Archive: Blog Entries from September, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Edmonton open thread
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UPDATE - 10/9@11:18AM: Here's a gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 10/3@7:13AM: Official photos from the show are now posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 10/2@4:22PM: Here's a public Facebook photo gallery from the show from reader Mitchell C.

UPDATE - 10/1@9:55AM: Here's a review from The Edmonton Journal along with The Edmonton Sun's review to go along with their photo gallery which I posted earlier.

UPDATE - 10/1@7:30AM: Here's a photo gallery from The Edmonton Sun. Reader thedigitalman confirms that the latest Night B setlist was indeed played - complete setlist here (*SPOILERS*).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourAs the month of September comes to a close, so does the first run of dates for Rush's Clockwork Angels tour. After tonight's show in Edmonton the band will take a 10-day hiatus before firing back up the coldfire engines of the Clockwork Angels tour steamliner in Bridgeport, CT on October 10th. The band is due to play their Night B setlist - the same that was played in Winnipeg (*SPOILERS*) this past Wednesday. If there are any deviations from this setlist I'll be sure to post them here. For everyone going to tonight's show - have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush!!

Date/Time: Sunday, September 30th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 12
Venue: Rexall Place
Place: Edmonton, AB

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Saskatoon open thread
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UPDATE - 10/8@3:28PM: Here's a great gallery of photos posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 9/29@11:19AM: Reader anologkid9 confirms that they did indeed play the latest Night A setlist without any changes - complete setlist here.

UPDATE - 9/29@8:24AM: Official photos from last night have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com. I haven't been able to confirm the setlist yet so if you went to the show last night, please let us know if there were any setlist changes. Here's a photo of the Westside Beemer Boyz - Neil, Michael and Brutus - at a lodge in Saskatchewan that was posted to Twitter last night. And here's a review of the show from The StarPhoenix.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush continues a short run of Canadian dates tonight when they play the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon tonight. They are due to play their Night A setlist - the same that was played in Minneapolis (*SPOILERS*) earlier this week, although there's always a chance they may surprise us. If there are any deviations from this setlist I'll be sure to post them here. For everyone going to the show - have fun, stay safe and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush off to the Great White North!!

Date/Time: Friday, September 28th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 11
Venue: Credit Union Centre
Place: Saskatoon, SK

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 9/28@1:48PM: Go vote for Alex Lifeson (thanks Aaron G) in Guitar World's Greatest Guitarist of All Time poll!

Rush's Clockwork Angels tour now has 10 shows under its belt with 25 more to go before year's end. This past week they played St. Louis, Minneapolis and their first Canadian show of the tour in Winnipeg. They'll continue a short run of Canadian dates tonight when they play the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon and Rexall Place in Edmonton on Sunday. They'll then take a much-deserved break for 10 days before heading back east to continue the tour. The band continued to settle into their alternating Night A and Night B setlists this past week. They made one more small tweak to the Night B set in St. Loius when they changed out the last song of the second set, playing the same second set closer from the Night A setlist. They then played this same set in Winnipeg on Wednesday, and are expected to play the same Night A set that was played in Minneapolis at tonight's show in Saskatoon. So for now at least it looks like things have stabilized with the setlists. This past week tickets for next summer's Sweden Rock Festival - which Rush is headlining - went on sale. Only 3 and 4 day passes were available though; 1 day passes for June 8th when Rush is performing won't go on sale until the late winter or early spring (thanks trevor m). One of the big questions regarding North American ticket sales for Rush's tour has centered around the VIP ticket packages which are now handled by VIP Nation. The packages guarantee a seat in the first 15 rows, but fans don't know their exact seat until the day of the show, which caused a lot of anxiety and uncertainty among many fans. The good news is that VIP Nation seems to actually be handing out seats on a first come, first serve basis as promised. So several fans who bought the VIP tickets the day they went on sale have reported ending up with great seats in the first few rows. The bad news with the VIP ticket packages is that none of the swag has been sent out yet. However, VIP Nation recently sent out emails indicating that the packages were ready and would be sent out very soon, so keep an eye on your mailbox. Reader BrianO let me know that Rush and the Clockwork Angels tour got a mention on the CBS Morning Show today for a story about the opening of the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The story included a short clip of the band playing live with a closeup of Geddy wearing his RASH t-shirt. For complete coverage of the Clockwork Angels tour be sure to visit the tour page.

The Clockwork Angels album has once again fallen out of the top 100 on the Billboard 200 album charts in its 15th week of release, dropping to #117 from its #99 showing last week. The latest single from the album - The Wreckers - continues to move up the Mainstream Rock Chart where it currently sits at #7, up 2 spots from last week.

Alex Lifeson - Guitar Player - November, 2012The November, 2012 issue of Guitar Player magazine features Alex Lifeson on the cover with the tagline reading Alex Lifeson: Blending Old & New on Clockwork Angels. The article itself is titled Alex Lifeson: Like Clockwork and John over at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed and scanned the article earlier this week, making it available online at this location. Alex talks in detail about his guitar playing on the Clockwork Angels album as well as his gear, along with a few other subjects. Here are his comments on the differences between the band's approach on Clockwork Angels compared with Snakes & Arrows:

I think the approach was a lot simpler with Clockwork Angels. We really made an effort to write Snakes & Arrows acoustically and when it came to recording, I missed those acoustics. So, we blended them in and consequently there's a density to that record that in retrospect I would have preferred to have thinned out. When we started working on this record, right from the get-go the idea was to make it more three-piece in order to make it a clearer-sounding record. So, for the most part, I might have double-tracked guitars and only on a few songs did I layer them up. "BU2B" has 100 guitars overdubbed on it, just playing the same thing to make it super heavy, but generally it's pretty much double-tracked guitar left and right. It was really refreshing to approach it that way. That's the way we used to record: two tracks of guitar and no rhythm guitar in the solo sections. Consequently, it's made reproducing them live simpler in some ways and also more satisfying in the context of having just one guitar player.

There's also a minor setlist spoiler of sorts where Alex states that the band would continue playing one particular track from the last tour that they actually didn't end up playing this tour - at least not yet (note that the interview was conducted in the summer). There's a sidebar interview with producer Nick Raskulinecz too, and another short one with Alex's guitar tech Scott Appleton.

Neil Peart Obsessed with SabianNeil Peart was recently profiled in an interview for Sabian's Obsessed series of drummer videos. Neil talks about all of his various obsessions in the 10-minute interview including drumming, writing and motorcycling - along with a drumming demonstration featuring Sabian cymbals. You can watch the video on YouTube at this location.

Clockwork Angels bookKevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Novel debuted at #18 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list last week, and has since dropped to #27. The book was officially released in the first week of September and has been generally well-received by Rush fans and book reviewers alike. You can order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

Back in June, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were guests on Q with Jian Gomeshi. The full interview has been available for listening online at this location since it first aired back on June 12th. Last weekend CBC Television aired the video of the interview and made it available for viewing online on YouTube earlier this week. Geddy and Alex talk about a number of subjects but most of the focus is on the Clockwork Angels album. You can watch the interview at this link. On a related note, Ghomeshi released his first book earlier in the month titled 1982. It's a collection of biographical stories from the year when Ghomeshi was 14 years old. Each chapter of the book is named after a rock song from 1982, and in Chapter 7 - named after Rush's Subdivisions - Ghomeshi describes the summer when he and his buddy Toke spent weeks stalking Rush outside their Thornhill studio. He even spoke with Alex and Geddy about the stakeout in the uncut version of their interview from a 2009 appearance on Q.

Sam Sniderman - founder of the iconic Toronto music store Sam the Record Man - died at the age of 92 this past weekend. Sniderman was instrumental in the promotion of the Canadian music industry, helping several Canadian acts such as The Guess Who, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and Rush get their careers off the ground. Here's what Geddy Lee had to say about Sam in a Winnipeg Press article from earlier in the week:

"Sam took great pride in being the best friend of Canadian musicians," Rush frontman Geddy Lee said in a statement Monday. "I remember the first time we were awarded a Canadian Gold Record; it was presented to us by Sam at a dinner arranged at Sam the Chinese Food Man restaurant," he said, a reference to one of Sniderman's other ventures. "Sam truly helped change the way Canadians view homegrown talent."

Sam began selling records out of his family's College Street radio store in 1937. After Sam's business began to thrive, his family changed the name of the store to Sam the Record Man in the 1950s, and in 1961 Sam moved the store to its iconic Yonge Street location with its huge flashing red neon record sign. The store and this sign are prominently featured in Rush's Subdivisions video. The store would eventually close its doors in 2007 due to sagging sales. In 1977 at the Juno Awards Geddy Lee first met Sam's son Jason - then Vice President of the Sam the Record Man chain - and developed a friendship with him. Jason provided additional keyboards on Rush's Presto album, later on Geddy's My Favorite Headache solo project, and most recently played piano on The Garden from Clockwork Angels. Here's a great video slideshow tribute to Sam the Record Man played appropriately to Rush's The Spirit of Radio.

Jammit!Jammit! has added Headlong Flight from Clockwork Angels to the list of Rush tracks already available for the Jammit! app which includes Tom Sawyer, Subdivisions, Closer to the Heart, 2112, Limelight and YYZ. For more information and to listen to some demo tracks, visit the Rush page at the Jammit website. The Jammit app is available for both the iPhone and iPad, as well as for Mac and PC.

Earlier this week Ultimate Classic Rock posted their list of the Top Albums of 1982 (thanks Kelly M) and Rush's Signals made the cut at #5. Here's what they had to say:

Released in the fall of 1982, 'Signals' found Rush jumping into a more keyboard-driven sound. Though guitars are still at the core, there's more modern influences creeping in. Songs such as 'Subdivisions' and 'New World Man' quickly became Rush standards that the band still dish out thirty years on. Other tracks like 'Digital Man,''The Analog Kid,' and 'Countdown' pointed toward the sound they would sail with throughout the rest of the decade. The fans ate it up, pushing the album into the Billboard top ten.

VH1 Classic has been running a series of polls on their website over the past couple of weeks to determine their list of the 100 greatest hard rock songs of all time. Last week for day 6 of the poll Rush's Limelight was one of songs up for voting and is currently in the lead. And this week for day 10 of the poll Tom Sawyer is in the running but is a bit behind in 3rd place. To help it out go vote for Tom Sawyer at this location.

Last week Gibson.com posted their list of the Top 10 Alex Lifeson Guitar Moments (thanks bervisx1) and topping the list was La Villa Strangiato. Here's what they had to say about the song:

Epic. From the first few delicate notes of Lifeson's classical guitar, notes that quickly cascade into a frenetic and blistering pace - and that's in just the first 20 seconds - "La Villa Strangiato" is at times beautiful, other times haunting and sinister. However you define Rush, this is the penultimate Rush song. Operatic and dazzling, this is Lifeson's greatest and most dynamic guitar moment.

Reader and geologist Stewart C clued me into an interesting story regarding a recent discovery of gold in Kirkland Lake, ON and how the geologists named the various gold zones after Rush songs including Freewill, Limelight, YYZ and many others. The discovery is described in detail in the Michael Barnes book Gold in Kirkland Lake. Some of the gold zones are also described in these PDF news releases here and here.

Dave Siff at HLNTv.com posted an article/essay today titled Rush: Still together, still awesome where he talks about his personal Rush obsession and why the band is so awesome.

Rushisaband.com reached another milestone this week when it passed the 10,000 registered members mark. This means that in RIAB's 7-year history, over 10,000 Rush fans have taken the time to sign up on the site in order to leave a comment, take a poll, or upload a tour photo. Thanks everyone!

