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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Canadian Cosmonaut Chris Hadfield Talks About Rush From Space

Canadian Cosmonaut Chris Hadfield Talks About Rush From Space
CBC Music ran a piece today on Chris Hadfield, the Canadian Cosmonaut who is currently aboard the ISS (International Space Station). In the segment, Chris talks about his musical influences, focusing largely on Canadian acts. The cosmonaut reveals that Rush was among his earliest influences.

From the article:
"It’s no secret that Canadian prog rockers Rush are big fans of space exploration, whether it’s 1976’s 2112, the space rock opera that thrust them into stardom, or 1982’s “Countdown,” a song that describes the launch of space shuttle Columbia that the band watched from a VIP area at the Kennedy Space Center.

It’s only fitting that Rush would, in turn, influence Canadian cosmonaut Chris Hadfield, who says he started listening to them in high school and was drawn to the band’s “incredible originality and dissatisfaction with normal” in a new video post he’s made from aboard the International Space Station..."
You can read the entire article and view the accompanying video at this LINK.

Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History Hard Cover Book Coming in May

Rush: The Illustrated History
Update (05/23/2013): Amazon has been shipping this item now (in the United States). I received my copy yesterday and I can tell you that it is a beautifully crafted book. A true tribute to Rush.
Update (05/02/2013): According to Amazon, the release date for this book has been pushed back to May 30th. The estimated arrival dates are between June 4th and 6th (within the U.S.) for those who pre-ordered the book.
Martin Popoff, author of the 2004 Rush Biography Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away is following up that critically acclaimed offering with an illustrative history of the band.

His upcoming book, titled Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History, is set for release on May 15th:
Formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 1968 under the heavy influence of British blues, Rush solidified its lineup in 1974 and has gone on to record 18 studio albums (and counting). Notable for bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee’s high register, Neil Peart’s virtuosic drumming and inventive lyrics, and the guitar heroics of Alex Lifeson, the multiplatinum band melds a diverse range of influences and along the way has amassed a large, notably loyal following worldwide. Rush is bigger than ever before with the hit 2011 documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage and this year’s new album, Clockwork Angels, and tour.

Now, for the first time, Rush is treated to the epic visual celebration they so richly deserve in a beautifully designed and profusely illustrated history following the band’s entire career. A chronological overview history written by noted music scribe and Rush authority Martin Popoff spans the band’s entire career from 1968 to today. A complete Rush discography chronicles all their albums, from the debut album to 2112, Moving Pictures, and Signals to Grace Under Pressure, Vapor Trails, and more. The authoritative text is complemented by album reviews written by well-known music journalists from around the globe, commentary from fellow musicians, a discography, tour dates, and hundreds of photographs and pieces of memorabilia, including picture sleeves, gig posters, rare vinyl, handbills, ticket stubs, and much more.
The book can be ordered via Music Books Plus (a Canadian company that promotes Canadian Artists) at this LINK.

Thanks to reader Thomas Gieloff for the news.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Rush Reference on FX's Archer - 'Van By Night'

Rush on Archer
FX's long-running animated series Archer has had a history of Rush sightings throughout its run. Most have taken place in the form of a Rush album-themed mural appearing on the side of Krieger's van (one of the main characters in the show).

On the most recent episode of the show from the 4th season titled "The Wind Cries Mary," Krieger's van received the "Fly By Night" treatment.

Check out a full-sized screen capture HERE.

This is the fourth such Rush reference on the series, and the third van motif to appear. Back in March of 2012, a Neil Peart-inspired drum kit along with a conversation regarding YYZ takes place between the show's characters.

Back in January of 2012, a van appeared in the show with a Hemispheres-style painted motif. And in April of 2011, another van appeared in a great Exit...Stage Left motif.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news and the screen-cap.

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[Another Rush Reference on FX's Archer - March 9th, 2012]
[Rush References on FX's Archer - Season 2 Finale - January 20th, 2012]
[Rush References on FX's Archer - April 22nd, 2011]]

Rush: A Brief History of Time, Part 10

Rush: A Brief History of Time - Part X
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.

The tenth installment includes 114 new articles and advertisements; 5 from the 1970's, 59 from the 1980's, 13 from the 1990's, 4 from the 2000's and 33 from the current 2010 decade. The majority of the earlier articles focus around the release of Power Windows and includes some great advertisements not only for the album, but for the released singles as well. The later articles focus on Clockwork Angels, many of which come from foreign magazines.

Below is a sample of Part 10. To check out the entire segment, click HERE.

To check out all ten installments of Rush: A Brief History of Time, including a chronological listing of all the articles, click HERE.

The tenth installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time contains 113 new articles and advertisements spanning from 1975 all the way through to 2012. 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 also go out to Eric Hansen from Power Windows, Ed Stenger from RushIsABand, Hanns Peter Ebert and RushFanForever.

We'll start of this installment with a short, and none to flattering review of Rush's debut album which appeared in the February 22nd, 1975 issue of Melody Maker Magazine which comes from the U.K. At least the reviewer indicated that he was "...wary about dismissing them." :-)

Moving on to 1977, the October 13th issue of Circus Magazine contained the first of a three-part story on Rush called The Rush Tapes (Pt. 1) and sub-titled Neil Peart Sizes Up 'Farewell to Kings,' the Latest Canadian Rock Opus. This was basically an in-depth interview with Neil about everything from writing and recording an album, where he draws his inspiration from and whether or not he sings in the shower: "...I do, but I have a terrible voice..."

Part 3 of this series appeared in the November 10th, 1977 issue of Circus which, this time, had the sub-title of Alex Lifeson, The Walking, Talking King of Canadian Guitars. And while I don't have the article scan of Part 2 of the series, it is available for viewing HERE courtesy of Eric Hansen's Power Windows fan site.

Rush are no strangers to scathing reviews over the course of their history. But this next piece might still ruffle some feathers. Coming from the October 6th, 1979 issue of New Musical Express Magazine, this review of the Rush concert is called And What The Mystic Said to the Wallies. The reviewer, Lynn Hanna, attempted to come off sounding intellectual and sarcastic but just came off sounding like a whining b--ch. Well, that's how I read it, anyway...

Before we exit the 70's, here is a rare advertisement for Caress of Steel which appeared in the January 1976 issue of the Netherland's Muziekkrant OOR magazine. The translations of the tagline in the advertisement reads "No bullshit, just hardcore Rock, that is Rush". I couldn't have said it any better myself :-)

Heading into the 80's, which contains the bulk of the entries this time around, we'll start at the beginning: May of 1980 and a short but positive review of Permanent Waves. This one was originally published in Goldmine from the U.S.

Skipping along to May of 1981, an article titled Sometimes Rush Is In A Hurry was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Written by Jack Lloyd, this focuses on the release of Moving Pictures in place of the band's original plans to produce their second live effort after ending their Permanent Waves tour.

And speaking of Moving Pictures, there was a two-part article published by Modern Drummer Magazine on the making of Rush's classic album. Titled Notes on the Making of Moving Pictures, and written by none other than Neil Peart himself, these articles originally appeared in the December 1982 and January 1983 issues of the famed drumming magazine. There's also a two-question 'fan mail' segment that's rather interesting.

Rush appeared, in cartoon/comic fashion, on the cover of the January 1984 issue of Music Express Magazine alongside other "cartoonized" Canadian musicians. A short article within, titled Good Gracious! Another Rush LP! also appeared announcing the release of Grace Under Pressure.

Also in January of 1984, the Spanish magazine Popular Poster published an issue which also featured Rush on the cover and included an article titled No. 1 En Progresion. This article is written in Spanish but also includes some great pictures of the band (include a few rare ones).

Still holding on to January of 1984, the weekly periodical The History of Rock posted a two-part article on Rush. The first dealt specifically with Neil Peart in a piece titled The Great Musicians: Neil Peart and the second was called Master Plans for Tomorrow's World:
RUSH HAVE BEEN described as a poor imitation of groups as diverse as Black Sabbath, King Crimson, Grand Funk Railroad and Yes. They have been branded as crypto-fascists and, in one memorable turn of phrase, Paul Du Noyer of New Musical Express described their lyrics and philosophy as 'an ill-argued dog's dinner of Plato, Milton Friedman and Patience Strong'. At the same time, Rush have been lauded as 'awe-inspiring', 'the very best in their genre', 'expert, awesome, energetic and aware', 'members of an elite circle at the pinnacle of international rock' and 'one of the foremost musical forces and performing ensembles in the world'.
In April of 1984, a Rush Fact Sheet was released, presumably by Mercury Records and/or Anthem Entertainment, which reads as a bullet-point retrospective of the band. And interesting, if not dated read (but then again, all of these articles are dated!)

Up next are two separate reviews of Grace Under Pressure; both coming from German publications and published in July of 1984. The first appeared in Musik Express and the second in Stereoplay. A quick translations reveals both reviews to be very positive of Rush's tenth studio offering.

The July/August 1984 issue of Rockline! Magazine included an article on Rush titled The Rush Dilemma!; a quasi-retrospective look at the band and introduction of Grace Under Pressure. Geddy reflected back on Signals in the article:
"I was very positive about the direction of Signals," recalls Geddy. "But I wasn't sure if we hit the mark because it was new and we were putting ourselves into a different area. Now, with this much time gone by, I think there are moments when we got what we wanted, and others where we obviously were in a transitory state."
The August 1984 issue of Creem Magazine included a humorous look into the release of Grace Under Pressure and its link to the 1984 Olympic Games. Yep. This one is called The Hoser Conspiracy and should be read with tongue firmly in cheek.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rush Announce Special Fan Ticket Pre-Sale for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Foo Fighters to Induct Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rush have just announced that there will be a special fan-only ticket pre-sale to the upcoming Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, CA. From the band:
The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame announced ticketing details for the 28TH Annual Induction Ceremony held APRIL 18, 2013 in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre.

We want to celebrate and share this moment with as MANY Rush fans in the room that night as possible!

There will be a special Rush fan pre-sale that starts Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m. PST through Thursday, January 31 at 10 p.m. PST at Ticketmaster.

The password for this pre-sale is rushfan. There will be preferred seating held in every price and seating area.

Please also be aware that tomorrow, January 24, a Presale for American Express Cardmembers begins. Advance tickets for American Express Cardmembers will be available from Thursday, January 24 at 10 a.m. PST through Sunday, January 27 at 10 p.m. PST. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster.

The public on-sale will begin on Friday, February 1 at 10 a.m. PST. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. There will be a four-ticket limit on all orders. Additionally, three levels of VIP packages will be available through Ticketmaster.

And a big shout out to Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters for doing the honors for us that evening!
For additional information regarding the induction ceremony, click HERE.

Related News Stories
[Foo Fighters to Induct Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - January 23rd, 2013]
[Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Ticket Information Now Available - January 19th, 2013]
[Rush Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2013 - December 11th, 2012]
[Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees to be Announced on December 11th - December 5th, 2012]
[Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Comment on Rush's Nomination into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - October 22nd, 2012]
[Rush Finally Nominated for Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - October 10th, 2012]

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Foo Fighters to Induct Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Foo Fighters to Induct Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Ever since the announcement that Rush was being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2013, speculation has abounded over who, exactly, would actually induct the band during the ceremony. Names being thrown around included Rush 'discoverer' Donna Halper, Smashing Pumpkins front-man and Rush fan Billy Corgan, and even a group of dedicated fans. However an article just published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer has confirmed that both Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will have the honors:
Foo Fighters and self-professed Rush super-fans Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will induct the Canadian prog-rockers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April in Los Angeles.

"It's got to be a dream come true for them. The Foo Fighters would have grown up listening to Rush on '70s radio," said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris by phone from Washington, D.C. "You can tell that they have a real sense of rock 'n' roll history. You don't get the staying power they've had without it."
You can read the entire article at this LINK.

In related news, a promotional poster was released earlier this week which highlights the special guests attending the induction ceremony in April.

Thanks to reader Nick Basilico for the news.

Related News Stories
[Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Ticket Information Now Available - January 19th, 2013]
[Rush Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2013 - December 11th, 2012]
[Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees to be Announced on December 11th - December 5th, 2012]
[Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Comment on Rush's Nomination into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - October 22nd, 2012]
[Rush Finally Nominated for Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - October 10th, 2012]

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Rush Announce Initial 2013 North American Clockwork Angel Tour Dates

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour
The wait is finally over. Today, Rush have formally announced the intial North American tour dates for the 2013 leg of their Clockwork Angels tour. The band originally announced a set of 2013 dates in Europe, which will take place from May 22nd through June 10th. Now, they've added on nine additional shows throughout the eastern part of North America which will take place before the European leg, with a promise to add more dates in North America during the summer.

From the band:
As previously alluded to, and due to overwhelming demand, the Clockwork Angels Tour will continue in 2013 to over 20+ cities in North America this year. Beginning in April, fans will be able to catch RUSH live in a number of new markets not visited on last year’s tour.
Today we have announced details for the spring leg of the tour which include:
April 23 Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
April 26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
April 28 Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
May 1 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
May 3 Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
May 5 Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
May 7 Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
May 9 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
May 11 Atlantic City, NJ @ Etess Arena
Pre-sale for RUSH fans for the spring tour dates begin today, Tuesday January 22nd at NOON LOCAL TIME!

