The band I fell in love with 37 years ago will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight in Tinseltown. I thought I would write down a quick timeline, purely off the top of my head. Forgive any errors.
Drummer John Rutsey retires, gives way to Neil Peart. Geddy says, Hey I bet this guy can write lyrics!
Rush records 2112, become headline band. Record executives stop hassling Ray Danniels. Band gets to sleep in hotels.
Permanent Waves receives critical acclaim. The Spirit of Radio gets major AOR airplay - (Rush is expected to play TSOR tonight).
Moving Pictures, arguably the band’s greatest album, puts the band on par with media darlings Van Halen. RUSH play multiple dates in places like Chicago and New York. “Housewives” call in to hear Tom Sawyer (also expected to be played) and Limelight. Rush will never look back.
Signals adopts synth sound and produces New World Man, Rush’s only Top 40 hit. Ironically, it was a last minute filler tune.
Power pop albums Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows and Hold Your Fire see band lose some fans, but gain new ones. Sell out tours at large arenas continue. Drummer god Neil Peart racks up one award after another, with Geddy and Alex picking up hardware too.
Back to basics with Counterparts. The trio cut back on touring dates to 54.
Rush tests for echo. Neil describes it as his masterpiece. Band reaches 1500 mark for shows played. Begins era of “An Evening With Rush” – no support.
Tragedy strikes. Peart loses his daughter, then his wife. Hits road, writes Ghost Rider.
Geddy records My Favorite Headache, solo album. Alex released Victor in 1996.
Back in the saddle with Vapor Trails. Rush rocks Rio, or was it Rio rocked Rush?
Rush celebrates 30 years together with R30 tour and Feedback, their tribute to bands who influenced them.
Ed Stenger starts Rush is a Band blog. Begins to help in effort to get RUSH elected to Hall of Fame and documents band’s penetration of pop culture. Millions of fans served.
Time Machine Tour marks first time deviating from album-tour process. Caravan and BU2B sell high on Billboard.
Rush release Clockwork Angels, their 20th studio recording. Rave reviews, sell out shows.
Still 100 years to go for 2112, but Rush finally get the word they will be nominated.
The moment RUSH fans have long waited for. Ever indefatigable, the band prepares to hit the road for another set of shows, including over the pond to England, Germany, Scotland, Netherlands, Sweden and Finland.
Congrats to the other groups and acts – all deserving.