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Rush Drummer John Rutsey Dies

Original Rush drummer John Rutsey dies May 11, 2008 .

Rutsey, along with guitarist Alex Lifeson and bassist Jeff Jones, formed Rush in 1968. Jones was replaced by bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, and the trio of Lifeson, Lee and Rutsey released the band’s first album, Rush , in 1974. The record features one of the band’s most enduring songs, "Working Man," and is the only album that Rutsey played on. Prior to the band’s 1974 U.S. tour, Rutsey was replaced by Neil Peart.

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