Archive: Blog Entries from May, 2006
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
MTV Pup-Up video for Limelight
[Limelight MTV Pop-Up Video]
Back in the late 90s MTV ran a show called Pop-Up Video where music videos were shown with "popped up" bubbles containing trivia nuggets. Well, surprisingly enough, one video they featured was Rush's Limelight. I just uploaded it to YouTube and you can watch it here. The quality is not so good (it was converted from an old realvideo file) and the nuggets are barely readable, but it's still fun to watch.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Enter the Rush Replay X 3 Sweepstakes
[The Official Rush and Rush Replay x3 Contest and Interactive Pages]
I'm not quite sure exactly how long this site has been up, but it's listed as The Official Rush and Rush Replay x3 Contest and Interactive Pages according to Google. The url is www.rush.net and it certainly does look official. Anyways, they're running a sweepstakes where the grand prize is a Panasonic portable DVD player. Secondary prizes include personalized Rush memorabilia and Rush Replay X 3 concert t-shirts. The site also has fan polls, wallpaper and puzzles, a miniature Rush radio and a lot of really big ads.
[Rush Replay X 3 technical details]
[Lock and Key NOT on Rush Replay X 3]
[DVD Reissues details: Rush Replay X 3]
New live video of Vital Signs from the Grace Under Pressure Video
[Vital Signs live from the Grace Under Pressure Video]
I've added Vital Signs from the Grace Under Pressure Tour video to the Rush Live Videos page. You can watch it here. This was filmed at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada on September 21, 1984. The Grace Under Pressure Tour video will be included as part of the upcoming Rush Replay X 3 box set. Thanks to Flatliner450 over at YouTube for making this available. Some other vids from this video can be viewed at the following links:
[Closer to the Heart]
[Distant Early Warning]
[The Enemy Within]
Monday, May 29, 2006
New Live Video: Natural Science from Rush in Rio
[Natural Science from Rush in Rio]
I've added Natural Science from Rush in Rio to the Rush Live Videos page. You can watch it here.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Interview with Neil Peart's drum tech Lorne Wheaton
[Setting up Neil Peart's drumkit]
lmpec over at YouTube recently uploaded an interview with Neil Peart's drum tech Lorne Wheaton. It's taken from Neil Peart's instructional DVD, Anatomy of a Drum Solo. In it Lorne sets up and discusses the drum kit. It's in 2 parts and you can watch it here.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Rush included on new UK prog-rock compilation
[Prog Rock: 27 Classic Prog Rock Anthems on 2CDS
Featuring Yes, ELP, Genesis, Rush, Jethro Tull, & more...]
The Rush hit, The Spirit of Radio is included on a new UK progressive rock compilation due out June 12th. Some other notable bands included on this 2-cd set are Genesis, Jethro Tull, Marillion, Yes, ELP and Blue Oyster Cult. Here's what the press release says about Rush:
Rush started out as a bunch of Led Zeppelin imitators, but once Neil Peart joined on drums (replacing John Rutsey) sword-and-sorcery tactics were the name of the game. (The game being orcs and goblins in a Games Workshop style.) The Spirit Of Radio, from 1980's Permanent Waves album, dates from a time when the Canadian trio were trying to distance themselves from the fanciful flights of their early career. The song is a technical, intelligent, commercial take on prog - and no complaints here.
New live videos from the Grace Under Pressure video
I've added 3 live videos from the Grace Under Pressure Tour video to the Rush Live Videos page; Closer to the Heart, Distant Early Warning and The Enemy Within. These was filmed at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada on September 21, 1984. The Grace Under Pressure Tour video will be included as part of the upcoming Rush Replay X 3 box set. Thanks to Flatliner450 over at YouTube for making these available. You can watch the videos at these links:
[Closer to the Heart]
[Distant Early Warning]
[The Enemy Within]
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Rush reference in SWAT 4 video game
SWAT 4 is a first-person shooter video game that first came out in April of last year. It places the player in the role of a SWAT team leader. In Febrauary of this year, an expansion to SWAT 4, entitled SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate, was released. kbomb106 over at The Rush Forum recently noticed an unmistakable Rush reference in the game. From his post:
I was just playing SWAT 4 (the Stetchkov Syndicate expansion pack) and on one mission, they mentioned that the address of the place I had to go was Geddy Avenue. I figured that may have just been a coincidence, but then I saw that the address was 2112 Geddy Avenue. That's no coincidence.
