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Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band consisting of Geddy Lee (vocals, bass and keys), Alex Lifeson (guitar, vocals) and Neil Peart (drums).

Rush was founded in 1968 by Alex Lifeson (guitar), John Rutsey (May 14, 1953 - May 11, 2008) (drums) and bassist Jeff Jones. After a short while Jeff Jones was replaced by bassist/singer Geddy Lee (actually Gary Weinrib). Home base is Toronto, Canada. They only cover work by CreamJimi Hendrix  and The Who, for example. Until their first album appears, first a keyboard player will appear, who will disappear shortly thereafter. Geddy gets out, and then back in the band, and Rush has even been disbanded for a while. In 1971 the band became serious. When the self-titled debut album was released in 1974, the band consisted of singer/bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer John Rutsey.

On this first album Rush showed a strong influence of Led Zeppelin. After John Rutsey leaves the band the same year, Neil Peart is hired as a replacement. He becomes the most important composer and provides more in-depth texts than before. At Caress of Steel, Rush is slowly moving towards progressive rock, with side 2 (then on LP with 2 sides) as a good example, given the build-up. With 2112 Rush makes a definitive step towards progressive (hard) rock with another song on the album that covers a whole lp-side. After their live album (alternating 4 studio albums with a live album is then commonplace for Rush) at A Farewell to Kings they play for the first time, played by Geddy Lee. The music is also more complex than on previous albums.

The keys are used up to Exit ... Stage Left especially for padding. From Signals until Hold Your Fire the keys become much more dominant and there is not much left of the hardrock that Rush made in the very beginning. With the album Roll the Bones Rush enters the nineties. This album contains well-known songs like Dreamline, "Bravado" and the title song Roll The BonesCounterparts follows in 1993; this is generally well received. After releasing the album Vapor Trails in 2002, Rush tours Brazil, and gives the band a spectacular performance in Rio de Janeiro. In honor of their 30th anniversary, Rush tours around the world. The band plays mainly well-known songs like Xanadu2112The Spirit Of RadioTom Sawyer and Subdivisions.                                   On 1 October 2004, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart closed the tour with a three-hour concert in Ahoy Rotterdam.

On November 22, 2005, the DVD Rush R30 was released from this tour. This is the concert that was recorded in Frankfurt. They released Replay X3 in 2006. For the first time, the (no longer obtainable) live videos include Exit Stage LeftGrace Under Pressure and A Show of Hands on DVD.

Rush started again in June 2007 with a world tour. The band decided to perform two gigs in the context of the Snakes & Arrows Tour because of the many fans in the Netherlands and Western Europe. On 16 and 17 October 2007, Rush returned to the Netherlands for another number of concerts. During these concerts in Ahoy Rotterdam, recordings were made for the new live DVD of Rush, Snakes & Arrows Live. The shows lasted 3 hours.

In 2008 the band and other well-known artists from the USA, the United Kingdom, Canada and South Africa collaborated on the album Songs for Tibet, a support for Tibet and dalai lama Tenzin Gyatso. Songs for Tibet was released during the 2008 Summer Olympics in the People's Republic of China, which were opened on August 8: the album was released on August 5 via iTunes and from August 12 through music stores around the world. Since the Invasion of Tibet in 1950-1951, China occupied the country with - according to critics - widespread political, religious and cultural oppression.

In the summer of 2010 the documentary Beyond The Lighted Stage premiered. This concerned an overview of the forty-year existence of the band on the basis of archival material not previously shown and interviews with the band members. In North America the Time Machine Tour started in that summer, where, among other things, the complete album Moving Pictures from 1981 was performed. In June 2010, Rush got a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. That same month Rush released a new single with the name Caravan. The two songs on it, Caravan and BU2B, appeared on the following studio album Clockwork Angels, which was released in June 2012. On 27 May 2011 the Netherlands (Ahoy, Rotterdam) was also visited as part of the Time Machine Tour.

On June 2, 2013, the band played in the Ziggo Dome during their "Clockwork Angels tour". That same year Rush was admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In January 2018, more than two years after the band's latest performance, Alex Lifeson reported in an interview that they no longer had plans to tour or record new material.

On January 7, 2020, Neil Peart died at the age of 67 following a three and a half year battle with glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer.

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Neil Peart honoured with Lakeside Park pavilion in Port Dalhousie

Final line-up

Geddy Lee – vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizers (September 1968–May 1969, September 1969 – 2015)

Alex Lifeson – lead and rhythm guitars, vocals, synthesizers (1968–2015)

Neil Peart – drums, percussion (1974–2015)     died 2020


Former members

John Rutsey – drums, percussion, vocals (1968–1974)

Jeff Jones – bass guitar, vocals                (August–September 1968)

Lindy Young – keyboards, vocals, rhythm and    lead guitars, percussion, harmonica           (January–July 1969)

Joe Perna – bass guitar, vocals (May–July 1969)

Mitchel Bossi – rhythm and lead guitars, vocals (February–May 1971)

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