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->''"All the world's indeed a stage\\
And we are merely players\\
Performers and portrayers\\
Each another's audience outside the gilded cage"''
-->-- '''"[[RockstarSong Limelight]]"''', from ''Moving Pictures''

Rush is a Canadian ProgressiveRock trio formed in 1968, although, listening to some of their songs, you'd never guess there are only three of them. They're probably best known for Geddy Lee's "wait, is that a guy?" vocals and prominent bass and Neil Peart's sometimes [[UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} Objectivism-inspired lyrics]](though really only in the early days). While the band has always been an album rock (and later classic rock) radio favorite, Rush saw a decent boost to their popularity for their contributions to the video game ''VideoGame/RockBand''. One of those bands that splits people down the middle - a lot of people don't like [[NeverLiveItDown Peart's fondness]] for Creator/AynRand(though, again, he abandoned this relatively early on, to the point of distancing himself from it), and a lot of people hate ProgressiveRock in general. In fairness, it should be noted that Peart does not agree with the ''whole'' of Rand's philosophy and removed the "thank you" to her from the credits for ''2112'' (as of at least the original compact disc issue). When fans ask him about the subject, however, he still acknowledges that he ''does'' have areas of agreement with Rand. (However, he characterized himself as a "left-leaning libertarian" in a 2005 interview; one thing Rand certainly was not is left-leaning).

Although most commonly associated with ProgressiveRock, their style has varied considerably during their career. Originating with a fairly straightforward HardRock[=/=]Music/HeavyMetal sound heavily influenced by Music/DeepPurple and Music/LedZeppelin; they remained such for their first few albums, similarly incorporating [[HeavyMithril fantasy and science-fiction themes into their lyrics]], and elaborate arrangements into their instrumentals. They were increasingly influenced by the growing ProgressiveRock movement, but maintained a harder-edged sound than most of their contemporaries; and it was at this point that Peart's infatuation with the writings of Creator/AynRand became prominent. They soon began to incorporate Jazz, New Wave, Pop, and Reggae influences; and transitioned to a predominantly Synth Rock style. From here, while maintaining some of the Progressive sound; they began moving back into their earlier Hard Rock style, including the release of an album of covers of songs by their earliest HardRock influences like Music/TheWho, Music/TheYardbirds, and Music/{{Cream}}.

The group's lineup has remained constant since Peart joined in 1974 to replace original drummer [[ThePeteBest John Rutsey]], making them the [[LongRunnerLineUp third-longest enduring group in modern pop music]] (only Music/ZZTop and Golden Earring have been together longer). That lineup consists of:
* Geddy Lee (b. Gary Lee Weinrib): Bass, keyboards, and lead vocals
* Alex Lifeson (b. Aleksandar Živojinović[[note]]translated from Serbian, it means "son of life"[[/note]]): Guitar
* Neil Peart: Drums and percussion (occasionally referred to as "The Professor" during the band's early years)

Once Peart joined the band, he became the primary lyricist, while Lee and Lifeson concentrated on the music. Before that point, Lee and Lifeson did all the songwriting; Rutsey had written some lyrics for their eponymous 1974 debut album, but never gave them to the others.

Both Lee and Lifeson have split off in favor of solo efforts in the past (''My Favorite Headache'' and ''Victor'' respectively). Lifeson reportedly had a sequel album in the works, ''Victor II'', but abandoned the idea in light of Peart's personal tragedies. (Peart's daughter was killed in a car wreck, and his common-law wife died of cancer ten months later; Peart recounts "They said it was cancer, but of course it was a broken heart.") Lee recorded ''My Favorite Headache'' during the band's hiatus.

Shortly after the release of their debut album, Rutsey, a diabetic since childhood, quit the band due to health problems and was replaced by Peart. Rutsey passed away in summer 2008. Lee replaced original bassist/vocalist Jeff Jones shortly after the band formed in 1968.

Not to be confused, if such a thing were even possible, with [[Radio/RushLimbaugh another Rush sometimes heard on the radio]]. (Note: As of March 2012, [[http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/07/limbaugh-threatened-with-lawsuit-by-supergroup-rush/ this Rush has submitted a cease-and-desist order to the other one for unauthorized use of their music]]. Use of their music by political figures seems to be a BerserkButton of theirs, as they have issued cease-and-desist orders to several other political figures as well).

Also not to be confused with the FormulaOne [[Film/{{Rush 2013}} biopic]] by Creator/RonHoward, or [[MegaMan a flying robot dog.]]

