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Monday, August 22, 2016

Enter to Win a Signed Rush Time Machine Drumhead

Enter to Win a Signed Rush Time Machine Drumhead
The Percussive Arts Society is raffling off a Rush Time Machine Drumhead, which is signed by all three members of Rush. Details of the raffle:
  • Raffle tickets for as little as $10 each
  • Valued at $2,500
  • Professionally framed in museum grade glass
  • Signed by all 3 members of Rush Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee
  • Drawing date Nov. 12, 2016
  • Support Percussive Arts Society
  • About PAS:
    Now in its 55th year, the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) is a 501C-3 non-profit, music-service organization whose mission is to inspire, educate, and support percussionists and drummers throughout the world. PAS is regarded as the global leader in percussion and drumming by providing unparalleled and interactive resources and experiences in percussion education, performance, and research. Today, the society is almost 7,000 members strong, with 50 chapters located across the United States and an additional 28 chapters outside the U.S. Each year PAS hosts the largest drum & percussion event in the world, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).
    To learn more, including information on purchasing raffle tickets, please click HERE.

    Thanks to Christopher Schneberger for the news.

    Saturday, August 13, 2016

    Geddy Lee Travels to Florida to Expand His Baseball Autograph Collection

    Geddy Lee Travels to Florida to Expand His Baseball Autograph Collection
    As many Rush fans know, Geddy Lee is a serious baseball fan and collector. He can often be spotted in the stands behind home plate at Toronto Blue Jays games, he is passionate about, and well respected in, the field of Fantasy Baseball, and he has been celebrated for making an incredible donation to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum back in 2008.

    Among his many baseball-related collections are player autographs. In an attempt to add to his ever-expanding collection, Lee traveled to South Florida yesterday to the home of the Florida Marlins. There, he was able to secure the autographs of Ichiro Suzuki and Barry Bonds. From the MLB story:
    A rock icon met up with some baseball legends on Friday afternoon at Marlins Park.

    Geddy Lee, lead singer from the group Rush, made a trip to Miami with the purpose of securing some autographs.

    Lee, 63, is a native of Toronto and he's a lifelong baseball fan, as well as a collector. The Rush front man was on a mission to get a couple of autographs, and he secured the signatures of Ichiro Suzuki and hitting coach Barry Bonds.

    The significance is Lee has a number of autographs from players in MLB's 3,000-hit club, and 500-home run fraternity. He now adds Ichiro and Bonds.

    Ichiro reached the 3,000-hit milestone last Sunday, and Bonds holds the MLB home run mark with 762. Through the years, Lee also has obtained Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker autographs, as well as a Mickey Mantle bat.

    "I'm off the road now, and I'm hanging around, digging the summer," Lee said.
    Read the entire article via this LINK.

    Friday, August 5, 2016

    Neil Peart Featured in Latest 'Edge Factor' Film

    Neil Peart Featured in Latest Edge Factor Film
    The education and documentary company Edge Factor produces inspiring, high impact media that tell the stories of innovative teams who design and build incredible products that impact lives and ultimately... the future of the country.

    In their latest film project, Behind Closed Doors, Edge Factor includes a segment on DW Drums, Neil Peart, and the creation of his R40 Kit.

    The film can be accessed online for a limited time via this LINK. The segment on Neil Peart begins at around the 9 minute mark.

    For more information about Edge Factor, please visit their website or Facebook Page.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for passing along the news.

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016

    Geddy Lee on The Tragically Hip

    Geddy Lee on the Tragically Hip
    Geddy Lee recently sat down with CBC Music's Kerry Martin to discuss not Rush, but another famous Canadian band - The Tragically Hip.

    From the interview:
    “...The Tragically Hip is “certainly one of the greatest bands we’ve ever produced in this country,” according to Geddy Lee. High praise from the frontman of, arguably, one of the greatest bands we’ve ever produced in this country.

    “The first time you listen to one of their records it kind of sneaks up on you,” Lee says. “It sounds simpler than it is. There is a particular way the power of those guitars work together.… [They] always sound sinewy and muscular. Then you put Gord's voice and his lyrics on top of that, and after repeated listening, you really start to love it. It just gets inside you. I think that's a trademark of the Hip...”
    You can watch and listen to Geddy talk about The Tragically Hip in a series of videos via this LINK.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Geddy Lee Turns 63

    Geddy Lee
    Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) is celebrating his 63rd birthday today!

