Archive: Blog Entries from April, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Geddy Lee talks Rock Hall induction in new interview with The Independent
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Geddy Lee at Rock Hall inductionIn the lead-up to Rush's upcoming UK tour, a short, new interview with Geddy Lee appears in today's edition of The Independent. Geddy talks about the band's recent Rock Hall induction and why it took so long:

... "For years, I think it was almost taboo for people to acknowledge the influence of such a freak-flag band as Rush," ... "More recently, there's been a maturing of our audience into positions of success and power." ... Lee's unusually high voice has also made things tricky at times, one critic famously describing him as sounding like "a chipmunk on acid". "'The damned howling in Hades' was another one," the singer laughs, "but it suited what we were doing back then and I was never going to change that. The gibes were painful at first; I'm a human being. I just grew a thick skin and learnt to accept that my voice is part of what makes Rush unique." ...

In closing, Lee explains Rush's longevity:

... "We've been able to sin in silence, and fortunately whatever transgressions there have been have slipped by relatively unnoticed," he says. "We all have healthy relationships, and there's something in our nature that's not for quitting, whether it's a band or a marriage. Maybe it's a Canadian thing."

You can read the entire article/interview online here.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Win a baseball autographed by Geddy Lee at the Toronto Blue Jays Rock & Roll Music Night May 2nd
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Geddy Lee autographed baseballThis coming Thursday, May 2nd is Rock & Roll Music Night when the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Boston Red Sox at Toronto's Rogers Centre. Fans will have the opportunity to take part in fun activities, enjoy rock & roll music and win great prizes - one of which is a baseball signed by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Blue Jays season ticket holder Geddy Lee. Visit the Toronto Blue Jays website here for details. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up and the image.

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Rush Rock Hall induction commemorative t-shirt now available for pre-order at the Rush Backstage Club
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Rush Rock Hall t-shirtThe Rush Backstage Club now has the Rush Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction commemorative t-shirt that was sold at the ceremony available for pre-order on their website. From the Rush Backstage Club website:

The Rush Hall Of Fame Black Tee features a design to commemorate RUSH's 2013 induction into the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Featuring a front print that reads "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2013" and the Rush Original logo and a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame logo printed on the right sleeve. 100% knit cotton.

The projected ship date for the t-shirts is May 13th. You can pre-order yours here.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Orlando open thread
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UPDATE - 4/29@9:59AM: Official photos from last night's show have been posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 4/29@8:28AM: Here's a review from the Orlando Sentinel's Jim Abbott (thanks Dave W).

UPDATE - 4/29@7:03AM: The final setlist was Night B - version 3 (thanks bobatchison2112).

UPDATE - 4/28@11:42PM: Look likes the played either Night B - version 3 or Night B - version 6; I'm still trying to verify which.

UPDATE - 4/28@9:11PM: They are well into the first set and it looks like they are following a Night B setlist although it's not yet clear what version we'll end up with (thanks starf88).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush plays the second of their 2 Florida shows this weekend when they take the Clockwork Angels tour to the Amway Center in Orlando tonight for tour stop #3. The band played 2 slightly different versions of their Night A setlist for the first 2 shows of the tour, so there's no telling which of the many Night A or Night B variations they'll play tonight. For everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe and be sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. RUUSSSHHHH!!

Date/Time: Sunday, April 28th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 3
Venue: Amway Center
Place: Orlando, FL

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Ft. Lauderdale open thread
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UPDATE - 4/29@10:16AM: Here's a gallery of photos posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 4/29@7:03AM: Here's a review from Boca Raton magazine.

UPDATE - 4/27@9:31AM: Official photos from the show have been posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 4/26@11:30PM: The show is over and the final setlist was Night A - version 3. Many thanks for the live updates from marv3240 who also uploaded a bunch of photos to the tour gallery.

UPDATE - 4/26@10:49PM: They are finishing up the 2nd set and it now looks like Night A - version 3.

UPDATE - 4/26@9:35PM: They are still following Night A - version 1 3 songs into the 2nd set. Also of note - there are only 7 members in the string section tonight; Joel Derouin is not present.

UPDATE - 4/26@8:43PM: Almost through the first set and they are following Night A - version 1 (and versions 2, 3 and 5) so far. Thanks to marv3240 for the live updates!

UPDATE - 4/26@8:28PM: Although they were due to play a Night B set, through 6 songs they seem to be following some of their early Night A sets from last tour (thanks marv3240). Nothing that wasn't already played on the 2012 leg though. So we might get yet another version of the set tonight.

Rush buses in Ft. LauderdaleRush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush takes the Clockwork Angels tour machine to the Sunshine State of Florida tonight for show #2 on the 2013 tour where they'll be playing the BB&T Center in Ft. Lauderdale. Reader Ronjul21121 sent along some photographic evidence that the Rush buses are in the house! (see above) Rush is due to play some version of their Night B setlist but it's always possible they might shake things up a little. If there are any major deviations or surprises to the set, I'll be sure to post them here. For everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe and be sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us.

Date/Time: Friday, April 26th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 2
Venue: BB&T Center
Place: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Blah, blah, blahTo say that the last couple of weeks have been a busy time for Rush would be grossly understating things. Last Thursday, April 18th the band was FINALLY inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Rush and their fans completely took over the night, overshadowing the other inductees and putting on yet another incredible performance. If you weren't able to attend the ceremony, HBO in the US and Canada will be broadcasting an edited, 2-hour version on May 18th. There's also plenty of video floating around YouTube. For full coverage of the event including videos, photos, fan reports, interviews and more - check out this post. In addition to the induction, this past Tuesday, April 23rd the band kicked off the 2013 leg of their Clockwork Angels tour to a very enthusiastic crowd in Austin, TX. As anticipated, the band didn't shake things up with the setlist or visuals at all and kept things the same as on the 2012 leg, performing their Night A (version 4) setlist. They'll take the Caravan to Florida this weekend for shows number 2 and 3; tonight they'll be in Ft. Lauderdale then they'll head to Orlando on Sunday. The 2013 leg of the tour will consist of 37 shows in total, including a 10-date stint in Europe, and will wrap up on August 4th in Kansas City. As if all this wasn't enough, the band was also awarded the Juno for Rock Album of the Year for Clockwork Angels this past weekend, and the band along with a few other Canadian artists will be featured in a Canadian Recording Artist stamp series this coming July. Now that the induction ceremony is over and everyone has probably watched all the YouTube videos multiple times, I thought that for my next poll I'd ask everyone what they thought was the highlight of the induction ceremony. Take the poll and let us know.

There were a countless number of interviews, articles and radio specials leading up to Rush's induction last week. They were featured in an hour-long special on the nationally-syndicated radio program Off the Record with Joe Benson, and also on In the Studio with Redbeard. Alex and Geddy also participated in a number of interviews in the week before the induction; they were interviewed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Hamilton Spectator, the Toronto Sun, USA Today, the Village Voice, and Billboard Magazine to name a few. The pair also attended a Q&A session at a special screening of Beyond the Lighted Stage at ArcLight Cinema in Los Angeles 2 days before the induction. The Toronto Star released a special e-dispatch story on Rush titled Rush: An Oral History the day of the induction which can be purchased at this location. Toronto Star journalist Vinay Menon conducted separate and lengthy interviews with all 3 band members, their parents and wives, record execs, producers, management and more; you can check out an excerpt online here. And Ann Hoevel wrote this great piece for CNN.com that was featured on their home page last Thursday which includes interview segments from Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Chris McDonald and yours truly (also a photo of my son and I meeting Alex and Geddy!).

The latest issue of Prog magazine went on sale last week, and the issue contains a 14-page Rush cover feature which includes 45 stories from 45 incredible years together. There are a lot of interesting bits of trivia and tales from the band's early days that not every Rush fan may have heard about. Geddy Lee also finally addresses claims by The Runaways that Rush were jerks to them when they opened for Rush back in 1977, as was dramatized in the movie biopic The Runaways. Jett said the following in a 2010 interview with JAM! Music:

... Joan Jett says members of Rush were anything but polite Canucks when the Runaways opened for them in the 1970s. In the new film biopic about the band titled The Runaways, Jett (played by Kristen Stewart) is derided by an unidentified rock group they're opening for. She later retaliates by breaking into their dressing room and urinating on one of their guitars. Jett doesn't hesitate to identify the real-life inspiration for the scene. "Rush! They sat on the side of the stage and laughed at us," Jett says. "That sort of stuff pisses me off." ...

Here's what Geddy had to say about it:

"The Runaways had a ginormous chip on their shoulders. I remember that show. We had trouble with our gear so our soundcheck got delayed and The Runaways never got one. But we were always good to whoever was opening for us. We had no bias against them because they were girls - none of that bullshit. I know they said that we were laughing at them when they played, but quite frankly they were too shitty to listen to. And 40 years later they have a story to tell about it. Who knew?"

A special, limited edition hardback version of the issue is also available which contains an additional 12 pages of Rush coverage.

Classic Rock June 2013A new interview with Neil Peart is featured in the June, 2013 issue of Classic Rock magazine. Classic Rock posted an excerpt from the interview online earlier today and Neil discusses how he still feels totally betrayed by an NME journalist who interviewed him back in 1977. He goes on to describe his current political philosophy:

... "I believe in taxation and health care that is outside the usual libertarian mandate, because I don't want people to have to suffer. It's as simple as that. If people are suffering and I can help, I want to. But here's the difference between being an idealist and a realist. Idealistically, I believe that we should help people. But realistically, do I think that government will do that? No."... "[Libertarianism is] enlightened self-interest. Free will. I've lived in the US for the last 10 years, and I wanted there to be a health care system. The little bit that there is, it's a wonderful thing. So that's an example of what I consider enlightened self-interest. That's why I'm a bleeding-heart libertarian. "Paul Theroux said: 'A cynic is a disappointed idealist.' But I'm not a cynic. I'm not disappointed. I've just broadened my idealism." ...

John at Cygnus-X1.net has a pdf scan of the entire article available on his website.

Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007Rush The Complete Mercury YearsThis coming May 14th iTunes will be releasing 2 digital-only Rush collections; Rush The Complete Mercury Years and Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007. Rush The Complete Mercury Years will contain Rush's complete Mercury catalog (all their albums up through A Show of Hands) for $79.99, including the new 2112 Deluxe Edition and the 2008 Working Man compilation. Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 will contain the entire Atlantic-era Rush studio catalog (Presto through Snakes & Arrows) for $49.99. Both collections are digital only and mastered for iTunes.

Planet RockUK digital radio station Planet Rock is running a contest where you could win a pair of front row tickets and meet and greet passes to one of the 5 upcoming UK Rush tour dates. From the Planet Rock website:

Rush will be hitting the UK in May as part of their Clockwork Angels tour, and we are giving you the chance to get up close and personal by winning front row tickets! We have pairs of tickets to give away for all five gig dates which include a meet and greet with the band! ... All next week, our resident Rush expert, Darren Redick, will be playing you Rush songs on-air. What makes this different from every other week, is that each song will be given a special twist when it is played out around 5pm. Darren will be adding his own unique musical flavour to each song by playing guitar, bass, keyboards, or possibly even singing! ... When you hear the Darren Redick remix of the Rush song, just text 81400 starting with the word PLANET.* Darren will then call three people, who will go head to head in a rock quiz. Whoever is crowned winner will win a pair of front-row seats to see Rush! ...

You can get all the details and listen live to Planet Rock at the Planet Rock website.

Casey's Irish Pub Rush Rock Hall induction pre-partyAuthor, Rush fan and RIAB reader Phil Simon kicked off a new Kickstarter project this morning which aims to publish a non-fiction book by Rush fans for Rush fans. The idea came upon him at a Casey's Irish Pub pre-party for the Rock Hall Induction last week in Los Angeles as Phil explains here:

... I got the idea to let everyone introduce themselves on stage. Pretty basic stuff: name, location, and favorite Rush moment. ... This got my big brain thinking. What about a book by Rush fans for Rush fans? ... My goal here is to create a professional book with amazing stories from people with the same Rush moderation issues as yours truly. ...

