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Rush debut album
Rush Rediscovered debut album 40th anniversary LP box set coming April 29th, now available for pre-order. Details here.
Rush The Rise of Kings documentary
New documentary Rush: The Rise Of Kings (1968-1981) coming soon, now available for pre-order. Details, preview video and more here.
Rush 2015 Tour
BREAKING RUSH TOUR NEWS
Rolling Stone reports that Rush is planning some kind of 2015 Rush 41st anniversary tour!!! Details here.
John Wesley and Alex Lifeson
Alex Lifeson guest guitar solo on John Wesley's new album Disconnect. Now available for order. Details here.
Clockwork Angels novel
Clockwork Angels graphic novel issue #1 now available! Details, previews here. Clockwork Angels: The Novel paperback release in May - pre-order now.
NP Snowy Selfie
New Neil Peart news update for March, 2014 at NeilPeart.net titled Not All Days are Sundays. Check it out here.
Caleb Johnson
American Idol finalist Caleb Johnson performs Rush's Working Man. Details, video and more here.
Rush Clockwork Angels DVD/Blu-ray
Rush Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray now available on iTunes (album, movie). Also available on Amazon! Debuts at #1 on video chart, #33 on album chart! Details, trailers, previews, interviews, reviews and more here.
Rush Walmart ad
Rush's Working Man featured in new Walmart commercial. Details, reactions from around the web here.
Rush FAQ
New Rush FAQ book by Max Mobley coming in April, now available for pre-order. Details here.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 4/18@3:23PM: As can be seen in this eBay listing, the other mystery artist on the Record Store Day Side By Side single of 7 & 7 Is I mentioned below is Love who originally recorded the track back in 1966 (thanks RushFanForever).

Rush ReDISCovered LP box setRush will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of their 1974 debut album with a special Rush ReDISCovered LP box set containing a re-mastered version of the album on 200g vinyl. The set was originally due to release earlier this week on April 15th but the release has now been officially delayed 2 weeks until Tuesday, April 29th. You can get all the details regarding what's contained in the set by watching this promotional video and checking out the Rush.com press release. To pre-order your copy of Rush ReDISCovered just go to this location.

Rhythm April 2014As a follow-up to their December, 2013 special edition focusing on the drum solo, the March and April, 2014 issues of Rhythm magazine feature a 2-part article written by Neil Peart titled Neil Peart on Drum Solos. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed both parts of the article and made them available online (part 1, part 2). In part 1 of the article Neil breaks down the 2 mini-solos he played on the Clockwork Angels Tour during Where's My Thing? and Headlong Flight, and in part 2 he breaks down his drum solo arrangement that he delivered on the night the Clockwork Angels Tour video was filmed, and also shares his thoughts regarding the future of drum solos:

... these days [the drum solo] is absent from the 'mainstream' of popular music, but I would venture that has been so since the dawn of recorded music. Jazz has always embraced self-expression, freedom, and virtuosity, and that has not changed. Some rock musicians have also aspired to those values, but in the final analysis, it is up to the audience.

The popularity of more adventurous music ebbs and flows, but does seem to endure. Perhaps in these times even the word 'progressive' has evolved from admired, to despised, to mildly respected.

Certainly it has always been true that drum solos are more exciting in concert than on record. Again, drummers have a visual thing going on - what is nowadays called 'optics'. If it is left up to the audience, I believe drum solos will endure. ...

Guitarist John Wesley's latest album Disconnect released earlier this month and Rush's Alex Lifeson makes a guest appearance, playing a guitar solo on the track Once a Warrior. 30-second previews of all the tracks on the album are available for listening online here and the entire album can be streamed on Spotify at this location. The official music video for the title track can be seen at this location and you can order your copy of Disconnect here. Wesley is best known to Rush fans as the touring guitarist for Porcupine Tree. Wesley will be embarking on an East Coast tour in support of the album beginning on April 29th in Teaneck, NJ at Mexicali Live. The tour will run for nine dates along the east coast of the US including a May 1st concert at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City in support of Blackfield (Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson's final show with the band), and a May 9th show in support of The Winery Dogs at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA.

And keeping on the subject of Porcupine Tree members' side procjects, Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison has released a new book that he co-authored with Terry Branum titled Rhythmic Composition: Featuring the Music of Porcupine Tree. The book contains twenty highly detailed transcriptions by Terry Branam and in-depth commentary from Gavin, along with over 40 great photos and a foreword by Neil Peart. The book is now shipping and can be ordered at this location.

According to the Encore Records website and Twitter feed, the Side By Side Series mystery release for Record Store Day 2014 will be a 7-inch vinyl version of 7 and 7 Is - the 1966 song by Love that Rush covered for their 2004 Feedback EP. The Side By Side Series includes the same song performed by 2 mystery artists, one of which is apparently Rush as shown in this photo. It's assumed that this would be the same version that appears on Feedback. It's not clear who the other mystery artist is, although the track has been covered by several others over the years including The Ramones, Alice Cooper, and The Electric Prunes. Record Store Day 2014 takes place tomorrow, April 19th.

Paul NorthfieldLast week the Le Studio Channel debuted part one of their Le Studio documentary Le Studio: Temple of Sound. As an extra treat, this past Tuesday they also posted a 45-minute interview with former Rush engineer and early Le Studio in-house engineer Paul Northfield. The interview was conducted by Brandon Wright of the radio show Signals of Intuition on 99.1 CJAM-FM back on August 28th of last year. Paul shares a number of great behind-the-scenes stories, including how he was hired at Le Studio, how Le Studio operated (with Nick Blagona), how he started working with Rush, some of the recording techniques & equipment he used, the Moving Pictures AMPEX tape horror story, his friendship with Neil Peart, and Paul's role in Neil coming back to drums (the Le Studio secret sessions) and the challenge of recording Vapor Trails. You can listen to the entire interview on YouTube at this location.

Entertainment.ie posted their list of Five of the Best drummers earlier this week and Neil Peart made the cut:

Neil Peart is a force of nature. Creatively speaking, few drummers in music history can top Peart for sheer creativity and drumming ingenuity - not to mention the size of his gargantuan kit. Peart is a drummer's drummer which, by that we mean, few drummers are held in as high a regard by their peers as Peart. Oh, and he also writes a lot of Rush's lyrics which should give you some idea about how obscenely talented this man is.

CBC Music posted their list of the best Canadian album covers earlier this week and three Rush albums made the cut; Test for Echo, Roll the Bones and Signals. You can check out the full photo galley on the CBC Music website here (thanks RushFanForever).

The Wire posted an article earlier this week on The Definitive Taxonomy of Pre-2000 Rock and Rush is used as an example of Dork Rock (thanks Jon P):

Defining characteristics: This is the Dave Barry of rock. The acid-washed jeans. This genre is like how Weird Al tries to subvert music by being funny, but instead of using humor, these bands subvert music through being real rockers. In their estimation.
The best example: Steely Dan.
Qualifying bands: Pink Floyd, Rush, Captain Beefheart, The Grateful Dead, Yes

Greg Prato recently sat down with guitarist Michael Schenker (UFO, The Scorpions) for an interview that was posted at Songfacts.com earlier this week (thanks PLesinski). When discussing the period in the late '70s/early '80s when he was being recruited by other bands such as Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne, Schenker mentions that he almost recruited Geddy Lee and Neil Peart to help him out on a solo project:

... I got my next lineup with Denny Carmassi on drums and Billy Sheehan on bass. That lasted for a month. I almost got Geddy Lee and Neil Peart to help me out on that - we talked about it and they almost did it. We knew each other from the UFO days. We toured a lot together. And then I ended up with Mo Foster and Simon Phillips, who was with Jeff Beck. ...

A couple of clever, Rush-themed t-shirts were made available at teespring.com this week. One is a Rush Tush t-shirt spoofing one of the band's early Hemispheres tour designs, and depicting a starbabe in place of the starman. It's available for purchase here (thanks Bob). The other is titled Rush 100% Volume and is based off the iconic Jack Daniels label. It can be purchased at this location (thanks Fleet).

Reader RushFanForever alerted me to the fact that rushisaband.com gets a mention in the book Sports Fans 2.0: How Fans Are Using Social Media to Get Closer to the Game, which was released last April. On page 73 the author relays a story about how one Rush fan used social media (Rush fan sites such as rushisaband.com in particular) to influence a small aspect of the set design on a broadcast of Mike and Mike in the Morning, referred to in this post from back in 2009. You can read the excerpt from the book on Google Books at this location.

Reader Bill R noticed a Rush starman logo in a very odd location recently; on the window of a chiropractor's office as seen here.

Locke & Key is a graphic novel series written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. The final issue in the series was released a few months ago, and Rodriguez was interviewed by Hero Complex to discuss the series (thanks The Elder Mystic). At one point he's asked about how music influences his work:

... Rush, my favorite rock band ever, and their last album "Clockwork Angels." "I can't stop thinking big," the chorus of "Caravan," was a mantra while working in the last two books. So sorry, Joe, I know you hate their music, but "L&K" couldn't have been what it is without them pounding in my ears.

In issue #2 of Locke and Key, Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom, one of the protagonists visits a mental health facility and in one panel you can see the room occupation chart for the hospital floor. Included among the occupants are G. Lee, A. Lifeson and N. Peart as seen here.

Today marks the 1-year anniversary of Rush's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here's Rush's acceptance speech from the ceremony, including Alex Lifeson's legendary blah speech. If you look closely you can see me in one of the audience shots at about the 56-second mark. :)

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend everybody and - for those who celebrate it - Happy Easter!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rush 7 and 7 Is 7-inch Side by Side vinyl release for Record Store Day
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UPDATE - 4/18@2:39PM: As can be seen in this eBay listing, the other mystery artist is Love who originally recorded the track back in 1966 (thanks RushFanForever).

According to the Encore Records website and Twitter feed, the Side By Side Series mystery release for Record Store Day 2014 will be a 7-inch vinyl version of 7 and 7 Is - the 1966 song by Love that Rush covered for their 2004 Feedback EP. The Side By Side Series includes the same song performed by 2 mystery artists, one of which is apparently Rush as shown in this photo. It's assumed that this would be the same version that appears on Feedback. It's not clear who the other mystery artist is, although the track has been covered by several others over the years including The Ramones, Alice Cooper, and The Electric Prunes. Record Store Day 2014 is this coming Saturday, April 19th. Thanks to Gerry for the heads up.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Paul Northfield talks Le Studio and Rush in new interview
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Paul NorthfieldEarlier this week the Le Studio Channel debuted part one of their Le Studio documentary Le Studio: Temple of Sound. As an extra treat, today they also posted a 45-minute interview with former Rush engineer and early Le Studio in-house engineer Paul Northfield. The interview was conducted by Brandon Wright of the radio show Signals of Intuition on 99.1 CJAM-FM back on August 28th of last year. Paul shares a number of great behind-the-scenes stories, including how he was hired at Le Studio, how Le Studio operated (with Nick Blagona), how he started working with Rush, some of the recording techniques & equipment he used, the Moving Pictures AMPEX tape horror story, his friendship with Neil Peart, and Paul's role in Neil coming back to drums (the Le Studio secret sessions) and the challenge of recording Vapor Trails. You can listen to the entire interview below or on YouTube at this location:

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Rhythmic Composition book from Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison including a foreword by Neil Peart now available
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Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison has released a new book that he co-authored with Terry Branum titled Rhythmic Composition: Featuring the Music of Porcupine Tree. The book contains twenty highly detailed transcriptions by Terry Branam and in-depth commentary from Gavin, along with over 40 great photos and a foreword by Neil Peart. The book is now shipping and can be ordered at this location. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Neil Peart on Drum Solos in March, April, 2014 issues of Rhythm magazine
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UPDATE - 4/15@9:23AM: John has also transcribed part 1 of the article and made it available online here.

UPDATE - 4/15@8:23AM: It turns out that there was also a part 1 to this article that was published in the March, 2014 issue. In that portion of the article Neil breaks down the 2 mini-solos he played on the Clockwork Angels Tour during Where's My Thing? and Headlong Flight.

Rhythm April 2014As a follow-up to their December, 2013 special edition focusing on the drum solo, the April, 2014 issue of Rhythm magazine features an article written by Neil Peart titled Neil Peart on Drum Solos. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the entire article and made it available online here. Neil breaks down his drum solo arrangement that he delivered on the night the Clockwork Angels Tour video was filmed, and also shares his thoughts regarding the future of drum solos:

... these days [the drum solo] is absent from the 'mainstream' of popular music, but I would venture that has been so since the dawn of recorded music. Jazz has always embraced self-expression, freedom, and virtuosity, and that has not changed. Some rock musicians have also aspired to those values, but in the final analysis, it is up to the audience.

