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Legendary Power Trio Rush Gear Up for Rock Hall of Fame Induction and Tour

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The most durable and among peers, one of the most widely respected power trio in rock history, Rush, has a busy month ahead. After 14 years of eligibility, the prog rock masters were voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame late last year, and the induction ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on the night of Thursday, April 18. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters are expected to officially induct the band known for such classic rock staples as “Working Man,” “Tom Sawyer,” “Subdivisions,” and “The Spirit of Radio.”

On the eve of the eve of this crowning achievement (April 16), singer/bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson will take part in a Q&A session with fans after a special LA screening of their 2010 documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. The DVD is career-spanning, tracing their very beginnings in 1968 with original drummer John Rutsey (who left Rush in 1974 and was eventually replaced for good by the incomparable Neil Peart). Rutsey, who died of a heart attack in 2008, has been (mysteriously) excluded from the induction list.

In other Rush notes, the Toronto-based group will embark on another leg of their worldwide tour (25+ shows) through North America and Europe, starting on April 23 in Austin, Texas. In 2012, the group released its much lauded 20th proper studio album, Clockwork Angels, which debuted #2 on the Billboard 200 chart and spent at least 20 weeks there overall.

Fans can still see Rush live now and can keep up with all news on their official website, Rush.com.

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  • Brian Dooley

    Most widely respected power trio in rock history … What about Cream? (just for one example.

  • http://wp.blogcritics.org/writers/charlie-doherty Charlie Doherty

    It’s hyperbole (on my part) so yeah, you could include the Jimi Hendrix Experience/Band of Gypsys and Cream too, so I guess I could’ve said “one of the most widely” – I can change it to that. Thanks for the comment.

  • http://cinemasentries.com/ El Bicho

    You had it right the first time about Rush being the most widely respected. The guys in Cream don’t even respect each other, so not sure who considers them the “most widely respected”. Considering how long each were together, there’s no comparison in their careers.

    No real surprise Rutsey wasn’t included. Wish I had head about that LA screening before now.

  • http://wp.blogcritics.org/writers/charlie-doherty Charlie Doherty

    Well, I’ll keep it the way I have it now (“one of…”), because of ZZ Top and the Jimi Hendrix band that everyone loves and admires, his most famous lineup that included Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell.