Archive: Blog Entries from July, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Salt Lake City open thread
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UPDATE - 8/1@11:18PM: Here's a gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 8/1@2:33PM: Here's a review from The Daily Herald.

UPDATE - 8/1@10:08AM: Reader Jeff J attended the show and confirms the Night B - version 5 setlist.

UPDATE - 8/1@7:50AM: I'm still trying to confirm it, but from this Salt Lake City Tribune review (thanks Kelly P) it looks like the Night B - version 5 setlist was played. Official photos are also posted over at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 7/31@1:28PM: The Salt Lake Tribune ran a contest to win tickets and a meet-n-greet for tonight's show. Entrants had to write up an answer to the question "How would seeing in concert and actually meeting Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart change your life for the better?", and the winning answer was published in today's edition.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush rolls the Clockwork Angels tour to the USANA Amphitheatre outside Salt Lake City tonight for the 3rd to last stop of the 2013 tour. The band is due to play one of their Night B sets for the Salt Lake City fans. I'll post confirmation of this 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. RUUSSHH!!!!!

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 31st @ 7:30PM (9:30PM EST)
Show Number: 35
Venue: USANA Amphitheatre
Place: West Valley City, UT (outside Salt Lake City)

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Rush official 2014 40th anniversary wall calendar now available
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The official Rush 2014, 40th anniversary wall calendar from NMR Distribution is now available for purchase via Amazon and other retailers. Not surprisingly, the 2014 calendar celebrates next year's 40th anniversary of the release of Rush's first album back in 1974. The cover art includes the Rush explosion logo from the band's eponymous 1974 debut in the background with an early, 70s-era live photo of the band superimposed in the foreground with the words 40TH ANNIVERSARY | 2014 WALL CALENDAR. You can order your calendar today at this location. NMR distribution have also released a new 24"x36" commemorative tour poster for the band's first show with Neil Peart on drums - Rush's August 14th, 1974 appearance at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. You can order the poster via Amazon at this location.

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Rush makes CBC Music's list of the 100 greatest Canadian albums ever
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CBC Music has compiled their list of the 100 greatest Canadian albums ever with the help of a diverse array of Canadian musicians, writers, actors and artists. Over the past few weeks they've revealed the list on the CBC Music website and 2 Rush albums made the cut. Coming in at #100 was Rush's Moving Pictures album:

"The ultimate Rush record! Filled with muso riffs - the playing was simply off the charts. When it came out, every Canadian musician wanted to learn the entire record for sheer bragging rights. It has also stood the test of time with hits such as "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight" and our hometown anthem, "YYZ," that have all reached pop culture status - just like the band." - Ian Thornley, Big Wreck

Coming in at #17 was Rush's breakthrough 2112 album:

"The thing I love is that it was basically a rebellious record. Being a huge Rush fan, the fact that the first three records kind of tanked and they were told by their company not to do anymore long, epic songs. So in the classic rock 'n' roll tradition, they said, 'OK,' and then of course did their longest, most epic song. It was a total middle finger to the record companies and the music industry. You think of Rush as being this enduring, 35-year, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Canadian legendary band, but at one time they were still basically nobodies and instead of doing what they were told, they did the opposite and became these massive icons because they decided to do things their own way." - Chris Jericho, champion wrestler and lead singer-songwriter of Fozzy

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New Neil Peart news update at NeilPeart.net
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[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: July, 2013 - On Days Like These]

West Side Beemer BoyzNeil Peart has once again updated the news page on his website with a story titled On Days Like These. Neil describes his motorcycle travels on the summer leg of the Clockwork Angels tour. In this passage Neil addresses the Quebec City show that they were forced to end early:

... During the second set, just before we began "The Garden," I started to see flurries of raindrops in the spotlight beams over the crowd. As we launched into the song, the wind gusted up, swirling rain all through the colored lightbeams flashing around the stage. Behind the vast crowd in front of me, lightning flickered in the distant darkness. Raindrops covered my cymbals enough to dampen their sound (literally and figuratively), and striking a crash cymbal sent a colorful fountain into the air. Of greatest concern were the exposed electronics-keyboards and foot pedals-and the delicate violins and cellos. (Later cellist Jacob told us, "If it had been anyone but you guys, I would have been off that stage.") Just as we finished the song, monitor engineer Brent's voice came over our ear monitors, "The show is over. A storm is right on us. Make an announcement, and get off the stage."

Hard to believe that in almost forty years, we had never had to stop a show in the middle like that. Only once, a couple of tours ago in Chicago, had an outdoor show been called just minutes before we were supposed to go onstage. (We made that one up later.) But never once in all those years had we stopped a show in the middle-so we had no policy. ...

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

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Rush Eucon 2013 to take place October 12th in Sheffield, UK
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Rush Eucon 2013Rush Eucon 2013 Eucon of Steel will take place on Saturday, October 12th at the Queens Social Club in Sheffield, England from 1PM to midnight. The event will future music from Rush tribute band Bravado with all proceeds being donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind. In addition to a 2 hour set of classic Rush songs by Bravado, the event will include Rush Idol (live band karaoke where you can play a Rush song or sing a Rush song), a Rush trivia pub quiz, a Rush air guitar competition, a Rush raffle/auction (to raise funds for Guide Dogs For The Blind charity), and plenty of other surprises. There are still tickets available through www.rusheucon.co.uk or via PayPal at sales@rusheucon.co.uk. For all the details visit the Rush Eucon website or follow them on Facebook.

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Happy birthday Geddy Lee!
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Geddy Lee - then and nowOn this day back in 1953, our favorite singer/bassist - Gary Lee Weinrib (aka Geddy Lee) - was born in Willowdale, Toronto. That makes Geddy 60 years young today! Today is also the 39th anniversary of Neil Peart joining Rush! Also, 39 years ago tomorrow Rush bought equipment for their first tour at Long and McQuade Music in Toronto, including Geddy's black Rickenbacker, Alex's Gibson Les Paul Deluxe and Neil's Slingerland kit. Happy birthday Geddy! May you have many more.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Portland open thread
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UPDATE - 7/31@10:03AM: Here's a review from the Portland Mercury.

UPDATE - 7/30@9:33AM: Here's a great gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 7/29@3:51PM: Here's a review from The Oregonian.

UPDATE - 7/29@11:47AM: 105.9 The Brew ran a contest where they gave away 4 backstage passes to the show along with a limited edition Fender Squier Geddy Lee Clockwork Angels bass guitar. They posted video earlier this week of winner Clark Buckley coming to claim his prize. You can check it out here.

UPDATE - 7/29@6:59AM: Reader Isorski reports that the Night A - version 3 setlist was played, and that several Happy Birthday Geddy signs were spotted. During YYZ some of the crew came out in funny clown outfits and hats holding a happy birthday sign upside down, and acting drunk. Official photos are also posted at Rush.com.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush brings the Clockwork Angels tour to the Sleep Country Amphitheater outside Portland tonight for stop number 34 on the 2013 tour. Including tonight there are only 4 shows left of the 2013 tour. The band is due to play one of their Night A sets for the Portland crowd. I'll post confirmation of this as soon as I learn about it. For everyone going to the show tonight, have fun, stay safe, and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. Rush!!!!!

Date/Time: Sunday, July 28th @ 7:30PM (10:30PM EST)
Show Number: 34
Venue: Sleep Country Amphitheater
Place: Ridgefield, WA (outside Portland, OR)

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Vancouver open thread
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UPDATE - 7/27@9:47PM: Here's a photo gallery that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 7/27@12:36PM: Here's a review from The Province.

UPDATE - 7/27@8:02AM: Reader AaronK reports that the band played their Night B - version 3 set. Official photos are also posted over at Rush.com. And here's a review and photo gallery from the Vancouver Sun.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush hits the westernmost stop on the Clockwork Angels tour tonight when they fly the airship into the Rogers Arena in beautiful Vancouver. Including tonight there are only 5 shows left of the 2013 tour. CTV and Live Nation are running a contest to win a Rush VIP Experience package that include 2 front row tickets to tonight's show, a meet and greet and more. Just watch CTV Morning Live from now until 8AM PST (11AM EST) to learn how you can win. For all the details visit the CTVNews website here. The band is due to play one of their Night B sets for tonight's crowd. I'll post confirmation of this 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. Rush on!!

Date/Time: Friday, July 26th @ 7:30PM (10:30PM EST)
Show Number: 33
Venue: Rogers Arena
Place: Vancouver, BC

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush kicked off the final leg of their Clockwork Angels tour this past Wednesday night in Red Deer, AB for a benefit concert to support the Alberta Flood Relief effort. The band had originally been scheduled to play the Calgary Saddledome, but due to severe flooding damage suffered by the venue last month they were forced to cancel the show. In another display of typical Rush classiness, rather than simply reschedule the show, the band decided to perform a separate show nearby on the same date in Red Deer with all proceeds going to the Alberta Flood Relief effort. The band also created a special t-shirt design just for the Red Deer Benefit Concert with all proceeds from sales of the t-shirts also going to the relief effort. These t-shirts are still available via the Rush Backstage Club, or at Long & McQuade music stores throughout Edmonton and Calgary. Tonight the band will roll the tour machine into the Rogers Centre in Vancouver, and then next week they'll move on to Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver and finally Kansas City to close things out. CTV and Live Nation are running a contest to win a Rush VIP Experience package that include 2 front row tickets to tonight's show, a meet and greet and more. Just watch CTV Morning Live today from 5:30AM to 8AM (8:30-11AM EST) to learn how you can win. For all the details visit the CTVNews website here. It's hard to believe that the tour will be over just one week from Sunday! Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider addressed the band's future touring plans in this interview from earlier in the week:

... Are they talking about touring again? Yes. They're talking about possibly touring in two years. But there will be nothing again for two years, we know that. ...

