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Friday, December 19, 2014

Rush Performance on 'The Colbert Report' Among the 10 Most Memorable Moments

Rush Performance on 'The Colbert Report' Among the 10 Most Memorable Moments
Back in 2008, a turning-point in the popularity of Rush occurred; they made their first appearance on American television in more than 30 years with a memorable visit and performance on The Colbert Report.

Now, six years later as the show is set to wind down, the Wall Street Journal takes a look at the 10 Memorable Moments From ‘The Colbert Report’ which includes Rush's appearance:
Rush Make Their First American Television Appearance in 33 Years

July 16, 2008

One of the earliest “gets” of “The Colbert Report” was Canadian prog-rock band Rush, who chose the Comedy Central show as the setting for their first American television appearance in more than 30 years. The gimmick was that Colbert’s director, Jimmy, was a huge Rush fan, and Colbert invited the band on the show because he had lost a bet. Unfortunately, video of Colbert’s interview with the group and its subsequent performance of “Tom Sawyer” isn’t available, but for those of us who remember it vividly, one of the best questions Colbert has ever asked was when he said to Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson: “You’re known for your long songs – have you ever written a song so epic that by the end of the song, you were actually influenced by yourself at the beginning of the song?”
To view the complete list, as well as the video clip from Rush's appearance on Colbert's show, click HERE.

Monday, December 15, 2014

'Tis the Season - A Great Collection of Rush-Themed Gifts Now Available

Rush LunchboxRush Sectors Playing Cards
With the 2015 holiday season upon us, what better time to share the gift of Rush with a friend or loved one? Aside from the usual collection of music CD's and concert films from the band, there are a plethora of other Rush-themed gifts to choose from.

For the gambler, there are several collections of Rush playing cards to choose from including a beautiful Gift Tin which houses two separate deck of cards. Also new this year is a Rush Sectors Playing Cards set. Of course you can also choose from a single deck of cards if you prefer.

For the food afficionados, you can carry your lunch in style with the new Rush Lunchbox or drink your favorite hot beverage in a 2112 Coffee Mug.

Feel like giving someone a challenging gift? Perhaps the Rush Signals 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle will fit the bill. Of course you can never go wrong with the more surreal Rush Bobblehead Dolls :-)

Of course one of the most popular items in the Rush world are t-shirts, and there are plenty to choose from including the new and incredibly popular Rush Evolution of Logo T-Shirt. Prefer to sport the official Rush logo? Then check out the Bravado Rush Starman Glow T-Shirt. For the drummer at heart, you can't go wrong with the got Peart? t-shirt.

Many more Rush-themed gifts can be viewed at the official Cygnus-X1.Net Rush Store. Ordering any of the items above, or anything from the storefront supports Cygnus-X1.Net so THANK YOU for your support!

Here's wishing you and yours a happy and Rush-filled holiday season.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Neil Peart of Rush: The World’s Audience (The Interview)

Neil Peart of Rush: The World’s Audience (The Interview)
Neil Peart appears on the cover of the December 2014 issue of Rockcellar Magazine. Inside the issue is a lengthy interview with the Rush percussionist titled Neil Peart of Rush: The World’s Audience (The Interview). The topics covered include Neil's newest book Far & Near, the Clockwork Angels graphic novel, writing and more.

Here are some excerpts from the interview:
RCM: How are decisions made in Rush?

NP: Something I always say about a band of three, especially like us, is we can’t be a democracy. You can’t have two against one. It’s never going to work it, has to be consensus. You have to keep working on something and then it goes back to something we talked about a little while earlier, you have to keep plugging away. We’ve had songs that the two of us like and the other one doesn’t.

RCM: Do you enjoy revisiting both your first books and early Rush albums?

NP: Well, with my first book, The Masked Rider, yes, I can still live with it. Musically, I’m more satisfied with more recent work and still enjoy contemplating it. I’m more forgiving now where I have emotional appreciation for the older works.

