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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Official Rush Coloring Book by Fantoons Coming in December

Official Rush Coloring Book by Fantoons Coming in December
Fantoons, the creators behind the wildly successful Rush Toons Vol. 2112 are preparing the release of the Official Rush Coloring Book this December.

From the announcement:
Officially licensed 52 page RUSH coloring book packed with art and humor and about the greatest power trio that ever crossed the earth! The mighty RUSH!

Everyone can have fun and relax with this oversize coloring book (19x12) inches!!

Starts shipping during the 1st week of December!!
Priced at just $15.99, you can pre-order the book directly from Etsy at this LINK.

Please visit Fantoon's official Etsy page HERE to check out all the Rush related products they offer, including holiday cards, artwork, t-shirts, and more.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Rush Dinner raises $40,000 for Amani Home for Street Kids in Moshi, Tanzania

Rush Reference on Family Guy - Video and Screen Caps Now Online
Both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson attended a charity dinner event in early October which benefited the Amani Home for Street Kids in Moshi, Tanzania via the Grapes of Humanity Charity organization of Canada.

From the story:
Joe Canavan, a great supporter of Grapes for Humanity, invited eleven of his friends to join him at Barberian’s Steak House on Elm Street, Toronto, for this fund-raiser dinner. The celebrity guests were Geddy Lee and Alex Liveson of Rush who regaled the company with stories of their touring and recording. The wine flowed…like wine and Barberian’s owner, Arron Barberian pledged $2,000 to the cause: the construction of a new home for street kids in Moshi, Tanzania.

For the record, the wines were:

Bouchard Ursules Champagne
F.X. Pichler 2007 Loibner Berg Riesling
Hirtzberger 2007 Honivogl Gruner Veltliner
1997 Guigal La Mouline Côte Rôtie
1999 Jamet Côte Rôtie
2000 Ogier Côte Rôtie Belle Helene
2001 Jasmin Côte Rôtie
2003 Jamet Côte Rôtie
1997 Dows Port
For more information on the Grapes of Humanity charity organization, please click HERE.

With thanks to Ray Johnston for passing along the news.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Rush Reference on Family Guy - Video and Screen Caps Now Online

Rush Reference on Family Guy - Video and Screen Caps Now Online
Tonight's Episode of Fox's animated series Family Guy included a significant Rush reference.

In the anthology-based episode titled High School English (Season 15 / Episode 7), a parody of the classic American novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn took place where the character of Tom Sawyer, portrayed by Chris Griffin, proclaims that the band Rush wrote a song after him. Afterwards he states that there is a Rush concert in town. The scene promptly changes to a animated Rush concert where the band is performing Tom Sawyer.

This isn't the first Rush reference to appear in an episode of Family Guy. One appeared back in 2006 which had Chester Cheetah sitting in a room with a Rush Starman Logo poster on the wall. While listening to Tom Sawyer, Chester opens up a bag of Cheetos, chops them up with a razor blade, snorts them and screams "Ah God there is no f(bleeped)ing drummer better than Neil Peart."

A second less obvious reference occurred in 2007 where a highway signed indicated the mileage to Rhode Island was 2112. (Photo).

Screen caps (click to enlarge) and a video clip from tonight's episode are available below.

Rush Reference on Family Guy - Video and Screen Caps Now Online  Rush Reference on Family Guy - Video and Screen Caps Now Online

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

DVBBS & Alex Lifeson Team Up to Remake 'Closer to the Heart'

DVBBS & Alex Lifeson Team Up to Remake of 'Closer to the Heart'
According to a news story posted at broadwayworld.com, Alex Lifeson has collaborated with the Canadian-born duo DVBBS (pronounced 'dubs') to record a new version of Rush's 'Closer to the Heart', which will be made available for download in early 2017.

From the story:
"When we first had dinner with Ray Daniels, Rush manager, we couldn't be any more excited hearing the stories Chris said. I grew up a drummer so Neil Pert [sic] was a legend to me and a strong influence my whole childhood and music career."

