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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Alex Lifeson Limited Edition Signed Prints Now Available

Alex Lifeson Limited Edition Signed Prints Now AvailableAlex Lifeson Limited Edition Signed Prints Now Available
Over the past few years, including this year, Alex Lifeson has participated in the "Brush of Hope" charity auction, producing and donating original artwork to the cause. This year, Alex's painting fetched an impressive $10,100 in the auction.

Now, the The Kidney Foundation of Canada have just announced the availability of two limited-edition signed prints by Alex Lifeson from previous charity auctions:
Now, the Kidney Foundation of Canada - Atlantic Branch and Alex have teamed up to produce these two limited edition set of prints. Only 300 prints have been made of Self Portrait #1 and only 200 prints have been made of Greek Salad. Each print is numbered and Alex Lifeson has personally signed each individual print. That's right, each print has Alex Lifeson's ORIGINAL signature on it. The print is on high quality, heavy stock. In addition, each print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the Executive Director of the Atlantic Canada Branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, confirming that the print that you have purchased is one of only 300. The certificate also shows the print number (eg. Print No. 33 Limited Edition of 300). The certificate is printed on linen paper, making it ideal for framing with the art print or for displaying on its own.
To view high-resolution images of each print, click on the thumbnail images to the right.

For more information and ordering instructions, please click HERE.

Thanks to Trina Ralph of the Kidney Foundation for passing along the news.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Talk ‘R40′, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Future of Rush

Rush's Geddy Lee Answers Your Twitter Questions
Radio.com has posted a new, lengthy Q&A session with both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson where, among other topics, the question about 'What's next' for Rush was addressed:
Do you think you’ll tour again before going back into the studio?

Lifeson: I don’t know. Some days I feel like being back out on the road and taking advantage of the fact that it’s our 40th anniversary, and on other days, I kind of sit around here messing with musical ideas and I think, “We’ve got to get together and start writing.” I think that whatever we do, it’s not going to be until next year. I was over at Ged’s the other day, in fact—he’s just redone his little [home] studio, [and] we were both chomping at the bit to get together and start writing. He wants to try out his millions of new bass guitars that he’s got now. So we’ll do some writing, and we’ll see where that goes.

Lee: I just want to play. I wouldn’t mind going back on tour. I’m really dying to play, I have all of these new old instruments that I’m dying to try out. My curiosity tends to lean towards playing live.
The conversation continued on the topic of an R40 tour:
Back to Rush: How would you like to see the next tour take shape?

Lifeson: I think it’d be more of a 40th anniversary celebration, much like R30 was. A fun trip back to the past with maybe some looking forward. In my mind, ideally, we’d go out with a couple of new songs, and revisit some old stuff, maybe stuff we haven’t previously played.

What would you want to revisit?

Lifeson: That’s a dangerous question, because there are a couple of songs that I would mention, and then fans will interpret that as, “They’re definitely gonna play that song!” I think there are songs that are real fan favorites that we’ve avoided for a long time. And I think if we plan to go back out, we would have a very close review of some of those songs.
Sounds like Alex may have finally learned his lesson about spilling the beans on what songs the band might play live :)

You can read the entire article via this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Geddy Lee Answers Fan Twitter Questions in New Rolling Stone Article

Rush's Geddy Lee Answers Your Twitter Questions
Geddy Lee admits he's not big on social media in a new interview that was just posted on Rolling Stone magazine's website. So too offset his absence from the social media scene, he decided to answer some fan tweets such as:
I'm going to move on to questions we solicited from Twitter. Why isn't 2112 21 minutes and 12 seconds long? It's just a few seconds more to make a great effect.

[Laughs] I think we recorded that before digital clocks and we weren't paying that much attention to that aspect. It's like a baseball player I read about once that retired when he had 2,999 hits. In those days, they didn't keep track and with one more he would have been in the 3,000 club.
Geddy also talks in length about the next possible tour and what songs the band may perform:
How about the two books of "Cygnus"?
Ah, well, that would be cool. Yeah, that would be super cool.

"Cut To The Chase"?
I like that song. I don't know if the others guys do, but I like that song.

