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Friday, April 30, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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The big news of the past week was the US and world premiere of the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage last weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The premiere was a big red carpet affair attended by filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, a few big-name stars including Kiefer Sutherland and Sebastian Bach, several music industry and radio folk including Cliff Burnstein, Eddie Trunk and Donna Halper, and - of course - a bunch of crazy Rush fans. Over the past week we've been hit with a flurry of news covering the documentary including several interviews with the filmmakers as well as Rush themselves. You can check out all the coverage of the premiere including photos, videos, reviews, interviews and news articles in this post. And to listen to Geddy and Alex discuss the documentary on the radio interview circuit this week, check out this post. The film is also currently the favorite to win the Tribeca Film Festival Heineken Audience Award.

Last evening Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage received its Canadian premiere at the opening night of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. Along with filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen, both Geddy and Alex were in attendance at the premiere and stuck around for the Q&A afterword. Also reportedly in attendance were former Rush producer Terry Brown, Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider, Rush manager Ray Danniels, Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan, Kim Mitchell, and members of both Geddy's and Alex's family.

You can check out the official trailer for the film at this link along with these 2 preview clips. The documentary's official website was launched a couple weeks ago and reports that the film will be shown in limited release to select theaters on Thursday, June 10th. A list of Canadian theaters that will be showing the film was just released this morning at the Banger Films blog. Last week we learned that the documentary will get its television premiere on VH1 and VH1 Classic on June 26th. The DVD and Blu-ray will contain about an hour of bonus footage. They are slated for release on June 29th and both are now available for pre-order (DVD, Blu-ray). Reader emajor7th wanted me to alert any RIABers out there that may be attending the Friday midnight showing of the film at Tribeca that they'll be meeting ahead of time at McSorley's located at 15 E 7th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson hit the radio interview circuit this past week to discuss the documentary, the tour and their new material. The guys revealed several very interesting bits of information in these interviews. In one interview with New York City's Q104.3 that aired Tuesday, Alex Lifeson stated the following regarding the 2 new songs that they recently recorded:

... we'll release one to radio in about a month and then the two of them will be released around the same time at the beginning of the tour ...

Geddy Lee added this description of the songs in an interview with Spike of 94 WYSP in Philadelphia Tuesday:

... It's hard, it's fresh. They're pretty hard hitting. They're pretty musically ambitious. One of the songs is longer... kind of a cross between Far Cry and Monkey Business. Another one is just the shorter kind of super energy song. ...

In that same interview Geddy shed some light on why they didn't play at the Winter Olympics:

... We had an opportunity to play but there were all kinds of crazy rules going on about lip-synching and all stuff like that and that's just not our bag, man. ....

You can listen to several of the radio interviews from the past week in this post and in the player below.

There's also this new Alex Lifeson interview at Gibson.com that was posted earlier today. Alex reiterates much of what was said in the radio interviews but also adds several details regarding the recent recording of the 2 new songs mentioned above including the studio where they were recorded:

... We are using Blackbird Studios - great studio. Really, really good studio. Our producer, Nick Raskulinecz, lives here. He moved here from Los Angeles last year and, unfortunately, in Toronto there are no good drum rooms. Most of the great studios that used to be there are gone. There are a couple still left, but it was a question of where we would record drums more than anything else. We thought about doing it in L.A. Neil lives there. It would be nice for him to be home while we were working, but those studios weren't available either and Blackbird was, and Nick had had some experience there and used it quite a bit, actually. And it's a great place. ...

Nick Raskulinecz talks about his move back to Tennessee in this recent Nashville Scene cover story and also describes how it was to work with Rush:

... Standing in the room with Neal Peart and physically guiding him through fills and cymbals I want him to hit at specific times, and he's watching me like a hawk, and when it's over just high-fiving and going, 'Yes!' ...

Thanks to RushFanForever for locating this article and the Gibson interview.

Rush Time Machine TourThe Rush Time Machine Tour pre-sale frenzy continued this past week. A total of 10 shows began various pre-sales this past Tuesday - most of which have now ended. General ticket sales for 4 of these shows will start tomorrow with the Salt Lake City, Wichita, Bristow, Atlanta and both Florida shows going on sale today. Pre-sale information for next week will likely be announced over the next few days for the remaining 2 shows in Tulsa and San Antonio. Stay tuned to the tour page for the latest updates, pre-sale times and passwords.

Last Friday I reported how Toronto casting agency Jigsaw Casting had posted a casting call to their Facebook group page last Wednesday afternoon calling for Rush band member look-a-likes ages 15-19 for a short mock-u-mentary film on the early days of Rush. I speculated that this film may be planned for use as part of Rush's stage show on the upcoming Time Machine Tour. Since my original post I've learned that Rush has worked with Jigsaw Casting in the past on the Snakes & Arrows tour and this short film is indeed slated for use on the Time Machine Tour. The shoot is scheduled to occur in Toronto from May 11-18th. I can't wait to see what they come up with!

Longtail Distribution has just re-issued the Rush: Backstage Secrets DVD after replicating it to DVD-5 media. This 5-part documentary 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 Canadian leg of the 2007 Snakes and Arrows tour. The DVD comes packaged with all 5 parts split onto 2 discs. You can purchase a copy of the re-issue directly from Longtail at this link or through Amazon at this link. There are currently no plans for a Blu-ray release. Thanks to brihar73 for the heads up.

Tomorrow is the deadline for the RIAB/Quotidiana Vocabulary Contest that I'd first mentioned several weeks ago. Simply identify as many Rush words as you can in Patrick Madden's essay Remember Death, then send your list in an email to pcmadden3@yahoo.com with RIAB Vocabulary Contest in the subject line. The winner will get a signed copy of Quotidiana plus a rare 45 single and an RIAB bumper sticker. Two runners up will also get rare Rush 45s and RIAB bumper stickers.

Hologram Rush belt buckleThe Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a vintage Rush Hologram Belt Buckle. The contest ends on May 14th and you can sign up to enter at this link.

It's no secret that Geddy Lee is a huge baseball fan, and now that baseball season in full swing you can often see him perched behind home plate in his usual seats at Toronto Blue Jays games. The Jays were in town Wednesday night and Geddy can be spotted in this clip (thanks hermy).

Speaking of baseball and Geddy Lee, Canadian musician/writer Dave Bidini - who inducted Rush into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame not long ago - wrote a recent piece for the National Post involving baseball and his friend Geddy Lee:

... The 2010 baseball year arrived early for me when Janet told me that a tall, thin box had arrived in the mail. Opening it, I drew out a blonde maple bat, sent courtesy of Ottawa's MapleBat Corp, one of major league baseball's main suppliers. A fellow there had read my book about Italian baseball, and engraved my name, as well as the Italian teams' - the Peones -on the head of the Rideau Crusher.

The next morning, I went to meet the headmaster of Toronto's music-baseball cabal, Rush's Geddy Lee, at Caplansky's Deli on College Street. Of course, I brought the bat with me. Climbing from a friend's car, I noticed it was raining, so I pushed the bat under my long winter coat and walked into the deli, where I swung it around while approaching my friends' table. A few minutes later, the police arrived.

"Does anyone in here own a bat?" said one of them, even though, because it was morning, we were the only ones in the deli. "I do!" I said, proudly reaching for the Crusher, which lay on the banquette beside me. "Put the bat down, sir," said the officer. "But, it's my special bat," I said, before doing as told.

You could see what the officers were thinking: "Why is this thug so goddamned in love with his bat?" and "Holy geez, it's Geddy Lee." I convinced them that I hadn't intended to use the bat as part of an early morning brisket heist, and, after awhile, they left. ...

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

RushFanForever also located this feature article at Fender.com which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Fender Jazz Bass and prominently features our favorite Fender Jazz Bass player, Geddy Lee.

Champion bicyclist and Rush fan Lance Armstrong is currently racing in the Tour of the Gila bicycle race in New Mexico. From a twitter post earlier this week:

Made it to Silver City. #nowplaying Rush - Tom Sawyer. That's right. 7:40 PM Apr 27th

Thanks to Armitage2112 for the heads up.

Here once again is the trailer for Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage.

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Canadian premiere
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UPDATE - 5/11@10:50AM: The film came in 6th in the voting for the Hot Docs Audience Award (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 5/10@10:07AM: Here's a great Flickr photo gallery of the Hot Docs premiere (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 5/6@4:46PM: Here's a review from the Documentary Blog (thanks snowdog2112 at The Rush Forum). As of yesterday the documentary is 2nd in the running for the 2010 HotDocs Audience Award (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 5/2@4:03PM: More photos here (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 5/2@1:22PM: Here are 2 more (clip 1, clip 2), much longer clips from the after-screening Q&A (thanks RushFanForever):

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UPDATE - 5/2@10:21AM: Here's 2 glowing reviews from non-Rush-fans. This one is from the No Future Face blog and here's one from Substream.com (at about the 3:40 mark). This is a nice video covering the opening night gala at Substream.com which includes a good bit of coverage of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and here's a photo gallery at the Hot Docs website from opening night. There are also a bunch of great photos at the Hot Docs Facebook group page. Thanks to RushFanForever for the above links/info.

UPDATE - 5/1@10:51AM: And here is a clip of the after-screening Q&A along with some photos (thanks Alexfan).

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UPDATE - 5/1@10:12AM: Here's a video from the Hot Docs YouTube channel which includes footage and short interview clips with filmmakers Sam and Scott, and Geddy and Alex (thanks RushFanForever).

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UPDATE - 4/30@3:17PM: Pegi Cecconi of Anthem and Hugh Syme were there as well according to The Canadian Music Scene. They also have a couple of great photos posted including one with Terry Brown (far left), Hugh Syme (middle) and Kim Mitchell (second from right).

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UPDATE - 4/30@10:11AM: Toronto Writer also reports seeing Rush manager Ray Danniels, Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan, and Neil Peart's father at the premiere.

UPDATE - 4/30@9:56AM: A list of Canadian theaters that will be showing the film on June 10th was just released this morning at the Banger Films blog:

ONE NIGHT ONLY THURSDAY, JUNE 10 at 7pm
RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage is Released to the Following Theaters:

SCOTIABANK THEATRE, TORONTO
CINEMARK TINSELTOWN, VANCOUVER
THE UPTOWN, CALGARY
CINEMA DU PARC, MONTREAL
CINEMA LE CLAP, QUEBEC CITY
* Additional Le Clap screenings on Fri June 11 at 7 & 9:15pm and Sat June 12th at 9:15pm *

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UPDATE - 4/30@7:26AM: Both Geddy and Alex were in attendance at the premiere; they even came on stage before the show and stayed for the Q&A afterwords. Also reportedly in attendance were former Rush producer Terry Brown, Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider, Kim Mitchell, and members of both Geddy's and Alex's family. Thanks to willie for the report and scott s for the photo.

UPDATE - 4/29@10:38PM: Alex Lifeson was spotted at the premiere, but I think Geddy went to the Jays game. :)

The long-awaited Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage had its US and world premiere last weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The premiere was a big red carpet affair attended by filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, a few big-name stars including Kiefer Sutherland and Sebastian Bach, several music industry and radio folk including Cliff Burnstein, Eddie Trunk and Donna Halper, and - of course - a bunch of crazy Rush fans. Over the past week we've been hit with a flurry of news covering the documentary including several interviews with the filmmakers as well as Rush themselves. You can check out all the coverage of the premiere including photos, videos, reviews, interviews and news articles in this post. And to listen to Geddy and Alex discuss the documentary on the radio interview circuit this week, check out this post.

Tonight Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will gets its Canadian premiere at the opening night of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto at the Winter Garden Theatre at 9:30PM. Filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions. There will be an additional screening tomorrow, April 30th at 4:00PM at the Isabel Bader Theatre. From what I can gather, both screenings are sold out. So far there's no word on who else might show up, although since it's in Toronto I wouldn't rule out the possibility of at least one member of Rush making an appearance.

You can check out the official trailer for the film below or at this link along with these 2 preview clips. The documentary's official website was launched recently and reports that the film will be shown in limited release to select theaters on Thursday, June 10th. Last week we learned that the documentary will get its television premiere on VH1 and VH1 Classic on June 26th. The DVD/Blu-ray will be released on June 29th and will contain about an hour of bonus footage. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray can already be pre-ordered through the Rounder films website as well as Amazon.com (DVD, Blu-ray).

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[Rush documentary preview clips now available]
[Rush documentary Canadian premier, DVD release update]
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rush Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony to take place June 25th
5:36PM EST | link | comments (43) |

Hollywood Walk of Fame StarmanNearly 2 years ago we learned that Rush would be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The campaign to get Rush their star was spearheaded by long-time Rush friend Donna Halper - the woman who is credited with discovering Rush while working at WMMS-FM in Cleveland back in 1974 - and Rush fans extraordinaire Keith and Kevin Purdy. Since being awarded the Star we've been awaiting word on when the ceremony would take place and on Friday I'd mentioned hearing that it would occur on August 10th, the day before their concert in Los Angeles. Later that day I received word from Kevin Purdy letting me know that this date was not correct, and that the ceremony would instead occur on Friday, June 25th. Artisan News Service also mentions this date in a recent video news story on the Rush documentary. No details regarding the ceremony have yet been released.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Ed to guest on internet talk show Used Bin Radio tonight
5:44PM EST | link | comments (21) |

UPDATE - 4/29@7:34AM: The podcast is now up. You can listen to it at this link.

UPDATE - 4/28@11:15AM: I had a blast on the show last night. Thanks to everyone who listened in and thanks to Joe and Brad for having me. The podcast should be up at this link in the next day or so.

Used Bin Radio is a weekly internet radio talk show geared towards Classic, Modern and Progressive Rock. Hosts Joe and Brad are longtime Rush fans as well as RIAB readers and the subject of Rush often comes up on their show. I've been a guest on their show a couple of times now and will be making a return appearance on the show this evening to talk about all things Rush with the guys. If you want to know what Joe and Brad think of me listen to this past week's show at about the 15-minute mark. :) The show airs live tonight from 8-10PM PST (11-1 EST) and you can listen in on purerockradio.net. It is also syndicated on progrock.com and redeyeradionetwork.com. Past shows can be listened to via podcast at this link. Listen in if you get a chance.

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Rush to release new song to radio next month
2:19PM EST | link | comments (58) |

UPDATE - 4/27@4:51PM: Spike of 94 WYSP in Philadelphia interviewed Geddy Lee this morning and Geddy said the following regarding the 2 new songs:

... It's hard, it's fresh. They're pretty hard hitting. They're pretty musically ambitious. One of the songs is longer... kind of a cross between Far Cry and Monkey Business. Another one is just the shorter kind of super energy song. ...

