Archive: Blog Entries from November, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour pre-sale info and open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 12/3@11:16AM: TRIBUTE seems to work for all 3 dates for the Live Nation pre-sale. That password will likely work for all of the Live Nation pre-sales for the upcoming dates too.

UPDATE - 12/3@10:52AM: The Live Nation pre-sale password for the Hershey date is TRIBUTE (thanks lilvictory).

UPDATE - 12/3@10:23AM: The Music Today pre-sales should be ending at 12PM today and the Rush VIP/CITI pre-sales will be ending at 5PM. Various Live Nation, venue and radio pre-sales all kicked off at about 10AM this morning too. If anyone has password info for these, let us know. It looks like the password MOVING works for the Detroit show (thanks craigl). And there's a venue pre-sale for the Hershey date using a password of HERSHEY (thanks Professordrums).

UPDATE - 11/30@10:17PM: Everything is in place for the Hershey, Detroit and Baltimore pre-sales tomorrow at 10AM. Both Ticketmaster and the Rush Music Today site now list all three dates. For information on how all of the various pre-sales work, be sure to visit the ticket sales and pre-sales guide. For those of you planning to purchase tickets, good luck tomorrow!

UPDATE - 11/30@6:38PM: The Hershey, Detroit and Baltimore dates are now listed over at the Rush Music Today site. That's a good sign since - in some cases - on the last tour this didn't occur until minutes before the tickets went on sale! Rush and Music Today seem to have a much better handle on things this go-around.

UPDATE - 11/30@2:41PM: The Hershey date is now listed at Ticketmaster along with the Rush VIP and CITI Cardmember pre-sale info.

UPDATE - 11/30@1:55PM: The Baltimore date is now listed at Ticketmaster along with the Rush VIP and CITI Cardmember pre-sale info (thanks timintey).

Rush sent out another email in the wee hours of the morning confirming that fan pre-sales through Music Today will begin tomorrow at 10AM for the Hershey, Detroit and Baltimore dates. Rush VIP and CITI Cardmember pre-sales through Ticketmaster should also begin tomorrow for those 3 dates, although so far only the Detroit show is listed at Ticketmaster. They also released pre-sale info for the Rotterdam show. From the email:

... PRE-SALE for ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND show just announced for May 27th at the Ahoy Arena:

Link: http://www.ticketmaster.nl/html/connect.htmI?EVNT=RU270511&brand=nl_livenation
Password: RushNL

Window: Opens Wednesday, December 1 at 5:00 PM (local time/CET) for 1 full day (24 hours) with a ticket limit of 4 tickets

General On-Sale begins Friday, December 3 at 10:00 AM (local time/CET with a ticket limit of 8 tickets, available at www.livenation.nl

PRE-SALE TICKETS & PACKAGES FOR NORTH AMERICA:

Pre-sales for HERSHEY, DETROIT & BALTIMORE start this WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1 at 10 AM!

The Rush Fan Club Tickets can be purchased at rush.musictoday.com

Please note: Rush Fan Club tickets are available during the presales only.

Reserve the best seats in the house now through our special fan pre-sale. Pre-sales only last three days, and only certain cities/dates are currently available for pre-sale, more pre-sales added each week. Check back if you don't see your date. At the end of your ticket purchase, you will have the opportunity to pre-order EXCLUSIVE Rush Fan Club merchandise.

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

Please note if you choose the Music Today fan pre-sale package, to access ticket pre-sales you must first register for the fan community. Registration is FREE. You will have to register with the Music Today site BEFORE completing your ticket purchase so we suggest you do this before the on-sale window opens at 10AM local time.

Rush Time Machine Package can be purchased at http://www.ticketmaster.com/Rush-tickets/artist/807344

The Time Machine Package includes:

* One premium, reserved ticket located within the first 15 rows of the stage
* Copy of Rush - Classic Albums - 2112 and Moving Pictures DVD (the making of 2112 and Moving Pictures)
* Rush Caravan/BU2B CD single
* Specially Designed Tour Shirt (exclusive design, available to ticket packages only)
* Exclusive Tour Poster (numbered, limited)
* Official Time Machine Tour Program
* Set of Official Rush Guitar Picks

In the US, Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets through Citi's Private Pass® Program beginning December 1st in select markets. For complete presale details visit http://www.citiprivatepass.com.

For a full list of shows and general ticket information, please visit www.rush.com

For those of you not familiar with the pre-sale circus, I've put together a guide to ticket pre-sales which you can check out at this link. It'll tell you the differences between the various pre-sales, how they work, and what you will need to do to prepare for them.

Related Posts:
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour North American dates announced]
[Rush Time Machine Tour Dublin pre-sale; Helsinki & Sweden added]
[Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 UK/Ireland pre-sales open thread]
[Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 official announcement!]

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Rush and Philosophy book now available for pre-order
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Back in June of 2009 we learned that Open Court Publishing had put out a call for papers for a Rush and Philosophy book that they were planning to release as part of their popular Culture and Philosophy book series. Longtime Rush and philosophy author Durrell Bowman along with Jim Berti are the co-editors of the 288-page anthology which is slated for release in May of next year and is now available for pre-order at this link. The table of contents for the book - listing the authors and titles of all the essays it will contain along with section titles - can be seen at Durrell Bowman's website. The book is divided into 4 sections containing 16 essays with a complete title of Rush and Philosophy: Always Hopeful, Yet Discontent. Bowman has written a number of essays on Rush and philosophy including the following:

Let Them All Make Their Own Music: Individualism, Rush, and the Progressive Hard Rock Alloy, 1976-77 by Durrell Bowman, chapter nine of Progressive Rock Reconsidered, edited by Kevin Holm-Hudson, Oct. 2001

Textu(r)al Undercoding and the Music of the Rock Band Rush: String Quartets, Death Metal, Trip-Hop, and other Tributes, November 2002 (1 March 2003 version, 2004 update)

Permanent Change: Rush, Musicians' Rock, and the Progressive Post-Counterculture, Dissertation, Ph.D. in Musicology, UCLA, 2003

The Culture and Philosophy book series are collections of essays by academic philosophers exploring the meanings, concepts, and puzzles within television shows, movies, music and other icons of popular culture. Since its inception in 2000 with Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing the series has published over 40 titles including Lord of the Rings and Philosophy, Star Wars and Philosophy, Bob Dylan and Philosophy and Pink Floyd and Philosophy. Other books on Rush and philosophy include 1998's Mystic Rhythms: The Philosophical Vision of Rush, 2002's A Simple Kind Mirror: The Lyrical Vision of Rush, and the recently released Rush, Rock Music and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown. Thanks to Mark Stench II for the heads up.

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Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour North American dates announced
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 11/29@6:39PM: It looks like pre-sales for the Hershey, Detroit and Baltimore dates will start to roll out this coming Wednesday, December 1st. As outlined below, there will be multiple pre-sales to contend with; Music Today fan pre-sales, CitiBank pre-sales, Rush VIP pre-sales and various venue/radio pre-sales. The Live Nation, Ticketmaster and Music Today sites should be updating their listings for these 3 dates in the next couple of days. It sounds like these will be run much like they did on the first leg, so check out my ticket sales and pre-sales guide from the last tour to get an idea of how the various pre-sales work. I'll be updating the tour section as I learn of more specific pre-sale links, times and information.

UPDATE - 11/29@11:09AM: All 13 dates along with venues, pre-sale info and on-sale info have been posted at Rush.com. There will be another VIP package offered along with both Music Today fan pre-sales and Citi pre-sales just as on the first leg. I will be updating the tour section with the information shortly:

Mar 30: Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Bank Atlantic Center
Apr 1: Greensboro, NC - Coliseum
Apr 3: Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Apr 5: Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
Apr 6: Toledo, OH - Huntington Center
Apr 8: Hershey, PA - Giant Center
Apr 10: New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
Apr 12: Chicago, IL - United Center
Apr 15: Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
Apr 17: Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
Apr 19: Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
Apr 20: Montreal, PQ - Bell Centre
Apr 22: Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena

Additional North American performances to be announced. Itinerary subject to change.

To benefit the relief efforts in Haiti, one dollar of each ticket sold will be donated through several charities including "Doctors Without Borders". Additionally, Rush will also contribute a portion of their proceeds at the culmination of the tour.

Tickets for the Rush performances will go on sale in Hershey, Detroit and Baltimore beginning Monday, Dec. 6th, with additional on-sales to follow.

Rush.com members will have access to pre-sales - sign up now here http://www.rush.net/

In the US, Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets through Citi's Private Pass® Program beginning December 1st in select markets. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Rush - Fan Club Package via MusicToday can be purchased at http://rush.musictoday.com

For Rush Time Machine packages, visit http://www.livenation.com/Rush-tickets/artist/807344

* Rush - Time Machine Package includes: - One premium, reserved ticket located within the first 15 rows of the stage
* - Copy of "Rush - Classic Albums - 2112 and Moving Pictures" DVD (the making of "2112" and "Moving Pictures")
* - Rush "Caravan/BU2B" CD single
* - Specially Designed Tour Shirt (exclusive design, available to ticket packages only)
* - Exclusive Tour Poster (numbered, limited)
* - Official Time Machine Tour Program
* - Set of Official Rush Guitar Picks

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UPDATE - 11/29@8:46AM: The Cleveland date has been confirmed as Friday, April 15th at the Quicken Loans Arena.

Just as they had promised yesterday, Rush revealed some more tour details via their website at Rush.com late last night. They'll play a total of 13 dates in the Eastern US/Canada beginning on March 30th and running through April 22nd, then return to North America in June after the European leg. They've also added a Rotterdam date to their European leg. From the website:

Time Machine North American Dates Revealed

Rush confirm The Time Machine Tour will visit new cities throughout North America and play a few return engagements beginning March 30th in Ft. Lauderdale and running through April 22nd in 2011 with dates in Greensboro, Nashville, Louisville, Toledo, Hershey, New York's esteemed Madison Square Garden, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Hamilton, Montreal and Baltimore. The tour also returns to North America in June with performances in select markets that will include cities such as New Orleans, Austin, Vancouver and a very special return play in Los Angeles - more information on these dates and more soon!

