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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Happy Birthday, Geddy Lee!

Geddy Lee
Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) is celebrating his 62nd 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.

In addition to today being Geddy's birthday, it is also the 41st anniversary of when Neil Peart joined Rush - cementing the rock trio that would continue through today.

Please join me in congratulating Geddy on reaching his 62nd birthday -- and wish him many, many more!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"The Deconstruction of Rush" - Production Profile from PLSN

A new article focusing on the extensive light and stage show of Rush's R40 tour, titled "The Deconstruction of Rush", has just been posted in the July 2015 issue of PLSN (Production, Lights and Staging News).

From the article:
Rush hit the road last month for what they are calling the continuation of R40 — celebrating 40 years as a band. Parnelli award winning production designer Howard Ungerleider actually explains that he is entering his 41st year with the band, having been brought into the fray back in 1974 as he says, “to teach a new band how to tour.” But what is separating this tour from any other Rush show is they are touring behind a theme this time. They are “Deconstructing” their career live — as each song they play takes you back one more step in their long, storied career.

“Subtractive Technology in Motion”

…to start a show with all the high-tech visuals of their 2013 Clockwork Angels tour...Before every Rush tour, the artistic team, including creative director Dale Heslip, producer Allan Weinrib, lead singer/bassist Geddy Lee (Allan’s older brother) and Howard Ungerleider start by getting together for some new ideas.

Prior to their latest brainstorming session, Dale came up with an idea of going backwards in time. His idea was to stage a show that started where they left off in 2013, with the Clockwork Angels tour and all its high tech visuals, and take the audience back in time all the way to when Rush played their first gigs with a few PARs on sticks and a mirror ball.

Dale pitched the idea to Geddy, who immediately called a meeting to discuss the concept further. There, everyone looked to Howard to come up with ways to make the concept come to fruition.

While Ungerleider is the first to admit that the theme for the tour is a great idea, he also realized it would probably be the most work he has ever had to put into a Rush design. His personal theme for this production was deemed “Subtractive Technology in Motion.” Everyone agreed that this was the path to follow. They could bring back old video footage, lighting looks and songs that have not been heard in a while. They needed a rough period outline of the band’s career, which the creative team decided could be brought about by dividing the bands’ career into five time segments. These included:

  • Current Big Technology Era (2007-present)
  • Large Arena Looks (1990s-2000s)
  • Small Arena Looks (1980s)
  • Theater Looks (late 1970s)
  • Gymnasium Period (early 1970s)
  • You can read the entire article via this LINK.

    Friday, July 17, 2015

    Rush Fan Wins Jeopardy! - Bets $2,112 and Shows Off Neil Peart Drum Sticks

    Rush Fan Wins Jeopardy! - Bets $2112 and Shows Off Neil Peart Drum Sticks
    Over the years, there have been several 'Rush Sightings' on Jeopardy!, the long-running television trivia game show. Those sightings were all in the form of Rush, or a member of Rush, appearing in one of the 'answers' on the show. Last night, however, a Rush fan, Jennifer Morrow, was on the show and had a major shout-out for the band. During her chat with host Alex Trebek, she had this to say:
    “I was always inspired by tales of knights in shining armor who would ride into battle with a token of favor from somebody they admired,” she said. “So I thought I would do that here. I’m a huge fan of the Canadian prog-rock trio Rush. And so I went to one of their concerts a while back and from the front row I held up a banner that said, ‘May be on Jeopardy! Request token of favor to carry in thy honor’ And well apparently Neil Peart, the greatest drummer in the world, is a fan of the greatest show in the world.”
    Later in the episode, after revealing a 'Double Jeopardy' answer, she decided to bet $2,112 - successfully I might add.

    Jennifer went on to win the show and will return tonight as the Jeopardy! champion. You can watch a video of her appearance via the viewer below.


    Thanks to everyone who alerted me to this news.

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    Rush Auctioning Signed Drum and Cymbal for Cancer Charity

    Rush Auctioning Signed Drum and Cymbal for Cancer Charity
    Update: The auctions are underway. Click HERE for the auction of Neil's snare drum and click HERE for the auction of a Sabian Crash Cymbal.
    Rush is auctioning an autographed snare drum and cymbal to raise funds for cancer care and research.

    The exact replica of Neil Peart’s #R40 drumset is a limited edition snare made of 1,500-year-old Romanian River Oak salvaged from the Olt River. It is inlaid with laser-cut exotic woods and complimented with gold-plated hardware.

    Only 250 of the drums were ever produced.

    Fans can also bid on a 17-inch Paragon crash symbol from Sabain autographed by Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

    All proceeds from the eBay.ca auction, which runs from July 18 to 27, will go to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

    We'll have auction links posted once they are available.

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Eddie Trunk Review of Rush's Denver Concert - Interview with Alex Lifeson and the Future of Rush Coming Soon

    Eddie Trunk Review of Rush's Denver Concert - Interview with Alex Lifeson and the Future of Rush Coming Soon
    Update (07/23/2015): Eddie's podcast which includes the complete interview with Alex is now online.
    Eddie Trunk, one of the most respected music professionals in the world of Rock Music, flew out to Denver for the Rush concert this past weekend where he spent some time with the band before the show, interviewed Alex Lifeson for a future podcast, and penned this fantastic review of his experience.

