Archive: Blog Entries from January, 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rush featured in the latest issue of The Walrus
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[Living on a Lighted Stage: Are we finally ready to take Rush seriously?]

UPDATE - 2/1@8:04AM: The complete article is now available online (thanks RushFanForever).

On Friday I mentioned that the March 2010 issue of The Walrus magazine contains a feature on Rush titled Living on a Lighted Stage: Are we finally ready to take Rush seriously?. Thanks to reader Toronto Writer I was able to get a copy of the article. It's a 4-page feature that discusses all the attention that Rush has been garnering in recent years, and talks at length about the upcoming Rush documentary. It sounds like the author was given a sneak peek of the film and the article includes many quotes from filmmaker Sam Dunn. It also confirms what I'd mentioned last week; that the movie will contain footage of the Canadian Bandstand gig that Rush played at Laura Secord High School in St. Catharines, ON in 1974. From the article:

Recorded sometime in 1974, the earliest known moving pictures of the rock band Rush are set against a decidedly unglamorous backdrop: the auditorium of Laura Secord Secondary School in St. Catharines, Ontario. Two of the three musicians who take the stage do their best to look the part. Dressed in a black sweater plastered with big silver musical notes, the young Alex Lifeson looks like a timid version of the humble guitar hero he will become. As for Geddy Lee, he's unmistakable; if the weird high voice isn't a giveaway, the billowing precursor of the "prophetic robes" the group would adopt as standard stagewear for the rest of the '70s surely is.

If the drummer seems strange, that's because he's not who you'd expect. Seen not long before he departed the band, John Rutsey is the longhair who thunders his way through a greasy, Zeppelinesque rocker typical of Rush's first album. A few months later, Neil Peart, a Hamilton native who grew up in the St. Catharines area, would become the crucial final member of Can-rock's holy trinity.

Captured in what turns out to be the only surviving footage of Rush's paleolithic pre-Peart era, the Laura Secord gig was one of countless high school concerts the band played during its long rise up the rock 'n' roll ladder. "I've played a lot of Sadie Hawkins dances," Geddy Lee remarks in a forthcoming documentary about the group. "We've probably bummed out a lot of people in their high school memories." ...

... The St. Catharines footage was discovered during research for the latest entry in this body of celebratory work, a new documentary by Toronto's Banger Films. Creators Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen, the team behind such hardrocking docs as Metal: A Headbanger's Journey and Iron Maiden: Flight 666, began the project in 2007 and may release it as early as this spring. Tentatively titled Rush: The Documentary, it is the first in-depth film about the group and its history. Besides never-before-seen footage like the Laura Secord show and photographs culled from the members' personal collections, the movie will include testimonials about Rush's greatness from members of Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Metallica, and others inspired by the band over the past four decades. ...

The article also talks about author Chris McDonald's recently released academic study of Rush - Rush, Rock Music and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown. They even mention rushisaband.com:

... Using interview with fans he met through rushisaband.com, as well as his own analysis of lyrics and article about the group, McDonald argues that Rush's success is largely due to its embodiment of the values, aspirations, and anxieties of the middle class. ...

RushCon is also a topic of discussion and the author talks with RushCon executive director Judy Staley:

.. She floats an analogy that equates the band with a well-loved restaurant: "It may not be the trendiest new thing on the block, but it's been there for thirty-five years, and that place is full every night. And you know what you're going to get, and you know that they only buy top-quality ingredients and that they spend a lot of time on their menu and make sure it's exactly right. All of that boils down to the integrity of the people involved." ...

Well said Judy! They also speak with Geddy himself who has some mixed feelings about the experience of reliving Rush's history for the documentary:

... "It's unwieldy, frankly - I don't like to think so much about the passage of time. To be involved in the documentary has been hard from that point of view, because they're making so much of things we've done in the past, and asking questions about details twenty-five, thirty years ago - a lot of them have just gone out of my head. It's a bit uncomfortable dwelling so much on what has happened. I'm more comfortable looking forward and not being constantly aware of how long I've been in the same rock band."

The very business of looking back - through the archival footage and photographs - can feel "self-indulgent," Lee says. "You want to spend your time thinking about things other than your own face."

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 1/30@8:51AM: RushFanForever noted that according to the Power Windows tour archive Rush played one show with Ronny Legg on July 25, 1974 at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario opening for KISS and that this was their last show with John Rutsey. Four days later on Geddy's 21st birthday Neil Peart would officially join the band.

UPDATE - 1/29@4:52PM: Reader thing2jordan is the one who posted the early Rush image with John Rutsey referenced below to ImageShack. She says that the guy on the far right is promoter Nick Panaseiko and musician Ronny Legg is in the middle, but she's not sure who the bearded guy is.

UPDATE - 1/29@3:13PM: Here's another article with more details on Rush's alleged ridiculing of The Runaways back in the mid-70's (thanks durga2112):

Their Order of Canada is probably safe. But Joan Jett says members of Rush were anything but polite Canucks when the Runaways opened for them in the 1970s. In the new film biopic about the band titled The Runaways, Jett (played by Kristen Stewart) is derided by an unidentified rock group they're opening for. She later retaliates by breaking into their dressing room and urinating on one of their guitars. Jett doesn't hesitate to identify the real-life inspiration for the scene. "Rush! They sat on the side of the stage and laughed at us," Jett says. "That sort of stuff pisses me off."

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The tour date rumors have begun! Reader Mark let me know that 105.7 WAPL out of Appleton, WI has been announcing on the air that Rush will be playing Summerfest in Milwaukee on July 3rd and their website is confirming this (free registration required to read). There's no mention on the Summerfest website though, and certainly no official word from Rush yet. Chicago's WLUP is also once again announcing on the air that Rush will be playing Chicago this Summer (thanks malterb) although they aren't giving any date. WLUP was one of the stations that was running a contest last month to promote the release of the Working Men live compilation where they gave away a chance to win tickets to Rush's next tour. They also went as far to say that they were expecting Rush to be in Chicago in 2010 with details coming soon. These are good signs and I'm sure more tour date rumors will start to trickle in over the next few weeks leading up to the official announcement which I'm still hearing will be coming later next month.

Earlier this week I reported that the long-anticipated Rush documentary is finally finished and will be making its theatrical debut sometime this Spring. The word is that the band and their management have screened the entire film and given it the green light. The details of the theatrical release are still being worked out but it will most likely be a limited release of some kind at a film festival or festivals. It will also supposedly air on VH1 some time in the late Spring and be released on DVD later this year. In November I'd mentioned that the film would contain some pro-shot footage of the band with John Rutsey on drums, purportedly taken from a Canadian Bandstand gig that Rush played at Laura Secord High School in St. Catharines, ON in 1974. I've received separate confirmation that this is indeed the case and that about 2-3 minutes of surprisingly quality footage from this show will be included in the film. I'd also heard that a good bit of footage was cut for the theatrical release but that most of this would eventually make it to the DVD release as extras.

Speaking of the late John Rutsey, RushFanForever dug up this old photo of Rush that was recently posted to ImageShack. It shows John Rutsey, Geddy and Alex with 3 unknown (to me at least) people. If anyone has seen this before or knows who's in the photo, let us know.

Canadian television networks CBC, CTV and Global organized a one-hour charity telethon called Canada for Haiti which aired last Friday night at 7PM. They ended up raising millions of dollars for a group of Canadian charities working in Haiti. Geddy Lee made an appearance at the event but did not perform. You can see video of his appearance at this link. The event was then followed by a US benefit called Hope for Haiti Now. Canadians who would like to help out may call 1-877-51HAITI (42484) or you can give online at canadaforhaiti.com. Anyone can also donate via the Hope for Haiti website.

Speaking of Hope for Haiti Now, American music industry insider Bob Lefsetz recently stirred up a little controversy by claiming on his blog that Madonna's performance at the telethon was pre-recorded. You can watch the video at this link and judge for yourself. Alex Lifeson emailed Lefsetz and gave his opinion on the matter:

I didn't watch the live performance but based on this YouTube video, I can clearly hear the thumping during the clapping. If this allegation is solely based on not hearing the clapping thump on the mic, then it is clearly incorrect.

Tommy Shaw and Peter Frampton also chimed in, agreeing with Alex's assessment. Thanks to George for the heads up.

Back in the June 2009 issue of DRUM! Magazine, Neil Peart answered some questions that were sent in by readers for a cover feature titled Thus Spoke Neil: DRUM! Readers Interview Neil Peart. The magazine ended up receiving over 1000 question submissions from fans that they whittled down to 11, including questions from RIAB regulars Spindrifter, DrummerDad2112, and barboy2112. There was also a sidebar article where Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner asked his own question of Neil. DRUM! Magazine finally posted the article to their website earlier this week at this link. You can also check out full scans of the article in this post.

The March/April issue of The Walrus magazine contains a feature on Rush titled Living on a Lighted Stage: Are we finally ready to take Rush seriously?. It's a 4-page feature that discusses all the attention that Rush has been garnering recently. Thanks to Paul D for the heads up.

