Archive: Blog Entries from July, 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Geddy Lee talks baseball in new ESPN interview
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[Rush singer Geddy Lee is major fan of baseball]

Geddy Lee recently took a few moments to answer some questions from ESPN's Jennifer Williams. It's a short interview focusing on sports, particularly Geddy's donation of baseballs to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum back in 2008:

You're Canadian and a baseball fan. So why baseball over hockey?

I did enjoy baseball as a child, but I grew up a hockey fan watching the Leafs as a child. But unlike most Canadians, I did not play the game, and I rediscovered baseball while touring the U.S. in the late '70s and I fell in love with the game and its history.

We've heard you play fantasy baseball. What's your team name?

Yes, I am a huge devotee of the hobby, but I can't tell you.

Biggest stud/dud on you fantasy roster?

Stud is Adam Wainwright and dud is Jose Lopez.

Tell us about your donation to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum?

A few years back, I visited the Negro League Museum in Kansas City and was so impressed with the exhibits and moved by the story, which many baseball fans like myself are surprisingly unaware of. I happen to be a collector of baseball memorabilia and a friend of mine spotted this collection at an auction, so we hatched a plan to buy them and donate them to the museum. I just thought that they belonged in the museum and not in private hands. The collection was divided into two lots of 200 balls each, and we were successful in purchasing one of the lots. But after my donation became public, I discovered who had purchased the second lot, and after approaching them, they were kind enough to allow me to purchase the remainder of the balls in order to donate the complete collection of over 400 balls to the museum. I recently visited the museum again, and the balls are now beautifully displayed.

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine TourRush finished off the first third of the US portion of their Time Machine Tour this past weekend in New York, playing the SPAC and Jones Beach. They'll pick things back up out west in Salt Lake City next Thursday, August 5th. Tickets are now available for the 2 Brazilian dates that were recently added to the tour. You can purchase tickets at this link. For anyone planning a trip to Brazil to see one of the shows, Brazilian Rush fan site Test For Echo has set up an informational forum specifically for English-speaking Rush fans regarding the Brazilian tour dates. We are also still awaiting official word on more South American dates. I'm still hearing that the October 17th date in Santiago, Chile is a go. They're presumably just finalizing some things before making the official announcement.

Rush's official tour photographer and pyrotechnician John Arrowsmith has been regularly posting his fantastic tour photos for each show to the Rush.com Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. We found out earlier this week that high quality prints of these photos are now available for purchase at this link. You can buy the photos in a variety of sizes and finishes starting at $40. Rush.com has also added a Road Flicks section to the website which features a couple of Quicktime videos from the tour. The first video is titled Bootleggers! and features guys selling bootleg t-shirts at opening night in Albuquerque. In the second video John Arrowsmith talks pyro and explains the inner workings of Alex's Time Machine amps. You can watch both videos at this link (obvious SPOILERS).

Yesterday Geddy Lee celebrated his 57th birthday and it was also the 36th anniversary of the new guy Neil Peart joining the band. On the day following Neil Peart's addition to the band - 36 years ago today - Rush bought equipment for their first tour at Long and McQuade Music in Toronto, including Geddy's black Rickenbacker, Alex's Gibson Les Paul Deluxe and Neil's Slingerland kit.

As I'd mentioned last week, the CD version of the Caravan/BU2B single is no longer available at the Rush Backstage Club. The release was a limited run and the Backstage Club does not currently plan on releasing any more copies for sale. However, you can still purchase digital copies of both Caravan and BU2B at this link. As many readers have pointed out to me, several copies of the CD (all of them maybe) have BU2B as track 1 despite Caravan being listed first on the sleeve. I emailed the Rush Backstage Club about this and they stated that as far as they knew, the track order should have Caravan first. My own personal copy has BU2B first as does every single person I've spoken to who also has a copy. If the copy you received is the alleged correct version which has Caravan as track 1 please let us know in the comments. I'm still not clear as to whether this was an error with the entire pressing or not. The Caravan single has been getting increasingly more airplay on rock radio stations of late and has been hovering around the top 5 on the Mediabase Rock Chart. At the time of this posting it's #5.

We learned earlier this week that Universal will be releasing yet another Rush compilation as part of their new ICON series. It will retail for just $7.99 and contain 12 songs including Working Man, The Twilight Zone and Limelight. The compilation will be released on August 31st and can be pre-ordered at this link.

Rush and the documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage are the subject of a 4-page feature in the August, 2010 issue of the UK's Classic Rock Magazine. You can check out scans of the article by clicking on the thumbnails above.

Neil Peart's personal website at NeilPeart.net underwent a Time Machine-themed redesign late last week courtesy the crew at Tandem Digital. It's really just a re-skinning; same content, different look and feel based on the Time Machine Tour theme. I was also told to expect a new story from the road from Neil Peart to be posted within the next week or so.

Power Windows reported earlier this week that the Rush road crew documentary Backstage Secrets will be airing on Canada's Treasure HD channel this evening with additional airings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. For a complete list of air dates/times visit TreasureHD.ca.

RushCon 10 wrapped up a couple of weekends ago in Toronto. The convention was a huge success and the organizers promise to post an official recap in the near future. Until then, don't forget that there will be a mini RushCon in Las Vegas the weekend of Rush's gig there on August 14th. For all the details and to register for the Vegas event go here.

Speaking of RushCon, fresh off her appearance there a couple of weekends ago, Rush discoverer Donna Halper appeared on internet radio talk show
Used Bin Radio on Tuesday, July 20th. In case you missed it, the podcast is now up at this link. Donna's bit starts at about the 47-minute mark and runs about 50 minutes.

Reader Chris in Austin recently purchased some wine with a Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon label made by a company called Wines That Rock. While on their website he noticed that they are conducting a poll to determine the next classic album that folks would like to see inspire the next Wines That Rock. Rush's Moving Pictures is in the running. Go vote for Rush!

On Tuesday the SyFy Channel's Blastr website posted their list of 57 great sci-fi and fantasy-themed album covers in no particular order. Rush's Grace Under Pressure made the cut.

Reader PhillyMike noticed this reference in Dan Gross's column in the Philadelphia Daily News this past Monday. It's regarding Rush's recent show at the Susquehanna Bank Center and is subtitled Distante delivers a Rush job:

Upscale men's clothier Distante (1510 Sansom) did a Rush job the other day. The store altered some shirts that the Canadian rock band wore onstage at the Susquehanna Bank Center and also made some custom leather ankle straps for Rush drummer Neal Peart, which Distante's Baba Taiye Renfrow hand-delivered to the Ritz-Carlton.

Given Alex Lifeson's history with the Ritz-Carlton I'm surprised they were staying there! Maybe Alex gets free hotel stays as part of his settlement. :)

A couple of months ago we learned that the Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special would be released to DVD and Blu-ray on September 28th. The special had also been slated to run before the television premiere of the Rush documentary on VH1 Classic but was pulled at the last minute. It's still expected that it will air on VH1 and VH1 Classic sometime before the DVD release later this summer but there's no specific date yet. This past weekend we discovered that Amazon.com had posted a short minute-and-a-half preview video up on their Rush page. The video shows Neil Peart, David Fricke, Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown talking about Limelight. You can check out the video below or at this link.

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

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Happy birthday Geddy Lee!
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Geddy then and nowOn this day back in 1953, our favorite singer/bassist - Gary Lee Weinrib (aka Geddy Lee) - was born in Willowdale, Toronto. That makes Geddy 57 years young today! Happy birthday Geddy! May you have many more. Today is also the 36th anniversary of Neil Peart joining Rush! Also, 36 years ago tomorrow Rush bought equipment for their first tour at Long and McQuade Music in Toronto, including Geddy's black Rickenbacker, Alex's Gibson Les Paul Deluxe and Neil's Slingerland kit.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Rush featured in August 2010 Classic Rock Magazine
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Rush and the documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage are the subject of a 4-page feature in the August, 2010 issue of the UK's Classic Rock Magazine. You can check out scans of the article by clicking on the thumbnails above. Thanks to Reed Lover at Counterparts for the scan and Power Windows for the heads up.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Rush ICON compilation to be released next month
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In my most recent Friday updates post I'd mentioned that MusicTap.net had reported that Rush will be releasing yet another compilation package as part of the new ICON series. Thanks to Power Windows we now have several more details regarding the release. From the Power Windows website:

Universal has announced a new series of compilations called "ICONS", with the tag line "Great Artists, Great Songs, Great Value!". Each ICONS release will include "12 hits for only $7.99". Featured ICONS include artists ranging from KISS to Diana Ross, and of course, RUSH.

RUSH Icons will be released August 31st, and "featured songs include their debut album's 'Working Man,' 2112's 'The Twilight Zone' and classic rock radio staple 'Limelight.'"

The compilation is already available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

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NeilPeart.net Time Machine redesign
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Neil Peart's personal website at NeilPeart.net underwent a Time Machine-themed redesign late last week courtesy the crew at Tandem Digital. It's really just a re-skinning; same content, different look and feel based on the Time Machine Tour theme. I was also told to expect a new story from the road from Neil Peart to be posted within the next couple of weeks during Rush's tour break.

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Official Rush Time Machine Tour photos now available for purchase
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UPDATE - 8/6@8:30AM: They've made some changes to their pricing scheme and are now offering several photo packages for sale along with 5x7 prints starting at $20. All the photos come with a watermark displaying when and where that photo was taken, but John has been uploading non-watermarked versions of the photos as well for those who would rather not have the watermark.

I'd mentioned this in both of the Rush Time Machine Tour open threads over the weekend, but thought I'd rehash for those who had missed it. Rush's official tour photographer and pyrotechnician John Arrowsmith has been regularly posting his fantastic tour photos for each show to the Rush.com Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Due to popular demand, high quality prints of these photos are now available for purchase at this link. You can buy the photos in a variety of sizes and finishes starting at $40. Many thanks to Rush and John for making these available.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Jones Beach open thread
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UPDATE - 7/30@9:51AM: Here's a review from JamBands.com by Drew Moss.

UPDATE - 7/26@7:28AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Better yet, high-res versions of all of the show photos are now available for purchase at this link!

