Archive: Blog Entries from April, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Rush and Philosophy book released
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UPDATE - 5/1@8:56PM: You can check out the table of contents here and read the book's intro at this link (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net.

Open Court Publishing's latest installment in their Popular Culture and Philosophy book series - Rush and Philosophy - has begun shipping from Amazon.com and other retailers despite having a listed release date of May 10th. Longtime Rush and philosophy author Durrell Bowman along with Jim Berti are the co-editors of the 305-page anthology which is divided into 4 sections containing 21 essays with a complete title of Rush and Philosophy: Heart and Mind United. You can order your copy at this link. Thanks to Kelly M for the heads up.

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 last year's Rush, Rock Music and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown.

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New Neil Peart news update at NeilPeart.net
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[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: May, 2011 - Eastern Resurrection]

As he often does while the band is on a tour break, Neil Peart has updated the News page on his website with a story titled Eastern Resurrection. In this latest installment Neil discusses his motorcycle travels throughout the Eastern US on the first leg of the 2011 Time Machine Tour and how tricky the weather was for traveling by bike in April.

... When it comes to discussing our working schedules, these days each of us bargains with Ray separately, which helps to avoid any unnecessary disagreements before Ray can "broker" a consensus among us. For my part, I wanted to be home this summer with my family, but offered to tour in May and June.

Ray countered by saying that the other guys were keen to bring this show to Europe, and I was not against that idea (the motorcycling!), so we'd really need another month to accomplish that. Ray proposed working in April as well as May and June. I knew the motorcycling weather in April could well be dicey, but Ray promised to keep that month's itinerary to the Southern states.

Well . . . we did start in Florida, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee, but then all of a sudden we were in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Chicago, Detroit, and even Ontario and Quebec. (Though admittedly, southern Ontario and Quebec . . .) ...

... However, back in January, when I noticed how Ray had tricked me with the itinerary, I told Michael we had better look into some heated riding gear. For many years, in cooler weather I had used an electric vest-made with an electric-blanket type of technology, it is wired into the bike's electrics, and helps to warm your inner core. Our bikes have heated grips, too, so our gloved hands stay fairly warm-but I had always found that in chilly weather, no matter how well my feet were socked and booted, they got cold. If your feet are cold, you're never going to be happy. I wanted electric socks! ...

There's also this adorable description of Neil describing his job to his baby daughter Olivia:

... Hoping to help Olivia understand why Daddy had "abandoned" her, I made her a little picture book called Where's Daddy? I explained how people have jobs (a difficult enough concept to simplify for a toddler, but I came up with what I think is a good definition: "It's how we all help each other"), and showed pictures of doctors, farmers, restaurant workers, tailors, and so on. Then I showed a photo of me playing onstage with the band, and wrote, "Daddy's job is different-Daddy plays the drums for people."

I introduced her to Uncle Alex and Uncle Geddy, with photos of them waving to her, and then pictures of how Daddy travels-an airplane, a bus and trailer, and a motorcycle. Then I assured her that Daddy would be home soon, and showed pictures of all the things we would do together, ending with "Because Daddy LOVES to be with Olivia," then a photo of me alone on a dock in Minnesota with the satellite phone (from the story "Cruel Summer"), with the caption, "And Daddy HATES to be away from Olivia."

The first time I read the book to Olivia, as we have read so many other picture books together, nestled close on the sofa with my arm around her, I really could feel her taking it in.

Turning the page, we then looked at a photo of a newborn Olivia, clutching my finger in her tiny fist (from "The Ballad of Larry and Suzy"), with the caption, "But right from the first day Olivia was born, she could see that life was going to be complicated." ...

It's another great bit of prose from Neil. I suggest reading the whole thing at this link.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011Rush wrapped up the 1st leg of their 2011 Time Machine Tour last Friday night at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland and are currently in the midst of an 11-day break. They'll then head across the pond for a series of European dates beginning with a show at the Hartwell Arena in Helsinki, Finland this coming Wednesday, May 4th.

The Irish Times published a short interview with Geddy Lee in yesterday's edition ahead of Rush's upcoming May 12th show in Dublin where they'll be playing Ireland for the first time ever. When asked whether Geddy thinks that Rush will make it to their 40th anniversary (just 3 short years from now) he says the following:

... I don't see any reason not to. We made it this far. If we're not sick of each other yet, we're not gonna get sick of each other in the last couple of years. We've had moments where we've been frustrated and tired and not happy - that happens in life - but I don't think we've ever looked at each other and said: "I don't wanna do this any more." ...

You can read the complete interview at this link.

The Drum Channel sent out the following update in their email newsletter last night:

You Will Not Believe This!
It is true, in the next few weeks we will tell you how to purchase the original master recordings of RUSH-2112 and how you can listen to Neil's drum track only, the band with Neil or the band only, and record yourself on drums with Geddy and Alex. You have to be a Newsletter subscriber to get access, so tell your friends to join the DC Newsletter. More about this coming soon!

These are likely the tracks that were put together last year for use in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. No details regarding the release have yet been provided. The Drum Channel is also currently offering a free pdf download of the drum transcription for Neil Peart's version of The Hockey Theme.

Speaking of Neil, earlier this morning I'd mentioned the following blurb that was posted in the most recent edition of Tool's official newsletter:

... recently DANNY got together for a drumming/recording session with NEIL PEART (RUSH) and STEWART COPELAND (THE POLICE). LES CLAYPOOL was also involved, but I'm not sure as to what capacity. Whether or not these guys will get together again, or anything will come from the initial 'session', I really don't know. ...

Although it's not mentioned, my guess is that this session probably occurred at the Drum Channel studios in Los Angeles since Neil is presumably home in LA with his family during the tour break.

Rush was featured in the latest installment of Gibson.com's World According to ... series where they compile quotes from past articles/interviews with the featured artist. Other artists that have been profiled in the series include Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne and Slash. For the Rush feature Gibson.com collected some of the band members' thoughts on why their chemistry remains strong after 43 years. Here are a few of the highlighted quotes from the article:

... Geddy Lee on what makes Rush work, as told to UGO.com in 2005

"We've been lucky to have the kind of personalities that accommodate each other. We like each other and it just works between the three of us and we all have equal say in everything; we're one of the smallest democracies working today. Also, we always bring a very healthy sense of humor to whatever we do. And that tempers the difficulties and the serious side of things and keeps it a fun experience. Without the fun you just can't keep doing something for 30 years. The other thing is we've been fortunate that we have a sound that has found an audience and that audience has been so dedicated that they've created an atmosphere or a level of success that has enabled us to carry on."

Alex Lifeson on getting the band back together, as told to CNN in 2002

"When Neil called, I have to say that my heart soared. And the reason really was because it said so much about his recovery ... that he was coming back to the world of the living. I mean, even if he wasn't really ready for it, he was making an attempt and there was that little faint light in him that was glowing again." ...

... Neil Peart on Rush fans, as written in his book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time, published this month

"Standing backstage while the opening movie played the other night, poised to run on, sticks in hand, ear-monitors in, I found myself excited by two thoughts. I was idly pondering how I might start my solo that night ... and I also felt an unaccustomed eagerness - a curiosity to get out there to see the audience. Not to hear the audience, note - not to bask in their cheers and appreciation - but just to look at them. Their number, their faces, their reactions, their dances, their T-shirts, the signs they hold up. Even while I'm supposed to be up there entertaining people, they can be so entertaining for me."

You can read the entire article at this link.

Just over 25 years ago back in 1986 Rush's record company at the time - Mercury/Polygram - teamed up with a company called Lifetime Learning Systems to create an educational and marketing campaign called Rush to Creativity. Yesterday I received scans of the original press release (page 1, page 2) announcing the campaign along with the actual 6-page packet itself (see thumbnails above). From the release:

... The two companies have combined efforts to distribute a free motivational learning kit entitled "RUSH to Creativity" to every public high school in America. Nearly 18,000 institutions will receive this integrative campaign, reaching 5-6 million students. A lesson plan for English curriculum is offered, with supplements for creative writing exercises, which utilizes lyrics from the group's latest hit album Power Windows. A promotional RUSH poster is included in the package. ...

There was a Rush reference on the season 2 finale of FX's Archer (Season2 , Episode 13 - Double Trouble) last Thursday, April 21st. Here's the official episode synopsis:

Krieger works to finish a top-secret project, and Archer brings a mysterious former KGB agent named Katya Kazanova home to meet Malory, unaware that Barry Dillon is heading his way to kill him.

Early in the episode Dr. Krieger is trying to impress Katya and mentions listening to Rush's Red Barchetta through his awesome van's stereo system and says to Katya, Please tell me you like Rush. Later in the episode we get a look at the actual van when the ISIS group pulls up in it. The van has a huge mural painted on the side which says Exit ... Van Left and depicts Doctor Kreiger peeking behind the curtain to a stage, mimicking the cover of Rush's Exit ... Stage Left (see the screenshot here). You can watch the episode's trailer here. The full episode is not yet online but should be in the near future.

There was also a Rush reference on last Friday night's episode of the SyFy Channel's Sanctuary (Season 3, Episode 12 - Hangover). Henry is getting access to the Sanctuary server's new passcode after a security breech and the passcode ends up being GEDDYLEE. Dr. Magnus then inquires Geddy Lee? to which Henry responds, Aha- it's the lead singer of Rush. Dr. Magnus then observes, Isn't that Will's favorite band? - which draws them to the conclusion that Will must have reset the passcode. You watch the reference in this video at about the 0:40-second mark.

And there was a possible Rush reference on last Friday night's episode of Smallville (Season 10, Episode 18 - Booster). In one scene there's an equipment case stenciled with the letters YYZ as seen in this screencap (thanks Power Windows).

MusicInTheAbstract - owner and operator of the MitA's Rush Oddities site - recently added several new Rush audio nuggets along with a couple of pics to his website. You can check them all out in this post.

Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul is featured in the May, 2011 issue of Esquire Magazine for an article/interview. At one point in the article they talk about some of Paul's younger followers lighting dollar bills and holding them up like lighters at a Rush concert. The article also contains a very confusing chart of conservative ideology which throws Rush in among the Randian/libertarian crowd with a caption that reads:

The lyrics of drummer Neil Peart were brimming with Randian objectivism, but then the maples formed a union and demanded equal rights. Just went downhill from there.

You may remember how Paul's son Rand Paul - a self-proclaimed Rush fan and now the junior Senator from Kentucky - had been asked by Rush's lawyers to stop using Rush music at his political rallies during his Senatorial campaign last year. Thanks to Art M for the heads up.

Music journalist Chris Harris recently wrote an article for his blog Gun Shy Assassin on yet another possible Black Sabbath reunion. In the article he predicts that the band will reunite but without bass player Geezer Butler:

...[I] think Geezer is the only one not signed up for one last reunion go, and that they'll find a worthy bassist to fill in for him...someone with a name, like Geddy Lee, Les Claypool or Flea. Maybe they'll just ask Blasko to do it. Who the hell knows? Maybe I am just looking into it way too much. But it's a decent theory, if I do say so myself.

I seriously doubt it, but I can't help but think how cool it would be to see Geddy Lee jamming out to War Pigs with Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Bill Ward. :)

In a further demonstration of the fact that Rush's appeal knows no bounds, this article at GreekReporter.com on up-and-coming electronic musician DJ Zilos points to the heavy influence of Rush and Neil Peart on the Albany-based DJ:

... Zilos was influenced by music at a very young age. He used to watch music shows on TV and was caught by his parents banging away at anything that would make noise. His parents realized Zilos' hidden talent and bought him his first drum. This eventually fueled his desire to pursue music. One of his first true inspirations was the famous drummer Neil Peart from the band RUSH. He quickly took to honing his drum skills by studying the techniques of Neil Peart. ...

Reader ewblank located an article at the Synthtopia blog which discusses using Moog Taurus bass pedals and is titled Beyond Rush Covers... What's The Moog Taurus III Good For?. Rush made extensive use of Moog Taurus pedals on their earlier albums.

Reader Dave Peart Lavin has created a new Rush-themed Facebook group called The Rush Atlantic Connection and is looking to increase the membership. If you are interested, you can check it out at this link. And speaking of Facebook groups, if you haven't joined the official Rush is a Band Facebook group, please do so at this link. It has close to 2800 members and is a great place to interact with your fellow Rush fans on Facebook. On a related note, you can also follow Rush is a Band on Twitter at this link; we just recently passed the 3000 followers mark!

Here's the Sanctuary Rush reference that I'd mentioned above (at the 0:40 mark):

That's all folks! Have a great weekend everybody!

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Neil Peart jams with Stewart Copeland, Danny Carey and Les Claypool
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It sounds as if Neil Peart is keeping himself occupied during Rush's mini-break. Reader bobcat noticed the following blurb that was posted in the most recent edition of Tool's official newsletter:

... recently DANNY got together for a drumming/recording session with NEIL PEART (RUSH) and STEWART COPELAND (THE POLICE). LES CLAYPOOL was also involved, but I'm not sure as to what capacity. Whether or not these guys will get together again, or anything will come from the initial 'session', I really don't know. ...

Very interesting! I would like to have been a fly on the wall for that session. Although it's not mentioned, my guess is that this session probably occurred at the Drum Channel studios in Los Angeles since Neil is presumably home in LA with his family during the tour break.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

New Geddy Lee interview with The Irish Times
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[What's the rush?]

The Irish Times published a short interview with Geddy Lee in today's edition ahead of Rush's upcoming May 12th show in Dublin where they'll be playing Ireland for the first time ever. When asked whether Geddy thinks that Rush will make it to their 40th anniversary (just 3 short years from now) he says the following:

... I don't see any reason not to. We made it this far. If we're not sick of each other yet, we're not gonna get sick of each other in the last couple of years. We've had moments where we've been frustrated and tired and not happy - that happens in life - but I don't think we've ever looked at each other and said: "I don't wanna do this any more." ...

You can read the complete interview at this link. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Drum Channel to make 2112 original master recordings available
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The Drum Channel just sent out the following update in their most recent email newsletter:

You Will Not Believe This!
It is true, in the next few weeks we will tell you how to purchase the original master recordings of RUSH-2112 and how you can listen to Neil's drum track only, the band with Neil or the band only, and record yourself on drums with Geddy and Alex. You have to be a Newsletter subscriber to get access, so tell your friends to join the DC Newsletter. More about this coming soon!

My guess is that these are the tracks that were put together last year for use in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. More information as we learn it.

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Rush to Creativity 1986 educational marketing campaign press release
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UPDATE - 4/29@8:02AM: Reader Jaybird scanned a copy of the 6-page packet for us which you can check out by clicking on the thumbnails.

