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Friday, February 5, 2016

Rush Basks In the Limelight of Moving Pictures - 35th Anniversary Vintage Interview

Rush Basks In the Limelight of Moving Pictures - 35th Anniversary Vintage Interview
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands rolls out the red carpet for the thirty-fifth anniversary of Rush’s most successful album, Moving Pictures.

"...Sales alone do not convey the importance of their eighth studio album Moving Pictures to Rush’s long career, nor to rock music itself. “Music was changing,” Rush lead singer/composer Geddy Lee tells us in this InTheStudio episode, and without Lee, guitarist/composer Alex Lifeson and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart embracing the fresh musical ideas in the crosswinds of the early Eighties with songs “Tom Sawyer”, “Red Barchetta”, “Limelight”, “Vital Signs” and “Witch Hunt”, it is doubtful that a path to mainstream success would have been cleared for later major bands including Metallica, Queensryche, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters, Tom Morello with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, and Dream Theater..."

InTheStudio host Redbeard speaks to Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart about the significance of Moving Pictures to the Rush legacy.

To listen to the vintage interview, please click HERE.

Thanks to Mark Fischer for passing along the news.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rush's Early Years: Exclusive Interview with Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

Rush's Early Years: Exclusive Interview with Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson
Classic Rock Magazine has just posted a new, exclusive interview with both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson on their TeamRock+ section of their website.

Titled Rush's Early Years, the interview discusses the 50+ year friendship of Geddy and Alex and "...the story of the band’s formative years: their school days and early adventures in music, the struggle to make it, the difficult birth of the first Rush album, the tough decision to fire original drummer John Rutsey, and how the subsequent arrival of Neil Peart – drummer and lyricist – completed the classic Rush line-up that survives to this day..."

From the article:
1973
Alex Lifeson:
We made a single, a cover of Not Fade Away – based more on the Stones’ version than the Buddy Holly original. It was a song that people knew and could identify with, rather than an original Rush song. The feeling from management was: let’s do something that people will get as an introduction. I think that was bad advice. Playing that song live was great. We played it quite heavy. It sounded really good. But the recorded version was terrible.

Geddy Lee: I was so excited about doing a record and having our name on the disc, the whole deal. But to be honest, I was embarrassed by how it came out. It was so… dinky.

Alex Lifeson: It just didn’t sound like us. We were a hard rock band. We had some powerful songs – Working Man, What You’re Doing. But that record sounded so tame.

Geddy Lee: It was so disappointing. But our manager Ray Danniels put up the money for us to make an album. We had to do it cheap, recording late at night, after hours. The problem was that our producer, David Stock, was just not that great. So we had to record that album twice. The first version had Not Fade Away on it, and the whole thing sounded as tinny and shitty as the single did. So we had to redo the entire album, and that’s when Terry Brown came in as producer.
You can read the entire article via this LINK.

Thanks to Ryan Arledge for the news.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

40th Anniversary of 2112 Featured in the February 2016 Issue of Prog Magazine

40th Anniversary of 2112 Featured in the February 2016 Issue of Prog Magazine
Update (02/10/2016): The article from Guitar World is now ONLINE. Enjoy-
Next month marks the 40th Anniversary of Rush's pinnacle album, 2112. In celebration of the event, Prog Magazine's 63rd issue (February 2016) highlights the album on the cover and includes a feature story on Rush.

From Prog's website:
The brand new issue of Prog is on sale today, and we celebrate 40 years of Rush's iconic 2112 album...

It was the album that pretty much saved the band's career and remains one of their most popular. Ironically we also discuss with the band themselves what the future might hold for the band following the recent R40 tour amid a raft of rumours suggesting the end might be in sight for Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart.
The issue is on sale now in the United Kingdom and should be available elsewhere within the next couple of weeks. Look for a complete transcription of the Rush-related articles from this issue to appear in the Articles/Bios section of the main site soon.

