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Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam

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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 mad…

Rush R40 Bonus Content Now Available as a Free Download

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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.

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

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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 questio…

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

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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 inclu…

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

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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…

Rush to Reissue Mercury-Era Albums Throughout 2015

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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 P…

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

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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 w…

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

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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 J…

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

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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 …

Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts Companion Book Now Available

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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 …