Here's a little-known interesting tidbit of Rush history to tide everyone over until the tour cranks up again. Just over 25 years ago back in 1986 Rush's record company at the time - Mercury/Polygram - apparently teamed up with a company called Lifetime Learning Systems to create an educational and marketing campaign called Rush to Creativity. I remember hearing about this back in the '90s but had never come across any evidence of it ever occurring until reader Greg N recently sent me a copy of the original press release announcing the campaign. From the press release:

... The two companies have combined efforts to distribute a free motivational learning kit entitled "RUSH to Creativity" to every public high school in America. Nearly 18,000 institutions will receive this integrative campaign, reaching 5-6 million students. A lesson plan for English curriculum is offered, with supplements for creative writing exercises, which utilizes lyrics from the group's latest hit album Power Windows. A promotional RUSH poster is included in the package. ...

Apparently this was Lifetime Learning Systems' debut collaboration with a record company and the campaign was even advertised on MTV according to some reports. The packet itself consists of about 6 pages of material. If anyone happens to have a copy of the packet, please let us know. You can check out the press release scans by clicking on the thumbnails above (page 1, page 2).

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The World According to ... Rush feature at Gibson.com
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[The World According to... Rush]

Rush is featured in the latest installment of Gibson.com's World According to ... series where they compile quotes from past articles/interviews with the featured artist. Other artists that have been profiled in the series include Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne and Slash. For the Rush feature Gibson.com has collected some of the band members' thoughts on why their chemistry remains strong after 43 years. Here are a few of the highlighted quotes from the article:

... Geddy Lee on what makes Rush work, as told to UGO.com in 2005

"We've been lucky to have the kind of personalities that accommodate each other. We like each other and it just works between the three of us and we all have equal say in everything; we're one of the smallest democracies working today. Also, we always bring a very healthy sense of humor to whatever we do. And that tempers the difficulties and the serious side of things and keeps it a fun experience. Without the fun you just can't keep doing something for 30 years. The other thing is we've been fortunate that we have a sound that has found an audience and that audience has been so dedicated that they've created an atmosphere or a level of success that has enabled us to carry on."

Alex Lifeson on getting the band back together, as told to CNN in 2002

"When Neil called, I have to say that my heart soared. And the reason really was because it said so much about his recovery ... that he was coming back to the world of the living. I mean, even if he wasn't really ready for it, he was making an attempt and there was that little faint light in him that was glowing again." ...

... Neil Peart on Rush fans, as written in his book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time, published this month

"Standing backstage while the opening movie played the other night, poised to run on, sticks in hand, ear-monitors in, I found myself excited by two thoughts. I was idly pondering how I might start my solo that night ... and I also felt an unaccustomed eagerness - a curiosity to get out there to see the audience. Not to hear the audience, note - not to bask in their cheers and appreciation - but just to look at them. Their number, their faces, their reactions, their dances, their T-shirts, the signs they hold up. Even while I'm supposed to be up there entertaining people, they can be so entertaining for me."

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

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Rush audio oddities/rarities from MitA
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It's been a long time but MusicInTheAbstract - owner and operator of the MitA's Rush Oddities site - has several new Rush audio nuggets to share with us all along with a couple of pics. You can view/listen by clicking the following links or just use the player below. Thanks MitA!!

[He Don't need a Grape, he's a Digital Ape! recovered fadeout, Digital Man]
[Spirit of Radio - Soundcheck]
["Live" vocals overdubbed for Exit Stage Left - "FreeWill"]
[Alex exercises his 'freewill' and doesn't play]
[La Villa Strange Wreck]
[Geddy "Limelight" vocals, isolated from the Exit Stage Left session]
[Custom mix of 'XXZ - studio version - Geddy bass, isolated]
["MalBass" isolated bass from Malignant Narcissism]
[Tom Sawyer - remix of studio version - Geddy bass, isolated]
[Geddy speak French]
[Ghost of a Chance - recovered fadeout]
[Workin' Them Angels - Geddy and Neil only]
[partial graphics from "Time Machine" tour]
[Early Rush press photo with John Rutsey]
[Hemisphere, Book II - performed during PeW tour]

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Rush reference on season 2 finale of FX's Archer
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In my Friday updates post last week I'd mentioned that there was a Rush reference on the latest episode of FX's Archer. It seems as though several folks missed it since I'm continuing to receive emails about it. There's also more to the reference than I had initially described, so I thought I'd put up a separate post with all the details. The reference occurred in episode 13 of season 2 - Double Trouble - which was the season finale and aired last Thursday, April 21st. Here's the official episode synopsis:

Krieger works to finish a top-secret project, and Archer brings a mysterious former KGB agent named Katya Kazanova home to meet Malory, unaware that Barry Dillon is heading his way to kill him.

Early in the episode Dr. Krieger is trying to impress Katya and mentions listening to Rush's Red Barchetta through his awesome van's stereo system and says to Katya, Please tell me you like Rush. Later in the episode we get a look at the actual van when the ISIS group pulls up in it. The van has a huge mural painted on the side which says Exit ... Van Left and depicts Doctor Kreiger peeking behind the curtain to a stage, mimicking the cover of Rush's Exit ... Stage Left (see the screenshot here). You can watch the episode's trailer here. The full episode is not yet online but should be in the near future.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Rush reference on SyFy Channel's Sanctuary
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UPDATE - 4/24@7:40AM: Here's some video of the Rush reference which occurs at the 0:40-second mark (thanks VapourTrail).

There was a Rush reference on last night's episode of the SyFy Channel's Sanctuary (Season 3, Episode 12 - Hangover). Henry is getting access to the Sanctuary server's new passcode after a security breech and the passcode ends up being GEDDYLEE. Dr. Magnus then inquires Geddy Lee? to which Henry responds, Aha- it's the lead singer of Rush. Dr. Magnus then observes, Isn't that Will's favorite band? - which draws them to the conclusion that Will must have reset the passcode. Many thanks to myself for the screenshot and the heads up - Sanctuary is one of my favorite shows. :)

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Baltimore open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 4/26@9:33AM: Here's a review from the Baltimore Sun (thanks Hank N).

UPDATE - 4/25@9:10PM: Here's a review and photo gallery from DCist (thanks Power Windows).

UPDATE - 4/23@9:32PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

Rush wraps up the 1st leg of the 2011 Time Machine Tour tonight at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. The band will then take a much-deserved 11-day break before heading across the pond for a series of European dates. To everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Friday, April 22nd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 13
Venue: 1st Mariner Arena
Place: Baltimore, MD

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011The 1st leg of Rush's 2011 Time Machine Tour wraps up tonight at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. The band will then take a much-deserved 11-day break before heading across the pond for a series of European dates. It's been a whirlwind week for Rush starting with last Friday's soldout show at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland which was filmed for the band's first full-length live concert DVD shot in the US. The big news from that show was that Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage filmmakers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn would be directing the filming for the DVD. The pair came out and addressed the crowd (video here) prior to Rush hitting the stage and announced that they'd be handling the filming. They also challenged the crowd to be the best crowd they'd ever seen ... and the crowd delivered. Rush delivered too - their performance was spectacular and full of energy and they fed off the crowd. As Geddy left the stage at the end of the night he said Thank you, Cleveland, Ohio! ... Best! Audience! Ever! We appreciate it so much. For complete coverage on the Cleveland DVD filming, be sure to check out this post.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer had a huge multi-article feature on Rush and the DVD filming in last Friday's edition in the lead-up to the show including interviews with Geddy Lee and with Donna Halper. The Geddy Lee interview focused on Rush and their history with the city of Cleveland and why they chose Cleveland to film the DVD, and Donna Halper - who attended the show as a special guest of the band - discussed her role in the band's history. Donna also spoke with The Cleveland Sound, Yahoo! News and her old radio station WMMS in the run-up to the show last week. According to Donna, she also did a short interview with Sam and Scot to be used for the live DVD. In a separate article Geddy gave the Plain Dealer a very interesting track-by-track breakdown of Moving Pictures. And the newspaper also published a feature titled Why isn't Rush in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? where they spoke with fan and riab reader Todd Walterspaugh, who organized a protest of sorts (really more of a gathering in support of the band) in front of the Rock Hall the afternoon of the show. Close to 200 Rush fans (including yours truly) showed up for the gathering, all wearing their Rush paraphernalia and holding a variety of Rush banners, license plate and signs. The center of attention was Walterspaugh's large banner depicting the Rush Starman logo mooning the Rock Hall logo. The crowd gathered in front of the Hall holding up the banner for a huge group photo which you can check out here, and garnered a bit of news coverage from local talk radio station WTAM (photo gallery here).

Alex Lifeson was also interviewed by Yahoo! News last week and spoke about the DVD filming, Donna Halper, the Rock Hall and when asked how long he thinks the band can keep going, he replied:

... We're more popular than we've ever have been, performing with more confidence and skill, having greater vision on how we build our shows, watching our audience relationship build to a place that is as large as it has ever been. We have so many things in the right place. "The only thing that I see stopping us at this point would be the physicality of growing older... I figure we can play at the peak level we're at now for at least the next few years," ...

After the Cleveland show Rush hit Detroit on Sunday, then made their way back to their native land for shows in Hamilton and Montreal on Tuesday and Wednesday. John at Cygnus-X1.net has scanned the 2011 Time Machine Tourbook and placed the images online here. The 2011 tourbook is an updated version of the 2010 tourbook, with several new images from the 2010 leg of the Time Machine Tour. You can purchase a copy at your friendly neighborhood Rush concert or online at this link. And also be sure to check out all of the official Rush Time Machine Tour photos from tour photographer John Arrowsmith at this link.

Neil Peart and his new book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time were the subject of an article published earlier this week in the National Post. From the article:

... Far and Away is a reflective, immersion-style travel diary detailing the musician's motorcycle trips along the back roads of North America, Europe and South America. "When I write about history or nature or geology, it's from a first-person point of view," Peart says. "It's me riding past a town [by motorcycle] and figuring out why something is the way it is." ...

You can read the entire article/interview at this link. Far and Away is Peart's 5th full-length book and was released earlier this month. You can find out more about the book and purchase your copy at this link. Jeff Woods of the syndicated radio show The Legends of Classic Rock also interviewed Neil Peart prior to Tuesday night's Rush show in Hamilton, Ontario to discuss the book. We learned yesterday that this interview will air in a one hour special on The Legends of Classic Rock on Sunday, May 29th. For a list of stations and air times, check out this link.

While on the subject of Neil Peart, earlier this week Drum Workshop posted a 3-minute video to their YouTube channel of Neil discussing the all-maple VLT (very low timbre) Time Machine Tour kit snare drum and why it has continued to be his preferred snare both on stage and in the studio. You can watch the video at this link. The VLT snare is included in The Neil Peart Evolution Snare Drum Collection. And Neil also appears on page 5 of the latest Aerostich RiderWearHouse catalog posing in his Aerostich Transit riding leathers alongside his BMW bike. You can check out a scan of the photo at here (thanks Twisted Perception).

Classic Rock presents ProgRush is featured on the cover of the latest edition of Classic Rock's Prog magazine which hit newsstands in the UK this past week. The issue contains an exclusive interview with Rush and Neil Peart and the cover tagline reads:

The one great thing about Rush is that the three of us are stupidly fearless
-Geddy Lee

If you would like to get a subscription to Prog or purchase the issue you can do so via this website.

Record Store Day Caravan 7-inch vinyl releaseRecord Store Day took place this past Saturday, April 16th in the US/Canada/UK. A 7-inch limited edition vinyl release of Rush's Caravan/BU2B was available at participating stores in the US, Canada, and the UK. Reader lavilla picked up the red color vinyl (it also comes in white) and shared some scans of it which you can check out in this photo gallery. Speaking of the Caravan/BU2B single, BU2B was quietly released as a radio single in early March and has been hovering around the top 40 of the Mediabase Rock Charts for the past several weeks. As of this posting it's sitting at #21. So if you are so inclined, call your local rock radio station to request the song.

The Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound 30th anniversary deluxe edition hit stores a few weeks ago and shot its way back into the Billboard 200 at #137 for the week of April 9th thanks to a slew of pre-orders. After falling back off the chart for the following week of April 16th, it rebounded back for the week of April 23rd, making it all the way to #51. This week it's sitting at a respectable #100; a very impressive feat for an album that's over 30 years old. You can get more details regarding the Moving Pictures deluxe edition in this post and order your copy at Amazon (CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray).

Rush was featured as the band of the week for a nice little article last week on the University of York's student website Nouse.co.uk. You can check it out at this link.

Machine HeadHeavy metal band Machine Head are currently in the process of recording their next album and recently posted a making of the album video to Youtube. In the video they show off their Jam Room which includes a collection of posters of all of our favorite bands, the bands that meant something, and helped create what we became; a Rush 2112 poster is prominently featured. At the 4-minute mark of the video, drummer Dave McClain is shown wearing a Permanent Waves t-shirt. When Machine Head released their sixth studio album The Blackening a few years ago frontman David Flynn told MTV in an interview that the band was on a Rush kick while recording that album. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

Reader MickAv8r let me know about a Rush reference in the latest episode of the animated FX TV series Archer (Season 2, Episode 13 - Double Trouble). In one scene the ISIS group pulls up in Doctor Kreiger's van which has a huge mural painted on the side which says Exit ... Van Left and depicts Doctor Kreiger peeking behind the curtain to the stage, mimicking the cover of Rush's Exit ... Stage Left. You can check out a screenshot here.

And Power Windows recently let us know about a small Rush reference on a recent episode of Showtime's United States Of Tara (Season 3, Episode 3 - The Full F*ck You Finger, aired April 11th). As Marshall is helping his dad Max clean his hoarder grandmother's house, he comes across a second place trophy for Max's band Beaver Lamp from a battle of the bands competition. Max explains how bad they were with we lost to a Rush cover band, that ought to tell you everything you need to know about Beaver Lamp.

Reader PhillyMike let me know that Starwood Preferred Guest - the hotel loyalty program for Sheraton, Westin and others - offers options to use points for items other than hotel stays, including Live Nation shows. They're currently offering a limited number of premium ticket pairs for the Rush shows in Phoenix and two in California for 10,000 points.

Bobby Owsinski is an author, producer, and a music and technical consultant who has a blog called The Big Picture where he occasionally will take a song and conduct a detailed analysis. In an April 12th blog post he does an interesting song analysis of Rush's Tom Sawyer which you can check out at this link (thanks Robert).

A video interview with Alex Lifeson going over his onstage gear for Musician's Friend was posted to YouTube earlier this week. The interview was conducted during the band's dress rehearsal the night prior to the March 30th opening show of the tour at the Bank Atlantic Center in Florida. You can watch the 8-minute-plus video below or at this link.