Rush gets a mention in a sidebar article to a recent San Antonio Express-News feature story on heavy metal band Anvil titled Canadian Bands Rocked San Antonio Airwaves In 1970s, 1980s. Writer David Glessner looks back on how San Antonio DJs championed Canadian rock bands during the late 1970s and 1980s:

... "The first Rush album was our introduction to Canadian rock 'n' roll," said former KMAC/KISS DJ Lou Roney. "At first, that album was an import. The record labels in Canada realized that these radio guys in San Antonio would play Canadian bands, so they started flooding us with stuff. Next came Triumph, Garfield and Moxy. It was kind of an accident, but fortunately we liked about 80 percent of the stuff they sent us."

While Rush and Triumph have long acknowledged the importance to their careers of the late, iconic KISS DJ Joe "The Godfather" Anthony, a long list of other Canadian bands, including Anvil, Aldo Nova, Coney Hatch, Killer Dwarfs, Helix, Exciter and April Wine, once crackled with life in San Antonio.

"When I think of Anvil, I think of my friends Joe Anthony and Lou Roney," said KZEP music director Tom Scheppke. "Those guys had a pipeline to all of the up-and-coming bands, especially from Canada. Anvil's problem was that they were ahead of their time musically, plus they didn't get good support from their record labels like fellow Canadian bands Rush and Triumph."

Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

Rush gets a mention in this article on the soon to be released biopic film The Runaways which chronicles the story of 70s all-girl band The Runaways:

... The movie, which had its world premiere here at the Sundance Film Festival Sunday night, takes the viewer on the frenetic voyage shared by Currie and Jett, two women who accidentally rewrote the book on "c-rock" and, according to Jett herself, endured the ridicule of iconic Canadian band Rush when they shared the same bill. ...

The Runaways opened for Rush a couple of times back in the mid 70s and are pictured with band members Lita Ford, Cherie Currie and Joan Jett in this photograph. I'm not sure what form of ridicule Rush inflicted on them, but they seem cordial enough in the photo. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Reader Toronto Writer let me know that Alex Lifeson gets a mention in the January 23rd diary entry of rock photographer Ross Halfin. Ross noticed Alex's recent interview in Guitar Aficiando:

... In Bangkok next week. Peter Makowski is joining me to do a travel story for Guitar Aficionado, so I looked at the new issue which has Alex Lifeson playing golf . Yes folks, lots of unrest in the forest as he blasts out the Trees on his ES355 in between holes, looking for Xanadu in the suburbs of Toronto. It was such a shock seeing Alex with his nine iron - wonder if Geddy caddies for him. The low point is a story on Mark Seliger with a portrait of him showing how ugly he is, with badly dyed hair.

Back in September Skip Daly interviewed early Rush roadie Ian Grandy for an article that appeared at GuitarInternational.com. Skip has kept in touch with Ian since then and recently received some photos from him of a few of his old backstage passes which he shared in this post at Counterparts along with Ian's comments:

"I have a stage pass from the "Moving Pictures" tour that features a giant turd in a toilet bowl as the picture. It was called "The Shit Pass" (for obvious reasons). Guys would come up to you and say that they'd lost their pass and needed another one - which was fine, only you'd see their girlfriend wearing their pass 20 minutes later. When you gave them "The Shit Pass" as a replacement, it was amazing how fast they'd find their original.")

You can check out the passes by clicking on the thumbnails above. Many thanks to Mr. Grandy and Skip for sharing these.

Speaking of Skip, last week his Rush Petition website was re-launched in preparation for the upcoming 2010 Rush tour. The site is a means for Rush fans to voice their opinion on which Rush songs they wanted to hear on tour. This time around they are asking fans to choose 5 songs that Rush has not played live in the past 20 years. If you haven't voted yet, go to RushPetition.com and do so. As of this posting The Camera Eye and Jacob's Ladder are holding onto the number one and two spots respectively with Hemispheres a strong third.

MusicTap.com ran an informal poll this past week to determine the most underrated guitarists. Alex Lifeson made the list with multiple votes. Thanks to Matteo for the heads up.

Nettie let me know that there's a new item for sale at Neil Peart's Bubba's Bar -n- Grill merchandise store: drink coasters! $9.99 for a set of four.

Rush's 2112 and the movie 2012 are the subject of this satirical blog post at Stupid Future. Thanks to John for the link.

And I'll leave you this week with this bootleg video of a Rush soundcheck at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on May 17, 1990, during the Presto tour (thanks drummerdad2112).

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Neil Peart June 2009 DRUM! Magazine interview now online
10:25PM EST | link | comments (13) |

[Thus Spoke Neil: DRUM! Readers Interview Neil Peart]

Back in the June 2009 issue of DRUM! Magazine, Neil Peart answered some questions that were sent in by readers for a cover feature titled Thus Spoke Neil: DRUM! Readers Interview Neil Peart. The magazine ended up receiving over 1000 question submissions from fans that they whittled down to 11, including questions from RIAB regulars Spindrifter, DrummerDad2112, and barboy2112. There was also a sidebar article where Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner asked his own question of Neil.

It took them a while but they have finally posted the article to the DRUM! Magazine website at this link. The sidebar article and many of the images are not included so I posted scans so you can get the full effect. Just click on the thumbnails above. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up and the scans.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Rush documentary reportedly finished
8:55PM EST | link | comments (42) |

UPDATE - 2/8@9:48AM: Confirmed via the Banger Films Facebook page (thanks RushFanForever:

... the Rush Doc is done and dusted. Look for some announcements and possibly a premiere in the Spring!!

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I've recently received information that the long-anticipated Rush documentary is finally finished and will be making its theatrical debut sometime this Spring. The word is that the band and their management have screened the entire film and given it the green light. The details of the theatrical release are still being worked out but it will most likely be a limited release of some kind at a film festival or festivals. It will also supposedly air on VH1 some time in the late Spring and be released on DVD later this year. In November I'd mentioned that the film would contain some pro-shot footage of the band with John Rutsey on drums, purportedly taken from a Canadian Bandstand gig that Rush played at Laura Secord High School in St. Catharines, ON in 1974. I've received separate confirmation that this is indeed the case and that about 2-3 minutes of surprisingly quality footage from this show will be included in the film. I'd also heard that a good bit of footage was cut for the theatrical release but that most of this would eventually make it to the DVD release as extras.

Related Posts:
[Rush: The Documentary sneak peek shown at Windsor film festival]
[Behind-the-scenes Rush documentary pics]
[Rush: The Documentary update]
[Rush: The Documentary working cover, planned 2009 release]
[Rush: The Documentary update]
[Sam Dunn on the upcoming Rush documentary]
[Rush: The Documentary]
[RushCon report]

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Geddy Lee makes an appearance at Canada for Haiti telethon
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[Canadians raise $9.4M in Canada For Haiti telethon]

UPDATE - 1/23@4:20PM: The Geddy portion of the show is now up on YouTube (thanks RushFanForever):

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UPDATE - 1/23@12:15PM: The entire program has been posted to the CBC's website at this link (thanks RushFanForever). Geddy's part comes in at around the 40-minute mark. Unfortunately you need to be in Canada to view the video.

UPDATE - 1/23@10:07AM: I added some photos from the event (thanks State of Grace and RushFanForever).

Canadian television networks CBC, CTV and Global organized a one-hour charity telethon called Canada for Haiti which aired last night at 7PM. They ended up raising over $9.4 million for a group of Canadian charities working in Haiti. Geddy Lee made an appearance at the event but did not perform. The event was then followed by a US benefit called Hope for Haiti Now. Canadians who would like to help out may call 1-877-51HAITI (42484) or you can give online at canadaforhaiti.com. Anyone can also donate via the Hope for Haiti website.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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The big news of the past week was the announcement on Tuesday that Rush along with Quebec musician Robert Charlebois would be the 2010 songwriter inductees into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Rush will be recognized for their songs Limelight, Closer to the Heart, The Spirit of Radio, Tom Sawyer and Subdivisions. The 2010 inductees will be honored at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame 6th annual Gala on Sunday, March 28th at the George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts. Canadian singer/songwriter Jacob Moon played his now internet-famous (among Rush fans at least) rooftop rendition of Rush's Subdivisions at the press conference announcing the induction. Here's a Canadian Press video news story which covered the press conference and includes a short interview with Jacob, and here's a CBC news story which includes a short bit of footage of Jacob's performance. One of the classic Canadian songs that will be honored at this year's Gala is Dolores Claman's The Hockey Theme. Neil Peart recently re-recorded a percussive-centric version of this iconic theme song which debuted last Thursday during the Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs game on The Sports Network (video here and here). The song is now available for purchase on iTunes for Canadian customers at this link. A portion of the proceeds will go to the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer cause. Neil's custom Drum Workshop NHL kit which he used for the recording sessions was on display at the 2010 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA last week, and will eventually be heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Reader Michael H was at the NAMM show and took a bunch of great pics of the kit which I posted online to share with everyone.

