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Friday, July 29, 2016

Geddy Lee Turns 63

Geddy Lee
Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) is celebrating his 63rd birthday today!

Happy Birthday, Geddy -- and many happy returns! "Gary" was born in the small Toronto village of Willowdale. As many fans know, his given first name "Gary" transformed into "Geddy" during his high school days thanks to his mother's heavily-accented pronunciation of his name.

In addition to his musical aspirations, some of Geddy's other interests include collecting fine wines and, of course, baseball. His wine collection is rumored to include some 5,000 bottles and his love of baseball is well documented. In fact back in 2013, Geddy threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener for the Toronto Blue Jays - something he admittedly dreamed of doing for years.

In addition to today being Geddy's birthday, it is also the 42nd anniversary of Neil Peart officially joined Rush - cementing the rock trio that would continue through today.

Please join me in congratulating Geddy on reaching his 63rd birthday -- and wish him many, many more!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Show of Fans Rush Fanzine Archive Now Online

A Show of Fans Rush Fanzine Archive Now Online
I'm happy to announce another new section to the Cygnus-X1.Net website - The 'A Show of Fans' Rush Fanzine Archive.

When the 'A Show of Fans' fanzine was first released back in 1991, it immediately stood apart from other fanzines of the time, thanks to its polished and professional format. Each issue was filled with incredible content, including articles, reviews, news, artwork, photographs, letters, advertisements, and more. Yet unlike other fanzines of the time, ASOF was printed, not photocopied, on high-quality glossy paper, typically in multiple colors. So much style with substance.

Given the importance of the fanzine in the overall history of Rush, Cygnus-X1.Net is proud to resurrect ASOF into a new online archive. Each of the seventeen issues will be presented in this archive, starting with the first three issues. 'New' issues will be published each week through the remainder of 2016.

You can access the archive via this LINK.

Many thanks to Rob Silverberg for loaning out each issue of ASOF for use in this archive.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Artist Jorge de la Torre Creates 'Rushmore' Sculptor

Artist Jorge de la Torre Creates 'Rushmore' Sculptor Artist Jorge de la Torre Creates 'Rushmore' Sculptor
Since their early beginnings, Rush have continually sparked inspiration in their fan base across many artistic fronts. Aside from the obvious musical inspirations that the band has generated in countless others, we've seen drawings, paintings, writings, and more come out of the fan base over the years.

Artist Jorge de la Torre has taken that inspiration to a new level with the creation of his Rushmore sculptor. From his website:
Rushmore is the ultimate tribute masterpiece immortalizing Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart – three extraordinary heroes of progressive rock who are collectively known as the legendary band Rush.

Originally handcrafted utilizing the intricate lost wax casting process, the bronze sculpture and solid walnut base skillfully set the stage for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to be depicted as the new faces of Mt. Rushmore, one of the country’s most recognizable and highly regarded national monuments.

Just as our greatest champions have all been immortalized in stone since the dawn of time, Rushmore is an extraordinary sculptural tribute to rock’s greatest champions. Because of their creative mastery, the spirit of Rush is forever solidified in the hearts and minds of their greatest fans through their life-changing music – and now through Rushmore.

Dimensions: 20" x 13" x 9.25" (not including base)
Material: Bronze (sculpture), Walnut (base)
Completed: May 2016
Torre, as he is artistically know, has a website that features his Rushmore creation, including a full gallery of pictures, a detailed section on the 'Making Of' the artwork, and more. Check out all the details about Rushmore and the artist behind it, HERE.

Thanks to Sheri Geddygirl Beri for alerting me to this incredible creation!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Rush 2017 Wall Calendar Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of A Farewell to Kings

Rush 2017 Wall Calendar Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of A Farewell to Kings
Information regarding the release of the 2017 Rush Wall Calendar has just been made available by Brown Trout Publishers. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the band's fifth studio album, A Farewell to Kings, this year's calendar will focus on that era.

From the listing:
After celebrating their 40th anniversary with a self-titled LP, collector's box set, and their first US tour, Rush left an indelible mark in music history. These Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have maintained a loyal fan base during their rock tenure, and the official Rush calendar is a consistent fan favorite that spans hard rock and progressive rock.
Rush wall calendars have been available every year, dating back to 2004, when the first calendar was released in connection with the band's 30th anniversary. Each year since, a new calendar - and sometimes two calendars - have been published.

Pre-ordering for the new calendar is now available via Amazon.Com.

Rush 2017 Wall Calendar Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of A Farewell to KingsAmazon also has a listing of yet-another 2017 Wall Calendar:
Every year Rush fans come out of the woodwork to get their calendar and once again, you'll be ready. This 2017 edition is sure to satisfy. It runs for 16 months and begins in September of 2016 and runs through December 2017.
This calendar, however, is listed an 'Unavailable' at this time. We'll keep an eye on the listing to see if this second calendar does become available.

If you've missed any of the previous calendars, you can see high-resolution scans of each edition via this LINK.

Thanks to everyone who alerted me about the new calendars.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Alex Lifeson to Appear on Rik Emmett's Upcoming Solo Album

Alex Lifeson to Appear on Rik Emmett's Upcoming Solo Album
According to the Rock Music news site Hennemusic, Alex Lifeson is set to appear on the upcoming Rik Emmett solo album. As many Rush fans know, Emmett was originally part of another Canadian rock trio - Triumph.

In addition to Lifeson's appearance on the yet-unnamed album, bassist Mike Levine and drummer Gil Moore, both from the original Triumph lineup, will also join Emmett. This will mark the first time all three members of Triumph have worked together since working on their 1987 album Surveillance. Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie is also reportedly working on the project.

Lifeson and Emmett are no strangers to working together. They worked together on "Beyond Borders", which was part of the Canadian Guitar Summit special that appeared in the July 1987 Issue of Guitar Player magazine. They also collaborated on Dream On The Horizon (A Tribute To The Olympic Spirit) in 1988.

For more information about Emmett's album, which is due out later this year, please click HERE.

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