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Commemorative Rush Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony T-Shirt Now Available

To commemorate Rush's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Rush Backstage Club is now taking pre-orders for the exclusive T-shirt that was originally available during the induction ceremony at the Nokia Theater in Los Angels back on April 18th (Click HERE for photos from the event which show the T-shirt at a concession stand).

From the Backstage Club:The Rush Hall Of Fame Black Tee features a design to commemorate RUSH's 2013 induction into the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Featuring a front print that reads "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2013" and the Rush Original logo and a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame logo printed on the right sleeve. 100% knit cotton.The Backstage Club is projecting the ship date to be on or about May 13th. You can pre-order your shirt, which is available for $39.99 in sizes from Small to XXXLarge at this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.Related News Stories
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Rush's 2013 Clockwork Angels Tour Launches Tonight

Update (04/24/2013): According to reports, there were no real set list surprises in last night's show. For those who prefer to be spoiled, the set list is available at this LINK.On June 28th in 2002, on a warm summer night in Hartford, Connecticut, Geddy Lee addressed a packed crowd at the Meadows Music Centre stating "It's been quite long enough, I think...," referencing Rush's return to the stage after a five-year absence. And while it has only been 142 days since the band ended the 2012 leg of their Clockwork Angels tour, most fans would now probably echo Geddy's sentiments from all those years ago.

Yes, it has been quite long enough indeed but the wait is finally over. Tonight, Rush will return to the stage, kicking off the 2013 leg of their ongoing Clockwork Angels tour at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

The 37-date tour will take Rush through some southern points of the U.S. before heading up the east coast. After their May 11th show in Atla…

New Neil Peart Interview from Classic Rock Magazine Now Online

The June 2013 issue of Classic Rock Magazine contains a three-page interview with Neil Peart titled The Rhythm Method.

In the interview, Neil touches upon several topics including the impacts of touring and what gives him satisfaction as an artist. From the article:What gives you the most satisfaction as an artist?
"When I found out that Jeff Buckley was aware of our work ... to have been part of the inspiration for a talent like that! I refer back to that Bob Dylan quote. As an artist, what else can you do for people but inspire them? That is the absolute highest goal."

Touring keeps you from your family.
"...people don't realise the sacrifice you make as a touring musician. Being away when children are growing up and when your partner needs you around, it's wrenching. Your family and friends, their lives continue and you're not part of them..."While the magazine goes on sale Wednesday, April 24, the complete interview is now available to read at thi…

Hockey Night in Canada Features Rush in the Opening Sequence

Saturday night's Hockey Night in Canada paid homage to Rush and their recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction by airing a video montage of Rush against a soundtrack of Limelight during their opening sequence.

The montage cuts numerous different shots of Rush in concert over the years and marries the clips with various hockey action scenes. The entire montage works exceptionally well. You can check out the clip at this LINK or via the embedded viewer below.Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

Rush's Clockwork Angels Wins Album of the Year Juno Award

Back in February we announced that Rush had been nominated for two Juno awards - the Canadian equivalent of the U.S.'s Grammy Awards. Rush had been nominated in the categories of Group of the Year as well as Rock Album of the Year for Clockwork Angels.

The awards ceremony took place over the weekend and while Rush lost out to Mariannas Trench for the Group of the Year award, their latest critically-acclaimed album Clockwork Angels did take home the award for Rock Album of the Year.

Over the decades, Rush has been nominated an impressive 40 times for various Juno awards, dating back to 1975 when they were nominated - and won - their first award for 'Most Promising Group of the Year' In total, and including 2013, Rush has won 9 Juno awards.

For a complete list of their nominations and wins, click HERE.
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Time Stand Still: Rush Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Tonight

Update (1:15pm EST): Numerous new photos and videos have been added to the photo gallery.Update (8:25am EST): See below for a video of Rush's acceptance speech as well as their joint performance of 2112.Update (3:15am EST): That's a wrap, folks! We'll have more news and pictures tomorrow, er, later today as they become available. Good night!Update (3:05am EST): The All-Star Jam has begun and as earlier reports indicated, they're playing Eric Clapton's Crossroads with Gary Clark Jr. singing.Update (3:00am EST): Rush's performance is over - and they killed it according to all reports. Clearing the stage now for the all-star jam.Update (2:50am EST): The band is now performing The Spirit of Radio! - Short Video CLIP.Update (2:46am EST): The band is now performing Tom Sawyer! - Short Video CLIP.Update (2:40am EST): Grohl and Hawkins are on stage dressed in white kimonos playing "2112!" - Short Video Clip.Update (2:39am EST): Alex just gave a five minute sp…

Rush Stamp Coming from the Canada Post

The Canadian Post, along with Rush.Com, have just announced a Canadian Recording Artist stamp series which includes a stamp honoring Rush.

From the announcement:Ottawa (ON) – Just in time for the celebration of Canadian music and musicians at the JUNO awards next week, Canada Post is proud to give Canadians a preview of this edition of the Canadian Recording Artist stamp series, to be released in July, featuring for the first time, Canadian bands. Beau Dommage, Rush, The Guess Who and The Tragically Hip will be spotlighted in this fourth issue in a series created to honour musical legends.

“This year’s series features Canadian bands that have shaped the music industry in Canada,” says Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services for Canada Post. “Each band has achieved national acclaim, along with international radio air-time and extensive tours.”

Rush has sold in excess of 40 million records worldwide, placing them third – behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones – for the most Gold…

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Live Online Coverage Details

Rush along with the rest of the Class of 2013 will be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow, Thursday, April 18 at 10 p.m. EST, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Though the event will not be televised live, fans can visit for live coverage starting at 9 p.m. EST and continuing throughout the event.

The coverage will include tweets from Pop Music Critic Emmet Smith from inside the ceremony in Los Angeles, a live chat, photo galleries, video, stories and more.

An edited version of the show will be broadcast on Saturday, May 18 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.

Cygnus-X1.Net will also be posting updates, pictures and more during the event so be sure to tune in.

Thanks to reader Jay Hammond for the news.Related News Stories
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Rush Articles on their Upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Now Online

Update: (04/17/2013): The Village Voice has posted the following article titled Rush to Judgment, and the Rock Hall of Fame. Thanks Eric from Power Windows!.Update: (04/16/2013): And here is another article, this time from USA Today titled Rush's Rock Hall induction: 'I'm relieved for our fans'.Update: (04/16/2013): Here's a new interview/article with Geddy Lee from the Toronto Sun titled Rush frontman Geddy Lee thrilled by Rock Hall induction.As we lead into Rush's long-awaited induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame later this week, numerous articles, tributes and recollections have been posted online over the past few days. There were two articles published that discussed the band's feelings about being inducted into the Hall of Fame. From comes Graciously BITTER: Alex Lifeson talks about Rush’s upcoming induction into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame where Alex had this to say:“We were eligible for 15 years and it really didn’t matt…

Founding Rush Drummer John Rutsey Excluded from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Controversy strikes the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame once again. In a surprise move, the Hall has just announced that the founding drummer for Rush, the late John Rutsey, would not be inducted along with the existing Rush lineup.

The news was confirmed on Rush's Page on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's website:Inductees: Gary Lee Weinrib aka Geddy Lee (vocals, bass; born July 29, 1953), Neil Peart (drums; born September 12, 1952), Alex Zivojinovich aka Alex Lifeson (guitar; born August 27, 1953)Rutsey passed away on May 11, 2008 due to complications from diabetes.

