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Neil Peart Celebrates His 67th Birthday Today

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Today marks the 67th 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.

A special treat to help celebrate Neil's 67th birthday is this rare picture of him from 1969 at Brock University in St. Cath…

Alex Lifeson talks about the Lerxst Omega Signature Amplifier in a new Sweetwater Video Interview

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Sweetwater Sound's Mitch Gallagher recently sat down with Alex Lifeson to discuss the release of the new Lerxst Omega Signature 50-Watt Amplifier.

The lengthy video interview, which can be viewed below or directly at this LINK, touches upon numerous topics including Alex's growing list of side-projects he's been involved with since Rush ceased touring back in 2015, as well as his thoughts on guitar tone. Alex also discusses how he commissioned the amp gurus at Mojotone to build him the tour-worthy re-creation of the legendary, 50-watt amp head.
This Lerxst Omega has been hand-signed by Alex himself and includes a custom serial number plate and certificate of authenticity - and you can only get these autographed versions at Sweetwater. There's only 100 of these available, and they won't last long, so order yours today.

New 80's Edition Rush Bobbleheads Dolls Coming This December

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Several years ago, a set of hand-painted Rush Bobblehead Dolls were released, featuring Geddy, Alex, and Neil donned in their flowing robes of the 1970s.

Now, the Rush Backstage Club has announced the upcoming release of a new set of Bobblehead dolls - this time featuring the band as they appeared in the 1980s. From the announcement:Who can forget the 80’s? The decade that spawned albums such as Moving Pictures, Signals, and Power Windows, certainly deserves its own set of Rush bobbleheads. Remember Alex’s leather pants? How about the clean-cut hair on Neil! How about Ged’s Steinberger!! This set of three polyresin ceramic dolls stand approximately 7” high, and come packaged in a custom box for all of you collectors. Clear some space on the shelf!Selling for $59.99, pre-order quantities are limited. Order now to secure your bobbleheads for the holidays!

You can also still pick up the 1970s version of the dolls via Amazon.Com.

A Trio of New Rush Books Now Available

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With the holiday season just around the corner (seriously?!), it's time to start thinking about picking up just the right gift for that Rush fan in your life - even if that Rush fan is you! Last week we announced some upcoming vinyl releases of My Favorite Headache and the live offering Clockwork Angels Tour.

But if vinyl isn't your thing, perhaps a new Rush-related book is. In fact there are three new Rush books that have been released that might pique your interest.

The first book - Rush: Song by Song comes from author Alex E. Body. In this unique book the reader is guided through each album, song by song, from the band's eponymous debut in 1974 right up to 2012's Clockwork Angels.

Every album (both live and studio) is explored in detail with rare insight into the circumstances in which the band wrote and recorded each song. The book also carefully tracks the band's rise from a small suburb of Toronto to the arena filling giants they would become.

More inform…

Alex Lifeson Celebrates his 66th Birthday Today!

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Alex Lifeson, one of the founding members of Rush and the band's seminal guitarist, is celebrating his 66th 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, 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. Last year he appeared a couple of times on the new CBC comedy-drama Crawford, which premiered on the CBC in Canada earlier this summer. A preview clip of Alex's recent performance on the show is available below.


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Rush Announce Upcoming Vinyl Releases of Clockwork Angels Tour, My Favorite Headache, and Permanent Waves

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During the world premiere of last night's Cinema Strangiato, Rush announced several exciting upcoming vinyl releases.

Up first is the five-disc release of the Clockwork Angels Tour, which is scheduled for release on October 11th. From the announcement:Live 5LP set from the Clockwork Angels Tour, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and includes an etching on the flipside of the final album. The set comes packaged in a two-piece telescopic box with a full-color booklet, and a code to download a high-definition digital version of the album. The band recorded concerts in 2012 in Phoenix, Dallas and San Antonio for a live album, and this set includes all 31 tracks from those recordings. This vinyl set also features the bonus tracks from the original CD release, including a version of the classic “Limelight” that the band recorded during soundcheck.You can pre-order this release via Amazon or select different package options via the Rush Backstage Club.

Another exciting and frankly unexpected a…

Geddy Lee's UK Book Signing Tour Documented in New Classic Rock Magazine Article

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Back in June, Geddy Lee began the European leg of his Big Beautiful Book of Bass signing tour with three dates in the UK. During that time, Classic Rock Magazine followed him around to gauge the Rush frontman's reaction to the crowds that had come out to see him.

