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Monday, November 30, 2015

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - November 2015 - BubbaGram™#3

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, his third such update in as many months. Once again, Peart continues on a theme he started back in September as this edition, titled BubbaGram™#3, is the third entry since the end of Rush's R40 tour.

In this entry, Neil discuss a ride between two dates that took place in mid-July, about two weeks before the end of the R40 tour. From the entry:

It was mid-July 2015, a day off between shows in Salt Lake City and Calgary on the third and final leg of the R40 tour. The setting is the Bannock Pass, an unpaved route between Idaho and Montana. The wide, well-graded gravel curved upward through a treeless expanse of sagebrush and grasses rising to 7,684 feet. A closer look at the photo shows two tiny motorcyclists, Chris and Michael, riding across the lower middle. It was indeed a big country. Just to the north, the Lemhi Pass had been the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805—and until 1846 that very spot marked the western border of the United States. Stories and history everywhere.

Not long after crossing into Montana and onto a paved road, I led us off-pavement again. Right away Dingus (GPS unit) started—well, freaking out. No other way to put it. One minute he would know what road I was on, and where we were headed, the next he’d be “recalculating,” then suggesting I make a U-turn. As usual, I just pressed on in the general compass direction I wanted, ignoring Dingus until he came up with some useful information.

Apparently, Neil and technology don't always get along. :)

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.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rush's Power Windows 30th Anniversary Special on "In the Studio with Redbeard" Airing December 14th

Rush's Power Windows 30th Anniversary Special on
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Rush's eleventh studio album, Power Windows, which was released on October 29th back in 1985, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will appear on In the Studio with Redbeard, the syndicated weekly rock star interview North American radio show.

The initial broadcast of the Power Windows 30th Anniversary special will occur on December 14th. From the announcement:
Rush is marking the 30th anniversary of 1985’s Power Windows with “The Big Money”,”Manhattan Project”,”Marathon”, “Mystic Rhythms”; and we will add 1993’s terrific hard-rocking Counterparts sporting “Animate”,”Stick It Out”, and the emotionally powerful “Nobody’s Hero“. Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson host this thoughtful conversation In the Studio the week of December 14. -Redbeard
For a list of North American radio stations that will be airing the special, please click HERE.

For additional information, and eventual links to the interview, click HERE.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

Friday, November 27, 2015

JACO: The Film Featuring an Interview with Geddy Lee is Now Available

JACO: The Film Featuring an Interview with Geddy Lee is Now Available
There are few musicians who fundamentally change their instrument, and even fewer still who transcend their instrument altogether. Jaco Pastorius did both.

In 1976, Jaco’s melodic “singing” bass style redefined the role of the bass in modern music. Almost overnight, critics hailed Jaco Pastorius as “the future of modern music,” alongside popular visionaries like David Bowie, Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Bryan Ferry, Lou Reed, and Herbie Hancock.

Produced by the Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, and directed by Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak, this blistering biopic contains incredible unseen footage and photography from the Pastorius family archive, and takes viewers into the heart and soul of this hugely influential cross-genre artist. Featuring interviews with an array of artists (Flea, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee) and friends, 'JACO' unveils the story of his music, his life, his demise, and ultimately the fragility of great artistic genius.

Click HERE to order JACO: The Film from Amazon.

Check out the official Jaco Pastorius website for more information on this influential bassist.


The clip above is also available directly at this LINK.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Adam Sandler's “Chanukah Song Part 4” Includes Shout-Out to Geddy Lee

In 1994, Sandler gifted the chosen people with their most iconic holiday jingle ever, “The Chanukah Song”. He’s since followed up the original with two renditions, “Part II” in 1999 and “Part III” in 2002. Now, 13 years on from the last update to the song, Sandler has released “The Chanukah Song Part IV” — and it’s glorious.

The song was debuted at a gig in San Diego last week, and now video of Sandler’s latest rundown of high-profile Hebrews has come online. Jesus and Punky Brewster get mentions within the first ten seconds, and it only takes off from there.

After name dropping Drake and the guys who founded Google, Sandler sings, “We got Scarlett Johansson/ Talk about a kosher crush/ And if you need a higher voice to turn you on/ How about Geddy Lee from Rush!

You can watch Sandler perform the song via the embedded view below or directly at this LINK. The shout-out to Geddy Lee occurs at about the 1:40 mark.