Rush makes the top 50 conservative rock songs list ... twice
[Conservative Top 50]
I'd hardly call Rush conservative; libertarian might be a better label - at least in regards to their earlier years. Either way, 2 Rush songs made the National Review's list of the top 50 conservative rock songs; The Trees came in at #11 and Red Barchetta was #22. Here's what the article said about these 2 songs:
11. "The Trees," by Rush.
Before there was Rush Limbaugh, there was Rush, a Canadian band whose lyrics are often libertarian. What happens in a forest when equal rights become equal outcomes? "The trees are all kept equal / By hatchet, axe, and saw."
22. "Red Barchetta," by Rush.
In a time of "the Motor Law," presumably legislated by green extremists, the singer describes family reunion and the thrill of driving a fast car - an act that is his "weekly crime."
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Everyone would gather on the 24th of May
It's Victoria Day in Canada today. Well - sort of. The holiday was originally celebrated on May 24th but an amendment to the Statutes of Canada in 1952 moved the holiday to the Monday before 25 May. So this year it was celebrated on the 22nd. Either way, let's celebrate with the lyrics to Lakeside Park:
Midway hawkers calling
Try your luck with me
The same old melody
A thousand ten cent wonders
Who could ask for more
A pocketful of silver
The key to heaven's door
Willows in the breeze
So many memories
Shining stars on summer nights
Days of barefoot freedom
Racing with the waves
Nights of starlit secrets
Crackling driftwood flames
Drinking by the lighthouse
Smoking on the pier
Still we saw the magic
Fading every year
Everyone would gather
On the twenty fourth of May
Sitting in the sand
To watch the fireworks display
Dancing fires on the beach
Singing songs together
Though it's just a memory
Some memories last forever
Rush Replay X 3 technical details
[Rush Replay X 3 UK Press Release]
The technical details for Rush Replay X 3 have begun to surface in the last week or so. These are from a UK press release:
"Exit... Stage Left"
Closer To The Heart
By-Tor And The Snow Dog / In The End* / In The Mood / 2112 Finale
- Running Time: 59:14
"Grace Under Pressure"
(Track list below also reflects bonus 4th disc CD tracks)
The Spirit Of Radio
The Enemy Within*
New World Man
Distant Early Warning
Red Sector A
Closer To The Heart
YYZ / Temples Of Syrinx / Tom Sawyer
Finding My Way / In The Mood
- Running Time: 1:03:05
"A Show Of Hands"
The Big Money
Turn The Page*
Closer To The Heart
Red Sector A
The Rhythm Method
The Spirit Of Radio
2112 / The Temples Of Syrinx / La Villa Strangiato / In The Mood
- Running Time: 1:29:03
* - Indicates a live performance previously unreleased on DVD
UK Release Date: 26th June 2006
Format: 3-disc DVD & bonus CD
Certificate: E (Exempt From Classification)
Regional Coding: No Regional Restriction
DVD Soundtracks: dts 5.1 Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, PCM Stereo
DVD Disc 1 - Running Time: 59:14
DVD Disc 2 - Running Time: 1:03:05
DVD Disc 3 - Running Time: 1:29:03
CD - Running Time: 60 minutes
[Lock and Key NOT on Rush Replay X 3]
[DVD Reissues details: Rush Replay X 3]
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
New article scans posted to NeilPeart.net
[Soloing in the Shadow of Giants]
Last month's (April 2006) Modern Drummer magazine was a special addition focusing on the drum solo and featured Neil Peart on the cover. Neil also penned an article for the issue entitled Soloing in the Shadow of Giants. The article was posted on the Modern Drummer site a couple of months ago (though as of this post, the link is not working). There's also a full scan of the article now available on NeilPeart.net.