The August 2019 issue of the magazine documents Geddy's visit in a new article titled Geddy Lee: Is Reading the New Rock 'n' Roll?. In the article, which is now available online, Geddy reminisces about the last time he went on a signing tour:“I haven’t done any official kind of signing since My Favorite Headache in 2000,” says Geddy, coffee in hand. “So it’s been twenty years. It’s fun. That said, my back doesn’t like it and I’m developing different chops in my wrist – I am standing up there for two hours signing books.” Several fans were also interviewed about their experience of meeting Geddy, which makes for some interesting reading.

But perhaps of even more interest in the semi-announcement that Neil Pear…

Geddy Lee Discusses His Love of Collecting Fine Vintage Wristwatches

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Over the past year or so, there's been a lot of talk surrounding Geddy Lee's passion for collecting bass guitars, as witnessed by the release of his Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass. He is also a noted connoisseur and collector of wine, and his love of baseball has led him to amass an impressive collection of baseballs and other related sports paraphernalia.

Now, through a new interview from Worn & Wound, we learn of another one of Geddy's love: Fine Vintage Wristwatches.

From the interview:Worn & Wound: What was your gateway into watch collecting?

Geddy Lee: I didn’t have a whole lot of interest in collecting watches, but I always admired certain old watches. I think the very first old watch that I ever owned was a Rolex a guy in England sold me years and years ago. It wasn’t anything remarkable or particularly collectible, but it was from the ‘30s and I just thought it was a cool watch. It was a couple hundred bucks and I still have it.

Rolex made so…

Exclusive Excerpts and Pictures from Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth

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With the October 29th release date of Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History nearly upon us, Cygnus-X1.Net is proud to bring you exclusive content and images from the upcoming book.

The book includes a foreword by Les Claypool, best known as the bassist and lead vocalist of the band Primus. An excerpt from that foreword is listed below:“Who wants to go sturgeon fishing tomorrow?” I announced to the room. Ler LaLonde and I had been fixing up an old twenty-four-foot Sea Ray, and being that we had a day off between gigs, we were planning on hitting the bay. It was a little over a decade after that first Rush concert, and my band Primus was in the beginning of a tour supporting those three fellows from Toronto.

It was amazing to be playing nightly with Geddy, Alex, and Neil; even more so, it was surreal that we had, in a relatively short amount of time, become friends with guys who had been superheroes to us in our high school days. “I’ll go,” said Geddy. …

Geddy Lee Celebrates His 66th Birthday Today!

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Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) is celebrating his 66th 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 authort with the release of his book - Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass.

In addition to today being Geddy's birthday, it is also the 45th anniversary of N…

New Rush Jigsaw Puzzles Available from Zee Productions

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Zee, a UK-based company known for creating jigsaw puzzles based on rock band album covers such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, has just announced a new line of puzzles based on four classic Rush album covers.

The new collection of 500-piece puzzles will be based on Rush's Fly By Night, A Farewell to Kings, Permanent Waves, and Moving Pictures. They've also announced the release of Metallica's Kill 'Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, and …And Justice For All.

Each one of the 500-piece puzzles, which comes in a box that's about the size of a vinyl record sized, will be released on September 20th.

Grab your pre-orders here for £17.99 / $22.50 each.

New Rush Inspired Merchandise from Classic Frock

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Classic Frock, an online clothing brand which designs clothing for fans of Classic Rock music, have just launched their first band-specific line of merchandise. The band they chose to launch their new line is, of course, Rush :-)

From the Classic Frock website:We focus on specific genres and bands and we introduce new ideas and clothing ranges in line with what our customers want - watch out for our polls on the home page to suggest the next Band we want to focus on.You can access the Classic Frock Rush-specific storefront via this LINK.

To help celebrate the launch of their new line of merchandise, Classic Frock is offering up a 10% discount for all Cygnus-X1 visitors. Simply use the coupon code CYGNUSX1NET at check-out to get the discount.

In addition, Classic Frock is holding an 'Inspired by Rush' give-away. Complete details are available HERE.

Look for many more Rush-inspired items to hit the storefront in the near future, as well as items celebrating other classic ro…