Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band comprising bassist, keyboardist and vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. Rush was formed in the summer of 1968 in Willowdale, Toronto by Lifeson, Lee, and John Rutsey. Peart replaced Rutsey on drums in July 1974, two weeks before the group’s first U.S. tour, to complete the present lineup. Since the release of their eponymous debut in 1974, the band has become well-known for their instrumental virtuosity, complex compositions, erudite lyrics, and inspirational camaraderie. Rush’s three decades of continued success under their current lineup of Lee, Lifeson, and Peart has earned the band the respect of their musical peers, and their supporters are often cited as some of the most intensely loyal in rock. Rush has influenced various rock artists such as Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins and Primus, as well as notable progressive bands such as Dream Theater and Symphony X. Rush has been awarded the Juno Award several times and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994. (more…)
As a bit of trivia, September is the most popular month for Rush album releases with 6 studio and 2 live albums (Roll the Bones, 9/3; Hold Your Fire, 9/8; Signals, 9/9; Test for Echo, 9/10; Caress of Steel, 9/15; Exit Stage Left, 9/26; All the World’s a Stage, 9/29; Hemispheres, 9/29).