The project is tentatively titled Modern-Day Warriors: Inspirational Stories of Rush Fans and aims to raise $20,000 over the next month to kick it off. This sounds like a great idea and if anybody can pull it off, Phil can - especially with help from a legion of Rush fans. Besides being a huge Rush fan, Phil Simon is a sought-after speaker, author of five books, and a recognized technology expert - so he does know a good bit about book publishing. For all the details and to contribute to the project, visit the project's Kickstarter page.

April 2013 SkySinger/rapper/producer Cee Lo Green was interviewed for the cover feature in the April issue of Delta's Sky magazine and mentions Rush's Moving Pictures when discussing the current state of the music industry, art and product placement:

... "There's a difference between art and product," ... "Maybe I can help make art product again. You know what I'm saying? It once was. Is Rush's Moving Pictures not art? You feeling me? Where are those progressive bands anymore? Why isn't it allowed? It's almost a conspiracy, if you ask me." ...

RushCon 13The folks at RushCon recently revealed that author Martin Popoff will be appearing at the convention to present his new book Rush: The Illustrated History which releases on May 15th. Martin will also sign and sell his collection of Rush related books. The 13th annual RushCon will be held in Toronto on July 5-7th, 2013 to coincide with the Rush concert in Hamilton, ON on July 6th. The convention will consist of 3 days of Rush-filled events, including a Friday night opening mixer with a private tour of Massey Hall, a Saturday day trip to Lakeside Park, the Rush show in Hamilton Saturday night, an Anthem Records tour on Sunday, a full day of convention events at the Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday, and a private party at the Orbit Room Sunday night! You can register now online at this location. For all the details just go to RushCon.org, and be sure to follow RushCon on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all the latest RushCon news.

Guitar signed by Rush - Julien's Music Icons 2013 AuctionA black Fender Stratocaster electric guitar signed by Rush will be up for bidding in the Julien's 2013 Music Icons Auction next month. The guitar was signed by all three members of Rush using a blue pen with the additional messages of Thanks For the Gifts from Geddy Lee and Hi from Alex Lifeson. The guitar also has a Rush sticker affixed to the body. The auction will take place live and online on Saturday, May 18th at the Hard Rock Cafe Times Square in New York City. A free public exhibition will be in place at the Hard Rock Cafe the week leading up to the auction. For all the details visit the Julien's website.

Rush will be hitting the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville this coming Wednesday, May 1st and Rush Fans of Tennessee will be hosting their 4th annual pre-show party at McFadden's restaurant from 3-6PM. There will be Rush karaoke and a Prophetic Robe contest. Fans must RSVP and passes are required to attend. For all the details visit the Rush Fans of Tennessee website.

On Wednesday Rush released a short, 2:45-minute mini-documentary of Tuesday night's show in Austin to promote the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour. The video features footage of fans before, during and after the show along with video of the band playing on stage. There are no real setlist spoilers, but it does have footage of the stage set-up. You can watch the video below or on YouTube here.

That's all for this week. Have fun seeing Rush this weekend Florida Rush fans!

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New Kickstarter project: a non-fiction book by Rush fans for Rush fans
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UPDATE - 5/2@1:30PM: Looks like this project is having some trouble getting off the ground. Good idea but perhaps it needs a different approach.

Casey's Irish Pub Rush Rock Hall induction pre-partyAuthor, Rush fan and RIAB reader Phil Simon has kicked off a new Kickstarter project which aims to publish a non-fiction book by Rush fans for Rush fans. The idea came upon him at a Casey's Irish Pub pre-party for the Rock Hall Induction last week in Los Angeles as Phil explains here:

... I got the idea to let everyone introduce themselves on stage. Pretty basic stuff: name, location, and favorite Rush moment. ... This got my big brain thinking. What about a book by Rush fans for Rush fans? ... My goal here is to create a professional book with amazing stories from people with the same Rush moderation issues as yours truly. ...

The project is tentatively titled Modern-Day Warriors: Inspirational Stories of Rush Fans and aims to raise $20,000 over the next month to kick it off. This sounds like a great idea and if anybody can pull it off, Phil can - especially with help from a legion of Rush fans. Besides being a huge Rush fan, Phil Simon is a sought-after speaker, author of five books, and a recognized technology expert - so he does know a good bit about book publishing. For all the details and to contribute to the project, visit the project's Kickstarter page. Here's a video of Phil explaining the project:

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Guitar signed by Rush up for bidding in Julien's 2013 Music Icons Auction
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Guitar signed by Rush - Julien's Music Icons 2013 AuctionA black Fender Stratocaster electric guitar signed by Rush will be up for bidding in the Julien's 2013 Music Icons Auction next month. The guitar was signed by all three members of Rush using a blue pen with the additional messages of Thanks For the Gifts from Geddy Lee and Hi from Alex Lifeson. The guitar also has a Rush sticker affixed to the body. The auction will take place live and online on Saturday, May 18th at the Hard Rock Cafe Times Square in New York City. A free public exhibition will be in place at the Hard Rock Cafe the week leading up to the auction. For all the details visit the Julien's website.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Rush releases promotional tour video featuring Austin footage to YouTube
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Rush promotional videoRush has released a short, 2:45 mini-documentary of last night's show in Austin to promote the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour. The video features footage of fans before, during and after the show along with video of the band playing on stage. There are no real setlist spoilers, but it does have footage of the stage set-up. You can watch the video below or on YouTube here.

Rush has really stepped up their game this tour in terms of utilizing social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Go Rush!

Related Posts:
[Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour opening night in Austin open thread]
[Clockwork Angels 2013 tourbook now available at the Rush Backstage Club]
[Rush Backstage Club contest: Win a Rush meet & greet!]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour concert video to release September 24th]
[Rush Clockwork Angels official Summer tour date announcement]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour official tour dates; Halifax and Hamilton]
[Rush Spring 2013 Clockwork Angels North American tour official tour date and pre-sales announcement]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour official attendance and sales figures]
[Clockwork Angels tour opening night in Manchester open thread]
[Follow the Clockwork Angels tour on Twitter]
[Official Rush 2012 Clockwork Angels tour announcement and dates!]

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Rush iTunes-only digital album collections coming May 14th
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Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007Rush The Complete Mercury YearsThis coming May 14th iTunes will be releasing 2 digital-only Rush collections; Rush The Complete Mercury Years and Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007. Rush The Complete Mercury Years will contain Rush's complete Mercury catalog (all their albums up through A Show of Hands) for $79.99, including the new 2112 Deluxe Edition and the 2008 Working Man vault edition. Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 will contain the entire Atlantic-era Rush studio catalog (Presto through Snakes & Arrows) for $49.99. Both collections are digital only and mastered for iTunes. More information as we learn it. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

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Win front row UK Rush tickets from Planet Rock
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UPDATE - 4/25@7:11AM: Note: the contest now also includes meet and greet passes along with the front row seats!

Planet RockUK digital radio station Planet Rock is running a contest where you could win a pair of front row tickets to one of the 5 upcoming UK Rush tour dates. From the Planet Rock website:

Rush will be hitting the UK in May as part of their Clockwork Angels tour, and we are giving you the chance to get up close and personal by winning front row tickets! We have pairs of tickets to give away for all five gig dates which include a meet and greet with the band! ... All next week, our resident Rush expert, Darren Redick, will be playing you Rush songs on-air. What makes this different from every other week, is that each song will be given a special twist when it is played out around 5pm. Darren will be adding his own unique musical flavour to each song by playing guitar, bass, keyboards, or possibly even singing! ... When you hear the Darren Redick remix of the Rush song, just text 81400 starting with the word PLANET.* Darren will then call three people, who will go head to head in a rock quiz. Whoever is crowned winner will win a pair of front-row seats to see Rush! ...

You can get all the details and listen live to Planet Rock at the Planet Rock website.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour opening night in Austin open thread
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UPDATE - 4/25@4:47PM: Here's a photo gallery from CultureMap Austin.

UPDATE - 4/25@3:17PM: Here's a photo gallery from The Austinist.

UPDATE - 4/25@8:39AM: Here's a review and photo gallery from The Horn.

UPDATE - 4/24@5:49PM: Rush has released a short, 2:45 mini-documentary of last night's show in Austin to promote the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour. The video features footage of fans before, during and after the show along with video of the band playing on stage. There are no real setlist spoilers, but it does have footage of the stage set-up. You can watch the video below or on YouTube here.

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UPDATE - 4/24@5:07PM: Alex and Geddy are featured in a photo from last night's show in Rolling Stone's Hottest Live Photos of 2013 photo gallery.

UPDATE - 4/24@1:18PM: Here's a review of the show from the Austin Chronicle.

UPDATE - 4/24@1:01PM: Rush Fans in Central Texas coordinated a sign attack at last night's show where they passed out signs which contained the word Blah (in reference to Alex Lifeson's Rock Hall induction speech) which were held up when Geddy said, Hello Austin. Rush.com featured a photo of the signs in their official photo gallery from last night, and reader DeWayne H sent along some photos of the actual signs too.

UPDATE - 4/24@12:40PM: Official photos from last night's show are now posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 4/24@11:07AM: John over at Cygnus-X1.net has posted a gallery of photos from last night's show.

UPDATE - 4/24@10:30AM: It looks like the band had some good barbecue after the show according to these two Twitter posts.

UPDATE - 4/24@9:49AM: Here's a Facebook photo gallery from Rush keyboard tech Jack Secret.

UPDATE - 4/23@11:26PM: They are almost finished with the 2nd set. Unless they surprise us in the encore, it looks like Night A - version 4.

UPDATE - 4/23@10:36PM: The intermission is over and the introductory video for the 2nd set was also the same as on the last leg. Judging by the 1st set, they are playing either Night A - version 4 or Night A - version 6. Geddy apparently has a new bass and Alex has broken one guitar string 3 songs into the second set. A big thanks to Kelly D for the live updates!

UPDATE - 4/23@9:44PM: Now it's looking like they are doing a Night A set instead of B as we had anticipated. Maybe Night A - version 4 or Night A - version 6.

UPDATE - 4/23@9:23PM: Rush threw in a surprise for the 5th song, although it's nothing they didn't play on the last leg. So they might be doing Night B - version 5.

UPDATE - 4/23@9:18PM: Geddy and Alex are making blah blah jokes. Following Night B setlist 3 songs in so far.

UPDATE - 4/23@9:05PM: Rush has taken the stage in Austin. The opening video was the same as last tour as was the opening track.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourThe time is now again! Rush ended the 2012 leg of the Clockwork Angels tour nearly 5 months ago in Texas, and that's where they'll pick things up again on the 2013 leg tonight at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. It'll be their first show of 2013 and their first show as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, so it should be a doozy. The band has indicated in interviews that they would not be altering the setlist at all for this leg, and that things would stay relatively the same; where they alternate between an A and B setlist, swapping out a few songs here and there. There was a grainy image of the setlist floating around online yesterday, and going by that they'll be playing the Night B, version 3 setlist - which makes sense since they ended on the Night A set on the last leg. But we'll just have to wait and see to be sure. I'm 99% certain there won't be any songs played that they didn't already play on the last leg though unfortunately. However, I hear that we might get some new visuals. As always, I'll report any notable setlist or show changes in this post (with appropriate spoiler warnings). The Rush Backstage Club has released some new Clockwork Angels merchandise in celebration of the new tour which you can check out here. Rush Fans in Central Texas are sponsoring a pre-show meet-up at The Brick Oven for anyone interested. For everyone lucky enough to be attending tonight's show, be sure to share your reports, photos and videos with us. Have a blast! Rush is back!!!

