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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&…

Rush in Rio Released on 180 Gram Vinyl. Package Includes New Liner Notes Essays and Photos

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Back in October of 2003, nearly eleven months after the end of their Vapor Trails tour, Rush released their fifth live album, Rush in Rio. As the name indicates, the live recording was taken from the show Rush performed at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on November 23rd, 2002.

Last month, Rush re-released Rush in Rio as a four-disc 180 Gram vinyl package which included a brand new liner notes essay by long-time Rush fan and collector Ray Wawrzyniak. In addition to the new liner notes, the vinyl package includes 17 news photos of the band in action during their Vapor Trails tour.

Both the new liner notes essay and photos are now available online on the main site. You can access both via the links below:Rush in Rio Liner Notes
Rush in Rio Album ArtworkThe vinyl box set is currently on sale at Amazon for $69.36.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for providing the updated liner notes.

Alex Lifeson Guests on Latest Albums from John Mayall and The Mute Gods

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While Alex Lifeson may not be lending his virtuoso guitar work on any future Rush albums (never say never, though!), he has been busy providing his talent on other recent new releases.

Alex is one of many guest performers to appear on veteran bluesman John Mayall's new album, Nobody Told Me,which was release in late February. Lifeson appears on the track "Evil And Here To Stay". Additional guest performers include Todd Rundgren, Joe Bonamassa, Larry McCray, Carolyn Wonderland and Steven Van Zandt.

You can check out the track with Alex at this LINK. Here's what Loudersound.Com had to say about the track:"Evil and Here to Stay is just one of the star studded songs you’ll be playing over and over," says Mayall. "On this particular track you get to hear some great guitar soloing from special guest Alex Lifeson, who feels right at home with this special groove."

"One of the first songs Rush learned to play as a band in front of an audience was …

Geddy Lee to Guest DJ on Sirius XM's Beatles Station This Friday

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Back in January, Geddy Lee stopped by the New York City Sirius XM offices where he was the guest DJ for an hour on the satellite radio station's 80s on 8 channel. While he was there, Geddy also recorded a guest DJ program for Sirius XM's Beatles Channel (Channel 18).

Geddy's recorded DJ session for the channel will air this Friday, March 8th at 5pm EST.

For more information about Sirius XM and their Beatles channel, please click HERE.

Geddy and Rush in general are no strangers to Sirius XM. Back in 2015, Geddy and Alex held a Town Hall meeting at the NYC Sirius XM headquarters where a couple dozen lucky fans had the chance to ask the pair questions. Yours truly was fortunate enough to be in attendance that day.

Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History Coming This October

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I am thrilled to announce the upcoming release of the official Rush touring history book titled Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History, which is scheduled to be released on October 15th, 2019.

Authors Skip Daly and Eric Hansen (of Power Windows fame) have spent years researching Rush's decades-spanning touring history to create this meticulously detailed book. From the Amazon listing:Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Neil Peart performed together for the first time to an audience of 11,000 people in 1974. Forty years later, their last tour sold over 442,000 tickets. This is the story of everything in between. This is the story of Rush.

Fondly known as the Holy Triumvirate, Rush is one of the top bands to shine through rock-and-roll history. Wandering the Face of the Earth covers Rush’s storied touring career, from their humble beginnings as a Toronto-area bar band playing middle school gymnasiums to their rise as one of the world’s most sought-after liv…

Hemispheres Picture Disc Featured in Upcoming Record Store Day Event

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A picture-disc version of Rush's Hemispheres will be available during the upcoming Record Store Day event taking place on April 13th. At this time there is limited information about the release other than it will be a 12" Picture Disc limited to a quantity of just 5,000 units. It is also listed as a 'RSD First' Release, which indicates that it will be made available through other outlets after the RSD event.

Rush-related releases during the annual Record Store Day events have become more commonplace of late. While they were absent from any releases in 2018, Rush had two releases during the Spring and Fall events in 2017, including the Double Cygnus X-1 and the Closer to the Hear / Madrigal 7" disc.

For a complete list of the releases for the upcoming Record Store Day event, please click HERE. To locate participating store locations and to learn more about Record Store Day, please visit their website at recordstoreday.com.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for pas…

Actor Sean Marquette Will Wear Eleven Different Rush T-shirts on ABC's The Goldbergs This Week

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Over its six seasons, the ABC hit comedy The Goldbergs has had numerous Rush references thanks to the character Johnny Atkins fascination with the band. Atkins, who is portrayed by actor Sean Marquette, almost always wears a Rush t-shirt when he appears in an episode. In fact 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)

According to the show's publicist Ike Richman, this week's episode (Season 6, Episode 16 - There Can Be Only One Highlander Club) will feature Johnny Atkins donning eleven different Rush t-shirts in all. From Richman:ACTOR SEAN MARQUETTE WEARS 11 RUSH CONCERT T-SHIRTS IN SAME EPISODE OF THE GOLDBERGS ON ABC-TV ON FEBRUARY 20

Actor Sean Marquette, who portrays Johnny Atkins, on the ABC-TV hit comedy The Goldbergs, steps into the Limelight in an upcoming episode of The Goldbergs, and will wear 11 different…

Geddy Lee's Book Signing Tour Heads to San Francisco

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Rush.Com has just announced the fifth stop of Geddy Lee's ongoing Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour. This time around, Geddy will be headed to the city by the bay - San Francisco - where he'll set up shop at the Barnes & Noble Corte Madera location on Saturday, March 2nd at 2PM PST.

