Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968 in Toronto, Ontario. Original members were bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. The band and its membership went through a number of re-configurations between 1968 and 1974.
Since the release of the band’s self-titled debut album in March 1974, Rush has become known for the instrumental skills of its members, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs. Musically, Rush’s style has changed over the years, from blues-inspired heavy metal on their first album, then hard rock, progressive rock, and a period dominated by synthesizers.
Rush has won a number of Juno Awards, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994. As a group, Rush possesses 24 gold records and 14 platinum (3 multi-platinum) records. Rush’s sales statistics place them third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band. Rush also ranks 79th in U.S. album sales with 25 million units.