Archive: Blog Entries from February, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 2/28@2:30PM: Ray B was one of the recipients of a signed lithograph and received the following email from the Atlantic Webstore regarding it:

Thank you for your purchase on Rush.com for the Retrospective III CD/DVD pre-order with lithograph.

This is a confirmation that your Rush Retrospective III CD/DVD has shipped. Unfortunately we regret to inform you that your signed lithograph has not been included in this shipment. The lithographs are with the band now to be signed and should begin shipping to you the week of March 9th. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you.

So it looks like nobody has received their signed lithograph yet and likely won't for a couple of weeks.

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UPDATE - 2/27@11:45PM: Reader powaking's signed lithograph that I posted below is not one from the Deluxe Fan Pack. He bought it for a charity auction a few years back. The timing of it confused me. Still pretty cool though. If anyone actually did get one of the Fan Pack authographed lithographs, let us know. :)

Rush's Atantic-era greatest hits package Rush: Retrospective 3 officially releases next Tuesday, March 3rd but - as was mentioned yesterday - several fans who ordered the Deluxe Fan Pack version or ordered via the Rush Backstage Club have either received their copy already or been given notice that it has shipped. There's no doubt that the most anticipated detail regarding the release is the fact that it contains remixed/remastered versions of One Little Victory and Earthshine from the Vapor Trails album. Barnes and Noble has 30-second clips from all the songs up on their website and you can definitely hear a difference in the mix of these two songs although these clips certainly don't do the tracks justice. Reaction from those fans who have been lucky enough to hear the complete higher-quality versions of the two tracks has been unanimously positive thus far. This small taste of what a remastered Vapor Trails would sound like has made most fans hungry for more. Hopefully this overwhelmingly positive reaction to the remasters on Retrospective 3 will make it that much more likely we'll see a remastered Vapor Trails sooner than later. For my next poll I thought I'd ask which of the remaining 11 un-remastered tracks do you think would most benefit from a remaster. Take the Poll and let us know.

Reader powaking was one of the lucky folks who ordered the Deluxe Fan Pack and received a Rush autographed lithograph poster. He put it in a really cool frame and posted it online. Here's a photo.

UK music magazine Kerrang! reviewed Retrospective 3 in their latest issue and had this to say:

Latter day compilation from the group (always) out of step with the world

Appointed by the Canadian government as that country's official ambassadors of music, the appeal of Rush is difficult to describe, as it is easily overlooked. But 36 years on from their formation, the sounds that made this weird, cute, challenging and constantly evolving trio are received by an audience of more than a million people, most of them blokes. Those who loved the 15 minute prog-slogs of the 70s may have been alarmed when 2 decades on Rush were experimenting with rap (on Roll the bones) but for many others this was simply proof that the best groups play it neither safe nor dumb. Forget Dir en grey, the queue for the biggest (and best) cult band in the world starts here.

Thanks to madjock for the heads up and the transcript.

In my last poll I asked everybody which of the 3 solos that Alex had named as his best solos in a recent interview was your favorite. Freewill and Limelight were neck-and-neck throughout the voting with just over 40% of the vote each, but in the end Limelight pulled out the victory by just a few votes.

Neil Peart updated the News Page on his website this past week and described his recent vacation in the snowy woods of Quebec along with some more tales of his various motorcycle trips during the Snakes & Arrows tour. He also updated the Bubba's Book Club section of his website where he reviews and recommends books that he's been reading. In this latest installment Neil reviewed the following books: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay and the Man Talking series by Mike Heppner.

We also learned this past week that Neil donated a signed 14" Drum Workshop drum head to help raise money for Southern California Deputy Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Corrales and the T.J. Martell Foundation. You can check out all the details and make a bid of your own at this link. As of this posting the bidding has topped $600!

Rush Saltyrockz.com t-shirtIf you haven't checked out the new Rush-themed Rush line-up t-shirt at Saltyrockz.com you can check it out here. It has a red Rush Star with the names Geddy, Alex, Neil superimposed over it. There's also a Rush-themed blog post at the website from former Kerrang! magazine writer and Rush friend Phil Wilding where he recounts his experience of basting the chickens on the Snakes & Arrows tour at the Birmingham show. You can read his blog post, titled Rush and the Vegetarian Chickens at this link.

A bunch of old Rush magazine articles were posted over at the Counterparts messageboard last week and I compiled them all in this post. Make sure to check them out if you haven't already. I also have a few more old articles to share that I'll be posting here and there over the coming weeks. Here's an old Circus Raves magazine from November, 1975 that reader Kevin B sent me. Just click the thumbnails above to view it. This is one of the oldest Rush articles I've seen - very cool stuff.

Rush may not have made the list of Rock Hall inductees this year, but the song Hope (Live for the Art of Peace) off of the Songs For Tibet: The Art of Peace was chosen as the Progressive Rock Song of the Year by the Progressive Rock Hall of Fame.

Eric over at Power Windows recently posted about a fan-made Animate Me Mix instrumental medley created by Rush fan tugger80. It clocks in at 3:11 and seamlessly merges multiple instrumental bits from across the entire Rush catalog over a primary drum beat from Animate. It's very impressive and well worth a listen. You can check it out at this link.

Rush has once again (it seems to happen every other week) made the Yahoo! Music blog's List of the Day. This time Rob O'Connor lists the Ten Most Loved And Hated Performers. Rush comes in at #7:

Let's hear it from the ladies in the audience! Oh, wait, there aren't any. This is a RUSH concert. The only women in attendance were dragged there by boyfriends who are skating on some pretty thin ice. I'm sure a handful of female Rush fans will write in to correct me on this point. But, really, take a look around. For whatever reason, Rush attract a predominately male audience who admire and analyze the band's every move. It's like a secret language where science fiction, objectivism and weird time signatures all converge and plan to sprout a new society. To outsiders, it's like Geek-A-Thon 2112 where Daffy Duck sings the company song for two hours.

Thanks to Eva V for the heads up.

Reader cccxiv let me know that Geddy Lee made this list of the top 25 Funny Guitar Faces. Geddy comes in at 21.

This article at Real Rock News discussing rocker Bon Jovi's impending baldness references Rush's classic song about hair loss - I Think I'm Going Bald. The article is titled Jon Bon Jovi Sings Rush. Thanks to exit...stage left for the link.

Reader NiceColdSchlitz alerted me to the fact that Alex Lifeson gets a mention at Canadian rocker Ian Thornley's website on the bio page. His recently released album Tiny Pictures was produced by Snakes & Arrows producer Nick Raskulinecz:

... Rush's Alex Lifeson was often seen cleaning up after Ian and Nick as he played host to the sloppy duo at his Lerxst Sound studios, removing half-empty coffee cups and inserting coasters underneath errant cans of pop. Even with all the heavyweight friends that got on board for Thornley's magnificent obsession, nothing perhaps impresses quite so much as being able to say that Alex Lifeson was your cleaning lady.

