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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Geddy Lee Update on Clockwork Angels

Rush: Clockwork Angels
Andy Greene of Rolling Stone magazine recently conducted an interview with Geddy Lee where the two discussed the progress on Rush's forthcoming studio album Clockwork Angels as well as the Time Machine Tour DVD, touring and more.
What's the status of the next album?
We're almost finished writing. We wound the machine back up about three weeks ago. After a sluggish start, we've had a very fruitful couple of weeks in terms of writing. I'm very pleased with the direction that the material has taken. And I think we have one or two more songs that we'd like to write, and then we'll start recording in earnest. Hopefully we'll have all of the recording done before Christmas. Then we'll mix it some time in the next year, and then get it out.

Wow. So it'll be out sometime early next year?
Yeah. I hope it'll be out by the spring anyway.

Is the sound of the album similar to Snakes and Arrows?
I think it's a little different than Snakes and Arrows. It's not finished so it's hard to say exactly what it will sound like in totality, but I think that the direction of "Caravan" and "BU2B" sort of points in the direction that we're going.

With a new album in the spring, will you be touring in the summer?
Well, there will be a tour. I can't tell you exactly when. Maybe the summer or maybe the fall. We need some time to organize all that, but we have started to do that at the same time. But yes, there will be a follow-up tour to support the record.
Exciting news!

You can check out the entire interview via this LINK.

Related News Stories
[Clockwork Angels Update from Rush Producer Nick Raskulinecz - September 21st, 2011]

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Kinder, Gentler Rush Tribute Album

Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star: Rush Lullabies
Over the years, there have been a number of Rush tribute albums published, ranging from straight-up rock equivalents to thrash metal versions of Rush classics to a number of classical music interpretations of early Rush tracks. Now we can add another musical genre to the list of Rush tributes - a lullaby version.

That's right, the company known as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Rock Star has released an 11-track CD of Rush classics, all toned down and softened. The tracks range from Rush's debut album through to Signals and include such favorites as The Spirit of Radio, Limelight, Red Barchetta and The Trees.

A lullaby version of the Trees. Now I've truly heard everything. :-)

You can purchase the CD via Amazon as well as download the tracks on iTunes.

Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland - In Theaters Tonight

Rush: Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Rush: Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
The theatrical release of Rush's Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland launches tonight across the U.S. and Canada. The theatrical debut in the United Kingdom will occur on November 1st.

Theater locations and showtimes are available at the D&E Entertainment website (see: www.rushtimemachinepremiere.com.

Unlike the edited version of Live in Cleveland that aired on VH-1 earlier this month, the theatrical version will represent the entire concert!

The Buffalo News posted a great review of the film:
"...What the Canadian trio has been able to accrue since its formation at the dawn of the 1970s is displayed throughout “Time Machine 2011,” the new concert documentary presenting the band as it appeared in April before a packed house at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. It all comes down to the devout fan base that has supported this heavy prog-rock outfit from the beginning. These are folks familiar with every lyric, able to air-guitar their way through every solo, and well-versed in every complex time signature shift or logic-defying drum fill in the Rush canon..."
Can't make it to a theater? No problem; pre-order Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland, through one of the links below.
Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD - $18.99
Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Blu-Ray - $22.49
For all of you taking in the concert film tonight, enjoy.

Related News Stories
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland - Theaters and Showtimes Now Online - September 30th, 2011]
[Here We Go Again - Blu-Ray Version of Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Delayed - September 25th, 2011]
[Rush Unveils Time Machine 2011 Live Releases - September 20th, 2011]
[Rush: Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland to Premiere on VH-1 Classic - September 17th, 2011]
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD Delayed Again - August 24th, 2011]
[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]

Monday, October 24, 2011

Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's First Single

Rush: You Can't Fight It Rush: Not Fade Away
A short article appeared on MusicRadar today where Alex Lifeson looks back in time and discusses Rush's first release 45rpm single - Not Fade Away with the B-side original You Can't Fight It

From the article:
"...we decided it was the perfect time to speak with guitarist Alex Lifeson about Rush's first recorded work...some 38 years ago.