Discography, with notable songs:
* ''Rush'' (1974): "Finding My Way", "What You're Doing", "Working Man"
* ''Fly By Night'' (February 1975): "Fly By Night," "Anthem", "By-Tor and the Snow Dog", "Rivendell"
* ''Caress of Steel'' (September 1975): "Bastille Day", "Lakeside Park", "The Necromancer", "The Fountain of Lamneth"
* ''2112'' (April 1976): "2112", "A Passage to UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}}", "Something for Nothing"
* ''A Farewell To Kings'' (September 1977): "Xanadu", "Closer To the Heart", "Cygnus X-1: Book I - The Voyage"
* ''Hemispheres'' (October 1978): "Cygnus X-1: Book II - Hemispheres", "The Trees", "La Villa Strangiato"
* ''Permanent Waves'' (January 1980): "The Spirit of Radio", "Freewill", "Natural Science"
* ''Moving Pictures'' (February 1981): "Tom Sawyer", "Red Barchetta", "[=YYZ=]", "Limelight"
* ''Signals'' (1982): "Subdivisions", "New World Man" "Countdown"
* ''Grace Under Pressure'' (1984): "Distant Early Warning", "Red Sector A", "Between the Wheels"
* ''Power Windows'' (1985): "The Big Money", "Manhattan Project", "Mystic Rhythms"
* ''Hold Your Fire'' (1987): "Force Ten", "Time Stand Still", "Mission"
* ''Presto'' (1989): "Show Don't Tell", "The Pass", "Available Light"
* ''Roll the Bones'' (1991): "Dreamline", "Bravado", "Roll the Bones"
* ''Counterparts'' (1993): "Animate", "Nobody's Hero", "Leave That Thing Alone"
* ''Test For Echo'' (1996): "Test For Echo", "Driven", "Time and Motion"
* ''Vapor Trails'' (2002): "One Little Victory", "Earthshine", "Freeze"
* ''Feedback'' (2004): "Summertime Blues", "Crossroads"
* ''Snakes & Arrows'' (2007): "Far Cry", "Spindrift", "The Main Monkey Business"
* ''Music/ClockworkAngels'' (2012): "Caravan", "[=BU2B=]", "Headlong Flight"

!!! "We are the priests of the Tropes of Syrinx":
* [[CreatorThumbprint Philosophical musings about Objectivism,]] especially in the period from ''2112'' to ''Moving Pictures''. In the period after this, they actually swing pretty far in the direction of UsefulNotes/{{subjectivism}}, especially on ''Hold Your Fire''.
* [[HeavyMithril Fantasy and sci-fi themes and settings]], often in tandem with the above; ''2112'', for example, is a loose adaptation of Ayn Rand's ''Anthem'' and ''Hemispheres'' is a near-literal rendering of Nietzsche's ''Birth of Tragedy''
** Preceding albums ''Fly By Night'' and ''Caress of Steel'' show substantial influences from Creator/JRRTolkien (likely a result of the heavy Music/LedZeppelin influence at that point) and Creator/RobertEHoward.
* [[ConceptAlbum Conceptually linked songs]] spread out across an entire album side, or even multiple albums as in the case of "Cygnus X-1" (two) or the "Fear" series (three, expanded to four once ''Vapor Trails'' came out).
** ''Clockwork Angels'' is a full-on concept album. Sci-Fi/Fantasy author Kevin J. Anderson and Peart have also written a novelization of the album's story.
* As with the above, {{Rock Opera}}s
* [[EpicRocking Long songs]] with {{Epic Instrumental Opener}}s, with the band's live shows featuring increasingly elaborate drum solos as a mid-piece of the concert. Since TheNineties, Peart has used multiple drum kits on a circular platform that rotates around his seat so that he may at various points play traditional drums, xylophones, other exotic types of percussion, electric drums, or synth pads set to play brass band samples.
** Commented on by a [[Creator/StephenColbert comedian]] hosting the band on his [[Series/TheColbertReport show]]: "The band Rush is here! Either that, or a drum factory exploded in the studio."
** The group's 2010-2011 Time Machine tour included a 45-minute performance of the ''Moving Pictures'' album in its entirety (never ''ever'' touch this button).
* Strong basslines to the point where the bass can be considered the lead instrument in some songs.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCFcWdco1nw Digital Man anyone?]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S9uNxUI9ng "Far Cry" as well.]]
** Taken to its logical conclusion in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeUWJbs9Q5E&feature=related Malignant Narcissism]]
** And let's not forget about the wonderfully complex [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5-1DgOYsyc Vital Signs]]
* A good sense of humor about themselves (as shown by their collaborations with ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', ''SCTV'', and ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerforce'', some of which are used in their live shows)
** Don't forget ''Trailer Park Boys''.
** Worth noting is that Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone are HUGE fans of Rush, with Stone appearing in the band's documentary ''Beyond the Lighted Stage''.
*** Humorously, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh_9NY56Sxw the ''South Park'' intro for "Tom Sawyer"]] has the [[{{Irony}} racist and antisemitic Cartman acting as the Jewish Geddy Lee.]]
** When they played on ''Series/TheColbertReport'', they played on through the credits of the show...and all the way until the opening tag of the next day's show, poking fun at the length of some of their songs and the usual length of their live shows.
*** Not to mention [[IDontKnowMortalKombat playing (and failing) their own song]] on ''VideoGame/RockBand''.
*** Colbert: "Have you ever played a song so [[EpicRocking epic]] that parts of it were musically influenced by stuff you played earlier in the song?"
** They also make fun of [[CanadaEh their own nationality]].
** In a video shown at the end of their 2010 concert performance, they appear talking about the audience in the backstage. "I saw three on the stands, four on the floor. Seven girls in a Rush concert! It's a new record."
* [[UncommonTime Unusual time signatures]] and rhyme schemes (''The Larger Bowl'', for example, is based on a form of Malaysian poetry called "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantoum pantoum]]")
** There's also "YYZ" which was built around [[EveryoneKnowsMorse the Morse code]] of the letters "[[CaptainObvious YYZ]]": the airport code for Rush's hometown, Toronto.
** "Subdivisions" alternates between 7/8, 4/4, and 3/4 (or possibly 6/4) signatures. Some parts only last a couple of bars before switching to the next. Very easily messed up if tried on a marching band.

