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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 base 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 ...read more

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 base 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 Rutseyexited; he wasreplaced by drummer Neil Peart, who also assumedthe role of the band's primary songwriter, composing thecerebral lyrics(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. Their nexteffort,1976's 2112,proved their breakthrough release: a futuristic concept album based on the writings of Ayn Rand, it fusedtheelements 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 dismissed itasoverblown and pretentious; either way, it established aformula from which the band rarely deviated throughout thedurationof 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,Rushachieved evengreater popularity with 1980's Permanent Waves, a record marked by the group's dramatic shift intoshorter,less sprawling compositions;the single "The Spirit of Radio" even became a major hit. With 1981's Moving Pictures,theyscored another hit of sorts with "Tom Sawyer,"which garnered heavy exposure on album-oriented radio and becameperhapsthe trio's best-known song. As the 1980s continued, Rushgrew into a phenomenally popular live draw as albums like1982'sSignals (which generated the smash "New World Man"), 1984's GraceUnder Pressure, and 1985's Power Windowscontinued tosell millions of copies.

As the decade drew to a close, the trio cut back on its touring schedule while hardcore followers complained of asamenessafflicting 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 guitar heroics;consequently,both 1991's Roll the Bones and 1993'sCounterparts reached the Top Three on the U.S. album charts. In 1996,the bandissued Test for Echo and headed out on the road thefollowing summer. Shortly thereafter, Peart lost his daughter 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's MyFavoriteHeadache; however,rumors of the band playing in the studio began to circulate. It would be five years until anythingsurfacedfrom 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 year aconcert 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 to thestudioto begin workon a new album. The resulting Snakes & Arrows was released in May 2007, followed by the CD/DVD setSnakes& Arrows Live in early2008. Material from the latter was combined with footage from Rush in Rio and R30 for theCD/DVDcompilation Working Men, which wasreleased in 2009. A documentary on the band assembled by Toronto's BangorProductionscalled 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
966 Votes
Snakes & Arrows
2007

3.6
703 Votes
Vapor Trails
2002

3.4
507 Votes
Test for Echo
1996

3.2
428 Votes
Counterparts
1993

3.7
481 Votes
Roll the Bones
1991

3.4
491 Votes
Presto
1989

3.3
438 Votes
Hold Your Fire
1987

3.4
463 Votes
Power Windows
1985

3.6
489 Votes
Grace Under Pressure
1984

3.9
576 Votes
Signals
1982

4
750 Votes
Moving Pictures
1981

4.4
2,134 Votes
Permanent Waves
1980

4.3
1,124 Votes
Hemispheres
1978

4.4
1,305 Votes
A Farewell to Kings
1977

4.3
1,162 Votes
2112
1976

4.3
1,789 Votes
Caress of Steel
1975

3.6
652 Votes
Fly by Night
1975

3.8
819 Votes
Rush
1974

3.4
748 Votes
EPs
Feedback
2004

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

4.1
13 Votes
Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
2011

4.4
54 Votes
ABC 1974
2011

4
9 Votes
Working Men
2009

3.8
26 Votes
Snakes & Arrows Live
2008

4.2
83 Votes
Rush Replay X3
2006

4.3
58 Votes
Grace Under Pressure Tour
2006

4
38 Votes
R30: 30th Anniversary Tour
2005

4.2
114 Votes
Rush in Rio
2003

4.3
196 Votes
Different Stages
1998

3.9
83 Votes
A Show of Hands
1989

3.8
88 Votes
Exit...Stage Left
1981

4.3
238 Votes
All the World's a Stage
1976

4.1
145 Votes
Compilations
Vapor Trails Remixed
09/30/2013

4.1
24 Votes
Icon
2010

Time Stand Still: The Collection
2010

4
1 Votes
Retrospective III: 1989 - 2008
2009

3.8
14 Votes
Gold
2006

4
51 Votes
The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits
2003

4.1
176 Votes
Retrospective II: 1981 - 1987
1997

3.8
17 Votes
Retrospective I: 1974 - 1980
1997

4.2
56 Votes
Chronicles: The Video Collection
1990

3.9
32 Votes
Chronicles
1990

4.2
107 Votes
Rush Through Time
1978

3.8
13 Votes
Archives
1978

4
36 Votes

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