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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Neil Peart's News, Weather, and Sports Update

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports 02.2011
Neil Peart has posted another update to the News, Weather, and Sports section of his website.

In this entry, titled "Eastern Resurrection", Neil discusses his motorcycle travels during both legs of the Time Machine Tour and has some reflective thoughts on the Spring season.
Those first signs of post-winter rebirth, the radiant bursts and washes of spring color, are so expressive of returning life, and are one reason why the word “resurrection” occurred to me for this story. Even as the band was reviving the Time Machine tour, bringing it to a new series of North American cities and countries outside North and South America (heading to Europe in May), and I was resurrecting my drumming and motorcycling skills and endurance, all around me the world was being reborn.
As Neil's travels took him through the 'Bible Belt' of the United States, he came upon a number of billboards that gave him pause. Ones like “Jesus Paid the Price—You Keep the Change.” and “Sin. It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

This led to his reflection back on some fan mail that he received where the fan in question '...admonished me not to be a “faith-basher.” Neil's response was interesting in its own right and potentially indicates some upcoming themes for Clockwork Angels:
"I don’t want to be any kind of a “basher” (except on the drums), and thinking over that concept launched a train of thought—a train hauling boxcars full of mental freight that will need to be unloaded sometime soon­ (on you, patient reader)."
Finally, Neil has some touching entries regarding his young daughter Olivia and how he made her a picture book hoping to explain why "Daddy" and her are apart so much.

This is a very moving entry from Neil for many reasons. A highly recommended read. Click HERE to read the entire entry.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Neil Peart Jams With Stewart Copeland and Danny Carey

Neil Peart and Danny Carey
According to a posting in the most recent edition of Tool's official newsletter, Neil Peart recently met up with Stewart Copeland of The Police and Danny Carey of Tool for a jam session. Les Claypool was apparently also on hand:
... recently DANNY got together for a drumming/recording session with NEIL PEART (RUSH) and STEWART COPELAND (THE POLICE). LES CLAYPOOL was also involved, but I'm not sure as to what capacity. Whether or not these guys will get together again, or anything will come from the initial 'session', I really don't know. Danny has also been working in his spare time with cEVIN of SKINNY PUPPY (programming Danny's large collection of analogue synthesizers), and there are plans for my neighbor Evil Joe Barresi to possibly record a VOLTO! CD.
I guess Neil is keeping fairly busy during his mini break :)

To read the entire entry in Tool's newsletter, click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Coming Soon: Rush's 2112 Master Recordings / Drum Tracks

According to the latest newsletter from DrumChannel, there is some exciting news for Rush fans on the horizon:
"You Will Not Believe This! It is true, in the next few weeks we will tell you how to purchase the original master recordings of RUSH-2112 and how you can listen to Neil’s drum track only, the band with Neil or the band only, and record yourself on drums with Geddy and Alex. You have to be a Newsletter subscriber to get access, so tell your friends to join the DC Newsletter. More about this coming soon!"
We'll have more on this exciting news once it is available.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the heads up on the newsletter posting.

Geddy Lee Speaks to the Irish Times

With Rush set to make their first ever concert appearance in Ireland on May 12th, Geddy Lee took some time out to talk to Kevin Courtney of the Irish Times:

You’ve been together since 1974 and have remained friends all this time. Do you think you’ll make it to your 40-year anniversary?

I don’t see any reason not to. We made it this far. If we’re not sick of each other yet, we’re not gonna get sick of each other in the last couple of years. We’ve had moments where we’ve been frustrated and tired and not happy – that happens in life – but I don’t think we’ve ever looked at each other and said: “I don’t wanna do this any more.”

You’ve built your reputation on fast fretwork and skilled musicianship – are you worried that as you get older, you’ll be overtaken by the young musos?


That’s the reason why we’ve been going on tour so much in these last couple of years – it’s through fear of that happening. Right now, and certainly on the last portion of the tour, we feel we’ve been playing as well if not better than we’ve ever played before, so it’s kinda like, “this is working really well, so let’s just ride it”. A musician can evolve into another phase of their life and still be viable. It’s not so easy for an athlete to do that.
To read the entire article/interview, click HERE.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for passing along the news.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The World According to… Rush

Gibson Guitar has posted a new section to their site called The World According to ... Rush; a summary collection of previous articles and interviews on the band from the past few years

Fans of this longstanding prog rock powerhouse – composed of bassist, keyboardist and vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart – don’t just love Rush, they worship Rush. Since forming in Toronto in 1968, the band have accumulated 24 gold records and 14 platinum records, with only The Beatles and The Rolling Stones claiming more gold or platinum rock albums.

Collected here are some of the band members’ thoughts on why their chemistry remains strong after 43 years.
Check out the entire article via this LINK.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Rush End the First Leg of the 2011 Time Machine Tour - Head Over to Europe for the Next Leg

Rush Time Machine Tour 2011
My, how time flies. Last night, Rush ended the first leg of their 2011 Time Machine Tour with a performance at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, marking the 13th show on the 2011 leg which began back on March 30th.

The band will now take a week-long break before crossing the pond to Europe where they will play a dozen dates throughout May, including stops in Finland, Sweden, their first-ever stop in Ireland, Scotland, five shows in the UK, Holland and Germany.

The band will then take another week-long break before returning to the United States to close out the 2011 Time Machine Tour with 13 dates that will take place primarily across the western US. (Click HERE for all the dates).

