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Friday, October 30, 2015

Alex Lifeson Participates in the 2015 Kidney Foundation's "A Brush of Hope" Charity Auction

Alex Lifeson Participates in the 2015 Kidney Foundation's
As he has done numerous times in the past, Alex Lifeson has once again created a painting which will be auctioned off for this year's A Brush of Hope charity auction, an event sponsored by The Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Alex's submission from last year, which featured an image of him and Geddy enjoying a glass of wine, fetched an impressive $10,100 at auction. This year's entry, titled "Blind Date Picnic", is, well, interesting the say the least. From the announcement:
Here it is! "Blind Date Picnic" created by Alex Lifeson of Rush! Last year, Alex's painting "L'ami Getty a L'ami Louis" went for over $10,000.00!!

Alex has been A Brush of Hope's feature artist since 2006. His paintings and limited edition prints (available at www.kidney.ca/atlantic/alexlifeson) have brought in over $200,000.

Don't miss your chance to own an Alex Lifeson original! Login to ebay.ca from October 31st to November 9th to place your bid!
For the latest up-to-date information on the auction and other news, please make sure to follow A Brush of Hope's Facebook Page.

We'll have a link to this year's auction once it becomes available.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to Appear in an Episode of Chicago Fire

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to Appear in an Episode of Chicago Fire
According to a tweet by Michael Brandt, the co-creator behind NBC's hit drama Chicago Fire, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, who recently visited the set of the show, will appear in an upcoming episode of the drama.

Airing on November 17th, according to this tweet, Geddy and Alex will appear on an episode aptly titled 2112. Given the nature of the drama, which follows the lives of firefighters and paramedics working at the Chicago Fire Department, the 2112 reference is likely linked to the NFPA 2112 : FLASH FIRE PROTECTION STANDARDS:
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) strives to reduce worldwide burden of fire hazards by educating people on fire prevention and providing standards for personal flash fire protection. One such safety code is the "NFPA 2112: Standard on Flame Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire."
For more information on the show, click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - October 2015 - BubbaGram™#2

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - October 2015 - BubbaGram™#2
Neil Peart has just posted a new update to the "News, Weather, and Sports" section of his website. Continuing on a theme he started last month, this edition, titled BubbaGram™#2, is the second entry since the end of Rush's R40 tour. The brief entry, one of Neil's shortest, touches upon his thoughts - largely bittersweet - about traveling through certain locations during the tour for the last time:
A feeling had been growing in me during these rides—a kind of “valedictory” sense of saying farewell. I didn’t imagine that my future life would allow that “the most excellent thing I can do today” would be plotting a leisurely route from Sandusky, Ohio, to Bloomington, Indiana. That constant revelation was a little bittersweet—but mostly sweet. I had made journeys like this many, many times before, and if this was to be the last time, I would appreciate it all the more. (Tidy little verse of poetry there—or a valedictory song.)
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.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Rush's R40 Live to be Screened in London

Rush's R40 Live Album Artwork, Tracking Listing And More Revealed
Though UK fans did not have the opportunity to see Rush perform live in their native land during the R40 tour, they will be treated to an exclusive advanced screening of R40 Live on the big screen.

From the annoucement from Rush.Com:
UK Fans,

There will be an exclusive, one-off advanced screening of R40 Live – hosted by Team Rock’s Jerry Ewing, 17th November @ Gibson Showrooms, London, UK.

To attend, simply pre-order R40 Live from this store link and you’ll be entered into a draw to win tickets.
Click HERE for more information from Rush.Com.

At this point, there is no information regarding the availability of tickets through other sources. Further, no word yet on a possible North American screening of R40 Live.

Rush has been teasing the upcoming release of R40 Live with video releases of Closer to the Heart, Roll The Bones, and Jacob's Ladder.

Amazon.com has pre-order links now available for multiple versions of R40 Live:
  • Blu-Ray / 3 CD Deluxe Version
  • DVD / 3 CD Deluxe Version
  • 3 CD Version
  • DVD Version
  • Blu-Ray Version


  • We'll have more news on this release and the UK (and other) screenings as it becomes available.

    Related News Stories
    [Rush's R40 Live Album Artwork, Tracking Listing, And More Revealed - October 8th, 2015]
    [Rush's R40 Live Album and Concert Film Coming November 20th. First Single Released Next Week - September 18th, 2015]

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush Now Available for Pre-Order

    Rush's R40 Live Album Artwork, Tracking Listing And More Revealed
    Back in August of 2014, author Kevin J. Anderson first announced the upcoming release of 2113 - a collection of short stories inspired by the lyrics and music of Rush.

    The book is now available for pre-order from Amazon.

    From the release notes:
    The music of Rush, one of the most successful bands in music history, is filled with fantastic stories, evocative images, thought-provoking futures and pasts. In this anthology, notable, bestselling, and award-winning writers each chose a Rush song as the spark for a new story, drawing inspiration from the visionary trio Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart.

