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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rush Manager Ray Danniels Will Receive the 2015 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award

Rush Manager Ray Danniels Will Receive the 2015 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced Ray Danniels as the recipient of the 2015 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, that recognizes individuals who have made an impact on the Canadian music industry. Danniels will be honoured at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, March 14 in Hamilton, Ontario as part of JUNO Week festivities.

Danniels had this to say about the recognition:
“I am grateful to be recognized by my peers for doing something I’ve loved and been passionate about since I was a teenager,” said Ray Danniels. “I share this honour with those that have been with me since the beginning – the members of Rush – Geddy, Alex and Neil.”
You can read more about the announcement at this LINK.

Congratulations Ray!

Thanks to reader Scott Simpson for passing along the news.

Neil Peart to be Interviewed by Jim Ladd on SiriusXM's Deep Tracks

Neil Peart to be Interviewed by Jim Ladd on SiriusXM's Deep Tracks
SiriusXM has just announced that legendary DJ Jim Ladd will be interviewing Neil Peart on that satellite radio provider's Deep Tracks station (Channel #27). The interview will take place on Tuesday, February 3rd at 9pm EST.

According to the announcement, which are taking place on-air, the topic of conversation will center around Neil's new book Far and Near: On Days Like These as well as the upcoming R40 Live: 40th Anniversary tour.

Update: The Deep Tracks Facebook Page just posted this about the interview:
Motorcycle enthusiast... author... drummer... lyricist... NEIL PEART of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee RUSH joins Jim Ladd, high in the Hollywood Hills, for an exclusive one-on-one discussion. Topics will range from Neil's latest book: 'Far and Near: On Days Like These' to the music that influences him to the recently-announced Rush R40 tour celebrating 40 years! ‪#‎R40Tour‬

This not-to-be-missed interview happens this Tuesday February 3 at 9pm Eastern / 6pm Pacific on Deep Tracks - SiriusXM 27.
Expect replays of the interview to air over the course of the next week. A complete schedule for the Deep Tracks station can be found HERE.

We'll have more information on this interview as it becomes available.

Geddy Lee Featured in the Premiere Episode of VH1 Classic's ‘Rock Icons’

Geddy Lee Featured in the Premiere Episode of VH1 Classic's ‘Rock Icons’
Geddy Lee will be featured in the premiere episode of VH1 Classic's new series Rock Icons. From the announcement:
From Banger Films, the people that brought you the Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage documentary and the TV show Metal Evolutions, comes an all-new docu-series profiling the biggest icons in hard rock, heavy metal and classic rock. Rock Icons premieres Saturday February 21st at 10/9C, immediately following the That Metal Show‘s season 14 kick-off, and takes you backstage with in-depth, intimate portraits revealing who these rock stars really are. Each 30-minute episode is jam-packed with exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage with featured artists and the key people who helped shape their careers.

The series premiere goes beyond the limelight with Geddy Lee, lead singer and bassist extraordinaire of Canadian progressive hard rock legends Rush. Find out how his remarkable musical talent and drive was influenced by the early passing of his father and why he is determined to live every bit of his life to the fullest.
As indicated above, the premiere episode with Geddy will air on Saturday February 21st at 10pm EST.


Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video

Neil Peart Discuss the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video
After Rush announced their R40 tour last week, news and pictures of Neil Peart's new custom kit for the tour began to surface. In fact on the same day that Rush announced the tour, the new R40 kit was on display at the 2015 NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants) in Los Angeles.

Today DW Drums, whom manufactured the R40 kit for Neil, released a video of the Professor discussing the kit in detail. One incredibly interesting note is that the entire kit was made from a single salvaged log. The log was obtained from Romania near the Carpathian Mountains. The log is estimated to have been submerged in a river near the mountains for 500 years and the total age of the log is 1,500 years. Neil is clearly excited regarding the original of the wood used for his new kit.

He also discusses the intricate manufacturing process behind each shell and how each individual Rush logo that appears on each piece was created. While the R40 kit is visually similar in style to the R30 kit Neil used during the band's 30th Anniversary tour back in 2004, the new kit is actually quite different in substance.

