Archive: Blog Entries from December, 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

Have a happy Rush New Year!!
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Happy 2013!I hope everyone has a great New Year's celebration this evening! As 2012 comes to a close I'd just like thank all of the Rush fans who have visited my site over the past year and have helped me out by offering words of encouragement, contributing links, posting comments and sending me Rush-related news and information. A special thank you to everyone who has clicked on an ad, purchased products through my Amazon links or made a donation to the site. I wouldn't be able to keep the site up and running without your help. Thanks!!! 2012 was another great year for Rush and there's also a lot to look forward to for the band in 2013 including the continuation of the Clockwork Angels tour, a live DVD and the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18th. So what do you think was the biggest Rush event of the past year? Take the poll and let us know. Have a safe and happy New Year everyone!!

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

3 Rush albums makes Rolling Stone's Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time list
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UPDATE - 12/30@8:40PM: Reader OotS points that this is just an old poll from earlier in the Summer that Rolling Stone recycled. They fooled me by re-posting it to their Twitter feed. Oh well, not much else to talk about anyways as we wait for 2012 to come to a close. Have a Happy New Year everyone!!

Rolling Stone magazine recently conducted a readers' poll to determine the Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time and three Rush albums made their list including Moving Pictures at #10, Hemispheres at #8 and 2112 at #2:

It may not seem like it now, but Rush's 1976 LP 2112 was an extremely brave move for the band. Two years earlier the group got the attention of Mercury Records with their Led Zeppelin-esque song "Working Man," but once they got signed they shifted gears with new drummer Neil Peart into proggier territory. The resulting albums, Fly By Night and Caress of Steel, didn't exactly set the world on fire, and the label wanted more commercial material for their next disc. The band took things in a different direction, risking it all on a grandiose concept record about a dystopian future in the year 2112. Radio didn't touch it, but the album found a rabid fan base that's never let go of the music. Some of the big rock groups of the day now play county fairs, while Rush are still packing arenas worldwide.

Rush 2112The 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition version of 2112 released 2 weeks ago and is now available as a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. The re-release of the album propelled it back into the Billboard 200 where it currently sits at #138. All 3 versions of the Deluxe Edition contain a digitally remastered CD with 3 unreleased live tracks along with a DVD or Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album. Also included in each version is expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics, unreleased photos and brand new liner notes by David Fricke. The Super Deluxe version is housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges. The DVD/Blu-ray contains a digital version of this comic book, and an iBook version which also includes the lyrics, liner notes and photos is also available for sale separately. John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed/scanned the comic book, album artwork, and liner notes. For all the details and technical specs, check out the Rush.com press release. There's also this short, 20-second preview video that shows a few images from the included 2112 comic book with 2112: Temples of Syrinx playing in the background.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff - 2012 year in review edition
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Rush 20122012 was yet another tremendous year for Rush. For this last Updates and other random Rush stuff post of 2012 I thought I'd take a look back on 2012 and highlight all the major Rush events that took place. We'll then look ahead to next year which also promises to be another great year for the band. 2012 unfortunately began with a tragedy for the Rush family when longtime friend and official photographer Andrew MacNaughtan passed away from a heart attack at age 47 back on January 25th. Neil Peart penned this touching tribute to Andrew over at NeilPeart.net shortly after his death. Another tragedy befell the Rush family later in the year when Shane Danniels - son of Rush manager Ray Danniels - was diagnosed with a brain tumor and passed away on November 1st. Other than these tragic events, the Rush news in 2012 was all good and dominated by the band's Clockwork Angels album and tour. There were also 2 big Rush Days to celebrate over the past year due to it being the 2112 pre-centennial; February 1st (2/1/12) and the big annual International Rush Day celebration last Friday on December 21st (12/21/12 or 21/12/12). And I should also mention that Neil Peart turned the big Six-Oh back on September 12th.

As I'd mentioned above, Rush's Clockwork Angels album and tour dominated the Rush news in 2012. The Headlong Flight single was released back in April followed closely by the Clockwork Angels tour announcement and the Clockwork Angels album itself being released in early June, along with a flurry of band interviews on TV, in print and on radio. The album ended up debuting at #2 on the Billboard album charts - which tied the band's best ever debut chart position - and it remained on the charts for 20 weeks. In June Alex Lifeson surprised us by revealing in a Billboard interview that the band would be taking an 8-piece string section on the road with them for the Clockwork Angels tour. Rush gave us another Clockwork Angels surprise when they announced that Neil Peart would partner with his friend and sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson to release a novelization of the Clockwork Angels album. The novel was officially released towards the end of August just prior to the Clockwork Angels tour which kicked off in Manchester, NH on September 7th. The tour then dominated the Rush news cycle for most of the Fall until it closed out on December 2nd in Houston. In early October Rush fans received a pleasant surprise when the band was announced as a nominee for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Then the real surprise came in December just a few weeks ago when Rush was announced as one of the six inductees selected for the Rock Hall class of 2013. To cap things off, the band released a 2112 Deluxe Edition just last week which featured the classic album remastered in 5.1 along with a 2112 comic book by Tom Hodges. Also of note was the band's filming of their shows in Phoenix and Dallas for a live DVD to be released next year.

Rush with their GGPAAs - Paul Beaulieu, The Canadian Music SceneAs is typically the case, Rush received a number of awards and accolades over the past year. The band received the Revolver Golden Gods Lifetime Achievement Award on April 12th and Neil Peart appeared at the ceremony to accept the award. A much bigger honor was presented to the band a few weeks later in early May when Rush received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. The band's Clockwork Angels album would later receive the Album of the Year award at the 1st annual Prog magazine Progressive Music Awards which took place in September. The album also received that same honor at the 2012 Classic Rock Awards in November, along with the band being awarded Band of the Year. Rush was then inducted into the Guitar Center's RockWalk on November 20th.

Rush and Rush music was heavily featured on some major TV shows this past year. The final episode of the heavy metal documentary show Metal Evolution aired back in January and focused on the Progressive Metal genre of heavy metal. It heavily featured Rush, including interview segments with all 3 members along with former producer Terry Brown. American Idol contestant David Weed attempted to sing Rush's Tom Sawyer back in February. There were more Rush references on FX's Archer back in March including this one and another on the Season 3 finale. William Shatner hosted the JUNO Awards this past year and opened the ceremony with a spoken-word performance medley of Canadian rock classics including Rush's Tom Sawyer. Later in the year Volkswagen premiered a new commercial for the 2012 Passat which featured a man stopped at a traffic light in a Passat rocking out to Rush's Fly By Night. There was also a great Christmas-themed Rush reference on The Colbert Report in late November, and a 2112 reference on Fox's American Dad in early December.

Other than the recording of the Clockwork Angels album and subsequent tour, the band kept busy with various side projects. Geddy Lee tested his acting chops back in February when he made a small cameo appearance in the CBC's film adaptation of author Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. Alex Lifeson contributed some guitar tracks to Canadian singer-songwriter Jason Plumb for his solo project Jason Plumb and The Willing which released back in March. Neil Peart hit the studio with Vertical Horizon earlier this year to play drums on a couple of tracks for their next album, and he participated as a panelist in a roundtable discussion for the LA Music Academy's 3rd Drummer Reality Camp that took place on June 29th. Neil also kept busy with his regular news updates at NeilPeart.net along with launching an official Neil Peart Twitter feed.

Rush and the Rock HallAs for 2013 there's a lot to look forward to including the continuation of the Clockwork Angels tour, a live DVD and the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18th. So what do you think is the biggest Rush event of the past year? Take the poll and let us know.

Since the year 2012 is coming to a close, there have been a flurry of end-of-year best of lists released over the last week. Grantland's Steven Hyden put Rush's Clockwork Angels album at #7 on his list of favorite albums of 2012 along with throwing Wish Them Well at #7 on his list of favorite songs. Annie Zaleski of the Las Vegas Weekly placed the album at #4 on her list of the best albums of 2012, and Joe Hadsall of the Joplin Globe declared it his favorite album of the year. The Montreal Gazette's Jordan Zivitz put the album at #2 on his list saying the following:

Closing in on their fifth decade, the hall-of-fame trio headed back to the future while recalling their unparalleled journey. A richly detailed concept album that ranks among their most essential work.

The album also made the Willamette Week Newspaper Best of 2012 list (thanks briebeaz), was #3 on Classic Rock Revisited's list (thanks Scott G), and made the BW&BK Brave Picks list for 2012 coming in at #10. Rush's September 11th show in Pittsburgh made Scott Tady's list of the Best Shows of 2012 coming in at #2. Their November 28th show in Dallas made #7 on the Dallas Morning News list of the best shows of 2012. And the band's Boston show made WZLX's list of The Top 5 Boston Concerts of 2012. Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess picked the album's first single Headlong Flight as his favorite song of 2012 (thanks Phil Simon).

Rush 2112The 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition version of 2112 released last week and is now available as a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. The re-release of the album has propelled it back into the Billboard 200 where it currently sits at #138 (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). All 3 versions of the Deluxe Edition contain a digitally remastered CD with 3 unreleased live tracks along with a DVD or Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album. Also included in each version is expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics, unreleased photos and brand new liner notes by David Fricke. The Super Deluxe version is housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges. The DVD/Blu-ray contains a digital version of this comic book, and an iBook version which also includes the lyrics, liner notes and photos is also available for sale separately. John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed/scanned the comic book, album artwork, and liner notes. For all the details and technical specs, check out the Rush.com press release. There's also this short, 20-second preview video that shows a few images from the included 2112 comic book with 2112: Temples of Syrinx playing in the background.

The Houston Press featured an article earlier this week titled 5 Guitarists Who Got Started on Christmas Presents, one of whom was Rush's Alex Lifeson:

On the Rolling Stone list of 100 greatest guitarists, Rush's Alex Lifeson comes in at No. 98. He is a founding member of the group and currently uses custom-made Les Pauls, but back in the day as a kid, he was actually a violist. He abandoned the instrument when his father gave him a six-string Kent classical guitar for Christmas.

Darren Redick and Geddy LeeIn celebration of the big Rush Day holiday last Friday Geddy Lee was a guest of Darren Redick of UK digital radio station Planet Rock for a short, 8-minute interview. They chatted about the Rock Hall induction announcement, the 2112 Deluxe Edition, the upcoming UK leg of the Clockwork Angels tour and more. He mentioned that the UK setlist will be essentially the same as on the North American leg with possibly 1 or 2 tweaks, and it sounds like they'll stick to alternating between their A and B setlists. You can listen to the entire interview on the Planet Rock website at this location.

Alex Lifeson also got in on the Rush Day celebration. Friday Night Rocks on Q104.3 in New York City aired its first ever The Holiday Rush radio special with Eddie Trunk and co-host Mike Portnoy live last Friday night from 11PM-2AM. They dedicated the entire 3-hour show to Rush, including an all new interview with Alex Lifeson. Eddie and Mike geek out about all things Rush, play a bunch of Rush tracks including some rare bootlegs, and Eddie airs a new pre-recorded interview with Alex Lifeson. Alex talks for 35 minutes about a number of subjects including the Clockwork Angels album and tour, the 2112 Deluxe Edition, the band's future, Rush's 40th anniversary plans, the band's Rock Hall induction and more. He mentions the extension of the Clockwork Angels tour into 2013, and it sounds like the band has already made plans well into 2014 although Alex didn't reveal any details. So it sounds like the chances of some sort of retrospective 40th anniversary tour are looking pretty good. Reader devoidzer0 recorded the show and posted portions of it to YouTube including the interview, commentary and bootleg tracks. You can listen to it below or at this location.