You can listen to it at this link. Thanks to Lerxster for transcribing the quote.

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We've known for a while now that Rush has been working on new material and has about 6 new songs written. They recently finished recording 2 of these songs in Nashville with producer Nick Raskulinecz, and Geddy revealed in a recent Rolling Stone interview that one is titled Caravan. We learned a couple of weeks ago that these 2 songs will be released as a special limited-edition CD single included with the Rush VIP pre-sale ticket packages being sold for their upcoming Time Machine Tour. In an interview with New York City's Q104.3 that aired this morning, Alex Lifeson stated the following regarding the 2 songs:

... we'll release one to radio in about a month and then the two of them will be released around the same time at the beginning of the tour ...

Alex doesn't mention how they will be released but we can reasonably assume that it would be either as an mp3 download or a CD single, or possibly both. You can listen to the interview at this link or by using the player below.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour pre-sales round 3
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Rush Time Machine TourUPDATE - 4/29@2:02PM: All Music Today pre-sales through the Rush Music Today website have closed. However, like I'd mentioned earlier, several of the shows have Fan Club or Music Today pre-sales listed at Ticketmaster now that are accepting a password of RUSHMT. I've listed these in the tour section but I have no idea how long they will last. Where these came from or how anyone was supposed to know the password is still a mystery. Maybe there's some super secret Rush fan club somewhere that only really cool people get to be a part of? :)

UPDATE - 4/28@9:18PM: Now this is weird. Those Rush Fan Club pre-sales that are listed at Ticketmaster for some of these shows actually work using a password of RUSHMT. I'm completely baffled since Rush.com never sent out any sort of announcement about this. Thanks to reader namesake who somehow discovered that this password works. So for those dates that are no longer listed at the Rush Music Today site you might want to give the Ticketmaster fan pre-sales a shot. Whatever.

UPDATE - 4/28@9:06PM: The Las Vegas Music Today pre-sale is closed.

UPDATE - 4/28@3:48PM: The West Palm Beach show Music Today pre-sale is closed now too.

UPDATE - 4/28@1:27PM: It now looks like the Tampa show Music Today pre-sale is closed.

UPDATE - 4/28@10:41AM: Wait... USANA now seems to be open again. :)

UPDATE - 4/28@9:42AM: Music Today pre-sales have closed for USANA, Boston, Bristow and Atlanta.

UPDATE - 4/27@2:42PM: As if things weren't already confusing enough, now for some reason Ticketmaster is listing Fan Club pre-sales complete with a password requirement on their site for some of the shows. This is a mistake. There is no Rush fan club and the only fan pre-sales are being run through Music Today. These pre-sales are completely free and only require that you sign up at the site; no password required.

UPDATE - 4/27@1:03PM: Las Vegas has been posted.

UPDATE - 4/27@12:01PM: The USANA Amphitheatre show is now posted.

UPDATE - 4/27@11:25AM: Both Wichita and Houston (Central timezone shows) are now posted, albeit a bit late.

UPDATE - 4/27@9:40AM: Boston, Bristow, Atlanta, and both Florida dates (all the Eastern time zone ones) are now up on the Rush Music Today site. The others should be added throughout the morning.

According to the latest email from the Rush.com email list, round 3 of the Rush Time Machine Tour Music Today pre-sales begins tomorrow morning at 10AM for 9 more shows, although at the time of this posting the dates are not yet listed at the Rush Music Today website. They should however be posted by tomorrow morning. Several Rush VIP and CITI pre-sales will also kick off tomorrow and there will be various Live Nation, venue and radio pre-sales beginning later in the week, although at this time the pre-sale information listed at Live Nation and Ticketmaster for these shows seems to be incomplete for many of the dates. Hopefully the dates/times will all be straightened out by tomorrow morning. For information on the different types of pre-sales see this Rush ticket sales and pre-sales guide that I put together. And for all the details regarding the times of the various pre-sales and any password information, stay tuned to the tour page. Remember - all times given are local to the respective venue. Here are the dates with links to both the Music Today pre-sales (MT) and regular ticket pre-sales (Rush VIP, CITI, etc.):

Aug 05: USANA Amphitheatre - West Valley City, UT [MT] [info]
Aug 14: MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV [MT] [info]
Aug 20: INTRUST Bank Arena - Wichita, KS [MT] [info]
Sep 14: TD Garden - Boston, MA [MT] [info]
Sep 18: Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA [MT] [info]
Sep 25: Woodlands Pavilion - The Woodlands, TX [MT] [info]
Sep 29: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Alpharetta, GA [MT] [info]
Oct 01: Ford Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL [MT] [info]
Oct 02: Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL [MT] [info]

There will be no Music Today pre-sale for the Quebec City show. Tickets for the Quebec City Summer Festival show will go on sale this Saturday, May 1st at 10AM via the Festival website, although a limited number of passes will be available on April 28th at greater Quebec City area Metro supermarkets. For all the details visit infofestival.com.

Use the comments to post your own experiences purchasing tickets and let us know how everything goes. I'll be updating this post throughout the evening and tomorrow with any relevant information.

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Rush radio interviews
4:32PM EST | link | comments (14) |

UPDATE - 4/30@11:31AM: I've added an Alex Lifeson interview with Allentown's WZZO from yesterday (thanks chutch15) to the player below. You can also download it at this link.

UPDATE - 4/29@8:05AM: Alex Lifeson was interviewed for WPYX in Albany yesterday and you can listen to the podcast at this link (thanks Sean F).

UPDATE - 4/28@10:37PM: Geddy Lee was interviewed on WKLH in Milwaukee Monday (thanks Foz). You can listen to it at this link and I've also added it to the player below.

UPDATE - 4/27@3:05PM: Alex Lifeson was interviewed this morning on WMMR in Philadelphia (thanks Lerxster). You can listen to the interview at this link and I've also added it to the player below.

UPDATE - 4/27@2:59PM: Spike of 94 WYSP in Philadelphia interviewed Geddy Lee this morning. You can listen to it at this link and I've also added it to the player below. Geddy addresses all the usual topics but also has something to say regarding the whole Olympics fiasco from earlier this year. He confirms that Rush was asked to perform and did consider it (which we knew already), but ultimately opted out due to the fact that they wanted them to lipsync.

UPDATE - 4/27@1:40PM: Reader chutch15 let me know that Alex was interviewed Monday morning for WZZO in Allentown, PA although it won't air until this coming Thursday morning on the Bearman and Keith show. I've added the KQRS Alex interview to the player below.

UPDATE - 4/27@8:52AM: This morning's Q104.3 interview with Alex Lifeson is now online at this link (thanks mommy_of_zuzu). I also added it to the player below. Alex talks a good bit about the documentary, the tour and mentions that the band plans to release one of their new songs to radio in about a month, and both songs will be released for purchase (CD single? mp3 download?) at the beginning of the tour.

It looks like Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are on the radio interview circuit discussing the Rush documentary, the upcoming tour, new material and other assorted subjects this week on various rock radio stations across the country. These interviews rarely contain much in the way of new information and typically only last 5 or 10 minutes, but it's always nice to listen to the boys chat. On Sunday night both Geddy and Alex appeared on Q104.3's Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke which you can listen to at this link or in the player below. Alex is also supposed to appear on the station tomorrow morning in the 7AM hour (thanks mommy_of_zuzu). Geddy Lee appeared on KLOS in Los Angeles this morning during the Mark and Brian show. Alex Lifeson appeared on Minnesota's KQRS this morning and you can listen to a rebroadcast of the show at this link; Alex is in part 3 of the 4/26 show at about the 47:30 mark (thanks hermy). And Geddy was on WRIF in Detroit earlier this afternoon. If you hear about any other interviews or find any links to podcasts/downloads of interviews that have already occurred, please let me know. I'll be updating this post and the player below as I gather more information.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rush documentary premiere tonight, in theaters 6/10, DVD 6/29
11:01AM EST | link | comments (143) |

UPDATE - 6/7@11:22AM: Here's a 3-star review from the UK's Guardian (thanks Graham B).

UPDATE - 5/27@8:02PM: Here's some more documentary coverage courtesy reader RushFanForever. The trailer for the documentary made #8 at Cinematical's weekly Trailer Park poll a couple of weeks ago. MusicRadar.com posted this great review of the film earlier this week, and there's this review from Hour.ca. And here is yet another great interview with the filmmakers which was recently posted at exclaim.ca.

UPDATE - 5/19@7:37AM: Here's yet another interview with the filmmakers (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 5/18@8:41PM: Here are a couple of positive reviews; one from Wired.com (thanks bassman4001) and one from ChartAttack who gives it 5 stars (thanks thetunefreak).

UPDATE - 5/14@11:56AM: Reader dave sent me this scan of a Tribeca Audience Award ballot for the film.

UPDATE - 5/10@10:02AM: Here's a photo of Sebastian Bach, Alex Lifeson and Eddie Trunk from the premiere afterparty that was posted on Eddie Trunk's website (thanks RushFanForever). This is some video news coverage of the premiere from NY1.com (thanks Nick).

UPDATE - 5/6@4:47PM: Here's a review from NoiseCreep.com (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 5/2@12:34AM: As expected, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage has won the Tribeca Heineken Audience Award!

UPDATE - 5/1@9:20PM: Here's a great review from FilmSchoolRejects (thanks glortiz).

UPDATE - 4/30@9:53AM: Here's yet more press coverage of the documentary from Metro News Vancouver (thanks RushFanForever), The London Free Press (thanks The Sphere) and CBC News (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 4/29@7:54AM: Here's another article covering the documentary from the Toronto Globe and Mail, and here's a Richard Crouse interview with the filmmakers which you can listen to in 2 parts - part 1, part 2 (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 4/28@5:17PM: Here's a video news story covering the documentary from Artisan News Service. The story includes new interview segments with filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen, and both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 4/28@5:06PM: Here's some more coverage of the Canadian premiere from JAM! and from EyeWeekly where the filmmakers are interviewed.

UPDATE - 4/28@3:46PM: Here's a blurb from am New York's Tribeca Film Festival red carpet report:

Rush: Fashion-challenged and proud of it
The members of the band Rush didn't even try to dress well for Saturday's red-carpet premiere of the doc "Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage." "We've had no fashion sense for 45 years," said rocker Geddy Lee, ... "We naturally don't fit in."

And here's a report from CTV Toronto.

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UPDATE - 4/28@12:59PM: Here's yet another great review from Tim McGonagle of NBCNewYork.com (thanks 1-2-bucklemyshoe):

... McFayden and Dunn accurately capture the unwavering and intense loyalty Rush fans possess for the band and each other. Just as engrossing are the filmmakers exposing the members of the band for what they are: funny, smart, likable family men. The film has some hilariously telling moments revealing them as the antithesis of hedonistic rock-stars ...

And here's a Toronto Star interview with filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen (thanks RushFanForever).

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UPDATE - 4/27@5:10PM: It looks like Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is currently at the top of the heap in the standings for the Tribeca Film Festival Heineken Audience Award (thanks plunge)! Filmmakers Scot Dunn and Sam McFadyen are profiled in this Faces of the Festival article at the Tribeca website (thanks dave). If you're wondering why Kiefer Sutherland showed up at the premiere, check out this quote from the December 2003 issue of American Way where Kiefer is interviewed. When asked about music that reminds him of Toronto he says:

I'm a huge fan of Canadian rock-and-roll. When I was growing up, Rush came out with a record called Hemispheres, and I must have listened to that record for two years straight. Even when I was asleep I had it on. So, yeah, whenever I hear a Rush tune, the first thing I think of is Toronto.

And here is a horrible review from Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood elsewhere (thanks RushFanForever). Be sure to leave a nice comment for Mr. Wells if you get a chance. :)

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UPDATE - 4/26@9:02PM: Here's some more love for the documentary from the Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern:

... I'll not only remember, but will revisit when I can, "RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage," a rock documentary, by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn, that's the very opposite of murky. During the course of its four-decade run, the Canadian band RUSH has been immensely popular and tricky to categorize, notwithstanding Jack Black's on-camera assertion that it's a band "with a deep reservoir of rocket sauce." Still, there's no mystery about what makes this film the special occasion that it is. The band's members-Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart-are thoughtful, terrifically likable and brilliantly articulate. And an impressive array of interviewees makes an ironclad-metalclad-case for the lofty level of the band's musicianship. Here's a documentary that delights and instructs in equal measure. That's all you can ask-though it's a lot-of any movie.

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UPDATE - 4/26@8:15PM: Here's Eddie Trunk's review of the film (thanks Will C).

UPDATE - 4/26@3:38PM: Here's a short review of the film that appeared in today's Wall Street Journal (thanks Steve), and here's a review by Hank Shteamer of Time Out New York. The documentary is now also available for pre-order at the Rounder Records site on both DVD and Blu-ray (thanks David_MSP).

UPDATE - 4/25@10:53PM: Here's a video report on the red carpet event from AP-Red.com. A couple of fans including JackRelax (aka Jillian of RushCon) are interviewed along with filmmakers Scott and Sam, Sebastian Bach, and Rush themselves (thanks Sean):

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UPDATE - 4/25@5:04PM: Here are some more fantastic pics of the premiere courtesy Astroboy including a couple of Kiefer Sutherland.

UPDATE - 4/25@2:29PM: The film now has an official website located at RushBeyondTheLightedStage.com (thanks RushFanForever). Reader RushSignals1982 (aka Todd Garbarini) attended the premiere and wrote up a great review which you can check out at this link. There's a great feature article up on the Tribeca Film Festival website which profiles a father-son pair of fans who came all the way from California to see the premiere (thanks plunge). Here are some more photos from the red carpet at the Life magazine site (thanks nick). And TMMB found a bunch of red carpet videos from the premier on Youtube; one with Alex and Geddy, this one and this one featuring Sam and Scott, and this one with Sebastian Bach and his family.

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UPDATE - 4/25@9:20AM: Here are a bunch of Getty Images press photos (thanks double-agent) from the premiere last night. Included are several photos of Geddy, Alex, Sam and Scott, Sebastian Bach and his wife, Anthem's Pegi Cecconi and Rounder's John Virant.

Phil Simon also posted a bunch of great photos from the premiere to the Rush Fans Attending Tribeca Documentary Premiere Facebook page. Included are a couple of pictures of Eddie Trunk and Donna Halper.

And here's a minute-and-a-half video of Alex and Geddy speaking to the audience before the start of the film (thanks kevin).