Ian collaborated with Alex as part of the Big Dirty Band for the Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrack and recently signed with Rush's label Anthem.

Most of you probably are aware that Rush played along with the Rolling Stones and several others at the SARS concert benefit back in the summer of 2003. Reader Darren recently uncovered an interview of Alex and Geddy from backstage at the concert where the guys talk for a few minutes about their love of the Stones. You can check out the interview at this link or watch it below.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Rush: Retrospective 3 now shipping, streaming clips available
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Rush's Atantic-era greatest hits package Rush: Retrospective 3 officially releases next Tuesday, March 3rd but it looks like some fans have either already received their copy or have been given notice that it has shipped. Reader Marathon Man already received his Deluxe Fan Pack version ordered via Rush.com which includes the lithograph poster, and I've heard from some folks who ordered through the Rush Backstage Club that they've received emails saying their order has shipped. Probably the most anticipated detail regarding the release is the fact that it contains remixed/remastered versions of One Little Victory and Earthshine from the Vapor Trails album. Barnes and Noble has 30-second clips from all the songs up on their website and you can definitely hear a difference in the mix of these two songs. Eric at the Power Windows site got his hands on the full versions of these two songs and shared his thoughts over at the Counterparts board:

My good buddy in biz, who shall remain anonymous, has provided me with the One Little Victory remix from Retrospective 3. I can't share it yet, but here's my initial thoughts.

Its a major change, from the opening drum beats, to Geddy's bass, and the "ahh ahhs". Also, there's some weird shifting in the sound at 1:25, when he begins, "a shot of satisfaction", as if someone made a major adjustment to the overall mix. I'm not an audiophile like some of you, but after two listens I like the mix. ...

... I just received Earthshine.

Maybe its just been so long or I'm listening with ears wide open, but most evident more than anything is the acoustic guitar during the guitar solo. I honestly don't remember hearing that before! Regardless, at around 3:30 I notice more jangly acoustic guitar than I remember before. ...

And for all you audiophiles out there there's this side-by-side comparison that Eric put together using his Sony ACID Music Studio softwarel.

Eric also had this to add about the packaging:

Some info on the Retrospective 3 packaging: the linernotes are a simple trifold sheet of paper, that's it. ...

... For my fellow album art junkies:

"The inside L & R is black - left side has three vertical bars with a red thin line from left bottom to right top (like a cross out) - right side has a 3 with a circle and an arrow pointing to the right (like on the front cover) - font is all the same and about 1 inch in height. Circle around arrow is red thin stroke same as the strike out on the left side. (see? boring)

Sleeve has cover image on front, gallery wall with band info on one and track info on the other. Inside foldout of three pages is the gallery taken from straight on head on eye level ( with six album covers and Feedback on the floor leaning against the wall). Dog is exiting stage right - all you can see is his hind legs and tail." ...

If you've received your copy and have anything to add, please do so in the comments.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Signed Neil Peart DW drum head charity auction
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Signed Neil Peart DW drum head for charity auction[eBay Charity Auction: DW DRUM HEAD AUTOGRAPHED BY NEIL PEART OF RUSH]

Michael of NeilPeartDrumsticks.com let me know that Neil Peart has graciously donated a signed 14" Drum Workshop drum head to help raise money for Southern California Deputy Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Corrales and the T.J. Martell Foundation. From the eBay auction listing:

... Neil donated the 14" drum head to help raise money for Southern California Deputy Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Corrales who has been battling leukemia for the last nine months. Bobby is of Chinese-Mexican ancestry and finding a bone marrow match has been a serious challenge. As of today, they still have not located a donor.

Bobby is a very giving person to his community and the job he serves. In recognizing this, Neil donated this signed drum head to help raise money for Bobby and his family. Great for any Rush fan or collector or someone wanting to help out a person in a crisis who would be there to help you out in a time of crisis. Buyer to pay shipping and handling charges. If you have any further questions, please email or call John at 805.338.0892. PayPal prefered.

90% of the proceeds will go directly to Bobby and the other 10% to the T.J. Martell Foundation to help fight cancer. ...

The auction runs through Monday, March 2nd.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Saltyrockz.com Rush line-up t-shirt now available
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Rush Saltyrockz.com t-shirt[Saltyrockz.com Rush line-up t-shirt]

A couple of weeks ago I asked everyone to go over to the Saltyrockz t-shirts site and vote for Rush. They were running a poll to determine the theme of their next t-shirt; Rush or Metallica. Saltyrockz owner/operator Howard Johnson (a former rock journalist who used to write for a number of UK rock magazines) emailed me to let me know that because of RIAB readers, Metallica was crushed in the poll and that their next shirt would have a Rush theme. True to his word, the t-shirt has arrived; you can check it out at this link. It has a red Rush Star with the names Geddy, Alex, Neil superimposed over it. Howard's weekly blog post also has a Rush theme. Howard invited his old Kerrang! magazine buddy and Rush friend Phil Wilding to recount his experience of basting the chickens on the Snakes & Arrows tour at the Birmingham show. You can read his blog post, titled Rush and the Vegetarian Chickens at this link.

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Neil Peart's recommended reading updated
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In addition to updating his News Page, Neil Peart also recently updated the Bubba's Book Club section of his website where he reviews and recommends books that he's been reading. In this - his 12th installment since the launch of his site - Neil reviews the following books: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay and the Man Talking series by Mike Heppner. Thanks to lilvictory for the heads up.

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Neil Peart news update
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Neil Peart in NC[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: February, 2009 - A Winter's Tale of Summers Past]

Neil Peart has updated the News Page on his website, chronicling his recent vacation in the snowy woods of Quebec along with some more tales of his various motorcycle trips during the Snakes & Arrows tour. Absolutely nothing about Rush, but a great read as usual. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Old Rush magazine article scans galore
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In the past few days a few users over at the Counterparts messageboard have been uploading and sharing some old Rush article scans from various fan magazines. So I thought I'd share them all here as well.

First up we have several Rush album magazine ads from Counterparts user GeddyLeeGenes:

   

GeddyLeeGenes also made this old Archives article available as well. It's by David Fricke and looks to be from around mid-1978 when Archives was released. I think Fricke wrote for Circus magazine around that time so it might be from that publication - not sure though. It's a short article that includes interview snippets from Geddy Lee, Donna Halper and manager Ray Daniels.

Counterparts member baldiepete made this 1982 article from Kerrang! magazine available. It contains an interview with Alex and Geddy conducted during the Signals tour.

Rush Sounds Magazine January 1983[Rush Sounds Magazine - January, 1983 (PDF 30MB)]

Next up is a 48-page issue of Sounds Fan Library magazine from January, 1983 dedicated to Rush. It has a ton of great photos in it along with interview segments and biographical info. The article was written by Steve Gett and the text would reappear in an expanded form a year later in his book Success Under Pressure (thanks to Power Windows for the info). This is definitely something any Rush fan would want to check out if you haven't before. You can download/view it as a PDF at the link above. Many thanks to Counterparts member tst4eko for taking the time to scan this and make it available.

