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Friday, August 29, 2014

Billy Corgan Talks About Rush's Ongoing Inspiration

Billy Corgan on Rush
The Chicago Sun-Times has posted a new interview with Smashing Pumpkin's frontman Billy Corgan titled Billy Corgan at home and at peace with making rock and roll. In the interview, Corgan speaks of his continued respect and inspiration for Rush:
His inspirations are now bands that continue to make music but without artistic pretense, such as Neil Young, Iggy Pop, and particularly Rush. He says the Canadian rock giants have taught him that “the right way to get older is no apologies, do your thing, and when you get out there, you can still walk off the stage feeling you’re one of the best at what you do.”

“You don’t feel they’re leaving anything on the table or phoning it in,” he says. “That’s the spirit that made you love them in the first place.”
As most fans know, Corgan not only introduced the band when they received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame but he also had a large part in the band's multi-award winning documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rush Lands at the #2 Spot on VH-1's 25 Biggest Hit Making Trios List

Rush Lands at the #2 Spot on VH-1's 25 Biggest Hit Making Trios List
Utilizing both the number of Billboard chart entries along with RIAA sales certifications, VH-1 has come up with a list of the 25 Biggest Hit Making Trios of all time:
Measuring the success rates of rock stars is never an easy thing, but by calculating the number of Billboard chart entries along with RIAA sales certifications, we’ve come up with a pretty good scorecard for these threesomes who’ve made sweet sweet love to your ears over the years. We’ve got classics like the Bee Gees, Green Day, ZZ Top and the Goo Goo Dolls, who’ve spent decades assaulting the charts with hit after hit. And then we’ve also got some (relative) newbies like Lady Antebellum, who are already making a bid for the record books with just a few MONSTER sellers under their belt. Head to the gallery above and check out our list of the 25 most successful musical trios in rock history, balancing longevity and sales. Enjoy!
The decidedly pop-oriented list had a few surprising entries including Rush landing in the #2 spot. Rush was listed as having an impressive 42 songs that entered the Top 40 singles list while also having 11 Top 10 albums. Interestingly, the Bee Gees, who were ranked #1 on the list, only had 30 Top 40 songs and 6 Top 10 albums. Hmm.

You can check out the entire photo-gallery style list via this LINK.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Alex Lifeson Turns 61 - Happy Birthday!

Alex Lifeson
Alex Lifeson, one of the founding members of Rush and the band's seminal guitarist, is celebrating his 61st 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.

Gibson Guitar has posted a nice retrospective article on Alex titled Alex Lifeson in His Own Words where they celebrate the guitarist's 61st birthday:
Alex Lifeson of Rush turns 61 on August 27 2014. Why celebrate Alex's 61st? Well, Rush are planning a 41st Anniversary Tour for 2015, so thought we'd stay as kookily contrary as the legendary Toronto trio.

There's little need to reiterate Lifeson's standing in rock guitar's pantheon. He's hugely talented and unique, you already know that. And like Rush the band, he's grown into being “cool” as a third of what was once the most “uncool” band ever.
Happy Birthday, Alex and many happy returns!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kevin J. Anderson Announces Two New Writing Projects: "2113" and "Clockwork Lives"

Kevin J. Anderson Announces Two New Writing Projects: '2113' and 'Clockwork Lives'
As most fans know, RushCon 14 took place over the weekend in Toronto. One of the special guests during the convention was Kevin J. Anderson, co-author of the novelization of Clockwork Angels. Kevin made two exciting announcements during his presentation at RushCon.

His first announcement centers around an anthology of Rush-based stories:
For those of you NOT lucky enough to be at Rushcon, I made an announcement this afternoon about an anthology of Rush-based stories I'll be coediting with John McFetridge for ECW (publishers of Clockwork Angels). We have a gang of award-winning and bestselling authors already lined up to contribute stories based on Rush songs. And I'll be doing a novella called "2113".
His second announcement was that he and Neil Peart are writing somewhat of a sequel to the Clockwork Angels novel titled Clockwork Lives. You can watch the announcement via the video embedded below or directly at this LINK.

We'll have more news as it becomes available.

Thanks to Kelly D for passing along the news direct from RushCon.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - August 2014 - "Magnetic Mirages"

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - August 2014 - Magnetic Mirages
It has been several months since Neil Peart has posted a new update to his "News, Weather, and Sports" website blog, but the four-month long drought ended today with his August 2014 update titled Magnetic Mirages.

