Archive: Blog Entries from September, 2007

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Rush.com multimedia update; Howard Ungerleider's Mai Tai
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Howard Ungerleider and his famous Mai TaiThe latest addition to the Rush.com multimedia section is a 4-part, 9-minute interview with Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider where he discusses how to make his famous Mai Tai. Yes... 9 minutes of Howard talking about rum and Mai Tais. :) Thanks to RUSHgeek for the heads up.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Bruce Dickinson to interview Rush for his BBC Rock Show
5:01PM EST | link | comments (16) |

Bruce DickinsonLegendary Iron Maiden (one of my favorite non-Rush bands) frontman Bruce Dickinson will have Rush as a guest on his BBC 6 Friday Rock Show on October 12th. The show can be heard live via the internet at this link between 10PM and 1AM UK time (5PM and 8PM EST). I'm not sure yet, but one can only assume that just Alex and Geddy will be appearing. Thanks to Metal Tim for the heads up.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
9:50AM EST | link | comments (28) |

The North American leg of the Snakes & Arrows tour is complete. Rush takes the tour machine across the Atlantic next week where they'll play 15 dates across Europe beginning in Glasgow Scotland. Then, if the rumors hold true, they'll be back in North America for more dates in the Spring of '08.

The North American leg appropriately ended in Rush's hometown of Toronto. It was a fantastic show; Rush gave a little extra for this one. There are a lot of great pics in the gallery. And here's an audio bootleg courtesy canuckster.

In addition to the show, RushCon 7 took place over the weekend. I was there for part of it and had a great time. Documentary filmmaker Sam Dunn (Metal: A Headbanger's Journey) was also there. He's making a documentary on Rush with the blessing of the band and was present at both Toronto shows as well as RushCon.

Rush EuCon will take place on Sunday October 14th at the Manchester University campus in Manchester, UK. Special guests will include former Rush producer Terry Brown and Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan... along with another surprise secret guest from within the current Rush camp.

I keep hearing various rumors about the shows in Rotterdam being filmed for a future DVD release. Nothing official yet though. I guess we'll find out for sure on October 16th.

Neil Peart took advantage of the break between the North American and European legs to post another news update to his site.

The month of September saw the release of 6 Rush studio albums over the years: Caress of Steel (1975), A Farewell to Kings (1977), Signals (1982), Hold Your Fire (1987), Roll the Bones (1991) and Test For Echo (1996). For our last poll I asked you what your favorite song from Signals was. The overwhelming winners were Subdivisions (30%) and The Analog Kid (26%). Here are the complete results. For this next poll I thought I'd ask you what your favorite of the 6 September-released Rush albums is. Take the poll and let us know.

It's time for the annual snubbing of Rush by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The list of nominees for induction was announced late yesterday and once again Rush is not on the list. No surprise there.

The Larger Bowl is slowly inching its way up the charts. It's now at number 17 on the Radio and Records Rock Chart and number 18 on the MediaBase Mainstream Rock Chart. We learned last week that Workin' Them Angels will be released as the next single in the upcoming weeks. Speaking of which, here is a very impressive fan-made video of the song which syncs up the song with NASCAR footage (thanks Sho-Daddy).

The cover art for the upcoming Tiles album Flypaper has been revealed. You can check it out at this link. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up. The album will be released in January and features an appearance by Alex Lifeson on the track Sacred & Mundane.

Power Windows also mentioned this interesting tidbit regarding Rush's album artist Hugh Syme on the Counterparts message board. From the Counterparts post:

I've recently learned that Rush's graphic artist Hugh Syme reused Dimo Safari's photo of the crowd from Different Stages in the Allman Brothers Band's Hittin' the Note album artwork. The image of the crowd viewing a gigantic tinkertoy was reimaged, with the tinkertoy replaced by giant mushrooms.

This is not the first time that Rush album art was recycled by another artist; in 1978 a photo of a Rush crowd was reused in Rainbow's Long Live Rock 'N Roll gatefold art. In both cases, the usage of the images was done without the knowledge of SRO/Anthem. Unlike the Rainbow usage, however, where Polydor retouched a mockup that they had originally rejected from Fin Costello, Hugh Syme was the graphic artist for both Different Stages and Hittin' The Note.

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According to Anthem, they weren't aware of it until after the fact, and "chose to turn a blind eye."

You can check out the image he's referring to at this location. Very interesting.

The Heavy Metal Box Set compilation, first mentioned in this post and featuring Rush's Working Man, will be released next Tuesday. You can preorder it here.

Entertainment Technology online recently posted an article describing Pyrotek Special Effects involvement with Rush's stage show. You can check it out here.

Fortune online recently ran a photo gallery feature on how older rock acts are selling out arenas across the nation. Rush is featured and here's what they have to say about them:

Top songs: "Tom Sawyer," "Spirit of Radio," "YYZ"

Essential albums: 2112, Moving Pictures, Test for Echo

Listen to: "The Larger Bowl" (from the band's latest album, Snakes & Arrows)

Why they rock: After more than 30 years, their records still make the top ten. This year's Snakes & Arrows debuted at No. 3.

Bottom line: The band's latest tour is expected to pull in about $36 million.

Thanks to reader Kerry F for the link.

Grady is an American/Canadian hard rock band based out of Austin, Texas that recently released their second full-length, A Cup Of Cold Poison. Vocalist/guitarist Gordie Johnson was recently interviewed by ChartAttack.com and had this to say about Rush:

... Johnson has long had a reputation as one of Canada's loudest guitarists and his early exposure to vintage arena rock cemented his need to live it out loud.

"The first concert I ever saw was Rush at Cobo Hall in Detroit. You better believe that was incredibly loud, and it really left a mark on me, at least in the approach I take to performing live. I figure if you pay $5 or $55 or $500 to go see a show, it should be loud, it should be in-your-face and you should get your money's worth. And that's the way I've always approached things. It doesn't matter if it's a hockey arena or a dive bar, I've always approached every show like it was my last." ...

Thanks to ghost__rider for the heads up.

Rush has made yet another top albums list. Sympatico/MSN Entertainment recently placed 2112 at #19 on their list of the Top 25 Albums of the 70s. Thanks to Figerade for the link.

And finally, don't forget to vote for Rush.com in the 2007 BT Digital Music Awards (vote for this site too if you are so inclined).

That's all for now. Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Vote for Rush!
1:54PM EST | link | comments (14) |

Voting is currently underway online for the 2007 BT Digital Music Awards. Under the Peoples Choice category you can vote for Best Music Blog, Best Official Music Site and Best Unofficial Music Site. My sources tell me that Rush.com is doing very well in the voting for Best Official Site. So let's help them out. Voting is a little tricky so here are some instructions. Just go to the Peoples Choice voting page, scroll down and look for the Click here to vote for a site link and click it. This will open up a form where you need to choose Best Official Music Site from the dropdown, fill out http://www.rush.com in the Website URL field, enter and confirm a valid email address and finally enter the validation code. And while you're at it maybe you could vote for a certain unnamed music blog in the Best Music Blog category. :) Voting will run through this Sunday, September 30th.