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

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jeff Woods Neil Peart interview to air Sunday, May 29th
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Jeff Woods of the syndicated radio show The Legends of Classic Rock interviewed Neil Peart prior to Tuesday night's Rush show in Hamilton, Ontario to discuss his recently-released 5th full-length book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time. Jeff just posted some information regarding when the interview will air to his Facebook page:

Just confirmed, my conversation this week with RUSH drummer Neil Peart will be featured in a one hour special, on The Legends of Classic Rock, Sunday May 29th ...

For a list of stations and air times, check out this link. Neil discusses Far and Away: A Prize Every Time at length in the most recent update at NeilPeart.net and you can purchase your copy at this link.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Montreal open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 5/11@12:20PM: Here's a nice blog post-review of the show from reader Tim S.

UPDATE - 4/25@9:15PM: Here's a photo gallery from BW&BK.

UPDATE - 4/22@10:37AM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

UPDATE - 4/21@9:26AM: Here's a review from the Montreal Gazette along with this photo gallery (thanks duss).

Rush heads north to Montreal, Quebec tonight to play their 2nd Canadian show of the 2011 Time Machine Tour. Rush is so important to Canadians that game 4 of the NHL playoffs between the Montreal Canadians and the Boston Bruins was pushed back one day so that Rush could play at the Bell Centre tonight. :) To everybody going to the show, have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 20th @ 8PM
Show Number: 12
Venue: Bell Centre
Place: Montreal, QC

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Alex Lifeson gear interview with Musician's Friend
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A new video interview with Alex Lifeson going over his onstage gear for Musician's Friend was posted to YouTube earlier today. The interview was conducted during the band's dress rehearsal the night prior to the March 30th opening show of the tour at the Bank Atlantic Center in Florida. You can watch the 8-minute-plus video below or at this link. The video will also be available on the Musician's Friend website and Youtube channel sometime tomorrow.

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[New Rush video interview backstage from Madison Square Garden]
[More Rush Backstage Club contests: win a trip to see Rush!]

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Rush featured in the latest issue of Classic Rock's Prog magazine
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UPDATE - 4/19@4:11PM: For anyone who would like to get a subscription to Prog or purchase the issue when it becomes available, you can do so via this website.

Classic Rock presents ProgRush is featured on the cover of the latest edition of Classic Rock's Prog magazine which hits newsstands in the UK tomorrow. The issue will contain an exclusive interview with Rush and Neil Peart. The tagline on the cover reads:

The one great thing about Rush is that the three of us are stupidly fearless
-Geddy Lee

From the Classic Rock presents Prog Facebook page:

And the latest magazine cover for Prog 16. On sale tomorrow - exclusive Neil Peart/Rush interview, plus The Nice, Judy Dyble, Roy Harper, Roger Hodgson, It Bites, Mastodon, Fairport Convention, John Renbourn, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Utopia, Beardfish, Presto Ballet, 2 free CDs and more...

Thanks to Jordan for the heads up.

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Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Hamilton open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 4/20@3:17PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

UPDATE - 4/20@7:00AM: Here's a review from the Hamilton Spectator.

Rush takes the Time Machine Tour back to the homeland tonight to play Hamilton, Ontario - the first of 3 Canadian dates on the 2011 leg of the tour. To everybody going tonight, have fun, be safe, and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 19th @ 8PM
Show Number: 11
Venue: Copps Coliseum
Place: Hamilton, ON

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Jeff Woods to interview Neil Peart later today
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UPDATE - 4/21@9:44AM: From Jeff Woods' Facebook page:

Just confirmed, my conversation this week with RUSH drummer Neil Peart will be featured in a one hour special, on The Legends of Classic Rock, Sunday May 29th ...

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Jeff Woods of the syndicated radio show The Legends of Classic Rock will be interviewing Neil Peart prior to tonight's Rush show in Hamilton, Ontario according to this post on the show's website:

Busier than a one armed trucker, with head lice (nice visual), and cramming, with shows to do (Legends Lunch Q107 Toronto noon-1pm eastern, and Legends Lunch on Q107 Calgary, noon-1p mountain .... every weekday in fact), and then running out the door to meet up in Hamilton Ontario, backstage pre-show, with Neil Peart, to talk about his forthcoming book 'Far and Away - A Prize Every Time'.

I will be sure to share the conversation with you soon. For now, since the boys are home, for a couple shows, let's get reacquainted, via two websites, the 2nd of which has been nicely overhauled.

More on Neil, later this week!

Jeff.

Far and Away: A Prize Every Time released earlier this month and is Neil Peart's 5th full-length book. Neil spoke at length about the book in the most recent update at NeilPeart.net and you can purchase your copy at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Neil Peart discusses the VLT Time Machine snare drum
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Drum Workshop posted a 3-minute video to their YouTube channel of Neil Peart discussing the all-maple VLT (very low timbre) Time Machine Tour kit snare drum and why it has continued to be his preferred snare both on stage and in the studio. You can watch the video below or at this link:

The VLT snare is included in The Neil Peart Evolution Snare Drum Collection. Thanks to Andrew Olson for the heads up.

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Alex Lifeson, Donna Halper interviews at Yahoo! News
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[Legendary rock outfit Rush owes much to Cleveland]

Yahoo! News contributor Peter Chakerian caught up with Alex Lifeson and Donna Halper last week prior to the Cleveland show for a piece titled Legendary rock outfit Rush owes much to Cleveland. This was one of the many articles discussing Cleveland's role in the history of Rush that were published in the lead-up to the live DVD filming of Rush's show at the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland Friday night. Alex touches on the importance of Cleveland in the band's history:

... "Cleveland was hugely important for us, because up until we were embraced there, we were just basically a bar band in Toronto," ... "We were on the Southern Ontario high school dance circuit and doing clubs. "To come to America was such a huge deal, and to come to Cleveland -- with its rich connections and rock music heritage and be embraced by the city and crowd there -- it really was a really great experience for us. It all started for us in Cleveland and the city has a giant place in our hearts." ... "It couldn't be more appropriate to be doing the DVD in Cleveland. I can't tell you the number of gigs we played at the Agora when we were starting out," ... "I definitely remember those gigs! The genuine interest in the band was amazing, the place was always packed and we were on that little stage playing our hearts out. When I close my eyes as a guy who calls himself 'forty-seventeen' (57 years old) now, I can still see myself us there playing and miss the skinny, sweaty long-haired guitar guy who was up on stage!" he laughed. ...

Donna Halper, who discovered Rush while working as program director at legendary Cleveland radio station WMMS back in 1974, had some nice things to say about the band:

... "One of the unique things about Rush is that they're singularly distinctive in so many ways," ... "Not just in their sound, or how they have continued to reinvent themselves when the critics and music industry insiders are stuck on the bands that don't, but in how unusual they are as people-they're not caught up in the myth of the rock star, those people who begin believe their own hype. "Success hasn't spoiled them," ...

And Alex Lifeson likewise had some nice things to say about Donna, who they invited to the Cleveland show as a special guest of the band:

... "It's really difficult to say if or when we might have broken out, or what it would have looked like without the help of Donna when we finally did," agreed Lifeson. "We had a couple other American record companies at our bar gigs who were mildly interested, but having Donna in our corner -- which really led us to our first contract with Mercury Records -- was a really big deal for us." ...

On the subject of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Alex says:

... "We do have a long history and have remained intact in terms of personnel, along with seeming to fit the criteria. But this [Rock Hall] is a private little project and they're not really that interested in us, which is fine," he added. "We're busier than ever, sometimes more than we all want to be... We'll just see what happens." ...

On the other hand Donna Halper, like many diehard Rush fans, does not mince words when discussing the Rock Hall:

... "The first critics who went to Rush concerts were very critical of the band, called them Led Zeppelin clones and so on -- and those same critics are now voters for the Rock Hall," Halper offered. "These critics never changed their opinion of Rush as the '70s band they loved to hate. Rush has reinvented themselves a million times, but these same critics never have. I hope I live to see them get in, because while the guys are being gentlemen about it, I'm furious the Hall won't acknowledge them. "This isn't about judges or elitism or anything," Halper added. "This is about three guys who have made millions of fans happy for 38 years and are, for all intents and purposes, the mostly original band. What more do they have to do to get in? "If [Rolling Stone magazine publisher and Rock Hall co-founder] Jann Wenner was sitting in front of me, that's the question I would ask him... 'Seriously, what more do they have to do?'" ...

Well said Donna! And when Lifeson is asked how long he thinks the band can keep going, he replies:

... We're more popular than we've ever have been, performing with more confidence and skill, having greater vision on how we build our shows, watching our audience relationship build to a place that is as large as it has ever been. We have so many things in the right place. "The only thing that I see stopping us at this point would be the physicality of growing older... I figure we can play at the peak level we're at now for at least the next few years," ...

You can read the entire article at this link. For complete coverage of the Cleveland show and live DVD filming, be sure to check out this post.

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[Cleveland Plain Dealer talks with Geddy Lee, Donna Halper ahead of tonight's show]
[Alex Lifeson on the Cleveland DVD, Rock Hall in new interview]
[Rush to film April 15th show at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland]

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Neil Peart discusses Far and Away in new National Post interview
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Neil Peart sat down with Stephen Baldwin of the National Post recently to discuss his newest book - Far and Away: A Prize Every Time - which released earlier this month. From the article:

... Far and Away is a reflective, immersion-style travel diary detailing the musician's motorcycle trips along the back roads of North America, Europe and South America. "When I write about history or nature or geology, it's from a first-person point of view," Peart says. "It's me riding past a town [by motorcycle] and figuring out why something is the way it is."

Like many books written by celebrities, the reader's perception will be unavoidably linked with their perception of Peart. But with the exception of the author's day job, this is by no means a rock 'n' roll tome. Instead of sex and drugs, Peart uses Far and Away to express a deep appreciation of nature, through the Laurentian Mountains in deep winter to the vivid sunsets and barren deserts of Death Valley, Calif., to humble South American villages.

"I got terribly lost between Brazil and Argentina, but it caused a beautiful experience. ... I found myself lost in this little town in the corner of Brazil and basically ended up finding a place to stay just before the sun came down," Peart says. "There was this combination of West African music and Brazilian music, and I had never heard that combination before. It was a transcendent moment for me. ... I had been lost, and now I was found." ...

You can read the entire article/interview at this link. Far and Away is Peart's 5th full-length book and Neil spoke at length about it in the most recent update at NeilPeart.net. You can purchase your copy at this link.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Detroit open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 4/19@7:52AM: Here's a photo gallery from SoundSpike.com.

UPDATE - 4/18@4:25PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

UPDATE - 4/18@8:38AM: Here's a review from the Oakland Press (thanks Snaked).

Rush makes their way to the Palace of Auburn Hills just outside Detroit, Michigan tonight for show number 10 on the Time Machine Tour. To everybody going to the show, have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Sunday, April 17th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 10
Venue: Palace of Auburn Hills
Place: Auburn Hills, MI (outside Detroit)

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Today is Record Store Day; Caravan/BU2B 7" vinyl available
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Record Store Day Caravan 7-inch vinyl releaseRecord Store Day is taking place today in the US/Canada/UK. A 7-inch limited edition vinyl release of Rush's Caravan/BU2B is available while supplies last at participating stores in the US and Canada, and a 7-inch limited edition vinyl release of BU2B is available at participating stores in the UK. To learn more about Record Store Day check out their website at RecordStoreDay.com. Reader lavilla picked up the red color vinyl (it also comes in white) and shared some scans of it which you can check out in the photo gallery slideshow below.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Cleveland open thread
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UPDATE - 4/18@12:39PM: Here's yet another interview with Donna Halper from the lead-up to Friday's show.

UPDATE - 4/18@9:55AM: Here's a review from Cleveland's Scene magazine.

UPDATE - 4/17@12:10PM: Reader hermy managed to catch some video of Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen when they came out prior to the concert to announce that they'd be directing the filming of the live DVD.

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UPDATE - 4/17@10:13AM: Here's a much higher resolution version of the Rock Hall group photo thanks once again to Paul at The Canadian Music Scene.

UPDATE - 4/17@9:49AM: Here's a scan of the posted legal notice that was up at the Quicken Loans Arena Friday night (thanks Doug F):

Filming Notice:

By entering the premises at Quicken Loans Arena, 1 Center Court, Cleveland, OH, you automatically agree to be filmed for any and all media purposes known now or to be developed, into perpetuity, without compensation or acknowledgement .

Enjoy the show!

- Banger Films

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UPDATE - 4/16@11:37PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

UPDATE - 4/16@10:28AM: Here's a story from WTAM on the Rock Hall gathering yesterday afternoon along with this photo gallery of the event.

UPDATE - 4/16@9:32AM: Here's the review from the Cleveland Plain Dealer (thanks timintey):

Rush was ready for its close-up in Cleveland. So were 14,000-plus overjoyed fans who packed The Q for a sold-out performance Friday night by their favorite three-headed rock monster. The show was filmed for an upcoming DVD release.... "Thank you, Cleveland, Ohio," a beaming Lee said at the end of the night. "Best! Audience! Ever! We appreciate it so much." The concert DVD could be out by the end of this year, Lee said in a recent interview. For now, as they say in Hollywood: That's a wrap!...

Here's a little write-up at the Banger Films website regarding the filming. And here's this Facebook gallery (thanks Sean) which has some good shots of all the various cameras used for filming throughout the show.

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UPDATE - 4/15@11:42PM: I just got back from the show and it was absolutely incredible. The sellout crowd was on fire right from the start. The big news is that Rush documentary filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen came out and addressed the crowd before the show, announcing that they would be directing the filming of the live DVD. There were cameras everywhere including an e-blimp flying around the crowd. I spotted Donna Halper (and gave her a hug), Pegi Cecconi of Anthem and Rush's manager Ray Danniels.

UPDATE - 4/15@4:46PM: Here's the photo of the Rush fan gathering at the Rock Hall courtesy Paul from The Canadian Music Scene.

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UPDATE - 4/15@4:25PM: I just got back from the Rock Hall gathering and am happy to report that it was a huge success. The weather was great (a little chilly but sunny) and there were around probably 200 enthusiastic Rush fans in attendance, all wearing their Rush paraphernalia and holding a variety of Rush banners, license plate and signs. The center of attention was organizer Todd Walterspaugh's large banner depicting the Rush Starman logo mooning the Rock Hall logo. I'm fairly sure that the Plain Dealer was reporting on it as well as local talk radio station WTAM. I hope to have some photos posted and/or linked soon, but for now here's one photo that pretty much sums things up (thanks Helen O).

