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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cover Rush to win $5,000, 2 Tickets and Meet & Greet with Rush at R40 Live in Los Angeles, CA and more!

Cover Rush to win $5,000, 2 Tickets and Meet & Greet with Rush at R40 Live in Los Angeles, CA and more!
Over the course of their amazing career, Rush has lived a lifetime together, providing an influential soundtrack to many of their fans’ lives. Some have been with them since the start, while others have discovered them along the way and delved into their incredible body of work. To quote Dave Grohl from their momentous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “Rush built their following the right way. No hype, no bullsh*t, they did it from the ground up. Their legacy is incredible and their influence undeniable."

Now, after 40 years together, 20 gold and platinum studio albums, Rush is giving their fans a chance to cover 10 songs from their iconic catalog. Their publishing company ole is looking for creative, contemporary covers. Both covers with vocals and instrumentals will be accepted.

Choose from these songs:

Working Man * Fly By Night * Closer to the Heart * The Spirit of Radio * Freewill * Limelight * Tom Sawyer * Red Barchetta * New World Man * Time Stand Still

Grand Prize Winner
$5,000
2 tickets to the R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour show in Los Angeles, CA on August 1st, 2015
2 Meet & Greet passes to the R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour show in Los Angeles, CA on August 1st, 2015
A meeting with OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT Creative Rep
A Limited edition Rush Fender Squier Bass
A lyric video of the Winner’s Cover on ole’s YouTube channel

2nd Place Winner
$3,000
Rush Swag Prize Pack

3rd Place Winner
$1,000
Rush Swag Prize Pack

3 Popular Vote Winners
Pro status on Indaba Music

For more information, details on how to enter, and the current leaderboard, please click HERE.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

New Fender Guitar Interview with Geddy Lee: What Makes Rush So Unique?

New Fender Guitar Interview with Geddy Lee: What Makes Rush So Unique?
Geddy Lee discusses how things have changed for Rush over the years in a new interview posted by Fender Guitars titled What Makes Rush So Unique?.

From the interview:
"...perhaps, the most refreshing thing about Rush is that 40 plus years in, these men still have a deep dedication to each other and a “Three Musketeers” one for all, all for one mentality not found by many of their counterparts who are often wrecked by in-fighting. If one person doesn’t want to tour or record an album, then Rush simply waits.

“You spend 40 years with the same people and all of our heart and our sweat and our personalities goes into the music that we make,” Lee explained. “It’s also a friendship —a collaborative kind of club that we are doing this and this is our thing, together. It’s connected to the personalities, it’s connected to the human beings. It’s not something anyone can step into and it will be a thing. It is the thing that is dependent on the three people who are in the band, and were one to leave or not want to play anymore, you couldn’t just replace that person with some other person; It’s going to change the chemistry. It’s going to change the dynamics, and as such, it would be a different band.

“Rush as I see it, is as an identifiable living thing dependent and interdependent and connected to the three goofs that are in that band, and that’s how it will remain.”
Click HERE to read the entire interview.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Countdown to R40: Rush Have Arrived in Tulsa!

Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's R40 Tour in New InterviewAlex Lifeson Talks About Rush's R40 Tour in New Interview
One week from tonight, Rush will take the stage at the Tulsa Bok Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma to launch their 34-city/35-date "R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour" and, based on some sightings, it appears the band has arrived, at least in part, in Tulsa.

Yesterday, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were spotted at the Tulsa International Airport (photo courtesy of Lynn Hernadez) while Neil's tour motorcycle is reportedly ready and waiting for him in Tulsa as well (photo courtesy of Jim Sotelo).

Ever since the announcement of this tour, there has been wide-ranging speculation on the set-list and the general arrangement of the show. Will the band touch upon every album in their catalog, or will they focus on their early years? Will their be another medley to introduce the show, similar to the R30 Overture, or will they stay true to each song. If this is truly their "last big tour", will they go out with a bang, or play it safe? So many questions, so many theories, and they will all be answered in one week.

As we have in the past, the set list for this tour will be revealed LIVE as is happens and posted directly on this page. We'll also be sharing photos from every show (contact me if you would like to share you pics) and more news as it happens.

If this is truly Rush's last big tour, then let's make sure we savor every moment and let the band know how thankful we all are for 40+ years of music, magic, and everlasting memories.

On to Tulsa...

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[Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's R40 Tour in New Interview - April 28th, 2015]
[Win a Meet & Greet with Members of Rush! - April 11th, 2015]
[Attention Rush Fans! Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour - March 14th, 2015]
["Rush Currently Rehearsing in Los Angeles Ahead of R40 Tour - April 5th, 2015]
["Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway - March 10th, 2015]
[Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video - January 27th, 2015]
[Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
[Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
[Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Geddy Lee on his Fender USA Geddy Lee Jazz Bass

Geddy Lee on his Fender USA Geddy Lee Jazz Bass
The Geddy Lee Jazz Bass has been a staple in the Fender line since 1998, but earlier this year, Fender announced the addition of the U.S.A. version.