So if this is the case, we won't be seeing any kind of 40th anniversary tour next year, nor any tour at all until 2015 at the earliest. Howard also talks at length about all the technical aspects of Rush's elaborate stage show and lighting on the Clockwork Angels tour in the interview. Here's Howard on the placement of the string section:

... There was a big debate on that. It went on for a few months. Eight months before the tour started we were coming up with all sorts of questions, "What do we do with them? Do we put them on a riser? Do we make them come off the ground? Do we put them on this?" We finally came up with a concept. There were about six of us involved in making that decision [laughs] until it finally worked. ... [not disrupting the flow] was one of the things that we were worried about. It keeps them in the background where they are and it also adds another dimension to the stage. You've got the screen, them, and the band. So that's now your third dimension really. I think it works really, really nicely. ...

Rush and HeartNancy Wilson of Heart was interviewed for the Huffington Post earlier this week to discuss her newfound love of fellow Rock Hall inductees Rush for a piece titled Heart 'Destroy Stigmas,' Profess Love For Rush:

... "I am into Rush," Wilson tells HuffPost Canada Music. "We are into Rush now. We watched that documentary 'Beyond The Lighted Stage.' I found it so completely great I took it on the road and me and [Heart singer] Ann and [other Wilson sister] Lynn watched it on our tour bus and we're like, 'Oh my god, we get it! We understand where it comes from now.'" ... "I wanted to check 'em out because they were so tight with our producer Ben Mink," says Wilson. "He's one of Geddy Lee's oldest dearest friends from back in the day in the '70s, so we kind of ended up hooking up with them more recently and I wanted to check 'em out again because of him and because Rush is kind of one of those bands that are kind of like a dog whistle that only men can hear." ... "I've always liked a lot of their songs on the radio over the years, but I've never felt compelled to pick up their albums," says Wilson. "But now I want to pick up their new one. We've become Rush fans." ... "They've got this incredibly cool, complex, it's thinking man's rock," starts Wilson. "But it's also got a big tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, like when they're basting their rotisserie chickens on their backline and they've got their washing and drying going [on stage]. And the movie 'I Love You Man,' too, was just hysterical." ...

It sounds like Rush loves Heart too according to reports from attendees of Heart's Tuesday night show in Toronto. Nancy Wilson reportedly gave a shout-out to Rush and revealed that the band had sent Heart a bouquet of flowers. Nancy then dedicated the next song (a solo acoustic number with just her and her guitar) to Rush, which got a big cheer from the crowd.

Someone else who really likes Rush is drummer and cofounder of progressive metal band Queensryche - Scott Rockenfield. He was recently featured in a short interview for Google Play's My Favorite Things web series where he talks for a minute or so about Rush and their Moving Pictures album. You can check it out on YouTube at this location.

Rush's Closer to the Heart is included on a new Canadian compilation album called Canada 24 - Rock Your Cottage Weekend. The album released in Canada on July 9th and contains 24 hits from various Canadian artists. You can read more about it at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

The Sonic Reality Progressive Rock Project - Sonic Elements - posted an excerpt from their latest Rush cover project earlier this week. It's a cover of Rush's Digital Man as performed by Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa) on vocals, guitar and bass; Fernando Perdomo (Dreaming in Stereo) on all sorts of vintage guitars; and Dave Kerzner on some swirly keys, with a virtual Neil Peart on drums using Neil Peart Drums Volume 2 - The Grooves. You can listen to the excerpt on SoundCloud at this location.

Clockwork Angels String Ensemble member Jacob Szekely just released a new self-titled CD with his Jacob Szekely Trio project. The CD just received a great review from The International Review of Music. It's available both on iTunes and from Amazon.

Reader Joe M wanted me to let everyone know about a fantasy football league on Yahoo! specifically for Rush fans. They are looking for a few new managers to join the league and they currently have 3 open spots. If anyone is interested just shoot an email to joemartinelli2112@yahoo.com and he'll send you an invite.

Reader Bucklemyshoe sent me this photo of a Rush-inspired advertisement that the GO Train (Government of Ontario Train) in Ontario is using. It states that Rush is a Band. Not a Verb. I can't help but agree. :)

Robert Cooper at 411Mania.com posted a list of his top 5 bass players earlier this week and Geddy Lee made the cut at #4:

Who doesn't love Rush?, I'll tell you who doesn't love Rush, Nazis, that's who. Geddy Lee is awesome, pure awesome, because he is an amazing bassist, which will be gotten to in a second, but he also sings and sometimes does keyboards all while playing the bass. So with that pretty much said, because he is the only person on this list who is multi-tasking with their bass playing. As a bassist, the guy can do fast and intricate, as well as the total oppposite, he has great range. He's also got a damn nice groove to him, and is in one of the greatest trios of all-time, as well as one of the greatest bands. He's awesome, and just like Geezer above, he is still going strong, and I love it!

Earlier this month Rush played a show at the Quebec City Summer Festival that they were forced to end early due to weather conditions. To make up for the six songs that fans in Quebec City missed, the band decided to record the July 12th Halifax show and make the audio of these 6 tracks available online at the Festival website for a 24-hour period this past weekend. The audio has since been taken down but you can still hear it on YouTube below or at this location:

Everyone make sure to wish Geddy Lee a happy birthday this coming Monday, July 29th. Our favorite bass player turns the big six-oh! Happy birthday Dirk!! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield talks Rush's Moving Pictures in new Google Play interview
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Scott Rockenfield is the drummer and cofounder of progressive metal band Queensryche. He was recently featured in a short interview for Google Play's My Favorite Things web series where he talks for a minute or so about Rush and their Moving Pictures album. You can check it out on YouTube below or at this location (thanks Sean).

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Red Deer benefit concert open thread
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UPDATE - 8/1@10:12AM: Rush posted a thank you message yesterday announcing that the show had raised $575,000!!

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who supported the benefit show at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer last week! As well as a special thanks to our partners for this concert - Live Nation Canada, Ticketmaster, and the Enmax Centrium venue who generously donated time, goods and services so that we could raise the most amount of money possible for this worthy cause.

We are happy to announce the final amount is $575,000 and it will all be donated for Alberta Flood Relief!

"It is important to be a good neighbour in situations like these, and we are very grateful that we were able to amass such a huge sum that will undoubtedly help many of our fellow Canadians in need. Thanks to our partners who joined us in the effort, to all the great fans from all over Alberta who attended the show, the workers who donated their time along with us, and those fans abroad that supported via the special Flood T-shirt." - Geddy Lee

The proceeds from the July 24th concert will see $125,000 specifically go to the citizens of High River who were hit the hardest in the floods, $400,000 going to the Canadian Red Cross to support Alberta Flood Relief, and the remaining $50,000 to local charities. ...

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UPDATE - 7/25@5:39PM: Here's a great review from the Red Deer Advocate (thanks hannuFIN).

UPDATE - 7/25@1:34PM: Here's a short, CTV news clip that features interview snippets with a couple of regular RIAB readers along with 30 seconds or so of concert footage.

UPDATE - 7/25@9:44AM: Reader clockwork-fan confirms that the full Night A - version 4 setlist was played.

UPDATE - 7/25@7:38AM: I still haven't received any setlist information at this point, so if you went to the show please let us know what set was played. We do know that the show got a late start because of some unknown technical difficulties and the band didn't hit the stage until around 9PM. This review from the Calgary Herald mentions the delay but also says the band only played a 2-hour set with intermission. I doubt they'd play a shorter set but still include the intermission, so this is likely an error or typo. Official photos from the show are already posted at Rush.com.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush will kick off the final leg of their Clockwork Angels tour tonight with a benefit show at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta. The band was originally scheduled to play the Calgary Saddledome, but due to severe flooding damage suffered by the venue last month they were forced to cancel the show. In their typical classy fashion, rather than just simply reschedule the show, the band decided to perform a separate show nearby on the same date in Red Deer, Alberta with all proceeds going to the Alberta Flood Relief effort. The band has also created a special t-shirt design just for the Red Deer Benefit Concert with all proceeds from sales of the t-shirts also going to the Alberta Flood Relief effort. So if you aren't able to attend the show but would still like to help out, you can purchase one of the t-shirts via the Rush Backstage Club, or at Long & McQuade music stores throughout Edmonton and Calgary. The band is due to play one of their Night A sets for the Red Deer crowd. I'll post confirmation of this 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: Wednesday, July 24th @ 7:30PM (9:30PM EST)
Show Number: 32
Venue: ENMAX Centrium
Place: Red Deer, AB

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Heart's Nancy Wilson talks Rush in new Huffington Post interview
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UPDATE - 7/24@1:36PM: Reader lukichj attended last night's Heart concert in Toronto and reports that Nancy Wilson gave a shout-out to Rush and revealed that the band had sent Heart a bouquet of flowers. Nancy then dedicated the next song (a solo acoustic number with just her and her guitar) to Rush, which got a big cheer from the crowd.

Rush and HeartNancy Wilson of Heart was recently interviewed for the Huffington Post to discuss her newfound love of fellow Rock Hall inductees Rush for a piece titled Heart 'Destroy Stigmas,' Profess Love For Rush:

... "I am into Rush," Wilson tells HuffPost Canada Music. "We are into Rush now. We watched that documentary 'Beyond The Lighted Stage.' I found it so completely great I took it on the road and me and [Heart singer] Ann and [other Wilson sister] Lynn watched it on our tour bus and we're like, 'Oh my god, we get it! We understand where it comes from now.'" ... "I wanted to check 'em out because they were so tight with our producer Ben Mink," says Wilson. "He's one of Geddy Lee's oldest dearest friends from back in the day in the '70s, so we kind of ended up hooking up with them more recently and I wanted to check 'em out again because of him and because Rush is kind of one of those bands that are kind of like a dog whistle that only men can hear." ... "I've always liked a lot of their songs on the radio over the years, but I've never felt compelled to pick up their albums," says Wilson. "But now I want to pick up their new one. We've become Rush fans." ... "They've got this incredibly cool, complex, it's thinking man's rock," starts Wilson. "But it's also got a big tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, like when they're basting their rotisserie chickens on their backline and they've got their washing and drying going [on stage]. And the movie 'I Love You Man,' too, was just hysterical." ...