Rush Time Machine Tour 2011Woah Yeah!! Cleveland will be caught in Rush's camera eye tonight as they bring the Time Machine Tour to town to film their first full-length live concert DVD in the US. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a huge multi-article feature on Rush and tonight's show in today's edition including interviews with Geddy Lee and with Donna Halper. The Geddy Lee interview focuses on Rush and their history with the city of Cleveland and why they chose Cleveland to film the DVD, and Donna Halper discusses her role in the band's history. Donna will also be attending tonight's show as a special guest of the band. Geddy also gives the Plain Dealer a track-by-track breakdown of Moving Pictures in this article. And the newspaper also has a feature titled Why isn't Rush in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? where they speak with fan and riab reader Todd Walterspaugh, who is organizing a protest of sorts in front of the Rock Hall today at 3PM. Then there's also this preview article from Cleveland Scene magazine. It's gonna be a big night! There are multiple pre-show gatherings happening downtown before the show; if you are planning a gathering or attending one, please post details in the comments. To everybody going to the show, have fun, be safe, smile big for the cameras and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Friday, April 15th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 9
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena
Place: Cleveland, OH

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011Rush had a very busy week, taking the Time Machine Tour to enthusiastic crowds in Hershey, New York City, Chicago and Toledo. Tonight they head back to Cleveland, OH where they got their big break back in 1974 to film their first live concert video shot entirely in the US. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a series of articles on Rush in today's edition including interviews with Geddy Lee and with Donna Halper. The Geddy Lee interview focuses on Rush and their history with the city of Cleveland and why they chose Cleveland to film the DVD:

... "[Cleveland] was enormous for us," singer-bassist Geddy Lee said of the early support. As a token of their undying appreciation, Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart are filming their concert tonight at The Q for a future DVD release. "It feels like full circle to me," Lee said, checking in by phone from a tour stop in Florida. "We realized after all these years that we've shot films in all these different locations. But we've never really shot an entire film in America. We thought, 'Well, that's just wrong.' So where do we want to shoot? And it dawned on me that it was appropriate to shoot in Cleveland, where our entire American adventure began." The band got its big break here in 1974, when Donna Halper, a disc jockey and music director at WMMMS FM/100.7, added the Rush song "Working Man" to the influential radio station's playlist. "I don't think we would've had a record deal if it hadn't been for Donna Halper at WMMS playing 'Working Man' and some other songs from our first album," said Lee, 57. ...

Donna Halper will be a special guest of the band for tonight's show. It will be Halper's first time back in Cleveland since she left WMMS back in 1975. Donna spoke with the Plain Dealer's John Soeder about how she helped discover Rush as the program director at WMMS back in 1974:

... When DJs needed a break, they would put on what was known as a "bathroom song," for obvious reasons. "As the music director, whether I had to go or not wasn't the issue," Halper said during a phone interview. "I had to think about my DJs. I was always looking for long songs that were also good songs, so they could do what they had to do." The Boston native moved here to join WMMS in 1973. The following year, a friend sent her an import record by a Canadian group that she'd never heard of. "As soon as I dropped the needle on 'Working Man,' I knew this was a perfect record for Cleveland," she said. "It was a working-class town. . . . I remember a city where Republic Steel would literally light the sky on fire at night with pollution." Phones at the radio station were lighting up, too, with requests for Rush. The buzz soon led to a record deal for the band, which singled out Halper for special thanks in the liner notes of its self-titled debut album. ...

Geddy also gives the Plain Dealer a track-by-track breakdown of Moving Pictures in this article. And the newspaper also has a feature titled Why isn't Rush in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? where they speak with fan and riab reader Todd Walterspaugh, who is organizing a protest of sorts in front of the Rock Hall today at 3PM:

... To make their displeasure known, some fans plan to gather at 3 p.m. today outside the Rock Hall. Don't expect picket signs or torches, though. This promises to be more of an edgy photo op than a full-blown protest rally. Organizer Todd Walterspaugh of Galesburg, Mich., used Facebook to spread the word about the show of support for Rush. He expects 100 fans to pose for a group photo with a large banner that depicts Rush's "starman" logo mooning the Rock Hall logo, with the hall itself as a backdrop. "Rush deserves to be inducted," Walterspaugh said. "For a lot of fans, it's past due." ...

And here's Geddy's take on the whole Rock Hall fiasco:

... "From a fan's point of view, I totally get it, because there's nothing like championing your team," he said. "When you feel that there's been some injustice, you take it personally. I get that. "But for me, being in the band, it just seems unseemly to get too involved in that whole discussion. It's something that we have no control over. If it happens one day, that would be great. And if it doesn't, my life is not going to stop. It's going to carry on just fine."

Alex Lifeson also had the following to say regarding the choice of Cleveland to film the DVD in a recent interview with the Youngstown Vindicator:

... We wanted to definitely do a documentary of this tour, and the fact we were playing all of "Moving Pictures" was really the important part. We wanted to do it in the States. We hadn't done one in America yet of all the live DVDs we've done, and when Cleveland came up it was like a no-brainer. We said we have to do it in Cleveland. That's where it all started. ...

Rush's 2011 Time Machine Tour has landed the #3 spot in this week's Billboard Hot Tours rankings. Billboard boxscore numbers for the first 6 shows on the tour are in (see the tour page for details) and Florida, Hershey and Madison Square Garden were all sellouts!

After tonight's show the band takes off to Detroit on Sunday. Then it's back to the homeland to play shows in Hamilton and Montreal on Tuesday and Wednesday before finishing off the first leg of the tour next Friday in Baltimore. Rush will then take an 11-day break before kicking off the European leg of the tour on May 4th in Helsinki, Finland.

Rush's concert in Montreal next Wednesday has caused game 4 of the NHL playoffs between the Montreal Canadians and the Boston Bruins to be rescheduled to Thursday. This ended up being one of the topics of discussion on ESPN Radio's Around the Horn earlier this week. Apparently there was a political debate that had been rescheduled due to the playoffs. So the show's host makes the statement Hockey: greater than politics, but less than Rush?. This sparked a heated but fun debate among the panelists which you can check out at this link at about the 20:30 mark (thanks Rick in Indiana).

Rush's sold out show at Madison Square Garden Sunday night attracted several celebrity Rush fans including DJ Eddie Trunk, former professional baseball pitcher Curt Schilling, legendary music industry veteran Cliff Burnstein (featured in the Rush documentary), and actor Paul Rudd (from I Love You Man). Rolling Stone magazine was also there and conducted a video interview with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee prior to the show. The interview focuses on the Moving Pictures album, runs about 7 minutes long and also contains a few snippets of live footage from the show. You can check it out at this link. And although there were no sightings reported, it looks like Charlie Sheen - who is currently on a tour of his own - may have also been in attendance according to this Rolling Stone article (thanks Brian):

The best part of Charlie Sheen's show last night? If not his whole life? When a fan wandered up to the stage and handed him a backstage laminate for the Rush concert. Charlie was psyched. "I fucking love Rush! Not Rush Limbaugh! Not the sex drug! Rush the band!" It made one wonder: what would Rush make of Charlie Sheen? Does he choose Free Will? Is he an oak or a maple? Is he a wild man standing tall against the CBS Priests of the Temple of Syrinx? Or does he really just want to return to the sitcom limelight, with all its glittering prizes and endless compromises? ...

And as I'd mentioned in last Friday's Rush updates post, Rush and the New York Knicks were the subject of a joke on the Late Show with David Letterman last Wednesday, April 6th. Dave mentioned how the Knicks made the playoffs and then showed a mock commercial where the announcer says:

The New York Knicks are NBA playoff bound. Since no one expected this, Madison Square Garden booked Rush (show brief video of Rush in concert) during the first round of the playoffs. So catch all the Knicks action at the Temple Beth Shalom rec center in Edison, NJ ...

You can watch the video at this link about 2 and a half minutes into Dave's monologue.

An article previewing this past Wednesday night's show in Toledo was published last week in the Toledo Free Press. The article contains several interview snippets with Alex Lifeson where he discusses the tour, Moving Pictures and the upcoming Clockwork Angels album:

... Lifeson said the band has nine songs in various stages of completion for the new CD. At this point, the CD is shaping up to be a musically varied work. "There is the epic song, 'Clockwork Angels,' which is really taking shape. It's a multiparted piece, very dynamic," the guitarist said. "Then there's some stuff that's very melodic and on the softer side, on acoustic, with a strong melody. So there's great diversity there." ...

You can read the entire article/interview at this link.

And speaking of Lerxst, Premier Guitar magazine's Rebecca Dirks spoke with Alex Lifeson's guitar tech Scott Appleton on location at the United Center in Chicago Tuesday about the gear Lifeson is using on Rush's 2011 Time Machine tour. Appleton shows off all Lifeson's gear, including a couple of Gibson Les Paul Axcess Signature models, his white ES-355, a Fender reissue '52 Tele, two '90s PRS models, his Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MKII Alex Lifeson Signature heads, Steam Punk Statesman 2x12 Cabinets, and a Hughes & Kettner Coreblade. The 12-minute-plus video interview was posted online to the Premier Guitar website yesterday and you can check it out at this link.

Last month KLOS radio show DJ Jim Ladd interviewed Neil Peart to discuss the Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition among other subjects. The interview aired last Thursday, April 7th on Jim Ladd's radio show and was made available online earlier this week at this link. Neil also recently conducted an extensive 55-minute video interview for the launch of the new interactive online drumming magazine iDrum where he is featured on the cover. You can check out iDrum and Neil's complete interview at this link. And we are still awaiting word on when Neil's recent interview for the CBC's Strombo (formerly The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos) will air. Neil's 5th full-length book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time was released earlier this month. Reader Jaybird posted his review of the book to his Jaybird's Jottings blog yesterday which you can check out at this link.

Speaking of Neil, the Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill cooking forum at NeilPeart.net is now open for business. Its goal is to be a place for Rush fans to discuss cooking, fine food and travel. It's not to be confused for a Rush forum, although Rush discussion as it relates to travel, food, meeting new people and sharing common interests is allowed. You can check it out and sign up for an account at this link.

The Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound 30th anniversary deluxe edition hit stores a couple of weeks ago and shot its way back into the Billboard 200 at #137 for the week of April 9th before dropping off the charts for the following week of April 16th. But now it's back! Billboard released their chart for the week of April 23rd yesterday and Moving Pictures is back once again - this time it has moved all the way up to #51! Quite an amazing feat for an album that released over 30 years ago. Initial reviews of the remix have been very positive; Big Picture, Big Sound gave it their highest rating of 4 stars: Outstanding. You can read all the details and find out about some other reviews in this post. The CD+DVD version of the Moving Pictures remix is available via multiple retailers but the CD+Blu-ray is only being sold exclusively through Best Buy for the first 30 days; other retailers will have the Blu-ray version on May 3rd. In addition to the 5.1 remix, the deluxe edition contains an extensive gallery with previously unreleased photos from the original recording sessions, new liner notes by music journalist David Fricke and 30th anniversary artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme. You can get more details regarding the Moving Pictures deluxe edition in this post and order your copy at Amazon (CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray).

Record Store Day Caravan 7-inch vinyl releaseRecord Store Day takes place tomorrow in the US/Canada/UK. A 7-inch limited edition vinyl release of Rush's Caravan/BU2B will be available at participating stores in the US and Canada, and a 7-inch limited edition vinyl release of BU2B will be available at participating stores in the UK.

The Rush Facebook page announced the following message on Wednesday:

RUSH is now on Ping! Follow RUSH on Ping through your iTunes account and get access to exclusive photos, videos & contests.

Ping is a software-based, music-oriented social networking and recommender system service developed and operated by Apple. Speaking of the Rush Facebook page, it quietly surpassed 1 million followers this past week (thanks Lifeson_Times). The rushisaband Facebook group isn't anywhere close to 1 million members, but it is closing in on 3000. If you are on Facebook and haven't joined the group yet, please check it out at this link. And rushisaband is on Twitter too!

Rush: A Brief History of TimeJohn at Cygnus-X1.net recently posted the seventh installment of his Rush: A Brief History of Time series where he compiles scans and transcriptions of old Rush articles. You can check this latest batch out at this link. Also be sure to check out his chronological listing of all the collected articles from the series at the bottom of the page. This batch contains 35 new articles and advertisements from years past, including seven entries from the 1970's and twenty-one entries from the 1980's which are primarily focused around the release of Permanent Waves. A single entry from the 1990's along with four from the 2000's and two from 2010 round out this edition. I've featured a few of the articles on this site, but the vast majority are new and definitely worth checking out. Thanks John!

Reader Mike S let me know that The Recording Academy, the presenter of the annual Grammy Awards, has announced that they have eliminated or merged 31 categories for next year's 54th edition including the Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Rush has been nominated six times in this category over the years and lost every time.

David Barrett Trio - HollowbodyBack in January I'd mentioned that Lerxst had lent his studio and production expertise to the Toronto-based David Barrett Trio. Late last year after the Time Machine tour the Trio went into Alex's home studio and recorded three tunes: Hollowbody, Sonar, and Disappearance with Alex producing and Rich Chycki handling the engineering duties. Hollowbody was made available as an MP3 download via Amazon.com and iTunes last month and the second track Sonar will be available in May. Here's a promotional video for Sonar and you can watch a video of the band playing Hollowbody at this link. The Trio will be playing in Hamilton after the Rush show April 19th at This Ain't Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton, ON. They'll also be recording some more tunes after the 2011 leg of the Time Machine tour. David talks about the songs and his collaboration with Lifeson came about in this January post on his blog.

Enter Music Publishing are publishers of drum and percussion magazines worldwide including DRUM! Magazine Their annual Drummies readers poll has been gaining in popularity year after year and in 2010 had over 6500 ballots cast. Voting for this year's Drummies opened last month and you can place your vote until May 1st at this link. Voting has been strong so far with over 4600 ballots cast. Neil Peart has won Drummer of the Year multiple times including the last four years running along with many other awards. This year Enter Music Publishing is having its 20th anniversary and in celebration launched a Drummies Hall Of Fame where Neil Peart along with 10 other famous drummers who have won 5 or more total Drummie awards were inducted. Hall of Fame members are no longer eligible to win in the category for which they were inducted, so Neil Peart can no longer win in the Drummer of the Year category. He can still win in any of the other categories though, so go vote for Neil!

Rocker Sammy Hagar was recently interviewed for the A.V. Club (thanks Will C) to discuss his new book Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock and at one point mentioned a hypothetical band involving him, Sting and Neil Peart to help illustrate a point.

... I'm a songwriter. I've got ideas in the closet that just didn't work out with my band, that I think, "This is a great idea, it's just the wrong guys." Like if I were playing with Sting and Neil Peart, this song would be great, you know what I mean? ...

Could this be the next supergroup? ;) In chapter 11 of Red (titled Father's Day) Hagar talks a bit about Rush and manager Ray Danniels. Ray was once married to Alex Van Halen's sister-in-law and Sammy partially blames Ray for Van Halen's breakup as outlined in this Guitars 101 forum post.

