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Geddy Lee and his mother Mary to be featured in Dave Grohl's upcoming series From Cradle to Stage

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It was back in February of 2017 when we first announced the new book From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars . Written by Virginia Hanlon Grohl, mother of Foo Fighters' front-man Dave Grohl, the book featured a chapter on Geddy Lee and his mother, Mary Weinrib. Word has now come from the streaming service Paramount+ that the book has spawned a new docu-series which is to be co-hosted by Dave and Virginia Grohl. A trailer for the series has just been released (see below or click HERE ). According to details from Paramount+, the first episode is scheduled to air on May 6 and will feature Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds and his mother Christine. The episode featuring Geddy and his mom is set to air on June 10th. Other featured rock stars and their moms include Pharrell and Dr. Carolyn Williams on May 13, Miranda and Bev Lambert on May 20, Brandi and Teresa Carlile on May 27, and Tom and Mary Morello on June 3. For tho

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante & Friends Working On New Rush Covers EP

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Anthrax, etc. drummer Charlie Benante has announced that he and his friends/peers will be releasing a Rush covers EP for this November’s ‘Record Store Day‘ event. He shared the news of that alongside the debut of the below cover of Rush‘s “Subdivisions“, which finds him joined by Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, Suicidal Tendencies bassist Ra Diaz, Crobot vocalist Brandon Yeagley and Trans-Siberian Orchestra keyboardist MeeEun Kim. Benante commented: “One year ago I had this idea to make a video while in quarantine. I was feeling pretty down about the passing of Neil Peart and about the Pandemic…I needed to be creative and play! I contacted Alex and Ra about doing a Rush song and video and they both liked the idea. I felt that they were probably feeling the same way I was, and that this would be a great way of jamming and entertaining while we were stuck home. The response to the initial video was overwhelming! It really made us feel good during a bad time. A whole year ago…I can

The Art of Rush Second Edition Coming This August

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The Rush Backstage Club have just announced that an expanded, second edition of the incredible Art of Rush coffee table book will be released this August. From the RBC listing: Newly expanded and updated, this beautiful 292-page coffee table book delves into the 40-year relationship between Rush and their longtime artist and illustrator, Hugh Syme, with a foreword by drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. This second edition has a newly designed cover, as well as a new 20-page section featuring the art of the 40th anniversary releases. When you purchase from Rush Backstage, you will receive a FREE record flats pack, containing several 12”x12” printed flats from the archives. These are limited in number, each one having its own specific rarity. The attached pictures show the fronts, and backs of these flats. The Art of Rush currently retails for $99.99 and is available for pre-order via this LINK . Thanks to Joe Pesch for passing along the news.

Charity Auction Includes a 'Day of Golfing with Alex Lifeson'

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Alex Lifeson has generously donated his time to an upcoming auction sponsored by the Fore Batten Foundation. The Foundation's goal is to raise awareness and funding for increased research into Juvenile Batten Disease - an ultra-rare, fatal, inherited disorder that primarily affects the nervous system. The Foundation sponsors a silent auction each year with most donations coming from the greater golfing community. This year's auction includes a day of golf with Alex Lifeson himself. According to the auction listing , "...2 players will join Alex for a great day of golf, laughs and maybe some music at one of Canada's premier private clubs..." The auction begins next week and will run through the end of March. A complete list of all the items available in the charity auction are available HERE . Also, please visit forebatten.org for additional details on the foundation and its efforts to help combat this terrible illness. Thanks to Ed from RushIsAB

Alex Lifeson Live Interview by Make Weird Music Coming This Saturday

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Alex Lifeson will be speaking with Andre Cholmondeley of Make Weird Music this Saturday. The live interview will take place on Make Weird Music's YouTube channel at 6pm EST. From their announcement: Alex Lifeson of Rush is one of the greatest rock guitar heroes of all time and we are so fortunate to have him for a live interview where we'll discuss the 25th anniversary of his solo album, Victor, and the 40th anniversary of Moving Pictures. Rush have yet to announce any plans for a 40th Anniversary release of their seminal album Moving Pictures so perhaps Alex will have some insight on the expected release. Additionally, it was last June when we first reported that Alex's solo effort Victor might receive a special 25th Anniversary re-release. Hopefully Alex will expand on this during the interview as well. You can access the interview directly at this LINK or via the embedded viewer below. Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

A Night for Neil - The Neil Peart Memorial Celebration Rescheduled to November 6th, 2021

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The charity fundraiser concert A Night for Neil: The Neil Peart Memorial Celebration has been postponed once again due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions. The concert is now scheduled to take place on November 6th at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario; Neil Peart's hometown. From the event page: “Though we live in trying times, we’re the ones who have to try…” We hope this message finds you all healthy & safe as COVID-19 restrictions force us to once again postpone “A Night for Neil” until the Fall of 2021. The new date, with a flexible plan, is scheduled for Saturday, November 6, 2021. Overtime Angels, in coordination with the Meridian Centre, will be evaluating any quarantine protocols or travel restrictions to Canada three months prior to the new date so that all the fans who have purchased tickets have a reasonable amount of time to reschedule any associated travel/hotel reservations. We are so grateful for our fans and appreciate your patien

