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

Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Rush A Farewell to Kings 40th anniversary box set now available to order (3-CD, 4-LP, Super Deluxe edition). Details, videos, interviews and more here.
Alex Lifeson featured in episode 5 of the new Trailer Park Boys series Out of the Park USA, now streaming on Netflix. Details, preview videos, music video featuring Alex here.
Geddy Lee appears on AXS TV's The Big Interview with Dan Rather. Details, videos, summary here.
Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass coming Fall 2018. Details here.
Alex Lifeson performs Neil Young's Cinnamon Girl with Arkells at Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. Details, photos, video here.
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.
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. now has a searchable archive of Rush tour date listings, powered by a new website at - which contains searchable tour date archives for OVER 1000 BANDS ...
Fri, Dec 15, 2017@11:54AM | comments

Rush's new A Farewell to Kings 40th anniversary box set edition officially released earlier this month, and fans can purchase either a 3-CD set, a 4-LP set or the Super Deluxe set. Each set includes the Abbey Road Mastering Studios 2015 remastered edition of the album, a complete Rush concert recorded in February 1978 at London's Hammersmith Odeon newly mixed by Terry Brown, and four newly-recorded cover versions of songs from the original album by Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews and Alain Johannes. Rush has released streaming audio versions of all 4 covers, including Dream Theater's cover of Xanada here, Big Wreck's version of Closer to the Heart here, The Trews Cinderella Man here, and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes' cover of Madrigal here. The band has also made streaming audio versions of the previously unreleased 1978 live versions of Closer to the Heart, Lakeside Park, 2112, and Neil Peart's drum solo included in the box set available on YouTube and other streaming channels. You can listen to Closer to the Heart here, Lakeside Park here, 2112 here, and the drum solo here. The set also contains a Cygnus X1 sound effects outtake titled Cygnus X2 Eh which you can listen to here. Additionally, there's a 1.5-minute promotional, unboxing video highlighting the contents of the set which you can watch here, and this really cool 360-degree rendering of the album cover from FANTOONS. The Super Deluxe edition includes both the 3 CDs and 4 LPs along with an additional Blu-ray Audio disc containing a new 5.1 surround mix of the album by Steven Wilson, along with three original 1977 promo videos from a newly found 2-inch quad video master. John at has transcribed the liner notes (including Rob Bowman's essay) and made them available online here, along with scans of all the artwork here. The album and its milestone anniversary are also the subject of a recent In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show special, which is available for listening online at this location. The program consists of interview segments with Rush from past In the Studio interviews and runs about 18 minutes long. The set is now available to order at Amazon (3-CD set, 4-LP set, Super Deluxe set) and other retailers, and is also available in stores.

Dave Bidini's West End Phoenix monthly community newspaper for Toronto's West End just released its second issue last week. Alex Lifeson contributes a "storytelling comic" titled The Meaning of Lifeson to the publication, which is illustrated by artist Casey McGlynn. The newspaper has made 100 prints of the 2nd issue's comic signed by both Alex Lifeson and artist Casey Glynn which are available to purchase for $100 via the Rush Backstage Club. The 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. From the website:

... The West End Phoenix, a monthly community newspaper for Toronto's West End, launched in October 2017. Dreamed up by musician (Rheostatics), writer and publisher Dave Bidini, it is a home-delivered broadsheet devoted to telling the stories of a diverse, compelling and quickly evolving catchment, from the Junction Triangle to Parkdale, Christie Pits to Baby Point. Inspired by a summer working at the Yellowknifer, a vital smalltown paper in the Northwest Territories, Bidini imagined the Phoenix as a way to reflect his own community and to provide a place for the journalists, artists and storytellers who live there to work there, too. Contributors reflect the broadest range in both experience - from legendary voices to young writers - and perspective. Their views illuminate the catchment and transform the idea of a community newspaper. ...

New York based wine seller Zachys is currently running the online portion of their annual Holiday Auction, which features hundreds of bottles from the private collection of Rush's Geddy Lee. From the Zachys website:

... The first nearly 500 lots come from a cellar that rocks. Anyone who tuned in for our live auction last weekend understands the sheer speed with which people rushed to snatch up the wines from the private cellar of Geddy Lee (Lots 1-466). And yes, we intended that pun. Each bottle in these lots comes from the immaculate cellar of bassist and lead vocalist of the rock group Rush. Provenance is impeccable. Both the cellar and the sourcing. ...

You can check out Geddy's collection and place your bid here. The auction ends in 2 days on December 17th.

