45 Years Ago Today Rush Released 'Fly By Night'

Released February 15, 1975, Fly by Night is the second studio album by Rush. For many, it signaled the beginning of the band's prog-rock creativity thanks in large part to the debut of lyricist and drummer Neil Peart. Peart replaced original drummer John Rutsey the year prior. The band auditioned five drummers, the fourth was Peart from local band Hush. The three played along to "Anthem", a song mostly written while Rutsey which they would later recorded for the Fly by Night sessions. Lifeson and Lee were so impressed with Peart's style they felt embarrassed for the fifth drummer who had prepared by writing charts to their songs to follow. Peart joined on July 29, 1974, Geddy Lee's birthday, two weeks before the band's first US tour kicked off on in Pittsburgh, opening for Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann. By the end of their year they had written enough new material for the new album. After a five-day break they recorded Fly by Night in January 1975 with producer Terry Brown, who would maintain this role through Signals (1982). Lifeson was pleased with the songs on the album and felt like it was a second beginning for the group.

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