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Friday, September 30, 2011

Theaters and showtimes for theatrical showing of Rush's Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland concert now online
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Rush - Time Machine 2011: Live in ClevelandUPDATE - 10/2@5:04PM: Every theater listing that I have seen has the running time at 120 minutes/2 hours. However, reader RThompson150 contacted his local theater who gave the time as 2 hours and 14 minutes. Rich Chycki chimed in and said he only mixed 2 versions; the 2-hour version that was on VH1 Classic and the full version. So my guess is that the 2 hour, 14 minute claim by the theater is not correct and the 2 hour version will be shown in theaters. Given that some theaters are giving back-to-back showings at 7 and 9:30, there's absolutely no way it could be the full 2 hour, 44 minute version that will be on the DVD/Blu-ray. I came up with the 1 hour and 50 minutes run time on the VH1 Classic version by just adding the collective time of the YouTube videos. I probably missed some time that was cut off the front and back ends of the vids, so the actual run time is probably closer to 2 hours. The theatrical version may have some extra lead in time and credits too. The bottom line being that the theatrical cut looks like it will be the same as was shown on VH1 Classic.

UPDATE - 10/2@10:10AM: Reader RThompson150 contacted his local theater who gave the time as 2 hours and 14 minutes. That's longer than the 1 hour, 50 minutes VH1 Classic version, but still not enough to include the entire concert. Hopefully we'll get some more details soon.

UPDATE - 10/1@3:38PM: It looks like all of the theater listings indicate that the running time of the film is 2 hours. Assuming this is accurate, this would mean that the theatrical version is likely the same edited version that was shown on VH1 Classic.

Theaters and showtimes for the October 26th theatrical showing of Rush's Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland concert are starting to get posted at the D&E Entertainment website for the film here. Right now there are 40-50 theaters listed across 9 states with the promise of more to be added soon. So if there aren't any theaters yet listed in your area, just keep checking back at the website periodically. We got our first glimpse of the film when VH1 Classic aired an edited version of the concert as the showcase of their Rush Hashanah celebration this past Wednesday. They left out about 8 tracks in order to fit the concert into a 2-and-a-half hour time slot, which yielded a running time of about 1 hour and 50 minutes after commercials. They also included the Real History of Rush intro and intermission videos along with a new outro video featuring the 3 guys as their Gershon's characters playing a polka-ized version of Closer to the Heart. If you missed it on TV, the entire show was posted to YouTube in 10 parts with part 1 at this link (just follow the links in the YouTube descriptions to get the other parts). The Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD will release on November 8th with the Blu-ray version releasing on December 20th.

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[Rush Hashanah and the Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland concert premiere tonight on VH1 Classic]
[Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland CD and Moving Pictures: Live 2011 vinyl album now available for pre-order]
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Blu-ray release date pushed back]
[Geddy Lee, Rush management preview the Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD/Blu-ray]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Cleveland open thread]

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 9/30@5:43PM: Theaters and showtimes are now being posted to the D&E Entertainment site for the Time Machine movie here (thanks bcrico).

Rush - Time Machine 2011: Live in ClevelandRush HashanahWednesday night we received our first glimpse of Rush's upcoming Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland concert video when VH1 Classic aired an edited version of the concert as the showcase of their Rush Hashanah celebration. They left out about 8 tracks in order to fit the concert into a 2-and-a-half hour time slot, which yielded a running time of about 1 hour and 50 minutes after commercials. They also included the Real History of Rush intro and intermission videos along with a new outro video featuring the 3 guys as their Gershon's characters playing a polka-ized version of Closer to the Heart. If you missed it on TV, the entire show was posted to YouTube in 10 parts with part 1 at this link (just follow the links in the YouTube descriptions to get the other parts). The film will also be getting a theatrical release beginning October 26th, although we're still awaiting the listings of specific theaters/showtimes at the official website. However, some local theaters have begun announcing showtimes already, so check your local theater listings too. The Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD will release on November 8th with the Blu-ray version releasing on December 20th.

A couple of weeks back Rush revealed via a press release that a 2-CD audio companion to Rush's upcoming Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland concert video will be released on November 8th - the same day as the DVD, along with a package containing only the live tracks from the Moving Pictures album titled Moving Pictures: Live 2011, available only in vinyl or digital formats. Both the Time Machine 2-CD set and the Moving Pictures: Live 2011 vinyl release were made available for pre-order at Amazon.com earlier this week. You can pre-order the Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland CD at this link and the Moving Pictures: Live 2011 vinyl album at this link.

The official sales and attendance figures for the Stockholm, Newcastle, Birmingham and Greenville dates from the 2011 Time Machine Tour were released earlier this week, so we now have the figures for a total of 28 out of the 38 shows. We are still missing several international dates along with Las Vegas and Concord. There were no sellouts in this latest batch although the Birmingham show came close. So we still have a total of 11 sellouts out of the 28 shows reporting attendance figures thus far. The most-attended date remains the April 15th show at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland which sold out all 14,970 seats. And the New York MSG show remains the highest grossing with $1,276,798 in ticket sales. You can check out all the details in this post or in the tour section.

Professional Lighting and Production - Summer, 2011Speaking of Rush's Time Machine Tour, the tour is the subject of a 4-page cover feature in the Summer, 2011 edition of industry magazine Professional Lighting and Production. They talk with Production Designer Howard Ungerleider about all the different aspects of Rush's stage show and what it takes to keep it all together. The entire article is available online as a PDF at this link (pages 18-21).

Neil Peart updated the website for his upcoming Taking Center Stage instructional DVD earlier this week with yet another preview video. In this 4-and-a-half minute video Neil discusses the intricacies of playing Rush's Limelight live. You can check it out at this link. There's also this preview video where Neil talks about how he and his bandmates went about choosing the setlist for the Time Machine Tour, along with this video trailer for the DVD. In addition to the preview videos the site features a large photo gallery of behind-the-scenes pictures from the DVD filming, an informational page, and a four-part series of articles on the making of the DVD from lead editor and co-producer Joe Bergamini. Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance is slated for release on November 8th, 2011. In celebration of the upcoming release, Hudson Music is running a Facebook contest where the winner will get a signed Neil Peart Anatomy of a Drum Solo poster.

The list of nominees for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2012 was announced via the Rock Hall website Tuesday morning and for the thirteenth year in a row Rush was excluded from the list. A total of 15 nominees were chosen by the nominating committee this year including The Beastie Boys, The Cure, Guns 'N Roses, Heart, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Donna Summer. Rush's annual snubbing precipitated the usual response from talking heads across the web, with (nearly) everyone scratching their heads as to how Rush could have been excluded once again. The headline accompanying this homepage-featured article at Yahoo.com Tuesday read Rockers snubbed again by Hall of Fame along with a picture of Geddy and Alex. Rush's snubbing was a hot topic of conversation on Wednesday's edition of ESPN Radio's Maxed Out in the Morning. Host Jared Max is a huge Rush fan and callers who were weighing in on sports were starting off conversations by remarking on how they couldn't believe Rush wasn't nominated. You can listen to the show at this link. The crew on CNBC's Squawk Box had a Rush Hour during their show where they played Rush coming in and out of breaks and complained about Rush's snubbing (thanks pk2112). An NPR article covering the announcement of the nominees also made mention of Rush saying except for Rush fans, again, so sorry, I feel your pain (thanks alparrot). And this MusicTAP article has a note next to Heart's nomination on thier list that reads Not yet, not before Rush, or other, more deserving bands and artists. I can definitely agree with that. There's also this tongue-in-cheeck article at The Morton Report about Rush's snubbing, warning the US to stop dissing Canada:

The United States, once again, has shown its insensitivity to our friendly neighbors to the North. The latest in a series of shuns was this week's annual snub of Rush, the quintessential prog-rock trio from Canada, by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "Be very, very careful, America," warned Tim "The Doctor" Wood, an investment compliance executive based in Toronto. "We've got all the water, all the energy resources, and the strongest and most secure banking system in the world. You need us more than we need you and our patience is running a bit thin."...

For a great running history of Rush's now 13-year-old annual snubbing by the Rock Hall, check out this page at the Power Windows site.

According to 3 mysterious listings at Amazon.com that were discovered earlier this week, Rush will be releasing a set of 3, 5-CD box sets on November 21st named Sector 1, Sector 2 and Sector 3 respectively. MusicTAP also made mention of these in a Monday post but didn't have any further details to add. All we can tell from the listings at this point is that the format is CD, the label is given as Mercury, and the cost is currently $60.97. Although according to an insider who has access to the Universal business website, the listings there give the format as a 5 CD/DVD combo. It's hard to imagine that Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki (as skilled as he is) would be able to re-mix 14 (Moving Pictures is already taken care of) Rush albums in 5.1 by November 21st, so even if there is a DVD(s) included in the sets it's more than likely some kind of video footage - perhaps some vintage live stuff, interviews or music videos. So it's likely that these will not be remastered in any way - especially not 5.1 - and is probably just another attempt by Universal to capitalize on Rush's back catalog. Indeed, when Rush was with Mercury Records they put out a cycle of 4 studio albums followed by a live album 3 consecutive times - making a total of 15 albums released under their label. So we can probably assume that the 1st box set would contain Rush, Fly by Night, Caress of Steel, 2112 and All the World's a Stage; the 2nd box set would consist of A Farewell to Kings, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures and Exit ... Stage Left; and the third box set would have Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, Hold Your Fire and A Show of Hands. Again, this is all just speculation based on the information we currently have. But all signs point to these just being a re-packaging of Rush's Universal back catalog.

Jason PlumbAccording to a couple of videos that were recently posted to producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda's YouTube channel, Alex Lifeson played guitar on some recordings this past May with Canadian singer-songwriter Jason Plumb for his solo project Jason Plumb and The Willing. The band recorded some tracks with Wojewoda this past May according to this Facebook post. Wojewoda then posted a couple of videos last week featuring Alex in the studio. The first video is only 19 seconds long and is simply titled Recording Alex. It has the caption Alex Lifeson... guest guitar overdub on Jason Plumb's record and Jason Plumb can be seen briefly in the background. The second video is over a minute-and-a-half long and features Alex wailing away on a solo. It's titled First solo Alex and you can check it out at this link.

David BarrettWhile on the subject of Alex Lifeson side projects, last year Alex produced 3 tracks for Toronto band the David Barrett Trio that were released digitally over the past several months; Hollowbody (iTunes, Amazon), Sonar (iTunes, Amazon) and Disappearance (iTunes, Amazon). All three of these Lifeson-produced tracks can also be heard on SoundCloud at this link. The band is using RocketHub to fund their next project and are now over half way to their goal of $10,000. Barrett was recently interviewed for the RocketHub blog and spoke a bit about how he hooked up with Lifeson. You can check out the interview at this link.

Andy CurranOne Louder Magazine caught up with Anthem/SRO (Rush's management) A&R man Andy Curran just before the 2011 leg of the Time Machine Tour kicked off for an interview in their latest edition. Andy talks about his history with Rush and his day-to-day duties as an A&R man. You can read the entire interview at this link.

Guitar World magazine recently posted their list of the Top 30 12-String Guitar Songs of All Time and Rush's Closer to the Heart made the cut at #10:

Taken from Rush's 1977 album A Farewell to Kings, "Closer to the Heart" begins with a majestic-sounding arpeggio picking pattern played by guitarist Alex Lifeson on a 12-string guitar. This song was also Rush's first hit in the U.K. and has been a staple of their live show ever since.

You can check out the entire list at this link.

Reader John W let me know that the Yahoo! Music blog posted their list of the Twenty-Five Worst Album Covers of All Time and - oddly enough - Rush's Power Windows made the cut at #20:

A shirtless young boy who looks like Howard Jones is caught trying to use his television remote control to close a window. A window, it should be noted, that has no discernible "power." It's just an old house window. Somebody get this kid a more comfortable chair!

Kelly D pointed me to this article at The Awl discussing how scientists at the University of California, Berkeley recently used functional magnetic imaging to reconstruct the internal movie that plays in a person's head. From the article:

... Pretty close to a motion-picture scanning of thought. This presents trouble for people who, no matter what they might be seeing outside their head, are always only seeing the pentagram from the cover of Rush's 2112 album or a giant pile of pistachio nuts inside their head. ...

I can certainly relate.

