I actually saw Rush before they were
first concert i ever attended
I've seen them like 18 times now
and own all their music
since this thread is getting some attention
I thought I'd Do my N2Yes like introduction now:
Rush is a band originally formed in August 1968, in the neighbourhood of , ; presently comprised of , , and , , and and . The band and its membership went through a number of re-configurations between 1968 and 1974, achieving their definitive form when Neil Peart replaced original drummer (RIP)in July 1974, two weeks before the group's first U.S. tour.
Since the release of the band's in March 1974, Rush has become known for the instrumental skills of its members, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on , , and , as well as addressing humanitarian, social, emotional, and environmental concerns.
Musically, Rush's style has evolved over the years, beginning in the vein of blues-inspired on their first album, then encompassing , , a period dominated by and, more recently, . They have influenced various musical artists, including , and , as well as notable bands such as and .
Rush has won a number of , and was inducted into the in 1994. Over the course of their careers, the individual members of Rush have been acknowledged as being some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each band member winning several awards in magazine readers' polls. As a group, Rush possesses 24 and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records. for the most consecutive gold and platinum albums by a rock band. Rush also ranks 78th in U.S. album sales according to the RIAA with sales of 25 million units. Although total worldwide album sales are not calculated by any single entity, as of 2004 several industry sources estimated Rush's total worldwide album sales at over 40 million units.
The band is currently promoting their latest album, with an intercontinental . The second leg began in , on April 11, and is set to finish in on July 22.