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Fantoons Descends on San Diego's Comic-Con With New Rush Merchandise

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Fantoons, the creators of numerous, official Rush books, artwork, apparel, and other merchandise, have once again descended on San Diego's Comic-Con this week, bringing with them a plethora of Rush merchandise, including the updated version of their RUSH Coloring Book, which will also go on sale at the end of the month.

However the big news coming out of the Fantoons camp will be the premiere of their anxiously awaited Rush: The Making of A Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel . Even though the graphic novel isn't scheduled to go on sale until September, visitors to Fantoon's booth will be able to get their hands on this impressive hard-cover book via the early Comic-Con sale.

Fantoons will also be holding a panel with their own David Calcano on Thursday from 10-11am at Grand 12 & 13 in the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. The panel, titled From Fan to Work For the Band, will be moderated by writer/actor Ryan J. Downey.

If you're attending the San Diego Comic-…

Progressive Icons Talk Rush in PROG Magazine's 100th Issue

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PROG Magazine is celebrating the release of its 100th issue with a feature titled 100 Icons That Changed Our World.

In the issue, John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater and Alan Reed of Pallas share their thoughts about Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, and Geddy Lee respectively, and how the three members of Rush have influenced them during their own careers.

From the issue:Alex Lifeson by John Petrucci (Dream Theater)

“Alex Lifeson is such a big influence on me in so many ways. You know how it is when you discover a band as a teenager, you just get so invested in it. The first couple of Rush albums, I literally learned every song, and me and my friends, including John Myung, we jammed to all that stuff. I think from learning all those songs, it’s just ingrained as part of my style. I remember dissecting YYZ and learning the guitar solo and all these different techniques of hammer-ons and pull-offs, even the scales that Alex used. I use that stuff all the time with Dream Theater.

“R…

Geddy Lee Announces Six More U.S. Dates For His Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour

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Geddy Lee and Rush.Com have just announced six more U.S. dates for his ongoing Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour.

From the announcement:Hot off the Euro book tour, we are now excited to announce more US cities Geddy will be appearing in and he is looking forward to seeing you all!

As an exclusive offering to RUSH Newsletter Members, we are giving you first dibs on access to Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass US Tour.

Get your event tickets now before they go on-sale to the public at 9amET on July 9th.

Full list of dates below:

Nashville, TN @ The Basement East - July 14th (BUY TICKETS)
St. Louis, Mo @ Left Bank Books - July 15th (BUY TICKETS)
Chicago, IL @ Barnes & Noble by Lincoln Park - July 17th (BUY TICKETS)
Boston, MA @ Brookline Booksmith - July 18th (BUY TICKETS)
Philadelphia, PA @ Barnes & Noble - July 19th (BUY TICKETS)
Atlanta, GA @ Acapella Books - July 20th (BUY TICKETS)Additional details are available at www.rush.com/geddylee.

Still haven't pi…

Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush Touring with Rory Gallagher

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Alex Lifeson recently sat down with MusicVaultz to talk about famed guitarist Rory Gallagher, reminiscing about when Rush opened for him back when they were out touring in support of their debut album in 1974. Years later, Gallagher would open for Rush during their Signals tour.

The interview with Lifeson, which can be viewed below, was also transcribed by Ultimate-Guitar.Com, a sample of which is included below:"He was in a lot of ways a great rock guitarist. He had so much energy in his playing, and he wasn't the typical blues player. He had a style of his own, and it was a reflection of his soul, truly.

"His vocals and his guitar playing together made for this really really special thing, that very few people had."

Rush opened for Rory in 1974. Can you tell us about that tour?
"We were doing a lot of sporadic dates; we had some club dates mixed in that we were headlining small, like, bars, but we did some dates with some other bands that we really looked u…

Don Felder Talks Rush, Neil Peart, and his New Solo Album

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Back in January we reported that Alex Lifeson would be making a guest appearance on Don Felder's New Album American Rock 'n' Roll . The album was released this past April and the former Eagles' guitarist and songwriter has been promoting it ever since.

In an interview that appeared in MusicLifeMagazine.Net, Felder talks about how he came to ask Lifeson to perform on his album, as well as meeting Neil Peart for the first time.

From the interview:One of the guests to perform on the album brought a bit of Canadiana to what is an album celebrating the best of American rock music, as Felder enlisted Rush axe-master Alex Lifeson to play on the song Charmed.

“I actually met [Rush drummer] Neil Peart before I met Alex. Neil’s little girl and my little boy actually went to the same preschool together, so we became friends and went to dinner and he would come to birthday parties at my house and school events and just hang out. About two and a half years ago he came to a birthday…

Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019 Coming to Theaters In August

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Update: A listing of the venues that will be screening the film are now available HERE.Rush fans may be missing their band, but they'll get a fix with the August 21st cinematic screening of Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019.

The Trafalgar Releasing and Anthem Entertainment event is being billed as the first "Annual Exercise in Fan Indulgence" and will feature a hodge-podge of song performances, including "Tom Sawyer," "Closer to the Heart" and "Subdivisions," unreleased soundcheck and backstage footage from the 2015 R40 40th anniversary tour, and new interviews with producer Nick Raskulinecz and Rush peer fans Billy Corgan, Tom Morello and Taylor Hawkins, who inducted the Canadian trio into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with fellow Foo Fighter Dave Grohl in 2013.

