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The Music We Love – Rush

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RUSH

Starting out as a bar band in 1968 in Willowdale, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and then drummer John Rutsey were perhaps the hardest working unsigned act of the day. Refusing to conform and play top 40 material, they were determined to play what they wanted to play, and on their own terms.

In 1974, after the release of their self-titled debut, Neil Peart took over for John Rutsey and soon proved to be not only an amazing drummer, but also an excellent lyricist. His often epic compositions fit perfectly with the band’s playing.

The Music We Love - RushFrom their metal-edged, more classic rock type material of the early- to mid-70s, Rush were on their way to the top. It wasn’t until their late-70’s/early-80s material that the band broke through. Rush’s 80’s output was unlike anything else anyone had produced back then, but still managed to do well. In the 90’s, Rush very suddenly changed styles with the release of Counterparts, focusing on a more modern type of rock that was becoming popular right around that time. Most of the albums became similar to hard rock, and arena rock. However, Rush never lost their signature sound, setting them apart from all other bands.

While they have not had many radio hits, few hard rock fans have not heard of the band’s bigger hits like “Working Man”, “The Spirit of Radio”, “Limelight” and of course the enigmatic “Tom Sawyer”, which catapulted the band into the limelight in 1981.

The Music We Love - RushNow in their fourth decade of making music together, the hard working men of Rush still continue to wow their audience, and even bring aboard some new fans. In 2005, the band released another DVD concert, filmed in Frankfurt, Germany on their 2004 30th Anniversary tour; Rush still shows no signs of stopping.

Rush’s last-but-one album was released on May 1st, 2007, Snakes & Arrows. Its first single was “Far Cry”. The single aired on radios and released on the internet on March 12th. The trio began touring to support the album on an international schedule on June 13, 2007.

Rush released two new songs (“Caravan” and “BU2B”) on June 1, 2010. In the digital booklet provided on iTunes, they are said to be parts One and Two of “Clockwork Angels”, a work in progress.

In 2012 Rush finally released album “Clockwork Angels” and on 7th of September started 1st part of their Clockwork Angels Tour (official dates : September 7 – December 2 2012; May 22, 2013 – June 10, 2013)  (Bio courtesy of http://www.last.fm)

Mary Burris

Hi! I'm Mary. I am a cancer survivor and am doing my best to live life to the fullest. One of the things that I enjoy in life is music. My personal blog is about music, artists, and the stories behind them. I love all genres of music, and am having a great time learning about the different artists and their music. Won't you come on this adventure with me? Instagram: knottymarie

MB

Friday 20th of March 2015

I've been a fan since early MTV introduced them to me (RIP music videos), and my best friend in high school a few years later ransacked her older brother's record collection (without permission) to lend their records to me. Good times! Thanks for writing about them!

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