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 23rd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 1
Venue: Frank Erwin Center
Place: Austin, TX

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[Clockwork Angels 2013 tourbook now available at the Rush Backstage Club]
[Rush Backstage Club contest: Win a Rush meet & greet!]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour concert video to release September 24th]
[Rush Clockwork Angels official Summer tour date announcement]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour official tour dates; Halifax and Hamilton]
[Rush Spring 2013 Clockwork Angels North American tour official tour date and pre-sales announcement]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour official attendance and sales figures]
[Clockwork Angels tour opening night in Manchester open thread]
[Follow the Clockwork Angels tour on Twitter]
[Official Rush 2012 Clockwork Angels tour announcement and dates!]

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Rush to be featured on a Canadian postage stamp
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UPDATE - 5/2@1:34PM: Note that these stamps are already available for pre-order, but won't be released until July 19th.

Rush postage stampI'd mentioned this briefly in my Rock Hall induction open thread post last week, but it got buried in all of the other induction ceremony coverage. So I thought I'd give it another mention. Rush and a few other Canadian artists will be featured in a Canadian Recording Artist stamp series this coming July. From the press release:

Just in time for the celebration of Canadian music and musicians at the JUNO awards next week, Canada Post is proud to give Canadians a preview of this edition of the Canadian Recording Artist stamp series, to be released in July, featuring for the first time, Canadian bands. Beau Dommage, Rush, The Guess Who and The Tragically Hip will be spotlighted in this fourth issue in a series created to honour musical legends.

"This year's series features Canadian bands that have shaped the music industry in Canada," says Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services for Canada Post. "Each band has achieved national acclaim, along with international radio air-time and extensive tours." ...

Rush's stamp will feature the iconic Rush Starman. Along with Rush, Beau Dommage, The Guess Who and The Tragically Hip will also be honored with a stamp. The Canadian Recording Artists stamp series will be available from Canada Post retail outlets starting July 19 or online at canadapost.ca/shop.

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Excerpts from Prog magazine's Rush cover story
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The latest issue of Prog magazine went on sale last week, and the issue contains a 14-page Rush cover feature which includes 45 stories from 45 incredible years together. There are a lot of interesting bits of trivia and tales from the band's early days that not every Rush fan may have heard about. Here's some background on By-tor and the Snow Dog:

The track, from the band's 1975 album Fly By Night, was the first Rush epic. "People think we're such a serious band," Geddy says. "But really, we're just your typical idiots, and By-tor and the Snow Dog was a joke that got out of control. Our manager Ray had two dogs, and Howard Ungerleider, our lighting guy, called them Biter and Snow Dog. We must have been high one day, imagining a song about these two dogs. And then Neil went ahead and wrote it. But the guys at our record company weren't happy. They signed the band that was on the first album, and they said, 'This is not the same - what is this By-tor shit? You were talking about Working Man and now you're talking about this crazy stuff.' It was a bit of hiccup in the plan they had for us. ... The title of the first part of By-tor and the Snow Dog is a mystery to all three members of Rush. Geddy: "I don't know what 'tobes' are. I assumed that Neil knew, and there must be such a place in mythology. I just went with it." Alex: "I think the Tobes of Hades is kind of like the waiting room to Hell!" Neil: "Nobody know what it means - that's what I love about it. But it's something that my friend's father used to say: 'It's hotter than the Tobes of Hades!'"

Geddy Lee also finally addresses claims by The Runaways that Rush were jerks to them when they opened for Rush back in 1977, as was dramatized in the movie biopic The Runaways. Jett said the following in a 2010 interview with JAM! Music:

... Joan Jett says members of Rush were anything but polite Canucks when the Runaways opened for them in the 1970s. In the new film biopic about the band titled The Runaways, Jett (played by Kristen Stewart) is derided by an unidentified rock group they're opening for. She later retaliates by breaking into their dressing room and urinating on one of their guitars. Jett doesn't hesitate to identify the real-life inspiration for the scene. "Rush! They sat on the side of the stage and laughed at us," Jett says. "That sort of stuff pisses me off." ...

Here's what Geddy had to say about it:

"The Runaways had a ginormous chip on their shoulders. I remember that show. We had trouble with our gear so our soundcheck got delayed and The Runaways never got one. But we were always good to whoever was opening for us. We had no bias against them because they were girls - none of that bullshit. I know they said that we were laughing at them when they played, but quite frankly they were too shitty to listen to. And 40 years later they have a story to tell about it. Who knew?"

A special, limited edition hardback version of the issue is also available which contains an additional 12 pages of Rush coverage. A big thanks to Tony R for the excerpts.

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New Neil Peart interview in June, 2013 issue of Classic Rock
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UPDATE - 4/23@2:06PM: John at Cygnus-X1.net has a pdf scan of the entire article available on his website.

Classic Rock June 2013A new interview with Neil Peart is featured in the June, 2013 issue of Classic Rock magazine. Classic Rock posted an excerpt from the interview online earlier today and Neil discusses how he still feels totally betrayed by an NME journalist who interviewed him back in 1977:

... "I recall that NME interview very well because the conversation was great," Peart recalls in an interview in the forthcoming new edition of Classic Rock. "And we all felt totally betrayed after, because we had a lovely time with the guy. I remember him being so courteous. It was so amicable. As far as I was concerned, we were just having an intellectual conversation. But these things are wide open to misinterpretation, and that was a classic case." ...

He goes on to describe his current political philosophy:

... "I believe in taxation and health care that is outside the usual libertarian mandate, because I don't want people to have to suffer. It's as simple as that. If people are suffering and I can help, I want to. But here's the difference between being an idealist and a realist. Idealistically, I believe that we should help people. But realistically, do I think that government will do that? No."... "[Libertarianism is] enlightened self-interest. Free will. I've lived in the US for the last 10 years, and I wanted there to be a health care system. The little bit that there is, it's a wonderful thing. So that's an example of what I consider enlightened self-interest. That's why I'm a bleeding-heart libertarian. "Paul Theroux said: 'A cynic is a disappointed idealist.' But I'm not a cynic. I'm not disappointed. I've just broadened my idealism." ...

The new edition of Classic Rock containing the full interview goes on sale Wednesday, April 24.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Rush's Clockwork Angels wins the Juno Award for Rock Album of the Year
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UPDATE - 4/21@9:25PM: Rush did not end up winning the Group of the Year award; it instead went to Marianas Trench.

Juno AwardsRush's Clockwork Angels was just announced as the winner of the Juno Award for Rock Album of the Year at tonight's Juno Gala and Award Dinner. Rush is also up for Group of the Year, the winner of which will be announced at the main televised ceremony at Regina's Brandt Centre tomorrow night on CTV.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Rush inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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UPDATE - 5/1@4:53PM: Here are a couple of interesting reviews of the Rock Hall induction: one from SoundProLive and another from 90.5 WCBE.

UPDATE - 5/1@4:50PM: Here's a nice write-up and review of Rush Rock Hall induction from Jordan at Echoes of Old Applause.

UPDATE - 4/26@11:33AM: Here are some interesting comments from Rock Hall nominating committee member Roy Trakin:

... Say what you want about the Canuck noodlers-and their appeal continues to elude this voter-they've carved out an impressive career doing things their way, without a nod to fashion past or present. And maybe their induction offers a valuable lesson to all us rock critic snobs. Perhaps it's time to withhold aesthetic judgments and reliance on our own personal tastes, and be more inclusive about those we choose to honor. And while music would seem to be the most subjective of all the arts-especially rock and roll, which has always been about acceptance-perhaps it's time to step back and at least try to be fair about who belongs, and who doesn't....

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UPDATE - 4/25@3:15PM: Soundgarden's Chris Cornell spoke a little about getting to play with Rush onstage at the induction ceremony in a recent Loudwire interview:

... Cornell ... got to rock alongside the members of Rush in one of the night's massive all-star jam sessions. He recalled, "I got to play onstage with Rush and 30 other people, but it didn't matter. It kind of occurred to me during rehearsal as the song ended and I looked back to cue off of the drummer and that drummer was Neil Peart." ...

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UPDATE - 4/25@8:36AM: Here's a short, red carpet Geddy Lee interview with Radio.com:

"I think [Beyond the Lighted Stage] probably did have an effect to a certain degree," he told Radio.com on the red carpet of the Induction ceremony. "The way the filmmakers put that story together, it showed what a vast and diverse audience we have, and what the effect of our music has been on young players. One of the criteria of the Hall Of Fame is influence, and it was easy to see that influence in that film."

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UPDATE - 4/22@10:47AM: Here's video of Rush's performance of The Spirit of Radio (thanks Thomas P):

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UPDATE - 4/22@9:58AM: Here's some better video footage of the Crossroads all-star jam at the end (thanks cold fire):

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UPDATE - 4/21@6:56PM: Here's a pre-induction video interview with Alex and Geddy from Billboard.com (thanks simont2112):

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UPDATE - 4/21@3:58PM: From the Toronto Star:

... For bassist and lead singer Geddy Lee, one moment in particular seems destined to enter his long-term memory. "Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins with our producer Nick Raskulinecz in kimonos and wigs and totally nailing '2112 Overture' was a beautiful, surreal moment," said Lee on Friday. "Maybe we can hire them to go out as us on tour?"...

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UPDATE - 4/21@3:51PM: Here's Rush's performance of Tom Sawyer (thanks Michael S) at the induction ceremony:

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UPDATE - 4/21@3:19PM: Here's some YouTube video (thanks Michael S) of Jann Wenner introducing Rush at the opening of the cermony. He gets out from Toronto and then the crowd erupts for a standing ovation lasting nearly 2 minutes:

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UPDATE - 4/21@11:13AM: Here's a post-induction interview with the band from HitFix:

"I think the collective voices of our fans, without question, put a hell of a lot of pressure on [the Hall] to seriously consider us... I had the people from the Hall of Fame coming up to me today thanking us because it's been the quietest it's ever been after the announcements are made, usually they are so beseiged with angry violent emails and such..." ... Lifeson added, "blah, blah, blah... "

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UPDATE - 4/21@10:52AM: Here's an Entertainment Weekly article covering the induction (thanks RushFanForever), and a gallery of photos from the evening over at the Rock Hall website.

UPDATE - 4/20@9:12PM: Here's a great article from Jeff Miers which showcases this quote once made by Rolling Stone senior editor and rock hall board member David Wild:

... "It ain't ever gonna happen. Regardless of their success, Rush have never achieved critical acclaim and no one will ever vote for them ... most of it gives me a headache... Technical proficiency is not a valid reason to induct an artist, and Rush really hasn't done anything unique." ...

Well ... you were wrong Mr. Wild!! Here's what Wild tweeted last week:

#GodBlessRush. Many people never thought their day would come. I know because I was one of them. I was wrong.. #RockHall

Damn right. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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UPDATE - 4/20@9:05PM: In honor of Rush's induction, this evening Hockey Night in Canada opened the show with Rush's Limelight and a mix of footage from hockey games and footage of the band. You can watch it on YouTube at this location. Thanks to anotherrrushfan for the heads up and BigLeaf for the video.

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UPDATE - 4/20@9:59AM: Here's some coverage from The Hollywood Reporter (thanks RushFanForever).

... Neil Peart was honored to be introduced by two rockers who play the same instrument and happen to be his friends. Said Peart: "Dave told me the other day that he was inspired to play drums by our 2112 album, and when I first heard Nirvana in the early 90s, I was galvanized by that and then what he's done since then. So I kind of consider it the praise of the praiseworthy, people that I respect who have respect for what we've done." ...

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UPDATE - 4/20@4:12AM: Cynthia Fox & Tony Scott of KLOS interview Alex Lifeson before yesterday's ceremony in this video, and in this Times-Colonist article Tom Morello and Jerry Cantrell sing praises to Rush (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 4/19@8:32PM: Here's a CTV video news story.

