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Geddy Lee Hits the Interview Trail Ahead of the Release of his Big Beautiful Book of Bass

With the release of his book fast approaching, December 18th to be exact, Geddy Lee has been busy making the interview rounds to discuss his inaugural authoring effort.

In addition to talking about his book, Geddy spoke with MusicRadar about the "...10 bassists who blew my mind...". Among the list of 10 was The Who's John Entwistle:“The Ox! Ever since I first heard My Generation right through to Won’t Get Fooled Again or The Real Me… he was quite possibly the greatest rock bassist of all time. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that.

“He was a bass player’s bass player. He didn’t play guitar. He didn’t want to do anything other than play awesome bass. He had the dexterity; it was just so fluid, man… a pure joy to listen to. Plus, he could get that twangy tone out of almost any bass he played. You can read the entire MusicRadar interview at this LINK.

Geddy also sat down with Ryan Reed of Rolling Stone Magazine for a lengthy interview where the two discussed several to…

Alex Lifeson Performs at the 2018 Andy Kim Christmas Concert

Last night, the 14th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Concert, which supports the CAMH Gifts Of Light Foundation, took place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on the Exhibition Grounds in Toronto. Alex Lifeson was one of many celebrities on hand for the benefit concert; his first such appearance since 2010.

During the concert, Alex performed with Andy Kim on two of his hit songs: Rock Me Gently and Sugar Sugar. Later in the evening, Alex and also played two songs with Max Webster's Kim Mitchell; Lager & Ale as well as Battle Scar, a song Rush and Max Webster collaborated on back in 1980. You can view a video of that performance below or directly at this LINK.

The event was hosted by comedian Russell Peters. Among the other artists that were on hand for the concert were Broken Social Scene, Billy Talent, Ron Sexsmith, Tom Cochrane, Hayden, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bif Naked, Theo Tams and Peter and Leah of July Talk.

The event will move to Montreal on December 15th at the Corona Th…

Geddy Lee Book Signing Event Adds Toronto Date. Mores Dates Coming in 2019

Rush.Com have just announced a second city on Geddy Lee's Book Signing Tour. This time, he'll make a stop a little closer to home - Toronto. From the announcement:We know that everyone has been asking and requesting multiple cities for a book signing by Geddy for "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass". We have managed to squeeze in one more signing before the holidays!

Geddy Lee will be signing books at IndigoSpirit at First Canadian Place in Toronto on Monday, December 17th at noon.

Given the busy time of year, 'tickets' for this event will be made available tomorrow (Thursday December 6th at 10 AM ET) at

The sale of the book (including ticket) and all details for the event can be found at events and listed below.

A limited number of tickets are available for purchase through Ticketscene
Limit of 2 tickets per person
Each Ticket price includes one (1) signed copy of Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass. The book wi…

Rush Are the Cover Feature in PROG Magazine's December 2018 Issue - Articles Now Online

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Hemispheres, Rush are gracing the cover of the December 2018 issue of the UK's PROG Magazine. Within the issue are two Rush-related articles: An Exercise in Self-Indulgence and Beauty & The Bass, as well as an interview of Geddy's upcoming Big Beautiful Book of Bass.

The first is a conversation with Geddy Lee on the making of Hemispheres:When it comes to Hemispheres, Lee is more than happy to regale Prog with the inside story. One of the most vociferously debated and lauded albums in Rush's vast catalogue, these 36 minutes of explosive, pioneering prog are notorious for having pushed the three musicians to the limit of their abilities. In fact, Hemispheres is often cited as the album that nearly broke Rush for good. In truth, as Lee explains, as they arrived in the spring of 1978 after finishing a gruelling world tour in support of the hugely successful A Farewell To Kings, Rush were too full of ideas to contemplate taking a re…

Geddy Lee Book Signing Event Begins December 18th in New Jersey

The upcoming December 18th release of Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass will be celebrated with a book signing event in New Jersey.

Geddy Lee is scheduled to appear at Bookend Books in Ridgewood, New Jersey on the release date where he will be signing copies of his new book.

According to the details posted by the Bookend Books, you must pre-order a book online from the bookstore, which also includes a ticket for entry into the event. Ordering details are available at this LINK.

Additional details for the signing event:Rules for signing:
Only Books bought from Bookends allowed into the store
Maximum of 5 books/Customer
Every Customer must buy at least one Book

Personalizations, dedications, the signing of memorabilia and posed photography at the table are prohibited.

Candid photographs are allowed from the line.At this time, there is no word on other book signing locations, but we'll certainly pass those details along if and when they become available.

And for those wh…

Geddy Lee Interviewed in the December Issue of Classic Rock Magazine

The December 2018 issue of the UK's Classic Rock magazine includes a new, lengthy interview with Geddy Lee. The interview touches upon numerous topics including early influences, Geddy's continuing fascination with bass guitars, his upcoming Big Beautiful Book Of Bass coffee table book, and his various and extensive collections:Remarkably, you've only been collecting bass guitars since 2012, but you've always collected, haven't you?
All my life: wine, baseballs, art, stamps! For me, these things, these obsessions are windows into time and culture that goes beyond the thing you're holding in your hands, a guitar can tell you a little something about the history of California in the 1950s, or what were The Beatles doing in Hamburg when they walked into a guitar store and saw a certain model on the wall and changed the world. I look at wine and baseball and art and music and craftsmanship as things that have an aura about them that resonates more than the thing …

Rush Reference on Family Guy - Video and Screen Caps Now Online

Tonight's Episode of Fox's animated series Family Guy contained a fairly lengthy Rush reference. In the episode titled Regarding Carter (Season 17, Episode 5), Peter is scolded by Brian for the time he didn't wear black jeans to a Rush concert. The clip then cuts to a Rush concert where the animated representation of Geddy Lee asks Peter what he's wearing, to which Peter replies "What? These are my concert khakis."

The clip takes an unfortunate turn as Geddy calls for the crowd to "Beat Him! Beat Him in 6/8th time!".

You can view an MP4 video version of the clip by clicking HERE or via the embedded player below.Your browser does not support HTML5 video. This isn't the first time Rush has made an appearance on the animated series. In fact back in 2016, Rush had two significant references. Click HERE and HERE for screen captures and videos of those appearances.

NEW Limited Edition Prints by Alex Lifeson Available November 1st

The Kidney Foundation of Canada has just announced the availability of limited edition prints by Alex Lifeson. Limited to just 100 copies and titled 20,000 Feet Over The Sea, each print has an ORIGINAL signature by Alex Lifeson. The image size is: 12" W x 12" H (with a 2.5" border). Print size: 17" W x 17" H

From the announcement:Now, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Atlantic Branch and Canadian great, Alex Lifeson, have teamed up to produce another round of exclusive limited edition prints. Only 100 prints have been made of '20,000 Feet Over The Sea'. Each print is numbered and Alex Lifeson has personally signed each individual print. That's right, each print has Alex Lifeson's ORIGINAL signature on it. The print is on high quality, heavy stock, acid free paper. In addition, each print comes with a certificate of authenticity, signed by the Executive Director of the Atlantic Branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, confirming that the pri…

Alex Lifeson Performs Rush Classics With Chicago's Jason Scheff

This past Sunday, October 28, Alex Lifeson took part in the 11th annual Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Golf Classic's All-Star Concert to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California. Lifeson performed Rush's "Freewill," "The Spirit Of Radio," and "Limelight" with the help of Chicago's Jason Scheff on bass and vocals.

