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Monday, March 20, 2017

Rush's Two-Part "Cygnus X-1" Suite to be Released as a 12-inch Vinyl on Record Store Day

Rush's Two-Part
Update: We've now confirmed that Hugh Syme has created new artwork for this release. The image to the right appears to reflect some of the artwork. More to come.
The 10th Annual Record Store Day event will take place on Saturday, April 22nd. As they have done several times in the past, Rush will have a special release available.

According to a posting from The Future Heart, Rush will be releasing the complete Cygnus X-1 Suite, which includes Book I: The Voyage and Book II: Hemispheres). The songs will be released on a 12-inch EP, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl. It will include an insert, and will have a limited run of just 5,000 copies.

There is unconfirmed news that the release will also include new, original artwork by longtime Rush artist Hugh Syme.

For more information about the Record Store Day event, and to find a participating store near you, please click HERE.

Thanks to reader Joe Pesch for sharing the news.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Neil Peart 1992 Drum Clinic Video Now Online

Neil Peart 1992 Drum Clinic Video Now Online
As a world-renowned drummer, Neil Peart has seemingly 'done it all'. Outside of his drumming and lyrical duties with Rush, Peart has also authored numerous books, produced several drumming-instructional videos, traveled the world by bicycle and motorcycle. He's even been involved in the world of auto racing. However one task that Neil has steered clear of, for the most part, are live instructional drumming sessions - or drum workshops/clinics.

To date, Neil has been involved with just two drum clinics throughout his career. The first, known as The Quest for New Drums was highlighted in the May 1987 issue of Modern Drummer magazine. The second took place in 1992 in Irvine Meadows, California during Rush's Roll the Bones tour. According to reports, this clinic was given to Percussion Institute of Technology students. A full-length video of that session has now surfaced on YouTube.

The video includes several performances, including segments from his drum solo. It also includes a Q&A session with the students on hand. The quality of the video leaves a lot to be desired, but the contents are incredible.

You can check out the video via the embedded viewer below, or directly at this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for sharing the news.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Geddy Lee to Perform with YES During Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Geddy Lee to Perform with YES During Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Update: It now appears that the story Billboard ran was incorrect. According to Rush's management, Geddy Lee will NOT be performing with Yes during the ceremony. A retraction has been posted by Billboard stating:
UPDATE: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation sent a statement to Billboard after this story was published denying that Lee would perform at the ceremony. "Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were only confirmed to do the induction speech for one of their favorite bands and not perform. They, like all the other Yes fans, look forward to honoring them and watching them perform at the induction ceremony on April 7 and the HBO broadcast on April 29."

It was January when we first broke the news that both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson would have the honor of introducing the band Yes during next month's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Since that time, Rush fans have been speculating whether or not Geddy and/or Alex would join the band for a song or two.

We now seem to have an answer, or at least a partial one. According to a new article just posted at Billboard, Geddy Lee will perform at least one song during the ceremony. From Billboard:
Yes inductor Geddy Lee of Rush will be taking the late Chris Squire's place for "Roundabout," according to Anderson, and the group is also contemplating playing "I've Seen All Good People" and "Owner Of A Lonely Heart." Squire, the sole musician to remain with Yes until his death in 2015, will be represented by his widow. "Chris is going to be there in spirit," Anderson says. "He always believed that we should have been in the Hall of Fame 10, 29 years ago. It wasn't high on my agenda; 'It happens when it happens' was my mantra. But we know Chris will be there in spirit, in energy. I loved the guy very much. Without him I wouldn't be here, that's for sure.
No mention of Alex performing in the article, but given that the ceremony usually ends with an all-star jam session, it's likely that he will participate in some fashion.

The induction ceremony will take place on April 7th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. While there will not be any (official) live streaming of the event, it will appear on HBO later in the month.

Thanks to Jennifer Cox McCarthy for the news.

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