By all accounts, Rush have been at the top of their game over the past month, playing to numerous sold-old venues and putting on incredible shows, particularly in Cleveland which, as most fans know, was a concert filmed for later release on DVD/Blu-Ray (hopefully before the year closes out).

Let's wish the band continued success as they bring their Time Machine Tour to the awaiting masses in Europe.

For numerous pictures from the first leg of the tour, click HERE.

Rush Sighting on 'Sanctuary'

Rush References on Sanctuary
Last night's episode of Sanctuary - a SyFy original series - included a great Rush reference.

In the episode (Season 3, Episode 12 - 'Hangover'), the character Henry is attempting to gain access to the Sanctuary server's new passcode after a security breech. Thee passcode ends up being 'GEDDYLEE'. The character Dr. Magnus then inquires "Geddy Lee?" to which Henry responds, "A-ha! It's the lead singer of Rush." Dr. Magnus then observes, "Isn't that Will's favorite band?" This leads them to the conclusion that Will must have reset the passcode.

Click HERE for a large version of the screen cap.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news and for the screen cap.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Rush References on FX's Archer

Rush References on Archer - Exit Van Left
The season finale of FX's Animated Series Archer, which aired last night, contained several Rush references.

The first Rush reference came early in the episode when the character Dr. Krieger talks about listening to "Red Barchetta" through his "...awesome van's" stereo...". He also mentions to Archer's love interest Katya "Please tell me you like Rush..."

Later in the episode, the van that Dr. Krieger mentioned earlier appears on screen -- and it is painted in the style of Rush's Exit...Stage Left album cover, except that it is called "Exit...Van Left". You can see a large-scale image of the van via this LINK.

The episode's trailer is available HERE.

Thanks to Conrad J. Simpson, Eric from Power Windows and Ed from RushIsABand for the information.

2011 Time Machine Tour Book Images Now Online

Rush Time Machine Tour Book Rush Time Machine Tour Book
With the launch of the 2011 Leg of Rush's Time Machine Tour, the band took the opportunity to update the Time Machine Tour Book with new photos from the 2010 Leg of the tour. Those images, along with all of the images from the 2010 edition of the tour book are now online.

Below are the links to access the tour books and their images:
Rush Time Machine Tour Book - Transcription

Rush Time Machine Tour Book Images - 2010 Edition

Rush Time Machine Tour Book Images - 2011 Edition
While the new images are fantastic, it was a little disappointing to see that the new photos replaced images from the 2010 edition instead of simply adding to it. Regardless, I'm sure you'll enjoy the new photos and I hope this encourages everyone to pick up this fantastic tour book when Rush visits your neck of the woods.

And if you can't make the show, you can always order the tour book via the Rush Backstage Club.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Neil Peart Legends Of Classic Rock Interview with Jeff Woods to Air May 29th

Neil Peart: Far and Away
Prior to the concert in Hamilton, Ontario, Jeff Woods of The Legends Of Classic Rock interviewed Neil Peart about his new book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time.

According to Jeff's Facebook Page, the interview is scheduled to air on May 29th.
Just confirmed, my conversation this week with RUSH drummer Neil Peart will be featured in a one hour special, on The Legends of Classic Rock, Sunday May 29th .... showtimes and affiliate stations from this LINK.
Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up on the news.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Alex Lifeson Video Interview - Discussing His Gear for the Time Machine Tour

Musician's Friend Catalog has posted a really great 8+ minute video interview of Alex Lifeson that was taken the night before Rush launched into the 2011 Leg of their Time Machine Tour.

Alex touches upon all of his gear as well as the Steampunk amps behind him. Of course he talks about his new Les Paul Axcess guitar as well.

You can view the video below of via this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the link to the video.

Rush Featured On the Cover Of Classic Rock's PROG Magazine

Rush in Classic Rock's PROG Magazine
The latest edition of Classic Rock's PROG Magazine, which goes on sale in the UK tomorrow, will have Rush on the cover once again.

In addition to appearing on the cover, the issue also contains an exclusive interview with the band and, in particular, Neil Peart.

Check out the great tagline on the cover:
"The one great thing about Rush is that the three of us are stupidly fearless" -Geddy Lee
Click HERE for more information on Classic Rock Prog Magazine.

To order your copy, click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Neil Peart Video on the VLT Time Machine Snare Drum

There is a new 3-minute long video of Neil Peart discussing his Time Machine Tour Kit Snare Drum -- an all-maple VLT (very low timbre) piece. The video, posted by Drum Workshop's YouTube Channel shows why Neil prefers using this snare not only on the current tour, but also in the studio.

You can watch the video below or via this LINK.

For additional information on the snare and Neil's entire kit, click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Legendary Rock Outfit Rush Owes Much to Cleveland

Rush Rocks Cleveland
Another article regarding Rush's return to Cleveland was published by Yahoo a couple days back. This one, written by Peter Chakerian and titled Legendary Rock Outfit Rush Owes Much to Cleveland is a partial interview with Alex Lifeson and Donna Halper along with a short retrospective look at Rush's career and, in particular, the band's early experience with Cleveland:
"Cleveland was hugely important for us, because up until we were embraced there, we were just basically a bar band in Toronto," said Lifeson during a phone interview with Yahoo! from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "We were on the Southern Ontario high school dance circuit and doing clubs.

