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Neil Peart Celebrates His 67th Birthday Today

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Today marks the 67th 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 67th birthday is this rare picture of him from 1969 at Brock University in St. Cath…

Alex Lifeson talks about the Lerxst Omega Signature Amplifier in a new Sweetwater Video Interview

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Sweetwater Sound's Mitch Gallagher recently sat down with Alex Lifeson to discuss the release of the new Lerxst Omega Signature 50-Watt Amplifier.

The lengthy video interview, which can be viewed below or directly at this LINK, touches upon numerous topics including Alex's growing list of side-projects he's been involved with since Rush ceased touring back in 2015, as well as his thoughts on guitar tone. Alex also discusses how he commissioned the amp gurus at Mojotone to build him the tour-worthy re-creation of the legendary, 50-watt amp head.
This Lerxst Omega has been hand-signed by Alex himself and includes a custom serial number plate and certificate of authenticity - and you can only get these autographed versions at Sweetwater. There's only 100 of these available, and they won't last long, so order yours today.

New 80's Edition Rush Bobbleheads Dolls Coming This December

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Several years ago, a set of hand-painted Rush Bobblehead Dolls were released, featuring Geddy, Alex, and Neil donned in their flowing robes of the 1970s.

Now, the Rush Backstage Club has announced the upcoming release of a new set of Bobblehead dolls - this time featuring the band as they appeared in the 1980s. From the announcement:Who can forget the 80’s? The decade that spawned albums such as Moving Pictures, Signals, and Power Windows, certainly deserves its own set of Rush bobbleheads. Remember Alex’s leather pants? How about the clean-cut hair on Neil! How about Ged’s Steinberger!! This set of three polyresin ceramic dolls stand approximately 7” high, and come packaged in a custom box for all of you collectors. Clear some space on the shelf!Selling for $59.99, pre-order quantities are limited. Order now to secure your bobbleheads for the holidays!

You can also still pick up the 1970s version of the dolls via Amazon.Com.

A Trio of New Rush Books Now Available

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With the holiday season just around the corner (seriously?!), it's time to start thinking about picking up just the right gift for that Rush fan in your life - even if that Rush fan is you! Last week we announced some upcoming vinyl releases of My Favorite Headache and the live offering Clockwork Angels Tour.

But if vinyl isn't your thing, perhaps a new Rush-related book is. In fact there are three new Rush books that have been released that might pique your interest.

The first book - Rush: Song by Song comes from author Alex E. Body. In this unique book the reader is guided through each album, song by song, from the band's eponymous debut in 1974 right up to 2012's Clockwork Angels.

Every album (both live and studio) is explored in detail with rare insight into the circumstances in which the band wrote and recorded each song. The book also carefully tracks the band's rise from a small suburb of Toronto to the arena filling giants they would become.

More inform…

Alex Lifeson Celebrates his 66th Birthday Today!

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Alex Lifeson, one of the founding members of Rush and the band's seminal guitarist, is celebrating his 66th 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. Last year he 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 join me …

Rush Announce Upcoming Vinyl Releases of Clockwork Angels Tour, My Favorite Headache, and Permanent Waves

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During the world premiere of last night's Cinema Strangiato, Rush announced several exciting upcoming vinyl releases.

Up first is the five-disc release of the Clockwork Angels Tour, which is scheduled for release on October 11th. From the announcement:Live 5LP set from the Clockwork Angels Tour, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and includes an etching on the flipside of the final album. The set comes packaged in a two-piece telescopic box with a full-color booklet, and a code to download a high-definition digital version of the album. The band recorded concerts in 2012 in Phoenix, Dallas and San Antonio for a live album, and this set includes all 31 tracks from those recordings. This vinyl set also features the bonus tracks from the original CD release, including a version of the classic “Limelight” that the band recorded during soundcheck.You can pre-order this release via Amazon or select different package options via the Rush Backstage Club.

Another exciting and frankly unexpected a…

Geddy Lee's UK Book Signing Tour Documented in New Classic Rock Magazine Article

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Back in June, Geddy Lee began the European leg of his Big Beautiful Book of Bass signing tour with three dates in the UK. During that time, Classic Rock Magazine followed him around to gauge the Rush frontman's reaction to the crowds that had come out to see him.

