Archive: Blog Entries from October, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rush's Subdivisions soon available for Rock Band 3
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Rock Band 3I'd mentioned briefly in my latest Friday updates post that Rush's Subdivisions would soon be made available for download for the Rock Band video game. Rock Band 3 was just released this past week and adds the ability to play keyboards along with guitars, drums and vocals. So the keyboard-heavy Subdivisions is an ideal fit for the game. The track is the original master recording and will be available for download for the Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 this coming Tuesday, November 2nd. You can check out a trailer featuring the track at this link.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Geddy Lee to appear at UK screening of the Rush documentary
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UPDATE - 11/4@4:48PM: Rush is holding a contest where you could win 2 free passes to the screening. For all the details and to enter the contest, go to this link.

Rush.com just announced that Geddy Lee would be making an appearance at a UK screening of the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage at the Cineworld Haymarket in London on Monday, November 8th at 6PM. Geddy along with filmmakers Scott Mcfadyen and Sam Dunn will be conducting a Q&A after the film. Geddy will be in town to accept the Living Legend award for Rush at the Classic Rock Awards on Wednesday, November 10th. The Classic Rock Awards will take place at The Roundhouse in London and be hosted by Alice Cooper. Previous recipients of the Living Legend award include Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper and Lemmy. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Things have quieted down a bit in Rush-land since the highly successful 2010 Time Machine Tour came to a close 2 weekends ago. The band and crew are no doubt taking some time to relax, regroup and recharge their batteries - hopefully in preparation for the rumored 2nd leg of the tour next year, which now seems like a lock based on what I'm hearing. What isn't clear yet is exactly when the tour will start, how long it will last, what cities/countries will be included and whether there will be any significant changes to the show/setlist. The rumors on all of these fronts are already swirling. One of the more believable ones is that a European leg will be included, and one of the less believable rumors would have the Time Machine embark on a mini-tour of Asia including Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines and Hawaii! I've also heard that the tour may kickoff much sooner than we had previously thought, with an opening night potentially coming as early as late February. It's also unclear where writing/recording fits in to all this - if at all. As with all rumors, please take these with a substantial grain of salt. My policy is and always has been to report any plausible rumor that I hear and let you be the judge of whether you want to believe it or not. I'll be sure to post anything else I learn.

Rush's 2010 Time Machine Tour was a huge success and took the number one spot on Billboard's Hot Tours chart last week. You can check out all of the specific US attendance figures in this post or in the tour section. The Houston Press recently made mention of the fact that Rush's September 25th show at the Woodlands Pavilion had the largest crowd for any single US date on the tour. And music industry insider Bob Lefsetz wrote about the tour in a recent newsletter (thanks Michael O):

9/14 TD Garden, Boston

11,331 sold, 95% of house
Gross: $948,003

No mainstream press, not appealing to everybody, just a core, which loves this band to death.

And it's not only Boston. They did 12,403 for $870,118 at Verizon in Irvine the month before and even 11,053 for $687,691 in PITTSBURGH two days later. With more acts like this, Live Nation would be profitable.

Meanwhile, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith do in excess of half a million a night. In other words, their albums are just an advertisement for the tour.

To top things off, the band will be named this year's Legend of Live at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards in New York City this coming Thursday, November 4th. From the September 29th press release:

... "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." ...

Reader J du Bois let me know that the November 6th issue of Billboard magazine has a nice feature on Rush and the Legend of Live award which includes interview snippets from Geddy, Neil and manager Ray Danniels. The article is not online yet but J du Bois was kind enough to transcribe the portion where Danniels is interviewed about the band's future plans:

... At press time, Rush had just wrapped four sellout shows in South American stadiums and found itself in the sweet spot of needing to decide whether to resume its Time Machine tour or finish work on its 20th studio album, "Clockwork Angels." "There's a lot of pressure to continue the tour because it's been so successful," says longtime manager Ray Danniels of SRO Entertainment. "But there's also that
artistic drive to finish the record." ...

... More touring is inevitable, according to Danniels. He predicts that "Clockwork Angels" will arrive either at the end of 2011 or in first-quarter 2012. And as far as the long-term future is concerned, Rush is fit to keep logging plenty more career miles. "I think they will go for a long time," Danniels says when asked how long Rush
will remain active. "They talk about 10 years. I think as long as they remain healthy, I don't see them not doing this. They're enjoying it." ...

This jibes with Geddy's comments regarding the new album in his TV UOL interview. It also seems to lend some weight to the rumors of a second Time Machine Tour leg.

Rush's pyrotechnician and tour photographer John Arrowsmith finally had a chance to post all of the official photos for the South American shows to the Rush.com Multimedia: Rush on the Road section earlier this week. There are some really nice photos in this batch including a bunch of great crowd shots. You can check out all the official photos from the tour at this link, and all are available for purchase in a variety of sizes/finishes. I've also been informed that Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton will be adding a bunch of new photos and videos to his official site at LorneWheaton.com in the the coming weeks.

Back in July Rush released its official Time Machine Tour application for the iPhone along with a really cool website showcasing the app. They later made it available for the Android Phone, and earlier this week announced that a Time Machine application for the iPad is also now available. The application costs $4.99 USD and can be purchased at this link where complete details and several screenshots are available. Although similar to the iPhone app, this application has considerably more content and functionality.

The 2005 Jon Collins Rush biography Rush Chemistry will finally be available in paperback in North America this coming Monday, November 1st. It was made available in the UK earlier this month. The book has been re-proofed and all of the typos, errors and inaccuracies as listed in the addendum have been fixed. The biography covers the history of the band up through and including the R30 tour. You can pre-order your copy at this link.

A Brush of HopeLast month the Halifax Chronicle-Herald reported that Alex Lifeson would once again be participating in The Kidney Foundation of Canada's A Brush of Hope project. Unfortunately Alex ended up not being able to participate this year due to his busy tour schedule this past summer/fall. Alex has contributed paintings for the charity event the past 4 years running and has promised a big painting for next year's event. The A Brush of Hope auction is currently underway and will run throughout the weekend.

Classic Rock October 2010In celebration of their 150th issue, the October edition of the UK's Classic Rock magazine features their list of the 150 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time and Rush's eponymous first album made the cut. The entire list is not posted online, but someone at Spotify created a playlist including one track per album which you can check out at this link.

Back on September 3rd Canadian pop singer Nelly Furtado debuted her rendition of Rush's Time Stand Still at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL. You can check out a video of the performance including some behind-the-scenes footage at this link. The song is featured in the Canadian film Score: A Hockey Musical which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month and stars Furtado as an ardent hockey fan. A studio recording of the track was released to Furtado's YouTube channel earlier this week and you can listen to it at this link.

Last month 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 was released to DVD/Blu-ray a few weeks ago 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. You can check out a couple of preview videos in this post. The DVD/Blu-ray continues to get great reviews in the press including this one from PopMatters who gives it an 8 out of 10 rating along with a 9 out of 10 for the extras.

Rock Band just announced this morning via their Twitter feed that Rush's Subdivisions will soon be available for download for the Rock Band video game (thanks Falcon).

Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess recently posted a video to YouTube where he's messing around on his piano while wearing a Rush Time Machine Tour t-shirt (thanks Power Windows)

Here's some fan-shot video of Alex and Geddy giving out autographs to some Brazilian fans outside their hotel in Sao Paulo (thanks Rafael C).

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer posted a photo gallery of some of the worst singers in rock music earlier this week and Rush's own Geddy Lee made their list. He's in good company though; Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eddie Vedder and Mick Jagger are also among the 20 artists making their list. Thanks to dman2332 for the heads up.

Musician's Friend October 2010I'd mentioned a few weeks ago that it's Fender Month at Musicians Friend and Geddy Lee along with his signature Fender Jazz Bass graces the cover of the October issue of their catalog. Throughout the month you can purchase a signed Geddy Lee Fender Jazz Bass for $999.99 which includes a free copy of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. You can check out all the details at this link and check out the online version of the catalog at this link.

I'd mentioned in the past how Geddy Lee is a member of the advisory board for Toronto's annual Pug awards, which invites the public to vote on the best, the middling and worst of Toronto's newest real estate developments. Reader RushFanForever noticed that the Pug Awards website had posted a short video of Geddy Lee earlier this year where Geddy briefly talks about the Awards. You can check out the video at this link.

Reader jarad2112 has a friend that works at C-Span who came across a video that they ran of a history professor at Hillsdale College giving a lecture on Politics in the 19th century. At about the 14:30 mark, the professor makes a reference to Rush to illustrate a point. You can check it out at this link.

Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover cites Neil Peart as a big influence in this recent interview with Crypt Magazine.

Reader malterb let me know that new Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade was interviewed by WLUP's Pete McMurray last Thursday and at the end of the interview Quade asked the DJ to play some Rush for him.

Twenty-five years ago today on October 29th, 1985 Rush released their 11th studio album Power Windows. The album marked the band's first collaboration with producer Peter Collins and was recorded at The Manor in England, Air Studios in Montserrat and Sarm East in London in the spring and summer of 1985. It was certified Gold by RIAA on December 18, 1985 and Platinum on January 27, 1986, and peaked at #10 on the Billboard album charts. The first single off the album was The Big Money which charted at #45 on the US Hot 100 and #4 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. In celebration of the anniversary, for my next poll I'm asking everyone what their favorite song off the album is. Take the poll and let us know. And fittingly enough, Marathon received the top spot in last week's poll where I'd asked everyone what non-Moving Pictures song was the highlight of the Time Machine Tour setlist (complete results here). Today also happens to be the 32nd anniversary of the release of Hemispheres and the 29th anniversary of the release of Exit ... Stage Left. Here's the video for The Big Money:

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

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Happy 25th anniversary Power Windows!
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Twenty-five years ago today on October 29th, 1985 Rush released their 11th studio album Power Windows. The album marked the band's first collaboration with producer Peter Collins and was recorded at The Manor in England, Air Studios in Montserrat and Sarm East in London in the spring and summer of 1985. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on December 18, 1985 and Platinum on January 27, 1986, and peaked at #10 on the Billboard album charts. The first single off the album was The Big Money which charted at #45 on the US Hot 100 and #4 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. You can read a transcription of the album's tourbook including Neil Peart's Looking Through Power Windows writeup at this link. In celebration of the anniversary, for my next poll I'm asking everyone what their favorite song off the album is. Take the poll and let us know. And fittingly enough, Marathon received the top spot in last week's poll where I'd asked everyone what non-Moving Pictures song was the highlight of the Time Machine Tour setlist (complete results here). Here's the video for The Big Money:

