Archive: Blog Entries from October, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Win a custom Rush Marshall Fridge in Q104's Rush's Biggest Fan contest
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UPDATE - 11/13@11:09AM: The Nights With Alice Cooper radio show is also giving away one of these packages!

UPDATE - 11/9@12:52PM: Guitar World is also running this same contest, so you can have 2 chances to win!

Rush Marshall FridgeNew York City's Q104.3 is running a contest where one lucky Rush fan could win a prize pack including a customized Rush Marshall Fridge, the Clockwork Angel Tour concert on CD & DVD, Vapor Trails Remixed, and more. To enter just tell them via this entry form why you are Rush's biggest fan in 140 characters or less, then have folks vote for your chance to win the Rush prize pack. For all the details, rules and entry form, visit the Q104.3 website.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy 35th anniversary Hemispheres!
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Today is the 35th anniversary of the release of Rush's 6th studio album and progressive rock masterpiece, Hemispheres, which was released on October 29, 1978. Hemispheres was produced by Terry Brown and recorded in the summer of 1978 at Rockfield Studios in South Wales, UK. It peaked at #47 on the US Billboard charts, was certified Gold on December 14, 1978 and was certified Platinum on December 1, 1993. A remastered version was also released in 1997 and yet another remastered version was released in 2011 as part of the Sectors box set. Just last month Audio Fidelity released an SACD version of the album as well. Here's what the allmusic review has to say about the album:

While such albums as 1980's Permanent Waves and 1981's Moving Pictures are usually considered Rush's masterpieces (and with good reason), 1978's Hemispheres is just as deserving. Maybe the fact that the album consists of only four compositions (half are lengthy pieces) was a bit too intimidating for some, but the near 20-minute-long "Cygnus X-1 Book II - Hemispheres" is arguably the band's finest extended track. While the story line isn't as comprehensible as "2112" was, it's much more consistent musically, twisting and turning through five different sections which contrast heavy rock sections against more sedate pieces. Neil Peart had become one of rock's most accomplished lyricists by this point, as evidenced by "The Trees," which deals with racism and inequality in a unique way (set in a forest!). And as always, the trio prove to be experts at their instruments, this time on the complex instrumental "La Villa Strangiato." Geddy Lee's shrieking vocals on the otherwise solid "Circumstances" may border on the irritating, but Hemispheres remains one of Rush's greatest releases.

Today also marks the 28th anniversary of the 1985 release of Power Windows, and the 32nd anniversary of the 1981 release of Exit ... Stage Left. Here's a 1979 live performance of La Villa Strangiato from the PinkPop festival:

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour video 2112 preview clip
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UPDATE - 10/28@5:21PM: There's also the full audio clip of 2112 available on SoundCloud.

The Wall Street Journal has posted a 90-second preview clip of 2112 from Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour video which you can check it out below or at this location. The film will be getting a theatrical release on November 18th - the day before its release on CD/DVD/Blu-ray - and tickets are already available for purchase at a number of theaters. Be sure to check your local theater listings to see if the film is coming to your neck of the woods. Last week Rolling Stone posted video of Rush's performance of The Garden from the film, and you can check it out at the Rolling Stone website, and it's now also available on YouTube. Rush announced a couple of weeks ago that they will be partnering with independent retail outlets to sell an exclusive 10" picture disc single of this live version of The Garden for a Record Store Day sponsored Black Friday event on November 29th. The concert was filmed/recorded on November 28th of last year in Dallas, TX and the primary footage consists of this entire concert which was one of the band's Night A setlists. As a bonus they also include 3 Night B setlist tracks (Middletown Dreams, The Pass and Manhattan Project) from the November 25th show in Phoenix along with a soundcheck recording of Limelight. The DVD/Blu-ray also includes a 25-minute tour documentary titled Can't Stop Thinking Big, the intro/intermission/outro tour videos and other exclusive bonus content. You can get all the details in the Rush.com press release and watch the official trailer for the film at this location. There's also a slightly different trailer posted over at the Fadoo Productions website.

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[Rush Clockwork Angels Tour limited edition deluxe package]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tour theatrical release November 18th]
[Geddy Lee talks Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray in new VH1 interview]
[Video premiere of The Garden from Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray OFFICIAL trailer released]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tour CD now available for pre-order]
[Geddy Lee talks Clockwork Angels Tour video, Vapor Trails Remixed in new Rolling Stone interview]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray to release November 19th, now available for pre-order]
[Rush Clockwork Angels concert film status update]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour concert film trailer released]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour concert video to release September 24th]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour Dallas open thread]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour Phoenix open thread]
[Rush to film Phoenix and Dallas shows for live DVD release]

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour limited edition deluxe package
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On Tuesday, November 19th Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour will be released simultaneously on CD, DVD and Blu-ray and is currently available for pre-order (DVD, Blu-ray, CD). Rush is also offering a limited edition deluxe package exclusively available at the Rush Backstage Club for $99.99. The deluxe edition is packaged in a LP-sized casebound portfolio book and includes the Rush Clockwork Angels Tour 3 CD set, DVD (2 disc), Blu-Ray (1 disc) and a 36-page tourbook unique to this set. The release is strictly limited and each unit is numbered out of 5000. You can pre-order yours now at the Rush Backstage Club (thanks Eric). The film will be getting a theatrical release on November 18th - the day before its release on CD/DVD/Blu-ray - and tickets are already available for purchase at a number of theaters. Be sure to check your local theater listings to see if the film is coming to your neck of the woods. Last week Rolling Stone posted video of Rush's performance of The Garden from the film, and you can check it out at the Rolling Stone website, and it's now also available on YouTube. Rush announced a couple of weeks ago that they will be partnering with independent retail outlets to sell an exclusive 10" picture disc single of this live version of The Garden for a Record Store Day sponsored Black Friday event on November 29th. The concert was filmed/recorded on November 28th of last year in Dallas, TX and the primary footage consists of this entire concert which was one of the band's Night A setlists. As a bonus they also include 3 Night B setlist tracks (Middletown Dreams, The Pass and Manhattan Project) from the November 25th show in Phoenix along with a soundcheck recording of Limelight. The DVD/Blu-ray also includes a 25-minute tour documentary titled Can't Stop Thinking Big, the intro/intermission/outro tour videos and other exclusive bonus content. You can get all the details in the Rush.com press release and watch the official trailer for the film at this location. There's also a slightly different trailer posted over at the Fadoo Productions website.

Related Posts:
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tour theatrical release November 18th]
[Geddy Lee talks Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray in new VH1 interview]
[Video premiere of The Garden from Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray OFFICIAL trailer released]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tour CD now available for pre-order]
[Geddy Lee talks Clockwork Angels Tour video, Vapor Trails Remixed in new Rolling Stone interview]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray to release November 19th, now available for pre-order]
[Rush Clockwork Angels concert film status update]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour concert film trailer released]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour concert video to release September 24th]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour Dallas open thread]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour Phoenix open thread]
[Rush to film Phoenix and Dallas shows for live DVD release]

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Last Friday evening some listings for a theatrical showing of Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour concert film started popping up on FanDango and other movie listing websites throughout the US. Despite the lack of any kind of official announcement from the band as of yet, it looks like the film will be getting a theatrical release on November 18th - the day before its release on CD/DVD/Blu-ray - and tickets are already available for purchase at a number of theaters. Be sure to check your local theater listings to see if the film is coming to your neck of the woods. Last week Rolling Stone posted video of Rush's performance of The Garden from the film, and you can check it out at the Rolling Stone website, and it's now also available on YouTube. Rush announced a couple of weeks ago that they will be partnering with independent retail outlets to sell an exclusive 10" picture disc single of this live version of The Garden for a Record Store Day sponsored Black Friday event on November 29th. On Tuesday, November 19th Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour will be released simultaneously on CD, DVD and Blu-ray and is currently available for pre-order (DVD, Blu-ray, CD). The concert was filmed/recorded on November 28th of last year in Dallas, TX and the primary footage consists of this entire concert which was one of the band's Night A setlists. As a bonus they also include 3 Night B setlist tracks (Middletown Dreams, The Pass and Manhattan Project) from the November 25th show in Phoenix along with a soundcheck recording of Limelight. The DVD/Blu-ray also includes a 25-minute tour documentary titled Can't Stop Thinking Big, the intro/intermission/outro tour videos and other exclusive bonus content. You can get all the details in the Rush.com press release and watch the official trailer for the film at this location. There's also a slightly different trailer posted over at the Fadoo Productions website.

Alex Lifeson is once again participating in The Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual A Brush of Hope charity auction this year. As they have for several years running, Alex Lifeson along with dozens of other Canadian celebrities have donated paintings to be auctioned off to raise money for the charity. Alex participated a number of times in the past but had to skip last year due to the Clockwork Angels tour. Alex's painting for this year is a self portrait that you can check out on the Brush of Hope Facebook page here. The 2013 Brush of Hope Launch Party took place Wednesday evening at Gallery 78 in Fredericton, NB, and the live eBay auction kicked off yesterday and runs through November 3rd. The online auction for Alex's painting is underway, and you can see all the details and place your bid here; bidding has already surpassed $2000! For all the latest news and information be sure to follow A Brush of Hope on Facebook.

Speaking of charity auctions, Neil Peart recently helped the Pines Silent Auction raise $11,000 for the Pines Long Term Care Home in Muskoka, ON through his generous donation as described in this Cottage Country Now article:

... One hundred and eighty-three items were donated for the silent auction this year, including work from local artists, gift certificates and a number of items given by Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush. "He donated drumsticks and T-shirts and a hat," said Lodge. "He was very kind." Lodge said those items were very successful, and received a lot of bids, but many of the other items were successful too, especially on the last day of the auction. ...

The guitars of Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee are featured in a new book from author/photographer Lisa Johnson titled 108 Rock Star Guitars which was released earlier this week. The book includes a forward by Les Paul which he wrote before his death in 2009, and a portion of the proceeds from the sales will go to benefit the Les Paul Foundation. In addition to the regular, hardcover edition there's a deluxe edition available in a die-cut collector's box which includes a padded-leatherette hardcover book signed and numbered by the author, booklet, guitar pick, and exclusively designed, hand-woven silk chiffon scarf. Guitar World recently posted a photo gallery preview of a few of the guitars featured in the book including Alex Lifeson's 1976 Gibson ES-355 Stereo.