UPDATE - 4/19@7:29PM: Here's a National Post story covering the induction that includes some video of Rush getting a standing ovation at the Canadian House of Commons yesterday (thanks Bigleaf).

UPDATE - 4/19@6:51PM: John over at Cygnus-X1.net has compiled an extensive gallery of photos from last night's festivities. Thanks John!

UPDATE - 4/19@4:14PM: Spin magazine coverage (thanks liquidmuse3):

Hell hath no fury like a Rush fan scorned. For over a decade, the cult of the Toronto prog-rock power trio has been waiting for their idols to earn ingress into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Last night at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles was their time, they had earned this and they had the Rush baseball jerseys to prove it. ...

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UPDATE - 4/19@4:09PM: Here's an article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Chuck Yarborough. And here's some red carpet video coverage from Entertainment Daily News. There are some great Rush-related interview snippets from Rush themselves, the Foo Fighters, and Tom Morello in there:

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Rush red carpet photo - Rock Hall induction ceremony - 4/18/13UPDATE - 4/19@3:53PM: Here's a USA Today article covering the event:

... in a nod to the role ardent fans played in paving Rush's path to the hall, singer/bassist Geddy Lee thanked "the most passionate, incredible fan base around the globe ...for not only supporting and encouraging our musical progress over the years, but for the insistence of their voices, which has most certainly led us to this evening." ...

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UPDATE - 4/19@3:35PM: Here's another Rolling Stone article (thanks liquidmuse3). In this one they chat with Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawwkins about inducting Rush:

They didn't even say the name and the place went fucking crazy. That says it all. Honestly what's most important is that you survive 45 years of your life playing music. Surely its not the trophy or the plaque, but the fact that Rush finally were . . . I feel like their fans felt liberated. It was pretty awesome tonight to see Jann say, "And from Toronto," and the fans just went, "FUCK YEAHHH." Everyone at the tables were just like, Jesus! It was amazing. That's what it's all about. ... I'm still having a good time, man! I'm keeping the kimono!

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UPDATE - 4/19@2:58PM: Here's a Rolling Stone post-ceremony interview with the band (thanks liquidmuse3):

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UPDATE - 4/19@2:52PM: Here's Grammy.com's article covering the event:

... In what was arguably the most entertaining round of acceptance speeches of the evening, eloquent Rush drummer Neil Peart quoted Bob Dylan by saying, "The highest purpose of art is to inspire." Bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee joked that the ceremony was "a little overwhelming for a nice Jewish boy from Toronto" while adding this was an "honor we share with the fans." Alex Lifeson's speech can be hilariously summed up in one word: "Blah ...

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UPDATE - 4/19@2:12PM: Here's some video of the all-star jam of Crossroads (thanks ptaylor2112).

UPDATE - 4/19@1:47PM: Here's a Rolling Stone article titled Rush, Public Enemy Get Emotional Backstage at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony with these great comments from Dave Grohl:

... Minutes after inducting Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame late last night at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre, Dave Grohl stood outside his dressing room, still wearing the vintage white kimono he sported as the Foo Fighters nailed "Overture." "It's terrifying to play your favorite song in front of your favorite band," he said. "It's one thing to sit in the basement to sit in the basement and woodshed 2112, and it's another to stand in front of Rush in a fucking kimono and a wig. Tonight was one of the most special nights of my life."

Grohl's biggest moment? "I met Neil Peart for the first time at rehearsal. This man was as influential to me as any religion. And he said, 'So nice to meet you, can I make you a coffee?' And he made me a coffee. Later on that night, I went to dinner and had a couple glasses of wine and I started fucking crying, because my hero made me a coffee." ...

And regarding Alex's blah speech:

"That's performance art right there," Morello said, cracking up while watching the speech on a backstage monitor next to Chuck D, who added, "Understood. He said it all right there." What was Lifeson trying to say in his speech? The band laughed off the question in our interview. "Enough words preceded it," Lifeson said. "God only knows," said Lee. "We're done here. I've got some serious drinking to do." ...

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UPDATE - 4/19@1:29PM: Here's a live blog of the events from backstage at last night's ceremony from HitFix's Melinda Newman (thanks ptaylor2112). She did a great job of capturing the atmosphere backstage and got a lot of impromptu interviews from the inductees and performers:

Yay! Rush is backstage. I ask Geddy Lee to expand about the band's fans' role in getting them inducted. Their fans have been extremely ardent. "I think the collective voice put pressure on the [Hall]," Lee says. "I had people from the Hall of Fame tell me it's the quietest it's been after the inductees were announced. They're normally so besieged with angry emails." Not this time... or at least not by Rush fans. I'm sure the still disgruntled Kiss fans kept their email inboxes filled. Neil Peart added that he thinks the fans' loyalty comes in part from the fact that the band the its fans have grown up together. "We've evolved naturally and grown up and expressed that in our songs. They're part of the team."

Chuck D was genuinely excited to be playing with Rush, and Chris Cornell cut his interview short because he had to go see Rush - one of his favorite bands - play.

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It really happened; I was there. Last night at a ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Rush was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here's a rundown of the events. The evening kicked off with an introduction from Hall of Fame Chairman Jann Wenner - whose mere mention of the words from Toronto garnered a two-minute-long standing ovation for Rush. Rush seemed to enjoy themselves the entire evening from that moment on. They were sitting at a table right in front of the stage with manager Ray Danniels, Anthem's Pegi Cecconi, their wives and producer Nick Raskulinecz. They were the last act to be inducted. When Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins came out the crowd went nuts. Here's some video (thanks Scott G). Grohl kicked off his speech by asking the question when the f**k did Rush become cool?

And here's Rush's acceptance speech. Neil was up first, then Geddy said a few words, then Alex said ONE word ... over and over again. That word was blah. It was beautiful:

And one of the coolest moments of the evening was when Dave Grohl (as Alex Lifeson), Taylor Hawkins (as Neil Peart) and Nick Raskulinecz (as Geddy Lee) donned the 2112 robes complete with wigs, and cranked out a version of 2112: Overture. Here's the video:

Rush were the backbone of the all-star jam to Cream's Crossroads at the end of the evening. From RollingStone.com:

... The closing jam, on Cream's version of "Crossroads," began with a moving cross-genre moment, with Chuck D and DMC rhyming "the blues gave birth to rock n' roll" as Lee and Peart played their version of a breakbeat. The guitar jam itself was up to the greatest Hall of Fame closers ever, moving from Morello's interstellar scratching, to Gary Clark's raw rootsiness, to Lifeson's full-on Eric Clapton tribute. By the end, Chuck D and the members of Rush were exchanging hugs.

I'll be updating this thread with more coverage from around the internet. There won't be any updates post this week due to all of the Rock Hall induction coverage. I'll pick things up again next Friday.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rush Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction open thread
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UPDATE - 4/19@1:00PM: Check this post for video from the event.

UPDATE - 4/18@10:41AM: Here's an ABC radio interview (thanks RushFanForever) covering the induction and Rush and other Canadian rock artists will be featured on a new line of Canadian stamps.

UPDATE - 4/18@6:25AM: Here's a new interview with Geddy Lee and Neil Peart where they discuss the band's induction. And here's a CBC article covering the event.

Rush and the Rock HallToday is the big day. Rush will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony to be held tonight at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 7PM PST (10PM EST). The band will be inducted by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters and will be performing. An edited 2-hour version of the ceremony will air on HBO next month, but there will not be any kind of live streaming of the event. Also - Rush has unfortunately decided to have a closed rehearsal today, so those few who purchased VIP packages including viewing of rehearsals won't be seeing Rush... although they will be seeing the other performers rehearse. From thee looks of this Tweeted photo Rush will be sitting next to Public Enemy tonight (thanks David J). I'll be at the ceremony and will be posting live updates and photos - mostly via Twitter @rushisaband. I'll also be updating this thread as I am able to. You can follow my updates on Twitter or via my Twitter feed widget below. The Cleveland Plain Dealer will also be covering the event live at this location beginning at 9PM EST. See you in LA!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Geddy Lee discusses The Music That Made Me in new Billboard video interview
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Alex and Geddy Billboard interviewBillboard.com has posted a new video Q&A interview with Geddy Lee called The Music That Made Me (thanks Greg N). Geddy Lee looks back on the musical firsts that shaped his life, along with some of Rush's musical milestones. Alex Lifeson is also in the video but doesn't say a word! You can watch the video along with the transcript of Geddy's answers at this location.

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Photos and video from last night's Rush documentary screening and Rush Q&A at ArcLight Cinema
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UPDATE - 4/24@11:02AM: Here's a Facebook photo gallery (thanks bbrisk).

Rush documentary screeningIn the lead-up to Rush's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction tomorrow, the ArcLight Cinema in Los Angeles hosted 2 special screenings of the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage last night. The 7PM screening was followed by a Q&A session with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson hosted by Jim Ladd. The 8:30 screening was followed by a Q&A with directors Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen. Reader Kelly D was at the screening and posted a few of the more memorable quotes from the Q&A to her Twitter feed:

Q: "What's 1 word that comes to mind about all this- Alex, you can't say 'chicks'!" A: "The 1st word? 'Holy shit.'" "Is that two words?"

Geddy re: touring after "the bad time" in the late '90s: "Sometimes out of a bad time, a good thing comes"

Jim Ladd: "You seem to genuinely like each other!" Geddy: "Yeah, we're good at faking that"

Alex: "Against the man-" Geddy: "The naked man" - @rushtheband re: Caress of Steel and 2112

"Like most Canadian families, we filmed dinner" -Al of @rushtheband on Come on Children's spot in #BTLS :D

She also posted a Facebook gallery of photos and a couple of YouTube videos. Here's a great clip where the guys briefly discuss Clockwork Angels. And in this video Geddy Lee relays a funny story about the recording of Rivendell.

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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson talk Rock Hall induction in new Village Voice interview
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Rush and the Rock HallThe Village Voice published an article today where they speak with both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson about Rush's upcoming Rock Hall induction tomorrow. Geddy echoes many of the same sentiments he has conveyed in other recent interviews:

... "Honestly, I really did not give it much thought," Lee says about being eligible for the Rock Hall for a decade without a nomination. "I felt bad for our fans because it really seems to mean a hell of a lot to them. They championed this because of us, and they felt slighted. As musicians, we did not feel slighted," he says. "I do feel vindication for [our fans] and I'm quite happy that the bubble has burst." ...

The band will be inducted by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters at tomorrow night's ceremony. Geddy had some complimentary words for the Foos:

... "The [Foo Fighters] are probably the greatest American band. Dave's such a fantastic entertainer. He's so funny--witty, charming, quick. They're really, really great live. It's interesting to see how his persona has developed out of the shadows of Nirvana." ...

And Alex ponders the question of what Rush fans will complain about now that the band is in the Rock Hall:

... "Our set list," says Lifeson reflexively. "It's an endless complaint. Everybody wants to hear everything." ...

You can read the entire article/interview online at this location. The induction ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles tomorrow, April 18th with a truncated, 2-hour version being broadcast on HBO in the US and Canada on May 18th. The show is sold out but plenty of tickets are still available on a number of broker websites, and VIP ticket packages are also available (see rockhall.com for details).

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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson talk Rock Hall induction in new USA Today article
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Rush and the Rock HallUSA Today published an article yesterday on Rush's upcoming Rock Hall induction where they speak with both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, along with Taylor Hawkins, Rolling Stone associate editor Andy Greene, and Rock Hall assistant curator Meredith Rutledge-Borger. Geddy Lee is relieved for the fans:

... I also hope this means other great bands like Yes will follow suit," says Lee. "Deep Purple was on the ballot this year, and I was hoping they'd get in with us. We wouldn't be the band we are without Deep Purple's existence." ...