The new U.S.A. Geddy Lee Jazz Bass is a unique version that combines the specs and features of Lee’s three favorite basses — two Fender Custom Shop versions of his signature model and the original sleek black ’72 Jazz Bass that he discovered at a pawn shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

More from Fender:
MEAN, MEAN STRIDE

Bassists have loved the signature Geddy Lee Jazz Bass for years. The new U.S.A. Geddy Lee Jazz Bass is a new version that combines the specs and features of Lee’s three favorite basses—two Fender Custom Shop versions of his signature model and the original sleek black ’72 Jazz Bass that Rush’s revered bassist/vocalist has riffed away on in front of millions of devoted fans worldwide and on many a mega-selling album. The neck has a thicker custom profile, topped by a maple fingerboard with elegant white binding and white pearloid block inlays. For enormous tone that crackles with life and bristles with the energy, its two vintage-style single-coil Jazz Bass pickups are specially wound and voiced to sound like those on Lee’s prized 1972 original, and a Geddy Lee signature High-Mass bridge provides rock-solid intonation.
Fender posted a 7+ minute interview with Geddy Lee about the bass guitar. It can be viewed directly via this LINK or through the embedded viewer below.


For more information on the Fender UAA Geddy Lee Jazz Bass Guitar, please click HERE.

Thanks to Josh Welter for the news.

Fantoons' "Comicspheres: A Retrospective of Rush Toons" Kickstarter Program Now Underway

Fantoons' Comicspheres: A Retrospective of Rush Toons Kickstarter Program Now Underway
Fantoons, which was created by David Calcano and launched in 2012, is an on-going comic strip that brings you comedy and art based on the greatest rock bands on the planet.

Recently Fantoons announced an exciting new book project centered around Rush with a Kickstarter Program to help fund it. From the announcement:
We’ve released two books so far, and for this book, we’re exclusively going to cover the mighty RUSH! We’ve created comics, art, and parodies with their rich history, covers, and of course ourselves…the obsessive fans. You know… the guys that crashed their site when the R40 tour was announced; if you clicked & refreshed the page more than 4 times you are one of us.

Our book is ready to print! We are working on the cover to create something incredible for you. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to help us fund the printing process for the book... entitled: “Comicspheres: A retrospective of Rush Toons by Fantoons” This book is made for Rush fans by Rush fans, to celebrate their incredible career with humor and art blended together.
Fantoons is also providing a number of rewards for anyone who participates in their Kickstarter program.

For more information, please click HERE.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Clockwork Lives: The Bookseller's Tale E-book Now Available

Clockwork Lives: The Bookseller's Tale E-book Now AvailableClockwork Lives: The Bookseller's Tale E-book Now Available
Even though Clockwork Lives, the follow-up to Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's best-selling novel Clockwork Angels won't be released until September, a teaser e-book sample has just been made available by Anderson.

Titled Clockwork Lives: The Bookseller's Tale, the e-book is currently available at Amazon for $2.99 as well as other online retailers.

From the release notes:
Anderson and Peart have returned to their colorful creation to explore the places and the characters that still have a hold on their imagination. Clockwork Lives is a steampunk Canterbury Tales, and much more. “The Bookseller’s Tale” is the first excerpt to be released.
The e-book also includes an afterword on the writing of the novel with Neil Peart, and also a cameo from Vertical Horizon's Matt Scannell.

Back in March, Anderson posted a podcast where he discussed the making of Clockwork Lives, as well as other Rush-related writing projects he's completed - and is still working on. You can listen to that podcast via the player below or directly at this LINK.


Clockwork Lives is set to be released on September 15th and can be pre-ordered HERE.

Related News Stories
[Cover Art for Clockwork Lives Novel by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart Revealed - March 6th, 2015]
[Kevin J. Anderson Releases Chapter One Teaser Sample of 'Clockwork Lives' Novel - February 4th, 2015]
[Clockwork Lives Novel by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart Now Available for Pre-Order - January 21st, 2015]
[Kevin J. Anderson Announces Two New Writing Projects: "2113" and "Clockwork Lives - January 22nd, 2015]

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Limited Edition Neil Peart R40 Drumsticks Now Available

Limited Edition Neil Peart R40 Drumsticks Now Available
In commemoration of Rush's upcoming 40th Anniversary tour, Promark has just announced the release of Limited Edition Neil Peart R40 Drumsticks.

