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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Neil Peart's Next Book "Far and Near: On Days Like These" Coming October 14th

Neil Peart: Far and Near
As a follow-up to his 2011 book FAR and AWAY: A Prize Every Time, Neil Peart and ECW Press will be publishing Far and Near: On Days Like These. The book currently has a release date of October 14th, 2014.
Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Neil Peart has stories to tell. His first volume in this series, Far and Away, combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers.

Now Far and Near brings together reflections from another three years of an artist’s life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music. With passionate insight, wry humor, and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes, and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind.

These popular stories, originally posted on Peart’s website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector’s volume.
A hard-cover edition of the book is available for pre-order at Amazon.Com for $22.76. An E-Book version of the book is expected to be released simultaneously.

To read an excerpt from FAR and AWAY: A Prize Every Time, click HERE.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Music Rights Management Company ole Acquires Rush Catalog

Geddy Lee 3000 Hit Baseball
According to a press release from earlier today, the Music Rights Management Company ole has purchased Core Music, the 40-year home of Rush’s music publishing, and will manage the music publishing affairs of the band for the foreseeable future.

From the press release:
Says ole Chairman and CEO Robert Ott, “ole is very honored to have been chosen by Rush to manage their incredible living legacy and to be a partner in their ongoing creative journey in music publishing. ole looks forward to working hard to ensure that Rush’s music continues to find new and wider audiences.”

Geddy Lee, singer/bassist of Rush, said, “We are pleased with the news of Core Music's deal with ole and happy that our publishing will be handled by a Canadian company with worldwide expertise.”

“With the changing times in the music business, the responsibilities of a publisher have become much more complex. This deal will allow me to devote my time and energy to managing the live touring and recording aspects of Rush’s ongoing career,” said Ray Danniels, President of SRO/Anthem and Rush’s longtime and only Manager.

As part of the ole-Core deal, Pegi Cecconi, who has overseen the administration of Core Music since inception, will continue to work full-time at the management and label home of Rush, SRO/ANTHEM, but will also take on a consulting role with ole in regards to the vast Rush catalogue.
Billboard also posted an article about the deal where long-time Rush manager Ray Danniels was quoted:
"With the changing times in the music business, the responsibilities of a publisher have become much more complex. This deal will allow me to devote my time and energy to managing the live touring and recording aspects of Rush’s ongoing career."
"Rush’s ongoing career"...like music to my ears :-)

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Geddy Lee's Rare Autographed Baseball Looking For Two More Signature

Geddy Lee 3000 Hit Baseball
As most fans know, Geddy Lee has a passion for many things in life beyond music. His love and appreciation of wine has led the Rush front man to amass a collection of over 5,000 bottles. Another one of his passions is, of course, baseball. Geddy can often be seen attending the home games of his beloved Toronto Blue Jays, and he has an impressive baseball collection as well.

One of Geddy's most prized possession is a rare, autographed baseball which includes the signatures of many major league baseball players who are part of the 3,000 hit club. As the New York Yankee's short-stop Derek Jeter is also among that exclusive club, Geddy is attempting to get his signature, as well as Ichiro Suzuki's autograph, added to the baseball.

An article from the St. Louis Post-Dispath explains:
A baseball that might be unlike any other in the world is visiting Busch Stadium this week in hopes to add to more signatures to the elite group already on its hide. The owner of the ball has asked Cardinals equipment manager Rip Rowan to get the signatures of Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki -- two more members of the 3,000-hit club. That's the prerequisite for getting on the ball.

A quick scan of the ball (pictured) shows that it has most of the members of the 3,000-hit club and only a few modern hitters -- if we use some elastic to stretch the definition of "modern" -- do not appear on the ball, Honus Wagner and Nap Lajoie.

It has more recent 3,000-hit members: Rickey Henderson and Wade Boggs.

And it has Cobb, Speaker, and Eddie Collins, whose signature is one of the hard to miss ones -- big and loopy.

The ball is owned by Rush's lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee. A renowned collected of memorabilia and a huge baseball fan, Lee is also a Cardinals fan. He has come around the ballpark and spent time with the club before, and he has had long friendships with a few around the club. Lee purchased the ball to add to his collection, and has added signatures to it so that it may be the only baseball held by both Cobb and Clemente and ... if all goes well this week ... Jeter.
Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Rush Concert Films Receive Gold and Platinum Certifications

Rush CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOŒRRush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland
It's been several years since a Rush album or video has been certified Gold or better from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The last time any Rush album or video was recognized was back in September of 2010 when several concert films and the band's Beyond the Lighted Stage documentary were awarded numerous Gold and Platinum certifications. The four-year drought ended earlier this month when the organization awarded five new certifications to the last two Rush concert films that were released.

On May 14th of this year, Rush's Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland concert film received a Gold, Platinum and 2-X Platinum certification while their last concert film (to date) Clockwork Angels Tour received a Gold and Platinum certification.

According to the RIAA, a GOLD certification equates to 50,000 video unit sales while a PLATINUM certification equates to 100,000 video unit sales (both within the United States).

If you're interested in seeing a complete breakdown of all of Rush's RIAA certifications, click HERE. There are links on that page to certifications Rush has received from the MCC (Music Canada Certifications) as well as the BPI (United Kingdom Certifications).

Thanks to Age Y for the news.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rush Fan Conventions 2014 Update

Rush RatCon 14Rush EuCon 2014RushCon 2014
While Rush may be taking a well-deserved break in 2014, Rush fans the world over are continuing to celebrate the music of their favorite Canadian band by holding Rush Fan Conventions throughout the year.