Reader Habs2112 let me know that inmusic.ca recently posted a photo gallery of underrated guitarists and Alex Lifeson made the cut. Here's what they had to say:

Not that anyone is complaining, but you gotta feel a little bit bad for Alex Lifeson - the guy is a bona fide guitar god, but it just so happens that he plays in a band with Geddy Lee and Neil Peart (respectively, among the greatest bassist and drummers in the world)! Because of that, poor Alex often seems to miss out on the universal accolades... but that's just because he plays an instrument that seems to have more celebrated 'greats' than any other in rock and roll. There's no question - Lifeson is one of the most talented, expressive, technically proficient, and all around awesome axmen on the planet, and he deserves some love too.

And a recent special issue of Guitar Player magazine called Guitar Player Presents Guitar Rigs Of The Superstars features guitar rigs of several well-known guitarists including Alex Lifeson (thanks RushFanForever).

The Critical Wit Podcast posted an interview with Rush, Rock Music, and the Middle Class author Chris McDonald yesterday:

Chris McDonald is a professor of music studies, with a phD in ethnomusicology. He is also the author of Rush, Rock Music, and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown, a book that explores the music and lyric themes in the music of Rush, the progressive rock band from Canada. We talk about these things, as well as the influence that Rush has had on both fans and critics.

You can listen to the podcast at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

Now that the 2011 MLB baseball regular season has come to a close, reader The Clansman 2112 asked me to thank everyone on his behalf who participated in his Rushisaband fantasy baseball league. The season ended with three teams fighting for first but Bytor & The Clansmen ended up taking the top spot. Second went to the Winfield Sluggers and third to farewell to kings. You can check out all the details and the final standings at this link.

While Wednesday night we received our first glimpse of Rush's latest live concert video - Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland, Thursday happened to be the 35th anniversary of the release of Rush's first live recording - 1976's All the World's a Stage. All the World's a Stage was recorded on June 11-13th at Massey Hall in Toronto on the 2112 tour. The album peaked at #40 on the Billboard album charts, and was certified Gold by the RIAA on November 16, 1977 and Platinum on March 4, 1981.

Here's the YouTube video of the Working Man encore and polka-ized Closer to the Heart outro video from VH1 Classic's airing of the Time Machine Tour concert:

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

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rush's Closer to the Heart makes Guitar World magazine's Top 30 12-String Guitar Songs of All Time
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Guitar World magazine recently posted their list of the Top 30 12-String Guitar Songs of All Time and Rush's Closer to the Heart made the cut at #10:

Taken from Rush's 1977 album A Farewell to Kings, "Closer to the Heart" begins with a majestic-sounding arpeggio picking pattern played by guitarist Alex Lifeson on a 12-string guitar. This song was also Rush's first hit in the U.K. and has been a staple of their live show ever since.

You can check out the entire list at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Happy 35th anniversary All the World's a Stage!
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While last night we received our first glimpse of Rush's latest live concert video - Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland, today happens to be the 35th anniversary of the release of Rush's first live recording - 1976's All the World's a Stage. All the World's a Stage was recorded on June 11-13th at Massey Hall in Toronto on the 2112 tour. The album peaked at #40 on the Billboard album charts, and was certified Gold by the RIAA on November 16, 1977 and Platinum on March 4, 1981.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rush Hashanah and the Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland concert premiere tonight on VH1 Classic
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Rush - Time Machine 2011: Live in ClevelandRush HashanahUPDATE - 9/29@9:16AM: The entire concert is now up on YouTube at the following links thanks to Strangiato at The Rush Forum. Get 'em while you still can!

[part 1]
[part 2]
[part 3]
[part 4]
[part 5]
[part 6]
[part 7]
[part 8]
[part 9]
[part 10]

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UPDATE - 9/28@11:07PM: So the edited Time Machine concert is now over. What did everyone think? I saw many familiar faces in the crowd shots. Here are the tracks they left out of the first set:

Time Stand Still
Stick It Out
Workin' Them Angels
Leave That Thing Alone

And the tracks left out of the second set:

Drum solo: Moto Perpetuo (featuring Love For Sale)
O'Malley's Break (Alex acoustic)
Closer To The Heart
2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx
La Villa Strangiato

They included the Real History of Rush intro and intermission videos along with a new outro video in place of I Still Love You Man. The outro vid is a continuation of the intro vid and features the 3 guys playing the polka version of Closer to the Heart.

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Tonight we'll get our first glimpse of Rush's upcoming Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland concert video when VH1 Classic kicks off their Rush Hashanah celebration. The station will be airing 24 hours of Rush programming beginning tonight at 7PM EST/PST in celebration of the Jewish New Year. The showcase of the celebration will be the premiere of an edited version of the Time Machine concert which will run from 8PM until 10:30PM, which means they'll be showing about 1:45-2 hours of the actual concert after commercial breaks are factored in. It'll be interesting to see what gets edited out. Also on the docket are the Rush Classic Albums special, the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, R30 and Rush in Rio. VH1 Classic first celebrated Rush Hashanah back in 2008 and also in 2010, where they premiered the Rush Classic Albums special. The Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD will release on November 8th with the Blu-ray version releasing on December 20th. The film will also be getting a theatrical release beginning October 26th.

Related Posts:
[Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland CD and Moving Pictures: Live 2011 vinyl album now available for pre-order]
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Blu-ray release date pushed back]
[Moving Pictures: Live 2011 to release November 8th, Time Machine 2011 theatrical release October 26th]
[DirecTV listings indicate that VH1 Classic will premiere Rush's Time Machine 2011 live concert video during Rush Hashanah]
[Geddy Lee, Rush management preview the Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD/Blu-ray]
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD/Blu-ray details, bonus features]
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Blu-ray now available for pre-order]
[Rush Time Machine live DVD now available for pre-order]
[Rush Cleveland live DVD/Blu-ray to be titled Time Machine, releases on September 27th]
[Rush live DVD to release September 27th on Concord Records]
[Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki checks in on the Moving Pictures 5.1 remix, Cleveland live DVD]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Cleveland open thread]

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Rush Time Machine Tour official attendance and sales figures for Stockholm, Newcastle, Birmingham, Greenville
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011The official sales and attendance figures for 4 more shows from the 2011 Time Machine Tour were recently released (thanks Heiko); Stockholm, Newcastle, Birmingham and Greenville. That brings us to a total of 28 out of the 38 shows for which we have figures. We are still missing several international dates along with Las Vegas and Concord. There were no sellouts in this latest batch although the Birmingham show came close. So we still have a total of 11 sellouts out of the 28 shows reporting attendance figures so far. The most-attended date thus far remains the April 15th show at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland which sold out all 14,970 seats. And the New York MSG show remains the highest grossing with $1,276,798 in ticket sales. I've already added the figures to the tour section. Here are all the details:

Fri, May 6: Globe Arena - Stockholm, Sweden
Attendance / Capacity: 5,637/10,764
Gross Ticket Sales: $456,028

Sat, May 21: Metro Radio Arena - Newcastle, England
Attendance / Capacity: 5,151/6,508
Gross Ticket Sales: $505,613

Sun, May 22: Birmingham LG Arena - Birmingham, England
Attendance / Capacity: 11,287/12,628
Gross Ticket Sales: $1,092,646

Wed, Jun 8: BI-LO Center - Greenville, SC
Attendance / Capacity: 8,027/10,422
Gross Ticket Sales: $503,228

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[Rush's Time Machine Tour featured in Summer 2011 issue of Professional Lighting and Production]
[Rush's Time Machine Tour, road crew featured in latest Mobile Production Monthly magazine]
[Pro Audio Review feature on Rush's Time Machine Tour]
[Rush Time Machine Tour official attendance and sales figures for Portland, Seattle]
[Rush Time Machine Tour official attendance and sales figures update]
[New Alex Lifeson gear interview with Musician's Friend]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Cleveland open thread]
[Rush Time Machine Tour makes Billboard Hot Tours list]
[Premier Guitars talks with Alex Lifeson guitar tech Scott Appleton]
[Alex Lifeson on the Cleveland DVD, Rock Hall in new interview]
[New Rush video interview backstage from Madison Square Garden]

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Rush's Time Machine Tour featured in Summer 2011 issue of Professional Lighting and Production
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Professional Lighting and Production - Summer, 2011Rush's Time Machine Tour is the subject of a 4-page cover feature in the Summer, 2011 edition of industry magazine Professional Lighting and Production. They talk with Production Designer Howard Ungerleider about all the different aspects of Rush's stage show and what it takes to keep it all together. The entire article is available online as a PDF at this link (pages 18-21). Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

David Barrett talks Alex Lifeson in new RocketHub interview
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David Barrett[The David Barrett Trio Rocks Out, With a Little Help From Rush's Alex Lifeson]

Last year Alex Lifeson produced 3 tracks for Toronto band the David Barrett Trio that were released digitally over the past several months; Hollowbody (iTunes, Amazon), Sonar (iTunes, Amazon) and Disappearance (iTunes, Amazon). All three of these Lifeson-produced tracks can also be heard on SoundCloud at this link. The band is using RocketHub to fund their next project and are nearly half way to their goal of $10,000. Barrett was recently interviewed for the RocketHub blog and spoke a bit about how he hooked up with Lifeson:

... In Jan. 2010, Alex listened to my latest acoustic album The Dead Arm and had some constructive criticism, but also offered to produce with the idea that I'd benefit from such an experience. Alex really insisted I use a band because he felt the music would develop more fully that way. I'm truly inspired because I'm working with a great rhythm section as a power trio, and my favorite guitar player is producing. I have Alex to thank not only for the production team, but also for renewing my interest in loud electric guitar, which is what I do best. ... I met Alex Lifeson's son Justin back in the early 1990's when I was recording with Mark Holmes at Jeff Healey's studio in Toronto. Justin's a great guy and an old Platinum Blonde fan, so he knew Mark from back in the day and dropped by the studio one evening to say hi. We became friends, and I got to know Alex sometime later. Over the years Alex has helped me out with gear, recording projects, and we've even jammed in his basement a couple times. The engineer on this project is Rich Chycki, and coincidentally, Rich was the house engineer at the Healey studio on all the sessions I did with Amanda Marshall and Mark Holmes. Rich also produced my first solo guitar record in 1995 called, Staring Into The Sun. I recommended Rich to Alex, ten years before he actually became Rush's main recording and mixing engineer! ...

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Alex Lifeson side project with Jason Plumb and The Willing
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Jason PlumbUPDATE - 9/30@10:51AM: Here's a post at Wojewoda's blog that includes the video and mentions Alex's contribution to the recording (thanks RushFanForever).

According to a couple of videos that were recently posted to producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda's YouTube channel, Alex Lifeson played guitar on some recordings this past May with Canadian singer-songwriter Jason Plumb for his solo project Jason Plumb and The Willing. The band recorded some tracks with Wojewoda this past May according to this Facebook post, and Wojewoda posted 2 videos last week featuring Alex in the studio. The first video is only 19 seconds long and is simply titled Recording Alex. It has the caption Alex Lifeson... guest guitar overdub on Jason Plumb's record and Jason Plumb can be seen briefly in the background. The second video is over a minute-and-a-half long and features Alex wailing away on a solo. It's titled First solo Alex and you can check it out below or at this link.

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Rush once again snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Rush Rock HallUPDATE - 9/28@11:56AM: Rush's snubbing is one of the featured storied on the Yahoo! home page. The article is actually titled Guns N' Roses, Heart, Cure, Joan Jett Among First-Time Rock Hall Nominees and barely mentions Rush. But occasionally it's getting promoted on the home page as Rockers snubbed again by Hall of Fame along with a picture of Geddy and Alex. Here's a screenshot (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

The list of nominees for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2012 was announced via the Rock Hall website this morning and - as we have come to expect - Rush was not on the list. A total of 15 nominees were chosen by the nominating committee this year including The Beastie Boys, The Cure, Guns 'N Roses, Heart, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Donna Summer. This certainly comes as no surprise, and there's really not much more to be said that hasn't been said already, so I'll just leave it at that. For a great running history of Rush's now 13-year-old annual snubbing by the Rock Hall, check out this page at the Power Windows site.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Neil Peart on Limelight in new preview video for his upcoming instructional DVD Taking Center Stage
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UPDATE - 9/27@11:47AM: Hudson Music is running a Facebook contest where the winner will get a signed Neil Peart Anatomy of a Drum Solo poster.