Rush closes out the first third of the US portion of the 2010 Time Machine Tour tonight at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY. They'll then take a 2-week break and crank things back up out west in Salt Lake City on August 5th. For everyone going to tonight's show have fun, be safe, and don't forget to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Saturday, July 24th @ 8:00PM
Show Number: 13
Venue: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Place: Wantagh, NY

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Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums preview
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A couple of months ago we learned that the Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special would be released to DVD and Blu-ray on September 28th. The special had also been slated to run before the television premiere of the Rush documentary on VH1 Classic but was pulled at the last minute. It's still expected that it will air on VH1 and VH1 Classic sometime before the DVD release later this summer but there's no specific date yet. Amazon.com recently posted a short minute-and-a-half preview video up on their Rush page. The video shows Neil Peart, David Fricke, Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown talking about Limelight. You can check out the video below or at this link.

Thanks to Sean for the heads up.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: SPAC open thread
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UPDATE - 7/26@10:58AM: Here's a huge Flickr photo gallery of photos courtesy GhostWriter.

UPDATE - 7/25@11:58AM: Here's a review from the Saratogian (thanks turbinefright).

UPDATE - 7/24@11:45AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Better yet, high-res versions of all of the show photos are now available for purchase at this link!

UPDATE - 7/23@1:59PM: Unfortunately the forecast calls for rain and thunder throughout the evening and into tonight.

Rush brings the Time Machine to the Empire State of New York this weekend where they'll play the SPAC in Saratoga Springs tonight and Jones Beach tomorrow. For all of those going to tonight's show have fun, be safe, and don't forget to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Friday, July 23rd @ 8:00PM
Show Number: 12
Venue: SPAC
Place: Saratoga Springs, NY

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 7/23@1:54PM: Eric at Power Windows let me know that the ICON series as reported by MusicTap.net is yet another series of compilations similar to the GOLD series. So we can expect another Rush compilation in the near future.

Rush Time Machine TourRush takes the Time Machine Tour to the state of New York this weekend playing back-to-back shows at the SPAC tonight and Jones Beach tomorrow before taking a much-deserved break. When they crank up the Time Machine again they'll be transported a couple of weeks into the future and 2000 miles to the west, playing the USANA Amphitheatre outside Salt Lake City on August 5th. This past week Rush closed out the Canadian leg of the tour at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto last weekend, then played the Mohegan Sun Arena Monday and the Susquehanna Bank Center on Wednesday. For those of you who ordered VIP ticket packages for the tour, it looks like the packages have finally started shipping.

Last week I'd mentioned that the Rush Time Machine Tourbook had been transcribed and made available online at both Cygnus-X1.net and Power Windows. John at Cygnus-X1.net has also now scanned all of the images from the tourbook which you can check out at this link. You can purchase your own copy of the tourbook on tour or at the Rush Backstage Club.

Last weekend when Rush played Toronto, Alex Lifeson called into Toronto's Q107 and chatted with Joanne Wilder about a wide range of subjects including the tour, the upcoming album, their Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, the Rush documentary, and the new iPhone app. The entire interview was posted to the Q107 website and you can listen to it at this link. Alex also did an interview with St. Catherines' HTZ-FM which you can listen to at this link.

Earlier this week we learned that Rush's 2112 would be the centerpiece for the new Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock video game. The game includes a Quest Mode where heroes must play all 7 parts of Rush's 2112. This portion of the game roughly follows the storyline of 2112 and is narrated by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. You can check out all the details along with a video preview which includes interview snippets from Alex and Geddy in this post. The game is slated for a September 28th release and can be pre-ordered at this link. Speaking of 2112, the album is featured in this recent Spinner article titled Getting Geeky With It: 20 Albums Inspired by the Dork Life.

The CD version of the Caravan/BU2B single is no longer available at the Rush Backstage Club. The release was a limited run and the Backstage Club does not currently plan on releasing any more copies for sale. However, you can still purchase digital copies of both Caravan and BU2B at this link. The Caravan single has been getting increasingly more airplay on rock radio stations of late and has broken into the top 5 on the Mediabase Rock Chart. At the time of this posting it's #4.

For the fourth year in a row Neil Peart has won Drummer of the Year in
DRUM! Magazine's Drummies Reader's Poll. Apparently Neil beat out Travis Barker by a mere 6 votes according to this article at All About Jazz covering the Drummies. The article also contains the following quote from yours truly:

... Another industry veteran, Ed Stenger, who runs a Rush fan website, Rushisaband.com, shed some stroke perspective as well. "It's no surprise to me that Neil Peart has won Drummer of the Year 3 years running. The man has become synonymous with drumming over his 40+ year career. Every drummer knows who he is and wishes they were half as skilled. "...

Industry veteran? I'm flattered but I hardly fit that description. :)

Neil Peart Time Machine Tour drumsticksWhile on the subject of Neil Peart, earlier this week TSN announced that Neil Peart's custom NHL Hockey kit would be making its way to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto this fall. Here's the video news story from TSN which includes a recent short interview with Neil Peart. We also found out on Wednesday that the official Neil Peart Time Machine Tour retail model drumsticks from Pro-Mark are now hitting store shelves. Then there's this interview with Neil Peart from Quebec newspaper Le Soleil (thanks maxbeckmann). In the interview Neil admits that he had been in error when he wrote in the Time Machine Tourbook that Rush had never played "The Camera Eye" live. Here's the English google translation of the article.

After a successful appearance at RushCon this past weekend, Neil Peart's Chromey drum kit was made available for the public to view at Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie yesterday. It will also be appearing tomorrow, July 24th from noon to 10PM. Fans can visit the park that was immortalized in the Rush song Lakeside Park and have their photos taken with the kit and even play the kit to raise money for the Friends of the Carousel.

We found out earlier this week that golfer and friend of Alex Lifeson Rocco Mediate would be wearing a Rush cap at the Canadian Open this weekend in Toronto, as he mentions in this Toronto Star article. There's also this Canadian Music Scene interview with Mediate from yesterday where he talks about his love of Rush and friendship with Alex Lifeson. True to his word, several photos of him sporting his Rush cap have popped up online over the past few days as shown in the above thumbnails.

The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage was released to DVD/Blu-ray a few weeks ago. The DVD/Blu-ray of the documentary contains over an hour of bonus footage including extended footage of Rush's hunting lodge dinner that closed out the film. Observant reader mtb2112 identified the lodge as the Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas, CA based on the decor and what the guys ordered to eat. Looks like a nice place! Reader RushFanForever located this New York Post article discussing the documentary and how it may have increased Rush's popularity with female fans. Rush and the documentary also get mentioned in this Guardian article on the resurgence of prog rock (thanks Jon P):

... Meanwhile, Beyond the Lighted Stage, a documentary about the deathless Canadian prog trio Rush, deservedly won the audience award at this years' Tribeca film festival. If it can't make a non-believer like their music, it does a brilliant job of explaining why people do. Rather surprisingly, drummer Neal Peart emerges from the film as a kind of Morrissey for the Dungeons and Dragons set: aloof, mysterious, considered a poet by his fans and a rightwing crank by his detractors (he's famously a fan of the conservative's novelist of choice, Ayn Rand), he is given to writing songs about misfits getting a rough time from the cool kids in school. ...

In this past week's Sports illustrated there's an article about LeBron James and his move to the Miami Heat. There's also a sidebar article on page 22 about great trios throughout history which makes mention of Rush concocting their album 2112 back in 1975 (the album was recorded in Toronto in 1975 and released in 1976). Here's what they say:

1975 - Canadian band Rush, also known as the Holy Triumvirate, concocts 2112, solidifying its place as chief dorks of the prog rock movement.

Thanks to analogkid_wk for the heads up and the scan.

DarkStarPower Windows reported earlier this week that the interactive video game DarkStar will not be using any Rush music in its soundtrack. The game has been in development for over 10 years now and the plan since its inception was to use Rush's music extensively. Unfortunately negotiations with Universal hit a snag in recent months and the studio has been forced to pull all Rush music. You can check out the details in this July 1st press release.

Fresh off her appearance at RushCon this past weekend, Rush discoverer Donna Halper appeared on internet radio talk show
Used Bin Radio this past Tuesday night. In case you missed it, the show will soon be available via podcast at this link.

Quebec-based ukulele band Lucky Uke released an album of classic rock covers last month which includes a cover of Rush's The Spirit Of Radio. You can listen to the track on their website at LuckyUke.com using the player in the upper left on their home page, and you can purchase the track at this link. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

Reader Pat let me know that MusicTap.net reported the following bit of Rush news last week:

On August 31, various labels will release artist CDs for a series called ICON. You can expect releases for ABBA, Barry White, Bryan Adams, Don Williams, Gary Allan, Gladys Knight, Neil Diamond, Nirvana, No Doubt, Patsy Cline, Rush, Stevie Wonder, Three Dog Night, and Trisha Yearwood.

I'm not really sure what this means, but there you have it.

Alex Lifeson made PopDose's list of the 50 greatest guitarists, coming in at #23 (thanks PhillyMike). Here's what they had to say:

It's understandable why critics loathe prog - the song almost never comes first. If anything, the song is just a vehicle to indulge in musical masturbation. How is everyone going to know how awesome I am if I don't show off my mad skills at every single opportunity? Come on, people, look at me! Alex Lifeson is not that kind of guitarist. One possible explanation for Lifeson's reserved approach in a genre ruled by excess is that he's in a band with a bassist and drummer that are among the world's finest, and the best way to stand out is by not trying to compete with them. We'd prefer, however, to believe that after a little youthful indiscretion, Lifeson learned that it's better to do what's best for the song and, as the band's only guitarist, he knew that he would get plenty of moments to shine, even when Geddy Lee was on that big keyboard kick. But that still doesn't highlight the greatest weapon in Lifeson's arsenal: his chords. Listen to the opening of "The Camera Eye," that gonzo C chord in "Double Agent," the D-tuned oddness in "Stick It Out," or the chorus to "Digital Man"; the fact that he can shred with the best of them is a plus, but it's his rhythm work that best demonstrates Lifeson's depth and personality as a guitarist. Balance and restraint: in a perfect world, they'd be the new black - David Medsker

Rush gets mentioned in this recent review of the new Porcupine Tree DVD Anesthetize:

... Because, yet being a great band, they seem to keep their feet on the ground, only living for their craft: music. In fact, Steven Wilson's brainchild could be the new Rush, in the sense that, as much as they're enormously successful and respected, they seem to remain largely out of the limelight; this allows the band to keep progressing and refining their art without paying too much attention to album charts and record sales. ...

Thanks to GedHed for the link.

In the latest installment of his music discovery podcast and blog Bands Like Rush, Ben Sommer talks to Keyboardist Steve Mauk from the west coast prog rock band Mars Hollow. Ben talks with Steve about a number of subjects including the differences between the prog music scenes in Los Angeles and Mexico along with the oddly traditional route they've taken with the band and - of course - Rush. To find out more about the band check out their website at this link. You can listen to the podcast at this link.

