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.
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. But before they could do their country proud, they'd have to go through Cleveland first.
Despite not putting out a new studio album in 2013, Rush still managed to fare extremely well in the 2014 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees won three categories: Song of the Year, Best Tour and Best Live Album of 2013.
The '80s were a busy time for Rush, with seven studio albums and a pair of live LPs stuffed into a 10-year span. On Jan. 9, 1989, the band released its second concert recording of the decade, 'A Show of Hands.'
The guys in Rush may be planning on taking a year off in 2014, but that doesn't mean their classic records will get a vacation. In fact, it looks like the band's 1974 debut LP will return to stores with a few new additions.
Rush fans have had to cope with lengthy delays between new studio albums over the last 15 years or so, and it looks like that will probably also be the case for the follow-up to 2012's 'Clockwork Angels.'
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