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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Geddy Lee on his Fender USA Geddy Lee Jazz Bass

Geddy Lee on his Fender USA Geddy Lee Jazz Bass
The Geddy Lee Jazz Bass has been a staple in the Fender line since 1998, but earlier this year, Fender announced the addition of the U.S.A. version.

The new U.S.A. Geddy Lee Jazz Bass is a unique version that combines the specs and features of Lee’s three favorite basses — two Fender Custom Shop versions of his signature model and the original sleek black ’72 Jazz Bass that he discovered at a pawn shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

More from Fender:
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Bassists have loved the signature Geddy Lee Jazz Bass for years. The new U.S.A. Geddy Lee Jazz Bass is a new version that combines the specs and features of Lee’s three favorite basses—two Fender Custom Shop versions of his signature model and the original sleek black ’72 Jazz Bass that Rush’s revered bassist/vocalist has riffed away on in front of millions of devoted fans worldwide and on many a mega-selling album. The neck has a thicker custom profile, topped by a maple fingerboard with elegant white binding and white pearloid block inlays. For enormous tone that crackles with life and bristles with the energy, its two vintage-style single-coil Jazz Bass pickups are specially wound and voiced to sound like those on Lee’s prized 1972 original, and a Geddy Lee signature High-Mass bridge provides rock-solid intonation.
Fender posted a 7+ minute interview with Geddy Lee about the bass guitar. It can be viewed directly via this LINK or through the embedded viewer below.


For more information on the Fender UAA Geddy Lee Jazz Bass Guitar, please click HERE.

Thanks to Josh Welter for the news.

Fantoons' "Comicspheres: A Retrospective of Rush Toons" Kickstarter Program Now Underway

Fantoons' Comicspheres: A Retrospective of Rush Toons Kickstarter Program Now Underway
Fantoons, which was created by David Calcano and launched in 2012, is an on-going comic strip that brings you comedy and art based on the greatest rock bands on the planet.

Recently Fantoons announced an exciting new book project centered around Rush with a Kickstarter Program to help fund it. From the announcement:
We’ve released two books so far, and for this book, we’re exclusively going to cover the mighty RUSH! We’ve created comics, art, and parodies with their rich history, covers, and of course ourselves…the obsessive fans. You know… the guys that crashed their site when the R40 tour was announced; if you clicked & refreshed the page more than 4 times you are one of us.

Our book is ready to print! We are working on the cover to create something incredible for you. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to help us fund the printing process for the book... entitled: “Comicspheres: A retrospective of Rush Toons by Fantoons” This book is made for Rush fans by Rush fans, to celebrate their incredible career with humor and art blended together.
Fantoons is also providing a number of rewards for anyone who participates in their Kickstarter program.

For more information, please click HERE.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Clockwork Lives: The Bookseller's Tale E-book Now Available

Clockwork Lives: The Bookseller's Tale E-book Now AvailableClockwork Lives: The Bookseller's Tale E-book Now Available
Even though Clockwork Lives, the follow-up to Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's best-selling novel Clockwork Angels won't be released until September, a teaser e-book sample has just been made available by Anderson.

Titled Clockwork Lives: The Bookseller's Tale, the e-book is currently available at Amazon for $2.99 as well as other online retailers.

From the release notes:
Anderson and Peart have returned to their colorful creation to explore the places and the characters that still have a hold on their imagination. Clockwork Lives is a steampunk Canterbury Tales, and much more. “The Bookseller’s Tale” is the first excerpt to be released.
The e-book also includes an afterword on the writing of the novel with Neil Peart, and also a cameo from Vertical Horizon's Matt Scannell.

Back in March, Anderson posted a podcast where he discussed the making of Clockwork Lives, as well as other Rush-related writing projects he's completed - and is still working on. You can listen to that podcast via the player below or directly at this LINK.


Clockwork Lives is set to be released on September 15th and can be pre-ordered HERE.

Related News Stories
[Cover Art for Clockwork Lives Novel by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart Revealed - March 6th, 2015]
[Kevin J. Anderson Releases Chapter One Teaser Sample of 'Clockwork Lives' Novel - February 4th, 2015]
[Clockwork Lives Novel by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart Now Available for Pre-Order - January 21st, 2015]
[Kevin J. Anderson Announces Two New Writing Projects: "2113" and "Clockwork Lives - January 22nd, 2015]

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Limited Edition Neil Peart R40 Drumsticks Now Available

Limited Edition Neil Peart R40 Drumsticks Now Available
In commemoration of Rush's upcoming 40th Anniversary tour, Promark has just announced the release of Limited Edition Neil Peart R40 Drumsticks.