Tickets for the event are on-sale NOW, and can be purchased at this LINK. Event guidelines are listed below:Join Barnes & Noble - Corte Madera on March 2, 2019 at 2 PM as they host Rush frontman Geddy Lee for a signing of GEDDY LEE'S BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF BASS, the definitive volume on Geddy Lee's personal collection of vintage electric bass guitars, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s.

One ticket grants you admission and one copy of GEDDY LEE'S BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF BASS for Geddy to personalize. You may purchase up to two tickets. This is a signing only; photographs are only allowed from the signing line. Geddy will not sign memorabilia - only the book.A sample of Geddy…

Geddy Lee Featured on the Cover of Vintage Guitar Magazine's March 2019 Issue - Article Now Online

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The March 2019 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine features Geddy Lee (and his collection of bass guitars) on the cover. This issue includes a lengthy interview with the bass-collecting front man of Rush, as well as numerous photos and details on many of the bass guitars that Geddy has collected over the years.

Titled Geddy Lee: Bass Conservator and conducted by Vintage Guitar's lead editor Ward Meeker, the interview covers Geddy's earliest experiences with playing and performing the bass, talks in length about many of the unique guitars in his collection, and covers the writing and research process for Geddy's Big Beautiful Book of Bass.

From the article:What was your first good bass?
That was a '68 Precision. I worked a lot of Saturdays in my family's variety store and saved my money to buy a sunburst Precision. Through high school and bar gigs, that was my workhorse. In the book is a picture of me playing it; the finish was pretty worn by the mid '70s, but …

Alex Lifeson to Appear on Don Felder's New Album American Rock 'n' Roll

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Former Eagles' guitarist and songwriter Don Felder is releasing a new album this April, titled American Rock 'n' Roll. Alex Lifeson will be one of many artists contributing their talent on the album.

Despite their being a track called Limelight on the album, Lifeson lends his guitar playing on the track "Charmed", where he performs an acoustic rhythm on the bridge and electric guitar solo at the end of the song.

From the announcement:A former lead guitarist and songwriter of The Eagles, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, and New York Times bestselling author Don Felder, announces his highly anticipated all-new album American Rock ‘N’ Roll. The new album is slated for release on April 5, 2019 on BMG and is available for pre-order on January 25th, 2019.

The album features some of the biggest names in music including Sammy Hagar, Slash, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Peter Frampton, Joe Satriani, Mick Fleetwood, Chad Smith, Bob Weir, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Alex Li…

Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Event Update: Geddy Lee Heads to Hollywood

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Rush.Com has just announced the next stop in Geddy Lee's ongoing Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour. This time, Geddy is heading to sunny California for a stop at Book Soup in West Hollywood on January 30th at 5:00 PM.

Tickets for the event are on-sale NOW, and can be purchased at this LINK. Event guidelines are listed below:
Customers must purchase an Eventbrite ticket for this event to be in the signing line. When you arrive at Book Soup see a Book Soup employee with your ticket to check in and receive your copy of Geddy Lee's Big Book of Beautiful Bass.
All tickets include one (1) copy of Geddy Lee's Big Book of Beautiful Bass (Retail price $65.00).
Mr. Lee will sign & personalize copies of Geddy Lee's Big Book of Beautiful Bass, only. He will not be signing memorabilia.
No photos.
We will not be accepting online orders for this event. Anyone who purchases a ticket to this event must be in attendance to get their copy signed. If a ticket holder is unable to a…

Rush Fan Day Coming to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame January 19th

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Update: By all accounts and reports, the Rush Fan Day Event was a great success. Numerous fans braved the less-than-ideal winter weather that descended upon Cleveland to attend the intimate Q&A session with Geddy and Alex. A complete video of the session is available on the Rock & Roll HOF Facebook page. It's also available via the embedded viewer below. Coming out of the day where numerous articles that covered the event. Below is a list of many of them:

Event Coverage plus Alex Lifeson talks Greta Van Fleet.
Event Coverage plus Geddy Lee talks about Yes.
Photo Gallery from Cleveland Scene Magazine.
Photo Gallery from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Geddy Lee talks about his future.Both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will be at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 19th for a special Rush Fan Day event. From the announcements:Having played the bass guitar for over four decades, Lee has spent years collecting hundreds of vintage bass guitars. The sizeable collecti…

Geddy Lee to Guest DJ on Sirius XM's Classic Rewind Station

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Update (01/09):CORRECTION: We've just learned that Geddy will be the guest DJ on Sirius XM's 80s on 8 station, not Classic Rewind as originally reported. This is rather odd given the fact that Rush is rarely played on 80s on 8, while they can often be heard on Classic Rewind. Apologies for any confusion the original story may have caused.Sirius XM's Classic Rewind station has just announced that Geddy Lee will be a guest DJ this Thursday, January 10th at 3pm EST.

Classic Rewind is a classic rock radio station on the satellite service, which centers on the Mid 1970s and 1980s. It is heard on channel 25 on Sirius XM Radio. It can also be heard on Dish Network channel 6025.

DJ Kristine Stone, who normally occupies the 11:00 am - 5:00 pm time slot where Geddy will be guest-DJing, is a well-known Rush fan. In fact her Sirius XM promo spots include Limelight playing in the background with Kristine's tagline of "...and then there's Rush...my happy place..."

Ge…