After making one of the most memorable acceptance speeches in history, Rush’s Alex Lifeson (guitarist) and his band mates, Geddy Lee (vocalist and bassist) and Neil Peart (drummer) received long overdue recognition for their contribution to the rock and roll community at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
After forming their band in 1968 and reforming it again in 1974, Rush never sought to exploit a mainstream sound. Using influences from blues, heavy metal, progressive rock, new wave, reggae and funk, Rush has sold an estimated 40 million units worldwide. During the induction speech, Dave Grohl explained that Rush has a fan base “rivaled only by the Grateful Dead.”
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how Rush became so successful while rarely being played on popular radio stations. An article in Rolling Stone magazine explains, “Rush’s initial success was based on diligent touring, as the group established itself first in Canada and then the northern U.S., then gradually expanded its following despite limited airplay.”
This initial success has been sustained throughout their forty-year career.
You never know what style Rush will come out with next, but it is their innovative spirit and musical talent that will keep them relevant for decades to come.
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