Also at this past week's NAMM show, sound development company Sonic Reality unveiled their Neil Peart Drums Vol. 1: The Kit sample library for Neil Peart's Snakes & Arrows kit as part of their Drum Masters series. I'd first reported that Sonic Reality had completed a Neil Peart drum sampling session engineered by Nick Raskulinecz way back in April of 2008 but it's taken nearly 2 years to develop the end product. For all the details check out this press release, and you can hear a demo sample at this link.

Earlier this week the Rush Petition website was re-launched in preparation for the upcoming 2010 Rush tour. The site was the brainchild of BOS Music co-founder, Rush fan and RIAB reader Skip Daly and his partner-in-crime Al Horta. The two created the site as a means for Rush fans to voice their opinion on which Rush songs they wanted to hear live. This time around they are asking fans to choose 5 songs that Rush has not played live in the past 20 years. As of this posting The Camera Eye and Jacob's Ladder are holding onto the number one and two spots respectively. The Rush Petition site was first launched prior to the Vapor Trails tour back in 2001 and has been re-launched prior to every tour since then. The band has admitted in interviews that they are familiar with the site and have taken it into consideration when building out their setlists.

Rush's Permanent Waves was the subject of an hour-long In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show which aired last week. The show featured interview segments with all 3 members of Rush from past In The Studio interviews where they discussed the album. Permanent Waves celebrated its 30th anniversary this past January 1st. The interview segments from the special (about 20-21 minutes) have been posted to the In The Studio website in the player on the home page.

Permanent Waves was also one of the albums featured in the February 2010 edition of the UK's Classic Rock magazine which celebrates the music of 1980. You can check out a scan of the one page article at this link. There's also a review of the Working Men live compilation in the issue. Thanks to Lara for the scans.

Reader Rob T let me know that Rush's Caress of Steel gets a mention in the February 2010 issue of Stereophile Magazine in the Records to Die For feature where writers and contributors list their favorite recordings to listen to on their high end audio systems. Writer Brian Damkroger's list included Rush's Caress of Steel. Here's what he said about it:

Caress of Steel, Rush's third album narrowly edges out their fourth, 2112, as my R2D4. The sparse arrangements showcase their playing; in particular, Alex Lifeson's chord-based guitar style is shown off far better here than on their later, more complex albums. With Caress and 2112, Rush exploited the album format with longer, more developed operettas than were possible with their later focus on radio-friendly singles. Yes, "I think Im going bald" is woefully out of place, the lyrics a little pretentious, and Geddy Lee's vocals are an acquired taste, but the music and sound are incredible. Rush at their very best.

Rush was a topic of discussion in the third hour of this past Wednesday's edition of syndicated sports talk show The Dan Patrick Show. The guys started discussing the movie I Love You, Man and Rush's involvement with it. They then got on the topic of Rush not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At one point Dan says ... finding out Rush is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is more egregious than finding out Troy Aikman is not in the Hall of Fame... (Troy Aikman was a guest earlier in the show). Dan went on to mention that he saw Rush on the 2112 tour. You can listen to the discussion online at this link. The Rush bit begins at around the 32-minute mark. Thanks to cygnusceo and Dave R for the heads up.

The current Pollstar.com homepage poll is asking readers who their favorite drummer is. Neil Peart is one of the choices available and is currently in the lead with nearly half the vote. To cast your vote go to this link. Thanks to AnalogKidAudioVideo for the heads up.

Artist Tom Noll specializes in oil paintings of famous musicians and is currently offering a 27" x 18" Neil Peart Soulscape giclee print from his original energetic oil painting. The print sells for $350 plus shipping and is available via Tom's website at this link. Thanks to rosmakloma for the heads up.

Reader Tom let me know that Geddy Lee was recently featured at the Totally Looks Like blog. They say Geddy totally looks like ... Ozzy Osbourne? They have similar hair and glasses, but I'd say that's where the resemblance stops.

UltimateGuitar.com recently posted an old interview with Alex Lifeson in their Rock Chronicles section. The interview was conducted by Steven Rosen back in the Summer of 1984 backstage at the Irvine Meadows in Orange County, California. It's a very well-done and in-depth interview. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Here's the Canadian Press video news story which covered the press conference announcing Rush's Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction:

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Neil Peart's The Hockey Theme now available on iTunes
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UPDATE - 1/23@8:45AM: You can also purchase the video version at this link.

UPDATE - 1/21@10:21AM: Unfortunately it appears that currently only Canadian iTunes users can purchase the song (thanks hermy). :(

Neil Peart's new percussive-centric version of The Hockey Theme debuted last Thursday during the Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs game on The Sports Network (TSN). The video of the song was posted to the TSN website shortly thereafter and has also shown up on YouTube. The video runs about 1-minute long and features Neil pounding away on his custom NHL kit along with hockey video highlights interspersed throughout. There's also a version of the video video with just Neil playing. As was promised, the song is now available for purchase on iTunes at this link. A portion of the proceeds will go to the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer cause. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up. Here's the Neil only version of the video:

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Rush Petition site relaunched for 2010 tour
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[Rush Petition]

If you've kept in tune with the online Rush fan community over the last few tours, you are probably familiar with the Rush Petition website which just re-launched earlier today in preparation for the upcoming 2010 Rush tour. The site was the brainchild of BOS Music co-founder, Rush fan and RIAB reader Skip Daly and his partner-in-crime Al Horta. The two created the site as a means for Rush fans to voice their opinion on which Rush songs they wanted to hear live. It was first launched prior to the Vapor Trails tour back in 2001 and has been re-launched prior to every tour since then. The band has admitted in interviews that they are familiar with the site and have taken it into consideration when building out their setlists. From the revamped website:

Hello Rush fans.

With a new Rush tour confirmed to be happening in 2010, we've decided to re-launch this site for the fourth time, and do another round of fan voting. In the interest of encouraging the band to pull some 'fresh' songs out of the vault, the song list (below) is being limited to songs that Rush has not played live in the past 20 years - i.e. since the Presto tour (1990). Songs that were played live between 1991 and 2009 are excluded. As in the past, each person gets to select FIVE songs from the list below and submit their votes, with each individual being allowed to cast one "ballot". No guarantees, of course, but with any luck the band will keep an eye on the results and take the results into some degree of consideration. (We'll certainly be letting Anthem/SRO know the site is up and running again).

Please help spread the word about this page, and let's get some votes going!

Thanks!
-Skip Daly

To place your vote visit the website at RushPetition.com.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rush to be inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
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[Rush, Robert Charlebois among 2010 Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees to be honoured at 6th Annual Gala on March 28, 2010]

UPDATE - 1/21@3:42PM: Canadian singer/songwriter Jacob Moon played his now internet-famous (among Rush fans at least) rendition of Rush's Subdivisions at the press conference announcing the induction. Here's a Canadian Press video news story which covered the press conference that includes a short interview with Jacob:

And here's a CBC news story which includes a short bit of footage of Jacob's performance at the press conference. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Earlier today it was announced that Rush along with Quebec musician Robert Charlebois would be the 2010 songwriter inductees into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Rush will be recognized for their songs Limelight, Closer to the Heart, The Spirit of Radio, Tom Sawyer and Subdivisions. The 2010 inductees will be honored at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame 6th annual Gala on Sunday, March 28th at the George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts. The full line-up of performers for the Gala will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are available starting at $110.00 through Ticketmaster at 416-870-8000 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca, www.cansong.ca, www.tocentre.com or in person at the TCA box office. Thanks to Jeff T for the heads up.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Permanent Waves 30th anniversary radio special now online
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Rush's Permanent Waves was the subject of an hour-long In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show which aired last week. The show featured interview segments with all 3 members of Rush from past In The Studio interviews where they discussed the album. Permanent Waves celebrated its 30th anniversary this past January 1st. The interview segments from the special (about 20-21 minutes) have been posted to the In The Studio website in the player on the home page.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sonic Reality unveils Neil Peart Drums Vol. 1: The Kit
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Sonic Reality's Neil Peart Drums Volume 1[Sonic Reality Announces Neil Peart Drums Vol 1: The Kit]

As I'd mentioned on Friday, at this week's Winter NAMM show sound development company Sonic Reality unveiled their Neil Peart Drums Vol. 1: The Kit sample library for Neil Peart's Snakes & Arrows kit as part of their Drum Masters series. I'd first reported that Sonic Reality had completed a Neil Peart drum sampling session engineered by Nick Raskulinecz way back in April of 2008 but it's taken nearly 2 years to develop the end product. From the press release (thanks Doug B):

... Neil Peart, legendary drummer of the band "Rush", has collaborated with Sonic Reality and producer/engineer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains) to bring the authentic sound of Neil's "Snakes and Arrows' Custom DW® Drum Kit into the digital domain. With advanced features such as deep level dynamics, humanized random alternating hits, discrete multiple mic mixing and more, this deluxe sampled kit is an ultra-realistic recreation of Neil's actual acoustic set as used live on tour and in the studio.

