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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - March 2015 - Miracle in Colorado

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - March 2015 - Miracle in Colorado
Neil Peart has just posted a new entry to his "News, Weather, and Sports" blog entry on his website. This entry is aptly titled the Miracle in Colorado.

Readers of Peart's novel Roadshow: Landscape with Drums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle know of the tale of Neil's lost side luggage case as he was traveling through Colorado by motorcycle back in 2004. As it turns out, he was actually headed to Kevin J Anderson's home for a visit. Despite a frantic search for the missing luggage case, which included some incredibly sentimental - and quite irreplaceable - items, Neil was unable to locate it. Even an attempt at posting a "missing" advertisement with a "significant reward" netted no returns. As time went by, as years went by, the memory of his lost luggage slowly faded.

Until February of this year when he received the most unlikely call:
One morning in February 2015 I received a call from an old friend, Rob Wallis. For close to twenty years, with his longtime partner Paul Siegel at Hudson Music, we had collaborated on a series of drumming DVDs. Just a few weeks before Rob had been in Southern California, and we had got together with a couple of other East Coasters who were also in town for the annual musical instrument-makers’ show, NAMM.

Like many good friends who have many good friends, Rob and I are not in frequent contact, maybe once or twice a year. But to add to the truly paranormal aspect of these events, Rob had just been out shoveling snow around his house. He thought of my affection for winter and snowsports, and snapped a selfie to send to me.

When Rob went indoors, he picked up a mysterious voicemail. An elderly lady said she was calling from Colorado Springs, then launched into a story about her husband having found a duffel bag years ago, then forgot about it in their garage. Recently she was clearing out the garage, and found the bag again. She said there were papers in it with my name on them “dating back to 2004,” “a very nice watch,” and, somehow, Rob’s telephone number.

As Rob recounted these facts to me, he sounded hesitant and mystified—it made no sense to him. I knew right away what it had to be—though my brain was reeling at even the possibility.

It had been eleven years ago.
This entry recounts the unlikely story of finally locating his lost luggage case and how it essentially turned into a time capsule. As Neil goes on to say, "You can’t make that stuff up.".

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.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Art of Rush: Hugh Syme, Serving A Life Sentence Coffee Table Book Coming Soon

Art of Rush: Hugh Syme, Serving A Life Sentence Coffee Table Book Coming SoonArt of Rush: Hugh Syme, Serving A Life Sentence Coffee Table Book Coming Soon
UPDATE: Both the Deluxe and Special editions have already sold out - in under 2 hours. If you are planning on ordering the Classic edition, you may want to do so sooner rather than later.
Rush have just announced the pending release of a new coffee table book that features the band's album artwork. Art of Rush: Hugh Syme, Serving A Life Sentence will be available in three different formats and pre-orders begin this Friday.

From the announcement:
The Art of Rush is a 272 page coffee table book that delves into the 40 year relationship with Rush and their longtime artist and illustrator Hugh Syme. The stunning book begins with a foreword penned by Neil Peart, and contains original illustrations, paintings, photography, and the incredible stories behind each album that he has designed with the band since 1975.

The book's narration was written by music journalist Stephen Humphries and includes in-depth interviews with each Rush band member, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and artist Hugh Syme. The Art of Rush also contains entertaining anecdotes and commentary from a wide array of notable musicians, actors, athletes, writers, radio personalities and Rush insiders about their favourite Rush album covers, which clearly reveals how vital and impactful the visual representation of their music has been through the years.

One of the hallmark's of Rush releases is the considerable care and consideration that goes into each one – including the conceptual artwork. Readers of the Art of Rush may be surprised to discover just how much effort went into each concept and the execution for every album cover. In the days before Photoshop, each element of the artwork had to be handcrafted and pieced together. Take the gatefold for Hold Your Fire, for example, Hugh first constructed a miniature set of a city street and then super-imposed a picture of a fireball juggler on it. It's akin to what the Hollywood special effects studio used to do. Nowadays, of course, Hugh utilizes digital technology to create Rush's art. But as Neil Peart adds, "the tools got easier, but the thinking doesn't."