That's all for 2012! I hope everyone has a very happy and safe New Year celebration.

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Rush's 2112 re-enters the Billboard 200 due to Deluxe Edition sales
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Rush 2112The 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition version of 2112 released last week and is now available as a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. The re-release of the album has propelled it back into the Billboard 200 where it currently sits at #138 (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). All 3 versions of the Deluxe Edition contain a digitally remastered CD with 3 unreleased live tracks along with a DVD or Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album. Also included in each version is expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics, unreleased photos and brand new liner notes by David Fricke. The Super Deluxe version is housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges. The DVD/Blu-ray contains a digital version of this comic book, and an iBook version which also includes the lyrics, liner notes and photos is also available for sale separately. John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed/scanned the comic book, album artwork, and liner notes. For all the details and technical specs, check out the Rush.com press release. There's also this short, 20-second preview video that shows a few images from the included 2112 comic book with 2112: Temples of Syrinx playing in the background. If you haven't already, you can order your copy today:

[CD+DVD Deluxe Edition]
[CD+BD Deluxe Edition]
[CD+BD Super Deluxe Edition]
[2112 iBook]

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy Rushmas!!
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Merry Rushmas!!For all of those who celebrate the holiday - merry Christmas and happy Rushmas everyone! I hope Santa left everyone a bunch of cool Rush swag under the Christmas tree last night. My guess is that a lot of lucky Rush fans received a copy of the 2112 Deluxe Edition this year (I did!). So what did Santa bring you? Last year Eric over at the Power Windows site put together this JibJab holiday greeting from the Rush elves. I liked it so much I thought I'd bring it back this year too. Happy Holidays everybody!!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Rush 2013 North American Clockwork Angels tour dates leaked?
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UPDATE - 12/24@1:54PM: As several have pointed out, this list is almost definitely bogus. I only posted it to point out that fact and be sure everyone is aware of it. After it was posted to Twitter I received several emails asking me as to whether it was authentic. This post is to address those questions and make sure everyone knows that it is not authentic.

A few weeks ago Rush confirmed that they planned to extend the North American tour into 2013 via this message that was posted to Rush.com:

... Clockwork Angels 2013 in Europe is on sale now. And just because we had such a good time, we are now making plans for more dates in the spring and summer of 2013 in North America - so stay tuned for more announcements. Looking forward to seeing you out on the road again soon!

But now that the Holidays are in full swing, it's very unlikely we'll hear any sort of official tour dates announcement from Rush until after the New Year. However, rumors have already started floating around the net with regards to the specific tour dates including this photo of an alleged list of 2013 North American dates. The photo was posted to the InfoServ4Rush Twitter feed a few hours ago and lists the following dates (thanks Barry):

April 3rd: SPAC, Saratoga Springs, New York
April 5th: Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh, New York
April 7th: Mohegan Sun. Uncasville, Connecticut
April 9th: Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, New Jersey
April 11th: PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey
April 14th: Giant Center. Hershey, Pennsylvania
April 16th: Jiffy Lube Live Amphitheater, Washington DC
April 18th: Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh, New York
April 21st: Charter One Pavilion. Chicago, Illinois

May 2nd: BI-LO Center, Greenville, South Carolina
May 4th: Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kansas
May 6th: New Orleans Arena,, New Orleans, Louisiana
May 8tIn Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Florida
May 11th: Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, Florida

August 9th: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Toronto, Ontario
August 11th: Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta
August 13th: Colisee De Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec
August 15th: Post Gazette Pavillion, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
August 17th: Nissan Pavillion, Bristow, Virginia
August 20th: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
August 22th: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado
August 24nd: Amphitheater at Clark County, Portland, Oregon
August 27th: Shoreline Amphitheater, Mt. View, California
August 29th: sleep Train Pavillion, Concord, California
September lst: White River Amphitheater, Seatle, Washington

September 14th: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
September 16th.: Nikon at Jones Beach, Wantagh, New York
September 18th: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
September 21st: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

There are a few things about this list that cause me to doubt its authenticity. For one, I'm unsure of the source. It also lists 3 separate dates at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY including one on April 18th - the date of the Rock Hall induction ceremony in Los Angeles that Rush has promised to attend. It also would seem odd for the band to have a run of 11 dates in August, take a 2-week break and then play a short run of 4 dates. But since this list is now out there on the internet, I thought I would address it and point out that it's not an official list and that I can't independently verify its authenticity at this time. I'll continue to look into it and be sure to post anything that I can learn. Have a great Christmas everybody!

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Eddie Trunk's Holiday Rush radio special and Alex Lifeson interview
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Alex, Eddie and GeddyFriday Night Rocks on Q104.3 in New York City aired its first ever The Holiday Rush radio special with Eddie Trunk and co-host Mike Portnoy live last night from 11PM-2AM to celebrate Rush Day. They dedicated the entire 3-hour show to Rush, including an all new interview with Alex Lifeson. Eddie and Mike geek out about all things Rush, play a bunch of Rush tracks including some rare bootlegs, and Eddie airs a new pre-recorded interview with Alex Lifeson. Alex talks for 35 minutes about a number of subjects including the Clockwork Angels album and tour, the 2112 Deluxe Edition, the band's future, Rush's 40th anniversary plans, the band's Rock Hall induction and more. He mentions the extension of the Clockwork Angels tour into 2013, and it sounds like the band has already made plans well into 2014 although Alex didn't reveal any details. So it sounds like the chances of some sort of retrospective 40th anniversary tour are looking pretty good. Reader devoidzer0 recorded the show and posted portions of it to YouTube including the interview, commentary and bootleg tracks. You can listen to it below or at this location.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 12/21@2:09PM: Matt Dolloff of Boston's 100.7 WZLX included Rush at #4 in his list of The Top 5 Boston Concerts of 2012.

International Rush DayHappy International Rush Day everyone!! Today is the 21st day of the 12th month of the year 2012; 21/12/12 or 12/21/12 depending on what part of the world you live in. For years the occasion has become a sort of unofficial Rush holiday, but now even Rush themselves are in on the action - so I guess we can call it an official Rush holiday now! Rush scheduled the release of the 2112 Deluxe Edition earlier this week to coincide with the holiday and also posted the following to their Facebook page last week:

We've heard rumblings that some fans are championing a Fan Friday on Friday, Dec 21/12 whereby fans around the world will proudly wear their Rush shirt to work/play that day.

We just wanted to say we support that and look forward to seeing you snap photos of yourself in such a state! In fact, send them to us at rushfan@rush.com

They've indicated that they'll be posting these photos to a gallery on the official Rush Facebook page. The fact that 2012 also happens to be the 2112 pre-centennial along with Rush's recent Rock Hall induction announcement makes the occasion extra special this year. What better excuse do you need to listen to Rush all day long, watch Rush DVDs, wear Rush paraphernalia, and otherwise celebrate Rush fandom? The event has gotten picked up in the press too - USA Today, Classic Rock, Wired and others have posted articles promoting it. Also in celebration of the event, a group of Rush fans have launched a new Rush Day YouTube channel which features tribute covers of various Rush songs. You can subscribe to the Rush Day YouTube channel here. Chicago-based rock duo Local H are ringing in the Holidays and celebrating Rush Day by releasing their cover of Rush's 2112 which you can download at Localh.com and also listen in on SoundCloud. Local H will ring in the new year with two nights of shows at Chicago's Beat Kitchen.

Darren Redick and Geddy LeeDarren Redick of UK digital radio station Planet Rock had Geddy Lee on his show earlier today to celebrate Rush Day. They chatted about the band's recent Rock Hall induction announcement, the 2112 Deluxe Edition, the upcoming UK leg of the Clockwork Angels tour and more. He mentioned that the UK setlist will be essentially the same as on the North American leg with possibly 1 or 2 tweaks, and it sounds like they'll stick to alternating between their A and B setlists. The interview should be available at PlanetRock.com sometime later today. Alex Lifeson will also be getting in on the action this evening when Friday Night Rocks on Q104.3 in New York City will be featuring its first ever The Holiday Rush with Eddie Trunk live. Eddie will be dedicating the entire 3-hour show to Rush, including an all new interview with Alex.

Rush 2112As I'd mentioned above, the 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition version of 2112 released earlier this week and is now available as a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. All 3 versions contain a digitally remastered CD with 3 unreleased live tracks along with a DVD or Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album. Also included in each version is expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics, unreleased photos and brand new liner notes by David Fricke. The Super Deluxe version is housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges. The DVD/Blu-ray contains a digital version of this comic book, and an iBook version which also includes the lyrics, liner notes and photos is also available for sale separately. For all the details and technical specs, check out the Rush.com press release. There's also this short, 20-second preview video that shows a few images from the included 2112 comic book with 2112: Temples of Syrinx playing in the background, and reader rushfanben sent along these scans of the liner notes. To celebrate the release, several radio stations across North America are airing a Rush 2112 radio special this week hosted by Alan Cross where they take a retrospective look at the album. Check your local classic rock station to see if and when they'll be featuring the special.

A couple of weeks ago Rush confirmed that they planned to extend the North American tour into 2013 via this message that was posted to Rush.com:

... Clockwork Angels 2013 in Europe is on sale now. And just because we had such a good time, we are now making plans for more dates in the spring and summer of 2013 in North America - so stay tuned for more announcements. Looking forward to seeing you out on the road again soon!

But now that the Holidays are in full swing, it's very unlikely we'll hear any sort of official tour dates announcement from Rush until after the New Year. The band's September 16th show in Pittsburgh made The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Scott Mervis's best concerts of 2012 list coming in at #6:

The rule of thumb for old bands arriving with new albums is basically: play three or four of those songs (we'll pretend we're interested) and then get back to the hits. Kudos to Rush for loading the first set with deep cuts and boldly making the new "Clockwork Angels" a dazzling showpiece in the second. Needless to say the musicianship was sublime, and Geddy Lee can still soar to the heavens.

Billboard released its list of the 200 top-selling albums of 2012 and Rush's Clockwork Angels came in at #114 (thanks Sean). The album had debuted at #2 back in June when it was released and remained in the Billboard 200 for 20 weeks. Clockwork Angels also made a few more 2012 best of lists including The New Jersey Star-Ledger, Amazon UK (thanks Tom A) and The A.V. Club (thanks liquidmuse3) where they had it coming in at #15:

15. Rush, Clockwork Angels (18 points, three votes)
"I can't stop thinking big," sings bassist Geddy Lee on "Caravan," the opening track of Rush's Clockwork Angels. Written by drummer-lyricist Neil Peart, the sentiment is a telling one. Although written from the vantage of Clockwork's main character-a young man in a steampunk world reaching toward his destiny-the line may as well be Rush's lament as well as its rallying cry. The group's cerebral bend and uncompromising complexity has made it, in its own words, "the world's biggest cult band." Clockwork does nothing but flex every strength that makes Rush so enduring: As the hero's journey of Peart's protagonist unfolds, epic battles of celestial forces take place. But it's the internal, human struggle of philosophies-pet Peart issues like free will vs. fate, individuality vs. the common good-that drive the disc's emotional narrative. It doesn't hurt that the music is some of Rush's best in ages, a lush yet sinewy layering of prog intricacy and classic songcraft that's every inch the equal of its concepts.

Scott Mervis of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette put Clockwork Angels at #4 on his list of the best albums of 2012:

Billy Corgan recently told me, "Imagine if 'Farewell to Kings' came out today, the moustache hipster would go ape----. They would be a critic's darling today." Obviously, there's no time machine to fix that. But Rush fanatics (and they are the only Rush fans) can be proud that the latest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will see their band enter on a high note. This late-career 66-minute epic concept album about the nature of God and existence, good and evil and other Peart-ian things is a sweeping sonic roar that would frighten most bands half their age and twice their size.

Toronto-based music site T-MAK World posted their Top 10 Albums of 2012 yesterday and Clockwork Angels came out on top:

Hometown heroes Rush keep on going strong - not only did they get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 they also released one of the best records of their career. Clockwork Angels is the band at its hard rocking best. The record is a concept album based on a steampunk world full of alchemy and magic. Society is ruled by the loving Watchmaker that dictates every move of his citizens. The Watchmaker has an opponent known as The Anarchist who likes to disrupt the perfect order of the world. In essence the album (and subsequent book) is based on a classic struggle of order and chaos and questions which one is better for humanity. Bassist/Vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer Neil Peart are widely regarded as the best in the world (or near the top of all "best of" lists) at their respective instruments but together they are so tight on this record its incredible. It's hard to pick highlight songs on this album so just listen to it all end to end (many times). There was no doubt for me what my favourite record of the year was from the first moment I heard it and stands along Moving Pictures as exclamation points in Rush's career.

New York City's Q104.3 has opened up voting for their first annual The Year That Rocked poll and Rush's Clockwork Angels is up for Classic Rock Album of the Year, and the associated tour is up for Best Live Performance. You know what to do - vote for Rush!! And Ultimate Classic Rock's 2012 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards are still underway and Rush is up for consideration in several categories including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Tour of the Year and Best Commercial.

Neil Peart updated the news page on his website with a story titled Adventures in the Wild West last Friday night. Neil chronicles his travels between stops on the 3rd leg of the Clockwork Angels tour down the West Coast and into the Southwest and Texas. You can read the entire update at this location.

Speaking of Neil Peart, next March 1st a special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition of the audiobook for Clockwork Angels: The Novel (narrated by Neil Peart) will be released. The package contains the unabridged audiobook along with a WORKING clocktower. From the product description:

Clockwork Angels: The Watchmaker's Edition features the unabridged audiobook edition of Clockwork Angels, a novel by bestselling science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson, based on the new concept album by the legendary rock band Rush. This compelling steampunk adventure is read by Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, who first conceived the story for the band's latest release. This special edition features the complete, unabridged audiobook packaged in a unique, working upright clock tower designed by the band's album cover artist, Hugh Syme. Intricately themed and largely handmade, this is a beautiful and functional design piece that will be a must-have for Rush fans and steampunkers alike.

The special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition is now available for pre-order through Amazon at this location.

In other Clockwork Angels: The Novel news, author Kevin J. Anderson is auctioning off two rare, signed and numbered VIP editions of the novel to raise money for one of his fans who has Brittle Bone Disease. For all the details and to place your bid, visit this location, or you can donate via PayPal at OneLittleLight.net. Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Novel was officially released in the first week of September and debuted at #18 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list. You can order the standard audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

There was a Rush reference on the Weekend Update segment of last Saturday night's episode of Saturday Night Live. Anchorman Seth Myers mentioned that Donna Summer, Rush and Public Enemy were all announced as 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, showing a photo of the 3 artists. He then jokes "Who are those other two?" said the fans of any one of them. There currently isn't any video online but reader turbinefright sent along this screenshot.

Reader GeddyLeeGenes let me know about a Rush reference on this past Monday's episode of the morning show Live! With Kelly and Michael. Actor Paul Rudd (star of I Love You Man) was on the show promoting his new movie This is 40. As part of the interview, Kelly and Michael (Strahan) played a game with the actor which they called Stump The Rudd where they sang the first four lines of a song and Rudd had to guess the song title, artist and year the song was released. The third song - sung by Kelly - was Rush's Tom Sawyer. Rudd had no problem guessing the artist and name for the song but couldn't guess the year (he said 1979). He mentioned Rush's recent induction into the Rock Hall and also looked a bit upset with himself for not getting the year right.

TMZ.com ran a story on Wednesday on how boy band sensation Harry Styles of One Direction was spotted in West Hollywood getting a new tattoo with his current girlfriend Taylor Swift. Styles is proudly sporting a Rush Presto t-shirt in the accompanying photo. Whether Styles is actually a Rush fan or if this is just another sign of the impending apocalypse is not yet clear. :)

Ultimate Classic Rock picked Rush's Working Man as their featured weekend song this week. And NPR Music's Paul Horwitz wrote an article yesterday titled Loving Rush, With All My Heart And Brain where he explains his love for the band and wonders why it took so long for them to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

...Even loners want to belong, though. That's why Rush fans pushed so hard for the band to be recognized by the Hall of Fame and rejoiced when they were. If our sense of independence was fueled by Rush's "uncool" status, the band's arrival in the Hall of Fame gives us something else. It tells us there's room for the nerds and greasers, the chess champions and air-guitar kings, in the pantheon - and perhaps that there's a little bit of nerd or greaser in everyone else. ...

SModcast is a weekly podcast featuring filmmaker Kevin Smith and his long-time producing partner Scott Mosier. On the latest episode (#236) Kevin Smith talks at length about Rush spurred by a recent viewing of the Rush documentary. You can listen in to the SModcast online at this location (thanks benlacy2112).

Phoenix-based Rush tribute band Freewill will be performing a special benefit show at The Wigwam in Phoenix next Friday, December 28th. The band will be playing a variety of tracks from Rush's catalog including the entire 2112 album, and will be accompanied by an 8-piece symphony string section including Clockwork Angels String Ensemble member Adele Stein. For all the details and ticket information go here. The concert will benefit the M.U.S.I.C. Foundation of Arizona, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

It's that time of year again! Since it's the first day of Winter I thought we could all benefit from some winter advice from Geddy Lee:

That's all for this week. Have a merry Christmas, wonderful Winter Solstice and happy Rush Day everyone!!

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Happy International Rush Day!
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UPDATE - 12/21@11:11AM: Chicago-based rock duo Local H are ringing in the Holidays and celebrating Rush Day by releasing their cover of Rush's 2112:

Attention all planets of the solar federation! In honor of the Winter Solstice, the end of the world according to the Mayans, and, uh, Christmas, Local H humbly offers you this gift of song," Local H frontman Scott Lucas says. "The band has been playing this opus live since last New Year's Eve and decided to record it properly this fall. With the help of producer Andy Gerber at Million Yen, they've gotten it together just in time for 21/12. Rush on over to click play below to hear it. And in the words of Tiny Tim: 'A Merry Christmas to us all; and Neil Peart bless us, every one!'

You can download the track at Localh.com and also listen in on SoundCloud. Local H will ring in the new year with two nights of shows at Chicago's Beat Kitchen.

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International Rush DayUPDATE - 12/21@9:18AM: USA Today has picked up on the Rush Day craze (thanks Road Map of Jupiter):

A Facebook-fueled campaign for followers of the band to wear Rush concert T-shirts at work and at play Friday is timed to the day's date, written as 21-12-12 in some parts of the world, a nod to the band's landmark album 2112, released in 1976.

Geddy will be calling in to Planet Rock in about 15 minutes!

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Today is the 21st day of the 12th month of the year 2012; 21/12/12 or 12/21/12 depending on what part of the world you live in. It's the Winter Solstice and the occasion has also become a sort of unofficial Rush holiday in recent years. The fact that 2012 also happens to be the 2112 pre-centennial along with Rush's recent Rock Hall induction announcement makes the occasion extra special this year. What better excuse do you need to listen to Rush all day long, watch Rush DVDs, wear Rush paraphernalia, and otherwise celebrate Rush fandom? This year even Rush themselves are getting in on the action. They scheduled the release of the 2112 Deluxe Edition earlier this week to coincide with the holiday and posted the following to their Facebook page last week:

We've heard rumblings that some fans are championing a Fan Friday on Friday, Dec 21/12 whereby fans around the world will proudly wear their Rush shirt to work/play that day.

We just wanted to say we support that and look forward to seeing you snap photos of yourself in such a state! In fact, send them to us at rushfan@rush.com

They've indicated that they'll be posting these photos to a gallery on the official Rush Facebook page.

Darren Redick and Geddy LeeGeddy Lee will be a guest of Darren Redick of UK digital radio station Planet Rock just a couple of hours from now between 2-3PM (9-10AM EST) to celebrate Rush Day. They'll be chatting about the band's recent Rock Hall induction announcement, the 2112 Deluxe Edition and more. You can listen live to Planet Rock online at PlanetRock.com. Alex Lifeson will also be getting in on the action this evening when Friday Night Rocks on Q104.3 in New York City will be featuring its first ever The Holiday Rush with Eddie Trunk live. Eddie will be dedicating the entire 3-hour show to Rush, including an all new interview with Alex. And a group of Rush fans have launched a new Rush Day YouTube channel which features tribute covers of various Rush songs. You can subscribe to the Rush Day YouTube channel here. Happy Rush Day everbody!!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Geddy Lee to appear on Planet Rock radio tomorrow
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UPDATE - 12/24@2:11PM: The interview is now available online.

UPDATE - 12/21@9:48AM: The interview has now concluded. In the 2nd segment they chatted about the band's recently announced Rock Hall induction. Geddy mentions being honored to be inducted and is especially thrilled for all the fans who made it happen. Being the nice Canadian boys that they are, they will happily and graciously accept the honor. He also mentions that they'll be taking a long break once the Clockwork Angels tour concludes, and then they'll get back to making some more new music. The interview should be available on the Planet Rock website sometime later today.

UPDATE - 12/21@9:39AM: Geddy is on the air right now. So far they've chatted about the 2112 Deluxe Edition and the upcoming UK tour. He mentioned that the UK setlist will be essentially the same as on the North American leg with possibly 1 or 2 tweaks, and it sounds like they'll stick to alternating between their A and B setlists.

Darren Redick and Geddy LeeDarren Redick of UK digital radio station Planet Rock just informed me that he'll be having Geddy Lee on his show tomorrow between 2-3PM (9-10AM EST) to celebrate Rush Day. They'll be chatting about the band's recent Rock Hall induction announcement, the 2112 Deluxe Edition and more. You can listen live to Planet Rock online at PlanetRock.com.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Alex Lifeson to guest on Eddie Trunk's radio show Friday
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Alex, Eddie and GeddyFriday Night Rocks on Q104.3 in New York City will be featuring its first ever The Holiday Rush with Eddie Trunk live this coming Friday, December 21st. They will be dedicating the entire 3-hour show to Rush, including an all new interview with Alex Lifeson. From EddieTrunk.com (thanks UnHoly Diver):

Eddie will be dedicating his entire three hour radio show to nothing but the music of Rush. Making this show even more special will be an all new interview with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, who will be checking in during the broadcast. So Rush fans alike, please join Eddie as he celebrates the holidays and Rush FINALLY getting into the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame LIVE this Friday night on Q104.3 New York City starting at 11PM ET. Those outside the NYC listening area can hear the show live on the stations stream at www.q1043.com or by using the free iheartradio app and dialing up Q104.3 under New York, Classic Rock. This show airs on all broadcast and online affiliates at it's usual day and time the following weekend. ...

Q104.3 has also opened up voting for their first annual The Year That Rocked poll and Rush's Clockwork Angels is up for Classic Rock Album of the Year, and the associated tour is up for Best Live Performance. You know what to do - vote for Rush!!

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One Direction's Harry Styles spotted sporting a Rush Presto t-shirt
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TMZ.com ran a story today on how boy band sensation Harry Styles of One Direction was spotted in West Hollywood getting a new tattoo with his current girlfriend Taylor Swift. Styles must be a Rush fan since he's proudly sporting a Rush Presto t-shirt in the accompanying photo. So will this mean that Rush will now suddenly gain the adoration of millions of screaming teenage girls? :) Thanks to Christopher H for the heads up.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Rush 2112 Deluxe Edition release open thread
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UPDATE - 12/22@11:48AM: John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed/scanned the comic book, album artwork, and liner notes.

UPDATE - 12/18@4:24PM: The iBook version of the 2112 comic book can be purchased on iTunes. Here's more on the iBook from Rolling Stone:

... the iBook includes previously unpublished photos not available in the physical version. The iBook does not include the album, though it does come with samples of the six original songs and three bonus tracks. ...

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Rush 2112The 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition version of 2112 releases tomorrow in North America and will be available as a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. All 3 versions will contain a digitally remastered CD with 3 unreleased live tracks along with a DVD or Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album. Also included in each version will be expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics, unreleased photos and brand new liner notes by David Fricke. The Super Deluxe version will be housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges. The DVD/Blu-ray will contain a digital version of this comic book, and an iBook version which also includes the lyrics, liner notes and photos will is available for sale separately. For all the details and technical specs, check out the Rush.com press release. There's also this short, 20-second preview video that shows a few images from the included 2112 comic book with 2112: Temples of Syrinx playing in the background which you can check out online at this location. To celebrate the release, several radio stations across Canada are airing a Rush 2112 radio special this week hosted by Alan Cross where they take a retrospective look at the album (thanks bucklemyshoe). Some stations that are airing the show include 94.9 The Rock, C103 and K-Rock 105.7. Check your local Canadian rock station for air times.

The 2112 Deluxe Edition was released on Friday in some parts of Europe and reader rushfanben received his copy of the standard Deluxe Edition and sent along some scans of the liner notes.

When you play the DVD/Blu-ray, a picture (also drawn by comic book artist Tom Hodges) is displayed depicting the song, as shown in this image for Something for Nothing. The comic book faithfully depicts the story of 2112 as described in Neil Peart's lyrics - with each section of the song broken out in a chapter of its own. I've attached a screenshot of a scene from Discovery.
You can order your copy today at Amazon:

[CD+DVD Deluxe Edition]
[CD+BD Deluxe Edition]
[CD+BD Super Deluxe Edition]
[2112 iBook]

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[Rush 2112 Deluxe Edition 5.1 reissue cover art revealed]
[Rush releases details regarding the Super Deluxe reissue of 2112]
[Super Deluxe CD/BD reissue of 2112 coming December 18th]

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Clockwork Angels: The Novel special Watchmaker's Edition now available for pre-order
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We learned earlier this month that next March 1st, a special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition of the audiobook for Clockwork Angels: The Novel will be released. The package contains the unabridged audiobook along with a WORKING clocktower. From the product description:

Clockwork Angels: The Watchmaker's Edition features the unabridged audiobook edition of Clockwork Angels, a novel by bestselling science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson, based on the new concept album by the legendary rock band Rush. This compelling steampunk adventure is read by Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, who first conceived the story for the band's latest release. This special edition features the complete, unabridged audiobook packaged in a unique, working upright clock tower designed by the band's album cover artist, Hugh Syme. Intricately themed and largely handmade, this is a beautiful and functional design piece that will be a must-have for Rush fans and steampunkers alike.

The special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition is now available for pre-order through Amazon at this location.

In other Clockwork Angels: The Novel news, author Kevin J. Anderson is auctioning off two rare, signed and numbered VIP editions of the novel to raise money for one of his fans who has Brittle Bone Disease. For all the details and to place your bid, visit this location, or you can donate via PayPal at OneLittleLight.net (thanks Tracy Mangum). Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Novel was officially released in the first week of September and debuted at #18 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list. You can order the standard audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

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[Clockwork Angels: The Novel Toronto world premiere book launch report and photos]
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[Clockwork Angels audiobook narrated by Neil Peart]
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Rush reference on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update
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There was a Rush reference on the Weekend Update segment of last night's episode of Saturday Night Live. Anchorman Seth Myers mentioned that Donna Summer, Rush and Public Enemy were all announced as 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees earlier this week, showing a photo of the 3 artists. He then jokes "Who are those other two?" said the fans of any one of them. There currently isn't any video online but reader turbinefright sent along this screenshot. Thanks to Bry Tor for the heads up.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

New Neil Peart news update at NeilPeart.net
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[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: December, 2012 - Adventures in the Wild West]

Neil Peart has once again updated the news page on his website with a story titled Adventures in the Wild West. Neil chronicles his travels between stops on the 3rd leg of the Clockwork Angels tour down the West Coast and into the Southwest and Texas. He and Michael's journey started off with some computer issues which they quickly ironed out. And Neil got to work from home during the band's stint of dates in Southern California. Neil also describes some difficulties the pair had in Arizona, where they got stuck on some primitive road and had to get hauled to safety by some good Samaritans. Neil was so grateful that he even revealed his secret identity:

... it was at this point that I astonished Michael by introducing myself - by name and by profession - to our rescuers. I started by asking Tom, "Are you a fan of rock music?" He nodded tentatively, not knowing what I was getting at. Turning to face all of them, I said, "Well, I play for the band Rush. If any of you are going to be in Phoenix tomorrow night, I would like to invite you to our show."

Tom shook his head and said, "Whoa - I used to listen to Rush all the time." Then he made a wry face, "I just wasn't sure if you meant that modern kind of rock."

The rest of them seemed excited about the idea, so I brought out my little Montblanc notepad (always properly accessorized, even in the Outback), and they wrote down their names. Michael gave them his cell number in case they had any trouble picking up their tickets.

(Later he said to me, "Wow - after traveling with you all these years, I've never seen you 'come out' before."

I fixed him with an ironic glare, "Someday you'll learn that there's always a proper time to come out.") ...

Neil goes on to describe the final leg of their journey where they were joined by fellow moto-journalist Brian Catterson. He then closes his essay by sharing some details from the tour's final stop in Houston including spending quality time with the stringers, the t-shirt gun, and hanging out after the show:

... After thirty-five shows, and 13,632 motorcycle miles, we finished the Houston show on a very high note, so to speak. The performance itself felt triumphant, and after, we gathered with the stringers for a champagne celebration. It was the first time I stayed after a show on the whole tour, and a couple of the stringers joked that they were used to seeing me as a blur on my sprint to the bus.

A few nights earlier, when we were filming some shows for an eventual concert DVD, director Dale had a cameraman trying to capture my flight. He caught a comment from a female security guard, an older lady with a broad New York City accent. She turned in amazement as I ran past, and gasped,

"Oh my god! He runs faster than Britney Spears! And she was running full out!"

But on this night I stayed behind, and raised a glass to my bandmates - all ten of them! Geddy proposed a toast to the stringers, and said that not only did we love their contributions musically, and the energy they brought to their performance, but they were fun to hang out with, too.

He nodded toward me, and said, "I've never seen him so happy on a tour! He's been . . . Mr. Goodvibe!" ...

Be sure to read the entire update at this location.

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Rush 2112 Deluxe Edition back cover art originals up for auction
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UPDATE - 12/15@8:49AM: Unfortunately the record company made Hodges remove these auctions. Bummer.

Rush 2112The 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition version of 2112 will be released this coming Tuesday, December 18th in the US/Canada and be available as a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. All 3 versions will contain a digitally remastered CD with 3 unreleased live tracks along with a DVD or Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album. Also included in each version will be expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics, unreleased photos and brand new liner notes by David Fricke. The Super Deluxe version will be housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges. Earlier today Hodges made available some original hand-inked and hand-drawn (not prints) early versions of the comic book back cover art available on eBay. From Hodge's website (thanks HighFidelityRob):

When I had finished the artwork for the RUSH: 2112 5.1 Deluxe Box set, the record company had asked me to do a piece of art featuring the Band's image from the back cover of the original album for possible use for promotional items such as T-Shirts or Lithograph's.

One thing I had done was pitch I do the artwork LIVE on my USTREAM channel and allow fans to watch it being done LIVE or recorded. They countered with having me film myself doing it and they would edit a "time lapse" into a short video. I attempted to do this 4 times, all with bad results. Out of focus, bad lighting, bad angle... you name it, it couldn't get done right.

In the end, I wound up doing a fifth piece off camera, which is the final piece sent to UMG and the band.

Sadly, ALL of the sequential art produced for the book that was completed and paid for is automatically owned by UMG and RUSH so any and all artwork from the book will go into their archives and will not be made available to the public.

However...

After shooting four attempts at recreating a "Tom Hodges" version of the back cover photo of the Band, I have those original pieces and I am making available to the lucky fans who wish to own one! ...

You can bid on one of four of these on eBay at this location. The DVD/Blu-ray will contain a digital version of this comic book, and an iBook version which also includes the lyrics, liner notes and photos will be available for sale separately. For all the details and technical specs, check out the Rush.com press release. There's also this short, 20-second preview video that shows a few images from the included 2112 comic book with 2112: Temples of Syrinx playing in the background which you can check out online at this location. The 2112 Deluxe Edition has already released in parts of Europe and reader rushfanben received his copy of the standard Deluxe Edition and sent along some scans of the liner notes.

When you play the DVD/Blu-ray, a picture (also drawn by comic book artist Tom Hodges) is displayed depicting the song, as shown in this image for Something for Nothing. The comic book faithfully depicts the story of 2112 as described in Neil Peart's lyrics - with each section of the song broken out in a chapter of its own. I've attached a screenshot of a scene from Discovery.
You can pre-order your copy today at Amazon (pre-order CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, pre-order CD+BD Deluxe Edition, pre-order CD+BD Super Deluxe Edition).

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[Super Deluxe CD/BD reissue of 2112 coming December 18th]

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 12/14@3:20PM: Akron-based Classic Rock radio station 97.5 WONE is running their annual Chords for a Cause charity auction to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project and up for bidding this week is an autographed Rush guitar (thanks The Gardener). You can view the auction and place your bid at this link.

UPDATE - 12/14@12:37PM: Here's a very cool holiday-related Rush news item from Chicago's WGN. Chicago Police officer Ron Haislet has been working on a miniature Christmas Village he sets up in his home for the past 10 years. He's also a big Rush fan:

... Ron is also a big fan of the rock band Rush, and he's created a miniature Rush concert experience. The scene features a rotating drum set and dozens of working lights he can control to the music. ...

You can watch some video of Ron's awesome Rush concert setup at this location.

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Rush and the Rock HallWhew ... what a week!! This past Tuesday Rush was announced as one of the 2013 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ending 14 years of being snubbed by the institution and causing Rush fans across the globe to rise up in celebration (most Rush fans at least). The inductees were announced at a press event at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles by 2012 Rock Hall inductee (and Rush fan) Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with Rolling Stone magazine breaking the news via this press release at about 2:15PM EST.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year's inductees: Rush, Public Enemy, Heart, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Albert King will all join the class of 2013, with Summer, who passed away this May, and King, who died in 1992, earning the honor posthumously. Lou Adler and Quincy Jones will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.

"It's a terrific honor and we'll show up smiling," Rush's singer and bassist, Geddy Lee, tells Rolling Stone. "It made my mom happy, so that's worth it." Lee is especially happy for Rush's army of hardcore fans. "It was a cause they championed," he says. "I'm very relieved for them and we share this honor with them, for sure." ...

