As tribute to a four-decade career filled with 20 studio albums, multiple world tours, and being appointed Officers of the Order of Canada, RUSH will be inducted as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Along with fellow inductees Public Enemy, Heart, Donna Summer, Albert King and Randy Newman, RUSH will be enshrined so future generations will always remember the raw power and emotion of their music. Forever will the signature singing style and bass slapping of Geddy Lee, guitar shredding of Alex Lifeson and smashing drums of Neil Peart be immortalized for posterity to experience.
Upon learning of their inductance to the Hall of Fame, RUSH released a statement thanking their fans. “We are honored to be among the nominees for this year’s Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame. We are especially thrilled for the many, many dedicated RUSH fans to whom this nomination is so very important.” Geddy Lee told Rolling Stone magazine, “It’s a terrific honor and we’ll show up smiling. It made my mom happy, so that’s worth it.” When asked about the impact of fans campaigning for RUSH’s induction, Lee said, “It was a cause they championed. I’m very relieved for them and we share this honor with them.”
Since their formation in the early 1970s RUSH has sold 25 million albums, and rank third behind only The Beatles and The Rolling Stones as having the most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Along with 24 gold and 14 platinum records, RUSH has influenced the progressive rock, reggae, new wave and hard rock genres during their 40 years of playing together.
Progressive rock owes a huge debt of gratitude to the pioneering steps taken by RUSH with their introduction of progressive rock to the mainstream community. When their 1981 album “Moving Pictures” went platinum four times, progressive rock had officially come of age. Because of their immense popularity and influence across rock genres, RUSH has cemented its place in the pantheon of rock gods.
With their latest album “Clockwork Angels” receiving universal acclaim, RUSH proves their worthiness of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet again. Lauded as an album with deep musical diversity, the Clockwork Angels Tour is sure to impress RUSH fans from every era. As an added element to the tour, RUSH will use a small string ensemble of eight to 10 musicians to complement their live sound.
Guitarist Alex Lifeson explained, “It’s just something different for us, and I can’t wait to hear what it sounds like.” One thing for sure is RUSH never fails to please their devoted fan base through their constant innovation and musical experimentations.
The 28th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place April 18 in Los Angeles, making RUSH’s performance in Austin their first concert as full-fledged members of the Hall of Fame! Come to the Frank Erwin Center April 23 and experience the “RUSH”
of a lifetime!
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