From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars, a new book written by Virginia Hanlon Grohl, mother of Foo Fighters' front-man Dave Grohl, will feature a chapter on Geddy Lee and his mother, Mary Weinrib.
Rush fans may recall that both rock-star moms met during a July 2015 Foo Fighters concert that took place in Toronto. During the show, the two moms sat on stage, and even appeared on the big screen during the concert. Later, as reflected in this November 2015 article, it was revealed that Ms. Grohl would be writing a book filled full of interviews with mothers of other rock stars.
According to a marketing executive at the publishing firm handling Ms. Grohl's book, "One of the chapters in the book is dedicated to Geddy Lee; in it Virginia interviews his mum Mary Weinrib about what influenced their child to choose a musical career, and the prevalence of music in their family home."
The book is set to be released on April 25th, and can be pre-ordered via this LINK.
For more information on the book, please click HERE.
With thanks to Aimee Oliver of Hodder & Stoughton for passing along the news.
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Posted by Jag2112 at Friday, February 24, 2017
Friday, January 27, 2017
Two-thirds of Rush will introduce Yes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 7th.
As is sometimes the tradition at the music industry back-patting event, past inductees are invited back to introduce members of the new class.
In homage to their fellow prog-rock torchbearers and kindred spirits, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will step onto the Barclays Center stage in Brooklyn, New York to wax lyrical about Yes and then hand the honour to Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe, Alan White, Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin and Chris Squire’s wife Scottie who is accepting on her late husband’s behalf.
A huge fan of Yes, Geddy Lee said in 2013 that it was “disappointing” and “just wrong” that Yes weren’t inducted alongside his band that year.
Alongside Rush, it has been confirmed that Neil Young will be introducing Pearl Jam while Jackson Browne will introduce folk icon Joan Baez at the ceremony. Also being inducted this spring are Journey, Electric Light Orchestra and the late rapper Tupac Shakur.
Posted by Jag2112 at Friday, January 27, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
If you got to catch Rush in the past twenty years, you would have seen Geddy Lee on stage with household appliances in lieu of a bass amp. Going direct means relying on preamps for his sound, and now he’s helped to create a signature SansAmp with Tech 21.
The Tech 21 Geddy Lee Signature SansAmp GED-2112 is a bass preamp in a single rackspace unit that features parallel pre-amping – meaning two separate internal preamps that run in parallel. It has a Drive section based on the SansAmp RPM as well as a Deep preamp section that dishes out a low end boost.
“Saturation goes from clean in lower settings to increased harmonics and tube-like compression in higher settings,” the company writes. “To keep things lean and efficient, the EQ curve is pre-set to Geddy’s personal specs. You can use either section independently or blend them externally direct to a mixing board as well as to two amplifiers.”
Other features include a Blend control, a sweepable semi-parametric EQ, dedicated 1/4-inch and XLR direct outputs for each preamp section, an effects loop with Mix 50/50 switch, a tuner output, a clean 1/4-inch output, and a front panel A/B switch.
“The GED-2112 is really a continuation of my long-time approach to bass tone,” Lee says. “A ‘deep clean’ tone coupled with the ‘edgy crunch’ I get from the SansAmp RPM now all in one box. With selectable A/B inputs, and separate balanced and unbalanced direct outputs, this box is the foundation for great bass tone in any setup. Plus it’s green!”
The Tech 21 Geddy Lee Signature SansAmp: GED-2112 is expected later this year with a street price of $369.
For more information, click HERE.
Posted by Jag2112 at Monday, January 23, 2017
Friday, December 30, 2016
Update (01/03/2017): The Liner Notes and Album Artwork pages are now online. Enjoy-
With the release of the 40th Anniversary Edition of 2112 earlier this month, Rush's breakthrough concept album has reentered the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts at the #121 spot. This marks the 37th (non-consecutive) week that 2112 has retained a position in the Top 200 chart since its release back in 1976.
Back when it first broke into the charts, the album reached a peak position of #61.
This isn't the first time 2112 has reentered the charts. Back in December of 2012, after the release of the 5.1 version of the album, 2112 reentered the Top 200 at the #138 spot.
To view the entire Billboard Top 200 Chart, click HERE.
Haven't ordered your copy of the 40th Anniversary of 2112 yet? You can do so via this LINK.
Posted by Jag2112 at Friday, December 30, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
For the second time in three weeks, the FOX animated series Family Guy included another significant Rush reference during tonight's episode.
