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Geddy Lee Will Participate in Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's Virtual Gala Concert

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Next month, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a Virtual Gala Concert to support the institution's School of Music. Dubbed The Show Must Go On: Stories of Resilience , the event will stream via the ensemble’s TheConcertHall.ca on February 18 at 6:30 pm. In addition to Geddy, Israeli-American violin and conducting icon Itzhak Perlman, and Canadian alt-country chanteuse k.d. lang have also joined the list of those participating in the virtual gala. It's unclear at this time whether Geddy will actually perform for the event, or simply speak/introduce other acts. Tickets and other information are available HERE . Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

From All The Lives You Left Your Mark Upon: Remembering Neil Peart on the Anniversary of his Death

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Suddenly -- you were gone. From all the lives you left your mark upon That lyrical excerpt Neil Peart penned for the song Afterimage , which appeared on Rush's Grace Under Pressure album from 1984, has echoed continuously for Rush fans across the globe over the past year. Even as we mark the first anniversary of Neil Peart's passing today, the very notion of his death still seems surreal and unimaginable for so many of us. It's a profound testament to the overwhelming influence Neil's body of work, from his lyrical genius to his percussive prowess, has had on countless fans. Over the past year, Rush fans have gathered - virtually - to celebrate Neil's life with stories of concert gatherings, discussions on the deeper nature of his lyrics, personal (and rare) contacts with Neil, and of course the powerhouse performances behind the kit that he came to be (largely) known for. While we jointly mourned his passing, we collectively appreciated the fact that we

Dreamers & Misfits: The Definitive Book About Rush Fans Now Available

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A new book that focuses on Rush fans and their stories is now available. Titled Dreamers & Misfits: The Definitive Book About Rush Fans and written by Alexander Hellene, the extensive 370+ page book is available in both Kindle and Paperback formats. From the Amazon.Com listing: There Is Nothing Average About the Average Rush Fan!Rush, the legendary Canadian progressive rock trio, has a legion of devoted fans. But what is it about the band that inspires such a loyal and dedicated fan base? And what is it about these fans that has created this powerful bond between artist and audience? The story of these fans has never been told . . . until now. - Exclusive interviews, including Donna Halper, the woman who broke Rush in the United States, and Ed Stenger, proprietor of RushIsABand.com, one of the biggest Rush fan sites on the internet. - Detailed survey results illuminating what makes hundreds of Rush fans tick- An exploration of the interest, politics, faith, and philos

Neil Peart: An Introduction to His Drumming Style Coming this January

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A new book that focuses on Neil Peart's drumming styles from his early years with Rush is set to be released this January. Aptly titled Neil Peart: An Introduction to His Drumming Style , the book was written by Italian drummer, percussionist, composer and music producer Francesco Vecchio. From the book's listing: The conception of “Neil Peart: An Introduction to His Drumming Style” comes from the transcription and study of one of his most remarkable works: “Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres,” which is the first track on the sixth album Hemispheres (1978) by Rush, where Neil also wrote the lyrics. The rhythmic ideas and grooves inspired me to write an entire book about Neil Peart, his life, musical influences and style. Neil Peart’s biography, his drum influences, an interview, a photo gallery and the history of the album are included to introduce the complete drum sheet music of the song, written and notated entirely note-per-note. The main grooves and fills, played during

Neil Peart Featured in the November Issue of Rhythm Magazine - Selected Article Excerpts Now Online

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The November 2020 issue of the UK's Rhythm Magazine features Neil Peart on the cover and includes an extensive tribute to the late Rush drummer. The cover feature article titled The Measure of a Life and penned by Chuck Parker is a poignant look back at the life and inspiration of Neil's body of work; not only as a drummer but also as a writer and lyricist. From the piece: In addition to Peart’s immeasurable impact in the music and drumming world, his other artistic contribution was his love of the written word. This was apparent through his command of language, whether writing or speaking about an idea, be it in a song, interview or book. Peart always seemed to use the perfect word or phrase to convey his thoughts. Many music lovers had difficulty getting past bassist and singer Geddy Lee’s unique vocals. To some, he was a wailing banshee while others thought his original sound fit Rush perfectly. But even those who couldn’t get past Lee’s singing had to admit the prof

Neil Peart Inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame

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The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) has just announced the induction of Neil Peart into their Hall of Fame. The annoucement from the PAS website includes a seven-minute video as well as a moving tribute to Neil written by David Stanoch, a versatile drumset artist and educator of over thirty years. An excerpt from his tribute is below: Everyone knows 2020 is going down in history as the single most challenging year humankind as faced in modern history. Between the ravages of a worldwide pandemic threatening our families and livelihoods and the hopeful signs of long-needed change rising from another needless social tragedy, after too many years of looking the other way, our world is aligning to a reckoning of what truly matters—to our families and our shared community—with a new sense of urgency. Leadership and forward thinking are in much needed demand. In our corner of the world, as percussionists who strive to make a difference in expression through the musical arts, our year began

Neil Peart Drumset Scholarship Announced By Hudson Music

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Hudson Music, the company behind Neil Peart's instructional videos Anatomy of a Drum Solo and Taking Center Stage have just announced the Neil Peart Drumset Scholarship . According to the post from their Facebook Page , applications for the scholarship will begin in March 2021 thru the Percussive Arts Society ( PAS.org ). PAS will annually award four drummers the opportunity for online drumset lessons from well-known artists/educators. A brief promotional video, which can be viewed below or directly at this LINK was also released. We'll have more details on the scholarship as they become available.

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 Al

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

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

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

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 de