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'''Rush''' is a Canadian [[progressive 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 been 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 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. The band is still highly active with respect to touring and recording. They recently released their latest studio album ''Snakes & Arrows'' May 1, 2007
and a double live album dubbed ''Snakes and Arrows Live''. The band's catalog is vast (composed of 19 studio albums, 7 official live recordings and numerous compilations) since their time together and activity spans over 30 years. This longevity 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.
Some of Peart's lyrics, however, especially during the late '70s and early '80s (e.g ''[]''), 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.
The band is currently on an intercontinental tour in support of their most recent album ''Snakes & Arrows''.