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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rush FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Rock's Greatest Power Trio Book Coming in April

Rush FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Rock's Greatest Power Trio
Update: This book is now scheduled to be released on June 17th.
A new reference book on Rush will be published this April from long-time Rush aficionado Max Mobley. The book, titled Rush FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Rock's Greatest Power Trio will be released on April 29th and is available for pre-order now via Amazon.Com:
Rush FAQ documents the amazing story of the worlds greatest Canadian prog rock power trio, from its origins in a church basement in Willowdale, Ontario, to its induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Covering 40 albums, 10 DVDs, thousands of mesmerizing live shows, and millions of rocks most loyal fans, the story of Rush is as epic and unique as its music. Rush has been maligned by the press for decades, and misunderstood by a legion of mainstream rock fans and rock glitterati. And yet only the Beatles and Rolling Stones have earned more gold and platinum records. Few artists, if any, have been as influential as Rushs three virtuososbassist-keyboardist-vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer-lyricist Neil Peart. Rushs focus has always been about its muse and its music. As such, Rush FAQ studies the evolution of the bands sound, from the early days of Zeppelin-esque blues-rock to complex, synth-laden opuses to the return of concept-album bombast with the critically acclaimed Clockwork Angels. With wit, humor, and authority, music industry veteran and unabashed Rush geek Max Mobley examines the music, gear, personalities, and trials and tribulations of one of rock and rolls truly legendary acts. It is a story Rush fans will treasure and rock and roll fans will admire.
Author Max Mobley, who most recently interviewed Alex Lifeson for a 2009 issue of Premiere Guitar Magazine, has provided an exclusive extract of his book for Cygnus-X1.Net:
With All the World’s a Stage, Rush was testing themselves by touching the boundaries of rock and roll, and then pushing it to see what happened. They were at the foot of a mountain and eager to climb. With Exit...Stage Left, the climb had begun, and through the songs they were now capable of writing, they assured onlookers (fans) that they knew what they were doing, while doubters hoped for a fall. In Grace Under Pressure, they had reached a plateau and were adjusting to the giddy atmosphere that was the eighties. In A Show of Hands, they seemed to want to make sure that everyone knew that, whereas they have yet to reach the peak, they were having a good time (which they undoubtedly were) and that they deserved to be there right alongside their fellow successful musical brethren. Nearing the summit, god-awful tragedy strikes. And having suffered a great fall, with Different Stages they planted a flag in the hopes of not being forgotten, reminding anyone who cared that they once were there. From the bottom of the crevasse where they had landed, rescue seemed dubious—like something greater than music had swallowed them whole like Jonah to the whale. Different Stages was also the call for compassion—the only thing that mattered at the time (Absalom! Absalom!). With Rush in Rio, they had climbed out of that chasm (both privately and publicly) under their own power—music. They were different, now and forever. But they were also, in some ways, better. Looking around, during those last minutes of the Vapor Trails tour in Rio, they realized that they were looking down from the summit. They had made it, but their stance there was somewhat tenuous because it almost never happened. But it did. And thousands of Brazilians helped them realize not only had they made it, but the climb was over—they could relax. As if...

And then came R30.

With the mountain conquered, it was time to take in the view all around them. It was time to allow themselves a pat on the back. There was nothing left but to celebrate. And they did — with thirty-one songs and thousands of their best friends from Europe and North America. Thank God.

A band that never gave a damn about fame or acceptance now had masses lining up as if to give an overdue apology, admitting that Rush and Rush fans were right all along. (What were we thinking ...?) The power of their music need not be measured in riffs or the number of complicated time changes. It need not be measured at all anymore: the word Rush itself was all that need be said. The music on R30 was as serious as always for the band, and seriously played and devoured. And, at the same time, Lee, Lifeson and Peart, and the fantastic (and at times fantastically funny) stage show made sure we knew such things should never be taken too seriously. True.
Thanks to Max Mobley for the information on the book and the excerpt.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Rush: Spirit of the Airwaves Live 1980 Radio Broadcast CD/Vinyl Coming in March

Rush: Spirit of the Airwaves
Back in 1980, during their Permanent Waves tour, Rush played three consecutive nights at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri from February 11th through the 13th. A fairly well-known bootleg from a live radio broadcast recording of one of those three performances has been around for quite some time.

Now that live radio broadcast recording will be repackaged and released as a CD or Vinyl in Europe this March. It will be available in the US and Canada as an import item and can be pre-ordered HERE. UK residents can pre-order the album via this LINK.

For those who cannot wait, the album is already available on iTunes as well as other digital music providers across Europe.

