Archive: Blog Entries from January, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels North American tour rumor update
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UPDATE - 2/1@2:24PM: It looks like the Ontario show will be at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, but I'm not certain the date is in early August; it may instead by in early July.

UPDATE - 1/31@3:39PM: One note on the supposed Toronto date. It's possible that the show is instead in Hamilton, ON rather than Toronto. The info came from someone who heard a Y108 Rocks (107.9 in Hamilton) DJ mention it on air, and he may have misheard or the DJ may have misspoke. I'm trying to get more information if I can. That said, it definitely looks like there will be a Southern Ontario date somewhere in August.

Early last week Rush announced the official North American Clockwork Angels tour dates for the 2013 Spring leg of the tour. The Spring leg will consist of a 9-date run of US dates, kicking off in Austin, TX on April 23rd and running through May 11th in Atlantic City. Pre-sales for these dates ended last week and the general ticket sale began this past Monday. In the announcement of the Spring dates Rush also revealed several of the cities that will be included in the Summer leg, including Rush's long overdue return to Halifax! The cities on the Summer leg will include but not be limited to Hershey, Wantagh, Saratoga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Boston, Calgary, Vancouver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, Halifax and Grand Rapids. They'll likely add a few more cities to this list and split up the Summer leg into a couple of stretches consisting of 10 or so dates each. Since the announcement I've received a lot of questions from readers about the Summer dates, so I thought I'd give an update on all the rumors I've heard regarding specific dates and venues. So far I've heard that Rush will play on June 28th at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL; on July 2nd at the Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati; the Milwaukee Summerfest for a show around the 4th or 5th of July; on July 13th in Boston at the Comcast Center; on July 31st for a show at the Usana Amphitheater in Salt Lake City; and at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto in Southern Ontario sometime in August. I'm expecting that the official announcement with the Summer dates will occur within the next few weeks. For all the details on the 2013 tour be sure to check out the tour section, and for questions regarding all the various pre-sales be sure to read my guide to ticket sales and pre-sales.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History book coming this May
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Author and music journalist Martin Popoff is following up his 2004 Rush biography Contents Under Pressure with a new illustrative history of the band titled Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History which is slated for release this coming May. From the book's description:

... for the first time, Rush is treated to the epic visual celebration they so richly deserve in a beautifully designed and profusely illustrated history following the band's entire career. A chronological overview history written by noted music scribe and Rush authority Martin Popoff spans the band's entire career from 1968 to today. A complete Rush discography chronicles all their albums, from the debut album to 2112, Moving Pictures, and Signals to Grace Under Pressure, Vapor Trails, and more. The authoritative text is complemented by album reviews written by well-known music journalists from around the globe, commentary from fellow musicians, a discography, tour dates, and hundreds of photographs and pieces of memorabilia, including picture sleeves, gig posters, rare vinyl, handbills, ticket stubs, and much more.

You can pre-order the book via Amazon at this location. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Voting now open for the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards; Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, Geddy Lee up for awards
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Golden GodsDetails regarding the fifth annual hard rock and heavy metal award show the Revolver Golden Gods were announced this afternoon (thanks Michael) and Rush's Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee are up for the Best Guitarist, Best Drummer and Best Bassist awards respectively. You can vote for Rush in these categories online at this location. At last year's Golden Gods Awards ceremony Rush was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Neil Peart attended to accept the award on behalf of the band.

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Canadian cosmonaut Chris Hadfield talks Rush from aboard the ISS
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Canadian cosmonaut Chris Hadfield with Rush's 2112Canadian cosmonaut Chris Hadfield was featured for a CBC Music piece earlier today where he talks about music, his musical influences and Rush in a video from aboard the International Space Station. From the article accompanying the video:

It's no secret that Canadian prog rockers Rush are big fans of space exploration, whether it's 1976's 2112, the space rock opera that thrust them into stardom, or 1982's "Countdown," a song that describes the launch of space shuttle Columbia that the band watched from a VIP area at the Kennedy Space Center.

It's only fitting that Rush would, in turn, influence Canadian cosmonaut Chris Hadfield, who says he started listening to them in high school and was drawn to the band's "incredible originality and dissatisfaction with normal" in a new video post he's made from aboard the International Space Station ...

You can read the entire article and check out the video at this location (thanks Jeff P).

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Rush now available
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Rockabye Baby! is a record label that releases CDs of popular rock bands' music transformed into lullaby music for babies and parents. Their latest offering is a CD of lullaby renditions of Rush songs which released today and is now available to order. The CD contains lullaby versions of 12 Rush classics including Tom Sawyer, The Spirit of Radio, Limelight and more. You can listen to preview clips of all 12 tracks online at this location and order your copy on Amazon here.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony fan pre-sale today
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Rush and the Rock HallLast Wednesday the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed details regarding the upcoming April 18th induction ceremony where Rush will be inducted, including the news that Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will be inducting the band. They also posted details regarding ticket sales and pre-sales which will be conducted via Ticketmaster at this location. AMEX pre-sales along with VIP package pre-sales began last Thursday. Those pre-sales have since ended but the fan and Rock Hall member pre-sales will kick-off today at 10AM PST (1PM EST). Public ticket sales will begin this coming Friday, February 1st. Rush revealed details regarding the fan pre-sale via the Rush newsletter last Wednesday night including the news that the password will be rushfan:

... We want to celebrate and share this moment with as MANY Rush fans in the room that night as possible! There will be a special Rush fan pre-sale that starts Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m. PST through Thursday, January 31 at 10 p.m. PST at Ticketmaster. The password for this pre-sale is rushfan. There will be preferred seating held in every price and seating area. ...

If you are a Rock Hall member, you should have received information via their newsletter regarding the member pre-sale. Multiple price levels will be offered from $75 all the way up to $750 as shown in this Nokia Theatre seating chart. As mentioned above, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will be inducting the band. Heart revealed yesterday via their Facebook page that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden will be doing the honors for them. Other artists that will attend the ceremony are John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Don Henley, Gary Clark Jr., and Usher with more to be announced later. So what do you think about the Foo Fighters being chosen to induct Rush into the Rock Hall? Take the poll and let us know. Reader (and author) Phil Simon has also created a Facebook group and associated event for the induction for those who plan to attend.

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Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio releases new video, in-studio footage from their upcoming debut album
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UPDATE - 1/29@8:31AM: Here's part 2 of the in-studio session with Big Al.

DB3After releasing a series of instrumental singles back in 2011 including Hollowbody, Sonar and Disappearance, the Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio is set to release their first full-length studio album this year. The album is produced by Alex Lifeson, Rich Chycki, and Alan Parsons, and features Toronto musicians David Barrett (guitars), Jason Farrar (bass) and Alexander Sascha Tukatsch (drums). Financing for the production was done solely with the help of crowdfunding via RocketHub, and the graciousness of the band's producers, engineer and art house. On Friday they posted the video for the album's opening track Dive and just this morning they posted some in-studio footage with Alex Lifeson. In this video Alex conducts a pre-production session with the band as they develop the ending for Great Eastern Sun, the last track on the album:

Be sure to keep an eye on the band's Facebook page and their new website for all the latest updates.

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Vote for Rush in the 2013 Ultimate Classic Rock Bowl
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Ultimate Classic Rock BowlRush has made it to the finals in the 2013 Ultimate Classic Rock Bowl where they are up against Guns 'N Roses. Over the last few weeks Rush has defeated such lofty opponents as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith and Van Halen, so let's keep the streak going and help them defeat G'NR too! You can vote for Rush at this location once every hour until the voting closes next Sunday at midnight. The results will be announced the Monday after.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Yet another Rush-themed van mural on FX's Archer
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In what has become a recurring theme on FX's animated sitcom Archer, Krieger's van mural was updated with yet another Rush theme this past week. On the latest episode of the show (Season 4, Episode 2 - The Wind Cries Mary), the van's mural gets updated with a Fly By Night theme, showing the familiar album cover with the title as Van By Night and the owl's face replaced with an image of Krieger's face (screenshot here). This makes the 4th such reference to have occurred on the show. During the season 3 finale Space Race: Part 2 the van was given a Caress of Steel-themed mural with the lettering reading Caress of Krieger (screenshot here). On the finale of season 2 the van had an Exit ... Stage Left-inspired mural which read Exit ... Van Left (screenshot here), and earlier in season 3 the mural had been updated to a Rush Hemispheres theme (screenshot here). There was also a major Rush reference on episode 8 of season 3 last year. In that episode Kreiger is trying to learn YYZ on his Neil Peart-inspired drumkit. Thanks to deslock for the heads up and the screenshot.

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Rush: A Brief History of Time, Part X
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Rush: A Brief History of TimeJohn at Cygnus-X1.net has just posted the tenth installment of his Rush: A Brief History of Time series where he compiles scans and transcriptions of old Rush articles. You can see this latest batch on John's website at this link. Also be sure to check out his chronological listing of all the collected articles from the series at the bottom of the page. This latest batch contains a whopping 113 new articles and advertisements spanning from 1975 all the way through to 2012. Thanks John!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Early this past Tuesday morning we finally received some official North American Clockwork Angels tour date information from Rush. The band announced a 9-date run of US dates this coming Spring, kicking off in Austin, TX on April 23 and running through May 11th in Atlantic City. They also announced several of the cities that will be included in the Summer leg, including Rush's long overdue return to Halifax! The cities on the Summer leg will include but not be limited to Hershey, Wantagh, Saratoga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Boston, Calgary, Vancouver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, Halifax and Grand Rapids. My guess is that they'll add a few more cities to this list and split up the Summer leg into a couple of 10-date stretches. The rumors I'd heard regarding the Ft. Lauderdale and Atlantic City dates turned out to be true, so I'm assuming that my information regarding Chicago, Cincinnati and Milwaukee is also correct - that Rush will play on June 28th at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL; on July 2nd at the Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati; and the Milwaukee Summerfest for a show around the 4th of July. I'm expecting that the Summer dates will be announced within the next few weeks. Shortly after the Spring tour dates were announced the pre-sale frenzy began, with the VIP pre-sales and Music Today fan pre-sales beginning at Noon on Tuesday. The fan pre-sales have since ended but VIP ticket packages remain for most of the dates (Austin, Orlando and Atlantic City are sold out). CITI card pre-sales along with various internet, Live Nation and radio pre-sales are currently ongoing and will run through 5PM local venue time today. The Live Nation pre-sales are using the passwords bazooka and/or covert. General ticket sales for all 9 dates will then occur next Monday at 10AM. For all the details be sure to check out the tour section, and for questions regarding all the various pre-sales be sure to read my guide to ticket sales and pre-sales. For all the European fans, 1-day tickets for the Sweden Rock Festival went on sale this past Monday (thanks ulsterush). Rush will be headlining the Festival on June 8th.

Rush and the Rock HallOn Wednesday the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed details regarding the upcoming April 18th induction ceremony where Rush will be inducted, including the news that Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will be inducting the band. They also posted details regarding ticket sales and pre-sales:

Advance tickets for American Express Cardmembers will be available from Thursday, January 24 at 10 a.m. PST through Sunday, January 27 at 10 p.m. PST. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster.

Preferred seating presales for members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as members of the Heart and Rush official fan clubs, will begin on Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m. PST through Thursday, January 31 at 10 p.m. PST at Ticketmaster. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum members should reference the official member e-newsletter for details. For more information on Rush and Heart fan club tickets, visit heart-music.com and rush.com. Some restrictions apply.

The public on-sale will begin on Friday, February 1 at 10 a.m. PST. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. There will be a four-ticket limit on all orders. Additionally, three levels of VIP packages will be available through Ticketmaster. ...

All ticket sales and pre-sales will be conducted via Ticketmaster at this location. The AMEX pre-sale mentioned above along with VIP pre-sales began yesterday and the fan/member pre-sale will kick-off Monday at 10AM PST (1PM EST). Rush revealed details regarding the fan pre-sale via the Rush newsletter Wednesday night including the news that the password will be rushfan:

... We want to celebrate and share this moment with as MANY Rush fans in the room that night as possible! There will be a special Rush fan pre-sale that starts Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m. PST through Thursday, January 31 at 10 p.m. PST at Ticketmaster. The password for this pre-sale is rushfan. There will be preferred seating held in every price and seating area. ...

Also, Future Rock Legends tweeted a photo of the Nokia Theatre seating chart with ticket price levels. The upper balcony seats will be in the $75-$100 range, and then they jump up to $350-$750 for the lower levels! If you have a lot of money to spend you can get one of the VIP packages including a $2000 Hot Sound Package which gives you a bunch of perks as detailed at the Ticketmaster website. As I'd mentioned above, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will be inducting the band. Heart revealed yesterday via their Facebook page that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden will be doing the honors for them. Other artists that will attend the ceremony are John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Don Henley, Gary Clark Jr., and Usher with more to be announced later. So what do you think about the Foo Fighters being chosen to induct Rush into the Rock Hall? Take the poll and let us know. Reader (and author) Phil Simon has also created a Facebook group and associated event for the induction.

Rush's Clockwork Angels album made Scene Point Blank's list of the top 30 albums of 2012 this past week, coming in at #20. Here's what they had to say:

On some days, when I'm really brutally honest with myself, I can safely admit that all of my favourite old rock bands from the 1970s have gone completely past the point of no return; they'll never release an album of the same calibre as those from their heyday, they'll never sell out huge stadiums and get the attention they used to, they'll never write another song that will be included amongst their 'canon' of tracks in constant rotation on classic rock radio. Every band, except for one, that is. Rush long ago set the standard for virtuosity in rock bands; now they're just shattering it themselves over and over again. Let me put it this way: some bands Rush's age are releasing songs that are pale imitations of their former sound. Rush are rewriting their own 'best of' collections with every release.

Rush 2112The 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition version of 2112 released back on December 18th and is available for purchase 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 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. The Toronto Sun recently reviewed (thanks RushFanForever) the Deluxe Edition and gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars, and the February/March 2013 issue of Sound and Vision magazine also contains a review of the album along with an interview with Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki. Chycki talks about what went into re-mixing the album for the Deluxe Edition, and also touches on other Rush remastering projects he's worked on. You can check out the 3-page review/interview online at this location.

Escrow.com is selling an autographed bass guitar signed by all three members of Rush with all proceeds going to benefit The Fender Music Foundation charity. The black Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass is listed for sale on Reverb.com through January 28th, and you can buy it immediately for $15,000 or make your best offer. The bass will also be on display at the Fender Music Foundation table at this weekend's NAMM Show in Anaheim.

Rush made the Houston Press's list of the Top 10 Power Trios (thanks RushFanForever) this past week, coming in at #3:

For decades, Rush fans whined that their favorite trio of Canadian nerds never got their due, but with the group still drawing huge crowds and now headed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it's increasingly hard to argue that they've been denied a place in the rock pantheon. In its longevity, Rush gets bonus points for wearing out a variety of musical styles over the years, from hard rock to prog and even '80s synth-pop. Amazing what you can achieve when you cram three rock virtuosos into the same band.

Rush barstoolThe Rush Backstage Club is now offering 4 different varieties of Rush barstools for $124.99. These 30"-high, easy-to-assemble bar stools feature chrome legs with a padded seat. Also remember to enter the Rush Backstage Club's contest to win a Clockwork Angels tourbook signed by all 3 members of Rush. The contest closes on January 30th and only one entry per email address is allowed. For all the details and to enter go to this location. They are also running a sale on a number of items which you can check out here. And the Bubbawares.com site is now offering Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill baseball hats (thanks nettiesaur).

A few years ago Alex Lifeson made a cameo appearance in the Trailer Park Boys second movie Countdown to Liquor Day. Also having a cameo in the film was Brian Vollmer of Helix. Vollmer played a John who is trying to pick up Randy, who is prostituting himself for cheeseburgers. Alex played a cross-dressing cop in the film. Vollmer recently posted a behind-the-scenes video from the day he and Alex shot their cameos. From the YouTube description:

... I got in the night before and went to Bubble's nightclub called Bubble's Mansion. Alex Lifeson was there that night, as was Randy (Pat Roach), Julien (Jean Paul Trembley), Bubbles (Mike Smith). These clips were filmed the next day at the dressing rooms before being shuttled to the location, which for us was filmed underneath the overpass by the harbour in Dartmouth, I believe.

You can check out the video on YouTube here (thanks RushFanForever). Alex makes an appearance at about the 55-second mark. It sounds like Alex had a rough night!

The latest issue of Prog magazine contains the results of their Readers' Poll and Neil Peart ended up coming in 2nd to Gavin Harrison in the Best Drummer category.

After their resounding defeat of Aerosmith last week, Rush has made it to the final four in the 2013 Ultimate Classic Rock Bowl where they are currently up against Van Halen. So go vote for Rush!

Jeff Miers of the Buffalo News uses lyrics from Rush's Natural Science to illustrate his point about modern music in an article published this morning titled Soundcheck: Reclaiming music from dance-mania dictators.

Brad Birzer at Progarchy.com takes a retrospective look back at Rush's A Farewell to Kings and Hemispheres albums in an article that was posted earlier in the week. You can check it out online at this location.

Here's Rush's official commercial for the 2013 tour that they posted to their YouTube channel earlier this week:

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend and good luck buying Rush tickets!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony fan pre-sale and ticket price details
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UPDATE - 1/24@2:14PM: Reader (and author) Phil Simon created a Facebook group and associated event for the induction.

UPDATE - 1/24@1:14PM: The AMEX and VIP pre-sales are underway! If you have a lot of money to spend you can get one of the VIP packages including a $2000 Hot Sound Package. It's not clear whether an AMEX is required for the VIP packages, but it doesn't look like it. From the Ticketmaster website:

Hot Sound Package includes:
- Premium reserved ticket ($750 ticket location)
- Access to Artist Rehearsals (Wednesday and Thursday)
- Invitation to the after-party at Club Nokia (Thursday)
- Exclusive merchandise item
- Collectible laminate
- Onsite event management staff

Hot Seat Package 1 includes:
- Premium reserved ticket ($500 ticket location)
- Exclusive merchandise item
- Collectible laminate

Hot Seat Package 2 includes:
- Premium reserved ticket ($350 ticket location)
- Exclusive merchandise item
- Collectible laminate

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Rush and the Rock HallYesterday the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed details regarding the upcoming April 18th induction ceremony where Rush will be inducted, including the news that Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will be inducting the band. They also posted details regarding ticket sales and pre-sales:

Advance tickets for American Express Cardmembers will be available from Thursday, January 24 at 10 a.m. PST through Sunday, January 27 at 10 p.m. PST. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster.

Preferred seating presales for members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as members of the Heart and Rush official fan clubs, will begin on Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m. PST through Thursday, January 31 at 10 p.m. PST at Ticketmaster. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum members should reference the official member e-newsletter for details. For more information on Rush and Heart fan club tickets, visit heart-music.com and rush.com. Some restrictions apply.

The public on-sale will begin on Friday, February 1 at 10 a.m. PST. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. There will be a four-ticket limit on all orders. Additionally, three levels of VIP packages will be available through Ticketmaster. ...

All ticket sales and pre-sales will be conducted via Ticketmaster at this location. The AMEX pre-sale mentioned will begin today at 10AM PST (1PM EST) and the fan/member pre-sale will kick-off Monday at 10AM PST (1PM EST). Rush revealed details regarding the fan pre-sale via the Rush newsletter last night including the news that the password will be rushfan:

... We want to celebrate and share this moment with as MANY Rush fans in the room that night as possible! There will be a special Rush fan pre-sale that starts Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m. PST through Thursday, January 31 at 10 p.m. PST at Ticketmaster. The password for this pre-sale is rushfan. There will be preferred seating held in every price and seating area. ...