Titled "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" (Season 15 Episode 9), the reference begins with Stewie lamenting how he has ruined Christmas, "...like the Little Drummer Boy when he got into Neil Peart..." Peart's last name was, unfortunately, pronounced incorrectly.
A cut-scene then shows the Little Drummer Boy shedding his single drum for a Peart-inspired 13-drum kit. He then performs an impressive solo which ends with a note on a huge gong.
The video clip can be viewed below, or directly at YouTube via this LINK.
You can also enlarge the screen capture by clicking on the image.
To view information, screen captures, and a clip of the Rush reference from the previous episode of Family Guy, which aired back on November 20th, click HERE.
Posted by Jag2112 at Sunday, December 11, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Fantoons, the creators behind the wildly successful Rush Toons Vol. 2112 are preparing the release of the Official Rush Coloring Book this December.
From the announcement:Officially licensed 52 page RUSH coloring book packed with art and humor and about the greatest power trio that ever crossed the earth! The mighty RUSH!Priced at just $15.99, you can pre-order the book directly from Etsy at this LINK.
Everyone can have fun and relax with this oversize coloring book (19x12) inches!!
Starts shipping during the 1st week of December!!
Please visit Fantoon's official Etsy page HERE to check out all the Rush related products they offer, including holiday cards, artwork, t-shirts, and more.
Posted by Jag2112 at Sunday, November 27, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson attended a charity dinner event in early October which benefited the Amani Home for Street Kids in Moshi, Tanzania via the Grapes of Humanity Charity organization of Canada.
From the story:Joe Canavan, a great supporter of Grapes for Humanity, invited eleven of his friends to join him at Barberian’s Steak House on Elm Street, Toronto, for this fund-raiser dinner. The celebrity guests were Geddy Lee and Alex Liveson of Rush who regaled the company with stories of their touring and recording. The wine flowed…like wine and Barberian’s owner, Arron Barberian pledged $2,000 to the cause: the construction of a new home for street kids in Moshi, Tanzania.For more information on the Grapes of Humanity charity organization, please click HERE.
For the record, the wines were:
Bouchard Ursules Champagne
F.X. Pichler 2007 Loibner Berg Riesling
Hirtzberger 2007 Honivogl Gruner Veltliner
1997 Guigal La Mouline Côte Rôtie
1999 Jamet Côte Rôtie
2000 Ogier Côte Rôtie Belle Helene
2001 Jasmin Côte Rôtie
2003 Jamet Côte Rôtie
1997 Dows Port
With thanks to Ray Johnston for passing along the news.
Posted by Jag2112 at Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Tonight's Episode of Fox's animated series Family Guy included a significant Rush reference.
In the anthology-based episode titled High School English (Season 15 / Episode 7), a parody of the classic American novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn took place where the character of Tom Sawyer, portrayed by Chris Griffin, proclaims that the band Rush wrote a song after him. Afterwards he states that there is a Rush concert in town. The scene promptly changes to a animated Rush concert where the band is performing Tom Sawyer.
This isn't the first Rush reference to appear in an episode of Family Guy. One appeared back in 2006 which had Chester Cheetah sitting in a room with a Rush Starman Logo poster on the wall. While listening to Tom Sawyer, Chester opens up a bag of Cheetos, chops them up with a razor blade, snorts them and screams "Ah God there is no f(bleeped)ing drummer better than Neil Peart."
A second less obvious reference occurred in 2007 where a highway signed indicated the mileage to Rhode Island was 2112. (Photo).
Screen caps (click to enlarge) and a video clip from tonight's episode are available below.
Posted by Jag2112 at Sunday, November 20, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
According to a news story posted at broadwayworld.com, Alex Lifeson has collaborated with the Canadian-born duo DVBBS (pronounced 'dubs') to record a new version of Rush's 'Closer to the Heart', which will be made available for download in early 2017.
From the story:"When we first had dinner with Ray Daniels, Rush manager, we couldn't be any more excited hearing the stories Chris said. I grew up a drummer so Neil Pert [sic] was a legend to me and a strong influence my whole childhood and music career."For more information on the collaboration, please click HERE.
"They're the greatest Canadian band of all time so when we were given the chance to remake a song and implement new music and production with Alex Lifeson, you can imagine how excited we were. Can't wait to play people the song, and bridge the gap between generations says Alex. The song will be available for download in early 2017.
Thanks to Eric Hansen of Power Windows for passing along the news.