The August 2019 issue of the magazine documents Geddy's visit in a new article titled Geddy Lee: Is Reading the New Rock 'n' Roll?. In the article, which is now available online, Geddy reminisces about the last time he went on a signing tour:“I haven’t done any official kind of signing since My Favorite Headache in 2000,” says Geddy, coffee in hand. “So it’s been twenty years. It’s fun. That said, my back doesn’t like it and I’m developing different chops in my wrist – I am standing up there for two hours signing books.” Several fans were also interviewed about their experience of meeting Geddy, which makes for some interesting reading.

But perhaps of even more interest in the semi-announcement that Neil Pear…

Geddy Lee Discusses His Love of Collecting Fine Vintage Wristwatches

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Over the past year or so, there's been a lot of talk surrounding Geddy Lee's passion for collecting bass guitars, as witnessed by the release of his Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass. He is also a noted connoisseur and collector of wine, and his love of baseball has led him to amass an impressive collection of baseballs and other related sports paraphernalia.

Now, through a new interview from Worn & Wound, we learn of another one of Geddy's love: Fine Vintage Wristwatches.

From the interview:Worn & Wound: What was your gateway into watch collecting?

Geddy Lee: I didn’t have a whole lot of interest in collecting watches, but I always admired certain old watches. I think the very first old watch that I ever owned was a Rolex a guy in England sold me years and years ago. It wasn’t anything remarkable or particularly collectible, but it was from the ‘30s and I just thought it was a cool watch. It was a couple hundred bucks and I still have it.

Rolex made so…

Exclusive Excerpts and Pictures from Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth

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With the October 29th release date of Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History nearly upon us, Cygnus-X1.Net is proud to bring you exclusive content and images from the upcoming book.

The book includes a foreword by Les Claypool, best known as the bassist and lead vocalist of the band Primus. An excerpt from that foreword is listed below:“Who wants to go sturgeon fishing tomorrow?” I announced to the room. Ler LaLonde and I had been fixing up an old twenty-four-foot Sea Ray, and being that we had a day off between gigs, we were planning on hitting the bay. It was a little over a decade after that first Rush concert, and my band Primus was in the beginning of a tour supporting those three fellows from Toronto.

It was amazing to be playing nightly with Geddy, Alex, and Neil; even more so, it was surreal that we had, in a relatively short amount of time, become friends with guys who had been superheroes to us in our high school days. “I’ll go,” said Geddy. …

Geddy Lee Celebrates His 66th Birthday Today!

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Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) is celebrating his 66th 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.

And of course Geddy officially became an authort with the release of his book - Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass.

In addition to today being Geddy's birthday, it is also the 45th anniversary of N…

New Rush Jigsaw Puzzles Available from Zee Productions

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Zee, a UK-based company known for creating jigsaw puzzles based on rock band album covers such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, has just announced a new line of puzzles based on four classic Rush album covers.

The new collection of 500-piece puzzles will be based on Rush's Fly By Night, A Farewell to Kings, Permanent Waves, and Moving Pictures. They've also announced the release of Metallica's Kill 'Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, and …And Justice For All.

Each one of the 500-piece puzzles, which comes in a box that's about the size of a vinyl record sized, will be released on September 20th.

Grab your pre-orders here for £17.99 / $22.50 each.

New Rush Inspired Merchandise from Classic Frock

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Classic Frock, an online clothing brand which designs clothing for fans of Classic Rock music, have just launched their first band-specific line of merchandise. The band they chose to launch their new line is, of course, Rush :-)

From the Classic Frock website:We focus on specific genres and bands and we introduce new ideas and clothing ranges in line with what our customers want - watch out for our polls on the home page to suggest the next Band we want to focus on.You can access the Classic Frock Rush-specific storefront via this LINK.

To help celebrate the launch of their new line of merchandise, Classic Frock is offering up a 10% discount for all Cygnus-X1 visitors. Simply use the coupon code CYGNUSX1NET at check-out to get the discount.

In addition, Classic Frock is holding an 'Inspired by Rush' give-away. Complete details are available HERE.

Look for many more Rush-inspired items to hit the storefront in the near future, as well as items celebrating other classic ro…

Fantoons Descends on San Diego's Comic-Con With New Rush Merchandise

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Fantoons, the creators of numerous, official Rush books, artwork, apparel, and other merchandise, have once again descended on San Diego's Comic-Con this week, bringing with them a plethora of Rush merchandise, including the updated version of their RUSH Coloring Book, which will also go on sale at the end of the month.

However the big news coming out of the Fantoons camp will be the premiere of their anxiously awaited Rush: The Making of A Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel . Even though the graphic novel isn't scheduled to go on sale until September, visitors to Fantoon's booth will be able to get their hands on this impressive hard-cover book via the early Comic-Con sale.

Fantoons will also be holding a panel with their own David Calcano on Thursday from 10-11am at Grand 12 & 13 in the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. The panel, titled From Fan to Work For the Band, will be moderated by writer/actor Ryan J. Downey.

If you're attending the San Diego Comic-…

Progressive Icons Talk Rush in PROG Magazine's 100th Issue

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PROG Magazine is celebrating the release of its 100th issue with a feature titled 100 Icons That Changed Our World.

In the issue, John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater and Alan Reed of Pallas share their thoughts about Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, and Geddy Lee respectively, and how the three members of Rush have influenced them during their own careers.

From the issue:Alex Lifeson by John Petrucci (Dream Theater)

“Alex Lifeson is such a big influence on me in so many ways. You know how it is when you discover a band as a teenager, you just get so invested in it. The first couple of Rush albums, I literally learned every song, and me and my friends, including John Myung, we jammed to all that stuff. I think from learning all those songs, it’s just ingrained as part of my style. I remember dissecting YYZ and learning the guitar solo and all these different techniques of hammer-ons and pull-offs, even the scales that Alex used. I use that stuff all the time with Dream Theater.

“R…

Geddy Lee Announces Six More U.S. Dates For His Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour

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Geddy Lee and Rush.Com have just announced six more U.S. dates for his ongoing Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour.

From the announcement:Hot off the Euro book tour, we are now excited to announce more US cities Geddy will be appearing in and he is looking forward to seeing you all!

As an exclusive offering to RUSH Newsletter Members, we are giving you first dibs on access to Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass US Tour.

Get your event tickets now before they go on-sale to the public at 9amET on July 9th.

Full list of dates below:

Nashville, TN @ The Basement East - July 14th (BUY TICKETS)
St. Louis, Mo @ Left Bank Books - July 15th (BUY TICKETS)
Chicago, IL @ Barnes & Noble by Lincoln Park - July 17th (BUY TICKETS)
Boston, MA @ Brookline Booksmith - July 18th (BUY TICKETS)
Philadelphia, PA @ Barnes & Noble - July 19th (BUY TICKETS)
Atlanta, GA @ Acapella Books - July 20th (BUY TICKETS)Additional details are available at www.rush.com/geddylee.

Still haven't pi…

Alex Lifeson Talks About Rush Touring with Rory Gallagher

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Alex Lifeson recently sat down with MusicVaultz to talk about famed guitarist Rory Gallagher, reminiscing about when Rush opened for him back when they were out touring in support of their debut album in 1974. Years later, Gallagher would open for Rush during their Signals tour.

The interview with Lifeson, which can be viewed below, was also transcribed by Ultimate-Guitar.Com, a sample of which is included below:"He was in a lot of ways a great rock guitarist. He had so much energy in his playing, and he wasn't the typical blues player. He had a style of his own, and it was a reflection of his soul, truly.

"His vocals and his guitar playing together made for this really really special thing, that very few people had."

Rush opened for Rory in 1974. Can you tell us about that tour?
"We were doing a lot of sporadic dates; we had some club dates mixed in that we were headlining small, like, bars, but we did some dates with some other bands that we really looked u…

Don Felder Talks Rush, Neil Peart, and his New Solo Album

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Back in January we reported that Alex Lifeson would be making a guest appearance on Don Felder's New Album American Rock 'n' Roll . The album was released this past April and the former Eagles' guitarist and songwriter has been promoting it ever since.

In an interview that appeared in MusicLifeMagazine.Net, Felder talks about how he came to ask Lifeson to perform on his album, as well as meeting Neil Peart for the first time.

From the interview:One of the guests to perform on the album brought a bit of Canadiana to what is an album celebrating the best of American rock music, as Felder enlisted Rush axe-master Alex Lifeson to play on the song Charmed.

“I actually met [Rush drummer] Neil Peart before I met Alex. Neil’s little girl and my little boy actually went to the same preschool together, so we became friends and went to dinner and he would come to birthday parties at my house and school events and just hang out. About two and a half years ago he came to a birthday…

Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019 Coming to Theaters In August

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Update: A listing of the venues that will be screening the film are now available HERE.Rush fans may be missing their band, but they'll get a fix with the August 21st cinematic screening of Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019.

