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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…

"What can this strange message be?" Rush Tweet Cryptic Message on April 1st.

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Update (04/12/2018): The mysterious tweet has been revealed. The Rush Backstage Club just listed a blue vinyl version of 2112:2112 proved to be Rush's commercial breakthrough and remains one of their most popular albums.

This release is manufactured on limited edition opaque blue 180-gram vinyl, with just 5,000 copies available worldwide. And for a limited time, order this title and receive a bonus free 2112 Keychain.

This release features the 2015 remaster by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Mastering Studio and a "red star of the federation" hologram in Side 2 run-out groove.Priced at $27.99, the album will be released on April 27th. Click HERE to order.The internet was filled with countless jokes and pranks yesterday, as the world engaged in the annual April Fools ritual. It seems as if Rush also participated. Maybe.

The band posted the following cryptic tweet yesterday which simply contained an image of a presumably blue vinyl record with a faint 4 12 on it. Theories fr…

Alex Lifeson to Appear in "Bachman" - A Randy Bachman Documentary

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Winnipeg singer-songwriter Randy Bachman is the focus of a new documentary showcasing his life as an iconic Canadian musician.

“Bachman” will premiere at the upcoming 2018 Hot Docs Festival in Toronto and take viewers into Bachman’s early days, to his time with “The Guess Who” and “Bachman-Turner Overdrive,” to present day.

“I’m thrilled for audiences to see this film because it will give them a better understanding of the man that has created the soundtrack to their lives,” said director John Barnard.

“Randy’s life as an artist pursuing his love of music is an inspiration to everyone.”

Bachman, which will screen at Hot Docs May 2-4, is produced for CBC’s Documentary Channel in Canada and features archival footage and new interviews with friends, family and fans including Neil Young, Alex Lifeson, Chris Jericho, Peter Frampton, Buffy Saint-Marie, Tal Bachman, Fred Turner, Paul Shaffer and others.

For more information, please click HERE.

Thanks to Eric of Power Windows for the news.

Geddy Lee to Induct Barenaked Ladies into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame

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The 2018 Juno Awards ceremony will be taking place this weekend at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. The Barenaked Ladies, along with their former bandmate Steven Page, will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during Sunday’s broadcast, and Geddy Lee will have the honor of ushering the band in to the prestigious group.

Geddy Lee and Rush are no strangers to the Juno awards, as they have won numerous awards over their decades-long career. The band was inducted into the very same Canadian Music Hall of Fame back in 1994.

This year's broadcast hosted by Multi-JUNO Award-winner Michael Bublé will be broadcast live from Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Sunday, March 25 at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET, on CBC, CBC Radio One and CBC Music, and streamed globally at cbcmusic.ca/junos.

For more information on the Juno Awards, please visit the official website at this location.