!!! "For the tropes of the prophets were written on the studio walls":
* AchievementsInIgnorance: The quick timbali triplet fills Neil plays at the beginning of "Time Stand Still" were inspired by a similar fill in a Music/{{Genesis}} song. Later, he worked with the same engineer as that Genesis record and was told that the fill he was inspired by was recorded ''with the tape slowed down''.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: From "The Spirit of Radio": "...and the magic music makes your morning mood."
** "Machinery making modern music" from the same song.
* {{Adorkable}}: Alex's LargeHam antics, Geddy's [[ICantDance goofy little dances]] while on stage, his and Alex's [[HoYay vaguely]] [[HeterosexualLifePartners homoerotic]] onstage playing, all of it is actually really awkward and cute to watch. Also, get Neil talking about something that he's really passionate about in an interview. Watch as he [[GenkiGuy bounces in his seat and flaps his hands]] like an excited teenage girl. [[http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/images/artist-news/rush/neilpeart3-640-80.jpg This guy]] is, indeed, known to [[{{Squee}} have dork-outs about things he really loves]].
* AlbumTitleDrop:
** "Fly By Night"
** Snakes and Arrows in the song Armor and Sword.
** ''Hold Your Fire'' takes its title from the opening lyrics of "Mission".
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Averted. If you just look at Neil Peart's face while he drums, you'd guess he was doing accounting work or something.
** Most of the odd accoutrements on stage (the clothes dryers, the merch vending machine, Alex's kids' toys all over his amps) originated in attempts to crack Neil up. (At one point in the ''Rush in Rio'' concerts, Alex ''successfully'' breaks Neil, who just stops drumming and gives him a helpless WTF stare.)
*** On ''Snakes and Arrows Live,'' Geddy set up a bank of rotisserie chicken broilers on his side of the stage. So of course a stage hand comes out during "The Spirit of Radio" in a full chicken suit to baste the chickens. Neil actually smiles.
* AudienceParticipationSong: In concerts, audiences sing along even to "YYZ"... an ''[[{{Instrumentals}} instrumental]]''.
** ...as well as during the instrumental overture to ''2112''.
** ...and the obligatory screaming to "...concert hall" in "The Spirit of Radio." The studio version includes the sound of a cheering crowd at this point, and it's since become a live-show tradition for the audience to do the same as the house lights briefly come up after this line.
** ...and some people air drum along to Neil Peart's drum solo ''which he changes a little every time.''
*** Air drumming along with the triplets in the intro to "Spirit of Radio" is a must for concert-goers.
* AllThereInTheManual: 2112 and Clockwork Angels have story segments written in the album notes which give context to the story being told on their respective albums. 2112 is fairly straightforward without the narrative but Clockwork Angels needs the extra context.
* ArcNumber: 2112, of course. There was also 30 for the 30th anniversary tour and 42 for the rumored forty-''second'' anniversary tour, since the band plans to take at least a year off after touring almost non-stop since 2002. (For reference, the only years since the 2002 release of ''Vapor Trails'' where there were no shows of any kind as of 2013 were 2005, 2006, and 2009.)
* BadassGrandpa: Alex, though he married in his early 20's. All three are now over 60.
* BadassMoustache: Neil [[http://www.andrewolson.com/Neil_Peart/neil_images/Neil178.jpg rocked one hell of a 'stache]] in the 70s.
* BrokenRecord: During the Grand Finale (7th and final) movement of ''2112'' (the song), the lines "attention all planets of the Solar Federation" and "we have assumed control" are repeated [[RuleOfThree three times each]].
** On the original LP pressing of ''Fly by Night'', the wind chimes at the end of "By-Tor and the Snow Dog" were printed into the locked groove at the end of Side 1. When the needle reached this point, the chimes would play over and over until the player was shut off or the needle was lifted off the record.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Literally, on some Rush albums. The significance of these letters is not known, and although the use of the letter M on the cover of Power Windows is hinted at several song titles in the album that begin with or feature the letter M, the fans in general think the band is just playing around.
** Bottom of the very back of the Vapor Trails booklet says the album is "brought to you by the letter '3'". That is not a typo. They're just those kinds of people.
*** With the release of the Vapor Trails Remix album, what does the included booklet state now? "'''Still''' brought to you by the letter '3'". Amazing how a tiny non sequitur not only returns, but is now ''lampshaded''.
* BigNo: In the final lyrical section of "2112", "[[BSODSong Soliloquy]]", [[LargeHam Geddy]] lets out a disparaged (and surprisingly, not very {{Narm}}ful) "Ooohh noooo!"
* CloudCuckoolander: Alex. Lord almighty, ''Alex.'' See his La Villa Strangiato rants below, and his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech if you don't believe it. (Also consider the fact that on his solo album, he includes a mostly-instrumental track involving two shrewish women (one of whom is his ''wife'') blathering away over a low musical track, discussing their men and how they're only good for one thing... [[spoiler: shutting up and playing the guitar.]] At the end, Alex starts screaming [[BigShutUp "SHUT UP!"]] at them until they stop... and he keeps going.)
* ColonCancer: Neil has written several books, most of which fit the title: subtitle formula (''Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road'', ''Far and Away: A Prize Every Time'', for example) but the fourth book stands out as suffering from this. Its title is ''Roadshow''. In full, the title is ''Roadshow: Landscape With Drums: A Concert Tour By Motorcycle.''