Rush Eucon 2013Rush Eucon 2013 Eucon of Steel took place a couple of weeks ago on Saturday, October 12th at the Queens Social Club in Sheffield, England and was another huge success. Over 200 Rush fans attended the event and the raffle/auction raised an amazing £2650.00 to benefit Guide Dogs for the Blind. As a thank you for the fundraising effort, the charity allowed Rush EuCon attendees to name a puppy, and the name chosen was Geddy! The event featured a 2 hour set of classic Rush songs from Rush tribute band Bravado along with games, prizes, the raffle/auction and more. To check out photos from the event, visit the Rush EuCon Facebook group page. Thanks to William Winsborough for the info.

John at Cygnus-X1.net posted the eleventh installment of his Rush: A Brief History of Time series earlier this week where he compiles scans and transcriptions of old Rush articles. You can see this latest batch on John's website at this link. Also be sure to check out his chronological listing of all the collected articles from the series at the bottom of the page. This latest batch contains a total of 98 new articles and advertisements spanning all five decades of Rush's legacy including some of the earliest mentions of the band in Billboard Magazine from way back in 1973. Thanks John!

Rush snowboard jacketCanadian snowboard outfitter RipZone has teamed up with Rush to create a limited edition, denim snowboard jacket to celebrate the company's 20th anniversary and Rush's recent Rock Hall induction. A limited quantity of the jackets are now available via the RipZone website and other snowboard clothing and equipment retailers.

Rob over at the Rush Vault penned an article last week giving 10 reasons why he thinks Rush and original producer Terry Brown will reunite for another album. It's an interesting thought experiment and also included is a poll asking readers what they think. You can check out the article and take the poll online here.

Reader between2wheels let me know about a new behind-the-scenes documentary on NHL Hockey team the Boston Bruins that recently began airing called Behind The B. The show is narrated by Denis Leary, and in the 3rd installment of the series there is a scene with players Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski driving together on the streets of Boston listening to Rush. You can clearly hear both Freewill and then Tom Sawyer being played with Bartkowski attempting to sing along. Leary narrates the following over the scene:

Two players with a lot in common are Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski. Both are rookie defensemen who emerged as key contributors late last season, and are now being asked to take on bigger roles. And apparently, they both have the same taste in music.

You can watch the episode online at this location and the Rush part comes in at the 11:35 mark.

VH1 posted a photo gallery list of the 25 Biggest Hit-Making Trios In Music History earlier this week and Rush came in at #2. You can check out the complete gallery at this location (thanks Sean).

Battle of the BladesBattle of the Blades is a popular Canadian figure skating reality show from CBC Television that teams up retired NHL players with professional figure skaters for a competition much like Dancing with the Stars. This past Sunday night's episode featured the team of Amanda Evora and Scott Thornton performing their routine to Rush's Closer to the Heart. You can see the pair discussing their choice of song in this YouTube clip and watch the actual performance below or at this location.

October was another big month for Rush releases, 2 of which celebrated a landmark anniversary this past week. Rush's 15th studio album Counterparts celebrated its 20th anniversary last Saturday, and the band's 5th live album and 1st live concert DVD Rush in Rio celebrated its 10th anniversary on Monday. This coming Tuesday, October 29th Power Windows, Exit ... Stage Left and Hemisperes all celebrate anniversaries as well. That's it for this week. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Rush limited edition denim snowboard jacket from RipZone
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Rush snowboard jacketCanadian snowboard outfitter RipZone has teamed up with Rush to create a limited edition, denim snowboard jacket. From the website description:

Music goes hand in hand with Snowboarding. Just like beer and hockey, Canadians and flannel, Pam and silicone, cops and donuts. As Ripzone celebrates the 20th anniversary as a Canadian snowboard brand, RPZN has joined forces with Canada's biggest music icon: Rush. Inspired by some classic Canadian style from back in the day, the RPZN x Rush jacket is inspired by cut-off jean vests, complete with simulated leather jacket underneath. Mullet not included. Who didn't rock this look, eh?

This jacket is adorned with official Rush artwork. The interior features original album artwork printed in full-colour on a sateen liner. RPZN and Rush branding appears in the form of vintage inspired crests, blending with the look and feel of this rock-n-roll garment. RPZN has brought all the outerwear features you have come to know and love, making this a true technical jacket.

A limited quantity of the jackets are now available via the RipZone website and other snowboard clothing and equipment retailers. Thanks to Kelly P for the heads up.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Alex Lifeson painting included in Kidney Foundation's 2013 A Brush of Hope charity auction
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UPDATE - 11/4@10:41AM: The online auction for Alex's painting ended yesterday and it ended up going for an impressive $7,600!

UPDATE - 10/24@11:14AM: The online auction for Alex's painting is now underway. You can see all the details and place your bid here.

Alex Lifeson will once again be participating in The Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual A Brush of Hope charity auction this year. As they have for several years running, Alex Lifeson along with dozens of other Canadian celebrities have donated paintings to be auctioned off to raise money for the charity. Alex participated a number of times in the past but had to skip last year due to the Clockwork Angels tour. Alex's painting for this year is a self portrait that you can check out on the Brush of Hope Facebook page here. The 2013 Brush of Hope Launch Party takes place this evening at Gallery 78 in Fredericton, NB. The live eBay auction kicks off tomorrow and runs through November 3rd. For all the latest news and information be sure to follow A Brush of Hope on Facebook. Thanks to J.R. for the heads up.

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Rush: A Brief History of Time, Part XI
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Rush: A Brief History of TimeJohn at Cygnus-X1.net has just posted the eleventh installment of his Rush: A Brief History of Time series where he compiles scans and transcriptions of old Rush articles. You can see this latest batch on John's website at this link. Also be sure to check out his chronological listing of all the collected articles from the series at the bottom of the page. This latest batch contains a total of 98 new articles and advertisements spanning all five decades of Rush's legacy including some of the earliest mentions of the band in Billboard Magazine from way back in 1973. Thanks John!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rush's Closer to the Heart on CBC reality show Battle of the Blades
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Battle of the BladesBattle of the Blades is a popular Canadian figure skating reality show from CBC Television that teams up retired NHL players with professional figure skaters for a competition much like Dancing with the Stars. This past Sunday night's episode featured the team of Amanda Evora and Scott Thornton performing their routine to Rush's Closer to the Heart. You can see the pair discussing their choice of song in this YouTube clip and watch the actual performance below or at this location. Thanks to Dave B and Wayne R for the heads up.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Happy 10th anniversary Rush in Rio!
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Today marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Rush's 5th live album and 1st live concert DVD, Rush in Rio. The 3-disc live album and 2-dvd set were released simultaneously on October 21st, 2003. The performance was recorded and filmed at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the final night of Rush's 2002 Vapor Trails Tour. The album was certified Gold on February 10, 2004 and the DVD was certified 7X multi-Platinum on September 1, 2010. Rush in Rio was Rush's first live album which did not fall into their normal pattern of releasing a live album after every four studio releases, and was also the first to present a single night's performance in its entirety. The video release won the Juno Award for Music DVD Of The Year in 2004, and the track O Baterista was nominated (but didn't win) for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 2005. Here's the video of the band's performance of YYZ from the DVD:

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Happy 20th anniversary Counterparts!
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UPDATE - 10/22@1:49PM: Here's a nice little write-up on the albums from Ultimate Classic Rock (thanks ou812112).

Today is the 20th anniversary of the release of Rush's 15th studio album, Counterparts. Counterparts along with last year's Clockwork Angels are Rush's 2 best charting albums in the US, both reaching as high as #2 on the Billboard album charts. The album was recorded between April and June of 1993 at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec and McClear Place in Toronto. It was produced by Peter Collins and was certified Gold on December 7, 1993; it has yet to reach Platinum status. The album's first single Stick It Out (watch video) reached as high as #1 on the mainstream rock charts, with Nobody's Hero (watch video) and Cold Fire both reaching #3. Audio Fidelity released an SACD version of Counterparts earlier this year. Happy 20th anniversary!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour theatrical release November 18th
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UPDATE - 11/8@10:00AM: Here's a 30-second trailer for the theatrical release on YouTube:

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UPDATE - 11/7@4:26PM: Note that Canadian fans can purchase tickets and find theaters at Cineplex.com.

UPDATE - 10/31@6:24PM: There's now an official announcement for the November 18th screening, and the event is also now featured at the Fathom Events website. Tickets will be available via the Fathom Events website this evening at 9:12 (21:12).

UPDATE - 10/19@1:15PM: Fandango actually has a number of theaters listed across the country, you just need to enter your zip code on this page.

UPDATE - 10/19@10:11AM: The film is now listed at both Fandango, and Moviefone. The Moviefone listing doesn't have any information attached to it other than the film's name, but the Fandango listing confirms the November 18th release date and has it with a running time of 2 hours and 25 minutes. Neither listing has any theaters or showtimes yet.

UPDATE - 10/19@8:54AM: Reader Mark H pointed out that the Goodrich Quality Theaters locations listed here aren't just in Michigan, but some are also in Indiana and Illinois. If you notice any other listings, please let us know.