Now, for the first time, e-drummers, keyboardists and composers can play rock drum samples with the iconic signature sound of drum legend - Neil Peart and have a world-class, hard-hitting drum kit suitable for many styles of music from Progressive Rock to Heavy Metal! Producer Nick Raskulinecz engineered the sample sessions with over 20 channels of Neve® mic preamps, deluxe vintage tube mics and multiple room positions for one of the most elaborate sampled drum kits ever. With the assistance of Don Lombardi and DrumChannel.com, every detail of "The Kit" was captured both in high-resolution audio and documented on video with a thorough explanation by Dave Kerzner of Sonic Reality on how the drums were sampled.

"To sample Neil Peart's incredible drum kit for our Drum Masters series was truly an honor and it fit perfectly with our focus on capturing the most desirable character drum sounds." Says Dave Kerzner, CEO of Sonic Reality. "We're also honored to be able to record it with 'Rush' producer - Nick Raskulinecz to help us capture the authentic, signature Neil Peart drum sound."

"The Kit" features 8 Toms, a vast array of cymbals including 3 Chinas, 4 Crashes, 3 Splashes, Ride, 2 Snares, Massive Kicks, Percussion - such as Cowbells and more. It comes mapped in GM, iMap, V-Drum and a Custom Map mode to be controlled by any electronic drum kit. It includes both discrete mic mixing and album-quality presets right out of the box for instant gratification. ...

You can listen to a demo sample at this link or by using the player below:

Neil Peart Drums Vol 1: The Kit will ship sometime in the next couple of months and be available in standard and deluxe size versions for FXPansion's BFD software and for Sonic Reality's Infinite Player software powered by Kontakt.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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We finally received our first bit of official news regarding Rush's new studio project earlier this week. In a short interview with The Canadian Press Neil Peart discussed his recording of a new version of The Hockey Theme for TSN which debuted last night. In the interview he also had a good bit to say about Rush's next project:

... "We're thinking of writing and recording a few songs and maybe releasing them, and playing them live, and then going back and doing some more later. ... Peart says he's started writing new lyrics while bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are preparing at their Toronto studio ...

So this is the first official confirmation that Rush is currently working on new material. Neil also indirectly confirms a tour when he mentions releasing a few songs and playing them live. I think that just about every Rush fan can agree that this is great news. However, the news that Rush probably won't be releasing a traditional album before the start of a summer tour has some fans up in arms. Many seem to think that this means Rush won't be releasing an album at all, but I'd say it's much too early to jump to any conclusions. And just because they may not release a traditional album before the tour doesn't mean they won't still do so after the tour. Alex Lifeson first mentioned the possibility of Rush releasing new music in a non-traditional way back in this August 2008 interview with Classic Rock Magazine, so this news should not come as a complete surprise:

We really need to sit down and decide what we want to do with our next record. Whether we do an album or whether we just write songs over a period of time and release them as we go along. That's kind of attractive to me.

So what do you think of the possibility of Rush releasing their next helping of new material in a non-traditional way? Take the Poll and let us know. As far as what fans are most looking forward to from Rush in 2010, our last poll indicates that it's another tour with a new studio release coming in a not-too-distant second. Although a few of you are most looking forward to the Rush documentary.

As I'd mentioned above, Neil Peart's new percussive-centric version of The Hockey Theme debuted yesterday evening during the Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs game on The Sports Network (TSN). Video of the song was posted to the TSN website last night and has also shown up on YouTube. The video runs about 1-minute long and features Neil pounding away on his custom NHL kit along with hockey video highlights interspersed throughout. There's also a version with just Neil at this link. And in this interview with The Globe and Mail Neil gives some background on his involvement with recording the new Theme:

... "I tell Americans there is no analog for this song in the U.S. People hum it. They have it as a [cellphone] ring tone," ... "I gave a little speech in the studio before we started [recording] saying: 'Every mother, father, grandfather, grandmother, child, moose and beaver will see and hear this.' "I'll be very curious to know how Canadians respond to this." ... "The year before last, [TSN] first approached me about doing something and we'd just finished a Rush tour. ... This year was just perfect. I had time off and I was reinvigorated," he said. "I knew the [Hockey Theme] arranger because he was at the Buddy Rich tribute show. We needed a whole orchestra [17 musicians in all] but I knew people who could arrange that. It all came together." ... "We played the song a few hundred times. We filmed every step of the way as a documentary [for the Drum Channel website]. I'd go home and listen to it and we only had a minute for the song but I'd say: 'There's room for more drums in there.' I put everything I knew into that one minute," Peart said. "I start off with some Latin patterns I'd just been working on. There are three different rhythmic steps. There's a faster one at the start, then some slower rhythms, then the climax with the full Buddy Rich snare drum roll. As a band, we wanted to be true to the melody of the song. At the same time, I'm not going to play those parade drums." ... "I'm not co-ordinated; I say I'm dis-co-ordinated because I can get my four limbs to work independently," he said. "I was hopeless as a sports player as a kid. But drumming gave me the endurance so if I couldn't do things well I could at least do them for a long time [hence the cycling, swimming and cross-country skiing]." ...

Neil's custom NHL kit which he used for the recording sessions is currently on display at the 2010 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA this week, and will eventually be heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Sonic Reality's Neil Peart Drums Volume 1Speaking of the NAMM show and Neil Peart, way back in April of 2008 I mentioned how Sonic Reality had completed a Neil Peart drum sampling session engineered by Nick Raskulinecz with the end goal being the creation of a Neil Peart Studio Profile to be used with music software. Sonic Reality is finally ready to release the end product and is debuting it at NAMM this week according to this article in Macworld:

Neil Peart Drums Vol. 1: The Kit This sample library for BFD2 and Infinite Player, and powered by Kontakt, is part of Sonic Reality's Drum Masters series. Neil Peart, drummer of the band Rush, collaborated with Sonic Reality and producer/engineer Nick Raskulinecz to digitize the sound of Snakes and Arrows' Custom DW Drum Kit. It features deep level dynamics, humanized random alternating hits, discrete multiple mic mixing, and more. It gives e-drummers, keyboardists, and composers the ability to play rock drum samples with the distinctive Neil Peart sound, and have a drum kit suitable for many styles of music from Progressive Rock to Heavy Metal. It comes mapped in GM, iMap, V-Drum and a Custom Map mode to be controlled by any electronic drum kit. It also includes discrete mic mixing and album-quality presets. It ships in the first quarter, but the price has not been announced.

Thanks to ghost__rider for the heads up.

Paragon Brilliant cymbalsNeil Peart is all over the place lately. Earlier this week we learned about a recent article at Sabian.com where Neil talks about Sabian's new Paragon Brilliant line of cymbal and how he assisted in its development. You can check out the article at this link. And DRUM! Magazine recently posted a short article and video where they spoke with Sabian's Chris Stankee about working with Neil Peart to design a new Chinese cymbal:

Do artists really influence the designs of the cymbals that bear their names? And, if they do, by what process does a drummer design a cymbal?

We sat down recently with Sabian's west coast artist relations director Chris Stankee to discuss the design of a new Chinese cymbal with Neil Peart. You'll see how over the course of two years Neil and Chris worked together, They would receive new prototypes, test the, take them on the road, and then ask the factory for changes. With each generation of the design, this cymbal got closer and closer to what Neil heard in his head.

You can check out the article and video at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the link.

Chris McDonald is the author of the recently released book Rush, Rock Music and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown. Chris was interviewed yesterday afternoon on CBC Radio Nova Scotia's Mainstreet Cape Breton program with host Wendy Bergfeldt. Chris talked about Rush, his book and philosophy for around 20 minutes and the host even gave a shout-out to riab listeners. For those of you who missed the live broadcast, the interview will be posted to the Mainstreet Cape Breton website later today.

After being hijacked by hackers this past weekend, the official Rush Facebook page is back up online. How do you know it's official? It's linked from Rush.com. Rush also has on official Twitter page at this link. And in case you weren't already aware, you can follow RushIsABand.com on Facebook at this link and also on Twitter. Reader DigitalMan745 also wanted me to let all you Facebookers out there know about this new Facebook group supporting Rush's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And speaking of Twitter, reader Riff Raff noticed this article which lists the 370 passwords not allowed by Twitter. Number 280 on the list is rush2112. :)

Rush's Permanent Waves is the subject of an hour-long In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show airing all this week. The show features interview segments with all 3 members of Rush from past In The Studio interviews where they discuss the album. Permanent Waves celebrated its 30th anniversary this past January 1st. The interview segments from the special (usually around 20 minutes worth) should be posted to the In The Studio website by early next week (in the player on the home page).