Happy Holidays, everyone!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Rush's R40 Live - Album Liner Notes, Tracking Listing, Artwork, and More

Rush's R40 Live - Album Liner Notes, Tracking Listing, Artwork, and More
With the release of Rush's R40 Live Album and Concert Film, I have created new pages on the main site that include all of the liner notes, tracking listing, article links, artwork, photographs, and more.

As most fans know, at least those who have purchased one of the incarnations of R40 Live, the liner notes include a brief essay by long-time Rush scribe Philip Wilding. His most recent article on Rush, titled Exit Stage Left?: Inside Rush's Farewell Show appeared in the October 2015 issue of Classic Rock magazine.

Below is a brief passage from the R40 Liner Notes essay:
The two hometown shows at Toronto's Air Canada Centre this summer were always going to have an added poignancy given the giant question mark over the band's future - Neil's resistance to play live, Alex's physical travails - plus, this was the town where Rush rehearsed in their rooms and garages, were the scourge of high school dances, brought the bar scene thrumming into bluesy life, it's where "Subdivisions" was played out and the song born.

Any doubts were offset by a sell-out 35-date tour which drew people from as far afield as Australia, Japan, China, South America and London (not the one in Ontario, though they were in attendance too) and only amplified the Canadians' legend. People came dressed as the band (the 2112 era proving particularly popular even down to Neil's moustache), eleven-year-olds thrilled to hear songs that were recorded and released when their fathers were still teenage boys and were now too trying to keep time with Neil's rattling fills.
Use the links below to access any of the new pages created for R40 Live:
  • R40 Live Album - Info Page
  • R40 Live Album - Artwork
  • R40 Live Concert Film - Info Page
  • R40 Live Concert Film - Artwork
  • To order your copy of R40 Live, use any of the links below:
  • Blu-Ray / 3 CD Deluxe Version
  • DVD / 3 CD Deluxe Version
  • 3 CD Version
  • DVD Version
  • Blu-Ray Version
  • For more information on all of Rush's albums, click HERE.

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    [Sirius XM's Town Hall Meeting with Rush - A Look Back - November 17th, 2015]
    [Rush R40 Live to Premiere on Sirius XM / Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in Sirium XM Studios for a Town Hall Event - November 9th, 2015]
    [Rush's R40 Live to be Screened in London - October 23rd, 2015]
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    Friday, November 20, 2015

    Rush's R40 Live Album and Concert Film Released Today

    Rush's R40 Live Album and Concert Film Released Today
    At long last, Rush's latest live album and concert film offering, R40 Live, is now available. Produced in several formats and packages, R40 Live is the band's eleventh official live album, when you include the limited release of Grace Under Pressure Live: Tour 1984:
    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 on June 17 & 19, 2015 in the middle of what was rumored to be their last grand-scale tour. The set list includes classics 'Tom Sawyer,' 'The Spirit of Radio' and '2112' as well as rarities 'Xanadu,' 'Jacob's Ladder' and 'Lakeside Park,' not to mention, for the first time ever live, 'Losing It.' R40 LIVE is the ultimate career-spanning live retrospective of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart; a celebration of 40+ years of epic rock. Captured with 14 cameras in full HD quality, the concert is presented in feature film style with true Dolby stereo, 5.1 surround sound, and DTS HD surround sound. Package includes one Blu-ray and three compact discs.
    Liner notes, track listings, scans of the artwork and packaging, and more will be available on the main site within the next day or two. Stay tuned for more information on those updates.


    To order your copy of R40 Live, use any of the links below:
  • Blu-Ray / 3 CD Deluxe Version
  • DVD / 3 CD Deluxe Version
  • 3 CD Version
  • DVD Version
  • Blu-Ray Version
  • Already own R40 Live? Share your comments, reviews, and opinions below. And stay tuned for exciting news in the coming days about a special holiday R40 Give-away.