Reader Matt T sent me this interesting video of his stop-motion version of Rush's YYZ on guitar.

Reader Robert S noticed this less-than-flattering Rush analogy in a recent article by the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla. He discusses how Major League Soccer doesn't pay enough to attract real talent, and when it does bring in some big names it's long after the peak of their careers. Here is the analogy used:

... The MLS is still marketing itself as a soccer retirement home. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Hey, maybe Geddy Lee's guitar rocked the 1980s. But if he insists on strutting on stage in a cutoff T-shirt with over- the-hill members of Rush these days, then it's played strictly for laughs. ...

Marshall Ward of the Waterloo Chronicle talks at length about Rush's Subdivisions in this recent article (thanks RushFanForever). He rediscovered his love for the song while doing research on Jacob Moon for this article. You'll recall that Moon recorded a popular cover of the song and was chosen to perform live at Rush's induction into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame earlier this year. While on the subject, here is a video of another interesting cover of Rush's Subdivisions from Susanna And The Magical Orchestra which was recorded at Schubas' Tavern in Chicago last month. The cover can be found on the band's new album 3. Thanks to undernorthernlights for the heads up.

Here's one from the archives. Reader Kelly M sent me this scan of an article on Rush from the May 13, 1980 edition of the Philadelphia Journal.

Reader Gourdy Lee wanted me to let everyone know about his fantasy football league for Rush fans over at Yahoo! Sports. The ID is 115878 and the password is limelight1.

Here's the video preview of the new Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock video game featuring Rush's 2112:

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend everybody - especially those going to the Rush concerts at the SPAC and Jones Beach.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Rush premium VIP ticket package update
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Rush tried something new for the Time Machine Tour by making available premium VIP ticket packages for fans. By paying around $300+ for a ticket fans were guaranteed a seat in the first 15 rows along with a package of Rush swag containing the following items:

* Specially Designed Rush Concert Shirt
* Collectible Tour Poster (limited edition, numbered)
* Official Rush Tour Program
* Limited Edition Rush CD Single (Caravan/BU2B)
* Rush Documentary DVD Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
* Rush compilation CD Working Men
* Set of official Rush guitar picks

Fans purchasing the VIP tickets were charged the full amount for the ticket package immediately on their credit cards. They were also told that the limited edition CD and Rush documentary DVD would be shipped upon release - which meant the end of June - and that VIP package details including shipping information would be emailed to customers shortly after purchase. This gave the false impression that everything except the CD and DVD would be sent out a couple weeks after the ticket purchase... not so. What actually happened was that fans heard nothing until the beginning of June when Ticketmaster finally sent out redemption instructions. Fans needed to go to a website and essentially order the package again using a redemption code included in the email. Then the waiting game began once again. Nothing was heard until the beginning of July when Live Nation/FanFire sent out emails claiming that VIP items for customers who have completed the redemption process have started to ship and will be delivered shortly. Although nobody actually reported receiving any of the items. Then last week they sent yet another email saying Rush VIP items have shipped, packages will be delivered shortly! And FINALLY some folks started reporting having actually received the packages earlier this week! Counterparts member cavesoficeman took a couple of photos of the swag he received (see thumbnails above). The t-shirt has the Rush explosion logo on it and the poster is the Fly By Night owl cover. So the good news is that folks should start receiving their swag shortly... for real this time. I sincerely hope that Rush and their management are aware of how poorly this entire process was handled and will take steps to avoid the same thing happening for their 2011 tour.

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Rush Time Machine Tourbook images now available online
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Rush Time Machine TourLast week I'd mentioned that the Rush Time Machine Tourbook had been transcribed and made available online at both Cygnus-X1.net and Power Windows. John at Cygnus-X1.net has also now scanned all of the images from the tourbook which you can check out at this link. You can purchase your own copy of the tourbook on tour or at the Rush Backstage Club.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Camden open thread
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UPDATE - 7/23@1:12PM: Here's a review of the show from Melodic Rock Concerts along with a huge gallery of photos (thanks matt).

UPDATE - 7/22@1:45PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

Rush now has 10 shows under its belt and for show #11 brings the Time Machine Tour to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ tonight. For everybody going have fun, be safe, and be sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 21st @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 11
Venue: Susquehanna Bank Center
Place: Camden, NJ

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Neil Peart's Time Machine Tour drumsticks now available
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Neil Peart Time Machine Tour drumsticksUPDATE - 8/5@3:46PM: Here's the official announcement at the Pro-mark website (thanks Andrew Olson).

The official Neil Peart Time Machine Tour retail model drumsticks from Pro-Mark are now hitting store shelves according to Michael of NeilPeartDrumsticks.com. You can also get a new exclusive Neil Peart Signature Series mobile application for your Smartphone with your purchase of a pair of the sticks. For all the details check out NeilPeartDrumsticks.com. If you are lucky enough to receive a pair of Neil's personal sticks from a concert, Michael would also love it if you send in your photo with the sticks to be posted on his Fan Gallery page.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Rush's 2112 the centerpiece of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
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[Video: Rush on Bringing "2112" to 'Guitar Hero']

UPDATE - 7/21@9:52PM: The game is slated for a September 28th release and can be pre-ordered at this link.

A couple weeks ago I'd mentioned in a Friday updates post the rumor that the upcoming Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock video game would feature Rush's 2112 in its entirety. Not only has the rumor just been confirmed by Rolling Stone magazine, but the extent of Rush's involvement goes way beyond just the song being featured. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are also directly involved, providing narration for portions of the game which revolve around the storyline of 2112. From the Rolling Stone article:

It's official: Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock has the most epically prog-rock finale of any music video game yet. Rush have teamed with Activision for the fall release, which features a story-based Quest Mode that includes with hero wannabes playing the entirety of "2112," a seven-part suite from the Canadian band's 1976 album of the same name. The story of the game's final segment roughly follows Rush's opus, and will be narrated by lead singer Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson. "In our story, the caves of 2112 are where our hero finds the lost guitar," says Lee. "This rediscovery of music is much like the Guitar Hero warriors' journey to find the Demi-God of Rock's Legendary guitar, which has been trapped in a cavern." Watch exclusive footage from the game above.

Peart, Lee and Lifeson join Kiss' Gene Simmons as Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock narrators. Simmons' contribution begins with an introduction asking players to "Come with me, and enter a world populated of Demi-Gods and Beasts. Transform from an everyday person and become the savior of rock & roll." ...

... The game retains the familiar Guitar Hero interface, with a few aesthetic changes - the imagery is filled with flames and molten lava, and the plastic guitars will come with detachable "axe wings" for gamers looking for a little more edge. The venues include Rush-inspired caves and a faithful rendering of the now-defunct CBGB. Additionally, Warriors of Rock will be the first in the Guitar Hero series to feature eight playable characters, each of whom will transform into rock warriors as players unlock subsequent challenges.

Despite added emphasis on storytelling and quest progression, however, the game remains focused on rock. "I think it's a great way to introduce people of all ages to music of various styles by all kinds of different bands," says Lifeson, "while providing a launching pad for kids who want to get into playing music."

And there's also this accompanying video previewing the game that includes interview snippets with Alex and Geddy.

Thanks to Robert S for the heads up.

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Donna Halper to guest on internet talk show Used Bin Radio tonight
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Donna Halper with her Fly by Night gold record and WMMS t-shirtUPDATE - 7/26@9:45AM: The podcast is up at this link (thanks RushFanForever). Donna's bit starts at about the 47-minute mark and runs about 50 minutes.

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 the program a few times now and have had a blast every time. The show airs live every Tuesday night at 11PM EST (8PM EST) and tonight's guest will be none other than Donna Halper - the woman credited with discovering Rush. Donna appeared in the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and was also a guest speaker at RushCon in Toronto this past weekend. During the show you can email questions for Donna to Usedbinradio@usedbin.com or call in at 888.405.7440. You can listen live to the program on purerockradio.net - just click on LISTEN LIVE. Past shows can be listened to via podcast at this link. It should be a great show so listen in if you get a chance.

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Golfer Rocco Mediate to wear a Rush cap at the Canadian Open
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[Feschuk: Canadian Open challengers ready to rock]

UPDATE - 7/23@8:25AM: Here's another photo of Rocco with his Rush hat (thanks Bruce).

UPDATE - 7/22@5:53PM: The Canadian Music Scene conducted this short interview with Rocco at the Canadian Open earlier today. He talks about his love of Rush and friendship with Alex Lifeson. There's also a nice picture of him with a Coppinwood (the golf course partially owned by Alex Lifeson) cap on.

UPDATE - 7/22@4:18PM: Here are a couple of photos of Rocco sporting his Rush cap from after his practice round yesterday courtesy reader timintey.

Rocco Mediate and Alex LifesonAccording to this recent Toronto Star article, golfer Rocco Mediate will be wearing a Rush cap at the Canadian Open which kicks off later this week in Toronto. Mediate is a good friend of Alex Lifeson and was recently spotted at Rush's July 5th concert in Chicago. From the article:

If all the world's pro athletes were forced to make an in-their-prime career change, it wouldn't take a pollster to project the majority vote.

They'd mostly morph into rock stars, or rap stars. And you could count Rocco Mediate, the PGA Tour pro, among the first in line to make the switch.

At least this is what Mediate was saying on Monday between practice putts at St. George's Golf and Country Club in Etobicoke, where the RBC Canadian Open will commence its 101st edition on Thursday. Mediate, who famously tangled with Tiger Woods in an 18-hole playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open, is a big music fan. He is also a close friend of Alex Lifeson, the Toronto-bred guitarist for the rock band Rush.

And Mediate admires the acclaimed trio so much that this week he'll be a rare sight among PGA types. Not currently under contract to sport the obligatory logo of a sponsor on his cap, he'll pull on headwear bearing the logo of Lifeson's band.

"I absolutely would trade my job for Alex's. Tomorrow," said Mediate, 47. "He still loves what he does . . . and he's a psycho golfer. Psycho. He plays literally every day . . . He's probably about an eight handicap now, which isn't bad." ...

... Mediate, though he offered kind words for the golf course, seemed much happier to tell of the vicarious pleasure he takes in Rush's continuing success. The golfer was in L.A. a few weeks back to watch the band rehearse for its ongoing summer tour. And there he was Monday, wearing the name of a rock institution on a place usually reserved for the highest bidder.

