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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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  • Panecea

    ♥♥♥ RUSH ♥♥♥

    1 hour ago Reply
  • DamPoc

    Geddy Lee is a Jew and so what?!

    Yesterday 1:34pm Reply
  • menswear2112

    The way the Big Wheel spins....

    17 Apr 4:56pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    it doesn't bother me in the slightest

    14 Apr 6:19pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    http://youtu.be/o2CwRtfvYl4 I'm a horrible person for highlighting this, but it's just SO FUNNY haha

    13 Apr 5:24pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    I'm warming to roll the bones and think bravado is a great song

    9 Apr 11:37am Reply
  • hi_im_not_daisy

    sashay........shante......a panther on the runway

    9 Apr 12:56am Reply
  • hi_im_not_daisy

    i have one thing to say.....sashay.....shante.....shante......shante......shante shante shante

    9 Apr 12:08am Reply
  • KeIemvor

    "Arguing on the internet is like running in the Special Olympics... Even if you win, you're still retarded." Hilarious coming from you. You must have won gold dozens of times then.

    8 Apr 5:43pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    I couldn't care less if its closer to pop music, personally I enjoy signals, grace under pressure and power windows as much as the classic stuff

    8 Apr 5:25pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Geddy lee said he loves Faithless on the Clockwork Angels Tour recording I have. And I want to comment on what I suggested down there: I wasn't trying to imply Rush went pop. There are slightly progressive new wave bands that experimented, and I consider Rush and Killing Joke among them.

    8 Apr 4:38pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    I want to know more about the members of rush favourite rush songs

    8 Apr 10:30am Reply
  • nicolasbj

    v You won, still a retarded.

    8 Apr 12:36am Reply
  • FrameBuster

    No, they don't.

    7 Apr 10:20pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Hold Your Fire is more like a lost Peter Gabriel album than a Rush album. The way I see it, you can go pop in two ways: the Phil Collins way or the Peter Gabriel way. Peter Gabriel retained his influences and made creative, but catchy music, while Phil Collins made debatably vapid pop. I think Rush does pop pretty well personally, if you can call their '80s new wave influenced material pop.

    7 Apr 10:12pm Reply
  • FrameBuster

    Arguing on the internet is like running in the Special Olympics... Even if you win, you're still retarded.

    7 Apr 9:37pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    "The Pass" is one of the Neil Peart´s favorites, every true Rush fan now that. The lyrics are magistral. Maybe you don´t like the song but that´s your prob.

    7 Apr 7:51pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    each to his own of course but who cares, as long as we all agree that rush is one of the best bands ever

    7 Apr 11:50am Reply
  • dr_bun

    no way

    7 Apr 11:46am Reply
  • nicolasbj

    dr bun: The Pass is one of the best rush songs! no doubt!

    7 Apr 1:10am Reply
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