Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band comprising bassist,
keyboardist and vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and
drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. Rush formed in the summer of 1968,
Willowdale, Ontario (now part of Toronto) by Lifeson, Lee, and John
Rutsey. Peart replaced Rutsey on drums in July of 1974, two weeks
before the group's first US tour, to complete the present lineup.
Since the release of their eponymous debut in 1974 the band has
well-known for their instrumental virtuosity, complex compositions,
erudite lyrics, and inspirational camaraderie. Rush's three decades
continued success under their current lineup of Lee, Lifeson, and
Peart has earned the band the respect of their musical peers, and
their supporters are often cited as some of the most intensely loyal
in rock. Rush has influenced various rock artists such as Metallica,
Smashing Pumpkins and Primus, as well as notable progressive bands
such as Dream Theater and Symphony X. Rush has been awarded the Juno
Award several times and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of
Fame in 1994.
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during the Salem witch trials.
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following the women's suffrage movement led by Kate Sheppard.
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"His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of
the island; and infected by that emotion, the other little boys began
to shake and sob too. And in the middle of them, with filthy body,
matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence,
the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the
wise friend called Piggy." -- William Golding