The video can be viewed directly at this LINK or via the embedded viewer below:



In related news, a replica of the R40 snare is now available for sale for $1,499.55 via All Pro Percussion:
In celebration of Rush's 40th Anniversary Tour, Drum Workshop, Inc (DW Drums) is releasing the Neil Peart R40 snare drum. Just like Neil's R40 touring kit, this DW Icon series snare features exotic inlay artwork from previous Rush albums and gold plated hardware. Each snare includes DW's Mag Throw-Off with 3 position butt plate and a DW Deluxe Snare Drum Bag. A limited number of 250 R40 Icon snares will be produced.

The 6.5"x14", 13-ply VLT Oak shell is sealed in clear, high-gloss lacquer and complemented by gold- plated hardware. A signed-and-numbered certificate of authenticity and deluxe carrying bag will accompany each drum and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit Neil's charity of choice.
Thanks to GeddyWannaBe for the news.

Related News Stories
[Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
[Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
[Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

Monday, January 26, 2015

Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible

Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North AmericaAlex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible
Alex Lifeson stopped by Toronto's Q107 this morning to chat with Derringer about all things rock n’ roll, including the upcoming R40 LIVE tour kicking off this May.

During the 20-minute conversation, Alex discussed a lot of his personal early family history, the beginnings of Rush and more. When it came time to chat about the upcoming R40 tour, the topic of this possibly being Rush's final tour came up. Alex indicated that, after the last tour, the band was exhausted and they wanted to reconnect with their family. Since that time, they've really enjoyed being home and doing things they haven't been able to do for 'decades'. He stated that Geddy is ready to tour now while Alex and obviously Neil are slowly coming around.

Ultimately, however, Alex didn't confirm or deny that this was, in fact, Rush's final tour. Regarding Rush skipping by Cleveland this time around, Alex indicated that the band is still trying to 'massage' a couple of things indicating that a Cleveland stop may still happen (as well as possibly a few more dates).

To listen to the entire interview, click HERE or use the embedded viewer below.


Thanks to William McDaniel and Sam Albidone for the news.

Related News Stories
[Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
[Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America

Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America
Update: Ticket pre-sales begin today, January 23rd, at 10:00am local venue time. For VIP ticket packages, please click HERE and use the password RUSH2015.

For Rush Fan Pre-sale, click HERE - no password required. Good luck, all!
Update: VIP Pricing, password and info has now been released. Please see the bottom of this post for all the details.
Update: Neil Peart's new R40 Drum Kit is now on display at NAMM. Check out a photo of it HERE and another one HERE.
Update: Pre-sale in many locations begins tomorrow, January 23rd. For more information, please check Ticketmaster.
The announcement every Rush fan has been waiting for has just been released. Rush is officially going back on tour in celebration of their 40th Anniversary! The tour will span 34 dates across North America.

From the Rush.com announcement:
RUSH TO VISIT 34 CITIES THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA IN 2015

Celebrating 40 years, Rush and Live Nation confirmed that the R40 LIVE Tour will visit 34 cities throughout North America this summer beginning May 8 in Tulsa, OK and finishing August 1 in Los Angeles, CA. These not to be missed concerts will highlight four decades of the band’s music. Tickets for the RUSH: R40 LIVE TOUR will go on sale starting January 30th in select markets at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