I remember at the time we made it, again our motives were always pure, so I can look at that now and I know we were trying our best. And at worst, I feel a smile rather than a twinge, because it’s maybe an embarrassment of how naive we were.
You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rush to Reissue Mercury-Era Albums Throughout 2015

Rush to Reissue Mercury-Era Albums Throughout 2015
Update (12/10/2014):Amazon Pre-Ordering Links for most of the upcoming vinyl releases are now available below:
Fly By Night - [Vinyl] - [Blu-Ray Audio]
Caress of Steel - [Vinyl]
2112 - [Vinyl]
All The World's a Stage - [Vinyl]
A Farewell to Kings - [Vinyl] - [Blu-Ray Audio]
Hemispheres - [Vinyl]
Permanent Waves - [Vinyl]
Moving Pictures - [Vinyl]
Exit...Stage Left - [Vinyl]
Signals - [Vinyl] - [Blu-Ray Audio]
Grace Under Pressure - [Vinyl]
Yesterday we reported that Rush was preparing to release Fly By Night on Vinyl and high definition Blu-Ray audio format in January. Today, Rush.Com have just announced that that is just the beginning.

According to the band, 14 Mercury-era albums will be reissued throughout 2015. From the announcement:
12 MONTHS OF RUSH: 14 Albums from Mercury era for release in 2015

All titles will be reissued on high-quality VINYL with a download card for Digital Audio version, high resolution Digital Audio releases, while three titles will also be released on Blu-ray Pure Audio.

Earlier this year, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) kicked off its own celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary with the reissue of Rush’s self-titled 1974 debut.

In 2015, vocalist/bassist/keyboardist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart, who joined the band in July, 1974, shortly after the release of that first album and two weeks before the group’s inaugural U.S. tour, will see the reissue of the remaining 14 albums in their Mercury catalog in chronological order. Starting on January 27 with Fly By Night, which will be available in high-quality vinyl with a download code for a 320kbps MP4 vinyl ripped Digital Audio album download; high resolution Digital Audio editions in DSD (2.8mHz), 192khz / 24-bit, 96kHz / 24-bit; and an additional Blu-Ray Pure Audio version with 96kHz / 24-bit 5.1 surround sound and stereo. A Farewell to Kings and Signals are the other two albums which will be reissued in Blu-Ray Pure Audio. The remaining 13 titles will be released one or two a month through the end of the year.
Ordering links are not available yet but should be soon for, presumably, Fly By Night and Caress of Steel. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - December (July) 2014 - "Bamm Bamm and the Lemon Slug"

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - July/December 2014 - Bamm Bamm and the Lemon Slug
Neil Peart has just posted a new edition of his "News, Weather, and Sports" blog entry on his website. This entry, which is dated as July 2014 even though he's had several entries since that date, is titled quite interestingly Bamm Bamm and the Lemon Slug. As it turns out, Neil participated in the annual 24 Hours of LeMons "racing" event in Tooele, Utah. From his entry:
Your reporter poses with his full-face helmet and fireproof gloves, wearing his fireproof suit, socks, long underwear, and shoes (I know—red; they were out of black, see, and I thought, “Okay—I will rock those red shoes”). I am about to take my first driving shift in the “24 Hours of LeMons,” in Tooele, Utah. (Pronounced “Too-ill-uh.”) The endurance racing series, punning on the famous 24-hour race in Le Mans, France, was conceived around 2006 by journalist Jay Lamm. His mission was to give low-budget enthusiasts an opportunity to race—safely and humorously.

Explained in Mr. Lamm’s own pithy words: “Yeah, it’s real racing. That said, between the thick scrum of crapcans in front of you and our aversion to long, flat-out straightaways, you’re not going to set any speed records. It’s kinda like a loud, hot, noisy version of driving to work. For a really, really long time. Without actually getting anywhere. And it’s a lot harder to drink coffee through the helmet. Oh, and, you know, it’s more dangerous.”
Later in the entry, some unsuspecting fan walked right by Neil as he was working on his car:
At some point during that marathon operation I was lying under the car trying to loosen or tighten something, and I looked up and saw a guy and his son walking through the paddock—the dad wearing a Rush T-shirt. I smiled to myself and thought, “If you only knew!”