[My Laurentian Soulscape]
In addition, Neil wrote a short article for the January/February 2006 issue of Canadian Geographic - an issue focusing on music. The article is titled My Laurentian Soulscape and a full scan is also now available on NeilPeart.net.
Thanks to Andrew Olson for pointing these out.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Geddy Lee hopes for new album and tour in early 2007
UPDATE - 6/27@10:30AM: Neil Peart has updated his website yet again. The band got together in the studio this past May and now have 8 songs they all like, six of which have drum parts. Neil is very enthusiastic about them.
Power Windows is reporting that in a May 2006 interview with entertainment newspaper More Suger Geddy Lee stated the following regarding Rush's upcoming album:
"With a bit of luck we will have an album out early in 2007 and then go out on the road maybe next spring if we are lucky. It's a little too early to tell yet what direction the new material is taking, but Alex and I are just having a blast. We are getting songs written so we are getting there. We kind of record while we write and we would say that we will write and record for the duration of this year. You just never know where it is going to go. I think that's what keeps it fun for us and I am glad that there are people out there that appreciate that."
From this it sounds as if the band will take the recording process at a very leisurely pace, much like the last album. When Neil Peart reported on his website that they'd be in the studio in May, I had hoped that this meant we could possibly see a new album by the fall. From what Geddy says here, this looks less likely now. Whatever the case, I'm just happy that they're working on new material at all.
[New album news from NeilPeart.net!]
[Close encounters of the Alex Lifeson kind ... and new album news]
[New album, tour and book: NeilPeart.net News Update!]
Geddy Lee makes Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun's day
[That's a Rush]
A few weeks ago I posted an interview with Toronto Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun where he talks about being a huge Rush fan. Geddy Lee happens to be a huge baseball fan and can often be spotted behind home plate at Blue Jays games. He was in attendance at a recent Jays game and made Zaun's day. From this Toronto Sun article:
... Jays catcher Gregg Zaun makes no secret of his music interests or the fact that he is a huge fan of the band Rush.
So at a recent Toronto game against the Oakland Athletics at the Rogers Centre, Zaun was sufficiently psyched when he learned that Rush bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee was in attendance.
Zaun, whose first plate appearance each home game is accompanied by the Rush tune Limelight, asked the stadium audio crew to play Limelight for all of his plate appearances that night as a tribute to Lee.
"I was watching him as I walked to the plate to see if he noticed but he was talking to someone the first time up," Zaun said. "The second time, though, he stood up and applauded. That was so cool."
It got even cooler when Zaun took Athletics pitcher Kirk Saarloos deep for a home run and pointed directly at Lee as he crossed the plate. Lee pointed right back, which made Zaun's day.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Neil Peart wins 3 awards in Modern Drummer reader poll
The July 2006 issue of Modern Drummer magazine (Tool's Danny Carey on the cover) has the results of their annual reader's poll. Neil Peart won the following 3 awards:
1st place: Rock Drummer
1st place: Recorded Performance (R30)
1st place: Educational DVD (Anatomy of Drum Solo)
Congratulations to Neil on these much-deserved awards.
Counterparts Messageboard Update
The Counterparts messageboard is still down, but the administrator, Ken, has pointed the url to a temporary page which explains the current situation:
Most of you are wondering where the Counterparts Messageboard is. To make a long story short, our hosting company, managed.com, was purchased by WebHostPlus. WebHostPlus decided, without warning, to move all the servers to their location in New Jersey. (Managed.com was located in Freemont, Ca.)
Well, as you know, CP has been down for over 2 weeks. I can go into greater detail about everything that has happened, but it's better that you read it for yourself. It's over 80 pages, and over 1,200 posts long, but it might be worth it.
