Archive: Blog Entries from September, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rush's Resist included on The Rounder Records Story anthology
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UPDATE - 10/23@8:58AM: The 30-second sample track for the song at the Amazon website confirms that it's the version of Resist from Rush in Rio (thanks RushFanForever).

A live version of Rush's Resist will be one of the 87 tracks included on an upcoming compilation from Rounder Records titled The Rounder Records Story. It's not clear whether the version of the song will be the one from Rush in Rio or from R30, although the Rio version is the more likely choice. The anthology releases on October 19th and you can pre-order your copy at this link. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Rush on CNN's American Morning
9:38AM EST | link | comments (57) |

[Rush: One Step at a Time]

UPDATE - 10/2@11:18PM: The complete, unedited interview is now online at this link (thanks RushFanForever):

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UPDATE - 9/30@12:57PM: There's also this short clip of John Roberts jamming onstage with Rush (thanks Bigleaf):

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As I'd mentioned yesterday, all three members of Rush were interviewed prior to yesterday's show in Atlanta by John Roberts of CNN's American Morning for a segment that aired on this morning's episode. Roberts has a history with the band from his days as a music journalist in Toronto, and even made an appearance in the Rush documentary. The interview is now online and you can watch it at this link (Note: this is the shorter, edited version. Watch the complete version here).

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Atlanta open thread
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UPDATE - 9/30@6:50PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 9/30@9:53AM: Apparently the band and crew played golf at The Trophy Club of Atlanta golf course yesterday afternoon according to a post on the Club's Facebook page (thanks Nicecoldbeer):

Rush concert tonight at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater. The band and all their crew played golf here yesterday and they were a blast to have out here. We got a good picture with the band, pic to follow...

Here's a review from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution along with this photo gallery (thanks katskahnne).

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UPDATE - 9/29@6:03PM: More details on Rush's CNN appearance tomorrow from the Rush Facebook page (thanks robertkincaid96):

John Roberts speaks with all 3 members of Rush backstage on their Time Machine Tour in Atlanta. The piece will air twice on CNN 'American Morning' 6-9 AM on Thursday, September 30th, 2010.
It will also repeat on Kyra Phillips' show between the 9:15-9:45 window and appear on www.cnn.comTune in!

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Rush brings the Time Machine Tour into Atlanta tonight for the 3rd to last show on the US leg of the tour. While in town the guys (Alex and Geddy I assume) will be making a stop at CNN's headquarters to appear on CNN's American Morning program tomorrow (thanks jmreidfo). The show is co-anchored by Canadian-born journalist John Roberts, who happens to be a huge Rush fan and even made an appearance in the Rush documentary. For everyone going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 29th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 38
Venue: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Place: Alpharetta, GA (outside Atlanta)

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Rush to be named Legend of Live at Billboard Touring Awards
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[Rush, Jack Johnson to Receive Honors at Billboard Touring Awards]

Billboard.com announced this morning that Rush will be named this year's Legend of Live at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards in New York City on Thursday, November 4th. From the article:

... The Legend of Live honors groups or individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and acknowledges the recipients' commitment to the art of performing live and reaching fans through the concert experience.

Previous award recipients include Rolling Stones promoter Michael Cohl (2004), Cellar Door Concerts founder Jack Boyle (2005), Sir Elton John (2006), pioneering agent Frank Barsalona (2007), the Allman Brothers Band (2008) and Ozzy Osbourne (2009). The Billboard Touring Awards wraps the 7th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which takes place Nov 3-4 at the Sheraton NY. ...

... "With a remarkable body of live work over the years, altering the course of rock music and raising the bar as to what can be done onstage, along with the band's continued commitment to playing live, we think Rush are uniquely deserving of this award," says Ray Waddell, Billboard's executive director of content and programming, touring and live entertainment. "From the early days in the bars and clubs of Toronto to stadiums, amphitheaters and arenas around the world, Rush have epitomized professionalism and the spirit of live rock 'n roll, and they boast some of the most passionate and loyal fans in rock." ...

This comes in the wake of learning just yesterday that Rush will be receiving Classic Rock's Living Legend award at this year's Marshall Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards. All this on top of being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame back in March and receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June. Rush doesn't need the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Thanks to BW&BK for the heads up.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rush to receive Classic Rock Living Legend award
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[Rush 'Living Legends' At Classic Rock Awards]

The UK's Classic Rock Magazine announced earlier today that Rush will be awarded the Living Legend award at this year's Marshall Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards. From the Classic Rock website:

... Rush will fly in to London to collect the award on November 10, with Alice Cooper hosting the event at London's Roundhouse venue.

The awards event will also see live performances for the first time in its six-year history, from Alter Bridge, Cheap Trick and The Union.

The Classic Rock 'Living Legend' award is bestowed on a rock act for their enduring influence and remarkable achievements in the world of rock music.

As one of rock's most influential bands, Rush will be joining an illustrious list of previous legendary recipients such as Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper and Lemmy.

Rush's Beyond The Lighted Stage is also nominated for DVD/Film Of The Year, along with The Doors, The Runaways, Oil City Confidential and Saxon.

Rush bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee said: "We are thrilled to receive the 'Living Legend' award from Classic Rock. It's much better than the alternative! Seriously, we are humbled and very appreciative."

Scott Rowley, Editor-in-Chief of Classic Rock, added: "Ridiculously, Rush haven't yet been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame - so it's an honour to recognise their massive contribution to rock music at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour." ...

Given the disappointing news from earlier this morning, this could not have come at a better time. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock released today
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UPDATE - 9/30@9:45AM: Here's a CNN article discussing the game and Rush's involvement (thanks chutch15).

The 6th installment in the Guitar Hero video game series - Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock - was released today. Rush's 2112 is one of the centerpieces of the game which includes a Quest Mode where heroes must play all 7 parts of the song. This portion of the game roughly follows the storyline of 2112 and is narrated by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. From a July 20th Rolling Stone preview 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."

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."

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

You can purchase your copy of the game at this link. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Rush passed over for the Rock Hall in 2011
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Rush Rock HallUPDATE - 9/29@5:54PM: Kirk Baird of The Toledo Blade is pissed off too (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

UPDATE - 9/28@2:57PM: Rush documentary filmmaker Scot McFadyen discusses Rush's latest Rock Hall snubbing in this EW.com article (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net):

... "It's unfortunate," says Scot McFadyen, who co-directed the recent film Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. "We were hoping a lot more people in the [nominating] room had seen our documentary, and maybe that would have given them a different perspective on the band. But there are just some people that are holding out."

As disappointing as Rush's latest snub was, McFadyen wasn't necessarily surprised. "They've never been a critics' band. The industry people that are involved with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rush has never been cool enough for them."

Even so, McFadyen says he's spoken with some Hall insiders who support inducting Rush. "The same people that got Genesis in last year were pitching for Rush this year," he says. In fact, he predicts Rush could be nominated as soon as next year. "Rush doesn't need it, you know. But I think it would be nice." ...

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UPDATE - 9/28@2:04PM: DJ, That Metal Show host and Rush fan Eddie Trunk is really pissed off at this year's crop of nominees and their exclusion of Rush and other hard rock acts. Check out this blog post from earlier today (thanks UnHoly Diver).

The list of nominees for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2011 was just announced via the Rock Hall website and - as expected - Rush was not on the list. A whopping total of 15 nominees were chosen by the nominating committee this year including Alice Cooper, The Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi, Chic, Neil Diamond, Donovan, Dr. John, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex, Tom Waits and Chuck Willis. It's good to see such artists as Alice Cooper and Tom Waits finally get the nod, but I'm not so sure about the rest of the list. Par for the course I guess. For a great running history of Rush's now 12-year-old annual snubbing by the Rock Hall, check out this page at the Power Windows site.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Rush 2112/Moving Pictures documentary release preview
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UPDATE - 10/2@7:20PM: Here's another video where Legends of Classic Rock's Jeff Woods previews the DVD (thanks Electric Brain Elderly):

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A few weeks ago VH1 Classic premiered the 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special during their Rush Hashanah celebration. The documentary covered the making of these 2 classic rock albums and included commentary from all three members of Rush along with producer Terry Brown, Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters, Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke and many others. The special gets released to DVD/Blu-ray tomorrow and you can order your copy on both DVD and Blu-ray, along with a special DVD/Blu-ray combo package that also includes both the 2112 and Moving Pictures CDs (4 discs total). The DVD has a total running time of 112 minutes including 50 minutes of bonus footage not included in the VH1 Classic broadcast. Earlier today Eagle Rock released a preview video (thanks Carlos R) from the bonus footage which shows the 3 band members playing their individual parts from YYZ, melding them together into one video clip which you can check out below.

There's also a short minute-and-a-half preview video at this link which shows Neil Peart, David Fricke, Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown talking about Limelight.

Related Posts:
[Rush Hashanah and Rush Classic Albums tonight on VH1 Classic]
[Celebrate Rush Hashanah on VH1 Classic next month]
[Rush 2112/Moving Pictures documentary available for pre-order]
[Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums preview]
[Rush Classic Albums special to air on TV before Rush documentary]
[Moving Pictures, 2112 Classic Album DVD due September 28th]
[Moving Pictures, 2112 Classic Album DVDs due in September]
[Rush Classic Albums special to air on VH1?]

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Suck featuring Alex Lifeson DVD/Blu-ray released tomorrow
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The Canadian vampire horror/comedy flick Suck gets released to DVD and Blu-ray in the US tomorrow. The film was released to theaters in Canada back in October of 2009 and had its US premier at the SXSW Film Festival in March in Austin, TX on Wednesday March 17th. Alex Lifeson makes an appearance in the movie as a border guard. You can get a glimpse of him in the film's trailer at this link (at about the 1:50 mark) and here's a video of Alex's complete scenes.