Posted by Jag2112 at Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
Both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appeared on the Canadian Radio Show 'The Strombo Show' last night. Host George Stroumboulopoulos, who is no stranger to Rush, spoke to the pair about the 40th anniversary of 2112, the R40 tour, the band's induction into the Rock and ROll Hall of Fame, their relationship with the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Geddy's mom and Grohl's mom, electronic dance music, and more.
The entire interview is now available directly at this LINK.
Also, just uploaded today, an extended conversation with both Geddy and Alex has been posted at this LINK. This unedited interview touches upon what's next for Rush.
A photo album of Geddy and Alex's visit has also been uploaded via Dropbox, and can be accessed HERE. Photo credits: Vanessa Heins.
For more information about 'The Strombo Show', please visit their official website at www.strombo.com.
Many thanks to Colton Deddy for passing along the news, and all of the links.
Posted by Jag2112 at Monday, November 07, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Those who attended the premiere of the new documentary Rush: Time Stand Still tonight were treated to some exciting news about a new release celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Rush's 1976 classic, progressive masterpiece 2112.
The 40th Anniversary edition is receiving a number of new treatments, and includes numerous bonus features:2CD+DVDThe 40th Anniversary Special of 2112 is being released on December 16th, and can be pre-ordered today at Amazon.Com.
Original Album Remastered at Abbey Road Studios – First Time on CD
5 Newly Recorded Covers from Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nick Raskulinecz, Billy Talent, Steven Wilson, Alice In Chains, Jacob Moon
Live Archive Outtakes from MASSEY HALL 1976
Newly Restored Video & Audio of CAPITOL THEATRE 1976 Concert
Bonus Videos include
In Studio Performances by BILLY TALENT and Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nick Raskulinecz
25+ Minute New Interview with ALEX LIFESON and TERRY BROWN
New Artwork by Hugh Syme
Liner Notes by Rob Bowman
CD - DISC 1
II THE TEMPLES OF SYRINX
V ORACLE: THE DREAM
VII GRAND FINALE
A PASSAGE TO BANGKOK
THE TWILIGHT ZONE
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING
CD - DISC 2
OVERTURE – Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz
A PASSAGE TO BANGKOK – Billy Talent
THE TWILIGHT ZONE – Steven Wilson
TEARS – Alice In Chains
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING – Jacob Moon
“2112” – Live at Massey Hall 1976 Outtake
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING – Live at Massey Hall 1976 Outtake
THE TWILIGHT ZONE – Live 1977 Contraband
2112 1976 RADIO AD
DVD – DISC 3
Live at Capitol Theatre 1976
FLY BY NIGHT
IN THE MOOD
OVERTURE - Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz
A PASSAGE TO BANGKOK: Behind The Scenes with Billy Talent
2112 - 40 YEARS CLOSER: A Q&A with Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown
In addition to the version being sold at Amazon, the Rush Backstage Club has numerous versions on sale with various, additional bonus features and items. For a complete list of all of the various versions for sale at the Backstage Club, please click HERE.
Numerous news outlets including Bravewords have just announced that Rush will be the recipients of the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award:Canadian Music Week has announced Rush - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart - as the 2017 recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The multi-platinum trio will be honoured for their achievements and longstanding career in the music industry, social activism and support of humanitarian causes at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at the Sheraton Centre on Thursday, April 20th, 2017.To read the entire article as posted at Bravewords, please click HERE.
"We are so incredibly honoured to receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The depth of Allan and Gary Slaight's generosity, consideration and benevolence has no measure. We will strive to carry forward their spirit of charity and goodwill." - Rush
"My father Allan Slaight believes that giving back to one's community is something we should all strive to do and the members of Rush have made a point of this throughout their career, starting with a United Way benefit-concert at Maple Leaf Gardens in the early '80s when Allan was Chair of the Campaign," said Gary Slaight, President and CEO Slaight Communications Inc. "In recent years, the group has raised money for food banks, Casey House, the Kidney Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, AIDS research; the list goes on. Alex, Geddy and Neil have been in my family's rock 'n' roll life since the early days when we started Q107 in the late 1970s, and it gives me real pleasure today to thank these three exemplary musicians, on behalf of the Slaight Family, in awarding them with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Award. Good deeds deserve acknowledgement and this is one group that exemplifies the spirit of giving."
