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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rush Signs With Roadrunner, Preps New Album for 2012

Update: Click HERE for the official press release from Roadrunner Records. Thanks RushFanForever.
Billboard magazine has just announced that Rush has signed with Roadrunner Records ahead of their upcoming Clockwork Angels album which is slated for release in 2012.

From the article:
"After years of Roadrunner pursuing the band, Tom Lipsky [President, Lipsky Music LLC] presented a deal that worked and the timing was right," Rush manager Ray Danniels said in an announcement. "We wanted to be at a label focused on the rock genre -- and that's Roadrunner."

The group's next full-length studio album, a long-gestating work titled "Clockwork Angels," will be released in 2012 on Roadrunner. The delay -- a lead single, "Caravan," was released in June 2010 -- was due to the success of their Time Machine Tour, which just wrapped.

A first Roadrunner release will actually be a live album culled from the blockbuster tour. According to the label, details will be revealed in the coming weeks. Anthem/Universal Music will continue to release their music in Canada only.

Roadrunner is understandably excited to bag a band that has sold more than 40 million records and -- thanks to their doc "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" and the Rush-heavy comedy film "I Love You, Man" -- is enjoying heightened attention and accolades across generations.
This is the first news pertaining to a live album based on the band's Time Machine Tour. It's not clear if the live offering will be based on the April 15th show in Cleveland, or if it will be based on a collection of songs from various venues.

We'll provide more information as it is made available.

Thanks to Joe Pisano for passing along the news.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Alex Lifeson

Alex Lifeson Alex Lifeson
It was on this date back in 1953 that Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Aleksandar Zivojinovich) came into the world in Fernie, British Columbia. As Rush fans know, Lifeson founded the band in the summer of 1968 and was also responsible for bringing front-man Geddy Lee into the mix.

In celebration of Alex's 58th birthday, Jonathan Alan Hill spearheaded a movement to have fans supply what they felt were some of Alex's finest songs; creating a playlist for his birthday. Jonathan coordinated the effort over at the Cygnus-X1.Net Facebook Group Page.

Additionally, Ken Shipley of RushRadio.Org will be featuring the selected playlist beginning at 11 AM CST on the 27th.

The playlist includes tracks from nearly every Rush album and highlights Alex incredible abilities over the decades. Many thanks to Jonathan, Ken, Kelly, and all the folks that participated with this tribute to our favorite guitarist.

Happy Birthday, Alex -- and many happy returns.

Geddy Lee Interview in CostCo Connection Magazine

Oh, you read that right. The online edition of CostCo Connection magazine - yes, CostCo as in the warehouse club chain - features a short interview with Geddy Lee.

You can read the interview via this LINK.

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD Delayed Again

Rush: Live in Cleveland Concert Movie
The release of Rush's upcoming Time Machine: Live in Cleveland DVD has been delayed once again. Now, both the DVD and Blu-Ray versions of the film are scheduled to be released on November 8th.

To place your pre-order for either version, use the links below.
Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD - $16.99
Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Blu-Ray - $22.49
As we learned earlier, some of the bonus features to be included in the concert film are:

* Alternative ending for The Real History Of Rush: Episode 2
* Outtakes from History Of Rush: Episodes 2 & 17
* Outtakes from I Still Love You Man
* Live from Laura Secord Secondary School (full clip from BLTS)
* Live from Passaic, NJ (full clip from BLTS)


Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Related News Stories
[Rush: Live in Cleveland Concert Movie - New Details Emerge - August 16th, 2011]
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD Release Date Pushed Out - July 28th, 2011]
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD Now Available for Pre-Order - July 21st, 2011]
[Rush Rock Cleveland / New Concert DVD Information - April 16th, 2011]

Geddy Lee to Contribute to Chop Shop's 9/11 Tribute

9/11 Tribute with Geddy Lee
With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 upon us, Envision Radio Networks’ The Chop Shop will be commemorating the anniversary with a free two hour radio tribute. From the news posting:
"...Host Steve Black will talk with some of rock’s biggest names as they reflect back on where they were 10 years ago on 9/11. Recollections will come from Vernon Reid from Living Colour who was close enough to see the burning buildings; Eric Johnson who had just flown into Alberta, Canada where he would be stuck for several days, and Angus Clarke from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra who was on the R-Train in Manhattan. This emotional two hour special will also include stories from rockers Geddy Lee, Steve Vai, Keith Nelson of Buckcherry, Ben Wells from Black Stone Cherry and Joe Perry of Aerosmith.
For more information, please click HERE.

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rush: Live in Cleveland Concert Movie - New Details Emerge

Rush: Live in Cleveland Concert Movie
New details are beginning to emerge on the upcoming concert film Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland. From the listing on Amazon UK:
Rush's Time Machine shows in 2010 / 11 were one of the most anticipated tours ever. Celebrating 30 years since the 1981 release of their classic bestselling album Moving Pictures the band performed the entire album live for the first time as the centrepiece of the concerts. The shows also featured favourite tracks from across their lengthy career and two new songs expected to feature on their next studio album. As ever the concerts were a visual feast and sounded great with the band playing at the top of their form. Reviews for the tour have been amazing from both fans and critics alike and this Blu-ray release is guaranteed to appeal to Rush fans everywhere. Bonus Features Alternative ending for The Real History Of Rush: Episode 2; Outtakes from History Of Rush: Episodes 2 & 17; Outtakes from I Still Love You Man; Live from Laura Secord Secondary School (full clip from BLTS); Live from Passaic, NJ (full clip from BLTS).
It'll be interesting to see exactly what those final two bonus entries relate to.

