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Friday, November 29, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 11/30@8:59PM: One other note about one of the special features on the DVD/Blu-ray - the Family Goy parody of Family Guy was NOT a Seth McFarlane creation. He had nothing to do with it actually; it was created and written by Rush and their production team.

I hope all of my US readers had a happy Thanksgiving yesterday and are surviving Black Friday. Speaking of which, Rush is partnering with independent retail outlets to sell an exclusive 10" picture disc single of The Garden for a Record Store Day sponsored Black Friday event today! The disc features artwork from the animated screen projections shown during the song's performance on the Clockwork Angels tour and includes both the studio version of the song and the live version from the Clockwork Angels Tour live release. Just check the Record Store Day website for a list of participating stores. Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray was released last week on Tuesday and the video has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Video charts, with the CD debuting at #33 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart! The film had a one-night theatrical premiere across North America the night before its release last week, and it will also be getting a television premiere on VH1 Classic and Palladia this coming Sunday, December 1st at 9PM. This television cut will likely just consist of the same 2nd set concert footage that was shown in theaters and not include the Can't Stop Thinking Big documentary. You can see the official trailer for the film here and order your copy at this location (DVD, Blu-ray, CD). Rush is also offering a limited edition deluxe package exclusively available at the Rush Backstage Club for $99.99. Clockwork Angels Tour is also available for digital purchase on iTunes, and is also available on Spotify and other online streaming services. A few videos from the DVD are available for viewing on YouTube including Subdivisions and The Garden. Some more reviews of the release continue to roll in including this one from Louder Than War (thanks hannuFIN) that gives it a 10/10, another from Paul Semel who gives it a 7.5, this one from Progarchy.com, and this one from Premier Guitar gives it 3.5 stars. For my current poll I'm asking everyone what aspects of the DVD/Blu-ray they like. Please take the poll and let us know. Most fans have already discovered one Easter Egg on the DVD where if you click the up arrow on any of the selections on the main menu, you'll see some footage of Alex Lifeson telling a joke to kill some time during a live show. Reader Mike S also noted that the default audio setting on the Blu-ray is set to Dolby 2.0, so if you have 5.1 audio equipment you'll have to manually set it to Master Audio DTS to take full advantage of the 5.1. For the first of what is likely to be many awards garnered by the Clockwork Angels Tour live release, Rush video director David Davidian was awarded the Parnelli Award for Video Director of the Year this past weekend for his work on the video.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson continued on the interview circuit this past week promoting the Clockwork Angels Tour release. Alex Lifeson spoke with the Dallas Morning News for an interview where - in addition to discussing the DVD - he reminisces about Rush's first show in Dallas back on October 17, 1974 at the Travis Street Electric Company. Alex also appeared on the Prog Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio with Philip Wilding earlier this week. That interview is available for listening online at SoundCloud. And just this morning MusicRadar.com posted a 5-minute video interview with Alex which you can check out here. Geddy Lee was the guest on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl earlier this week for a special Thanksgiving interview special titled Classic Vinyl Influences with Geddy Lee. In the interview Geddy remembers 10 classic rock songs that were influential to him and his career as a bass guitarist. He plays tracks from the Yardbirds, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, Yes, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, and Genesis. Reader Matt M recorded the interview portions of the show and made it available online on YouTube.

Neil Peart kit aerial shot - John ArrowsmithJust like they did last year, the official Rush tour photo gallery website at photos.rush.com is once again offering customizable, 4x8 Rush Christmas cards from now through the Holidays. Simply go to photos.rush.com, choose a photo and click on the Buy link for it - then choose the Create a Card option. You'll then be able to customize your card with the photos available on the site along with a personal message. There are dozens of different holiday templates to choose from. And due to popular demand, John Arrowsmith's aerial photo of Neil's drum kit is now available on the site for purchase at this location.

Rush released their long-awaited remix/remaster of Vapor Trails back on September 30th. Paul Semel gave the CD an 8/10 in his review of the CD which you can check out online here. 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.

The 13th annual RushCon Rush fan convention took place this past summer in Toronto. The folks at RushCon posted a great recap of this year's convention yesterday at RushCon.org, including commentary and a bunch of fantastic photos. Check it out here.

Hockey AnthemsA new compilation album called Hockey Anthems was released this past week in Canada (thanks RushFanForever). It's a 2-disc set of well-known tracks associated with hockey. The 1st disc is titled 1st Period: The Legends and features all the classic hockey songs that fans know and love including Rush's The Spirit of Radio, and Neil Peart's interpretation of the iconic Hockey Night in Canada theme as heard and seen on TSN. The 2nd disc is titled 2nd Period: The Rookies and features newer songs from a stellar cast of current artists.