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rush included in Classic Rock's 150 Greatest Debut Albums list
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Classic Rock October 2010In celebration of their 150th issue, the October edition of the UK's Classic Rock magazine features their list of the 150 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time and Rush's eponymous first album made the cut. The entire list is not posted online, but someone at Spotify created a playlist including one track per album which you can check out at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rush Time Machine application available for the iPad
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[Rush Time Machine for iPad on the iTunes App Store]

Back in July Rush released its official Time Machine Tour application for the iPhone along with a really cool website showcasing the app. They later made it available for the Android Phone, and earlier today announced that a Time Machine application for the iPad is also now available. The application costs $4.99 USD and can be purchased at this link where complete details and several screenshots are available. Although similar to the iPhone app, this application has considerably more content and functionality. From the description:

For the first time ever Rush has helped develop a fun and useful application for the hard-core Rush fans. Get exclusive up to minute news, music, and more in the palm of your hands now bigger and better on your iPad. See NEVER before seen content and be a part of all things Geddy, Alex & Neil as never before as they embark on the Time Machine Tour. In this release are included: -Directions, ticket info and a full tour Itinerary. -Find the nearest places to dine, stay, points of interest and transportation near each venue. -A Gear section where you can discover all of the cool gadgets and artifacts that the guys "actually" use while on the tour. -Travel back in time with a Time Machine known as the GeFilter and enjoy all of their music. Over 30 songs available to play and enjoy on the Rush iPad. -Meet the "Working Men" and discover the "Countdown" section. -Rush News: Up to minute information of all Rush activities -A great "Moving Pictures" wallpaper section. -Interactive game with Geddy, Alex and Neil: includes rare audio clips. It's a feature in this application that will be sure to shake you up.

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Alex Lifeson and the Kidney Foundation's A Brush of Hope update
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A Brush of HopeLast month the Halifax Chronicle-Herald reported that Alex Lifeson would 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 had promised to do so again this year. Unfortunately - according to A Brush of Hope director Tim Fox - Alex will be unable to participate this year due to his busy tour schedule this past summer/fall. However, he has promised a big painting for next year's event. The A Brush of Hope auction is currently underway and will run through this Sunday, October 31st. Thanks to Get up and go the distance for the heads up.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Studio version of Nelly Furtado's cover of Rush's Time Stand Still
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UPDATE - 11/11@5:52PM: Geddy Lee was asked about the cover in his recent BBC interview and whether Rush would reciprocate with a cover of I'm Like a Bird:

... "Interesting idea!" Lee chuckles. "She was part of a Canadian film called Score: A Hockey Musical. We got a call that she wanted to sing that song. "It's really sweet of her to do that. I don't know how she came about choosing that song, but she obviously responded to it." ...

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Back on September 3rd Canadian pop singer Nelly Furtado debuted her rendition of Rush's Time Stand Still at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL. You can check out a video of the performance including some behind-the-scenes footage at this link. The song is featured in the Canadian film Score: A Hockey Musical which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last month and stars Furtado as an ardent hockey fan. A studio recording of the track was released to Furtado's YouTube channel yesterday and you can listen to it below or at this link (thanks Sean).

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rush biography Rush: Chemistry paperback edition
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The 2005 Jon Collins Rush biography Rush Chemistry will finally be available in paperback in North America this coming Monday, November 1st. It was made available in the UK earlier this month. The book has been re-proofed and all of the typos, errors and inaccuracies as listed in the addendum have been fixed. The biography covers the history of the band up through and including the R30 tour. You can pre-order your copy at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 10/23@9:28AM: John Arrowsmith has finally had a chance to post all of the official photos for the South American shows to the Rush.com Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. There are some really nice photos in this batch including a bunch of great crowd shots. Thanks John!

Rush Time Machine TourRush's 2010 Time Machine Tour came to a close this past weekend in front of more than 40,000 Chilean Rush fans at the National Stadium in Santiago. Rush dedicated Stick It Out to the 33 recently rescued Chilean miners while displaying a picture of the miners on screen, and Alex Lifeson used a guitar with the number 33 displayed on it for a portion of the show. They also played to over 15,000 Argentinean fans at GEBA Stadium in Buenos Aires last Friday night. Rush had never played either of these two countries before and both shows were a great way to cap off a highly successful tour for our favorite Canadian trio. Billboard released the official attendance figures for the US portion of the Time Machine Tour yesterday and Rush made the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot Tours chart this week. You can check out all of the specific attendance figures in this post or in the tour section.

Now that the tour is over I thought I'd ask everyone what they thought was the highlight of the Time Machine Tour setlist. And to make it more interesting, I've removed all the tracks from Moving Pictures from consideration. So other than any of the songs off of Moving Pictures, what do you think was the highlight of the setlist? Take the poll and let us know. In my last poll I asked everyone what their favorite song off of Caress of Steel was in celebration of the album's 35th anniversary. It was a close race but The Fountain of Lamneth edged out the competition with 29% of the vote. Coming in 2nd was Bastille Day with 25% and rounding out the top 3 was The Necromancer with 23%. You can view the complete results at this link, and you can view results from all of the past polls on the poll archive page.

I continue to hear from some very credible sources that planning is already underway for a 2nd leg of Time Machine Tour to take place next Spring/Summer. I don't have any details yet, but judging by how the 2nd leg of the Snakes & Arrows tour went, they'll likely change up a few songs on the setlist but otherwise keep the show intact. I also have to assume that they'll make an effort to hit several cities that they missed the first time around as well as consider transporting the Time Machine across the Atlantic for a few European dates. Hopefully some more concrete information will be revealed in the coming weeks. As of right now though, I'm sure the band and crew is looking forward to some well-deserved time off.

Although the tour is over, Rush fans in Brazil aren't done celebrating just yet. On December 18th the Rush Fan Club Brazil will be hosting their Rush Fan Club Brazil Fest at the Rock N' Drinks Bar in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. For more information go to this link.

Earlier this year Canadian sports network TSN collaborated with Rush's Neil Peart to develop a new drum-centric version of the iconic Hockey Theme. The song was recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood on December 7th, 2009 and debuted during a Toronto Maple Leafs game back in February. Back in March, the Drum Channel released a 9-minute Making of The Hockey Theme video to their website and mentioned that a full-length making of DVD would be made available at a later date. As promised, The Drum Channel has produced a 90-minute making of DVD titled Neil Peart: Fire on Ice, Making of The Hockey Theme which can be purchased at this link. You can also watch this short YouTube preview video.

Back in late 1989 several heavy metal and hard rock artists gathered at the now historic Metropolis Studios in London for a project to raise money to help those affected by the December 7th, 1988 earthquake in Gyumri, Armenia. It was called Rock Aid Armenia - The Earthquake Album and was released in 1990. This humanitarian album project consisted of original tracks by the bands of the different contributors (including The Spirit of Radio from Rush) and a popular re-recording of one of Deep Purple's famous hit songs Smoke on the water, with different vocalists singing each verse. Contributors included Bryan Adams, Geoff Beauchamp, Ritchie Blackmore, Bruce Dickinson, Jeff Downes, Keith Emerson, Ian Gillan, David Gilmour, John Paul Jones, Tony Iommi, Jon Lord, Brian May, Paul Rodgers, Chris Squire, Roger Taylor and Rush's own Alex Lifeson. A 20th anniversary re-release of the Smoke on the Water track along with a making-of DVD titled Smoke on the Water: the Metropolis Sessions will be released next month on November 22nd and is available for pre-order here. An mp3 version of the CD is already available for download at this link. You can watch the original video for the song at this link and catch glimpses of Alex Lifeson at the 1:44, 2:13, 3:25 and 4:03 marks.

Reader John T created this really cool collage photo of Alex, Neil and Geddy from the August 18th show at Red Rocks. He's made it available for purchase as a 12"x18" matte finish photo. You can check it out at this link.

Reader chutch15 let me know about a Rush reference in this past week's episode of the Venture Bros on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim (season 4, episode 14: Assisted Suicide). In one scene Dr. Orpheus tries to access Dr. Venture's soul and needs help from the doctor's most beloved things. At one point, he tries a box of trinkets which includes a Rush tape. When it doesn't work, another character suggests trying again bit without the Rush tape saying Here's the problem. It's a best-of. The next try works and they say It must have been the Rush tape.

While checking out some photos from Rush's show in Santiago, reader tgolic happened upon some galleries of other bands including American alt-rockers the Pixies, who recently played a show in Chile as well. In this photo, Pixie drummer David Lovering is shown behind his kit sporting a Rush Fly By Night t-shirt. Cool.

Reader Rich B noticed this link where you can vote for your favorite rock band for the People's Choice Awards. Rush is not surprisingly excluded from the ballot, but there is a write-in slot. So go write-in a vote for Rush if you are so inclined.

Documentary filmmaker Eric Green is in the process of filming a documentary about the now defunct Boston music video TV channel V66, which was on the air in the mid 80s. According to several sources Green has spoken to, the channel apparently did a special with Rush at some point where the band was interviewed and several Rush music videos were featured. So far he's been unable to dig up any video from this special, so he's asking the help of the Rush fan community. So if you know anything about the special or - better yet - have video of it, please let me know and I'll pass the information on to the filmmakers.

It's hard to believe, but tomorrow will mark the 5th anniversary of my first official post on rushisaband.com. I started the site because I noticed that despite the rich online Rush community, there weren't any sites at the time which provided an unfiltered Rush news feed/blog. I had the ability and the means, so I decided to take on the endeavor myself and was amazed at where it took me. I just want to take a moment to thank all of the Rush fans who have visited my site over the years and have helped me out by offering words of encouragement, contributing links, posting comments and sending me Rush-related news and information. A special thank you to everyone who has clicked on an ad, purchased products through my Amazon links or made a donation to the site. I wouldn't be able to keep the site up and running without your help. Thanks!

Here's the video of Geddy's shout-out to the 33 rescued miners:


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

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour official attendance and sales figures update
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Rush Time Machine Tour[Hot Tours: Rush, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley]

UPDATE - 10/22@5:19PM: Paul at The Canadian Music Scene did some investigating as to why the Billboard article didn't include the tour numbers from June 29th to July 24th. He received a reply/explanation from Billboard which you can check out at this link. Thanks Paul!

