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April Album Releases - Rush's Moving Pictures 40th Anniversary Edition and Alex Lifeson's Envy of None Project

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The long-awaited album release for Alex Lifeson's Envy of None project finally dropped earlier this month. The eleven-track album (sixteen if you purchase the deluxe edition ) features: ALF ANNIBALINI Guitar, Keyboards, Programming ANDY CURRAN Bass Guitar, Synthesized Bass, Programming, Guitar, Background Vocals, Stylophone MAIAH WYNNE Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Keyboards and of course ALEX LIFESON Guitar, Mandola, Banjo, Programming The album has been receiving quite a bit of praise and was on target to land in the Top 40 Album list due to strong, early sales. Visit the album page at the main site for liner notes, lyrics, credits, song comments, articles, artwork and more. And finally, at long last and after numerous delays, the release of Rush's 40th Anniversary Edition of their best-selling album Moving Pictures is here! MP40 is available in several different formats, including: 3-CD Edition 5-disc Vinyl Edition Massive 9-disc D

Geddy Lee flexes his acting chops on CBC's Murdoch Mysteries

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According to this Tweet , Geddy Lee is scheduled to make an appearance on the long-running CBC mystery drama Murdoch Mysteries . Geddy will appear on Episode 21 of Season 15 which is titled Devil Music . His character's name? Sawyer...Thomas Sawyer. From the tweet: THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Next week's episode is going to have you RUSHING to your screen, so make sure to clear your schedule. 😏 With big things happening and a familiar face, you don't want to miss this one! A short video segment featuring Geddy is available via the aforementioned Tweet, or via the embedded video player below. The episode will premiere this coming Monday, March 21st. Those in Canada can watch the show on CBC or stream it on CBC Gem . It also appears to be available on Acorn TV . 🚨THIS IS NOT A DRILL🚨 Next week's episode is going to have you RUSHING to your screen, so make sure to clear your schedule. 😏 With big things happening and a familiar face, you don't want to miss this

Alex Lifeson will auction of parts of his Guitar Collection and other items this May

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Alex Lifeson will give fans with deep pockets a chance to own part of his legendary guitar collection with a new event from Julien's Auctions . Their auction dubbed Property From the Archives of Alex Lifeson will be the centerpiece of their Music Icons event, taking place Sunday, May 22nd, live from New York City's Hard Rock Cafe and online at JuliensAuctions.com . Property From the Archives of Alex Lifeson will include more than 100 lots featuring signature guitars owned and played by Lifeson, along with instruments, wardrobe, gear and memorabilia owned and used by Lifeson, which will be available to the public for the first time. Highlights of the auction include: Highlights from the collection include… A 1976 custom-built Gibson ES-355TD , aka “Whitey, played by Lifeson throughout most of his career with Rush. “Whitey” is featured on all albums from “A Farewell to Kings” to “Test for Echo,” and can be seen played by Lifeson on stage during all Rush tours from 1977 to

Rush Announce their Moving Pictures 40th Anniversary Box Set and Collection is Coming April 15th

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At long last, Rush have finally officially announced the release of their long-awaited 40th Anniversary Box set for the seminal 1981 album Moving Pictures . It appears the long wait will certainly be worth it as this box set will be offered in numerous different configurations. From the announcement: Celebrating 40 years of Moving Pictures with a Super Deluxe boxset fully loaded for fans! The 2015 album remaster is on CD 1 for the first time. CDs 2 & 3 feature the complete, unreleased Toronto concert from March 25, 1981. All vinyl has been cut half-speed Direct-To-Metal Mastering for the first time ever on five 180-gram audiophile LPs. Blu-ray Audio disc presents the first-ever Dolby Atmos & new 5.1 surround album mix including the brand-new video for “YYZ” + 3 music videos for “Tom Sawyer,” “Limelight” & “Vital Signs.” Hugh Syme brilliantly created brand new, stunning 40th anniversary artwork with new illustrations for each song, all showcased in the 44-page

Alex Lifeson's Envy of None Project Releases First Single "Liar"

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The first single from Alex Lifeson's band/project Envy of None has just been released. Titled Liar , the single is available to stream at the band's official website or from the YouTube viewer below. In addition to Alex Lifeson, Envy of None consists of Andy Curran, guitarist Alfio Annibalini and vocalist Maiah Wynne. Though Liar is the first official single released, last summer Alex Lifeson also shared two other songs on his website - Kabul Blues and Spy House , which are available online at this location . According to Lifeson, the project recorded a total of ten songs and are still preparing for a release of all the tracks in the near future. Complete details, newsletter registration, and more available at envyofnone.com . You can also follow them on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram . Pre-Order the entire album, which will be released on April 8th, HERE . Comments

Neil Peart: The Man Behind the Kit -- Remembering Rush's Drummer on the Anniversary of his Death

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Neil Peart reminded us that we are "Only immortal for a limited time" when he penned the lyrics to Dreamline , the opening track from Rush's 1991 studio album Roll the Bones . Today, as we remember Neil on the second anniversary of his passing, we look back and revel at just how much life and energy the Rush drummer put into his period of immortality on this Earth. During his lifetime, Neil was heralded for numerous accomplishments, from his lyrical mastery of Rush's catalog of music, to his chronicling of his time on the road and beyond through the books he authored. However, it was what he achieved behind the drum kit that will forever cement Mr. Peart as one of the finest musicians of all time. Neil wasn’t simply a powerhouse percussionist who pounded away at the drums to establish a beat to Rush’s music. Neil was an artist in the purest sense; one who savored every note he created and ensured that each note served a purpose, even if it might get buried with

