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Rush Wins Three Ultimate Classic Rock Awards

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Despite not putting out a new studio album in 2013, Rush still managed to fare extremely well in the 2014 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees won three categories: Song of the Year, Best Tour and Best Live Album of 2013.

In the closest race in this year’s awards, Rush’s ‘The Garden’ took home Song of the Year honors, narrowly beating out Paul McCartney‘s ‘Queenie Eye‘ by 37.4 percent to 36.8 percent. The song originally appeared on 2012’s ‘Clockwork Angels,’ but it qualified for this year’s awards by virtue of a 10″ picture disc release on Record Store Day.

Their ‘Clockwork Angels’ tour netted them two awards. Again, they faced a strong challenge from Paul McCartney in the Best Tour of 2013 category, but prevailed with nearly 36 percent to McCartney’s 28 percent. Fleetwood Mac‘s reunion was in third place with close to 16 percent.

And in the Best Live Album of 2013 category, the document of their Nov. 28, 2012 show in Dallas also beat McCartney, albeit a package from his first band. ‘Clockwork Angels Tour‘ bested the Beatles‘ ‘On Air: Live at the BBC Vol. 2‘ 44 percent to 37 percent.

But even though ‘Clockwork Angels Tour’ was released as a DVD/CD combo, it only finished in second place in the voting for DVD of the Year. It came in second place to Aerosmith’s ‘Rock for the Rising Sun,’ losing by 43 percent to almost 24 percent.

Even though the band are “taking about a year off,” Rush is already on our radar for next year’s awards. Their song ‘Working Man’ is featured in a new ad for Wal-Mart, which would put them in line for a nomination in the Best Rock Music Commercial of the Year category.

Congratulations to Rush on their three 2014 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards!

Next: Paul McCartney Wins Two UCR Awards

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