After 40 years together and 20 gold and platinum studio albums – Rush is ready to celebrate with the most loyal fans in the world by embarking on their 21st tour, one which will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude. Celebrate four decades of music with three incredible musicians – all in 1 night.
Here is a listing of the announced tour dates:
May 8, 2015 Tulsa Bok Center -- Tulsa, Oklahoma
May 10, 2015 Pinnacle Bank Arena -- Lincoln, Nebraska
May 12, 2015 Xcel Energy Center -- Saint Paul, Minnesota
May 14, 2015 Scottrade Center -- St. Louis, Missouri
May 16, 2015 Austin360 Amphitheater -- Austin (Del Valle), Texas
May 18, 2015 American Airlines Center -- Dallas, Texas
May 20, 2015 Toyota Center -- Houston, Texas
May 22, 2015 Smoothie King Center -- New Orleans, Louisiana
May 24, 2015 Amalie Arena -- Tampa, Florida
May 26, 2015 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park -- Atlanta (Alpharetta), Georgia
May 28, 2015 Greensboro Coliseum -- Greensboro, North Carolina
May 30, 2015 Jiffy Lube Live -- Bristow, Virginia
June 8, 2015 Nationwide Arena -- Columbus, Ohio
June 10, 2015 First Niagara Center -- Buffalo, New York
June 12, 2015 United Center -- Chicago, Illinois
June 14, 2015 The Palace of Auburn Hills -- Detroit (Auburn Hills), Michigan
June 17, 2015 Air Canada Centre -- Toronto, Ontario
June 19, 2015 Air Canada Centre -- Toronto, Ontario
June 21, 2015 Bell Centre -- Montreal, Qu├ębec
June 23, 2015 TD Garden -- Boston, Massachusetts
June 25, 2015 Wells Fargo Center -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 27, 2015 Prudential Center -- Newark, New Jersey
June 29, 2015 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
July 9, 2015 Sprint Center -- Kansas City, Missouri
July 11, 2015 Pepsi Center - Denver, Colorado
July 13, 2015 Maverik Center -- Salt Lake City (West Valley City), Utah
July 15, 2015 Scotiabank Saddledome -- Calgary, Alberta
July 17, 2015 Rogers Arena -- Vancouver, British Columbia
July 19, 2015 KeyArena -- Seattle, Washington
July 21, 2015 Moda Center -- Portland, Oregon
July 23, 2015 SAP Center at San Jose -- San Jose, California
July 25, 2015 MGM Grand Garden Arena -- Las Vegas, Nevada
July 27, 2015 US Airways Center -- Phoenix, Arizona
July 30, 2015 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater -- Irvine, California
August 1, 2015 The Forum -- Los Angeles (Inglewood), California
As they did during their Clockwork Angels tour, Rush is offering up special VIP packages for this tour:
Tickets for the RUSH: R40 LIVE TOUR will go on sale starting January 30 in select markets at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. Citi® card members will have access to pre-sale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass® Program beginning January 27 in select markets. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Exclusive Rush ticket packages are available, please visit vipnation.com for package details.

VIP Package password: RUSH2015

VIP Gold Package - $403.50
* One premium reserved ticket in rows 1 through 10 on the floor!
* Specially designed RUSH gift item (exclusive to VIPs)
* Tour Program
* Official VIP laminate
* Rush VIP Wooden Pick Set (limited edition, exclusive to VIPs)
* Crowd-free merchandise shopping
* Dedicated VIP entrance (where available)
* On-site VIP host

VIP Silver Package - $303.50
* One premium reserved ticket in rows 11-16 on the floor or first 6 rows of lower bowl! *
* Specially designed RUSH gift item (exclusive to VIPs)
* Tour Program
* Rush VIP Wooden Pick Set (limited edition, exclusive to VIPs)
* Dedicated VIP entrance (where available)
* On-site VIP host
We'll have more news on this tour as it becomes available.

Thanks to reader Jackie Tait for passing along the news!

Related News Stories
[Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Clockwork Lives Novel by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart Now Available for Pre-Order

Kevin J. Anderson's 'Clockwork Lives' coming in September
Back in August, during RushCon 14, Kevin J. Anderson, the author behind the novelization of Clockwork Angels, announced two new Rush related writing projects that he was involved with.

The first centered around an anthology of Rush-based stories written by "a gang of award-winning and bestselling authors" where Anderson announced he would be penning a novella called "2113". The second writing project would have him joining forces once again with Neil Peart in the creation of somewhat of a sequel to the Clockwork Angels novel titled Clockwork Lives.

Clockwork Lives is now scheduled for release on September 8th, 2015 and can pre-ordered via Amazon. From the Amazon listing:
Some lives can be summed up in a sentence or two. Other lives are epics.

In Clockwork Angels, #1 bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson and legendary Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart created a fabulous, adventurous steampunk world in a novel to accompany the smash Rush concept album of the same name. It was a world of airships and alchemy, clockwork carnivals, pirates, lost cities, a rigid Watchmaker who controlled every aspect of life, and his nemesis, the ruthless and violent Anarchist who wanted to destroy it all.

Anderson and Peart have returned to their colorful creation to explore the places and the characters that still have a hold on their imagination. Marinda Peake is a woman with a quiet, perfect life in a small village; she long ago gave up on her dreams and ambitions to take care of her ailing father, an alchemist and an inventor. When he dies, he gives Marinda a mysterious inheritance: a blank book that she must fill with other people’s stories — and ultimately her own.