A flurry of press coverage followed the announcement including some comments from both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. Here's what Alex Lifeson had to say in this Toronto Star article covering the induction:

... "I never really cared if it happened or not, to be honest with you," a cheerful Lifeson said down the line this week. "It doesn't change anybody's life at the end of the day. Are we going to become more popular? Are we going to sell more records? Are more people going to come to the shows? I don't know. We're quite happy where we are and with what we've accomplished. "So we continue to do the kind of work we want to do and we will continue regardless of our induction or not," he added. "I think at the end of the day, really, what this is about is making our fans feel like their support has been worthy." ...

Rolling Stone conducted an extensive interview with Geddy Lee (*SETLIST SPOILERS*) concerning the band's induction. Here's what Geddy said about his fellow inductees:

... I certainly have worked with Heart and I know them well. I'm very happy for them. I have great respect for Albert King and for Randy Newman. I don't know the music of Public Enemy very well, but I know they have a very strong fan base. They've certainly played a role in the development of that style of music for sure, so it's a nice group. To be frank, I am disappointed that Deep Purple is not included in that group. Certainly Heart and Rush would not sound the way we sound without Deep Purple. ...

And here was the band's official statement as posted at Rush.com:

"We are honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 3 of us are especially appreciative of our loyal fans whose support and dedication has gone a long way to making this possible. P.S. And special thanks to our moms for voting 6000 times!" - Alex, Geddy, & Neil

The induction ceremony itself will occur on Thursday, April 18th, 2013 and Rush has promised that they will be there. Here are details from the Rock Hall website regarding tickets - which will go on sale January 25th:

Tickets to the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony go on sale to the public on Friday, January 25th. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Members will have the opportunity to purchase advance sale tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductions. Memberships must be active as of January 1st, 2013. Some restrictions apply. Stay tuned for more details! Not a member? Click here to become one!

Scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013, the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. This marks the first time since 1993 that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on the West Coast. The ceremony will again be open to the public, as it was in 2009 and 2012 in Cleveland.

So if you are planning on going, be sure to become a Rock Hall member by year's end to get access to the pre-sale; the tickets will sell out FAST. The ceremony will not be broadcast live but will be shown on HBO one month later on Saturday, May 18th at 9PM EST. VH1 Classic has declared today as Rush Day in celebration of the band's induction. From the VH1 Classic Facebook page:

We're celebrating RUSH's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by play Rush ALL DAY long on VH1 Classic!! Tune in + rock out starting RIGHT NOW!

For complete coverage of the Rock Hall induction, be sure to check out this post.

International Rush DaySpeaking of Rush Day, next Friday, December 21, 2012 (written as 21/12/12 in some parts of the world) is International Rush Day! To celebrate the occasion a group of Rush fans are launching a new Rush Day YouTube channel which will feature tribute covers of various Rush songs. Over 20 amateur artists have already submitted videos created specifically for the Rush Day online event, and these will all go live on 21/12. You can subscribe to the Rush Day YouTube channel here. Thanks to DubLife for the heads up.

Now that Rush has been confirmed as an inductee and also indicated that they will attend the ceremony as well as perform, this brings into question how the timing of the ceremony might affect their Spring touring schedule. Last week Rush confirmed that they planned to extend the North American tour into 2013 via this message that was posted to Rush.com:

... Clockwork Angels 2013 in Europe is on sale now. And just because we had such a good time, we are now making plans for more dates in the spring and summer of 2013 in North America - so stay tuned for more announcements. Looking forward to seeing you out on the road again soon!

It's possible they were waiting to finalize some dates until they knew whether or not they would be inducted. In order to get a good run of 10 or so dates before Europe, they would have to start touring in mid-April. They may just schedule around the April 18th induction date, or maybe postpone and possibly shorten the first leg of the tour until after the ceremony. I'm presuming that if they don't announce any official tour dates in the next week or so, they will then wait until after the Holidays and we wouldn't likely hear anything until early January. It sure would be nice to have some new tour dates to put under the Christmas tree though!

Rush 2112The 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition version of 2112 will be released this coming Tuesday, December 18th in the US/Canada and be available as a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. All 3 versions will contain a digitally remastered CD with 3 unreleased live tracks along with a DVD or Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album. Also included in each version will be expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics, unreleased photos and brand new liner notes by David Fricke. The Super Deluxe version will be housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges. The DVD/Blu-ray will contain a digital version of this comic book, and an iBook version which also includes the lyrics, liner notes and photos will be available for sale separately. For all the details and technical specs, check out the Rush.com press release. There's also this short, 20-second preview video that shows a few images from the included 2112 comic book with 2112: Temples of Syrinx playing in the background which you can check out online at this location. The 2112 Deluxe Edition has already released in parts of Europe and reader rushfanben received his copy of the standard Deluxe Edition and sent along some scans of the liner notes.

When you play the DVD/Blu-ray, a picture (also drawn by comic book artist Tom Hodges) is displayed depicting the song, as shown in this image for Something for Nothing. The comic book faithfully depicts the story of 2112 as described in Neil Peart's lyrics - with each section of the song broken out in a chapter of its own. I've attached a screenshot of a scene from Discovery.
You can pre-order your copy today at Amazon (pre-order CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, pre-order CD+BD Deluxe Edition, pre-order CD+BD Super Deluxe Edition).

Rush Classic Rock coverWith 2012 nearing its end comes the inevitable year-end best of lists such as the January, 2013 issue of the UK's Classic Rock Magazine - which is a special edition featuring The Best Of 2012. The issue features five different cover photos with the headline Band Of The Year? with each cover depicting a photo of 5 bands deserving this distinction; Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Black Country Communion, Rivals Sons and ... RUSH! Earlier this week John over at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed the included Rush feature article and made it available online at this location. The article is an interview with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee where the pair reflect back on 2012, including the highly successful Clockwork Angels album and tour, the tragic death of Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan, the band's future plans, and more. R40 anyone?

... So what's next for Rush?
Alex: If we do a 40th anniversary tour, we probably won't make a record in that time, so that tour will probably be a retrospective. But I don't know. We've been touring a lot, and I wouldn't want us to get overexposed.
Geddy: The idea of touring year in year out is exhausting. There's got to be a point where we cut that back. But as long as we have the desire to keep being creative together, we'll keep moving forward.

And if that anniversary tour does happen, why not put The Fountain of Lamneth back into the set?
Alex: That would be a bit of a stretch! Maybe down the road somewhere. God, it's been so long since we revisited that era...

All the more reason to do it!
Alex: Um ... You know, there's a chance. I'd say one in a million.
Geddy: And I'm sticking with those odds.

Also publishing a few best of lists this past week was Guitar World magazine. They listed out their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2012 and Rush's Clockwork Angels came in at #2 - second only to Van Halen (thanks ou812112). They also included a quote from Alex Lifeson in their Year in Quotes feature:

"It is challenging to try to create as big a sound as I think we have, particularly live-you can do anything on record, of course. So when you come offstage, knowing that you nailed it, that's an amazing feeling."

And MusicRadar.com included Rush's The Wreckers in their best of 2012 playlist saying the following (thanks Ralph H):

Bucking all standards and practices of Music 101, Rush insist on getting better and cooler, looser and more vibrant, and in 2012 they released Clockwork Angels, a grand concept album that moved at a brisk pace and didn't get bogged down by plot or other clunky artifices. The Wreckers, propelled by rousing flamenco strums, at times evokes The Who and The Kinks, but it's clearly the work of a band comfortable in their own skin - more so now than ever. (Joe Bosso)

Earlier this week wine expert Mark Oldman posted more of his 2010 video interview with Alex Lifeson from inside the Lifeson wine cellar. You can watch the interview at this location. Alex Lifeson along with dozens of other celebrity wine lovers are featured in Oldman's 2010 book Oldman's Brave New World of Wine where they discuss their favorite wines and wine-based experiences.

Speaking of Alex, Lerxst used Mesa Engineering's Mesa Boogie Mark V amplifiers on Rush's Clockwork Angels tour. Mesa recently caught up with Lifeson's guitar tech Scott Appleton backstage where he gives a video tour of Alex's amps and effects, explaining how they no longer need to use acoustic guitars or live guitar cabinets on stage. You can watch the video tour at this location.

Omnium Gatherum - BeyondBW&BK reports that the follow-up to Finnish death metal band Omnium Gatherum's 2011 release New World Shadows will be titled Beyond, and is set to be released on February 25th in Europe and March 5th in North America via Lifeforce Records. Apparently a special edition of Beyond will be released which will include a cover of Rush's Subdivisions.

In celebration of Rush's Rock Hall induction, Chris Holmes at PopDose.com wrote an article earlier this week where he picks The 15 Best Rush Songs Since the 1990s. You can check out his list at this location.

Reader Hentor the Barbarian pointed me to this article at The English soccer website Football365. The author uses a bunch of Rush references to illustrate his point. You can check it out at this location.

In celebration of today's release of the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, RollingStone.com posted an article titled Ramble On: Rockers Who Love The Lord of the Rings where they profile artists who have written songs inspired by the works of Tolkien including Rush:

Rush's drummer-lyricist Neil Peart has always been a voracious reader. He must have worked his way towards The Lord of the Rings by the mid-1970s, because 1975's "Rivendell" was named after the great Elven city where Elrond dwelt. The following year, Peart wrote "The Necromancer" - which was Gandalf's name for Sauron in The Hobbit.

Ultimate Classic Rock also included The Necromancer at #9 and Rivendell at #5 in their list of the Top 10 The Hobbit-Lord of the Rings Songs.

The St. Catharines Standard published an article in today's edition where they reflect back on Rush's 1976 appearance at the Welland Rose Festival with Ivy Riddell - the chair of the Festival at that time:

... As soon as the band struck its first note, the crowd was ecstatic, Riddell said. "I remember going out onto the walkway at the arena and thinking the music was so loud, but the young people loved them." Riddell remembers that no matter where anyone went in Welland that day, they could hear the band's performance. "My husband couldn't stand (being) inside the arena because the music was so loud for him. He went all the way to Burgar St., and he could still hear them playing at the arena." ...

Here is the video of the Rock Hall announcement press event from earlier this week:

Wow. Rush is actually going to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame... still can't quite believe it. What will we complain about now!? Well - they still haven't won a Grammy! Have a great weekend everybody!!

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rush to release an iBook companion to 2112 Deluxe Edition
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UPDATE - 12/18@4:28PM: The iBook version of the 2112 comic book can now be purchased on iTunes. Here's more on the iBook from Rolling Stone:

... the iBook includes previously unpublished photos not available in the physical version. The iBook does not include the album, though it does come with samples of the six original songs and three bonus tracks. ...

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UPDATE - 12/14@10:48AM: Here's some more information from rushfanben regarding the 2112 Deluxe Edition. When you play the DVD/Blu-ray, a picture (also drawn by comic book artist Tom Hodges) is displayed depicting the song, as shown in this image for Something for Nothing. The comic book faithfully depicts the story of 2112 as described in Neil Peart's lyrics - with each section of the song broken out in a chapter of its own. I've attached a screenshot of a scene from Discovery.

UPDATE - 12/14@10:20AM: The 2112 Deluxe Edition has already released in parts of Europe and reader rushfanben received his copy of the standard Deluxe Edition and sent along these scans of the liner notes:

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Rush 2112Rush.com has just announced that they will be releasing an iBook (e-book for iOS devices) companion to their upcoming 2112 Deluxe Edition:

RUSH TO RELEASE iBOOK FOR 2112

On December 18, 2012, RUSH will release their first ever iBook for 2112. The iBook will consist of unpublished pictures, black and white ink art and pencil sketches for every comic book cell, and preview music for the newly remastered Mastered for iTunes (mFit) audio of 2112 with 3 bonus live tracks. ...

iBook content includes:

* 40-page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges ("Star Wars -The Clone Wars," The Simpson's "Treehouse of Horrors #17″)
* Unpublished pictures
* Black and white ink art and pencil sketches for every comic book cell
* Preview of the remastered audio of 2112
* Expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics and unreleased photos
* Brand new liner notes by David Fricke, Rolling Stone

So this just sounds like it will be a digital version of the comic book and all the artwork and liner notes included in the 2112 Deluxe Edition that can be purchased separately. The 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition version of 2112 will be released on December 18th in 3 different formats; a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. All 3 versions will contain a digitally remastered CD with 3 unreleased live tracks along with a DVD or Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album. Also included in each version will be expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics, unreleased photos and brand new liner notes by David Fricke. The Super Deluxe version will be housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges. The DVD/Blu-ray also contains a digital version of this comic book. For all the details and technical specs, check out the Rush.com press release. There's also this short, 20-second preview video that shows a few images from the included 2112 comic book with 2112: Temples of Syrinx playing in the background which you can check out online at this location. You can pre-order your copy today at Amazon:

[pre-order CD+DVD Deluxe Edition]
[pre-order CD+BD Deluxe Edition]
[pre-order CD+BD Super Deluxe Edition]

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee announcement open thread
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UPDATE - 12/19@11:11AM: Public Enemy's Chuck D was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone regarding the induction and said the following (thanks Ian H):

... "We guarantee we're going to tear that damn place down," says Chuck D. "I might tell DJ Lord to rock the beginning of 'Tom Sawyer.' Then people will be shaking their heads like, 'What the f**k is going on?'" ...

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UPDATE - 12/14@9:33AM: VH1 Classic has declared today as Rush Day in celebration of the band's Rock Hall induction. From the VH1 Classic Facebook page:

We're celebrating RUSH's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by play Rush ALL DAY long on VH1 Classic!! Tune in + rock out starting RIGHT NOW!

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UPDATE - 12/13@9:53AM: Back in 1998 Rush fan Suzanne Krause started the Rush Hall of Fame Campaign petition and over the last 14 years it has gathered over 40,000 signatures. Suzanne was a guest on Global's The Morning Show yesterday where she discussed the petition and Rush's induction. You can view it online at this location.

UPDATE - 12/13@9:36AM: Here's a funny editorial cartoon in the Toronto Globe and Mail on Rush's induction. It shows the Grinch with the caption, Begrudgingly, Even the Grinch celebrates the induction of Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (thanks Paul D).

Rush and the Rock HallUPDATE - 12/12@4:41PM: Note that the induction ceremony will occur on Thursday, April 18th, 2013 and Rush will be there. Here are details from the Rock Hall website regarding tickets - which will go on sale January 25th:

Tickets to the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony go on sale to the public on Friday, January 25th. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Members will have the opportunity to purchase advance sale tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductions. Memberships must be active as of January 1st, 2013. Some restrictions apply. Stay tuned for more details! Not a member? Click here to become one!

Scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013, the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. This marks the first time since 1993 that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on the West Coast. The ceremony will again be open to the public, as it was in 2009 and 2012 in Cleveland.

It will not be broadcast live but will be broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 18th at 9PM EST.

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UPDATE - 12/12@2:08PM: Alex Lifeson appeared on the Humble and Fred podcast today to discuss the band's induction. You can listen to Alex's comments in this podcast at about the 18-minute mark.

UPDATE - 12/12@1:41PM: Here's some video of Billy Corgan commenting on Rush's induction from Fuse TV (thanks simont2112).

UPDATE - 12/12@1:22PM: Some more coverage from CNN, The New York Times, The National Post, and The Washington Post.

UPDATE - 12/12@10:16AM: Donna Halper was interviewed this morning on CTV's Canada AM TV program to discuss her role in breaking Rush and her thoughts on their long overdue Rock Hall induction (thanks The Clansman 2112). You can check out video of the interview at this location.

UPDATE - 12/12@7:18AM: Here's some more news coverage from CTV News, The Detroit Free Press, Entertainment Weekly, SPIN and The LA Times. Here's an article on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this year's inductees from Future Rock Legends.

UPDATE - 12/11@8:33PM: Here's some video from today's announcement that the Rock Hall just posted to YouTube:

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UPDATE - 12/11@8:12PM: Here's a great article written by a once harsh critic of the band (he wrote the scathing 1982 Rolling Stone review of Signals) where he explains why he finally came around regarding Rush, and also helped put them into the Rock Hall by voting for them (thanks liquidmuse3).

UPDATE - 12/11@5:07PM: Here's some more coverage from HLNTV, Billboard, and Roadrunner Records.

UPDATE - 12/11@4:39PM: In case you missed it (it's linked in the original Rolling Stone article), here's the full interview Rolling Stone conducted with Geddy Lee (*SETLIST SPOILERS*) concerning the band's induction. Here's what Geddy said about his fellow inductees:

... I certainly have worked with Heart and I know them well. I'm very happy for them. I have great respect for Albert King and for Randy Newman. I don't know the music of Public Enemy very well, but I know they have a very strong fan base. They've certainly played a role in the development of that style of music for sure, so it's a nice group. To be frank, I am disappointed that Deep Purple is not included in that group. Certainly Heart and Rush would not sound the way we sound without Deep Purple. ...

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UPDATE - 12/11@4:30PM: And here's a CBC article with some more quotes from Alex Lifeson (thanks Andy G):

... "First of all, it's all water under the bridge and it was a very tiny bridge," he said in a phone interview from his home in Toronto. "I think our fans are more upset than we were because they feel a real bond to this band and it's been an important part of their lives in some form, and to be snubbed was snubbing them at the same time. Perhaps there were times when I thought if this ever happens I'm not going to bother going, or who cares or whatever, but at the end of the day positive karma is an important thing and this is an important thing to a lot of our fans and people we know." ...

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UPDATE - 12/11@4:17PM: Here's the band's official response that they posted at Rush.com:

"We are honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 3 of us are especially appreciative of our loyal fans whose support and dedication has gone a long way to making this possible. P.S. And special thanks to our moms for voting 6000 times!" - Alex, Geddy, & Neil

Outgoing Rock Hall president and CEO had some comments regarding the induction in this Cleveland Plain Dealer article:

... "I'm not surprised by the way the voting turned out for a change," said Stewart, who is in the 14th and final year at the helm of the Rock Hall. Vice President of Development Greg Harris takes over on Jan. 1. Stewart laughed and said that Rush's win in the voting means, "I can turn off my email" from Rush fans who've been clamoring for their favorite band to be inducted. "I thought they'd get in eventually, and they did," Stewart said. "It's not a sprint. There are a lot of artists who get in later than they should." ...

Here's a Toronto Star article covering the band's induction announcement which includes several comments from Alex Lifeson (thanks BigLeaf):

... "I never really cared if it happened or not, to be honest with you," a cheerful Lifeson said down the line this week. "It doesn't change anybody's life at the end of the day. Are we going to become more popular? Are we going to sell more records? Are more people going to come to the shows? I don't know. We're quite happy where we are and with what we've accomplished. "So we continue to do the kind of work we want to do and we will continue regardless of our induction or not," he added. "I think at the end of the day, really, what this is about is making our fans feel like their support has been worthy." ...

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UPDATE - 12/11@2:19PM: IT'S OFFICIAL!!! Rush will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!! Here's the Rolling Stone press release:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year's inductees: Rush, Public Enemy, Heart, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Albert King will all join the class of 2013, with Summer, who passed away this May, and King, who died in 1992, earning the honor posthumously. Lou Adler and Quincy Jones will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.

"It's a terrific honor and we'll show up smiling," Rush's singer and bassist, Geddy Lee, tells Rolling Stone. "It made my mom happy, so that's worth it." Lee is especially happy for Rush's army of hardcore fans. "It was a cause they championed," he says. "I'm very relieved for them and we share this honor with them, for sure." ...

Also note that tickets to the ceremony will go on sale on January 25th.

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UPDATE - 12/11@2:13PM: Well, it's after 2PM so the press event has already started or will start soon. According to this Future Rock Legends Twitter post, we won't get any kind of press release until 2:30PM, but hopefully we'll get some word from other sources (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) before then. All the rumors/buzz I've been hearing this morning is indicating that Rush definitely got in, but nothing official yet. Stay tuned ...

UPDATE - 12/11@10:24AM: Public Enemy producer Sean Studdah Man De Vore posted a tweet congratulating Public Enemy on their induction - so it looks like that has leaked out too. Not surprising at all if true, and goes right along with the Future Rock Legends website predictions.

Back in early October the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their annual list of nominees for induction and after 13 years of being snubbed, Rush finally made the cut. Over the past 2 months a group of 600 or so rock historians, music industry insiders and past inductees voted to see which of the 15 nominees should be included in the 2013 induction class. The Rock Hall also created for the first time ever a fan ballot where fans could vote in an online poll that would count as one vote towards the official tally. Voting closed last week and Rush was the clear winner of the poll with Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Albert King also making the ballot. Today at 11AM PST (2PM EST) Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be unveiling the 2013 class of Rock Hall inductees at a press event to be held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles - the venue where the 2013 induction ceremony will take place on April 18th of next year. Flea was inducted to the Rock Hall last year as a member of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and also happens to be a big Rush fan. As a former inductee he was eligible to vote for the 2013 class of inductees and according to this tweet from back in October it sounds like he voted for Rush:

put public enemy, kraftwerk, and rush in the rock n roll hall of fame right away

This and the fact that Rush was the overwhelming winner of the first ever fan ballot is a good indication that Rush will finally be selected as an inductee this time around. The Future Rock Legends website made this very prediction, using this line of reasoning:

This is the seventh year of the Future Rock Legends induction poll, which mimics the voting on the Rock Hall ballot. Every year, the top vote-getter in our poll has been inducted, but we have never felt less confident that the results of our poll have any correlation to the results of the Voting Committee. But our bet is that the Rock Hall won't give the middle finger to all of the fans by snubbing Rush in the same year they start an official fan poll that Rush absolutely dominated. (Deep Purple is the other overwhelming fan favorite in the polls, but it just doesn't seem possible both Rush and Purple would be inducted in the same year.)

Apparently some of the Rock Hall honorees are expected to attend the announcement event today although we're not sure at this time whether that means anyone from Rush will make an appearance. Neil Peart lives in LA, so you never know. Last night due to an administrative error, a press release announcing that Donna Summer was one of the inductees leaked out. Summer passed away earlier this year and was one of the favorites to garner an induction this year. You can read Geddy Lee's reaction to the band's Rock Hall nomination in this post and Alex Lifeson's here. Here's an Artisan News Service video where they speak with Flea's fellow Chili Pepper - drummer Chad Smith, who reveals that Rush was on his ballot too:

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Wine expert Mark Oldman interviews Alex Lifeson
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In celebration of Rush's impending announcement (hopefully) as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees this coming Tuesday, wine expert Mark Oldman has posted more of his 2010 video interview with Alex Lifeson from inside the Lifeson wine cellar. You can watch the interview below or at this location. From Oldman's website:

Mere days before we learn if legendary rockers RUSH will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Mark provides another exclusive glimpse into the diverse wine cellar of guru guitarist Alex Lifeson. Alex reveals his penchant for Syrah-based reds from Australia and France, Madeira from Portugal, and even Aquavit from Scandinavia. ...