UPDATE - 10/21@7:19PM: Rush's Time Machine Tour took the number one spot on Billboard's Hot Tours chart this week. From Billboard.com (thanks Geddimus Prime):

Rush takes the No. 1 ranking on Hot Tours chart with totals reported from the Time Machine Tour that played North American venues from late June through early October. The tour schedule included concerts at outdoor amphitheaters and arenas along with appearances at state fairs in Minnesota (Aug. 27), New York (Sept. 2),and an Aug. 31 stop at the Great Allentown Fair in Allentown, Pa. which celebrated its 158th year of operation. The top gross among the reported concerts came from a two-performance engagement at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. The Denver-area outdoor venue sold more than 16,000 tickets for both shows (Aug. 16, 18) grossing just over $1.5 million. The largest amphitheater crowd for a single performance came from the Houston market with 15,225 fans in attendance at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Sept. 25. Among the arenas on the schedule, the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas produced the top gross with $993,351 in sold tickets for a concert on Aug. 14. The best attendance among the arenas was at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The 20,000-seat venue's Aug. 29 performance drew 11,402 fans.

This year's Time Machine Tour is the first major concert outing for Rush since the Snakes & Arrows Tour in 2007-2008 that grossed over $52 million. The Canadian rockers, who are currently working on a new album to be released in 2011, are the 2010 recipient of the Legends of Live Award to be be presented at the Billboard Touring Conference in New York City on Nov. 4. ...

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The official Billboard Boxscore attendance and sales figures for all 35 US dates on the North American leg of the Time Machine Tour were released yesterday. We already had data for the July 17th show in Toronto, so that just leaves the 4 remaining Canadian dates without any reported attendance figures. Keep in mind that the capacity figures reported do not correspond to the actual physical capacity of the venue; it reflects the number of tickets that were made available for sale. That said, the only show that sold out so far was the July 17th show in Toronto. For some reason Billboard decided to lump the figures for the 2 shows at Red Rocks as well as the 2 Chicago shows, so I simply split those numbers down the middle. Therefore it's not really clear how each show did individually. The most-attended show was the Sept. 25th show in Houston and the highest-grossing was the July 17th show in Toronto (even taking into account that the amount was in Canadian dollars). I've already added the figures to the tour section and will try to add them to each individual show's open thread as I have the time. Here are the numbers:

Tue, Jun 29: Hard Rock Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM
Attendance / Capacity: 6624 / 8516
Gross Ticket Sales: $384,086

Thu, Jul 1: Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, MO
Attendance / Capacity: 6042 / 7733
Gross Ticket Sales: $428,754

Sat, Jul 3: Marcus Amphitheater - Milwaukee, WI
Attendance / Capacity: 14521 / 22895
Gross Ticket Sales: $669,185

Mon, Jul 5: Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL
Attendance / Capacity: 6247 /7068
Gross Ticket Sales: $568,858

Sat, Jul 17: Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
Attendance / Capacity: 12191 / 12191
Gross Ticket Sales: $1,258,740 CND

Mon, Jul 19: Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
Attendance / Capacity: 5291 / 7626
Gross Ticket Sales: $452,430

Wed, Jul 21: Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
Attendance / Capacity: 9760 / 14880
Gross Ticket Sales: $696,214

Fri, Jul 23: SPAC - Saratoga Springs, NY
Attendance / Capacity: 8297 / 13977
Gross Ticket Sales: $575,493

Sat, Jul 24: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY
Attendance / Capacity: 13586 / 14090
Gross Ticket Sales: $1,022,344

Thu, Aug 5: USANA Amphitheatre - West Valley City, UT
Attendance / Capacity: 8660 / 14500
Gross Ticket Sales: $558,868

Sat, Aug 7: White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA
Attendance / Capacity: 11742 / 15865
Gross Ticket Sales: $855,997

Mon, Aug 9: Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
Attendance / Capacity: 13994 / 14852
Gross Ticket Sales: $695,844

Wed, Aug 11: Gibson Amphitheatre - Universal City, CA
Attendance / Capacity: 5455 / 5954
Gross Ticket Sales: $705,455

Fri, Aug 13: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA
Attendance / Capacity: 12403 / 14956
Gross Ticket Sales: $870,119

Sat, Aug 14: MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV
Attendance / Capacity: 9591 / 10258
Gross Ticket Sales: $993,351

Mon, Aug 16: Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
Attendance / Capacity: 8188 / 8660
Gross Ticket Sales: $750,685

Wed, Aug 18: Red Rocks Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
Attendance / Capacity: 8188 / 8660
Gross Ticket Sales: $750,685

Fri, Aug 20: INTRUST Bank Arena - Wichita, KS
Attendance / Capacity: 5119 / 6676
Gross Ticket Sales: $382,710

Sun, Aug 22: Verizon Wireless Amp - Maryland Hts, MO
Attendance / Capacity: 11008 / 13000
Gross Ticket Sales: $614,821

Mon, Aug 23: Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL
Attendance / Capacity: 6247 /7068
Gross Ticket Sales: $568,858

Wed, Aug 25: Qwest Center - Omaha, NE
Attendance / Capacity: 6236 / 7461
Gross Ticket Sales: $479,519

Fri, Aug 27: Minnesota State Fair - St. Paul, MN
Attendance / Capacity: 12882 / 13248
Gross Ticket Sales: $779,606

Sun, Aug 29: Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
Attendance / Capacity: 11402 / 12354
Gross Ticket Sales: $831,186

Tue, Aug 31: Allentown Fairgrounds Grandstand - Allentown, PA
Attendance / Capacity: 9622 / 9694
Gross Ticket Sales: $706,830

Thu, Sep 2: New York State Fair Grandstand - Syracuse, NY
Attendance / Capacity: 12364 / 17367
Gross Ticket Sales: $710,980

Fri, Sep 3: PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Attendance / Capacity: 10974 / 14000
Gross Ticket Sales: $784,117

Tue, Sep 14: TD Garden - Boston, MA
Attendance / Capacity: 11331 / 11903
Gross Ticket Sales: $948,004

Thu, Sep 16: Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
Attendance / Capacity: 11053 / 11487
Gross Ticket Sales: $687,691

Sat, Sep 18: Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
Attendance / Capacity: 13999 / 16639
Gross Ticket Sales: $866,704

Tue, Sep 21: BOK Center - Tulsa, OK
Attendance / Capacity: 7110 / 10027
Gross Ticket Sales: $577,753

Thu, Sep 23: AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX
Attendance / Capacity: 9289 / 11326
Gross Ticket Sales: $731,550

Sat, Sep 25: Woodlands Pavilion - The Woodlands, TX
Attendance / Capacity: 15225 / 15858
Gross Ticket Sales: $897,778

Sun, Sep 26: Superpages.com Center - Dallas, TX
Attendance / Capacity: 11420 / 13715
Gross Ticket Sales: $723,024

Wed, Sep 29: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Alpharetta, GA
Attendance / Capacity: 11437 / 12086
Gross Ticket Sales: $745,988

Fri, Oct 1: 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL
Attendance / Capacity: 11418 / 13415
Gross Ticket Sales: $728,923

Sat, Oct 2: Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL
Attendance / Capacity: 10647 / 15116
Gross Ticket Sales: $611,647

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Neil Peart: Fire on Ice, Making of The Hockey Theme DVD
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Earlier this year Canadian sports network TSN collaborated with Rush's Neil Peart to develop a new drum-centric version of the iconic Hockey Theme. The song was recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood on December 7th, 2009 and debuted during a Toronto Maple Leafs game back in February. Back in March, the Drum Channel released a 9-minute Making of The Hockey Theme video to their website and mentioned that a full-length making of DVD would be made available at a later date. As promised, The Drum Channel has produced a 90-minute making of DVD titled Neil Peart: Fire on Ice, Making of The Hockey Theme which can be purchased at this link. From the product description:

Neil Peart gives a behind the scenes tour of the making of "The Hockey Theme". Canada's TSN (The Sports Network) decided to recreate the hockey theme; they wanted to use iconic Canadians to help in the revisal. The Hockey theme is recognized as Canada's second national anthem so when they decided to recreate it, they wanted to use the best, and the first person that came to mind was Rush drummer, Neil Peart. Neil also discusses a custom drum kit made by DW Drums with all of the different hockey team logos on it.

You can watch a short YouTube preview video below or at this link:

Thanks to rosmakloma for the heads up.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Smoke on the Water Rock Aid Armenia 20th anniversary re-release
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Back in late 1989 several heavy metal and hard rock artists gathered at the now historic Metropolis Studios in London for a project to raise money to help those affected by the December 7th, 1988 earthquake in Gyumri, Armenia. It was called Rock Aid Armenia - The Earthquake Album and was released in 1990. This humanitarian album project consisted of original tracks by the bands of the different contributors (including The Spirit of Radio from Rush) and a popular re-recording of one of Deep Purple's famous hit songs Smoke on the water, with different vocalists singing each verse. Contributors included Bryan Adams, Geoff Beauchamp, Ritchie Blackmore, Bruce Dickinson, Jeff Downes, Keith Emerson, Ian Gillan, David Gilmour, John Paul Jones, Tony Iommi, Jon Lord, Brian May, Paul Rodgers, Chris Squire, Roger Taylor and Rush's own Alex Lifeson. A 20th anniversary re-release of the Smoke on the Water track along with a making-of DVD titled Smoke on the Water: the Metropolis Sessions will be released next month on November 22nd and is available for pre-order here. An mp3 version of the CD is already available for download at this link. You can watch the original video for the song below or at this link and catch glimpses of Alex Lifeson at the 1:44, 2:13, 3:25 and 4:03 marks.

Thanks to jeffb2112 for the heads up.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Santiago open thread
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UPDATE - 10/27@9:56AM: Here's a video news story from Chilean TV covering the concert (thanks Sean).

UPDATE - 10/23@9:23AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 10/18@5:13PM: Reader troma located a BUNCH of reviews and photo galleries from the Chilean press. They are all in Spanish of course, but just use Google Translate to get a rough English translation.

Canal 13 (national TV station): link
Radio Cooperativa: link
La Tercera (national newspaper): link
La Tercera (printed article): link
La Tercera (nice pics): link
El Mercurio (national newspaper): link
El Mercurio (more pics): link
El Mercurio (HD pics): link
La Nación (national newspaper): link
Publimetro (ditto): link

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UPDATE - 10/18@12:25PM: Here's a video of Geddy's shout-out to the 33 rescued miners (thanks szunigab):


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UPDATE - 10/18@7:11AM: Rush dedicated Stick It Out to the 33 recently rescued Chilean miners and showed a picture of them on screen. And Alex used a guitar with the number 33 painted on it for a portion of the show (thanks kiwitron). Here's a review and photo gallery from RockNVivo.com along with a loose English translation (thanks katskahnne).

