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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam

Rush's 2015 Tour
Despite recent favorable comments from both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson about a potential Rush tour in 2015, nothing has been formally announced. If anything, comments also made by Neil Peart suggest he's thoroughly enjoying his time off so, up until now, it seemed fairly certain that Rush would not tour any time soon (certainly not in the spring of 2015 as originally suggested).

Now, however, some leaked unconfirmed tour dates has opened up the speculation game. Yesterday, two 2015 tour dates appeared - and then disappeared - from various concert ticket sites including Ticketmaster. The dates in question were a June 23rd show at the TD Garden in Boston and a June 29th show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. I've also heard from a very reliable source that the band is schedule to perform at the Scottrade Center in St.Louis sometime in June.

Granted, this is all very sketchy information and I was prepared to disregard it until something a little more concrete was made available. That seemingly has happened thanks to a tweet from none other than Lorne Wheaton (Neil Peart's drum tech). In a tweet today, Lorne stated the following:
Hope everyone had a great Holiday season, and WILL have a safe & Happy New Year!! See u all in the new year...oops, did I just say that?
Could Lorne be (once again) hinting at a 2015 tour? It is certainly looking more promising.

If the June dates are accurate, one would surmise that the band would come out with a formal announcement soon. Looking back at the Clockwork Angels tour, the band officially announced that tour in mid-April - or about five months before opening night in September of 2012. Given that time frame, the announcement of the 2015 tour, if it were to start in June, is a just about due.

This is all speculation, everyone. Hopefully we'll have some confirmation very soon. Perhaps on January 1st which marks the 35th anniversary of the release of Permanent Waves. I couldn't think of a better way to get 2015 off to good start.

We'll have more news if and when it becomes available.

I'd also like to take this time to wish every a happy, safe and prosperous 2015. Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Rush R40 Bonus Content Now Available as a Free Download

Rush's R40 Box Set Enters the Billboard Charts at #2
When Rush released their concert video box-set R40 in early November, a special edition of the set was made available at both Best Buy and the Rush Backstage Club. This special edition included an additional DVD disc dubbed the "R40 Completist".

Now, Eagle Rock Entertainment has made the "Completist" content available for free download at www.r40bonus.com. The band also released a special trailer for the special edition box-set via Best Buy which can be viewed at this LINK.

For complete liner notes and box-set artwork of the R40 Box Set, please click HERE.

To purchase R40, click HERE.

Thanks to reader RushFanForever for the news.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Rush Performance on 'The Colbert Report' Among the 10 Most Memorable Moments

Rush Performance on 'The Colbert Report' Among the 10 Most Memorable Moments
Back in 2008, a turning-point in the popularity of Rush occurred; they made their first appearance on American television in more than 30 years with a memorable visit and performance on The Colbert Report.

Now, six years later as the show is set to wind down, the Wall Street Journal takes a look at the 10 Memorable Moments From ‘The Colbert Report’ which includes Rush's appearance:
Rush Make Their First American Television Appearance in 33 Years

July 16, 2008

One of the earliest “gets” of “The Colbert Report” was Canadian prog-rock band Rush, who chose the Comedy Central show as the setting for their first American television appearance in more than 30 years. The gimmick was that Colbert’s director, Jimmy, was a huge Rush fan, and Colbert invited the band on the show because he had lost a bet. Unfortunately, video of Colbert’s interview with the group and its subsequent performance of “Tom Sawyer” isn’t available, but for those of us who remember it vividly, one of the best questions Colbert has ever asked was when he said to Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson: “You’re known for your long songs – have you ever written a song so epic that by the end of the song, you were actually influenced by yourself at the beginning of the song?”
To view the complete list, as well as the video clip from Rush's appearance on Colbert's show, click HERE.

Monday, December 15, 2014

'Tis the Season - A Great Collection of Rush-Themed Gifts Now Available

Rush LunchboxRush Sectors Playing Cards
With the 2015 holiday season upon us, what better time to share the gift of Rush with a friend or loved one? Aside from the usual collection of music CD's and concert films from the band, there are a plethora of other Rush-themed gifts to choose from.

For the gambler, there are several collections of Rush playing cards to choose from including a beautiful Gift Tin which houses two separate deck of cards. Also new this year is a Rush Sectors Playing Cards set. Of course you can also choose from a single deck of cards if you prefer.

For the food afficionados, you can carry your lunch in style with the new Rush Lunchbox or drink your favorite hot beverage in a 2112 Coffee Mug.

Feel like giving someone a challenging gift? Perhaps the Rush Signals 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle will fit the bill. Of course you can never go wrong with the more surreal Rush Bobblehead Dolls :-)

Of course one of the most popular items in the Rush world are t-shirts, and there are plenty to choose from including the new and incredibly popular Rush Evolution of Logo T-Shirt. Prefer to sport the official Rush logo? Then check out the Bravado Rush Starman Glow T-Shirt. For the drummer at heart, you can't go wrong with the got Peart? t-shirt.

