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Monday, February 29, 2016

Geddy Lee and Producer Terry Brown Talk 2112 In New Interview

Geddy Lee and Producer Terry Brown Talk 2112 In New Interview
The March 2016 issue of MOJO Magazine, which features the late David Bowie on the cover, includes a Rush-focused article/interview titled Rush Make 2112, 1976. Both Geddy Lee and long-time Rush producer Terry Brown talked about the impact 2112 had on the success of Rush, as well as some unexpected negative impacts the album's release had.

From the article:
Sales were slow at first. And then we had that terrible thing in England with the NME. 2112 was speaking out against totalitarianism, but the NME called us fascists. It made zero sense. Ayn Rand had a very controversial image as an anti-socialist and extreme right-wing capitalist, but that was a side of her work that was not of interest to us.

My father Morris and my mother Mary were both in Auschwitz for a time, so I was really deeply hurt by that NME story. At that time in Britain, the press was hunting down anything that sniffed of fascism. I can't blame them for that. But they got the wrong guys with us. I am not a violent type, but I wanted to punch the guy who wrote that. Definitely, I could have helped educate him.
You can read the entire article via this LINK.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Discuss Rush's Past and Future in new Sound Opinions Interview

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Discuss Rush's Past and Future in new Sound Opinions Interview
Both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were guests on Friday night's episode of Sound Opinions, a program that is part of Chicago's Public Radio station. The nationally-syndicated radio talk show, which focuses on rock music, is hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot.

From the announcement:
Rush & Opinions on Kanye WestFamous for its instrumental virtuosity and heady, sci-fi influenced lyrics, the Canadian prog-rock trio Rush has amassed an obsessive cult following. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush join hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss the band's remarkable 40-year career. Then they review the latest album from polarizing rapper Kanye West
Yes. Kanye West.

Putting that piece of the interview aside, components of the interview focused on the future of Rush. Ed Stenger from RushIsABand transcribed those portions of the interview which included Geddy and Alex's responses about the future:
Alex: I think right now we don't have any plans for anything. Keep in mind that we had a year and a half off after the Clockwork Angels Tour. We didn't talk about anything to do with the band in a year and a half. I think we're just in a stage now where we're just kind of taking some time, reconnecting with our families and friends and pursuing some other interests, and having some fun really. I know Geddy and I love writing together. We've been doing it since we were young teenagers. I'd like to think that we'll do it until we're very old men instead of just "mostly" old men.

Geddy: For Neil it's become too hard. And that's a phrase he likes to use. To play for 3 hours, to play the way we feel is being "Rush" - the way Rush plays a 3-hour show that's very complicated. That has taken its physical toll on his body. During the course of any of the last few tours he's gone through periods that he's having problems. Whether it's tendonitis or whether it's some other thing. So I think for him it's enough. He can't go through all that again. That's gonna dictate obviously what performing live is going to mean for Rush. And whether that happens or not - I can't really say at this point.

Alex: Neil's in a great headspace now. He's really enjoying his life and feels great. He's spending a lot of time with his daughter and his family. And doing the things that he loves to do, with his health intact. That's a very positive thing.
You can listen to the entire interview via the embedded player below or at the Sound Opinion Website. The Rush portion of the audio begins around the 6:15 mark and continues through to the 48-minute mark.


Thanks to everyone who alerted me to this interview.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Hear Wintersleep's Soaring Song With Rush's Geddy Lee

Hear Wintersleep's Soaring Song With Rush's Geddy Lee
Though Rush is currently on an extended hiatus, that certainly hasn't impacted Geddy Lee's desire to continue to make music, even if it isn't with his band. Recently, Geddy lent his bass-playing skills on a track for the Canadian indie-rock band Wintersleep.

Rolling Stone reports:
When Canadian indie-rock band Wintersleep were recording their new album, The Great Detachment, they got sidetracked chatting about their love for one of their country's most famous musical exports. "We were talking about how amazing Rush was ... and how incredible Geddy Lee is," Paul Murphy, the band's lead singer, told Rolling Stone. "He can sing these incredibly complex melodies with complex lyrics, while playing perhaps even more incredibly complex bass parts, while also operating foot pedals. If there was an instrument he could play with his eyeballs, I'm sure he'd be able to!"

Coincidentally, later that same night, the band ran into trouble while fine-tuning the bass line on one of the tracks, "Territory." "It was cool but the song didn't feel as lively as it should in the end," Murphy explains. "Someone was like, 'What would Geddy Lee do?' jokingly, and Tony [Doogan, producer] was like, 'Oh, the best bass player in the world? He'd make it incredible. Why don't we just ask him?'"

