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Saturday, November 30, 2013

"Alex Lifeson talks Clockwork Angels" - MusicRadar Video Interview

Update (12/09/2013): Part Two of the Video interview is now Online. You can view both parts below.
MusicRadar.Com has posted part one of an "epic video interview with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson." In the interview, Alex takes a look at Rush's 2013 Clockwork Angels tour, discussing some of the highlights of the tour, how the band goes about selecting a set list, Rush's loyalty to themselves and their crew and more.

You can view the first part of the interview at this LINK or via the embedded viewer below:

PART ONE

PART TWO


Friday, November 29, 2013

Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour Enters the Billboard Charts at #1 (Video) and #33 (Album)

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour DVD
In the first week after its release, Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour Live Concert Film has entered the Billboard Video Charts in the #1 spot!

The live album also entered the Top 200 Albums Chart at the #33 spot.

This marks the third consecutive #1 Concert video that Rush has released, dating back to their 2008 release of Snakes & Arrows Live.

To purchase your copy of Clockwork Angels Tour, please use one of the links below:
  • Limited Edition Deluxe Package
  • 2-disc DVD
  • Blu-Ray
  • 3-disc CD
  • Thanks to Michael Lynch for the news.

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    Friday, November 22, 2013

    Geddy Lee to Appear on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl on November 28th

    CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Graphic Novel Coming in April 2014
    Geddy Lee is scheduled to make a Thanksgiving Day appearance on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl station.

    The interview special, which is titled Classic Vinyl Influences with Geddy Lee will air on Thursday, November 28th between 3 and 4pm EST. From the Classic Vinyl website:
    Classic Vinyl gives thanks for decades of complex thought-provoking-progressive rock from Canada's Geddy Lee. Hear Rush's lead singer and bass player remember 10 of the artists that were influential to him early in his Hall of Fame Career
    Click HERE for the complete broadcast schedule for Sirius XM as rebroadcasts of the special are expected throughout the holiday weekend.

    Thanks to Sheri Geddygirl Beri and Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel Coming in April 2014

    CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Graphic Novel Coming in April 2014
    Kevin J. Anderson, the author of the novel adaptation of Rush's concept album Clockwork Angels has just announced plans for a Graphic Novel.

    From Kevin's blog:
    If you’ve looked at the hardcover of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel, or seen the images from the Rush “Clockwork Angels” tour, you know how lavish and visually interesting the story and the world is. So it was natural to think about a graphic novel adaptation as well. BOOM! Studios, one of the largest comics publishers in the US, will be releasing CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Graphic Novel in six beautiful issues, scripted by me, beginning next April, simultaneous with the trade paperback release of the novel from ECW.

    Even before the novel was published, at San Diego Comic Con (July 2012) I talked about the idea with several of the comics publishers I had worked with. I received a lot of interest, but when I mentioned the project to Ross Ritchie, the owner and publisher of BOOM!, his response was so extraordinarily enthusiastic that I knew we had found the right home. I showed him color photocopies of Hugh Syme’s artwork and gave him a black-and-white Advance Reading Copy of the novel. We were set.

    Timing was the next challenge, allowing us the right amount of time to do a good job on the scripts and art, while not tripping over the Rush tour schedule or the novel release. But now I can finally spill the beans.
    Exciting news! For more information, please check out Kevin's complete blog entry and Boom! Studio's website.

    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour to Premiere on VH-1 Classic on Sunday, December 1st

    Rush Clockwork Angels Tour DVD
    Update: I've completed the transcription of the liner notes/tracks and have scanned all of the artwork from the CD package. You can view both at the following links:Liner Notes/Tracks -- Album Artwork.
    Though it was just released yesterday, Rush's latest live offering - Clockwork Angels Tour - is already set to make its television debut on VH-1 Classic on December 1st at 9pm.

    According to this listing from DirectTV, the run-time of the concert film on VH-1 Classic will be 2 hours and 30 minutes. The recent theatrical debut of Clockwork Angels Tour also ran about 2:30 but only included the second set and the tour documentary. Given commercial breaks, it's likely that the VH-1 debut will only reflect one of the two sets.

    In related news, VH-1 also conducted an exclusive interview with Geddy which can be viewed via the embedded viewer below.

    Finally, if you still haven't ordered your copy of Clockwork Angels Tour, you can do so via the links below:
  • Limited Edition Deluxe Package
  • 2-disc DVD
  • Blu-Ray
  • 3-disc CD


  • Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

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    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour Live CD/DVD Now Available

    Rush Clockwork Angels Tour DVD
    The time is now again, Rush fans. The highly anticipated release of Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour Live CD and DVD are now available.