"Chemistry"?
Oh, great. I wrote that song in my basement when I lived in the country. That was one of the first songs I demoed on my own and then brought to the band. And then Neil did his lyrical magic on it. That's a cool song. I like that song.
Check out the entire article at this LINK.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Celebrate Rush Week with CBC Music

Celebrate Rush Week with CBC Music
To help celebrate the release of Rush's latest box-set R40, CBC Music has just posted a number of articles and special features on Rush, including a new retrospective piece written by Dave Bidini, the Canadian musician and writer who was a founding member of the rock band Rheostatics, and currently performs with Bidiniband.

Click any of the following to access all of the 'Rush Week' CBC content:

  • Neil Peart's Guide to Neil Peart's Drums
  • Neil Peart on the 10 best Rush songs ever
  • Rush, a legacy: 40 years of being unapologetically uncool
  • Rush: 40 things you didn't know about the legendary prog rockers
  • Win a Rush R40 box set by proving you are the world's biggest Rush fan
  • From Trailer Park Boys to Freaks and Geeks, a brief history of Rush in pop culture
  • An MPC full of Geddy Lee: 11 great songs that sample Rush

  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    Geddy Lee Performs "The Seeker" at 'The Who Hits 50!' Benefit Concert

    Geddy Lee Performs 'The Seeker' at The Who Hits 50! Benefit Concert
    As we reported last month, Geddy Lee was one of numerous musicians taking part of 'The Who Hits 50!' Benefit Concert which was in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The concert took place last night and, as somewhat expected, Geddy was front and center performing his (and Rush's) rendition of the Who's classic "The Seeker". As fans know, Rush covered 'The Seeker' on their 2004 cover's album Feedback.

    The MC for the evening, Chris Evans, introduced Geddy who said the following before his performance:
    Well, Hello! Very happy to be here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Who for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Thank you all for supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust. This is The Seeker!
    Geddy was joined on stage with The Who's house band during 'The Seeker'. Check out The Who's Facebook Page for a full report on the benefit concert.

    Numerous videos of Geddy's performance have appeared online, including this one.


    Thanks to everyone who sent along links of the performance.

    Related News Stories
    [Geddy Lee to Perform in "An Evening Of Who Music" Benefit Concert - October 28th, 2014]

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    New Rolling Stone Interview with Geddy Lee States that Rush are Undecided on 2015 Tour

    Geddy Lee: Rush Undecided on 2015 Tour
    With the release of their newest box set, Rush: R40, Rolling Stone magazine took the opportunity to speak with Geddy Lee about the offering and the band's plans to tour in 2015:
    In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Geddy Lee says that announcement may have been a bit premature. "We're still talking," he says. "Everybody has a different idea how they want to spend the next couple of years, so we haven't come to a decision. I'm ready and happy to play if everyone else agrees. I think in the next couple of months we'll decide to do something or not."
    Geddy was referring to Alex Lifeson's earlier statement signaling the band would be touring in 2015. He went on to say:
    "It's one of those things where everybody enjoyed their break so much. It doesn't feel like it was very long ago that we played our last show in Kansas City. So it's like, 'Do we have to talk about this already?' But slowly we're getting around to figuring it out."
    The entire interview can be read at this LINK.

    To order the band's new R40 Box Set, please click HERE.

    Win a Neil Peart Autographed 12 Year Old Bottle of The Macallan Whiskey

    Win a Neil Peart Autographed 12 Year Old Bottle of The Macallan Whiskey
    The organizers of RUSHfest Scotland, Scotland's premiere convention for Rush fans, are hosting a worldwide raffle where one lucky winner will receive a 12 year old bottle of The Macallan whisky signed by Neil Peart. The proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the Macmillan Cancer Support.

    From the announcement:
    The 12 year old Macallan, which will come with a certificate of authenticity, is no longer in production and sure to go up in value within the whisky collector community. www.themacallan.com/the-whisky/sherry-oak/sherry-oak-12/

    It is a well known fact amongst RUSH fans that Neil Peart’s favourite tipple after a show or a bike ride is a ‘wee measure’ of Macallan! Here are just a couple of quotes from his self-penned travelogue books...
    Each drawing entry is just £5 GBP (~$8 USD), and is open worldwide. The more you donate, the more times you get entered into the raffle as each multiple of £5 GBP counts as an additional entry in the raffle. The drawing will be made on April 18th, 2015.