"We are proud to be acknowledging Rush's legacy with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award," added Neill Dixon, President & CEO, Canadian Music Week. "We praise their spirit and determination in philanthropic and humanitarian causes, as their dedication to multiple charities and organizations is very inspirational. They have shown extraordinary support in social involvement and charitable causes, and we are excited to celebrate them at this year's awards."
Thanks to Eric Hansen of Power Windows for passing along the news.
Update (11/11/2016): Due to overwhelming demand, the documentary will return to theaters for a encore screening on Thursday, November 17th. In addition, there will be a London screening taking place on the same date. For more details about the London screening, please click HERE.
The premiere of the long-awaited R40 Tour documentary, Rush: Time Stand Still hits theaters across North America tonight for a one-night event. Several official reviews of the documentary have already been posted, including:Additional reviews will be posted above as they become available.
Rush's Revealing New Tour Doc 'Time Stand Still': 10 Things We Learned - Rolling Stone Magazine
Time Stand Still marks the end of the road for Rush - Montreal Gazzette
R40 tour gets an emotional send off in revealing documentary - Toronto Sun
Time Stand Still – only fans should be rushing to theatres for this one - The Globe and Mail
Tickets are still available in many theaters. For ticket purchasing options, please click HERE. For additional information on the documentary, please visit the official website at www.rushtimestandstill.com.
There will also be some special features premiering ahead of the documentary tonight, including Rush | A Salute to Kings – a 20-minute in-depth discussion with Gene Simmons (KISS), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), and the band’s producer Nick Raskulinecz as they share their unique stories about Rush at home and away for over 40 years.
And remember, you can pre-order the documentary on Blu-Ray or DVD, which will be released on November 18th. The Blu-Ray/DVD version of the documentary includes plenty of additional bonus features, including previously unreleased pro-shot footage from the Presto tour, titled "Live from the Rabbit Hole". Pre-Order your copy today via this LINK.
Yours truly will be taking in the documentary at the Regal Commerce Center Theater in North Brunswick, New Jersey. I hope to see many of you there.
Please feel free to add your comments and reviews of the documentary in the comment section below.
Enjoy the show, everyone!
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Update: Alex's painting sold for an impressive $8,700 CAN. Congrats to the lucky winner!
As he has done numerous times in the past, Alex Lifeson has once again created a unique painting for the Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual Brush of Hope charity auction.
This years painting, which Alex titled "Aquarium," is currently being auctioned off on Ebay.Ca at this LINK, and it's already off to a quick start. The auction ends on November 8th. To see a larger version of Alex's painting, click HERE.
About the Brush of Hope Charity auction:A Brush of Hope – Celebrity Paintings for Kidney Research is an annual fundraising event held each fall in support of The Kidney Foundation of Canada-Atlantic Branch. It is the generosity of our partners that have enabled us to make this event such a huge success, and in our 10th year, we are excited to make it bigger and better than ever in 2016!For more information about the Kidney Foundation, please visit their website at www.kidney.ca, or check out their Facebook page HERE.
Alex Lifeson, Don Cherry, Brent Butt, Barenaked Ladies, Alan Doyle and Leonard Cohen are just a few of the celebrities who have taken up a brush to create an original masterpiece to help the 1 in 10 Canadians who are living with kidney disease.
Thanks to the generous support of our partners and the community, since 2006, A Brush of Hope has raised over $110,000 for research, programs and patient services! Also thanks to the Alex Lifeson (of the band RUSH) limited edition prints, we have raised an additional $120,000 since November of 2011!
Posted by Jag2112 at Sunday, October 30, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
The winners of this year's Polaris Heritage Prize have just been announced, with Rush's Moving Pictures taking the prize for the period of 1976-1985.
From the Polaris Prize website:The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize honours Canadian albums of the past from four distinct time periods: 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95 and 1996-05. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are albums of the highest artistic quality, without regards to sales or affiliations.Moving Pictures won the public vote for the 1976-1985 time period while Kate & Anna McGarrigle's self-titled album won the jury vote.
Think of the Heritage Prize as our version of a hall of fame where we try to determine who would have won the Polaris Music Prize in the years before Polaris existed.
How it works is a select group of Canadian music media and historians gather together each year to create a vote-curated list of 10 Short List-nominated albums per era. Two albums per era, one chosen by public vote and one chosen by juror vote, will be designated as Heritage Prize winners each year.
You can read more about the Polaris Heritage Prize HERE. Billboard Magazine also has an article on this year's winners available HERE.
Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.
