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Geddy Lee talks Led Zeppelin IV in new Classic Rock interview

Geddy Lee recently talked to Classic Rock magazine about the impact Led Zeppelin had on Rush in their earliest days. In the interview, which appears in the magazine's July 2021 issue, Geddy recalls the first time he, Alex, and John Rutsey attended a Zeppelin concert: "That wasn't the first time I saw them, that was August 18, 1969. They were doing two shows. We were at the first show. I went with John Rutsey and Alex [Lifeson). It was general admission. We lined up for hours. We got in and we sat in the second row. And I swear they didn't walk out on stage-they floated out. They literally brought the house down, because by the end of the night there was plaster falling from the ceiling. Geddy also recalled when a call from Robert Plant helped them through one of Rush's darker periods: "I remember when Page & Plant were touring Walking Into Clarksdale and they came to Toronto. Someone kept calling our office saying they were Robert Plant and they need

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to present The Tragically Hip with the 2021 Humanitarian Award

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that 15-time JUNO Award-winning band and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees, The Tragically Hip, will perform with singer-songwriter, Feist during The 50th Annual JUNO Awards. The performance from Toronto will be broadcast on Sunday, June 6, 2021 airing nationwide at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBC TV, CBC Gem, CBC Radio One, CBC Music and streaming globally on . The Tragically Hip are also set to receive the 2021 Humanitarian Award Presented by Music Canada, which will be presented to them by Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees and rock icons, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush. The Humanitarian Award recognizes outstanding Canadian artists or industry leaders whose humanitarian contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada and beyond. The band’s philanthropic pursuits have left a lasting impact on the lives of many across the globe through their help in raising a

Rush: A Visual Time Capsule Book Now Available

During his career, photographer Bill O'Leary took pictures of some of rock's biggest names at the peak of their powers including, of course, Rush. It was last March when we first reported the release of his first book Timeless Concert Images: And 40 Years of Rock Concert Experiences which included over 175 full color, live concert images photographed primarily from the late 1970's thru the 1990's. Now, Bill is back with his fourth book; Rush: A Visual Time Capsule: Moving Pictures-Permanent Waves-Hemispheres . From the Amazon Listing: Photographer Bill O’Leary is back with his fourth photo book overall, ‘RUSH - A Visual Time Capsule: Moving Pictures-Permanent Waves-Hemispheres.’ Featuring images – many previously unseen – of the trio in concert from what many consider their peak artistic period (1979-1981), the book perfectly captures the visual aspect of this era of Rush, in which they stormed the charts and headlined arenas throughout the world. The book al

New Rush tribute album a dedication to the life and inspiration of Neil Peart

Over the years, numerous artists have released Rush tribute albums focusing on various time periods of the band's career. From straight-up tributes like 1996's Working Man to the moving Royal Philharmonics Orchestra Plays the Music of Rush or the eyebrow-raising Music Box Tribute to Rush , the variety of tribute albums is certainly not lacking. After the tragic passing of Neil Peart last January, the folks at RushFest Scotland set out to produce a new Rush tribute album that would celebrate the life of Rush's famed 'Professor'. The result is TRIBUTES: Songs for Neil Volume I , an album of 14 Rush songs covered by bands from around the world — including Jacob Moon (Canada), Fleesh (Brazil), Moving Pictures (Scotland) and many more. With support from Terry Brown and Hugh Syme, among others, the album comes in an impressive package and is available as a Digital Download, CD, or Red Vinyl LP (first eight songs only). Complete details of the album including l

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