Suck was shot entirely in Toronto and also stars Malcolm McDowell, Dave Foley, Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, Moby, Carol Pope, Jessica Pare, Alice Cooper and his daughter Calico, and Dimitri Coates. Alex and Rob Stefaniuk talk about the movie in this 102.1 The Edge interview podcast (at about the 14 minute mark, runs 9 minutes) from just before the Canadian premier at the Toronto Film Festival. Here are some photos of Alex from the Suck premier: [photo 1] [photo 2] [photo 3]. And here's a bootleg video of Alex at the Suck after party at the Phoenix Theatre in Toronto. He joined the band Burning Brides onstage for the song Flesh and Bone which appears on the movie's soundtrack.

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Rush Time Machine Tour house music list
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Rush Time Machine TourIn the couple of hours leading up to show time on Rush's Time Machine Tour, an eclectic mix of classic and progressive rock music can be heard from the house speakers. On the Snakes & Arrows Tour this list of Neil's House Music was posted over at Rush.com and is still there if you want to see it. But no such list exists for the Time Machine Tour house music ... that is - until now. Rush's tour photographer and master of disaster (pyrotechnician if you prefer) John Arrowsmith recently got his hands on this list and sent it my way. He also promises to post it up on Rush.com in the near future. Without further ado, here are the Time Machine ShowTunes:

Tommy Overture - The Who
School - Supertramp
Hells Bells - Bruford
Dancing With the Moonlit Knight - Genesis
Aqualung - Jethro Tull
I Ain't Superstitious - Jeff Beck Group
Peaches en Regalia - Frank Zappa
Knife Edge - ELP
I've Seen All Good People - Yes
One of These Days - Pink Floyd
What is and What Should Never Be - Led Zeppelin
Cross-Eyed Mary - Jethro Tull
Journey From Mariabronn - Kansas
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
In the Dead of Night - UK
Speed King - Deep Purple
Watcher of the Skies - Genesis
A Quick One While He's Away - The Who (Live from "Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus")
In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson
Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull
Fool's Overture - Supertramp
Good Times, Bad Times - Led Zeppelin
The Prophet - Yes
Young Man Blues - The Who
Spanish Castle Magic - Jimi Hendrix
I Know What I Like - Genesis
Hush - Deep Purple
From the Beginning - ELP
Carry On My Wayward Son - Kansas
Roundabout - Yes
Time - Pink Floyd
Thick As a Brick - Jethro Tull (10 min. live version)

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Dallas open thread
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UPDATE - 9/28@11:15AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 9/27@2:13PM: Here's a review from The Dallas Morning News (thanks mjr010101).

UPDATE - 9/27@12:55PM: Here's a photo gallery from Pegasus News (thanks dannywork).

Rush finishes up their three-date tour of Texas tonight, playing the Superpages.com Center in Dallas. For everyone going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Sunday, September 26th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 37
Venue: Superpages.com Center
Place: Dallas, TX

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Houston open thread
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UPDATE - 10/3@9:32AM: Here's a review from KNAC.com.

UPDATE - 9/30@2:14PM: Here's a review from the Houston Press along with this photo gallery slideshow (thanks houdinimusic).

UPDATE - 9/29@9:45AM: Pro-mark posted a bunch of great closeup photos of Neil's kit at this link (thanks Andrew Olson).

UPDATE - 9/26@4:12PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 9/26@9:35AM: Here's a photo gallery from the Houston Chronicle (thanks katskahnne).

UPDATE - 9/25@3:23PM: Here's a short show preview post from the Houston Chronicle's Bayou City History blog (thanks RushFanForever) and another one from CultureMap Houston.

Rush continues their trek across Texas tonight, playing the Woodlands Pavilion outside Houston, then it's on to Dallas tomorrow. Rush Fans In Texas is having a pre-show gathering starting bright and early at 11AM at Saint Arnold Brewing, then over to the Baker Street Pub from 2-4PM, then they roll over to the Acqua Lounge at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott from 4-6:30PM and end up at the House of Blues Hospitality Tent at the venue. Whew! For everyone going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 25th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 36
Venue: Woodlands Pavilion
Place: The Woodlands, TX (outside Houston)

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine TourRush made their way south this past week, bringing the Time Machine Tour to Bristow last Saturday, Tulsa on Tuesday and San Antonio last night. They'll complete their sweep of the Lone Star State this weekend playing shows in Houston and Dallas. Then it's across the Southeast for a few shows, ending up the US leg of the tour on Saturday, October 2nd in West Palm Beach, FL. That's assuming no hurricanes decide to ruin the party. Rush will then play 4 shows in South America in mid-October to cap off the tour. It's hard to believe the tour is almost over. From all reports so far, ticket sales have been very solid, especially taking into account the otherwise weak concert season. For some reason, Live Nation has not been releasing attendance figures for any Rush shows - at least not until this latest Billboard Boxscore report. Unfortunately they only had figures for one show; the Toronto show at the Air Canada Centre on July 17th. This show sold out all 12,191 of its seats and netted $1,258,740 CND. Hopefully figures for all the other shows will start to trickle in soon.

As I'd mentioned earlier this morning, today marks the 35th anniversary of the release of Rush's 3rd studio album, Caress of Steel. In celebration of the album's anniversary, for my next poll I'm asking everyone what their favorite song off the album is. Take the poll and let us know. In the last poll I asked everyone what album other than Moving Pictures they would like to see Rush play in its entirety. Although Permanent Waves gave it a good chase, the clear winner was Rush's epic 1978 masterpiece Hemispheres. You can check out the complete results at this link.

A couple of weeks ago VH1 Classic premiered the 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special during their Rush Hashanah celebration. The special covered the making of these 2 classic rock albums and included commentary from all three members of Rush along with producer Terry Brown, Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters, Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke and many others. The Classic Albums special will be released to DVD/Blu-ray this coming Tuesday, September 28th. The DVD version will have a running time of 112 minutes including 50 minutes of bonus footage not included in the VH1 Classic broadcast. You can pre-order your copy on both DVD and Blu-ray, along with a special DVD/Blu-ray combo package that also includes both the 2112 and Moving Pictures CDs (4 discs total).

The Canadian vampire horror/comedy flick Suck will also be getting released to DVD and Blu-ray in the US this coming Tuesday, September 28th. The film was released to theaters in Canada back in October of 2009 and had its US premier at the SXSW Film Festival in March in Austin, TX on Wednesday March 17th. Alex Lifeson makes an appearance in the movie as a border guard.

Sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson is a huge Rush fan and has drawn inspiration from Rush for a number of his writings. His 1988 Rush-inspired novel Ressurection, Inc. even drew the attention of Neil Peart and the 2 have been friends ever since, even collaborating on the 1994 short story Drumbeats. Neil also wrote the introduction to Anderson's 2006 short story compilation Landscapes. The 2 friends met up when the band played at Red Rocks last month and Anderson recently blogged about the experience on his MySpace page in a post titled Rush and a Mountaintop.

Speaking of Neil Peart, if you've read any of his books you are probably aware of his fondness for The Macallan Scotch. The folks at TheMacallan.com are also aware of Neil's appreciation of their product and recently posted to their blog about it (thanks Cold Fire).

Rush: A Brief History of TimeJohn at Cygnus-X1.net recently posted the sixth installment of his Rush: A Brief History of Time series where he compiles scans and transcriptions of old Rush articles. This latest batch contains about 50 articles and you can check it out at this link. He has also combined all the items from the 6 installments and presented them on one page here along with a chronological list here.

UK progressive rockers Porcupine Tree are set to play Radio City Music Hall in New York City tonight. In the run-up to the show frontman Steven Wilson conducted a couple of interviews where he heaps the praise on Rush. Here's what he had to say in an interview with Time Out New York (thanks GedHed):

... a band like Rush from the '70s is the great model, a band that have just toured and made consistently quality albums, never really had big hit singles, never been fashionable, never been on MTV, and yet are bigger than ever. So I think they're really the model for what's going on right now. ...

And in this PopMatters interview (thanks Rob S) he had this to say:

... The best example I can give of that in terms of historical precedent is a band like Rush. Now here's a band that are possibly one of the biggest bands in the world and yet they were not discovered by the mainstream. They were discovered by the fan base and they were broken by the fan power. Consequently, I don't think they will ever be embraced fully by the mainstream. ...

He also discusses the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage:

... I think that's an example of a documentary that got the balance absolutely right because we don't really find out anything about their personal lives. We don't meet their kids, we don't meet their wives, and apart from a very, very brief and tasteful mention of the tragedy that Neil [Peart] had with his wife and his kid [both died within a year of each other], it's all about the music. It's all about the relationship between those three guys. I thought that was a documentary that didn't demystify them. I think we always knew they were nice guys. ...

Speaking of the Rush documentary, nearly 5 months after its premiere the film Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is still receiving accolades from critics and fans alike. While it's no particular wonder when Rush fans are quick to praise the film, it is both surprising and gratifying when non-fans do the same. This is demonstrated in a recent review of the movie from Canadian magazine Movie Entertainment which you can check out by clicking on the thumbnails. Thanks to louisg for the heads up and the scans.

All this past week VH1 Classic aired an updated version of thier 100 Greatest Music Artists of All Time special. As I'd mentioned last month, Rush came it at #75 on their list and were featured in the episode where they counted down numbers 80-61. The list was determined by polling well-known music artists and industry experts including Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. VH1 conducted the same poll back in 1998 as their first ever countdown special but at that time Rush did not make their list. You can see the entire list of all 100 artists in this press release.