"They're the greatest Canadian band of all time so when we were given the chance to remake a song and implement new music and production with Alex Lifeson, you can imagine how excited we were. Can't wait to play people the song, and bridge the gap between generations says Alex. The song will be available for download in early 2017.
For more information on the collaboration, please click HERE.

Thanks to Eric Hansen of Power Windows for passing along the news.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Appear on 'The Strombo Show' - Extended Interview Now Online

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Appear on 'The Strombo Show' - Extended Interview Now Online
Both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appeared on the Canadian Radio Show 'The Strombo Show' last night. Host George Stroumboulopoulos, who is no stranger to Rush, spoke to the pair about the 40th anniversary of 2112, the R40 tour, the band's induction into the Rock and ROll Hall of Fame, their relationship with the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Geddy's mom and Grohl's mom, electronic dance music, and more.

The entire interview is now available directly at this LINK.

Also, just uploaded today, an extended conversation with both Geddy and Alex has been posted at this LINK. This unedited interview touches upon what's next for Rush.

A photo album of Geddy and Alex's visit has also been uploaded via Dropbox, and can be accessed HERE. Photo credits: Vanessa Heins.

For more information about 'The Strombo Show', please visit their official website at www.strombo.com.

Many thanks to Colton Deddy for passing along the news, and all of the links.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Rush 2112 40th Anniversary Vinyl/CD/DVD Coming December 16th

Rush 2112 40th Anniversary Vinyl/CD/DVD Coming December 16th
Those who attended the premiere of the new documentary Rush: Time Stand Still tonight were treated to some exciting news about a new release celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Rush's 1976 classic, progressive masterpiece 2112.

The 40th Anniversary edition is receiving a number of new treatments, and includes numerous bonus features:
2CD+DVD

CD Highlights:
  • Original Album Remastered at Abbey Road Studios – First Time on CD
  • 5 Newly Recorded Covers from Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nick Raskulinecz, Billy Talent, Steven Wilson, Alice In Chains, Jacob Moon
  • Live Archive Outtakes from MASSEY HALL 1976

    DVD Features:
  • Newly Restored Video & Audio of CAPITOL THEATRE 1976 Concert

    Bonus Videos include
  • In Studio Performances by BILLY TALENT and Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nick Raskulinecz
  • 25+ Minute New Interview with ALEX LIFESON and TERRY BROWN

    New Artwork by Hugh Syme
    Liner Notes by Rob Bowman

    CD - DISC 1
    Original Album
    “2112”
    I OVERTURE
    II THE TEMPLES OF SYRINX
    III DISCOVERY
    IV PRESENTATION
    V ORACLE: THE DREAM
    VI SOLILOQUY
    VII GRAND FINALE
    A PASSAGE TO BANGKOK
    THE TWILIGHT ZONE
    LESSONS
    TEARS
    SOMETHING FOR NOTHING

    CD - DISC 2
    Bonus Tracks
    SOLAR FEDERATION
    OVERTURE – Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz
    A PASSAGE TO BANGKOK – Billy Talent
    THE TWILIGHT ZONE – Steven Wilson
    TEARS – Alice In Chains
    SOMETHING FOR NOTHING – Jacob Moon
    “2112” – Live at Massey Hall 1976 Outtake
    SOMETHING FOR NOTHING – Live at Massey Hall 1976 Outtake
    THE TWILIGHT ZONE – Live 1977 Contraband
    2112 1976 RADIO AD

    DVD – DISC 3
    Live at Capitol Theatre 1976
    BASTILLE DAY
    ANTHEM
    LAKESIDE PARK
    2112
    FLY BY NIGHT
    IN THE MOOD

    Bonus Videos
    OVERTURE - Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz
    A PASSAGE TO BANGKOK: Behind The Scenes with Billy Talent
    2112 - 40 YEARS CLOSER: A Q&A with Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown
  • The 40th Anniversary Special of 2112 is being released on December 16th, and can be pre-ordered today at Amazon.Com.

    In addition to the version being sold at Amazon, the Rush Backstage Club has numerous versions on sale with various, additional bonus features and items. For a complete list of all of the various versions for sale at the Backstage Club, please click HERE.