    Recorded over two consecutive tour dates last November in Phoenix and Dallas, the 2-DVD or single Blu-Ray package features over 3 hours of music including favorites Tom Sawyer and The Spirit of Radio, three drum solos, new string arrangements of classics such as YYZ, Dreamline and Red Sector A, and rarely performed songs such as The Body Electric and Middletown Dreams. Extensive bonus features include a full version of Limelight from soundcheck and an exclusive backstage documentary shot throughout Europe. The 3-CD set also features all of the tracks that are included in the DVD/BS packages.

    Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour is the eleventh (officially) released live album the band has produced in their decades-spanning career. This live offering continues the pattern of a new live CD/DVD with each new tour that began with 2003's Rush in Rio .

    Complete liner notes, track listings, and artwork for the CD and DVD/BD/Limited Edition Deluxe Packaging versions will be uploaded to the main site within the next few days. In the mean time, if you haven't ordered your copies yet, you can do so via the links below.
  • Limited Edition Deluxe Package
  • 2-disc DVD
  • Blu-Ray
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  • Please feel free to share your comments and thoughts on the new live album in the comments section below.

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    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Alex Lifeson Talks to Billboard Magazine - Rush 'Haven't Stopped or Quit… Just Relaxing'

    Alex Lifeson Talks to Billboard Magazine - Rush 'Haven't Stopped or Quit… Just Relaxing'
    To coincide with the release of the Clockwork Angels Live CD/DVD, Billboard Magazine sat down with Alex Lifeson to discuss the new live offering, the future of the band and more.

    From the interview:
    That said, Lifeson acknowledges that he and singer/bassist/keyboardist Geddy Lee -- who both live in the Toronto area while drummer Neil Peart resides in California -- "typically get a little bored, and so we enjoy writing and working together and I wouldn't doubt that some time in the new year we'll probably gravitate towards each other and start doing some writing.

    It's going to be interesting to see where we do go next. You know, the album is dying as a format. We're so used to it and we're so old school in that format, but will we get more mileage by doing a few new songs at a time, or do we do another album? It's hard to say what the future holds, and it's just changing so rapidly. It's always hard to speculate where you're going to go."
    The entire interview can be read at this LINK.

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    Rush Included in Rolling Stone's The 10 Greatest Canadian Rock Stars Readers' Poll

    Alex Lifeson Receives the Spirit of Prog Award
    Rolling Stone magazine recently conducted a reader's poll of the The 10 Greatest Canadian Rock Stars. Coming in at the #2 spot, behind singer/songwriter Neil Young, was Rush:
    2. Rush

    Anyone who doesn't know Rush is Canadian can probably figure it out about four seconds into their 1981 video for "Limelight." It begins with a wolf running in front of a hopelessly remote house, practically lost in a mountain of snow. There don't appear to be any neighbors around for at least one hundred miles and inside, the Canadian trio is playing in front of a large window that looks out into the vast Canadian wilderness.

    Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson grew up near Toronto and they cut their teeth on the local club circuit. They live there to this day, though drummer Neil Peart now spends much of his time in Los Angeles with his wife and young daughter.
    You can check out the entire list via this LINK.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

    Alex Lifeson Receives the Spirit of Prog Award

    Alex Lifeson Receives the Spirit of Prog Award
    Last night in London, the 9th annual Classic Rock Awards ceremony took place. During the awards ceremony, Alex Lifeson was the recipient of the "Spirit Of Prog" award.

    The Spirit Of Prog Award goes to artists who have made a remarkable contribution to the genre. Previous recipients include Jethro Tull, Family and the man who presented Lifeson with his award last night, Rick Wakeman.

    A photo gallery of the event is available at this HERE while more information about Alex's award and upcoming interviews is available HERE.

    Also available is an audio interview with Alex taken immediately following the ceremony. In it, Alex discusses his early influences, what it means to be labeled as a "Prog Rocker" and more.





    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour Album Now Streaming on Pandora

    Rush Clockwork Angels Tour DVD
    Though Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD has yet to be released (the release date is still slated for November 19th), Pandora Premieres is currently streaming (audio only) the entire album online. However, for some reason, Halo Effect is missing from the stream.

    You can access the stream via this LINK.

    With the upcoming release, several news stories and interviews have begun to pop up. Geddy Lee was interviewed by CBS in this piece: Rush’s Geddy Lee Talks Baseball; Preview New Rush Live DVD while Radio.Com posted this article (Exclusive: Preview Rush’s ‘Clockwork Angels Tour’ DVD Before Its Release) ahead of their own premiere.


    Still haven't pre-ordered your copy of Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour? You can do so via one of the links below:
  • Limited Edition Deluxe Package
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  • Thanks to Mark L for the news.

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    Sunday, November 10, 2013

    Neil Peart: Taking Center Stage Nominated for Best Educational Book in Modern Drummer Readers Poll

    Neil Peart Taking Center Stage
    Back in 2011, Neil Peart released the drumming instructional video TAKING CENTER STAGE
    a lifetime of live performance
    . The 3-disc DVD set, where Neil examined the challenges of live performances through his over 30 years of touring the world, was followed up by a companion book in 2012. Joe Bergamini, who both appeared in the video and co-wrote the companion book with Neil, let me know that the book has been nominated for the "Best Educational Book" in a current Modern Drummer Readers Poll. To vote for the book, please click HERE.

