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

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 hu

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci Talks Rush in New Interview

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 buildin

Rush: Song by Song Book Coming in January 2020

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

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

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 Artwork The 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

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 aud

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

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

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-aft

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