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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 highlyregarded bands; although typically brushed aside by critics and rarely the recipients of mainstream pop radio airplay, Rushnonetheless won an impressive and devoted fan base following while their virtuoso performance skills solidified their standingas musicians' musicians.

Rush formed in Toronto, Ontario in the autumn of 1968, initially comprised of guitarist Alex Lifeson (born AlexanderZivojinovich), vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib), and drum ...read more

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

Rush formed in Toronto, Ontario in the autumn of 1968, initially comprised of guitarist Alex Lifeson (born AlexanderZivojinovich), 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, arendition of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away," in 1973. A self-titled LP followed in 1974, at which time Rutseyexited; hewasreplaced by drummer Neil Peart, who also assumedthe role of the band's primary songwriter, composing thecerebrallyrics(influenced by works of science fiction and fantasy) that graduallybecame 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. Theirnexteffort,1976's 2112,proved their breakthrough release: a futuristic concept album based on the writings of Ayn Rand, itfusedtheelements of the trio's sound --Lee's high-pitched vocals, Peart's epic drumming, and Lifeson's complex guitar work . -intoaunified whole. Fans loved it -- 2112 was thefirst in a long line of gold and platinum releases -- while critics dismisseditasoverblown and pretentious; either way, it established aformula from which the band rarely deviated throughoutthedurationof its career.

A Farewell to Kings followed in 1977 and reached the Top 40 in both the U.S. and Britain. After 1978'sHemispheres,Rushachieved evengreater popularity with 1980's Permanent Waves, a record marked by the group's dramaticshift intoshorter,less sprawling compositions;the single "The Spirit of Radio" even became a major hit. With 1981's MovingPictures,theyscored another hit of sorts with "Tom Sawyer,"which garnered heavy exposure on album-oriented radio andbecameperhapsthe trio's best-known song. As the 1980s continued, Rushgrew into a phenomenally popular live draw asalbums like1982'sSignals (which generated the smash "New World Man"), 1984's GraceUnder Pressure, and 1985's PowerWindowscontinued tosell millions of copies.

As the decade drew to a close, the trio cut back on its touring schedule while hardcore followers complained ofasamenessafflicting slicker,synth-driven efforts like 1987's Hold Your Fire and 1989's Presto. At the dawn of the '90s,however,Rushreturned to the heavier sound oftheir early records and placed a renewed emphasis on Lifeson's guitarheroics;consequently,both 1991's Roll the Bones and 1993'sCounterparts reached the Top Three on the U.S. album charts. In1996,the bandissued Test for Echo and headed out on the road thefollowing summer. Shortly thereafter, Peart lost hisdaughter inanautomobile accident. Tragedy struck again in 1998 when Peart's wifesuccumbed 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'sMyFavoriteHeadache; however,rumors of the band playing in the studio began to circulate. It would be five years untilanythingsurfacedfrom the band. Fans were reassuredin early 2002 by news that Rush were recording new songs in Toronto.The fruitof thosesessions led to the release of Rush's 17th studioalbum, Vapor Trails, later that spring. By the end of the yearaconcert fromthe 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 tothestudioto begin workon a new album. The resulting Snakes & Arrows was released in May 2007, followed by the CD/DVDsetSnakes& Arrows Live in early2008. Material from the latter was combined with footage from Rush in Rio and R30 fortheCD/DVDcompilation Working Men, which wasreleased in 2009. A documentary on the band assembled by Toronto'sBangorProductionscalled Behind the Lighted Stage appeared in2010, followed a year later by another Bangor video production,TimeMachine2011: Live in Cleveland. Rush's 19th full-length studioalbum, Clockwork Angels, is set to arrive in early 2012. « hide

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LPs
Clockwork Angels
06/12/2012

4.1
1,092 Votes
Snakes & Arrows
2007

3.6
765 Votes
Vapor Trails
2002

3.4
559 Votes
Test for Echo
1996

3.2
485 Votes
Counterparts
1993

3.7
547 Votes
Roll the Bones
1991

3.4
546 Votes
Presto
1989

3.3
506 Votes
Hold Your Fire
1987

3.4
533 Votes
Power Windows
1985

3.6
561 Votes
Grace Under Pressure
1984

3.9
672 Votes
Signals
1982

4
842 Votes
Moving Pictures
1981

4.4
2,335 Votes
Permanent Waves
1980

4.3
1,251 Votes
Hemispheres
1978

4.4
1,462 Votes
A Farewell to Kings
1977

4.3
1,301 Votes
2112
1976

4.3
1,968 Votes
Caress of Steel
1975

3.6
737 Votes
Fly by Night
1975

3.8
916 Votes
Rush
1974

3.4
841 Votes
EPs
Feedback
2004

3.5
186 Votes
Live Albums
Clockwork Angels Tour
01/01/2013

4.1
29 Votes
Moving Pictures: Live 2011
2011

3.5
3 Votes
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011

4.3
70 Votes
ABC 1974
2011

3.9
13 Votes
Working Men
2009

3.7
31 Votes
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008

4.1
92 Votes
Rush Replay X3
2006

4.3
62 Votes
Grace Under Pressure Tour
2006

4
48 Votes
R30: 30th Anniversary Tour
2005

4.2
125 Votes
Rush in Rio
2003

4.3
203 Votes
Different Stages
1998

3.9
99 Votes
A Show of Hands
1989

3.8
102 Votes
Exit...Stage Left
1981

4.4
261 Votes
All the World's a Stage
1976

4.1
161 Votes
Compilations
The Studio Albums 1989-2007
09/30/2013

4
3 Votes
Vapor Trails Remixed
09/30/2013

4
44 Votes
Icon
2010

4
2 Votes
Time Stand Still: The Collection
2010

4
5 Votes
Retrospective III: 1989 - 2008
2009

3.8
19 Votes
Gold
2006

4
54 Votes
The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits
2003

4.1
184 Votes
Retrospective II: 1981 - 1987
1997

3.9
20 Votes
Retrospective I: 1974 - 1980
1997

4.2
60 Votes
Chronicles: The Video Collection
1990

3.8
37 Votes
Chronicles
1990

4.2
111 Votes
Rush Through Time
1978

3.7
11 Votes
Archives
1978

4
39 Votes

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