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Rush

RUSH

RUSH (1974–PRESENT). Alex Lifeson (guitar), Geddy Lee (bass/lead vocals), Neil Peart (drums, replaced John Rutsey in 1974). Starting off as a howling Led Zeppelin-influenced blues-based hard rock group, Canadian power trio Rush would go on to evolve into one of the most influential progressive-leaning rock groups, especially to progressive metal groups, and in constantly pushing their own limits have demonstrated the outer limits of the three-piece format. While they have rarely topped the charts, Read more [...]
RUNNING WILD

RUNNING WILD

RUNNING WILD (1984–PRESENT). Rolf Kasparak (vocals/guitar), Peter Jordan (guitar), Peter Pichl (bass), Matthias “Metalmachine” Liebetruth (drums). Originally from Hamburg, Germany, the speed metal group Running Wild has had a long, if moderately successful, career. Releasing their first album, Gates of Purgatory, in 1984, the band successfully adopted a heavy metal pirate image on release of their third album, Under Jolly Roger, in 1987. The band has stayed active to the present day Read more [...]
THE RUNAWAYS

THE RUNAWAYS

THE RUNAWAYS (1975–1978). Michael “Micki” Steele (vocals/bass, replaced on vocals by Cherie Currie, and on bass by Jackie Fox), Joan Jett (guitar), Lita Ford (guitar), Sandy West (drums). The Runaways were one of the key female rock bands. Although they played a variety of styles, including proto-punk and glam, they were primarily a metal band. This was in spite of the efforts of Los Angeles music mogul Kim Fowley, who brought the band together in much the same way that Lou Pearlman put Read more [...]
THE RODS

THE RODS

THE RODS (1981–94). David “Rock” Feinstein (guitar, lead vocals), Garry Bordonaro (bass, vocals), Carl Canedy (drums, vocals). While they never attained significant commercial success, New York’s The Rods were stalwart keepers of the metal faith, playing a streetwise version of hard rocking metal that eschewed some of the more flashy trappings of their peers for a down and dirty image (think heavy metal Ramones: blue jeans and leather jackets) and performance style that focused on no-nonsense Read more [...]