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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gibson Ranks the "Top 10 Rock Drummers of All Time"

While Gibson may be known for guitars, that hasn't stopped them from reaching out into other musical areas. Accordingly, a new section of their website discusses the Top 10 Rock Drummers of All Time where Neil Peart came in at the #2 spot:
2. Neal Peart (Rush)

Drummer and lyricist for Rush, Neal Peart is hailed in many circles as the quintessential rock drummer. He’s known for his ingenious drum parts and intense solos with lead passages that rock hard and prove the drums, indeed, can be a lead instrument. No Rush concert is complete without Peart’s sparking, obligatory drum solo, and his syncopated drumming style certainly has its own distinct sound and aura. You can always tell when it’s Peart playing.
Taking the top spot is, not surprisingly, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin which makes Neil the #1 Living Rock drummer of all time.

You can check out the entire Top 10 list via this LINK.

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

Monday, May 30, 2011

Jeff Woods Interview with Neil Peart Now Online

Neil Peart: Far and Away
Last month Neil Peart taped an audio interview with Jeff Woods prior to the Hamilton, Ontario show. The interview was taped as part of the syndicated radio show The Legends of Classic Rock where the discussion centered around Neil's fifth full-length book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time.
They’re Canada’s #1 musical export to the world, and so not surprisingly, guitarist Alex Lifeson, bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart, have been so busy touring over the past year, that they haven’t had a chance to finish what they started: recording their 20th studio album; “Clockwork Angels”.

While recording is scheduled to resume fall 2011, in the meantime, RUSH’s stock has never been so valuable, with thanks in part, to the acclaimed film, that tells the story of ‘RUSH Beyond the Lighted Stage’.

It seems everyone has seen it, everyone that is, except their drummer. How could THAT BE?

You will find out how, and much more, from this revealing conversation with Neil Peart, who set aside a half hour, back stage, to talk to me about all things RUSH, including the evolution of his drumming, the nature of his lyrics, his latest book Far And Away – A Prize Every Time, performing live, and just why RUSH have keep doing what they do.

And as Neil Peart is about to tell you, he only tours one way...
You can listen to the entire 25-minute interview via this LINK.

Thanks to reader RushFanForever for passing along the news.

Related News Stories
[Neil Peart Legends Of Classic Rock Interview with Jeff Woods to Air May 29th - April 21st, 2011]

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Cleveland Rush Concert DVD Release Date: September 27th, 2011

According to a "Release Notes" posting at MusicTap, a new Rush DVD is scheduled to be released on September 27th of this year. We can only assume that this relates to the concert DVD from the Cleveland show filmed on April 15th.

The release notes go on to say that the DVD will be released by Concord Records; the company that purchased Rounder Records last year, and also distributed the last three Rush concert DVDs.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Related News Stories
[Rich Chycki Blog Update: News on Moving Pictures 5.1 and Rush Live in Cleveland DVD - May 15th, 2011]
[Rush Rock Cleveland / New Concert DVD Information - April 16th, 2011]

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rush's "Countdown" To Be Beamed to the Space Shuttle Endeavour - VIDEO NOW ONLINE

Update (May 26th, 2011 08:55am EST): Below is a video of the wake-up call along with Mike Fincke's reaction to the playing of Countdown. Thanks RIAB!

Update (May 24th, 2011 10:00pm EST): The playing of Countdown for the Space Shuttle Astronauts has been postponed by one day due to the fact that astronaut Mike Fincke is preparing for a spacewalk and, as such, would not have been available to listen to or respond to the song.

Countdown is now scheduled to be played on Flight day 11 on Wednesday May 25th, 2011 at 6:54pm CDT.

Rush's classic song "Countdown", from their 1982 Signals album, will be beamed to the Space Shuttle Endeavour on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

A one-minute edited clip of the song will be transmitted into space to wake up the Space Shuttle crew and start flight Day 10. It will be played for Mission Specialist Mike Fincke.

The song was cropped and spliced to include some of the best parts and lyrics and to fit it into the required one-minute timeframe. Written about STS-1, the song is a tribute to the entire Space Shuttle program.

It will be played at approximately 7:00pm CDT on Tuesday 5/24/11. You can watch it live on NASA TV at

If you don't catch it live, you should be able to watch the wakeup call as part of the Flight Day 10 highlights, around noon the following day (5/25/11).

Thanks to Andrew Olson from The AndyO Experience for passing along the news.