Posted by Jag2112 at Thursday, October 27, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
The new Rush documentary, Time Stand Still, which is coming to theaters for a one-night event on November 3rd, is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com.
The DVD version of the documentary can be pre-ordered HERE for $16.98 USD.
The Blu-Ray version of the documentary can be pre-ordered HERE for $21.98 USD.
Complete content details of the documentary release are now available. The release will include previously unreleased pro-shot footage from the Presto tour, titled "Live from the Rabbit Hole".This feature-length documentary film chronicles the final major tour for legendary rock band Rush. It is an intimate view 'under the hood' of a historic moment from the perspective of the band, their fans, crew, and management. Featuring interviews with the band throughout their sold-out 2015 40th Anniversary tour, the film also shows rarely seen backstage footage capturing the final moments of life on the road. Highlighted as well is the impact on the band's fans and the world that has been built around the beloved Canadian trio. This is the final touring chapter of a band that has meant so much to so many fans around the world. With narration by Paul Rudd. Running time: 1 hour 37 minutes of documentary footage with an additional 67 minutes of never-before-released bonus content.Both versions will be released on November 18th, 2016.
When I Was a Kid
It's a Really Hard Life
A Huge Accomplishment
'Ride On' Neil
Your Weakest Point
Marathon Not a Sprint
At Road's End
BONUS CONTENT: (NEVER BEFORE RELEASED)
'Live from the Rabbit Hole'
-Show Don't Tell
-Closer to the Heart
-2112: Overture / La Villa Strangiato / In The Mood
The Professor's Warmup
Posted by Jag2112 at Friday, October 14, 2016
Monday, October 3, 2016
Update 10/05/2016: Rush have just announced that the DVD/Blu-Ray release date of the documentary is set for November 18th. Pre-Order links will be available soon. Additionally, two trailers from the documentary have now been released. You can view them below.
Finally, a stand-alone website with additional details about the documentary is now online here: www.rushtimestandstill.com.
The movie site Fandango has just announced that a new movie titled Rush: Time Stand Still will be coming to theaters for a one-night event on November 3rd.
Rotten Tomatoes has a brief synopsis of the film:Fathom Events, ole, Anthem and Zoe are excited to bring Rush | Time Stand Still to movie theatres nationwide for a raw, intimate and vivid look into Rush's R40 tour for a one-night event on Thursday, November 3! In 2015, Rush went out for a 40th anniversary tour; rumored to be the last tour of its kind and the end of their life on the road.Information from Fandango is available HERE.
Narrated by Paul Rudd, Rush | Time Stand Still is a documentary event which covers the R40 tour and the unique relationship Rush have with their devoted fans. Candid interviews with Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart bring Time Stand Still to an emotional conclusion for a band who built their career the old-fashioned way. One show at a time.
We'll have more information on this movie once it becomes available.
Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.
Posted by Jag2112 at Monday, October 03, 2016
Saturday, October 1, 2016
David Phillips is proud to launch his latest book, From The Riser: A Drummer’s Perspective II, a follow up to the critically acclaimed A Drummer’s Perspective.
The beautifully designed, From The Riser is a photographic celebration of many of today’s greatest drummers and percussionists. It unashamedly captures the energy, emotion and elegance of the world’s best, playing with the world’s greatest bands.
The book features two hundred and seventy previously unseen photographs taken exclusively by the author. It includes over one hundred and thirty legendary drummers including Neil Peart (Rush), Gary Wallis (Pink Floyd), Graham Broad (Roger Waters), Deen Castronovo (Journey), Gavin Harrison (King Crimson), Ginger Baker (Cream), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani), Martin Axenrot (Opeth), Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) Mike Mangini (Dream Theater), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa), Todd Sucherman (Styx) and many more. Included alongside the many striking images is a record of Phillips’ cherished collection of backstage passes, set lists and other memorabilia.
Peart, who penned the foreword for the book says ‘not many photographers have captured that performance art as well as David ... One accomplishment is simply collecting photographs ... but the greater gift is delivering such iconic images.’
This ambitious book, with over one hundred and eighty pages, is a lavish tribute to drumming and drummers, which reflects Phillip’s intuitive knowledge and deep respect of all things percussion. It is a complete compendium, packed with expressive, jaw-dropping photos. To get shots like this you have to understand drummers, drums and playing live.
From The Riser: A Drummer’s Perspective II retails for £29.99 ($39.99, €35.50) and is only available to purchase from the Author’s website www.music-images.co.uk.
Thanks to David Phillips for passing along the news on his new book.