The awards celebrate every aspect of the digital music industry and have been put on by the BT Group for the last 5 years. The awards ceremony will take place on October 2nd and air on the BBC's Channel 4.

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Photos from Brutus; Canada to Load Out
9:50AM EST | link | comments (25) |

Neil Peart's buddy and riding partner, Brutus, recently uploaded several pics to his MySpace page which show the crew loading up the bikes for the trip across the pond. I included a couple here for those without MySpace accounts, but there are 10 total in the gallery. Just go to Brutus's MySpace page, click on pics and check out the Candada to Load Out gallery. Many thanks to Brutus for sharing these.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

NeilPeart.net news update
3:55PM EST | link | comments (44) |

Shunpikers[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS - September 26, 2007: Shunpikin' it Old Skool]

Just as he's been doing for each break on the tour thus far, Neil Peart has taken advantage of Rush's current break between the end of the North American leg of the Snakes & Arrows tour and the beginning of the European leg to write another news update to his website. Neil talks mostly about his motorcycle travels between shows, focusing on the concept of shunpiking; the practice of avoiding turnpikes and freeways - something that Neil and Michael have become experts at. Rush and the tour itself are barely mentioned at all. Neil seems like he's still having fun but the road is beginning to take its toll:

... our manager's old line about how my approach to touring was "a long motorcycle trip where you can earn a little gas money along the way." As our traveling circus of band and crew has continued to mount and perform our roadshow almost fifty times now, earning that gas money has continued to be a difficult, physically demanding job. As always seems to happen in the middle of every tour, when the routine grinds on into the third and fourth months, the mood at work among band and crew can sometimes sink to a tense, dark state of mind that combines homesickness, fatigue, edginess, frustration, friction, physical pain, and a feeling that threatens to approach "fed up."

Still, most of us "keep the shiny side up." Daily smiles and nightly jokes leaven the potential for tedium, and-most important-the band has continued to play to a high standard, supported by a first-rate, and highly entertaining crew (we entertain the crowd; they entertain us). The audiences have been fantastic everywhere, and the shows have been going well, but-like the gas that goes into our motorcycles-it just keeps costing more. ...

Sounds like they really need this short break before the European leg. Then they'll get a nice long break over the winter and should be fully recharged in time for the 2008 leg.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Rush.com multimedia updates
2:19PM EST | link | comments (35) |

CBRush.com continues to post updates to their multimedia section. They have another video up; this one of production/stage manager Craig (aka CB) talking about his various duties. Keeping with the tradition of goofiness that has been displayed in these videos, he does his interview from a toilet. There also was a part 2 of the Chef Frenchie interview that I had mentioned as an update to this post last week. But it seems that some of you had missed the update so I thought I'd give it another mention. In part 2, Frenchie goes out during a show to baste the chickens wearing an apron ... and little else. To watch the videos go to Rush.com, click on Multimedia and then click on Rush Video. The vids will be listed on the right. Thanks to Liverpool.78 for alerting me to the CB vid.

In addition to the video updates, they've also added a Rush on the Road section where you can see pro-shot pictures from out on the road. Currently there are pics from Raleigh, Scranton, Phoenix, Wantagh, Sacramento, San Francisco and St. Louis up. Thanks to timbale for the heads up.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Neil Peart wins big in DRUM! Magazine 2007 Drummie! Awards
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The November 2007 issue of DRUM! Magazine has the results of their 2007 Drummie! Awards. Not surprisingly Neil Peart was a big winner. In addition to being named Drummer of the Year he placed #1 in the following categories: Progressive Rock Drummer, Live Performer, Drumming DVD (Anatomy Of A Drum Solo), and Drumming Album (Snakes & Arrows). His website, NeilPeart.net also placed as the #2 Drum Website (drummerworld.com was #1). Thanks to Michael of Neil Peart Drumsticks for the news.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Toronto show #2 open thread
2:00PM EST | link | comments (23) |

UPDATE - 10/3@10:13PM: Here is a great gallery of pro-shot pics from the show (thanks canuckster).

UPDATE - 9/27@9:18PM: Here's a great gallery of pics from the show. And here's an audio bootleg courtesy canuckster.

UPDATE - 9/23@10:14AM: Setlist #2; with the substitution.

Rush plays their last show of the North American leg (until 2008 at least) of the Snakes & Arrows tour tonight in their hometown of Toronto. I'm going. If you're going too let me know and maybe we can say hello before or during the show.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 22nd @ 8:00PM (local time)
Show Number: 49
Venue: Air Canada Centre
Place: Toronto, ON

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RushCon report
1:34PM EST | link | comments (14) |

UPDATE - 9/23@10:43PM: I'm back! I'm too wiped out to write much... but here are some photos.

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I made it to Toronto in one piece yesterday and had a blast at the RushCon In the Mood Mixer and tribute band concert last night. I met a lot of great people and drank too much Canadian beer. As far as the documentary goes, Andrew MacNaugtan was not there ... but Sam Dunn was - with his film crew too. If you don't know who Sam Dunn is, he's a Toronto native who is the creative force behind the heavy metal documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey for which he interviewed Geddy Lee. I spoke with Sam and he's just begun filming a documentary on Rush with the blessing of the band. He was there last night to get some footage of Rush fans in action. If his Rush documentary is half as good as Metal than we are in for a treat once he's finished. I'm still unclear as to whether Andrew MacNaughtan will be doing any filming at RushCon or just at Rush EuCon. We'll see I guess.

The tribute band Limelight was fantastic as was the venue (The Opera House). They played mostly 70s-80s era Rush but also threw in a couple from Snakes & Arrows; Far Cry and Malignant Narcissism. And, just like Toronto Airport did last year, they played Moving Pictures in its entirety. In addition to the band there was Rush Karaoke and the YYZ air-drumming contest. My internet connection here at the Days Inn is a bit flaky so I'll keep this short for now. Once I'm able I'll give a more detailed report and post some pictures.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Ottawa open thread
3:35PM EST | link | comments (14) |

UPDATE - 10/3@4:20PM: Here's a HUGE gallery of pics (nearly 1000) from this show. Thanks tst4eko for the link.

UPDATE - 9/24@9:48AM: Here's a review from The Epoch Times.

UPDATE - 9/22@1:00PM: Setlist #2; with the substitution. Here are a couple of reviews:

The Ottawa Citizen: Old masters Rush present a quality show (thanks Micah).
The Ottawa Sun: Review - Photo Gallery (thanks Fiat)

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Date/Time: Friday, September 21th @ 7:30PM (local time)
Show Number: 48
Venue: ScotiaBank Place
Place: Ottawa, ON

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
9:01AM EST | link | comments (17) |

Rush wraps up the North American portion of the Snakes & Arrows tour this weekend, playing Ottawa tonight and show number 2 in Toronto on Saturday. The latest rumor concerning filming for a concert DVD has the filming being done in Rotterdam where Rush is playing 2 shows. Speaking of DVDs, we learned yesterday that Rush friend and photographer Andrew MacNaughtan will be on hand at both RushCon this weekend and Rush EuCon next month to film portions of a documentary he's putting together.

