were writing songs to play them live night after night, so we were aware
of making them challenging and exciting in personal terms. Over 20
years, that stands us in good stead.” Neil Peart
j nd) n.
One that inspires legends
or achieves legendary fame
A story about mythical
or supernatural beings or events
An artistic performer
or athlete whose leading role or superior performance is acknowledged
One who is highly celebrated
in a field or profession
Some might say that the band RUSH is the embodiment of the words
“Legend” and “Star.” With a long career that has lasted three decades,
this band is in a very select group of musicians who have been there, done
that and lived to tell about it. This power trio started out in a
small Canadian town in 1969. They began their following by playing
covers of Led Zeppelin and Cream in clubs around Sarnia, Ontario.
Not exactly the big city, but most legends come from humble beginnings.
The band originally included John Rutsey on drums, who was replaced by
Neil Peart before the recording of “Fly By Night” in 1975. Since
that time, the band has journeyed through the changing music scene virtually
intact, allowing for solo projects. Neil Peart brought new potential
to the band by adding his lyrical and vocal talents to the mix. The
band moved to Toronto and began playing hard rock/heavy metal fusions that
evoked sci-fi/futuristic images. Their first privately produced LP
was rejected by major labels but received extensive air play in Seattle.
This led to bookings in the Pacific Northwest and a record contract with
Rush were part of the founding movement of “Progressive Rock.”
Their performances showcased their musical prowess and state-of-the-art
stage presence. Their performance style, and their success, has centered
on lead singer Geddy Lee. With the personality and charisma of a
true rock star, his high, clear vocals always did (and still do) register
on the Richter scale. In addition, Neil Peart’s epic compositions
and Alex Lifeson’s meticulous guitar work come together to create the trio’s
Rush’s recording career can be readily divided into four phases.
The early years were purely and simply heavy metal. Then followed
the experimental years, when the trio pushed the boundaries of progressive
rock and established their reputations as virtuoso musicians. The
third phase was a reaction to the second. The group pulled back from
their all-encompassing love affair with technology and studio wizardry
and reclaimed their reputation as innovative songwriters. The fourth
phase, captured on “Different Stages,” proves Rush has found the place
between rock’n’roll simplicity and hi-tech complexity while retaining the
most attractive elements of both.
If you are lucky enough to experience one of their concerts these days,
you will not regret the price of admission. While experiencing the
most recent tour in support of “Vapor Trails,” the audience was met with
an opening number that can only be compared to a rocket launch. Geddy’s
bass solos and Alex’s guitar work are still the stuff of legend.
Their stage presence lets you know that after 30 odd years, they are very
comfortable in their own skin and with their talents. You will find
the audience playing air guitar or drums and feeling the lyrics of each
song as they get progressively more intense. The nearly three-hour
performance (with an intermission and no opening band) was punctuated with
loud shrieks from the revelers at this nostalgic “BIG ROCK SHOW.”
Not only was the music drawing the crowd in, but also the visual stimulation
of the performance was draped with alternating stark black & white
images and psychedelic colors. This classic rock trio is still going
strong and keeping pace with the pack.
Lee - Lead vocals, bass, keyboard
(1974) Most promising group of the year
(1977) Group of the year
(1978) Group of the year
(1991) Best Heavy Metal Album
(1991) Best album cover - "Presto"
(1992) Best Hard Rock Album
(1992) Best album cover - "Roll the Bones"
(1993) Hall of Fame
(1982) Runner-up in Best Rock Instrumental
"YYZ" - beat by The Police's "Behind my
(1992) Runner-up in Best Rock Instrumental
"Where's my thing" - beat by Eric
Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover"
"Lifetime Achievement" award from Musician's
Institute in Hollywood, CA on January 23, 1992.
"The Seventh Annual Musicians of the Millennium
Award" from the Harvard Lampoon.
“Canadian Music Hall of Fame” induction
By Night 1975
Of Steel 1975
The World's A Stage 1976
Farewell To Kings 1977
Stage Left 1981
Under Pressure 1984
Your Fire 1987
Show Of Hands 1989
The Bones 1991
For Echo 1996
Vol. 1 1997
Vol. 2 1997
the Official Rush Website
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