You can read the entire article/interview online here.

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New interview with Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider
8:20AM EST | link | comments (14) |

UPDATE - 7/23@11:06AM: Also of note from the interview is this excerpt where Howard addresses when the band's next tour may be:

... Are they talking about touring again? Yes. They're talking about possibly touring in two years. But there will be nothing again for two years, we know that. ...

This makes it sound like they definitely will not be touring next year, but may do so in 2015.

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Howard UngerleiderLive Journal user squintyt4e recently sat down with Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider for an in-depth interview before the band's June 25th show at the SPAC in Saratoga Springs. Howard talks at length about all the technical aspects of Rush's elaborate stage show and lighting on the Clockwork Angels tour. Here's Howard on the placement of the string section:

... There was a big debate on that. It went on for a few months. Eight months before the tour started we were coming up with all sorts of questions, "What do we do with them? Do we put them on a riser? Do we make them come off the ground? Do we put them on this?" We finally came up with a concept. There were about six of us involved in making that decision [laughs] until it finally worked. ... [not disrupting the flow] was one of the things that we were worried about. It keeps them in the background where they are and it also adds another dimension to the stage. You've got the screen, them, and the band. So that's now your third dimension really. I think it works really, really nicely. ...

You can read the entire interview online at this location.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Rush Alberta Flood Relief t-shirts now available via the Rush Backstage Club
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UPDATE - 7/23@11:14AM: The shirt has been such a hit that the Rush Backstage Club is already out of stock, but reports that they will have more by the end of the month:

Yesterday we released the Rush Flood T-Shirt, in support of Flood Relief for Alberta. The shirt was such a hit, we are out of stock after the first day of its release. Rest assured - we have you covered. If you would like to pre-order this shirt now, we will have more stock on July 31st and will ship your order on or around this date

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UPDATE - 7/22@8:51PM: Reader thedigitalman let me know that the t-shirts are also being sold at Long & McQuade music stores throughout Edmonton and Calgary for those that don't want to order theirs through the Rush Backstage Club. All proceeds from these sales also go to the flood relief effort.

Rush Alberta Flood Relief t-shirtRush will kick off the final leg of their Clockwork Angels tour this coming Wednesday, July 24th for a benefit show at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta. The band was originally scheduled to play a show at the Calgary Saddledome on that date, but due to severe flooding damage suffered by the venue last month they were forced to cancel the show. In yet another classy move by the band, rather than just simply reschedule the show, they decided to perform a separate show nearby on the same date in Red Deer, Alberta with all proceeds going to Alberta Flood Relief. Calgary ticket holders were given first dibs on tickets last weekend in a special pre-sale, with tickets going on sale to the general public last Monday. The band has also created a special t-shirt design just for the Red Deer Benefit Concert with all proceeds from sales of the t-shirts also going to the Alberta Flood Relief effort. So if you aren't able to attend the show but would still like to help out, you can purchase one of the t-shirts via the Rush Backstage Club.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Rush posts Halifax audio for fans who attended shortened Quebec City show
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UPDATE - 7/22@10:32AM: The audio was taken down over the weekend, but somebody has already uploaded it to YouTube (thanks Jodeo):

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Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourEarlier this month Rush played a show at the Quebec City Summer Festival that they were forced to end early due to weather conditions. To make up for the six songs that fans in Quebec City missed, the band decided to record the July 12th Halifax show and make the audio of these 6 tracks available online at the Festival website. The audio will be available for the next 24 hours at the Festival website here - just click on the Remix for Quebec player on the right of the page. Thanks to Nathan for the heads up.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush finished off the first leg of the 2013 Clockwork Angels summer tour this past weekend with 2 back-to-back shows at the Halifax Metro Centre - their first visit to Nova Scotia in over 25 years. Friday night's show was sold out, and the Sunday night Bastille Day celebration show featured a guest appearance from The Trailer Park Boys. The band will pick things up again next Wednesday, July 24th for a benefit show at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta. The band was originally scheduled to play a show at the Calgary Saddledome on that date, but due to severe flooding damage suffered by the venue last month they were forced to cancel the show last week. In yet another classy move by the band, rather than just simply reschedule the show, they decided to perform a separate show nearby on the same date in Red Deer, Alberta with all proceeds to go to Alberta Flood Relief. Calgary ticket holders were given first dibs on tickets this past weekend in a special pre-sale, with tickets going on sale to the general public this past Monday. After the Red Deer show, the band will head out west for 5 more shows to finish off the 2013 tour - the first of which will be a June 26th concert at the Rogers Centre in Vancouver. CTV and Live Nation are running a contest to win a Rush VIP Experience package that include 2 front row tickets to this show, a meet and greet and more. Just watch CTV Morning Live on Friday, July 26th from 5:30AM to 8AM to learn how you can win. For all the details visit the CTVNews website here.

Speaking of the tour, yesterday Pollstar.com released their list of the Top 100 Worldwide and Top 100 North American tours for the first half of 2013. Rush's Clockwork Angels tour came in at #69 on both lists. On the worldwide tour chart, Pollstar reports that out of 23 shows (although Rush actually played 24, so they are likely leaving out the Sweden Rock Festival show) played through June 30th, Rush's tour grossed an average of $491,304 per show with an average of 5,534 tickets sold. On the North American tour chart, Pollstar reports that out of 14 North American shows played through June 30th, Rush's tour grossed an average of $314,286 per show with an average of 3,937 tickets sold. You can check out the complete lists at Pollstar.com. So far Billboard boxscore has only reported specific official attendance and sales figures for 6 of the 24 shows in the first half of 2013, which you can check out in the tour section.

Rush postage stampToday the Canada Post releases a Canadian Recording Artist stamp series featuring Rush and other Canadian artists. They had first announced the series back in April in this press release:

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

Rush's stamp features the iconic Rush Starman. Along with Rush, Beau Dommage, The Guess Who and The Tragically Hip are also honored with a stamp. In addition to the stamps themselves, Canada Post is also offering postcards and limited edition framed prints (only 750 will be made available), although it looks like the framed prints are now sold out. The Canadian Recording Artists stamp series are now available from Canada Post retail outlets and can also be purchased online via canadapost.ca.

Audio Fidelity will be releasing an SACD (Super Audio CD) version of Rush's Hemispheres next month. The original release date as listed at Amazon was given as August 6th. But the most recent Audio Fidelity newsletter gives the release date as August 20th (thanks Jeff B). The listing for the SACD at the Audio Fidelity website states that the SACD will retail for $29.99 and was mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. You can pre-order your copy of the Hemispheres SACD at this location. Audio Fidelity released an SACD version of Counterparts earlier this year.

Chris Squire - YesThe Yes official website featured a fan Q&A with legendary bass player Chris Squire a couple of weeks ago and one of the questions was regarding Geddy Lee. In his answer Squire reveals that he was once a candidate to produce Rush's Grace Under Pressure album:

Have you ever met or had a chance to play with Geddy Lee? The man cites you as his biggest influence and was curious if that ever happened?

I have met Geddy Lee a long time ago at Wembley Arena when Rush played there. In fact, I was a possible candidate to produce a Rush album, but when I showed up there, Trevor Horn was sitting next to me. [laughs] I said to Trevor "What are you doing here?" and he said "Oh, I've been asked to come and meet the band because I might be producing them", and I said "so have I!". That was quite a long time ago - the early 80′s, I think. He cites me as a big influence? Well, that's very nice of him. They do good work, that band.

August 2013 Guitar PlayerAfter releasing a series of instrumental singles back in 2011 including Hollowbody, Sonar and Disappearance, the Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio released their first full-length studio album earlier this year. The self-titled album was produced by Alex Lifeson, Rich Chycki, and Alan Parsons, and features Toronto musicians David Barrett (guitars), Jason Farrar (bass) and Alexander Sascha Tukatsch (drums). Financing for the production was done solely with the help of crowdfunding via RocketHub, and the graciousness of the band's producers, engineer and art house. Guitarist David Barrett is featured in the August issue of Guitar Player magazine for an interview where he talks about the album and working with Alex Lifeson. You can check out some excerpts from the interview in this post. The album is available on iTunes at this location and the physical CD can be purchased via the band's website. The album liner notes are also available for pdf download at this link. You can check out a video for the album's opening track Dive on YouTube at this location. There's also this in-studio footage with Alex Lifeson where Alex conducts a pre-production session with the band as they develop the ending for Great Eastern Sun, the last track on the album. Be sure to keep an eye on the band's Facebook page and website for all the latest updates.

Back in October of 2012, Hudson Music released a full-color retrospective/transcription book companion to Neil Peart's third instructional DVD Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance. The book contains musical transcriptions, historical writing, instructional text, and a beautiful collection of photographs. It was written by Hudson Music Senior Drum Editor Joe Bergamini with a foreword by Neil Peart. Bergamini was recently interviewed for The Aquarian Weekly and spoke about working with Neil Peart:

... I never expected to meet Neil, much less work with him. Most everyone knows how private he is and that he doesn't attend many of the industry events where I've met most of my other favorite drummers. The fact that I got to work on a DVD and a book with Neil is certainly one of the highlights of my career, and a big childhood dream come true. I also have to say that Neil is a great guy: hard-working, creative, driven, smart, and very nice as well. It's a privilege to call him a friend. ...

You can purchase your copy of the book on Amazon at this location and other retailers.