** Which makes Neil's appearance (as himself) in the movie [[AquaTeenHungerForce Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters]] all the more amusing.
* CompensatingForSomething: When Geddy decided to stop using amps during live shows in 1996, he had to fill the empty space on his side of the stage somehow. He's used the following:
** A fully stocked, old-fashioned refrigerator (Test for Echo tour)
** A set of clothes dryers, filled with Rush T-shirts that were thrown out to the crowd late in the show (Vapor Trails and R30 tours)
** A fully stocked, operational, rotating-shelf vending machine, which took the place of one clothes dryer (R30 tour)
** A set of chicken rotisserie ovens, complete with a chef who basted the birds during the show (once in a chicken costume, just to get a reaction from Neil probably) (Snakes & Arrows tour)
** A combination time machine and sausage maker, with a guy who occasionally threw stuff into the feed hopper (Time Machine tour)
** An assortment of steampunk-themed equipment, including a giant brain in a display case and a working popcorn machine (Clockwork Angels tour)
* ConceptAlbum: Music/ClockworkAngels.
* CoolCar: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djVGhqvl_8A "Red Barchetta"]], itself inspired by Richard S. Foster's short story [[http://www.fiatbarchetta.com/links/nice.html "A Nice Morning Drive"]].
* CoolShades: Geddy's sported these since the early '90s, though he's had glasses since at least the late 1960s, they appear to be prescription, and he very occasionally appears in clear glasses, too.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Alex. There are serious depths behind that goofy persona and big derpy grin. Just listen to his solo album, ''[[DarkerAndEdgier Victor]]'', for proof. Especially "Don't Care" (extremely rough IntercourseWithYou), "At the End" (an elderly man who misses his wife so desperately that he is DrivenToSuicide), and the title track, a poem by WH Auden set to music. Alex provides rather disturbing/chilling vocals on At the End and Victor.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Caress of Steel''
** WordOfGod is that they made ''Counterparts'' with this in mind, as Alex Lifeson was through with his guitar playing second banana to keyboards.
** Also ''Vapor Trails'', which was heavily influenced by Peart's late 90s tragedies and 9/11.
** ''Grace Under Pressure'' certainly counts as well.
* DownerEnding: "The Trees". The maples finally get their rights from the oaks, but [[ShootTheShaggyDog humans end up cutting down all of the trees anyway]].
** "Xanadu". A man finds the secret of immortality, but at the price of never leaving the titular palace. 1000 years later, he's driven to madness, desperately waiting for death.
** A frequent interpretation of "2112". The protagonist kills himself just as the Elder Race from his dream overthrows the Temples of Syrinx. Alternatively, the Temples of Syrinx have crushed the last pockets of resistance. ([[WordOfGod Peart has said that the former was his intention.]]) Either way you look at it, it's depressing.
* DumbAndDrummer: Completely averted: Neil Peart not only writes the band's lyrics, but has written several books. During the documentary ''Beyond the Lighted Stage'', he explained that he read anything he could find in order to pass the time on the road during the band's early years.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: On their first album, they sound like just another Music/LedZeppelin clone. This changed when Neil Peart joined, and took over writing most of the lyrics.
* EightiesHair: ''Good Lord.'' Behold, [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_uIOdswBrlHs/SSRAf5RkKII/AAAAAAAAADM/ac0o_rJEToA/s200/geddy-lee.jpg Geddy around 1984]]. His mullet only got worse [[http://s2.dmcdn.net/Axlmi/x240-bnw.jpg as the decade progressed]]. These days he calls the latter mullet his "raccoon skin hat" look and, on it, "Every time I see it, I wanna hurl." His bandmates fared no better: all three had terrible 'dos throughout the '80s. Alex became convinced he was a member of A Flock of Seagulls, while Neil developed a ghastly-looking rat-tail mullet that eventually became a full on [[BraidsOfAction braid of action]] before he cut it off. Everyone's hair is probably at its worst in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQgu0MpnKq8 music video for The Big Money]], which also features bad mid-80s fashion and bad mid-80s CGI.
** Averted for about two decades now, as since Presto and Roll The Bones, Geddy has never had a ponytail or mullet (or [[CoolShades uncovered eyes]], either).
* EnforcedMethodActing: Enforced Method Drumming, anyway. Neil wanted his drumming on ''Music/ClockworkAngels'' to sound more spontaneous, like "This guy never played that before, and he just barely made it.” So instead of spending many hours (or even days, as he did earlier in his career) preparing composed parts before recording, he just listened to each song a few times before recording the drum tracks.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Neil has one. It's Ellwood. (He mentions his quote "unfortunate middle name" in his book ''Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road'' when he begins cooking for his sick wife after their daughter dies in a car crash, calling himself "Chef Ellwood". He also signs various letters depicted in the book with "NEP" for Neil Ellwood Peart.)
* EmotionsVsStoicism: The primary conflict of Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres. The gift of Apollo (reason without love) lets the people build great wonders, but they don't derive any satisfaction from them and their lives feel empty. The gift of Dionysus (love without reason) makes the people happy, but they do not have any means to defend themselves from the elements. This seems to have been derived from Nietzsche's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birth_of_Tragedy The Birth of Tragedy]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Part of the video that plays behind the band during the performance of Tom Sawyer on the Time Machine dvd has the song being played by monkeys.