So what the bottom line? I am doing everything I can to be the biggest pest I can, to get the sites and board back on-line. Many great folks are helping me out in doing this, and I cannot thank them enough! Finally, thank you to all who have just sent a word or call of encouragement!
If you want to get in touch with me, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck Ken!
Friday, May 19, 2006
Anatomy of a Drum Solo drum-only live videos
I just added several of the drum-only live videos from Neil Peart's Anatomy of Drum Solo instructional DVD to the Rush Live Videos page. These are courtesy lmpec over at YouTube. There are 2 drum-only videos from R30: Tom Sawyer and Subdivisions. There's also the O Baterista drum solo from Rush in Rio and, the real treat, the previously unreleased drum solo from the Counterparts tour.
[previously unreleased drum solo from Counterparts tour]
[Tom Sawyer drum-only version from R30]
[Subdivisions drum-only version from R30]
[O Baterista drum-only version from Rush in Rio]
Thursday, May 18, 2006
New Video: Neil Peart on Politically Incorrect
[Neil Peart on Politically Incorrect]
Back on November 3, 1994 Neil Peart made an appearance on the Comedy Central TV show Politically Incorrect hosted by Bill Maher. I just uploaded the show to YouTube. It's in 4 parts and you can watch it here. Thanks to Rush Tour Forum member Kubla Ken for making this available.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Neil Peart Live on Life with John Oakley 1997 interview
[Neil Peart Interview Live On Life with John Oakley]
Continuing on the theme of old Neil Peart interviews, here's another 1997 interview. If you liked the MuchMusic interview you'll really like this one because it's much longer; around 30 minutes total. It's from a 1997 interview he did on the Canadian TV show hosted by John Oakley, Live on Life. Neil discusses his Burning for Buddy project, his book The Masked Rider, drumming and drummers in general, and takes calls from fans. This is a really great interview. Many, many thanks to RareRushReview over at YouTube for making this available. The interview is in four parts and you can watch it here.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Neil Peart MuchMusic Interview from 1997
[Neil Peart MuchMusic Interview from 1997]
I just uploaded an old Neil Peart interview that I had lying around to YouTube. You can watch it here. It's a MuchMusic interview from 1997, not long before he suffered the dual tragedies of his daughter being killed in a car accident and his wife dying of cancer. I think it's one of the last live interviews that he's given. Since then, he's shunned the spotlight (more than usual) and let Geddy and Alex do all the interviewing. It's a great interview and a little sad to watch in light of what happended to him shortly after.
Lock and Key NOT on Rush Replay X 3
There's been a lot of confusion regarding whether Lock and Key would appear on the A Show of Hands DVD included in the Rush Replay X 3 box set. The song was originally not on the VHS version of A Show of Hands but was included on the laser disc version. The official flyer for the release had Lock and Key listed as a track. But according to the National Midday Sun, who contacted Anthem directly, this was an error on the sell sheet and Lock and Key will definitely NOT appear on the Rush Replay X 3 version of A Show of Hands. So there you have it.
[DVD Reissues details: Rush Replay X 3]
Monday, May 15, 2006
New live videos: O Baterista drum solo and Driven from Rush in Rio
I've added 2 live videos from Rush in Rio to the Rush Live Videos page (thanks Flatliner450). You can watch the O Baterista drum solo here and Driven here. Enjoy.
Saturday, May 13, 2006
New Live Videos: Crossroads and Dreamline bootlegs
I've added 2 live bootleg videos from the R30 tour to the Rush Live Videos page courtesy Flatliner450 over at YouTube. They're from a Radio City Music Hall performance in New York City. You can watch Crossroads here and Dreamline here.
Friday, May 12, 2006
Soundboard recording bootleg stream of 1978 Tucson show
[Rush - A Desert Passage Platinum Edition]
There's been a bootleg soundboard recording of a Rush show from November 20, 1978 in Tucson bouncing around the net for some time now. It's called A Desert Passage and has been upgraded and improved upon by fans over the years. It's often lauded as one of the best quality boots from the period. The whole show is available in streaming goodness for all to hear from the Widespread Panic fan site Panicstream.com. You can listen to it here. There are a couple of reviews from the now defunct Digital Rush Experience site included with the streaming player at the bottom of the page that give a good bit of background information regarding the boot. For me, the coolest parts are the full versions of Hemispheres and 2112. Truly an awesome boot that's definitely worth a listen.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
R30 on INHD TV This Friday Night
From Power Windows:
Comcast digital cable will be airing R-30 on INHD TV Friday May 12 from 9-11 PM (full concert airing), and replay at 1 am a few hrs later on the 13th. HD TV viewers, check your local cable providers for listings. - May 11, 2006
Coheed and Cambria bass player doesn't mind the Rush comparison
[Music Preview: Popular prog-rock band tells a sci-fi saga]
Coheed and Cambria is a modern prog-rock band from New York named after the two characters in singer Claudio Sanchez's The Bag On Line Adventures comic book series. The band's first three records tell parts 2, 3 and 4 (Volume 1) of this sci-fi saga. Part 4 (Volume 2) and part 1 (a prelude) will be told in later albums it is assumed. Seldom do you read an article or review about Coheed and Cambria and not see a comparison to Rush and/or Geddy Lee. This article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette containing an interview with bass player Michael Todd is no exception. From the article:
... Coheed and Cambria launched in 2001 as an expanded version of a pop-metal trio called Shabutie, which formed in 1995. With 2002's "The Second Stage Turbine Blade," the band introduced the world to a progressive emo-core sound that drew comparisons to Rush, particularly because of Sanchez's high-pitched wail.
Todd says the band never blanched at the comparisons to Rush and other prog-rock bands like Yes and King Crimson.
"I think it makes sense because it's outside the standard of rock 'n' roll today. Anything that departs from the three-minute song is progressive in itself. It seems like it's an all-encompassing description -- progressive -- so I think it's appropriate." ...
Rush.com hacked yesterday
Apparently Rush.com was hacked into yesterday afternoon and was down for a few hours. I missed it - but there was a lot of discussion about it on the Rush Tour Forum and The Rush Forum. Apparently The Rush Forum was down yesterday as well (technical issues) and the Counterparts board has been down all week. Whew. When it rains it pours. Luckily rushisaband.com is still up (* knocking on wood *).
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Alex Lifeson plays on new album from Edwin
[Lowdown: Edwin returns with new album]
Edwin is a Canadian alt-rock singer from Toronto. He was the lead vocalist for I Mother Earth on the band's first two albums before he went solo in 1997. I Mother Earth opened for Rush on the last show of the Counterparts tour. Alex Lifeson later asked Edwin to sing vocals on Victor, his 1996 side project. Alex then performed on the I Mother Earth album Scenery and Fish later that year.
Edwin is slated to release his third solo album later this summer and once again enlisted some help from Alex Lifeson. This article gives the details.
Edwin's third solo album, "Try This At Home," has just been mixed and the video for the first single, "Right Here," is being edited.
The 13-song disc is slated for an August 15th release on Linus Entertainment/Universal Music Canada. The single, "Right Here," an acoustic-based pop song, will be serviced to hot AC at the end of June. ...
... During an exclusive listening session at producer Jeff Dalziel's Diesel Music Studio in Toronto, he and Edwin previewed seven of the 12 new songs from "Try This At Home" -- "Right Here;" the chorus-heavy "That's A Lie;" cool percussive rocker "Never Over;" the ethereal "Light Reflects;" the positive balladic anthem "Head Up;" rockier groove "Flying;" and heavenly piano ballad "Eyes Of A Child." (An acoustic version of his 1999 top 40 hit "Alive" will also be included).