From the announcement:
The 747 was designed by Neil Peart of Rush. It features a classic 5A diameter but is longer and features a thicker taper. The large oval bead provides a dark, warm tone. The 747 is the perfect stick when more volume is required. Commemorative stick artwork for Rush 40th Anniversary Tour

  • Shira Kashi™ Oak is a dense and heavy wood providing a sturdy feel in your hand and excellent ride cymbal articulation. Sticks made of this Japanese Oak are exceptionally durable and usually last longer than other types of wood.
  • Diameter: .551" Length: 16 1/4"
  • Oval wood tip provides a dark, warm tone suited for multiple applications
  • Medium taper for balanced response and rebound
  • All ProMark drumsticks are designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA at our Texas facility to the most stringent quality controls in the industry
  • Commemorative stick artwork for Rush 40th Anniversary Tour
  • The sticks are now available from numerous online retailers including Amazon and Sweetwater.

    Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's R40 Tour in New Interview

    Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's R40 Tour in New Interview
    Alex Lifeson was featured in a new interview published by the Canadian Press today. The article/interview, which is titled Lifeson on Rush's last big tour: Never wants to be 'old and barely able to move' touches not only on the upcoming R40 40th Anniversary tour, but the future of Rush as well.

    From the interview:
    Ahead of rehearsals, a candid Alex Lifeson talked to The Canadian Press about Rush slowing down.

    CP: How are you feeling about this?

    Lifeson: I have such mixed feelings about it. In one way, I feel relief. I think that 40 years is a long time to be touring the way we tour. I really like being home with my grandkids. At 61, I don't feel there's anything we need to prove.

    I still love playing. But in (drummer) Neil (Peart)'s case, for example, his job is really tough. Playing the way he does is very, very difficult on his body. He has chronic tendonitis in his arms and he's had problems with his shoulders.

    It's just getting to the point, no matter how much we love doing it, that it's much more demanding and much more difficult.

    I've always hated the idea of being one of those guys who's just up there, old and barely able to move — just doing it for fear of not doing it, or not making an extra buck or whatever.

    If this is the last major tour that we do, (I want to) go out with flying colours, where everybody remembers the show they went to as the best Rush they've (seen).

    That's a nice legacy to leave behind — rather than the worn-out shadow of something you once were.
    Click HERE to read the entire interview.

    Related News Stories
    [Win a Meet & Greet with Members of Rush! - April 11th, 2015]
    [Attention Rush Fans! Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour - March 14th, 2015]
    ["Rush Currently Rehearsing in Los Angeles Ahead of R40 Tour - April 5th, 2015]
    ["Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway - March 10th, 2015]
    [Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video - January 27th, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

    Sunday, April 19, 2015

    Alex Lifeson to Appear on Renman Live April 22nd

    Alex Lifeson to Appear on Renman Live April 22nd
    Alex Lifeson will be appearing on Steve Rennie's web show Renman Live this Wednesday, April 22nd at 5:00pm PST. Rennie, who has worked in the music business for over 30 years, is currently the president REN Management, the former personal manager of INCUBUS, and is the Founder Renman Music & Business.

    From the announcement:
    Legendary Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson joins Renman Live! to talk about his career and the bands upcoming 40th anniversay tour! Let us know if you want to ask Alex a question by posting it below and we will set you up to call in and speak to the legend yourself!
    To read more and to post your own question to Alex, please click HERE.




    Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

    Saturday, April 11, 2015

    Win a Meet & Greet with Members of Rush!

    Rush Rehearsing in Los Angeles for R40
    The Rush Backstage Club has just announced a new contest where they are giving away a Meet & Greet opportunity with "Members of Rush" for each of the thirty-five concert shows during the R40 tour. From the announcement:
    The contest you have all been waiting for is here: Win a Meet and Greet with members of RUSH! We will draw one lucky winner for every city on the upcoming RUSH R40 Tour to win a pair of meet and greet passes to meet members of RUSH.

    IMPORTANT: You must have tickets to the concert in the city you are entering to win in to be eligible to win the meet and greet passes. Tickets to the concert are not included with the meet and greet passes prize.
    Also included is a very important note about the entry form:
    NOTE: When filling out the contest form, please fill in the "City" field with the city where you have tickets for a RUSH R40 tour concert. Do not enter the city where you are from unless RUSH is playing a concert in that city and you have tickets to that concert. If you are going to see RUSH on this tour in several cities, you may enter ONCE for each show you are attending. Please complete a separate ballot for every city you wish to enter for.
    To enter for your change to win a Meet & Greet, click HERE.

    Related News Stories
    [Attention Rush Fans! Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour - March 14th, 2015]
    ["Rush Currently Rehearsing in Los Angeles Ahead of R40 Tour - April 5th, 2015]
    ["Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway - March 10th, 2015]
    [Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video - January 27th, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    Drumbeats by Neil Peart and Kevin J. Anderson Available in New Book Bundle Offer

    Drumbeats by Neil Peart and Kevin J. Anderson Available in New Book Bundle Offer
    As most fans know, author Kevin J. Anderson, along with Neil Peart, penned the novelization of Clockwork Angels back in 2012. What some fans may not know is that this was not the first collaboration between Anderson and Peart. Back in 1994, the two worked on Drumbeats, a chilling short story about a rock drummer bicycling through the African wilderness who encounters a village that makes very special drums.

    Drumbeats is now being offered in a special "Pay What You Want" book bundle from Anderson's own publishing company WordFire Press.

    From the announcement:
    This book bundle is on FIRE! WordFire, that is. Kevin J. Anderson's publishing company is bringing the sci-fi with some help from a talented roster of best-selling authors. Name your price for The Dark Lady: A Romance of the Far Future, The Golden Queen, The Ferryman & the Flame 1: Surrender, Lifeline, Ocean , and Second Paradigm. If you pay more than the average price, you'll also get Assemblers of Infinity, Working Stiff: The Cases of Dan Shamble, Zombie PI, Five By Five 3: Target Zone, Mythworld: The Festival of Bones, Mythology 101, The Godmakers, ViraVax, and Whack Job. If you pay $15 or more, you'll receive all of the above plus Beasts of Tabat, Drumbeats, and Veiled Alliances: A Prequel Novella to the Epic Space Opera The Saga of Seven Suns. Get 'em while they're hot!

    Pay what you want. The contents of this bundle would cost you up to $88 if purchased separately, but here at Humble Bundle, you pay what you want.

    Read them in any galaxy. These books are available in PDF, ePUB, and MOBI formats, meaning you can read them anywhere at anytime. Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here.

    Support charity. You choose where your money goes -- between the WordFire creators and two charitable causes (Challenger Center for Space Science Education and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical and Legal Fund) via the PayPal Giving Fund. For details on how this works, click here. If you're a fan of this bundle and want to support the Humble team, a Humble Tip will help ensure there are more bundles to come!
    This special bundle offer is only available for the next six days. For more information and for ordering instructions, please click HERE.

    Thanks to Kevin J. Anderson for passing along the news.

    Sunday, April 5, 2015

    Rush Currently Rehearsing in Los Angeles Ahead of R40 Tour

    Rush Rehearsing in Los Angeles for R40Rush Rehearsing in Los Angeles for R40
    With little over a month to go before the launch of Rush's R40 40th Anniversary tour, which begins on May 8th in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Tulsa Bok Center, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appear to be in Los Angeles rehearsing for the tour.

    Back on March 30th, the pair were spotted on a flight leaving Toronto (YYZ) and headed for Los Angeles.

    Today, two photos showing Geddy Lee playing on a new, seafoam green bass appeared. Note the reappearance of a Clockwork Angels symbol on the bass, similar to the bass guitar he used during the Clockwork Angels tour of 2012-13. Click the thumbnail images to the right for a larger version of each.

    The rehearsals taking place in Los Angeles makes sense, of course. Neil Peart currently lives in the greater Los Angeles area, and he has been rehearsing there since early March, as indicated by a tweet from Lorne Wheaton, Neil's drum tech, back on March 1st.

    We'll have more news on the upcoming tour as it becomes available. To view a complete list of the thirty-five tour dates, please click HERE.

    Related News Stories
    [Attention Rush Fans! Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour - March 14th, 2015]
    ["Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway - March 10th, 2015]
    [Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video - January 27th, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

    Saturday, April 4, 2015

    Rush's Hold Your Fire Album Artwork Photo Shoot Discussed by Photographer Glen Wexler

    Clockwork Angels: The Motion Picture Coming in 2016
    In the late 1980's, photographer Glen Wexler often collaborated with long-ime Rush album artist Hugh Syme. One of those projects was the photo shoot of the now infamous 'fire juggler' image that is the primary interior artwork for Rush's 1987 album Hold Your Fire.

    Last year, Wexler sat down with Travellersintime.com to discuss his lengthy career shooting album covers as well as the work he did for Hold Your Fire. From the interview:
    You did the photography for Rush's "Hold Your Fire" album. How did you come to work on that project and who's idea was the inside photo [flame juggler]? Can you give me some insight as to how that all went? And did you work on any other Rush covers or projects?

    “Hold Your Fire” was my only Rush cover. In the mid to late 80s Hugh Syme and I collaborated on several projects. Hugh worked with Rush as their art director from very early on. We were both art directing conceptual album covers, although I was creating the images with photography, and at the time, Hugh was primarily a painter. The collaboration was an interesting and productive mix.

