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Portraits of Rush Photo Book Coming This May

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Rufus Books, a United-Kingdom based publisher, has announced a new series of called Portraits which will comprise beautiful 230mm square books, each presented in a slipcase, and will feature a range of artistes. The first book in the series is titled Portraits of Rush . From the announcement: Portraits of Rush takes us on an epic, photographic journey from the All The World’s A Stage Tour through to Exit Stage Left and the major tours in between. Featuring the photo's of legendary music photographer Fin Costello, who had total access to the band as they travelled, rehearsed, played live and recorded in the studio, Portraits of Rush is a candid, beautiful book of the Canadian trio as they became one of rock’s major bands. The images in this book have been specially prepared and processed for the black and white printing process, and will be re-produced using high quality matt coated art paper. With an introduction by John Tucker and featuring several articles on the b

Afterimage: The Legacy of Neil Peart. Remembering 'The Professor' on the third anniversary of his death.

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On January 7th, 2020, Neil Peart, the virtuoso drummer and lyricist for Rush, died after a long and courageous battle with a rare form of brain cancer (Glioblastoma). Today, on the third anniversary of his passing, we remember Neil and the impact he had - and continues to have - on the world of music and the masses of Rush fans that span all four corners of the globe. Suddenly you were gone. From all the lives You left your mark upon... Despite his 'rock and roll' profession, Neil Peart was a very private and humble soul. He never sought out the adulation of fans or critics, but he was always appreciative of their praise, particularly when that praise came from fellow musicians. As a private man, the shock of Neil's death rocked fans to their core as virtually no one outside his 'inner circle' was even aware that he was ill. Suddenly, he was gone. While that initial shock still resonates to this day, turning our focus on the mark he left on all of us aids i

Bubba Bash 2023 Charity Concert: A Celebration of Neil Peart Coming January 7th

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January 7th, 2023 will mark the third anniversary of the tragic death of Neil Peart. As a testament to his continued influence to fans and musicians across the globe, a charity concert will take place in his honor this Saturday. Dubbed Bubba Bash 2023 , the event was conceived by the Rush tribute band YYNOT and will take place at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania, a northern suburb of Philadelphia. Respected as one of the premier bands to perform Rush tributes, YYNOT is also an original prog-rock band with 3 highly-acclaimed albums of their own. Having scheduled a YYNOT show on January 7th, it was a fitting occasion to honor Neil's legacy and raise donations for Glioblastoma brain tumor research at Cedars-Sinai. The very first Bubba Bash, dubbed as such in Neil's nickname, is a joint effort of YYNOT's Tim Starace and Neil Peart’s long time friend and security provider, Michael Mosbach. Together, they assembled an all-star lineup of Neil's friends,

Neil Peart to be immortalized at Lakeside Park with Bronze Statues

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Neil Peart will soon be immortalized at Lakeside Park in St. Catharines with a two bronze statues that will be erected. After a long deliberation, the City of St. Catharines’ Neil Peart Commemorative Task Force has selected artist Morgan MacDonald of The Newfoundland Bronze Foundry (Morgan Sculpture Inc.) to create the memorial in Peart’s honour alongside the Neil Peart Pavilion in Lakeside Park. The two larger-than-life-sized bronze sculptures of Peart will be connected by a pathway offering experiential and interpretive features providing insight into Peart’s personal and professional legacies, including his time with the band. “I am looking forward to the day we can come together to celebrate the installation,” said St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik. “Port Dalhousie is a place where Neil spent the formative years in his life, even working at Lakeside Park’s former midway. He learned to play music here, launching his career as a writer and musician who is recognized as

Rush Reference on the Latest American Dad Episode

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Over the years there have been plenty of Rush sightings on Seth MacFarlane hit animated series Family Guy . There have also been a couple Rush references on his other animated show American Dad , including one where Steve and Snot are playing air-guitar to 2112 . This week's latest episode, titled I Heard You Wanna Buy Some Speakers (S19:E16), features another lengthy Rush reference. In the episode, Barry blows out his dad's speakers and seeks the help from Snot in order to replace them. Enter Roger, in one of his many personas, where he demonstrates the power of his speakers by playing Working Man from Rush's debut album. He starts by playing the song on vinyl (although the needle-drop location is questionable), switches to casette, moves on to a CD, and even inserts an 8-track tape in the lengthy clip. You can view the clip below and find out more about the episode at the TBS website . Click to View Comments