From the announcement:
The 747 was designed by Neil Peart of Rush. It features a classic 5A diameter but is longer and features a thicker taper. The large oval bead provides a dark, warm tone. The 747 is the perfect stick when more volume is required. Commemorative stick artwork for Rush 40th Anniversary Tour

  • Shira Kashi™ Oak is a dense and heavy wood providing a sturdy feel in your hand and excellent ride cymbal articulation. Sticks made of this Japanese Oak are exceptionally durable and usually last longer than other types of wood.
  • Diameter: .551" Length: 16 1/4"
  • Oval wood tip provides a dark, warm tone suited for multiple applications
  • Medium taper for balanced response and rebound
  • All ProMark drumsticks are designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA at our Texas facility to the most stringent quality controls in the industry
  • Commemorative stick artwork for Rush 40th Anniversary Tour
  • The sticks are now available from numerous online retailers including Amazon and Sweetwater.

    Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's R40 Tour in New Interview

    Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's R40 Tour in New Interview
    Alex Lifeson was featured in a new interview published by the Canadian Press today. The article/interview, which is titled Lifeson on Rush's last big tour: Never wants to be 'old and barely able to move' touches not only on the upcoming R40 40th Anniversary tour, but the future of Rush as well.

    From the interview:
    Ahead of rehearsals, a candid Alex Lifeson talked to The Canadian Press about Rush slowing down.

    CP: How are you feeling about this?

    Lifeson: I have such mixed feelings about it. In one way, I feel relief. I think that 40 years is a long time to be touring the way we tour. I really like being home with my grandkids. At 61, I don't feel there's anything we need to prove.

    I still love playing. But in (drummer) Neil (Peart)'s case, for example, his job is really tough. Playing the way he does is very, very difficult on his body. He has chronic tendonitis in his arms and he's had problems with his shoulders.

    It's just getting to the point, no matter how much we love doing it, that it's much more demanding and much more difficult.

    I've always hated the idea of being one of those guys who's just up there, old and barely able to move — just doing it for fear of not doing it, or not making an extra buck or whatever.

    If this is the last major tour that we do, (I want to) go out with flying colours, where everybody remembers the show they went to as the best Rush they've (seen).

    That's a nice legacy to leave behind — rather than the worn-out shadow of something you once were.
    Click HERE to read the entire interview.

    Related News Stories
    [Win a Meet & Greet with Members of Rush! - April 11th, 2015]
    [Attention Rush Fans! Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour - March 14th, 2015]
    ["Rush Currently Rehearsing in Los Angeles Ahead of R40 Tour - April 5th, 2015]
    ["Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway - March 10th, 2015]
    [Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video - January 27th, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

    Sunday, April 19, 2015

    Alex Lifeson to Appear on Renman Live April 22nd

    Alex Lifeson to Appear on Renman Live April 22nd
    Alex Lifeson will be appearing on Steve Rennie's web show Renman Live this Wednesday, April 22nd at 5:00pm PST. Rennie, who has worked in the music business for over 30 years, is currently the president REN Management, the former personal manager of INCUBUS, and is the Founder Renman Music & Business.

    From the announcement:
    Legendary Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson joins Renman Live! to talk about his career and the bands upcoming 40th anniversay tour! Let us know if you want to ask Alex a question by posting it below and we will set you up to call in and speak to the legend yourself!
    To read more and to post your own question to Alex, please click HERE.




    Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

    Saturday, April 11, 2015

    Win a Meet & Greet with Members of Rush!

    Rush Rehearsing in Los Angeles for R40
    The Rush Backstage Club has just announced a new contest where they are giving away a Meet & Greet opportunity with "Members of Rush" for each of the thirty-five concert shows during the R40 tour. From the announcement:
    The contest you have all been waiting for is here: Win a Meet and Greet with members of RUSH! We will draw one lucky winner for every city on the upcoming RUSH R40 Tour to win a pair of meet and greet passes to meet members of RUSH.

    IMPORTANT: You must have tickets to the concert in the city you are entering to win in to be eligible to win the meet and greet passes. Tickets to the concert are not included with the meet and greet passes prize.
    Also included is a very important note about the entry form:
    NOTE: When filling out the contest form, please fill in the "City" field with the city where you have tickets for a RUSH R40 tour concert. Do not enter the city where you are from unless RUSH is playing a concert in that city and you have tickets to that concert. If you are going to see RUSH on this tour in several cities, you may enter ONCE for each show you are attending. Please complete a separate ballot for every city you wish to enter for.
    To enter for your change to win a Meet & Greet, click HERE.