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UPDATE - 4/24@11:08PM: Along with Geddy and Alex, Kiefer Sutherland, Sebastian Bach and Eddie Trunk are in attendance at the premiere. Here are a couple of pictures of filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen in the theater along with the arrival of Geddy and Alex (thanks JackRelax). The RushCon Twitter feed has a nice blow-by-blow report.

UPDATE - 4/24@8:39PM: Here's a photo of a banner outside of the Rush documentary premiere earlier this evening. The red carpet is out and Rush is about to arrive (thanks JackRelax).

The long-awaited Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will have its US and world premier tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The official trailer for the film was posted online earlier today and you can check it out at this link, along with these 2 preview clips that had been posted online a couple weeks ago. The Canadian premiere will occur at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto next Thursday, April 29th. Earlier this week we learned that the documentary will get its television premiere on VH1 and VH1 Classic on June 26th, and now the official Banger Films blog is reporting that the film will appear in select theaters for one night only on Thursday, June 10th and be released on DVD/Blu-ray June 29th. For any RIABers who are attending the premiere, there will be a pre-screening meet-up at The Molly Wee which is located at 30th and 8th.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Rush to star in short film Rush mock-u-mentary?
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[CASTING FOR RUSH BAND MEMBER LOOK-A-LIKES AND MUSICIANS FOR A SHORT FILM]

Reader RUSHgeek recently came across a very interesting casting call from Toronto casting agency Jigsaw Casting that was posted to their Facebook group page Wednesday afternoon. It calls for Rush band member look-a-likes ages 15-19 for a short mock-u-mentary film on the early days of Rush. From the description:

You could be featured in an upcoming short film about the band RUSH...

Jigsaw Casting Ltd. is looking for Rush band member look-a-likes and/or musicians in the age range of 15 - 19 yrs of age who fit the following characteristics to be featured in an upcoming short film about the history of the band RUSH. This film is based on the true story of the band. This is a comedic mock-u-mentary that explores the roots of the band, as told by each member. Starring the real Geddy, Alex and Neil as well as comedic actors to play them in their formative years.

Looking for look-a-likes and/or musicians to portray Rush Band members
(Age: approx 15- 19yrs)
Play bass, guitar, Drums - if you look like any of the members but do not play an instrument, please still submit. (The only character needed to have musical skills is Peart, the drummer)
Have a 1960's - 70's Band look - long hair is great but do not limit
Looking for teenage look-a-likes of the Rush band members
(**bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart who will appear in the film) ...

The shoot is scheduled to occur in Toronto from May 11-18th and Jigsaw Casting is definitely a legitimate casting agency. Now since this also will star the real members of Rush and be completed in plenty of time for the tour, I'm speculating that this might be a short film to be used as part of Rush's stage show for the upcoming Time Machine Tour. Knowing the theme of the tour and Rush's fondness for humorous tour videos as part of their shows, along with the upcoming release of the Rush documentary on DVD, television and possibly theaters this summer, I would not be surprised at all if this has something to do with the tour - it all seems to tie together too well to be coincidence. Even if this short film has nothing at all to do with the tour, it's still notable since Rush itself seems to be involved. It's more food for speculation if nothing else.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 4/24@11:57AM: I'm now hearing that they'll do the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on June 25th prior to the tour rather than August 10th before the LA show.

UPDATE - 4/23@3:58PM: Here are 2 photos (here and here) from Lorne's MySpace page showing the Snakes & Arrows kit in Nashville during their recent recording sessions (thanks hermy).

UPDATE - 4/23@1:39PM: Here's yet another telling MySpace status update from Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton (thanks hermy):

in CA building the new kit. wait till you see this one!! Mood: busy
Posted at 12:06 PM Apr 22

I think we all figured Neil would have a new kit for the tour but it's nice to finally get some confirmation. Cool!

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Rush Time Machine TourThe Rush Time Machine Tour pre-sale frenzy continued this past week. On Sunday night Rush announced second shows at both Red Rocks and Chicago along with all the Music Today fan pre-sales for the week. Then on Wednesday we learned that Rush would be playing the Ottawa Bluesfest on July 11th. A total of 14 shows began various pre-sales this past Tuesday - most of which have now ended. General ticket sales for 4 of these - both Toronto shows, the Omaha show and the Kansas City show - began this morning with the remaining 10 dates along with Ottawa going on sale tomorrow (Pittsburgh on Monday). Pre-sale information for next week will likely be announced over the weekend for the following dates that are slated to go on sale next weekend:

Jul 15: Quebec City Summer Festival - Quebec City, QC
Aug 14: MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV
Sep 14: TD Garden - Boston, MA
Sep 18: Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
Sep 25: Woodlands Pavilion - The Woodlands, TX
Sep 29: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Alpharetta, GA
Oct 01: Ford Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL
Oct 02: Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL

Stay tuned to the tour page for the latest updates, pre-sale times and passwords. I've also added a nifty interactive tour map to the page along with a Rush ticket sales and pre-sales guide. The guide explains how all the various and sundry pre-sales work along with some other miscellaneous information. You can even post comments to the guide if you have any information you'd like to add or elaborate on.

The long-anticipated Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will have its US and world premier tomorrow at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City while the Canadian premiere will occur at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto next Thursday, April 29th. The official trailer for the film was posted online earlier today and you can check it out at this link, along with these 2 preview clips that had been posted online a couple weeks ago. Earlier this week we learned that the documentary will get its television premiere on VH1 and VH1 Classic on June 26th, just a few days before the start of Rush's Time Machine Tour. Katy Rich of Cinema Blend posted the first review of the film yesterday at this link. For any RIABers who are attending the premiere tomorrow, reader ReGorLaTroy wanted me to let everyone know that there will be a pre-screening meet-up at The Molly Wee which is located at 30th and 8th.

Speaking of the Rush documentary, filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen won a Juno Award for Music DVD of the Year this past weekend for their film Iron Maiden: Flight 666, beating out Rush's Snakes & Arrows Live DVD. Sam Dunn had expected Rush to win and even dressed for the occasion. From a Spinner.com article covering the event:

... "I wore my Rush 'Caress of Steel' shirt because I thought Rush were going to win," Dunn said backstage after their win, noting the duo's next documentary is the upcoming Rush film 'Beyond the Lighted Stage.' ...

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Whereas Rush's Snakes & Arrows Live DVD did not win a Juno, Home Theater Magazine's May 2010 issue did list the blu-ray version among their Top 100 Blu-Rays and gave it a great little review. Thanks to Reed Lover for the heads up and the scan.

A new interview with Geddy Lee conducted by Rolling Stone's Greg Prato was released online earlier this week. Geddy talks about the upcoming tour, the new material they've been working on, and the Moving Pictures album. He even reveals the title of one of their new songs; Caravan. Check out this post for all the details.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the creator of a series of Classic Albums documentary specials where important albums in rock -n- roll history are showcased. A Classic Albums treatment of both Rush's 2112 and Moving Pictures has been in production for quite some time now and on Sunday we learned via BW&BK that a combined DVD/Blu-ray release covering both albums is due for release this September. Reader RushFanForever also let me know that the DVD apparently was previewed at Full Metal Texas 2010 last month.

Hollywood Walk of Fame StarmanNearly 2 years ago we learned that Rush would be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Since then we've been awaiting word on when the ceremony would take place, with the assumption that it would occur the next time the band played a show in Los Angeles. Although it's not official yet, from what I'm now hearing that's exactly what is going to happen that they'll do the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on June 25th just prior to the start of the tour rather than August 10th before the LA show. Apparently the ceremony will take place on August 10th the day before the band's show at the Gibson Amphitheatre this summer.

Geddy Lee is scheduled to appear on the syndicated Mark and Brian show on KLOS out of Los Angeles this coming Monday morning (thanks Huge Ackman at Counterparts). And both Geddy and Alex will be on Q104.3's Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke this Sunday night (thanks Pmover at Counterparts). This probably means that Geddy and Alex will likely be making the radio interview rounds next week, so keep your ears open for other interviews too.

Used Bin Radio is a weekly internet radio talk show geared towards Classic, Modern and Progressive Rock. Hosts Joe and Brad are longtime Rush fans as well as RIAB readers and the subject of Rush often comes up on their show. I've been a guest on their show a couple of times now and will be making a return appearance on the show this coming Tuesday to talk Rush with the guys. If you want to know what Joe and Brad think of me listen to this past week's show at about the 15-minute mark. :) The show airs live on Tuesday nights from 8-10PM PST (11-1 EST) and you can listen live to the program on purerockradio.net. It is also syndicated on progrock.com and redeyeradionetwork.com. Past shows can be listened to via podcast at this link. Listen in if you get a chance - I'll post another reminder next Tuesday.

RatCon 2010Details regarding both RushCon 10 and Rush RatCon 2010 were released earlier this week. RushCon 10 - billed as RushCon/Force/10 - will take place this July 16-18 in Toronto, ON along with a one-day minicon to occur on August 14th in Las Vegas. Both the main convention and the minicon will coincide with Rush shows in each respective city. For all the details check out the RushCon website and you can follow RushCon on Facebook too. The 2nd annual RatCon East Coast Rush gathering/convention - billed as The Astral Door to the Time Machine Tour - will take place the weekend of June 25th at Club Xanadu (The Shred's House) in beautiful Severna Park, MD (outside Baltimore). Events will include an ON-SITE 3-hour concert from Rush tribute band Cygnals on Friday night, an outdoor big-screen viewing of VH1's television premiere of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage on Saturday night and - interspersed throughout - a lot of great Rush-themed food, beverage, games, prizes, conversation and loads of Rush music! You can check out all the details and learn about the origin of the Rush Rat and RatCon at the website here. You can also follow RatCon on Facebook. And to see how much fun we all had at RatCon 2009 last year go to the RatCon 2009 tab on the RatCon site and check out all the pictures.

Rush's Tom Sawyer was played on the latest episode of Fox TV's Fringe (Season 2, Episode 39) last night. It was playing on a car radio in the opening scene of the show. You can watch the full episode online at this link. Thanks to chicodawg and RUSHnATL for the heads up.

Reader Dylan pointed me to this teaser trailer for the new movie High School which uses the intro to Rush's 2112 as background music.

Reader RushFanForever located this old SPIN interview with Neil Peart from 1992. You can check it out at this link.

Reader, Rush fan, and composer/performer Ben Sommer recently created a music discovery podcast and blog called Bands Like Rush where bands that have some kind of connection or similarity to Rush are interviewed. His latest installment is a humorous pseudo interview with Gino of now defunct prog-rock band Electrum. You can check it out at this link.

Commercials for Rush's Time Machine Tour have been running in a couple of cities over the last couple of weeks. Reader Rob S located the commercial on YouTube and you can check it out below.

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

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Rush documentary official trailer now online
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[Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Trailer]

UPDATE - 4/23@1:11PM: It's now up on YouTube as well (thanks Vagner C):

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The long-anticipated Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will have its US and world premier tomorrow at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City while the Canadian premiere will occur at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto next Thursday, April 29th. Earlier this week we learned that the documentary will get its television premiere on VH1 and VH1 Classic on June 26th, just a few days before the start of Rush's Time Machine Tour. On Wednesday Time Out New York posted a brief interview with Alex Lifeson where he discusses the documentary and a few other subjects. A couple of weeks ago two preview clips from the film appeared online. And now the official trailer has been posted online at MSN.com at this link. The trailer runs about 2:15 and contains a lot of great teaser footage. The documentary has been creating a lot of buzz and is one of the most talked about films at the Tribeca Film Festival. From a recent New York Post article (thanks Jordan M):

Would you believe that a doc about the Canadian trio is one of the most searched on the film festival's Web site? Talking heads, including Gene Simmons, Billy Corgan, Sebastian Bach, and Jack Black, talk about what the creators of "Tom Sawyer" mean to them.

The documentary also made V Magazine's list of the 25 must-see films at the festival (thanks Gary M):

Rush explores its namesake Canadian hard rockers in unabashedly fanatic detail, exposing the band's 40-year history both on and off the stage and featuring interviews from Billy Corgan, Gene Simmons, Jack Black and many of the band's devoted fans. Director duo Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn already have three metal documentaries to their credit (2005's Metal: A Headbanger's Journey; 2008's Global Metal; and last year's Iron Maiden: Flight 666), so even if you don't know your Rush from your Kiss to your Iron Butterfly, you can feel safe stage-diving headfirst into this latest effort.

And Katy Rich of Cinema Blend posted this review of the film yesterday.

For any RIABers who are attending the premiere tomorrow, reader ReGorLaTroy wanted me to let everyone know that there will be a pre-screening meet-up at The Molly Wee which is located at 30th and 8th.

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[Rush documentary to premier April 24th at Tribeca Film Festival]
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

RatCon 2010 details released
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RatCon 2010[RatCon 2010: The Astral Door to the Time Machine Tour]

Details regarding the 2nd annual RatCon East Coast Rush gathering/convention were released earlier this week via the newly revamped RatCon website. RatCon 2010 - billed as The Astral Door to the Time Machine Tour - will take place the weekend of June 25th at Club Xanadu (The Shred's House) in beautiful Severna Park, MD (outside Baltimore). Events will include an ON-SITE 3-hour concert from Rush tribute band Cygnals on Friday night, an outdoor big-screen viewing of VH1's television premiere of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage on Saturday night and - interspersed throughout - a lot of great Rush-themed food, beverage, games, prizes, conversation and loads of Rush music! You can check out all the details and learn about the origin of the Rush Rat and RatCon at the website here. You can also follow RatCon on Facebook. And to see how much fun we all had at RatCon 2009 last year go to the RatCon 2009 tab on the RatCon site and check out all the pictures.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Alex Lifeson discusses Rush documentary in new interview
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[Alex Lifeson, guitarist for Rush, on his Tribeca debut]

UPDATE - 4/22@4:45PM: Enough people complained about Alex revealing a song from the setlist that I bleeped out the song title. Just click through to the article to see the song Alex referenced.

The long-anticipated Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will have its US and world premier this Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 24th while the Canadian premiere will occur at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto on April 29th. Earlier this week we learned that the documentary will get its television premiere on VH1 and VH1 Classic on June 26th, just a few days before the start of Rush's Time Machine Tour. Alex Lifeson recently spoke with Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York to briefly discuss the documentary and a few other subjects. The article starts out indicating that Alex called in from Nashville for the interview where Rush is working on its next album. From the interview:

... To Geddy and Neil and me, the thought of doing a documentary about Rush just didn't seem so great of an idea. We're just a band. We're middle-class Canadian kids who grew up. ... We made ourselves available to Sam and Scot, the filmmakers, who were really dedicated, but I wouldn't say we felt comfortable being involved with it. And we're not, honestly. Like this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thing, this constant talk about us not being inducted. We couldn't care less, really. That's never been important to us. ...

Towards the end of the interview Alex is asked about the tour and about playing Moving Pictures in its entirety. He mentions another older song that the band will pull out for the tour:

"Tom Sawyer" could have been written eight months ago, with the kind of response it still gets. We're bringing a bunch of other old stuff back, ********** too. We're rearranging it slightly, as with "The Camera Eye," changing a couple of things, having another crack at it. It's going to be a lot of fun for us.

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Geddy Lee reveals new song title in Rolling Stone interview
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[Rush's Return to the Limelight]

A new interview with Geddy Lee conducted by Rolling Stone's Greg Prato was released online early this morning. Geddy talks about the upcoming tour, the new material they've been working on, and the Moving Pictures album. When asked whether Rush would release some new songs to coincide with the tour Geddy says the following, revealing one of the song titles:

I'd imagine - because we don't have time to do more than two at the moment - we'll probably release one as soon as it's ready, before the tour starts, and then probably release the second one as the tour starts. But our hope was to really get something down on tape, so we could play these songs live and road test them in a way. We're still kind of throwing titles back in forth, but one is called Caravan.

Geddy goes on to say this about the Time Machine Tour:

... We thought it would be fun to put together a tour that was sort of "future/past," because those are some of the themes that are floating around the lyrical content and visual content that we're using for these new songs. So we thought, "Let's go out and do this Time Machine tour, where we can go mine our past, and at the same time, point to the future, try some new songs, and get us in shape." ...

And when asked about playing Moving Pictures in its entirety Geddy remarks:

... I think it's going to be an interesting challenge to play some of those songs, especially "The Camera Eye," a song we haven't played in years and years. Obviously, we'll probably do a slightly newer take on it. You never know what effect bringing older songs back has on you. There are times in the past that we thought, "There is no way we can make this song work," and then you get into rehearsal, you start playing it, and you're really pleasantly surprised how much you're enjoying it. And sometimes it takes on a whole new life. I think we've stopped being kind of cynical about our past in a way, and sometimes having a second look at an older song gives it a whole new story. ...

Thanks to Gary for the heads up.

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Rush to play Ottawa Bluesfest on July 11th
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Rush Time Machine TourI'd mentioned on Friday that Rush would be adding 2nd shows at both Red Rocks and Chicago along with an Ottawa date to their Time Machine Tour. The 2nd shows at Red Rocks and Chicago were officially announced over the weekend with tickets going on sale this week. We also now have official word regarding the Ottawa date. Last night at midnight the lineup for the 2010 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest was announced and Rush will be one of the 250 acts to perform. They are slated to play the MBNA stage at 8PM on Sunday, July 11th. Tickets will go on sale this coming Saturday, April 24th at 10AM with all the details being released Friday, April 23rd. It's not clear whether there will be any pre-sales available for this event. For more information on the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, visit their website at www.ottawabluesfest.ca. This brings the total number of dates on Rush's 2010 Time Machine Tour to 40. No further North American dates are expected to be added, although I'm still hearing that Rush will be heading to South America in October to play about 5 dates.

In other tour news, I'd mentioned yesterday that the August 11th Los Angeles show has been moved from the LA Forum to the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk. Pre-sales for this and 13 other shows began yesterday and will continue throughout the week with regular ticket sales beginning this weekend. For all the details stay tuned to the tour section.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour pre-sales round 2
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Rush Time Machine TourUPDATE - 4/20@1:58PM: Looks like they shifted the Irvine pre-sales to begin at 12PM as well.

UPDATE - 4/20@12:53PM: Due to the venue change to the Gibson Amphitheatre for the Los Angeles show, it looks like the Rush VIP and CITI pre-sales have been postponed until 12PM (local venue time - so in about 2 hours from this post). I can only assume the same goes for the Music Today pre-sale since that show is not yet listed on the Rush Music Today site.

UPDATE - 4/20@9:49AM: The venue change for the Los Angeles show from the LA Forum to the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk is now official; Rush.com confirms it (thanks SDBriskin).

UPDATE - 4/20@9:42AM: It now looks like there will be an AMEX front-of-line pre-sale for the Molson Amphitheatre show.

Round 2 of the Rush Time Machine Tour pre-sales begins this morning at 10AM for a whopping 14 shows. Music Today and Rush VIP pre-sales will be available for all of these dates, CITI pre-sales will be available for all US dates except Allentown, and AMEX front-of-line pre-sales will be available for the Toronto Air Canada Center show. There will also be various Live Nation, venue and radio pre-sales beginning later in the week. Both the Rush Music Today and Ticketmaster sites have been updated although not all the dates are listed at Music Today yet. For information on the different types of pre-sales see this Rush ticket sales and pre-sales guide that I put together last week. And for all the details regarding the times of the various pre-sales and any password information, stay tuned to tour page. Remember - all times given are local to the respective venue. Here are the dates with links to both the Music Today pre-sales (MT) and regular ticket pre-sales (Rush VIP, CITI, AMEX):

Jul/01: Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, MO [MT] [buy tix]
Jul/07: Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL [MT] [buy tix]
Jul/13: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON [MT] [buy tix]
Jul/17: Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON [MT] [buy tix]
Jul/21: Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ [MT] [buy tix]
Aug/11: The LA Forum - Inglewood, CA [MT] [buy tix]
Aug/13: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA [MT] [buy tix]
Aug/18: Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO [MT] [buy tix]
Aug/22: Verizon Wireless Amp - Maryland Hts, MO [MT] [buy tix]
Aug/25: Qwest Center - Omaha, NE [MT] [buy tix]
Aug/29: Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH [MT] [buy tix]
Aug/31: Allentown Fairgrounds - Allentown, PA [MT] [buy tix]
Sep/16: Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA [MT] [buy tix]
Sep/26: Superpages.com Center - Dallas, TX [MT] [buy tix]

I should note a couple of things regarding a few of the shows on sale today. The KC Starlight show's tickets are sold by the venue rather than Ticketmaster. If you click on the Ticketmaster link for that show you are redirected to the venue site and it appears that VIP package tickets for this show can already be purchased. I'm not sure if this is a mistake by the venue or if it's intentional.

Ticketmaster now lists the Los Angeles show at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk rather than the LA Forum. It's not clear at this time whether this is an error on their part or if the venue has indeed been moved, but I thought I should point it out.

Although Rush.com indicates that there will be an AMEX Front-of-line pre-sale for the Toronto Molson Amphitheatre show, this does not look like the case according to Ticketmaster.

Use the comments to post your own experiences purchasing tickets and let us know how everything goes. I'll be updating this post throughout the day with any relevant information.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Rush documentary coming to VH1 on June 26th
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[VH1 Amplifies its Original Programming Development to Debut a Record 44 Series in 2010]

The long-anticipated Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will have its US and world premier this coming weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City while the Canadian premiere will occur at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto next Thursday, April 29th. Last week a couple of preview clips from the film appeared online. And a few days after that the official movie poster was released via Rush.com along with promises of a trailer, more premieres, theater runs and more coming soon! Now according to a press release from earlier today, the documentary will get its television premiere on VH1 and VH1 Classic on June 26th, just a few days before the start of Rush's Time Machine Tour:

RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage - Premieres on VH1/VH1 Classic, June 26

This world premiere gives a comprehensive exploration of the history of legendary Canadian power trio Rush - from their early days growing up in Toronto, through each of their landmark albums, to the present day. With a career spanning four decades, RUSH (Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neal Peart) is one of the most successful bands in the history of popular music, but despite their remarkable career achievements, they have never been critics' darlings. Directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn interview the band's admirers and contemporaries, including Gene Simmons, Billy Corgan, Sebastian Bach, Jack Black, and others and also deliver rare backstage and concert footage.

Thanks to Mike L for the heads up.

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More pre-sales announced; 2nd shows at Red Rocks, Chicago
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Rush Time Machine Tour[Rush Time Machine Tour dates and ticket information]

Rush.com sent out another newsletter last night with some tour updates and more ticket sales information. What I'd mentioned on Friday regarding 2nd shows being added at both Red Rocks and Chicago is now official; Rush has added a second show at Red Rocks on August 18th, and another Chicago show on July 7th. Both of these shows along with a dozen others will go on sale later this week with pre-sales beginning tomorrow. Music Today and Rush VIP pre-sales will be available for all 14 of these dates, CITI pre-sales will be available for all US dates except Allentown, and AMEX front-of-line pre-sales will be available for the 2 Canadian shows. Here are the dates:

Jul 01: Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, MO
Jul 07: Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL
Jul 13: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON
Jul 17: Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
Jul 21: Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
Aug 11: The LA Forum - Inglewood, CA
Aug 13: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA
Aug 18: Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
Aug 22: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Maryland Heights, MO
Aug 25: Qwest Center - Omaha, NE
Aug 29: Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
Aug 31: Allentown Fairgrounds Grandstand - Allentown, PA
Sep 16: Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 26: Superpages.com Center - Dallas, TX

For information on the different types of pre-sales see the Rush ticket sales and pre-sales guide. At the time of this post, neither the Rush Music Today site nor Ticketmaster has been updated with this information. I'll be updating the tour section throughout the day as information is updated on these sites. I've also added an interactive map to the tour page.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Moving Pictures, 2112 Classic Album DVDs due in September
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[RUSH - Moving Pictures/2112 Classic Albums DVD/Blu Ray Due In September]

UPDATE - 4/19@2:45PM: My source at BW&BK tells me that these will be combined into one DVD.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the creator of a series of Classic Albums documentary specials where important albums in rock -n- roll history are showcased. I'd first heard a rumor in December of 2008 that Moving Pictures and possibly one or more Rush albums would be getting the Classic Albums treatment. Then a few months ago the Drum Channel posted the following to their Twitter page:

Neil Peart was in the DC Studios again yesterday filming a special on Classic Rush albums for VH1... look for it soon!

Since then I've also confirmed that a few other folks in the Rush camp have been interviewed for this series and that specials covering both Moving Pictures and 2112 are currently in production. Now BW&BK is reporting a September release date for both DVDs:

Eagle Vision has confirmed a September release date for the Classic Albums DVD/Blu Ray release of RUSH's legendary Moving Pictures and 2112 albums. The video goes into the studio with singer/bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart, along with producers for interviews and rare performances of material that shaped the band's career such as 'Tom Sawyer', 'YYZ', 'Limelight' and '2112'. ...

It's not yet clear whether these will be released as 2 separate DVDs - one for each album - or some kind of combined release.

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RushCon 10 details released
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As I'd mentioned briefly on Friday, RushCon 10 will take place this July 16-18 in Toronto, ON along with a one-day minicon to occur on August 14th in Las Vegas. Both the main convention and the minicon will coincide with Rush shows in each respective city. From the RushCon website:

First and foremost, we would like to thank you for your patience as we are planning this year's Con. We are naming this one, aptly, RushCon/Force/Ten. This being our 10th anniversary, combined with the fact that Rush is such a force in our lives, the theme felt appropriate.

Many factors have been weighing on the collective brain of Team RushCon. Tour dates were the big one. We also wanted to properly celebrate our 10th year as a convention, whilst making sure everyone who voiced their suggestions on where to host the Con felt heard. Since we now know when and where Rush is playing this summer, we could finally piece together the foundation of RushCon/Force/Ten. Once we laid our initial groundwork - having the Con in Toronto - we just didn't feel like it was enough. We had so many people hoping that it could be stateside, and easier to get to. We agreed. We knew our audience was big enough that we made the choice to have not one Rush Convention this year, but TWO. That's right. You heard us. TWO. Don't get us wrong, the core event will still be in Toronto. Logistically and spiritually, we didn't think we could take it away from Rush's hometown. It just made sense for us to keep our roots there. Even more so given the timeline of tour date announcements. There will be many amazing events in Toronto that we wouldn't be able to do anywhere else.

But we didn't stop there. We will be having a "mini-con" in Las Vegas, the day of the concert at the MGM Grand. It will be a scaled down version, with some extra special surprises. Our event will end around 5, giving everyone plenty of time to prep for the show. We thought this would be the perfect way to include everyone and really make this a summer to celebrate. A Rush tour, and the 10th year of RushCon. What more could you ask for?

Much Love,
Judy, Eddy, Kristy, Mary Jo, Holly and Jillian
Your RushCon Team

Further details will be forthcoming in the near future. You can follow RushCon on both Twitter and Facebook.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 4/18@8:34PM: Rush's Snakes & Arrows Live DVD was beat out by Iron Maiden: Flight 666 for Music DVD of the Year at the 2010 Juno Awards ceremony Saturday night.

UPDATE - 4/16@3:25PM: The organizers of RushCon have just announced the dates for RushCon 10. The main event will take place in Toronto the weekend of July 16th, with a smaller 1-day event in Las Vegas on August 14th. Check out the RushCon website for all the details.

There's been a flurry of activity since Rush officially announced the Time Machine tour last Thursday. There was so much going on that I didn't even have time to post my weekly random Rush updates post last Friday! So we have a lot to catch up on. Over the weekend Live Nation and Ticketmaster slowly revealed ticket sale and pre-sale information and by Tuesday morning the first pre-sales kicked off. To say it was all a bit confusing would be a big understatement, and things hit a big snag with Rush's fan pre-sales handled by Music Today; the official announcement regarding the pre-sales didn't go out until after the first pre-sales had already started. There was also very little revealed regarding what Live Nation and Ticketmaster had listed as Rush VIP or Premium ticket pre-sales until after the pre-sales had begun. It turns out that these VIP pre-sales allowed fans to purchase a package for around $300-350 which included a guaranteed seat in the first 15 rows along with a bundle of Rush swag. Along with the Music Today and VIP pre-sales there were CITI credit card pre-sales, Live Nation sponsored pre-sales and radio station sponsored pre-sales; enough to make your head spin! It's all been very confusing and I've been fielding several questions from fans on these and other subjects related to the tour. So I'll attempt to answer a few of these questions here.

First off - and the question I get answered the most - is how do all these pre-sales work? There are about 5 different types of pre-sales so I'll address each one separately.

