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Alex Lifeson Donates Original Painting for 2020 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 "Forked," is currently being auctioned off on Ebay at this location.

Alex's signed painting was done in acrylic, measures 11" x 14", and was created entirely using a fork, not a paint brush. The auction will end on October 31st.

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…

The Missing Tourbook Collection - Now Available at the Rush Backstage Club

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As most fans know, the first official Rush tourbook was released during the band's North American tour in support of their breakthrough album 2112. After that point, a new tourbook would be made available as the band toured in support of all future studio albums. Unfortunately Rush's tours that supported their debut album, Fly By Night, and Caress of Steel never received the tourbook treatment - until now.

The Rush Backstage Club has just announced the release of the Missing Tourbook Collection; three new tourbooks that celebrate the tours of the band's first three studio albums. From the RBC listing:While leafing through your Rush tourbook collection, have you ever noticed there are three studio album tours with no tourbook? We had to correct this! And correct we have done, with The Missing Tourbooks Collection. We went back in time, collecting photos, artwork, gear lists and much more from the tours for RUSH, Fly By Night, and Caress Of Steel. One benefit we had wi…

Rush Featured on the Cover of Guitar World's October Issue - Articles Now Online

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The October 2020 issue of Guitar World magazine features Rush on the cover, and includes two articles that celebrate the 40th anniversary release of the band's Permanent Waves album. The first article, titled The Wave Files, and written by long-time Rush scribe Philip Wilding, details the writing and recording process behind the album.

From the article:"The band started the sessions with what would become the album’s opener and surprise hit record, The Spirit Of Radio. Lee talks fondly of how quickly it came together as a song up at the cottage, and as an opening track it’s so very Rush – a brilliant pealing guitar riff, a complex arrangement, a drum pattern you’d be hard-pushed to follow, and a reggae nod on the outro over a lyric railing against the commercialisation of modern-day radio.

If those sentences were about any other band, you’d be left scratching your head. Frame it as a reference to a Rush song, however, and it makes total sense. Because sometimes Rush reall…

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Donate Signed Guitars for Save Hospitality Charity Auction

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The charitable organization Grapes for Humanity, which supports humanitarian projects around the world through the enormous generosity of the international wine community, will be hosting a Save Hospitality online auction to support of the hospitality industry. The online auction will begin Monday, September 28th and run through Wednesday October 7th via Waddington's Auctioneers & Appraiser.

In addition to serving as a member of the board of directors of the organization, Geddy Lee has also donated a bass guitar autographed by both himself and bandmate Alex Lifeson. In addition, he's offering up a selection of bottles of wine from his collection:SIGNED FENDER BASS GUITAR WITH THREE BOTTLES OF GEDDY LEE'S OWN BURGUNDY PRODUCED BY LUCIEN LE MOINE

A Fender Signature Jazz Bass Guitar, signed by both Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee, along with a bottle of 2005 Lucien Le Moine Hospices de Beaune Mazis-Chambertin Cuvée Madeleine Collognon, 2005 Lucien Le Moine Hospices de B…

Neil Peart Named Greatest Prog Musician of All Time

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PROG Magazine recently conducted an extensive poll to determine the top Progressive Rock musicians of all time. In the overall list of 200 selected musicians, all three members of Rush cracked the Top 10 spots.

Alex Lifeson came in at the #9 spot, Geddy Lee ended up at #4, and Neil Peart took the top honors as the #1 Greatest Prog Musician of all time. No argument here.

From the PROG article:Late Rush drummer Neil Peart has been named the greatest prog musician of all time by readers of Prog magazine.

The magazine had a shortlist of just under 250 figures from the prog world, from which fans were encouraged to vote in an online poll – and it was Peart who came out on top.

"Obviously it's very fitting that Neil Peart's been voted the Greatest Prog Musician ever by the readers of Prog Magazine, given that he sadly passed away this year," says Prog magazine Editor Jerry Ewing. "But he's long been seen as a master of his profession for five decades n…

New Rush: The Day I Was There Book Features Rush Fan Stories and Memories

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Author Richard Houghton will be releasing his new book titled Rush: The Day I Was There on November 13th. Similar to other books Houghton has authored, including versions on Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix, his Rush book focuses on stories and memories from Rush fans across the globe.

More on the book:British music author Richard Houghton has compiled a fan history of Rush. Rush - The Day I Was There brings together the memories of over 400 Rush fans from around the world to tell their story from the perspective of the concert-goer. From some of their earliest shows through to the last show on the R40 tour, the book tells the band's story from the front row of the audience.

