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Rush

Over the course of their decades-spanning career, Canadian power trio Rush emerged as one of hard rock's most highly regarded bands; although typically brushed aside by critics and rarely the recipients of mainstream pop radio airplay, Rush nonetheless won an impressive and devoted fan following, while their virtuoso performance skills solidified their standing as musicians' musicians.

Rush formed in Toronto, Ontario, in the autumn of 1968, initially comprised of guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Alexander Zivojinovich), vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib), and drummer John Rutsey. In their primary incarnation, Rush drew a heavy influence from Cream, and honed their skills on the Toronto club circuit before issuing their debut single, a rendition of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away," in 1973. A self-titled LP followed in 1974, at which time Rutsey exited; he was replaced by drummer Neil Peart, who also assumed the role of the band's primary songwriter, composing the cerebral lyrics (influenced by works of science fiction and fantasy) that gradually became a hallmark of the group's aesthetic.

With Peart firmly ensconced, the band returned in 1975 with a pair of LPs, Fly by Night and Caress of Steel. Their next effort, 1976's 2112, proved their breakthrough release: a futuristic concept album based on the writings of Ayn Rand, it fused the elements of the trio's sound -- Lee's high-pitched vocals, Peart's epic drumming, and Lifeson's complex guitar work -- into a unified whole. Fans loved it -- 2112 was the first in a long line of gold and platinum releases -- while critics dismissed it as overblown and pretentious; either way, it established a formula from which the band rarely deviated throughout the duration of its career.

A Farewell to Kings followed in 1977 and reached the Top 40 in both the U.S. and Britain. After 1978's Hemispheres, Rush achieved even greater popularity with 1980's Permanent Waves, a record marked by the group's dramatic shift into shorter, less sprawling compositions; the single "The Spirit of Radio" even became a major hit. With 1981's Moving Pictures, they scored another hit of sorts with "Tom Sawyer," which garnered heavy exposure on album-oriented radio and became perhaps the trio's best-known song. As the 1980s continued, Rush grew into a phenomenally popular live draw as albums like 1982's Signals (which generated the smash "New World Man"), 1984's Grace Under Pressure, and 1985's Power Windows continued to sell millions of copies.

As the decade drew to a close, the trio cut back on its touring schedule while hardcore followers complained of a sameness afflicting slicker, synth-driven efforts like 1987's Hold Your Fire and 1989's Presto. At the dawn of the '90s, however, Rush returned to the heavier sound of their early records and placed a renewed emphasis on Lifeson's guitar heroics; consequently, both 1991's Roll the Bones and 1993's Counterparts reached the Top Three on the U.S. album charts. In 1996, the band issued Test for Echo and headed out on the road the following summer. Shortly thereafter, Peart lost his daughter in an automobile accident. Tragedy struck again in 1998 when Peart's wife succumbed to cancer.

Dire times in the Rush camp did not cause the band to quit. Lee took time out for a solo stint with 2000's My Favorite Headache; however, rumors of the band playing in the studio began to circulate. It would be five years until anything surfaced from the band. Fans were reassured in early 2002 by news that Rush were recording new songs in Toronto. The fruit of those sessions led to the release of Rush's 17th studio album, Vapor Trails, later that spring. By the end of the year a concert from the supporting tour was released on DVD as Rush in Rio.

