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Rush: A Brief History of Time - Part 14 Now Online

The fourteenth installment of the ongoing series Rush: A Brief History of Time, an ever-growing archive of articles, interviews, reviews, and advertisements about Rush that span every decade from the 70's onward, and collected from the world over, is now online.

The fourteenth installment includes 235 "new" articles and advertisements; 49 from the 1970's, 10 from the 1980's, 112 from the 1990's, 32 from the 2000's and 32 from the current 2010 decade. Not surprisingly, given the distribution by decade, a large percentage of the articles focus on the Roll the Bones and Counterparts eras, including numerous album reviews and interviews with the band. The articles from the 1970s contain an eclectic collection of early mentions of the band to reviews of 2112, A Farewell to Kings and more.

There are also a few early reactions to the band's third album, Caress of Steel, including this one from New York’s The Spectrum Prodigal Sun:”…The music is so disjoint…

Rush Documentary Time Stand Still Wins the Canadian Screen Award for Best Biography or Arts Documentary

The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television held their annual awards ceremony last night where they celebrated excellence in non-fiction programming. In the category of Best Biography or Arts Documentary, Rush's 2016 documentary Time Stand Still took home the award. Other nominees in the category included Exhibitionists (CBC), Extraordinary Canadians (CBC), Interrupt This Program (CBC), and Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star (TVO).

Fadoo Productions' Allan Weinrib (Geddy Lee's brother), Dale Heslip, and Corey Russell accepted the Award along with Ole's Pegi Cecconi. Some pictures from the ceremony can be seen HERE. A complete list of awards, nominees, and the winners can be access via this LINK.

Congratulations to everyone!

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for sharing the news.

Anthax Guitarist Scott Ian Talks Rush

Scott Ian, the last remaining original member of the thrash metal band Anthrax, spoke about his admiration for Rush in the latest issue of PROG magazine.

From the My Prog Hero article:"I got into Rush because I was 14 at the right time! As a kid growing up in New York City in the late 70s, I was constantly discovering new bands and Rush sounded like a more muscular Led Zeppelin to me, at least on their first couple of records. But Geddy Lee's bass playing was my biggest attraction to that band - that's what initially caught my ear because it was just so original and so punchy.

Is it too much of a cliché to say that La Villa Strangiato is my favourite Rush song? As a kid who loved Tolkien, Hemispheres was right up my alley. How could I not like a concept record with a nine-and-a-half-minute instrumental and a song about trees? La Villa... is just such an epic. It was just three guys who challenged themselves so hard by doing this; they certainly never took the easy rout…

Alex Lifeson to Perform in West End Phoenix Fundraiser Event

The West End Phoenix, a monthly community newspaper for Toronto’s West End which launched in October 2017, will be holding a Phoenix Rising concert fundraiser on Thursday, March 29th at The Great Hall on Queen Street in Toronto, Ontario. Alex Lifeson is among the scheduled guests who will be performing during the concert.

According to the announcement, and in additional to Lifeson performing, the concert will feature Rheostatics, Whitehorse, Nasim Asgari and Special Guests. The event will be hosted by Tom Wilson (Lee Harvey Osmond).

For ticket information, please visit this LINK.

With thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for sharing the news.

Neil Peart Reviews Bill Bruford's Book Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer

Bill Bruford, the original drummer of Yes, recently released a new book titled Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer. Amazon's synopsis of the book:What do expert drummers do? Why do they do it? Is there anything creative about it? If so, how might that creativity inform their practice and that of others in related artistic spheres? Applying ideas from cultural psychology to findings from research into the creative behaviors of a specific subset of popular music instrumentalists, Bill Bruford demonstrates the ways in which expert drummers experience creativity in performance and offers fresh insights into in-the-moment interactional processes in music. An expert practitioner himself, Dr. Bruford draws on a cohort of internationally renowned, peak-career professionals and his own experience to guide the reader through the many dimensions of creativity in drummer performance.Fellow retired drummer Neil Peart penned a short review of the book for the University of Michigan Pr…