Longtime friends Scott Medlock and Robby Krieger (THE DOORS) organized the event to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It has become one of the largest, single event fundraisers of the year for the hospital. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

You can watch each of the performances via the embedded viewer…

Andy Curran of Anthem Records/Ole Talks Hemispheres 40th Anniversary and Future Rush Anniversary Box Sets

Music Life Magazine recently posted a lengthy interview with long-time Anthem Records and Ole music advisor Andy Curran where, among many topics, the upcoming release of Rush's 40th Anniversary Edition of Hemispheres was discussed:For Farewell, we had some younger artists contribute versions of songs for that album, including Big Wreck, Billy Talent and Foo Fighters. But this time we wanted to do something different, so we dug deep into the archives over here at Anthem and were able to come up with a really cool live concert almost in its entirety from the Pink Pop Festival in 1979. In terms of a choice of rarities, this was a recording where if you searched diligently you might have been able to find bits and pieces of it online from people who had recorded it. We worked closely with the Pink Pop Festival and a radio station and television station in the Netherlands that broadcasted it and got the full show. Which was really cool, because Elvis Costello was on the bill, and so we…

Geddy Lee Talks to Rolling Stone Magazine About Rush's Hemispheres and More

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Rush's progressive powehouse Hemispheres. In celebration of the anniversary, as well as the upcoming release of the 40th Anniversary Box Set of the album, Rolling Stone magazine recently sat down with Geddy Lee to discuss the making of Hemispheres, his upcoming Big Beautiful Book of Bass, what's in store for the future, and more.

The article, which was posted to the Rolling Stone website earlier today, is titled Geddy Lee on Rush’s Prog-Rock Opus ‘Hemispheres’: ‘We Had to Raise Our Game’. On the writing and recording of Hemispheres, Geddy had this to say:You’d gained some commercial momentum in 1978 after “Closer to the Heart” made a dent on the U.K. charts, but Hemispheres is one of the least accessible Rush albums ever. Did you have any initial ideas of striking while the iron was hot and making something more easily digestible?
Not really. We were not really practical thinkers. We never knew what was going to come out …

Alex Lifeson Donates Original Painting for Brush of Hope Charity Auction

Update: Alex's painting sold for an amazing $12,111 CAD!As he has done numerous times before, Alex Lifeson has created a unique painting for the Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual Brush of Hope charity auction.

This years painting, which Alex humorously titled "Self Portrait #2," is currently being auctioned off on Ebay.Ca at this LINK, and it's already off to a quick start, with bids already surpassing the CAD $2,112 mark :-)

The auction ends on October 24th. To see a larger version of Alex's painting, click HERE.

About the Brush of Hope Charity auction:Alex Lifeson, Don Cherry, Brent Butt, John Tavares, Barenaked Ladies, Alan Doyle, Mike Myers, John Meyer and Leonard Cohen are just a few of the celebrities who have taken up a brush to create an original masterpiece to help the millions of Canadians who are living with kidney disease or are at risk.

Thanks to the generous support of our partners and the community, since 2006, A Brush of Hope has raise…

Rush's Breakthrough Concept Album 2112 Has Been Nominated for the 2018 Polaris Heritage Prize

Update: Thanks to YOUR hard work, 2112 has won the public vote! Congratulations, Rush!Though it was released over four decades ago, Rush's seminal concept album 2112 continues to elicit praise and respect. Case in point is the album's recent inclusion in the 2018 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize .

From the Polaris Prize website:The Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize honours Canadian albums of the past from four distinct time periods: 1960-75, 1976-85, 1986-95 and 1996-05. Like the Polaris Music Prize, winners and nominees for the Heritage Prize are albums of the highest artistic quality, without regards to sales or affiliations.

Think of the Heritage Prize as our version of a hall of fame where we try to determine who would have won the Polaris Music Prize in the years before Polaris existed.

How it works is a select group of Canadian music media and historians gather together each year to create a vote-curated list of 10 Short List-nominated albums per era. Two albums…

Clockwork Lives Optioned for TV / Film

No, this isn't a continuation of the 2016 April Fools Joke. According to an announcement from Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, Clockwork Lives, their follow-up novel to Clockwork Angels has been optioned for television and/or film.

From the announcement:Stoke the fires on the big steel wheels! Exciting news, so keep your fingers crossed that this moves forward. Here’s the official announcement:

Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart have optioned their steampunk fantasy adventure CLOCKWORK LIVES to writer/producers Benjamin Raab & Deric A. Hughes (Arrow, The Flash, Warehouse 13). CLOCKWORK LIVES is set in the universe of the concept album CLOCKWORK ANGELS by legendary rock band Rush and Anderson’s New York Times bestselling novel of the same title. Anderson and Rush drummer and lyricist Peart wrote CLOCKWORK LIVES as a companion to ANGELS in a novel published by ECW Press and a new graphic novel from Insight Editions.When asked why Clockwork Angels wasn't similarly optioned…

Rush's 40th Anniversary Edition of Hemispheres Coming November 16th - Pre-Orders Now Available

Over the last two years, Rush has released special 40th Anniversary editions of both 2112 and A Farewell to Kings. With 2018 marking the 40th anniversary of Hemispheres, many fans have been anxiously awaiting news of a special 40th Anniversary release of Rush's progressive masterpiece.

“Hemispheres was one of our most challenging and demanding records to make,” says Alex Lifeson. “From its inception in a Wales farmhouse where it was written over a 4 week span,” Lifeson continues, “to the very difficult mixing sessions in two London recording studios, it stands as a key transitional album in Rush’s long recording history.”

Today, the wait is finally over.

Pre-order links as well as cover-art for the 40th Anniversary Edition of Hemisphere's have begun to appear on Amazon:

Super Deluxe Edition - 2 CD / 1 BD / 3 LP
2 CD
3 LP

Amazon is also citing a November 16th release date.

The track list for the 2 CD's appears to be this:Disc 1
1. Cygnus X-1 (Book II Hemispheres)
2. Circum…

Rush Tribute Album Featuring Mike Portnoy Coming From Steel Drum Orchestra Pan Rocks

Pan Rocks, the steel drum orchestra founded by heavy metal drummer turned internationally recognized steelpannist Tracy Thornton, just announced an exciting new Rush tribute project that will feature long-time Rush fan Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater fame.


Steel Drum Orchestra, “Pan Rocks”, lead by founder Tracy Thornton, is set to return to the studio this Fall to record a tribute to RUSH. It was announced this week that drummer Mike Portnoy (Sons of Apollo, Winery Dogs) will handle drumming duties for the recording project.

"I am excited to take part in this unique musical experience unlike anything I have done in my career...and it is always an honor to pay tribute to one of my biggest inspirations, my hero and friend, Neil Peart", adds Portnoy.

Bass and guitar will be announced in the coming weeks.

Pan Rocks is a 50 piece steel drum orchestra founded by drummer Tracy Thornton. T…

Luxe and Ultra-Limited-Edition Versions of Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass

The Rush Backstage Club has just announced that they will be offering very special Luxe and Ultra-Limited-Edition versions of Geddy Lee's upcoming Big Beautiful Book of Bass.

From the announcement:Ultra Limited Edition Exclusive $950
This leather-bound, 408-page hardcover book is hand numbered and limited to 250 copies, and signed by Geddy Lee. The book comes in a customized slipcase, which is exclusive to the limited editions. The book comes enclosed in a custom BBBofB silver tolex briefcase, reminiscent of certain guitar cases. Immaculately printed and bound, this will be a handsome addition to coffee tables across the world.

Luxe Limited Edition $450
This Luxe Edition leather-bound, 408-page hardcover book is hand numbered and limited to 900 copies, and signed by Geddy Lee. The edition also comes in a customized slipcase, which is exclusive to the limited editions. Immaculately printed and bound, this will be a handsome addition to coffee tables around the world. Additional…

Geddy Lee Joined Rush Fifty Years Ago Today

Having just performed their first official public performance as Rush the week prior, the band's second paying gig, also at the Coff-In center at the St. Theodore of Canterbury Anglican Church, immediately ran into some "good" bad luck. As it turns out, Jeff Jones, the bass player and lead singer at the time, could not perform at the band's second show which, according to Alex, took place fifty years ago today.

