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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GL61 - Happy Birthday Geddy Lee!

Geddy Lee
Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) is celebrating his 61st birthday today!

Happy Birthday, Geddy -- and many happy returns! "Gary" was born in the small Toronto village of Willowdale. As many fans know, his given first name "Gary" transformed into "Geddy" during his high school days thanks to his mother's heavily-accented pronunciation of his name.

In addition to his musical aspirations, some of Geddy's other interests include collecting fine wines and, of course, baseball. His wine collection is rumored to include some 5,000 bottles and his love of baseball is well documented. In fact last year, Geddy threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener for the Toronto Blue Jays - something he admittedly dreamed of doing for years.

In addition to today being Geddy's birthday, it is also the 40th anniversary of when Neil Peart joined Rush - cementing the rock trio that would continue through today.

Please join me in congratulating Geddy on reaching his 61st birthday -- and wish him many, many more!

Friday, July 25, 2014

The History of John Rutsey and Rush

The History of John Rutsey and Rush
Ultimate Classic Rock has just posted an article on John Rutsey titled, appropriately, The History of John Rutsey and Rush.

From the article:
Rush have survived 40 years in the music industry, persisting through critical hatred and shifting musical trends, and they owe much of that longevity to the consistently inventive drumming of Neil Peart. Within that view, it’s easy to miss the band’s important first chapter with John Rutsey, the band’s founding drummer. While Rutsey may be remembered as sort of Rush’s version of Pete Best, it’s a story worth revisiting.

The first seeds of Rush were sewn in 1963: Hockey buddies Rutsey and Alex Lifeson met while attending the St. Paschal’s School and eventually formed a band dubbed the Projection. Then in 1968, in the Willowdale area of Toronto, the teenagers joined forces with bassist Jeff Jones, who was soon replaced by Geddy Lee, a somewhat witchy-looking dude with a high-pitched shriek of a voice and an enviable fluency on his instrument.
Click HERE to read the entire article.

Thanks to Randy Z for the head's up.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Geddy Lee Featured in Terroni Magazine - 41st Anniversary Tour Mentioned

In Conversation with Geddy Lee - Terroni Magazine #6 July 2014
Geddy Lee is featured on the cover of Terroni (#6, July 2014), a magazine published by the Terroni Italian restaurant chain based in Toronto and Los Angeles. The accompanying interview, titled In Conversation with Geddy Lee discusses Geddy's love of wine.

Though there is very little talk of Rush, the opening tagline of the article reflects some confirmation of the band's plan to tour next year:
The Canadian icon, whose band Rush is in the midst of planning a 41st Anniversary Tour, spoke with Jessica Allen on how he came to collect (and drink) wine, underappreciated varietals, other rock star oenophiles and improving with age.
After several questions focusing purely on wine, the interview closes with a Rush-centric query:
Is there a Rush album that you feel was critically overlooked?

It's hard for me to have perspective on that. Most of our work is critically overlooked. Our fans have sustained us all these years and as time goes on we've become more critically accepted. So, either we're getting better or our fans have become critics, one or the other. Anyway, it's all gotten better over the last 20 years. For some reason we seem to be improving with age.
You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

Thanks to RushFanForever for the news and Eric Hansen for the transcription.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Win a Copy of the SACD Version of Rush's PRESTO

SACD Version of Rush's Presto
Back in May, we announced that Audio Fidelity was preparing the release of Rush's Presto album using their audiophile-approved SACD (Super Audio CD) treatment. Hemispheres and Counterparts had also received the SACD treatment in the past.

In celebration of the release of Presto, the folks at Audio Fidelity have graciously offered to give away FREE copies of the SACD version of the album to three lucky visitors of Cygnus-X1.Net. To enter the contest, please click HERE. The contest will run throughout July and is open to anyone across the globe.

Presto is now available and can be ordered directly at the Audio Fidelity website. Use the promo code SCARS20 at checkout for 20% off the MSRP price.

Many thanks to Ernie C. and Marshall B. from Audio Fidelity for allowing Cygnus-X1.Net to offer up this great give-away.