This is it. Rush closes out the Time Machine Tour tonight at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile. Rush has never played Chile before, and close to 50,000 fans are expected to attend. Here's a preview article and interview with Geddy Lee from Chile's Terra.cl along with an English translation courtesy reader katskahnne, and another one from La Tercera (rough English translation). For all of our fellow Chilean Rush fans who are going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 17th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 44
Venue: National Stadium
Place: Santiago, Chile

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Buenos Aires open thread
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UPDATE - 10/23@9:23AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 10/21@4:25PM: Reader Fabian F located a bunch of articles/interviews covering the show in the Argentinean press. They are all in Spanish of course, but just use Google Translate to get a rough English translation.

Clarin.com: link link
La Voz: link
Rolling Stone: link
La Nacion: link
Pagina/12: link link

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UPDATE - 10/16@3:51PM: Here's a review from MSN Argentina (rough English translation) and here's one from El Acople (rough English translation). Thanks to troma for the heads up.

UPDATE - 10/16@1:01PM: In case you are wondering why there are not any official photos from the South American shows posted at the Rush.com Rush on the Road page yet, here's a message from John Arrowsmith:

Just a heads up, the Rush on the Road photos will not be available until after the tour. Cross loading the gear from aircraft to truck and back, flying ourselves and all the fun that goes along with touring over here, as well as intermittent and quite often painfully slow internet access are all contributing to it not happening just yet.

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UPDATE - 10/15@10:12PM: Here's an amateur video of Rush's stage being set up earlier today at GEBA taken from a train that runs by the stadium (thanks Sean).

Rush makes its first visit to the beautiful country of Argentina tonight, bringing the Time Machine Tour to tens of thousands of very excited Rush fans at GEBA Stadium in Buenos Aires. For all of our fellow Argentinean Rush fans who are going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Friday, October 15th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 43
Venue: GEBA Stadium
Place: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush South American tourRush closes out the Time Machine Tour this weekend playing to fans in 2 countries where the band has never toured before. Tonight they'll play GEBA Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina and they'll close out the tour Sunday at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile. To borrow a line from Rush's Countdown, the excitement among Rush fans in these 2 countries is so thick you could cut it with a knife. They've been waiting a long time for this. Preliminary ticket sales numbers for the Chile show suggest that about 35,000+ fans will be in attendance. With the tour soon ending, the focus now shifts to Rush's next endeavor - their upcoming studio album Clockwork Angels. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have been making the interview rounds among the South American press these last 2 weeks, and have given us a few updates regarding the album and their plans for releasing it. Until recently, the band had consistently been saying that they plan to finish recording the album in time for a Spring 2011 release followed by an extensive tour. But Geddy Lee revealed an apparent change in plans in a recent interview with Brazil's TV UOL:

The new album is still in production. We've recorded 2 songs so far. One of them called Caravan and the other one called Brought up to Believe [BU2B]. That's the beginning 2 songs of a whole kind of a concept album called Clockwork Angels. We have four other songs - five songs written but not recorded yet. And we still have a couple more songs that we want to write and then put the whole thing together. So I don't think the album will be ready for about a year.

This would push the album's release to the Fall of 2011, leaving several questions as to what the band will do in the interim. By piecing together information from interviews and several rumors I've heard, along with a big dose of speculation, here is what I think will happen over the next year or two. After the 2010 tour is over they will take a break until after the holidays then continue recording early next year. They'll then likely take the Time Machine Tour out for a second leg in the Spring/Summer of 2011 (hopefully with a few setlist changes). I'm guessing that this will be another 40-45 date tour and include several US/Canadian cities they missed the first time around along with a possible European leg. There's even a rumor that they are trying to negotiate some dates in Japan! Once their 2011 tour ends, they'll finish up the album in time for a Fall/Christmas release and then tour extensively in 2012 with some kind of 2112 tie-in. Sound reasonable? What does everybody think?

Regarding the Clockwork Angels album itself, Alex revealed some new information in a couple of recent interviews. Here's what he said in an interview with Brazil's iG.com:

Anything can happen. There exists a good possibility that we'll have longer songs on the next album. We've written six songs, and one is approximately nine minutes. I think we'll have some "epic" songs on the album. It's not that we're trying to go back to the past, or to think about the future, it's more a question of what we feel and we write at the moment. (NOTE: katskahnne's translation)

And the following is from an interview with Chile's Radio Futuro:

It's difficult to know until we are in the studio and record it, that's how it starts shaping up and acquires its own life because of the changes that are made while you record it. I think we need to write 2 or 3 more songs to be able to finish the composition of the new album. From the six we have written, there are a couple that are very long. One of them is Clockwork Angels, and it's very long in particular, with various parts and in an epic style of composition, maybe like the ones we did before, those long pieces, with a more extended format. But there are also various melodic pieces; one of them is in acoustic format, very friendly. It's a good blend of many things. Until we have everything ready and a more consummate idea of the album, it is difficult to know how it will be, but it will have a lot of energy for sure.

What's new about Alex's comments in these interviews is his mention of there being a couple (as opposed to one) of very long songs, one being 9 minutes in length. He had already mentioned the Clockwork Angels piece in his The Morning Call interview from this past August. I now have reason to believe that this other long song may be the instrumental Unfinished Business or Unfinished Monkey Business, which I had first mentioned in a Friday updates post back in February.

Other than details regarding the new album, the other question in fans' minds is whether there will be some kind of DVD release of the Time Machine Tour. In Geddy's recent interview with Brazil's TV UOL he had this to say:

We record every night. We don't film every night but we have a lot of cameras around. So invariably by the time this show [Geddy may have meant to say this tour] is finished we'll put together some sort of live representation of it. What form that will take I'm not sure yet.

In light of the fact that it now seems quite likely that there will be a second leg of the Time Machine Tour, the band may hold off releasing anything until after that second leg. This would give them a chance to professionally film/record a couple of shows.

According to a new interview with Geddy and Neil from Argentinean newspaper Clarin (thanks jlorial), Neil Peart is indeed riding his motorcycle around South America. Here are some comments from Neil from the Google translation of the article:

... Tomorrow (referring to last Friday), Brutus and I begin our journey of 3,000 km, from Rio to Buenos Aires from one concert to another travel with him or with Michael, who have Bikes like mine (BMW GS), if I had a mechanical problem, I would go to one of their own and could continue to travel because I have a show waiting ... But after hundreds of concerts and hundreds of thousands of miles, never got anything wrong . And I'm not going to fall in South America ... I can say that'll be the only Canadian drummer who has arrived on a motorcycle ever to play in Buenos Aires. Dying to be there, both anxiety and fear. We welcome the prayers ... and welcome.

Hopefully Neil arrived OK!

Speaking of the tour, last Friday Pollstar released their list of the 100 top selling concert tours of 2010 (PDF) so far. Topping the list was AC/DC with 1,820,962 tickets sold worldwide this year. Rush's Time Machine Tour came in at #33 with a total of 350,342 tickets sold through September 30th. That comes out to an average of 9,220 tickets per show (they played 38 shows in that time frame). Rush's 4 shows in South America this month should boost this number up considerably - likely over 450,000. So their year end ranking will probably be a bit higher. Pollstar also lists Rush's average ticket price so far as being $71.58. I'm unsure exactly where Pollstar gets their numbers because they seem to be off a bit - not only for Rush but for other artists too. I'm still awaiting the specific attendance figures for most shows from Billboard Boxscore, but so far they've only released data for one date; 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 dates will start to trickle in soon.

Last month 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 was released to DVD/Blu-ray 2 weeks ago 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. You can check out a couple of preview videos in this post. The DVD/Blu-ray is getting some great reviews in the press. Here's one from music critic Sterling Whitaker's We Will Rock You Blog.

There have been plenty of celebrity sightings at Rush shows these past few months. There were a slew of them at the 2 Los Angeles shows and I personally spotted Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria at the Columbus show. Stevie D and Josh Todd of American hard rockers Buckcherry were at Rush's show in Pittsburgh last month. Stevie D tweeted about it and included this short little video (WARNING: multiple F-bomb alert). Thanks to my bro-in-law Gary for the heads up.

A couple of weeks ago the list of nominees for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2011 was announced via the Rock Hall website and - as expected - Rush was not on the list. While never making the list of nominees for induction, Rush always seems to make everyone's list of the greatest Rock Hall snubs - as in this list compiled for a Popeater.com article that was posted last week titled Presenting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Most Egregious Snubs (thanks Ryan). Here's what they said:

If Kiss is the most controversial name on the list, Canadian progressive rock group Rush comes in a tight second. Despite hits such as "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight" and "Subdivisions," the group has always staunchly remained on the fringes of the mainstream, relying instead on a more independent approach to their careers. To his credit, founding member Alex Lifeson doesn't seem to mind the snub, once saying, "I couldn't care less. Look who's up for induction; it's a joke." Still, good luck meeting a casual Rush fan. More likely, mention you like the drums to "Tom Sawyer" and they'll pontificate on their favorite bootleg until you walk away.

Reader mattybro pointed me to an article at PedalToTheMetal.com titled the Top 12 Head Banging Car Cruising Songs. Rush's Red Barchetta made their list at #12. Here's what they had to say about it:

Although this is not as heavy as other songs on the list, Rush is an iconic band and Geddy Lee always introduces the song as being about a car. As many of you know, the song does pick up enough to be worthy of this list. The song describes a future in which many classes of vehicles have been prohibited by "the Motor Law." The narrator's uncle has kept one of these illicit vehicles (the titular red barchetta sportscar) in pristine condition for some "fifty-odd years" and keeps it hidden at his secret country home (previously a farm before the enactment of the aforementioned Motor Law).

Kelly D let me know about an article at HolyTaco.com titled 5 Things for Which Canadians Should Be Thankful. At #3 on their list are Canadian rockers Nickelback. Rush gets a little mention in their writeup:

You'd think the country that brought the world both Rush and Alanis Morissette would be all rocked out! But somehow, Canadians keep managing to top themselves! Need proof? I give you Nickelback! It's true. ...

I can't tell if they're being serious or sarcastic.

Last month internationally recognized wine expert Mark Oldman released his new book Oldman's Brave New World of Wine. The book features Alex Lifeson along with dozens of other celebrity wine lovers discussing their favorite wines and wine-based experiences. Oldman was recently interviewed by Joe Roberts of 1WindDude.com who asks him about Rush:

1WineDude : OK, I've got to ask this first: you're getting front-row seats to RUSH concerts in N.J. and hanging out with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee? How does that go down? That's so awesomely beyond awesome that "awesome" doesn't describe its awesomeness...