And Alex added this bit:

... Lifeson says he hopes Rush's inclusion "opens the doors for bands like the Moody Blues and King Crimson, who had a huge influence. It's a bit ironic, really. Rock music was born in rebellion, so it's odd to have (a Hall of Fame) where there seem to be guidelines for who's acceptable and who's not." ...

Taylor Hawkins along with his Foo Fighters bandmate Dave Grohl will be inducting Rush at tomorrow night's ceremony and had the following to say:

... "There were five or so bands that shaped the way I play music, but the way Neil played those drums, I don't know what to say," says Hawkins. "He has the hands of God. The way he can roll from those 6-inch toms to the 18-inch toms, no one can do that. Then you add in those amazing melodies and those '70s lyrics that were so Dungeons & Dragons and you have an incredible combination." ...

You can read the entire article/interview online at this location (thanks Eric at Power Windows). The induction ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles tomorrow, April 18th with a truncated, 2-hour version being broadcast on HBO in the US and Canada on May 18th. The show is sold out but plenty of tickets are still available on a number of broker websites, and VIP ticket packages are also available (see rockhall.com for details).

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rush in Los Angeles gearing up for Rock Hall induction, 2013 tour
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Rush has spent the last week and a half in Los Angeles gearing up for their upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction Thursday and the 2013 leg of the Clockwork Angels tour, which kicks off next Tuesday in Austin. Geddy and Alex flew into town to join Neil back on Saturday, April 6th and documentary filmmaker Eric Merola happened to be on the same flight out of Toronto - and so was Richard Simmons! Merola put together a hilarious YouTube video documenting the experience which you can check out below or at this location. The band then spent the last week in Van Nuys rehearsing for the tour. Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton tweeted earlier today that the band was now done in Van Nuys and off to Nokia for the next 2 days. And Neil Peart's West Side Beemer Boyz Twitter feed posted this photo of their bikes getting shipped off to Austin because they won't have time to ride them out there. At some point Alex and Neil took a break to hang out at Police drummer Stewart Copeland's pad. Earlier today Copeland tweeted a photo of Alex, Neil and others jamming in his studio with the caption Guess who came to dinner (thanks Carlos). And Geddy took some time out at some point to have lunch with fellow Rock Hall inductee Nancy Wilson of Heart, which he spoke about in his Toronto Sun interview from earlier today. Geddy and Alex will also participate in a Q&A after a screening of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage at the ArcLight Cinema in LA later tonight. Tomorrow they'll be prepping/rehearsing for Thursday's Rock Hall induction ceremony, then it's off to Austin for the tour.

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Win a guitar autographed by Rush from VH1 Classic's On Tap
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Syndicated nightly radio show On Tap Presented by VH1 Classic is running a contest on Facebook where you could win an autographed guitar from Rush, Heart, & George Thorogood & The Destroyers (added bonus) plus autographed CDs/DVDs from Heart and Rush. All you need to do is Like their Facebook page or - if you already Like them - just fill out this form. Geddy and Alex were guests on the show last month.

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Geddy Lee talks Rock Hall induction in new Toronto Sun interview
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Rush and the Rock HallThe barrage of coverage of Rush's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction this coming Thursday continues with a new Geddy Lee interview in today's Toronto Sun. Geddy is very gracious about receiving the award:

... "It's a really nice feeling," Lee says. "It's an honour. There's some terrific musicians in the Hall of Fame and, I suppose, as time goes on more great musicians will be inducted. And so it's kind of a nice pat on the back and we're quite happy to received it."...

Geddy also recently had lunch in Los Angeles with fellow inductee Nancy Wilson of Heart and had some nice things to say:

... "I wouldn't say I know [Heart] well but I feel like I know them well," ... "We did some gigs many years ago together in the northwestern U.S.A. of the midwest, I could be mistaken, and we always got along. And because they did so many gigs in Canada in their early days, we kind of felt like we were of the same vintage." ...

Geddy is keeping the songs they'll perform at the ceremony a secret but notes that it's probably pretty obvious what songs we'll play. Alex Lifeson mentioned playing Tom Sawyer, Spirit of Radio and maybe YYZ in an interview earlier this week. They'll be getting inducted by Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins who Rush chose from a range of potential candidates:

... "Dave and Taylor are people we respect a lot and we know them and it makes it more comfortable for us, so I feel fortunate that we have them to induct us. What you see is what you get with those guys and they love music and Taylor is a huge Rush fan and so for him he's just totally psyched to do this and it'll make it a much nicer evening because of that." ...

You can read the entire interview at this location. The induction ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles this coming Thursday, April 18th with a truncated, 2-hour version being broadcast on HBO in the US and Canada on May 18th. The show is sold out but plenty of tickets are still available on a number of broker websites, and VIP ticket packages are also available (see rockhall.com for details).

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Special Rush documentary screenings and Q&A sessions tonight at Los Angeles' ArcLight Cinema
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UPDATE - 4/17@12:34PM: Here's another great clip courtesy Kelly D where the guys briefly discuss Clockwork Angels.

UPDATE - 4/17@12:01PM: Here's a Facebook gallery of photos from last night's Q&A along with this video where Geddy Lee relays a funny story about the recording of Rivendell (thanks Kelly D!):

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UPDATE - 4/17@8:53AM: Here's a photo courtesy Kelly D

UPDATE - 4/17@7:22AM: Reader Kelly D was at the screening and posted a few of the more memorable quotes from the Q&A to her Twitter feed:

Q: "What's 1 word that comes to mind about all this- Alex, you can't say 'chicks'!" A: "The 1st word? 'Holy shit.'" "Is that two words?"

Geddy re: touring after "the bad time" in the late '90s: "Sometimes out of a bad time, a good thing comes"

Jim Ladd: "You seem to genuinely like each other!" Geddy: "Yeah, we're good at faking that"

Alex: "Against the man-" Geddy: "The naked man" - @rushtheband re: Caress of Steel and 2112

"Like most Canadian families, we filmed dinner" -Al of @rushtheband on Come on Children's spot in #BTLS :D

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Rush documentary screeningIn the lead-up to Rush's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on Thursday, the ArcLight Cinema in Los Angeles is hosting 2 special screenings of the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage tonight; one at 7PM and another at 8:30PM. The 7PM screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson hosted by Jim Ladd. The 8:30 screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen. Unfortunately the first screening is sold out, but tickets remain for the 2nd screening through the ArcLight Cinema website here.

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Clockwork Angels 2013 tourbook now available at the Rush Backstage Club
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2013 Clockwork Angels tourbookAn updated 2013 version of the Clockwork Angels tourbook is now available for purchase at the Rush Backstage Club, just in time for the 2013 leg of the tour which kicks off one week from today in Austin, TX. From the description:

The 2013 Edition of the Clockwork Angels Tourbook has over ten pages of updated content from last year's tourbook. This 32-page tourbook features live shots of the band on their Clockwork Angels World Tour. Along with band portraits, gear lists, and Neil Peart's narrative on the making of Clockwork Angels, you will see live shots of the band alongside the 8-piece Clockwork Angels String Ensemble. You may also notice the very slight change on the front cover, devised by master Illustrator, Hugh Syme. Enjoy!

You can purchase your copy today at the Rush Backstage Club.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Cee Lo Green references Rush's Moving Pictures in new Sky magazine interview
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April 2013 SkySinger/rapper/producer Cee Lo Green was interviewed for the cover feature in the April issue of Delta's Sky magazine and mentions Rush's Moving Pictures when discussing the current state of the music industry, art and product placement:

... "There's a difference between art and product," ... "Maybe I can help make art product again. You know what I'm saying? It once was. Is Rush's Moving Pictures not art? You feeling me? Where are those progressive bands anymore? Why isn't it allowed? It's almost a conspiracy, if you ask me." ...

Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

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Star Dispatches Rush: An Oral History available April 18th
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Star Dispatches Rush: An Oral HistoryOver the weekend the Toronto Star published an excerpt from their upcoming e-dispatch story on Rush titled Rush: An Oral History, and portions of the excerpt are now available online. Toronto Star journalist Vinay Menon conducted separate and lengthy interviews with all 3 band members, their parents and wives, record execs, producers, management and more. Here's former Rush producer Terry Brown recalling a funny story:

"I remember one night we worked until about 4 or 5 in the morning. I crashed with my feet up on the console. They covered me in tambourines and percussion instruments very gently while I was sleeping at the desk. I woke up at about 6 and everything fell off and scared the hell out of me."

And Anthem/SRO's Pegi Cecconi shared this tidbit regarding the Jack Secret tapes:

"There are these infamous tapes, the Jack Secret tapes. Jack Secret is a guy named Tony Geranios, who's been their tech since the beginning of time. He used to do something called The Jack Secret Show. It was filmed at Le Studio in Montreal when they were doing these albums. In one of them, Alex is dressed up like Suzanne Somers but he had a moustache. Then they would pan over to Neil, who was playing an army sergeant. I only saw them once while house watching for Alex. I was on the floor but I knew I couldn't even admit to watching them."

The e-dispatch will be available for purchase on the date of the band's Rock Hall induction this coming Thursday, April 18th at this location.

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In the Studio with Redbeard Rush Rock Hall induction special now available online
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In the Studio with Redbeard specialAs previously reported, syndicated radio program In the Studio with Redbeard will be airing a special program all this week celebrating Rush's upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The complete special is also already available for streaming online at this location. From the In the Studio website:

Rush has recorded and released twenty studio albums ( and additionally about half that many as live albums and DVDs) , selling an estimated forty million copies worldwide in a four decade recording career. So you see our obvious dilemma in choosing just one album, or even just one era to feature, as we honor Rush for their long-overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week. So we polled our In the Studio Rush fans on Facebook, and while there was considerable support for practically any period of the Toronto band's history, the consensus was for the first half-dozen years starting with their 1974 debut Rush , through formative albums A Farewell to Kings , Hemispheres, 2112 , Permanent Waves , and book-ended with their masterpiece Moving Pictures in 1981, all conveniently dubbed Sector 1 by my guests Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart. -Redbeard

The program doesn't seem to contain any new or recent interview segments, but instead consists of recycled interviews from past In the Studio appearances. For a list of stations and air times visit this link. Thanks to Lindsay D for the heads up.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson talk Rock Hall induction in new interviews
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UPDATE - 4/15@9:50AM: Several folks have mentioned that the Toronto Star published an excerpt of an upcoming e-dispatch story on Rush over the weekend called Rush: An Oral History. None of the excerpts have been published online yet, but the dispatch will be available for purchase on April 18 at this location. The article contains new interviews with all 3 band members, their parents and wives, record execs, etc. Thanks to Habs2112 and Analog_Kid for the info.

Rush and the Rock HallThe press coverage of this week's upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony where Rush will be inducted is starting to heat up. Two new interviews about the induction - one with Geddy Lee and another with Alex Lifeson - were released today. Geddy Lee spoke with Chuck Yarborough of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and had the following to say about the role Rush fans played in finally getting the band inducted:

... "I think the outcry or the outpouring of support of our fans was noted by the voting committee," ... "I don't think it was enough to turn the tide, but the noise and support from our fan base made the people on the committee take notice." ...

The article also has a couple of quotes from yours truly. You can read the whole thing online here. Alex Lifeson spoke with Graham Rockingham of the Hamilton Spectator and gives his take on the band's induction:

..."We were eligible for 15 years and it really didn't matter to us," Lifeson told The Spectator in a phone interview from his Toronto home. "We joked about it. In fact we kind of wore it as a badge of honour that there was a core inside the committee that did not want us in there. Some said, 'Over my dead body,' literally, 'before Rush gets in here.' Which is fine, they can do whatever they want. It's their museum. "So at the end of the day, it didn't really matter to us at all. It was kind of nice to have that controversy go away, to a point. But our fans were very insulted by it and burned by it. Now they feel vindicated by it. Certainly not all of them do. There's certainly a lot of Rush fans who think we should ignore it. "But the proper, courteous thing to do is to go and accept it graciously, try to make everybody happy, move on and never have to deal with it again." ...

He also hinted at what fans can expect at the induction ceremony this coming Thursday. The band will be inducted by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters:

... "[The Foo Fighters] are keen Rush fans and they understand where we come from," Lifeson says. "In a lot of ways the Foo Fighters are similar. They stick to their guns and do things in their own way. Certainly Dave (Grohl) has come up for the last 25 years with that same sense of integrity and work ethic. They are terrific guys, the perfect choice." Rush has been asked to perform some of the better known songs at the induction ceremony. "Tom Sawyer, Spirit of Radio and maybe YYZ," Lifeson says. "They've asked us to do classic, kind of iconic songs and those three are the ones." Will Grohl and Hawkins join Rush? Perhaps drumming with Peart? "There's always a chance," Lifeson says cryptically. "We're working on some things."

You can read the entire article/interview with Lifeson at this location. The induction ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles this coming Thursday, April 18th with a truncated, 2-hour version being broadcast on HBO in the US and Canada on May 18th. The show is sold out but plenty of tickets are still available on a number of broker websites, and VIP ticket packages are also available (see rockhall.com for details).

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Rush featured on Off the Record with Joe Benson this weekend
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Rush will be featured on the nationally-syndicated radio program Off the Record with Joe Benson this weekend. The show will include interview segments with all three members of the band, but it's not clear whether any of the interviews are current or just snippets from older interviews. For a list of stations and air times check out this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush and the Rock HallThe moment is almost here! After 14 long and frustrating years, this coming Thursday, April 18th - barring any natural disasters - Rush will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.... that is, the current members of Rush will be inducted. The Rock Hall quietly revealed yesterday that founding Rush drummer John Rutsey (who passed away 5 years ago) will be excluded from the induction. So what do you think of this decision by the Rock Hall to exclude Rutsey? Take the poll and let us know. Judging by the results of the poll thus far, fans are about evenly split on the issue with strong opinions on each side. The induction ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and then a truncated, 2-hour version will be broadcast on HBO in the US and Canada on May 18th. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will be inducting Rush; John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. will perform for inductee Albert King, with Mayer giving the induction speech; Don Henley will induct Randy Newman, who will perform with Jackson Browne and John Fogerty; Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will perform in honor of the late Donna Summer; Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains will perform with Heart, and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden will induct them; and Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte will pay tribute to Public Enemy. Also, Usher will perform a tribute to Quincy Jones and Cheech and Chong will induct producer Lou Adler in honor of both artists' Lifetime Achievement Awards; Carole King will perform for Adler. The show is sold out but plenty of tickets are still available on a number of broker websites, and VIP ticket packages are also available (see rockhall.com for details). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be officially opening a 2013 inductees exhibit this coming Tuesday, April 16th although the exhibit has already been opened up to the public. The Rush portion of the exhibit includes a Neil Peart snare drum, Alex Lifeson's double-neck guitar and a Geddy Lee bass along with various other items. It will also feature a three-screen multimedia presentation that tells the stories of the inductees. You can check out a short video tour of the new exhibit along with some photographs at the Cleveland Plain Dealer website. The onslaught of press coverage of the event has already begun and will likely increase over the next several days. Sean Murphy at PopMatters wrote this great article earlier this week on why he thinks Rush deserves to be inducted:

... Rush, as much as any rock band, represents the eternal present tense. They adapted, and evolved in real time, reflecting the issues, sounds and styles of their day. And one reason, aside from merely making excellent music, that they endure, and remain so popular is that their audience has grown with them-in most senses of the word. Rush has mirrored, and described that journey, so they are never a nostalgia trip; it's very much about the here and now. ... Put yet another way, and perhaps the most important way: Rush has never been less than good. By all accounts they have never turned in a live performance that was less than competent ... somewhere along the line Rush reached a different stage wherein they are the only band they can measure themselves against. This is something exceedingly few bands, in the history of rock music, can ever claim.

There was also this article celebrating the induction from The Toledo Blade titled And the meek shall inherit the hall. If you had to give Rush's induction speech, what would you say? Reader J Russ gave it a try in this post over at his blog. Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters will be the actual person giving the induction speech and - according to my last poll - most of you think this was a great choice. Paul from The Canadian Music Scene has launched a new Facebook page where Rush fans can post their congratulations to the band for their induction. The big questions about Thursday's ceremony for Rush fans are what songs will they play? and who will they perform with?. We probably won't know the answers to these questions until Thursday. I'll be sure to keep everyone updated as the ceremony progresses; I will be in attendance live-tweeting the event at @rushisaband.

Just five days after the Rock Hall induction, the band will kick off the 2013 leg of the Clockwork Angels tour in Austin, TX. Since the induction is in Los Angeles, the band decided that it would make sense to hold tour rehearsals there as well. Geddy took a break from rehearsing this past Tuesday night when he decided to take in a Lakers game, and ended up having the spotlight put on him by the announcers. You can check out a short video and screenshot in this post. On Tuesday, April 16th Geddy and Alex will attend a Q&A session hosted by Jim Ladd at the ArcLight Cinema in Los Angeles after a special screening of the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. Tickets are available through the ArcLight Cinema website here. Speaking of the upcoming tour, Neil Peart's custom-designed Ruby electronic drum pads - that he introduced to his kit midway through the 2012 leg of the tour - are now available for the general drummer public via the Dauz Electroic Drums website.

Last week it was revealed that Prog magazine issue #35 would feature a 14-page Rush article in celebration of the band's upcoming Rock Hall induction and tour along with a special, limited edition hardback version of the issue which contains an additional 12 pages of Rush coverage. Prog magazine has started mailing out subscription copies of the standard version of the issue which will also appear on newsstands next Wednesday, April 17th. They posted the cover along with a few details on the contents of the issue to their Facebook page this morning:

... Prog 35 - Rush discuss their 45 years on the planet, from their first ever gig, original bassist, sacking Geddy, getting drunk with UFO, the truth behind that Runaways story, the albums they hate, the songs they can't play, Neil wanted to play with Roger Waters and much more. Including a picture of Alex Lifeson in his pants! ...

One of the $800 answers in the Bass and Vocals category on Monday night's episode of the American quiz show Jeopardy! made reference to Rush and Geddy Lee:

Geddy Lee Laid Down the Low End & Sang "The Spirit of Radio" and "Closer to the Heart" For This Canadian Band

The question of course was - What is Rush?. This is the 2nd Rush-related answer to appear on the show in the last month. Back on March 1st the show used a Neil Peart reference as the answer to the What is Rush? question. Rush was also referenced on the show back in February of 2011.

Speaking of Rush TV references, apparently there was yet another reference on last night's episode of the FX animated show Archer (Season 4, Episode 13, Sea Tunt: Part II). I don't have many details yet, but apparently Krieger air-drums Tom Sawyer at some point in the show (thanks damon h).

The special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition of the audiobook for Clockwork Angels: The Novel officially released early last month. The special package was designed by Hugh Syme and contains the unabridged audiobook along with a working clocktower. Earlier this week John over at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed and scanned the package's liner notes and artwork and made them available online here (liner notes) and here (artwork). The special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition is available for purchase through Amazon at this location.

A new concert photography book by Erin Feinberg titled Diehards was released last month. The book focuses on photographs of concert audiences and includes an original essay by Neil Peart. The book can be purchased on Amazon at this location.

Speaking of Neil Peart, author and Rush fan Charlie Gibbons recently released a book titled Ellison & Amos which was inspired by events in Neil Peart's life following the tragic deaths of his daughter and wife in the late '90s. From the book's description:

When a rock 'n roll legend loses everything of meaning, Ellison embarks on his motorcycle to find himself, but faces his greatest fear- the fan. Converging on Dawson City, Canada, Amos comes to Ellison's rescue when he loses the copy of his Jack London book to the mighty Yukon River. Not until circumstance separate them does Ellison realize how much he has changed, and sets out to complete Amos' story.

MuseMuse played the Air Canada Center in Toronto this past Tuesday and gave a shout-out to Rush and Geddy Lee during the band's encore:

... In an additional nod to their Canadian fans on hand, they also threw in some of Rush's "YYZ," which would have probably meant more if the crowd of 14,000 had actually picked up on it before Bellamy personally offered a Geddy Lee shout-out. ...

They played about the first 35 seconds of YYZ followed by Bellamy shouting Geddy Lee!. Here's a YouTube video (thanks graemeb).

Rush Record Store Day t-shirtRecord Store Day takes place next Saturday, April 20th. In the UK, a special, limited edition orange/brown 180 gram vinyl version of Rush's ABC 1974 will be made available to celebrate the occasion (thanks Louis2112). Rush has also made available a Rush-themed t-shirt for Record Store Day in the US which can now be pre-ordered in both men's and women's sizes via BullMoose.com. The t-shirt comes in black with a red and blue design on a cream-colored background. The design depicts the iconic Rush starman logo with the words Record Store Day and the April 20th date. To learn more about Record Store Day check out their website at RecordStoreDay.com.

Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away earlier this week. Thatcher once visited the London studio where Rush happened to be filming the video for Distant Early Warning back in 1984. Reader Will C located a clip from MTV's first airing of the video where VJ Mark Goodman reports about Thatcher's visit to the studio and how she got to meet Geddy Lee but declined an offer to make a cameo in the video. You can check out the video clip on YouTube here.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were recent guests on Sirius XM's Deep Tracks and Classic Vinyl programs respectively. Geddy appeared on Deep Tracks on Monday, April 1st for an interview feature titled Around The Basses with Rush's Geddy Lee. Geddy chatted with host Earle Bailey in this one-hour special, giving his picks and predictions for the base runners in the 2013 MLB season, and discussing and playing music from the influential bass players in his life; Jack Bruce, Jack Casady, John Entwistle, Jaco Pastorius, Jeff Berlin, and Paul McCartney. You can listen to the special on YouTube below or at this location. Alex appeared on Classic Vinyl this past Monday afternoon for an interview feature titled Classic Vinyl Influences with Alex Lifeson. Alex remembers 10 classic rock songs that were influential to him and his career as a guitarist, and they play each of the tracks with some commentary from Alex to introduce the songs. The interview portion of the hour-long special is available for listening on YouTube below or at this location.

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

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Muse pays tribute to Rush at Toronto show this past Tuesday
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MuseMuse played the Air Canada Center in Toronto this past Tuesday, April 9th and gave a shout-out to Rush and Geddy Lee during the band's encore:

... In an additional nod to their Canadian fans on hand, they also threw in some of Rush's "YYZ," which would have probably meant more if the crowd of 14,000 had actually picked up on it before Bellamy personally offered a Geddy Lee shout-out. ...

They played about the first 35 seconds of YYZ followed by frontman Matt Bellamy shouting Geddy Lee!. You can watch some YouTube video below or at this location (thanks graemeb).

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Rush cover story in the latest issue of Prog magazine
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UPDATE - 4/17@3:21PM: The issue is now on sale!

Last week it was revealed that Prog magazine issue #35 would feature a 14-page Rush article in celebration of the band's upcoming Rock Hall induction and tour along with a special, limited edition hardback version of the issue which contains an additional 12 pages of Rush coverage. Prog magazine has started mailing out subscription copies of the standard version of the issue which will also appear on newsstands next Wednesday, April 17th. They posted the cover along with a few details on the contents of the issue to their Facebook page this morning:

... Prog 35 - Rush discuss their 45 years on the planet, from their first ever gig, original bassist, sacking Geddy, getting drunk with UFO, the truth behind that Runaways story, the albums they hate, the songs they can't play, Neil wanted to play with Roger Waters and much more. Including a picture of Alex Lifeson in his pants! ...