In this lengthy entry, Neil discusses numerous trips he has taken to the Channel Islands (and its National Park) in California. The park encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was.

From Neil's entry:
This may seem like gratuitous autoporn, or a sly reference to espionage fantasies, but the Channel Islands are there, I promise—just the way I first saw them. After I moved to Southern California in 2000, whenever I rode my motorcycle or drove a car on the Pacific Coast Highway north of Malibu—the wildest, prettiest stretch in Southern California—I would see their distant shadows way out to the northwest. Anacapa, Santa Cruz, and Santa Rosa, as I know them now.

Around that time Carrie and I lived in a townhouse in Santa Monica, and its roofdeck had a fantastic view to the west, out through the shoreline of fan palms to the Pacific’s distant horizon. On clear days, I liked to see the jagged spine of Catalina in sharp relief, rippling green against the sparkling blue sea and sky. Even more rarely, maybe four or five times a year, often in winter’s clearer skies, I spied a tiny dot north of Catalina. If I stretched out my arm toward it, it was the size of the tip of my thumb. It seemed to float above the ocean, like a pale mirage, and I wasn’t even sure it was real.
You can read the entire entry via this LINK.

And to check out every News, Weather, and Sports entry Neil has made dating back to 2005, they are all available at the News, Weather, and Sports Archives.

"From First to Last" - The Spirit of Rush Fanzine Archive

Michael 'Mick' Burnett - The Spirit of Rush FanzineThe Spirit of Rush Fanzine
Last September, I launched the "Spirit of Rush Fanzine" archive; an exclusive feature of Cygnus-X1.Net that brought back to life the longest-running Rush fanzine ever published.

The Spirit of Rush was launched back in 1987 and ran for over fifteen years. In over sixty published issues, the fanzine brought Rush news, articles, reviews, concert updates, fan art, exclusive band interviews and so much more to fans around the globe.

Over the past year, I've been publishing a "new" issue of the fanzine each week and now, at long last, we've arrived at the final, closing issue. Sadly, the fanzine ended its impressive run due to the untimely passing of its founder and editor Michael "Mick" Burnett. From the archive's introduction:
"In late July of 2002, after publishing over 60 issues since that fateful summer in 1987, tragedy struck the fanzine. The editor and founder of the Spirit of Rush, Mick Burnett, passed away suddenly after suffering a heart attack. Just a month later, Mick was celebrated and remembered during a Rush convention in England - one that was essentially sponsored by the fanzine. Following the 63rd issue of the fanzine, one that was dedicated to Mick, a final issue was released after which the Spirit of Rush closed its doors forever."
Issue #64 (#69), which was originally published during the Spring of 2003, is now online and includes some very moving tributes to Mick, along with some additional Rush items of the day including several interviews with Geddy Lee and news on Vapor Trails.

Personally, it has been a joy to bring these fanzines back to life. I had a great time reading through them all as I prepared each issue for re-publication on this site. Once again I would like to thank both Monica Zimmerman, a former contributor to the Spirit of Rush, and Janet Balmer, one of the co-editors of the fanzine for the help and permission to reprint the fanzines online.

To access the complete archive, please click HERE.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Neil Peart Drum Expo 2014 Interview: "The Pursuit of Excellence"

Neil Peart Drum Expo 2014 Interview:
MusicRadar and Rhythm Magazine's annual Drum Expo is currently underway and, as reported earlier, Neil Peart is among the artist line-up this year.

In connection with his participation with the online show for drummers, Neil was interviewed where he discussed his "Pursuit of Excellence" when it comes to growing as a drummer. From the interview:
"It's been my life's tangent," says Neil Peart on the subject of the pursuit of excellence. Since he joined Rush back in 1975, Neil has been the poster boy for prog - a disciplined, metronomic and powerful player. More than 35 years since he joined the world's foremost power trio, Rush are still breaking new ground.

eil's mastery of his trade has made him the toast of his peers in the rock community. His career is littered with classic performances and brilliantly crafted drum parts that are vital to Rush's musical identity. Yet despite his success, Neil remains a student of his art, reinventing his playing virtually from scratch in the 90s with drum guru Freddie Gruber and recently undertaking another course of study with Peter Erskine. The continuing evolution of Neil's abilities speaks to the truth of the maxim that success is not an act, but a habit. The pursuit of excellence is a journey, not a destination.
You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Go Back to School in Style with the Rush Lunchbox

Rush Lunchbox
Over the years, NMR Distribution has offered up a nice variety of Rush related merchandise, including the annual Rush Wall Calendars. Recently, they added a few new items to their lineup including a Rush Starman tin lunchbox, a Rush "Chunky" Starman magnet and a new set of vintage playing cards.

