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Rush

Formed:
1968

Genres:
Progressive Rock

Vocalist and bass guitar player Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer John Rutsey began Rush, inspired by early heavy metal bands Cream, Iron Butterfly, and later Led Zeppelin. In 1974, Rush released a self-titled debut album, which was followed by Rutsey's leaving the band due to health reasons. Enter, Neil Peart on drums. Peart, Lifeson and Lee were all excellent musicians, as well as extrememly intelligent. Peart had a flair for writing lyrics, and Peart began pumping out poetry, which Lee and Lifeson would later ad music to. In 1975, Rush put out two more LP's, Caress of Steel and Fly by Night. They followed these two phenomenal progressive rock albums with a tour, and then went back to the studio to produce the excellent 2112 in 1976. 2112 set the standard for progressive rock albums in the 70's, and was such an in-depth concept album, it laid the groundwork for many more Rush albums in the following years. Throughout the rest of the 70's, Rush was a permanent and consistent stadium draw, steadily pushing out top-quality prog rock albums. It was half a decade later, however, with 1980's Permanent Waves, that Rush would enjoy mainstream success. The following year, Moving Pictures produced the smash-hit "Tom Sawyer," which remains their most recognizable song. As the 80's progressed, Rush began to adopt a new, more high-tech sound, and die-hard Rush fans were not disappointed, although critics were not nice to Rush during this period. By the early 90's, Rush decided to shed their synthesizer and saturated guitar sound for a more stripped-down, rocked out sound. The band remains on that same course, still consistently putting out albums that sound great. Rush is one of the most critically underated rock bands of our time. Even though they get virtually no credit for being innovators, their sound has influenced countless musicians. The band has had 23 consecutive gold and platinum records, only behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold and platinum albums of all time.

Band Members:
Geddy Lee (1969-present)
Alex Lifeson (1969-present)
Neil Peart (1974-present)
John Rutsey (1969-1974)

Discography:

Different Stages
Release Date: , 1998
Label:
Produced by

Retrospective 1974-80
Release Date: , 1997
Label:
Produced by

1981-87 Retrospective II
Release Date: , 1997
Label:
Produced by

Test For Echo
Release Date: , 1996
Label:
Produced by

Counterparts
Release Date: October 19, 1993
Label: Atlantic
Produced by Rush

Roll the Bones
Release Date: July 1, 1991
Label: Atlantic
Produced by Rush

Presto
Release Date: November , 1989
Label: Atlantic
Produced by Rush

A Show of Hands
Release Date: January 2, 1988
Label: Mercury
Produced by Rush

Hold Your Fire
Release Date: , 1987
Label: Mercury
Produced by Rush

Power Windows
Release Date: , 1985
Label: Mercury
Produced by Rush

Grace Under Pressure
Release Date: , 1984
Label: Mercury
Produced by Rush

Signals
Release Date: , 1982
Label: Mercury
Produced by Rush

Moving Pictures
Release Date: , 1981
Label: Mercury
Produced by Rush

Exit...Stage Left
Release Date: , 1981
Label: Mercury
Produced by Terry Brown

Permanent Waves
Release Date: , 1980
Label: Mercury
Produced by Rush

Hemispheres
Release Date: , 1978
Label: Mercury
Produced by Rush

A Farewell to Kings
Release Date: , 1977
Label: Mercury
Produced by Rush

All the World's a Stage (Live)
Release Date: , 1976
Label: Mercury
Produced by Rush

2112
Release Date: , 1976
Label: Mercury
Produced by Rush

Caress of Steel
Release Date: , 1975
Label: Mercury
Produced by Rush

Fly By Night
Release Date: , 1975
Label: Mercury
Produced by Rush

Rush
Release Date: , 1974
Label: Mercury
Produced by Rush



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