Music Today fan pre-sales

Music Today is the company that has been handling Rush's fan pre-sales for the last few tours. To participate in these pre-sales you simply need to sign up at the Rush Music Today website; it is free to sign up, you do not need to be a member of any Rush fan club (there isn't any official Rush fan club), and there are no pre-sale passwords. There will be a fan pre-sale for all of Rush's tour stops, including Canadian dates. The fan pre-sales for any given date generally occur the week leading up to the general on-sale date and usually run from 10 AM Tuesday to 12PM Thursday local venue time, or until the allotted number of tickets runs out. The upcoming week's pre-sales are usually announced the Friday before the pre-sales occur via the Rush.com mailing list but - as we saw this past week - there's no guarantee of that. The Canadian pre-sales will be handled via a separate Music Today website located here (which by the way has not yet been updated for the current tour) although you do not need to sign up separately; your credentials are good for both the US and Canadian Music Today sites. When you are logged into the Rush Music Today site and a pre-sale is open, you will see a link to buy tickets on the Rush Music Today schedule. From that point things play out like most ticketing websites; you choose the type and number of seats you want, they find tickets for you, you choose to either take the tickets or try again, then enter your payment information. Ticket prices are face value although the fees might make the final cost slightly different from Ticketmaster, but not significantly so. When you purchase tickets, you will be given the option to pre-order an exclusive Rush.com tour package for $35 which includes a Time Machine tour t-shirt and an Aluminum Starman Logo water bottle. By purchasing tickets along with the tour package, you will be automatically entered into a contest where one winner from each tour stop will be selected for a meet-and-greet with Rush. These pre-sales are called out as Music Today pre-sales in the Rush is a Band tour section.

Rush VIP Premium Ticket Package pre-sales

The Rush VIP or Premium Ticket Package pre-sales simply allow ticket buyers to purchase a ticket bundle which guarantees a seat in the first 15 rows along with a package of Rush swag as detailed here. These pre-sales are available for most Live Nation sponsored shows and usually run the week leading up to the general on sale date from 10AM Tuesday to 5PM Thursday. Tickets are purchased via Live Nation/Ticketmaster just like you would buy any other ticket through these outlets. The big difference is the cost, which runs from about $300-350 depending on the venue. These pre-sales are open to anyone willing to pay the price and do not require knowledge of any special password. You cannot purchase 2 or more tickets together without purchasing the entire ticket package for each ticket. These pre-sales are called out with a code of RUSHVIP in the Rush is a Band tour section.

CITI Cardmember pre-sales

These pre-sales are sponsored by Citi Bank and are open to anyone with access to a valid Citi consumer or business credit card. These pre-sales are available for most Live Nation sponsored shows and usually run the week leading up to the general on sale date from 10AM Tuesday to 5PM Thursday. Tickets are purchased via Live Nation/Ticketmaster just like you would buy any other ticket through these outlets. When prompted to enter your Passcode or Member Code on the billing information page you simply enter the first six (6) digits of your credit card account number (no dashes) located on the front of your Citi card. You do not ultimately need to use a Citi credit card to complete your ticket purchase. These pre-sales are called out with a code of CITI in the Rush is a Band tour section.

Live Nation pre-sales

If a pre-sale is sponsored by Live Nation, members of their mailing list in the city where the show is scheduled may receive an e-mail in advance of the pre-sale which will include any necessary password information. For information on how to sign up for their mailing list go to the Live Nation website. So far all of the Live Nation pre-sales have used a password of POPSTAR but this is subject to change. These pre-sales are available for most Live Nation sponsored shows and usually run the week leading up to the general on sale date for one or two days. Tickets are purchased via Live Nation/Ticketmaster just like you would buy any other ticket through these outlets. When prompted for a passcode simply enter the passcode that was provided to you. I will post these passwords in the tour section as soon as I become aware of them. These pre-sales are called out with a code of LIVENATION in the Rush is a Band tour section unless the password is known, in which case the password will instead be displayed.

Radio pre-sales

Radio station sponsored pre-sales often require that participants join the station's mailing list before receiving the password although some stations post the password on their site for all to see or announce it on air. Visit the specific radio station's site or check the Rush is a Band tour section for details. I will post any passwords I become aware of to the tour section as soon as I learn of them. These pre-sales are called out with a code of RADIO in the Rush is a Band tour section unless the password is known, in which case the password will instead be displayed.

As far as the quality of the tickets obtained in the different pre-sales, the Rush VIP pre-sales will guarantee you the best seats. But if you want to pay face value then the Music Today pre-sale is your best bet and usually get fans better seats than any of the Citi bank, Live Nation or radio pre-sales. Opinions vary on this though, so I suggest you check the comments on the various pre-sales posts to get a better idea of the types of tickets and experiences fans have had purchasing tickets thus far. A good general rule when purchasing tickets is to go into it prepared. Make sure you are very familiar with the seating at the venue for which you are purchasing tickets, have your credit card handy and decide how much you are willing to pay for tickets along with the seating you'll settle for.

So there you have some general information on pre-sales; hopefully this clears up some of your questions. Please check the Rush is a Band tour section before emailing me with specific questions about a given pre-sale; any information regarding pre-sale times and passwords will be entered there as soon as I become aware of it so that's the best place to get the information. When I get a chance I will likely make the above information available somewhere in the tour section as a ticket buyer's guide to Rush ticket sales and pre-sales, and keep it updated there. If you have anything to add or notice any errors, please let me know.

One other question I've been asked over and over again is whether Rush will be adding dates to the tour. While I can't answer for sure yet since there's been no official announcement, I've heard from a number of sources that there will be second shows in both Chicago and Red Rocks, and an Ottawa show added - but that's it... at least for North America. However, I have it on good authority that after a short break in early October after the end of the North American tour, the band will be heading down to South America to play about 5 shows.

The first general ticket sales began this morning when tickets for the Mohegan Sun show went on sale to the general public. A number of shows will go on sale to the general public tomorrow at 10AM:

Jun 29: Hard Rock Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM
Jul 03: Marcus Amphitheater - Milwaukee, WI
Jul 05: Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL
Jul 09: Rogers Sarnia Bayfest - Sarnia, ON
Jul 23: SPAC - Saratoga Springs, NY
Jul 24: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY
Aug 07: White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA
Aug 09: Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
Aug 16: Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
Aug 27: Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN
Sep 02: New York State Fair Grandstand - Syracuse, NY
Sep 03: PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ

Music Today pre-sales will likely be announced in the next few days for the following dates:

Jul 01: Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, MO
Jul 21: Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
Aug 11: The LA Forum - Inglewood, CA
Aug 13: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA
Aug 22: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Maryland Heights, MO
Aug 25: Qwest Center - Omaha, NE
Aug 29: Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
Aug 31: Allentown Fairgrounds Grandstand - Allentown, PA
Sep 16: Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA

The word is that tickets for both Toronto shows will also go on sale next week although the dates are not yet officially listed anywhere (thanks Bamba).

I'd also like to take some time out to thank everyone who generously donated to the website last week; it is greatly appreciated. You should receive your RUSH IS A BAND bumper stickers soon if you haven't already. To get a sticker of your own just make a donation to the site. Thanks for the support!

For my next poll (which I've been running for a few days now already) I'm asking everyone how many shows they plan to attend on the Rush Time Machine Tour. Take the Poll and let us know. You can check out the results of the last poll where I asked everyone which of the five Rush songs chosen for induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame was their favorite at this link. Subdivsions was the winner with The Spirit of Radio and Limelight making a strong showing.

We learned earlier this week that the Rush VIP pre-sales package includes a Limited Edition Rush CD Single which includes two new songs off the upcoming album. Whether they will also release these songs digitally via iTunes or if the CD Single will be available for regular sale at a later date is not yet clear. It also seems that Rush is currently at work recording these songs in a studio in Nashville. Here are 2 recent MySpace status updates from Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton:

Done the drums....... Mood: accomplished
Posted at 7:50 PM Apr 13

In Nashville tracking 2 new songs. Mood: happy
Posted at 10:47 AM Apr 13

And several folks sent me this video of all three band members congratulating South Park on its 200th episode via the show's website. The video was posted 4 days ago and the guys are clearly in some kind of recording studio. Oh yeah... and Neil sings in the video. :)

The long-anticipated Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will have its US and world premier next weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 24th while the Canadian premier will occur at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto on April 29th. Earlier this week a couple of preview clips from the film appeared online. And a couple days ago the official movie poster was released via Rush.com along with promises of a trailer, more premiers, theater runs and more coming soon!

The announcement of the Rush tour has sparked the creation of a few online petitions. This one asks that Geddy brings back his Rickenbacker for the tour (thanks Rick4001), and this one begs Rush to come to Atlantic Canada (thanks Rushrulez). Check them out and sign them if you are so inclined.

In other tour-related news, photographer John Arrowsmith will once again be traveling with the band on tour and posting pictures to his website and Rush.com.

Rush's Snakes & Arrows Live DVD (also on Blu-ray) is one of the 2010 Juno Award nominees for Music DVD of the Year. Rush won a Juno award in this category for Rush in Rio back in 2004. Winners will be announced at the Juno Gala Dinner & Awards ceremony tomorrow at the St. John's Convention Centre, as well as at The 2010 Juno Awards broadcast on CTV on Sunday at Mile One Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a limited edition 2007 Snakes & Arrows tour poster printed on textured heavy art poster. The contest ends on April 23rd and you can sign up to enter at this link. Thanks to NJRocker16 for the heads up.

Power Windows reported a couple of weeks ago that a compilation of two previous tribute albums released by Magna Carta Records will be released on May 18th. The compilation is titled New World Man: A Tribute to Rush and includes tracks taken from 1996's Working Man and 2005's Subdivisions, along with the Alex Skolnick Trio's jazz interpretation of Tom Sawyer previously released on Last Day In Paradise and one new cover of Tom Sawyer recorded by I Omega.

A few weeks ago Rush was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Audio of the program along with several great photos is available on the CBC Radio 2 website at this link. The Canadian Music Scene posted a bunch of behind-the-scenes photos from the Gala on this page. Jacob Moon's inspired performance of Subdivisions was one of the big highlights of the evening. Moon describes the experience in detail complete with behind-the-scenes photos on his website here, and in this recent video interview with Roots Music Canada (thanks RushFanForever). Dave Bidini of Rheostatics fame introduced Rush at the Gala and reader stergios2112 located this bootleg YouTube video of his intro.

Several weeks ago I'd mentioned how RIAB reader and Brigham Young University English professor Patrick Madden (Pat) has published a book of personal essays called Quotidiana (University of Nebraska Press). It is available for purchase at Amazon and other booksellers. Its chapters cover a wide variety of subjects, from laughter to fatherhood to the nearly infinite nature of nature, but one unifying theme is the influence of Rush on the author. Half the essays are peppered with Neil Peart's lyrics in conversation with the author's life. Pat used so many lyrics, in fact, that he had to get Neil's permission (it was graciously granted). The book's third essay, Remember Death (those who deciphered the skull-and-femur Morse code message in their Roll the Bones tourbook will recognize this phrase), is especially Rush-related. It chronicles the author's epiphany one summer day in 1981 when his friend placed headphones on his head and played Tom Sawyer. From there, it builds a meditation on death through the lens of Rush. One of the tropes prominent in the essay is the vocabulary Pat learned from Rush lyrics. The essay itself intentionally includes dozens of "Rush words." Pat and the University of Nebraska have produced a PDF of the Remember Death pages for RIAB readers, along with a contest. Read Remember Death, noting all the "Rush words" you find (hint: there are between 50 and 100; they're mainly from the albums through Hold Your Fire). Send your alphabetically organized list in an email to Pat at pcmadden3@yahoo.com with RIAB Vocabulary Contest in the subject line before Saturday, May 1st (extended from April 12th due to popular demand). There is no need to purchase the book to enter the contest - just download the free pdf. The person who identifies the most Rush words will win a signed copy of Quotidiana plus a vinyl New World Man single (with an otherwise unreleased live version of Vital Signs on the back; according to several sites, this is the only time, other than their 1973 self-released 45, that Rush has ever released a single that does not appear on a full-length album). Two runners up will win one vinyl 45 each, of either The Big Money (b/w Middletown Dreams) or Time Stand Still (b/w High Water). Each winner will also receive a RIAB bumper sticker.

Reader, Rush fan, and composer/performer Ben Sommer recently created a music discovery podcast and blog called Bands Like Rush where bands that have some kind of connection or similarity to Rush are interviewed. For his third installment Ben interviews Troy Kidwell of Boston-based prog rockers Fluttr Effect. You can listen to the podcast or read the transcript at this link, and to find out more about Fluttr Effect check out their website.

Rush gets a mention in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way in the latest edition of Tool's newsletter. They give fan a set of rituals to perform to better the chances of one of the following happening:

To have (Tool) open for Pink Floyd at the Royal Albert Hall, or for Rush somewhere (Neuschwabenland?), or with King Crimson at Madison Square Garden, or to perform with "Muse" on a rooftop in Teignmouth, Devon: After standard Banishing procedures, under a gibbous moon, construct a magic circle from dried autumn leaves. ...

Tool and Rush are big fans of one another. Thanks to Kevin C for the heads up.

A couple of weeks ago I fooled several of you with my annual April Fools gag. Gamespot.com's April Fool's joke was also Rush-related and got the attention of many of you who are fans of the Rock Band video game. Their joke announced the world premier of Rush: Rock Band complete with a new drum peripheral based on Neil Peart's elaborate drumkit. Funny stuff. Thanks to rosmakloma for the heads up.

Reader tolikegolf found this Las Vegas Sun article discussing AC/DC's current tour which mentions Rush, using the prog-rock trio as an example of a band that is the polar opposite of AC/DC:

... We could not resolve Rush and AC/DC, which had just released "Highway to Hell" at about that time. These two bands could not co-exist on mixed compilation tapes we'd been assembling and trading.

One band cried out about the mythic Temples of Syrinx. The other shouted, "If you want blood - you got it!" Too much disparity in message for our young brains to process.

Camps had formed, the AC/DC crew and those of us backing Rush. One Rush detractor emphatically argued, "If it ain't AC/DC, it ain't music." That's crap! Listen to a Neil Peart drum solo and get back to me. I remember laughing at a line from a music magazine of the time, I think it was Circus, that mocked AC/DC's lead guitarist, Angus Young, by complimenting him on learning a third chord. ...

RushFanForever located this Toronto Globe and Mail article on French winemaker Philippe Guigal. It turns out that Guigal is friends with out own Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson:

... "We're good friends," he says of the power trio's two Toronto-based members, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. Mr. Lifeson, a grape groupie, has vacationed with Mr. Guigal in Greece and even attended the 35-year-old's wedding two years ago. ...