    For complete details and to enter the raffle, please click this LINK

    Thanks to Mike Sword for passing along the news.

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

    Neil Peart: A Rare, Intimate Interview with George Stroumboulopoulos Airs This Sunday

    Neil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and Near
    Update: The complete, unedited video interview is now online at this LINK while the full radio episode can be accessed HERE. For more information, please click HERE.
    Neil Peart was recently interviewed by George Stroumboulopoulos regarding the release of Neil's latest book Far and Near: On Days Like These. The interview will air this Sunday evening, November 9th on CBC Radio 2's The Strombo Show with George Stroumboulopoulos. From the press release:
    "One likes to believe in the freedom of music..."

    The Strombo Show will run the gamut this Sunday night, keeping the spirit of radio alive by delivering the best records in the best order.

    It's a show for music lovers by music lovers.

    We'll be ranging over three hours of commercial-free music to honour both old and new. George Stroumboulopoulos will be joined by Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist of the legendary band RUSH, for a rare and intimate conversation from George's home.

    Aside from being one third of the holy trinity, Peart is a celebrated author and he recently released his seventh title: 'Far And Near: On Days Like These'. With George, they'll explore his open road journeys and reflect on forty years of Rush.
    Here's a partial transcription of the interview where Neil discusses how Rush have never given up on a song:
    NEIL: An example of the Rush way of doing things - we've never given up on a song, we do not have a single unreleased song in the world.

    GEORGE: Seriously.

    NEIL:No, never - because if we went far enough and if we believed in it, we kept working on it. A lot of stuff got thrown away before it got that far or syphoned into other songs. I call my lyrical file the "scrap pot" and I'll go when I'm looking for bits and pieces and musically, we're the same - if things not happening, we'll throw it away. There's one song on 'Clockwork Angels' that was 'Wish Them Well' - three times we wrote that song and threw it away and it was the third version, finally, that pleased us all. All the way along, it took that. The will was only fed by the inspiration; do we believe in this song, but inevitably when you get to the recording stage and the mixing stage, it might not be what you'd envisioned. So we all have those certain songs that, oh I believed in that song and I thought it'd be more.
    A video preview of the interview is available at this LINK or via the viewer below:


    There's also a small photo gallery from the interview available. Click on any of the thumbnail images below to enlarge the photo:

    Neil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and Near

    Neil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and Near

    Neil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and Near

    To purchase Neil's new book, click HERE.

    Thanks to Colton Eddy - Producer & Researcher, CBC-Radio 2: The Strombo Show for the news and photos!

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Rush Premiere "The Loser" featuring John Rutsey

    Rush R40 Blu-Ray Box Set Coming in November
    Last week, Rush premiered one of the bonus tracks from their upcoming R40 boxset. The track, "I’ve Been Runnin'" was recorded during the band's concert at the Laura Secord Secondary School in St. Catharines, Ontario during the Spring of 1974. The latest track also from that performance is called "The Loser":


    Radio.com has posted another segment of their interview with Alex Lifeson where they discuss the track:
    What do you remember about the song “The Loser?”

    I honestly don’t remember that song, and I didn’t remember it until I actually saw the footage of us playing it. And I didn’t remember it was called ‘The Loser.” So much for my memory! We wrote so many songs in the early days, and half of them fell by the wayside. A while back, Alex uncovered a demo tape that he and I had done for copyright purposes. Since we couldn’t write music, the only way you could submit a song for copyright in those days was, you’d record it. Alex would play guitar and I would sing onto a tape. We found one of these very basic tapes. I just could not remember half of the songs that were there. It was just teenage ramblings.
    You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

    R40 can be pre-ordered directly at this LINK and is currently selling for $101.59 for the Blu-Ray edition and $112.48 for the DVD edition. Complete details about the release are available HERE.

    Thanks to everyone who alerted me to the interview and video!

    Related News Stories
    [Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's Long-Lost Song "I’ve Been Runnin" - October 31st, 2014]
    [Rush R40 Blu-Ray Box Set Coming in November - September 9th, 2014]

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Special NYC Event with Geddy Lee

    Special NYC Event with Geddy Lee
    Rush.Com has just announced that there will be a special event in New York City on Friday, November 7 with Geddy Lee:
    Rush fans in the NYC area: On Friday, November 7, Geddy Lee will be taping a special episode of Speakeasy with his friend and author, Michael Chabon.