"To come to America was such a huge deal, and to come to Cleveland -- with its rich connections and rock music heritage and be embraced by the city and crowd there -- it really was a really great experience for us. It all started for us in Cleveland and the city has a giant place in our hearts."
You can read the entire article via this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Review of Neil Peart's Far and Away in the National Post

Neil Peart - Far and Away
The National Post has published a review of Neil Peart's book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time titled To His Own Drum: Rush’s Neil Peart Explores the World’s Back Roads in Far and Away
Peart looks older than most Fly by Night fans would remember, but he’s aged well, built as solid as his drums, with a baritone voice to match. As the prolific drummer of Rush, one of the most successful rock bands to come out of Canada, Peart could easily just coast on his musical legacy. But rock is only one of his passions. In May, after the release of Far and Away: A Prize Every Time, Peart will have authored five books.

He is by no means the first musician to enter the publishing world, but he’s one of the few who have done it themselves, and done it well. Peart rolls his eyes when he talks about musicians using ghostwriters. “But that isn’t always the case — guys like Bob Dylan, even Sting, and Stuart Coupland, their books were all done well, and done by themselves. The difference is that I had been perfecting my reading for 20 years before publishing.”
Click HERE to read the entire article.

To order your copy of Far and Away: A Prize Every Time, click HERE.

Thanks to reader RushFanForever for passing along the news.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Rush Rock Cleveland / New Concert DVD Information

Rush Time Machine Tour 2011
Update (04.18.2011): Here's a short, positive review from the Cleveland show -- Concert Review: Rush at Quicken Loans Arena
In front of a sold-out crowd of 14,000, Rush put on a spectacular show at The Q in Cleveland, Ohio last night -- a show that they had previously announced they would be filming for an upcoming concert DVD -- the first ever Rush concert filmed in the United States.

As Cleveland is the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, there were plenty of news stories posted yesterday regarding Rush's now infamous exclusion from the organization. One article, titled Why isn't Rush in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?, touched upon an event that Rush fans organized in front of the Hall of Fame prior to last night's concert:
"...To make their displeasure known, some fans plan to gather at 3 p.m. today outside the Rock Hall. Don't expect picket signs or torches, though. This promises to be more of an edgy photo op than a full-blown protest rally..."
You can check out a photo-gallery of the event via this LINK.

Another news story, titled The Spirit of Rush: The rest of the world loves them. When will the Rock Hall get a clue? quoted Donna Halper on the subject:
Halper has said that Rush's exclusion from the Rock Hall is far beyond a sin of omission. She said that "very good evidence" suggests many rock critics and a high-level Rock Hall exec dislikes Rush, adding "they will never get in as long as he is in charge."

Maybe the Rock Hall will get it right. They did eventually give Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, and Genesis their due. For now, fans can hope Rush will get in someday, and not in a Velvet Underground- or Ramones-like post-mortem fiasco, but in a triumphant Public Hall concert-acceptance in 2012.
Getting back to last night's concert, and the filming of the concert DVD, here's a quick review from Cleveland.Com titled Rush shares the spotlight with enthusiastic fans during sold-out show at The Q in Cleveland - one that highlighted the energy projected by the crowd:
But the real star was the trio’s de facto fourth member: the crowd.

Everywhere you looked, middle-aged men were 15 again, vigorously playing air drums and vying to see who could remember all the words to “The Temples of Syrinx.”

Somehow, they even managed to sing along during “YYZ,” an instrumental tour de force with no lyrics. Undaunted, the Rush faithful echoed the melody with a wordless chant.
On the filming of the concert, a quick write-up from Banger films was posted on their official blog page.

An article titled For rock trio Rush, Cleveland is where it all began touches upon why Rush selected Cleveland to film their latest concert movie:
"We realized after all these years that we've shot films in all these different locations. But we've never really shot an entire film in America. We thought, 'Well, that's just wrong.' So where do we want to shoot? And it dawned on me that it was appropriate to shoot in Cleveland, where our entire American adventure began." - Geddy Lee
Of course, Geddy has it wrong. Rush's U.S. adventure actually began on May 18th, 1974 at the North Side Drive-In in Lansing, Michigan; a full month before their show in Cleveland in support of ZZ Top.

Also, according to Ed Stenger from RushIsABand who was on-hand for the concert:
The big news is that Rush documentary filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen came out and addressed the crowd before the show, announcing that they would be directing the filming of the live DVD. There were cameras everywhere including an e-blimp flying around the crowd.
There is also a Facebook page which has photos of all of the filming equipment and cameras used during last night's concert.

I'm in the process of collecting some concert pictures from last's night show to post on the site. If you were in attendance and have some good pics, please let me know.

More news and reviews on the Cleveland show will be posted as they're made available.

Friday, April 15, 2011

'Moving Pictures' Track by Track: Geddy Lee Breaks It Down

Rush Moving Pictures
Geddy Lee was recently interviewed by John Soeder ahead of the band's concert tonight at the Quickens Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio -- the same show that will be filmed.

In the interview, Geddy breaks down each track of Moving Pictures.
"Moving Pictures" was "an interesting establishment of a particular kind of songwriting and a particular way we went about recording," Geddy said.

"It was the whole idea that we had moved away from the longer concept pieces and were experimenting with whether or not we could establish a sound of Rush that could take place in 6 minutes, as opposed to 20 minutes.
Check out the entire article via this LINK and read what Geddy had to say about each track.

In addition to the above article, two more articles regarding Rush and tonight's concert are also available:
For Rock Trio Rush, Cleveland is Where it All Began

After Donna Halper Gave 'Working Man' a Spin on WMMS, Rush's Career Took Off
Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the last two news stories.