According to listings at several Michigan, Indiana and Illinois area theaters owned by Goodrich Quality Theaters, Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour concert film will be getting a theatrical release on November 18th, the day before its release on CD/DVD/Blu-ray. There's been no official announcement as of yet, but it seems that Fathom Events is distributing the film and reader Anita L received a copy of a Fathom Events newsletter announcing the screening at her local Kalamazoo, MI theater. Although these are the only theaters currently listing the film, it will likely be released around the same time at theaters nationwide, with some kind of official announcement in the coming week. Yesterday Rolling Stone posted video of Rush's performance of The Garden from the film, and you can check it out at the Rolling Stone website. On Tuesday, November 19th Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour will be released simultaneously on CD, DVD and Blu-ray and is currently available for pre-order (DVD, Blu-ray, CD). The concert was filmed/recorded on November 28th of last year in Dallas, TX and the primary footage consists of this entire concert which was one of the band's Night A setlists. As a bonus they also include 3 Night B setlist tracks (Middletown Dreams, The Pass and Manhattan Project) from the November 25th show in Phoenix along with a soundcheck recording of Limelight. The DVD/Blu-ray also includes a 25-minute tour documentary titled Can't Stop Thinking Big, the intro/intermission/outro tour videos and other exclusive bonus content. You can get all the details in the Rush.com press release and watch the official trailer for the film at this location. There's also a slightly different trailer posted over at the Fadoo Productions website.

Related Posts:
[Geddy Lee talks Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray in new VH1 interview]
[Video premiere of The Garden from Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray OFFICIAL trailer released]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tour CD now available for pre-order]
[Geddy Lee talks Clockwork Angels Tour video, Vapor Trails Remixed in new Rolling Stone interview]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray to release November 19th, now available for pre-order]
[Rush Clockwork Angels concert film status update]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour concert film trailer released]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour concert video to release September 24th]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour Dallas open thread]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour Phoenix open thread]
[Rush to film Phoenix and Dallas shows for live DVD release]

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Yesterday Rolling Stone posted video of Rush's performance of The Garden from their upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray. The video is the full, nearly 8-minute version of the song from the recording, and you can check it out at the bottom of this post or at the Rolling Stone website. Rush announced last week that they will be partnering with independent retail outlets to sell an exclusive 10" picture disc single of this live version of The Garden for Black Friday on November 29th. With the picture disc and the preview release of The Garden video, it seems likely that Rush will release The Garden as a radio single as well at some point in the next few weeks. Geddy Lee was interviewed by VH1 recently to discuss the Clockwork Angels Tour video and had the following to say regarding the importance of live albums in the Rush discography:

Live albums are very important for Rush and they became sort of a closing chapter for us. And the way things used to work was we would do three or four studio albums and then we would do a live album and in that way kind of make it a historical document as to where the band was at in that period of time. We never expected that we would just keep going, you know, the lifespan of a band is unpredictable, and so it appeared for quite a while that every four records would be followed up with a live record and it's a way for us to look back at that last period and see how our sound has changed and take a different approach to recording live every time. But now the record industry has changed so much and DVDs have become such a fantastic souvenir of any one tour. And because it takes so much effort to design and put on one of our tours we feel it's appropriate to record every new tour that we do, that has a new stage show, and a DVD seems to be the perfect outlet for that. It's great for us as a historical document and it's great for our fans as a souvenir of that tour that they came to.

The interview includes video of Geddy answering the above question along with video of one of the other questions asked. You can read the entire interview and watch the videos at this location. On Tuesday, November 19th Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour will be released simultaneously on CD, DVD and Blu-ray and is currently available for pre-order (DVD, Blu-ray, CD). The concert was filmed/recorded on November 28th of last year in Dallas, TX and the primary footage consists of this entire concert which was one of the band's Night A setlists. As a bonus they also include 3 Night B setlist tracks (Middletown Dreams, The Pass and Manhattan Project) from the November 25th show in Phoenix along with a soundcheck recording of Limelight. The DVD/Blu-ray also includes a 25-minute tour documentary titled Can't Stop Thinking Big, the intro/intermission/outro tour videos and other exclusive bonus content. You can get all the details in the Rush.com press release and watch the official trailer for the film at this location. There's also a slightly different trailer posted over at the Fadoo Productions website.

Rush released the long-awaited remix/remaster of Vapor Trails back on September 30th and the album debuted on the US Billboard 200 album charts at #35; it debuted at #54 on the UK charts. This week it has dropped all the way down to #137. For my current poll I'm asking everyone what they think of the remix compared to the original 2002 release. Do you like them both? Hate them both? Never liked the original, but like the remix? Please take the poll and let us know. Rob Mallory over at the SH Rock blog posted this great review of the remix a couple of weeks ago. Roadrunner is giving away a few copies of the remix on CD and vinyl; you can get all the details and enter to win at the Roadrunner website. Reader robertrobyn let me know that some indie record stores are giving away special, dimpled lithographs of the album cover as shown in this photo. You can order the Vapor Trails remix on CD or on 180g vinyl, and order the Atlantic-era The Studio Albums 1989-2007 box set (which also contains the remix) here.

Neil Peart made a guest appearance on the first episode of the six-part, Canadian documentary series Walk the Walk which recently premiered on Canadian cable TV outlets Global TV and Slice. The series celebrates the work done by community heroes, surprising them with a visit from a celebrity they admire who has already been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame; Rush was inducted back in 1999. The episode with Peart focuses on London, Ontario based musician Karl Sloman, who shows compassion, along with perseverance and ingenuity, with the band he formed in 2005 called Trainwreck - an eight-member band divided equally between players with and without disabilities. Earlier this week Sloman posted the full story of his Brush with Rush to his website here. He talks about his work with Trainwreck and how it came about, and relays the complete, inside story of how he and his band came to be featured on Walk the Walk. The post also contains a bunch of great behind-the-scenes photos. Be sure to check out the entire thing at this location, and there's also this minute-and-a-half preview video of the Neil Peart episode which you can check out at this link.

Vertical Horizon Echoes from the UndergroundSpeaking of Neil, Vertical Horizon's new album Echoes from the Underground officially released last week and the album is now available for order from Amazon and other retailers. Neil Peart plays drums on the tracks Instamatic and South For The Winter. Earlier last week Billboard posted a video of Neil Peart in the studio tracking Instamatic which you can check out at this location. There's also some older video of Neil in the studio with the band 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 frontman and Neil Peart's good friend Matt Scannell was recently interviewed for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and spoke a little about Neil's involvement:

...'Instamatic' is one of my absolute favorite drum tracks of all time and it's on my new record... I hear elements of all the different stages of (Peart's) career from 'Clockwork Angels,' all the way back to 'Hemisphere' and beyond," Scannell said. "It's an incredible moment for Neil as a performer. It is shocking. He is on fire on this song ..."

Peart also contributes to the somber and introspective "South for the Winter," despite some initial reservations. "Are you sure you want me to play on 'South for the Winter'? It's so not what I normally do. I don't know what I'll bring to that song." Scannell recalled Peart saying. "And I said, 'Well, that's exactly why I want you to play on it, because I don't know where it will go but we'll go somewhere beautiful.' " ... "There's a Plato quote that actually Neil Peart told me about, 'Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle,' and it sort of shook me because it's so true," Scannell explained. "We do need more compassion and more kindness towards each other. So that song really was written with that in mind." ...

You can order your copy of Echoes From the Underground here. It's also available on Spotify here.

Jacob Moon: FascinationCanadian folk musician Jacob Moon will soon be releasing a new CD titled Fascination which will include covers of Rush's Limelight and Subdivisions. The album is slated for release sometime next month and can now be pre-ordered via making a pledge at Kapipal or RocketHub. The album will also include covers of songs from Yes, Marillion, Radiohead and Peter Gabriel, along with two new original songs. Jacob recorded Limelight with the Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio and has posted a full preview clip of the song to Soundcloud which you can listen to at this link. You can check out some in-studio footage where Jacob and David talk about The Trio's work with Alex Lifeson, the Limelight recording and more at this link. Jacob Moon garnered the attention of Rush and their fans when he posted a YouTube video of himself performing an impressive rooftop solo rendition of Rush's Subdivisions a few years ago. The video quickly went viral, and Rush later asked Jacob to perform the song at their Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony back in March of 2010.

The Rush Backstage Club is running a contest where you could win 1 of 3 Clockwork Angels 2013 tourbooks signed by Rush. The contest closes this coming Thursday, October 24th and only one entry per person is allowed. For all the details and to enter go to this location. The store also has a number of Clockwork Angels shirts on closeout sale for just $9.99.

YesThe nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2014 were announced earlier this week, and since Rush was finally inducted into the Hall last year, for the first time in 15 years Rush fans have nothing to complain about. Rush's induction may have helped open the doors for other progressive rock acts as prog-rock pioneers Yes are among this year's crop of nominees. Other rock acts on this year's list of prospective inductees include Deep Purple, KISS, Peter Gabriel and Nirvana. All 5 of these artists have some interesting connections to Rush. Peter Gabriel-era Genesis along with Deep Purple and Yes have all been cited by Rush as being huge influences on the band. As early touring mates, Rush and KISS developed a deep friendship and respect for each other, despite playing very different styles of music. Both Deep Purple and KISS have been on the ballot in the past but never chosen for induction; Peter Gabriel was inducted as a member of Genesis a few years ago. Nirvana only became eligible this year and will almost certainly be selected for induction. Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl along with his Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins inducted Rush in last year's ceremony, and Rush are all huge fans of Grohl's work with both the Foo Fighters and Nirvana. As 2013 inductees, the members of Rush are now eligible to vote for the 5 nominees that they think are most deserving of induction in 2014, and it's very likely that Yes and the aforementioned bands will be included on all three of their ballots. For the 2nd year in a row, the Rock Hall has posted an online poll where fans can choose their top 5 nominees (Rush won last year's poll with over one quarter of the vote). The top 5 winners of this poll will get counted as one fan ballot vote in the final tally. So help support Yes and the other nominated rock acts and go vote! The inductees should be announced sometime in December.

Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki was recently interviewed for MusicRadar.com and spoke a little about his work with Rush:

"I got a call from Rush's management in 2004 when they were doing a charity event in Canada. I was asked to do the recording and mixing for the TV broadcast. We had a lot of chemistry. They're all really funny guys. We spent the time just laughing our faces off.

"A few months later, Al Lifeson asked me to mix their new R30 DVD. In the nine years since then, we've had 26 platinum and gold sales awards for all of the DVDs and albums we've done. Their main mantra at this point is to continue putting out music for their fans - they have done everything.

