June 15, 2015 12:01 pm
Updated: June 16, 2015 12:06 pm

Rush featured on cover of ‘Rolling Stone’ for first time

Rush appears on the cover of the July 2 issue of 'Rolling Stone' magazine.

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TORONTO — Just in time for Canada Day, Rush has made the cover of Rolling Stone.

It’s the first time the iconic Canadian rock band has been featured on the front of the popular music magazine.

Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson are pictured on the cover of the July 2 issue in a photo by Peggy Sirota with the headline: “Twilight of the Geek Gods.”

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The magazine (which is only a year older than the band) sent writer Brian Hiatt to talk to the trio about their early lives and career.

Rush is currently on its 21st tour. The band plays hometown Toronto on June 17 followed by concerts in Montreal on June 21, Calgary on July 15 and Vancouver on July 17.

“It’s most likely our last tour,” Lee told Rolling Stone. “I couldn’t put it any more accurately. I can’t say for sure.

“But it doesn’t mean we don’t want to work together still, it doesn’t mean we won’t do another creative project and I’ve got ideas for shows we could do that don’t involve a tour.”

The band has sold more than 40 million records worldwide since forming in 1968 and has earned nine Juno Awards. Rush was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

The issue of Rolling Stone with Rush will hit newsstands June 19. The full interview will be posted on the magazine’s website on Tuesday morning.

Rush’s absence from the front of Rolling Stone has not gone unnoticed by fans who, over the years, have created their own covers:

Two fake ‘Rolling Stone’ covers created by Rush fans.

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