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    [Attention Rush Fans! Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour - March 14th, 2015]
    ["Rush Currently Rehearsing in Los Angeles Ahead of R40 Tour - April 5th, 2015]
    ["Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway - March 10th, 2015]
    [Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video - January 27th, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    Drumbeats by Neil Peart and Kevin J. Anderson Available in New Book Bundle Offer

    Drumbeats by Neil Peart and Kevin J. Anderson Available in New Book Bundle Offer
    As most fans know, author Kevin J. Anderson, along with Neil Peart, penned the novelization of Clockwork Angels back in 2012. What some fans may not know is that this was not the first collaboration between Anderson and Peart. Back in 1994, the two worked on Drumbeats, a chilling short story about a rock drummer bicycling through the African wilderness who encounters a village that makes very special drums.

    Drumbeats is now being offered in a special "Pay What You Want" book bundle from Anderson's own publishing company WordFire Press.

    From the announcement:
    This book bundle is on FIRE! WordFire, that is. Kevin J. Anderson's publishing company is bringing the sci-fi with some help from a talented roster of best-selling authors. Name your price for The Dark Lady: A Romance of the Far Future, The Golden Queen, The Ferryman & the Flame 1: Surrender, Lifeline, Ocean , and Second Paradigm. If you pay more than the average price, you'll also get Assemblers of Infinity, Working Stiff: The Cases of Dan Shamble, Zombie PI, Five By Five 3: Target Zone, Mythworld: The Festival of Bones, Mythology 101, The Godmakers, ViraVax, and Whack Job. If you pay $15 or more, you'll receive all of the above plus Beasts of Tabat, Drumbeats, and Veiled Alliances: A Prequel Novella to the Epic Space Opera The Saga of Seven Suns. Get 'em while they're hot!

    Pay what you want. The contents of this bundle would cost you up to $88 if purchased separately, but here at Humble Bundle, you pay what you want.

    Read them in any galaxy. These books are available in PDF, ePUB, and MOBI formats, meaning you can read them anywhere at anytime. Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here.

    Support charity. You choose where your money goes -- between the WordFire creators and two charitable causes (Challenger Center for Space Science Education and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical and Legal Fund) via the PayPal Giving Fund. For details on how this works, click here. If you're a fan of this bundle and want to support the Humble team, a Humble Tip will help ensure there are more bundles to come!
    This special bundle offer is only available for the next six days. For more information and for ordering instructions, please click HERE.

    Thanks to Kevin J. Anderson for passing along the news.

    Sunday, April 5, 2015

    Rush Currently Rehearsing in Los Angeles Ahead of R40 Tour

    Rush Rehearsing in Los Angeles for R40Rush Rehearsing in Los Angeles for R40
    With little over a month to go before the launch of Rush's R40 40th Anniversary tour, which begins on May 8th in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Tulsa Bok Center, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appear to be in Los Angeles rehearsing for the tour.

    Back on March 30th, the pair were spotted on a flight leaving Toronto (YYZ) and headed for Los Angeles.

    Today, two photos showing Geddy Lee playing on a new, seafoam green bass appeared. Note the reappearance of a Clockwork Angels symbol on the bass, similar to the bass guitar he used during the Clockwork Angels tour of 2012-13. Click the thumbnail images to the right for a larger version of each.

    The rehearsals taking place in Los Angeles makes sense, of course. Neil Peart currently lives in the greater Los Angeles area, and he has been rehearsing there since early March, as indicated by a tweet from Lorne Wheaton, Neil's drum tech, back on March 1st.

    We'll have more news on the upcoming tour as it becomes available. To view a complete list of the thirty-five tour dates, please click HERE.

    Related News Stories
    [Attention Rush Fans! Rush Wants Your Photos for Their R40 Live Tour - March 14th, 2015]
    ["Get Everyone to R40" Online Funding Event Now Underway - March 10th, 2015]
    [Neil Peart Discusses the R40 Drum Kit in a New Video - January 27th, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Stops By Q107 To Talk About The New R40 Tour - Cleveland Stop Still Possible - January 26th, 2015]
    [Rush Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour - Band to Perform in 34 Cities Across North America - January 22nd, 2015]
    [Rush 2015 Tour Rumors Begin To Gain Steam - December 30th, 2014]

    Saturday, April 4, 2015

    Rush's Hold Your Fire Album Artwork Photo Shoot Discussed by Photographer Glen Wexler

    Clockwork Angels: The Motion Picture Coming in 2016
    In the late 1980's, photographer Glen Wexler often collaborated with long-ime Rush album artist Hugh Syme. One of those projects was the photo shoot of the now infamous 'fire juggler' image that is the primary interior artwork for Rush's 1987 album Hold Your Fire.