The popularity of more adventurous music ebbs and flows, but does seem to endure. Perhaps in these times even the word 'progressive' has evolved from admired, to despised, to mildly respected.

Certainly it has always been true that drum solos are more exciting in concert than on record. Again, drummers have a visual thing going on - what is nowadays called 'optics'. If it is left up to the audience, I believe drum solos will endure. ...

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Happy 30th anniversary Grace Under Pressure!
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Today marks the 30th anniversary of the April 12, 1984 release of Rush's 10th studio album Grace Under Pressure. The album marked a turning point in Rush's career in that it was the first album where the band used a producer other than Terry Brown, namely Peter Henderson. It was recorded in late 1983 and early 1984 at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec. Grace Under Pressure peaked at #10 on the Billboard charts and was certified Platinum on June 26, 1984. The album's first single was Distant Early Warning which hit #1 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. Here are some clips from the first-ever airing of the Distant Early Warning video on MTV back in 1984, including some trivia about the shoot from VJ Mark Goodman.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush ReDISCovered LP box setRush will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of their 1974 debut album with a special Rush ReDISCovered LP box set containing a re-mastered version of the album on 200g vinyl. The set was originally due to release on April 15th but according to Amazon and the Rush Backstage Club the release has been delayed 2 weeks until Tuesday, April 29th. You can get all the details regarding what's contained in the set by watching this promotional video and checking out the Rush.com press release. To pre-order your copy of Rush ReDISCovered just go to this location. And speaking of the band's debut album, Jörg Reiche of the Rock Bottom radio show in Hamburg, Germany recently interviewed Rush discoverer Donna Halper to discuss Rush's early history and her role in it. Donna was the music director at Cleveland's groundbreaking WMMS radio station in the mid-1970s, and helped Rush get their big break into the US market when she had the band's debut album played on the station. In this 1-hour interview, Donna talks at length about this early period of the band's history and her role in it, along with describing her ongoing relationship with the band through the years. You can listen to the entire interview at this location.

Earlier this week we learned that the first US edition of Swedish magazine Red Hot Rock hit newsstands this past Tuesday, April 8th and that it contained a cover feature on Rush, including a new interview with Alex Lifeson. John over at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed the feature earlier today and made it available online here. Alex touches on a number of subjects including the band's future plans, reiterating what he told Rolling Stone a few weeks ago regarding a planned 2015 tour:

... We haven't discussed [the tour] too much, but that's just us. All around us, everybody's making plans for us. And it looks like we'll probably be going out next spring. Spring, 2015. So, we haven't discussed anything about the show or about the material or any of that stuff. But we're sort of aiming towards that as the start date for the next tour. But that'll be, I guess, our 41st anniversary tour or 40th plus, whatever. And we'll see how it goes. We need to stay healthy until then, though. ...

Alex also talks about Vapor Trails Remixed, the Rush ReDISCovered LP box set, the Private Stock Alex Lifeson Thinline acoustic guitar, and more. The issue is available in 2 covers (seen here), one of which features the Rush explosion logo with the tagline Time traveling with Alex Lifeson: Two Interviews!. The magazine is available for purchase at all Barnes & Noble locations.

Back in February we learned that Sexy Intellectual Studios - who is known for making unofficial music documentaries - would be releasing a new Rush documentary titled Rush: The Rise Of Kings (1968-1981). The documentary has a running time of just over 2 hours and will be released on May 6th in North America; it is already available for purchase in the UK at this link. A 3-minute video preview was released last month and can be seen on YouTube at this location. You can pre-order you copy of the documentary here.

The first of six issues of the graphic novel version of Clockwork Angels released last month. Just prior to the release, author Kevin J. Anderson wrote an article for Rush.com titled Meet the Watchmaker but it somehow fell through the cracks and was never published. So earlier this week Anderson instead decided to go ahead and publish the article to his personal blog here. The article talks about how Anderson and Neil Peart came up with the concept behind Clockwork Angels, and explains the story of how the graphic novel developed. The article includes some nice quotes from Peart too including this one:

"It occurs to me now that not only have I grown up with comic books, but comic books have grown up with me. The rise of the graphic novel has been a wonderful evolution, and I am very pleased that Clockwork Angels will be appearing in that genre. Kevin's words and Nick's art are making my visions live and breathe - a phenomenon I call "artificial reality" - and it is exciting to be a part of it."

