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

Sun, Dec 4, 2016

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Rush will be releasing a 2112 40th anniversary Super Deluxe edition December 16th which is now available for pre-order (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.
Rush recieves key to the city of Toronto in special presentation at newly-opened Lee Lifeson Art Park. Details, photos, video and more here.
Neil Peart's next book Far and Wide: Bring that Horizon to Me! is now available for purchase. Details here.
Alex Lifeson performs at 2016 Medlock-Krieger Golf Tournament and All-star Jam. Details, interview, video and photos here.
Geddy Lee talks The Tragically Hip in a new CBC Music interview. Details here.
Neil Peart has updated the news page on his website with the 6th installment in his BubbaGram series where he talks about his R40 Live tour travels in the Northwest. Details here.
Alex Lifeson participates in panel discussion on Preserving Popular Music in Canada. Details, photos, video here.
Kevin J. Anderson's 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush now available for purchase for Kindle, Audible, and on paperback. Details 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 ...
Rush Toons book from FANTOONS now available. 170 pages of Rush-inspired comics, parodies, art and illustrations. Details here.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016@12:04PM | comments

Rush will be releasing a 2112 40th anniversary Super Deluxe box set in 2 weeks on December 16th, just in time for the Holidays. The standard edition is a 2CD+DVD set which includes a CD of 2112 remastered (the version from last year's 2112 vinyl reissue), another CD of some rock celebrity covers of the various songs on the album along with some live Massey Hall outtakes, and a DVD of the Live at Capitol Theatre 1976 show along with some other bonus videos. There's also a 3 LP version with the same content as the CDs along with a few bonus goodies. The Super Deluxe edition contains both the 2CD+DVD and 3 LP sets along with some additional bonus content. One of the songs on the bonus CD is a live 1976 Massey Hall outtake of Something for Nothing which Rush made available for streaming online late yesterday. The cover songs included on the set are 2112: Overture from members of the Foo Fighters, A Passage to Bangkok from Billy Talent, The Twilight Zone by Steven Wilson, Something for Nothing by Jacob Moon and Tears by Alice In Chains, the latter of which is available for streaming online via YouTube and other streaming channels. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appeared on The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2 a few weeks ago to discuss the new box set and spin a couple of the included cover songs. You can listen to the entire, extended, 25-minute interview at this location, and listen to the entire 3-hour Strombo episode, including the complete Foo Fighters cover of 2112: Overture and a sample of Billy Talent's take on A Passage to Bangkok, here (at the 46 and 57:30 minute marks respectively). You can get all the details regarding the contents of the 2112 40th anniversary edition via the official press release and also watch a 1-and-a-half minute promotional unboxing video which highlights the contents of the box set here. Joe Bosso raised the question of which side of 2112 is better in his review of the set for Music Aficionado last week. There's also this review from You can pre-order the 2112 40th anniversary edtion on Amazon (2CD+DVD, 3 LP, Super Deluxe).

The new Rush R40 Live tour documentary Rush: Time Stand Still officially released last month on DVD/Blu-ray and is now available to order online (DVD, Blu-ray) or purchase in stores. Several retailers are offering in-store promotions with the purchase of the DVD/Blu-ray including Best Buy, FYE and others as outlined in this promotional video. The DVD/Blu-ray includes 67 minutes of unreleased footage from the band's Presto tour, but it does not include any of the pre-film content shown during the documentary's screening in theaters last month. The film runs for just over an hour-and-a-half and is primarily a documentary about the band's R40 Live tour, with particular focus on it likely being the band's final tour, along with a good deal of attention paid to Rush's rabid and loyal fan base. Trailers and clips from the documentary are available online at the Rush YouTube channel, and you can check out several reviews of the film in this post, including this recent review from Geeks of Doom. John over at has transcribed/scanned the artwork and liner notes and made them available online (liner notes, scans). Last week Rush and Rounder Records launched a #ThankYouRush Ultimate Fan Package Giveaway contest via social media where 5 lucky winners will receive a Rush: Time Stand Still prize package with the Grand Prize package including a Rush R40 commemorative guitar. Contestants had to submit a photo or video (45 seconds max, in landscape) via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ThankYouRush where they pledge their allegiance to Rush. The entry period concluded earlier this week and the 10 finalists have been chosen out of the over 1000 entries received. It's now up to the fans to decide who will win by voting for their favorite entry at this location. The winners will be announced this coming Monday, December 5th.

Last month Rush was announced as the 2017 recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The band will be honored for their achievements and longstanding career in the music industry, social activism and support of humanitarian causes at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at the Sheraton Centre on Thursday, April 20th, 2017. Here's what the band had to say about the award:

"We are so incredibly honoured to receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The depth of Allan and Gary Slaight's generosity, consideration and benevolence has no measure. We will strive to carry forward their spirit of charity and goodwill."

