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New Rush: The Day I Was There Book Features Rush Fan Stories and Memories

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Author Richard Houghton will be releasing his new book titled Rush: The Day I Was There on November 13th. Similar to other books Houghton has authored, including versions on Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix, his Rush book focuses on stories and memories from Rush fans across the globe.

More on the book:British music author Richard Houghton has compiled a fan history of Rush. Rush - The Day I Was There brings together the memories of over 400 Rush fans from around the world to tell their story from the perspective of the concert-goer. From some of their earliest shows through to the last show on the R40 tour, the book tells the band's story from the front row of the audience.

Richard, who remembers hurrying down to his local record store to buy Exit... Stage Left on the day it was released, said, 'I only saw Rush once myself, at the New Bingley Hall in Stafford in the UK, and couldn't possibly hope to compete with some of the guys I've spoken to for this boo…

Celebrating the Life of Neil Peart on his 68th Birthday

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Just over eight short months go, right at the onset of 2020 - the year that will live in infamy - the world lost a genuine legend when Neil Peart succumbed to brain cancer on January 7th. While the sting of his sudden loss continues to weigh on Rush fans the world over, the breadth of his contributions to the world of music coupled with the inspiration he fueled for countless musicians will always be applauded. Today we mark Neil's 68th birthday with a brief look back at his decades-spanning career, while also highlighting recent tributes that were made to honor his memory.

Neil Ellwood Peart was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and grew up in Port Dalhousie (now part of St. Catharines). During adolescence, he floated between regional bands in pursuit of a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Neil returned home, where he joined Rush, a Toronto-based band, in mid-1974, six years after its formation. Early in his career, Ne…

20th Annual Modern Drummer Festival to Feature a Tribute to Neil Peart

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Modern Drummer magazine will be streaming their annual drummer festival on September 12th, which coincides with Neil Peart's birthday. Part of the festival will be a tribute to the late Rush drummer and will feature a number of guest performers. From the announcement:“Modern Drummer turns 45 next year and through more than 40 of them, we formed a close and unique collaboration with the one and only, Neil Peart. Neil even gave away his iconic candy apple red kit to a Modern Drummer reader in the 80’s via mail-in letters chosen personally by Peart himself! It was without question that as Modern Drummer celebrates our twentieth festival, we are honoring Neil with a fitting tribute from some of his closest friends as well as world-class drummers that he inspired. The Modern Drummer Festival is a celebration of drums, drumming and drummers worldwide. This year will be the first year that everyone can attend as our capacity just went into the Hemispheres!” said David Frangioni, CEO an…

Alex Lifeson Celebrates his 67th Birthday Today!

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Alex Lifeson, one of the founding members of Rush and the band's seminal guitarist, is celebrating his 67th birthday today. It was on this date back in 1953 that Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Aleksandar Zivojinovich) came into the world in Fernie, British Columbia. As Rush fans know, Lifeson co-founded the band in the summer of 1968 along with John Rutsey, the band's original drummer. Alex was also responsible for bringing front-man Geddy Lee into the mix.

While Alex is obviously best known for being the guitarist for Rush, he's also the part owner of the Toronto restaurant The Orbit Room, which unfortunately closed its door earlier this year, is a licensed aircraft pilot, motorcycle rider, a gourmet cook, and an artist.

Alex has also been known to dabble with a little acting now and again. Back in 2018, he appeared a couple of times on the CBC comedy-drama Crawford, which premiered on the CBC in Canada last summer. A preview clip of Alex's recent performance on…

The Rush 2021 "Moving Pictures" Wall Calendar Now Available

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With 2021 marking the 40th Anniversary of the release of Rush's pivotal, best-selling album Moving Pictures, it should come as no surprise that the band's official 2021 Wall Calendar will features images from that era of the band's history.

As with past Rush calendars, the 2021 edition will feature a four-month (September-December) 2020 planner page, gorgeous color photos of the band, and more. From the official listing:More than 40 million records sold worldwide. Countless sold-out tours. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Officers of the Order of Canada. And that's all very nice. But for these three guys, it's all about the music, their friendship, and the fans. This official, 16-month calendar calendar includes a four-month (September-December) 2020 planner page, so get yours early! Calendar includes holidays, moon phases, image captions with locations and other information, the highest quality photography, and m…

Alex Lifeson Honoured with 2020 Casey Award for Visionary Philanthropy to HIV/AIDS Initiatives

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Alex Lifeson was recently selected as the 2020 recipient of the Casey Award. The award annually celebrates individuals and organizations across Canada that demonstrate leadership in social justice and commitment to HIV/AIDS.

Alex's contributions were outlined in the following article:Rock & Roll hall of fame member Alex Lifeson is being recognized with The Casey Award for visionary philanthropy to HIV/AIDS initiatives. The award honours Lifeson’s continued and extraordinary support as a generous donor, volunteer and ambassador. He is an active supporter, whose significant contributions have had a lasting impact for AIDS service organizations, particularly Casey House, Ontario’s HIV/AIDS hospital.

