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Rush Timeline

1952

Neal Peart is born in Hamilton, Ontario.

1953

Geddy Lee is born as Gary Lee Weinrib in Toronto.

1953

Alex Lifeson is born as Alex Zivojinovich in Surnie, British Columbia, Canada.

1968

Rush forms in the Willowdale section of Toronto. The original lineup includes Alex Lifeson on guitar, John Rutsey on drums and Jeff Jones on bass.

1968

Geddy Lee replaces Jeff Jones on bass.

1973

Rush releases its first single, a cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away."

1974

Rush releases its first album, "Rush."

1974

John Rutsey plays his last show with the band, in London, Ontario.

1974

Neil Peart becomes Rush's drummer.

1976

Rush releases "2112," it's fourth studio album. In 2012, the album is ranked Number Two on "Rolling Stone's" list of "Your Favorite Prog- Rock Albums of All Time."

1981

Rush releases "Moving Pictures." The album sells more than four million copies and includes such tracks as "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight."

1996

Rush releases "Test for Echo", its 16th studio album. The album reaches Number Five. The band supports the album with a tour without any opening acts. The tour is called "An Evening with Rush."

1997

Neal Peart's daughter is killed in an automobile accident, and the band takes a five- year hiatus.

2002

Rush releases "Vapor Trails, its 17th studio album.

2004

Rush begins its R30: 30th Anniversary Tour.

2011

Rush plays the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The show is recorded and released on the album "Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland."