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Monday, July 30, 2012

Classic Rush Track to be Featured in Anthrax Covers Album

Anthax Covers Rush
Update (08/01/2012): According to this Gibson Guitars, the track Anthrax will be covering is Anthem from Fly By Night. Thanks Robert Volkers for the news.
Anthrax, the American thrash metal band from New York City, is currently working on a covers album which will reportedly include a "classic" Rush track. The band's bassist, Frank Bello, recently told BW&BN about the project:
“Actually, what we are planning on doing is doing some covers. We’re doing some cover versions of songs and [releasing] the record in the fall with some special cover songs such as a RUSH track and a BOSTON song. It’s gonna be great. Some really cool stuff which I think people are really going to dig...”
To read the entire article, click HERE.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Geddy Lee

Geddy Lee
Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) turns 59 today!

Happy Birthday, Geddy -- and many happy returns! "Gary" was born in the small Toronto village of Willowdale. As many fans know, his given first name "Gary" transformed into "Geddy" during his high school days thanks to his mother's heavily-accented pronunciation of his name.

July 29th is also an important date in Rush history as it marks the date, back in 1974, when Neil Peart joined the group.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rolling Stone's Readers' Poll of Favorite Prog Rock Albums Nets 3 Rush Classics

Rush 2112
Last week, Rolling Stone Magazine held a reader's poll where everyone was asked to select their favorite Prog Rock album. Today, the magazine posted the results which ended up including not one, but three classic Rush albums.

Rush's seminal classic Moving Pictures took the #10 spot while Hemispheres (which garnered my vote) came in at the #8 spot. Missing the top spot was Rush's prog masterpiece 2112 which came in at #2.

Since my vote did go for Hemispheres, here's what RS had to say about the album:
8. Rush - 'Hemispheres'
In many ways, Hemispheres was the final album in a major chapter of Rush's career. It was their last release of the Seventies, and their last LP that's unambiguously prog. Amazingly brilliant and complex works like "La Villa Strangiato" showed they had really mastered their craft, and they felt it was time to move on. The band made a big stylistic shift on their next LP, 1980's Permanent Waves, which made them many new fans, but there's a certain contingent who see Hemispheres as Rush at their absolute peak. Still, the fact that the subtitle of "La Villa Strangiato" is "an exercise in self-indulgence" shows that Rush had grown a bit weary of the formula by this point and was ready for something new.
Dream Theater's Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory took the top spot in the poll.

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

Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #6

Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
Six weeks after its release, Rush's 20th studio album Clockwork Angels continues to chart well across several Billboard Album Charts. On the Top 200 Albums list, the album dropped 10 spots to land at #61 this week. Unfortunately, it has dropped out of the Billboard Canadian Album Charts but is still holding on in these other charts:
  • Top 200 Albums: #61 - down 10 spots from last week.
  • Top Rock Albums: #19 -- down 4 spots from last week.
  • Top Hard Rock Albums: #8 -- down 3 spot from last week.
  • Top Taste Maker Albums: #25 -- down 12 spots from last week.
  • Comparitively speaking, Clockwork Angels is still outpacing the charting activity of the band's 2007 Snakes & Arrows. In its sixth week, Snakes & Arrows was sitting at the #77 spot.

    Snakes & Arrows also remained in the Top 200 list for a total of fifteen consecutive weeks, so it'll be interesting to see how long Clockwork Angels charts.

    Haven't purchased your copy of Clockwork Angels yet? If so, you can do so HERE.

    Related News Stories
    [Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #5 - July 19th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #4 - July 12th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #3 - July 5th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #2 - June 27th, 2012]
    [Rush's Clockwork Angels Debuts at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart - June 20th, 2012]
    [Rush Release Clockwork Angels - To Rave Reviews - June 12th, 2012]
    [Producer Nick Raskulinecz on Rush's Clockwork Angels - June 11th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Lyrics and Liner Notes and Album Artwork - oh my! - June 6th, 2012]
    [New Audio Samples From Clockwork Angels Now Available - June 3rd, 2012]
    [Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels Radio Special - June 2nd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Track Audio Samples Now Online - May 31st, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed from The Digital Fix - May 9th, 2012]
    [Producer Nick Raskulinecz talks Rush's Clockwork Angels - May 8th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed Track by Track - May 7th, 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]
    [Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover and Tour Book Artwork Revealed? - April 3rd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Update - First New Song Title Revealed - Headlong Flight - March 28th, 2012]
    [First Single from Clockwork Angels Coming Friday, March 30th? - March 15th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Release Date: May 29th, 2012 - March 2nd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Due Out in May According to PROG Magazine - February 20th, 2012]
    [It's A Wrap: Rush Finish Recording Clockwork Angels - December 20th, 2011]
    [New Guitar World Interview with Alex Lifeson - Talks Clockwork Angels - December 13th, 2011]
    [New Geddy Lee Interview With Billboard Magazine - Update on Clockwork Angels - December 5th, 2011]
    [Geddy Lee Update on Clockwork Angels - October 29th, 2011]
    [Clockwork Angels Update from Rush Producer Nick Raskulinecz - September 21st, 2011]



    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Rush Select "The Wreckers" As The Next Single From Clockwork Angels

    Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
    Update (07/25/2012): Check out Ultimate Classic Rock's review of The Wreckers -- Scored 9 out of 10!
    Rush and Roadrunner Records have announced that The Wreckers, the eighth track on Clockwork Angels will be released as the next single off of the album.

    According to tweets from representatives at Roadrunner Records, the single will hit the airwaves tomorrow, July 25th.

    Headlong Flight, the first (okay, third) single released from the album back in mid-April, is still charting well on the Mainstream Rock Charts. It's currently sitting at the #6 spot.

    Expect the single to be for sale some time next week. In the mean time, you can listen to "The Wreckers" via the player below or at this LINK.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.



    Related News Stories
    [Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #5 - July 19th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #4 - July 12th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #3 - July 5th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #2 - June 27th, 2012]
    [Rush's Clockwork Angels Debuts at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart - June 20th, 2012]
    [Rush Release Clockwork Angels - To Rave Reviews - June 12th, 2012]
    [Producer Nick Raskulinecz on Rush's Clockwork Angels - June 11th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Lyrics and Liner Notes and Album Artwork - oh my! - June 6th, 2012]
    [New Audio Samples From Clockwork Angels Now Available - June 3rd, 2012]
    [Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels Radio Special - June 2nd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Track Audio Samples Now Online - May 31st, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed from The Digital Fix - May 9th, 2012]
    [Producer Nick Raskulinecz talks Rush's Clockwork Angels - May 8th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed Track by Track - May 7th, 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]
    [Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover and Tour Book Artwork Revealed? - April 3rd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Update - First New Song Title Revealed - Headlong Flight - March 28th, 2012]
    [First Single from Clockwork Angels Coming Friday, March 30th? - March 15th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Release Date: May 29th, 2012 - March 2nd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Due Out in May According to PROG Magazine - February 20th, 2012]
    [It's A Wrap: Rush Finish Recording Clockwork Angels - December 20th, 2011]
    [New Guitar World Interview with Alex Lifeson - Talks Clockwork Angels - December 13th, 2011]
    [New Geddy Lee Interview With Billboard Magazine - Update on Clockwork Angels - December 5th, 2011]
    [Geddy Lee Update on Clockwork Angels - October 29th, 2011]
    [Clockwork Angels Update from Rush Producer Nick Raskulinecz - September 21st, 2011]



    Monday, July 23, 2012

    Clockwork Angels: The Novel Special Autographed / Numbered Editions

    Rush: Clockwork Angels Novel by Kevin J. Anderson
    Kevin J. Anderson, the author of the upcoming novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels album has just posted some exciting news about special autographed editions of the novel.

    Limited to a total run of just 600 copies, Clockwork Angels: The Novel will be offered up in unique Gold and Silver Special Editions. From the press release:
    ECW Press is thrilled to unveil two exciting special editions of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel (ECW Press, September 2012), the landmark literary collaboration between Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and bestselling SF author Kevin J. Anderson. These two numbered special editions of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel will be available for preorder on Friday, July 27.

    The Silver Edition, slipcased and autographed by both Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, will be a beautiful addition to any collection. This limited edition of 300 copies is available from both ecwpress.com/clockworksilver and rushbackstage.com, for $74.95.

    The Gold Edition is a must have for die-hard fans. Slipcased and signed by both authors, The Gold Edition is accompanied by a lithograph image from the book, signed by artist Hugh Syme, and a unique autographed page of the original CLOCKWORK ANGELS manuscript. Both pieces are presented in an attractive frame with an engraved and numbered plate. With only 302 copies available, the Gold Edition will retail for $299.95, and is available exclusively from rushbackstage.com.
    There will be only 300 copies each of both the Silver and Gold editions available. Once they are gone, they are gone for good. For more information on this exciting offer, please check out Kevin J. Anderson's blog posting HERE.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Related News Stories
    [Clockwork Angels: The Novel Official Press Release - Neil Peart to Narrate the Audiobook - May 29, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Novel Artwork Revealed - May 11, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Novel Now Available for Pre-Order - March 19, 2012]
    [Novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels to be Penned by Kevin J. Anderson - February 09, 2012]