    I often worked with miniature sets, and suggested the approach for staging the fire juggler. Many of the miniature buildings were recycled from a Yamaha advertising campaign featuring Michael Jackson, which I had created a couple years prior. I brought in my set team, who built a very impressive set, but very small, only four feet across.

    I cast the fire juggler, this great character actor, Stanley Brock, who’s mostly known for his role in the film “Tin Men.” We originally had Dennis Hopper on board, but kept running into scheduling conflicts.

    I shot the miniature street scene in my studio on 4x5 film. The other elements were shot medium format with a Hasselblad. The fireballs are a basketball that was coated with rubber cement and torched. The dog, full size fire hydrant, and actor were shot separately. I combine all the elements with multiple exposures on 8x10 film in my darkroom, which was the primary method I used to combine images pre-digitally. When everything was combined together on one piece of film, it was sent out for a dye transfer print and final retouching, which was the typical workflow back then.

    In the original version, we also flew in the boy who modeled for Hugh’s painting for the “Power Window” cover. He was seen looking out of the apartment window, but it was decided that he didn’t really enhance the shot...there was so much going on. Earlier Rush covers are referenced in the image, and “Power Windows” was covered by the period TV sets in the room.

    In hindsight, both Hugh and I regretted using that image in the inside of package. It was a little too “clever” using the three red balls for the cover, and leaving the more epic and memorable image for the inside of the packaging. While it might not look like it, the cover with the red balls is photography, as well. I had my set guys physically sculpt the RUSH text into a 4’ x 8’ surface that was then painted a high gloss red by an auto body shop. The printer combined the red billiard balls during the pre-press. I still have the set piece in my garage. I thought it would make a cool door.
    You can read the entire interview at this LINK. For a high-resolution version of the "Juggler" photo, click the thumbnail image below:


    Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Clockwork Angels: The Motion Picture Coming in 2016

    Clockwork Angels: The Motion Picture Coming in 2016
    Update: As many - but not all - of you have surmised, this was in fact an April Fool's joke. I want to thank my partners in crime Eric Hansen from Power Windows and Ed Stenger from RushIsABand for their help in pulling this off. And special thanks to Kevin J. Anderson who also participated in the fun. To view a full-resolution version of the movie poster, which yours truly created, simply click on the image to the right. Thanks for playing along, everyone!
    Update: Kevin J. Anderson has posted a larger version of the movie poster on his Facebook Page. More to come!
    For some time now Kevin J. Anderson, the author of Clockwork Angels, has been hinting at something "big" on the horizon for the world he created with Neil Peart. After the novelization of Peart's lyrics, a graphic novel series was created to further capture the adventures of Owen Hardy in the world of Albion. Later, Anderson announced the follow-up novel titled Clockwork Lives, which is due out in September.

    Now it seems that Clockwork Angels is taking the next logical step - an appearance on the big screen, or so it would seem.

    This information, along with a low-resolution copy of the working movie poster, comes from a fellow Rush fan who works for DreamWorks Pictures. According to the contact, who asked to remain anonymous, a formal announcement from DreamWorks, the studio behind such classics as the Shrek and Madagascar movie series, will be made in the coming days indicating that an animated full-length feature film based on Anderson's novelization of Clockwork Angels will be released in the Summer of 2016.

    At this point, it is unclear if this release will be a 'direct-to-video' variant or a full-blown worldwide theatrical release. What we do know comes from the movie poster to the right, which reflects a scene of passengers - and perhaps the Anarchist himself - boarding what is clearly an airship. Though difficult to make out, it seems that the screenwriters include not only Kevin J. Anderson himself, but famed U.S. screenwriter John Logan. Logan is probably best known for his work on 2004's The Aviator, as well as 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis and The Time Machine. More recently, he was on the writing team for Skyfall, the latest James Bond film.

    John Kahrs seems to be identified as the director of the animated feature. Kahrs is best known for directing the Academy Award Winning Short Paperman in 2012.

    Finally it does appear that Rush will be involved in this film. The final line in the movie poster seems to indicate that music will be provided by the band which, of course, makes perfect sense. Additionally, Pegi Cecconi of Anthem/SRO is listed as Executive Producer.

    Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting news!

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - March 2015 - Miracle in Colorado

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - March 2015 - Miracle in Colorado
    Neil Peart has just posted a new entry to his "News, Weather, and Sports" blog entry on his website. This entry is aptly titled the Miracle in Colorado.

    Readers of Peart's novel Roadshow: Landscape with Drums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle know of the tale of Neil's lost side luggage case as he was traveling through Colorado by motorcycle back in 2004. As it turns out, he was actually headed to Kevin J Anderson's home for a visit. Despite a frantic search for the missing luggage case, which included some incredibly sentimental - and quite irreplaceable - items, Neil was unable to locate it. Even an attempt at posting a "missing" advertisement with a "significant reward" netted no returns. As time went by, as years went by, the memory of his lost luggage slowly faded.