Clockwork Lives is a steampunk Canterbury Tales, and much more, as Marinda strives to change her life from a mere “sentence or two” to a true epic.
Cover art for the new book isn't available yet but will likely be revealed by Anderson on his website soon.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Rush to be Honoured with the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award

Rush to be Honoured with the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award
According to a press release from Bell Media, Rush are to be the recipients of the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award which recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada. Named after CHUM Ltd. founder Allan Waters, the award is made possible by funding from BCE-Bell Media Benefits.

From the press release:
"We are sincerely grateful to be recognized as this year's recipients of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. We are proud, honoured and humbled to be in the company of all Canadians who find it within their hearts to help those in need." - Rush

"We are proud to be recognizing Rush’s noble legacy with this award," said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. "The group’s dedication to countless charities and organizations over the course of their career is truly remarkable. Their tenacity and spirit serves as an inspiration to all of us, and we salute them for all of their exceptional work."

"Bell Media congratulates Rush on being honoured with this year’s Allan Waters Humanitarian Award," said Phil King, President, CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. "As true rock icons, Rush embodies Canada’s innate spirit of compassion. Their generous support of and commitment to numerous worthy causes over their prolific career make them truly worthy of this prestigious award."
The award will be presented to Rush at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on March 14, 2015 in Hamilton, Ontario.

Thanks to Scott Simpson for passing along the press release.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Mystic Rhythms: Rush's Neil Peart On The First Rock Drummer

Mystic Rhythms: Rush's Neil Peart On The First Rock Drummer
Throughout this week, NPR Music "Morning Edition" is talking about drums and drummers. Today, their focus is Neil Peart and his "...early fascination with Gene Krupa and the demanding requirements of his playing..."

From the interview:
When Rush's Neil Peart listens to "My Generation" by The Who, he doesn't hear the lyric or the harmony. His mind is focused on a single thing: the drums.

"I was driving down the length of California the other day with classic rock on and they played 'My Generation,'" Peart says. "I just kind of tuned into the Keith Moon snare sound and his figures and all that. Of course, I know every beat of it."

At 62, Peart has lived through and listened to a substantial slice of the history of modern drumming. He says he first wanted to become a drummer when he saw The Gene Krupa Story.
You can check out the entire interview at this LINK.

Thanks to reader Donovan Duguay for the link.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Geddy Lee Interview on PBS's 'Speakeasy' to Air January 29th

Geddy Lee Interview on PBS's 'Speakeasy' to Air January 29th
Back in November we reported that Geddy Lee visited New York City where he taped a special episode of Speakeasy with his friend and author, Michael Chabon.

‘Speakeasy,’ is a new weekly series featuring in-depth interviews with musicians. The series debuted on public television stations earlier this month. Its fifth episode, which will premiere on January 29th, will include the November-taped interview with Geddy Lee.

A trailer of the episode is available at this LINK or can be viewed via the embedded player below.

Of the interview, Geddy Lee had this to say:
"75 minutes flew by talking to one of my favorite writers and a truly awesome person"


Please check your local listings for the exact time and PBS channel that will air Speakeasy or click HERE for a listing of stations carrying the show.

Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

Related News Stories
[Special NYC Event with Geddy Lee - November 4th, 2014]

Saturday, January 3, 2015

PROG Magazine: R40: Celebrating 40 Years of Rush

PROG Magazine: R40: Celebrating 40 Years of Rush
The January 2015 issue of Classic Rock Presents: PROG Magazine, which is on sale now in the UK, includes numerous features and articles on Rush including a Rush-themed cover. Look for a complete transcription of the magazine to be included in the Articles section of the main site soon.

In connection with the release of the issue, PROG has just released a lengthy article titled R40: Celebrating 40 Years of Rush. The article talks with 40 famous Rush fans who discuss the band and pick their favourite Rush songs.

From the article:
TERRY BROWN, PRODUCER
“The Twilight Zone is a little gem with a very strong lead guitar motif from Alex, Ged’s verse vocals up in the stratosphere and then the chorus slipping into an eerie flanged vocal that is in the ‘zone’. This is all held together by Neil’s very concise, driving percussion closing with the airy guitar solo which makes this one of my favourite Rush tunes.”

TAYLOR HAWKINS
“The live version of A Passage To Bangkok off Exit… Stage Left is probably my favourite Rush moment of all time. I like this more than the album version; the feel is a bit funkier and some of the drumming is absolutely not of this world. Exit… Stage Left is probably my favourite Rush record, and this is definitely my favourite track from this record.”

