Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead singer Geddy Lee, guitar player Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. The band and its membership went through a number of re-configurations between 1968 and 1974, achieving their current form when Peart took the place original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group’s first U.S. tour.
Since the release of the band’s self-titled debut record in March 1974, Rush has become known for the instrumental skills of its members, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and libertarian philosophy, as well as addressing humanitarian, social, emotional, and environmental concerns.
Musically, Rush’s style has changed over the years, beginning in the vein of blues-inspired heavy metal on their first album, then encompassing hard rock, progressive rock, and a period dominated by synthesizers. They have influenced assorted musical artists, which included Metallica, Primus,and The Smashing Pumpkins as well as progressive metal bands such as Dream Theater,and Symphony X.
Rush has won a number of Juno Awards, and was inducted into the Canadian songs Hall of Fame in 1994. Over their careers, the members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each band member winning several awards in magazine readers’ polls. As a group, Rush possesses 24 gold records and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records.According to the RIAA, Rush’s sales statistics also place them fourth behind The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith for the most consecutive gold or platinum units by a rock band. Rush also ranks 79th in U.S. album sales with 25 million copies. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, as of 2004 several industry sources estimated Rush’s total worldwide record sales at over 40 million albums. The band’s most recent tour, an intercontinental promotion for Snakes & Arrows ended on July 24, 2008 in Noblesville, Indiana.The group is currently in the midst of writing new material and will be performing in the Summer of 2010 on the “Time Machine Tour”.
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