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Rush Stories Volume I from FanToons Now Online

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Update: Volume II featuring Eddie Trunk is now online. You can watch it below or directly at this LINK.Fantoons, the creative team behind such offerings as The Making of A Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel and The Rush Coloring Book have launched a new series of video shorts titled, appropriately, Rush Stories.

The first volume, which is online now, features Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater fame.

According to David Calcano of Fantoons, these shorts were created so "...cool people could tell Rush related stories...about how Rush was in the middle of something awesome..."

The next volume, set for release next week, will feature Eddie Trunk & Paul Gilbert.
Thanks, as always, to David Calcano for sharing the news with us.

Geddy Lee Announces Four More U.S. Dates For His Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour

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Geddy Lee and Rush.Com have just announced four more U.S. dates for his ongoing Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour.

This time around, Geddy will be moving around the Western part of the United States during the month of November, with stops in Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, and Austin.

Full list of dates below:

Seattle, WA @ Third Place Books - November 1st (BUY TICKETS)
Denver, CO @ Tattered Cover Book Store - November 2nd (BUY TICKETS)
Phoenix, AZ @ Changing Hands - November 3rd (BUY TICKETS)
Austin, TX @ Bookpeople - November 4th (BUY TICKETS)

Additional details are available at www.rush.com/geddylee.

Still haven't picked up your copy of Geddy's book? Well it's back in stock at Amazon! Click HERE to order yours today.

Thanks to Joe Pesch for passing along the news.

Alex Lifeson Donates Original Painting for 2019 Brush of Hope Charity Auction

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As he has done numerous times in the past, Alex Lifeson has created another unique painting for the Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual Brush of Hope charity auction. This year's painting, titled "Minus 20," is currently being auctioned off on Ebay.Ca at this location.

Alex's signed painting was done in acrylic, and measures 10" x 14" x 1.5". The auction will end on October 30th at 1pm EST.

About the Brush of Hope Charity auction:Alex Lifeson, Don Cherry, Brent Butt, John Tavares, Barenaked Ladies, Alan Doyle, Mike Myers, John Meyer and Leonard Cohen are just a few of the celebrities who have taken up a brush to create an original masterpiece to help the millions of Canadians who are living with kidney disease or are at risk.

Thanks to the generous support of our partners and the community, since 2006, A Brush of Hope has raised over $110,000 for research, programs and patient services! Also thanks to the Alex Lifeson (of the band RUSH) limit…

Anthem: Rush in the ’70s - The First Book in a Trilogy by Martin Popoff Coming in May 2020

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Long-time music writer and Rush aficionado Martin Popoff will be releasing the first of a trilogy of Rush Across the Decades books next May. As the title suggests, the first book - Anthem: Rush in the '70s - will focus on Rush's initial decade of album releases.

From the book's description:The definitive biography of the rock ’n’ roll kings of the North

With extensive, first-hand reflections from Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart, as well as from family, friends, and fellow musicians, Anthem: Rush in the ’70s is a detailed portrait of Canada’s greatest rock ambassadors. The first of three volumes, Anthem puts the band’s catalog, from their self-titled debut to 1978’s Hemispheres (the next volume resumes with the release of Permanent Waves) into both Canadian and general pop culture context, and presents the trio of quintessentially dependable, courteous Canucks as generators of incendiary, groundbreaking rock ’n’ roll.

Fighting complacency, provoking thought, and …

Glen Peart Talks About Son Neil, the Parts-Manager Turned Rock Star

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As may fans know, before Neil Peart joined Rush, he assisted his father Glen as the Parts Manager for Dalziel Equipment in St. Catherines, Ontario. Glen recently sat down for a very rare interview where he looked back at that time in Neil's life, remembering the stress of making a decision to join Rush, or support his father.

From the interview:The Day the White Corvette Came to the Dealership
Neil had joined a small local band playing only on weekends. Somehow, his reputation had gotten around.

The “White Corvette” visit to our farm equipment dealership has been documented several times. After lunch when the two men left, I could tell that Neil was really tormented. He was certainly not himself.


When we locked the door, he came and sat in my office and unloaded. The two visitors were the managers of Rush, a band from Toronto that were about to hit the big time. They had signed a contract and their first tour was arranged but their drummer had just dropped a bomb on all their pla…

Geddy Lee Featured on the Cover of Bass Guitar Magazine - Talks About the Future

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The November 2019 issue of the UK's Bass Guitar Magazine features Geddy on the cover, and includes a lengthy interview that touches upon a number of subjects, including what Geddy is looking forward to in the future. Titled Progressively Minded, Forward Thinking, the complete article is available online HERE.

When asked what he planned to do with his creative drive, now that his Big Beautiful Book of Bass is complete, Geddy had this to say:"Yeah, I don’t know where that’s headed, but time will tell. Now that the book is done I will certainly try to put the basses to good use. They stare at me and it makes me feel very guilty. They’re all looking at me, like ‘Use me!’"Of course, he also talked about his bandmates and how he continues to keep in close contact with them:"Oh yeah, quite a lot. We’re very close – I was just talking to Alex this morning. We try to get together regularly. I was just in LA three weeks ago, visiting Neil. You know, when the band ended, eve…

Geddy Lee's My Favorite Headache Vinyl Edition Part of Black Friday Record Store Day Event

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Back in August we first announced that Geddy Lee's solo album My Favorite Headache would be re-released on vinyl later this year. Today, we've received some new details about the release, which includes two additional tracks!