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Founding Rush drummer John Rutsey excluded from Rock Hall induction as a member of Rush
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UPDATE - 4/11@3:39PM: In light of this news I thought I'd open up a new poll for voting. So what do you think of this decision by the Rock Hall to exclude Rutsey? Take the poll and let us know.

Rush and the Rock HallThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has quietly announced the members of Rush (and of the other 2013 inductees) that will be inducted into the Rock Hall next week. There had been some question among fans as to whether founding Rush drummer John Rutsey (who passed away 5 years ago) would be inducted and - according to Rush's page on the Rock Hall website - he will not be included (thanks Future Rock Legends). The induction ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles next Thursday, April 18th with a truncated, 2-hour version being broadcast on HBO in the US and Canada on May 18th. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters will be inducting the band. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be officially opening a 2013 inductees exhibit this coming Tuesday, April 16th although the exhibit has already been opened up to the public. The Rush portion of the exhibit includes a Neil Peart snare drum, Alex Lifeson's double-neck guitar and a Geddy Lee bass along with various other items. It will also feature a three-screen multimedia presentation that tells the stories of the inductees. You can check out a short video tour of the new exhibit along with some photographs at the Cleveland Plain Dealer website.

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Limited edition Neil Peart electronic drum trigger pads now available
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UPDATE - 4/11@3:07PM: Actually it turns out that Neil added the Ruby pads to his kit already - midway through the last leg of the tour (looks like at the 10/24 Boston show).

Dauz Ruby electronic drum trigger padThose of you who pay very close attention to Neil Peart's drum kit may notice something slightly different about his kit on the upcoming 2013 leg of the tour. According to this listing at Dauz Electroic Drums, the kit should be sporting some new custom designed red and copper electronic drum trigger pads:

... This is the EXACT Dauz Pad we custom designed for Neil Peart's new kit.

As you probably know, Rush is gearing up for a huge worldwide tour. Neil asked us to upgrade his current Dauz pad to one that matches his latest red and copper kit. Neil named her "Ruby".

For a very limited time, we are offering our customers who buy direct from Dauz the opportunity to own their own "Ruby".

This unique, one-of-a-kind pad will only be available for a very limited time. We only manufactured a limited amount. So when they are gone...they're gone!

The band is currently in Los Angeles rehearsing for the upcoming tour and next week's Rock Hall induction. Thanks to Michael Y for the heads up.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Geddy Lee attends last night's Lakers game in Los Angeles
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Geddy Lee was spotted court-side at last night's Lakers game in Los Angeles. At one point they put a camera on Geddy and the announcer said the following:

That is a rock 'n' roll legend - Geddy Lee from Rush. He is here enjoying the game from the front row and we knew we were going to have to show him because our director Gerry Weinstein - it's his favorite band. He's probably seen them in concert 50 times. And they're going to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week.

You can watch the video on YouTube here. The band is currently rehearsing for the upcoming 2013 leg of the Clockwork Angels tour out in Los Angeles and are also there for next week's induction. Thanks to Jackson P and DigitalMan93 for the video and screenshots.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Rush and Geddy Lee reference on tonight's episode of Jeopardy!
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One of the $800 answers in the Bass and Vocals category on tonight's episode of the American quiz show Jeopardy! made reference to Rush and Geddy Lee:

Geddy Lee Laid Down the Low End & Sang "The Spirit of Radio" and "Closer to the Heart" For This Canadian Band

The question of course was - What is Rush?. This is the 2nd Rush-related answer to appear on the show in the last month. Back on March 1st the show used a Neil Peart reference as the answer to the What is Rush? question. Rush was also referenced on the show back in February of 2011. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up and screenshot.

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ArcLight Cinema in Los Angeles to host special Rush documentary screening and Q&A with Rush
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UPDATE - 4/15@1:19PM: A second screening of the film has been added on Tuesday, April 16 at 8:30PM. This screening will feature a Q&A from directors Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen.

Rush documentary screeningIn the lead-up to Rush's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on April 18th, the ArcLight Cinema in Los Angeles will be hosting a special screening of the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage on April 16th at 7PM. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson hosted by Jim Ladd. Tickets are available through the ArcLight Cinema website here.

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Alex Lifeson appearance on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl now online
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Classic VinylAlex Lifeson was a guest on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl earlier this afternoon for an interview feature titled Classic Vinyl Influences with Alex Lifeson. Alex Lifeson remembers 10 classic rock songs that were influential to him and his career as a guitarist. Here's the list of the songs that were played:

Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
Riders on the Storm - The Doors
I've Seen All Good People - Yes
Mississippi Queen - Mountain
My Generation - The Who
Spoonful - Cream
How Many More Times - Led Zeppelin
Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
Rain - The Beatles
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

They play each of the 10 tracks with some commentary from Alex to introduce the songs. The interview portion of the hour-long special is now available for listening on YouTube below or at this location.

The special will be rebroadcast on Tuesday, April 9, 9 pm ET; Wednesday, April 10, 6 am ET; Thursday, April 11, 3 pm ET; and Friday, April 12, 3 am ET. Thanks to Matt M for recording and posting the special.

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New book Diehards features original essay by Neil Peart
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A new concert photography book by Erin Feinberg titled Diehards was released last month. The book focuses on photographs of concert audiences and includes an original essay by Neil Peart. From the book's description:

DIEHARDS is an inside look at the energy and spirit that fuel every live show the fans.

Intrigued by the character and culture of music fans, Erin Feinberg spent a decade photographing audiences across all genres, from every vantage point out in the parking lots, up in the rafters,around the stages, and from inside the mosh pits. Captured in more than one hundred stunning images, Feinberg's photos draw you in to the fans mindset, free of inhibitions and under the spell of music!

Feinberg shares, I discovered a unique bond among these enthusiasts that transcends language, ethnicity, gender, and even the very music we are celebrating because the music also seems to define who we are. And through my lens I ve witnessed fan subcultures born of this devotion.

The photographs are bookended by original essays from two music legends, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Peart. Sharing perspectives from opposite ends of the stage, both performers beautifully articulate the power of their loyal, passionate audiences, as individuals and en masse.

The description also contains a small excerpt from Neil Peart's essay:

In a very real way, we, as performers, ought to bring everything we have to every show. It is also important to remember that people in the audience often bring everything they have, too. -Neil Peart

The book can be purchased on Amazon at this location. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Geddy Lee appearance on Sirius XM's Deep Tracks now online
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Sirius XM Deep TracksGeddy Lee was a guest on Sirius XM's Deep Tracks this past Monday, April 1st for an interview feature titled Around The Basses with Rush's Geddy Lee. Geddy Lee chats with Deep Tracks host Earle Bailey in this one-hour special, giving his picks and predictions for the base runners in the 2013 MLB season, and discussing and playing music from the influential bass players in his life; Jack Bruce, Jack Casady, John Entwistle, Jaco Pastorius, Jeff Berlin, and Paul McCartney. You can listen to the special on YouTube below or at this location. Thanks to Matt M for recording and posting the special.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Geddy Lee throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Blue Jays home openerThis past Tuesday Geddy Lee had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays home opener against the Cleveland Indians. Geddy was introduced to the tune of Tom Sawyer, excitedly ran out to the mound wearing his own very special baseball glove, and then proceeded to throw a strike! Afterwards Geddy went to his regular seats behind home plate, grabbed a hot dog and a beer and watched the rest of the game. There are plenty of photos and some video of the first pitch floating around the internet which you can check out in this post. Prior to the game Geddy was a guest on Toronto sports radio station The FAN 590's Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown. The interview podcast is available online here, and Geddy comes in at about the half way point of the audio clip. Geddy talks baseball with the guys for about 10 minutes.

Rush Goldmine Rock Hall special issueGoldmine magazine has released a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction special issue which contains a feature on Rush including a new interview with Geddy Lee. John over at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed the entire article earlier this week and made it available online at this location. Here are Geddy's comments on what his reactions were when he heard that the band would finally be inducted:

I was pleased, y'know? It wasn't one of those fist-pump things or anything, but I was especially pleased and relieved for our fan base, who made it into a real cause célèbre for the last couple of years. I know how much it means to them. I was pleased they could finally get the monkey off their back. I was also happy and honored to hear this news. ... It's not something I ever thought about, no. It was never really in my control, and I try to take the attitude of, "If you can't control something, don't worry about it." I can't say I ever obsessed over it, no, but I realize it's a great honor, and I'm happy to receive it.

The article also contains an interview feature with Rush's fellow Rock Hall inductees Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. Here's what Ann Wilson had to say about Rush:

... I know that Rush deserves to be there. Rush being inducted is a fine moment in rock justice, if there ever was one. I mean that. Those guys are so beloved, and so true to themselves and they are such an amazing band. It has always been a question mark to me sometimes when it comes to people who have been inducted vs. others who have not been inducted. It is sometimes a dog whistle that I can't understand. Where Rush is concerned, it is dead on and it's who should be in there.

And when the interviewer said that they hope Heart gets to jam with Rush at the end of the event, here's what Nancy said:

Me too. I am a super Rush fan. We didn't grow up Rush fans because there was a secret dog whistle that only males could hear. We watched the documentary "Beyond the Lighted Stage," because they are really good friends with our producer. Ben Mink and I thought it would be really cool to see that. I got way into it. I loved the way they had their chicken basting machines and their washing machines as their backline. I loved their intelligence and their humor. I brought it to the tour bus and I watched it with Ann. We have been big Rush fans ever since.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be officially opening a 2013 inductees exhibit on April 16th, 2 days prior to the induction ceremony in Los Angeles on April 18th (the exhibit can actually be visited now). The Rush portion of the exhibit includes a Neil Peart snare drum, Alex Lifeson's double-neck guitar and a Geddy Lee bass along with various other items. The exhibit will also feature a three-screen multimedia presentation that tells the stories of the inductees. You can check out a short video tour of the new exhibit along with some photographs at the Cleveland Plain Dealer website. Syndicated radio program In the Studio with Redbeard will be airing a special the week of April 15th celebrating the band's upcoming induction. You can get all the details at the In the Studio website. The induction ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 18th and then be broadcast on HBO in the US and Canada on May 18th. In addition to Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters inducting Rush, John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. will perform for inductee Albert King, with Mayer giving the induction speech; Don Henley will induct Randy Newman, who will perform with Jackson Browne and John Fogerty; and Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will perform in honor of the late Donna Summer. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains will perform with Heart, and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden will induct them. Also, Usher will perform a tribute to Quincy Jones and Cheech and Chong will induct producer Lou Adler in honor of both artists' Lifetime Achievement Awards. The show is sold out but tickets are still available on a number of broker websites, and VIP ticket packages are also available (see rockhall.com for details). The Rock Hall is running a contest through Facebook where the winner will get a trip for 2 to LA for the ceremony. And Chicago's WLUP is also running a contest of their own where they'll send one lucky winner to LA for the induction. Just listen in to WLUP today at 4PM and be the 97th caller. You can get all the details at the WLUP website (thanks Dave S).

Prog Rush hardback issueProg magazine issue #35 will feature a 14-page Rush article in celebration of the band's upcoming Rock Hall induction and tour. They are also releasing a special, limited edition hardback version of the issue which contains an additional 12 pages of Rush coverage. The hardback edition of the issue releases on April 17th and can be pre-ordered now.

Alex Lifeson will be a guest on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl on Monday, April 8th for an interview feature titled Classic Vinyl Influences with Alex Lifeson. From the Classic Vinyl website:

Founding member and guitarist of Rush, Alex Lifeson remembers 10 classic rock songs that influenced his career. With Lifeson and bassist Geddy Lee at its core, Rush has released 20 studio albums, and on April 18, 2013, they will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Airtime: Monday, April 8, 12 pm ET
Rebroadcasts: Tuesday, April 9, 9 pm ET; Wednesday, April 4, 6 am ET; Thursday, April 4, 3 pm ET; Friday, April4, 3 am ET

This past week's episode of American Idol (Season 12: The Top 7 rock -n- roll) focused on classic rock music and used Rush's Limelight during the opening theme. They even showed a brief picture of Rush along with a number of other classic rock artists. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) nobody actually sang a Rush song during the competition though. You can watch some video of the opening on YouTube at this location.