JOE ELLIOTT, DEF LEPPARD
“I saw Rush play Xanadu live at their first ever UK gig. This was at the Sheffield City Hall back in 1977. It was the solitary new song they played on that tour, and as I already had the live album All The World’s A Stage, which is pretty much what they played, the only thing I wasn’t familiar with. But it stood out as an epic piece. It’s 11 minutes long and musically meandering from quiet to very loud all the way through… Amazing stuff.”
Check out the entire article via this LINK.

Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam

Rush's 2015 Tour
Despite recent favorable comments from both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson about a potential Rush tour in 2015, nothing has been formally announced. If anything, comments also made by Neil Peart suggest he's thoroughly enjoying his time off so, up until now, it seemed fairly certain that Rush would not tour any time soon (certainly not in the spring of 2015 as originally suggested).

Now, however, some leaked unconfirmed tour dates has opened up the speculation game. Yesterday, two 2015 tour dates appeared - and then disappeared - from various concert ticket sites including Ticketmaster. The dates in question were a June 23rd show at the TD Garden in Boston and a June 29th show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. I've also heard from a very reliable source that the band is schedule to perform at the Scottrade Center in St.Louis sometime in June.

Granted, this is all very sketchy information and I was prepared to disregard it until something a little more concrete was made available. That seemingly has happened thanks to a tweet from none other than Lorne Wheaton (Neil Peart's drum tech). In a tweet today, Lorne stated the following:
Hope everyone had a great Holiday season, and WILL have a safe & Happy New Year!! See u all in the new year...oops, did I just say that?
Could Lorne be (once again) hinting at a 2015 tour? It is certainly looking more promising.

If the June dates are accurate, one would surmise that the band would come out with a formal announcement soon. Looking back at the Clockwork Angels tour, the band officially announced that tour in mid-April - or about five months before opening night in September of 2012. Given that time frame, the announcement of the 2015 tour, if it were to start in June, is a just about due.

This is all speculation, everyone. Hopefully we'll have some confirmation very soon. Perhaps on January 1st which marks the 35th anniversary of the release of Permanent Waves. I couldn't think of a better way to get 2015 off to good start.

We'll have more news if and when it becomes available.

I'd also like to take this time to wish every a happy, safe and prosperous 2015. Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Rush R40 Bonus Content Now Available as a Free Download

Rush's R40 Box Set Enters the Billboard Charts at #2
When Rush released their concert video box-set R40 in early November, a special edition of the set was made available at both Best Buy and the Rush Backstage Club. This special edition included an additional DVD disc dubbed the "R40 Completist".

Now, Eagle Rock Entertainment has made the "Completist" content available for free download at www.r40bonus.com. The band also released a special trailer for the special edition box-set via Best Buy which can be viewed at this LINK.

For complete liner notes and box-set artwork of the R40 Box Set, please click HERE.

To purchase R40, click HERE.

Thanks to reader RushFanForever for the news.



Friday, December 19, 2014

Rush Performance on 'The Colbert Report' Among the 10 Most Memorable Moments

Rush Performance on 'The Colbert Report' Among the 10 Most Memorable Moments
Back in 2008, a turning-point in the popularity of Rush occurred; they made their first appearance on American television in more than 30 years with a memorable visit and performance on The Colbert Report.

Now, six years later as the show is set to wind down, the Wall Street Journal takes a look at the 10 Memorable Moments From ‘The Colbert Report’ which includes Rush's appearance:
Rush Make Their First American Television Appearance in 33 Years

July 16, 2008

One of the earliest “gets” of “The Colbert Report” was Canadian prog-rock band Rush, who chose the Comedy Central show as the setting for their first American television appearance in more than 30 years. The gimmick was that Colbert’s director, Jimmy, was a huge Rush fan, and Colbert invited the band on the show because he had lost a bet. Unfortunately, video of Colbert’s interview with the group and its subsequent performance of “Tom Sawyer” isn’t available, but for those of us who remember it vividly, one of the best questions Colbert has ever asked was when he said to Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson: “You’re known for your long songs – have you ever written a song so epic that by the end of the song, you were actually influenced by yourself at the beginning of the song?”
To view the complete list, as well as the video clip from Rush's appearance on Colbert's show, click HERE.

Monday, December 15, 2014

'Tis the Season - A Great Collection of Rush-Themed Gifts Now Available

Rush LunchboxRush Sectors Playing Cards
With the 2015 holiday season upon us, what better time to share the gift of Rush with a friend or loved one? Aside from the usual collection of music CD's and concert films from the band, there are a plethora of other Rush-themed gifts to choose from.

