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RUSH is a Canadian rock band founded in August 1968 in Toronto. Bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee paired with guitarist and backing vocalist Alex Lifeson, and drummer, percussionist, and lyricist Neil Peart. The band went through re-configurations from 1968 and 1974, and ultimately, Peart took over reigns as RUSH’s drummer in July 1974 – just two weeks before the group’s inaugural tour of the United States.
Lifeson was born Aleksandar Živojinović, to Serbian immigrants and raised in Toronto. His assumed stage name, “Lifeson,” is a rough translation of his Serbian last name, meaning “son of life.” At 12, he picked up the guitar, a six-string Kent classical acoustic. Lifeson was mostly self-taught – helping to explain his motivations to share with you his meticulous but easy to follow instructions.
Since the release of the band’s first self-titled LP in March 1974, RUSH became renowned for its musicianship, inspiring musical complexity and literary lyrics, drawn from philosophy, history, science fiction and fantasy. Over the years, the band’s sound evolved from blues-inspired hard rock, to progressive rock and then the integration of synthesizers. By 1989, their music re-grounded itself in Lifeson’s guitar wizardry. Unbridled, anthemic, melodic and full of surprises.
The last studio album, Clockwork Angels (2012) won Album Of The Year Award from Progressive Music Awards.
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