Rush (Canadian rock trio)

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Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968 in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Lifeson, and drummer, percussionist, and lyricist Neil Peart. The band and its membership went through several re-configurations between 1968 and 1974, achieving their current form when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group's first United States tour.

Since the release of the band's self-titled debut album in March 1974, Rush has become known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy. Rush's music style has changed over the years beginning with blues-inspired heavy metal, then encompassing progressive rock and a period with heavy use of synthesizers. Their musical style returned to a more guitar-oriented sound in 1989. Their latest studio album, Clockwork Angels (2012) won the Album Of The Year Award from Progressive Music Awards. The supporting tour ran from September 2012 to August 2013.

According to the RIAA Rush ranks 80th with sales of 25 million units in the United States. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, several industry sources estimated Rush's total worldwide album sales at over 40 million units as of 2004. The group has been awarded 24 gold, 14 platinum, and 3 multi-platinum albums.

Rush has received seven Grammy award nominations, although they have never won a Grammy. However, the band has gone on to win several Juno Awards, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. 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 numerous awards in magazine readers' polls.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1974 Rush 3.65 6
1975 Fly by Night 3.5 7
1975 Caress of Steel 3.5 4
1976 2112 4.2 16
1977 A Farewell to Kings 4.35 9
1978 Hemispheres 4.85 12
1980 Permanent Waves 5 7
1981 Moving Pictures 4.45 11
1982 Signals 4.5 10
1984 Grace Under Pressure 5 8
1985 Power Windows 3 6
1987 Hold Your Fire 4.5 5
1989 Presto 4 6
1991 Roll the Bones 4.25 6
1993 Counterparts 3 4
1996 Test for Echo 3 4
2002 Vapor Trails 2 6
2004 Feedback 2.5 3
2007 Snakes & Arrows 3 4
2012 Clockwork Angels 3 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1978 Archives Compilation 1
1990 Chronicles Compilation 4
1997 Retrospective I: 1974-1980 Compilation 4 3
1997 Retrospective II: 1981-1987 Compilation 3
2003 The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987 Compilation 4
2006 Gold Compilation 1
2009 Retrospective 3 Compilation 2
2010 Time Stand Still: The Collection Compilation 1
2010 ICON Compilation 2
2011 Sector 1 Compilation 2
2011 Sector 2 Compilation 2
2011 Sector 3 Compilation 2
2013 The Studio Albums 1989-2007 Compilation 2
Afterimage Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1976 All the World's a Stage Live 4 7
1981 Exit... Stage Left Live 5 7
1989 A Show of Hands Live 4 6
1998 Different Stages Live Live 6
2003 Rush in Rio Live 2
2005 R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour Live 2
2006 Grace Under Pressure Tour Live 1
2006 Replay X 3: Grace Under Pressure Tour Soundtrack Live 1
2008 Snakes & Arrows Live Live 2
2009 Working Men Live 2
2011 Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Live 5 2
2011 Moving Pictures: Live 2011 Live 1
2013 Clockwork Angels Tour Live 4 1
2014 Spirit of the Airwaves Live 1
RushHour Live 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1973 Not Fade Away 1

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