    Front & Center Presents
    Speakeasy: An intimate conversation with Geddy Lee of Rush
    Location: New York, NY | McKittrick Hotel (542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001)
    Event time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

    There will be 50 tickets available for this event for fans to be in the studio audience that will go on-sale on Tuesday, Nov 4 at 10am ET.

    https://www.citiprivatepass.com/landing/speak_easy_geddy_lee.html

    Rush.com will also be giving away a few pairs so stay tuned for your chance to win!
    We'll have more news as it becomes available.

    Monday, November 3, 2014

    Ultimate Classic Rock Lists the Top 10 Rush Songs of the 1970's

    Ultimate Classic Rock Lists the Top 10 Rush Songs of the 1970's
    Ultimate Classic Rock, the online Classic and Hard Rock music magazine, has just posted a list of their Top 10 Rush songs from the band's first official decade: the 1970's:
    The Top 10 Rush songs demonstrate how Canada's favorite power trio have always been more than the sum of their parts. Now obviously, those pieces — guitarist Alex Lifeson, bassist / vocalist Geddy Lee and drummer Neil Peart are at the head of the class when it comes to musicianship, but there is more than just virtuosity at play. One thing that often gets lost in translation is that Rush really do have a grand sense of humor. So if you are taking them more seriously than they take themselves, what can we tell ya? We think they're just peachy. So let's get ready to take off with the Top 10 Rush Songs of the '70s.
    Any list of this nature is, ultimately, subjective however there were some interesting entries including the often overlooked 'What You're Doing' from the band's self-titled debut album.

    You can check out the entire list at this LINK and decide for yourself if the list is up to par.

    Friday, October 31, 2014

    Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's Long-Lost Song "I’ve Been Runnin"

    Rush R40 Blu-Ray Box Set Coming in November
    With the upcoming release of Rush's R40 Box Set this November 10th, Radio.Com took the opportunity to sit down with Alex Lifeson to discuss the release and, in particular, the bonus disk which includes some rare and never-before-seen Rush performances:
    Tell me about the song “I’ve Been Runnin'”; not only had I never heard it, I’d never heard of it.

    John wrote the lyrics back then. Geddy and I would generally write the music. Sometimes we would have band rehearsals and it would be all three of us, but it was always difficult to work out songs like that. It was easier for us to work on the music together and then teach it to John and go from there. We still do that with Neil [Peart], in fact. John did write the lyrics in those days for the most part. It was so weird when he didn’t want us to use his lyrics on the first album when we started to record it. It was a very strange time for us, just before he left the band. But to be honest with you, I’d totally forgotten about “I’ve Been Runnin'” until I saw it come up for this box set. That one was really lost to me. But it was a shuffle-y, Delta bluesy kind of song that we were inspired by via Led Zeppelin.
    The complete interview can be read HERE and the video of Rush's performance of "I've Been Runnin'" is available through the video viewer below or directly at this LINK.


    R40 can be pre-ordered directly at this LINK and is currently selling for $101.59 for the Blu-Ray edition and $112.48 for the DVD edition. Complete details about the release are available HERE.

    Thanks to everyone who alerted me to the interview and video!

    Related News Stories
    [Rush R40 Blu-Ray Box Set Coming in November - September 9th, 2014]

    Neil Peart's Time Machine / Clockwork Angels Tour Kit on Display at Just Drums in Toronto

    Neil Peart's Time Machine / Clockwork Angels Tour Kit on Display at Just Drums in Toronto
    Update: Click HERE for a fantastic photo gallery of Neil's kit from this event.
    Roland Canada has just announced that Neil Peart's drum kit from Rush's Time Machine and Clockwork Angels tour will be on display at Just Drums in Toronto on November 15th.

    Neil's long-time drum tech, Lorne Wheaton, will be on hand at the event:
    ...Get your picture taken with Neil's kit, chat with Lorne, and learn how this Hybrid Kit all works. Join Roland Canada V-Drums Specialist Darren Schoepp at 1pm and 3pm for an Interactive Presentation that includes the history of Neil Peart and V-Drums, a detailed look at the technology of the Time Machine Kit, and a Q&A session with Darren and Lorne. Come see an exclusive custom TD-30KV Steam Punk themed V-Drums kit honoring Neil, and check out many other custom V-Drums finishes. Additional Experience: hands-on Hybrid kit demo stations, V-Drums test drive zone, one day V-Drums Contest, V-Drums Specialists demonstrations, and in-store specials are all happening from noon - 4pm. ...
    For more information on the event, check out Just Drums' website or the event page on Facebook.

