Archive: Blog Entries from May, 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

Neil Peart wins Best Prog Drummer and MVP awards in Modern Drummer's 2013 Readers' Poll
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The July, 2013 issue of Modern Drummer has just started to hit subscribers' mailboxes, and it contains the results of their 2013 Readers' Poll. Neil Peart won in the relatively new MVP category for the first time, along with taking top honors in the Best Prog Drummer category for the third year in a row. You can check out a screenshot where they feature Neil and his awards here. Thanks to Jackson P for the screenshot and the heads up.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 5/31@1:30PM: Eric of Power Windows points out in the comments that Neil did explain how The Wreckers was inspired by the 1936 book Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier in a Rolling Stone interview from last summer:

"This Daphne Du Maurier novel 'Jamaica Inn' describes these people called 'The Wreckers' on the coast of the Cornwall in Britain. They would not only plunder shipwrecks, but they would actually put up a fake light and attract the ships in a storm to crash on their shores so they could loot them. It's just a shocking example of inhumanity, and it happens to be a true story. I wove it all of that into the story of this album." - Neil Peart, Rollingstone.com, June 12, 2012

So Lawrence's book was likely also inspired by this same source. Thanks Eric!

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Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush finished up their 5-show, mini-tour of the UK yesterday at the SECC in Glasgow Scotland. They'll continue the European leg of the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour on Sunday when they fly the airship across the North Sea to Amsterdam. From there they'll hit 4 more stops in Europe before heading back across the Atlantic for the North American summer leg of the tour. Geddy Lee did a number of interviews with the Scottish press in the lead up to yesterday's Glasgow show. He spoke with The Herald Scotland, the Glasgow Evening Times, and The List. In all three interviews Geddy touches on all the usual subjects including the Rock Hall induction, the Clockwork Angels album and tour, and more. In his interview with The List Geddy talks about the Clockwork Angels album, placing it among Rush's best:

... 'I'd say it's probably in our top three records, without question.' So what are their best albums? It'd be like picking a favourite child out of a family of twenty young 'uns. 'Probably Moving Pictures, 2112, Power Windows and Clockwork Angels, but not necessarily in that order. To me, they are the most satisfying records that we've made.' ...

Rock Hall induction rehearsals. Rush with ... Jann Wenner!?Earlier this week Neil Peart updated the news page on his website with a story titled The Sweet Science. Neil describes his motorcycle travels between shows on the spring 2013 leg of the Clockwork Angels tour along with several behind-the-scenes moments from Rush's Rock Hall induction last month, including a letter in which he relates a must-read story regarding Jann Wenner and the all-star Crossroads jam rehearsal. You can read the entire update on Neil's website at this location.

Chad Smith and Alex LifesonThis past Tuesday MusicRadar.com posted the third and final installment of Chad Smith's 3-part In Conversation podcast interview with Alex Lifeson. You can listen to part 1 here and part 2 here. The interview took place a few days before the band's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction over a leisurely dinner at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, California. In part 3 Chad and Alex talk about Rush's comeback after the tragedies suffered by Neil Peart, the current state of the music industry, side projects, growing older, and more. You can listen to it and read the transcript at this location, or get the podcast on iTunes here.

Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007A couple of weeks ago Rush released 2 new digital-only album colections: Rush The Complete Mercury Years and Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007. Rush The Complete Mercury Years contains Rush's complete Mercury catalog (all their albums up through A Show of Hands), including the new 2112 Deluxe Edition and 2008's Working Man vault edition. This Mercury collection was essentially already made available via 2011's Sectors box sets (excluding the 2112 Deluxe Edition and Working Man vault edition), but this marks the first time they've been released for sale digitally. Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 contains the entire Atlantic-era Rush studio catalog (Presto through Snakes & Arrows). The collections were made available via iTunes for $79.99 and $49.99 respectively, and billed as being mastered for iTunes (see this article explaining what that really means). The Atlantic-era Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 along with the Sectors collections were also made available as 96kHz/24bit lossless audio via HDTracks.com for a significantly higher cost, but with much better quality. The latest Masterdisk newsletter also revealed that the remastered The Studio Albums 1989-2007 collection will eventually be made available on a physical format as well. Note that the Atlantic-era collection contains a remastered version of Vapor Trails. Eric at Power Windows recently emailed Andy VanDette of Masterdisk to verify that this was just a remix of the album and not the long-awaited Vapor Trails remaster of the original master tapes. Here's what he had to say:

These are the original mixes, but with a much different treatment. For what it is worth........A typical album takes me about 8 hours to master. I spent 4 days on VT, trying to find a way to emphasize the positive, and downplay the negative, with a "car test" every morning on my way in to the studio. I knew this album in particular would receive tremendous scrutiny. Being a musician, growing up on the other side of Niagara Falls from the band, Rush had a huge influence on me. I hope I have done their catalog justice. Check it out. I hope you will agree that VT sounds much less 'overblown'. I tried to design it to be more open and dynamic. I hope you enjoy it.

So - although it has a different treatment - it is not the long-awaited remaster (this project is currently in limbo) which was partially released (One Little Victory and Earthshine) on the Retrospective 3 compilation.

Jimmy Page and Ross HalfinBritish rock photographer Ross Halfin's online diary enty for this past Monday, May 27th describes how he went to a record fair with Jimmy Page and played him Rush's Fly By Night in the car:

May 27th: A very nice and sunny - and hot - Bank Holiday Monday. Did I sit in the garden and enjoy it? No, I drove to Jimmy Page's, picked him up and headed to Reading to the record fair. As I had Rush's Fly By Night in the car it was time for Jimmy to experience Anthem and Beneath, Between and Behind on the motorway. He liked the drumming and I did catch him listening to Alex Lifeson. Jimmy told me he liked La Villa Strangiato. ...

Jimmy Page is one of Alex Lifeson's biggest influences. Alex talks about finally meeting his idol in this 2006 Guitar Player interview. Halfin has photographed a number of rock icons over the years including Rush.

Rush RatConDetails for this year's Rush RatCon Rush fan convention/gathering were revealed earlier this week. RatCon 2013 will take place on Saturday, June 22nd at the infamous Club Xanadu in lovely Severna Park, Maryland. The fun begins with a tailgating party before the Rush concert at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA on Friday, June 21st (note: concert tickets are not part of RatCon's admission price). Then the festivities shift to Club Xanadu on Saturday. Events will include Rush tribute band Blame Canada and featured guest speakers Gerry Hilera (of the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble) and Donna Halper. There will also be a bunch of great food, games, music, prizes, company, etc. For all the details and to register, visit the RatCon Facebook event page and/or the official RatCon website at RushRat.com.

A couple of rare Rush items are currently being auctioned off on eBay to raise money for charity. There's this autographed Clockwork Angels Fender Squire Jazz Bass up for bidding through tomorrow with all proceeds from the auction going to benefit Arts Enter Cape Charles. There's also this autographed Neil Peart drum head which was used on the All the World's a Stage tour. This auction will end on June 6th with all proceeds going to benefit the American Red Cross towards the relief efforts of the violent EF5 tornado that struck Oklahoma on May 20th.

Ultimate Classic Rock compiled their list of the Top 10 Rush Songs this past week. Tom Sawyer unsurprisingly topped the list at #1.

Reader Dennis B let me know that Green Man Brewing of Asheville, NC are creating a new brew in honor of Rush and their recent Rock Hall induction:

Red Barchetta: is our salute to Rush getting into the rock and roll hall of fame (finally!). It's a west coast style red ale with a deep, complex caramel flavor balanced with a firm hop character. Massively dry hopped with Chinook hops for a piney, citrus aroma. 7.1% ABV

Legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest just released a new live DVD called Epitaph this past week. Music Radar recently sat down with frontman Rob Halford for an interview to discuss the DVD and asked him about Rush's recent induction into the Rock Hall (thanks snowdog2113):

... "Yes! Yes, I'm so happy for them. I'm a huge fan and have been following those guys from day one." ...

PopMatters posted their list of the 10 Greatest Rock Documentaries yesterday and the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage made the cut at #9:

What would you expect from the seminal Canadian power trio that's managed nearly five decades in the limelight without a single significant scandal or split? Rush have always been the nice guys of proto prog-rock, and this indepth look at their entire career cements said reputation. But it also offers intriguing details like Geddy Lee's connection to the Holocaust and the horrible tragedies that befell drummer Neil Peart. With a collection of testimonials from current, "cool" musicians and a wealth of rare footage, this film is actually cited as the reason for the band's recent induction into the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Reader Lynne K noticed this 1999 book from Canadian author Iain Lawrence called The Wreckers. From the book's description:

... On the barren coast of Cornwall, England, lived a community who prayed for shipwrecks, a community who lured storm-tossed ships to crash upon the sharp rocks of their shore. They fed and clothed themselves with the loot salvaged from the wreckage; dead sailors' tools and trinkets became decorations for their homes. Most never questioned their murderous way of life. Then, upon that pirates' shore crashed the ship The Isle of Skye. And the youngest of its crew members, 14-year-old John Spencer, survived the wreck. But would he escape the wreckers? This is his harrowing tale. ...

Sound a little familiar? I haven't seen any specific reference to this book in any of the interviews with Neil Peart or Kevin J. Anderson discussing the Clockwork Angels novel, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was the inspiration for The Wreckers portion of the story.

Tomorrow marks the 3rd anniversary of the release of Rush's Caravan/BU2B single. Here's a 2-minute video excerpt of the concert visuals for Caravan:

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

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Glasgow open thread
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UPDATE - 6/3@9:45AM: Here's a 4-star review from the Herald Scotland.

UPDATE - 5/31@9:57AM: Here's a photo gallery posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 5/30@7:35PM: Official photos from the show are now posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 5/30@5:28PM: Night B - version 5 confirmed (thanks Al-Dreamline).

UPDATE - 5/30@3:26PM: The first set is almost over and it looks like Night B - version 5 (thanks Al-Dreamline).

UPDATE - 5/30@3:15PM: They are well into the first set in Glasgow and it looks like they may be playing the Night B - version 5 setlist, or possibly Night A - version 4 (thanks Al-Dreamline). It should be more clear by intermission time.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush will play the last of 5 UK dates on the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour tonight when they fly the tour airship into the SECC in Glasgow, Scotland. They played their Night A set for the Sheffield show on Tuesday, so tonight's crowd will likely see one of the Night B sets. As always, I'll post any setlist information here as soon as I learn about it. For everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. If it's not Scottish or Rush... it's crap!

