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Anthrax’s Charlie Benante & Friends Working On New Rush Covers EP

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Anthrax, etc. drummer Charlie Benante has announced that he and his friends/peers will be releasing a Rush covers EP for this November’s ‘Record Store Day‘ event. He shared the news of that alongside the debut of the below cover of Rush‘s “Subdivisions“, which finds him joined by Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, Suicidal Tendencies bassist Ra Diaz, Crobot vocalist Brandon Yeagley and Trans-Siberian Orchestra keyboardist MeeEun Kim. Benante commented: “One year ago I had this idea to make a video while in quarantine. I was feeling pretty down about the passing of Neil Peart and about the Pandemic…I needed to be creative and play! I contacted Alex and Ra about doing a Rush song and video and they both liked the idea. I felt that they were probably feeling the same way I was, and that this would be a great way of jamming and entertaining while we were stuck home. The response to the initial video was overwhelming! It really made us feel good during a bad time. A whole year ago…I can

The Art of Rush Second Edition Coming This August

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The Rush Backstage Club have just announced that an expanded, second edition of the incredible Art of Rush coffee table book will be released this August. From the RBC listing: Newly expanded and updated, this beautiful 292-page coffee table book delves into the 40-year relationship between Rush and their longtime artist and illustrator, Hugh Syme, with a foreword by drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. This second edition has a newly designed cover, as well as a new 20-page section featuring the art of the 40th anniversary releases. When you purchase from Rush Backstage, you will receive a FREE record flats pack, containing several 12”x12” printed flats from the archives. These are limited in number, each one having its own specific rarity. The attached pictures show the fronts, and backs of these flats. The Art of Rush currently retails for $99.99 and is available for pre-order via this LINK . Thanks to Joe Pesch for passing along the news.

Charity Auction Includes a 'Day of Golfing with Alex Lifeson'

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Alex Lifeson has generously donated his time to an upcoming auction sponsored by the Fore Batten Foundation. The Foundation's goal is to raise awareness and funding for increased research into Juvenile Batten Disease - an ultra-rare, fatal, inherited disorder that primarily affects the nervous system. The Foundation sponsors a silent auction each year with most donations coming from the greater golfing community. This year's auction includes a day of golf with Alex Lifeson himself. According to the auction listing , "...2 players will join Alex for a great day of golf, laughs and maybe some music at one of Canada's premier private clubs..." The auction begins next week and will run through the end of March. A complete list of all the items available in the charity auction are available HERE . Also, please visit forebatten.org for additional details on the foundation and its efforts to help combat this terrible illness. Thanks to Ed from RushIsAB

Alex Lifeson Live Interview by Make Weird Music Coming This Saturday

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Alex Lifeson will be speaking with Andre Cholmondeley of Make Weird Music this Saturday. The live interview will take place on Make Weird Music's YouTube channel at 6pm EST. From their announcement: Alex Lifeson of Rush is one of the greatest rock guitar heroes of all time and we are so fortunate to have him for a live interview where we'll discuss the 25th anniversary of his solo album, Victor, and the 40th anniversary of Moving Pictures. Rush have yet to announce any plans for a 40th Anniversary release of their seminal album Moving Pictures so perhaps Alex will have some insight on the expected release. Additionally, it was last June when we first reported that Alex's solo effort Victor might receive a special 25th Anniversary re-release. Hopefully Alex will expand on this during the interview as well. You can access the interview directly at this LINK or via the embedded viewer below. Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

A Night for Neil - The Neil Peart Memorial Celebration Rescheduled to November 6th, 2021

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The charity fundraiser concert A Night for Neil: The Neil Peart Memorial Celebration has been postponed once again due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions. The concert is now scheduled to take place on November 6th at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario; Neil Peart's hometown. From the event page: “Though we live in trying times, we’re the ones who have to try…” We hope this message finds you all healthy & safe as COVID-19 restrictions force us to once again postpone “A Night for Neil” until the Fall of 2021. The new date, with a flexible plan, is scheduled for Saturday, November 6, 2021. Overtime Angels, in coordination with the Meridian Centre, will be evaluating any quarantine protocols or travel restrictions to Canada three months prior to the new date so that all the fans who have purchased tickets have a reasonable amount of time to reschedule any associated travel/hotel reservations. We are so grateful for our fans and appreciate your patien

Geddy Lee Will Participate in Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's Virtual Gala Concert

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Next month, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a Virtual Gala Concert to support the institution's School of Music. Dubbed The Show Must Go On: Stories of Resilience , the event will stream via the ensemble’s TheConcertHall.ca on February 18 at 6:30 pm. In addition to Geddy, Israeli-American violin and conducting icon Itzhak Perlman, and Canadian alt-country chanteuse k.d. lang have also joined the list of those participating in the virtual gala. It's unclear at this time whether Geddy will actually perform for the event, or simply speak/introduce other acts. Tickets and other information are available HERE . Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

From All The Lives You Left Your Mark Upon: Remembering Neil Peart on the Anniversary of his Death

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Suddenly -- you were gone. From all the lives you left your mark upon That lyrical excerpt Neil Peart penned for the song Afterimage , which appeared on Rush's Grace Under Pressure album from 1984, has echoed continuously for Rush fans across the globe over the past year. Even as we mark the first anniversary of Neil Peart's passing today, the very notion of his death still seems surreal and unimaginable for so many of us. It's a profound testament to the overwhelming influence Neil's body of work, from his lyrical genius to his percussive prowess, has had on countless fans. Over the past year, Rush fans have gathered - virtually - to celebrate Neil's life with stories of concert gatherings, discussions on the deeper nature of his lyrics, personal (and rare) contacts with Neil, and of course the powerhouse performances behind the kit that he came to be (largely) known for. While we jointly mourned his passing, we collectively appreciated the fact that we