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Rush EuCon 2013 - “EuCon Of Steel” - Takes Place on October 12th in Sheffield, UK

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The 2013 European Rush Fan Convention EuCon will be taking place on October 12th in Sheffield, England at the Queens Social Club. The event will be held from 1PM until midnight and will feature many events including:Fantastic Rush tribute band BRAVADO playing a 2 hour set of classic Rush songs
Rush Idol (live band karaoke where you can play a Rush song or sing a Rush song)
Rush trivia pub quiz (hosted by our very own quiz master Richard Scott)
Rush air guitar competition
Rush raffle/auction (to raise funds for Guide Dogs For The Blind charity)
And other surprises on the day
Hot and cold food and drink served throughout the day.
And more!Tickets for the event are priced at £16.50 and are available at the convention's main website www.rusheucon.co.uk. You can also follow the latest about the convention at EuCon's Facebook Page.

Thanks to William Winsborough for providing us with the details about this year's convention.

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - July 2013 - "On Days Like These"

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Neil Peart has just posted another update to his "News, Weather, and Sports" website blog. The July 2013 entry is titled On Days Like These which is a reference to the song of the same name by Matt Monro.

As is the case with many of Neil's entries during a tour, he talks extensively about his motorcycle travels between shows, taking in the sights of Canada and North America. Referencing the song and the notion of On Days Like These, Neil had this to say:Every riding day during this run of the tour, through New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and across Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, that song played in my helmet. (Talking about that phenomenon with other riders, we agree that a song can be mentally playing while you’re cruising along, then when you need to concentrate on more demanding traffic or road conditions, the music goes into “pause.” When mental space allows, the song of the day will re…

Geddy Lee Turns 60 - Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns!

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Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) is celebrating his 60th birthday 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.

In addition to his musical aspirations, some of Geddy's other interests include collecting fine wines and, of course, baseball. His wine collection is rumored to include some 5,000 bottles and his love of baseball is well documented. Earlier this year, Geddy threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener for the Toronto Blue Jays - something he admittedly dreamed of doing for years.

As far as birthday presents go, Geddy may have received one of the best ever back in 1974 when, also on July 29th, Neil Peart joined the group - cementing the rock trio that would continue through today.

Please…

Howard Ungerleider Interview - Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour 2013 & Lighting Rush for almost 40 years

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"In the summer of 1974, Howard Ungerleider was sent to Canada by his company ATI (American Talent International) to help a new band as they started touring regularly. That band was Rush and Ungerlieder has played a crucial role in the success of their tours and production for nearly 40 years. For many years he wore the Tour Manager and Lighting Design/Director hat and has been on the road with Rush for every tour except the Roll the Bones tour (he designed that tour's production, but due to the success of Queensryche's Empire record, he was committed to continue that tour to it's completion). From the early days opening for Kiss and Aerosmith, to the breakout 2112 shows, the blockbuster success of the Moving Pictures tour, introduction of lasers on 1984's Grace Under Pressure tour, triumphant return and astounding South American audiences on the 2002 Vapor Trails tours, to the Time Machine, and the current steampunk-themed Clockwork Angels tour, Howard has been in…

Rush Open Up the Final Leg of the Clockwork Angels Tour Tonight with the Alberta Flood Relief Benefit Concert

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The final six dates on Rush's 2012-2013 long-running (although some would say not long enough) Clockwork Angels tour begin tonight at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. This date was originally scheduled to take place at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. However after that region suffered devastating floods earlier this year, the venue could not support the concert due to the damage it sustained during the flooding.

Rush decided to not only move the date to nearby Red Deer but also make it a Flood Relief Benefit Concert, contributing all the proceeds of the show to the relief effort.

The Rush Backstage Club has also created a special t-shirt for the show, which presumably will also be offered up at the concession stand during the show.

After tonight's concert, Rush will play one final date in Canada, at the Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia before closing out the Clockwork Angels tour with stops in Portland, Salt Lake City, D…

Rush Sighting on Jeopardy! Third Time's the Charm...