Richard, who remembers hurrying down to his local record store to buy Exit... Stage Left on the day it was released, said, 'I only saw Rush once myself, at the New Bingley Hall in Stafford in the UK, and couldn't possibly hope to compete with some of the guys I've spoken to for this boo…

Celebrating the Life of Neil Peart on his 68th Birthday

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Just over eight short months go, right at the onset of 2020 - the year that will live in infamy - the world lost a genuine legend when Neil Peart succumbed to brain cancer on January 7th. While the sting of his sudden loss continues to weigh on Rush fans the world over, the breadth of his contributions to the world of music coupled with the inspiration he fueled for countless musicians will always be applauded. Today we mark Neil's 68th birthday with a brief look back at his decades-spanning career, while also highlighting recent tributes that were made to honor his memory.

Neil Ellwood Peart was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and grew up in Port Dalhousie (now part of St. Catharines). During adolescence, he floated between regional bands in pursuit of a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Neil returned home, where he joined Rush, a Toronto-based band, in mid-1974, six years after its formation. Early in his career, Ne…

20th Annual Modern Drummer Festival to Feature a Tribute to Neil Peart

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Modern Drummer magazine will be streaming their annual drummer festival on September 12th, which coincides with Neil Peart's birthday. Part of the festival will be a tribute to the late Rush drummer and will feature a number of guest performers. From the announcement:“Modern Drummer turns 45 next year and through more than 40 of them, we formed a close and unique collaboration with the one and only, Neil Peart. Neil even gave away his iconic candy apple red kit to a Modern Drummer reader in the 80’s via mail-in letters chosen personally by Peart himself! It was without question that as Modern Drummer celebrates our twentieth festival, we are honoring Neil with a fitting tribute from some of his closest friends as well as world-class drummers that he inspired. The Modern Drummer Festival is a celebration of drums, drumming and drummers worldwide. This year will be the first year that everyone can attend as our capacity just went into the Hemispheres!” said David Frangioni, CEO an…

Neil Peart: The Illustrated Quotes Coming in January

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Fantoons, the creative team behind such Rush books as The Making of A Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel and Where's Geddy, Alex, and Neil? Volume I are releasing a new book in January that celebrates the life of Neil Peart through some of his most inspired quotes.

Neil Peart: The Illustrated Quotes will be a 108 page hard-bound book that features single panel cartoons "...as a love letter to Neil Peart’s written word..." More from the official listing:An officially authorized collection of illustrated quotes from the legendary Rush drummer and writer: Neil Peart.

RUSH, the well-known rock n’ roll hall of fame power trio, is one of the greatest rock bands of all-time, with more than 40 million records sold worldwide. Along with Ringo Starr, Dave Grohl, Buddy Rich and Keith Moon, Neil Peart is one of the most influential drummers that ever sat behind the kit.

We have chosen some of our favorites quotes and created elegant single panel cartoons as a love letter to Neil P…

Alex Lifeson Celebrates his 67th Birthday Today!

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Alex Lifeson, one of the founding members of Rush and the band's seminal guitarist, is celebrating his 67th 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, which unfortunately closed its door earlier this year, is a licensed aircraft pilot, motorcycle rider, a gourmet cook, and an artist.

Alex has also been known to dabble with a little acting now and again. Back in 2018, he appeared a couple of times on the CBC comedy-drama Crawford, which premiered on the CBC in Canada last summer. A preview clip of Alex's recent performance on…

The Rush 2021 "Moving Pictures" Wall Calendar Now Available

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With 2021 marking the 40th Anniversary of the release of Rush's pivotal, best-selling album Moving Pictures, it should come as no surprise that the band's official 2021 Wall Calendar will features images from that era of the band's history.

As with past Rush calendars, the 2021 edition will feature a four-month (September-December) 2020 planner page, gorgeous color photos of the band, and more. From the official listing:More than 40 million records sold worldwide. Countless sold-out tours. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Officers of the Order of Canada. And that's all very nice. But for these three guys, it's all about the music, their friendship, and the fans. This official, 16-month calendar calendar includes a four-month (September-December) 2020 planner page, so get yours early! Calendar includes holidays, moon phases, image captions with locations and other information, the highest quality photography, and m…

Alex Lifeson Honoured with 2020 Casey Award for Visionary Philanthropy to HIV/AIDS Initiatives

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Alex Lifeson was recently selected as the 2020 recipient of the Casey Award. The award annually celebrates individuals and organizations across Canada that demonstrate leadership in social justice and commitment to HIV/AIDS.

Alex's contributions were outlined in the following article:Rock & Roll hall of fame member Alex Lifeson is being recognized with The Casey Award for visionary philanthropy to HIV/AIDS initiatives. The award honours Lifeson’s continued and extraordinary support as a generous donor, volunteer and ambassador. He is an active supporter, whose significant contributions have had a lasting impact for AIDS service organizations, particularly Casey House, Ontario’s HIV/AIDS hospital.

Alex Lifeson has a personal connection to Casey House and has been an inspiration there for more than 20 years. Casey House founder June Callwood, who passed away in 2007, referred to him as an ‘ardent supporter’. When still located in their original space in a Victorian house, Lifes…