In related news, the March 2016 issue of Guitar World magazine also includes some content on Rush:
It’s possible that Rush have parked their tour bus for the last time, leaving 40 years of epic gigging and an unparalled body of work in their wake. To help celebrate the release of R40 Live, Guitar World catches up with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee to talk about some of the choice cuts that found their way into the bands career-spanning 2015 set list.
That issue is on sale now at various retails. Look for a transcription of that article to be posted soon.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - January 2016 - BubbaGram™#4 / New Book Coming in September

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - January 2016 - BubbaGram™#4
In the latest update from Neil Peart (See: BubbaGram™#4: At the Route 66 Motel, Neil has announced that his new book, which chronicles his travels during Rush's R40 Tour, will be released this coming September. Titled Far and Wide: Bring that Horizon to Me!, a summary of the book has already been posted at Amazon.Com:
Thirty-five concerts. 17,000 motorcycle miles. Three months. One lifetime.

In May 2015, the veteran Canadian rock trio Rush embarked on their fortieth anniversary tour, R40. For the band and their fans, R40 was a celebration and, perhaps, a farewell. But for Neil Peart, each tour is more than just a string of concerts, it’s an opportunity to explore backroads near and far on his BMW motorcycle. So if this was to be the last tour and the last great adventure, he decided it would have to be the best one, onstage and off.

This third volume in Peart’s illustrated travel series shares all-new tales that transport the reader across North America and through memories of fifty years of playing drums. From the scenic grandeur of the American West to a peaceful lake in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains to the mean streets of Midtown Los Angeles, each story is shared in an intimate narrative voice that has won the hearts of many readers.

Richly illustrated, thoughtful, and ever-engaging, Far and Wide is an elegant scrapbook of people and places, music and laughter, from a fascinating road — and a remarkable life.
As for Neil's latest entry, the fourth in his ongoing BubbaGram™ series, Neil includes several photos from an overnight stay at the Historic Route 66 Motel in Seligman, Arizona. The pictures, and the stories included in the entry, were taken between shows during the R40 Tour:
And what a perfect location for the tour’s last overnight stay—the classic American motel. A line of rooms facing the highway, park in front of your door, sit outside and watch the traffic pass, walk across the road to dinner, no-frills-and-who-needs-’em.
You can read the entire entry via this LINK.

You can also pre-order Far and Wide: Bring That Horizon to Me! at Amazon 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.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Rush's Feedback and Snakes & Arrows Now Available on 200gm Audiophile Vinyl

Rush's Feedback and Snakes & Arrows Now Available on 200gm Audiophile VinylRush's Feedback and Snakes & Arrows Now Available on 200gm Audiophile Vinyl
Over the course of the last year, Rush has been reissuing all of their studio albums and most of their live albums on 200-gram Audiophile Vinyl. It began with the impressive release of their debut album as a box set and now ends with the release of both Feedback and Snakes & Arrows.

Each vinyl record also comes with a code to access a high-definition digital download. To purchase either Feedback, Snakes & Arrows or any of the other previously released vinyl albums, please use one of the links below.

  • Rush
  • Fly By Night
  • Caress of Steel
  • 2112
  • All the World's a Stage [LIVE]
  • A Farewell to Kings
  • Hemispheres
  • Permanent Waves
  • Moving Pictures
  • Exit...Stage Left [LIVE]
  • Signals
  • Grace Under Pressure
  • Power Windows
  • Hold Your Fire
  • A Show of Hands [LIVE]
  • Presto
  • Roll the Bones
  • Counterparts
  • Test for Echo
  • Vapor Trails
  • Feedback
  • Snakes & Arrows


  • Friday, January 22, 2016

    Thinking Out Loud: Geddy Lee (Prog Magazine)

    Thinking Out Loud: Geddy Lee (Prog Magazine)
    PROG magazine has posted a new feature article/interview with Geddy Lee titled Thinking Out Loud: Geddy Lee. With the sub-heading of The Rush frontman on his voice, South Park and wine, the article touches upon several interesting topics including Geddy's thoughts about being part of Rush, and his life outside of the band:
    “It’s almost impossible to think of my life outside of Rush. So much of my life over the last 40 years has been as a member of Rush. But outside of the band I’m very proud of my family and my kids. I think I’ve been a good dad and I’ve always tried to be present in their lives, even when I’ve been away on the road.