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No, this is not a reprint of an earlier news story. For the third time this year, the ABC game show Jeopardy! had a Rush reference in one of their questions.

The episode, which aired last night (July 16th), included a category called Also a 4-Letter Band. As the screen shot to the right reflects, one of the answers was "An attempt to gain ground by an NFL running back" to which, of course, the correct question was "What is Rush?"

The other two Rush references to appear on Jeopardy! this year occurred back in April and March.

Thanks to Karl McQuaide and RushIsABand for the news and screen capture.Related News Stories
[Rush Sighting on Jeopardy ... Again! - April 8th, 2013]
[Rush Sighting on Jeopardy! - March 1st, 2013]

Rush To Perform Alberta Flood Relief Benefit Concert

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Rush have just announced that their originally scheduled concert on July 24th at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada has been canceled due to the extensive flooding that region has undergone in the past couple of months. In its place, the band will now perform a benefit concert to support the Alberta Flood Relief at the Enmax Centrium in nearby Red Deer, Alberta.

From the band's announcement:CALGARY SHOW UPDATE

RED DEER – ENMAX CENTRIUM
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013
Doors: 7:00PM Show: 8:00PM

Due to recent flooding and water damage at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the RUSH concert originally scheduled for Wednesday July 24 had to be cancelled.

Rush has been moved by the situation in Alberta and have decided to perform their Clockwork Angels show at the closest location possible on the same date – Wednesday, July 24 in Red Deer, Alberta at the Enmax Centrium – and have ALL PROCEEDS to go Alberta Flood Relief.

Rush will be donating their fee, and paying for all their ex…

SACD Version of Rush's Hemispheres Now Available for Pre-Order

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Update (08/23/2013): The release date for the Hemisphere's SACD has been pushed back to September 3rd.Audio Fidelity has just announced the pending release of the third Rush album in their SACD (Super Audio CD) format. This time around, Rush's progressive masterpiece Hemispheres will receive the audiophile-approved treatment.

The album is scheduled for an August 6th release and can now be pre-ordered via Amazon.Com for $24.01 (at press time).

Earlier this year, the SACD version of Rush's Counterparts was released and, back in 2011, the SACD version of Roll The Bones was released.

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.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.Related News Stories

Rush Nominated in Two Categories of PROG Magazine's Progressive Music Awards 2013

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PROG magazine has just announced the nominees for their second annual Progressive Music Awards:Hello, and welcome to the voting site for the 2013 Progressive Music Awards. Prog Magazine has scoured the activity in the progressive genre for the past twelve months and come up with what we feel is a perfect representation of the top movers and shakers from which you can make your astute selections.Rush are represented in two categories this year.

In the category of Grand Design, Rush's release of their 2112 Deluxe Edition was selected:Rush’s 1976 masterpiece added turbo fuel to their career trajectory. Given the deluxe treatment with a new 5.1 mix this brand new version even came with its own graphic novel.And, fittingly, Rush was also included in the category of Band of the Year:They’ve been at the top of the rock pack for over 40 years now and Clockwork Angels and the ensuing world tour both proved they’re better than ever!The Progressive Music Awards are determined by public votes…

Framed Rush Print, Stamps and Post Cards Coming from the Canada Post on July 19th

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Back in April, we first reported that the Canada Post was producing a special Canadian Recording Artist stamp series featuring, among other artists, Rush.

In addition to the stamps, the Canada Post will also be offering up Rush Post Cards and a limited-edition framed print.

About the print:
This ready-to-hang 15” x 20” frame features portraits of current band members Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, and an enlargement of the commemorative stamp featuring the famous Rush Starman logo from their quintessential album 2112.
This quality art print is highlighted by a contemporary 1.25” brushed silver frame and protected by quality shatter-proof Plexiglas.
Each print is numbered, and includes 6 mint commemorative stamps designed by Louis Gagnon of Paprika.
Only 750 are available – get yours today!
Hang this stunning art print at home or at the office to share your passion for this iconic rock band!All of the items will be released on July 19th.

For complete ordering instructions on any …