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Friday, July 31, 2015

A Timeless Wavelength: An Interview With Alex Lifeson of Rush

A Timeless Wavelength: An Interview With Alex Lifeson of Rush
SPIN Magazine has just posted a new interview with Alex Lifeson. Titled A Timeless Wavelength: An Interview With Alex Lifeson of Rush, the interview touches upon numerous topics including Rush's current R40 Tour, the longevity of the band, and Alex's personal feelings on what's truly important in life.

From the article:
What’s been the primary takeaway for you from the whole Rush story? What’s taken you from being that kid in the garage back in Willowdale to what may very well be the closing chapter for Rush?

I think perseverance is the key thing. I’ve come to learn that if you wanna be good at anything, you have to put in your 10,000 hours and stick with it and never give up. As difficult as it seems some times, don’t give up if it’s truly something you want to do. I spent the afternoon with one of my friends today, and he was talking about his kids, and he was talking about how they’re growing up and the conversations that he’d had with them, and how he instilled in them that whole sense of it doesn’t matter how much you make or how successful you are at something. The true measure of success is being happy, and if you’re happy being a gardener, then do it. If you’re happy being a bank executive, do it. If you’re happy being a musician, do it. But make sure you do it. I’m glad to hear people are still thinking that way.
Click HERE to read the entire interview.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Happy Birthday, Geddy Lee!

Geddy Lee
Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) is celebrating his 62nd birthday today!

Happy Birthday, Geddy -- and many happy returns! "Gary" was born in the small Toronto village of Willowdale. As many fans know, his given first name "Gary" transformed into "Geddy" during his high school days thanks to his mother's heavily-accented pronunciation of his name.

In addition to his musical aspirations, some of Geddy's other interests include collecting fine wines and, of course, baseball. His wine collection is rumored to include some 5,000 bottles and his love of baseball is well documented. In fact back in 2013, Geddy threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener for the Toronto Blue Jays - something he admittedly dreamed of doing for years.

In addition to today being Geddy's birthday, it is also the 41st anniversary of when Neil Peart joined Rush - cementing the rock trio that would continue through today.

Please join me in congratulating Geddy on reaching his 62nd birthday -- and wish him many, many more!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"The Deconstruction of Rush" - Production Profile from PLSN

A new article focusing on the extensive light and stage show of Rush's R40 tour, titled "The Deconstruction of Rush", has just been posted in the July 2015 issue of PLSN (Production, Lights and Staging News).

From the article:
Rush hit the road last month for what they are calling the continuation of R40 — celebrating 40 years as a band. Parnelli award winning production designer Howard Ungerleider actually explains that he is entering his 41st year with the band, having been brought into the fray back in 1974 as he says, “to teach a new band how to tour.” But what is separating this tour from any other Rush show is they are touring behind a theme this time. They are “Deconstructing” their career live — as each song they play takes you back one more step in their long, storied career.

“Subtractive Technology in Motion”

…to start a show with all the high-tech visuals of their 2013 Clockwork Angels tour...Before every Rush tour, the artistic team, including creative director Dale Heslip, producer Allan Weinrib, lead singer/bassist Geddy Lee (Allan’s older brother) and Howard Ungerleider start by getting together for some new ideas.

Prior to their latest brainstorming session, Dale came up with an idea of going backwards in time. His idea was to stage a show that started where they left off in 2013, with the Clockwork Angels tour and all its high tech visuals, and take the audience back in time all the way to when Rush played their first gigs with a few PARs on sticks and a mirror ball.

Dale pitched the idea to Geddy, who immediately called a meeting to discuss the concept further. There, everyone looked to Howard to come up with ways to make the concept come to fruition.

While Ungerleider is the first to admit that the theme for the tour is a great idea, he also realized it would probably be the most work he has ever had to put into a Rush design. His personal theme for this production was deemed “Subtractive Technology in Motion.” Everyone agreed that this was the path to follow. They could bring back old video footage, lighting looks and songs that have not been heard in a while. They needed a rough period outline of the band’s career, which the creative team decided could be brought about by dividing the bands’ career into five time segments. These included:

  • Current Big Technology Era (2007-present)
  • Large Arena Looks (1990s-2000s)
  • Small Arena Looks (1980s)
  • Theater Looks (late 1970s)
  • Gymnasium Period (early 1970s)
  • You can read the entire article via this LINK.

    Friday, July 17, 2015

    Rush Fan Wins Jeopardy! - Bets $2,112 and Shows Off Neil Peart Drum Sticks

    Rush Fan Wins Jeopardy! - Bets $2112 and Shows Off Neil Peart Drum Sticks
    Over the years, there have been several 'Rush Sightings' on Jeopardy!, the long-running television trivia game show. Those sightings were all in the form of Rush, or a member of Rush, appearing in one of the 'answers' on the show. Last night, however, a Rush fan, Jennifer Morrow, was on the show and had a major shout-out for the band. During her chat with host Alex Trebek, she had this to say:
    “I was always inspired by tales of knights in shining armor who would ride into battle with a token of favor from somebody they admired,” she said. “So I thought I would do that here. I’m a huge fan of the Canadian prog-rock trio Rush. And so I went to one of their concerts a while back and from the front row I held up a banner that said, ‘May be on Jeopardy! Request token of favor to carry in thy honor’ And well apparently Neil Peart, the greatest drummer in the world, is a fan of the greatest show in the world.”
    Later in the episode, after revealing a 'Double Jeopardy' answer, she decided to bet $2,112 - successfully I might add.

    Jennifer went on to win the show and will return tonight as the Jeopardy! champion. You can watch a video of her appearance via the viewer below.


    Thanks to everyone who alerted me to this news.