    Rush Named the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award Recipients

    Rush Named the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award Recipients
    Numerous news outlets including Bravewords have just announced that Rush will be the recipients of the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award:
    Canadian Music Week has announced Rush - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart - as the 2017 recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The multi-platinum trio will be honoured for their achievements and longstanding career in the music industry, social activism and support of humanitarian causes at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at the Sheraton Centre on Thursday, April 20th, 2017.

    "We are so incredibly honoured to receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The depth of Allan and Gary Slaight's generosity, consideration and benevolence has no measure. We will strive to carry forward their spirit of charity and goodwill." - Rush

    "My father Allan Slaight believes that giving back to one's community is something we should all strive to do and the members of Rush have made a point of this throughout their career, starting with a United Way benefit-concert at Maple Leaf Gardens in the early '80s when Allan was Chair of the Campaign," said Gary Slaight, President and CEO Slaight Communications Inc. "In recent years, the group has raised money for food banks, Casey House, the Kidney Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, AIDS research; the list goes on. Alex, Geddy and Neil have been in my family's rock 'n' roll life since the early days when we started Q107 in the late 1970s, and it gives me real pleasure today to thank these three exemplary musicians, on behalf of the Slaight Family, in awarding them with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Award. Good deeds deserve acknowledgement and this is one group that exemplifies the spirit of giving."

    "We are proud to be acknowledging Rush's legacy with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award," added Neill Dixon, President & CEO, Canadian Music Week. "We praise their spirit and determination in philanthropic and humanitarian causes, as their dedication to multiple charities and organizations is very inspirational. They have shown extraordinary support in social involvement and charitable causes, and we are excited to celebrate them at this year's awards."
    To read the entire article as posted at Bravewords, please click HERE.

    Congratulations, Rush!

    Thanks to Eric Hansen of Power Windows for passing along the news.

    Rush: Time Stand Still Tour Documentary Premieres Tonight

    Rush: Time Stand Still Tour Documentary Premieres Tonight
    Update (11/11/2016): Due to overwhelming demand, the documentary will return to theaters for a encore screening on Thursday, November 17th. In addition, there will be a London screening taking place on the same date. For more details about the London screening, please click HERE.
    The premiere of the long-awaited R40 Tour documentary, Rush: Time Stand Still hits theaters across North America tonight for a one-night event. Several official reviews of the documentary have already been posted, including:

  • Rush's Revealing New Tour Doc 'Time Stand Still': 10 Things We Learned - Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Time Stand Still marks the end of the road for Rush - Montreal Gazzette
  • R40 tour gets an emotional send off in revealing documentary - Toronto Sun
  • Time Stand Still – only fans should be rushing to theatres for this one - The Globe and Mail
  • Additional reviews will be posted above as they become available.

    Tickets are still available in many theaters. For ticket purchasing options, please click HERE. For additional information on the documentary, please visit the official website at www.rushtimestandstill.com.

    There will also be some special features premiering ahead of the documentary tonight, including Rush | A Salute to Kings – a 20-minute in-depth discussion with Gene Simmons (KISS), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), and the band’s producer Nick Raskulinecz as they share their unique stories about Rush at home and away for over 40 years.

    And remember, you can pre-order the documentary on Blu-Ray or DVD, which will be released on November 18th. The Blu-Ray/DVD version of the documentary includes plenty of additional bonus features, including previously unreleased pro-shot footage from the Presto tour, titled "Live from the Rabbit Hole". Pre-Order your copy today via this LINK.

    Yours truly will be taking in the documentary at the Regal Commerce Center Theater in North Brunswick, New Jersey. I hope to see many of you there.

    Please feel free to add your comments and reviews of the documentary in the comment section below.

    Enjoy the show, everyone!


    Sunday, October 30, 2016

    Alex Lifeson Donates Original Painting for Brush of Hope Charity Auction

    Alex Lifeson Donates Original Painting for Brush of Hope Charity Auction
    Update: Alex's painting sold for an impressive $8,700 CAN. Congrats to the lucky winner!
    As he has done numerous times in the past, Alex Lifeson has once again created a unique painting for the Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual Brush of Hope charity auction.

