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Rush Camp 2018 Coming in August

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Initial details and dates for the 2nd Annual Rush Camp have just been announced by the organizers, Overtime Angels. With the tagline of "The Pride Still Prevails", the three-day convention and charity event will take place from August 30th - September 2nd at the Independent Lake Camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

The Rush Camp event in 2017 was a huge success, drawing in fans from across the globe to celebrate the music of Rush.

More about the organizers:Overtime Angels is a registered charitable organization that provides support to individuals who are between the wheels and need some love during circumstances that are a far cry from the ebb and flow of their tidal fortunes and daily lives. We have a need for building on tomorrow, we have a need to begin today.For additional details about Rush Camp 2018, please visit the official website at www.overtimeangels.org or their official Facebook Page.

Alex Lifeson Selects His Top 5 Essential Albums

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The latest issue (#15, March/April 2018) of Guitar Tricks Insider includes a two-page feature on Alex Lifeson, where he reveals his Top 5 Essential Albums.

From the feature:Alex Lifeson is one mutt of a guitar player. He combines the blues intensity of John Mayall's early fire breathers Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Peter Green, with the architectural vision of progressive innovators, Steve Howe and Steve Hackett, and the fractured creative vision of modernists, like Jeff Beck and Trevor Rabin.

It's all there to be seen and heard based on his list of Essential Albums.The list includes:1. Electric Ladyland - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
2. Blow by Blow - Jeff Beck
3. Discipline - King Crimson
4. Sounds [sic] Good To Me - Bill Bruford
5. Voyage of the Acolyte - Steve HackettThe issue also includes a piece on Rush's instrumental piece Leave That Thing Alone as part of the magazine's 8 Intense Instrumentals. You can read the entire digital version of the magazine at this loc…

Masters of Resonance - The Making of Neil Peart's R40 Drum Kit Documentary Trailer Now Online

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Back in November of 2016, Edge Factor, Inc. released a teaser trailer for a "music film" called Masters of Resonance; a documentary about the making of Neil Peart's famed R40 Drum kits.

As was revealed back in 2015, both of Neil's R40 drum kits, which were manufactured by DW Drums, were made from a single salvaged log. The log, which was obtained from Romania near the Carpathian Mountains, was estimated to have been submerged in a river near the mountains for 500 years, with the total age of the log estimated at 1,500 years.

Masters of Resonance explores the entire process of developing Neil's kit, from the salvaging of the logs, to the intricate manufacturing process behind each shell, as well as how each individual Rush logo that appears on each drum shell was created.

Today, at long last, the full trailer for the documentary has been released. You can view it directly at this LINK or via the embedded viewer below.

The film will be first screened at the Rush…

"What can this strange message be?" Rush Tweet Cryptic Message on April 1st.

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Update (04/12/2018): The mysterious tweet has been revealed. The Rush Backstage Club just listed a blue vinyl version of 2112:2112 proved to be Rush's commercial breakthrough and remains one of their most popular albums.

This release is manufactured on limited edition opaque blue 180-gram vinyl, with just 5,000 copies available worldwide. And for a limited time, order this title and receive a bonus free 2112 Keychain.

This release features the 2015 remaster by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Mastering Studio and a "red star of the federation" hologram in Side 2 run-out groove.Priced at $27.99, the album will be released on April 27th. Click HERE to order.The internet was filled with countless jokes and pranks yesterday, as the world engaged in the annual April Fools ritual. It seems as if Rush also participated. Maybe.

The band posted the following cryptic tweet yesterday which simply contained an image of a presumably blue vinyl record with a faint 4 12 on it. Theories fr…

Alex Lifeson to Appear in "Bachman" - A Randy Bachman Documentary

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Winnipeg singer-songwriter Randy Bachman is the focus of a new documentary showcasing his life as an iconic Canadian musician.

“Bachman” will premiere at the upcoming 2018 Hot Docs Festival in Toronto and take viewers into Bachman’s early days, to his time with “The Guess Who” and “Bachman-Turner Overdrive,” to present day.

“I’m thrilled for audiences to see this film because it will give them a better understanding of the man that has created the soundtrack to their lives,” said director John Barnard.

“Randy’s life as an artist pursuing his love of music is an inspiration to everyone.”

Bachman, which will screen at Hot Docs May 2-4, is produced for CBC’s Documentary Channel in Canada and features archival footage and new interviews with friends, family and fans including Neil Young, Alex Lifeson, Chris Jericho, Peter Frampton, Buffy Saint-Marie, Tal Bachman, Fred Turner, Paul Shaffer and others.

For more information, please click HERE.

Thanks to Eric of Power Windows for the news.

Geddy Lee to Induct Barenaked Ladies into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame

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The 2018 Juno Awards ceremony will be taking place this weekend at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. The Barenaked Ladies, along with their former bandmate Steven Page, will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during Sunday’s broadcast, and Geddy Lee will have the honor of ushering the band in to the prestigious group.

Geddy Lee and Rush are no strangers to the Juno awards, as they have won numerous awards over their decades-long career. The band was inducted into the very same Canadian Music Hall of Fame back in 1994.