    I’ve always done everything that I can to keep my marriage healthy, and that’s difficult when you’re an itinerant musician like I was for so many years, but my wife and I are both big travellers and we’re always on the road and looking for new challenges in our lives. I get involved in a lot of different activities as well, and I quite enjoy fundraising – I’ve done a lot of work in that area. So there are plenty of things that have kept me satisfied outside of the band.”
    You can check out the entire article at this LINK.

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

    Thursday, January 21, 2016

    New Geddy Lee Video Interview Discusses R40 Tour and More

    Rush's R40 Live
    uDiscover Music has just posted a new, 40+ minute interview with Geddy Lee that took place at Abbey Road Studios.

    From the video:
    Geddy Lee from Rush talks to Kylie Olsson at Abbey Road Studios supporting the release of the band's 40-LIVE filmed at the band's Toronto shows on June 17th and 19th 2015 - released by Universal in Nov 2015.

    Geddy talks about how their popularity has continued over their 40 year successful career & discusses the background of the stage sets & theatrics for their retrospective R40 tour. Includes a live clip of their classic song Jacob's Ladder taken from the new R40 release.
    You can view the interview below or directly at this LINK.



    For more from uDiscover Music, check out their YouTube Page.

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

    Alex Lifeson Booked for Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival

    Alex Lifeson Booked for Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival
    A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Rock Guitarist walk into a bar...

    While we all await word on what comes next for Rush following the close of their R40 tour last August, Alex Lifeson has lined up a different type of live appearance.

    The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival has announced that Lifeson will appear at a March 7 event, titled “Hello! Thunder Bay!,” during which “some of Canada’s top musical comedians will join a stellar lineup of Canadian musicians sharing their weirdest, wackiest and most hilarious stories from the road.”

    The festival’s Facebook page adds further detail, calling the evening “A one-night-only event exploring the funny in rock ‘n’ roll” and noting that “Musicians Dave Bidini, Alex Lifeson, Terra Lightfoot, Grand Analog (and more) share rock ‘n’ roll road stories with comedians Jessica Holmes, Gavin Crawford and Sean Cullen adding musical comedy and rock parody.”

    Tickets for “Hello! Thunder Bay!” are on sale now. For more detailed information or to purchase passes, visit the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival website.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Monday, January 18, 2016

    Rush: Beneath, Between And Behind: F.M. Broadcast 1975 Coming in February

    Rush: Beneath, Between And Behind: F.m. Broadcast 1975 Coming in February
    Over the last several years, there have been a number of unofficially released "live" albums which were largely taken from previously aired radio specials. Some of the more notable recent releases include Rush ABC 1974, Spirit of the Airwaves, and The Lady Gone Electric.

    Now a fourth radio broadcast, this time from 1975, will be released under the title Beneath, Between And Behind: F.M. Broadcast 1975. From the Amazon listing:
    Recorded in May, 1975 for Radio-WWM, this tight and forceful live set captures the long-lived Canadian trio at their progressive best. It showcases several of their best-loved songs.
    The single-CD is scheduled for release on February 12th and includes the following eleven tracks:
    1. Finding My Way
    2. The Best I Can
    3. What You Are Doing
    4. Anthem
    5. Beneath, Between & Behind
    6. In The End
    7. Fly By Night
    8. Working Man
    9. In The Mood
    10. Need Some Love
    11. Bad Boy
    Please click HERE to pre-order your copy.

    Thanks to Mark Stench II for passing along the news.

    Friday, January 1, 2016

    R is for Rush: Recording & Mixing R40 Live

    R is for Rush: Recording & Mixing R40 Live
    Sound on Sound Magazine's January 2016 issue includes a lengthy article detailing the challenges David Bottrill, Rush's sound enginerr, faced during the recording, mixing, and production of Rush's R40 Live live album and concert DVD.

