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Willowdale, Ontario, Canada (1968 – present)

Rush is a progressive rock band which formed in Willowdale, Ontario, Canada in 1968. The band currently performs with the lineup of Geddy Lee (vocals, bass, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitar) and Neil Peart (drums). John Rutsey was the original drummer, later replaced by Neil Peart in 1974, shortly after the release of their first album, and three weeks before their first American tour. Neil Peart also became the band’s lyricist, and wrote the words for many of the band’s best known songs. As a group, Rush possesses 24 gold records and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records. According to the RIAA, Rush’s sales statistics place them third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band.

Rush also ranks 78th in U.S. album sales with 25 million units. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, as of 2004 several industry sources estimated Rush’s total worldwide album sales at over 40 million units. The band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Starting out as a bar band in 1968 in Willowdale, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and then drummer John Rutsey were perhaps the hardest working unsigned act of the day. Refusing to conform and play top 40 material, they were determined to play what they wanted to play, and on their own terms.

In 1974, after the release of their self-titled debut, Neil Peart took over for John Rutsey and soon proved to be not only an amazing drummer, but also an excellent lyricist. His often epic compositions fit perfectly with the band’s playing.


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  • Brxderick

    One of the greatest bands that have ever lived.

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  • Sanity_Theorist

    I have nothing against brickwalling, honestly...there's still dynamics with the way Rush's live albums sound and the rhythm just sound far bigger to me. Brickwalling is usually abused; Weirdly, Rush's albums abuse brickwalling lately while the live albums use them well.

    19 Jul 3:16pm Reply
  • KeIemvor

    But their recent live recordings are brickwalled too, not much better if you ask me. And live always sounds more natural, that shouldn't be surprising.

    18 Jul 6:00pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    So after hearing a live recording of Show Don't Tell and loving Clockwork Angels for over a year, I think Rush should just stop working with Nick Rasculinecz and record their albums live only...there's something about their style that just feels so much more passionate live, and their live mixers do a better job than studio producers do with them.

    18 Jul 3:47am Reply
  • KeIemvor

    v pictures would help a lot

    17 Jul 4:26pm Reply
  • eaurthlove

    guys, i've got a question. I've just bought a pretty weird "grace under pressure" cd. the tracklist is split in sides as if it was a vinyl lp. notes say that it was "printed in the usa". (i mean cd'sare not printed, right?)). any ideas? a pirate shitcopy or what is it? it's in a thick paper envelope, the cd is in an envelope too and there is a booklet.

    17 Jul 11:52am Reply
  • dr_bun

    who says superconductor?? is it alex?? doesn't sound like geddy

    16 Jul 10:06pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist Rush is getting one of these for Presto...while I'm not a fan of Presto, I am curious if the quality difference makes it a decent investment. Longer running time would be nice and I can see it being good for saving master files, but is there any practicality beyond that?

    15 Jul 7:39pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    its ok my fellow rush lover as rush are clearly the best oh yeah touch me up!

    14 Jul 7:20pm Reply
  • Epsilon_X2008

    " ummm vital signs is the closing song? witch hunt and vital signs are the songs I look forward to most when I listen to that album" Whoops, I meant Vital Signs. I always get the names of those two songs mixed up haha, my bad. It's a great song, but I don't think it brings any sort of closure to the album.

    14 Jul 4:00am Reply
  • davidguzhi

    One of the wonderful bands which can shock both my ears and my minds.

    14 Jul 3:07am Reply
  • davidguzhi

    One of the wonderful bands which can shock both my ears and my minds.

    14 Jul 3:07am Reply
  • dr_bun

    ummm vital signs is the closing song? witch hunt and vital signs are the songs I look forward to most when I listen to that album

    12 Jul 4:21pm Reply
  • Epsilon_X2008

    Even though Witch Hunt is a good song, I feel like it was a terrible choice of songs to close Moving Pictures with. It doesn't give the album any closure, which is a shame since it's a great album.

    12 Jul 6:05am Reply
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  • menswear2112

    I you can play their songs with some efficency, you pretty much can play anything after.

    7 Jul 6:44pm Reply
  • Cylob

    Virtual record shop seeks virtual staff. Join in, relive those old times where music was a lifestyle choice, not an accessory.

    5 Jul 10:34am Reply
  • dr_bun

    peaceable kingdom is so awesome

    4 Jul 4:48pm Reply
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