    Last year, Wexler sat down with Travellersintime.com to discuss his lengthy career shooting album covers as well as the work he did for Hold Your Fire. From the interview:
    You did the photography for Rush's "Hold Your Fire" album. How did you come to work on that project and who's idea was the inside photo [flame juggler]? Can you give me some insight as to how that all went? And did you work on any other Rush covers or projects?

    “Hold Your Fire” was my only Rush cover. In the mid to late 80s Hugh Syme and I collaborated on several projects. Hugh worked with Rush as their art director from very early on. We were both art directing conceptual album covers, although I was creating the images with photography, and at the time, Hugh was primarily a painter. The collaboration was an interesting and productive mix.

    I often worked with miniature sets, and suggested the approach for staging the fire juggler. Many of the miniature buildings were recycled from a Yamaha advertising campaign featuring Michael Jackson, which I had created a couple years prior. I brought in my set team, who built a very impressive set, but very small, only four feet across.

    I cast the fire juggler, this great character actor, Stanley Brock, who’s mostly known for his role in the film “Tin Men.” We originally had Dennis Hopper on board, but kept running into scheduling conflicts.

    I shot the miniature street scene in my studio on 4x5 film. The other elements were shot medium format with a Hasselblad. The fireballs are a basketball that was coated with rubber cement and torched. The dog, full size fire hydrant, and actor were shot separately. I combine all the elements with multiple exposures on 8x10 film in my darkroom, which was the primary method I used to combine images pre-digitally. When everything was combined together on one piece of film, it was sent out for a dye transfer print and final retouching, which was the typical workflow back then.

    In the original version, we also flew in the boy who modeled for Hugh’s painting for the “Power Window” cover. He was seen looking out of the apartment window, but it was decided that he didn’t really enhance the shot...there was so much going on. Earlier Rush covers are referenced in the image, and “Power Windows” was covered by the period TV sets in the room.

    In hindsight, both Hugh and I regretted using that image in the inside of package. It was a little too “clever” using the three red balls for the cover, and leaving the more epic and memorable image for the inside of the packaging. While it might not look like it, the cover with the red balls is photography, as well. I had my set guys physically sculpt the RUSH text into a 4’ x 8’ surface that was then painted a high gloss red by an auto body shop. The printer combined the red billiard balls during the pre-press. I still have the set piece in my garage. I thought it would make a cool door.
    You can read the entire interview at this LINK. For a high-resolution version of the "Juggler" photo, click the thumbnail image below:


    Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Clockwork Angels: The Motion Picture Coming in 2016

    Clockwork Angels: The Motion Picture Coming in 2016
    Update: As many - but not all - of you have surmised, this was in fact an April Fool's joke. I want to thank my partners in crime Eric Hansen from Power Windows and Ed Stenger from RushIsABand for their help in pulling this off. And special thanks to Kevin J. Anderson who also participated in the fun. To view a full-resolution version of the movie poster, which yours truly created, simply click on the image to the right. Thanks for playing along, everyone!
    Update: Kevin J. Anderson has posted a larger version of the movie poster on his Facebook Page. More to come!
    For some time now Kevin J. Anderson, the author of Clockwork Angels, has been hinting at something "big" on the horizon for the world he created with Neil Peart. After the novelization of Peart's lyrics, a graphic novel series was created to further capture the adventures of Owen Hardy in the world of Albion. Later, Anderson announced the follow-up novel titled Clockwork Lives, which is due out in September.

    Now it seems that Clockwork Angels is taking the next logical step - an appearance on the big screen, or so it would seem.

    This information, along with a low-resolution copy of the working movie poster, comes from a fellow Rush fan who works for DreamWorks Pictures. According to the contact, who asked to remain anonymous, a formal announcement from DreamWorks, the studio behind such classics as the Shrek and Madagascar movie series, will be made in the coming days indicating that an animated full-length feature film based on Anderson's novelization of Clockwork Angels will be released in the Summer of 2016.

    At this point, it is unclear if this release will be a 'direct-to-video' variant or a full-blown worldwide theatrical release. What we do know comes from the movie poster to the right, which reflects a scene of passengers - and perhaps the Anarchist himself - boarding what is clearly an airship. Though difficult to make out, it seems that the screenwriters include not only Kevin J. Anderson himself, but famed U.S. screenwriter John Logan. Logan is probably best known for his work on 2004's The Aviator, as well as 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis and The Time Machine. More recently, he was on the writing team for Skyfall, the latest James Bond film.

    John Kahrs seems to be identified as the director of the animated feature. Kahrs is best known for directing the Academy Award Winning Short Paperman in 2012.

    Finally it does appear that Rush will be involved in this film. The final line in the movie poster seems to indicate that music will be provided by the band which, of course, makes perfect sense. Additionally, Pegi Cecconi of Anthem/SRO is listed as Executive Producer.

    Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting news!

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