First, the album will be part of this year's Black Friday Record Store Day event on November 29th. Check out the official Record Store Day website to find a local retailer near you.

Second, as indicated above and outlined on the Record Store Day website, the vinyl edition of My Favorite Headache will include two additional tracks - instrumental versions of My Favourite Headache and Home on the Strange.

No word yet if this release will be made available outside of the RSD event, though it's likely to appear on the Rush Backstage Club in December.

For more information on the album, please click HERE.

The Artwork of Hugh Syme Exhibit Coming to Renditions Gallery in Indianapolis Next Month

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As most fans know, Hugh Syme has been Rush's album artist dating back to 1975 with the release of Caress of Steel. Often considered the unofficial fourth member of the band, Syme's album art often captured the visual element behind Rush's songs and albums. In fact as much as Rush's music itself, Syme's artwork was the early, driving force behind the creation of the Cygnus-X1.Net website.

So it's with great excitement that I learned that Hugh Syme will be on-hand at Indianapolis' Renditions Fine Art, Framing, & Photography for the opening of an art exhibit that will showcase his work. The event will take place on Friday, November 1st from from 6pm - 10PM.

From the Facebook event page:We are so excited to announce The Artwork of Hugh Syme coming to Renditions Fine Art, Framing, & Photography. Hugh was the art director for the Canadian rock band Rush from 1975-2018 and has done album covers for countless other bands and performers. Stop by from 6:0…

A Sneak Peek into Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth - The Official Touring History Book

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The highly anticipated release of the new Rush book Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History is now just a month away! Last month, we brought you some exclusive content from the upcoming book including an excerpt from the foreword by Les Claypool and some pictures from Geddy Lee's own private collection.

Today, thanks once again to James Faccinto of Insight Editions, we have several new sneak-peeks into the book including the official title page, a sample tour history page from A Farewell to Kings, and the opening chapter to the section on the band's tour of All The World's a Stage. You can access high-resolution samples of each page via the thumbnail images below.

There's also an expanded description of the book that was posted at Insight Editions:Fondly known as the Holy Triumvirate, Rush is one of the greatest bands in rock-and-roll history. From humble beginnings as a Toronto-area band playing middle school gymnasiums, churches, and coffee …

Geddy Lee to Auction Off Six Vintage Guitars From His Personal Collection

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While Geddy is obviously known for his extensive collection of bass guitars, he's also put together an impressive collection of electric guitars as well over the years. Six of those guitars from his private collection will be hitting the auction block at Mecum Auctions in Las Vegas beginning on October 10th.

From the auction listing:
Geddy Lee of the celebrated Canadian rock trio Rush has spent the past few years delving deep into the rich history of the instrument that defined his 40-plus year career as one of rock history’s most talented bassists. His focused efforts led him not only to build a world-class, investment-grade collection of ultra-rare and desirable vintage and antique guitars, but also to create a book that takes an in-depth look into the amazing evolution of what Lee, the collector, has come to view as a work of art in its own right.

With his book now a complete and published piece and his private collection of guitars nearing 300 in total, Lee said he feels that…

Neil Peart Celebrates His 67th Birthday Today

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Today marks the 67th birthday of Rush drummer and lyricist extraordinaire Neil Peart. Neil (born Neil Ellwood Peart) came into the world on September 12th in 1952 Hamilton, Ontario.

He grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada (now part of St. Catharines) working the occasional odd job including the role of a Parts Manager for his father Tractor Supply company. His true ambition, however, was to become a professional musician. During adolescence, he floated from regional band to regional band and dropped out of high school to pursue a career as a full-time drummer. He had a short stint with J.R. Flood back in 1970, before he decided to move abroad to further his musical studies.

However, after a discouraging stint in England, Peart returned home where he joined a local Toronto band called Rush in the summer of 1974.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

A special treat to help celebrate Neil's 67th birthday is this rare picture of him from 1969 at Brock University in St. Cath…

Alex Lifeson talks about the Lerxst Omega Signature Amplifier in a new Sweetwater Video Interview

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Sweetwater Sound's Mitch Gallagher recently sat down with Alex Lifeson to discuss the release of the new Lerxst Omega Signature 50-Watt Amplifier.

The lengthy video interview, which can be viewed below or directly at this LINK, touches upon numerous topics including Alex's growing list of side-projects he's been involved with since Rush ceased touring back in 2015, as well as his thoughts on guitar tone. Alex also discusses how he commissioned the amp gurus at Mojotone to build him the tour-worthy re-creation of the legendary, 50-watt amp head.
This Lerxst Omega has been hand-signed by Alex himself and includes a custom serial number plate and certificate of authenticity - and you can only get these autographed versions at Sweetwater. There's only 100 of these available, and they won't last long, so order yours today.