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Rush Stories Volume I from FanToons Now Online

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Update: Volume II featuring Eddie Trunk is now online. You can watch it below or directly at this LINK.Fantoons, the creative team behind such offerings as The Making of A Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel and The Rush Coloring Book have launched a new series of video shorts titled, appropriately, Rush Stories.

The first volume, which is online now, features Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater fame.

According to David Calcano of Fantoons, these shorts were created so "...cool people could tell Rush related stories...about how Rush was in the middle of something awesome..."

The next volume, set for release next week, will feature Eddie Trunk & Paul Gilbert.
Thanks, as always, to David Calcano for sharing the news with us.

Geddy Lee Announces Four 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 four more U.S. dates for his ongoing Big Beautiful Book of Bass Signing Tour.

This time around, Geddy will be moving around the Western part of the United States during the month of November, with stops in Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, and Austin.

Full list of dates below:

Seattle, WA @ Third Place Books - November 1st (BUY TICKETS)
Denver, CO @ Tattered Cover Book Store - November 2nd (BUY TICKETS)
Phoenix, AZ @ Changing Hands - November 3rd (BUY TICKETS)
Austin, TX @ Bookpeople - November 4th (BUY TICKETS)

Additional details are available at www.rush.com/geddylee.

Still haven't picked up your copy of Geddy's book? Well it's back in stock at Amazon! Click HERE to order yours today.

Thanks to Joe Pesch for passing along the news.

Alex Lifeson Donates Original Painting for 2019 Brush of Hope Charity Auction

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As he has done numerous times in the past, Alex Lifeson has created another unique painting for the Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual Brush of Hope charity auction. This year's painting, titled "Minus 20," is currently being auctioned off on Ebay.Ca at this location.

Alex's signed painting was done in acrylic, and measures 10" x 14" x 1.5". The auction will end on October 30th at 1pm EST.

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 raised over $110,000 for research, programs and patient services! Also thanks to the Alex Lifeson (of the band RUSH) limit…

Anthem: Rush in the ’70s - The First Book in a Trilogy by Martin Popoff Coming in May 2020

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Long-time music writer and Rush aficionado Martin Popoff will be releasing the first of a trilogy of Rush Across the Decades books next May. As the title suggests, the first book - Anthem: Rush in the '70s - will focus on Rush's initial decade of album releases.

From the book's description:The definitive biography of the rock ’n’ roll kings of the North

With extensive, first-hand reflections from Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart, as well as from family, friends, and fellow musicians, Anthem: Rush in the ’70s is a detailed portrait of Canada’s greatest rock ambassadors. The first of three volumes, Anthem puts the band’s catalog, from their self-titled debut to 1978’s Hemispheres (the next volume resumes with the release of Permanent Waves) into both Canadian and general pop culture context, and presents the trio of quintessentially dependable, courteous Canucks as generators of incendiary, groundbreaking rock ’n’ roll.

Fighting complacency, provoking thought, and …

Glen Peart Talks About Son Neil, the Parts-Manager Turned Rock Star

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As may fans know, before Neil Peart joined Rush, he assisted his father Glen as the Parts Manager for Dalziel Equipment in St. Catherines, Ontario. Glen recently sat down for a very rare interview where he looked back at that time in Neil's life, remembering the stress of making a decision to join Rush, or support his father.

From the interview:The Day the White Corvette Came to the Dealership
Neil had joined a small local band playing only on weekends. Somehow, his reputation had gotten around.

The “White Corvette” visit to our farm equipment dealership has been documented several times. After lunch when the two men left, I could tell that Neil was really tormented. He was certainly not himself.


When we locked the door, he came and sat in my office and unloaded. The two visitors were the managers of Rush, a band from Toronto that were about to hit the big time. They had signed a contract and their first tour was arranged but their drummer had just dropped a bomb on all their pla…

Geddy Lee Featured on the Cover of Bass Guitar Magazine - Talks About the Future

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The November 2019 issue of the UK's Bass Guitar Magazine features Geddy on the cover, and includes a lengthy interview that touches upon a number of subjects, including what Geddy is looking forward to in the future. Titled Progressively Minded, Forward Thinking, the complete article is available online HERE.