Related News Stories
[Rush's Countdown Makes List of Greatest Songs About Space Travel - February 10th, 2011]
[Vote for Rush in NASA's Space Rock Contest - August 22nd, 2010]

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Rush to Play British Rock Festival Next Summer?

According to a posting at RushOnRock, Rush may be returning to the UK next summer, perhaps headlining in the High Voltage Music Festival at Victoria Park.
"...Rush could break with tradition and play one of the big British festivals next summer in support of upcoming album Clockwork Angels.

Blown away by fans’ passion for the their Time Machine shows in the UK this month, the prog rock trio are already planning a swift return to these shores.

And the band’s Canadian management company is looking at booking a high profile festival slot for summer 2012..."
Rush has never been known as a 'Festival Band' but with the popularity of the current Time Machine Tour and the anticipated tour in support of Clockwork Angels, it appears that the band is in high demand. As always, this should be treated as a rumor until an official announcement comes down from Rush and/or their management team.

You can check out the entire article at this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Rush Featured in the 25 Best Progressive Rock Songs of All Time

PopMatters Magazine has posted an in-depth article on the subject of Progressive Rock; listing out their take on the Top 25 Best Prog Rock Songs of All Time.
The reason, at the end of the day, that so-called classic rock (in general) and progressive rock (in particular) endure is the most simple of all: they deliver the goods. Prog-rock satisfies the faithful and is entirely capable, on its own without aspiration or interference, of converting new acolytes every single day.
Not one, but three Rush tracks made the list:
22. Rush, “Cygnus X-1, Book II: Hemispheres”

This was the last side-long “suite” Rush attempted, and it remains the last necessary one any prog-rock group ever did. Not as incendiary or influential as 1976’s “2112”, it will have to settle for merely being flawless, and the pinnacle of the band’s output to this point. By 1978 the trio was truly hitting on all cylinders, musically: arguably the most ambitious of all the progressive bands (which is really saying something), Rush had spent the better part of the decade trying to make a cohesive statement where all elements came together. Interestingly, if not ironically (since irony is anathema to prog-rock) this album/song that studies, and then celebrates the separate hemispheres (of our left/right brains, of our organized/emancipated natures) matches the smarts and technical proficiency with the ingredient that would play an increasingly obvious and vital role in the band’s subsequent work: soul.
18. Rush, “Natural Science”

If 2112 is the album Rush had to make, Permanent Waves is the work that paved the way for a new decade and the next (most successful) phase of their career. The centerpiece of the album is the sixth and final song, “Natural Science”: it does not grab you by the ear the way 2112 does and it does not have the immediate, irresistible appeal of “Tom Sawyer”, but it’s, quite possibly, the band’s most perfect achievement. Neil Peart’s lyrics, which tackle ecology, commercialism and artistic integrity (without being pretentious or self-righteous) are, in hindsight, not merely an end-of-decade statement of purpose but a presciently fin-de-siecle assessment that still, amazingly, functions as both indictment and appeal. “Natural Science” endures as the last document before Moving Pictures triangulated math rock, prog rock and the fertile new soil of synth-based popular music and did the inconceivable, making Rush a household name.
6. Rush, “2112”

Just over halfway into the decade, when many of the old guard progressive rock bands were out of ideas or on hiatus, Rush delivered one of the genre’s definitive anthems. 2112 is a harder edged music combining the proficiency of their influences with an aggression that captured the actual urgency attending the sessions. This album sounded —and still sounds—at once familiar and forward-looking, putting Rush somewhere on the sonic spectrum in between Led Zeppelin’s adventurous, riff-laden workouts and Pink Floyd’s deliberate, almost chilly precision.

The rock media, which had not paid Rush much attention, now took notice and generally found the Ayn Rand-inspired storyline (the multi-track suite, filling up all of side one, updates Rand’s early novel Anthem and places the narrative in a dystopian future where music has been outlawed and long forgotten) unfashionably right-wing—an indictment the band found perplexing, and continues to be amused about. In these interviews, each member (particularly Peart, who wrote the lyrics and undoubtedly regrets his youthful shout-out, in the liner notes, to Rand’s “genius”) makes a convincing case that the inspiration had everything to do with artistic freedom and avoiding compromise, and less than a little to do with politics or social statements. Of course, plenty of pundits (then, now) find Rush—in general and prog rock in particular—pretentious, but the sentiment informing this particular album has more in common with the much celebrated punk rock ethos, with the added bonus that the band are actually quite capable musicians. “2112” remains the album that made possible what Rush would become, and it inspired both peers and pretenders to emulate their purpose and passion, if not their scarves and kimonos.
The top-spot went to King Crimson's, “In the Court of the Crimson King”.

