Rush is a Canadian rock band composed of Geddy Lee (bass guitar, lead vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitars, backing vocals) and Neil Peart (drums, percussion, lyrics). Forming in 1968, the band went through several configurations until arriving at its current line-up when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group’s first United States tour.
Rush is known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy. The band’s musical style has changed several times over the years, from a blues-inspired hard rock beginning, later moving into progressive rock, and including a period marked by heavy use of synthesizers. In the early 1990s, Rush returned to a guitar-driven hard rock sound, which has continued to the present.
According to the RIAA, Rush ranks 86th with sales of 25 million units in the U.S. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, several industry sources estimated Rush’s total worldwide album sales at over 40 million units as of 2004. The group has been awarded 24 gold, 14 platinum, and 3 multi-platinum albums.
Rush has received nominations for seven Grammy Awards. The band has won several Juno Awards, won an International Achievement Award at the 2009 SOCAN Awards, was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Over their careers, the members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each band member winning numerous awards in magazine readers’ polls. Rush announced plans to cease large-scale touring at the end of 2015.
TOP TEN SONGS
1. 2112 Overture / The Temples of Syrinx
2. Tom Sawyer
3. The Spirit of Radio
5. La Villa Strangiato
10. Working Man
Created by Bosse School of Music, Bosse Live is the South Shore’s fasting growing contemporary music performance program for all ages and levels. For the more advanced bands at Bosse LIVE, the music of Rush is an ideal choice. Odd time signatures, intricate unison passages, innovative song structure, and super tight playing are all examples of what you’ll explore when performing the music of this incredible band.
Ensembles likely to play songs by this artist include:
Teens – Rock
Adults – Rock