"I just called Alex this morning and said, 'I need more hats, damn it,' " Mediate said. "This one's looking a little worse for wear - I've been wearing it so much - but I love it."

Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Darkstar interactive video game will not include Rush music
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DarkStarDarkStar is an interactive video game that's been in development for over 10 years. It's usually described as more of an interactive movie than a video game because the characters in the game are live actors. The game is of interest to Rush fans because the game's creators had planned on featuring the music of Rush for the soundtrack; about two dozen songs spanning 12 albums. The last we'd heard regarding the project was from DarkStar director/producer J. Allen Williams back in late 2009:

We are now negotiating with Universal and Atlantic to include the following songs to be featured in the feature length scifi film that serves as back-story to the project: Anthem, Bastille Day, The Twilight Zone, Cygnus X-1, Cygnus X-1 Book II, Tom Sawyer, YYZ, The Camera Eye, Witch Hunt, Vital Signs, Subdivisions, Red Sector A, The Enemy Within, Red Lenses, Mystic Rhythms, Manhattan Project, Time Stand Still, Test for Echo, Time and Motion, Limbo, One Little Victory and Nocturne. The band and their management has approved the use of all of these songs, but final negotiations must be completed with Universal and Atlantic before we can announce the final songlist. We're hoping we can include this entire list.
- J. Allen Williams/Parallax Studio L.L.C., December 2009

Unfortunately negotiations with Universal hit a snag in recent months and the studio has been forced to pull all Rush music from the game. From a July 1st press release:

The band gave us a green light years ago, but tough negotiations with Universal more recently have gone nowhere - and at the end of the day, they own the RUSH masters. They simply want too much money, more than was ever talked about during this process.' commented Studio owner J. Allen Williams. 'At this point we've made the difficult decision to pull the music and produce an original score for Darkstar so we can release, and that is now in process. We wish it could have gone better for both RUSH and our project, but that's Hollywood for you. Clearance rights were our last worry as we were told repeatedly over the years that the band was behind us. Anthem encouraged us to talk about it in interviews, which we did.' said Williams. 'We are disappointed, of course, as I'm sure there will be fans who have been writing us for so long waiting to see their favorite band in Darkstar. I have a true love for RUSH and a vision that could have glorified them to a new generation of listeners. It sucks, it's sad, but that's the final word.' Darkstar began production in mid-2000, featuring the original cast of the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, Clive Robertson (Sunset Beach), and was veteran actor Peter Graves final performance. Darkstar is back on schedule for release now that these issues are resolved, a date to be announced late summer once new music is in place.

Thanks to Power Windows for the info.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Mohegan Sun open thread
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UPDATE - 7/22@3:39PM: Here's a big photo gallery of pics from the show at TheyWillRockYou.com (thanks Red-Haired T).

UPDATE - 7/20@11:46AM: Here's a review from the Hartford Courant (thanks ctbadger).

UPDATE - 7/20@11:15AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

Rush brings the Time Machine Tour back to the US tonight playing the Mohegan Sun Arena - the first of 4 dates in the Northeast US before taking a 2-week break and heading out west. For everyone going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Monday, July 19th @ 8:00PM
Show Number: 10
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena
Place: Uncasville, CT

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Neil Peart's hockey kit on its way to the Hockey Hall of Fame
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[NHL: Heading to the Hall]

Neil Peart's percussive-centric version of The Hockey Theme debuted back in January during a Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs game on The Sports Network (TSN). The video of the song can be seen on YouTube and runs about 1-minute long. It features Neil pounding away on his custom NHL kit along with hockey video highlights interspersed throughout. The song is also available for purchase on iTunes at this link. Neil Peart wrote extensively regarding his experience recording the song in a news update at NeilPeart.net and there's this making of video at the Drum Channel. TSN is now reporting that the kit will be headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto sometime this September. Here's the video news story from TSN which includes a recent short interview with Neil Peart.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Toronto show #2 open thread
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UPDATE - 9/22@9:35PM: Attendance/Capacity: 12,191/12,191
Gross Sales: $1,258,740

UPDATE - 7/22@1:47PM: Here are some great pro-shot photos from Gene Schilling.

UPDATE - 7/21@9:39PM: Here's a huge gallery of photos courtesy jjckfc.

UPDATE - 7/21@7:36AM: Here's a review from the National Post and a gallery of photos from SoundSpike (thanks Sean).

UPDATE - 7/19@9:09AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

Rush closes out their short Canadian leg of the Time Machine Tour tonight back in their hometown of Toronto, playing the Air Canada Centre. For everyone going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Saturday, July 17th @ 8:00PM
Show Number: 9
Venue: Air Canada Centre
Place: Toronto, ON

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Friday, July 16, 2010

New Alex Lifeson Q107 radio interview online
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UPDATE - 7/20@9:37AM: Alex was also interviewed for St. Catherines' HTZ-FM on Thursday. You can listen to the interview at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

Alex Lifeson called into Toronto's Q107 this morning and chatted with Joanne Wilder about a wide range of subjects including the tour, the upcoming album, their Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, the Rush documentary, and the new iPhone app. The entire interview has been posted to the Q107 website and you can listen to it at this link. Thanks to entrenous for the heads up.

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Neil Peart wins DRUM! Magazine's Drummer of the Year award
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UPDATE - 7/22@4:10PM: Here's an article at All About Jazz covering the Drummies. Apparently Neil only beat out Travis Barker by a mere 6 votes! The article also contains a quote from yours truly. You can check it out at this link.

For the fourth year in a row Neil Peart has won Drummer of the Year in
DRUM! Magazine's Reader's Poll. Runners up were Travis Barker, Jimmy Sullivan, Mike Portnoy, and Aaron Gillespie. You can check out the complete results of the 2010 DRUM! Magazine Drummie Awards at this link. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 7/16@9:13PM: According to the Used Bin Radio Facebook Page, Donna Halper will be a guest on Used Bin Radio this coming Tuesday, July 20th.

Rush Time Machine TourRush brought the Time Machine Tour to their native land of Canada this past week hitting festivals in Sarnia, Ottawa and Quebec City along with a show in their hometown of Toronto at the Molson Amphitheatre. They'll close out their short Canadian leg of the tour at the Air Canada Centre for a second Toronto show tomorrow night. Then it's on to the Eastern US for 4 dates next week before taking a 2-week break and heading back west. Last week Rush was forced to cancel their 2nd show at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago due to heavy rains causing damage to some of their equipment. The show has been rescheduled for Monday, August 23rd. Last Saturday we learned that one disgruntled fan filed a lawsuit against the band for the canceled show, and the Chicago Sun Times published this article yesterday which mentions Rush and discusses what's involved in canceling a show (thanks Dennis).

The Rush Time Machine Tourbook has been transcribed along with some of the images scanned, and made available online for your viewing pleasure. You can check it out at Cygnus-X1.net or at Power Windows. Neil Peart's writeup is particularly interesting as he talks about the concepts behind the whole time machine/steampunk theme of the tour and how all that might translate to the band's upcoming album Clockwork Angels. You can purchase your own copy of the tourbook at the Rush Backstage Club.

The 10th annual RushCon Rush fan convention takes place this weekend from July 16-18th in Toronto, ON at the Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown. Tonight there will be a harbor boat cruise with guest speaker Jack Secret and a special performance by Jacob Moon. Tomorrow Donna Halper will be the guest speaker, Neil Peart's Chromey drum kit will be on display and Rush will perform live at the Air Canada Center. On Sunday will be the RushCon charity auction, a tour of Anthem and a special screening of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. There will also be plenty of games and prizes throughout the convention. For all the details check out the RushCon website and go to this link to view registration options. You can follow RushCon on both Twitter and Facebook.

In addition to an appearance at RushCon this weekend, Neil Peart's Chromey drum kit will be made available for the public to view at Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie on July 22nd from 1-11PM and July 24th from noon to 10PM. Fans can visit the park that was immortalized in the Rush song Lakeside Park and have their photos taken with the kit and even play the kit to raise money for the Friends of the Carousel.

Speaking of Neil Peart drumkits, this recent article from Chris Stankee at Sabian.com describes the evolution of the steampunk-themed cymbals from Neil Peart's new Time Machine Tour kit. The article describes all the various design incarnations for the cymbals along with several pictures, and how they evolved into the final product which is currently incorporated into Neil's new kit on the Time Machine Tour.

The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage was released to DVD/Blu-ray a couple of weeks ago. Reader RushFanForever located this video interview with Alex and Geddy from Canoe TV where the two discuss the documentary. Here's a positive review of the Blu-ray version of the documentary from blu-ray.com (thanks rosmakloma). Then there's this review from conservative political blog The Other McCain (thanks muskies-n-rush). The film also continues to be shown in theaters. At the end of this month it will be featured at the Traverse City Film Festival where filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen will be on hand to introduce the film (thanks red tide). The DVD/Blu-ray of the documentary contains over an hour of bonus footage including a couple of live videos of the band playing with John Rutsey on drums at Laura Secord High School back in 1974. Both of these vids have already found their way to YouTube; you can watch Best I Can and Working Man (thanks DubLife).

The CD version of the Caravan/BU2B single was released at the end of last month and can be purchased via the Rush Backstage Club for $4.99. You can also purchase digital copies of both Caravan and BU2B at this link. The Caravan single has been getting a good bit of airplay on rock radio stations and has settled into the top 10 on the Mediabase Rock Chart. At the time of this posting it's #8 and moving up.

On Wednesday - in addition to it being Bastille Day - Rush released its first official iPhone application along with a really cool website showcasing the app. The application costs $2.99 USD and is available at this link. Complete details along with several screenshots are available on the app website.

Last weekend we learned that Geddy Lee's out-of-print 2000 solo project My Favorite Headache has been reissued by Wounded Bird Records for $10.98. Wounded Bird Records specializes in the reissue of out-of-print and hard to find albums, and all of their releases are properly licensed from the owner of the original masters. They also reissued Alex Lifeson's Victor last year and have it available for purchase at this link. You can check out the album's electronic press kit video at this link.

Adventures of Power is an indie film which chronicles the adventures of air-drummer extraordinaire Power (played by filmmaker Ari Gold) and contains a cameo from Neil Peart along with a slew of Rush references. It first hit the film festival circuit back in early 2008 and made its theatrical debut last fall. According to the latest official newsletter from the film, it will be getting a DVD release on November 2nd.