    Happy Birthday, Geddy -- and many happy returns! "Gary" was born in the small Toronto village of Willowdale. As many fans know, his given first name "Gary" transformed into "Geddy" during his high school days thanks to his mother's heavily-accented pronunciation of his name.

    In addition to his musical aspirations, some of Geddy's other interests include collecting fine wines and, of course, baseball. His wine collection is rumored to include some 5,000 bottles and his love of baseball is well documented. In fact back in 2013, Geddy threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener for the Toronto Blue Jays - something he admittedly dreamed of doing for years.

    In addition to today being Geddy's birthday, it is also the 42nd anniversary of Neil Peart officially joined Rush - cementing the rock trio that would continue through today.

    Please join me in congratulating Geddy on reaching his 63rd birthday -- and wish him many, many more!

    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    A Show of Fans Rush Fanzine Archive Now Online

    A Show of Fans Rush Fanzine Archive Now Online
    I'm happy to announce another new section to the Cygnus-X1.Net website - The 'A Show of Fans' Rush Fanzine Archive.

    When the 'A Show of Fans' fanzine was first released back in 1991, it immediately stood apart from other fanzines of the time, thanks to its polished and professional format. Each issue was filled with incredible content, including articles, reviews, news, artwork, photographs, letters, advertisements, and more. Yet unlike other fanzines of the time, ASOF was printed, not photocopied, on high-quality glossy paper, typically in multiple colors. So much style with substance.

    Given the importance of the fanzine in the overall history of Rush, Cygnus-X1.Net is proud to resurrect ASOF into a new online archive. Each of the seventeen issues will be presented in this archive, starting with the first three issues. 'New' issues will be published each week through the remainder of 2016.

    You can access the archive via this LINK.

    Many thanks to Rob Silverberg for loaning out each issue of ASOF for use in this archive.

    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    Artist Jorge de la Torre Creates 'Rushmore' Sculptor

    Artist Jorge de la Torre Creates 'Rushmore' Sculptor Artist Jorge de la Torre Creates 'Rushmore' Sculptor
    Since their early beginnings, Rush have continually sparked inspiration in their fan base across many artistic fronts. Aside from the obvious musical inspirations that the band has generated in countless others, we've seen drawings, paintings, writings, and more come out of the fan base over the years.

    Artist Jorge de la Torre has taken that inspiration to a new level with the creation of his Rushmore sculptor. From his website:
    Rushmore is the ultimate tribute masterpiece immortalizing Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart – three extraordinary heroes of progressive rock who are collectively known as the legendary band Rush.

    Originally handcrafted utilizing the intricate lost wax casting process, the bronze sculpture and solid walnut base skillfully set the stage for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to be depicted as the new faces of Mt. Rushmore, one of the country’s most recognizable and highly regarded national monuments.

    Just as our greatest champions have all been immortalized in stone since the dawn of time, Rushmore is an extraordinary sculptural tribute to rock’s greatest champions. Because of their creative mastery, the spirit of Rush is forever solidified in the hearts and minds of their greatest fans through their life-changing music – and now through Rushmore.

    Dimensions: 20" x 13" x 9.25" (not including base)
    Material: Bronze (sculpture), Walnut (base)
    Completed: May 2016
    Torre, as he is artistically know, has a website that features his Rushmore creation, including a full gallery of pictures, a detailed section on the 'Making Of' the artwork, and more. Check out all the details about Rushmore and the artist behind it, HERE.

    Thanks to Sheri Geddygirl Beri for alerting me to this incredible creation!

    Saturday, July 16, 2016

    Rush 2017 Wall Calendar Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of A Farewell to Kings

    Rush 2017 Wall Calendar Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of A Farewell to Kings
    Information regarding the release of the 2017 Rush Wall Calendar has just been made available by Brown Trout Publishers. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the band's fifth studio album, A Farewell to Kings, this year's calendar will focus on that era.

    From the listing:
    After celebrating their 40th anniversary with a self-titled LP, collector's box set, and their first US tour, Rush left an indelible mark in music history. These Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have maintained a loyal fan base during their rock tenure, and the official Rush calendar is a consistent fan favorite that spans hard rock and progressive rock.
    Rush wall calendars have been available every year, dating back to 2004, when the first calendar was released in connection with the band's 30th anniversary. Each year since, a new calendar - and sometimes two calendars - have been published.