Also, Future Rock Legends tweeted a photo of the Nokia Theatre seating chart with ticket price levels. The upper balcony seats will be in the $75-$100 range, and then they jump up to $350-$750 for the lower levels!

As I'd mentioned above, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will be inducting the band. Heart revealed yesterday via their Facebook page that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden will be doing the honors for them. Other artists that will attend the ceremony are John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Don Henley, Gary Clark Jr., and Usher with more to be announced later. So what do you think about the Foo Fighters being chosen to induct Rush into the Rock Hall? Take the poll and let us know.

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[Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to announce 2013 inductees in a press conference next Tuesday, December 11th]
[Alex Lifeson talks Rock Hall, friendship and Rush's longevity in new Cleveland Plain Dealer interview]
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[Rush finally nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!?]

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Autographed Geddy Lee Jazz Bass for sale to benefit the Fender Music Foundation charity
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Escrow.com is selling an autographed bass guitar signed by all three members of Rush with all proceeds going to benefit The Fender Music Foundation charity. The black Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass is listed for sale on Reverb.com through January 28th, and you can buy it immediately for $15,000 or make your best offer. The bass will also be on display at the Fender Music Foundation table at this weekend's NAMM Show in Anaheim.

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Foo Fighters to induct Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; induction ceremony pre-sale details released
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UPDATE - 1/24@7:04AM: Rush sent out an update via the Rush newsletter last night regarding the Rush fan pre-sale for the Rock Hall induction. The password will be rushfan:

... We want to celebrate and share this moment with as MANY Rush fans in the room that night as possible! There will be a special Rush fan pre-sale that starts Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m. PST through Thursday, January 31 at 10 p.m. PST at Ticketmaster. The password for this pre-sale is rushfan. There will be preferred seating held in every price and seating area. ...

Also, Future Rock Legends tweeted a photo of the Nokia Theatre seating chart with ticket price levels. Not many cheap seats!

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UPDATE - 1/23@2:39PM: New poll! So what do you think about the Foo Fighters being chosen to induct Rush into the Rock Hall? Take the poll and let us know.

Rush and the Rock HallUPDATE - 1/23@8:41AM: The Rock Hall has released more detailed info on ticket sales and pre-sales. Apparently there will be an AMEX cardholder pre-sale beginning tomorrow and other pre-sales starting Monday all conducted through Ticketmaster. From the Rock Hall website:

Advance tickets for American Express Cardmembers will be available from Thursday, January 24 at 10 a.m. PST through Sunday, January 27 at 10 p.m. PST. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster.

Preferred seating presales for members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as members of the Heart and Rush official fan clubs, will begin on Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m. PST through Thursday, January 31 at 10 p.m. PST at Ticketmaster. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum members should reference the official member e-newsletter for details. For more information on Rush and Heart fan club tickets, visit heart-music.com and rush.com. Some restrictions apply.

The public on-sale will begin on Friday, February 1 at 10 a.m. PST. To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster or charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000. There will be a four-ticket limit on all orders. Additionally, three levels of VIP packages will be available through Ticketmaster. ...

There currently isn't any information regarding the Rush fan pre-sale at Rush.com. More information as we learn it.

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Earlier this week Heart posted a promotional poster for the Rock Hall induction ceremony to their Facebook page. The poster lists special guests John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Don Henley, Gary Clark Jr., Usher, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins with more to be announced later. The fact that Grohl and Hawkins were included in this list caused some speculation that the Foo Fighters might be inducting Rush at the ceremony on April 18th. It turns out the speculation was warranted as the Cleveland Plain Dealer has just confirmed the news:

Foo Fighters and self-professed Rush super-fans Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will induct the Canadian prog-rockers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April in Los Angeles.

"It's got to be a dream come true for them. The Foo Fighters would have grown up listening to Rush on '70s radio," said Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris by phone from Washington, D.C. "You can tell that they have a real sense of rock 'n' roll history. You don't get the staying power they've had without it."

Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum announced the first group of artists that would be inducting this year's class in a press release Tuesday night.

In addition to Grohl and Hawkins, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will perform in honor of Donna Summer, Don Henley will induct Randy Newman, and John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. will perform in honor of Albert King, with Mayer giving the induction speech.

The inductors for Public Enemy, Heart and Ahmet Ertegun Award lifetime achievement award winners Quincy Jones and Lou Adler will be announced later. ...

Tickets for the April 18th induction ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles where Rush will be inducted will go on sale to the public on Friday, February 1st. There will be a members-only pre-sale beginning next Monday, January 28th for those whose memberships were active as of January 1st, 2013. Information regarding member access and order details will be provided in an email to members later this week. According to Seattle radio DJ Mark Christopher ticket prices will range from $75 up to $3000 for a VIP experience. Ticketmaster also lists various VIP pre-sales taking place as soon as 10AM (PDT) tomorrow. Rush made it clear in several interviews following the induction announcement that they would be attending the ceremony and do plan on performing.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Rush Spring 2013 Clockwork Angels North American tour official tour date and pre-sales announcement
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UPDATE - 1/25@10:16AM: Live Nation pre-sales are now underway using a password of bazooka or covert. These will run through 5PM this afternoon.

UPDATE - 1/23@3:15PM: VIP packages for all 9 shows are now available to the general public - a password is no longer required. The sell-outs mentioned below just referred to the fan, password-protected VIP pre-sales that ended at Noon today.

UPDATE - 1/23@10:57AM: CITI card pre-sales for Austin and Nashville begin in just a few minutes!

UPDATE - 1/23@10:32AM: VIP pre-sales for the Mohegan Sun show along with Austin, Orlando and Atlantic City are now sold out.

UPDATE - 1/23@9:55AM: CITI pre-sales for 7 of the 9 shows begin in just a few minutes at 10AM!

UPDATE - 1/23@6:57AM: Mohegan Sun VIP pre-sale is now sold out. CITI card pre-sales begin today at 10AM local venue time.

UPDATE - 1/22@6:36PM: Austin and Atlantic City VIP pre-sales are now sold out.

UPDATE - 1/22@2:04PM: Ticketmaster is now listing the 9 new shows with a general on-sale date of this coming Monday, January 28th at 10AM. There will also be CITI and Live Nation pre-sales for most of the dates. The CITI pre-sales will begin tomorrow at 10AM and the Live Nation pre-sales will occur on Friday from 10AM until 5PM. For all the details check out the tour section.

UPDATE - 1/22@1:34PM: Rush has posted an official commercial for the 2013 tour to their YouTube channel.

UPDATE - 1/22@12:56PM: Fan pre-sales and VIP pre-sales for Austin and Nashville go on sale in just a few minutes! You will need to use the password angelfan to access VIP ticket packages for the first 24 hours.

UPDATE - 1/22@11:51AM: Fan pre-sales and VIP pre-sales for Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Raleigh, Virginia Beach, Baltimore, Uncasville, and Atlantic City (all the Eastern time zone dates) go on sale in just a few minutes! Austin and Nashville will go on sale at 12PM CST. You will need to use the password angelfan to access VIP ticket packages for the first 24 hours.

UPDATE - 1/22@8:07AM: I've loaded all the dates into the tour section. The VIP Nation Rush pre-sale site is now up and running with all the dates loaded in. The Rush Music Today site doesn't have any dates loaded in as of yet however. Pre-sales will begin at Noon local time, so be ready if you plan to purchase tickets. For information on how all the various pre-sales work check out my ticket sale and pre-sale guide. Here's the official Live Nation press release announcing the tour.

Just as we had anticipated, early this morning Rush announced official dates for the 2013 North American leg of the Clockwork Angels tour via the Rush.com newsletter. Dates were given for only the Spring leg, which will consist of 9 dates, kicking off in Austin, TX on April 23 and running through May 11th in Atlantic City. Pre-sales begin TODAY at Noon, with VIP pre-sales and fan pre-sales through VIP Nation and Music Today respectively. They also list some of the cities that will be included in the Summer leg, including Rush's long overdue return to Halifax! I'll be updating the tour section this morning with all the details. Here's the announcement from the Rush.com newsletter:

CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT

As previously alluded to, and due to overwhelming demand, the Clockwork Angels Tour will continue in 2013 to over 20+ cities in North America this year. Beginning in April, fans will be able to catch RUSH live in a number of new markets not visited on last year's tour.

Today we have announced details for the spring leg of the tour which include

April 23: Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
April 26: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
April 28: Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
May 1: Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
May 3: Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
May 5: Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
May 7: Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
May 9: Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
May 11: Atlantic City @ Etess Arena

Pre-sale for RUSH fans for the spring tour dates begin today, Tuesday January 22nd at NOON LOCAL TIME!

CLOCKWORK ANGEL TOUR PACKAGE

Tour Packages will be exclusive to RUSH fan members for the first 24 hours.

Passcode: angelfan (lower case, case sensitive)

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour Package consists of:
* One reserved ticket located within the first 15 rows of the stage
* New and exclusive Rush 2013 Tour t-shirt
* Collectible Tour Poster (numbered, limited)
* Official Tour Program
* Exclusive surprise Rush gift item
* Commemorative Concert Ticket
* Commemorative Tour Laminate

To purchase your RUSH Tour package, please visit http://www.vipnation.com/programs/rush---clockwork-angels-tour/

RUSH FAN CLUB PRE-SALES

The Fan Club tickets are only available during the PRE-SALE. Reserve the best seats in the house through our special Rush fan pre-sales. These presales only last three days, and only certain cities/dates are currently available with more presales being added later. Check back soon if you don't see your date. At the end of your ticket purchase, you will have the opportunity to pre-order Exclusive RUSH.com Tour Merchandise.

In addition, when you order Fan Club Tickets and the Exclusive Merchandise you will be automatically entered to win a meet and greet with members of the band at your show (one winner plus guest per city).

