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Rush was a Canadian rock band that consisted of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitars) and Neil Peart (drums, percussion, lyrics). Forming in 1968, the band went through several configurations until arriving at its longest and most popular line-up when Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey in July 1974, two weeks before the group's first United States tour.


Geddy LeeLead vocalist, bass player, keyboard player
Alex LifesonGuitar player
Neil PeartDrummer, lyricist

Websites - Rush
Sections include discography, news, tour archive (1974-2015) and pages for each band member

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The Advocates for Self-Government Neil Peart
Includes picture, biographical summary and quote
Neil Ellwood Peart was born in 1952 in Ontario, Canada. In 1974, he joined Geddy Lee (vocals, bass, keyboards) and guitarist Alex Lifeson (guitar) to form the current line-up of Rush. Musically, the band has always been defined by Lee's high, soaring voice and the complicated interplay of instruments. Early Rush albums were influenced by British blues/rockers like Led Zeppelin and The Who, while later albums became more "progressive," with longer, more ambitious songs, heavy use of synthesizers, and a greater variety of instruments ... Rush was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 ...


Ayn Rand (1905–1982), by Cato Institute, Mar 2003
One of the "Three Women Who Launched a Movement" articles, celebrating during Women's History Month the 60th anniversary of the publication of The Fountainhead (as well as Rose Wilder Lane and Isabel Paterson books published in the same year)
In 1937, Rand penned the novella Anthem, which depicts a dystopian collectivist future where even the word "I" has been forgotten. The book was published the following year in England, not appearing in the United States until 1945. The Canadian rock band Rush would later adapt the story for their album 2112.
Neil Peart - Hero of the Day, by Mike Dominic, The Daily Objectivist, 2000
Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have been the lifeblood of the band ever since. Their first album with Peart at the drums, "Fly by Night," ... marked a definite departure from the band's previous incarnation as a 1960s-issue heavy metal clone band. Considered "art rock" at the time, the group's new sound featured a more structured, complex musical style ... The lyrics became more thoughtful as well, addressing themes of politics ("Bastille Day") and philosophy ("Anthem"), and reflecting such literary influences as J.R.R. Tolkien ("Rivendell") and Samuel Taylor Coleridge ("Xanadu").
The Top 25 Liberty Songs, by Bill Winter, Libertarian Party News, Aug 2001
List of 25 "Liberty's Best Songs" chosen from over 200 suggestions, each with a short summary and highlighted lyrics, and a supplementary list of 25 runners-up
  • Song: Something for Nothing
  • Artist: Rush
  • ...
The song that best exemplifies liberty is "Something for Nothing," written by Neil Peart (who is a Libertarian). The lyrics begin by pointing out how most of us are waiting for someone or something to come along and change our lives ...
  • Song: The Trees
  • Artist: Rush
  • ...
There are any number of songs by Rush that express libertarian ideas; I am tempted to choose 2112 instead, especially since it is an interpretation of a book [Anthem] by my favorite libertarian author, Ayn Rand. But 2112 really doesn't qualify as a single song.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Rush (band)" as of 29 May 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.