When asked what he planned to do with his creative drive, now that his Big Beautiful Book of Bass is complete, Geddy had this to say:"Yeah, I don’t know where that’s headed, but time will tell. Now that the book is done I will certainly try to put the basses to good use. They stare at me and it makes me feel very guilty. They’re all looking at me, like ‘Use me!’"Of course, he also talked about his bandmates and how he continues to keep in close contact with them:"Oh yeah, quite a lot. We’re very close – I was just talking to Alex this morning. We try to get together regularly. I was just in LA three weeks ago, visiting Neil. You know, when the band ended, eve…

Geddy Lee's My Favorite Headache Vinyl Edition Part of Black Friday Record Store Day Event

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Back in August we first announced that Geddy Lee's solo album My Favorite Headache would be re-released on vinyl later this year. Today, we've received some new details about the release, which includes two additional tracks!

First, the album will be part of this year's Black Friday Record Store Day event on November 29th. Check out the official Record Store Day website to find a local retailer near you.

Second, as indicated above and outlined on the Record Store Day website, the vinyl edition of My Favorite Headache will include two additional tracks - instrumental versions of My Favourite Headache and Home on the Strange.

No word yet if this release will be made available outside of the RSD event, though it's likely to appear on the Rush Backstage Club in December.

For more information on the album, please click HERE.

The Artwork of Hugh Syme Exhibit Coming to Renditions Gallery in Indianapolis Next Month

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As most fans know, Hugh Syme has been Rush's album artist dating back to 1975 with the release of Caress of Steel. Often considered the unofficial fourth member of the band, Syme's album art often captured the visual element behind Rush's songs and albums. In fact as much as Rush's music itself, Syme's artwork was the early, driving force behind the creation of the Cygnus-X1.Net website.

So it's with great excitement that I learned that Hugh Syme will be on-hand at Indianapolis' Renditions Fine Art, Framing, & Photography for the opening of an art exhibit that will showcase his work. The event will take place on Friday, November 1st from from 6pm - 10PM.

From the Facebook event page:We are so excited to announce The Artwork of Hugh Syme coming to Renditions Fine Art, Framing, & Photography. Hugh was the art director for the Canadian rock band Rush from 1975-2018 and has done album covers for countless other bands and performers. Stop by from 6:0…

A Sneak Peek into Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth - The Official Touring History Book

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The highly anticipated release of the new Rush book Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History is now just a month away! Last month, we brought you some exclusive content from the upcoming book including an excerpt from the foreword by Les Claypool and some pictures from Geddy Lee's own private collection.

Today, thanks once again to James Faccinto of Insight Editions, we have several new sneak-peeks into the book including the official title page, a sample tour history page from A Farewell to Kings, and the opening chapter to the section on the band's tour of All The World's a Stage. You can access high-resolution samples of each page via the thumbnail images below.

There's also an expanded description of the book that was posted at Insight Editions:Fondly known as the Holy Triumvirate, Rush is one of the greatest bands in rock-and-roll history. From humble beginnings as a Toronto-area band playing middle school gymnasiums, churches, and coffee …

Geddy Lee to Auction Off Six Vintage Guitars From His Personal Collection

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While Geddy is obviously known for his extensive collection of bass guitars, he's also put together an impressive collection of electric guitars as well over the years. Six of those guitars from his private collection will be hitting the auction block at Mecum Auctions in Las Vegas beginning on October 10th.

From the auction listing:
Geddy Lee of the celebrated Canadian rock trio Rush has spent the past few years delving deep into the rich history of the instrument that defined his 40-plus year career as one of rock history’s most talented bassists. His focused efforts led him not only to build a world-class, investment-grade collection of ultra-rare and desirable vintage and antique guitars, but also to create a book that takes an in-depth look into the amazing evolution of what Lee, the collector, has come to view as a work of art in its own right.

With his book now a complete and published piece and his private collection of guitars nearing 300 in total, Lee said he feels that…

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…