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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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Mike Lawrie / Jim Dyson, Getty Images

Rush’s Neil Peart Bashes Kiss’ All-Out Marketing Approach

In Rush's early years, they opened for a number of major acts, learning the tricks of the trade from older masters – among them Kiss.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

41 Years Ago: Neil Peart Plays His First Show With Rush

Neil Peart played his first concert as a member of Rush on Aug. 14, 1974.

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Foo Fighters Call a Fan Onstage to Sing Rush’s ‘Tom Sawyer’

A Rush fan named Brian sang 'Tom Sawyer' at Foo Fighters' stop in Canada last night (Aug. 12).

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Image Credit: Tim Tronkoe

Listen as Kobra and the Lotus Cover Rush’s ‘The Spirit of Radio’: Exclusive Premiere

Kobra and the Lotus pay tribute to fellow Canadian rockers Rush on their upcoming EP 'Words of the Prophets.'

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Alex Lifeson Assures Rush Fans That the ‘R40′ Tour Was ‘Not the End of the Band’

Rush may be finished with long tours, but guitarist Alex Lifeson has made it clear that the band has no plans to retire anytime soon.

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A Farewell to Tours? Rush Conclude ‘R40′ Dates

The members of Rush have concluded what may well be their final large-scale tour.

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Alex Lifeson Says He’d Have to ‘Go Back to Plumbing’ If Rush Were Starting Out Today

Rush's rise to the top took a lot of time — and record company patience — that Alex Lifeson knows today's young bands aren't often afforded.

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12 Years Ago: The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Rush Rock Toronto

The Rolling Stones led a benefit concert in Toronto on July 30, 2003.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Top 10 Geddy Lee Rush Songs

We count down Geddy Lee's greatest moments as Rush's lead singer/bassist.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

41 Years Ago: Neil Peart Joins Rush

Future drum legend Neil Peart replaced John Rutsey in Rush on July 29, 1974.

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