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.
Rush’s Alex Lifeson Reveals Weird Pre-Show Jams with Primus
Members agreed to use instruments they couldn’t play for light-hearted sessions.
10 Years Ago: Rush's 'Clockwork Angels' Becomes a Farewell
According to guitarist Alex Lifeson, the 2012 album allowed drummer and lyricist Neil Peart to "express himself on a wider platform."
Odd Couples: How Aimee Mann Ended Up Singing on a Hit Rush Song
Band scored a No. 3 rock hit in 1987 with unexpected collaboration.
Rush Attend Primus' 'Farewell to Kings' Show: 'They Did Us Proud'
Band performed all of 1977 album with its creators watching from side stage.
Alex Lifeson’s Emotional Farewell to Guitar Collection
Rush icon reveals he kissed each instrument goodbye before charity auction — and even spoke to one.
Anthrax's Charlie Benante Announces All-Star Rush Tribute EP
'Moving Pitchers' comes out this Saturday for Record Store Day.
Alex Lifeson Recalls His Only Stoned Rush Rehearsal
One joint was enough for guitarist to learn his lesson.