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Permanent Waves 40th Anniversary Box Set Coming March 27th

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With 1980 marking the 40th Anniversary of Rush's famed studio album Permanent Waves, details are finally coming out regarding the 40th Anniversary Box Set:Celebrating 40 years of Rush’s Permanent Waves, the Super Deluxe Edition will feature two CDs, three 180-gram audiophile black vinyl LPs and a 40-page hardcover book filled with reimagined artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme, unreleased photos from the band’s archive and an exclusive twelve-thousand plus word essay. The Abbey Road Mastering Studios 2015 album remaster is made available on CD for the first time. CD 2 is loaded with unreleased bonus live tracks from three stops on the Permanent Waves World Tour 1980: Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England; Hammersmith Odeon, London, England; and Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, all newly mixed by the band’s longtime producer Terry Brown.

Permanent Waves is the band’s first of many iconic visits to Le Studio recording studio in Morin Heights, Quebec which has been nic…

A Spirit with a Vision: The Eternal Manifold Impact of Neil Peart

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They say that time heals all wounds, yet there is still a sense of disbelief and pain associated with the death of Neil Peart that continues to resonate, even now on the one-month anniversary of his passing. Though the pain continues for many fans across the globe, this past month has highlighted just how far-reaching the impact of Neil and Rush has been - and continues to be. Rush fans, actually make that the Rush Family, have always been a close-knit group, sharing their stories with one another, as they all cope with their grief.

To that end, freelance writer and historical consultant Marshall Patrick Garvey reached out to me shortly after Neil's passing. He was developing his own personal tribute to Neil that he wanted to share with the broader Rush community. While this is atypical of the Rush news that is usually posted here, given the circumstances I wanted to provide Marshall an outlet for his piece. In reading it, I hope you take away a renewed appreciation for what…

Neil Peart Featured in the February 2020 Issue of PROG Magazine - Articles Now Online

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Update: The March 2020 issue of Classic Rock magazine also includes a nice tribute to Neil Peart. I've made that article available at this LINK. Thanks to RushFanForever for providing the article.The February 2020 issue of PROG Magazine features Neil Peart on the cover and includes several feature articles on the late Rush drummer.

The main article, titled Suddenly You Were Gone was penned by Philip Wilding, the prolific journalist who has covered Rush numerous times in the past. Additional articles within the issue include Hail the Professor written by Chris McGarel, Making Memories written by Tim Ponting, Force Ten written by Gary Mackenzie, and The Enigma of Neil Peart written by Martin Kielty.

In the aforementioned Hail the Professor, Chris McGarel details ten examples of Neil's lyrical writing prowess including Between the Wheels from Grace Under Pressure:Grace Under Pressure contains some of Peart’s best writing. Its eight songs capture the 80s zeitgeist of Cold War …

Neil Peart Honored During 62nd Grammy Award In Memoriam Segment

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Last night, the 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony took place at the Staples Center is Los Angeles, California. During their acceptance speech for Best Metal Performance, Tool drummer Danny Carey thanked “all the gods” as well as his bandmates before paying tribute to some of his influences.“As artists, we’re all influenced by people who come before us, and for me, it’s all the great drum gods,” he told the audience. “Namely John Bonham, Tony Williams, and recently, my good friend Neil Peart. This is for all of you guys.”The band won the award for their song “7empest” off Fear Inoculum. You can watch their acceptance speech below. The segment with Danny Carey thanking those who influenced him begins around the 1:10 mark.
During the ceremony's In Memoriam segment, a brief clip of Neil performing during Rush's R40 tour was shown. Neil's mentioned appeared sixth in a long line of artists that we've lost over the past year, which includes the likes of Ginger Baker, Rick Ocasek…

Neil Peart: The Interview Collection

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In the week since the music world was stunned by the announcement of Neil Peart's passing, countless tributes from all four corners of the globe have poured in. Among the Rush faithful, Neil Peart was always considered a giant in his field, both from behind the drumkit as well as behind the pen. How heartwarming it was to hear from so many others that shared that same sentiment. Neil’s reach was clearly evident, and the impact he had on so many lives will resonate throughout the ages.

Neil taught us to ”…steer by the stars…” when darkness surrounded our lives. So as we all continue to mourn his loss, we should also look back and celebrate his accomplishments. Beyond his musical and lyrical prowess, Neil Peart was an incredibly articulate individual. Over the years, he was interviewed dozens of times by major publications covering topics as varied as his drumming techniques, to his lyrical inspirations, and even his enjoyment of exploring the world via bicycle or motorcycle. …

The Passing of a Rock Legend: Neil Peart Succumbs to Cancer at Age 67

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It is with profound sadness that we report the untimely passing of Neil Peart. Neil passed away on Tuesday, January 7th after a three and a half year battle with cancer.

The band made the following official statement earlier today:It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma). We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time. Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart's name.

Rest in peace brother.

Neil Peart September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020It is hard to fathom the enormous loss Neil's passing presents to the world of music and to the legions of Rush fans the world over…

The Art of Rush Gallery Featuring Album Artwork Now Online

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Back on November 1st, long-time Rush graphic album artist Hugh Syme opened an exhibit at Indianapolis' Renditions Fine Art, Framing, & Photography center where a sizable collection of Hugh's artwork, including many pieces from his Rush collection, were on hand.

According to this article from the IndyStar, due to the event's great success, Hugh has decided to do it again on Saturday, December 14th beginning at 5pm. For more information on this event, please scroll down towards the bottom of the IndyStar article.

In addition to the exhibit, Rush and Hugh Syme have launched an online Art of Rush Gallery store that contain numerous beautifully framed fine art prints featuring Hugh's Rush album art. The store can be accessed at artofrush.shop.musictoday.com.

Geddy Lee Announces Three East Coast Dates For His Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour

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

For this round, which takes place in December, Geddy will be moving around the Eastern part of the United States and Canada, with stops in Pittsburgh, New York City, and Halifax.

Full list of dates below:

Pittsburgh, PA @ Barnes & Noble - December 8th (BUY TICKETS)
New York City, NY @ Barnes & Noble - December 9th (BUY TICKETS)
Halifax, NS @ Indigo - December 14th (TICKETS Available on November 25th)

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.

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 …