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Alex Lifeson's Envy of None Project Releases First Single "Liar"

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The first single from Alex Lifeson's band/project Envy of None has just been released. Titled Liar , the single is available to stream at the band's official website or from the YouTube viewer below. In addition to Alex Lifeson, Envy of None consists of Andy Curran, guitarist Alfio Annibalini and vocalist Maiah Wynne. Though Liar is the first official single released, last summer Alex Lifeson also shared two other songs on his website - Kabul Blues and Spy House , which are available online at this location . According to Lifeson, the project recorded a total of ten songs and are still preparing for a release of all the tracks in the near future. Complete details, newsletter registration, and more available at envyofnone.com . You can also follow them on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram . Pre-Order the entire album, which will be released on April 8th, HERE . Comments

Neil Peart: The Man Behind the Kit -- Remembering Rush's Drummer on the Anniversary of his Death

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Neil Peart reminded us that we are "Only immortal for a limited time" when he penned the lyrics to Dreamline , the opening track from Rush's 1991 studio album Roll the Bones . Today, as we remember Neil on the second anniversary of his passing, we look back and revel at just how much life and energy the Rush drummer put into his period of immortality on this Earth. During his lifetime, Neil was heralded for numerous accomplishments, from his lyrical mastery of Rush's catalog of music, to his chronicling of his time on the road and beyond through the books he authored. However, it was what he achieved behind the drum kit that will forever cement Mr. Peart as one of the finest musicians of all time. Neil wasn’t simply a powerhouse percussionist who pounded away at the drums to establish a beat to Rush’s music. Neil was an artist in the purest sense; one who savored every note he created and ensured that each note served a purpose, even if it might get buried with

Rush-Themed Pinball Machines Coming from Stern Pinball

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Stern Pinball recently announced that they would be producing and releasing several versions of Rush-themed pinball machines some time in 2022. Today they released an extended trailer that highlights the machines. From the announcement: Over 40 million records sold. More than 40 years of unparalleled creativity. Countless sold-out tours. An impassioned global fan base. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Inductions into the Canadian and U.S. Rock and Roll Halls of Fame. Officers of the Order of Canada. Countless other awards and recognitions. That’s all very nice. For the three band members, however, it was never about the accolades. It was always about their music, their friendships, their band, their fans, and now: PINBALL!!! Stern Pinball, Inc. proudly announces a new line of pinball machines celebrating the iconic Canadian progressive rock band, Rush. Rush pinball machines are available in Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition (LE) models.

Rush 2112 Oracle: The Dream 3D Lenticular Print Now Available

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A new 2112-inspired 3D Lenticular Print is now available from Iconic by Collectionzz . The print is based on Oracle: The Dream, part 5 of the 2112 suite. From their website: "I see the hand of man arise. With hungry mind and open eyes.” We're continuing our officially licensed Rush 2112 art series, in which different amazing artists each illustrate a section of 2112, with Oracle: The Dream by Cuyler Smith! This is the second piece in the series, the first being Temples of Syrinx by Palehorse released in 2020. To better understand this art, we'll give you the quick version of Rush's masterpiece 2112. The title suite of Rush’s 2112 album is set in a totalitarian society where the evil priests of the Temples of Syrinx keep everyone in line. Stability is threatened when a young man finds a guitar, learns to make music on it, and believes the world needs to hear of his great discovery. After the priests of the temple destroy the guitar and banish him, he is met

Moving Pictures 40th Anniversary Alternate Album Images Now Available

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Some exciting news related to the 40th Anniversary of Rush's Moving Pictures studio album. A new website has been created at movingpictures40.com which provides alternate versions of the album's front and back cover, as well as the individual photos of the band members. These limited edition images are being sold to help support the Grapes for Humanity charity organization. More from the website: Welcome to the Deborah Samuel Collection of photographs celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the album Moving Pictures. This collection contains a curated selection of alternative front and back album cover images, and a series of photographs of Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee from the same period. Incredibly, these Moving Pictures photographs have remained unseen for 40 years, and are now being unveiled for the first time to help a worthy cause, Grapes for Humanity. Grapes for Humanity is pleased to work with the Genius 100 Foundation (G100) Gift of Sight Campaign in partnership

Alex Lifeson and Crown Lands Jam Together Ahead of Massey Hall Performance

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Oshawa prog rock duo Crown Lands recently hit the studio with their guitar hero, Alex Lifeson — and "some real magic happened." Lifeson reportedly invited Kevin Comeau and Cody Bowles to join him onstage at the 17th annual Andy Kim Christmas concert that takes placed tonight (December 8th) at Toronto's newly revitalized Massey Hall. The pair will perform two Led Zeppelin covers with Lifeson, one of which may be "Stairway to Heaven." In a very wholesome gesture, the CanRock legend also lent Comeau his double neck guitar to play. Bowles and Comeau have frequently described their sound as "the White Stripes covering Rush," so you could say this is a pretty big deal for them. Earlier this year, the band released their White Buffalo EP — the follow-up to the duo's 2020 self-titled debut album — and were named breakthrough group of the year at the 2021 Juno Awards. If you want to bear witness to some of the magic, fear not: some tickets to the sta