"The first time I really got to know Neil [Peart] was on Snakes And Arrows. He was warming up on his kit and I was setting up microphones. When the kit is so large I measure the distance of microphones to drums with a tape measure so that we have the best phase coherence that we can have, because we have so many open mics around the kit. Neil was doing these press rolls on his snare, and I was literally putting the tape measure down on his snare as he was playing. He was looking at me like, 'What are you doing?!'

"With those guys, if they hear something they like, they say, 'That's great - let's go.' They can be hands on, but a lot of the time it is hands off because they will hear what they want and say, 'Let's just record.'"

BlogTO posted their list of the 25 most famous Toronto bands last week and Rush of course made the list (thanks Bruce L).

Rush might be a little outdated since their formation in 1968, but everyone listens to vinyl now anyway, right? Each member of Rush is respected as a master of their instrument. Ever watched a Neil Peart drum solo? You might want to Youtube that. Rush has been awarded twenty-four gold, fourteen platinum, and three multi-platinum albums, totaling over 40 million in sales. They've won several Juno Awards, and were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Sure, they might be your dad's favourite band, but their name keeps buzzing for good reason.

Canadian actress/model Malin Akerman was a guest on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson this past Monday and at one point after indicating that she likes Hard Rock music Craig asks her if she ever listened to Rush. She responds, "I did. Yes, but they're not one of my favorites". The interview is posted online at YouTube and the Rush mention occurs at about the 5-minute mark (thanks ou812112).

Reader RushFanForever uncovered an Aux.tv article from this past July which lists the 10 best Canadian metal albums of all time and Rush's 2112 made the cut:

Canada's proto-metal prodigal sons, Rush, and their 20-minute epic remains one of the genre's finest hours, breaking genre barriers before the confines even existed. From its grandiose opening overture to Geddy Lee's delightfully shrill vocals in the opening of "The Temples of Syrinx," Rush's confusing nod to the idiocy of Ayn Rand remains nonetheless a heavy metal classic. It is their biggest, boldest and best release. It is the path by which all progressive metal bands begin and an indictment on compromise for commercialism's sake. It is, regardless of what you might argue, one of Canada's best metal albums.

Speaking of Canadian heavy metal, comedian Brian Posehn recently performed in Victoria and was interviewed by the Times-Colonist. He talked about getting inspiration from heavy metal music, particularly Rush:

Los Angeles-based comic Brian Posehn, making his Victoria debut, is happy to be performing in Canada. That's partly because Rush, the rock band, hails from this country. And Posehn is a mega-fan. ..." Rush is a couple of rungs higher than all the other bands. They're my all-time favourite band." ... He wrote for the school newspaper and was the school DJ. Classmates realized he was the "funny guy who was really into music." At a time when kids were into Madonna and Michael Jackson, Posehn blasted Anthrax and Metallica through the hallways. And Rush. "At school I played side one of [the Rush album] 2112 one day. We wanted to go to 7-Eleven, me and a friend, so I just left the record on and took off." As much as he loved Rush's virtuoso power-trio rock, Posehn also liked the band's attitude - especially their sense of humour. His favourite member is vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee. "Geddy's always the guy I wish was my uncle. I remember being in high school and reading [articles by] Frank Zappa. And wishing Frank and Geddy Lee were my uncles," Posehn said. "They seemed like the coolest dudes in music."

Just about 4 years ago UK-based digital artist Graham Whieldon launched his website of Rush-inspired fine art digital paintings at macrographs.com. When he first launched the site he had only one completed painting for sale; a print inspired by Rush's epic song The Fountain of Lamneth from their Caress of Steel album. Now also available are a Red Barchetta-inspired print, a By-tor and the Snow Dog-inspired print called Snow Dog and a 2112-inspired print titled 2112 VIII. Over the past year Whieldon has been working on an ambitious Clockwork Angels-inspired piece and posted an update along with some preview images to his website last week which you can check out here. You can see samples of all of his work and purchase the prints by visiting the Macrographs website. You can also follow Macrographs on Facebook.

Here's Rush's performance of The Garden from their upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray:

Tomorrow will mark the 20th anniversary of the release of Rush's 15th studio album, Counterparts. And this coming Monday, October 21st will be the 10th anniversary of the release of Rush's first live concert DVD, Rush in Rio. That's all for this week. Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Geddy Lee talks Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray in new VH1 interview
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Geddy Lee was recently interviewed by VH1 to discuss Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray. Here's what Geddy had to say when asked if he and his bandmates ever disagree about what songs to play on a particular tour:

It's always a bit of a negotiation. Most of the guys have favorites that they like to play but you know it's a bit of a trade off. Obviously I am most resistant to playing the keyboard-heavy songs because that traps me behind them but for some reason on this tour we leaned quite heavily towards that period. There are a lot of songs on the tour from the Power Windows era. Songs like "Grand Design" for example, which I think is really kind of a highlight on this tour strictly because it's a chance to play it again from a modern technology point of view. The last time we played some of those songs technology hadn't evolved to the point it has now and it's far easier to reproduce them accurately now as a result. Back then you had to keep switching instruments and you didn't have synthesizers that would stay in tune for a whole song and it was a much hairier job so it's kind of fun to revisit some of them now.

The interview includes video of Geddy answering 2 of the questions that were asked. You can read the entire interview and watch the videos below or at this location (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). Earlier today Rolling Stone posted video of Rush's performance of The Garden from the DVD which you can check out at this location. On Tuesday, November 19th Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour will be released simultaneously on CD, DVD and Blu-ray and is currently available for pre-order (DVD, Blu-ray, CD). The concert was filmed/recorded on November 28th of last year in Dallas, TX and the primary footage consists of this entire concert which was one of the band's Night A setlists. As a bonus they also include 3 Night B setlist tracks (Middletown Dreams, The Pass and Manhattan Project) from the November 25th show in Phoenix along with a soundcheck recording of Limelight. The DVD/Blu-ray also includes a 25-minute tour documentary titled Can't Stop Thinking Big, the intro/intermission/outro tour videos and other exclusive bonus content. You can get all the details in the Rush.com press release and watch the official trailer for the film at this location.

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Video premiere of The Garden from Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray
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Rolling Stone has posted video of Rush's performance of The Garden from their upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray. You can check it out below or at this location. On Tuesday, November 19th Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour will be released simultaneously on CD, DVD and Blu-ray and is currently available for pre-order (DVD, Blu-ray, CD). The concert was filmed/recorded on November 28th of last year in Dallas, TX and the primary footage consists of this entire concert which was one of the band's Night A setlists. As a bonus they also include 3 Night B setlist tracks (Middletown Dreams, The Pass and Manhattan Project) from the November 25th show in Phoenix along with a soundcheck recording of Limelight. The DVD/Blu-ray also includes a 25-minute tour documentary titled Can't Stop Thinking Big, the intro/intermission/outro tour videos and other exclusive bonus content. You can get all the details in the Rush.com press release and watch the official trailer for the film at this location.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Geddy Lee wishes RotoSound's Swing Bass 66 strings a happy 50th anniversary via video
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RotoSoundBritish guitar and bass string manufacturing company RotoSound recently celebrated 50 years since the introduction of their legendary Swing Bass 66 strings. They are the favored strings of many players including Billy Sheehan, John Paul Jones and Rush's Geddy Lee. The RotoSound website posted a video earlier today of Geddy Lee wishing the strings a happy 50th anniversary. You can watch the video below or at this location (thanks simont2112):

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Yes, Deep Purple, KISS among nominees for induction into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2014
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YesThe nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2014 have been announced, and for the first time in 15 years Rush fans have nothing to complain about. That's because the band was finally nominated and ultimately selected for induction into the Hall last year. Rush's induction may have helped open the doors for other progressive rock acts as prog-rock pioneers and one of Rush's biggest influences - Yes - has finally been nominated this year. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

...Rush may also serve as the groundbreaker for Yes. Until the induction last year of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart - 15 years after the band became eligible - prog-rock fans had frequently accused Rock Hall voters of bias against their favorite genre. ...

Other rock acts on this year's list of prospective inductees include Deep Purple, KISS, Peter Gabriel and Nirvana. These 4 acts along with Yes all have many connections to Rush. Peter Gabriel-era Genesis along with Deep Purple and Yes have all been cited by Rush as being huge influences on the band. As early touring mates, Rush and KISS developed a deep friendship and respect for each other, despite playing very different styles of music. Both Deep Purple and KISS have been on the ballot in the past but never chosen for induction; Peter Gabriel was inducted as a member of Genesis a few years ago. Nirvana only became eligible this year and will almost certainly be selected for induction. Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl along with his Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins inducted Rush in last year's ceremony, and Rush are all huge fans of Grohl's work with both the Foo Fighters and Nirvana. As 2013 inductees, the members of Rush are now eligible to vote for the 5 nominees that they think are most deserving of induction in 2014, and my guess is that Yes and the aforementioned bands will likely be included on all 3 ballots. For the 2nd year in a row, the Rock Hall has posted an online poll where fans can choose their top 5 nominees; Rush won last year's poll with over one quarter of the vote. The top 5 winners of this poll will get counted as one fan ballot vote in the final tally. So help support Yes and the other nominated rock acts and go vote! The inductees should be announced sometime in December. Here's what Yes bassist Chris Squire had to say to RollingStone.com last year when asked whether he was upset that Rush was getting inducted before Yes:

... I can't object to that. Logistically, it's probably difficult for whoever the committee is to bring in Yes. Rush is fairly simple. It's the same three guys and always has been. They deserve to be there, no doubt about that. But there still seems to be a certain bias towards early-Seventies prog rock bands like Yes and King Crimson. ...

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Full Preview clip of Jacob Moon's cover of Rush's Limelight from upcoming Fascination album
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UPDATE - 10/16@1:00PM: The preview clip has been updated and is now the full clip. Check it out below or on SoundCloud.