This past Saturday, RushFest Scotland held their convention at the at the Dreadnought Rock club in Scotland. The full day convention was filled with Rush-themed events culminating in a 2-hour set from Scotland's premier Rush tribute band Moving Pictures. The convention also had a charity auction which raised an impressive £3,134.58 for the MacMillan Cancer Support.

For more information and pictures from the event, check out the official RushFest Scotland website and Facebook Page.

The next fan convention taking place this year is RatCon 2014; a smaller, more intimate convention that is limited to 100 guests. RatCon has been around since 2009, with the previous conventions taking place in Maryland. This year's convention, which will take place on July 11th and 12th, has been moved north to New Jersey (yours truly will be in attendance at this one). For complete information on this convention, check out their website (www.rushrat.com) or Facebook Page.

Later, in August, the largest and longest-running North American fan convention will take place. RushCon 14 will run from August 22nd - 24th in Rush's hometown of Toronto, Canada:
Once a year, fans from all over the world gather for several days of activities such as games, a charity auction featuring rare and collectible band memorabilia, a tribute band concert, important guest speakers from inside the band's inner circle and much, much more!

RushCon is a by-the-fans, for-the-fans event where folks have an opportunity to raise money for an important charity whilst having an amazing time learning more about the band, getting to know each other and connecting with other fans from around the world. Over the past 13 years, RushCon members have formed life-long friendships and bonded over their fondness of this band.
This year, RushCon 14 will include a performance from the famed Rush Tribute Band Lotus Land. Also on hand will be three very special guest speakers: Howard Ungerleider, Tony “Jack Secret” Geranios, and Kevin J. Anderson.

For more information about the convention, please check out their website at www.rushcon.org.

Last, and certainly not least, Rush EuCon 2014 will be taking place on October 10th and 11th in Cheshire, UK:
Activities on the day will include a quiz & raffle, an auction for “special” Rush related items and for
those of you who fancy “having a go” in our very own “Rush Idol” contest.

We are also thrilled to announce that the evening’s entertainment will be provided by none other than Rush tribute band “La Villa Strangiato” all the way from Italy!
For more information on Europe's largest and longest-running fan convention, please visit their website (www.rusheucon.co.uk).

For all those attending one (or more) of the conventions this year, have a great time! And for all the folks involved in putting these fantastic events together for the Rush fans across the globe, THANK YOU for all that you do!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

On This Date in Rush History: Rush Perform in the U.S. for the First Time

On This Date in Rush History: Rush Perform in the U.S. for the First Time
Though Rush had been performing live as a group for six years, the band never ventured south of the Canadian border until they were invited to join a number of other groups for a music festival at the North Side Drive-In in North Lansing, Michigan. The music event, which took place on this date in 1974, was supposed to be massive, with thousands expected to attend. Unfortunately, due in part to unfavorable weather conditions, only about 1,300 people showed up.

Among the other bands who performed that day was Liverpool; a Beatles cover band that was also managed by Rush's then (and current) manager Ray Danniels.

In celebration of Rush's 40th Anniversary of their first concert date in the U.S., DJ Duran Martinez from Classic Rock 94.4FM posted the following article about the concert and presents and old concert photo from the event that was uncovered by Rush fan Wayne Rood.

Wayne and Duran have asked that other fans converge on the old drive-in theater today, located on US Route 27, to celebrate this momentous occasion in Rush's history. So if live in the area of North Lansing, MI, take a ride to the old North Side drive-in. The forecast looks far more favorable than it was forty years ago.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SACD Version of Rush's Presto Coming Soon

SACD Version of Rush's Presto Coming Soon
Update (05/21/2014): The SACD version of Presto is now set for release on June 17th. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon.Com via this LINK.
Audio Fidelity has just announced the pending release of the fourth Rush album in their SACD (Super Audio CD) format. This time around, Rush's first album during their Atlantic Record days Presto will receive the audiophile-approved treatment.

While no release date was stated at the Audio Fidelity website, the album's retail price was listed at $29.99

Previous SACD treated Rush albums include Hemispheres and Counterparts, both of which were released last year and Roll The Bones which was first made available in 2011.

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
[SACD Version of Rush's Hemispheres Now Available for Pre-Order - July 11th, 2013]
[SACD Version of Rush's Counterparts Now Available for Pre-Order - January 7th, 2013]
[SACD Version of Rush's Counterparts Coming in December - November 13th, 2012]

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rush's Debut Album Reenters The Billboard Top 200 Album Charts

Rush's Debut Album Reenters The Billboard Top 200 Album ChartsRush ReDISCovered LP Box Box Set Coming April 15th
On the heels of last week's release of the 40th Anniversary re-release of Rush's debut album, Rush has re-entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts at position #127.

When the band's debut album was first released, it peaked on the charts at position #105 and remained in the Top 200 for a total of 13 weeks, although its not clear if those 13 weeks were consecutive.

About the re-issue:
The Re-discovered vinyl is encased in a 12 x 12 high quality box. Pressed on audio-phile 200 gram vinyl on the Direct Metal Mastering process, this is the highest quality vinyl currently available. This release contains a re-production of the original 1974 Canadian retail poster (only 500 were ever originally printed) and individual Moon Records publicity photos of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson & original drummer John Rutsey. This release also contains a first time ever Rush Family Tree, tracing origins of the band dating back to 1965 and a memorabilia collage of early Canadian and US gig ads, reviews, photos and the first ever Rush bio.
The Rediscovered LP Box Set can be ordered via this LINK.

Thanks to Michael Lynch for the news

Related News Stories
[Rush ReDISCovered Debut LP Box Box Set Coming April 15th - March 1st, 2014]
[Rush's Debut Album to Receive 40th Anniversary Reissue - December 27th, 2013]

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