Some of the regaled stories include furtively crossing the border for a guerilla-style shoot for A Farewell to Kings, trying to herd a warren of rabbits for the cover the Presto, descending into the depths of an autopsy lab to find a brain for Hemispheres, building a pool inside Hugh's studio for Test for Echo, and a stunt involving fire, whiskey and photographer Deborah Samuel for Moving Pictures. But no history of the band's art would be complete without the story of the creation of arguably the band's most iconic image, The Starman, and cover art for 2112.

"From the first time Hugh and I met, we shared a level of communication that would sustain us through all the years of discussing art by long distance. We had the same values and tastes in images and design, and simply spoke the same language. That's why I off-handedly referred to him one time as ‘serving a life sentence as my art director," said drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, who has worked with Hugh on the art for every project Rush has released.

Rush fans will have first opportunity to pre-order the Art of Rush, including two special edition versions.

Pre-Order ANY of these editions, and you will receive an exclusive R40 Record Flat:
This Hugh Syme designed record flat is printed on 12" x 12" card stock and is printed on both sides. Side One will feature the R40 artwork, custom designed for this exclusive. Side Two will feature a complete discography of the Rush albums. This record flat is exclusive to this pre-order, and will not be available anywhere else, at any time.

The Pre-order for the Art of Rush book will begin on Friday, March 27 at 10 am ET at rushbackstage.com

Roadcase Deluxe Limited Edition 1/100
  • Limited to 100 copies, this deluxe limited edition will be numbered and signed by all 3 members of Rush & Hugh Syme.
  • The book will come in a hand-crafted road case designed by Anvil approx. 15" x 15" x 3" in size and will be enclosed in a custom slipcase.
  • A signed and numbered limited edition lithograph of Hugh Syme's detailed drawing of Caress of Steel, the first cover he worked on for Rush, will be inside the case,.
  • The case will have a metal plate affixed to the outside with the limited edition number and the limited edition lithograph of the Caress of Steel lithograph will match.
  • $995

    Limited Special Edition 1/250
  • Limited to 250 copies, the hardcover book will be numbered and signed by all 3 members of the band and artist Hugh Syme, enclosed in a custom slipcase.
  • $495

    Classic Edition
  • The 272 page hardcover book
  • $99
  • For more information, please visit the Rush Backstage Club.

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    SE Alex Lifeson Thinline Acoustic Guitar Announced from PRS Guitars

    Alex Lifeson SE Thinline Acoustic Guitar Announced from PRS Guitars
    PRS Guitars has just announced the release of the SE Alex Lifeson Thinline Acoustic Guitar, "...a road-worthy guitar for players in need of a stage and studio-ready instrument..."

    Alex Lifeson commented on the new offering:
    "I was very pleased when PRS presented me with my SE Angelus acoustic, a beautiful guitar of stunning quality. It was in response to the challenge of building a guitar that shared the integrity and attention to detail that the Alex Lifeson Private Stock Angelus possesses in a package more broadly accessible. The SE Alex Lifeson Thinline is that model. Carefully selected materials, expert craftsmanship and a smart approach to concept resulted in a guitar that is beautiful to look at and rewarding to play."
    From PRS:
    Carrying over unique appointments from the Private Stock Alex Lifeson acoustic, the SE features a thinner body depth than PRS’s standard Angelus model. A “Birds in Flight” inlay adorns the rosewood fretboard and pairs nicely with the unique back and sides crafted from figured Dao wood. Players will find a noticeably warm and resonate tone in the SE Alex Lifeson - even when amplified! An undersaddle pickup with both volume and tone knobs will give you all the control you need from the stage.
    The guitar retails for $799 but is available at several retailers at a discounted price.


    Click HERE for more information on the SE Alex Lifeson Thinline Acoustic Guitar.

    Sunday, March 15, 2015

    Rush Receive Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Juno Awards Ceremony

    Rush Receive Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Juno Awards CeremonyRush Receive Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Juno Awards Ceremony
    Update (03/18/2015): The JUNO YouTube channel has just posted Rush's induction video for the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. Click HERE to view it.
    Last night, both Rush and their long-time manager Ray Danniels were the recipients of two very special awards at the 2015 Juno Gala Dinner & Awards ceremony.

    With Geddy Lee on hand, Rush's front-man accepted the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award on behalf of the band. This award recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada. Manager Ray Danniels was bestowed with the 2015 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award which recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the Canadian music industry.

