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Alex Lifeson to Perform in West End Phoenix Fundraiser Event

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The West End Phoenix, a monthly community newspaper for Toronto’s West End which launched in October 2017, will be holding a Phoenix Rising concert fundraiser on Thursday, March 29th at The Great Hall on Queen Street in Toronto, Ontario. Alex Lifeson is among the scheduled guests who will be performing during the concert.

According to the announcement, and in additional to Lifeson performing, the concert will feature Rheostatics, Whitehorse, Nasim Asgari and Special Guests. The event will be hosted by Tom Wilson (Lee Harvey Osmond).

For ticket information, please visit this LINK.

With thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for sharing the news.

Neil Peart Reviews Bill Bruford's Book Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer

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Bill Bruford, the original drummer of Yes, recently released a new book titled Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer. Amazon's synopsis of the book:What do expert drummers do? Why do they do it? Is there anything creative about it? If so, how might that creativity inform their practice and that of others in related artistic spheres? Applying ideas from cultural psychology to findings from research into the creative behaviors of a specific subset of popular music instrumentalists, Bill Bruford demonstrates the ways in which expert drummers experience creativity in performance and offers fresh insights into in-the-moment interactional processes in music. An expert practitioner himself, Dr. Bruford draws on a cohort of internationally renowned, peak-career professionals and his own experience to guide the reader through the many dimensions of creativity in drummer performance.Fellow retired drummer Neil Peart penned a short review of the book for the University of Michigan Pr…

Neil Peart Joins Elite California Channel Islands All Eight Club

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Neil Peart has become the member of a very exclusive "club" - the California Channel Islands All Eight Club:In 1994, California Channel Islands research historian, Marla Daily, founded the “All Eight Club” for people who have set foot on all eight of California’s Channel Islands. To be able to set foot on all eight of the California Channel Islands is not a simple task. Each of these islands requires very special visitation arrangements. Five of the eight California Channel Islands comprise Channel Islands National Park:

Santa Cruz Island
San Miguel Island
Santa Barbara Island
Santa Rosa Island
Anacapa Island

Two islands are controlled by the military:

San Clemente Island
San Nicolas Island

The eighth island, Santa Catalina Island, is run by the Santa Catalina Conservancy.Last November, Neil visited the last of the eight islands - San Clemente Island, which solidified his membership into the exclusive club, which currently contains less than 200 members. I guess we know who&#…

Alex Lifeson on Rush: "We're basically done." New Globe and Mail Interview

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A new interview with Alex Lifeson was just published in the Between the Acts feature of the Globe and Mail, Canada's premiere news outlet.

In the interview, titled How the end of Rush let Alex Lifeson be 'as creative as I want to be', Lifeson discusses the future - or lack thereof - of Rush:It's been a little over two years since Rush last toured. We have no plans to tour or record any more. We're basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.However while Rush may be "done", Alex has certainly kept busy with numerous side projects:But I've actually been busier lately than I have been in a while. I'm writing a lot. I'm writing on four or five different little projects. I get these requests to do guitar work with other people. It's really a lot of fun for me. It's low pressure: I get to be as creative as I want to be and I can work a little outside of the box, which is really attractive to me.

I'm also writing for the West E…

Clockwork Lives: The Graphic Novel Coming June 19th

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The latest chapter in the Clockwork Angels saga, Clockwork Lives: The Graphic Novel, is set to be released this June 19th.

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 a hold on their imagination. Marinda Peake is a woman with a quiet, perfect life in a small village; she long ago gave up on her dreams and ambitions to take care of her ailing father, an alchemist and an in…

Cover of Rush's Animate by Allegaeon Now Online

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Back in September of 2016, the Colorado-based 'Modern Melodic Death Metal' band Allegaeon (pronounced: uh-lee-juhn) released their fourth full-length album titled Proponent for Sentience. The album's final track was a death-metal influenced version of Rush's Subdivisions, which you can listen to at this LINK.

During the period when Allegaeon was recording Proponent for Sentience, the band decided to also record a cover of Rush's Animate. While that track didn't make it on to the album, the band have just released it online. You can listen to the cover version via this LINK, or from the embedded video below.


To purchase a copy of their album, click HERE.

For more information on Allegaeon, visit their Facebook Page or their Metal Blades Records page.

Thanks to Ed at RushIsABand for the news.

Rush's R40 Box Set Certified GOLD by the RIAA

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Back in November of 2014, Rush released their first video-centric box set titled R40. The box set included the band's previously released concert films Rush in Rio, R30, Snakes & Arrows Live, Time Machine: 2011 Live in Cleveland, and the Clockwork Angels Tour. It also came with over 2 hours of previously unreleased footage, as well as a 52-page book featuring rare band performance photos and an introduction by music journalist Martin Popoff.