One of the answers in the Also a 4-Letter Band category on this past Tuesday night's episode of the American quiz show Jeopardy! made reference to Rush:

An attempt to gain ground by an NFL running back

The question of course was - What is a Rush?. This is the 3rd Rush-related answer to appear on the show this year. Back on April 8th the show used a Geddy Lee reference, and back on March 1st a Neil Peart reference was used. Rush was also referenced on the show back in February of 2011.

Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in April with the induction ceremony being televised a month later on May 18th on HBO. The HBO induction special ended up garnering a couple of Emmy nominations in 2 minor categories this past week; "Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special" and "Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special" (thanks YYZ Commish). And speaking of the Rock Hall induction, Tim Arsenault of the Halifax Chronicle Herald wrote an article earlier this week analyzing Alex's infamous blah speech titled Lifeson erupts in Rush of existential blahs.

RushCon 13The 13th annual RushCon Rush fan convention took place a couple of weekends ago in Toronto and - as usual - it was a huge success. One of the attendees posted a rundown of the entire weekend to his blog earlier this week which you can check out here. All 4 custom RushCon 13 t-shirt designs are also now available for purchase at this location. For details about RushCon just go to RushCon.org, and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all the latest RushCon news.

Geddy Lee's outstanding first pitch at the Blue Jays home opener this past April is one of the many first pitches featured in this Baseball Nation article on the magic of ceremonial first pitches.

Author, Rush fan, tech consultant and RIAB reader Phil Simon recently gave a Tech Cocktail talk on the fallibility of experts and used the fact that Rush was once dismissed by the experts to help illustrate his point. You can check out a video of his talk online here. The Rush bit comes in at about the 7:20 mark. Besides being a huge Rush fan, Phil Simon is a sought-after speaker, author of five books, and a recognized technology expert.

The Rush Backstage Club is now offering a Rush Starman car flag for just $9.99. You can check out the car flag along with a multitude of other Rush merchandise at RushBackstage.com.

Jeremy Thomas at 441Mania.com posted his list of The Top 5 Drummers and - not surprisingly - Neil Peart came in at #1:

When it comes to drumming, there's one name that sticks out above all the rest for me, and that's Rush's Neil Peart. In many ways he really is the ideal of what rock drummers should aspire to. From technical skill and an innovative sound to stylistic versatility, the ability to give the drum work a variety of roles within songs...there's just no one who has the complete package the way that Peart does. It's almost frightening what he can do with a drum set; his work pretty much blows every other competitor for this list out of the water and there's no question that for me, he's the top choice.

On the flip side, Simon Sweetman of Stuff.co.nz's Blog on the Tracks felt the need to post an entire article bashing Rush and Neil Peart earlier this week. He declares Neil Peart the world's most overrated drummer.

Reader HoustonRushFan let me know that this past Wednesday Rockline aired an encore presentation of Geddy Lee's November, 2000 appearance to promote his My Favorite Headache solo project.

5 years ago this past Tuesday, July 16th, Rush performed on television for the first time in over 30 years when they appeared on The Colbert Report. The whole band sat down with Colbert for a hilarious 5-minute interview and then performed Tom Sawyer. The appearance marked a significant turning point in the band's career and helped to launch them back into pop culture significance. The interview contained several memorable moments including this remark from Stephen regarding the fact that the band (at that time) had not yet been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

You are yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Is there any chance that your next album will be called That's Bullshit?

When the band was finally inducted earlier this year, they even used this clip in the video introducing the band at the induction ceremony. Below is the video of the interview portion of the appearance.

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

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Rush Canadian Recording Artist stamp series postage stamps, postcards, framed prints now available
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UPDATE - 7/19@12:58PM: Here's Rolling Stones's write-up on the Rush postage stamps.

UPDATE - 7/19@10:00AM: It looks like the framed prints are already sold out!

Rush postage stampToday the Canada Post is officially releasing a Canadian Recording Artist stamp series featuring Rush and other Canadian artists. They had first announced the series back in April in this press release:

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

Rush's stamp features the iconic Rush Starman. Along with Rush, Beau Dommage, The Guess Who and The Tragically Hip are also honored with a stamp. In addition to the stamps themselves, Canada Post is also offering postcards and limited edition framed prints (only 750 will be made available). The Canadian Recording Artists stamp series are now available from Canada Post retail outlets and can also be purchased online via canadapost.ca.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Rush's Clockwork Angels tour makes Pollstar's Top 100 Tours chart for first half of 2013
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Pollstar.com has released their list of the Top 100 Worldwide and Top 100 North American tours for the first half of 2013. Rush's Clockwork Angels tour came in at #69 on both lists. On the worldwide tour chart, Pollstar reports that out of 23 shows (although Rush actually played 24, so they must be missing one) played through June 30th, Rush's tour grossed an average of $491,304 per show with an average of 5,534 tickets sold. On the North American tour chart, Pollstar reports that out of 14 North American shows played through June 30th, Rush's tour grossed an average of $314,286 per show with an average of 3,937 tickets sold. You can check out the complete lists at Pollstar.com. So far Billboard boxscore has only reported specific official attendance and sales figures for 6 of the 24 shows in the first half of 2013, which you can check out in the tour section. Thanks to Sean for the heads up.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio featured in latest issue of Guitar Player
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August 2013 Guitar PlayerAfter releasing a series of instrumental singles back in 2011 including Hollowbody, Sonar and Disappearance, the Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio released their first full-length studio album earlier this year. The self-titled album was produced by Alex Lifeson, Rich Chycki, and Alan Parsons, and features Toronto musicians David Barrett (guitars), Jason Farrar (bass) and Alexander Sascha Tukatsch (drums). Financing for the production was done solely with the help of crowdfunding via RocketHub, and the graciousness of the band's producers, engineer and art house. Guitarist David Barrett is featured in the August issue of Guitar Player magazine for an interview where he talks about the album and working with Alex Lifeson.

... [Alex] brought so much to the table at every stage of the process. When he first offered to produce, I gave him a bunch of demos that had layers and layers of guitar parts that sounded good, but he said, "Look, you're going to need to be able to play this material in the trio setting, so we're going to have to edit stuff down to what's most important." ... The funny thing is, it wasn't just about the logistics of the format. As soon as I started writing with the trio in mind, the material got way better and the arrangements just came together, which is exactly what Alex said would happen. Another thing he's a master at is knowing how to take an otherwise pedestrian-sounding riff and change one little element - maybe the key or the time signature - to give it an extraordinary quality. A wonderful example of this is the end of "Great Eastern Sun". The last section was originally going to be based on the same riff as a previous section, but Alex suggested we change the time signature by adding bars of 5/8 in certain places, and then he had us put the riff in a minor key. Before long, the song had evolved into what I believe is the best track on the record. Also, at the end of "Sonar" there's this abrupt key change and solo, suggested by Alex, that wasn't on the original demo. Aside from his input on arrangements, Alex also had a big influence on how I tracked my parts. In the past, I had always tended to record at low volumes and tried to cut out noise, but he encouraged me to turn things up - sometimes to the point of feeding back in the studio monitors like on "Hollowbody" - and it really freed me psychologically to be a little more in the moment ...

The album is available on iTunes at this location and the physical CD can be purchased via the band's website. The album liner notes are also available for pdf download at this link. You can check out a video for the album's opening track Dive below or at this location:

There's also this in-studio footage with Alex Lifeson where Alex conducts a pre-production session with the band as they develop the ending for Great Eastern Sun, the last track on the album. Be sure to keep an eye on the band's Facebook page and website for all the latest updates.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Rush reference on tonight's episode of Jeopardy!
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One of the answers in the Also a 4-Letter Band category on tonight's episode of the American quiz show Jeopardy! made reference to Rush:

An attempt to gain ground by an NFL running back

The question of course was - What is a Rush?. This is the 3rd Rush-related answer to appear on the show this year. Back on April 8th the show used a Geddy Lee reference, and back on March 1st a Neil Peart reference was used. Rush was also referenced on the show back in February of 2011. Thanks to CheeseCorn for the heads up and Tim B for the screenshot.

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Chris Squire of Yes reveals that he was once a candidate to produce Rush in new interview
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UPDATE - 7/16@2:13PM: As several readers have pointed out in the comments, the album in question must have been Grace Under Pressure based on the timing of when Rush played Wembley Arena back in the '80s.

Chris Squire - YesThe Yes official website featured a fan Q&A with legendary bass player Chris Squire a couple of weeks ago and one of the questions was regarding Geddy Lee (thanks Leeo S). In his answer Squire reveals that he was once a candidate to produce Rush:

Have you ever met or had a chance to play with Geddy Lee? The man cites you as his biggest influence and was curious if that ever happened?

I have met Geddy Lee a long time ago at Wembley Arena when Rush played there. In fact, I was a possible candidate to produce a Rush album, but when I showed up there, Trevor Horn was sitting next to me. [laughs] I said to Trevor "What are you doing here?" and he said "Oh, I've been asked to come and meet the band because I might be producing them", and I said "so have I!". That was quite a long time ago - the early 80′s, I think. He cites me as a big influence? Well, that's very nice of him. They do good work, that band.

Squire doesn't reveal for which Rush album he was a candidate, but he was likely one of the many producers considered after the band parted ways with longtime producer Terry Brown for the Grace Under Pressure album. Although it's possible he was being considered to produce Power Windows as well.

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Rush appeared on The Colbert Report 5 years ago today
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5 years ago today on July 16th, 2008, Rush performed on television for the first time in over 30 years when they appeared on The Colbert Report. The whole band sat down with Colbert for a hilarious 5-minute interview and then performed Tom Sawyer. The appearance marked a significant turning point in the band's career and helped to launch them back into pop culture significance. The interview contained several memorable moments including this remark from Stephen regarding the fact that the band (at that time) had not yet been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

You are yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Is there any chance that your next album will be called That's Bullshit?