    A Twitter Feed included numerous pictures and video clips from the event:


    Earlier in the week, Billboard Magazine posted a lengthy article about the band's award and their long charitable history. From the article:
    "It's really nice to get this acknowledgement, but honestly, this is something that's just a duty for everyone," he says. "Lots of people are generous and do things like this, and it's the right thing, I think, when you're in a position to help those who are needy or less fortunate. Then it's kind of our duty as human beings to do that, and it's not a big deal. I can't remember [certain details] because I don't really think about it."

    Lifeson's modesty is not surprising. Rush operates as a laid-back unit that is more concerned with its craft than the glory of the spotlight, and since Rush's lyrics (written by drummer Neil Peart, 62) frequently ponder the state of humanity, it's logical that the band -- which is rounded out by singer-bassist-keyboardist Geddy Lee, 61 -- looks at charitable endeavors as common decency.
    Some additional video clips from the event include Geddy Discussing His Favorite Rush Song and Ray Danniels' acceptance speech.

    Congratulations to Rush and Ray Danniels!

    Saturday, March 14, 2015

    Attention Rush Fans! Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour

    Attention Rush Fans!  Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour
    Rush.Com has just posted an announcement stating that the band is looking for fan photos to help celebrate Rush's 40th anniversary. From the announcement:
    ATTENTION RUSH FANS: WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS!

    FOR RUSH’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY, WE’D LIKE YOU TO SUBMIT PHOTOS OF YOUR FAVOURITE RUSH MOMENTS.

    Ideally, we’re looking for one to three photos that succinctly chronicle your history as a RUSH fan. These could be:

  • Your first show
  • A memorable moment
  • Taking your child to see their first RUSH concert
  • You, with a banner or sign you made
  • A photo of you rocking your favorite RUSH paraphernalia

    You get the picture. We want to see photos of you, through the years, showing your support for the band.

    These submissions may be used as part of our R40 campaign, so please know that once you submit these, you are giving your approval for their use. You’ll be asked to accept our terms of use at the end of the form.

    We can’t wait to see what goodies you have for us!
  • The submission link to upload your photos is available at the bottom of this page or directly HERE.

    Related News Stories
    ["Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway - March 10th, 2015]
    [Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video - January 27th, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    Rush Manager Ray Danniels Talks About Managing the Band and Their Future

    Rush Manager Ray Danniels Talks About Managing the Band and Their Future
    CelebrityAccess has just posted a new interview with long-time Rush manager Ray Danniels. In the In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc segment, Danniels discusses managing the band over the past four decades and what the possible future holds:
    With all of this activity, there’s a sense of finality in the air. Will this be the final Rush tour? Both Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson have talked about the tour somewhat in those terms. So final tour or not?

    Somewhere between possible and probable. There are some of us who would keep going forever, and there are some of us who wouldn’t. So it’s a process of working that out. And what somebody thinks today may not be what they think in a month.

    Once the band return to performing, they might think, “We can’t give this up.”

    Yeah, that is possible. I am focused on making this as good as it can be, and then seeing where we are. I did not want to do a farewell tour. There was no one in the band who wanted to do that because there is nobody who thinks it is that final or thinks that they won’t make music or do something. But I will tell you this. I am probably not going to be able to get a band full of 65 year olds out again on the road--which is what would happen next time with any potential tour--they all would be 65-ish. Neil is as much an athlete as he is a musician, but with these 2 1/2 and 3 hour length sets, I don’t know if it possible to keep up with that (physical) demand. And they each want to go out on top in every single way. From their status....well, that is more me—the status—than it is them; and still having the ability to be at their best. To play at the level that they have been able to play.
    Click HERE to read the entire interview.

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    New Alex Lifeson Interview Discusses Rush's Long History and Charity Work

    New Alex Lifeson Interview Discusses Rush's Long History with Charity
    Earlier this year we first reported the Rush would be the recipients of the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award which will be awarded to the band this Saturday at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards ceremony.

    Ahead of the awards ceremony, Alex Lifeson was recently interviewed by The Canadian Press on topics ranging from the award, which recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada, to the band's longevity and their plans for the upcoming R40 tour:
    If Rush's generosity was a bit of a secret, they wouldn't have minded if it stayed that way.

    "It's a way that you can do it as a unit, which Rush is, without making really a big deal about it," guitarist Alex Lifeson said recently from Toronto.

