Archive: Blog Entries from June, 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Grand Rapids open thread
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UPDATE - 7/1@10:29PM: Here's a great gallery of photos posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 7/1@7:02AM: Last night's setlist was Night A - version 4 (thanks I love Rush) and official photos have been posted at Rush.com. The Calder Cup made an appearance as shown in this photo. There's also this review and photo gallery from the Grand Rapids Press.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush brings the Clockwork Angels tour to Grand Rapids, MI tonight to play the Van Andel Arena. The last time Rush played in Grand Rapids was way back on October 23rd of 1996 on the Test for Echo tour, where they were one of the first acts to play at the Van Andel Arena after the venue opened its doors on October 8th. The band played the Night B - version 5 set for fans in Chicago Friday night, so tonight's crowd should be seeing one of the Night A sets. I'll post any setlist information as soon as I learn about it. For everybody going to the show, have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. Welcome back to Grand Rapids Rush!

Date/Time: Sunday, June 30th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 24
Venue: Van Andel Arena
Place: Grand Rapids, MI

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Rush Hemispheres SACD coming this August from Audio Fidelity
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According to a listing on Amazon, Audio Fidelity will be releasing an SACD (Super Audio CD) version of Rush's Hemispheres on August 6th (thanks rtrushfan). Rumor has it that it may also be getting released on 180g vinyl as well (thanks nephronic), although that hasn't yet been confirmed. You can pre-order your copy of the Hemispheres SACD at this location. Audio Fidelity released an SACD version of Counterparts earlier this year.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Chicago open thread
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UPDATE - 6/30@10:03PM: Here's a photo gallery from the Chicago Tribune (thanks Patrick).

UPDATE - 6/29@1:37PM: Official photos from last night have been posted at Rush.com including several of the Stanley Cup appearance. John over at Cygnus-X1.net also posted this great gallery of photos. There's also this review from The Chicago Tribune (thanks MadRushian).

UPDATE - 6/29@10:15AM: Here's some even better footage (thanks yiddishrush worshipper).

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UPDATE - 6/29@9:51AM: The setlist was Night B - version 5 and - as many folks had speculated - the Stanley Cup made an appearance along with a few Chicago Blackhawks players. Right before YYZ Geddy announced a special guest - Lord Stanley, and the gnomes brought out a road crate and produced a tiny Stanley Cup (like in the This is Spinal Tap movie) - then some some players led by Daniel Carcillo came out with the real cup (thanks hazlnut). The whole thing lasted about 2 minutes and you can see some grainy YouTube footage of it here (thanks The Mighty Dudad). There's also this meet and greet photo of Carcillo with Geddy, Alex and the Cup that Rush posted to Twitter.

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UPDATE - 6/28@9:38PM: The setlist looks like it might be Night B - version 5 (thanks Kelly D).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush will roll the Clockwork Angels tour into Chi-town tonight to play the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park for show #23 of the 2013 tour. The band played their Night A set for the Saratoga Springs crowd Tuesday night, so fans should be seeing one of the Night B sets tonight. I'll post any setlist information as soon as I learn about it. For everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, stay safe, and be sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. RuussshhhH!!!

Date/Time: Friday, June 28th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 23
Venue: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Place: Tinley Park, IL (outside Chicago)

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush kicked off the summer leg of the Clockwork Angels tour last Friday at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. From there they played shows in Jones Beach and Saratoga Springs, and will be hitting the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre outside Chicago tonight for show number 23 of the 2013 tour. They'll then bring the tour to Grand Rapids, Cincinnati and Milwaukee next week before beginning a series of Canadian dates next weekend. According to a press release from earlier this week, Rush will be donating $1 of every ticket sold from 5 of these upcoming Canadian shows to the Unison Benevolent Fund. The first of the Canadian dates on the 2013 leg will take place just south of the band's hometown of Toronto in Hamilton. This show will be the centerpiece of the annual RushCon Rush fan convention which takes place next weekend in Toronto. The convention will consist of 3 days of Rush-filled events, including a Friday night opening mixer with a private tour of Massey Hall, a Saturday day trip to Lakeside Park, the Rush show in Hamilton Saturday night, an Anthem Records tour on Sunday, a full day of convention events at the Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday including an appearance by Rush: The Illustrated History author Martin Popoff, and a private party at the Orbit Room Sunday night! You can register now online at this location. For all the details just go to RushCon.org, and be sure to follow RushCon on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all the latest RushCon news. Speaking of Rush fan conventions, last weekend the Rush RatCon Rush fan convention/gathering took place at Club Xanadu outside Baltimore. You can see photos and videos of the event on their Facebook page here.

Fireworks #58Rush is featured in the latest issue (issue #58) of Melodic Rock's Fireworks magazine. The cover tagline reads Fame at Last and the feature is a new interview with Alex Lifeson from just before the band's European tour kicked off. John over at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed the entire article and made it available online here. When asked how the band would celebrate their 40th anniversary next year Alex seems to confirm that they'll do an R40 tour of some kind:

We'll do a special tour and we'll look closely at some of the songs we haven't played for a long, long time. As for a new record we haven't really thought that far ahead yet.

In interviews up until this point Rush has been dancing around the question of how they'll celebrate the 40th anniversary - not committing to anything and consistently saying that they'll be taking at least a year off after the tour. As we've learned from past interviews, anything Alex says has to be taken with a grain of salt, but hopefully this will turn out to be true.

Neil talking to Olivia on his iPad in Europe - photo by BrutusEarlier this week Neil Peart once again updated the news page on his website with a story titled Shunpikers in the Shadowlands. Neil describes his motorcycle travels across Europe, shunpiking with his friend Brutus on the European leg of the Clockwork Angels tour. You can read the entire story on Neil's website at this location.

In the lead up to tonight's Rush concert in Chicago, Geddy Lee spoke with Jeff Elbel of the Chicago Sun-Times for a new interview. Geddy discusses the Clockwork Angels album and tour, the band's recent Rock Hall induction and more. Here's Geddy on Alex's infamous blah speech:

... "I wish he would've warned us," says Lee, laughing. "We could have thought it was planned, as opposed to feeling like maybe he was losing his marbles." ...

You can read the complete interview here. And in the lead up to Rush's upcoming show in Hamilton next month, the Hamilton Spectator spoke with Alex Lifeson for an interview where he reminisces about past Rush shows in Hamilton.

... "[Hamilton]'s a blue collar town and rock has always been popular there," Lifeson says. "We've always had great concerts there - Copps, Ivor Wynne. We played Hamilton Place in 1975 when it was new. I had the flu and I had to run off stage, throw up into a bucket, run back on and keep playing. A rough night." ...

Alex also discusses the band's current album and tour, Rush's longevity, and more. You can read the entire article/interview at this location.

Mobile Production Monthly, Volume 6, Issue 3Rush is the cover feature for the latest issue (Volume 6, Issue 3) of the touring industry publication Mobile Production Monthly. The issue contains an 8-page feature on Rush's current Clockwork Angels tour including a 4-page article titled Rush's Clockwork Angels Completes the Steampunk Journey, where they go over the band's current stage show with a few of the Rush road crew members. The article also contains a painstakingly detailed breakdown of Rush's equipment and stage crew. There's also a 2-page interview with Rush front-of-house engineer Brad Madix, and a short article on Rush's sound company - Clair. The entire magazine is available online as a pdf at this location.

There were a couple of recent Rush pop culture TV references to report. Last Monday night's (June 24th) episode of Cartoon Network's Regular Show (The Last LaserDisc Player) contains a Rush 2112 reference where there is a laserdisc for a film about the year 2112 titled 21-12 Time Attack. And the April 27th episode (season 16, episode 4) of MSNBC's prison documentary series Lockup - Cleveland: Extended Stay was titled Rush. One of the featured inmates in the show was an old rocker that used to play in a few bands who was so convinced he would get out soon that he bought tickets to see Rush on tour. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the info.

The new album Heart of the Piano from pianist Geoffrey Keezer releases next week on July 9th and the first track on the album is a cover of Rush's Limelight. You can check out all the details and watch a video of Keezer playing the track on his website here (thanks Colby).

The debut thriller novel Valberg from author Desmond J. Doherty was released last week. There's a fictional Q&A with the book's hero Jon Valberg on the book's website and apparently he's a Rush fan:

... 7. Favourite Band; Rush.
8. Favourite Musician; King Lerxst.
9. Favourite Rush Song; So many but at the moment the song all Rush fans were waiting on-'The Garden' from Clockwork Angels. When first heard it a tear fell-sorry. I'll get back to you about my favourite Rush song. Blodigit Helvete. Who makes these questions up? ...

The novel is available for Kindle at this location for just $0.99.

Ultimate Classic Rock has recently been posting yearbook photos of famous rockers and asking readers to identify them. One of the featured photos is of our favorite drummer Neil Peart. You can check it out at this location (thanks ou812112).

This coming Monday, July 1st is Canada Day and to celebrate canoe.ca posted their ultimate Canadian playlist (thanks ou812112). One of the tracks featured is 1981's Take Off from Bob & Doug McKenzie and featuring Geddy Lee:

It may be a novelty tune, but this little comedic gem from the duo's 1981 "Great White North" album is sure to get at least a few Elsinores flowing. No doubt some of you will be saying, "I remember this one, eh?!"

Debra Ross of KidsOutAndAbout.com made an appearance on WNYT with her daughter this past week before the show at the SPAC. They were there to discuss taking your kids to concerts, and both were sporting their Rush t-shirts. Most of the conversation focused on Rush and you can check it out below or at this location.

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

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Rush featured in issue #58 of Fireworks magazine
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Fireworks #58UPDATE - 6/27@10:39AM: John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the entire article and made it available online here. The feature is an interview with Alex Lifeson from just before the band's European tour kicked off. When asked how the band would celebrate their 40th anniversary next year Alex seems to confirm that they'll do an R40 tour of some kind:

We'll do a special tour and we'll look closely at some of the songs we haven't played for a long, long time. As for a new record we haven't really thought that far ahead yet.

In interviews up until this point Rush has been dancing around the question of how they'll celebrate the 40th anniversary, and not committing to anything. As we've learned from past interviews, anything Alex says has to be taken with a grain of salt, but hopefully this will turn out to be true.

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Rush is featured in issue #58 of Melodic Rock's Fireworks magazine. The cover tagline reads Fame at Last and the website describes the article by saying ... Rush explain what it's like to finally be inducted into the rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You can get all the details and order a pdf copy of the magazine at this location (thanks HoustonRushFan).

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New Geddy Lee interview with the Chicago Sun-Times
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In the lead up to this weekend's Rush concert in Chicago, Geddy Lee spoke with Jeff Elbel of the Chicago Sun-Times for a new interview. Geddy discusses the Clockwork Angels album and tour, the band's recent Rock Hall induction and more. Here's Geddy on Alex's infamous blah speech:

... Heartfelt responses to the honor were crowned by Lifeson, who managed to give a touching speech while speaking only the words "blah blah blah." Lee and Peart were as surprised as anyone. "I wish he would've warned us," says Lee, laughing. "We could have thought it was planned, as opposed to feeling like maybe he was losing his marbles." ...

You can read the complete interview here.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Neil Peart news update at NeilPeart.net
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[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: June, 2013 - Shunpikers in the Shadowlands]

Neil talking to Olivia on his iPad in Europe - photo by BrutusNeil Peart has once again updated the news page on his website with a story titled Shunpikers in the Shadowlands. Neil describes his motorcycle travels across Europe, shunpiking with his friend Brutus on the European leg of the Clockwork Angels tour. Neil reminds us what shunpiking means:

The delightful term "shunpiker" goes back about 500 years, to a time when British roads were lawless, especially at night, prowled by highwaymen and footpads. Villages blockaded their entry roads with a long pole-a pike-stretched across them. Around the same time, toll roads were invented, and a similar pike blocked the way until travelers paid their fee, when the pike would be turned-hence "turnpike."

In those days, travelers who deliberately avoided toll roads called themselves "shunpikers." Lately, the term has been adopted by drivers and riders who deliberately avoid all major roads.

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

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Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Saratoga Springs open thread
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UPDATE - 6/29@6:35PM: Here's a review from The Saratogian.

UPDATE - 6/26@11:12AM: Here's a nice gallery of photos posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 6/26@9:12AM: Official photos are now posted over at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 6/25@11:28PM: Tonight's setlist was Night A - version 3.

UPDATE - 6/25@9:37PM: Through the first set it looks like Night A - version 3 (thanks Kelly D).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush continues their trek across the eastern US tonight when they bring the Clockwork Angels tour to the SPAC in Saratoga Springs, NY. The band played their Night B set for the crowd in Jones Beach Sunday night, so fans should be seeing one of the Night A sets this evening. I'll post any setlist information as soon as I learn about it. 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: Tuesday, June 25th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 22
Venue: SPAC
Place: Saratoga Springs, NY

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Rush to donate a portion of Canadian ticket sales to the Unison Benevolent Fund
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According to a press release from earlier today, Rush will be donating $1 of every ticket sold from 5 of their upcoming Canadian shows on the Clockwork Angels tour next month to the Unison Benevolent Fund:

... Long known for their support of various philanthropic causes, Rush have generously offered to support Unison by donating $1 from each ticket sold at 5 of their upcoming Canadian dates.

Those dates are:
July 6 Hamilton, Ontario - Copp's Coliseum
July 12& 14 Halifax, Nova Scotia - Metro Centre
July 24 Calgary, Alberta - Scotiabank Saddledome
July 26 Vancouver, British Columbia - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit charitable organization that provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for those in the Canadian music community who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness, unemployment or economic difficulties. ...

For complete details check out the press release.

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Rush featured in latest issue of Mobile Production Monthly
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Mobile Production Monthly, Volume 6, Issue 3Rush is the cover feature for the latest issue (Volume 6, Issue 3) of the touring industry publication Mobile Production Monthly. The issue contains an 8-page feature on Rush's current Clockwork Angels tour including a 4-page article titled Rush's Clockwork Angels Completes the Steampunk Journey, where they go over the band's current stage show with a few of the Rush road crew members. The article also contains a painstakingly detailed breakdown of Rush's equipment and stage crew. There's also a 2-page interview with Rush front-of-house engineer Brad Madix, and a short article on Rush's sound company - Clair. The entire magazine is available online as a pdf at this location (thanks robertkincaid96).

