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Fantoons Brings New Rush Merchandise to ComicCon

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Fantoons, the creators of numerous, official Rush books, artwork, apparel, and other merchandise, have descended on San Diego's ComicCon this week, bringing with them a plethora of Rush merchandise, including some new album prints and an exclusive ComicCon shirt.

An exciting new addition to their ever-growing collection of merchandise are some very unique album cover "blueprint" prints, including versions of A Farewell to Kings (Sold Out!), Signals, and Moving Pictures. These 12" x 12" prints, available in very limited quantities, are sure to sell out in short order.

As mentioned above, Fantoons are offering up a ComicCon exclusive Rush Starman 'Arcade' t-shirt at their booth. The 8-bit pixelated Starman image is certain to turn heads! Again, this shirt is currently only available at Fantoon's ComicCon booth during this weekend (Booth 0-07).

Fantoons have also released another new Rush logo shirt with a very cool maze design. And for those who…

Rush: A Brief History of Time - The Ohio Files Now Online

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The fifteenth 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.

This fifteenth installment, dubbed The Ohio Files, is unique in that the entire collection of articles and advertisements came from newspapers situated in the Ohio Valley of the United States. As most fans know, Rush's early rise to fame in the United States began in the Cleveland, Ohio area where then-DJ Donna Halper first starting spinning the band's debut album on Cleveland's WMMS radio station. Since that time, and throughout their career, the Ohio area remained an important part of Rush's history. So much so that the band recorded their 2010-11 Time Machine Live Album in Cleveland, Ohio.

Not only does this installment focus on articles from the Ohio area, but nearly half of the 69 totals entries com…

The 2019 Rush Grace Under Pressure 35th Anniversary Wall Calendar Now Available

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Ever since their 30th anniversary in 2004, Rush has officially released at least one wall calendar each year; many of which celebrated a milestone anniversary of one of their albums. For 2019, Rush decided to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their 10th studio album Grace Under Pressure.

The 16-month calendar, which is now available at Amazon.Com for $14.99, includes 13 images from the p/g era, many of which are from live performances.

Interested in Rush's older wall calendars? They may be difficult to locate these days, however high-resolution scans of each can be found on the main site HERE.

To order your copy of the Rush 2019 Grace Under Pressure 35th Anniversary Wall Calendar, please click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

Clockwork Lives: The Graphic Novel is Now Available

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The latest chapter in the Clockwork Angels saga, Clockwork Lives: The Graphic Novel, is now available and shipping from Amazon. The book is currently only available as an absolutely stunning over-sized hardcover. Paperback and Kindle editions may be available in the future, but no word on possible release dates as of this writing.

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…

Masters of Resonance Documentary Featuring Neil Peart - Update and Review

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Update (07/16/2018):An American Express members ticket pre-sale event for the Grammy Museum presentation in Los Angeles on August 8th is now open and accessible via this LINK.Last Friday, Masters of Resonance, the long-awaited documentary by Edge Factor featuring Neil Peart, had a special VIP pre-release screening at the Rush Family Reunion event at the Fox Theatre in Toronto. During the screening, one lucky fan won a drum head signed by Neil Peart himself.

The documentary's official premiere will take place at the Grammy Museum presentation in Los Angeles on August 8th. The film will then be hitting the International Film Festival circuit over the remainder of the summer. Finally, it will be rolled out on Video on Demand channels in the Fall. Screening locations and official release dates will be announced on mastersofresonance.com.

Ahead of the VIP pre-release screening on Friday, Edge Factor graciously allowed me to watch the film as well, and what a treat it was! My son,…

Geddy Lee Talks Massey Hall in New CBC Interview

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Massey Hall, Toronto's iconic concert venue, holds a special place in the hearts of musicians and music lovers around the world. And it's falling apart – but that's about to change. The performing arts theatre, located in the Garden District of downtown Toronto, is about to close its doors ahead of two-year, $140 million renovation - one of several that the venue has undergone since opening its doors back on June 14, 1894.

Ahead of its closing, numerous artists, including Geddy Lee, reminisced about the hall in a new CBC interview. Rush famously played a three-night stand at Massey Hall from June 11-13, 1976; shows that were recorded and later released as the band's first live album - All the World's a Stage. About his memories of performing at Massey Hall, Geddy Lee had this to say:"...The room makes me smile because it's mixed up with so many great memories, both as a fan and as a performer..."You can watch Geddy's interview via the player b…

Rush's A Farewell to Kings 40th Anniversary Box Set Nominated for 2018 Reissue of the Year Award

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Nominations for the seventh annual Progressive Music Awards have just been announced and, in the category of Reissue of the Year, Rush's 40th Anniversary Box Set Edition of their 1977 album A Farewell to Kings nabbed one of the ten nominations in the category.

The awards event will takes place at the Underglobe in London, on the site of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, on Thursday September 13. There are a total of 15 awards being handed out this year, eight of which will be decided by fan votes, including the Reissue of the Year category. The remaining seven chosen by the magazine’s editorial team.

To vote for Rush, please click HERE. Voting closes at midnight GMT on August 24.

For more information on the A Farewell to Kings 40th Anniversary Box Set, please click HERE.

Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

Geddy Lee Adds to his Baseball Collection

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Geddy Lee's passion for baseball is almost as renowned as his passion for music ... and wine. He has an extensive collection of baseball memorabilia which includes a baseball signed by every major league player to reach the coveted 3,000 hit mark. On May 4th, Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels became the 32nd player in baseball history to reach 3,000 career hits and just the fourth with 3,000 hits and 600 home runs.

With the Angels visiting Toronto to play against the Blue Jays, Geddy seized his opportunity before Tuesday night's game to meet Pujols and request that he sign a baseball.

You can see a short video of the meeting below, or directly at this news story.Another Geddy Lee moment with #Angels as he & @PujolsFive chatted after BP. Geddy has a baseball w the signatures of ALL the members of the 3000-Hit Club & he needed its newest member…done! Both guys truly love the game of baseball & have a deep appreciation for its history. pic.twitter.com/VDMyzzK6…

Alex Lifeson Appears on Jim McCarty's Solo Album Walking in the Wild Land

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It was nearly two years ago when we first heard that Alex Lifeson had recorded a track for an upcoming Jim McCarty solo project. McCarty, who is best known as the drummer for the Yardbirds and Renaissance, also employed the services of former Rush producer Terry Brown for his project.

The album, titled Walking in the Wild Land, was released last month and features twelve tracks. Lifeson appears on the album's sixth track, Soft In A Hard Place. His contribution to the track was described as "...a beautifully fluid guitar solo..." in this review.

You can listen to the entire track below, or directly at this LINK.
You can purchase the album in both CD and MP3 formats via this Amazon link.

Alex Lifeson Reminisces About Rush Opening for the NY Dolls Back in 1973

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Over the years, Rush have toured with dozens of other bands, including some rather odd choices like Sha Na Na (September 13th, 1974 at the University of Maryland) and Brian Auger & Oblivion Express and M-S Funk during a memorable April 27th, 1975 show at the Richmond Arena in Richmond, Virginia.

However perhaps one of the most famous, or infamous, acts Rush shared the stage with would have to be the NY Dolls, an American hard rock band that formed in New York City in 1971.

Rush and the NY Dolls performed two shows on October 27th, 1973 at the Victory Burlesque Theatre in Toronto. Alex Lifeson recently looked back at that show in an article he wrote for the West End Phoenix:"...The date was October 27, 1973, and Rush was opening for the New York Dolls. They were a pleasant enough group of fellows who spoke to us not at all, but enthusiastically enjoyed the vibrant conversation and company of their “friends” (I think they were), who also dressed like New York Dolls, but drunk…

Rush's Time Stand Still Documentary Certified GOLD by the RIAA

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Rush's award-winning 2016 Documentary Time Stand Still has just been certified as Gold in the category of Video Longform by the The Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA). 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.

Rush: Time Stand Still is a documentary which covers the R40 tour and the special relationship Rush have with their devoted fans. Exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the band and crew throughout the tour provide the raw and vivid emotional undertones of this feature-length film. At the core of the film are Rush's devoted fans. Their undying devotion and their quirky sense of ownership are on full display as the R40 tour comes to a crescendo in Los Angeles. Personal stories highlight the importance Rush holds in their lives and the lasting impressions of their extensive catalog. For Rush, they are quick to acknowledge the role their fans have played in their …

Rush Camp 2018 Coming in August

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Initial details and dates for the 2nd Annual Rush Camp have just been announced by the organizers, Overtime Angels. With the tagline of "The Pride Still Prevails", the three-day convention and charity event will take place from August 30th - September 2nd at the Independent Lake Camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

The Rush Camp event in 2017 was a huge success, drawing in fans from across the globe to celebrate the music of Rush.

More about the organizers:Overtime Angels is a registered charitable organization that provides support to individuals who are between the wheels and need some love during circumstances that are a far cry from the ebb and flow of their tidal fortunes and daily lives. We have a need for building on tomorrow, we have a need to begin today.For additional details about Rush Camp 2018, please visit the official website at www.overtimeangels.org or their official Facebook Page.

Alex Lifeson Selects His Top 5 Essential Albums

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The latest issue (#15, March/April 2018) of Guitar Tricks Insider includes a two-page feature on Alex Lifeson, where he reveals his Top 5 Essential Albums.

From the feature:Alex Lifeson is one mutt of a guitar player. He combines the blues intensity of John Mayall's early fire breathers Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Peter Green, with the architectural vision of progressive innovators, Steve Howe and Steve Hackett, and the fractured creative vision of modernists, like Jeff Beck and Trevor Rabin.

It's all there to be seen and heard based on his list of Essential Albums.The list includes:1. Electric Ladyland - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
2. Blow by Blow - Jeff Beck
3. Discipline - King Crimson
4. Sounds [sic] Good To Me - Bill Bruford
5. Voyage of the Acolyte - Steve HackettThe issue also includes a piece on Rush's instrumental piece Leave That Thing Alone as part of the magazine's 8 Intense Instrumentals. You can read the entire digital version of the magazine at this loc…

Masters of Resonance - The Making of Neil Peart's R40 Drum Kit Documentary Trailer Now Online

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Back in November of 2016, Edge Factor, Inc. released a teaser trailer for a "music film" called Masters of Resonance; a documentary about the making of Neil Peart's famed R40 Drum kits.

As was revealed back in 2015, both of Neil's R40 drum kits, which were manufactured by DW Drums, were made from a single salvaged log. The log, which was obtained from Romania near the Carpathian Mountains, was estimated to have been submerged in a river near the mountains for 500 years, with the total age of the log estimated at 1,500 years.

Masters of Resonance explores the entire process of developing Neil's kit, from the salvaging of the logs, to the intricate manufacturing process behind each shell, as well as how each individual Rush logo that appears on each drum shell was created.

Today, at long last, the full trailer for the documentary has been released. You can view it directly at this LINK or via the embedded viewer below.

The film will be first screened at the Rush…

"What can this strange message be?" Rush Tweet Cryptic Message on April 1st.

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Update (04/12/2018): The mysterious tweet has been revealed. The Rush Backstage Club just listed a blue vinyl version of 2112:2112 proved to be Rush's commercial breakthrough and remains one of their most popular albums.

This release is manufactured on limited edition opaque blue 180-gram vinyl, with just 5,000 copies available worldwide. And for a limited time, order this title and receive a bonus free 2112 Keychain.

This release features the 2015 remaster by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Mastering Studio and a "red star of the federation" hologram in Side 2 run-out groove.Priced at $27.99, the album will be released on April 27th. Click HERE to order.The internet was filled with countless jokes and pranks yesterday, as the world engaged in the annual April Fools ritual. It seems as if Rush also participated. Maybe.

The band posted the following cryptic tweet yesterday which simply contained an image of a presumably blue vinyl record with a faint 4 12 on it. Theories fr…

Alex Lifeson to Appear in "Bachman" - A Randy Bachman Documentary

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Winnipeg singer-songwriter Randy Bachman is the focus of a new documentary showcasing his life as an iconic Canadian musician.

“Bachman” will premiere at the upcoming 2018 Hot Docs Festival in Toronto and take viewers into Bachman’s early days, to his time with “The Guess Who” and “Bachman-Turner Overdrive,” to present day.

“I’m thrilled for audiences to see this film because it will give them a better understanding of the man that has created the soundtrack to their lives,” said director John Barnard.

“Randy’s life as an artist pursuing his love of music is an inspiration to everyone.”

Bachman, which will screen at Hot Docs May 2-4, is produced for CBC’s Documentary Channel in Canada and features archival footage and new interviews with friends, family and fans including Neil Young, Alex Lifeson, Chris Jericho, Peter Frampton, Buffy Saint-Marie, Tal Bachman, Fred Turner, Paul Shaffer and others.

For more information, please click HERE.

Thanks to Eric of Power Windows for the news.

Geddy Lee to Induct Barenaked Ladies into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame

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The 2018 Juno Awards ceremony will be taking place this weekend at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. The Barenaked Ladies, along with their former bandmate Steven Page, will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during Sunday’s broadcast, and Geddy Lee will have the honor of ushering the band in to the prestigious group.

Geddy Lee and Rush are no strangers to the Juno awards, as they have won numerous awards over their decades-long career. The band was inducted into the very same Canadian Music Hall of Fame back in 1994.

This year's broadcast hosted by Multi-JUNO Award-winner Michael Bublé will be broadcast live from Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Sunday, March 25 at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET, on CBC, CBC Radio One and CBC Music, and streamed globally at cbcmusic.ca/junos.

For more information on the Juno Awards, please visit the official website at this location.

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

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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

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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

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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 clichĂ© 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …