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'''Rush''' is a Canadian [[progressive rock]] band formed in the summer of 1968 initially composed of members vocalist/bassist [[Geddy Lee]], rhythm/lead guitarist [[Alex Lifeson]], and drummer [[John Rutsey]]. [[Neil Peart]] replaced Rutsey in July 1974 and this lineup has been 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 and subsequent integration of progressive rock, [[pop rock]], [[reggae]], and [[modern rock]] characteristics.  
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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 (band)|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 the apex of their commercial success. However, the band is still highly active with respect to touring and recording as they recently released their latest studio album ''Snakes & Arrows'' May 1, 2007. The band's catalog is vast (composed of 19 studio albums, 6 official live recordings and numerous compilations) since their time together and activity spans over 30 years. This inevitably resulted in obvious musical changes which lead to disagreement among fans regarding the most popular/fan-favorite songs and albums. Some consider songs such as the instrumental "YYZ", the semi-concept album ''2112'', (with sections "Overture and "The Temples of Syrinx"), "Fly By Night", and charting singles "Closer to the Heart", "Freewill", "The Spirit of Radio", "New World Man", "The Big Money", "Distant Early Warning", and "Tom Sawyer" as some of their very best.  
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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 [[Illegal drugs | drugs]] (e.g. ''[[A Passage to Bangkok]]''). The band have received some criticism for these lyrical themes, especially in the pro-[[collectivist]] British press in the wake of this album in the 70s.
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Some of Peart's lyrics, especially during the late '70s and early '80s (e.g. ''[[2112]]''), were partially inspired by the [[objectivist]] philosophy of novelist [[Ayn Rand]]. 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. In response, Peart himself stated that, "I am no one's disciple". Later Rush albums have also featured harshly anti-religious messages, as Peart (along with the other members of the band) self-identifies as a strong agnostic.
  
The band is currently on an intercontinental tour in support of their most recent album ''Snakes & Arrows''.
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The band is currently touring North and South America on the "Time Machine Tour".  
  
 
===Band Members===
 
===Band Members===
  
* [[Geddy Lee]] - Bass guitar, lead vocals, synthesizers (1968 - Present)
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* Geddy Lee - Bass guitar, lead vocals, synthesizers (1968–Present)
* [[Alex Lifeson]] - Guitar, mandolin, mandola, bass pedals, backing vocals (1968 - Present)
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* Alex Lifeson - Guitar, mandolin, mandola, bass pedals, backing vocals (1968–Present)
* [[Neil Peart]] - Drums, acoustic and electronic percussion (1974 - Present)
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* [[Neil Peart]] - Drums, acoustic and electronic percussion (1974–Present)
* [[John Rutsey]] - Drums and percussion (1968 - 1974)
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===Former band members===
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* John Rutsey - Drums and percussion (1968 - 1974, died 2008)
  
 
== Discography ==
 
== Discography ==
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# ''[[Test for Echo]]'' (September 1996)
 
# ''[[Test for Echo]]'' (September 1996)
 
# ''[[Vapor Trails]]'' (May 2002)
 
# ''[[Vapor Trails]]'' (May 2002)
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# ''[[Feedback (Rush album)|Feedback]]'' (June 2004 - Cover Album)
 
# ''[[Snakes & Arrows]]'' (May 2007)
 
# ''[[Snakes & Arrows]]'' (May 2007)
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# ''[[Clockwork Angels]]'' (2011)
  
 
=== Other Studio Records ===
 
=== Other Studio Records ===
 
* [[Not Fade Away (album)|''Not Fade Away'']] (1973 - 7" Single)
 
* [[Not Fade Away (album)|''Not Fade Away'']] (1973 - 7" Single)
* [[Closer to The Heart (album)|''Closer to The Heart'']] (1977 - Single)
 
* [[Feedback (Rush album)|''Feedback'']] (June 2004 - Cover Album)
 
  
 
=== Live Albums ===
 
=== Live Albums ===
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* ''[[Rush in Rio]]'' (October 2003)
 
* ''[[Rush in Rio]]'' (October 2003)
 
* ''[[R30 Live In Frankfurt|R30: Live in Frankfurt]]'' (November 2005)
 
* ''[[R30 Live In Frankfurt|R30: Live in Frankfurt]]'' (November 2005)
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* ''[[Snakes & Arrows Live]]'' (April 2008)
  
 
=== Videos ===
 
=== Videos ===
* Through the Camera Eye (VHS, Laserdisc)
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* ''Through the Camera Eye'' (VHS, Laserdisc)
* Exit..Stage Left (VHS, Laserdisc)
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* ''Exit..Stage Left'' (VHS, Laserdisc)
* Grace Under Pressure Tour (VHS, Laserdisc)
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* ''Grace Under Pressure Tour'' (VHS, Laserdisc)
* A Show of Hands (VHS, Laserdisc)
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* ''A Show of Hands'' (VHS, Laserdisc)
* [[Chronicles (1990 album)| Chronicles]] (VHS, Laserdisc, DVD)
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* ''[[Chronicles (1990 album)|Chronicles]]'' (VHS, Laserdisc, DVD)
* Rush in Rio (DVD)
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* ''Rush in Rio'' (DVD)
* [[R30 Live In Frankfurt|R30: Live in Frankfurt]] (DVD - November 2005)
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* ''[[R30 Live In Frankfurt|R30: Live in Frankfurt]]'' (DVD - November 2005)
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* ''[[Snakes & Arrows Live]]'' (April 2008)
  
 
=== Compilations/Interviews ===
 
=== Compilations/Interviews ===
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* ''[[The Story of Kings - Interview]]'' (1992) – Interview with [[Alex Lifeson]]
 
* ''[[The Story of Kings - Interview]]'' (1992) – Interview with [[Alex Lifeson]]
 
* ''[[The Interviews - Vol 2]]'' (October 1995) – Interview with [[Geddy Lee]]
 
* ''[[The Interviews - Vol 2]]'' (October 1995) – Interview with [[Geddy Lee]]
* ''[[Retrospective I]]'' Repackaging of best songs from their first decade.
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* ''[[Retrospective I]]'' Repackaging of best songs from their first decade
* ''[[Retrospective II]]'' Repackaging of best songs from their second decade.
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* ''[[Retrospective II]]'' Repackaging of best songs from their second decade
 
* ''[[The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987]]'' (February 2003) – Repackaging of [[Mercury/Polygram]]-held songs up to [[Hold Your Fire]]  
 
* ''[[The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987]]'' (February 2003) – Repackaging of [[Mercury/Polygram]]-held songs up to [[Hold Your Fire]]  
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* ''Retrospective 3'' Repackaging of best songs from third and fourth decade
  
 
=== Solo Efforts ===
 
=== Solo Efforts ===
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* ''Mystic Rhythms: The Philosophical Vision of Rush'' – Price, et al. (1999) – ISBN 1587151022
 
* ''Mystic Rhythms: The Philosophical Vision of Rush'' – Price, et al. (1999) – ISBN 1587151022
  
[[Category:Rock bands]]
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[[Category:Rock Bands]]
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[[Category:Canada]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==

Latest revision as of 12:22, 18 August 2016

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, especially during the late '70s and early '80s (e.g. 2112), were partially inspired by the objectivist philosophy of novelist Ayn Rand. 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. In response, Peart himself stated that, "I am no one's disciple". Later Rush albums have also featured harshly anti-religious messages, as Peart (along with the other members of the band) self-identifies as a strong agnostic.

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

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)

Former band members

  • John Rutsey - Drums and percussion (1968 - 1974, died 2008)

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

External links