Mark Oldman: That show was electrifying - both for the audience and, it seemed, for the band. Rush is shredding it better than ever and experiencing more love than ever before. Last year I had the opportunity to interview Alex in his wine cellar, so stay tuned for a fun video of that launching on my site in a few weeks.

I can't wait to see that video!

Last week I mentioned how longtime reader Gary Ortiz (aka glortiz) passed away recently. His family has set up a memorial fund in Gary's honor at Wright-Patterson AFB Credit Union. For details on how you can contribute to the fund please send an email to sspraul2112@gmail.com.

Canadian sports network TSN debuted a new opening montage video to introduce the hockey games they televised Wednesday night featuring Rush's Caravan as the theme music. The video shows several hockey players talking about how the Stanley Cup is their ultimate goal and using the line from the song I can't stop thinking big as Caravan plays in the background. TSN famously collaborated with Rush's Neil Peart earlier this year when they introduced a new drum-centric version of the iconic Hockey Theme during a Toronto Maple Leafs game back in January. You can watch the 2 minute opening montage video below or at this link:

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

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Rush's Caravan featured in TSN hockey opening montage
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Canadian sports network TSN debuted a new opening montage commercial to introduce the hockey games they televised last night which features Rush's Caravan as the theme music. It shows several hockey players talking about how the Stanley Cup is their ultimate goal and using the line from the song I can't stop thinking big as Caravan plays in the background. TSN famously collaborated with Rush's Neil Peart earlier this year when they introduced a new drum-centric version of the iconic Hockey Theme during a Toronto Maple Leafs game back in January. You can watch the new 2½ minute opening montage commercial below or at this link:

Thanks to Bigleaf for the heads up.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Alex Lifeson interview with Chile's Radio Futuro
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Rush finishes off their 2010 Time Machine Tour this coming weekend by playing shows in Argentina and Chile, both countries where Rush has never played before. As I'd mentioned in a post from earlier this week, Alex and Geddy have been making the rounds in the South American press to discuss the tour and the band's future plans. In an interview Alex Lifeson gave in late August with Allentown's The Morning Call, Alex had the following to say regarding the new album:

... "There is the epic song, 'Clockwork Angels,' which is really taking shape. It's a multi-parted piece, very dynamic," Lifeson says. "Then there's some stuff that's very melodic and on the softer side, on acoustic, with a strong melody. So there's great diversity there. ...

In a recent interview with Chile's Radio Futuro (loose English translation), Alex expands on these comments a bit when asked about the new material. Here's a rough English translation from reader Vinnie2112:

It's difficult to know until we are in the studio and record it, that's how it starts shaping up and acquires its own life because of the changes that are made while you record it. I think we need to write 2 or 3 more songs to be able to finish the composition of the new album. From the six we have written, there are a couple that are very long. One of them is Clockwork Angels, and it's very long in particular, with various parts and in an epic style of composition, maybe like the ones we did before, those long pieces, with a more extended format. But there are also various melodic pieces; one of them is in acoustic format, very friendly. It's a good blend of many things. Until we have everything ready and a more consummate idea of the album, it is difficult to know how it will be, but it will have a lot of energy for sure.

What's new about Alex's comments in this interview is his mention of there being a couple of very long songs. He had already mentioned the Clockwork Angels piece in his The Morning Call interview. I now have reason to believe that this other long song may be the instrumental Unfinished Business or Unfinished Monkey Business, which I had first mentioned in a Friday updates post back in February.

Related Posts:
[New interviews with Geddy and Alex from the Brazilian press]
[New Geddy Lee interview with Brazil's TV UOL]
[Alex Lifeson reveals Clockwork Angels details in new interview]
[New Alex Lifeson interview at Billboard.com]
[Caravan/BU2B CD single now available for pre-order]
[Rush Caravan release open thread]
[Rush reveal new album title as Clockwork Angels]
[Two new Rush tracks available for digital download June 1st]
[Rush to release new song to radio next month]
[Geddy Lee reveals new song title in Rolling Stone interview]
[Rush to release 2 songs from upcoming album as CD single]

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Rush's Time Machine Tour among bestselling of 2010
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Rush Time Machine TourLast Friday Pollstar released their list of the 100 top selling concert tours of 2010 (PDF) so far (thanks Scott G). Topping the list was AC/DC with 1,820,962 tickets sold worldwide this year. Rush's Time Machine Tour came in at #33 with a total of 350,342 tickets sold through September 30th. That comes out to an average of 9,220 tickets per show (they played 38 shows in that time frame). Rush's 4 shows in South America this month should boost this number up considerably - likely over 450,000. So their year end ranking will probably be a bit higher. Pollstar also lists Rush's average ticket price so far as being $71.58. I'm still awaiting the specific attendance figures for most shows from Billboard Boxscore, but so far they've only released data for one date; 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 dates will start to trickle in soon.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

New interviews with Geddy and Alex from the Brazilian press
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Rush is now halfway through the South American leg of the Time Machine Tour after playing shows in both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro over the weekend. They'll move on to Chile and Argentina next weekend. There's a great deal of excitement in South America over the tour and Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have been making the rounds in the South American press over the last several days. Last week Geddy gave a great interview to Brazil's TV UOL which you can check out here. Geddy spoke about the Moving Pictures album, the Rush documentary, and the future of the band along with many other subjects including this bit regarding a possible tour DVD:

We record every night. We don't film every night but we have a lot of cameras around. So invariably by the time this show [Geddy may have meant to say this tour] is finished we'll put together some sort of live representation of it. What form that will take I'm not sure yet.

Geddy also had this update regarding the band's upcoming Clockwork Angels album:

The new album is still in production. We've recorded 2 songs so far. One of them called Caravan and the other one called Brought up to Believe [BU2B]. That's the beginning 2 songs of a whole kind of a concept album called Clockwork Angels. We have four other songs - five songs written but not recorded yet. And we still have a couple more songs that we want to write and then put the whole thing together. So I don't think the album will be ready for about a year.

Geddy reiterated some of these comments in an interview with Brazil's globo.com over the weekend. You can check out that interview at this link along with a loose English translation. And Alex Lifeson was interviewed for Brazil's iG.com last week. You can check out that interview at this link along with reader katskahnne's translation here. In this interview Alex was asked about the new album and whether there was a possibility of some long songs being on it:

Anything can happen. There exists a good possibility that we'll have longer songs on the next album. We've written six songs, and one is approximately nine minutes. I think we'll have some "epic" songs on the album. It's not that we're trying to go back to the past, or to think about the future, it's more a question of what we feel and we write at the moment. (NOTE: katskahnne's translation)

Thanks to reader leandroleg for locating both of these interviews and also to katskahnne for their translation of the Alex interview.

Related Posts:
[New Geddy Lee interview with Brazil's TV UOL]
[Alex Lifeson reveals Clockwork Angels details in new interview]
[New Alex Lifeson interview at Billboard.com]
[Caravan/BU2B CD single now available for pre-order]
[Rush Caravan release open thread]
[Rush reveal new album title as Clockwork Angels]
[Two new Rush tracks available for digital download June 1st]
[Rush to release new song to radio next month]
[Geddy Lee reveals new song title in Rolling Stone interview]
[Rush to release 2 songs from upcoming album as CD single]

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Rio de Janeiro open thread
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UPDATE - 10/23@9:22AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 10/16@1:02PM: In case you are wondering why there are not any official photos from the South American shows posted at the Rush.com Rush on the Road page yet, here's a message from John Arrowsmith:

Just a heads up, the Rush on the Road photos will not be available until after the tour. Cross loading the gear from aircraft to truck and back, flying ourselves and all the fun that goes along with touring over here, as well as intermittent and quite often painfully slow internet access are all contributing to it not happening just yet.

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UPDATE - 10/14@9:59AM: Here are some photos from the show courtesy reader Armando.

UPDATE - 10/11@9:31PM: Vagner Cruz of Brazilian site Rush Fan Club Brazil posted a bunch of great photos from both shows online at this link.

UPDATE - 10/11@10:51AM: Here are a few photos from the show from G1 (thanks leandroleg).

Rush returns to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil tonight for the 2nd stop on the South American leg of the Time Machine Tour. The last time they were in Rio was back in November of 2002 where they played Maracana Stadium and filmed the show for their popular Rush in Rio DVD. Tonight they'll be playing the Praca da Apoteose (Apotheosis Square) to tens of thousands of screaming Rush fans. For all of our fellow Brazilian Rush fans who are going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 10th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 42
Venue: Praca da Apoteose
Place: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Sao Paulo open thread
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UPDATE - 10/27@3:37PM: Here's some fan-shot video of Alex and Geddy giving out autographs to some Brazilian fans outside their hotel in Sao Paulo (thanks Rafael C).

UPDATE - 10/27@2:28PM: Here's a great quality video of both The Spirit of Radio and Time Stand Still from the concert as shot by MSN Brazil (thanks Psico).

UPDATE - 10/23@9:21AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 10/20@5:50PM: Here's a great Flickr gallery from the show (thanks Armando).

UPDATE - 10/16@1:02PM: In case you are wondering why there are not any official photos from the South American shows posted at the Rush.com Rush on the Road page yet, here's a message from John Arrowsmith:

Just a heads up, the Rush on the Road photos will not be available until after the tour. Cross loading the gear from aircraft to truck and back, flying ourselves and all the fun that goes along with touring over here, as well as intermittent and quite often painfully slow internet access are all contributing to it not happening just yet.

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UPDATE - 10/11@9:31PM: Vagner Cruz of Brazilian site Rush Fan Club Brazil posted a bunch of great photos from both shows online at this link.

UPDATE - 10/9@9:55AM: Brazil's TV UOL posted a short news clip with a couple of Alex and Geddy interview snippets here, along with clips of both The Spirit of Radio and Time Stand Still (thanks RushFanForever). Here's a review from Estadao.com.br along with an English translation from reader katskahnne. Here's a review from G1 and the English translation (thanks leandroleg).

Rush kicks off the South American leg of the Time Machine Tour tonight at the Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For everyone going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Friday, October 8th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 41
Venue: Estadio do Morumbi
Place: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 10/8@3:08PM: Here's another Geddy interview from Brasil's TV Cultura and you can check it out here (thanks RushFanForever).