    Full Steam: M Music & Musicians Magazine Interview with Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

    Rush
    M Music & Musicians Online Magazine has just published a joint interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. Titled Full Steam, the interview touches upon subjects such as the writing and concept development process of Clockwork Angels, working with producer Nick Raskulinecz, recording at Revolution Recording in Toronto and looking ahead to the tour -- and the future:
    What does the future hold?
    LIFESON: It seems that with every tour we feel like we’re playing better and better. The show is getting tighter, and we sense greater confidence in our playing abilities. And in a production sense, the show has also developed with every new album and every new tour. So there are always ways to move forward. We’ve always set a high standard for ourselves in terms of our playing, and the fact that we’re getting a lot of younger people in the audience indicates that they’re looking for players. The show is over three hours, and there are not too many bands that do that these days.

    LEE: We’re going to be rehearsing for at least seven or eight weeks this summer to make sure that we can play these songs. Putting the tour together is a big job, and obviously we want our fans to love what we’re putting together. So it’s hard to see past that, to be honest. We’ll figure it out.
    You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

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

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

    Sonic Element's Moving Signals & Waves: A Tribute To Rush Album Coming Soon

    Moving Signals & Waves: A Tribute To Rush
    Earlier this year, Sonic Elements, a "Sonic Reality Progressive Rock Project" consisting of several progressive rock stars including Rik Emmett (Triumph), Billy Sherwood and Neil Peart via Sonic Reality's Neil Pearts Drum Software released a Rush tribute EP titled XYZ: A Tribute to Rush. Included in the EP were Rush classics Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta, YYZ and Limelight.

    Through their Facebook Page, Sonic Elements has announced that a full-length tribute album titled Moving Signals & Waves will now be released "later this summer". Given the title of the album, we can expect tracks from Permanent Waves and Signals.

    More information on the full-length tribute album was revealed during an interview with Sonic Reality's Dave Kerzner and Andrew Olson of the AndyO Experience:
    I'm producing, engineering and playing keys on a full album of Rush covers featuring Neil Peart of Rush on drums via his Sonic Reality sample library "Neil Peart Drums" plus special guests from bands like Yes, Porcupine Tree, Asia FJP, It Bites, Triumph and more. Due to be out on iTunes and on CD by the end of the Summer. :)!
    Preview mixes of The Spirit of Radio and Subdivisions can be heard via the players below or directly at these links: SoR | Sub.


    Thanks to Andrew Olson and Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Geddy Lee Talks Clockwork Angels Track by Track

    Geddy Lee talks Rush's Clockwork Angels
    Back in May, MusicRadar posted an in-depth interview with Alex Lifeson where the Rush guitarist discusses Clockwork Angels on a track-by-track basis. Later in June, after the release of the album, MusicRadar conducted an interview with Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz where he, too, discussed the album in length, and on a track-by-track basis.

    Today, it's Geddy Lee's turn. MusicRadar has just posted an interview with Geddy where he goes over Clockwork Angels, track by track. Here's what he had to say about the album's title track:
    “This was written at the same time as the first two songs and originally Clockwork Angels began as the soundscape that Alex had written on his own. He’d put together this really kind of wonderful synthesized/guitar/bass instrumental and sent it to each of us just for fun. It was something he was fiddling around and playing with on his computer and I really loved it.

    “Once I’d heard it I said, 'Well can I play around with this as a vocal melody?' and he said ‘Sure’, so I messed about with it and the two of us added some power to it, took it from being such an atmospheric thing into more of a rock song. Of course the lyrics for that song were so imaginative that it really helped inspire the vocal melody.

    “We’ve really developed and focussed on a part of our writing style - the theme change. It seems to suit us because so much of our music is sort of musical storytelling that we love to have that dynamic change of theme from one time signature or one feel going quickly into another. We’ve practiced that for twenty albums now and we’re finally starting to get it down!”
    You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for sharing the news.

    Related News Stories
    [Producer Nick Raskulinecz on Rush's Clockwork Angels - June 11th, 2012]
    [Alex Lifeson Talks Clockwork Angels Track-by-Track - May 26th, 2012]



    Geddy Lee: The Grapes Of Rush

    Geddy Lee: The Grapes Of Rush
    Samaritan Magazine, an online publication covering "The Good Deeds of Individuals, Charities and Businesses" has posted a article on one of Geddy Lee's other passions: wine. The article, titled Geddy Lee: The Grapes Of Rush not only discusses Lee's affection for wine, but his involvement with the charitable organization The Grapes For Humanity Global Foundation. Geddy, who sits on the board for the organization, takes great pride in the fact that the charity has raised over $4 million through numerous wine-related fundraisers.