RushCon 7 takes place this weekend in the Mecca of Rush fandom, Toronto, Ontario. The festivities have actually already begun; there have been events taking place since the Rush show on Wednesday - but it officially kicks off tonight. The theme this time around is appropriately Feel the Current Flowing. If you'll be in Toronto for the show tomorrow I highly suggest you stop by the Days Inn downtown and sign up. Online registration is now closed but you can still register in person. Who knows... you might be on the next Rush DVD documentary! If you can't make it for the whole convention you can still attend the Rush tribute band show Friday night to get you warmed up for the Saturday show. It will take place at The Opera House and be open to the public (19 and over) for $12CND. Limelight will take the stage around 10PM. I'll be there, so if you'll be in town for the Con, the show or both - be sure to get in touch with me.

The Larger Bowl single has settled into the top 20 and I just posted last night that the next single will be Workin' Them Angels with Faithless waiting in the wings for a release next year. Speaking of The Larger Bowl go give the song your vote at this link (thanks SF in Prague).

I can't think of a good poll this week (I'm too pumped up about RushCon and the Toronto show) so I'll leave up the current one for a bit longer.

Reader 1-2-bucklemyshoe let me know that USA Today music critic Ken Barnes recently put up a post on his blog discussing Billboard Boxscore's Top 10 grossing tours thus far this summer. Rush made the list at #9. He had this to say:

9. Rush: $13.8 million (24); 252,000/61.9%: The fans are still out there (when not bombarding this blog with complaints about slights to the band). However, the percentage-of-capacity figure is by far the lowest in the top 10.

Whatever. He just had to put a jab in there... He's just asking for us to bombard his blog with more complaints. :)

Reader canuckster has uploaded a fairly decent bootleg recording of the London, Ontario show at this link.

I got several emails about a recent Rush sighting on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann. They ran a story about a man that stole 5 boxes of Rogaine hair treatment from a pharmacy. After ending the story they broke to commercial while playing ... you guessed it - I Think I'm Going Bald. I love that song. :)

Reader Mike claims to have seen Neil Peart hanging out at Montreal's legendary jazz club The House of Jazz over the weekend they played Montreal. I'm not surprised; it sounds like the type of place Neil would like.

Despair.com is a website that makes parodies of motivational posters of the type that you often see in offices. One of these is titled Pretension and says The downside of being better than everyone else is that people tend to assume you're pretentious. Underneath it lists people that this poster would be perfect for, and - yes - Neil Peart is on the top of the list. :) Thanks to analogkid for the heads up.

Reader primemover emailed me his retelling of how he won a set of front row tickets to the July 8th show at the PNC in New Jersey and how he ended up with a pair of Neil Peart's drumsticks. It's a great story and he put a lot into it. You can read the entire unbelievable story at this link (Word Doc - 90K).

Well.. I'm off to Toronto! I will hopefully write up a post with pics sometime tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

The next Snakes & Arrows single will be Workin' Them Angels
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Workin' Them AngelsThe Larger Bowl has been out for over 6 weeks now and - as reported last week - has finally broken into the top 20 on both the Mediabase Mainstream Rock Chart and the Radio and Records Rock Chart. It was the 3rd single off of Snakes & Arrows; Far Cry was the first and Spindrift the second. Far Cry was very successful and stayed atop the charts for several months, making it as high as #2 on the Mediabase chart. Spindrift was released on June 1st and unfortunately failed to gain much of a foothold in any radio markets.

There's been a lot of speculation as to whether Rush will be releasing any more singles off the album. It turns out that they will; I've just learned that The Larger Bowl will be in rotation for another 3 weeks before Atlantic will release Workin' Them Angels as radio single #4. And if that does reasonably well they will release Faithless sometime next year. I find it interesting that they'd choose Faithless after not performing it live thus far this tour ... which also leads me to speculate that on the 2008 leg of the tour they may break it out. So keep hounding your local radio station to play The Larger Bowl; we only have 3 more weeks to propel it into the top 10.

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New Rush documentary
8:30AM EST | link | comments (19) |

UPDATE - 9/25@2:21PM: In addition to being at RushCon, Sam Dunn was at both Toronto shows.

UPDATE - 9/22@2:40PM: Andrew MacNaugtan was not at RushCon Friday evening ... but Sam Dunn was - with his film crew too. If you don't know who Sam Dunn is, he's a Toronto native who is the creative force behind the heavy metal documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey for which he interviewed Geddy Lee. I spoke with Sam and he's just begun filming a documentary on Rush with the blessing of the band. He was at RushCon to get some footage of Rush fans in action. If his Rush documentary is half as good as Metal than we are in for a treat once he's finished. I'm still unclear as to whether Andrew MacNaughtan will be doing any filming at RushCon or just at Rush EuCon.

The word from organizers of both RushCon (see this thread at Counterparts) and Rush EUCon (see this thread at TNMS) is that Rush friend and photographer Andrew MacNaughtan will be on hand at both conventions filming for a new documentary he's putting together. No details as of yet. All the more reason to attend these events. Developing...

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Toronto show #1 open thread
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UPDATE - 9/22@12:08PM: Here's a review from the Toronto Globe and Mail (thanks spin_drift07).

UPDATE - 9/20@11:00AM: ... and here's another review - this one from the Toronto Star (thanks The Professor).

UPDATE - 9/20@10:14AM: Here's a review from the Toronto Sun (thanks stjamar).

UPDATE - 9/20@7:32AM: Setlist #1; no substitution (thanks The Fwanksta). And from all the reports I've been reading, the show was not filmed. This makes the rumors about Rotterdam being filmed sound all the more likely.

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 19th @ 7:30PM (local time)
Show Number: 47
Venue: Air Canada Centre
Place: Toronto, ON

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Influential hip-hop producer DJ Premier is a Rush fan
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DJ Premier[DJ Premier helped define hip-hop]

This goes to show you that Rush fans come in all shapes and sizes. DJ Premier is a well-known American hip-hop producer; Source magazine labeled him as one of the 5 greatest producers in hip-hop history, and About.com has him ranked at #1 on there Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers list. In a recent interview with Sun Media's Allan Wigney, DJ Premier talks about how he is a big Rush fan:

... "I'm a fan first and a DJ second," he insists. "I still go into stores and buy records. I still buy concert tickets. I just saw The Police. I went to see Rush ..."

Hold on a second, Preem, there seems to be a problem with the connection: It sounded like you just admitted to being a Rush fan.

"Oh man," Premier enthuses loudly and clearly, "big time! You know, I grew up in the era of no hip-hop. I went through all of those teenage phases. My drug phase, my stealing-cars phase, my classic-rock phase.

"I played high school football and we'd listen to a lot of rock music in the locker room. Everything I listened to inspired me to make the beats that I do."