To purchase Presale Tickets and Presale Merchandise please visit http://rush.musictoday.com

Just a reminder to those fans that are also CITI card members, you will also have access to pre-sale tickets through Citi's Private Pass® Program beginning January 23rd in select markets. For complete presale details visit http://www.citiprivatepass.com

Stay tuned for additional tour announcements for the summer dates that will resume when the band returns from their European leg in June. These will include but not be limited to Hershey, Wantagh, Saratoga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Boston, Calgary, Vancouver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, and will finally see RUSH return to Grand Rapids and Halifax for the first time in decades!

We look forward to seeing you on the road!

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony ticket sale and pre-sale information released
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UPDATE - 1/21@3:45PM: Heart has posted a promotional poster for the Rock Hall induction ceremony to their Facebook page. The poster lists special guests John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Don Henley, Gary Clark Jr., Usher, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins with more to be announced later. The fact that Grohl and Hawkins are included in this list tells me that the Foo Fighters will likely perform and might be inducting Rush. Thanks to Future Rock Legends for the heads up.

Rush and the Rock HallThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has released some updated information regarding tickets for the April 18th induction ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles where Rush will be inducted. They had previously been reporting that tickets would go on sale to the public on Friday, January 25th but have pushed that back one week to Friday, February 1st. They also revealed that there will be a members-only pre-sale beginning on Monday, January 28th for those whose memberships were active as of January 1st, 2013. Information regarding member access and order details will be provided in an email to members next week. According to Seattle radio DJ Mark Christopher ticket prices will range from $75 up to $3000 for a VIP experience. Rush made it clear in several interviews following the induction announcement that they would be attending the ceremony and do plan on performing. The Rock Hall has not yet released any details regarding the ceremony itself as of yet, including who will perform and in what order, and who will be inducting the various artists. From what I've been hearing the band won't be kicking off the 2013 North American leg of the Clockwork Angels tour until after the April 18th induction ceremony.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 1/20@9:16AM: The Rush reference from The Soup that I'd mentioned below is now up on YouTube here (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

UPDATE - 1/18@8:10PM: I'm now also hearing that Rush will be playing at the Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati on July 2nd.

The Rush news was relatively quiet this past week as we anxiously await the impending official announcement of tour dates for the 2013 North American leg of the Clockwork Angels tour. Since there was no announcement this week, it now looks like we'll most likely get the official word early next week, probably late Monday/early Tuesday. From the bits and pieces of information I've been able to gather over the last several weeks, it looks like Rush will be playing a run of 10-12 dates along the East Coast from late April to mid-May before heading over to Europe. I'm hearing that they will not begin the tour until after their April 18th appearance at the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles, so I would imagine that the tour kick-off would take place sometime the week following the induction. They'll then return to North America for another stretch of shows in the Summer. The shows for which I've heard specific dates and venues are April 26th at the BB&T Center in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; May 11th at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ; June 28th at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL; and the Milwaukee Summerfest for a show around the 4th or 5th of July. Remember that these are just rumored dates; nothing is official until Rush makes the announcement. Speaking of the tour, last week MusicTAP reported that Rush's planned Clockwork Angels Live tour DVD would be releasing this coming May 21st via Concord Records. It turns out that this information was false and MusicTap later posted a retraction earlier this week saying that the release date would instead likely occur this Fall as originally anticipated. This past week I received the sales and attendance figures for Rush's November 1st show in Atlanta, which completes the numbers for all the US dates on the 2012 Clockwork Angels tour; the figures for the 6 Canadian shows are still pending. The Atlanta show joins Manchester, Bridgeport, Newark, Buffalo, San Jose, Universal City, Dallas and Houston as another sell out with an attendance of 12,086 and gross ticket sales of $926,850. See the tour section for all the details.

Rush and the Rock HallTickets for the April 18th 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live will go on sale to the public next Friday, January 25th. There will be some kind of pre-sale for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members (members as of December 31st of last year) but no details regarding this have been released yet. According to Seattle radio DJ Mark Christopher ticket prices will range from $75 up to $3000 for a VIP experience. Rush made it clear in several interviews following the induction announcement that they would be attending the ceremony and do plan on performing. The Rock Hall has not yet released any details regarding the ceremony itself either, including who will perform and in what order and who will be inducting the various artists. As I'd mentioned above, from what I've been hearing the band won't be kicking off the Clockwork Angels tour until after the April 18th induction ceremony.

Anthrax cover AnthemBack in April of last year we first heard that thrash metal pioneers Anthrax would be including a cover of Rush's Anthem on an upcoming tribute EP. Earlier this morning RollingStone.com made the track available for streaming online at this location. The EP will be titled Anthems and be released on March 19th:

Perennial thrashers Anthrax are prepping the release of a new EP, Anthems, that will hit shelves on March 19th on Megaforce. It finds the group covering songs by some of their favorite artists, including Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak" and Boston's "Smokin.'"

Now you can take a listen to their thundering cover of Rush's "Anthem" done with a fresh, metal twist. "When I was first learning to play drums, I would strap on my headphones, play along with [Rush's live album All the World's a Stage] and be transformed," Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante tells Rolling Stone. "I remember talking with Cliff [Burton] and Kirk [Hammett of Metallica] back when we first met, and we all agreed how much of an influence Rush was on all of us. I don't [know] if you would hear anything that sounds like Rush in Anthrax's music, but the passion, the drive, the musicianship and the appreciation is all there."

You can listen to the track online at the RollingStone.com website here.

Alex Lifeson Hentor SportscasterEarlier this week we learned that Niagara on the Lake luthier Freddy Gebrsek has received permission from Alex Lifeson to create and sell replicas of his Hentor Sportscaster which Alex used extensively during the early 1980s. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Grapes Under Pressure charity. For all the details visit FreddysFrets.com.

The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a Clockwork Angels tourbook signed by all 3 members of Rush. The contest closes on January 30th and only one entry per email address is allowed. For all the details and to enter go to this location. They are also running a sale on a number of items which you can check out here.

Rush's Clockwork Angels album made a few more end-of-year best of lists this past week. Testament guitarist Alex Skolnikc placed the album at #1 on his top 10 albums of 2012 list. 411 Mania's The 8 Ball column listed the album at #2 on their list of the Top 8 Albums of 2012, and 411 Mania contributor Chad Webb also listed the album on his top 10 list for the year saying the following:

9. Rush - Clockwork Angels - I have been a fan of Rush since I was little, but over the past few years they have become one of my favorite bands. I saw them in concert last year and they performed two songs from Clockwork Angels. I knew that if the rest of the album was as first-rate as those tracks, it would be another magnificent offering from a truly great rock band. The end result met my expectations wonderfully. Clockwork Angels continues the consistent trend of heavier, consistent Rush albums since their return with Vapor Trails. I won't say that this is their best album ever, but it is f'n awesome and like most of their material, I can and will listen to it regularly.

Rush came up empty in Ultimate Classic Rock's Ultimate Classic Rock Awards despite having been nominated in several categories. However, they did make it to Round 2 of the 2012 Ultimate Classic Rock Bowl where they are currently up against Aerosmith. So go vote for Rush!

This past October Hudson Music released a full-color retrospective/transcription book companion to Neil Peart's third instructional DVD Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance. The book is written by Hudson Music Senior Drum Editor Joe Bergamini with a foreword by Neil Peart and contains musical transcriptions, historical writing, instructional text, and a beautiful collection of photographs. A Kindle edition of the book is now available through Amazon at this location.

The release date for Audio Fidelity's Super Audio CD (SACD) version of Rush's Counterparts has been pushed back a few weeks (thanks robertrobyn). It is now listed at Amazon with a release date of Tuesday, February 19th rather than January 22nd and is available for pre-order. For more information visit the Audio Fidelity website.

Reader Profzed let me know of a small Rush reference on Wednesday's episode of The Soup on E!. Host Joel McHale ran a segment from the SyFy channel game show Total Blackout. In the show contestants are placed in total darkness and must touch unknown items and identify them, usually resulting in terrified screams. Viewers can see what is happening through the magic of night vision cameras. The segment in question was of a teenage girl alongside her long and bushy-haired boyfriend. She is tasked with identifying a cuddly little furry animal in a cage and ends up screaming. Joel then joked about how much worse it could have been had the girl been forced to touch and identify her boyfriend saying, Ew, a comic-book store manager! Ew, a Rush fan! There have been several past references to Rush on The Soup including this one from back in July, 2011.

Trucking magazine Overdrive recently featured an article on Rush's Red Barchetta (thanks Butch W). You can check it out on their website here.

KROQ recently published an article profiling the soundtrack for the 1998 film Small Soldiers titled The Greatest Movie Soundtrack You've Never Heard. The soundtrack included a remix of Rush's Tom Sawyer from Phoenix based DJ Z-Trip, who is interviewed for the article:

... "I remember telling (the label) that I needed them to get me the master tapes of 'Tom Saywer'' for me to do it right. I thought they'd be like, 'no way,' but at the time, Dreamworks had just kind of started up, and they had all the pull in the world. Next thing I knew, the masters of the song were in my hands." ... "The coolest part of the whole thing was that Rush had to hear the remix and sign off on it," he explained. "They were totally into it." ...

This past week Guitar World published their list of The Top 10 Covers of Songs by The Who (thanks Sarah S) and Rush's cover of The Seeker from their Feedback EP made the cut at #5:

In 2004, Rush honored some of the bands that inspired them by releasing Feedback, an eight-song EP packed with covers of songs by the Yardbirds, Buffalo Springfield and Cream. The EP also featured a cover of "The Seeker," which was originally released as a single by The Who in 1970. Although the track doesn't give these three master prog-rockers a chance to "spread out," they put the emphasis on the song's strong, steady beat and high-flying vocals, which are handled rather nicely by Geddy Lee.

Peter Brocklehurst has posted Chapters 8, 9 and 10 of his Neil Peart diary to his The Legends of Brocklehurst blog. In these chapters Peter covers his experiences driving Neil around on the Hold Your Fire tour. You can check out these installments and Peter's previous chapters at The Legends of Brocklehurst blog.

Chromey - the 1974 chrome Slingerland drum kit once owned and played by Neil Peart - will shortly be taking up residence at the Percussive Art's Society's Rhythm! Discovery Center museum according to a recent post at the Chromey Facebook group.

