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Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Geddy Lee discusses recording music and making memories at Le Studio in new Q interview - Le Studio was destroyed in a fire on August 11th. Details here.
Geddy Lee performs Take Off! with Bob & Doug McKenzie at live reunion fundraiser event. Details, video here.
The Toronto High Park Zoo's trio of Capybara pups will be named Geddy, Alex and Neil after Rush! Details here.
Alex Lifeson guest appearance on Marco Minnemann's new album BORREGO. Order the album here. Details here.
Martin Popoff's new book Rush: Album by Album now available. Details here.
Virigina Grohl's new book From Cradle to Stage features a chapter on Geddy Lee and his mother, now available for purchase. Details here.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson accepted Rush's 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at the 2017 Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner April 20th in Toronto. Details, photos, interviews and more here.
Alex Lifeson on upcoming solo projects, Rush's future, Geddy Lee's book project, and more in new Sirius XM interview. Details here.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson induct Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Geddy performs with YES! Video, photos, post-induction reports/interviews and more here.
Rush's 2112 40th anniversary edition box set NOW AVAILABLE! Order yours now (2CD+DVD, 3 LP, Super Deluxe). Details, previews, reviews and more here.
Rush: Time Stand Still R40 tour documentary DVD/Blu-ray now available (order on DVD, Blu-ray). Details, trailers, clips, reviews and more here.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appear on The Strombo Show - talk about the final tour, 2112 40th anniversary, future projects and more. Complete interview available online here.
Triumph guitarist Rik Emmett's new solo project Rik Emmett & RESolution 9 (RES9) featuring Alex Lifeson now available. Details, video trailer and lyric videos here.
Rushisaband.com now has a searchable archive of Rush tour date listings, powered by a new website at TourDateSearch.com - which contains searchable tour date archives for OVER 1000 BANDS ...
Fri, Aug 11, 2017@5:59PM | comments

UPDATE - 8/14@11:54AM: Geddy Lee's full Q interview has been posted and is available to listen to online here:

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UPDATE - 8/11@8:12PM: Rush.com put up a post a short time ago in which they look back at Le Studio and its role in the history of Rush. The article includes some photos and the following quote from Geddy Lee:

"What Le Studio meant to us, is really hard to put into only a few sentences. It was not only a place where we did some of our best work, but we also experienced many profound personal moments there. To say nothing of the friendships that were forged there that still endure today. Le Studio played a key role in our album recording experience at a pivotal point in our career. We were already saddened to learn of its derelict state a few years ago, but upon hearing that it has now been destroyed by fire, it truly marks the end an age for the 3 of us," remarked Geddy Lee on behalf of the band.

"We not only worked there for months at a time, but we lived and played in the home on the property, separated only by a beautiful lake and the glorious foothills of Laurentian Mountains," added Lee, "it was truly a part of the great Canadian landscape...and literally a home away from home for us. It will always have a special place in our hearts."

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As mentioned earlier today in the Friday Rush updates, the legendary Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec was destroyed in a fire early this morning. Rush recorded several albums at Le Studio including Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures, and many of their iconic music videos from that era include footage of the band recording there. CBC's Tom Power spoke with Geddy Lee via phone earlier today about recording music and making memories at Le Studio. A short clip of the interview is available for listening below or at this location. From CBC Music:

"I've spent so many hours in that room. You created your own world when you moved in there, and certainly the effect was felt on the records you made there," says Rush frontman Geddy Lee, remembering Quebec's legendary Le Studio. The Laurentian Mountains studio, where Rush recorded the video for "Tom Sawyer," was destroyed by an early morning fire today. Provincial police received a call about the blaze around 5:30 a.m., but when firefighters got to the studio, it was too late. Investigators with the Sûreté du Québec are working to determine the cause of the fire. ...

Geddy's full interview will air on CBC Radio One this coming Monday, and be available online at cbc.ca/radio/q. Le Studio - built in 1972 by Montreal recording engineer and producer André Perry - has been idle since 2008 and has since fallen into disrepair, despite some half-hearted efforts to revive it in recent years. Back in 2014 Neil Peart paid a visit to Le Studio and described the experience in a blog post on his website. There's also this fan-made, 2-part documentary on Le Studio that explains much of the studio's history.

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Fri, Aug 11, 2017@11:33AM | comments
Le Studio destroyed in fireFriday Rush updates! Le Studio destroyed in early morning fire, new Rush 2018 wall calendars, Alex Lifeson guest appearance on Marco Minnemann's BORREGO, and more ...
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Thu, Aug 10, 2017@11:02AM | comments
Rush 2018 Aquarius wall calendarA couple of new official 2018 wall calendars are now available to order ...
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Fri, Aug 4, 2017@12:24PM | comments
Alex LifesonFriday Rush updates! Alex Lifeson contributing a "storytelling comic" to Dave Bidini's West End Phoenix publication, Marco Minnemann's BORREGO featuring Alex Lifeson released, Geddy Lee bird photo to benefit the CWF sold out, and more ...
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Sun, Jul 30, 2017@7:46PM | comments
Alex LifesonThe West End Phoenix is a new monthly community newspaper for Toronto's West End developed by musician (Rheostatics), writer and publisher Dave Bidini and slated to launch in October. According to a tweet from Bidini this past week, Alex Lifeson will be contributing a "storytelling comic" to the publication ...
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Sat, Jul 29, 2017@8:26AM | comments
Neil and GeddyToday is Geddy Lee's 64th birthday and also the 43rd anniversary of Neil Peart joining Rush. Happy birthday Geddy! And happy 43rd anniversary to the new guy!
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Fri, Jul 28, 2017@1:32PM | comments
Ready Player One movie posterFriday Rush updates! Tom Sawyer featured in Ready Player One trailer, signed Geddy Lee bird photograph prints to support the CWF, Marco Minnemann's BORREGO featuring Alex Lifeson releases Monday, and more ...
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Tue, Jul 25, 2017@2:56PM | comments
Geddy Lee CWF photoThe Canadian Wildlife Federation recently announced that Geddy Lee has donated a photograph to the organization that they will be making available as a limited edition, signed print. The print will celebrate Canada's recent 150th birthday and will release this coming Saturday, July 29th on Geddy Lee's birthday. In keeping with the Canada150 theme, only 150 prints will be made available and each will sell for $150 CDN. ...
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Sat, Jul 22, 2017@4:47PM | comments
Ready Player One movie posterRush's Tom Sawyer is prominently featured in the first trailer for Ernest Cline and Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One film, due to release in March, 2018 ...
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Fri, Jul 21, 2017@11:30AM | comments
Geddy Lee at Bob & Doug fundraiser eventFriday Rush updates! Geddy Lee performs Take Off! with Bob & Doug McKenzie at fundraiser event, new Spotify interview with Geddy and Alex, Jacob Moon and David Barrett perform at the Lee Lifeson Art Park, and more ...
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