Great, so now DJ Premier is a Rush fan. Next he'll be producing Christina Aguilera. ...

Cool. Thanks to Hans for the heads up.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

New videos up at Rush.com
10:05AM EST | link | comments (16) |

Russ and FrenchieUPDATE - 9/19@11:39AM: LOL! A part 2 of the Frenchie interview has been posted and you definitely won't want to miss it (or maybe you will?). Thanks Rushgrrl for the heads up. :)

Rush.com recently put up a couple more videos of folks from the tour crew in the Multimedia section of the website. They've been updating these fairly regularly. The latest two are with Geddy's bass tech, Russ, and with Chef Bruce Frenchie French. Russ talks about Geddy's various bass guitars (duh) and how great it is working with Ged. And the Frenchie video is just plain goofy. Enjoy.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Madison Square Garden open thread
12:17PM EST | link | comments (58) |

UPDATE - 9/25@11:25AM: Here's a review from Earvolution.

UPDATE - 9/20@12:52PM: Just realized that the link to the NYT review below was totally foobarred... fixed now.

UPDATE - 9/19@3:38PM: Attendance figures are in (thanks Joe):

Attendance: 11,786
Capacity: 12,125
Gross Revenue: $1,022,675

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UPDATE - 9/19@9:43AM: Here is the New York Times review (thanks Michael K).

UPDATE - 9/18@9:25AM: Now the latest rumor over at Counterparts is that they'll be filming the Rotterdam show(s)... although I'm not too sure about the source (some guy in the sound booth). If Toronto isn't filmed then this probably would be the next most likely location. I guess we'll find out soon enough.

UPDATE - 9/17@11:03PM: Reader Justin reports that Rush played setlist #2 with the substitution and that no additional cameras (other than the house cams for the big video screens) were spotted. Toronto perhaps?

Rush pops back down to the States tonight to play Madison Square Garden in the Big Apple. I've heard several conflicting rumors about whether this show will be filmed or not. I really have no clue at this point what'll happen. So if you're going tonight, be sure to let us know if you see any camera crews.

Date/Time: Monday, September 17th @ 8:00PM (local time)
Show Number: 46
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Place: New York, NY

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Montreal open thread
1:27PM EST | link | comments (13) |

UPDATE - 10/25@3:29PM: Attendance: 11,662
Capacity: 12,000
Gross: $967,692

UPDATE - 10/9@10:01PM: Attendance figures courtesy Scott_PA:

Attendance: 11,662
Capacity: 12,000
Gross Sales: $967,692 (U.S.)

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UPDATE - 9/20@10:46PM: Reader Mike claims to have seen Neil Peart hanging out at Montreal's legendary jazz club The House of Jazz over the weekend they played Montreal.

UPDATE - 9/16@4:10PM: Here's a review in French (thanks mtl_2112).

UPDATE - 9/16@10:44AM: Setlist #1; no substitution. Here's a review from The Gazette (thanks Fiat).

Date/Time: Saturday, September 15th @ 8:00PM (local time)
Show Number: 45
Venue: Bell Centre
Place: Montreal, QC

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reviews: [reviews]

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Quebec City open thread
3:52PM EST | link | comments (17) |

UPDATE - 10/25@3:28PM: Attendance: 7,000
Capacity: 6,604
Gross: $489,689

UPDATE - 9/16@4:11PM: Here's a review in French (thanks mtl_2112).

UPDATE - 9/15@10:51AM: Setlist #2; with the substitution. And here is a review - in French - from a local newspaper (thanks goths).

Date/Time: Friday, September 14th @ 8:00PM (local time)
Show Number: 44
Venue: Colisee de Quebec
Place: Quebec City, QC

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reviews: [reviews]

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
10:16AM EST | link | comments (18) |

Rush took off to the great White North on Wednesday, playing a show in London, Ontario on Neil Peart's 55th birthday (the first show there since the Moving Pictures tour). They'll continue heading northward tonight, hitting the Colisee de Quebec in Quebec City. And - if the rumors are true - they'll be back in Quebec City this coming summer to play at the city's 400th anniversary celebration.

Speaking of the tour, the rumor that Rush will play in Atlantic Canada next Spring is causing quite a stir in Halifax. And fans in Brazil seem to still be very hopeful of a visit from Rush next year according to this poll at Ticketmaster Brazil (thanks AndreDavila). Still nothing definite on that front though. And, in case you haven't noticed already, I've added the attendance and sales figures (where available) to the tour section.

Last Saturday was the 20th anniversary of the release of Rush's 12th studio album, Hold Your Fire. So for last week's poll I asked everyone what their favorite song off this album was. The results are in and with well over 400 votes the clear winner is ... Mission with over 19% of the vote. Coming in close behind were Prime Mover (16%) and Time Stand Still (15%). You can check out the complete results here.

Also celebrating a special anniversary this past week was Rush's 9th studio album, Signals; it turned 25 on Sunday! So for this week's poll - you guessed it - I'll be asking what your favorite song off of Signals is. Take the poll and let us know.

It's Rush Month on UK digital radio station Planet Rock and their website now has Mark Jeeves' interviews with Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson up online. To learn how to access them check out this post. This Sunday evening Mark's interview with Geddy Lee will air. It should then be up on their site shortly after.

Lush, the tribute to Rush's debut album is officially released Tuesday but you can preorder it from Main Man Records at this link.

The Canadian Music Scene website is currently hosting a Q&A with Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider. You can submit your question at this link. Reader Damon H also let me know that Howard is interviewed in the September issue of Lighting and Sound America magazine and Geddy Lee is on the front cover.

The latest issue of EQ Magazine features Geddy Lee on the cover and an in-depth look at Rush in the studio for the recording of Snakes and Arrows. Thanks to RedSectorA from Counterparts for the heads up and cover scan.

The Bracebridge Examiner / Gravenhurst Banner had an article about the Rush.com website last week. It's titled Rush website has Muskoka influence and talks about the company and people who are responsible for the revamped Rush.com:

... Building on the fact that both the band's drummer and the record label founder have relatives in Gravenhurst, they now have a web designer who makes his home in Gravenhurst.

Earlier this year, Syndicate Design Studios Inc., which is partially based in Muskoka, was hired to create the band's new multimedia website which went live on May 1, simultaneously with Rush's new studio album Snakes and Arrows.

Bracebridge native Ryan Welcher and his business partner Adrian Zivojinovich of Toronto embarked on their small web design business after graduating four years ago, having met at the International Academy of Design and Technology.

Through personal contacts to the band, SRO Management and Anthem Records, Syndicate approached Rush about revamping the band's website. ...

Personal contacts with the band indeed! Funny how they don't even mention that Adrian Zivojinovich is Alex's son! :) Maybe they don't know?

Reader lerxst77 pointed me to this Rush reference at wired.com in an article about test driving the Porsche Turbo Cabriolet:

... Its time to listen to some music. I wonder, though, how this will be possible at such a high speed. Already, its very loud, and with a passenger in tow, it's difficult to talk without shouting.