The Trafalgar Releasing and Anthem Entertainment event is being billed as the first "Annual Exercise in Fan Indulgence" and will feature a hodge-podge of song performances, including "Tom Sawyer," "Closer to the Heart" and "Subdivisions," unreleased soundcheck and backstage footage from the 2015 R40 40th anniversary tour, and new interviews with producer Nick Raskulinecz and Rush peer fans Billy Corgan, Tom Morello and Taylor Hawkins, who inducted the Canadian trio into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with fellow Foo Fighter Dave Grohl in 2013.

Geddy Lee commented on the upcoming film: "I'm excited for fans to see some new clips from our R40 tour but also a peek behind the scenes of making the Big Beautiful Book of B…

Vote for Rush's 40th Anniversary Reissue of Hemispheres in the Annual Progressive Music Awards

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Voting for the annual PROG Magazine Progressive Music Awards is now open. This year, Rush's 40th Anniversary Hemispheres Box Set is up for the Reissue of the Year award.

You can vote for Hemispheres at this LINK.

Other reissues up for the award this year include Steve Hackett;s BROKEN SKIES - OUTSPREAD WINGS, Marillion's CLUTCHING AT STRAWS, and Yes's THE STEVEN WILSON REMIXES, among others.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Underglobe in London on September 12, 2019 which is, coincidentally, Neil Peart's 67th Birthday.

Thanks to RushFanForever for sharing the news.

Celebrating 15 Years Online - Cygnus-X1.Net

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Today marks the 15th Anniversary of the Cygnus-X1.Net website. It’s hard to believe how quickly 15 years have shot by, and harder still to believe how this website has grown and expanded – well beyond anything I could have hoped for when I launched it on a warm summer day back in June of 2004.

But here we are – 15 years later. 15 Years of bringing you the very best and latest information on Rush. 15 Years of making countless friends who reached out to share their own Rush stories with me. And while it hasn’t always been a smooth ride, it certainly has been a fulfilling one.

Very special thanks to graphic designer Carl McDonnell who has provided most of the imagery you see on the site over the years, including the gorgeous new 15th Anniversary Banner. Thanks, Carl!

So here’s to 15 years and, more importantly, here’s to all of you who helped to make my little corner of the internet a modest success.

On to the next XV!

Geddy Lee Brings His Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour to Europe

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Geddy Lee and Rush.Com have just announced the European leg of his ongoing Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour.

From the announcement:For all our fans based in Europe, we finally have some good news to share with GEDDY LEE book signings starting next week in UK, Netherlands & Germany!Geddy will be visiting the following cities beginning next week:

London, UK - June 8th
Manchester, UK - June 10th
Glasgow, UK - June 12th
Amsterdam, NL - June 13th
Hamburg, DE - June 15th.

For more information including a complete list of cities and venues, plus ticket ordering instructions, please visit Rush.com/geddylee.

The 2020 Rush 'Presto" Wall Calendar Coming July 1st. Pre-Ordering 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 2020, Rush decided to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their lucky 13th studio album Presto.

From the Amazon listing:2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Rush's platinum-certified album, Presto. This official, 16-month calendar features images highlighting the complete Presto album and tour cycles, as well as complete 1990 tour dates, among other notable events from that year! This calendar also includes a four-month (SeptemberDecember) 2019 planner page, so get yours early! Calendar includes holidays, moon phases, image captions with locations and other information, the highest quality photography, and more!The 16-month calendar can be pre-ordered at Amazon.Com for $11.12. It is scheduled to be released on July 1st.

Interested in Rush's older wall calendars? They may be difficult to locate…

Alex Lifeson Lends His Voice to Netflix's Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series

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While Alex Lifeson is clearly best known for his virtuoso guitar work over his storied career, he's also dipped his toe more than once into the world of acting. In fact IMDB lists 45 different acting credits to his name. Now, Alex will be lending is voice acting skills to the new Netflix animated series Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series, which premiered back on March 31st.

From the Netflix listing:Nova Scotia’s favorite miscreants have always been super sketchy. Now, carrying on from the Season 12 finale, the boys have become complete cartoons.Alex will make his guest voice appearance in 2 episodes of the 10-episode season. In Satan's Bastards, the seventh episode, Alex plays the part of Big Chunk, utilizing a very heavy accent. In Episode 10, titled Trailerstock, he plays the voice of the manager of Queens of the Stone Age.For more information on the series, please visit the official Netflix Page.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.

