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Neil Peart: The Interview Collection

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In the week since the music world was stunned by the announcement of Neil Peart's passing, countless tributes from all four corners of the globe have poured in. Among the Rush faithful, Neil Peart was always considered a giant in his field, both from behind the drumkit as well as behind the pen. How heartwarming it was to hear from so many others that shared that same sentiment. Neil’s reach was clearly evident, and the impact he had on so many lives will resonate throughout the ages.

Neil taught us to ”…steer by the stars…” when darkness surrounded our lives. So as we all continue to mourn his loss, we should also look back and celebrate his accomplishments. Beyond his musical and lyrical prowess, Neil Peart was an incredibly articulate individual. Over the years, he was interviewed dozens of times by major publications covering topics as varied as his drumming techniques, to his lyrical inspirations, and even his enjoyment of exploring the world via bicycle or motorcycle. …

The Passing of a Rock Legend: Neil Peart Succumbs to Cancer at Age 67

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It is with profound sadness that we report the untimely passing of Neil Peart. Neil passed away on Tuesday, January 7th after a three and a half year battle with cancer.

The band made the following official statement earlier today:It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma). We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time. Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart's name.

Rest in peace brother.

Neil Peart September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020It is hard to fathom the enormous loss Neil's passing presents to the world of music and to the legions of Rush fans the world over…

The Art of Rush Gallery Featuring Album Artwork Now Online

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Back on November 1st, long-time Rush graphic album artist Hugh Syme opened an exhibit at Indianapolis' Renditions Fine Art, Framing, & Photography center where a sizable collection of Hugh's artwork, including many pieces from his Rush collection, were on hand.

According to this article from the IndyStar, due to the event's great success, Hugh has decided to do it again on Saturday, December 14th beginning at 5pm. For more information on this event, please scroll down towards the bottom of the IndyStar article.

In addition to the exhibit, Rush and Hugh Syme have launched an online Art of Rush Gallery store that contain numerous beautifully framed fine art prints featuring Hugh's Rush album art. The store can be accessed at artofrush.shop.musictoday.com.

Geddy Lee Announces Three East Coast Dates For His Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour

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Geddy Lee and Rush.Com have just announced three more U.S. dates for his ongoing Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour.

For this round, which takes place in December, Geddy will be moving around the Eastern part of the United States and Canada, with stops in Pittsburgh, New York City, and Halifax.

Full list of dates below:

Pittsburgh, PA @ Barnes & Noble - December 8th (BUY TICKETS)
New York City, NY @ Barnes & Noble - December 9th (BUY TICKETS)
Halifax, NS @ Indigo - December 14th (TICKETS Available on November 25th)

Additional details are available at www.rush.com/geddylee.

Still haven't picked up your copy of Geddy's book? Well it's back in stock at Amazon! Click HERE to order yours today.

Rush Stories Volume I from FanToons Now Online

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Update: Volume II featuring Eddie Trunk is now online. You can watch it below or directly at this LINK.Fantoons, the creative team behind such offerings as The Making of A Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel and The Rush Coloring Book have launched a new series of video shorts titled, appropriately, Rush Stories.

The first volume, which is online now, features Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater fame.

According to David Calcano of Fantoons, these shorts were created so "...cool people could tell Rush related stories...about how Rush was in the middle of something awesome..."

The next volume, set for release next week, will feature Eddie Trunk & Paul Gilbert.
Thanks, as always, to David Calcano for sharing the news with us.

Geddy Lee Announces Four More U.S. Dates For His Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour

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Geddy Lee and Rush.Com have just announced four more U.S. dates for his ongoing Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour.

This time around, Geddy will be moving around the Western part of the United States during the month of November, with stops in Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, and Austin.

Full list of dates below:

Seattle, WA @ Third Place Books - November 1st (BUY TICKETS)
Denver, CO @ Tattered Cover Book Store - November 2nd (BUY TICKETS)
Phoenix, AZ @ Changing Hands - November 3rd (BUY TICKETS)
Austin, TX @ Bookpeople - November 4th (BUY TICKETS)

Additional details are available at www.rush.com/geddylee.

Still haven't picked up your copy of Geddy's book? Well it's back in stock at Amazon! Click HERE to order yours today.

Thanks to Joe Pesch for passing along the news.

Alex Lifeson Donates Original Painting for 2019 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 "Minus 20," is currently being auctioned off on Ebay.Ca at this location.

Alex's signed painting was done in acrylic, and measures 10" x 14" x 1.5". The auction will end on October 30th at 1pm EST.