[Rush Metal Hammer 1989 (PDF 19MB)]

This next item (also from tst4eko) is a 12-page biographical article on Rush from a 1989 issue of Metal Hammer magazine. The article is chock full of great photos. You can download/view it as a PDF at the link above.

Counterparts member baldiepete also made this 1990 article from Kerrang! magazine available. It contains an interview with the band conducted at the kickoff of the Presto tour.

Rush Guitar Legends issue[Rush Guitar Legends 2007 (PDF 26MB)]

And last but definitely not least is the 46-page Guitar World magazine special Legends edition featuring Rush which was released back in December of 2007. You can download/view it as a PDF at the link above. Many thanks to Counterparts member tst4eko for taking the time to scan this and make it available.

Whew... This stuff should keep you occupied for a while.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 2/22@10:50AM: Donna Halper gave us a report in the comments yesterday detailing her experience being interviewed for the Rush Documentary in New York a few days ago:

... Just got back from New York City and was honoured to participate in the up-coming Rush documentary. It was great to meet Sam and his crew, and we chatted (and them filmed) for nearly 2 hours. Knowing TV and video the way I do, that will be edited down to about five minutes!!!

Mostly, the questions were about my experiences in those early days, as well as what Alex & Geddy & Neil were like back then, why Rush has lasted and gained new fans over these many years, and of course, why I think Rush are not in the R&RHOF-- oh did I get off on a rant about that!!! And as I have said before, when asked to name which Rush album I felt was important, I simply deflected the question because each LP/CD was unique in its own way.

I am much more comfortable doing radio than I am doing video, so I hope I didn't come across like a looney tune. It was great to reminisce about those early years-- I even brought the original Moon LP, the one I first played when I was auditioning it for WMMS, the one that I dropped the needle on "Working Man." The crew wanted to take pictures of me with that historic album, so we did.

There are gonna be some very interesting people talking about why they love Rush, including members of Smashing Pumpkins and tennis star John McEnroe, among others. Sam is hoping it will be ready for release later this year. ...

... The documentary is being done by professionals, and these are also people who personally love Rush's music, so it ought to be a very fair and respectful portrayal of the band's career. It was a privilege to be a part of the project, and I am eager to see it when it comes out. It will also be available on DVD for purchase.

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It was certainly a busy week for Rush news, especially considering that the band is currently on a break. Over the weekend we learned that Rush was inducted into the Playboy Music Hall of Fame. We were treated to 2 new interviews from Alex Lifeson this past week; one from Guitar Player magazine, and another from MusicRadar.com where Alex spoke a good bit about the plans for Rush's next studio effort. We also were fed some more Rush audio coolness from MitA, got to see the original handwritten lyrics sheets from Fly By Night, dug up an old EQ magazine article on the making of Snakes & Arrows, and were able to see a preview of the 2010 Rush wall calendar. On top of all that we got all the juicy details regarding the upcoming East Coast Rush gathering, RatCon 2009.

Speaking of Rush gatherings, the dates for the 9th annual RushCon were announced this past Sunday. The event will take place the weekend of July 24th in Toronto, ON. I'll post the details as soon as they are available. Thanks to LVS_R for the heads up.

PuppetKing2112 over at Counterparts reports that Rolling Stone has reviewed Rush's upcoming Retrospective 3 greatest hits package. True to form, the review is not very flattering:

Prog-y arena giants hit the Nineties, with mixed results

By the Nineties, Rush had all but abandoned their synthesizers for the Zeppelin-style riffs and prog-pop melodies of their Seventies albums. This one-CD (plus bonus DVD) anthology tracks the band as it drifts from the summery, grunge-flavored anthem "Earthshine" to the acoustic-based "Nobody's Hero," a sweet, if clumsy, ode to a dead gay man and an abused woman - with occasional departures like the New Wave-ish "Roll the Bones." One thing Rush never lost: the comic-book profundity of lyrics such as "They travel in the time of the prophets" ("Dreamline"). Unless you're a Rush loyalist or a member of Coheed and Cambria, you can safely skip Retrospective III. MARK KEMP

Retrospective 3 will be released a week from next Tuesday on March 3rd.

Development of the much anticipated Rush Documentary from Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen seems to be progressing nicely. Rush discoverer Donna Halper posted in the comments on the Alex Lifeson Guitar Player interview thread that she'd be in New York City this week to be interviewed for the film. She's bringing some rare memorabilia and some memories of those early days. I'm sure Donna has a lot of great stuff to contribute. The documentary is due to release sometime later this year.

If you're a Rush fan it's very likely you are also a Yes fan. So most of you probably already know that Yes hired a tribute band singer to fill the shoes of ill-stricken member Jon Anderson on the band's current tour. You may also have heard the unfortunate news announced just yesterday that the band was canceling the remaining dates of the tour due to bassist Chris Squire's recent surgery. The replacement singer is Canadian Benoit David and back in November he was featured in an interview in issue #309 of the Yes fanzine Notes From the Edge. He mentions Rush at one point in the interview when asked about other music he likes:

... BD: I'm not much into the newer stuff; I'm not too aware of the newer talents. I listen to a lot of Yes music; I've listened to some Genesis, the older stuff. What do I listen to? I'm not a guy who carries 100 CDs in my car and listens to music all the time. I like to listen to the silence a lot. I pick up my good old records and listen to that; I like to listen to Queen, I like to listen to Rush, that sort of thing.

MOT: I was going to ask about Rush, your being a Canadian and liking progressive music.

BD: I mean, aren't they great? There was a song playing on the radio just a bit earlier today - wow.

MOT: You didn't see their SNAKES AND ARROWS tour, did you?

BD: I didn't.

MOT: Oh, it was phenomenal.

BD: Yeah, our son, he goes to all their shows. He's crazy about them. They're so talented. ...

Reader Spindrifter let me know that Geddy Lee is listed among the Top 5 Bass Players of All Time at CreativeLoafing.com. Geddy came in at #4. And Jodeo alerted me to the fact that Alex Lifeson made IGN Music's list of 10 Great Prog Rock Guitarists.

Amazon's latest release date for Neil Peart's upcoming book The Roadshow Illustrated Companion is now listed as June 20th. This thing has been pushed back so many times I've lost track. Let's hope we'll finally see it sometime this year. Thanks to DigitalMan745 for the news.

Reader Jeff Hamilton (aka RedSectorA from the Counterparts board) has contributed many Rush article scans to this site and others over the years (including the recent Alex Lifeson Guitar Player interview). Jeff also writes a bit himself and wanted me to share with everyone an article he wrote for a college newspaper back from the R30 tour titled Rush: celebrate the moment.