Somehow, though, I can hear the words of Rush's Red Barchetta over the sound of the motor, as the wind blows my hair back like a horizontal buzz cut. ...

Nice. :)

Reader ghost__rider let me know that Toronto's Q107 recently polled listeners as part of their Labor Day Weekend countdown of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Rush made the list with a total of 10 songs. Here they are:

44. The Spirit Of Radio
108. Limelight
200. Tom Sawyer
212. Fly By Night
268. In The Mood
348. YYZ
364. Subdivisions
398. Red Barchetta
439. Closer To The Heart
495. New World Man

In an updates post last month I mentioned how Internet entrepreneur (CEO/co-founder of both Raindance Communications and lijit.com) Todd Vernon is a huge Rush fan and attended the Red Rocks show. He had some great things to say about it in his blog. He liked it so much that he also decided to hit the Chicago show and also wrote about that show in his blog here along with some great pics.

Classic Rock Revisited's Jeb Wright recently penned a great article about Rush's snubbing by the Rock Hall entitled The Most Neglected Band in the World. Thanks to camvek for the heads up.

The Toledo Blade recently asked readers to reveal their desert island disc. One of these readers was Judge Mike Goulding of Toledo Municipal Court who picked Rush in Rio:

This live disc reminds me of Rush at the Sports Arena - the first rock concert my parents allowed me to attend. My buddies and I got out of school early, waited for hours in the cold, and fought for good seats.

It's comforting to know that even judges like Rush! :)

In a recent interview at Gibson.com, rock photographer Ross Halfin discusses his job and many of the various bands he's photographed over the years. He mentions Rush in a good light:

I much preferred the big rock bands from America, groups like Rush and Aerosmith. They actually wanted to have their pictures taken.

Thanks to George for the link.

Reader jon let me know that a recent photoshop thread at Fark.com had the theme What If Canada Ruled The World. Needless to say, some of the submissions are Rush related. :)

On a recent episode of Who Wants to be a Millionaire Rush made the $25,000 question ...

During the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2003, this band was referred to as "the thunder from down under".

A. Iron Maiden
B. Rush
C. AC/DC
D. Black Sabbath

The contestant was quoted as saying "Rush might be Austrailian..." then answered incorrectly with Iron Maiden. The correct answer was of course AC/DC. :) Thanks tgolic for the info.

Jess of the Rush to Fight AIDs Project recently posted a blog entry retelling an interesting story about a mystery person who donated to the Project in a very creative Rushian sort of way. She's trying to locate the person so she can thank him, so if you're out there - contact Jess!

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Part 2 of Eddie Trunk interview with Geddy and Alex
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Alex and Geddy being interviewed by Eddie TrunkBack in April radio personality and VH1 Classic VJ Eddie Trunk conducted an interview with Geddy and Alex for Atlantic records. The interview finally saw the light of day last month when Atlantic sent out an email with a link to the first portion of the interview to those folks who had purchased the Snakes & Arrows MVI and registered online. Over the last couple of days they finally sent out part 2 of this interview. Part one has long since been taken down, but you can watch part 2 at this link. Atlantic will likely only keep this up for a day or two so watch it while it's hot. It's an old interview, so there's not much new here but it's fun to watch regardless. Thanks to AFarCryfromFBN for the heads up.

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The Larger Bowl breaks into the top 20
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The Larger BowlIn its 5th week of release The Larger Bowl has broken into the top 20 on both the Mediabase Mainstream Rock Chart and the Radio and Records Rock Chart. It is the 3rd single off of Snakes & Arrows; Far Cry was the first and Spindrift the second. Far Cry was very successful and stayed atop the charts for several months, making it as high as #2 on the Mediabase chart. Spindrift was released on June 1st and unfortunately failed to gain much of a foothold in any radio markets. So continue to call your local radio stations and request The Larger Bowl. Let's try to push it into the top 10!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

London, ON open thread
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UPDATE - 10/25@3:32PM: Capacity: 8,936
Attendance: 8,608
Gross: $627,749

UPDATE - 9/16@5:36PM: Reader canuckster has uploaded a fairly decent bootleg recording of the show at this link.

UPDATE - 9/13@11:15AM: Here's a great review from the London Free Press (thanks ancpratt2112). No mention of Neil's birthday though.

UPDATE - 9/13@7:37AM: Setlist #1; no substitution. Neil's birthday wasn't acknowledged at all but the band seemed to be in great spirits, especially Neil (thanks stew is a rush fan).

The Canadian leg of the Snakes & Arrows tour kicks off tonight at the John Labatt Centre in London, ON. The last time Rush played in London was back on the Moving Pictures tour in March of 1981. It seems appropriate that Rush would play in London on this day of all days seeing as it's Neil Peart's 55th birthday! London is within a couple hours drive of Hamilton (where Neil was born), St. Catharines (where Neil grew up) and Toronto (where Rush got its start). Maybe those attending the show tonight will get to sing Happy Birthday to Neil? We'll see.

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 12th @ 7:30PM (local time)
Show Number: 43
Venue: John Labatt Centre
Place: London, ON

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Happy 55th Birthday Neil Peart!
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Neil Peart and his kitOur favorite drummer, Neil Ellwood Peart was born on this date in 1952 in Hamilton, Ontario. Happy 55th birthday Pratt! May you have many more.

My life is slipping away
I'm aging every day
But even when I'm grey
I'll still be grey my way

- Neil Peart from I Think I'm Going Bald off Caress of Steel

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Lush tribute to Rush's debut available for preorder
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LushEarlier this summer we learned about a new Rush tribute album from Main Man Records entitled Lush. Lush - which releases next Tuesday - is a tribute to Rush's debut album and features covers of all 8 tracks from Rush plus 2 bonus tracks; Not Fade Away and Can't Fight It (from Rush's first single). Here's the complete list of tracks/artists:

1. Finding My Way - 3 Legged Rabbit
2. Need Some Love - Rutsey
3. Take A Friend - Snagglepuss
4. Here Again - Joe Harvard Band
5. What You're Doing - Ed Mundell (Monster Magnet)
6. In The Mood - FourYearBeard
7. Before And After - Frankenstein 3000
8. Working Man - Murder 1
9. Not Fade Away - A Farewell To Bling
10. Can't Fight It - Worro Pilkinson

The album is now available for preorder directly from Main Man Record's website at this link. From the information I have there will only be a limited number of 100 copies sold to the public. You can listen to 30-second preview clips of all the tracks at this link. Ed Mundell also has his rendition of What You're Doing up on his website in its entirety which you can listen to here.

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Q&A with Howard Ungerleider at The Canadian Music Scene
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The Canadian Music Scene website is currently hosting a Q&A with Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider. You can submit your question at this link. From the website:

Here is your chance to submit your question to Howard "Herns" Ungerleider.

RUSH fans will be well aware of Howard, having been with the band from their start. Howard has performed many roles with the band starting off as their tour manager to producing their current tour lighting and special effects.

Howard is currently on the road with RUSH on their Snakes and Arrows tour but has graciously agreed to field questions.