Good luck, everyone!

Related News Stories
[SACD Version of Rush's Presto Coming Soon - May 31st, 2014]
[SACD Version of Rush's Hemispheres Now Available for Pre-Order - July 11th, 2013]
[SACD Version of Rush's Counterparts Now Available for Pre-Order - January 7th, 2013]
[SACD Version of Rush's Counterparts Coming in December - November 13th, 2012]

Monday, July 7, 2014

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson May Have Toronto Park Named After Them

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson May Have Toronto Park Named After Them
Could a new arts-themed park located in the Toronto neighborhood of Willowdale be named after two of the area's most famous residents? If Councillor John Fillon, who represents the area, gets his way, then the new park set for construction in 2015 will be named after both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

From Fillon's written proposal:
"The new park will have an Arts theme, specifically related to music and sound," Filion wrote in a June 16 to the North York Community Council's City Clerk's Office. "It is appropriate to consider naming the park after musicians with a connection to the Willowdale area. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are founding members of the band Rush, which has a highly successful career spanning decades."
The Councillor adds both musicians have agreed to put their names forward for the honor. The park, located on land purchased by the city, is bounded by Princess Avenue to the north, Hillcrest Avenue to the south, Glady Allison Place to the west and just east of the "linear park to the east." The name was presented during a consultation meeting on April 22.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Rush Backstage Club Offers Up More Than Just T-Shirts

Rush Pint GlassesRush Signed and Framed Tour Pictures
For years, Rush fans the world over have been able to purchase a wide variety of Rush merchandise from the Rush Backstage Club. From tour t-shirts and baseball caps to tourbooks and videos, the Rush Backstage Club was truly your one-stop-shopping location for all things Rush.

Recently, the online store has expanded their items to include some high-end limited edition signed and framed portraits of Rush, including a set called Live Kings Photo Set:
Limited to only 50 sets, the Live Kings Photo Set contains three iconic photographs taken during the A Farewell to Kings Tour by renowned rock photographer Fin Costello.

Printed on high-quality photographic paper, each photo has been hand numbered and then signed by the respective band member, and every frame comes with a designated Certificate of Authenticity indicating both the photo and its number in the collection.

Note that each piece will have a matching number (e.g. 3/50) to the other two in the set.

Frames are 18" x 18" (45.5 cm x 45.5 cm) and are made of molded plastic with glass.
Other new items to the store include a fantastic Rush Pint Glass Set and there's even a Rush Beer Koozie.

Check out all the Rush Backstage Club has to offer by clicking HERE.

Thanks to Joe Pesch for the heads up on the new items.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Rush's Lighting Director Howard Ungerleider to Receive Parnelli Visionary Honor

Rush's Lighting Director Howard Ungerleider to Receive Parnelli Visionary Honor
PLSN (Projection, Lights and Staging News) has announced that Rush's long-time lighting director Howard Ungerleider will be the recipient of the 2014 Parnelli Visionary Award which will be presented at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 22nd, 2014. From the announcement:
“Howard is a pioneer who took concert lighting to a new level, leaving everybody else to try to catch up,” says Parnelli Producer/PLSN Publisher Terry Lowe. “His work with Rush has inspired many in this business, and he’s known as one of the nicest, most respected guys in this business, too.”

Many companies turned to Ungerleider when developing new products. “A lot of manufacturers would send me their fixtures to break,” he says. One is High End.

“Howard Ungerleider is a pioneer in the entertainment industry,” says High End founder and Parnelli Visionary Honoree Richard Belliveau. “For as long as I have known Howard he has strived to provide his clientele with new and innovative ideas. New and innovative ideas can sometimes require more work and time for a designer like Howard to implement. Howard unselfishly spends his time to make sure those innovative ideas get implemented and in a successful fashion for his client. The results can be breathtaking.”

