For 25 years, Geddy Lee (keyboard/bass/vocals/), Alex Lifeson (guitar), and Neil Peart (drums) have established Rush as the quintessential Canadian heavy rock band.
Their first album, RUSH, in 1974, became the biggest-selling debut by a Canadian band, and by 1979 the group was so successful worldwide that the Canadian government awarded them the title of official Ambassadors of Music.
During the '80s, the band streamlined its image much to the dismay of some earlier fans, but Rush persevered with a determination to progress musically with each new album.
The group's 1981 album, Moving Pictures, has been described as a ground-breaking fusion of technological rock and musical craft. They followed this with Hold Your Fire in 1987, Test For Echo in 1996, and Different Stages in 1998, which has been described as a commemorative of the group's different stages of evolution. They received the Group of the Decade award in 1990, have won numerous JUNOs, and sold more than 40 million records internationally.
Rush has also raised more than one million dollars for charities such as food banks and the United Way. In 1996, Rush received the Order of Canada.