|Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, the band Rush has been rocking audiences since 1968. Hits like “Limelight,” “New World Man” and “Tom Sawyer” have made the band a household name the world over. Recipients of accolades and honors throughout the music industry, the band keeps on rocking through the decades. Don’t miss the boat on seeing a classic band rock live in concert; get your Rush tickets today!
When Rush formed in 1968, the lineup was much different from the band that exists today. The original trio consisted of guitarist Alex Lifeson, bassist and vocalist Geddy Lee and drummer John Rutsey. Of course, Lee still serves as the frontman for Rush. By 1973, the trio had made a name for themselves around the Toronto area and released a eponymous LP in 1974. At this time, Rutsey left Rush and was replaced by legendary drummer Neil Peart.
Peart became an integral part of Rush’s long-term success. Not only is he considered one of the best drummers of all time, but also he assumed the responsibility of writing many of the group ’s songs. His lyrics, much influenced by fantasy and science fiction, helped solidify Rush’s signature sound that today has brought them a cult following.
Following its self-titled debut, Rush quickly turned out two LPs in 1975, and paved its way to rock and roll stardom with the album, 2112, in 1976. This record, themed around the writings of Ayn Rand, separated the band from other groups and showcased each member’s musicianship, creativity and unique ability. After 2112, Rush was destined for decades of success.
Becoming rock gods
In the 45-plus years Rush has been performing, no band has come close to replicating their sound. The trio has cultivated a loyal fan following over the last several decades, and as anyone who has picked up Rush tickets will tell you, they put on one of the best live shows around. The band rounded out the 1970s with a couple more commercially successful albums, but it was Permanent Waves, which was released in 1980, that ushered Rush into the realm of rock gods. Throughout the decade, the trio followed up this hit with Moving Pictures, Signals, Grace Under Pressure and Power Windows