Rush Branded Beer Now Available in the US

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It was last August when we first reported that the Toronto-based microbrewery Henderson Brewing Company worked with Geddy and Alex on developing their own unique Canadian Golden Ale. Since then, thanks to the incredible success of the beer, Henderson has released other variations of Rush branded beer. Unfortunately the beer was only available in Canada -- until now. Rush have just announced through their newsletter that their Golden Ale would now be available in the United States through HalfTimeBeverage.com . Pre-orders are currently being accepted with an expected shipping date expected in December. The beer will be available in 4-pack ($21.99), 12-pack ($59.99), and 24-pack/case ($99.99) quantites and, due to shipping concerns, there is a two 4-pack minimum. Every purchase of a 12-pack comes with a limited-edition, numbered poster, while case orders also include a Rush bottle opener. Although you can't purchase other variations of their Rush-branded beer in the US

Watch Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson perform at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in Los Angeles

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The second and final Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert took place in Los Angeles last night at the Kia Forum and, once again, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson took the stage to perform three Rush classics. They were introduced by Jack Black, who recalled how Hawkins was in attendance at Rush's final show at The Forum back in 2015: "He wasn't blowing minds," says Black. "He was in the audience, just like you. And he was watching one of the best fucking shows of all time. You know what I'm talking about? They're about to come out right now. It is my honour to introduce one of Taylor's favourite bands, of all time. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up... for Rush!" Geddy and Alex were joined by Dave Grohl on drums as they performed 2112: Overture , just as they did in earlier this month at the Wembley Stadium in London, England. Next, they performed a rendition of Working Man where they were accompanied by Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) o

Remembering Neil Peart on his 70th Birthday

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Today we celebrate the 70th birthday of Neil Ellwood Peart, the extraordinary drummer and lyricist of Rush who tragically succumbed to brain cancer back in January of 2020. 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 where he attempted 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, Neil's performance style was deeply rooted in hard rock. He drew most of his inspiration from drummers such as Keith Moon, Ginger Baker, and John Bonham, players who were at the forefront of the British hard rock scene. As time passed, he began to emulate jazz and big band musicians Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. In 1994, he became a friend and pupil of jazz instructor Freddie Gruber. It was during this time t

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson perform three Rush classics at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert

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In a fairly bittersweet moment earlier this evening, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson took the stage once again at the Wembley Stadium in London, England to participate in the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert. When we first reported Geddy and Alex's participation in this event back in June, it wasn't clear if they would be performing or not. However after last month's surprise performance during the South Park Anniversary Concert at Red Rocks in Denver, Colorado, it became clear that the two surviving members of Rush would, in fact, perform. And perform they did! Geddy and Alex were joined by Foos Fighter frontman David Grohl on drums as they performed the Overture to 2112 as well as a spirited albeit somewhat truncated version of Working Man . Finally, Omar Hakim took over the drums during the performance of YYZ . It's also been confirmed that Geddy and Alex will be performing later this month in Los Angeles when the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert takes the

Alex Lifeson Celebrates his 69th Birthday Today!

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Alex Lifeson, one of the founding members of Rush and the band's seminal guitarist, is celebrating his 69th 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 a licensed aircraft pilot, motorcycle rider, a gourmet cook, avid golfer, 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 during the summer of 2019. In more recent news, Alex recently released a new musical project under the name Envy of None , which was released back in April. He a

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson perform at the South Park Anniversary Concert Event

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For the first time in just over seven years, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson took to the stage once again to performed an extended rendition of their classic song Closer to the Heart . The surprise performance took place during the South Park 25 Anniversary Concert at the Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado. More about the concert event: The two-night event on Aug. 9-10 at the historical outdoor Colorado amphitheater — featuring show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with performances from Primus and Ween — will be taped and aired on Comedy Central and Paramount+. The concert, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the cartoon sitcom, will feature performances of classic songs from the show, including the theme song by Primus, premieres Aug. 13 on Comedy Central and will be available to stream the following day on Paramount+. It is unclear if the concert will have any surprise guests drop by, but as South Park fans know with Parker and Stone, always expect the unexpecte

Geddy Lee Celebrates His 69th Birthday Today!

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Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) is celebrating his 69th 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. Following the success of his book, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass , which was released in 2019, Geddy announced last September that he's currently working on his memoir which, at t