SOURCE: Atlantic Records

July 15, 2008 16:07 ET

Rush Performs on National Television for the First Time in Over Thirty Years; Renowned Rock Trio Chooses Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" for Rare Appearance

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 15, 2008) - Anthem/Atlantic recording group Rush will make a very rare national television appearance on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" on Wednesday, July 16th at 11:30pm ET/PT. The band will be performing their timeless hit, "Tom Sawyer." Eschewing these types of opportunities for most of their career, the band made an exception for the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated show. It is the renowned rock trio's first television appearance since 1975.

In other news, Rush -- Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart -- are featured in the current issue of Rolling Stone. The multi-page piece chronicles the band's illustrious career and examines their continued success, concluding, "...It's true that Rush doesn't mean today what it did in '76 or even '96. It may mean more."

Rush are currently wrapping up the latest leg of their highly successful "Snakes & Arrows Live Tour." The tour kicked off in April, simultaneously with the release of "SNAKES & ARROWS LIVE," a double-CD recorded last October at the Netherlands' Ahoy Rotterdam arena during the band's lengthy world tour. That five-month trek celebrated Rush's acclaimed 2007 studio release, "SNAKES & ARROWS," which includes the Grammy Award-nominated track, "Malignant Narcissism."

"SNAKES & ARROWS" made a triumphant debut on the Billboard 200 upon its release last May, entering the chart in the #3 spot. The album's success marked Rush's highest chart debut since 1993, as well as the group's eleventh top ten album in the U.S. "SNAKES & ARROWS" also debuted at #3 in the band's native Canada and at #13 in the UK -- the band's highest British chart ranking in 16 years. In addition, the album premiered in the top ten in Sweden and Finland, and in the top twenty in Norway, the Netherlands, and Japan.

Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 1974, Rush has been universally regarded as one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock, famed for Lee, Lifeson, and Peart's virtuoso musicianship. The band's extraordinary body of work -- which includes such acclaimed works as 1976's "2112," 1981's "MOVING PICTURES," 1996's "TEST FOR ECHO," and 2002's "VAPOR TRAILS" -- have achieved worldwide sales exceeding 35 million units.

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