Anthony Paterra of Pittsburgh-based, prog-rock duo Zombi was recently interviewed by Greg Prato for Ugo.com and had the following to say when asked if Moving Pictures was Rush's best album:

As far as the band fully realizing their sound, and crafting excellent songs, yes. But I am one of those hardcore fans that can argue Hemispheres or even Power Windows as better in many ways.

The Foo Fighters just released a new documentary called Foo Fighters Back and Forth. Towards the end of the movie Dave Grohl is describing the different sounds and techniques each guitarist brings to the Foo Fighters. When Dave mentions Chris Shiflett it cuts to him playing the guitar riff from Rush's The Spirit Of Radio (thanks Nicholas G). The new Foo Fighters single Rope has been garnering many comparisons to Rush since even before its release back on March 1st. In a recent Foo Fighters interview with MTV debuting the video for Rope drummer Taylor Hawkins joked about the drum pattern in the chorus of the song saying he had thrown a Neil Peart lick in and then went on to say:

I owe Neil Peart a lot of money for the chorus of Rope. I'm splitting my royalties on that song with Neil Peart.

You can watch the video from this portion of the interview at this link.

Big Picture, Big Sound had fun with their recent review of Denon's 2112 (AVR-2112CI) home theater receiver, making several Rush comments and references due to the 2112 model number. Their review is titled Denon's 2112 (AVR-2112CI): Rush Fans, Your Home Theater Receiver Has Arrived and begins as follows:

A high-powered metallic beast screams with excitement and fury while deftly plucking digital images and music from the ether, immersing you in a wash of crystal clear sound. No, I'm not talking about a red Barchetta, or a gleaming alloy air car, or even an antique electric guitar found deep inside a cave. I'm talking about Denon's new 2112 receiver, unveiled to the world at a press event yesterday. ...

A recent Huffington Post article by Jeffrey Smalls on the subject of religion and conformity uses Rush's Subdivisions to help illustrate a point:

... A few months ago I attended a concert of my favorite band from high school, who I last saw sometime in the mid-1980s: the progressive rock group Rush. As I was singing along (with a bunch of other middle-age white guys) to the song "Subdivisions," I was struck by the following lyrics: "Nowhere is the dreamer or misfit so alone. Subdivisions -- in the high school halls, in the shopping malls. Conform or be cast out. Subdivisions -- in the basement bars, in the backs of cars. Be cool or be cast out." The song is about the pressures we experience in our society to conform, from the peer pressure we face in school to the suburbs we live in as adults. ...

Thanks to anim8nate for the heads up.

This past Tuesday, April 12th marked the 30th anniversary of the historic first launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia. This was a special day in Rush history as the band had the honor of witnessing this spectacular event. This excerpt from the Jon Collins Rush biography, Chemistry discusses the experience:

... On April 10, a day off, the band took a jaunt to the Kennedy Space Center to watch the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia, invited by NASA director Gerry Griffin. Due to computer problems the launch had to be postponed until two days later, when the band was playing Fort Worth in Texas, but nothing was going to prevent the threesome from attending. "It was an amazing thing, an amazing sight to witness," said Alex, who watched with the others from the viewing area called Red Sector A. "I've never heard anything so loud in my life. Your pants are flapping, you could feel the ground vibrating and this was three miles away. That's the closest you could get." "Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Neil. As a token of their appreciation, the band planned on the spot to write a song about the experience. They made it to the Texas gig - just!

The song ended up being titled Countdown and was the last track on the album Signals. The dedication for the song reads: Dedicated with thanks to astronauts Young & Crippen and all the people of NASA for their inspiration and cooperation. They also made a video for the song which includes footage of the launch. You can watch it below or at this link.

Speaking of Countdown... T minus 8 hours until the Time Machine Tour gets captured on video for Rush's next live DVD. Have a great weekend!

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Cleveland Plain Dealer talks with Geddy Lee, Donna Halper ahead of tonight's show
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The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a series of articles on Rush in today's edition including interviews with Geddy Lee and with Donna Halper. The Geddy Lee interview focuses on Rush and their history with the city of Cleveland, the place where they first got their big break back in 1974 and where they have decided to film their first full length live concert DVD in the US:

... "[Cleveland] was enormous for us," singer-bassist Geddy Lee said of the early support. As a token of their undying appreciation, Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart are filming their concert tonight at The Q for a future DVD release. "It feels like full circle to me," Lee said, checking in by phone from a tour stop in Florida. "We realized after all these years that we've shot films in all these different locations. But we've never really shot an entire film in America. We thought, 'Well, that's just wrong.' So where do we want to shoot? And it dawned on me that it was appropriate to shoot in Cleveland, where our entire American adventure began." The band got its big break here in 1974, when Donna Halper, a disc jockey and music director at WMMMS FM/100.7, added the Rush song "Working Man" to the influential radio station's playlist. "I don't think we would've had a record deal if it hadn't been for Donna Halper at WMMS playing 'Working Man' and some other songs from our first album," said Lee, 57. ...

Donna Halper will be a special guest of the band for tonight's show. It will be Halper's first time back in Cleveland since she left WMMS back in 1975. Donna spoke with the Plain Dealer's John Soeder about how she helped discover Rush as the program director at WMMS back in 1974:

... When DJs needed a break, they would put on what was known as a "bathroom song," for obvious reasons. "As the music director, whether I had to go or not wasn't the issue," Halper said during a phone interview. "I had to think about my DJs. I was always looking for long songs that were also good songs, so they could do what they had to do." The Boston native moved here to join WMMS in 1973. The following year, a friend sent her an import record by a Canadian group that she'd never heard of. "As soon as I dropped the needle on 'Working Man,' I knew this was a perfect record for Cleveland," she said. "It was a working-class town. . . . I remember a city where Republic Steel would literally light the sky on fire at night with pollution." Phones at the radio station were lighting up, too, with requests for Rush. The buzz soon led to a record deal for the band, which singled out Halper for special thanks in the liner notes of its self-titled debut album. ...

Geddy also gives the Plain Dealer a track-by-track breakdown of Moving Pictures in this article. Here's Geddy's take on fan favorite The Camera Eye:

"For me, it didn't age very well. That's one of the reasons that it didn't make it into our show for so long. Doing the album in its entirety enabled us to revisit it. And I have to say, rather sheepishly, that I've found myself really loving playing that song every night. Sometimes when you go back and play it the way you play nowadays, you reinvigorate the song."

The newspaper also has a feature titled Why isn't Rush in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? where they speak with fan and riab reader Todd Walterspaugh, who is organizing a protest of sorts in front of the Rock Hall today at 3PM:

... To make their displeasure known, some fans plan to gather at 3 p.m. today outside the Rock Hall. Don't expect picket signs or torches, though. This promises to be more of an edgy photo op than a full-blown protest rally. Organizer Todd Walterspaugh of Galesburg, Mich., used Facebook to spread the word about the show of support for Rush. He expects 100 fans to pose for a group photo with a large banner that depicts Rush's "starman" logo mooning the Rock Hall logo, with the hall itself as a backdrop. "Rush deserves to be inducted," Walterspaugh said. "For a lot of fans, it's past due." ...

And here's Geddy's take on the whole Rock Hall fiasco:

... "From a fan's point of view, I totally get it, because there's nothing like championing your team," he said. "When you feel that there's been some injustice, you take it personally. I get that. "But for me, being in the band, it just seems unseemly to get too involved in that whole discussion. It's something that we have no control over. If it happens one day, that would be great. And if it doesn't, my life is not going to stop. It's going to carry on just fine."

Rush plays tonight at Quicken Loans Arena at 7:30PM. Thanks to Matt for the heads up.

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Rush Time Machine Tour makes Billboard Hot Tours list
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 4/15@10:59AM: NOTE: I have also updated the tour page with all the official attendance numbers through the Madison Square Garden show. Florida, Hershey and MSG were all sellouts!

Rush's 2011 Time Machine Tour has landed the #3 spot in this week's Billboard Hot Tours rankings:

Canadian rock band Rush ranks third in the Hot Tours rankings with the initial totals of 2011 reported for the Time Machine Tour that originally kicked off last summer. The 2010 schedule wrapped last October in South America, but following a winter break, the tour resumed with a sold out performance on March 30 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. The first six concerts from the 2011 itinerary were reported during the past week by tour promoter Live Nation Global Touring, and the top gross and attendance numbers among these venues came from Madison Square Garden. The band drew a sellout crowd of 13,207 to the New York City arena on April 10 grossing $1.2 million.

Tonight's show in Cleveland also looks to be a sellout although there's no official word yet. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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[Rush kicks off rehearsals for the 2011 Time Machine Tour]
[Rush to film April 15th show at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland]

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Rush: A Brief History of Time, Part VII
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Rush: A Brief History of TimeJohn at Cygnus-X1.net recently posted the seventh installment of his Rush: A Brief History of Time series where he compiles scans and transcriptions of old Rush articles. You can check this latest batch out at this link. Also be sure to check out his chronological listing of all the collected articles from the series at the bottom of the page. This batch contains 35 new articles and advertisements from years past, including seven entries from the 1970's and twenty-one entries from the 1980's which are primarily focused around the release of Permanent Waves. A single entry from the 1990's along with four from the 2000's and two from 2010 round out this edition. I've featured a few of the articles on this site, but the vast majority are new and definitely worth checking out. Thanks John!

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Premier Guitars talks with Alex Lifeson guitar tech Scott Appleton
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Premier Guitar magazine's Rebecca Dirks spoke with Alex Lifeson's guitar tech Scott Appleton on location at the United Center in Chicago Tuesday about the gear Lifeson is using on Rush's 2011 Time Machine tour. Appleton shows off all Lifeson's gear, including a couple of Gibson Les Paul Axcess Signature models, his white ES-355, a Fender reissue '52 Tele, two '90s PRS models, his Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MKII Alex Lifeson Signature heads, Steam Punk Statesman 2x12 Cabinets, and a Hughes & Kettner Coreblade. The 12-minute-plus video interview was posted online to the Premier Guitar website earlier today and you can check it out below or at this link (thanks cabalaska).

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Moving Pictures reenters the Billboard 200 ... again - at #51 this time!
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The Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound 30th anniversary deluxe edition hit stores a couple of weeks ago and shot its way back into the Billboard 200 at #137 for the week of April 9th thanks to a slew of pre-orders. Then it promptly fell off the charts for the following week of April 16th. But it wasn't done yet! Billboard just released their chart for the week of April 23rd (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net) and Moving Pictures is back once again - this time it has moved all the way up to #51! Quite an amazing feat for an album that released over 30 years ago. Initial reviews of the remix have been very positive; Big Picture, Big Sound gave it their highest rating of 4 stars: Outstanding. You can read all the details and find out about some other reviews in this post. The CD+DVD version of the Moving Pictures remix is available via multiple retailers but the CD+Blu-ray is only being sold exclusively through Best Buy for the first 30 days; other retailers will have the Blu-ray version on May 3rd. In addition to the 5.1 remix, the deluxe edition contains an extensive gallery with previously unreleased photos from the original recording sessions, new liner notes by music journalist David Fricke and 30th anniversary artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme. You can get more details regarding the Moving Pictures deluxe edition in this post and order your copy at Amazon (CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray).

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[Moving Pictures 5.1 remix liner notes and images now online]
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[Rush's Moving Pictures reenters the Billboard 200 at #137]
[Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition trailer, contest]
[First review in for the Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix]

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Alex Lifeson interview from the Toledo Free Press
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[Interview: Rush brings 'Moving Pictures' to Toledo]

An article previewing last night's show in Toledo was published last week in the Toledo Free Press. The article contains several interview snippets with Alex Lifeson where he discusses the tour, Moving Pictures and the upcoming Clockwork Angels album:

... Lifeson said the band has nine songs in various stages of completion for the new CD. At this point, the CD is shaping up to be a musically varied work. "There is the epic song, 'Clockwork Angels,' which is really taking shape. It's a multiparted piece, very dynamic," the guitarist said. "Then there's some stuff that's very melodic and on the softer side, on acoustic, with a strong melody. So there's great diversity there." ...

You can read the entire article/interview at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Toledo open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 4/16@11:30PM: Here's a gallery of photos posted at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 4/14@11:44AM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website. Here's a review from the Toledo Blade (thanks leafreak).

Rush will play in Toledo, Ohio tonight for stop #8 on the 2011 Time Machine Tour for the first time in 20 years. They last played there on November 16, 1991 at John F. Savage Hall on the University of Toledo campus on the Roll the Bones tour. Tonight's show had originally been scheduled for last Wednesday, April 6th but was pushed back a week due to some schedule shuffling. To everybody going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 13th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 8
Venue: Huntington Center
Place: Toledo, OH

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Neil Peart interview with KLOS's Jim Ladd now online
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[Interview: Jim Ladd & Neil Peart]

Last month KLOS radio show DJ Jim Ladd interviewed Neil Peart to discuss the Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition among other subjects. The interview aired last Thursday, April 7th on Jim Ladd's radio show and was just made available online today at this link (thanks RushFanForever). Neil also recently conducted an extensive 55-minute video interview for the launch of the new interactive online drumming magazine iDrum where he is featured on the cover. You can check out iDrum and Neil's complete interview at this link. And we are still awaiting word on when Neil's recent interview for the CBC's Strombo (formerly The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos) will air.

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Alex Lifeson on the Cleveland DVD, Rock Hall in new interview
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011[A retro Rush Supergroup goes back in time]

There's a new Alex Lifeson interview in today's Youngstown Vindicator ahead of this weekend's Rush concert in Cleveland. Alex speaks about the Rush documentary, touring with KISS, Moving Pictures, and their choice to film their next live DVD in the Rock Hall City of Cleveland.

Q. As the documentary mentions, Cleveland and WMMS-FM 100.7 played a large role in breaking you in America. Is that the reason why you chose to film the Rock Hall City's show?

A. We wanted to definitely do a documentary of this tour, and the fact we were playing all of "Moving Pictures" was really the important part. We wanted to do it in the States. We hadn't done one in America yet of all the live DVDs we've done, and when Cleveland came up it was like a no-brainer. We said we have to do it in Cleveland. That's where it all started.

Q. Another component to Northeast Ohio is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which next year will host its induction ceremony in Cleveland. It would be quite apropos if both Rush, and Kiss for that matter, were inducted. Speaking to your band, why has the Hall ignored Rush for all of these years?

A. Well, you know, we don't really think about it that much. I think our fans are very slighted by our exclusion by the Hall of Fame but it's somebody else's thing and they can put whoever they want in there. It doesn't really mean a lot to us at the end of the day. I'd be happy for our fans but for me personally, it doesn't change my life in any way.

Q. Just as the documentary suggested that Rush has always been on the outside looking in, perhaps it's fitting you aren't in the Rock Hall.