Ungerleider was born in New York, and grew up in New Jersey. He did some lighting in high school, and then played in bands. Though rock ‘n’ roll stardom eluded him, he had an opportunity to work for an music agency. He started in the mailroom and eventually became a successful band agent himself. During all those limo rides when the band would ask him what he thought of their show, his constructive criticism and specific ideas soon had him moonlighting as a lighting consultant. In 1974, he left the agency business and went to work with Rush.
Click HERE for more information.

Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Netflix Movie Trailer Park Boys: Live in Fu**in' Dublin Includes Cameo Appearance by Alex Lifeson

Neil Peart: Far and Near
Alex Lifeson has a brief cameo appearance in the new Netflix original program titled Trailer Park Boys: Live in Fu**in' Dublin. Lifeson, who portrays himself, announces the winner of the Rush internet contest to determine Rush's biggest fan. The winner of the contest, Bubbles, along with his cohorts Ricky and Julian, recreated the classic Rush video for Closer to the Heart as their entry for the contest.

Alex goes on to congratulate Bubbles for his work on the video, however he also indicates that Ricky's performance really sucked. As part of the winnings, the friends win a trip to Dublin in a private jet to see the band's show there along with a $1000 spending money. Hilarity ensues when they reach Dublin, but I won't give it all away.

The closing credits show a side-by-side comparison of both the original Rush video for Closer to the Heart and the Trailer Park Boy's version.

To watch the movie (Netflix Streaming Account Required), click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Nipissing University To Bestow Honorary Degrees to the Members of Rush

Nipissing University To Bestow Honorary Degrees to the Members of Rush
Update (06/12/2014): Both Geddy and Alex have posted video acceptance speeches. You can view them here: (Geddy | Alex). Thanks to Donovan Duguay for the links and news.
Update (06/12/2014): Rush are scheduled to receive their honorary degrees today, June 12th, at 2:00pm EST. You can watch a stream of the event via this LINK (or now via the embedded viewer below)
Nipissing University, located in Ontario, has just announced that each of the members of Rush are to be bestowed with an honorary degree; the university's first honorary "Doctor of Music".

From the announcement:
“Convocation is the highlight of the year and we are honoured that these extraordinary individuals will help us celebrate our graduates,” said Dr. Mike DeGagné, President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University. “The nine honourees are remarkable Canadians who have helped make our world better. It is very rewarding that they each recognize the distinct value of Nipissing University and support our mission and vision to the extent that they are accepting our highest honour, solidifying their connection to our institution.”

Rush, the iconic Canadian rock band comprised of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, has celebrated more than 40 years of making amazing music together, achieving worldwide album sales in excess of $40 million. Rush ranks third in sales after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and has produced 24 gold, 14 platinum and three multi-platinum albums while being active in philanthropic causes as a group and as individuals. The band has received seven Grammy award nominations and won several Juno Awards. In 1994, Rush was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and in 1996, band members were made Officers of the Order of Canada. In 2012, the band won the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Lee, Lifeson and Peart will receive Nipissing’s first honorary Doctor of Music, on June 12 at 2 p.m.
At this time, it's not known whether any or all of the member of Rush will be in attendance at the ceremony.



We'll have more information as it becomes available. Congratulations to Geddy, Alex and Neil!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Cygnus-X1.Net Enters its Second Decade of Operation

Cygnus-X1.Net Enters Its Second Decade of OperationCygnus-X1.Net Enters Its Second Decade of Operation
June 1st marks the anniversary of when Cygnus-X1.Net was first launched and 2014 marks the site's 10th Anniversary. Ten Years. It's hard to believe I've been at this for so long, and even harder to believe how quickly the time has flown by.

One of the most rewarding experiences of running Cygnus-X1.Net has to be the site's evolution and growth over the years. While the 'Star Trek' side of the shop has expanded modestly over the years, the LCARS theme has never really changed since Day 1. But here on the Rush side of the shop, the site has gone through numerous visual changes as well as significant content growth.