You can check out the entire article and list via this LINK.

Everyone Would Gather on the 24th of May...

...sitting in the sand to watch the fireworks display. Dancing fires on the beach, singing songs together. Though it's just a memory, some memories last forever ...

Happy Victoria Day to all of our friends in the Great White North. Observed on the Monday on or before May 24th, the Canadian holiday is celebrated in honour of both Queen Victoria's birthday and the current reigning Canadian sovereign's official birthday. It's also considered the unofficial start of the summer season, not unlike the celebration of Memorial Day in the U.S.

Rush fans the world over recognize May 24th for its inclusion in the song Lakeside Park which appeared on the band's third studio album Caress of Steel.

The "Lakeside Park" mentioned in the song is in St. Catharines, on Lake Ontario in Canada. Neil Peart lived very near Lakeside Park, and spent summers as a child working and playing there.

It's interesting to note that Geddy Lee gave a somewhat unfavourable mention of the song in a 1993 interview for Raw Magazine:
A lot of the early stuff I'm really proud of. Some of it sounds really goofy, but some of it stands up better than I gave it credit for. As weird as my voice sounds when I listen back, I certainly dig some of the arrangements. I can't go back beyond 2112 really, because that starts to get a bit hairy for me, and if I hear "Lakeside Park" on the radio I cringe. What a lousy song! Still, I don't regret anything that I've done! —Geddy Lee, Raw Magazine
I respectfully disagree, Geddy.

Next year, Victoria Day will be celebrated on May 21st (or 21.12) Fitting, isn't it? :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Rush are Laughing in the Limelight

A new interview with Geddy Lee was just published in the Birmingham Post titled Rush are Laughting in the Limelight.

Geddy touches upon a number of topics including his love of wine, his time with Alex and Neil, the current tour and more. Here's an excerpt from the article:
Like a fine wine, Rush seem to get better and better with age – uncorking a spectacular three-and-a-half hour show on their current Time Machine Tour, which rolls into the LG Arena this weekend.

“Yeah, it’s a working job, manual labour... but it’s great work if you can get it,” Lee jokes.

Playing full pelt for that long is no mean feat in itself, but especially when you’ve known each other – and many of the songs – for longer than most folks’ marriages.

Lee says the secret is not only a shared musical vision, but the ability to have fun at the same time:

“We’re really pleased with the way we’re playing on this tour,” says Lee. “In all immodesty I think we’re playing as well as we’ve ever played; I feel pretty good about that.

“We’re all very different personalities – I think that’s a contrast and a healthy thing; we all have certain strong things in common too – we have a great sense of pride in our ability to make each other laugh, and that is almost like a nightly challenge, always in the background, you know – it’s a one-upmanship we have with each other, making each other laugh and that even crosses over onto the stage.
Check out the entire article via this LINK.

The 2012 Rush Wall Calendar - Now Available for Pre-Order

Rush 2012 Wall Calendar - Signals
Back in 2004, the very first Rush Wall Calendar was released, featuring a nice collection of studio and live photos of the band. Each year since, Rush has released a new wall calendar and 2012 is no different.

Amazon is now accepting pre-orders for the Signals inspired 2012 Wall Calendar. As was the case with the 2011 Wall Calendar, which focused on the 30th anniversary of Moving Pictures, the 2012 edition celebrates the 30th anniversary of Signals:
Marking the 30th Anniversary of their Signals album, this 2012 16 month wall calendar features images from that period and celebrates the longevity and constant ingenuity of one of the most successful bands in rock and roll, Rush.
The release date is set for September 1st, 2011. To see all the previous wall calendars, please access the Image Database section of the site.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ohio Governor Asks Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Why Rush Hasn't Been Inducted Yet

Rush and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rush's omission from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been a long-standing issue, brought recently to light once again after Rush played to a sold-out crowd in Cleveland; home to the Hall of Fame. Yesterday, the issue was resurrected as Ohio Governor John Kasich met with the RRHoF Board of Directors and demanded to know why Rush has been excluded from the institution. The governor tweeted the following:
"Just met w/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame board & demanded to know why @RushtheBand isn't in the @Rock_Hall of Fame."
For an extensive look back into the history surrounding Rush's exclusion from the HoF, check out this page from Power Windows.