Last week I asked everyone to go over to the Saltyrockz t-shirts site and vote for Rush. They were running a poll to determine the theme of their next t-shirt; Rush or Metallica. Saltyrockz owner/operator Howard Johnson (a former rock journalist who used to write for a number of UK rock magazines) emailed me to let me know that because of RIAB readers, Metallica was crushed in the poll and that their next shirt will have a Rush theme. It'll be available for purchase at Saltyrockz.com this coming Tuesday, February 24th. Howard also mentioned that in addition to the launch of the t-shirt there will be a guest post at the Saltyrockz blog from a writer friend of his who knows Rush and had the honor of basting the chickens at the Birmingham show on the 2007 leg of the Snakes & Arrows tour. The site has some very cool t-shirts, I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with for the Rush design.

Rush was discussed in the commentary during a recent cricket match between the West Indies and England in Antigua. The Rush banter begins at about the 14:30 mark in the commentary which you can listen to at this link. Thanks to Distant Early Warning for the heads up.

And I'll leave you this week with this video of a high school string orchestra from New Jersey performing an arrangement of Rush's Vital Signs (thanks zenarcade2003):

Have a good weekend everybody!

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Rush 2010 wall calendar preview
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2010 Wall CalendarReader plunge was at the Toy Fair in New York earlier this week and caught a preview glimpse of the 2010 Rush wall calendar at the NMR Distribution booth. The calendar will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Rush's Permanent Waves and feature several photos from that era. The calendar will ship in August and can already be pre-ordered from the NMR Distribution website.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

RatCon 2009 details
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RatCon 2009A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that a few rushisaband members (Kelly D, PetieLee and LanceTheShred) had been making plans for an East Coast Rush gathering/convention called RatCon 2009. The name comes from one clever member of the site who called all obsessed Rush fans rats. Details were recently released regarding the event via a newly-launched website at www.ratcon2009.com. RatCon 2009 will take place the weekend of June 12th at Club Xanadu (The Shred's House) in beautiful Severna Park, MD (outside Baltimore). Events will include guest speaker Donna Halper and a tribute band concert from Cygnals at Fish Head Cantina along with a lot of great Rush-themed food, beverage, prizes, conversation and - of course - lots of Rush music! You can check out all the details at the website here.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

EQ Magazine article on the making of Snakes & Arrows
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EQ Magazine[Rush and Producer Nick Raskulinecz Reveal How They Recorded Snakes & Arrows]

Back in a Friday Updates post from September of 2007 I gave a quick mention that the September 2007 issue of EQ Magazine with Geddy Lee on the cover contained a long article on the making of Snakes & Arrows. I did not have a transcript or scan at the time, but reader Phil C recently located one that was linked off of Richard Chycki's site. The original article took up about 10 pages of the magazine and contains interview snippets from Geddy and Alex, Rich Chycki and Nick Raskulinecz. It's an extremely in-depth article and touches on every aspect of the album's production. You can read the whole thing at this link.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Alex Lifeson discusses the next Rush album in new interview
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[Alex Lifeson says Rush won't make 'concept' album: Band set to record in the fall]

In a recent interview at MusicRadar.com Alex Lifeson had a good bit to say about the next Rush studio album. Lerxst mentions that it will probably not be a concept album although they aren't opposed to it being a double CD, they may begin recording as early as the fall, and they will most likely work with Nick Raskulinecz again:

Alex Lifeson told MusicRadar that the band has no plans to make a 'concept' album, even though producer Nick Raskulinecz, who helmed the group's last studio effort, Snakes & Arrows, is urging them to do so.

"It's a very funny thing," Lifeson says. "We're in this mode of not working now, kind of enjoying being bums. And Nick is calling us with all of these heavy conceptual ideas. I think he thinks we have to make our grand statement - like it's now or never."

According to Lifeson, Rush haven't discussed concrete plans for recording their next album, but "we're thinking fall. After the summer I think we'll be ready to work again."

Double CD possible

Buoyed by the group's work on 2007's Snakes & Arrows, Lifeson says Raskulinecz is at the top of their list to produce the next album. "We feel there's a dialogue there, a relationship we haven't quite finished. It's like a conversation you begin and gets cuts off - Rush have more to say with Nick, I think."

That chat may or may not include a double CD - "something we're not opposed to at all," says Lifeson - but that doesn't automatically mean the dreaded 'C' word need apply.

"Lots of bands have made double albums that aren't 'concept' records," says Lifeson. "The Beatles made 'The White Album' - that isn't a concept album. Neither is [Led Zeppelin's] 'Physical Graffiti.' Length is so subjective."

Lifeson chuckles at Raskulinecz's unbridled enthusiasm ("He's the ultimate crazy-fan!"), but he says when the band sits down with him to discuss the next album - assuming he's the one - they'll make it clear that they're only interested in making a great record - single, double or otherwise.

"That's the only concept we're after: 'Is it good?' If there's a storyline attached, well, I don't know...I'm not thinking along those lines. Didn't we do that already? Rush aren't into repeating themselves."

Geddy Lee also denied any rumors of a concept album in a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine. This is the first we've heard any mention of the possibility of a double CD. It might mean that they are anticipating having a lot of new material ready to record for their next studio effort. Cool. Thanks to mattybro for the heads up.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fly By Night original handwritten lyrics sheets
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UPDATE - 2/15@9:01PM: The strange script at the end of Rivendell are runes saying Rivendell by Neil Peart (thanks Jon P).

Today is the 34th anniversary of the release of Rush's 2nd album and first with Neil Peart - Fly By Night. Andrew Olson recently got his hands on some scans of the handwritten Fly By Night lyrics sheets from the sleeve of the original LP version of the album and posted them to his Neil Peart site. Beginning with Fly By Night Neil Peart hand wrote in elaborate fashion all the lyrics for Rush's albums up through Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures. Several of these lyrics sheets were included in The Words and Pictures tour books Volumes 1 and 2 including By-tor and the Snow Dog from Fly By Night. Here are some interesting observations from Andy O regarding the Fly By Night lyrics sheets:

1) When Rush released the remastered versions of all the Mercury CDs, they also included a CD-size version of the lyrics sheets with Fly By Night.

2) Neil signs each of the lyrics "NP" in the illustration.

3) The cities where the songs or lyrics were written are listed at the bottom of the lyrics sheet.

4) In "Best I Can," there is an early allusion to an arrow illustration before the chorus.

5) In "By-Tor and the Snow Dog," part III, the Battle, includes "Challenge and Defiance, 7/4 War Furor" (alluding to the time signature of this section), Aftermath, Hymn Triumph -- something I'd never noticed before.

6) "Fly By Night" contains a Prologue, which was never included in the finished song (even the first time they played this at the Agora Theater).

7) In Rivendell, there's a strange script at the end.