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    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Hit the Interview Trail Ahead of the Release of R40 Live

    Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Hit the Interview Trail Ahead of the Release of R40 Live
    With the pending release of Rush's latest live offering, R40 Live, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have been busy providing interviews and making appearances ahead of the November 20th release. Below is a breakdown of all the recent events:

  • 10 Things We Learned From Rush's Michael Moore Interview
    As we reported earlier, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were at the New York City headquarters of Sirius XM on Friday, November 13th for an intimate 'Town Hall' meeting with moderator Michael Moore. Excerpts from that interview are available in the Rolling Stone article including this response:
    6. Rush's view of today's music biz is pretty grim.
    Both Lee and Lifeson painted a rosy picture of the music industry that they came up in, an environment in which band and label worked together as a team, and artists had the time and space to develop their sound and find their audience. ("What was great about our era," said Lee, "was there was patience on the side of the record companies.") And both shared equally cynical perspectives on the conditions bands face today. Lifeson put it best: "Now, what's left of record companies are more speculators."
  • Rush's Alex Lifeson Says There's Life After R40 Tour: 'I Don't Think It Is the End'
    Billboard Magazine recently caught up with Alex Lifeson for a lengthy interview where, among other topics, the future of the band (or lack thereof) was discussed:
    "That question was posed many times: Is this is? Is this the end?" Lifeson tells Billboard. "I don't think it is the end, and we never really said this is definitively our last tour. I think it's likely to be our last major tour, but we're still in contact, very close contact with each other, all three of us, and I don't think it's certainly the end of the band. There are still lots of things we want to do. It's not to say that we wouldn't do something in the future on a smaller scale, and there's always the fun project of making a record, which we've all loved forever. Right now I think we're just kind of relaxing and taking it in and getting reconnected with our families and friends and more of a domestic life, and then we'll kinda sort of review it, I think, in the new year and see what we want to do."
  • Watch Rush's Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson Talk 'R40 Live,' Band's Future
    And speaking of the band's future, Rolling Stone posted a video of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson responding to fan questions including one about Rush's future:
    Of most interest to Rush fans will be their take on the future of the group as a live act, which right now seems to be firmly in Peart's hands. "Are we going to tour again?" asked Geddy Lee. "That's the question that I'd like to know myself."

    That said, they're not closing the door on recording new music together. "We don't have any immediate plans for that," says Lee. "Right now we're on holiday. I hope once the new year rolls around and the juices get flowing and we get hungry again we can talk about that." Does that mean the band is definitely not done? "Not in my mind," said Lee. "But I can't speak for everyone."
    Click HERE to view the entire video.

  • Geddy and Alex on the Jim Kerr Rock & Roll Morning Show on New York's Q104.3
    Earlier this week, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson stopped by New York City's Q104.3 studios for a video interview with Jim Kerr. You can watch the entire video via the embedded viewer below:



  • The Prog Interview: ALEX LIFESON
    PROG Magazine also caught up with Alex Lifeson for an interview that will appear in their December 2015 issue. The entire interview is online and it, too, discusses the future of Rush and how the R40 tour may have been the last:
    Earlier in the tour you told Rolling Stone: “I don’t think that we’re having much difficulty thinking of it as possibly the last [tour].” Do you still feel that way?

    I don’t know if I do still feel that way now. I thought the tour was great. I thought we played really well, the turnout was fantastic, I thought the set was great, the songs we chose were right. There was so much about it that was so positive and I think going into it there was the thought that this is the last one, a nice way to go out on top. But once we were in the middle of it or even towards the end of it, it seemed like it was just too short.
    Haven't ordered your copy of R40 Live yet? You can do so via the links below:
  • Blu-Ray / 3 CD Deluxe Version
  • DVD / 3 CD Deluxe Version
  • 3 CD Version
  • DVD Version
  • Blu-Ray Version
  • We'll have more information including artwork, liner notes, and more on R40 in the coming days.

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    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    Sirius XM's Town Hall Meeting with Rush - A Look Back

    Sirius XM's Town Hall Meeting with Rush - A Look Back
    Update: (11/26/2015): Video clips from the interview are now available on YouTube:
  • Geddy Lee on being the a Child of a Holocaust Survivor // SiriusXM
  • Dave Grohl & Geddy Lee's Rock Star Moms // SiriusXM
  • The Future of Rush after R40 // SiriusXM

  • Update (11/25/2015): The first broadcast of the Town Hall Meeting occurs tonight at 6pm EST on Sirius XM's Classic Rewind station. Additional airings of the Town Hall meeting will occur through 12/1. Click HERE for more information and details on all of the airings.
    Update (11/18/2015): Rolling Stone Magazine has just posted an article about the Sirius XM event with some audio outtakes. Click HERE to read the article.
    Earlier this month we reported that Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson would be stopping by the New York City corporate headquarters of Sirius XM radio for an intimate 'Town Hall' meeting with award-winning film maker and Rush fan Michael Moore. Ahead of the meeting, Sirius XM held a contest for their subscribers to win a spot in the meeting and, by some incredible stroke of luck, yours truly received an invitation to be part of the event.