The induction ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, April 18th. A two-hour special will then air on HBO in the United States and Canada on May 18th.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.Related News Stories
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Special Los Angeles Screening of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage with Rush Q&A Session Occurring on April 16th

Update (04/15/2013): Rush have just announced that a second special screening of their documentary will take place tomorrow and will feature a Q&A session with directors Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen.Rush have just announced that the ArcLight Cinema in Los Angeles, California will be hosting a special screening of Rush's award-winning documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage on April 16th, just two days ahead of the band's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

In addition to the screening, there will be a Q&A session with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson afterwards, hosted by famed DJ Jim Ladd.

From the announcement:Leading into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, The ArcLight Cinema in Los Angeles will be doing a special screening of RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE followed by a Q&A session with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of RUSH hosted by the inimitable Jim Ladd. This is happening Tuesday, April 16th at 7pm and you can buy your tickets here www.arcligh…

Rush Sighting on Jeopardy ... Again!

Someone at the game show Jeopardy! must really like Rush because a second reference to the band in as many months just appeared in one of the game show's questions from tonight's episode.

Last month, the answer "Neil Peart of this band gets his sound with Pro Mark NP Signature 747 drumsticks" appeared in the category of Drummer For the Band.

Tonight, in the apparent category of Bass and Vocals, the $800 answer was "Geddy Lee Laid Down the Low End & Sang "The Spirit of Radio" and "Closer to the Heart" For This Canadian Band". See the screen capture to the right.

Thanks to Martin Wade and Angelo Franco for the news and screen capture.Related News Stories
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Alex Lifeson Feature on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl Airs Today

Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl station (Channel 26) will be airing a special interview with Alex Lifeson today in a segment titled Influences.Less than 2 weeks before Rush will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…guitarist Alex Lifeson will remember 10 Classic Rock songs that influenced his career. Alex is the founding member and guitarist of Rush – formed in the summer of 1968 in Toronto. After a few months the band experienced its first line up change when Lifeson’s classmate Geddy Lee took over vocals and bass. The band, with Lifeson and Lee at its core, went on to release 20 studio albums and on April 18, 2013 will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The program will air during the following times:
Airtime: Monday, April 8, 12 pm ET
Rebroadcasts: Tuesday, April 9, 9 pm ET; Wednesday, April 10, 6 am ET; Thursday, April 11, 3 pm ET; Friday, April 12, 3 am And for those who missed it, Geddy Lee's feature on Sirius XM's Deep Tracks is now online.

Update: Th…

New Book - "Diehards" - Features Original Essay by Neil Peart

A new photographic book which focuses on concert audiences and includes an original essay by Neil Peart is now available.

Diehards is " inside look at the energy and spirit that fuel every live show - the fans..." From the book description:Intrigued by the character and culture of music fans, Erin Feinberg spent a decade photographing audiences across all genres, from every vantage point out in the parking lots, up in the rafters,around the stages, and from inside the mosh pits. Captured in more than one hundred stunning images, Feinberg's photos draw you in to the fans mindset, free of inhibitions and under the spell of music!

Feinberg shares, I discovered a unique bond among these enthusiasts that transcends language, ethnicity, gender, and even the very music we are celebrating because the music also seems to define who we are. And through my lens I ve witnessed fan subcultures born of this devotion.

The photographs are bookended by original essays from two music…

Geddy Lee "Around the Basses" Sirius XM Special Now Online

Back on April 1st, Geddy Lee was a special guest on Sirius XM's Deep Tracks channel. In an interview, which is titled Around The Basses with Rush's Geddy Lee, Rush's front man chats with Deep Track's host Earle Bailey about topics ranging from baseball, Geddy's prediction for the 2013 MLB season, playing music and his early musical and bass influences.

Regarding Geddy's bass influences, he chats about such legends as Jack Bruce of Creem, Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane, John Entwistle of The Who, Jazz bassists Jaco Pastorius and Jeff Berlin, and Paul McCartney.