Tickets for RUSH go on sale in select markets beginning December 6th at LiveNation.com
Tickets for the Rush performances will go on sale in Hershey, Detroit and Baltimore beginning Monday, Dec. 6th, with additional on-sales to follow. To benefit the relief efforts in Haiti, one dollar of each ticket sold will be donated through several charities including "Doctors Without Borders". Rush will also contribute a portion of their proceeds at the culmination of the tour.

For Rush Fan Club tickets, as well as fan club exclusive merchandise offers, visit http://rush.musictoday.com

For Rush Time Machine packages, visit http://www.livenation.com/Rush-tickets/artist/807344

Please check all updates on the rush.com tour page for all updates.

And here are the details regarding the Rotterdam date:

Rotterdam added to European Leg

Rush confirms they will bring the Time Machine tour to Rotterdam, Holland on their European leg in May, 2011.
Tickets for the Rush show at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Holland on Friday, May 27th, 2011 will go on sale this Friday Dec 3 via www.livenation.nl

More details should be coming soon!

Related Posts:
[More Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour news coming tomorrow]
[Rush Time Machine Tour Dublin pre-sale; Helsinki & Sweden added]
[Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 UK/Ireland pre-sales open thread]
[Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 official announcement!]

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

More Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour news coming tomorrow
10:40AM EST | link | comments (53) |

Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 11/28@9:28PM: From what I'm hearing, tomorrow's announcement will definitely include North American dates with pre-sales beginning this week. Some North American cities/venues that have been rumored to be included on the tour itinerary are Madison Square Garden in New York City; Cleveland, OH (likely Quicken Loans Arena); Hershey, PA (likely the Giant Center); Baltimore, MD; Biloxi, MS and Hamilton, ON. The latest information I have regarding specific dates is April 13th for Hershey, April 15th for Cleveland and April 22nd for Baltimore. We should find out for sure tomorrow.

Rush sent out a newsletter this morning which promotes the AT&T Rush t-shirt ad and reminds everyone that proceeds from the commercial and sales of the t-shirt and onesie will go to benefit the relief efforts in Haiti. If you haven't seen the TV spot yet you can watch the commercial in this post. The newsletter also promises more tour announcement news is coming tomorrow morning. It's not yet clear whether they will be announcing North American dates, more European dates or both. So stay tuned!

Related Posts:
[Rush Time Machine Tour Dublin pre-sale; Helsinki & Sweden added]
[Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 UK/Ireland pre-sales open thread]
[Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 official announcement!]
[Rush 2011 tour news: Madison Square Garden early next year?]

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011I hope that everyone in the US had a happy Thanksgiving yesterday and is surviving Black Friday. One week ago Rush officially announced the 2nd leg of their highly successful Time Machine Tour. Since then they've confirmed eleven European dates in May of 2011 including their first ever show in Ireland, 6 UK dates, 1 show in Finland, 2 in Sweden and 1 in Germany. They promise more announcements to come including some North American dates starting in March. With the tour announcement comes the inevitable pre-sale frenzy which began earlier this week. Pre-sales for the UK and Dublin dates ended earlier this morning and general on-sales will commence tomorrow morning. Pre-sales for Helsinki and the 2 Swedish dates kicked off earlier this morning and will run until Tuesday when the general on-sales begin. For all of the details and to check out the tour map, visit the tour section. You can also see up-to-the-minute tour information via the ticker at the top of the site.

As I'd mentioned above, Rush will be playing some North American dates starting in late March and going through April. Then it's on to Europe and back to North America for some dates in June/July. According to last week's announcement, the band will focus on places that the tour missed in 2010. Some North American cities/venues that have been rumored as possible tour stops thus far are Madison Square Garden in New York City; Cleveland, OH (likely Quicken Loans Arena); Hershey, PA (likely the Giant Center); Baltimore, MD; Biloxi, MS and Hamilton, ON. Hopefully we'll get some official dates in the next few weeks. Neil Peart's drum tech Lorne Wheaton recently posted to his MySpace page that Bubba/Gump (Neil Peart and himself) will be starting rehearsals in March.

With the 2011 tour now set in stone, I thought I'd run some tour-related polls in the run-up to the tour kick-off next March. For the first one I'm asking everyone what non-Moving Pictures song(s) that they think the band should drop from their 2011 setlist. Take the poll and let us know. In my last poll I asked everybody what their favorite song off of Power Windows was in celebration of the album's 25th anniversary. Marathon was the clear winner with over 25% of the vote. You can view the complete results here.

You may have noticed a few changes to the site over the past week. I've reconfigured things a tiny bit, making the site a tad wider and the letter sizing slightly bigger (for us aging Rush fans with bad eyes). I've also re-launched the Time Stand Still Rush calendar after a long hiatus, and added icons in the upper right for following the site on RSS, Twitter and Facebook. I'll continue to make updates and improvements to the site in the coming months as I have time. I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who has generously donated to the site over the past several weeks - I greatly appreciate it. If anyone wants to make a donation you can do so at this link and you'll get a free RUSH IS A BAND bumper sticker as a thank you gift.

We learned yesterday that Alex Lifeson will be among the performers at the 6th annual Andy Kim Christmas Concert next month. The concert will take place at The Mod Club in Toronto on Wednesday, December 15th and all proceeds will benefit the Regent Park School of Music. Tickets are on sale now for $25 through Ticketmaster, Rotate This, Soundscapes or call 416-870-8000 to charge by phone. Alex Lifeson also performed at Kim's 4th annual concert 2 years ago. You can check out videos and photos from that event in this post.

Reader ou812112 pointed me to a recent Canoe.ca article which talks about how the CBC lost the rights to the iconic Hockey Night in Canada theme song 2 years ago and mentions an interesting Alex Lifeson connection that I had been previously unaware of:

... After losing the rights to the song CBC held a competition to find a replacement paying $100,000 to the winner, but a CBC insider tells QMI Agency the total cost was much higher.

"That contest would have cost millions of dollars for CBC to run," said the current employee, who wished to remain anonymous.

The claim that the contest cost millions cannot be verified because the CBC has consistently refused all requests to release the costs of the contest through access to information inquiries.

In addition to the $100,000 winner's fee, the state broadcaster also contracted music legend Bob Rock to produce the song, consulted 400 judges, and employed Canadian music icons Kim Mitchell and Alex Lifeson of Rush to play the song alongside a full orchestra. ...

Last year Neil Peart was contracted by TSN to record a new version of The Hockey Theme which debuted back in January during a Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs game.

Geddy Lee began endorsing Orange bass amplifiers earlier this year and used them on the Time Machine Tour. He's featured in a recent ad for the amps which you can check out at this link. Thanks to DigitalMan745 for the scan and rushfan211276 for the link.

TheRightToRock.com recently conducted an interview with bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine of legendary Canadian rock trio Triumph. At one point they get on the subject of the Rush documentary and the interviewer asks Levine about the possibility of Triumph and Rush touring together. Levine is very open to the idea and remarks not that it hasn't been thought of before by the way. You can listen to the podcast at this link. The Rush bit occurs at about the 1:21:00 mark. Thanks to Mark for the heads up.

Reader RushFanForever located a couple of great live versions of YYZ on YouTube; one from The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra and another from the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra.

The December, 2010 issue of Motorcyclist magazine contains a review of Bubba's Bar and Grill at NeilPeart.net. It's written by editor-in-chief and Neil Peart's friend/riding partner Brian Catterson. You can check it out at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

Canadian gypsy jazz band The Lost Fingers recently released their new album Gypsy Kameloneon which contains a jazzed up cover of Rush's Tom Sawyer. Thanks to Power Windows for the news.

Omar Alvarado of drumming blog TheParadiddler.com recently posted a lengthy article on Rush including his review of the band's September 29th show in Atlanta which you can check out at this link.

A Dare to Remember is a campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation which engages Canadians to raise funds for AIDS in Africa. Geddy Lee recently did a radio spot for the campaign which you can listen to at this link. Thanks to ghost__rider for the heads up.

Now that the holiday season is in full swing and winter is just around the corner, I felt that it was about time for some celebrity winter advice from Geddy Lee.

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

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Alex Lifeson to perform at 6th annual Andy Kim Christmas Concert
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Alex Lifeson and Andy Kim at 4th annual Andy Kim Christmas Concert, 2008Alex Lifeson will be among the performers at the 6th annual Andy Kim Christmas Concert next month. The concert will take place at The Mod Club in Toronto on Wednesday, December 15th and all proceeds will benefit the Regent Park School of Music. From SamaritanMag.com:

Once again, legendary singer-songwriter Andy Kim has rounded up an impressive line-up of talent to join him at his annual charity concert in Toronto. This year's Andy Kim Christmas Show, at the Mod Club Dec. 15, will also feature Rush's Alex Lifeson, Ron Sexsmith and Platinum Blonde.

Also on the bill is The Regent Park School of Music Choir, which recently joined Roger Waters onstage at the Air Canada Centre for his 30th Anniversary of The Wall concerts. More guests are still to be announced. Santa is usually in attendance, but has yet to perform. ...

... The evening is being presented by Sentry Investments, Long & McQuade and CP24. Tickets are on sale now for $25 at all Ticketmaster outlets, Rotate This, Soundscapes or call 416-870-8000 to charge by phone. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Mod Club is located at 722 College St.

Alex Lifeson also performed at Kim's 4th annual concert 2 years ago. You can check out videos and photos from that event in this post. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour Dublin pre-sale; Helsinki & Sweden added
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 11/24@11:10PM: Rush just sent out another newsletter with some more details about the pre-sales:

The following shows have pre-sales for rush.com members.

Dublin: Presale opens this Thursday Nov 25th at 9am and closes Friday Nov 26th in the morning when the general sale starts at 9am. Password: FIRST

http://www.ticketmaster.ie/event/180045738BE537D0

Passwords are not required for the following pre-sales:

Helsinki: Presale opens this Friday Nov. 26th at 9am and closes on Tue Nov. 30th in the morning when the general sale starts at 9am .

http://www.eventim.fi/cgi-bin/tickets.html?affiliate=EFI&fun=tdetaila&doc=erdetaila&key=520419

Malmö: Presale opens on Friday Nov. 26th in the morning, closes again when the official on sale starts on Nov. 30th also in the morning.

http://www.ticnet.se/html/connect.htmI?STAGE=1&EVNT=MAR05081&CL_ORIGIN=Web1

Stockholm: Presale opens on Friday Nov. 26th in the morning, closes again when the official on sale starts on Nov. 30th also in the morning.

http://www.ticnet.se/Rush-biljetter/event/RUSH0506

Stay tuned for more touring news!