As I'd mentioned above, the first issue of the graphic novel was released a couple of weeks ago and there are a number of different covers and subscription options available as described in this post. You can order your copy of issue #1 of the graphic novel at this location.

Grapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community, and Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors. In recent years he and Alex Lifeson have conducted a number of charity auctions to raise money for the organization as part of an initiative that they cleverly call Grapes Under Pressure. This year they are auctioning off a Grapes Under Pressure Wine Event where the winner and a guest will get to hang out with Geddy and Alex for a day. From the Charity Buzz website:

Spend an entire day with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of the Canadian rock band RUSH and have a wonderful wine experience! You and a guest will travel with Lee and Lifeson on a private train to the Niagara winery region outside of Toronto. Your day will include breakfast, picking and learning about grapes, a wine tasting, lunch on the vineyard and a 2-night stay at a Royal York Hotel in Toronto. This package is perfect for wine lovers and fans of RUSH!

You can learn all the details and place your bid at this location. Bidding will run through April 23rd and is already well above $20,000!

The Guardian newspaper has been running a series of articles where they match up famous locations from art, literature and music with the corresponding location as depicted in Google Street View. The latest installment in this series uses Google Street View to show us the world's cities through the lens of famous album covers, one of which is Rush's Moving Pictures:

Moving Pictures by Rush. The Canadian prog legends illustrate their album with some literal moving of paintings in front of the Ontario Legislature in Toronto in 1981

You can check out the photo online here, and view the other 11 famous album covers featured at this location.

A live radio broadcast recording of a February, 1980 Rush concert titled Spirit of the Airwaves was released on CD in Europe last month, with a vinyl version also slated for release. It was recorded over a series of shows in mid-February of 1980 at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis during the Permanent Waves tour. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has scanned/transcribed the album art and liner notes and made them available online (album art, liner notes). The vinyl version was originally slated for release on April 1st but looks to have been delayed a bit. The status of the CD is also unclear, as it looks like most retailers no longer have it in stock or are listing it as on backorder. Amazon in the US and Canada had been listing the CD, and even shipped several copies, but now list it as unavailable. The release has actually already been available for digital download in Europe since December 9th and can currently be purchased on iTunes and other digital music providers there (but not in the US/Canada). This unofficial release is similar to the Rush ABC 1974 live CD from a few years back, and is essentially a packaged release of a bootleg that's been around for many years; namely the St. Louis '80 bootleg that was sourced from a direct A/D transfer of the original 2LP (4-sided) record set provided to radio stations for broadcast.

Canadian music magazine Music Express announced the winners in their 2014 Music Express Awards earlier this week and Rush took home the top honors in three categories; Top Group, Top Compilation Album (Clockwork Angels Tour) and Top Live Performance. The awards were determined by more than 10,000 Music Express readers who cast their vote for their favorite artists in the Canadian music industry via an online poll. You can check out the complete results online at this location. On a related note, Rush will be featured in a new book titled Music Express: The Rise, Fall & Resurrection of Canada's Music Magazine, which is due out May 3rd and can be pre-ordered here. And speaking of Clockwork Angels Tour, Elmore magazine posted a review of the film this past week which you can check out here.

Guitarist John Wesley's latest album Disconnect released earlier this month and Rush's Alex Lifeson makes a guest appearance, playing a guitar solo on the track Once a Warrior. 30-second previews of all the tracks on the album are available for listening online here and the entire album can be streamed on Spotify at this location. The official music video for the title track can be seen at this location and you can order your copy of Disconnect here. Wesley and his new album were featured in a Tampa Tribune article earlier this week which you can check out here.

VH1 posted their list of the Greatest Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Instrumentals this past week and topping the list at #1 was Rush's epic La Villa Stangiato from the band's Hemispheres album (thanks RushFanForever):

1. Rush "La Villa Strangiato (An Exercise in Self-Indulgence)"
The final track on the progressive rock band's 1978 album Hemispheres clocks in at 9:34 and was the band's first fully-instrumental release. Drummer Neil Peart has said that they spent more time recording this track than the entire Fly by Night album, but it was worth it - the complex track is considered by fans and critics to be a technical and creative masterpiece.