    From the article:
    “I was very drawn to it because we did small projects. If we raised $50,000, we’d go to Honduras, build a clinic, and you saw the direct result of that money in action. And that’s something, to me, that makes you feel really good because you know there’s no waste there.”

    Along with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, Lee has hosted two “Excellent Adventure” events on behalf of Grapes For Humanity Canada.

    “We organized these train trips to the wine country,” Lee explains. “We get the generous help of a local winery — the first time we did it was in Niagara and Moray Tawse of Tawse Winery offered up his place. We bring people from the city, get a private car through the generous help of VIA Rail, and we take a train up to the winery. We spend the afternoon picking grapes; learning how that particular bit of cultural area operates, and have a fantastic lunch out at the vineyard.”
    Grapes Of Humanity’s next event will be held on November 7 at Sopra in Toronto. For more information, and to read the entire article, click HERE.

    Thanks to RushFanForever for the link.

    Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #5

    Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
    We're now at week #5 since the release of Rush's 20th studio album Clockwork Angels and there's some good news to announce. The critically acclaimed album has experienced the smallest week-over-week drop yet in the Billboard Charts. Last week, the album was at position #48 on Billboard's Top 200 Album List. This week, it's down only three spots to #51. In other Billboard Charts, Clockwork Angels is still holding on fairly well:
  • Top 200 Albums: #51
  • Top Rock Albums: #15 -- Up 3 spots from last week.
  • Top Hard Rock Albums: #5 -- Down 1 spot from last week.
  • Top Canadian Albums: #22 -- Down 7 spots from last week.
  • Top Taste Maker Albums: #13 -- Down 7 spots from last week.
  • Though released last week in the United Kingdom, Clockwork Angels failed to chart within the Top 10.

    Looking back, Clockwork Angels is still doing better than Snakes & Arrows which was at #61 in its fifth week. It's also charting better than Vapor Trails which was at #77 in its fifth week.


    Related News Stories
    [Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #4 - July 12th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #3 - July 5th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #2 - June 27th, 2012]
    [Rush's Clockwork Angels Debuts at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart - June 20th, 2012]
    [Rush Release Clockwork Angels - To Rave Reviews - June 12th, 2012]
    [Producer Nick Raskulinecz on Rush's Clockwork Angels - June 11th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Lyrics and Liner Notes and Album Artwork - oh my! - June 6th, 2012]
    [New Audio Samples From Clockwork Angels Now Available - June 3rd, 2012]
    [Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels Radio Special - June 2nd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Track Audio Samples Now Online - May 31st, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed from The Digital Fix - May 9th, 2012]
    [Producer Nick Raskulinecz talks Rush's Clockwork Angels - May 8th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed Track by Track - May 7th, 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]
    [Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover and Tour Book Artwork Revealed? - April 3rd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Update - First New Song Title Revealed - Headlong Flight - March 28th, 2012]
    [First Single from Clockwork Angels Coming Friday, March 30th? - March 15th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Release Date: May 29th, 2012 - March 2nd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Due Out in May According to PROG Magazine - February 20th, 2012]
    [It's A Wrap: Rush Finish Recording Clockwork Angels - December 20th, 2011]
    [New Guitar World Interview with Alex Lifeson - Talks Clockwork Angels - December 13th, 2011]
    [New Geddy Lee Interview With Billboard Magazine - Update on Clockwork Angels - December 5th, 2011]
    [Geddy Lee Update on Clockwork Angels - October 29th, 2011]
    [Clockwork Angels Update from Rush Producer Nick Raskulinecz - September 21st, 2011]



    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Four-Part Geddy Lee Video Interview Now Available at MusicRadar

    Geddy Leee Music Radar Interview
    Update: A fifth video interview installment has just been posted. Available HERE, this piece features Geddy discussing the recording process of the drumming parts on Clockwork Angels. Thanks RushFanForever for the new link.
    MusicRadar.Com has just posted a four-part video interview with Geddy Lee focusing on different aspects of the recording of Clockwork Angels.

    Part 1 of the interview, titled Recording Straight After a World Tour, features Geddy discussing the popularity of the Time Machine World Tour and how its success ultimately delayed the final recording of Clockwork Angels.