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UPDATE - 11/24@12:50PM: Just a reminder that the Planet Rock pre-sale for the 6 UK dates is going on right now. You can purchase tickets at this link.

Fan pre-sales for the 6 UK dates are well underway and will run through 9AM GMT this morning. Rush just sent out another newsletter which provides details on the Dublin fan pre-sale as well as announcing a few more European dates. As previously hinted at, Rush will play a date at the Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland and have also added 2 shows in Sweden. Here's the announcement:

Ireland Pre-Sale!

It's our first time to Ireland so of course we'll be having a fan pre-sale just for rush.com members first -- thanks for your patience as we organized it!

The fan pre-sale for the Dublin show will go live at 9AM GMT on Thursday, November 25th.

The link will be coming via ticketmaster on Wednesday, but we can tell you now the password will be "first". As in first time to Ireland!

We are aware the emails take a bit to get into each and every fan inbox on our list, so in the essence of time for this one, should the link comes in within 24hours of the 9AM on-sale, we will post it on rush.com in the news section. You'll still need the password "first" to access it, which you now already have.

3 New European Shows!

We're also happy to announce the following additions to our European Machine 2011 Tour:

May 4 - Helsinki @ Hartwall Arena
May 6 - Stockholm @ Globe
May 8 - Malmo @ Malmo Arena

There will be a fan pre-sale that will commence on November 26th and the general on-sale will begin on November 30th.

The pre-sale link and password will be sent as soon as we have it.

I've updated the tour section with the new information.

Related Posts:
[Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 UK/Ireland pre-sales open thread]
[Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 official announcement!]
[Rush 2011 tour news: Madison Square Garden early next year?]
[Rush to play Helsinki, Finland in early May, 2011]

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 UK/Ireland pre-sales open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 11/24@12:50PM: Just a reminder that the Planet Rock pre-sale for the 6 UK dates is going on right now. You can purchase tickets at this link.

UPDATE - 11/22@10:38PM: Here's the email (thanks Adrian):

Dear Rush fans,

As you may have heard, RUSH has decided to extend the Time Machine Tour into 2011!

The following dates are confirmed and special pre-sale links have been made for you before the general on-sale.

More dates still to be announced!

May 12 - Dublin @ O2
May 14 - Glasgow @ SECC
May 16 - Sheffield @ Motorpoint Arena
May 18 - Manchester @ MEN Arena
May 21 - Newcastle @ Metro Radio Arena
May 22 - Birmingham @ LG Arena
May 25 - London @ O2
May 29 - Frankfurt @ Festhalle

Please note, there will be no VIP packages in Europe.

PRE-SALE for Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, & London shows:

As of 9AM GMT on Tuesday November 23rd, you can go to this link or call the number below - using the password "BU2B"

Pre-sale link: http://minisite.ticketline.co.uk
Pre-sale hotline: 0844 888 9991
Password: BU2B

Duration: Goes live Tuesday, November 23 @ 9AM GMT for 24 hours

PRE-SALE for Frankfurt:

Pre-sale Link: http://www.eventim.de
No password. Duration now through end of day 11/25.

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UPDATE - 11/22@9:02PM: According to lavilla the email did finally go out, the TicketLine mini-site is the one to use and BU2B is the password. It sounds like the pre-sale begins at 9AM. I haven't received the email myself yet (it may just be going out to UK subscribers) so if anyone has it please forward it to me or send along the online link.

Early Friday morning Rush announced that the band will be embarking on a 2nd leg of the Time Machine Tour next year which will run from March through July and include both North American and European dates. They confirmed 7 dates in the UK and Ireland in May and promised that more European dates would be announced very soon. From the Rush.com announcement:

... The following dates are confirmed, including Rush performing in Ireland for the first time ever. More additional European announcements to come.

Thursday, May 12th Dublin O2
Saturday, May 14th Glasgow SECC
Monday, May 16th Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
Thursday, May 19th Manchester MEN Arena
Saturday, May 21st Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Sunday, May 22nd Birmingham LG Arena
Wednesday, May 25th London O2

Rush.com members will be receiving a pre-sale notification on Monday, November 22nd that begins on Tuesday, November 23rd.

Tickets for the Time Machine Tour in Ireland & UK general on sale will commence at 9AM GMT on Friday, November 26th, 2010. Ticket links and details will be posted shortly. ...

However, Monday came and went in the UK (it's now after midnight there) without any notification sent out from the Rush.com mailing list. Fans who have inquired with Rush's management at Anthem have been told that the fan pre-sale will indeed begin tomorrow and that notifications will be sent out in the morning. So if you aren't signed up already, make sure to sign up for the mailing list at Rush.net. Some of you may recall that this is very similar to what happened with the Music Today pre-sales on the 1st leg of the tour; the pre-sale site went live only 1 hour before the pre-sales began and several folks didn't receive the notification until after the pre-sales had already started. Let's hope that doesn't happen this time, but be prepared. From what we can tell, the UK pre-sale will be handled by TicketLine, who already has a Rush mini-site up and running. The site lists pre-sales for the 6 UK dates including a VIP option for which no details are given. It even looks like the password rush gets you passed the main screen, but you can't actually purchase anything yet. I'm not clear how the pre-sale will work for the Dublin date, although there is an O2 Priority pre-sale listed at Ticketmaster that begins on Wednesday at 9AM. There will also be a pre-sale sponsored by Planet Rock beginning Wednesday at 9AM. So that's where things stand currently. I've opened up this thread for general discussion of the pre-sales and to share information.

Related Posts:
[Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 official announcement!]
[Rush 2011 tour news: Madison Square Garden early next year?]
[Rush to play Helsinki, Finland in early May, 2011]
[Geddy Lee Planet Rock interview now online]
[Rush to receive Classic Rock's Living Legend award tonight]

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff; Rush 2011 tour!
1:13PM EST | link | comments (100) |

It's official! Rush announced very early this morning that the band will be embarking on a 2nd leg of the Time Machine Tour next year. They confirmed 7 dates in the UK and Ireland and promised that more European dates would be announced very soon. Indeed, tickets are already on sale for a May 29th show in Frankfurt, Germany, and on Monday Finnish television channel SuomiTV reported that Rush will play the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland sometime in May. Tickets for the UK and Ireland shows go on pre-sale this coming Tuesday, November 23rd and on general sale next Friday, November 26th at 9AM GMT. The announcement also confirmed that Rush will be playing a selection of North American dates starting in March and going through July. Although no specific dates were mentioned, the band will focus on places that the tour missed in 2010. Some North American cities/venues that have been bandied around as possible tour stops thus far are Madison Square Garden in New York City; Cleveland, OH (likely Quicken Loans Arena); Hershey, PA (likely the Giant Center); Baltimore, MD; Biloxi, MS and Hamilton, ON. There's also a big full-page feature on Rush and the UK tour in today's edition of the UK's Sun magazine which you can check out a scan of at this link. I'll be updating the tour section over the weekend to reflect the new 2011 tour.

Alex Lifeson's Toronto night club The Orbit Room held their 16th anniversary party last Friday evening. Just as in prior years, Big Al Lifeson showed up for the event and mingled with some fans. Alex sat in with house band The Dexters for the first set and the Dave Murphy Band for the second set. For the first set they played For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield, White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, Pass the Peas by the JBs and the Peter Gunn Theme by Henri Mancini. Al and the Dave Murphy Band played Tom Sawyer, In The Mood, Limelight and The Who's Won't Get Fooled Again. The Canadian Music Scene posted a BUNCH of cool photos from the party at this link. There are also several great pictures and video courtesy readers Andrew W and DukesRocks in this post.

Earlier this week, Neil Peart updated the Bubba's Book Club section of his website where he reviews and recommends books that he's been reading. In this latest installment Neil reviews just 2 books: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon and The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. You can read both reviews at this link.

While Geddy was in the UK last week accepting Rush's Classic Rock Living Legend award he stopped by 106.1 Rock Radio to chat with Steve Berry. The two covered many of the same subjects that were touched upon in Geddy's BBC and Planet Rock interviews last week including Rush's plans for touring Europe in the late Spring. You can listen to the interview in 2 parts at this link.

It's hard to believe, but this coming Monday, November 22nd marks the 5th anniversary of Rush's R30 live DVD. The video was recorded on September 24, 2004 at the Festhalle Frankfurt on Rush's R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour. Last year a Blu-ray version of the video was released and R30 was certified 5X Multi-Platinum (500,000+ copies sold) by the RIAA on September 1, 2010. We just learned earlier today that Rush will be returning to the Festhalle Frankfurt for a show on May 29th. Happy anniversary R30!

Eric over at the Power Windows site has made some updates to the Downloads section of his website, updating the Smartphone Wallpapers and adding some Rush Firefox personas. Thanks Eric! And Andrew Olson has expanded the Drums of Neil Peart page on his Neil Peart site to include detailed information about every kit Neil has played and giving each kit its very own page. Thanks Andy!

Gibson.com posted an article earlier this week where they list the top 10 guitar riffs of the 1980's and Rush's Limelight made the cut at #10. Here's what they had to say:

You've got to love Alex Lifeson. Blessed (or cursed) with sharing trio space with one of the best bass players on the planet and probably the best drummer on Earth, Lifeson still manages to stand out with imaginative solos and, in the case of this Moving Pictures tour de force, major league riffage - his best since "Passage to Bangkok."

Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

Swedish reader Lex Rushon let me know that TV4 in Sweden ran a little story on Rush last Wednesday, November 10th. It's in Swedish but contains some interview snippets with Geddy Lee that are in English. You can watch the clip at this link. Geddy talks a lot about the positive influence that games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero have had on introducing a younger generation to Rush's music.

Reader RushFanForever let me know that Neil Peart is featured in an ad for Roland V-drums on page 2 of the latest issue of Canadian Musician magazine.