Date/Time: Thursday, May 30th @ 7:30PM (2:30PM EST)
Show Number: 14
Venue: SECC
Place: Glasgow, Scotland

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Photographer Ross Halfin plays Rush's Fly by Night for Jimmy Page
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Jimmy Page and Ross HalfinBritish rock photographer Ross Halfin's online diary enty for May 27th describes how he went to a record fair with Jimmy Page and played him Rush's Fly By Night in the car:

May 27th: A very nice and sunny - and hot - Bank Holiday Monday. Did I sit in the garden and enjoy it? No, I drove to Jimmy Page's, picked him up and headed to Reading to the record fair. As I had Rush's Fly By Night in the car it was time for Jimmy to experience Anthem and Beneath, Between and Behind on the motorway. He liked the drumming and I did catch him listening to Alex Lifeson. Jimmy told me he liked La Villa Strangiato. ...

Jimmy Page is one of Alex Lifeson's biggest influences. Alex talks about finally meeting his idol in this 2006 Guitar Player interview:

... "Well, Geddy met Robert Plant in Morocco a few years ago, and Robert invited us to the Page/Plant show in Toronto. When we went backstage, Jimmy came into the room, and I started shaking. I was that excited. He was so sweet, and so charming, and engaging. It was incredible. I brought a copy of my record, Victor, and I built up the nerve to give it to him. I had written in it that he was such an inspiration, and that his influence was all over the record. ...

Halfin has photographed a number of rock icons over the years including Rush. Thanks to Dave W and Jason for the heads up.

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Rush RatCon 2013 details and registration information
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Rush RatConDetails for this year's Rush RatCon Rush fan convention/gathering were revealed earlier this week. RatCon 2013 will take place on Saturday, June 22nd at the infamous Club Xanadu in lovely Severna Park, Maryland. The fun begins with a tailgating party before the Rush concert at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA on Friday, June 21st (note: concert tickets are not part of RatCon's admission price). Then the festivities shift to Club Xanadu on Saturday. Events will include Rush tribute band Blame Canada and featured guest speakers Gerry Hilera (of the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble) and Donna Halper. There will also be a bunch of great food, games, music, prizes, company, etc. For all the details and to register, visit the RatCon Facebook event page and/or the official RatCon website at RushRat.com.

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New Geddy Lee interview with The List
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Geddy Lee has been busy chatting with a number of Scottish newspapers for interviews in the lead up to tomorrow's Rush concert in Glasgow. The latest of these is with The List, where Geddy touches on all the usual subjects including the Rock Hall induction, the Clockwork Angels album and tour, and more. Geddy places Clockwork Angels among Rush's best albums:

... 'I'd say it's probably in our top three records, without question.' So what are their best albums? It'd be like picking a favourite child out of a family of twenty young 'uns. 'Probably Moving Pictures, 2112, Power Windows and Clockwork Angels, but not necessarily in that order. To me, they are the most satisfying records that we've made.' ...

You can read the entire article/interview here. There was also this interview with the Glasgow Evening Times from earlier today, and this interview with the Herald Scotland from yesterday.

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New Geddy Lee interview with the Glasgow Evening Times
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In the lead up to tomorrow's Rush show at the SECC in Glasgow, Geddy Lee sat down with the Glasgow Evening Times for a short, new interview. Geddy talks about the first time Rush played the Apollo in Glasgow, the Clockwork Angels album and tour, the Rock Hall induction and more. Here's Geddy discussing how much the band has been enjoying themselves on tour:

... "As you get older and you experience more of what life can throw at you, I think you appreciate your opportunities more," he says. "Here we find ourselves, 40 years down the road and we're playing better than we've ever played together, and with an expanding fan base, which is shocking in itself. "We're in a happy place, and enjoying it and going with it." ...

You can read the entire article/interview online here.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New Geddy Lee interview with the Herald Scotland
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In the lead up to Thursday's upcoming Rush show at the SECC in Glasgow, the Herald Scotland spoke with Geddy Lee for a short, new interview. Geddy talks about the polarizing nature of Rush's music, the Clockwork Angels album and tour, the Rock Hall induction and more. Here's Geddy reflecting back on Rush's long career:

... "No-one expects to be around in rock 'n' roll after this amount of time, and to find that in some ways you mean more to more people now than ever before, then that's always kind of a shock, and a pleasant one. "You walk out onstage and see fathers and sons and daughters coming to shows together, hell, just seeing female Rush fans now is always a pleasant surprise. It's been a strange, wonderful ride this career and we're just taking it all in."

You can read the entire article/interview online here.

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Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Sheffield open thread
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UPDATE - 5/30@9:08AM: Here's a review and photo gallery from the Sheffield Telegraph.

UPDATE - 5/28@9:54PM: Official photos are now posted over at Rush.com, and here's another great photo gallery that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 5/28@7:10PM: The show is over. Reader Dave in Leeds confirms that they did end up playing the Night A - version 3 setlist.

UPDATE - 5/28@3:54PM: It's intermission time! So far it looks like they are playing Night A - version 3 (thanks Al-Dreamline).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush will play the 4th out of 5 scheduled UK dates on the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour tonight when they roll into the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. They played one of their Night B sets for Sunday night's crowd in Birmingham, so tonight they'll likely play one of the Night A sets. As always, I'll post any setlist information here as soon as I learn about it. For everyone going to the show tonight, have fun, stay safe, and be sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. RUUSSSHHHH!!!!!

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 28th @ 7:30PM (2:30PM EST)
Show Number: 13
Venue: Motorpoint Arena
Place: Sheffield, England

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Part 3 of Chad Smith's In Conversation podcast with Alex Lifeson
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Chad Smith and Alex LifesonMusicRadar.com has launched the third and final installment of Chad Smith's 3-part In Conversation podcast interview with Alex Lifeson. You can listen to part 1 here and part 2 here. The interview took place a few days before the band's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction over a leisurely dinner at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, California. In part 3 Chad and Alex talk about Rush's comeback after the tragedies suffered by Neil Peart, the current state of the music industry, side projects, growing older, and more. You can listen to it and read the transcript at this location, or get the podcast on iTunes here.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Birmingham open thread
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UPDATE - 5/28@9:43AM: Here's a review from the Birmingham Mail.

UPDATE - 5/27@7:22PM: Here's a gallery of close-up photos from the show that were posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 5/27@8:50AM: Official photos are posted over at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 5/26@5:48PM: The show's over and the Night B - version 3 set was played (thanks Al-Dreamline).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush continues their run of UK dates on the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour tonight when they will play the LG Arena in Birmingham. They played one of their Night A sets for the crowd in London Friday night, so tonight will likely see them pull out one of the Night B sets. As usual, I'll post any setlist information here as soon as I learn about it. For everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. Rush-archy in the UK!!

Date/Time: Sunday, May 26th @ 7:30PM (2:30PM EST)
Show Number: 12
Venue: The Birmingham LG Arena
Place: Birmingham, England

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

New Neil Peart news update at NeilPeart.net
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[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: May, 2013 - The Sweet Science]

Rock Hall induction rehearsals. Rush with ... Jann Wenner!?Neil Peart has once again updated the news page on his website with a story titled The Sweet Science. Neil describes his motorcycle travels between shows, the Rock Hall induction and more. Neil reveals several behind-the-scenes moments from the Rock Hall induction and rehearsals that are a blast to read, including this letter in which he reflects back on the evening:

... I had spoken and played well. Not only on our songs and the "Crossroads" jam, but even laying down a (hopefully) funky groove behind a pair of full-on master rappers. ... Geddy and I met in a backstage room with Chuck D from Public Enemy ("911 is a Joke in Your Town") and the "DMC" of Run-DMC. They described the rhythmic feel, and where we should come in, and on what line we should stop. We nodded.)

There was also the star- (guitar-) studded "Crossroads" jam, for which I was also responsible for laying down the foundation of tempo and feel. So . . . my state of mind leading up to "all that" might best be expressed by "yikes!"

Just moments after it was over, as Geddy and I met in the quick-change tent at stage left (just like Madonna!), he said, "We laid it DOWN."

And, shockingly, we did.

During the previous night's rehearsal (our hip-hop brethren did not attend), after the "Crossroads" jam (do you believe that lineup of guitarists? Whoa!), one of the "presiding geniuses," some rumpled-looking guy in a suit and tie, came up to me onstage and suggested that the tempo should be slower. I knew I was playing it the way we had recorded it, modeled on Cream's version, but - I am a professional.

So I pulled it back a notch, and we played it again. It felt fine to me either way, but the boge [our slang for "square"] said it felt heavier and better for the soloists to breathe. I could see that. Then he suggested even a notch slower yet, and I said, "Okay." There was no time to rehearse that, but I fingered out [how Brutus always says "figured"] a proper "feel" for a slightly slower tempo in my brain ('cause it ain't just math, eh?). I also asked the geniuses to pass around to all the other players that I would be playing it slower.

(If nothing else, I wanted them to know it was on purpose!)

Well . . . Geddy wrote back in response to that report with, "That boge was Jann Wenner!" [Founder of Rolling Stone, and co-director of the Hall of Fame.]

Ha ha! - Perfect!

The world's most powerful Rush-hater, rumored to have personally kept us out of the HOF all these years!

[Taylor Hawkins told me later that at that moment he had to walk away so he wouldn't hit him­ - and when I wrote about it to another mutual friend and fellow drummer, Stewart Copeland, he wrote back that he wished he had been there, so he could head-butt the guy!

Nice to have the support of my drum-brothers, but I didn't see it as an insult, but a challenge. I am Canadian, and "We aim to please." ...

You can read the entire thing on Neil's website at this location.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 5/24@1:44PM: Here's one item I'd forgot to mention. DrumsForCures Inc. is running a charity auction where they are selling a Neil Peart autographed drumhead to raise money for cancer research. For all the details and to place your bid go here (thanks Tom B).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush opened up the European leg of the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour this past Wednesday in Manchester, England. They continue their trek across jolly ol' England today, where in just a couple of hours they'll hit the stage at London's O2 Arena. Then it's on to Birmingham, Sheffield and Glasgow before jumping the channel to bring the tour to mainland Europe. One of the stops they'll be hitting while in Europe is the Sweden Rock Festival - the band's first appearance at a European festival in 34 years. Geddy Lee was recently interviewed by VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner and shed some light on why the band has avoided festivals over the years:

"The way festivals used to be, we were always prevented from bringing our full show to them, so things changed in the last couple of years. We've started playing a couple of outdoor venues that allow us to do our full show. We did a few in Canada that are multiple-day festivals, where you have a stage to yourself that can accommodate, so that started to turn us around a little bit about playing festivals."

When asked whether he thinks Rush will play more festivals in the future Geddy had the following to say:

"We'll see how this one goes. This one in Sweden is kind of a test case for the European festivals, and if we like the end result, then I think we might start doing more of those, because we can play to more people and shorten the show a little bit and just hit more countries that way. That's kind of what's at the back of our minds - if this goes well, maybe we can go to some countries we haven't visited yet."