Here's Anthem, Best I Can, Beneath, Between and Behind and By-tor and the Snow Dog:

   

And here is Fly By Night (complete with the Prologue), Making Memories, Rivendell and In the End:

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Even more new Rush oddities from MitA
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Wow. It's only been 2 weeks since MitA last shared with us his latest batch of Rush oddities, and he's already got some more for us! He must be feeling inspired. This next batch is a particularly cool one in my opinion. We have the isolated vocal track from The Trees, an isolated guitar track from Vital Signs, the broken glass sound effect from YYZ, some alternative vocal track sound effects from Vital Signs, the hidden Geddy vocal harmonies on Limelight, some isolated backing vocal tracks from Far Cry, a live Spirit of Radio trainwreck, a major technical glitch during Secret Touch live, and the isolated vocal track from Red Barchetta. You can listen using the above links or the player below. Thanks MitA!

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

New Alex Lifeson interview in March 2009 Guitar Player
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The March 2009 issue of Guitar Player magazine has a short interview with Alex Lifeson in it. Lerxst talks about mixing the Snakes & Arrows DVD, his Gibson ES-355, his involvement with ivideosongs, and the song selection on the last tour. Here's a transcript and you can also view a scan of the article by clicking on the thumbnails.

Rush's Alex Lifeson knows how to keep the customer satisfied. He continues to deliver the music that has thrilled Rush fans for 35 years - onstage, on record, on Rush's new DVD Snakes & Arrows Live, and in a series of lessons on ivideosongs. -- Matt Blackett

You mixed this DVD with Rich Chycki. What are the challenges to that?

The challenges are small things, like the perspective of where the guitar sits, because the drums take up a great deal of space. I have to say, the mixes on this DVD were probablay the easiest way to get a great foucus on the instruments. There's a lot of air around all the instruments, but it's still really cohesive. I'm really happy with the tonality of this DVD. To get my guitar tones, we used a combination of Palmer speaker simulators and mics on my Hughes & Kettners. Rich did the majority of the work on it. He has a great understandinng of how we sound in our heads, and he translates that well.

Which guitar of yours gets the biggest reaction?

Most definitely my white Gibson ES-355. I'm playing the Inspired By reissue version for "The Trees", but at the end of the night, for the encore, I'm using my original 355. I do worry about it disappearing or having some horrible thing happen to it. There's so much history in that guitar. But I wanted to bring it because it sounds so good and it's so much fun to play.

How did you get involved with ivideosongs, where you demonstrate "Tom Sawyer" and other tunes?

To be honest, I'm not really comfortable doing those things and I was reluctant. When I saw what they were doing, and a couple of the other artists on their site, I warmed up to the idea. We did it at my studio, so I was comfortable. After we got started, I realized that it wasn't such a difficult thing to do. Be yourself, goof around, talk about which parts are hard to play, and so on. It seemed to flow very naturally and it was a lot of fun.

What would you have though as a kid if you could have watched Jimmy Page or Pete Townshend demonstrate their songs?

It would have saved me a lot of time [laughs]. It would have been amazing. It would still be amazing.

You guys played some tunes on this DVD, like "Circumstances" and "Entre Nous", that haven't been in the set in a while and really make fans go crazy.

We try to work in older songs like those. We bring in a list and try them out in rehearsal, and if we get fired up,we go with them. One tune we tried was "A Farewell to Kings", and it just didn't get us going. We ran it a couple of times and moved on. "Circumstances" had something we really liked. "Entre Nous" is one we had never played live. Those sonngs really do make people happy, and it's rewarding to look out and see so many smiling faces.

Too bad about A Farewell to Kings - I would have loved to hear that one on the last tour. Many thanks to RedSectorA for the heads up and the scan.

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Rush inducted into the Playboy Hall of Fame
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Playboy March 2009UPDATE - 4/8@5:43PM: I added a scan courtesy templejanitor which you can check out here.

Back in November we learned that Rush was one of the 5 nominees for the Playboy Music Poll's Hall of Fame for 2008. They were up against Neil Diamond, N.W.A, Billy Idol and Smashing Pumpkins. Playboy just recently announced the results of the poll in their March 2009 issue and Rush was the winner! The band is pictured along with a little write-up in the magazine.

Given how many write-in votes Rush got from readers for best live act of the year, it's clear the innovative Torono band's star has never burned brighter than right now." ... "Though Rush's dozens of gold and platinum albums and performances before as many as 60,000 fans apparently don't warrant its inclusion in Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we're pround to welcome the band, on behalf of our millions of readers, to ours."

Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the news.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Just as surely as the sun will set and the seasons pass, we can always expect Rush to lose whenever they are nominated for a Grammy. This observation was proven once again this past Sunday as Rush lost their 6th Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental to Peaches En Regalia from Zappa Plays Zappa at the 51st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

We learned late last week that Neil Peart has agreed to answer questions from DRUM! Magazine readers in their June 2009 issue. All you have to do is email your question to NeilPeart@drumlink.com. Editor Andy Doerschuk will forward all the questions to Neil Peart and Neil will then sift through them and answer as many as possible in a marathon interview. If your question is chosen, they'll include your name (and a photo if possible) in the issue. The deadline for questions is March 16th. Just email your questions to NeilPeart@drumlink.com.

On Tuesday I let you know about how Metallica's James Hetfield had some nice things to say about Rush in a recent Reuters interview where he discussed the band's upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hetfield expressed a bit of embarassment at Metallica being inducted before more deserving bands such as Rush and Kiss. Guitarist Kirk Hammett also mentioned how Rush deserved to be in the Rock Hall at the band's press conference following the announcement of Metallica's Rock Hall induction. Hetfield and Hammett also appear on the cover of the February issue of Guitar Player where they are featured in an interview. Reader Bryan O let me know that in the interview, Hetfield mentions how great of a rhythm guitar player Alex Lifeson is. Also on the subject of Metallica and Rush, reader Tamra sent along this Vote for Rush! alert. Vote for Saltyrockz next t-shirt; it's Rush vs. Metallica.

The first episode of the Rush road crew documentary Backstage Secrets has been uploaded to YouTube in 6 parts. You can find all the links to the videos in this post. The first one is here.

Earlier today I pointed you to a snippet from a Classic Rock magazine interview with Geddy Lee. In the interview snippet Geddy essentially puts to rest (for the time being at least) rumors that Rush's next release is going to be a concept album. The full interview will be published in Classic Rock issue #130, on sale March 4th.

Reader JesseZ recently picked up the latest issue of the UK music magazine Q with U2 on the cover. Rush is mentioned twice in the issue. The first mention is in a Larry Mullen, Jr. interview where a sidebar titled Ask The Drummer lists stickmen who really run he band. Neil Peart is one of the drummers mentioned. The magazine also reviews the Snakes & Arrows DVD, giving it 4 stars (3 stars for the extras) and saying this about it:

The veteran three-piece are on top form at this 2007 Rotterdam show - and clearly having fun, too. Ergo we get bonkers video song intros, a chicken oven "speaker stack" and amps adorned with toy dinosaurs. Who could ask for more?"