Rush Prog issue - July 2010Rush graces the cover of the latest issue (issue #9, July 2010) of Classic Rock's Prog magazine and is the subject of a 6-page feature article. Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee are interviewed along with Rush documentary filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFayden. Thanks to Anthony J for the heads up.

Peter Simpson of Canwest News Service explores the reasons why we love/hate Rush in this article from earlier this week (thanks Kevin in Indy).

The Believer - July/August 2010Reader Radio Spirit let me know that the latest issue of The Believer (July/August) contains a piece about Rush by Skylaire Alfvegren titled Grokking Rush. You can read an excerpt from the article at this link. The full version is available in the print edition of the magazine.

Reader PhillyMike pointed me to this PopDose.com article which discusses Rush's Time Stand Still as part of a series on power balads. You can check it out at this link.

Here's another one from the archives courtesy Eric at Power Windows. It's a interview with Neil Peart from the November 25, 1976 issue of Circus Magazine in support of the release of All The World's a Stage. You can check it out by clicking on the thumbnails. Reader RushFanForever also located this old Macleans magazine article from 1991 which features Rush from journalist Nicholas Jennings.

Last fall Neil Peart was the subject of the cover feature in the September, 2009 issue of the American Motorcyclist - the magazine of the American Motorcyclist Association. The article contained several photographs of Neil with his motorcycle that were taken by photographer Holly Carlyle. Carlyle recently wrote about the experience on her blog and included all the shots of Neil she'd taken. You can check it out at this link (thanks Sean).

Andrew Olson recently added 2 new drum kits to the replicas page on his Neil Peart site; Joe Connolly's custom Tama Art Star kit and Paul Rheinfelder's Pearl kit.

Reader More Evil Twin of ByTor let me know that there are a bunch of full Rush concert bootlegs available at SugarMegs.org. Just do a search for Rush.

Fellow Canadian band and good friends of Rush The Barenaked Ladies played a show in Chicago on July 9th - just two days after Rush's canceled show at the Charter One Pavilion. They took a little time out from their show to poke some fun at Rush for canceling the show and also played portions of several Rush songs. You can check out the video at this link (thanks RushFanForever):

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

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Quebec City open thread
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UPDATE - 7/19@9:12AM: Here is a photo gallery of pro-shot photos at MusikUniverse.net along with this review (thanks Patryk P).

UPDATE - 7/16@8:34AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 7/16@7:33AM: Apparently the crowd was huge as anticipated. There are no official numbers but it may have been close to 80,000 on hand. Here's a review from the Journal de Quebec (translation), one from Quebec Hebdo (translation), and one from Branchez-Vous! (translation). There's also this short interview with Neil Peart (translation) and this one with Alex Lifeson (translation). Thanks to patrush for the links and Google for the translations.

Rush continues their short Canadian leg of the Time Machine Tour on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City tonight as part of the Quebec City Summer Festival. The show is completely sold out so there should be a huge crowd on hand. For everyone going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Thursday, July 15th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 8
Venue: Quebec City Summer Festival
Place: Quebec City, QC

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The making of Neil Peart's steampunk cymbals
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A recent article from Chris Stankee at Sabian.com describes the evolution of the steampunk-themed cymbals from Neil Peart's new Time Machine Tour kit. The article describes all the various design incarnations for the cymbals along with several pictures, and how they evolved into the final product which is currently incorporated into Neil's new kit on the Time Machine Tour. From the article:

... Sitting in Neil Peart's kitchen, over a Scotch, he shared with me his elaborate concept for Rush's new album Clockwork Angels. There was so much to the story, and the concept was so visual. He explained the steampunk style to me, citing examples from H.G. Wells and Jules Verne's tales, including bizarre mechanical inventions powered by steam, elaborate clockworks, and alchemy, in an alternate timeline - "the future as it ought to have been." Neil could see that he was over my head, as usual, so he said think of the movies The Time Machine and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. That's steampunk! He showed me the alchemical symbols that he was using as chapter markers in the story and lyrics he had written. Gold, Copper, Winter, Annealing, Combine, Neptune, Essence, Dissolve and Mixture. This was the recipe for a visual concept that would mark his new drum set. What if we made the cymbals look like gears? What if we copper plated them? What if we painted, powder coated, engraved them? What if we incorporated those alchemical symbols? Yeah, yeah, yeah! All of that! And that's the gist of the e-mail that Mark got from us. ...

You can read the whole thing and check out the photos at this link. Thanks to Mark R for the heads up.

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Neil Peart's Slingerland drum kit to be on display at Lakeside Park
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Neil Peart's original Chromey Slingerland drum kit (which he used from Fly By Night through 2112) will be on display this weekend at RushCon in Toronto. The kit will also make an appearance at Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie on July 22nd from 1-11PM and July 24th from noon to 10PM. Fans can visit the park that was immortalized in the Rush song Lakeside Park and have their photos taken with the kit and even play the kit to raise money for the Friends of the Carousel. Here's a bit of history regarding the kit from the St. Catherines Standard:

... The kit was initially purchased by Peart in 1974 for a U.S.-Canada tour. Aside from All the World's a Stage (where the drums also appear on the album cover), the Chromey was used in the recording of three other Rush albums: Fly By Night, Caress of Steel and 2112 and went on five consecutive North American tours between 1974-77.

The kit was retired in 1977, and remained in storage for a decade until it became a prize in the July 1987 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, to be awarded to the person who performed the best drum solo, as judged by Peart himself. Mark Feldman, of New York City, was declared the winner and he kept them in storage for 22 years, until 2009.

At that point, it was put on eBay because Feldman wanted to raise funds to found a community drum school. In August 2009, [Dean] Bobisud was the high bidder at $25,100.

With the help of Michael DF Lowe, of www.neilpeartdrumsticks.com, and other experienced technical advisors, the kit was refurbished with vintage replacement equipment; it has been restored to its former original playing condition.

Bobisud now tours the kit around because he feels it belongs to the fans. He also uses the kit to raise money for charity, and it has appeared at major drum shows in Chicago and Indianapolis, and will be at RushCon this weekend....

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the heads up.

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Rush interview and music on VH1 Classic Rock Nights tonight
10:22AM EST | link | comments (13) |

UPDATE - 7/16@7:09AM: This wasn't much of an interview by all reports; just a few questions interspersed throughout the show followed by playing a Rush song. Move along, nothing to see here.

VH1 Classic Rock Nights is a new syndicated radio show hosted by WLUP's Eddie Webb. The show's website is reporting that Rush will be interviewed on tonight's program at 7PM and that they'll be playing Rush music throughout the show which runs through midnight. Since Rush is currently in Quebec City for tonight's show, I'm assuming this is a pre-recorded interview. For a list of stations which carry the program check out this link. Thanks to twon for the heads up.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Rush official iPhone application now available
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Rush iPhone app menuRush released its first official iPhone application today along with a really cool website showcasing the app. The application costs $2.99 USD and is available at this link. Complete details along with several screenshots are available on the app website. From the site:

For the first time ever Rush has helped develop a fun and useful application for the hard-core Rush fans.

Get exclusive up to the minute news, music, and more in the palm of your hands.See brand new content and be a part of all things Geddy, Alex & Neil as they embark on the Time Machine Tour. Follow this application. We will continuously be featuring updates and improvements.

Directions, ticket info, and a full tour itinerary Find the nearest places to dine, stay, points of interest, and transportation near each venue.

Rush Radio: More than 30 of your favorite Rush songs embedded in the application. Over $40 worth of music included as well as interesting facts on every song compiled by the band. Pick a song, and let it play while you explore the other functions on the Rush application.

30 Wallpapers: for the first time available, beautiful and formatted for the iPhone and the iPod touch, include original album artwork and behind the scenes, new & vintage photos that can be emailed or saved as your wallpaper.

Interactive game with Geddy, Alex and Neil: includes rare audio clips. It's a feature in this application that will be sure to shake you up. Up to the minute information on all Rush activities and much more!!!

They must have done this in celebration of Bastille Day. :) Thanks to glortiz for the heads up.

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Happy Bastille Day!
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Happy Bastille Day everybody! On this day back in 1789 Parisians stormed the Bastille, freeing its inmates and taking the prison's large quantities of arms and ammunition, thereby setting in motion the French Revolution. More importantly, back in 1975 Rush decided to write a song about it. There's no bread, let them eat cake!

There's no bread, let them eat cake
There's no end to what they'll take
Flaunt the fruits of noble birth
Wash the salt into the earth
But they're marching to Bastille Day
La guillotine will claim her bloody prize
Free the dungeons of the innocent
The king will kneel, and let his kingdom rise

Bloodstained velvet, dirty lace
Naked fear on every face
See them bow their heads to die
As we would bow as they rode by

And we're marching to Bastille Day
La guillotine will claim her bloody prize
Sing, o choirs of cacophony
The king has kneeled, to let his kingdom rise.

Lessons taught but never learned
All around us anger burns
Guide the future by the past
Long ago the mould was cast

For they marched up to Bastille Day
La guillotine - claimed her bloody prize
Hear the echoes of the centuries
Power isn't all that money buys

- Rush, Bastille Day from Caress of Steel

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Toronto show #1 open thread
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UPDATE - 7/21@7:35AM: Here's a review from Spinner (thanks Sean).

UPDATE - 7/15@5:07PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 7/15@8:26AM: Here's a great review from Hellbound.ca.

UPDATE - 7/14@9:25PM: Here's a review of the show from the Globe and Mail (thanks Habs2112).

UPDATE - 7/14@8:12AM: Here's a review of the show from the Toronto Sun.

Rush brings the Time Machine Tour to their hometown of Toronto this evening to play the first of 2 shows there. This one will be in the outdoor venue at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre while they'll play the ACC on Saturday. Greetings to all of the early-bird RushCon attendees that will be in town for the show. For them and everyone else going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 13th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 7
Venue: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Place: Toronto, ON

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Canceled Chicago show rescheduled for August 23rd
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UPDATE - 7/12@4:13PM: Now confirmed by Rush.com:

The postponed Wednesday, July 7 performance at Charter One Pavilion
has been rescheduled to MONDAY, AUGUST 23.