"There's another four that are heavier," Edwin says of some songs not ready for outside ears just yet. Ian Thornley guests on the "heaviest track" called "Take Anything" and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is on several tracks, including "Never Over" which should be a single. ...
... Co-writing with numerous people -- Dalziel, Togas, Ruben Huizenga, David Martin, and Justin Gray -- Edwin then did a lot of preproduction in his rehearsal space before tracking the album. Drums were done at Reaction Studios; guitar and bass at Alex Lifeson's private studio Lerxst; and all the vocals and overdubs were done at Diesel. ...
... Edwin and Lifeson go back 10 years. The Rush guitarist invited Edwin to sing on his 1996 solo project, "Victor," and that same year played on "Like A Girl" from I Mother Earth's second album, "Scenery And Fish."
"He's only done me favors. I don't think I've done him any," Edwin laughs.
"He was kind enough to let us work at his studio for a week and let us use everything we wanted -- his guitars, his amps, whatever we wanted. He was great about it and he also did us the favor of coming in and doing some cameo guitar playing on a few songs. We ran the songs and he played what he felt, so we used his guitar stylings throughout the record." ...
Lifeson also makes an appearance on John Kastner's (formerly of The Doughboys) first solo album Have You Seen Lucky which was released in the UK this past week.
Tuesday, May 9, 2006
Counterparts message board down for a few days
For any of you who are members of the Counterparts Rush message board (like me) and were wondering why the site has been down the last few days, here's your answer from the site administrator. This was posted on The Rush Forum last night:
For those who are wondering when CP will be back up, the answer is anytime now until Thursday.
The latest from my server company is:
Hopefully many of you have been seeing your servers reappear. The migration team is furiously installing hard drives containing your data into their respective servers, testing them, and plugging them into the network.
My support team has been putting unresolved migration issues into a new queue, Migration Issues, in the eSupport system. We are not closing them, but we have only recently moved from the triage phase (weeding out duplicates, checking for servers, etc.) to actually being able to track down the progress of the servers that aren't yet up.
A request is pending to reroute all the remaining subnets from California to New Jersey, as there aren't any Managed.com servers in California anymore. I'm told this will happen "soon." I'm trying to get it to happen "immediately."
I'd like to tell you that machines are being brought online a subnet at a time, but in reality the migration team is installing drives in something approaching a random order. So if an IP near yours goes live, it's not a good indicator at this time that yours is soon to follow.
I'd like to report that everybody will be up in the next twenty minutes, but I can't lie. I take my responsibility as an advocate for my customers very seriously. Realistically, I can assure you that servers are being brought online continuously, but it will be Thursday before each and every system is online.
So there you have it.
Drum kits and replicas inspired by Neil Peart
[Replicas and drum kits inspired by Neil Peart's drums]
Andrew Olson recently created a new page on his site which is dedicated to drum kits and replicas inspired by Neil Peart. The first entry is from Alessandro Bianchini of Italy and is definitely worth checking out.
Monday, May 8, 2006
S.S. Professor Pics at AndrewOlson.com
[S.S. Professor: Canadian Tour]
Andrew Olson just posted a bunch of new S.S. Professor pics on his site yesterday. If you don't know already, the S.S. Professor is Neil Peart's drumkit and it was "on tour" with Neil's drum tech last fall.
Sunday, May 7, 2006
New Live Videos: One Little Victory and 2112 from Rush in Rio
I found these videos from Rush in Rio on YouTube and added them to the Rush Live Videos page. You can watch 2112: Overture/Temples of Syrinx here and One Little Victory here. Enjoy.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson TechTV interview
[Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson TechTV interview]
This is an interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson on TechTV's The Screensavers program where they discuss the use of technology in their music and live shows. It first aired on February 21, 2003 and was conducted by Martin Sargent. You can watch the interview here.