A couple of weeks ago was the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. To mark the occasion Cleveland classic rock station WNCX posted a series of soundbites from famous musicians remarking on their memories of the tragic events of that day. One of these musicians was Geddy Lee and you can listen to his 9/11 memories at this link (thanks GeddyJr).

Steven H pointed me to this New York Times article feature on Silver and Ash, a new album from songwriter Clare Burson inspired by the artist's family history related to the Holocaust. The article discusses other songwriters who have tackled the subject of the Holocaust in their music, including Rush:

... In 1984, the rock band Rush - whose lead singer, Geddy Lee, was the son of a survivors of Bergen Belsen and Dachau - took electric guitars and synthesizer to the theme, with the song "Red Sector A": "Are the liberators here? Do I hope or do I fear? For my father and my brother it's too late; but I must help my mother stand up straight." ...

The Houston Chronicle recently ran an article profiling a diverse group of 4 Rush fans which you can check out at this link.

A couple of months back I'd mentioned that the July/August issue of The Believer contained a piece about Rush by Skylaire Alfvegren titled Grokking Rush. At that time a short excerpt from the article was made available at this link. The full version now available online at Alfvegren's website and you can also check it out by clicking on the thumbnails above.

In the latest installment of his music discovery podcast and blog Bands Like Rush, Ben Sommer talks to frontman Ben Spees of Portland progressive rock band The Mercury Tree. Ben is really excited about these guys and for good reason; their music contains jazz-inspired, complex rhythms and organic shifts in tempo that any Rush fan would likely enjoy. The podcast includes 2 full tracks from their latest EP Descent: Running the Gamut and Preconceived Notions. To find out more about the band check out their website at this link. You can listen to the podcast or read a transcription at this link.

Reader A-CELL-OF-AWARENESS shared something interesting that he saw at the Columbus show. He noticed that one of the camera operator's beltpacks had a sticker on it that said By Tour Inc (see photo). When he asked the operator about it, they weren't aware of any inside joke or meaning to it. If not, it's one very awesome coincidence! :)

Here's a video of Alex Lifeson's scenes from the movie Suck, where Alex plays a border guard (thanks RushFanForever. The movie gets released to DVD and Blu-ray in the US this coming Tuesday, September 28th.

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

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Happy 35th anniversary Caress of Steel!
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35 years ago today on September 24, 1975, Rush released their 3rd studio album Caress of Steel. The album marked Rush's first attempt at a full album-side concept piece, namely The Fountain of Lamneth and also included another epic, multi-part song The Necromancer. Despite high expectations, the album did not sell very well and the band's subsequent tour became known by the band as the Down the Tubes Tour. Although not a commercial success, the album did set the stage for their follow-up breakthrough album 2112 the following year. Caress of Steel would eventually be certified Gold by the RIAA in 1993. In celebration of the album's anniversary, for my next poll I'm asking everyone what their favorite song off the album is. Take the poll and let us know.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: San Antonio open thread
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UPDATE - 9/25@3:24PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 9/24@7:27AM: Here's a short review from the San Antonio Express.

Rush begins their journey across the Lone Star State tonight, playing the AT&T Center in San Antonio, then it's on to Houston and Dallas over the weekend. Rush Fans In Texas is having a pre-show gathering at Blue Star Brewing (1414 South Alamo, Suite 105) starting at 4PM. Each person who buys a dinner gets a free ride on the Blue Star Bus to the show and back (and they allow drinking on the bus). Just call 210-212-5506 to make a reservation. For everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Thursday, September 23rd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 35
Venue: AT&T Center
Place: San Antonio, TX

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Rush featured on VH1's Greatest Music Artists of All Time list
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All this week VH1 Classic is airing an updated version of thier 100 Greatest Music Artists of All Time special. As I'd mentioned last month, Rush came it at #75 on their list and were featured in last night's episode where they counted down numbers 80-61. They'll be re-airing the entire countdown tomorrow evening starting at 6PM and reveal the top 20 starting at 10PM. The list was determined by polling well-known music artists and industry experts including Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. VH1 conducted the same poll back in 1998 as their first ever countdown special but at that time Rush did not make their list. You can see the entire list of all 100 artists in this press release.

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Author Kevin J. Anderson: Rush and a Mountaintop
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Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca at Red RocksSci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson is a huge Rush fan and has drawn inspiration from Rush for a number of his writings. His 1988 Rush-inspired novel Ressurection, Inc. even drew the attention of Neil Peart and the 2 have been friends ever since, even collaborating on the 1994 short story Drumbeats. Neil also wrote the introduction to Anderson's 2006 short story compilation Landscapes. The 2 friends met up when the band played at Red Rocks last month and Anderson recently blogged about the experience on his MySpace page in a post titled Rush and a Mountaintop. He first describes his history with Neil, detailing this story of their first encounter:

... Neil bicycled down to my townhouse in Livermore, CA during their "Presto" tour in 1993 (where he slept on a rickety sofa bed...these days, fortunately, we have a much more comfortable guest room). We've seen them on every tour since. He and I collaborated on a creepy story about a drummer bicycling through Africa, "Drumbeats," (also recently available on Kindle and Smashwords), and we're talking about a more extensive project. ...

A more extensive project?! Anderson then goes on to describe the concert and his hiking trip with Neil the following day:

... For the Monday night event, Rebecca and I went up early during setup to chat with Neil and his riding partner Michael for a while, watch the soundcheck, and have dinner with the band crew. Though we've done this quite a few times, it's still quite a thrill. The concert was excellent, as expected, and our seats were the best in the auditorium (dead center, 6 rows up from the stage).

We drove home, exhilarated, and it took a long time to get to sleep...even though I had to get up less than five hours later for Part II of the grand scheme-taking Neil on a hike up to the summit of Mount Evans, one of the most prominent mountain peaks on the Denver skyline.

Over the years, we've gone up to Lick Observatory in the mountains near the San Francisco Bay, to Yosemite National Park, and other interesting places, but I was determined to get him to the summit of one of my beloved Fourteeners. Our rendezvous early the next morning was at a small 1950s-era motel in a town outside of Denver, and I drove us off to the Mount Evans Road, reputed to be the highest paved road in the US. Our trailhead started at Summit Lake (elevation 12,830), and we trudged off under beautiful weather and clear skies.

Considering Neil burns off a few thousand calories every night while drumming, he's in excellent shape and had no difficulty making it up the trail, even with the major altitude gain. While talking, and brainstorming, and panting, we climbed up and over a line of boulders on top of a ridge and came face to face with a white-fleeced mountain goat, which unfortunately turned and fled before we could get our cameras out.

We ascended Mount Spalding (13,842')-one of Colorado's 100 highest peaks-on the way, and followed the rocky trail to the summit, where we had at the lunches I had packed. (I had asked the day before, "What kind of sandwich do you prefer? Peanut butter and jelly, or deli meats and cheese?" He said, "Why not one of each?" We were certainly hungry for them.) We found a shelter of boulders away from the crowds to sit for a while, then completed our loop route by taking a steeper, direct descent down scree from the summit back to the car. This trail was much shorter, and much less pleasant; I realized that I would have a great many Rush fans angry with me if Neil happened to break an ankle...fortunately, that didn't happen. ...

You can read the entire post and check out all the great pictures at this link. Many thanks to drummerboy2112 for the heads up.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Tulsa open thread
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UPDATE - 11/10@11:23AM: Here's a review along with a bunch of great photos from Rockville Magazine (thanks Sean).

UPDATE - 9/22@8:24PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Here's an article from NewsOn6.com discussing the recent success of the BOK Center, using the Rush show as an example (thanks Dan in Tulsa).

UPDATE - 9/22@7:30AM: Here's a review from Tulsa World (thanks katskahnne).

UPDATE - 9/21@4:27PM: I forgot to note that the last time Rush played Tulsa was on the Grace Under Pressure tour back on June 13, 1984 at the Tulsa Convention Center - over 26 years ago!

Rush comes off of their 3-day break after Saturday's Bristow show to bring the Time Machine Tour to Tulsa, Oklahoma tonight. For everyone going, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 21st @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 34
Venue: BOK Center
Place: Tulsa, OK

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Bristow open thread
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UPDATE - 9/21@7:42PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 9/20@3:37PM: Here's a review from Express Night Out.

Rush plays the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA tonight for show number 33 on the Time Machine Tour. Today also happens to be the 42nd anniversary of Rush's very first gig at the Coff-In in Toronto back on September 18th, 1968. For everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Saturday, September 18th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 33
Venue: Jiffy Lube Live
Place: Bristow, VA

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 9/18@10:34AM: Here's a better quality video of Nelly Furtado's performance of Time Stand Still. This one is professionally shot and includes soundcheck and behind-the-scenes footage (thanks Sean).

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Rush Time Machine TourRush came off of their 11-day break in the tour with another great performance at the TD Garden in Boston earlier this week, then played the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh last night - another show that had been rumored to get filmed but wasn't. It now seems unlikely that they'll be filming any shows at all in the US, although South America is still a possibility. Whether they film or not, there's always YouTube - which is awash with bootleg videos from iPhone-wielding Rush fans. Videos like this one (at about the 3:15 mark), this one and this one from the Boston show, which chronicle Alex Lifeson's major guitar malfunction toward the end of the night and his subsequent hilarious rant about having no guitars. The band has tonight off but will play Bristow tomorrow night. Then they turn south, journeying into the dark and forbidding lands of Texas (and Oklahoma) for a few shows next week. The Bristow show happens to fall on the 42nd anniversary of Rush's very first gig at the Coff-In in Toronto back on September 18th, 1968. After finishing off the US portion of the tour in a couple of weeks, the band heads even further south - all the way to the Southern Hemisphere to play 4 shows in South America. Tickets for the October 15th Buenos Aires show went on pre-sale earlier this week and can be purchased here. The venue has also been switched from the Desarrollo al Rio to the larger Club Geba - Sede Jorge Newbury stadium instead.

