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!Priced at just $15.99, you can pre-order the book directly from Etsy at this LINK.
Everyone can have fun and relax with this oversize coloring book (19x12) inches!!
Starts shipping during the 1st week of December!!
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.
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Sunday, November 27, 2016
Posted by Jag2112 at Sunday, November 27, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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 more information on the Grapes of Humanity charity organization, please click HERE.
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 Port
With thanks to Ray Johnston for passing along the news.
Posted by Jag2112 at Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
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 highway signed indicated the mileage to Rhode Island was 2112. (Photo).
Screen caps (click to enlarge) and a video clip from tonight's episode are available below.
Posted by Jag2112 at Sunday, November 20, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
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."For more information on the collaboration, please click HERE.
"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.
Thanks to Eric Hansen of Power Windows for passing along the news.
Posted by Jag2112 at Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
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.
Posted by Jag2112 at Monday, November 07, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
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+DVDThe 40th Anniversary Special of 2112 is being released on December 16th, and can be pre-ordered today at Amazon.Com.
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
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
II THE TEMPLES OF SYRINX
V ORACLE: THE DREAM
VII GRAND FINALE
A PASSAGE TO BANGKOK
THE TWILIGHT ZONE
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING
CD - DISC 2
OVERTURE – Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz
A PASSAGE TO BANGKOK – Billy Talent
THE TWILIGHT ZONE – Steven Wilson
TEARS – Alice In Chains
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING – Jacob Moon
“2112” – Live at Massey Hall 1976 Outtake
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING – Live at Massey Hall 1976 Outtake
THE TWILIGHT ZONE – Live 1977 Contraband
2112 1976 RADIO AD
DVD – DISC 3
Live at Capitol Theatre 1976
FLY BY NIGHT
IN THE MOOD
OVERTURE - Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz
A PASSAGE TO BANGKOK: Behind The Scenes with Billy Talent
2112 - 40 YEARS CLOSER: A Q&A with Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown
In addition to the version being sold at Amazon, the Rush Backstage Club has numerous versions on sale with various, additional bonus features and items. For a complete list of all of the various versions for sale at the Backstage Club, please click HERE.
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.To read the entire article as posted at Bravewords, please click HERE.
"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 members of Rush have made a point of this throughout their career, starting with a United Way benefit-concert at Maple Leaf Gardens in the early '80s when Allan was Chair of the Campaign," said Gary Slaight, President and CEO Slaight Communications Inc. "In recent years, the group has raised money for food banks, Casey House, the Kidney Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, AIDS research; the list goes on. Alex, Geddy and Neil have been in my family's rock 'n' roll life since the early days when we started Q107 in the late 1970s, and it gives me real pleasure today to thank these three exemplary musicians, on behalf of the Slaight Family, in awarding them with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Award. Good deeds deserve acknowledgement and this is one group that exemplifies the spirit of giving."
"We are proud to be acknowledging Rush's legacy with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award," added Neill Dixon, President & CEO, Canadian Music Week. "We praise their spirit and determination in philanthropic and humanitarian causes, as their dedication to multiple charities and organizations is very inspirational. They have shown extraordinary support in social involvement and charitable causes, and we are excited to celebrate them at this year's awards."
Thanks to Eric Hansen of Power Windows for passing along the news.
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:Additional reviews will be posted above as they become available.
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 Mail
Tickets are still available in many theaters. For ticket purchasing options, please click HERE. For additional information on the documentary, please visit the official website at www.rushtimestandstill.com.
There will also be some special features premiering ahead of the documentary tonight, including Rush | A Salute to Kings – a 20-minute in-depth discussion with Gene Simmons (KISS), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), and the band’s producer Nick Raskulinecz as they share their unique stories about Rush at home and away for over 40 years.
And remember, you can pre-order the documentary on Blu-Ray or DVD, which will be released on November 18th. The Blu-Ray/DVD version of the documentary includes plenty of additional bonus features, including previously unreleased pro-shot footage from the Presto tour, titled "Live from the Rabbit Hole". Pre-Order your copy today via this LINK.
Yours truly will be taking in the documentary at the Regal Commerce Center Theater in North Brunswick, New Jersey. I hope to see many of you there.
Please feel free to add your comments and reviews of the documentary in the comment section below.
Enjoy the show, everyone!
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