Rush was featured on CBC Radio's Rewind with Michael Enright yesterday. The hour-long special takes a look back on Rush's history as told through past CBC interviews with the band. The special is available online for listening at this location.

This past Monday was April Fools' day and for this year's annual RIAB joke I claimed to have some rehearsal footage from the Rock Hall induction ceremony all-star jam (I didn't). If you missed the joke you can check it out in this post. Quebec-based CJAD 800's The Ric Peterson Show posted a funny April Fools' joke of their own which involved Geddy Lee. The post detailed a new program from the Royal Canadian Air Force called Tails of Glory where the tails of RCAF aircraft were decorated with the faces of famous Canadians - one of which was Geddy Lee. You can check out the story at this location.

RatConThe folks at Rush RatCon released the date and location for this year's convention earlier this week. RatCon 2013 will be held at Club Xanadu in Baltimore, MD the weekend of June 21st-22nd to coincide with the June 21st Hershey, PA Rush concert. It will feature Friday night's Rush show (tickets not provided) followed by a full day of Rush-themed events on Saturday including a performance from Rush tribute band Blame Canada. RatCon 2013 will be the fifth time Rush Rats have officially gathered to feast on pellets and share their love of the best band of all time! For all the details check out the RatCon Facebook page.

Jos. von Weinerhaus at Gun Shy Assasin posted an article earlier this week describing how he and his friends discovered something interesting about Queensryche's The Warning album:

... my roommates and I put on Queensrÿche's The Warning but we hadn't realized that the record player had been set to 45 RPMs. What we found out is if you play this album at that speed, it turns into a god damn Rush album. You can turn the pitch knob down if you're more of a fan of early '80s Geddy Lee than the mid-'70s Geddy. ...

Nashville-based guitarist Sean Spicer is profiled in the May, 2013 issue of Guitar Player magazine on page 32 and talks about his obsession with Rush and Alex Lifeson:

... "When I was young, a friend introduced me to Rush's Moving Pictures album, and I became consumed by Alex Lifeson and his style," ... "Today, I can't even pick up a guitar without playing a Rush riff" ...

You can read the entire article by clicking on the thumbnail.

Alex and Geddy tour Rolling Stone headquartersEarlier this week RollingStone.com posted a new video interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson from when the pair visited Rolling Stone headquarters in New York for an interview back in February. Rolling Stone's Andy Greene takes Geddy and Alex on a tour of all of the Rolling Stone covers, and the pair reminisce about John Lennon, Led Zeppelin and more. From RollingStone.com:

Rush's army of fans will probably never forgive Rolling Stone for neglecting to ever put them on the cover, but the members of the band truly couldn't care less. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson stopped the the magazine's headquarters a few weeks ago and we gave them the grand tour, including a long hallway that displays every cover from the magazine's 46-year history.

The journey through our past caused the future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to reflect on their own history, including their first meeting with Neil Peart, waiting in line to see Led Zeppelin and working on Moving Pictures when word came down that John Lennon had been murdered. A Rodney Dangerfield cover from 1980 also caught Geddy's eye. "I think this is the most appropriate cover to remind me of Moving Pictures," he says. "I identify with Rodney." Much like the comedian, they didn't get nearly enough respect at the time.

You can check out the video below or at this location:

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

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Prog magazine special limited edition hardback Rush issue
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Prog Rush hardback issueProg magazine issue #35 will feature a 14-page Rush article in celebration of the band's upcoming Rock Hall induction and tour. They are also releasing a special, limited edition hardback version of the issue which contains an additional 12 pages of Rush coverage:

In honour of the uniqueness of Rush and the bond they have with their fans, we've created an exclusive limited edition hardback of the Rush issue of Prog. Featuring 12 extra pages of Rush material, exclusive to the hardback edition. Archive, unread and brand new interviews plus the sensational 12 page cover story itself make this the ultimate Rush collectors item to celebrate the band's forthcoming UK tour and 45 Anniversary.

The hardback edition of the issue releases on April 17th and can be pre-ordered now.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Alex Lifeson to appear on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl
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Alex Lifeson will be a guest on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl on Monday, April 8th for an interview feature titled Classic Vinyl Influences with Alex Lifeson. From the Classic Vinyl website:

Founding member and guitarist of Rush, Alex Lifeson remembers 10 classic rock songs that influenced his career. With Lifeson and bassist Geddy Lee at its core, Rush has released 20 studio albums, and on April 18, 2013, they will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Airtime: Monday, April 8, 12 pm ET
Rebroadcasts: Tuesday, April 9, 9 pm ET; Wednesday, April 4, 6 am ET; Thursday, April 4, 3 pm ET; Friday, April4, 3 am ET

Thanks to Lynn E for the heads up.

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Rush special on CBC Radio's Rewind with Michael Enright
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Rush was featured on CBC Radio's Rewind with Michael Enright today. The hour-long special takes a look back on Rush's history as told through past CBC interviews with the band. The special is available online for listening at this location. Thanks to Bernard C for the heads up.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Rush's Limelight used as opening theme music for tonight's episode of American Idol
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Tonight's episode of American Idol (Season 12: The Top 7 rock -n- roll) focused on classic rock music and used Rush's Limelight during the opening theme. They even showed a brief picture of Rush along with a number of other classic rock artists. Unfortunately nobody actually sang a Rush song during the competition though. You can watch some video of the opening sequence below or on YouTube at this location (thanks RUSHnATL).

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2013 Rock Hall inductees exhibit opens April 16th
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be opening a 2013 inductees exhibit on April 16th, 2 days prior to the induction ceremony in Los Angeles on April 18th. The Rush portion of the exhibit will include a Neil Peart snare drum, Alex Lifeson's double-neck guitar and a Geddy Lee bass along with various other items. The exhibit will also include a three-screen multimedia presentation that tells the stories of the inductees. You can check out a short video tour of the new exhibit along with some photographs at the Cleveland Plain Dealer website. The induction ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 18th and then be broadcast on HBO in the US and Canada on May 18th. In addition to Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters inducting Rush, John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. will perform for inductee Albert King, with Mayer giving the induction speech; Don Henley will induct Randy Newman, who will perform with Jackson Browne and John Fogerty; and Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will perform in honor of the late Donna Summer. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains will perform with Heart, and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden will induct them. Also, Usher will perform a tribute to Quincy Jones and Cheech and Chong will induct producer Lou Adler in honor of both artists' Lifetime Achievement Awards. The show is sold out but tickets are still available on a number of broker websites, and VIP ticket packages are also available (see rockhall.com for details). The Rock Hall is running a contest through Facebook where the winner will get a trip for 2 to LA for the ceremony. And Chicago's WLUP is also running a contest of their own where they'll send one lucky winner to LA for the induction. Just listen in to WLUP Friday at 4PM and be the 97th caller. You can get all the details at the WLUP website (thanks Dave S).

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Geddy Lee to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Toronto Blue Jays home opener tonight
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UPDATE - 4/3@10:08AM: Geddy's pre-game interview on Toronto sports radio station The FAN 590's Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown is now available online here. Geddy comes in about half way in to the audio clip.

UPDATE - 4/3@8:31AM: Here are a few more photos of Geddy's first pitch. One from the Blue Jays Twitter feed and a couple more from the Windsor Star.

UPDATE - 4/3@8:20AM: And here's some video:

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UPDATE - 4/2@10:06PM: Baseball Nation has a couple of short video snippets of Geddy's first pitch here (thanks The Sphere). And here's a photo of Jays manager John Gibbons speaking with Geddy before the game.

UPDATE - 4/2@8:23PM: They played Tom Sawyer for Geddy and he proceeded to throw a strike! Reader Don C got some screenshots from the telecast and sent them along to me. Geddy is now happily sitting in his regular seats behind home plate, although the Jays are currently down 2-0 (go Tribe!).

UPDATE - 4/2@7:09PM: Here are some screencaps from Geddy's appearance on Prime Time Sports courtesy Don C.

UPDATE - 4/2@6:26PM: Geddy is on! Listen in live right now here.

UPDATE - 4/2@5:27PM: Reader The Sphere noted that the schedule listed on the Prime Time Sports website has Geddy coming on at 6:20pm EST.

Geddy at a Blue Jays gameWe learned last Wednesday that Geddy Lee would be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at tonight's Toronto Blue Jays home opener against the Cleveland Indians. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:07PM EST. Hopefully they'll be some footage of the first pitch released online at some point. Geddy is a well-known baseball fanatic and is a regular fixture at Blue Jays home games where he can often be seen in his seats right behind home plate. Geddy will be a guest on Toronto sports radio station The FAN 590's Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown today to talk about baseball, throwing out the first pitch and more. Prime Time Sports runs from 4-7PM EST and can be heard online at this location. You can also watch Geddy talk baseball in this MLB Networks interview he conducted back in February. Geddy talks about how he became such a big baseball fan along with what his thoughts on the Blue Jays chances are this year.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Rush tour Rolling Stone headquarters in new video interview
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Alex and Geddy tour Rolling Stone headquartersRollingStone.com has posted a new video interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson from when the pair visited Rolling Stone headquarters in New York for an interview back in February. Rolling Stone's Andy Greene takes Geddy and Alex on a tour of all of the Rolling Stone covers, and they reminisce about John Lennon, Led Zeppelin and more. From RollingStone.com:

Rush's army of fans will probably never forgive Rolling Stone for neglecting to ever put them on the cover, but the members of the band truly couldn't care less. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson stopped the the magazine's headquarters a few weeks ago and we gave them the grand tour, including a long hallway that displays every cover from the magazine's 46-year history.

The journey through our past caused the future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers to reflect on their own history, including their first meeting with Neil Peart, waiting in line to see Led Zeppelin and working on Moving Pictures when word came down that John Lennon had been murdered. A Rodney Dangerfield cover from 1980 also caught Geddy's eye. "I think this is the most appropriate cover to remind me of Moving Pictures," he says. "I identify with Rodney." Much like the comedian, they didn't get nearly enough respect at the time.

You can watch the video below or at this location. It's ironic that last year on this date the April Fools joke that I did in collaboration with Cygnus-X1.net and Power Windows involved Rush finally making the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Maybe Rolling Stone is hinting at something here? Hmm....

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Rock Hall induction ceremony Rush rehearsal footage released
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UPDATE - 4/1@7:54PM: APRIL FOOLS!!!! ... in case you hadn't already figured it out. Hopefully you all enjoyed this year's joke. Thanks for playing along and being good sports about it. Now if they do actually play Final Countdown at the induction, it'll be me looking like the fool! :)

Rush and the Rock HallLast week the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released several new details regarding the upcoming April 18th induction ceremony where Rush will be inducted, including the list of performers. You can check out the full list of presenters and performers at the Rock Hall website. We've known for some time now that Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will be inducting Rush, although we still haven't heard any details as to which songs Rush will play or what the plans for the all-star jam at the end are. Many fans have wondered which of the inductees and other performers would be involved in the jam. It would make sense for Rush and Heart to perform together since they are the 2 rock acts being inducted - but what about the other inductees? It turns out that rehearsals for the ceremony were held this past week and April Fulton of the Hollywood Star was able to get some exclusive video of the performance, so we now have a few details to report. The video is just a few minutes, but you can clearly see that all three members of Rush participate in the jam and - not surprisingly - Grohl and Hawkins along with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart are also included in the performance. However, what's especially interesting is the song that they chose to play along with the other inductees and surprise guests that are involved. You can check out the video below or at this location:

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