    "This is really great to get this award — it's always very humbling — but this is just something that you're supposed to do. We don't make a big deal out of it."

    Among their charitable contributions, Rush has donated significantly to Toronto Food Bank, United Way, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the New Orleans-assisting Make it Right Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, Alberta Flood Relief and Casey House.
    Regarding the upcoming tour, Alex joked "We rehearse ourselves to death..."

    Click HERE to read the entire interview.

    Thanks to Helga Burghoffer for the news.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2015

    "Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway

    Get Everyone to R40 Online Funding Event Now Underway
    With the possibility that Rush's upcoming 40th Anniversary tour may be the band's last for the foreseeable future, a group of dedicated fans headed by Mark Lesko have initiated an online funding drive to provide the means for less fortunate Rush fans to attend one of the upcoming shows. From the event page's description:
    The Rush family. We don't know if this will be the last big tour, so EVERYONE needs to go. Many people can't go because of health, lack of funds, distance, or other reasons beyond their control. Not ok. They all need to go. Help me get everyone there. We are trying to raise money to get the less fortunate to the shows - as many as we can. R40! Epic!!!!! Lets do something no one has ever done...
    Unquestionably, this is a worthy cause especially for those who truly want to attend one of the R40 shows but simply do not have the financial means. Making a donation to the cause or requesting to be considered for receipt of a concert ticket is easy and secure. All of the information is available at this LINK.

    Organizer Mark Lesko, along with a panel of fans including yours truly, will ultimately select the fans who will benefit from this drive. Obviously, the more donations that come in from fellow Rush fans, the more we'll be able to serve through this cause. If you are able to donate, please do. If not, please help us spread the word by sharing this story with others.

    Thank you.

    Related News Stories
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

    Friday, March 6, 2015

    Cover Art for Clockwork Lives Novel by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart Revealed

    Clockwork Lives Cover Art Revealed
    Author Kevin J. Anderson has finally revealed the stunning cover art for Clockwork Lives, the follow-up novel from his novelization of Clockwork Angels whom he co-wrote with Neil Peart. Anderson revealed the cover art via his blog:
    This book is going to be as beautiful as CLOCKWORK ANGELS! A new novel in the fantastic Clockwork universe, with all-new adventures of pirates and airships, the Watchmaker, the Anarchist, lost cities, sea monsters, and a woman’s quest to collect a book full of lives before she can have her own life back.
    ClockworkLives

    The cover art was created by Nick Robles, with design input from Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, and hearkens back to an age of beautiful book making: each copy of the trade hardcover will have an oxblood leatherette cover with embossed gold stamping of gears and alchemy symbols.

    Nick Robles also created striking new line drawings to illustrate the featured “tales” in the book, so that this will be a remarkable and innovative volume to be placed proudly on any mantelpiece.
    Earlier this month, Anderson posted a podcast where he discussed the making of Clockwork Lives, as well as other Rush-related writing projects he's completed - and is still working on. You can listen to that podcast via the player below or directly at this LINK.


    Clockwork Lives is set to be released on September 15th and can be pre-ordered HERE.

    Related News Stories
    [Kevin J. Anderson Releases Chapter One Teaser Sample of 'Clockwork Lives' Novel - February 4th, 2015]
    [Clockwork Lives Novel by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart Now Available for Pre-Order - January 21st, 2015]
    [Kevin J. Anderson Announces Two New Writing Projects: "2113" and "Clockwork Lives - January 22nd, 2015]

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    Rush: A Brief History of Time - Part 12 Now Online

    Rush: A Brief History of Time - Part XII
    The twelfth installment of the ongoing series Rush: A Brief History of Time, an ever-increasing archive of articles, interviews, reviews, and advertisements about Rush that span every decade from the 70's onward, and collected from the world over, is now online.

    In this twelfth installment, over 200 new articles and advertisements have been added; 29 from the 1970's, 159 from the 1980's, 3 from the 1990's, 1 from the 2000's and 11 from the current 2010 decade. The majority of the articles in the 1980's fall into the three-year period of 1987 - 1989 where the emphasis of the collection focuses on the releases of Hold Your Fire, A Show of Hands and Presto.

    There are also some great, early articles and reviews from the 1970's that focus on 2112 and A Farewell to Kings and, as a special treat, also included is a 1970 review of Neil Peart's then-band J.R. Flood.