MSN Autos recently posted a photo gallery of the Most Beautiful Ferraris ever and one of the featured cars is the 1948 166MM Barchetta - the car immortalized in Rush's Red Barchetta (thanks 81rushfan):

The 166MM was a revelation when it premiered at the 1948 Turin Auto Show. The influential Italian auto journalist Giovanni Canestrini hailed it as "absolutely new" and compared its shape to that of a little boat, a "barchetta." The name stuck, and the 166MM's design has proved as timeless as it is elegant and deceptively complex. For fans of the rock band Rush and collectors alike, the Barchetta must be red.

This past week the Trailer Park Boys stopped by Q107's Kim Mitchell Show to talk about their new movie, and Bubbles picked up the guitar and ended up jamming Rush's Closer to the Heart with Kim as can be heard here (thanks Doug T). Trailer Park Boys 3: Don't Legalize It releases on April 18th in Canada. Alex Lifeson had cameo appearances in the first 2 Trailer Park Boys movies, and also famously made an appearance on the TV show in the episode Closer to the Heart.

Back in 1990, Alex Lifeson played guitar on Canadian musician Lawrence Gowan's Lost Brotherhood album. Gowan was originally a member of the '70s-era, Toronto-based, progressive rock band Rhinegold and is currently the lead singer and keyboardist for Styx. In the lead up to the band's upcoming summer tour with Foreigner and Don Felder, Gowan was interviewed by Star Pulse magazine and at one point tells a story involving Alex Lifeson about how his infamous spinning keyboard came about:

... "The inspiration for the 'spinning' keyboard was - I did a video in 1990 with myself and Alex Lifeson (Rush) we had a storyboard where Alex would step out of this 'burning' barn and he's ripping into this solo act and I'm so boring behind this piano so it was during that video that I said, "How about if the piano could spin around?" That was 24 years ago now and I've had it on stage with me ever since. So when I joined Styx which was 15 years ago I wasn't using it at the time so the guys asked, "Where's that spinning piano?" And I said, "Well, if you want to use it I do have it here!" And it's been in every show since!" ...

The Music Times decided to post a list of 6 Bands That Would Be Better With Different Lyricists earlier this week and coming in at #6 was Rush:

Prog bands rarely ever write lyrics that aren't embarrassing, but Rush's Neil Peart takes it to another level of philosophical pretension. Writing lyrics inspired by Ayn Rand is already iffy enough, but a 20-minute song about discovering an ancient electric guitar is strictly Spinal Tap territory. The Replacement: Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, who would bring some humanity and nuance to Peart's questionable philosphies.

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's new band The Both will be releasing their self-titled debut album on April 15th and earlier this week shared a video for the track Milwaukee. The video begins with a sketch conversation in which Aimee and Ted decide to let Leo's uncle (played by Leo himself wearing a wig in the video) play drums in the band. Leo's uncle wears a Rush jean jacket in the video which you can see at about the 1-minute mark. Uncle Ed Leo's "notebook" also makes a brief appearance in the video at about the 4:30-mark; the notebook contains a list of his favorite drummers and Neil Peart is 4th on the list. Aimee Mann is known to Rush fans for her backing vocals on Rush's Time Stand Still along with her cameo appearance in the video for the song. Thanks to Gabe for the heads up.

In celebration of Stephen Colbert being named the replacement for David Letterman on CBS's Late Night, Billboard posted their list of the the Top 10 Music Moments from The Colbert Report. Coming in at #10 was Rush's appearance on the show back in 2008:

10) The members of Rush autograph Colbert's hand. "I better not see that on eBay," drummer Neil Peart jokes

Le StudioA few years ago I first let you know about a group of Rush fans that had organized a YouTube channel dedicated to the legendary Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec where Rush recorded several albums including Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures. The idea of the channel was to collect videos and news stories about Le Studio and help keep fans updated on any revitalization efforts, with the eventual goal of creating some kind of documentary. So after a few years of development, I'm happy to announce that the first episode of this multi-part Le Studio documentary has now been posted to YouTube. It's titled Le Studio: Temple of Sound and can be viewed below or on YouTube at this location. I've watched the first episode and was very impressed with the quality and depth of the content and the attention to detail, especially considering the budget. It's definitely a must see for any Rush fan. To keep up to date on future episodes, be sure to follow the Le Studio Channel on YouTube.

That's all folks! Have a great weekend!!