Geddy Lee commented on the upcoming film: "I'm excited for fans to see some new clips from our R40 tour but also a peek behind the scenes of making the Big Beautiful Book of B…

Vote for Rush's 40th Anniversary Reissue of Hemispheres in the Annual Progressive Music Awards

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Voting for the annual PROG Magazine Progressive Music Awards is now open. This year, Rush's 40th Anniversary Hemispheres Box Set is up for the Reissue of the Year award.

You can vote for Hemispheres at this LINK.

Other reissues up for the award this year include Steve Hackett;s BROKEN SKIES - OUTSPREAD WINGS, Marillion's CLUTCHING AT STRAWS, and Yes's THE STEVEN WILSON REMIXES, among others.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Underglobe in London on September 12, 2019 which is, coincidentally, Neil Peart's 67th Birthday.

Thanks to RushFanForever for sharing the news.

Celebrating 15 Years Online - Cygnus-X1.Net

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Today marks the 15th Anniversary of the Cygnus-X1.Net website. It’s hard to believe how quickly 15 years have shot by, and harder still to believe how this website has grown and expanded – well beyond anything I could have hoped for when I launched it on a warm summer day back in June of 2004.

But here we are – 15 years later. 15 Years of bringing you the very best and latest information on Rush. 15 Years of making countless friends who reached out to share their own Rush stories with me. And while it hasn’t always been a smooth ride, it certainly has been a fulfilling one.

Very special thanks to graphic designer Carl McDonnell who has provided most of the imagery you see on the site over the years, including the gorgeous new 15th Anniversary Banner. Thanks, Carl!

So here’s to 15 years and, more importantly, here’s to all of you who helped to make my little corner of the internet a modest success.

On to the next XV!

Geddy Lee Brings His Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour to Europe

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Geddy Lee and Rush.Com have just announced the European leg of his ongoing Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour.

From the announcement:For all our fans based in Europe, we finally have some good news to share with GEDDY LEE book signings starting next week in UK, Netherlands & Germany!Geddy will be visiting the following cities beginning next week:

London, UK - June 8th
Manchester, UK - June 10th
Glasgow, UK - June 12th
Amsterdam, NL - June 13th
Hamburg, DE - June 15th.

For more information including a complete list of cities and venues, plus ticket ordering instructions, please visit Rush.com/geddylee.

The 2020 Rush 'Presto" Wall Calendar Coming July 1st. Pre-Ordering Now Available

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Ever since their 30th anniversary in 2004, Rush has officially released at least one wall calendar each year; many of which celebrated a milestone anniversary of one of their albums. For 2020, Rush decided to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their lucky 13th studio album Presto.

From the Amazon listing:2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Rush's platinum-certified album, Presto. This official, 16-month calendar features images highlighting the complete Presto album and tour cycles, as well as complete 1990 tour dates, among other notable events from that year! This calendar also includes a four-month (SeptemberDecember) 2019 planner page, so get yours early! Calendar includes holidays, moon phases, image captions with locations and other information, the highest quality photography, and more!The 16-month calendar can be pre-ordered at Amazon.Com for $11.12. It is scheduled to be released on July 1st.

Interested in Rush's older wall calendars? They may be difficult to locate…

Alex Lifeson Lends His Voice to Netflix's Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series

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While Alex Lifeson is clearly best known for his virtuoso guitar work over his storied career, he's also dipped his toe more than once into the world of acting. In fact IMDB lists 45 different acting credits to his name. Now, Alex will be lending is voice acting skills to the new Netflix animated series Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series, which premiered back on March 31st.

From the Netflix listing:Nova Scotia’s favorite miscreants have always been super sketchy. Now, carrying on from the Season 12 finale, the boys have become complete cartoons.Alex will make his guest voice appearance in 2 episodes of the 10-episode season. In Satan's Bastards, the seventh episode, Alex plays the part of Big Chunk, utilizing a very heavy accent. In Episode 10, titled Trailerstock, he plays the voice of the manager of Queens of the Stone Age.For more information on the series, please visit the official Netflix Page.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

Season Finale of The Goldbergs Features Johnny Atkins Following Rush Around Canada in His 2112 Van

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ABC's hit comedy The Goldbergs will be airing another significant Rush reference during its Season 6 finale on Wednesday, May 8th. In an episode titled Breakin', the recurring Rush-fan character of Johnny Atkins (portrayed by actor Sean Marquette) announces that he will be travelling to Canada to follow Rush on tour in his 2112 Starman van.

Atkins is known for typically wearing a Rush t-shirt when he appears in an episode of the ABC comedy. Earlier this year, he wore eleven different Rush t-shirts in a single episode. Additionally, back in Season 3, an entire episode aptly titled "Rush" centered around the formation of a female Rush cover band who perform Tom Sawyer in a Battle-of-the-Bands competition (Click for Video)

You can watch a preview clip of the Season 6 finale below.Your browser does not support the video tag. Watch The Goldbergs on the ABC Network, via their Online Streaming Service or on Hulu.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for sharing the news.