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Friday, June 20, 2014

Rush's Lighting Director Howard Ungerleider to Receive Parnelli Visionary Honor

Rush's Lighting Director Howard Ungerleider to Receive Parnelli Visionary Honor
PLSN (Projection, Lights and Staging News) has announced that Rush's long-time lighting director Howard Ungerleider will be the recipient of the 2014 Parnelli Visionary Award which will be presented at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 22nd, 2014. From the announcement:
“Howard is a pioneer who took concert lighting to a new level, leaving everybody else to try to catch up,” says Parnelli Producer/PLSN Publisher Terry Lowe. “His work with Rush has inspired many in this business, and he’s known as one of the nicest, most respected guys in this business, too.”

Many companies turned to Ungerleider when developing new products. “A lot of manufacturers would send me their fixtures to break,” he says. One is High End.

“Howard Ungerleider is a pioneer in the entertainment industry,” says High End founder and Parnelli Visionary Honoree Richard Belliveau. “For as long as I have known Howard he has strived to provide his clientele with new and innovative ideas. New and innovative ideas can sometimes require more work and time for a designer like Howard to implement. Howard unselfishly spends his time to make sure those innovative ideas get implemented and in a successful fashion for his client. The results can be breathtaking.”

Ungerleider was born in New York, and grew up in New Jersey. He did some lighting in high school, and then played in bands. Though rock ‘n’ roll stardom eluded him, he had an opportunity to work for an music agency. He started in the mailroom and eventually became a successful band agent himself. During all those limo rides when the band would ask him what he thought of their show, his constructive criticism and specific ideas soon had him moonlighting as a lighting consultant. In 1974, he left the agency business and went to work with Rush.
Click HERE for more information.

Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Netflix Movie Trailer Park Boys: Live in Fu**in' Dublin Includes Cameo Appearance by Alex Lifeson

Neil Peart: Far and Near
Alex Lifeson has a brief cameo appearance in the new Netflix original program titled Trailer Park Boys: Live in Fu**in' Dublin. Lifeson, who portrays himself, announces the winner of the Rush internet contest to determine Rush's biggest fan. The winner of the contest, Bubbles, along with his cohorts Ricky and Julian, recreated the classic Rush video for Closer to the Heart as their entry for the contest.

Alex goes on to congratulate Bubbles for his work on the video, however he also indicates that Ricky's performance really sucked. As part of the winnings, the friends win a trip to Dublin in a private jet to see the band's show there along with a $1000 spending money. Hilarity ensues when they reach Dublin, but I won't give it all away.

The closing credits show a side-by-side comparison of both the original Rush video for Closer to the Heart and the Trailer Park Boy's version.

To watch the movie (Netflix Streaming Account Required), click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Nipissing University To Bestow Honorary Degrees to the Members of Rush

Nipissing University To Bestow Honorary Degrees to the Members of Rush
Update (06/12/2014): Both Geddy and Alex have posted video acceptance speeches. You can view them here: (Geddy | Alex). Thanks to Donovan Duguay for the links and news.
Update (06/12/2014): Rush are scheduled to receive their honorary degrees today, June 12th, at 2:00pm EST. You can watch a stream of the event via this LINK (or now via the embedded viewer below)
Nipissing University, located in Ontario, has just announced that each of the members of Rush are to be bestowed with an honorary degree; the university's first honorary "Doctor of Music".

From the announcement:
“Convocation is the highlight of the year and we are honoured that these extraordinary individuals will help us celebrate our graduates,” said Dr. Mike DeGagné, President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University. “The nine honourees are remarkable Canadians who have helped make our world better. It is very rewarding that they each recognize the distinct value of Nipissing University and support our mission and vision to the extent that they are accepting our highest honour, solidifying their connection to our institution.”

Rush, the iconic Canadian rock band comprised of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, has celebrated more than 40 years of making amazing music together, achieving worldwide album sales in excess of $40 million. Rush ranks third in sales after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, and has produced 24 gold, 14 platinum and three multi-platinum albums while being active in philanthropic causes as a group and as individuals. The band has received seven Grammy award nominations and won several Juno Awards. In 1994, Rush was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and in 1996, band members were made Officers of the Order of Canada. In 2012, the band won the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Lee, Lifeson and Peart will receive Nipissing’s first honorary Doctor of Music, on June 12 at 2 p.m.
At this time, it's not known whether any or all of the member of Rush will be in attendance at the ceremony.

We'll have more information as it becomes available. Congratulations to Geddy, Alex and Neil!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Cygnus-X1.Net Enters its Second Decade of Operation

Cygnus-X1.Net Enters Its Second Decade of OperationCygnus-X1.Net Enters Its Second Decade of Operation
June 1st marks the anniversary of when Cygnus-X1.Net was first launched and 2014 marks the site's 10th Anniversary. Ten Years. It's hard to believe I've been at this for so long, and even harder to believe how quickly the time has flown by.

One of the most rewarding experiences of running Cygnus-X1.Net has to be the site's evolution and growth over the years. While the 'Star Trek' side of the shop has expanded modestly over the years, the LCARS theme has never really changed since Day 1. But here on the Rush side of the shop, the site has gone through numerous visual changes as well as significant content growth.

Back when I first launched the 'Rush Tribute' section of the site, I employed a Sphere Theme which I still look back at fondly all these years later. (Through the magic of the internet's web archive, you can still access that theme via this LINK.) Back then, the site sported about 40 or 50 individual pages on Rush including the album and lyric database, the image database and the beginnings of the tour archive. Today, the entirety of Cygnus-X1.Net houses over 1,500 individual pages with over 1,000 dedicated to Rush alone. It includes thousands of concert photos, hundreds upon hundreds of articles on the band, all the details and artwork on every official (and some unofficial) releases and so much more.

My, how we've grown - and not only within the confines of the site. Cygnus-X1.Net has expanded beyond its domain with a Facebook Group which has nearly 5,000 members and a Twitter Page with nearly 3,000 followers.

I'm still humbled and amazed at how far this site has come during the past ten years, and one thing is for certain - Cygnus-X1.Net would not be where it is today without the support of some fantastic people like Rob Michaelson (site designer and graphic artist), Carl McDonnell (graphic artist extraordinaire), Eric Hansen (of Power Windows fame), Ed Stenger (of RushIsABand), Heiko Klages (for hundreds of article contributions to the site) and everyone else who have visited, supported and contributed to the site over the years.

Thank you, all!

On to Decade #2...

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