Drummer Greg Critchley once played drums for the house band at Alex Lifeson's Toronto club The Orbit Room. He now resides in Hilton Head and was recently interviewed by the Hilton Head Monthly:

... Greg was selected to join the house band at the Orbit Room in Toronto, where he partnered with hall of fame guitarist Alex Lifeson of Rush. ... A favorite stage memory is captured in photograph in his office of him playing the drums with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush. "You've got to understand that growing up in Toronto and being a kid who played drums, all I dreamed about was one day being good enough to sit in and play with Neil Peart," Critchley said. "I was fascinated by him as a kid." In high school Critchley's parents allowed Greg and his older brother Rob to transform their basement into a practice studio where the band played nearly every day. "We played so much that we actually got pretty good," Critchley said. He shared a story of the band learning to play Rush songs, and then inviting Neil's younger sister over to the house to watch them play. "I don't know if Neil ever knew that or not. If so, he never said anything and I've never asked him." "It went further than him being a great drummer. We were both from Niagara and my mom was his teacher in school. There was that sense that if he came from there and made it that maybe I could too." Gesturing again toward the photograph of playing Neil Peart's drum set, Greg said, "When I finally had the chance to play with him I was so excited I didn't sleep for three days." ...

The Sun Sentinel published a story earlier this week on the 25th anniversary of the closing of iconic South Florida arena the Hollywood Sportatorium. The article mentions a story involving a Rush gig at the arena back in 1981 (thanks Sean):

... One show his friends saw but he didn't was the Rush concert on Nov. 28, 1981, when, after the Sportatorium failed to open on time, the Canadian trio's fans went berserk. "The Rush incident is probably the most famous of all Sportatorium moments, the riot," Landa says. "Apparently, [Rush drummer] Neil Peart was late because he was watching a baseball game. They wouldn't open the doors, so people were jumping over the walls." By the time it was over, Hollywood police reportedly had tear-gassed the crowd, the concertgoers had returned fire with rocks and bottles, and 11 officers had been injured. ...

The Hollywood Sportatorium Wikipedia page makes reference to this incident, but doesn't specify the exact reason Neil was late. From other accounts regarding it, Neil was on vacation in the Bahamas and missed a connecting flight.

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah kicked off this past week and to celebrate, VH1 posted their list of 20 Headbanging Hebrews, one of whom is Geddy Lee:

Though he is not religious per se, Lee's spoken about the importance of his Jewish heritage and is the child of Polish concentration camp survivors.

Jammit!Jammit! has added La Villa Strangiato to the long list of Rush tracks already available for the Jammit! app which includes nearly the entire Moving Pictures album, Closer to the Heart, 2112, and Headlong Flight. For more information and to listen to some demo tracks, visit the Rush page at the Jammit website. The Jammit app is available for both the iPhone and iPad, as well as for Mac and PC.

Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki was recently interviewed for a feature on the Universal Audio website to talk about the UA hardware he uses (thanks Paul V). He also talks a little about working with Rush, and there's a quote from Alex Lifeson included in the article:

"Rich and I both have a long history of using UA gear, and we continue to share our many analog units with each other. In the studio, Rich's knowledge of the ins and outs of analog devices is deep and very creative. Using UAD plug-ins has made any transition from demo to the final stages much more convenient. Not only am I able to provide a clearer presentation of the sounds that I might have in mind, it also saves a great deal of time." - Alex Lifeson

A new digital music magazine called Loudnezz was recently launched, and the inaugural issue contains a few items of interest to Rush fans. There's a review of the new Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 box set, and Rush's Clockwork Angels is included in the magazine's Top Ten Progressive Rock Concept Albums article. Author Rob Mallory has the following to say regarding the album:

... There are moments I take away a clear "Signals" era vibe, and others where the band is treading completely on new territory. Quite impressive for a band that have been in the game as long as Rush have. ...

Rush's Counterparts was included in Ultimate Classic Rock's list of the Top 10 Albums of 1993 (thanks ou812112). It came in at #10 and here's what they had to say:

Music had undergone some rather radical changes in the time between Rush's 1991 album 'Roll the Bones' and 1993's 'Counterparts.' The earlier record was released just as grunge was in its pop-chart infancy -- Nirvana's landmark 'Nevermind' album was released just weeks after 'Roll the Bones.' 'Counterparts,' on the other hand, hit shelves in the middle of grunge's heyday. Whether directly or indirectly inspired by the music emerging from the Pacific Northwest, Rush delivered one of the most straightforward rock albums of their career.

Here's Alex Lifeson's MusicRadar.com interview from earlier this morning:

That's it for this Black Friday edition of the Friday Rush updates. Safe travels and have a great weekend everybody!

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Alex Lifeson talks Clockwork Angels Tour in new MusicRadar.com video interview
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Alex Lifeson recently sat down with MusicRadar.com for a 5-minute interview to discuss Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour release. You can watch the entire interview below or on YouTube at this location (thanks snowdog2113). Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray was released last week on Tuesday and the video has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Video charts, with the CD debuting at #33 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart! You can order your copy at this location (DVD, Blu-ray, CD).