A. Yeah, I think so too. We're not part of that mainstream, so I think I prefer it that way, to be honest.

Rush plays at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland this coming Friday, April 15th and will be filming the show for their first live concert video shot entirely in the US.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Chicago open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 4/14@11:42AM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

Sorry for the late post! Busy afternoon. Rush brings the Time Machine Tour to the Windy City tonight to play the United Center in Chicago. To everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 12th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 7
Venue: United Center
Place: Chicago, IL

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New Rush video interview backstage from Madison Square Garden
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RollingStone.com posted a new video interview with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee earlier today that was conducted backstage at the Madison Square Garden show on Sunday. The interview focuses on the Moving Pictures album, runs about 7 minutes long and also contains a few snippets of live footage from the show. You can check it out below or at this link. Thanks to Timinety and hermy for the heads up.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition initial reviews
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The Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound 30th anniversary deluxe edition hit stores last Tuesday and the initial reviews have been very positive. Big Picture, Big Sound gave it their highest rating of 4 stars: Outstanding:

... If Moving Pictures is a harbinger of things to come, I plan on repurchasing every single release because listening to this collection of seven tracks in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 has been a revelation; and annoyance to my wife who is decidedly sick of hearing "YYZ" at this point. The 96K 24-bit recording has so much more information, it is like you are listening to this album for the first time. Universal has included a 24-bit PCM 2.0 recording, PCM 5.1 surround mix, and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track; every one sounds spectacular in its own unique way. ...

Their only criticism was the quality of the 3 bonus videos:

... Moving Pictures is really a Blu-ray audio disc, but there are three videos included which deserve mentioning. The picture quality of the videos is downright awful, but the video for "Vital Signs" falls into the category of "previously unreleased" which will please die-hard fans. I may be wrong -- but I could swear that the "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight" videos look significantly cleaner on past Rush video releases. The picture is very grainy, and the colors look very washed out; take a look at Neil Peart's shirt. Need more Calgon. The videos are clearly bonus content, but Universal could have done a better job with these considering the step-up in sound quality. ...

The man behind the mix - Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki - posted the Big Picture, Big Sound review to his blog earlier today along with one from David McWilliams at avsforums.com and another from Glassdream at Mike Portnoy's forum. Both of these reviewers were just as wowed by the remix as Sound & Vision Magazine editor-in-chief Mike Mettler, who gave the following first impressions a couple of weeks ago via Chycki's blog:

.. "First impressions: W-O-W. It's going to be really, really HARD to ever listen to this album "only" in stereo ever again! THIS is what surround was built for, so to speak ... Living inside it and loving it! ... Everyone needs to know how GREAT this 5.1 mix is!"

... "One of my favorite albums of all time is now better than ever. I look forward to listening to it again and again and getting more out of it each time I do ... Each song has its own individual sense of space ... It's such a rewarding listening experience."

Wow definitely seems to be the common theme among all of the reviews so far. So what do you think? Please let us know in the comments.

The CD+DVD version of the Moving Pictures remix is available via multiple retailers but the CD+Blu-ray is only being sold exclusively through Best Buy for the first 30 days; other retailers will have the Blu-ray version on May 3rd. In celebration of the release, Sound & Vision editor-in-chief Mike Mettler put together a 2-part series on Rush and their journey towards embracing the 5.1 format titled Rush: The Fountain of Surround (part 1, part 2). Pre-orders of the Moving Pictures deluxe edition pushed Moving Pictures back into the Billboard 200 after 30 years; it made a fleeting appearance at #137 for the week of April 9th but is now off the charts once again. In addition to the 5.1 remix, the deluxe edition contains an extensive gallery with previously unreleased photos from the original recording sessions, new liner notes by music journalist David Fricke and 30th anniversary artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme. John at Cygnus-X1.net has scanned these images and liner notes and put them online. You can check out the liner notes at this link and all the images here. John is also holding a contest to give away five copies of the CD/DVD version in celebration of the release. The first 2 winners have already been selected and John will be giving 3 more DVDs away; one each Friday for the next 3 weeks. To enter just go to this link. You can get more details regarding the Moving Pictures deluxe edition in this post and order your copy at Amazon (CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray).

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[Richard Chycki on the future of Rush's catalog in 5.1]
[Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition release]
[Rush's Moving Pictures reenters the Billboard 200 at #137]
[Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition trailer, contest]
[First review in for the Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix]

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: New York open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 4/28@9:02AM: Here's a review from JamBands.com and a photo gallery from Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 4/13@11:20AM: Here's a great review from Earvolution.com.

UPDATE - 4/12@1:10PM: Here's a backstage interview with Geddy and Alex from RollingStone.com. And here's Eddie Trunk's brief take on the show (thanks twon):

... Rush were amazing last night at MSG. A perfect example of a band that is close to 40 years in, still the same guys, still at the top of their game. They have lost nothing! One of the most talented trios in history and such a cool connection with their audience which was a packed house last night. Songs from all eras including all of Moving Pictures, cool stage show, amazing sound. Just amazing. Long live Rush, and FUCK THE R&R HALL! ...

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UPDATE - 4/12@8:06AM: Here's a photo gallery from Time Out New York (thanks Hemispheres2008).

UPDATE - 4/11@7:29PM: Here's a 5-star review from examiner.com (thanks Robert M).

UPDATE - 4/11@7:08PM: Here's a review from the MSN.com Headbang blog (thanks Robert M).

UPDATE - 4/11@4:42PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

UPDATE - 4/11@4:35PM: As I'd mentioned in Friday's Rush updates post, Rush and the New York Knicks were the subject of a joke on the Late Show with David Letterman last Wednesday. Dave mentioned how the Knicks made the playoffs and then showed a mock commercial where the announcer says:

The New York Knicks are NBA playoff bound. Since no one expected this, Madison Square Garden booked Rush (show brief video of Rush in concert) during the first round of the playoffs. So catch all the Knicks action at the Temple Beth Shalom rec center in Edison, NJ ...

You can watch the video at this link about 2 and a half minutes into Dave's monologue (thanks ishness).

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UPDATE - 4/11@1:04PM: Former professional baseball pitcher Curt Schilling also attended last night's show and tweeted the following (thanks Greg):

Just an amazing concert! They sound as good as they did 26 years ago and Geddy thanked me for helping him to multiple fantasy titles:)

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UPDATE - 4/11@12:56PM: Here's a short little review from Sound & Vision editor-in-chief Mike Mettler.

UPDATE - 4/11@11:01AM: Several folks report that legendary music industry veteran Cliff Burnstein was in attendance last night. Cliff was instrumental in getting Rush signed in the early days and makes an appearance in the Rush documentary.

UPDATE - 4/11@7:04AM: DJ Eddie Trunk was at the show and was live-tweeting throughout. He mentioned that actor Paul Rudd (from I Love You Man) was sitting behind him (thanks Santos).

UPDATE - 4/10@3:17PM: Here's a preview article from NorthJersey.com that reports that the show is sold out (thanks Sean). However, I just went on Ticketmaster and a floor seat popped up for me. Maybe they added some rows at the last minute? Whatever. Get them while you still can!

Rush brings the Time Machine Tour to the Big Apple tonight to play Madison Square Garden in New York City. These days it's hard to tell until after the fact, but it looks like it will be a sellout or close to it. Although as of this post, seats are still sporadically popping up on Ticketmaster. To everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Sunday, April 10th @ 8PM
Show Number: 6
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Place: New York, NY

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Hershey open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 4/14@6:31PM: Here's a review from Jambase.com.

UPDATE - 4/9@9:57PM: Here's a photo gallery from The Morning Call (thanks Digital Rivendell).

UPDATE - 4/9@12:33PM: Here's a great big gallery of photos courtesy John over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 4/9@10:52AM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

Rush hits the Giant Center in Hershey, PA tonight for show #5. Here's a preview article from Lancaster online (thanks livestarmark). To everybody going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Friday, April 8th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 5
Venue: Giant Center
Place: Hershey, PA

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011Rush's 2011 Time Machine Tour is now in full swing. Over the past week they've played shows in Greensboro, Nashville and Louisville and will be hitting the Giant Center in Hershey, PA tonight. After that it's on to the Big Apple to play Madison Square Garden on Sunday, and on Tuesday and Wednesday they'll play in Chicago and Toledo respectively. The Madison Square Garden show looks to be a sell out or close to it. It even garnered enough attention to get a mention on the Late Show with David Letterman earlier this week. Dave made some joke about nobody ever thinking the New York Knicks would make the playoffs so they booked Rush to play the Garden all week (thanks Rushguy). Then next Friday it's the big show in Cleveland which they'll be filming for an upcoming live DVD. Today's Wall Street Journal has an article (subscription required) on the summer concert scene which mentions Rush's tour as being one of the successful standouts (thanks PhillyMike):

... Demand appears to be strong for acts including Rihanna (touring with singer Cee-Lo Green), Sade (with John Legend) and Rush (performing its "Moving Pictures" album song-by-song), according to Seatgeek.com, a ticket search engine that monitors inventory and prices across the secondary market. ...

The guys also seem to be taking out some time to enjoy themselves while on tour. From The Miami Herald (thanks RushFanForever):

Following their Wednesday night show at BankAtlantic Center, members of Rush had dinner Thursday night at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink. Vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart were seen sitting outdoors enjoying the food and scenery.

And here's a humorous video (thanks Brian D) depicting an I Love You Man-esque scene of a male Rush fan rocking out at the Nashville show while his reluctant significant other rolls her eyes. :)

As I'd mentioned last week, folks have begun receiving their 2011 Time Machine Tour VIP ticket package swag. Here's a great photo of the package contents courtesy RestlessOldRomantic. Reader DaveTinNY compared the new tour shirt contained in the package with his original Moving Pictures tour shirt and took this photo.

Rush Meet & GreetIn addition to the weekly meet-n-greet contest that I told you about a couple weeks ago, the Rush Backstage Club is now running a contest to win a trip to Austin, TX to see Rush along with tickets, a meet-n-greet, hotel, airfare and spending money! It's open to residents of the US and Canada and you can enter here. There's also a contest specifically for our fellow European Rush fans. European residents can win a trip to Frankfurt, Germany to see Rush along with tickets, a meet-n-greet, hotel, airfare and a package of swag! Just go to this link to enter.

The Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound 30th anniversary deluxe edition hit stores this past Tuesday. The CD+DVD version is available via multiple retailers but the CD+Blu-ray is only being sold exclusively through Best Buy for the first 30 days; other retailers will have the Blu-ray version on May 3rd. In celebration of the release, Sound & Vision editor-in-chief Mike Mettler (who has already had great things to say about the remix) put together a 2-part series on Rush and their journey towards embracing the 5.1 format titled Rush: The Fountain of Surround (part 1, part 2). Pre-orders of the Moving Pictures deluxe edition pushed Moving Pictures back into the Billboard 200 after 30 years; it made a fleeting appearance at #137 for the week of April 9th but is now off the charts once again. Reader Jaybird also let me know that Billboard recently ran a piece on the 30th anniversary of Chart Beat which mentions Rush. In addition to the 5.1 remix, the deluxe edition contains an extensive gallery with previously unreleased photos from the original recording sessions, new liner notes by music journalist David Fricke and 30th anniversary artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme. John at Cygnus-X1.net has scanned these images and liner notes and put them online. You can check out the liner notes at this link and all the images here. John is also holding a contest to give away five copies of the CD/DVD version in celebration of the release. The first winner was selected last Friday, April 1st (congrats Mike Markiewicz of Riverview, Michigan!). John will be giving 4 more away; one each Friday for the next 4 weeks beginning today. To enter just go to this link. FYE.com is also giving away 5 autographed Rush Moving Pictures posters in celebration of the release. You can get more details regarding the Moving Pictures deluxe edition in this post and order your copy at Amazon (CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray).

The 30th anniversary of Moving Pictures has been getting a lot of attention of late due to the release of the deluxe edition, but another classic Rush album also recently celebrated an impressive milestone. About 35 years ago back sometime in late March or April of 1976 (the exact date seems to have been lost to history), Rush released their breakthrough 2112 album. This album was Rush's first commercial success and their first album to reach Gold status. Its success ultimately gave them the artistic freedom they needed to create a string of innovative albums in the late 70's, culminating with their most commercially successful album - 1981's Moving Pictures. Happy anniversary 2112! It's very likely that if Rush continues down the 5.1 road this album will be the next to get the 5.1 treatment. Although according to my current poll most folks would prefer Hemispheres be the next Rush album with a 5.1 mix. 2112 is a close second though.

Neil Peart's recent interview with Jim Ladd aired last night on Ladd's KLOS radio show. I was not able to listen to the interview and it's not clear whether it will be available online at some point. If you were able to listen to the interview and have anything to report, please let us know. Neil also recently conducted an extensive 55-minute video interview for the launch of the new interactive online drumming magazine iDrum where he is featured on the cover. You can check out iDrum and Neil's complete interview at this link. And we are still awaiting word on when Neil's recent interview for the CBC's Strombo (formerly The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos) will air.

Neil Peart's 5th full-length book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time was released this past weekend. The original release date had been given as May 1st but the Rush Backstage Club, Amazon and other retailers began shipping it last Friday. Neil spoke at length about the book in the most recent update at NeilPeart.net as well as in the recent interviews mentioned above. According to the official sellsheet (PDF 180KB) the regular hardcover edition is 8x10", 260 pages, with 4-color throughout and 150 photos. You can purchase your copy at this link. Back in early February the Rush Backstage Club began taking orders for a limited edition hardcover edition of the book priced at $74.99 and immediately sold out all 500 copies within just 1 day. Reader Andrew W purchased one of the limited edition copies and was kind enough to take some photos of it which you can check out by clicking on the thumbnails above. Neil's book gets a mention in the April edition of Spin magazine in the Spin 20 pop culture rankings at #2 (thanks vapor trailer):

Rush drummer Neil Peart's book Far and Away, a compilation of four years' worth of blog entries: Sounds lazy at first, until you realize it was written in 11/8 time.

April, 2011 Bass GuitarGeddy Lee appears on the cover of the April, 2011 issue of Bass Guitar magazine for a feature titled The 65 Basses You Must Play where Geddy reveals the No. 1 bass You Must Play.

The Rush Fan Film Project website recently posted a 20-minute video interview with radio historian/consultant and Rush discoverer Donna Halper. You can watch the interview at this link.

A few weeks ago the folks at RushCon announced the location and dates for this year's convention which has been cleverly dubbed RushCon X1. RushCon 2011 will take place the weekend of June 24-25th at the MGM Grand/Hooters Hotel in Las Vegas and coincide with the Rush concert on June 24th. More details were revealed a few days ago and registration is now open. For all the event details check out this link, and go here to register.