    Once again, I'd like to thank Heiko Klages of Germany who contributed the bulk of the articles for this installment. Special thanks also go out to Joe Pesch, Eric Hansen from Power Windows and Brian Siddall whom also contributed articles this time around.

    To read the entire installment, click HERE.

    To check out all twelve installments of Rush: A Brief History of Time, including a chronological listing of all the articles, click HERE.

    Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Yet Another Rush-Themed Mural Appears on FX's Archer

    Yet Another Rush-Themed Mural Appears on FX's Archer
    FX's long-running animated series Archer has had a history of Rush sightings throughout its run. Most have taken place in the form of a Rush album-themed mural appearing on the side of Krieger's van (one of the main characters in the show).

    On the episode titled "The Kanes" (season 6, episode 8), which aired last week, Krieger's van received the debut album treatment with "Rush" replaced simply by the word "Van".

    This marks the fifth such van mural that has appeared on the show, dating all the way back to 2011. The four previous van motifs included:

    "Double Trouble" (season 2, episode 13, aired April 21, 2011): "Exit...Van Left"
    "The Man From Jupiter" (season 3, episode 1, aired January 19, 2012): "Krieger Vanispheres"
    "Space Race: Part 2" (season 3, episode 10, aired March 22, 2012): "Caress of Krieger"
    "The Wind Cries Mary" (season 4, episode 2, aired January 25, 2013): "Van By Night"

    Click this LINK or the image to the right for a motif including all five vans.

    Thanks to everyone who informed me about this latest sighting.

    Related News Stories
    [Rush References on FX's Archer - April 22nd, 2011]
    [Rush References on FX's Archer - Season 2 Finale - January 20th, 2012]
    [Rush Reference on Third Season Finale of FX's Archer - January 23rd, 2012]
    [Rush Reference on FX's Archer - 'Van By Night' - January 27th, 2013]

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    Rush The Lady Gone Electric Live 1974 Radio Broadcast Coming in April

    Rush The Lady Gone Electric Live 1974 Radio Broadcast Coming in April
    In the same vein as the 2011 release of RUSH ABC 1974: The First American Broadcast and the 2014 release of SPIRIT OF THE AIRWAVES: Live 1980 Radio Broadcast, another early Rush radio broadcast is set to be released as an 'unofficial' CD this April.

    Rush The Lady Gone Electric is a live radio broadcast recording from a December 1974 appearance at the Electric Lady Studios in New York City. From the Amazon.Co.Uk listing:
    Recorded at the Electric Ladyland [sic] Studios in New York City, in December 1974 in preparation for their first US tour, this sublime Rush performance was given in front of an audience of 8-12 people in the small studio, and thus provides a fine example of this remarkable band s early live sound. This was also the earliest recording made with Neil Peart on drums, Peart having replaced their former skins-man John Rutsy, a few months before this show. They perform material from their first album and new songs from the soon to be released Fly by Night LP. The show was undertaken to provide a live broadcast for FM Radio, and was transmitted across the airwaves prior to the release of Fly by Night. Neil had only been with the band for a few months at this point, but the playing is tight and precise.

    The FBN songs are still coming together, so some, notably Best I Can, contain some alternate lyrics. The structure of Fly by Night is different, with the guitar solo coming after the vocal bridge and a completely different ending. We get a rare treat in Working Man, when Alex delivers a guitar solo outside of the normal structure of the song. Bad Boy is introduced as a Beatles song, although it was originally written and performed by Larry Williams. It s amusing to hear the polite clapping of what sounds like about five or ten folks in the studio. Geddy s soft-spoken comments in between songs are a sharp contrast to the very hard-edged performance. Apparently, several mics were set up around the studio, with only a very basic soundboard feed. The result is a very well-mixed sound - so much so, in places it sounds as though it s lifted direct from the first album. The three bonus cuts included are from the group s first US television performance on the legendary Don Kirshner Rock Show programme in October 74.
    Though the listing at Amazon cites this as the first recording of Neil Peart as a member of Rush, it is not. The first was actually the aforementioned RUSH ABC 1974: The First American Broadcast.