** Also, an instrumental track on "Snakes and Arrows" is titled "The Main Monkey Business."
* FishEyeLens: "Limelight" includes the line "Living in a fisheye lens"
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Alex is Sanguine, Geddy is Choleric, and Neil is a mix of Melancholic and Phlegmatic.
** All three of them exhibit some tendencies of the optional fifth temperament, Supine.
* FreudianTrio: Alex is the Id, Neil is the Superego, and Geddy is the Ego.
* FunetikAksent: The source of Geddy's StageName. See below.
* GayBravado: The entire band loves this. ''Loves'' it. The most glaring examples occur between [[HeterosexualLifePartners Alex and Geddy]] and [[VitriolicBestBuds Neil and his bodyguard, Michael]]. Mostly Neil and Michael, who both consider themselves "macho" but talk like a pair of very argumentative same-sex partners.
* GenkiGuy: ''All of them.'' Geddy and Neil are very cool-headed offstage, but onstage, Geddy is very bouncy and springy. Alex seems pretty cool and collected onstage, but offstage he's a giant goof. Neil only really goes into genki territory when he's excited. Ask him about books or drums or birdwatching or motorcycling in an interview. Watch as he starts going into full on {{Squee}} mode, with flapping hands, bouncing in his seat, and MotorMouth. There are more than a few interviews out there where he catches himself getting really excited about something, and then makes a conscious effort to collect himself. By sitting on his hands so he doesn't flail them while gesticulating and hit someone or something.
* GratuitousFrench: "Circumstances" has the line "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" followed by the same phrase in English, "The more that things change, the more they stay the same."
* GriefSong: Several songs off of the aforementioned ''Vapor Trails'' could be considered these, coming in light of Peart's tragedies. Particularly "Ghost Rider" and "The Stars Look Down."
** "Afterimage" is a more initially obvious example, written about the loss of Robbie Whalen, an engineer and friend of the band who had worked on several of their albums before his passing. Lyrics from this song appear at the start of Neil's book ''Ghost Rider'' and in the packaging for the ''Different Stages'' live album, in memory of his late wife and daughter.
*** "Nobody's Hero" and ''[=BU2B2=]'' also qualify, from ''Counterparts'' and ''Clockwork Angels'' respectively.
* HesBack: Neil, after recovering from his late-90s TraumaCongaLine. The whole band, really, when you consider Geddy did nothing musical until his solo album in 2000 and Alex didn't even touch a guitar for about a year after the tragedies occurred. ''Vapor Trails'', the resulting album, is very angry, very sad, and generally seems like a [[GriefSong grief]] ''[[GriefSong album]]''. Neil had nothing to do with the 2013 remix and reissue of ''Vapor Trails'' because he can't bear to listen to those songs: they take him back to a very dark place he doesn't want to return to.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Geddy and Alex have been best friends since junior high. They're still best friends today. The band is really a three-way heterosexual life partnership, but [[FanNickname Dir]][[PortmanteauCoupleName xst]], as they are known, stand out the most. (Dirxst is a PortmanteauCoupleName of Dirk (Geddy's nickname) and Lerxst (Alex's nickname).)
** Neil is also very close with his riding partners, Brutus (who can no longer enter the US due to posessing a certain leafy green controlled substance) and Michael. Though, Neil and Michael's [[VitriolicBestBuds hetero]][[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple sexual]] status is a bit more... [[CampStraight debat]][[HoYay able.]] Just check out some of their exchanges in Neil's book ''Roadshow'' for proof.
* HiddenDepths: Alex plays drums on the demos (quick-and-dirty recordings of songs early in the writing stage), and according to Neil and producer Nick Raskulinecz, his drum ideas wind up on the final recordings "quite often".
* InsistentTerminology: Geddy used to (and occasionally still does) go out of his way to remind American interviewers that ''YYZ'' is pronounced [=YYZed=].
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Neil's last name. It's pronounced "piert". Not "pert" or "peh-art". (Most people use 'Pert'. One fan's comment on this was "Neil is not a brand of shampoo.")
* JewishComplaining: Geddy, while setting up for a show in "The Boys in Brazil" documentary. First he whines about his hair and the effect humidity has on it, then he whines about breaking a nail on a case, and finally, he complains about not being able to find his stage shoes. While complaining about the camera following him around by saying "Looking for my shoes really isn't a documentary issue!". He's kind of a master at the fine art of kvetching.
* LargeHam: Geddy was pretty hammy back in the day. He's toned it down a lot since. Alex is now the comedy-relief-providing village idiot ham.
** The band often uses funny/bizarre/ridiculous video intros for sets and songs in their live shows, starring themselves or others. Recent guest stars include Jerry Stiller, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas (in character as Bob and Doug [=McKenzie=] from ''Series/{{SCTV}})'', the boys from WesternAnimation/SouthPark, and Paul Rudd and Jason Segel (in character as Peter Klaven and Sydney Fife from ''ILoveYouMan'').
** A great example of Alex's hamminess can be found in their live performance of La Villa Strangiato from their Rio album. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjglB04TOno Skip to about 6:50 to get to the hammy weirdness]]
*** All performances of La Villa from the Vapor Trails and R30 tours featured [[CloudCuckoolander Alex's stream-of-consciousness rants]]. ([[http://www.yesfans.com/showthread.php?32532-Bored-Hear-Lifeson-Rant! Several of them have been compiled here for your viewing pleasure...or curiosity.]]) No topic was off limits: milk, steroids in baseball, smoking cigarettes, airplane crashes, getting old, making fun of his bandmates, Paris Hilton...yeah. Go check out THAT one.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MXBSX_ZJH8 Meat bees.]] On the 2012 Clockwork Angels tour, Alex returned to ranting, but only during a brief break in "Wish Them Well" (which wasn't played in every city), the rants are much shorter, and sometimes, [[http://youtu.be/hMnMgPM0k84?t=5m30s they aren't even composed of actual words]].