Posted by Jag2112 at Saturday, October 01, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
The organizers of RushCon, the largest North American gathering of fans celebrating the music of Rush, will be returning once again this year for another convention in the band's home town of Toronto.
From the official announcement:Hello Rush Fans! You didn’t SERIOUSLY think we would go a whole year without a con? We know summer is going fast (and the nights are growing colder), so we decided to throw RushCon 16 in the golden light of autumn.For more information, please visit the official RushCon website.
We hope to see you all this November 3rd - 5th, 2016, In Toronto, Canada. (Yep, that’s Thursday through Saturday this time.) We have a huge, major event to announce, along with some fun new things! All details will be announced over the next couple weeks. But now would be a good time to ask for time off, get your Rush shirts out of the attic, and prepare to have the best weekend of your life this November. Stay tuned!
Posted by Jag2112 at Monday, September 19, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
John Tory, the mayor of the City of Toronto, has just announced that both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will be awarded the keys to the city of Toronto in a ceremony scheduled for this Saturday.
From a story posted in the Toronto Sun:Two of the most successful musicians in ‘YYZ’ history will bask in the ‘Limelight’ this weekend, as Mayor John Tory presents them with the key to the city.To read the entire article, please click HERE.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, founding members of rock band Rush, will receive the honour during a special ceremony on Saturday. The duo, who were both born and raised in Toronto, will also have a park in Willowdale named after them at the event honouring their achievements over 40 years in the music industry.
“Rush’s sound, famous across the world, has helped shape Toronto’s own musical identity, which always has been and continues to be a unique hybrid of styles and influences,” Tory’s spokesman, Amanda Galbraith, said in a statement to the Toronto Sun Wednesday.
“Very few bands can claim to have influenced a genre of music — but Rush can legitimately say they’ve done just that.”
Posted by Jag2112 at Thursday, September 15, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
Today marks the 64th birthday of Rush drummer and lyricist extraordinaire Neil Peart. Neil (born Neil Ellwood Peart) came into the world on September 12th in 1952 Hamilton, Ontario.
He grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada (now part of St. Catharines) working the occasional odd job including the role of a Parts Manager for his father Tractor Supply company. His true ambition, however, was to become a professional musician. During adolescence, he floated from regional band to regional band and dropped out of high school to pursue a career as a full-time drummer. He had a short stint with J.R. Flood back in 1970, before he decided to move abroad to further his musical studies.
However, after a discouraging stint in England, Peart returned home where he joined a local Toronto band called Rush in the summer of 1974.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Join me in wishing Neil a very Happy Birthday - and many happy returns.
Posted by Jag2112 at Monday, September 12, 2016
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
It was back in July of 2014 when we first brought you the news about a proposed arts-themed park, located in the Toronto neighborhood of Willowdale, that would be named after Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. The Lee Lifeson Arts Park, as it came to be known, has been under construction throughout 2016, and is now open to the public.
A formal inaugural launch of the park is now set for October 1st, according to the most recent issue of the City of Toronto's Celebrate Toronto newsletter:On October 1 from 1 to 5 pm, join Cultural Hotspot and North York Arts at the kick-off to the inaugural season of the Lee Lifeson Art Park in Willowdale. Create a community arts piece, join an Aztec dance workshop lead by performer Jesus Mora and fellow dancers, and watch the Live Arts Youth Showcase, featuring spoken word, music and dance. Visit toronto.ca/culturalhotspot for information.Back when the plans for the park were first announced, Geddy Lee spoke to the Toronto Star, where he had this to say:“I know my mom is very happy!”For more information about the inaugural launch, please click HERE.
According to rock lore, Lee and Lifeson met as students at the nearby Fisherville Junior High School, where they first forged the musical bond that would eventually blossom into one of rock’s most prolific power trios.
“It is where I met my best friend and bandmate,” Lee said. “We were humbly honoured by the suggestion to name the park after us.”
Discussion among Rush fans online has been overwhelmingly supportive of the idea ever since the park plan was put forth weeks ago. But one lingering question invariably remains: Why isn’t it being called Rush Park?
The perceived snub of drummer Neil Peart is not intentional, the band’s publicist explained. It’s just that he didn’t grow up in Willowdale. (Your move, St. Catharines.)
A Facebook photo-gallery of pictures of the park is also available at this LINK.
Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand and Dan Reynish for the news and pictures.
Posted by Jag2112 at Wednesday, September 07, 2016
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