As I'd mentioned a few weeks ago, Alex Lifeson made a surprise guest appearance at the Trailer Park Boys Community Service Variety Show at Massey Hall in Toronto back on Saturday, January 24th. He came out towards the end of the show to perform Closer to the Heart with the boys. The Gibson Les Paul he played that night is now on display at Cosmo Music in Richmond Hill, Ontario and several photographs of the autographed guitar were recently posted up on the Gibson forum.

Asif K alerted me to a recent Drum Channel interview with Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy that you can check out at this link. The interview was conducted at the recent NAMM show and Portnoy talks a good bit about Rush and Neil Peart throughout the interview.

What does Black History Month have to do with Rush? Check out this recent CentralJersey.com article titled Obscurity can pave the path to popularity to find out. Hint: it has to do with pre-Geddy Rush bassist/vocalist Jeff Jones (thanks Spindrifter).

In this News and Star article Mark Walton talks about how he's about to see his 1000th rock concert. Guess what his first ever show was? Yep - Rush:

... I do remember the first gig. ... Rush at the NEC in Birmingham in May 1983: Alex Lifeson's guitar cut out during the solo to The Analog Kid (it's there on the bootleg and of course I have a copy). I nearly missed the bus home to Stoke and it was, all together, the greatest night.

I was 15. There had been chances to see bands before that, but I'd been stymied by cancellations, sell-outs, illness and holidays.

And it's more than fitting that Rush kick off The List. The Canadian trio are my first and longest-lasting musical love. ...

Thanks to Spindrifter for the heads up.

Reader Ron alerted me to this list of the Top 500 Worst Passwords at password recovery tools & information site What's My Pass?. Coming in at #250 is 2112 and at #491 is rush2112. I wonder how many of you out there have one of these passwords? Shame on you! :)

Speaking of 2112 passwords - according to the Power Windows site, in the 2005 French action movie Les Chevaliers du Ciel (Sky Fighters), a pilot is required to input 2112 as their transponder code. And if you are real estate shopping in the Netherlands, all you need to do is text a message to 2112 as seen in this TV commercial. :)

Apparently on Friday, January 23rd a live Rush concert took place inside the virtual world of Second Life. I've heard a little bit about this from a couple of readers and the Power Windows site mentioned it too, but the details are lacking. If you know anything about it or were witness to it, let us know.

Here are a couple of items from the satire department. Online parody site Wine & Excrement posted a story last week claiming that Kid Rock is a closet Rush fan and that his next album will be a progressive rock conceptual piece (thanks malterb). And starman.2112 let me know that at the website for VH1's Best Week Ever, they had an article discussing how cool the title of the movie The Mummy: Tomb Of the Dragon Emperor is, and how the title might make a good name for a Rush album.

On HDNet's Inside MMA, heavy weight Josh Barnett mentioned Neil Peart on the show while promoting his Affliction fight on January 24th. Barnett is a Rush fan and has been known to crank up 2112 during his fight training sessions. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

And TorontoWriter located this video on YouTube of the aftermath of Rush's surprise guest appearance playing YYZ at a May Foo Fighters show in Toronto. Dave Grohl is pretty damn excited as he introduces the members of his band:

Sorry for the late update, I had a very busy week. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Geddy Lee denies rumor that next release will be a concept album
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[Rush Deny Concept Album Rumours]

In a recent interview with the UK's Classic Rock magazine Geddy Lee has put to rest rumors that Rush's next release is going to be a concept album:

... "We haven't even discussed our next work yet," Lee told Classic Rock in response to the concept album speculation.

"Right now we're all taking a well-needed break," he added. "We're pooped and we're not spring chickens anymore, so we do need that break."

Rush, the Canadian band whose line-up is completed by Alex Lifeson (guitar) and Neil Peart (drums), release the third volume in their ongoing compilation album series, Retrospective III, on March 2 (March 3 in the US).

Retrospective III spans the period 1989-2008 in Rush's career.

Lee doesn't want people to call Retrospective III a greatest hits album.

"We don't really have hits," he said. "It's more 'All The Songs That Were Not Hits' by Rush, ha-ha!"

The full interview will be published in Classic Rock issue No.130, on sale March 4th. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Rush road crew documentary Backstage Secrets now online
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The first episode of the Rush road crew documentary Backstage Secrets has been uploaded to YouTube in 6 parts. I'd first mentioned that Whistlestop Productions was putting this 5-part documentary together back in December of 2007. The series follows various members of the Rush road crew during a typical day out on the road with the band. It was shot in High Definition and Dolby 5.1 surround audio during the 2007 Canadian leg of the Snakes & Arrows tour and first aired on RUSH HD in Canada last May. I don't know if any of the other 4 episodes are posted or will be anytime in the near future - I'll see what I can find out. I also am not sure how long it will be up on YouTube, so watch it while you can! Thanks to Jeff H for the heads up.

[Backstage Secrets, episode 1 - part 1]
[Backstage Secrets, episode 1 - part 2]
[Backstage Secrets, episode 1 - part 3]
[Backstage Secrets, episode 1 - part 4]
[Backstage Secrets, episode 1 - part 5]
[Backstage Secrets, episode 1 - part 6]

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Metallica's James Hetfield talks Rock Hall, mentions Rush
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James HetfieldLast month when it was announced that heavy metal legends Metallica would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band held a press conference and were asked what band they'd most like to see inducted. Guitarist Kirk Hammett's choice was none other than Rush:

I'd have to say Rush. I think they're a great band who took rock to a different level altogether in terms of songwriting and technical proficiency. And I believe that they deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

Metallica have often cited Rush as one of their influences and even thanked the band in the liner notes to their 1986 album Master of Puppets. Now it's singer/guitarist James Hetfield's turn to give Rush some love. In a recent Reuters interview Hetfield had the following to say regarding the band's induction:

... Hetfield expressed some embarrassment at being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before some acts who were an inspiration for Metallica. Metallica will be made a member of the illustrious club on April 4.

"We've been nominated and we are still alive," he said.

"It's ironic that a band that has been inspired by all of these other ones are getting in there before them. We are going to go up there and kick some ass and kick the door down for some heavy bands that have not been recognized, like Rush and Kiss." ...

Metallica will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Public Hall in Cleveland, OH on Saturday, April 4th. Thanks to kcraiglowe for the heads up.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

DRUM! Magazine taking fan questions for Neil Peart
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[Just Ask Neil Yourself?]

Neil Peart has agreed to answer questions from DRUM! Magazine readers in their June 2009 issue. All you have to do is email your question to NeilPeart@drumlink.com. Editor Andy Doerschuk will forward all the questions to Neil Peart and Neil will then sift through them and answer as many as possible in a marathon interview. If your question is chosen, they'll include your name (and a photo if possible) in the issue. The deadline for questions is March 16th. Just email your questions to NeilPeart@drumlink.com. Thanks to rosmakloma for the news.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Geddy Lee talks Grammys in new interview
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[There's always Hope]

UPDATE - 2/8@8:09PM: Sorry, I've been out all evening. To nobody's surprise, Rush lost again. Peaches En Regalia from Zappa Plays Zappa won.

