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.
Neil Peart Tribute Show to Feature Rick Allen and Taylor Hawkins
All-star lineup of participants also includes Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante.
Rush's Geddy Lee Isn't Dead, Just Trending on Twitter
“Even I gulped when I saw I was trending," the bassist writes. "But I asked my dogs, and apparently I’m a bit boring but otherwise fine."
When Rush Expanded Their Horizons on 'Fly by Night' Tour
They weren't truly Rush until their imaginative second LP, and then the Canadian power trio bloomed further onstage.
Rush's Geddy Lee Appears as Cardboard Cutout at Blue Jays Game
The bassist can't attend games, but he's there in spirit.
Rush's Last Show 5 Years Later: The Performance and the Aftermath
Prog-rock trio played its final concert on Aug. 1, 2015 — but nobody realized the finality at the time.
Watch Tool, Primus and Mastodon Members Cover Rush's 'Anthem'
Les Claypool, Danny Carey, Bill Kelliher, Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sanchez team for quarantine rendition of 1975 track.