TIFEM Hogtown Hometown Heroes – Rush

From the 427 to the River Rouge, Lake Ontario on up to Steeles Ave, we bring you the city’s best, past present and future.

Comprised of vocalist, keyboardist and bass player Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, Rush was originally formed in 1968 in the Toronto neighborhood of Willowdale.

The band pays homage to their hometown of Toronto in their epic instrumental YYZ. YYZ of course, being the ID code for Toronto Pearson International Airport. Drummer Neil Peart is quoted as saying, “It’s always a happy day when we see YYZ on our luggage tags.”

Since releasing their first, self titled album in 1974, Rush has become highly regarded for their complex musical compositions and playing styles. The band is also noted for their somewhat unique lyrical content, involving fantasy, science fiction and philosophy.

In 1994 Rush was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and they have won a number of Juno awards. The band has 24 gold records for album sales and they are number three, behind the Beatles and The Rolling Stones for most consecutive gold or platinum albums sold. Worldwide, the band has sold over 40 million records. Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.