    From the review:
    It’s important to note that like most fans of any band I certainly would not say I love every era of Rush. But I have massive respect for all of it and how they did things on their own terms and essentially built one of the biggest cult bands in music history. A cult that somehow FINALLY got the mainstream recognition in recent years with the Rolling Stone cover, HOF, etc. But if you are a true Rush fan these things are nice, but really we knew what everyone else is just discovering all along; Rush rules! And the reasons why they rule are many. Who else keeps the same band together 41 years? Who else makes music that fans embrace fully, played brilliantly, and never compromised for radio. What other trio can generate that much music, all real and extremely honest? Few bands have the connection to their fans like Rush. Why? Because they are three amazing musicians who are also real relatable people. Never putting themselves above the fans and never resorting to the trends of the business that make fans feel like they are being fleeced. Rush isn’t playing the Farewell Tour card. Why? Because its just not a Rush thing to do, and they don’t know what they are going to do next. And they are pretty much one of the most honest and transparent bands out there at their level.
    Regarding his interview with Alex, Trunk had this to say:
    I also interviewed Alex for about 20 minutes before the show. I think you guys will enjoy this and Alex does address the potential future of the band. This will premiere in my syndicated FM show this weekend (starting on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston 11PM ET this Friday, both stations stream) and on all affiliates over the weekend. The complete audio will then be in my podcast posting 7/23, free to all as usual on Itunes or at www.podcastone.com.
    You can read the entire review via this LINK.

    We'll have more info on the podcast once it becomes available.

    Key R40 Tour Links:
  • R40 Tour Dates
  • R40 Set List
  • R40 Concert Reviews
  • R40 Tour Book Transcription
  • R40 Tour Book Artwork and Photos
  • Stay tuned for more tour updates, set list changes, and photos!

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    [Rush Return to New York City - Set to Close Out the 2nd Leg of Their R40 Tour at Madison Square Garden - June 29th, 2015]
    [Rush Return Home to Toronto - June 17th, 2015]
    [Rush To Film R40 Live Tour in Toronto (YYZ) - June 5th, 2015]
    [Rush R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Update - First Leg Set to End in Virginia - May 30th, 2015]
    [R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Update - First Week is in the Books - May 15th, 2015]
    [Rush's R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Launches Tonight - Set List and Pictures Revealed Live! - May 8th, 2015]
    [Countdown to R40: Rush Have Arrived in Tulsa! - May 1st, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's R40 Tour in New Interview - April 28th, 2015]
    [Win a Meet & Greet with Members of Rush! - April 11th, 2015]
    [Attention Rush Fans! Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour - March 14th, 2015]
    ["Rush Currently Rehearsing in Los Angeles Ahead of R40 Tour - April 5th, 2015]
    ["Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway - March 10th, 2015]
    [Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video - January 27th, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

    Sunday, July 5, 2015

    Rush EuCon 2015 Details Announced

    Rush EuCon 2015 Details Announced
    Even though Rush have yet to announce any plans to bring their R40 tour to Europe, that's not stopping fans from holding another European convention. Details for the Rush EuCon 2015, which will take place on October 9th and 10th, have just been announced:
    Rush EuCon 2015 announcement

    The time is now again!!!!

    Rush EuCon 2015 will be taking place at The Box, Pedley Street in Crewe, Cheshire on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th October.

    This year we will be raising funds not for one charity but for three charities -

  • The Brain Tumour Charity - www.thebraintumourcharity.org
  • Clic Sargent - www.clicsargent.org.uk
  • British Heart Foundation - www.bhf.org.uk

    Featuring -
  • Saturday Headline - Rush tribute band COUNTERPARTS
  • Friday - Deep Purple tribute band DEEP PURPLE IN ROCK w/support from THE JOKERS
  • Guest speaker (TBC)
  • Rush Fans Got Talent
  • Rush Trivia Pub Quiz
  • Charity Auction and Raffle

    Tickets for Rush EuCon 2015 are now on sale. This year we will not be sending out paper tickets as in previous years, instead you can purchase tickets directly from Richard Scott at - rscott2112@btinternet.com - through Paypal www.paypal.com.

    When you pay for your tickets online, Richard will send you a confirmation receipt which you can print off and bring with you on the day(s) of the event.

    Tickets cost £16.50 each for Saturday only and £21.50 for the whole weekend.

    Please like our new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rusheucon2015 ) and follow us on Twitter @RushEucon (www.twitter.com/RushEucon) where regular updates will take place as they happen.

    See you all in October!

    Willie, Paul, Kelly, Richard and Mark
    Rush EuCon 2015 management
  • Thanks to William Winsborough for the news.