NMR Distribution will soon be releasing a 1000-piece Rush Signals puzzle to complement its 1000-piece Moving Pictures puzzle. Thanks to Marshall B for the heads up.

Reader cakes and sparrows let me know that Rush has finally gotten the Discographies treatment on Twitter. For some background info on Discographies you can check out this link.

RushFanForever let me know about a new coffee table book from UK author David Phillips called A Drummer's Perspective which features a collection of over 200 photographs celebrating the world of drumming. Photographs of Neil Peart and dozens of other drumming greats are included. The book goes on sale next month and can be pre-ordered at this link.

Last week I posted a rough cut video of a new television commercial for AT&T high speed internet which has a central theme/storyline revolving around a Rush t-shirt. The commercial began airing over the weekend and I posted the final cut version to YouTube yesterday. In the 30-second commercial, a new father is riding around on a giant computer mouse (to simulate surfing the internet) while wearing a black Rush explosion logo t-shirt. He's traveling from store to store trying to decide what to purchase for his new baby daughter. He finally ends up going into a music store and happily buys his daughter a Rush onesie to match his t-shirt. Both the t-shirt and the onesie are also now available for purchase at the Rush Backstage Club. In yet another classy move, Rush is donating proceeds from the commercial and sales of the shirts to War Child Canada in Haiti. You can watch the final cut of the commercial below or at this link.

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

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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 official announcement!
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UPDATE - 11/19@10:36AM: There's a big full-page feature on Rush and the UK tour in today's edition of the UK's Sun magazine. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up and the scan.

UPDATE - 11/19@9:54AM: I added a promotional image for the Dublin date that reader Martin C sent me. A few of you also pointed out that tickets can already be purchased for the show in Frankfurt!

Rush pulled a fast one on us late last night and put up an official announcement confirming that they'll be embarking on a second leg of the Time Machine Tour in 2011. The announcement includes specific dates for the UK and Ireland with the promise of more European dates coming soon. They also confirmed that they'll be playing a selection of North American dates starting in March and going through July! From Rush.com:

TIME MACHINE TOUR 2011

Rush has confirmed they will be extending the Time Machine Tour and coming to Europe this spring.
The following dates are confirmed, including Rush performing in Ireland for the first time ever.
More additional European announcements to come.

Thursday, May 12th Dublin O2
Saturday, May 14th Glasgow SECC
Monday, May 16th Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
Thursday, May 19th Manchester MEN Arena
Saturday, May 21st Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Sunday, May 22nd Birmingham LG Arena
Wednesday, May 25th London O2

Rush.com members will be receiving a pre-sale notification on Monday, November 22nd that begins on Tuesday, November 23rd.

Tickets for the Time Machine Tour in Ireland & UK general on sale will commence at 9AM GMT on Friday, November 26th, 2010. Ticket links and details will be posted shortly.

Additional European dates will be announced shortly!

Also confirmed today, the Time Machine tour will return to North America for a selection of dates between March and July, primarily with Rush performing in markets not played on the previous tour run this summer.

Stay tuned to rush.com for more details!

In related news, reader Simon S from Germany let me know that German ticketseller Eventim has confirmed that Rush will be playing a show in Frankfurt, Germany on May 29th.

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[Rush 2011 tour news: Madison Square Garden early next year?]
[Rush to play Helsinki, Finland in early May, 2011]
[Geddy Lee Planet Rock interview now online]
[Rush to receive Classic Rock's Living Legend award tonight]

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Final cut of AT&T Rush t-shirt commercial now available
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UPDATE - 11/18@6:53PM: I hadn't noticed before, but Rush is donating proceeds from the commercial and sales of the shirts to War Child Canada in Haiti (thanks nutinbutrush). Another classy move from Rush. From the t-shirt description:

Revenues received by Rush for the use of this product in the AT&T spots (on TV now!) will be donated to War Child Canada in Haiti. Proceeds from the sale of this product will be also be donated.

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Last week I posted a rough cut video of a new television commercial for AT&T high speed internet which has a central theme/storyline revolving around a Rush t-shirt. The commercial began airing over the weekend and I posted the final cut version to YouTube earlier today. In the 30-second commercial, a new father is riding around on a giant computer mouse (to simulate surfing the internet) while wearing a black Rush explosion logo t-shirt. He's traveling from store to store trying to decide what to purchase for his new baby daughter. He finally ends up going into a music store and happily buys his daughter a Rush onesie to match his t-shirt. Both the t-shirt and the onesie are also now available for purchase at the Rush Backstage Club (thanks Curtis). You can watch the final cut of the commercial below or at this link.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rush 2011 tour news: Madison Square Garden early next year?
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UPDATE - 11/18@9:56AM: Ireland's Radio Nova announced this morning that Rush will be coming to Ireland for the first time ever next year - likely at the Odyssey Arena Belfast. Apparently they'll even be making an official announcement on the air at 9AM tomorrow. Thanks to Joe M for the heads up.

There seems to be consensus that Rush will be playing a show at MSG early next year, but the timing of it is still in question. Terrie Carr says late February, ReGorLaTroy says late March and Deadwing2112 says April. I still tend to think February is too early so I'm guessing late March or April.

Other cities that I hear being bandied around for dates in April are Cleveland, OH and Hershey, PA.

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UPDATE - 11/17@11:25AM: Reader jeffb2112 did some more digging for info from Terrie Carr and received the following reply:

I am hearing Feb @ MSG......we should have official announce and tickets in the next few weeks!

Wow. Looks like Rush fans might be getting a 2011 tour announcement for Christmas! And I guess the rumors I'd been hearing of a late February tour kickoff weren't all that off-base.

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On Monday Finnish television channel SuomiTV reported that Rush will play the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland sometime in early May - likely May 3rd or 4th. There's also been a lot of buzz this past week about Rush playing Madison Square Garden in New York City early next year. Over the weekend New York DJ Eddie Trunk reported the following:

... I hear Rush will play MSG soon. Can't wait as I missed the last Summer tour. ...

Since then I'd heard from another source that Rush will indeed play 2 shows at MSG sometime in late March. Then just today reader jeffb2112 let me know that DJ Terrie Carr of New Jersey's WDHA reported on the air that Rush would be playing MSG in February or March. I've also heard a rumor that Rush is looking to play a show in Hamilton, ON in June, and our resident tour oracle Deadwing2112 mentioned in the comments that Rush will be playing North American dates both before and after they hit Europe. So a picture of what Rush's 2011 tour will look like is slowly starting to form; some North American dates in March/April (possibly as early as February), Europe in April/May, then back to North America in May/June. It's still early though, so things could still change. In any case, it definitely looks like Rush will be hitting the road in the first half of 2011!

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[Rush to play Helsinki, Finland in early May, 2011]
[Geddy Lee Planet Rock interview now online]
[Rush to receive Classic Rock's Living Legend award tonight]

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Neil Peart's Bubba's Book Club recommended reading updated
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[Bubba's Book Club: ISSUE 15 - December, 2010]

After a nearly one year hiatus, Neil Peart has updated the Bubba's Book Club section of his website where he reviews and recommends books that he's been reading. In this - his 15th installment since the launch of his site - Neil reviews just 2 books: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon and The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. Neil introduces the 2 reviews with the following bit of prose:

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

This beautiful truth is attributed to Philo of Alexandria, among others, but I favor Philo for the quote. Philo was a Jewish philosopher who lived in Egypt under the Romans at the time of Christ, which seems the right time and place to have offered such generous advice.

That such deep wisdom is still rarely followed, after 2,000 years, is a shame, and you have to wonder, "Why didn't we ever learn anything from these ancient sages?" The easy answer is that humans are weak-willed and self-centered-yet it remains strange to me that we often resist clear "goodness" (generosity to the unfortunate, say) so coldly, but devote ourselves unstintingly, selflessly, to following meaningless rituals and customs. Observe a holy holiday without fail, yes-but commit a random act of kindness? Not so likely.

Philo would agree; we've still got a lot of work to do on the concept of being kind, and at appreciating the hard battles others must fight every day.

Still, Philo's spirit remains in the best of us, and since his time, certain novelists have exemplified that generosity in their art. They present their characters with similar compassion, and invite their readers to experience the "hard battles" of others for themselves, in a way that no other artform can achieve. Paintings, films, photography, music-all can arouse emotions and present moments of truth, but reading engages one's inner eye, one's imagination, like no other medium, and is the only way that other lives are truly embraced, taken into one's own life.

Authors such as Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, John Dos Passos, John Steinbeck, Nadine Gordimer, and Saul Bellow-just to name a prominent few-have given us this generous spirit in their novels. Their characters are felt, and felt for, but not judged.

Here are two modern examples of that magnanimity-greatness of spirit.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Rush to play Helsinki, Finland in early May, 2011
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UPDATE - 11/15@12:19PM: The ever-omniscient Deadwing2112 says in the comments that there will be North American dates both before AND after Europe. Cool.

UPDATE - 11/15@11:41AM: In some related news, reader jeffb2112 let me know that Eddie Trunk reported over the weekend that...

... I hear Rush will play MSG soon. Can't wait as I missed the last Summer tour. ...

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Finnish television channel SuomiTV is reporting that Rush will play the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland sometime in early May - likely May 3rd or 4th. Here's the original article in Finnish and here's the loose Google translation. This doesn't come as a huge surprise since Geddy Lee remarked in numerous interviews last week that the band was in discussions to tour Europe in the Spring of 2011. That said, this does seem to be the first semi-official confirmation that Rush will tour in 2011 from a major news source. It also gives us a better idea of the timing if indeed they'll be in Finland in early May. This would mean they'd be in Europe in the April-May, 2011 timeframe, and raises the question of whether any North American dates will occur before or after Europe. Thanks to Boogierooster for the heads up.

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[Geddy Lee Planet Rock interview now online]
[Rush to receive Classic Rock's Living Legend award tonight]

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Alex Lifeson attends Orbit Room 16th anniversary party
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UPDATE - 11/19@2:04PM: For anyone on Facebook, State of Grace was at the party and took a bunch of great photos which you can check out in this gallery.

UPDATE - 11/17@9:37AM: The unknown song in the first set was Pass the Peas by the JBs and you can watch the video courtesy Andrew W at this link.

