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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.

Rush's Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Coming to Vinyl This June

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In 2010, Rush took a break from recording what would become the band’s final studio album – Clockwork Angels – to launch its Time Machine Tour. During that tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s recorded their April 15, 2011 performance in Cleveland. It was a fitting tribute to the city, which was the first to play Rush’s music on the radio.

That epic concert was released on CD in 2011, but the full show has never come out on vinyl, until now. Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland will be available on June 7 as a four-LP set.

Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland covers a lot of musical ground over 26 tracks. Rush’s early days are represented by songs like “Working Man” from the trio’s 1974 self-titled debut, “2112 Overture” from the 1976 classic 2112, and “Closer To The Heart” from A Farewell To Kings (1977).

The group’s fantastic output from the 1980s gets its due with performances of “Subdivisions” (Signals, 1982), “Marathon” (Power Windows, 1985), “Time Stand Still” (Hold Your Fir…

Rush To Be Featured In ABC's 'Schooled' on April 10th

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Rush will be in the national spotlight on ABC-TV's hit comedy Schooled on Wednesday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. In this all-new episode, character Johnny Atkins, who always wears a RUSH concert T-shirt, shows his love for the band in a new way.

In Schooled, Johnny is working at William Penn Academy as a custodian and reflects about his time in high school working at his school's radio station. He claims he put together a show called "Rush Hour", featuring 30 minutes of the greatest band in the world, RUSH.

Schooled is a direct spinoff of ABC's long-running '80s comedy "The Goldbergs", where the Johnny Atkins character is a regular.

In fact, as we reported back in February of this year, Atkins was seen wearing no less than eleven different Rush t-shirts on The Goldbergs episode There Can Be Only One Highlander Club. Additionally the Season 3 episode aptly titled Rush featured the numerous Rush references throughout.

Click HERE for more information on ABC…

Rush Featured on the Cover of Planet Rock's April 2019 Issue. Articles Now Online.

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The April 2019 issue of Planet Rock magazine features Rush on the cover, and includes three separate articles including a new exclusive interview with Alex Lifeson. Each of the articles including the interview with Lifeson, look back at the rise of popularity Rush experienced; both when they released their one-two punch of Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures and decades later, with the release of the award-winning documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage. Each piece was written by James McNair, and includes photographs by Fin Costello.

The first article, titled Natural Science focuses its attention on the period immediately following Permanent Waves. From the article:PRIOR TO STARTING WORK ON their next album, Moving Pictures, Rush enjoyed a musical palette cleanser with Canuck pals, Max Webster. The two bands were close from years of touring together, and Max Webster keyboardist Terry Watkinson had given Geddy Lee some of his first synth lessons. On July 28, 1980, during a huge thunde…

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci Talks Rush in New Interview

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Dream Theater’s guitarist John Petrucci recently sat down with Consequence of Sound, the Chicago-based online music publication, for an in-depth interview about Rush and how his first encounter with the band at a show in 1982 at the Nassau Coliseum, changed everything.

From the interview:“To me, [Rush] was the band that changed everything,” Petrucci told us. “When music just hits you in such a way, especially when you’re young … and you’re sort of developing your tastes — that band, there was something about it. I just loved it. And so I got completely sucked into all things Rush.”

He added, “One of my greatest musical memories has to do with them ’cause Rush was the first concert I ever went to. Back in 1982, they were on the Signals tour, they were playing the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island — I went there and had the worst seats ever. They were so far away, but I just couldn’t believe that this was a band that I was listening to all this time, and here I am in the same building as …

Rush: Song by Song Book Coming in January 2020

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Amazon.Com has just released details of a new book titled Rush: Song by Song, which is scheduled to be released in January of 2020.

From the Amazon listing:The Canadian power trio Rush has been called the world's biggest cult band. Though critical favor eluded them for many years, the band has gained the admiration of legions of fans and sold over forty-million albums worldwide. In this unique book the reader is guided through each album, song by song, from the band's eponymous début in 1974 right up to 2012's Clockwork Angels.

Every album (both live and studio) is explored in detail with rare insight into the circumstances in which the band wrote and recorded each song . The book also carefully tracks the band's rise from a small suburb of Toronto to the arena filling giants they would become. This book explores every studio album, every live release as well as the solo projects of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. Each album is covered in unprecedented detail and the band&…

Rush in Rio Released on 180 Gram Vinyl. Package Includes New Liner Notes Essays and Photos

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Back in October of 2003, nearly eleven months after the end of their Vapor Trails tour, Rush released their fifth live album, Rush in Rio. As the name indicates, the live recording was taken from the show Rush performed at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on November 23rd, 2002.

Last month, Rush re-released Rush in Rio as a four-disc 180 Gram vinyl package which included a brand new liner notes essay by long-time Rush fan and collector Ray Wawrzyniak. In addition to the new liner notes, the vinyl package includes 17 news photos of the band in action during their Vapor Trails tour.

Both the new liner notes essay and photos are now available online on the main site. You can access both via the links below:Rush in Rio Liner Notes
Rush in Rio Album ArtworkThe vinyl box set is currently on sale at Amazon for $69.36.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for providing the updated liner notes.

Alex Lifeson Guests on Latest Albums from John Mayall and The Mute Gods

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While Alex Lifeson may not be lending his virtuoso guitar work on any future Rush albums (never say never, though!), he has been busy providing his talent on other recent new releases.

Alex is one of many guest performers to appear on veteran bluesman John Mayall's new album, Nobody Told Me,which was release in late February. Lifeson appears on the track "Evil And Here To Stay". Additional guest performers include Todd Rundgren, Joe Bonamassa, Larry McCray, Carolyn Wonderland and Steven Van Zandt.

You can check out the track with Alex at this LINK. Here's what Loudersound.Com had to say about the track:"Evil and Here to Stay is just one of the star studded songs you’ll be playing over and over," says Mayall. "On this particular track you get to hear some great guitar soloing from special guest Alex Lifeson, who feels right at home with this special groove."

"One of the first songs Rush learned to play as a band in front of an audience was …

Geddy Lee to Guest DJ on Sirius XM's Beatles Station This Friday

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Back in January, Geddy Lee stopped by the New York City Sirius XM offices where he was the guest DJ for an hour on the satellite radio station's 80s on 8 channel. While he was there, Geddy also recorded a guest DJ program for Sirius XM's Beatles Channel (Channel 18).

Geddy's recorded DJ session for the channel will air this Friday, March 8th at 5pm EST.

For more information about Sirius XM and their Beatles channel, please click HERE.

Geddy and Rush in general are no strangers to Sirius XM. Back in 2015, Geddy and Alex held a Town Hall meeting at the NYC Sirius XM headquarters where a couple dozen lucky fans had the chance to ask the pair questions. Yours truly was fortunate enough to be in attendance that day.

Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History Coming This October

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I am thrilled to announce the upcoming release of the official Rush touring history book titled Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History, which is scheduled to be released on October 15th, 2019.

Authors Skip Daly and Eric Hansen (of Power Windows fame) have spent years researching Rush's decades-spanning touring history to create this meticulously detailed book. From the Amazon listing:Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart performed together for the first time to an audience of 11,000 people in 1974. Forty years later, their last tour sold over 442,000 tickets. This is the story of everything in between. This is the story of Rush.

Fondly known as the Holy Triumvirate, Rush is one of the top bands to shine through rock-and-roll history. Wandering the Face of the Earth covers Rush’s storied touring career, from their humble beginnings as a Toronto-area bar band playing middle school gymnasiums to their rise as one of the world’s most sought-after liv…