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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.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Rush Unveil Lyric Video for ‘2112: Overture’

In honor of the 40th anniversary of '2112,' Rush have created a video for the first part of the suite that opens the album.

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Anthem

Alex Lifeson Looks Back as Rush’s ‘2112’ Turns 40

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson shared some memories from the recording of their classic 2112 LP.

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Rush In Concert
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Neil Peart Publishing New Book About Rush’s Final Tour

Neil Peart will publish a book about Rush's R40 tour, rumored to be the band's last-ever one of this size, later this year.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Alex Lifeson Says Rush’s R40 Tour Was the ‘End of Touring’ for Neil Peart

Rush's guitarist says that it was difficult to get drummer Neil Peart out on the road for last year's R40 tour.

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Moon Records
Moon Records

How Rush’s Self-Titled Debut Pointed to Bigger Things

On March 1, 1974, a trio of young Canadians kicked off what would ultimately become one of rock's more distinguished recording careers with the release of their self-titled debut album.

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Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee
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Rush Won’t Hurry Back to Action, Say Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson

Make yourselves comfortable, Rush fans: It's going to be a while before the band starts thinking about making its next move.

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Mercury Records
Mercury Records

The Story of ‘Fly by Night,’ Rush’s First Album With Neil Peart

'Fly by Night' is technically the second Rush album -- though, from a creative standpoint, it's the true starting point of the band's genius.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

35 Years Ago: Rush Put the Focus on Songs and Make Their Leanest Album, ‘Moving Pictures’

In a way, Rush's career can be boiled down to this: everything before 'Moving Pictures,' and everything after 'Moving Pictures.'

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Mercury
Mercury

Boy From Rush’s ‘Power Windows’ Album Cover Owns a Record Store Now

The boy from Rush's Power Windows is all grown up, and he's now stocking copies of the 1985 album at his own record shop.

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Mercury Records
Mercury Records

The Story of Rush’s Third Live Album, ‘A Show of Hands’

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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