From Alex Lifeson: "...Jeff couldn't make it - he had commitments to his actual band. So that's when I called Geddy and asked him if he could fill in. I'd known Ged for a couple of years. He might not have done the first gig as Rush, but he was there for the second one. And after that we would play at the Coff-Inn once a month..."

Rush, the trio made up of Alex Lifeson, John Rutsey, and Geddy Lee, had formed. However changes to the lineup were not over. In December of 1968, Lindy Young, who would later become Geddy Lee's brother-in…

Rush's First Public Performance Took Place 50 Years Ago Today

Having formed the first incarnation of Rush the month before, the trio of Alex Lifeson, John Rutsey, and Jeff Jones (bassist and lead singer) received an offer to perform a gig at The Coff-Inn, a drop-in center located in the basement of St. Theodore of Canterbury Anglican Church. The center, which was only two blocks from Lifeson's house, was a place for kids to hang out safely, drink pop and watch local bands play. There was no stage at the center, so Rush's first concert took place on the floor at one end of the room.

Though the center could hold about a hundred people, according to Alex's recollection there were probably only 20 people there on Rush's inaugural performance, which took place on September 18th, 1968 - exactly fifty years ago today.

Or did it...?

The September 18th date comes directly interviews with Alex Lifeson, however that date points to a Wednesday whereas performances at the Coff-Inn were believed to take place on Fridays. So did the actual…

Neil Peart Celebrates His 66th Birthday Today

Today marks the 66th birthday of Rush drummer and lyricist extraordinaire Neil Peart. Neil (born Neil Ellwood Peart) came into the world on September 12th in 1952 Hamilton, Ontario.

He grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada (now part of St. Catharines) working the occasional odd job including the role of a Parts Manager for his father Tractor Supply company. His true ambition, however, was to become a professional musician. During adolescence, he floated from regional band to regional band and dropped out of high school to pursue a career as a full-time drummer. He had a short stint with J.R. Flood back in 1970, before he decided to move abroad to further his musical studies.

However, after a discouraging stint in England, Peart returned home where he joined a local Toronto band called Rush in the summer of 1974.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

A special treat to help celebrate Neil's 66th birthday is this rare picture of him from 1969 at Brock University in St. Cath…

Alex Lifeson Celebrates His 65th Birthday Today!

Alex Lifeson, one of the founding members of Rush and the band's seminal guitarist, is celebrating his 65th birthday today. It was on this date back in 1953 that Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Aleksandar Zivojinovich) came into the world in Fernie, British Columbia. As Rush fans know, Lifeson co-founded the band in the summer of 1968 along with John Rutsey, the band's original drummer. Alex was also responsible for bringing front-man Geddy Lee into the mix.

While Alex is obviously best known for being the guitarist for Rush, he's also the part owner of the Toronto restaurant The Orbit Room, is a licensed aircraft pilot, motorcycle rider, a gourmet cook, and an artist.

Alex has also been known to dabble with a little acting now and again. Recently, he's appeared a couple of times on the new CBC comedy-drama Crawford, which premiered on the CBC in Canada earlier this summer. A preview clip of Alex's recent performance on the show is available below.

Please jo…

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to Host "Grapes Under Pressure IV"

After a 4-year absence, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson team up once again for the fourth installment of their “definitely not so annual” Excellent Harvest Adventure in support of Canada's Grapes for Humanity charity organization.

On Saturday, October 13th, 2018, Geddy and Alex will welcome you aboard private VIA Rail train number “2112” from Toronto’s Union Station as we enjoy breakfast enroute to Niagara Wine Region and the beautiful and expansive Peller Estate Vineyards.

As you tour this stunning property owned by a family that represents over 50 years of winemaking expertise, guests can try their hand at picking grapes and learn about cutting-edge winemaking techniques while drinking and tasting the “The Best of the Peller Portfolio” which will feature wines from all of their properties ranging from Niagara to British Columbia.

Aside from wines produced right on the Estate, there will be opportunities to taste wines from Trius Winery, Wayne Gretzky Estates, Thirty Bench, Calona, Re…

Excerpts from Neil Peart's Privately Published Books Now Available

During the 1980's, a full decade before he released his first novel, The Masked Rider, Neil Peart authored and privately published five other books/travelogues, many of which dealt with his cycling adventures across the globe.

