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Geddy Lee's My Favorite Headache Vinyl Edition Part of Black Friday Record Store Day Event

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Back in August we first announced that Geddy Lee's solo album My Favorite Headache would be re-released on vinyl later this year. Today, we've received some new details about the release, which includes two additional tracks!

First, the album will be part of this year's Black Friday Record Store Day event on November 29th. Check out the official Record Store Day website to find a local retailer near you.

Second, as indicated above and outlined on the Record Store Day website, the vinyl edition of My Favorite Headache will include two additional tracks - instrumental versions of My Favourite Headache and Home on the Strange.

No word yet if this release will be made available outside of the RSD event, though it's likely to appear on the Rush Backstage Club in December.

For more information on the album, please click HERE.

The Artwork of Hugh Syme Exhibit Coming to Renditions Gallery in Indianapolis Next Month

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As most fans know, Hugh Syme has been Rush's album artist dating back to 1975 with the release of Caress of Steel. Often considered the unofficial fourth member of the band, Syme's album art often captured the visual element behind Rush's songs and albums. In fact as much as Rush's music itself, Syme's artwork was the early, driving force behind the creation of the Cygnus-X1.Net website.

So it's with great excitement that I learned that Hugh Syme will be on-hand at Indianapolis' Renditions Fine Art, Framing, & Photography for the opening of an art exhibit that will showcase his work. The event will take place on Friday, November 1st from from 6pm - 10PM.

From the Facebook event page:We are so excited to announce The Artwork of Hugh Syme coming to Renditions Fine Art, Framing, & Photography. Hugh was the art director for the Canadian rock band Rush from 1975-2018 and has done album covers for countless other bands and performers. Stop by from 6:0…

A Sneak Peek into Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth - The Official Touring History Book

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The highly anticipated release of the new Rush book Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History is now just a month away! Last month, we brought you some exclusive content from the upcoming book including an excerpt from the foreword by Les Claypool and some pictures from Geddy Lee's own private collection.

Today, thanks once again to James Faccinto of Insight Editions, we have several new sneak-peeks into the book including the official title page, a sample tour history page from A Farewell to Kings, and the opening chapter to the section on the band's tour of All The World's a Stage. You can access high-resolution samples of each page via the thumbnail images below.

There's also an expanded description of the book that was posted at Insight Editions:Fondly known as the Holy Triumvirate, Rush is one of the greatest bands in rock-and-roll history. From humble beginnings as a Toronto-area band playing middle school gymnasiums, churches, and coffee …

Geddy Lee to Auction Off Six Vintage Guitars From His Personal Collection

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While Geddy is obviously known for his extensive collection of bass guitars, he's also put together an impressive collection of electric guitars as well over the years. Six of those guitars from his private collection will be hitting the auction block at Mecum Auctions in Las Vegas beginning on October 10th.

From the auction listing:
Geddy Lee of the celebrated Canadian rock trio Rush has spent the past few years delving deep into the rich history of the instrument that defined his 40-plus year career as one of rock history’s most talented bassists. His focused efforts led him not only to build a world-class, investment-grade collection of ultra-rare and desirable vintage and antique guitars, but also to create a book that takes an in-depth look into the amazing evolution of what Lee, the collector, has come to view as a work of art in its own right.

With his book now a complete and published piece and his private collection of guitars nearing 300 in total, Lee said he feels that…

Neil Peart Celebrates His 67th Birthday Today

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Today marks the 67th birthday of Rush drummer and lyricist extraordinaire Neil Peart. Neil (born Neil Ellwood Peart) came into the world on September 12th in 1952 Hamilton, Ontario.

He grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada (now part of St. Catharines) working the occasional odd job including the role of a Parts Manager for his father Tractor Supply company. His true ambition, however, was to become a professional musician. During adolescence, he floated from regional band to regional band and dropped out of high school to pursue a career as a full-time drummer. He had a short stint with J.R. Flood back in 1970, before he decided to move abroad to further his musical studies.

However, after a discouraging stint in England, Peart returned home where he joined a local Toronto band called Rush in the summer of 1974.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

A special treat to help celebrate Neil's 67th birthday is this rare picture of him from 1969 at Brock University in St. Cath…

Alex Lifeson talks about the Lerxst Omega Signature Amplifier in a new Sweetwater Video Interview

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Sweetwater Sound's Mitch Gallagher recently sat down with Alex Lifeson to discuss the release of the new Lerxst Omega Signature 50-Watt Amplifier.

The lengthy video interview, which can be viewed below or directly at this LINK, touches upon numerous topics including Alex's growing list of side-projects he's been involved with since Rush ceased touring back in 2015, as well as his thoughts on guitar tone. Alex also discusses how he commissioned the amp gurus at Mojotone to build him the tour-worthy re-creation of the legendary, 50-watt amp head.
This Lerxst Omega has been hand-signed by Alex himself and includes a custom serial number plate and certificate of authenticity - and you can only get these autographed versions at Sweetwater. There's only 100 of these available, and they won't last long, so order yours today.

New 80's Edition Rush Bobbleheads Dolls Coming This December

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Several years ago, a set of hand-painted Rush Bobblehead Dolls were released, featuring Geddy, Alex, and Neil donned in their flowing robes of the 1970s.