    In Part 2 of the interview, titled How Recording Processes Change, Geddy talks about the advancement of technology and how that has fundamentally changed the aspect of recording an album (both positive and negative) and the band's attempt of embracing the new technology while still holding on to tried and true recording methods of years past.

    In Part 3, which is called Recording Clockwork Angels, Geddy chats about recording Clockwork Angels in Nashville for the opening two tracks, and prior to the Time Machine Tour and then, after the tour, continuing the recording in Toronto.

    And finally Part 4, which is titled Switching Instruments, Geddy talks about how he and Alex Lifeson switched instruments for the initial writing of the song 'The Wreckers'.

    Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    Rush: A Brief History of Time Part IX

    Rush: A Brief History of Time - Part VIII
    It's been six months since the last update to Cygnus-X1.Net's Rush: A Brief History of Time; an on-going collection of articles, interviews, reviews and advertisements about Rush that spans every decade from the 70's onward and collected from the world over.

    Part IX of this segment includes 118 new articles; 73 from the 80's, 17 from the 90's, 7 from the 2000's and 21 from the current 2010 decade. The majority of the earlier articles focus around the release of Signals and Grace Under Pressure while the latest articles focus on Snakes & Arrows and, of course, Clockwork Angels.

    Below is a sample of Part IX. To check out the entire segment, click HERE.

    Once again, huge thanks go out to long-time reader and site contributor Heiko Klages of Germany for providing the bulk of the articles that appear in this installment. Additional thanks go out to Eric Hansen from Power Windows, Ed Stenger from RushIsABand, Rush Fan/Collector extraordinaire Joe Pesch, and readers Joe Sterle, Monica Zimmerman and Jun'ya of the Japanese Rush Fan site The Sphere. Enjoy.
    We'll start this segment off with a short article that appeared in the January 1982 issue of Sounds Magazine from the UK. Titled Rush To Headline Next Donington?, this piece speculates that Rush would be performing at the Castle Donington Festival in 1983. For what it's worth, they didn't. :-)

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    This next piece was an update from Neil Peart that appeared in the January 1982 issue of Kerrang! Magazine. From the piece:
    Playing live and playing in the studio are as different as talking and writing. Both are very satisfying, and certainly equally difficult to do well, but one is spontaneous and irreversible, while the other is controlled and infinitely correctable. Like talking, it can also be a case of "the wrong think at the wrong time", and one ends up with a mouthful of feet (or drumsticks!). In the studio, however, it is more like writing something down; you just keep going over it until you get it right. And if you can't just throw it away. No problem.
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    Up next is a two-part piece that originally appeared in the February 4th, 1982 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. The first part is a short 2 1/2 star review of Exit...Stage Left while the second piece features all three members of Rush in an article called Faceless Bands.

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    Continuing in 1982, we come to another review of Exit...Stage Left that appeared in the February 28th issue of Circus Magazine. The magazine also include a reader's poll section which named Neil Peart as the second-best songwriter, Rush as the third-best live show, and Neil as the best drummer.

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    Up next is the first of numerous entries from foreign countries. This favorable review of Exit...Stage Left came from the February 1982 issue of the German Stereoplay magazine.

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    We're back in the U.S.A. with this next entry; a dual piece from the March 31st, 1982 issue of Circus Magazine. Titled Lifeson Arrives Stage Center with Rush, this piece reflects on how Alex has 'grown' with Rush. From the piece:
    When critics blasted Rush for their stylistic similarity to Zeppelin on their early albums, Lifeson's guitar playing absorbed much of the blame. But Alex worked hard to perfect his playing, and now that he's become one of rock's premier axemen, he freely admits that the critics who insulted his playing were not entirely off the mark.
    The issue also contained a small piece on Neil Peart titled Private Rush:
    Neil admits that the members of the band aren't public people, "so it's a constant battle trying to adjust to public life. None of us is the type to smile and say, 'Hey, you're beautiful,' and unfortunately, people expect an unreal facade. They expect you to play a role for them because it's their fantasy. You're their hero; therefore you should do what they want you to.
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    In the April 3rd, 1982 issue of Sounds Magazine from the UK comes a reader's response to an early piece called Everywhere is Nowhere. The response gets the title Rush vs. Anti-Nowhere League and features some interesting rebuttals including why Rush covers are not pornographic and how Rush did not record Olivia Newton-John's version of Xanadu. I only wish I had the original article to reference back to :)

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    The April 30th, 1982 issue of RAM; an Australian newspaper, had an article featuring several hard rock, metal and progressive acts. The author, Tim McGee, did not shine a favorable light on Rush, calling them "evil" and "debilitating". Whatever. (It's actually a pretty humorous read overall...)