    From the article:
    The weeks that followed the recordings were spent doing general work on the session while trying to get approvals on the set and the songs to be used. Knowing that there was a hard deadline for the release, David managed his time by starting to shape the sounds of the second day's show. It was a really strong performance, and we all felt confident that it would make up the bulk of the release.

    David and I mix entirely 'in the box', with mirrored setups based around Universal Audio Apollo interface/DSP units. We both own outboard, but have found that the quality of plug-ins and converters these days, coupled with the universal expectation of recall, means that the ITB approach just makes more sense. For this project, we also brought in an SSL Nucleus: David has tried a lot of control surfaces, but having spent the majority of his life working on SSL desks and having owned an AWS900, it seemed like a natural progression for him. "Using a controller is all about tactility for me, because that's how I grew up working. It's about being able to connect with my mix, not my computer."
    You can read the entire article at this LINK.

    Thanks to Joe Pesch for passing along the article.

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

    Gibson Custom Introduces Limited Edition Alex Lifeson Double Neck Guitar

    Gibson Custom Introduces Limited Edition Alex Lifeson Double Neck Guitar
    Gibson Custom has announced the release of the Alex Lifeson Double Neck guitar, a hand-crafted replica of the iconic guitarist’s 70’s Gibson Double Neck that can be heard on Rush tracks including “Xanadu” and “Vapor Trails.”

    Created in close collaboration with Lifeson, the limited run of 100 EDS-1275s includes 25 that are personally signed by the iconic axeman.

    After Lifeson acquired the Seventies Gibson Double Neck in 1976, it became a regular fixture on the road with him for Rush’s A Farewell to Kings tour from 1977 to 1983. The guitar has been with him ever since, making multiple appearances both on stage and in the studio. The new Gibson Custom model meticulously replicates the original, created with an in-depth digital analysis of the original neck profile and a hands on study of the guitar’s tone and wear.

    The Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Double Neck features a hand-sprayed nitrocellulose finish in Arctic White that is gently aged to mirror the original. 12-string or 6-string play can be easily accessed with a mini toggle selector and the guitar includes Custom Bucker pickups.

    The intricate replication brings to live the undeniable stage presence of Lifeson’s original “two-in-one” axe.

    For more information and hi-res images of the Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Double Neck, click HERE.

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

    Geddy Lee to Appear on UK's My Planet Rock Tonight

    Geddy Lee to Appear on UK's My Planet Rock Tonight
    Geddy Lee is scheduled to be the featured guest on My Planet Rocks, the weekly show that airs on the UK's digital digital radio station Planet Rock.

    My Planet Rocks has previously seen some of the world's greatest rock stars take to the airwaves. Since the series first began, the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Lemmy from Motorhead, The Who's Pete Townshend, Meat Loaf, Alice Cooper, blues legend Gary Moore and the late, great Ronnie James Dio have all taken control of the radio station for an hour and given the world a glimpse into their lives.

    For more information on the show and how to listen in, please click HERE.

    Thanks to everyone who alerted me to this event.

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

    Geddy Lee talks R40 Live and Future Prospects: "Our touring life might be over"

    Alex Lifeson 2015
    An new interview with Geddy Lee that was recently posted at UK's MusicRadar continues the conversation about the possible end of Rush's touring career. The interview actually covers a number of topics including the release of R40 Live, many of Geddy's inspirations, and the filming/recording of the live release in Toronto:
    “It felt like there was a great sense of pride in the house. The first night there were a couple of technical things bugging us and it took us a while to get a groove on, but then on the second we went out all guns blazing and it was one of the best shows of the tour.

    “We were happy to have nailed it while the cameras were rolling – you don’t always get that when making a DVD. Best-laid plans and all…
    With regards to Rush's touring future, Geddy had this to say:
    “I really don’t know at this point,” admits Lee. “We’re not sure how many tours, if any, are left in us. Our touring life might be over; it just depends on being able to get a consensus to do more.