They did, and Wintersleep's "what if ...?" fantasy quickly turned into reality.
Click HERE for the entire Rolling Stone article. You can also listen to the track via the embedded player below.


Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Rush Named Top Canadian Band of the Year in 2016 Music Express Awards

Rush Named Top Canadian Band of the Year in 2016 Music Express Awards
Winners of the 4th Annual Long & McQuade Music Express Awards have just been announced with Rush taking home the honors of Top Canadian Band. From the announcement:
The winners of the 4th Annual Long & McQuade Music Express Awards reflect a diversity in many musical facets as Canada enjoyed one of the most productive years in its musical history with strong representation in Pop/Rock, R&B/Rap and Contemporary Country divisions.

In an unprecedented photo finish, RUSH edged out Blue Rodeo for Top Canadian Group by a margin of only 27 votes!
Rush were also nominated in the category of Best Live Act of 2015, however they fell to Bryan Adams in that category.

Rush will receive a special microphone award, courtesy of Award sponsors, Long & McQuade.

Click HERE for more information on the awards and a listing of some of the other winners.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Geddy Lee talks Rush's 2112 Track-by-Track in New MusicRadar Interview

Geddy Lee talks Rush's 2112 Track-by-Track in New MusicRadar Interview
MusicRadar has just posted a new interview with Geddy Lee where the Rush frontman discusses the band's 1976 classic album 2112, track by track. From the article:
For an album set in a far-distant, dystopian future yet also celebrating its 40th anniversary later this April, there’s a small sense of irony in feeling the years have been kind to 2112.

The fourth studio album from Rush sounds just as inventive and thrilling today as it did the day of its release – perhaps even more so when considering the long list of musicians that have drawn inspiration from the Canadian progressive rock master’s greatest opus.

“Our fanbase is intense in their curiosity over what we’re about,” says singer/bassist Geddy Lee. “Maybe it’s something they sense in us, the fact that we are who we are. Nobody’s pretending to be something; we’re generally trying to play as hard as we can and make it as interesting as possible. And maybe that engenders a response to the authenticity of our work… it’s an honest statement of where we are musically and lyrically.”
You can read the entire article via this LINK.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Rush Moving Pictures Signed and Framed Limited Edition Photo Set Coming in April

Rush Moving Pictures Signed and Framed Limited Edition Photo Set Coming in April
To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the release of Moving Pictures, the Rush Backstage Club is offering a limited edition signed & framed photo set from the album's era:
Limited to 100 sets, the Moving Pictures Photo Set contains three iconic photographs taken during the Moving Pictures Tour by renowned rock photographer Philip Kamen.

Printed on high-quality photographic paper, each photo has been hand numbered and then signed by the respective band member, and every frame comes with a designated Certificate of Authenticity indicating both the photo and its number in the collection.

Note that each piece will have a matching number (e.g. 3/50) to the other two in the set.

Frames are approximately 17" x 17" (43 cm x 43 cm) and are made of molded plastic with glass.Limited to 100 sets, the Moving Pictures Photo Set contains three iconic photographs taken during the Moving Pictures Tour by renowned rock photographer Philip Kamen.

Printed on high-quality photographic paper, each photo has been hand numbered and then signed by the respective band member, and every frame comes with a designated Certificate of Authenticity indicating both the photo and its number in the collection.

Note that each piece will have a matching number (e.g. 3/50) to the other two in the set.

Frames are approximately 17" x 17" (43 cm x 43 cm) and are made of molded plastic with glass.
The set retails for $899.99 USD and can be pre-ordered via this LINK.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Clockwork Lives Nominated for an Audie Award

Clockwork Lives: The Bookseller's Tale E-book Now Available
Congratulations go out to Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart, and all others who were involved in the audiobook version of Clockwork Lives, the follow-up to the novelization of Clockwork Angels. The book has just been nominated for an Audie Award.

The Audie Awards recognizes distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA). 2016 is the 21st year of annual Audies Awards. Finalists were announced in 25 categories and Clockwork Lives received a nomination in the category of Multi-Voice Performance.

Others involved in the audiobook version of Clockwork Lives include Morgan Hallet, George Guidall, Richard Poe, Jim Jenner, Tandy Cronyn, Pete Bradbury, Barbara Rosenblat, Brian Hutchinson, Luis Moreno, Lynne McCullough, and Jonathan Todd Ross.

For more information on the Audie Awards, and to view other nominees, please click HERE.

Clockwork Lives can be ordered HERE.