    Pre-ordering for the new calendar is now available via Amazon.Com.

    Rush 2017 Wall Calendar Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of A Farewell to KingsAmazon also has a listing of yet-another 2017 Wall Calendar:
    Every year Rush fans come out of the woodwork to get their calendar and once again, you'll be ready. This 2017 edition is sure to satisfy. It runs for 16 months and begins in September of 2016 and runs through December 2017.
    This calendar, however, is listed an 'Unavailable' at this time. We'll keep an eye on the listing to see if this second calendar does become available.

    If you've missed any of the previous calendars, you can see high-resolution scans of each edition via this LINK.

    Thanks to everyone who alerted me about the new calendars.

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

    Alex Lifeson to Appear on Rik Emmett's Upcoming Solo Album

    Alex Lifeson to Appear on Rik Emmett's Upcoming Solo Album
    According to the Rock Music news site Hennemusic, Alex Lifeson is set to appear on the upcoming Rik Emmett solo album. As many Rush fans know, Emmett was originally part of another Canadian rock trio - Triumph.

    In addition to Lifeson's appearance on the yet-unnamed album, bassist Mike Levine and drummer Gil Moore, both from the original Triumph lineup, will also join Emmett. This will mark the first time all three members of Triumph have worked together since working on their 1987 album Surveillance. Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie is also reportedly working on the project.

    Lifeson and Emmett are no strangers to working together. They worked together on "Beyond Borders", which was part of the Canadian Guitar Summit special that appeared in the July 1987 Issue of Guitar Player magazine. They also collaborated on Dream On The Horizon (A Tribute To The Olympic Spirit) in 1988.

    For more information about Emmett's album, which is due out later this year, please click HERE.

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    The 'Tom Sawyer's Treasures' Rush Collector's Fanzine Archive

    The 'Tom Sawyer's Treasures' Rush Collector's Fanzine Archive
    I'm happy to announce another new section to the Cygnus-X1.Net website - The 'Tom Sawyer's Treasures' Rush Collector's Fanzine Archive.

    As some fans may remember from the pre-internet days, Rush fanzines were the primary source for gathering information and news on the band. In 1993, the collector-focused, Scotland based fanzine was first launched by Jim Wright and Chris Jones. The inaugural issue included the following introductory message from Wright and Jones:
    "...In this new fanzine we will be dissecting rare Rush vinyl, CDs, etc, right down to the matrix number. Our aim is to inform collectors/fans of the worldwide rarities available and by giving a detailed description we hopefully will encourage more of you out there to start collecting. The time has never been better as record companies are now producing less vinyl but more CDs and tapes. This means that vinyl prices will soar in the future (but don't tell anyone!)..."
    The fanzine was short-lived, unfortunately, producing only three stand-alone issues. However it later merged with another fanzine of sorts - Eric Ross' Rush: A Discography. An early issue of the Discography is also included in the archive.

    You can access the archive via this LINK.

    Many thanks to David Hodgkinson for providing scans of each issue.

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel Limited Edition Now Available

    Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel Limited Edition Now Available
    The Rush Backstage Club has just announced the availability of a Limited Edition copy of Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel. Signed by Neil Peart, Kevin J. Anderson, and artist Nick Robles, and limited to a run of just 500 copies, this is sure to sell out quickly.

    Further details from the Backstage Club:
    This limited edition version of Clockwork Angels The Graphic Novel includes a numbered bookplate autographed by Neil Peart, Kevin J Anderson and artist Nick Robles. The book comes packed inside a custom slip case and the book itself features a beautiful debossed gear cover with a blue foil stamp and matching satin ribbon bookmark. This release is limited to 500 copies.

    Owen Hardy, like all the people of Albion, has lived his whole life under the rule of The Watchmaker. His entire life has been planned down to the exact second. But what happens when a young boy decides that things should not always goes as planned? Rush’s Clockwork Angels is a testament to the band’s creative versatility—it has been successful as a concept album, novel, and international tour. Now, Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson are bringing the story of Clockwork Angels to comics, where newcomer artist Nick Robles will bring the journey of Owen Hardy to visual life! Die-hard Rush fans have longed for Peart’s narrative songwriting to be adapted into comic book form for decades, but fans of steampunk fantasy will enjoy journeying into the world of Albion thanks to Anderson’s skilled storytelling.
    The Limited Edition book is priced at USD $74.99 and can be ordered at this LINK.