    “Right now, we don’t have a consensus to go out on tour. And unless somebody changes their mind, it’s not looking good for that! But I remain optimistic that, maybe after some time, we can twist everyone’s arms and get back to work!”
    You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

    Thursday, December 10, 2015

    Alex Lifeson 2015 "A Brush of Hope" Limited Edition Print Now Available

    Alex Lifeson 2015
    As most fans know, Alex Lifeson has been a regular contributor to the Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual "A Brush of Hope" charity project. His painting from the 2014 event, titled L'ami Geddy a L'ami Louis, is now available as a limited-edition print -- and it's autographed by not only Alex, but Geddy Lee as well.

    From the announcement:
    The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch and Canadian great Alex Lifeson have teamed up to produce another round of exclusive limited edition prints. Only 325 prints have been made of L'ami Geddy a L'ami Louis. 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. As a bonus, due to the prints' unique nature, Geddy Lee's original autograph will also be found on the print. The print is on high quality, heavy stock, acid free paper. In addition, each print comes with a certificate of authenticity, signed by the Executive Director of the Atlantic Branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, confirming that the print you have purchase is one of only 325 for L'ami Geddy a L'ami Louis. The certificate also shows the print number (eg. Print No. 33 Limited Edition of 325). The certificate is printed on linen paper, making it ideal for framing with the art print or for displaying on its own.
    Each print is $500 CDN. For more information, please visit this LINK.

    Thanks to Kelly M for the news.

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

    MusicExpress Reports Rush "Committed to at Least One More Studio Project"

    MusicExpress Reports Rush Committed to at Least One More Studio Project
    As many publications have been doing over the past few days, MusicExpress has also commented on the news/rumor regarding Neil Peart's retirement and the possible 'end' of Rush. Refuting the news entirely and citing a comment made by Andy Curran, the general manager of Ole, the U.S based company which had just purchased the band’s Anthem/SRO Entertainment operation earlier this year, it now appears that Rush is expected to produce at least one more studio album.

    From the article:
    Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have been quick to downplay published rumours that long-time drummer and the band’s chief lyricist, Neil Peart had announced his retirement from the group.

    Ole general manager, Andy Curran, speaking for the U.S based company which had just purchased the band’s Anthem/SRO Entertainment operation, offered a curt “It’s just a rumour as far as I know” in response to coverage from The Toronto Star and other news media. Curran confirmed that Rush has a live recording and concert film of their R40 tour scheduled for release and the band is committed to at least one more studio project.
    On Monday, Rush was over. On Tuesday, everyone breathed a sigh of release. Today, we might have a new studio album in the future. I wonder what tomorrow will bring :)

    Many thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the article.

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015

    Q&A with Rush "Starman" and Graphic Artist Hugh Syme

    Q&A with Rush
    During the first decade of Rush's career, the band's long-time producer, Terry Brown, was often considered the 'fourth' member of Rush. If that's true, then graphic artist Hugh Syme, who has been responsible for virtually all of Rush's album artwork since 1975's Caress of Steel must certainly be considered Rush's fifth member.

    Several months back, Syme released his incredible coffee table book The Art of Rush where he explained the creative process behind each of Rush's album covers and the artwork within. Now, UDiscoverMusic.com has posted an in-depth interview with Syme where the discussion centers around the artist's favorite album artwork, the challenges he's had in interpreting Rush's lyrical message, his artistic inspirations, and more.

    From the interview:
    What’s the history behind the “Starman” emblem? What made you come up with it?

    The evolution of the star and man was Neil’s and mine’s first true collaboration. He simply described the Red Star Of The Solar Federation as being all that is contrary to free thought and creativity, and the man as our hero. I simply combined the two. Never was this intended to be the band’s brand or logo, with such a strong and enduring association with all things Rush.
    You can check out the entire article via this LINK.

    Geddy Lee Clarifies Neil Peart Retirement Rumours

    Geddy Lee Clarifies Neil Peart Retirement Rumours
    Well it certainly has been an interesting 24 hour period in the world of Rush. First, as we reported yesterday, Neil Peart apparently confirmed that he was retiring, based on an article that appeared in the December 2015 issue of Drumhead magazine.