Back in 1973, way before they were full-time, totally awesome stadium and arena-fillers, Rush, then comprised of Lifeson, Geddy Lee and the band's original drummer, John Rutsey (Neil Peart joined in 1974), issued a single on their own Moon Records label. The A side was a cover of Buddy Holly's Not Fade Away and the B side was a Lee/Rutsey original called You Can't Fight It.

As you might expect, the 45 was raw, loose, rocking and bursting with youthful charm. Alex Lifeson picks up the story:

Not Fade Away
"Man, we were very young when we did this! We were playing the clubs and didn't know better. Because we were having such a hard time getting a deal, our management thought that maybe something a little more accessible, possibly something already known, would be the way to go.

"Not Fade Away is something we'd been playing live, but we did it really heavy. We rocked it out, sort of the way Led Zeppelin might have. It was powerful and very full. We had a good time with it.

"By the time we recorded it, though, we lightened it up a little to make it more palatable for radio. This is the version that was to be our debut album, but we ended up dropping it and it rerecorded some of the other songs.

"Everything was done so quickly, and it didn't really come out the way we wanted it to. But you know, we were 18, 19 years old. In our minds, we'd arrived. We'd made a record, which meant...we were recording artists."
To read the entire article, including what Alex had to say about You Can't Fight It, click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Rush-Inspired Fine Art - Red Barchetta - Now Available

Red Barchetta by Graham Whieldon
It was two years ago when we first introduced an exciting artistic project undertaken by UK digital artist Graham Whieldon. Graham, an exceptionally talented artist, decided to create artwork based on the songs of Rush:
Creative inspiration is often hard to come by, but Rush as a catalogue of reference is a strangely untapped motherlode. Songs are stories, they provoke images with their lyrics as any written or spoken story does. Stories have been illustrated for millenia, so why not songs?
His first Rush-inspired piece which was based on Rush's The Fountain of Lamneth. Now his second work, based on the classic Red Barchetta, is finally available.
I wanted to paint the car not during the chase but after, in it's quiet, rural setting. This painting is about the heady smell of old oil and dust and leather and the memory of the chase in the droning lazy scent of a late country afternoon, a brief snapshot of a calm place between the lyrics. I can hear muted water running in the kitchen somewhere off to the left and the comforting chime of unintelligible words as somebody washes up for dinner, full of excitement and spent adrenaline and tales to be told.
Graham has, without question, outdone himself with this print. Please click over to his website to see some detailed images of Red Barchetta.

Limited to a run of just 200 prints, this fantastic piece of art is sure to sell-out quickly.

A brilliant Red Barchetta from a better, vanished time.

Drag the Dream Into Existence: Reassessing Rush’s Masterpiece

Moving Pictures by Rush
Sean Murphy of PopMatters has posted a fantastic, in-depth review of Rush's seminal classic Moving Pictures:
Every band, if they are lucky, is able to create a definitive work—a document that embodies their unique qualities. Most great bands, at some point in their career, successfully produce an enduring statement. Some artists, like The Beatles or Pink Floyd, are able to capture—or create—the Zeitgeist on more than one occasion On the other hand; there are plenty of worthwhile and beloved bands who have never quite been capable of distilling the necessary ingredients of a classic recording. Finally, there are those almost unfathomable works that only a handful of bands can claim credit for. These exceptional albums are wholly original yet fully accessible and remain influential and imitated long after their release.

Moving Pictures is, without any question, not only Rush’s masterpiece, but one of those rare albums that epitomizes an era. It represents both a culmination and a progression: the peak of the band’s development as well as the blueprint for Rush’s subsequent work. More, it is a template of sorts for the way rock albums were made in the early ‘80s.
Read the entire article via this LINK.

Thanks to Eric for Power Windows for the news.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Neil Peart Featured in December 2011 Issue of Modern Drummer Magazine

Modern Drummer with Neil Peart - December 2011
Neil Peart will be the cover story in the December 2011 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. The magazine cover features Neil behind his Time Machine Tour kit and includes the sub-heading Rush's Neil Peart: The Modern Drummer Interview.