Rig Rundown with Alex Lifeson's Guitar Tech Scott Appleton

Premiere Guitar's Rebecca Dirks was On Location in Chicago, IL, at the United Center where she talked with Alex Lifeson's guitar tech Scott Appleton about the gear Alex is using on Rush's 2011 Time Machine tour.

Appleton shows off all Lifeson's gear, including Gibson Les Paul Axcess Alex Lifeson Signature models, a ES-355, a Fender reissue '52 Tele, and two '90s PRS models. Lifeson uses Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MKII Alex Lifeson Signature heads, Steam Punk Statesman 2x12 Cabinets, and a Hughes & Kettner Coreblade.

You can watch the video below or directly via this YouTube Line.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rush: A Brief History of Time - Part VII

As Rush are currently progressing back in time on their Time Machine Tour, it's time once again for Cygnus-X1.Net to go back in time as well with another installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time. In this edition, we have 35 new articles and advertisements from years past, including seven entries from the 1970's and twenty-one entries from the 1980's which are primarily focused around the release of Permanent Waves. A single entry from the 1990's along with four from the 2000's and two from the current decade round out this edition.

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We'll start off the seventh installment with the earliest article of the entire seven-part collection. Titled Artist Profile: Rush, this December 29th, 1973 entry came from RPM Weekly Magazine and portrays a very positive early look at the then budding band:
"...When Rush strike up their amps no words are necessary, for they create a total involvement situation where the music is everything..."
Exactly :-)

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This next piece, which came from an unknown source back in May of 1974, is called a Broadcaster Playlist: Rush. It's a short introduction / review of the band's debut album and contains a nice, albeit grainy, photo of Geddy, Alex and John.

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Sticking to 1974, we have a fairly lengthy review of the debut album which came out of the June 1974 edition of The Canadian Composer.
"...This music is about as subtle as a hit over the head with a sledgehammer - loud, proud, and take-it-or-leave-it, played with shrieking energy and some musical skill..."
Some musical skill -- critics :-)

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The next entry is one of the earliest appearances of Rush in Billboard Magazine. Titled First Time Around: Rush, this is a quick review of the band and their debut album, citing Finding A Way, Need Some Love, In the Mood and Before and After as the best cuts.

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In December of 1974, Rush was featured in an edition of Beetle Magazine which was one of the first major articles done on the band with Neil Peart. However a few months earlier in September of '74, Beetle Magazine posted an interview of the band and their debut album, calling them - and it - "...viable rock'n'roll...".

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We'll close out the 70's with two more reviews of the debut album. The first, and somewhat unflattering, one comes from Circus Magazine, published in January of 1975. The second comes from Melody Maker UK Magazine which was published in March of the same year and ends with the statement "...A more than promising debut album..."

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We'll now enter the meat of this installment with a look back at 1980 and the release of Rush's Permanent Waves. Up first is another entry from Billboard Magazine called Billboard Special Survey: Permanent Waves; a short review of the album that came out on January 26th, 1980 and names Different Strings, The Spirit of Radio and Natural Sciences as the best cuts.

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Also published on January 26th, and coming from Cashbox USA Magazine, was another short yet positive review of Permanent Waves.

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A positive reflection of the early success of PeW and the new musical direction Rush was heading in appeared in the February 9th, 1980 edition of RPM Weekly in a piece called Intense Early Reaction to Rush's Permanent Waves.
"...While it maintains the group's solid rock sounds, along with the usual Rush elements of progressive music and science fiction lyrics, the album shows elements of further musical and lyrical maturity from the group..."
"...Science Fiction lyrics..."? Permanent Waves? A planet of playthings indeed...

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Also in February were two reviews of Permanent Waves; the first from New Musical Express Magazine and written by Paul Du Noyer who, though not a fan of Rush, recognizes the brilliance of PeW, and the second from Melody Maker UK written by long-time Rush scribe Steve Gett.
"...Terry Brown's production is typically commendable, and he manages to capture the sound of each individual instrument with tremendous feeling. Rush can content themselves in the knowledge that they've once again scored a winner..."
Indeed they did.

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In March of 1980, the French periodical Rock & Folk Magazine published a review of PeW which, I'm translating this correctly, appears to be very positive. The French obviously have good taste :-)

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Also in March comes a double entry from Sounds UK Magazine titled Sounds Readers Poll / Rush Hour. The Readers Poll selected Rush as the Band of the Year beating out the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Police and AC/DC. Readers also selected Geddy as the 7th best lead singer and 2nd best bassist (behind only Lemmy of Motorhead);, and Alex as the 4th best guitarist. Neil, not surprisingly, was named the best drummer yet shockingly, none of the members were in the top 10 of favorite Sex Object (male category). The injustice of it all!

The piece titled Rush Hour catches up with the band while they're on tour in support of PeW. It's a nice look back at the growing cult status of Rush and the impact of the immediate success of PeW.

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The March 1980 edition of Billboard Magazine had another entry on Rush titled Rush Won't Rush Into Style Fads of Moment; a somewhat introspective look into Permanent Waves and Rush's evolution.
"...Songwriter-drummer Neil Peart takes pride in the fact that his hard rock band doesn't change with every trend that comes along.

'Influence is one thing.' starts Peart, 'but to apply artificial limits on music is dishonest. We try not to be influenced by external limitations. One of our songs may be five minutes or 12 minutes. It's all relative to the piece.'..."
Well said, Neil.