Back when I first launched the 'Rush Tribute' section of the site, I employed a Sphere Theme which I still look back at fondly all these years later. (Through the magic of the internet's web archive, you can still access that theme via this LINK.) Back then, the site sported about 40 or 50 individual pages on Rush including the album and lyric database, the image database and the beginnings of the tour archive. Today, the entirety of Cygnus-X1.Net houses over 1,500 individual pages with over 1,000 dedicated to Rush alone. It includes thousands of concert photos, hundreds upon hundreds of articles on the band, all the details and artwork on every official (and some unofficial) releases and so much more.

My, how we've grown - and not only within the confines of the site. Cygnus-X1.Net has expanded beyond its domain with a Facebook Group which has nearly 5,000 members and a Twitter Page with nearly 3,000 followers.

I'm still humbled and amazed at how far this site has come during the past ten years, and one thing is for certain - Cygnus-X1.Net would not be where it is today without the support of some fantastic people like Rob Michaelson (site designer and graphic artist), Carl McDonnell (graphic artist extraordinaire), Eric Hansen (of Power Windows fame), Ed Stenger (of RushIsABand), Heiko Klages (for hundreds of article contributions to the site) and everyone else who have visited, supported and contributed to the site over the years.

Thank you, all!

On to Decade #2...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Neil Peart's Next Book "Far and Near: On Days Like These" Coming October 14th

Neil Peart: Far and Near
As a follow-up to his 2011 book FAR and AWAY: A Prize Every Time, Neil Peart and ECW Press will be publishing Far and Near: On Days Like These. The book currently has a release date of October 14th, 2014.
Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Neil Peart has stories to tell. His first volume in this series, Far and Away, combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers.

Now Far and Near brings together reflections from another three years of an artist’s life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music. With passionate insight, wry humor, and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes, and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind.

These popular stories, originally posted on Peart’s website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector’s volume.
A hard-cover edition of the book is available for pre-order at Amazon.Com for $22.76. An E-Book version of the book is expected to be released simultaneously.

To read an excerpt from FAR and AWAY: A Prize Every Time, click HERE.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Music Rights Management Company ole Acquires Rush Catalog

Geddy Lee 3000 Hit Baseball
According to a press release from earlier today, the Music Rights Management Company ole has purchased Core Music, the 40-year home of Rush’s music publishing, and will manage the music publishing affairs of the band for the foreseeable future.

From the press release:
Says ole Chairman and CEO Robert Ott, “ole is very honored to have been chosen by Rush to manage their incredible living legacy and to be a partner in their ongoing creative journey in music publishing. ole looks forward to working hard to ensure that Rush’s music continues to find new and wider audiences.”

Geddy Lee, singer/bassist of Rush, said, “We are pleased with the news of Core Music's deal with ole and happy that our publishing will be handled by a Canadian company with worldwide expertise.”

“With the changing times in the music business, the responsibilities of a publisher have become much more complex. This deal will allow me to devote my time and energy to managing the live touring and recording aspects of Rush’s ongoing career,” said Ray Danniels, President of SRO/Anthem and Rush’s longtime and only Manager.

As part of the ole-Core deal, Pegi Cecconi, who has overseen the administration of Core Music since inception, will continue to work full-time at the management and label home of Rush, SRO/ANTHEM, but will also take on a consulting role with ole in regards to the vast Rush catalogue.
Billboard also posted an article about the deal where long-time Rush manager Ray Danniels was quoted:
"With the changing times in the music business, the responsibilities of a publisher have become much more complex. This deal will allow me to devote my time and energy to managing the live touring and recording aspects of Rush’s ongoing career."
"Rush’s ongoing career"...like music to my ears :-)

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Geddy Lee's Rare Autographed Baseball Looking For Two More Signature

Geddy Lee 3000 Hit Baseball
As most fans know, Geddy Lee has a passion for many things in life beyond music. His love and appreciation of wine has led the Rush front man to amass a collection of over 5,000 bottles. Another one of his passions is, of course, baseball. Geddy can often be seen attending the home games of his beloved Toronto Blue Jays, and he has an impressive baseball collection as well.