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.

Rush's Fly By Night May Receive a 40th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue

Rush Fly By Night 40th Anniversary ReIssue
Update: MusicTap has just confirmed the re-issue of Fly By Night stating that it will also be released in the Blu-Ray Audio format. From the announcement:
With Blu-ray Audio creeping into the audiophile’s world, it is now the time for those adopting bands that have rabid audiences to bring their music out in the new format to assure their fans the best format to enjoy them with.

On January 27, Mercury Records will reissue a Blu-ray Audio version of Fly By Night, their 1975 classic that introduced drummer extraordinaire, Neil Peart to an adoring fan-base.
Click HERE for more information.

Ordering links outside of the UK are still not available but expected to be announced soon.
Rush's sophomore release Fly By Night will be turning 40 next year, specifically on February 15th, and it now seems possible that Rush may re-issue the album on vinyl to celebrate the occasion. A new listing for the album has just appeared on the United Kingdom version of Amazon. The release date is set for January 26, 2015 however no other details have been provided.

Given Rush reissued their debut album earlier this year to celebrate its 40th anniversary, it's certainly possible that Fly By Night, which also marks the first album featuring Neil Peart, may receive a similar treatment.

We'll have more news once it becomes available which, given the January release date, should be available soon.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Clockwork Angel's Inspired "The Anarchist" Fine Art Print Now Available

Clockwork Angels Inspired Fine Art Print Coming Soon
For a number of years now, Graham Whieldon, the UK based digital artist, has created some stunning Rush-inspired fine art. Last August he announced a new project; one that centered around Rush's Clockwork Angels album. Today, that vision as become a reality with the introduction of "The Anarchist"
At this end of Chronos Square thunders a nightmarish double-decker carousel that holds the fate of all within the decrepit skeletal cage of it's clattering frame, the ultimate wheel of fortune - pick a card; bet your life.
To help celebrate the release of Graham's latest artwork, he's holding a special contest geared specifically towards Rush fans. From his announcement:
Spot The RUSH References Competition
Now that The Anarchist is complete it's time for some Festive fun, and the chance to win yourself a Limited Edition Macrograph of your choice from my collection.

Within the Anarchist picture, I have painted 22 deliberate Rush references - excluding clockwork Angels - from albums to anecdotes, songs to sidelines. Some are obvious and some are tenuous, some are clear and some are well hidden. But all are Rush related in some way, and you will have to examine your print closely to find every last one of them.

The first to email me 16 correct references and where they appear in the painting will be announced on the closing day and sent a Limited Edition Macrograph print from a choice of: The Anarchist, Red Barchetta, 2112 viii, Snow Dog, and The Fountain of Lamneth.
Additional information on the contest and purchasing instructions can be found at

Related News Stories
[Clockwork Angels Inspired Fine Art Print Coming Soon - August 12th, 2013]
[New Rush-inspired Fine Art from Macrographs - November 2nd, 2012]
[Rush-Inspired Fine Art - Red Barchetta - Now Available - October 24th, 2011]

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts Companion Book Now Available

Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts Companion Book Now Available
With the sixth and final installment of the Clockwork Angels Comic Book series released, author Kevin J. Anderson has just announced the release of a companion book titled Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts which is now available in both print and e-book form from Amazon.Com.

From the listing:
Clockwork Angels is a steampunk fantasy adventure—and an innovative multimedia feast!

Based on a story and lyrics by legendary drummer Neil Peart, Clockwork Angels became the worldwide bestselling concept album by Rush and was developed into a New York Times bestselling and award-winning novel by Kevin J. Anderson.

Anderson and Peart, working with comics artist Nick Robles, brought the epic tale to a visual canvas, a six-issue graphic novel published by BOOM! Studios. Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts pulls aside the creative curtain, showing the original scripts, panel by panel, interactions between author and artist, as well as all the secret “Easter eggs” intentionally planted throughout the images as a special treat for Rush fans.

Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts is a fascinating book in its own right, to be studied by comic writers, Rush fans, Kevin J. Anderson fans—and anyone interested in a truly astonishing story of a young man’s journey across a remarkable steampunk landscape with airships, pirates, alchemy, lost cities, a fabulous carnival, and a hero who insists on making his dreams come true.
To order your copy, please click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Rush's R40 Box Set Enters the Billboard Charts at #2

Rush's R40 Box Set Enters the Billboard Charts at #2
Rush's latest offering, the R40 box set, has entered the Billboard Music Video Sales chart at the #2 spot. Even though the last four video releases from Rush (Clockwork Angels, Time Machine Tour, Snakes & Arrows Live and Replay X3) all entered the charts at the #1 spot, a #2 showing for R40 is still impressive given its roughly $100 price point.

It will, however, be interesting to see how long R40 will remain on the charts. The Clockwork Angels tour video remained on the charts for an impressive 43 weeks while the similarly packaged Replay X3 only lasted for a total of 11 weeks.

For more information on the R40 box set, including complete liner notes, tracks, artwork and more, click HERE.

To purchase R40, click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Alex Lifeson Limited Edition Signed Prints Now Available

Alex Lifeson Limited Edition Signed Prints Now AvailableAlex Lifeson Limited Edition Signed Prints Now Available
Over the past few years, including this year, Alex Lifeson has participated in the "Brush of Hope" charity auction, producing and donating original artwork to the cause. This year, Alex's painting fetched an impressive $10,100 in the auction.

Now, the The Kidney Foundation of Canada have just announced the availability of two limited-edition signed prints by Alex Lifeson from previous charity auctions:
Now, the Kidney Foundation of Canada - Atlantic Branch and Alex have teamed up to produce these two limited edition set of prints. Only 300 prints have been made of Self Portrait #1 and only 200 prints have been made of Greek Salad. Each print is numbered and Alex Lifeson has personally signed each individual print. That's right, each print has Alex Lifeson's ORIGINAL signature on it. The print is on high quality, heavy stock. In addition, each print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the Executive Director of the Atlantic Canada Branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, confirming that the print that you have purchased is one of only 300. The certificate also shows the print number (eg. Print No. 33 Limited Edition of 300). The certificate is printed on linen paper, making it ideal for framing with the art print or for displaying on its own.
To view high-resolution images of each print, click on the thumbnail images to the right.

For more information and ordering instructions, please click HERE.

Thanks to Trina Ralph of the Kidney Foundation for passing along the news.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Talk ‘R40′, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Future of Rush

Rush's Geddy Lee Answers Your Twitter Questions has posted a new, lengthy Q&A session with both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson where, among other topics, the question about 'What's next' for Rush was addressed:
Do you think you’ll tour again before going back into the studio?

Lifeson: I don’t know. Some days I feel like being back out on the road and taking advantage of the fact that it’s our 40th anniversary, and on other days, I kind of sit around here messing with musical ideas and I think, “We’ve got to get together and start writing.” I think that whatever we do, it’s not going to be until next year. I was over at Ged’s the other day, in fact—he’s just redone his little [home] studio, [and] we were both chomping at the bit to get together and start writing. He wants to try out his millions of new bass guitars that he’s got now. So we’ll do some writing, and we’ll see where that goes.

Lee: I just want to play. I wouldn’t mind going back on tour. I’m really dying to play, I have all of these new old instruments that I’m dying to try out. My curiosity tends to lean towards playing live.
The conversation continued on the topic of an R40 tour:
Back to Rush: How would you like to see the next tour take shape?

Lifeson: I think it’d be more of a 40th anniversary celebration, much like R30 was. A fun trip back to the past with maybe some looking forward. In my mind, ideally, we’d go out with a couple of new songs, and revisit some old stuff, maybe stuff we haven’t previously played.

What would you want to revisit?

