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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The 'Tom Sawyer's Treasures' Rush Collector's Fanzine Archive

The 'Tom Sawyer's Treasures' Rush Collector's Fanzine Archive
I'm happy to announce another new section to the Cygnus-X1.Net website - The 'Tom Sawyer's Treasures' Rush Collector's Fanzine Archive.

As some fans may remember from the pre-internet days, Rush fanzines were the primary source for gathering information and news on the band. In 1993, the collector-focused, Scotland based fanzine was first launched by Jim Wright and Chris Jones. The inaugural issue included the following introductory message from Wright and Jones:
"...In this new fanzine we will be dissecting rare Rush vinyl, CDs, etc, right down to the matrix number. Our aim is to inform collectors/fans of the worldwide rarities available and by giving a detailed description we hopefully will encourage more of you out there to start collecting. The time has never been better as record companies are now producing less vinyl but more CDs and tapes. This means that vinyl prices will soar in the future (but don't tell anyone!)..."
The fanzine was short-lived, unfortunately, producing only three stand-alone issues. However it later merged with another fanzine of sorts - Eric Ross' Rush: A Discography. An early issue of the Discography is also included in the archive.

You can access the archive via this LINK.

Many thanks to David Hodgkinson for providing scans of each issue.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel Limited Edition Now Available

Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel Limited Edition Now Available
The Rush Backstage Club has just announced the availability of a Limited Edition copy of Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel. Signed by Neil Peart, Kevin J. Anderson, and artist Nick Robles, and limited to a run of just 500 copies, this is sure to sell out quickly.

Further details from the Backstage Club:
This limited edition version of Clockwork Angels The Graphic Novel includes a numbered bookplate autographed by Neil Peart, Kevin J Anderson and artist Nick Robles. The book comes packed inside a custom slip case and the book itself features a beautiful debossed gear cover with a blue foil stamp and matching satin ribbon bookmark. This release is limited to 500 copies.

Owen Hardy, like all the people of Albion, has lived his whole life under the rule of The Watchmaker. His entire life has been planned down to the exact second. But what happens when a young boy decides that things should not always goes as planned? Rush’s Clockwork Angels is a testament to the band’s creative versatility—it has been successful as a concept album, novel, and international tour. Now, Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson are bringing the story of Clockwork Angels to comics, where newcomer artist Nick Robles will bring the journey of Owen Hardy to visual life! Die-hard Rush fans have longed for Peart’s narrative songwriting to be adapted into comic book form for decades, but fans of steampunk fantasy will enjoy journeying into the world of Albion thanks to Anderson’s skilled storytelling.
The Limited Edition book is priced at USD $74.99 and can be ordered at this LINK.

Thanks to Mike Skinner for passing along the news.

Friday, June 24, 2016

The History Of Rush by Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson: The Early Years

The History Of Rush by Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson: The Early Years
TeamRock.Com has just posted a new, exclusive interview with both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in celebration of Rush's unofficial 50th anniversary. The two bandmaters actually met back in 1966, though their first gig together wouldn't take place until two years later:
1968: The First Gig
Alex Lifeson: It was cool to be young and be in ‘a band’. I had a friend named John Rutsey who played drums, and we had a little basement band called The Projection. The guy that lived next door to me, Gary Cooper, was the bass player. He was older than us and he was the only one who had a car. That was a very important friend to have. That band never really gigged. We just played at a party maybe once every six weeks during the summer. It was mostly about getting together and playing the three or four songs that we knew. And Gary Cooper didn’t stick around for long. But out of The Projection came the first gig as Rush. John’s brother Bill had said, ‘You need a better name for the band – how about Rush?’ And we liked it. We were offered this gig at a drop-in centre, so I called this guy I’d been jamming with, Jeff Jones, who played bass and sang. We did that gig. Twenty people showed up. The following week we were offered another gig at the same place, but Jeff said he couldn’t do it – he was already in another band at the time. So that’s when I called Geddy.
Check out Part 1 of the interview at this LINK.

Part 2 of the interview, titled from 2112 to stardom is available HERE.

Part 3 of the interview, titled Moving Pictures and the 1980s is available HERE.

Thanks to Arthur R. Spear for the news.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rush: A Brief History of Time - Part 13 Now Online

Rush: A Brief History of Time - Part 13 Now Online
The thirteenth installment of the ongoing series Rush: A Brief History of Time, an ever-growing archive of articles, interviews, reviews, and advertisements about Rush that span every decade from the 70's onward, and collected from the world over, is now online.

The thirteenth installment includes 239 "new" articles and advertisements; 54 from the 1970's, 39 from the 1980's, 110 from the 1990's, 1 from the 2000's and 35 from the current 2010 decade. Roughly half of the articles this time around focus on the releases of Presto and Roll the Bones, including some great, separate interviews with each of the band members.

Also included in this installment are numerous, early concert reviews from the 1970's, many of which definitely did not paint Rush, or their musical prowess, in a favorable light. One such review from 1974 had this to say:
"I really don't see what all the excitement over Rush is about. They're just another "high energy" rock band who prides itself on its ability to "boogie."
If that statement doesn't scream the 70's, I don't know what does :)

As always, special thanks go out to Heiko Klages for providing the majority of the articles and advertisements that make up this installment. Additionally, I would like to thank Rush historian and mega-collector Joe Pesch for also providing dozens of articles this time around. Other contributions came from Bob Wegner, Eric Hansen, Greg Nosek, and Kelly Moretta. Thank you, all!

To read the entire thirteenth installment, please click HERE.

To check out all thirteen installments of Rush: A Brief History of Time, which includes a chronological listing of all the articles (nearly 1,200 in all), please click HERE.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Rush Caress of Steel Artist Proof Lithograph Drawing Now Available

Rush Caress of Steel Artist Proof Lithograph Drawing Now Available
Update: Well, that didn't take long. The item has sold-out, which isn't surprising given the limited run. We'll keep an eye out in case the Backstage Club offers up more in the future.
The Rush Backstage Club has just announced the availability of a Caress of Steel Artist Proof Lithograph drawing that is framed and signed by prolific Rush artist Hugh Syme.

From the announcement:
We have released the Artist Proof Limited Edition of Hugh Syme's original Caress of Steel drawing. This is the first piece of art Hugh created for Rush, and it became the centerpiece of the album cover. This is printed on high quality heavy art paper, and framed meticulously by our friends at Frameworth.

Each piece is hand signed and numbered by the artist, in a limited edition of 40. Each piece also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity affixed to the back of the piece. The litho size is 12" x 12" and the finished framed size is approximately 17" x 17".

Price: $374.99 USD
The drawing also appears in Hugh Syme's book The Art of Rush. A high-resolution version is also available on Syme's website.

Click HERE for more information and ordering instructions.

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