When the band was finally inducted earlier this year, they even used this clip in the video introducing the band at the induction ceremony. You can watch video of the band's appearance below.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Halifax show #2 open thread
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UPDATE - 7/16@7:28AM: Here's a nice gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 7/15@9:25AM: Here's the video of The Trailer Park Boys skype-calling the winner of their SwearNet.com Big Rush Fan contest (thanks RushFanForever).

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UPDATE - 7/15@8:09AM: Official photos have been posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 7/14@9:56PM: The show is over and it was the Night B - version 5 set. Reader Kelly D reports that the Trailer Park Boys along with Randy (sans shirt) came out on stage towards the end of the 2nd set.

UPDATE - 7/14@7:24PM: So far it looks like Night B - version 5 (thanks Kelly D). Reader Paul D reports that the Trailer Park Boys are in the audience at the show.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush closes out the first portion of the summer leg of the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour tonight with their second of 2 back-to-back shows at the Halifax Metro Centre. For Friday night's sold out show, the band played their Night A set for the Halifax crowd, so fans at tonight's Bastille Day celebration show should definitely be seeing a Night B set. I'll post confirmation of this as soon as I learn about it. For all of the Atlantic Canadian fans going to the show tonight, have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. Rush to Halifax ... again!!!! And happy Bastille Day everybody!

Date/Time: Sunday, July 14th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 31
Venue: Halifax Metro Centre
Place: Halifax, NS

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Happy Bastille Day!
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Happy Bastille Day everybody! On this day 224 years ago back in 1789 Parisians stormed the Bastille, freeing its inmates and taking the prison's large quantities of arms and ammunition, thereby setting in motion the French Revolution. More importantly, back in 1975 Rush decided to write a song about it. There's no bread, let them eat cake!

There's no bread, let them eat cake
There's no end to what they'll take
Flaunt the fruits of noble birth
Wash the salt into the earth
But they're marching to Bastille Day
La guillotine will claim her bloody prize
Free the dungeons of the innocent
The king will kneel, and let his kingdom rise

Bloodstained velvet, dirty lace
Naked fear on every face
See them bow their heads to die
As we would bow as they rode by

And we're marching to Bastille Day
La guillotine will claim her bloody prize
Sing, o choirs of cacophony
The king has kneeled, to let his kingdom rise.

Lessons taught but never learned
All around us anger burns
Guide the future by the past
Long ago the mould was cast

For they marched up to Bastille Day
La guillotine - claimed her bloody prize
Hear the echoes of the centuries
Power isn't all that money buys

- Rush, Bastille Day from Caress of Steel

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Halifax show #1 open thread
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UPDATE - 7/16@7:31AM: Here's a great photo gallery that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 7/15@1:33PM: Here's a review from The MusicNerd Chronicles.

UPDATE - 7/15@9:19AM: Here's a review from Global News.

UPDATE - 7/15@8:06AM: Official photos have been posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 7/13@8:09AM: Here's a great review from the Halifax Chronicle Herald.

UPDATE - 7/12@9:56PM: The show is over and they ended up playing the Night A - version 4 set (thanks Kelly D). So the crowd Sunday night should definitely see the B set.

UPDATE - 7/12@8:13PM: It looks like since the band didn't get to play the full Night A setlist in Quebec City Wednesday, they decided they would give it another try tonight rather than play the B set that we had anticipated. Up through the first set the band seems to be playing the Night A - version 4 set for the Halifax crowd (thanks Kelly D).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourThe wait is finally over for Halifax! After nearly 26 years Rush will finally make a return to Nova Scotia, bringing the Clockwork Angels tour to the Halifax Metro Centre tonight for the first of 2 back-to-back shows there this weekend. They'll play a second show on Sunday night. The last time they played Halifax was on November 2nd, 1987 on the Hold Your Fire tour. The band is due to play their Night B setlist tonight. I'll post confirmation of this as soon as I learn about it. For all of the Atlantic Canadian fans going to the show tonight, have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. Rush to Halifax!!!!

Date/Time: Friday, July 12th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 30
Venue: Halifax Metro Centre
Place: Halifax, NS

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 7/12@12:36PM: Reader campbellcanuck received the following email from Music Today regarding fans who had purchased Calgary tickets through them:

... all of our fan club customers will be emailed a special code that will get them access to special tickets held just for the fan club. It will be separate from the presale happening now - if you have any more questions, please give our CS a call at 1-800-594-TIXX.

Also, reader clockwork-fan bought Calgary tickets through Ticketmaster and did receive an email with an offer code, and was able to purchase tickets for Red Deer.

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UPDATE - 7/12@12:22PM: The Red Deer pre-sale is now up on Ticketmaster but you need an offer code to complete your purchase. I assume that Calgary ticketholders have been or will be sent the offer code. If anyone has any information, please let us know.

Rush's Clockwork Angels tour made its way across eastern Canada this past week, playing shows in Hamilton, Ottawa and Quebec City. Both the Ottawa and Quebec City shows were outdoor festival concerts, and the setlists for both shows were shorter than the usual 3-hour sets the band typically plays. However, while the Ottawa Bluesfest set was shortened intentionally to fit into the timeslot, the Quebec City Summer Festival set was not; the band had started playing their standard Night A setlist when inclement weather forced the show to be cancelled towards the end of the second set, causing concertgoers to miss the last 6 songs or so, including the encore. Rush posted a statement from Geddy Lee yesterday apologizing to all the fans for the premature ending of the show which you can read online at Rush.com. Tonight Rush will play the first of two long-awaited, back-to-back shows in Halifax - the band's first appearance there in nearly 26 years, as pointed out in this article from Halifax's The Coast. After tonight's show at the Halifax Metro Centre, the band will take Saturday off and then play another show there on Sunday night before breaking for 10 days. They'll then close out the tour with a string of 6 dates out west, the first of which was to be a July 24th show at the Calgary Saddledome which was finally cancelled yesterday due to severe flooding damage suffered by the venue last month. They will instead perform a separate show on the same date in Red Deer, Alberta at the Enmax Centrium with all proceeds to go to Alberta Flood Relief. According to Live Nation and Rush, tickets for the Calgary show that were bought online or by phone will be refunded automatically starting sometime today, and any other tickets can be returned at the point of purchase starting July 16th. They also indicated that ticket holders will receive an email from Ticketmaster with exclusive presale details for the new show. This pre-sale is scheduled to begin shortly at 10AM MST (12PM EST). But as of this point I haven't heard from anyone who has received one of these emails, or any other details regarding the pre-sale. Any tickets remaining after the presale will be available to the general public this coming Monday, July 15th at 10AM. They've also indicated via the Live Nation Alberta Facebook page that VIP Nation will be directly contacting VIP ticket package purchasers. There hasn't been any word regarding Music Today fan pre-sale tickets though. If anyone gets contacted by either Ticketmaster, VIP Nation or Music Today, please let us know.

In the lead up to Rush's appearance in Halifax this weekend, earlier this week the Halifax Chronicle Herald posted a new interview with Geddy Lee that was conducted just prior to the summer leg of the Clockwork Angels tour. Geddy talks about the Clockwork Angels album and tour, and addresses the conceptual nature of the album:

... It was an interesting trip because we got away from making those kinds of records. We continued to make concept records, we just didn't tell anyone. So nobody commented on that; I guess they didn't put two and two together, but it is quite different when we go out there and say, 'Yes, it's a concept record.' You can connect the songs in a more overt way as we express the concept in a visual sense, especially in our live show and so on. It was quite a job, making sure that it had the right tone. We wanted it to be progressive, but we didn't want to sound too 'proggy.' We wanted it to rock, but it still has to follow a storyline and have its more contemplative moments. It was really a difficult job to deal with the concept in the right light, but the music came quite easily, quite naturally, and that was a blessing for the record. ...

Audio Fidelity will be releasing an SACD (Super Audio CD) version of Rush's Hemispheres next month on August 6th. The Audio Fidelity website now has the SACD listed along with the cover art. The listing states that the SACD will retail for $29.99 and was mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. You can pre-order your copy of the Hemispheres SACD at this location. Audio Fidelity released an SACD version of Counterparts earlier this year.

The second annual Prog magazine Progressive Music Awards nominees were announced earlier this week. The ceremony will take place at London' Kew Gardens on September 3rd and Rush is nominated for Band of the Year and their 2112 Deluxe Edition is nominated in the Grand Designs category. To place your vote for Rush register at the Progressive Music Awards website (vote for Rush for Band of the Year here, and 2112 here). For a complete list of categories and nominees along with all the other details, check out the Prog magazine website here.

Moving Pictures coverGibson.com published their list of the Top 10 Greatest Rocking Bass Riffs earlier this month and topping the list at #1 was Geddy Lee's bass riff from Rush's YYZ. Here's what they had to say:

Pretty much any song by Rush could have been on this list. Rush bassist, keyboardist, and singer Geddy Lee has come up with quite a few intricate bass lines over the years. Keep in mind that Geddy doesn't simply play bass - he sings lead vocals at the same time. Not an easy feat by any standards. But Geddy's finest moment must be the instrumental "YYZ" from the band's 1981 Moving Pictures album.

It's been over 2 years since his last update, but MusicInTheAbstract - owner and operator of the MitA's Rush Oddities site - finally posted several new Rush audio nuggets to his website earlier this week. For all the details and to listen to all of the audio samples, just check out this post.

The guitars of Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee will 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. Johnson was recently interviewed for the Thousand Oaks Acorn and discusses the book in detail. You can read the interview online here and pre-order the book on Amazon at this location.

Back in 1987, New York City based drummer Mark Feldman entered and won a drum solo contest sponsored by Modern Drummer Magazine to win Neil Peart's legendary Slingerland drum kit. Then back in 2009 Feldman auctioned off the kit on eBay where it was sold for over $25,000. The kit was then refurbished by its new owners and has been making the rounds at Rush events ever since, helping to raise money for Cancer research and gaining a new nickname - Chromey. Feldman put the $25,000 to good use, using it to fund the 2009 creation of BANG! The Drum School which recently announced an expansion and new class in this press release:

Feldman sums it up: "One of the founding philosophies of BANG! is that dreams do come true, and that you should pursue them. It still seems unbelievable to me, but I managed to turn a two minute drum solo into $25K, and that allowed me to start my dream business. Our new class is designed to help beginning drummers get better so that they can follow their dreams as well."