Rush will be headlining the Sweden Rock Festival on June 8th. UK Rush fan Robert Taylor is biking between shows on the UK leg of the tour to help raise money for Cancer research. You can help support his cause by visiting his page at JustGiving and making your donation. Rush will be back in North America next month and a few new ticket contests for various shows have opened up. Swearnet.com is giving away 4 tickets to Rush's July 14th Halifax show. You can get all the details on how to enter in this YouTube video. And New York City's Q104.3 is running a contest where one lucky Rush fan could win front row tickets to Rush's upcoming show at Jones Beach on June 23rd along with meet and greet passes and a custom Geddy Lee Clockwork Angels bass guitar. The contest is open to fans in the NYC tri-state area only. You can get all the details and enter the contest at this location.

Planet RockWhile in the UK this past week, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee hit the interview circuit to promote the European tour. UK digital radio station Planet Rock aired their 20+ minute interview with Alex this past Wednesday and made it available online here. They also put a number of fan-submitted questions to Alex and had him answer several of them in this YouTube video. In the main interview Alex talks about the current tour, the Rock Hall induction ceremony, explains the infamous blah speech, the band's plans after the tour, and more. You can listen to the entire thing here. Geddy Lee spoke with Steve Adams of the Birmingham Post for an interview in today's edition where he discusses the band's recent Rock Hall induction, the Clockwork Angels tour and more. Here's Geddy on the band's plans after the tour:

... "Right now we're looking to finish this tour and take a holiday," says Lee, almost wearily. "After a nice long break we'll figure out what we're gonna do, but right now we have not talked about it and we have zero intention of talking about it." That includes discussion of a 40th anniversary 'R40' tour next year, an idea the band's management is determined to push through. "They're trying but they're going to fail," says Lee. "And there's nothing wrong with an 'R42' tour - it doesn't have to be a round number. "After all, there's been nothing round about our career." ...

Alex also spoke with the Sheffield Star for a short interview, and Geddy appeared on the Paul Franks Show on the BBC WM earlier this week. You can listen to that interview at this location beginning at the 1:47 mark.

Blah, blah, blahRush's April 18th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony premiered on HBO this past Saturday night. The HBO broadcast was a 168-minute, edited version of the nearly 5-hour long ceremony. Other than a few minor edits, the entire Rush portion of the ceremony was kept intact for the broadcast, including Alex Lifeson's infamous blah speech. The broadcast did not include Jann Wenner's opening speech which featured a standing ovation for Rush, but HBO did make the speech available on YouTube. Some videos of the broadcast were posted online this week, but unfortunately (and unsurprisingly) HBO had them taken down. The camera-phone YouTube videos from the ceremony itself are still available though (for now at least), and you can check those out in this post. There's also some camera-phone vids of the broadcast itself still available here. For some reason the Rock Hall does not make the broadcast of the ceremony available for purchase on DVD/Blu-ray, so if you don't have HBO these online videos may be your only chance to watch. Outspoken radio DJ Howard Stern caused quite a stir on his Monday radio show when he voiced his objections to this year's crop of inductees, including Rush. You can read all about it in this Examiner.com article.

Chad Smith and Alex LifesonMusicRadar.com launched a new podcast series with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers a couple of weeks ago called In Conversation, and Alex Lifeson was the first featured guest. Part 1 of their three-part conversation aired 2 Mondays ago, and part 2 of the interview aired this past Monday. In the second installment Alex chats with Chad for over half an hour about the Rock Hall induction ceremony, his painting, his pilot's license, John Rutsey, and more. You can listen to it and read the transcript at this location, or get the podcast on iTunes here. The interview took place a few days before the band's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction over a leisurely dinner at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, California. The third and final part of the interview will be posted this coming Monday.

Author and music journalist Martin Popoff has followed up his 2004 Rush biography Contents Under Pressure with a new illustrative history of the band titled Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History. The book was scheduled for a May 30th release but already began shipping from several online retailers including Amazon.com earlier this week. From the book's description:

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

For details and to order your copy via Amazon, go to this location. Popoff will be appearing at this year's RushCon to talk about the book and sign copies for fans.

Golfer and friend of Alex Lifeson, Rocco Mediate, is featured in this CNN iReport article from earlier in the week. Mediate is competing in the Senior PGA Championship this week. The article talks about how Mediate's friendship with Lifeson came about and their appearance on the inaugural episode of the Golf Channel's Playing Lessons. It includes this quote from Alex Lifeson:

... "I remember how thoughtful and considerate Rocco was," said Lifeson. "He spent a great deal of time with me, a truly novice golfer, on the range hitting a million 7 irons. The thing is, he still spends time with me on the range, so either he's a dear friend or I'm a pretty lousy golfer...or maybe both! This photo is of that day."

MusicRadar.com recently interviewed Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz and asked him to pick his 10 essential rock records (thanks RushFanForever). He had some trouble choosing just one Rush album to include ... so he picked 8 of them:

Caress of Steel, 2112, A Farewell to Kings, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, Signals, Grace Under Pressure

"There's no way I can pick just one Rush album, or even a few of them. Each of these records is so different, but they're all fantastic in their own individual ways. I always say that Alex Lifeson is the chameleon of rock guitar because he's changed his sound and his style so many times. I always want to hear what he's going to do next.

"I discovered Rush because my mom was listening to 2112. How awesome is that? I was six years old, and my mother is introducing me to Rush. I guess my daughter will be into them, too; she's seven years old, and she listens to everything that I do.

"Highlights, for me, are probably Hemispheres, 2112 and Permanent Waves, but again, each one of these records means something special. Nobody sounds like Rush."

Legendary Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek passed away this past week at age 74. Alex Lifeson recently talked about The Doors in his appearance on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl Influences program, saying the following:

I was really into The Doors when they were around in the beginning. They were such a unique band. I know John Rutsey - the original drummer for Rush - he was a huge Doors fan. I can't say they were influential to our music, but certainly they were so fresh
and different. And there was such a great personality in Jim Morrison. They just really added so much to the whole rock scene.

Here's the video of Alex Lifeson's Planet Rock appearance earlier this week where he answers several fan-submitted questions:

That's all for this week. For all of you in the USA, have a great Memorial Day weekend! And happy Victoria Day to all you Canadians. ... everyone would gather on the 24th of May ...

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Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour London open thread
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UPDATE - 6/7@12:44PM: Here's a review from The Quietus.

UPDATE - 5/29@1:32PM: Here's a great Flickr photo gallery from reader japes.

UPDATE - 5/28@9:45AM: Here's a review from The Upcoming.

UPDATE - 5/25@10:07AM: Here's a photo gallery that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 5/24@7:46PM: They played the Night A - version 3 set (thanks Al-Dreamline), and official photos are already posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 5/24@4:11PM: It's intermission time. It looks like Night A - version 3 so far (thanks Al-Dreamline).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush plays show #2 of the European leg of the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour tonight at London's O2 Arena. They played one of their Night B sets for Wednesday's show in Manchester, so tonight's crowd will likely see one of the Night A sets. As always, I'll post any setlist information here as soon as I learn about it. For everyone going to the show, have fun, stay safe, and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. RUSH!!!

Date/Time: Friday, May 24th @ 7:30PM (2:30PM EST)
Show Number: 11
Venue: The O2 Arena
Place: London, England

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Geddy Lee talks Rock Hall induction, Clockwork Angels tour in new interview with the Birmingham Post
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UPDATE - 5/24@9:39AM: Interviewer Steve Adams also mentioned to me in an email that Geddy also spoke with him about how the band did consider playing Losing It from Signals on the current tour. Jonathan Dinklage, one of the members of the string section, is a longtime fan of the band and had developed an interesting take on the song. This portion of the interview was omitted from the article because of space constraints.

Geddy Lee at Rock Hall inductionIn the lead up to this weekend's Rush show in Birmingham, Geddy Lee spoke with Steve Adams of the Birmingham Post for an interview where he discusses the band's recent Rock Hall induction, the Clockwork Angels tour and more. Here's Geddy on how emotionally overwhelming the Rock Hall induction was for the band:

... "It was really overwhelming and we all got choked up," he recalls. "Our fans have always placed more importance on us getting in than we have - we'd always thought it was no big deal. But at that particular moment it sure did feel like a big deal." ... "It was quite an emotional evening to feel the amount of love from so many different and unexpected places. "When you have guys from Public Enemy turning around and patting you on the back - jeez, even Spike Lee was so nice and giving us respect - you kinda pinch yourself and wonder where the f**k am I?" ... "Part of you is saying 'somebody's made a mistake here' and part of you is trying to enjoy it and accept what it means in terms of popular music," he says. "We've been so insular and off the mainstream for so long that it's very hard to see yourself as part of that same estimable group." ...

You can read the entire article/interview at this location.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Alex Lifeson talks Clockwork Angels tour in new Sheffield Star interview
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In the lead up to next week's Rush show at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, Alex Lifeson spoke with the Sheffield Star for a short interview to discuss the Clockwork Angels tour.

... "We love playing over here. The last tour was the first time that we had played at the O2 in London which was so much better than Wembley Arena and the Arena at Sheffield is a really good arena too. We've played there a few times now and it has a pretty good sound for that type of venue. It's important for us to play outside London too so we try to play as many places that we possibly can when we're here." ...

You can read the entire article/interview here. Rush will play the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England next Tuesday, May 28th.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Martin Popoff's Rush: The Illustrated History released
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We learned earlier in the year that author and music journalist Martin Popoff is following up his 2004 Rush biography Contents Under Pressure with a new illustrative history of the band titled Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History. The book was scheduled for a May 30th release but has already begun shipping from several online retailers including Amazon.com. From the book's description:

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

For details and to order your copy via Amazon, go to this location. Popoff will be appearing at this year's RushCon to talk about the book and sign copies for fans. Thanks to Steve for the heads up.

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Win front row tickets for Rush at Jones Beach from Q104.3
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Q104.3New York City's Q104.3 is running a contest where one lucky Rush fan could win front row tickets to Rush's upcoming show at Jones Beach on June 23rd along with meet and greet passes and a custom Geddy Lee Clockwork Angels bass guitar. To enter you just have to tell them in 140 characters or less why you're Rush's biggest fan. They'll then give you a custom URL to get your friends and family to vote for you for the chance to win. The contest is open to fans in the NYC tri-state area only. You can get all the details and enter the contest at this location.

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Alex Lifeson Planet Rock interview now online
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UPDATE - 5/23@10:50AM: Planet Rock mistakenly posted a shorter version of the interview with Alex than they had meant to. The full, 20+ minute interview is now posted in the audio player in this article.

Planet RockAs I'd mentioned last week, UK digital radio station Planet Rock recently interviewed Alex Lifeson and asked fans to submit questions. The interview just aired this morning (afternoon in the UK) and is now available online. The five best questions were presented to Alex when he visited the Planet Rock studio, and you can see what questions were asked along with his answers in this video. They also have the audio of Alex's full 12-minute interview with Planet Rock's Darren Redick which you can listen to online here. Alex talks about the current tour, the Rock Hall induction ceremony, explains the infamous blah speech, the band's plans after the tour, and more.

Geddy is also on the UK interview circuit and appeared on the Paul Franks Show on the BBC WM today. You can listen to that interview during today's broadcast at this location beginning at the 1:47 mark (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

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Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Manchester open thread
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UPDATE - 5/27@10:48AM: Here's a review from The Bolton News (thanks Chris S).

UPDATE - 5/23@9:25AM: Here's a gallery of photos from the show that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 5/23@7:19AM: Reader Al-Dreamline and others have confirmed that it was the Night B - version 3 setlist. Official photos from the show have been posted over at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 5/22@8:38PM: They played a Night B set but I'm still trying to verify exactly which version, although it's likely Night B - version 3.

UPDATE - 5/22@3:02PM: The show is underway!

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush opens up the European leg of the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour tonight in Manchester, England. It's not quite clear which of the many versions of their setlist they'll decide to pull out for the show. They played one of their Night A sets for their last show in Atlantic City earlier this month. So if they continue with the alternating of the A and B sets for this leg, then that would mean they'd play the Night B set. Although they may decide to start fresh with the A set for the European leg. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. As soon as I learn anything I'll be sure to post it here. UK Rush fan Robert Taylor is biking between shows on the UK leg of the tour to help raise money for Cancer research. You can help support his cause by visiting his page at JustGiving and making your donation. For everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. Rush in the UK!!

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 22nd @ 7:30PM (2:30PM EST)
Show Number: 10
Venue: Manchester MEN Arena
Place: Manchester, England

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Geddy Lee talks Sweden Rock Festival in new interview
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Rush will kick off their 10 date European leg of the 2013 Clockwork Angels tomorrow in Manchester, England. One of the stops they'll be hitting while in Europe is the Sweden Rock Festival - the band's first appearance at a European festival in 34 years. Geddy Lee was recently interviewed by VH1 Radio Network's Dave Basner and shed some light on why the band has avoided festivals over the years:

"The way festivals used to be, we were always prevented from bringing our full show to them, so things changed in the last couple of years. We've started playing a couple of outdoor venues that allow us to do our full show. We did a few in Canada that are multiple-day festivals, where you have a stage to yourself that can accommodate, so that started to turn us around a little bit about playing festivals."

When asked whether he thinks Rush will play more festivals in the future Geddy had the following to say:

"We'll see how this one goes. This one in Sweden is kind of a test case for the European festivals, and if we like the end result, then I think we might start doing more of those, because we can play to more people and shorten the show a little bit and just hit more countries that way. That's kind of what's at the back of our minds - if this goes well, maybe we can go to some countries we haven't visited yet."

Rush will be headlining the Sweden Rock Festival on June 8th. Thanks to Blabbermouth.net for the info and Scott for the heads up.

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The Toronto Star's Rush: An Oral History feature now online
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UPDATE - 5/22@1:19PM: Cygnus-X1.net has removed most of the feature from their website at the request of the Toronto Star. The article/e-dispatch is available for purchase online here.

Star Dispatches Rush: An Oral HistoryIn the lead-up to Rush's Rock Hall induction last month, the Toronto Star published an e-dispatch story on Rush titled Rush: An Oral History. 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. John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed and scanned the entire feature and made it available online at this location. The feature covers the entire history of the band as told by the people who lived it. It's a very interesting and informative feature and a must read for any Rush fan. You can read the whole thing online here. Thanks John!

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Part 2 of Chad Smith's In Conversation podcast with Alex Lifeson
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Chad Smith and Alex LifesonMusicRadar.com launched a new podcast series with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers last Monday called In Conversation, and Alex Lifeson was the first featured guest. You can listen to the first of their three-part conversation at this location, and MusicRadar posted part 2 of the interview this morning here. The interview took place a few days before the band's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction over a leisurely dinner at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, California. In the second installment Alex chats with Chad for over half an hour about the Rock Hall induction ceremony, his painting, his pilot's license, John Rutsey, and more. You can listen to it and read the transcript at this location, or get the podcast on iTunes here. The third and final part of the interview will be posted next Monday.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Rush Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony HBO broadcast preview clips now online
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UPDATE - 5/22@3:30PM: Unfortunately (but unsurprisingly) HBO has taken down the videos from the broadcast from Facebook. It looks like the camera-phone YouTube videos from the ceremony itself are still up though. You can still check those out in this post. There's also some camera-phone vids of the broadcast still available here as well.

UPDATE - 5/20@11:16AM: Here's video from the HBO broadcast of Rush's introduction, Dave and Taylor's induction speech and Rush's acceptance speeches. Here are the performances and the all-star jam (thanks Jim B).

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UPDATE - 5/19@8:24PM: Reader cakes and sparrows has uploaded some vids from last night's broadcast to their YouTube channel here.

UPDATE - 5/18@11:42PM: Well, I was partially right. They did end up keeping Alex's entire blah speech, but they also kept in The Spirit of Radio. It didn't look like they edited out any of the Rush portion at all except for a few parts of the induction speech by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins. I guess HBO knew who'd be watching this thing!

UPDATE - 5/18@11:08PM: HBO ended up editing out Jann Wenner's entire introductory speech, but they did at least make it available on YouTube. They also shifted the order of the performers and inductees around - showing Heart's induction before Public Enemy's, along with a few other shifts. And they edited out a few things, such as dramatically shortening Quincy Jones' acceptance speech, cutting out Heart's performance of Dreamboat Annie, and Jennifer Hudson's performance of Bad Girls. Rush's induction should still close out the show though, and I expect to see all of their acceptance speech (including Alex's) but they will likely cut out The Spirit of Radio (just my guess).

Blah, blah, blahRush's April 18th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will premiere tomorrow night on HBO at 9PM EST. The ceremony will also be available on HBO On Demand after the premiere broadcast, and HBO Signature will present a 24-hour marathon of the special beginning at midnight. HBO has posted a number of preview clips from the ceremony including Jann Wenner's introductory speech where Rush gets a standing ovation. So it's good to see that they decided not to cut this out. The preview clips also include portions of the Foo Fighter's speech inducting Rush, Geddy Lee's acceptance speech, Rush's performance of Tom Sawyer and the all-star jam. There are also a number of images from the broadcast posted here.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Blah, blah, blahRush's April 18th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will premiere on HBO tomorrow evening at 9PM EST. The listed running time on the HBO website for the edited, televised version is 168 minutes - nearly 3 hours, while the ceremony itself was at least 4 and a half hours long. So it'll be interesting to see what they decide to edit out. Hopefully they'll keep the opening standing ovation for Rush along with Alex Lifeson's blah speech. Alex's speech was the highlight of the evening according to this Radio.com article (and RIAB readers):

"Blah, blah, blah. Blah blah blah blah blah!" That's not a placeholder that we forgot to replace, that's a (partial) transcription of Alex Lifeson's acceptance speech during Rush's induction. You know how on The Muppets, when Beaker speaks, it's all "Me me me me me me!" Alex's speech was like that. It was a comic masterpiece and not to be missed. ...

The ceremony will also be available on HBO On Demand the day following the broadcast, and HBO Signature will present a 24-hour marathon of the special beginning at midnight Saturday. HBO has been featuring the upcoming broadcast of the ceremony on their home page all week along with this behind-the-scenes promo video.

Rush closed out the first leg of the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour this past Saturday night when they played the Marc Etess Arena at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City. They are currently taking a well-deserved break before heading across the Atlantic for a 10-date stint in Europe, beginning this coming Wednesday, May 22nd in Manchester, England. MusicRadar.com will be interviewing Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson when they arrive in the UK this coming Monday, May 20th and are asking fans to submit their questions for them. For all the details on how you can submit your question check out this link. They are also sponsoring a contest for UK residents to win front row tickets to one of the UK dates along with a Squire Geddy Lee bass. Not to be outdone by MusicRadar.com, UK digital radio station Planet Rock will be interviewing Alex Lifeson this coming week and are also asking fans to submit questions. The five best questions will be presented to Alex when he visits the Planet Rock studio. For all the details and to submit your question, go to this location. In the lead-up to Rush's upcoming show at the LG Arena in Birmingham next Sunday, the Coventry Telegraph spoke with Geddy Lee for a short interview in today's edition. When asked about their stage show Geddy says the following:

... "We like to try and put as much magic into the design as we can. A full range of visual enhancements such as intriguing animated backdrops and comedy to make the show a fully-rounded experience." ...

When asked about what the band's plans are for when the tour ends this summer, Geddy quips that the band has No plans except for psychiatric help. For those of you planning on or thinking about taking your kids to a Rush show this summer, reader and KidsOutAndAbout.com contributor Debra Ross recently wrote a great article on the subject titled Why you should take your kids to see the rock band Rush--and how to prepare which you can check out here.

Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007This past Tuesday Rush released 2 new digital-only album colections: Rush The Complete Mercury Years and Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007. Rush The Complete Mercury Years contains Rush's complete Mercury catalog (all their albums up through A Show of Hands), including the new 2112 Deluxe Edition and 2008's Working Man vault edition. This Mercury collection was essentially already made available via 2011's Sectors box sets (excluding the 2112 Deluxe Edition and Working Man vault edition), but this marks the first time they've been released for sale digitally. Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 contains the entire Atlantic-era Rush studio catalog (Presto through Snakes & Arrows). The collections were made available via iTunes for $79.99 and $49.99 respectively, and billed as being mastered for iTunes (see this article explaining what that really means). The Atlantic-era Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 along with the Sectors collections were also made available as 96kHz/24bit lossless audio via HDTracks.com for a significantly higher cost, but with much better quality. You can purchase these remastered Rush collections via HDTracks.com at this location and get a 10% discount by using the coupon code rush10 (thanks Mark R). The latest Masterdisk newsletter also reveals that the remastered The Studio Albums 1989-2007 collection will eventually be made available on a physical format as well. Note that the Atlantic-era collection contains a remastered version of Vapor Trails, but not the same re-mixed version that Rush and Rich Chycki have been working on (this project is currently in limbo), and which was partially released (One Little Victory and Earthshine) on the Retrospective 3 compilation.