Rush South American tourAfter over 3 months and 40 shows, Rush ended the US leg of their Time Machine Tour this past Saturday in West Palm Beach, FL. They'll kick off the South American leg of the tour tonight at the Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil. They'll then play the Praca da Apoteose in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, GEBA Stadium in Buenos Aires next Friday and close out the tour at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile on Sunday, October 17th. Chilean and Argentinean Rush fans are particularly excited since this will be the band's first time ever playing each of these respective countries. Major Chilean newspaper El Mercurio recently conducted a short phone interview with Geddy Lee (rough English translation) where Geddy had an interesting comment regarding a possible tour DVD:

Are you traveling with cameras now? Could there be a tour documentary?

We're going to film certain aspects of the tour, and we have recorded some shows. Perhaps after that to a DVD.

This was a little confusing since there has been no evidence of any extensive filming on the tour thus far. Then this morning an interview with Brazil's TV UOL was posted online and Geddy provided some clarification:

We record every night. We don't film every night but we have a lot of cameras around. So invariably by the time this show [Geddy may have meant to say this tour] is finished we'll put together some sort of live representation of it. What form that will take I'm not sure yet.

He also had this to say regarding their upcoming Clockwork Angels album:

The new album is still in production. We've recorded 2 songs so far. One of them called Caravan and the other one called Brought up to Believe [BU2B]. That's the beginning 2 songs of a whole kind of a concept album called Clockwork Angels. We have four other songs - five songs written but not recorded yet. And we still have a couple more songs that we want to write and then put the whole thing together. So I don't think the album will be ready for about a year.

That would push the album's release date more towards the end of 2011 rather than the Spring of next year as first anticipated. If that's the case then they likely won't tour in support of the album until the 2012 time frame. I've heard rumors of another mini-tour next summer though - perhaps an extension of the Time Machine Tour? We shall see - I think their plans are still in a state of flux at this point. Geddy also talks about the Moving Pictures album, the Rush documentary, the future of the band, and a range of other subjects. You can watch the entire interview at the bottom of the post or at this link. Here's another article on the tour from Chilean newspaper La Tercera (rough English translation) which has a few interview snippets from Geddy but nothing groundbreaking. There's also this article from Que Pasa magazine along with the loose English translation. Classic Rock Revisited recently reported this bit of news from VH1 Radio's Dave Basner (thanks bruceski):

On Friday, Rush kick off the last leg of their Time Machine tour with a handful of dates in South America. After spending four months on the road, the guys will no doubt be taking some time off following their final gig on October 17th. No word yet on what they might do during that downtime, but perhaps singer Geddy Lee will work on new solo music. He filled us in on the prospect of doing another solo album.

"I certainly haven't ruled it out. It's not on the front burner in any way but I certainly wouldn't rule out doing something outside the context of Rush, sure."...

Whereas it's nice to hear that Geddy hasn't ruled out doing a solo album at some point, the way the journalist somehow ties this to the band's plans after the tour is a bit misleading. From every report or interview I'm hearing, the band's first priority after the tour will be finishing off their Clockwork Angels album. I don't see Geddy working on any solo album for at least a couple of years.

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 was released to DVD/Blu-ray last week 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. You can check out a couple of preview videos in this post. The DVD/Blu-ray is getting some great reviews in the press. Blu-ray.com gave it an overall rating of 4/5 in their review (thanks Mr. K) which they conclude with the following comment:

Rush: 2112 and Moving Pictures is extremely easy to recommend. It contains a wealth of valuable information about the legendary Canadian rockers and their maturation as a band, as well as a good dose of terrific archival footage. As it is the case with just about every single Eagle Rock Entertainment Blu-ray release, the quality of the presentation is once again fantastic. The disc is also Region-Free and its content subtitled in a variety of different languages. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Fender.com also has a nice writeup about the DVD at this link (thanks Kelly M), and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante said the following in a recent Uweekly.com interview (thanks Jocelyn):

UW: Do you still listen to bands that you did when you were younger and do those bands still influence you?

CB: Yes, one hundred percent. I still get inspiration from that. As a matter of fact, the other night we got a copy of this Rush Classic Albums Moving Pictures documentary. I just watched it and got totally inspired again.

Last Wednesday all three members of Rush were interviewed prior to their show in Atlanta by John Roberts of CNN's American Morning for a segment that aired on the following morning's episode. The broadcast version of the interview had been posted online last Thursday, but then over the weekend the complete, unedited, 25-minute interview was put online as well. The interview is definitely one of the most personal Rush interviews in recent years. Among the many subjects touched upon, Roberts asks the guys directly regarding the band's long hiatus in the late 90's in the wake of Neil Peart's personal tragedies. Neil gets noticeably emotional, as do Alex and Geddy. You can watch the interview in this post or at this link.

There were also a couple of short Neil Peart interviews this past week, neither of which were directly focused on Rush but both were interesting reads. Back in February of 2009 Neil Peart had reviewed the Man Talking series by Mike Heppner as part of his Bubba's Book Club Recommended Reading. Heppner recently interviewed Neil along with a few other authors for an article on his website titled Excerpts from Mike Heppner's Man Talking Project. The article gives some background on the history of the project along with a video and then Heppner poses a series of questions to all of the participants. You can check out Neil's responses in this post and read the entire interview at this link. And just yesterday the UK's Guardian newspaper ran a piece in their Music section in celebration of National Poetry Day where they asked several musicians to pick their favorite poet. Neil Peart was one of the participating artists and spoke a bit about his favorite poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, whose poem Kubla Khan was the inspiration for Rush's Xanadu. You can check out what Neil had to say in this post.

Speaking of our favorite drummer, we learned earlier this week that Neil Peart's NHL Hockey Kit is now on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto just as TSN had announced this past July. Neil Peart used the kit to record his percussive-centric version of The Hockey Theme late last year. Neil's recording of the song debuted back in January during a Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs game on The Sports Network (TSN). There's also a one-minute video for the song which features Neil pounding away on the custom kit along with hockey video highlights interspersed throughout. You can check out the video on YouTube and purchase the song on iTunes at this link. Neil Peart wrote extensively regarding his experience recording the song in a news update at NeilPeart.net and there's also this making of video which you can watch at the Drum Channel's YouTube page.

Back in June we learned that Geddy Lee had optioned the film and TV rights to Dave Bidini's 2005 book Baseballissimo. Bidini is a Canadian musician, author and founding member of the Rheostatics who is also good friends with Geddy. The book details Bidini's story of his travels to the small town of Nettuno, the baseball capital of Italy since 1944. Plans for making a movie based on the book are moving forward, and this Winnipeg Free Press interview with Bidini from yesterday's edition provides a few more details:

... in 2004 [Bidini] followed around an Italian minor league baseball team in Baseballissimo, which is being made into a movie. ... "Geddy Lee holds the option for the book, so he's the representative for the world. He and the producer are out there trying to find the right writer. The idea is to have a screenwriter in place before the World Series ends and once that gets underway we'll look for directors," says Bidini, who feels too close to the project to sign up as the screenwriter himself. ...

A Rush backstage rider from 1990 was recently posted over at The Smoking Gun website. You can check out all the details in this post.

Rush - RockHardGerman metal magazine Rock Hard has a cover story on Rush this month which includes an interview with Geddy Lee, reviews of the Quebec City show and the Rush documentary, and a survey of German artists on Rush. The issue also contains a bonus Moving Pictures cover poster. Thanks to Hans for the heads up.

Reader JonXKyl pointed out that it's Fender Month at Musicians Friend and the online retailer has a bunch of great deals on Fender guitars including the Geddy Lee signature Jazz Bass. You can check out all the details at this link.

Reader Paul D pointed out an obscure Rush reference at movie site Ain't It Cool News. For their Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day this past Monday they featured a screenshot from the 1987 cult horror film The Gate. The shot shows a poster of Geddy and Alex up on the wall in the background.

RJM Music Technology recently posted an interview with Alex's guitar tech Scott Appleton to their website. They talk with Scott backstage before a show and get a tour of Alex's setup. You can check out the interview at this link. Thanks to Jeremy for the heads up.

I'm sad to report that longtime RIAB member and contributor Gary Ortiz (aka glortiz) passed away this past Sunday from cancer. Gary fought right up to the end, even insisting on going to the Rush show in Bristow a few weeks ago. And although he made it to Maryland, Gary unfortunately became too ill to attend the show and was admitted into Bethesda Naval Hospital, spending two weeks there. He was transported back to Wright-Patterson AFB Medical Center last Friday night via ambulance, went home Saturday morning and passed away early Sunday morning. While in Maryland Gary's wife Helen (zitro) and daughter stayed at Fisher House in Maryland and were very well cared for. Fisher House is a place where military families can stay while loved ones are being treated at a military hospital. If anyone would like to make a donation to Fisher House in Gary's name, Helen and her family would greatly appreciate it. Just go to their website at this link and place a donation In memory of Gary Ortiz or In Honor of Gary Ortiz. Gary's obituary can be seen online at this link. Besides being a huge Rush fan, Gary was just a great human being and will be sorely missed.

Now on to happier subjects... Here's Geddy's interview with Brazil's TV UOL from earlier today:

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and listens to plenty of Rush. Rush em Brasil!!

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New Geddy Lee interview with Brazil's TV UOL
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UPDATE - 10/8@3:09PM: Here's another Geddy interview from Brasil's TV Cultura and you can check it out here (thanks RushFanForever).

Rush kicks off the South American leg of the Time Machine Tour tonight at the Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazil's TV UOL recently conducted an interview with Geddy Lee where he expounds a bit on his comments from an earlier interview with Chilean newspaper El Mercurio regarding a possible tour DVD:

We record every night. We don't film every night but we have a lot of cameras around. So invariably by the time this show [Geddy may have meant to say this tour] is finished we'll put together some sort of live representation of it. What form that will take I'm not sure yet.

He also had this to say regarding their upcoming Clockwork Angels album:

The new album is still in production. We've recorded 2 songs so far. One of them called Caravan and the other one called Brought up to Believe [BU2B]. That's the beginning 2 songs of a whole kind of a concept album called Clockwork Angels. We have four other songs - five songs written but not recorded yet. And we still have a couple more songs that we want to write and then put the whole thing together. So I don't think the album will be ready for about a year.

That would push the album's release date more towards the end of 2011 rather than the Spring of next year as first anticipated. If that's the case then they likely won't tour in support of the album until the 2012 time frame. I've heard rumors of another mini-tour next summer though - perhaps an extension of the Time Machine Tour? We shall see. Geddy also talks about the Moving Pictures album, the Rush documentary, the future of the band, and a range of other subjects. You can watch the entire interview below or at this link:

Thanks to Psico for the heads up.