    The CD includes twelve songs including a cover of Bad Boy:
    1. Finding My Way
    2. Best I Can
    3. In the Mood
    4. Anthem
    5. Need Some Love
    6. Fly by Night
    7. Here Again
    8. Bad Boy
    9. Working Man
    10. Best I Can [Bonus]
    11. In the Mood [Bonus]
    12. Finding My Way [Bonus]
    The CD is scheduled for an April 13th release in Europe and is expected to be released soon in North America.

    You can pre-order the CD via this LINK.

    Thanks to Eric Hansen from Power Windows for the news.

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Geddy Lee Reflects on Massey Hall as $136-million Renovation Gets Underway

    Geddy Lee Reflects on Massey Hall as $136-million Renovation Gets Underway
    Though Rush has only performed their a total of six times over their decades spanning career, Massey Hall in Toronto remains one of the band's most cherished venues. It was in this historic venue where Rush performed a consecutive three-night stand back in June of 1976 that was recorded and later released as their first live album All The World's a Stage.

    Now, as the venue which was built back in 1894 prepares to undergo an extensive seven-year, $135-million revitalization, Geddy Lee takes time to reflect back on the meaning of the venue to Rush and Toronto.

    From an article that was published today by CTV News Toronto:
    Rush frontman Geddy Lee's memory of attending his first show at Toronto's Massey Hall remains spring-water clear -- and what stands out is the sound quality that was swamp-water muddled.

    It was June 5, 1968, and a then 22-year-old Lee was desperate to see British rock royalty Cream, even though his friends weren't.

    "I couldn't get anyone to go see Cream with me," Lee told The Canadian Press in one of Massey's spartan dressing rooms Monday.

    "I said: 'Screw you all, I'm going by myself.' I sat in the balcony. And I don't think their PA system had arrived because they played onstage and Jack Bruce was singing through the Massey Hall crappy little announcement system.

    "It was really strange," he added, laughing.

    Such whimsical glitches may become less common as the venerable Massey Hall -- a piece of Toronto iconography since it was built back in 1894 -- undergoes a seven-year, $135-million revitalization.

    "Phase one" of that operation began this week, with improvements including a first-ever loading dock, a modernized back of house, a backstage space for artists, and technical tweaks.
    Click HERE to read the entire article/interview with Geddy Lee.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    Special Hologram Edition of Rush's 2112 on Vinyl Coming March 17th

    Special Hologram Edition of Rush's 2112 on Vinyl Coming March 17th
    Back in December we first announced that Rush and Universal Music Enterprises (formerly Mercury Records) were going to re-release all of Rush's Mercury-era records on vinyl. To date, both Fly By Night and Caress of Steel have been released with 2112 scheduled to be released on March 17th. To help celebrate the re-release of the pivotal album in the band's career, the vinyl edition of 2112 will feature a special hologram image.

    From the Rush announcement:
    As the multi-platinum selling, Canadian Prog-Rock legends Rush prepare for their 2015 world tour in celebration of their 40th anniversary, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) continues its 12 Months of Rush celebrations with the release of a special vinyl Hologram Edition reissue of the band’s epic, landmark release 2112 on March 17, 2015. This special edition will also come with a free download card for the high resolution Digital Audio version.

    Pressed on high fidelity 200gram vinyl, this unique Hologram Edition showcases a custom, hand-drawn hologram of the “Red Star of the Federation” in the album’s dead wax runout of side two. To reveal the spinning hologram, fans can use any focused source of light, such as the LED flashlight on a smartphone, directly above the turntable while playing.
    You can see the hologram image in the video below:


    The video is also available directly at this LINK.

    To order and/or pre-order any of the upcoming vinyl re-releases, please use the links below:

    Fly By Night - [Vinyl] - [Blu-Ray Audio]
    Caress of Steel - [Vinyl]
    2112 - [Vinyl]
    All The World's a Stage - [Vinyl]
    A Farewell to Kings - [Vinyl] - [Blu-Ray Audio]
    Hemispheres - [Vinyl]
    Permanent Waves - [Vinyl]
    Moving Pictures - [Vinyl]
    Exit...Stage Left - [Vinyl]
    Signals - [Vinyl] - [Blu-Ray Audio]
    Grace Under Pressure - [Vinyl]

    Related News Stories
    [Rush to Reissue Mercury-Era Albums Throughout 2015 - December 9th, 2014]

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    RushCon 15 Details Announced

    RushCon 15 Details Announced
    The organizers of the the North American Rush Convention, dubbed RushCon, have just announced the details for RushCon 15:
    To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Rush, and in conjunction with the 34-city R40 LIVE Tour, RushCon is excited to announce RushCon 15 will be held twice, in two locations, a Mini-Con in Toronto, and for the first-time ever in Los Angeles.

