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Win a Signed Copy of "From Cradle to Stage" Book Featuring a Chapter on Geddy Lee and His Mother

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Back in February, we first announced the forthcoming book titled From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars. Written by Virginia Hanlon Grohl, mother of Foo Fighters' front-man Dave Grohl, one of the chapters of the book features Geddy Lee and his mother, Mary Weinrib.

The book was released earlier this month, and can be ordered at this LINK.

Thanks to the British publishing house Hodder & Stoughton, one lucky Cygnus-X1.Net visitor (from the U.K. or Republic of Ireland) can win their own copy of the book, signed by Virginia Hanlon Grohl herself. To enter, send an email to jag2112@earthlink.net with the subject line 'From Cradle to Stage Contest'. Please include your name, email address, and mailing address in the body of the email.

Again, this contest is only open to residents within the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. Apologies to everyone else :-)

The contest will end on Sunday, April 30th, after which the randomly sel…

Rush Receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award

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It was last November when we first announced that Rush would be the 2017 recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award for their achievements and longstanding career in the music industry, social activism, and support of humanitarian causes. The award was presented during the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala last week, where both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were on hand to accept the honors. Toronto Mayor John Tory presented the award while donning a Moving Pictures t-shirt.

Ahead of the event, Billboard magazine posted an article titled Why Rush Might Be the Most Generous Band In the World:"They're giving us an award for doing what everyone should do," Geddy Lee tells Billboard. "It should be a part of everyone's upbringing and routine of life: You share when you've been blessed with good fortune. The world needs a lot of work, and there are not enough workers. We try to help where we can."A photo gallery of the e…

Alex Lifeson Talks Solo Projects, the Future of Rush, Geddy Lee's New Book, and More in Sirius XM Interview

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During the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies last Friday, Alex Lifeson sat down with Sirius XM's Debatable for an exclusive interview where the Rush guitarist covered a number of topics. While the interview was only available to Sirius XM subscribers, Blabbermouth.Net has just posted a partial transcription of the interview.

Regarding the future of Rush, and the possibility of the band touring again, Alex has these somber comments:"...I would say that it's unlikely that we'll tour again as RUSH. Really, we toured for forty-one years, and I have to say that first year off, I felt like I was grieving for my career and the band, but truly, forty-one years of touring the way we toured, I shouldn't feel badly about that..."Even though is seemed clear that there aren't any immediate plans for Rush to regroup, Alex indicated that he would still likely team up with Geddy at some point:"...Ged and I will probably do something together. He's been re…

Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson Set to Induct YES Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Tonight - Geddy Apparently WILL Perform

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Ever since it was announced that the progressive rock band YES was to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, rumors abound regarding a possible involvement with the members of Rush, who are all self-proclaimed YES fans.

In January, the news many fans were waiting for arrived - both Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson would induct YES into the Hall. However as of that writing, there was no indication as to whether or not Geddy and/or Alex would actually perform during the evening's festivities. Fast-forward a few weeks, and a huge story coming out of Billboard was published which all but confirmed that Geddy Lee would, in fact, be performing with YES. Less than a few hours after the story broke, Billboard posted a retraction indicating that Geddy Lee would NOT be performing.

But that's not the end of the story. On YES's official website, drummer Allan White had this to say:Alan White: Yes, we will be performing and I do believe Geddy has agreed to play bass for …

Clockwork Lives Graphic Novel Coming Soon

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Acclaimed author Kevin J. Anderson has just revealed that a graphic novel representation of Clockwork Lives, the follow-up to his novelization of Clockwork Angels, will be released as a graphic novel.

From Anderson's blog post:Some lives can be summed up in a sentence or two. Other lives are epics.
And some graphic novels are really epic.
I am pleased to announce the full graphic novel adaptation of CLOCKWORK LIVES, our companion novel to CLOCKWORK ANGELS. The publisher will be Insight Editions, who have produced some exceptionally fine books—and LIVES needs to be a lavish, impressive book (and not just because Neil Peart says so).

Insight’s Senior Editor Mark Irwin has always been a huge Rush fan (and in fact that’s how I got to know him years ago). He sees this as the perfect opportunity for us to work together. I will be writing the full script with input from Neil. We don’t have the artist(s) chosen yet.

CLOCKWORK LIVES is a very personal story to me, sort of a steampunk Cante…

Alex Lifeson to Appear in New Trailer Park Boys Netflix Series Out of the Park: USA, Records New Song

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Alex Lifeson and the Canadian mockumentary television series Trailer Park Boys, have joined forces numerous times in the past. In 2003, Alex played himself in an episode called "Closer To The Heart". In it, he is kidnapped by Ricky after Bubbles is cheated out of getting Rush tickets by Jim Lahey. In the end, he is let go, and Bubbles ends up being Lifeson's guitar tech at the Rush concert.

In 2006, Lifeson had a cameo as a traffic cop in "Trailer Park Boys: The Movie". He also contributed heavily to the soundtrack by compiling a Canadian supergroup called The Big Dirty Band where he produced, as well as played on, their version of the 60s hit "I Fought the Law" alongside his bandmate Geddy Lee. Alex also plays on "Liquor and Whores" as a member of Bubbles and the Shit Rockers - with Rush's "The Spirit of Radio" included on the soundtrack. In April 2007, Lifeson was picked to narrate the "Trailer Park Boys 101" Speci…

The *NEW* Cygnus-X1.Net: A Tribute to Rush Website Layout

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After nearly 13 years online, Cygnus-X1.Net is currently going through a major layout transformation. This 'Latest Rush News' section, which is driven by Google's Blogger system, has received an entirely new skin, with updated features and a mobile-friendly layout.

Over at the main site, the changes are more dramatic with an entirely new layout, enhanced artwork (courtesy of Carl McDonnell), responsive design, and mobile-ready content. Given that the Rush side of Cygnus-X1.Net is made up over nearly 1,200 individual pages, it will take some time before the entire site reflects the new layout. As of this writing, about 10% of the site has been converted, with more making the switch each day.

Alongside the new layout will be the addition of plenty of new content, including many more Rush book and article transcriptions for the newly dubbed Library section of the site. I'll also be adding new features to the Tour Information section of the site, as well as adding more…