Alex Lifeson along with dozens of other celebrity wine lovers are featured in Oldman's 2010 book Oldman's Brave New World of Wine where they discuss their favorite wines and wine-based experiences.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Alex Lifeson guitar tech Scott Appleton video tour of Alex's rig
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Alex Lifeson used Mesa Engineering's Mesa Boogie Mark V amplifiers on Rush's Clockwork Angels tour. Mesa recently caught up with Lifeson's guitar tech Scott Appleton backstage where he gives a video tour of Alex's amps and effects, explaining how they no longer need to use acoustic guitars or live guitar cabinets on stage. You can watch the video tour below or at this location (thanks Eric at Power Windows):

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Classic Rock's Best of the Year Rush feature now online
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Rush Classic Rock coverAs we learned yesterday, the January, 2013 issue of the UK's Classic Rock Magazine is a special edition featuring The Best Of 2012. The issue features five different cover photos with the headline Band Of The Year? with each cover depicting a photo of 5 bands deserving this distinction; Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Black Country Communion, Rivals Sons and ... RUSH! John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the included Rush feature article and made it available online at this location. The article is an interview with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee where the pair reflect back on 2012, including the highly successful Clockwork Angels album and tour, the tragic death of Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan, the band's future plans, and more.

... So what's next for Rush?
Alex: If we do a 40th anniversary tour, we probably won't make a record in that time, so that tour will probably be a retrospective. But I don't know. We've been touring a lot, and I wouldn't want us to get overexposed.
Geddy: The idea of touring year in year out is exhausting. There's got to be a point where we cut that back. But as long as we have the desire to keep being creative together, we'll keep moving forward.

And if that anniversary tour does happen, why not put The Fountain of Lamneth back into the set?
Alex: That would be a bit of a stretch! Maybe down the road somewhere. God, it's been so long since we revisited that era...

All the more reason to do it!
Alex: Um ... You know, there's a chance. I'd say one in a million.
Geddy: And I'm sticking with those odds.

So it sounds like the band is planning to embark on an R40 world tour in 2014 where they will play Caress of Steel in its entirety. Right?! ;)

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Last weekend Rush closed out the 2012 Clockwork Angels tour at the Toyota Center in Houston. They'll be back out on the road in 2013, but up until just recently the only confirmed dates for next year were the 10 European shows that were announced earlier this year. But earlier this week Robe Lighting published an article to their website where they discuss with Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider how their lighting equipment was used on Rush's Clockwork Angels tour, and the article seemed to confirm both a Spring and Summer North American tour leg in 2013:

... The tour continues in the U.S. into Spring 2013 and is then scheduled to visit Europe before returning to North America for the rest of the Summer, when it will have been on the road for a year.

Then yesterday we received official confirmation of this via a Thank You message that was posted to Rush.com:

Thanks to all the fans who came out to see the Clockwork Angels Tour 2012! It was an amazing run - from the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble, the filming in Dallas & Phoenix, and YOU. It proved, once again, how dedicated and loyal the Rush fans are and are such a part of the overall show. Europe, are you ready? Clockwork Angels 2013 in Europe is on sale now. And just because we had such a good time, we are now making plans for more dates in the spring and summer of 2013 in North America - so stay tuned for more announcements. Looking forward to seeing you out on the road again soon!

Given that the European leg begins on May 22nd in England, the Spring leg would probably begin in mid-April with the Summer leg then running from late June or early July into August. Each leg would likely consist of around 10-12 dates in cities/venues that they had missed on the 2012 leg. I would anticipate that more details including ticket sale information should be coming soon. With another tour leg comes the question of whether the band will alter the setlist at all. For the Snakes & Arrows tour Rush did just that - swapping out 4 songs for the 2nd leg of the tour. However, for last year's Time Machine tour 2nd leg they kept the setlist unchanged. If Rush were to change the setlist for the 2013 leg, which song(s) do you think they should drop? Take the poll and let us know.

Rush and the Rock HallBack in early October the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their annual list of nominees for induction and after 13 years of being snubbed, Rush finally made the cut. Over the past 2 months a group of 600 or so rock historians, music industry insiders and past inductees voted to see which of the 15 nominees should be included in the 2013 induction class. The Rock Hall also created for the first time ever a fan ballot where fans could vote in an online poll that would count as one vote towards the official tally. Voting closed this past Monday and Rush was the clear winner of the poll with Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Albert King also making the ballot. A few voting committee members have publicly announced their ballot choices and while some have not included Rush, many others have. One of those who included Rush is music critic Michael Norman, as detailed in this Cleveland Plain Dealer article. Last week the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum named Greg Harris as its new President and CEO, replacing the retiring Terry Stewart. Harris was on the Lanigan and Malone show on Cleveland's Magic 105.7 on Wednesday and revealed that the 5 or 6 members of the 2013 class of inductees will be announced in a press conference to be held next Tuesday, December 11th. You can listen in to the interview online at this location; he makes the announcement at around the 12:15 mark. You can read Geddy Lee's reaction to the band's Rock Hall nomination in this post and Alex Lifeson's here.

Rush 2112Earlier this week Rush.com posted a short, 20-second preview video of the Rush 2112 Deluxe Edition that shows a few images from the included 2112 comic book with 2112: Temples of Syrinx playing in the background. You can check it out online at this location. They also posted this photo from the comic book titled 2112: Overture which shows an outer space image of what are presumably the planets of the Solar Federation. On December 18th the band will be releasing a 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition version of 2112; a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. All 3 versions will contain a digitally remastered CD with 3 unreleased live tracks along with a DVD or Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album. Also included in each version will be expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics, unreleased photos and brand new liner notes by David Fricke. The Super Deluxe version will be housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges. The DVD/Blu-ray also contains a digital version of this comic book. For all the details and technical specs, check out the Rush.com press release. You can pre-order your copy today at Amazon (CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, CD+BD Deluxe Edition, CD+BD Super Deluxe Edition).

Jet City StreamThis past Sunday Seattle-based digital radio station Jet City Stream aired a new interview with Neil Peart conducted by drummer Michael Shrieve for his Notes from the Field program. The interview took place backstage at Seattle's Key Arena when Rush played there last month. Michael chats with Neil for 40 minutes about music, drums, life, books and more. The complete interview is available for listening on SoundCloud at this location.

We learned earlier this week that a special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition of the audiobook for Clockwork Angels: The Novel will be released next March 1st. The package contains the unabridged audiobook along with a WORKING clocktower. From the description:

Clockwork Angels: The Watchmaker's Edition features the unabridged audiobook edition of Clockwork Angels, a novel by bestselling science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson, based on the new concept album by the legendary rock band Rush. This compelling steampunk adventure is read by Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, who first conceived the story for the band's latest release. This special edition features the complete, unabridged audiobook packaged in a unique, working upright clock tower designed by the band's album cover artist, Hugh Syme. Intricately themed and largely handmade, this is a beautiful and functional design piece that will be a must-have for Rush fans and steampunkers alike.

Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Novel was officially released in the first week of September and debuted at #18 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list. You can order the standard audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

Rush Classic Rock coverThe latest issue of the UK's Classic Rock Magazine is a special edition featuring The Best Of 2012. The issue features five different cover photos with the headline Band Of The Year? with each cover depicting a photo of 5 bands deserving this distinction; Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Black Country Communion, Rivals Sons and ... RUSH! For more details visit the Classic Rock website.

We are closing in on the end of 2012, and with that come the inevitable end-of-year best of lists and awards. So Ultimate Classic Rock has opened up voting for their 2012 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards and Rush is up for consideration in several categories:

Rush, Clockwork Angels: Album of the Year
Rush, The Wreckers: Song of the Year
Rush, Clockwork Angels tour: Tour of the Year
Rush, Fly by Night Volkswagen commercial: Best Commercial

So make sure you go and vote for Rush! NPR has also opened up voting for the Best Music Of 2012 but have neglected to include Rush's Clockwork Angels in their list of album choices. However, they allow write-ins so go write-in Rush (thanks Zutroy)! And speaking of Rush's Clockwork Angels, it may have not received any Grammy nominations earlier this week, but it did make Amazon's Customer Favorite Albums of 2012 list where it came in at #12 (thanks drmike). The second single from the album - The Wreckers - dropped a few spots on the Mainstream Rock Charts but is still sitting in the top 10 at #9. Folks who were watching NFL Sunday Night Football on NBC last weekend were a bit surprised when they used the track as bumper music going into a commercial. I probably received about 50 separate emails from folks alerting me to this!

For some reason Music Radar felt the need to run a poll to determine whether Neil Peart or Dave Grohl is a better drummer. I wonder who will win? You can vote for Neil at this location. I bet even Dave himself would vote for Neil! :)

MLB.com used Geddy Lee and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun to help advertise their eGraphs promotion. eGraphs are authentic, personal written and voice-recorded messages that can be purchased through their website. The sample eGraph that they posted to their Facebook page shows a photo of Braun with the autograph:

To Gedddy - from a guy that plays left field to a guy that plays stage left! All my best!

Thanks to Zanner W for the heads up.

Rush made InMusic's list of the best Canadian bands for a feature they ran earlier this week (thanks ou812112). Here's what they had to say about the band:

Despite being largely dismissed by critics as grandiose, bombastic and cheesy, the trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart managed to gain a huge fan base, sell scads of records and become one of the most influential bands in rock history - while recording 20 minute long songs! Man, these guys can play. But the best part is that around 1976, male children between the ages of 10 and eighteen, all over Canada and the United States started growing their hair long, making space noises, playing air instruments and shrieking "We are the priests of the Temple of Syrinx!..." while parents scratched their heads and wondered whatever happened to that nice Elton John Fellow.

Peter Brocklehurst has posted Chapter 7 of his Neil Peart diary to his The Legends of Brocklehurst blog. This installment covers his experience at the first NEC show on the Hold Your Fire tour as told through Peter's friend Chris Lea - who was also a guest of Neil's at that show. You can check out this installment and Peter's previous chapters at The Legends of Brocklehurst blog.

This past Sunday night's episode of Fox's American Dad! (Season 9, Episode 5) contained a few Rush 2112 references. During the opening sequence Stan comes home to find his son and his friend rocking out to Rush's 2112: Overture in the garage (watch clip below or at this link). A clip from 2112 was also played later in the show and a house had an address of 2112.

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

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Classic Rock's Best of the Year issue featuring Rush on the cover
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Rush Classic Rock coverThe latest issue of the UK's Classic Rock Magazine is a special edition featuring The Best Of 2012. The issue features five different cover photos with the headline Band Of The Year? with each cover depicting a photo of 5 bands deserving this distinction; Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Black Country Communion, Rivals Sons and ... RUSH! From the Classic Rock website:

Led Zeppelin... Rush... the Rolling Stones... Black Country Communion... Rivals Sons... But which is really Band Of The Year?

The greatest albums, bands, gigs, bust-ups and more. This is what rocked our year...

The new issue of Classic Rock is dedicated to The Best Of 2012: the ultimate review of the past 12 months. The Albums Of The Year. The Songs Of The Year. The Stories Of The Year. And, most importantly, The Bands Of The Year!

We've produced five different front covers featuring Led Zeppelin, Rush, the Rolling Stones, Black Country Communion and Rival Sons. Each is a worthy candidate for the honour of Band Of The Year. But who will ultimately wear the crown? ...

Rush - The Canadians have delivered one of the finest albums of their career, but there has been tragedy as well as triumph. ...