The December issue will hit the newsstands on November 1st. You can order/subscribe to Modern Drummer via this LINK.

Modern Drummer has also reviewed Neil's instructional video Taking Center Stage where they wrote
"...If you’re a Peart devotee, you’ll drool over the detailed shots of the concert performance revealing all of the intricate details of those classic parts. The overhead shots and slow-motion footage are particularly revealing of Neil’s complex choreography..."
You can read the entire interview via this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rich Chycki Update on Clockwork Angels and Rush Sector Box Sets

Rush: Sectors Box Sets Coming November 21st
Rush's sound engineer, Rich Chycki has posted an update to his blog where he provides a brief recording update on Rush's forthcoming album Clockwork Angels along with some information on the upcoming Rush "Sector" box set series.

Regarding Clockwork Angels, Rich had this to say:
... Currently, Rush, producer Nick Raskulinecz and myself are reconvening to complete the recording of Rush's next studio album Clockwork Angels. Sorry, no timeline for completion yet ...
Good news there that progress on the album is continuing.

And regarding the Rush "Sector" Box Set series, Rich had this to say:
... Based on the strong feedback from the Moving Pictures 5.1 remix, Universal Records had asked me to remix Fly By Night, A Farewell To Kings and Signals in surround to be included in their 'Sector' series of box set releases currently underway. Like Moving Pictures, all the multitrack masters I worked with were transferred from the original analog tapes at 96 kHz/24 bit resolution and this quality was maintained right down to the finished master. Listeners are in for a revelation of new detail for these releases...
To read Rich's entire blog entry, click HERE.

The "Sector" box set is still scheduled for release on November 21st and are all available for pre-order via Amazon.Com (Links below).
Rush: Sector 1
Rush: Sector 2
Rush: Sector 3
Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

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[Rush "Sectors" Box Sets Coming November 21st - October 7th, 2011]

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Complete Rush Videography - Now Online

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Rush: Exit...Stage Left
I've just uploaded one of the largest updates to the site in quite some time. The Complete Rush Videography page where you will find detailed information on every Rush Video Collection, Concert Film, Documentary and more.

Similar to how each Rush album is presented, the Videography section of the site leads you to individual pages on every Rush video/film. You'll find complete liner notes, essays, track listings, Easter Egg information, trailers and more.

And, of course, all of the package images are also represented, most in high-resolution. Over 300 images in all!

You can check out Rush's complete Videography library at this LINK.

Enjoy-

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Freddie Gruber Passes Away at Age 84

Neil Peart and Freddie Gruber
We're saddened to announce the passing of Freddie Gruber; the drumming legend that inspired many drummers through the years including, of course, Neil Peart. Freddie died on October 11th at the age of 84.

As well as being a respected jazz drummer, Freddie enjoyed a long and successful career as a drum teacher. In adddition to Neil Peart, he counted drum heavyweights such as Dave Weckl, Steve Smith and Vinnie Colaiuta as among his students.

Last year Freddie's was honoured by Zildjian for his lifetime of achievement in the drumming world. Read more about Freddie's history via this LINK.

Our condolences go out to Freddie's friends and family.

Below is a segment from Rush's Beyond the Lighted Stage documentary that featured Neil Peart and Freddie Gruber. The man will be missed.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Rush "Sectors" Box Sets Coming November 21st

Rush: Sectors Box Sets Coming November 21st
The reissuing of Rush's back catalog of music during their Universal/Mercury Records days is nothing new. However Rush will now receive an interesting "Box Set" treatment. According to the Universal Music Group, three distinct Rush "Sector" Box sets will be released this November 21st. Within each "Sector" box set, one album will receive a 5.1 surround sound treatment.