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    In May of 1982, Modern Drummer and Neil Peart held a contest where one lucky winner would receive Neil's custom Tama Rosewood Superstar Drumkit. All they had to do was write a 100-word (or less) essay entitled Why I Would Like To Win Neil Peart's Drums. This double piece includes the original announcement and rules of the contest along with Neil's response and winning announcement later that year from the October 1982 issue. In all, 4,625 people entered the contest and Neil read every entry. What a guy :)

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    The next piece is a moderately harsh review of Signals. Titled Semi Flawed Signal, this review was written by Mike Putterford and appeared in the September 11th, 1982 issue of Sounds Magazine from the UK. Putterford did have praise for 'The Analog Kid' and 'Losing It' but felt the rest of the album failed to match their earlier efforts.

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    In stark contrast to that reviews comes another one for Signals from the September 23rd, 1928 issue of Kerrang! Magazine. This one is called A Rush of Old Age and ends with the statement "...Approach this album with an open mind and you'll appreciate the beauty of Rush's acceptance of the mantle of middle-age..." Middle Age? In 1982? I wonder how they would be classified today then :) There's also a humorous reader letter that insists that "New World Man" was recorded by The Police or Duran Duran, but certainly not Rush!

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    Up next is a short semi-biographical piece on Rush that appeared in the October 2nd, 1982 issue of the Record Mirror from the UK titled Rushing About... followed by a short German review of Signals from the October 7th, 1982 edition of the Bravo Newspaper.

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    Continuing in October of 1982, we move to an article that appeared in the October 21st, 1982 issue of Kerrang! magazine. The article, titled Geddy: "Touring Britain a Real Grind..." has Geddy discussing Signals and, as the title suggests, touring both in the US and UK. This piece was written by Steve Gett who is no stranger to writing about Rush.

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    The October 31st, 1982 issue of Circus Magazine contained a lengthy article on Rush titled Rush Keep the Boat Afloat by David Fricke; a look back to an article that was originally released in 1980 during the height of the success of Permanent Waves:
    Permanent Waves overflows with that kind of self-confidence. A near-perfect marriage of heavy-metal rage and arty Brit-rock maneuvers directly descended from Yes and Genesis, the album not only finds guitarist Lifeson finally stepping out confidently from Jimmy Page's shadow and Lee sanding off some of the more intensively rough edges of his high rooster's crow, but it is Rush's most accessible offering to date without revealing the slightest hint of compromise. Unfazed by charges that they're holding the old line while the new wave rolls over rock, the band found a suitable irony in the album title Permanent Waves. "As far as I can see," offers Lee, "new wave, old wave, yellow wave-it's all the same. The water doesn't come and go, waves do."
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    This next short review of Signals comes from the November 7th, 1982 issue of the Belgium newspaper Joepie. The article is titled Vreemde signalen uit een andere wereld which translate to Strange signals from another world which is followed by a short German article from the November 10th, 1982 issue of Pop Rocky Magazine called Viele fans möchten sie sehen aber: Rush kneifen - or Many fans want to see it but: Rush pinch.

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    Next up is a favorable review of Signals from the November 21st, 1982 edition of the Pittsburgh Press. The piece is simply titled 'Signals' from Rush.

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    The next four pieces are all foreign reviews of Signals; two from Germany, one from France and one from Spain. Of the German pieces, the first comes from the November '82 issue of Musik Express and the second comes from the November '82 issue of Musik Szene. The France piece comes from the November '82 issue of Rock & Folk while the Spain piece comes from the December '82 issue of Popular 1 Rock & Roll Magazine.

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    Continuing with Signals-themes pieces, the December 6th, 1982 edition of The Boston Globe posted this article titled Sending New Signals, Rush on the Defense which includes a brief interview with Neil Peart.

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    Up next is an interesting, possibly fan-produced 9-page document featuring some photos of Rush and some box office results. Titled simply Rush Document Special, the candid photos alone make this one a worth-while addition.

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    Finally, we'll end the articles from 1982 with a piece that appeared in the University of Texas campus paper. Neil Peart penned a response to some earlier criticism of Rush. You can check this well-written rebuttal titled Rock Groups Hardly Satanic HERE.
    Check out the rest of the ninth installment HERE.

    Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #4

    Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
    Four weeks since being released, Rush's Clockwork Angels has fallen another twenty-two spots to position #48 on Billboard's Top 200 Album List. In other Billboard Charts, Clockwork Angels is still holding on fairly well:
  • Top 200 Albums: #48
  • Top Rock Albums: #18
  • Top Hard Rock Albums: #4
  • Top Canadian Albums: #15
  • Top Taste Maker Albums: #3
  • By comparison, Clockwork Angels is still doing better than Snakes & Arrows which was at #51 in its fourth week. It's also charting better than Vapor Trails which was at #66 in its fourth week.

