Rush Featured on the Cover of Planet Rock's April 2019 Issue. Articles Now Online.

The April 2019 issue of Planet Rock magazine features Rush on the cover, and includes three separate articles including a new exclusive interview with Alex Lifeson. Each of the articles including the interview with Lifeson, look back at the rise of popularity Rush experienced; both when they released their one-two punch of Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures and decades later, with the release of the award-winning documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage. Each piece was written by James McNair, and includes photographs by Fin Costello.

The first article, titled Natural Science focuses its attention on the period immediately following Permanent Waves. From the article:PRIOR TO STARTING WORK ON their next album, Moving Pictures, Rush enjoyed a musical palette cleanser with Canuck pals, Max Webster. The two bands were close from years of touring together, and Max Webster keyboardist Terry Watkinson had given Geddy Lee some of his first synth lessons. On July 28, 1980, during a huge thunde…

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci Talks Rush in New Interview

Dream Theater’s guitarist John Petrucci recently sat down with Consequence of Sound, the Chicago-based online music publication, for an in-depth interview about Rush and how his first encounter with the band at a show in 1982 at the Nassau Coliseum, changed everything.

From the interview:“To me, [Rush] was the band that changed everything,” Petrucci told us. “When music just hits you in such a way, especially when you’re young … and you’re sort of developing your tastes — that band, there was something about it. I just loved it. And so I got completely sucked into all things Rush.”

He added, “One of my greatest musical memories has to do with them ’cause Rush was the first concert I ever went to. Back in 1982, they were on the Signals tour, they were playing the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island — I went there and had the worst seats ever. They were so far away, but I just couldn’t believe that this was a band that I was listening to all this time, and here I am in the same building as …

Rush: Song by Song Book Coming in January 2020

Amazon.Com has just released details of a new book titled Rush: Song by Song, which is scheduled to be released in January of 2020.

From the Amazon listing:The Canadian power trio Rush has been called the world's biggest cult band. Though critical favor eluded them for many years, the band has gained the admiration of legions of fans and sold over forty-million albums worldwide. In this unique book the reader is guided through each album, song by song, from the band's eponymous début in 1974 right up to 2012's Clockwork Angels.

Every album (both live and studio) is explored in detail with rare insight into the circumstances in which the band wrote and recorded each song . The book also carefully tracks the band's rise from a small suburb of Toronto to the arena filling giants they would become. This book explores every studio album, every live release as well as the solo projects of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. Each album is covered in unprecedented detail and the band&…

Rush in Rio Released on 180 Gram Vinyl. Package Includes New Liner Notes Essays and Photos

Back in October of 2003, nearly eleven months after the end of their Vapor Trails tour, Rush released their fifth live album, Rush in Rio. As the name indicates, the live recording was taken from the show Rush performed at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on November 23rd, 2002.

Last month, Rush re-released Rush in Rio as a four-disc 180 Gram vinyl package which included a brand new liner notes essay by long-time Rush fan and collector Ray Wawrzyniak. In addition to the new liner notes, the vinyl package includes 17 news photos of the band in action during their Vapor Trails tour.

Both the new liner notes essay and photos are now available online on the main site. You can access both via the links below:Rush in Rio Liner Notes
Rush in Rio Album ArtworkThe vinyl box set is currently on sale at Amazon for $69.36.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for providing the updated liner notes.

Alex Lifeson Guests on Latest Albums from John Mayall and The Mute Gods

While Alex Lifeson may not be lending his virtuoso guitar work on any future Rush albums (never say never, though!), he has been busy providing his talent on other recent new releases.

Alex is one of many guest performers to appear on veteran bluesman John Mayall's new album, Nobody Told Me,which was release in late February. Lifeson appears on the track "Evil And Here To Stay". Additional guest performers include Todd Rundgren, Joe Bonamassa, Larry McCray, Carolyn Wonderland and Steven Van Zandt.

You can check out the track with Alex at this LINK. Here's what Loudersound.Com had to say about the track:"Evil and Here to Stay is just one of the star studded songs you’ll be playing over and over," says Mayall. "On this particular track you get to hear some great guitar soloing from special guest Alex Lifeson, who feels right at home with this special groove."

"One of the first songs Rush learned to play as a band in front of an audience was …

Geddy Lee to Guest DJ on Sirius XM's Beatles Station This Friday

Back in January, Geddy Lee stopped by the New York City Sirius XM offices where he was the guest DJ for an hour on the satellite radio station's 80s on 8 channel. While he was there, Geddy also recorded a guest DJ program for Sirius XM's Beatles Channel (Channel 18).

Geddy's recorded DJ session for the channel will air this Friday, March 8th at 5pm EST.

For more information about Sirius XM and their Beatles channel, please click HERE.

Geddy and Rush in general are no strangers to Sirius XM. Back in 2015, Geddy and Alex held a Town Hall meeting at the NYC Sirius XM headquarters where a couple dozen lucky fans had the chance to ask the pair questions. Yours truly was fortunate enough to be in attendance that day.

Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History Coming This October

I am thrilled to announce the upcoming release of the official Rush touring history book titled Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History, which is scheduled to be released on October 15th, 2019.