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

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Rush confirm plans for 2013 North American Clockwork Angels tour
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Yesterday Robe Lighting published an article to their website where they discuss with Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider how their lighting equipment was used on Rush's Clockwork Angels tour, and the article seemed to confirm both a Spring and Summer North American tour leg in 2013:

... The tour continues in the U.S. into Spring 2013 and is then scheduled to visit Europe before returning to North America for the rest of the Summer, when it will have been on the road for a year.

Now we have an official confirmation of this via a message that was posted to Rush.com early this morning:

Thanks to all the fans who came out to see the Clockwork Angels Tour 2012! It was an amazing run - from the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble, the filming in Dallas & Phoenix, and YOU. It proved, once again, how dedicated and loyal the Rush fans are and are such a part of the overall show. Europe, are you ready? Clockwork Angels 2013 in Europe is on sale now. And just because we had such a good time, we are now making plans for more dates in the spring and summer of 2013 in North America - so stay tuned for more announcements. Looking forward to seeing you out on the road again soon!

Given that the European leg begins on May 22nd in England, the Spring leg would probably begin in mid-April with the Summer leg then running from late June or early July into August. I would anticipate that more details including ticket sale information should be coming soon. Thanks to Thomas H for the heads up.

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[Rush to film Phoenix and Dallas shows for live DVD release]
[Clockwork Angels VIP package merchandise finally shipping]
[Interview with Clockwork Angels String Ensemble violinist and concert master Joel Derouin]
[Getting to know the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour setlist update]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tourbook now available online]
[Clockwork Angels tour opening night in Manchester open thread]
[Clockwork Angels tourbook and other merchandise now available at the Rush Backstage Club]
[New Rush Backstage Club contest: Win a Rush meet & greet!]
[Follow the Clockwork Angels tour on Twitter]
[Rush's Clockwork Angels tour to include a string section]
[Official Rush 2012 Clockwork Angels tour announcement and dates!]

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to announce 2013 inductees in a press conference next Tuesday, December 11th
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UPDATE - 12/10@2:37PM: According to ABC News Radio, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) will be unveiling the 2013 Rock Hall inductees at a press event at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles tomorrow 11AM PST (2PM EST). Flea was inducted to the Rock Hall as a member of RHCP last year, and also happens to be a big Rush fan.

Rush and the Rock HallEarly last month the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their annual list of nominees for induction and much to our surprise Rush was one of the 15 artists included on the list. Over the past 2 months a group of 600 or so rock historians, music industry insiders and past inductees voted to see which of these 15 nominees should be included in the 2013 induction class. The Rock Hall also created for the first time ever a fan ballot where fans could vote in an online poll that would count as one vote towards the official tally. Voting closed this past Monday and Rush was the clear winner of the poll with Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Albert King also making the ballot. A few voting committee members have publicly announced their ballot choices including music critic Michael Norman, and he voted for Rush too as detailed in this Cleveland Plain Dealer article. Last week the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum named Greg Harris as its new President and CEO, replacing the retiring Terry Stewart. Harris was on the Lanigan and Malone show on Cleveland's Magic 105.7 earlier today and revealed that the 5 or 6 members of the 2013 class of inductees will be announced in a press conference to be held next Tuesday, December 11th. You can listen in to the interview online at this location; he makes the announcement at around the 12:15 mark. The Future Rock Legends site made their predictions as to who will be inducted and included Rush on their list:

This is the seventh year of the Future Rock Legends induction poll, which mimics the voting on the Rock Hall ballot. Every year, the top vote-getter in our poll has been inducted, but we have never felt less confident that the results of our poll have any correlation to the results of the Voting Committee. But our bet is that the Rock Hall won't give the middle finger to all of the fans by snubbing Rush in the same year they start an official fan poll that Rush absolutely dominated. (Deep Purple is the other overwhelming fan favorite in the polls, but it just doesn't seem possible both Rush and Purple would be inducted in the same year.)

I tend to agree with that assessment, although I'm still holding out hope that Deep Purple also makes the cut. You can read Geddy Lee's reaction to the band's Rock Hall nomination in this post and Alex Lifeson's here.

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[It's official! Rush FINALLY nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!]
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Vote for Rush in the 2012 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards
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Ultimate Classic Rock AwardsUltimate Classic Rock has opened up voting for their 2012 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards and Rush is up for consideration in several categories:

Rush, Clockwork Angels: Album of the Year
Rush, The Wreckers: Song of the Year
Rush, Clockwork Angels tour: Tour of the Year
Rush, Fly by Night Volkswagen commercial: Best Commercial

So make sure you go and vote for Rush!

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Robe Lighting website feature on Rush's Clockwork Angels tour; confirms 2013 North American tour?
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Robe Lighting on the Clockwork Angels tourRobe Lighting has published an article to their website where they discuss how their lighting equipment was used on Rush's Clockwork Angels tour. They speak with Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider who discusses how 48 of Robe's LEDWash 600s attached to 4 triangular shaped trusses were used on the tour:

... He really loves the way that the look of the LEDWash beam can resemble the specific "silky and velvety" textures and light qualities of a PAR 64. "You would never think it was an LED source!" he affirms.

The LEDWash 600s are used heavily during a song called 'The Garden' which is highly theatrical. "They are absolutely ideal for this," states Howard, "Really just like an old style PAR" ...but a fraction of the weight and power consumption and much more versatile! ...

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourBut probably the most intriguing part of the article is what is said towards the end regarding the 2013 tour:

... The tour continues in the U.S. into Spring 2013 and is then scheduled to visit Europe before returning to North America for the rest of the Summer, when it will have been on the road for a year.

If accurate, this confirms that Rush will do a run of US/Canada dates in the Spring before heading to Europe, then returning to North America for another leg in the summer. Good news! You can read the entire article at this location. Thanks to Greg N for the heads up.

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[Clockwork Angels VIP package merchandise finally shipping]
[Interview with Clockwork Angels String Ensemble violinist and concert master Joel Derouin]
[Getting to know the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour setlist update]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tourbook now available online]
[Clockwork Angels tour opening night in Manchester open thread]
[Clockwork Angels tourbook and other merchandise now available at the Rush Backstage Club]
[New Rush Backstage Club contest: Win a Rush meet & greet!]
[Follow the Clockwork Angels tour on Twitter]
[Rush's Clockwork Angels tour to include a string section]
[Official Rush 2012 Clockwork Angels tour announcement and dates!]

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Clockwork Angels: The Novel special Watchmaker's Edition
12:23PM EST | link | comments (51) |

UPDATE - 12/3@2:08PM: Author Kevin J. Anderson tweeted that the release date of 11/6 given by CD Universe, BookDepository.com and others is not accurate and the actual release date is March 1st, 2013. Anderson also states in a tweet that he and Hugh Syme wrote a special companion booklet for it.

On March 1st of next year Back on November 6th a special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition of the audiobook for Clockwork Angels: The Novel will be was released. The package contains the unabridged audiobook along with a WORKING clocktower. From the description:

Clockwork Angels: The Watchmaker's Edition features the unabridged audiobook edition of Clockwork Angels, a novel by bestselling science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson, based on the new concept album by the legendary rock band Rush. This compelling steampunk adventure is read by Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, who first conceived the story for the band's latest release. This special edition features the complete, unabridged audiobook packaged in a unique, working upright clock tower designed by the band's album cover artist, Hugh Syme. Intricately themed and largely handmade, this is a beautiful and functional design piece that will be a must-have for Rush fans and steampunkers alike.

Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up. The package appears to be on backorder and not currently available to order anywhere online. Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Novel was officially released in the first week of September and debuted at #18 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list. You can order the standard audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

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[Clockwork Angels: The Novel Toronto world premiere book launch report and photos]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel world premiere book launch tonight]
[Kevin J. Anderson talks Clockwork Angels: The Novel in new SciFi Pulse interview]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel world premiere book launch]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel special signed and numbered editions on sale now]
[Clockwork Angels audiobook narrated by Neil Peart]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel official press release]
[Author Kevin J. Anderson to write novelization of Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album]

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Rush 2112 reference on latest episode of American Dad
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UPDATE - 12/4@9:22AM: The clip is also available on YouTube (thanks VapourTrail).

Last night's episode of Fox's American Dad! (Season 8, Episode 5 - Error Guitar) contained a few Rush 2112 references. During the opening sequence Stan comes home to find his son and his friend rocking out to Rush's 2112: Overture in the garage (watch clip below or at this link). A clip from 2112 was also played later in the show and a house had an address of 2112. Thanks to 427RUSH and robo for the heads up.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Neil Peart Jet City Stream interview now online
5:51PM EST | link | comments (26) |

Jet City StreamEarlier today at 9AM PST (12PM EST) Seattle-based digital radio station Jet City Stream aired a new interview with Neil Peart conducted by Michael Shrieve for his Notes from the Field program. The interview took place backstage at Seattle's Key Arena when Rush played there last month. Michael chats with Neil for 40 minutes about music, drums, life, books and more. The interview is now available for listening on SoundCloud and you can listen to it below or at this location (thanks RushFanForever).

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Rush Clockwork Angels tour Houston open thread
1:33PM EST | link | comments (56) |

UPDATE - 12/5@7:25AM: Official photos from the show have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 12/3@4:34PM: Here's a great Flickr photo gallery of last night's show from reader mstmompj.

UPDATE - 12/3@3:29PM: Here's a review from the Houston Press.

UPDATE - 12/3@9:48AM: Here's a gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 12/3@7:23AM: Rush played version of the Night A setlist that was similar to the one they played in Buffalo with one exception in the 2nd set; complete setlist here.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourThis is it. Rush will close out the 2012 Clockwork Angels tour tonight at the Toyota Center in Houston. Not to worry though - assuming the rumors are true, they should be back again next year for another run of North American dates. Hopefully we'll get some official word on that front soon. For this last stop on the tour the band is due to play some version of their Night A setlist, but certainly may change things up a little. As soon as I find out what version of the set was played along with any changes, I'll be sure to post it here. For everybody going to the show tonight, have fun, stay safe, and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Ruussshhhh!!

Date/Time: Sunday, December 2nd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 35
Venue: Toyota Center
Place: Houston, TX

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reviews: [reviews] [setlist]

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rush 2112 Deluxe Edition comic book preview video
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UPDATE - 12/8@10:02AM: The video is also available on YouTube.

UPDATE - 12/3@10:01AM: Here's another image that Rush posted to Twitter last night. The image refers to 2112: Overture and shows an image of the planets of the Solar Federation.

Rush 2112Rush.com has posted a short, 20-second preview video of the Rush 2112 Deluxe Edition that shows a few images from the included 2112 comic book with 2112: Temples of Syrinx playing in the background. You can check it out online at this location. On December 18th the band will be releasing a 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition version of 2112; a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. All 3 versions will contain a digitally remastered CD with 3 unreleased live tracks along with a DVD or Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album. Also included in each version will be expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics, unreleased photos and brand new liner notes by David Fricke. The Super Deluxe version will be housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges. The DVD/Blu-ray also contains a digital version of this comic book. For all the details and technical specs, check out the Rush.com press release. You can pre-order your copy today at Amazon:

[pre-order CD+DVD Deluxe Edition]
[pre-order CD+BD Deluxe Edition]
[pre-order CD+BD Super Deluxe Edition]

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[Rush 2112 Deluxe Edition 5.1 reissue cover art revealed]
[Rush releases details regarding the Super Deluxe reissue of 2112]
[Super Deluxe CD/BD reissue of 2112 coming December 18th]

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