Ranger J at The Rush Forum recently purchased a copy of the book Neu Sex by famous adult film star Sasha Grey. Each of the pictured sections of the book are introduced by a line of lyrics, followed by her thoughts on a particular topic. Interestingly enough, one section is introduced by the lyrics to the chorus of Rush's Freewill: I will choose a path that's clear, I will choose freewill.

John at Cygnus-X1.net let me know about this ESPN article on Cubs manager Mike Quade talking about how he takes the train into work:

"I had a coat on and a hat that was given to me, says 'Rush' -- the rock band," Quade said. "Everybody knows that I'm a huge Led Zeppelin and Rush fan."

Reader RushFanForever let me know that last month JustPressPlay.com compiled their list of the Top 100 Artists of the Last 50 Years and Rush came in at #94.

Reader Dr. Tae just developed a fun Rush-related iPhone app called Not-YYZ. It'll play musical morse code like the opening of YYZ for any other 3-letter combination. You can check it out at this link.

Here's a small gallery of some great photos of Rush taken at an outdoor Calgary concert back in 1975 (thanks Power Windows).

As many of you may know, Geddy Lee's brother Allan Weinrib has been involved with Rush's concert video productions for some time now, including the current Time Machine Tour. He specifically was involved with the video and visuals on display during Rush's performance of Caravan. Excerpts of this video along with a wide-angle concert performance video of Rush playing Caravan are now available online at this link (thanks MickAv8r):

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

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More Rush Backstage Club contests: win a trip to see Rush!
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Rush Meet & GreetIn addition to the weekly meet-n-greet contest that I told you about a couple weeks ago, the Rush Backstage Club is now running a contest to win a trip to Austin, TX to see Rush along with tickets, a meet-n-greet, hotel, airfare, swag and spending money! From the website:

Hey residents of Canada and The United States, here is your chance to win the ULTIMATE Rush prize package. Enter for your chance to win a trip for two to Austin, Texas to see Rush live in concert on June 12th, 2011 (flight, hotels, two concert tickets and spending money included!), participate in a meet and greet with members of Rush and get a sweet Rush Backstage swag package valued at $250 USD. To be entered in our draw, all you have to do is enter the contest form below and be a resident of Canada or the USA. Contest closes April 30th. Our system only accepts one entry per email address and use of automated devices to enter is strictly prohibited.

US and Canada residents just need to go to this link to enter. There's also a contest specifically for our fellow European Rush fans. European residents can win a trip to Frankfurt, Germany to see Rush along with tickets, a meet-n-greet, hotel, airfare and a package of swag! From the website:

Hey residents of Europe, here is your chance to win the ULTIMATE Rush prize package. Enter for your chance to win a trip for two to Frankfurt, Germany to see Rush live in concert on May 29th, 2011 (flight and hotel included!), meet members of the band, and get a sweet Rush Backstage swag package valued at $250 USD. To be entered in the draw, please fill in the contest form below. Remember, to be eligible you must be a resident of Europe. Contest closes April 30th. Our system accepts only one entry per email address. Use of automated devices to enter this contest is strictly prohibited.

European residents just go to this link to enter. Thanks to ReGorLaTroy) for the heads up.

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Moving Pictures 5.1 remix liner notes and images now online
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The Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound 30th anniversary deluxe edition hit stores this past Tuesday. In addition to the 5.1 remix, the package contains an extensive gallery with previously unreleased photos from the original recording sessions, new liner notes by music journalist David Fricke and 30th anniversary artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme. John at Cygnus-X1.net has scanned the images and liner notes and put them online. You can check out the liner notes at this link and all the images here. You can get more details regarding the Moving Pictures deluxe edition in this post and order your copy at Amazon (CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray).

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[Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition release]
[Rush's Moving Pictures reenters the Billboard 200 at #137]
[Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition trailer, contest]
[First review in for the Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix]
[Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix Blu-ray release update]
[Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix Blu-ray release delayed]
[Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix details from Rush.com]
[Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix available for pre-order]
[Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix to be released April 5th]
[Richard Chycki on the Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix]
[Alex Lifeson on UK digital radio station Planet Rock today]

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

RushCon 2011 event and registration details
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A few weeks ago the folks at RushCon announced the location and dates for this year's convention which has been cleverly dubbed RushCon X1. RushCon 2011 will take place the weekend of June 24-25th at the MGM Grand/Hooters Hotel in Las Vegas and coincide with the Rush concert on June 24th. More details were revealed a few days ago and registration is now open. From the RushCon website:

The Friday night concert afterparty will be THE place to be after the Rush concert at MGM. Capacity is limited on this one, and it will sell out quick.

Saturdays convention day will be filled with all the fun and games you have come to expect at RushCon. 1 brand new team game, "We Draw Our Own Designs," and then the now classic, "Words of the Profits" will be resurrected to decide which team is the champ. We are super excited to be presenting an exclusive multi-media show, "Freeze This Moment" featuring 3D photography, captured from beyond the front row at a couple Rush concerts. I am sure you will see some familiar faces on the screen. (Perhaps your own?) The images will jump off the screen as if you were at live show. And yes, you will get your own 3D glasses. We round out the day with our Charity Auction, which will feature super rare and collectible Rush gems. There will be other surprise yet to be announced. We really hope to see you all there!...

For all the event details check out this link, and go here to register.

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New Donna Halper interview from the Rush Fan Film Project
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The Rush Fan Film Project website has posted a 20-minute video interview with radio historian/consultant and Rush discoverer Donna Halper. From the site:

We are honored to have, as our first guest in this series of interviews, one of the very first and most important fans of Rush, Donna Halper.

As most of you know, Donna is credited with discovering Rush. What many people may not know is she's also an accomplished author, educator and media historian who recently successfully defended her dissertation for her Phd.

Late in 2010, Donna took some time from writing her most recent book on the history of Boston radio (which has since been released) as well as her dissertation and graciously invited us to her home outside of Boston to discuss that little Canadian band. She's an amazing storyteller and I would highly recommend going to see her speak if she's ever in your town. We trimmed our discussion down to under 20 minutes, though it easily could have been over an hour.

I hope this video will not only be an informative look at Donna Halper, but also serve as a tribute to an amazing woman.

You can watch the interview below or at this link. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Geddy Lee featured in April issue of Bass Guitar magazine
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April, 2011 Bass GuitarGeddy Lee appears on the cover of the April, 2011 issue of Bass Guitar magazine for a feature titled The 65 Basses You Must Play where Geddy reveals the No. 1 bass You Must Play. You can get more information at bassguitarmagazine.com. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Neil Peart interview with KLOS's Jim Ladd to air on tomorrow's show
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A few weeks ago KLOS radio show DJ Jim Ladd interviewed Neil Peart for close to 2 hours to discuss the Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition among other subjects. KLOS just announced yesterday that the interview will air this coming Thursday, April 7th on Jim Ladd's radio show which runs from 10PM-2AM PST (thanks SoCal JP). Neil also recently conducted an extensive 55-minute video interview for the launch of the new interactive online drumming magazine iDrum where he is featured on the cover. You can check out iDrum and Neil's complete interview at this link. And we are still awaiting word on when Neil's recent interview for the CBC's Strombo (formerly The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos) will air.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Richard Chycki on the future of Rush's catalog in 5.1
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UPDATE - 4/5@4:22PM: FYE.com is giving away 5 autographed Rush Moving Pictures posters in celebration of the release (thanks Power Windows).

[Rush: The Fountain of Surround]
[Rush's Fountain of Surround, Part 2: Moving Predictions]

The Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound 30th anniversary deluxe edition hit stores today. The CD+DVD version is available via multiple retailers but the CD+Blu-ray is only being sold exclusively through Best Buy for the first 30 days; other retailers will have the Blu-ray version on May 3rd. In celebration of the release, Sound & Vision editor-in-chief Mike Mettler (who has already had great things to say about the remix) put together an article yesterday titled Rush: The Fountain of Surround where he chronicles Rush's decade-long journey toward embracing the 5.1 format by compiling bits of interviews he's done with the band over the past several years. Today he posted part 2 of his Rush feature - Rush's Fountain of Surround, Part 2: Moving Predictions. In this installment he unearthed an unpublished interview he'd conducted with Rush sound engineer Richard Chycki back in 2009 where he and Rich discuss the potential of 5.1 as it relates to Rush's back catalog. Moving Pictures is of course mentioned as a prime candidate for 5.1 and this prediction ultimately ended up coming true. But what about the rest of Rush's catalog? The article gives us a notion of what other albums from the Rush catalog might get the 5.1 treatment. 2112 is mentioned as are Caress of Steel, Hemispheres, Power Windows and Vapor Trails. Here's Rich on Caress of Steel:

... The more esoteric material would do really well, you know? Caress of Steel [1975] would be stunning to do in surround, as it's a frightfully dry record. To maintain that dryness in surround, the placement would be so critical. I think it would be a very angular project to listen to in surround because when stuff "disappears," there's so little ambience; you get that suction, with the tail flattening stuff out. Doing something like Caress in surround, with all the motion, everything would be very extreme. But it would be a treat to sit and listen to - especially at extreme volumes. ...

I could not agree more! I love that album. You can read the entire interview at this link and also be sure to check out part 1 of the installment here. And if you haven't already, be sure to vote in the current poll where I'm asking everyone which Rush album that they think should be next to get the 5.1 Surround Sound treatment. Hemispheres is currently in the lead with 2112 close behind.

As I'd mentioned over the weekend, pre-orders of the release have astonishingly already propelled Moving Pictures back into the Billboard 200 after 30 years; it's currently sitting at #137 for the week of April 9th. They even still list its peak position at #3 (this occurred back in 1981) and that it's been on the charts for 69 weeks. You can get more details regarding the Moving Pictures deluxe edition in this post and order your copy at Amazon (CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray). In celebration of the release, John at Cygnus-X1.net is holding a contest to give away five copies of the CD/DVD version. The first winner was selected this past Friday, April 1st (congrats Mike Markiewicz of Riverview, Michigan!). John will be giving 4 more away; one each Friday for the next 4 weeks. To enter just go to this link. There's also a 30-second trailer for the release which you can watch below or at this location.

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[Rush's Moving Pictures reenters the Billboard 200 at #137]
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[First review in for the Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix]
[Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix Blu-ray release update]
[Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix Blu-ray release delayed]
[Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix details from Rush.com]
[Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix available for pre-order]
[Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix to be released April 5th]
[Richard Chycki on the Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix]
[Alex Lifeson on UK digital radio station Planet Rock today]

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Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Louisville open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 4/8@9:46AM: Here's a review and photo gallery from The Courier-Journal's Jeffrey Lee Puckett.

UPDATE - 4/6@3:10PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website. Here's a review and photo gallery from WLKY.com (thanks goathunter).

Rush plays in Louisville, Kentucky this evening for the first time since they hit the Louisville Garden back on April 9th, 1988 on the Hold Your Fire tour. Jeffrey Lee Puckett of the Louisville Courier-Journal wrote an article over the weekend titled What a Rush! Unique band headed to Louisville for concert which previews the show and includes several interview snippets from fans, including yours truly. To everyone going tonight, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 5th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 4
Venue: KFC Yum! Center
Place: Louisville, KY

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition release
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The Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound 30th anniversary deluxe edition is officially released tomorrow and has already begun shipping from several retailers (some folks have even received their copies already). The CD+DVD version will be available via multiple retailers but the CD+Blu-ray is only being sold exclusively through Best Buy for the first 30 days; other retailers will have the Blu-ray version on May 3rd. In celebration of the release, Sound & Vision editor-in-chief Mike Mettler (who has already had great things to say about the remix) has put together an article titled Rush: The Fountain of Surround where he chronicles Rush's decade-long journey toward embracing the 5.1 format by compiling bits of interviews he's done with the band over the past several years. It's a very interesting read and you can check it out at this link.

As I'd mentioned over the weekend, pre-orders of the release have astonishingly already propelled Moving Pictures back into the Billboard 200 after 30 years; it's currently sitting at #137 for the week of April 9th. They even still list its peak position at #3 (this occurred back in 1981) and that it's been on the charts for 69 weeks. You can get more details regarding the Moving Pictures deluxe edition in this post and order your copy at Amazon (CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray). In celebration of the release, John at Cygnus-X1.net is holding a contest to give away five copies of the CD/DVD version. The first winner was selected this past Friday, April 1st (congrats Mike Markiewicz of Riverview, Michigan!). John will be giving 4 more away; one each Friday for the next 4 weeks. To enter just go to this link. There's also a 30-second trailer for the release which you can watch below or at this location.

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[Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix Blu-ray release delayed]
[Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix details from Rush.com]
[Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix available for pre-order]
[Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix to be released April 5th]
[Richard Chycki on the Moving Pictures 5.1 surround sound remix]
[Alex Lifeson on UK digital radio station Planet Rock today]

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Rush feature in Louisville Courier-Journal ahead of Tuesday concert
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011[What a Rush! Unique band headed to Louisville for concert]

Tomorrow night Rush will bring the Time Machine Tour to Louisville, Kentucky - playing there for the first time since they hit the Louisville Garden back on April 9th, 1988 on the Hold Your Fire tour. Jeffrey Lee Puckett of the Louisville Courier-Journal penned an article over the weekend titled What a Rush! Unique band headed to Louisville for concert which previews the show and includes several interview snippets from fans, including some yahoo named Ed Stenger:

... "Rush fans are unlike any other," said Ed Stenger, 41, an Internet programmer and Web developer from Cleveland. "There are no casual Rush fans - you love them or you don't. There's very little middle ground." ...

... Stenger said that he fell for the band because of its combination of rock, science fiction and philosophy. That was enough, but it grew into a relationship that many Rush fans share.

"Initially what attracted me to the band were the thought-provoking lyrics," he said. "It was so different from anything else I had heard. It wasn't just outside the mainstream, it was on an entirely other level.

"I later came to also appreciate the band members themselves. They are all three extremely interesting personalities and not your run-of-the-mill rock stars. I look up to and admire them as human beings, not just rock stars." ...

... "I have always taken heat from some people about my love of Rush," Stenger said, "but on the flip side I've found that more people like the band, or at least respect them, than don't. And I don't get as much heat as I used to. Rush has really exploded in the last few years. It's no longer uncool to like Rush."

I agree with that guy. :) Thanks to sjwdrummer and Scott E for the heads up.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Nashville open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 4/6@4:55AM: Here's a great review from Sterling Whitaker of Examiner.com.

UPDATE - 4/5@6:53AM: Here's a review from the Nashville Scene.

UPDATE - 4/4@4:54PM: Here's a review from American Songwriter.

UPDATE - 4/4@2:01PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

UPDATE - 4/4@11:05AM: Rumor has it that Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz - who lives just outside Nashville - was in attendance at last night's show rocking out in the 10th row (thanks eastcobb).

