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Alex Lifeson Performs at the 2018 Andy Kim Christmas Concert

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Last night, the 14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Concert, which supports the CAMH Gifts Of Light Foundation, took place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on the Exhibition Grounds in Toronto. Alex Lifeson was one of many celebrities on hand for the benefit concert; his first such appearance since 2010.

During the concert, Alex performed with Andy Kim on two of his hit songs: Rock Me Gently and Sugar Sugar. Later in the evening, Alex and also played two songs with Max Webster's Kim Mitchell; Lager & Ale as well as Battle Scar, a song Rush and Max Webster collaborated on back in 1980. You can view a video of that performance below or directly at this LINK.

The event was hosted by comedian Russell Peters. Among the other artists that were on hand for the concert were Broken Social Scene, Billy Talent, Ron Sexsmith, Tom Cochrane, Hayden, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bif Naked, Theo Tams and Peter and Leah of July Talk.

The event will move to Montreal on December 15th at the Corona Th…

Geddy Lee Book Signing Event Adds Toronto Date. Mores Dates Coming in 2019

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Rush.Com have just announced a second city on Geddy Lee's Book Signing Tour. This time, he'll make a stop a little closer to home - Toronto. From the announcement:We know that everyone has been asking and requesting multiple cities for a book signing by Geddy for "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass". We have managed to squeeze in one more signing before the holidays!

Geddy Lee will be signing books at IndigoSpirit at First Canadian Place in Toronto on Monday, December 17th at noon.

Given the busy time of year, 'tickets' for this event will be made available tomorrow (Thursday December 6th at 10 AM ET) at www.indigo.ca/events

The sale of the book (including ticket) and all details for the event can be found at www.indigo.ca/ events and listed below.

A limited number of tickets are available for purchase through Ticketscene
Limit of 2 tickets per person
Each Ticket price includes one (1) signed copy of Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass. The book wi…

Rush Are the Cover Feature in PROG Magazine's December 2018 Issue - Articles Now Online

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In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Hemispheres, Rush are gracing the cover of the December 2018 issue of the UK's PROG Magazine. Within the issue are two Rush-related articles: An Exercise in Self-Indulgence and Beauty & The Bass, as well as an interview of Geddy's upcoming Big Beautiful Book of Bass.

The first is a conversation with Geddy Lee on the making of Hemispheres:When it comes to Hemispheres, Lee is more than happy to regale Prog with the inside story. One of the most vociferously debated and lauded albums in Rush's vast catalogue, these 36 minutes of explosive, pioneering prog are notorious for having pushed the three musicians to the limit of their abilities. In fact, Hemispheres is often cited as the album that nearly broke Rush for good. In truth, as Lee explains, as they arrived in the spring of 1978 after finishing a gruelling world tour in support of the hugely successful A Farewell To Kings, Rush were too full of ideas to contemplate taking a re…

Geddy Lee Book Signing Event Begins December 18th in New Jersey

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The upcoming December 18th release of Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass will be celebrated with a book signing event in New Jersey.

Geddy Lee is scheduled to appear at Bookend Books in Ridgewood, New Jersey on the release date where he will be signing copies of his new book.

According to the details posted by the Bookend Books, you must pre-order a book online from the bookstore, which also includes a ticket for entry into the event. Ordering details are available at this LINK.

Additional details for the signing event:Rules for signing:
Only Books bought from Bookends allowed into the store
Maximum of 5 books/Customer
Every Customer must buy at least one Book

Personalizations, dedications, the signing of memorabilia and posed photography at the table are prohibited.

Candid photographs are allowed from the line.At this time, there is no word on other book signing locations, but we'll certainly pass those details along if and when they become available.

And for those wh…

Geddy Lee Interviewed in the December Issue of Classic Rock Magazine

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The December 2018 issue of the UK's Classic Rock magazine includes a new, lengthy interview with Geddy Lee. The interview touches upon numerous topics including early influences, Geddy's continuing fascination with bass guitars, his upcoming Big Beautiful Book Of Bass coffee table book, and his various and extensive collections:Remarkably, you've only been collecting bass guitars since 2012, but you've always collected, haven't you?
All my life: wine, baseballs, art, stamps! For me, these things, these obsessions are windows into time and culture that goes beyond the thing you're holding in your hands, a guitar can tell you a little something about the history of California in the 1950s, or what were The Beatles doing in Hamburg when they walked into a guitar store and saw a certain model on the wall and changed the world. I look at wine and baseball and art and music and craftsmanship as things that have an aura about them that resonates more than the thing …

Rush Reference on Family Guy - Video and Screen Caps Now Online

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Tonight's Episode of Fox's animated series Family Guy contained a fairly lengthy Rush reference. In the episode titled Regarding Carter (Season 17, Episode 5), Peter is scolded by Brian for the time he didn't wear black jeans to a Rush concert. The clip then cuts to a Rush concert where the animated representation of Geddy Lee asks Peter what he's wearing, to which Peter replies "What? These are my concert khakis."

The clip takes an unfortunate turn as Geddy calls for the crowd to "Beat Him! Beat Him in 6/8th time!".