Neil Peart has updated the website for his upcoming Taking Center Stage instructional DVD with yet another preview video. In this 4-and-a-half minute video Neil discusses the intricacies of playing Rush's Limelight live. You can check it out below or at this link. There's also this preview video where Neil talks about how he and his bandmates went about choosing the setlist for the Time Machine Tour, along with this video trailer for the DVD. In addition to the preview videos the site features a large photo gallery of behind-the-scenes pictures from the DVD filming, an informational page, and a four-part series of articles on the making of the DVD from lead editor and co-producer Joe Bergamini. Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance is slated for release on November 8th, 2011. Thanks to David M for the heads up.

Related Posts:
[Neil Peart on choosing the setlist in new preview video for his upcoming instructional DVD Taking Center Stage]
[Video trailer for Neil Peart's upcoming instructional DVD Taking Center Stage now online]
[Details, behind-the-scenes photos from Neil Peart's new instructional DVD Taking Center Stage posted at TakingCenterStage.net]
[New Neil Peart news update: new instructional DVD, new book]
[New Neil Peart instructional DVD Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance to release October 14th]

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Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland CD and Moving Pictures: Live 2011 vinyl album now available for pre-order
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Last week Rush revealed via a press release that a 2-CD audio companion to Rush's upcoming Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland concert video will be released on November 8th - the same day as the DVD, along with a package containing only the live tracks from the Moving Pictures album titled Moving Pictures: Live 2011, available only in vinyl or digital formats. Both the Time Machine 2-CD set and the Moving Pictures: Live 2011 vinyl release are now available for pre-order at Amazon.com. You can pre-order the Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland CD at this link and the Moving Pictures: Live 2011 vinyl album at this link. As I'd mentioned above, the Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD will release on November 8th, but it now looks like the Blu-ray version has been pushed back all the way to December 20th - just barely in enough time for Christmas. There's no explanation for the delay but it's possible this could be due to some kind of exclusive early Blu-ray release deal - similar to what was done with the Moving Pictures Deluxe edition earlier this year where Best Buy released the Blu-ray version one month earlier than other retailers. More information as we learn it.

Related Posts:
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Blu-ray release date pushed back]
[Moving Pictures: Live 2011 to release November 8th, Time Machine 2011 theatrical release October 26th]
[DirecTV listings indicate that VH1 Classic will premiere Rush's Time Machine 2011 live concert video during Rush Hashanah]
[Geddy Lee, Rush management preview the Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD/Blu-ray]
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD/Blu-ray release date pushed back to November 8th]
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD/Blu-ray details, bonus features]
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Blu-ray now available for pre-order]
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD/Blu-ray release date pushed back to October 25th]
[Rush Time Machine live DVD now available for pre-order]
[Rush Cleveland live DVD/Blu-ray to be titled Time Machine, releases on September 27th]
[Rush live DVD to release September 27th on Concord Records]
[Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki checks in on the Moving Pictures 5.1 remix, Cleveland live DVD]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Cleveland open thread]

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Rush 5-CD Sector box sets to release November 21st
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UPDATE - 9/29@5:00PM: MusicTAP made mention of these earlier this week as well, but doesn't add any details.

UPDATE - 9/26@1:03PM: Reader Dave C has access to the Universal Music business site and noticed that they have the box sets listed as 5 CD/DVD Combos. I'm not sure if that means 5 CDs plus 1 DVD or 5 of each. Interesting...

According to 3 listings at Amazon.com, Rush will be releasing a set of 3, 5-CD box sets on November 21st named Sector 1, Sector 2 and Sector 3 respectively. All we can tell from the listings at this point is that the format is CD, the label is given as Mercury, and the cost is currently $60.97. Given this information and the tight timeframe for release, it looks like these will not be remastered in any way - especially not 5.1 - and is likely just another attempt by Universal to capitalize on Rush's back catalog. Indeed, when Rush was with Mercury Records they put out a cycle of 4 studio albums followed by a live album 3 consecutive times - making a total of 15 albums released under their label. So we can probably assume that the 1st box set would contain Rush, Fly by Night, Caress of Steel, 2112 and All the World's a Stage; the 2nd box set would consist of A Farewell to Kings, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures and Exit ... Stage Left; and the third box set would have Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, Hold Your Fire and A Show of Hands. Again, this is all just speculation based on the information we currently have. But all signs point to these just being a re-packaging of Rush's Universal back catalog. I'm also guessing that they'll include some fancy packaging and possibly some new liner notes to justify the price. More information as we learn it. Many thanks to Richard S for the heads up.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Interview with Rush A&R man Andy Curran at One Louder Magazine
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Andy CurranOne Louder Magazine caught up with Anthem/SRO (Rush's management) A&R man Andy Curran just before the 2011 leg of the Time Machine Tour kicked off for an interview in their latest edition. Andy talks about his history with Rush and his day-to-day duties as an A&R man.

... The president of the company - Ray Danniels - and I have been friends since 1982. He managed my first band, Coney Hatch, and signed us to Anthem Records, so I'm back where I started!! We spoke about working together off and on for decades after the Hatch broke up. I had several bands after that and a few U.S. record deals that eventually led me into producing and mixing other projects.

Pegi Cecconi, the Vice President of Anthem, is also a longtime friend and was instrumental in my working at Anthem. My job was to not only help bring in new clients, but to assist at Anthem Records with current clients, work with RUSH and develop new talent with the label, as well. I was fortunate enough to be offered the full-time A&R position...no making coffee or answering phones! It was my first "real" job outside of 20-plus years being a full-time musician/songwriter/producer. ...

You can read the entire interview at this link. Thanks to Skip D for the heads up.

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Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Blu-ray release date pushed back
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UPDATE - 9/25@11:55AM: Reader David_MSP did find a Best Buy listing for the Blu-ray, which shows the release date as November 8th. Amazon is usually first with any release date changes so things should start to shake out with other retailers' listings in the coming days/weeks.

Rush - Time Machine 2011: Live in ClevelandAccording to Amazon.com, the release date for the Blu-ray version of Rush's upcoming Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland has been pushed back all the way to December 20th - just barely in enough time for Christmas (thanks angiodan). The DVD version is still listed with a November 8th release however. There's no explanation for the delay but it's possible this could be due to some kind of exclusive early Blu-ray release deal - similar to what was done with the Moving Pictures Deluxe edition earlier this year where Best Buy released the Blu-ray version one month earlier than other retailers. Best Buy currently has no listing for the Blu-ray at all though, so maybe there's an exclusive deal with another retailer such as the Rush Backstage Club (who currently still has a November 8th release date listed) - or it's just a universal delay for some other reason. More information as we learn it. Last week Rush revealed via a press release that a 2-CD audio companion to the concert video would be released on November 8th - the same day as the DVD/Blu-ray, along with a package containing only the live tracks from the Moving Pictures album titled Moving Pictures: Live 2011, available only in vinyl or digital formats. The press release also contained details regarding the DVD/Blu-ray bonus features, and announced that the film would be getting a theatrical release beginning October 26th. In addition to that, VH1 Classic will be premiering an edited, 2-hour version of the concert as part of their Rush Hashanah celebration on Wednesday, September 28th.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush - Time Machine 2011: Live in ClevelandEarlier this week Rush revealed via a press release that a 2-CD audio companion to their upcoming Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland concert video would be released on November 8th - the same day as the DVD/Blu-ray, along with a package containing only the live tracks from the Moving Pictures album titled Moving Pictures: Live 2011, available only in vinyl or digital formats. The press release also contained details regarding the DVD/Blu-ray bonus features, and announced that the film would be getting a theatrical release beginning October 26th. In addition to that, VH1 Classic will be premiering an edited, 2-hour version of the concert as part of their Rush Hashanah celebration next Wednesday, September 28th. In light of this news I thought I'd launch a new poll asking everyone how they plan to watch the Time Machine concert video; on VH1 Classic, on DVD, on Blu-ray, in theaters, or all of the above. Take the poll and let us know. In my last poll I asked everyone what was their favorite tour since the band's return to touring after their 5-year hiatus from 1997-2002. The Time Machine tour was the big winner with over 43% of the vote. You can view all the results at this link.

Clockwork AngelsRush producer Nick Raskulinecz was recently interviewed for UltimateGuitar.com and gave a brief update regarding how work on Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album is progressing:

It is coming along fantastic, we have recorded two songs already and we released them last year and then the band went on tour. But we are currently in preproduction right now so that we can finish the rest of the record which we will start recording again in mid October.

You can read the entire interview at this link. The band will release the album on their new label Roadrunner Records sometime in the first of half of 2012 with a supporting tour to follow.

We learned earlier this week that the release date for Neil Peart's Taking Center Stage instructional DVD has been pushed back from October 14th to Tuesday, November 8th or possibly even November 15th. Amazon's listing for the DVD gives a November 8th release date but some folks who have already pre-ordered the DVD received an email from Amazon saying that they should expect to receive the item sometime the week of November 15th - which would imply a November 15th release. Suffice it to say that we'll need to wait at least a few more weeks, but should still have it in plenty of time for the Holidays. In the meantime you can check out TakingCenterStage.net for preview videos, a large photo gallery of behind-the-scenes pictures from the DVD filming, an informational page, and a four-part series of articles on the making of the DVD from lead editor and co-producer Joe Bergamini.

Yesterday I gave a brief update regarding the status of plans for re-releasing Rush's back catalog in 5.1. Back in May of last year, Classic Rock's Prog magazine ran a feature on Rush and mentioned that Rush's back catalogue will be the subject of a major reissues campaign in 2011. We didn't hear much more about this until earlier this year when it was revealed that Rush would be re-issuing a 5.1 version of their classic Moving Pictures album, and were also working on a re-mix of 2002's Vapor Trails. Around that same time MusicTap reiterated the band's plans for re-releasing their entire Universal catalog but did not provide any further details. The Moving Pictures 5.1 released this past Spring and was a huge success. Then a few days ago sharkshark at the AVS forum posted the following to a thread on Rush 5.1 re-releases after having a run-in with Geddy Lee at the Toronto International Film Festival:

... ran into Geddy last week at TIFF - we chatted 5.1, and he said they've locked their Engineer [Rich Chycki] in with the tapes ("he's got no life"), and that they plan on doing the same treatment for all their records. ... I specifically asked about multitracks for 2112 and he said they were in decent shape. ...

Assuming this information can be trusted, we may be getting 5.1 versions of Rush's entire back catalog - not just the Universal-era stuff. This news really isn't all that surprising given the huge success of the Moving Pictures 5.1 re-mix, but it's nice to hear regardless. More information as I learn it.

The DoubleWe learned earlier this year of Alex Lifeson's involvement with the film score for a new spy thriller starring Topher Grace and Richard Gere titled The Double. The film was co-written by Derek Haas and director Michael Brandt and features original music by film composer John Debney with a little help from Alex Lifeson. Alex plays guitar on the score throughout the movie and also wrote the outro track which is titled Don't Look Back according to movie co-writer Derek Haas, who posted the information to The Rush Forum back in August. Also performing on the track are Scarlet Sins vocalist Sylvya NuVynska and Skinny Puppy founding member cEvin Key, and Rush sound engineer Richard Chycki handled the mixing duties. You can listen to a 2-minute audio clip of Don't Look Back on YouTube at this link. The US release date for the film had originally been scheduled for today but has been pushed back to October 28th. You can watch the trailer for the The Double at this link.

Total Guitar #217Speaking of Alex, he was featured in an article for issue #217 of Total Guitar magazine. The magazine caught up with Alex backstage on the Time Machine Tour and got a personal tour of his entire live setup from Lerxst himself. Today MusicRadar.com posted a photo gallery from the article along with some excerpts from the interview. You can check it out at this link.

The Grapes for Humanity charity auction which Rush participated in last week ended up raising more than $50,000 for the charity! Up for bidding were a Geddy Lee Signed Fender Jazz Bass used on the 2010 Time Machine Tour, an Alex Lifeson Signed Gibson Les Paul Axcess used on the 2011 Time Machine Tour, and a Neil Peart Signed Sabian 20" Chinese Cymbal from the 2011 Time Machine Tour. Geddy Lee posted the following thank you message earlier this week:

I would like to take a moment to thank all those fans and friends who participated in the GRAPES UNDER PRESSURE eBay auction to benefit GRAPES FOR HUMANITY CANADA. With your help we managed to raise over $50,000 dollars! When combined with monies raised in our other G.U.P. events we will be able to significantly improve the lives of disadvantaged and injured people around the globe and more immediately will aid THE HALO TRUST in establishing a pilot project in Savannakhet Province, Laos, to address the urgent problem of casualties caused by cluster bombs.

Alex, Neil, myself and the entire G.U.P. Team, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
~Geddy

Grapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community and Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors.