Spanish reader and freelance writer Fran R was lucky enough to chat with jazz drumming great and one of Neil Peart's drum teachers - Peter Erskine - back at Drumfest 2008 in Seville, Spain. He videotaped the interview and just recently posted it to YouTube at this link. Erskine speaks about his involvement with the Buddy Rich Memorial concert, Neil Peart and playing with big bands.

Classic RockThe latest edition of the UK's Classic Rock magazine celebrates the music of 1980 and one of the albums featured is Rush's Permanent Waves which is included on the cover. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Reader Paul K located this GoLite Xanadu Shelter at Steep and Cheap. The item description must have been written by a Rush fan. :)

Technology consultant, author, Rush fan and RIAB reader Phil Simon recently posted a guest article at the Men With Pens blog titled Three Ways to Get a Rush from Your Writing where he uses Rush and Rush's lyrics to relate some points about writing. You can check it out at this link. And if you are interested, check out Phil's book Why New Systems Fail: Theory and Practice Collide. While the subject matter is not directly Rush-related (obviously), Phil intersperses Rush references throughout the book.

The annual Consumer Electronics Show took place last week in Las Vegas. Gizmodo ran this article on 3D TV sets and one of the featured photos is from Rush's Snakes & Arrows Live (thanks Matt M). Every year at the show the folks at DTS put together a demonstration blu-ray disc to highlight surround sound. These discs are highly coveted even though they're given away for free at the show, and you can find them on eBay going for $50 or more. Reader rosmakloma let me know that this year's disc includes Rush's Far Cry. You can see screenshots of the disc cover and tracklisting by clicking on the thumbnails above.

Reader RushFanForever let me know that Rush gets a mention in the recently released book In Concert: KSHE and 40 plus Years of Rock in St. Louis. The specific reference is in regards to Rush's April 13, 1975 show at Aviation Field for the KSHE Kite Fly Festival.

Reader Brian C located this paper on the website for Texas law firm Haynes Boone titled Big Money vs. Grand Designs: Revisiting the Executive Right to Lease Oil & Gas Interests. I'd say there's a good chance the author is a Rush fan. :)

Jeph Jacques is the writer and illustrator of the webcomic Questionable Content (which occasionally references Rush). He recently put together a blog post containing a stream-of-consciousness list of band comparisons including this one:

Dream Theater's mom is Rush, who is actually hotter than her daughter in a weird cougary way.

Heh. Thanks to Kelly D for the link.

Reader Show Dont Tell located this old Japanese Rush interview from 1984 on YouTube. It's a good interview but unfortunately the quality is pretty bad and the background music drowns out some of the interview. You can check it out at this link.

Massachusetts-based Rush tribute band Lotus Land will be performing a show on February 19th at Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA opening for KISS tribute band ALIVE, attempting to recreate a little bit of history; Rush opened up for KISS many times back in the early '70s. You can purchase tickets via Ticketmaster at this link. Thanks to Cindy for the heads up.

Here's Neil Peart playing his version of The Hockey Theme:

Have a great weekend everybody!

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Neil Peart's version of The Hockey Theme now online
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UPDATE - 1/15@11:54AM: Even more photos in this TSN photo gallery.

UPDATE - 1/15@11:25AM: In this interview with The Globe and Mail (thanks Jaybird) Neil gives some background on his involvement with recording the new Theme:

... "I tell Americans there is no analog for this song in the U.S. People hum it. They have it as a [cellphone] ring tone," ... "I gave a little speech in the studio before we started [recording] saying: 'Every mother, father, grandfather, grandmother, child, moose and beaver will see and hear this.' "I'll be very curious to know how Canadians respond to this." ... "The year before last, [TSN] first approached me about doing something and we'd just finished a Rush tour. ... This year was just perfect. I had time off and I was reinvigorated," he said. "I knew the [Hockey Theme] arranger because he was at the Buddy Rich tribute show. We needed a whole orchestra [17 musicians in all] but I knew people who could arrange that. It all came together." ... "We played the song a few hundred times. We filmed every step of the way as a documentary [for the Drum Channel website]. I'd go home and listen to it and we only had a minute for the song but I'd say: 'There's room for more drums in there.' I put everything I knew into that one minute," Peart said. "I start off with some Latin patterns I'd just been working on. There are three different rhythmic steps. There's a faster one at the start, then some slower rhythms, then the climax with the full Buddy Rich snare drum roll. As a band, we wanted to be true to the melody of the song. At the same time, I'm not going to play those parade drums." ... "I'm not co-ordinated; I say I'm dis-co-ordinated because I can get my four limbs to work independently," he said. "I was hopeless as a sports player as a kid. But drumming gave me the endurance so if I couldn't do things well I could at least do them for a long time [hence the cycling, swimming and cross-country skiing]." ...

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UPDATE - 1/15@10:30AM: Here's the video with just Neil playing (thanks Asif):

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As was announced yesterday, Neil Peart's new percussive-centric version of The Hockey Theme debuted this evening during the Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs game on The Sports Network (TSN). The video of the song has been posted to the TSN website and has also shown up on YouTube. The video runs about 1-minute long and features Neil pounding away on his custom NHL kit along with hockey video highlights interspersed throughout. Here's the video:

You can check out Neil's custom NHL kit at the 2010 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA this week (thanks rosmakloma).

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Live interview with author of Rush, Rock Music and the Middle Class
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UPDATE - 1/15@1:10PM: For those of you who missed the live broadcast, the interview will be posted to the Mainstreet Cape Breton website later today.

UPDATE - 1/14@4:13PM: The interview has started. They're playing The Spirit of Radio to lead into it. Listen in at this link.

Chris McDonald is the author of the recently released book Rush, Rock Music and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown. Chris will be discussing the book later this afternoon at 4:10PM EST (about one hour from the time of this post) on CBC Radio Nova Scotia's Mainstreet Cape Breton program with host Wendy Bergfeldt. You can listen live to the interview at this location by clicking on the Cape Breton link under the Media: CBC Radio One tab on the right side of the page. Here's the Amazon book description:

Canadian progressive rock band Rush was the voice of the suburban middle class. In this book, Chris McDonald assesses the band's impact on popular music and its legacy for legions of fans. McDonald explores the ways in which Rush's critique of suburban life -- and its strategies for escape -- reflected middle-class aspirations and anxieties, while its performances manifested the dialectic in prog rock between discipline and austerity, and the desire for spectacle and excess. The band's reception reflected the internal struggles of the middle class over cultural status. Critics cavalierly dismissed, or apologetically praised, Rush's music for its middlebrow leanings. McDonald's wide-ranging musical and cultural analysis sheds light on one of the most successful and enduring rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Neil Peart: new Rush project may not be a full-length album
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[Rush drummer says next project might not be album]

In a recent short interview with The Canadian Press where he discusses his recording of a new version of The Hockey Theme, Neil Peart gives us the first official bit of news regarding the format of Rush's next project:

Rush drummer Neil Peart says the legendary Toronto band is in the early stages of planning a new project but the new music may not be released in traditional album format.

"We feel very much liberated from the album format in a way right now, because in the three years since our last album (2007's 'Snakes & Arrows'), suddenly albums don't mean anything," Peart told The Canadian Press in a telephone interview from his home in California.

"We're thinking of writing and recording a few songs and maybe releasing them, and playing them live, and then going back and doing some more later. We just feel really free (in terms) of what we might do right now.

"Anything is possible in the nicest way and we like the fact of shaking it all up."

Peart says he's started writing new lyrics while bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are preparing at their Toronto studio ("every time we start a new record, the technology is all different, and we've gotta learn it . . . again," he explains).

Asked if he would be willing to reveal details of any of the new songs, the personable Peart replied: "No, sir. (But) I like them."

But the 57-year-old says the band is aware that the record industry is in flux, and would rather adapt with the times than worry about the past.

"We're kind of taking this as a challenge to do something with, rather than to moan about," he explained.

"(It's) a healthier reaction than getting mad: 'Aww, things aren't how they used to be -- we wanted to make a 12-inch album with two sides!' Those things ARE hard to give up, and every time now we make a side one and side two mentally and build the dynamics ... so there is something lost.

"But, on the other hand, it's pointless to lament about it, and now we have the opportunity to take advantage of this amorphous situation going on in the music business right now." ...

So it sounds like releasing an LP is still possible though unlikely, and they will instead just release a few songs digitally or as an EP (or both), and play the songs on tour this Summer. This makes sense in light of the fact that producer Nick Raskulinecz will be busy working on the next Stone Sour album in the coming weeks. That would make it tough for him to also produce a full-length Rush album before a Summer tour. But it's certainly possible for him to produce a few songs for digital release in that timeframe. Hopefully more details regarding the project will be revealed in the coming weeks, and we should be getting an official announcement regarding the tour sometime next month. Thanks to Here and now for the heads up.

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Neil Peart's version of The Hockey Theme to debut Thursday
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[Neil Peart's version of The Hockey Theme to debut Thursday]

UPDATE - 1/14@8:38PM: The video of the song has been posted to the TSN website and has also shown up on YouTube. The video runs about 1-minute long and features Neil pounding away on his custom NHL kit along with hockey video highlights interspersed throughout.