    Monday, June 29, 2015

    Rush Return to New York City - Set to Close Out the 2nd Leg of Their R40 Tour at Madison Square Garden

    Rush Return to New York City - Set to Close Out the 2nd Leg of Their R40 Tour at Madison Square Garden
    Update: Click HERE for a collection of pictures I took at the MSG show. Enjoy!
    Rush are set to perform the 23rd show of their ongoing R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour in New York City's famed Madison Square Garden tonight. This performance will mark the band's 13th appearance in Madison Square Garden, dating back to 1981 when they first took the stage of the world-famous venue during their Moving Pictures tour.

    Tonight's performance will be the final show of the second leg of the tour. The band will then take a 10-day break before opening up the third and final (?) leg of the tour on July 10th at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

    The second leg of the tour has seen the band shake things up a bit with regards to the set list. Where the band performed three distinct set lists, in order, during the first leg of the tour, two new set lists were added this time around and the order of when each is performed has been shuffled a bit. So if you think you know which set list you'll be treated to when the band comes to your area, don't be too sure :)

    As we reported earlier, Rush recorded and filmed the two shows performed in their home town of Toronto earlier this month. News on when a live album and concert DVD will be made available is still forthcoming, though it's possible they'll have it ready in time for the 2015 holiday season (purely speculation at this point).

    There have been other surprises, however in the interest of not sharing spoilers directly here, I'll simply say that, if you want to see what's been going on during the second leg of the tour, check out the R40 Set List Page.

    For those of you, like myself, who are going to the show tonight, have a great time! Hope to see some of you there.

    Key R40 Tour Links:

  • R40 Tour Dates
  • R40 Set List
  • R40 Concert Reviews
  • R40 Tour Book Transcription
  • R40 Tour Book Artwork and Photos
  • Stay tuned for more tour updates, set list changes, and photos!

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    [Rush Return Home to Toronto - June 17th, 2015]
    [Rush To Film R40 Live Tour in Toronto (YYZ) - June 5th, 2015]
    [Rush R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Update - First Leg Set to End in Virginia - May 30th, 2015]
    [R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Update - First Week is in the Books - May 15th, 2015]
    [Rush's R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Launches Tonight - Set List and Pictures Revealed Live! - May 8th, 2015]
    [Countdown to R40: Rush Have Arrived in Tulsa! - May 1st, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's R40 Tour in New Interview - April 28th, 2015]
    [Win a Meet & Greet with Members of Rush! - April 11th, 2015]
    [Attention Rush Fans! Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour - March 14th, 2015]
    ["Rush Currently Rehearsing in Los Angeles Ahead of R40 Tour - April 5th, 2015]
    ["Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway - March 10th, 2015]
    [Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video - January 27th, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Introducing "Rush on Demand" Powered By Qello Concerts

    Introducing
    Rush and Qello Concerts have just announced a new partnership where full-length Rush concerts and documentaries will be streamed, on demand, to any device.

    From the announcement:
    Rush and Qello Concerts introduce “Rush On Demand,” providing full-length Rush concerts and documentaries streamed on demand to any device.

    On the Qello Concerts Rush channel, fans get exclusive behind-the-scenes webisodes from the R40 Live tour. A new webisode airs each week through the end of the tour. Plus, Rush fans get access to Rush’s entire concert film catalog in one streaming destination—including Clockwork Angels, Rush in Rio, R30, Time Machine: Live in Cleveland, and more.

    And with Qello Concerts, music lovers get the world’s largest collection of full-length concerts and documentaries spanning every genre. Watch on any connected device including: Apple TV, Roku, Playstation, Xbox, Samsung and Sony Smart TVs, all iOS, Google and Amazon devices, and on the web.

    Rush on Demand with Qello will launch this Friday with the first backstage R40 webisode!
    For more information including information on how to sign up for the service, click HERE.

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    Autographed Rush R40 Prints Now Available From the Andrew MacNaughtan Art Store

    Autographed Rush R40 Prints Now Available From the Andrew MacNaughtan Art Store
    The Andrew MacNaughtan Photographic Arts website has announced the availability of two new autographed prints in celebration of the band's 40th Anniversary Tour. From the website:
    To celebrate the historic R40 tour we are very excited to announce the release of two never before released Andrew MacNaughtan images that we feel represent his one of a kind relationship with the band. And speaking of the band, we are thrilled to say they have once again given us full support on this project and were generous enough to hand sign these prints. We have released a very limited 40 editions of each print autographed by all three members of the band.

    RUSH LIVE
    This 7.5 x 20" Image is printed on high quality 17 x 22" Hahnemühle Silk Baryta Photography Paper

    Our first print highlights Andrew's unprecedented access to the band as they played live on the Vapor Trails Tour. We chose this shot because it also includes the fans in a pure moment of electricity. The band, the music and the fans all in harmony with Andrew in the perfect spot to capture it. As a lifelong fan himself this is truly a moment only Andrew could have captured.