    We are so grateful for the fans who have made the trip up to the Great White North every year. But this year, we wanted to add something different. We want RushCon to be accessible to everyone. If this is Rush's last big tour, we want it to go out with a bang and to celebrate big. So we are having two conventions this summer.

    Where better to celebrate the amazing legacy of our favorite band, than with your friends at RushCon?

    TORONTO MINI-CON, JUNE 19 - 20
    Can’t make it to LA? Fear not, for we couldn’t leave out the hometown show! We will be having a “mini-RushCon” June 19 - 20 in Toronto to cheer the boys on. In addition to a pre-party before the Friday show at the Air Canada Centre, other events will be announced in the coming weeks.

    LOS ANGELES, JULY 31 - AUGUST 2
    Join us for three days of Rush-related events, including transportation to and from the concert at the Forum on Saturday, August 1.
    For complete details, please visit the RushCon website.

    Monday, February 16, 2015

    "Origin of Neil Peart" Documentary Now Online

    Origin of Neil Peart Documentary Now Online
    The Niagara music scene of the late 1960's and early 1970's was the subject behind a 2009 documentary by filmmaker Paul Miil. At the time he began working on the documentary, which was titled The Big Story of Small Potatoes, Miil intended on focusing much of the film on Neil's early career, however the project soon expanded to other area musicians.

    Today, Miil has just released a 49-minute Peart-centric video which was culled from the original documentary and includes additional never-before-seen interviews with various musicians and roadies that knew Neil back in the day including members of Neil's pre-Rush bands including The Majority, Hush and J.R. Flood:
    Neil Peart's rudimentary years as chronicled by prior bandmates and contemporary drummers. This film answers the age old question, "How do you know if the stage is level?"
    The video can be viewed on YouTube at this LINK for via the embedded viewer below.



    Thanks to John Manasco for the link.

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - February 2015 - The Adventures of Bamm Bamm

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - February 2015 - The Adventures of Bamm Bamm
    Neil Peart has just posted the latest edition of his "News, Weather, and Sports" blog entry on his website. This entry is the continuation of his last entry from December 2014 where he talked about his experience of competing in the "24 Hours of LeMons", an endurance racing series for budget-minded enthusiasts that took place in Tooele, Utah.

    From his entry:
    The Bangers ’n’ Mash racing team’s first attempt at the 24 Hours of LeMons, in June 2014, had been . . . oxymoronic. A triumphant disaster. A victorious failure. A shining disappointment. A tarnished joy.

    Still, ever hopeful, we signed up for a race in September, at Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California. This time we were hoping for better. Maybe just the good part—the triumph, victory, and shining joy. Maybe just keep the car running and finish the race.

    But alas, the summer of 2014 swept chief enabler and Lemon-Slug preparer Inspector Clouseau into a whirlwind of pressure and worry. As mentioned in “Bamm Bamm and the Lemon Slug,” Clouseau’s teammates lived far away from his home garage in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Except for an occasional appearance by Wrong Way, a deputy district attorney from across the Bay, we were not available to help with the car.

    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.

    Monday, February 9, 2015

    Episode Two of "Le Studio: Temple of Sound" Documentary Now Online

    Part One of
    It was last April when we first reported the news about a new documentary that focused on Le Studio, the recording studio home to several Rush albums including Moving Pictures. Episode One of the documentary was published at that time and now Episode Two is finally available. A little about the history of the documentary:

    Nestled in the Laurentian Mountains in the town of Morin Heights, Quebec lies Le Studio; a recording studio built in 1974 by André Perry and Yaël Brandeis. For Rush fans, it has become a mecca of sorts given its rich history. Rush called the studio home for the recording of eight of their albums, including Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures. Other international artists including Nazareth, The Police, Sting, Cat Stevens, The Bee Gees, David Bowie, Keith Richards, April Wine, Kim Mitchell and Bryan Adams have also recorded albums there.

    However despite all of its rich history, the recording studio closed its doors in the mid-2000's and has since been virtually abandoned, left to decay in the harsh Canadian elements.

