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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.