RUSH released their first album entitled "RUSH". It became
the biggest selling debut LP that any Canadian band had ever released.
The band spent years building their core audience by constant touring
in North America doing as many as 200 dates a year.
1975, Rush wins Juno for the "Most Promising Group of the Year"
1976 marks their initial breakthrough into the American market with
the release of "2112", their first million selling album.
1977, Rush release "A FAREWELL TO KINGS" which included their
first internationally charted single, "CLOSER TO THE HEART".
April 1980, RUSH and each individual member place in the top ten in
every applicable category in Sounds and Melody Maker Polls in Britain.
May 1983, RUSH tours the U.K., selling out Wembley Arena four consecutive
September 1983, RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, New York City vibrates to RUSH
for 5 sell out nights. The first Rock Act of its kind to perform a series
of shows in the world famous venue.
April 1989, the concert video A Show Of Hands moves to #3 on Billboard's
Top Music Videos' and #10 on Top Videocassette Sales Chart. The video
has achieved platinum status in the United States and Canada (the first
video by a Canadian band to ever achieve this level of sales).
October 1990, Chronicles, the video collection, is released. The video
is shipped GOLD in the U.S. and is certified GOLD in Canada.
November 1990, RUSH wins Group Of The Decade in Canada. They were voted
the group who has made the most significant contributions to the Canadian
music industry both domestically and internationally in the period 1980-
1990, RUSH wins Mayor's Award at the Toronto Music Awards. This award
is the most revered of all the Toronto Music Awards.
March 1991, RUSH wins JUNO Award for PRESTO as "Best Hard Rock/Metal
Album Of the Year."
October, 1992 RUSH was honoured with the "Harold Moon Award"
by the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada
(SOCAN). It is the most prestigious songwriter's award in Canada.
RUSH has received two GRAMMY nominations for their instrumentals, "YYZ"
from "MOVING PICTURES" (1982) and "WHERE'S MY THING"
from "ROLL THE BONES" (1992).
In October 1993, RUSH are chosen as recipient of the "Toronto
Arts Award". The award, presented on behalf of the Arts Foundation
of Toronto, recognizes the recipient's entire body of work through artistic
excellence and contributions to the arts and culture of Toronto.
May 1993, RUSH is inducted into the Harvard National Lampoon and named
"Group of the Millennium".
March 1994, RUSH was inducted into the JUNO "Hall Of Fame".
They join fellow alumnis Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray and
September 1996, Rush release their 21st gold album "Test For Echo".
According to the Recording Industry Association (RIAA) this places them
in a third place tie with Kiss. What makes this feat so remarkable is
that it extends their consecutive gold certification streak to 21, their
entire catalogue of albums.
December 1996, Performance magazine, a publication for the touring industry,
nominated Rush as "Rock Act of the Year"for their 1996 Performance
Readers Poll Awards.
February 1997, each of the band's three members are recognized as "Officers
of the Order Of Canada". This prestigious honour reflects the unique
contribution to Canada, and indeed the world, that Rush have made since
their very early origins in Toronto, and throughout their twenty-three
year recording career. This is the first time the Order of Canada is
given to a group rather than an individual.
May 1997, The Foundation Forum and F Musicfest have announced Rush
this year's recipient of the "Concrete/Foundations Outstanding
Contribution to Music Award". Rush joins a distinguished list of
receipts including Van Halen, KISS, Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper.
May 1999, Rush was inducted into Canada's Walk Of Fame in Toronto.
The other inductees included that year are David Croneberg, Celine Dion,
and Buffy Sainte- Marie.
January 2000, RUSH has topped JAM! Music's online poll, which determines
them "Best Canadian Musicians of All Time".