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    Rush Auctioning Signed Drum and Cymbal for Cancer Charity

    Rush Auctioning Signed Drum and Cymbal for Cancer Charity
    Update: The auctions are underway. Click HERE for the auction of Neil's snare drum and click HERE for the auction of a Sabian Crash Cymbal.
    Rush is auctioning an autographed snare drum and cymbal to raise funds for cancer care and research.

    The exact replica of Neil Peart’s #R40 drumset is a limited edition snare made of 1,500-year-old Romanian River Oak salvaged from the Olt River. It is inlaid with laser-cut exotic woods and complimented with gold-plated hardware.

    Only 250 of the drums were ever produced.

    Fans can also bid on a 17-inch Paragon crash symbol from Sabain autographed by Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

    All proceeds from the eBay.ca auction, which runs from July 18 to 27, will go to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.

    We'll have auction links posted once they are available.

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Eddie Trunk Review of Rush's Denver Concert - Interview with Alex Lifeson and the Future of Rush Coming Soon

    Eddie Trunk Review of Rush's Denver Concert - Interview with Alex Lifeson and the Future of Rush Coming Soon
    Update (07/23/2015): Eddie's podcast which includes the complete interview with Alex is now online.
    Eddie Trunk, one of the most respected music professionals in the world of Rock Music, flew out to Denver for the Rush concert this past weekend where he spent some time with the band before the show, interviewed Alex Lifeson for a future podcast, and penned this fantastic review of his experience.

    From the review:
    It’s important to note that like most fans of any band I certainly would not say I love every era of Rush. But I have massive respect for all of it and how they did things on their own terms and essentially built one of the biggest cult bands in music history. A cult that somehow FINALLY got the mainstream recognition in recent years with the Rolling Stone cover, HOF, etc. But if you are a true Rush fan these things are nice, but really we knew what everyone else is just discovering all along; Rush rules! And the reasons why they rule are many. Who else keeps the same band together 41 years? Who else makes music that fans embrace fully, played brilliantly, and never compromised for radio. What other trio can generate that much music, all real and extremely honest? Few bands have the connection to their fans like Rush. Why? Because they are three amazing musicians who are also real relatable people. Never putting themselves above the fans and never resorting to the trends of the business that make fans feel like they are being fleeced. Rush isn’t playing the Farewell Tour card. Why? Because its just not a Rush thing to do, and they don’t know what they are going to do next. And they are pretty much one of the most honest and transparent bands out there at their level.
    Regarding his interview with Alex, Trunk had this to say:
    I also interviewed Alex for about 20 minutes before the show. I think you guys will enjoy this and Alex does address the potential future of the band. This will premiere in my syndicated FM show this weekend (starting on Q104.3 NYC and WAAF Boston 11PM ET this Friday, both stations stream) and on all affiliates over the weekend. The complete audio will then be in my podcast posting 7/23, free to all as usual on Itunes or at www.podcastone.com.
    You can read the entire review via this LINK.

    We'll have more info on the podcast once it becomes available.

    Key R40 Tour Links:
  • R40 Tour Dates
  • R40 Set List
  • R40 Concert Reviews
  • R40 Tour Book Transcription
  • R40 Tour Book Artwork and Photos
  • Stay tuned for more tour updates, set list changes, and photos!

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    [Rush Return Home to Toronto - June 17th, 2015]
    [Rush To Film R40 Live Tour in Toronto (YYZ) - June 5th, 2015]
    [Rush R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Update - First Leg Set to End in Virginia - May 30th, 2015]
    [R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Update - First Week is in the Books - May 15th, 2015]
    [Rush's R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour Launches Tonight - Set List and Pictures Revealed Live! - May 8th, 2015]
    [Countdown to R40: Rush Have Arrived in Tulsa! - May 1st, 2015]
    [Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush's R40 Tour in New Interview - April 28th, 2015]
    [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, July 5, 2015

    Rush EuCon 2015 Details Announced

    Rush EuCon 2015 Details Announced
    Even though Rush have yet to announce any plans to bring their R40 tour to Europe, that's not stopping fans from holding another European convention. Details for the Rush EuCon 2015, which will take place on October 9th and 10th, have just been announced:
    Rush EuCon 2015 announcement

    The time is now again!!!!

    Rush EuCon 2015 will be taking place at The Box, Pedley Street in Crewe, Cheshire on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th October.

    This year we will be raising funds not for one charity but for three charities -

  • The Brain Tumour Charity - www.thebraintumourcharity.org
  • Clic Sargent - www.clicsargent.org.uk
  • British Heart Foundation - www.bhf.org.uk

    Featuring -
  • Saturday Headline - Rush tribute band COUNTERPARTS
  • Friday - Deep Purple tribute band DEEP PURPLE IN ROCK w/support from THE JOKERS
  • Guest speaker (TBC)
  • Rush Fans Got Talent
  • Rush Trivia Pub Quiz
  • Charity Auction and Raffle

    Tickets for Rush EuCon 2015 are now on sale. This year we will not be sending out paper tickets as in previous years, instead you can purchase tickets directly from Richard Scott at - rscott2112@btinternet.com - through Paypal www.paypal.com.

    When you pay for your tickets online, Richard will send you a confirmation receipt which you can print off and bring with you on the day(s) of the event.

    Tickets cost £16.50 each for Saturday only and £21.50 for the whole weekend.

    Please like our new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rusheucon2015 ) and follow us on Twitter @RushEucon (www.twitter.com/RushEucon) where regular updates will take place as they happen.

    See you all in October!

    Willie, Paul, Kelly, Richard and Mark
    Rush EuCon 2015 management
  • Thanks to William Winsborough for the news.

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