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.
Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee Are ‘Eager’ to Make New Music Together
Surviving Rush members talk regularly about collaborating.
Geddy Lee Explains Why There’s No Unreleased Rush Music
Trio abandoned anything if they thought they were “beating a dead horse.”
Rush Album Art: The Stories Behind All 19 LP Covers
Decrepit puppet kings, fireball jugglers, dalmatians next to fire hydrants — the band wasn't afraid to experiment with its sleeves.
Why Rush Went 'Minimal' for Cover of Final LP, 'Clockwork Angels'
Art director Hugh Syme considers the prog-rock band's 2012 LP its "opus," particularly for Neil Peart.
Rush's 'Roll the Bones': How Theme of 'Chance' Inspired Cover
Art director Hugh Syme explains how he expanded on the lyrics for the cover of 1991 LP.
Why Rush's 'The Garden' Feels Like Neil Peart's Symbolic Goodbye
One year after the drummer and lyricist's death from brain cancer, the 'Clockwork Angels' song offers a prescient sense of finality, both for the band and himself.