Jacob Moon: FascinationCanadian folk musician Jacob Moon will soon be releasing a new CD titled Fascination which will include covers of Rush's Limelight and Subdivisions. The album is slated for release sometime next month and can now be pre-ordered via making a pledge at Kapipal or RocketHub. The album will also include covers of songs from Yes, Marillion, Radiohead and Peter Gabriel, along with two new original songs. Jacob recorded Limelight with the Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio and has posted a minute-and-a-half preview clip to Soundcloud which you can listen to below or at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

You can check out some in-studio footage where Jacob and David talk about The Trio's work with Alex Lifeson, the Limelight recording and more at this link. Jacob Moon garnered the attention of Rush and their fans when he posted a YouTube video of himself performing an impressive rooftop solo rendition of Rush's Subdivisions a few years ago. The video quickly went viral, and Rush later asked Jacob to perform the song at their Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony back in March of 2010.

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Neil Peart guest appearance on Walk the Walk: Karl Sloman describes his Brush with Rush
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Neil Peart made a guest appearance on the first episode of the six-part, Canadian documentary series Walk the Walk which recently premiered on Canadian cable TV outlets Global TV and Slice. The series celebrates the work done by community heroes, surprising them with a visit from a celebrity they admire who has already been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame; Rush was inducted back in 1999. The episode with Peart focuses on London, Ontario based musician Karl Sloman, who shows compassion, along with perseverance and ingenuity, with the band he formed in 2005 called Trainwreck - an eight-member band divided equally between players with and without disabilities. Sloman has posted the full story of his Brush with Rush to his website here. He talks about his work with Trainwreck and how it came about, and relays the complete, inside story of how he and his band came to be featured on Walk the Walk.

... unbeknownst to me, Graehme and the producers had a a secret that they were planning with the band Rush. After a couple of weeks Graehme received the following video informing him of some special events that were to take place.

Graehme informed me that the producers of the documentary were going to fly both of us to Cleveland Ohio for the meeting and that it would happen on 27 October 2012. This caused a bit of administrative turmoil, because Graehme and I were suppose to be at The Percussive Arts Society International Conference (PASIC) in Austin Texas. However, the producers simply said, "okay we will fly you up from Texas".

On 25 October Graehme and I along with my partner (Kristine Schenk) and one of my students (Zack Lawless) drove from London, Ontario to San Antonio Texas. 36 hours in the car, we caught a flight from San Antonio at 5:00am back to Cleveland. Arriving in Cleveland after 50 hours we were take to a 5 star hotel (Marriott) where we were treated like kings. Interviews and filming were conducted and then we were off to bed for the big day when I would meet Lorne. My mind was racing and I could not sleep. What would I say to him, would I sound intelligent enough, would I ramble (as I am prone to do), would I hog the conversation, would I come across as sincere, a thousand questions raced through my head? ... we were led to centre stage where Lorne was waiting. There was Neil's drum set, gleaming with lights reflecting of its perfect finish, the gold hardware glinting and distorting our reflections like the mirrors in an old fashioned fun house at a fall fair. It was dark in the stadium except for the lighting on the stage. Cameras were located all around with members of the documentary staff looking on. Lorne came and shook my hand and welcomed us. He then began a tour of Neil's set informing me of everything in detail. As we traveled around the side of the set, I looked up and noticed a small fan for Neil's hands, I inquired about it and as I did, I noticed someone had walked up immediately to my left. It was none other than Neil Peart! ...

The post also contains a bunch of great behind-the-scenes photos. Be sure to check out the entire thing at this location, and there's also this minute-and-a-half preview video of the Neil Peart episode which you can check out below or at this link.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 10/11@2:12PM: I forgot to mention that the episode of the new Canadian documentary series Walk the Walk with Neil Peart in it airs tomorrow night on Global TV at 10PM. Watch a preview video here. The entire 6-part series was already shown on Slice last week.

Rush released the long-awaited remix/remaster of Vapor Trails back on September 30th and the album has debuted on the Billboard 200 album charts at #35, although it's not being considered as a chart reentry. So it's unclear whether the sales of the remix will count towards the total album sales used to determine Gold/Platinum status by the RIAA. Both the Moving Pictures and 2112 deluxe editions were considered reentries when they were re-released. The album also debuted at #9 on the Rock Albums chart and #3 on the Hard Rock albums chart. Canadian record producer David Bottrill is the man behind the remix, and recently sat down with PopDose.com to discuss it. Bottrill had actually been on the short list of producers for the original release back in 2002. The band ultimately decided not to bring in an outside producer because they didn't want to introduce anything new or potentially uncomfortable for Neil at the time (Neil was still recovering from the passing of both his daughter and wife a few years earlier). Bottrill gives a lot of insight into how he was chosen for the task, how he went about the remix, and how the band was involved in the process. He also addresses the newly uncovered guitar parts, particularly the new lead break in Ceiling Unlimited:

... [the Ceiling Unlimited lead break] sounded good to me. As I said, I just worked with the material they gave me. I didn't really check the originals to see what they used or didn't use. I liked that solo and put it in. I don't think many people have complained about that one so far. When a record is made, often times there are things that are recorded that are left out of the final mix. I had no attachment to the older mixes or what was left in or out. I just put in all the mixes what I thought worked the best. I don't think I left much out from the tracks they gave me. There was no really grand plan for the mixes. I just tried to make the songs all shine as much as I could. There was some talk in the fan press that the tracks were distorted in the recording process or that there have been new recordings done. Neither is true. The source recordings are top quality and we didn't add anything new from those early recordings. ...

You can read the entire article/interview at this location. Speaking of the newly uncovered Ceiling Unlimited lead break, for my last poll I asked everyone which song from Vapor Trails they think benefited the most from the remix, and Ceiling Unlimited was the clear winner with nearly a third of the vote. For my next poll I'm now asking everyone what they think of the remix compared to the original 2002 release. Do you like them both? Hate them both? Never liked the original, but like the remix? Please take the poll and let us know. Brad Birzer over at Progarchy.com wrote this great review of the remix earlier this week. Roadrunner is giving away a few copies of the remix on CD and vinyl; you can get all the details and enter to win at the Roadrunner website. You can order the Vapor Trails remix on CD or on 180g vinyl, and order the Atlantic-era The Studio Albums 1989-2007 box set (which also contains the remix) here.

Rush released the official trailer for the Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray this past Friday. An unofficial trailer for the film had been floating around the internet since back in June when it was mistakenly leaked online; this one is a new/different one. You can watch it at this location. On Tuesday, November 19th Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour will be released simultaneously on CD, DVD and Blu-ray and is currently available for pre-order. The concert was filmed/recorded on November 28th of last year in Dallas, TX and the primary footage consists of this entire concert which was one of the band's Night A setlists. As a bonus they also include 3 Night B setlist tracks (Middletown Dreams, The Pass and Manhattan Project) from the November 25th show in Phoenix along with a soundcheck recording of Limelight. The DVD/Blu-ray also includes a 25-minute tour documentary titled Can't Stop Thinking Big, the intro/intermission/outro tour videos and other exclusive bonus content. You can get all the details in the Rush.com press release and pre-order your copy of the DVD, Blu-ray, or CD on Amazon today (DVD, Blu-ray, CD). Speaking of the Clockwork Angels tour, the Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win 1 of 3 Clockwork Angels 2013 tourbooks signed by Rush. The contest closes on October 24th and only one entry per person is allowed. For all the details and to enter go to this location. Billboard released official attendance and sales figures for a few more shows from the 2013 tour this past week. The numbers for both Halifax shows were reported, but as Billboard likes to do for some unknown reason they combined the numbers from both shows rather than reporting them separately. The total attendance for both shows was 13,054 out of a capacity of 13,892, and the gross sales came in at $1,199,880. They also reported the figures for the June 6th show at the O2 World in Berlin. That show sold 5,589 tickets out of a capacity of 8,934 and grossed $401,180. I've added these numbers to the tour section and for the purposes of the Halifax numbers, I simply split the totals evenly between the 2 shows. Billboard has been very slow in reporting the numbers for the 2013 tour for some reason, where they've only posted figures for 9 out of the 37 dates so far.

Alex Lifeson is featured in the new issue of Classic Rock Magazine (issue #190, November 2013) for their Heavy Load feature column. The column is billed as heavy questions for heavy rockers and Alex tackles such heavy topics as drugs, religion, getting tasered and what he thinks are the worst Rush songs. You can read a scan of the entire 1-page interview here. And Rolling Stone posted a gallery to their website earlier this week consisting of 10 Rush videos along with Geddy Lee's comments after watching each one; from the Laura Secord Bandstand video of Working Man from 1974 on up through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony all-star jam of Crossroads. They also threw in a couple of fan videos, the 1976 Passaic 2112 bootleg, La Villa Strangiato at PinkPop, the Time Stand Still music video and more. You can check out the entire gallery along with Geddy's comments here. Geddy was also a guest on Wednesday nights's broadcast of the syndicated nightly radio show On Tap Presented by VH1 Classic. The entire interview isn't available online anywhere yet, but a two-minute preview clip was posted to the On Tap Facebook page where host Nik Carter chats with Geddy about the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and what it meant to him. You can check that out on Facebook here.

Vertical Horizon Echoes from the UndergroundVertical Horizon's new album Echoes from the Underground officially released this past Tuesday and the album is now available for order from Amazon and other retailers. Way back in early 2012 we first learned that Neil Peart had played drums on a couple of tracks on the album; Instamatic and South For The Winter. Earlier last week Billboard posted a video of Neil Peart in the studio tracking Instamatic which you can check out at this location. There's also some older video of Neil in the studio with the band 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. You can order your copy of Echoes From the Underground here. It's also available on Spotify here.

Speaking of Neil, DrumsForCures Inc. is running a charity auction where they are selling a Neil Peart autographed drumhead to raise money for cancer education, research and survivorship support. From the auction listing:

Up for auction we have a 14"drum head that was mounted on Neil Peart's first drum kit with Rush (1974 chrome Slingerland). The head features the signatures of 18 celebrities who played on this drum head at PASIC 2009. The head was later signed by Neil Peart himself on 9/26/2010. Please note that this head is not original to the kit, it was placed on the kit during the Pasic International Drum Show in Indianapolis where it was played and signed. ...

For all the details and to place your bid go here.