*** He would also do similar rants during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOjd28GKsIk Closer To The Heart in the early 90s.]]
*** Witness the full glory of Alex's speech when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M7AEi68a20 (skip to 4:40)]].
* LeadBassist: Geddy is a combination of types A and B with a little bit of C and D (ProgressiveRock is often bass driven).
** However, he doesn't overshadow Neil Peart, who is universally recognised as one of the best drummers in rock. Lifeson would probably be the standout musician in many other ensembles, but he gets overshadowed in Rush, which goes to show you what kind of musicians you're dealing with here.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: [[http://www.thecontrarianmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/rush-1978.jpg All three of them]] in the 70s, though Alex was clearly the most conventionally attractive.
* LongRunnerLineUp: Since Neil joined in 1974, the lineup has remained the same.
* LoudnessWar: ''Vapor Trails'', so bad that the band is soon releasing a remixed/remastered version to correct it.
** A couple of remastered tracks have already shown up in one of their compilation albums. The difference is plain to hear.
** The remixed version of the album, supervised by David Bottrill, was released on 27 September 2013. An interview with Bottrill about the making of the remix can be read [[http://popdose.com/the-popdose-interview-david-bottrill-on-rushs-vapor-trails-remixed/ here]].
* {{Meganekko}}: Geddy. Go find an interview with him in the 70s or 80s, when his glasses were bug-eyed things that swallowed his face. Combine the giant glasses with naturally sad-looking eyes and his very quiet speaking voice and you have the recipe for instant {{Adorkable}}.
* MessyHair: Geddy has curly hair that he keeps shoulder-length and a bit ruffled. Of course, he ''is'' Jewish, and lots of Jewish people have naturally curly and/or frizzy hair. Geddy comments on his frizzy hair in a documentary, ''The Boys In Brazil'', while he's in, well, Brazil (where it is very humid): "Jews must have a hell of a time with their hair in this climate. We get the frizzies immediately."
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: All over the place. Going as low as a 1 ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MrtBAf215g Tears]]) to as high as an 8 ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYTOZU9rRj8 BU2B]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49VFP8yzQkY the 2013 rearrange of One Little Victory]]) but their biggest hits tend to range from a 3 ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu9Ycq64Gy4 Subdivisions]]) to a 6 ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juv5Ifs2fFY Spirit of Radio]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQEgZNqa8jE 2112]]).
* MundaneMadeAwesome: "I Think I'm Going Bald", a song about the symbolism of hair loss. It based around Alex's fear of going bald in the future. [[HilariousInHindsight Guess what happened in the future.]] Made even funnier by the fact that in 2012 Alex did ''something'' and is no longer going bald.
* MoneySong: "The Big Money".
* NameAndName: "By-Tor and The Snow Dog" from the ''Fly by Night'' album.
** 'Armor and Sword' and 'Time and Motion' also use this trope.
* {{Necromancer}}: The titular character of the song ''The Necromancer'', is, surprisingly, a {{Necromancer}}[[note]]AKA [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]][[/note]].
* NewSoundAlbum: Basically ''every'' Rush album is this.
** The band tends to evolve its sound in cycles, with one album drastically changing their sound and the next album or few tweaking and perfecting it until it changes drastically again. ''Rush'' and ''Fly by Night'' were largely straightforward hard rock (with a few prog elements in the latter), ''Caress of Steel'' and ''2112'' dove off the deep end into exuberantly adolescent fantasy and sci-fi, ''A Farewell to Kings'' and ''Hemispheres'' took a more mature, philosophical approach to the subject, and ''Permanent Waves'' and ''Moving Pictures'' kept the prog elements of the earlier albums while adding the more abstract and topical lyrics that would define the band's future output. ''Signals'' through ''Hold Your Fire'' exhibited extreme synthesizeritis, which was brought under control in ''Presto'' and ''Roll the Bones'', albums that exhibited a refined, almost pop-like sensibility. ''Counterparts'', largely alternative, heralded ''Test for Echo'' and its hard rock style, which the band currently exhibits, barring the occasional '60s-retro and folk elements on ''Snakes and Arrows''.
** ''Counterparts'' is also notable for debuting Lee's single fingered, ''stupid fast'' Flamenco playing style and the return of his old Fender Jazz bass, both of which added a much more aggressive dimension to the music.
* NiceHat: Neil currently affects a North African ''kufi'' (prayer hat). Its main purpose is ostensibly to keep sweat out of his eyes; however, given Neil's lifelong tonsorial choices, [[GirlishPigtails God]] [[OjouRinglets only]] [[MyHairCameOutGreen knows]] [[FunnyAfro what]] it might be concealing ([[MegaTwintails though]] [[EinsteinHair fans]] [[CombatHaircomb can]] [[HelicopterHair always]] [[PrematurelyBald guess]].) On recent tours, he's taken to customizing them with the current album's artwork.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Averted, much like DumbAndDrummer: the bassist and drummer are the two members of Rush everyone remembers, with Geddy being not just a remarkable bassist but a distinctive vocalist, and Neil being widely hailed as one of the best drummers in rock if not ''all of music''. It seems to be Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, and... the blonde guy that plays guitar. Poor Alex.