We are proud to announce that Chromey will be joining a new temporary collection at the Percussive Art's Society's, Rhythm! Discovery Center museum. Chromey will be part of a new drum set display at the museum which will be called "DRUMSet: Driving the Beat in American Music" Chromey will be exhibited alongside drum sets which were played by legends such as Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Gene Krupa, Max Roach, Hal Blaine and more. ...

The museum is located at 110 West Washington Street in Indianapolis, IN. Over the last few years Chromey has been making the rounds to music stores, Rush events, and trade shows to help raise money for charity. It was the first drum kit Neil used in the band, and it was played on his first four albums and five tours.

Welland, Ontario based humor columnist Arnie Dyker recently passed away at age 65. The Welland Tribune mentions in his obituary that he once worked in the music industry and was friends with Neil Peart:

... After attending university, he worked for more than a decade as a music manager and promoter. Some of his former clients include Neil Peart of Rush and local musicians Rob Lamothe and Vox Violoins - all of whom he remained friends with, his wife said. ...

Rush in Oor magazineReader rushfanben let me know that the latest issue of Dutch music magazine Oor contains a 6-page feature on Rush. The content mainly consists of snippets of past interviews and articles which have been published in the magazine since 1975. According to the article, Oor writer Kees Baars conducted Geddy Lee's first European interview on December 1st, 1976 standing in a phone booth in Amsterdam while Geddy was in Los Angeles. Since then Baars has been a friend of the band and interviewed them many times.

Rush 1977 Portland with UFOA 35-year-old video interview with Alex Lifeson recently surfaced on YouTube which shows Alex Lifeson backstage giving a tour of his guitars to music journalist Buck Munger at the Paramount Theater in Portland, OR. Although the video is labeled as occurring in 1975, the marquee in the video reads September 19, 20, 21 - Rush & UFO. Rush never played any shows with UFO on those dates in 1975, but they did in 1977. You can check out the video below or on YouTube at this location:

That's all for this week! Hopefully we'll have some official tour dates to discuss next week. Have a great weekend!

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Anthrax's cover of Rush's Anthem now available for streaming online
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UPDATE - 1/21@1:06PM: Reader kevin has uploaded the track to YouTube at this location.

UPDATE - 1/18@2:24PM: Ultimate Classic Rock has already reviewed the track, giving it an 8 out of 10 rating.

Anthrax cover of Rush's AnthemBack in April of last year we first heard that thrash metal pioneers Anthrax would be including a cover of Rush's Anthem on an upcoming tribute EP. The track is now available for streaming online at RollingStone.com at this location (thanks Brian C). The EP will be titled Anthems and be released on March 19th:

Perennial thrashers Anthrax are prepping the release of a new EP, Anthems, that will hit shelves on March 19th on Megaforce. It finds the group covering songs by some of their favorite artists, including Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak" and Boston's "Smokin.'"

Now you can take a listen to their thundering cover of Rush's "Anthem" done with a fresh, metal twist. "When I was first learning to play drums, I would strap on my headphones, play along with [Rush's live album All the World's a Stage] and be transformed," Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante tells Rolling Stone. "I remember talking with Cliff [Burton] and Kirk [Hammett of Metallica] back when we first met, and we all agreed how much of an influence Rush was on all of us. I don't [know] if you would hear anything that sounds like Rush in Anthrax's music, but the passion, the drive, the musicianship and the appreciation is all there."

You can listen to the track online at the RollingStone.com website here.

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Rare 1977 Alex Lifeson video interview
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Rush 1977 Portland with UFOA 35-year-old video interview with Alex Lifeson recently surfaced on YouTube which shows Alex Lifeson backstage giving a tour of his guitars to music journalist Buck Munger at the Paramount Theater in Portland, OR. Although the video is labeled as occurring in 1975, the marquee in the video reads September 19, 20, 21 - Rush & UFO. Rush never played any shows with UFO on those dates in 1975, but they did in 1977. You can check out the video below or on YouTube at this location (thanks Eric at Power Windows):

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Rush Backstage Club contest: win a signed tourbook
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Signed Clockwork Angels tourbookThe Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a Clockwork Angels tourbook signed by all 3 members of Rush. The contest closes on January 30th and only one entry per email address is allowed. For all the details and to enter go to this location.

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Rush Clockwork Angels Live tour DVD will NOT release in May
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Last week MusicTAP reported that Rush's planned Clockwork Angels Live tour DVD would be releasing this coming May 21st via Concord Records. To many - including myself - this release date seemed a bit early given that the Clockwork Angels tour would not be finishing up until later this Summer at the earliest. It turns out that our skepticism was warranted as MusicTap posted the following message to their website late yesterday (thanks Ryan):

If you're a Rush fan and were all excited about the date I laid out for you for the upcoming Clockwork Angels DVD, then I owe you an apology. It would appear that the DVD (untitled as of this point), is NOT scheduled for May 21.

One of the dangers in running a site like this is a bad date feed. Release dates may find their way into your mailbox, often by trusted resources. Usually you can run with them. For example, the 2112 Deluxe reissue announcement, which proved to be true. I received the info about the DVD from the same source, however, today, from a more trusted source, I was told that the DVD does not have a release date in place. I was told that it would be made available, likely in the Fall of this year, corresponding to a train of logical thought that played out in many Rush forums, rightly so as it turns out.

So, once again, apologies to Rush fans all over who marked their calendars in anticipation of a new concert DVD. I promise to deliver the correct date as SOON as it is made available to me.

So it now looks like the DVD will release sometime in the Fall as we had originally anticipated. Rush filmed both the Phoenix and Dallas shows this past November for the planned DVD release. Reports at the time indicated that the Dallas show would be the primary source for the film with the Phoenix footage used mainly as a backup. Last month Rush confirmed that they planned to extend the North American Clockwork Angels 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!

The mentioned official tour announcement should be coming later this week or early next week from what I've been able to gather. For all the latest tour rumor details check out this post.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Anthrax's Anthem covers EP due out in March
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UPDATE - 1/18@11:38AM: RollingStone.com has made the track available for streaming online at this location. The EP will be titled Anthems rather than Anthem and release on March 19th.

Back in April of last year we first heard that thrash metal pioneers Anthrax would be including a cover of Rush's Anthem on an upcoming tribute EP. According to Blabbermouth.net (thanks Mike O), the EP will be titled Anthem and is due out on March 18th. The EP will also include covers of Thin Lizzy's Jailbreak, AC/DC's TNT, Cheap Tricks' Big Eyes, Boston's Smokin' and Journey's Keep On Runnin'. This past August Artisan News Service sat down with Anthrax members Scott Ian and Frank Bello for an interview to discuss the EP and specifically the Anthem cover:

Scott Ian: It's songs that in some way, shape or form we've been playing or jamming on for our whole lives. Because you really don't want to have to work too hard on these things. Although the Rush song is a bit of a bitch. I can't say that's an easy one. But it's a song we all know and we're all familiar with. So then - of course - you take on the challenge of really trying to nail it and do it justice.

Frank Bello: Even the bass parts - I have to get every little part of Geddy down because I'm a fanatic with that stuff and I have to. I don't want to leave it. I'm still working on the little bits. It's great - I love it.

Rush was apparently made aware of the cover via drummer Charlie Benante's YouTube clip of him laying down the drum track:

Scott Ian: Charlie [Benante] bumped into Neil Peart at the Golden Gods Awards a few months ago and Neil actually said to Charlie, "yeah- we heard you guys were covering Anthem. That's so cool. We put the clip of you playing drums up on our website", or something like that. I swear to God - Charlie was like ... the light, the glow that was coming off of him after that. I've never seen anything quite like it.

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Alex Lifeson Hentor Sportscaster replicas now available
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Alex Lifeson Hentor SportscasterNiagara on the Lake luthier Freddy Gebrsek has received permission from Alex Lifeson to create and sell replicas of his Hentor Sportscaster which Alex used extensively during the early 1980s. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Grapes Under Pressure charity. From Gebresek's website:

Hello my fellow Rush fans! Alex Lifeson has given me permission to backwards engineer and meticulously blueprint his iconic Hentor Sportscaster so that I may make and sell accurate replicas. I have had the Hentor in my possession for about 6 months and have documented every property and detail of this amazing and unique sounding guitar. Alex's only stipulation was that for every guitar sold, a portion of the profit goes to his charity "Grapes Under Pressure". While in my possession over the last few months I made suggestions to Alex on upgrading the guitar. The Hentor now sports Dimarzio FS-1 single coils and I also fabricated a huge brass sustain block for the Floyd Rose, the biggest one I've seen and yet there is still a good amount of movement available. These two upgrades as well as others are listed in my OPTIONS category.

For all the details visit FreddysFrets.com. Thanks to Scott G for the heads up.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Now that 2013 is well underway the Rush news is starting to heat up, and foremost on fans' minds is the band's upcoming 2013 leg of the Clockwork Angels tour. Last month 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!

Since then we've been patiently waiting for the official tour date announcement, which hopefully should be just around the corner. The latest I've been hearing is that we can expect the announcement later next week or early the week after. Over this past weekend NJ classic rock station 105.5 WDHA announced on the air that there will be a Rush show at Radio City Music Hall later this year in addition to other NYC-area shows but didn't give any specific dates. And Chicago's WLUP made a similar on-air announcement earlier this week regarding an upcoming Chicago Rush show this year which I have since heard will take place on June 28th at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. I've also heard from reliable sources that Rush will be making a return to the Milwaukee Summerfest for a show around the 4th of July; they will be playing a show at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on May 11th; and they'll hit the BB&T Center (formerly the BankAtlantic Center) in Ft. Lauderdale on April 26th. Remember that these are just rumored dates; nothing is official until Rush makes the announcement. I'll be sure to post any further information as I learn it.