    Until February of this year when he received the most unlikely call:
    One morning in February 2015 I received a call from an old friend, Rob Wallis. For close to twenty years, with his longtime partner Paul Siegel at Hudson Music, we had collaborated on a series of drumming DVDs. Just a few weeks before Rob had been in Southern California, and we had got together with a couple of other East Coasters who were also in town for the annual musical instrument-makers’ show, NAMM.

    Like many good friends who have many good friends, Rob and I are not in frequent contact, maybe once or twice a year. But to add to the truly paranormal aspect of these events, Rob had just been out shoveling snow around his house. He thought of my affection for winter and snowsports, and snapped a selfie to send to me.

    When Rob went indoors, he picked up a mysterious voicemail. An elderly lady said she was calling from Colorado Springs, then launched into a story about her husband having found a duffel bag years ago, then forgot about it in their garage. Recently she was clearing out the garage, and found the bag again. She said there were papers in it with my name on them “dating back to 2004,” “a very nice watch,” and, somehow, Rob’s telephone number.

    As Rob recounted these facts to me, he sounded hesitant and mystified—it made no sense to him. I knew right away what it had to be—though my brain was reeling at even the possibility.

    It had been eleven years ago.
    This entry recounts the unlikely story of finally locating his lost luggage case and how it essentially turned into a time capsule. As Neil goes on to say, "You can’t make that stuff up.".

    You can read the entire entry via this LINK.

    And to check out every News, Weather, and Sports entry Neil has made dating back to 2005, they are all available at the News, Weather, and Sports Archives.

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Art of Rush: Hugh Syme, Serving A Life Sentence Coffee Table Book Coming Soon

    Art of Rush: Hugh Syme, Serving A Life Sentence Coffee Table Book Coming SoonArt of Rush: Hugh Syme, Serving A Life Sentence Coffee Table Book Coming Soon
    UPDATE: Both the Deluxe and Special editions have already sold out - in under 2 hours. If you are planning on ordering the Classic edition, you may want to do so sooner rather than later.
    Rush have just announced the pending release of a new coffee table book that features the band's album artwork. Art of Rush: Hugh Syme, Serving A Life Sentence will be available in three different formats and pre-orders begin this Friday.

    From the announcement:
    The Art of Rush is a 272 page coffee table book that delves into the 40 year relationship with Rush and their longtime artist and illustrator Hugh Syme. The stunning book begins with a foreword penned by Neil Peart, and contains original illustrations, paintings, photography, and the incredible stories behind each album that he has designed with the band since 1975.

    The book's narration was written by music journalist Stephen Humphries and includes in-depth interviews with each Rush band member, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and artist Hugh Syme. The Art of Rush also contains entertaining anecdotes and commentary from a wide array of notable musicians, actors, athletes, writers, radio personalities and Rush insiders about their favourite Rush album covers, which clearly reveals how vital and impactful the visual representation of their music has been through the years.

    One of the hallmark's of Rush releases is the considerable care and consideration that goes into each one – including the conceptual artwork. Readers of the Art of Rush may be surprised to discover just how much effort went into each concept and the execution for every album cover. In the days before Photoshop, each element of the artwork had to be handcrafted and pieced together. Take the gatefold for Hold Your Fire, for example, Hugh first constructed a miniature set of a city street and then super-imposed a picture of a fireball juggler on it. It's akin to what the Hollywood special effects studio used to do. Nowadays, of course, Hugh utilizes digital technology to create Rush's art. But as Neil Peart adds, "the tools got easier, but the thinking doesn't."

    Some of the regaled stories include furtively crossing the border for a guerilla-style shoot for A Farewell to Kings, trying to herd a warren of rabbits for the cover the Presto, descending into the depths of an autopsy lab to find a brain for Hemispheres, building a pool inside Hugh's studio for Test for Echo, and a stunt involving fire, whiskey and photographer Deborah Samuel for Moving Pictures. But no history of the band's art would be complete without the story of the creation of arguably the band's most iconic image, The Starman, and cover art for 2112.

    "From the first time Hugh and I met, we shared a level of communication that would sustain us through all the years of discussing art by long distance. We had the same values and tastes in images and design, and simply spoke the same language. That's why I off-handedly referred to him one time as ‘serving a life sentence as my art director," said drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, who has worked with Hugh on the art for every project Rush has released.

    Rush fans will have first opportunity to pre-order the Art of Rush, including two special edition versions.