The 51st Grammy Awards will take place tomorrow at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Rush's Hope: Live for the Art of Peace off of Songs For Tibet: The Art of Peace has been nominated in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category. Geddy Lee recently spoke with the London Free Press about the song and the Grammy nomination:

... "I think this is our sixth nomination -- we're, like, the Susan Luccis of rock 'n' roll," Lee quipped during a recent chat. "Usually, we get beat by the most unlikely person -- last year, Bruce Springsteen beat us."

Rush was on tour for their 2006 studio disc Snakes & Arrows when they were approached by Rupert Hine, who had produced the band's 1989 album Presto, about contributing a track to the Tibet compilation.

"We remembered this acoustic track Alex plays live and is different every night, he sort of improvises on it, so we thought that would be an easy and beautiful solution to the problem," Lee said. "We just recorded it live and sent it to them." ...

... none of Rush's three members is expected to attend the Grammys tonight. The band is enjoying an extended break and aren't likely to be back in studio until next year.

That doesn't mean Lee won't be watching or at least recording the ceremony.

"We try not to put too much emphasis on that kind of stuff, but at the same time it's always a huge compliment, so you do get excited when something like that happens," he said. "It's certainly better than being ignored."

The awards ceremony will take place tomorrow and be broadcast live at 8PM EST on CBS, although the Rock Instrumental category winner will be announced during the afternoon at the Pre-Telecast ceremony. The Pre-Telecast will be streamed live at Grammy.com beginning at 4PM EST. Here's the complete list of nominees:

Category 19: Best Rock Instrumental Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal. Singles or Tracks only.)

Castellorizon
David Gilmour
Track from: Live In Gdansk
[Columbia]

Suicide & Redemption
Metallica
Track from: Death Magnetic
[Warner Bros.]

34 Ghosts I-IV
Nine Inch Nails
Track from: Ghosts I-IV
[The Null Corporation]

Hope (Live For The Art Of Peace)
Rush
Track from: Songs For Tibet: The Art Of Peace
[Art of Peace Foundation]

Peaches En Regalia
Zappa Plays Zappa
[Strobosonic/Razor & Tie Entertainment]

Rush's past nominations in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category were for YYZ in 1981, Where's My Thing? in 1992, Leave That Thing Alone in 1995, O Baterista in 2004, and Malignant Narcissism in 2007. Thanks to State of Grace for the heads up.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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This past week we were treated to a neat interview with Alex Lifeson at MusicRadar.com where Alex revealed what he thought were his three best guitar solos; Freewill, Kid Gloves and Limelight. Last night the Cut to the Drummer charity art show and drumming event took place at the Steam Whistle Gallery in Toronto. It featured 50 portraits of 50 drummers by 50 artists including a portrait of Neil Peart by Toronto artist Greg Mably. Earlier this week MusicInTheAbstract - owner and operator of the MitA's Rush Oddities site - offered up several new Rush audio nuggets for us. You can check them all out in this post.

Since Alex Lifeson let us know what he thought were his three best solos, I thought that for my next poll I'd ask you all which of the 3 solos he mentioned is your favorite. Take the Poll and let us know. In my last poll I listed 12 bands other than Rush that are often talked about as neglected Rock Hall induction candidates and asked you which one you thought was most deserving of the honor. Unsurprisingly, prog-rock giants Yes and Genesis topped the list with 28% and 19% of the vote respectively. Also making a respectable showing were Kiss (12%), Deep Purple (11%), Iron Maiden (8%) and Alice Cooper (7%). All the other choices received less than 5%; complete results here

The 51st Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Rush's Hope: Live for the Art of Peace off of Songs For Tibet: The Art of Peace has been nominated in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category. This is Rush's 6th nomination in this category although they have never won. The winner will be announced Sunday afternoon during the awards pre-telecast ceremony. This USA Today article talks about bands that are long overdue for a Grammy. Rush is one of the bands discussed and here's what they said:

Why they're overdue: While not a favorite of critics, the Canadian power trio impressed legions of fans and peers with its virtuosic musicianship and heady prog-rock arrangements. With little radio support, Rush racked up tall sales and handsome box-office receipts.

Win or lose? "I wouldn't bet against Metallica," Grein says, noting that Nine Inch Nails, who twice won in metal, is a lesser threat, along with Dweezil Zappa, whose dad collected two trophies. "That dooms Rush. I don't see how the band can beat those three."

Overlooked:Tom Sawyer from 1981's Moving Pictures, remains inescapable on classic rock radio. Freewill is the highlight of 1980's colossus Permanent Waves. And 1982's adventurous Signals found the band moving from sci-fi to the scarier themes of real life.

Rush definitely has some stiff competition this time around and is a long-shot to win - but there's always Hope... get it? :)

FanboysThe long-anticipated Kyle Newman film Fanboys comes out today in limited release. It will be shown in select theaters in the cities of Austin, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle. The film follows a group of Star Wars-loving geeks in 1998 who travel cross country so that their dying friend's dream of watching Star Wars: The Phantom Menace at Skywalker Ranch before its release can come true (trailer here). The film is reported to be chock full of Rush references and include several Rush songs on the soundtrack. One of the main characters - Hutch - is a huge Rush fan and spends most of the film in a Rush t-shirt as depicted in this photo.

In its tenth week of release the Snakes & Arrows DVD has finally dropped out of the top 10 on the Billboard Top Music Video chart - down from its #7 position last week. John over at Cygnus-x1.net has scanned all the images from the DVD and posted them up on his website at this location. Thanks John! You also may remember that earlier last month I reported an unconfirmed rumor that the Australian version of the DVD would not include the Atlanta bonus disc. Australian reader binks just bought the DVD and I'm happy to say that this rumor has been debunked; it includes the bonus DVD. And reader Tim A pointed me to this BlogCritics article which lists the top 10 DVDs of 2008. Snakes & Arrows Live came in at #2:

Oh brother, not another Rush DVD you say? Well, I say BRING IT ON! Rush followed up their two-year Snakes & Arrows tour with their finest concert DVD to date. Production-wise, they finally get everything right. Incredible sound, perfect video, and some awesome camera work put you right in the middle of the show. And for three guys who are all pushing 60 years of age, Rush can still churn out a live performance to make all of the young punks bury their heads in shame. With over three hours of jaw-dropping live performances, Snakes & Arrows Live is easily one of the best concert DVDs of the year.

It's less than one month until the release of Rush's Retrospective 3 greatest hits package on March 3rd. Last week I let you know that the Rush Backstage Club was running a promotion where they'd throw in a free 4GB USB stick custom made for the Snakes & Arrows tour and loaded with the video of Red Sector A from R30. Unfortunately it looks they've already sold out of their supply of 500 USB sticks! However Rush.com's pre-order promotion is still available. If you pre-order from the Rush.com pre-order site you will receive a limited edition lithograph highlighting Rush's past albums.

