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Rush Featured in June 2012 Issue of MOJO Magazine

Update (05/08/2012): The entire article is now online and can be viewed HERE. Enjoy. The June 2012 issue of the UK Music Magazine MOJO will contain a eight-page feature on Rush.

From the website:RUSH: How the highbrow Canuck proggers fed on Tolkien, Ayn Rand, weed and whiskey, survived critics and personal tragedies to become “the biggest cult band in the world.” Though Rush isn't a cover-story feature, the magazine cover art does include Rush's Star Man logo and the tagline "RUSH. Alienation. Weed. Epic Insanity!".

The issue should hit the newsstands shortly. We'll also have a complete transcription of the article in the near future.

If anyone out there happens to have the issue in hand already, please let us know via the comments section below.

MIDIpedals.Com Interview With Rush Roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret) - Part 1.5

Back in March, posted the first part of an extensive interview that they conducted with long-time Rush roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret). Terry Goyette of MidiPedals just informed me that Part 1.5 of the interview is now available on their website.

From MidiPedals: A couple of weeks after posting Part 1, Tony called me and hoped to finish up the interview. When he called I was not prepared to record the call, and let him know I would need to call him back. I am assuming Rush has started tour rehearsals, so he has been busy and we haven’t been able to do Part 2 because we haven’t been able to schedule a second interview. Here are a few questions I emailed to him and his answers. I call it Part 1.5 in hopes we can do Part 2 soon. Both Part 1 (Video) and Part 2 (Transcribed) can be accessed HERE.

Thanks to Terry Goyette for passing along the news. Related News Stories
[MIDIpedals.Com Interview With Rush Roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret) - March 10th, 2012]

Rush's Headlong Flight Now Available on Amazon and iTunes

Headlong Flight, Rush's latest single from their upcoming album Clockwork Angels is now available as a digital download at Apple's iTunes Store as well as at Amazon.Com.

Unfortunately, there is still no word if Headlong Flight will also be released as a CD-single but given the lack of news at this late stage, the assumption is that it will only be available as a digital download.

To view the lyrics of the single, please access the main Clockwork Angels Album Page from the main site.

Finally, for those who missed the official video of Headlong Flight, you can watch it below.

Related News Stories
[Rush's Headlong Flight Now Streaming Online! - April 18th, 2012]
[Rush: Headlong Flight Single Update: Cover Art Revealed - Download Available on April 24th - April 16th, 2012]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tracklist, Trailer and Official Announcement Now Available - April 11th, 2012]
[Headlong Flight Single from Clockwork Angels Release Update - April 4th, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Upda…

Rush Announces Clockwork Angels Tour Pre-Sale Details - Begins April 23rd

Rush have formally announced the fan pre-sale details for their fall Clockwork Angels tour. From the Rush Newsletter:CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR – PRE-SALE DETAILS FOR THIS MONDAY!

The Clockwork Angels North American 2012 Tour itinerary of 33 shows has been announced! For a full list of shows and general ticket information, visit

The first round of Clockwork Angels Tour pre-sales start this Monday, April 23 for Manchester, Philadelphia, Newark, Brooklyn, Boston, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Chicago & Detroit.


Packages will be exclusive to Rush fan members for the first 24 hrs!

Passcode: headlong (lower case, case sensitive)

Package Includes:

* One reserved ticket located within the first 15 rows of the stage
* Exclusive Rush Tour Shirt
* Collectible Tour Poster (numbered, limited)
* Official Tour Program
* Specially Designed Tote Bag
* Set of Official Guitar Picks
* Commemorative Concert…

Alex Lifeson: The High Times Interview Now Online

An interview with Alex Lifeson is featured in the June 2012 issue of High Times Magazine. The discussion with Alex focuses on Rush's influence with marijuana, his thoughts on the legalization of the drug and its inspiration on the Rush classic A Passage to Bangkok.

However a comment about the making of Clockwork Angels was particularly interesting...You founded Rush in 1968 and still seem to find so much joy in recording and performing. What makes this new album unique?