Speaking of the tour, just this morning MusicTAP reported that Rush's planned Clockwork Angels Live tour DVD will release this coming May 21st via Concord Records - much sooner than originally anticipated:

Another DVD planned for release is Clockwork Angels Live featuring Rush, planned for May 21 via Concord Records.

The report doesn't give any further details. Rush filmed both the Phoenix and Dallas shows this past November for the planned DVD release. Reports at the time indicated that the Dallas show would be the primary source for the film with the Phoenix footage used mainly as a backup. We hadn't really expected the release until the Fall, so this is welcome news. Although - as is typically the case - delays in the release date are likely, so we may not actually see it until sometime during the summer. And just last week the official Billboard Boxscore attendance and sales figures for all but one of the US dates on Rush's 2012 Clockwork Angels tour were released; only the Atlanta show numbers are still pending along with the 6 Canadian dates. 8 of the 28 shows reported were sell outs including Manchester, Bridgeport, Newark, Buffalo, San Jose, Universal City, Dallas and Houston. The highest-grossing date on the tour was the September 15th show in Chicago which grossed $1,113,292. The most-attended show was the sold out October 26th show in Buffalo where 13,215 fans filled the First Niagara Center. The total gross sales from these 28 shows comes out to just over $20.4 million. See the tour section for all the details. Earlier this week Pollstar released their list of the Top 200 North American Tours of 2012 and Rush's Clockwork Angels tour made the cut at #33 with a total gross of $27.2 million. Pollstar's number is larger than the total of the 28 shows reported by Boxscore, so they must also be including the missing Atlanta show and 6 Canadian dates somehow (either estimates or from some other source). You can view the entire Top 200 tours list at this location.

How I Met Your MotherThe Huffington Post reported earlier this week that several Canadian stars including Geddy Lee will make a guest appearance on the February 4th episode (Season 8, Episode 15: P.S. I Love You) of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother:

"How I Met Your Mother" is trotting out some very big Canadian stars for the return of Robin Sparkles on Monday, February 4. Alan Thicke, Alex Trebek, K.D. Lang and James Van Der Beek are just a few of the stars who will appear in the episode marking the return of Cobie Smulders in her Canadian pop star guise.

The full list of stars appearing on the show are listed in a video accompanying the article. How I Met Your Mother airs Monday nights at 8PM EST on CBS. One of the stars of the show is Jason Segel who also starred in the 2009 film I Love You Man where Rush made a guest appearance. It also looks like Geddy filmed his spot yesterday based on this photo that Rush posted to their Facebook page last night.

Rush 2112The 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition version of 2112 released back on December 18th 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 briefly propelled it back into the Billboard 200 during the week of its release, pushing it to #138; it has since dropped off the chart. 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. StereoBoard.com recently reviewed the album, giving it 4 out of 5 stars. You can check out their review at this location.

Audio Fidelity's Super Audio CD (SACD) version of Rush's Counterparts is now listed at Amazon with a release date of Tuesday, January 22nd and is available for pre-order. For more information visit the Audio Fidelity website.

The Catholic World Report staff recently posted their list of the best books of 2012 and Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels novelization made their list. Here's what they had to say:

As anyone in the rock world knows, Rush (the Canadian band, not the U.S. talk radio guy) released its best album in nearly thirty years, Clockwork Angels. This was not just another release, it was an event. In addition to the album (which has won numerous awards and accolades, even from the mainstream press) and an accompanying tour, Neil Peart, the Renaissance drummer and lyricist of the band, also released the full story of the album. Authored in its complete form by famed sci-fi legend, Kevin J. Anderson, Clockwork Angels: The Novel retells the story in full. Part pure adventure and part classical myth, the Anderson-Peart story is a fairy tale in the best sense of the word, Tolkienian and Chestertonian. I loved the album, and I think I loved the novel even more.

Speaking of the Clockwork Angels novel, on March 1st a special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition of the audiobook for 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.

Q104.3 The Year That Rocked: 2012A few weeks ago New York City's Q104.3 opened up voting for their first annual The Year That Rocked poll. Rush's Clockwork Angels was up for Classic Rock Album of the Year, and the associated tour was up for Best Live Performance. The results of the voting were released earlier this week and Rush ended up winning big in both categories. And as a reminder, 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. So make sure you go vote for Rush! Ultimate Classic Rock is also running their 2013 Ultimate Classic Rock Bowl bracket and Rush is pitted against Lynrd Skynyrd in round one.

Sean Murphy of PopMatters.com wrote a great essay on Rush's Permanent Waves album earlier this week titled Emotional Feedback on a Timeless Wavelength: Rush's 'Permanent Waves'. The album recently celebrated the 33rd anniversary of its January 1st, 1980 release. From the article:

... How unbelievably appropriate is it that Rush's Permanent Waves was released on January 1, 1980? In virtually every regard, this album ended the '70s (literally) and foreshadowed the fertile grounds (reggae, pop elements, concise arrangements) that Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart would spend the next decade expanding upon. Even though it will forever be overshadowed by the masterpiece that followed, Permanent Waves is, in many regards, the most important album Rush made. ...

Moving Signals and WavesBack in April of last year the Sonic Elements progressive rock project from Sonic Reality released a 5-song Rush tribute EP titled XYZ: A Tribute to Rush. The tracks on the EP were recorded using Sonic Reality's Neil Peart Drums, along with contributions from several well-known progressive rock musicians. Back in July we learned that Sonic Elements would be expanding the project with plans to release a full album's worth of Rush covers by the end of the summer titled Moving Signals and Waves. It obviously didn't release at the end of the summer as planned, but Kerzner recently posted this update to the Sonic Elements Facebook page which indicates that the release should be out soon:

Very pleased to have both Keith Emerson and Steve Hackett on the same song along with myself, Billy Sherwood and Neil Peart Drums for the upcoming Sonic Elements release "Moving Signals & Waves - A Tribute To Rush"! Neil Peart Drums being a sample library by Sonic Reality where his drum performances were captured by Nick Raskulinecz (Rush's producer). I think he'll be intrigued by the range of musicians from bands like Porcupine Tree, Alan Parsons Project, It Bites, Yes, ELP, Genesis, Triumph, Lo-Fi Resistance... many old and new prog-influenced players! A very special album that I'm wrapping up and turning in this month! Just sent Steve Hackett and Roger King the tracks to play to in their studio this coming week! That may be the last recording session for the album as the rest is in "mix mode". Ending with a bang!

Transporter: The SeriesLast week we learned that a version of Rush's Working Man is used as the opening theme to the new HBO TV series Transporter (based on The Transporter films). The show premiered in Germany on October 11th and kicked off on HBO Canada last Friday night. It premieres in the US this summer. The version of Working Man used is a new arrangement from Jamie Forsyth and sung by Danielle Armstrong. The English version of the opening credits was recently posted online and is a different, more rock-oriented arrangement featuring guitar samples rather than the electronic bleeps as heard in the German version. You can check out the full, minute-and-a-half opening sequence for the English version on YouTube at this location (thanks Billy H).

Alex Lifeson has been using custom Lerxst Omega amplifiers from MojoTone on the Clockwork Angels tour. According to this post at the MojoTone website, they in partnership with Alex will be offering these amps for sale later this year. The post also gives some background on how the amps came about along with Alex's reactions after using them:

"I am so blown away by the fantastic job you and your colleagues have done creating the Lerxst amp for me. We pulled the Marshall last night after A/B-ing the two. The tonal character is quite similar but the response of the Lerxst has greater immediacy, sustain and grip. It sounds so good!"

Reader and gymnastics fan LoganBruin was watching a recent college gymnastics meet between UCLA and Southern Utah and noticed that one of the gymnasts did her floor routine to Rush's Tom Sawyer. You can check out video of the routine at this location at about the 10:25 mark.

Rob O'Connor at the Yahoo! Music blog's List of the Day compiled a list of 25 seminal Rush tracks in celebration of the band's Rock Hall induction and upcoming 40th anniversary next year. You can check out his list at this location.

Back on November 20th of last year Rush was inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in a ceremony at the store's iconic Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Legendary DJ Jim Ladd gave a short speech introducing the band before they accepted the award and dipped their hands in the concrete. Earlier this week Guitar Center posted a new video covering the ceremony including a short, new 2-minute interview with the band conducted by Ladd. You can check out the interview below or on YouTube at this link:

Sometime yesterday evening the official Rush is a Band Twitter feed reached the 10,000 followers mark! Thanks everybody! If you haven't already done it, you can follow Rush is a Band on Twitter at @rushisaband, and also on Facebook here. That's it for this week. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Rush Clockwork Angels Live tour DVD to release in May
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UPDATE - 1/16@11:02AM: MusicTap has since reported that the DVD will NOT release in May, but instead will likely release in the Fall as originally anticipated (thanks Ryan):

MusicTAP is reporting that Rush's planned Clockwork Angels Live tour DVD will release this coming May 21st via Concord Records - much sooner than originally anticipated (thanks rtrushfan):

Another DVD planned for release is Clockwork Angels Live featuring Rush, planned for May 21 via Concord Records.

The report doesn't give any further details. Rush filmed both the Phoenix and Dallas shows this past November for the planned DVD release. Reports at the time indicated that the Dallas show would be the primary source for the film with the Phoenix footage used mainly as a backup. We hadn't really expected the release until the Fall, so this is welcome news. Last month Rush confirmed that they planned to extend the North American Clockwork Angels 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!

The mentioned official tour announcement should be coming later next week or early the following week from what I've been able to gather. For all the latest tour rumor details check out this post.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour rumor update
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UPDATE - 1/18@8:11PM: I'm now also hearing that Rush will be playing at the Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati on July 2nd.

Last month Rush confirmed that they planned to extend the North American Clockwork Angels 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!