    A group of Rush fans were granted access to the studio back in 2011 where they photographed and filmed the building in its then current state. Through some extensive research on the history of Le Studio, the first part in an on-going documentary titled Temple of Sound is now available online.

    It not only covers Rush's extensive involvement with the studio, but also provides a fantastic, in-depth history of Le Studio and the bands who have recorded there.

    Episode 1


    Episode 2

    You can also view the documentary directly at YouTube via these links Episode One -- Episode Two.

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    Wednesday, February 4, 2015

    Geddy Lee to Appear on VH-1 Classics 'That Metal Show' on February 21st

    Geddy Lee to Appear on VH-1 Classics 'That Metal Show' on February 21st
    Update: Click HERE to watch the episode.
    Eddie Trunk has just announced that Geddy Lee will be appearing on the upcoming season premiere of That Metal Show which airs on February 21st. From Eddie' announcement:
    Extremely psyched to welcome Geddy Lee of Rush for the hour as our guest on the first new episode of That Metal Show in almost a year! I really wanted someone huge for our debut and once again the Rush camp stepped up. Back in season 1 we had Geddy and Alex on and it was a great solid they did me at the time. You see TMS was in it’s infancy and nobody knew what was going to happen with the show. Ged & Alex flew down from Toronto to come on when we were just a 30 minute show not many had yet seen. Now 5 years and about 125 episodes later Geddy is back with us!
    For more information on the show, please click HERE.

    Thanks to Bill Komlos for the news.

    Kevin J. Anderson Releases Chapter One Teaser Sample of 'Clockwork Lives' Novel

    Kevin J. Anderson Releases Chapter One Teaser Sample of 'Clockwork Lives' Novel
    The official press release for the September release of Clockwork Lives, the follow-up to the novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels 2012 album, was released yesterday by ECW Press yesterday. In additional to the press release, author Kevin J. Anderson also released a teaser sample of Chapter 1 of the novel on his blog:
    As a blue alchemical glow illuminated the rails, the steamliner came into Lugtown on its weekly run from parts unknown toward Crown City, the heart of the land of Albion. The chain of cargo cars and passenger gondolas were suspended by multicolored balloon sacks, each marked with the iconic honeybee symbol of the loving Watchmaker.

    The steamliner touched down, steel wheels striking the rails outside of town and decelerating with gouts of blue-tinted steam and showers of sparks. As the steam vents hissed, lowering pressure inside the coldfire boiler chambers, the pilot damped his engines and let the steamliner simmer in place. He would park at Lugtown for the better part of a day to refill water tanks and take on cargo.

    Restless passengers disembarked, men wearing frock coats and top hats or bowlers. The women wore voluminous dresses, gloves, button-up black boots; some even carried parasols as they accompanied their gentlemen. They chose such finery for the journey because they wanted to be presentable just in case the Watchmaker, or at least some of his Regulators, caught a glimpse of them when they disembarked at the Mainspring Hub.
    Clockwork Lives is now scheduled for release on September 15th, 2015 and can pre-ordered via Amazon. Cover art for the novel has yet to be released but we are told that it should be available "soon".

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    Sunday, February 1, 2015

    Neil Peart Interview from the Toronto Star: Farewell to Kings

    Neil Peart Interview from the Toronto Star: Farewell to Kings
    When the members of Rush were preparing the details of their upcoming R40 tour, Neil Peart spent a few hours with journalist Vinay Menon where he discussed topics centering around touring and his own fame from being a member of Rush.

    Today, the Toronto Star has published the interview under the title Farewell to Kings: new Rush tour could be last.
    “Live shows were always religion for us,” says Peart, sipping his double Macallan. “We never played a show — whether it was in front of 15 people or 15,000 — where it wasn’t everything we had that night.”
    Later, Peart discusses his reluctance at being in the limelight of fame:
    It’s no secret, at least to Rush fans, that Peart may be the most reluctant rock star in the galaxy. His contempt for the shallow trappings of celebrity — “Even as a kid, I never wanted to be famous; I wanted to be good” — could form the curriculum for an undergrad psychology class. He doesn’t do meet-and-greets with fans. He gets squirmy in the face of adoration. He doesn’t even travel with the band on tour, preferring instead to mount his purring BMW R1100GS and see “the real world” one dusty back road at a time.
    The entire interview can be read HERE.

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