Tour Packages will be exclusive to RUSH fan members for the first 24 hours.

Passcode: angelfan (lower case, case sensitive)

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour Package consists of:

  • One reserved ticket located within the first 15 rows of the stage
  • New and exclusive Rush 2013 Tour t-shirt
  • Collectible Tour Poster (numbered, limited)
  • Official Tour Program
  • Exclusive surprise Rush gift item
  • Commemorative Concert Ticket
  • Commemorative Tour Laminate
  • To purchase your RUSH Tour package, please visit

    The Fan Club tickets are only available during the PRE-SALE. Reserve the best seats in the house through our special Rush fan pre-sales. These presales only last three days, and only certain cities/dates are currently available with more presales being added later. Check back soon if you don’t see your date. At the end of your ticket purchase, you will have the opportunity to pre-order Exclusive Tour Merchandise.

    In addition, when you order Fan Club Tickets and the Exclusive Merchandise you will be automatically entered to win a meet and greet with members of the band at your show (one winner plus guest per city).

    To purchase Presale Tickets and Presale Merchandise please visit

    Just a reminder to those fans that are also CITI card members, you will also have access to pre-sale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass® Program beginning January 23rd in select markets. For complete presale details visit

    Stay tuned for additional tour announcements for the summer dates that will resume when the band returns from their European leg in June. These will include but not be limited to Hershey, Wantagh, Saratoga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Boston, Calgary, Vancouver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, and will finally see RUSH return to Grand Rapids and Halifax for the first time in decades!

    We look forward to seeing you on the road!

    For a complete list of Rush's tour dates, please click HERE.

    More news to of luck to everyone purchasing tickets today!

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    [Rush Confirms North American Clockwork Angels Tour for 2013 - December 6th, 2012]
    [Rush Clockwork Angels Tour Update: 2012 Leg Now Complete - December 3rd, 2012]
    [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]

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Ticket Information Now Available

    Rush Nominated to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
    The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has just announced the ticket information for the Induction Ceremony which will take place in April:
    Ticket Purchase Information
    Tickets to the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony go on sale to the public on Friday, February 1st. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Members will have the opportunity to purchase advance sale tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductions starting Monday, January 28. Memberships must have been active as of January 1st, 2013. Some restrictions apply. Stay tuned for more details!

    Scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013, the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. This marks the first time since 1993 that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on the West Coast. The ceremony will again be open to the public, as it was in 2009 and 2012 in Cleveland.

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2013 are:

    Performer Category:
    · Heart
    · Albert King
    · Randy Newman
    · Public Enemy
    · Rush
    · Donna Summer

    Ahmet Ertegun (non performer) Award:
    · Lou Adler
    · Quincy Jones

    The induction ceremony will broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 18 at 9pm ET/PT.
    For complete information, click HERE.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Related News Stories
    [Rush Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2013 - December 11th, 2012]
    [Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees to be Announced on December 11th - December 5th, 2012]
    [Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Comment on Rush's Nomination into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - October 22nd, 2012]
    [Rush Finally Nominated for Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - October 10th, 2012]

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Rush Clockwork Angels Tour DVD Not Coming May 21st

    Rush Clockwork Angels Tour
    Earlier this week we reported that Rush's upcoming Live Concert DVD filmed during last year's Clockwork Angels tour would be released this coming May 21st. The original report came from MusicTap who just posted the following update/retraction:
    If you’re a Rush fan and were all excited about the date I laid out for you for the upcoming Clockwork Angels DVD, then I owe you an apology. It would appear that the DVD (untitled as of this point), is NOT scheduled for May 21.

    One of the dangers in running a site like this is a bad date feed. Release dates may find their way into your mailbox, often by trusted resources. Usually you can run with them. For example, the 2112 Deluxe reissue announcement, which proved to be true. I received the info about the DVD from the same source, however, today, from a more trusted source, I was told that the DVD does not have a release date in place. I was told that it would be made available, likely in the Fall of this year, corresponding to a train of logical thought that played out in many Rush forums, rightly so as it turns out.

    So, once again, apologies to Rush fans all over who marked their calendars in anticipation of a new concert DVD. I promise to deliver the correct date as SOON as it is made available to me.
    That's not to say that the DVD won't be released soon or even during the 2013 leg of the Clockwork Angels tour but until an official announcement from Rush themselves is released, we should treat all release date speculations as rumor.