Paul Gleason at Caught in the Carousel wrote a great piece earlier this week describing the experience of taking his kids to see Rush for their first concert experience. It's titled The Kids' First Concert: Rush Live at Summerfest Bring Generations Of Their Fans Together and you can check it out here.

Larry Walsh of Channelnomics.com recently wrote this great article describing how he has drawn inspiration from Rush and 2112 in particular, prompted by his recent meet and greet with Geddy and Alex at last week's show in Hamilton.

... We all find inspiration in different places and different forms. We have a song inside that drives our aspirations and actions. Saturday night, I got to meet the men who created the words and music that stirred my soul on that wayward beach so many decades ago. While I was just one among thousands of fans that night and one among the millions of fans around the world, I was - but for a brief moment - with the people who gave me the inspiration to "break the surface tension with wild kinetic dreams."

Reader liquidmuse3 let me know that Grammy-winning producer Steve Lillywhite was a guest on the Mohr Stories podcast with Jay Mohr last week. Lillywhite was the producer first tapped by Rush to take the reigns from Terry Brown back when they parted ways after the Subdivisions album. After promising to produce the band's Grace Under Pressure album, Lillywhite backed out at the last minute, much to the chagrin of the band and Ray Danniels. Lillywhite addresses this at about the 1 hour and 13-minute mark of the podcast, remarking that Rush HATES him because of this incident. He also insinuates that Rush manager Ray Danniels even threatened to break his legs because of it. You can listen to the podcast online at this location or via iTunes (#172).

Reader Riley F of recently reformed Norwegian Christian metal band Extol just released a new self-titled album last month. Inside the album jacket is a photo of the band, and lead vocalist Peter Espevoll is wearing a Rush Fly By Night t-shirt. Drummer David Husvik also gives a shout-out to Neil Peart in the special thanks section of the liner notes.

Reader Adam C let me know that over the July 4th weekend Long Island rock radio station WBAB ran their Firecracker 400 countdown of the top 400 rock songs. Rush's Tom Sawyer actually topped their list at #1. You can view the entire list here. Other Rush songs making the list were Closer to the Heart at #94, Freewill at #189, Limelight at #205, Subdivisions at #273, The Spirit of Radio at #321, and Fly by Night at #395.

Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen recently performed her hit song Good Time at a free concert in Ottawa this past Canada Day. The song is a duet with Owl City's Adam Young and one of the lines sung by Young in the studio version of the song is, What's up with this Prince song inside my head?. The male performer at the Ottawa concert switched the line and instead said, What's up with this Rush song inside my head? You can check it out in this YouTube video at about the 15-second mark (thanks ou812112).

Reader Scott F let me know that in a recent interview with Good Life Project's Jonathan Fields, vulnerability researcher-storyteller Brené Brown says that not only is she a big Rush fan, but that Neil Peart could save the world. She also quoted Rush in her book Daring Greatly. You can listen to the interview on YouTube at this location - the Rush mention comes in at about the 37:30 mark.

Drummer extraordinaire and huge Rush fan Mike Portnoy (formerly of Dream Theater) posted a video to YouTube last week showing him teaching his 14-year-old son Max how to play Rush's The Spirit of Radio on drums. You can check it out below or on YouTube here.

That's all for this week. Enjoy Rush this weekend Halifax. You deserve it after all these years! Have a good weekend everyone!

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Rush cancels Calgary show due to flooding; will perform benefit show on same date in Red Deer at the Enmax Centrium
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UPDATE - 7/12@3:00PM: Reader Eric A reports that he logged into his VIP Nation account and the ticket package was automatically transferred over to the Red Deer venue.

UPDATE - 7/12@12:35PM: Reader campbellcanuck received the following email from Music Today:

... all of our fan club customers will be emailed a special code that will get them access to special tickets held just for the fan club. It will be separate from the presale happening now - if you have any more questions, please give our CS a call at 1-800-594-TIXX.

Also, reader clockwork-fan bought tickets through Ticketmaster and did receive an email with an offer code, and was able to purchase tickets.

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UPDATE - 7/12@12:22PM: The pre-sale is now up on Ticketmaster but you need an offer code to complete your purchase. I assume that Calgary ticketholders have been or will be sent the offer code. If anyone has any information, please let us know.

UPDATE - 7/12@10:57AM: The pre-sale is scheduled to begin shortly at 10AM MST (12PM EST). But as of this point I haven't heard from anyone who has actually been contacted regarding the pre-sale details. They've also indicated via the Live Nation Alberta Facebook page that VIP Nation will be directly contacting VIP ticket package purchasers. There hasn't been any word regarding Music Today fan pre-sale tickets though. If anyone gets contacted by either Ticketmaster, VIP Nation or Music Today, please let us know.

UPDATE - 7/11@10:35PM: Ticketmaster now has the show listed on their website as going on sale to the general public on Monday, July 15th at 10AM. There's nothing regarding any pre-sales at this time, except for this message on the Live Nation Alberta Facebook page:

Calgary: The RUSH show on July 24 has been rescheduled for the same date in Red Deer, with all proceeds going to Alberta Flood Relief. Tickets bought online or by phone will be refunded automatically, or return to your point of purchase. Ticket holders will receive an email from Ticketmaster with exclusive presale details for the new show. Any tickets remaining after the presale will be available to the general public on Monday, July 15 @ 10am. ...

I've updated the information in the tour section as well.

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Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourAs has been anticipated for a few weeks now, Rush has been forced to cancel their upcoming July 24th show at the Calgary Saddledome due to the recent flooding there. They will instead perform a separate show on the same date in Red Deer, Alberta at the Enmax Centrium with all proceeds to go to Alberta Flood Relief. From Rush.com:

CALGARY SHOW UPDATE

RED DEER - ENMAX CENTRIUM
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013
Doors: 7:00PM Show: 8:00PM

Due to recent flooding and water damage at the Scotiabank Saddledome, the RUSH concert originally scheduled for Wednesday July 24 had to be cancelled.

Rush has been moved by the situation in Alberta and have decided to perform their Clockwork Angels show at the closest location possible on the same date - Wednesday, July 24 in Red Deer, Alberta at the Enmax Centrium - and have ALL PROCEEDS to go Alberta Flood Relief.

Rush will be donating their fee, and paying for all their expenses. Their promoter partner Live Nation will also be donating their time and fees towards this cause. The venue, Enmax Centrium, will be donating goods and services to the event as well. It's an all -hands-on-deck situation to donate time in order to raise as much money possible for our Alberta friends and fellow Canadians in need.

Lead vocalist and bassist for Rush, Geddy Lee, has made the following statement: "After seeing the devastation from the recent floods, we felt compelled to do what we could. While we had hoped to avoid cancelling the Calgary show, venue safety concerns have closed the venue. Our apologies to all of the fans that bought tickets to the Calgary show for any inconvenience. We're hoping they - along with the great people of Red Deer - can come to the Enmax Centrium for what has now become a benefit concert. We'd like to thank everyone helping to put on this show for joining us in donating their time & services so we can raise as much money as possible to help those in need."

Calgary ticket holders will have a chance to access a pre-sale to purchase tickets to the new Red Deer show starting Friday July 12th 10AM, until Sunday July 14 at 10PM (or while quantities last), before tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, July 15 at 10AM. Presale information will be sent directly to those who had purchased tickets to the Calgary show. For further inquiries, fans can visit the Live Nation Alberta page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/livenationalberta

All tickets purchased online or via telephone will be automatically refunded starting on July 12th. Tickets purchased in person from a Ticketmaster outlet can be refunded at the original point of purchase outlet, starting July 16th. Tickets purchased in person at the Scotiabank Saddledome Box Office can be refunded at the Box Office, which is now reopened.

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE RED DEER RUSH BENEFIT CONCERT WILL GO TO THE CANADIAN RED CROSS TO SUPPORT THE ALBERTA FLOOD RELIEF.

BUY TICKETS AT: LIVENATION.COM

Charge by Phone 1-855-985-5000
Tickets also available at Ticketmaster Outlets

Tickets on sale Monday, July 15th at 10am

Tickets (incl. GST) $60.00, $86.00, $116.00
(Plus Service charges)

**RESERVED SEATING / ALL AGES**

I will be updating the tour section with all the relevant information this evening.

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Rush Hemispheres SACD from Audio Fidelity now available for pre-order
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UPDATE - 7/16@3:36PM: According to the latest Audio Fidelity newsletter, the current release date for the SACD is now August 20th rather than August 6th as Amazon has listed (thanks Jeff B).

A couple of weeks agp we learned via this Amazon listing that Audio Fidelity will be releasing an SACD (Super Audio CD) version of Rush's Hemispheres on August 6th. The Audio Fidelity website now has the SACD listed along with the cover art. The listing states that the SACD will retail for $29.99 and was mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. 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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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New Geddy Lee interview with the Halifax Chronicle Herald
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In the lead up to this coming weekend's back-to-back Rush shows in Halifax, the Halifax Chronicle Herald posted a new interview with Geddy Lee that was conducted just prior to the summer leg of the Clockwork Angels tour. Geddy talks about the Clockwork Angels album and tour, and addresses the conceptual nature of the album:

... It was an interesting trip because we got away from making those kinds of records. We continued to make concept records, we just didn't tell anyone. So nobody commented on that; I guess they didn't put two and two together, but it is quite different when we go out there and say, 'Yes, it's a concept record.' You can connect the songs in a more overt way as we express the concept in a visual sense, especially in our live show and so on. It was quite a job, making sure that it had the right tone. We wanted it to be progressive, but we didn't want to sound too 'proggy.' We wanted it to rock, but it still has to follow a storyline and have its more contemplative moments. It was really a difficult job to deal with the concept in the right light, but the music came quite easily, quite naturally, and that was a blessing for the record. ...