Saturday, May 6, 2006
More live R30 videos
I've added several more videos from R30 to the Rush Live Videos page courtesy lmpec over at YouTube. Here they are:
[Heart Full of Soul]
This Toronto Star article on shopping in Toronto mentions our favorite bass player Geddy Lee:
... Geddy Lee shopped for funny cards at Kidding Awound last weekend, while his daughter tried on rock star glasses. ...
Friday, May 5, 2006
YYZ to be featured in Guitar Hero 2 video game
[Guitar Hero II E3 plans, song list revealed]
Guitar Hero is a popular guitar simulation video game created by RedOctane and Harmonix for the Playstation 2. They recently announced that they were working on Guitar Hero 2 and yesterday revealed a partial songlist for the game:
... Besides "Arterial Black," an original recording by Drist, it will include covers of: Black Sabbath's "War Pigs"; Butthole Surfers' "Who Was in My Room Last Night?"; KISS' "Strutter"; Rush's "YYZ"; Reverend Horton Heat's "Psychobilly Freakout"; and Van Halen's "You Really Got Me." ...
Thanks to reader Christian and Counterparts member Entity79 for the heads up.
Thursday, May 4, 2006
New Live R30 Videos
I've added a few more videos from R30 to the Rush Live Videos page courtesy lmpec over at YouTube. Here they are:
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
New Rush Tabcon Videos
[Fan Videos: Rush Tabcon Videos]
Richard (aka rushtabconvideo) recently uploaded several more homemade videos from past Rush Tabcons to YouTube. You can check out all of them here. What are Rush Tabcons? From their website:
Rush TabCons are musical events that take place yearly around various parts of the United States. Their purpose is to allow musicians and fans of the rock group Rush to perform the band's music in a live setting.
The idea of a Rush TabCon first came about on the "rush-tabs" Mailing List by Sean Jones. The list, consisting of Rush fans that create tablature for the band's music, loved the idea, and the first TabCon took place in Milwaukee, Wisconson in 1997. Seven years later they're still going strong and have been held in the Midwest and on both coasts.
Best of all, you don't have to play like Geddy, Alex or Neil because performers of all skill levels are welcome. And you don't have to sing or play an instrument at all; spectators are welcome too!
[Local Dirt: A Marathon of Marathons]
Yes... a Rush Marathon. Not the song Marathon - an all-Rush music marathon. As the finale of their Summer Marathon Series, Baldwin Wallace College radio station WBWC 88.3FM out of my hometown of Cleveland will be playing all Rush from 7AM to 1AM on August 31st. They do have streaming too. Mark your calendars.
New Music Video: Show Don't Tell
[Show Don't Tell Music Video]
I finally located a version of Rush's video for Show Don't Tell off of their Presto album and uploaded it to YouTube. It was converted from a real video file and the quality is not all that great, but it's better than nothing. If you have a better version, by all means let me know! You can watch the video here.
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Rush Blog Roundup
It is time once again for my periodic Rush blog roundup where I collect various and sundry Rush-related posts from throughout the blogospheres. Enjoy.
Alex explains why he thinks that Moving Pictures is one of his favorite albums as far as production goes:
All those ultra-hipsters "too cool" for Canadians (not that I can blame 'em...again, JUST KIDDING!) who dismiss this as "too sterile" are "too lame." Just because you can hear EVERYTHING does not make an album sterile; it makes it well-produced. Plus, with a band like Rush you want to hear everything they play. The fact that Neil Peart's entire drumset (which is the size of Nebraska) is audible alone says something about the sonic goodness of this disc.