Recipients of the award are also given $40,000 to be donated to their charity of choice, and earlier this week Rush announced that they'll be donating their prize to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. From the announcement:

"We are pleased to direct this generous donation from the Allan Slaight Humanitarian award to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook. Many Canadian families have been affected either directly or indirectly by this terrible disease. Through Gord's courageous efforts this cause is now getting the attention it desperately deserves. As a fellow musician and friend it's our turn to help support his efforts to fight Brain Cancer now." - RUSH ...

Lu Hanessian wrote a piece for the Courier-Post this past week titled How do you protect your drive? (thanks RushFanForever). The article was inspired by something Neil Peart said at a workshop Hanessian attended with her son a few years back - presumably Peart's appearance at KoSA back in 2011.

... At this summer percussion camp five years ago, Peart was asked how he might explain his resilience, his success, his endurance. It was a standard question. His answer stunned me, and has stayed with me ever since. He paused, and said quietly, "You have to protect your drive." In my whole life, I had never thought my drive needed protection. I always thought of myself as motivated, curious, open-minded, ready and willing to engage in creative pursuits, projects and collaborations. I actually had never even questioned my drive. I never thought I had to. Those words resonated and rang in my head for awhile. "Protect your drive ..." Years later, I felt my drive eroding. It got me thinking and wondering about drive - what it is, why it matters and what to do when it begins to seize. ... is asking for their readers' help in determining the greatest prog track of all time. Rush fans already know of some good candidates - 2112, Hemispheres, La Vill Strangiato, Xanadu, Natural Science, etc. Here's how you can let Team Rock know which Rush songs should be considered:

... now is the chance for you to let us know as we compile the ultimate list of the 100 Greatest Prog Tracks of all time.All we need you to do is list you Top 5 prog tracks. Tell us why you've made each choice (as we like to include readers' thoughts on the tracks that make the over-all list when we print it in an upcoming issue of Prog). And e-mail it to us here. We'll be printing the whole 100 in a future issue of Prog. Closing date for entries is Thursday December 8.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will soon be making their selection for the 2017 class of inductees, so decided to put together a list of the most famous current Rock Hall inductees based on a predetermined set of criteria. They used a band/artist score determined by a weighted average of a band's Wikipedia page views over the last 30 days, the 30-day Wikipedia page views of the bands they were/are in, the Wikipedia page views of their releases and the number of followers they have on Spotify. Rush ended up making the cut at #59 with a band score of 87.58 (thanks Duane R).

For some unknown reason, this mashup video of R&B singer Kelis's 2003 chart smash Milkshake and Rush's YYZ - cleverly titled YYMilk - received a lot of attention in the rock music press this past week. Ouch. Watch it if you dare.

Here's the live 1976 Massey Hall outtake of Something for Nothing from the upcoming 2112 40th anniversary box set:

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

Fri, Dec 2, 2016@9:49AM | comments
Rush 2112 40th anniversary Super Deluxe editionRush has made a 1976 live outtake of Something for Nothing from the upcoming 2112 40th anniversary box set available for streaming online ...
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Thu, Dec 1, 2016@10:43AM | comments
Rush Ultimate Fan Package giveawayThe 10 finalists in Rush's #ThankYouRush Ultimate Fan Package Giveaway contest have been chosen and it's now up to the fans to select the 5 winners ...
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Wed, Nov 30, 2016@10:06AM | comments
Rush to receive the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit AwardRush has just announced that they'll be donating their 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award prize of $40,000 to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research ...
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Fri, Nov 25, 2016@12:21PM | comments
Rush 2112 40th anniversary Super Deluxe editionFriday Rush updates! Alice in Chains' cover of Tears from the 2112 40th anniversary set, Rush: Time Stand Still documentary now available on DVD/Blu-ray, Rush reference on Family Guy and more ...
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Wed, Nov 23, 2016@11:37PM | comments
Blind Date Picnic by Alex LifesonAlex Lifeson limited edition, signed A Brush of Hope print now available
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Wed, Nov 23, 2016@2:06PM | comments
Rush Ultimate Fan Package giveawayRounder Records has launched an Ultimate Fan Package Giveaway contest via social media where 5 lucky winners will receive a Rush: Time Stand Still prize package with the Grand Prize package including a Rush R40 commemorative guitar. ...
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Tue, Nov 22, 2016@3:37PM | comments
Alex Lifeson, Joe Canavan, Chuck Thomas, Geddy Lee in Barberian's cellarGeddy Lee and Alex Lifeson attended a Grapes for Humanity charity dinner event in early October which benefited the Amani Home for Street Kids in Moshi, Tanzania and raised $40,000 for the charity ...
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Sun, Nov 20, 2016@11:32PM | comments
Rush on Family GuyRush reference on the latest episode of Family Guy. The cast acts out the story of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer (both the character and the Rush song) make an appearance ...
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Sat, Nov 19, 2016@9:53AM | comments
Rush 2112 40th anniversary Super Deluxe editionListen to Alice in Chains' cover of Rush's Tears from the upcoming 2112 40th anniversary box set
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