Original Rush Members:
Alex Lifeson - guitar
John Rutsey - drums (replaced by Neil Peart in 1974)
Significant Facts About Rush:
- 30 albums over 30 years have sold more than 40-million copies
- 17 albums have been certified platinum, another eight certified gold
- Four Grammy nominations and eight Juno awards
- Subject of 11 books, including four written by drummer Neil Peart
Rush's Early Career:
Early tracks got limited radio airplay because they tended to be quite long. During the '70s and '80s they began recording shorter cuts with less of a hard rock edge.
Keys To Success:
One constant that has remained is the quality of its live performances, which has earned Rush a reputation as one of the best live bands in rock history.
Besides being consummate showmen, the group consists of serious musicians who have successfully adapted to new musical styles.
This is the album that marked the band's transition from epic length tracks to more compact works, generating increases in both radio airplay and album sales. This album, released in 1980, contains two of the group's most consistently popular songs, "Freewill" and "Spirit of Radio."