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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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  • nicolasbj

    this is better (or more funny xD)

    11 hours ago Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist For people that find b-quality humor entertaining, I present to you the worst Rush cover I've ever heard haha. That bass tone is just awful!

    Yesterday 8:18pm Reply
  • Digital_Man77

    Clockwork Angels is awesome [3]

    18 Sep 11:25pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    Clockwork Angels is awesome [2]

    12 Sep 6:32pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    Caress of steel is one of the most underrated albums of all time!

    12 Sep 4:55pm Reply
  • lonelyfurrow

    Rush History - Neil Ellwood Peart was born in Hamilton, Ontario. Happy Birthday, Neil !!

    12 Sep 2:18pm Reply
  • mtw900

    Clockwork Angels is awesome.

    12 Sep 9:13am Reply
  • tlukes123

    In the end, it doesn't really matter either way, it's just good music to my ears.

    10 Sep 10:49pm Reply
  • iglassinreverse

    I agree that Rush is Rush and is really hard to categorize.

    10 Sep 5:33pm Reply
  • KeIemvor

    Thing is, you can't pigeonhole everything exactly, especially not a band like Rush, who has developed a more and more unique style over the years. So if just "rock" isn't good enough, then I'd say alternative rock in this case. But of course that's a quite vague term again... Maybe we should just stop attempting to categorize Rush in general and admit they are too unique to fall into any specific subgenre.

    9 Sep 3:22pm Reply
  • tlukes123

    Not saying rock has to be simple but calling something rock doesn't have a whole lot of meaning in this case since it covers just about everything that came out since the fifties. Prog rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock, they all fall under rock, they all have the same characteristics with guitar, bass and drums. Same kind of instruments just executed in a different manner from each other. If I call something rock, that's like the base case, Elvis, Beatles or Chuck Berry type stuff and that is verse-chorus-verse, 4/4 type songs, all based on early rhythm & blues and country. I don't think most of the music played today would really fall under just straight rock.

    8 Sep 9:17pm Reply
  • KeIemvor

    Who says rock has to be AC/DC simple? If everything that doesn't have the most basic classic rock structure is progressive, then A LOT (probably even most) of rock music these days would be progressive by definition. I think it takes a bit more than to slightly "deviate from the norm" to quote Mr. Peart.

    8 Sep 8:32pm Reply
  • tlukes123

    Rock is a bit of a generic term, that fits anybody from the Beatles to Kiss I think of as having a simple song structure. Progressive is about the instrumentation which in this case has quite a bit more going on than a simple "rock" song. If I were just going to call it rock I'd expect to hear a verse-chorus-verse pattern, which simply, is not here. Even in Limelight, the time signature is not even a simple 4/4 and alternates between 4/4 and 3/4. I'd call that progressive.

    8 Sep 8:01pm Reply
  • KeIemvor

    What about simply rock? People think everything they do is progressive only because they are generally regarded as progressive rock. Even on their classic albums there are songs that aren't really progressive at all. Limelight for example. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Rush use progressivity (?) wisely anyway, they don't overdo it and the songs are always still quite accessible except for the epics. And even they are much more accessible than epics of other progressive rock groups.

    8 Sep 7:37pm Reply
  • tlukes123

    vv "What's progressive about it?" It's not a pop song, so what else would you call it?

    8 Sep 5:51pm Reply
  • lonelyfurrow

    Hold Your Fire released on this day 1987.

    8 Sep 5:03pm Reply
  • KeIemvor

    What's progressive about it?

    3 Sep 9:04pm Reply
  • DrStrangeIove

    "Leave That Thing Alone" is definitely progressive rock [2]

    3 Sep 6:16pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    "Leave That Thing Alone" is definitely progressive rock

    2 Sep 10:35pm Reply
  • CountOfTuscany_

    Happy b-day to A Farewell To Kings! 37 years!

    1 Sep 8:00pm Reply
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