    The album was also just officially released in the United Kingdom earlier this week, however charting information for the UK won't be available until next week.


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    [Rush Release Clockwork Angels - To Rave Reviews - June 12th, 2012]
    [Producer Nick Raskulinecz on Rush's Clockwork Angels - June 11th, 2012]
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    [New Audio Samples From Clockwork Angels Now Available - June 3rd, 2012]
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    [Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed from The Digital Fix - May 9th, 2012]
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    [Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed Track by Track - May 7th, 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]
    [Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover and Tour Book Artwork Revealed? - April 3rd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Update - First New Song Title Revealed - Headlong Flight - March 28th, 2012]
    [First Single from Clockwork Angels Coming Friday, March 30th? - March 15th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Release Date: May 29th, 2012 - March 2nd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Due Out in May According to PROG Magazine - February 20th, 2012]
    [It's A Wrap: Rush Finish Recording Clockwork Angels - December 20th, 2011]
    [New Guitar World Interview with Alex Lifeson - Talks Clockwork Angels - December 13th, 2011]
    [New Geddy Lee Interview With Billboard Magazine - Update on Clockwork Angels - December 5th, 2011]
    [Geddy Lee Update on Clockwork Angels - October 29th, 2011]
    [Clockwork Angels Update from Rush Producer Nick Raskulinecz - September 21st, 2011]



    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Clockwork Angels Authentic Guitar Tab Book Now Available for Pre-Order

    Rush Clockwork Angels Guitar Tab
    The new Clockwork Angels: Authentic Guitar TAB book from Alfred Publishing is scheduled to be released on July 29th and is now available for preorder at Amazon.Com.

    From the publisher:
    "Rush's 20th studio album features all the classic elements that have endeared the band to several generations of fans and made them the most successful progressive rock group of all time! The book contains all the songs faithfully transcribed in authentic guitar TAB, beautiful full-color artwork, and a complete lyrics section."
    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.





    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Rush's Clockwork Angels Named Best Album of 2012 -- So Far

    Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
    As we enter into the second-half of 2012, Jeremy Thomas' The 8-Ball feature from 411mania.com has posted his list of the top 8 albums of 2012 thus far. Coming in at the top spot is Rush's Clockwork Angels:
    #1: Rush - Clockwork Angels

    Honestly, at this point in the year there wasn't much of a choice. Rush had not released an album in over five years and while the band has never been bad or even remotely mediocre, I felt that Snakes & Arrows was a little bit uninspired compared to the rest of the band's work. As such, I was looking for the venerable Canadian rock gods to deliver and to say they did so is an understatement. To me Clockwork Angels is, without any exaggeration, the band's best album in at least a couple decades. The group delivered a more focused and impressive effort here, loosely written around the idea of a man on a quest to follow his dreams. Neil Peart's lyrics are some of my favorites of his pretty much ever and the band's sound is just as good as they've ever been. There are a lot of bands who have lost their way well after they reach the ten year mark or even fifteen, buried under the weight of their back catalogue and impossibly high expectations. Rush has been rocking for over forty years and is still going as strong as they ever have before.
    Other albums on the list include Slash's Apocalyptic Love, Jack White's Blunderbuss and Halestorm's The Strange Case Of….

    You can check out the entire list at this LINK.

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

    Geddy Lee Bass Guitar Magazine Interview: Like Clockwork - Now Online

    Geddy Lee Bass Guitar Magazine July 2012
    The July 2012 issue of the UK's Bass Guitar Magazine features Geddy Lee on the cover and an accompanying article titled Like Clockwork. The article, which is now online and can be read HERE, has Geddy discussing numerous topics including "...tone, touring and tricky bass parts..." Geddy also talks in length about his bass technician John McIntosh:
    Although Rush have spent decades pioneering new ways of making cutting-edge rock music, Geddy is not always keen to abandon his tried and trusted bass sounds in favour of new and untested possibilities. He explains, "As a player, when I find a sound I like, I tend to stick with it, and just leave it. I don't want to mess with it, once I've got to a place I like - but John is really good, he's always throwing different options at me, which is stimulating. It's good for me. During our downtime, John got the sound of these different pickups, made me a CD of each of them and sent it to me. I wasn't too interested in thinking about my bass sound when I was on holiday, but as soon as I got back to work, I was keen to hear what he had done, and it worked out well, because although my main bass remains largely unchanged, what we did was use some of the different basses on three or four tracks of the album, just to utilise different pickup sounds."
    For information about ordering your own copy of this issue, please click HERE.