Neil smiling on Big Al's 57th birtdayAs he usually does after any extended tour break, earlier this week Neil Peart updated the News page on his website with some more stories from the road. He appropriately titled this latest entry Cruel Summer. In it Neil describes a series of unfortunate events that befell him and his crew on this last leg of the tour including Neil's riding partner Michael Mosbach getting food poisoning, their bus breaking down, a couple of flat tire incidents, a wind/rain/hail storm, and a computer breakdown - not to mention his inner ear issues. You can read the entire update on Neil's site at this link.

Neil also celebrated his 58th birthday on Sunday. Gibson.com commemorated the occasion with a feature article for their This Day in Music series titled Neil Peart's Journey to Rush (thanks RushFanForever) where they outline Neil's early career and describe how he came to be the 3rd member of Rush.

Part of that early history of Neil Peart and Rush involves a certain former DJ at WMMS in Cleveland, OH - the one and only Donna Halper, who played the primary role in discovering the band back in 1974. Donna remains friends with the band after all of these years and hooked up with them at the Boston show earlier this week as she describes in the comments on this post:

... I had a wonderful dinner with Pegi of Anthem and then the next night (she came in the day before) was the show. We went backstage for the Meet & Greet, and as expected, it was Alex and Geddy. Once the fans had left, we hugged, chatted briefly and marveled again at our 37 year friendship and how we have stood up for each other over the years-- like, I've defended them to the critics or told program directors to play their stuff, and they have never forgotten me and always are courteous to me whenever I wanna see a show or get backstage to spend time with them. As Alex and Geddy were leaving to get ready for the show, I said "Tell Neil I send my love," or something like that. They said they would, and I went off with Pegi to the suite where the press and other nice folks (Jillian [from RushCon] was there) were eating dinner. And suddenly, this big guy comes in and says "Are you Donna Halper?" I thought he had seen me in the documentary, because I am sometimes greeted by fans who saw me in Beyond the Lighted Stage." But no. He said, "Neil wants to see you." I said something like "He does?" I looked at Pegi and said "Did you put him up to seeing me?" She said "no way, nobody puts him up to anything." She was as surprised as I was. And so it was that I was ushered into a private room where Neil was. ...

... I saw drums. And then I saw Neil. He hugged me and seemed genuinely happy to see me. I am not, for obvious reasons (like his privacy) going to give you word for word what we talked about, but we discussed a wide range of things, from family (catching up on who has been doing what), to politics (the current political scene) to philosophy (how people who don't know him often misinterpret his views), to Shakespeare. He recalled the time in Cleveland when he visited my apartment and I gave him a copy of my favorite Shakespearean play, "King Lear." I was very moved to find he still had it, and it still meant something to him. In fact, as he and I were saying goodbye, he remarked upon the lesson from King Lear-- that it's not enough to say you love someone; you have to show it. And then, it was time for him to go, and he said he needed to find an extra hat (yes he was wearing one when he saw me), and so we hugged and said goodbye.

I will never know why he decided he wanted to chat, but the five or so minutes we hung out, it was like being with an old friend you haven't seen in a while, and even though time has passed, the ties of friendship are still there. It was a wonderful and unexpected event, and it only enhanced being at the concert. ...

What a great story! Thanks so much to Donna for sharing it with us. Here's a fun little exercise: if you had a chance to hang out with Neil before a show and could ask him any question, what would you ask? Let us know in the comments.

The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage was released to DVD back in late June and we just learned late last week that it was already certified Double Platinum by the RIAA on September 1st. Whitney Matheson of USA Today's Pop Candy recently watched the film and loved it, dubbing it the Best Movie I Saw in her latest The Week in Pop column (thanks Bret):

This may sound surprising, but it was a documentary called Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. I've never been a huge Rush fan, but I'm becoming one after seeing this doc. It follows the band from its formation (as teenagers!) to the present, and I'm convinced these guys have to be some of the kindest musicians on the planet. Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Jack Black and Gene Simmons are just a few of the folks interviewed. I was captivated throughout, no lie. (It's out on DVD.)

And the guys from Porcupine Tree love the movie too, as demonstrated by this recent Tweet from the band's official Twitter feed (thanks Tomcat84):

The only DVD that all the members of Porcupine Tree can agree we want to watch on the tour bus? Rush "Beyond the Lighted Stage".
5:03 PM Sep 11th

Back in July the Rush Backstage Club sold out all of its copies of the limited edition CD version of the Caravan/BU2B single and it wasn't clear at the time whether they'd again be offering the single for sale at any future date. So the good news is that they have decided to make more copies available, which you can purchase at this link (thanks Hank N). You can also still buy digital copies of both Caravan and BU2B at this link. Several copies of the original release of the CD (all of them maybe) have BU2B as track 1 despite Caravan being listed first on the sleeve. I'm curious as to whether this printing of the CD will have the correct track order or not. If anyone buys a copy, please let us know. The Caravan single is still getting decent airplay on rock radio stations several months after its release. It's still hovering around the top 10 on the Mediabase Rock Chart, currently holding at #10.

Last week I posted regarding Geddy Lee's supposed involvement with the new Heart album called Red Velvet Car which was produced and engineered by Ben Mink and David Leonard respectively, both of whom had the same credits on Geddy Lee's 2000 solo album My Favorite Headache. One of the tracks on the album is called Death Valley and the following appears in the credits: Geddy Lee - Whistle on 'Death Valley,' Mazel. This left us all wondering exactly what Geddy's contribution to the track consisted of, since no whistle could be heard anywhere in the song. Thanks to some very diligent research on the part of RushFanForever the mystery has now been solved. He emailed sound engineer David Leonard and received the following response:

I am not sure what "whistle" Geddy is credited for. I don't recall any whistle on "Death Valley", however there was a sample on "WTF" that I dubbed the steam whistle because that is what it sounded like to me. I will forward your email with this question to Ben. Thanks for your enthusiasm.

Mr. Leonard then emailed Ben Mink and relayed Ben's reply back to RushFanForever:

I just heard back from Mr. Mink. Kudos to you for picking up on an inside joke between Ben and Nancy Wilson. Ben says "Nancy (Wilson) heard some hi pitched thing in "Death Valley" and he (Ben) said "it's probably Geddy whistling". They gave Geddy credit. That's the story.

So there you have it. Geddy isn't actually on the track at all - it's just an inside joke. :)

Canadian pop singer Nelly Furtado debuted her rendition of Rush's Time Stand Still at the Ravinia Festival a couple of weeks ago. The song is featured in the Canadian film Score: A Hockey Musical where Furtado plays a crazed hockey fan. The movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last Thursday night and you can read a review at this link. You can check out a bootleg YouTube video of Furtado's performance of the song at this link. We first heard some rumblings regarding Furtado possibly recording the song back in late March in this Toronto Star article.

The Asbury Park Press published a short preview article for Rush's show at the PNC Bank Center a couple weeks ago which included some interview snippets from Alex Lifeson. The article is titled In No Rush to Slow Down and Alex comments on the longevity of Rush and what the future holds for the band. You can read it at this link.

It's the time of the year when the 35 or so members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee meet to determine the list of nominees for induction to the Hall in 2011. Sometime in the next several weeks they'll then make an official announcement listing their 10 or so nominees. This group will then be put to a vote by a group of around 600 past inductees and other music business folk, and the final list of 5 or so inductees announced early next year. Rush has been eligible since 1999 but never has appeared on the list of nominees. Given Rush's surge in popularity over the past year, their chances for induction this go-around are probably the best they've ever been. Rush documentary filmmakers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn were interviewed by QTV earlier this summer and McFadyen made some very interesting comments about inside information he had regarding Rush's induction chances. Check out the video of the interview at about the 21:30 mark. McFadyen describes how at a screening of the film for a bunch of VH1 executives one of the executives happened to also be on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee (possibly Bill Flanagan?) and told Sam that Rush was going to be their personal pick next year. It's also encouraging to see longtime Rush advocate and senior editor at Rolling Stone David Fricke on the nominating committee. Geekdad Dave Banks recently wrote this great article at Wired.com addressing the looming nomination process and making the argument as to why Rush should be inducted.

Little Kids Rock is a nonprofit organization established in 2002 that provides free instruments and lessons to children in under-served public schools. For the past 2 years Neil Peart has contributed items to the organization's annual charity auction and will be doing so again this year. For all the details on the auction visit the Little Kids Rock website.

Back in July Rush released its first official iPhone application along with a really cool website showcasing the app. Yesterday Rush's official Facebook page announced that due to popular demand, the app is now also available for Android phones.

Actress Maggie Q was recently interviewed by USA Today regarding her new TV series Nikita and seems to be wearing a bootleg Grace Under Pressure t-shirt. You can watch the video interview at this link and judge for yourself - it's a little difficult to make out. Thanks to Ben W for the heads up.

70's progressive rock band Flash is rehearsing in hopes of returning to the concert circuit. Reader patti found a video of the band rehearsing on YouTube and a big Neil Peart poster can clearly be seen in the background.

My younger brother Matt located another obscure Rush reference at the Urban Dictionary. Under the definition for the Malachi Crunch they use the following sentence as an example: Jen gave John a Malachi Crunch after he passed out in his seat at the Rush concert.