Many more Rush-themed gifts can be viewed at the official Cygnus-X1.Net Rush Store. Ordering any of the items above, or anything from the storefront supports Cygnus-X1.Net so THANK YOU for your support!

Here's wishing you and yours a happy and Rush-filled holiday season.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Neil Peart of Rush: The World’s Audience (The Interview)

Neil Peart of Rush: The World’s Audience (The Interview)
Neil Peart appears on the cover of the December 2014 issue of Rockcellar Magazine. Inside the issue is a lengthy interview with the Rush percussionist titled Neil Peart of Rush: The World’s Audience (The Interview). The topics covered include Neil's newest book Far & Near, the Clockwork Angels graphic novel, writing and more.

Here are some excerpts from the interview:
RCM: How are decisions made in Rush?

NP: Something I always say about a band of three, especially like us, is we can’t be a democracy. You can’t have two against one. It’s never going to work it, has to be consensus. You have to keep working on something and then it goes back to something we talked about a little while earlier, you have to keep plugging away. We’ve had songs that the two of us like and the other one doesn’t.

RCM: Do you enjoy revisiting both your first books and early Rush albums?

NP: Well, with my first book, The Masked Rider, yes, I can still live with it. Musically, I’m more satisfied with more recent work and still enjoy contemplating it. I’m more forgiving now where I have emotional appreciation for the older works.

I remember at the time we made it, again our motives were always pure, so I can look at that now and I know we were trying our best. And at worst, I feel a smile rather than a twinge, because it’s maybe an embarrassment of how naive we were.
You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rush to Reissue Mercury-Era Albums Throughout 2015

Rush to Reissue Mercury-Era Albums Throughout 2015
Update (12/10/2014):Amazon Pre-Ordering Links for most of the upcoming vinyl releases are now available below:
Fly By Night - [Vinyl] - [Blu-Ray Audio]
Caress of Steel - [Vinyl]
2112 - [Vinyl]
All The World's a Stage - [Vinyl]
A Farewell to Kings - [Vinyl] - [Blu-Ray Audio]
Hemispheres - [Vinyl]
Permanent Waves - [Vinyl]
Moving Pictures - [Vinyl]
Exit...Stage Left - [Vinyl]
Signals - [Vinyl] - [Blu-Ray Audio]
Grace Under Pressure - [Vinyl]
Yesterday we reported that Rush was preparing to release Fly By Night on Vinyl and high definition Blu-Ray audio format in January. Today, Rush.Com have just announced that that is just the beginning.

According to the band, 14 Mercury-era albums will be reissued throughout 2015. From the announcement:
12 MONTHS OF RUSH: 14 Albums from Mercury era for release in 2015

All titles will be reissued on high-quality VINYL with a download card for Digital Audio version, high resolution Digital Audio releases, while three titles will also be released on Blu-ray Pure Audio.

Earlier this year, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) kicked off its own celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary with the reissue of Rush’s self-titled 1974 debut.

In 2015, vocalist/bassist/keyboardist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart, who joined the band in July, 1974, shortly after the release of that first album and two weeks before the group’s inaugural U.S. tour, will see the reissue of the remaining 14 albums in their Mercury catalog in chronological order. Starting on January 27 with Fly By Night, which will be available in high-quality vinyl with a download code for a 320kbps MP4 vinyl ripped Digital Audio album download; high resolution Digital Audio editions in DSD (2.8mHz), 192khz / 24-bit, 96kHz / 24-bit; and an additional Blu-Ray Pure Audio version with 96kHz / 24-bit 5.1 surround sound and stereo. A Farewell to Kings and Signals are the other two albums which will be reissued in Blu-Ray Pure Audio. The remaining 13 titles will be released one or two a month through the end of the year.
Ordering links are not available yet but should be soon for, presumably, Fly By Night and Caress of Steel. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - December (July) 2014 - "Bamm Bamm and the Lemon Slug"

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - July/December 2014 - Bamm Bamm and the Lemon Slug
Neil Peart has just posted a new edition of his "News, Weather, and Sports" blog entry on his website. This entry, which is dated as July 2014 even though he's had several entries since that date, is titled quite interestingly Bamm Bamm and the Lemon Slug. As it turns out, Neil participated in the annual 24 Hours of LeMons "racing" event in Tooele, Utah. From his entry:
Your reporter poses with his full-face helmet and fireproof gloves, wearing his fireproof suit, socks, long underwear, and shoes (I know—red; they were out of black, see, and I thought, “Okay—I will rock those red shoes”). I am about to take my first driving shift in the “24 Hours of LeMons,” in Tooele, Utah. (Pronounced “Too-ill-uh.”) The endurance racing series, punning on the famous 24-hour race in Le Mans, France, was conceived around 2006 by journalist Jay Lamm. His mission was to give low-budget enthusiasts an opportunity to race—safely and humorously.