    Thanks to Mike Skinner for passing along the news.

    Friday, June 24, 2016

    The History Of Rush by Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson: The Early Years

    The History Of Rush by Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson: The Early Years
    TeamRock.Com has just posted a new, exclusive interview with both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in celebration of Rush's unofficial 50th anniversary. The two bandmaters actually met back in 1966, though their first gig together wouldn't take place until two years later:
    1968: The First Gig
    Alex Lifeson: It was cool to be young and be in ‘a band’. I had a friend named John Rutsey who played drums, and we had a little basement band called The Projection. The guy that lived next door to me, Gary Cooper, was the bass player. He was older than us and he was the only one who had a car. That was a very important friend to have. That band never really gigged. We just played at a party maybe once every six weeks during the summer. It was mostly about getting together and playing the three or four songs that we knew. And Gary Cooper didn’t stick around for long. But out of The Projection came the first gig as Rush. John’s brother Bill had said, ‘You need a better name for the band – how about Rush?’ And we liked it. We were offered this gig at a drop-in centre, so I called this guy I’d been jamming with, Jeff Jones, who played bass and sang. We did that gig. Twenty people showed up. The following week we were offered another gig at the same place, but Jeff said he couldn’t do it – he was already in another band at the time. So that’s when I called Geddy.
    Check out Part 1 of the interview at this LINK.

    Part 2 of the interview, titled from 2112 to stardom is available HERE.

    Part 3 of the interview, titled Moving Pictures and the 1980s is available HERE.

    Thanks to Arthur R. Spear for the news.

    Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Rush: A Brief History of Time - Part 13 Now Online

    Rush: A Brief History of Time - Part 13 Now Online
    The thirteenth installment of the ongoing series Rush: A Brief History of Time, an ever-growing archive of articles, interviews, reviews, and advertisements about Rush that span every decade from the 70's onward, and collected from the world over, is now online.

    The thirteenth installment includes 239 "new" articles and advertisements; 54 from the 1970's, 39 from the 1980's, 110 from the 1990's, 1 from the 2000's and 35 from the current 2010 decade. Roughly half of the articles this time around focus on the releases of Presto and Roll the Bones, including some great, separate interviews with each of the band members.

    Also included in this installment are numerous, early concert reviews from the 1970's, many of which definitely did not paint Rush, or their musical prowess, in a favorable light. One such review from 1974 had this to say:
    "I really don't see what all the excitement over Rush is about. They're just another "high energy" rock band who prides itself on its ability to "boogie."
    If that statement doesn't scream the 70's, I don't know what does :)

    As always, special thanks go out to Heiko Klages for providing the majority of the articles and advertisements that make up this installment. Additionally, I would like to thank Rush historian and mega-collector Joe Pesch for also providing dozens of articles this time around. Other contributions came from Bob Wegner, Eric Hansen, Greg Nosek, and Kelly Moretta. Thank you, all!

    To read the entire thirteenth installment, please click HERE.

    To check out all thirteen installments of Rush: A Brief History of Time, which includes a chronological listing of all the articles (nearly 1,200 in all), please click HERE.

    Friday, June 3, 2016

    Rush Caress of Steel Artist Proof Lithograph Drawing Now Available

    Rush Caress of Steel Artist Proof Lithograph Drawing Now Available
    Update: Well, that didn't take long. The item has sold-out, which isn't surprising given the limited run. We'll keep an eye out in case the Backstage Club offers up more in the future.
    The Rush Backstage Club has just announced the availability of a Caress of Steel Artist Proof Lithograph drawing that is framed and signed by prolific Rush artist Hugh Syme.

    From the announcement:
    We have released the Artist Proof Limited Edition of Hugh Syme's original Caress of Steel drawing. This is the first piece of art Hugh created for Rush, and it became the centerpiece of the album cover. This is printed on high quality heavy art paper, and framed meticulously by our friends at Frameworth.

    Each piece is hand signed and numbered by the artist, in a limited edition of 40. Each piece also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity affixed to the back of the piece. The litho size is 12" x 12" and the finished framed size is approximately 17" x 17".

    Price: $374.99 USD
    The drawing also appears in Hugh Syme's book The Art of Rush. A high-resolution version is also available on Syme's website.

    Click HERE for more information and ordering instructions.