Thanks to GeddyWannaBe for alerting me to the tweet.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Video Interview with Alex Lifeson Guitar and Hughes & Kettner

Guitar amp company Hughes & Kettner conducted an interview with Alex Lifeson on May 12th, 2011 at the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland. At the interview, Alex was presented with the very first TubeMeister 18 off of the production line.

You can watch the four-minute video interview below or via this LINK.

Alex has been a long-time fan of Huhges & Kettner amps and has used them for over a decade now.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Rich Chycki Blog Update: News on Moving Pictures 5.1 and Rush Live in Cleveland DVD

Moving Pictures 5.1
Rush's sound engineer Rich Chycki has updated his blog today with some information on the deluxe edition of Moving Pictures.
I received an email from Sound and Vision Mag editor Mike Mettler who sent me a preview of his upcoming review of Rush’s Moving Pictures 5.1 Deluxe Edition in the Summer 2011 issue of the magazine. With his kind permission, I’ve posted his review below:

Moving Pictures — Deluxe Edition

(Mercury CD+Blu-ray)
Music 5 stars
Sound 5 stars

*** SOUND + VISION 2011 REFERENCE BLU-RAY *** Moving Pictures? More like Moving Mountains. This 1981 touchstone ably frames the crafty Canadian trio’s shift from its progressive/hard-rock roots by positioning the new wave and reggae influences even more at the fore. It’s a concise masterpiece that serves as the centerpiece of the ongoing 30th anniversary Time Machine tour, and it’s the star of a brilliant DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround-sound mix on Blu-ray courtesy of longtime collaborator Richard Chycki. Chycki and I first discussed the idea of MP in 5.1 over 2 years ago (plus we dissect it anew on our website), and his work here delivers beyond my dearest dreams. “Tom Sawyer” instantly swaths with its signature swirling Mini-Moog caressing all channels, and drummer Neil Peart’s tom hits are massive and spread wide. Alex Lifeson’s arpeggiated, sustaining guitar solo on “Limelight” dominates the soundstage while Geddy Lee’s Taurus synth bass pedal triggers a punishingly impactful low end. The triangle that Peart taps out the Morse code pattern on during the corner-to-corner intro to “YYZ” is super-resonant, and the recurring breaking-glass effect lingers longer than the original mix before tapering off in the rears. Also deviating from the norm: Lee’s occasionally omnichannel lead vocals and the ostinato reverb on Peart’s kick drum throughout the burbling “Vital Signs.” (And oh, that snare delay…)

Three of-era in-studio videos, liners, and more comprise a taut extras package. It all sets the stage to make my favorite album something I’ll revisit in 5.1 in perpetuity. For those who think and feel, Pictures is perfect on Blu-ray. — MIKE METTLER
Rich always quickly mentions that "the ‘Cleveland DVD’ is also underway. More details to be had when there are some ..."

Check out the entire blog entry via this LINK.

Thanks to Rich and Ed from RushIsABand from sharing the news.

Related News Stories
[Alex Lifeson Talks Moving Pictures: Track-by-Track - May 9th, 2011]
['Moving Pictures' Track by Track: Geddy Lee Breaks It Down - April 15th, 2011]
['Moving Pictures' Re-Enters Billboard Top 200 Albums at #51 - April 14th, 2011]
['Moving Pictures' 5.1 Liner Notes and Images Now Online - April 7th, 2011]
['Moving Pictures' 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Released Today - April 5th, 2011]

Friday, May 13, 2011

Gibson Ranks Rush Third Best Trio of All Time

Gibson has a new 'Best of List'; this time focusing in on the Top 10 Rock Trios of all time. In the article, which is titled Three’s Company: The Top 10 Rock Trios, Rush came in at the #3 spot. Here's what Gibson had to say about the band:
3. Rush

Via regular reinvention, perseverence and undeniable musicality, Rush have reached legend status. It’s a weird set-up: drummer Neil Peart writes the lyrics; Geddy Lee has a “unique voice” and manages to play bass/synths/footpedals and sing it all simultaneously. Alex Lifeson continues to chop out riffs and solos that all bear his unique signature. Rush remain a band no one would ever have invented, yet they remain huge after 37 years together. Even Rush instrumentals can send a crowd ballistic…
Rounding out the Top 10 were Cream at the #2 spot and The Jimi Hendrix Experience coming in at #1. Pretty exceptional company, wouldn't you say?

View the entire top 10 list at this LINK.

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

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Rush Make an "Appearance" on Latest Episode of South Park

Rush on South Park
Comedy's Central's long-running animated show South Park included a Rush reference in last night's episode titled Royal Pudding (Season 15, Episode 3). Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
The prince of Canada is about to take a princess and thousands have gathered for the royal wedding. Ike Broflovski is obsessed with it. When they're about to get married, the princess is abducted. All Canadians must find her, and Ike answers the call to arms.
In the episode, Rush are playing live, performing at a candlelight vigil for the princess. They're playing a very Rush-infused version of Candle in the Wind. During the song, Geddy sings the verse, "... it seems to me you lived your life like a flower breaking wind..." after which he promptly breaks his own wind which is followed by Alex, distraught over the kidnapping, shooting himself in the head. The scene ends with Geddy breaking down and crying.

The full episode is now online and can be viewed at this LINK. The scene with Rush occurs around the 6-minute mark.

Below are some screen captures from the episode.
Click any thumbnail to enlarge image

Thanks to my brother Mario, Mike Wilson, Charlie M and Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New Rush Contest - Win The Entire Music Catalog ... and More!

Rush Catalog Contest
Rush is sponsoring a new contest where you can win the band's entire music catalog, along with the 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Moving Pictures, an autographed Moving Pictures lithograph and a concert tour program from the original 1981 Moving Pictures tour.

In order to enter, you need to play -- successfully I might add -- some online Rush-related games, the first of which is a classic 'Find the Difference Between the Two Pictures'. A modified version of the cover of Moving Pictures is used in the first game where you need to spot 8 differences between two subtly different images. Better yet, the quicker you locate the differences, the higher your score and the more likely you are to continue with the contest.

For complete details on how to enter and play, click HERE.

Good luck, everyone!

Win a Meet & Greet with Neil Peart's Drum Tech Lorne Wheaton

MusicRadar just announced that Sabian Cymbals is holding a contest where two lucky people will get an on-stage tour of Neil Peart's kit by none other than Neil's drum tech Lorne Wheaton. From the article:
There are many drummers through history who warrant legendary status, but few are more deserving than Rush's prog drum prodigy Neil Peart. Excitement in the UK drum community has hit fever pitch this month as Neil and the band are about to hit British soil as part of their Time Machine tour. Thanks to the guys at Sabian Cymbals, we are pleased to offer a once in a lifetime experience to two lucky Rhythm readers. 

Enter this exclusive competition and you, along with a friend, will be in with a chance to meet Neil's right-hand man, drum tech Lorne Wheaton who will take you onstage for a guided tour of Neil's phenomenal drum set-up (click here for a sneak preview).

The kit tour will take place at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday 25th May, and the prize also includes two pairs of tickets to watch the band perform that evening.

To be in with a chance of winning follow this link and tell us, in no more than 25 words, why you are the world's biggest Neil Peart superfan and deserve this all-access pass to check out Neil's kit. The more creative you are the better!

Entries must be received before 9am on Friday 20th May.
Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for passing along the news.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Pair of Alex Lifeson Interviews

Rush Time Machine Tour 2011
With Rush about to embark on a five-date stop in the United Kingdom next week, Alex Lifeson took the opportunity to speak to both The Star and Journal Live UK.

In The Star article titled Rush Hour ... Or Three, Alex touches upon a variety of topics including a look back to the development of the band and their sound during the 'Moving Pictures' era:
“It was a new era, a new decade, music was changing. We were reaching our late 20s, excited about where we were going as a band. We were getting away from longer, more involved pieces of music to shorter, economical songs, so it was a heady time for us. And then the success all of a sudden, having much larger audiences, was probably the biggest change for us.”
You can read the entire article via this LINK.

The article appearing in the Journal Live UK is titled Preview: Rush at Metro Radio Arena. Here, Alex talks about the impact on Rush's popularity from the documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage as well as the tour and staying in shape during the tour:
“Going by the respect I get on the street, from what I’ve seen of the reviews and the renewed interest in the band I’d have to say that the film has been a huge positive for Rush...”


“Of course on tour we start off with the very best intentions. We have a chef who cooks everything organically and we have diets tailored to our individual needs. But after six weeks on the road the lifestyle takes its toll. By the end of the tour you’re just about hanging in there!”
Check out the entire article via this LINK.

