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Rush photo 2011
left to right: Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson

Rush Biography

With a long career that has lasted over three decades this '70s Hard-Rock band, gained a large and affectionate fan base; the group scored twenty-three consecutive gold and platinum records, one of the longest string in Rock history. Originally comprised of lead singer + bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer John Rutsey, Rush started out as a cover band in the small town of Sarnia, Ontario CANADA, in 1969.

The threesome developed a strong buzz playing in clubs around Toronto, where they landed their first recording contract and eventually released their self-titled debut album in March of 1974; the band soon received good airplay in Seattle especially with the now Classic-Rock staples "Working Man" and "Finding My Way", but the break came when they were picked up by Mercury Records and the full-length LP entered the U.S. Pop Albums chart at #105.

Rutsey quit shortly thereafter and was replaced by drummer Neil Peart; over the course of next year, the new incarnation of the band went on to release two albums, "Fly By Night" and "Caress Of Steel", both of which charted in U.S. though not high.

"2112", the group's fourth studio LP, arrived in April 1976, it became their first #1 album in Canada and climbed the U.S. Pop chart reaching the #61 position.
It was followed by the live album "All The World's A Stage" which inched into the U.S. top 40 and helped solidify the trio's stature as one of Rock's fastest rising stars.

1977's "A Farewell To Kings" expanded their popularity throughout Europe, the album rocketed up the Official U.K. chart, moreover in America it peaked at #2 in Canada and #33 in U.S. producing their first charting single, "Closer To The Heart".

The follow-up, "Hemispheres", despite was a semi-experimental effort debuted in the top 5 of the National Canadian Albums chart and within the top 50 in the U.S. but its main single, "Circumstances", failed to chart.

With "Permanent Waves", which was issued in January 1980, Rush not only returned to #1 in their native Canada, but also peaked at #3 in the U.K. and #4 on the U.S. Pop Albums charts. The lead single, "The Spirit Of Radio", hit #51 on the U.S. Pop chart.

Almost exactly one year later, the Canadian power trio released "Moving Pictures", this record shot to #1 in Canada and soared to the #3 spots on both the U.S. Top 200 LPs & Tapes and the Official British charts; it included two U.S. Mainstream Rock top 10 hit singles: "Limelight" and their masterpiece, "Tom Sawyer".

The band's ninth studio effort, "Signals", was issued in September of 1982 and crested at #3 on both the Canadian and British Albums charts; in the States it peaked at #10 and the group topped The Mainstream Rock chart with the single "New World Man", the track also climbed into the top 40 of the Pop Singles chart while the album generated two more Mainstream Rock top 20 hits, including the #8 "Subdivisions" and "The Analog Kid".

The series of platinum album continued two years later with "Grace Under Pressure", the record hit #1 in their home country and went straight into the top 10 on both Billboard's Top 200 and U.K. Albums charts.

1985's "Power Windows" replicated the chart status of its predecessor and contained four Active Rock top 30 singles: "Territories", "Manhattan Project", "Mystic Rhythms" and "The Big Money", the latter of which rose to #4.

Two years later Rush returned with a new album, "Hold Your Fire" which saw the group brought their sound into a more synth driven direction, the record reached the #13 spot on The Billboard Top 200 spawning "Force 10" and "Time Stand Still" which both climbed into the top 3 of The Mainstream Rock Tracks.

The group changed labels to Atlantic for 1989's "Presto" which charted at #16 in the U.S. highlighted by the #1 Mainstream Rock hit single "Show Don't Tell", the album also included three more Mainstream Rock top 40 hits: "Superconductor", "The Pass" and the title-track.

Two years later "Roll The Bones" took Rush back to #1 in Canada, into the top 3 of The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and into the top 10 in Britain; the disc spawned "Dreamline", which hit #1 on Billboard's Active Rock chart plus the top 3 smash "Ghost Of A Chance", "Bravado", which grabbed a #13 spot and the title-track, a further top 10 entrant.

"Counterparts" was issued in October of 1993; it went to #1 on the Top Canadian Albums chart in no time, then rocketed to #2 on The Billboard 200 and generated another #1 hit on The Mainstream Rock Tracks: "Stick It Out"; three other singles entered this chart including the #2 "Cold Fire", "Nobody's Hero" and "Animate".

After nearly three years, Rush resurfaced with its seventh Canadian #1 album, "Test For Echo"; the record peaked at #5 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, the title-track went straight to #1 on Billboard's Active Rock chart and was followed by the #6 "Half The World" and the top 20 hit "Driven".

Shortly thereafter the group's primary songwriter Neil Peart was recovered from the loss of his daughter who was tragically killed in a car accident. Just a year later, tragedy struck again when Peart's wife, Jackie Taylor, died of cancer.
In late 2000, the group's frontman Geddy Lee issued his first-ever solo album.

The three-piece band, Rush, returned to the spotlight in May of 2002, releasing their seventeenth studio-LP "Vapor Trails", it breached the top 3 in Canada and reached the #6 position on The Billboard Top 200 chart while the lead-off single, "One Little Victory", hit #10 on The Mainstream Rock chart.

Two years later the group released "Feedback", an EP of Classic-Rock covers, which debuted in the top 20 of The Billboard 200 Albums list spawning the Active Rock top 30 hit "Summertimes Blues".

Rush re-emerged in May 2007 with a new album titled "Snakes & Arrows"; the 13-track set quickly catapulted into the top 3 on the North American Albums charts. "Far Cry", the first single, peaked at #22 on The Hot Mainstream Rock list and "The Larger Bowl" hit #16 on the same chart.

The veteran Rock trio put out their next studio album, "Clockwork Angels", in June 2012. The disc's first single, the Active Rock top 40 hit "Caravan", was released in June 2010. It was followed two years later by "Headlong Flight", this track reached #39 on The Rock Songs chart while the album hit #2 on The Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top Canadian Albums charts.


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    "Hemispheres" era photoshoot (1978)
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    [L-R] Neil Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in 2007