    Autographed Rush R40 Prints Now Available From the Andrew MacNaughtan Art Store

    RUSH PORTRAIT TRIO
    This 8 x 18" Image is printed on high quality 17 x 22" Hahnemühle Silk Baryta Photography Paper

    Our second print shows the other side of Andrew's relationship with the guys. Intimate portraits of each band member originally shot for Feedback in 2004 This print is a reminder of the close personal ties each shared with Andrew over their 25 plus years working together. The result an artful, honest reflection on the three men behind 40 years of incredible music.

    We are very honoured by your continued support of Andrew's work and know he would have been as excited as all of you about this tour which is why we wanted to be sure to celebrate this great moment in Rush history with you all from the perspective of someone who was a lifelong fan and not only had unprecedented access but a unique relationship that lasted over 2 decades. Andrew MacNaughtan will forever be intertwined with Rush and we couldn't be more proud. Please enjoy.
    For more information and ordering information, please click HERE.

    Neil Peart: Cultural Repercussions Book Coming in August

    Neil Peart: Cultural Repercussions Book Coming in August
    This August, a new book by author Bradley J. Birzer will be released titled Neil Peart: Cultural Repercussions. From the book's back cover:
    Though. Neil Peart is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest living drummers, few studies have been devoted to his writings. Yet, Peart is very much a man of his words. He writes lyrics, travelogues, short stories, essays, and books of cultural criticism. In terms of his cultural impact, he is also one of North America's greatest living, men of letters. The themes he offers in his writings are timeless: philosophy, journeys, growth, exploration, excellence, art, satisfaction, happiness, religion, politics, individualism, expression, natural history, cultural criticism, life, love, loss, redemption, and beauty.

    Peart wants every person to persevere through individual trials, and find his or her unique gifts and abilities and, ultimately, true happiness. Most tellingly, Peart does not just profess such things, he has lived them and continues to live them.

    Never satisfied with second best or any form of defeat, Peart challenges himself time and time again to live up to his own philosophy. And he has succeeded through great personal adversity and, at times, irrational professional jealousy of and hatred toward him, and he has always succeeded through grace.

    This book carefully examines the influence his life, his witness, and his words have had on others. Neil Peart has lived life to the fullest, and he has made us each better for it.
    You can read more about the book at this LINK. For a high-resolution version of the front and back cover, click HERE.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015

    Rush Return Home to Toronto

    Rush Return Home to TorontoRush Return Home to Toronto
    At roughly the midway point of the band's R40 Live 40th Anniversary tour, Rush are about to return home to Toronto (YYZ) to perform two dates at the Air Canada Centre (June 17th and 19th). As we reported earlier, these two dates will be recorded and filmed for a future live release.

    From the band's original announcement:
    Rush announced today that both hometown Toronto performances will be filmed. It is the first time the band will have filmed in their hometown in almost 20 years with the recording in 1997 at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on the Test for Echo tour. Prior to that, the band recorded a concert video and accompanying album for the Grace Under Pressure tour in 1984 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

    The R40 LIVE tour kicked off in Tulsa, OK this May to a jubilant crowd and #R40Live has become the tour not to miss this summer.

    Fans who have their coveted tickets to the sold out shows in Toronto are encouraged to represent and wear Rush shirts, bring signs and come ready with their ‘outside’ voices.
    For those of you who have been following the set list changes during the tour, there has been much speculation on whether or not new songs/changes will be added to the two Toronto dates. We'll have complete, up-to-date results as the shows progress posted on the SET LIST page (Warning: Spoilers!). Of course, we'll also have photos from the show posted once available.

    For those of you lucky enough to be taking part of the YYZ shows, have a fantastic time. Make sure you smile for the cameras!

    Key R40 Tour Links:
  • R40 Tour Dates
  • R40 Set List
  • R40 Concert Reviews
  • R40 Tour Book Transcription
  • R40 Tour Book Artwork and Photos
  • Stay tuned for more tour updates, set list changes, and photos!

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    [Rush To Film R40 Live Tour in Toronto (YYZ) - June 5th, 2015]
    [Rush R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Update - First Leg Set to End in Virginia - May 30th, 2015]
    [R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Update - First Week is in the Books - May 15th, 2015]
    [Rush's R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Launches Tonight - Set List and Pictures Revealed Live! - May 8th, 2015]
    [Countdown to R40: Rush Have Arrived in Tulsa! - May 1st, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's R40 Tour in New Interview - April 28th, 2015]
    [Win a Meet & Greet with Members of Rush! - April 11th, 2015]
    [Attention Rush Fans! Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour - March 14th, 2015]
    ["Rush Currently Rehearsing in Los Angeles Ahead of R40 Tour - April 5th, 2015]
    ["Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway - March 10th, 2015]
    [Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video - January 27th, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

    Modern Drummer's Neil Peart Artist Pack Now Available

    Modern Drummer's Neil Peart Artist Pack Now Available
    Since 1980, Neil Peart has been featured on the cover of Modern Drummer magazine a total of 8 times and has appeared in numerous other issues over the years. For the first time anywhere, each issue that the Rush drummer has appeared in is now available in a new Modern Drummer Artist Pack app:
    This exclusive digital download is more than just an ordinary PDF; it’s a chance to experience decades of content on one of the most influential drummers of all time—right at your fingertips. With an interactive table of contents, you can navigate the Artist Pack on your mobile phone, tablet, or desktop computer with ease. You will experience the articles and advertisements as they originally appeared in Modern Drummer magazine, from Peart’s first feature in 1980 to the 2011 cover story on the drummer’s award-winning three-DVD set, Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance.