Last month we learned that Neil Peart had recorded a a special new version of The Hockey Theme for The Sports Network (TSN). He finished recording the song at the iconic Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood on December 7th and a video preview of the session along with plenty of photos (here, here, and here) were posted online shortly thereafter. According to TSN, the song will make its NHL debut this coming Thursday at 7PM EST during the Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs game, and also be made available for download on iTunes on January 19th. From the press release:

... The new version of The Hockey Theme showcases Peart on a custom drum kit by DW Drums featuring the logos of all 30 NHL teams. Peart and DW Drums are donating the custom kit to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, where it will be on display for hockey and music fans alike to enjoy.

The St. Catharines-born percussionist worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz to create his interpretation of the iconic theme.

"Growing up in Southern Ontario in the '50s and '60s as a 'kid who couldn't skate right' was a serious handicap," said Peart. "Hockey totally dominated our lives for half the year - Sunday nights with my dad at the St. Catharines Arena cheering on the Junior A Blackhawks, anxiously watching NHL games on television, arguing in the schoolyard over favourite teams and players, trading hockey cards, putting them on our bicycle spokes, and playing on backyard rinks and frozen ponds, on the street, and on those old tabletop games. Hockey ruled.

So, all these years later, being invited to create a new version of "Canada's second national anthem" for TSN's NHL broadcasts was a huge honour to me, and an exciting musical challenge. The day of recording and filming it - in the presence of the Stanley Cup - was truly one of the great experiences of my life. (Take that, bullies from 50 years ago!)"

For the recording, Peart wore his trademark cap adorned with the logos of the original six NHL teams. He also wore a hockey jersey featuring his "Bubba's Bar & Grill" logo on the front and the number three on the back, in reference to the three members of Rush. The band's name was also sewn onto the jersey's nameplate. ...

Here's the video preview of the session:

Thanks to Paul N for the heads up.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New official Rush Facebook page a fake
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UPDATE - 1/13@5:50PM: The real official Rush Facebook page is back up!

UPDATE - 1/12@8:48PM: The false Rush Facebook page has been removed. Let's hope they can get the real one back up and running soon.

UPDATE - 1/12@1:56PM: Actually this new page is not official. I just confirmed this. I'm trying to find out what the heck is going on and will keep you posted.

Although Rush has had an official Facebook page for some time now, due to the page being hijacked by hackers over the last week they were forced to remove it and start fresh. It was unfortunate because they had almost reached the 100,000 fan mark. So to become a fan of the new official Rush page on Facebook go to this link. Let's try to get their Facebook fan base back up to 100,000. Rush also has on official Twitter page at this link. And in case you weren't already aware, you can follow RushIsABand.com on Facebook at this link and also on Twitter.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Radio special celebrates Permanent Waves 30th anniversary
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UPDATE - 1/11@1:06PM: One thing I forgot to mention is that the interview segments from the special (usually around 20 minutes worth) should be posted to the In The Studio website by early next week (in the player on the home page).

Rush's Permanent Waves will be the subject of an hour-long In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show airing this week. The show will feature interview segments with all 3 members of Rush presumably from past In The Studio interviews where they discuss the album. Permanent Waves celebrated its 30th anniversary this past January 1st. In The Studio ran a similar special celebrating the 35th anniversary of Rush's debut album back in April of last year and did not include any new interview segments - just bits and pieces from old interviews. So I'm assuming that this special will be no different. From the In the Studio website:

Rush - Permanent Waves 30th Anniversary

There is no more democratic band in rock than Rush. They have always divided up various responsibilities equally among the three members, including doing interviews. Therefore, album after album and tour after tour it would be one bandmember's turn to "meet the press." While Rush has always been graciously accessible, I must confess that never was more than one member ever made available.

By the time this session occurred I had already interviewed Rush bass guitarist/singer Geddy Lee twice, so I was reasonably confident on what to expect. Imagine my shock when Lee (family name Weinrib) matter-of-factly answered my first question ,regarding his earliest recollections of music while growing up, by replying," I came from a family of immigrants, basically. My parents survived the Holocaust in Poland, and then married after the war and moved to Canada. I was basically brought up in a household that had survived turbulent times, to say the least, so there was a total rebuilding in a new country, in a new culture, & trying to adapt. Music wasn't a prevalent and over-riding thing in our family."

I was stunned. There was nothing in any rock reference book or band biography to prepare me for this revelation. The enormity of what Geddy was saying, in a measured but sober tone, left me speechless for several minutes, although it felt like an eternity before I regained my composure. Everything I had prepared to ask Lee about Rush's breakthrough 1980 album Permanent Waves suddenly seemed so trivial, so shallow and inconsequential. Since then I have tried to keep some perspective on the relative importance of this rock'n'roll game in the search for real truth, real meaning in life.

-Redbeard

And here's an excerpt:

REDBEARD: I asked Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart how the breakthrough success of their January 1980 release Permanent Waves affected their approach to playing live.

Neil Peart: Each stage of our development has been a real struggle on our part where we have been holding tenaciously onto the last level, and when we graduated to headlining the small theaters, the 3000-4000 seat theaters, the vaudeville leftovers, we clung to that so tenaciously. We were starting to get so big that we were doing three or four nights in most place, five nights in some of those theaters, and it just wasn't practical because there were so many people who weren't getting to see us! (laughs) Because we were spending five days in one city! And it wasn't fair, really, when you came down to it, that people wanted to see Rush and couldn't. So we couldn't justify it anymore. We couldn't say it (playing arenas) was a compromise. It was a limitation that we faced, that too many people wanted to see us. It's not something that we're able to control. So we were pushed into the arenas basically by the laws of supply and demand.

The special will run on various radio stations across the country all this week. For a list of stations and air times go here.

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Neil Peart discusses Paragon Brilliant cymbals at Sabian.com
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Paragon Brilliant cymbals[More Than A Shine - It's A Matter Of Sound: Neil Peart Speaks Up About Paragon Brilliant]

Neil Peart talks about Sabian's new Paragon Brilliant line of cymbal and how he assisted in its development in a recent article at Sabian.com:

The evolution of Paragon Brilliant is about more than spit and polish. It began with the pursuit of the openness and responsiveness of an older cymbal, right "out of the bag."

I have always found that brand-new cymbals have a certain "tightness," both in their physical response and in their sound, and it takes a few shows to play them in. Then they loosen up and start to "dance" on the stand, and the swell of sound from attack to decay would become smooth and open. ...

Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 1/10@10:15AM: I've received dozens of emails regarding recent posts made to Rush's official Facebook page and just wanted to assure everyone that these are not legitimate posts and that the page has been hacked. The page admins are aware of the issue and are trying to track it down. So in the meantime just ignore any posts to the Rush Facebook page. If Rush has any official announcement to make they usually make it to Rush.com first, then Twitter, Facebook and other outlets.

2010 has been pretty quiet with regards to Rush news so far - the calm before the storm hopefully. I'm sure that news regarding the upcoming studio release and tour will start to slowly trickle in over the next few weeks, culminating in some kind of official announcement in February. So 2010 stands to be a very exciting year for Rush fans. What are you most looking forward to from Rush in 2010? Take the Poll and let us know. Nick Raskulinecz was the overwhelming winner of the last poll where I asked everyone who should produce the next Rush album. You can view the complete results here.

Yesterday I reported that the 2011 Rush wall calendar will have a Moving Pictures theme in celebration of the album's 30th anniversary. The item description for the calendar at the NMR Distribution website states that there will be a new LP due out in 2010 supported by a tour. Since this item is officially licensed by the band, we may have just seen our first semi-official confirmation of a new album and tour - an LP no less! Or it might just be an assumption on their part. Interesting nevertheless.

As I'd mentioned late last year, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Permanent Waves this year, the album will be the subject of an hour-long In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show running next week. The show will feature interview segments with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson presumably from past In The Studio interviews where they discuss the album. Here's a preview excerpt:

REDBEARD: I asked Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart how the breakthrough success of their January 1980 release Permanent Waves affected their approach to playing live.

Neil Peart: Each stage of our development has been a real struggle on our part where we have been holding tenaciously onto the last level, and when we graduated to headlining the small theaters, the 3000-4000 seat theaters, the vaudeville leftovers, we clung to that so tenaciously. We were starting to get so big that we were doing three or four nights in most place, five nights in some of those theaters, and it just wasn't practical because there were so many people who weren't getting to see us! (laughs) Because we were spending five days in one city! And it wasn't fair, really, when you came down to it, that people wanted to see Rush and couldn't. So we couldn't justify it anymore. We couldn't say it (playing arenas) was a compromise. It was a limitation that we faced, that too many people wanted to see us. It's not something that we're able to control. So we were pushed into the arenas basically by the laws of supply and demand.

