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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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I like no sex and drugs in the sons how nice
wegoweko
First saw Rush as a warmup band for Arrowsmith, tickets were $4.50 but I got one from a friend for 4 bucks. Rush had released their 1st album and Arrowsmith had recorded Get your Wings but it was just getting going. AQuite a show. Saw Rush again on the Permanent Waves tour, 5th row right in front of Geddy Lee. Rory Gallagher was the warm up. That ticket was $10.
Voice left Getty
Seen them two years ago on their clockwork angels tour. Blew my freaking mind. Best power trio period.
I used to run track to 2112. years ago.. lstill enjoy them very much today. their sound is eternal
2112.....nee d I say more ?
one of the most underrated and undervalued bands of all time, next to molson beer canada's greatest export
The quintessenti a l three piece band.
I heard Peart ir Lifeson say that 2112 is not based on Ayn Rand's book. They found out later that the lyrics and the book were similar.
Neil Pert is probably the best rock drummer of alltime
Rush is just stunning on their instruments. All 3 of em and spirit of radio is my favorite song
I have loved this band since 1975, I listen to all kinds of music... they are each a great talent by themselves, but together they can't be beat.. Neil is the best drummer that has ever lived. Alex is a master on a git-box and Geddy just brings it all together... I have seen them at least once every time they have toured the U.S. since 1976 Big Fan
Powerful lyrics although a lil-hard to comprehend some times.
Best band ever!! Neil is Welsh, not Jewish.
Neil Peart = drum god!!!!!
Simply the greatest band of musicians ever. Name another band where you can't replace any of them without losing everything?
I learned to play the drums to Signals and Exit Stage Left when it came out!!! Neil is a drummer god, their will be no other after him. I am 47 now
and can not find anything close to them. I can still jam it out too!!
bhuler
july 29th 2014...happy birthday geddy lee
This Band has stood the test of time...Im 14 and i love everything ive heard fron them
P.S. Vapor Trails is my next favorite.
I've been a Rush fan since 2112 came out. I still think that's their best one. I sat up all of one night wired to the gills and learned every note of every guitar part on the album.
My first three concerts were rush, one of the greatest bands. Neil Peart is the biggest inspiration for me when I drum, better yet he is Jewish like me
How about All the worlds a stage I think is there best album/ 2112 next
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!!!
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