The April 2010 issue of Motorcyclist magazine has a feature titled Traveling Music: Songs That Make You Want to Ride Your Motorsickle where staff members pick a song that they think is ideal to listen to while riding. Editor in Chief Brian Catterson - who also happens to be friends with Neil Peart - chose Rush's Red Barchetta. Here's what he said:

My favorite motorcycle song isn't about a motorcycle. It's about a car, although the lyrics describe motorcycling equally well: I fire up the willing engine, responding with a roar, tires spitting gravel, I commit my weekly crime ... Wind in my hair, shifting and drifting, mechanical music, adrenalin surge ... Well-weathered leather, hot metal and oil, the scented country air, sunlight on chrome, the blur of the landscape, every nerve aware. Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart penned those words long before he took up motor-cycling, and before the untimely deaths of his wife and daughter that led to his motorcycle journey chronicled in his book Ghost Rider. I did a story with Neil on the heels of that effort, and am happy to report that not only is he happily re-married, his wife Carrie gave birth to a daughter, Olivia, last August.

Thanks to Brian for the heads up.

Reader Eric D let me know that if you fly Air Canada and collect Aeroplan miles for rewards you can purchase a signed Neil Peart cymbal for 141,000 miles.

In a recent article at the Engineering News-Record profiling 2010 Award of Excellence Winner John Hillman, Rush is prominently featured:

When John Hillman's cell phone rings, out comes the tune of "Tom Sawyer," released by the rock band Rush in 1981. The song is not just a favorite of Hillman's-it comes as close to summing up his philosophy and personality as any one song could. A tribute to a "modern-day warrior," it has inspired him to shrug off petty politics, win over skeptics and rebound from setbacks-all for the sake of an "obsession" that sets out to transform the infrastructure world for the better. ...

Thanks to ashpkt for the heads up.

Reader rosmakloma located this glowing review at Blu-ray.com of Rush's R30 blu-ray re-release.

The results of Q107's survey to determine the Top 107 Classic Rock Songs were recently posted to the station's website and 4 Rush songs made the list; Closer To The Heart at #106, Tom Sawyer at #94, Limelight at #60 and The Spirit of Radio at #49. Thanks to tg for the heads up.

The Toucher and Rich show on The Sports Hub 98.5 in Boston had Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi on as a guest last week. They did a bit they called Geddy Bruschi where they had Bruschi read Rush lyrics and made contestants guess the song they were from. You can listen to the podcast at this link. Thanks to Brian M for the heads up.

Reader awanderingmadman let me know that Rush's 2112 made Mania.com's list of 20 Awesome songs for Sci-fi Fans, coming in at #3.

A few months ago I mentioned how at this past 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. There have been a few delays in releasing it, but Sonic Reality now lists the product on their web site as being available in Q2 2010 and retailing for $199 (thanks Ken). Just last week Sonic Reality posted a behind-the-scenes video from the recording sessions for the sample library to their YouTube channel (thanks mabhogO at Counterparts). The video shows Nick Raskulinecz and the Sound Reality guys setting up the mics and then a couple of minutes of Neil pounding away on his kit.

That's it for this week. Have a great weekend and good luck buying tickets! Go Cavs! :)

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Official Rush documentary movie poster revealed
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The long-anticipated Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will have its US and world premier in less than 2 weeks at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 24th while the Canadian premier will occur at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto on April 29th. Earlier this week a couple of preview clips from the film appeared online. And today the official movie poster was released via Rush.com (thanks rushislife2112) along with promises of a trailer, more premiers, theater runs and more coming soon! Here's the poster from Rush.com:

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Rush to release 2 songs from upcoming album as CD single
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UPDATE - 4/14@10:26AM: The Limited Edition CD single was also mentioned in the Rush.com newsletter that went out yesterday that you can check out here (thanks Power Windows).

A few weeks ago Alex Lifeson said the following in a Toronto Globe and Mail interview:

... We were off for a year and a half, and now it's just pouring. Everything is totally crazy and there's not a minute left in the day. We've got these half-dozen songs, and we'll probably go in the studio and work on a couple of them and see how it goes, perhaps release something - and I say perhaps - and then we plan on being on the road in the middle of June. Ideally, we'd like to showcase a couple of these songs on the tour, come off tour in mid-October, go back in the studio and continue writing, then record through late this year and early next year, and then release the album in the spring of 2011 on a slightly more substantial tour. ...

Around the same time Neil Peart confirmed that the band was once again working with producer Nick Raskulinecz in this JAM! Music interview. Then a couple of weeks ago user Chief Pronto at the Pearl Drummers Forum posted some pics (they've since been taken down) from a Toronto studio - assumed to be Cherry Beach Sound based on the photos - where Rush was presumably doing some pre-production work. So at this point we knew the band had new material (5 or 6 songs) and was in the process of recording at least 2 of the songs, but we were unsure of whether they would release these 2 songs and - if so - how they would release them. It seems that these questions have now at least been partially answered. For the Rush Time Machine VIP pre-sales that began running yesterday, the description of the VIP package includes a Limited Edition Rush CD Single (includes two new songs off the upcoming album). Whether they will also release them digitally via iTunes or if the CD Single will be available for regular sale at a later date is not yet clear. It also seems that Rush is currently at work recording these songs in a studio in Nashville. Here are 2 recent (in the last day) MySpace status updates from Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton (thanks rush is best f... the rest):

Done the drums....... Mood: accomplished
Posted 14 hours ago

In Nashville tracking 2 new songs. Mood: happy
Posted 23 hours ago

And several folks sent me this video of all three band members congratulating South Park on its 200th episode via the show's website. The video was posted 2 days ago and the guys are clearly in some kind of recording studio. Oh yeah... and Neil sings in the video. :)

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour pre-sales begin today
8:00AM EST | link | comments (329) |

Rush Time Machine TourUPDATE - 4/15@11:21AM: There is a radio pre-sale until tomorrow at 5PM (local venue time) for both the Chicago show sponsored by WLUP. The password is LOOP. There's also a Live Nation pre-sale going on with a password of POPSTAR.

UPDATE - 4/15@10:35AM: There is a radio pre-sale today until 5PM (local venue time) for both the Jones Beach and PNC Bank Center shows sponsored by Q104.3 (thanks ReGorLaTroy). The password is RADIO.

UPDATE - 4/15@7:32AM: There is a radio pre-sale today at 10AM (local venue time) for the Red Rocks show sponsored by 103.5 The Fox. The password is MOVING.

UPDATE - 4/14@12:27PM: The Chicago Music Today pre-sale is now closed.

UPDATE - 4/14@7:18AM: The White River Amphitheatre Music Today pre-sale is sold at as well (thanks TMMB).

UPDATE - 4/13@6:50PM: It looks like the Red Rocks Music Today pre-sale is now sold out as well.

UPDATE - 4/13@6:42PM: Looks like Music Today snuck a Sarnia Bayfest pre-sale in too, and the New York State Fair show as well. Both are now on the clock!

UPDATE - 4/13@5:16PM: It looks like the Mohegan Sun Music Today pre-sale has already sold out (thanks skl183). It's not clear how long the Music Today pre-sales will run this time around (they don't list the end times), but judging on how they were conducted last tour they would end 2 days after the start at 12PM or whenever they sell out.

UPDATE - 4/13@12:19PM: It looks like the Minnesota State Fair was a last-minute add-on for the Music Today pre-sales too! These are currently on sale at the Music Today website.

UPDATE - 4/13@10:30AM: The Rush VIP ticket package information has been updated and now includes a Limited Edition Rush CD Single (includes two new songs off the upcoming album)!

See Rush as a VIP!

Package includes:
* One premium, reserved ticket located within the first 15 rows of the stage
* Specially Designed Rush Concert Shirt
* Collectible Tour Poster (limited edition, numbered)
* Official Rush Tour Program
* Limited Edition Rush CD Single (includes two new songs off the upcoming album)
* Copy of the new Rush Documentary DVD, "Beyond the Lighted Stage"
* Copy of the Rush CD, "Working Men"
* Set of official Rush guitar picks

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UPDATE - 4/13@10:24AM: The Summerfest show in Milwaukee has been added to the pre-sales for today. And Rush.com finally sent out an official mailing announcing the Music Today pre-sale which has details regarding a special tour package and meet-and-greet contest:

At the end of your ticket purchase, you will have the opportunity to pre-order an Exclusive Rush.com Tour Package. The package includes:

* Time Machine tour t-shirt *Brand New Design*
* Aluminum Starman Logo water bottle not found anywhere else

In addition, when you order tickets and the Exclusive merch bundle you will be automatically entered to win a meet & greet with members of Rush at your show (one winner plus guest per city).

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UPDATE - 4/13@10:09AM: After exploring some of the pre-sales it looks like the Rush VIP Premium Ticket Package runs around $300-350 depending on the venue. When you go to purchase tickets via Live Nation you end up getting redirected to Ticketmaster, so I'll be updating all my Live Nation links to Ticketmaster.

UPDATE - 4/13@9:45AM: Music Today added a few more pre-sales for today:

Tue, Jun 29: Hard Rock Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM
Mon, Jul 19: Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
Sat, Aug 7: White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA
Mon, Aug 9: Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA

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UPDATE - 4/13@9:12AM: Ok... this is ridiculous. The Rush Music Today site now has pre-sales listed on the site beginning at 10AM local venue time today for the following dates; which means in less than an hour for all but the Red Rocks and Chicago shows!

Mon, Jul 5: Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL
Fri, Jul 23: Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, NY
Sat, Jul 24: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY
Mon, Aug 16: Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
Fri, Sep 3: PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ

Keep in mind that neither Rush.com nor Music Today has even made any type of official announcement that these pre-sales exist. Sheesh...

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Pre-sales for the Rush Time Machine Tour begin today for several dates including Albuquerque, Summerfest, Chicago, Mohegan Sun, SPAC, Jones Beach, White River, Shoreline, Red Rocks and PNC Bank. There has still been no word from Rush or Music Today regarding fan pre-sales, despite the fact that the Rush Music Today site is in the process of being revamped with Time Machine Tour graphics. So today's pre-sales will be CITI credit card pre-sales and the mysterious Rush VIP pre-sales. The CITI pre-sales are pretty straightforward; you simply need to use a CITI credit card to purchase your tickets and enter the first 6 digits of your a valid CITI credit card account number as your passcode (you don't actually have to purchase the tickets with a CITI card). Unfortunately there is still very little info regarding the Rush VIP pre-sales - specifically the cost. Typically the way these things work is that you simply need to be willing to pay a lot of extra money for the tickets, which will guarantee you a seat within the first 15 rows along with a package of Rush swag. You don't need to sign up for anything or enter a password; you just need deep pockets (typically a few hundred dollars). All we have to go on at this point is this page from the TicketMaster site:

See Rush as a VIP!

Package includes:
* One premium, reserved ticket located within the first 15 rows of the stage
* Specially Designed Rush Concert Shirt
* Collectible Tour Poster (limited edition, numbered)
* Official Rush Tour Program
* Copy of the new Rush DVD, "Beyond the Light of the Stage"
* Copy of the Rush CD, "Working Men"
* Set of official Rush guitar picks

Adding to the confusion is the fact that some of the dates are listed at both Live Nation and Ticketmaster. I'm really not sure if one is more official than the other or if it matters at all which one you use. Ticketmaster seems to have more information but only a few dates listed, while Live Nation has all the dates listed but with less information. What makes it even more of a mess is that the pre-sale times don't always match up between the 2 vendors. For instance, Live Nation has a Rush VIP pre-sale for the Albuquerque show listed starting tomorrow, while Ticketmaster has it listed for today. Yikes! I'll go with Ticketmaster whenever there's more information listed, but I suggest checking both sites just to be sure. Pre-sales which (presumably) begin today at 10AM local venue time are:

Tue, Jun 29: Hard Rock Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM [info] CITI RUSHVIP
Sat, Jul 3: Marcus Amphitheater - Milwaukee, WI [info] RUSHVIP
Mon, Jul 5: Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL [info] CITI RUSHVIP
Mon, Jul 19: Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT [info] RUSHVIP
Fri, Jul 23: Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, NY [info] CITI RUSHVIP
Sat, Jul 24: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY [info] CITI RUSHVIP
Sat, Aug 7: White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA [info] CITI RUSHVIP
Mon, Aug 9: Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA [info] CITI RUSHVIP
Mon, Aug 16: Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO [info] CITI RUSHVIP (will call only seating for the first 20 rows)
Fri, Sep 3: PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ [info] CITI RUSHVIP

I'll be watching things closely as the day progresses and updating this post. Please post your own experience purchasing tickets in the comments and let us know how everything goes.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour Music Today pre-sale
4:02PM EST | link | comments (48) |

It now looks like Rush will be conducting a fan pre-sale through Music Today after all. As of this post, this has not yet been officially announced by Rush or Music Today, but the Rush Music Today website has been updated with Time Machine Tour graphics and seems to be under development as we speak; no dates are entered into their system and the copy seems outdated. A little late to the game if you ask me, but it is what it is. After poking around the site a bit, it looks like my old account works and things operate just as they did on the 2007 and 2008 tours. For those of you who were not around then or would like a refresher on how things worked, here are the instructions I posted back in 2008 and back in 2007. It looks like there will be another contest to go along with the pre-sale as well, but I don't want to jump the gun on anything. I basically just wanted to use this post as an FYI to everyone to be on the lookout for details. My guess is that the Rush.com mailing list will be sending out a mailing very soon. I'll be updating this post as I learn more. Thanks to Hank N for the heads up.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rush documentary preview clips now available
3:23PM EST | link | comments (72) |

UPDATE - 4/11@7:55PM: Reader RushFanForever located a second preview clip with a cameo from Geddy's mom:

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With all the recent tour news, it's easy to forget that the long-anticipated Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will have its US and world premier in just a couple weeks at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 24th while the Canadian premier will occur at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto on April 29th. This posting at Rush.com has confirmed that Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will be in attendance at the April 24th premier. Reader chutch15 located this short preview clip at Daily Motion from the documentary:

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Rush 2010 Time Machine Tour updates and pre-sale info
2:46PM EST | link | comments (147) |

UPDATE - 4/11@4:15PM: I've received some details regarding the Quebec City Summer Festival show on July 15th from a festival source. There are 3 open-air/general admission stages located on 3 different sites in the city, all within walking distance from one another. Rush will be playing at the Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham which has a capacity of around 80,000. There are no single day passes but The Festival Pass gives access to all stages from July 8-18. The price for the pass is expected to be around $50 CAN and will be available exclusively via www.infofestival.com on May 1st, contrary to the info found on Rush.com. A limited quantity of passes will be available locally, three days earlier, hence the announced April 28th date. This pre-sale will be exclusive to METRO, a local grocery chain.