Prog Rush hardback issueThe latest issue of Prog magazine went on sale last month, and the issue contained a 14-page Rush cover feature titled Men at Work: 45 stories from 45 incredible years together. Along with the Rush cover feature in Prog #35, they released a limited edition hardcover version of the magazine's Rush content which includes an additional 12 pages of Rush coverage. Earlier this week, John over at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed the entire hardcover version and made it available online here. The additional content includes a letter from editor Jerry Ewing, a 1990 Presto-era interview with the band titled Presto Manifesto, a previously unpublished 2012 Prog interview with Geddy Lee called Mechanical Animals, and a new interview with Geddy and Alex where they discuss the future of the band titled Closer to Their Hearts!. Here they are on the subject of a 40th anniversary tour:

... Lifeson is not entirely opposed to the idea of a 40th-anniversary tour. "Maybe we'd consider doing one song from each of our 20 albums," he says. "And we could put in some different songs - not always depend on Tom Sawyer and The Spirit Of Radio. But I always say that before a tour and it never happens. It would be a lot of fun to go through the whole history of the band. But in our minds, it doesn't really matter if it's the 40th or the 41st anniversary."

Lee 'agrees. "I wouldn't say no to a 41st or a 42nd anniversary tour," he says, laughing. "I'm not against the idea of doing an anniversary tour - I just don't know why it has to be the number 40. I think a 42nd anniversary tour is much funnier. Or wait till 2015 and do the 40th anniversary of By-Tor & The Snow Dog!"

He is, of course, joking. But there are many Rush fans who would love to see Rush play a set based on their two albums from 1975 ...

Chad Smith and Alex LifesonMusicRadar.com launched a new podcast series with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers this past Monday called In Conversation, and Alex Lifeson was the first featured guest. You can listen to the first of their three-part conversation at this location. MusicRadar will roll out the next two installments over the next couple of weeks. The interview took place a few days before the band's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction over a leisurely dinner at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, California. In this installment Alex chats with Chad for over half an hour about a number of subjects including meeting his wife, their 2 children, his guitars, meeting Jimmy Page and more. You can listen to it and read the transcript at this location, or get the podcast on iTunes here. The article also contains a number of great photos from the interview.

Neil Peart in studio with Vertical Horizon's Matt ScannellWay back in early 2012 we first learned that Neil Peart had played drums on a couple of tracks for the next Vertical Horizon album, which is now finally completed and should be released soon according to the band's official newsletter. Neil had also made a guest appearance on Vertical Horizon's 2009 album Burning the Days, playing drums on three of the tracks along with penning the lyrics for one. At this point all we know is that Neil played on at least 2 tracks; Instamatic and another unnamed track. Here's some video of Neil in the studio with Vertical Horizon from back in early 2012. Vertical Horizon is set to go on tour this summer as part of the Under the Sun tour. For all the latest information on the album and tour, visit the Vertical Horizon website here.

Beware of Mr. BakerSpeaking of Neil, he is one of several drummers featured in Jay Bulger's documentary on legendary drummer Ginger Baker - Beware of Mr. Baker. The film was released on DVD earlier this week and can be purchased at this location. You can watch a clip from the film featuring Neil Peart in a couple of spots (1:50, 2:15 marks) at this location. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Gibson.com recently posted an article titled the Top 10 Awesome Rock Bassists (thanks Sean). Geddy Lee made the cut and here's what they said about him:

Recent Hall of Fame inductee Geddy Lee of Rush is basically the original that many bassists try to imitate. What makes Lee so special is the fact that aside from playing some of the most intricate bass lines ever heard, he does it while singing. Sometimes he even adds keyboards to the mix, while playing bass notes with foot pedals.

Here's HBO's behind-the-scenes promo video for their upcoming broadcast of the 2013 induction ceremony tomorrow:

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

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Planet Rock taking questions from fans for upcoming interview with Alex Lifeson
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Alex Lifeson - CBC MusicNot to be outdone by MusicRadar.com, UK digital radio station Planet Rock will be interviewing Alex Lifeson this coming week and are asking fans to submit questions. The five best questions will be presented to Alex when he visits the Planet Rock studio. For all the details and to submit your question, go to this location. Rush will begin a 10-date stint in Europe next week beginning with a May 22nd show in Manchester, England. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Short new Geddy Lee interview with the Coventry Telegraph
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In the lead-up to Rush's upcoming show at the LG Arena in Birmingham next Sunday, the Coventry Telegraph spoke with Geddy Lee for a short interview in today's edition. When asked about their stage show Geddy says the following:

... "We like to try and put as much magic into the design as we can. A full range of visual enhancements such as intriguing animated backdrops and comedy to make the show a fully-rounded experience." ...

When asked about what the band's plans are for when the tour ends this summer, Geddy quips that the band has No plans except for psychiatric help. You can read the entire short article/interview here.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Rush remastered album collections available on HDTracks.com, physical format coming soon
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Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007Yesterday Rush released 2 new digital-only album colections: Rush The Complete Mercury Years and Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007. Rush The Complete Mercury Years contains Rush's complete Mercury catalog (all their albums up through A Show of Hands), including the new 2112 Deluxe Edition and 2008's Working Man vault edition. This Mercury collection was essentially already made available via 2011's Sectors box sets (excluding the 2112 Deluxe Edition and Working Man vault edition), but this marks the first time they've been released for sale digitally. Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 contains the entire Atlantic-era Rush studio catalog (Presto through Snakes & Arrows). The collections were made available via iTunes for $79.99 and $49.99 respectively, and billed as being mastered for iTunes (see this article explaining what that really means). The Atlantic-era Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 along with the Sectors collections were also made available as 96kHz/24bit lossless audio via HDTracks.com for a significantly higher cost, but with much better quality. From the HDTracks.com website:

Mastered by Andy Van Dette from Masterdisk from the original masters through analog console, equalizers and compressors before being recaptured at 96kHz.

You can purchase these remastered Rush collections via HDTracks.com at this location and get a 10% discount by using the coupon code rush10 (thanks Mark R). The latest Masterdisk newsletter also reveals that the remastered The Studio Albums 1989-2007 collection will eventually be made available on a physical format as well:

Rush fans rejoice! Andy VanDette's highly-acclaimed remastering work for Rush continues! Andy recently completed the series of albums from 1989's "Presto" to 2007's "Snakes and Arrows." The new remasters will first see release at the Mastered for iTunes store, then HD Tracks, and later in physical formats.

Note that the Atlantic-era collection contains a remastered version of Vapor Trails, but not the same re-mixed version that Rush and Rich Chycki have been working on (this project is currently in limbo), and which was partially released (One Little Victory and Earthshine) on the Retrospective 3 compilation.

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MusicRadar.com taking questions from fans for upcoming interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
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UPDATE - 5/15@1:38PM: MusicRadar.com is also sponsoring a contest for UK residents to win front row tickets to one of the UK dates along with a Squire Geddy Lee bass.

Alex and GeddyMusicRadar.com announced today that they will be interviewing Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson this coming Monday, May 20th and are asking fans to submit their questions for the pair. From the website:

Have you got a burning question that you've always wanted to ask Alex Lifeson or Geddy Lee, but you never thought you'd get the chance to ask?

Well, here at MusicRadar, we're in the business of getting you as close to your musical heroes as possible, and it doesn't get much closer than this. We'll be sitting down with the legendary Rush duo on Monday 20 May, and we're giving you the opportunity to have them answer your questions.

The only stipulation is that you keep your questions focussed on the music and how they've made it - be that songwriting, recording, touring or gear - and we promise that we'll put the best questions to Geddy and Alex for you.

All you need to do is email your question to musicradar@futurenet.com, or add it in a comment on our Facebook page. We'll pick the best, and upload Geddy and Alex's filmed responses online next week. Good luck!

Rush will be in the UK next week for the kickoff of the 10-show European leg of the Clockwork Angels tour.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Rush Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony to air on HBO this coming Saturday, May 18th
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UPDATE - 5/15@8:47AM: Here's a press release with more details on specific air dates and times for the ceremony (other than the 5/18 9PM premiere):

HBO Signature will present a 24-hour marathon of the HBO special beginning at midnight the same day the special debuts on HBO, and concluding May 19 at midnight.

Other HBO playdates: May 24 (5:00 p.m., 12:15 a.m.), 26 (4:10 p.m.), 28 (9:45 p.m., 4:05 a.m.) and 31 (12:30 p.m.), and June 1 (1:00 p.m.), 3 (1:45 p.m.) and 5 (2:20 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: May 20 (9:30 a.m., 10:00 p.m.), 22 (12:10 a.m.) and 30 (10:55 a.m., 10:00 p.m.), and June 9 (7:30 a.m.) and 18 (5:30 p.m.)

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Blah, blah, blahRush's April 18th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air on HBO this coming Saturday, May 18th at 9PM EST. The listed running time on the HBO website for the edited, televised version is 168 minutes - nearly 3 hours. The actual ceremony itself was around 4 and a half hours long so hopefully they won't need to edit out any of the Rush content. It will also be available on HBO On Demand the following day. HBO is currently featuring the upcoming broadcast of the ceremony on their home page along with this behind-the-scenes promo video.

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Prog magazine's Rush special hardcover edition now available online
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Prog Rush hardback issueThe latest issue of Prog magazine went on sale last month, and the issue contained a 14-page Rush cover feature titled Men at Work: 45 stories from 45 incredible years together. Along with the Rush cover feature in Prog #35, they released a limited edition hardcover version of the magazine's Rush content which includes an additional 12 pages of Rush coverage. John over at Cygnus-X1.net recently received his hardback copy and transcribed the entire thing, making it available online here. The additional content includes a letter from editor Jerry Ewing, a 1990 Presto-era interview with the band titled Presto Manifesto, a previously unpublished 2012 Prog interview with Geddy Lee called Mechanical Animals, and a new interview with Geddy and Alex where they discuss the future of the band titled Closer to Their Hearts!. Here they are on the subject of a 40th anniversary tour:

... Lifeson is not entirely opposed to the idea of a 40th-anniversary tour. "Maybe we'd consider doing one song from each of our 20 albums," he says. "And we could put in some different songs - not always depend on Tom Sawyer and The Spirit Of Radio. But I always say that before a tour and it never happens. It would be a lot of fun to go through the whole history of the band. But in our minds, it doesn't really matter if it's the 40th or the 41st anniversary."

Lee 'agrees. "I wouldn't say no to a 41st or a 42nd anniversary tour," he says, laughing. "I'm not against the idea of doing an anniversary tour - I just don't know why it has to be the number 40. I think a 42nd anniversary tour is much funnier. Or wait till 2015 and do the 40th anniversary of By-Tor & The Snow Dog!"

He is, of course, joking. But there are many Rush fans who would love to see Rush play a set based on their two albums from 1975 ...