NEW DATE - AUGUST 23
CHARTER ONE PAVILION / CHICAGO, IL
Doors 6:30 pm / Show 7:30 pm

All tickets for the previously scheduled performance will be reactivated and honored at the rescheduled date.
If fans feel that the barcodes may be illegible, they should ensure they bring picture ID and the credit card which was used to purchase the tickets.
Venue parking available - fans will need to show their ticket for admittance to the parking garage.
Refunds - if required at point of purchase through August 22nd.
Questions can be directed to TicketMaster customer service at 800-653-8000

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According to Live Nation and Ticketmaster, the July 7th show at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago that was canceled has been rescheduled for Monday, August 23rd. The show had been canceled because heavy rains caused some damage to Rush's stage equipment. One fan filed a lawsuit against the band for the canceled show. There's no official word from Rush yet on the reschedule. Thanks to comedianshaun and malterb for the heads up.

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Rush Time Machine Tourbook now available online
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Rush Time Machine TourThanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net and Eric at Power Windows, the Rush Time Machine Tourbook has been transcribed along with some of the images scanned, and made available online for your viewing pleasure. You can check it out at Cygnus-X1.net or at Power Windows. Neil Peart's writeup is particularly interesting as he talks about the concepts behind the whole time machine/steampunk theme of the tour and how all that might translate to the band's upcoming album Clockwork Angels:

... Geddy brought up a project that has long appealed to him-collecting all of our instrumentals into one album, and perhaps writing a new one to go with them.

"Maybe something a little more extended," he said, and my ears pricked up. Years back, we had done our share of long works, lyrical concepts and instrumentals (always remembering the subtitle of "La Villa Strangiato" from 1978, "An Exercise in Self Indulgence"), but lately we had tended to make our songs, if not concise, at least more compressed. So that, for example, an instrumental like "The Main Monkey Business" on Snakes and Arrows was enormously complex, but worked through its movements in six minutes, instead of nine or ten.

At that suggestion, wheels started turning in my head. Now that we were talking about doing something a little more ambitious musically, I wondered if it wasn't time to think that way in terms of lyrics and concepts, too. The chorus line in "Caravan" seems apt: "I can't stop thinking big."

I told the guys about an idea for a fictional world that had interested me lately, thinking it would make a great setting, maybe for a suite of songs that told a story. A genre of science fiction pioneered by certain authors (including my friend Kevin J. Anderson) had come to be called "steampunk," seen as a reaction against the "cyberpunk" futurists, with their scenarios of dehumanized, alienated, dystopian societies. Our own previous excursions into the future, 2112 and "Red Barchetta," had been set in that darker kind of imagining, for dramatic and allegorical effect, but I was thinking of steampunk's definition as "The future as it ought to have been," or "The future as seen from the past"-as imagined by Jules Verne, for example, in 1866, when he was writing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. ...

You can purchase your own copy of the tourbook at the Rush Backstage Club. Many thanks to John and Eric for taking the time to do this.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Ottawa Bluesfest open thread
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UPDATE - 8/25@1:05PM: Portraits of Bluesfest 2 will take place this coming Thursday, August 26th from 7-10PM at the Cube Gallery. Portraits from 13 local artists including a couple of Rush-themed ones will be on display and available to purchase in a charity auction. You can check out all of the portraits at this link.

UPDATE - 7/21@7:38AM: Here's a review from KNAC (thanks Sean).

UPDATE - 7/13@9:27AM: Here's a Canadian Press news video which takes a look behind the scenes of setting up the Rush stage show at the Ottawa Bluesfest (thanks Sean):

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UPDATE - 7/12@10:04AM: Here's a review from the Ottawa Citizen and one from the Epoch Times (thanks RushFanForever). Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

Rush continues their short tour of Canada this evening hitting the Ottawa Bluesfest for show #6. For everyone going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Sunday, July 11th @ 8:00PM
Show Number: 6
Venue: Ottawa Bluesfest
Place: Ottawa, ON

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Geddy Lee's My Favorite Headache reissue now available
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UPDATE - 7/11@10:05AM: Here is the album's electronic press kit video.

Geddy Lee's out-of-print 2000 solo project My Favorite Headache has been reissued by Wounded Bird Records for $10.98. Wounded Bird Records specializes in the reissue of out-of-print and hard to find albums, and all of their releases are properly licensed from the owner of the original masters. They also reissued Alex Lifeson's Victor last year and have it available for purchase at this link. Thanks to Kelly M for the heads up.

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Rush fan sues over canceled Chicago show
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[Lifelong Rush fan sues over canceled Chicago show]

UPDATE - 7/12@1:50PM: There's no official word from Rush yet, but Live Nation is now listing a date at the Charter One Pavilion for August 23rd so it's likely that this is the makeup date (thanks comedianshaun).

UPDATE - 7/12@9:54AM: Here's a great article from jamesvandosol at the Chicago Now blog JVO. He was also at the canceled Chicago show and describes the events of the night and why this lawsuit is so ridiculous.

Earlier this week Rush was forced to cancel their 2nd show at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago due to inclement weather when heavy rains caused damage to some of their equipment. They plan to reschedule the show for sometime in early September. This apparently wasn't good enough of an excuse for one alleged lifelong Rush fan who has filed a lawsuit against the band. From the Chicago Sun-Times:

... Christopher Langone, 42, a one-time Chicagoan who flew in from Upstate New York to attend the concert, filed a breach of contract lawsuit on Friday, saying the show was shut down because of the rain despite a ticket stub and other promotional materials saying calling it a "rain or shine" event.

"I traveled here to Chicago to see the show with old friends," Langone told the Sun-Times. "I've been a lifelong fan of Rush and we were very disappointed they canceled the show...especially when [the rain] stopped."

He's filed a class action suit, not only seeking reimbursement for the ticket but also his airfare and other travel expenses.

Langone says he purchased six tickets - at a cost of $80 apiece - $250 airfare, and a round of beers he bought at Charter One Pavilion before the concert was called off.

He's perused the online fan forums and says he believes others are in the same boat.

While a new concert date hasn't been announced, Langone says a rumored reschedule date of September would be out of the question. He's a Ph.D student at Cornell University and will be back in class.

Asked about suing a band he has long enjoyed, Langone acknowledged: "It feels a little strange."...

Thanks to Dave S for the heads up.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Sarnia Bayfest open thread
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UPDATE - 7/14@8:20AM: Here's a photo gallery of great pics from the show courtesy music photographer Gene Schilling.

UPDATE - 7/10@10:27PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 7/10@10:16AM: Here's a review from the Sarnia Observer.

UPDATE - 7/9@2:20PM: Here's an article in the London Free Press discussing how the Bayfest stage had to undergo $30,000 in upgrades to accommodate Rush's stage show (thanks RushFanForever).

Assuming that Rush's issues from Wednesday night's canceled show have been resolved, the band will head to their native land of Canada to play the Rogers Sarnia Bayfest tonight. For everyone going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Friday, July 9th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 5
Venue: Rogers Sarnia Bayfest
Place: Sarnia, ON

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine TourThe Rush Time Machine caravan thundered into the Midwest this past week hitting Milwaukee Summerfest on Saturday and Chicago on Monday. It then ran into some real thunder trouble for the second Chicago show on Wednesday when heavy rains caused some equipment to short out and forced the band to cancel the show. All indications are that the show will be rescheduled sometime in early September. While all this was happening our South American Rush fan friends received some welcome news when Rush.com finally confirmed a couple of South American dates in Brazil. The band will hit Sao Paulo on October 8th at Morumbi Stadium and Rio de Janeiro on October 10th at Praca da Apoteose. It's expected that official confirmation of at least a couple more South American dates including Santiago, Chile on October 17th will be announced in the near future. Rush takes the Time Machine Tour back to their native land this week hitting Sarnia Bayfest today, the Ottawa Bluesfest on Sunday then 2 shows in Toronto later in the week.

The Hughes & Kettner YouTube channel posted a new interview with Alex Lifeson on Monday where Lerxst talks about his new Hughes & Kettner Time Machine Tour amplifiers. You can watch the video at (*SPOILERS*) this link. There's also this interview with Alex's guitar tech Scott Appleton discussing the new amps.

Tandem Digital is the company that produces many of the custom concert videos that are seen playing in the background at Rush concerts. Last week they posted (*SPOILERS*) a couple of the videos from the Time Machine Tour to their YouTube Channel. Greg from Tandem Digital just let me know that HD versions have now been posted on their website here and here.

Reader RushFanForever let me know that Toronto's Q107 is running a Rush trivia contest where you could win tickets to see Rush on Saturday, July 17th at The Air Canada Centre from The Q107 Private Suite. You can check out all the details at this link.

The CD version of the Caravan/BU2B single was released at the end of last month and can be purchased via the Rush Backstage Club for $4.99. Fans who have already received their copies have noticed that although the track listing lists Caravan as appearing first on the CD, in actuality BU2B appears first. It's not clear whether this is the case with all copies of the CD or whether this was a mistake or intentional. The Caravan single has been getting decent airplay on rock radio stations and has broken into the top 10 on the Mediabase Rock Chart. At the time of this posting it's #10.

The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage was recently released to DVD/Blu-ray complete with over an hour of bonus materials. Reader Greg E located this review of the film at The Huffington Post. Then there's this one from Las Vegas Weekly (thanks daviecop), this one from the Yahoo! Music Blog (thanks Sean), this review from Tuscon Weekly, this 4 and a half star review from Film Threat, and the Reno News & Review includes the film in its list of the top films of 2010 so far. Here are the most recent US box office figures for the theatrical release of the film (thanks Sean). The movie is now available for purchase in Australia and if you order it through JB Hi-Fi you'll be entered into a contest to win a limited edition custom Epiphone Guitar (thanks mattybro). Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins was prominently featured in the Rush documentary and in a recent interview with Cleveland Scene magazine (thanks RushFanForever) Corgan said the following regarding the experience:

They're one of my favorite bands growing up. I still love them. I'm proud of them as a band for continuing to push forward. I thought they were the most amazing thing I ever heard. They were one of the first bands that spoke to me. They were the first band that I thought was from my generation, even though they were obviously older. I particularly liked the lyrics and that influenced how I look at lyric writing. If you look at my lyrics, there's a lot of [Rush drummer] Neil Peart in there. When we first started the Pumpkins and Jimmy Chamberlin joined and I realized he knew every Rush fill, I was like, "OK. This is great." The prog element of the band is something that not everyone has understood, but Jimmy and I were both really into it.

