One of my favourite Canadian Bands is Rush. I had the opportunity to see them live twice in Detroit in the early 1980’s. These are my two ticket stubs from the concerts.
RUSH ~ Live ~ Working Man ~ 2002
RUSH – YYZ Live With amazing Neil Peart Drum Solo
The Body Electric
Time Stand Still
Closer To The Heart
Fly By Night
Spirit Of The Radio
Rush was a Canadian rock band formed in Toronto in 1968, consisting of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards, composer), Alex Lifeson (guitars, composer), and after its formation in 1968, the band went through several configurations before arriving at its classic power trio lineup with the addition of Neil Peart (drums, percussion, lyricist) in 1974, who replaced original drummer John Rutsey right after the release of their eponymous debut album, which contained their first highly-regarded song, “Working Man”.
After Peart joined the band, Rush achieved commercial success in the 1970s with several albums, including Fly by Night, (1975), 2112 (1976), A Farewell to Kings (1977) and Hemispheres (1978). The band’s rise in popularity continued throughout the 1980s and 1990s, with some albums charting highly in both Canada and the US, including Permanent Waves (1980), Moving Pictures (1981), Signals (1982) and Counterparts (1993).
Rush continued to record and perform until 1997, after which the band entered a four-year hiatus due to personal tragedies in Peart’s life. The trio regrouped in 2001 and released three more studio albums: Vapor Trails (2002), Snakes & Arrows (2007), and Clockwork Angels (2012). Rush ceased large-scale touring at the end of 2015, and Lifeson announced in January 2018 that the band would not continue. On January 7, 2020, Peart died of glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer at the age of 67.
Rush is known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy and philosophy. The band’s style changed over the years, from a blues-inspired hard rock beginning, later moving into progressive rock, then a period marked by heavy use of synthesizers, before returning to guitar-driven hard rock since the end of the 1980s. The members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each winning numerous awards in magazine readers’ polls.
Rush has released 24 Gold records and 14 Platinum records (including 3 multi-Platinum), placing them fifth behind the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Kiss and Aerosmith for the most consecutive Gold or Platinum studio albums by a rock band in the United States. The band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
Alex Lifeson – guitars, backing vocals, synthesizers (1968–2018)
Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib; July 29, 1953) – lead and backing vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, guitar (1968–1969, 1969–2018), lyrics (1973–1974)
Neil Peart – drums, percussion, lyrics (1974–2015; died 2020)
John Rutsey – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1968–1974, died 2008), lyrics (1968–1973)
Jeff Jones – bass guitar, lead vocals (August–September 1968)
Lindy Young – keyboards, backing and lead vocals, guitars, percussion, harmonica (January–July 1969)
Joe Perna – bass guitar, lead and backing vocals (May–July 1969)
Mitchel Bossi – guitars, backing vocals (February–May 1971)