For the gambler, there are several collections of Rush playing cards to choose from including a beautiful Gift Tin which houses two separate deck of cards. Also new this year is a Rush Sectors Playing Cards set. Of course you can also choose from a single deck of cards if you prefer.

For the food afficionados, you can carry your lunch in style with the new Rush Lunchbox or drink your favorite hot beverage in a 2112 Coffee Mug.

Feel like giving someone a challenging gift? Perhaps the Rush Signals 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle will fit the bill. Of course you can never go wrong with the more surreal Rush Bobblehead Dolls :-)

Of course one of the most popular items in the Rush world are t-shirts, and there are plenty to choose from including the new and incredibly popular Rush Evolution of Logo T-Shirt. Prefer to sport the official Rush logo? Then check out the Bravado Rush Starman Glow T-Shirt. For the drummer at heart, you can't go wrong with the got Peart? t-shirt.

Many more Rush-themed gifts can be viewed at the official Cygnus-X1.Net Rush Store. Ordering any of the items above, or anything from the storefront supports Cygnus-X1.Net so THANK YOU for your support!

Here's wishing you and yours a happy and Rush-filled holiday season.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Neil Peart of Rush: The World’s Audience (The Interview)

Neil Peart of Rush: The World’s Audience (The Interview)
Neil Peart appears on the cover of the December 2014 issue of Rockcellar Magazine. Inside the issue is a lengthy interview with the Rush percussionist titled Neil Peart of Rush: The World’s Audience (The Interview). The topics covered include Neil's newest book Far & Near, the Clockwork Angels graphic novel, writing and more.

Here are some excerpts from the interview:
RCM: How are decisions made in Rush?

NP: Something I always say about a band of three, especially like us, is we can’t be a democracy. You can’t have two against one. It’s never going to work it, has to be consensus. You have to keep working on something and then it goes back to something we talked about a little while earlier, you have to keep plugging away. We’ve had songs that the two of us like and the other one doesn’t.

RCM: Do you enjoy revisiting both your first books and early Rush albums?

NP: Well, with my first book, The Masked Rider, yes, I can still live with it. Musically, I’m more satisfied with more recent work and still enjoy contemplating it. I’m more forgiving now where I have emotional appreciation for the older works.

I remember at the time we made it, again our motives were always pure, so I can look at that now and I know we were trying our best. And at worst, I feel a smile rather than a twinge, because it’s maybe an embarrassment of how naive we were.
You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rush to Reissue Mercury-Era Albums Throughout 2015

Rush to Reissue Mercury-Era Albums Throughout 2015
Update (12/10/2014):Amazon Pre-Ordering Links for most of the upcoming vinyl releases are now available below:
Fly By Night - [Vinyl] - [Blu-Ray Audio]
Caress of Steel - [Vinyl]
2112 - [Vinyl]
All The World's a Stage - [Vinyl]
A Farewell to Kings - [Vinyl] - [Blu-Ray Audio]
Hemispheres - [Vinyl]
Permanent Waves - [Vinyl]
Moving Pictures - [Vinyl]
Exit...Stage Left - [Vinyl]
Signals - [Vinyl] - [Blu-Ray Audio]
Grace Under Pressure - [Vinyl]
Yesterday we reported that Rush was preparing to release Fly By Night on Vinyl and high definition Blu-Ray audio format in January. Today, Rush.Com have just announced that that is just the beginning.

According to the band, 14 Mercury-era albums will be reissued throughout 2015. From the announcement:
12 MONTHS OF RUSH: 14 Albums from Mercury era for release in 2015

All titles will be reissued on high-quality VINYL with a download card for Digital Audio version, high resolution Digital Audio releases, while three titles will also be released on Blu-ray Pure Audio.

Earlier this year, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) kicked off its own celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary with the reissue of Rush’s self-titled 1974 debut.