The officially merchandised lunchbox is made of tin, measures 7.75" x 6.75" x 4" and includes "Classic Rush imagery".

The lunchbox is available for sale via Amazon.Com, though it is currently out of stock. The 2015 Rush Wall Calendar should be released soon and can be purchased via this LINK.

The remainder of the items can be purchased directly from the NMR Website at this location.

Thanks to Joe P. for the information on the new items.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rush: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence Book Now Available

Rush: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence Book Now Available
Over the last four years, Robert Freedman, who is the webmaster of the fantastic Rush fan site Rush Vault, has been writing a book about the band. As Robert states, his goal was to develop a book that focused on " overarching narrative that put everything the band has done under a single, unifying theme. It was my intention to do that in my book by showing how all of the band’s music can be understood as an expression of classical liberalism rooted in Aristotelian individualism..."

The result is Rush: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence from Algora Publishing which is now available. From the book's listing on Amazon:
Rush is often referred to as a libertarian rock band, but really what the band is channeling is an Aristotelian individualism, a philosophy that strongly resonates with today's 40-somethings. This helps explain the band's resurgence in popularity, culminating in its 2013 induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 'Rush: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Excellence' brings together the excitement of the band's progressive music, performed by three musicians whose mastery of their instruments has won them the admiration of their peers, and the surprising philosophical sophistication of their music's lyrics.
The book is a systematic look at the Aristotelian philosophy embedded in the band's lyrics over its 40-year recording career.

Although the topic of the book is academic, the writing is sharp, down-to-earth, and leavened with a dry wit. Anyone interested in the band's music, popular culture, and philosophical ideas simply explained will enjoy this entertaining and thought-provoking work.
Robert enlisted the help of RushIsABand's Ed Stenger to pen the foreword and he also utilizes some concert photos from your's truly in the book.

The book can be purchased at Amazon or directly through the publisher.

Congratulations to Robert for developing this book!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tiffin University to Offer "Rush: Progressive Rock and Modern Society" Course This Fall

The History of John Rutsey and Rush
Tiffin University, a private coeducational university in Tiffin, Ohio, will be offering a unique 15 week course this fall that focuses on the musical and cultural issues of the 1970s and '80s.

An article posted in the Tiffin, Ohio, Advertiser-Tribune explains:
This fall, Canadian rock band Rush is coming to town in the form of a new class to be offered at Tiffin University.

The course, "Rush: Progressive Rock and Modern Society," is to explore the musical and cultural issues of the 1970s and '80s, according to course instructor and adjunct professor Nathan Santos.
Santos proposed the course and is designing the curriculum for the 2014-15 academic year.

He said students in the special topics course are to analyze progressive rock, along with its musical elements, lyrical themes, historical, social and cultural content and its significance within the development of popular music styles.

The 15-week course, for three credit hours, already is filling up, he said.

The course is centered on the music and styles of Rush, which was inducted this spring into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Santos said students are to look at the style changes the band went through over the years and how bands withstand changes to continue to create music.

"It is a good lesson for our students who are pursuing a career in the music field," he said. "The band played an important part in our culture and heritage and the commercial music industry."

Rush is the focus of the course, but also a starting point, he said.

Other topics include literature, philosophy, politics, technology, songwriting, biographies, life on the road and album covers.

Santos has been teaching at TU since 1998, mostly music history.

"I love integrating the historic moments in music history, but making them relevant to serve the students," Santos said. "I want to take the information students already know and bring out a connection. I want them to still remain passionate about history and not dismiss it."

Santos said he was given the chance to come up with a culture class.

"I had always thought a course focused on (Rush) would be a neat idea, (but) never had the chance to do it," he said. "There is a constant need to provide newer courses."

Santos said he hopes to draw new students to the department and program.

"People can get a better idea on what we do and what is offered," Santos said. "Our department is continuing to grow. It is exciting to be able to offer a course like this. It is a good place to be."

Santos said he tries to teach music is communication.

"Rush is trying to communicate a message," he said. "We want to take that and look at where we are today and how we got there."
Thanks to reader Carl Schafer for the news.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GL61 - Happy Birthday Geddy Lee!