One of Geddy's most prized possession is a rare, autographed baseball which includes the signatures of many major league baseball players who are part of the 3,000 hit club. As the New York Yankee's short-stop Derek Jeter is also among that exclusive club, Geddy is attempting to get his signature, as well as Ichiro Suzuki's autograph, added to the baseball.

An article from the St. Louis Post-Dispath explains:
A baseball that might be unlike any other in the world is visiting Busch Stadium this week in hopes to add to more signatures to the elite group already on its hide. The owner of the ball has asked Cardinals equipment manager Rip Rowan to get the signatures of Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki -- two more members of the 3,000-hit club. That's the prerequisite for getting on the ball.

A quick scan of the ball (pictured) shows that it has most of the members of the 3,000-hit club and only a few modern hitters -- if we use some elastic to stretch the definition of "modern" -- do not appear on the ball, Honus Wagner and Nap Lajoie.

It has more recent 3,000-hit members: Rickey Henderson and Wade Boggs.

And it has Cobb, Speaker, and Eddie Collins, whose signature is one of the hard to miss ones -- big and loopy.

The ball is owned by Rush's lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee. A renowned collected of memorabilia and a huge baseball fan, Lee is also a Cardinals fan. He has come around the ballpark and spent time with the club before, and he has had long friendships with a few around the club. Lee purchased the ball to add to his collection, and has added signatures to it so that it may be the only baseball held by both Cobb and Clemente and ... if all goes well this week ... Jeter.
Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Rush Concert Films Receive Gold and Platinum Certifications

Rush CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOŒRRush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
It's been several years since a Rush album or video has been certified Gold or better from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The last time any Rush album or video was recognized was back in September of 2010 when several concert films and the band's Beyond the Lighted Stage documentary were awarded numerous Gold and Platinum certifications. The four-year drought ended earlier this month when the organization awarded five new certifications to the last two Rush concert films that were released.

On May 14th of this year, Rush's Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland concert film received a Gold, Platinum and 2-X Platinum certification while their last concert film (to date) Clockwork Angels Tour received a Gold and Platinum certification.

According to the RIAA, a GOLD certification equates to 50,000 video unit sales while a PLATINUM certification equates to 100,000 video unit sales (both within the United States).

If you're interested in seeing a complete breakdown of all of Rush's RIAA certifications, click HERE. There are links on that page to certifications Rush has received from the MCC (Music Canada Certifications) as well as the BPI (United Kingdom Certifications).

Thanks to Age Y for the news.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rush Fan Conventions 2014 Update

Rush RatCon 14Rush EuCon 2014RushCon 2014
While Rush may be taking a well-deserved break in 2014, Rush fans the world over are continuing to celebrate the music of their favorite Canadian band by holding Rush Fan Conventions throughout the year.

This past Saturday, RushFest Scotland held their convention at the at the Dreadnought Rock club in Scotland. The full day convention was filled with Rush-themed events culminating in a 2-hour set from Scotland's premier Rush tribute band Moving Pictures. The convention also had a charity auction which raised an impressive £3,134.58 for the MacMillan Cancer Support.

For more information and pictures from the event, check out the official RushFest Scotland website and Facebook Page.

The next fan convention taking place this year is RatCon 2014; a smaller, more intimate convention that is limited to 100 guests. RatCon has been around since 2009, with the previous conventions taking place in Maryland. This year's convention, which will take place on July 11th and 12th, has been moved north to New Jersey (yours truly will be in attendance at this one). For complete information on this convention, check out their website (www.rushrat.com) or Facebook Page.

Later, in August, the largest and longest-running North American fan convention will take place. RushCon 14 will run from August 22nd - 24th in Rush's hometown of Toronto, Canada:
Once a year, fans from all over the world gather for several days of activities such as games, a charity auction featuring rare and collectible band memorabilia, a tribute band concert, important guest speakers from inside the band's inner circle and much, much more!