    Pre-Order ANY of these editions, and you will receive an exclusive R40 Record Flat:
    This Hugh Syme designed record flat is printed on 12" x 12" card stock and is printed on both sides. Side One will feature the R40 artwork, custom designed for this exclusive. Side Two will feature a complete discography of the Rush albums. This record flat is exclusive to this pre-order, and will not be available anywhere else, at any time.

    The Pre-order for the Art of Rush book will begin on Friday, March 27 at 10 am ET at rushbackstage.com

    Roadcase Deluxe Limited Edition 1/100
  • Limited to 100 copies, this deluxe limited edition will be numbered and signed by all 3 members of Rush & Hugh Syme.
  • The book will come in a hand-crafted road case designed by Anvil approx. 15" x 15" x 3" in size and will be enclosed in a custom slipcase.
  • A signed and numbered limited edition lithograph of Hugh Syme's detailed drawing of Caress of Steel, the first cover he worked on for Rush, will be inside the case,.
  • The case will have a metal plate affixed to the outside with the limited edition number and the limited edition lithograph of the Caress of Steel lithograph will match.
  • $995

    Limited Special Edition 1/250
  • Limited to 250 copies, the hardcover book will be numbered and signed by all 3 members of the band and artist Hugh Syme, enclosed in a custom slipcase.
  • $495

    Classic Edition
  • The 272 page hardcover book
  • $99
  • For more information, please visit the Rush Backstage Club.

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    SE Alex Lifeson Thinline Acoustic Guitar Announced from PRS Guitars

    Alex Lifeson SE Thinline Acoustic Guitar Announced from PRS Guitars
    PRS Guitars has just announced the release of the SE Alex Lifeson Thinline Acoustic Guitar, "...a road-worthy guitar for players in need of a stage and studio-ready instrument..."

    Alex Lifeson commented on the new offering:
    "I was very pleased when PRS presented me with my SE Angelus acoustic, a beautiful guitar of stunning quality. It was in response to the challenge of building a guitar that shared the integrity and attention to detail that the Alex Lifeson Private Stock Angelus possesses in a package more broadly accessible. The SE Alex Lifeson Thinline is that model. Carefully selected materials, expert craftsmanship and a smart approach to concept resulted in a guitar that is beautiful to look at and rewarding to play."
    From PRS:
    Carrying over unique appointments from the Private Stock Alex Lifeson acoustic, the SE features a thinner body depth than PRS’s standard Angelus model. A “Birds in Flight” inlay adorns the rosewood fretboard and pairs nicely with the unique back and sides crafted from figured Dao wood. Players will find a noticeably warm and resonate tone in the SE Alex Lifeson - even when amplified! An undersaddle pickup with both volume and tone knobs will give you all the control you need from the stage.
    The guitar retails for $799 but is available at several retailers at a discounted price.


    Click HERE for more information on the SE Alex Lifeson Thinline Acoustic Guitar.

    Sunday, March 15, 2015

    Rush Receive Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Juno Awards Ceremony

    Rush Receive Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Juno Awards CeremonyRush Receive Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Juno Awards Ceremony
    Update (03/18/2015): The JUNO YouTube channel has just posted Rush's induction video for the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. Click HERE to view it.
    Last night, both Rush and their long-time manager Ray Danniels were the recipients of two very special awards at the 2015 Juno Gala Dinner & Awards ceremony.

    With Geddy Lee on hand, Rush's front-man accepted the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award on behalf of the band. This award recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada. Manager Ray Danniels was bestowed with the 2015 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award which recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the Canadian music industry.

    A Twitter Feed included numerous pictures and video clips from the event:


    Earlier in the week, Billboard Magazine posted a lengthy article about the band's award and their long charitable history. From the article:
    "It's really nice to get this acknowledgement, but honestly, this is something that's just a duty for everyone," he says. "Lots of people are generous and do things like this, and it's the right thing, I think, when you're in a position to help those who are needy or less fortunate. Then it's kind of our duty as human beings to do that, and it's not a big deal. I can't remember [certain details] because I don't really think about it."

    Lifeson's modesty is not surprising. Rush operates as a laid-back unit that is more concerned with its craft than the glory of the spotlight, and since Rush's lyrics (written by drummer Neil Peart, 62) frequently ponder the state of humanity, it's logical that the band -- which is rounded out by singer-bassist-keyboardist Geddy Lee, 61 -- looks at charitable endeavors as common decency.
    Some additional video clips from the event include Geddy Discussing His Favorite Rush Song and Ray Danniels' acceptance speech.

    Congratulations to Rush and Ray Danniels!

    Saturday, March 14, 2015

    Attention Rush Fans! Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour

    Attention Rush Fans!  Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour
    Rush.Com has just posted an announcement stating that the band is looking for fan photos to help celebrate Rush's 40th anniversary. From the announcement:
    ATTENTION RUSH FANS: WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS!