    The Neil Peart Artist Pack includes more than 200 pages of articles about Neil Peart, articles by Neil Peart, cover-story interviews, transcriptions, classic advertisements, and more.
    The app/PDF is available for download at a price of $9.99. Complete details and ordering links are available HERE.

    A video introduction to the app is also available on YouTube or via the embedded viewer below.



    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

    Geddy Lee on Saved by Technology's Jim Burgess

    Geddy Lee on Saved by Technology's Jim Burgess
    Saved by Technology, providers of the latest music, audio, and video production tools for nearly 30 years have had a long-standing relationship with Rush dating back to the band's Grace Under Pressure album. Jim Burgess of SbT has been an instrumental part of most of Rush's tour during the past 15 years including the ongoing R40 tour.

    Recently, Geddy Lee commented on Jim's efforts:
    “Jim Burgess of Saved By Technology has been an invaluable member of the Rush team for many years and once again he has been in charge of prepping the synthesizer and sampling set up for our current R40 tour.

    He has been involved in everything from choosing the right MIDI instruments, hardware and software systems, to programming, arranging, editing and final sound design for this entire aspect of the show. He has done an incredible job for us once again. Thank you Jim!"
    To read more about Jim and his extensive involvement with Rush's tours of the past and present, please click HERE.

    Congratulations, Jim, and thanks to John Harry of SBT for passing along this news.

    Monday, June 15, 2015

    Rush Finally Make Rolling Stone Magazine's Cover

    Rush Finally Make Rolling Stone Magazine's Cover
    Update: The complete article, titled From Rush with Love is now online. Click HERE to read it. *WARNING* - Significant R40 Tour Spoilers Within
    No, this isn't another April Fool's Prank - after 41 years, Rush will finally appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

    The band will appear on the cover of Issue #1238 (July 2nd, 2015) which will go on sale this Friday, June 19th.

    From the announcement:
    Attention all planets of the Solar Federation: Rush have finally made the cover of Rolling Stone – and it's happening well before the actual year 2112. It's been more than four decades since the band formed its current lineup – and 34 years since its commercial breakthrough, 1981's Moving Pictures –­ but the Canadian trio is moving as close as ever to pop culture's center, with a hit documentary, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more.

    For the in-depth, career-spanning cover story, senior writer Brian Hiatt ­trailed the band to early tour rehearsals in Los Angeles and soundchecks in Tulsa, Oklahoma, interviewing Neil Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson about their lives and careers, from their childhoods to their Eighties evolution to the recording of 2012's Clockwork Angels. Throughout the story, one question looms: Can their current run of shows, which kicked off May 8th in Tulsa, really be their "last major tour of this magnitude," as they've called it? The band members themselves don't seem altogether sure.
    The complete cover story will also appear online, tomorrow, at 10AM EST. Look for a link to the article soon.

    Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - June 2015 - Backstage Byways

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - June 2015 - Backstage Byways
    Though Neil Peart is in the middle of Rush's 40th Anniversary Tour, that hasn't stopped the band's percussionist and chief lyricist from writing another entry for the News, Weather, and Sports section of his website.

    In this entry, titled Backstage Byways, most of the discussion centers around the band's first leg of their tour, the extensive preparations needed to get the show on the road, and Neil's cycle travels between each date:
    Sometimes a motorcycling destination is worth a longer bus ride, and a bouncier sleep. Other times circumstances force it. On the day of the Tulsa show, while checking over my motorcycle, I discovered a bind in the back wheel, like the brake caliper dragging on the disc. My mechanical abilities are pretty much limited to oil changes (though I’m very good at those!), so it would need to be taken to a BMW dealer. Fortunately there was one in Omaha, near the next show in Lincoln, and Michael called ahead to let them know we’d be bringing it in. I transferred my tools and such to the spare bike (the older GS that usually lives at my home in Quebec), and drew up a plan that would get Dave close enough to Omaha, while Michael and I could head west across Nebraska.
    There is also a very cute entry regarding Neil's 5-year-old daughter Olivia who took in her very first Rush concert in New Orleans:

    It was also Olivia’s first Rush concert, and she loved it. I had thought she might last a song or two, but she danced and air-drummed right to the end. Manager Ray arranged a “box” for them, high up over everything, and Olivia couldn’t get over all the people.

    “There must be two-thousand-and-eighteen people,” she said.

    Ray laughed and told her, “Actually there are about eleven thousand!”

    Olivia looked puzzled, “Are they all here to see my dad and Uncle Alex and Uncle Geddy?”

    When Ray assured her they were, she said, “That’s too silly.”

    Then she wondered, “Do they know he’s my dad?”

    Ray laughed and said, “They probably do.”