Related News Stories
[Clockwork Lives: The Bookseller's Tale E-book Now Available - April 29th, 2015]
[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]

Friday, February 5, 2016

Rush Basks In the Limelight of Moving Pictures - 35th Anniversary Vintage Interview

Rush Basks In the Limelight of Moving Pictures - 35th Anniversary Vintage Interview
North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands rolls out the red carpet for the thirty-fifth anniversary of Rush’s most successful album, Moving Pictures.

"...Sales alone do not convey the importance of their eighth studio album Moving Pictures to Rush’s long career, nor to rock music itself. “Music was changing,” Rush lead singer/composer Geddy Lee tells us in this InTheStudio episode, and without Lee, guitarist/composer Alex Lifeson and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart embracing the fresh musical ideas in the crosswinds of the early Eighties with songs “Tom Sawyer”, “Red Barchetta”, “Limelight”, “Vital Signs” and “Witch Hunt”, it is doubtful that a path to mainstream success would have been cleared for later major bands including Metallica, Queensryche, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters, Tom Morello with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, and Dream Theater..."

InTheStudio host Redbeard speaks to Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart about the significance of Moving Pictures to the Rush legacy.

To listen to the vintage interview, please click HERE.

Thanks to Mark Fischer for passing along the news.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Rush's Early Years: Exclusive Interview with Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

Rush's Early Years: Exclusive Interview with Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson
Classic Rock Magazine has just posted a new, exclusive interview with both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson on their TeamRock+ section of their website.

Titled Rush's Early Years, the interview discusses the 50+ year friendship of Geddy and Alex and "...the story of the band’s formative years: their school days and early adventures in music, the struggle to make it, the difficult birth of the first Rush album, the tough decision to fire original drummer John Rutsey, and how the subsequent arrival of Neil Peart – drummer and lyricist – completed the classic Rush line-up that survives to this day..."

From the article:
1973
Alex Lifeson:
We made a single, a cover of Not Fade Away – based more on the Stones’ version than the Buddy Holly original. It was a song that people knew and could identify with, rather than an original Rush song. The feeling from management was: let’s do something that people will get as an introduction. I think that was bad advice. Playing that song live was great. We played it quite heavy. It sounded really good. But the recorded version was terrible.

Geddy Lee: I was so excited about doing a record and having our name on the disc, the whole deal. But to be honest, I was embarrassed by how it came out. It was so… dinky.

Alex Lifeson: It just didn’t sound like us. We were a hard rock band. We had some powerful songs – Working Man, What You’re Doing. But that record sounded so tame.

Geddy Lee: It was so disappointing. But our manager Ray Danniels put up the money for us to make an album. We had to do it cheap, recording late at night, after hours. The problem was that our producer, David Stock, was just not that great. So we had to record that album twice. The first version had Not Fade Away on it, and the whole thing sounded as tinny and shitty as the single did. So we had to redo the entire album, and that’s when Terry Brown came in as producer.
You can read the entire article via this LINK.

Thanks to Ryan Arledge for the news.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

40th Anniversary of 2112 Featured in the February 2016 Issue of Prog Magazine

40th Anniversary of 2112 Featured in the February 2016 Issue of Prog Magazine
Update (02/13/2016): The issue of PROG magazine has now been described. You can read each of the three feature articles that appeared in the issue via this LINK. Enjoy.
Update (02/10/2016): The article from Guitar World is now ONLINE. Enjoy-
Next month marks the 40th Anniversary of Rush's pinnacle album, 2112. In celebration of the event, Prog Magazine's 63rd issue (February 2016) highlights the album on the cover and includes a feature story on Rush.

From Prog's website:
The brand new issue of Prog is on sale today, and we celebrate 40 years of Rush's iconic 2112 album...

It was the album that pretty much saved the band's career and remains one of their most popular. Ironically we also discuss with the band themselves what the future might hold for the band following the recent R40 tour amid a raft of rumours suggesting the end might be in sight for Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart.
The issue is on sale now in the United Kingdom and should be available elsewhere within the next couple of weeks. Look for a complete transcription of the Rush-related articles from this issue to appear in the Articles/Bios section of the main site soon.

In related news, the March 2016 issue of Guitar World magazine also includes some content on Rush:
It’s possible that Rush have parked their tour bus for the last time, leaving 40 years of epic gigging and an unparalled body of work in their wake. To help celebrate the release of R40 Live, Guitar World catches up with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee to talk about some of the choice cuts that found their way into the bands career-spanning 2015 set list.
That issue is on sale now at various retails. Look for a transcription of that article to be posted soon.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

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