    This years painting, which Alex titled "Aquarium," is currently being auctioned off on Ebay.Ca at this LINK, and it's already off to a quick start. The auction ends on November 8th. To see a larger version of Alex's painting, click HERE.

    About the Brush of Hope Charity auction:
    A Brush of Hope – Celebrity Paintings for Kidney Research is an annual fundraising event held each fall in support of The Kidney Foundation of Canada-Atlantic Branch. It is the generosity of our partners that have enabled us to make this event such a huge success, and in our 10th year, we are excited to make it bigger and better than ever in 2016!

    Alex Lifeson, Don Cherry, Brent Butt, Barenaked Ladies, Alan Doyle and Leonard Cohen are just a few of the celebrities who have taken up a brush to create an original masterpiece to help the 1 in 10 Canadians who are living with kidney disease.

    Thanks to the generous support of our partners and the community, since 2006, A Brush of Hope has raised over $110,000 for research, programs and patient services! Also thanks to the Alex Lifeson (of the band RUSH) limited edition prints, we have raised an additional $120,000 since November of 2011!
    For more information about the Kidney Foundation, please visit their website at www.kidney.ca, or check out their Facebook page HERE.

    Thursday, October 27, 2016

    Rush's Moving Pictures Wins the Polaris Heritage Prize

    Rush's Moving Pictures Wins the Polaris Heritage Prize
    The winners of this year's Polaris Heritage Prize have just been announced, with Rush's Moving Pictures taking the prize for the period of 1976-1985.

    From the Polaris Prize website:
    The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize honours Canadian albums of the past from four distinct time periods: 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95 and 1996-05. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are albums of the highest artistic quality, without regards to sales or affiliations.

    Think of the Heritage Prize as our version of a hall of fame where we try to determine who would have won the Polaris Music Prize in the years before Polaris existed.

    How it works is a select group of Canadian music media and historians gather together each year to create a vote-curated list of 10 Short List-nominated albums per era. Two albums per era, one chosen by public vote and one chosen by juror vote, will be designated as Heritage Prize winners each year.
    Moving Pictures won the public vote for the 1976-1985 time period while Kate & Anna McGarrigle's self-titled album won the jury vote.

    You can read more about the Polaris Heritage Prize HERE. Billboard Magazine also has an article on this year's winners available HERE.

    Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

    Friday, October 14, 2016

    Rush: Time Stand Still Documentary Now Available for Pre-Order

    Rush: Time Stand Still Documentary Now Available for Pre-Order
    The new Rush documentary, Time Stand Still, which is coming to theaters for a one-night event on November 3rd, is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

    The DVD version of the documentary can be pre-ordered HERE for $16.98 USD.
    The Blu-Ray version of the documentary can be pre-ordered HERE for $21.98 USD.

    Complete content details of the documentary release are now available. The release will include previously unreleased pro-shot footage from the Presto tour, titled "Live from the Rabbit Hole".
    This feature-length documentary film chronicles the final major tour for legendary rock band Rush. It is an intimate view 'under the hood' of a historic moment from the perspective of the band, their fans, crew, and management. Featuring interviews with the band throughout their sold-out 2015 40th Anniversary tour, the film also shows rarely seen backstage footage capturing the final moments of life on the road. Highlighted as well is the impact on the band's fans and the world that has been built around the beloved Canadian trio. This is the final touring chapter of a band that has meant so much to so many fans around the world. With narration by Paul Rudd. Running time: 1 hour 37 minutes of documentary footage with an additional 67 minutes of never-before-released bonus content.

    Track Listing:
    When I Was a Kid
    It's a Really Hard Life
    A Huge Accomplishment
    Building R40
    Fan-Tastic
    Hello Toronto
    'Ride On' Neil
    Your Weakest Point
    Marathon Not a Sprint
    At Road's End

    BONUS CONTENT: (NEVER BEFORE RELEASED)

    'Live from the Rabbit Hole'
    -Subdivisions
    -Superconductor
    -Show Don't Tell
    -The Pass
    -Closer to the Heart
    -Manhattan Project
    -Scars
    -War Paint
    -Tom Sawyer
    -2112: Overture / La Villa Strangiato / In The Mood

    The Professor's Warmup
    Both versions will be released on November 18th, 2016.