    During intermission she came backstage and ran up to me, arms raised for me to pick her up. Still wearing her big red “ear defenders,” she was so excited that she bounced in my arms.

    “Daddy! It was great! I only didn’t like the shipwreck” (rearscreen video in “The Wreckers,” to her an echo of the dark beginning of Frozen, a movie she finds rightly unbearable) “and the explosion!” (Pyro-man Boom-Boom’s fireworks in “Far Cry.”)

    It looks like Rush have a new fan. You can read the entire entry at this LINK (SPOILERS WITHIN).

    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.

    Geddy Lee: "The Complete Conversation" - Montreal Gazette

    Geddy Lee: 'The Complete Conversation' - Montreal Gazette
    Geddy Lee recently spoke with Jordan Zivitz of the Montral Gazette for a lengthy interview where the topic of conversation was, not surprisingly, Rush's current R40 tour.

    From the interview:
    MG: So what do you feel is left to accomplish, if that’s your standard of measurement?

    GL: Well, if this tour is any indication, we’re playing really, really well together, and I’m very proud of the show that we’re bringing around. It does give one pause to soak in everything we’ve done over the last 40 years, but I still feel like we’ve got some mojo. And even though we have no idea what the future holds for us, I remain optimistic.

    MG: I’m glad to hear that, because a lot of fans — myself included — were freaking out a bit when the tour was announced and the notice went out that it would probably be the “last major tour of this magnitude.”

    GL: Yeah. Well, I think that’s probably true — and the key words there are “tour of this magnitude.” Everybody in the band has sort of a different attitude on this. I say I’m optimistic — I’m not sure my bandmates and pals would state it exactly the same way. I think you have to take that for what it is — it’s my view, not necessarily the band view.

    MG: Are you willing or able to speak for the other two and what you feel their outlooks on this are?

    GL: I think it’s a bit in flux, to be honest. I think before the tour started, there was a decided mood of the end of our touring life. And I know how much we’ve all enjoyed it so far. There’s been no complaining and some very, very good playing. Maybe that’s changed, but I don’t feel comfortable speaking for the other two guys.
    Regarding the set list for the tour, Geddy had this to say:
    "Well, I had a very simple attitude. Everybody came in with kind of a different agenda. My attitude was: This is an anniversary tour, so we should really celebrate our most popular songs. And in order to do that, you have to have the discussion: Well, popular by whose metric? (Laughs) By what metric are you measuring it? If you look at some of the hardcore fans and their requests, they want the more obscure, deeper tracks. So we tried to strike a balance, and it actually came together pretty quickly — for the most part. There were a few details we had to work out, and that’s why there are a few different versions of the show that we play on different nights. Trying to satisfy everyone is impossible. So we just try to strike a balance between the most popular songs of our past 40 years, or the most “important” songs of our past 40 years, and throw a couple surprises in."
    You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

    Monday, June 8, 2015

    Maclean's Magazine: What a Rush! How an Unhip Trio Became Superstars

    Maclean's Magazine: What a Rush! How an Unhip Trio Became Superstars
    The latest issue of the Canadian magazine Maclean's includes a lengthy feature on Rush as well as an interview with Alex Lifeson. The article, which is available online delves further into the uncertainty of Rush touring beyond their current R40 tour due to health concerns for both Alex and Neil.

    From the article:
    Rush won’t be able to play like this forever, or even for very long. Peart is suffering from tendonitis—he has downsized his epic drum solos—and Lifeson has psoriatic arthritis. “I’m starting to feel it in my index finger and my thumb on my left hand, which is kind of critical,” he says, “so I get cortisone shots and try to keep it as loose as I can. I’ll be 62 soon, and it’s getting a little more challenging to stay on top of it.”

    The band’s future, beyond the end of this tour in Los Angeles on Aug. 1, is a question mark: “We’ve talked quite openly about this possibly being the last major tour that we’re going to do,” says Lifeson. “There’s no point in going out and being the ghost of yourself just to make a few bucks.” What’s more, having sacrificed family time for Rush’s career, he plans to be around for his grandchildren: “I want to be the custodian of great experiences for them—that’s a pretty important job.”

    Still, with Lee living five minutes away in Toronto, Lifeson is always tempted to write music; “I know Neil would be up for it too,” he says. And with Danniels “cautiously optimistic” about adding tour dates, Rush’s ever-expanding cult needn’t wish for time to stand still.
    You can read the entire article at this link however there are R40 spoilers within.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

    Friday, June 5, 2015

    Rush To Film R40 Live Tour in Toronto (YYZ)

    Rush To Film R40 Live Tour in Toronto (YYZ)
    Ever since Rush announced their R40 tour, most fans assumed that the two shows the band would perform in their hometown of Toronto would be recorded and filmed for a future live release. Today, the assumptions were confirmed with a post on Rush.Com:
    Rush announced today that both hometown Toronto performances will be filmed. It is the first time the band will have filmed in their hometown in almost 20 years with the recording in 1997 at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on the Test for Echo tour. Prior to that, the band recorded a concert video and accompanying album for the Grace Under Pressure tour in 1984 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

    The R40 LIVE tour kicked off in Tulsa, OK this May to a jubilant crowd and #R40Live has become the tour not to miss this summer.