Season Finale of The Goldbergs Features Johnny Atkins Following Rush Around Canada in His 2112 Van

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ABC's hit comedy The Goldbergs will be airing another significant Rush reference during its Season 6 finale on Wednesday, May 8th. In an episode titled Breakin', the recurring Rush-fan character of Johnny Atkins (portrayed by actor Sean Marquette) announces that he will be travelling to Canada to follow Rush on tour in his 2112 Starman van.

Atkins is known for typically wearing a Rush t-shirt when he appears in an episode of the ABC comedy. Earlier this year, he wore eleven different Rush t-shirts in a single episode. Additionally, back in Season 3, an entire episode aptly titled "Rush" centered around the formation of a female Rush cover band who perform Tom Sawyer in a Battle-of-the-Bands competition (Click for Video)

You can watch a preview clip of the Season 6 finale below.Your browser does not support the video tag. Watch The Goldbergs on the ABC Network, via their Online Streaming Service or on Hulu.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for sharing the news.

Geddy Lee Announces Canadian Book Signing Tour

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Geddy Lee and Rush.Com have just announced a list of new cities Geddy will be visiting as a continuation of his Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour.

From the announcement:Geddy Lee's Official (Yet Kind of Random) Big Beautiful Book of Bass Tour has announced Canadian dates!

Event Tickets are available now in select markets at Rush.com/geddylee

One special stop on the tour will be in Calgary where Geddy Lee will open 'Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Bass' Exhibition at Studio Bell at The National Music Centre (NMC), highlighting a selection of his rare and iconic bass guitars.

Following Geddy Lee's Big Book of Bass Exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Studio Bell is hosting the first Canadian exhibit of the artist's bass guitars, with 26 instruments curated by Lee himself.

Lee has spent years collecting hundreds of vintage bass guitars-a passion which became the inspiration for Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass. To celebrate the rel…

RushCamp 2019 Coming in August

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The 3rd Annual Rush Camp convention will be taking place during Labor Day weekend this fall. Complete details and ticket pre-sales are now available from the organizers, Overtime Angels.

With the tagline of “Keep It Burning Bright”, 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. On tap to perform during the event are David Barrett of the David Barrett trio, progressive rock singer songwriter and guitarist Brandon Dyke, the Rush tribute band Solar Federation, and the progressive rock band Second Contact.

For complete information on the event including ticket pre-sale links, please visit overtimeangels.org/rushcamp2019, or stop by their official Facebook Page.

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…

Geddy Lee Talks Bass Guitars and Broadway in a New UDiscover Music Video Interview

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Geddy Lee recently sat down with UDiscover Music to discuss a number of topics ranging from his new Big Beautiful Book of Bass, his musical heroes, and the possibility of a theatrical production that utilizes Rush's music.

From the interview: “These guys were my heroes”
“Going into nerd territory” is, however, exactly what Rush fans would appreciate, and Lee uses the opportunity to interview all of his favourite musicians for the book. He talks bass with all of the titans of the instrument like Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, U2’s Adam Clayton, Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and The Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman.

As for what’s on the horizon, Lee suggests maybe it’s time for a Rush stage show.

“I’ve always thought that Rush’s music lent itself to theatrical reproduction, especially the concept albums such as 2112, or Clockwork Angels,” Lee points out.

“The stories have a lot of potential, in terms of staging and imaginative scenery, and they’re really tailor-made for that, so I’d love …

The Making of A Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel Coming This September

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The good folks at Fantoons have just announced their latest project; a new graphic novel that covers the making of Rush's A Farewell to Kings. From the announcement:Fantoons announces the official RUSH graphic novel chronicling the making of the band’s classic album A Farewell to Kings; the first in their ongoing relationship with RUSH.

“We worked incredibly hard to create a graphic novel that celebrates the music of RUSH, and the creation of the album of ‘A Farewell to Kings’ as a work of art” says Fantoons LA-based creative director, David Calcano. “We think this book will be something for comics and music fans alike to cherish.”

This epic, fully authorized graphic novel chronicles the birth of RUSH’s classic album A Farewell to Kings. Relive the production trials and triumphs alongside Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee & Neil Peart as they create the masterpiece of progressive rock that gave birth to such tracks as “Closer to the Heart,” and the majestic “Xanadu”. The book is co-wri…

Geddy Lee Performs On Stage with Claypool Lennon Delirium

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Last night in Toronto, Geddy Lee joined the Claypool Lennon Delirium as they kicked off their 2019 Spring Tour.

