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The Canadian band '''Rush''' is a progressive rock band whose members are [[Neil Peart]], chief lyricist and drummer, widely considered to be one of best and most influential drummers in rock history, vocalist Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson. Some of Peart's lyrics, especially during the 1970s, are based on the [[objectivist]] philosophy of [[Ayn Rand]]. The band's popularity is growing as the years go on, and they have recently released a new album, called ''Snakes And Arrows'' in 2007.  Their most famous songs are the instrumental "YYZ", the semi-concept album ''2112'', with its title track and addition "The Priests of the Temple of Syrinx", about a future dominated by left-wing collectives and the removal of individual ability and thought, "Fly By Night" from their second album of the same name, their hit singles "Closer to the Heart", "Freewill", "The Spirit of Radio", "New World Man", "The Big Money", and "Distant Early Warning", and possibly their most famous and iconic track, "Tom Sawyer", a musically complex track based around Neil Peart's image of an ideal modern man. The band have received some criticism for their Ayn Rand-inspired lyrics, especially in the British press in the wake of [[2112]] in the 70s. It is possible that, despite their musicianship, the band have not received their due in terms of popularity and fan-base as a result of their objectivist and libertarian philosophy, seemingly out of place in the hard rock scene, typically the domain of more left-leaning and liberal bands and musicians.
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'''Rush''' is a Canadian [[progressive rock]] band consisting of members vocalist/bassist [[Geddy Lee]], rhythm/lead guitarist [[Alex Lifeson]], and drummer/lyricist [[Neil Peart]]. 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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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 have recently released their latest studio album ''Snakes And Arrows'' in May 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's years. This inevitably resulting in obvious musical changes which leads to disparity among fans regarding popular/fan-favorite songs and albums. Some consider songs such as the instrumental "YYZ", the semi-concept album ''2112'', ("Overture and "The Temples of Syrinx", "Fly By Night", charting singles "Closer to the Heart", "Freewill", "The Spirit of Radio", "New World Man", "The Big Money", and "Distant Early Warning", and "Tom Sawyer" as some of their very best.
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Some of Peart's lyrics, however, especially during the 1970s (e.g ''[[2112]]''), were inspired by the [[objectivist]] philosophy of novelist [[Ayn Rand]]. The band have received some criticism for these lyrical themes, especially in the British press in the wake of ''2112'' in the 70s.
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The band is currently on an intercontinental tour in support of their most recent album ''Snakes & Arrows''.
  
 
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Revision as of 21:08, 18 August 2007

Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band consisting of members vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee, rhythm/lead guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart. 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.

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 have recently released their latest studio album Snakes And Arrows in May 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's years. This inevitably resulting in obvious musical changes which leads to disparity among fans regarding popular/fan-favorite songs and albums. Some consider songs such as the instrumental "YYZ", the semi-concept album 2112, ("Overture and "The Temples of Syrinx", "Fly By Night", charting singles "Closer to the Heart", "Freewill", "The Spirit of Radio", "New World Man", "The Big Money", and "Distant Early Warning", and "Tom Sawyer" as some of their very best.

Some of Peart's lyrics, however, especially during the 1970s (e.g 2112), were inspired by the objectivist philosophy of novelist Ayn Rand. The band have received some criticism for these lyrical themes, especially in the British press in the wake of 2112 in the 70s.

The band is currently on an intercontinental tour in support of their most recent album Snakes & Arrows.