    Click HERE for a full-sized version of the event poster.

    Alex Lifeson Participates in the 2014 Kidney Foundation's "A Brush of Hope" Charity Auction

    Alex Lifeson Brush of Hope Portrait for 2014
    Update: Click HERE to access the auction of Alex's painting.
    As he has done numerous times in the past, Alex Lifeson has once again created a painting which will be auctioned off for this year's A Brush of Hope charity auction, an event sponsored by The Kidney Foundation of Canada.

    Last year's self-portrait submission fetched an impressive $7,600 at auction and given the subject matter of this year's entry, the bidding could certainly exceed that impressive mark.

    The 2014 Brush of Hope Masquerade Gala and silent auction took place last night at the Fredericton Convention Centre in Fredericton, NB. The live eBay auction kicks off today, October 31st at 12PM and will run through Sunday, November 9th.

    For the latest up-to-date information on the auction and other news, please make sure to follow A Brush of Hope's Facebook Page.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    Geddy Lee to Perform in "An Evening Of Who Music" Benefit Concert

    Geddy Lee to Perform in 'The Who' Benefit Concert
    The Who's Facebook Page has just announced an upcoming benefit concert in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust. According to the announcement, Geddy Lee will be among some of the "...best artists in the world all performing Who classics..." that evening:
    An evening of music in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust
    The house band for the evening is The Who's band featuring Simon Townshend, Zak Starkey, Pino Palladino, Billy Nicholls, Frank Simes, Loren Gold and John Coury, and they will be joined onstage by some of the best artists in the world all performing Who classics.

    Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Liam Gallagher, Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield, Geddy Lee from Rush, The Strypes, Brody Dalle, Tom Odell, Amy Macdonald, Andy Burrows and Rizzle Kicks as well more to be announced soon, have chosen their favourite WHO songs to perform in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
    The concert will take place on November 11th at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in West London, England.

    Tickets will go on sale this Friday, October 31st and can be purchased at either of the following links: www.ticketmaster.co.uk -- www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk.

    Thanks to reader M.l. Pandora for the news.

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Grapes Under Pressure 3 Charity Event Update: Message from Geddy Lee and Photo Gallery Now Online

    Grapes Under Pressure 3 Photo Gallery
    Over the past month, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were busy supporting the Grapes For Humanity charity organization, whose main focus is to provide a better quality of life for victims and survivors of disasters.

    Earlier this month, there was a charity auction that contained numerous Rush related items. The auction was a tremendous success and raised thousands of dollars for the cause. Geddy Lee recently posted a message at Rush.Com thanking all those who participated in the auction:
    On behalf of Alex, myself and the entire GUP team I'd like to say a huge ginormous THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH to all of our fans, friends, and followers who took the time and spent their hard earned money to support this Grapes Under Pressure 3 Ebay auction in support of Grapes for Humanity Canada. Your money will go a super long way to help rebuild health care facilities in the Philippines that were damaged or destroyed in the Haiyan Typhoon. You have helped a lot of people!

    Thank you all for caring!

    my best to you,

    Geddy Lee
    In September, both Geddy and Alex also participated in their third Excellent Harvest Adventure:
    Geddy and Alex will welcome you aboard our private train from Toronto’s Union Station as we enjoy breakfast enroute to Stratus Vineyards. Stratus, a 62-acre beautifully modern winery near Niagara-on-the-Lake, combines science with tradition and relies on the centuries-old method of “assemblage” to produce wines of amazing depth and complexity while maintaining a reputation of being one of the world’s most sustainable wineries.
    A massive photo gallery of the event is now online and includes numerous candid shots of Geddy and Alex.