All of our records are thematic, but this one is a little more of an old-fashioned concept album in the tradition of 2112 and Hemispheres. We just recorded a string section yesterday for five of the songs-we still have to sit down and see what we'll use from that, but it sounded fantastic. Rush hasn't used strings in a while, and it's really added a lot of emotional impact to the songs. You can read the entire article at this LINK.

Rush Clockwork Angels Concert Pre-Sale Information Now Available

Update (04/20): MusicToday, which sponsored the last Rush Fan Pre-Sale for the Time Machine Tour is also expected to run the Fan Pre-Sale event this time around. They've listed a few dates on their website; indicating that some of the pre-sales will begin on Monday, April 23rd. Though this has yet to be fully published by Rush or their management, I've been handed pre-sale information from a 'source' for the majority of the dates on the Fall 2012 Clockwork Angels Tour.

Some of the pre-sale dates that were handed to me coincide with what has already been posted on Rush.Com. Accordingly, the following pre-sale information does not necessarily relate to the fan pre-sale that Rush should be announcing shortly, nor does it necessarily relate to the CitiBank pre-sale.

Below is the list of the provided pre-sale data. For a complete list of tour dates, please click HERE.

Pre-Sale Date & TimeConcert DateConcert Location - VenueTue. Apr. 24 10:00 AM7-SepManchester - V…

Rush Release Official Clockwork Angels Tour Information and Dates

Update (2:30PM EST): Ticket purchase links are now available at LiveNation and Ticketmaster with pre-sales now set to begin on Tuesday, April 24th. Rush has officially released the initial information behind their Fall 2012 Concert Tour in support of their forthcoming album Clockwork Angels. The original 33 dates that were leaked yesterday were largely accurate. For an updated list of dates, please check out the Tour Dates Section of the site.

From the official Press Release: LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Alongside the release of the powerful new single "Headlong Flight," Live Nation announced today that Rush will embark on a North American Tour in support of their upcoming and highly anticipated new album, "CLOCKWORK ANGELS." This year's fall tour will visit approximately 33 cities beginning September 7th in Manchester, NH, and finishing December 2nd in Houston, TX, with stops along the way in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Columbus, Bridg…

Rush's Headlong Flight Now Streaming Online!

Update (04/20/2012 1:30PM EST): Check out the review of Headlong Flight from Ultimate Classic Rock - a rating of 8 out of 10!Update (04/19/2012 8:00AM EST): Rush has officially released a video - with lyrics - of Headlong Flight. You can watch it below.Update (2:20PM EST): Thanks to the efforts of readers Skip Daly and Melissa Missy Williamson, we now have a preliminary view of the lyrics behind the Headlong Flight single. Check them out HERE. Rolling Stone, of all sources, has just released the FULL VERSION of Rush's new single Headlong Flight on their website.

From Rolling Stone: "Headlong Flight," the first single from Rush's 20th studio album Clockwork Angels, is one of the trio's most hard-charging numbers in recent years. "'Headlong Flight' was one of those songs that was a joy to write and record from beginning to end," says frontman Geddy Lee. "Alex [Lifeson] and I had blast jamming in my home studio one day before the second leg of…

Clockwork Angels Tour Dates Begin to Surface

Though nothing official has been announced by Rush or their management, a number of tour dates for the upcoming fall Clockwork Angels tour have begun to surface.

According to the information, the tour may begin on September 7th in Manchester, New Hampshire and go through December 2nd, ending in Houston Texas. For a complete list of tentative tour dates, please see the Clockwork Angels Tour Dates section of the main site.

With the radio release of Rush's next single Headlong Flight occurring tomorrow, it's possible that the band will then release the official tour information. Until such time, these tour dates should be treated as speculative at best.

We'll have more news on the Clockwork Angels tour as it becomes available.