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Jones Beach open thread
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UPDATE - 6/24@11:31AM: Here are some photos that were posted by John over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 6/24@7:04AM: Official photos from the show are now posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 6/23@10:52PM: Show's over and the Night B - version 3 setlist was played.

UPDATE - 6/23@9:18PM: First set is over and it looks like Night B - version 3 (thanks Kelly D).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush will play their first of many outdoor shows on the summer leg of the Clockwork Angels tour tonight when they'll hit the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. The band played their Night A set for the fans in Hershey Friday night, so tonight's crowd should be seeing one of the Night B sets. I'll post any setlist information 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. RUUUSSSSHHHHH!!!

Date/Time: Sunday, June 23rd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 21
Venue: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Place: Wantagh, NY

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour official attendance and sales figures
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The official Billboard Boxscore attendance and sales figures for 6 out of the 20 Rush shows so far on the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour were released over the last couple of weeks. There were no sellouts reported yet and ticket sales are down a bit from the 2012 tour according to these numbers. The highest-grossing and most-attended date on the tour so far was the May 24th show at the O2 in London. Note that the capacity figures reported do not always correspond to the actual physical capacity of the venue, but instead reflect the number of tickets that were made available for sale. I've already added the numbers to the tour section and have also listed them below.

Tue, April 23: Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX
Attendance / Capacity: 5,974 / 10,278
Gross Ticket Sales: $483,924

Sun, April 28: Amway Center - Orlando, FL
Attendance / Capacity: 7,783 / 10,142
Gross Ticket Sales: $623,608

Wed, May 1: Bridgestone Arena - Nashville, TN
Attendance / Capacity: 7,272 / 9,531
Gross Ticket Sales: $564,666

Thu, May 9: Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
Attendance / Capacity: 5,258 / 5,556
Gross Ticket Sales: $480,268

Wed, May 22: Manchester Arena - Manchester,
Attendance / Capacity: 7,806 / 8,898
Gross Ticket Sales: $771,853

Fri, May 24: The O2 - London,
Attendance / Capacity: 12,418 / 15,050
Gross Ticket Sales: $1,216,510

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Alex Lifeson reminisces about past Rush Hamilton gigs in new Hamilton Spectator interview
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Alex Lifeson - CBC MusicIn the lead up to Rush's upcoming show in Hamilton next month, the Hamilton Spectator spoke with Alex Lifeson for an interview where he reminisces about past Rush shows in Hamilton.

... "[Hamilton]'s a blue collar town and rock has always been popular there," Lifeson says. "We've always had great concerts there - Copps, Ivor Wynne. We played Hamilton Place in 1975 when it was new. I had the flu and I had to run off stage, throw up into a bucket, run back on and keep playing. A rough night." ...

Alex also discusses the band's current album and tour, Rush's longevity, and more. You can read the entire article/interview at this location (thanks guitarlb). Rush will play the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton on Saturday, July 6th.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Hershey open thread
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UPDATE - 6/23@7:48PM: Here's a gallery of photos from John over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 6/22@9:41AM: Here's a review and photo gallery from The Patriot-News (thanks livestarmark).

UPDATE - 6/22@7:24AM: The final setlist was Night A - version 4 (thanks Kelly D and AnthemOwl), and official photos from the show are already posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 6/21@9:48PM: Intermission time and it looks like Night A - version 4 (thanks Kelly D and AnthemOwl).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourWhat better way to celebrate the first day of Summer than with a Rush concert?! Rush kicks off the summer leg of the Clockwork Angels tour tonight at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. They'll play a total of 12 dates across the eastern US and Canada over the next several weeks before heading out west to close out the tour with a 6-show run beginning in late July. The band played their Night B set back on June 10th in Helsinki, so I'm guessing that the Hershey crowd will likely see one of the Night A sets. I'll post any setlist information as soon as I learn about it. For everyone who will be attending tonight's show, have fun, stay safe, and be sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. A special shout-out to all the RatCon tailgaters. Rush is back in the US!!!!!

Date/Time: Friday, June 21st @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 20
Venue: Giant Center
Place: Hershey, PA

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Things have been extremely quiet over the past week as Rush took an 11-day hiatus after the highly successful European leg of the Clockwork Angels tour finished up back on June 10th in Helsinki, Finland. Rush will crank up the steam engines on the tour airship once again tonight when they hit the Giant Center in Hershey, PA to kick off the summer leg of the tour. They'll play a total of 12 dates across the eastern US and Canada before taking another break and then finishing off the tour with a 6-show run out west. After that, things will quiet down even more as the band plans on taking an extended break for at least a year. Hopefully they'll get restless and decide to do something before then, but in the meantime we'll have the Clockwork Angels concert video to look forward to, which should be released sometime this fall. The film was produced by Fadoo Productions, where Geddy Lee's brother Allan Weinrib is the Head of Production and Bob McCown - who is best known for hosting Prime Time Sports on Toronto's The Fan 590 - is CEO. McCown discussed the upcoming film on his radio show a couple of weeks ago, revealing that the video is finished and will likely premiere on HBO this fall before being released for sale to the general public. You can listen to the podcast where McCown talks about the DVD at this location about 5 minutes into the discussion. A trailer for the film was mistakenly leaked online early and can still be viewed on YouTube here. The fact that the film will premiere on HBO also tends to suggest that we might see portions of the Rock Hall induction ceremony (which was produced by HBO) as bonus content on the DVD/Blu-ray release. Speaking of which, the Rock Hall has graciously offered an exclusive discount to the Museum for RushIsABand readers, where you can receive $2 off admission in addition to a 20% discount on any new membership. Simply print out this pdf file and present it at the Rock Hall box office to receive your discount. The offer runs through the end of this year. They are also offering a 10% discount on all online orders made via rockhallstore.com through September 30th by using the code FANCLUB13 at checkout. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially opened a 2013 inductees exhibit 2 days prior to the induction ceremony on April 16th. The Rush portion of the exhibit includes a Neil Peart snare drum, Alex Lifeson's double-neck guitar and a Geddy Lee bass along with various other items. The exhibit also includes a three-screen multimedia presentation that tells the stories of the inductees. You can check out a short video tour of the exhibit along with some photographs at the Cleveland Plain Dealer website.

Certified Rush RatThis year's Rush RatCon Rush fan convention/gathering will take place tomorrow at the infamous Club Xanadu in lovely Severna Park, Maryland. The fun will begin with a tailgating party before tonight's Rush concert at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. Then the festivities shift to Club Xanadu tomorrow where 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. Have a blast everybody who's going!

Author and music journalist Martin Popoff's new illustrative history of Rush titled Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History was released last month. 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.

Several reviews of the book have appeared online over the past few weeks and earlier this week I posted a round-up of some of the better ones. You can check those out in this post. To order your copy of Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History via Amazon, go to this location. Popoff will be appearing at this year's RushCon next month to talk about the book and sign copies for fans.

