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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Alex Lifeson Donates Original Painting for Brush of Hope Charity Auction

Alex Lifeson Donates Original Painting for Brush of Hope Charity Auction
Update: Alex's painting sold for an impressive $8,700 CAN. Congrats to the lucky winner!
As he has done numerous times in the past, Alex Lifeson has once again created a unique painting for the Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual Brush of Hope charity auction.

This years painting, which Alex titled "Aquarium," is currently being auctioned off on Ebay.Ca at this LINK, and it's already off to a quick start. The auction ends on November 8th. To see a larger version of Alex's painting, click HERE.

About the Brush of Hope Charity auction:
A Brush of Hope – Celebrity Paintings for Kidney Research is an annual fundraising event held each fall in support of The Kidney Foundation of Canada-Atlantic Branch. It is the generosity of our partners that have enabled us to make this event such a huge success, and in our 10th year, we are excited to make it bigger and better than ever in 2016!

Alex Lifeson, Don Cherry, Brent Butt, Barenaked Ladies, Alan Doyle and Leonard Cohen are just a few of the celebrities who have taken up a brush to create an original masterpiece to help the 1 in 10 Canadians who are living with kidney disease.

Thanks to the generous support of our partners and the community, since 2006, A Brush of Hope has raised over $110,000 for research, programs and patient services! Also thanks to the Alex Lifeson (of the band RUSH) limited edition prints, we have raised an additional $120,000 since November of 2011!
For more information about the Kidney Foundation, please visit their website at www.kidney.ca, or check out their Facebook page HERE.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Rush's Moving Pictures Wins the Polaris Heritage Prize

Rush's Moving Pictures Wins the Polaris Heritage Prize
The winners of this year's Polaris Heritage Prize have just been announced, with Rush's Moving Pictures taking the prize for the period of 1976-1985.

From the Polaris Prize website:
The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize honours Canadian albums of the past from four distinct time periods: 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95 and 1996-05. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are albums of the highest artistic quality, without regards to sales or affiliations.

Think of the Heritage Prize as our version of a hall of fame where we try to determine who would have won the Polaris Music Prize in the years before Polaris existed.

How it works is a select group of Canadian music media and historians gather together each year to create a vote-curated list of 10 Short List-nominated albums per era. Two albums per era, one chosen by public vote and one chosen by juror vote, will be designated as Heritage Prize winners each year.
Moving Pictures won the public vote for the 1976-1985 time period while Kate & Anna McGarrigle's self-titled album won the jury vote.

You can read more about the Polaris Heritage Prize HERE. Billboard Magazine also has an article on this year's winners available HERE.

Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Rush: Time Stand Still Documentary Now Available for Pre-Order

Rush: Time Stand Still Documentary Now Available for Pre-Order
The new Rush documentary, Time Stand Still, which is coming to theaters for a one-night event on November 3rd, is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

The DVD version of the documentary can be pre-ordered HERE for $16.98 USD.
The Blu-Ray version of the documentary can be pre-ordered HERE for $21.98 USD.

Complete content details of the documentary release are now available. The release will include previously unreleased pro-shot footage from the Presto tour, titled "Live from the Rabbit Hole".
This feature-length documentary film chronicles the final major tour for legendary rock band Rush. It is an intimate view 'under the hood' of a historic moment from the perspective of the band, their fans, crew, and management. Featuring interviews with the band throughout their sold-out 2015 40th Anniversary tour, the film also shows rarely seen backstage footage capturing the final moments of life on the road. Highlighted as well is the impact on the band's fans and the world that has been built around the beloved Canadian trio. This is the final touring chapter of a band that has meant so much to so many fans around the world. With narration by Paul Rudd. Running time: 1 hour 37 minutes of documentary footage with an additional 67 minutes of never-before-released bonus content.

Track Listing:
When I Was a Kid
It's a Really Hard Life
A Huge Accomplishment
Building R40
Fan-Tastic
Hello Toronto
'Ride On' Neil
Your Weakest Point
Marathon Not a Sprint
At Road's End

BONUS CONTENT: (NEVER BEFORE RELEASED)

'Live from the Rabbit Hole'
-Subdivisions
-Superconductor
-Show Don't Tell
-The Pass
-Closer to the Heart
-Manhattan Project
-Scars
-War Paint
-Tom Sawyer
-2112: Overture / La Villa Strangiato / In The Mood

The Professor's Warmup
Both versions will be released on November 18th, 2016.





Monday, October 3, 2016

Rush: Time Stand Still Coming to Theaters November 3rd

Rush: Time Stand Still Coming to Theaters November 3rd
Update 10/05/2016: Rush have just announced that the DVD/Blu-Ray release date of the documentary is set for November 18th. Pre-Order links will be available soon. Additionally, two trailers from the documentary have now been released. You can view them below.

Finally, a stand-alone website with additional details about the documentary is now online here: www.rushtimestandstill.com.
The movie site Fandango has just announced that a new movie titled Rush: Time Stand Still will be coming to theaters for a one-night event on November 3rd.

Rotten Tomatoes has a brief synopsis of the film:
Fathom Events, ole, Anthem and Zoe are excited to bring Rush | Time Stand Still to movie theatres nationwide for a raw, intimate and vivid look into Rush's R40 tour for a one-night event on Thursday, November 3! In 2015, Rush went out for a 40th anniversary tour; rumored to be the last tour of its kind and the end of their life on the road.

Narrated by Paul Rudd, Rush | Time Stand Still is a documentary event which covers the R40 tour and the unique relationship Rush have with their devoted fans. Candid interviews with Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart bring Time Stand Still to an emotional conclusion for a band who built their career the old-fashioned way. One show at a time.
Information from Fandango is available HERE.




We'll have more information on this movie once it becomes available.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

From the Riser: A Drummer's Perspective II with Forward by Neil Peart Now Available

From the Riser: A Drummer's Perspective II with Forward by Neil Peart Now Available
David Phillips is proud to launch his latest book, From The Riser: A Drummer’s Perspective II, a follow up to the critically acclaimed A Drummer’s Perspective.

The beautifully designed, From The Riser is a photographic celebration of many of today’s greatest drummers and percussionists. It unashamedly captures the energy, emotion and elegance of the world’s best, playing with the world’s greatest bands.

The book features two hundred and seventy previously unseen photographs taken exclusively by the author. It includes over one hundred and thirty legendary drummers including Neil Peart (Rush), Gary Wallis (Pink Floyd), Graham Broad (Roger Waters), Deen Castronovo (Journey), Gavin Harrison (King Crimson), Ginger Baker (Cream), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Marco Minnemann (Joe Satriani), Martin Axenrot (Opeth), Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson) Mike Mangini (Dream Theater), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa), Todd Sucherman (Styx) and many more. Included alongside the many striking images is a record of Phillips’ cherished collection of backstage passes, set lists and other memorabilia.

Peart, who penned the foreword for the book says ‘not many photographers have captured that performance art as well as David ... One accomplishment is simply collecting photographs ... but the greater gift is delivering such iconic images.’

This ambitious book, with over one hundred and eighty pages, is a lavish tribute to drumming and drummers, which reflects Phillip’s intuitive knowledge and deep respect of all things percussion. It is a complete compendium, packed with expressive, jaw-dropping photos. To get shots like this you have to understand drummers, drums and playing live.

From The Riser: A Drummer’s Perspective II retails for £29.99 ($39.99, €35.50) and is only available to purchase from the Author’s website www.music-images.co.uk.

Thanks to David Phillips for passing along the news on his new book.

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