Each book was reportedly produced in very limited quantities, and only gifted to friends and family. As such, these books have rarely seen the light of day beyond Neil's inner circle. Fortunately, I've come across several of these books thanks to sheer luck (and the help of fellow Rush fans). As such, I've transcribed excerpts from some of Neil's early works including, most recently, his 1988 book Raindance Over the Rockies: Across the Rocky Mountains by Bicycle.

From the excerpt:The hours and miles went by smoothly on the flat highway, spokes shining in the sun as we followed the course of the Bow River, aquamarine and foaming white as it tumbled over its rocky bed. Heavy evergreen forest lined the banks, and the air carried the scent o…

Alex Lifeson and his Harper Marilyn Custom Guitar

Jacob Harper, owner of Booneville, Indiana's Harper Guitars, was recently tasked with creating a custom guitar for Alex Lifeson. From a TriStateHomePage article:A recent request from a rock and roll god tops almost all the other builds. Thanks to his work, an icon has a piece of Boonville, Indiana.

If you know your music legends, you have probably heard of the band 'Rush.'

They have a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and now guitarist Alex Lifeson has a spot for one Harper masterpiece. A mutual friend in the music industry hooked the two up.

In a grainy Facebook video, Lifeson gives the Harper a test drive.

“Hey Jacob, thank you so much, this guitar is mind-blowing, I’m speechless, I can't believe how beautiful it is,” he said.

“Very cool,” said Harper. “I don't think I'll ever get over the fact that I'm building for some of my heroes.”

The attention to detail is unmatched. The fret inlays are interpretations of ‘Rush’ albums. The pick guard, adorne…

Neil Peart's Drum Kit Featured in New Book - CRASH: The World's Greatest Drum Kits

Modern Drummer Magazine and author David Frangioni have just released a new coffee table book titled CRASH: The World's Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Peart to Van Halen. As the title suggests, one of Neil Peart's drum kit, presumably from Rush's R40 tour, is featured in the book.

From the Amazon.Com listing:From snares to cymbals, drums are taking over the stage in this first-ever collected look into some of the most famous drum kits of rock and roll history.

Crash is the definitive Illustrated history of the drum kits of rock ’n’ roll legends. Featuring images from live concerts, outdoor festivals, and private recording sessions, this spectacular volume captures the personal connection between artist and instrument. Along with the makes and models, each kit is accompanied by commentary about the history of the kit, its special characteristics, as well as its significance to rock history. Including photographs of Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Ri…

Rush's R40 Live Concert Video Certified GOLD by the RIAA

Rush's concert film from their 40th Anniversary Tour R40 Live has just been certified 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.

R40 Live: All roads have led to this. Forty-one years in the making, the R40 Live tour took a very real journey back through time. Beginning with the grand design: a state-of-the-art stage set that pivots, rolls and dives, and brings Clockwork Angels in to bombastic, colorful life before marching stridently back in time (through theatre stages, a panoply of band and fan shots, the accrued memories of a life spent playing live) to a mocked-up school gym and the band playing there; a solitary bass amp set on the chair behind Geddy Lee, a mirror ball spiraling crazily above, casting thin rods of light like a light rain across the crowd, "Working Man" co…

Rush Immortalized as Limited-Edition Funko Pop! Figures

The members of Rush will be the next rock stars to get their own figures in the popular Funko Pop! toy line.

Funko released a list on its website of limited-edition figures that will be made available exclusively at the upcoming FAN EXPO Canada event, which takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Center from August 30th through September 2nd. Among the new releases on the lists were Funko Pop! likenesses of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart in a three-pack.

The figure of Geddy appears to be wearing a dragon-covered kimono, a la his stage outfit from Rush’s many tours in the ‘70s, while holding a bass guitar. Alex's figure is wearing a printed shirt and holding a guitar fashioned after a Gibson Les Paul. Peart’s counterpart (mustachioed, as the great drummer was through most of the ‘70s) wears a red kimono and holds drumsticks, and appears to be twirling one in his right hand.