Thanks to RushFanForever and Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the articles.

Related News Stories
[Rush Resume their Time Machine Tour in Europe -- First Stop: Helsinki, Finland - May 4th, 2011]
[Geddy Lee Speaks to the Irish Times - April 28th, 2011]
[Rush End the First Leg of the 2011 Time Machine Tour - Head Over to Europe for the Next Leg - April 23rd, 2011]
[Rush Rock Cleveland / New Concert DVD Information - April 16th, 2011]
[Exclusive Video: Rush Rock Madison Square Garden - April 12th, 2011]
[Rush at Hershey Park: How Sweet it Is - April 9th, 2011]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour Begins Tonight - March 30th, 2011]

Geddy Lee Interview with Ireland's Radio Nova - Now Online

Ahead of Rush's first ever appearance in Ireland this coming Thursday, Geddy Lee was interviewed by DJ Marty Miller of the Irish Radio station Radio Nova. The interview, which aired earlier today, was part of a larger hour-long Rush special which also included Rush's lighting director Howard Ungerleider.

Geddy discussed a number of topics during the interview, most notably why Rush had never before visited Ireland. He also touches upon the anniversary of 'Moving Pictures', the Time Machine Tour, his love of wine, and his deep friendship with both Alex and Neil.

The interview is available as an MP3 file (20.5mb) via this LINK.

It should also be available as a podcast on Radio Nova's website in the near future.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for recording the interview.

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[Rush Resume their Time Machine Tour in Europe -- First Stop: Helsinki, Finland - May 4th, 2011]
[Geddy Lee Speaks to the Irish Times - April 28th, 2011]
[Rush End the First Leg of the 2011 Time Machine Tour - Head Over to Europe for the Next Leg - April 23rd, 2011]
[Rush Rock Cleveland / New Concert DVD Information - April 16th, 2011]
[Exclusive Video: Rush Rock Madison Square Garden - April 12th, 2011]
[Rush at Hershey Park: How Sweet it Is - April 9th, 2011]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour Begins Tonight - March 30th, 2011]

Spin Magazine Lists YYZ Among the Best Instrumentals of All Time

The latest issue of Spin Magazine includes an article titled Playlist: The 30 Greatest Instrumental Songs Ever. Rush's YYZ from Moving Pictures is included among the 30 'Best of' list:
Rush, "YYZ" (1981)
With Moving Pictures, Geddy Lee and Co. proved they were mightily virtuosic, historically nerdy (rendering the letters "Y-Y-Z" in Morse Code via various musical arrangements), and capable of damn catchy melodies. Then, of course, there's the drum solo.
Check out the entire list of 30 instrumentals via this LINK.

Thanks to reader Kirk Bedevian for passing along the news.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Alex Lifeson Talks Moving Pictures: Track-by-Track

Alex Lifeson Discusses Moving Pictures
MusicRadar has published an article titled Alex Lifeson Talks Moving Pictures: Track-by-Track where, as the title suggests, Alex Lifeson talks about each track on Rush's seminal classic.

From the article:
“It was a beautiful time,” says guitarist Alex Lifeson, recalling the summer of 1980, when he and his Rush mates (singer-bassist Geddy Lee and drummer-lyricist Neil Peart) rented a house in Stony Lake, Ontario and wrote their eighth album, Moving Pictures, together. “We’d spend the weeks working, and on weekends we’d drive back to Toronto. Rehearsing, figuring out arrangements – everything just flowed. Electricity was in the air.”

On the following pages, Alex Lifeson walks us through Moving Pictures track-by-track. “It’s a very optimistic album,” he says. “There’s a brightness about it, which I think is why people respond to it so much. Playing it live every night is interesting – The Camera Eye, which we hadn’t performed in a long time because it’s pretty difficult, has now become one of our favorite songs. The bottom line is, we’re very proud of Moving Pictures. Thirty years later, it still feels magical.”
Alex provides some great insight into the making of each track. Definitely something not to be missed. Check out the entire article via this LINK.

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

Related News Stories
['Moving Pictures' Track by Track: Geddy Lee Breaks It Down - April 15th, 2011]
['Moving Pictures' Re-Enters Billboard Top 200 Albums at #51 - April 14th, 2011]
['Moving Pictures' 5.1 Liner Notes and Images Now Online - April 7th, 2011]
['Moving Pictures' 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Released Today - April 5th, 2011]

Friday, May 6, 2011

Like Clockwork?: Geddy Lee Discusses the Progression of Clockwork Angels

Rush in Classic Rock's PROG Magazine
Last month, we reported that Rush appeared on the cover of Issue #16 of the UK magazine Classic Rock: Prog. The magazine had a lengthy spread on Rush, consisting of five separate articles as well as a review of the Deluxe Edition of Moving Pictures.