The 3rd annual Lonny's Smile benefit show and auction took place last night at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Lonny's Smile is a fundraising event to help send sick kids with congenital heart disease to summer camp, and one of the hot auction items this year was a Geddy Lee signature bass guitar which ended up selling for $3,000 (thanks Tom V). The auction raised a total of $25,000 to benefit Camp Oki, a free weeklong camp for children from Quebec and Ontario who suffer from heart defects and require implanted pacemakers or defibrillators (ICDs).

Since there's not much else going on this week and it still hasn't been taken down, here once again is the trailer for the Rush Clockwork Angels concert film.

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend and fun first day of Summer everybody! A special shout-out to everyone going to RatCon this weekend; and the squeak shall inherit the Earth ...

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Rush fan promotion!
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Rock Hall Rush Fan Promotion!Rush was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back on April 18th at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The ceremony was later broadcast as a 3-hour HBO special on May 18th. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially opened a 2013 inductees exhibit 2 days prior to the induction ceremony on April 16th. The Rush portion of the exhibit includes a Neil Peart snare drum, Alex Lifeson's double-neck guitar and a Geddy Lee bass along with various other items. The exhibit also includes a three-screen multimedia presentation that tells the stories of the inductees. You can check out a short video tour of the exhibit along with some photographs at the Cleveland Plain Dealer website. If you'll be in or near Cleveland anytime this year, I highly recommend checking out the inductee exhibit at the Rock Hall along with all the other great exhibits that the Museum has to offer. To make things even easier for you, the Rock Hall has graciously offered an exclusive discount to the Museum for RushIsABand readers, where you can receive $2 off admission in addition to a 20% discount on any new membership. Simply print out this pdf file and present it at the Rock Hall box office to receive your discount. The offer runs through the end of this year. They are also offering a 10% discount on all online orders made via rockhallstore.com through September 30th by using the code FANCLUB13 at checkout.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Reviews of Martin Popoff's Rush: The Illustrated History
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Author and music journalist Martin Popoff's new illustrative history of Rush titled Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History was released last month. 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.

Several reviews of the book have appeared online over the past few weeks and I thought I'd compile a few of them here. Jeb Wright at Classic Rock Revisited gave the book an enthusiastic A grade in his review. And Paul Gleason of Caught in the Carousel wrote a great review of the book which also includes an introductory essay on Rush which you can check out here. Here's a little of what he had to say:

... Popoff's book is a brilliant catch for Rush aficionados, like your reporter, and newbies alike. For those of us who know the band, the worth of Popoff's work lies in the details. ... [the book] provides a series of pictures of rarely seen memorabilia (posters, tickets, t-shirts, etc.), live shots, and magazine covers on which the guys appeared, all presented in the highest quality imaginable. That is, the reproductions of these items are spectacular and well worth the purchase of the book on its own. ...

Skip Daly wrote this great review for Guitar International which concludes with the following statement:

...When I heard Rush: The Illustrated History was coming, I was afraid we'd see a collection of repackaged-yet-already-familiar images. While there are certainly some familiar images contained here, there are also a fair number of shots that I had not seen before. That is a joy, as is the fact that the author went the extra mile to include information on when and where the photos were taken. There are no "casual" Rush fans, and this book will make a nice addition to any Rush fan's collection of books about the band.

To order your copy of Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History via Amazon, go to this location. Popoff will be appearing at this year's RushCon next month to talk about the book and sign copies for fans.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush finished off the European leg of the Clockwork Angels tour this past Monday with a show in Helsinki, Finland. Two days before that they played their first European festival show in 34 years when they headlined the Sweden Rock Festival Saturday night. The band had to shorten their normal 3-hour marathon show down to a couple of hours to fit in their festival timeslot, leaving out the intermission, drum solo and cutting 7 songs out of their regular, 25-song set. Rush's tourmates from back in the early days of the band, KISS, headlined the festival on Thursday night. KISS frontman Paul Stanley ran into Geddy and Alex at the airport while they were coming in and KISS was leaving. He took this photo and posted it to the KISS Facebook page with this caption:

"When we were on the tarmac getting ready to take off from headlining our night at Sweden Rock Festival another private jet landed and I had to get off to greet and spend a few minutes catching up with the next night's headliners my long lost friends Alex and Geddy. Time flies and thankfully we're all still having fun!" - Paul

Billboard has reported the attendance and sales figures for the UK dates in London and Manchester, although no 2013 US dates have been reported yet. Check the tour section for all the details. The band is now back in North America and taking a short break before the summer leg of the tour which appropriately will kick off next Friday, June 21st on the first day of summer in Hershey, PA. The first part of the summer leg will see the band playing a dozen shows around the eastern US and Canada. They'll then take another break before finishing off the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour with 6 shows out west. There's currently a charity auction running on eBay for 2 front tow tickets along with a meet and greet for the Hershey show. The auction runs through this weekend and all proceeds from the auction will benefit the Friends of Mariah fund. Mariah is a beloved extended member of the Rush family. If you aren't interested in the auction but still wish to contribute, you can do so at mariahgretchen.com.

Speaking of the Clockwork Angels tour, this past November Rush filmed both the Phoenix and Dallas shows on the 2012 tour for a planned concert film release. The film was produced by Fadoo Productions, where Geddy Lee's brother Allan Weinrib is the Head of Production. The film is now apparently finished and this past weekend Fadoo Productions mistakenly posted a 2-minute trailer for the film to Vimeo. The video was supposed to be password-protected but wasn't, and therefore quickly went viral and was re-posted to YouTube and other sites before being taken down. The CEO of Fadoo Productions happens to be Bob McCown - who is best known for hosting Prime Time Sports on Toronto's The Fan 590. On his radio show this past Wednesday McCown spoke at length about the trailer and the film, explaining how it was mistakenly posted to Vimeo and also revealing a few other details. He confirmed that the film has been finished and that it will likely premiere on HBO sometime this fall, but should eventually be shown on other networks too (VH1 Classic?). It wasn't mentioned, but I would assume that the DVD/Blu-ray release should follow shortly after the premiere, along with a possible theatrical release. The fact that the film will premiere on HBO also tends to suggest that we might see portions of the Rock Hall induction ceremony (which was produced by HBO) as bonus content on the DVD/Blu-ray release (just speculation on my part). You can listen to the podcast where McCown talks about the DVD at this location (get the mp3 file here). The discussion begins about 5 minutes into the 4PM hour of Wednesday's (June 12th) show. The trailer is still floating around the internet and occasionally reappears on YouTube, where there's currently this version still in place.

Rush RatConThis year's Rush RatCon Rush fan convention/gathering 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 next 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. Registration ends tomorrow, so book your slot today!

Chad Smith and Alex LifesonMusicRadar.com posted the 4th and final installment of Chad Smith's multi-part In Conversation podcast interview with Alex Lifeson last week. You can check out part 4 of the interview and read the transcript at this location. The first 3 portions of the interview were posted over the last few weeks, and you can listen to part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 at this location. 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. MusicRadar.com has posted a photo gallery from the interview along with selected excerpts from the transcripts to their website at this location. You can get the 4-part podcast on iTunes here, or listen to the interview on SoundCloud.

