Geddy Lee- Lead voc, bass, synthesizer, and bass synth pedals.
Neil Peart - 5000 tons of percussion, lyricist
Alex Lifeson- Backup voc, guitar, synth pedals.
Geddy is one of the bass guitar heroes and legends. He plays a beautiful bass role, keeping the low end, but has a heavy influence on the melody, playing more of the lead guitar role of the band. Plays keyboard/synth often in their songs, executed very well. Considered a virtuoso of the bass guitar, his riffs rip apart the bass standard, meanwhile keeping the heart and soul of bass intact, instead of just "Playing lead on the bass". His vocals are also signature to the band's sound. Shrill compared to a lot of other bands, but if you don't like it first, you'll grow to love it very soon. Done very well.
Neil Peart is also considered a virtuoso, a hero, and legend to the realm of percussion; solid time, never misses a beat. Meanwhile keeping complex time signatures and is a blur when he plays. However, just as the band in whole, none of them overplay, so you get top notch advanced playing without over emphasis on anything, making excellent music. He keeps it simple when it needs to be simple, and his fills give all their songs body. Not to mention his extensive ability to write. Most songs are done by him, such as the 'epics' or multi-act songs. Intelligent thinking music that relate to everything from "Subdivisions", to "The Manhattan Project", to "Time Stand Still". All well crafted.
Alex Lifeson is the under appreciated member of the group. Still receives tons of (deserved) praise, but he's nowhere near as known as the other two members. He plays guitar in a progressive style. Meaning he does some awesome guitar manipulation, getting all sorts of strange sounds from it, playing all different types of axes for varying sounds and emotions. He lays down some notable shredding when it's his time to shine, otherwise, he just uses the guitar unlike most people would think to do. You usually don't notice him too much in the back of the RUSH sound, but, just like the other two, is completely necessary to the sound. Without him, RUSH wouldn't have been RUSH.
The trio have produced some amazing songs, and a lot of people haven't heard of them, surprisingly enough. They've been around for 30 years and are still together.
The sheer amount of songs they have is staggering in comparison to a lot of bands. Boasting a markup of 30 albums, they are everywhere without most people realizing. Some of their most popular albums are 2112 and Moving Pictures.
They're reknown for long multi-act songs, such as, The Fountain of Lamneth, The Necromancer, Cygnus X-1 Book I, Cygnus X-1 Book II, and most known, 2112.
Some of their more popular songs follow as: Tom Sawyer, Fly By Night, Spirit of the Radio, Limelight, Closer to the Heart, and of course, YYZ, most of which are featured on the aforementioned album, Moving Pictures.
So, if you didn't know who they were, now you have a strong armament of knowledge to a strong band. Anyone who can appreciate pure musicianship should pay homage to an amazing band. Not to mention, their songs are extremely fun to play on any level for any instrument.
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