In 2015, vocalist/bassist/keyboardist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart, who joined the band in July, 1974, shortly after the release of that first album and two weeks before the group’s inaugural U.S. tour, will see the reissue of the remaining 14 albums in their Mercury catalog in chronological order. Starting on January 27 with Fly By Night, which will be available in high-quality vinyl with a download code for a 320kbps MP4 vinyl ripped Digital Audio album download; high resolution Digital Audio editions in DSD (2.8mHz), 192khz / 24-bit, 96kHz / 24-bit; and an additional Blu-Ray Pure Audio version with 96kHz / 24-bit 5.1 surround sound and stereo. A Farewell to Kings and Signals are the other two albums which will be reissued in Blu-Ray Pure Audio. The remaining 13 titles will be released one or two a month through the end of the year.
Ordering links are not available yet but should be soon for, presumably, Fly By Night and Caress of Steel. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - December (July) 2014 - "Bamm Bamm and the Lemon Slug"

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - July/December 2014 - Bamm Bamm and the Lemon Slug
Neil Peart has just posted a new edition of his "News, Weather, and Sports" blog entry on his website. This entry, which is dated as July 2014 even though he's had several entries since that date, is titled quite interestingly Bamm Bamm and the Lemon Slug. As it turns out, Neil participated in the annual 24 Hours of LeMons "racing" event in Tooele, Utah. From his entry:
Your reporter poses with his full-face helmet and fireproof gloves, wearing his fireproof suit, socks, long underwear, and shoes (I know—red; they were out of black, see, and I thought, “Okay—I will rock those red shoes”). I am about to take my first driving shift in the “24 Hours of LeMons,” in Tooele, Utah. (Pronounced “Too-ill-uh.”) The endurance racing series, punning on the famous 24-hour race in Le Mans, France, was conceived around 2006 by journalist Jay Lamm. His mission was to give low-budget enthusiasts an opportunity to race—safely and humorously.

Explained in Mr. Lamm’s own pithy words: “Yeah, it’s real racing. That said, between the thick scrum of crapcans in front of you and our aversion to long, flat-out straightaways, you’re not going to set any speed records. It’s kinda like a loud, hot, noisy version of driving to work. For a really, really long time. Without actually getting anywhere. And it’s a lot harder to drink coffee through the helmet. Oh, and, you know, it’s more dangerous.”
Later in the entry, some unsuspecting fan walked right by Neil as he was working on his car:
At some point during that marathon operation I was lying under the car trying to loosen or tighten something, and I looked up and saw a guy and his son walking through the paddock—the dad wearing a Rush T-shirt. I smiled to myself and thought, “If you only knew!”
Classic.

You can read the entire entry via this LINK.

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.

Rush's Fly By Night May Receive a 40th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue

Rush Fly By Night 40th Anniversary ReIssue
Update: MusicTap has just confirmed the re-issue of Fly By Night stating that it will also be released in the Blu-Ray Audio format. From the announcement:
With Blu-ray Audio creeping into the audiophile’s world, it is now the time for those adopting bands that have rabid audiences to bring their music out in the new format to assure their fans the best format to enjoy them with.

On January 27, Mercury Records will reissue a Blu-ray Audio version of Fly By Night, their 1975 classic that introduced drummer extraordinaire, Neil Peart to an adoring fan-base.
Click HERE for more information.

Ordering links outside of the UK are still not available but expected to be announced soon.
Rush's sophomore release Fly By Night will be turning 40 next year, specifically on February 15th, and it now seems possible that Rush may re-issue the album on vinyl to celebrate the occasion. A new listing for the album has just appeared on the United Kingdom version of Amazon. The release date is set for January 26, 2015 however no other details have been provided.

Given Rush reissued their debut album earlier this year to celebrate its 40th anniversary, it's certainly possible that Fly By Night, which also marks the first album featuring Neil Peart, may receive a similar treatment.

We'll have more news once it becomes available which, given the January release date, should be available soon.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Clockwork Angel's Inspired "The Anarchist" Fine Art Print Now Available

Clockwork Angels Inspired Fine Art Print Coming Soon
For a number of years now, Graham Whieldon, the UK based digital artist, has created some stunning Rush-inspired fine art. Last August he announced a new project; one that centered around Rush's Clockwork Angels album. Today, that vision as become a reality with the introduction of "The Anarchist"
At this end of Chronos Square thunders a nightmarish double-decker carousel that holds the fate of all within the decrepit skeletal cage of it's clattering frame, the ultimate wheel of fortune - pick a card; bet your life.
To help celebrate the release of Graham's latest artwork, he's holding a special contest geared specifically towards Rush fans. From his announcement:
Spot The RUSH References Competition
Now that The Anarchist is complete it's time for some Festive fun, and the chance to win yourself a Limited Edition Macrograph of your choice from my collection.