One of the articles, titled Like Clockwork? is a discussion with Geddy Lee on the writing and recording process behind Rush's forthcoming album Clockwork Angels.

Here are some excerpts from the article:
"We're going in a conceptual direction on this record, for sure," says Lee. "We started with a 10-minute song idea that then turned into a concept and it's feeding off itself. It's like that question that Steven Colbert asked us in the movie. 'Are your songs so long that by the end you're influencing yourself?' I think we're doing that now. We're like a feedback loop, influencing ourselves now. We're spending so much time on this concept. It's been fun, because we haven't gone down that road in a while. Let's see if we can pull it off!"
Outside of the conceptual nature of Clockwork Angels, Geddy touches upon the fact that the album's creative process has been interrupted several times; not quite the norm for a Rush album:
"It's been quite weird because we've never really taken so long and interrupted a writing process so many times," he states. "We have about six songs finished and waiting to go into preproduction and then be recorded. We've been kind of afraid to go back to them, because we don't want to start fucking around with them, we liked them at the time. We're very obsessive about fiddling with our own music, so we just said 'Okay, let's leave them in that state until we're ready to get more serious.'

"Alex and I tried to do some writing on this break." Geddy continues. "We've had three months, so we thought 'Okay, so maybe we should get all of the rest of the record finished' ... but Neil just had a baby last year and he needed to use that time to be a dad and to be domestic, and he didn't want to uproot and get into this intense writing session, and that was totally cool. So Alex and I have been getting together regularly and jamming, and now we have a lot of good material just lying around in suspended animation."
In the feature interview/article of the issue titled "The Beat Goes On", Neil Peart also touches upon the delay in finishing Clockwork Angels:
I feel a certain urgency, I really want to get that record made while I'm still able to," he says. "It was hard for me to set the album aside to tour, this really means a lot to me, I intend it to be my highest achievement lyrically and drumming wise, so I really want to get it done while we still can."
Look for a complete transcription of all the articles from this issue to appear on Cygnus-X1.Net later this month.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Alex Lifeson Calls Pete Townshend the 'Greatest Songwriter in Rock'

Classic Rock Magazine - Alex Lifeson
In the May issue of Classic Rock magazine, Alex Lifeson chose Pete Townshend as his pick for "The 100 Greatest Songwriters" in rock. Lifeson, a die-hard Who fan, explained,
"The Who were always a major influence on everything that Rush ever did, from the very start. While I'd never question the Beatles' right to be regarded as the greatest songwriters in history, nonetheless what Townshend did with the Who made more of a mark on us. What he's generated is an amazing body of work, with songs so diverse yet also connected by the fact that we're dealing with a man who wasn't ever afraid to give us a glimpse into his world, his thought process, (and) the way he dealt with his problems."
It's hard to argue with Alex's point. He went on to say,
"(He) made me aware that it was OK to for a great musician to prove he wasn't infallible. That's great quality we've never forgotten in Rush. . . It's so hard to choose just one song to represent what he's all about. . . The choice would come down to 'Pictures Of Lily,' 'I Can't Explain,' or 'Run, Run, Run.' They're all so different, yet also have that unmistakable strand of Townshend running through them."
For more information on the May issue of Classic Rock, click HERE.

Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Rush Resume their Time Machine Tour in Europe -- First Stop: Helsinki, Finland

Rush Time Machine Tour 2011
Rush is set to take the stage again tonight at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, beginning the European leg of their 2011 Time Machine tour. This marks the second time Rush has performed in Finland; the first time occurring on October 29, 2007 during the Snakes & Arrows Tour.

Following the show in Helsinki, Rush will play a dozen dates throughout May, including additional stops in 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).

For all of our European friends who are seeing Rush over the course of the next month, have fun and take some pictures!

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

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[Exclusive Video: Rush Rock Madison Square Garden - April 12th, 2011]
[Rush at Hershey Park: How Sweet it Is - April 9th, 2011]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour Begins Tonight - March 30th, 2011]

Dave Clark and The Woodshed Orchestra's New Song Geddy Lee

Dave Clark and The Woodshed Orchestra
Dave Clark, the former drummer of the Rheostatics has a new band called The Woodshed Orchestra. The band have just released their new self-titled album which includes a track called Geddy Lee.