Rush announced last night via Rush.com that they will be partnering with independent retail outlets to sell an exclusive 10" picture disc of The Garden for Black Friday on November 29th:

... The 10" includes two versions of "The Garden" - the closing track from 2012's Clockwork Angels. Side A features the studio version from the album, while Side B includes a live version of the song with the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble taken from the upcoming live release Clockwork Angels Tour. Designed by Crankbunny (Norma V. Toraya), the 10" features artwork from her stunning animated screen projections shown during the performance of The Garden during the Clockwork Angels tour. This special 10" will be limited and available only for this special celebration of independent music retailers.

Rush Eucon 2013 Eucon of Steel will take place tomorrow 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. Tickets can still be purchased at the door, although online sales have ended. For all the details visit the Rush Eucon website or follow them on Facebook.

DJ and That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk has been hitting the interview circuit to promote his new book Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Volume II. He recently sat down with examiner.com for an extensive interview and was asked about Alex Lifeson's now famous Rock Hall induction blah blah speech (thanks RushFanForever):

I'm not sure what the whole thing was. In other words, I don't know that that was what he was doing. I love Alex, and Alex has a really, really, funny sense of humor, and I know him personally. A lot of people read that as a diss to the Hall and the whole thing. I don't know that that was the case....The event itself takes like five hours to happen, and from what I heard from people that were there, there were a lot of people that were going up on that stage making really long-winded speeches, and that it was also a response to that in a way....It's very much in line with how [Rush] are and their sense of humor. They love to have a laugh about stuff and not take things too seriously. Anybody who's seen their recent stage shows knows that. So I think it was more about that than any real shot at anything, just kind of the whole absurdity of the situation....He certainly made a mark. People talked about that speech more than any other speech that day, and he said nothing. So that may be in and of itself what the whole point of what that was.

A couple of weeks ago we learned about how Geddy Lee had weighed on the effort to save Toronto's iconic Sam the Record Man neon sign by writing a letter to the Toronto city council. Ryerson University bought the store's old location back in 2008 and committed to remount the sign at some future point but later reevaluated the commitment, saying the costs were too high to reinstall the sign. Toronto city council and Mayor Rob Ford discussed the issue on its agenda earlier this week with some good news for proponents of remounting the sign. From the Huffington Post:

Toronto city council and Mayor Rob Ford discussed the issue on its agenda ... and have referred the motion regarding the sign back to staff "for further consideration." In effect, the motion gives the university one year to find a location for the landmark sign before the item returns to city council's agenda. Toronto city councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam proposed her motion regarding the Sam's sign be amended to restore the sign to a location near its original location along Yonge St., preferably the intersection of Yonge St. and Gould St. According to the city council Agenda's website the council asked "to ensure that the cultural and heritage impact of Sam The Record Man signs are re-purposed and placed in a contemporary context of promoting Toronto's music history in the local area." ...

Canadian new wave group Men Without Hats - best known for their 1983 hit The Safety Dance - toured the US this past year. Reader Humboldt Rush Fan noticed a photo from the tour on the band's Facebook page where frontman Ivan Doroschuk is proudly sporting a Rush 2112 t-shirt. You can check out the photo here.

Music and entertainment journalist Jon Niccum recently released a new book titled The Worst Gig, where he compiles responses from musicians he's received over the years about the worst gig they ever played. One of the stories in the book is from Alex Lifeson, who recounts the story of when Rush opened for '50s nostalgia act Sha Na Na back in 1974:

It was a long time ago, the first tour in fact in 1974. We were playing at a university in Baltimore. We got to the gig; the crew was setting up. It was just before the show, and we came out to sort of peek around to look at the audience before the doors opened and they came in. And we saw that the girls were dressed in little white socks and long skirts, and all the guys had greaser hairdos. It turned out to be one of these '50s sock hop kind of things. We went on and were wearing satin pants and big high boots. And we started with 'Finding My Way' from the first record. They just sort of stood there and stared at us. Then by the second song they started to rumble. By the fourth song it was 'BOOOOO. Get out of here! Get off!' So, of course, we turned everything up a little bit and continued to play. Then finally the promoter said, 'That's great. Thanks guys. You're done.' But they were nasty. They were really pissed off. I'm sure if we would have kept going they would have thrown their greasy combs at us.

This interview snippet was actually first published back in 2004. You can order The Worst Gig on Amazon here. Thanks to Gabby for the heads up.

In a new LoudWire.com interview from earlier this week, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci talks about how seeing Rush live back on the Signals tour made a huge impression on him:

... Seeing Rush the first time was huge for me. That was my favorite band and I couldn't believe they were actually in the same building as me. I was totally freaking out when the show started and when they started to play it was almost like cartoon characters coming to life. I couldn't get my head around the fact that it was really them. When they played the song 'La Villa Strangiato,' the solo that Alex [Lifeson] played really had a huge influence on me. I think I remember every note to this day. It was during the Signals tour at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. They just seemed bigger than life to me in that untouchable way before social media and MTV and all those other things that brought rock stars down to earth. ...

Dream Theater recently released a new self-titled album with one track (The Looking Glass) being a purposeful tip of the hat to Rush as Petrucci explained in a recent MusicRadar.com interview.

Reader William S let me know that comedian Bill Burr made a humorous comment about the pronunciation of Neil Peart's name in his morning podcast from Monday, September 30th. You can listen to the podcast online here - the Neil Peart bit comes in at about the 15:20 mark.

Here's the official Clockwork Angels Tour concert video trailer:

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

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rush to release 10" picture disc of The Garden for Black Friday
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Rush just announced via Rush.com that they will be partnering with independent retail outlets to sell an exclusive 10" picture disc of The Garden for Black Friday on November 29th:

... The 10" includes two versions of "The Garden" - the closing track from 2012's Clockwork Angels. Side A features the studio version from the album, while Side B includes a live version of the song with the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble taken from the upcoming live release Clockwork Angels Tour. Designed by Crankbunny (Norma V. Toraya), the 10" features artwork from her stunning animated screen projections shown during the performance of The Garden during the Clockwork Angels tour. This special 10" will be limited and available only for this special celebration of independent music retailers.

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New Rush Backstage Club contest: win a signed tourbook
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2013 Clockwork Angels tourbookThe Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win 1 of 3 Clockwork Angels 2013 tourbooks signed by Rush. The contest closes on October 24th and only one entry per person is allowed. For all the details and to enter go to this location.

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Rush's Vapor Trails Remixed debuts at #35 on the Billboard 200
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UPDATE - 10/11@3:31PM: New poll! I'm asking everyone what they think of the remix compared to the original 2002 release. Do you like them both? Hate them both? Never liked the original, but like the remix? Please take the poll and let us know.

Rush released the long-awaited remix/remaster of Vapor Trails last Monday on September 30th and the album has debuted on the Billboard 200 album charts at #35 (thanks Sean). It's interesting to note that they are not considering the album's position on the chart as a reentry, like what was done with the Moving Pictures and 2112 deluxe editions when they reentered the charts. So it's not clear whether the sales of the remix will count towards the total album sales used to determine Gold/Platinum status by the RIAA. The album also debuted at #9 on the Rock Albums chart and #3 on the Hard Rock albums chart. For my current poll I'm asking everyone which song from Vapor Trails they think benefited the most from the remix. Please take the poll and let us know if you haven't already. You can order the Vapor Trails remix on CD or on 180g vinyl, and order the Atlantic-era The Studio Albums 1989-2007 box set (which also contains the remix) here.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Geddy Lee to guest on VH1 Classic's On Tap radio show tonight
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Geddy Lee On TapGeddy Lee will make a guest appearance on tonights's broadcast of the syndicated nightly radio show On Tap Presented by VH1 Classic. On Tap airs tonight on these radio stations from 7PM to midnight. Most of the stations listed offer online streaming. A two-minute preview clip of the interview was posted to the On Tap Facebook page this morning. Host Nik Carter chats with Geddy about the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and what it meant to him. You can check that out on Facebook here.

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David Bottrill on remixing Rush's Vapor Trails in new interview
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Canadian record producer David Bottrill is the man responsible for Rush's just released remix of 2002's Vapor Trails, and recently sat down with PopDose.com for an interview to discuss the remix. Bottrill had actually been on the short list of producers for the original release back in 2002. The band ultimately decided not to bring in an outside producer because they didn't want to introduce anything new or potentially uncomfortable for Neil at the time (Neil was still recovering from the passing of both his daughter and wife a few years earlier). Here's what Bottrill had to say about that decision:

... I spent a day with them in the studio, but that's as far as it went. In retrospect, as much as I would have loved to work with them at that time, I think it was probably the correct decision not to throw another new element into their working environment. I would not have wanted to be part of the reason that this great band was unable to revitalize. ...

And here are some of Bottrill's comments on the remix itself:

... When I approach any mix, I will reference any rough or previous mix lightly, to find balance or tones that the client might like. But in this case, I was aware that the band weren't happy with the final mixes they had, so I just approached it fresh with little referencing to the originals. My philosophy was that they didn't like what they had, so I would just work with the material they gave me and do what I thought would work best for each song. The first mix took the longest to complete, but that was only a couple of days. Once we were into the groove, the band usually only had little tweaks or suggestions and went mostly with what I presented them with. ...There was very little direction prior to starting. I did a test mix for them as did some other engineers and producers. They liked most of them, but I think that they had wanted to try to work with me for some time, so perhaps that swayed their opinion towards my mix as opposed to others. Andy Curran, who works with the band, is also a friend of mine and I think he was pulling for me to do the remix as well - and this may have had an influence. ...

Bottrill also addresses the newly uncovered guitar parts, particularly the new lead break in Ceiling Unlimited:

... [the Ceiling Unlimited lead break] sounded good to me. As I said, I just worked with the material they gave me. I didn't really check the originals to see what they used or didn't use. I liked that solo and put it in. I don't think many people have complained about that one so far. When a record is made, often times there are things that are recorded that are left out of the final mix. I had no attachment to the older mixes or what was left in or out. I just put in all the mixes what I thought worked the best. I don't think I left much out from the tracks they gave me. There was no really grand plan for the mixes. I just tried to make the songs all shine as much as I could. There was some talk in the fan press that the tracks were distorted in the recording process or that there have been new recordings done. Neither is true. The source recordings are top quality and we didn't add anything new from those early recordings. ...