The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a signed 16" x 22" R30 poster. The contest ends on January 19th and you can sign up to enter at this link.

As I'd mentioned earlier in the week, you can now register to receive email updates from NeilPeart.net. Just go to the front page of the website and look for the Register For Updates link.

We've known for a while now that Rush met in Los Angeles last November to discuss the band's plans for 2010. Either that meeting actually took place in early December or else Geddy Lee made an extra trip out after the meeting. Because according to this article about an Ontario girl's Australian Wish Foundation trip to Australia in the Orillia Packet and Times, Geddy was in Los Angeles sometime in early December:

... [Laura] flew out in early December with her mom on an adventure neither of them will never ever forget. ... The flight back was the worst, for me, anyway, because I had nothing to look forward to at the end of it. ... The stop in Los Angeles was a highlight though, because we found out that Geddy Lee -- the lead singer of the band Rush -- was on our plane and we got a picture with him while we were waiting in the terminal. ...

In yet another Geddy sighting, our favorite bass player was recently spotted at Caplansky's Deli in Toronto according to the National Post:

On the same night, but occupying separate smoked-meat quarters, at Toronto's buzziest deli by far, Caplansky's, on College lately? Both heavy director David Cronenberg and gastro-rocker Geddy Lee!

Rush gets a mention in this article at Congress Matters discussing the best music of 2009. The author uses Rush as an example when describing different categories of music fans:

Fanboys/Fangirls: Like everything an artist has done; old, new, popular, unpopular, you name it. I'm a Rush fanboy. I've listened to all their studio albums from their first one through Power Windows at least a hundred times. I know their appearances in popular culture are usually in the service of ironic hipster slagging, but I think Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures and Signals is as fine a three album sequence as any group not named The Beatles has produced. Geddy Lee's voice is at best an acquired taste, but I don't care. They are brilliant and I won't hear a word against them.

Rush's The Spirit of Radio made this recent A.V. Club list of 21 songs about hating the radio. Here's what they had to say about it:

Rush's salute to the Toronto progressive-rock station CFNY begins with a string of happy thoughts, as Geddy Lee sings about how "the magic music makes your morning mood" and offers evocative images of invisible airwaves crackling with life, and bright antennas bristling with energy. But the vision darkens by the end, as Lee starts raging against the machine-tooled music and "endless compromises" that are ruining radio (at least circa 1980). The song ends with a pithy Rush rewrite of Simon And Garfunkel's "The Sounds Of Silence," as Lee sings, "For the words of the prophets are written on the studio wall / And concert halls / Echo with the sounds... of salesmen." Ooooh, salesmen!

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Chris (aka MitA) of the MusicInTheAbstract.org site recently shared this isolated recording of Geddy's vocals on Limelight from Exit ... Stage Left. It's a particularly melodic vocal performance from Geddy and you can download it or give it a listen at this link.

In a sad bit of news, drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan of California hard rock band Avenged Sevenfold died late last month. Neil Peart once said of Sullivan that he was one of the best working drummers today. Thanks to Sean for the news.

Reader jdkramme let me know about a Rush reference at the Fox News website earlier this week. One of the headlines read Top Dems Rush to Exit, Stage Left. There must be a Rush fan on staff there. :)

This recent Toronto Star article discussing now defunct Toronto concert venues mentions Rush in their write-up about former Yonge St. rock club Gasworks. Thanks to louisg for the link.

Reader rosmakloma noted a nice little Rush reference on the 4th photo down in this blog post at woot.com.

In this pre-Christmas Movie Entertainment article some famous musicians including Alex Lifeson are asked to recommend essential items for any music library. Alex picked Led Zeppelin's debut album:

Certainly, that first Led Zeppelin album (1969) was pretty spectacular, and the more I hear that album lately the more I appreciate it. We don't have records like that anymore, where a record comes out and everybody just goes crazy over it, and it seems to change things and creates a whole new direction.

Maybe it was because I was15 years old and that's the kind of music that I always wanted to hear. It just really left a huge mark on me. For me personally, Electric Ladyland (1968) was a real turnaround record. (Jimi) Hendrix was incredible, but that record just had a feel to it and a character that can't be missed.

Thanks to louisg for the heads up.

Reader Brian C noticed that Rush is featured in the latest Bands I Useta Like comic strip at Mike the Pod.

On Thursday, January 7th, photographer John Kane will be holding an exhibit of his work from 7-12 PM at the Middle East in Cambridge, MA. Rush will be among the artists featured. You may recall that John organized a Rush-themed art/photography exhibit back in November of 2008 which featured guest speaker Donna Halper.

There is apparently a 2112 sighting in the recently-released movie It's Complicated. Meryl Streep's character stays in a hotel with room number 2112. Thanks to Ethan E and axe for the heads up.

One of the best TV Rush references of all time occurred on an episode of Futurama ("Anthology of Interest II") which aired on Jan. 26, 2002. In the episode Fry asks the What If machine what would happen if the world was like a video game. His wish comes true and he is later forced to use his video game skills to save the world from the evil Space Invaders. He says All right! It's Saturday night, I have no date, a two liter bottle of Shasta and my all-Rush mix tape, let's rock!. Tom Sawyer then plays in the background as he destroys the alien ships. Reader dadof4 let me know that there is a free download of a Space Invaders-like game based on this episode at this link. You can check out a preview of the game at this link. Here's the clip from Anthology of Interest II:

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

2011 Rush Wall calendar celebrates Moving Pictures anniversary
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UPDATE - 1/7@5:36PM: Many of you have noted that the item description specifically mentions a new LP (as opposed to an EP or something else) due out in 2010. This may be an assumption on their part or else they may be privy to some inside information. Yet another good sign.

Just last week on New Year's Day Rush's Permanent Waves celebrated its 30th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion NMR Distribution released their 2010 Rush wall calendar last year with a Permanent Waves theme. They'll be doing a similar thing with their 2011 Rush wall calendar to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Moving Pictures which was released on February 12, 1981. From the description of the item at the NMR Distribution website:

For Rush's legions of intensely loyal fans, 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the legendary band's biggest-selling album, 1981's multi-platinum "Moving Pictures"! We've worked with the band to create a uniquely special tribute calendar - featuring rare photos from the band's own archives.

* This is the album that catapulted the band from cult favourites to headliner status with the hit singles Tom Sawyer and Limelight as well as rock radio staples like YYZ.
* New LP due out in 2010 supported by a tour.
* Rush's core fan base never wavers! Extremely loyal fan base who's support consistently drives solid sell through results.

What I found especially interesting regarding their description is how they mention that there will be a new LP due out in 2010 supported by a tour. While we've known that for a while now, it's nice to see it in print. The calendar will likely ship this August and can be pre-ordered from the NMR Distribution website (wholesale only). Thanks to Marshall B for the heads up.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New contest at the Rush Backstage Club
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[Win a Signed R30 Poster!]

The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a signed 16" x 22" R30 poster. The contest ends on January 19th and you can sign up to enter at this link. Thanks to mrdriven for the heads up.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Register for updates at NeilPeart.net
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Back in July of last year, Neil Peart launched the Bubba's Bar -n- Grill section of his website at NeilPeart.net to showcase his love of all things cooking. A few months ago he announced that Bubba's was under new management by his friend Brutus. He also added a page where you can register to receive email updates, but the registration form was buried within the pages of the site and difficult to find. The form was recently brought to prominence and is now featured right on Neil's front page (thanks hermy). So if you weren't yet aware of the sign up form, just go to NeilPeart.net and register. Brutus has already sent out a couple of updates in the last few months. Neil Peart made several recent updates to the Bubba's Bar -n- Grill section of NeilPeart.net. He added a section for turkey recipes and a few more items to the official Bubba's Bar -n- Grill merchandise store at BubbaWares.com; a black and white bowling shirt, a pink bowling shirt, a refrigerator magnet and a hockey jersey. Neil also added another installment to his Bubba's Book Club last month and updated his background music to go with the theme of his latest news update; Autumn Serenade - a solo warm-up recorded at DW this past November.

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff, New Year edition
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Things were quiet this last week as we wound down 2009. Happy New Year everyone! 2009 was a break year for Rush; a year of awards, side projects, guest appearances, compilations and re-releases. I'll begin this first Friday update of 2010 with a 2009 Rush year-in-review.

In January Rush's Closer to the Heart won a CBC contest to determine songs that best define Canada and Tom Sawyer made VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs coming in at #19. In February Rush's Hope: Live for the Art of Peace off of Songs For Tibet: The Art of Peace was nominated but did not win in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category. It was their 6th nomination and 6th loss in that category. However, later that month as a consolation they were inducted into the Playboy Hall of Fame. In March Rush's Atlantic-era greatest hits compilation Retrospective 3 was released, longtime Rush manager Ray Danniels was the recipient of the 3rd annual MMF Canada Honour Roll Award, and the film I Love You Man featuring a cameo from Rush was released.

