Rush (Canadian rock trio)

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Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in 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 reconfigurations between 1968 and 1974, achieving its current line-up when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group's first tour of the United States.

Rush is known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy. The band's musical style has changed several times over the years, from a blues-inspired hard rock beginning, later moving into progressive rock, and including a period marked by heavy use of synthesizers. In the early 1990s, Rush returned to a guitar-driven hard rock sound, which has continued to the present.

According to the RIAA, Rush ranks 80th with sales of 25 million units in the US. 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 nominations for seven Grammy Awards. The band has won several Juno Awards, won an International Achievement Award at the 2009 SOCAN 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. Rush announced plans to stop large-scale touring at the end of 2015. However, they have not ruled out the possibility of future studio albums and smaller-scale tours.

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Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1975-05-15: Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH, USA 1
1975-06-25: In the Beginning: Massey Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada 1
1975-11-15: Steel Breeze: Rockford Armory, Rockford, IL, USA 1
1975-11-15: The Pretentious Necromancer: The Rockford Armory, Rockford, IL, USA 1
1976-05-30: The Nelson Center, Springfield, IL, USA 1
1976-10-25: 2112 Seattle Night: Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA, USA 1
1976-12-16: Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA 1
1977-04-17: Capitol Punishment: Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, USA 1
1977-04-22: Ron's Vault Release #6: Broome County Arena, Binghamton, NY, USA 1
1977-09-28: Selland Arena, Fresno, CA, USA 1
1977-09-30: Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, USA 1
1977-11-19: War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, NY, USA 1
1977-11-26: Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA, USA 1
1978-05-10: Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, USA 1
1978-11-04: Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, Canada 1
1978-11-20: A Desert Passage: Tucson, AZ, USA 1
1978-11-20: Every Soul a Battlefield: Tucson Convention Center Arena, Tucson, AZ, USA 1
1978-12-02: Buenas Nochas! Motor City: Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI, USA 1
1979-03-04: Fair Park Arena, Beaumont, TX, USA 1
1979-05-24: A Passage to Oslo (Platinum Edition): Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway 1
1979-05-28: Black Forest: Frankfurt, Germany 1
1979-06-04: Praying for the Light: Pinkpop Festival, Burgemeester Damenpark, Geleen, Netherlands 1
1980-09-30: Hyperspace: Allentown Fairgrounds, Allentown, PA, USA 1
1980-09-30: Something Old, Something New: Allentown, PA, USA 1
1981-06-16: Anaheim, CA, USA 1
1983-03-25: Charlotte, NC, USA 1
1983-05-21: Signals From London Remaster: Wembly Arena, London, UK 1
1984-07-09: Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY, USA 1
1984-09-27: Cool Under Fire: Landover, MD, USA 1
1984-11-20: The Pulse To Passion: Osaka, Japan 1
1985-03-12: Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, FL, USA 1
1986-02-10: Tucson, AZ, USA 1
1986-02-27: Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY, USA 1
1986-04-16: Visions and Illusions: Philadelphia, PA, USA 1
1988-01-29: Red Stages: The Summit, Houston, TX, USA 1
1988-02-15: Civic Center, Lakeland, FL, USA 1
1988-04-02: Omaha Civic Center, Omaha, NE, USA 1
1988-04-21 soundcheck: Kingdom of Fire (Chapter 1): National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK 1
1988-04-23: Birmingham, UK 1
1988-05-05: Out of Reality: Hans Martin Schleyer Hall, Germany 1
1990-05-08: Hartford, CT, USA 1
1991-10-28: Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 1
1991-11-10: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI, USA 1
1991-11-16: Hope & Glory: John F. Savage Hall,Toledo, OH, USA 1
1991-12-07: Garden Road: New York, NY, USA 1
1992-06-14: Charlotte Fever: Charlotte, NC, USA 1
1994-03-22: Critical Mass: Auburn Hills, MI, USA 1
1994-04-02: Nuts and Bolts: Madison, WI, USA 3
1994-04-07: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI, USA 1
1994-04-29: A Night at the Spectrum: Philadelphia, PA, USA 1
1996-10-18: Echoes on the Stages: Albany, NY, USA 1
1996-12-05: Bigger & Better in Texas! - Titanium Version: The Summit, Houston, TX, USA 1
1997-06-23: Great Woods and Summer Skies: Mansfield, MA, USA 3 1
2002-07-12: Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA, USA 1
2002-08-02: Time Is Now Again: Maryland Heights, MO, USA 1
2002-11-02: The Secret Touch: Minneapolis, MN, USA 1
2002-11-22: Sau Paulo, Brazil 1
2004-05-26: 30 Years Strong: Nashville, TN, USA 1
2004-08-14: Holmdel, NJ, USA 1
2007-06-23: A Far Cry in Bristow: Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA, USA 1
2007-09-22: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada 1
2112 Days in Seattle 1
A Digital Forum 1
A Gentle Hand 1
A Right to Passage 1
Animated 1
Atmospheric: Live in Holland 1
Autumn Woods & Winter Skies 1
Big Money Meets the Big Apple 1
Bone the Rolls 1
Castles in the Distance 1
Currently In Vogue (Live USA '87) 1
Cygnus X Story 1
Darkness and Light 1
Diamonds in the Waste 1
Different Stages Sampler 1
Exit... Stage Right 1
Experience to Extremes 1
Fly in the Night 1
Freefall 1
Gangster of Boats 1
Grace Under Pressure Tour 1984 1
King Biscuit Flower Hour 2000 1
Live Anthem 1975 1
Live from the Electric Ladyland Studios 1974 1
Live USA 1
Mirrors 1
Mystic Dreams 1
Natural Science 1
Northern Heroes 1
Pensacola 1
Philadelphia Project 1
Red Barchetta 1
Run From the Fans 1
Rush 'n Roulette I 1
Rush 'n Roulette II 1
RushHour 1
Rushian Roulette 1
Storm in St. Petersburg 1
Taurus Pedals from Hell 1

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