Rush’s enduring pop culture relevance is perhaps best evidenced by a pair of high profile appearances – a rare national television performance and interview on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report in 2008 (the band’s first TV appearance since 1975), and a pivotal role in the storyline of the 2009 hit comedy, I Love You, Man, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segal, where the band also made a memorable cameo in the film.
Beginning with their self-titled debut album in 1974, their extraordinary body of work – which includes such formidable works as 1976’s 2112, 1981’s Moving Pictures, 1996’s Test for Echo, 2002’s Vapor Trails and the latest studio album “Snakes & Arrows,” made a triumphant debut on the Billboard 200 upon its initial release in 2007, entering the chart in the #3 spot. The album’s success marked Rush’s highest chart debut since 1993, as well as the group’s eleventh top ten album in the U.S.
Rush has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and garnered untold legions of devoted and admiring fans.
According to the RIAA, Rush’s sales statistics place RUSH third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band.
Rush has also won a number of Juno Awards, been nominated for multiple Grammy awards, been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, bestowed the Order of Canada in 1997, inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 1999 and Canada’s Songwriting Hall of Fame in March of 2010.
Consistently celebrated and respected worldwide, Rush is the most successful Canadian rock band of all time and they remain one of the biggest grossing arena rock bands ever.
Rush has become known for the instrumental skills of its members, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy, and libertarian philosophy, as well as addressing humanitarian, social, emotional, and environmental concerns.
The band is currently working on their 20th studio album with producer Nick Raskulinecz.