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Geddy Lee Cardboard Cut-Out To Adorn Toronto Blue Jays Home Games

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With the pandemic-truncated baseball season upon us, and stadiums across the country virtually empty of fans, many teams have taken some rather unique approaches to bringing some life back to the ballpark. Along with pumping in the sounds of crowds, quite a few teams have also filled the empty seats of the stadium with cardboard cut-outs of fans.

The Toronto Blue Jays are no different as they have now announced a collection of cutouts that will appear behind home plate including one of Geddy Lee. With the current state of the pandemic, the Blue Jays are actually playing home games at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field. As most fans know, Geddy is an avid baseball fan and has often been seen situated behind home plate of numerous Blue Jay home, dutifully making notations in his scorecard.

According to this article, some 1,600 cutouts will be "...perched in nine sections at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field on Tuesday when the Jays will host the Miami Marlins, their first game in their temporary home.…

Geddy Lee Celebrates His 67th Birthday Today!

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Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) is celebrating his 67th 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 back in 2013, Geddy threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener for the Toronto Blue Jays - something he admittedly dreamed of doing for years.

And of course Geddy officially became an author with the release of his book - Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass last year.

In addition to today being Geddy's birthday, this date also marks the 46…

Cygnus-X1.Net Featured on the Latest Something for Nothing Rush 'Fan' Cast

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Back in September of last year, lifelong friends and longtime Rush fans Steve and Gerry launched a Rush-centric podcast called Something for Nothing: A RUSH Fancast. In the ten months since the launch, Something for Nothing has aired 45 episodes that cover a wide range of topics. The two friends have chatted extensively about many of Rush's albums, they've touched upon articles written about the band, and have even had a number of guest speakers join them on many episodes. Some of their guests include author Martin Popoff, Rush aficionado Mark Irwin, Skip Daly and Eric Hansen who authored the recent Wandering the Face of the Earth Rush tour book, and Ed Stenger from the Rush fan site RushIsABand.

Some months back, Steve and Gerry reached out to me to see if I would be interested in joining them for a episode and chatting about the Cygnus-X1.Net website. I was thrilled and humbled to be asked to join their growing podcast. So in mid-June, the three of us got together remotel…

Neil Peart's Family Creates Memorial Fund Auction to Support Royal Victoria Hospital

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Neil Peart's immediate family, including his parents Betty and Glen, as well as his sister Nancy and her family are preparing a silent auction of donated items to help support the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario.

From the annoucement:Peart Family Memorial Fund Auction
A bidding auction with amazing items donated by so many generous friends, family, & fans!

Members of Neil's Family (his parents, Betty & Glen, and sister, Nancy and her family) have all had to use the services at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario and are active supporters of the RVH Foundation. With offers of so many amazing items, they decided that setting up a silent auction in support of the foundation is the perfect way to honour Neil's memory. We are so thankful to all of the amazing people who are donating items. We can keep this auction going as long as items keep coming in.

We will set up deadlines for each item so that we will always have something live to bid on. You…

Modern Drummer Magazine Releasing Neil Peart 'Legends' Issue This September

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Over the course of Neil Peart's professional career, the Rush drummer had appeared on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine a record NINE times. With his untimely passing this past January, Modern Drummer dedicated their May 2020 issue to his memory, which marked the tenth cover appearance for time Neil.

Modern Drummer has just announced a new Legends series for their magazine, where the premiere issue will be centered around Neil Peart. From MD:First installment in the Modern Drummer Legends series

Anthology of all 9 of the Rush drummer’s Modern Drummer cover interviews

Includes the complete contents of his May 2020 Modern Drummer tribute issue

Analysis of Peart’s performances on every Rush studio album

A survey of the evolution of his famous live drumkits

An in-depth look at his seven self-penned books

Remembrances and impressions from dozens of leading drummers

Transcriptions of deep Rush cuts

Neil discussing the Snakes & Arrows track “Malignant Narcissism”

“A Life Changed …

Alex Lifeson Reportedly Releasing 25th Anniversary Edition of 'Victor'

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During a conversation with Ultimate Guitar, The Aristocrats' drummer Marco Minnemann discussed his past collaboration with Alex Lifeson, and also revealed that Alex was preparing to re-release his solo album Victor as a '20th-anniversary edition' [SIC]. In fact as Victor was released back in 1996, the re-release would actually be a 25th Anniversary edition.

From the interview:You also worked with Alex Lifeson of Rush. In a recent interview, he mentioned that he has barely played guitar after Neil Peart's passing. Are you in contact with Alex, and would you be interested in doing something if the opportunity came up?
"Yeah, absolutely! With Alex, I've been working already for years, and Alex and I have released stuff together; he's on my albums. I know about him, he had the thought about retiring a little bit a few years ago.

"But he still likes to play guitar and I hope he continues. We've been in touch just recently actually, just a few days ago…

Neil Peart Honored With Pavilion In His Former Hometown

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Neil Peart is being honoured with the naming of a pavilion in Port Dalhousie.

