Rush is a Band

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

Wed, Apr 26, 2017

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Virigina Grohl's new book From Cradle to Stage features a chapter on Geddy Lee and his mother, now available for purchase. UK Readers: enter to win a FREE copy. 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.
Martin Popoff's new book Rush: Album by Album now available. Enter to win a FREE copy! Details 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 Cygnus X-1 12-inch 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl EP for Record Store Day. Details 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 ...
Wed, Apr 26, 2017@11:32AM | comments

The annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner took place last week at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were in attendance and accepted the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award, which was awarded to Rush for their achievements and longstanding career in the music industry, social activism and support of humanitarian causes. According to this report from Billboard, Allan Slaight's son Gary took the stage to introduce the Award and said the following words:

... They have been part of my rock 'n' roll family ever since my dad, Allan Slaight, launched Q107 in the late '70s. Playing lots of Rush was a key reason for our early success. In 1982, Rush staged their first benefit concert. It was at Maple Leaf Gardens for the United Way. Dad was chair of the campaign at the time. Since then, they have gone on to help a vast array of charities both collectively and individually. They have raised funds for Alberta Flood Relief, Winnipeg's Museum of Human Rights, Toronto's Second Harvest, AIDS research, UNICEF to name but a few. For their last series of tours, the band donated one dollar for every concert ticket sold to various charities. That initiative alone has raised over two million dollars. ...

Toronto Mayor John Tory then came on stage sporting a Rush Moving Pictures t-shirt to say a few words before a tribute video highlighting the band's success and charity initiatives was shown. The pair then took the stage to accept the Award with Lifeson doing the bulk of the talking:

"Seldom in our times have we felt a greater need for the humanitarian spirit than now, with the rising voices of fear and distrust becoming more commonplace. Ager and hatred competing with love and compassion. It is more crucial than ever to champion the basic principles of human welfare," he said. "We are all capable of promoting these ideals and see it in the courageous spirit of Malala Yousafzai or the unwavering spirit of so many other human rights champions. We are all capable of doing something, grand or humble to further our moral obligation to make the world a better place for all. It should be every person's hope and intent to follow in the steps of those who lead us in a direction towards compassion, empathy and care for many in need of a helping hand and a gentle pull up. Thank you very much."

"Just what he said," Lee said. "I agree with all that. And on behalf of Neil [Peart] as well."

Recipients of the award are also given $40,000 to be donated to their charity of choice, and Rush will be donating their prize to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. Samaritan Magazine sat down with Geddy and Alex after the ceremony for an exclusive interview to discuss the Award and all of their charitable endeavors. Here's what Geddy said when asked about their choice of the Gord Downie Fund for their $40000 donation:

I lost a friend to brain cancer and it's close to my heart and we've all been touched in our families by somebody that has that illness. And we're all still heartbroken over Gord. So it was an opportunity, and it's sort of in the air what Gord is doing, so it just seemed like the right timing to try to help.

You can read the entire interview online here. The Canadian Music Scene has also posted a great batch of photos from the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards ceremony, including several of Alex and Geddy which you can check out here.

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Tue, Apr 25, 2017@9:02AM | comments
From Cradle to StageThe new book from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl's mother Virginia Hanlon Grohl releases in the UK today. It's titled "From Cradle to Stage" and contains a chapter on Geddy Lee's mother Mary Weinrib. Rushisaband.com has a FREE copy to give away to one luck UK reader. ...
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Fri, Apr 21, 2017@12:56PM | comments
Geddy and Alex accept the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award - photo by Jane StevensonFriday Rush updates! Rush receives the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award, Neil Peart sighting in LA, Martin Popoff's Rush: Album by Album and Virginia Grohl's From Cradle to Stage released, new print/vinyl bundles from FANTOONS, and more ...
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Thu, Apr 20, 2017@9:10PM | comments
Geddy and Alex accept the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award - photo by Jane StevensonGeddy Lee and Alex Lifeson accepted Rush's 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at the 2017 Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner Thursday night in Toronto ...
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Wed, Apr 19, 2017@3:56PM | comments
FANTOONS Vapor Trails print and vinyl bundleFANTOONS latest offering are unique prints of Rush album art, bundled along with a 200g vinyl copy of the album itself. As of now, bundles for Vapor Trails and Hemispheres are available for purchase ...
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Tue, Apr 18, 2017@9:54AM | comments
From Cradle to StageThe new book from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl's mother Virginia Hanlon Grohl releases today in the US. It's titled From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars and contains a chapter on Geddy Lee's mother Mary Weinrib, where Mary talks about what influenced Geddy to choose a musical career, and the prevalence of music in their family home ...
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Mon, Apr 17, 2017@12:08PM | comments
Rush: Album by Album by Martin PopoffMartin Popoff's latest book is a beautifully illustrated and detailed discography of all 20 of Rush's studio albums titled Rush: Album by Album. The book is now available to purchase and Rushisaband.com has one FREE copy to give away. Here are all the details on how you can enter for your chance to win ...
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Fri, Apr 14, 2017@12:03PM | comments
YES and Geddy playing RoundaboutFriday Rush updates! Geddy and Alex induct YES into the Rock Hall, Alex on his solo projects and the future of Rush in new Sirius XM interview, Rush to receive the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award next week, and more ...
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Thu, Apr 13, 2017@7:23PM | comments
Alex on Sirius XM prior to YES Rock Hall induction - photo by Sirius XMBlabbermouth.net has posted a detailed recap of Alex Lifeson's recent Sirius XM interview where he talks about some of his current solo projects, Rush's future, Geddy Lee's upcoming book project, and more ...
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Tue, Apr 11, 2017@10:52AM | comments
Rush to receive the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit AwardRush will be awarded the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award 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 next Thursday, April 20th. Billboard posted an article earlier today highlighting the Award and Rush's many charitable endeavors over the years titled Why Rush Might Be the Most Generous Band In the World that includes some comments from Geddy Lee ...
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