Neil Peart's Wife And Daughter Accept 'Lifetime Achievement Award' On His Behalf At PASIC

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Neil Peart was posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Percussive Arts Society (PAS) at this year's Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis on Thursday, November 11. Peart's wife Carrie Nuttall and daughter Olivia accepted the award on his behalf at the event, where they were joined by Chris Stankee, global director of artist relations for Sabian cymbals. Now in its 60th year, the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) is the world's largest percussion organization and is considered the central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages. Established in 1961 as a non-profit, music service organization, PAS works to fulfill its mission to inspire, educate, and support percussionists and drummers throughout the world. The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) is the world's premier drum and percussion festival and the largest of its kind. Featuring over 100 concerts,

Original Alex Lifeson 1971 Charcoal Sketch Available in A Brush of Hope Charity Auction

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Nearly every year since its inception back in 2006, Alex Lifeson has donated one of his uniquely created paintings to the Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual Brush of Hope charity auction. However for the 2021 auction, Alex has donated a charcoal sketch of a live model that he drew back in 1971. From the auction website: Original charcoal sketch by famed Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson. Own a piece of music and art history! Drawn in 1971, then 18 year old Alex completed this sketch of a live model while attending an art class during the formative years of Rush. A truly one of a kind item! Piece is charcoal on art paper, measures 18"x24" and is hand signed and dated on the front by Alex Lifeson! The charity auction will end on November 10th. Complete details and bidding instructions are available at this location . About the Brush of Hope Charity auction: Alex Lifeson, Don Cherry, Brent Butt, John Tavares, Barenaked Ladies, Alan Doyle, Mike Myers, John Meyer

Peart Family Memorial Fund Christmas Cares Charity Auction Coming in November

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The Peart Family Memorial Fund , which was founded after the untimely death of Neil Peart in January of 2020 and, later, his father Glen Peart earlier this year, was created in their memeory to help support the RVH Foundation Cancer Centre in Barrie, ON, as well as Hospice Muskoka - Andy's House, where Glen was kept in wonderful care prior to his passing in June, 2021. The organization has just announced a special, upcoming charity auction that is set to feature numerous unique Rush and Neil Peart related items, some of which were signed by members of the Peart family members. Additionally, there will be some photos signed by Alex Lifeson. From the website: Thank you for joining us! We are raising funds for Hospice Muskoka, where our Father passed away on June 12, 2021. We hope to have something for everyone! You can also donate directly in memory of a loved one. Thank you so much for your support! The silent auction will take place between November 15-30. For comple

Watch the Ohio State University Marching Band's Tribute to Rush Halftime Show

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Today, the Ohio State University Marching band paid a special tribute to Rush and Neil Peart with a stunning halftime performance during the university's football game. The 9+ minute performance includes songs from A Farewell to Kings, Permanent Waves, and Moving Pictures (though the announcer erroneously stated that one song was from the band's 2112 album). Ohio State University is considered to have the premiere collegiate marching band in the country, and their transformative performance and marching precision from today's show certainly strengthens that point. You can watch their performance below, or directly at this LINK . Screencaptures from key moments in their performance are also available below. Oh, and for those of you interested in the game, the Ohio State Buckeyes won the game by a score of 66-17 versus the Maryland Terrapins. Comments

Rush album artist Hugh Syme talks about the expanded edition of his 'Art of Rush' book, Moving Pictures 40th Anniversary box set, and more in a new Interview with Cygnus-X1.Net

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Ever since the release of Rush's third studio album Caress of Steel back in 1975, the multi-talented Hugh Syme has been working alongside the band as their album artist and illustrator. With the upcoming release of the expanded edition of his Art of Rush: Serving A Life Sentence coffee table book, Hugh graciously took some time out of his busy schedule to sit down with us and discuss everything from his early days working with Rush, his workaholic approach to his artwork, the upcoming 40th Anniversary Box Set of Rush's Moving Pictures and more. From the interview: "...I was grateful to be doing something this much fun, as the initial part of my aspirations was being an album cover designer. It was really on the strength of my being in a band on the same label as Rush, and Max Webster, and Larry Gowan and so on. We were all managed by the same guy, Ray Danniels. I remember distinctly being called into his office like a school kid, to the principal, even though he

Geddy Lee Currently Writing a Memoir. Expecting a Fall 2022 Release Date

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Geddy Lee has just announced through Instagram that he is currently writing his memoir and expects to have the book published in the Fall of 2022. From the post: Geddy: So, how did I kill time during the pandemic? Little did I know that as of March 2020 I'd be locked down for over a year and a half—the longest time I'd spent in Toronto since I was nineteen and hit the Northern Ontario bar circuit with Rush. Although Nancy and I had to cancel a bunch of adventures we'd been planning, there were some shiny silver linings to be found at home: teaching my grandson the finer points of baseball and birdwatching, tending to my pups (one of whom was quite ill) and spending the evenings with my lovely better half, glass of Armagnac in hand, as we watched every European mystery show ever produced. Oh, and another thing: I began to write. Words, that is. My friend and collaborator on the Big Beautiful Book of Bass, Daniel Richler, saw how I was struggling in the aft