Taking place at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Geddy Lee joined the band for their cover of the Beatles classic Tomorrow Never Knows. You can watch a video of the performance at this LINK or via the embedded player below.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium is a collaboration between Geddy's long-time friend and Primus frontman Les Claypool, and Sean Lennon. The band released their second studio album titled South of Reality back in February, which can be ordered HERE. Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

Rush's Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Coming to Vinyl This June

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In 2010, Rush took a break from recording what would become the band’s final studio album – Clockwork Angels – to launch its Time Machine Tour. During that tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s recorded their April 15, 2011 performance in Cleveland. It was a fitting tribute to the city, which was the first to play Rush’s music on the radio.

That epic concert was released on CD in 2011, but the full show has never come out on vinyl, until now. Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland will be available on June 7 as a four-LP set.

Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland covers a lot of musical ground over 26 tracks. Rush’s early days are represented by songs like “Working Man” from the trio’s 1974 self-titled debut, “2112 Overture” from the 1976 classic 2112, and “Closer To The Heart” from A Farewell To Kings (1977).

The group’s fantastic output from the 1980s gets its due with performances of “Subdivisions” (Signals, 1982), “Marathon” (Power Windows, 1985), “Time Stand Still” (Hold Your Fir…

Rush To Be Featured In ABC's 'Schooled' on April 10th

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Rush will be in the national spotlight on ABC-TV's hit comedy Schooled on Wednesday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. In this all-new episode, character Johnny Atkins, who always wears a RUSH concert T-shirt, shows his love for the band in a new way.

In Schooled, Johnny is working at William Penn Academy as a custodian and reflects about his time in high school working at his school's radio station. He claims he put together a show called "Rush Hour", featuring 30 minutes of the greatest band in the world, RUSH.

Schooled is a direct spinoff of ABC's long-running '80s comedy "The Goldbergs", where the Johnny Atkins character is a regular.

In fact, as we reported back in February of this year, Atkins was seen wearing no less than eleven different Rush t-shirts on The Goldbergs episode There Can Be Only One Highlander Club. Additionally the Season 3 episode aptly titled Rush featured the numerous Rush references throughout.

Click HERE for more information on ABC…

Rush Featured on the Cover of Planet Rock's April 2019 Issue. Articles Now Online.

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The April 2019 issue of Planet Rock magazine features Rush on the cover, and includes three separate articles including a new exclusive interview with Alex Lifeson. Each of the articles including the interview with Lifeson, look back at the rise of popularity Rush experienced; both when they released their one-two punch of Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures and decades later, with the release of the award-winning documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage. Each piece was written by James McNair, and includes photographs by Fin Costello.

The first article, titled Natural Science focuses its attention on the period immediately following Permanent Waves. From the article:PRIOR TO STARTING WORK ON their next album, Moving Pictures, Rush enjoyed a musical palette cleanser with Canuck pals, Max Webster. The two bands were close from years of touring together, and Max Webster keyboardist Terry Watkinson had given Geddy Lee some of his first synth lessons. On July 28, 1980, during a huge thunde…

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci Talks Rush in New Interview

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Dream Theater’s guitarist John Petrucci recently sat down with Consequence of Sound, the Chicago-based online music publication, for an in-depth interview about Rush and how his first encounter with the band at a show in 1982 at the Nassau Coliseum, changed everything.

From the interview:“To me, [Rush] was the band that changed everything,” Petrucci told us. “When music just hits you in such a way, especially when you’re young … and you’re sort of developing your tastes — that band, there was something about it. I just loved it. And so I got completely sucked into all things Rush.”

He added, “One of my greatest musical memories has to do with them ’cause Rush was the first concert I ever went to. Back in 1982, they were on the Signals tour, they were playing the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island — I went there and had the worst seats ever. They were so far away, but I just couldn’t believe that this was a band that I was listening to all this time, and here I am in the same building as …

Rush: Song by Song Book Coming in January 2020

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Amazon.Com has just released details of a new book titled Rush: Song by Song, which is scheduled to be released in January of 2020.

From the Amazon listing:The Canadian power trio Rush has been called the world's biggest cult band. Though critical favor eluded them for many years, the band has gained the admiration of legions of fans and sold over forty-million albums worldwide. In this unique book the reader is guided through each album, song by song, from the band's eponymous début in 1974 right up to 2012's Clockwork Angels.

Every album (both live and studio) is explored in detail with rare insight into the circumstances in which the band wrote and recorded each song . The book also carefully tracks the band's rise from a small suburb of Toronto to the arena filling giants they would become. This book explores every studio album, every live release as well as the solo projects of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. Each album is covered in unprecedented detail and the band&…