Andrew Olson noticed that the Drum Channel's Secrets From The Pros series will be posting some lessons from Neil Peart in the near future according to a short blurb on their website (towards the bottom of the page). And this past weekend as part of his continuing series of Rush road crew interviews Paul at The Canadian Music Scene posted his interview with Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton. Lorne walks us through a typical day on the road as Neil Peart's drum tech, complete with nearly 50 high-res photographs of Neil's drums and gear. You can check out the interview/photos at this link. And in case you missed them, you can see all of Paul's other Rush road crew interviews at his website here.

Speaking of Neil, yesterday Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy and Terry Bozzio were in Los Angeles to shoot some kind of video (likely promotional) for Sabian cymbals according to this tweet from Mike Portnoy that he posted yesterday.

Back to LA to spend the day w Neil Peart & Terry Bozzio shooting a new Sabian video...then the RedEye to Brazil for Rock in Rio w Stone Sour

Then late last night Portnoy tweeted the following accompanied by this photo:

Sabian photo session w MP, Neil Peart, Dave Weckl, Tony Braunagel & Terry Bozzio...a great day of drumming & hanging! http://twitpic.com/6p15wg

Speaking of Mike Portnoy, reader Nick let me know that Portnoy and Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante recently participated in a drum battle at Metal Masters Clinic 2 which took place at the Best Buy Theater in NYC on September 13th. Since both guys are big Rush fans, it's no surprise that they played a little Rush. You can check out some video on YouTube at this link.

Guitar World - April, 1988Guitar World magzine posted the latest in their series of photo galleries covering Guitar World covers over the years. This last installment covered 1988, which was the first year that the magazine experimented with a split cover:

...[1988] was also a first in cover experimentation. In April Guitar World had its first "split cover," where half the magazines that month had one cover and the other half had another cover. That month featured one cover of Dokken's George Lynch while the second featured Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush. Typical of split covers, one usually outsells the other by a significant margin. There are no copies of the Alex Lifeson/Geddy Lee issue in the Guitar World archives, perhaps a clue to that month's big seller? ...

You can read the entire article and check out the photo gallery at this link. You can also read the April, 1988 feature on Rush at this link.

October, 2011 Decibel magazineReader What-A-Rush let me know that the October, 2011 issue of Decibel magazine contains an article on the making of Queensryche's classic 1988 Operation: Mindcrime album, which they inducted into the Decibel Hall of Fame. In the last paragraph of the article drummer Scott Rockenfield describes a story involving Rush and Neil Peart:

... We had finished Mindcrime, and (manager) Cliff Burnstein was really good friends with the guys in Rush. I get a call from Cliff one day: "I just sent a copy to the guys over in Rush, just to see what they would think of it, and Neil called to tell me that if he ever quit Rush, you would be the only person he would ask to replace him" And I thought "Wow!" I was 23 years old when we made that record, and I was a big Rush fan, so that was very flattering. So,I guess I was very happy with what I had done on the record. ...

Ready Player One is a new, critically-acclaimed sci-fi book from author, self-described seventies/eighties protonerd and Rush fan Ernest Cline. Cline was recently featured on the cover of the Austin Chronicle sporting a Rush Time Machine Tour jersey and was the subject of an article titled The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth. Ready Player One makes reference to several bands/songs of the '70s/'80s including Rush, so many fans have been clamoring for an official soundtrack for the book. Cline obliged and posted his official Ready Player One soundtrack to his blog on Wednesday. The soundtrack contains 2 Rush songs; Temples of Syrinx and Subdivisions. Of course the soundtrack won't actually be available for purchase, but he did provide a Spotify playlist, YouTube links to the songs, and this nifty cassette tape image of the soundtrack.

Liberal documentarian Michael Moore has a new book out called Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life which opens with a quote from Rush's Subdivisions. Moore was on the CBC's Q with Jian Gomeshi on Wednesday to discuss the book and was asked about the quote. He spoke a little about his love for Rush and what the song Subdivisions meant to him growing up in Detroit. They then played the song. You can listen to the podcast at this link (the Michael Moore Uncut clip); the Rush discussion comes in at about the 25:50 mark. Thanks to Tough Soul for the heads up.

Mark TrumboAnaheim Angels rookie infielder Mark Trumbo is a candidate for the American League Rookie of the Year award and was recently interviewed for MLB.com. Towards the end of the interview (about the 5:15 mark) he spoke about how he got to have lunch with Geddy Lee earlier this week. He also gives a stirring rendition of Tom Sawyer... :) Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

Here's Neil Peart's latest preview video for his upcoming Taking Center Stage instructional DVD. In this 3-minute video Neil goes over how he and his bandmates went about choosing the setlist for the Time Machine Tour. You can check it out below or at this link.

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

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Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy and Terry Bozzio shoot video for Sabian cymbals yesterday
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UPDATE - 10/4@6:09PM: This MusicRadar.com article could possibly explain the reason for the video shoot.

Sabian is introducing four new cymbals at next year's NAMM show - and they want you to choose which metals they unveil.

From 17 October you can head over to www.CymbalVOTE.com and take your pick from the 12 new cymbal models Sabian has created as part of the Players' Choice scheme. At the site you'll be able to see Sabian artists such as Mike Portnoy, Dave Weckl, Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio, Dave Elitch and Stefanie Eulinberg playing the cymbals.

One cymbal will be eliminated each week until only four remain and these four will be unveiled at NAMM.

For more information, please visit www.CymbalVOTE.com.

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UPDATE - 9/23@1:42PM: Here's another pic that Portnoy posted (thanks Brad Hirsch of Used Bin Radio).

Yesterday Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy and Terry Bozzio were in Los Angeles to shoot some kind of video (likely promotional) for Sabian cymbals according to this tweet from Mike Portnoy that he posted yesterday.

Back to LA to spend the day w Neil Peart & Terry Bozzio shooting a new Sabian video...then the RedEye to Brazil for Rock in Rio w Stone Sour

Then late last night Portnoy tweeted the following accompanied by this photo:

Sabian photo session w MP, Neil Peart, Dave Weckl, Tony Braunagel & Terry Bozzio...a great day of drumming & hanging! http://twitpic.com/6p15wg

Thanks to rosmakloma for the heads up.

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Alex Lifeson Total Guitar feature online at MusicRadar.com
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[In pictures: Alex Lifeson's live rig]

Total Guitar #217Alex Lifeson was featured in an article for issue #217 of Total Guitar magazine. The magazine caught up with Alex backstage on the Time Machine Tour and got a personal tour of his entire live setup from Lerxst himself. Today MusicRadar.com posted a photo gallery from the article along with some excerpts from the interview. You can check it out at this link.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rush back catalog 5.1 re-release update
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UPDATE - 9/26@1:10PM: Universal is releasing 3, 5-CD Sector box sets that may or may not be related to all this. Check out the details in this post.

Back in May of last year, Classic Rock's Prog magazine ran a feature on Rush and mentioned that Rush's back catalogue will be the subject of a major reissues campaign in 2011. We didn't hear much more about this until earlier this year when it was revealed that Rush would be re-issuing a 5.1 version of their classic Moving Pictures album, and were also working on a re-mix of 2002's Vapor Trails. Around that same time MusicTap reiterated the band's plans for re-releasing their entire Universal catalog but did not provide any further details. The Moving Pictures 5.1 released this past Spring and was a huge success. Then a few days ago sharkshark at the AVS forum posted the following to a thread on Rush 5.1 re-releases after having a run-in with Geddy Lee at the Toronto International Film Festival:

... ran into Geddy last week at TIFF - we chatted 5.1, and he said they've locked their Engineer [Rich Chycki] in with the tapes ("he's got no life"), and that they plan on doing the same treatment for all their records. ... I specifically asked about multitracks for 2112 and he said they were in decent shape. ...

Assuming this information can be trusted, we may be getting 5.1 versions of Rush's entire back catalog - not just the Universal-era stuff. This news really isn't all that surprising given the huge success of the Moving Pictures 5.1 re-mix, but it's nice to hear regardless. More information as I learn it. Many thanks to Richard S for the heads up.

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VH1 Classic celebrates 24 hours of Rush Hashanah: official press release
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VH1 ClassicRush HashanahOver the weekend, we learned indirectly via the DirecTV listings for VH1 Classic that the station would be once again celebrating Rush Hashanah with a 24-hour marathon of Rush programming beginning on September 28th. And earlier this week the Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland CD press release confirmed that the station would be airing an edited 2-hour version of the concert as part of the celebration. Now here's the official Rush Hashanah press release from VH1 Classic which I received this morning:

VH1 Classic Celebrates 24-hours of "RUSH Hashanah"

Wednesday, September 28 at 7PM ET/PT

World Premiere of "Rush: Time Machine" Wednesday, September 28 at 8 PM ET/PT

NEW YORK, NY - September 22, 2011 - VH1 Classic is once again ringing in the Jewish New Year with a 24-hour marathon of Canada's greatest music export, Rush. "Rush Hashanah" begins Wednesday, September 28 at 7PM* and features the world premiere of "Rush: Time Machine." Live from Cleveland, "Rush: Time Machine" delivers the first live performance of the entire "Moving Pictures" album and other fan favorites from their many celebrated albums. The Rush extravaganza will include unforgettable concerts, performances and a behind-the-scenes look into the phenomenal 40-year career.

Beginning Wednesday, September 28 at 7 PM* and ending on Thursday, September 29 at 7PM* the Rush takeover on VH1 Classic will give viewers the opportunity to immerse themselves in all things Rush. With a glimpse into the renowned band's life with the award-winning VH1 Rock Doc "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" and Classic Albums "2112" and "Moving Pictures," there is no portion of Rush's legacy that will go unseen. Relive throwback hits with memorable concerts including the world premiere of "Rush: Time Machine" and other hit concerts including "Rush in Rio" and "R30." Additional information for "Rush Hashanah" below:

Classic Albums: Rush "2112" & "Moving Pictures" premieres Wednesday, September 28 at 7PM ET/PT
The story of the making of two of Rush's greatest albums.

"Rush: Time Machine" premieres Wednesday, September 28 at 8PM ET/PT
Filmed in Cleveland in April 2011, the "Time Machine" tour was an evening with Rush, where the band performed new songs, classic hits and, for the first time ever, performed the "Moving Pictures" album in its entirety.

"Rock Doc: Rush- Beyond The Lighted Stage" premieres Wednesday, September 28 at 10:30PM ET/PT
Rock Doc: Rush - Beyond The Lighted Stage - Regarded as the world's biggest cult band, Beyond the Lighted Stage explores the phenomenon behind the forty-year career of the legendary rock group Rush. Features never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with the band.

Classic in Concert: Rush: R30 premieres Thursday, September 29 at 1AM ET/PT
Rush performs live on September 24, 2004 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Classic in Concert: Rush In Rio premieres Thursday, September 29 at 12PM ET/PT
Taped in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the final night of Rush's 2002 Vapor Trails Tour.

VH1 Classic first celebrated Rush Hashanah back in 2008 and also in 2010, where they premiered the Rush Classic Albums special.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz: Clockwork Angels in pre-production; start recording mid-October
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Clockwork AngelsRush producer Nick Raskulinecz was recently interviewed for UltimateGuitar.com and gave a brief update regarding how work on Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album is progressing:

It is coming along fantastic, we have recorded two songs already and we released them last year and then the band went on tour. But we are currently in preproduction right now so that we can finish the rest of the record which we will start recording again in mid October.

You can read the entire interview at this link. The band will release the album on their new label Roadrunner Records sometime in the first of half of 2012 with a supporting tour to follow. Thanks to Gilbertk for the heads up.

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Release date for Neil Peart's upcoming instructional DVD Taking Center Stage pushed back
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According to Amazon.com the release date for Neil Peart's Taking Center Stage instructional DVD has been pushed back from October 14th to Tuesday, November 8th or possibly even November 15th. Amazon's listing for the DVD gives a November 8th release date but some folks who have already pre-ordered the DVD received an email from Amazon saying that they should expect to receive the item sometime the week of November 15th - which would imply a November 15th release. Suffice it to say that we'll need to wait at least a few more weeks, but should still have it in plenty of time for the Holidays. In the meantime you can check out TakingCenterStage.net for preview videos, a large photo gallery of behind-the-scenes pictures from the DVD filming, an informational page, and a four-part series of articles on the making of the DVD from lead editor and co-producer Joe Bergamini. Thanks to hermy and John D for the heads up.

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New contest at the Rush Backstage Club
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Autographed Rush drumhead[Win an autographed drumhead!]

The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win an autographed drumhead signed by all three members of Rush. This is an authentic drumhead used during the Time Machine 2011 tour by Neil Peart himself. To enter the contest just fill out the form here. The contest runs through October 3rd. Good luck!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Moving Pictures: Live 2011 to release November 8th, Time Machine 2011 theatrical release October 26th
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Moving Pictures: Live 2011UPDATE - 9/20@3:15PM: After finally having a chance to digest all of this, I realize that the Moving Pictures: Live 2011 title refers only to the vinyl and digital releases, and will contain only the live tracks from the Moving Pictures album. The complete 2-CD companion to the Time Machine DVD will have the same title as the DVD and include the entire concert, and still looks to be a separate release not included with the DVD. On top of that, it looks like Neil Peart's instructional DVD Taking Center Stage will now also release on November 8th. That's a lot of Rush swag for one day!

UPDATE - 9/20@12:19PM: Here's the official marketwire press release link.

UPDATE - 9/20@10:46AM: The article also lists some more details regarding the bonus features (thanks Professordrums):

Bonus Material

Outtakes from "History of Rush, Episodes 2 & 17"
"Tom Sawyer" featuring the cast of "History of Rush, Episode 17"
"Need Some Love" Live from Laura Secord Secondary School
"Anthem" Live from Passaic New Jersey

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Details regarding the CD companion to Rush's upcoming Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD/Blu-ray were released earlier today. The Huffington Post reported this morning that the CD companion will be titled Moving Pictures: Live 2011 and release on the same day as the DVD and there will also be a Moving Pictures: Live 2011 released on vinyl and digitally that will contain only the live tracks from the Moving Pictures album. Time Machine 2011 will also be getting a theatrical release through D&E Entertainment. From the article:

... Anthem, Rush and Rounder Records have again selected D&E Entertainment (www.DandEentertainment.com), who theatrically distributed the documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, to bring TIME MACHINE... to the big screen and movie theaters across the U.S. starting October 26. D&E will be working with Eagle Vision to bring TIME MACHINE to theatres across the UK and other territories as well. Info on all screenings will be available at www.RushTimeMachinePremiere.com. The big screen HD digital cinema presentation will give fans the best seat in the house and transport them from the theater to the front row of the concert. VH1 will be airing a 2-hour concert culled from the footage as part of their annual Rushashana program on September 29. ...

This also confirms the VH1 airing of an edited 2-hour version of the concert as part of Rush Hashanah later next week.

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[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Cleveland open thread]

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Grapes for Humanity charity auction raises over $50,000
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Grapes Under PressureRush has sponsored past eBay auctions to benefit Grapes for Humanity and did so again this year, kicking off an auction that began back on September 10th and ran through this past weekend. It was once again a huge success, ending up raising more than $50,000 for the charity! Up for bidding were a Geddy Lee Signed Fender Jazz Bass used on the 2010 Time Machine Tour, an Alex Lifeson Signed Gibson Les Paul Axcess used on the 2011 Time Machine Tour, and a Neil Peart Signed Sabian 20" Chinese Cymbal from the 2011 Time Machine Tour. Geddy Lee posted the following thank you message earlier today:

I would like to take a moment to thank all those fans and friends who participated in the GRAPES UNDER PRESSURE eBay auction to benefit GRAPES FOR HUMANITY CANADA. With your help we managed to raise over $50,000 dollars! When combined with monies raised in our other G.U.P. events we will be able to significantly improve the lives of disadvantaged and injured people around the globe and more immediately will aid THE HALO TRUST in establishing a pilot project in Savannakhet Province, Laos, to address the urgent problem of casualties caused by cluster bombs.

Alex, Neil, myself and the entire G.U.P. Team, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
~Geddy

Grapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community and Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors.

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Neil Peart on choosing the setlist in new preview video for his upcoming instructional DVD Taking Center Stage
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UPDATE - 9/20@10:34AM: According to Amazon.com, the release date has been pushed to November 8th - the same date that the Time Machine DVD and Moving Pictures Live CD will both be released (thanks hermy).

Early last week Neil Peart updated the website for his upcoming Taking Center Stage instructional DVD with this 2-minute preview trailer. There were also teaser coming soon messages attached to 3 other videos titled choosing the setlist, limelight, and time stand still respectively. The nearly 3-minute choosing the setlist video is now live (thanks ken). Neil talks about how he and his bandmates went about choosing the setlist for the Time Machine Tour. You can check it out below or at this link. In addition to the preview videos the site features a large photo gallery of behind-the-scenes pictures from the DVD filming, an informational page, and a four-part series of articles on the making of the DVD from lead editor and co-producer Joe Bergamini. Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance is slated for release on October 14th, 2011.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

DirecTV listings indicate that VH1 Classic will premiere Rush's Time Machine 2011 live concert video during Rush Hashanah
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Rush - Time Machine 2011: Live in ClevelandAccording to the DirectTV listings for September 28th and 29th, VH1 Classic will be airing yet another Rush Hashanah special at the end of the month where they use the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah as an excuse to air nothing but Rush programming for 24 hours straight. Better yet, it looks like they will use the opportunity to premiere the Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland concert video! The DirecTV listings for VH1 Classic (DirecTV channel 337) indicate that starting at 7PM on September 28th, the channel will begin airing all Rush programming beginning with the Rush Classic Albums special at 7PM and then the Time Machine 2011 concert from 8-10PM. Also on the docket are the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, R30 and Rush in Rio; a full 24 hours of Rush! The Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD/Blu-ray is currently slated for a November 8th release and will have a running time of 164 minutes along with a bunch of great bonus features. VH1 Classic first celebrated Rush Hashanah back in 2008 and also in 2010, where they premiered the Rush Classic Albums special. Many thanks to nicodemus49 for the heads up.

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3 Inches of Blood cover of Rush's Anthem featured in new film Lloyd the Conqueror
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Lloyd the ConquerorUPDATE - 9/17@9:30PM: Here's a YouTube video of 3 Inches of Blodd performing Anthem live (thanks drmike).

Next Saturday, September 24th the film Lloyd The Conqueror will premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival at the Globe Theatre at 7PM. The film stars Mike Smith of the Trailer Park Boys along with Brian Posehn, and follows three male college students as they do battle against Derek the Unholy, a dark wizard who is determined to hold onto his title as champion of the LARPers. The film features a cover of Rush's Anthem performed by Canadian heavy metal band 3 Inches of Blood who will be performing at the official premiere after party at 9PM at Dickens Pub. We first heard that 3 Inches of Blood had recorded a version of Anthem back in February.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

New interview with Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton at The Canadian Music Scene
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Lorne WheatonEarlier this week Paul at The Canadian Music Scene posted his interview with Alex Lifeson guitar tech Scott Appleton as part of his continuing series of Rush road crew interviews which he's been gradually adding to since back in early July. Just today he added yet another interview, this one with Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton. Lorne walks us through a typical day on the road as Neil Peart's drum tech, complete with nearly 50 high-res photographs of Neil's drums and gear. You can check out the interview/photos at this link. And in case you missed them, you can see all of Paul's other Rush road crew interviews at his website here. Thanks Paul!

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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This past Monday Neil Peart celebrated his 59th birthday, and to mark the occasion he updated the website for his upcoming Taking Center Stage instructional DVD with this awesome preview trailer. In addition to the preview trailer the site features a large photo gallery of behind-the-scenes pictures from the DVD filming, an informational page, and a four-part series of articles on the making of the DVD from lead editor and co-producer Joe Bergamini. Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance is slated for release on October 14th, 2011.

In a seemingly inadvertent coincidence, Neil Peart's latest book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time received a great review from Zachary Houle at PopMatters this past Monday on Neil's birthday. He gave it a 7 out of 10 and concluded the review as follows:

... While Far and Away is a disparate collection that rambles all over the place - both within its long-winded entries and in its dissimilar stories that touch upon motorcycling, drumming, and nature walks - the material is mostly engaging and well-thought out, and is a joyous celebration of a living legend. One thing is for certain, given Peart's growing role as a non-fiction writer, it seems as though he starting to acknowledge that strangers might just be, in some respects, long awaited friends. For fans of Rush, this is something to celebrate and behold, and, even if you've read much of this material before, Far and Away is a pretty good permanent collection of thoughts from one of the greatest and thoughtful minds in rock 'n' roll.

While on the subject of Neil Peart's writings, his first book was 1996's The Masked Rider which detailed his cycling adventures in West Africa in the late '80s. Reader Thom B dug up this old photo of Neil with some other members of his Bicycle Africa trip on a blog run by the trip leader - David Mozer.

Grapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community and Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors. Rush has sponsored past eBay auctions to benefit the charity and are doing so again this year. The auction kicked off this past weekend and among the items up for bidding are a Geddy Lee Signed Fender Jazz Bass used on the 2010 Time Machine Tour, an Alex Lifeson Signed Gibson Les Paul Axcess used on the 2011 Time Machine Tour, and a Neil Peart Signed Sabian 20" Chinese Cymbal from the 2011 Time Machine Tour. The auction runs through the weekend. To see the complete list of items up for auction and to place your bid check out this link.

Back in June of 2010 we learned that Geddy Lee had optioned the film and TV rights to Dave Bidini's 2005 book Baseballissimo. Earlier this week Variety magazine reported that development on the film is moving forward with Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot as co-writers:

... [the] Book was optioned last year by Rush frontman and baseball fanatic Geddy Lee, who hooked up with Toronto producer and A71 Productions prexy David Miller (2007 Toronto pic "Amal") and brought the project to Montreal-based Baruchel and Chabot last December.

Miller secured some Canuck development cash, and this summer took the writing duo, Lee and Bidini (both serving as exec producers) to Nettuno, and also began the scout for Euro co-pro partners.

"Bidini felt it was really important for Jay and Jesse to experience the town and meet the manager of the local baseball team," said Miller, whose shingle just wrapped Nova Scotia helmer Jason Buxton's feature bow "Bye Bye Blackbird," exec produced by Thom Fitzgerald ("The Hanging Garden").

Bidini is a Canadian musician, author and founding member of the Rheostatics who is also good friends with Geddy. The book details Bidini's story of his travels to the small town of Nettuno, the baseball capital of Italy since 1944.

Speaking of Geddy, syndicated guitar radio show The Chop Shop commemorated the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a 2-hour radio tribute show this past weekend. Host Steve Black spoke with a number of rock celebrities including Geddy as they reflected back on 9/11. The entire program was made available for streaming online at UltimateClassicRock.com. Geddy Lee appears in the first segment:

... Geddy Lee recalls the moment when he learned about the attacks: "I was in Toronto and somebody found me and told me to turn on the television and of course I sat there for the next two hours just completely stunned and appalled by what I was watching."

He went on to say, "My reaction was much the same as any normal human being, I was sickened by it and it had a profound effect on the entire world I think and life has really not been the same since that day." ...

Alex Lifeson and Tom CochraneThis past Saturday we learned via RockstarWeekly.com that legendary Canadian musician Tom Cochrane will soon be releasing a new 4-song EP called Voices At 4 AM. The first single will be the title track which is a collaboration with several other artists including Alex Lifeson.

Scott AppletonSpeaking of Alex, Paul at The Canadian Music Scene posted his interview with Alex Lifeson guitar tech Scott Appleton earlier this week as part of his continuing series of Rush road crew interviews. Paul has Scott walk us through a typical day on the road as Alex's guitar tech, complete with plenty of great photographs. You can check out the interview/photos at this link. And in case you missed them, you can see all of Paul's other Rush road crew interviews at his website here.

Chicago-based alt-rock band Wilco will be releasing their new album The Whole Love on September 27th. Jordan Zivitz of the Montreal Gazette recently spoke with Wilco front-man Jeff Tweedy about the new album and Rush came up in the conversation. Tweedy talks about his respect for Rush, almost meeting Neil Peart and how Rush was a guilty pleasure when he was growing up. You can read the entire article/interview at this link.

Wednesday was the Big Four concert at Yankee Stadium in New York with Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. It was a special day for the members of Anthrax, who grew up in New York, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. declared it Anthrax Day in the Bronx complete with a special presentation at the Hard Rock Cafe in Yankee Stadium. The presentation was videotaped and Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano is seen proudly wearing a Rush t-shirt in the video. You can watch the presentation at this link. Thanks to The Clansman 2112 for the heads up.

Reader DCRushFan let me know that yesterday's edition of the popular web comic Questionable Content (Number 2014: Lots of Extended Solos) contains a Rush reference. You can check it out at this link.

