2014 marks thirty years since drummer and lyricist Neil Peart joined Rush and together with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson set forward a course that would change the very concept of how musical and complicated rock can be. These progressive rock revolutionaries blazed a trail that would eventually lead to their induction in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Over that long 25-million-record-selling journey, there would be two generations of ticket holders whose minds and faces were melted in concerts shows that are otherworldly exhibitions of musicianship. Whether tearing through international hits like “Tom Sawyer” and “Limelight,” or playing the long album tracks beloved by their fans, rock’s “holy trinity” never stopped reaching for new heights.
Still, even the most die hard of Rush fanatics were not be prepared for the burst of inspiration, thoughtfulness and musicianship that lead 2012’s Clockwork Angels, the Canadian legends’ 19th full length studio release, and arguably the best of the lot. Not only had they kept their clockwork precision, but also they had added a new passion and vision to their musicality. Whether in the studio or on tour, Rush has shown that when you come to define progressiveness in modern rock, your journey is never truly finished.