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 Alex Lifeson (of the band RUSH) limit…

Anthem: Rush in the ’70s - The First Book in a Trilogy by Martin Popoff Coming in May 2020

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Long-time music writer and Rush aficionado Martin Popoff will be releasing the first of a trilogy of Rush Across the Decades books next May. As the title suggests, the first book - Anthem: Rush in the '70s - will focus on Rush's initial decade of album releases.

From the book's description:The definitive biography of the rock ’n’ roll kings of the North

With extensive, first-hand reflections from Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart, as well as from family, friends, and fellow musicians, Anthem: Rush in the ’70s is a detailed portrait of Canada’s greatest rock ambassadors. The first of three volumes, Anthem puts the band’s catalog, from their self-titled debut to 1978’s Hemispheres (the next volume resumes with the release of Permanent Waves) into both Canadian and general pop culture context, and presents the trio of quintessentially dependable, courteous Canucks as generators of incendiary, groundbreaking rock ’n’ roll.

Fighting complacency, provoking thought, and …

Glen Peart Talks About Son Neil, the Parts-Manager Turned Rock Star

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As may fans know, before Neil Peart joined Rush, he assisted his father Glen as the Parts Manager for Dalziel Equipment in St. Catherines, Ontario. Glen recently sat down for a very rare interview where he looked back at that time in Neil's life, remembering the stress of making a decision to join Rush, or support his father.

From the interview:The Day the White Corvette Came to the Dealership
Neil had joined a small local band playing only on weekends. Somehow, his reputation had gotten around.

The “White Corvette” visit to our farm equipment dealership has been documented several times. After lunch when the two men left, I could tell that Neil was really tormented. He was certainly not himself.


When we locked the door, he came and sat in my office and unloaded. The two visitors were the managers of Rush, a band from Toronto that were about to hit the big time. They had signed a contract and their first tour was arranged but their drummer had just dropped a bomb on all their pla…

Geddy Lee Featured on the Cover of Bass Guitar Magazine - Talks About the Future

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The November 2019 issue of the UK's Bass Guitar Magazine features Geddy on the cover, and includes a lengthy interview that touches upon a number of subjects, including what Geddy is looking forward to in the future. Titled Progressively Minded, Forward Thinking, the complete article is available online HERE.

When asked what he planned to do with his creative drive, now that his Big Beautiful Book of Bass is complete, Geddy had this to say:"Yeah, I don’t know where that’s headed, but time will tell. Now that the book is done I will certainly try to put the basses to good use. They stare at me and it makes me feel very guilty. They’re all looking at me, like ‘Use me!’"Of course, he also talked about his bandmates and how he continues to keep in close contact with them:"Oh yeah, quite a lot. We’re very close – I was just talking to Alex this morning. We try to get together regularly. I was just in LA three weeks ago, visiting Neil. You know, when the band ended, eve…

Geddy Lee's My Favorite Headache Vinyl Edition Part of Black Friday Record Store Day Event

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Back in August we first announced that Geddy Lee's solo album My Favorite Headache would be re-released on vinyl later this year. Today, we've received some new details about the release, which includes two additional tracks!

First, the album will be part of this year's Black Friday Record Store Day event on November 29th. Check out the official Record Store Day website to find a local retailer near you.

Second, as indicated above and outlined on the Record Store Day website, the vinyl edition of My Favorite Headache will include two additional tracks - instrumental versions of My Favourite Headache and Home on the Strange.

No word yet if this release will be made available outside of the RSD event, though it's likely to appear on the Rush Backstage Club in December.

For more information on the album, please click HERE.

The Artwork of Hugh Syme Exhibit Coming to Renditions Gallery in Indianapolis Next Month

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As most fans know, Hugh Syme has been Rush's album artist dating back to 1975 with the release of Caress of Steel. Often considered the unofficial fourth member of the band, Syme's album art often captured the visual element behind Rush's songs and albums. In fact as much as Rush's music itself, Syme's artwork was the early, driving force behind the creation of the Cygnus-X1.Net website.

So it's with great excitement that I learned that Hugh Syme will be on-hand at Indianapolis' Renditions Fine Art, Framing, & Photography for the opening of an art exhibit that will showcase his work. The event will take place on Friday, November 1st from from 6pm - 10PM.

From the Facebook event page:We are so excited to announce The Artwork of Hugh Syme coming to Renditions Fine Art, Framing, & Photography. Hugh was the art director for the Canadian rock band Rush from 1975-2018 and has done album covers for countless other bands and performers. Stop by from 6:0…