An article posted at The Rocky Mountain Collegian earlier this week discussing literary references in music makes reference to Rush:

... One of my favorite bands,(arguably one of the greatest bands of all time)a Canadian progressive rock band Rush, absolutely loves to reference literature in their songs. Granted, their drummer and primary lyric writer, Neil Peart, is also an author and enjoys writing his own literature for their music.

The objectivist percussionist is an admirer of Ayn Rand (the mere mention of her name makes me want to weep for humanity) and has accredited Rush's seven part epic "2112" to her inspiration. The song uses large parts of the plot from her book Anthem, a name that Rush titles a different song.

One of my favorite songs by Rush "Limelight," contains the words "All the world's indeed a stage, and we are merely players, performers and portrayers, each another's audience outside the gilded cage," which is almost a verbatim quote from Shakespeare. This might be my favorite reference to literature made by Rush. ...

Here's the preview trailer for Neil Peart's upcoming instructional DVD Taking Center Stage:

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

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wilco front-man Jeff Tweedy talks Rush in new interview
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Chicago-based alt-rock band Wilco will be releasing their new album The Whole Love on September 27th. Jordan Zivitz of the Montreal Gazette recently spoke with Wilco front-man Jeff Tweedy about the new album and Rush came up in the conversation:

Gazette: I have to ask about this, because I'm a huge Rush nerd and the band became a bit of a running joke at your solo show here earlier this year: At the show, you mentioned almost meeting Neil Peart in Toronto. What happened there?

Jeff Tweedy: Well, he was scheduled to be on the George Popolopolopo-whatever-his-name-is show; they film a couple of them in one day, and so he was on the next show but he wasn't there yet and I had to leave. There was no big deal, but it was pretty exciting and I was excited to get an autograph for Glenn (Kotche, Wilco's drummer), because he's a huge fan and the band itself overall is populated with pretty major Rush fans.

Gazette: I loved the bit of The Spirit of Radio that you plunked out at the show. I was hoping you were going to go all the way with that.

Tweedy: (Laughs) Yeah, I love Rush and I have a deep appreciation of them as people and as a band, more so now than when I was growing up, being a punk rock fan and there being a line in the sand at least at some point. And I heard it so much growing up around St. Louis - it was such a huge, huge thing that I was repelled by it. But I've always had a soft spot, maybe in a closeted kind of way, and I don't have anything at this point in my life that I consider a guilty pleasure. I think that Rush has certainly earned their place, and I actually see a lot of similarities now in the way that they've existed ... I mean, certainly we haven't had the massive success that they've had, but there's something really familiar to me about them. (Laughs) I just think that they're nerds, and I feel like Wilco's full of nerds, so I think that that's probably the same thing. ...

You can read the entire article/interview at this link. Thanks to Michael from Northumberland, UK for the heads up.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New interview with Alex Lifeson guitar tech Scott Appleton at The Canadian Music Scene
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Scott AppletonAs part of his continuing series of Rush road crew interviews, Paul at The Canadian Music Scene has posted his interview with Alex Lifeson guitar tech Scott Appleton. Paul has Scott walk us through a typical day on the road as Alex's guitar tech, complete with plenty of great photographs. You can check out the interview/photos at this link. And in case you missed them, you can see all of Paul's other Rush road crew interviews at his website here. Thanks Paul!

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Video trailer for Neil Peart's upcoming instructional DVD Taking Center Stage now online
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Neil Peart's new instructional DVD is titled Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance and will be released on October 14th, 2011. A teaser website promoting the DVD was recently updated with a large photo gallery of behind-the-scenes pictures from the DVD filming, an informational page, and a four-part series of articles on the making of the DVD from lead editor and co-producer Joe Bergamini. The site also promised that a video trailer would be released today, September 12th - presumably in celebration of Neil's 59th birthday. The trailer is now live on the front page of TakingCenterStage.net and is also available on YouTube at this link (thanks Ray C).

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Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot to co-write Geddy Lee produced film based on Dave Bidini's Baseballissimo book
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Back in June of 2010 we learned that Geddy Lee had optioned the film and TV rights to Dave Bidini's 2005 book Baseballissimo. Yesterday Variety reported that development on the film is moving forward with Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot as co-writers:

... [the] Book was optioned last year by Rush frontman and baseball fanatic Geddy Lee, who hooked up with Toronto producer and A71 Productions prexy David Miller (2007 Toronto pic "Amal") and brought the project to Montreal-based Baruchel and Chabot last December.

Miller secured some Canuck development cash, and this summer took the writing duo, Lee and Bidini (both serving as exec producers) to Nettuno, and also began the scout for Euro co-pro partners.

"Bidini felt it was really important for Jay and Jesse to experience the town and meet the manager of the local baseball team," said Miller, whose shingle just wrapped Nova Scotia helmer Jason Buxton's feature bow "Bye Bye Blackbird," exec produced by Thom Fitzgerald ("The Hanging Garden").

Bidini is a Canadian musician, author and founding member of the Rheostatics who is also good friends with Geddy. The book details Bidini's story of his travels to the small town of Nettuno, the baseball capital of Italy since 1944. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Happy Birthday Neil Peart!
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Neil Peart then and nowOn this day back in 1952, our favorite drummer - Neil Ellwood Peart - was born in Hamilton, Ontario. Neil turns 59 today which makes him the old man of the band; Geddy and Alex both recently turned 58. I should also mention that this past Friday, September 9th, Neil and his wife Carrie Nuttall celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary. Happy birthday Pratt, and happy anniversary Neil and Carrie!

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rush items up for auction to benefit Grapes for Humanity
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Grapes Under PressureGrapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community and Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors. Rush has sponsored past eBay auctions to benefit the charity and are doing so again this year. The auction kicked off earlier today and among the items up for bidding are a Geddy Lee Signed Fender Jazz Bass used on the 2010 Time Machine Tour, an Alex Lifeson Signed Gibson Les Paul Axcess used on the 2011 Time Machine Tour, and a Neil Peart Signed Sabian 20" Chinese Cymbal from the 2011 Time Machine Tour. To see the complete list of items up for auction and to place your bid check out this link. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Chop Shop Radio's 9/11 tribute show featuring Geddy Lee now available online
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Chop Shop RadioSyndicated guitar radio show The Chop Shop is commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a 2-hour radio tribute show this weekend. Host Steve Black talks with a number of rock celebrities including Rush's Geddy Lee as they reflect back on 9/11. The entire program is available for streaming online at UltimateClassicRock.com. Geddy Lee appears in the first segment:

... Geddy Lee recalls the moment when he learned about the attacks: "I was in Toronto and somebody found me and told me to turn on the television and of course I sat there for the next two hours just completely stunned and appalled by what I was watching."

He went on to say, "My reaction was much the same as any normal human being, I was sickened by it and it had a profound effect on the entire world I think and life has really not been the same since that day." ...

Thanks to Andrew W for the heads up.

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New Alex Lifeson collaboration with Tom Cochrane
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Alex Lifeson and Tom CochraneBack in early July Toronto-born musician Andrew Cole revealed in an interview with the Oakville Beaver that he was collaborating with legendary Canadian musician Tom Cochrane along with Alex Lifeson and other well-known musicians for a future project, although few details were given. But today Canada's RockstarWeekly.com announced that the collaboration would take the form of a new 4-song EP. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Happy 15th anniversary Test for Echo!
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Today marks the 15th anniversary of the release of Rush's 16th studio album - 1996's Test for Echo. This was the last album that the band recorded before the tragic events in Neil Peart's life in the late '90s forced the band to take a long hiatus. Test for Echo was the 4th and last Rush album recorded with producer Peter Collins who had also produced Power Windows, Hold Your Fire and the band's previous album - Counterparts. Test for Echo was certified Gold by the RIAA on October 23, 1996 and peaked at #5 on the Billboard album charts. It produced 4 singles, namely Test for Echo, Half the World, Driven and Virtuality. All 4 except for Virtuality reached the top 5 on the US Mainstream Rock charts with Test for Echo peaking at #1. In celebration of the album's 15th anniversary, here's the video for Driven:

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush - Time Machine 2011: Live in ClevelandNow that it's September and Rush has a new record deal with Roadrunner records, we can only hope that our three heroes have resumed work on their forthcoming Clockwork Angels studio album. In the meantime we have the October 14th release of Neil Peart's Taking Center Stage instructional DVD and the November 8th release of Rush's Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD to look forward to. According to a tweet from Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki earlier this week, Geddy Lee and Rush's management recently previewed the DVD:

Previewed the Rush Cleveland show w Ged and management in a listening theater. RAWK!

It's good to see that progress is being made and that Chycki is excited with the outcome so far. Hopefully Geddy and the band's management liked it too. In the press release announcing Rush's record deal with Roadrunner Records they mention that the first Roadrunner release will actually be a live album culled from the blockbuster tour. This seems to confirm that a live CD will be accompanying the release of the DVD/Blu-ray. Although it's still unclear whether the CD release will be included with the DVD or released separately. Hopefully we'll hear some more definitive news on that front in the near future.

Mobile Production Monthly Rush issueRush's Time Machine Tour and the band's road crew are the subject of a huge 16-page cover feature in the latest edition of industry magazine Mobile Production Monthly. They talk to several members of Rush's road crew including Production Designer Howard Ungerleider, FOH Engineer Brad Madix, and Production Manager Craig Blazier. The article features a detailed run-through of Rush's stage show along with several great photographs. The entire article is available online as a PDF at this link.

Speaking of Rush's 2011 Time Machine Tour, Rush is in the running for the Eventful 2011 Fans' Choice Award for Best Tour of the Year at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards. To vote for Rush just go to this link and demand Rush. Rush was awarded the Legend of Live award at last year's Billboard Touring Awards. On a related note, the Rush Backstage Club is running a huge sale on Time Machine Tour merchandise including several t-shirts for only $9.99. You can check out all the items for sale at this link.

Here's an interesting visual interpretation of Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album from deviantart.com artist Altalamatox. It was done as part of an assignment for the artist's illustration class where the idea was to create a promo poster for an existing musical group. From the artist:

If you're into cracking song lyrics (and Rush is great for cryptic lyrics), I submit that if BU2B and Caravan are indicative of the rest of the album we're looking at a lot of 'human reason and science shrugging off the paralyzing shell of faith and fantasy,' hence the cracking-stone-revealing-clockwork angel. The sea is for change, the storm for unrest, and the alchemy symbols feature on the album artwork so I borrowed them for this.

Well done. Thanks to LanceTheShred for the heads up.

Bubba's Drumming and Cooking hatNeil Peart's official Bubba's Bar-n-Grill merchandise store is now selling hand-made drumming and cooking hats, similar in design to the caps that Neil wears in concert. The hats have a turquoise band around the base with embroidered Bubba's logos and are currently selling for $39.99. You can purchase yours at this link. Thanks to Nettie for the heads up.

The DoubleWe learned earlier this year of Alex Lifeson's involvement with the film score for a new spy thriller due out later this month starring Topher Grace and Richard Gere titled The Double. The film was co-written by Derek Haas and director Michael Brandt and features original music by film composer John Debney with a little help from Alex Lifeson. Alex plays guitar on the score throughout the movie and also wrote the outro track which is titled Don't Look Back which you listen to a snippet of on YouTube at this link. Harmony Central posted an article yesterday (thanks Cat M) on how Alex and engineer Rich Chycki used the AT4080 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone from Audio-Technica when recording Alex's parts for the score. Here's a quote from Chycki from the article:

... Alex wrote some really interesting guitar pieces and added his touch to a number of existing feature pieces in the movie, in addition to writing and performing the composition for the closing credits. I've always been a fan of ribbon mics on guitars, but usually they are very fragile. My friend Joel Singer from M3 [Music Mix Mobile] told me about the virtues of AT4080, so I checked it out, and I've been very impressed. The AT4080 has all the great sonic characteristics of a ribbon, but without the fragility that often plagues that type of microphone. I was very pleased with the character of the AT4080 - so much so, that we used it as the core microphone for the heavier guitar tones. ...

The Double will be released to theaters in the US on September 23rd.