    Fans who have their coveted tickets to the sold out shows in Toronto are encouraged to represent and wear Rush shirts, bring signs and come ready with their ‘outside’ voices.
    The two Toronto shows occur on June 17th and 19th at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

    Key R40 Tour Links:
  • R40 Tour Dates
  • R40 Set List
  • R40 Concert Reviews
  • R40 Tour Book Transcription
  • R40 Tour Book Artwork and Photos
  • Stay tuned for more tour updates, set list changes, and photos!

    Related News Stories
    [Rush R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Update - First Leg Set to End in Virginia - May 30th, 2015]
    [R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Update - First Week is in the Books - May 15th, 2015]
    [Rush's R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Launches Tonight - Set List and Pictures Revealed Live! - May 8th, 2015]
    [Countdown to R40: Rush Have Arrived in Tulsa! - May 1st, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's R40 Tour in New Interview - April 28th, 2015]
    [Win a Meet & Greet with Members of Rush! - April 11th, 2015]
    [Attention Rush Fans! Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour - March 14th, 2015]
    ["Rush Currently Rehearsing in Los Angeles Ahead of R40 Tour - April 5th, 2015]
    ["Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway - March 10th, 2015]
    [Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video - January 27th, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

    Saturday, May 30, 2015

    Rush R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Update - First Leg Set to End in Virginia

    Rush R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Update - First Leg Set to End in Virginia
    Update: Back from Bristow with one or two (hundred) pics to share. Click HERE to view the gallery.
    Rush is set to take the stage at the Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater in Bristow, Virginia tonight as they close out the first of three legs in their ongoing R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour. Including tonight, the band will have performed twelve dates since opening night.

    Throughout the tour thus far, Rush have been consistently rotating three moderately different set lists each night. And, without giving too much away for those of you who still want to avoid spoilers, the songs, the stage production, and the entire theme of each show has been incredibly well received.

    For those who don't mind be spoiled, there are amazing photographs from each show online with each set showcasing the incredible stage, light, and equipment show. Be warned, however, as the pictures do highlight some of the songs performed each night.

    After the Virginia show, the band will take a well-deserved break before embarking on the second leg of the tour in Columbus, Ohio at the Nationwide Arena on June 8th. Rush will then perform throughout June before taking another week-long break ahead of the third and final leg of the tour.

    European fans have been anxiously awaiting word on whether or not the band will cross the Atlantic for a string of shows. While there has been no official word yet, recent interviews with both Geddy and Alex have at least hinted at the possibility.

    In other tour-related news, Live Nation is sponsoring a contest where you can win a trip to Vegas to see Rush perform. For all the details, click HERE.

    For those heading to Virginia tonight (like myself), have a blast! I hope to see some of you there!

    Key R40 Tour Links:
  • R40 Tour Dates
  • R40 Set List
  • R40 Concert Reviews
  • R40 Tour Book Transcription
  • R40 Tour Book Artwork and Photos
  • Stay tuned for more tour updates, set list changes, and photos!

    Related News Stories
    [R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Update - First Week is in the Books - May 15th, 2015]
    [Rush's R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Launches Tonight - Set List and Pictures Revealed Live! - May 8th, 2015]
    [Countdown to R40: Rush Have Arrived in Tulsa! - May 1st, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's R40 Tour in New Interview - April 28th, 2015]
    [Win a Meet & Greet with Members of Rush! - April 11th, 2015]
    [Attention Rush Fans! Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour - March 14th, 2015]
    ["Rush Currently Rehearsing in Los Angeles Ahead of R40 Tour - April 5th, 2015]
    ["Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway - March 10th, 2015]
    [Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video - January 27th, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

    Friday, May 29, 2015

    Rush 2016 Wall Calendar Now Available for Pre-Order - Cover Art Revealed

    Rush 2016 Wall Calendar
    Update: A Second Wall Calendar has just become available. Click HERE to view/purchase.
    NMR Distribution has just released information on the upcoming 2016 Rush Wall Calendar. Few details aside from the cover art are known about the 16-month calendar at this time, except that the measurements (12" x 12") mirror those of previously released Rush Wall Calendars.

    This will mark the thirteenth consecutive year that a Rush Wall Calendar has been released, dating back to the original 2004 Rush Wall Calendar.

    The 2016 version is scheduled for release on or about July 15th and can already be pre-ordered via Amazon at this LINK.

    If you missed out on the 2015 calendar, you can still order it HERE.

    To view all of the artwork and photographs from every Rush Wall Calendar, click HERE.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson R40 Axcess Guitar Now Available

    Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson R40 Axcess Guitar Now Available
    In celebration of Rush's 40th Anniversary, Gibson Custom presents the Limited Edition Alex Lifeson R40 Les Paul Axcess offered in a run of 200 guitars with 5A quilt maple tops in a lush Ruby Red R40 finish. It also features a Limited Edition "Starman" R40 die-caste medallion covering the rhythm/treble switch access cavity.