Within the Anarchist picture, I have painted 22 deliberate Rush references - excluding clockwork Angels - from albums to anecdotes, songs to sidelines. Some are obvious and some are tenuous, some are clear and some are well hidden. But all are Rush related in some way, and you will have to examine your print closely to find every last one of them.

The first to email me 16 correct references and where they appear in the painting will be announced on the closing day and sent a Limited Edition Macrograph print from a choice of: The Anarchist, Red Barchetta, 2112 viii, Snow Dog, and The Fountain of Lamneth.
Additional information on the contest and purchasing instructions can be found at www.macrographs.com.

Related News Stories
[Clockwork Angels Inspired Fine Art Print Coming Soon - August 12th, 2013]
[New Rush-inspired Fine Art from Macrographs - November 2nd, 2012]
[Rush-Inspired Fine Art - Red Barchetta - Now Available - October 24th, 2011]

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts Companion Book Now Available

Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts Companion Book Now Available
With the sixth and final installment of the Clockwork Angels Comic Book series released, author Kevin J. Anderson has just announced the release of a companion book titled Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts which is now available in both print and e-book form from Amazon.Com.

From the listing:
Clockwork Angels is a steampunk fantasy adventure—and an innovative multimedia feast!

Based on a story and lyrics by legendary drummer Neil Peart, Clockwork Angels became the worldwide bestselling concept album by Rush and was developed into a New York Times bestselling and award-winning novel by Kevin J. Anderson.

Anderson and Peart, working with comics artist Nick Robles, brought the epic tale to a visual canvas, a six-issue graphic novel published by BOOM! Studios. Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts pulls aside the creative curtain, showing the original scripts, panel by panel, interactions between author and artist, as well as all the secret “Easter eggs” intentionally planted throughout the images as a special treat for Rush fans.

Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts is a fascinating book in its own right, to be studied by comic writers, Rush fans, Kevin J. Anderson fans—and anyone interested in a truly astonishing story of a young man’s journey across a remarkable steampunk landscape with airships, pirates, alchemy, lost cities, a fabulous carnival, and a hero who insists on making his dreams come true.
To order your copy, please click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Rush's R40 Box Set Enters the Billboard Charts at #2

Rush's R40 Box Set Enters the Billboard Charts at #2
Rush's latest offering, the R40 box set, has entered the Billboard Music Video Sales chart at the #2 spot. Even though the last four video releases from Rush (Clockwork Angels, Time Machine Tour, Snakes & Arrows Live and Replay X3) all entered the charts at the #1 spot, a #2 showing for R40 is still impressive given its roughly $100 price point.

It will, however, be interesting to see how long R40 will remain on the charts. The Clockwork Angels tour video remained on the charts for an impressive 43 weeks while the similarly packaged Replay X3 only lasted for a total of 11 weeks.

For more information on the R40 box set, including complete liner notes, tracks, artwork and more, click HERE.

To purchase R40, click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Alex Lifeson Limited Edition Signed Prints Now Available

Alex Lifeson Limited Edition Signed Prints Now AvailableAlex Lifeson Limited Edition Signed Prints Now Available
Over the past few years, including this year, Alex Lifeson has participated in the "Brush of Hope" charity auction, producing and donating original artwork to the cause. This year, Alex's painting fetched an impressive $10,100 in the auction.

Now, the The Kidney Foundation of Canada have just announced the availability of two limited-edition signed prints by Alex Lifeson from previous charity auctions:
Now, the Kidney Foundation of Canada - Atlantic Branch and Alex have teamed up to produce these two limited edition set of prints. Only 300 prints have been made of Self Portrait #1 and only 200 prints have been made of Greek Salad. Each print is numbered and Alex Lifeson has personally signed each individual print. That's right, each print has Alex Lifeson's ORIGINAL signature on it. The print is on high quality, heavy stock. In addition, each print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the Executive Director of the Atlantic Canada Branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, confirming that the print that you have purchased is one of only 300. The certificate also shows the print number (eg. Print No. 33 Limited Edition of 300). The certificate is printed on linen paper, making it ideal for framing with the art print or for displaying on its own.
To view high-resolution images of each print, click on the thumbnail images to the right.

For more information and ordering instructions, please click HERE.

Thanks to Trina Ralph of the Kidney Foundation for passing along the news.

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