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Monday, May 30, 2016

Rush: The Unofficial Illustrated History Third Edition Coming June 1st

Rush: The Unofficial Illustrated History Third Edition Coming June 1st
Author Martin Popoff is no stranger to Rush. Back in 2004, the prolific author published the very well received Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away. Back in 2013, Popoff released the first edition of Rush: The Unofficial Illustrated History.

Now word comes that a fully revised and updated version of his Illustrated History book will be released on June 1st.

From the Amazon Listing:
Rush: The Illustrated History is a fully updated, richly illustrated history from prolific rock journalist and noted Rush authority Martin Popoff. The book follows the world-conquering exploits of Rush band members Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, and Alex Lifeson from the band's formation in Toronto to their fortieth anniversary celebration and tour. Popoff's stellar history is complemented by LP reviews from a slate of highly regarded music writers, a thorough discography compiled by the author himself, and more than 400 photographs and articles of memorabilia, from candid backstage images and live performance photography to picture sleeves, gig posters, period print ads, ticket stubs, backstage passes, and more. The result is a visually stunning and authoritative review befitting the rock band with one of the most devoted fan bases ever.
Pre-Ordering is available via Amazon.Com, with the book available in both Hardcover and Kindle form.

To learn more about Popoff and his other projects, check out his website.

Thanks to reader Joe Pesch for passing along the news.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Andy Curran Hints at Future Rush Releases and the Band's Future

Andy Curran Hints at Future Rush Releases and the Band's Future
On Friday, Canada's FYI Music News published an article featuring the Andy Curran who, as many Rush fans may know, was Anthem Entertainment's former A&R executive. After Anthem was acquired by Canadian-headquartered music rights management firm ole, Curran was named the new Label Services general manager/A&R.

In the article, Curran hints at some upcoming Rush related releases for 2016:
"Aside from prepping the 40th anniversary deluxe edition of 2112 and a documentary of Rush’s R40 tour that is looking to be released in 2016’s fourth quarter, Curran is pouring over the catalogue to prep long-unavailable titles for reissue, digitally, on CD and on vinyl."
The R40 tour documentary was developed by the band in conjunction with Fadoo Productions. During the R40 tour, Fadoo had documentary crews on hand during most of the shows, as well as at last year's RushCon. The documentary focuses primarily on the fans.

The comment about the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of 2112 is interesting and a little perplexing, given the band has already released a deluxe edition of the album back in 2012. Given this is the 40th Anniversary of the release of Rush's first live album All the World's a Stage, one has to wonder if this album, and not 2112, is getting some type of Deluxe Edition reissue.

Regarding the future of Rush, Curran had this to say:
“If I was a gambling man, I would say those guys are going to record some more music,” Curran says. “The live component is certainly a question mark with Neil, but they’re still quite young at heart. I don’t see those guys sitting still for too long and we’ll be working with them in the future.”
You can read the entire article via this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - May 2016 - BubbaGram™#6

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - May 2016 - BubbaGram™#6
Neil Peart has posted a new update to the News, Weather, and Sports section of his website. In this 6th installment of the ongoing BubbaGram series, Neil continues to talk about some of the sites he and his riding mates visited during the R40 tour. One place in particular was Crater Lake National Park in Oregon:
Perhaps my major ambition for that day was to get riding photos of Crater Lake. After five or six visits over the years, I had never managed to capture the “sense of place” in a single image—and if I could do that with a motorcycle passing through, that would be the ultimate. (We have ridden through and photographed some impressive walls of snow around there, towering above the plowed road even in early summer. The area gets forty-five feet of snow, so it takes a while to melt—but was all gone by July 22.)

The larger and more spectacular a place is, the harder it is to convey to others—in words or in photographs. I believe the opening image does a pretty good job (thank you, thank you), but some places you just have to see for yourself. A few examples would be Lake Louise, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley, and Crater Lake.
Neil once again hints at his 'retirement' from performing live with Rush via this passage:
Definitely “going big” on these last few rides. “Bingeing,” I guess.
New disorder: “binge riding.”
Up at 6:30 again on bus—after show, and 1:00 a.m. bedtime.
Because . . . won’t be doing this anymore.
Neil ends this entry with a poignant thought about the impending end of the R40 tour:
The day was truly reborn, and being fueled and refreshed, I would summon the energy to face the next part of the day: route planning, soundcheck, dinner with the Guys at Work, warmup, and show number thirty-one.

Just four more to go, as we traveled into the Southwest and the home stretch — literally home, for me.
Click HERE to read the entire entry.

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.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Geddy Lee Attends Pearl Jam Concert, Gets Shout-Out by Eddie Vedder

Geddy Lee Attends Pearl Jam Concert, Gets Shout-Out by Eddie Vedder
Pearl Jam was performing in Toronto on Thursday night and none other than Geddy Lee happened to be in attendance. Pearl Jam's lead singer Eddie Vedder took notice of their special guest and gave Geddy a shout out during the concert.