Geddy Lee
Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) is celebrating his 61st 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 last year, Geddy threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener for the Toronto Blue Jays - something he admittedly dreamed of doing for years.

In addition to today being Geddy's birthday, it is also the 40th anniversary of when Neil Peart joined Rush - cementing the rock trio that would continue through today.

Please join me in congratulating Geddy on reaching his 61st birthday -- and wish him many, many more!

Friday, July 25, 2014

The History of John Rutsey and Rush

The History of John Rutsey and Rush
Ultimate Classic Rock has just posted an article on John Rutsey titled, appropriately, The History of John Rutsey and Rush.

From the article:
Rush have survived 40 years in the music industry, persisting through critical hatred and shifting musical trends, and they owe much of that longevity to the consistently inventive drumming of Neil Peart. Within that view, it’s easy to miss the band’s important first chapter with John Rutsey, the band’s founding drummer. While Rutsey may be remembered as sort of Rush’s version of Pete Best, it’s a story worth revisiting.

The first seeds of Rush were sewn in 1963: Hockey buddies Rutsey and Alex Lifeson met while attending the St. Paschal’s School and eventually formed a band dubbed the Projection. Then in 1968, in the Willowdale area of Toronto, the teenagers joined forces with bassist Jeff Jones, who was soon replaced by Geddy Lee, a somewhat witchy-looking dude with a high-pitched shriek of a voice and an enviable fluency on his instrument.
Click HERE to read the entire article.

Thanks to Randy Z for the head's up.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Geddy Lee Featured in Terroni Magazine - 41st Anniversary Tour Mentioned

In Conversation with Geddy Lee - Terroni Magazine #6 July 2014
Geddy Lee is featured on the cover of Terroni (#6, July 2014), a magazine published by the Terroni Italian restaurant chain based in Toronto and Los Angeles. The accompanying interview, titled In Conversation with Geddy Lee discusses Geddy's love of wine.

Though there is very little talk of Rush, the opening tagline of the article reflects some confirmation of the band's plan to tour next year:
The Canadian icon, whose band Rush is in the midst of planning a 41st Anniversary Tour, spoke with Jessica Allen on how he came to collect (and drink) wine, underappreciated varietals, other rock star oenophiles and improving with age.
After several questions focusing purely on wine, the interview closes with a Rush-centric query:
Is there a Rush album that you feel was critically overlooked?

It's hard for me to have perspective on that. Most of our work is critically overlooked. Our fans have sustained us all these years and as time goes on we've become more critically accepted. So, either we're getting better or our fans have become critics, one or the other. Anyway, it's all gotten better over the last 20 years. For some reason we seem to be improving with age.
You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

Thanks to RushFanForever for the news and Eric Hansen for the transcription.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Win a Copy of the SACD Version of Rush's PRESTO

SACD Version of Rush's Presto
Back in May, we announced that Audio Fidelity was preparing the release of Rush's Presto album using their audiophile-approved SACD (Super Audio CD) treatment. Hemispheres and Counterparts had also received the SACD treatment in the past.

In celebration of the release of Presto, the folks at Audio Fidelity have graciously offered to give away FREE copies of the SACD version of the album to three lucky visitors of Cygnus-X1.Net. To enter the contest, please click HERE. The contest will run throughout July and is open to anyone across the globe.

Presto is now available and can be ordered directly at the Audio Fidelity website. Use the promo code SCARS20 at checkout for 20% off the MSRP price.

Many thanks to Ernie C. and Marshall B. from Audio Fidelity for allowing Cygnus-X1.Net to offer up this great give-away.

Good luck, everyone!

Related News Stories
[SACD Version of Rush's Presto Coming Soon - May 31st, 2014]
[SACD Version of Rush's Hemispheres Now Available for Pre-Order - July 11th, 2013]
[SACD Version of Rush's Counterparts Now Available for Pre-Order - January 7th, 2013]
[SACD Version of Rush's Counterparts Coming in December - November 13th, 2012]

Monday, July 7, 2014

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson May Have Toronto Park Named After Them

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson May Have Toronto Park Named After Them
Could a new arts-themed park located in the Toronto neighborhood of Willowdale be named after two of the area's most famous residents? If Councillor John Fillon, who represents the area, gets his way, then the new park set for construction in 2015 will be named after both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