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In April of 1980, two separate entries from Record Review USA Magazine focused on Rush. The first, titled Tight Rush is a great review of PeW written by Jon Sutherland, stating that "...Permanent Waves is well worth the time investment to memorize the licks, time changes, and evolving music that is Rush..."

The second piece called A Canadian Chart Rush, also penned by Jon Sutherland, is a nice in-depth review with Geddy Lee about the band, touring, song writing, and, of course, Permanent Waves.

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Remaining in April, this next piece titled The Moustache That Conquered the World was published on April 5th from Sounds UK Magazine. In it, Neil Peart "...grapples with the paradox..." of Rush having a hit single and landing on top of the pop (charts).
"...No record company would touch us...yet we became the biggest band Canada has produced. It makes you a bit cynical..."
This is a great, lengthy read -- one of the best of the collection.

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In May of 1980, the Toronto Star Magazine published a piece called Rush: Millionaire Stars of High-Tech Rock that focused primarily on the touring success of the band and what it takes to keep the tour moving.
Every travelling circus has it's crew, and this one has 25 people to set up the show every day, tear it down afterward and move it to the next town. These are the roadies: tough, rowdy and thoroughly competent. They know their jobs inside out; they know that without them - the riggers, the stagehands, the sound technicians, the lighting men, the drivers - Rush has no show at all.
No question of it at all. Another real gem.

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June of 1980 had two reviews of Permanent Waves appear. The first one was published in the Gallery USA Magazine which realized that the melodies perhaps lacking in early Rush albums were more prevalent in PeW. The second review, titled Rush's Heavy-Metal Message Hits the Radio appeared in the June 26th, 1980 edition of everyone's favorite magazine Rolling Stone (sarcasm implied) and includes interview segments with Geddy and Neil.

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On June 28th, 1980, Brian Harrigan through New Music News UK asked The Rush Question; a nice retrospective look at the progress of the band up through that point in time.

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Moving into October of 1980, Circus Magazine published a piece in their October 28th edition called Rush & Foghat: Tag Team Match of '76; an interesting look back at when both bands toured together in 1976 and how their musical stylings changed as they moved into the 80's.

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The last article/entry from 1980 came from the November 8th edition of RPM Weekly Magazine. The piece, titled Rush Identifies with International Markets takes another look at the growing popularity of the band and the explosive success and critical acceptance of Permanent Waves.
"...They just won't let up. They're always on, tour. They only get about a month of free time to themselves, and they take such pride when they're recording an album. The band is slowly but surely progressing onto superstar status..."
Super. Stars. No question about it.

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Finally, we'll close out 1980 with three advertisements...
Advertisement I -- Advertisement II -- Advertisement III
...all related to Permanent Waves of course.

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We'll close out the 80's with a great, in-depth piece on both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. This double-article appeared in the April 1986 edition of Guitar Player Magazine. The articles, titled Geddy Lee of Rush: Rock's Leading Bassist -and- Alex Lifeson of Rush: The Evolving Art of Rock Guitar span eighteen pages and present a deep look into Geddy and Alex's guitar genius. Another one not to be missed!

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Our singular entry from the 90's also came from Guitar Player Magazine. The article, titled Rush: Redefined is a thirteen page interview with Geddy and Alex that has some great accompanying color photos.

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The next three entries all came out in 2002 and, accordingly, are all in connection with the release of Vapor Trails. Up first is a review of VT that appeared in the May 10th edition of the Orange County Register.
"...Indeed, Rush devotees may scratch their heads, but by the third listen the fire will be brighter than ever. Grade: A- ..."
The next entry, titled Rush Rolls Again, was an interview with both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson which was conducted by Jon Wiederhorn.

Later, on September 25th of 2002, another article from the Orange County Register was published. Titled Joy and Pain, All In a Rush, this entry was a review of a concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Shifting forward to 2009, the April edition of World Magazine (UK) featured an article entitled After The Gold Rush which was a fairly positive review of the band's compilation album Retrospective III.

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The final two entries in this seventh installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time come from the near past; 2010 to be exact. The first entry is dubbed Grokking Rush and was published in the The Believer: The 2010 Music Issue. It's certainly an interesting read.

And last but certainly not least is Rush's Hour, a review of the band's critically acclaimed documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage.

And so closes the seventh installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time. Check out all of the articles and advertisements through all seven installments via this LINK.

Once again, immense thanks go out to reader Heiko Klages of Germany, reader RushFanForever and Eric Hansen from Power Windows for supplying the great articles. Thanks Guys!

Moving Pictures Re-Enters Billboard Top 200 Albums at #51

Rush Moving Pictures
Two weeks back, the 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Moving Pictures re-entered the Billboard Top 200 Chart at position #137. Then, the next week, it dropped off the list.

Well, it's back on again; this time at position #51!

According to Billboard, Moving Pictures has now been on the charts for a total of 70 weeks with two re-entries over the past three weeks.

It was originally believed that the last time MP was on the charts was several years back during the first re-release of the Rush Remastered Series however further research determined that this wasn't the case.

With the support of Rush on tour and the positive early reviews, it'll be interesting to see how much farther Moving Pictures will climb the charts. Do your part if you haven't already -- order your copy today!

Ordering links via Amazon arebelow:
Moving Pictures 5.1 - CD/DVD

Moving Pictures 5.1 - CD/BD
And don't forget to enter the Cygnus-X1.Net Moving Pictures 5.1 Giveaway Contest for your chance to win one of 5 copies of the CD/DVD Combo Pack of Moving Pictures 5.1!

