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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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.

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - July 2013 - On Days Like These
    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 resume at exactly the same place. That would be one advantage of listening to that “analog” playback as opposed to digital earbuds—it cannot distract you at the wrong time.)

    “On Days Like These” was not like what is called an “earworm,” some annoying old song that you can’t get out of your head, but a combination of words and music that always rang true. Every day seemed like “that day”—perfectly appropriate for that song, playing over and over in my inner jukebox.

    “On Days Like These” . . .
    Later in the entry, Neil discusses the rain-shortened Quebec City show:
    The only dark spot was the Quebec City show. It was held outdoors in a vast open area—another famous battleground, the Plains of Abraham, from a battle between the French and English in 1759. It was just one theater of the Seven Years War—perhaps the real first World War, as it involved most of the Western Powers. (In Voltaire’s satirical novel Candide, published in 1758, he described the North American part of this war by saying they were fighting over “quelques arpents de neige”—some acres of snow.) That war’s effect on Canada’s history will come into this story again, when we finally “return” to the ending, Balancing Rock in Nova Scotia.

    With something like 40,000 people in front of us—making more of a landscape than an audience—the first set went very well. During intermission, Geddy remarked how much he enjoyed playing these festival-style shows. (We had recently played similar events in Ottawa and Sweden.) He liked how the younger fans were able to make their way up front, instead of the older (and wealthier) people buying up the front rows, and the overall energy and excitement in such a setting.
    I agreed, but said, “The weather always makes me nervous.”

    During the second set, just before we began “The Garden,” I started to see flurries of raindrops in the spotlight beams over the crowd. As we launched into the song, the wind gusted up, swirling rain all through the colored lightbeams flashing around the stage. Behind the vast crowd in front of me, lightning flickered in the distant darkness. Raindrops covered my cymbals enough to dampen their sound (literally and figuratively), and striking a crash cymbal sent a colorful fountain into the air. Of greatest concern were the exposed electronics—keyboards and foot pedals—and the delicate violins and cellos. (Later cellist Jacob told us, “If it had been anyone but you guys, I would have been off that stage.”) Just as we finished the song, monitor engineer Brent’s voice came over our ear monitors, “The show is over. A storm is right on us. Make an announcement, and get off the stage.”

    Hard to believe that in almost forty years, we had never had to stop a show in the middle like that. Only once, a couple of tours ago in Chicago, had an outdoor show been called just minutes before we were supposed to go onstage. (We made that one up later.) But never once in all those years had we stopped a show in the middle—so we had no policy.
    Finally, the news of a possible remastering of Vapor Trails sneaks into the entry:
    The band had recently been overseeing a remixed version of our Vapor Trails album, from 2002, as we had never been happy with how it turned out. I found that trying to listen to those songs again was too upsetting, taking me back to a mindset and emotional state that hadn’t been good to live through then, or to relive now. I had to “recuse” myself from those judgments, and the Guys at Work understood, of course.
    You can read Neil's entire entry via this LINK.

    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.

    Monday, July 29, 2013

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

    Geddy Lee
    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 join me in congratulating Geddy on reaching his 60th birthday -- and wish him many, many more!

    Sunday, July 28, 2013

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

    Howard UngerleiderHoward Ungerleider
    "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 instrumental in the look and feel of the band's performances. While the band provides the all important soundtrack, Howard sets the scene and creates the drama with precise and powerful lighting and video cues."

    That's the introduction to a new interview with Rush's lighting director Howard Ungerleider that was recently conducted by Brad Parmerter, a long-time Rush fan. The interview has the two discussing the current lighting set-up for Rush's Clockwork Angels tour as well a retrospective look at Howard's involvement with the band over the past forty years.

    You can read the entire, extensive interview directly at this LINK.

    Thanks to Eric of Power Windows for the news.

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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

    Rush Clockwork Angels TourRush Alberta Flood Benefit Concert
    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, Denver and finally Kansas City (MO).

    The tour began on September 7th, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire and has spanned cities across North America and Europe since opening night. In typical fashion, Rush have not commented at all about what lies ahead for them after the tour ends on August 4th, but one thing is for sure - they've earned the break they are about to get.

    For those attending these final shows, have a fantastic time!

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    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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

    Rush Sighting on Jeopardy - Again
    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.


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    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    Rush To Perform Alberta Flood Relief Benefit Concert

    Rush Clockwork Angels Tour
    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 expenses. Their promoter partner Live Nation will also be donating their time and fees towards this cause. The venue, Enmax Centrium, will be donating goods and services to the event as well. It’s an all –hands-on-deck situation to donate time in order to raise as much money possible for our Alberta friends and fellow Canadians in need.

    Lead vocalist and bassist for Rush, Geddy Lee, has made the following statement: “After seeing the devastation from the recent floods, we felt compelled to do what we could. While we had hoped to avoid cancelling the Calgary show, venue safety concerns have closed the venue. Our apologies to all of the fans that bought tickets to the Calgary show for any inconvenience. We’re hoping they – along with the great people of Red Deer – can come to the Enmax Centrium for what has now become a benefit concert. We’d like to thank everyone helping to put on this show for joining us in donating their time & services so we can raise as much money as possible to help those in need.”

    Calgary ticket holders will have a chance to access a pre-sale to purchase tickets to the new Red Deer show starting Friday July 12th 10AM, until Sunday July 14 at 10PM (or while quantities last), before tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, July 15 at 10AM. Presale information will be sent directly to those who had purchased tickets to the Calgary show. For further inquiries, fans can visit the Live Nation Alberta page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/livenationalberta.

    All tickets purchased online or via telephone will be automatically refunded starting on July 12th. Tickets purchased in person from a Ticketmaster outlet can be refunded at the original point of purchase outlet, starting July 16th. Tickets purchased in person at the Scotiabank Saddledome Box Office can be refunded at the Box Office, which is now reopened.

    ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE RED DEER RUSH BENEFIT CONCERT WILL GO TO THE CANADIAN RED CROSS TO SUPPORT THE ALBERTA FLOOD RELIEF.

    BUY TICKETS AT: LIVENATION.COM

    Charge by Phone 1-855-985-5000
    Tickets also available at Ticketmaster Outlets

    Tickets on sale Monday, July 15th at 10am
    In other concert news, the band's July 10th show at the Festival d'été de Québec in Québec City was cut short due to an impending thunder storm. The band was able to complete their Clockwork Angels set but ended the show after playing The Garden. Geddy Lee commented on the truncated show:
    “My bandmates and I are extremely disappointed and apologetic over the sudden and unexpected ending of our show last night at the Festival D’ete de Quebec. The lightning storm that was approaching made it extremely dangerous for all the technicians working the sound and lights and there was a high risk to the audience members as well as the musicians on stage. We were enjoying the show tremendously at the time and we were hoping we could get the whole show finished before the storm returned but unfortunately we were unlucky and were forced to end the show for the safety of all concerned. Thanks to all of our amazing fans for braving the weather and once again our sincere apologies for what had transpired. Hope to see you all again soon!!!” — Geddy Lee
    For a complete list of the tour dates on the Clockwork Angels tour, click HERE.

    Thanks to reader Barb Trainor for the news.

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

    SACD Version of Rush's Hemispheres Now Available
    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.

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    Monday, July 8, 2013

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

    Vote for Rush - PROG Magazine 2013 Awards
    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, so be sure to register and vote for Rush!

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

    Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    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 of the Rush-related items, please click HERE.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the heads up on the framed print.

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