    Created through extensive work with Alex Lifeson himself, the Gibson Custom Signed Alex Lifeson 40th Anniversary Les Paul Axcess Quilt similarly redefines the boundaries of the classic Les Paul: packed in a single remarkable instrument, this guitar carries all of the traditional tones that have made the Les Paul legendary, along with unprecedented levels of sonic and performance versatility.

    For more information, please visit the Gibson website.


    Thanks to GeddyWannaBe for the news.

    Sunday, May 24, 2015

    New MLB Interview: On Their Game: Randy Johnson and Geddy Lee

    New MLB Interview: On Their Game: Randy Johnson and Geddy Lee
    As most fans know, one of Geddy Lee's passions beyond music and wine is America's favorite past-time: Baseball. Over the years, Geddy has become friends with many notable players including MLB hall-of-fame inductee Randy Johnson. Johnson, who is an avid photographer, has been a long-time fan of Rush and has taken numerous pictures of the band over the years.

    MLB.Com has just posted a lengthy interview between Geddy Lee and Randy Johnson where they discuss their mutual admiration and long-standing friendship:
    Lee, chuckling, described their friendship as "a mutual appreciation society."

    "One of the things I've always admired about Randy is the thoughtful and intelligent approach he always took to his game," he said. "Always looking for an edge, always looking for a way to be better at what he did on the mound. The way he talked about being accountable. You don't hear a lot of athletes talk about being accountable. I found that inspiring. I took away from that something that I could apply to my own profession."

    Johnson, who works for the D-backs as a special assistant and spends most of his time in that job tutoring Minor League pitchers, said he enjoys hearing stories of when Rush was just a young and untested band waiting for the big break.

    "When I was young, I was kind of a free-willed person," Johnson said. "I just kind of got the ball and went out and pitched. There was more to it than that. I enjoyed hearing [Lee's] stories about when they were coming up, and they were warming up for some of the bands that are still out there performing to this day."
    You can watch the entire interview via the player below or directly at MLB.COM.


    You can check out a gallery of Johnson's pictures, including shots he took at the Austin show earlier this month, HERE.

    MLB.Com is also holding sponsoring a Rush Off To Chicago VIP contest where the winner will get two tickets to Rush's June 12th show in Chicago, a Meet and Greet with Rush and Randy Johnson, two tickets to a Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday, June 13th, hotel and airfare, and $200 spending money. For more information, click HERE.

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015

    Rush Featured on Cover of Classic Rock Magazine July 2015 Issue - Includes New Interview "We're Coming Towards the End"

    Rush Featured on Cover of Classic Rock Magazine July 2015 Issue - Includes New Interview We're Coming Towards the End
    Update: Classic rock has posted additional content from the Geddy/Alex interview. Click HERE to read more.
    Rush will once again grace the cover of an upcoming issue of Classic Rock magazine. Appearing on the July 2015 issue, the magazine includes a lengthy interview with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee titled "Rush: We're Coming Towards the End".

    Segments of the interview are available online courtesy of TeamRock:
    Could this tour be the last for Rush?
    We’ll see. Right now the tour is what it is. Whether we add more dates, I think it all boils down to Neil, really. It’s a very athletic endeavour for him to go on tour. He’s sixty-two years old. Physically it’s difficult. And it’s the same for me.

    Your arthritis – how bad is it?
    I’ve had it for ten years, and this is the first time I’m really feeling it in my hands and my feet. That’s the way it goes. But it’s a lot harder for Neil. He’s got tendonitis in his arm. To be honest, I don’t know how he gets through playing the way he does, being in that sort of discomfort and pain. But he’s a very stoic guy. He never complains.

    But there’s more to it than that. Neil has said many times that his first priority is his family, his young daughter.
    I don’t think that’s something he even needs to talk about. I don’t know if sometimes he says these things because he doesn’t know how to come out and say it face-to-face to us that he doesn’t want to do it any more, that he’s tired of it, that he feels after forty years that’s a pretty good run and that he shouldn’t have to feel bad about not wanting to do it any more. He wants to spend more time at home and with his family. I get it. He’s never been keen about touring. It’s always a difficult thing for him.

    Is Neil unhappy about doing this tour?
    He was resistant to it until he started prepping and realised: hey, I can still play my drums pretty good! And then getting into rehearsals with us, there’s that whole camaraderie that he really adores. So when he’s back into the stream, he loves the swim.
    And there is still hope for a new album in the future:
    You feel confident there is another album in you?
    Yeah, I think there is. I’m sure if we start coming up with some stuff, Neil would be right in there. He’d love that.
    You can check out the entire online version of the article at this LINK.

    The article also continues to give hope that the R40 tour will extend into 2016 and reach out to Europe:
    These days it’s Lee who is driving Rush forward. He wants to tour more. If he gets his way, the band will return to the UK and mainland Europe in 2016. Whatever happens next, he says, will be dependent on how the other two guys are feeling after the US tour: “If everyone’s really digging it, the way I think we will, then we might carry on.”
    Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

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