This year's broadcast hosted by Multi-JUNO Award-winner Michael Bublé will be broadcast live from Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Sunday, March 25 at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET, on CBC, CBC Radio One and CBC Music, and streamed globally at cbcmusic.ca/junos.

For more information on the Juno Awards, please visit the official website at this location.

Rush: A Brief History of Time - Part 14 Now Online

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The fourteenth installment of the ongoing series Rush: A Brief History of Time, an ever-growing archive of articles, interviews, reviews, and advertisements about Rush that span every decade from the 70's onward, and collected from the world over, is now online.

The fourteenth installment includes 235 "new" articles and advertisements; 49 from the 1970's, 10 from the 1980's, 112 from the 1990's, 32 from the 2000's and 32 from the current 2010 decade. Not surprisingly, given the distribution by decade, a large percentage of the articles focus on the Roll the Bones and Counterparts eras, including numerous album reviews and interviews with the band. The articles from the 1970s contain an eclectic collection of early mentions of the band to reviews of 2112, A Farewell to Kings and more.

There are also a few early reactions to the band's third album, Caress of Steel, including this one from New York’s The Spectrum Prodigal Sun:”…The music is so disjoint…

Rush Documentary Time Stand Still Wins the Canadian Screen Award for Best Biography or Arts Documentary

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The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television held their annual awards ceremony last night where they celebrated excellence in non-fiction programming. In the category of Best Biography or Arts Documentary, Rush's 2016 documentary Time Stand Still took home the award. Other nominees in the category included Exhibitionists (CBC), Extraordinary Canadians (CBC), Interrupt This Program (CBC), and Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star (TVO).

Fadoo Productions' Allan Weinrib (Geddy Lee's brother), Dale Heslip, and Corey Russell accepted the Award along with Ole's Pegi Cecconi. Some pictures from the ceremony can be seen HERE. A complete list of awards, nominees, and the winners can be access via this LINK.

Congratulations to everyone!

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for sharing the news.

Anthax Guitarist Scott Ian Talks Rush

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Scott Ian, the last remaining original member of the thrash metal band Anthrax, spoke about his admiration for Rush in the latest issue of PROG magazine.

From the My Prog Hero article:"I got into Rush because I was 14 at the right time! As a kid growing up in New York City in the late 70s, I was constantly discovering new bands and Rush sounded like a more muscular Led Zeppelin to me, at least on their first couple of records. But Geddy Lee's bass playing was my biggest attraction to that band - that's what initially caught my ear because it was just so original and so punchy.

Is it too much of a cliché to say that La Villa Strangiato is my favourite Rush song? As a kid who loved Tolkien, Hemispheres was right up my alley. How could I not like a concept record with a nine-and-a-half-minute instrumental and a song about trees? La Villa... is just such an epic. It was just three guys who challenged themselves so hard by doing this; they certainly never took the easy rout…

Alex Lifeson to Perform in West End Phoenix Fundraiser Event

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The West End Phoenix, a monthly community newspaper for Toronto’s West End which launched in October 2017, will be holding a Phoenix Rising concert fundraiser on Thursday, March 29th at The Great Hall on Queen Street in Toronto, Ontario. Alex Lifeson is among the scheduled guests who will be performing during the concert.

According to the announcement, and in additional to Lifeson performing, the concert will feature Rheostatics, Whitehorse, Nasim Asgari and Special Guests. The event will be hosted by Tom Wilson (Lee Harvey Osmond).

For ticket information, please visit this LINK.

With thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for sharing the news.

Neil Peart Reviews Bill Bruford's Book Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer

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Bill Bruford, the original drummer of Yes, recently released a new book titled Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer. Amazon's synopsis of the book:What do expert drummers do? Why do they do it? Is there anything creative about it? If so, how might that creativity inform their practice and that of others in related artistic spheres? Applying ideas from cultural psychology to findings from research into the creative behaviors of a specific subset of popular music instrumentalists, Bill Bruford demonstrates the ways in which expert drummers experience creativity in performance and offers fresh insights into in-the-moment interactional processes in music. An expert practitioner himself, Dr. Bruford draws on a cohort of internationally renowned, peak-career professionals and his own experience to guide the reader through the many dimensions of creativity in drummer performance.Fellow retired drummer Neil Peart penned a short review of the book for the University of Michigan Pr…

Neil Peart Joins Elite California Channel Islands All Eight Club

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Neil Peart has become the member of a very exclusive "club" - the California Channel Islands All Eight Club:In 1994, California Channel Islands research historian, Marla Daily, founded the “All Eight Club” for people who have set foot on all eight of California’s Channel Islands. To be able to set foot on all eight of the California Channel Islands is not a simple task. Each of these islands requires very special visitation arrangements. Five of the eight California Channel Islands comprise Channel Islands National Park:

Santa Cruz Island
San Miguel Island
Santa Barbara Island
Santa Rosa Island
Anacapa Island

Two islands are controlled by the military:

San Clemente Island
San Nicolas Island

The eighth island, Santa Catalina Island, is run by the Santa Catalina Conservancy.Last November, Neil visited the last of the eight islands - San Clemente Island, which solidified his membership into the exclusive club, which currently contains less than 200 members. I guess we know who&#…