    Friday, July 6, 2012

    Geddy Lee Interview on My Planet Rocks Program This Sunday (July 8th)

    My Planet Rock Interview with Geddy Lee
    Geddy Lee is scheduled to appear on the UK's Planet Rock's new radio series My Planet Rocks with Rob Birnie this Sunday, July 8th at 7pm UK time.
    Now in its seventh series, My Planet Rocks has seen some of the world's greatest rock stars take to the airwaves. Since the series first began, the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Lemmy from Motorhead, The Who's Pete Townshend, Meat Loaf, Alice Cooper, blues legend Gary Moore and the late, great Ronnie James Dio have all taken control of the radio station for an hour to play their favourite songs and talk about their greatest influences.
    During the hour-long interview, Geddy Lee will talk about the music he loves, his influences and he'll also choose and play the songs that have helped define his career.

    You can tune-in to listen live at www.planetrock.com.

    Thanks to Jon Norman of Planet Rock and Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #3

    Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
    Three weeks since its release, Rush's Clockwork Angels has fallen sixteen spots to position #26 on Billboard's Top 200 Album List. In other Billboard Charts, Clockwork Angels is holding on fairly well:
  • Top 200 Albums: #26
  • Top Rock Albums: #9
  • Top Hard Rock Albums: #5
  • Top Canadian Albums: #11
  • Top Taste Maker Albums: #7
  • Last week, the album did rank on the Top Digital Albums chart, but it's no longer listed there this week. It is, however, ranked at #60 on the iTunes Charts.

    Comparatively speaking, 2007's Snakes & Arrows, which debuted in the #3 spot dropped down to #20 in its second week and then in its third week, it fell to #35. 2002's Vapor Trails, which started its run on the charts at the #6 spot, fell to #29 in week 2 and then #43 in its third week.

    That said, Clockwork Angels is clearly fairing better than Rush's last two studio offers.


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    Monday, July 2, 2012

    Interview with Brian Gardner on Mastering Clockwork Angels

    Geddy Lee
    Audio Times has just posted an interview with Brian “Big Bass” Gardner, the engineer who mastered both Snakes & Arrows and Clockwork Angels for Rush.

    From the article:
    The overall sound on Clockwork Angels is very clean compared to the dense sound of Snakes & Arrows. Was that a deliberate move? And how did it affect how you mastered Clockwork Angels?

    The one inch 2 track approach is interesting and can lend that ‘thickness’ to mix in a different manor than 1/2 inch. I basically work with what I have at hand and make the best of it. The digital domain is getting better and better. Still a ways to go yet to match that analog sound the die hards love. Currently I’m fooled often in the world of digital in that I swear it’s an analog production, which goes to show you that we are ascending and analog as we know it is fading away... The new album mixes were digital and Nick had it pretty well laid out requiring less to do in mastering.

    As to my approach in mastering Snakes and Arrows, whenever I need to enhance a vocal or a guitar solo for instance, I have to be very careful on what range to boost or attenuate, which bandwidth to use, and how much etc. These approaches are very program dependent and knowing when you can get away with it or not is very tricky. When you start messing with the whole program material, everything in that range you are tweaking is of course affected. One db of boost in the guitar range which can be anywhere from 800hz to 4khz will also bring any percussive elements or keyboards or even the vocals with it. So knowing when to or when not to do anything is where my decades experience helps. This same approach can be applied to too much of any frequency range and the ‘backing off’ of any particular frequency can be equally tricky if not more so.
    You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Sunday, July 1, 2012

    Geddy Lee Interviews on BBC Radio

    Geddy Lee
    In connection with the release of Clockwork Angels and the celebration of Canada Day where Rush's homeland turns 145 today, Geddy Lee was interviewed by the BBC Radio 5 "Up All Night" program.

    The program focused on Canadian music as a whole and the section with Geddy Lee, which begins around the 51 minute mark, includes a discussion on the history of Rush, the growth of Canadian music and, of course, the new album. You can listen to the interview HERE.

    Geddy also appeared on Bob Harris' show on BBC Radio 2 for a Canada Day discussion. That interview is available HERE.

    Finally, Geddy is scheduled to appear on Ken Bruce's radio show on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday, July 3rd during his 'Tracks of My Years' segment. Click HERE to listen in live.

    Thanks to Mike Sword and Eric from Power Windows for the news.

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