Rushis a band from Canada which now consists of Geddy Lee (lead vocalist & keyboard & bass player), Alex Lifeson (guitar player), and Neil Peart (drum player and lyricist). The band was formed in 1968 in Willowdale in Toronto, Ontario. The band began with Alex Lifeson, Jeff Jones, and John Rutsey. Geddy Lee replaced Jeff Jones in 1968, and in 1974, Neil Peart replaced John Rutsey. Two weeks after Neil joined the group, they began their first tour in the United States. They also released their self titled album in 1974. Their music was about social, emotional, environmental, and humanitarian subjects.
The manager for the group was Ray Danniels. Ray had attended many of the bands earlier shows. The band performed in local bars and high school dances, then in 1973, they released their first single called, Not Fade Away. The song was a cover for the Buddy Holly song. Side B was a song of their own which was called, You Can’t Fight It, in which Rutsey and Lee were given the credit for writing the song. The band then formed their own record company and named it, Moon Records. The band released their debut self titled, Rush, album in 1974. They received a limited amount of local attention and then they were noticed by WMMS radio, in Cleveland, Ohio. The album was re-released in the U. S. In 1974, by Mercury Records. Rutsey left the group just after the album was released because of diabetes and also a distaste for touring. Neil Peart replaced Rutsey. The band got an advance payment from the record company and they purchased new equipment. They performed their first concert by opening for Uriah Heep and Manford Mann, at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Their audience consisted of over 11,000 people. Their next album, Fly By Night, was released in 1975. The band released the album, 2112, then they went to the United Kingdom to record, A Farewell To Kings, in 1977, and the album became their first album to go gold in the United States.
The band continued over the years to release albums, singles, and to tour. They took a 5 year break in 1997 for several reasons, the main one being that Peart’s daughter, Selena, was killed in a car accident in August, 1997, and also his wife, Jacqueline’s, death from cancer in 1998. Peart traveled around America to grieve and get his life back together and he eventually decided to re-join the band so he wrote the book called, Ghost Rider: Travels On the Healing Road. In 1998 the band released, Different Stages, which was a triple cd live album. It was dedicated to the memory of Selena and Jacqueline.
Rush released 24 gold records and 14 platinum records. They released a total of 30 albums, 11 singles, 10 music videos, as well as some members had solo releases. They also received many awards.
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