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The Stars Look Down - Songs for Neil Volume 2 Tribute Album Coming September 12th

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Last year, the folks at RushFest Scotland released an incredible tribute album to honor the memory of Neil Peart. Dubbed TRIBUTES: Songs for Neil Volume I , the fourteen-track album featured covers of Rush songs by such notable artists as Jacob Moon, Fleesh, Lotus Land, Clockwork Angels of Scotland and many more. RushFest Scotland has just announced that Volume II will be released on September 12th; one year to the day when Volume I was released and, of course, Neil Peart's birthday. The second volume is titled The Stars Look Down - Songs for Neil Volume 2 and will also feature fourteen tracks from artists including YYNOT (USA), Huis (Canada), Jacob Moon (Canada), Fleesh (Brazil), Rushed (England), 2YY2 (Spain), and Moving Pictures with Seeing Red (Scotland), among others. The stunning cover artwork is courtesy of Charlie Roy and Paul Tippett, with guidance from Hugh Syme. Liner notes were written by Neil's sister Nancy. This album has been approved by Rush a

Alex Lifeson Celebrates his 68th Birthday Today!

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Alex Lifeson, one of the founding members of Rush and the band's seminal guitarist, is celebrating his 68th 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 a licensed aircraft pilot, motorcycle rider, a gourmet cook, avid golfer, and an artist. Alex has also been known to dabble with a little acting now and again. Back in 2018, he appeared a couple of times on the CBC comedy-drama Crawford , which premiered on the CBC in Canada during the summer of 2019. In more recent news, Alex has been working on a new musical project under the name Envy of None , which he hopes to release later this

Rush Branded Beer Coming August 30th

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Beer, here! Rush have just announced that they will be releasing their own brand of beer, specifically a Canadian Golden Ale, at the end of the month. The band collaborated with the Toronto-based microbrewery Henderson Brewing Company for this unique offering. From the press release: August 17, 2021 (Toronto) – It started during the R40 tour when, after a gig, someone handed frontman Geddy Lee a bottle of Robinson’s “Iron Maiden -Trooper” beer. Geddy took one look at it and jokingly asked where the Rush beer was. That quip stayed in the mind of the band, and recognizing the growing craft beer movement, particularly in their hometown of Toronto, the band decided to look into it seriously. Beer has always been an import part of the touring experience for the band. That first after-show beer helping to draw a line between the focus of performing and the wind-down that follows. After hundreds of shows in so many countries around the world, the band really began to see

Alex Lifeson releases three new demo tracks from the 1990s

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Alex Lifeson continues to share new content on his recently launched new website at alexlifeson.com . Dubbed the 'Lerxst Demo Archives Pt. 1', Alex has released three new demo tracks from the '90s era. From the listing on his site: So here's the next installment of some Lerxst demo music from the past that's been sitting in a music folder for over twenty years. They kind of mark an era for me and highlight a style of writing and performing. These are all demo recordings of music created for personal fun that I thought might be interesting to share. I hope you enjoy them and the others to come soon. KROOVE: This was written and recorded @1996 late one night in my home studio. It started with the main guitar pattern then I added the drum loop, keys and bass. The geetar pickin' section was especially fun to record. I've always liked that late night feel of this one. BANJO BOB: This was a fun session I did mid 1999. Originally recorded to a drum loo