When it comes to progressive rock, the Canadian trio from Rush pretty much set the standard. The band’s seamless mix of hard-rock riffs and storytelling have ensured their continued success for more than 40 years. Now the band has further cemented their status as prog rock icons by having not one, but three different albums selected to the top ten in the genre.
Rolling Stone compiled the list of Top 10 Progressive Rock Albums based on fans input. While Dream Theater’s “Metropolis Part Two: Scenes From a Memory” came in at number one, Rush’s “2112,” “Hemispheres” and “Moving Pictures” grabbed the two, eight and ten spots respectively. Yes, Pink Floyd, Genesis and King Crimson helped fill out the rest of the list.
1. Dream Theater – Metropolis Part Two: Scenes From a Memory
2. Rush – 2112
3. Yes – Close to the Edge
4. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
5. Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
6. King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
7. Genesis – Selling England by the Pound
8. Rush – Hemispheres
9. King Crimson – Red
10. Rush – Moving Pictures
Not ones to rely on past successes, Rush released their 19th studio album, “Clockwork Angels,” last month. The album debuted at number one in the group’s native Canada and number two on the Billboard 200 chart. A novelization, exploring and expanding on the album’s theme of a “young man’s quest to follow his dreams while caught between the forces of order and chaos” is due out later this year.
The band is also busy touring to promote the album. The “Rush ‘Clockwork Angels’ North American Tour” kicks off September 7 and runs through December. The trio stops by the Quicken Loans Arena Sunday, October 28. Tickets are available starting at $48.
- John Milligan / 98.5 WNCX