    In related news, Joe has also released a new book titled Arrival Drum Play-Along which features Zak Rizvi and Frank LaPlaca from Joe's band 4Front. Drummers who enjoy playing along to Rush would probably like jamming to these songs. You can find out about the book here:

    www.joebergamini.com and http://www.wizdom-media.com/?product=arrival-drum-play-along.

    Finally, Joe also let me know that Neil wrote the foreword for a new Gavin Harrison drum book that Hudson Music will be publishing in January 2014. Neil wrote the forward at home after the tour had ended. The book is a series of drum transcriptions of Gavin’s performances with Porcupine Tree, with accompanying text from Gavin himself.

    Thanks to Joe Bergamini for the great news!

    Saturday, November 9, 2013

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - November 2013 - "Angels Landing"

    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - November 2013 - Angels Landing
    Neil Peart has just posted a new update to his "News, Weather, and Sports" website blog. This November 2013 entry, titled "Angels Landing", highlights a recent trip Neil took around Southern California and Utah in his new Aston Martin Vanquish.

    From the entry:
    To open on a positive note—or positive chord, more like, G Major perhaps—this is a portrait of a happy man. And we do not use the word “happy” lightly. The attainment of where he is standing (Angels Landing) will be recounted soon, but the back story is important, too. The rock combo he had played in for thirty-nine years was on “indefinite hiatus,” and his bandmates (the Guys at Work) had agreed not to even talk about work for at least a year.

    (Just after the band’s tour ended, he was enjoying one of the pleasures of being home, the Sunday crossword, and saw this clue: “Rush job?” The answer was “rockconcert,” which made him smile—nice tribute!—but also think, “Not for a while!”)

    So for the first time in over a year, he wasn’t counting down the days until his next departure. For the first time in ten years, he was free of work obligations and schedules, and for these few days, he was even free of family commitments. Some months ago his wife Carrie announced that she was planning a trip to Chicago and New York City with her mother and their daughter to visit friends of hers, and asked him to join them. When he thought about airports, luggage, hotels, and big cities, he said, “You know what? I’ve had enough of all that for a while. You girls go and have a good time. I’ll stay home—maybe go on a roadtrip for a few days.”

    Now I was on the second day of a five-day journey through Southwestern Utah in my new Aston Martin Vanquish. (Ordered the previous year, and delivered during a break in the tour, I had only been able to put a few hundred miles on it.) I paused to spend a day hiking in both Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, and altogether would drive over 1,500 miles, and hike about fifteen—enjoying both to their fullest.
    Accompanying the entry are some fantastic photos of Neil's adventures on his solo trip. Check out the 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.

    Wednesday, November 6, 2013

    Rush Inspired Apparel from Danforth & Pape

    Rush Clockwork Angels Tour DVD
    Update: Due to overwhelming demand, the folks at Danforth & Pape have requested your patience as they work through all of the orders they have received. As their official website is still under construction, working on orders via Facebook has proven a little challenging. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
    Danforth & Pape, a small T-shirt company based out of the United Kingdom, has produced several Rush-inspired designs over the past few months. Opening up their fall collection is a fantastic double-sided piece based on the famed Rocinante spaceship from Rush's classic Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage.

    From the designer:
    The Danforth & Pape Rocinante...
    Formed in 1977, long before the creation of the Canadian Space Agency in 1989, Rocinante was a top secret Canadian space programme. Located at Rockfield Air Force Base on Cape Parry in the Northwest Territories, Rocinante was created to conduct an experimental mission to explore the constellation of Cygnus and its formidable secret - the strongest X-ray source ever seen from Earth, the blackhole of Cygnus X-1 (Cyg X-1).

    Rocinante, the name given to the 3-man space module, was launched on 1st September 1977 but no photographs, or even drawings, exist of the craft. To this day no one really knows what happened on that fateful mission, as all radio transcripts were destroyed in an attempt to cover up every scrap of evidence that this highly-classified operation ever existed.

    Seen for the first time ever in public, this is an exact replica of the shirt worn by crew members of this mysterious and highly secretive organisation of scientists, astrophysicists, astronauts and intrepid explorers.
    Danforth & Pape have also produced T-shirt designs highlighting Rush's recording career at Le Studio as well as a reproduction of Geddy Lee's Blah Blah Blah shirt that he wore numerous times on tour.

    While the company is currently working on an external website to feature their products, you can learn more about there designs (as well as inquire about placing orders) via their Facebook page however, as noted above, due to overwhelming demand, new orders may not be immediately accepted at this time.

    Thanks to designer and owner Paul Tippett for sharing the news!

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