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Rush Featured on the Cover of Guitar World's October Issue - Articles Now Online

The October 2020 issue of Guitar World magazine features Rush on the cover, and includes two articles that celebrate the 40th anniversary release of the band's Permanent Waves album. The first article, titled The Wave Files , and written by long-time Rush scribe Philip Wilding, details the writing and recording process behind the album. From the article: "The band started the sessions with what would become the album’s opener and surprise hit record, The Spirit Of Radio. Lee talks fondly of how quickly it came together as a song up at the cottage, and as an opening track it’s so very Rush – a brilliant pealing guitar riff, a complex arrangement, a drum pattern you’d be hard-pushed to follow, and a reggae nod on the outro over a lyric railing against the commercialisation of modern-day radio. If those sentences were about any other band, you’d be left scratching your head. Frame it as a reference to a Rush song, however, and it makes total sense. Because sometimes Rush

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Donate Signed Guitars for Save Hospitality Charity Auction

The charitable organization Grapes for Humanity , which supports humanitarian projects around the world through the enormous generosity of the international wine community, will be hosting a Save Hospitality online auction to support of the hospitality industry. The online auction will begin Monday, September 28th and run through Wednesday October 7th via Waddington's Auctioneers & Appraiser . In addition to serving as a member of the board of directors of the organization, Geddy Lee has also donated a bass guitar autographed by both himself and bandmate Alex Lifeson. In addition, he's offering up a selection of bottles of wine from his collection: SIGNED FENDER BASS GUITAR WITH THREE BOTTLES OF GEDDY LEE'S OWN BURGUNDY PRODUCED BY LUCIEN LE MOINE A Fender Signature Jazz Bass Guitar, signed by both Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee, along with a bottle of 2005 Lucien Le Moine Hospices de Beaune Mazis-Chambertin Cuvée Madeleine Collognon, 2005 Lucien Le Moine Hospices

Neil Peart Named Greatest Prog Musician of All Time

PROG Magazine recently conducted an extensive poll to determine the top Progressive Rock musicians of all time. In the overall list of 200 selected musicians, all three members of Rush cracked the Top 10 spots. Alex Lifeson came in at the #9 spot, Geddy Lee ended up at #4, and Neil Peart took the top honors as the #1 Greatest Prog Musician of all time. No argument here. From the PROG article: Late Rush drummer Neil Peart has been named the greatest prog musician of all time by readers of Prog magazine. The magazine had a shortlist of just under 250 figures from the prog world, from which fans were encouraged to vote in an online poll – and it was Peart who came out on top. "Obviously it's very fitting that Neil Peart's been voted the Greatest Prog Musician ever by the readers of Prog Magazine, given that he sadly passed away this year," says Prog magazine Editor Jerry Ewing. "But he's long been seen as a master of his profession for five de

New Rush: The Day I Was There Book Features Rush Fan Stories and Memories

Author Richard Houghton will be releasing his new book titled Rush: The Day I Was There on November 13th. Similar to other books Houghton has authored, including versions on Led Zeppelin , Pink Floyd , and Jimi Hendrix , his Rush book focuses on stories and memories from Rush fans across the globe. More on the book: British music author Richard Houghton has compiled a fan history of Rush. Rush - The Day I Was There brings together the memories of over 400 Rush fans from around the world to tell their story from the perspective of the concert-goer. From some of their earliest shows through to the last show on the R40 tour, the book tells the band's story from the front row of the audience. Richard, who remembers hurrying down to his local record store to buy Exit... Stage Left on the day it was released, said, 'I only saw Rush once myself, at the New Bingley Hall in Stafford in the UK, and couldn't possibly hope to compete with some of the guys I've spoken to for

Celebrating the Life of Neil Peart on his 68th Birthday

Just over eight short months go, right at the onset of 2020 - the year that will live in infamy - the world lost a genuine legend when Neil Peart succumbed to brain cancer on January 7th. While the sting of his sudden loss continues to weigh on Rush fans the world over, the breadth of his contributions to the world of music coupled with the inspiration he fueled for countless musicians will always be applauded. Today we mark Neil's 68th birthday with a brief look back at his decades-spanning career, while also highlighting recent tributes that were made to honor his memory. Neil Ellwood Peart was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and grew up in Port Dalhousie (now part of St. Catharines). During adolescence, he floated between regional bands in pursuit of a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Neil returned home, where he joined Rush, a Toronto-based band, in mid-1974, six years after its formation. Early in his career, Ne

20th Annual Modern Drummer Festival to Feature a Tribute to Neil Peart

Modern Drummer magazine will be streaming their annual drummer festival on September 12th, which coincides with Neil Peart's birthday. Part of the festival will be a tribute to the late Rush drummer and will feature a number of guest performers. From the announcement: “Modern Drummer turns 45 next year and through more than 40 of them, we formed a close and unique collaboration with the one and only, Neil Peart. Neil even gave away his iconic candy apple red kit to a Modern Drummer reader in the 80’s via mail-in letters chosen personally by Peart himself! It was without question that as Modern Drummer celebrates our twentieth festival, we are honoring Neil with a fitting tribute from some of his closest friends as well as world-class drummers that he inspired. The Modern Drummer Festival is a celebration of drums, drumming and drummers worldwide. This year will be the first year that everyone can attend as our capacity just went into the Hemispheres!” said David Frangioni, CEO an

Neil Peart: The Illustrated Quotes Coming in January

Fantoons, the creative team behind such Rush books as The Making of A Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel and Where's Geddy, Alex, and Neil? Volume I are releasing a new book in January that celebrates the life of Neil Peart through some of his most inspired quotes. Neil Peart: The Illustrated Quotes will be a 108 page hard-bound book that features single panel cartoons " a love letter to Neil Peart’s written word..." More from the official listing: An officially authorized collection of illustrated quotes from the legendary Rush drummer and writer: Neil Peart. RUSH, the well-known rock n’ roll hall of fame power trio, is one of the greatest rock bands of all-time, with more than 40 million records sold worldwide. Along with Ringo Starr, Dave Grohl, Buddy Rich and Keith Moon, Neil Peart is one of the most influential drummers that ever sat behind the kit. We have chosen some of our favorites quotes and created elegant single panel cartoons as a love letter

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