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The 2019 Rush Grace Under Pressure 35th Anniversary Wall Calendar 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 2019, Rush decided to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their 10th studio album Grace Under Pressure.

The 16-month calendar, which is now available at Amazon.Com for $14.99, includes 13 images from the p/g era, many of which are from live performances.

Interested in Rush's older wall calendars? They may be difficult to locate these days, however high-resolution scans of each can be found on the main site HERE.

To order your copy of the Rush 2019 Grace Under Pressure 35th Anniversary Wall Calendar, please click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Clockwork Lives: The Graphic Novel is Now Available

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The latest chapter in the Clockwork Angels saga, Clockwork Lives: The Graphic Novel, is now available and shipping from Amazon. The book is currently only available as an absolutely stunning over-sized hardcover. Paperback and Kindle editions may be available in the future, but no word on possible release dates as of this writing.

From the Amazon listing:Some lives can be summed up in a sentence or two. Other lives are epics.

In Clockwork Angels, #1 bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson and legendary Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart created a fabulous, adventurous steampunk world in a novel to accompany the smash Rush concept album of the same name. It was a world of airships and alchemy, clockwork carnivals, pirates, lost cities, a rigid Watchmaker who controlled every aspect of life, and his nemesis, the ruthless and violent Anarchist who wanted to destroy it all.

Anderson and Peart have returned to their colourful creation to explore the places and the characters that still have…

Masters of Resonance Documentary Featuring Neil Peart - Update and Review

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Update (07/16/2018):An American Express members ticket pre-sale event for the Grammy Museum presentation in Los Angeles on August 8th is now open and accessible via this LINK.Last Friday, Masters of Resonance, the long-awaited documentary by Edge Factor featuring Neil Peart, had a special VIP pre-release screening at the Rush Family Reunion event at the Fox Theatre in Toronto. During the screening, one lucky fan won a drum head signed by Neil Peart himself.

The documentary's official premiere will take place at the Grammy Museum presentation in Los Angeles on August 8th. The film will then be hitting the International Film Festival circuit over the remainder of the summer. Finally, it will be rolled out on Video on Demand channels in the Fall. Screening locations and official release dates will be announced on mastersofresonance.com.

Ahead of the VIP pre-release screening on Friday, Edge Factor graciously allowed me to watch the film as well, and what a treat it was! My son,…

Geddy Lee Talks Massey Hall in New CBC Interview

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Massey Hall, Toronto's iconic concert venue, holds a special place in the hearts of musicians and music lovers around the world. And it's falling apart – but that's about to change. The performing arts theatre, located in the Garden District of downtown Toronto, is about to close its doors ahead of two-year, $140 million renovation - one of several that the venue has undergone since opening its doors back on June 14, 1894.

Ahead of its closing, numerous artists, including Geddy Lee, reminisced about the hall in a new CBC interview. Rush famously played a three-night stand at Massey Hall from June 11-13, 1976; shows that were recorded and later released as the band's first live album - All the World's a Stage. About his memories of performing at Massey Hall, Geddy Lee had this to say:"...The room makes me smile because it's mixed up with so many great memories, both as a fan and as a performer..."You can watch Geddy's interview via the player b…

Rush's A Farewell to Kings 40th Anniversary Box Set Nominated for 2018 Reissue of the Year Award

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Nominations for the seventh annual Progressive Music Awards have just been announced and, in the category of Reissue of the Year, Rush's 40th Anniversary Box Set Edition of their 1977 album A Farewell to Kings nabbed one of the ten nominations in the category.

The awards event will takes place at the Underglobe in London, on the site of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, on Thursday September 13. There are a total of 15 awards being handed out this year, eight of which will be decided by fan votes, including the Reissue of the Year category. The remaining seven chosen by the magazine’s editorial team.

To vote for Rush, please click HERE. Voting closes at midnight GMT on August 24.

For more information on the A Farewell to Kings 40th Anniversary Box Set, please click HERE.

Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

Geddy Lee Adds to his Baseball Collection

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Geddy Lee's passion for baseball is almost as renowned as his passion for music ... and wine. He has an extensive collection of baseball memorabilia which includes a baseball signed by every major league player to reach the coveted 3,000 hit mark. On May 4th, Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels became the 32nd player in baseball history to reach 3,000 career hits and just the fourth with 3,000 hits and 600 home runs.

With the Angels visiting Toronto to play against the Blue Jays, Geddy seized his opportunity before Tuesday night's game to meet Pujols and request that he sign a baseball.

You can see a short video of the meeting below, or directly at this news story.Another Geddy Lee moment with #Angels as he & @PujolsFive chatted after BP. Geddy has a baseball w the signatures of ALL the members of the 3000-Hit Club & he needed its newest member…done! Both guys truly love the game of baseball & have a deep appreciation for its history. pic.twitter.com/VDMyzzK6…

Alex Lifeson Appears on Jim McCarty's Solo Album Walking in the Wild Land

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It was nearly two years ago when we first heard that Alex Lifeson had recorded a track for an upcoming Jim McCarty solo project. McCarty, who is best known as the drummer for the Yardbirds and Renaissance, also employed the services of former Rush producer Terry Brown for his project.