UPDATE - 11/15@8:38AM: The Canadian Music Scene posted a BUNCH of great photos from the party at this link. I see quite a few familiar faces there!

UPDATE - 11/15@7:55AM: Here's the video of Peter Gunn Theme along with another great photo of Big Al Dexter courtesy Andrew W.

UPDATE - 11/14@12:43AM: Here's the Limelight video (thanks DudesRocks) and Tom Sawyer (thanks RushFanForever):

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UPDATE - 11/13@6:07PM: Here's video of For What It's Worth and White Rabbit courtesy Andrew W.

UPDATE - 11/13@5:01PM: Here's some video of In The Mood and Won't Get Fooled Again courtesy DukesRocks.

UPDATE - 11/13@2:03PM: Reader Andrew W sent me some more photos and provided a few more details. Orbit Room co-owner Tim Notter was there celebrating his 60th birthday. Alex sat in with The Dexters for the first set and the Dave Murphy Band for the second set. For the first set they played For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield, White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, another song he couldn't identify and Peter Gunn Theme by Henri Mancini. Al and the Dave Murphy Band played the 4 Rush songs listed below for the 2nd set.

As I'd mentioned in yesterday's Friday Rush updates post Alex Lifeson's Toronto night club - The Orbit Room - held their 16th anniversary party yesterday evening. Just as in prior years, Big Al Lifeson showed up for the event and mingled with some fans. Reader DukesRocks reports that Alex sat in for two sets with the Dave Murphy Band. The first set was mostly some funk tunes and for the second set, they covered Tom Sawyer, In The Mood, Limelight and the Who's Won't Get Fooled Again. Reader Andrew W was also in attendance and snapped a photo of Al behind the bar. More photos and hopefully some video will be forthcoming.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Geddy Lee interview with the UK's Rock Radio
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While Geddy was in the UK this past week to accept Rush's Classic Rock Living Legend award he stopped by 106.1 Rock Radio to chat with Steve Berry. The two covered many of the same subjects that were touched upon in Geddy's BBC and Planet Rock interviews last week including Rush's plans for touring Europe in the late Spring. You can listen to the interview in 2 parts at this link. Thanks to asifxxxx for the heads up.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 11/12@1:08PM: Here's some video coverage of the awards ceremony including a short interview with Geddy Lee (thanks RushFanForever).

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UPDATE - 11/12@12:47PM: I've been asked to take down the AT&T commercial video for the time being as it was a rough cut that was not supposed to be shared. They asked nicely, so I'm doing it. :)

Another week, another award for Rush. Wednesday night Rush received the Living Legend award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. Alice Cooper hosted the event at The Roundhouse in London, England and Geddy Lee was on hand to accept the award on the band's behalf. The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage was nominated for DVD/Film of the Year but lost to Oil City Confidential. You can check out photos from the event at Getty Images and Zimbio.com. While Geddy was in town for the awards ceremony he made an appearance at a London screening of the Rush documentary Monday night and took part in a post-screening Q&A with filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen. You can check out some photos and video from this event in this post. Geddy also gave a few interviews while he was in town for the ceremony including this one with the BBC and another with Planet Rock radio (about 126 minutes in). In both of these interviews along with the post-documentary screening Q&A Geddy was asked about the band's touring plans for next year. In the Planet Rock interview Geddy had the following to say:

... yeah, we're in discussions right now trying to firm up some dates so I think we're gonna try to come over here in the late spring. If all goes well - we're supposed to be going right back into the studio and finish the work that we started before the last tour but there's something about the way the Time Machine Tour came together that we'd like as many Rush fans as possible to experience it. So I think we're gonna try and bring that tour to Europe...

And in the BBC interview Geddy remarks:

... I'm not sure we're quite ready to put that tour away, ... Now we're thinking we might come back in spring and play some shows in Britain. ... For a while we steered away from big festivals, because you've got to be prepared to strip it all down for that kind of show, ... But we played some festivals this summer in Canada and in the US and they went really well. So it's got us thinking that maybe that's something we would do over here in the future. ...

So this essentially confirms the rumors we'd been hearing that Rush is planning a second leg of the Time Machine Tour and that Europe will likely be included on the tour itinerary, along with a possible festival or two. The band wouldn't be in discussions if they weren't already committed to touring, so this is a very positive sign. To me it sounds like a done deal; they are just working out all the details at this point. And although US/Canadian dates aren't mentioned since the focus in these interviews was on the UK/Europe, from everything I'm hearing North American dates will also be included.

In addition to the Classic Rock Living Legend award, Rush received the Legend of Live award at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards last week and were the subject of a big feature in the latest edition of Billboard Magazine. The feature was posted online over the weekend and consists of an interview with Geddy Lee, a short article written by Neil Peart and an article feature titled Rush: Steady as they Go which contains interview snippets with Geddy Lee and manager Ray Danniels, including this quote which I had mentioned in an earlier Friday updates post:

... 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." ...

Modern Drummer November, 2010The November, 2010 issue of Modern Drummer magazine is a special collector's edition titled The Drummer: Classic Rock and features profiles on some of the greatest rock drummers of all time including Rush's Neil Peart:

An educated, entertaining, essential addition to every drummer's library-and to the history of modern drumming-The Drummer: Classic Rock Collector's Edition magazine builds on content from Modern Drummer's Top-selling The Drummer book with expanded coverage of drumming royalty from the golden age of rock 'n' roll.

Featuring: John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Alex Van Halen, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Keith Moon, Ian Paice, Mitch Mitchell, Ringo Starr, Bill Bruford, Charlie Watts, Jim Keltner, Phil Collins, Russ Kunkel, John Densmore, Liberty DeVitto, Carter Beauford, Don Brewer, Robert Wyatt, Neal Smith, Clive Bunker, Danny Seraphine, Barriemore Barlow, Carmine Appice, and many more.

Reader Marcelo N also let me know that Neil is featured on the cover of the latest edition of Modern Drummer Brazil along which will include an exclusive backstage interview with Neil.

The 6th installment in the Guitar Hero video game series - Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock - was released back in September. 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 the members of Rush. You can check out all the details and watch a preview video in this post. Reader bookworm2112 let me know that earlier this week Guitar Hero released the Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock - Rock 1 Track Pack for the game which comes with 10 tracks including Rush's Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta and Limelight. The track pack along with the individual tracks are now available for purchase for the XBox, WII and Playstation.

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 a couple of weeks ago and you can listen to it at this link. 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." ...

Reader ishness let me know about another prominent musician who recently covered Time Stand Still. John Kadlecik (Furthur, Dark Star Orchestra) performed a live cover of the song at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, MD on October 8th. You can check out a video of it at this link.

This coming Sunday, November 14th is the 10th anniversary of the release of Geddy Lee's first and only solo album My Favorite Headache. The album peaked at #52 on the Billboard 200 and featured Geddy's friend Ben Mink and Soundgarden's Matt Cameron. You can check out a video of the album's electronic press kit at this link.

Alex Lifeson's Toronto night club - The Orbit Room - will hold their 16th anniversary party this evening. Big Al often shows up for this annual soiree so if you are in the area you might want to stop by.

The newspaper for Brock University in St. Catharines, ON recently ran a story on the 40th anniversary of a rock festival called Rock at Brock that took place on September 20, 1970 where The Guess Who headlined. One other band that took the stage that day was JR Flood, one of Neil Peart's early bands. One of the subjects of the article was former student John Culp who attended the concert and had this to say in the comments:

fellow technician Les Szabo reports that famed drummer Neil Peart of the band Rush was at this concert drumming for J.R. Flood

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Bob McCown of Toronto sports radio station The Fan 590 recently saw the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and was so impressed that he can't stop talking about it. On his show Primetime Sports this week he's been saying how he was never really a Rush fan but after seeing the documentary he wants to go out and buy all of their music. You can listen to Bob talk about Rush in this clip from Wednesday from the 31:09 mark to the 34:10 mark, and in this clip from Tuesday from the 29:54 mark to the 31:40 mark. Thanks to jupeguyowensound and Bigleaf for the heads up.

Speaking of the Rush documentary, reader RushFanForever pointed me to this article in the Middle School Journal which uses the documentary to illustrate the importance of early adolescence in shaping our adult lives:

One of the highlights of my summer was seeing the film Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, a documentary about a Canadian rock trio that happens to be one of my all-time favorite bands. One particular scene captured my interest as a middle grades educator. Early in the film, the camera pans Fisherville Junior High School in North York, Ontario, where two of the band members-Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson-first met.

What struck me about this part of the film was how it portrayed early adolescence as a critical turning point in the lives of these individuals. The lifelong friendship between Lee and Lifeson began, like so many other deep and enduring human relationships, during early adolescence. This was also a time in life when they discovered a love and talent for music-an avocation that eventually became their profession. ...

While Rush was in Chile last month, Geddy Lee managed to make the pages of Chilean celebrity tabloid Las Últimas Noticias. You can check out a scan of the article by clicking on the thumbnail. Here's a loose translation courtesy RushFanForever:

Rock star walked in Bellavista: Geddy Lee, Rush's voice, before his show tonight.

Dressed in a black jockey and a shirt the same color, Geddy Lee, lead singer of Rush, tried to pass as possible yesterday by the Barrio Bellavista. But even if you put glasses and walked in as anchor, he could not. Fans of rock and a keen photographer caught him right in the tour and he was just resigned.

Accompanied by a redhead, the multifaceted musician of 57 years (apart from singing, playing bass, and keyboard) had gone to lunch at the sector and took the pleasant summer Saturday to take a few laps.

The log ride remained mainly on the street where kindly Constitution, Gary Lee Weinrib (his real name) gave autographs and posed for fans circumstantial photographed. He also left empty-handed.

Armed with a camera, the big man widely portrayed her visit, took pictures of the bohemian neighborhood until they got tired.

After that, a range of production came to pick him and returned to the hotel and rest for the show will offer next to Rush tonight at the National Stadium.

