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The Year in Music 2013 -- What a Rush! Canadian Power Trio Finally Inducted into Rock Hall

Image courtesy of Photo: Andrew MacNaughtan (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Photo: Andrew MacNaughtan (via ABC News Radio)

After being eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for about a decade and a half, Rush was finally welcomed into the hallowed institution in April.  While the Canadian power trio's fans had long been up in arms about their heroes' omission from the Rock Hall, Rush singer/bassist Geddy Lee , guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart always maintained that they didn't place too much importance on the honor.  However, when the big event finally came to pass, the musicians truly embraced the experience.

Foo Fighters ' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins presented the honor to Rush.  Peart took the stage with a big smile and told the crowd, "We were saying for a long time that this wasn't a big deal.  Turns out, it kind of is." Lee remarked, "This is overwhelming for a nice Jewish boy from Toronto."  Finally, Lifeson delivered one of the most bizarre but endearing speeches of the night, animatedly expressing his feelings about the induction by repeating the word "blah" over and over again.

For the performance segment of the event, Grohl, Hawkins and Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz took the stage comically dressed as 1970s-era Rush and performed the overture to 2112 before the real group came out and burned through "Tom Sawyer" and "The Spirit of Radio."

A few days after the Rock Hall ceremony, Rush won the Album of the Year prize for their latest record, Clockwork Angels , at the 2013 Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent to the Grammy.  The band then hit road for new series U.S. dates as part of their ongoing tour in support of Clockwork Angels .  Those shows were followed by a late-spring European leg and a summer North American trek that wound down August 4 in Kansas City, Missouri.

In addition, Rush was among four Canadian music acts honored in their home country in July with their very own postage stamps.  Rush's stamp features the band's famous "Starman" logo that appears on the back cover of its landmark 1976 album, 2112 .

Then in November, the band released a two-CD set and companion DVD titled Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour , featuring performances from November 2012 shows the Canadian rockers played in Dallas and Phoenix.  The DVD also includes a 25-minute tour documentary that features interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, plus a trio of humorous shorts created specifically for the Clockwork Angels trek.

As 2013 wound down, Lifeson told Rolling Stone that Rush was planning to go on hiatus for most of 2014.  However, fans needn't worry too much -- the guitarist insisted that he and his band mates were just taking a much-needed break and likely would begin working on new music at some point during the year.

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