Lifeson: That’s a dangerous question, because there are a couple of songs that I would mention, and then fans will interpret that as, “They’re definitely gonna play that song!” I think there are songs that are real fan favorites that we’ve avoided for a long time. And I think if we plan to go back out, we would have a very close review of some of those songs.
Sounds like Alex may have finally learned his lesson about spilling the beans on what songs the band might play live :)

You can read the entire article via this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Geddy Lee Answers Fan Twitter Questions in New Rolling Stone Article

Rush's Geddy Lee Answers Your Twitter Questions
Geddy Lee admits he's not big on social media in a new interview that was just posted on Rolling Stone magazine's website. So too offset his absence from the social media scene, he decided to answer some fan tweets such as:
I'm going to move on to questions we solicited from Twitter. Why isn't 2112 21 minutes and 12 seconds long? It's just a few seconds more to make a great effect.

[Laughs] I think we recorded that before digital clocks and we weren't paying that much attention to that aspect. It's like a baseball player I read about once that retired when he had 2,999 hits. In those days, they didn't keep track and with one more he would have been in the 3,000 club.
Geddy also talks in length about the next possible tour and what songs the band may perform:
How about the two books of "Cygnus"?
Ah, well, that would be cool. Yeah, that would be super cool.

"Cut To The Chase"?
I like that song. I don't know if the others guys do, but I like that song.

Oh, great. I wrote that song in my basement when I lived in the country. That was one of the first songs I demoed on my own and then brought to the band. And then Neil did his lyrical magic on it. That's a cool song. I like that song.
Check out the entire article at this LINK.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Celebrate Rush Week with CBC Music

Celebrate Rush Week with CBC Music
To help celebrate the release of Rush's latest box-set R40, CBC Music has just posted a number of articles and special features on Rush, including a new retrospective piece written by Dave Bidini, the Canadian musician and writer who was a founding member of the rock band Rheostatics, and currently performs with Bidiniband.

Click any of the following to access all of the 'Rush Week' CBC content:

  • Neil Peart's Guide to Neil Peart's Drums
  • Neil Peart on the 10 best Rush songs ever
  • Rush, a legacy: 40 years of being unapologetically uncool
  • Rush: 40 things you didn't know about the legendary prog rockers
  • Win a Rush R40 box set by proving you are the world's biggest Rush fan
  • From Trailer Park Boys to Freaks and Geeks, a brief history of Rush in pop culture
  • An MPC full of Geddy Lee: 11 great songs that sample Rush

  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    Geddy Lee Performs "The Seeker" at 'The Who Hits 50!' Benefit Concert

    Geddy Lee Performs 'The Seeker' at The Who Hits 50! Benefit Concert
    As we reported last month, Geddy Lee was one of numerous musicians taking part of 'The Who Hits 50!' Benefit Concert which was in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The concert took place last night and, as somewhat expected, Geddy was front and center performing his (and Rush's) rendition of the Who's classic "The Seeker". As fans know, Rush covered 'The Seeker' on their 2004 cover's album Feedback.

    The MC for the evening, Chris Evans, introduced Geddy who said the following before his performance:
    Well, Hello! Very happy to be here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Who for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Thank you all for supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust. This is The Seeker!
    Geddy was joined on stage with The Who's house band during 'The Seeker'. Check out The Who's Facebook Page for a full report on the benefit concert.

    Numerous videos of Geddy's performance have appeared online, including this one.

    Thanks to everyone who sent along links of the performance.

    Related News Stories
    [Geddy Lee to Perform in "An Evening Of Who Music" Benefit Concert - October 28th, 2014]

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    New Rolling Stone Interview with Geddy Lee States that Rush are Undecided on 2015 Tour

    Geddy Lee: Rush Undecided on 2015 Tour
    With the release of their newest box set, Rush: R40, Rolling Stone magazine took the opportunity to speak with Geddy Lee about the offering and the band's plans to tour in 2015:
    In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Geddy Lee says that announcement may have been a bit premature. "We're still talking," he says. "Everybody has a different idea how they want to spend the next couple of years, so we haven't come to a decision. I'm ready and happy to play if everyone else agrees. I think in the next couple of months we'll decide to do something or not."
    Geddy was referring to Alex Lifeson's earlier statement signaling the band would be touring in 2015. He went on to say:
    "It's one of those things where everybody enjoyed their break so much. It doesn't feel like it was very long ago that we played our last show in Kansas City. So it's like, 'Do we have to talk about this already?' But slowly we're getting around to figuring it out."
    The entire interview can be read at this LINK.