While the special is still airing occasionally on the Deep Tracks station, it can now be heard in its entirety below or directly at this location.Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Special Rush Edition of PROG Magazine Coming April 17th

Update (05/14/2013): The entire issue has been scanned and transcribed and can be viewed at this LINK. Enjoy.The 35th issue of the U.K. Progressive music magazine PROG will contain a 14-page feature on Rush to help celebrate the band's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, their 45th Anniversary (if you date back to 1968) and the UK leg of their Clockwork Angels tour. PROG is also offering up an "ultimate collector’s edition" of the magazine which will be published as a Hardback. This edition will include 12 extra pages of Rush content.

From the announcement:It’s a big year for Canadian giants Rush. They’re celebrating their 45th anniversary, they’re touring the UK, and they’ve finally secured entry to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

In honour of the band’s unequalled musical achievements and their incredible bond with their fans, we’re launching a limited hardback edition of Prog Magazine No35.

It features 12 extra pages of Rush coverage alongside the 14 page…

Rush's Limelight Featured on American Idol

The opening sequence of tonight's episode of American Idol featured Rush's classic hit Limelight. Tonight's episode has been dubbed 'Rock Night' and it will have the remaining performers taking on classic rocks songs. It appears, however, that none of the contestants would actually be singing a Rush song.

This isn't the only Rush sighting on American Idol. Last year, on Rush Day (February 1, 2012 - or 2/1/12), David Weed of Mountain Home, Idaho attempted to sing Rush's seminal classic Tom Sawyer for the judges. Unfortunately, the results were not favorable.

A video of the opening segment is available directly at this LINK or via the embedded player below.Note: In the event that you receive a 'blocked' message from YouTube, you can stream the video (file type: MOV) from this LOCATION. The file is LARGE (130mb) so make sure you have a speedy connection.

Thanks to my brother Mario for the head's up. I knew he watched Idol...
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Rush Donates Items for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees Exhibit

Ahead of the official induction ceremonies for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2013 which take place in Los Angeles on April 18th, an exhibit at the Hall of Fame in Cleveland has been established featuring items from each of the inductees.

The Rush section of the exhibit includes several immediately recognizable items including Alex Lifeson's famed double-neck guitar, Geddy Lee's Fender Bass Guitar, a Neil Peart snare drum and Clockwork Angels-inspired cymbal bass along with several other items. Geddy Lee donated his Fender Bass which has the following description associated with it at the exhibit:Geddy Lee of Rush Bass Guitar
Hybrid Fender Jazz Bass

This bass guitar uses the neck from Geddy Lee's 1972 Fender Jazz bass, which he refers to as "#1." When attached to its original body, Lee used it to record "Tom Sawyer" as well as many other tracks on Counterparts and Snakes and Arrows. The body is from a Fender Geddy Lee Signature model and feat…

Geddy Lee Throws a Strike in Ceremonial First Pitch for Blue Jays Home Opener

As we reported last week, Geddy Lee was selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Toronto Blue Jays home opener against the Cleveland Indians.

As witnessed by the pictures to the right (click to enlarge) and the video below, Geddy pitched a perfect, albeit a little low, strike.

Perhaps Geddy should have pitched the entire game as, unfortunately, Toronto fell to the Indians by a score of 4-1.

The video of the pitch can be viewed below or directly at this LINK.

Rush Take a Tour of Rolling Stone's Headquarters

A new video interview of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson wandering the halls of Rolling Stone Magazine, checking out the "Rolling Stone Cover Wall," has just been posted at the periodical's website:Rush's army of fans will probably never forgive Rolling Stone for neglecting to ever put them on the cover, but the members of the band truly couldn't care less. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson stopped the magazine's headquarters a few weeks ago and we gave them the grand tour, including a long hallway that displays every cover from the magazine's 46-year history.

The journey through our past caused the future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to reflect on their own history, including their first meeting with Neil Peart, waiting in line to see Led Zeppelin and working on Moving Pictures when word came down that John Lennon had been murdered. A Rodney Dangerfield cover from 1980 also caught Geddy's eye. "I think this is the most appropriate cover to remind me of Movi…