    In all the decades of following Rush, I had never been fortunate enough to score a concert meet-and-greet, so the news of my winning one of about 20 spots for this town hall meeting was indescribable. In addition, a select few of those winners would have the opportunity to ask Geddy and Alex a question during the meeting and, by yet another incredible stroke of luck, I had just such an opportunity.

    As mentioned earlier, the event took place at Sirius XM's headquarters in New York City on Friday, November 13th (Friday the 13th had no impact that day). After arriving at the office, and being escorted briskly to the Sirius XM lobby, the select few winners waited patiently for Geddy and Alex to arrive. Ahead of their arrival, we were all escorted into a small recording room (the fish bowl - see images below) where the town hall meeting would take place.

    Each participant had assigned seating and each had their question ready for Geddy and Alex. I was assigned seat #13 (second row) which indicated that I would be asking the 13th question during the show. We were informed that, due to limited time, not every question would be touched upon and seeing as I was 13th in line, my chances didn't seem too great. However just before Geddy and Alex were brought in, one of the directors from Sirius XM announced that Michael Moore had reviewed all of the questions and decided to re-arrange their order. Suddenly, I went from #13 all the way up to #5 - which also led to my seat being upgraded to the front row, directly in front of Geddy (and a mere four feet away from the Rush front-man). This was truly turning out to be the luckiest Friday the 13th ever!

    The entire meeting was fantastic. Michael Moore was incredibly well spoken and talked about his long-standing appreciation of Rush through the years. The questions were varied and touched upon the secret of the band's longevity, their selection process for the R40 set list, obvious questions about the future, and more. One question asked Geddy and Alex to select THE defining Rush album or song - the one they would be remembered by. After some thought, Geddy indicated that 2112 was that defining album for many reasons including how it was the pivotal moment in the band's history that changed everything.

    As for my question (see pics below for my question card) I decided to ask something less about Rush and more about the music industry. I joked around with friends saying that it was the nature of this question that won me the spot in the town hall. I truly wasn't sure how the question about the changes in the music industry would be taken by Geddy and Alex. To my surprise, it spawned a lengthy conversation largely between Geddy and Michael Moore about the topic, with Geddy outlining many points on how things have changed and how it's more difficult for the public to 'discover' new talent nowadays, despite the advent of the internet.

    Geddy took the lion's share of the answers while Alex cracked jokes now and again but, jokes aside, Alex had some very introspective answers to many questions as well. The entire meeting lasted about an hour and as the time went by, the entire atmosphere became more and more comfortable, like a group of friends sitting around talking and reminiscing. My thoughts often went to that one classic Rush lyric "Freeze this moment a little bit longer..."

    However when the meeting did end, all guests had the opportunity for a photo-op with Geddy, Alex, and Michael Moore. A perfect way to end a perfect day.

    The entire interview is scheduled to be aired on Sirius XM's Classic Rewind station on November 25th. I'm told we'll receive more information as that date approaches.

    Many, many thanks to Sirius XM for holding this event, Michael Moore for an exceptional interview, and of course Geddy and Alex for being Geddy and Alex - two normal guys just out to have fun and make some memories.

    Click on any photo to enlarge
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    Sirius XM's Town Hall Meeting with Rush - A Look Back

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    Thursday, November 12, 2015

    Rush Featured on the Cover of Canadian Musician Magazine's November/December 2015 Issue

    Rush Featured on the Cover of Canadian Musician Magazine's November/December 2015 Issue
    Rush have appeared on the cover of Canadian Musician Magazine over a dozen times in the past, with the last such honor coming back in 2007 (See: In the Studio with Rush). That eight-year drought has ended as the band will grace the cover of the magazine's November/December 2015 issue. The accompanying article, titled Travelling Back In Time With Rush has Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson reflecting on the "...concept, design, and music of R40..."

    From the article:
    I'm very proud of the way it sounds and looks," Lifeson says of the band's 11th live package. "All in all. it's a very satisfying way to cap [R40]. It's not like we're leaving anything unturned."