Music journalist Ritchie Yorke recently conducted an interview with drummer Jason Bonham about his new project Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience. When discussing a recent show in Montreal, Bonham recounts the following:

... It was also the first night we added a non-LED ZEPPELIN song. I decided to tip my hat to Neil Peart, and at the end of "Whole Lotta Love" we went straight in to RUSH's "Tom Sawyer". Neil was the next guy I got into after Dad died. I bought "2112" on vinyl and everyone was saying, "this guy is the shit, you gotta listen to this guy play drums." And I think after Dad died he won every rock drummer poll and has done since, he really is a phenomenal player. Plays a totally different style than Dad and myself, but I admire anyone that comes along and is a master of his craft. He's had a lot of grief in his life and he pulled through it. Bad things happen to good people unfortunately - and my thoughts are with Neil and I feel he has a wonderful life with his new chosen way and I respect him very highly. ...

You can watch a video clip of their Tom Sawyer tribute at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

A new television commercial for AT&T high speed internet is slated to release in the next week or so which has a central theme/storyline revolving around a Rush t-shirt. In the 30-second commercial, a new father is riding around on a giant computer mouse (to simulate surfing the internet) while wearing a black Rush explosion t-shirt. He's traveling from store to store trying to decide what to purchase for his new baby daughter. He finally ends up going into a music store and happily buys his daughter a Rush onesie to match his t-shirt. You can watch the commercial below or at this link.

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

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Rush t-shirt featured in new AT&T high speed internet commercial
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UPDATE - 11/18@10:16AM: I now have a final cut of the commercial which you can watch at the bottom of the post or at this link.

UPDATE - 11/17@12:52PM: Seeing as the commercial has been airing for several days now, and I can't seem to get my hands on a video of the final cut - I'm putting the rough cut back up for now. If anyone can get their hands on the final cut that's been airing please send it my way.

UPDATE - 11/17@12:20PM: The commercial started airing over the weekend. The t-shirt and onesie featured in the commercial are now for sale at the Rush Backstage Club (thanks Curtis).

UPDATE - 11/12@12:46PM: I've been asked to take down the video for the time being as it was a rough cut that was not supposed to be shared. They asked nicely, so I'm doing it. :)

UPDATE - 11/12@9:10AM: Many of you have noticed the goof at about the 4-second mark where you can clearly see a guy pushing the mouse. There's also a guy in a green suit controlling the mouse at about the 15-second mark. I'm sure these will get edited out before the commercial actually starts airing. :)

A new television commercial for AT&T high speed internet is slated to release in the next week or so which has a central theme/storyline revolving around a Rush t-shirt. In the 30-second commercial, a new father is riding around on a giant computer mouse (to simulate surfing the internet) while wearing a black Rush explosion t-shirt. He's traveling from store to store trying to decide what to purchase for his new baby daughter. He finally ends up going into a music store and happily buys his daughter a Rush onesie to match his t-shirt. You can watch the commercial below or at this link.

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Geddy Lee Planet Rock interview now online
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While Geddy Lee was in town to accept Rush's Living Legend award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards, he stopped by UK digital radio station Planet Rock for an interview. The interview aired last night and is now available for listening online at the Planet Rock website. Geddy touches on all the usual subjects and when asked about Rush's tour plans for next year he had the following to say:

... yeah, we're in discussions right now trying to firm up some dates so I think we're gonna try to come over here in the late spring. If all goes well - we're supposed to be going right back into the studio and finish the work that we started before the last tour but there's something about the way the Time Machine Tour came together that we'd like as many Rush fans as possible to experience it. So I think we're gonna try and bring that tour to Europe...

This coupled with Geddy's comments from his BBC interview earlier this week seems to solidify the rumors that Rush will be embarking on a 2nd leg of their popular Time Machine Tour next year and that Europe will be on the itinerary. You can listen to the entire Planet Rock interview at this link. It starts about 126 minutes in and lasts for about 20 minutes.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rush to receive Classic Rock's Living Legend award tonight
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[Rush: still living in the limelight]

UPDATE - 11/12@1:08PM: Here's some video coverage of the awards ceremony including a short interview with Geddy Lee (thanks RushFanForever).

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UPDATE - 11/11@11:31AM: Here's a Billboard news story covering the event (thanks RushFanForever)

... Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones arrived to take the outstanding contribution award before the final award for living legends was handed out to Rush, with Alice Cooper describing frontman Geddy Lee as "the whiniest bassist with the fattest sound." The evening came to a suitably noisy end with a glittery set from Cheap Trick. ...

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UPDATE - 11/11@11:09AM: Geddy's Planet Rock interview is now online at this link. It starts about 126 minutes in and lasts about 20 minutes. Geddy once again is asked about Rush touring next year:

... yeah, we're in discussions right now trying to firm up some dates so I think we're gonna try to come over here in the late spring. If all goes well - we're supposed to be going right back into the studio and finish the work that we started before the last tour but there's something about the way the Time Machine Tour came together that we'd like as many Rush fans as possible to experience it. So I think we're gonna try and bring that tour to Europe...

UPDATE - 11/11@9:34AM: Here are a couple of photos of Geddy at Zimbio.com without the annoying watermarks (thanks double-agent).

UPDATE - 11/11@7:47AM: Here's an Associated Press photo of Geddy accepting the award from presenter Alice Cooper (thanks Victor S).

UPDATE - 11/11@7:37AM: Here's the complete list of winners from last night's ceremony. The Rush documentary had been nominated for DVD/Film of the year but lost to Oil City Confidential. And Getty Images has several photos of Geddy from the award ceremony at this link (thanks RushFanForever.

UPDATE - 11/10@3:37PM: The Planet Rock interview just ended. Geddy reiterated several of the comments he's made this week including the likelihood of Rush bringing the Time Machine Tour to Europe next year. He also addressed the possibility of a Time Machine Tour live DVD, mentioning that they'd like to get a full show recorded before that happens and are hoping to do that assuming there's a second leg to the tour. Although Geddy didn't confirm anything, if you read between the lines it certainly sounds like there will be a second Time Machine Tour leg. The show including the interview should be posted online within the next day, and remain online for about a week.

UPDATE - 11/10@2:49PM: Planet Rock's Rob Birnie is on hand at the award ceremony and is providing live updates via Twitter that you can keep up with at this link. Also, according to oldprogrockfan Planet Rock will be airing their Geddy Lee interview at 8PM (3PM EST) in about 10 minutes from now. Listen live by going to PlanetRock.com and click on Listen Live in the upper left corner of the page.

UPDATE - 11/10@9:31AM: There's also an audio version of portions of the interview from BBC Radio at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

Rush will be presented the Living Legend award at this year's Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards this evening at The Roundhouse in London. The event will be hosted by Alice Cooper and Geddy Lee will accept the award on behalf of the band. The BBC website has a feature story on Rush and the Living Legend award which includes some interview snippets with Geddy Lee. Geddy expands on some of his comments from the Rush documentary screening Monday night regarding taking the Time Machine Tour to the UK next year:

... The band has just completed the Time Machine Tour across North and South America, which saw Moving Pictures played in its entirety.

"It's our most popular album and it's the one that seems to have passed the test of time most gracefully," observes Lee.

"I'm not sure we're quite ready to put that tour away," he adds.

"Now we're thinking we might come back in spring and play some shows in Britain."

Rush have always avoided the summer festival circuit in the UK, though Lee hints there might be a change of heart over major events like Glastonbury.

"For a while we steered away from big festivals, because you've got to be prepared to strip it all down for that kind of show," he explains.

"But we played some festivals this summer in Canada and in the US and they went really well. So it's got us thinking that maybe that's something we would do over here in the future." ...

Geddy also talks about the Living Legend award, the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and remarks on Nelly Furtado's recent cover of Rush's Time Stand Still. You can read the entire article/interview at this link (thanks Charlie W). Geddy was also interviewed earlier this week by UK digital radio station Planet Rock and the interview will air this evening after 7PM (2PM EST).

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Neil Peart featured in The Drummer: Classic Rock
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Modern Drummer November, 2010The November, 2010 issue of Modern Drummer magazine is a special collector's edition titled The Drummer: Classic Rock and features profiles on some of the greatest rock drummers of all time including Rush's Neil Peart:

An educated, entertaining, essential addition to every drummer's library-and to the history of modern drumming-The Drummer: Classic Rock Collector's Edition magazine builds on content from Modern Drummer's Top-selling The Drummer book with expanded coverage of drumming royalty from the golden age of rock 'n' roll.

Featuring: John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Alex Van Halen, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Keith Moon, Ian Paice, Mitch Mitchell, Ringo Starr, Bill Bruford, Charlie Watts, Jim Keltner, Phil Collins, Russ Kunkel, John Densmore, Liberty DeVitto, Carter Beauford, Don Brewer, Robert Wyatt, Neal Smith, Clive Bunker, Danny Seraphine, Barriemore Barlow, Carmine Appice, and many more.

Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Geddy Lee appearing at UK Rush documentary screening today
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UPDATE - 11/10@11:46AM: Here is some more audio/video from the Q&A (thanks sooboy). This one was taken from the center so the video/lighting is a bit better, but the audio is still difficult to make out:

[Geddy Lee UK Rush documentary screening Q&A part 1]
[Geddy Lee UK Rush documentary screening Q&A part 2]
[Geddy Lee UK Rush documentary screening Q&A part 3]

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UPDATE - 11/9@9:34AM: Mark R has uploaded the entire Q&A as recorded from his iPhone in 3 parts. The video is dark and some of the audio is hard to make out, but it's all there. Geddy discusses touring in 2011 towards the end of part 2 at around the 9:15 mark.

[Geddy Lee UK Rush documentary screening Q&A part 1]
[Geddy Lee UK Rush documentary screening Q&A part 2]
[Geddy Lee UK Rush documentary screening Q&A part 3]

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UPDATE - 11/8@6:43PM: Mark R also recorded the Q&A and managed to transcribe a small portion for us:

... That's why we haven't fully decided on the tour, we are just going back and forth on how much recording we can get done - and still do some new shows because the way we are feeling right now is that we are so pleased with how the Time Machine Tour turned out and the way we're playing this tour and were quite proud of that show and so we would like to bring that show to all the cities that we have not played yet ...