    Related News Stories
    [Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Donate Numerous Items for Grapes Under Pressure 3 Charity Ebay Auction - October 5th, 2014]

    Monday, October 20, 2014

    Miniature Replicas of Neil Peart's "Hockey Theme" and "Time Machine Tour" Drum Kits Now Available from Axe Heaven

    Axe Heaven Time Machine Drum KitAxe Heaven Time Machine Drum Kit
    Over the years, Axe Heaven has produced a number of hand-crafted miniature guitars and drums from a variety of rock stars including a great collection for Rush. The company has just announced two new entries into their Rush collection - both replicas of two of Neil Peart's drum kits.

    The first miniature reproduction is of The Hockey Kit used by Neil Peart to record his version of "The Hockey Theme" for TSN's NHL broadcasts. Similar to the original, The Hockey Kit features the logos of the original six NHL teams.

    The second miniature reproduction is based on the kit Neil used during Rush's Time Machine and Clockwork Angesl tours. Click here to view the kit in more detail.

    Each AXE HEAVEN® ornamental replica drum set is about a 1:4 scale and is individually handmade from solid wood & metal parts. Each bass drum is approximately 3.5” in width and comes complete with all the parts shown (minimal assembly required).

    These beautifully handcrafted miniature drum sets are made from solid wood and metal parts. The detail is stunning from the hollow bass drum to the mini drum sticks. A great gift and collectible for any music fan, but especially RUSH fans!

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    Geddy Lee Featured in "The Mind of the Baseball Collector" Documentary

    Neil Peart: Far and Near
    Airing on Monday, October 13th at 7pm on Canada's SportsNet is a documentary titled "The Mind of the Baseball Collector" which features, among other baseball collecting enthusiasts, Geddy Lee:
    The Mind of the Baseball Collector looks at the addictive world of sports memorabilia collecting. The past comes to life through the collections and stories of: rock legend Geddy Lee, eclectic collector and lawyer Allan Stitt and the Guinness Book of World Records holder of the most autographed baseballs, Dennis Schrader.
    "The Mind of the Baseball Collector" marks the final edition in a series of baseball documentaries produced by Fadoo Productions; the same production company behind some of the more recent Rush concert films.

    Geddy's love of baseball is well known. In 2008 he donated nearly 200 autographed baseballs to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and, more recently, he purchased the film rights to Dave Bidini's Baseballissimo.

    A short trailer for the documentary is available HERE or through the embedded viewer below. There's no word yet if the documentary will be aired online.


    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Thursday, October 9, 2014

    Far and Near: An Interview with Neil Peart

    Neil Peart: Far and Near
    In connection with the release of his latest book, Neil Peart recently sat down with Phil Simon for an interview that has now been published in the Huffington Post:
    From a very early age, I've been a fan of the Canadian trio Rush. I recently had a chance to sit down with Neil Peart, the band's longtime drummer and lyricist. A prolific writer, Peart has just published Far and Near: On Days Like These, his latest collection of observations and stories.

    He was kind enough to send me a signed copy and I've been poring through it. Like his other texts, one not need to be a Rush fan to appreciate Peart's story telling. It's a beautiful text, rife with interesting photos, anecdotes, and factoids, as well as the occasional political commentary. For instance, the 2013 government shutdown of national parks nearly derailed Peart's travel plans.
    Click HERE to read the entire interview.

    Additionally, before conducting the interview with Neil, Phil was asking fans for a list of questions for him to ask the Rush drummer. Those answers should be posted to Phil's website within the next few weeks.

    To purchase Neil's new book, click HERE.

    Monday, October 6, 2014

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - October 2014 - "Science Island"

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - October 2014 - Science Island
    After skipping over September, Neil Peart has returned with a new update to his "News, Weather, and Sports" website blog with an October 2014 entry titled Science Island.

    Neil begins this entry talking about his time spent in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec; a location he has vacationed in for thirty-four years (and counting) of his life. He reveals that his favorite spot in the world is Lac St. Brutus, a lake which has four major islands, each about an acre in size, one of which Neil owned for a number of years:
    "...For all of August (the heart of summer, just as February is the heart of winter) I was fortunate to be at the lake, with Carrie and Olivia joining me for two weeks in the middle. (Leaving a solitary “reading week” on each side—hurray!) Nearly every day, five-year-old Olivia and I liked to venture out on the lake in our small electric boat, or in my sleek rowboat, and we often stopped at that little island. While pulling the boat up on the rocky shore, I showed Olivia the parallel grooves in the rock’s surface that had been left by glaciers. I explained how the tremendous mass of ice had dragged stones along and gouged out those grooves as the glacier retreated, at a speed of maybe an inch a year. Then I pointed upward as I told her the ice was once about two miles high above us..."
    Later, Neil revealed that he was contacted about doing an interview with Banger Films (makers of the Beyond the Lighted Stage documentary):
    "...They were making a show about one of the Guys at Work, Geddy, and wanted to talk to me..."
    Neil decides the best place for the interview to take place would be at the band's old stomping grounds - Le Studio. He then speaks in length about the interview process and how the folks at Banger were trying to get him to spill some dirt about Geddy. This was a very interesting read, to be sure.