    From stark dystopian struggles to uplifting triumphs of the human spirit, the characters populating 2113 find strength while searching for hope in a world that is repressive, dangerous, or just debilitatingly bland. Most of these tales are science fiction, but some are fantasies, thrillers, even edgy mainstream. Many of Rush’s big hits are represented, as well as deeper cuts . . . with wonderful results. This anthology also includes the seminal stories that inspired the Rush classics “Red Barchetta” and “Roll the Bones,” as well as Kevin J. Anderson’s novella sequel to the groundbreaking Rush album 2112.

    2113 contains stories by New York Times bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson, Michael Z. Williamson, David Alan Mack, David Farland, Dayton Ward, and Mercedes Lackey; award winners Fritz Leiber, John McFetridge, Steven Savile, Brad R. Torgersen, Ron Collins, David Niall Wilson, and Brian Hodge, as well as many other authors with their imaginations on fire.
    2113 will be released on April 12th, 2016. Click HERE to pre-order your copy today.

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Rush's R40 Live Album Artwork, Tracking Listing, And More Revealed

    Rush's R40 Live Album Artwork, Tracking Listing And More Revealed
    Update: The official trailer for R40 Live is now online.
    Last month we reported that Rush's upcoming live album and video, titled R40 Live, would be available on November 20th. Over the past couple of days, new information and pre-order links have been revealed.

    The Rush Backstage Club has revealed the "artwork" and track-listing of both the CD and DVD/BD version of the live offering.

    From the listing:
    All roads have led to this. Forty-one years in the making, the R40 Live tour took a very real journey back through time. Beginning with the grand design: a state-of-the-art stage set that pivots, rolls and dives, and brings Clockwork Angels in to bombastic, colorful life before marching stridently back in time (through theatre stages, a panoply of band and fan shots, the accrued memories of a life spent playing live) to a mocked-up school gym and the band playing there; a solitary bass amp set on the chair behind Geddy Lee, a mirror ball spiraling crazily above, casting thin rods of light like a light rain across the crowd, “Working Man” coming to a shuddering halt as the band’s beginning becomes their end.

    Rush recorded and filmed R40 Live over two sold-out shows in the band’s hometown of Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on June 17 & 19, 2015 in the middle of their R40 Live 35-date North American tour.

    R40 Live had the trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, performing a career-spanning live retrospective, celebrating their 40+ years together. The epic live shows by the Rock Hall of Famers were captured with 14 cameras to present the band feature-film style.

    Set One
    The World is .. The World is ...
    The Anarchist
    Headlong Flight
    Far Cry
    The Main Monkey Business
    How It Is
    Animate
    Roll the Bones
    Between the Wheels
    Losing It (with Ben Mink)
    Subdivisions

    Set Two
    No Country for Old Hens
    Tom Sawyer
    YYZ
    The Spirit of Radio
    Natural Science
    Jacob’s Ladder
    Hemispheres: Prelude
    Cygnus X-1/The Story So Far (drum solo)
    Closer to the Heart
    Xanadu
    2112

    Encore
    Mel’s Rockpile (with Eugene Levy)
    Lakeside Park/Anthem
    What You’re Doing/Working Man
    Exit Stage Left

    Bonus
    One Little Victory
    Distant Early Warning
    Red Barchetta
    Also, according to the Backstage Club, R40 Live will be available in several package offerings including DVD, Blu-Ray, CD, as well as a deluxe 2 DVD/3 CD set and a deluxe Blu-Ray / 3 CD Set.

    Amazon.com has pre-order links now available for multiple versions of R40 Live:
  • Blu-Ray / 3 CD Deluxe Version
  • DVD / 3 CD Deluxe Version
  • 3 CD Version
  • DVD Version
  • Blu-Ray Version


  • We'll have more news on this release as it becomes available.

    Related News Stories
    [Rush's R40 Live Album and Concert Film Coming November 20th. First Single Released Next Week - September 18th, 2015]

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

    Geddy Lee Talks Rush and Baseball (Mostly Baseball) on MLB Central

    Geddy Lee Talks Rush and Baseball (Mostly Baseball) on MLB Central
    It's October and Geddy Lee's favorite team, the Toronto Blue Jays, have clinched the American League East Championship for the first time in 22 years. Known for his love of baseball, Geddy Lee had the opportunity to call into MLB Network's "MLB Central" talk show to chat about the Jays, and Rush as well.

    The 10-minute interview, which can be viewed below or directly at this LINK, largely focuses on the Jay's recent success, but on the topic of Rush, Geddy confirms that there are no current plans for the band to return to the road any time soon. Additionally, when asked what his favorite Rush albums are, Geddy indicates that Moving Pictures, 2112, Power Windows, and Clockwork Angels are among his favorites and that he's "very proud" of the later.



    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

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