Marshall FridgeSpeaking of Alex Lifeson, Marshall Fridge is running a contest where you could win an autographed Alex Lifeson Gibson Les Paul Axcess guitar. You can enter the contest by purchasing a Marshall Fridge between now and August 4th, or by mailing in an entry form as outlined in the rules. The Marshall Fridge is a refrigerator that looks like a classic Marshall amplifier. From the website:

From the main stage to the man cave, the Marshall Fridge was born to rock. Featuring authentic Marshall Amp parts including logos, fret cloth, and a brass-finished faceplate, the ultimate combination of rock and refrigeration is finally here.

For all the details and to enter the contest visit marshallfridge.com/contest/.

Reader beekay20 reports that on Wednesday's edition of Howard Stern's Sirius XM radio show, co-hostess Robin Quivers asked Aerosmith's Steven Tyler if he had heard Alex's Rock Hall induction blah-blah-blah speech. Tyler said he hadn't heard it, and that Rush is a great band, but Alex was an asshole for doing that. Harsh criticism considering he didn't even hear the speech. Stern caused quite a stir on one his radio shows last month following HBO's airing of the induction ceremony when he voiced his objections to this year's crop of inductees, including Rush.

Author and music journalist Martin Popoff's new illustrative history of Rush titled Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History was released last month. 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.

Paul Gleason of Caught in the Carousel wrote a great review of the book this past week which you can check out here. To order your copy of Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History 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. And speaking of Rush books, Neil Peart's Taking Center Stage by Joe Bergamini is now also available for Kindle.

Rhythm magazine July 2013The July issue of the UK's Rhythm magazine hit newsstands this past week and features the 25 greatest ever rhythm sections as voted by Rhythm magazine readers. Topping the list at #1 is Rush's rhythm section of Neil Peart and Geddy Lee. You can check out what they have to say about the pair in this screenshot from the issue.

The Winston-Salem Camel City Dispatch posted part 1 of Dr. Jon Epstein's essay on Rush earlier this week titled Stick it Out: Reflections on Rush and Their 40 Year Journey to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The essay was inspired by Rush's recent Rock Hall induction and does a great job of exploring the band's early history in relation to the author's personal experiences growing up as a Rush fan in Cleveland, OH and later in Winston-Salem, NC. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

Rock photographer Philip Kamin just launched his new website at PhilipKamin.com and included on the site is a great photo gallery of '80s-era Rush. You can check it out at philipkamin.com/rush (thanks Taurus Pedal Boy). There's also a quote from Alex Lifeson on the site's homepage where Alex is referencing this image:

What I like most about this photo is how Philip caught the loose symmetry of both guitars and the chrome stand holding the acoustic guitar. There is also the symmetry of the fingers on both hands and how the light on them plays against the green stage lighting. He also seems to have caught the moment when I looked over at my tech and telepathically asked, 'Am I in tune or what?' A common question of the times! -Alex Lifeson

There's also a quote from Kim Mitchell which references this photo of Kim and Geddy:

This was one of those moments backstage where I felt so thankful that Rush let us come out there with them... Ged (and the rest of Rush) showed us how to conduct ourselves on the road... how to play hard every night...who to listen to... who not to listen to... and I think in some small way we influenced them too. This photo is musician hetero man love at its finest, and Philip was right there with the eye and camera to capture it, as always. -Kim Mitchell

The 3rd annual Lonny's Smile benefit show and auction will be taking place in Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern this coming Thursday, June 20th. Lonny's Smile is a fundraising event to help send sick kids with congenital heart disease to summer camp, and one of the hot auction items this year is a Geddy Lee signature bass guitar. Here are the details from Geddy's tech:

This is a brand new Geddy Lee signature bass. You could walk into a music store and buy one for about $1000.00. However, it does have a used set of (Geddy played) Rotosound strings on it. The pick guard is an original piece of art by friend James Hogg, who does all of Geddy's pick guards. The images are drawn in AutoCad, then laser engraved and finally hand filled with paint so each one is unique and there are no duplicates. Hogg also signs and dates the back. The bass has been set up by me to the same specifications as all of Geddy's basses. The original plain white pick guard is included so the bass can be taken out and played and the engraved and signed one put away. Geddy will sign and personalize the pick guard for the winner after the auction.

The event is a silent auction held in Toronto, and bidders do have to be at the auction in person to bid and win. Tickets are for sale through Sick Kids hospital in Toronto at this location. Proceeds will benefit Camp Oki, a free weeklong camp for children from Quebec and Ontario who suffer from heart defects and require implanted pacemakers or defibrillators (ICDs).

A new book on heavy metal was released last month titled Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal. According to this Houston Press review of the book, Rush is mentioned but not in regards to their music:

... We also learn that legendary groupie "Sweet Connie" Hamzy (immortalized in Grand Funk Railroad's "We're an American Band") has successfully sucked the d**ks of two members of Rush, and still holds out hope to pleasure Neil Peart for the trifecta. ...

Connie Hamzy was also featured in a VH1 documentary special on rock groupies back in 2010 called Let's Spend the Night Together. While promoting the documentary she made an appearance on Howard Stern's radio show and also made mention of having done the members of Rush except for Neil. Watch out Carrie! :)

Mille Petrozza of German thrash metal band Kreator was interviewed at the Sweden Rock Festival and expressed how excited he was to be playing at the same festival as Rush. You can check out the video of the interview here and he mentions Rush at about the 5:25 mark. Thanks to BloodofTheZodiac for the heads up.

Reader Scott G's wife spotted a red bus numbered 2112 while visiting Barcelona, Spain. No word on whether any priests were on board. You can check out the photo here.

Reader Andy S noticed this article in the UK's Guardian newspaper on black holes in the Andromeda galaxy. It mentions Rush and Cygnus-X1 (naturally):

... It took astronomers decades to convince themselves that black holes existed in nature. Convincing proof came in the 1970s when Nasa launched the Uhuru X-ray satellite and discovered Cygnus X-1, the first black hole candidate. It made such headlines at the time that prog-rockers Rush (naturally) wrote a two-part epic song spanning two albums (again naturally) about it. ...

Here's the latest YouTube posting of the Rush Clockwork Angels concert film trailer. It likely won't be up for very much longer, so watch it while you can!

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend everybody! A big Happy Father's Day to all the Rush dads out there.

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Neil Peart and Geddy Lee top Rhythm magazine's list of the Greatest Rhythm Sections of All Time
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Rhythm magazine July 2013The July issue of the UK's Rhythm magazine hit newsstands this past week and features the 25 greatest ever rhythm sections as voted by Rhythm magazine readers. Topping the list at #1 is Rush's rhythm section of Neil Peart and Geddy Lee:

Rock's foremost power trio have been locking in perfectly for 40 years, so it's no surprise you voted Messrs Peart and Lee the Number One rhythm section in huge numbers - almost 50% of the overall vote. With every new Rush album, Lee and Peart again push the envelope of what a power trio - in which the rhythm section often shines brightest - can accomplish in rock. Neil Peart admits that this kind of tightness has taken a bit of time to achieve, though, as he told Rhythm recently. "If there is a little train wreck among the three of us, I can suddenly run on two tracks now. I can be playing what I need to be right, but if one of the guys is half a bar out I can say, 'Okay, if I drop that half-bar we'll all be together again.' Even sometimes if I make an error of execution that throws me off, I can still hear the time and that's 45 years of getting to that stage to be able to do that."