St. Catharines city council made the name Neil Peart Pavilion at Lakeside Park official Wednesday in a unanimous vote following public engagement earlier this year.

More than 81 per cent of residents who voted online chose Neil Peart Pavilion over the name Lakeside Park Pavilion.

"The public voting on naming is obviously fairly conclusive," said Port Dalhousie Coun. Bruce Williamson. "Neil Peart's been one of our most famous local individuals and a lot of his songs have local roots, including the namesake park."

Peart grew up in St. Catharines and went to elementary and high school in the city. He worked at the former midway in Port Dalhousie's Lakeside Park in the summer and wrote the Rush song "Lakeside Park."

Alex Lifeson Makes a Guest Appearance on Big Sugar's New Album Eternity Now

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Alex Lifeson is keeping busy during his so-called retirement. He recently lent his guitar skills to the title track of Big Sugar's new album Eternity Now.

Big Sugar's Gordie Johnson talks about obtaining Alex's services:I put the record on the other day and I thought I made a mistake. It sounded like I’d grabbed a Rush record from 1988.

GJ: [Laughs] Make no mistake, my friend. That was not an accident! [Rush guitarist] Alex Lifeson is on the title track. He’s on the title track of my life and career trajectory. He was one of the first supporters of Big Sugar and one of the greatest mentors that I’ve had. And he’s such a down-to-earth chill guy. He saw us coming up, liked our music, and would do things like “Hey, man, here’s a double-neck guitar. Why don’t you take the Xanadu guitar and use it for a while?” Like, who does that?

So I texted him and I had to explain myself because it’s such a Rush knock-off. I got the Taurus Moog pedals in there and gave it the full Moving…

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Appear in Upcoming Gordon Lightfoot Documentary

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Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Sarah McLachlan, and Alec Baldwin appear in If You Could Read My Mind, an upcoming documentary on Gordon Lightfoot, which will be streaming on-demand this summer.

Directed by Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni, the film chronicles present-day Lightfoot performing a show and signing autographs as he fondly looks back on his nearly six-decade career — from his coffeehouse performance days in Ontario, Canada, to his rise to international fame in the Seventies.

“He is one of the greatest examples of timeless singer-songwriter,” Lee says in the clip, sitting alongside his bandmate Alex Lifeson. “He’s a Canadian national hero, but he also speaks with a voice for everyone,” adds Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin. You can view a clip of the documentary which includes Geddy and Alex's appearance below:For more information on the documentary, click HERE.

Neil Peart Featured in the May 2020 Issue of Modern Drummer Magazine - Extended Excerpt Now Online

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It has now been three months since Neil Peart passed away. While the pain of his loss continues for so many of us, it has also been heartwarming to see the countless tributes that continue to be assigned to his memory.

Numerous music magazines have paid tribute to Neil with moving pieces, including the following:
Neil Peart: Farewell to a King - Kerrang! Magazine, January 2020
Neil Peart: Suddenly You Were Gone - PROG Magazine, February 2020
A Tribute to Neil Peart - Classic Rock Magazine, March 2020
Exit The Warrior: Neil Peart - A Tribute - Planet Rock Magazine, April 2020
Neil Peart: A Farewell to Kings - MOJO Magazine - April 2020
Neil Ellwood Peart: Farewell to a King - Drumhead Magazine - April 2020One tribute that fans were particularly anxious to see was that from Modern Drummer magazine. Over the years, Neil appeared on the cover of the long-running periodical for a record nine times. Now, with the release of their May 2020 issue, Neil not only appears on the cover for the tenth …

The Neil Peart Research Award Announced by the Glioblastoma Foundation

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With the unfortunate passing of Neil Peart due to Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, the Glioblastoma Foundation has just announced a new fundraiser research initiative entitled "The Neil Peart Research Award."

According to the foundation's website, the award will provide Neurosurgery residents at leading medical institutions around the country with funding to conduct new, cutting-edge glioblastoma research. The foundation is also offering up limited-edition 5" x 7" portraits entitled "The Professor" to anyone who donates $21.12 or more.

Please visit the foundation's website for complete information on the Glioblastoma Foundation and their fundraiser.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Timeless Concert Images Book Features Rush From the 80's

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For over four decades, rock music photographer Bill O'Leary has snapped off more than 25,000 concert photos from bands such as Queen, AC/DC, Van Halen, Foreigner, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, and of course RUSH. Over the years, Bill's photos have appeared in virtually every music publication including Guitar Player, Rolling Stone, People, Guitar World, PIT, Circus, Hit Parader and Creem.

To celebrate and share his photographic work with the masses, Bill has released his first book - Timeless Concert Images: And 40 Years of Rock Concert Experiences. This nearly 200-page coffee table book offers stories and recollections behind concerts he shot over the years, and is filled with over 175 full color, live concert images photographed from the 1990's. One chapter in the book is dedicated to Rush and which includes photos taken from the Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures tours.

Bill was kind enough to share an excerpt of his write-up for Rush, as well as numerous high-qual…