The 10th annual RushCon Rush fan convention will take place next weekend from July 16-18th in Toronto, ON along with a one-day mini-con to occur on August 14th in Las Vegas. Registration is still open and the complete schedule is available at this link. The Vegas convention is really starting to shape up into a very cool event too. The venue for the convention will be the Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown. On Friday night there will be a harbor boat cruise with guest speaker Jack Secret and a special performance by Jacob Moon. On Saturday Donna Halper will be the guest speaker, Neil Peart's Chromey drum kit will be on display and Rush will perform live at the Air Canada Center. On Sunday will be the RushCon charity auction, a tour of Anthem and a special screening of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. There will also be plenty of games and prizes throughout the convention. For all the details check out the RushCon website and go to this link to view registration options. You can follow RushCon on both Twitter and Facebook.

Reader snowdog987 let me know that Rush made Entertainment Weekly's Hit List last week at #8 with this clever little blurb:

8. Fresh off their new documentary, Rush get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Canadian power trio were originally supposed to get one on 4/4, but then it switched to 5/4 and all the way to 11/8 before winding up on 6/8.

In last week's updates I let you know that GamerLimit.com had reported a rumor that Rush's 2112 - the entire song - will be featured on the upcoming Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. According to a recent report at RockBandAide.com it looks like the next Rock Band will also be featuring some more Rush:

RockBand.com forum poster and apparent Rush junkie "Alvarado6411″ went to see Rush get their star on the Walk of Fame today. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were cool enough to walk around and sign things, Alvarado6411 was able to ask Geddy if we are "getting any more Rush songs in Rock Band?" Geddy was cool enough to respond with:

"Yea, GH: Warriors of Rock is getting a whole "2112″ level. Oh wait, you meant Rock Band, right? Yeah, the one with the keyboards; that one is getting one as well."

We should probably keep this as a rumor for now, but I have a sneaking suspicion (and a credible source) that this is true.

Thanks to Falcon for the heads up.

Reader Eric B discovered a recording from avant-garde composer John Cage at Ubu.com titled A Dip in the Lake. In the first movement of the song - Ten Quicksteps - Rush's Working Man is sampled. You can check out the recording at this link.

Here's one from the archives. Reader RushFanForever located an old article/interview with Rush from the January 23, 1978 edition of MacLean's magazine by Roy MacGregor titled To hell with Bob Dylan, Meet Rush. You can check out a scan of the article by clicking on the thumbnails.

Rifftrax.com is a website produced by the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 which creates downloadable audio commentaries to play over movies. During the Rifftrax for 2008 film The Happening there's a part when some trees start releasing a deadly toxin and Mike Nelson remarks Wouldn't this be a good time to start singing Rush's The Trees? He then proceeds to sing the first few lines in a mock Geddy Lee voice while Kevin and Bill beg him to stop. Thanks to Kerwin T for the heads up. Rush references are a regular occurrence with Rifftrax as they were with Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Nettie let me know that there are now coffee mugs for sale at the official Bubba's Bar -n- Grill store at NeilPeart.net. You can check them out and purchase one for yourself at this link.

Reader Distant Echoes (formerly jediyyz) and 2 of his kids (also RIAB readers: Mermaid of the Lunar Sea and VitalSignsx1) are in a Rush-inspired band called Anthym and wanted me to let you know that they have released their first CD which you can check out at Amazon and iTunes.

Here's a nice little Rush trivia quiz from the Chicago Tribune that reader double-agent located.

Here's a short Artisan News Service video interview (thanks RushFanForever) with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson where they make some interesting remarks regarding Rush's snubbing by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

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

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Chicago show #2 open thread
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UPDATE - 7/12@1:50PM: There's no official word from Rush yet, but Live Nation is now listing a date at the Charter One Pavilion for August 23rd so it's likely that this is the makeup date (thanks comedianshaun).

UPDATE - 7/10@11:12AM: Apparently a life-long Rush fan has filed a lawsuit against the band for the canceled show (thanks Dave S).

UPDATE - 7/8@10:31AM: Geddy Lee called in to WLUP around 9:15PM last night and explained that the show was canceled because some electronics had shorted out due to the rain. The show will be rescheduled for later this summer - most likely in early September (thanks Power Windows).

UPDATE - 7/7@9:47PM: I'm hearing several reports that the show has been canceled due to heavy rains. :(

Rush will play their second show at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago, IL tonight. For everyone going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 7th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 5
Venue: Charter One Pavilion
Place: Chicago, IL

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Brazilian newspaper reports Rush to play Sao Paulo October 6th
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UPDATE - 7/14@4:47PM: Brazilian Rush fan site Test For Echo has set up a forum specifically for information regarding the Brazilian tour dates (thanks Armando).

UPDATE - 7/7@8:13PM: It's official now although the date is different. There also will be a show in Rio at the Praca da Apoteose. From Rush.com:

The RUSH Time Machine Tour will hit Sao Paulo on October 8th at Morumbi Stadium and Rio de Janeiro on October 10th at Praca da Apoteose. Information about the ticket on-sales will be released shortly!

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Time Machine Tour Moving Pictures t-shirt backLast Monday the Rush Backstage Club launched its Time Machine Tour line of t-shirts and other miscellaneous items. One of the new t-shirts seems to indirectly confirm a South American leg of the Time Machine Tour since on the back it reads Time Machine Tour 2010: USA/Canada/S.A.. We've been hearing reports for a while now that Rush would be adding South American dates towards the end of the tour in October. Earlier last month a Chilean newspaper reported that Rush would be playing Santiago, Chile on October 17th. Now a major Brazilian newspaper is reporting that Rush will play the Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo on October 6th (thanks rcmartinez). From other reports that I'm hearing the South American leg is already a done deal but some of the logistics are being finalized before an official announcement is made. More great news for all the South American fans out there.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Alex Lifeson talks amps in new Hughes & Kettner interview
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The Hughes & Kettner YouTube channel posted a new interview with Alex Lifeson earlier today where Lerxst talks about his new Hughes & Kettner Time Machine Tour amplifiers. You can watch the video below or at (*SPOILERS*) this link.

There's also this interview with Alex's guitar tech Scott Appleton discussing the new amps. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Rush Time Machine Tour: Chicago show #1 open thread
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UPDATE - 7/8@10:22AM: Here's a tongue-in-cheek review from UR Chicago magazine (thanks GRgreg).

UPDATE - 7/7@10:20AM: Here's a 5-star review of the show from the Chicago Tribune (thanks malterb).

UPDATE - 7/6@11:03PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Reader 1ouroboros spotted golfers Rocco Mediate and Lee Janzen at the show (Mediate is a good friend of Alex Lifeson). The Chicago Sun Times posted this nice review of the show (thanks malterb and there was this little news blurb about the show on a local ABC affiliate (thanks Nicecoldbeer). Reader Steve Laser also posted this review along with several photos to his blog.

Rush will play the first of 2 shows at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago, IL tonight. Geddy Lee seems to be conducting his own tour of baseball parks between shows; he was spotted at last night's Cubs game. Reader windycitygirl alerts us that the venue has an informational message recorded if you call their number at 312-540-2668. The message mentions that parking opens at 5:30PM and is included with your ticket at the North Solider Field entrance; just show your ticket to park. For all the details just call the number above. For everyone going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Monday, July 5th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 4
Venue: Charter One Pavilion
Place: Chicago, IL

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Milwaukee Summerfest open thread
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UPDATE - 7/22@4:06PM: Here's the official Summerfest Flickr Photo Stream for the show (thanks sarah laetsch).

UPDATE - 7/5@7:58AM: Here's a great review from OnMilwaukee.com (thanks bscsmkr).

UPDATE - 7/4@12:00PM: Here's a review from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (thanks Paul D).

UPDATE - 7/4@9:02AM: Photos are up at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

Rush shifts the Time Machine Tour further to the east for stop #3 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI tonight. Rush tribute band Animation will be playing the Classic Rock Stage starting at 3:30PM right up until 7PM. Reader hermy wanted me to let everyone know that several RIABers will be meeting up at JoJo's Martini Lounge on the Summerfest grounds beforehand at around 3-4PM. For everyone going tonight have fun and be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Saturday, July 3rd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 3
Venue: Marcus Amphitheater @ Summerfest
Place: Milwaukee, WI

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 7/2@7:44PM: One thing I'd forgotten to mention was that the 10th annual RushCon Rush fan convention will take place in 2 weeks this July 16-18th in Toronto, ON along with a one-day mini-con to occur on August 14th in Las Vegas. Registration is still open and the complete schedule is now available at this link. The Vegas convention is really starting to shape up into a very cool event. From the website:

June 28th 2010

RushCon Toronto schedule now posted. Have fun at the first couple Time Machine shows! See you in less than 2 weeks at RushCon!!!

Wow! Not that our Toronto convention won't be amazing, but Vegas is shaping up to be a doozy as well! Much to our happiness, we have learned that both Rush Fan Favorites Porcupine Tree (with Coheed and Cambria) and Primus will be playing shows that bookend RushCon.

Getting in to Vegas early? Join us for a little "pre-convention mixer" on 8/13 at 6:00pm at the Rush Lounge (located at the Golden Nugget) and kick off your weekend. Then catch Porcupine Tree with Coheed and Cambria that night, at The Joint. (Tickets on sale now.) Spend Saturday August 14th at RushCon Vegas at Hooters Hotel, then catch Rush at the MGM Grand at 8:00pm, followed by a special midnight show with Primus at the Hard Rock. (all separate events, with separate admissions of course. Attendees are responsible for all their own concert tickets.) It's a scientific fact, RushCon in Vegas will rock your face off. FACT.

The venue for the convention will be the Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown. On Friday night there will be a harbor boat cruise with guest speaker Jack Secret and a special performance by Jacob Moon. On Saturday Donna Halper will be the guest speaker, Neil Peart's Chromey drum kit will be on display and Rush will perform live at the Air Canada Center. On Sunday will be the RushCon charity auction, a tour of Anthem and a special screening of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. There will also be plenty of games and prizes throughout the convention. For all the details check out the RushCon website and go to this link to view registration options. You can follow RushCon on both Twitter and Facebook.

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Rush Time Machine TourRush's long-anticipated Time Machine Tour kicked off this past Tuesday at the Hard Rock Pavilion in Albuquerque, NM. The show went off without any major hiccups and received an enthusiastic thumbs up from all the fans who reported in. You can check out all the details and coverage of opening night in this post including photos, videos and more. Rush.com posted the complete setlist for the show right before intermission - presumably as a reaction to all the play-by-play setlist updates on RIAB and other fan sites. There are already a ton of bootleg videos up on YouTube and several official photos have been posted over at Rush.com. Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton launched his new website LorneWheaton.com on Tuesday to coincide with the tour start. It includes a whole section on Neil's Time Machine Tour kit with plenty of great photos. The Pro-mark drumsticks site also posted several pro-shot photos of Neil Peart playing the new kit from Tuesday's show. You can check them out at this link. There are now several photos uploaded to the opening night photo gallery. Thanks to everyone who's uploaded photos, and if you have any of your own that you'd like to share you can upload them here. After opening night on Tuesday, the Time Machine traveled east to the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City last night for another successful show to celebrate Canada Day. For all the coverage of that show check out this post. Tomorrow night Rush will be playing at Summerfest in Milwaukee.