Earlier in the week I speculated that the official tour announcement should be coming soon given that the tour will presumably begin in April. We'd also begun to hear some chatter on classic rock radio about tour dates this past weekend, which is also a good sign that official information is coming soon. Since then I've received some updated information along with a few more rumored tour stops so I thought I'd post another update. The latest I've been hearing is that we can expect the announcement later next week or early the week after. Over this past weekend NJ classic rock station 105.5 WDHA announced on the air that there will be a Rush show at Radio City Music Hall later this year in addition to other NYC-area shows but didn't give any specific dates. And Chicago's WLUP made a similar on-air announcement earlier this week regarding an upcoming Chicago-area Rush show which I have since heard will take place on June 28th at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. I've also heard from reliable sources that Rush will be making a return to the Milwaukee Summerfest for a show around the 4th of July; they will be playing a show at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on May 11th; and they'll hit the BB&T Center (formerly the BankAtlantic Center) in Ft. Lauderdale on April 26th. Remember that these are just rumored dates; nothing is official yet. I'll be sure to post any further information as I learn it.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Guitar Center RockWalk induction Rush interview posted
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Back on November 20th of last year Rush was inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in a ceremony at the store's iconic Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Legendary DJ Jim Ladd gave a short speech introducing the band before they accepted the award and dipped their hands in the concrete. This afternoon Guitar Center posted a new video covering the ceremony including a short, new 2-minute interview with the band conducted by Ladd. You can check out the interview below or on YouTube at this link (thanks rosmakloma):

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Rush's Clockwork Angels tour makes Pollstar's Top 200 North American Tours list
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Just last week the official Billboard Boxscore attendance and sales figures for all but one of the US dates on Rush's 2012 Clockwork Angels tour were released; only the Atlanta show numbers are still pending along with the 6 Canadian dates. 8 of the 28 shows reported were sell outs including Manchester, Bridgeport, Newark, Buffalo, San Jose, Universal City, Dallas and Houston. The highest-grossing date on the tour was the September 15th show in Chicago which grossed $1,113,292. The most-attended show was the sold out October 26th show in Buffalo where 13,215 fans filled the First Niagara Center. The total gross sales from these 28 shows comes out to just over $20.4 million. See the tour section for all the details. Yesterday Pollstar released their list of the Top 200 North American Tours of 2012 and Rush's Clockwork Angels tour made the cut at #33 with a total gross of $27.2 million. Pollstar's number is larger than the total of the 28 reported Boxscore shows, so they must also be including the missing Atlanta show and 6 Canadian dates somehow (either estimates or from some other source). You can view the entire Top 200 tours list at this location. Thanks to Sean for the heads up.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Geddy Lee to appear on How I Met Your Mother
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UPDATE - 2/2@4:08PM: On Thursday Hypable.com broke down the first promo video for the show that reveals some details about the episode's premise:

... The promo promises that we'll see how the Canadian teen sensation Robin Sparkles went from pop princess to queen of darkness! The episode will show us a mockumentary showing Robin's fall from grace, which will include appearances by a lot of big name Canadian stars.

The episode will feature James Van Der Beek, Jason Priestley, Alan Thicke, Paul Shaffer, Alex Trebek, K.D. Lang, former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page, Rush frontman Geddy Lee, and former Canadian hockey player Luc Robitaille. ...

Then today they released another promotional video showing clips from the mockumentary show mentioned above. The show is a take-off on VH1's Behind the Music called Underneath the Tunes. The promo talks about the day when the dark side of Robin Sparkles was revealed, and depicts Geddy Lee at about the 15-second mark saying, "a little piece of Canada died that day". You can watch the promo below or on YouTube at this location (thanks Mark):

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UPDATE - 1/11@9:36AM: It looks like Geddy filmed his spot yesterday based on this photo that Rush posted to their Facebook page last night.

How I Met Your MotherThe Huffington Post reported earlier this evening that several Canadian stars including Geddy Lee will make a guest appearance on the February 4th episode (Season 8, Episode 15: P.S. I Love You) of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother:

"How I Met Your Mother" is trotting out some very big Canadian stars for the return of Robin Sparkles on Monday, February 4. Alan Thicke, Alex Trebek, K.D. Lang and James Van Der Beek are just a few of the stars who will appear in the episode marking the return of Cobie Smulders in her Canadian pop star guise.

The full list of stars appearing on the show are listed in a video accompanying the article. How I Met Your Mother airs Monday nights at 8PM EST on CBS. One of the stars of the show is Jason Segel who also starred in the 2009 film I Love You Man where Rush made a guest appearance. Thanks to Steve B for the heads up.

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Rush Counterparts SACD now available for pre-order
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UPDATE - 2/8@10:12AM: The release date has once again been pushed back; the new release date is Tuesday, March 5th (thanks Scott G).

UPDATE - 1/16@10:36AM: It looks like the release date has now been pushed back to February 19th (thanks robertrobyn).

Back in November we learned that Audio Fidelity would be releasing a Super Audio CD (SACD) version of Rush's Counterparts. It was originally supposed to release last month but was delayed. The SACD is now listed at Amazon with a release date of Tuesday, January 22nd and is available for pre-order. For more information visit the Audio Fidelity website. Thanks to robertrobyn for the heads up.

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Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour announcement coming soon?
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UPDATE - 1/10@2:00PM: I've just heard that the Chicago show will take place on June 28th at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, and that the Atlantic City show will be on May 11th.

UPDATE - 1/9@10:25AM: I'm also hearing now that Rush will be making an appearance at the Trump Taj Mahal Arena (Mark Etess Arena) in Atlantic City on the Spring leg. It now also looks like there won't be an official announcement until the early part of the week after next.

Last month 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!

Since then we've been patiently waiting for the official tour date announcement, and now that the Holidays are over that announcement should be just around the corner. As a matter of fact, over the weekend NJ classic rock station 105.5 WDHA announced on the air that there will be a Rush show at Radio City Music Hall later this year in addition to other NYC-area shows (thanks jeffb2112) but didn't give any specific dates. And reader Kristy reports that Chicago's WLUP recently made a similar on-air announcement regarding an upcoming Chicago Rush show this year. I've also heard from a reliable source that Rush will be making a return to the Milwaukee Summerfest for a show as well - likely right around the 4th of July (thanks dinorush). Judging by how events have played out around past Rush tour announcements, once the radio stations start chattering about the upcoming shows, that usually means that an official announcement will be coming within the next week or two. Also, with the tour likely starting in mid-April given that the European leg begins in late May, they pretty much have to make an announcement within the next few weeks. For reference, the 2008 leg of the Snakes & Arrows tour also began in mid-April with the official announcement on Friday, January 18 of that year. If they hold to a similar schedule we'll get the announcement either this weekend or next, so stay tuned!

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Rush wins in Q104.3's The Year that Rocked: 2012 poll
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Q104.3 The Year That Rocked: 2012A few weeks ago New York City's Q104.3 opened up voting for their first annual The Year That Rocked poll. Rush's Clockwork Angels was up for Classic Rock Album of the Year, and the associated tour was up for Best Live Performance. Rush ended up winning big in both categories. You can check out the full results online at this location (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). And don't forget that 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. So make sure you go vote for Rush!

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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There wasn't all that much Rush news happening over this past week as we said goodbye to 2012 and rang in the new year of 2013. The big item to report was the release of the official Billboard Boxscore attendance and sales figures for the 2012 Clockwork Angels tour on Wednesday. Figures for 28 of the 29 US dates were released; numbers for the Atlanta show along with the 6 Canadian dates are still pending. Eight shows reported were sell outs including Manchester, Bridgeport, Newark, Buffalo, San Jose, Universal City, Dallas and Houston. The highest-grossing date on the tour was the September 15th show in Chicago which grossed $1,113,292. The most-attended show was the sold out October 26th show in Buffalo where 13,215 fans filled the First Niagara Center. You can check out all the details in the tour section.

With the close of 2012 this past week, the flurry of end-of-year best of lists continued and Rush's Clockwork Angels album racked up a few more accolades. Classic Rock magazine released their list of the Top 40 albums of 2012 on Wednesday and Rush's Clockwork Angels topped the list at #1. Here's what they had to say:

In a year that has a special resonance for Rush, promoters offered big money for a tour based on the band's landmark 70s album 2112. But rather than trade on the past, Rush moved forward with their most ambitious project to date: a first full concept album, and a genuine late-career masterpiece.

Geddy Lee tells Classic Rock: ""I think this album really sounds like Rush, the essence of who we are. One of the things we agreed up early was, 'Let's write a trio's album.' We wanted to have moments where it was just the three of us playing the way we play onstage.

"We had so many jams on the last tour where we allowed ourselves to freeform a bit. We enjoyed it so much that I said to the guys after the tour, 'Let's try to be that band on the next record.' It feels so essential, and it's what we're about."

Scott Deitche of BlogCritics.org included 2 songs from the album on his Favorite Songs of 2012 list; The Garden at #15 and The Wreckers at #1. Zoiks! Online listed the album at #5 on their Best of 2012 list, saying the following:

I could have easily left Rush off this list and grouped them with Aerosmith and Van Halen, but they released essentially a "2112" for my generation. It's not some half ass effort either it's a full on prog rock concept album that I thought I'd never get from Rush. I'm only 33, so when I discovered the old Rush classic prog rock records they had already been around for like 20 years. With "Clockwork Angels" it felt like they made it for my generation of Rush fans. How many "classic rock" bands release music that you can hold up against their greatest works? Well Rush did just that with "Clockwork Angels." I'm sure to get several comments burying me for this not being number 1.

Rush and their Clockwork Angels album were also mentioned as one of the high notes of the year in a New Orleans Times-Picayune article titled 2012 trends and moments in music: A tour of the year's high and low notes.

Rush 2112The 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition version of 2112 released back on December 18th 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 briefly propelled it back into the Billboard 200 during the week of its release, pushing it to #138; it has since dropped off the chart. 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. Rolling Stone magazine included a review of the Deluxe Edition in their latest edition where they gave it 4 out of 5 stars. And NOW Toronto magazine placed 2112 at number 6 on their list of The 50 Best Toronto Albums Ever.