You can read the entire article/interview at this location. Rush will play back-to-back shows at the Halifax Metro Centre this coming Friday and Sunday.

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Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Quebec City open thread
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UPDATE - 7/19@5:32PM: To make up for the six songs that fans in Quebec City missed, the band decided to record the July 12th Halifax show and make the audio of these 6 tracks available online at the Festival website. The audio will be available for the next 24 hours at the Festival website here - just click on the Remix for Quebec player on the right of the page. Thanks to Nathan for the heads up.

UPDATE - 7/12@7:27AM: Here's a review from The Scene Magazine.

UPDATE - 7/11@3:05PM: Rush has released a statement regarding having to prematurely end last night's concert due to weather:

"My bandmates and I are extremely disappointed and apologetic over the sudden and unexpected ending of our show last night at the Festival D'ete de Quebec. The lightning storm that was approaching made it extremely dangerous for all the technicians working the sound and lights and there was a high risk to the audience members as well as the musicians on stage. We were enjoying the show tremendously at the time and we were hoping we could get the whole show finished before the storm returned but unfortunately we were unlucky and were forced to end the show for the safety of all concerned. Thanks to all of our amazing fans for braving the weather and once again our sincere apologies for what had transpired. Hope to see you all again soon!!!" -- Geddy Lee

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UPDATE - 7/11@1:17PM: Here are a couple of French language reviews. Here's one review (English translation here) from Le Journal de Quebec, and another review (English translation here) from Le Soleil (thanks mtl2112).

UPDATE - 7/11@12:09PM: You can vote for Rush as the best act of the Festival in their Miroir Awards at this link (thanks Sean).

UPDATE - 7/11@10:33AM: Here's a photo gallery that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 7/11@7:55AM: Unfortunately the show was cut short due to weather towards the end of the second set (thanks mtl2112). It was the normal Night A - version 4 setlist, but just cut short; complete setlist here. Official photos have also been posted over at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 7/10@10:05PM: Reader mtl2112 also reports that there were French subtitles in the intermission video and Geddy spoke a good bit of French for the crowd.

UPDATE - 7/10@9:59PM: They did not end up having to play a shorter, festival setlist and instead look to be playing their Night A - version 4 set (thanks mtl2112).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush plays their second Canadian festival show this week when they take the Clockwork Angels tour to the Quebec City Summer Festival tonight. They headlined the Ottawa Bluesfest Monday night, playing one of their truncated, 2-hour festival setlists instead of the full 3-hour show. Tonight's crowd may also be seeing one of the shorter sets, as the band is scheduled for a later-than-usual, 8:30 start. As soon as I find out if this is the case, I'll post it here. Otherwise they are due to play a Night A set. For all the Quebec fans going to the show, have fun, stay safe, and be sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. Rush on!!!

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 10th @ 8:30PM
Show Number: 29
Venue: Quebec City Summer Festival
Place: Quebec City, QC

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New Rush audio oddities/rarities from MitA
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It's been over 2 years since his last update, but MusicInTheAbstract - owner and operator of the MitA's Rush Oddities site - has finally posted several new Rush audio nuggets to share with us all. You can listen by clicking the following links or just use the player below. Thanks MitA!!

[Tom Sawyer "Lost-ending", from the cutting-room floor!]
[Another Geddy "Cameo" vocal appearance in Finjan klezmer-music recording]
[Alex and Neil Jam during Geddy equipment failure]
[John Rutsey Speaks - introduces song in early Rush live performance]
[Geddy Thanks the Audience with some Salty Language]
[2112 Temples of Syrinx Isolated Geddy Vocal part]
[Main Monkey Business - Isolated Geddy bass performance]
[Power Windows Tour pre-concert Sound Check (4 songs)]
[The Weapon, lyrics missing - from the Gold Ultra Disc II release of Signals]
[Cygnus X-1 - rare concert 'trainwreck']
[Alex 'vocal performance' on Bravado]
[The Trees 'Telepath' dance remix]

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Rush's YYZ tops Gibson's list of the Greatest Rocking Bass Riffs
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Moving Pictures coverGibson.com published their list of the Top 10 Greatest Rocking Bass Riffs last week and topping the list at #1 was Geddy Lee's bass riff from Rush's YYZ. Here's what they had to say:

Pretty much any song by Rush could have been on this list. Rush bassist, keyboardist, and singer Geddy Lee has come up with quite a few intricate bass lines over the years. Keep in mind that Geddy doesn't simply play bass - he sings lead vocals at the same time. Not an easy feat by any standards. But Geddy's finest moment must be the instrumental "YYZ" from the band's 1981 Moving Pictures album.

Thanks to Tom H for the heads up.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Ottawa Bluesfest open thread
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UPDATE - 7/9@7:56PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 7/9@9:52AM: Here's a review and photo gallery from the Ottawa Sun (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net) and a nice photo gallery that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 7/9@9:33AM: Here's a review from the Ottawa Citizen.

UPDATE - 7/8@10:59PM: The show is over and they did indeed play a special, truncated festival set. It was just about identical to the Sweden Rock Festival setlist except for the addition of one extra song from Clockwork Angels. You can check out the complete setlist here.

UPDATE - 7/8@8:49PM: Rumor has it that tonight's setlist will be a truncated, 2-hour set without intermission similar to the Sweden Rock Festival show. This is consistent with the Ottawa Bluesfest website which has them scheduled to play the Bell Stage from 8:30 to 10:30.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush will play the first of 2 Canadian festival shows tonight when they roll the Clockwork Angels tour into the Ottawa Bluesfest for stop #28 of the 2013 tour. They'll play the Quebec City Summer Festival later this week. Rush played one of their Night B sets for the fans in Hamilton Sunday night, so tonight's crowd should be seeing a Night A setlist. I'll post confirmation of this 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. RUUSSSHHHH!!!!!

Date/Time: Monday, July 8th @ 8:30PM
Show Number: 28
Venue: Ottawa Bluesfest
Place: Ottawa, ON (LeBreton Flats Park)

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Rush among the nominees for Prog magazine's 2013 Progressive Music Awards
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The second annual Prog magazine Progressive Music Awards have been announced and will take place at London' Kew Gardens on September 3rd. Rush is nominated for Band of the Year and their 2112 Deluxe Edition is nominated in the Grand Designs category. To place your vote for Rush register at the Progressive Music Awards website (vote for Rush for Band of the Year here, and 2112 here). For a complete list of categories and nominees along with all the other details, check out the Prog magazine website here.

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Hamilton open thread
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UPDATE - 7/8@10:22AM: Here's a review from GeekDad.

UPDATE - 7/7@7:50PM: Here's a great collection of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 7/7@3:43PM: Here's a review and photo gallery from thespec.com.

UPDATE - 7/7@8:43AM: Last night's setlist was Night B - version 5 (thanks Kelly D), and official photos are posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 7/6@9:04PM: The first set is almost over and it looks like Night B - version 5 (thanks Kelly D).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush takes the Clockwork Angels tour back to the homeland tonight to play their first Canadian show of the 2013 tour at the sold-out Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, ON. This coming week they'll then head to Ottawa, Quebec City and Halifax for a 2-night stand before taking a short break and closing out the tour with a series of 6 shows out west. Rush played one of their Night A setlists for the Milwaukee Summerfest crowd on Thursday, so fans at tonight's show should see a Night B set. I'll post confirmation of this as soon as I learn about it. In the lead-up to tonight's concert, CBC Hamilton posted an article yesterday profiling Rush fans and RushCon titled Rush nerds: an inside look. For those of you not going to RushCon, Hamilton's Y108 is hosting a Crush the Rush pre-party at Stonewalls from 2-7PM, and then Rush tribute band Wavelength will be playing an after-show party at 11PM. For everyone going to the concert tonight, have fun, stay safe, and be sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. A special shout-out to all the RushCon attendees! Rush off to the Great White North!!

Date/Time: Saturday, July 6th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 27
Venue: Copps Coliseum
Place: Hamilton, ON

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 7/5@1:33PM: In the lead-up to tomorrow's Rush concert, CBC Hamilton just posted an article profiling Rush fans and RushCon titled Rush nerds: an inside look (thanks Sean V).

Rush's summer leg of the Clockwork Angels tour is in full swing and rolled through the Midwest this past week, playing shows in Chicago, Grand Rapids, Cincinnati and Milwaukee. The show in Chicago was extra special because Daniel Carcillo of the NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks stopped by and brought along his friend Lord Stanley - aka the Stanley Cup. You can check out photos and video of Lord Stanley's appearance in this post. Rush returns to the homeland this weekend to begin a series of Canadian dates starting in Hamilton, then heading to Ottawa, Quebec City and Halifax for a 2-night stand before taking a short break. They'll then head out west to close out the tour with a series of 6 shows. One of these is a July 24th show at the Calgary Saddledome, which recently suffered some major flooding damage and had to cancel a number of events. As of right now, the Rush show is still on but that could change. We'll keep our fingers crossed for the Calgary fans. Rush will also be donating $1 of every ticket sold from 5 of their upcoming Canadian shows to the Unison Benevolent Fund. In the lead-up to the Canadian leg of the tour, the Canadian Press published a new interview with Geddy Lee and Neil Peart this morning which was conducted in Los Angeles back in April. Here's what they had to say regarding finally making it to Halifax where the band hasn't made an appearance in 26 years.

... "I feel bad when we're not able to get to a place," frontman Geddy Lee said during a sit-down in Los Angeles in recent months. "We had the same thing with Winnipeg. We didn't get there forever. And people were making up crazy stories about why we wouldn't come to Winnipeg." "The dots didn't connect," interjected percussion virtuoso Neil Peart. "They never connected," agreed Lee. "So we're trying harder now to make those dots connect." ...