You can read the entire article/interview at this location (thanks RushFanForever). Rush released the long-awaited remix/remaster of Vapor Trails along with a Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 box set this past Monday. For my latest poll I'm asking everyone which song from Vapor Trails they think benefited the most from the remix? Please take the poll and let us know if you haven't already. You can order the Vapor Trails remix on CD or on 180g vinyl, and order the Atlantic-era The Studio Albums 1989-2007 box set here.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Vertical Horizon's Echoes from the Underground featuring Neil Peart released today
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Vertical Horizon Echoes from the UndergroundVertical Horizon's new album Echoes from the Underground is officially released today and the album is now available for order from Amazon and other retailers. Way back in early 2012 we first learned that Neil Peart had played drums on a couple of tracks on the album; Instamatic and South For The Winter. Earlier last week Billboard posted a video of Neil Peart in the studio tracking Instamatic which you can check out below or at this location. There's also some older video of Neil in the studio with the band 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. You can order your copy of Echoes From the Underground here. It's also available on Spotify here.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Geddy Lee watches and comments on Rush videos in new Rolling Stone interview
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Rock Hall induction Crossroads jamRolling Stone has posted a gallery to their website consisting of 10 Rush videos along with Geddy Lee's comments after watching each one; from the Laura Secord Bandstand video of Working Man from 1974 on up through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony all-star jam of Crossroads. They also threw in a couple of fan videos, the 1976 Passaic 2112 bootleg, La Villa Strangiato at PinkPop, the Time Stand Still music video and more. Here are Geddy's comments on the Rock Hall induction all-star jam, and how they almost played a Led Zeppelin tune:

... "There were all kinds of songs suggested for the song at the end. For a while, it was going to be a Zeppelin song. And then they asked me my opinion and I said, 'We should do 'Crossroads' since all these blues artists are being inducted.' 'Crossroads' is kind of the transition point from blues into rock and it was instrumental in my career. That's why we put it on our Feedback album, too. I think it was Robbie Robertson who made the call. At the meeting, he stood up and said, 'That's the way to go. 'Crossroads' is a cool song.' It's a great jam song, let's face it."

You can check out the entire gallery along with Geddy's comments here (thanks lsorski).

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Neil Peart autographed drumhead charity auction
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Neil Peart signing drumhead for charity auctionDrumsForCures Inc. is running a charity auction where they are selling a Neil Peart autographed drumhead to raise money for cancer education, research and survivorship support. From the auction listing:

Up for auction we have a 14"drum head that was mounted on Neil Peart's first drum kit with Rush (1974 chrome Slingerland). The head features the signatures of 18 celebrities who played on this drum head at PASIC 2009. The head was later signed by Neil Peart himself on 9/26/2010. Please note that this head is not original to the kit, it was placed on the kit during the Pasic International Drum Show in Indianapolis where it was played and signed. ...

For all the details and to place your bid go here (thanks Tom B).

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Alex Lifeson talks drugs, religion and other heavy topics in new Classic Rock magazine interview
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Alex Lifeson is featured in the new issue of Classic Rock Magazine (issue #190, November 2013) for their Heavy Load feature column. The column is billed as heavy questions for heavy rockers and Alex tackles such heavy topics as drugs, religion, getting tasered and what he thinks are the worst Rush songs:

Tai Shan [from 1987's Hold Your Fire] is one of the worst, easily. And Panacea [part of the epic The Fountain of Lamneth, from 1975's Caress of Steel]. It was an attempt at something that didn't really work out. It was ... innocent.

Alex also tells a great story about taking the drug ecstasy with his wife, and when asked what will be written on his tombstone he replies, Oops! Sorry!. You can read a scan of the entire 1-page interview here. The November, 2013 issue of Classic Rock has started hitting subscribers mailboxes and should be on sale at newsstands later next week. Thanks to Geoff C for the heads up and scan.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray OFFICIAL trailer released
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Rush has finally released the official trailer for the Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray. An unofficial trailer for the film has been floating around the internet since back in June when it was mistakenly leaked online; this one is a new/different one. You can watch it below or at this location. A few weeks ago Rush finally announced details and a release date for their highly-anticipated Clockwork Angels Tour concert video. On Tuesday, November 19th Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour will be released simultaneously on CD, DVD and Blu-ray and is currently available for pre-order. The concert was filmed/recorded on November 28th of last year in Dallas, TX and the primary footage consists of this entire concert which was one of the band's Night A setlists. As a bonus they also include 3 Night B setlist tracks (Middletown Dreams, The Pass and Manhattan Project) from the November 25th show in Phoenix along with a soundcheck recording of Limelight. The DVD/Blu-ray also includes a 25-minute tour documentary titled Can't Stop Thinking Big, the intro/intermission/outro tour videos and other exclusive bonus content. You can get all the details in the Rush.com press release and pre-order your copy of the DVD, Blu-ray, or CD on Amazon today (DVD, Blu-ray, CD).

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 10/4@1:15PM: Rush has finally released the official trailer for the Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray. An unofficial trailer for the film has been floating around the internet since back in June when it was mistakenly leaked online; this one is a new/different one. You can watch it at this location.

It was an exciting week for Rush fans as this past Monday the band released the long-awaited remix/remaster of Vapor Trails. Fan reaction to the remix has been overwhelmingly positive so far judging by comments on this site and others. Along with the Vapor Trails remix the band released a Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 box set containing remastered versions of their 7 Atlantic-era album releases. MasterDisk's Andy VanDette is the man behind remastering the albums contained in the box set, as well as the previously released Sectors box sets containing Rush's Mercury catalog. The MasterDisk website posted a short Q&A with VanDette this past week where he discusses the remaster effort and how it compared with the Mercury remasters, along with his thoughts on the original mix of Vapor Trails:

... I remember hearing [Vapor Trails] before it came out, and thinking "Wow, I guess this is why I will never work with Rush." ... The snare and vocal were so overshadowed by low end. I see why they had a hard time remastering the original mixes. So much of their energy is in the bottom octave 20-40Hz. You can roll it off, but so much of the mixes' punch came from that. It was just mixed that way. The David Bottrill remixes are very well balanced and musical.

You can check out the complete interview here. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed/scanned the liner notes for the remix and made them available online here. For my latest poll I'm asking everyone which song from Vapor Trails they think benefited the most from the remix? Please take the poll and let us know if you haven't already. So far Ceiling Unlimited is way out in front with nearly one quarter of the vote, likely because of the newly uncovered guitar solo in the remix. Jeff Miers of the Buffalo News wrote an article earlier this week on the subject of finding strength and inspiration through music, and uses Rush's Vapor Trails to help illustrate his point:

... As a major prog-rock fan, I've often found myself turning to the Rush album "Vapor Trails," which is essentially a concept album revolving around lyricist/drummer Neil Peart's attempts to deal with the loss of both his 19-year-old daughter and his wife of several decades within a single 12-month period. It's heavy stuff, but not heavy-handed. "Sweet Miracle" in particular resounds with hope against all odds, and it is a deeply inspiring piece of work. ...

You can order the Vapor Trails remix on CD or on 180g vinyl, and order the Atlantic-era The Studio Albums 1989-2007 box set here.

A few weeks ago Rush finally announced details and a release date for their highly-anticipated Clockwork Angels Tour concert video. On Tuesday, November 19th Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour will be released simultaneously on CD, DVD and Blu-ray. Up until now only the DVD and Blu-ray were available for pre-order, but now the 3 CD set is available as well. The concert was filmed/recorded on November 28th of last year in Dallas, TX and the primary footage consists of this entire concert which was one of the band's Night A setlists. As a bonus they also include 3 Night B setlist tracks (Middletown Dreams, The Pass and Manhattan Project) from the November 25th show in Phoenix along with a soundcheck recording of Limelight. The DVD/Blu-ray also includes a 25-minute tour documentary titled Can't Stop Thinking Big, the intro/intermission/outro tour videos and other exclusive bonus content. You can get all the details in the Rush.com press release and pre-order your copy of the DVD, Blu-ray, or CD on Amazon today (DVD, Blu-ray, CD).

Audio Fidelity's SACD (Super Audio CD) version of Rush's Hemispheres officially released back on September 16th via the Audio Fidelity website. As of this past Tuesday it is also available via a number of online retailers including Amazon. If you decide to purchase directly from Audio Fidelity use the code CYGNUSX1 at checkout to get 20% off of your order. Hemispheres will celebrate the 35th anniversary of its release later this month. Audio Fidelity released an SACD version of Counterparts earlier this year.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada is running a 30-second commercial spot featuring Rush's Alex Lifeson to help raise awareness of the conditions that cause kidney disease. Alex has worked with the Foundation in the past where he has contributed paintings for their A Brush of Hope charity auction. Alex's father passed away of kidney disease several years ago. The commercial was made available online earlier this week and can be viewed at this location.

Vertical Horizon Echoes from the UndergroundVertical Horizon's new album Echoes from the Underground will release this coming Tuesday, October 8th, and the album is now available for pre-order from Amazon and other retailers. Way back in early 2012 we first learned that Neil Peart had played drums on a couple of tracks on the album; Instamatic and South For The Winter. Earlier this week Billboard posted a video of Neil Peart in the studio tracking Instamatic which you can check out at this location. There's also some older video of Neil in the studio with the band 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. You can pre-order your copy of Echoes From the Underground here.

