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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Alex Lifeson Participates in the 9th Annual Medlock Krieger Celebrity Invitational and All Star Concert

Alex Lifeson Participates in the 9th Annual Medlock Krieger Celebrity Invitational and All Star Concert
Alex Lifeson recently participated in the 9th Annual Medlock Krieger Celebrity Invitational and All Star Concert. The event, which took place on Monday at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, California, benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Numerous photos and videos from the event have been posted at HeavyMetalHill. Among the included videos are live performances of The Spirit of Radio and Limelight, as well as an interview with Alex himself.

You can check out all of the photos and videos at this LINK.

For more information on the Medlock Krieger Celebrity Invitational, please visit their website at www.scottmedlockgolf.com.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Alex Lifeson Celebrates His 63rd Birthday

Alex Lifeson
Alex Lifeson, one of the founding members of Rush and the band's seminal guitarist, is celebrating his 63rd birthday today. It was on this date back in 1953 that Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Aleksandar Zivojinovich) came into the world in Fernie, British Columbia. As Rush fans know, Lifeson co-founded the band in the summer of 1968 along with John Rutsey, the band's original drummer. Alex was also responsible for bringing front-man Geddy Lee into the mix.

While Alex is obviously best known for being the guitarist for Rush, he's also the part owner of the Toronto restaurant The Orbit Room, is a licensed aircraft pilot, motorcycle rider, a gourmet cook, an artist and has also dabbled with a little acting now and again.

Happy Birthday, Alex and many happy returns!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Rush's 'The Body Electric' Makes Exclaims' Eight Favorite Songs About Robots List

Rush: The Body Electric
Earlier this week, Canada's entertainment website Exclaim! posted a list of their 'Eight favorite songs about Robots'. Heading the list is Rush's 'The Body Electric' from their 1984 album Grace Under Pressure.

From the article:
"...When it comes to the human race's technological advances, the subject of robotics and artificial intelligence rarely fails to create riveting fiction, whether the humanoid machines are helping maintain society or blowing it up...

Rush – "The Body Electric"

No strangers to exploring the world of science fiction in song, Rush's "The Body Electric" tells the story of "an android on the run" in search of freedom from its electronic existence. In linking the world of robotics to the human race with the song's protagonist's individualist aspirations, the song's chorus features bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee singing the binary code '1001001,' which translates to a capital I.

And here's some irony: "The Body Electric" comes from the band's 1984 record Grace Under Pressure, on which machines — namely, Lee's synthesizers and Neil Peart's electric drums — played a prominent role in their songwriting.
You can check out the entire list via this LINK.

Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Enter to Win a Signed Rush Time Machine Drumhead

Enter to Win a Signed Rush Time Machine Drumhead
The Percussive Arts Society is raffling off a Rush Time Machine Drumhead, which is signed by all three members of Rush. Details of the raffle:
  • Raffle tickets for as little as $10 each
  • Valued at $2,500
  • Professionally framed in museum grade glass
  • Signed by all 3 members of Rush Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee
  • Drawing date Nov. 12, 2016
  • Support Percussive Arts Society
  • About PAS:
    Now in its 55th year, the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) is a 501C-3 non-profit, music-service organization whose mission is to inspire, educate, and support percussionists and drummers throughout the world. PAS is regarded as the global leader in percussion and drumming by providing unparalleled and interactive resources and experiences in percussion education, performance, and research. Today, the society is almost 7,000 members strong, with 50 chapters located across the United States and an additional 28 chapters outside the U.S. Each year PAS hosts the largest drum & percussion event in the world, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).
    To learn more, including information on purchasing raffle tickets, please click HERE.

    Thanks to Christopher Schneberger for the news.

    Saturday, August 13, 2016

    Geddy Lee Travels to Florida to Expand His Baseball Autograph Collection

    Geddy Lee Travels to Florida to Expand His Baseball Autograph Collection
    As many Rush fans know, Geddy Lee is a serious baseball fan and collector. He can often be spotted in the stands behind home plate at Toronto Blue Jays games, he is passionate about, and well respected in, the field of Fantasy Baseball, and he has been celebrated for making an incredible donation to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum back in 2008.

    Among his many baseball-related collections are player autographs. In an attempt to add to his ever-expanding collection, Lee traveled to South Florida yesterday to the home of the Florida Marlins. There, he was able to secure the autographs of Ichiro Suzuki and Barry Bonds. From the MLB story:
    A rock icon met up with some baseball legends on Friday afternoon at Marlins Park.

    Geddy Lee, lead singer from the group Rush, made a trip to Miami with the purpose of securing some autographs.

    Lee, 63, is a native of Toronto and he's a lifelong baseball fan, as well as a collector. The Rush front man was on a mission to get a couple of autographs, and he secured the signatures of Ichiro Suzuki and hitting coach Barry Bonds.

    The significance is Lee has a number of autographs from players in MLB's 3,000-hit club, and 500-home run fraternity. He now adds Ichiro and Bonds.

    Ichiro reached the 3,000-hit milestone last Sunday, and Bonds holds the MLB home run mark with 762. Through the years, Lee also has obtained Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker autographs, as well as a Mickey Mantle bat.

    "I'm off the road now, and I'm hanging around, digging the summer," Lee said.
    Read the entire article via this LINK.

    Friday, August 5, 2016

    Neil Peart Featured in Latest 'Edge Factor' Film

    Neil Peart Featured in Latest Edge Factor Film
    The education and documentary company Edge Factor produces inspiring, high impact media that tell the stories of innovative teams who design and build incredible products that impact lives and ultimately... the future of the country.

    In their latest film project, Behind Closed Doors, Edge Factor includes a segment on DW Drums, Neil Peart, and the creation of his R40 Kit.

    The film can be accessed online for a limited time via this LINK. The segment on Neil Peart begins at around the 9 minute mark.

    For more information about Edge Factor, please visit their website or Facebook Page.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for passing along the news.

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016

    Geddy Lee on The Tragically Hip

    Geddy Lee on the Tragically Hip
    Geddy Lee recently sat down with CBC Music's Kerry Martin to discuss not Rush, but another famous Canadian band - The Tragically Hip.

    From the interview:
    “...The Tragically Hip is “certainly one of the greatest bands we’ve ever produced in this country,” according to Geddy Lee. High praise from the frontman of, arguably, one of the greatest bands we’ve ever produced in this country.

    “The first time you listen to one of their records it kind of sneaks up on you,” Lee says. “It sounds simpler than it is. There is a particular way the power of those guitars work together.… [They] always sound sinewy and muscular. Then you put Gord's voice and his lyrics on top of that, and after repeated listening, you really start to love it. It just gets inside you. I think that's a trademark of the Hip...”
    You can watch and listen to Geddy talk about The Tragically Hip in a series of videos via this LINK.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

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