The band proceeded to play a few notes from Fly By Night as well as Cygnus X-1 before Vedder addressed the crowd:
"...we have been a band for twenty five years but if we wanted to play a Rush song we would probably have to play for another twenty five..."
Geddy took some backstage photos with Vedder and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron who, coincidentally, played drums on Geddy's solo album My Favorite Headache.

For more information on the event, click HERE.


Thanks to everyone who alerted me to this event.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Alex Lifeson: Songwriter, Producer & Musician - Guitar Connoisseur Magazine

Alex Lifeson New Solo Album?
Back in March we first announced that a new feature interview with Alex Lifeson was published in Guitar Connoisseur Magazine. At that time, the interview was only available via the magazine's Apple News Feed. Now, the entire interview is available directly on the magazine's website.

The interview touches upon several topics, including Alex's solo project Victor, the R40 tour set up, and his emotive solo from The Garden:
GC: We talked a while ago about the guitar solo in The Garden from Clockwork Angels and how you recorded it direct, using Logic on your home computer. So often musicians talk about creating a vibe in the studio, and in this case your most memorable solo in recent years was created in a fairly ordinary way?

AL: That solo was recorded one afternoon in Geddy’s studio. He had taken a day off, so I came in and updated a few of the songs, getting caught up cleaning tracks and recording newer versions of guitar, keys, and drum parts. I wanted to fill in the “insert solo here” space with at least something. I fiddled with some guitar plug in settings in Logic and quickly recorded a few passes, and then edited them for the final version. After completing it and listening back, I thought , “hmm, that kind of fits perfectly!”. The solo you hear on the album is that very same solo, a quick throw away that worked, and this has happened on other songs as well, such as the solo on “Leave That Thing Alone”, acoustic verses in “Bravest Face”, and the solo on “Bravado” to name a few.
You can read the entire interview at this LINK.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Rush Make Billboard's Top Money-Makers List of 2015

Rush Make Billboard's Top Money-Makers List of 2015
Billboard magazine has just released their annual list of the Top Money Makers in the Music Industry for 2015. The list of 40 acts includes such notable entries as The Rolling Stones (#3), Billy Joel (#4), U2 (#8), AC/DC (#24), and Paul McCartney (#33).

Coming in at the very respectable #16 spot is Rush, with revenues totaling $12 million for the year. Of the $12 million haul for the band, the vast majority ($10.7M) was related to their R40 Live Anniversary tour - an impressive showing given the relatively short length of the tour.

In fact as the Billboard article states, "...touring is once again the determining factor for the 40 genre-spanning acts that topped Billboard's ranking of music’s highest-paid musicians of the past year..."

You can check out the entire list via this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Neil Peart's R40 Live Drum Kits on Display at GearFest 2016

Neil Peart's R40 Live Drum Kits on Display at GearFest 2016
Road Trip Alert: Now is your chance to get up close and personal with not one, but both drum kits that were featured during Rush's R40 Live 40th Anniversary North American tour. Both kits will be on display during this year's GearFest.

GearFest 2016, which takes place on June 17th and 18th in Fort Wayne, Indiana, features "... two full days of hands-on gear demonstrations, workshops held by top engineers and musicians, amazing musical performances, and chances for you to win over $88,000 of free gear. Learn from and interact with hundreds of instrument and equipment designers and the industry's leading artists..."

According to the event page, Neil's drum tech, Lorne "Gump" Wheaton, will be on hand to answer questions and give tours of the kits. There will be photo opportunities.

For more information about GearFest 2016, please click HERE.

Thanks to reader Joe Pesch for passing along the news.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

All The Gifts Of Life: 40 Years Of Rush's '2112'

All The Gifts Of Life: 40 Years Of Rush's 2112
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Alex Lifeson shares his memories about the making of Rush's classic ground-breaking album 2112 in a new feature interview posted at NPR:
"I remember thinking," Lifeson says candidly, "'I had eight years of playing rock in a band, and it's awesome, I love it, and I don't want to compromise. If this will be the end, I dunno, I'll go back to working with my dad plumbing, or go back to school, or something else.' To me it was impossible to take a step backwards and do something we'd already done just to please a record company."

The story is the stuff of legend. Rush stubbornly stuck to their plan, following up an album that had an ambitious 20-minute conceptual piece with an album with an even more ambitious 20-minute conceptual piece. Structurally 2112 was very much similar to Caress of Steel, only the band's vision was clearer, their musical chops were stronger, the songwriting was more advanced. Best of all, they sounded grown up.
The article closes with Alex's thoughts about Rush being cited as the influence for many other bands -- not only because of their musical prowess but because they did it their way:
"When other bands cite us as an inspiration or an influence, [the theme of 2112 is] what they're talking about, more than anything. I've often read when we're mentioned as an influence for a band they'll say, 'We're big Rush fans, because they did it on their own, they did it their own way, and that told me that I could do the same thing. If I stick with it, persevere, I can do things the way I want them to be.'"
Click HERE to read the entire article.

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