In 2002, fellow New Jersey musicians Rob Cox (Vocals), Leroy Aiello (Guitars), Jimmy Peruta (Drums) and Rob Maziekian (Bass/Keys) banded together with the goal of filling a void in the local rock music scene, namely, a RUSH tribute band. Not satisfied with just playing the same old radio “hits”, the members incorporated "b" side songs as well, such as a hardcore RUSH fan could really appreciate. Within months of forming the quartet, Hemispheres was out and performing in clubs in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, filling the void they sought to fill and providing a much needed progressive rock alternative to the ordinary classic rock offered by many area bands and venues. They did it so well that soon the band began to draw not only faithful RUSH fans but other rock aficionados who came to witness their tight, accurate and powerful show.
Later, with the help of manager/promoter Steve Zoccoli, the live show added bigger sound systems, full lights and laser effects, providing a taste of what you'd see at a real RUSH show.
By early 2004, the band saw the departure of Maziekian. With the loss of such an important component, the band ground to a halt. In search of a replacement, Leroy reached out to friend Pete Blomstrom and asked if he wanted to consider taking over bass and synth duties. Though initially daunted by the task, Pete came on board in the spring and after a few months of rigorous rehearsal Hemispheres was out and performing and never looked back. The band began to expand the material and soon offered listeners such RUSH rarities as The Fountain of Lamneth, Hemispheres, Afterimage, Chemistry, Cinderella Man, Roll the Bones, The Enemy Within, Mission, Mystic Rhythms, Entre Nous among a myriad of other tunes. By 2005, the band was performing regularly, sometimes four times a month but they aspired to reach the true pinnacle of their efforts- to play at North America's Rushcon in Toronto. After producing a demo recording and submitting their press package to the convention, their dreams came to fruition as they were chosen to perform at the July convention festivities. Hemispheres were able to share their love of the music with hundreds of die-hard RUSH fans as well as being able to perform at the Toronto Opera House, a venue frequented by RUSH in their early days. The band made many new fans and friends from that weekend's warm reception.
On the heels of Rushcon, Hemispheres returned to the Tri-state area with renewed inspiration, new material and a full calendar of shows, performing from South Jersey up to Connecticut. The band maintained an intense schedule for over a year until the summer of 2006 when, because of the strain on equipment, musicians & crew, they decided to take a break. This turned into an indefinite hiatus, however, as the group went through some temporary growing pains.
In October 2006, after deciding to scale down the performance scope and frequency, the band emerged from hibernation, shifting to Staten Island as their base of operations. Hemispheres continued to gig until March 2008 when the group disbanded. Although attempts were made to reunite the band, member's schedules, locations, health crises and careers hindered attempts until late 2011 when they finally got on track to perform in celebration of the bands 10th anniversary.
After reuniting, the original band members finally performed their Hemisphere's 10th Anniversary show on November 16th, 2012. While Hemispheres continues to bring the music of Rush to the NY, NJ, CT and PA region, the members play in local tribute acts Sanctuary, Unleash The Priest, and Monsters!, as well as, contributing to original prog acts Beyond Tomorrow, EST, Exhibition, Generator and Kashmir Locust.
In addition to Staten Island, Hemispheres- The Rush Tribute will also travel to Haledon, Wayne, Bayonne, Carteret, Elizabeth, Hawthorne, Paterson, Ridgewood, Totowa, Port Reading, Brooklyn, Clifton, Linden, Paramus, Roselle, Avenel, Hillside, Jersey City, Newark, Rahway, Roselle Park, Sewaren, West Caldwell, Clark, Colonia, Hackensack, Hibernia, Teaneck, Union, Woodbridge
and many other locations in and around the Staten Island area.
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