UPDATE - 4/10@10:46AM: Live Nation now has on-sale dates listed for all of the US dates, along with pre-sale info where applicable. I've updated all the dates in the tour section along with the lists below. Information is a bit more sketchy for the festivals and state fairs; there are a few inconsistencies between what's listed at Live Nation and Ticketmaster as opposed to the festival/fair websites. I'm also not sure when we'll get information regarding the Canadian dates; info for those always seems to lag behind the US dates for some reason. Live Nation does not give end times for their listed pre-sales so I've made educated guesses on those; the CITI and Rush VIP pre-sales typically last 2 days, start at 10AM and end at 5PM. I'll continue gathering information and keep everyone up to date. If you notice any errors with my information or have additional information, don't hesitate to contact me.

UPDATE - 4/9@7:43PM: I've located some more information on what I think these Rush VIP package pre-sales are all about. On the Ticketmaster site for the SPAC show they list this pre-sale as a Premium Ticket Package and even have a link explaining what it includes:

See Rush as a VIP!

Package includes:
* One premium, reserved ticket located within the first 15 rows of the stage
* Specially Designed Rush Concert Shirt
* Collectible Tour Poster (limited edition, numbered)
* Official Rush Tour Program
* Copy of the new Rush DVD, "Beyond the Light of the Stage"
* Copy of the Rush CD, "Working Men"
* Set of official Rush guitar picks

I assume the DVD is referring to the documentary and that they just misspelled it. Unfortunately they don't mention anything about price (which I have to assume is very high), availability or eligibility. More as I learn it. If you ask me, this whole Ticketmaster-Live Nation pseudo merger is confusing as hell. :)

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UPDATE - 4/9@5:01PM: Live Nation just posted a massive update to their list of dates which includes more pre-sales info. It looks like all the dates that go on sale next week will have both CITI credit card pre-sales along with something they are calling a Rush VIP package pre-sale. No details are given as to what this VIP package pre-sale is all about. I'll update the tour section with the new information along with the lists below this evening.

NOTE: Because I've been busy with gathering tour information, I'll be posting my regular Friday Random Rush Updates post either tomorrow or Sunday.

Yesterday the Rush countdown clock ticked down to zero at 7AM and with it came the big tour announcement we've all been waiting for! Rush's 2010 tour has been dubbed the Time Machine Tour and includes 33 US dates and 4 Canadian dates. Tickets begin going on sale for several shows next week. It will be another evening with Rush format (no opening band) and they'll be playing Moving Pictures in its entirety! So we'll finally be able to hear The Camera Eye not to mention Vital Signs. Now that we've had time to digest all the tour information I thought I'd post an update on changes to the site for the tour, and information on pre-sales. There are a total of 37 dates scheduled so far. Many of them are the old familiar sheds that the band usually hits when they go on the road, but there are definitely a few surprises this time around. The band is skipping many cities that they usually visit and will be playing several state fairs including the New York State Fair, the Great Allentown Fair, and the Minnesota State Fair along with a couple of festivals including Sarnia Bay Fest and Festival d'&ete de Quebec. The tour will kick off at the newly dubbed Hard Rock Pavilion in Albuquerque, NM on June 29th and end at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL. From Albuquerque they'll scoot across to Kansas City and points East, taking a break at the end of July before heading out West for several dates in August. From Las Vegas on August 14th they'll head back East, take a break in early September and then head down the East Coast to finish out in Florida. There are indications that the band will be adding a few more shows; second nights at both Red Rocks and Chicago and one more Canadian date (not sure where exactly - maybe Ottawa), but don't expect much more than that. The tour should end up rounding out at about 40 shows.

Those of you who were around for the last couple tours will probably recognize the little extra box at the top of the site's home page. For those of you who have never seen it, I've loaded all the tour dates into a database along with all the pertinent ticket sale and venue information. You can view the entire list of dates here. With each date I list the pre-sale information where appropriate, the ticket sale information and then a few links to tourdate-specific comment threads. This information is all dynamic; which means that once the pre-sale ends for a given date, the pre-sale info goes away - stuff like that. So all the information is up-to-date. The home page tour feature basically allows you to select one particular date from the drop down and just see info for that date. It will default to the next upcoming date - which up until June 29th will be the Albuquerque date. But you can also choose to set a date as your default. Just click the set as tourdate default link when viewing a particular date. Then each time you come back to the site that default date will appear. If you don't like having the tour date stuff cluttering up the home page you also have the option of turning it off. Just click the Turn special Rush Tour section off link (just under the Blogospheres heading). There are also date-specific comment threads for each tour stop; one for general discussion, one for checking in, one for posting whether you have or need tickets, and one for reviews that will appear after the show. I will also be using the news ticker to announce shows with a pre-sale or on-sale currently happening.

It looks like Rush will not be doing any sort of special fan pre-sale like they did with Music Today on the last 2 tours. So far the only date with any published pre-sale information on the Live Nation site is opening night in Albuquerque; there are 2 pre-sales planned for this date. Live Nation will be sponsoring one pre-sale that begins next Thursday, April 15th at 10AM, and the other will be for CITI credit card holders and begins next Wednesday, April 14th at 10AM. At the present time there seems to be conflicting information for pre-sales and on-sale dates between what is listed at the Live Nation site as opposed to Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster has pre-sales listed for the Chicago and White River dates - but not Live Nation. Hopefully this will all get sorted out over the next few days. Where information differs, I am going with the Ticketmaster info for the time being. For the CITI Credit Card pre-sales, it looks like the password is the first 6 digits of your account number. If anyone has further information about these pre-sales or pre-sales for any other shows, please let us know. Here are the dates for which tickets go on sale next week:

PRE-SALE: Tue, Apr 13 @ 10AM (local venue time!)
Mon, Jul 5: Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL [info] CITI RUSHVIP
Fri, Jul 23: Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, NY [info] CITI RUSHVIP
Sat, Aug 7: White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA [info] CITI RUSHVIP
Mon, Aug 9: Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA [info] CITI RUSHVIP
Mon, Aug 16: Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO [info] CITI RUSHVIP
Fri, Sep 3: PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ [info] CITI RUSHVIP

PRE-SALE: Wed, Apr 14 @ 10AM (local venue time!)
Tue, Jun 29: Hard Rock Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM [info] CITI RUSHVIP

PRE-SALE: Thu, Apr 15 @ 10AM (local venue time!)
Tue, Jun 29: Hard Rock Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM [info] LIVENATION
Fri, Sep 3: PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ [info] LIVENATION RADIO

ON SALE: Fri Apr 16 @ 10AM (local venue time!)
Mon, Jul 19: Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT [info]
Fri, Jul 23: Saratoga Performing Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, NY [info]
Mon, Aug 9: Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA [info]

ON SALE: Sat Apr 17 @ 10AM (local venue time!)
Tue, Jun 29: Hard Rock Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM [info]
Sat, Jul 3: Marcus Amphitheater Summerfest - Milwaukee, WI [info]
Mon, Jul 5: Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL [info]
Fri, Jul 9: Rogers Sarnia Bayfest - Sarnia, ON [info]
Sat, Jul 24: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Wantaugh, NY [info]
Sat, Aug 7: White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA [info]
Mon, Aug 16: Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO [info]
Fri, Sep 3: PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ [info]

ON SALE: Sat Apr 17 @ 12PM (local venue time!)
Fri, Aug 27: Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN [info]

If any of this information changes, I'll be making updates to the tour section so stay tuned. I'll have my regular weekly Random Rush Stuff post up either tomorrow or Sunday. Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Official Rush 2010 Time Machine tour dates!
7:08AM EST | link | comments (548) |

[Rush Time Machine North American Tour 2010 Featuring for the First Time Ever Moving Pictures in its Entirety]

UPDATE - 4/8@12:14PM: The Summerfest date/venue that Rush.com had listed is incorrect. It should be July 3rd at the Marcus Amphitheater as originally expected. The Summerfest website will be making the official announcement later this afternoon. I'm gathering information on pre-sales as we speak and will be working on loading all the dates into the tour section over the next few days.

UPDATE - 4/8@8:02AM: Here's the official press release announcing the tour (thanks lilvictory).

... Announced today, The Time Machine Tour is an evening with Rush, where they will perform their classics, give a taste of the future - and for the first time ever - feature the Moving Pictures album live in its entirety.

The band is currently working on their 20th studio album with producer Nick Raskulinecz (co-producer from 2007's Snakes & Arrows) and in addition to their classics plan to showcase a few new tunes live this summer. ... This summer's Live Nation promoted tour will visit approximately 40 cities throughout North America beginning June 29th in Albuquerque, NM and finishing October 2nd in West Palm Beach, FL with stops along the way in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Holmdel, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, and more ...

The release also includes the complete itinerary with a footnote saying Additional cities and dates to be announced. Itinerary subject to change. So we will likely see a few more dates announced before all is said and done.

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The Rush countdown clock has ticked down to zero and with it came the big tour announcement! It's called the Time Machine Tour and includes 33 US dates and 4 Canadian dates. Tickets begin going on sale April 17th. It will be another evening with Rush format and they'll be playing Moving Pictures in its entirety! I included the complete itinerary below.

Jun 29
Jul 01
Jul 03
Jul 05
Jul 09
Jul 13
Jul 15
Jul 17
Jul 19
Jul 21
Jul 23
Jul 24
Aug 05
Aug 07
Aug 09
Aug 11
Aug 13
Aug 14
Aug 16
Aug 20
Aug 22
Aug 25
Aug 27
Aug 29
Aug 31
Sep 02
Sep 03
Sep 14
Sep 16
Sep 18
Sep 21
Sep 23
Sep 25
Sep 26
Sep 29
Oct 01
Oct 02
Albuquerque, NM
Kansas City, MO
Milwaukee, WI
Chicago, IL
Sarnia, ON
Toronto, ON
Quebec City, QC
Toronto, ON
Uncasville, CT
Philadelphia, PA
Saratoga Springs, NY
Wantagh, NY
Salt Lake City, UT
Seattle, WA
San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Irvine, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Denver, CO
Wichita, KS
St. Louis, MO
Omaha, NE
St. Paul, MN
Columbus, OH
Allentown, PA
Syracuse, NY
Holmdel, NJ
Boston, MA
Pittsburgh, PA
Washington, DC
Tulsa, OK
San Antonio, TX
Houston, TX
Dallas, TX
Atlanta, GA
Tampa, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
Hard Rock Pavilion
Starlight Theatre
Summerfest
Charter One Pavilion
Rogers Sarnia Bayfest
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Festival d'iti de Quibec
Air Canada Centre
Mohegan Sun
Susquehanna Bank Center
SPAC
Nikon at Jones Beach
USANA Amphitheatre
White River Amphitheatre
Shoreline Amphitheatre
LA Forum
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
INTRUST Bank Arena
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Qwest Center
Minnesota State Fair
Nationwide Arena
Allentown Fair
New York State Fair
PNC Bank Arts Center
TD Garden
Consol Energy Center
Jiffy Lube Live Amphitheater
BOK Center
AT&T Center
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Superpages.com Center
Encore Park
Ford Amphitheatre
Cruzan Amphitheatre

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Rush tour update: Time Machine Tour; PNC, Jones Beach confirmed
2:04PM EST | link | comments (295) |

[Rush to perform at PNC Bank Arts Center]

Yesterday at 7AM Rush.com posted a splash page which has a countdown clock that's counting down to 7AM tomorrow. It's assumed that this will be the official tour announcement along with tour dates. While we wait for the clock to tick down to zero, it looks like some official news regarding the tour is starting to trickle out from different media outlets. New Jersey's Star Ledger reported the following early this afternoon (thanks chipper01967):

... Rush will perform at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel on Sept. 3, with tickets going on sale April 17 at 10 a.m. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit LiveNation.com.

Rush will also perform at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York, on July 24. Both shows will be part of the band's Time Machine Tour.

Time Machine Tour?? I guess we now have a name for the tour! This seems to go along with the Rush.com countdown clock's vault theme, and bodes well for those of hoping for a B-sides tour. We also now have solid dates for both the PNC and Jones Beach shows; with ticketing information too! Here's the list of tentative dates we have so far.

June 29th:
Hard Rock Casino presents The Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM

July 1st:
KC Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, MO

July 3rd:
Summerfest - Milwaukee, WI

July 19th:
Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT

July 23rd:
Saratoga PAC - Saratoga Springs, NY

July 24th:
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY

July ??:
Darien Lake PAC - Darien Center, NY

Aug 5th:
USANA Amphitheatre - Salt Lake City, UT

Aug 9th:
Shoreline Amphitheater - Mountain View, CA

Aug 22nd:
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis - Maryland Heights, MO (outside St. Louis)

Aug ?? (early August):
Sleep Train Pavillion - Concord, CA

Aug ??:
Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO

Sept 3rd:
PNC Bank Center - Holmdel, NJ

Sept 14th:
TD Center - Boston, MA

Sept ??:
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA

Oct ? (early October):
Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL
Tampa Ford Amphitheatre - Tampa Bay, FL

??:
Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON
Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, OH

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[Rush tour date updates]
[Geddy Lee confirms summer Rush tour followed by new album]
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[Lorne Wheaton: off to YYZ for sessions ... on the road this summer]
[Rush 2010 tour update]
[Rush 2010 tour update: a few rumored dates/venues]

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New Rush.com countdown clock counting down to 7AM Thursday
8:47AM EST | link | comments (246) |

UPDATE - 4/7@9:52AM: New screenshot! 21 hours, 12 minutes, 0 seconds.

UPDATE - 4/6@10:01AM: There seems to be some confusion regarding the format of the countdown clock - and rightfully so. The clock is formatted HHMMSS where the first 2 digits are the hours, the next 2 are the minutes and the last 2 are the seconds. It began ticking with a reading of 480000 at 7AM EST this morning. Unfortunately they used the same color for the hours and minutes so many have mistakenly taken this to mean 4800 minutes rather than 48 hours. There's also an issue with timezones. The clock should be counting down to 7AM EST for everybody, but it's instead counting down to 7AM in your local time zone. So people east of the Eastern time zone are seeing a shorter clock, those to the west a longer one. Regardless of issues with the clock, it looks like the announcement will be coming at 7AM EST on Thursday.

Rush.com posted a splash page this morning at 7AM which has a countdown clock that's counting down to this Thursday, April 8th at 7AM. I'm assuming that's when we'll get tour dates and hopefully some other surprises.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Possible Rush in-studio pics posted online
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UPDATE - 5/20@6:03PM: It's official now. Rush was at Cherry Beach Sound working on a project last month according to this press release.

UPDATE - 4/5@2:35PM: It looks like the original Pearl Drummers forum post has been taken down (thanks RushFanForever).