Rockabye Baby! is a record label that releases CDs of popular rock bands' music transformed into lullaby music for babies and parents. Yesterday we learned that they'll be releasing a CD of lullaby renditions of Rush songs on Tuesday, January 29th. The CD contains lullaby versions of 12 Rush classics including Tom Sawyer, The Spirit of Radio, Limelight and more. You can listen to preview clips of all 12 tracks online at this location and pre-order your copy on Amazon here.

Mix Magazine Rush feature - photo by Steve JenningsRush's Clockwork Angels tour road crew is the subject of a feature article in the latest issue of Mix magazine online. Several members of the crew were interviewed at Rush's Anaheim show this past November including front-of-house engineer Brad Madix, monitor engineer Brent Carpenter, guitar tech Scott Appleton, bass tech John Skully McIntosh, and keyboard tech Tony Geranios. You can check out the feature online at this location. Guitar tech Scott Appleton was also one of three guitar techs profiled for this recent Toronto Globe and Mail article.

We learned last year that Neil Peart is one of several drummers featured in Jay Bulger's documentary on legendary drummer Ginger Baker - Beware of Mr. Baker. According to WFJA Classic Hits 105.5 the documentary will be screened in select US theaters later this month. Speaking of Neil, Modern Drummer has opened up voting for its 2013 Readers Poll. Neil Peart is up for voting in several of the categories, so go vote for Neil!

Transporter: The SeriesThis report from The Canadian Press from Wednesday indicated that a version of Rush's Working Man is used as the opening theme to the new HBO TV series Transporter (based on The Transporter films). The show premiered in Germany on October 11th and will kick off on HBO Canada tonight. It premieres in the US this summer. The version of Working Man used is a new, barely recognizable electronica arrangement from Jamie Forsyth and sung by Danielle Armstrong as heard in this video of the opening sequence.

That's all for this very first 2013 edition of the Friday Updates and other random Rush stuff. Have a wonderful weekend and a great 2013 everybody!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Rush road crew featured in new Mix magazine article
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Mix Magazine Rush feature - photo by Steve JenningsRush's Clockwork Angels tour road crew is the subject of a feature article in the latest issue of Mix magazine online. Several members of the crew were interviewed at Rush's Anaheim show this past November including front-of-house engineer Brad Madix, monitor engineer Brent Carpenter, guitar tech Scott Appleton, bass tech John Skully McIntosh, and keyboard tech Tony Geranios. You can check out the feature online at this location (thanks Scott G). Guitar tech Scott Appleton was also one of three guitar techs profiled for this recent Toronto Globe and Mail article.

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Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Rush available for pre-order
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Rockabye Baby! is a record label that releases CDs of popular rock bands' music transformed into lullaby music for babies and parents. They'll be releasing a CD of lullaby renditions of Rush songs on Tuesday, January 29th. The CD contains lullaby versions of 12 Rush classics including Tom Sawyer, The Spirit of Radio, Limelight and more. You can listen to preview clips of all 12 tracks online at this location and pre-order your copy on Amazon here.

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Version of Rush's Working Man used in opening theme of Transporter: The Series
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UPDATE - 1/10@10:35AM: Here's the full minute-and-a-half opening sequence for the English version of the show which features a much longer version of the track (thanks Billy H). This arrangement of the track is also a different, more rock-oriented arrangement featuring guitar samples rather than the electronic bleeps as heard in the German version.

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UPDATE - 1/5@3:50PM: Here's a German trailer for the series that uses a longer version of the track as the backing music (thanks Chris from Calgary).

UPDATE - 1/3@11:42AM: According to cinema journalist Thierry Attard (thanks RushFanForever), the woman singing is Danielle Armstrong.

Transporter: The SeriesThis report from The Canadian Press from yesterday indicates that a version of Rush's Working Man is used as the opening theme to the new HBO TV series Transporter (based on The Transporter films). The show premiered in Germany on October 11th and will kick off on HBO Canada tomorrow night. It premieres in the US this summer. The version of Working Man used is a new, barely recognizable electronica arrangement from Jamie Forsyth with a woman singing as heard in this video.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Rush Clockwork Angels tour official attendance and sales figures
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UPDATE - 1/14@12:07PM: I now have the November 1st Atlanta show numbers (thanks Sean):

Thu, November 1: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Alpharetta, GA
Attendance / Capacity: 12,086 / 12,086 SOLD OUT
Gross Ticket Sales: $$926,850

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The official Billboard Boxscore attendance and sales figures for all but one of the US dates on Rush's 2012 Clockwork Angels tour were released today; only the Atlanta show numbers are still pending along with the 6 Canadian dates. 8 of the 28 shows reported were sell outs including Manchester, Bridgeport, Newark, Buffalo, San Jose, Universal City, Dallas and Houston. The highest-grossing date on the tour was the September 15th show in Chicago which grossed $1,113,292. The most-attended show was the sold out October 26th show in Buffalo where 13,215 fans filled the First Niagara Center. Note that the capacity figures reported do not always correspond to the actual physical capacity of the venue, but instead reflect the number of tickets that were made available for sale. I've already added the numbers to the tour section and have also listed them below.

Fri, September 7: Verizon Wireless Arena - Manchester, NH
Attendance / Capacity: 8,137 / 8,137 SOLD OUT
Gross Ticket Sales: $608,383

Sun, September 9: Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
Attendance / Capacity: 10,345 / 12,822
Gross Ticket Sales: $757,162

Tue, September 11: CONSOL Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
Attendance / Capacity: 8,655 / 10,268
Gross Ticket Sales: $507,952

Thu, September 13: Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
Attendance / Capacity: 7,303 / 10,899
Gross Ticket Sales: $489,034

Sat, September 15: United Center - Chicago, IL
Attendance / Capacity: 11,307 / 12,130
Gross Ticket Sales: $1,113,292

Tue, September 18: The Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MI
Attendance / Capacity: 8,238 / 13,485
Gross Ticket Sales: $616,595

Thu, September 20: Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
Attendance / Capacity: 8,611 / 10,204
Gross Ticket Sales: $587,173

Sat, September 22: Scottrade Center - St. Louis, MO
Attendance / Capacity: 10,772 / 10,942
Gross Ticket Sales: $790,134

Mon, September 24: Target Center - Minneapolis, MN
Attendance / Capacity: 8,013 / 10,652
Gross Ticket Sales: $561,972

Wed, October 10: Webster Bank Arena - Bridgeport, CT
Attendance / Capacity: 7,339 / 7,339 SOLD OUT
Gross Ticket Sales: $650,355

Fri, October 12: Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA
Attendance / Capacity: 11,885 / 12,810
Gross Ticket Sales: $943,272

Sat, October 20: Prudential Center - Newark, NJ
Attendance / Capacity: 12,139 / 12,139 SOLD OUT
Gross Ticket Sales: $1,022,913

Mon, October 22: Barclays Center - Brooklyn, NY
Attendance / Capacity: 9,904 / 10,815
Gross Ticket Sales: $870,736

Wed, October 24: TD Garden - Boston, MA
Attendance / Capacity: 9,861 / 10,031
Gross Ticket Sales: $841,953

Fri, October 26: First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY
Attendance / Capacity: 13,215 / 13,215 SOLD OUT
Gross Ticket Sales: $831,239

Sun, October 28: Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, OH
Attendance / Capacity: 8,025 / 10,383
Gross Ticket Sales: $594,890

Tue, October 30: Time Warner Cable Arena - Charlotte, NC
Attendance / Capacity: 7,523 / 10,095
Gross Ticket Sales: $541,143

Sat, November 3: 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL
Attendance / Capacity: 10,567 / 11,542
Gross Ticket Sales: $720,653

Tue, November 13: KeyArena - Seattle, WA
Attendance / Capacity: 9,793 / 10,199
Gross Ticket Sales: $823,060

Thu, November 15: HP Pavilion - San Jose, CA
Attendance / Capacity: 10,719 / 10,719 SOLD OUT
Gross Ticket Sales: $846,843

Sat, November 17: Honda Center - Anaheim, CA
Attendance / Capacity: 9,065 / 10,102
Gross Ticket Sales: $761,265

Mon, November 19: Gibson Amphitheatre - Universal City, CA
Attendance / Capacity: 5,981 / 5,981 SOLD OUT
Gross Ticket Sales: $706,342

Wed, November 21: Vally View Casino - San Diego, CA
Attendance / Capacity: 7,065 / 10,101
Gross Ticket Sales: $359,321

Fri, November 23: MGM Grand Hotel - Las Vegas, NV
Attendance / Capacity: 7,847 / 10,006
Gross Ticket Sales: $839,405

Sun, November 25: US Airways Center - Phoenix, AZ
Attendance / Capacity: 8,858 / 10,121
Gross Ticket Sales: $604,667

Wed, November 28: American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX
Attendance / Capacity: 10,509 / 10,509 SOLD OUT
Gross Ticket Sales: $764,483

Fri, November 30: AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX
Attendance / Capacity: 9,396 / 10,150
Gross Ticket Sales: $742,544

Sun, December 2: Toyota Center - Houston, TX
Attendance / Capacity: 11,091 / 11,091 SOLD OUT
Gross Ticket Sales: $904,931

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[Interview with Clockwork Angels String Ensemble violinist and concert master Joel Derouin]
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Rush's Clockwork Angels tops Classic Rock's list of the Top 40 albums of 2012
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Classic Rock magazine has released their list of the Top 40 albums of 2012 and Rush's Clockwork Angels topped the list at #1. Here's what they had to say:

In a year that has a special resonance for Rush, promoters offered big money for a tour based on the band's landmark 70s album 2112. But rather than trade on the past, Rush moved forward with their most ambitious project to date: a first full concept album, and a genuine late-career masterpiece.

Geddy Lee tells Classic Rock: ""I think this album really sounds like Rush, the essence of who we are. One of the things we agreed up early was, 'Let's write a trio's album.' We wanted to have moments where it was just the three of us playing the way we play onstage.

"We had so many jams on the last tour where we allowed ourselves to freeform a bit. We enjoyed it so much that I said to the guys after the tour, 'Let's try to be that band on the next record.' It feels so essential, and it's what we're about."

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

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