The album, titled Walking in the Wild Land, was released last month and features twelve tracks. Lifeson appears on the album's sixth track, Soft In A Hard Place. His contribution to the track was described as "...a beautifully fluid guitar solo..." in this review.

You can listen to the entire track below, or directly at this LINK.
You can purchase the album in both CD and MP3 formats via this Amazon link.

Alex Lifeson Reminisces About Rush Opening for the NY Dolls Back in 1973

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Over the years, Rush have toured with dozens of other bands, including some rather odd choices like Sha Na Na (September 13th, 1974 at the University of Maryland) and Brian Auger & Oblivion Express and M-S Funk during a memorable April 27th, 1975 show at the Richmond Arena in Richmond, Virginia.

However perhaps one of the most famous, or infamous, acts Rush shared the stage with would have to be the NY Dolls, an American hard rock band that formed in New York City in 1971.

Rush and the NY Dolls performed two shows on October 27th, 1973 at the Victory Burlesque Theatre in Toronto. Alex Lifeson recently looked back at that show in an article he wrote for the West End Phoenix:"...The date was October 27, 1973, and Rush was opening for the New York Dolls. They were a pleasant enough group of fellows who spoke to us not at all, but enthusiastically enjoyed the vibrant conversation and company of their “friends” (I think they were), who also dressed like New York Dolls, but drunk…

Rush's Time Stand Still Documentary Certified GOLD by the RIAA

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Rush's award-winning 2016 Documentary Time Stand Still has just been certified as Gold in the category of Video Longform by the The Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA). The Gold status indicates sales of at least 50,000 units. Platinum status in the Video category is awarded after sales of 100,000 units.

Rush: Time Stand Still is a documentary which covers the R40 tour and the special relationship Rush have with their devoted fans. Exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the band and crew throughout the tour provide the raw and vivid emotional undertones of this feature-length film. At the core of the film are Rush's devoted fans. Their undying devotion and their quirky sense of ownership are on full display as the R40 tour comes to a crescendo in Los Angeles. Personal stories highlight the importance Rush holds in their lives and the lasting impressions of their extensive catalog. For Rush, they are quick to acknowledge the role their fans have played in their …

Rush Camp 2018 Coming in August

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Initial details and dates for the 2nd Annual Rush Camp have just been announced by the organizers, Overtime Angels. With the tagline of "The Pride Still Prevails", the three-day convention and charity event will take place from August 30th - September 2nd at the Independent Lake Camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

The Rush Camp event in 2017 was a huge success, drawing in fans from across the globe to celebrate the music of Rush.

More about the organizers:Overtime Angels is a registered charitable organization that provides support to individuals who are between the wheels and need some love during circumstances that are a far cry from the ebb and flow of their tidal fortunes and daily lives. We have a need for building on tomorrow, we have a need to begin today.For additional details about Rush Camp 2018, please visit the official website at www.overtimeangels.org or their official Facebook Page.

Alex Lifeson Selects His Top 5 Essential Albums

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The latest issue (#15, March/April 2018) of Guitar Tricks Insider includes a two-page feature on Alex Lifeson, where he reveals his Top 5 Essential Albums.

From the feature:Alex Lifeson is one mutt of a guitar player. He combines the blues intensity of John Mayall's early fire breathers Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Peter Green, with the architectural vision of progressive innovators, Steve Howe and Steve Hackett, and the fractured creative vision of modernists, like Jeff Beck and Trevor Rabin.

It's all there to be seen and heard based on his list of Essential Albums.The list includes:1. Electric Ladyland - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
2. Blow by Blow - Jeff Beck
3. Discipline - King Crimson
4. Sounds [sic] Good To Me - Bill Bruford
5. Voyage of the Acolyte - Steve HackettThe issue also includes a piece on Rush's instrumental piece Leave That Thing Alone as part of the magazine's 8 Intense Instrumentals. You can read the entire digital version of the magazine at this loc…

Masters of Resonance - The Making of Neil Peart's R40 Drum Kit Documentary Trailer Now Online

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Back in November of 2016, Edge Factor, Inc. released a teaser trailer for a "music film" called Masters of Resonance; a documentary about the making of Neil Peart's famed R40 Drum kits.

As was revealed back in 2015, both of Neil's R40 drum kits, which were manufactured by DW Drums, were made from a single salvaged log. The log, which was obtained from Romania near the Carpathian Mountains, was estimated to have been submerged in a river near the mountains for 500 years, with the total age of the log estimated at 1,500 years.

Masters of Resonance explores the entire process of developing Neil's kit, from the salvaging of the logs, to the intricate manufacturing process behind each shell, as well as how each individual Rush logo that appears on each drum shell was created.

Today, at long last, the full trailer for the documentary has been released. You can view it directly at this LINK or via the embedded viewer below.

The film will be first screened at the Rush…