    Monday, May 30, 2016

    Rush: The Unofficial Illustrated History Third Edition Coming June 1st

    Rush: The Unofficial Illustrated History Third Edition Coming June 1st
    Author Martin Popoff is no stranger to Rush. Back in 2004, the prolific author published the very well received Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away. Back in 2013, Popoff released the first edition of Rush: The Unofficial Illustrated History.

    Now word comes that a fully revised and updated version of his Illustrated History book will be released on June 1st.

    From the Amazon Listing:
    Rush: The Illustrated History is a fully updated, richly illustrated history from prolific rock journalist and noted Rush authority Martin Popoff. The book follows the world-conquering exploits of Rush band members Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, and Alex Lifeson from the band's formation in Toronto to their fortieth anniversary celebration and tour. Popoff's stellar history is complemented by LP reviews from a slate of highly regarded music writers, a thorough discography compiled by the author himself, and more than 400 photographs and articles of memorabilia, from candid backstage images and live performance photography to picture sleeves, gig posters, period print ads, ticket stubs, backstage passes, and more. The result is a visually stunning and authoritative review befitting the rock band with one of the most devoted fan bases ever.
    Pre-Ordering is available via Amazon.Com, with the book available in both Hardcover and Kindle form.

    To learn more about Popoff and his other projects, check out his website.

    Thanks to reader Joe Pesch for passing along the news.

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Andy Curran Hints at Future Rush Releases and the Band's Future

    Andy Curran Hints at Future Rush Releases and the Band's Future
    On Friday, Canada's FYI Music News published an article featuring the Andy Curran who, as many Rush fans may know, was Anthem Entertainment's former A&R executive. After Anthem was acquired by Canadian-headquartered music rights management firm ole, Curran was named the new Label Services general manager/A&R.

    In the article, Curran hints at some upcoming Rush related releases for 2016:
    "Aside from prepping the 40th anniversary deluxe edition of 2112 and a documentary of Rush’s R40 tour that is looking to be released in 2016’s fourth quarter, Curran is pouring over the catalogue to prep long-unavailable titles for reissue, digitally, on CD and on vinyl."
    The R40 tour documentary was developed by the band in conjunction with Fadoo Productions. During the R40 tour, Fadoo had documentary crews on hand during most of the shows, as well as at last year's RushCon. The documentary focuses primarily on the fans.

    The comment about the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of 2112 is interesting and a little perplexing, given the band has already released a deluxe edition of the album back in 2012. Given this is the 40th Anniversary of the release of Rush's first live album All the World's a Stage, one has to wonder if this album, and not 2112, is getting some type of Deluxe Edition reissue.

    Regarding the future of Rush, Curran had this to say:
    “If I was a gambling man, I would say those guys are going to record some more music,” Curran says. “The live component is certainly a question mark with Neil, but they’re still quite young at heart. I don’t see those guys sitting still for too long and we’ll be working with them in the future.”
    You can read the entire article via this LINK.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - May 2016 - BubbaGram™#6

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - May 2016 - BubbaGram™#6
    Neil Peart has posted a new update to the News, Weather, and Sports section of his website. In this 6th installment of the ongoing BubbaGram series, Neil continues to talk about some of the sites he and his riding mates visited during the R40 tour. One place in particular was Crater Lake National Park in Oregon:
    Perhaps my major ambition for that day was to get riding photos of Crater Lake. After five or six visits over the years, I had never managed to capture the “sense of place” in a single image—and if I could do that with a motorcycle passing through, that would be the ultimate. (We have ridden through and photographed some impressive walls of snow around there, towering above the plowed road even in early summer. The area gets forty-five feet of snow, so it takes a while to melt—but was all gone by July 22.)

    The larger and more spectacular a place is, the harder it is to convey to others—in words or in photographs. I believe the opening image does a pretty good job (thank you, thank you), but some places you just have to see for yourself. A few examples would be Lake Louise, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley, and Crater Lake.
    Neil once again hints at his 'retirement' from performing live with Rush via this passage:
    Definitely “going big” on these last few rides. “Bingeing,” I guess.
    New disorder: “binge riding.”
    Up at 6:30 again on bus—after show, and 1:00 a.m. bedtime.
    Because . . . won’t be doing this anymore.
    Neil ends this entry with a poignant thought about the impending end of the R40 tour:
    The day was truly reborn, and being fueled and refreshed, I would summon the energy to face the next part of the day: route planning, soundcheck, dinner with the Guys at Work, warmup, and show number thirty-one.

