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Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019 Coming to Theaters In August

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Update: A listing of the venues that will be screening the film are now available HERE.Rush fans may be missing their band, but they'll get a fix with the August 21st cinematic screening of Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019.

The Trafalgar Releasing and Anthem Entertainment event is being billed as the first "Annual Exercise in Fan Indulgence" and will feature a hodge-podge of song performances, including "Tom Sawyer," "Closer to the Heart" and "Subdivisions," unreleased soundcheck and backstage footage from the 2015 R40 40th anniversary tour, and new interviews with producer Nick Raskulinecz and Rush peer fans Billy Corgan, Tom Morello and Taylor Hawkins, who inducted the Canadian trio into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with fellow Foo Fighter Dave Grohl in 2013.

Geddy Lee commented on the upcoming film: "I'm excited for fans to see some new clips from our R40 tour but also a peek behind the scenes of making the Big Beautiful Book of B…

Vote for Rush's 40th Anniversary Reissue of Hemispheres in the Annual Progressive Music Awards

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Voting for the annual PROG Magazine Progressive Music Awards is now open. This year, Rush's 40th Anniversary Hemispheres Box Set is up for the Reissue of the Year award.

You can vote for Hemispheres at this LINK.

Other reissues up for the award this year include Steve Hackett;s BROKEN SKIES - OUTSPREAD WINGS, Marillion's CLUTCHING AT STRAWS, and Yes's THE STEVEN WILSON REMIXES, among others.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Underglobe in London on September 12, 2019 which is, coincidentally, Neil Peart's 67th Birthday.

Thanks to RushFanForever for sharing the news.

Celebrating 15 Years Online - Cygnus-X1.Net

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Today marks the 15th Anniversary of the Cygnus-X1.Net website. It’s hard to believe how quickly 15 years have shot by, and harder still to believe how this website has grown and expanded – well beyond anything I could have hoped for when I launched it on a warm summer day back in June of 2004.

But here we are – 15 years later. 15 Years of bringing you the very best and latest information on Rush. 15 Years of making countless friends who reached out to share their own Rush stories with me. And while it hasn’t always been a smooth ride, it certainly has been a fulfilling one.

Very special thanks to graphic designer Carl McDonnell who has provided most of the imagery you see on the site over the years, including the gorgeous new 15th Anniversary Banner. Thanks, Carl!

So here’s to 15 years and, more importantly, here’s to all of you who helped to make my little corner of the internet a modest success.

On to the next XV!

Geddy Lee Brings His Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour to Europe

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Geddy Lee and Rush.Com have just announced the European leg of his ongoings Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour.

From the announcement:For all our fans based in Europe, we finally have some good news to share with GEDDY LEE book signings starting next week in UK, Netherlands & Germany!Geddy will be visiting the following cities beginning next week:

London, UK - June 8th
Manchester, UK - June 10th
Glasgow, UK - June 12th
Amsterdam, NL - June 13th
Hamburg, DE - June 15th.

For more information including a complete list of cities and venues, plus ticket ordering instructions, please visit Rush.com/geddylee.

The 2020 Rush 'Presto" Wall Calendar Coming July 1st. Pre-Ordering Now Available

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Ever since their 30th anniversary in 2004, Rush has officially released at least one wall calendar each year; many of which celebrated a milestone anniversary of one of their albums. For 2020, Rush decided to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their lucky 13th studio album Presto.

From the Amazon listing:2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Rush's platinum-certified album, Presto. This official, 16-month calendar features images highlighting the complete Presto album and tour cycles, as well as complete 1990 tour dates, among other notable events from that year! This calendar also includes a four-month (SeptemberDecember) 2019 planner page, so get yours early! Calendar includes holidays, moon phases, image captions with locations and other information, the highest quality photography, and more!The 16-month calendar can be pre-ordered at Amazon.Com for $11.12. It is scheduled to be released on July 1st.

Interested in Rush's older wall calendars? They may be difficult to locate…

Alex Lifeson Lends His Voice to Netflix's Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series

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While Alex Lifeson is clearly best known for his virtuoso guitar work over his storied career, he's also dipped his toe more than once into the world of acting. In fact IMDB lists 45 different acting credits to his name. Now, Alex will be lending is voice acting skills to the new Netflix animated series Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series, which premiered back on March 31st.

From the Netflix listing:Nova Scotia’s favorite miscreants have always been super sketchy. Now, carrying on from the Season 12 finale, the boys have become complete cartoons.Alex will make his guest voice appearance in 2 episodes of the 10-episode season. In Satan's Bastards, the seventh episode, Alex plays the part of Big Chunk, utilizing a very heavy accent. In Episode 10, titled Trailerstock, he plays the voice of the manager of Queens of the Stone Age.For more information on the series, please visit the official Netflix Page.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

Season Finale of The Goldbergs Features Johnny Atkins Following Rush Around Canada in His 2112 Van

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ABC's hit comedy The Goldbergs will be airing another significant Rush reference during its Season 6 finale on Wednesday, May 8th. In an episode titled Breakin', the recurring Rush-fan character of Johnny Atkins (portrayed by actor Sean Marquette) announces that he will be travelling to Canada to follow Rush on tour in his 2112 Starman van.

