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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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  • bobo9390

    ad hominem being brought up in a band shoutbox? That's one case where the guy who throws in the towel first wins the argument.

    25 Aug 2:25am Reply
  • dr_bun

    compare clockwork angels to anything any other band in their league has done in the last 20 years and it just totally blows it away, and the dream theatre comment is a heap of bollocks

    24 Aug 5:12pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    I'd say they have got six albums near perfection, (from a farewell to kings to power windows excluding grace under pressure)

    24 Aug 5:08pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    "There is just too much Dream Theater and less Rush on CA". WAT. DA. FUCK.

    23 Aug 1:17am Reply
  • parcaleste

    There is just too much Dream Theater and less Rush on CA, that's it. I really love the two previous records (esp. the remixed version of "Vapor Trails"), but the last one is just not Rush.

    22 Aug 7:39pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    v The original progressive grunge album, which would pave the way for bands like 5R6

    19 Aug 5:37pm Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    Been enjoying "counterparts" quite a bit today, been awhile since I last played this record in full :)

    18 Aug 1:07am Reply
  • nicolasbj

    By the way, I let you know I only consider just four Rush Albums near perfection (AKA "masterpiece"). Not every person who likes Rush a lot is a fanboy that overrate anything the band produces.

    16 Aug 12:38am Reply
  • nicolasbj

    At least agree in something: this discussion turned pointless.

    16 Aug 12:33am Reply
  • KeIemvor

    Anyway, pointless discussion... none of our opinions is "correct" and in some years we will see if CA really will be widely considered a classic and masterpiece not just by fans. I bet it won't.

    15 Aug 10:31pm Reply
  • KeIemvor

    I only looked up Metacritic and RYM because you seem to think critic opinions are important, which you showed at the beginning of our discussion. I couldn't care less about critics/reviews in general personally. Saying "not even close" in reply is not in any way disrespect to your opinion, it's just my opinion about it. And I repeat myself too, that it doesn't make those opinions any more valid because opinions are based on subjective musical taste, majority or minority is irrelevant in such subjective matters. Whether someone has "justified" his opinion and how far that is even possible also lies in the eye of the beholder. No ad hominem fallacy because it's not an attack on the person or irrelevant to the subject, being a fan makes you biased and every music critic will tell you that. Not that it makes the opinions invalid, but it makes it very possible to overrate because of personal feelings about the artist.

    15 Aug 9:47pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    First, you say everything is relative and subjective in music opinions, then, you quotes RYM and Metacritic to validate your opinion on the album. No much logic in that. In between you speak of neutrality to qualify a band's work (i.e. not be a fan of it), ¿maybe to invalidate Progarchives as a source of opinions (a nest of fanboys?)? If everything is relative, then it follows that as imperative to respect the opinions of others, none is more valid than others (so to say "not even close" violates this imperative -what started this topic-). Beside that, I have to repeat once again: I'm not saying that is a general argument, I'm just saying that if a big number of people think CA is a very good album at least is more valid than one people just saying "not even close". Of course if that person can justify better than the others his opinion, he will win the point. And the ad hominem fallacy still is there when you say a "fanboy" and implicates that one of them can't rate properly an album.

    15 Aug 7:33pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Clockwork Angels is amazing, it's just a case of Nick Rasculinecz striking again...I kept the vinyl rip of BU2B and made a playlist for it with the live tour (with the album tracklist minus BU2B2) and the audio quality is MASSIVELY better. I wouldn't say they're regressing, either...if anything, they might be taking more influence from Yes's more symphonic material, especially with how much the strings add to the live performances of the album. I don't recall any other Rush album using as many classical strings in it, but I haven't listened to all of their material greatly...I could be wrong on that. I do love that they added the string quartet to YYZ, it made for the strongest rendition yet...proof that a band can outdo a performance on a song 30 years later! It's always hard to tell which albums will be masterpieces, but I love Clockwork Angels's live versions, personally...though I could be biased. The Garden is stunning and has deep emotional connection for me.

    15 Aug 5:43pm Reply
  • KeIemvor

    Also I would challenge you to find any professional, neutral review that gives CA a perfect score and describes it as a masterpiece and future classic. There is one perfect score review on metacritic, but you can easily tell the guy is a huge fan. There are mostly positive ratings who average at 74, which makes it "generally favorable" (i.e. good) by critics. And not that I ever said it's not a good album, but most of Rush's albums are at least good imo, so that doesn't really say much. Also at RateYourMusic CA's rating is lower than any of the albums from 2112 til Grace Under Pressure, so by most (or at least a large, representative number of) people's opinion not really as great as the classics or even a masterpiece.

    15 Aug 2:58pm Reply
  • KeIemvor

    I didn't say you are a fanboy (you just assumed it was directed at you), I'm just saying there are many fan(boy)s who do hype CA. But no matter how much of a fan you are, it automatically makes you biased towards the band and therefore not really neutral in your opinion. Same goes for me of course. And no, it's irrelevant how many people share an opinion, it doesn't make it any more or less valid, it only makes it more popular. Opinions about music can't be "valid" in any way since they aren't a scientific analysis and are solely based on the person's subjective taste, not any objective measures.

    15 Aug 2:36pm Reply
  • Hypado

    The perfect band.

    14 Aug 7:38pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    I'm not a fanboy who loves every single note Rush produces. You are not hurting my feelings presuming that, you are hurting the logic and the reason: You can't know if I hyped every new Rush album or if I've been very critical of these albums. In the moment you think you know that, you fall on the fallacy kingdom, attacking the person not his arguments. In second place: " if a number of people share your opinion, it makes it more valid than others", I'm not saying that is a general argument, I'm just saying that if a big number of people think CA is a very good album at least is more valid than one people just saying "not even close". Of course if that person can justify better than the others his opinion, he will win the point.

    14 Aug 6:20pm Reply
  • AndreDias164

    Yes, teh kelemvor, i'm a very limited person, please enlighten my path with thy wisdom.

    14 Aug 5:16pm Reply
  • KeIemvor

    @AndreDias164: about 2 years since and you still only come up with the same lame phrases you aped from another troll? Even Brazilians aren't quite that repetitive and unimaginative.

    14 Aug 4:10pm Reply
  • KeIemvor

    No ad hominem fallacies there, I'm just stating that the huge hype labeling CA a masterpiece and whatnot comes solely from "dedicated fans" (not to hurt your feelings again) and not from neutral critics or non-fans, which speaks for itself. Your problem is that you think if a number of people share your opinion, it makes it more valied than others, which of course it doesn't, especially when they are much biased towards the band. And yeah, we'll speak again in some years maybe and see. ;)

    14 Aug 2:30pm Reply
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