Both the DVD and Blu-Ray are still scheduled to be released on October 25th.

To place your pre-order for either version, use the links below.
Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD - $16.99
Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Blu-Ray - $22.49
Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

Related News Stories
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD Release Date Pushed Out - July 28th, 2011]
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD Now Available for Pre-Order - July 21st, 2011]
[Rush Rock Cleveland / New Concert DVD Information - April 16th, 2011]

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Alex Lifeson Makes GuitarSquid's List of the Top 10 Guitarist Mullets

Alex Lifeson
GuitarSquid, the website that "...combines the two seemingly disparate entities' strengths, the squid's reach and the guitar's buzzworthiness..." has posted an interesting, if not exactly flattering, Top Ten List: The Top 10 Guitarist Mullets. Coming in at #10 (and thankfully no higher on the list) is Alex Lifeson:
Sure, just about everyone has rocked a mullet at some point. But let's be honest... some mullets just rise above the rest.

Although the mullet and its many variations are often identified with Canadians, hockey players in general, Australians and trailer parks South of the Mason Dixon line, let's not forget that gutiarists are a worthy subgroup for categorizing notable mullets. Many a guitarslinger has kept it all-business in the front and party-hardy in the back.

10. Alex Lifeson - Lifeson has been around long enough to have survived a number of hindsightful hair-don'ts, but his Hold Your Fire-era mullet is a perfect specimen of mid-'80s Canadian variety.
Check out some of the other ... interesting ... entries by accessing the entire list via this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the "news". :-)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Eddie Trunk Mentions Rush in Recent Interview

Eddie Trunk: Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Book
Eddie Trunk, the host of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show as well as the weekly radio show: Eddie Trunk Live, which airs on Sirius/XM radio's Boneyard channel, recently did an interview with Noisecreep where he discusses his new book Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Book.

As most fans know, Eddie is a very big fan of Rush and, as such, he devoted an entire chapter to the band in his book.

During the interview, Eddie was asked about an interview he had with Neil Peart:
I was working at VH-1 Classic. I'd interviewed Geddy and Alex, twice, and you know, Neil is shy and reserved and does not really do interviews. I'd gotten a call from a book publisher doing press for one of Neil's books, about him biking all over the country after the tragic loss of his wife and daughter. Neil wanted the interview to be with me because he'd seen me talk to Geddy and Alex and he felt like he trusted me- that I 'got' the band. It was a great honor. He showed up at the door with zero entourage. Just wearing a backpack and a baseball cap - the most unassuming guy in the world. You'd never know it was him. After, he went out for a smoke and I went outside with him. We kept talking out there, in the heart of New York City, and not one person passing by realized who it was. Just amazing.
To read the entire interview, click HERE.

To order Eddie's book, click HERE.

Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

Monday, August 8, 2011

iDrum Magazine Contest: Win a Neil Peart Evolution Snare Collection

iDrum Neil Peart Contest
iDrum Magazine, which launched their online drumming magazine back in March, is currently holding a contest in association with DW Drums, Sabian Cymbals and ProMark sticks where one lucky winner will receive a Neil Peart Evolution Snare Collection. In addition to the Snare collection, the winner will receive a set of Neil Peart Sabian Paragon cymbals and Neil Peart Custom ProMark Drumsticks.

For more information and to enter the contest, which simply requires signing up for a free subsription to iDrum Magazine, click HERE.

Thanks to GeddyWannaBe for the headsup on the contest.

Related News Stories
[iDrum Issue #2 Featuring Neil Peart Now Online - June 28th, 2011]
[iDrum Magazine Launches - Issue #1 Features Neil Peart - March 24th, 2011]

Monday, August 1, 2011

Neil Peart: Taking Center Stage Instructional DVD Coming in October

Neil Peart: Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance
Neil Peart is set to release a new instructional drumming DVD in October that features his performances during the 2010-11 Time Machine Tour. The DVD, which is titled Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance, will be released on October 14th, 2011:
Filmed in various locations over the course of a year, Neil Peart takes you on a behind-the-scenes look at Rush's 2010-11 Time Machine tour. This includes rare and exclusive footage of Neil's personal pre-tour rehearsals and backstage events at a Rush concert (including a visit to the soundcheck, and an unprecedented backstage interview as Neil warms up for the show). Neil also presents a detailed look at every single song in the tour's set list. Each song features analysis and demonstrations by Neil, which are coupled with a detailed PDF eBook containing transcription of his parts. At the end of each song discussion, the viewer is transported onstage to a Rush concert to see the actual live performance of the song from the perspective of the drum cameras only.
Clocking in at 6 hours and 40 minutes, this is one DVD no Rush fan should be without. No word yet if it will also be offered up in HD on Blu-Ray.

You can pre-order your copy today via this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Machine Head Covers Witch Hunt on Upcoming Album Unto The Locust

Machine Head Cover Rush
The San Francisco Bay Area metal band Machine Head will be covering the classic Rush tune Witch Hunt on their upcoming album Unto the Locust.

The album, which is scheduled for release on September 27th, will be offered in two packages; a standard CD which includes seven original tracks and a special-edition CD which includes the seven original tracks along with three bonus tracks:
08. The Sentinel (JUDAS PRIEST cover) 09. Witch Hunt (RUSH cover) 10. Darkness Within (Acoustic)
A "Making of" DVD will also be released. For more information on the album, click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

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