Time Machine Tour Moving Pictures t-shirt backWith the start of a new Rush tour comes yet another line of merchandise from the Rush Backstage Club. On Monday the store launched its Time Machine Tour line of t-shirts and other miscellaneous items. You can check out all the new swag at this link. One item of note regarding the new t-shirts is that the back of the new Moving Pictures t-shirt reads Time Machine Tour 2010: USA/Canada/S.A.. This seems to be indirect confirmation that Rush will indeed include a South American leg of the tour as I'd reported earlier this month. From other reports that I'm hearing the South American leg is already a done deal but some of the logistics are being finalized before an official announcement is made. This is definitely great news for all the South American fans out there.

Now that the setlist has been revealed to those who have chosen to peek at it, I thought that for my next poll I'd ask the question What do you think of the Time Machine Tour setlist? Take the Poll and let us know. In my last poll I asked everyone which of the 2 new Rush songs they liked better; Caravan or BU2B. It was a close race but Caravan came out on top with 42% of the vote to BU2B's 36%. Less than 3% of voters said they didn't like either tune. The Caravan single has been getting increasingly more airplay on rock radio stations and has broken into the top 10 on the Mediabase Rock Chart. At the time of this posting it's #9.

Last Friday Rush was awarded the 2,412th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Musician's Institute. Hundreds of fans showed up for the ceremony and the band was introduced by Billy Corgan and Donna Halper. You can watch Billy Corgan's speech at this link, Donna Halper's speech here (you can also read it at this link), and Rush's acceptance speech can be viewed here. For all the coverage including more videos, photographs and articles, check out this post.

The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage had its television premiere this past Saturday evening on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia. On Tuesday the film was released to DVD/Blu-ray complete with over an hour of bonus materials. Best Buy is running a deal where they'll give you a free Moving Pictures t-shirt with purchase of the DVD/Blu-ray, although fans have are having mixed results with this (some stores are out of the shirts or only have one size). It's also available at Wal-mart for a low, low price of $11.88. The DVD/Blu-ray seems to be selling very well as it is currently the #4 best-seller in Movies/TV at Amazon.com. A few more reviews of the film popped up over the last week or so. There's this one at BlogCritics.org, these 9 reviews from the staff at Hellhound.ca and this one from the Washington Post. Hellbound.ca also posted this great interview with the filmmakers. Just after the premiere of the film at Tribeca this April RIAB's own Todd Garbarini (aka RushSignals1982) penned one of the first reviews of the film which I featured on the site at this link. Todd also conducted a great interview with filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen which you can check out at this link.

Tandem Digital is the company that produces many of the custom concert videos that are seen playing in the background at Rush concerts. Yesterday they posted a couple of the videos from the Time Machine Tour to their YouTube Channel.

Last weekend, FMQB Productions and the Legends of Classic Rock presented an hour-long radio special titled In Conversation with Rush where Q107's Jeff Woods interviewed Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. The special was made available online last week and a number of subjects were covered including the Time Machine tour, the Moving Pictures album, the Rush documentary, and the band's upcoming 2011 album Clockwork Angels. Earlier this week an extended 1-hour video version of the interview without any music was posted to the official Explore Music YouTube channel in 6 parts and can be viewed at this link.

Rush gets mentioned a few times in the latest Rolling Stone magazine, and in a positive light no less! On page 10 there's a full page ad for the Time Machine Tour. On page 36 in the In The News section there's a paragraph titled Rush Hits the Big Screen which talks about the documentary and the tour along with a picture of Geddy:

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, a documentary about the 40-year career of the prog-rock legends, has become an unexpected critical hit and won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival (the DVD is out June 29th.) "You don't think a film about a rock band is going to be taken that seriously," says frontman Geddy Lee. "It's a nice surprise." The group will launch a tour in late June, playing 1981's Moving Pictures (which includes the classics "Tom Sawyer" and "YYZ") in its entirety. "The renewed interest has fired us up," says Lee. "We want to take advantage of this moment."

Then on page 111 in the music reviews section there's a 4 star review of the documentary DVD:

A documentary about Rush shouldn't be this compelling - there are no Hammer of the Gods-style stories here. But filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFayden uncovered a tale of endurance and friendship in the prog-rock trio, tracking the band's survival even after drummer Neil Peart tragically loses his wife and daughter. South Park's Matt Stone puts it best: "If you didn't give it up for them before, you gotta give it up for them now, or you're just being a dickhead."

Thanks to mcsontos for the info and ReGorLaTroy for the scan.

Speaking of Rolling Stone and Rush, the first time the band was featured in the magazine was way back in 1981 when David Fricke interviewed them. It wasn't until 2008 that the band was next featured in the magazine. You can check out scans of the 1981 article by clicking on the thumbnails (thanks RushFanForever).

Reader Jon let me know that GamerLimit.com recently reported a rumor that Rush's 2112 - the entire song - will be featured on the upcoming Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

Recently-retired major league baseball pitcher Randy Johnson was featured in this article at NoiseCreep.com which talks about Johnson's aspirations of being a rock photographer. Johnson is friends with the guys in Rush and the article mentions this:

... Johnson also went on the road with his friend Geddy Lee from Rush, who is a baseball fan. "I met him 20 years ago and I went out with them on tour and traveled with them for three or four shows a few years back," Johnson said. When asked how it was on their bus, Johnson laughed, "It was on their plane. We were hanging out. It was back when I was playing baseball without a lot of free time to take pictures. They are my friends. I am a fan but a friend, too, and I hang out as a friend." ... He contends that "it is easier when they know who you are and are not part of a radio station giveaway." He also said he liked to talk shop with Thayil and Lee. "They are all down to earth," he said. "I've had an appreciation and a mutual respect. It's a great tie, that my profession let me meet people I listen to in my car!" ... Johnson points out the parallels are a result of mutual respect."I play drums a little so I can appreciate how good [Rush's] Neil Peart and [Dream Theater's] Mike Portnoy are. They are elite drummers," he said. ...

A new Rush tribute album from Magna Carta Records titled New World Man: A Tribute to Rush released back in May. It includes tracks taken from 1996's Working Man and 2005's Subdivisions, the Alex Skolnick Trio's jazz interpretation of Tom Sawyer previously released on Last Day In Paradise, and 4 new tracks. 3 of the 4 new tracks - New World Man, Fly By Night and Force Ten - were recorded by members of Coheed And Cambria, The Dillinger Escape Plan (Chris Pennie), KORN (Shane Gibson) and The Mars Volta (Juan Alderete). The 4th new track is a cover of Tom Sawyer by I Omega. You can purchase the CD at this link. Guitar International recently posted this positive review of the album (thanks RushFanForever).

Tripp Lanier - host of The New Man podcast - recently interviewed [Porcupine Tree]'s John Wesley. Towards the end of the interview (starting at about the 29:45 mark) Wesley talks about motorcycling with Neil Peart and hanging out with his hero Alex Lifeson. You can listen to the podcast at this link.

Before there was Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage there was The Boys in Brazil - an hour-long documentary from Andrew McNaughtan that chronicled the band's experience playing in Brazil on the Vapor Trails tour. The concert was later released as the Rush in Rio live DVD and the documentary included as a bonus disc. The documentary has found its way to YouTube (thanks Sirius) and can be seen in six parts at this link.

[The Boys in Brazil - part 2 >>]
[The Boys in Brazil - part 3 >>]
[The Boys in Brazil - part 4 >>]
[The Boys in Brazil - part 5 >>]
[The Boys in Brazil - part 6 >>]

A happy belated Canada Day to all my Canadian readers, and happy 4th of July for all of you fellow Americans. Have a safe and happy weekend!

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Kansas City open thread
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UPDATE - 7/7@10:01AM: Here's a video of Mike Portnoy taking photos with fans out in the crowd before the show (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 7/4@9:01AM: Photos are up at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 7/2@12:48PM: There are a few bootleg videos up on YouTube now and several photos in the tour gallery.

UPDATE - 7/2@10:50AM: Here's a much better review at The Pitch to counter that crummy one in the Kansas City Star (thanks hermy).

UPDATE - 7/2@10:20AM: Here's a very unflattering review of the show from the Kansas City Star's Michael Judge (thanks third hand grace).

UPDATE - 7/2@10:14AM: Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy was at the show last night by Neil Peart's invitation and tweeted about it (thanks Mark R). Here are his latest few posts along with this photo of Mike and Neil in front of Neil's new kit:

# I am truly humbled to have developed a friendship with one of my childhood heroes...

# A big thank you to Bubba for his generous hospitality & the royal treatment he gave to me and Marlene at Rush's show tonight in Kansas City

# Not only is Neil Peart an exceptional drummer and an inspirational human being, he is an incredibly gracious host!

# As I have 2 days off from the DT tour, I'm flying to Kansas City to catch Rush...(thx to the gracious Mr. Peart for the personal invite!)

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The Rush Time Machine moves east one timezone to play the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City tonight for show #2. A mystery reader texted me from the Kansas City Royals baseball game last night letting me know that Geddy was in attendance and included a couple of photos. Reader Zachary B was also at the game and says that they played Limelight and The Spirit of Radio during a couple of breaks, and even put Geddy's mug up on the jumbotron. For all those attending this evening, have a blast and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Thursday, July 1st @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 2
Venue: Starlight Theatre
Place: Kansas City, MO

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Tandem Digital's Rush Time Machine Tour concert videos online
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UPDATE - 7/1@2:39PM: Greg at Tandem Digital received several requests for still images from the videos to use as desktop pics so he threw together 7 of them (at 1200x630 resolution) from the 1st video. You can download them as a zip file at this link (ZIP file - 2M).

Tandem Digital is the company that produces many of the custom concert videos that are seen playing in the background at Rush concerts. Greg at Tandem Digital just alerted me to the fact that they have posted a couple of the videos from the Time Machine Tour to their YouTube Channel. Since there are some major spoilers happening here, I've hidden the details below the fold ...

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