    To order the band's new R40 Box Set, please click HERE.

    Win a Neil Peart Autographed 12 Year Old Bottle of The Macallan Whiskey

    Win a Neil Peart Autographed 12 Year Old Bottle of The Macallan Whiskey
    The organizers of RUSHfest Scotland, Scotland's premiere convention for Rush fans, are hosting a worldwide raffle where one lucky winner will receive a 12 year old bottle of The Macallan whisky signed by Neil Peart. The proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the Macmillan Cancer Support.

    From the announcement:
    The 12 year old Macallan, which will come with a certificate of authenticity, is no longer in production and sure to go up in value within the whisky collector community.

    It is a well known fact amongst RUSH fans that Neil Peart’s favourite tipple after a show or a bike ride is a ‘wee measure’ of Macallan! Here are just a couple of quotes from his self-penned travelogue books...
    Each drawing entry is just £5 GBP (~$8 USD), and is open worldwide. The more you donate, the more times you get entered into the raffle as each multiple of £5 GBP counts as an additional entry in the raffle. The drawing will be made on April 18th, 2015.

    For complete details and to enter the raffle, please click this LINK

    Thanks to Mike Sword for passing along the news.

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

    Neil Peart: A Rare, Intimate Interview with George Stroumboulopoulos Airs This Sunday

    Neil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and Near
    Update: The complete, unedited video interview is now online at this LINK while the full radio episode can be accessed HERE. For more information, please click HERE.
    Neil Peart was recently interviewed by George Stroumboulopoulos regarding the release of Neil's latest book Far and Near: On Days Like These. The interview will air this Sunday evening, November 9th on CBC Radio 2's The Strombo Show with George Stroumboulopoulos. From the press release:
    "One likes to believe in the freedom of music..."

    The Strombo Show will run the gamut this Sunday night, keeping the spirit of radio alive by delivering the best records in the best order.

    It's a show for music lovers by music lovers.

    We'll be ranging over three hours of commercial-free music to honour both old and new. George Stroumboulopoulos will be joined by Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist of the legendary band RUSH, for a rare and intimate conversation from George's home.

    Aside from being one third of the holy trinity, Peart is a celebrated author and he recently released his seventh title: 'Far And Near: On Days Like These'. With George, they'll explore his open road journeys and reflect on forty years of Rush.
    Here's a partial transcription of the interview where Neil discusses how Rush have never given up on a song:
    NEIL: An example of the Rush way of doing things - we've never given up on a song, we do not have a single unreleased song in the world.

    GEORGE: Seriously.

    NEIL:No, never - because if we went far enough and if we believed in it, we kept working on it. A lot of stuff got thrown away before it got that far or syphoned into other songs. I call my lyrical file the "scrap pot" and I'll go when I'm looking for bits and pieces and musically, we're the same - if things not happening, we'll throw it away. There's one song on 'Clockwork Angels' that was 'Wish Them Well' - three times we wrote that song and threw it away and it was the third version, finally, that pleased us all. All the way along, it took that. The will was only fed by the inspiration; do we believe in this song, but inevitably when you get to the recording stage and the mixing stage, it might not be what you'd envisioned. So we all have those certain songs that, oh I believed in that song and I thought it'd be more.
    A video preview of the interview is available at this LINK or via the viewer below:

    There's also a small photo gallery from the interview available. Click on any of the thumbnail images below to enlarge the photo:

    Neil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and Near

    Neil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and Near

    Neil Peart: Far and NearNeil Peart: Far and Near

    To purchase Neil's new book, click HERE.

    Thanks to Colton Eddy - Producer & Researcher, CBC-Radio 2: The Strombo Show for the news and photos!