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UPDATE - 11/8@6:25PM: Reader Mark R attended the screening today along with the Q&A afterward and gave me the highlights along with the photo. Geddy, Scot and Sam spent about 35 minutes answering questions following the film. When asked about whether the band will be touring the UK next year Geddy said that they are in negotiations to tour Europe in the Spring and may even hit a festival. He mentioned that it would likely be a continuation of the Time Machine Tour since the band has enjoyed the set so much and want to take it to places they missed the first time around. He was then asked how that fit in with their schedule regarding recording the new album Clockwork Angels and Geddy said that the band is enjoying alternating between recording and playing live shows and will probably continue with this pattern. So far all of this jibes with various rumors I've been hearing and have been touching on in some recent Friday updates.

UPDATE - 11/8@1:02PM: According to Analog Rockin' Hard at TNMS the Planet Rock interview with Geddy Lee was conducted by Planet Rock DJ Darren Redick earlier today but won't be broadcast until Thursday night on Nicky Horne's show. He also posted a couple pics of Geddy with Darren Redick from the interview.

Geddy Lee will be making an appearance at a UK screening of the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage at the Cineworld Haymarket in London today at 6PM (1PM EST). Geddy along with filmmakers Scott Mcfadyen and Sam Dunn will be conducting a Q&A after the film. According to zoony at TNMS.com Geddy will also be appearing on UK digital radio station Planet Rock today sometime between 2-6PM (9AM-1PM EST). Geddy is in town to accept the Living Legend award for Rush at the Classic Rock Awards this coming Wednesday, November 10th. The Rush documentary has also been nominated for for DVD/Film of the Year. 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.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rush Billboard Magazine Legend of Live feature now online
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I'd mentioned in a recent Friday updates post that Rush was featured in the November 6th issue of Billboard Magazine in celebration of their being named the Legend of Live at the 7th annual Billboard Touring Awards Thursday night. The Billboard Magazine feature was posted online yesterday and consists of an interview with Geddy Lee, a short article by Neil Peart and an article feature titled Rush: Steady as they Go which contains interview snippets with Geddy Lee and manager Ray Danniels, including this quote which I had mentioned in my earlier Friday updates post:

... 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." ...

In the Geddy Lee interview Geddy summarizes the history of the band, reflects on Rush's longevity and has the following to say regarding the Legend of Live award and being honored for Rush's success with touring:

... That stands out for us because so much of what we are we owe to playing live. Here we are over 40 years later and the next few nights we're playing in two new countries to new audiences that have never seen us before. I would say in all candor I believe that as players and bandmates together, we're probably playing as well as we ever have in our history, and that makes me incredibly proud to take this show to new countries and new audiences.

It kind of drives the whole thing, in a way. Even though writing and creating is something you need to have to stay a band, the fact that we were kind of born on the road and are still out there says a lot about what made us what we are.

In the article written by Neil Peart, Neil reflects on his feelings towards touring:

... However, then as now, live performance is the ultimate test of a musician, and of a band. The price, of course, is the nomadic, exhausting, potentially alienating alternate reality of touring life-and it can take a heavy toll (witness so many lost individuals and wrecked relationships, romantic and musical).

As long ago as 1989, I decided that such a life was just too much for me-the grind of traveling, the tedium, the repetition, the separation from home and loved ones and the constant whirl of strangers around my nucleus of self-contained, reflective peace. Following the recording of our "Presto" album that year, I made the announcement to my bandmates and manager that I didn't want to tour anymore.

Yet 21 years later, here I am, doing it all over again. Again and again.

And no end in sight.

The simple explanation is that all those years ago, in 1989, after much soul searching, I decided that the question came down to one basic belief: "A real band plays live." If I was going to call myself a musician, I would have to accept the burden that goes with that vocation. So, in the years since then, I have found ways to make that burden tolerable-even enjoyable. And, ultimately, inspiring. ...

Rush was presented the Legend of Live award at the 7th annual Billboard Touring Awards in New York City Thursday night. CNN's John Roberts introduced the band and Alex Lifeson accepted the award on the band's behalf. John DeNobile was in attendance and shot video of the event which you can check out here (John Roberts introduction) and here (Alex's speech). There's also this gallery of photos from Getty Images. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 11/5@1:34PM: Here's some video from the award presentation taken by John DeNobile (thanks Toronto Writer for the heads up). There's this 4-minute segment where CNN's John Roberts introduces the band. Then there's this video which includes a lead in segment taken from selected portions of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, then Alex is presented with the award and gives a little speech:

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Rush was the recipient of the Legend of Live award at the 7th annual Billboard Touring Awards in New York City last night. The award honors groups or individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and acknowledges the recipients' commitment to the art of performing live and reaching fans through the concert experience. Rush manager Ray Danniels and Alex Lifeson were in attendance to accept the award on behalf of the band. You can check out a few photos of Alex hamming it up for the press at this link.

Rush will be receiving yet another award next week as well. The band will be presented the Living Legend award at this year's Classic Rock Awards. The ceremony will take place at The Roundhouse in London this coming Wednesday, November 10th and be hosted by Alice Cooper, although it is not open to the public. Geddy Lee will travel to the UK to accept the award on behalf of the band and he'll also be making an appearance at a screening of the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage 2 days prior to the awards ceremony at the Cineworld Haymarket in London on Monday, November 8th at 6PM. Geddy along with filmmakers Scot Mcfadyen and Sam Dunn will be conducting a Q&A after the film.

MusicRadar.com recently conducted an interview with Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz where Nick talks about his road to becoming a Grammy-winning record producer, the current state of the music industry, and the various bands he's worked with including Rush. He describes how he landed the gig to produce Rush's Snakes & Arrows album and when asked about his work with Rush on their upcoming Clockwork Angels album he had this to say:

... There's going to be a lot of cool stuff. We've got six other songs ready to record, and they're probably going to want to write some more when they finish this tour. We'll sit down and figure out how to record everything else. I can already tell you that the title track is going to be one of the coolest things they've ever done. It's going to be epic.

I told them, 'Don't try to write a single. Don't try to do anything conventional. Give me Rush from back in the day.' They don't need to write something for the sake of radio play. They're Rush! [laughs] So I think the record is going to be a little more bare bones, a little less produced. It's going to be more direct, with killer riffs, solos, pounding drums and Geddy singing up high the way he should. That, to me, is the sound of Rush. ...

This is certainly encouraging news although it sounds like not even Nick knows exactly when the guys will be doing some more recording. You can read the entire interview at this link.

Niel lost in BrazilNeil Peart updated the News page on his website with some more stories from the road last night. The update is titled The Power of Magical Thinking and Neil describes his motorcycling adventures from the South American leg of the Time Machine Tour. Neil and the NeilPeart.net staff (Neil, Greg Russell and Brutus) were so deeply moved by the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners last month that they are making an appeal to readers to consider contributing to the Chilean Red Cross. Before getting to the story, readers are presented with a message asking you to donate $1, $5 or $10. You can make your donation and read the entire update at this link.

Rock Band 3Earlier this week Rush's Subdivisions was made available for download for the Rock Band video game. Rock Band 3 was just released last 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 is now available for download for the Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3. You can check out a trailer featuring the track at this link.

This past Tuesday I was a guest on Used Bin Radio - a weekly internet radio talk show geared towards Classic, Modern and Progressive Rock. It was my 4th appearance on the program and I had a blast as usual. Hosts Joe and Brad are longtime Rush fans as well as RIAB readers so we always have a lot to chat about. RIAB's own PetieLee called in after my appearance and spoke at length with the guys about her multiple Time Machine Tour stops, her Geddy infatuation and meet-n-greet experience, and planning for RatCon 2011. RIAB'ers hermy and RushFanForever also called in. You can listen to the podcast at this link. My part begins at around the 1-hour mark.

Time Machine Tour spider trussRush and the Time Machine Tour are featured in the October, 2010 issue of PLSN (Projection, Light and Staging News). Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider is interviewed and discusses the Time Machine Tour stage show in detail including the steampunk design, the video features and the custom spider truss. You can read the interview at this link.

Rush red swoosh hatThere's a new contest at the Rush Backstage Club where you could win a rare, one-of-a-kind Rush baseball cap. The hat is the same swoosh style hat that was sold on the Time Machine Tour but with red embroidery instead of cream. The contest runs through November 17th and you can enter at this link. Thanks to Jediyyz for the heads up.

Back in September 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 Guitar International.

Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate was recently interviewed by Noisecreep magazine regarding the band's 20th anniversary re-release of their 1990 classic Empire. Geoff talks a bit about the making of the album and includes a story involving Rush's Alex Lifeson:

... We were mixing the record in Lake Geneva, Wis. in a place called Royal Recorders and Rush was in town. Peter had worked quite a bit with Rush over the years and was friends with them. And Peter invited Alex Lifeson down to the studio, and he ended up spending the whole day and evening with us. We had a funny moment. Back then, you always had meals catered into the studio. So we had dinner brought in and they set it up in the big room of the studio because it had the most room for all of us. There was a big table set up with linens. And it was a soundproof room, so it's super quiet. You can hear everyone chewing their food, and the clink of the sound of the cutlery hitting the plate was deafening.

We were all getting kind of freaked out. And Alex was geeking on the sound because it was so quiet. So we had one of the assistants bring in some speakers and turn music on so there would be some ambient noise in the room so we could finish eating. ...

Anthrax singer Joey Belladona was interviewed for The Oklahoma Daily (thanks habanero65) and makes mention of Rush as being one of his favorite bands.

In the latest installment of his music discovery podcast and blog Bands Like Rush, Ben Sommer talks to 3 members of Philadelphia-based The Tea Club about their new album Rabbit. To find out more about the band check out their website at this link. You can listen to the podcast or read a transcription at this link.

Reason TV interviewed some attendees of last week's Rally for Sanity in Washington D.C. including one guy who was wearing a Good Rush, Bad Rush t-shirt. The interviewer asks the guy about the shirt which spawns a discussion of Rush's supposed political beliefs - which they both seem fairly clueless about. You can check out the video at this link around the 2-minute mark. Thanks to Michael P for the heads up.

