Arrows is awesome! Would love to see another album like 2112 or Farewell to Kings or Hemispheres. .
You can't compare Rush with The Police. Even though they are both amazing bands, Rush continues to record and tour while The Police relies on past glories. And all because the egos of those guys abruptly ended their chemistry.
Go F**K your self g_gigglo RUSH IS ONE OF THE BEST BANDS EVER!!!
The best!
Rush makes Hall on vocalist alone dude.
g_gigglo I bet you thought the Go Gos was a kick a** band!
well some folks have no taste in music! Rush I one of the best bands that was ever founded!! Neil Pert has to be the best drummer on the planet!!!
Overrated band that never should have made it into the Hall of Fame. For every decent album released, they come out with two bad ones. The Clockwork Angels album was fcking wretched. That album makes Bieber look like a musical virtuoso.
Rush what a rush; huh? Hehe
Greatest band ever!!! Limelight and closer to the heart changed my life!!
The best band that is still going
jrorders7
Saw them 1st on 2112 tour, blew me away, fan ever since. Have seen them 6 times, last on Clockwork Angels tour. Long deserving of R&R Hall of Fame!!
Consummate Professional s . Not one bad album after all these years! 2112 will always be my favorite!!
Rush: Consummate professional s . Not one bad album, but 212 will always be my favorite!
They rock my butt!
Holy sh"t ,best.
Rush great progressive band.Inspire d many great bands to push boundaries. Tool, Mastodon, Dillenger Escape Plan.....
skidflap
When I first listened to 2112 I was amazed. That little kid never heard of eyn rand.....50 now and still do 2112 once a month. Rush rules
gmoen8
The best
gmoen8
The besr
theshoemake
Simply the beat!
mbeven819
seen them play this in '98, thanks Pandora.
milosdad
In the End is one of Rush's better songs. Simple and melodic.
Ayn Rand done heavy metal style, what's not to like???
train to bangkok
mmoz1
This is one of their best though many never heard it
rush still rocks limelight and tom sawyer still the best
vperea2006
Rush fan since 2112, saw them several times in the 80's and in 2008 took my family for them to experience my favorite and best band out there. I live in Northern CA and the last 3 concerts I flew down to LA area and San Diego to see them. Can't wait until the next one.
Rush= genius
milosdad
One thing I have noticed is that Geddy Lee's voice became better as he got older. It's not as screechy and seems more melodic.
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