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Official Rush Coloring Book by Fantoons Coming in December

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Fantoons, the creators behind the wildly successful Rush Toons Vol. 2112 are preparing the release of the Official Rush Coloring Book this December.

From the announcement:Officially licensed 52 page RUSH coloring book packed with art and humor and about the greatest power trio that ever crossed the earth! The mighty RUSH!

Everyone can have fun and relax with this oversize coloring book (19x12) inches!!

Starts shipping during the 1st week of December!!Priced at just $15.99, you can pre-order the book directly from Etsy at this LINK.

Please visit Fantoon's official Etsy page HERE to check out all the Rush related products they offer, including holiday cards, artwork, t-shirts, and more.

Rush Dinner raises $40,000 for Amani Home for Street Kids in Moshi, Tanzania

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Both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson attended a charity dinner event in early October which benefited the Amani Home for Street Kids in Moshi, Tanzania via the Grapes of Humanity Charity organization of Canada.

From the story:Joe Canavan, a great supporter of Grapes for Humanity, invited eleven of his friends to join him at Barberian’s Steak House on Elm Street, Toronto, for this fund-raiser dinner. The celebrity guests were Geddy Lee and Alex Liveson of Rush who regaled the company with stories of their touring and recording. The wine flowed…like wine and Barberian’s owner, Arron Barberian pledged $2,000 to the cause: the construction of a new home for street kids in Moshi, Tanzania.

For the record, the wines were:

Bouchard Ursules Champagne
F.X. Pichler 2007 Loibner Berg Riesling
Hirtzberger 2007 Honivogl Gruner Veltliner
1997 Guigal La Mouline Côte Rôtie
1999 Jamet Côte Rôtie
2000 Ogier Côte Rôtie Belle Helene
2001 Jasmin Côte Rôtie
2003 Jamet Côte Rôtie
1997 Dows PortFor more informati…

Rush Reference on Family Guy - Video and Screen Caps Now Online

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Tonight's Episode of Fox's animated series Family Guy included a significant Rush reference.

In the anthology-based episode titled High School English (Season 15 / Episode 7), a parody of the classic American novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn took place where the character of Tom Sawyer, portrayed by Chris Griffin, proclaims that the band Rush wrote a song after him. Afterwards he states that there is a Rush concert in town. The scene promptly changes to a animated Rush concert where the band is performing Tom Sawyer.

This isn't the first Rush reference to appear in an episode of Family Guy. One appeared back in 2006 which had Chester Cheetah sitting in a room with a Rush Starman Logo poster on the wall. While listening to Tom Sawyer, Chester opens up a bag of Cheetos, chops them up with a razor blade, snorts them and screams "Ah God there is no f(bleeped)ing drummer better than Neil Peart."

A second less obvious reference occurred in 2007 where a hig…

DVBBS & Alex Lifeson Team Up to Remake 'Closer to the Heart'

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According to a news story posted at broadwayworld.com, Alex Lifeson has collaborated with the Canadian-born duo DVBBS (pronounced 'dubs') to record a new version of Rush's 'Closer to the Heart', which will be made available for download in early 2017.

From the story:"When we first had dinner with Ray Daniels, Rush manager, we couldn't be any more excited hearing the stories Chris said. I grew up a drummer so Neil Pert [sic] was a legend to me and a strong influence my whole childhood and music career."

"They're the greatest Canadian band of all time so when we were given the chance to remake a song and implement new music and production with Alex Lifeson, you can imagine how excited we were. Can't wait to play people the song, and bridge the gap between generations says Alex. The song will be available for download in early 2017.For more information on the collaboration, please click HERE.

Thanks to Eric Hansen of Power Windows for passin…

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Appear on 'The Strombo Show' - Extended Interview Now Online

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Both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appeared on the Canadian Radio Show 'The Strombo Show' last night. Host George Stroumboulopoulos, who is no stranger to Rush, spoke to the pair about the 40th anniversary of 2112, the R40 tour, the band's induction into the Rock and ROll Hall of Fame, their relationship with the Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Geddy's mom and Grohl's mom, electronic dance music, and more.

The entire interview is now available directly at this LINK.

Also, just uploaded today, an extended conversation with both Geddy and Alex has been posted at this LINK. This unedited interview touches upon what's next for Rush.

A photo album of Geddy and Alex's visit has also been uploaded via Dropbox, and can be accessed HERE. Photo credits: Vanessa Heins.

For more information about 'The Strombo Show', please visit their official website at www.strombo.com.

Many thanks to Colton Deddy for passing along the news, and all of the links.

Rush 2112 40th Anniversary Vinyl/CD/DVD Coming December 16th

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Those who attended the premiere of the new documentary Rush: Time Stand Still tonight were treated to some exciting news about a new release celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Rush's 1976 classic, progressive masterpiece 2112.

The 40th Anniversary edition is receiving a number of new treatments, and includes numerous bonus features:2CD+DVD

CD Highlights:
Original Album Remastered at Abbey Road Studios – First Time on CD
5 Newly Recorded Covers from Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nick Raskulinecz, Billy Talent, Steven Wilson, Alice In Chains, Jacob Moon
Live Archive Outtakes from MASSEY HALL 1976

DVD Features:
Newly Restored Video & Audio of CAPITOL THEATRE 1976 Concert

Bonus Videos include
In Studio Performances by BILLY TALENT and Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nick Raskulinecz
25+ Minute New Interview with ALEX LIFESON and TERRY BROWN

New Artwork by Hugh Syme
Liner Notes by Rob Bowman

CD - DISC 1
Original Album
“2112”
I OVERTURE
II THE TEMPLES OF SYRINX
III DISCOVERY
IV PRESENTATIO…

Rush Named the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award Recipients

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Numerous news outlets including Bravewords have just announced that Rush will be the recipients of the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award:Canadian Music Week has announced Rush - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart - as the 2017 recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The multi-platinum trio will be honoured for their achievements and longstanding career in the music industry, social activism and support of humanitarian causes at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at the Sheraton Centre on Thursday, April 20th, 2017.

"We are so incredibly honoured to receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The depth of Allan and Gary Slaight's generosity, consideration and benevolence has no measure. We will strive to carry forward their spirit of charity and goodwill." - Rush

"My father Allan Slaight believes that giving back to one's community is something we should all strive to do and the membe…

Rush: Time Stand Still Tour Documentary Premieres Tonight

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Update (11/11/2016): Due to overwhelming demand, the documentary will return to theaters for a encore screening on Thursday, November 17th. In addition, there will be a London screening taking place on the same date. For more details about the London screening, please click HERE.The premiere of the long-awaited R40 Tour documentary, Rush: Time Stand Still hits theaters across North America tonight for a one-night event. Several official reviews of the documentary have already been posted, including:
Rush's Revealing New Tour Doc 'Time Stand Still': 10 Things We Learned - Rolling Stone Magazine
Time Stand Still marks the end of the road for Rush - Montreal Gazzette
R40 tour gets an emotional send off in revealing documentary - Toronto Sun
Time Stand Still – only fans should be rushing to theatres for this one - The Globe and MailAdditional reviews will be posted above as they become available.

Tickets are still available in many theaters. For ticket purchasing options, plea…