Last month, The Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA) certified the box set GOLD in the Video category. 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. The last certification that Rush received came over 3 1/2 years ago when their Time Machine: 2011 Live in Cleveland video was also certified Gold.

Surprisingly, the band's R40 Live concert film and Time Stand Still documentary have yet to be certified.

For a complete listing of all …

Geddy Lee Offers Wine Bottles from his Private Cellar Collection for Auction

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If you act quickly, and have the means, you can own some vintage bottles of wine from Geddy Lee's private cellar collection. From the announcement:Geddy Lee has made a small number of bottles available for auction from his private cellar collection. The bottles include a sticker declaring them "from the cellars of Geddy Lee" and feature the insignia made up for the wine club Geddy & Alex formed while on the road during the R30 tour (original membership:2). The auction closes on Sunday December 17 at 9:00 PM ET.Additional information from the auction house:The first nearly 500 lots come from a cellar that rocks. Anyone who tuned in for our live auction last weekend understands the sheer speed with which people rushed to snatch up the wines from the private cellar of Geddy Lee (Lots 1-466). And yes, we intended that pun. Each bottle in these lots comes from the immaculate cellar of bassist and lead vocalist of the rock group Rush. Provenance is impeccable. Both the c…

Alex Lifeson To Guest On New FU MANCHU Album 'Clone Of The Universe'

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Southern Californian hard rockers FU MANCHU release their 12th studio album, "Clone Of The Universe", on February 9, 2018 via their own label At The Dojo Records. The upcoming record will be their first in four years, following the 2014 release of "Gigantoid".

"Clone Of The Universe" marks a new chapter for the "fuzz rock" pioneers as they mix the straight ahead blistering rock with unexpected time shifts, featuring tracks like the roaring cuts "Don't Panic" and "(I've Been) Hexed" and the dynamically complex "Clone Of The Universe" and "Slower Than Light". The centerpiece of the album is "Il Mostro Atomico", an 18-minute-8-second side-long epic featuring a special guest performance by Alex Lifeson, guitarist and songwriter of the legendary band RUSH. Heavier than anything they've ever done and broken into four distinct sections, it's new ground for a band that's been pushing …

New Species Named in Honour of Rush Band Members

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Throughout their storied career, the members of Rush have received numerous accolades, awards, and recognitions. In addition to their lengthy list of musical awards and memberships in various “Halls of Fame”, Rush were the first rock band to be invested as officers of the Order of Canada. They received stars on both Canada's and Hollywood’s Walks of Fame, honorary PhDs, and, more recently, a trio of Capybara Pups housed at Toronto’s High Park Zoo were named after the band.

Now, in another ‘first’ for the band, a newly-discovered trio of microbial species will be forever connected to Rush. Patrick Keeling, a professor of Microbial Evolution at the University of British Columbia recently informed me that three new species of have been formally named in honour of the members of Rush: Pseudotrichonympha leei, Pseudotrichonympha lifesoni, and Pseudotrichonympha pearti.

The new species are large, single-celled organisms called “parabasalians” that live inside the guts of termites and …

Alex Lifeson Performs with Big Sugar During Toronto Concert

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A special guest appeared at the Big Sugar concert at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto last night (November 24th). Alex Lifeson not only made an appearance at the show, he also performed on two songs with the Canadian rock band.

Lifeson joined the band for their classic song Ride Like Hell as well as a fantastic cover of Led Zeppelin's Good Times Bad Times. Fellow Rush fan Steve Nudds, who was on hand at the concert, was able to record videos of both performances (see below).

For more about Big Sugar, please visit their website at www.bigsugar.com
Thanks to Joe Pesch and Steve Nudds for the news.

New Rush Book - Where's Geddy, Alex & Neil? - Coming in December from Fantoons

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Fantoons, the creators of numerous, official Rush books, artwork, and other merchandise, have just announced their latest offering - a new book titled Where's Geddy, Alex & Neil?. The book retails for $21.12, and will be available in mid-December.

More from the official announcement:This hardcover RUSH book is a LOT of FUN. We've crafted scenarios inspired by ALL Rush albums (studio & live) between the Rush (1st LP) until Hold Your Fire, packed with references and different levels of difficult, for everyone to have fun finding the greatest power trio on earth (whether they are Rush fans or not, everyone can play)

The book is 12.5 x 9.5 inches! 38 pages and 14 Rush worlds: Rush, Fly by Night, Caress of Steel, 2112, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, and many more!

People will be able to find Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart in their different 'fashions' through this crazy worlds that we've created for everyone to enjoy.Click HERE for ordering instructi…