Thanks to reader Michael Lynch for sharing the news on Cygnus-X1.Net's Facebook Page.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Exclusive Video: Rush Rock Madison Square Garden

Geddy Lee of Rush at Madison Square Garden
Rolling Stone Magazine has posted a new 7-minute video interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson that took place backstage at Madison Square Garden where Rush played in front of a sold-out crowd on Sunday, April 10th. From Rolling Stone:
We went backstage – and right in front of the stage, video cameras in hand – at the Madison Square Garden stop of Rush's Time Machine tour, where the power trio roared through all of their 1980 breakthrough Moving Pictures and much more. Here's dynamic live footage from the show, plus Brian Hiatt's exclusive interview with the band, where they discussed the making of "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight" and other classic tracks.
Click HERE to watch the video.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the link.

Monday, April 11, 2011

"Not YYZ" iPhone / iPad App Now Available

Not YYZ  iPhone App
A new iPhone / iPad application called Not YYZ is now available. From iTunes:
Not YYZ is like playing musical Morse code Mad Libs with a Rush song.

The beginning of "YYZ" by Rush is based on the Morse code for YYZ, which is the IATA airport identifier for Toronto Pearson International Airport.

But what if Rush wasn't from Toronto? What would "YYZ" sound like if Rush was from your city? Not YYZ provides the answer (just in time for the 30th anniversary of Moving Pictures).

Pick any combination of three letters (other than YYZ) and Not YYZ will play it in the style of "YYZ" by Rush. If the letters match an airport identifier, the airport's name and location will appear in the player.

Search for airports you've traveled through and cities you've visited. Try your initials. Create your own rhythms using the Morse code as a guide. The possibilities are endless!**

FEATURES:
  -Browsable and searchable database of over 7000 airports
  -Shake to get random letters in the letter picker.
  -Choosing the combination YYZ will open the Wikipedia entry for "YYZ" in Safari.

**Actually there are exactly 17575 possibilities.
Click HERE for more information.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Rush at Hershey Park: How Sweet it Is

Rush at Hershey Park - April 8th, 2011 Rush at Hershey Park - April 8th, 2011
There are few areas in the United States that are sweeter - literally - than Hershey Park, Pennsylvania - home of Hershey Chocolate. Simply driving through the area, you are treated to the unmistakable aroma of sugar and chocolate -- so much so that some believe you can actually gain weight simply by breathing the air in the vicinity of Hershey Park.

But as undeniably sweet as Hershey chocolate is to the area, locals and tourists alike took in another type of sweetness on Friday night - Rush - who made their fifth stop on the 2011 Leg of their on-going Time Machine Tour at Hershey's Giant Center.

Playing for a near-capacity fan-pack crowd, many of whom traveled from all corners of the country in rain-soaked weather, Rush - as usual - did not disappoint. Right out of the gate, Alex, Neil and Geddy were full of energy as they flashed smiles and threw out waves to the on looking sea of humanity.

Launching from from the opening song - The Spirit of Radio - and heading into a trio of fan-pleasing classics like Time Stand Still, Presto and Stick it Out, Rush never let up - and neither did the crowd who energetically applauded the end of each song and the introduction of the next one.

Rush blazed through the first set without a hitch, ending it with a fantastic rendition of their 80's classic Subdivisions - a song that shockingly ended with Neil Peart playing a faux guitar on his drum sticks!

Classic.

The anticipation of the upcoming second set was growing since most fans knew that, once Rush took a short "we're getting too old" break, the band's quintessential album Moving Pictures would be performed in its entirety.

And just as they did during the first set, Rush scorched the Giant Center with a near-perfect rendition of the seven wonders that is Moving Pictures. Geddy was on fire, playing his bass at lightning speed. Alex was masterful; relishing every note - and smiling at the onlookers who air-guitared along with him. And Neil - tossing his sticks effortlessly into the air without missing a beat; the drummer extraordinaire earns every accolade thrown at him - and then some.

Pure. Magic.

Rush then launched into their new track - Caravan - which had the crowd fist-pumping throughout -- before they were utterly mesmerized once the Professor jumped right into his drum solo. Having seen Rush too many times to count, I can say that I've never heard a crowd so quiet during one of Neil's solos. But in this case, it was a good thing. Because mesmerized they - we - were -- following along with every action; every reaction - every slamming note. Until the mastery of what we were all witnessing couldn't be contained anymore, and - in unison - we all erupted.

From Neil's solo, to a beautiful 12-string extended acoustic introduction to Closer to the Heart and then spinning into 2112, Rush never let up and never slowed down. Ending the second set with Far Cry, the crowd was as energetic as ever -- and the band soaked it all in.

The double-song encore made up of the amazing La Villa Strangiato and "first" Rush classic 'Working Man' topped off a night of incredible energy, amazing musicianship and a coming together of Rush fans from all walks of life. We all entered as strangers, but we all left as a unified family. Unified by our love of Rush.

How Sweet It Is.

Click HERE for several hundred pictures from last's night show.

Enjoy-

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Moving Pictures 5.1 Liner Notes and Images Now Online

Geddy Lee - Moving Pictures 5.1
The complete liner notes and package images from the Deluxe Edition of Moving Pictures 5.1 are now online. The liner notes include a great introductory story by David Fricke who interviewed Rush back when Moving Pictures was originally released.

To access the main album page which includes the liner notes and more, click HERE.

To access all of the images, click HERE.