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Rush Premiere "The Loser" featuring John Rutsey

    Rush R40 Blu-Ray Box Set Coming in November
    Last week, Rush premiered one of the bonus tracks from their upcoming R40 boxset. The track, "I’ve Been Runnin'" was recorded during the band's concert at the Laura Secord Secondary School in St. Catharines, Ontario during the Spring of 1974. The latest track also from that performance is called "The Loser": has posted another segment of their interview with Alex Lifeson where they discuss the track:
    What do you remember about the song “The Loser?”

    I honestly don’t remember that song, and I didn’t remember it until I actually saw the footage of us playing it. And I didn’t remember it was called ‘The Loser.” So much for my memory! We wrote so many songs in the early days, and half of them fell by the wayside. A while back, Alex uncovered a demo tape that he and I had done for copyright purposes. Since we couldn’t write music, the only way you could submit a song for copyright in those days was, you’d record it. Alex would play guitar and I would sing onto a tape. We found one of these very basic tapes. I just could not remember half of the songs that were there. It was just teenage ramblings.
    You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

    R40 can be pre-ordered directly at this LINK and is currently selling for $101.59 for the Blu-Ray edition and $112.48 for the DVD edition. Complete details about the release are available HERE.

    Thanks to everyone who alerted me to the interview and video!

    Related News Stories
    [Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's Long-Lost Song "I’ve Been Runnin" - October 31st, 2014]
    [Rush R40 Blu-Ray Box Set Coming in November - September 9th, 2014]

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Special NYC Event with Geddy Lee

    Special NYC Event with Geddy Lee
    Rush.Com has just announced that there will be a special event in New York City on Friday, November 7 with Geddy Lee:
    Rush fans in the NYC area: On Friday, November 7, Geddy Lee will be taping a special episode of Speakeasy with his friend and author, Michael Chabon.

    Front & Center Presents
    Speakeasy: An intimate conversation with Geddy Lee of Rush
    Location: New York, NY | McKittrick Hotel (542 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001)
    Event time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

    There will be 50 tickets available for this event for fans to be in the studio audience that will go on-sale on Tuesday, Nov 4 at 10am ET. will also be giving away a few pairs so stay tuned for your chance to win!
    We'll have more news as it becomes available.

    Monday, November 3, 2014

    Ultimate Classic Rock Lists the Top 10 Rush Songs of the 1970's

    Ultimate Classic Rock Lists the Top 10 Rush Songs of the 1970's
    Ultimate Classic Rock, the online Classic and Hard Rock music magazine, has just posted a list of their Top 10 Rush songs from the band's first official decade: the 1970's:
    The Top 10 Rush songs demonstrate how Canada's favorite power trio have always been more than the sum of their parts. Now obviously, those pieces — guitarist Alex Lifeson, bassist / vocalist Geddy Lee and drummer Neil Peart are at the head of the class when it comes to musicianship, but there is more than just virtuosity at play. One thing that often gets lost in translation is that Rush really do have a grand sense of humor. So if you are taking them more seriously than they take themselves, what can we tell ya? We think they're just peachy. So let's get ready to take off with the Top 10 Rush Songs of the '70s.
    Any list of this nature is, ultimately, subjective however there were some interesting entries including the often overlooked 'What You're Doing' from the band's self-titled debut album.

    You can check out the entire list at this LINK and decide for yourself if the list is up to par.

    Friday, October 31, 2014

    Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's Long-Lost Song "I’ve Been Runnin"

    Rush R40 Blu-Ray Box Set Coming in November
    With the upcoming release of Rush's R40 Box Set this November 10th, Radio.Com took the opportunity to sit down with Alex Lifeson to discuss the release and, in particular, the bonus disk which includes some rare and never-before-seen Rush performances:
    Tell me about the song “I’ve Been Runnin'”; not only had I never heard it, I’d never heard of it.