From the Universal Music Group's Distribution Infosheet:
"On November 21st, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) celebrates the legacy of Canadian rock trio Rush with the release of three separate six-disc box sets which together spans their entire historic Mercury Records recording career. Each 'Sector' contains five of their 15 Mercury albums in chronological order, all transferred to high resolution 96kHz/24-bit and digitally remastered for optimal quality. In addition, each volume includes and exclusive booklet packed with unpublished photos, original album lyrics and credits, and features one album from each set specially remixed on DVD in high resolution 96kHz/24-bit, 5.1 surround sound and stereo, compatible with both DVD-Audio players and DVD-Video players.

Each album is packaged in a replica vinyl mini-jacket of the original album release with all three box sets forming a Rush CD road case.

SECTOR 1: Rush through All The World's A Stage, and on DVD in 5.1, Fly By Night
SECTOR 2: A Farewell To Kings through Exit...Stage Left, and on DVD in 5.1, A Farewell To Kings
SECTOR 3: Signals through A Show Of Hands, and on DVD in 5.1, Signals
Pre-Ordering of all three box sets is also available at Amazon.Com via the links below:
Rush: Sector 1
Rush: Sector 2
Rush: Sector 3
We'll have more information and package images once they are made available.

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

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Neil Peart (Bubba's) Far and Away 2012 Calendar

Neil Peart's Far and Away Calendar 2012
Using excerpts from his Far and Away: A Prize Every Time book, Neil Peart and his riding partner Brutus have put together a 2012 Wall Calendar called appropriately Bubba's Far and Away Calendar 2012.
Bubba’s Bar ’n’ Grill Presents

the FAR AND AWAY Calendar for 2012

Bubba and his sidekick Brutus have put together some of their favorite images and excerpts from the book FAR AND AWAY: A Prize Every Time, by their friend and best customer, Neil Peart. (Among regulars, that book is affectionately known as “F ’n’ A.”)

From Yellowstone National Park to the winter woods of Quebec to the highways of North America, South America, and Europe, each month offers a scenic escape and some words to ponder.

Order now, in time for the Pagan Midwinter Festival!
The calendar is now available for pre-order and is set to be released October 17th.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Alex Lifeson Donates Painting for A Brush of Hope Charity

Alex Lifeson: A Brush of Hope Charity - 2011
Update: November 1st, 2011 The auction is over and Alex's painting sold for $7,000!
Update: October 20th, 2011 The auction is now underway. Click HERE to access the auction for Alex's painting. Good luck, all.
As he has done numerous times in the past, Alex Lifeson has donated one of his personal paintings to the Kidney Foundation of Canada's A Brush of Hope project. Lifeson's painting, along with artwork from many other Canadian artists will be auctioned off to raise money for the charity.

The auction will take place at eBay.ca between October 20th and 30th. Simply type "kidney foundation" into the search field and Bid away! The proceeds from the auction will support all Canadians and help the Kidney Foundation reduce the burden of kidney disease.

For more information on The Kidney Foundation of Canada and the Brush of Hope project, please check out their website and/or their official Facebook Page.

Thanks to RushFanForever and Melissa 'Rushgal' Reynolds for passing along the news.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Neil Peart Taking Center Stage: Lifetime of Live Performances Update

Neil Peart: Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance
A number of updates have been made to the main website (www.takingcenterstage.net) for Neil Peart's upcoming instructional video Neil Peart Taking Center Stage: Lifetime of Live Performances. Among the changes are the addition of several video clips and trailers, including Neil discussing the complexities playing Rush's Limelight live, how he, Geddy and Alex went about selecting the setlist for the Time Machine Tour and more.

In addition to all the changes made to the website, Hudson Music is also running a Facebook Contest where one lucky winner will receive a signed Neil Peart Anatomy of a Drum Solo poster!

About the instructional video:
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.
The video is slated for release on October 15th which some retailers getting the DVD earlier. You can pre-order your copy today via this LINK.

Many thanks to Rob Wallis of Hudson Music for passing along the updates.

Related News Stories
[Neil Peart Taking Center Stage: Lifetime of Live Performances Website Update - September 2nd, 2011]
[Neil Peart: Taking Center Stage Instructional DVD Coming in October - August 1st, 2011]

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