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A blog devoted to the band RUSH:
Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

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. 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, Jul 21, 2017@11:30AM | comments

The Take Off, Eh! - Bob and Doug McKenzie Live Reunion fundraiser took place this past Tuesday evening in Toronto. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas reprised their roles as Bob and Doug McKenzie and recruited SCTV alums Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Eugene Levy and Joe Flaherty, along with Kids in the Hall stars Scott Thompson, Kevin McDonald and Dave Foley to put on a show for the crowd who paid over $2500 for a ticket with all the funds going to support spinal cord research. Geddy Lee made a surprise appearance towards the end of the show and joined Moranis & Thomas for a rendition of their early '80s smash hit Take Off!. You can watch some fan-filmed video of the performance below or in this Facebook video. There's also a gallery of photos from the event including one of Geddy, and some news coverage from CBC, CP24 and The National Post. Geddy Lee also posted photos of himself with both Dan Akroyd and Paul Shaffer backstage to his official Instagram page.

Canada's 150th birthday took place this past Canada Day on July 1st, and to celebrate the occasion Spotify asked several Canadian artists, including Rush, to talk about Canadian music and to create playlists of their favorite Canadian songs. Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson give their thoughts on Canadian music in this video interview and share their Canada 150 Spotify playlist. Speaking of the Canada 150 celebration, the Winnipeg Free Press got in on the fun by posting their list of Canada's 150 most important songs and Rush's The Spirit of Radio made the top 10 (thanks RushFanForever):

... The Spirit of Radio was a game-changer for Rush. Although the Toronto power trio will never be mistaken for a singles act à la the Beatles or ABBA, the tune, which clocked in at un-Rush-like 4:57, reached No. 13 on the U.K. Top 40 chart, and was included on a list of the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll," according to no less an authority than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.]

Jacob Moon and David Barrett, along with drummer Rob 'Beatdown' Brown performed a free concert of Rush and Rush-inspired music at the Lee Lifeson Art Park this past Wednesday evening. The pair are also recording a version of Rush's Time Stand Still that will be getting mixed by former Rush producer Terry Brown and be made available to those who donated funds to the project via GoFundMe. Several photos and videos from the event are available on Facebook including this gallery and this video of Time Stand Still.

David Bradley continued his ongoing series on Classic Chords at his sciencebase.com site this past week by analyzing Rush's Tom Sawyer (thanks RushFanForever):

... The opening power chords that share Le Studio space with Geddy Lee's Moog synths and a spaced out backbeat from Peart are not your common or garden no-third power chords as you'd imagine, nor were they anything like the open, up-the-neck chords he'd been using in the previous decade (cf The Hemispheres chord). If they were standard power chords, it would probably just be a big E-major followed by a D and an A and then jumping down to the C. But, Lifeson, who pleads ignorance of most of the chord names in the video tutorial he recorded for the song in 2007, is playing some interesting variations on the power chord idea. In them, an open top E string rings out in the intro on three of four chord variations that give us the progression. ...

Alex Lifeson gets a mention in this Guitar Player article on Dreamcar - the new side project that finds No Doubt's Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, and Adrian Young teaming up with AFI vocalist Davey Havok. When asked about the album's heavy use of new-wave guitar tones, Dumont had this to say (thanks RushFanForever):

... The guitar sound was this combination of a Kemper Profiler augmented by some pedals plugged into the front end of the amp, and my Fulltone Tube Tape Echo routed through the effects loop. ... Much of the album was also informed by what Alex Lifeson did on Rush's Grace Under Pressure and Signals, where he was playing Strats with a heavy use of delays and choruses to make atmospheric sounds. ...

Here's Geddy Lee singing Take Off! with Bob & Doug McKenzie from Tuesday night's fundraiser event:

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend!

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Wed, Jul 19, 2017@3:37PM | comments
Geddy Lee at Bob & Doug fundraiser eventThe Take Off, Eh! - Bob and Doug McKenzie Live Reunion fundraiser for spinal cord research took place yesterday evening in Toronto and Geddy Lee made a surprise appearance towards the end of the show, joining Moranis & Thomas for a rendition of their early '80s smash hit Take Off! as seen in the following video ...
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Tue, Jul 18, 2017@12:02PM | comments
Geddy and Alex Spotify inteviewCanada's 150th birthday took place this past Canada Day on July 1st, and to celebrate the occasion Spotify asked several Canadian artists, including Rush, to talk about Canadian music and to create playlists of their favorite Canadian songs. ...
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Fri, Jul 14, 2017@12:23PM | comments
Geddy and Alex accept the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award - photo by Jane StevensonFriday Rush updates! Rush Allan Slaight Humanitarian Award presentation video now online, Alex attends VRTO, Rush the Art Park with Jacob Moon and David Barrett this coming Wednesday, the return of Chops Sawyer on ABC's The Gong Show, and more ...
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Fri, Jul 14, 2017@9:41AM | comments
Alex Lifeson at VRTOThe Virtual and Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo (VRTO) 2017 took place at the Rogers Communication Centre in Toronto a few weeks ago and Alex Lifeson was in attendance as a guest of musician/actor and VRTO founder Keram Malicki-Sanchez ...
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Wed, Jul 12, 2017@2:39PM | comments
Ricky Syers and ChopsRicky Syers and his puppet drummer Chops appeared on the latest episode of ABC's The Gong Show, and played Rush's Tom Sawyer on a tiny drum kit as seen in this video ...
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Sat, Jul 8, 2017@10:30AM | comments
Geddy and Alex accept the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award - photo by Jane StevensonCanadian Music Week has posted the full video of Rush's Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award ceremony presentation from back in April ...
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Fri, Jul 7, 2017@11:53AM | comments
David Barrett and Jacob MoonFriday Rush updates! Jacob Moon and David Barrett FREE concert at Lee Lifeson Art Park July 19, Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, Clockwork Lives graphic novel update, and more ...
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Fri, Jun 30, 2017@11:53AM | comments
Capybara pups to be named after RushFriday Rush updates! Toronto Zoo's capybabies to be named after Rush, 2112 40th anniversary box set nominated for a Progressive Music Award, Jacob Moon and David Barrett raise funds to perform a FREE concert at the Lee Lifeson Art Park, and more ...
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Wed, Jun 28, 2017@1:59PM | comments
Rush 2112 40th anniversary Super Deluxe editionTeamRock.com announced the nominees for their 2017 Progressive Music Awards, and Rush's 2112 40th anniversary box set - released this past December - has been nominated in the Reissue of the Year category. ...
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