* NonAppearingTitle: Nearly every studio album has at least one, not counting instrumentals and individual movements of extended pieces. The only exceptions to date are ''Caress of Steel'' and ''Hemispheres''.
* OverlyLongGag: Alex's speech at the Rock & Roll hall of fame (see the link under LargeHam).
* ThePeteBest: John Rutsey, their first drummer, was fired from the band due to health concerns in 1974. Rutsey, however, is the drummer featured on the band's self-titled debut.
** There may be more to the story. The documentary ''Beyond The Lighted Stage'' does cite multiple reasons for Rutsey's departure, health concerns being one of them (he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes earlier in life), though it does reveal that he was not too keen on being selected as the band's main lyricist, unlike his successor. On top of that, he also was a drinker, which labeled him as more of a risk for extended touring. At this point, [[AuthorExistenceFailure we'll never know the full story, unfortunately]].
* POWCamp: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ivnvKIu4mg "Red Sector A"]] is a concentration camp.
** Inspired by Geddy's parents, who were Holocaust survivors.
* PissTakeRap: "Roll the Bones". They wanted Creator/JohnCleese to record it, but he was unavailable. Geddy did it instead, and they just pitched his voice down to being nearly unrecognizable (drastically raising the pitch in audio editing software reveals that he pretty much just talked normally and called it rapping).
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: "The Stars Look Down" is an agnostic take on this. As is "Freewill" - a strong take against astrology.
* RaysFromHeaven: "Jacob's Ladder" from Permanent Waves has this phenomenon as its subject.
-->''Bruised and sullen storm-clouds\\
Have the light of day obscured;\\
[...]\\
All at once, the clouds are parted,\\
Light streams down in bright unbroken beams.\\
Follow men's eyes as they look to the skies,\\
The shifting shafts of shining weave the fabric of their dreams. ''
* RedOniBlueOni: Alex is the goofy, personable, playful Red to Neil's bookish, shy, quiet Blue. Geddy, is a Purple but displays more Blue traits than Red.
* RockOpera: "2112" is by far the best known example, but they weren't shy about doing other album-side suites and extended pieces as late as 1980's "Natural Science" and 1981's "The Camera Eye."
* RockstarSong: "Limelight"
* RockTrio
* RogueDrone: The subject of "The Body Electric" is a good example of this.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Averted in the case of "The Trees." Despite many people claiming that the song is about some kind of political conflict, it's not. Neil came up with the lyrics because he saw a picture depicting trees arguing with each other. That's it.
* {{Sampling}}: WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck saying, "NoMoreForMe, thanks, I'm driving" from "WesternAnimation/RabbitSeasoning," can be heard at the end of "Red Barchetta" on the 2008 video ''Rush: Snakes & Arrows- Live in Holland.''
** A clip from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' shows up at the end of "The Big Money" on ''Rush in Rio'':
-->'' '''Homer:''' D'oh!\\
'''Lisa:''' A deer!\\
'''Marge:''' A female deer! ''
* SelfTitledAlbum
* SelfBackingVocalist Most of their early albums (up to "Grace Under Pressure") feature no vocal harmony at all (one exception being the song "Take a Friend" on their self-titled debut,) but since then, the majority of their songs have features what some fans call "The Choir of Geddys" with extensively multi-tracked, often intricate harmonies, all performed by Lee. On tour, the vocal tracks are triggered as needed by one of the three band members on keyboards, foot pedals or a percussion MIDI controller. Even though the harmony tracks are recorded triggers, Lee is singing all of the main vocals live during the shows. While guitarist Alex Lifeson is often seen at a microphone singing during the shows, his mike is actually turned down quite low because (as Lifeson himself has joked) while he *loves* to sing, he's NOT allowed to (and if you've ever heard a bootleg taken from the signal before it's run through the soundboard, you'll understand why!)
* SequelSong: "Cygnus X-1 Part 2: Hemispheres"; "Fear Trilogy"; self-parodied with "Where's My Thing: Part IV (Gangster of Boats Trilogy)"
* ShoutOut- Not many, but a few. "Bravest Face" obliquely references the Music/LouisArmstrong song "What a Wonderful World" and the tv show ''Series/LawAndOrder''.
** The ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'' posters on the studio wall in the video for "Subdivisions."
* TheSmartGuy: Neil Peart. Also TheBigGuy, being a drummer (known for hitting ''very'' hard, to boot), he could probably snap your neck with his bare hands if he wanted to. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq3yjfoorsU The main characters from I Love You, Man nearly found this out the hard way.]]
* SmallTownBoredom: ''Subdivisions'', even more so in ''Middletown Dreams''. What sparks the plot of ''Music/ClockworkAngels''.
* SpokenWordInMusic Several songs contain examples of this, including "The Necromancer," "Double Agent," and "Cygnus X-1."
** "Countdown," from 1982's ''Signals'', includes bits of radio transmissions from the first flight of the US Space shuttle ''Columbia'' in April 1981, which the band witnessed.
* StageName: Alex was born Aleksandar Živojinović, chose to go by the name Lifeson as it was a sort of translation of his name in Serbian (literally it means Son of Life). Geddy was born Gary Lee Weinrib, going by Geddy because of how the name Gary sounded when spoken by his mother in her thick [[UsefulNotes/{{Poland}} Polish]] accent. Eventually subverted when he legally changed his name to Geddy. Neil Peart was born... Neil Peart.