    You can read the entire entry via this LINK.

    And to check out every News, Weather, and Sports entry Neil has made dating back to 2005, they are all available at the News, Weather, and Sports Archives.

    Sunday, October 5, 2014

    Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Donate Numerous Items for Grapes Under Pressure 3 Charity Ebay Auction

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    Rush.com recently announced that Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have once again donated some incredible Rush-related items for the Grapes for Humanity Canada charity organization:
    "...Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will launch the most rock memorabilia on eBay as part of their Grapes Under Pressure 3 initiative in support of Grapes for Humanity, an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community.

    Included in this auction will be a wide range of rare, vintage & autographed Rush items! We’ve already unveiled Geddy’s shoes worn on the R30 tour and the awesome 1980’s era Rush road case.

    These items and more start rolling out at 6pm ET until 10pm ET tonight, so check back in to see what other goodies get revealed and make your bid!

    The auction closes in 10 days on October 13.

    View the GUP3auction items here: www.ebay.ca/sch/grapes4humanity and BID!.

    ALL proceeds will be directed to Grapes for Humanity Canada www.grapesforhumanity.com.

    The focus of Grapes for Humanity is to provide a better quality of life for victims and survivors of disasters. We help these individuals become self-sufficient citizens to go on to lead fulfilling and productive lives. Funds are raised through various international wine events, wine auctions, corporate and private home wine tastings. Through our partners we direct the proceeds of these events to those in immediate need. Grapes for Humanity is an organization that is run on the strength of its volunteers. We pride ourselves on the fact that all monies raised go directly to our chosen partner.
    Some of the items up for bid include autographed Geddy Lee stage-worn sneakers, an acoustic guitar from Geddy's collection, numerous signed items from all three members of Rush, and much more.

    Auctions will end on October 13th. Good luck to all!

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    Five Rush Albums Appear on PROG Magazine's "100 Greatest Prog Albums of All Time" List

    The 100 Greatest Prog Albums of All Time
    PROG Magazine's August 2014 issue included a compiled list of the 100 Greatest Prog Albums of All Time as voted on by "Thousands of readers and musicians..." While no Rush albums cracked the Top 10 on the list, there were five albums in total from the band's catalog that did appear throughout the list.

    Those albums, and their positions, were:
    69. Permanent Waves (Rush)
    53. A Farewell to Kings (Rush)
    23. Hemispheres (Rush)
    15. 2112 (Rush)
    13. Moving Pictures (Rush)
    The albums occupying the Top 3 spots were:
    3. Selling England by the Pound (Genesis)
    2. In the Court of the Crimson King (King Crimson)
    1. Close to the Edge (Yes)
    Of all the bands that were represented on the list, only Yes (7), Marillion (6), Pink Floyd (6) and Genesis (6) had more albums.

    The entire list, including the comments on the five selected Rush albums, can be viewed online via this LINK.

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Neil Peart's New Book "Far and Near: On Days Like These" Now Available

    Neil Peart: Far and Near
    As a follow-up to his 2011 book FAR and AWAY: A Prize Every Time, Neil Peart and ECW Press have just released Far and Near: On Days Like These:
    Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Neil Peart has stories to tell. His first volume in this series, Far and Away, combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers.

    Now Far and Near brings together reflections from another three years of an artist’s life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music. With passionate insight, wry humor, and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes, and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind.

    These popular stories, originally posted on Peart’s website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector’s volume.
    A hard-cover edition of the book is now available at Amazon.Com for $20.89 while the Kindle version is selling for $9.99.

    To read an excerpt from FAR and AWAY: A Prize Every Time, click HERE.

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