Thanks to Gaumont77 for the heads up and screenshot.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Rush Clockwork Angels concert film status update
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This past November Rush filmed both the Phoenix and Dallas shows on the 2012 Clockwork Angels tour for a planned concert film release. The film was produced by Fadoo Productions, where Geddy Lee's brother Allan Weinrib is the Head of Production. The film is now apparently finished and this past weekend Fadoo Productions mistakenly posted a 2-minute trailer for the film to Vimeo. The video was supposed to be password-protected but wasn't, and therefore quickly went viral and was re-posted to YouTube and other sites before being taken down. The CEO of Fadoo Productions happens to be Bob McCown - who is best known for hosting Prime Time Sports on Toronto's The Fan 590. On his radio show yesterday McCown spoke at length about the trailer and the film, explaining how it was mistakenly posted to Vimeo and also revealing a few other details. He confirmed that the film has been finished and that it will likely premiere on HBO sometime this fall, but should eventually be shown on other networks too (VH1 Classic?). It wasn't mentioned, but I would assume that the DVD/Blu-ray release should follow shortly after the premiere. The fact that the film will premiere on HBO also tends to suggest that we might see portions of the Rock Hall induction ceremony (which was produced by HBO) as bonus content on the DVD/Blu-ray release (just speculation on my part). You can listen to the podcast where McCown talks about the DVD at this location (get the mp3 file here). The discussion begins about 5 minutes into the 4PM hour of yesterday's (June 12th) show (thanks Bigleaf). The trailer is still floating around the internet and occasionally reappears on YouTube - do a search for Rush Clockwork Angels Tour DVD trailer and you might find it.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Chad Smith's In Conversation podcast with Alex Lifeson in pictures
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Chad Smith and Alex LifesonMusicRadar.com posted the 4th and final installment of Chad Smith's multi-part In Conversation podcast interview with Alex Lifeson last week. You can check out part 4 of the interview and read the transcript at this location. The first 3 portions of the interview were posted over the last few weeks, and you can listen to part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 at this location. 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. MusicRadar.com has posted a photo gallery from the interview along with selected excerpts from the transcripts to their website at this location. You can get the 4-part podcast on iTunes here, or listen to the interview on SoundCloud.

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[Alex Lifeson to be featured in new podcast series with Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith]

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Win an autographed Gibson Alex Lifeson guitar from Marshall Fridge
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UPDATE - 6/13@2:47PM: Reader NorthwestOfPegasus notes that no purchase is actually necessary to enter. You can also just mail in an entry form as outlined in the rules.

Marshall FridgeJust in time for Father's Day, Marshall Fridge is running a contest where you could win an autographed Alex Lifeson Gibson Les Paul Axcess guitar. To enter the contest you need to purchase a Marshall Fridge between now and August 4th. The Marshall Fridge is a refrigerator that looks like a classic Marshall amplifier. From the website:

From the main stage to the man cave, the Marshall Fridge was born to rock. Featuring authentic Marshall Amp parts including logos, fret cloth, and a brass-finished faceplate, the ultimate combination of rock and refrigeration is finally here.

For all the details and to enter the contest visit marshallfridge.com/contest/.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Helsinki open thread
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UPDATE - 6/12@1:41PM: Here are 2 more Finnish language reviews; one from the Helsingin Sanomat, and another from Soundi (thanks hannuFIN).

UPDATE - 6/12@9:46AM: Here's another Finnish language review and photo gallery (English translation here) from Helsingin Uutiset (thanks hannuFIN).

UPDATE - 6/11@4:18PM: Here's a review (English translation here) and photo gallery from Iltalehti.fi (thanks hannuFIN).

UPDATE - 6/11@9:30AM: Official photos are now posted over at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 6/10@8:36PM: Here's a gallery of photos posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 6/10@6:41PM: Rush played their Night B - version 5 setlist (thanks Kelly D and Iksi).

UPDATE - 6/10@4:14PM: The show is likely over by now but I haven't received any reports from anyone yet, although I'm assuming they played their Night B - version 3 setlist. If you were at the concert and can confirm this, please let us know.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush flies the Clockwork Angels tour airship over the Baltic Sea to the easternmost destination of the 2013 tour tonight where they'll play the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland for the final show of the European leg. They'll then fly back to North America for the summer leg of the tour which begins on June 21st in Hershey, PA. The band played a special, shortened set for the Sweden Rock Festival Saturday night, but before that in Berlin they played their Night A setlist. So I'm guessing that the Helsinki crowd will likely see one of the Night B sets. I'll post any setlist information as soon as I learn about it. For all of our Finnish friends who will be attending tonight's show, have fun, stay safe, and be sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. Rush!!!!!

Date/Time: Monday, June 10th @ 8PM (1PM EST)
Show Number: 19
Venue: Hartwall Arena
Place: Helsinki, Finland

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Rush Clockwork Angels tour concert film trailer released
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UPDATE - 6/13@7:07AM: And it's back on YouTube ... for now (thanks Natsy2112).

UPDATE - 6/11@7:18AM: The vimeo password has been changed, so clockwork no longer works.

UPDATE - 6/10@11:31AM: Reader TorpedoPenguin noticed that the vimeo link works if you use the password clockwork.

UPDATE - 6/10@8:52AM: It looks like the YouTube version of the trailer has also been removed. :(

UPDATE - 6/9@9:40AM: The status of the video at Vimeo.com has suddenly been switched to private. Perhaps Fadoo Productions jumped the gun on posting it? Not to worry, it's already been posted on YouTube too:

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Fadoo Productions has released a 2-minute trailer for Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels concert film which is due out this fall. Rush filmed both the Phoenix and Dallas shows last November for the planned film release. Reports at the time indicated that the Dallas show would be the primary source for the film with the Phoenix footage used mainly as a backup. There has been no official release date given yet, but several rumors indicate that it will be released this fall - likely just in time for the holidays. The trailer can be viewed below or online at this link. Thanks to kjbird and Al-Dreamline for the heads up.

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Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Sweden Rock Festival open thread
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UPDATE - 6/9@8:06PM: Here's a nice gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 6/9@2:30PM: Reader Sebastian also reported that - although there was no intermission - they did show the usual 2nd set intro video, The Appointment, just before Caravan.

UPDATE - 6/9@11:58AM: Reader Sebastian was at the show and says that Neil's The Percussor drum solo was not included in the set.

UPDATE - 6/9@9:32AM: Official photos from the Sweden Rock Festival have been posted at Rush.com. Paul Stanley of KISS ran into Geddy and Alex at the airport while they were coming in and KISS was leaving. He took this photo and posted it to the KISS Facebook page with this caption (thanks RushFanForever):

"When we were on the tarmac getting ready to take off from headlining our night at Sweden Rock Festival another private jet landed and I had to get off to greet and spend a few minutes catching up with the next night's headliners my long lost friends Alex and Geddy. Time flies and thankfully we're all still having fun!" - Paul

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UPDATE - 6/8@5:57PM: The show is over and, as expected, Rush played a shorter, truncated setlist with no intermission. You can view the setlist here, although I'm still trying to verify a couple of things such as whether the intro video was played and whether Neil's solo was kept intact.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourTonight Rush brings the Clockwork Angels tour machine to the Sweden Rock Festival for their first European festival show in 34 years. The band is scheduled to hit the Festival Stage at 9:30PM and play until 11:45PM. This is consistent with rumors that they will be playing a truncated set rather than their standard 3-hour show, with no intermission and a reduced rig setup. If you are going to the show and are willing and able to send setlist reports during the concert, please let us know. From what I understand, the Festival is also being filmed - so it's possible some footage of Rush will see the light of day at some future date (possible bonus footage on the upcoming Clockwork Angels DVD?). For all of our European friends who will be attending the Festival tonight, have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. RUUSSHH!!!

Date/Time: Saturday, June 8th @ 9:30PM (3:30PM EST)
Show Number: 18
Venue: Sweden Rock Festival
Place: Solvesborg, Sweden

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush worked their way across the European mainland this past week, playing shows in Amsterdam, Cologne and Berlin. Tomorrow they'll be bringing the Clockwork Angels tour machine to the Sweden Rock Festival for their first European festival show in 34 years. Rumor has it that the band will be playing a truncated, 2-hour set rather than their standard 3-hour show, with no intermission and a reduced rig setup. This is consistent with what is listed on the Sweden Rock website, which shows the band hitting the Festival Stage at 9:30PM and playing until 11:45PM. From what I understand, the Festival is also being filmed - so it's possible some footage of Rush will see the light of day at some future date (possible bonus footage on the upcoming Clockwork Angels DVD?). After the festival they'll close out the European leg with a show in Helsinki on Monday before heading back to North America. On that note, VIP ticket packages are still available for the shows in Jones Beach, Saratoga Springs, and Chicago, as well as the 2nd Halifax show.

Chad Smith and Alex LifesonMusicRadar.com posted the 4th and final installment of Chad Smith's multi-part In Conversation podcast interview with Alex Lifeson earlier this week. You can check out part 4 of the interview and read the transcript at this location. The first 3 portions of the interview were posted over the last few weeks, and you can listen to part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 at this location. 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 4 Chad and Alex talk about Alex's grandkids, the Rock Hall, Geddy's baseball obsession, golfing, Alex's psoriatic arthritis, Nick Raskulinecz and more. The pair talk a lot about the Rock Hall and the induction ceremony, with Chad sharing his experiences being inducted with the Red Hot Chili Peppers last year. You can get the podcast on iTunes here, or listen to the interview on SoundCloud.

Speaking of Lerxst, MusicRadar.com put together a list of 8 Underrated Guitarists earlier this week and Alex Lifeson made the cut at #3 (thanks RushFanForever):

Despite monster prog chops and a Les Paul tone to die for, the Rush man rarely gets a mention in pub discussions, presumably because he's never achieved notoriety by falling out of Stringfellows with a stripper's garter belt over his head.

Alex Lifeson will also be featured in an upcoming book from author/photographer Lisa Johnson titled 108 Rock Star Guitars. The book includes a forward by Les Paul and is slated for release this fall. You can learn more about it and get updates on the book's Facebook page. Thanks to MusicTheAnswer for the heads up.

The July, 2013 issue of Modern Drummer hit subscribers' mailboxes earlier this week, 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. Speaking of Neil, Rolling Stone's Andy Greene posted his list of The 10 Most Annoying Rock Star Behaviors earlier this week, and #9 on his list was the solo. Although he makes an exception when it comes to Neil Peart and a few others:

This will have some dissenters. But if you aren't Neil Peart, Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton or a musician on that level of genius, nobody wants to hear you solo. ...

And continuing with the Neil Peart news, Canadian musician Danko Jones recently penned an article for the Huffington Post (thanks RushGuy) where he talks about growing up a Rush fan. He relates a story about how he wrote a letter to Neil Peart back in 2004 and how Neil finally wrote him back in 2007:

... reading some of [Neil Peart's] books inspired me to write him a hand-written fan letter in 2004. After years of seeing behind the velvet curtain and turning my ever-growing jadedness into a fine pointy lance, I'm still not above writing fan letters. ... I didn't expect an answer back, and being that I was an otherwise serious adult, just the writing of it was enough to make me feel good. ... in November of 2007 I received a hand-written reply from Peart in the mail. It had taken so long that I had forgotten I even wrote the letter in the first place. My heart stopped, my pulse raced, my brow beaded, Neil Peart had written me back! ...

The 3rd annual Lonny's Smile benefit show and auction will be taking place in Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern on Thursday, June 20th. Lonny Smile is a fundraising event to help send sick kids with congenital heart disease to summer camp, and one of the hot auction items this year is a Geddy Lee signature bass guitar. Here are the details from Geddy's tech:

This is a brand new Geddy Lee signature bass. You could walk into a music store and buy one for about $1000.00. However, it does have a used set of (Geddy played) Rotosound strings on it. The pick guard is an original piece of art by friend James Hogg, who does all of Geddy's pick guards. The images are drawn in AutoCad, then laser engraved and finally hand filled with paint so each one is unique and there are no duplicates. Hogg also signs and dates the back. The bass has been set up by me to the same specifications as all of Geddy's basses. The original plain white pick guard is included so the bass can be taken out and played and the engraved and signed one put away. Geddy will sign and personalize the pick guard for the winner after the auction.

The event is a silent auction held in Toronto, and bidders do have to be at the auction in person to bid and win. Tickets are for sale through Sick Kids hospital in Toronto at this location. Proceeds will benefit Camp Oki, a free weeklong camp for children from Quebec and Ontario who suffer from heart defects and require implanted pacemakers or defibrillators (ICDs). Thanks to Tina C for the information.

In a tweet from earlier this week, Lita Ford congratulated Rush on their recent Rock Hall induction - including in the tweet this mid '70s photo of Rush with The Runaways. She apparently has no problem with Rush, unlike her former The Runaways bandmates Joan Jett and Cherie Curie who claimed that Rush were jerks to them when The Runaways opened for Rush back in 1977, as was dramatized in the movie biopic The Runaways.

Someone else who seems to have a problem with Rush is recently fired, former STP frontman Scott Weiland. He was interviewed by the Arizona Republic this past week and spent some time going off on his former bandmates. He also takes a shot at Rush when describing his disagreement with STP's artistic direction (thanks james labrie):

... I think about how selfish [STP] are and how much it blows me away that after two times of trying this, they still think they have any opportunity of doing it without me. And it's not me saying that I'm the greatest because you know what? I'm not. John Lennon. Paul McCartney. They are ... better than I am. But as far as this band goes? The vision? The artistic direction of the band? And trying to keep them from sounding like Rush? I'm sorry. I have to be totally honest. It was me. I'm guilty. I kept them from doing it. That's all I've got to say.

Canadian actor/comedian Rick Moranis was recently interviewed for Spin.com and spoke a little about his history with Rush:

Geddy Lee and I went to the same grade school. He moved away when we were still young but I remember him like I do all my friends from back then. Then in 1982 Dave Thomas and I were approached to do a record as the McKenzie Brothers on Anthem Records, the same label that Rush was on. So when we did the album we wound up having Geddy sing the vocal lead for the first single, "Take Off." That was the first time I had seen him since we were kids and the first time he had this enormous success. I've seen him subsequently a number of times and he always says, "That's the only number one record I've ever had!" Which is insane to me because those guys have sold about a 150 zillion records.