We are looking at submitting selected questions to Howard after the last Toronto show on September 22, 2007.

Howard is considered among the best in his business and is a principal in the company Production Design International. Drop PDI site at www.pdifx.com.

Very cool. Many thanks to The Canadian Music Scene website for doing this. I'm looking forward to his answers.

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Rock Band video game Tom Sawyer trailer
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Rock BandFriday I reported that the video game Rock Band has been given a release date of November 20th and is available for preorder for both the XBox and Playstation 3. Rock Band is the sequel to Harmonix Music Systems' popular Guitar Hero 2 game, released last November. Guitar Hero 2 allowed players to play bass or guitar in a virtual band, playing along with hit songs from a number of artists. One of the songs included was Rush's YYZ. Rock Band will be similar to its Guitar Hero predecessors but with the addition of drums and vocals, and it includes a cover of Rush's Tom Sawyer as one of the featured tracks. A trailer featuring the song recently appeared online and can be seen at this link.

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Planet Rock Rush interviews online
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I've mentioned a few times now that this month is Rush Month on UK digital radio station Planet Rock. As part of the celebration they are broadcasting four exclusive interviews with the band that were recorded in San Francisco earlier this year. Each of the first three are with one member of the band and then the fourth will be bits from all three of the band member interviews (not all three members together unfortunately). The first of these interviews was with Neil Peart and aired on September 2nd. Yesterday Alex Lifeson was interviewed. Both of these interviews are now available online at the Planet Rock website although they're a little difficult to find. To listen you need to go to the website, click on Listen Live, a player window will popup. Then click on Listen Again at the top of the popup. A list will be viewable on the right of the page. Look for Last 7 Days: Special Feature and click on it. You'll see links to listen to the interviews there. Neither interview reveals much in the way of new information but Mark Jeeves does a good job and they are definitely worth having a listen.

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

Happy 25th anniversary Signals!
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25 years ago today Rush released their 9th studio album Signals. The album was recorded between April and July of 1982 and would mark the last time that Rush would work with longtime producer Terry Brown. Signals was certified both Gold and Platinum by the RIAA on November 10, 1982 and it peaked at #10 on Billboard's top album charts. New World Man went all the way to #1 on the US Mainstream Rock charts; Subdivisions made it to #3. Videos were made for Subdivisions and Countdown. From the allmusic.com review:

Instead of playing it safe and writing Moving Pictures, Pt. II, Rush replaced their heavy rock of yesteryear with even more modern sounds for 1982's Signals. Synthesizers were now an integral part of the band's sound, and replaced electric guitars as the driving force for almost all the tracks. And more current and easier-to-grasp topics (teen peer pressure, repression, etc.) replaced their trusty old sci-fi-inspired lyrics. While other rock bands suddenly added keyboards to their sound to widen their appeal, Rush gradually merged electronics into their music over the years, so such tracks as the popular MTV video "Subdivisions" did not come as a shock to longtime fans. And Rush didn't forget how to rock out -- "The Analog Kid" and "Digital Man" were some of their most up-tempo compositions in years. The surprise hit, "New World Man," and "Chemistry" combined reggae and rock (begun on 1980's Permanent Waves), "The Weapon" bordered on new wave, the placid "Losing It" featured Ben Mink on electric violin, while the epic closer "Countdown" painted a vivid picture of a space shuttle launch. Signals proved that Rush were successfully adapting to the musical climate of the early '80s.

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Twin Cities open thread
1:50PM EST | link | comments (14) |

UPDATE - 10/25@3:31PM: Capacity: 14,956
Attendance: 11,402
Gross: $752,618

UPDATE - 9/10@3:58PM: ... and here's another review from the Minneapolis Star Tribune (thanks Aspiralarray).

UPDATE - 9/10@9:56AM: Here's a review from the Pioneer Press (thanks rshhead and Aspiralarray).

UPDATE - 9/10@9:51AM: Setlist #2; with the substitution (thanks hermy).

Date/Time: Sunday, September 9th @ 7:30PM (local time)
Show Number: 42
Venue: Xcel Energy Center
Place: St. Paul, MN

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Chicago open thread
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UPDATE - 10/25@3:31PM: Capacity: 18,174
Attendance: 16,613
Gross: $847,695

UPDATE - 9/16@5:49PM: Here's the Billboard review of this show (thanks George).

UPDATE - 9/12@9:06PM: Here's another review (thanks gag2man).

UPDATE - 9/10@9:53AM: A couple of reviews:
Daily Southtown - Rush rock Tinley Park
Chicago Sun-Times - Oldies, goodies and more: Rush doesn't disappoint

UPDATE - 9/9@10:49AM: Setlist #1; no substitution.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 8th @ 7:30PM (local time)
Show Number: 41
Venue: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Place: Tinley Park, IL

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Happy 20th anniversary Hold Your Fire!
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Back on September 8th in 1987 Rush released their 12th studio album Hold Your Fire. The album was recorded at The Manor in Oxfordshire, Ridge Farm Studio in Surrey, Air Studios in Montserrat and at McClear Place in Toronto. Hold Your Fire was certified Gold by the RIAA on November 9, 1987 and it peaked at #13 on Billboard's top album charts. It has yet to be certified Platinum. 2 singles from the album - Force Ten and Time Stand Still - reached #3 on the US Mainstream rock charts, Prime Mover reached #16. Videos were made for Time Stand Still and Lock and Key. From the allmusic.com review:

Hold Your Fire is an album in the purest sense; infinitely greater than the sum of its parts, it gradually draws in the listener by slowly revealing its nuances and secrets. While the use of keyboards is still overwhelming at times, Geddy Lee employs lush textures which, when coupled with a greater rhythmic and melodic presence from guitarist Alex Lifeson, results in a far warmer sound than in recent efforts. Of course, drummer Neil Peart is as inventive and exciting as ever, while his lyrics focus on the various elements (earth, air, water, fire) for much of the album. Opener "Force Ten" is the band's most immediate number in years, and other early favorites such as "Time Stand Still" and "Turn the Page" soon give way to the darker mysteries of "Prime Mover" and "Tai Shan." The multifaceted "Lock and Key" is quintessential Rush, and sets the stage for the album's climax with the sheer beauty of "Mission." As was the case with 1976's 2112 and 1981's Moving Pictures, Rush always seem to produce some of their best work at the end of each four-album cycle, and Hold Your Fire is no exception.

For this week's poll I'm asking folks what their favorite song off this album is. So what's your favorite? Take the poll and let us know

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Friday, September 7, 2007

New Tiles album featuring Alex Lifeson; release date, tracklist
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Tiles with Alex LifesonUPDATE - 9/27@10:13PM: The cover art has been revealed.