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New Alex Lifeson interview in first US edition of Red Hot Rock magazine
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Earlier this week we learned that the first US edition of Swedish magazine Red Hot Rock was published this past week and that it contained a cover feature on Rush, including a new interview with Alex Lifeson. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the feature and made it available online here. Alex touches on a number of subjects including the band's future, reiterating what he told Rolling Stone a few weeks ago regarding a planned 2015 tour:

... We're on holiday and we sort of decided when the tour ended that we weren't really gonna think about what we were going to do for at least a year. We really needed to take a break. We were working pretty steadily for a lot of years, but particularly the last four or five years. And we really needed an opportunity to clear our heads and catch our breaths. We haven't discussed it too much, but that's just us. All around us, everybody's making plans for us. And it looks like we'll probably be going out next spring. Spring, 2015. So, we haven't discussed anything about the show or about the material or any of that stuff. But we're sort of aiming towards that as the start date for the next tour. But that'll be, I guess, our 41st anniversary tour or 40th plus, whatever. And we'll see how it goes. We need to stay healthy until then, though. ...

Alex also talks about Vapor Trails Remixed, the Rush ReDISCovered LP box set, the Private Stock Alex Lifeson Thinline acoustic guitar, and more. The issue is available in 2 covers (seen here), one of which features the Rush explosion logo with the tagline Time traveling with Alex Lifeson: Two Interviews!. The magazine is available at all Barnes & Noble locations.

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Part one of new Le Studio documentary now available
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Le StudioA few years ago I first let you know about a group of Rush fans that had organized a YouTube channel dedicated to the legendary Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec where Rush recorded several albums including Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures. The idea of the channel was to collect videos and news stories about Le Studio and help keep fans updated on any revitalization efforts, with the eventual goal of creating some kind of documentary. So after a few years of development, I'm happy to announce that the first episode of this multi-part Le Studio documentary has now been posted to YouTube. It's titled Le Studio: Temple of Sound and can be viewed below or on YouTube at this location. I've watched the first episode and was very impressed with the quality and depth of the content and the attention to detail, especially considering the budget. Here's a message from Kevin at the Le Studio Channel regarding how the documentary came about and what to expect from future episodes:

... The delay of 2.5 years getting it done was mostly due to limited software and a relatively poor computer for the task. Plus no proper equipment to do the kind of onscreen hosting I always wanted to do. I had the thing nearly complete about 1.5 years ago, but was so disappointed in the quality and "look" of the results that I deleted that whole cut. At that point it was going to have a mere voiceover.

Well over the last year I finally shelled out over $5000 to get a new camera, boom mic, lighting equipment, an entirely new high-horsepower computer with dual 26" monitors for nonlinear editing, and lots of expensive software. I'm not a professional video editor by any means, but it's amazing what a slightly tech-savvy layman can do with the power of good tools.

Future episodes will get even more interesting, as they will involve recent room-by-room walkthroughs of LeStudio in great detail. It will sadden many, but I always knew this story didn't have a happy ending. LeStudio is a tragedy. Sound City was given its documentary tribute by Dave Grohl. Somebody had to give LeStudio some kind of a nod. In many ways, it was a far far better studio than Sound City (on technical levels) regardless of the massive clientele Sound City had, and it's L.A. location. ...

Kudos to Kevin and his team for putting this wonderful documentary together. This is a must see for any Rush fan. To keep up to date on future episodes, be sure to follow the Le Studio Channel on YouTube.

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Rush: The Rise Of Kings (1968-1981) documentary preview
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Back in February we learned that Sexy Intellectual Studios - who is known for making unofficial music documentaries - would be releasing a new Rush documentary titled Rush: The Rise Of Kings (1968-1981). The documentary has a running time of just over 2 hours and will be released on May 6th in North America; it is already available for purchase in the UK at this link. A 3-minute video preview was released last month and can be seen below or at this location (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). Here's a short description of the film from the Amazon editorial review:

...This film traces the history of Rush from the bar rooms of Toronto in the late 1960s to the world's largest arenas in the late 70s and early 1980s, by which time they were amongst the biggest bands on the planet. Through a stunning combination of rare and classic footage, the testimony of friends, colleagues and those who worked with the group across the years, plus exclusive and archive interviews and a host of other features, this programme makes the very unique history of Rush come alive in a manner previously undocumented.

You can pre-order you copy of the documentary at this location.

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