RatCon 2009Many of you may already be aware of the fact that several rushisaband members have been making plans for an East Coast Rush gathering/convention called RatCon. The name comes from one clever member of the site who called all obsessed Rush fans rats. The organizers now have a date and a location with more details forthcoming. There's also a website, a Facebook group and a Facebook event listing too. So at this point we know that the event will take place the weekend of June 12th-14th in Severna Park, MD just outside of Baltimore. Stay tuned for details.

Valentine's Jewelry from Between Sun and MoonBetween Sun and Moon is an online handmade jewelry store owned and operated by fellow Rush fan Katy. All of Katy's pieces are inspired by Rush and named from their lyrics. Valentine's day is almost upon us and even if your significant other isn't a fan, they will love a Valentine's Day gift from Between Sun and Moon. I've given my wife (definitely not a Rush fan!) a few of Katy's pieces and she absolutely loves them. Your order will come gift wrapped for free along with your personal gift card message. Katy is offering RushIsABand.com readers Free Standard Mail shipping with any purchase (use code: riab) or Free Priority Mail with any $30 purchase (use code: rushisaband). Order by Wednesday, February 11th to ensure delivery by Valentine's Day next Saturday. Thanks Katy!

Rush is mentioned in this episode of the Retro Minute over at Hulu.com. The video covers major events which occurred on May 26th, 1975. One of the featured events is Rush opening for Kiss at the Paramount Northwest Theater in Portland, Oregon. They mention that by the end of the year both bands would be selling out stadiums. Thanks to JL for the heads up.

Reader SU2112 let me know that Wolfgang's Vault (great site) recently featured a 1989 Geddy Lee audio interview along with a live recording of a Rush performance at the Montreal Forum from March 27th, 1981. This is some very cool stuff; be sure to check them out if you get a chance.

Mr. Wiggles pointed me to this YouTube video of guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert (Racer X, Mr. Big) discussing and demonstrating a game that the guys from Mr. Big used to play on the tour bus called Is it or is it not a Rush song?.

And I leave you with this video (thanks axe) of a guy playing By-tor and the Snow Dog on a ukulele.

That's all folks! Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Neil Peart featured in tonight's Cut To The Drummer art show
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Neil Peart - Cut To The DrummerAs I'd mentioned back in a December posting, Cut to the Drummer is an art show and drumming event in support of F.U.M.S. for the MS Society of Canada Scholarship Fund. It will feature 50 portraits of 50 drummers by 50 artists including a portrait of Neil Peart (see right) by Toronto artist Greg Mably. The month-long exhibition at the Steam Whistle Gallery in Toronto will kick off tonight with a special Gala and Silent Art Auction. The doors will open at 7PM and the hosts for the evening will be Darrin Pfeiffer of 102.1 The Edge and Goldfinger, and Aaron Solowoniuk of Billy Talent. The evening's entertainment will feature jazz great Archie Alleyne with guitarist Jesse Barksdale, Jeremy Taggart of Our Lady Peace and Scott Russell (from Montreal) on the Cajon. Gala guests will have the opportunity to bid on any of the artworks, with profits to support the MS Society of Canada Scholarship Fund. The original art works are valued at $300 - $2500. Tickets for the Gala and Silent Art Auction can be purchased at the door for $150. The opening night reception begins immediately following the Gala at 9:30PM and will run until 1AM. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Rush-inspired handmade jewelry for Valentine's Day
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Valentine's Jewelry from Between Sun and MoonBetween Sun and Moon is an online handmade jewelry store owned and operated by fellow Rush fan Katy. All of Katy's pieces are inspired by Rush and named from their lyrics. Valentine's day is almost upon us and even if your significant other isn't a fan, they will love a Valentine's Day gift from Between Sun and Moon. I've given my wife (definitely not a Rush fan!) a few of Katy's pieces and she absolutely loves them. Your order will come gift wrapped for free along with your personal gift card message. Katy is offering RushIsABand.com readers Free Standard Mail shipping with any purchase (use code: riab) or Free Priority Mail with any $30 purchase (use code: rushisaband). Order by Wednesday, February 11th to ensure delivery by Valentine's Day next Saturday. Thanks Katy!

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Alex Lifeson reveals his 3 best solos in new interview
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[Rush's Alex Lifeson: "My 3 best solos"]

MusicRadar.com recently spoke with Alex Lifeson and asked him what he thought were his three best guitar solos. Alex chose Freewill, Kid Gloves and Limelight. Very interesting. Here's what Lerxst had to say about each solo:

1. Limelight (1981)

I love the elasticity of the solo. It's a very emotional piece of music for me to play. The song is about loneliness and isolation, and I think the solo reflects that. There's a lot of heart in it. It's a feel thing: you have to feel a solo as you play it, otherwise it's going to sound stiff. I never had that problem with Limelight. The first time I laid it down in the studio, I feel a real attachment to it and I could tell it was special. Even now, it's my favorite solo to perform live. I never get tired of it. Each time I'm about to play it, I take a deep breath and I exhale on that first note. I guess that sounds corny, but for me, it releases something.

2. Kid Gloves (1984)

That song is from our Grace Under Pressure album. What I like about the solo is, it's the opposite of Limelight: it's got a hip, kind of slinky attitude, a little goofy humor. When I play it, I feel a certain confidence, also like a prankster, which is not the way I am in real life at all. What's funny about it, too, is that it has a plot to it, and I only realized that after I recorded it for the first time - I never have a plot in mind when I'm recording solos; I always just kind of wing them. The Kid Gloves solo guided me; it's like it knew what it wanted to be and I just had to allow myself to follow.

3. Freewill (1980)

It's a really hard solo to play. I think I feel a certain amount of pride in that fact alone. Every time I play it, I'm amazed I got through it. It's so frenetic and exciting. The rhythm section too - Geddy and Neil are all over the place. It's probably one of the most ambitious pieces of music Rush has ever done. In a sense, everybody's soloing at the same time. Recording it, I didn't have anything planned; I was just responding to what the other guys did. Basically, I was just trying to keep up! But I think it worked out pretty well. I'm rather happy with it, and I can usually find fault with everything I do.

Many thanks to Mitch C for the heads up.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

New Rush oddities from MitA
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It's been a long time but MusicInTheAbstract - owner and operator of the MitA's Rush Oddities site - has several new Rush nuggets to share with us all. In the audio department we have a live Limelight trainwreck, Alex's isolated backing vocals from Bravado, another Geritol moment for Geddy and the band, Geddy doing some bass improvisations circa 2007, a live 2112 misfire, a Happy Trails version of By-tor and the Snow Dog and an acoustic intro to The Trees. You can listen using the above links or the player below. We also have this image of a 1977 bottle of Rush wine from Windsor Vineyards. It says 30,000 Bay Area fans can't be wrong. Thanks for the music on the bottle. Thanks MitA!

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