    Monday, October 3, 2016

    Rush: Time Stand Still Coming to Theaters November 3rd

    Rush: Time Stand Still Coming to Theaters November 3rd
    Update 10/05/2016: Rush have just announced that the DVD/Blu-Ray release date of the documentary is set for November 18th. Pre-Order links will be available soon. Additionally, two trailers from the documentary have now been released. You can view them below.

    Finally, a stand-alone website with additional details about the documentary is now online here: www.rushtimestandstill.com.
    The movie site Fandango has just announced that a new movie titled Rush: Time Stand Still will be coming to theaters for a one-night event on November 3rd.

    Rotten Tomatoes has a brief synopsis of the film:
    Fathom Events, ole, Anthem and Zoe are excited to bring Rush | Time Stand Still to movie theatres nationwide for a raw, intimate and vivid look into Rush's R40 tour for a one-night event on Thursday, November 3! In 2015, Rush went out for a 40th anniversary tour; rumored to be the last tour of its kind and the end of their life on the road.

    Narrated by Paul Rudd, Rush | Time Stand Still is a documentary event which covers the R40 tour and the unique relationship Rush have with their devoted fans. Candid interviews with Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart bring Time Stand Still to an emotional conclusion for a band who built their career the old-fashioned way. One show at a time.
    Information from Fandango is available HERE.




    We'll have more information on this movie once it becomes available.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Saturday, October 1, 2016

    From the Riser: A Drummer's Perspective II with Forward by Neil Peart Now Available

    From the Riser: A Drummer's Perspective II with Forward by Neil Peart Now Available
    David Phillips is proud to launch his latest book, From The Riser: A Drummer’s Perspective II, a follow up to the critically acclaimed A Drummer’s Perspective.

    The beautifully designed, From The Riser is a photographic celebration of many of today’s greatest drummers and percussionists. It unashamedly captures the energy, emotion and elegance of the world’s best, playing with the world’s greatest bands.

    The book features two hundred and seventy previously unseen photographs taken exclusively by the author. It includes over one hundred and thirty legendary drummers including Neil Peart (Rush), Gary Wallis (Pink Floyd), Graham Broad (Roger Waters), Deen Castronovo (Journey), Gavin Harrison (King Crimson), Ginger Baker (Cream), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani), Martin Axenrot (Opeth), Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) Mike Mangini (Dream Theater), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa), Todd Sucherman (Styx) and many more. Included alongside the many striking images is a record of Phillips’ cherished collection of backstage passes, set lists and other memorabilia.

    Peart, who penned the foreword for the book says ‘not many photographers have captured that performance art as well as David ... One accomplishment is simply collecting photographs ... but the greater gift is delivering such iconic images.’

    This ambitious book, with over one hundred and eighty pages, is a lavish tribute to drumming and drummers, which reflects Phillip’s intuitive knowledge and deep respect of all things percussion. It is a complete compendium, packed with expressive, jaw-dropping photos. To get shots like this you have to understand drummers, drums and playing live.

    From The Riser: A Drummer’s Perspective II retails for £29.99 ($39.99, €35.50) and is only available to purchase from the Author’s website www.music-images.co.uk.

    Thanks to David Phillips for passing along the news on his new book.

    Monday, September 19, 2016

    RushCon16 Dates Announced

    RushCon16 Dates Announced
    The organizers of RushCon, the largest North American gathering of fans celebrating the music of Rush, will be returning once again this year for another convention in the band's home town of Toronto.

    From the official announcement:
    Hello Rush Fans! You didn’t SERIOUSLY think we would go a whole year without a con? We know summer is going fast (and the nights are growing colder), so we decided to throw RushCon 16 in the golden light of autumn.

    We hope to see you all this November 3rd - 5th, 2016, In Toronto, Canada. (Yep, that’s Thursday through Saturday this time.) We have a huge, major event to announce, along with some fun new things! All details will be announced over the next couple weeks. But now would be a good time to ask for time off, get your Rush shirts out of the attic, and prepare to have the best weekend of your life this November. Stay tuned!
    For more information, please visit the official RushCon website.

