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It took almost four decades for critics to come around to Rush. But their fans figured it out a long time ago: The Canadian trio is all kinds of awesome. It did take a few years for the band to find its footing. But on 1976’s ‘2112’ they achieved a well-honed balance of sci-fi storytelling, complicated song structures and massive heaviness. This didn’t always sit well with critics, who found their music and, especially, lyrics pretentious and heavy-handed. Rush lightened up a bit on 1980’s ‘Permanent Waves’ and the 1981 milestone ‘Moving Pictures’ (which includes the band’s best-ever set of songs) and spent the next 20 years recording and touring for a dedicated and seemingly never-subsiding fan base. By the 2010s, thanks to a well-earned documentary, Rush won over even the harshest critics and earned a spot in the Rock and Roll of Fame.

Watch the Foo Fighters Cover Rush’s ‘Tom Sawyer’ and Other Classic Rock Favorites

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YouTube

The Foo Fighters rocked out to Rush's 'Tom Sawyer' during their performance at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium over the weekend.

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Rush Have Started ‘Tough’ Work of Building R40 Tour Set List

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Mike Lawrie, Getty Images

Alex Lifeson says Rush are wrestling with the difficulties in crafting a set list for their upcoming R40 Live dates.

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Rush Describe ‘R40′ Dates as Their ‘Last Major Tour’

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Rush's upcoming 'R40' shows celebrate 40 years of rock 'n' roll glory -- and they may also serve as the band's farewell to full-scale touring.

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Exclusive – Kiss Roadies Share Memories of the Band’s Early Shows With Rush and Black Sabbath

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Hulton Archive / Getty Images

The four guys who made up the original 'Kiss Krew' share their stories about working for the band during its rise to fame in their new book, 'Out on the Streets.'

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Rush Announce 2015 Tour Dates

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Rush have been going back and forth on the subject of a 2015 tour for more than a month now.

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26 Years Ago: Rush Cap the ’80s with ‘A Show of Hands’

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Mercury Records

The '80s were a busy time for Rush, with seven studio albums and a pair of live LPs stuffed into a 10-year span.

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36 Years Ago: Rush Named Canada’s Official ‘Ambassadors of Music’

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Hulton Archive / Getty Images

To the bemused surprise of many longtime fans (and the band members themselves), Rush has become "cool" in the States in recent years, receiving everything from their own well-reviewed documentary to the cover of Rolling Stone and enshrinement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Neil Peart Admits He’s ‘Of Two Minds’ Regarding a Rush Tour in 2015

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Jason Merritt, Getty Images

So are Rush going to tour in 2015 or what? Don't ask Neil Peart, because it sounds like he still hasn't made up his mind.

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35 Years Ago: Rush Scale Back With the Punchy ‘Permanent Waves’

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Rush dialed back the time changes and the fantasy lyrics for 1980's Top 5 album 'Permanent Waves.'

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Have Rush’s First 2015 Tour Dates Been Revealed?

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

It looks like the Rush touring machine might be shifting back in gear for 2015.

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