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[Two new Rush tracks available for digital download June 1st]
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Neil Peart on Samuel Taylor Coleridge in new Guardian interview
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge[Bard reputation: pop stars pick their favourite poets]

UPDATE - 10/7@10:51PM: Eric at Power Windows pointed out this passage from Neil Peart's book Roadshow which echoes many of Neil's remarks from the article:

In the summer of 1976, in a cottage in Soutern Ontario, I was working on the lyrics for a song called "Xanadu." (I didn't have any opium, but I might have smoked a little hash.) The song idea was originally inspired by the movie Citizen Kane, and its main character, Charles Foster Kane, and I had planned to build something on that theme. At the beginning of the movie, the opening lines from 'Kubla Khan' were quoted, 'In Xanadu did Kubla Khan, a stately pleasure dome decree.' As research, I looked up the poem, and I was so powerfully impressed by it that the poem took over the song. In the end, there was entirely too much 'honey dew' in it - too much Coleridge, that is to say - and though musically the song was one of our earliest big 'epics,' I never cared much for the lyrics...Another line from 'Kubla Khan,' 'woman wailing for her demon-lover,' turned up almost twenty yeaers later as 'Daughter of a demon-lover,' in our song 'Animate,'...though the Coleridge connection hadn't occured to me before." - Neil Peart, Roadshow

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UPDATE - 10/7@5:15PM: The article's author Dave Simpson also added this neat little tidbit in the comments for the article (thanks Ian Harris):

Neil Peart also shared a great little story about his own poetic background, Weewilkie:-

"Aged seven, I wrote a poem called The Little Red Fox which I'm told was displayed in the halls of Gracefield School for some years after - not remarkable for its quality, but for its volume (similar criticisms have been levelled at my drumming): 'The fox woke up so early in the morn. You would too if you heard the horn!'"

Maybe this will make it onto Clockwork Angels. :)

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The UK's Guardian newspaper ran a piece in their Music section today in celebration of National Poetry Day where they asked several musicians to pick their favorite poet. Neil Peart was one of the participating artists and had this to say about Samuel Taylor Coleridge, whose poem Kubla Khan was the inspiration for Rush's Xanadu.

In 1975 I was trying to write a song inspired by the dark mood and subtle psychology of the film Citizen Kane, which features the opening lines of Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I looked up the poem and was overwhelmed by its imagery and emotional power. The song Xanadu was taken over by the poem in a way that has never happened since. I added the "adventure travel" aspect to the song's story before I'd traveled further than the rock clubs of North America. I portrayed Coleridge's idea of immortality as a grim curse - Citizen Kane is the opposite: mortality as a punishment. There's a joke that goes, "Rush is what happens when you let the drummer write the songs", which is funny, but of course I only write the lyrics. The line in the song Animate - "daughter of a demon lover" - pays homage to these powerful lines from Kubla Khan: "As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted/ By woman wailing for her demon lover." Now that's rock.

Here's the video for Xanadu:

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Geddy Lee and Dave Bidini's Baseballissimo movie
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Back in June we learned that Geddy Lee had optioned the film and TV rights to Dave Bidini's 2005 book Baseballissimo. Bidini is a Canadian musician, author and founding member of the Rheostatics who is also good friends with Geddy. The book details Bidini's story of his travels to the small town of Nettuno, the baseball capital of Italy since 1944. Plans for making a movie based on the book are moving forward, and this Winnipeg Free Press interview with Bidini from today's edition provides a few more details:

... in 2004 [Bidini] followed around an Italian minor league baseball team in Baseballissimo, which is being made into a movie. ... "Geddy Lee holds the option for the book, so he's the representative for the world. He and the producer are out there trying to find the right writer. The idea is to have a screenwriter in place before the World Series ends and once that gets underway we'll look for directors," says Bidini, who feels too close to the project to sign up as the screenwriter himself. ...

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Neil Peart's hockey kit now on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame
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Neil Peart's NHL Hockey Kit is now on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto (thanks Gary K) just as TSN had announced this past July. Neil Peart used the kit to record his percussive-centric version of The Hockey Theme late last year. Neil's recording of the song debuted back in January during a Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs game on The Sports Network (TSN). There's also a one-minute video for the song which features Neil pounding away on the custom kit along with hockey video highlights interspersed throughout. You can check out the video on YouTube and purchase the song on iTunes at this link. Neil Peart wrote extensively regarding his experience recording the song in a news update at NeilPeart.net and there's also this making of video which you can watch at the Drum Channel's YouTube page.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Geddy Lee hints at tour DVD in recent Chilean interview
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Rush South American tourUPDATE - 10/5@9:39PM: Here's another article on the tour from Chilean newspaper La Tercera and here's the loose English translation (thanks troma). It has a few interview snippets from Geddy but nothing groundbreaking. There's also this article from Que Pasa magazine along with the loose English translation (thanks Alejandro T).

Rush kicks off the South American leg of the Time Machine Tour this coming Friday at the Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil. They'll then play the Praca da Apoteose in Rio de Janeiro on October 10th, GEBA Stadium in Buenos Aires on October 15th and close out the tour at the National Stadium in Chile on October 17th. Chilean and Argentinean Rush fans are particularly excited since this will be the band's first time ever playing each of these respective countries. Major Chilean newspaper El Mercurio recently conducted a short phone interview with Geddy Lee for today's edition. The interview is in Spanish but you can read a rough translation at this link. Geddy's answer to one particular question stuck out for me:

Are you traveling with cameras now? Could there be a tour documentary?

We're going to film certain aspects of the tour, and we have recorded some shows. Perhaps after that to a DVD.

If this is accurate, then it's welcome news. However, there hasn't been much evidence of any filming on the US leg of the tour so it's unclear exactly what Geddy is talking about. Maybe some behind-the-scenes footage? Or maybe something was lost in translation and Geddy is referring to filming one or more of the shows in South America. More details as I learn them. Thanks to Chilean reader Alejandro T for the heads up.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Neil Peart interviewed by Man Talking author Mike Heppner
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Back in February of 2009 Neil Peart reviewed the Man Talking series by Mike Heppner as part of his Bubba's Book Club Recommended Reading. Heppner recently interviewed Neil along with a few other authors for an article on his website titled Excerpts from Mike Heppner's Man Talking Project. The article gives some background on the history of the project along with a video and then Heppner poses a series of questions to all of the participants. Here are the questions along with Neil's responses, but I suggest reading the entire article to get the full effect.

State your name, your profession, and why you think Mike Heppner has asked you to participate in this survey.

Neil Peart: My name is Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for the band Rush, and part-time author. I have published four books more-or-less in the travel genre, a number of magazine articles, and continue writing illustrated stories for my Web site, neilpeart.net. There I also review books I like, in a department called Bubba's Book Club. I once gave a nice review to Mike Heppner's second novel, Pike's Folly, and like most writers, Mike can't resist someone who appreciates his work, so we became friends.

Have you ever been in a fistfight? If so, did you win? If not, make something up.

Neil Peart: My last fistfight occurred at age eight, against another skinny little third-grader, David Carson. The epic battle took place after school, under the row of tall, spooky spruce trees filled with nesting grackles, a block from Gracefield School. The trees are gone now, but I like to imagine my old schoolmates staging annual reenactments at the site, gathering in a circle as one of them (they take turns) recreates my incredible "windmill" attack, arms flailing at David for nearly twenty seconds, until I got tired and he pinned me down.

Why do you write? Would you still be happy writing if you knew your work had no hope of ever being published?

Neil Peart: I have been writing "recreationally" since . . . around the time of that lost fistfight. Draw your own connections.

Should the creative impulse always be encouraged?

Neil Peart: Hmm . . . I guess so. You can't help wishing some people would just shut up, though.

What are some things the publishing industry can do to get its head out of its ass?

Neil Peart: It won't happen from the "inside" - mainly because business people are too busy covering their asses to get anything in or out of there! Despite the similar turmoil in the music industry, musicians continue to find different ways to keep doing their work and getting it out to people -just as Mike Heppner is doing here-though it sure is a struggle in "transitional" times.

Is it too much to expect someone who wants to write a book to know how to spell?

Neil Peart: Apparently F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck were terrible spellers, and they both claimed that's what editors were for. Personally, I prefer good spelling-editors have more important problems to fix!

What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses as a writer? As an anesthesiologist?

Neil Peart: In both professions, it's a rare and valuable gift to be able to help people get to sleep when they need to escape their pains.

Since embarking on the writing life, what has surprised you the most? What are some of the most common misperceptions about being a writer?

Neil Peart: Biggest surprise? That your third or fourth book can be harder to get published than your first. Misperceptions? That it's fun, autonomous, and carefree. And that you can make a living.

As writers, are we collectively doing all we can to make our work still meaningful to the public at large-of the world, not apart from it? Or do you fundamentally disagree with the premise of the question?

Neil Peart: Fundamentally disagree. Just do it.

Are you willing to accept Mike Heppner as your Supreme Leader, and are you prepared to observe His decree as Rule of Law, and, additionally, are you willing to follow Him to his outpost in remote Nunavut and tend to His hardscrabble fields and serve as His chattel and accept His verdict in all legal disputes?

Neil Peart: Have to think about that.

Mike Heppner is a very needy person. Please say something nice about Mike Heppner so he can put it in his book.

Neil Peart: Mike Heppner is a good writer and a nice man, and people should give him everything he wants. And do what he says-even unto Nunavut...

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Rush backstage rider posted at The Smoking Gun
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A Rush backstage rider from 1990 was recently posted over at The Smoking Gun website. From the site:

Canadian rock band Rush were trailblazers in many ways, most notably their backstage rider's alcohol demands.

As seen here in excerpts from the group's 1990 rider, more than a decade before Sheryl Crow did the same, the metal trio had a weekly booze schedule inserted into their tour contract. In addition to cases of Michelob, Molson Golden, Corona, Miller Genuine Draft, and an "exotic beer" ("but absolutely no Heineken"), promoters were instructed to provide a specific 26-ounce bottle of liquor that varied based on the day of the week.

For example, Meyers Dark Rum was consumed on Mondays, while Martell Cordon Bleu cognac was required on Wednesdays. With regard to the group's Sunday liquor needs, the rider notes--in polite Canadian fashion--"Please ensure that it is the top Napoleon Courvoisier --not the VSOP!"

Geddy Lee & Co. also had a thing for "real fresh whipped cream" on their assorted desserts and a "strawberry and exotic fruit presentation" delivered to their dressing room. These sweets were to include "small french pastries made with custard or real fresh whipped cream. Fresh bakery assorted donuts, chocolate brownies, cheese cakes (no Danish pastries)."