RushCon is a by-the-fans, for-the-fans event where folks have an opportunity to raise money for an important charity whilst having an amazing time learning more about the band, getting to know each other and connecting with other fans from around the world. Over the past 13 years, RushCon members have formed life-long friendships and bonded over their fondness of this band.
This year, RushCon 14 will include a performance from the famed Rush Tribute Band Lotus Land. Also on hand will be three very special guest speakers: Howard Ungerleider, Tony “Jack Secret” Geranios, and Kevin J. Anderson.

For more information about the convention, please check out their website at www.rushcon.org.

Last, and certainly not least, Rush EuCon 2014 will be taking place on October 10th and 11th in Cheshire, UK:
Activities on the day will include a quiz & raffle, an auction for “special” Rush related items and for
those of you who fancy “having a go” in our very own “Rush Idol” contest.

We are also thrilled to announce that the evening’s entertainment will be provided by none other than Rush tribute band “La Villa Strangiato” all the way from Italy!
For more information on Europe's largest and longest-running fan convention, please visit their website (www.rusheucon.co.uk).

For all those attending one (or more) of the conventions this year, have a great time! And for all the folks involved in putting these fantastic events together for the Rush fans across the globe, THANK YOU for all that you do!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

On This Date in Rush History: Rush Perform in the U.S. for the First Time

On This Date in Rush History: Rush Perform in the U.S. for the First Time
Though Rush had been performing live as a group for six years, the band never ventured south of the Canadian border until they were invited to join a number of other groups for a music festival at the North Side Drive-In in North Lansing, Michigan. The music event, which took place on this date in 1974, was supposed to be massive, with thousands expected to attend. Unfortunately, due in part to unfavorable weather conditions, only about 1,300 people showed up.

Among the other bands who performed that day was Liverpool; a Beatles cover band that was also managed by Rush's then (and current) manager Ray Danniels.

In celebration of Rush's 40th Anniversary of their first concert date in the U.S., DJ Duran Martinez from Classic Rock 94.4FM posted the following article about the concert and presents and old concert photo from the event that was uncovered by Rush fan Wayne Rood.

Wayne and Duran have asked that other fans converge on the old drive-in theater today, located on US Route 27, to celebrate this momentous occasion in Rush's history. So if live in the area of North Lansing, MI, take a ride to the old North Side drive-in. The forecast looks far more favorable than it was forty years ago.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SACD Version of Rush's Presto Coming Soon

SACD Version of Rush's Presto Coming Soon
Update (05/21/2014): The SACD version of Presto is now set for release on June 17th. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon.Com via this LINK.
Audio Fidelity has just announced the pending release of the fourth Rush album in their SACD (Super Audio CD) format. This time around, Rush's first album during their Atlantic Record days Presto will receive the audiophile-approved treatment.

While no release date was stated at the Audio Fidelity website, the album's retail price was listed at $29.99

Previous SACD treated Rush albums include Hemispheres and Counterparts, both of which were released last year and Roll The Bones which was first made available in 2011.

The SACD format, or Super Audio CD was first introduced back in 1999 as a successor to the audio CD; claiming to offer a better audio dynamics, more channels (e.g. surround sound), and a longer playing time than a standard CD. While the format never gained much traction, a small market still exists, serving the audiophile community.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Related News Stories
[SACD Version of Rush's Hemispheres Now Available for Pre-Order - July 11th, 2013]
[SACD Version of Rush's Counterparts Now Available for Pre-Order - January 7th, 2013]
[SACD Version of Rush's Counterparts Coming in December - November 13th, 2012]

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rush's Debut Album Reenters The Billboard Top 200 Album Charts

Rush's Debut Album Reenters The Billboard Top 200 Album ChartsRush ReDISCovered LP Box Box Set Coming April 15th
On the heels of last week's release of the 40th Anniversary re-release of Rush's debut album, Rush has re-entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts at position #127.

When the band's debut album was first released, it peaked on the charts at position #105 and remained in the Top 200 for a total of 13 weeks, although its not clear if those 13 weeks were consecutive.

