We featured them once again as a result of numerous requests to hear something from this great album, which included the excellent "YYZ" as well as "Tom Sawyer", which, we are proud to announce, is one of the featured tracks on our first D inosaur Days CD. A new studio album is apparently on the cards sometime this year - there was break in recording and touring for a while following tragedies in drummer Neil Peart's personal life. We're sure that you join us in wishing him well and hope that he finds the strength and courage to continue his legendary status as one of the world's best drummers. A new Rush album will go down very well! 

RUSH
The song played was Prelude taken off Hemispheres, their seventh album, in 1978. They are rock's best trio. Visit their website.
  

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Biography by Jason Ankeny
Over the course of their decades-spanning career, the Canadian power trio Rush emerged as one of hard rock's most highly regarded bands; although typically brushed aside by critics and although rare recipients of mainstream pop radio airplay, the group nonetheless won an impressive and devoted fan following while their virtuoso performance skills solidified their standing as musicians' musicians.

Rush formed in Toronto, Ontario, in the autumn of 1968, and initially comprised guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Alexander Zivojinovich), vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib), and drummer John Rutsey. In their primary incarnation, the trio drew a heavy influence from Cream, and honed their skills on the Toronto club circuit before issuing their debut single, a rendition of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away," in 1973. A self-titled LP followed in 1974, at which time Rutsey exited; he was replaced by drummer Neil Peart, who also assumed the role of the band's primary songwriter, composing the cerebral lyrics (influenced by works of science fiction and fantasy) that gradually became a hallmark of the group's aesthetic.

With Peart firmly ensconced, Rush returned in 1975 with a pair of LPs, Fly by Night and Caress of Steel. Their next effort, 1976's 2112, proved to be their breakthrough release: a futuristic concept album based on the writings of Ayn Rand, it fused the elements of the trio's sound — Lee's high-pitched vocals, Peart's epic-length compositions, and Lifeson's complex guitar work — into a unified whole. Fans loved it — 2112 was the first in a long line of gold and platinum releases — while critics dismissed it as overblown and pretentious: either way, it established a formula from which the band rarely deviated throughout the duration of their career.

A Farewell to Kings followed in 1977 and reached the Top 40 in both the U.S. and Britain. After 1978's Hemispheres, Rush achieved even greater popularity with 1980's Permanent Waves, a record marked by Peart's dramatic shift into shorter, less sprawling compositions; the single "The Spirit of Radio" even became a major hit. With 1981's Moving Pictures, the trio scored another hit of sorts with "Tom Sawyer," which garnered heavy exposure on album-oriented radio and became perhaps their best-known song. As the 1980s continued, Rush grew into a phenomenally popular live draw as albums like 1982's Signals (which generated the smash "New World Man"), 1984's Grace Under Pressure, and 1985's Power Windows continued to sell millions of copies.

As the decade drew to a close, the trio cut back on its touring schedule while hardcore followers complained of a sameness afflicting slicker, synth-driven efforts like 1987's Hold Your Fire and 1989's Presto. At the dawn of the 1990s, however, Rush returned to the heavier sound of their early records and placed a renewed emphasis on Lifeson's guitar heroics; consequently, both 1991's Roll the Bones and 1993's Counterparts reached the Top Three on the U.S. album charts. In 1996, the band issued Test for Echo and headed out on the road the following summer. Shortly thereafter, Peart lost his daughter in an automobile accident. Tragedy struck again in 1998 when Peart's wife succumbed to cancer. Dire times in the Rush camp did not cause the band to quit. Lee took time out for a solo stint with 2000's My Favorite Headache; however, rumors of the band playing in the studio began to circulate. It would be five years until anything surfaced from the band. Fans were reassured in early 2002 by news that Rush were recording new songs in Toronto. The fruit of those sessions led to the release of Rush's 17th studio album, Vapor Trails, later that spring. 

 

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Rush - 1974 - Rush - 2/5

Rush - 1975 - Caress of Steel - 2/5

Rush - 1975 - Fly by Night - 2/5

Rush - 1976 - 2112 - 4.5/5

Rush - 1977 - A Farewell to Kings - 3.5/5

Rush - 1978 - Hemispheres - 3/5

Rush - 1980 - Permanent Waves - 4.5/5

Rush - 1981 - Moving Pictures - 4.5/5

Rush - 1982 - Signals - 4.5/5

Rush - 1984 - Grace Under Pressure - 2/5

Rush - 1985 - Power Windows - 3/5

Rush - 1987 - Hold Your Fire - 3/5

Rush - 1989 - A Show of Hands - 3/5

Rush - 1989 - Presto - 4.5/5

Rush - 1991 - Roll the Bones - 3/5

Rush - 1993 - Counterparts - 3.5/5

Rush - 1996 - Test for Echo - 3/5

Rush - 2002 - Vapor Trails - 3/5

Rush - 2003 - Rush in Rio - 4.5/5

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