You can view an MP4 video version of the clip by clicking HERE or via the embedded player below.Your browser does not support HTML5 video. This isn't the first time Rush has made an appearance on the animated series. In fact back in 2016, Rush had two significant references. Click HERE and HERE for screen captures and videos of those appearances.

NEW Limited Edition Prints by Alex Lifeson Available November 1st

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The Kidney Foundation of Canada has just announced the availability of limited edition prints by Alex Lifeson. Limited to just 100 copies and titled 20,000 Feet Over The Sea, each print has an ORIGINAL signature by Alex Lifeson. The image size is: 12" W x 12" H (with a 2.5" border). Print size: 17" W x 17" H

From the announcement:Now, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch and Canadian great, Alex Lifeson, have teamed up to produce another round of exclusive limited edition prints. Only 100 prints have been made of '20,000 Feet Over The Sea'. Each print is numbered and Alex Lifeson has personally signed each individual print. That's right, each print has Alex Lifeson's ORIGINAL signature on it. The print is on high quality, heavy stock, acid free paper. In addition, each print comes with a certificate of authenticity, signed by the Executive Director of the Atlantic Branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, confirming that the pri…

Alex Lifeson Performs Rush Classics With Chicago's Jason Scheff

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This past Sunday, October 28, Alex Lifeson took part in the 11th annual Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Golf Classic's All-Star Concert to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California. Lifeson performed Rush's "Freewill," "The Spirit Of Radio," and "Limelight" with the help of Chicago's Jason Scheff on bass and vocals.

Longtime friends Scott Medlock and Robby Krieger (THE DOORS) organized the event to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It has become one of the largest, single event fundraisers of the year for the hospital. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

You can watch each of the performances via the embedded viewer…

Andy Curran of Anthem Records/Ole Talks Hemispheres 40th Anniversary and Future Rush Anniversary Box Sets

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Music Life Magazine recently posted a lengthy interview with long-time Anthem Records and Ole music advisor Andy Curran where, among many topics, the upcoming release of Rush's 40th Anniversary Edition of Hemispheres was discussed:For Farewell, we had some younger artists contribute versions of songs for that album, including Big Wreck, Billy Talent and Foo Fighters. But this time we wanted to do something different, so we dug deep into the archives over here at Anthem and were able to come up with a really cool live concert almost in its entirety from the Pink Pop Festival in 1979. In terms of a choice of rarities, this was a recording where if you searched diligently you might have been able to find bits and pieces of it online from people who had recorded it. We worked closely with the Pink Pop Festival and a radio station and television station in the Netherlands that broadcasted it and got the full show. Which was really cool, because Elvis Costello was on the bill, and so we…

Geddy Lee Talks to Rolling Stone Magazine About Rush's Hemispheres and More

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This week marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Rush's progressive powehouse Hemispheres. In celebration of the anniversary, as well as the upcoming release of the 40th Anniversary Box Set of the album, Rolling Stone magazine recently sat down with Geddy Lee to discuss the making of Hemispheres, his upcoming Big Beautiful Book of Bass, what's in store for the future, and more.

The article, which was posted to the Rolling Stone website earlier today, is titled Geddy Lee on Rush’s Prog-Rock Opus ‘Hemispheres’: ‘We Had to Raise Our Game’. On the writing and recording of Hemispheres, Geddy had this to say:You’d gained some commercial momentum in 1978 after “Closer to the Heart” made a dent on the U.K. charts, but Hemispheres is one of the least accessible Rush albums ever. Did you have any initial ideas of striking while the iron was hot and making something more easily digestible?
Not really. We were not really practical thinkers. We never knew what was going to come out …

Alex Lifeson Donates Original Painting for Brush of Hope Charity Auction

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Update: Alex's painting sold for an amazing $12,111 CAD!As he has done numerous times before, Alex Lifeson has created a unique painting for the Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual Brush of Hope charity auction.

This years painting, which Alex humorously titled "Self Portrait #2," is currently being auctioned off on Ebay.Ca at this LINK, and it's already off to a quick start, with bids already surpassing the CAD $2,112 mark :-)

The auction ends on October 24th. To see a larger version of Alex's painting, click HERE.

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 raise…

Rush's Breakthrough Concept Album 2112 Has Been Nominated for the 2018 Polaris Heritage Prize

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Update: Thanks to YOUR hard work, 2112 has won the public vote! Congratulations, Rush!Though it was released over four decades ago, Rush's seminal concept album 2112 continues to elicit praise and respect. Case in point is the album's recent inclusion in the 2018 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize .

From the Polaris Prize website:The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize honours Canadian albums of the past from four distinct time periods: 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95 and 1996-05. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are albums of the highest artistic quality, without regards to sales or affiliations.

Think of the Heritage Prize as our version of a hall of fame where we try to determine who would have won the Polaris Music Prize in the years before Polaris existed.

How it works is a select group of Canadian music media and historians gather together each year to create a vote-curated list of 10 Short List-nominated albums per era. Two albums…