From Fillon's written proposal:
"The new park will have an Arts theme, specifically related to music and sound," Filion wrote in a June 16 to the North York Community Council's City Clerk's Office. "It is appropriate to consider naming the park after musicians with a connection to the Willowdale area. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are founding members of the band Rush, which has a highly successful career spanning decades."
The Councillor adds both musicians have agreed to put their names forward for the honor. The park, located on land purchased by the city, is bounded by Princess Avenue to the north, Hillcrest Avenue to the south, Glady Allison Place to the west and just east of the "linear park to the east." The name was presented during a consultation meeting on April 22.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Rush Backstage Club Offers Up More Than Just T-Shirts

Rush Pint GlassesRush Signed and Framed Tour Pictures
For years, Rush fans the world over have been able to purchase a wide variety of Rush merchandise from the Rush Backstage Club. From tour t-shirts and baseball caps to tourbooks and videos, the Rush Backstage Club was truly your one-stop-shopping location for all things Rush.

Recently, the online store has expanded their items to include some high-end limited edition signed and framed portraits of Rush, including a set called Live Kings Photo Set:
Limited to only 50 sets, the Live Kings Photo Set contains three iconic photographs taken during the A Farewell to Kings Tour by renowned rock photographer Fin Costello.

Printed on high-quality photographic paper, each photo has been hand numbered and then signed by the respective band member, and every frame comes with a designated Certificate of Authenticity indicating both the photo and its number in the collection.

Note that each piece will have a matching number (e.g. 3/50) to the other two in the set.

Frames are 18" x 18" (45.5 cm x 45.5 cm) and are made of molded plastic with glass.
Other new items to the store include a fantastic Rush Pint Glass Set and there's even a Rush Beer Koozie.

Check out all the Rush Backstage Club has to offer by clicking HERE.

Thanks to Joe Pesch for the heads up on the new items.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Rush's Lighting Director Howard Ungerleider to Receive Parnelli Visionary Honor

Rush's Lighting Director Howard Ungerleider to Receive Parnelli Visionary Honor
PLSN (Projection, Lights and Staging News) has announced that Rush's long-time lighting director Howard Ungerleider will be the recipient of the 2014 Parnelli Visionary Award which will be presented at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 22nd, 2014. From the announcement:
“Howard is a pioneer who took concert lighting to a new level, leaving everybody else to try to catch up,” says Parnelli Producer/PLSN Publisher Terry Lowe. “His work with Rush has inspired many in this business, and he’s known as one of the nicest, most respected guys in this business, too.”

Many companies turned to Ungerleider when developing new products. “A lot of manufacturers would send me their fixtures to break,” he says. One is High End.

“Howard Ungerleider is a pioneer in the entertainment industry,” says High End founder and Parnelli Visionary Honoree Richard Belliveau. “For as long as I have known Howard he has strived to provide his clientele with new and innovative ideas. New and innovative ideas can sometimes require more work and time for a designer like Howard to implement. Howard unselfishly spends his time to make sure those innovative ideas get implemented and in a successful fashion for his client. The results can be breathtaking.”

Ungerleider was born in New York, and grew up in New Jersey. He did some lighting in high school, and then played in bands. Though rock ‘n’ roll stardom eluded him, he had an opportunity to work for an music agency. He started in the mailroom and eventually became a successful band agent himself. During all those limo rides when the band would ask him what he thought of their show, his constructive criticism and specific ideas soon had him moonlighting as a lighting consultant. In 1974, he left the agency business and went to work with Rush.
Click HERE for more information.

Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Netflix Movie Trailer Park Boys: Live in Fu**in' Dublin Includes Cameo Appearance by Alex Lifeson

Neil Peart: Far and Near
Alex Lifeson has a brief cameo appearance in the new Netflix original program titled Trailer Park Boys: Live in Fu**in' Dublin. Lifeson, who portrays himself, announces the winner of the Rush internet contest to determine Rush's biggest fan. The winner of the contest, Bubbles, along with his cohorts Ricky and Julian, recreated the classic Rush video for Closer to the Heart as their entry for the contest.

Alex goes on to congratulate Bubbles for his work on the video, however he also indicates that Ricky's performance really sucked. As part of the winnings, the friends win a trip to Dublin in a private jet to see the band's show there along with a $1000 spending money. Hilarity ensues when they reach Dublin, but I won't give it all away.

The closing credits show a side-by-side comparison of both the original Rush video for Closer to the Heart and the Trailer Park Boy's version.