Geddy Lee Will Participate in Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's Virtual Gala Concert

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Next month, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a Virtual Gala Concert to support the institution's School of Music. Dubbed The Show Must Go On: Stories of Resilience , the event will stream via the ensemble’s TheConcertHall.ca on February 18 at 6:30 pm. In addition to Geddy, Israeli-American violin and conducting icon Itzhak Perlman, and Canadian alt-country chanteuse k.d. lang have also joined the list of those participating in the virtual gala. It's unclear at this time whether Geddy will actually perform for the event, or simply speak/introduce other acts. Tickets and other information are available HERE . Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

From All The Lives You Left Your Mark Upon: Remembering Neil Peart on the Anniversary of his Death

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Suddenly -- you were gone. From all the lives you left your mark upon That lyrical excerpt Neil Peart penned for the song Afterimage , which appeared on Rush's Grace Under Pressure album from 1984, has echoed continuously for Rush fans across the globe over the past year. Even as we mark the first anniversary of Neil Peart's passing today, the very notion of his death still seems surreal and unimaginable for so many of us. It's a profound testament to the overwhelming influence Neil's body of work, from his lyrical genius to his percussive prowess, has had on countless fans. Over the past year, Rush fans have gathered - virtually - to celebrate Neil's life with stories of concert gatherings, discussions on the deeper nature of his lyrics, personal (and rare) contacts with Neil, and of course the powerhouse performances behind the kit that he came to be (largely) known for. While we jointly mourned his passing, we collectively appreciated the fact that we

Dreamers & Misfits: The Definitive Book About Rush Fans Now Available

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A new book that focuses on Rush fans and their stories is now available. Titled Dreamers & Misfits: The Definitive Book About Rush Fans and written by Alexander Hellene, the extensive 370+ page book is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats. From the Amazon.Com listing: There Is Nothing Average About the Average Rush Fan!Rush, the legendary Canadian progressive rock trio, has a legion of devoted fans. But what is it about the band that inspires such a loyal and dedicated fan base? And what is it about these fans that has created this powerful bond between artist and audience? The story of these fans has never been told . . . until now. - Exclusive interviews, including Donna Halper, the woman who broke Rush in the United States, and Ed Stenger, proprietor of RushIsABand.com, one of the biggest Rush fan sites on the internet. - Detailed survey results illuminating what makes hundreds of Rush fans tick- An exploration of the interest, politics, faith, and philos

Neil Peart: An Introduction to His Drumming Style Coming this January

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A new book that focuses on Neil Peart's drumming styles from his early years with Rush is set to be released this January. Aptly titled Neil Peart: An Introduction to His Drumming Style , the book was written by Italian drummer, percussionist, composer and music producer Francesco Vecchio. From the book's listing: The conception of “Neil Peart: An Introduction to His Drumming Style” comes from the transcription and study of one of his most remarkable works: “Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres,” which is the first track on the sixth album Hemispheres (1978) by Rush, where Neil also wrote the lyrics. The rhythmic ideas and grooves inspired me to write an entire book about Neil Peart, his life, musical influences and style. Neil Peart’s biography, his drum influences, an interview, a photo gallery and the history of the album are included to introduce the complete drum sheet music of the song, written and notated entirely note-per-note. The main grooves and fills, played during

Neil Peart Featured in the November Issue of Rhythm Magazine - Selected Article Excerpts Now Online

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The November 2020 issue of the UK's Rhythm Magazine features Neil Peart on the cover and includes an extensive tribute to the late Rush drummer. The cover feature article titled The Measure of a Life and penned by Chuck Parker is a poignant look back at the life and inspiration of Neil's body of work; not only as a drummer but also as a writer and lyricist. From the piece: In addition to Peart’s immeasurable impact in the music and drumming world, his other artistic contribution was his love of the written word. This was apparent through his command of language, whether writing or speaking about an idea, be it in a song, interview or book. Peart always seemed to use the perfect word or phrase to convey his thoughts. Many music lovers had difficulty getting past bassist and singer Geddy Lee’s unique vocals. To some, he was a wailing banshee while others thought his original sound fit Rush perfectly. But even those who couldn’t get past Lee’s singing had to admit the prof

Neil Peart Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame

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The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) has just announced the induction of Neil Peart into their Hall of Fame. The annoucement from the PAS website includes a seven-minute video as well as a moving tribute to Neil written by David Stanoch, a versatile drumset artist and educator of over thirty years. An excerpt from his tribute is below: Everyone knows 2020 is going down in history as the single most challenging year humankind as faced in modern history. Between the ravages of a worldwide pandemic threatening our families and livelihoods and the hopeful signs of long-needed change rising from another needless social tragedy, after too many years of looking the other way, our world is aligning to a reckoning of what truly matters—to our families and our shared community—with a new sense of urgency. Leadership and forward thinking are in much needed demand. In our corner of the world, as percussionists who strive to make a difference in expression through the musical arts, our year began