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    [Rush Clockwork Angels Tour DVD Coming May 21st - January 11th, 2013]

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Alex Lifeson Hentor Sportscaster Replica Guitars Now Available

    "Freddy's Frets", a custom guitar shop from the Niagara on the Lake area on Ontario, has received permission direct from Alex Lifeson to create and sell replicas of his "Hentor Sportscaster" customized Fender Strat guitar. Alex used this guitar heavily during the 1980's and named it after Peter Henderson who co-produced the band's 1984 album Grace Under Pressure.

    From Freddy's Frets:
    "Hello my fellow Rush fans! Alex Lifeson has given me permission to backwards engineer and meticulously blueprint his iconic Hentor Sportscaster so that I may make and sell accurate replicas. I have had the Hentor in my possession for about 6 months and have documented every property and detail of this amazing and unique sounding guitar. Alex's only stipulation was that for every guitar sold, a portion of the profit goes to his charity "Grapes Under Pressure". While in my possession over the last few months I made suggestions to Alex on upgrading the guitar. The Hentor now sports Dimarzio FS-1 single coils and I also fabricated a huge brass sustain block for the Floyd Rose, the biggest one I've seen and yet there is still a good amount of movement available. These two upgrades as well as others are listed in my OPTIONS category."
    For complete information, please click HERE.

    A portion of all the proceeds will go to the Grapes of Humanity Charity.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

    Friday, January 11, 2013

    Rush Clockwork Angels Tour DVD Coming May 21st

    Rush Clockwork Angels Tour
    According to a brief announcement at MusicTap, Rush's forthcoming Live Concert DVD from their Clockwork Angels tour is set to be released on May 21st; far sooner than expected. It's somewhat interesting that the band would decide to release the Live DVD presumably in the middle of their North American tour later this year (though they have yet to announce the tour dates).

    From the post:
    Another DVD planned for release is Clockwork Angels Live featuring Rush, planned for May 21 via Concord Records.
    Rush filmed two consecutive tour dates last year in preparation for the Live DVD - November 25th in Phoenix and November 28th in Dallas. Based on reports, the Dallas show is expected to be the primary show for the DVD while the Phoenix show will be used for the inclusion of other songs not played in Dallas and any additional filler and/or corrections needed.

    No additional information is available at this time on the release, however more details will certainly begin to surface over the next couple of months.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Monday, January 7, 2013

    Geddy Lee to Appear On CBS's How I Met Your Mother

    Geddy Lee on How I Met Your Mother
    CBS's long-running comedy, How I Met Your Mother will be airing a Canadian-filled episode on February 4th and, according to a news release from the Huffington Post, Geddy Lee will be among the many Canadians to make an appearance on the show.

    From the website:
    "How I Met Your Mother" is trotting out some very big Canadian stars for the return of Robin Sparkles on Monday, February 4.

    Alan Thicke, Alex Trebek, K.D. Lang and James Van Der Beek are just a few of the stars who will appear in the episode marking the return of Cobie Smulders in her Canadian pop star guise.
    A video which is included in the news story lists all of the guest starts, with Geddy Lee's name appearing at approximately the 40-second mark.

    How I Met Your Mother airs every Monday night at 8PM EST on CBS.

    Thanks to RushIsABand for the news.

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

    SACD Version of Rush's Counterparts Coming in December
    Update (03/06/2013): The SACD version of Counterparts is now shipping - finally! Thanks Mike Cronis.
    Update (02/24/2013): The SACD version of Counterparts has been delayed once again. It is now scheduled for release on March 5th.
    Update (01/17/2013): It now appears that the CD will be released on February 19th according to the pre-order link at Amazon.Com.
    Back in November, we reported that Rush's album Counterparts was being re-released by Audio Fidelity 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.

    This mark's Audio Fidelity's first Rush SACD releases since the release of their Roll The Bones Gold CD back in August of 2011.

    The original announcement indicated that the album would be released in December, but now it has been confirmed with a release date of January 22nd, 2013 on Amazon.Com.

    You can pre-order the SACD version of Counterparts via this LINK.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Related News Stories
    [SACD Version of Rush's Counterparts Coming in December - November 13th, 2012]

    Friday, January 4, 2013

    Rush Techs and Road Crew Featured in Online Articles

    There certainly hasn't been a shortage of articles published on Rush over the past few years however the vast majority of those articles focus on Geddy, Alex and Neil. When it comes to Rush on tour, most people know that the magic on stage couldn't happen without quite a bit of magic (i.e. hard work) behind the scenes.