In addition to showcasing his musical chops on the film score for The Double, Alex exercised his acting chops for another film that's due out this month - Toronto filmmaker Rob Heydon's new indie film Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy. The film is an adaptation of Scottish author Irvine Welsh's book Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance. Alex will be playing the role of Dr. Michael Figg; a character made specifically for the film who works in a mental hospital where Billy Boyd's character Woodsy is committed for a breakdown after consuming too much Ecstasy. The cast & crew screening of the film will take place at the Toronto Underground Cinema in Toronto, ON tomorrow, September 10th at 4PM, although it looks like there are not any tickets left. There's no word on whether Alex will be in attendance, but it's certainly possible. You can watch a short clip of Alex Lifeson as Dr. Figg at the film's YouTube channel here. The clip runs about 1 minute and features respected psychiatrist Dr. Michael Figg discussing his radical new treatment.

Grapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community. Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors for the organization and Rush has sponsored past eBay auctions to benefit the charity. They recently announced via Rush.com that they will be doing so again this year:

Once again, Geddy, Alex and Neil are mining their personal stash to
select some very special items to put up on the Rush Ebay auction with proceeds going to the Grapes For Humanity charity. We just wanted to give you a heads up so you can be ready to break open the piggy bank and bid on some personal Rush rarities. Stay tuned to rush.com for your once in a lifetime chance to own a piece of Rush history! In the meantime, read up on Grapes For Humanity here
http://grapesforhumanity.com/

Mark TrumboAnaheim Angels rookie infielder Mark Trumbo is a candidate for the American League Rookie of the Year award and was recently interviewed by the Orange County Register. When asked the question what is the coolest thing about being a big-leaguer that most fans would not know? he replied:

... it's probably been being able to meet people in the various cities we go to that you wouldn't meet ordinarily. For instance, a big thrill for me was getting to meet Geddy Lee, lead singer of Rush, in Toronto. That was really cool for me. ...

We learned early last month that the special edition of San Francisco metal band Machine Head's upcoming album Unto the Locust includes a cover of Rush's Witch Hunt. The album will release on September 27th via Roadrunner Records and the special edition will also contain a cover of Judas Priest's The Sentinel. Machine Head front man Robert Flynn recently discussed Rush's influence on the band and on the upcoming album in a recent interview which you can check out at this link at around the 3-minute mark (thanks BloodofTheZodiac at The Rush Forum).

Readers Mitch18ss and Stephanie R pointed out a bit of Rush news that had slipped by us over the summer. Hard rockin' rapper Kid Rock has been playing his hit Forever on tour over a sample of Rush's Tom Sawyer. The original studio track does not include the sample, but it works well with the song. You can watch a bootleg clip on YouTube here.

Speaking of other artists playing Rush live, back on pop singer Katy Perry's 2009 tour she had been closing out her set with her hit song I Kissed a Girl. That's not surprising at all, but what is surprising is that at the end of the song the band would break into the ending of Rush's Cygnus X-1. I'd mentioned this back in August of 2009, but Eric at Power Windows recently dug up this great YouTube video of the performance. Ironically, Rush did the same thing (played part of Cygnus-X1) at the end of their 2nd set on the 2011 leg of the Time Machine Tour! Maybe Rush will reciprocate and play part of I Kissed a Girl on next year's tour? :)

One of the regular features on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show is the TMS Top Five, where the 3 hosts choose a theme and then try to come up with a top 5 list. On the latest episode of the show the theme was the Top 5 Lyricists. Neil Peart was #1 on Eddie Trunk's list but did not appear on Jim Florentine's or Don Jamieson's list at all. However, Eddie fought hard for Neil who ended up at #5 on their final list. You can watch the clip at this link beginning at about the 4:30 mark. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

Guitar World magazine re-printed an old 1986 interview with Geddy Lee on their website earlier this week. It's from the May 1986 issue and the original headline was Geddy Lee: More Bass, More Space in the Modern World. The interview focused on Rush's new album at the time, Power Windows. You can check it out at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

Here's a Rush sighting but in a sad context. Reader Tim L noticed that one of the victims of the Texas wildfires depicted in this MSNBC article slideshow is wearing a Rush t-shirt. Let's send our thoughts/prayers to her and all the other victims of the wildfires. If you'd like to help out monetarily, you can donate to the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund which aids volunteer firefighters' battling wildfires across Texas.

Nathaniel Miller of the Odessa American wrote an opinion piece for today's edition titled Some band from Canada got the current American dream down in song in the 70s which relates Rush's Working Man to the idea of the new American Dream. You can check out the article at this link.

Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot was recently interviewed for a piece at WickedLocal.com and mentions Rush when answering the following question:

WickedLocal.com: Since then it seems it has become easier for Canadian artists to get a toehold; Rush maybe is the most notable example.

Gordon Lightfoot: I love them. They're great. I know Geddy [Geddy Lee, Rush lead vocalist and bassist] very well. In terms of acceptance, I think that the American side has kind of an appetite for Canadian talent. We are cousins in a certain kind of way.

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was interviewed for a cover feature in the September, 2011 issue of Modern Drummer magazine (thanks RushFanForever) and when asked how he warms up before a show he had the following to say:

I just have a pair of drumsticks in my hands for a half an hour before we get on stage. On whatever couch or pillow is available, I do single-stroke rolls, maybe paradiddles. Nothing strict. The chorus beat in "Rope" is a paradiddle, directly lifted from Neil Peart. It's "The Spirit Of Radio" all the way. When we were doing the demo for "Rope",everyone thought it was my idea. But I have to say to Neil Peart in Modern Drummer: I'm sorry I stole that from you, Neil, but it was Dave's idea to do that, not mine! [laughs].

September was a busy month in Rush history for studio album releases. A Farewell to Kings was released back in 1977; last Saturday, September 3rd was the 20th anniversary of the release of Roll the Bones; yesterday marked 24 years since the release of Hold Your Fire; today is the 29th anniversary of Signals' release; and tomorrow marks the 15th anniversary of the release of Rush's 16th studio album - 1996's Test for Echo. This was the last album that the band recorded before the tragic events in Neil Peart's life in the late '90s forced the band to take a long hiatus. Test for Echo was certified Gold by the RIAA on October 23, 1996 and peaked at #5 on the Billboard album charts. In celebration of the album's 15th anniversary, here's the video for Driven:

This coming Monday, September 12th our favorite drummer Neil Peart will turn 59 years young. On top of that, today is Neil's 11th wedding anniversary; he married photographer Carrie Nuttall 11 years ago today back in 2000. Happy anniversary Carrie and Neil! May you have many more. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Rush's Time Machine Tour, road crew featured in latest Mobile Production Monthly magazine
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Mobile Production Monthly Rush issueRush's Time Machine Tour and the band's road crew are the subject of a huge 16-page cover feature in the latest edition of industry magazine Mobile Production Monthly. They talk to several members of Rush's road crew including Production Designer Howard Ungerleider, FOH Engineer Brad Madix, and Production Manager Craig Blazier. The article features a detailed run-through of Rush's stage show along with several great photographs. The entire article is available online as a PDF at this link. Thanks to interceptor for the heads up.

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Geddy Lee, Rush management preview the Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD/Blu-ray
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Rush - Time Machine 2011: Live in ClevelandRush sound engineer Rich Chycki posted the following message to Twitter late yesterday:

Previewed the Rush Cleveland show w Ged and management in a listening theater. RAWK!

So it sounds like the DVD itself is done or close to it. It's good to see that progress is being made and that Chycki is excited with the outcome. Hopefully Geddy and the band's management liked it too. Last week the band announced that they had signed a deal with Roadrunner Records and the press release mentions that the first Roadrunner release will actually be a live album culled from the blockbuster tour. This seems to confirm that a live CD will be accompanying the release of the DVD/Blu-ray. Although it's still not clear whether the CD release will be included with the DVD or released separately. The Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD/Blu-ray is currently slated for a November 8th release and will have a running time of 164 minutes. Bonus features will include outtakes from the intro, intermission and outro videos from the Time Machine Tour along with the full clip of the Canadian Bandstand gig that Rush played at Laura Secord High School in St. Catharines, ON in 1974 with original drummer John Rutsey on drums, portions of which were included in the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. It's not clear whether this would just be the same 2 clips of Working Man and Best I Can that were also included as extras in the documentary, or if it will include the entire show (or more unreleased footage at least). The bonus features will also include some of Rush's 1976 black and white bootleg video of their performance in Passaic, NJ. Again, it's not clear what full clip means in this context. The video was directed by Rush documentary filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen, and engineered by Rich Chycki. You can pre-order your copy at Amazon (DVD, Blu-ray).

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[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD/Blu-ray details, bonus features]
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Blu-ray now available for pre-order]
[Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD/Blu-ray release date pushed back to October 25th]
[Rush Time Machine live DVD now available for pre-order]
[Rush Cleveland live DVD/Blu-ray to be titled Time Machine, releases on September 27th]
[Rush live DVD to release September 27th on Concord Records]
[Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki checks in on the Moving Pictures 5.1 remix, Cleveland live DVD]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Cleveland open thread]

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Rush Backstage Club sale on Time Machine Tour merchandise
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Rush Time Machine tour shirtThe Rush Backstage Club is running a huge sale on Time Machine Tour merchandise including several t-shirts for only $9.99. Unfortunately the Rush World Tour Baseball Jersey is still $99.99 though. :( You can check out all the items for sale at this link.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Rush announces charity auction to benefit Grapes for Humanity
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Grapes Under PressureGrapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community. Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors for the organization and Rush has sponsored past eBay auctions to benefit the charity. They recently announced via Rush.com that they will be doing so again this year:

Once again, Geddy, Alex and Neil are mining their personal stash to
select some very special items to put up on the Rush Ebay auction with proceeds going to the Grapes For Humanity charity. We just wanted to give you a heads up so you can be ready to break open the piggy bank and bid on some personal Rush rarities. Stay tuned to rush.com for your once in a lifetime chance to own a piece of Rush history! In the meantime, read up on Grapes For Humanity here
http://grapesforhumanity.com/

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Vote for Rush for Eventful's Best Tour of the Year fans' choice award
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011Rush's 2011 Time Machine Tour is in the running for the Eventful 2011 Fans' Choice Award for Best Tour of the Year at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards. To vote for Rush just go to this link and demand Rush. Rush was awarded the Legend of Live award at last year's Billboard Touring Awards. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Rush's Working Man makes list of top 12 Labor Day songs
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John Sinkevics of The Grand Rapids Press compiled a list of a dozen classic songs that celebrate labor or protest its unfairness for a feature in today's edition celebrating Labor Day. It's titled Whistle while you work (or not): 12 Labor Day songs to pump up your holiday and Rush's Working Man made the list at #10 (thanks RushFanForever). For all of you working men (and women) out there, here's Rush performing Working Man from their televised 1974 Canadian Bandstand gig at Laura Secord High School in St. Catharines, ON.

... They call me the workin' man. I guess that's what I am ... Happy Labor Day everybody!

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Happy 20th anniversary Roll the Bones!
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Today is the 20th anniversary of the release of Rush's 14th studio album - 1991's Roll the Bones. Roll the Bones was the second and last Rush album to be produced by Rupert Hine, who had also produced the band's previous album - 1989's Presto. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on August 31, 2001 and reached as high as #3 on the Billboard album charts. Last month Audio Fidelity released a limited edition 24 Karat Gold CD version of the album. Roll the Bones produced 4 singles, namely Dreamline, Roll the Bones, Ghost of a Chance and Bravado. Dreamline reached #1 on the mainstream rock charts. In celebration of the anniversary here's the video for the title track:

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush - Time Machine 2011: Live in ClevelandThe big news of this past week was Rush signing a record deal with Roadrunner Records, who will be releasing the band's Clockwork Angels studio album next year. But before that happens, Roadrunner will first be releasing the live CD companion to Rush's upcoming Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland DVD, although it's still unclear whether the CD release will be included with the DVD or released separately. Roadrunner promises that more details regarding this will be revealed in the coming weeks. Where Rush's signing with Roadrunner may seem like a major break from the band's previous deal with Atlantic Records, it should be noted that Warner Music Group is the parent company of both Roadrunner and Atlantic, and Atlantic Records Group is Roadrunner's US distributor. Indeed, Rush had been under contract with Atlantic to release one more studio album, and Rush's deal with Roadrunner likely would not have been able to happen if Roadrunner and Atlantic had not been with the same parent company. That said, from a marketing standpoint this is probably a good move for Rush, as Atlantic had been doing a poor job promoting the band in recent years. Roadrunner's focus on hard rock and heavy metal bands makes them a much better fit for Rush. Other prog-rock bands currently with Roadrunner Records include Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater and Opeth.