Last month I let you know that Detroit-based prog-rockers Tiles would feature a guest appearance from Alex Lifeson on their upcoming 5th album, Fly Paper. More details about the release were recently posted on the Tiles website including the release dates and tracklist. From the site:

We are pleased to announce that "Fly Paper" will be released on InsideOut Music in the following territories:

Germany, Austria & Switzerland - January 25, 2008
Europe - January 28, 2008
North America - January 29, 2008

"Fly Paper" was produced by Terry Brown and will include the following tracklisting:

1. Hide In My Shadow
2. Sacred & Mundane (w/ Alex Lifeson)
3. Back & Forth (w/ Alannah Myles)
4. Landscrape
5. Markers
6. Dragons, Dreams & Daring Deeds (w/ Kim Mitchell)
7. Crowded Emptiness (w/ Hugh Syme)
8. Hide & Seek

Additional special guests include Sonya Mastick (percussion), Matthew Parmenter (keyboards & vocals) and Nate Mills (vocals) throughout.

In other news... we caught up with Alex Lifeson before the Rush show in Detroit. Alex was kind enough to set aside some time to chat about his session with Terry, his guitar parts, what equipment he used (only of interest to Chris), the "Snakes and Arrows" tour, and other fun stuff. The band presented Alex with two dozen Titleist "super high powered golf balls" monogrammed with "Tiles - Fly Paper" in appreciation for his contributions (so we're the ones who look bad if/when a ball is found in the woods). And yes, the Rush show was amazing - it's not to be missed...

Great news. Thanks to B-Man for the heads up.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff; more 2008 tour news!
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Rush will play their last 2 shows of the Middle West leg of the Snakes & Arrows tour over the coming weekend, hitting Chicago and the Twin Cities. They'll then return to the homeland for 6 Canadian dates with one show at Madison Square Garden thrown in the mix. After that it's on to Europe. But the good news is, as I reported a couple days ago, it looks like Rush will be touring in 2008 as well. Rumor has it that they'll play several dates in March/April of next year starting in Atlantic City and then moving into New England and Atlantic Canada. Then after a short break they'll head south and play some dates that will include New Orleans, New Mexico, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi. Nothing is official yet but my source on this has been very reliable in the past. And ... I have even more exciting 2008 tour news to report. Way back in December of last year I mentioned a rumor that Rush would possibly be playing at a concert next summer to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. It would be a large benefit concert along the lines of Toronto Rocks and take place in July on the Plains of Abraham. Well, it looks like this may no longer be a rumor but will actually take place although nothing official has been announced yet. The word is that Rush will be the headlining act of the closing day of the concert. If this actually happens it would be Rush's biggest full-length show ever as a crowd of nearly half a million fans are expected. It's also expected that this would be the last show of the Snakes & Arrows tour. As always, more details as I get them.

September marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Rush's 5th studio album A Farewell to Kings. So in last week's poll I asked you what your favorite song off this album was. The results are in and the resounding winner is Xanadu (my personal choice) with nearly 58% of the vote. Rounding out the list was Cygnus X-1 (16%), A Farewell to Kings (13%), Cinderella Man (7%), Closer to the Heart (6%) and 1 lonely vote for Madrigal.

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Rush's 12th studio album Hold Your Fire. So for this week's poll I'm asking everyone what their favorite song off of that album is. Take the poll and let us know.

This month is Rush Month on UK digital radio station Planet Rock. Last Sunday they aired an interview with Neil Peart and this weekend it will be Alex Lifeson's turn; his interview with Mark Jeeves will air at 7PM (UK time) on Sunday.

Two big Rush fan conventions are coming up in the next several weeks. RushCon 7 will take place in Toronto over the weekend of September 21-23. For all the details visit their website at www.rushcon.org. Rush EuCon 12 will take place on Sunday October 14th at the Manchester University campus in Manchester, UK with special guest speaker former Rush producer Terry Brown! For all the details visit the website at www.rusheucon.com. What's really cool is that both conventions will culminate with a Rush show!

Power Windows has added a collection of Rush wallpapers for the Sony PlayStation Portable do the downloads section of his website.

As reported on this site earlier this summer, the sequel to the popular video game Guitar Hero 2 - Rock Band - will contain a cover of Rush's Tom Sawyer. The release date has been announced as November 20th and the game is now available for preorder for both the XBox and Playstation 3.

There's a new video up on Rush.com in the multimedia section. This time they speak with Anson - the guy who says check one two. :)

Andrew Olson has made some recent updates to his Neil Peart fan site including a new section titled Postcards from Neil. This section will highlight postcards that Neil Peart sent to people who wrote to him through Modern Drummer. So far there's just one in there, so if you have one and would like to share it - contact Andy.

I've recently come across a couple of really nice online galleries from the Snakes & Arrows tour. The first is from the Charlotte show (thanks jeffrey f) and the second is from the Shoreline Amphitheater show (thanks Phil).

Here's a bit of sad news. Jane Tomlinson, a British campaigner and fund raiser for cancer charities, died this past Tuesday - finally succumbing to her long battle with cancer . In addition to being a truly remarkable and inspirational woman, she was - not surprisingly - a Rush fan. She will be missed. Thanks to Liverpool.78 for the news.

Over a year ago I reported that Le Studio (where Rush recorded several albums including Moving Pictures) was for sale and we all joked about pooling our resources and buying it. Reader Geddy's Ricken and my shoes recently made a pilgrimage to Morin Heights, Quebec where Le Studio is located and sadly found out that it was recently sold to build some luxury condos. He did however take several great pictures from his visit that I thought I'd share here.

Goodbye Le Studio - we'll miss you.

If you're ever in Springfield, PA be sure to visit the Rush Inn; here's a pic of the place courtesy 1-2-bucklemyshoe.

That's all for now. Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Milwaukee open thread
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UPDATE - 10/25@3:30PM: Capacity; 13,299
Attendance: 12,100
Gross: $516,155

UPDATE - 9/8@9:46AM: Setlist #2; with the substitution. Here's a great review of the show from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (thanks Scott M).

The Snakes & Arrows tour turns 40 tonight. Rush will play their 40th show of the tour tonight at the Marcus Amphitheater in Milwaukee. To everyone who's going - have a great time!

Date/Time: Thursday, September 6th @ 7:30PM (local time)
Show Number: 40
Venue: Marcus Amphitheater
Place: Milwaukee, WI

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Rush's Working Man makes list of top 25 work songs
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[The Twenty-Five Greatest Songs About Work]

Rush has made Rolling Stone magazine's list of the top 25 songs about work. Working Man made the cut at number 21. Topping the list was John Lennon's Working Class Hero. You can check out the entire list at this link. Thanks to B-Man for the heads up.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

New Rush oddities from MitA
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It's been a while but MitA has another batch of Rush audio oddities for us. The theme of this installment seems to be trainwrecks. It contains bootleg clips of Rush screwing up in concert playing Tom Sawyer, Time Stand Still , Subdivisions, and Geddy's misspoken lyrics from one song on the current tour (spoiler alert). There's also a live rendition of Auld Lang Syne from a New Year's Eve show; Alex Lifeson's babbling intro rant to Prime Mover; Geddy's vocals from How It Is isolated; and a hidden synth in Animate. Thanks MitA!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Rush EuCon 2007; Terry Brown to be guest speaker
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The oldest and largest Rush fan convention Rush EuCon will take place on Sunday October 14th at the Manchester University campus in Manchester, UK. The event will run from 11AM to 6PM and then Rush will play at the MEN Arena that evening. Space is limited to 1200 attendees and tickets are priced at £20.00. And the best bit of news is that former Rush producer Terry Brown was recently confirmed as the guest speaker! For all the details and to purchase tickets, go to the EuCon 12 website.