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to Receive Key to the City of Toronto

    Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to Receive Key to the City of Toronto
    John Tory, the mayor of the City of Toronto, has just announced that both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will be awarded the keys to the city of Toronto in a ceremony scheduled for this Saturday.

    From a story posted in the Toronto Sun:
    Two of the most successful musicians in ‘YYZ’ history will bask in the ‘Limelight’ this weekend, as Mayor John Tory presents them with the key to the city.

    Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, founding members of rock band Rush, will receive the honour during a special ceremony on Saturday. The duo, who were both born and raised in Toronto, will also have a park in Willowdale named after them at the event honouring their achievements over 40 years in the music industry.

    “Rush’s sound, famous across the world, has helped shape Toronto’s own musical identity, which always has been and continues to be a unique hybrid of styles and influences,” Tory’s spokesman, Amanda Galbraith, said in a statement to the Toronto Sun Wednesday.

    “Very few bands can claim to have influenced a genre of music — but Rush can legitimately say they’ve done just that.”
    To read the entire article, please click HERE.

    Congratulations, Rush!

    Monday, September 12, 2016

    Neil Peart Celebrates His 64th Birthday Today

    Neil Peart Celebrates His 64th Birthday Today
    Today marks the 64th 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.

    Join me in wishing Neil a very Happy Birthday - and many happy returns.

    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    Lee Lifeson Art Park Inaugural Launch set for October 1st

    Lee Lifeson Art Park Inaugural Launch set for October 1stLee Lifeson Art Park Inaugural Launch set for October 1st
    It was back in July of 2014 when we first brought you the news about a proposed arts-themed park, located in the Toronto neighborhood of Willowdale, that would be named after Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. The Lee Lifeson Arts Park, as it came to be known, has been under construction throughout 2016, and is now open to the public.

    A formal inaugural launch of the park is now set for October 1st, according to the most recent issue of the City of Toronto's Celebrate Toronto newsletter:
    On October 1 from 1 to 5 pm, join Cultural Hotspot and North York Arts at the kick-off to the inaugural season of the Lee Lifeson Art Park in Willowdale. Create a community arts piece, join an Aztec dance workshop lead by performer Jesus Mora and fellow dancers, and watch the Live Arts Youth Showcase, featuring spoken word, music and dance. Visit toronto.ca/culturalhotspot for information.
    Back when the plans for the park were first announced, Geddy Lee spoke to the Toronto Star, where he had this to say:
    “I know my mom is very happy!”

    According to rock lore, Lee and Lifeson met as students at the nearby Fisherville Junior High School, where they first forged the musical bond that would eventually blossom into one of rock’s most prolific power trios.

    “It is where I met my best friend and bandmate,” Lee said. “We were humbly honoured by the suggestion to name the park after us.”

    Discussion among Rush fans online has been overwhelmingly supportive of the idea ever since the park plan was put forth weeks ago. But one lingering question invariably remains: Why isn’t it being called Rush Park?

    The perceived snub of drummer Neil Peart is not intentional, the band’s publicist explained. It’s just that he didn’t grow up in Willowdale. (Your move, St. Catharines.)
    For more information about the inaugural launch, please click HERE.

    A Facebook photo-gallery of pictures of the park is also available at this LINK.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand and Dan Reynish for the news and pictures.

    Tuesday, September 6, 2016

    Rush: Album by Album Book Coming May 2017

    Rush: Album by Album Book Coming May 2017
    Martin Popoff, the author behind the 2004 Rush biography Contents Under Pressure as well as 2013's Rush: The Illustrated History, will be publishing his third Rush-inspired book in May of 2017.

    Rush: Album by Album, which will be published by Voyageur Press, will include reviews of each of Rush's 20 studio albums by 20 rock journalists. From the book's description:
    Formed in Toronto in 1968, the rock trio Rush has gone on to multiplatinum success behind the distinctive high register and virtuosic bass-playing of frontman Geddy Lee, the legendary drumming and lyric-writing of Neil Peart, and the guitar heroics of Alex Lifeson. Despite having just four chart-topping singles since the release of their debut LP in 1974, Rush has nonetheless sold more than 25 million albums in the U.S. and more than 40 million worldwide. Indeed, the Canadian trio may be the definition of an "album band," and this new book from prolific rock journalist and acknowledged Rush authority Martin Popoff pays tribute to the band's discography by moderating in-depth, frank, and entertaining conversations about all 20 of Rush's studio albums.