Classic Rock Magazine recently ran an article on the 70's British rock band Money as part of their Cult Heroes series. Back in the late 70's the band had been billed as the UK's answer to Rush but then faded into oblivion after a series of unfortunate events. One being an opportunity to open for Rush on the band's European tour that never materialized because their record company refused to pay the buy-on fee. From the article:

... "[Gerry Bron] told us that he was putting together a 30+ date European tour for a major Canadian band," continues to Phillips. "I was thinking to myself, 'I know of only one band who fitted that description, and that was Rush. Surely it can't be them!'. So, I asked Gerry who the band were...It was Rush. Basically, the tour was ours if we want it. I think they themselves asked for us, although I can't be certain if that was the case. All the band's management wanted was a £7,500 buy-on (a 'buy-on' was, and is, normal practise in the music business, whereby support bands paid the headliners a fee for the tour). We thought it was a done deal. And what an opportunity. The chance to tour with one of the biggest bands in the world just as our album was about to released in the UK and Europe. And, musically, we knew we'd fit with the Rush audience..."

The tour was due to kick off in Newcastle on April 23, 1979 and would feature 20 UK shows, before another batch in Europe, ending on June 2.

So, imagine the shockwaves sent coursing through the Money spine when Gull refused to pay the fee (usually, it is record labels who are responsible for funding such 'buy-ons', as it gives a potentially massive promotional boost to a band's record).

"They wouldn't do it," says Phillps. "And, to this day, we don't know why. It seemed like a such an obvious thing to do."

In the end, Canadians Max Webster landed that tour support slot. ...

Thanks to Mike S for the heads up.

Early last month longtime RIAB member and contributor Gary Ortiz (aka gloritz) sadly passed away after a battle with cancer. His wife Helen wanted me to let everyone know that there will be a memorial service for Gary at Westhaven Baptist Church in Port Huron, MI tomorrow. You can get all the details and read Gary's obituary at this link.

Back in September 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. Earlier this week Oldman posted a short video to his website where he interviews Alex Lifeson in Lerxst's wine cellar and learns about the Lifeson Ledge:

Mark Oldman takes off to the Great White North to visit with Rush's Alex Lifeson, the legendary rock guitarist and one of the wine-passionate "Bravehearts" featured in Oldman's Brave New World of Wine. We learn how Alex's wife accidentally swipes one of his cherished bottles and how the musician devises a solution to prevent further incursions -- an ingenious idea Mark dubs a "Lifeson Ledge". This is cautionary tale for all drinkers interested in discouraging the unauthorized removal of their favorite vino.

You can watch the video below or at this link.

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

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Rush named Legend of Live at 2010 Billboard Touring Awards
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UPDATE - 11/5@1:35PM: Here's some video from the award presentation taken by John DeNobile (thanks Toronto Writer for the heads up). There's this 4-minute segment where CNN's John Roberts introduces the band. Then there's this video which includes a lead in segment taken from selected portions of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, then Alex is presented with the award and gives a little speech:

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UPDATE - 11/5@10:40AM: Here are some photos from Getty Images of Alex Lifeson at the event last night. So it looks like Alex was the only member of the band to attend (thanks RushFanForever).

Rush was the recipient of the Legend of Live award at the 7th annual Billboard Touring Awards in New York City last night. Rush manager Ray Danniels and Alex Lifeson were spotted in an airport yesterday on route to New York City by reader vanhalen26, so it's assumed that they were in attendance at the event to accept the award on behalf of the band. It's not clear at this time whether Geddy and Neil attended as well. From the September 29th press release:

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

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

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

Congratulations Rush!

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Neil Peart news update: The Power of Magical Thinking
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Niel lost in Brazil[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: November, 2010 - The Power of Magical Thinking]

Neil Peart has updated the News page on his website with some more stories from the road. This update is titled The Power of Magical Thinking and Neil describes his motorcycling adventures from the South American leg of the Time Machine Tour. Neil and the NeilPeart.net staff (Neil, Greg Russell and Brutus) were so deeply moved by the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners last month that they are making an appeal to readers to consider contributing to the Chilean Red Cross. Before getting to the story, readers are presented with the following message:

Dear Readers,

The staff here at neilpeart.net-Our Eponymous Founder, plus Greg Russell, Minister of All Things Creative, and Brutus, the Manager over at Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill-want to try something new.

Brutus and Our Eponymous Founder recently toured South America (see attached story), and were moved by the amazing rescue of the trapped miners in Chile while they were there. During the more than two months that "Los 33" were trapped underground, the Chilean Red Cross administered "Camp Hope" on the surface, for the estimated 2,000 gathered family members and international media awaiting the rescue.

The resources of Chile's "La Cruz Roja" had already been strained by the terrible earthquake that rocked the country in February of this year-one of the strongest ever recorded, measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale, it caused massive destruction and killed nearly 500 people.

So we'd like to help-and ask for your help in doing it.

We're suggesting a donation of a mere $1.00-in return for the following story that all of us have worked so hard on (either by "living" it, writing it, photographing it, or making it look nice).

We thank you all.

You are then given the option of contributing $1, $5 or $10 via PayPal before skipping ahead to the story. I made a contribution and I hope everyone else considers doing the same.

The story itself details Neil's initial apprehension (along with his family and friends) with his plan to motorcycle across South America:

... On the "business travel" side, I have been motorcycling to concerts for fourteen years-hundreds of shows and tens of thousands of miles-and have yet to be late even for a soundcheck, let alone a show. However, this time I would not have the "support crew" of a bus and trailer in the general vicinity (following the interstates while I explored the back roads). No spare bike, no BMW Roadside Assistance and well-placed dealers, none of the "easy" rescues available in North America and Western Europe. We would be pretty much on our own.

As I wrote to Brutus early on, when he was painstakingly researching and planning the journey (for about six months), "You know that a lot is 'riding' on this little venture of ours, and NOTHING can go wrong." ...

But once he and Brutus settled into their journey they had quite an amazing story to tell. It's much too epic for me to try and summarize, you'll just have to read it yourself... and don't forget to contribute!

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Rush's Time Machine Tour featured in PLSN magazine
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Time Machine Tour spider truss[Rush and Ungerleider Turn Back Time]

Rush and the Time Machine Tour are featured in the October, 2010 issue of PLSN (Projection, Light and Staging News). Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider is interviewed and discusses the Time Machine Tour stage show in detail including the steampunk design, the video features and the custom spider truss.

... "Once the band revealed that they wanted to do something in a Steampunk genre, I had to come up with a design for the system based on that concept. The more I researched the genre, the more possibilities I found to explore," Ungerleider says, noting the collaboration between himself, Weinrib and Heslip.

"They hired Dale Heslip as their backline stage designer and video art director. He came up with a very unique design that fit the theme. Then they let us get our hands on it and wire it up with lighting and cryogenics - items that allow steam to come out and make it glow during the course of the evening. We also put many video screens inside to send unique visual signals through. We brainstormed storylines and created our own footage, as always."

The entire backline was done in Steampunk finery, with Lifeson's Hughes & Kettner amplifiers and Peart's DMX-controlled crackle tubes melding with various CO2 steam portals and Lee's sausage-making machine.

In the spirit of Steampunk machinery, one of the biggest things Ungerleider brought to the table was a giant mechanical spider.

"In every Steampunk movie," Ungerleider notes, "there's always some bizarre piece of machinery - a flying machine that looks like a blimp or a huge moving structure. So I figured I'd make something that moves over the band. I created an articulating spider that actually morphs and changes during the show like a Transformer, and I loaded it with my favorite fixtures." ...

You can read the entire article at this link. Thanks to interceptor for the heads up.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New interview with Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz
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Nick Raskulinecz[Nick Raskulinecz on producing Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains]

MusicRadar.com recently conducted an interview with Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz. Nick talks about his road to becoming a Grammy-winning record producer, the current state of the music industry, and the various bands he's worked with including Rush. He describes how he landed the gig to produce Rush's Snakes & Arrows album and when asked about his work with Rush on their upcoming Clockwork Angels album he had this to say:

... There's going to be a lot of cool stuff. We've got six other songs ready to record, and they're probably going to want to write some more when they finish this tour. We'll sit down and figure out how to record everything else. I can already tell you that the title track is going to be one of the coolest things they've ever done. It's going to be epic.

I told them, 'Don't try to write a single. Don't try to do anything conventional. Give me Rush from back in the day.' They don't need to write something for the sake of radio play. They're Rush! [laughs] So I think the record is going to be a little more bare bones, a little less produced. It's going to be more direct, with killer riffs, solos, pounding drums and Geddy singing up high the way he should. That, to me, is the sound of Rush. ...

There's that word again ... epic. I like the sound of that. You can read the entire interview at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever and Psico for the heads up.

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Wine expert Mark Oldman interviews Alex Lifeson
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Back in September 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 recently posted a short video to his website where he interviews Alex Lifeson in Lerxst's wine cellar and learns about the Lifeson Ledge:

Mark Oldman takes off to the Great White North to visit with Rush's Alex Lifeson, the legendary rock guitarist and one of the wine-passionate "Bravehearts" featured in Oldman's Brave New World of Wine. We learn how Alex's wife accidentally swipes one of his cherished bottles and how the musician devises a solution to prevent further incursions -- an ingenious idea Mark dubs a "Lifeson Ledge". This is cautionary tale for all drinkers interested in discouraging the unauthorized removal of their favorite vino.

You can watch the video below or at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ed to guest on internet talk show Used Bin Radio tonight
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UPDATE - 11/4@9:26AM: The podcast has been posted online here.

UPDATE - 11/3@8:57AM: I had a great time on the show last night. Thanks to everyone who listened in and thanks to Joe and Brad for having me. The podcast should be up at this link in the next day or so.

Used Bin Radio is a weekly internet radio talk show geared towards Classic, Modern and Progressive Rock. Hosts Joe and Brad are longtime Rush fans as well as RIAB readers and Rush is a frequent topic of conversation on the show. Just this past July Rush friend and discoverer Donna Halper was a guest on the show and gave a great interview which you can listen to at this link. I've also been a guest on their show a few times now and will be making a return appearance this evening to talk about all the latest Rush news. The show airs live tonight from 7-10PM PST (10-1 EST) and you can listen in on purerockradio.net or progrock.com. During the show you can email questions/comments to Usedbinradio@usedbin.com or call in at 888.405.7440. Past shows can be listened to via podcast at this link. Listen in if you get a chance - it should be a lot of fun.

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