And let us not forgot about RushCon 7 over here on this side of the pond! RushCon 7 will take place over the weekend of September 21-23 coinciding with Rush's 2nd tour stop at the Air Canada Centre. I'll be there and I hope to see you there too. For details and to purchase your tickets go to the RushCon 7 website.

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Monday, September 3, 2007

Rush 2008 North American tour date info!
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Rush Snakes & Arrows TourUPDATE - 11/6@9:43AM: More updates! Details in this post.

UPDATE - 10/3@4:48PM: Alex Lifeson has confirmed the 2008 tour saying that they'll play a total of 110 shows through the summer of 2008; that's another 45 shows.

UPDATE - 9/8@11:16AM: I have even more exciting 2008 tour news to report. Way back in December of last year I mentioned a rumor that Rush would possibly be playing at a concert next summer to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. It would be a large benefit concert along the lines of Toronto Rocks and take place in July on the Plains of Abraham. Well, it looks like this may no longer be a rumor but will actually take place although nothing official has been announced yet. The word is that Rush will be the headlining act of the closing day of the concert. If this actually happens it would be Rush's biggest full-length show ever as a crowd of nearly half a million fans are expected. It's also expected that this would be the last show of the Snakes & Arrows tour. As always, more details as I get them.

UPDATE - 9/4@7:11AM: Quick update - Vermont should not be on the list below.

Over the last several months there have been many rumors about potential Rush tour dates in late 2007 and early 2008. There have been rumors of them playing Brazil, Asia, summer festivals in 2008, indoor venues in the US, etc. Well, I finally am starting to get some cohesive news regarding these rumors - at least in regards to North American dates. My source tells me that Rush will be playing several indoor dates in the US and Canada in the Spring of 2008. This leg will kick off with a two or three night stand at the Etess Arena at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City sometime in March. The band will then move up the east coast to Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Atlantic Canada to wrap up the first set of dates before heading south for a handful of dates in late March through early April which will include New Orleans, New Mexico, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi. This is all the information that I have currently. I'll be sure to post anything else that I come across.

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Rush Month kicks off on Planet Rock
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As I'd mentioned last week September is Rush Month on UK digital radion station Planet Rock. The station's website now has a Rush Month minisite up. As part of the celebration they will be broadcasting four exclusive interviews with the band that were recorded in San Francisco earlier this year. Each of the first three will be with one member of the band, talking about a particular period in their history and then the fourth will be bits from all three of the band member interviews (not all three members together unfortunately). The first of these interviews was with Neil Peart and aired yesterday. Reader Clive C listened in and gives the following report:

... Neil spoke in a very enthusiatic way, sounding very positive and and energetic. Among the tracks they played were 2112 (not all of it alas), Malignant Narcissism, Mystic Rhythms, Fly By Night and Circumstances. Also Crossroads and The Seeker got airplay. The highlight though was Neil's drum solo from Exit Stage Left - YYZ. They played it from the solo to the end of the track. All in all the show was a real treat, fantastic to hear Rush on the radio at the best of times but to hear an hour long special was just brilliant. ...

The interview should be up on the website for us to listen to at some point in the near future. The next interview will be next week with Geddy Lee Alex Lifeson on Sunday at 7PM UK time.

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Columbus open thread
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UPDATE - 10/25@3:27PM: Attendance: 10,241
Capacity: 12,891
Gross: $463,661

UPDATE - 9/3@11:17AM: Some sad news; apparently a woman was hit by a car and killed after leaving the show last night.

UPDATE - 9/3@10:12AM: Setlist #1; no substitution (thanks WarPaint). Here's a review from the Columbus Dispatch (thanks Cbus Rush).

Rush hits Columbus tonight and will then take a 3-day break for the holiday before continuing the tour in Milwaukee this Thursday. Here's a little preview article from the Columbus Dispatch titled Rush of memories expected from rock veterans.

Date/Time: Sunday, September 2nd @ 7:30PM (local time)
Show Number: 39
Venue: Germain Amphitheater
Place: Columbus, OH

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Dave the bus driver's MySpace page
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If you've read Neil Peart's book Roadshow then you are probably familiar with his tour bus driver Dave. Dave now has a MySpace page up and he recently uploaded a few pics of him and his bus along with Neil and Michael from the Indianapolis show. I included the pics for those of you without MySpace accounts. Thanks to SFdrummer for the heads up.

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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Cincinnati open thread
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UPDATE - 10/25@3:26PM: Attendance: 10,776
Capacity: 16,435
Gross: $479,040

UPDATE - 9/2@9:41AM: Setlist #2; with the substitution (thanks Rob).

Date/Time: Saturday, September 1st @ 7:30PM (local time)
Show Number: 38
Venue: Riverbend Music Center
Place: Cincinnati, OH

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Happy 30th anniversary A Farewell to Kings!
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Sometime in the month of September back in 1977, Rush released their 5th studio album, A Farewell to Kings. The precise date of release is unknown exactly, but according to the Jon Collins Rush biography Chemistry it was released a few days after the tour kicked off on September 6th. The Rush calendar actually has it listed as being released on August 18th, but every other source I can find says September 1977. The album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales and mixed at Advision Studios in London. It was also Rush's first album to go Gold in the US; about 2 months after its release on November 16th and was certified platinum on December 1st, 1993. It peaked at #33 on Billboard's top album charts. From the Allmusic.com review:

On 1977's A Farewell to Kings it quickly becomes apparent that Rush had improved their songwriting and strengthened their focus and musical approach. Synthesizers also mark their first prominent appearance on a Rush album, a direction the band would continue to pursue on future releases. With the popular hit single "Closer to the Heart," the trio showed that they could compose concise and traditionally structured songs, while the 11-minute "Xanadu" remains an outstanding accomplishment all these years later (superb musicianship merged with vivid lyrics help create one of Rush' s best all-time tracks). The album-opening title track begins with a tasty classical guitar/synth passage, before erupting into a powerful rocker. The underrated "Madrigal" proves to be a delicately beautiful composition, while "Cinderella Man" is one of Rush's few songs to include lyrics penned entirely by Geddy Lee. The ten-minute tale of a dangerous black hole, "Cygnus X-1," closes the album on an unpredictable note, slightly comparable to the two bizarre extended songs on 1975's Caress of Steel. A Farewell to Kings successfully built on the promise of their breakthrough 2112, and helped broaden their audience.

On a personal note, I count this album among my top 3 Rush albums - and Xanadu is probably my favorite Rush song outside of 2112. Happy birthday AFTK!!

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