UPDATE - 4/4@8:56AM: Here's a nice gallery of photos courtesy reader RUSHnATL.

Rush heads to Music City, USA tonight to play the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for stop #3 on the 2011 Time Machine Tour. Here's a short preview article from The Tennessean. For everyone going to the show, have fun, stay safe and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Sunday, April 3rd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 3
Venue: Bridgestone Arena
Place: Nashville, TN

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Greensboro open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 4/10@11:30AM: Here's a review from Yes! Weekly.

UPDATE - 4/4@9:46AM: Here's a gallery of photos from wral.com (thanks analogtiger).

UPDATE - 4/4@8:54AM: Here's a great writeup on the show from Jaybird over at his blog Jaybird's Jottings.

UPDATE - 4/3@1:15PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

UPDATE - 4/3@9:43AM: Here's a great Facebook photo gallery (thanks Ron).

Rush brings the Time Machine Tour to the Greensboro Coliseum this evening - the first time Rush has played Greensboro in 25 years. The last time they were there was back on April 22nd, 1986 on the Power Windows tour. For everyone going tonight, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Saturday, April 2nd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 2
Venue: Greensboro Coliseum
Place: Greensboro, NC

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Rush's Moving Pictures reenters the Billboard 200 at #137
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Apparently Rush's Time Machine works! I think it's 1981 ... because Rush's Moving Pictures has reentered the Billboard 200 at position 137 due to the Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition release. I'm still a little confused on the timing, because the remix doesn't actually release until April 5th but the Billboard 200 is dated April 9th. Whatever - does it really matter? A 30-year old Rush album is in the Billboard 200. How cool is that? What's also cool is how they still list its peak position at #3 (this occurred back in 1981) and that it's been on the charts for 69 weeks. :) Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

Both the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition will release this coming Tuesday, April 5th. The DVD version will be available via multiple retailers but the Blu-ray will only be sold exclusively through Best Buy for the first 30 days; other retailers will have the Blu-ray version on May 3rd. You can get more details regarding the Moving Pictures deluxe edition in this post and pre-order your copy at Amazon (CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray). There's also a 30-second trailer for the release which you can watch below or at this location.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Neil Peart's Far and Away: A Prize Every Time released
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Neil Peart's 5th full-length book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time began shipping today. The original release date had been given as May 1st but the Rush Backstage Club, Amazon and other retailers have already begun shipping it. Neil spoke at length about the book in the most recent update at NeilPeart.net:

... I have long wanted the stories I write for this department to be "dignified" and made permanent by appearing in print, and at last I made it happen. ... I needed a title and subtitle, which would help direct the design of a cover, which I would develop with Hugh Syme, as usual. ... All in all, it was a solid two months of work, but I was delighted to see it truly coming together-a collection of stories that had been written and published independently now took on a unity, a single narrative span, that covered almost four years of my life. At first I had been daunted by having to write the "Intro" and "Outro," but they proved to be the keystones in framing the twenty-two individual stories, to make it feel like one. ...

He gives some background on the cover photograph in this passage:

... The cover photograph I chose was taken by our Master of All Things Creative, Greg Russell, while he and I were riding together in Central California in 2008, on the Snakes and Arrows tour. The setting is the Westgard Pass, between Nevada and California, and at the time of using the photograph in a story called "South by Southwest," I remarked that it was the kind of spacious photo you didn't often see in motorcycling magazines. (They tend to focus on the hardware.) However, this panorama certainly captured an element of what I love about motorcycling, and nicely exemplified the title, and the subtitle. ...

Back in early February the Rush Backstage Club began taking orders for a limited edition hardcover edition of the book priced at $74.99 and immediately sold out all 500 copies within just 1 day. According to the official sellsheet (PDF 180KB) the regular hardcover edition is 8x10", 260 pages, with 4-color throughout and 150 photos. You can purchase your copy at this link.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011Happy April Fools Day!!! I hope everyone enjoyed my little joke earlier this morning. Now onto serious Rush business... Rush successfully kicked off the 2011 leg of their Time Machine Tour Wednesday night at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, FL. Alex Lifeson had stated in multiple interviews that the band would not be making any changes from the 2010 Time Machine Tour and that's exactly how things played out; no setlist or stage show changes of any kind. For complete coverage of opening night including photos, reviews and discussion check out this post. Next up is tomorrow's show at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC which had originally been scheduled for tonight but was postponed one day because of unforeseen circumstances. This change precipitated a scheduling change chain reaction of sorts and to avoid a 4-shows-in-5-days stint, they also postponed their April 6th show in Toledo to April 13th. Hopefully there won't be any other postponements. For those on Facebook, Rush roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret) uploaded a really cool gallery of tour rehearsal photos.

Rush.com launched a slick new Time Machine-themed website on Wednesday to celebrate the kickoff of the tour. The content of the site seems to be stripped down a bit though; there's no more multimedia section, background music or photo galleries that I can find. Speaking of which, official photos from opening night are now posted at John Arrowsmith's Rush on the Road website. I'm not quite sure why this is no longer linked from the new Rush.com.

In addition to the tour kick-off, the other big news of the week was the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage winning the Juno Award for Music DVD of the Year this past weekend, and Geddy and Alex presenting the Juno Award for Album of the Year to Arcade Fire at the Juno Awards ceremony Sunday night. Here's an audio clip of Alex and Geddy presenting the award along with this video clip, and a transcript in this post. For complete coverage of the event including photos from across the web, check out this post.

2011 Time Machine Tour VIP ticket package swagEarlier this week I received my first report from someone who has actually received their 2011 Time Machine Tour VIP ticket package swag along with this great photo (thanks RestlessOldRomantic). Here are the package contents as listed at Ticketmaster:

  • 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

The Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums DVD and the Caravan/BU2B CD single were the only 2 items on the list where it was clear as to what would be included in the package. The tour shirt this time around is a white jersey-style t-shirt with black sleeves and a movie cue card Time Machine Tour logo. The poster is a retro-style Rush live tour poster. The guitar picks come in a little black and white metal case with the classic RUSH logo on it that has sliding lid. Inside are two white picks with the classic RUSH logo, two red picks with the Starman logo, and two black ones with both the classic RUSH logo and Starman logo. The white ones have Alex's signature on the back of one, and Geddy's on the back of the other. The big disappointment is that the Tourbook looks to be the 2010 Tourbook rather than the updated version for the 2011 Tour.

Both the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition will release this coming Tuesday, April 5th. The DVD version will be available via multiple retailers but the Blu-ray will only be sold exclusively through Best Buy for the first 30 days; other retailers will have the Blu-ray version on May 3rd. In celebration of the release, John at Cygnus-X1.net is holding a contest to give away five copies of the CD/DVD version - one per week with the first drawing occurring today. To enter just go to this link. You can get more details regarding the Moving Pictures deluxe edition in this post and pre-order your copy at Amazon (CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray). And speaking of Moving Pictures, Red Barchetta topped the list of the Toronto Globe and Mail Drive section's Top 10 Canadian car tunes over the weekend.

A new interview with Geddy Lee aired Wednesday night on UK radio station 106.1 Rock Radio. Geddy talked a lot about Rush's recent Classic Rock Living Legend award, their Hollywood Walk of Fame star, their involvement with the film I Love You Man, the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, the Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition, and - of course - their impending journey across the pond in May to bring the Time Machine over to Europe. He also touched on their progress with the upcoming Clockwork Angels album:

... We've got about - I guess - 3/4 of the record written and are kind of ready to go. We've got 2 or 3 more tracks we'd like to write. We've kind of run out of time now. We're gonna have to go on tour so when this tour is over we'll get back to writing and hopefully finish the record in the Fall. ... We're having fun with it. I mean - you know - there are some very complex moments. There are some very beautiful moments. It's kind of what you'd expect from Rush I guess - a little bit of everything. Now, the indication you can get from the first 2 songs kind of sets the tone for where we're going with this record. But there are a few surprises as you get deeper into the record.

So it sounds as if they have a little more writing to do but still plan on finishing up this Fall. The interview runs about 11 minutes and you can listen to the entire thing at this link.

Geddy was also interviewed by the Toronto Star yesterday for an article celebrating opening day of professional baseball here in the US and Canada. The article was titled The old ball game brings together Canadians of all stripes and they asked Geddy along with several other famous Canadians about their favorite baseball game ever. Here's what Geddy said:

... "Game 6 of the 1992 World Series in Atlanta," Lee said this week, just as the band was leaving Toronto for Tampa to open a tour. "Sitting with my brother Allan and beside Candy Maldonado's dentist from Puerto Rico and the wives of the Blue Jay coaches ... an island of Jays fans in a sea of Braves T-shirts, cheering in the top of the 11th inning as Dave Winfield hit a double off of Charlie Liebrandt to drive in two runs, which would lead to the Blue Jays capturing the Holy Grail, a long-awaited World Series championship. "Truly the greatest Blue Jay play for me ... Even the 1993 championship and Joe Carter's jaw-dropping home run could not compare to that spectacular moment in Atlanta." ...

Geddy also made RollingStone.com's list of the Top Ten Bassists of All Time last week coming in at #4.

Last August Heart released their new album Red Velvet Car which was produced and engineered by Ben Mink and David Leonard respectively, both of whom had the same credits on Geddy Lee's 2000 solo album My Favorite Headache. One of the tracks on the album is called Death Valley and the following appears in the credits: Geddy Lee - Whistle on 'Death Valley,' Mazel. The Mazel part simply means good luck or congratulations in Yiddish. Other musicians on the album also have their names listed with the instrument they performed on along with a phrase that represents who they are by heritage, character, and/or personality. At the time it wasn't initially clear what Geddy's contribution was, but after some intrepid research by RushFanForever - who emailed sound engineer David Leonard - it was revealed as simply an inside joke between Ben and Nancy Wilson:

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

But we learned earlier this week that there was more to the story. Nancy Wilson was recently interviewed for New Mexico's KZZR radio and had the following to say:

... When Ben was mixing Red Velvet Car, Geddy Lee was around, and he got the voice of Geddy Lee hidden in the beginning of the "Death Valley" song. It's sort of a secret signal from Geddy." ...

You can listen to the interview at this link - it starts around the 3:30 mark.

Rush BU2BEarly last month Rush's BU2B was quietly released as a radio single, and just about nobody noticed. The song had already been released on June 1st of last year as the side B to the Caravan single that was released for mp3 download. So most stations had already been playing it for some time and it even emerged onto a few of the radio charts last summer. Not to mention the fact that Rush included it as part of their setlist on the Time Machine Tour. Sirius/XM satellite radio made a relatively big deal out of it and premiered it as their Breaking Bone track on Sunday, March 6th. It's now in its 4th week of release and has moved into the top 40 on the Mediabase Rock Charts; at the time of this post it's sitting at #29. So if you are so inclined, call your local rock radio station and request the track. There also will be a 7" vinyl limited edition version of the song available for the UK's Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16; and a 7" vinyl Caravan/BU2B available for the US and Canadian Record Store Day on the same day.

Eddie Trunk's debut book Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal releases today. The book discusses Trunk's most essential hard rock and heavy metal artists and includes an entire chapter devoted to Rush. Eddie Trunk has been a radio and TV personality in the world of hard rock and heavy metal for more than twenty-five years. He is currently the host of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show and also has two weekly radio shows; Eddie Trunk Live on Sirius/XM radio's Boneyard channel, and the FM-syndicated Eddie Trunk Rocks. Trunk is a huge Rush fan and has been one of the loudest proponents for getting them inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He interviewed Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson for VH1 Hangin' With back in 2005 and Neil Peart for the same program back in 2006. Geddy and Alex were also guests on the first season of That Metal Show back in 2009. You can order a copy of the book at this link and check out a video preview here.

Here's a new bit from December of last year that slipped under the radar. Back in December the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) held their annual Miracle Day - the annual flagship fundraising event for the CIBC Children's Foundation. Back in 2009 Geddy Lee attended the event and it looks like last year Alex Lifeson quietly made an appearance as shown in this newswire.ca photo (thanks RushFanForever).

In the latest installment of his music discovery podcast and blog Bands Like Rush, Ben Sommer talks to Bjorn Egelius from the Swedish instrumental prog trio therhythmisodd. Ben jokingly describes a few things that set the band apart as being 1) they record live together in the studio, 2) they're ... Swedish, and 3) they're ... big, bald and scary! You can listen to the podcast, read a transcript and watch the video of the interview at this link. To find out more about therhythmisodd check out their website here.

Neil Peart was included in the New York Times crossword puzzle last week and they featured a picture of him at the paper's Wordplay blog (thanks Brie B).

Heavy metal band Benedictum's latest album Dominion contains a cover of Rush's 2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx as a bonus track on the international release. The album was released a few weeks ago via Frontiers Records and you can order a copy at this link and listen to the track on YouTube at this link. Carl Begai of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles recently interviewed the band about the cover and singer Veronica Freeman had the following to say:

... "I'm a huge Rush fan," says Freeman I love 'em. "I just don't talk about it much because everybody wants to talk to me about the Dio stuff. Rush has always resonated with me, but I knew so many people that didn't like them back in the day because they didn't sound evil enough (laughs), so I became a closet Rush fan. I had always wanted to sing 'Temples'. I remember back in the times before CDs, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I had my wannabe souped-up Firebird blasting Rush on the cassette deck. The stereo was worth more than the car (laughs). I had the windows rolled up so nobody else could hear while I tried to hit those notes (laughs)." ...

You can read the entire interview at Begai's blog.

Heavy metal band Sylosis is featured in the March, 2011 issue of Metal Hammer magazine and reader Signals Under Pressure noted that one of the band members is wearing a Rush A Farewell to Kings t-shirt in the band photos accompanying the article.

Neil Peart was included on this Times Colonist list of the Top Ten Drummers (thanks RushFanForever).

Here's the 30-second video trailer for the Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition:

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

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Never-before-seen YYZ Le Studio music video now available
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UPDATE - 4/1@1:18PM: APRIL FOOLS!!!! ... in case you hadn't already figured it out. Hopefully you all enjoyed my little joke. Let's hear it for the amazing Asharah everyone! Asharah rocks! :)

This coming Tuesday, April 5th the Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition will be released on both CD+DVD and CD+Blu-ray. In addition to the 5.1 surround sound and stereo audio mixes of the classic Moving Pictures album, the DVD/Blu-ray will contain 5.1 mixes of the music videos for Tom Sawyer, Limelight and Vital Signs. Rush shot all 3 of these videos at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec during the Moving Pictures recording sessions. These were not the only videos that were shot during this time; a video for YYZ was also recorded but had ever seen the light of day until just recently. The video was rediscovered by Rick Chicki during the remixing of the Moving Pictures 30th anniversary deluxe edition and I was able to get my hands on a copy thanks to reader betterbeerbelly. You can watch it below or at this link.

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