Authors Skip Daly and Eric Hansen (of Power Windows fame) have spent years researching Rush's decades-spanning touring history to create this meticulously detailed book. From the Amazon listing:Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart performed together for the first time to an audience of 11,000 people in 1974. Forty years later, their last tour sold over 442,000 tickets. This is the story of everything in between. This is the story of Rush.

Fondly known as the Holy Triumvirate, Rush is one of the top bands to shine through rock-and-roll history. Wandering the Face of the Earth covers Rush’s storied touring career, from their humble beginnings as a Toronto-area bar band playing middle school gymnasiums to their rise as one of the world’s most sought-after liv…

Hemispheres Picture Disc Featured in Upcoming Record Store Day Event

A picture-disc version of Rush's Hemispheres will be available during the upcoming Record Store Day event taking place on April 13th. At this time there is limited information about the release other than it will be a 12" Picture Disc limited to a quantity of just 5,000 units. It is also listed as a 'RSD First' Release, which indicates that it will be made available through other outlets after the RSD event.

Rush-related releases during the annual Record Store Day events have become more commonplace of late. While they were absent from any releases in 2018, Rush had two releases during the Spring and Fall events in 2017, including the Double Cygnus X-1 and the Closer to the Hear / Madrigal 7" disc.

For a complete list of the releases for the upcoming Record Store Day event, please click HERE. To locate participating store locations and to learn more about Record Store Day, please visit their website at

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for pas…

Actor Sean Marquette Will Wear Eleven Different Rush T-shirts on ABC's The Goldbergs This Week

Over its six seasons, the ABC hit comedy The Goldbergs has had numerous Rush references thanks to the character Johnny Atkins fascination with the band. Atkins, who is portrayed by actor Sean Marquette, almost always wears a Rush t-shirt when he appears in an episode. In fact back in Season 3, an entire episode aptly titled "Rush" centered around the formation of a female Rush cover band who perform Tom Sawyer in a Battle-of-the-Bands competition (Click for Video)

According to the show's publicist Ike Richman, this week's episode (Season 6, Episode 16 - There Can Be Only One Highlander Club) will feature Johnny Atkins donning eleven different Rush t-shirts in all. From Richman:ACTOR SEAN MARQUETTE WEARS 11 RUSH CONCERT T-SHIRTS IN SAME EPISODE OF THE GOLDBERGS ON ABC-TV ON FEBRUARY 20

Actor Sean Marquette, who portrays Johnny Atkins, on the ABC-TV hit comedy The Goldbergs, steps into the Limelight in an upcoming episode of The Goldbergs, and will wear 11 different…

Geddy Lee's Book Signing Tour Heads to San Francisco

Rush.Com has just announced the fifth stop of Geddy Lee's ongoing Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour. This time around, Geddy will be headed to the city by the bay - San Francisco - where he'll set up shop at the Barnes & Noble Corte Madera location on Saturday, March 2nd at 2PM PST.

Tickets for the event are on-sale NOW, and can be purchased at this LINK. Event guidelines are listed below:Join Barnes & Noble - Corte Madera on March 2, 2019 at 2 PM as they host Rush frontman Geddy Lee for a signing of GEDDY LEE'S BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF BASS, the definitive volume on Geddy Lee's personal collection of vintage electric bass guitars, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s.

One ticket grants you admission and one copy of GEDDY LEE'S BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF BASS for Geddy to personalize. You may purchase up to two tickets. This is a signing only; photographs are only allowed from the signing line. Geddy will not sign memorabilia - only the book.A sample of Geddy…

Geddy Lee Featured on the Cover of Vintage Guitar Magazine's March 2019 Issue - Article Now Online

The March 2019 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine features Geddy Lee (and his collection of bass guitars) on the cover. This issue includes a lengthy interview with the bass-collecting front man of Rush, as well as numerous photos and details on many of the bass guitars that Geddy has collected over the years.

Titled Geddy Lee: Bass Conservator and conducted by Vintage Guitar's lead editor Ward Meeker, the interview covers Geddy's earliest experiences with playing and performing the bass, talks in length about many of the unique guitars in his collection, and covers the writing and research process for Geddy's Big Beautiful Book of Bass.

From the article:What was your first good bass?
That was a '68 Precision. I worked a lot of Saturdays in my family's variety store and saved my money to buy a sunburst Precision. Through high school and bar gigs, that was my workhorse. In the book is a picture of me playing it; the finish was pretty worn by the mid '70s, but …

Alex Lifeson to Appear on Don Felder's New Album American Rock 'n' Roll

Former Eagles' guitarist and songwriter Don Felder is releasing a new album this April, titled American Rock 'n' Roll. Alex Lifeson will be one of many artists contributing their talent on the album.

Despite their being a track called Limelight on the album, Lifeson lends his guitar playing on the track "Charmed", where he performs an acoustic rhythm on the bridge and electric guitar solo at the end of the song.

From the announcement:A former lead guitarist and songwriter of The Eagles, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, and New York Times bestselling author Don Felder, announces his highly anticipated all-new album American Rock ‘N’ Roll. The new album is slated for release on April 5, 2019 on BMG and is available for pre-order on January 25th, 2019.

The album features some of the biggest names in music including Sammy Hagar, Slash, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Peter Frampton, Joe Satriani, Mick Fleetwood, Chad Smith, Bob Weir, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Alex Li…