    Lee takes over: "This whole tour was really driven by the fans," he says, reflecting on R40. "The design of the show, the song list, and a lot of the [video] content on the rear screen was all us saying thank you to our fans, because that's really the nature of an anniversary, in my view - especially due to the circumstances that this was our last tour, or potentially our last tour, so we really needed to say thank you the proper way."
    You can read the entire article via this LINK.

    Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news and to Eric Hansen for the transcription.

    Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Neil Peart Featured in the January 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer Magazine

    Neil Peart Featured in the January 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer Magazine
    No other drummer has adorned the cover of Modern Drummer magazine more than Neil Peart. The January 2016 issue will mark the 9th time the Rush drummer has appeared front-and-center on the magazine (the first time was back in April of 1980.

    The accompanying article/interview, titled simply Neil Peart, discusses "...soloing and set lists, the very real differences between his drumming past and present, and the much-speculated topic of his band’s future..."

    Here's an excerpt from the article:
    MD: In your last MD interview, in 2011, you said that studies with Gruber and Erskine helped you retain accuracy but feel good inside. Has anything changed? Is that even better now?

    Neil: I’m still evolving in the ways that they have guided me. Sometimes I’ll do an interview with non-musicians and they’ll ask why I practice so much and take lessons. Well, I have the privilege of being a professional musician. It’s my responsibility to devote myself to being all that I can be to the people that have given me that opportunity.

    MD: Not everyone thinks that way.

    Neil: I know, but they should. [laughs] I live by example. As a drummer, set a good example and don’t work the audience. And when other drummers tell me I’ve inspired them to play drums, I tell them to apologize to their parents. [laughs] Like for this tour, I started preparation three months earlier. I’d play along with tracks all day and work on solo ideas, five days a week. So by the time we get to band rehearsals, I’m ready.
    You can read the entire article via this LINK.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Monday, November 9, 2015

    Rush R40 Live to Premiere on Sirius XM / Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in Sirium XM Studios for a Town Hall Event

    Rush R40 Live to Premiere on Sirius XM / Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in Sirium XM Studios for a Town Hall Event
    Rush's R40 Live album and concert film, which will be released on November 20th, will be premiered tonight, November 9th, on Sirius XM's Classic Rewind channel. The premiere will take place at 6pm EST on Pat St. John's show.

    In addition to the world premiere, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will be in the Sirius XM studios on Friday, November 13th for a Town Hall event. More from the announcement:
    SiriusXM wants to give you and a guest the chance to attend SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Rush.

    This exclusive event will take place on Friday, November 13 at SiriusXM’s NYC studios and will feature original members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson answering questions from an intimate studio audience about their legendary 40-year career, to celebrate the release of the RUSH R40 LIVE DVD+3CD set (out November 20).

    To qualify, we're asking SiriusXM subscribers to submit their most creative and insightful questions about Rush for a chance to ask the question to Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in person at the Town Hall.
    Click HERE for more information and details on how to enter.

    To pre-order R40 live, use any one of the links below.:
  • Blu-Ray / 3 CD Deluxe Version
  • DVD / 3 CD Deluxe Version
  • 3 CD Version
  • DVD Version
  • Blu-Ray Version


  • Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

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    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    December Issue of Drum! Magazine Includes a New Article by Neil Peart

    Magnetic Memories: Four Decades in the Studio with Rush
    The December 2015 issue of Drum! Magazine includes a new article that was penned by Neil Peart.

    Titled Magnetic Memories: Four Decades in the Studio with Rush, the article focuses on Neil's memories of recording with Rush over the decades. Additionally, he looks further back to his days with J.R. Flood:
    J.R. Flood was a serious band, my first "full-time pro" outfit, with Paul Dickinson on guitar, Wally Tomczuk on bass, Bob Morrison on Hammond, and Gary Luciani singing. They were a good bunch of guys, disciplined and dedicated - and funny. (I've been lucky that way.) We practiced hard every weekday in the Dickinson family basement. (Paul's mother has surely been sainted.) Weekends we played at high schools and small halls around Southern Ontario. What had been called "dances" in the early '60s were firmly "concerts" by 1970, when pretty well everyone in the audience sat down on the gym floor or stood around the walls to listen and watch. That was a nice level of attention for a young musician to feel.
    The seven-page feature can be read in its entirety at this LINK.

    Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

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