I posted this as an update to my Friday updates post from yesterday but wasn't sure of the validity since there was a possibility that it was an April Fools joke. But after a good bit of vetting on a couple of Rush Message Boards (Counterparts, The Rush Forum) it now looks to be legit, so I thought I'd give it a post of its own. User Chief Pronto at the Pearl Drummers Forum posted some pics Thursday night from the studio that Rush is presumably currently recording in. There are several photos of Neil's Snakes & Arrows kit and a couple of other miscellaneous shots - none with any people in it though. He won't say where the studio is, but looking at the pictures it is fairly clear that it is Cherry Beach Sound in Toronto. That and the fact that Cherry Beach Sound Senior Staff Engineer Inaam Haq has worked with Rush in the past. From the posts, it looks like they were there last week and will be there at least part of next week and that Alex is engineering the sessions. It also sounds like they are doing pre-production work here and will be finishing up in Nashville (presumably with Nick Raskulinecz) which jibes with various rumors I've heard. Neil Peart's recent Canadian Press interview did mention that ... "the band plans to do pre-production on two new songs in the coming weeks" .... The poster also promises more pics and info once they are out of the studio. I suggest you check out the post along with the discussions on Counterparts and The Rush Forum and judge for yourself. Thanks to DigitalMan745 and RushFanForever for the info.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 4/3@8:12AM: Check out Cherry Beach Sound Senior Staff Engineer Inaam Haq's list of music credits (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 4/2@6:26PM: Based on the pics in the Pearl Drummers Forum post, a couple of readers have speculated that the studio could be Cherry Beach Sound in Toronto.

UPDATE - 4/2@4:05PM: User Chief Pronto at the Pearl Drummers Forum posted some pics last night from the studio that Rush is currently recording in. There are several photos of Neil's Snakes & Arrows kit and a couple of other miscellaneous shots - none with any people in it though. He won't say where the studio is, but he did mention that Alex is engineering the sessions. He promises more pics and info once they are out of the studio. Thanks to DigitalMan745 for the heads up.

The big news of the past week was Rush's induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Sunday night and all of the coverage that went with it. In the run up to the induction we were treated to a bevy of interviews from the band where they revealed several details about their plans for the next 2 years, including 2 tours and a new album. The induction ceremony itself was a huge success and widely covered in the press. Audio of the program along with several great photos were posted to the CBC Radio 2 website on Monday at this link. Jacob Moon's inspired performance of Subdivisions was one of the big highlights of the evening. Moon describes the experience in detail complete with behind-the-scenes photos on his website here. For all the details on the Gala and the induction check out this post.

On Friday an interview with Alex Lifeson appeared in the Toronto Globe and Mail where Lerxst mapped out the band's plans for the next 2 years:

... We were off for a year and a half, and now it's just pouring. Everything is totally crazy and there's not a minute left in the day. We've got these half-dozen songs, and we'll probably go in the studio and work on a couple of them and see how it goes, perhaps release something - and I say perhaps - and then we plan on being on the road in the middle of June. Ideally, we'd like to showcase a couple of these songs on the tour, come off tour in mid-October, go back in the studio and continue writing, then record through late this year and early next year, and then release the album in the spring of 2011 on a slightly more substantial tour. This [year's] tour will probably be about 45 dates. Most likely summer, 2011, would be more like 70. ...

Then Neil Peart chimed in with this interview with JAM! Music where Nick Raskulincz gets confirmed as co-producer for their next album:

... the band is about five songs into the record with co-producer Nick Raskulinecz, from 2007's Snakes and Arrows, but won't talk about the sound or how or when the tunes will be released or subsequent tour plans. "I stopped in Toronto a couple of weeks back and went over to Geddy's house and listened to what they've been working on from my lyrics and it's very exciting, we've got probably five very good songs there," ... "So we were saying, 'Well, I kind of just want to keep working on this and finish the record.' But on the other hand we were thinking, 'Well, something we haven't done since the '80s is write new songs and go out and play them.' It's interesting to be so deeply involved in songwriting right now with this honour coming up. It kind of puts a fresh observation on it for me." ...

Not to be outdone by his bandmates, Geddy Lee contributed the following in a short audio interview with Sandra Miller of Akron's 97.5 WONE on Tuesday:

We're kind of looking at a kind of a 2 year plan. A little bit of writing now, getting a couple of tracks down. Playing some songs in the summertime on tour that people are not familiar with as well as bringing back a whole range of older songs. And getting quickly back into the studio again and finishing the album and see what the impact of that is.

The combination of the information from these interviews adds up to a busy next couple of years for Rush and their fans. An official announcement from the band regarding the tour is expected soon. Given that it now looks like the tour is slated to kickoff in Albuquerque on June 29th, the announcement almost has to come sometime in the next couple of weeks with much of the speculation focusing on this coming Monday, April 5th. On Wednesday evening 96 Rock out of Albuquerque announced on the air that Rush would be in town on June 29th and the Albuquerque Journal confirmed the venue as the newly dubbed Hard Rock Casino presents The Pavilion. Since last Friday I've also heard a tentative date of August 9th for the Shoreline Amphitheater show, early October Florida dates at both the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach and the Tampa Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa Bay, a September date at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, and a mid-August date at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Check out this post for the complete list of tentative/rumored tour dates. Whether Rush will be releasing any new material prior to the tour is still an open question. From last week's interviews it's clear that they will be recording at least a couple of the 5 or 6 songs they already have written with Nick Raskulinecz. But it sounds like they are waiting to see the finished product before making a decision on whether to release them or not.

The long-anticipated Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will have its US and world premier at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 24th while the Canadian premier will occur at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto on April 29th. For my annual April Fool's joke yesterday I broke the news that the documentary would be shown in 3D complete with a 3D trailer. :) I hope everybody enjoyed the joke and had a good laugh about it. Last year's April Fools joke also focused on the documentary. Ironically I claimed that the filmmakers had dug up some old pre-1974 live footage of the band - which at the time seemed pretty far-fetched... but ended up coming true! I guess the joke was on me. Anyways, I can now report some real news about the documentary. Rush.com finally posted a news item about the documentary and confirm that most of Rush will be in attendance at the April 24th premier (thanks hermy):

Zoë Vision, in association with Banger Films, is thrilled to announce the premiere of the documentary, "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" at The Tribeca Film Festival on April 24.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, along with the documentary's filmmakers, Scot McFadyen & Sam Dunn (whose filmography also includes: "Iron Maiden: Flight 666," "Metal, A Headbangers Journey" and "Global Metal") will all be on hand in New York to celebrate the release of this much-anticipated film.

I had originally heard that all 3 members would make it, but 2 out of 3 ain't bad I guess. Also, there was a CBC news story covering the band's Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction over the weekend which includes a short interview with Scot McFadyen discussing the documentary. They showed a few cool production stills from the film from early in Rush's career (see thumbnails).

In case you weren't already aware, you can follow Rush is a Band on Twitter at this link and on Facebook at this link. As of a few days ago the site now has over 1000 followers on Twitter and over 1500 Facebook Group members! A big thanks to everyone who has joined. I'd also like to take some time out to thank everyone who generously donated to the website last week; it is greatly appreciated. You should receive your RUSH IS A BAND bumper stickers soon if you haven't already. To get a sticker of your own just make a donation to the site. Thanks for the support!

The new Rush greatest hits compilation Time Stand Still: The Collection was released by Spectrum/Universal in Europe on March 23rd. It contains 13 tracks from Rush's Universal Records era (through Hold Your Fire).

Reader rosmakloma pointed out that Neil Peart is featured in the 2010 DW Drums calendar which you get as a free PDF download at this link. Neil is featured for October.

A couple of weeks ago I'd mentioned how RIAB reader and Brigham Young University English professor Patrick Madden (Pat) has published a book of personal essays called Quotidiana (University of Nebraska Press). It is just recently available at Amazon and other booksellers. Its chapters cover a wide variety of subjects, from laughter to fatherhood to the nearly infinite nature of nature, but one unifying theme is the influence of Rush on the author. Half the essays are peppered with Neil Peart's lyrics in conversation with the author's life. Pat used so many lyrics, in fact, that he had to get Neil's permission (it was graciously granted). The book's third essay, Remember Death (those who deciphered the skull-and-femur Morse code message in their Roll the Bones tourbook will recognize this phrase), is especially Rush-related. It chronicles the author's epiphany one summer day in 1981 when his friend placed headphones on his head and played Tom Sawyer. From there, it builds a meditation on death through the lens of Rush. One of the tropes prominent in the essay is the vocabulary Pat learned from Rush lyrics. The essay itself intentionally includes dozens of "Rush words." Pat and the University of Nebraska have produced a PDF of the Remember Death pages for RIAB readers, along with a contest. Read Remember Death, noting all the "Rush words" you find (hint: there are between 50 and 100; they're mainly from the albums through Hold Your Fire). Send your alphabetically organized list in an email to Pat at pcmadden3@yahoo.com with RIAB Vocabulary Contest in the subject line before Monday, April 12th. The person who identifies the most Rush words will win a signed copy of Quotidiana plus a vinyl New World Man single (with an otherwise unreleased live version of Vital Signs on the back; according to several sites, this is the only time, other than their 1973 self-released 45, that Rush has ever released a single that does not appear on a full-length album). Two runners up will win one vinyl 45 each, of either The Big Money (b/w Middletown Dreams) or Time Stand Still (b/w High Water). Each winner will also receive a RIAB bumper sticker.

Elizabeth Patterson of Nova Scotia's Chronicle Herald recently wrote this informative review of Chris McDonald's academic study of Rush's music - Rush, Rock Music, and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown - which was released late last year.

The Zeitgeisty Report posted their list of the Top 10 BEST and WORST Drummers In Rock & Roll earlier this week. Not surprisingly, Neil Peart made their BEST list. Here's what they said:

I remember reading in an interview where Peart said that he found simple straight-ahead drumming to be boring. At the time, I found Rush to be boring because I viewed their music as too preconceived, too formulaic in its drive to be technically proficient...but the years have revealed a certain level of genius and "serving the music" in Peart's playing. I would simply urge anyone who disagrees to listen to the album Moving Picture, which ranks as one of the most note-perfect rock albums of all time. You may not like Rush, or Geddy Lee voice, or the fact that the band was never ever considered cool, but you've got to admit that Peart fits Rush like a glove and they are a better band for it.

Rocker Joan Jett caused quite a flap a couple of months ago when in several interviews she accused Rush of ridiculing her all-girl 70s band The Runaways when they opened for Rush back in 1977. Jett was making the interview rounds promoting the just-released biopic film The Runaways. Last week her former bandmate Cherie Currie entered the fray, reiterating Jett's comments in a recent CTV article. Curie also goes off on the boys in several recent interviews including this one on Elliot in the Morning which you can listen to at this link at about the 3:30 mark (thanks Dan). There's also this video interview and this one. She especially picks on Geddy, saying that he's ugly and he screams and looks like a grandmother. Very classy of her. The Runaways actually attended a party in Rush's honor in December of 1976 as pictured here but didn't tour with them until a couple of months later in February of 1977 where the alleged incident(s) would have taken place.

Power Windows reported earlier this week that the 1965 concert film The T.A.M.I. Show has been remastered and reissued on DVD. This is relevant to Rush in that Neil Peart mentions the film in his book Traveling Music on page 130:

... Another movie around the same time was a much stronger musical influence on me - in fact, in retrospect, it was the influence. The T.A.M.I. Show, or Teen Age Music International ...

Reader RushFanForever sent me this fan-made YouTube clip of a recent Geddy sighting in New York City. The fan ran into Geddy and his family at Sammy's Romanian Steak House on the lower East Side. The poster claims (you can't actually hear the conversation) in the video description that he asked Geddy Lee about remastering Vapor Trails and Geddy said We're actually already doing that now, as we speak!. It's not at all clear when this video was taken so he could have been referring to the 2 remastered tracks that appeared on Retrospective 3. Power Windows had a bit of fun with the whole Vapor Trails re-masters saga for his annual April Fools joke yesterday.

RushFanForever dug up this old Geddy Lee MuchMusic interview on YouTube. Geddy talks with Marc Carpenter about the Power Windows album. You can check it out at this link.

Al P pointed me to this USA Today story about a California based band of 9-year-old kids called The Thrashers. One of the members is named after Geddy Lee.

RushFanForever alerted me to country rocker Shooter Jennings's (son of the late Waylon Jennings) recently released album Black Ribbons. What's interesting about it is that it's a concept album that has been described as a mix of progressive rock and country. Jennings cites Rush and particularly the album 2112 as an influence in this recent interview

Toronto's Q107 is running a survey to determine the Top 107 Classic Rock Songs. Among the 100s of songs listed in the survey are 11 Rush songs, but you can only vote for 10. Go vote for Rush! Thanks to tg for the heads up.

Apparently professional wrestler Bill Goldberg is a Rush fan according to this recent Twitter post from Goldberg. Thanks to Phil R for the heads up.

In case you missed it yesterday, here's the 3D Rush documentary trailer:

Have a great weekend everybody!

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Rush documentary to be shown in 3D; trailer available
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UPDATE - 4/1@11:30PM: APRIL FOOLS!! ... in case you hadn't figured it out already. I hope everybody enjoyed the joke and had a good laugh about it. :)

The long-anticipated Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will have its US and world premier at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 24th while the Canadian premier will occur at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto on April 29th. I now can reveal some exciting news for those attending these premiers. It's no secret that the huge success of the 3D film Avatar has changed the way the film industry is viewing the entire film production process. This fact was not lost on Rush documentary filmmakers Scott McFaden and Sam Dunne. From a recent NMStar.com interview:

... we looked at the success of films like Avatar and thought, 'Hey'- we can make this work for documentaries too. So we decided we'd make the (Rush) doc the first 3D documentary. That's why there were so many delays in production. ... (Rush) was a little hesitant at first, but once we showed them some test screenings they were on board. It's pretty spectacular. As a viewer it's almost as if you are there filming the documentary yourself. I think Rush fans are gonna love it....

The filmmakers have put together a 2-minute 3D preview trailer to demonstrate the use of 3D in the film. To get the full effect you'll need a pair of standard 3D glasses. You can check out the trailer below or at this link.

Related Posts:
[Rush documentary Canadian premier, DVD release update]
[Rush documentary schedule for Tribeca Film Festival released]
[Rush documentary title; confirmed for Tribeca Film Festival]
[Rush documentary to premier April 24th at Tribeca Film Festival]
[Rush: The Documentary: tentative May 18th DVD release]
[Rush documentary update]
[Rush featured in the latest issue of The Walrus]
[Rush documentary reportedly finished]
[Rush: The Documentary sneak peek shown at Windsor film festival]
[Behind-the-scenes Rush documentary pics]
[Rush: The Documentary update]

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