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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rush Reference on The Colbert Report

Rush Reference on The Colbert Report
Last night's episode of The Colbert Report included a Rush reference during a news segment discussing the existence of Santa Claus - in Canada.

The humorous segment was based on a news story out of Canada about a 24-year-old Canadian "grinch" who apparently was arrested for harassing children by claiming that Santa Claus wasn't real. Colbert then interjected the following:
... but don't worry Canadian kids, you still have a Santa - it's just a Canadian Santa. Every year I believe it rotates to a different Canadian celebrity. Last year it was Nelly Furtado Claus (shows a picture of Nelly Furtado in a Santa hat), this year it's Rush (shows a picture of Rush with Santa hats on - see above). So that jing-jing-jingle you hear on the roof is just Neil Peart breaking into a 45-minute high hat solo...
You can check out the video segment at this LINK or via the video player below:


Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news and transcription.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Clockwork Angels Named #2 Album of 2012 by Ultimate Classic Rock

Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
Ultimate Classic Rock has just posted their list of the Top 10 Albums of 2012. Rush's Clockwork Angels was ranked #2, behind Van Halen's A Different Kind of Truth.

Here's what UCR had to say about Rush and Clockwork Angels:
#2 CLOCKWORK ANGELS

Rush are quite simply a band to whom the rules don't apply. There's absolutely no logical reason why an uber-geeky Canadian progressive rock trio ought to be able to release a conceptual album in 2012 and not only get away with it, but still tour at the arena level. But with 'Clockwork Angels,' Rush not only pulled it off, they did so with such style that — almost alone of any classic rock band in the world — they've actually increased their critical respect. The much-maligned rockers are not only selling out arenas, they are also (finally!) in the running for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Check out the entire Top 10 List at this LINK.

Thanks to Rob Michaelson for the news.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Rush’s Rock Renaissance

Rush’s Rock Renaissance
The Canadian Men's Magazine Sharp has just posted a feature article on Rush titled Rush’s Rock Renaissance and sub-titled How three nerds from Ontario created a musical empire, and why 2012 was their greatest year yet. The exceptionally positive and retrospective article focuses on how Rush has become more popular than ever over the past few years which has, in part, culminated into their recent nomination into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 2013:
To fulfill their mythic destiny, Rush has one door left to unlock: that of the Hall of Fame. Though the Hall’s body of critics has appeared anti-Rush in the past, the media’s recent change of heart indicates the band won’t have to wait until 2112 to get canonized in the rock and roll firmament.

“People now understand the importance of what they’ve done, the longevity and the fact that they’re still really good at what they do,” says Ghomeshi. “Even the most ardent critics have begrudgingly accepted this and have to give them props. From here on in, I think they will be considered the rightful rock icons that they should be.”
The article also includes interview snippets from Geddy Lee, Snakes & Arrows / Clockwork Angels producer Nick Raskulinecz, author Chris MacDonald (Rush, Rock Music and the Middle Class) and more.

Check out the complete article at this LINK.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rush to be Inducted into Guitar Center's Historic RockWalk

Rush to be Inducted into Guitar Center's Historic RockWalk
Update: A short video from today's ceremony is now available. The video shows all three members of Rush having their pictures taken as well as imprinting their hands in cement. There's also a brief acceptance speech by Alex Lifeson. Thanks Deb Jeff Ouellette! Also, according to some reports, the band was introduced by Jim Ladd, the famous DJ.

Numerous photos from the event at also located at this LINK.


Rush are being inducted into Guitar Center's famed RockWalk today in Los Angeles, California at 12:00 noon (3PM EST). The official press release was released today:
Guitar Center is proud to announce the upcoming induction of renowned rock legends Rush, into the retailer's historic RockWalk. The exclusive, invite only induction ceremony is set to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Noon at Guitar Center's Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. A special guest speaker will open the event by reflecting upon Rush's musical impact and welcoming the band to the stage.

"We are very pleased to have been chosen by our peers and fellow musicians for induction in Guitar Center's Rock Walk," said Rush's Geddy Lee. "It is an honor to have our names added to this illustrious list of great and highly talented musicians."

