Since the elate 1960s Rush has been climbing to legendary rockers status – however they had never landed the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, until now. Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson will appear on the July cover of the coveted mag.
Selling more than 40 million records worldwide, Rush was formed in August 1968 in the Willowdale neighborhood of Toronto. The original lineup included Alex Lifeson on guitar, Jeff Jones on bass and John Rutsey on drums, but Jones was soon replaced by Geddy Lee, and, in 1974, after the release of the group’s debut album, Rutsey left and was replaced by Neil Peart. That lineup – Lee on vocals, bass and keyboards; Lifeson on guitar, and Peart on drums – has remained stable throughout the years. Twenty studio albums later (the latest being 2012’s Clockwork Angels), an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a slew of worldwide tours, including their current one (the R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour), and Rush is on the cover of the iconic music publication.
The band has also been basking in the success of their hit documentary, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage.
“It’s most likely our last tour,” Lee said to Rolling Stone magazine. “I couldn’t put it any more accurately. I can’t say for sure. But it doesn’t mean we don’t want to work together still, it doesn’t mean we won’t do another creative project, and I’ve got ideas for shows we could do that don’t involve a tour.”