The new season of That Metal Show on VH1 Classic premiered this past weekend and the featured guest was bass player Jason Newsted. At one point Newsted answered questions from audience members and someone asked him who his favorite bass player was. Jason listed Geddy Lee as one of his 5 favorites. You can watch the show online at this location. The part where Geddy is mentioned comes in at about the 27-minute mark. Thanks to mhill for the heads up. Bassist Robbie Shakespeare - one half of the legendary reggae rhythm section Sly & Robbie - also is a big fan of Geddy Lee. He was recently interviewed by United Reggae and when asked about Geddy said the following:

Yeah! Geddy Lee is bad! And you have a couple more. Metallica I love. Metallica are bad. Again, with rock I listen to them for different reasons. ...

Staying on the subject of Geddy Lee fans, reader simont2112 came across this video on YouTube which shows a fan chatting with Geddy at a recent Lakers playoff game. The fan chats with Geddy for a little while and then snaps a photo with him. The fan also looks like he might work for the venue, which is why he may have had access to him. This looks like the same game in which Geddy was called out by the announcers during the game.

Rob over at the Rush Vault noticed that the 1974 Rush ABC live version of Working Man contains a riff that later showed up in the 1975 studio version By-Tor and the Snow Dog. This isn't necessarily a new revelation for many fans familiar with the ABC live bootleg, but might be new to others. Rob took things a step further and created this 30-second video where you can hear the two versions next to each other. He also included visuals of the tabs for both versions, so you can follow along with a bouncing red ball to see how the riff is played.

Canadian TV and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos is set to host a new show on CNN called Stroumboulopoulos which premiere's this Sunday at 10PM. CNN's Jake Tapper recently spoke with Strombo about the show and gave him a little quiz of Canadian terms and culture (thanks Paul D). When Strombo was asked what the greatest rock band to come out of Canada was, he gave the correct answer:

Really tough question, like east coast, west coast battles in hip hop, I worry about my safety in this one. The correct answer is "Rush." Though I do believe it might be "The Tragically Hip" or Neil Young.

Cleveland-based photographer Joe Kleon will be debuting his first one-man show tonight at Cleveland's Space: ROCK gallery at 15721 Waterloo Road. The exhibit is titled A Decade of Decibels: The Photography of Joe Kleon and will feature photos from a number of artists including Rush. For all the details visit the Facebook event page.

American jam band moe. played an outdoor concert in Danbury, CT this past weekend and played a cover of Rush's Tom Sawyer in its entirety. You can watch a YouTube video of a portion of the performance here (thanks Kelly D).

This coming Wednesday, June 12th is the first anniversary of the official release date of Rush's Clockwork Angels album. I emphasize official release date because purchasers of the band's special fanpack promotion were able to receive the album as early as 2 weeks prior to the official release. Here's a behind-the-scenes video interview with Geddy Lee that was produced by Classic Rock magazine for the release. Geddy talks about the making of Clockwork Angels for about 6 minutes, interspersed with in-studio footage from the recording of the album.

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

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Berlin open thread
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UPDATE - 6/7@12:07PM: Here's a review (English translation here) from the Berliner Zeitung (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

UPDATE - 6/6@10:00PM: Here's a gallery of photos posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 6/6@6:35PM: The show is over and Rush played their Night A - version 3 setlist (thanks Al-Dreamline). Official photos are also already posted over at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 6/6@3:34PM: The first set is just about over in Berlin and Rush is playing their Night A - version 3 setlist so far. Many thanks to our resident European tour setlist spy/reporter Al-Dreamline for the updates.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush plays the 2nd of 2 German shows on the European leg of the Clockwork Angels tour tonight when they roll into the O2 World in Berlin. They played one of their Night B setlists for fans in Cologne the other night, so they should be pulling out one of the Night A sets for the Berlin crowd tonight. As always, I'll post any setlist information here as soon as I learn about it. Geddy Lee recently spoke with the German publication B.Z. Berlin in the lead-up to the show for a short interview which you can check out here (English translation here). Much of central Europe including Germany has been experiencing some heavy flooding over the past few days, so hopefully everyone will be able to get to and from the show safely. For everyone going tonight, have fun, stay safe (and dry), and be sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. Rush on!

Date/Time: Thursday, June 6th @ 8PM (2PM EST)
Show Number: 17
Venue: O2 World
Place: Berlin, Germany

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Cologne open thread
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UPDATE - 6/5@8:39AM: Here's a gallery of photos posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 6/4@7:08PM: The show is over and the band played the Night B - version 3 setlist (thanks Al-Dreamline). Official photos are also already posted over at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 6/4@2:46PM: Early reports from Cologne are indicating the Night B - version 3 setlist (thanks Al-Dreamline).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush continues the European leg of the Clockwork Angels tour tonight when they'll hit the stage at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. They played one of their Night A setlists in Amsterdam this past Sunday, so they'll likely pull out one of the Night B sets for the crowd in Germany tonight. 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, be safe, and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. RUSSHHH!!!

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 4th @ 8PM (2PM EST)
Show Number: 16
Venue: Lanxess Arena
Place: Cologne, Germany

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Part 4 of Chad Smith's In Conversation podcast with Alex Lifeson
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UPDATE - 6/4@8:50AM: MusicRadar.com posted the interview and transcript to their website this morning, and it's also now available on SoundCloud too (thanks RushFanForever).

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Chad Smith and Alex LifesonMusicRadar.com has posted a surprise installment of Chad Smith's multi-part In Conversation podcast interview with Alex Lifeson. They had originally advertised the podcast as a 3-part series, but you can now get part 4 of the interview via iTunes (download the mp3 here) although it's not yet posted on MusicRadar's SoundCload page or their website. The first 3 portions of the interview were posted over the last few weeks, and you can listen to part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 at this location. 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 4 Chad and Alex talk about Alex's grandkids, the Rock Hall, Geddy's baseball obsession, golfing, Alex's psoriatic arthritis, Nick Raskulinecz and more. The pair talk a lot about the Rock Hall and the induction ceremony, with Chad sharing his experiences being inducted with the Red Hot Chili Peppers last year. You can get the podcast on iTunes here, or get the mp3 here. Thanks to questrider for the heads up.

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[Part 3 of Chad Smith's In Conversation podcast with Alex Lifeson]
[Part 2 of Chad Smith's In Conversation podcast with Alex Lifeson]
[Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith In Conversation with Alex Lifeson in new podcast series]
[Alex Lifeson to be featured in new podcast series with Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith]

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Amsterdam open thread
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UPDATE - 7/8@11:00AM: Here's a review from DPRP (thanks rushfanben).

UPDATE - 6/3@10:04AM: Here's a gallery of photos posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 6/3@6:58AM: Official photos have been posted at Rush.com. There's also this gallery of photos from betterbeer which includes some backstage shots.

UPDATE - 6/2@5:27PM: Tonight's setlist was Night A - version 4 (thanks Al-Dreamline).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush will play the first of five shows on the European mainland tonight when they bring the Clockwork Angels tour machine to the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. They played their Night B set in Glasgow Thursday night, so the Amsterdam 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: Sunday, June 2nd @ 7PM (1PM EST)
Show Number: 15
Venue: Ziggo Dome
Place: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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