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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 a Puppet Totally Nail Rush’s ‘Tom Sawyer’

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YouTube

You're about to see the most rock 'n' roll thing that's happened in puppetry since Animal's wild-eyed solos on the old 'Muppet Show.'

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31 Years Ago: Rush Explore a Bleak, Synth-Driven Landscape in ‘Grace Under Pressure’

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Mercury Records

When asked for the definition of “guts” in a long-ago magazine profile, author Ernest Hemingway replied that he meant “grace under pressure.”

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Drummer Mike Portnoy Talks Rush Influence in Exclusive Video

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Ultimate Classic Rock

Through his work with Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob, the Winery Dogs and other projects, drummer Mike Portnoy has inspired countless younger players.

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March Drum Madness: Roger Taylor vs. Neil Peart

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Ultimate Classic Rock

The finals of March Drum Madness match Roger Taylor of Queen up against Neil Peart of Rush.

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Top 10 Underrated Rush Songs

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Rush is underrated, period – so a list of Underrated Rush Songs takes the term to a whole new level.

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March Drum Madness: John Bonham vs. Neil Peart

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Hulton Archive / Jesse Grant, Getty Images

As we head into the final stretch of our March Drum Madness, two undisputed giants face off in what may be the most bloody, brutal and downright heated readers poll we've ever put together.

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Rush Celebrate 40 Years of Album Artwork With New Book

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Anthem

The Rush discography is full of beautiful album covers, and artist Hugh Syme has been there every step of the way.

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Neil Peart vs. Keith Moon: March Drum Madness

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Hulton Archive / Jesse Grant, Getty Images

Things are getting heated in our March Drum Madness, as Neil Peart takes on Keith Moon in the next round of voting.

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Ginger Baker Vs. Neil Peart: March Drum Madness

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Michael Ochs Archives / Jesse Grant, Getty Images

Neil Peart and Ginger Baker have made it to the second round of our March Drum Madness bracket.

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Alex Lifeson Talks Rehearsing for Rush’s ‘R40 Live’ Tour: ‘We’re Nuts’

Alex Lifeson
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Despite having played together for 40 years, Rush aren’t the type of band to just meet up before a tour, run through a handful of songs and go out on the road.

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