Alex Lifeson has a personal connection to Casey House and has been an inspiration there for more than 20 years. Casey House founder June Callwood, who passed away in 2007, referred to him as an ‘ardent supporter’. When still located in their original space in a Victorian house, Lifes…

Geddy Lee Cardboard Cut-Out To Adorn Toronto Blue Jays Home Games

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With the pandemic-truncated baseball season upon us, and stadiums across the country virtually empty of fans, many teams have taken some rather unique approaches to bringing some life back to the ballpark. Along with pumping in the sounds of crowds, quite a few teams have also filled the empty seats of the stadium with cardboard cut-outs of fans.

The Toronto Blue Jays are no different as they have now announced a collection of cutouts that will appear behind home plate including one of Geddy Lee. With the current state of the pandemic, the Blue Jays are actually playing home games at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field. As most fans know, Geddy is an avid baseball fan and has often been seen situated behind home plate of numerous Blue Jay home, dutifully making notations in his scorecard.

According to this article, some 1,600 cutouts will be "...perched in nine sections at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field on Tuesday when the Jays will host the Miami Marlins, their first game in their temporary home.…

Geddy Lee Celebrates His 67th Birthday Today!

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Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) is celebrating his 67th 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.

And of course Geddy officially became an author with the release of his book - Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass last year.

In addition to today being Geddy's birthday, this date also marks the 46…

Cygnus-X1.Net Featured on the Latest Something for Nothing Rush 'Fan' Cast

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Back in September of last year, lifelong friends and longtime Rush fans Steve and Gerry launched a Rush-centric podcast called Something for Nothing: A RUSH Fancast. In the ten months since the launch, Something for Nothing has aired 45 episodes that cover a wide range of topics. The two friends have chatted extensively about many of Rush's albums, they've touched upon articles written about the band, and have even had a number of guest speakers join them on many episodes. Some of their guests include author Martin Popoff, Rush aficionado Mark Irwin, Skip Daly and Eric Hansen who authored the recent Wandering the Face of the Earth Rush tour book, and Ed Stenger from the Rush fan site RushIsABand.

Some months back, Steve and Gerry reached out to me to see if I would be interested in joining them for a episode and chatting about the Cygnus-X1.Net website. I was thrilled and humbled to be asked to join their growing podcast. So in mid-June, the three of us got together remotel…

Neil Peart's Family Creates Memorial Fund Auction to Support Royal Victoria Hospital

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Neil Peart's immediate family, including his parents Betty and Glen, as well as his sister Nancy and her family are preparing a silent auction of donated items to help support the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario.

From the annoucement:Peart Family Memorial Fund Auction
A bidding auction with amazing items donated by so many generous friends, family, & fans!

Members of Neil's Family (his parents, Betty & Glen, and sister, Nancy and her family) have all had to use the services at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario and are active supporters of the RVH Foundation. With offers of so many amazing items, they decided that setting up a silent auction in support of the foundation is the perfect way to honour Neil's memory. We are so thankful to all of the amazing people who are donating items. We can keep this auction going as long as items keep coming in.

We will set up deadlines for each item so that we will always have something live to bid on. You…

Modern Drummer Magazine Releasing Neil Peart 'Legends' Issue This September

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Over the course of Neil Peart's professional career, the Rush drummer had appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine a record NINE times. With his untimely passing this past January, Modern Drummer dedicated their May 2020 issue to his memory, which marked the tenth cover appearance for time Neil.

Modern Drummer has just announced a new Legends series for their magazine, where the premiere issue will be centered around Neil Peart. From MD:First installment in the Modern Drummer Legends series

Anthology of all 9 of the Rush drummer’s Modern Drummer cover interviews

Includes the complete contents of his May 2020 Modern Drummer tribute issue

Analysis of Peart’s performances on every Rush studio album

A survey of the evolution of his famous live drumkits

An in-depth look at his seven self-penned books

Remembrances and impressions from dozens of leading drummers

Transcriptions of deep Rush cuts

Neil discussing the Snakes & Arrows track “Malignant Narcissism”

“A Life Changed …

Alex Lifeson Reportedly Releasing 25th Anniversary Edition of 'Victor'

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During a conversation with Ultimate Guitar, The Aristocrats' drummer Marco Minnemann discussed his past collaboration with Alex Lifeson, and also revealed that Alex was preparing to re-release his solo album Victor as a '20th-anniversary edition' [SIC]. In fact as Victor was released back in 1996, the re-release would actually be a 25th Anniversary edition.

From the interview:You also worked with Alex Lifeson of Rush. In a recent interview, he mentioned that he has barely played guitar after Neil Peart's passing. Are you in contact with Alex, and would you be interested in doing something if the opportunity came up?
"Yeah, absolutely! With Alex, I've been working already for years, and Alex and I have released stuff together; he's on my albums. I know about him, he had the thought about retiring a little bit a few years ago.

"But he still likes to play guitar and I hope he continues. We've been in touch just recently actually, just a few days ago…