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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.

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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.


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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. …