Here's a bootleg YouTube video of Nelly Furtado's cover of Rush's Time Stand Still from the Ravinia Festival on Friday, September 3rd:

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

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Pittsburgh open thread
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UPDATE - 9/17@9:35AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 9/17@8:37AM: Here's a review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (thanks highwater).

UPDATE - 9/16@9:08PM: From reports I've been getting, the show is not being filmed.

Rush comes full circle tonight, bringing the Time Machine Tour to Pittsburgh - the city where they famously played their first show with the new guy Neil Peart back on August 14, 1974. They'll be playing at the brand new Consol Energy Center and rumor has it that the show will be filmed. A DJ at WDVE in Pittsburgh even mentioned they'd be filming the show on air earlier this week, but it's not clear whether they had inside information or were just picking up on the same rumors we've been hearing. Whether the rumor is true should be apparent within the next several hours. For everyone going tonight, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Thursday, September 16th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 32
Venue: Consol Energy Center
Place: Pittsburgh, PA

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rush Buenos Aires venue change, tickets on sale now
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Rush Time Machine TourEarly last month Rush announced the addition of a Buenos Aires, Argentina date to the South American leg of their Time Machine Tour on October 15th at the Desarrollo al Rio. It looks like they have now changed the venue to the larger Club Geba - Sede Jorge Newbury stadium instead. Pre-sale tickets went on sale today to Banco Francés customers and general ticket sales will begin on September 22nd. For all the details and to purchase tickets check out this link (thanks federush2112). The South American leg of the Time Machine Tour will include a total of 4 dates. In addition to the Buenos Aires date, they'll be playing the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile on October 17th and 2 dates in Brazil; Sao Paulo on October 8th at Morumbi Stadium and Rio de Janeiro on October 10th at Praca da Apoteose.

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Neil Peart news update: Cruel Summer
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Neil smiling on Big Al's 57th birtday[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: September, 2010 - Cruel Summer]

As he usually does after any extended tour break, Neil Peart has updated the News page on his website with some stories from the road. This update is titled Cruel Summer and Neil describes a series of unfortunate events that befell him and his crew on this last leg of the tour including Neil's riding partner Michael Mosbach getting food poisoning, their bus breaking down, a couple of flat tire incidents, a wind/rain/hail storm, and a computer breakdown - not to mention his inner ear issues which he addresses here:

... The headphones I'm wearing also round off the ear-infection story, for now-or at least suggest the short version. After much experimentation with eardrops, creams, and hypotheses, two excellent doctors, Dr. Buzz Reifman and Dr. David Opperman, persuaded me to visit their clinic in Denver, specializing in "Care of the Professional Voice," but also a musician's ear, nose, and throat problems. Both ears were badly infected, aggravated by wearing the in-ear monitors onstage, and perhaps by wearing earplugs on the motorcycle, too-heat and moisture create a rainforest environment for bacteria, fungus, eczema, and psoriasis. The doctors prescribed a heavy regimen of three different antibiotics, and recommended that I switch to headphones (and no earplugs on the bike, but its Cee Bailey windscreen is pretty quiet). Within a few days, they had given me back two reasonably healthy ears. Never again will I take for granted simply hearing what I'm playing, what the other guys are playing, and-in everyday life-what people are saying to me. ...

He also addresses the tour and how good he feels about the band's playing:

... Even well into the second leg of the tour, after almost twenty shows, I felt that we seemed to enter a new "zone." The basic structure of the show, the details of arrangements, tempos, and transitions, had been refined night after night as we went along (noting that we rehearsed for two months for what was to have been a three-month tour), but once we had nailed down the foundation, each of us was reaching higher. More determination and care were being poured into our individual performances, and together those energies were fusing into a white-hot unit that surprised even us. Raw energy sparked in our improvisational sections, especially-Geddy in the bass rideout to [SPOILER SONG TITLE], Alex ... in his frenetic leadwork in the middle instrumental section of [SPOILER SONG TITLE] in which he plays with what a long-ago reviewer called "seeming teenage abandon." During that part, at the end of the night, when I look out from the drums and see Alex skipping back as we begin the ensemble section out of that solo, I can't help but smile at the crazy guy I've been watching for thirty-six years.

So magic still happens. ...

Indeed it does. You can read the entire thing at this link. Thanks for the update Neil!

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Wired.com: Why Rush should be inducted in the Rock Hall
10:38AM EST | link | comments (32) |

[21 - No, 12 Geeky Reasons Why Rush Should Be Inducted Into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame]

UPDATE - 9/15@10:57AM: Reader RushFanForever points out in the comments this QTV interview with the Rush documentary filmmakers that was conducted back in June. Scot McFadyen gives some very interesting inside information on Rush's chances for induction this year at about the 21:30 mark in the video.

It's that time of the year when the 35 or so members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee meet to determine the list of nominees for induction to the Hall in 2011. Sometime in the next several weeks they'll then make an official announcement listing their 10 or so nominees. This group will then be put to a vote by a group of around 600 past inductees and other music business folk, and the final list of 5 or so inductees announced early next year. Rush will probably be excluded from this list once again, but you never know. If ever there was a year that Rush was riding high on the popularity wave, it was this past year. Geekdad Dave Banks recently wrote this great article at Wired.com addressing the looming nomination process and making the argument as to why Rush should be inducted:

This month, the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame meets to assemble a slate to vote on for 2011's induction class. The factors that go into deciding who should be considered for induction aren't well known - this is a pretty secretive group. What is well known is that when you look at the list of previous nominees and inductees, there is a huge, glaring omission from the artists honored by the committee. Rush, the most successful power trio of all time and a group that has sold more consecutive gold and platinum records than everyone except the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, has never even had their name on the ballot. ...

He then goes on to give his 12 geeky reasons why Rush should be inducted which you can check out here. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Boston open thread
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UPDATE - 9/18@11:53AM: UPDATE - 9/17@2:26PM: Here's a great review from The Beacon (thanks Donna Halper).

UPDATE - 9/16@9:34AM: Here's a review from the Boston Globe (thanks jplerxt).

UPDATE - 9/15@9:06PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Here's a review from the Boston Herald.

UPDATE - 9/15@10:35AM: If you've been reading the comments on this thread you already are aware that Alex's guitar died during the last song of the second set last night and right into the encore. You can check out the malfunction in this video at about the 3:15 mark, and Alex's subsequent rant during the encore about having no guitars in this video. Many thanks to MickAv8r for the vids!

Rush kicks off the final leg of the US portion of the Time Machine Tour tonight at the TD Garden in Boston, MA. They'll then play 9 more US dates before taking a short break and heading down to South America to close out the tour. For everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 14th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 31
Venue: TD Garden
Place: Boston, MA

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Neil Peart to participate in Litte Kids Rock charity auction
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Little Kids RockLittle Kids Rock is a nonprofit organization established in 2002 that provides free instruments and lessons to children in under-served public schools. For the past 2 years Neil Peart has contributed items to the organization's annual charity auction and will be doing so again this year. From Ultimate-Guitar.com:

... On top of everything else they do, Little Kids Rock is about to host their second annual "Right To Rock" event which will take place in New York City at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. The benefit will take place on October 21st from 6:30 to 9:30 and will feature live music, awards, and the announced winners of a very special auction containing custom, one-of-a-kind guitars (along with other rock memorabilia) from some of the greatest players out there. ... Those interested in the aforementioned guitar auction can visit LittleKidsRock to check out and bid on some of the custom guitars made by heroes such as Slash, Joe Satriani, Gene Simmons, James Hetfield, Stephen Colbert, and many, many more. Each of the thirty artists involved in the auction have personally decorated a single Fender Stratocaster with their own design, making them rare, one-of-a-kind items. Other items like Neil Peart's cymbals and drumsticks signed by Ringo Starr will also be auctioned. ...

For all the details on the auction visit the Little Kids Rock website. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Neil Peart!
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On this day back in 1952, our favorite drummer - Neil Ellwood Peart - was born in Hamilton, Ontario. Neil turns 58 today which makes him the old man of the band; Geddy and Alex both recently turned 57. Happy birthday Pratt! And while daddy commemorates 58 years, his baby daughter Olivia celebrates 1 year and 1 month today; her 1st birthday was on August 12th. I should also mention that this past Thursday, September 9th, Neil and his wife Carrie Nuttall celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. It's a good thing the Rush tour is taking a break this week because Neil and family have a lot of celebrating to do!

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Nelly Furtado covers Rush's Time Stand Still
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UPDATE - 9/18@10:35AM: UPDATE - 9/18@10:34AM: Here's a better quality video of Nelly Furtado's performance of Time Stand Still. This one is professionally shot and includes soundcheck and behind-the-scenes footage (thanks Sean).

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Canadian pop singer Nelly Furtado debuted her rendition of Rush's Time Stand Still at the Ravinia Festival last Friday, September 3rd. The song is featured in the Canadian film Score: A Hockey Musical where Furtado plays a crazed hockey fan. The movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival Thursday night and you can read a review at this link (thanks RushFanForever). Here's a bootleg YouTube video of Furtado's performance of the song last Friday (thanks 1-2-bucklemyshoe):

We first heard some rumblings regarding Furtado possibly recording the song back in late March in this Toronto Star article which I had mentioned in this post.

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Geddy Lee credited on Heart's Death Valley from Red Velvet Car
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UPDATE - 9/16@9:35PM: Thanks to RushFanForever the mystery has been solved. He emailed sound engineer David Leonard and received the following response:

I am not sure what "whistle" Geddy is credited for. I don't recall any whistle on "Death Valley", however there was a sample on "WTF" that I dubbed the steam whistle because that is what it sounded like to me. I will forward your email with this question to Ben. Thanks for your enthusiasm.