The hardcover limited edition has long since sold out, so a big thanks to John for making this available. You can read the whole thing online here.

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Rush iTunes-only digital album collections now available
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UPDATE - 5/31@11:44AM: Eric at Power Windows recently emailed Andy VanDette of Masterdisk to verify that this was just a remix of the album and not the long-awaited Vapor Trails remaster of the original master tapes. Here's what he had to say:

These are the original mixes, but with a much different treatment. For what it is worth........A typical album takes me about 8 hours to master. I spent 4 days on VT, trying to find a way to emphasize the positive, and downplay the negative, with a "car test" every morning on my way in to the studio. I knew this album in particular would receive tremendous scrutiny. Being a musician, growing up on the other side of Niagara Falls from the band, Rush had a huge influence on me. I hope I have done their catalog justice. Check it out. I hope you will agree that VT sounds much less 'overblown'. I tried to design it to be more open and dynamic. I hope you enjoy it.

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UPDATE - 5/15@12:45PM: The latest Masterdisk newsletter (thanks Eric at Power Windows) reveals that the remastered The Studio Albums 1989-2007 collection will also be made available on a physical format:

Rush fans rejoice! Andy VanDette's highly-acclaimed remastering work for Rush continues! Andy recently completed the series of albums from 1989's "Presto" to 2007's "Snakes and Arrows." The new remasters will first see release at the Mastered for iTunes store, then HD Tracks, and later in physical formats.

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UPDATE - 5/15@11:03AM: Reader Mark R notes that HDTracks.com also has all three Sectors releases along with Clockwork Angels available with 96kHz/24bit lossless audio. Also, the coupon code rush10 will save you 10% off all Rush titles which you can view at this location.

UPDATE - 5/15@7:06AM: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 is also available via HDTracks.com in 96kHz/24bit format at a higher cost of $79.98 (thanks Nicecoldbeer).

Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007Rush The Complete Mercury YearsAs previously reported, today iTunes releases 2 digital-only Rush collections; Rush The Complete Mercury Years and Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007. Rush The Complete Mercury Years contains Rush's complete Mercury catalog (all their albums up through A Show of Hands) for $79.99, including the new 2112 Deluxe Edition and 2008's Working Man vault edition. Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 contains the entire Atlantic-era Rush studio catalog (Presto through Snakes & Arrows) for $49.99. Both collections are digital only and mastered for iTunes. Both collections are now available on iTunes.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

New Vertical Horizon album featuring Neil Peart coming soon
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Neil Peart in studio with Vertical Horizon's Matt ScannellWay back in early 2012 we first learned that Neil Peart had played drums on a couple of tracks for the next Vertical Horizon album, which is now finally completed and should be released soon (thanks Greg N). Neil had also made a guest appearance on Vertical Horizon's 2009 album Burning the Days, playing drums on three of the tracks along with penning the lyrics for one. At this point all we know is that Neil played on at least 2 tracks; Instamatic and another unnamed track. Here's some video of Neil in the studio with Vertical Horizon from back in early 2012. Vertical Horizon is set to go on tour this summer as part of the Under the Sun tour. For all the latest information on the album and tour, visit the Vertical Horizon website here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith In Conversation with Alex Lifeson in new podcast series
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UPDATE - 5/13@8:41AM: The podcast is also available in iTunes here (thanks rosmakloma).

Chad Smith and Alex LifesonAs previously announced last week, MusicRadar.com launched a new podcast series with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers today called In Conversation, and Alex Lifeson is the first featured guest. MusicRadar.com has published the first part of the conversation with Alex Lifeson at this location and will roll out additional installments once a week for three consecutive weeks. The interview took place a few days before the band's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction over a leisurely dinner at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, California. In this installment Alex chats with Chad for over half an hour about a number of subjects including meeting his wife, their 2 children, his guitars, meeting Jimmy Page and more. You can listen to it and read the transcript at this location, and also listen using the player below. The article also contains a number of photos from the interview.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Atlantic City open thread
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UPDATE - 5/13@4:03PM: Here's a review and photo gallery from the Atlantic City Weekly.

UPDATE - 5/12@6:34PM: Here's an awesome front row photo gallery from John over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 5/12@9:05AM: The setlist did end up being the Night A - version 4 set (thanks Rube and LisaC).

UPDATE - 5/11@9:26PM: Through the first set they are playing the Night A - version 4 setlist (thanks AnthemOwl).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush will close out the first leg of the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour tonight when they play the Marc Etess Arena at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City. They'll then take an 11-day break before flying the tour airship across the Atlantic for a 10-date stint in Europe, beginning with a May 22nd stop in Manchester, England. The band played one of their Night B setlists in Uncasville Thursday night, so tonight will likely see them pulling out one of the Night A sets (this one or this one). I'll be sure to update this post with any unforeseen setlist changes as soon as I learn about them. For everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, stay safe, and be sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. Rush on!!

Date/Time: Saturday, May 11th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 9
Venue: Marc Etess Arena at the Trump Taj Mahal
Place: Atlantic City, NJ

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 5/10@3:13PM: It turns out that the Atlantic City Weekly article/interview is not new at all but is just a reprint of a November Tampa Bay Tribune article (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush's Clockwork Angels tour made its way up the east coast of the US this past week, playing shows in Raleigh, Virginia Beach, Baltimore and Uncasville. Tomorrow they will round out the first leg of the 2013 tour at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. After an 11-day break they'll pick things up again on May 22nd for a 10-show stint across the pond in Europe. The band has been alternating 4 distinct setlists so far on the 2013 leg. The sets are identical except for 4 songs that they have been swapping in and out. They've been using 2 Night A sets (this one and this one) and 2 Night B sets (this and this). Just to be clear, none of the sets played so far are new; meaning that they were all already played on the 2012 leg. The 4 sets being used so far are Night A - version 4, Night A - version 3, Night B - version 3, and Night B - version 5. Several folks have also noticed that the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble has undergone a few minor changes and now consists of just 7 stringers rather than 8. Violinist Joel Derouin has not performed since Austin - no word on whether he'll be returning at any point. And Jonathan Dinklage has been temporarily replaced by Hiroko Taguchi, but will be back with the group on the European leg apparently. Live Nation has been promoting the tour with some TV commercials that look to be incorporating footage from Rush's show in Dallas last year - one of the shows that was filmed for their upcoming live DVD. You can watch their commercial promoting this past week's Baltimore show on YouTube here (thanks Sean).

On a Clockwork Angels-related note, the makers of Legos have announced that they'll be releasing a new line of steampunk-inspired lego kits as part of their Master Builder Academy series. I'm sure the Watchmaker is pleased by this news. For all the details check out this io9 article (thanks Jodeo).

Atlantic City WeeklyIn the lead-up to Rush's show at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City this weekend, the Atlantic City Weekly featured Rush on the cover of this week's edition. Ed Condran of the Atlantic City Weekly sat down with Alex Lifeson for a new interview where Alex talks about the Clockwork Angels album and tour, their setlist, Rush's recent Rock Hall induction, and more. Here's what Alex had to say when asked about how long he thinks Rush can keep it up:

Hopefully for a long time. We got into this at a young age, and fortunately it worked out well for us. This band means so much to us and apparently to a lot of our fans as well. I hope we can keep going for years. We still have a lot left in us. We just enjoy what we do so much. We appreciate the response we get from our fans at our shows. We also appreciate that they are into our new albums. It's not as if they all run to concessions when we play the new material. We'll keep doing this as long as we're having fun with it and right now we're having a great time.

You can read the entire article/interview online at this location (*setlist SPOILERS*).

Chad Smith and Alex LifesonSpeaking of Alex, MusicRadar.com put out a press release earlier this week announcing a new podcast series with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers called In Conversation. Alex Lifeson will be the first featured guest on the podcast which premieres this coming Monday, May 13th. From the press release:

... last month, a few days before the legendary Canadian trio Rush were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, he indulged his inner prog rocker and joined iconic guitarist Alex Lifeson for a laugh-filled, leisurely dinner at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, California. "The invisible interview -- that's what I call it," says Smith. "Friends, thoughts, information -- why do you do what you do? Admiration, respect, insight and maybe a surprise." ... "I've been a Rush fan since high school," says Smith. "Neil [Peart] gets a lot of attention, as he should, but Al is under appreciated, I think. He is as great a musician as he is to be around. I'm honored for him to be my first. He was gentle with me!" ...

MusicRadar.com will publish the first part of In Conversation with Alex Lifeson on Monday, May 13th at www.musicradar.com/chadsmith and will roll out additional installments once a week for three consecutive weeks.

MixOnline recently posted an interview with Rush FOH Engineer Brad Madix where he talks about working with the Clockwork Angels string section. He specifically discusses the challenges he had to overcome to mic the strings and how/why he ended up using Radial PZ-DI pickups:

... "I'd worked with strings in the past, but it was always either in a very quiet setting with minimal sound reinforcement or the violins were strictly electric," Madix explains. "On Rush's Clockwork Angels tour, the band definitely meant for the strings to be featured and acoustic. The main challenge was going to be fitting pickups to the instruments without tampering with them too much and getting a great sound with maximum isolation-all in a high-gain environment." ...

Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007Rush The Complete Mercury YearsThis coming Tuesday, 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.

Author and Rush fan Jude Lovell recently released a collection of short stories titled We'll See You When We Get There: Stories. One of the stories centers around a Rush fan and is titled On Top of the World Except I Wanted to Be Geddy Lee. The story is described as a 40-year-old father exchanges vivid rock n' roll dreams for the sake of his young daughter's future. You can check it out on Amazon here (thanks Chris B).

Blue Oyster Cult frontman Eric Bloom was interviewed for Turning Point with Frank MacKay late last year and spoke a little about Rush in the interview. Rush toured with Blue Oyster Cult back in the '70s and '80s both as headliner and opening act. Bloom mentions Rush's Rock Hall nomination (at the time of the interview their induction hadn't been announced yet) at about the 21-minute mark. He also heaps praise on the band later in the interview around the 30-minute mark, saying how down-to-earth the guys are and how much fun they had touring with them. You can listen to the interview on YouTube here (thanks JayBird).

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain paid a visit to Geddy Lee backstage at Rush's recent stop at the BB&T Center in Florida. Nicko owns the nearby Rock n Roll Ribs restaurant in Coral Springs and posted a photo of the encounter to the restaurant's Facebook page last week (thanks Sean).

Reader John let me know that back on April 27th former MLB pitcher Brad "The Animal" Lesley passed away. Among the various online tributes to him was this very cheesy '80s pop metal video he did which features him singing a really bad song while wearing a Grace Under Pressure t-shirt. You can check it out on YouTube here.