* SteamPunk: ''Music/ClockworkAngels'' is a full-on SteamPunk epic with a companion novel co-written by Creator/KevinJAnderson.
* TheStoic: Neil's expression rarely changes from his usual poker face. When it does, it's either adorable or [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny hilarious]].
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: ''Tears'' from 2112, ''Different Strings'' from Permanent Waves, and ''Losing It'' from Signals, among others.
* SurrealHorror: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkIIlkyZ328 Cygnus X-1]]".
* TitleTrack: Fly By Night; 2112; A Farewell To Kings; Hemispheres; Presto; Roll The Bones; Test For Echo; Vapor Trail; Clockwork Angels.
* ToBeAMaster: All three members are known for their musicianship, but Neil in particular is determined to continue improving as a drummer. He even took lessons from drumming coach Freddie Gruber as part of an effort to completely overhaul his playing style in the mid-1990s.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Neil seems to ''love'' In-N-Out Burger: he has a sticker of the logo on his motorcycle and credits the use of a Bible verse in the title track of ClockworkAngels to both the aforementioned verse... and an In-N-Out milkshake cup. (He also brings up other favorites in the "Bubba's Bar and Grill" section of his website: cherry pie and potatoes. The fandom also briefly ran with him loving sandwiches, after [[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/8d840b53de/jason-segel-paul-rudd-meet-rush this video]] showed him being upset that two fans faked backstage passes and waltzed right into Rush's green room after a show... [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne but got most upset after he found out they ate his sandwich!]]) He and his bodyguard also share a love for The Macallan, a brand of fine scotch whiskey.
** Geddy and Alex have huge wine cellars (Geddy in particular has an affinity for burgundies) and Geddy has a breakfast named after him at Caplansky's, a deli in Toronto: eggs with lox, salami, and onions scrambled in, served with rye toast and latkes with applesauce.
*** Neil seems to just like milkshakes in general: in ''Roadshow'', he mentions riding through a very hot area on his motorcycle (in what amounts to a suit of black leather armor: pants, boots, heavy jacket, gloves, and a full-face helmet) and eventually desperately craving a chocolate milkshake. In lieu of a nearby Dairy Queen, he stops at a roadside ice cream shack and proceeds to complain about the lackluster milkshake he was served in his daily journal.
* TraumaCongaLine: The main character of ''Music/ClockworkAngels'' experiences one. Listeners can draw parallels between the protagonist of Clockwork Angels's traumas and Neil's late-90s traumas.
* TrueCompanions: HeterosexualLifePartners Geddy and Alex get special mention, but all three of them are obviously very close and tight-knit.
* UpToEleven: Alex's layered, distorted "wall of guitar" sound on the newer albums.
** Arguably also the keyboards, MIDI gear, electronic/MIDI drum pads, bass pedals, etc. they used in TheEighties to recreate their multilayered synth-prog productions live onstage, long before that technology stabilized decades later. The complicated rigs they used by 1987 led them, by [[WordOfGod Word Of Geddy]], to pare down for 1989's ''Presto''.
** Also, in order to perform the [[EpicRocking complex epic]] "Xanadu", Geddy and Alex played dual doubleneck guitars/basses, [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6p9j1aDE31rz9puko1_500.jpg as seen here]]
** Neil's wall of drums, cymbals and percussion instruments since the late [[TheSeventies '70's]]. He now uses a combination acoustic/electronic kit on a rotating riser, so that he can reach different sections as needed and still face front as he plays.
* VisualPun: The covers of ''Permanent Waves'', ''Moving Pictures'', and ''Power Windows''. The inside art of ''Hold Your Fire'' fits as well: a man juggling three flaming spheres.
* WanderlustSong: ''Fly By Night'', as well as the lesser known ''Dreamline''
** ''The Analog Kid'' may count as well. Actually, wanderlust seems to be a recurring theme throughout much of Rush's discography, even when it's not front and center in a song's lyrics.
** The story of ''Clockwork Angels'' starts out as this.
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: At the end of "The Fountain of Lamneth", the narrator finally finds the titular fountain he's searched his whole life for, and realizes he now that he's found it his life has no meaning.
* WidgetSeries: Definitely a Wicket to many new listeners. Just try to explain a band that sings about politics (even when they're really just singing about trees arguing)in long-winded terms, while standing in front of working dryers, chicken rotisseries, sausage makers, or popcorn poppers, with a bassist that plays keyboards and sings, and a drummer with a kit that rotates and is the size of a house. Oh, and whether the singer is a girl or a guy is really ambiguous at first. ''Especially'' [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_XgnewYQxUeM/TB2O3fdwP4I/AAAAAAAAACk/KyC8O9eUJ6M/s1600/rush_group_1974.jpg looking at him in the 1970s]] (far left).
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: The second half of ''Xanadu'' is all about how miserable the narrator is after achieving immortality.
* WorldOfPun: The intro video to the second set of the Time Machine tour features an alternate reality Rush filming a music video for "Tom Sawyer," which gets interrupted by a group of barmaids ''Moving Pitchers''.... yeah. The cover to this album has a couple more puns; there are people ''moving pictures''. And the people on the right side of the album are tearing up, since these pictures are quite moving. And there is a film crew, making a "moving picture" of the whole thing.
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