Below is a track listing for the album:
1. 2112: Overture 4:36
2. The Temples of Syrinx 2:16
3. Discovery 0:30
4. Presentation 2:35
5. Soliloquy 2:25
6. Grand Finale 2:29
7. By-Tor and the Snow Dog 5:14
8. Xanadu 12:17
9. The Spirit of Radio 5:19
10. Natural Science 8:24
11. Beneath, Between, Behind 2:29
12. Working Man 3:30
13. Finding My Way Intro 0:23
14. Anthem 1:40
15. Bastille Day 1:28
16. In the Mood 2:39
17. Drum Solo 5:11
Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Friday, January 24, 2014

2014 NAMM Show Premieres New Alex Lifeson Guitar and Neil Peart Snare Drum

2014 NAMM Show Premieres New Alex Lifeson Guitar and Neil Peart Snare Drum2014 NAMM Show Premieres New Alex Lifeson Guitar and Neil Peart Snare Drum
The Winter 2014 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show is currently taking place in Anaheim, California. Easily the most important event in the music-making industry calendar, the NAMM show brings together all of the major hardware and software manufacturers and a host of celebrities for an industry-only convention.

Rush is well represented at this year's show as both Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart have showcased items on hand. For Alex, he worked with PRS Guitars to develop a new Private Stock Alex Lifeson Thinline acoustic guitar. From the press release:
“During the 2013 Rush Clockwork Angels Tour, I had the opportunity to spend some time with a PRS Angelus Cutaway. It quickly became my pre-show warm up guitar, and I spent many hours in many hotel rooms lost in the gorgeous sound and tone of that beautiful instrument. I'm very happy to announce that I have collaborated with PRS to develop an Alex Lifeson Signature model based on this superlative platform,” said Lifeson. “If you're like me, you won't be able to put it down.”

The Alex Lifeson signature acoustic is made in PRS Guitars’ Maryland shop and features a bearclaw spruce top and koa back and sides with a mahogany neck and ebony bridge, fretboard, and headstock veneer. It is adorned with Mother of Pearl and Paua “Birds in Flight” inlays and Paua purfling along the top, fretboard, and headstock veneer.
Due out in the spring, more information on the guitar is available at the PRS website.

DW Drums premiered an all-new line of Icon snare drums which honor Neil Peart, Roger Taylor of Queen, and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd. From the brochure:
The snare drum sizes and shell configurations are as played by each artist, with one dramatic new design element. The finish is painstakingly laser-cut, then hand-inlayed from a variety of jaw-dropping exotic wood veneers. For Neil Peart’s drum, the Time Machine motif is realistically recreated in the wood, while Queen’s ornate, Freddie Mercury-designed crest is depicted, as is Pink Floyd’s famous Dark Side of the Moon prism and waveform image. Each drum is protected with clear gloss lacquer and includes Collector’s Series® snare drum standard features such as our MAG™ throw-off system with 3P (3 position) buttplate, True-Hoops™, True-Tone™ snare wires, True-Pitch™ tuning, and DW Heads by Remo USA®. Also included are a premium DW snare bag, certificate of authenticity, and a legend that describes the woods used for each specific drum.
You can download the brochure from the DW Drums website.


Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel Update - The Anarchist is Revealed

Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel Update: The Anarchist Revealed
Recently, both Neil Peart and Kevin J. Anderson sat down with PREVIEWSworld.com to discuss the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of Clockwork Angels. In the interview, the first drawing of The Anarchist character is revealed. Neil comments on the early sketches thus far, that are being manned by graphic artist Nick Robles:
Neil Peart: Nick has some big challenges ahead of him — while for Kevin and me, this graphic series is a huge and exciting step toward a fully-realized world of our own invention. Also, having been highly impressed by Nick’s early sketches of characters and settings, I will be looking forward to seeing his visions of the grander backgrounds, like Crown City, the Carnival, and the Wreckers.
You can read the entire article, which also hints at a possible motion picture adaptation of Clockwork Angels via this LINK.

Pre-Orders of either the first issue of Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel or the entire 6-issue set are now available from the Boom Studios website:
  • Pre-Order Issue #1 HERE - $3.99
  • Pre-Order 6-Issue Subscription HERE - $29.99
  • The graphic novel will be released alongside the trade paperback reissue of Clockwork Angels: the Novel from ECW, which is now available for pre-order.

    Related News Stories
    [New Interview with Kevin J. Anderson on the Graphic Novel Adaptation of Clockwork Angels - Janaury 6th, 2014]
    [Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel Now Available for Pre-Order - December 26th, 2013]
    ['Clockwork Angels' a Heavenly Comics Debut for Rush - Owen Hardy Character Design Revealed - December 11th, 2013]
    [Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel Coming in April 2014 - November 21st, 2013]

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    "Love Me Some Rush" - Sensual Rush Inspired Photography

    Photographer and Rush fan Lance Hardy recently posted a segment to his blog titled Love Me Some Rush. The entry discusses his life-long appreciation of Rush's music and how it has been a positive influence on his life. To celebrate that fact, Lance took a series of photographs of various Rush album artwork that were projected on a nude model.

    From the entry:
    "There are momentous times in your life that you never forget. They vary in poignance and significance, yet the events (becoming history) that paint our individual lives leave indelible memories. For me, one such key memory is the moment I was truly introduced to a band named RUSH...[I bought] all the RUSH albums I could get my hands on. They were treasures to me. I would sit in my room night after night with headphones on getting goose bumps listening to the guitar solo from “Working Man”, the symphonic caress of “Xanadu”, the haunting promise of optimism of “Limelight”. I devoted myself to music. I learned the bass and practiced Geddy’s incomparable style until my fingers bled. In unison it opened my artistic self up to limitless possibilities of expression...So where does all this bring me today? Well then… I simply wanted to take this incredible, unforgettable influence in my life and have a little fun making some fun images my way. RUSH album art is incredible and consistently well done by artist Hugh Syme. My tribute, using this life spanning art in a fun photo shoot with always awesome Cassidy and my gorgeous co-conspirator."
    You can read the entire entry, which includes links to over 20 photographs, via this LINK.

    Thanks to reader Joe Pesch for passing along the link.

    Monday, January 6, 2014

    New Interview with Kevin J. Anderson on the Graphic Novel Adaptation of Clockwork Angels

    Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel Now Available for Pre-Order
    A new interview with Kevin J. Anderson regarding the graphic novel adaptation of Clockwork Angels was posted at the Huffington Post today. The interview/article reveals how the idea of the graphic novel came to be and also includes some new, preliminary artwork.

    From the inteview:
    "The Clockwork Angels world is so vivid and fantastical it seemed obvious to me from the outset that it would translate well to the comics medium," says Anderson. He is best known for his epic science fiction novels in the Dune and Star Wars universes, as well as his Saga of Seven Suns series and, in a lighter vein, his Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. novels. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press, the company handles the eBook version of Clockwork Angels. He has scripted numerous comics, including Star Wars, Justice Society, Predator, X-Files, Star Trek, and original works.

    At San Diego Comic Con, Anderson showed several comic publishers the Hugh Syme artwork from the novel. He pitched them the idea of expanding the multi-media platform from music to prose to comics. "All of the companies were interested, but said they would have to consider it, have meetings, run numbers," Anderson says. But when he talked with Ross Richie, founder and CEO of Boom! Studios, he received an entirely different response. In an e-mail, Richie wrote, "HOLY CRAP!!! Rush!!!! WHOA!!!! This is so cool!!!!!" Anderson smiles. "That was more in keeping with the enthusiasm we were looking for."

    Boom! signed up for a six-issue series that Anderson would script himself with input and art development from Peart, to be collected as a trade paperback graphic novel when the comic run was complete.
    Pre-Orders of either the first issue of Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel or the entire 6-issue set are now available from the Boom Studios website:
  • Pre-Order Issue #1 HERE - $3.99
  • Pre-Order 6-Issue Subscription HERE - $29.99
  • The graphic novel will be released alongside the trade paperback reissue of Clockwork Angels: the Novel from ECW, which is now available for pre-order.

    Related News Stories
    [Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel Now Available for Pre-Order - December 26th, 2013]
    ['Clockwork Angels' a Heavenly Comics Debut for Rush - Owen Hardy Character Design Revealed - December 11th, 2013]
    [Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel Coming in April 2014 - November 21st, 2013]

    Friday, January 3, 2014

    Donna Halper: Rush and Radio Podcast

    Donna Halper: Rush and Radio Podcast
    A new interview with Donna Halper was recently posted to the RadioGirl podcast:
    Donna Halper is best known for bringing Rush to the USA, but she's had a long career in radio. She talks about the radio business; her start in radio at Northeastern University, where she was the first woman on the air; her consulting biz; if radio can be revived; overcoming obstacles; her books and essays about baseball and the media; women in radio; being weird; how she got on the air; Arnie Ginsburg; why she hated Cleveland; getting fired for not doing drugs; sexual harassment; being persistent; WMMS in Cleveland, where she introduced Rush to the United States; why Rush is different; her friendship with them; why it took a long time for Rush to get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; what Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart are like...
    To listen to the interview, click HERE.

    Thanks to RushFanForever for the link.

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