While the Funko Pop! website lists no price for the set, reports have indicated that it will reta…

First Incarnation of Rush Formed 50 Years Ago This Month

While the exact date of the formation of Rush is not known, it is a generally accepted fact that the band's first incarnation occurred fifty years ago this month; in August of 1968. As the story goes, after Alex Lifeson's family moved to Toronto, into one of its many ethnic neighbourhoods, the budding guitarist would become fast friends with John Rutsey, who lived across the street. It wasn't long before the two began playing together.

Soon after, kids from the neighborhood joined in on the fun as basement bands were formed and, just as quickly, dissolved. Throughout it all, Alex and John continued to play and practice together, until they formed their first 'official' band in the Spring of 1968. They called themselves The Projection, yet by the end of the summer of 1968, the band had broken up.

Some time in August, bass player and lead singer Jeff Jones joined John and Alex, forming a new band which would become the first true incarnation of Rush.

On the band…

Geddy Lee Celebrates His 65th Birthday Today!

Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) is celebrating his 65th birthday today!

Happy Birthday, Geddy -- and many happy returns! "Gary" was born in the small Toronto village of Willowdale. As many fans know, his given first name "Gary" transformed into "Geddy" during his high school days thanks to his mother's heavily-accented pronunciation of his name.

In addition to his musical aspirations, some of Geddy's other interests include collecting fine wines and, of course, baseball. His wine collection is rumored to include some 5,000 bottles and his love of baseball is well documented. In fact back in 2013, Geddy threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener for the Toronto Blue Jays - something he admittedly dreamed of doing for years.

Geddy has recently been working on his upcoming book - Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass - which is expected out later this year.

In addition to today being Geddy's birthday, it is also the 44th a…

Neil Peart's R40 Drum Kit on Display at the Rhythm! Discovery Center

Neil Peart's long-time drum technician Lorne "Gump" Wheaton recently spent some time at the Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis where he set up Neil's drum kit from Rush recent R40 40th Anniversary tour.

According to tweets from Lorne, the drum kit will be on display at the Rhythm! Discovery Center for the next two years starting on August 6th.

About the Discovery center:The Rhythm! Discovery Center is the world’s foremost drum and percussion museum; founded by the Percussive Arts Society in 2009. Rhythm! features unique, interactive exhibits highlighting a rich collection of historic artifacts and hands-on percussion instruments. Drawing upon cultures from around the world, Rhythm! offers an incomparable experience in exploring the universality of rhythm and percussion, and its role in shaping communication, music, art, performance and society.For more information about the center, including directions, exhibit hours, ticket pricess, and more, please visit the…

Alex Lifeson Reveals the Acoustic's Vital Role in Rush's History in New Guitar Player Magazine Interview

The September 2018 issue of Guitar Player magazine includes a lengthy interview with Alex Lifeson in the magazine's special acoustics section called Frets. The interview, titled Progression: Alex Lifeson's Acoustic Chronicles, has Alex discussing the many roles acoustic guitars have played on numerous Rush albums throughout the years.

From the interview:What did you use to cut the acoustic tracks "Making Memories," "Rivendell," and "In the End"?
We were really broke back then. I had two electric guitars, and I'd borrow acoustic guitars from friends when we went into the studio. Oscar Peterson Jr. [son of the legendary Canadian jazz pianist] lent me a Gibson J-45 for the Fly by Night sessions.

When did you got your first good steel-string?
That wasn't until 1976 when I went to Gibson and did some shopping. I got my white ES-335 and a double-neck electric, but I also got a beautiful Gibson Dove, which I used for years. I still have that gui…

Fantoons Brings New Rush Merchandise to ComicCon

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

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

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

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

Update (09/19/2018):iTunes Pre-Order link is now available HERE.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

Ahead of the VIP pre-release screening on Friday, Edge Factor graciously allowed…