Rush: Headlong Flight Single Update: Cover Art Revealed - Download Available on April 24th

Update (12:40pm EST): According to Darren Reddick from Planet Rock; a UK digital radio station, has just announced that he will be airing the the world premiere of Headlong Flight at approximately 2:12PM (9:12AM EST) on April 19th. Thanks RIAB! Rush's first (third) single from their upcoming Clockwork Angels album Headlong Flight will officially hit the airwaves this Thursday, April 19th. Last week, the Rush community was treated to a 30-second preview trailer of the single and, now, Amazon.Com has released the official artwork for the single, with a pre-order link to download the single on April 24th.

Note that is listing the original release date as April 20th, even though we've received confirmation that Headlong Flight will hit the airwaves on the 19th and be available for download on the 24th.

At this time there is no word if the single will also be released as a CD single. Currently, only 'MP3' is listed as the available format on the Amazon website.…

Rush Receive Revolver's Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award

Last month we let you know that Rush was up for Revolver Magazine's Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achivement Award. The ceremony took place last night and Neil Peart was in attendance to accept the award.

From Ultimate Classic Rock: After giving a plug to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, Tenacious D presented the band in their typical style, with Kyle Gass and Jack Black trading lines of praise about the band. “For almost 40 years, this band has been blowing our minds and expanding everyone’s definition of rock,” Gass said.

“Can anyone imagine a world without ‘Tom Sawyer?’” Black continued as the duo proceeded to name other Rush classics. “These songs and many others have become part of our collective DNA. They either inspired you enough to pick up an instrument and practice like hell”

To which Gass replied, “Or, let’s be honest, discouraged you from even trying to approach their technical prowess.”

Drummer Neil Peart was the only member of the band on hand t…

Clockwork Angels to be Released in Lossless 96kHz/24-bit via HDTrack.Com

According to Roadrunner Records, Rush's forthcoming album Clockwork Angels will be released in lossless 96kHz/24-bit FLAC through HDTracks.Com. Long-time reader MrSatyre reached out to Roadrunner to confirm this. Here's what he had to say about the release: Folks, spoke with Roadrunner, and this album will be available on in lossless 96kHz/24-bit FLAC! This is awesome news, people, as you will be able to listen to the new album in true studio master tape quality, not lowly 44.1kHz/16-bit CD-quality audio (to say nothing of *choke* crappy MP3)!

For those of you not in the know, FLAC is Free Lossless Audio Codec, and it's been around for quite a while. Of the numerous lossless audio codecs out there, which allow you to listen to an original recording in all its finite glory, or rip your existing music collection without losing any details and nuances to compression, FLAC is the most common and most widely distributed among audiophiles. Moving Pictures is als…

Rush Clockwork Angels Tracklist, Trailer and Official Announcement Now Available

Update (2:10pm EST): A new publicity photo of Rush has now been posted along with the Marketwire Press Release for the new album. Thanks RIAB!Update (1:20pm EST): Check out this article from Prog Magazine - Rush New Album Exclusive. From the article: "...on one song, The Wreckers, Lee and Lifeson swapped over instruments during the writing sessions..."Update (11:40am EST): Rush.Com has been re-skinned with new artwork to celebrate the official announcement of the release of Clockwork Angels. The band also posted the following about the forthcoming album: CELEBRATED ROCK TRIO’S FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS SET TO ARRIVE ON JUNE 12TH


Rush has unveiled details of its highly anticipated, new album, “CLOCKWORK ANGELS.” This is the first new collection of original material in over five years and their first studio release via Anthem/Roadrunner records. “CLOCKWORK ANGELS,” the band’s 20th studio album, will be rele…

Classic Rock Presents Rush - Clockwork Angels Fanpack Revealed

Although we now know that the North American release date of Clockwork Angels is June 12th, it appears that the UK release date is not until July. However, UK fans can get it on June 11th as part of the Classic Rock Presents Rush - Clockwork Angles fanpack: "The album - Rush's first since 2007 and their first on Roadrunner Records - will go on sale officially in the UK in July. However, the new record will be available from 11 June as part of an exclusive fanpack put together by our good friends at Classic Rock.

On sale a full three weeks before the regular UK album release date, Classic Rock Presents Rush - Clockwork Angels (fanpack edition) features the new album in full plus a 132 page magazine that forms the 'ultimate sleevenotes' to the new record, with extensive and exclusive interviews with Neil Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

Inside is everything you need to know about Clockwork Angels: full track-by-track rundown by the band, an interview with produc…

Original Geddy Lee Portrait Available for Sale

Artist Mark Tumber recently contacted me, sharing an original piece of art that he created featuring Geddy Lee, the classic RUSH logo and Geddy's Fender Jazz Bass. Mark is making the original drawing available for sale, as well as prints.

From Mark: I recently finished drawing a photo-realistic rendering of Geddy Lee (see watermarked image). I've always been a fan of RUSH and the prowess they each have over their 'art'. This portrait clocked in at roughly 40 hours of actual drawing time. It also shows the Fender Jazz Bass that Geddy has always played & been a spokesman for.

This drawing would look great in a music room, bar or den and is the perfect gift for any RUSH fan or aspiring bass player. Geddy has a very expressive and unique visage and I'm pretty sure that I captured his 'look'. The original is 14"x17" (unframed) and is available for purchase for $800. Courier costs (if applicable) would be an additional expense.

I also have …

Headlong Flight Single from Clockwork Angels Release Update

Last week, the first new single from Clockwork Angels was previewed at a Roadrunner Records-sponsored listening party for journalists and industry executives. The single, titled Headlong Flight, was very well received. At that time, it was reported that the single would hit the airwaves on April 19th however we now have additional information on the release.

A very limited preview release on select stations will take place next Wednesday, April 11th. It's possible that only a single airing of Headlong Flight will take place on the 11th. The single will then be released on a limited number of stations on April 19th - 20th. Finally, the general radio release along with a digital release on iTunes and other formats will occur on Tuesday, April 24th.

At this time, there is no word yet if a CD-single release will accompany the digital release.

We'll have more news as it becomes available.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news. Related News Stories
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Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover and Tour Book Artwork Revealed?

Ed from RushIsABand just let me know that he was fed what appears to be legitimate artwork for Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album and tour. The artwork came from a very reliable source, though it has yet to be confirmed publicly by the band or Anthem Entertainment.

The album cover depicts a clock of runes in the familiar Clockwork Angels style, and has an imposing, swirling red vortex in the background.

The possible tourbook cover is very reminiscent of some of the artwork that appeared in the Snakes & Arrows album booklet. What's more interesting about the tour book cover is the fact that a dalmation and a fire hydrant are depicted as well. Unquestionably, this is somehow tied to the Signals album which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year.

Could this indicate that, similar to the Time Machine Tour of 2010-11, Rush are planning on performing Signals in its entirety during the tour? Time will tell.

Hopefully Rush will confirm the album artwork soon. We…

Anthrax to Cover Rush's Anthem on an Upcoming Tribute Album

According to a posting at Blabbermouth, thrash-metal band Anthrax will be covering Rush's classic song Anthem from their 1975 album Fly By Night on an upcoming tribute album.

While no additional information on the tribute album is currently available, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante has posted a one-minute video of himself performing the drum segments for the song on YouTube. We'll have more information on the tribute album as it becomes available.

Rush to Appear on the Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine

Update: April Fools, Everyone! Yes, by now I'm sure you all figured out that Rush appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine was, of course, an April Fool's joke. It was a blast perpetrating this joke alongside my partners in crime, Eric from Power Windows and Ed from RushIsABand. The three of us came up with this idea several weeks back and have been carefully plotting out the details ever since. We all hope you enjoyed the ride. We now return you to your regularly scheduled Rush news :-) Update: My contact at Rolling Stone Magazine just informed me that an excerpt from the cover story along with some photos are now available online. Check them out via this link: Rush in Rolling Stone - Image Excerpts. Enjoy! Now this is a first. According to a source from Rolling Stone Magazine who just contacted me, Rush will appear front-and-center on the cover of the upcoming April 21st, 2012 issue of the famed music magazine. The issue will include a feature story titled ‘Cloc…