    So it's nice to see that two separate online articles have just been published that focus on Rush's Road Crew. In the first, titled Six-String Wizards: Meet the Unsung Heroes of Rock ’n’ Roll, The Globe and Mall chat with Scott Appleton; Alex Lifeson's guitar tech from the Clockwork Angels tour. Scott has been in the business for over twenty years and reflects on just how much work has to go in to make sure Alex - and his guitars - are at their best:
    Appleton works up to 14 hours a day on concert days, starting at 11 a.m. (changing strings, tuning the guitars and setting up Lifeson’s rig), continuing to a soundcheck at 5 p.m., then being on call during the show – during which he wears a custom-fitted in-ear monitor, with the same audio mix as Lifeson’s – and, finally, helping with the load-out.
    You can check out the entire article at this LINK which also includes conversations with other guitar techs including Elwood Francis who is currently the guitar tech for ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Jeff Ousley, the tech for Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson.

    MIX Online also posted an article titled All Access: Rush where they talk with several members of Rush's road crew from the Clockwork Angels tour including FOH engineer Brad Madix (pictured), Geddy Lee’s Bass Tech is John “Skully” McIntosh, Monitor engineer Brent Carpenter and the long-time road crew member Tony Geranios, Rush’s Keyboard Tech:
    Tony Geranios is Rush’s Keyboard Tech: “Onstage, Geddy uses three MIDI controllers: a Roland X7 and two Korg MPK 130 MIDI pedals. Alex has two MIDI controllers onstage: one Korg MPK 130 and a Roland JUNO DI. These five controllers are routed to my workstation off stage right. The gear I use consists of two racks with three MacBook Pros with solid-state HD, two Anatek Studio Merge, two MIDI Solutions M8, four Roland MKS 900 MIDI displays, two MOTU 828s and one Radial SW8 Audio Switcher. I run Ableton Live for sample playback. I also have a Moog Little Phatty to test and edit the patches and samples. During the show I monitor the samples and change the song patches.”
    Check out the entire article at this LINK.

    Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Rush Coming January 29th

    Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Rush
    Rockabye Baby!, the company that "transforms timeless rock songs into beautiful instrumental lullabies" is set to release a album dedicated to Rush songs. Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Rush, which will be released on January 29th, contains 12 Rush classic songs from 2112: Overature to A Farewell to Kings to Subdivisions.

    From the Rockabye Baby! website:
    Do you have a modern day warrior putting up a fight at bedtime? Looking for a reliable way to put baby to sleep and not some fly by night sandman? Try Rockabye Baby’s tender lullaby versions of Rush’s hard rock hits. This magic music will bring your baby closer to the heart of slumberland.

    Guitars and drums are traded for soothing mellotrons, vibraphones and bells, and the volume is turned down from an eleven to a two. Rockabye Baby is the perfect way to share the music you love with the littlest rocker in your life.
    You can listen to samples of each track at the Rockabye Baby! website.

    Interestingly enough, this isn't the first Rush tribute album dedicated to younger listeners. Back in 2011, Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star: Lullaby Versions of Rush was also released.

    To pre-order your copy of Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Rush, click HERE for the CD version or click HERE for the MP3 version.

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

    Rush's Working Man Used as Theme on Transporter: The Series

    Working Man Theme on Transporter: The Series
    Update (01/06/2013): Click HERE for a longer version of the theme song. Thanks RIAB!
    The new HBO series, Transporter: The Series which is based on the Transporter movie franchise created by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, includes a "refreshed" version of Rush's classic song Working Man as the opening theme.

    The theme song, which is sung by Danielle Armstrong, may not be immediately recognizable, even to Rush fans :-) According to some credits, it was produced by Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. You can listen to the song via this LINK or the embedded player below.

    Transporter: The Series, which is described as "The continuing the adventures of Frank Martin, a professional freelance courier driver for hire who will deliver anything, anywhere, no questions asked for the right price, and lives by three, unbreakable rules, which he constantly breaks." premiered last October 11th, 2012 in Germany and then later on December 6th, 2012 in France.

    The Canadian premiere is scheduled for this Friday, January 4th on HBO Canada followed by the US premiere on June 21st. For more information on the series, click HERE.

    Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

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