    Inside, the author gathers 20 rock journalists and authors who offer insights, opinions, and anecdotes about every release. Together, the conversations comprise a unique historical overview of the band, as well as a handsome discography. Popoff also includes loads of sidebars that provide complete track listings, details on album personnel, information on where and when the albums were recorded, and sidebar facts about the albums, their songs, and the band.
    The book is currently available for pre-order via this LINK.

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

    Alex Lifeson Participates in the 9th Annual Medlock Krieger Celebrity Invitational and All Star Concert

    Alex Lifeson Participates in the 9th Annual Medlock Krieger Celebrity Invitational and All Star Concert
    Alex Lifeson recently participated in the 9th Annual Medlock Krieger Celebrity Invitational and All Star Concert. The event, which took place on Monday at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, California, benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

    Numerous photos and videos from the event have been posted at HeavyMetalHill. Among the included videos are live performances of The Spirit of Radio and Limelight, as well as an interview with Alex himself.

    You can check out all of the photos and videos at this LINK.

    For more information on the Medlock Krieger Celebrity Invitational, please visit their website at www.scottmedlockgolf.com.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Saturday, August 27, 2016

    Alex Lifeson Celebrates His 63rd Birthday

    Alex Lifeson
    Alex Lifeson, one of the founding members of Rush and the band's seminal guitarist, is celebrating his 63rd 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, an artist and has also dabbled with a little acting now and again.

    Happy Birthday, Alex and many happy returns!

    Friday, August 26, 2016

    Rush's 'The Body Electric' Makes Exclaims' Eight Favorite Songs About Robots List

    Rush: The Body Electric
    Earlier this week, Canada's entertainment website Exclaim! posted a list of their 'Eight favorite songs about Robots'. Heading the list is Rush's 'The Body Electric' from their 1984 album Grace Under Pressure.

    From the article:
    "...When it comes to the human race's technological advances, the subject of robotics and artificial intelligence rarely fails to create riveting fiction, whether the humanoid machines are helping maintain society or blowing it up...

    Rush – "The Body Electric"

    No strangers to exploring the world of science fiction in song, Rush's "The Body Electric" tells the story of "an android on the run" in search of freedom from its electronic existence. In linking the world of robotics to the human race with the song's protagonist's individualist aspirations, the song's chorus features bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee singing the binary code '1001001,' which translates to a capital I.

    And here's some irony: "The Body Electric" comes from the band's 1984 record Grace Under Pressure, on which machines — namely, Lee's synthesizers and Neil Peart's electric drums — played a prominent role in their songwriting.
    You can check out the entire list via this LINK.

    Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

    Monday, August 22, 2016

    Enter to Win a Signed Rush Time Machine Drumhead

    Enter to Win a Signed Rush Time Machine Drumhead
    The Percussive Arts Society is raffling off a Rush Time Machine Drumhead, which is signed by all three members of Rush. Details of the raffle:
  • Raffle tickets for as little as $10 each
  • Valued at $2,500
  • Professionally framed in museum grade glass
  • Signed by all 3 members of Rush Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee
  • Drawing date Nov. 12, 2016
  • Support Percussive Arts Society
  • About PAS:
    Now in its 55th year, the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) is a 501C-3 non-profit, music-service organization whose mission is to inspire, educate, and support percussionists and drummers throughout the world. PAS is regarded as the global leader in percussion and drumming by providing unparalleled and interactive resources and experiences in percussion education, performance, and research. Today, the society is almost 7,000 members strong, with 50 chapters located across the United States and an additional 28 chapters outside the U.S. Each year PAS hosts the largest drum & percussion event in the world, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).
    To learn more, including information on purchasing raffle tickets, please click HERE.

    Thanks to Christopher Schneberger for the news.

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