Ever heard of the Canadian rock band power trio popularly known as Rush? This group is a living testimony that raw talent can prevail in the music industry. Since their formation in 1968, Rush has released 14 platinum records and 24 gold records, performed over 600 shows in major cities across the world and sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. They have sold over 20,000 copies of their first album which they released in March 1, 1974 without major distribution channels. In terms of success they are ranked third behind The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.
One of my closest friends Mike, who’s business, We Buy Houses For Cash, is actually a one of our biggest sponsors at the Triple Door, actually use to work back stage for Rush. That must have been unreal experience. What would I give to have the opportunity to work with rush. He shared with me so many stories of their concert tours across the world. Sorry got a little off track there, lets get back to it.
The group was formed by members from diverse backgrounds. Alexander Zivojinovich, popularly known as Alex Lifeson, was born in Surnie in 17th of August 1953. Gary Lee Weinrib, popularly known as Geddy Lee, was born in Toronto in 29th July 1953. The last member, Neil Peart, was born in Hamilton in 12th September 1952. (John Rutsey was the original drummer of the band when it formed in the fall of 1968; he left in 1974 and was replaced by Peart.)
By aligning their undying commitment to personal work ethic with a trademark sound, the lead vocals and keyboardist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart have helped to define the scope of today’s rock music industry. The base of their work features eclectic songs in terms of style which they borrow from a number of legendary rock star musicians such as Jimmy Eat World and Paul Simon.
In the course of their exciting career, Rush has emerged as one of the most entertaining hard rock bands. Although sometimes looked down upon by critics and rarely receiving fair airplay, this Canadian rock trio nonetheless has earned a large international fan base. Their genius-like performance skills have continued to solidify year in year out.
In their primary incarnation, this band borrowed a heavy influence from British rock power trio known as Cream. They perfected their skills when they were invited to perform at the Toronto club circuit early in 1973. Later in that year, they released their first single; Not Fade Away (a cover of the Buddy Holly version). Neil Peart was the band’s most multi-tasking member, who doubled as a primary songwriter as well as the band’s top drummer. He composed cerebral lyrics which eventually turned out to be a hallmark of the band’s aesthetic.