    FOR RUSH’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY, WE’D LIKE YOU TO SUBMIT PHOTOS OF YOUR FAVOURITE RUSH MOMENTS.

    Ideally, we’re looking for one to three photos that succinctly chronicle your history as a RUSH fan. These could be:

  • Your first show
  • A memorable moment
  • Taking your child to see their first RUSH concert
  • You, with a banner or sign you made
  • A photo of you rocking your favorite RUSH paraphernalia

    You get the picture. We want to see photos of you, through the years, showing your support for the band.

    These submissions may be used as part of our R40 campaign, so please know that once you submit these, you are giving your approval for their use. You’ll be asked to accept our terms of use at the end of the form.

    We can’t wait to see what goodies you have for us!
  • The submission link to upload your photos is available at the bottom of this page or directly HERE.

    Related News Stories
    ["Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway - March 10th, 2015]
    [Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video - January 27th, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    Rush Manager Ray Danniels Talks About Managing the Band and Their Future

    Rush Manager Ray Danniels Talks About Managing the Band and Their Future
    CelebrityAccess has just posted a new interview with long-time Rush manager Ray Danniels. In the In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc segment, Danniels discusses managing the band over the past four decades and what the possible future holds:
    With all of this activity, there’s a sense of finality in the air. Will this be the final Rush tour? Both Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson have talked about the tour somewhat in those terms. So final tour or not?

    Somewhere between possible and probable. There are some of us who would keep going forever, and there are some of us who wouldn’t. So it’s a process of working that out. And what somebody thinks today may not be what they think in a month.

    Once the band return to performing, they might think, “We can’t give this up.”

    Yeah, that is possible. I am focused on making this as good as it can be, and then seeing where we are. I did not want to do a farewell tour. There was no one in the band who wanted to do that because there is nobody who thinks it is that final or thinks that they won’t make music or do something. But I will tell you this. I am probably not going to be able to get a band full of 65 year olds out again on the road--which is what would happen next time with any potential tour--they all would be 65-ish. Neil is as much an athlete as he is a musician, but with these 2 1/2 and 3 hour length sets, I don’t know if it possible to keep up with that (physical) demand. And they each want to go out on top in every single way. From their status....well, that is more me—the status—than it is them; and still having the ability to be at their best. To play at the level that they have been able to play.
    Click HERE to read the entire interview.

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    New Alex Lifeson Interview Discusses Rush's Long History and Charity Work

    New Alex Lifeson Interview Discusses Rush's Long History with Charity
    Earlier this year we first reported the Rush would be the recipients of the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award which will be awarded to the band this Saturday at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards ceremony.

    Ahead of the awards ceremony, Alex Lifeson was recently interviewed by The Canadian Press on topics ranging from the award, which recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada, to the band's longevity and their plans for the upcoming R40 tour:
    If Rush's generosity was a bit of a secret, they wouldn't have minded if it stayed that way.

    "It's a way that you can do it as a unit, which Rush is, without making really a big deal about it," guitarist Alex Lifeson said recently from Toronto.

    "This is really great to get this award — it's always very humbling — but this is just something that you're supposed to do. We don't make a big deal out of it."

    Among their charitable contributions, Rush has donated significantly to Toronto Food Bank, United Way, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the New Orleans-assisting Make it Right Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, Alberta Flood Relief and Casey House.
    Regarding the upcoming tour, Alex joked "We rehearse ourselves to death..."

    Click HERE to read the entire interview.

    Thanks to Helga Burghoffer for the news.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    "Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway

    Get Everyone to R40 Online Funding Event Now Underway
    With the possibility that Rush's upcoming 40th Anniversary tour may be the band's last for the foreseeable future, a group of dedicated fans headed by Mark Lesko have initiated an online funding drive to provide the means for less fortunate Rush fans to attend one of the upcoming shows. From the event page's description:
    The Rush family. We don't know if this will be the last big tour, so EVERYONE needs to go. Many people can't go because of health, lack of funds, distance, or other reasons beyond their control. Not ok. They all need to go. Help me get everyone there. We are trying to raise money to get the less fortunate to the shows - as many as we can. R40! Epic!!!!! Lets do something no one has ever done...
    Unquestionably, this is a worthy cause especially for those who truly want to attend one of the R40 shows but simply do not have the financial means. Making a donation to the cause or requesting to be considered for receipt of a concert ticket is easy and secure. All of the information is available at this LINK.

    Organizer Mark Lesko, along with a panel of fans including yours truly, will ultimately select the fans who will benefit from this drive. Obviously, the more donations that come in from fellow Rush fans, the more we'll be able to serve through this cause. If you are able to donate, please do. If not, please help us spread the word by sharing this story with others.

    Thank you.

    Related News Stories
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

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