Still haven't picked up your copy of Moving Pictures 5.1? Ordering links via Amazon are below:
Moving Pictures 5.1 - CD/DVD

Moving Pictures 5.1 - CD/BD
And don't forget to enter for your chance to win one of five (well, now it's four) copies of Moving Pictures 5.1 -- Click HERE to enter.

Donna Halper Interview Now Online

The Rush Fan Film Project site now has a 20-minute long video interview with Donna Halper online. From the site:
We are honored to have, as our first guest in this series of interviews, one of the very first and most important fans of Rush, Donna Halper.

As most of you know, Donna is credited with discovering Rush. What many people may not know is she’s also an accomplished author, educator and media historian who recently successfully defended her dissertation for her Phd.

Late in 2010, Donna took some time from writing her most recent book on the history of Boston radio (which has since been released) as well as her dissertation and graciously invited us to her home outside of Boston to discuss that little Canadian band. She’s an amazing storyteller and I would highly recommend going to see her speak if she’s ever in your town. We trimmed our discussion down to under 20 minutes, though it easily could have been over an hour.

I hope this video will not only be an informative look at Donna Halper, but also serve as a tribute to an amazing woman.
Click HERE to watch the movie.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for passing along the link.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Neil Peart Interview with Jim Ladd Airs April 7th

Rush Moving Pictures
Last month we reported that DJ Jim Ladd of KLOS had conducted a 2-hour interview with Neil Peart discussing the (then) upcoming release of the 30th Anniversary Edition of Moving Pictures 5.1.

We've now learned that the interview will air on KLOS this Thursday, April 7th, at 10:00 p.m. PST.

Click HERE to listen live.

Thanks to reader GeddyWannaBe for the update.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Geddy Lee On the Cover of Bass Guitar Magazine - April 2011 Edition

Geddy Lee - Bass Guitar Magazine - April 2011
Geddy Lee is no stranger to the UK's Bass Guitar Magazine. Rush's front man has appeared on the cover several times in the past, including a nice 7-page spread back in 2007 (Click HERE to view that edition).

Now, Geddy's back - appearing on the cover of the April 2011 edition of the magazine. The article associated with Geddy's appearance is titled The 65 Basses You Must Play and, according to the magazine's website, Geddy reveals the No. 1 bass You Must Play

Visit www.bassguitarmagazine.com for more information and ordering instructions.

Thanks to reader Amy Lee Myer-Seaman for the news.

Moving Pictures 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Released Today

Rush Moving Pictures
The wait is over. The re-release of Rush's seminal album Moving Pictures is here!

In connection with the release, Soundvision has posted a nice article titled Rush: The Fountain of Surround which discusses 'Rush’s decade-long journey toward embracing the 5.1 format—even for catalog studio material'. Definitely worth a read (Thanks Ed from RushIsABand).

Part II of Rush: The Fountain of Surround is now online.

More on Moving Pictures 5.1:
RUSH's "Moving Pictures" celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with a spectacular "Moving Pictures - Deluxe Edition" via Mercury/UMe. The reissue of this seminal album on April 5, will be available in two formats: (1) a digitally remastered CD plus DVD and (2) a digitally remastered CD plus Blu-ray. For this Deluxe Edition, the DVD and Blu-ray discs will feature the album and three bonus music videos, "Tom Sawyer", "Limelight" and the previously unreleased clip "Vital Signs", in both a stunning 5.1 Surround Sound mix supervised by the band's Alex Lifeson using the original multi-tracks and in newly remastered stereo from the original analog master tapes.

Both DVD and Blu-ray formats will boast the 5.1 Surround Sound and stereo audio in 96kHz/24-bit high-resolution audiophile playback which offers 256 times more resolution than CD audio, providing the listener with the closest experience you can have to what the artists hear in the studio. The DVD is playable on both DVD-Audio and DVD-Video players, the latter players will include Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and PCM stereo playback. Blu-ray discs will also feature DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround Sound in addition to 96kHz/24-bit PCM 5.1 Surround Sound and stereo.

The "Moving Pictures" experience has never sounded better or been more moving. Also included in the package is an extensive gallery with previously unreleased photos from the original recording sessions, new liner notes by renowned music journalist David Fricke and 30th-anniversary artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme.
The DVD version of MP 5.1 is now available at all major retailers however, as reported earlier, the Blu-Ray version will only be exclusively available at Best Buy stores for the next 30 days.

Ordering links for Moving Pictures 5.1 via Amazon are below:
Moving Pictures 5.1 - CD/DVD

Moving Pictures 5.1 - CD/BD
And don't forget to enter for your chance to win one of five (well, now it's four) copies of Moving Pictures 5.1 -- Click HERE to enter.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Cygnus-X1.Net Integrates with Blogger

Cygnus-X1.Net Rush News Feed Now Utilizes Blogger
Ever since Cygnus-X1.Net began reporting out on the 'Latest Rush News', which dates way back to October 5th of 2004, all news stories have been handed coded into the main HTML Rush News page -- a somewhat arduous task as you can imagine.

Over the past month, I've been working on moving over the news page utilizing Google's Blogger which provides me with far more flexibility in posting news stories. In addition, Blogger automatically converts the News Page into a mobile-friendly template when accessed through a smart-phone which eliminates the need for me to maintain a separate mobile-friendly page.

So, starting with this news posting, Rush News from Cygnus-X1.Net is now using Blogger. All previous new stories - and commments - from the past two months have been retained and all earlier news stories are still available in the usual non-Blogger archive files (see the bottom of any news page).

