Canadian power trio Rush is one of rock music’s most influential and highly regarded bands, ranking third in the world (after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones) for most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band. They have released 39 albums and over 70 singles, sold more than 45 million albums worldwide, garnered 24 gold and 14 platinum records, and their benefit performances have raised more than $2 million for Canadian charities. Few groups in the history of popular music can approach Rush for longevity, creativity, and dedication to their art and body of work. Nearly 40 years after their arrival on the scene, they maintain a busy touring and recording schedule, to the delight of their loyal fans around the world.
Rush band members Geddy Lee (bass guitar, keyboard and lead vocals), Alex Lifeson (guitar), and Neil Peart (drums) are known for their musical virtuosity, innovation, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrics often inspired by science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy.
Rush’s impressive discography started in 1974 with the self-titled debut album (featuring single “Working Man”) and highlights include Fly by Night (“Fly By Night”), the breakthrough 2112 (a futuristic concept album with a 20-minute title track), Farewell to Kings (including the hit song “Closer to the Heart”), Permanent Waves (“The Spirit of Radio”, “Freewill”), Moving Pictures (“Tom Sawyer”, “YYZ”, “Limelight”), Signals (“New World Man”), Roll the Bones (“Roll The Bones”) and Snakes &Arrows (“Far Cry”). Their latest and 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels (“Headlong Flight”, “The Garden”), debuted #1 in Canada and had The Globe & Mail calling Rush “one of the few bands anywhere that just keeps getting better.”
Lee, Lifeson and Peart are Officers of the Order of Canada (appointed in 1996, the first band so honoured). Among other distinctions, the band has won eight Juno awards, been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (1994). Rush have also been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (2010), Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame (2003), and received a star on both Canada’s Walk of Fame (1999) and Hollywood Walk of Fame (2010). Rush was profiled in the 2010 documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, that won the coveted Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award and on to win the Juno for Best Music DVD. Rush were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
“Their influence is undeniable…and their legacy is that of a band that stayed true to themselves no matter how uncool they may have seemed to anyone. I think it’s safe to say that Rush are indeed a band that has balls…and they’ve ALWAYS been cool.” – Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, inducting Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.