    John wrote the lyrics back then. Geddy and I would generally write the music. Sometimes we would have band rehearsals and it would be all three of us, but it was always difficult to work out songs like that. It was easier for us to work on the music together and then teach it to John and go from there. We still do that with Neil [Peart], in fact. John did write the lyrics in those days for the most part. It was so weird when he didn’t want us to use his lyrics on the first album when we started to record it. It was a very strange time for us, just before he left the band. But to be honest with you, I’d totally forgotten about “I’ve Been Runnin'” until I saw it come up for this box set. That one was really lost to me. But it was a shuffle-y, Delta bluesy kind of song that we were inspired by via Led Zeppelin.
    The complete interview can be read HERE and the video of Rush's performance of "I've Been Runnin'" is available through the video viewer below or directly at this LINK.

    R40 can be pre-ordered directly at this LINK and is currently selling for $101.59 for the Blu-Ray edition and $112.48 for the DVD edition. Complete details about the release are available HERE.

    Thanks to everyone who alerted me to the interview and video!

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    Neil Peart's Time Machine / Clockwork Angels Tour Kit on Display at Just Drums in Toronto

    Neil Peart's Time Machine / Clockwork Angels Tour Kit on Display at Just Drums in Toronto
    Update: Click HERE for a fantastic photo gallery of Neil's kit from this event.
    Roland Canada has just announced that Neil Peart's drum kit from Rush's Time Machine and Clockwork Angels tour will be on display at Just Drums in Toronto on November 15th.

    Neil's long-time drum tech, Lorne Wheaton, will be on hand at the event:
    ...Get your picture taken with Neil's kit, chat with Lorne, and learn how this Hybrid Kit all works. Join Roland Canada V-Drums Specialist Darren Schoepp at 1pm and 3pm for an Interactive Presentation that includes the history of Neil Peart and V-Drums, a detailed look at the technology of the Time Machine Kit, and a Q&A session with Darren and Lorne. Come see an exclusive custom TD-30KV Steam Punk themed V-Drums kit honoring Neil, and check out many other custom V-Drums finishes. Additional Experience: hands-on Hybrid kit demo stations, V-Drums test drive zone, one day V-Drums Contest, V-Drums Specialists demonstrations, and in-store specials are all happening from noon - 4pm. ...
    For more information on the event, check out Just Drums' website or the event page on Facebook.

    Click HERE for a full-sized version of the event poster.

    Alex Lifeson Participates in the 2014 Kidney Foundation's "A Brush of Hope" Charity Auction

    Alex Lifeson Brush of Hope Portrait for 2014
    Update: Click HERE to access the auction of Alex's painting.
    As he has done numerous times in the past, Alex Lifeson has once again created a painting which will be auctioned off for this year's A Brush of Hope charity auction, an event sponsored by The Kidney Foundation of Canada.

    Last year's self-portrait submission fetched an impressive $7,600 at auction and given the subject matter of this year's entry, the bidding could certainly exceed that impressive mark.

    The 2014 Brush of Hope Masquerade Gala and silent auction took place last night at the Fredericton Convention Centre in Fredericton, NB. The live eBay auction kicks off today, October 31st at 12PM and will run through Sunday, November 9th.

    For the latest up-to-date information on the auction and other news, please make sure to follow A Brush of Hope's Facebook Page.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    Geddy Lee to Perform in "An Evening Of Who Music" Benefit Concert

    Geddy Lee to Perform in 'The Who' Benefit Concert
    The Who's Facebook Page has just announced an upcoming benefit concert in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust. According to the announcement, Geddy Lee will be among some of the " artists in the world all performing Who classics..." that evening:
    An evening of music in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust
    The house band for the evening is The Who's band featuring Simon Townshend, Zak Starkey, Pino Palladino, Billy Nicholls, Frank Simes, Loren Gold and John Coury, and they will be joined onstage by some of the best artists in the world all performing Who classics.

    Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Liam Gallagher, Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield, Geddy Lee from Rush, The Strypes, Brody Dalle, Tom Odell, Amy Macdonald, Andy Burrows and Rizzle Kicks as well more to be announced soon, have chosen their favourite WHO songs to perform in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
    The concert will take place on November 11th at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in West London, England.

    Tickets will go on sale this Friday, October 31st and can be purchased at either of the following links: --

    Thanks to reader M.l. Pandora for the news.


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