You can check out the entire 5-page rider at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Complete, 25-minute CNN Rush interview now online
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[Rush: One Step at a Time]

This past Wednesday all three members of Rush were interviewed prior to their show in Atlanta by John Roberts of CNN's American Morning for a segment that aired on the following morning's episode. The broadcast version of the interview had been posted online on Thursday, but now the complete, unedited, 25-minute interview is online too. If you thought the short version was good, you will be blown away by this one. This is one of the most personal Rush interviews in years. Among the many subjects touched upon, Roberts asks the guys directly regarding the band's long hiatus in the late 90's in the wake of Neil Peart's personal tragedies. Neil gets noticeably emotional, as do Alex and Geddy. You can watch the interview below or at this link:

You can check out the much shorter, edited-for-TV version at this link along with this short clip of John Roberts jamming onstage with Rush. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: West Palm Beach open thread
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UPDATE - 10/6@10:30AM: Here's a review from The Palm Beach Post (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 10/5@9:49AM: Here's a review from the Broward-Palm Beach New Times (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 10/3@6:38PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 10/3@11:07AM: Here's a photo gallery from JustNews.com (thanks katskahnne).

This is it. Rush's last show on the US leg of the Time Machine Tour takes place tonight at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL. For everyone going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Saturday, October 2nd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 40
Venue: Cruzan Amphitheatre
Place: West Palm Beach, FL

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Tampa open thread
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UPDATE - 10/7@10:52AM: Here's a review from Creative Loafing Tampa.

UPDATE - 10/5@7:18AM: Here's a gallery of photos by Todd Fixler posted over at ReaxMusic.com.

UPDATE - 10/3@9:32AM: Here's a review from the Tampa Tribune.

UPDATE - 10/2@12:29PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 10/2@9:23AM: Reader Jay Y pointed me to his photobucket gallery from last night's show which you can check out at this link. Here's a fun, lighthearted little review from Stephanie Hayes of the St. Petersburg Times (thanks katskahnne). She's definitely not a Rush fan and was less than thrilled about having to review the show. But her words seem to indicate that she had a good time and now at least understands Rush fans a little better. Her respect for the band is demonstrated with the article's title: For 40 years, these guys are rock solid. Indeed they are.

Rush rolls into the Sunshine State this weekend to play the last 2 shows of the US leg of the Time Machine Tour. Tonight they'll hit the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre (formerly the Ford Amphitheatre and probably the most horrible name ever for a venue) in Tampa. Here's a preview article from the St. Petersburg Times. For everyone going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Friday, October 1st @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 39
Venue: 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
Place: Tampa, FL

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine TourAfter over 3 months and nearly 40 shows, the US leg of the Time Machine Tour is finally winding to a close. Rush plays 2 shows in the Sunshine State of Florida over the weekend and then it's on to South America for 4 shows to close out the tour. This past week Rush played to enthusiastic crowds in Houston, Dallas and Atlanta. While in Atlanta the band took some time out to speak with CNN's John Roberts for a piece that aired on Thursday's American Morning program which you can watch at this link. This past week also saw several Rush-related releases including the 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums documentary, Suck the movie featuring Alex Lifeson and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock featuring Rush's 2112. And this past Tuesday there was the annual snubbing of Rush by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee, which was thankfully overshadowed by the announcement that Rush would be receiving a Classic Rock Living Legend award and also be named the Legend of Live at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards.

The upcoming South American leg of the Time Machine Tour is causing quite a lot of understandable excitement among our fellow Chilean, Brazilian and Argentinian Rush fans. Rumor has it that over 50,000 tickets have already been sold for Rush's show at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile - the first time the band has ever played that country. Brazilian reader Psico pointed me to this video newscast from major Brazilian TV channel Rede Record which covers Rush's upcoming 2 dates in Brazil. Reporter Lucia Sores caught up with the Rush tour in Bristow and spoke with several members of the crew along with Alex and Geddy. The video also contains a good bit of backstage footage. It's mostly in Portuguese but the Alex/Geddy portions are in English with Portuguese subtitles. Rush's South American tour begins next Friday, October 8th in Sao Paulo.

Speaking of the tour, earlier this week Rush's tour photographer and master of disaster (pyrotechnician if you prefer) John Arrowsmith was kind enough to send me the Time Machine Tour house music list to share with everyone. You can check out the list in this post.

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 was released to DVD/Blu-ray this past Tuesday 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. You can check out a couple of preview videos in this post.

The Canadian vampire horror/comedy flick Suck was released to DVD and Blu-ray in the US this past Tuesday. 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.

The 6th installment in the Guitar Hero video game series - Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock - was also released on Tuesday. 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. You can check out all the details and watch a preview video in this post.

As I'd mentioned above, this past week started off with the disappointing yet not unexpected news that Rush was not chosen as a nominee for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. As is typical in the aftermath of the Rock Hall's annual announcement, several angry journalists and bloggers let loose with some scathing remarks regarding this year's list of nominees and its exclusion of Rush. There's this article from Kirk Baird of The Toledo Blade who announces that he's boycotting the Hall until Rush gets in and invites others to join him. DJ, That Metal Show host and Rush fan Eddie Trunk goes off regarding the Hall's continued exclusion of Rush and other hard rock acts in this blog post. Several articles mention Rush as being one of the notable exclusions including this one from the Dallas Morning News, this article at MTV.com and this Entertainment Weekly article. Entertainment Weekly also spoke with Rush documentary filmmaker Scot McFadyen about Rush's snubbing who had this to say:

... "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." ...

While we were still digesting the news of Rush's continued exclusion by the Rock Hall on Tuesday, we received the welcome news later that day that the band will be awarded the Living Legend award at this year's Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. The event will be hosted by Alice Cooper (who was finally nominated for the Rock Hall) and take place November 10th at London's Roundhouse venue.

As if that wasn't enough, on Wednesday Billboard.com announced 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. Who needs the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when you've got the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Classic Rock Living Legend award and being named the Legend of Live?... and that's just this year.

A few weeks ago the Rush Backstage Club made more copies of the CD version of the Caravan/BU2B single available for sale. 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. Reader Will C purchased one of new versions and can confirm that for this printing the tracks are in the proper order. Caravan is still hovering close to the top 10 on the Mediabase Rock Chart, currently holding at #12.

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.

Reader cschnebe let me know about a new book from Will Romano titled Mountains Come Out Of The Sky, The Illustrated History of Prog Rock. As the title suggests, the book details the history of progressive rock along with plenty of images and photographs, and Rush gets its own chapter on pages 166-179.

Bob Mersereau's new book The Top 100 Canadian Singles was just released this past week. The book compiles a list of the best Canadian songs as chosen by around 800 musicians, broadcasters, members of the music industry and fans. A few Rush songs made the cut including Tom Sawyer at #12, The Spirit of Radio at #25, and Closer to the Heart at #35 The book contains several interview snippets from musicians who made the list including Neil Peart. You can purchase a copy at this link.

KayvonTV is an internet TV show hosted by Kayvon Zahedi which features the host chasing down and interviewing various celebrities. Kayvon caught up with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in Toronto not too long ago and you can check out his very short interview with the guys in this video (thanks stergios2112).

Reader RushFanForever was curious about why Canadian musician Ian Thomas thanks Geddy Lee of Rush for the use of his mellotron in the credits for his 1981 album The Runner. So he went directly to the source and posted at the Ian Thomas website forums. Here's what Ian had to say:

I do believe the mellotron you refer to may very well have been played by the multi-talented Hugh Syme on the Rush track "Tears." That mellotron was the best one I had ever seen over the years. It was a double manual and with a pretty comprehensive tape library. There us a greater story to that mellotron in that it was sold to Geddy by non other than the late great jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Oscar, rest his warm curious soul, was always interested in any technology involving music and in particularly anything involving his love ... the keyboard. The songs that the mellotron were used on didn't make it to the record unfortunately, but my gratitude to Geddy's sense of generosity remained. and hense the credit. Those Rush boys are just plain ... good people. I have only seen snips of the new documentary, in particular a scene in Alex's family's kitchen where he is saying something to the effect of -" I don't want to go to shcool. I want to be a musician." Finding footage like that is truly extraordinary. I think I'll snare a copy of the doc fro fun. It looks really well put together. Sure Harmony would be good for LOGITECH - If you know anyone there tell them to get in touch with Anthem Entertainment as they have the publishing rights to that song.

You can read the entire exchange at this link.

Reader mattybro came across a humorous blog post at Asylum.com where the author recounts his experiences as a strip club DJ. One of the stories he tells has a Rush-related twist to it:

... "While immersed in the seedy underbelly of the strip club scene, I did learn a few important lessons. First: More girls are always better. My boss didn't care at all what the girl looked like. I remember him hiring this one lady. She chose the stripper name "Rose." I am not exaggerating at all when I say that Rose looked exactly like mythological rock titan Geddy Lee from Rush! I'm going to hell for this, but when she would dance, sometimes I would play "Tom Sawyer" and laugh to myself in the booth." ...

You can read the entire post at this link.

Reader Weezy put together a fun little slideshow where she models Rush t-shirts from every Rush tour. She calls it her Time Machine Tour of T-shirts and you can check it out at this link.

Musicians Friend recently conducted a 2-part, 20-minute interview with Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz. Nick describes how he ended up in the music production business and talks a good bit about Rush in the second part of the interview. You can check out part 1 here and part 2 here.

In last week's update reader A-CELL-OF-AWARENESS shared something interesting that he saw at the Columbus show. He had noticed that one of the camera operator's beltpacks had a sticker on it that said By Tour Inc. Reader cavesoficeman provided the following clarification:

I wanted to let you know that By Tour has been known as a business name for some part of Anthem's diverse business operations for some years. It was mentioned in legal papers (income/expenses) leaked/released during Al's Florida trials and tribulations. (By Tour is, as the name suggests, the travel and carry side of Rush's tour operations).

Here's Rush's awesome interview with John Roberts on CNN's American Morning yesterday:

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

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Rush featured in new Top 100 Canadian Singles book
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Bob Mersereau's new book The Top 100 Canadian Singles was just released this past week. The book compiles a list of the best Canadian songs as chosen by around 800 musicians, broadcasters, members of the music industry and fans. A few Rush songs made the cut including Tom Sawyer at #12, The Spirit of Radio at #25, and Closer to the Heart at #35 The book contains several interview snippets from musicians who made the list including Neil Peart. You can purchase a copy at this link. Thanks to Get up and go the distance for the heads up.

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