Mr. Leonard then emailed Ben Mink and relayed this back to RushFanForever:

I just heard back from Mr. Mink. Kudos to you for picking up on an inside joke between Ben and Nancy Wilson. Ben says "Nancy (Wilson) heard some hi pitched thing in "Death Valley" and he (Ben) said "it's probably Geddy whistling". They gave Geddy credit. That's the story.

So there you have it. Geddy isn't actually on the track at all - it's just an inside joke. :)

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UPDATE - 9/13@2:02PM: Reader RushFanForever contacted the official Heart website and was informed that Geddy does indeed play an actual whistle on the track. Geddy's part was recorded with Ben Mink in Canada apart from the sessions with the Wilson sisters.

I mentioned this in yesterday's Friday updates post but thought it garnered a post of its own. Heart recently released a new album called Red Velvet Car which was produced and engineered by Ben Mink and David Leonard respectively, both of whom had the same credits on Geddy Lee's 2000 solo album My Favorite Headache. One of the tracks on the album is called Death Valley and the following appears in the credits: Geddy Lee - Whistle on 'Death Valley,' Mazel. The Mazel part simply means good luck or congratulations in Yiddish. Other musicians on the album also have their names listed with the instrument they performed on along with a phrase that represents who they are by heritage, character, and/or personality. After listening to the track there doesn't appear to be any kind of whistle on it, but there are a couple of parts of the song where it sounds like Geddy's voice can be heard in the backing vocals. This has led to some speculation that the whistle may refer to the whistle register, and that Geddy is actually contributing to the backing vocal track. Thanks to squeakywheel for the initial heads up, and to RushFanForever and hermy for the extra details.

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Alex Lifeson on the longevity of Rush
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[In No Rush to Slow Down]

The Asbury Park Press published a short preview article for Rush's show at the PNC Bank Center last Friday which included some interview snippets from Alex Lifeson. The article is titled In No Rush to Slow Down and Alex comments on the longevity of Rush and what the future holds for the band:

... "I think it is remarkable," guitarist Alex Lifeson said. "You just don't see that in rock or in anything. I think the reason we have lasted this long is because we've always been friends. We're not guns for hire. We still have fun with each other. We still laugh together, and we still love playing our music." ...

..."We're fortunate that we have material that fans want to hear," Lifeson said. "Why not play those songs? We still love playing the favorites." ...

... "I don't think we'll ever be one of those bands that is just part of the nostalgia set," Lifeson said. "We always have music flowing through us. We can't stop creating new songs. Fortunately, our fans want to hear new stuff. That's especially so when it comes to the diehards. We balance things. We make the new, but we play plenty of the older stuff. It still feels great to play some of those solos. I don't see us deviating from that path."...

... "We've been doing this for a long time, and we want to continue doing it," Lifeson said. "There's no reason to stop. We got into this at a young age, and fortunately, it worked out well for us. This band means so much to us, and apparently to a lot of our fans as well. I hope we can keep going for years. We still have a lot left in us."

That last comment should be music to the ears of all Rush fans. Many thanks to katskahnne for bringing this to our attention.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 9/11@9:20AM: I've listened to the Death Valley song and can't hear any kind of whistle on it although it's possible the whistle refers to the whistle register (thanks RushFanForever). This is all complete speculation, but Geddy could be helping with some higher-register backing vocals, or perhaps they are using some old recordings of backing vocals from the My Favorite Headache sessions? The mystery continues...

UPDATE - 9/10@4:21PM: Regarding the new Heart album mentioned below that gives a credit to Geddy Lee Whistle. Reader RushFanForever purchased the CD and reports that the actual full credit on the CD is written as Geddy Lee - Whistle on 'Death Valley,' Mazel. So it looks like Geddy actually does perform on the album. The Mazel part means good luck or congratulations in Yiddish. Other musicians on the album also have their names listed with the instrument they performed on along with a phrase that represents who they are by heritage, character, and/or personality.

Time stands still for Rush's Time Machine Tour this week. The band kicked off an 11-day hiatus after last Friday's show at the PNC Bank Center in Holmdel, NJ. They'll crank the machine back up this coming Tuesday, September 14th where they'll play the TD Garden in Boston, MA. The timing of the break worked out very well for Neil Peart, who has his 58th birthday to celebrate this coming Sunday, September 12th, not to mention celebrating 10 years of marriage to his wife Carrie Nuttall yesterday. It'll also give him time to deal with his inner ear issues so he won't be needing to wear the bulky headphones when the tour starts up again. Hopefully he'll find some time to write up another news update to his website, as has been his custom during breaks over the last few tours.

VH1 Classic helped us all feed our Rush fix while the band was on break this past week. On Wednesday they celebrated the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah by airing a special they dubbed Rush Hashanah where they played nothing but Rush programming for 24 hours straight including the Rush documentary and the premiere of the 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special. The special covered the making of these 2 classic rock albums and included commentary from all three members of Rush along with producer Terry Brown, Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters, Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke and many others. The Classic Albums special will also be released to DVD/Blu-ray later this month on September 28th. The DVD version will have a running time of 112 minutes including 50 minutes of bonus footage not included in the VH1 Classic broadcast. You can pre-order your copy on both DVD and Blu-ray, along with a special DVD/Blu-ray combo package that also includes both the 2112 and Moving Pictures CDs (4 discs total).

VH1 Classic has also regularly been airing the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage over the summer including a few airings during their Rush Hashanah special this past week as I'd mentioned above. The documentary was released to DVD back in late June and we just learned yesterday that it was already certified Double Platinum by the RIAA on September 1st. Two other Rush releases received updates to their certification status as well. Rush in Rio was certified 7X Multi Platinum and R30 was certified 5X Multi Platinum. Canadian Industry Minister Tony Clement recently watched the documentary and absolutely loved it according to this recent Twitter post (thanks Sean):

Amidst briefing books I managed to watch the Rush documentary on the plane to yvr. It is absolutely a must-see. Proud of those guys.
4:36 AM Sep 9th

As if Rush Hashanah and the documentary wasn't enough, VH1 Classic also aired a Back to School Top 20 Video Countdown special last Saturday and Rush's video for Subdivisions came in at #17. On a couple of related notes, yesterday was the 28th anniversary of the release of Rush's Signals album. And reader Martin W let me know about this blog post at The Awl which makes a tongue-in-cheek comparison of Arcade Fire's The Suburbs with Signals.

We learned earlier this week that Alex Lifeson will once again be participating in The Kidney Foundation of Canada's A Brush of Hope project. Alex has contributed paintings for the charity event the past 4 years running, and has promised to do so again this year.

Neil Peart is one of the many drummers featured in the 25th anniversary issue of UK drum magazine Rhythm. And over the Labor Day weekend JAM! Music featured an article where they asked famous musicians what they would do if they weren't in the music business. One of the artists interviewed was Rush's Neil Peart. Here's what Neil had to say:

"One of the first things I wanted to be was a forest ranger, so I definitely would be interested in being a park ranger. I love the work they do. And one of my other earliest ambitions was to be a teacher -- either English or history. That would certainly work for me. Or advertising -- I love what gets done in advertising copy.

There's so much creativity there that I laugh out loud sometimes at good movie slogans. Really well-presented advertising is a world that creativity can thrive in. There's lot of interesting stuff to do. And of course, just before joining this band, I was in the farm equipment business. I was pretty good at that. My dad likes to joke that I would have made a good parts manager."

To celebrate the launch of their dedicated bass channel, MusicRadar.com is running a poll to determine the greatest bass player of all time. Geddy Lee is in the running and needs your help. You can vote for Geddy at this link; the poll is down the page a little in the middle column. Rush is currently in the running in several other online polls too. You can vote for Rush's Moving Pictures in the Wines that Rock poll, vote for Countdown in NASA's Space Rock poll and vote for Rush in Rockabye Baby's poll.

Universal released yet another Rush compilation back on August 31st as part of their new ICON series. The package includes 12 Rush songs from the period when the band was on the Mercury record label (through 1987), including some very interesting selections not included on past compilations such as The Twilight Zone and The Necromancer. John at Cygnus-X1.net has scanned the compilation's packaging and liner notes and put them online at this location. You can order your copy of Rush ICON at this link.

Heart recently released a new album called Red Velvet Car which was produced and engineered by Ben Mink and David Leonard respectively, both of whom had the same credits on Geddy Lee's My Favorite Headache. What's interesting is that the track Death Valley gives credit to someone named Geddy Lee Whistle. Could this be an alias for our own Geddy Lee? If anyone has any information on this please let us know. Thanks to squeakywheel for the heads up.

The 2011 Rush wall calendar was released earlier this summer by NMR Distribution and can be purchased at this link. The calendar celebrates the 30th anniversary of Rush's 1981 classic Moving Pictures album and feature several photos from that era. John at Cygnus-X1.net recently scanned all the images from the calendar and posted them online at this link.

Reader A-CELL-OF-AWARENESS came across this little Rush quiz that had been posted in the Chicago Tribune earlier this summer. Somehow we had missed this when it was first published. If you're a regular reader of this site, you should have no problem with it. :)

Rush TabconThe 2010 East Coast Rush TabCon will take place this weekend at Blackdog Recording Studios in Rochester, NY. This is the first time in 10 years that TabCon participants have performed and recorded live Rush songs in a full recording studio. The next TabCon after this one will be annual Mid-West TabCon at St. Francis High School in St. Francis, WI October 8-11. For more information be sure to visit the Rush TabCon website and to view videos of past performances, check out the Rush TabCon page on YouTube.

If you aren't already familiar with it, 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 several times in the past and Donna Halper also recently appeared on the show. Not long ago they completely revamped their website and extended the show from 2 hours to 3 hours. I highly suggest you check out the new site, visit the forums and tune in Tuesday nights at 7PM PST.