RushCon 13The show in Hamilton tomorrow night will be the centerpiece of the annual RushCon Rush fan convention which kicks off tonight in Toronto. The convention will consist of 3 days of Rush-filled events, including an opening mixer tonight at the legendary Massey Hall, a day trip to Lakeside Park tomorrow, the Rush show in Hamilton tomorrow 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 with the David Barrett Trio! Online registration is closed but you can still register at the door between 4 and 6PM. 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.

We learned earlier this week that Audio Fidelity will be releasing an SACD (Super Audio CD) version of Rush's Hemispheres on August 6th. Rumor has it that it may also be getting released on 180g vinyl as well, 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.

Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007Back in May Rush released 2 new digital-only album 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), 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 was the first time they were 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 mastered by Andy Van Dette from Masterdisk using the original master tapes through analog console, equalizers and compressors before being recaptured at 96kHz/24bit lossless audio. The lossless audio versions were made available via HDTracks.com for a significantly higher cost, but with much better quality than the mastered for iTunes versions. Masterdisk also promised that a physical version of the remastered The Studio Albums 1989-2007 collection would eventually be made available. Warner Music Japan looks to be the first to be offering these physical versions, as they will be releasing Mini-LP Super High Material CDs (SHM-CDs) of all of Rush's Atlantic-era studio albums on September 25th. It's likely that a North American release on CD will follow shortly thereafter.

Rush Canada Post LE framed printThe Canada Post announced back in April that they would be releasing a Canadian Recording Artist stamp series featuring Rush and other Canadian artists on July 19th. From the press release:

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

Rush's stamp features the iconic Rush Starman. Along with Rush, Beau Dommage, The Guess Who and The Tragically Hip will also be honored with a stamp. In addition to the stamps themselves, Canada Post is also offering postcards and limited edition framed prints (only 750 will be made available). The Canadian Recording Artists stamp series will be available from Canada Post retail outlets starting July 19 and can also be pre-ordered online via canadapost.ca.

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 was finally completed last month and now has a name as well - Echoes from the Underground. The first single from the album is Broken Over You and was released online for free download earlier this week. It's not clear if Neil played on this track or not, but it doesn't sound like it. 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. 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. Vertical Horizon is currently on tour this summer supporting the album as part of the Under the Sun tour. For all the latest information on the album and tour, visit the Vertical Horizon website here.

Neil Peart and Rush's Lakeside Park gets a mention in this article on protecting Niagara's beaches:

When he penned a tribute song to Lakeside Park in the mid-1970s, Rush drummer Neil Peart spoke fondly of his memories of barkers, midway rides and willows in the breeze. He left out the part about the sewage in the water that could leave you with eye and ear infections, vomiting and diarrhea. ...

Yikes. The folks at RushCon probably should not go swimming when they visit Lakeside Park this weekend!

Andrew Bucholtz at Yahoo! Sports wrote an entire article last week comparing and contrasting Rush with the 3 key figures of the Canadian Football League's British Columbia Lions; general manager Wally Buono, head coach Mike Benevides and offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine. If you follow the CFL and are a Rush fan, you might be interested in reading it... otherwise probably not. :)

Reader John R noticed a 2112 reference on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show last Wednesday, June 26th. They were discussing how far an intern had to sprint to give updated info between the US Immigtation Court and DOMA. They then showed a map illustrating that it was exactly 2112 feet. Here's a screenshot. :)

Reader Merv has started a Flickr group where users post scans and photographs of Rush memorabilia including tickets, badges, flyers, record sleeves, posters and magazine articles. There's some really cool stuff up there currently so check it out when you get a chance. And if you have anything to contribute, join the group and please do so.

Earlier this week reporter Roger Clark of New York TV station NY1 was reporting live from the location of the Northeast Semi-Finals for the US Air Guitar Championships. After one of the competitors gave an air-guitar demonstration, Clark decided to get in on the act and proceeded to bust out an air guitar rendition of Rush's Tom Sawyer in celebration of Canada Day - much to the chagrin of the morning anchor Pat Kiernan. You can watch his performance on YouTube below or at this location (thanks Jim H):

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

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New Canadian Press interview with Geddy Lee and Neil Peart
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In the lead-up to the Canadian leg of the Clockwork Angels tour which kicks off tonight in Hamilton, The Canadian Press has published a new interview with Geddy Lee and Neil Peart which was conducted in Los Angeles back in April. The Canadian leg will include 2 shows in Halifax where the band hasn't made an appearance in 26 years.

... "I feel bad when we're not able to get to a place," frontman Geddy Lee said during a sit-down in Los Angeles in recent months. "We had the same thing with Winnipeg. We didn't get there forever. And people were making up crazy stories about why we wouldn't come to Winnipeg." "The dots didn't connect," interjected percussion virtuoso Neil Peart. "They never connected," agreed Lee. "So we're trying harder now to make those dots connect." ...

Both believe that the band is playing better than ever:

... "We know we're getting better as a band," Peart said. "(We've found) a new level of understanding, a new level of groove, a new level of unity that just happened in our last few years."

"It's that whole Malcolm Gladwell thing - after all those hours, you arrive at that place where what you can think of, you can play, pretty well. Which is a beautiful thing," Lee added. "The last two tours for me, we kind of hit a new level of playing with each other onstage. Just our ability to get the job done and raise our game. So it's like, let's just go with that flow." ...

You can read the entire interview at this location.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Milwaukee Summerfest open thread
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UPDATE - 7/8@9:54AM: Paul Gleason at Caught in the Carousel wrote this great piece describing the experience of taking his kids to see Rush for their first concert experience. It's titled The Kids' First Concert: Rush Live at Summerfest Bring Generations Of Their Fans Together and you can check it out here.

UPDATE - 7/6@12:26PM: Here's a review from ExpressMilwaukee.com.

UPDATE - 7/5@12:16PM: Here's a photo gallery from the show that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 7/5@12:03PM: Reader Paul D noticed that in this photo from the official Rush.com gallery, you can see 2 guys that look to be Kevin Hearn and Jim Creeggan of the Barenaked Ladies!

UPDATE - 7/5@11:53AM: Here's a review from OnMilwaukee.com.

UPDATE - 7/5@9:34AM: The band played their Night A - version 3 setlist (thanks Kelly D) and official photos are now posted at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 7/4@10:24PM: It looks like Night A - version 3 so far (thanks Kelly D).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush will be helping fans in Milwaukee celebrate the 4th of July tonight when they bring the pyrotechnics of the Clockwork Angels tour to the Marcus Amphitheater stage as part of the Milwaukee Summerfest celebration. The band is due to play one of their Night A setlists tonight, and I'll post confirmation of that as soon as I learn about it. In the lead-up to Rush's headlining performance, Rush tribute band Animation will be performing at one of the Summerfest side stages all afternoon. Their first show begins at 2PM at the BMO Harris Pavilion, and then they'll do one more at 5PM. For details check out the Summerfest website. For everybody celebrating the 4th of July at Summerfest tonight, have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. Happy 4th of July everybody!!!

Date/Time: Thursday, July 4th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 26
Venue: Marcus Amphitheater
Place: Milwaukee, WI

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 Japanese SHM-CDs coming September 25th
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Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007Back in May Rush released 2 new digital-only album 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), 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 was the first time they were 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 mastered by Andy Van Dette from Masterdisk using the original master tapes through analog console, equalizers and compressors before being recaptured at 96kHz/24bit lossless audio. The lossless audio versions were made available via HDTracks.com for a significantly higher cost, but with much better quality than the mastered for iTunes versions. Masterdisk also promised that a physical version of the remastered The Studio Albums 1989-2007 collection would eventually be made available. Warner Music Japan looks to be the first to be offering these physical versions, as they will be releasing Mini-LP Super High Material CDs (SHM-CDs) of all of Rush's Atlantic-era studio albums on September 25th. It's likely that a North American release on CD will follow shortly thereafter. More information as I learn it. Thanks to Yoshiko N and Chris W for the heads up.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Rush Canadian Recording Artist stamp series postage stamps, postcards, framed prints now available for pre-order
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Rush Canada Post LE framed printThe Canada Post announced back in April that they would be releasing a Canadian Recording Artist stamp series featuring Rush and other Canadian artists on July 19th. From the press release:

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

Rush's stamp features the iconic Rush Starman. Along with Rush, Beau Dommage, The Guess Who and The Tragically Hip will also be honored with a stamp. In addition to the stamps themselves, Canada Post is also offering postcards and limited edition framed prints (only 750 will be made available). The Canadian Recording Artists stamp series will be available from Canada Post retail outlets starting July 19 and can also be pre-ordered online via canadapost.ca (thanks Greg N).

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Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour Cincinnati open thread
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UPDATE - 7/3@2:34PM: UPDATE - 7/3@9:46AM: John over at Cygnus-X1.net posted this great gallery of photos from last night's show, and there's also this photo gallery over at Cincinnati.com (thanks Iacobillo).

UPDATE - 7/3@7:19AM: From the reports in the comments (thanks Rob, kjbird), it looks like they played the Night B - version 3 setlist. If anyone can confirm this, please let me know. Official photos have also been posted over at Rush.com.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2013 tourRush flies the Clockwork Angels tour airship down to Cincinnati, OH tonight to play the Riverbend Music Center for stop number 25 on the 2013 tour. The band played one of their Night A sets for the crowd in Grand Rapids Sunday night, so the Cincinnati fans should be seeing one of the Night B sets. I'll post any setlist information as soon as I learn about it. For everybody going to the show tonight, have fun, stay safe, and be sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us. Rush on!!

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 2nd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 25
Venue: Riverbend Music Center
Place: Cincinnati, OH

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