Neil Peart Joins Elite California Channel Islands All Eight Club

Neil Peart has become the member of a very exclusive "club" - the California Channel Islands All Eight Club:In 1994, California Channel Islands research historian, Marla Daily, founded the “All Eight Club” for people who have set foot on all eight of California’s Channel Islands. To be able to set foot on all eight of the California Channel Islands is not a simple task. Each of these islands requires very special visitation arrangements. Five of the eight California Channel Islands comprise Channel Islands National Park:

Santa Cruz Island
San Miguel Island
Santa Barbara Island
Santa Rosa Island
Anacapa Island

Two islands are controlled by the military:

San Clemente Island
San Nicolas Island

The eighth island, Santa Catalina Island, is run by the Santa Catalina Conservancy.Last November, Neil visited the last of the eight islands - San Clemente Island, which solidified his membership into the exclusive club, which currently contains less than 200 members. I guess we know who&#…

Alex Lifeson on Rush: "We're basically done." New Globe and Mail Interview

A new interview with Alex Lifeson was just published in the Between the Acts feature of the Globe and Mail, Canada's premiere news outlet.

In the interview, titled How the end of Rush let Alex Lifeson be 'as creative as I want to be', Lifeson discusses the future - or lack thereof - of Rush:It's been a little over two years since Rush last toured. We have no plans to tour or record any more. We're basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.However while Rush may be "done", Alex has certainly kept busy with numerous side projects:But I've actually been busier lately than I have been in a while. I'm writing a lot. I'm writing on four or five different little projects. I get these requests to do guitar work with other people. It's really a lot of fun for me. It's low pressure: I get to be as creative as I want to be and I can work a little outside of the box, which is really attractive to me.

I'm also writing for the West E…

Clockwork Lives: The Graphic Novel Coming June 19th

The latest chapter in the Clockwork Angels saga, Clockwork Lives: The Graphic Novel, is set to be released this June 19th.

From the Amazon listing:Some lives can be summed up in a sentence or two. Other lives are epics.

In Clockwork Angels, #1 bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson and legendary Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart created a fabulous, adventurous steampunk world in a novel to accompany the smash Rush concept album of the same name. It was a world of airships and alchemy, clockwork carnivals, pirates, lost cities, a rigid Watchmaker who controlled every aspect of life, and his nemesis, the ruthless and violent Anarchist who wanted to destroy it all.

Anderson and Peart have returned to their colourful creation to explore the places and the characters that still have a hold on their imagination. Marinda Peake is a woman with a quiet, perfect life in a small village; she long ago gave up on her dreams and ambitions to take care of her ailing father, an alchemist and an in…

Cover of Rush's Animate by Allegaeon Now Online

Back in September of 2016, the Colorado-based 'Modern Melodic Death Metal' band Allegaeon (pronounced: uh-lee-juhn) released their fourth full-length album titled Proponent for Sentience. The album's final track was a death-metal influenced version of Rush's Subdivisions, which you can listen to at this LINK.

During the period when Allegaeon was recording Proponent for Sentience, the band decided to also record a cover of Rush's Animate. While that track didn't make it on to the album, the band have just released it online. You can listen to the cover version via this LINK, or from the embedded video below.

To purchase a copy of their album, click HERE.

For more information on Allegaeon, visit their Facebook Page or their Metal Blades Records page.

Thanks to Ed at RushIsABand for the news.

Rush's R40 Box Set Certified GOLD by the RIAA

Back in November of 2014, Rush released their first video-centric box set titled R40. The box set included the band's previously released concert films Rush in Rio, R30, Snakes & Arrows Live, Time Machine: 2011 Live in Cleveland, and the Clockwork Angels Tour. It also came with over 2 hours of previously unreleased footage, as well as a 52-page book featuring rare band performance photos and an introduction by music journalist Martin Popoff.

Last month, The Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA) certified the box set GOLD in the Video category. The Gold status indicates sales of at least 50,000 units. Platinum status in the Video category is awarded after sales of 100,000 units. The last certification that Rush received came over 3 1/2 years ago when their Time Machine: 2011 Live in Cleveland video was also certified Gold.

Surprisingly, the band's R40 Live concert film and Time Stand Still documentary have yet to be certified.

For a complete listing of all …