Duck Dynasty is a reality TV show on A&E that follows the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family business Duck Commander. One of the cast members on the show is John Godwin who has been an employee at Duck Commander since 2002. Godwin recently answered some questions from Facebook fans of the show via YouTube. In one of the questions he's asked about the type of music he likes and reveals that his favorite band is Rush. You can watch it in this YouTube video at about the 11-minute mark (thanks Andy P).

Eric over at Power Windows recently updated his Desktop Wallpaper page with images from Beyond The Lighted Stage, specifically 14 images from from the deluxe DVD box and booklet. You can check them out and download them here.

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of Rush's induction as Musicians of the Millennium by the The Harvard Lampoon. The induction ceremony took place back on May 9th, 1993 at Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA and all three members of Rush attended. The event was covered by the CBC in this news story that has been available on YouTube for several years. The entire 25-minute ceremony was videotaped by Rush fans Kacy Ray and Fric Simpson from Miami Springs who drove thirty hours and spent $230 to see it. They dug up the video last year and made it available on YouTube here.

On a sadder note, tomorrow will be the 5th anniversary of the passing of original Rush drummer John Rutsey, who died of complications from diabetes on May 11th, 2008 at the age of 55. Rest in peace John.

Foo Fighters cover 2112One of the highlights of Rush's recent Rock Hall induction ceremony was Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins along with Foos/Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz paying tribute to Rush with a cover of 2112: Overture whilst wearing flowing white robes and wigs (watch the video here). A short, 30-second video of the guys rehearsing the track while Rush looks on recently found its way to YouTube. You can watch it below or at this location:

For those of you who missed the induction on April 18th, HBO will be airing an edited version next Saturday, May 18th at 9PM. That's all for this week. Have a great weekend everybody, and here's wishing a very happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Mohegan Sun open thread
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UPDATE - 5/13@9:59AM: Here's a short review and photo gallery from Ultimate Classic Rock.

UPDATE - 5/10@9:30PM: Here's a review of the show from The Republican.

UPDATE - 5/10@1:48PM: There are a bunch of great reader-submitted photos in the photo gallery for this show.

UPDATE - 5/10@9:17AM: Here's another great batch of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net. And there's also this photo gallery from The Hour (thanks ctbadger).

UPDATE - 5/10@7:00AM: Official photos from last night have been posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 5/9@10:58PM: The show is over and it was the Night B - version 5 setlist.

UPDATE - 5/9@9:30PM: Well this is slightly different. Through the first set, they are playing Night B - version 5. This set hasn't yet been played on the 2013 tour and was only played twice in 2012; in Atlanta and Anaheim. Thanks to Kelly D for the update.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush plays the first of 2 back-to-back casino shows tonight when they bring the Clockwork Angels tour to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT for stop #8 of the 2013 tour. Saturday they'll play the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and then take an 11-day hiatus before the European leg of the tour begins on May 22nd. The setlist situation is still a little confusing, but we do know that 3 distinct sets have been performed so far on the 2013 leg. Two of these sets (this one and this one) are virtually identical except for 1 song, with the third set having 4 different songs swapped in. I've confirmed via a few sources that the band has now labeled one of these 3 sets as the Night C set, but it's still not clear which one they are calling that. Until I'm sure which one it is, I'm just going to use my same Night A/B - version X naming convention that I used on the 2012 leg. Just to be clear, none of the sets played so far are new; meaning that they were all already played on the 2012 leg - they just seem to be rotating in 3 distinct sets now (Night A - version 4, Night A - version 3 and Night B - version 3). That said, it's not really clear what set we'll see tonight other than to say it probably won't be the same set that was played in Baltimore Tuesday night. I'll be sure to update this post with any unforeseen setlist changes as soon as I learn about them. For everybody going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. RRUUUSSSHHHH!!!

Date/Time: Thursday, May 9th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 8
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena
Place: Uncasville, CT

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

New Alex Lifeson interview with the Atlantic City Weekly
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UPDATE - 5/10@3:12PM: It turns out that this article/interview is not new at all but is just a reprint of a November Tampa Bay Tribune article (thanks
Eric at Power Windows).

Atlantic City WeeklyIn the lead-up to Rush's upcoming Saturday, May 11th show at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City this weekend, Ed Condran of the Atlantic City Weekly sat down with Alex Lifeson for an interview. Alex talks about the Clockwork Angels album and tour, their setlist, Rush's recent Rock Hall induction, and more. Here's what Alex had to say when asked about how long he thinks Rush can keep it up:

Hopefully for a long time. We got into this at a young age, and fortunately it worked out well for us. This band means so much to us and apparently to a lot of our fans as well. I hope we can keep going for years. We still have a lot left in us. We just enjoy what we do so much. We appreciate the response we get from our fans at our shows. We also appreciate that they are into our new albums. It's not as if they all run to concessions when we play the new material. We'll keep doing this as long as we're having fun with it and right now we're having a great time.

You can read the entire article/interview online at this location (*setlist SPOILERS*).

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Alex Lifeson to be featured in new podcast series with Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith
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Chad Smith and Alex LifesonMusicRadar.com put out a press release this morning announcing a new podcast series with Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers called In Conversation. Alex Lifeson will be the first featured guest on the podcast which premieres next Monday, May 13th. From the press release:

... last month, a few days before the legendary Canadian trio Rush were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, he indulged his inner prog rocker and joined iconic guitarist Alex Lifeson for a laugh-filled, leisurely dinner at the Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, California. "The invisible interview -- that's what I call it," says Smith. "Friends, thoughts, information -- why do you do what you do? Admiration, respect, insight and maybe a surprise." ... "I've been a Rush fan since high school," says Smith. "Neil [Peart] gets a lot of attention, as he should, but Al is under appreciated, I think. He is as great a musician as he is to be around. I'm honored for him to be my first. He was gentle with me!" ...

MusicRadar.com will publish the first part of In Conversation with Alex Lifeson on Monday, May 13th at www.musicradar.com/chadsmith and will roll out additional installments once a week for three consecutive weeks.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Baltimore open thread
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UPDATE - 5/8@1:41PM: Live Nation ran a promo commercial for this show that seems to include footage from last year's show in Dallas, which was filmed for the upcoming DVD (thanks Sean). So it's a mini-preview of the DVD of sorts. You can check it out on YouTube here.

UPDATE - 5/8@10:50AM: Here's an epic meet-n-greet photo from last night with longtime RIAB-ers LanceTheShred and mrdriven. mrdriven even brought along some chicken for Geddy!

UPDATE - 5/8@10:15AM: Here's a photo gallery from last night's show that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 5/8@10:13AM: The Baltimore Sports Report posted a photo of Geddy wearing his Baltimore Orioles shirt last night, and speculated as to whether Geddy has given up on the Blue Jays - who are a disappointing 13-21.

UPDATE - 5/8@7:26AM: Official photos from the show have been posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 5/7@10:51PM: The show is over and the band went back to the Night A setlist (Night A - version 3) tonight instead of Night C. Although the 2 sets are only one song removed, so there's not much difference. They may just be throwing in the Night C set occasionally and otherwise switching between A and B. They are certainly keeping me on my toes! Thanks to Kelly D for the updates.

UPDATE - 5/7@9:31PM: Through the first set the band seems to have deviated slightly from the Night C set and are instead playing some version of Night A ... I think. We'll see when the show's over. Geddy is also wearing an Orioles shirt. Thanks to Kelly D for the updates.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush heads back indoors tonight when they take the Clockwork Angels tour machine to the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore for stop #7 of the 2013 tour. As I'd explained in my last Friday updates post it looks like the band has added in a Night C setlist now - where they are rotating 3 sets rather than just 2 (still no new songs for 2013 yet though). Sunday in Virginia Beach they played their Night B set, so the Baltimore crowd will likely see the Night C set tonight - the same that was played in Nashville last week. I'll be sure to update this post with any unforeseen setlist changes as soon as I learn about them. For everybody going to the show tonight, have fun, stay safe, and be sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. RUSH!!!

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 7th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 7
Venue: 1st Mariner Arena
Place: Baltimore, MD

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Virginia Beach open thread
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UPDATE - 5/7@10:30AM: There are several great reader-submitted pics in the photo gallery.

UPDATE - 5/6@9:25PM: Here's a great gallery of front row pics courtesy wolfeman (note: need Google+ account to view).

UPDATE - 5/6@4:36PM: Here's a gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 5/6@3:10PM: Here's a review from the Daily Press.

UPDATE - 5/6@1:14PM: Official photos from last night's show are now posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 5/5@11:33PM: Show's over. Looks like it was Night B - version 3 as expected.

UPDATE - 5/5@9:17PM: Through the 1st set they are playing Night B as anticipated (thanks Kelly D).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush will celebrate Cinco de Mayo by performing their first outdoor show of 2013 tonight when they roll into the Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach. The weather forecast is calling for a rain-free evening, but it will be a little chilly in the mid to upper 50s. As I'd explained in my last Friday updates post it looks like the band has added in a Night C setlist now - where they are rotating 3 sets rather than just 2 (still no new songs for 2013 yet though). So tonight they will likely play their Night B set - the same that they played in Orlando last weekend. I'll be sure to update this post with any unforeseen setlist changes as soon as I learn about them. For everybody going to the show, have fun, be safe, stay warm and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. Rush on!!

Date/Time: Sunday, May 5th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 6
Venue: Farm Bureau Live
Place: Virginia Beach, VA

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Video of Foo Fighters rehearsing 2112: Overture as Rush looks on
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Foo Fighters cover 2112One of the highlights of Rush's recent Rock Hall induction ceremony was Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins along with Foos/Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz paying tribute to Rush with a cover of 2112: Overture whilst wearing flowing white robes and wigs. A short, 30-second video of the guys rehearsing the track while Rush looks on recently found its way to YouTube. You can watch it below or at this location (thanks RushFanForever):

For those of you who missed the induction on April 18th, HBO will be airing an edited version on Saturday, May 18th at 9PM. Here's some YouTube video of the Foos cover of 2112: Overture from the ceremony.

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Rush FOH Engineer Brad Madix on working with the Clockwork Angels tour string section
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MixOnline recently posted an interview with Rush FOH Engineer Brad Madix where he talks about working with the Clockwork Angels string section. He specifically discusses the challenges he had to overcome to mic the strings and how/why he ended up using Radial PZ-DI pickups:

... "I'd worked with strings in the past, but it was always either in a very quiet setting with minimal sound reinforcement or the violins were strictly electric," Madix explains. "On Rush's Clockwork Angels tour, the band definitely meant for the strings to be featured and acoustic. The main challenge was going to be fitting pickups to the instruments without tampering with them too much and getting a great sound with maximum isolation-all in a high-gain environment." ...