Whirlwind is a company that makes custom drum looms among a whole range of other products. They created some custom drum looms for Neil Peart's Time Machine Tour kit and wrote up this little article at their website describing the band's enthusiastic reaction to the quality of the looms:

... our Custom Department, headed up by Sam Bertolone was asked to build a custom Drum Loom that would be built right into Neil Peart's elaborate drum set up to connect all of his drum triggers, while blending seamlessly into the band's "steam punk" theme. Sam Bertolone states "They absolutely loved it! The tour manager was so impressed with how it's working he has commissioned us to get started on the Keyboard looms as well"...

Thanks to Robert for the heads up.

You may be familiar with televangelist Bob Larson's 1982 book Practical Help for Those Who Listen to the Words and Don't like What They Hear where Rush gets a mention. Reader RushFanForever got his hands on a copy of the book and scanned the page with the Rush reference which states:

...Rush, who have pictured inverted pentagrams on nearly every album jacket, feature songs like "Witch Hunt" and "Camera Eye", describing the ability via reincarnation to recall past lives. ...

What an interesting interpretation of those songs... quick to judge, quick to anger, slow to understand.

Here's the video for Subdivisions:

Have a fantastic weekend everybody!

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage certified Double Platinum
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UPDATE - 9/9@9:27PM: Eric at Power Windows reminded me that as a 2 DVD set, only 100,000 copies of the documentary needed to be sold to achieve Double Platinum status. Still pretty impressive considering the DVD was only released a little over 2 months ago.

The RIAA just recently certified the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Double Platinum this past September 1st, which means it has sold at least 200,000 copies to date (see here for video certification requirements). Two other Rush releases received updates to their certification status as well. Rush in Rio was certified 7X Multi Platinum (700,000+ copies sold) and R30 was certified 5X Multi Platinum (500,000+ copies sold). Congratulations Rush! They now have some more swag to decorate the offices at Anthem. You can search the RIAA database and check out all the Rush certifications yourself at this link. Thanks to Sean for the heads up.

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Neil Peart asked what he would do if he wasn't a drummer
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[Stars list off other dream jobs: If they didn't rock, here's what they'd do]

Over the Labor Day weekend JAM! Music featured an article where they asked famous musicians what they would do if they weren't in the music business. One of the artists interviewed was Rush's Neil Peart. Here's what Neil had to say:

"One of the first things I wanted to be was a forest ranger, so I definitely would be interested in being a park ranger. I love the work they do. And one of my other earliest ambitions was to be a teacher -- either English or history. That would certainly work for me. Or advertising -- I love what gets done in advertising copy.

There's so much creativity there that I laugh out loud sometimes at good movie slogans. Really well-presented advertising is a world that creativity can thrive in. There's lot of interesting stuff to do. And of course, just before joining this band, I was in the farm equipment business. I was pretty good at that. My dad likes to joke that I would have made a good parts manager."

Thanks to Crush252 for the heads up.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Vote for Geddy Lee in MusicRadar.com's greatest bass player poll
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[Who is the greatest bass player of all time?]

To celebrate the launch of their dedicated bass channel, MusicRadar.com is running a poll to determine the greatest bass player of all time. Geddy Lee is in the running and needs your help. You can vote for Geddy at this link; the poll is down the page a little in the middle column. Thanks to MechBill2112 for the heads up. While you're at it, keep voting for Rush's Moving Pictures in the Wines that Rock poll and vote for Countdown in NASA's Space Rock poll.

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Neil Peart featured in Rhythm magazine's 25th anniversary issue
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Rhythm magazine 25th anniversary issueNeil Peart is one of the many drummers featured in the 25th anniversary issue of UK drum magazine Rhythm. From MusicRadar.com:

Rhythm has enjoyed 25 years as the UK's best-selling drumming magazine, and we're marking the occasion with a special issue jam-packed with star interviews. Past Rhythm cover stars including Thomas Lang, Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland, Mike Portnoy, Steve Gadd, Joey Jordison, Nicko McBrain, Travis Barker, Ian Paice, Dave Weckl, Chad Smith, Terry Bozzio, Nick Mason and Steve Gadd share their memories of the magazine and their careers during the last 25 years, and reveal what lies ahead. We've also re-printed classic interviews with sadly departed drum legends Jeff Porcaro and Elvin Jones.

Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Rush Hashanah and Rush Classic Albums tonight on VH1 Classic
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Just like they did back in 2008, VH1 Classic is using the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah as an excuse to air nothing but Rush programming for 24 hours straight. Rush Hashanah begins this evening at sundown with the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage at 7PM EST and the premiere of the 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special immediately following at 9:30PM. You can check out the complete schedule at the VH1 Classic website. The Classic Albums special will also be released to DVD/Blu-ray later this month on September 28th. The DVD version will have a running time of 112 minutes including 50 minutes of bonus footage not included in the VH1 Classic broadcast. You can pre-order your copy on both DVD and Blu-ray, along with a special DVD/Blu-ray combo package that also includes both the 2112 and Moving Pictures CDs (4 discs total). The special includes commentary from all three members of Rush along with producer Terry Brown, Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters, Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke and many others. You can watch a short minute-and-a-half preview video at this link. The video shows Neil Peart, David Fricke, Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown talking about Limelight.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Alex Lifeson to participate in Kidney Foundation's A Brush of Hope
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[Turns out guitarist Lifeson has a few goods licks on canvas]

A Brush of HopeAccording to this article in today's Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Alex Lifeson will once again be participating in The Kidney Foundation of Canada's A Brush of Hope project. Alex has contributed paintings for the charity event the past 4 years running, and has promised to do so again this year. From the article:

... "Alex is definitely a highlight for us," says Fox. "We asked him if he would paint for us, and I think, to be honest, he was very pleasantly surprised with how well his first painting sold. It sold for $3,000, and that really got him excited, so he painted the next year and it sold for $5,700. He has been with us every step of the way." ...

For all the latest news on the event, check out their Facebook Group. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Subdivisions makes VH1 Classic's Back to School Countdown
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Last night VH1 Classic premiered their Back to School Top 20 Video Countdown special hosted by Carrie Keagan and Rush's video for Subdivisions came in at #17. The special will re-air tomorrow at 1PM and 11:30PM, and next Sunday at 11AM (thanks rushman110). We'll be seeing a lot of Rush on VH1 and VH1 Classic in the next few weeks. Originally slated to premiere tomorrow evening, VH1 will be airing an updated version of their 100 Greatest Music Artists of All Time special over 4 nights starting with a 2-hour program on Monday, September 20th; Rush comes in at #75 on their list. And the big Rush Hashanah event premieres this coming Wednesday, September 8th where VH1 Classic will air nothing but Rush programming for 24 hours straight starting with the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage at 7PM EST and the premiere of the 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special immediately following at 9:30PM. You can check out the complete schedule at the VH1 Classic website. Here's the video for Subdivisions:

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Holmdel open thread
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UPDATE - 9/9@5:34PM: Here's a nice little professionally-produced mini documentary on the show (thanks Sean). It includes several short interview snippets with some fans that you may recognize.

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UPDATE - 9/9@12:06PM: Here's a scan of another review from The Star-Ledger. It's from the print edition and by the same author of the online one - but it's a different review. I guess they liked the show so much they were compelled to write 2 reviews! Thanks to DaveTinNY for the scan.

UPDATE - 9/9@9:39AM: John over at Cygnus-X1.net wrote this short review along with a bunch of great photographs from the show.

UPDATE - 9/5@5:28PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 9/4@9:23AM: Here's a review from The Star-Ledger.

Rush hits the PNC Bank Center in Holmdel, NJ tonight for show number 30 on the Time Machine Tour; the last before taking another 11-day hiatus, closing out the 2nd portion of the US leg. Hurricane Earl has thankfully decided not to attend tonight's show, veering off to the northeast and only leaving behind a little rain and wind. The show will go on! For everybody going this evening have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Friday, September 3rd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 30
Venue: PNC Bank Arts Center
Place: Holmdel, NJ

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine TourRush hit the state fair circuit this past week playing shows at the Minnesota, Allentown and New York Fairs along with Sunday night's gig in Columbus. Despite the rumors, the Columbus show was obviously not filmed but the latest rumor is that the Pittsburgh show at the brand new Consol Energy Center will get this honor. Apparently one of the reasons behind not filming the Columbus show was Neil's recent ear issues and the fact that's he's been needing to wear headphones; they didn't want to film the show with Neil wearing the bulky headphones. After this evening's show at the PNC Bank Center in Holmdel, NJ they'll take another 11-day hiatus until cranking up the third and final US leg of the tour in Boston on September 14th. Hurricane Earl seems to have decided not to purchase a VIP ticket to the show tonight, so all should be well weather-wise except for a little wind/rain. Although the word is that Hurricane Lance will be making landfall in the first row - so watch out! Jared Max is the sports director at WCBS 880 in New York City and also a huge Rush fan. In honor of tonight's show he stuck a bunch of Rush references in today's sportscast. You can listen to it at this link or using the player below.

Earlier this week a new interview with Alex Lifeson was published at MusicRadar.com. The interview was conducted last week on Alex's 57th birthday just before the Minnesota State Fair show. The interview focuses on several of the same topics that Alex recently covered in his interview with Allentown's The Morning Call, such as the tour and the new album. He also discusses Rush's recent surge in popularity - especially with women, how the idea of playing Moving Pictures came about, and he expands a bit on their plans for recording the new album Clockwork Angels. You can read the entire interview at this link.