Volkswagen released a new commercial this past week for the 2012 Passat which features a man stopped at a traffic light in a Passat rocking out to Rush's Fly By Night. You can check it out below or on YouTube at this link:

That's all for this week. Next stop Saskatoon for the Rush tour machine. Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Neil Peart to participate in the next Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert this November?
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UPDATE - 9/27@3:34PM: After closer inspection, note that the advertisement gives the impression that the artists listed will be participants in the upcoming concert. But reader Thurston pointed out in the comments that if you read closely it prefaces the list with the words guest artists included ... past tense. So its a list of past performers, not upcoming performers. And then below it says to stay tuned for the full list of guest artists. So it's certainly possible that Neil will end up performing, but we won't know for sure until the official announcement.

According to an advertisement in the November, 2012 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, Neil Peart will be among the participants in the next Buddy Rich 25th Anniversary Memorial Concert - celebrating the 25th anniversary of Rich's passing back in 1987. The concert will take place sometime in November at the Arcada Theatre in Chicago although no exact date is given. Since Neil will be busy on tour most of the month, it will likely take place sometime during the band's break from November 3rd to the 13th. Neil last participated in a Buddy Rich Memorial Concert back in October of 2008 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Thanks to Cygnify for the heads up and scan.

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Neil Peart Sabian Obsessed video interview
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Neil Peart Obsessed with SabianNeil Peart was recently profiled in an interview for Sabian's Obsessed series of drummer videos. Neil talks about all of his various obsessions in the 10-minute interview including drumming, writing and motorcycling. You can watch the video below or at this location.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Alex Lifeson November, 2012 Guitar Player cover feature now online
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Alex Lifeson - Guitar Player - November, 2012Last month I mentioned that the November, 2012 issue of Guitar Player magazine would feature Alex Lifeson on the cover. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed and scanned the article and made it available online at this location. The cover tagline reads Alex Lifeson: Blending Old & New on Clockwork Angels, and the article itself is titled Alex Lifeson: Like Clockwork. Alex talks in detail about his guitar playing on the Clockwork Angels album as well as his gear, along with a few other subjects. Here are his comments on the differences between the band's approach on Clockwork Angels compared to Snakes & Arrows:

I think the approach was a lot simpler with Clockwork Angels. We really made an effort to write Snakes & Arrows acoustically and when it came to recording, I missed those acoustics. So, we blended them in and consequently there's a density to that record that in retrospect I would have preferred to have thinned out. When we started working on this record, right from the get-go the idea was to make it more three-piece in order to make it a clearer-sounding record. So, for the most part, I might have double-tracked guitars and only on a few songs did I layer them up. "BU2B" has 100 guitars overdubbed on it, just playing the same thing to make it super heavy, but generally it's pretty much double-tracked guitar left and right. It was really refreshing to approach it that way. That's the way we used to record: two tracks of guitar and no rhythm guitar in the solo sections. Consequently, it's made reproducing them live simpler in some ways and also more satisfying in the context of having just one guitar player.

There's also a minor setlist spoiler of sorts where Alex states that the band would continue playing one particular track from the last tour that they actually didn't end up playing this tour - at least not yet (note that the interview was conducted in the summer). There's also a sidebar interview with producer Nick Raskulinecz, and another short one with Alex's guitar tech Scott Appleton. You can check out the entire article at this location. Thanks John!

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Rush Clockwork Angels tour Winnipeg open thread
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UPDATE - 9/28@6:59AM: John at Cygnus-X1.net posted a great photo gallery from the show at this location.

UPDATE - 9/27@9:28AM: Here are a couple of photo galleries from the show; one from the Winnipeg Free Press and another from Metro (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 9/27@9:25AM: Here's a review from examiner.com.

UPDATE - 9/27@6:41AM: Reader reports from last night's show (thanks maple_leafs_4evr and Governor General) confirm that the Night B setlist was played. This review from the Winnipeg Sun also confirms the set. You can view the full setlist here (*SPOILERS*). The official photos from the show have also been posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush takes off to the Great White North tonight, bringing the Clockwork Angels tour to their homeland to play the MTS Centre in Winnipeg - stop #10 on the tour. They are due to play their Night B setlist - the same that was played in St. Louis (*SPOILERS*) last week, although there's always a chance they might switch out a song or two. If there are any deviations from this setlist I'll be sure to post them here. For everyone going to tonight's show - have a blast, stay safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush on!!

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 26th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 10
Venue: MTS Centre
Place: Winnipeg, MB

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Iconic Toronto music store founder Sam the Record Man Sniderman passes away
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UPDATE - 9/26@7:47AM: Reader Sean points out that Sam's son Jason also played piano on The Garden from Clockwork Angels.

Sam Sniderman - founder of the iconic Toronto music store Sam the Record Man - died at the age of 92 this past weekend. Sniderman was instrumental in the promotion of the Canadian music industry, helping several Canadian acts such as The Guess Who, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and Rush get their careers off the ground. Here's what Geddy Lee had to say about Sam in a Winnipeg Press article yesterday:

"Sam took great pride in being the best friend of Canadian musicians," Rush frontman Geddy Lee said in a statement Monday. "I remember the first time we were awarded a Canadian Gold Record; it was presented to us by Sam at a dinner arranged at Sam the Chinese Food Man restaurant," he said, a reference to one of Sniderman's other ventures. "Sam truly helped change the way Canadians view homegrown talent."

Sam began selling records out of his family's College Street radio store in 1937. After Sam's business began to thrive, his family changed the name of the store to Sam the Record Man in the 1950s, and in 1961 Sam moved the store to its iconic Yonge Street location with its huge flashing red neon record sign. The store and this sign are prominently featured in Rush's Subdivisions video. The store would eventually close its doors in 2007 due to sagging sales. In 1977 at the Juno Awards Geddy Lee first met Sam's son Jason - then Vice President of the Sam the Record Man chain - and developed a friendship with him. Jason provided additional keyboards on Rush's Presto album, later on Geddy's My Favorite Headache solo project, and most recently played piano on The Garden from Clockwork Angels. Here's a great video slideshow tribute to Sam the Record Man played appropriately to Rush's The Spirit of Radio:

Thanks to RushFanForever for the info and the heads up.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Video of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Q with Jian Gomeshi interview now available online
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Alex and Geddy on QBack in June, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were guests on Q with Jian Gomeshi. The full interview has been available for listening online at this location since it first aired back on June 12th. Over the weekend CBC Television aired the video of the interview and have now also made it available for viewing online on YouTube. Geddy and Alex talk about a number of subjects but most of the focus is on the Clockwork Angels album. You can watch the interview below or at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

On a related note, Ghomeshi released his first book last week titled 1982. It's a collection of biographical stories from the year when Ghomeshi was 14 years old. Each chapter of the book is named after a rock song from 1982, and in Chapter 7 - named after Rush's Subdivisions - Ghomeshi describes the summer when he and his buddy Toke spent weeks stalking Rush outside their Thornhill studio. He even spoke with Alex and Geddy about the stakeout in the uncut version of their interview from a 2009 appearance on Q.

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Rush Clockwork Angels tour Minneapolis open thread
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UPDATE - 9/27@10:31AM: John over at Cygnus-X1.net has posted a really impressive photo gallery from the show courtesy PetieLee over at his website here.

UPDATE - 9/25@9:41AM: Here's a review of the show from TwinCities.com.

UPDATE - 9/25@5:42AM: Reports seem to indicate that there were no deviations from the Night A setlist so I'll go with that unless I hear otherwise (full setlist here *SPOILERS*). Here's a review of the show from the Star Tribune, and official photos are now posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 9/24@10:48PM: Here's a very cool 360-degree interactive, panoramic image of the Target Center crowd at intermission that was tweeted by Rob Shofner.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush's Clockwork Angels tour marches northward to play the Target Center in Minneapolis tonight before heading on to the Great White North later this week. They are due to play their Night A setlist - the same that was played in Columbus (*SPOILERS*) last week. If there are any deviations from this setlist I'll be sure to post them here. Reader Marty From Clayton passed along this short blurb on the show from today's St. Paul Pioneer Press. He also wanted me to remind folks coming in to see the show from Wisconsin that the Stillwater Bridge is closed (a major Twin Cities crossing), and they'll have to enter Minnesota at the Hudson crossing. For everyone going to the show tonight - have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush!!

Date/Time: Monday, September 24th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 9
Venue: Target Center
Place: Minneapolis, MN

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour St. Louis open thread
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UPDATE - 9/24@3:44PM: Here's a review and photo gallery from examiner.com.

UPDATE - 9/24@12:16PM: Here's a great gallery of photos posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 9/23@2:38PM: Here's a review from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

UPDATE - 9/23@8:54AM: Official photos from the show are posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 9/23@8:47AM: Reports from last night's show indicate that the Night B setlist was played with one exception. They changed out the last song of the second set, playing the same second set closer from the Night A setlist. You can view the complete setlist here (*SPOILERS*).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush takes the Clockwork Angels tour to St. Louis tonight to play the Scottrade Center. The band is due to play their Night B setlist - the same that was played in Detroit (*SPOILERS*) last week. If there are any deviations from this setlist I'll be sure to post them here. Reader Larry M let me know that there's some major highway construction going on around St. Louis that may cause some trouble for concertgoers coming to St. Louis from Illinois. For all the details check out this article. For everyone going to the show - have fun, stay safe and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush on!!

Date/Time: Saturday, September 22nd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 8
Venue: Scottrade Center
Place: St. Louis, MO

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Friday, September 21, 2012

New Volkswagen Passat commercial featuring Rush's Fly By Night
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Volkswagen recently released a new commercial for the 2012 Passat which features a man stopped at a traffic light in a Passat rocking out to Rush's Fly By Night. You can check it out below or on YouTube at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

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Rush official iPhone application updated with new look and features
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Rush AppRush updated their official iPhone application today with a new Clockwork Angels look and feel along with a number of new features. Here's what's new in version 1.1.0:

Enjoy the exciting and new features in this update of the Rush application. This update encompasses everything from A to YYZ and offers everything Rush fans need for the full experience. New features include the following:

* All new art work from the Clockwork Angels Rush Tour for retina display.
* New list of the 2012-2013 tour dates with all new social media features
* 3 never heard before versions of Spirit of Radio (Rash)
* Never seen before images of Rash at Gershon's Diner
* New Wallpapers
* New section titled 'Entre Nous' that allows quick acces to social media sites for Rush within the app
* The Music Player has been revamped and includes new music from Rush's latest Clockwork Angels album
* Ability to control the music from anywhere within the app

You can purchase the app for $2.99 through iTunes at this location. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices and requires iOS 4.3 or later. Thanks to rosmakloma for the heads up.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush is now 7 shows deep into their Clockwork Angels tour which opened 2 weeks ago at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Manchester, NH. After playing 5 slightly different setlists for the first 5 shows of the tour, they seem to have finally settled into a pattern where they are alternating between a Night A and Night B set where they swap out 4 songs - 2 from each set - while keeping the encore constant. For last night's show in Columbus they performed their Night A setlist which they also played in Chicago this past weekend. And for their Tuesday night gig in Detroit they busted out the same Night B setlist that they had played in Indianapolis last week. Alex Lifeson addressed the setlist changes in an interview with the Detroit Free Press earlier this week:

... What happened is the thing that always happens -- the set was much longer than what we had to limit ourselves to. We didn't want to get rid of those songs, so we picked a Set A and a Set B, and since then we've been tweaking it a bit, playing a couple and moving them around. I mentioned to Ged the other day: It's kind of nice to arrive at a gig in the afternoon and decide which songs to switch out that night and keep it mysterious, especially now that everything is blogged and tweeted and e-mailed.

And it's been a whole set list controversy. Having a deep catalog like this makes it difficult to play enough songs that everybody wants to hear. Everybody has their favored and less favored songs. Rush fans are great at debating the merits of songs. And good at expressing their disappointment and elation. (Laughs)

We don't usually do this type of thing, so we may get back in our usual groove. I'd be an advocate for some other stuff, songs we didn't prepare perhaps. ...

Clockwork Angels String Ensemble membersRob over at the Rush Vault posted an article earlier this week where he profiled the 8 members of the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble. He gives a brief background on each member including a photo and list of other projects they've worked on and musicians they've worked with. You can check it out at this link. Rush will play 2 more US dates in St. Louis and Minneapolis in the upcoming week before returning to the homeland to play 3 consecutive Canadian dates. After that they'll take a 10-day hiatus before continuing the tour back east in Bridgeport, CT. For complete tour coverage be sure to visit the tour page.

The Clockwork Angels album barely held on in the top 100 on the Billboard 200 album charts in its 14th week of release, falling to #99 from its #93 showing last week. JamBands.com posted their review of the album here saying the following:

... Despite its veneer as a concept record, Clockwork Angels is-at it's root-a good old fashioned hard rock throwdown that catches fire in ways the last half-dozen Rush LPs never quite achieved. And that in and of itself was well worth the near 25-year wait.

On a related note, Rush's The Wreckers single has moved into the top 10 on the Mainstream Rock Charts where it currently sits at #9.

Clockwork Angels bookKevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Novel debuted at #18 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list earlier this week. The book was officially released in the first week of September and has been generally well-received by Rush fans and book reviewers alike. Author Kevin J. Anderson penned an article for the Huffington Post yesterday where he discusses the novel and his collaboration with Neil Peart. You can order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

I'd mentioned in a Friday updates post a few weeks back that several Chicago area Rush fans held a big pre-show party and raffle at The Beer Bistro before the Chicago show, and just wanted to give a report on how things went courtesy reader/organizer Dan B. They ended up raising a whopping total of $3173.46 with all proceeds going towards a donation to the American Cancer Society in the memory of Neil Peart's first wife Jackie Taylor, who passed away from cancer back in 1998. A big thanks goes out from the organizers to everyone who participated/donated.

Clockwork Angels guitar tabAlfred Music Publishing recently released both the authentic guitar tablature book and bass tablature book for Rush's Clockwork Angels album. In celebration of the release, TMR Zoo is running a contest where they are giving away a copy of both the guitar and bass books. The contest is open to US residents and will run through October 17th. For all the details and to enter go to this location. Alfred Music Publishing also has several other Rush guitar, bass and drum transcription books available which you can check out here.

Heart's Ann Wilson was recently interviewed for examiner.com and was asked whether she wanted to give a shout-out to any groups that aren't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that she thinks should be. Here's her answer:

Ooh, Rush. How about Rush? (Laughs) That's sort of a strange situation. God, who else? I don't know; I don't have a list in front of me, but that would be the one that would be a big standout for me.

On that subject, the Rock Hall should be announcing the 2013 crop of nominees for induction in the next couple of weeks.

DRUM! October, 2012Neil Peart is featured on the October, 2012 issue of DRUM! magazine with the cover tagline reading, Neil Peart: Rush Master Class - Clockwork Angels By The Numbers. John over at Cygnus-X1.net scanned and transcribed the article and made it available online earlier this week at this location. Peart talks about his rehearsal and warmup regimens, learning from drumming legends Freddie Gruber and Peter Erskine, and his improvisational approach to recording the Clockwork Angels album:

... "The determination to become more improvisational, to become more groove-orientated - the dirty-greasy groove I call it - it's a combination I wanted to have." Thus, for this latest recording, Peart says he would "play a song a few times myself and see what would work and then I'd call Nick in and we'd start recording." Of Raskulinecz, Peart says, "He's so enthusiastic that we had a ball, you know, just working. Nick's full of suggestions and crazy ideas - some of which I would never dream of putting into a song." ...

Jian Ghomeshi - 1982Canadian broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi released his first book earlier this week. It's titled 1982 and is a collection of biographical stories from the year when Ghomeshi was 14 years old. Each chapter of the book is named after a rock song from 1982, and in Chapter 7 - named after Rush's Subdivisions - Ghomeshi describes the summer when he and his buddy Toke spent weeks stalking Rush outside their Thornhill studio. Ghomeshi is the host of Q with Jian Ghomeshi and has interviewed Rush a number of times on the show. He even spoke with Alex and Geddy about the stakeout mentioned above in the uncut version of their interview from a 2009 appearance on Q. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Rush HashanahAs they've done for the past few years, VH1 Classic once again rang in the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah with a 24-hour Rush Hashanah marathon this past Sunday-Monday. They aired a combination of Rush programming including Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, Rush: Time Machine, and the Rush Retrospective 3 Box Set special. VH1 Classic first celebrated Rush Hashanah back in 2008, then again in 2010 where they premiered the Rush Classic Albums special, and also last year when they premiered the Rush: Time Machine concert video. Comedian Patton Oswalt got caught up in Rush Hashanah celebration and tweeted the following Sunday evening (thanks Gabby):

"Today's Tom Sawyer/ Is a righteous Jew/ And the shofar he blows/ Starts the year anew" -- RUSH Hashanah

A couple of weeks ago I'd mentioned that Guitar World has been conducting a bracket poll to determine The Greatest Guitarist of All Time, and Alex Lifeson made it into the Sweet 16 where he was matched up against Dimebag Darrell. Voting took place over the past week and closed this morning with Alex pulling out the victory! He'll be facing off against Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi in the next round.

Rush on the cover of ZoomerRush and the other recipients of the Governor General's Performing Arts Award are featured on the cover of the latest issue of Canadian magazine Zoomer. Rush was presented with the esteemed award this past May at a ceremony in Ottawa. Thanks to Patrick W for the heads up.

Reader Bill P found a few photos of Rob Zombie online sporting a Rush Fly By Night t-shirt at the Toronto Film festival a couple of weeks ago. Zombie wore this same shirt a few years ago when he was making the rounds promoting his Halloween 2 film. You may recall that Zombie's remake of the original Halloween movie included Rush's Tom Sawyer on the soundtrack, and his 2010 album Hellbilly Deluxe 2 contains a track titled Werewolf, Baby which contains an obvious nod to Rush's La Villa Strangiato towards the beginning of the song.

VH1 Classic has been running a series of polls on their website over the past week to determine their list of the 100 greatest hard rock songs of all time. In yesterday's poll, Rush's Limelight was one of songs up for voting. To cast your vote go to this location (thanks Sean).

Reader drmike let me know that Music Radar recently posted an interview with Alice Cooper drummer Glen Sobel where he discusses his 10 essential drum albums:

Like many sticksman of his generation, Sobel's first drum heroes were John Bonham and Neil Peart. But while most budding players were wearing out copies of Led Zeppelin II and Moving Pictures, Sobel gravitated towards the live recordings. "Bonham's Moby Dick drum solo on The Song Remains The Same was a pivotal moment in my life," he says. "And Peart's solo on Exit... Stage Left just left me speechless, it was so phenomenal. More than anything else, it was those two records that made me want to be a drummer." However, when compiling his list of essential drum albums, those records he strongly recommends to players of all levels, Sobel omitted his early faves. "Me telling people to listen to Bonham and Neil Peart is almost a cliché," he says. "Of course, you should study those guys." ...

On this date back in 1984 Rush recorded a show at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens that would later be released as the Grace Under Pressure Tour video. Here's The Weapon from that video:

That's all for this week. Next stop for the Rush tour machine is St. Louis. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Columbus open thread
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UPDATE - 9/23@1:45PM: John over at Cygnus-X1.net has posted this great photo gallery from the show.

UPDATE - 9/22@5:53PM: Here's a review of the show from The Lantern.

UPDATE - 9/22@1:30PM: Official photos from the show have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 9/22@1:13PM: Here's a review from examiner.com.

UPDATE - 9/21@9:10AM: Here's a great review from The Columbus Dispatch.

UPDATE - 9/21@6:32AM: Reports from Columbus indicate that Rush did end up playing their Night A setlist - the same that was played in Chicago (*SPOILERS*) last weekend. I'll be going with that unless I hear otherwise. It looks like the band may be finally settling into a groove with their setlists.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush's Clockwork Angels tour makes its way to the Buckeye State of Ohio tonight to play the Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The band is due to play their Night A setlist - the same that was played in Chicago (*SPOILERS*) this past weekend - but it's certainly possible they may change things up a little. As soon as I am made aware of any deviations from the expected A setlist, I'll be sure to post them here. In the run-up to tonight's show, The Columbus Dispatch posted a preview article in today's edition titled Rock trio experiences prosperous decade. The article contains some previously-published interview snippets from Alex Lifeson. For everyone going to the show - have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. RUUUSSSHHH!!

Date/Time: Thursday, September 20th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 7
Venue: Nationwide Arena
Place: Columbus, OH

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Detroit open thread
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UPDATE - 9/28@9:28AM: Here's a review and essay from the Imaginative Conservative.

UPDATE - 9/22@9:22AM: Here's Gene Schilling's complete photo gallery of the show that he posted over at his blog (the one at Soundspike.com is only a sample).

UPDATE - 9/19@10:08PM: John at Cygnus-X1.net has posted a great gallery of photos from the show at this location, and there's also this gallery from Gene Schilling at Soundspike.com.

UPDATE - 9/19@11:18AM: Official photos from the show are now posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 9/19@10:04AM: Here's a review form The Detroit Free Press.

UPDATE - 9/19@7:57AM: Reader lerxstz confirms the Night B setlist. I'll go with that unless I hear otherwise.

UPDATE - 9/19@6:28AM: From all of the reports so far it looks like Rush actually played the same Night B setlist that was played in Indy (*SPOILERS*) last week. If you went to the show last night and can confirm this, please let us know.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush takes the Clockwork Angels tour machine to the Motor City of Detroit tonight to play The Palace of Auburn Hills. It's expected that they'll be playing some version of their Night B setlist, although the way things have been going I wouldn't bet on it. So far they've been consistently alternating the songs of the first set between their A and B setlists each night, but have been slightly altering the 2nd set and/or encore. As soon as I am made aware of any deviations from the expected B setlist that was played in Indy (*SPOILERS*) last week, I'll be sure to post them here. For everyone going tonight - have fun, be safe and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush on!!

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 18th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 6
Venue: The Palace of Auburn Hills
Place: Auburn Hills, MI (outside Detroit)

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Neil Peart October, 2012 DRUM! magazine cover feature now online
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DRUM! October, 2012Last week we learned that Neil Peart is featured on the October, 2012 issue of DRUM! magazine. The cover tagline reads, Neil Peart: Rush Master Class - Clockwork Angels By The Numbers. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has scanned and transcribed the article and made it available online at this location. Peart talks about his rehearsal and warmup regimens, learning from drumming legends Freddie Gruber and Peter Erskine, and his improvisational approach to recording the Clockwork Angels album:

... "The determination to become more improvisational, to become more groove-orientated - the dirty-greasy groove I call it - it's a combination I wanted to have." Thus, for this latest recording, Peart says he would "play a song a few times myself and see what would work and then I'd call Nick in and we'd start recording." Of Raskulinecz, Peart says, "He's so enthusiastic that we had a ball, you know, just working. Nick's full of suggestions and crazy ideas - some of which I would never dream of putting into a song." ...

You can read the entire article/interview here. Thanks John!

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Win a copy of Rush's Clockwork Angels authentic guitar or bass tablature books
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Clockwork Angels guitar tabAlfred Music Publishing recently released both the authentic guitar tablature book and bass tablature book for Rush's Clockwork Angels album. In celebration of the release, TMR Zoo is running a contest where they are giving away a copy of both the guitar and bass books. The contest is open to all US residents and will run through October 17th. For all the details and to enter go to this location. Alfred Music Publishing also has several other Rush guitar, bass and drum transcription books available which you can check out here.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Clockwork Angels: The Novel debuts at #18 on the New York Times Best Sellers list
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Clockwork Angels bookKevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Novel has debuted at #18 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list. The book was officially released in the first week of September and has been generally well-received by Rush fans and book reviewers alike. You can order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

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Getting to know the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble
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Clockwork Angels String Ensemble membersWhen it was first announced that Rush would be touring with a string section, many Rush fans were skeptical about incorporating other musicians into a Rush show; something that had never been done before. There were also many questions raised such as how many musicians would be included, would it be the same group for each show, where they would set up on stage, etc. Now that the band has 5 shows under their belts, we know that the string section has remained constant with the same 8 musicians - 2 cellists and 6 violinists (plus the conductor David Campbell) - but there was still very little known about the individual members. When the tourbook was released a couple of weeks ago, we finally learned the names of the musicians as they were listed in the credits:

David Campbell - Conductor
Joel Derouin - Violin
Gerry Hilera - Violin
Jonathan Dinklage - Violin
Entcho Tudorov - Violin
Mario De Leon - Violin
Audrey Solomon - Violin
Jacob Szekely - Cello
Adele Stein - Cello

Clockwork Angels String Ensemble membersLast week cellist Adele Stein was interviewed for a piece in The Salina Journal, so we got to learn a good bit about her background from that interview. But what about the other 7 musicians? Rob over at the Rush Vault decided to do a little research and has put together a nice profile of the 8 musicians of the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble (as Geddy dubbed them on opening night) which you can check out at this location. He gives a brief background on each member including a photo and list of other projects they've worked on and musicians they've worked with. Thanks Rob!

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Alex Lifeson addresses setlist changes in new interview
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In the lead up to Rush's upcoming Tuesday concert in Detroit, Brian McCollum of The Detroit Free Press spoke with Alex Lifeson for an interview. He talks with Alex about the Clockwork Angels album and tour, specifically asking him about all of the setlist changes:

... What happened is the thing that always happens -- the set was much longer than what we had to limit ourselves to. We didn't want to get rid of those songs, so we picked a Set A and a Set B, and since then we've been tweaking it a bit, playing a couple and moving them around. I mentioned to Ged the other day: It's kind of nice to arrive at a gig in the afternoon and decide which songs to switch out that night and keep it mysterious, especially now that everything is blogged and tweeted and e-mailed.

And it's been a whole set list controversy. Having a deep catalog like this makes it difficult to play enough songs that everybody wants to hear. Everybody has their favored and less favored songs. Rush fans are great at debating the merits of songs. And good at expressing their disappointment and elation. (Laughs)

We don't usually do this type of thing, so we may get back in our usual groove. I'd be an advocate for some other stuff, songs we didn't prepare perhaps. ...

McCollum managed to keep setlist spoilers out of the article, so it's safe to read if that's a concern. You can read the entire article/interview at this location (thanks RushFanForever).

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Chicago open thread
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UPDATE - 10/14@10:22AM: Here's a photo gallery from King Idea.

UPDATE - 9/27@7:14AM: Here's a review from JamBands.com.

UPDATE - 9/21@10:50AM: Here's a review from antiMusic.com (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 9/18@4:48PM: I'd mentioned in a Friday updates post a few weeks back that several Chicago area Rush fans held a big pre-show party and raffle at The Beer Bistro before the Chicago show, and just wanted to give a report on how things went courtesy reader/organizer Dan B. They ended up raising a whopping total of $3173.46 with all proceeds going towards a donation to the American Cancer Society in the memory of Neil Peart's first wife Jackie Taylor, who passed away from cancer back in 1998. A big thanks goes out from the organizers to everyone who participated/donated.

UPDATE - 9/17@9:05AM: John at Cygnus-X1.net posted a great gallery of photos from the show at this location.

UPDATE - 9/16@11:54AM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 2 *** Eric at Power Windows reports that a new rearscreen video was shown during the 2nd song of the encore. Details below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/16@10:10AM: Official photos from the show are now posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 9/15@11:45PM: The setlist change mentioned in my last update has been confirmed; setlist A version 3.0. So we've had 5 shows and 5 different setlists! The complete setlist here (*SPOILERS*)

UPDATE - 9/15@8:58PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 1 *** Reader wackostu is at the show and reports in the comments that the soundboard guy said that there would be another slight adjustment to the A setlist. Apparently they'll be swapping out one song with another that had been previously played on opening night but not since. There was no setlist photo to support this though, so we'll just have to wait and see for confirmation. Details below the fold.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush's Clockwork Angels tour continues its trek through the Midwest tonight when they'll play the United Center in Chicago. It's expected that they'll be playing their Night A - version 2 setlist tonight - the same one that was played in Pittsburgh earlier this week. If they don't for some reason I'll be sure to post it here as soon as I'm aware. Chromey - the 1974 chrome Slingerland drum kit once owned and played by Neil Peart - is on display today for a charitable event at Vic's Drum Shop (345 North Loomis Street) until 5PM. So if you're in town looking for something fun to do until tonight's show, go see this amazing piece of rock history, and have your photograph taken behind it. Proceeds will go to benefit Richard "RC" McWilliams, who is suffering with Invasive Skin Carcinoma (Skin cancer) and from deteriorating spinal discs. For everyone going to the show - have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. RUSH!!

Date/Time: Saturday, September 15th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 5
Venue: United Center
Place: Chicago, IL

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush launched their long-anticipated tour in support of their Clockwork Angels album this past Friday, September 7th at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Manchester, NH. It's no surprise that the big topic of discussion over the past week has been the setlist, which - as always - some fans loved and some didn't. As the second show in Bristow approached, rumors surfaced regarding a possible B setlist when a photo of the setlist popped up online. These rumors ultimately turned out to be true as the band decided to swap out 5 songs for different ones at the Bristow show. Then Rush threw us another curveball for the third show in Pittsburgh where they introduced setlist A version 2.0! Yet another setlist photo surfaced after the concert showing new versions of both setlist A and setlist B, with the A setlist matching the songs from Pittsburgh. The version 2 B setlist then ended up matching the setlist from the fourth show in Indianapolis last night. Got all that!? A to B - different degrees... For my last poll I asked everyone which song off of Clockwork Angels they were most looking forward to seeing live. The results are in with The Garden narrowly edging out The Anarchist for the top spot along with Clockwork Angels and Headlong Flight rounding out the top 4. You can check out the complete results here. Now that some of us have had time to let the choice of setlist sink in, for my next poll I thought I'd ask everybody what non-Clockwork Angels song they think is the highlight of the setlist. Take the poll (*SPOILERS*) and let us know. Rush continues their trek through the Midwest this coming week where they'll be playing Detroit, Chicago, and Columbus. For complete coverage of the opening night madness, check out this post, and for complete tour coverage be sure to visit the tour page.

Outside of the setlist, the other topics of discussion were the band's new stage setup, the 8-member Clockwork Angels String Ensemble string section, and the new concert videos. You can see a gallery of behind-the-scenes photos from the filming of the new intermission video at this link. There's also a slew of videos from all 4 shows on YouTube, including this complete playlist of opening night. We got to learn a bit more about the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble when Adele Stein - one of the 2 cellists on tour - was interviewed for a piece in The Salina Journal yesterday. The article gives several new insights in regards to the string section:

... "It's really an incredible experience... We sit behind the band on a riser. People will be able to see us very clearly." ... "[Rush are] the sweetest men you can possibly imagine."

Stein first met the band after she arrived in Toronto on Aug. 26 for pre-tour rehearsals. She said the string players did a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Lifeson, whose birthday fell during the early days of rehearsals. Stein said she walked past Lifeson and wished him happy birthday, and he thanked her by name.

"Some people I've worked with who are famous, like, they don't take the time to get to know your name," she said. "They (Rush members) are so humble and do not act famous at all." ...

You can read the entire article here (*SPOILERS*). Rush also quietly added another show to the Clockwork Angels itinerary earlier this week. They'll be playing the Valley View Casino in San Diego, CA on Wednesday, November 21st. Tickets went on sale a short time ago at 10AM PST.

Clockwork Angels tourbookJohn over at Cygnus-X1.net scanned and transcribed the Clockwork Angels tourbook earlier this week and made it available online (*SPOILERS* images, transcription). Be warned that the tourbook contains several obvious tour spoilers. The images are a combination of photos from the Time Machine tour and Clockwork Angels recording sessions, with a few miscellaneous others sprinkled in. The text is comprised of the Neil Peart essay The Future As Seen From The Past that was made available online a few months ago at Rush.com (it has since been taken down but is also available at NeilPeart.net). There's also some tongue-in-cheek information on the band's gear. Alex Lifeson's piece includes some horrendously long website url to a stoopidrush.com domain that promises more information ... I won't spoil the surprise though. They also include a nice little tribute to the late Andrew MacNaughtan (who passed away earlier this year) along with some humorous joke portraits of the band:

A choice memory about working creatively with Andrew dates from 1992, when Rush was preparing for our Roll the Bones tour. My bandmates and I decided to have a little fun with the usual tourbook portraits - beginning a tradition that continued right up to the book for the Time Machine tour, in 2010-11.

All of us lived in Toronto in those days, so it was easy for us to get together with Andrew and plan our "surprises" (sometimes kept secret even from each other). We aimed for something that would show some humor, and also, perhaps, a little ... inner essence.

That first set of three portraits does not disappoint on those levels, I hope, but it is also noteworthy that even these "joke" settings were lighted and framed with artful care. They are light-hearted and silly, but photographed with a professional's craft and an artist's vision.

I once defined the highest possible plane of communication to be "art with jokes." That is a rarefied summit even to attempt, but once in a while, with Andrew, we made it.

You can check out the tourbook online at Cygnus-X1.net (images, transcription) and purchase a copy on tour or at the Rush Backstage Club.

A couple of weeks ago Rush's Clockwork Angels album won the Album of the Year award at the 1st annual Prog magazine Progressive Music Awards. From a BBC article covering the event:

... Canadian rock band Rush's latest concept album, Clockwork Angels, was named Album Of The Year. With its dystopian steampunk theme, the three-piece's 19th studio album has earned rapturous reviews, even in the mainstream press. Describing it as Rush's "most solid and compelling set of songs in years", The Guardian went on to say: "Those who worship at the temple of Rush will be in raptures; for those who remain agnostic, there may well be enough here to justify a leap of faith." ...

The band was unable to attend the ceremony but accepted the award remotely via video. The video was posted to YouTube earlier this week and can be seen at this location. The Clockwork Angels album inched its way back into the top 100 on the Billboard 200 album charts in its 13th week of release, coming in at #93. Geddy spoke about the album and the tour earlier this week with Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via phone for an article/interview titled Twenty albums later, Rush is still thriving. You can check out the article at this location.

Last year Neil Peart released his third instructional DVD Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance. Today Hudson Music announced the release of a full-color retrospective/transcription book companion to the DVD written by Hudson Music Senior Drum Editor Joe Bergamini. Neil Peart wrote the book's foreword, supervised the project and provided additional editing. The book contains musical transcriptions, historical writing, instructional text, and a beautiful collection of photographs. You can check out a pdf sampler of the book here and a high-res version of the cover here. The book will be officially released on October 15th but is already available at merchandise counters on the Clockwork Angels tour. You can also pre-order it from Amazon at this location.

Speaking of Neil, he turned the big SIX-OH this past week and was featured in a piece for the Sunday New York Times on drumming and exercise. Neil spoke about how he gets in shape for a tour:

... Neil Peart ... said that in the three and a half weeks of rehearsals before his band, Rush, began its 2012 tour last week, he dropped at least 10 pounds. ... This year's pre-tour training regimen began in February. Three times a week, Mr. Peart would bike 20 minutes to his local Los Angeles Y.M.C.A., swap his helmet for a bandanna, and spend 30 minutes on the cross-trainer (keeping his heart rate near his recommended maximum), followed by calisthenics, yoga sun salutations (he held each pose for a count of 20 Mississippi) and the return bike ride home. (His favorite workout track? Silence. "The only activity I combine with music is driving," Mr. Peart said. "For me, exercise is an act of will.") ...

DRUM! October, 2012You can read the entire article at this location. Neil is also featured on the cover of the October, 2012 issue of DRUM! magazine. The cover tagline reads, Neil Peart: Rush Master Class - Clockwork Angels By The Numbers, and the table of contents says the following:

34 Neil Peart Master Class

The Rush technician lets us in on the process behind the inimitable rhythmic signature of Clockwork Angels. Be prepared, be very prepared.
By David E. Libman

DRUM! Magazine also posted a list of their top 5 best-selling issues of all time (thanks RushFanForever) recently and the July/August 2004 Special Progressive Rock Drumming Issue with Neil Peart on the cover took the top spot.

Rush HashanahAs they've done for the past few years, VH1 Classic will once again be ringing in the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah with a 24-hour Rush Hashanah marathon. This year's celebration will begin this Sunday, September 16th at 7PM and run through 7PM the following day. They'll be airing and re-airing a combination of Rush programming including Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, Rush: Time Machine, and the Rush Retrospective 3 Box Set special. VH1 Classic first celebrated Rush Hashanah back in 2008, then again in 2010 where they premiered the Rush Classic Albums special, and also last year when they premiered the Rush: Time Machine concert video.

Clockwork Angels guitar tabAlfred Music Publishing recently released the authentic guitar tablature book and bass tablature book for Rush's Clockwork Angels album. Guitar International reviewed the guitar book this past week and had nothing but great things to say about it calling it one of this year's strongest releases. Alfred Music Publishing also has several other Rush guitar, bass and drum transcription books available which you can check out here.

A couple of weeks ago the Celebrity Net Worth website listed Neil Peart as one of the 30 Richest Drummers in the World, having him at #26 with an estimated net worth of $22 million. As a follow-up this past week they listed the top richest lead singers and Geddy Lee came in at #59 with a net worth of $28 million.

Examiner.com profiled Rush as their Artist of the Week yesterday. And the Corpus Christi Caller-Times featured the band in today's Live Music section with a short blurb about how the band has come back stronger than ever since their late-90s hiatus:

... "I think it has a lot to do with the way we view playing now," Lifeson said in a late-August phone interview. "Every night, we go into it as if it's the last time we're going to play. I think we learned how fragile life can be and how quickly your life can change so dramatically and completely by some outside influence. "I think we actually play better because of it. We're less whiny. We're all about really playing the best that we can," he said. ...

Reader and guitarist David K recently made an impressive video of himself playing 50 of his favorite Alex Lifeson riffs all in one take. You can check it out on YouTube here.

Rush IO PagesReader rushfanben let me know that Rush is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Dutch progressive rock magazine IO Pages.

Wolfgang's Vault posted their list of the top 10 greatest bass players in The Vault this past week and Geddy Lee's performance of La Villa Strangiato makes the cut at #9.

Reader chrxtopher wanted me to let everyone know about a charitable event where Chromey will be on display this weekend in Chicago to coincide with tomorrow's Rush concert there. Chromey is the 1974 chrome Slingerland drum kit once owned and played by Neil Peart. It was the first drum kit Neil used in the band, and it was played on his first four albums and five tours. Chromey will appear at Vic's Drum Shop (345 North Loomis Street) on Saturday, September 15th from 11AM to 5PM, just hours before Rush plays at the nearby United Center. Come see this amazing piece of rock history, and have your photograph taken behind it. Proceeds will go to benefit Richard "RC" McWilliams. RC is suffering with Invasive Skin Carcinoma (Skin cancer) and from deteriorating spinal discs. The expenses relating to treatment and surgeries have forced RC to sell everything he owns. RC was the drum tech for The Ides of March, from 1997 - 2006. RC was also an integral member of the Foghat crew but recently had to give up those duties. He is affectionately known by those close to him as "RC McFoghat." Fans coming to the United Center for that night's Rush concert will want to make a stop at Vic's Drum Shop first. Owner Victor Salazar has been gracious in hosting this great charitable event!!

Now for something completely different! Google now supports a "Bacon number" (as in Kevin Bacon) feature where you simply type in the words "bacon number" followed by a celebrity's name and press "Search". Google will then tell you how they're connected. Neil Peart wins the bacon number contest among Rush with a score of 2 - both Geddy and Alex score 3. :)

Neil Peart's Bacon number is 2 .Neil Peart and Michael McKean appeared in Adventures of Power. Michael McKean and Kevin Bacon appeared in Planes, Trains and Automobiles

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Here's the video of Rush accepting the aforementioned Album of the Year award for Clockwork Angels at the 1st annual Prog magazine Progressive Music Awards show back on September 5th. The band was unable to attend the ceremony but accepted the award remotely via video:

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

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Hudson Music announces the release of a companion book to Neil Peart's Taking Center Stage instructional DVD
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Last year Neil Peart released his third instructional DVD Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance. Today Hudson Music has announced the release of a full-color retrospective/transcription book companion to the DVD written by Hudson Music Senior Drum Editor Joe Bergamini. From the press release:

Hudson Music has announced the upcoming release of a new book about drumming legend Neil Peart, written by well-known drummer and writer Joe Bergamini. Neil Peart not only wrote the foreword for the book, but also supervised the project and provided additional factual editing. This book is the most complete retrospective on Neil's career available in print today. Originally conceived as a companion to the groundbreaking 2011 three-disc DVD set of the same name, this book combines astonishingly detailed musical transcriptions, historical writing, instructional text, and a beautiful collection of photographs to create a book that every drummer and every fan of Neil and Rush will want to add to their collection.

At the heart of the book are note-for-note musical transcriptions of 17 songs that are included on the Taking Center Stage DVD. These transcriptions are exclusive to this book, since they are taken from the performances on the DVD, documenting how Neil currently approaches the songs. Songs include, "Tom Sawyer," "YYZ," "The Spirit of Radio," "Free Will," "Subdivisions," "Time Stand Still," "Marathon," "La Villa Strangiato," "The Trees," "Caravan," "BU2B," "Far Cry," and many others.

The book is divided into chapters corresponding to each and every Rush tour from the time Neil joined the band in 1975, up to the present. Each of these chapters contains extensive text discussing the musical approach of the band at the time, the construction
of the drum parts, and Neil's setup. Accompanying this are exquisitely detailed diagrams of each of Neil's drum sets, produced after extensive research into the exact instruments that were used on every tour. Tying everything together are stunning photos taken over the past 30 years and color reproductions of just about every drum company advertisement that has featured Neil during his career.

"Working with Neil on the Taking Center Stage DVD was a dream come true, and this book, to me, is the true completion of the project," says author (and Hudson Music Senior Drum Editor) Joe Bergamini. "I always wanted to do a coffee-table style book that would not only include drum transcriptions, but also include colorful photos, interesting text, and historical magazine covers and ads that documented Neil's career. I designed the book with all Rush fans in mind (not just drummers), and I think they will enjoy reading and looking it at as much as I enjoyed working on it."

You can check out a pdf sampler of the book here and a high-res version of the cover here. The book will be officially released on October 15th but is already available at merchandise counters on the Clockwork Angels tour. You can also pre-order it from Amazon at this location.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Indianapolis open thread
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UPDATE - 9/14@1:53PM: Here's a big gallery of photos posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 9/14@9:23AM: Here's a photo gallery from the Indianapolis Star.

UPDATE - 9/14@6:31AM: Official photos from the show are now posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 9/13@8:19PM: Reader Mark just sent me a (*SPOILERS*) snapshot of the setlist from the soundbooth at tonight's show and they are indeed following the Night B - version 2 setlist as anticipated.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush's Clockwork Angels tour heads westward to Indianapolis tonight to play the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. It's expected that they'll be playing their version 2.0 B setlist tonight as was reported yesterday, but you never know. I'll be sure to post confirmation of this as I hear it to this thread, so stay tuned. For everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush on!!!

Date/Time: Thursday, September 13th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 4
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Place: Indianapolis, IN

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour setlist update
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UPDATE - 9/12@10:57AM: Reader ninjadave was given a copy of the setlist from the soundbooth after last night's show which shows both the Night A and Night B sets, and it seems to indicate that the band has tweaked both of them. Last night's setlist looks like it will be the new Night A setlist from here on out, and the Night B setlist was also tweaked. The adjustments all come in the second set of the show, and both setlist's encores are now identical. You can check out the photo of the setlist here (*SPOILERS*). In light of this new information, I'll be referring to the first Night A and Night B setlists as version 1. The plot thickens! :)

Rush pulled another fast one on us last night and changed up the setlist for the 3rd show in a row; 3 shows, 3 setlists. We had expected the band to play their A setlist at last night's show in Pittsburgh, and for the most part that was the case. But they ended up swapping out 2 of the Night A songs for a couple of Night B songs ... making what I am calling the Night C Night A version 2 setlist for the time being. Who knows what they'll do at tomorrow's show in Indianapolis? Note that there were no new songs played last night, it was essentially a combination of the Night A and Night B setlists. Here are the 3 setlists so far (obvious SPOILERS):

[Night A setlist, version 1] - Sept 7th in Manchester
[Night B setlist, version 1] - Sept 9th in Bristow
[Night A setlist, version 2] - Sept 11th in Pittsburgh

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Interview with Clockwork Angels String Ensemble member Adele Stein
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UPDATE - 9/13@9:36AM: Here's some more background on Stein from a 2010 article in the same publication (thanks RushFanForever).

Adele SteinThe Salina Journal posted an interview (*SPOILERS*) with Clockwork Angels String Ensemble member Adele Stein this morning. Stein is a 25-year-old cellist from Phoenix who is one of the 8 string musicians - 6 violinists and 2 cellist - that are accompanying Rush on the Clockwork Angels tour. The article gives several new insights regarding the string section:

... "It's really an incredible experience," she said. "We sit behind the band on a riser. People will be able to see us very clearly." ... guitarist Alex Lifeson, drummer/lyricist Neal Peart and vocalist/bass player Geddy Lee are "the sweetest men you can possibly imagine."

Stein first met the band after she arrived in Toronto on Aug. 26 for pre-tour rehearsals. She said the string players did a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Lifeson, whose birthday fell during the early days of rehearsals. Stein said she walked past Lifeson and wished him happy birthday, and he thanked her by name.

"Some people I've worked with who are famous, like, they don't take the time to get to know your name," she said. "They (Rush members) are so humble and do not act famous at all."

Before the tour started, Stein had been concerned about how the loud music on stage might affect her sensitive ears. However, she was soon contacted by an audiologist, who took impressions of her ears and prepared custom-made headphones in which she can control the volume of the sound mix.

She said she had listened to a few of the new songs off the recently released album before arriving to rehearse, but at the first rehearsal the musicians all listened to the music together before playing it. ...

You can read the entire article here (*SPOILERS*).

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Happy 60th 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 the big six-oh today which makes him the old man of the band; Geddy and Alex both recently turned 59. I should also mention that this past Sunday, September 9th, Neil and his wife Carrie Nuttall celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary. Happy birthday Pratt, and happy anniversary Neil and Carrie!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Neil Peart cover feature in the October, 2012 issue of DRUM!
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DRUM! October, 2012Neil Peart is featured on the October, 2012 issue of DRUM! magazine. The cover tagline reads, Neil Peart: Rush Master Class - Clockwork Angels By The Numbers, and the table of contents says the following:

34 Neil Peart Master Class

The Rush technician lets us in on the process behind the inimitable rhythmic signature of Clockwork Angels. Be prepared, be very prepared.
By David E. Libman

Thanks to Andrew Olson for the heads up.

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VH1 Classic celebrates 24 hours of Rush Hashanah this weekend
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VH1 ClassicRush HashanahAs they've done for the past few years, VH1 Classic will once again be ringing in the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah with a 24-hour Rush Hashanah marathon. This year's celebration will begin this coming Sunday, September 16th at 7PM and run through 7PM the following day. They'll be airing and re-airing a combination of Rush programming including Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, Rush: Time Machine, and the Rush Retrospective 3 Box Set special. VH1 Classic first celebrated Rush Hashanah back in 2008, then again in 2010 where they premiered the Rush Classic Albums special, and also last year when they premiered the Rush: Time Machine concert video. Thanks to Sean for the heads up.

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Rush Clockwork Angels tour Pittsburgh open thread
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UPDATE - 9/13@1:21PM: Here's a preview article from timesonline.com that was posted a couple days prior to the show. It contains some interesting historical tidbits about the first couple of times that Rush ever played Pittsburgh.

UPDATE - 9/13@9:05AM: Here's a great gallery of photos posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 9/12@5:27PM: Here's a review from Timesonline.com.

UPDATE - 9/12@9:39AM: Here's a review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

UPDATE - 9/12@8:16AM: Reports from last night indicate that setlist A was played with a couple exceptions. Two of the songs from the B setlist were played, replacing two songs - otherwise it was setlist A. For the full setlist click here (*SPOILERS*).

UPDATE - 9/12@8:03AM: Official photos from the show are now posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 9/11@9:25PM: Reader rushriot is at the show and reports in the comments that Geddy dedicated a song to the memory of 9/11. Check the comments for the exact song that was dedicated.

UPDATE - 9/11@8:12PM: Reports from the show are confirming setlist A as we had anticipated. If anything changes I will post it here.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush takes the Clockwork Angels tour machine north to the Steel City of Pittsburgh to play the CONSOL Energy Center tonight. Reader Denny Crane sent in this photo of the Rush trucks and buses setting up outside the venue, so it looks like Rush has thankfully arrived in one piece! Assuming the band will be alternating between their A and B setlists from show to show, they will likely be playing their A setlist tonight. I'll be sure to post confirmation of this as I hear it to this thread, so stay tuned. For everyone going tonight, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush on!!!

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 11th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 3
Venue: CONSOL Energy Center
Place: Pittsburgh, PA

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Rush Clockwork Angels tourbook now available online
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Clockwork Angels tourbookJohn over at Cygnus-X1.net has scanned and transcribed the Clockwork Angels tourbook and made it available online (*SPOILERS* images, transcription). Be warned that the tourbook contains several tour spoilers obviously. The images are a combination of photos from the Time Machine tour and Clockwork Angels recording sessions, with a few miscellaneous others sprinkled in. The text is comprised of the Neil Peart essay The Future As Seen From The Past that was made available online a few months ago at Rush.com (it has since been taken down but is also available at NeilPeart.net). There's also some tongue-in-cheek information on the band's gear. Alex Lifeson's piece includes some horrendously long website url to a stoopidrush.com domain that promises more information ... I won't spoil the surprise though. They also include a nice little tribute to the late Andrew MacNaughtan (who passed away earlier this year) along with some humorous joke portraits of the band:

A choice memory about working creatively with Andrew dates from 1992, when Rush was preparing for our Roll the Bones tour. My bandmates and I decided to have a little fun with the usual tourbook portraits - beginning a tradition that continued right up to the book for the Time Machine tour, in 2010-11.

All of us lived in Toronto in those days, so it was easy for us to get together with Andrew and plan our "surprises" (sometimes kept secret even from each other). We aimed for something that would show some humor, and also, perhaps, a little ... inner essence.

That first set of three portraits does not disappoint on those levels, I hope, but it is also noteworthy that even these "joke" settings were lighted and framed with artful care. They are light-hearted and silly, but photographed with a professional's craft and an artist's vision.

I once defined the highest possible plane of communication to be "art with jokes." That is a rarefied summit even to attempt, but once in a while, with Andrew, we made it.

You can check out the tourbook online at Cygnus-X1.net (images, transcription) and purchase a copy on tour or at the Rush Backstage Club. Thanks John!

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[New Rush Backstage Club contest: Win a Rush meet & greet!]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour official teaser photo gallery]
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Monday, September 10, 2012

New Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interview with Geddy Lee
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In the lead up to tomorrow's Rush show at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette spoke with Geddy Lee via phone for an article/interview titled Twenty albums later, Rush is still thriving. Geddy talks about the Clockwork Angels album and tour, the band's longevity, and why they still put themselves through the rigors of touring:

... "Because we like to play," the singer says. "We've gone to the trouble and expense of building a show, and we have over 20 albums worth of material that people want to hear, and I think while we can -- while we still possess the strength and desire to do it -- I think we should do it. We've got a lot of interesting pieces of music to play on this [tour], and we really like the new album. I think we know if we're going to play so much new material, we'd better have a lot of older material, so that everybody walks away happy."

You can read the entire article/interview at this location. Thanks to ru2112 for the heads up.

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Rush adds San Diego show to the Clockwork Angels tour itinerary
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UPDATE - 9/10@2:46PM: Fan pre-sales and VIP pre-sales both start in just a few minutes!

According to some reports out of San Diego rock station KGB-FM this morning (thanks jman2112) and listings on the Rush Music Today website and the VIP Nation site, Rush will be adding a late November San Diego show to the Clockwork Angels tour itinerary. KGB-FM was originally reporting it to be a November 22nd show at the Viejas Arena, but that would make back-to-back shows on the 22nd and 23rd - something that Rush typically doesn't do these days. But both the Rush Music Today website (the site that handles the fan pre-sales) and VIP Nation now have a show listed for Wednesday, November 21st at the Valley View Casino with fan and VIP pre-sale tickets on sale TODAY at 12PM PST. I'll be adding the show to the tour section within the hour.

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Video of Rush accepting the Progressive Music Awards Album of the Year award for Clockwork Angels
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Last Wednesday evening Rush's Clockwork Angels album won the Album of the Year award at the 1st annual Prog magazine Progressive Music Awards. From a BBC article covering the event:

... Canadian rock band Rush's latest concept album, Clockwork Angels, was named Album Of The Year. With its dystopian steampunk theme, the three-piece's 19th studio album has earned rapturous reviews, even in the mainstream press. Describing it as Rush's "most solid and compelling set of songs in years", The Guardian went on to say: "Those who worship at the temple of Rush will be in raptures; for those who remain agnostic, there may well be enough here to justify a leap of faith." ...

The band was unable to attend the ceremony but accepted the award remotely via video. The video was posted to YouTube this morning and can be seen below or at this location (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Bristow open thread
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UPDATE - 10/3@12:06PM: Reader DawnRenee let me know that the October 11th issue of Rolling Stones magazine contains a short review of the show on page 63. You can read the full review by clicking on the thumbnail (*SPOILERS*).

UPDATE - 9/14@9:43AM: John at Cygnus-X1.net has posted a huge gallery of front row photos from the show at this location.

UPDATE - 9/12@6:01PM: Here's a Flickr gallery of photos courtesy Mark B.

UPDATE - 9/10@2:49PM: Here's a review and photo gallery from last night's show from The DCist.

UPDATE - 9/10@9:59AM: Here's a review of the show from reader JayBird.

UPDATE - 9/10@7:04AM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush Show Photo site here.

UPDATE - 9/9@10:57PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 3*** The show is now over and the B setlist played out exactly as reported earlier today. A few more details and the complete setlist below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/9@10:18PM: Set 2 is winding down and the B setlist continues to play out as reported earlier today.

UPDATE - 9/9@9:40PM: Four songs into set 2 and the B setlist continues to play out as reported earlier today.

UPDATE - 9/9@8:45PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 2*** The first set is just about over and it looks like the setlist B rumor has been confirmed. We'll see how it plays out for the 2nd set. Details below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/9@6:16PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 1*** Reports from soundcheck tend to lend some weight to the rumors of a B setlist. Details below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/9@1:34PM: The RatCon 2012 airship ready for takeoff on the Headlong Flight to Bristow (thanks LanceTheShred, PetieLee and Kelly D).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourShow number 2 of the Clockwork Angels tour takes place tonight at 7:30PM at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA - one of the few outdoor shows to take place this tour. Rumor has it that tonight's setlist will be slightly different than opening night. I'll be sure to post confirmation of this as I hear it to this thread (with appropriate SPOILER warnings), so stay tuned. For everyone going to the show, have fun, be safe and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush on!!!

Date/Time: Sunday, September 9th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 2
Venue: Jiffy Lube Live
Place: Bristow, VA

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Neil Peart talks drumming and exercise in New York Times interview
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Neil Peart was recently interviewed for a piece in today's New York Times on drumming and exercise. Neil talks about how he gets in shape for a tour:

... Neil Peart ... said that in the three and a half weeks of rehearsals before his band, Rush, began its 2012 tour last week, he dropped at least 10 pounds.

Mr. Peart, who reported changing out of sweaty clothes two and three times a day, joked: "Obvious business opportunity. 'Do you want to lose weight and tone your entire body, from your nose to your toes? Sign up now for the fabulous new Bubba Drum Workout!' " (Bubba is Mr. Peart's nickname.)

The weight loss wasn't because Mr. Peart, 59, was out of shape. He took up distance swimming in his 30s and favors cross-country skiing. On a day off between shows in Red Rocks, Colo., in 2010, he chose to flesh out the plot of a novelization of the band's 2012 "Clockwork Angels" album by climbing the 14,265-foot Mount Evans with his co-author, Kevin J. Anderson.

This year's pre-tour training regimen began in February. Three times a week, Mr. Peart would bike 20 minutes to his local Los Angeles Y.M.C.A., swap his helmet for a bandanna, and spend 30 minutes on the cross-trainer (keeping his heart rate near his recommended maximum), followed by calisthenics, yoga sun salutations (he held each pose for a count of 20 Mississippi) and the return bike ride home. (His favorite workout track? Silence. "The only activity I combine with music is driving," Mr. Peart said. "For me, exercise is an act of will.") ...

You can read the entire article at this location.

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Clockwork Angels tour second show setlist change rumor
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Friday night Rush opened up the Clockwork Angels tour at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. Remarkably they managed to keep the setlist under wraps right up until the show began. You can check out the opening night setlist along with photos, videos, reviews and more here. It has now come to my attention via Eric at Power Windows and a couple of other sources that the setlist for tonight's show in Bristow will be slightly different than opening night. To find all the details including both the A and B setlists click below the fold.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Clockwork Angels tour opening night in Manchester open thread
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UPDATE - 9/11@10:29AM: Here's a YouTube playlist of the entire show courtesy Brad P.

UPDATE - 9/9@10:16AM: Here's a review of Friday night's show from the MetroWest Daily News (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 9/8@9:16PM: John at Cygnus-X1.net attended last night's show and posted a huge gallery of photos to his website.

UPDATE - 9/8@3:33PM: The Bubba's Bar n Grill Twitter feed has posted a couple of behind-the-scenes photos from the concert video shoot here and here.

UPDATE - 9/8@3:26PM: Official photos from opening night are now posted at this location (thanks hermy).

UPDATE - 9/8@9:02AM: A few readers have posted a bunch of great photos to the opening night photo gallery. There's also this Flickr gallery from reader King_Buzzo. There are also already a bunch of videos on YouTube including this one from Kelly D.

UPDATE - 9/7@11:12PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 14 *** Here's one final spoiler update on the closing video below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/7@10:49PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 13 *** It's over! Encore tracks below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/7@10:36PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 12 *** Things are wrapping up and the encore will be coming up soon. The last few tracks below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/7@10:08PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 11 *** Info on the next few tracks and more below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/7@9:51PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 10 *** Info on the next few tracks and more below the fold. By the way a BIG thanks to hermy, Todd V, Nestor A and others for the up-to-the-second updates.

UPDATE - 9/7@9:28PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 9 *** Info on the next 2 tracks and more below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/7@9:11PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 8 *** The second set has begun. Info on the opening song, the intermission video and more below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/7@8:47PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 7 *** It's intermission time! A report on the final few tracks from the first set and another tidbit about the stage show below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/7@8:36PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 6 *** I apologize for the server issues. The site has never experienced traffic this high before. I'm having to do a lot of tweaking to keep my server's heart beating. Your patience is appreciated. A report on the next 2 tracks below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/7@8:25PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 5 *** A report on the next 2 tracks below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/7@8:13PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 4 *** A report on the next 2 tracks and a photo of Geddy's equipment below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/7@8:01PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 3 *** The first 3 songs are now over. A report on what these are along with some notes on the new intro video. All the details below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/7@7:47PM: The opening video has begun!

UPDATE - 9/7@7:28PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 2*** Reader hermy sent along a report along with photos regarding the stage setup. He also caught a glimpse of the setlist on stage and was able to catch what the opener and encore songs are. All the details below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/7@5:55PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 1*** Reader hermy is at the show and just reported that soundcheck has ended. More details below the fold.

UPDATE - 9/7@1:35PM: Here are a couple of photos of the Rush Clockwork Angels tour machine outside the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester (thanks hermy).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush will be kicking off their long-anticipated Clockwork Angels tour tonight at 7:30PM at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. The band has managed to keep a very tight lid on things in regards to the setlist, so there have been no leaks. It looks like we'll have to wait until tonight to find out which 25 or so of the 200+ songs from their repertoire they decide to play. We know that a good chunk will be taken up by tracks from the Clockwork Angels album, but the rest remain a mystery. I plan on posting tonight's setlist to this thread (below the fold and with appropriate spoiler warnings) as it happens as well as any other interesting details regarding the show. If you are going to the show and are willing to text/email me setlist/show updates, please let me know. For everyone going tonight, have fun and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush!!!

Date/Time: Friday, September 7th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 1
Venue: Verizon Wireless Arena
Place: Manchester, NH

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Today is the big day! Rush's long-anticipated Clockwork Angels tour kicks off at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH this evening. The band has managed to keep a tight lid on things regarding the setlist this go-around, so there have been no leaks as of yet. However, Alex Lifeson did give a few hints/teasers in an interview with New England newspaper The Eagle Tribune yesterday. The big change this tour will be the addition of a string section:

... On tour, Rush is continuing to push forward and take its show to new places. For starters, Lifeson said, there's a new light show and new video over a three-hour set that includes most of "Clockwork Angels" and a number of older songs that haven't been played live in years. Then there's something completely new to a Rush tour - a string section. "'Clockwork Angels' has five or six songs with strings on them, and we thought that rather than triggering samples, why don't we think about taking strings out for a change?" Lifeson said. "We can pull out some of the older material from the past that we did string arrangements for and include that. And we sort of dove into it. It's so nice to go out and do something that's unusual and different and keeps on your toes," he said. "And hopefully you don't wreck anything for them and they don't wreck anything for you. So it's a challenge, and we're always looking for something to move us forward." ...

Clockwork Angels tour teaser photo - John ArrowsmithClockwork Angels tour teaser photo - John ArrowsmithWe also got to see a gallery of Clockwork Angels tour teaser images from Rush pytrotechnician and tour photographer John Arrowsmith earlier this week. The gallery contains a number of closeup and out-of-focus shots of some spectacular steampunk imagery from the set. It's truly a teaser gallery since none of the photos are very revealing. You can check them out at this location. And here's a John Arrowsmith top-side view of Neil Peart's kit that was posted to the Neil Peart Twitter feed last week. It's not clear whether this is a recent photo or not, although I have it on good authority that Neil will be using a slightly revamped kit this go-around, but not a brand new one. It will essentially be the Time Machine kit but with an image of the 21:12 Clockwork Angels clock face on the bass drum. Speaking of revamping, the Rush.com website has been updated with a new look and feel to celebrate opening night.

Clockwork Angels tourbookThe Rush Backstage Club rolled out some new Clockwork Angels tour merchandise yesterday in the lead up to tonight's opening night show. The new merchandise includes several t-shirts, a keychain, a wristband, and the Clockwork Angels tourbook. You can check it all out at this location. And in case you missed it, they are also running a contest to win a meet & greet with members of Rush! For all the details and to enter the contest go here. And in other tour merchandising news, Showtech Merchandising (the company that runs the Rush Backstage Club) filed a lawsuit in federal court earlier this week to try and fend off producers and sellers of knock-off shirts and other merchandise. Yesterday a federal judge upheld the lawsuit and ordered authorities to seize any unlicensed merchandise (thanks briano):

A federal judge on Thursday ordered federal marshals and local police to seize any unlicensed Rush T-shirts, recordings or other memorabilia that spring up in Pittsburgh over the next week and also authorized similar actions in other venues where the group will perform during its national tour. ...

Virginia-based Rush tribute band Blame Canada will be playing a show at Sully's in Chantilly, VA tomorrow evening where they will be giving away 2 tickets to Sunday's show at the Jiffy Lube Live. For all the details visit their website or check out their Facebook page.

The Clockwork Angels album moved up a few spots on the Billboard 200 charts this week. It's now sitting at #117 in its 12th week of release, up from last week's showing at #121. The album won the Album of the Year award at the 1st annual Prog magazine Progressive Music Awards Wednesday night. From a BBC article covering the event:

... Canadian rock band Rush's latest concept album, Clockwork Angels, was named Album Of The Year. With its dystopian steampunk theme, the three-piece's 19th studio album has earned rapturous reviews, even in the mainstream press. Describing it as Rush's "most solid and compelling set of songs in years", The Guardian went on to say: "Those who worship at the temple of Rush will be in raptures; for those who remain agnostic, there may well be enough here to justify a leap of faith." ...

Clockwork Angels also received a couple of nods in Ultimate Classic Rock's End of Summer Survey. The Wreckers narrowly edged out Van Halen's She's the Woman to win in the best summer song of 2012 category, and Clockwork Angels was declared the summer's best album. You can check out the complete results at this location.

Grammy.com posted a new interview with Geddy Lee earlier this week where Geddy talks about the upcoming tour, the Clockwork Angels album and more. Here are Geddy's comments on the difficulties involved in choosing a setlist:

Oh man, it's hard. You rehearse it all and then you start whittling it back. It just becomes tougher every year. It's a good problem to have because it's the result of a long career, but it's hard to pick the songs. You don't want to disappoint people by leaving their favorite song out. At the same time, you try to [play] a [new] old song. Trying to keep the balance is tricky.

Clockwork Angels bookKevin J. Anderson's Clockwork Angels: The Novel was officially released in the US and Canada earlier this week. The 290-page novel is the companion to Rush's Clockwork Angels album and was a collaboration with Neil Peart, who developed the idea for the story. The book will be getting a UK release in October according to this Rock Sins article, with Amazon UK listing a release date of October 11th. Anderson has conducted several interviews over the past few weeks to discuss his friendship and collaboration with Neil on the book, along with how Rush's music has inspired and impacted his fiction. There's this one with Roadrunner Records and another for io9.com. Anderson also wrote this piece about the novel for the Big Idea feature on John Scalzi's blog yesterday, and there's this brief video interview with PREVIEWSworld. You can order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here. Anderson will be attending several Clockwork Angels book signings and fan conventions over the coming weeks. For a complete list check out this post at Anderson's blog.

Gibson.com posted their list of the Top 10 Metal and Hard Rock Bass Players earlier this week, and Rush's Geddy Lee came in at #1. Here's what they had to say:

If the only thing Geddy Lee did in Rush was play the bass he'd be implausibly accomplished. But, he does it all while singing and playing the keyboards; a near-impossible feat. Not many frontmen have successfully juggled this triple task. Add to that the confidence that comes from playing for a long time, and Lee remains one of the genre's biggest and best players.

You can check out the complete list at this location.

The Montclair Patch posted an article yesterday on how the School of Rock Montclair is introducing two new Performance Programs for their fall season that are aimed at students who are looking for a more rigorous music education experience. So what better music to use than the music of Rush? From the article:

... School of Rock Montclair's first AP show will feature the music of the legendary rockers Rush, whose songs are recognized and respected as being some of the most complex and sophisticated in the history of rock. Comprised of bassist/vocalist/keyboardist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer Neal Peart, Rush's recordings feature unusual time signatures, difficult drum patterns, and complicated solo etudes that have delighted millions of fans around the world for almost 40 years. "Only our top students will be able to handle Rush," explains Dollar, "so we're recruiting musicians who are eager to take their playing to a whole new level." ...

411Mania.com posted their list of The Top 8 Songs About Space earlier this week and Rush's Countdown made the cut at #8. Here's what they had to say:

First up on the list about space travel is, probably appropriately, a song about the beginning of the journey. Rush wrote and recorded "Countdown" for their early '80s album Singles; it was inspired by the group's observation of STS-1 and the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1981. It is dedicated to John W. Young and Robert Crippen, the astronauts for that particular mission, and even includes some of their communications with the NASA ground control team within the song. The track describes that build-up and anticipation that astronauts must feel before lifting off from the Earth and heading into space. With Geddy Lee delivering his usual excellent work on the lead vocals and the rest of the band backing him up nicely, what we get is a perfect capturing of that moment before a shuttle launch; the wonder and tension, with a hint of fear that something just might go terribly wrong. When the shuttle lifts off in the song and we hear the thrust of the craft, the band really gets that sensation to carry across nicely in the music. I venture to say that no other song has quite captured the idea of taking off in a space shuttle like this one, and NASA seemed to agree as the song was used on a couple of missions for different reasons.

Earlier this week Eric at Power Windows reported a hard-to-spot Rush reference in the film Men In Black 3 which released back in May. About 37 minutes into the film the analog hallway clock reads twelve minutes after nine, or 21:12 in military time (the same time found on the clock the Clockwork Angels album cover. You can check out a screenshot by clicking on the thumbnail above.

Last weekend SiriusXM Classic Rewind (Channel 25) had a countdown of the top 10 lead guitarists from the late '70s and '80s, and Alex Lifeson made the cut at #5 (thanks Dominic N). And Guitar World has been conducting a bracket poll to determine The Greatest Guitarist of All Time, and Alex Lifeson has made it into the Sweet 16. He'll be going up against Dimebag Darrell next although voting isn't yet open. Thanks to ou812112 for the heads up.

This coming weekend will mark a couple of important anniversaries in the history of Rush. Tomorrow 1987's Hold Your Fire celebrates 25 years since its release, and on Sunday 1982's Signals will celebrate its 30th anniversary. In addition to these 2 milestones, Neil Peart will be celebrating his big sixtieth birthday this coming Wednesday, September 12th.

Rush - The WreckersLast Friday Rush posted the official lyric video for The Wreckers - the second single from Clockwork Angels - to their YouTube channel. The video is shot in the same style as the video for Headlong Flight, depicting a puppet show-like shipwreck along with the lyrics for the song. The Wreckers is currently sitting at #16 on the Mainstream Rock Chart, now a few spots ahead of Headlong Flight. You can watch the video below or at this location.

That's all for this week. I'll be posting an opening night open thread post shortly where I'll be reporting on tonight's show, including the setlist, stage show, photos, videos and more (all with appropriate SPOILER warnings). So stay tuned!

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Clockwork Angels tourbook and other merchandise now available at the Rush Backstage Club
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UPDATE - 9/7@8:23AM: Showtech Merchandising is the company that runs the Rush Backstage Club, and earlier this week they filed a lawsuit in federal court to try and fend off producers and sellers of knock-off shirts and other merchandise. Yesterday a federal judge upheld the lawsuit and ordered authorities to seize any unlicensed merchandise (thanks briano):

A federal judge on Thursday ordered federal marshals and local police to seize any unlicensed Rush T-shirts, recordings or other memorabilia that spring up in Pittsburgh over the next week and also authorized similar actions in other venues where the group will perform during its national tour. ...

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Clockwork Angels tourbookThe Rush Backstage Club has rolled out some new Clockwork Angels tour merchandise in the lead up to tomorrow's opening night show in Manchester, NH. The new merchandise includes several t-shirts, a keychain, a wristband, and the Clockwork Angels tourbook. You can check it all out at this location (thanks Dan D). And in case you missed yesterday's post, they are also running a contest to win a meet & greet with members of Rush! For all the details and to enter the contest go here.

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Alex Lifeson talks Clockwork Angels album and tour in new Eagle Tribune interview
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Alex Lifeson was recently interviewed by New England newspaper The Eagle Tribune in the lead up to tomorrow's Clockwork Angels tour opening night show at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. Lifeson discusses the Clockwork Angels album and tour among other things. Here's what he had to say about the tour:

... On tour, Rush is continuing to push forward and take its show to new places. For starters, Lifeson said, there's a new light show and new video over a three-hour set that includes most of "Clockwork Angels" and a number of older songs that haven't been played live in years. Then there's something completely new to a Rush tour - a string section. "'Clockwork Angels' has five or six songs with strings on them, and we thought that rather than triggering samples, why don't we think about taking strings out for a change?" Lifeson said. "We can pull out some of the older material from the past that we did string arrangements for and include that. And we sort of dove into it. It's so nice to go out and do something that's unusual and different and keeps on your toes," he said. "And hopefully you don't wreck anything for them and they don't wreck anything for you. So it's a challenge, and we're always looking for something to move us forward." ...

You can read the entire interview at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New Rush Backstage Club contest: Win a Rush meet & greet!
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Rush meet & greet contestThe Rush Backstage Club is running a contest to win a meet & greet with members of Rush! From the website:

The contest you have all been waiting for: Win a Meet and Greet with members of RUSH! We will draw one lucky winner for every city on the upcoming RUSH Clockwork Angels tour to win a pair of meet and greet passes to meet members of RUSH while on tour.

IMPORTANT: You MUST have tickets to the show already in order to be eligible to win the meet and greet passes. Tickets to the concert are not included with the meet and greet passes prize.

NOTE: When filling out the contest form, please fill in the "City" field with the city where you have tickets for a RUSH Clockwork Angels tour concert. Do not enter the city where you are from unless RUSH is playing a concert in that city and you have tickets to that concert.

Only one entry PER PERSON. This contest closes on November 23, 2012. Draws will take place approximately 1-2 weeks prior to show date. If you are selected as a potential winner, you will have 48 hours to respond to our email stating that you are a potential winner for your city. If you do not respond within this window of time, your prize will be forfeited automatically.

Entrants for Manchester NH, Washington DC and Pittsburgh, PA must stay tuned to their email very closely as winners for these dates will be selected sooner than a week prior to their show and will have a shorter window of time to respond to claim their prize.

For all the details and to enter go here. Rush kicks off the Clockwork Angels tour this Friday in Manchester, NH. Thanks to Louis2112 for the heads up.

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New Geddy Lee interview at Grammy.com
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Grammy.com posted a new interview with Geddy Lee this morning where Geddy talks about the upcoming tour, the Clockwork Angels album and more. Here are Geddy's comments on the difficulties involved in choosing a setlist:

Oh man, it's hard. You rehearse it all and then you start whittling it back. It just becomes tougher every year. It's a good problem to have because it's the result of a long career, but it's hard to pick the songs. You don't want to disappoint people by leaving their favorite song out. At the same time, you try to [play] a [new] old song. Trying to keep the balance is tricky.

Rush kicks off the Clockwork Angels tour this Friday in Manchester, NH. You can read the entire interview at this location. Thanks to Tim M for the heads up.

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Rush among the nominees at tonight's first annual Progressive Music Awards in London
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UPDATE - 9/10@10:39AM: Here's the band's pre-taped video acceptance of the award (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

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UPDATE - 9/6@8:12AM: Here's a BBC article covering last night's ceremony where Rush gets mentioned (thanks apollo78):

... Canadian rock band Rush's latest concept album, Clockwork Angels, was named Album Of The Year. With its dystopian steampunk theme, the three-piece's 19th studio album has earned rapturous reviews, even in the mainstream press. Describing it as Rush's "most solid and compelling set of songs in years", The Guardian went on to say: "Those who worship at the temple of Rush will be in raptures; for those who remain agnostic, there may well be enough here to justify a leap of faith." ...

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UPDATE - 9/5@8:09PM: Rush's Clockwork Angels ended up winning in the Album of the Year category!

The first annual Prog magazine Progressive Music Awards will take place this evening at London's Kew Gardens (just a short time from now UK time). The event will be hosted by BBC Newsnight's Gavin Esler. Rush's Clockwork Angels is nominated for Album of the Year and their Sectors box set is nominated in the Grand Designs category. No members of Rush will be in attendance as the band is prepping for the Clockwork Angels tour opening this coming Friday in Manchester, NH. For a complete list of categories and nominees check out the Prog magazine website here, and you can also follow the event on Facebook and on Twitter.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Clockwork Angels: The Novel released, new interview with author Kevin J. Anderson
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UPDATE - 9/4@6:54PM: ECW Press just announced that they have hidden 10 Golden Tickets inside copies of Clockwork Angels: The Novel (thanks ReddyLee):

The hunt is on, Clockwork Angels: The Novel fans! We've hidden ten Golden Tickets inside copies of Clockwork Angels: The Novel and distributed them around the world. Each lucky finder will be able to redeem their ticket for an 8-volume Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart library. Happy hunting!

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Clockwork Angels bookKevin J. Anderson's Clockwork Angels: The Novel was officially released in the US this past weekend. The 290-page novel is the companion to Rush's Clockwork Angels album and was a collaboration with Neil Peart, who developed the idea for the story. Anderson was recently interviewed by Roadrunner Records to discuss his friendship and collaboration with Neil on the book, along with how Rush's music has inspired and impacted his fiction. Here's what he had to say regarding all the nods to Rush that are contained within the novel:

... Oh, they're all over in there. And it's not just the earlier work-there should be something from every album. I've lived with Rush for most of my life. In a way, my entire career has been focused around Rush, because my very first novel, Resurrection, Inc., was inspired by Grace Under Pressure. And that's how I got to know Neil. I can't even count how many stories or chapters or scenes in other novels have been inspired by Rush songs or Rush albums. So I know these lyrics like they're part of me, and as I was writing they just kept popping into my mind, obvious places to slide things that I knew from albums. But they were natural. I hope they don't stick out like a sore thumb. If you're not super-familiar with Rush, you won't notice that this was an awkwardly inserted phrase to add a nod to a Rush lyric. So there's constant ones in there, even subtle ones that I don't think people will spot, like when the Watchmaker is fixing one of the mechanical parts of the Clockwork Angels and he says "Animate," there's a Rush song called "Animate." It's just a word, but I know I used that word because it was from Rush. This is a project that I've been either unconsciously practicing for all my life, and just came out in the right place. I'm not some writer who came in, listened to a couple of Rush albums and wrote the book.

To read the entire interview go here. You can order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here. Anderson will be attending several Clockwork Angels book signings and fan conventions over the coming weeks. For a complete list check out this post at Anderson's blog.

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Geddy Lee tops Gibson.com's list of the Top 10 Metal and Hard Rock Bass Players
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Geddy Lee with his sunburst Fender JazzGibson.com posted their list of the Top 10 Metal and Hard Rock Bass Players this morning, and Rush's Geddy Lee came in at #1. Here's what they had to say:

If the only thing Geddy Lee did in Rush was play the bass he'd be implausibly accomplished. But, he does it all while singing and playing the keyboards; a near-impossible feat. Not many frontmen have successfully juggled this triple task. Add to that the confidence that comes from playing for a long time, and Lee remains one of the genre's biggest and best players.

You can check out the complete list at this location.

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Rush Clockwork Angels tour official teaser photo gallery
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UPDATE - 9/4@2:15PM: Here's a John Arrowsmith top-side view of Neil Peart's kit that was posted to the Neil Peart Twitter feed last week.

UPDATE - 9/4@11:39AM: According to this tweet from Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton, the Clockwork Angels tour machine has arrived in Manchester:

Getting close...The HOT seat is set up in Manchester, NH...

If the band isn't there already, they should be very soon - and full tour rehearsals at the venue should occur within the next couple of days. There's nothing else going on at the Verizon Wireless Arena this week, so the band has the place to themselves. In other tour-related news, Rush's official merchandiser - Showtech Merchandising - has filed a lawsuit in federal court to try and fend off producers and sellers of knock-off shirts and other merchandise.

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Clockwork Angels tour teaser photo - John ArrowsmithClockwork Angels tour teaser photo - John ArrowsmithRush pytrotechnician and tour photographer John Arrowsmith has posted a gallery of Clockwork Angels tour teaser images to the official Rush tour photo website at RushShowPhotos.com. The gallery contains a number of closeup and out-of-focus shots of some spectacular steampunk imagery from the set. It's truly a teaser gallery since none of the photos are very revealing. You can check them out at this location.

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Rush wins best song and best album in Ultimate Classic Rock's End of Summer Survey
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Rush - The WreckersRush won out in 2 categories in Ultimate Classic Rock's End of Summer Survey. The Wreckers narrowly edged out Van Halen's She's the Woman to win in the best summer song of 2012 category, and Clockwork Angels was declared the summer's best album. You can check out the complete results at this location. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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