You can read the complete article/interview here (thanks RushFanForever).

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Raleigh open thread
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UPDATE - 5/6@10:35AM: Here's a gallery of photos posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 5/4@8:29AM: Official photos from last night have been posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 5/3@11:28PM: Show's over. As anticipated, the setlist was Night A - version 3 - the same that was played in Ft. Lauderdale last week.

UPDATE - 5/3@8:54PM: It's intermission time and judging by the comments here along with all the Twitter chatter, it looks like Night A - version 3 so far - as anticipated.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush flies the Clockwork Angels airship into the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC tonight for stop #5 on the tour. The band has been sticking to the same setlists that they performed on the 2012 leg, but have mixed in what seems to be a Night C set now, which they played for opening night as well as Wednesday in Nashville. This Night C setlist is identical to the Night A setlist with one song swapped out of the first set. If that pattern continues (C, A, B, C), tonight should see them playing the same Night A set that they played in Ft. Lauderdale last Friday. Just to be clear, the sets for all 4 shows so far were all already played on the 2012 leg - there's nothing new for 2013 yet; it's just that they now seem to be alternating 3 sets instead of just 2. I'll be sure to update this post with any unforeseen setlist changes as soon as I learn about them. The PNC Arena has a webcam (thanks analogtiger) set up inside the venue, and you can see the Rush roadcrew hard at work setting up the stage for the show tonight. For everybody going, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. RUUSSSHHHH!!!!!

Date/Time: Friday, May 3rd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 5
Venue: PNC Arena
Place: Raleigh, NC

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush flew the Clockwork Angels tour airship across Florida and up to Nashville this past week, playing shows in Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Nashville. Tonight they'll hit the PNC Arena in Raleigh before heading to Virginia Beach on Sunday. They'll then work their way up the east coast before rounding out the first leg of the 2013 tour in Atlantic City next Saturday - then it's on to Europe after that. The band has been sticking to the same setlists that they performed on the 2012 leg, but have mixed in what seems to be a Night C set now, which they played for opening night as well as Wednesday in Nashville. This Night C setlist is identical to the Night A setlist with one song swapped out of the first set. If that pattern continues (C, A, B, C), tonight should see them playing the same Night A set that they played in Ft. Lauderdale last Friday. Just to be clear, the sets for all 4 shows so far were all already played on the 2012 leg - there's nothing new for 2013; it's just that they now seem to be alternating 3 sets instead of just 2. For those of you who purchased VIP ticket packages for any of the 2013 dates, it looks like these have started sporadically shipping to some folks. If you have received your package, snap a photo and send it in. For everyone in the UK, 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. You can get all the details and listen live to Planet Rock at the Planet Rock website. You can also enter to win tickets/passes by following Planet Rock on Facebook. They are currently giving away tickets/passes for the Birmingham show; just like/share this post for a chance to win.

Geddy Lee at Rock Hall inductionA short, new interview with Geddy Lee appeared in Tuesday's edition of UK newspaper The Independent. Geddy talks about the band's recent Rock Hall induction and why he thinks it took so long for them to get in:

... "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." ...

A few reviews of the April 18th induction ceremony and this year's induction class appeared online over the past week or so. Robert Scovill of SoundProLive attended the ceremony and wrote this review describing how Rush fans took over the night:

... In the first five minutes of the ceremony, you could just sense that there was an element of the population in the room saying to itself, "okay what the hell is a Rush and who are all these people in the audience going crazy right now?" It was a spine-tingling, hair-on-the-arm raising moment. Throughout the night, all other inductions were simply dwarfed by the response of the Rush fans in the building and frankly, it made for some uncomfortable moments for many on the night. ...

This review titled L.A. Mocks, Cleveland Rocks from Jack Marchbanks of 90.5 WCBE has some insightful commentary about why the choice of Cleveland as the location of the Rock Hall makes sense. Here's a nice write-up and review of the induction from Jordan at Echoes of Old Applause. And here are some very 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....

Rush Rock Hall t-shirtFor those of you who missed the ceremony, HBO will be airing an edited version 2 weeks from tomorrow on May 18th. On a related note, the 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. The black t-shirt features a front print that reads Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2013 around the Rush explosion logo, and there's also a Rock Hall logo printed on the right sleeve. The projected ship date for the t-shirts is May 13th and you can pre-order yours here.

The latest issue of Prog magazine went on sale last month, and the issue contains a 14-page Rush cover feature which includes 45 stories from 45 incredible years together. John over at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed and scanned the entire article earlier this week and made it available online at this location. 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, along with the band's take on more recent material - such as 2002's Vapor Trails:

... "That record took us 15 months to make," Alex says. "A long, long time. We wanted to keep the essence of the raw emotion that we were feeling at the time. So in places it's a little scratchy or distorted. And in the long run, it's kind of bothered us." "One day," says Geddy, "we'll do a proper remix of that album and re-release it. I was just talking to Neil about it and he was saying it's hard for him to listen to the album for the obvious reasons. When he hears it now, his playing sounds confused and angry - that's what he hears. I hear a kind of raw emotion and passion. We had a real strong desire to make music that had a hard-hitting effect. I just thought it could have sounded a little better."

You can read the entire piece online here.

We learned earlier in the year that author and music journalist Martin Popoff is following up his 2004 Rush biography Contents Under Pressure with a new illustrative history of the band titled Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History. The book was originally slated for a May 15th release but has now been pushed to May 30th (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). For details and to pre-order your copy via Amazon, go to this location.

A few weeks ago in a Friday updates post I'd mentioned that there was yet another reference on the FX animated show Archer (Season 4, Episode 13, Sea Tunt: Part II). At one point in the episode Krieger air-drums Tom Sawyer. Eric at Power Windows dug up a YouTube video of the reference which you can check out here.

Rush postage stampAs was reported a couple of weeks ago, Rush and a few other Canadian artists will be featured in a Canadian Recording Artist stamp series this coming July. 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. These stamps will be made available on July 19th and are already available for pre-order from Canada Post.

Actor-musician Paul Spence (Dean Murdoch in the Fubar movies) integrated the album-cover art from Rush's Fly By Night into an ad he created to promote his gig at Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret last week. You can check out the ad in this article (thanks RushFanForever).

CrowdmixCrowdmix is a new social music app for live events which allows you to share your music with the crowd and see in real time the crowd's mix of favorite bands, artists and track. The folks at Crowdmix are working closely with the Manchester Arena. At the upcoming May 22nd Rush show which kicks off the UK tour, they will be selecting a person at random who has downloaded the app and who is at the event. That person will get named at the venue (I assume on some kind of billboard). You can get the app in the app store here.

Redditor, homebrewer and Rush/Futurama fan ChrisWilcox recently faithfully recreated the fictional BenderBrau beer that was featured in the Futurama episode The Route of All Evil. The ale was brewed by Bender, Fry and Leela inside Bender so he resembled a pregnant robot. ChrisWilcox documented the entire process here and decided to pay homage to Fry's (and his own) favorite band Rush:

For the Yeast I chose wyeast california lager 2112. Its a common yeast for steam beers but its especially fitting because Fry and I both love Rush.

Thanks to KellyD for the heads up.

Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) recently appeared on the CBC's Q with Jian Ghomeshi. Reznor famously appeared in the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and at one point Jian asks him about being a Rush fan. You can see what he says at the 20:30 mark of this YouTube video (thanks Scott K).

Golden GodsThe fifth annual hard rock and heavy metal award show the Revolver Golden Gods took place yesterday evening at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Rush's Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee were nominated for the Best Guitarist, Best Drummer and Best Bassist awards respectively but ended up losing in all 3 categories. Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted was also up for Best Bassist (and also lost) and had some nice things to say about Geddy Lee in this pre-show interview at about the 1:30 mark:

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

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards take place tonight; Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, Geddy Lee up for awards
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UPDATE - 5/3@9:27AM: Rush ended up losing in all 3 categories for which they were nominated (thanks RushFanForever).

Golden GodsThe fifth annual hard rock and heavy metal award show the Revolver Golden Gods takes place this evening at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Rush's Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee are up for the Best Guitarist, Best Drummer and Best Bassist awards respectively but obviously won't be attending the ceremony since they are on tour. Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is also up for Best Bassist and had some nice things to say about Geddy Lee in a recent interview at about the 1:30 mark (thanks Eric at Power Windows):

At last year's Golden Gods Awards ceremony Rush was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Neil Peart attended to accept the award on behalf of the band.

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Prog magazine Rush cover story now online
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The latest issue of Prog magazine went on sale last month, and the issue contains a 14-page Rush cover feature which includes 45 stories from 45 incredible years together. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed and scanned the entire article and made it available online at this location. 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, along with the band's take on more recent material - such as 2002's Vapor Trails:

... "That record took us 15 months to make," Alex says. "A long, long time. We wanted to keep the essence of the raw emotion that we were feeling at the time. So in places it's a little scratchy or distorted. And in the long run, it's kind of bothered us." "One day," says Geddy, "we'll do a proper remix of that album and re-release it. I was just talking to Neil about it and he was saying it's hard for him to listen to the album for the obvious reasons. When he hears it now, his playing sounds confused and angry - that's what he hears. I hear a kind of raw emotion and passion. We had a real strong desire to make music that had a hard-hitting effect. I just thought it could have sounded a little better."

You can read the entire piece online here.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Nashville open thread
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UPDATE - 5/2@9:21AM: Here's a gallery of photos posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 5/2@7:06AM: Last night's setlist was Night A - version 4 - the same as in Austin on opening night. Official photos from the show have been posted at Rush.com, and a few readers have uploaded some great shots to the tour gallery.

UPDATE - 5/1@10:20PM: It looks like they might be playing Night A - version 4 - the same set they played in Austin.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush takes the Clockwork Angels tour machine north to the Music City of Nashville this evening where they'll play the Bridgestone Arena for stop #4. Since they played the Night B set for their last show in Orlando, I'd expect them to pull out a version of their Night A set tonight - but I wouldn't bank on it. I'll be sure to post which setlist they decide to play as soon as I can confirm it. Here's a short preview article from the Nashville Scene:

... tonight's performance is all about the now, with the trio touring in support of its acclaimed 2012 concept album Clockwork Angels. They recorded at Nashville's Blackbird Studios with A-list rock producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones). Live, the band augments the Clockwork cuts with the addition of an accompanying string ensemble. But fear not, the strings won't come in during Neil Peart's drum solo.

For everyone going to the show, have fun, stay safe and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. A special shout-out to the Rush Fans of Tennessee who will be gearing up for the concert with a pre-show party at McFadden's restaurant. Rush on!!

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 1st @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 4
Venue: Bridgestone Arena
Place: Nashville, TN

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