We learned earlier this month that Neil Peart's new instructional DVD - which he'd first mentioned in his February, 2011 news update at NeilPeart.net - is titled Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance and will be released on October 14th, 2011. A teaser website promoting the DVD had been launched earlier in the year but it didn't contain much in the way of content or information until just recently. The site now contains a large photo gallery of behind-the-scenes pictures from the DVD filming, an informational page, a four-part series of articles on the making of the DVD from lead editor and co-producer Joe Bergamini, along with the promise of a video trailer and other teaser videos to come. The video trailer will release in less than 2 weeks on September 12th - Neil's 59th birthday.

The August, 2011 issue of the UK's Rhythm magazine contains an 11-page cover feature on Neil Peart that John over at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed and posted online yesterday at this link. The feature includes Neil's interview where he talks about what drives his timekeeping, improvisation, and the benefits of touring. There's also a piece on Neil's latest drum teacher Freddie Gruber, excerpts from Neil's first Rhythm cover feature back in 1987, a short piece where Neil's drum tech Lorne Wheaton talks about Neil's gear and a breakdown of Neil's Time Machine Tour kit along with a gallery of photos. Check it out at this link.

Earlier this week Neil Peart updated the Bubba's Book Club section of his website where he reviews and recommends books that he's been reading. In this installment Neil reviews After Many a Summer Dies the Swan by Aldous Huxley. You can check out Neil's review at this link.

Guitar Player - October, 2011The October, 2011 issue of Guitar Player magazine has a cover story titled 50 Rhythm Guitar Gods where Rush's Alex Lifeson is one of the guitarists featured. Here's what they say about Lerxst:

"I've tried to develop a style that combines broad arpeggios and suspended chords," explained Lifeson. "They've been my two main target areas. Suspensions have been my trick for many years to make a trio sound big." Not very often are you treated to a body of rhythm work like Lifeson's, from classic riff rock ("Working Man") through heavy prog ("Xanadu") onto the textural '80s and '90s, deftly riding the heavier sonic zeitgeist all the way to 2011. Along the way, Lifeson has also incorporated more feels into his vernacular as well, including reggae (Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures) and funk (Roll the Bones). Lifeson has done it all, and never at the expense of his own personal voice."

The DoubleWe learned earlier this year of Alex Lifeson's involvement with the film score for a new spy thriller due out later this month starring Topher Grace and Richard Gere titled The Double. The film was co-written by Derek Haas and director Michael Brandt and features original music by film composer John Debney with a little help from Alex Lifeson. Alex plays guitar on the score throughout the movie and also wrote the outro track which is titled Don't Look Back according to movie co-writer Derek Haas, who posted the information to The Rush Forum earlier this month. We had already been aware from reports earlier this year that Scarlet Sins vocalist Sylvya NuVynska and Skinny Puppy founding member cEvin Key also play on the outro track, and that Rush sound engineer Richard Chycki handled the mixing duties. Yesterday afternoon Haas posted a 2-minute audio clip of Don't Look Back to YouTube. You can listen to the clip below or at this link. The film will be released to theaters in the US on September 23rd.

The Orbit Room Classic t-shirtSpeaking of Lerxst, Alex Lifeson's Toronto nightclub The Orbit Room launched a website last week which is selling official Orbit Room merchandise. There are both Classic t-shirts and women's t-shirts available along with a beer mug or shot glass, all sporting the Orbit Room logo. To check out the store and purchase your official Orbit Room merchandise just go to this link.

Ready Player One is a new, critically-acclaimed sci-fi book from author and self-described seventies/eighties protonerd Ernest Cline. Cline is currently on the book tour circuit, traveling around the country in is his Back to the Future-inspired DeLorean and doing a number of interviews promoting the book. Being a '70s/'80s protonerd, it's not surprising that Cline is a Rush fan. He was recently featured on the cover of the Austin Chronicle sporting a Rush Time Machine Tour jersey and was the subject of an article titled The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth. He was also recently interviewed for eMusic and spoke a bit about Rush and 2112 in particular. You can check out the interview at this link. There's also this review of the book in the September 5th issue of Time magazine which also makes mention of Rush:

... "As much fun as it is to see those long-mothballed names again -- and the torrent of references never lets up -- Cline's enthusiasm for geeky minutiae can grown maddeningly fetishistic. When Wade's virtual-world avatar pulls a guitar out of a stone, its a 1974 Gibson Les Paul, 'the exact guitar used by Alex Lifeson during [Rush's] 2112 tour.' (Rush and They Might Be Giants loom large in this 2045; the
re's no sign that, say, hip-hop ever happened.)" ...

For more information on Ready Player One, check out www.readyplayerone.com.

On Thursday of last week MSN Canada posted a photo gallery of celebrity sports fans including Rush's Geddy Lee, whose love of baseball prompted his addition to their list:

When he's not playing bass for Canadian rock legends Rush, Toronto native Geddy Lee likes to unwind with some baseball. An avid collector of cards and memorabilia, Lee is frequently seen at Blue Jays games, catching the action from his exclusive season ticket seats behind home plate. Lee, who enjoys catching games in different cities with his son while Rush is touring North America, is also a hardcore fantasy baseball player. In fact, he's so serious about the hobby that he insists on having high-speed internet access in every venue the band plays so he can keep tabs on his team.

Guitar World is running a poll on their website to determine the Best Guitar Album of 1984. Rush's Grace Under Pressure is in the running and needs some help from Rush fans. As of this post Stryper's Yellow and Black Attack and The Scorpions' Love at First Sting are leading the pack and splitting about half of the vote. So go vote for Rush!

Reader Dave H has recreated the Time Machine Tour stage setup with legos, including Alex's amps, Geddy's GeFilter and Neil's kit. He has a huge gallery of photos available at this link and has made it available for purchase on eBay. He also plans on creating another, more ambitious complete Rush stage set, including the lighting trusses, foot pedals, rear screen, mic stands, Geds keyboards, etc.

The creator of FX's Archer - Adam Reed - and star Judy Greer were recently interviewed for FanBolt.com at last month's San Diego Comic Con to talk about the upcoming third season of the show. The second season's finale episode included a big Rush reference as I'd reported in this post back in April. In the interview the subject of Rush comes up when Reed spots the interviewer wearing a Rush hat. You can listen to the interview at this link. The Rush bit occurs at about the 3:25 mark. Thanks to John for the heads up.

Eddie Trunk's debut book Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal was released this past April. The book discusses Trunk's most essential hard rock and heavy metal artists and includes an entire chapter devoted to Rush. Trunk was recently interviewed for the Front Row TV website and had a lot of great things to say about Rush. You can watch the interview at this link. The Rush bit comes in at about the 16:20 mark. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Earlier this summer the 2 blogs Popblerd and The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit kicked off an experiment called Why the hell should I like... where they picked 10 songs from their favorite artists - one for which the other had professed dislike or disinterest - and demonstrated why they were wrong. The first band chosen was Rush. You can read the initial post here and the rebuttal here. It sounds like it was a fun and enlightening exercise. Thanks to John for the heads up.

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Rush's 14th studio album - 1991's Roll the Bones. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on August 31, 2001 and reached as high as #3 on the Billboard album charts. Last month Audio Fidelity released a limited edition 24 Karat Gold CD version of the album. In celebration of the anniversary here's the video for the title track:

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

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Details, behind-the-scenes photos from Neil Peart's new instructional DVD Taking Center Stage posted at TakingCenterStage.net
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We learned earlier this month that Neil Peart's new instructional DVD - which he'd first mentioned in his February, 2011 news update at NeilPeart.net - is titled Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance and will be released on October 14th, 2011. A teaser website promoting the DVD had been launched earlier in the year but it didn't contain much in the way of content or information until just recently. The site now contains a large photo gallery of behind-the-scenes pictures from the DVD filming, an informational page, a four-part series of articles on the making of the DVD from lead editor and co-producer Joe Bergamini, along with the promise of a video trailer and other teaser videos to come. The video trailer will release in less than 2 weeks on September 12th - Neil's 59th birthday. Thanks to lilvictory for the heads up.

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Alex Lifeson outro track from The Double film score now online
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Topher Grace and Richard Gere in The DoubleUPDATE - 9/9@10:29AM: Harmony Central posted an article yesterday (thanks Cat M) on how Alex and engineer Rich Chycki used the AT4080 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone from Audio-Technica when recording Alex's parts for the score. Here's a quote from Chycki from the article:

... Alex wrote some really interesting guitar pieces and added his touch to a number of existing feature pieces in the movie, in addition to writing and performing the composition for the closing credits. I've always been a fan of ribbon mics on guitars, but usually they are very fragile. My friend Joel Singer from M3 [Music Mix Mobile] told me about the virtues of AT4080, so I checked it out, and I've been very impressed. The AT4080 has all the great sonic characteristics of a ribbon, but without the fragility that often plagues that type of microphone. I was very pleased with the character of the AT4080 - so much so, that we used it as the core microphone for the heavier guitar tones. ...

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We learned earlier this year of Alex Lifeson's involvement with the film score for a new spy thriller due out later this month starring Topher Grace and Richard Gere titled The Double. The film was co-written by Derek Haas and director Michael Brandt and features original music by film composer John Debney with a little help from Alex Lifeson. Alex plays guitar on the score throughout the movie and also wrote the outro track which is titled Don't Look Back according to movie co-writer Derek Haas, who posted the information to The Rush Forum earlier this month.

... I wrote the movie THE DOUBLE that comes out next month. Alex Lifeson played guitar on the score throughout the movie (the great John Debney composed it). We asked Alex to write a song for the closing credits and he wrote/recorded "Don't Look Back," a brand-spanking new single. ... How this came about: Michael and I got to know Alex and Geddy when they were in LA finishing Snakes & Arrows. Alex is a movie-buff and literature-buff and he expressed interest in scoring films. (I hope you detect my admiration shining through... he's truly one of the greatest guys I've ever met. Geddy too, but that's a different story.) As we were putting THE DOUBLE together, Michael and I told Alex we'd love for him to be included any way he wanted. We did the movie for very little money so we weren't going to be able to afford him but we wanted to throw it out there. He was between the two tours so he asked us to send him the latest cut of the film and he started talking to the composer (Debney) via email and the phone. Then he just went to town... the guy is astonishing. And generous. The single is definitely not a RUSH song but you can sure here Alex's distinctive "voice" all over it. ...

We had already been aware from reports earlier this year that Scarlet Sins vocalist Sylvya NuVynska and Skinny Puppy founding member cEvin Key also play on the outro track, and that Rush sound engineer Richard Chycki handled the mixing duties. Earlier today Haas posted a 2-minute audio clip of Don't Look Back to YouTube. You can listen to the clip below or at this link.

The film will be released to theaters in the US on September 23rd.

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Neil Peart's August, 2011 Rhythm magazine feature now online
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The August, 2011 issue of the UK's Rhythm magazine contains an 11-page cover feature/interview with Neil Peart. Included in the feature is a guided tour of the Time Machine Tour kit from Neil's drum tech Lorne Wheaton. Earlier this month MusicRadar.com posted several photos from the kit tour to their website along with a few snippets from the interview here. But now the entire article is available thanks to John over at Cygnus-X1.net who has transcribed it and posted online at this link. The feature includes the guided tour of Neil's kit mentioned above along with Neil's interview where he talks about what drives his timekeeping, improvisation, and the benefits of touring. There's also a piece on Neil's latest drum teacher Freddie Gruber, excerpts from Neil's first Rhythm cover feature back in 1987, and a short piece where Neil's drum tech Lorne Wheaton talks about Neil's gear. Check it out at this link. Thanks John!

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Alex Lifeson included as one of Guitar Player magazine's 50 Rhythm Guitar Gods in latest issue
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Guitar Player - October, 2011UPDATE - 11/15@12:29PM: The article is now online here (thanks RushFanForever).

The October, 2011 issue of Guitar Player magazine has a cover story titled 50 Rhythm Guitar Gods where Rush's Alex Lifeson is one of the guitarists featured. Here's what they say about Lerxst:

"I've tried to develop a style that combines broad arpeggios and suspended chords," explained Lifeson. "They've been my two main target areas. Suspensions have been my trick for many years to make a trio sound big." Not very often are you treated to a body of rhythm work like Lifeson's, from classic riff rock ("Working Man") through heavy prog ("Xanadu") onto the textural '80s and '90s, deftly riding the heavier sonic zeitgeist all the way to 2011. Along the way, Lifeson has also incorporated more feels into his vernacular as well, including reggae (Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures) and funk (Roll the Bones). Lifeson has done it all, and never at the expense of his own personal voice."

Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up and the transcript.

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