The 2 1/2 minute song includes the following lyrics:
Geddy Lee is a Canadian National Treasure
playing the bass in the greatest rock band ever
All around the world people flock to see our Geddy Lee play.
"Limelight" and "Twenty One Twelve" and "Tom Sawyer".
How many kids living in the Great White North
started up a band because Rush seemed the sort of guys
who would encourage you to start up a band!
How many kids!
Their CD is available for purchase or download via this LINK. You can also watch a video of the band performing Geddy Lee below or at this HERE.

Thanks to Dave Clark for passing along the links and news.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Geddy Lee Makes Guest Appearance on The Black Sea Station's Album Transylvania Avenue

The Black Sea Station - Transylvania Avenue
The Black Sea Station's new album Transylvania Avenue includes two guest appearances by Geddy Lee. According to Rounder Records, the label distributing the album, Transylvania Avenue is a collection of traditional and original Klezmer and Rumanian music. Another Rush connections stems from the fact that the album was produced by Ben Mink; the longtime Rush friend and collaborator.

From Rounder's website:
This collection of traditional and original melodies comes from a band of musicians that straddle the North American continent and the traditions of Klezmer and Rumanian music. On this, their debut CD, The Black Sea Station displays a love and respect for their Eastern European roots. They bring this world to life in various scenes - a wedding, an intimate café, village streets, quiet moments and celebrations - all reflecting on and celebrating the rich history and culture of their heritage.
Geddy makes an appearance on the track When I Close My Eyes where he plays the electric bass guitar. He also lends his vocals to the track March of the Shikker.

The album is currently available at both Amazon as well as iTunes.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for sharing the news.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Auction for Autism Offers Up Rush-Autographed Gibson Guitar

Autographed Gibson Les Paul by Rush
The Geneva Centre for Autism, an organization which has been helping autistic children and their families since 1974, will be holding their annual gala and art auction, The Autists, on May 17th at Koerner Hall, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning in Toronto.

Prior to the event, the center will be holding an online silent auction which, among other items, will include a 2011 Les Paul Studio guitar donated by Gibson and signed by Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart.

For more information, please click HERE.

Many thanks to Eric from Power Windows for passing along this news about this great cause.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Rush and Philosophy Book Now Available

Rush and Philosophy
It's been nearly two years since long time Rush and philosophy author Durrell Bowman, along with co-editor Jim Berti announced that they were creating an anthology of various information on the topic of Rush and Philosophy. The final product, a 288 page paperback book, is now available and shipping and can be ordered HERE via Amazon.Com.

Below is an excerpt from Amazon:
Fiercely independent of trends, Rush has maintained a clear mission and purpose throughout their career. With a unique sound, best described as the "Rush sound," the band has been able to blend thought-provoking lyrics and music for almost four decades. The Rush style of music can trigger the unusual combination of air-drumming, air-guitar, singing along, and fist-pumping, just as much as it can thoughtful reflection and deep thinking, making Rush "The Thinking Man's Band."

Rush and Philosophy does not set out to sway the public's opinion, nor is it an awkward gushing of how much the authors love Rush. Rush and Philosophy is a fascinating look at the music and lyrics of the band, setting out to address thought-provoking questions. For example, elements of philosophical thinking from the likes of Jean Paul-Sartre, Ayn Rand, and Plato can be found in Peart's lyrics; does this make Peart a disciple of philosophy' In what ways has technology influenced the band through the decades? Can there be too much technology for a power-trio? Can listening to Rush's music and lyrics lead listeners to think more clearly, responsibly, and happily? Is the band's music a "pleasant distraction" from the singing of Geddy Lee? In what ways is Rush Canadian? How can a band that has been referred to as "right-wing" also criticize big government, religion, and imperialism?

Rush and Philosophy is written by an assortment of philosophers and scholars with eclectic and diverse backgrounds who love Rush's music and who "get" the meaning and importance of it. They discuss Rush with the enthusiasm of fans and the seriousness of college professors. The book will be a must-read for the many fans who have long known that Rush deserves as much respect as the ideas, concepts, and puzzles about human existence they write and compose music about.
An introduction to the book can be read HERE at author Durrell Bowman's website.

A listing of all the sections and sub-sections of the book are available HERE.

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