Iconic Toronto music store Sam the Record Man closed its doors back in 2007 due to sagging sales, and store founder Sam Sniderman passed away last year at the age of 92. Sniderman was instrumental in the promotion of the Canadian music industry, helping several Canadian acts such as The Guess Who, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and Rush get their careers off the ground. Sam began selling records out of his family's College Street radio store in 1937. After Sam's business began to thrive, his family changed the name of the store to Sam the Record Man in the 1950s, and in 1961 Sam moved the store to its iconic Yonge Street location with its huge flashing red neon record sign. Ryerson University bought the store's old location back in 2008 and committed to remount the sign at some future point but later reevaluated the commitment. From CBC News:

... in November 2011, Ryerson reevaluated its commitment to replace the sign. The university reconsidered after it estimated the cost to repair and hang the sign would be more than $250,000. The university has said it will negotiate a less expensive way to commemorate the sign with the city. So far, Ryerson has not found a new home for the Sam's sign. It appeared briefly in a Nuit Blanche art exhibit, but has not had a permanent home since it was taken down. Today the spinning records, which were first seen on Yonge Street in the 1960s, sit at an undisclosed location, awaiting a placement somewhere in Toronto. ...

Toronto music journalist Nicholas Jennings has started an online effort to help push the reinstallation of the sign via a Facebook page titled SOS: SAVE OUR SAM the Record Man Sign. Earlier this week the page shared a copy of a letter Geddy Lee had sent to the Toronto City Council this past Friday in support of preserving the sign. You can read a copy of the letter here. There's also an online petition at change.org in support of remounting the sign.

Canadian folk musician Jacob Moon will soon be releasing a new CD titled Fascination which will include covers of Rush's Limelight and Subdivisions. The album is slated for release sometime in November and can now be pre-ordered via making a pledge at Kapipal or RocketHub. Jacob also posted a preview of the cover art earlier today (thanks RushFanForever). It'll also include covers of songs from Yes, Marillion, Radiohead and Peter Gabriel, along with two new original songs. Jacob recorded Limelight with the Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio. You can check out some in-studio footage where Jacob and David talk about The Trio's work with Alex Lifeson, the Limelight recording and more at this link. Jacob Moon garnered the attention of Rush and their fans when he posted a YouTube video of himself performing an impressive rooftop solo rendition of Rush's Subdivisions a few years ago. The video quickly went viral, and Rush later asked Jacob to perform the song at their Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony back in March of 2010.

Reader weirdharold2112 let me know about a Rush mention in last weekend's Chicago versus Detroit NFL football game. At one point in the broadcast they showed a graphic titled Canadian Connection where they showed the common Canadian connection between Chicago's coach Marc Trestman (who coached in the Canadian Football League), the Fox broadcaster's Jay and Dan (both Canadian) and Detroit's Nate Burleson (born in Calgary). They also included Rush in the graphic, although it's not clear what their connection to the game was (not that it matters). You can check out a screenshot of the graphic here (thanks Matthew R).

Reader jon g let me know that Philadelphia-based jam band Disco Biscuits played a trippy cover version of Rush's Tom Sawyer at a show this past weekend. You can check out a bootleg video of the performance on YouTube at this location.

This past Sunday, September 29th was the 37th anniversary of the release of Rush's first live album - 1976's All the World's a Stage. Uberrock's Bill Lindsey attended the May 6th, 1977 St. Paul Civic Center Rush show on the band's tour in support of the album, and wrote a piece this past week where he reminisces about the show. You can check it out online here (thanks Lee B).

We learned earlier this week that Neil Peart makes an appearance on the premiere episode of the six-part, Canadian documentary series Walk the Walk. Each of the six, 1-hour episodes were shown in succession on Slice last night, and will also premiere on Global TV starting next Saturday, October 12th. Both Slice and Global TV are Canadian cable TV Networks; it's not clear whether this will be shown in the US or other countries. The series celebrates the work done by community heroes, surprising them with a visit from a celebrity they admire who has already been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame; Rush was inducted back in 1999. The episode with Peart focuses on London, Ontario based musician Karl Sloman, who shows compassion, along with perseverance and ingenuity, with the band he formed in 2005 called Trainwreck - an eight-member band divided equally between players with and without disabilities. From the Toronto Star:

... The four disabled musicians are all percussionists, with instruments rigged up to their wheelchairs or, in one case, a drumstick with an electrode running through the middle that makes it easier to drum on cue. Sloman, who idolizes Neil Peart, drummer for rock group Rush, thought he was being given an opportunity to meet and consult with Peart's technician. He wasn't expecting the notoriously private icon to join the visit. "I know people think what I do is a big deal, but I don't see it that way," Sloman says. "To be treated the way I was by the band and by the Rush organization, it really turned me on my back." ...

You can check out a photo of Sloman with Neil Peart on the Walk the Walk Facebook page. There's also this minute-and-a-half preview video of the Neil Peart episode which you can check out below or at this location..

On this date last year, Rush was finally selected for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! A couple months later they were announced as one of the 2013 inductees. That's all for this week. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Rush Clockwork Angels Tour CD now available for pre-order
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A few weeks ago Rush finally announced details and a release date for their highly-anticipated Clockwork Angels Tour concert video. On Tuesday, November 19th Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour will be released simultaneously on CD, DVD and Blu-ray. Up until now only the DVD and Blu-ray were available for pre-order, but now the 3 CD set is available as well. The concert was filmed/recorded on November 28th of last year in Dallas, TX and the primary footage consists of this entire concert which was one of the band's Night A setlists. As a bonus they also include 3 Night B setlist tracks (Middletown Dreams, The Pass and Manhattan Project) from the November 25th show in Phoenix along with a soundcheck recording of Limelight. The DVD/Blu-ray also includes a 25-minute tour documentary titled Can't Stop Thinking Big, the intro/intermission/outro tour videos and other exclusive bonus content. You can get all the details in the Rush.com press release and pre-order your copy of the DVD, Blu-ray, or CD on Amazon today (DVD, Blu-ray, CD).

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Neil Peart to appear in new Global TV documentary series Walk the Walk
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UPDATE - 10/3@11:50PM: The show is also apparently airing on Slice and already premiered this evening (thanks Get up and go the distance). Both Slice and Global TV are Canadian cable TV Networks; it's not clear whether this will be shown in the US or other countries.

UPDATE - 10/3@7:52PM: The Walk the Walk Facebook page posted this minute-and-a-half preview video of the episode with Neil Peart in it. You can check it out below or at this location (thanks RushFanForever):

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Walk the Walk is an upcoming six-part documentary series from Global TV which celebrates the work done by community heroes, surprising them with a visit from a celebrity they admire who has already been inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. Rush was inducted back in 1999, and Neil Peart makes an appearance in one of the episodes. The episode with Peart focuses on London, Ontario based musician Karl Sloman, who shows compassion, along with perseverance and ingenuity, with the band he formed in 2005 called Trainwreck - an eight-member band divided equally between players with and without disabilities. From the Toronto Star:

... The four disabled musicians are all percussionists, with instruments rigged up to their wheelchairs or, in one case, a drumstick with an electrode running through the middle that makes it easier to drum on cue.

Sloman, who idolizes Neil Peart, drummer for rock group Rush, thought he was being given an opportunity to meet and consult with Peart's technician. He wasn't expecting the notoriously private icon to join the visit.

"I know people think what I do is a big deal, but I don't see it that way," Sloman says. "To be treated the way I was by the band and by the Rush organization, it really turned me on my back." ...

You can check out a photo of Sloman with Neil Peart on the Walk the Walk Facebook page. Walk the Walk premieres on Saturday, October 12th on Global TV at 10PM.

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Exclusive video of Neil Peart in the studio with Vertical Horizon
10:31AM EST | link | comments (22) |

Vertical Horizon Echoes from the UndergroundVertical Horizon's new album Echoes from the Underground will release on October 8th, and the album is now available for pre-order from Amazon and other retailers. Way back in early 2012 we first learned that Neil Peart had played drums on a couple of tracks on the album. The first single is called Broken Over You and was released online for free download a couple of months ago. Neil doesn't play on this track but plays on the tracks Instamatic and South For The Winter. Billboard has posted a video of Neil Peart in the studio tracking Instamatic which you can check out below or at this location.

There's also some older video of Neil in the studio with the band 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. You can pre-order your copy of Echoes From the Underground here.

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Andy VanDette on mastering Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007
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MasterDisk's Andy VanDette with the Vapor Trails RemixMasterDisk's Andy VanDette is the man behind remastering the albums contained in the recently released Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 box set, as well as the previously released Sectors box sets containing Rush's Mercury catalog. The MasterDisk website posted a short Q&A with VanDette yesterday where he discusses the remaster effort and how it compared with the Mercury remasters, along with his thoughts on the original mix of Vapor Trails:

... I remember hearing [Vapor Trails] before it came out, and thinking "Wow, I guess this is why I will never work with Rush." ... The snare and vocal were so overshadowed by low end. I see why they had a hard time remastering the original mixes. So much of their energy is in the bottom octave 20-40Hz. You can roll it off, but so much of the mixes' punch came from that. It was just mixed that way. The David Bottrill remixes are very well balanced and musical.

You can check out the complete interview here (thanks RushFanForever). Rush released the long-awaited remix/remaster of Vapor Trails along with a Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 box set this past Monday. For my latest poll I'm asking everyone which song from Vapor Trails they think benefited the most from the remix? Please take the poll and let us know if you haven't already. You can order the Vapor Trails remix on CD or on 180g vinyl, and order the Atlantic-era The Studio Albums 1989-2007 box set here.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Rush Hemispheres SACD from Audio Fidelity now available
4:56PM EST | link | comments (3) |

Audio Fidelity's SACD (Super Audio CD) version of Rush's Hemispheres officially released back on September 16th via the Audio Fidelity website. As of today it is also available via a number of online retailers including Amazon. If you decide to purchase directly from Audio Fidelity use the code CYGNUSX1 at checkout to get 20% off of your order. Audio Fidelity released an SACD version of Counterparts earlier this year.

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Alex Lifeson commercial for The Kidney Foundation of Canada
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Alex Lifeson for the Kidney Foundation of CanadaThe Kidney Foundation of Canada is running a 30-second commercial spot featuring Rush's Alex Lifeson to help raise awareness of the conditions that cause kidney disease. Alex has worked with the Foundation in the past where he has contributed paintings for their A Brush of Hope charity auction. Alex's father passed away of kidney disease several years ago. The commercial is available online and can be viewed below or at this location (thanks Egore).

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