In 2004 Rush embarked on their 30th anniversary tour, documented on the DVD R30, and in 2006 they returned to the studio to begin work on a new album. The resulting Snakes & Arrows was released in May 2007, followed by the CD/DVD set Snakes & Arrows Live in early 2008. Material from the latter was combined with footage from Rush in Rio and R30 for the CD/DVD compilation Working Men, which was released in 2009. A documentary on the band assembled by Toronto's Bangor Productions called Beyond the Lighted Stage appeared in 2010, followed a year later by another Bangor video production, Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland. Rush's 19th full-length studio album, Clockwork Angels, arrived in June of 2012. While the following year wouldn't bring a new album, it did deliver the next best thing by way of Vapor Trails: Remixed, which found producer David Bottrill revisiting one of the more notable victims of the so-called loudness wars. Along with a freshly repaired album, the band also released Clockwork Angels Tour, a three-disc live album recorded during their 2012 tour. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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June 29th can't wait have my 3 year old listening
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Boston in June 2015...Can't freakin' wait. Please play working man!
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best magicians eva
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2 months in concert in Cols. Ohio 8th of June!!!!! Can't wait!!!!! Love live music.
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Rush never gets odd.Keep it up
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Yeah, man, when Alex Lifeson is the least talented in a band, you know you've got yourself a force of nature on your hand!
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That induction with Foo Fighters, WoW! And 2112! What a performance.
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Neil Peart, Geedy Lee, nough said
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They call me the working man that's what I am!
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Try to catch them this year. This is their Farewell tour.
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jamieb12871
Yeah...lost $5 (when $5 was $5) 2 a friend of mine(new) when he asked me,"who's the best 3-man band
..I said,"ZZ-F+C K I N ' TOP ...everybody knows that ...he said,"Ur waaay wrong...it's R U S H !!! ...I said, Rush doesn't have just 3 guys do they...I thought it was like 5 ! "...but I love ZZ(I'm from "Dallas,TX.. . H O L L Y W O O O O U U D D " . . . Y E A H SHE WOULD !!! I LISTEN 2 MORE RUSH...I would probably have 2 admit
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jamieb12871
Hope I can c them next time they're N town
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2112 EARGAZAM, HEMISPHERES THE CLIMAX
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Best band of all time
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darlenejchoq
Best Canadian band ever! Love Spirit of Radio!
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June 8th. Cols. Ohio at the Shott.
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All the world's a stage and the world is their stage....Con g r a t s RUSH for forty years, thank you for your music....wel l played.
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In 1974, a friend of mine, a graveyard-sh i f t DJ at a local Tacoma, WA FM rock station, told me to come down that night to listen to a new album & band they had just received. The broadcast studio had just bought a pair of Speakerlab 7 speakers, so I went. No one had heard of Rush yet, me included, but he put on Working Man. It completely changed my life, hearing that song and Lifeson's lead guitar through those speakers. Life was never the same again and it took a totally different direction..
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milosdad
I just saw Geddy on That Metal Show. One of the great things about these guys is that they are not pretentious. Really down to earth musicians with an appreciation for their art.
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pandora32769
Concerts are as good as ever. Always great to see them play live - they've improved over the years and no one beats the raw technical skill they display.
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2112 released 3/10/1976 greatest album ever
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Best. Band. Of All Time. And strangely grouped with too many older bands here on Pandora. How about adding some prog to the group Pandora?!
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They have left a lasting legacy not to be equaled by any other rock/prog group. Their music is appreciated by the most loyal fan base in all of the galaxies!
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These 3 guys are the best of all. I have emulated Neal s playing in my own music career.
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kfitzgerald6 9 1
Limelight has one of rushes best gutair solos
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mfoltz26
Rush=soundtr a c k of my life. Thanks to 3 guys who are not Rock Stars just wonderful musicians! !
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Bubbles,Rick y , hamburger eating Randy. ETC...... The trailer park boys
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Greatest band to EVER come out of Canada. Hands down.
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got tickets to the first show of the new tour in tulsa Oklahoma yayyyyyyyy
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Who writes these bios? They always add stupid s**t like although typically brushed aside by critics and rarely the recipients of mainstream pop radio airplay.. Who CARES? People who love RUSH couldn't give two s**ts what a critic thinks....an d who are these critics anyway???
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One of the Greatest over looked Hard Rock bands of all time!!!
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Haven't seen them in years , want to see them again quality three man band , the best three man band period . A lot of great tunes and great concert
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Nice, 7th grade. Remember Rush very well. 2112 WOW
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Rush rules.
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After 30 years I'm finally going to see them again in Irvine, CA this coming July for my birthday. I remember buying tickets for around 15 bucks back in the day. They MUST make more money from concerts now than they did then. They ain't cheap that's for sure!
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Geddy Lee the best bassist in music.
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This is one of my favorite bands ever!!!!!!!
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Can't imagine my world without them. There will never be an equal to them. Nothing to compare them to. Thank you RUSH for being a meaningful force in my life for 33+ years. See you June 14th!!!!!
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Rush Dominates!

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June 23 in Boston. Can't freakin' wait!!!
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The three man band
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The best ever. I don't know what the world would be like without RUSH.
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The BEST, period.
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behun2
I grew up in Rochester, NY .. Rush was played a lot on the sound of the underground WCMF in the early 70's. Good stuff, nice to hear them a couple week's ago on HBO's Togetherness where they played Tom Sawyer and explained the song.
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The only band that matters...nu f f said.
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Rush aka The Rich Man's Triumph.
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One of Canada's best exports, along with Whiskey, beer and loose women.
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jbeast15
Rush kicks butt ����
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Bubbles, what's up? TPB
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jwsm85
Play more Rush that's why I created a Rush station! If I wanted AC/DC , the who , Kansas , Rolling Stones etc etc. I would have created a station based on those artists!
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