Sonic Reality's Neil Peart Drums Volume 1Last week Sonic Reality announced via a press release that their new Neil Peart series drum sample instrument library Neil Peart Drums Volume 1: The Kit is now shipping for the Infinite Player software powered by Kontakt. The version for FXPansion's BFD software was announced as shipping earlier last month. For information on purchasing the product visit esoundz.com or check out this list of Sonic Reality retailers. I'd first reported that Sonic Reality had completed a Neil Peart drum sampling session engineered by Nick Raskulinecz way back in April of 2008 but it's taken over 2 years to develop the end product. You can listen to 4 different demo samples at this link. There's also a behind-the-scenes video from the recording sessions for the sample library posted to Sonic Reality's YouTube channel. The video shows Nick Raskulinecz and the Sound Reality guys setting up the mics and then a couple of minutes of Neil pounding away on his kit.

Just like they did 2 years ago, VH1 Classic will be airing a special in celebration of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah this coming Wednesday, September 8th called Rush Hashanah. Nothing but Rush programming will air for 24 hours straight starting with the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage at 7PM EST and the premiere of the 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special immediately following at 9:30PM. You can check out the complete schedule at the VH1 Classic website.

Universal released yet another Rush compilation this past Tuesday as part of their new ICON series. The package includes 12 Rush songs from the period when the band was on the Mercury record label (through 1987), including some very interesting selections not included on past compilations such as The Twilight Zone and The Necromancer. You can see the complete tracklist and order Rush ICON at this link.

A couple of weeks ago we learned that VH1 will be airing an updated version of thier 100 Greatest Music Artists of All Time special over 4 nights starting with a 2-hour program this coming Monday, September 6th. The list was determined by polling well-known music artists and industry experts including Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. VH1 conducted the same poll back in 1998 as their first ever countdown special. At that time Rush did not make their list, but this time they come in at #75. You can read the official press release at this link.

The Canadian vampire horror/comedy flick Suck was released to theaters in Canada back in October of 2009 and had its US premier at the SXSW Film Festival in March in Austin, TX on Wednesday March 17th. Alex Lifeson makes an appearance in the movie as a border guard. You can get a glimpse of Alex in the film's trailer at this link (at about the 1:50 mark). We learned a few weeks ago that the movie will be released to DVD and Blu-ray in the US on September 28th and is already available for purchase in Canada. The film is getting a limited theatrical release sponsored by horror magazine Fangoria this weekend through D&E Entertainment - the same distributor that handled the Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage theatrical release. All the details along with theaters/showtimes can be found at this link.

In an updates post from a couple of weeks ago and in subsequent posts, I'd mentioned that NASA was running a Space Rock contest where they were asking folks to vote for their favorite wakeup songs to be played on the upcoming STS-133 Space Shuttle mission. Two of the 40 songs up for voting will be chosen and one of the songs being considered is Rush's Countdown. Rush was doing very well in the voting until one Star Trek fan decided to hack the voting system and racked up 100,000+ votes for both the Star Trek Theme and Magic Carpet Ride (this song has Star Trek significance), effectively eliminating Rush from the top two. Several fans contacted NASA regarding the cheating and were told that they were working on a solution and that they are not taking the situation lightly. However, nothing has been done yet and Rush is still way behind in third place. I don't see the point of bothering with the poll until the cheating is addressed, but you can vote for Rush as often as you wish at this link.

While we wait for the cheating in the NASA poll to be handled, we can focus our attention on another poll where Rush needs some help from the fans. Several weeks ago I let you know that winemaker Wines That Rock are conducting a poll to determine the next classic album that will inspire the next Wine That Rocks. Rush's Moving Pictures is in the running and needs our help; they are currently in second place behind AC/DC's Back in Black. It also looks like you can vote multiple times so go vote for Rush!

Speaking of wine, internationally recognized wine expert Mark Oldman just released his new book Oldman's Brave New World of Wine and Alex Lifeson along with dozens of other celebrity wine lovers are profiled in the book. Alex discusses his favorite wines, wine-based experiences, and a few tricks he's picked up over the years. Here's an excerpt:

Bandmate Geddy Lee and I went to California's Turley Wine Cellars in late September of 1998 to spend a few days working the harvest. We pulled all of the leaves and spiders and all that stuff out of the bins, and so we were covered head-to-toe in grape juice. Later, Ged and I stopped at this restaurant for lunch. Our shirts and fingers were all purple-we were so proud! People were like, "Yeah, you guys are locals, aren't you? We'll get you some service right away, sir."
-Alex Lifeson

Geddy Lee was profiled in Oldman's 2004 book Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine. You can purchase Oldman's Brave New World of Wine at this link.

Speaking of Alex and Geddy, the pair both recently celebrated their 57th birthday and the Classic Rock Revisited website asked them how they celebrate:

Geddy Lee: Well after I stop crying, I start drinking heavily.
Alex Lifeson: It's interesting for me this summer because I celebrated my 21st birthday about a week or ten days or so after we went on the road on our first tour in Minneapolis. And we'll be playing on my 57th birthday in Minneapolis.

Thanks to Scott_PA for the heads up.

This year's RushCon conventions in Toronto and Las Vegas were a huge success and the folks at RushCon have posted their 2010 convention wrap-up write-up which you can check out at this link. It's chock full of great photos and a rundown of all the events.

Rush TabconSpeaking of Rush conventions, the 2010 East Coast Rush TabCon will take place the weekend of September 10-11 at Blackdog Recording Studios in Rochester, NY. This is the first time in 10 years that TabCon participants have performed and recorded live Rush songs in a full recording studio. The next TabCon after this one will be annual Mid-West TabCon at St. Francis High School in St. Francis, WI October 8-11. For more information be sure to visit the Rush TabCon website and to view videos of past performances, check out the Rush TabCon page on YouTube.

Musician's Friend Neil Peart coverThe September special Percussion Issue of the Musician's Friend catalog features Neil Peart on the cover as well as a foldout photo of Neil at his kit which you can check out at this link. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

Reader rb2112 let me know about a recent Chicago Tribune article which asks the question of whether the band The Ides of March is the longest-running current band in history. The article includes a graphic that features Rush along with a few other long-running bands which you can check out here.

Eric at Power Windows came across this article titled Rush to your wallet which discusses the exorbitant price of concert tickets of late.

Reader random_sample dug up an old Musician magazine article from June of 1988 titled Neil Peart's Heady Metal: Rush's Rhythmatist Holds Forth where Neil Peart is interviewed. You can check out some scans of the article by clicking on the thumbnails.

Speaking of Mr. Peart, reader Mr. K let me know that Neil is featured in DRUM! Magazine's listing of the 50 Most Important Drummers of All Time.

Reader Dave W let me know that Rush's iPhone application gets a mention in this Guardian article on the surge in popularity of iPhone apps and how they are affecting iPod/iTunes sales. Rush's Time Machine Tour-themed iPhone application was released back in July.

Speaking of iTunes, the guys at iLounge.com recently posted yet another article strewn with screenshots of Rush songs and playlists at this link (thanks rosmakloma).

Rush's debut album is the subject of this recent Consequence of Sound article. The author considers this album in the context of wondering what Rush would have become had John Rutsey never left the band. You can check it out at this link. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

Rush was discussed on this past Sunday's airing of syndicated radio talk show Loveline with Mike and Dr. Drew. At one point they took a call from someone in Canada and Mike went off for a minute or so raving about the Rush documentary and the two talked for a minute or two about the band.

Reader A-CELL-OF-AWARENESS located this bootleg video of Rush performing Red Barchetta at the Allentown Fair earlier this week. The video is notable because Alex maneuvers around in a way reminiscent of how he used to strut the stage back in the 80s. Lerxst must be feeling energized since his 57th birthday. You can check it out at around the 4-4:35 section in this video (obvious tour SPOILERS).

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

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Alex Lifeson profiled in Oldman's Brave New World of Wine
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Internationally recognized wine expert Mark Oldman just released his new book Oldman's Brave New World of Wine and Alex Lifeson along with dozens of other celebrity wine lovers are profiled in the book. Alex discusses his favorite wines, wine-based experiences, and a few tricks he's picked up over the years. Here's an excerpt:

Bandmate Geddy Lee and I went to California's Turley Wine Cellars in late September of 1998 to spend a few days working the harvest. We pulled all of the leaves and spiders and all that stuff out of the bins, and so we were covered head-to-toe in grape juice. Later, Ged and I stopped at this restaurant for lunch. Our shirts and fingers were all purple-we were so proud! People were like, "Yeah, you guys are locals, aren't you? We'll get you some service right away, sir."
-Alex Lifeson

Geddy Lee was profiled in Oldman's 2004 book Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine. You can purchase Oldman's Brave New World of Wine at this link. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Rush Time Machine Tour: New York State Fair open thread
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UPDATE - 9/8@5:57PM: Here's a video news story covering the show from YNN (thanks Steve H).

UPDATE - 9/3@1:31PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Also, a photo of our own A-CELL-OF-AWARENESS made The Post Standard at this link (he's on the left).

UPDATE - 9/3@7:28AM: Here's a review from The Post-Standard (thanks koobie).

Rush hits yet another state fair tonight, playing the Grandstand at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY for show #29. For everybody going to the show have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Thursday, September 2nd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 29
Venue: New York State Fair Grandstand
Place: Syracuse, NY

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New contest at the Rush Backstage Club
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[Win a Beyond The Lighted Stage Poster!]

The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a 23"x36" Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage poster. Unfortunately it's not autographed by the band though. The contest runs until September 15th and you can sign up to enter at this link. The posters can also be purchased through Amazon in the 24"x36" size or a larger 27"x40" size. Thanks to hermy for the heads up.

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