Explained in Mr. Lamm’s own pithy words: “Yeah, it’s real racing. That said, between the thick scrum of crapcans in front of you and our aversion to long, flat-out straightaways, you’re not going to set any speed records. It’s kinda like a loud, hot, noisy version of driving to work. For a really, really long time. Without actually getting anywhere. And it’s a lot harder to drink coffee through the helmet. Oh, and, you know, it’s more dangerous.”
Later in the entry, some unsuspecting fan walked right by Neil as he was working on his car:
At some point during that marathon operation I was lying under the car trying to loosen or tighten something, and I looked up and saw a guy and his son walking through the paddock—the dad wearing a Rush T-shirt. I smiled to myself and thought, “If you only knew!”
Classic.

You can read 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.

Rush's Fly By Night May Receive a 40th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue

Rush Fly By Night 40th Anniversary ReIssue
Update: MusicTap has just confirmed the re-issue of Fly By Night stating that it will also be released in the Blu-Ray Audio format. From the announcement:
With Blu-ray Audio creeping into the audiophile’s world, it is now the time for those adopting bands that have rabid audiences to bring their music out in the new format to assure their fans the best format to enjoy them with.

On January 27, Mercury Records will reissue a Blu-ray Audio version of Fly By Night, their 1975 classic that introduced drummer extraordinaire, Neil Peart to an adoring fan-base.
Click HERE for more information.

Ordering links outside of the UK are still not available but expected to be announced soon.
Rush's sophomore release Fly By Night will be turning 40 next year, specifically on February 15th, and it now seems possible that Rush may re-issue the album on vinyl to celebrate the occasion. A new listing for the album has just appeared on the United Kingdom version of Amazon. The release date is set for January 26, 2015 however no other details have been provided.

Given Rush reissued their debut album earlier this year to celebrate its 40th anniversary, it's certainly possible that Fly By Night, which also marks the first album featuring Neil Peart, may receive a similar treatment.

We'll have more news once it becomes available which, given the January release date, should be available soon.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Clockwork Angel's Inspired "The Anarchist" Fine Art Print Now Available

Clockwork Angels Inspired Fine Art Print Coming Soon
For a number of years now, Graham Whieldon, the UK based digital artist, has created some stunning Rush-inspired fine art. Last August he announced a new project; one that centered around Rush's Clockwork Angels album. Today, that vision as become a reality with the introduction of "The Anarchist"
At this end of Chronos Square thunders a nightmarish double-decker carousel that holds the fate of all within the decrepit skeletal cage of it's clattering frame, the ultimate wheel of fortune - pick a card; bet your life.
To help celebrate the release of Graham's latest artwork, he's holding a special contest geared specifically towards Rush fans. From his announcement:
Spot The RUSH References Competition
Now that The Anarchist is complete it's time for some Festive fun, and the chance to win yourself a Limited Edition Macrograph of your choice from my collection.

Within the Anarchist picture, I have painted 22 deliberate Rush references - excluding clockwork Angels - from albums to anecdotes, songs to sidelines. Some are obvious and some are tenuous, some are clear and some are well hidden. But all are Rush related in some way, and you will have to examine your print closely to find every last one of them.

The first to email me 16 correct references and where they appear in the painting will be announced on the closing day and sent a Limited Edition Macrograph print from a choice of: The Anarchist, Red Barchetta, 2112 viii, Snow Dog, and The Fountain of Lamneth.
Additional information on the contest and purchasing instructions can be found at www.macrographs.com.

Related News Stories
[Clockwork Angels Inspired Fine Art Print Coming Soon - August 12th, 2013]
[New Rush-inspired Fine Art from Macrographs - November 2nd, 2012]
[Rush-Inspired Fine Art - Red Barchetta - Now Available - October 24th, 2011]

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts Companion Book Now Available

Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts Companion Book Now Available
With the sixth and final installment of the Clockwork Angels Comic Book series released, author Kevin J. Anderson has just announced the release of a companion book titled Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts which is now available in both print and e-book form from Amazon.Com.

From the listing:
Clockwork Angels is a steampunk fantasy adventure—and an innovative multimedia feast!

Based on a story and lyrics by legendary drummer Neil Peart, Clockwork Angels became the worldwide bestselling concept album by Rush and was developed into a New York Times bestselling and award-winning novel by Kevin J. Anderson.

Anderson and Peart, working with comics artist Nick Robles, brought the epic tale to a visual canvas, a six-issue graphic novel published by BOOM! Studios. Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts pulls aside the creative curtain, showing the original scripts, panel by panel, interactions between author and artist, as well as all the secret “Easter eggs” intentionally planted throughout the images as a special treat for Rush fans.

Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts is a fascinating book in its own right, to be studied by comic writers, Rush fans, Kevin J. Anderson fans—and anyone interested in a truly astonishing story of a young man’s journey across a remarkable steampunk landscape with airships, pirates, alchemy, lost cities, a fabulous carnival, and a hero who insists on making his dreams come true.
To order your copy, please click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

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