Now, the Rush Backstage Club has announced the upcoming release of a new set of Bobblehead dolls - this time featuring the band as they appeared in the 1980s. From the announcement:Who can forget the 80’s? The decade that spawned albums such as Moving Pictures, Signals, and Power Windows, certainly deserves its own set of Rush bobbleheads. Remember Alex’s leather pants? How about the clean-cut hair on Neil! How about Ged’s Steinberger!! This set of three polyresin ceramic dolls stand approximately 7” high, and come packaged in a custom box for all of you collectors. Clear some space on the shelf!Selling for $59.99, pre-order quantities are limited. Order now to secure your bobbleheads for the holidays!

You can also still pick up the 1970s version of the dolls via Amazon.Com.

A Trio of New Rush Books Now Available

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With the holiday season just around the corner (seriously?!), it's time to start thinking about picking up just the right gift for that Rush fan in your life - even if that Rush fan is you! Last week we announced some upcoming vinyl releases of My Favorite Headache and the live offering Clockwork Angels Tour.

But if vinyl isn't your thing, perhaps a new Rush-related book is. In fact there are three new Rush books that have been released that might pique your interest.

The first book - Rush: Song by Song comes from author Alex E. Body. In this unique book the reader is guided through each album, song by song, from the band's eponymous debut in 1974 right up to 2012's Clockwork Angels.

Every album (both live and studio) is explored in detail with rare insight into the circumstances in which the band wrote and recorded each song. The book also carefully tracks the band's rise from a small suburb of Toronto to the arena filling giants they would become.

More inform…

Alex Lifeson Celebrates his 66th Birthday Today!

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Alex Lifeson, one of the founding members of Rush and the band's seminal guitarist, is celebrating his 66th birthday today. It was on this date back in 1953 that Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Aleksandar Zivojinovich) came into the world in Fernie, British Columbia. As Rush fans know, Lifeson co-founded the band in the summer of 1968 along with John Rutsey, the band's original drummer. Alex was also responsible for bringing front-man Geddy Lee into the mix.

While Alex is obviously best known for being the guitarist for Rush, he's also the part owner of the Toronto restaurant The Orbit Room, is a licensed aircraft pilot, motorcycle rider, a gourmet cook, and an artist.

Alex has also been known to dabble with a little acting now and again. Last year he appeared a couple of times on the new CBC comedy-drama Crawford, which premiered on the CBC in Canada earlier this summer. A preview clip of Alex's recent performance on the show is available below.


Please join me …

Rush Announce Upcoming Vinyl Releases of Clockwork Angels Tour, My Favorite Headache, and Permanent Waves

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During the world premiere of last night's Cinema Strangiato, Rush announced several exciting upcoming vinyl releases.

Up first is the five-disc release of the Clockwork Angels Tour, which is scheduled for release on October 11th. From the announcement:Live 5LP set from the Clockwork Angels Tour, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and includes an etching on the flipside of the final album. The set comes packaged in a two-piece telescopic box with a full-color booklet, and a code to download a high-definition digital version of the album. The band recorded concerts in 2012 in Phoenix, Dallas and San Antonio for a live album, and this set includes all 31 tracks from those recordings. This vinyl set also features the bonus tracks from the original CD release, including a version of the classic “Limelight” that the band recorded during soundcheck.You can pre-order this release via Amazon or select different package options via the Rush Backstage Club.

Another exciting and frankly unexpected a…

Geddy Lee's UK Book Signing Tour Documented in New Classic Rock Magazine Article

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Back in June, Geddy Lee began the European leg of his Big Beautiful Book of Bass signing tour with three dates in the UK. During that time, Classic Rock Magazine followed him around to gauge the Rush frontman's reaction to the crowds that had come out to see him.

The August 2019 issue of the magazine documents Geddy's visit in a new article titled Geddy Lee: Is Reading the New Rock 'n' Roll?. In the article, which is now available online, Geddy reminisces about the last time he went on a signing tour:“I haven’t done any official kind of signing since My Favorite Headache in 2000,” says Geddy, coffee in hand. “So it’s been twenty years. It’s fun. That said, my back doesn’t like it and I’m developing different chops in my wrist – I am standing up there for two hours signing books.” Several fans were also interviewed about their experience of meeting Geddy, which makes for some interesting reading.

But perhaps of even more interest in the semi-announcement that Neil Pear…

Geddy Lee Discusses His Love of Collecting Fine Vintage Wristwatches

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Over the past year or so, there's been a lot of talk surrounding Geddy Lee's passion for collecting bass guitars, as witnessed by the release of his Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass. He is also a noted connoisseur and collector of wine, and his love of baseball has led him to amass an impressive collection of baseballs and other related sports paraphernalia.

Now, through a new interview from Worn & Wound, we learn of another one of Geddy's love: Fine Vintage Wristwatches.

From the interview:Worn & Wound: What was your gateway into watch collecting?

Geddy Lee: I didn’t have a whole lot of interest in collecting watches, but I always admired certain old watches. I think the very first old watch that I ever owned was a Rolex a guy in England sold me years and years ago. It wasn’t anything remarkable or particularly collectible, but it was from the ‘30s and I just thought it was a cool watch. It was a couple hundred bucks and I still have it.

Rolex made so…