"Not only is Rush extraordinary as a band, but each member is incredibly talented in their own right," said Dave Weiderman, Chairman of Guitar Center's RockWalk. "With nearly thirty years together, this group has consistently delivered skilled musicianship, experimental-drive and stylistically diverse rock to music fans worldwide. In short – Rush is long-deserving of being honored by Guitar Center's RockWalk."
We'll have more news on the ceremony as it unfolds later today.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - November 2012 - "Witness to the Fall"

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - Ocgtober 2012
As he did during Rush's first break from their Clockwork Angels tour, Neil has posted another update to the News, Weather, and Sports section of his website. The November 2012 edition is titled Witness to the Fall.

In this entry, similar to previous ones, Neil discusses his motorcycle travels between the dates on the current tour. As the title suggests, some of his travels in the north provided Neil with a view of the Fall colors, particularly in New York and Canada. One interesting note that Neil discusses is that, for the first time in 45 years, he met up with his original drum teacher Don George:
So . . . before the first hometown show in Toronto, I planned to host my mother and father for dinner in the Bubba-Gump room, and to meet with my first drum teacher, Don George — for the first time in over forty-five years. In 1965, at the age of thirteen, I started drum lessons with Don at the Peninsula Conservatory of Music in St. Catharines, Ontario. When he stopped teaching there a year or so later, I didn’t see him again until the day of that first show in Toronto, on October 14, 2012.

In recent years Don and I had been in touch by mail and email, and he sent me videos of his current teaching ideas and methods. I was pleased to see that he was obviously still a gifted and dedicated teacher. For his part, when talking about this long-ago student, Don was once quoted, “Neil didn’t have another teacher for thirty years, so I must have done something right.”
Later, Neil reveals that he has been playing through some growing pain in his left arm:
... as the pain in my elbow grew steadily worse. Toward the end it hurt so badly that I simply couldn’t hit as hard as I usually do with my left hand. Before the second Toronto show, I consulted a local doctor, who prescribed some anti-inflammatories and an elbow brace, and that helped me enough that at least I could play properly. It still hurt quite a lot, but as I had learned during a similar attack on my other arm, back on the Test for Echo tour in 1997, I didn’t mind the pain as long as it didn’t interfere with “the job.”
Finally, we also learn of some sad news that hits close to home in the Rush family:
Another sad-looking tree is the weeping yew, which I had planted around the memorial to my first wife Jackie and daughter Selena.

Those thoughts about sad trees converge because we have been visited by another family tragedy — manager Ray’s twenty-three-year-old son Shane was struck down by a brain tumor, succumbing on November 1, only nine weeks after the terrible diagnosis.
It was the day of our show in Atlanta, and that night Geddy gave a subtle reference to Shane in his introduction to “The Garden,” which had been one of Shane’s favorite songs.

Two nights later, after the final show in that leg, in Tampa, I flew to Toronto with the other Guys at Work in their “bus” (Challenger C-605), and spent some time with Ray. I knew how it felt to lose a child. After fifteen years, I think of Selena every single day, and from time to time (birthdays, black anniversaries), I am still rendered helpless with grief at that unbearable loss.
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Ray Danniels family at this sad time.

To read the entire entry, click HERE. And to check out every News, Weather, and Sports entry Neil has made dating back to 2005, they are all available at the News, Weather, and Sports Archives.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rush Squier Clockwork Angels Bass Guitar Offered by Rush Backstage Club

Custom Clockwork Angels Fender Squier Bass Offered by Rush Backstage Club
The Rush Backstage Club is now offering a customized Fender Squier Bass guitar with a Clockwork Angels theme. From the website:
Get your very own RUSH branded Squire Clockwork Angels Bass. Featuring the Clockwork Angels "Wings" logo on the pick guard and a the "Rush" logo branded into the head of the guitar, this limited edition release is the ultimate addition to your RUSH (or guitar) collection.

Customized Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '77: From the age of Funk and dawn of Punk comes this retro-inspired Vintage Modified Jazz Bass®! Features include a gloss Black-finished Agathis body and one-piece maple neck with attractive white binding and white pearl block inlays on the 20-fret maple fingerboard. That soulful sound emanates from a pair of single-coil Duncan Designed® Jazz Bass pickups; other features include chrome hardware and machine heads, black plastic Stratocaster knobs, a three-ply Black/White/Black pickguard, and a four-saddle chrome bridge.
The guitar retails for $599.99 and can be ordered directly at this LINK.

Rush to Film Phoenix & Dallas Shows on Clockwork Angels Tour

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour
Rush have just announced that they plan on filming/recording the upcoming Phoenix, AZ and Dallas, TX shows for an upcoming DVD set for release in 2013.

The actual dates/venues for both shows are:

November 25, 2012 - US Airways Center - Phoenix, Arizona (Buy Tickets)
November 28, 2012 - American Airlines Center - Dallas, Texas (Buy Tickets)

As most fans know, this will be the second time Rush films a concert in the United States; the first time occurring on April 15th of 2011 for the Time Machine Tour CD/DVD release.

The fact that Rush plan on filming two consecutive nights suggests that they'll include all the songs from their rotating set list from this tour. Also, while the official announcement only refers to a DVD, it's more than likely that an accompanying live CD will also be released, as has been the case with every tour DVD the band has released over the past decade.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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

Related News Stories
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tour Update: Second Leg Complete - November 4th, 2012]
[Rush Returns Home - Rocks Out Toronto - October 17th, 2012]
[Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour Resumes Tonight in Bridgeport, CT - October 10th, 2012]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tour Update: First Leg Complete - October 1st, 2012]
[Alex Lifeson Talks About Clockwork Angels Set List Changes - September 17th, 2012]
[Rush Add San Diego Date to the Clockwork Angels Tour - September 10th, 2012]
[Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour Begins - Set List Revealed LIVE - September 7th, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Tour - Teaser Photo Gallery - September 4th, 2012]
[Rush Bringing String Ensemble on Clockwork Angels Tour - June 18th, 2012]
[Rush Add Three New European Dates - Will Perform at the Sweden Rock Festival - May 22nd, 2012]
[Rush Add Second Toronto Show - Release European Fan Pre-Sale Information - May 15th, 2012]
[Rush Announce Initial 2013 European Tour Dates - May 14th, 2012]
[Rush Announces Clockwork Angels Tour Pre-Sale Details - Begins April 23rd - April 21st, 2012]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Concert Pre-Sale Information Now Available - April 19th, 2012]
[Rush Release Official Clockwork Angels Tour Information and Dates - April 19th, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Tour Dates Begin to Surface - April 18th, 2012]



Rush Wins Big at the 2012 Classic Rock Awards

Classic Rock Awards 2012 - Rush Wins Album/Band of the Year
The 2012 Classic Rock Awards, sponsored by both Classic Rock Magazine and Orange Amplification, were held last night at the Roundhouse in London, England. Rush were only nominated in two categories among the many for the awards - both the Band of the Year as well as the Album of the Year for Clockwork Angels - and they won both categories. Here's what CR had to say about Rush winning the Band of the Year category:
It’s been another triumphant year for Canada’s favourite prog rock outfit. They’ve finally been nominated for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame – an accolade they insist is for their fans rather than themselves – and they’ve won new fans with latest album Clockwork Angels. Plus, last week Alex Lifeson was named the greatest ever Canadian guitarist. Things have been on the up-and-up ever since documentary movie Beyond The Lighted Stage showed a softer side to the guys. They cemented the concept with a hilarious appearance in buddy movie I Love You Man, where they even joked about seeing women in the concert crowd.
As Rush began the third leg of the 2012 Clockwork Angels tour in Seattle, WA last night they, obviously, were not in attendance for the award ceremony. They did, however, Tweet the following message:
Sorry we couldn't be there, playing in Seattle but thanks to @ClassicRockMag readers for the Album of the Year and Band of the Year awards!
According to reports, James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers accepted the awards on behalf of the band.

For a complete list of all categories and winners, click HERE.

Thanks to GeddyWannaBe for passing along the news.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

SACD Version of Rush's Counterparts Coming in December

SACD Version of Rush's Counterparts Coming in December
Audio Fidelity has just announced via their Club newsletter that Rush's Counterparts will be re-released in the SACD format. The SACD format, or Super Audio CD was first introduced back in 1999 as a successor to the audio CD; claiming to offer a better audio dynamics, more channels (e.g. surround sound), and a longer playing time than a standard CD. While the format never gained much traction, a small market still exists, serving the audiophile community.

Audio Fidelity hasn't announced a formal release date for the SACD version of Counterparts, stating only that it will be released in December. They'll also be releasing an SACD version of Yes's Close to the Edge.

No additional information is available yet, nor has this information been posted at AF's website. The advertisement that was included in the Club newsletter can be viewed HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Deluxe Reissue of 2112 Update - Pre-Ordering Now Available

Super deluxe CD/BD reissue of 2112
Update (11/15/2012): Rush.Com has posted the new album cover for 2112 5.1. You can check it out at this LINK.
Update (11/12/2012): Rush.Com has formally announced the Deluxe Reissue version of 2112, complete with details about each package currently being offer. Click HERE for all the details.
Last month we reported that Mercury records was preparing to release a "Deluxe" edition of Rush's classic album 2112, completely remastered in 5.1 surround sound and released on both CD and Blu-Ray formats.

Rush's Sound Engineer Richard Chycki, who was in charge of the remastering, had this to say about the project on his blog:
Like the other Rush surround releases to date – Moving Pictures, A Farewell To Kings, Fly By Night, and Signals – 2112 has been remixed at a 96 khz 24 bit high resolution from the original multitrack masters in a 're-creation' direction taking advantage of the 3-dimensional soundscape of surround, rather than a complete re-interpretation of the mix. I have had quite a few questions about the technical side of the process so time depending, I'll try to get an article put together about it and get it posted here or published.
There are now three versions of the Deluxe edition of 2112 available for pre-order on Amazon.com:

  • 2112 [CD + Audio DVD Deluxe Edition] - $30.44
  • 2112 [CD + Audio Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition] - $35.25
  • 2112 [CD + Audio Blu-Ray SUPER Deluxe Edition] - $58.79

    It's unclear at this time what the 'SUPER' deluxe edition includes that the other Blu-Ray version does not. All three versions have a release date of December 18th, 2012.

    We'll have more information as it becomes available.

  • Related News Stories
    [Deluxe Reissue of 2112 Coming December 18th - October 24th, 2012]

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

    Rush Clockwork Angels Tour Update: Second Leg Complete

    Rush Clockwork Angels TourRush Clockwork Angels Tour
    Rush closed out the second leg of their Clockwork Angels tour with a performance at the 1-800-ASK-GARY Ampitheater in Tampa, Florida last night. The tour continues to be met with favorable reviews from both fans and critics alike and, as expected, the band has been mixing things up with additional set list changes.

    Rush will now take their second ten-day break before resuming the tour on November 13th at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. Including the Seattle date, there are only ten more concerts scheduled for the 2012 leg of the tour. The band will then travel to Europe in May of 2013 to begin the European leg of the tour which will run through June. Afterwards, there will presumably (but not confirmed) be a 2013 North American leg taking place over the summer. Rumor has it that Rush will announce additional dates for 2013, which may also include some Latin / South American stops, in the very near future.

    More fantastic photos from nearly every show are available on the Tour Dates page. Please contact me if you'd like to donate some of your own tour pictures.

    For a complete list of the tour dates and the current set list for the Clockwork Angels tour, please visit the site's Tour Info page.