    Just four more to go, as we traveled into the Southwest and the home stretch — literally home, for me.
    Click HERE to read the entire entry.

    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, May 15, 2016

    Geddy Lee Attends Pearl Jam Concert, Gets Shout-Out by Eddie Vedder

    Geddy Lee Attends Pearl Jam Concert, Gets Shout-Out by Eddie Vedder
    Pearl Jam was performing in Toronto on Thursday night and none other than Geddy Lee happened to be in attendance. Pearl Jam's lead singer Eddie Vedder took notice of their special guest and gave Geddy a shout out during the concert.

    The band proceeded to play a few notes from Fly By Night as well as Cygnus X-1 before Vedder addressed the crowd:
    "...we have been a band for twenty five years but if we wanted to play a Rush song we would probably have to play for another twenty five..."
    Geddy took some backstage photos with Vedder and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron who, coincidentally, played drums on Geddy's solo album My Favorite Headache.

    For more information on the event, click HERE.

    Thanks to everyone who alerted me to this event.

    Saturday, May 14, 2016

    Alex Lifeson: Songwriter, Producer & Musician - Guitar Connoisseur Magazine

    Alex Lifeson New Solo Album?
    Back in March we first announced that a new feature interview with Alex Lifeson was published in Guitar Connoisseur Magazine. At that time, the interview was only available via the magazine's Apple News Feed. Now, the entire interview is available directly on the magazine's website.

    The interview touches upon several topics, including Alex's solo project Victor, the R40 tour set up, and his emotive solo from The Garden:
    GC: We talked a while ago about the guitar solo in The Garden from Clockwork Angels and how you recorded it direct, using Logic on your home computer. So often musicians talk about creating a vibe in the studio, and in this case your most memorable solo in recent years was created in a fairly ordinary way?

    AL: That solo was recorded one afternoon in Geddy’s studio. He had taken a day off, so I came in and updated a few of the songs, getting caught up cleaning tracks and recording newer versions of guitar, keys, and drum parts. I wanted to fill in the “insert solo here” space with at least something. I fiddled with some guitar plug in settings in Logic and quickly recorded a few passes, and then edited them for the final version. After completing it and listening back, I thought , “hmm, that kind of fits perfectly!”. The solo you hear on the album is that very same solo, a quick throw away that worked, and this has happened on other songs as well, such as the solo on “Leave That Thing Alone”, acoustic verses in “Bravest Face”, and the solo on “Bravado” to name a few.
    You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    Rush Make Billboard's Top Money-Makers List of 2015

    Rush Make Billboard's Top Money-Makers List of 2015
    Billboard magazine has just released their annual list of the Top Money Makers in the Music Industry for 2015. The list of 40 acts includes such notable entries as The Rolling Stones (#3), Billy Joel (#4), U2 (#8), AC/DC (#24), and Paul McCartney (#33).

    Coming in at the very respectable #16 spot is Rush, with revenues totaling $12 million for the year. Of the $12 million haul for the band, the vast majority ($10.7M) was related to their R40 Live Anniversary tour - an impressive showing given the relatively short length of the tour.

    In fact as the Billboard article states, "...touring is once again the determining factor for the 40 genre-spanning acts that topped Billboard's ranking of music’s highest-paid musicians of the past year..."

    You can check out the entire list via this LINK.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Monday, May 2, 2016

    Neil Peart's R40 Live Drum Kits on Display at GearFest 2016

    Neil Peart's R40 Live Drum Kits on Display at GearFest 2016
    Road Trip Alert: Now is your chance to get up close and personal with not one, but both drum kits that were featured during Rush's R40 Live 40th Anniversary North American tour. Both kits will be on display during this year's GearFest.

    GearFest 2016, which takes place on June 17th and 18th in Fort Wayne, Indiana, features "... two full days of hands-on gear demonstrations, workshops held by top engineers and musicians, amazing musical performances, and chances for you to win over $88,000 of free gear. Learn from and interact with hundreds of instrument and equipment designers and the industry's leading artists..."

    According to the event page, Neil's drum tech, Lorne "Gump" Wheaton, will be on hand to answer questions and give tours of the kits. There will be photo opportunities.

    For more information about GearFest 2016, please click HERE.

    Thanks to reader Joe Pesch for passing along the news.


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