About the re-issue:
The Re-discovered vinyl is encased in a 12 x 12 high quality box. Pressed on audio-phile 200 gram vinyl on the Direct Metal Mastering process, this is the highest quality vinyl currently available. This release contains a re-production of the original 1974 Canadian retail poster (only 500 were ever originally printed) and individual Moon Records publicity photos of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson & original drummer John Rutsey. This release also contains a first time ever Rush Family Tree, tracing origins of the band dating back to 1965 and a memorabilia collage of early Canadian and US gig ads, reviews, photos and the first ever Rush bio.
The Rediscovered LP Box Set can be ordered via this LINK.

Thanks to Michael Lynch for the news

Related News Stories
[Rush ReDISCovered Debut LP Box Box Set Coming April 15th - March 1st, 2014]
[Rush's Debut Album to Receive 40th Anniversary Reissue - December 27th, 2013]

Monday, April 28, 2014

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - April 2014 - "Telescope Peak Revisited"

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - April 2014 - Telescope Peak Revisited
Neil Peart has just posted a new update to his "News, Weather, and Sports" website blog. His April 2014 entry is titled "Telescope Peak Revisited", a reference to the highest summit in Death Valley National Park, at 11,049 feet.

Neil has made many pilgrimages to Death Valley throughout his life, and its backdrop has served as an inspiration to him for many years. In fact, when composing lyrics for Rush's 2002 album Vapor Trails, Neil wrote the lyrics to a song titled "Telescope Peak":
Looking back to the lowest low from the highest high
Way down to the burning white desert from the clear blue sky
On Telescope Peak, salvation just a day away
On Telescope Peak, I could have said goodbye to yesterday
— On the last lonely day

So many dreams are buried there
In ghost towns and abandoned mines
So many dreams are carried there
In the sound of the wind in the pines
— On the last lonely day

It’s the end of something
It’s the start of something too
It’s the end of something
It’s the start of something new
The last lonely day
While the song was never recorded, some lyrical components did make their way into Ghost Rider. Later in the entry, Neil discusses a visit to the Drum Channel studios:
The previous week I spent an afternoon at Drum Channel, borrowing a little drumset in the studio for some casual “explorations.” It was gratifying to learn that my technique remained “ingrained” (I said to Don Lombardi, “The machine still works!”), and that having stepped away from the routine of it allowed me to think in surprisingly fresh ways. It was an enjoyable, rewarding few hours—but after, I thought about doing that every day, like rehearsing for a tour. The idea did not appeal. The same with the 950-mile motorcycle ride to Death Valley and back, and all the packing and unpacking—it did not make me want to go back to doing that every day, like on tour.

But that decision is far in the future—we’ll see which way the wind blows then. Perhaps, as the man said, “longing to do so is certain to recur.”
Perhaps not the most encouraging statement with regards to the immediate future of Rush, but not an uncommon sentiment coming from Neil.

You can read the entire entry via this LINK.

And to check out every News, Weather, and Sports entry Neil has made dating back to 2005, they are all available at the News, Weather, and Sports Archives.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Rush Sighting on 'The Colbert Report'

Rush Sighting on 'The Colbert Report'
The latest episode of The Colbert Report included a Rush reference during the opening story, which discussed how the Canadian middle class have surpassed the middle class of the United States in wealth.

Colbert comments "...No longer will people around the world aspire to the American dream of 2.5 kids...now it's the Canadian dream of a beaver dam, a maple syrup moat and 2.5 members of Rush; I don't know about you but I don't want to teach Geddy Lee to catch..."

As most Rush fans know, Rush are no strangers to 'The Colbert Report'. The band performed Tom Sawyer on the show back in July of 2008 and have had other references on the show as well.

Thanks to everyone who passed along the news.

Alex Lifeson Visits Ishibashi Music in Tokyo

While vacationing in Japan earlier this month, Alex Lifeson made a stop at Ishibashi Music in Tokyo. During his visit and tour of the music store, Alex not only talks guitars, but also autographs both his Signature series Gibson Les Paul Axcess and his Paul Reed Smith Private Stock signature series Acoustic Guitar.

His visit was filmed and can be viewed via the player below or directly at this LINK.



Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

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