    Once that news broke, so did the Rush internet as multiple new sources began proclaiming that Rush is no more, Neil Peart is done, and the music world, as we know it, is over.

    Ahem.

    Today, Geddy Lee was quoted in an new article from TeamRock that Neil was "merely confirming his position on touring."

    From the article:
    Lee tells Prog: “There’s really nothing to say. I think Neil is just explaining his reasons for not wanting to tour, with the toll that it’s taking on his body. That’s all I would care to comment on it.

    "We’ll get together eventually and chat about things. But in my view, there is certainly nothing surprising in what he said. Neil just feels that he has to explain with all the thousands of people asking, ‘Why no more tours?’ He needs to explain his side of it.”

    Asked whether he feels Peart's quote was taken out of context, Lee adds: “I think that’s absolutely right. That’s their job. Talking about something when there’s nothing to talk about.”
    "From the lowest low, to the highest high..."

    So I think the entire Rush community can now take a collective sigh of relief. For now, anyway...

    Sunday, December 6, 2015

    Neil Peart Talks Retirement in a new Drumhead Magazine Interview

    Neil Peart Talks Retirement in a new Drumhead Magazine Interview
    Update (12/08/2015): Donna Halper has just commented on the rumor of Neil Peart's retirement:
    "I love a good rumor as much as anyone, but here's what I know regarding Neil and his retirement. He does not want to tour any more, for a number of reasons (health, wanting to be with his family). So yes, in that sense, he has retired. But he is open to getting together with Alex & Geddy at some future point to create some new music. Nothing has been decided about where or when. That's the only news I can share at this point in time. If I have more, I'll be happy to let everyone know."
    Thank you, Donna :-)
    Update (12/07/2015): The complete article is now online and can be read at this LINK.
    The December 2015 issue of Drumhead Magazine includes an interview with Neil Peart where the Rush drummer "reflects on 50 years of hitting things with sticks."

    In a couple of passages, Peart also touches upon the fact that he now considers himself retired:
    "Lately Olivia has been introducing me to new friends at school as "My dad--He's a retired drummer." True to say--funny to hear.

    "And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to... take yourself out of the game. I would rather set it aside than face the predicament described in our song "losing it" ("Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it")"
    Sigh.

    The magazine is also holding a "Neil Peart Tour Package Contest" where one lucky winner will receive six pairs of drum sticks, a "Time Machine" snare, and 2 Paragon cymbals.

    We'll have the complete transcription of this article as well as additional details of the contest available in the coming days.

    Many thanks to Joe Pesch for sharing the news.

    Friday, December 4, 2015

    Geddy Lee on 40 years of Rush - A.V. Club

    Geddy Lee on 40 years of Rush - A.V. Club
    The A.V. Club, an entertainment website published by The Onion, has just posted a new interview with Geddy Lee. Titled Geddy Lee on 40 years of Rush, the interview has Geddy looking back across Rush's vast catalog of music where selects some of his favorites.

    From the interview:
    AVC: What’s it like with a shorter instrumental? For example, “Malignant Narcissism” sticks out as one of Rush’s shortest songs. How or when did you know it was finished?

    GL: We were doing that in at Allaire Studios in upstate New York near Woodstock. It was another one of those residential studios. It was a beautiful old house that had been converted into a fantastic recording studio. We had a lot of stuff done for the album and we kept talking about what’s missing, is there something we need? And our producer was pushing us to do something live off the floor in the studio, something really spontaneous, and I had just taken delivery of this Jaco Pastorius tribute bass, where Fender had made an exact replica of his fantastic fretless jazz bass and it had just arrived and I was dying to play it. I get really restless between vocal takes so I was doing vocals and in between takes I was playing with my new toy, my bass, and the producer was listening through my vocal mic to what I was playing and he was recording it in sort of a stealth way. [Laughs.] After I finished the vocals he said, “Listen to what you were playing in between vocal takes,” and he played me back the main riff of that song and said, “Why don’t you take that and get Neil and go live on the floor and start jamming to it and see what happens.” It was the same kind of deal where Alex wasn’t around for some reason, so Neil and I went in the studio on our own and started laying the track down, and then Alex came in and added his stuff to it afterward, and it just became a real spontaneous moment in the studio.
    You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

    Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    Rush's R40 Live Enters the Billboard 200 Charts at the #24 Spot

    Rush's R40 Live Enters the Billboard 200 Charts at the #24 Spot
    Billboard has just released their latest charting information for the week and Rush's live offering, R40 Live has entered the Top 200 charts at the #24 spot. That's the best initial charting for a live Rush album since the 2008 release of Snakes & Arrows Live. The last two live albums, Clockwork Angels Tour and Time Machine: 2011 Live in Cleveland entered the Billboard 200 at positions 33 and 54 respectively.

    R40 Live also entered the Billboard Music Video charts in the #3 spot. Additional charting for R40 Live includes:
  • Billboard Canadian Albums: #30
  • Hard Rock Albums: #1
  • Top Rock Albums: #1
  • Tastemakers: #2
  • Top Album Sales: #14
  • Internet Albums: #4
  • Top Current Albums: #12
  • Click HERE for all the charting information.

    For more information on the R40 release, please use any of the links below:
  • R40 Live Album - Info Page
  • R40 Live Album - Artwork
  • R40 Live Concert Film - Info Page
  • R40 Live Concert Film - Artwork
  • To order your copy of R40 Live, use any of the links below:
  • Blu-Ray / 3 CD Deluxe Version
  • DVD / 3 CD Deluxe Version
  • 3 CD Version
  • DVD Version
  • Blu-Ray Version
  • For more information on all of Rush's albums, click HERE.

    Related News Stories
    [Rush's R40 Live - Album Liner Notes, Tracking Listing, Artwork, and More - November 21st, 2015]
    [Rush's R40 Live Album and Concert Film Released Today - November 20th, 2015]
    [Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Hit the Interview Trail Ahead of the Release of R40 Live - November 19th, 2015]
    [Sirius XM's Town Hall Meeting with Rush - A Look Back - November 17th, 2015]
    [Rush R40 Live to Premiere on Sirius XM / Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in Sirium XM Studios for a Town Hall Event - November 9th, 2015]
    [Rush's R40 Live to be Screened in London - October 23rd, 2015]
    [Rush's R40 Live Album Artwork, Tracking Listing, And More Revealed - October 8th, 2015]
    [Rush's R40 Live Album and Concert Film Coming November 20th. First Single Released Next Week - September 18th, 2015]

    Monday, November 30, 2015

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - November 2015 - BubbaGram™#3

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - October 2015 - BubbaGram™#2
    Neil Peart has just posted a new update to the "News, Weather, and Sports" section of his website, his third such update in as many months. Once again, Peart continues on a theme he started back in September as this edition, titled BubbaGram™#3, is the third entry since the end of Rush's R40 tour.

    In this entry, Neil discuss a ride between two dates that took place in mid-July, about two weeks before the end of the R40 tour. From the entry:

    It was mid-July 2015, a day off between shows in Salt Lake City and Calgary on the third and final leg of the R40 tour. The setting is the Bannock Pass, an unpaved route between Idaho and Montana. The wide, well-graded gravel curved upward through a treeless expanse of sagebrush and grasses rising to 7,684 feet. A closer look at the photo shows two tiny motorcyclists, Chris and Michael, riding across the lower middle. It was indeed a big country. Just to the north, the Lemhi Pass had been the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805—and until 1846 that very spot marked the western border of the United States. Stories and history everywhere.

    Not long after crossing into Montana and onto a paved road, I led us off-pavement again. Right away Dingus (GPS unit) started—well, freaking out. No other way to put it. One minute he would know what road I was on, and where we were headed, the next he’d be “recalculating,” then suggesting I make a U-turn. As usual, I just pressed on in the general compass direction I wanted, ignoring Dingus until he came up with some useful information.

    Apparently, Neil and technology don't always get along. :)

    You can read the entire entry via this LINK.

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