Ron at Purple Microdot reminisces about frisbees and getting backstage at a 1975 Rush concert:
I went to a Rush concert (special guest Ted Nugent) and I carried in a Frisbee hidden under my jacket. I went to the top of the arena and let it fly into the crowd. As I was watching it sail into the crowd, a uniformed Sheriff grabbed my collar from behind, whirled me 180 degrees so that I was facing him. He grabbed the front collar of my coat with both hands, smiled at me, and then pushed me backwards down the concrete stairs. I fell down about 12 stairs on my back, got up and watched him calmly walk away after the crowd turned around to see who pushed me. Luckily I wasn't hurt. This was my first concert where I was buzzed on Michelob Dark beer. Acid and weed had not entered my world yet. My friend won 2 backstage passes from a radio call-in contest. We showed the bouncer at the rear of the stage our passes and got in. Rush was already about 10 minutes into their set and we had a fantastic view at stage level about 3 yards from Alex Lifeson! After about 2 minutes another bouncer walked up to us and asked to see our passes. Stupid us! We gave them to the other bouncer instead of peeling them off and sticking them on our shirts. We were kicked out immediately. Live & Learn. Anyway......it was a VERY COOL 2 minutes.
Minnesota Twins fan Buck watched his team lose their opener to the Blue Jays but at least he spotted Geddy Lee:
The highlight of the night had to be Geddy Lee from Rush sitting behind home plate and watching the game. After doing some research it turns out Lee lives in Toronto and is a huge baseball fan. He's even talked about buying a Minor League team. The dudes at Batters Box even have a Blue Jays drinking game, in the Comments someone mentions taking a drink if Geddy Lee is sitting behind home plate. Something to look for when the Jays are on TV I guess.
I wonder if Geddy knows about the drinking game.
Matt Getz is pleased to discover that Geddy Lee is Jewish:
We all know that Bob Dylan, Barry Manilow and the Beastie Boys are Jewish. But the world of Jewish rock greats is muc more extensive than that, including Malcolm McLaren (cool!), two members of Anthrax (really cool!) and Gary Lee Weinrib, known to non-family members as Geddy Lee of Rush.
Scott talks about meeting Geddy and Alex with his cousin Ron (with pic):
My cousin, Ron, has been a bassist and guitarist for many, many years and one of the big thrills of his life was meeting one of his musical heroes a few years ago....one Mr. Geddy Lee of Rush. You might have even heard of them before. They are sort of well known I understand. Ron is the tall one standing next to Geddy wearing a bootleg Rush fandom t-shirt and then there is some guy smiling next to guitarist Alex Lifeson. I asked him once what his bass playing style was and he said it was a combination of the influences of John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney and Geddy Lee. ... Both Geddy and Alex were very nice and down to earth.
I used to have one of those same shirts that he mentions. They were sold via the old National Midnight Star mailing list to celebrate Rush's 20th anniversary. The shirt has since disintegrated into nothingness because of overuse. :)
After a chance meeting in an airport Happy lusts after Geddy Lee but she can't quite decide why:
Most people know that I am a big RUSH fan---but most of you don't know that I have a soft spot for Geddy Lee.
Ever since I had a chance meeting at the Sac Airport... I have lusted after his mysterious ways. Before the airport--- He was just a homely man in the band I loved.
After the airport...
He was king--- The question is why?
Is it the shoes?
Hard to say--- Perhaps it was the way he tossed his hair as he boarded the plane...
All I know is--- We need more RUSH--- they need to play near here again--- I need more Geddy
We all need more Geddy. :)
Monday, May 1, 2006
New Rush Backstage Contest
[Win A Limited Edition Lithograph!]
Once again, I did not win last month's Rush Backstage Club Contest. The winner of the autographed Different Stages poster was John Byrd from New Hampshire. Congratulations. This month's contest begins today. This time the prize is a limited edition Feedback lithograph. Here are the details from the site:
This Feedback Lithograph is numbered from a set of 500 copies. This is number 488/500. Heavy art paper was used for the printing and you will feel the quality if you are lucky enough to win! Size is 8" X 24". Just fill out the information below and you will be entered in the random drawing. All people placing orders from the site during the month will be automatically entered in the draw as well.
The winner will be announced on June 1st, 2006.
New Live Videos: Between the Wheels and Dreamline from R30
I've added 2 videos from R30 to the Rush Live Videos page courtesy lmpec over at YouTube. You can watch Between the Wheels here and Dreamline here.
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