The award winning Canadian rock band, Rush, is celebrating it’s 40 years of success with a 34 city tour of the US and making a stop in the Denver Pepsi Center on Saturday, July 11. The group’s musicianship, complex musical stylings, and thoughtfully composed lyrics have made for some seriously incredible performances and this one is sure to live up to that standard.
Following the group’s original lineup of musicians in 1968, the following six years lead to some reconfigurations and now features Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Niel Peart working masterfully to create good music together. While each member plays more than one instrument, each one has been polled as being one of the best musicians in each of their core instrumental roles.
Aside from the group’s hiatus from 1997-2005, Rush has maintained relatively consistent success over the years. Like many long-standing music acts their sound has managed to change with the times. What began as a blues inspired hard rock group shifted towards a more progressive rock sound that included heavy use of synthesizers during the late 70’s. However, by the end of the 80’s they came full circle and made it back towards their original guitar oriented style. Their lyrics go beyond your typical rock and roll hits and pull inspiration from philosophy, history, fiction and fantasy.This group has won awards all over the world and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. The group has won several Juno awards and been nominated for seven Grammys, though they have never managed to take one home. In 2004 they had estimated to have sold 40 million albums worldwide and have been granted 24 gold, 14 platinum, and 3 multi-platinum albums.
Rush officially formed back in 1968, but it took six years for the lineup fans know and love to come together. Initially, Rush tickets were concert tickets to Alex Lifesen, John Rutsey, and Jeff Jones play in Toronto and the surrounding suburbs. Jones quickly left the group, giving Geddy Lee the opportunity to replace him as the bassist and lead singer. Rutsey did not care for touring and struggled with diabetes, leading to the addition of drummer Neil Peart in 1974. Lifeson, of course, has been the guitarist from the beginning.
With trio intact, the band went about first proving they could conquer Canada. Rush, the debut album, went gold in both their home nation and the neighbor to the south, the United States. Fly by Night and Caress of Steel performed quite impressively too. However, it is 2112 that truly established Rush as a supreme rock act of worldwide fame. The album went double platinum in Canada and triple platinum in the United States. It was their first effort to land in the Top 10 in their home nation and the first to breach the Top 100 in the United States.
The group continued to release hit albums for the next decade and a half. The biggest hit of these is Moving Pictures, which went 4-times platinum. These beloved albums gave the world “Tom Sawyer”, “The Spirit of the Radio”, and “Fly by Night”. It also made it clear Rush was a spectacularly talented technical trio with a finger on the pulse of rock. They were influenced by blues rock bands from the UK and continued to embrace each new rock movement, from progressive rock in the 1980s to alternative rock in the 1990s.
Now, there have been plenty of technically proficient groups to fail to achieve a fraction of the success of Rush. The reason this band has been able to survive more than four decades is because they have become masters of reproducing the sound they achieved in the recording studio. There is no doubt that this band is as talented as they sound on a record, CD, or iTunes track and this is why Rush tickets and albums are as popular as they are today.