Ready Player One is the critically-acclaimed, 2011 sci-fi book from author, self-described seventies/eighties protonerd and Rush fan Ernest Cline. Ready Player One makes several references to '80s pop culture, with particular attention to cult films, classic arcade video games and music. The book contains many direct Rush references including a particularly significant plot point centering around the band's 2112 album. Back in 2015 we learned that legendary director Steven Spielberg had been tapped to direct a film adaptation of the book, with comic book movie writer Zak Penn and Cline collaborating on the script. The movie is currently slated for release this coming Spring with the lead role played by 20-year-old American actor Tye Sheridan, best known for his roles in The Tree of Life (2011), Mud (2012), Joe (2013) and as a young Cyclops in last year's X-Men: Apocalypse. The first trailer for the film was released at the San Diego Comic Con earlier this year and prominently features Rush's Tom Sawyer, which plays in the trailer from the 1:40 to 2:20 marks. This bodes well for the possibility of seeing more Rush featured in the film, including the prominent role played by 2112. The film's second trailer was released earlier this week, and the featured song this time around is Van Halen's Jump. The trailer does contain some new footage from the film, but still no clues as to whether the film will include any of the many Rush references from the book. The film releases on March 30, 2018 and you can watch the first trailer here and the second trailer at this location. Cline also recently confirmed that he's writing a sequel to the book, although he didn't reveal any details.

Premier Guitar's Levi Clay featured the riffs of Alex Lifeson in the latest installment of his Obsessive Progressive series. Clay breaks down some of Lifeson's best-known riffs, complete with an online lesson and commentary. You can check it out on the Premier Guitar website here. recently sat down with multi-platinum mixing and recording engineer Richard Chycki to discuss mixing Rush for 5.1 surround, his tips for mixing large drum sets and multi-amped guitars - and which plugin he'd take with him if he time-traveled back to analog days. You can read the interview online here.

Brent Chittenden of the Journal of Musical Things website published chapter 50 of his year-long, 52-week series 52 Albums that Changed My Life this past week, and the featured album for this installment was Rush's Clockwork Angels. Chittenden also featured Rush's Counterparts in Chapter 36 of his series earlier this year.

The GNAV TV YouTube channel posted an old, rare video of Geddy Lee helping to award the Best International Video Award at the 1996 Much Music Video Awards. Geddy and hostess Denise Donlon say a few words, and then reveal the winner as Alanis Morissette. You can watch the video below or on YouTube at this location.

Rush's Time Stand Still documentary will air on Showtime tonight at 9PM EST. That's all for this week. Have a great weekend!

Sat, Dec 9, 2017@12:34PM | comments
The Meaning of Lifeson comic from Issue 2 of The West End PhoenixWin a signed print of Alex Lifeson and Casey McGlynn's The Meaning of Lifeson comic from the November issue of Dave Bidini's new community newspaper The West End Phoenix ...
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Fri, Dec 8, 2017@12:07PM | comments
A Farewell to Kings 40th anniversary editionFriday Rush updates! A Farewell to Kings 40th anniversary box set and In the Studio radio special, Alex Lifeson guest appearance on Fu Manchu's Clone Of The Universe, and more ...
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Thu, Dec 7, 2017@1:07PM | comments
A Farewell to Kings 40th anniversary editionRush's 1977 classic A Farewell to Kings album celebrated the 40th anniversary of its 1977 release this year and is the subject of the latest In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show special, which is now available for listening online ...
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Mon, Dec 4, 2017@2:30PM | comments
Fu Manchu - Clone of the UniverseSouthern California fuzz rock pioneers Fu Manchu will be releasing their 12th studio album "Clone Of The Universe" this coming February 9th and Rush's Alex Lifeson makes a guest appearance on the album's 18-minute, side-long centerpiece "Il Mostro Atomico" ...
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Sat, Dec 2, 2017@9:48AM | comments
A Farewell to Kings 40th anniversary editionListen to Dream Theater's cover of Xanadu, Big Wreck covering Closer to the Heart, The Trews take on Cinderella Man and Alain Johannes' Madrigal from Rush's new A Farewell to Kings 40th anniversary box set edition ...
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Fri, Dec 1, 2017@11:58AM | comments
A Farewell to Kings 40th anniversary editionFriday Rush updates! A Farewell to Kings 40th anniversary box set released today, microbes named after Rush, Geddy Lee attends QOTSA show, Alex Lifeson sits in with Big Sugar, and more ...
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Thu, Nov 30, 2017@3:42PM | comments
A Farewell to Kings 40th anniversary editionRush's new A Farewell to Kings 40th anniversary box set edition officially releases tomorrow and pre-orders are already shipping out, with many fans having already received their copies ...
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Thu, Nov 30, 2017@10:07AM | comments
Geddy Lee and Josh HommeGeddy Lee attended the November 21st Queens of the Stone Age show at London's O2 Arena last week. He took some time out to visit with frontman Josh Homme and pose for a photo which he posted to his official Instagram page last night ...
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Mon, Nov 27, 2017@1:07PM | comments
PleeiResearchers at the University of British Columbia have named three new species of microbe found in the guts of termites after the three members of Rush due to the microbes' long hair and rhythmic wriggling under the microscope...
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