    Related News Stories
    [Rush Returns Home - Rocks Out Toronto - October 17th, 2012]
    [Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour Resumes Tonight in Bridgeport, CT - October 10th, 2012]
    [Rush Clockwork Angels Tour Update: First Leg Complete - October 1st, 2012]
    [Alex Lifeson Talks About Clockwork Angels Set List Changes - September 17th, 2012]
    [Rush Add San Diego Date to the Clockwork Angels Tour - September 10th, 2012]
    [Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour Begins - Set List Revealed LIVE - September 7th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Tour - Teaser Photo Gallery - September 4th, 2012]
    [Rush Bringing String Ensemble on Clockwork Angels Tour - June 18th, 2012]
    [Rush Add Three New European Dates - Will Perform at the Sweden Rock Festival - May 22nd, 2012]
    [Rush Add Second Toronto Show - Release European Fan Pre-Sale Information - May 15th, 2012]
    [Rush Announce Initial 2013 European Tour Dates - May 14th, 2012]
    [Rush Announces Clockwork Angels Tour Pre-Sale Details - Begins April 23rd - April 21st, 2012]
    [Rush Clockwork Angels Concert Pre-Sale Information Now Available - April 19th, 2012]
    [Rush Release Official Clockwork Angels Tour Information and Dates - April 19th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Tour Dates Begin to Surface - April 18th, 2012]



    Friday, November 2, 2012

    Rush News Bullets - 11/02/2012

    Rush - Snow Dog
    The onslaught of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast of the U.S. and, in particular, New Jersey brought about a delay in the posting of notable Rush news stories over the past week. But as power and communications have slowly been restored, so too will the updates to the site.

    With that said, here are a few stories to get everyone caught up with the latest happenings in the world of Rush:

  • Clockwork Angels Charting New: It's been twenty weeks since Clockwork Angels was released and the album continues to chart fairly well. According to the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts, Clockwork Angels is sitting at position #163 which is where it was last week as well. The album's longevity on the charts surpassed that of Rush's 2007 effort Snakes & Arrows which exited the Top 200 Album charts after its fifteenth week.

    In related news, the latest single from Clockwork Angels, 'The Wreckers' is continuing to chart well in the Mainstream Rock Chart where it is currently sitting in the #6 spot.

  • New Rush-inspired Fine Art from Macrographs: UK-based artist Graham Whieldon has been creating Rush-inspired digital fine art for several years now. Graham launched his website Macrographs in connection with his first piece of Rush artwork which was based on the classic Rush song The Fountain of Lamneth. He later followed that up with a piece based on Red Barchetta.

    Now, Graham has two new Rush themed prints. The first, titled Snow Dog:
    Snow Dog - standing guardian at the gate between Nether and Overworlds, haloed by the fizzing glow of the ever burning Northlight, eyes reflecting the volcanic fires that herald the approach of her sworn enemy - Prince By-Tor.
    The second new print is based on 2112:
    2112 VIII - the Syrinx has fallen... the wheel comes around once more and the future repeats the past. The gigantic analogues lie toppled and silent, valves dark, ribbons of memory scattered like charred spiderweb.
    Check out all of the prints along with ordering instructions at the Macrographs website.

  • Neil Peart Clockwork Angels Collector's Edition Drum Sticks: Pro-Mark has announced the release Neil Peart Clockwork Angels Collector’s Edition six-pack of drum sticks. From the press release:
    Farmingdale, NY, October 24, 2012 - ProMark is excited to announce the release of the highly anticipated Neil Peart Clockwork Angels Collector’s Edition Stick Six-Pack. The one-of-a-kind collection commemorates RUSH’s current worldwide tour.

    The top selling ProMark Shira Kashi™ oak drumsticks have been given the golden touch, autographed by drummer Neil Peart and copper-ink branded with six RUSH tour logos. Each brick contains six pairs of sticks and Collector’s Edition labels to satisfy any die-hard RUSH fan.

    Dealers now have a chance to get their hands on these legendary collections, however, only a limited amount will be produced. The offer is valid through December 2012.
    For more information, please visit the Pro-Mark website.

  • Rush will be closing out the second leg of their Clockwork Angels tour tomorrow night in Tampa Bay, Florida. For those of you going to the show, enjoy!

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand and Eric from Power Windows for the news.

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