In April Rush was given mention in Metallica's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction acceptance speech by James Hetfield. In May Alex Lifeson made a guest appearance at a Tragically Hip show in Toronto, the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert DVD was released, and Geddy and Alex made appearances on both the CBC Radio's Q and CBC News: Sunday. In June the first RatCon Rush fan gathering took place in Baltimore, Neil Peart participated in a live video chat on the Drum Channel, much of Rush's catalog was re-released on mini-lp shm-cds, and we learned that Neil was going to be a father again.

In July Neil Peart won DRUM! Magazine's Drummer of the Year award and also launched the Bubba's Bar -n- Grill cooking section of NeilPeart.net. Also that month the 9th annual RushCon was held in Toronto with special guest Michael Mosbach. In August Rush was featured in Prog magazine including an extensive Alex Lifeson interview, Neil Peart's original Slingerland drum kit was sold on eBay for $25,100, the Grace Under Pressure Tour live CD was released as a standalone product, Dream Theater covered Rush's The Camera Eye at their Toronto show and Neil Peart's daughter Olivia Louise was born on August 12th.

In September Guitar Hero 5 featuring a previously unreleased live 1980 version of The Spirit of Radio was released, the Geddy Lee at Massey Hall short documentary premiered at TIFF, the Grapes Under Pressure Grapes for Humanity charity auction was held, Alex Lifeson made a cameo in the vampire movie Suck, Vertical Horizon's Burning the Days featuring Neil Peart was released, Alex Lifeson instructional videos for GarageBand became available, and the Trailer Park Boys movie Countdown to Liquor Day featuring Alex Lifeson was released. In October the film Adventures of Power featuring Neil Peart made its theatrical debut and Neil Peart participated in a Drum Channel air drum-off with star Ari Gold. Alex Lifeson also appeared on the Rick Mercer Report on October 27th.

In November Rush met in Los Angeles for a band meeting to map out their 2010 plans, Alex Lifeson participated in The Kidney Foundation of Canada's A Brush of Hope project, Neil Peart's Slingerland and Snakes & Arrows kits appeared at PASIC, the Backstage Secrets Rush documentary was released to DVD, Alex Lifeson was a presenter at the 24th annual Gemini Awards, a sneak peek of some Rush documentary footage was shown at the Windsor film festival, the Working Men live compilation was released, Rush won the SOCAN International Achievement Award, and Geddy Lee appeared as a guest judge at Gold Medal Plates.

This past month Rush's Show Don't Tell was included on Atlantic Records' Time Capsule box set, Geddy Lee participated in the CIBC's Miracle Day 25th anniversary, a reissue of Alex Lifeson's Victor project became available, a full-concert version of R30 on blu-ray was released, and Neil Peart recorded a new version of The Hockey Theme for TSN.

We can now look forward to a very busy 2010 with a new studio release from Rush, a summer tour, and a documentary film as the highlights. It's a great time to be a Rush fan!

Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of Rush's 7th studio album - 1980's Permanent Waves. The album was recorded in the Fall of 1979 at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec and was produced by Terry Brown. Permanent Waves was Rush's first top 5 album, reaching as high as #4 on the Billboard album charts. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on March 17, 1980 and Platinum on November 9, 1987. Its first single was The Spirit of Radio which hit #51 on the Hot 100 charts and is a regular staple of rock radio to this day. One of the rumors regarding Rush's upcoming 2010 tour is that they will be playing the album in its entirety to celebrate the 30th anniversary. The band's official 2010 wall calendar has a Permanent Waves theme in celebration of the anniversary. Here's the 4.5 star Allmusic review:

Since Neil Peart joined the band in time for 1975's Fly by Night, Rush had been experimenting and growing musically with each successive release. By 1980's Permanent Waves, the modern sounds of new wave (the Police, Peter Gabriel, etc.) began to creep into Rush's sound, but the trio still kept their hard rock roots intact. The new approach paid off - two of their most popular songs, the "make a difference" anthem "Freewill," and a tribute to the Toronto radio station CFNY, "The Spirit of Radio" (the latter a U.K. Top 15 hit), are spectacular highlights. Also included were two "epics," the stormy "Jacob's Ladder" and the album-closing "Natural Science," which contains a middle section that contains elements of reggae. Geddy Lee also began singing in a slightly lower register around this time, which made their music more accessible to fans outside of the heavy prog rock circle. The album proved to be the final breakthrough Rush needed to become an arena headliner throughout the world, beginning a string of albums that would reach inside the Top Five of the U.S. Billboard album charts. Permanent Waves is an undisputed hard rock classic, but Rush would outdo themselves with their next release.

As I'd mentioned about a month ago, Permanent Waves will be the subject of an hour-long In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show the week of January 11th. The show will feature interview segments with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson presumably from past In The Studio interviews where they discuss the album. Here's a preview excerpt (thanks RushFanForever):

REDBEARD: I asked Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart how the breakthrough success of their January 1980 release Permanent Waves affected their approach to playing live.

Neil Peart: Each stage of our development has been a real struggle on our part where we have been holding tenaciously onto the last level, and when we graduated to headlining the small theaters, the 3000-4000 seat theaters, the vaudeville leftovers, we clung to that so tenaciously. We were starting to get so big that we were doing three or four nights in most place, five nights in some of those theaters, and it just wasn't practical because there were so many people who weren't getting to see us! (laughs) Because we were spending five days in one city! And it wasn't fair, really, when you came down to it, that people wanted to see Rush and couldn't. So we couldn't justify it anymore. We couldn't say it (playing arenas) was a compromise. It was a limitation that we faced, that too many people wanted to see us. It's not something that we're able to control. So we were pushed into the arenas basically by the laws of supply and demand.

In his Classic Rock presents ... Prog interview this past Summer one of the things Alex Lifeson mentions being involved with during Rush's break from recording/touring was Apple's GarageBand software. GarageBand is a software application that allows users to create music or podcasts, and is included in all shipments of iLife. The most recent version of the software (iLife '09) includes music instruction, allowing users to buy instructional videos by several popular artists such as Sting, Norah Jones and Ben Folds. In the interview Alex describes how he recorded some instructional videos for the software. Alex's GarageBand Learn To Play Artist Lessons for Tom Sawyer and Limelight were made available for purchase back in September. His lessons for Working Man and The Spirit of Radio are also now available. For more information about GarageBand, visit Apple's website at this link. You can watch a short preview video of Alex's Tom Sawyer lesson at the Apple GarageBand site or at this link.

Most Rush fans are already aware that Alex Lifeson and his son Justin were arrested in Naples, FL nearly 6 years ago on New Year's eve 2004 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Naples, Florida. The incident ended up making #62 on VH1's list of the 100 Most Shocking Music Moments which was the subject of a special that aired on the channel Monday night.

Neil Peart friend and sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson recently posted a photo to his blog which was taken for a Prog magazine photo shoot. The photo depicts Anderson in his writing office surrounded by part of his music collection. Among the albums pictured are Rush's Vapor Trails, Replay X3, R30, and Rush's debut album. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

The popular iPhone game Tap Tap Revenge 3 (similar to Guitar Hero and Rock Band) recently released and several Rush songs are available to play with the game. For more information check out the iTunes store. Thanks to amoderndaywarrior2112 for the heads up.

Reader Ami W located this page of Geddy Lee quotes at jittery.com.

Former baseball player Warren Cromartie was recently profiled in Sporting News Today and when asked what was in his iPod one of the bands he listed was Rush. Thanks to Michael P for the heads up.

Neil Peart gets a mention in this Gizmodo Worst Gadgets Gallery when describing the Finger Drum Mousepad:

Just think: At some point there was a meeting where someone pitched this idea, and lots of other people agreed with it, and then they all spent actual human money to manufacture and market it. Either that meeting was run by Neil Peart, or mousepad executives ain't what they used to be.

Thanks to rushman1987 for the link.

Reader John H pointed me to this wtf Rush reference at UltimateGuitar.com. They featured a list of the Top 20 Unholy Songs and Rush's Roll the Bones made the cut. Here's what they said:

In the second verse to this 1991 song, Neil Peart's lyrics show off a narrator whose spiritual faith is "cold as ice." He goes on to ask, "Who would hold a price over the head of innocent children if there's some immortal power?" Peart has covered a wide range of subjects through his lyrical work in Rush but none of it carries the weight of that one line in "Roll The Bones.

Reader exit...stage left came across this video interview from Guitar.com with Daron Malakian from System of a Down. At about the 1:05 mark he mentions Neil Peart.

RushFanForever let me know that Metallica's Robert Trujillo was recently interviewed for an episode of Hard on Aux.tv and mentions Rush as being one of his favorite bands and deserving to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Trujillo recently said essentially the same thing in a Mercury News interview. You can watch the video at this link. The Rush part begins at around the 9-minute mark.

In celebration of the Permanent Waves 30th anniversary, here's a live performance of The Spirit of Radio from the Grace Under Pressure video:

Have a great weekend and a great New Year everybody!

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