Rush-Themed Pinball Machines Coming from Stern Pinball

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Stern Pinball recently announced that they would be producing and releasing several versions of Rush-themed pinball machines some time in 2022. Today they released an extended trailer that highlights the machines. From the announcement: Over 40 million records sold. More than 40 years of unparalleled creativity. Countless sold-out tours. An impassioned global fan base. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Inductions into the Canadian and U.S. Rock and Roll Halls of Fame. Officers of the Order of Canada. Countless other awards and recognitions. That’s all very nice. For the three band members, however, it was never about the accolades. It was always about their music, their friendships, their band, their fans, and now: PINBALL!!! Stern Pinball, Inc. proudly announces a new line of pinball machines celebrating the iconic Canadian progressive rock band, Rush. Rush pinball machines are available in Pro, Premium, and Limited Edition (LE) models.

Rush 2112 Oracle: The Dream 3D Lenticular Print Now Available

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A new 2112-inspired 3D Lenticular Print is now available from Iconic by Collectionzz . The print is based on Oracle: The Dream, part 5 of the 2112 suite. From their website: "I see the hand of man arise. With hungry mind and open eyes.” We're continuing our officially licensed Rush 2112 art series, in which different amazing artists each illustrate a section of 2112, with Oracle: The Dream by Cuyler Smith! This is the second piece in the series, the first being Temples of Syrinx by Palehorse released in 2020. To better understand this art, we'll give you the quick version of Rush's masterpiece 2112. The title suite of Rush’s 2112 album is set in a totalitarian society where the evil priests of the Temples of Syrinx keep everyone in line. Stability is threatened when a young man finds a guitar, learns to make music on it, and believes the world needs to hear of his great discovery. After the priests of the temple destroy the guitar and banish him, he is met

Moving Pictures 40th Anniversary Alternate Album Images Now Available

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Some exciting news related to the 40th Anniversary of Rush's Moving Pictures studio album. A new website has been created at movingpictures40.com which provides alternate versions of the album's front and back cover, as well as the individual photos of the band members. These limited edition images are being sold to help support the Grapes for Humanity charity organization. More from the website: Welcome to the Deborah Samuel Collection of photographs celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the album Moving Pictures. This collection contains a curated selection of alternative front and back album cover images, and a series of photographs of Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee from the same period. Incredibly, these Moving Pictures photographs have remained unseen for 40 years, and are now being unveiled for the first time to help a worthy cause, Grapes for Humanity. Grapes for Humanity is pleased to work with the Genius 100 Foundation (G100) Gift of Sight Campaign in partnership

Alex Lifeson and Crown Lands Jam Together Ahead of Massey Hall Performance

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Oshawa prog rock duo Crown Lands recently hit the studio with their guitar hero, Alex Lifeson — and "some real magic happened." Lifeson reportedly invited Kevin Comeau and Cody Bowles to join him onstage at the 17th annual Andy Kim Christmas concert that takes placed tonight (December 8th) at Toronto's newly revitalized Massey Hall. The pair will perform two Led Zeppelin covers with Lifeson, one of which may be "Stairway to Heaven." In a very wholesome gesture, the CanRock legend also lent Comeau his double neck guitar to play. Bowles and Comeau have frequently described their sound as "the White Stripes covering Rush," so you could say this is a pretty big deal for them. Earlier this year, the band released their White Buffalo EP — the follow-up to the duo's 2020 self-titled debut album — and were named breakthrough group of the year at the 2021 Juno Awards. If you want to bear witness to some of the magic, fear not: some tickets to the sta

Neil Peart's Wife And Daughter Accept 'Lifetime Achievement Award' On His Behalf At PASIC

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Neil Peart was posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Percussive Arts Society (PAS) at this year's Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis on Thursday, November 11. Peart's wife Carrie Nuttall and daughter Olivia accepted the award on his behalf at the event, where they were joined by Chris Stankee, global director of artist relations for Sabian cymbals. Now in its 60th year, the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) is the world's largest percussion organization and is considered the central source for information and networking for percussionists and drummers of all ages. Established in 1961 as a non-profit, music service organization, PAS works to fulfill its mission to inspire, educate, and support percussionists and drummers throughout the world. The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) is the world's premier drum and percussion festival and the largest of its kind. Featuring over 100 concerts,

Original Alex Lifeson 1971 Charcoal Sketch Available in A Brush of Hope Charity Auction

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Nearly every year since its inception back in 2006, Alex Lifeson has donated one of his uniquely created paintings to the Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual Brush of Hope charity auction. However for the 2021 auction, Alex has donated a charcoal sketch of a live model that he drew back in 1971. From the auction website: Original charcoal sketch by famed Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson. Own a piece of music and art history! Drawn in 1971, then 18 year old Alex completed this sketch of a live model while attending an art class during the formative years of Rush. A truly one of a kind item! Piece is charcoal on art paper, measures 18"x24" and is hand signed and dated on the front by Alex Lifeson! The charity auction will end on November 10th. Complete details and bidding instructions are available at this location . About the Brush of Hope Charity auction: Alex Lifeson, Don Cherry, Brent Butt, John Tavares, Barenaked Ladies, Alan Doyle, Mike Myers, John Meyer