To watch the movie (Netflix Streaming Account Required), click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Nipissing University To Bestow Honorary Degrees to the Members of Rush

Nipissing University To Bestow Honorary Degrees to the Members of Rush
Update (06/12/2014): Both Geddy and Alex have posted video acceptance speeches. You can view them here: (Geddy | Alex). Thanks to Donovan Duguay for the links and news.
Update (06/12/2014): Rush are scheduled to receive their honorary degrees today, June 12th, at 2:00pm EST. You can watch a stream of the event via this LINK (or now via the embedded viewer below)
Nipissing University, located in Ontario, has just announced that each of the members of Rush are to be bestowed with an honorary degree; the university's first honorary "Doctor of Music".

From the announcement:
“Convocation is the highlight of the year and we are honoured that these extraordinary individuals will help us celebrate our graduates,” said Dr. Mike DeGagné, President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University. “The nine honourees are remarkable Canadians who have helped make our world better. It is very rewarding that they each recognize the distinct value of Nipissing University and support our mission and vision to the extent that they are accepting our highest honour, solidifying their connection to our institution.”

Rush, the iconic Canadian rock band comprised of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, has celebrated more than 40 years of making amazing music together, achieving worldwide album sales in excess of $40 million. Rush ranks third in sales after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and has produced 24 gold, 14 platinum and three multi-platinum albums while being active in philanthropic causes as a group and as individuals. The band has received seven Grammy award nominations and won several Juno Awards. In 1994, Rush was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and in 1996, band members were made Officers of the Order of Canada. In 2012, the band won the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Lee, Lifeson and Peart will receive Nipissing’s first honorary Doctor of Music, on June 12 at 2 p.m.
At this time, it's not known whether any or all of the member of Rush will be in attendance at the ceremony.

We'll have more information as it becomes available. Congratulations to Geddy, Alex and Neil!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Cygnus-X1.Net Enters its Second Decade of Operation

Cygnus-X1.Net Enters Its Second Decade of OperationCygnus-X1.Net Enters Its Second Decade of Operation
June 1st marks the anniversary of when Cygnus-X1.Net was first launched and 2014 marks the site's 10th Anniversary. Ten Years. It's hard to believe I've been at this for so long, and even harder to believe how quickly the time has flown by.

One of the most rewarding experiences of running Cygnus-X1.Net has to be the site's evolution and growth over the years. While the 'Star Trek' side of the shop has expanded modestly over the years, the LCARS theme has never really changed since Day 1. But here on the Rush side of the shop, the site has gone through numerous visual changes as well as significant content growth.

Back when I first launched the 'Rush Tribute' section of the site, I employed a Sphere Theme which I still look back at fondly all these years later. (Through the magic of the internet's web archive, you can still access that theme via this LINK.) Back then, the site sported about 40 or 50 individual pages on Rush including the album and lyric database, the image database and the beginnings of the tour archive. Today, the entirety of Cygnus-X1.Net houses over 1,500 individual pages with over 1,000 dedicated to Rush alone. It includes thousands of concert photos, hundreds upon hundreds of articles on the band, all the details and artwork on every official (and some unofficial) releases and so much more.

My, how we've grown - and not only within the confines of the site. Cygnus-X1.Net has expanded beyond its domain with a Facebook Group which has nearly 5,000 members and a Twitter Page with nearly 3,000 followers.

I'm still humbled and amazed at how far this site has come during the past ten years, and one thing is for certain - Cygnus-X1.Net would not be where it is today without the support of some fantastic people like Rob Michaelson (site designer and graphic artist), Carl McDonnell (graphic artist extraordinaire), Eric Hansen (of Power Windows fame), Ed Stenger (of RushIsABand), Heiko Klages (for hundreds of article contributions to the site) and everyone else who have visited, supported and contributed to the site over the years.

Thank you, all!

On to Decade #2...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Neil Peart's Next Book "Far and Near: On Days Like These" Coming October 14th

Neil Peart: Far and Near
As a follow-up to his 2011 book FAR and AWAY: A Prize Every Time, Neil Peart and ECW Press will be publishing Far and Near: On Days Like These. The book currently has a release date of October 14th, 2014.
Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Neil Peart has stories to tell. His first volume in this series, Far and Away, combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers.

Now Far and Near brings together reflections from another three years of an artist’s life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music. With passionate insight, wry humor, and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes, and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind.

These popular stories, originally posted on Peart’s website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector’s volume.
A hard-cover edition of the book is available for pre-order at Amazon.Com for $22.76. An E-Book version of the book is expected to be released simultaneously.

To read an excerpt from FAR and AWAY: A Prize Every Time, click HERE.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.


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