While I believe I've worked out all of the kinks, please do let me know if you experience any issues with the new format. The previous news page is automatically being redirected to the new url address (news.cygnus-x1.net) and the old RSS feed is also being automatically re-directed - so there's no need for any changes on your part.

Finally, I want to extend my thanks to Eric from Power Windows who also utilizes Blogger. Without Eric's initial suggestion to move to Blogger and constant assistance over the past month, this change would have never come to pass. Thanks Eric!

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour Update

Rush Time Machine Tour 2011
Rush's 2011 Leg of their Time Machine Tour has completed three stops thus far - at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Greensboro, North Carolina and last night in Nashville, Tennessee. The band will be moving on to Louisville, Kentucky tomorrow night to play the KFC Yum! Center. This marks Rush's first return to Louisville since 1988.

The Courier Journal posted a nice article ahead of the show titled What a Rush! Unique Band Headed to Louisville for Concert where, among others, Ed Stenger of RushIsABand was quoted in several spots.

Rush's official tour photographer John Arrowsmith has posted pictures from the first three dates on his website. Check them out via the links below:
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Greensboro, North Carolina
Nashville, Tennesse
Yours truly will be heading to Hershey Park this Friday for the show at the Giant Center so expect to see some pictures from the show posted online shortly thereafter.

We'll have more news on the tour as it progresses.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Neil Peart's Book - Far and Away: A Prize Every Time - Now Available

Neil Peart: Far and Away
Originally expected to be released on or about May 1st, Neil Peart's fifth full-length book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time is now available. The 260-page book covers Neil's tour travels and life experiences over the last few years. Here's the official blurb from Amazon.Com:
Following in the tradition of Ghost Rider and Traveling Music, Rush drummer Neil Peart relates nearly four years of band tours, road trips, and personal discoveries in this introspective travelogue. From the ups and downs of a professional artist to the birth of a child, this revealing narrative recounts 22 adventures from rock's foremost drummer, biker enthusiast, husband and father. Both playful and insightful, Peart's love of drumming and the open road weaves throughout the stories as Neil explores horizons that are both physical and spiritual, sharing his observations about nature, society, and the self. Full-color photos round-out this tour of the open road that will resonate with Rush fans and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.
You can order the book via Amazon.Com at this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Rolling Stone Readers Select Geddy Lee as #4 Best Bassist of All Time

Readers of Rolling Stone Magazine were asked to select the best bassist of all time in order to form a 'Top Ten Best of' list. Geddy Lee came in at #4:
If Geddy Lee's only role in Rush was to play the bass he'd be unbelievably accomplished. The fact that he does it while singing and playing keyboards proves that the man is almost a freak of nature. Few singers in the history of rock could have handled this triple duty. The group has occasionally flirted with the idea of adding a fourth member to their stage show to ease Lee's load, but they always decide that fans only want to see the three members of Rush onstage. He manages it all by playing bass pedals during his keyboard parts. The band is currently performing their 1980 LP Moving Pictures on a world tour.
Rounding out the top 3 were 3) Paul McCartney (The Beatles), 2) Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and 1) John Entwistle (The Who).

Click HERE for the complete list.

Geddy Lee Interview on UK's Rock Radio - Discusses Clockwork Angels

Rush Clockwork Angels
Geddy Lee was recently interviewed by UK's Rock Radio 106.1 which is now available online. In the 10+ minute interview, Geddy touches upon a number of topics, including the recent accolades the band has received, the upcoming re-release of Moving Pictures, and the popularity of the documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, among other topics.

Most notably was Geddy's update on the band's forthcoming album Clockwork Angels:
"We've got about 3/4 of the record written and are kind of ready to go. We've got 2 or 3 more tracks we'd like to write. We've kind of run out of time now. We're gonna have to go on tour so when this tour is over we'll get back to writing and hopefully finish the record in the Fall. We're having fun with it...there are some very complex moments. There are some very beautiful moments. It's kind of what you'd expect from Rush I guess - a little bit of everything. Now the indication you can get from the first 2 songs kind of sets the tone for where we're going with this record. But there are a few surprises as you get deeper into the record."
Listen to the entire interview via this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news and transcription.

Geddy Lee Talks Baseball

As most Rush fans know, Geddy Lee is an avid fan of baseball and, particularly so of the Toronto Blu Jays. In connection with the kickoff of the 2011 Major League season, the TorontoStar has just posted an article titled The old ball game brings together Canadians of all stripes where many notable Canadians talk about their memories of baseball.

In the article, Geddy talks about his most memorable moment regarding the 1992 season:
"Rush lead vocalist Geddy Lee is no stranger to Blue Jays fans. He's been a longtime fan himself, and has attended hundreds of games through the good and not-so-good times.
When asked about his fave game, the Toronto native knew right away:
 'Game 6 of the 1992 World Series in Atlanta,' Lee said this week, just as the band was leaving Toronto for Tampa to open a tour.
'Sitting with my brother Allan and beside Candy Maldonado's dentist from Puerto Rico and the wives of the Blue Jay coaches...an island of Jays fans in a sea of Braves T-shirts, cheering in the top of the 11th inning as Dave Winfield hit a double off of Charlie Liebrandt to drive in two runs, which would lead to the Blue Jays capturing the Holy Grail, a long-awaited World Series championship.
 'Truly the greatest Blue Jay play for me...Even the 1993 championship and Joe Carter's jaw-dropping home run could not compare to that spectacular moment in Atlanta."
Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for passing along the news.

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