Rush (band)

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Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in the summer of 1968 initially comprising lead vocalist and bassist Geddy Lee, rhythm/lead guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer John Rutsey. Neil Peart replaced Rutsey in July 1974 and this lineup has remained unchanged ever since. Early in the band's career, most of their musical output emulated blues-inspired rock bands such as Cream and Led Zeppelin with lyrics that focused on epic fantasy or science fiction stories. Over the years, however, the band shed this emulation with inspiration with subsequent integration of a variety of styles including progressive rock, hard rock, pop rock, reggae, and modern rock characteristics.

Despite the band eschewing mainstream media exposure, their popularity grew as the years wore on, spawning fan-favorites such as 1980's Permanent Waves and 1981's quadruple platinum Moving Pictures. The latter is conventionally considered the band's quintessential album and was the apex of their mainstream success. The band is still highly active with respect to touring and recording. They recently released their latest single "Caravan" which is to be featured on the band's upcoming studio album Clockwork Angels in spring 2011. The band's catalog is vast (composed of 19 studio albums, 7 official live recordings and numerous compilations).

Some of Peart's lyrics, however, especially during the late '70s and early '80s (e.g 2112), were inspired by the objectivist philosophy of novelist Ayn Rand, as well as by psychedelic drugs (e.g. "A Passage to Bangkok"). The band received some criticism for these lyrical themes, especially in the pro-collectivist British press in the wake of this album in the 70s, although this did not deter them from their favorite topics of songwriting.

The band is currently touring North and South America on the "Time Machine Tour".

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Band Members

  • Geddy Lee - Bass guitar, lead vocals, synthesizers (1968 - Present)
  • Alex Lifeson - Guitar, mandolin, mandola, bass pedals, backing vocals (1968 - Present)
  • Neil Peart - Drums, acoustic and electronic percussion (1974 - Present)
  • John Rutsey - Drums and percussion (1968 - 1974)

Discography

Studio Albums

  1. Rush (March 1974)
  2. Fly by Night (February 1975)
  3. Caress of Steel (September 1975)
  4. 2112 (February 1976)
  5. A Farewell to Kings (September 1977)
  6. Hemispheres (October 1978)
  7. Permanent Waves (January 1980)
  8. Moving Pictures (February 1981)
  9. Signals (September 1982)
  10. Grace Under Pressure (April 1984)
  11. Power Windows (October 1985)
  12. Hold Your Fire (September 1987)
  13. Presto (November 1989)
  14. Roll the Bones (September 1991)
  15. Counterparts (October 1993)
  16. Test for Echo (September 1996)
  17. Vapor Trails (May 2002)
  18. Feedback (June 2004 - Cover Album)
  19. Snakes & Arrows (May 2007)
  20. Clockwork Angels (2011)

Other Studio Records

Live Albums

Videos

  • Through the Camera Eye (VHS, Laserdisc)
  • Exit..Stage Left (VHS, Laserdisc)
  • Grace Under Pressure Tour (VHS, Laserdisc)
  • A Show of Hands (VHS, Laserdisc)
  • Chronicles (VHS, Laserdisc, DVD)
  • Rush in Rio (DVD)
  • R30: Live in Frankfurt (DVD - November 2005)
  • Snakes & Arrows Live (April 2008)

Compilations/Interviews

Solo Efforts

Books

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