Atkins is known for typically wearing a Rush t-shirt when he appears in an episode of the ABC comedy. Earlier this year, he wore eleven different Rush t-shirts in a single episode. Additionally, back in Season 3, an entire episode aptly titled "Rush" centered around the formation of a female Rush cover band who perform Tom Sawyer in a Battle-of-the-Bands competition (Click for Video)

You can watch a preview clip of the Season 6 finale below.Your browser does not support the video tag. Watch The Goldbergs on the ABC Network, via their Online Streaming Service or on Hulu.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for sharing the news.

Geddy Lee Announces Canadian Book Signing Tour

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Geddy Lee and Rush.Com have just announced a list of new cities Geddy will be visiting as a continuation of his Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour.

From the announcement:Geddy Lee's Official (Yet Kind of Random) Big Beautiful Book of Bass Tour has announced Canadian dates!

Event Tickets are available now in select markets at Rush.com/geddylee

One special stop on the tour will be in Calgary where Geddy Lee will open 'Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Bass' Exhibition at Studio Bell at The National Music Centre (NMC), highlighting a selection of his rare and iconic bass guitars.

Following Geddy Lee's Big Book of Bass Exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Studio Bell is hosting the first Canadian exhibit of the artist's bass guitars, with 26 instruments curated by Lee himself.

Lee has spent years collecting hundreds of vintage bass guitars-a passion which became the inspiration for Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass. To celebrate the rel…

RushCamp 2019 Coming in August

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The 3rd Annual Rush Camp convention will be taking place during Labor Day weekend this fall. Complete details and ticket pre-sales are now available from the organizers, Overtime Angels.

With the tagline of “Keep It Burning Bright”, the three-day convention and charity event will take place from August 30th - September 2nd at the Independent Lake Camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. On tap to perform during the event are David Barrett of the David Barrett trio, progressive rock singer songwriter and guitarist Brandon Dyke, the Rush tribute band Solar Federation, and the progressive rock band Second Contact.

For complete information on the event including ticket pre-sale links, please visit overtimeangels.org/rushcamp2019, or stop by their official Facebook Page.

More about the organizers:Overtime Angels is a registered charitable organization that provides support to individuals who are between the wheels and need some love during circumstances that are a far cry from the…

Geddy Lee Talks Bass Guitars and Broadway in a New UDiscover Music Video Interview

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Geddy Lee recently sat down with UDiscover Music to discuss a number of topics ranging from his new Big Beautiful Book of Bass, his musical heroes, and the possibility of a theatrical production that utilizes Rush's music.

From the interview: “These guys were my heroes”
“Going into nerd territory” is, however, exactly what Rush fans would appreciate, and Lee uses the opportunity to interview all of his favourite musicians for the book. He talks bass with all of the titans of the instrument like Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, U2’s Adam Clayton, Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and The Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman.

As for what’s on the horizon, Lee suggests maybe it’s time for a Rush stage show.

“I’ve always thought that Rush’s music lent itself to theatrical reproduction, especially the concept albums such as 2112, or Clockwork Angels,” Lee points out.

“The stories have a lot of potential, in terms of staging and imaginative scenery, and they’re really tailor-made for that, so I’d love …

The Making of A Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel Coming This September

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The good folks at Fantoons have just announced their latest project; a new graphic novel that covers the making of Rush's A Farewell to Kings. From the announcement:Fantoons announces the official RUSH graphic novel chronicling the making of the band’s classic album A Farewell to Kings; the first in their ongoing relationship with RUSH.

“We worked incredibly hard to create a graphic novel that celebrates the music of RUSH, and the creation of the album of ‘A Farewell to Kings’ as a work of art” says Fantoons LA-based creative director, David Calcano. “We think this book will be something for comics and music fans alike to cherish.”

This epic, fully authorized graphic novel chronicles the birth of RUSH’s classic album A Farewell to Kings. Relive the production trials and triumphs alongside Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee & Neil Peart as they create the masterpiece of progressive rock that gave birth to such tracks as “Closer to the Heart,” and the majestic “Xanadu”. The book is co-wri…

Geddy Lee Performs On Stage with Claypool Lennon Delirium

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Last night in Toronto, Geddy Lee joined the Claypool Lennon Delirium as they kicked off their 2019 Spring Tour.

Taking place at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Geddy Lee joined the band for their cover of the Beatles classic Tomorrow Never Knows. You can watch a video of the performance at this LINK or via the embedded player below.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium is a collaboration between Geddy's long-time friend and Primus frontman Les Claypool, and Sean Lennon. The band released their second studio album titled South of Reality back in February, which can be ordered HERE. Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.