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Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour video debuts at #1 on Billboard Video Chart, #33 on Billboard 200 Album Chart
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Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray was released last week on Tuesday and the video has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Video charts, with the CD debuting at #33 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart! You can order your copy of Clockwork Angels Tour at this location (DVD, Blu-ray, CD).

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Geddy Lee's appearance on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl now online
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Classic VinylGeddy Lee was the guest on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl earlier this week for a special Thanksgiving interview special titled Classic Vinyl Influences with Geddy Lee. Geddy Lee remembers 10 classic rock songs that were influential to him and his career as a bass guitarist. He plays tracks from the Yardbirds, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, Yes, Jethro Tull, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, and Genesis. Reader Matt M recorded the interview portions of the show and made it available online. You can listen to show below or on YouTube.

The show will be rebroadcast over the next few days. For a complete schedule check the Sirius XM website here.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Rush's Tom Sawyer featured on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike show
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ESPN Radio Mike and MikeOn this morning's edition of ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning, Jon Gruden was on the show for a regular segment where he weighs in on the latest NFL news. At the beginning of the segment they have a listener suggest a song for Gruden, which they call Gruden's Groove. This week's track was Rush's Tom Sawyer and when it begins playing Mike and Mike cheer and make reference to slappin' da bass (from the I Love You Man film) and then Gruden comes on to say, "I got a fathead of Geddy Lee in my office here". You can listen to the segment online at this location. Thanks to Asif K for the heads up.

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Customizable Rush Christmas cards again available at Rush.com
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Neil Peart kit aerial shot - John ArrowsmithJust like they did last year, the official Rush tour photo gallery website at photos.rush.com is once again offering customizable, 4x8 Rush Christmas cards from now through the Holidays. Simply go to photos.rush.com, choose a photo and click on the Buy link for it - then choose the Create a Card option. You'll then be able to customize your card with the photos available on the site along with a personal message. There are dozens of different holiday templates to choose from. And due to popular demand, John Arrowsmith's aerial photo of Neil's drum kit is now available on the site for purchase at this location.

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Geddy Lee on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl
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Classic VinylGeddy Lee is the guest on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl this morning for a special Thanksgiving interview special titled Classic Vinyl Influences with Geddy Lee. From the Classic Vinyl website:

Classic Vinyl gives thanks for decades of complex thought-provoking-progressive rock from Canada's Geddy Lee. Hear Rush's lead singer and bass player remember 10 of the artists that were influential to him early in his Hall of Fame Career

The show was originally scheduled to air tomorrow, but apparently it was moved up and will instead premiere right now at 9AM. If you miss it, they'll be rebroadcasting it a few times over the next week or so. Check the Sirius XM website for a full schedule including rebroadcasts.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Rush video director David Davidian wins Parnelli Award for his work on Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour
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Rush video director David DavidianVideo director David Davidian has won Video Director of the Year for his work on Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour video in the 2013 Parnelli Awards in Las Vegas this past weekend. The Parnelli Awards is the premier awards show for the live event industry. Davidian has worked with Rush since 2002's Vapor Trails Tour. Here's a great Canadian Music Scene interview with him from the Time Machine Tour. Thanks to Greg Nosek for the heads up. Congratulations David!

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Alex Lifeson to appear on the Prog Magazine Show tomorrow
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UPDATE - 11/29@9:10AM: The interview is also now available on SoundCloud too!

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UPDATE - 11/25@10:42AM: Alex's interview from yesterday is now available for listening online here. The interview occurs in the 2nd half of the show starting at about the 1-hour, 13-minute (73-minute) mark.

Prog Magazine ShowI'd mentioned briefly in my post announcing Alex Lifeson's Spirit of Prog award last week that Alex would be a guest on the Prog Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio with Philip Wilding tomorrow. Prog Magazine has released a few more details about the appearance on their website here:

Alex was in London recently where he was honoured with the Spirit Of Prog award at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour. Prog Show presenter Philip Wilding attended the ceremony with Lifeson, all of them sat at a table with Sir Richard Of Wakeman. We can only imagine how dull that would be... Tune in at 6pm on Sunday at www.teamrockradio.com (and on DAB and the radioplayer app) to hear music from Rush (of course), Mike Oldfield, Jonathan Wilson, Withem, As Gods, Wolf People and more.

Note that the show will stream online at teamrockradio.com at 6PM - 1PM EST. Alex will also be a guest on Planet Rock's One Man And His Prog show with Darren Redick tomorrow at midnight (7PM EST).

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New Alex Lifeson interview with the Dallas Morning News
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Alex Lifeson sat down with Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Morning News for a short interview in the lead up to the band's Clockwork Angels Tour release earlier this week. Besides talking about the band's new live release - which was recorded at Rush's Dallas show last year, Alex reminisces about Rush's first show in Dallas back on October 17, 1974 at the Travis Street Electric Company:

... I remember having such a great show in Dallas that night," says Lifeson. "We were playing a lot of our bar set - stuff we put together very quickly with Neil off the first show. We played 'Bad Boy,' the Beatles song. We were out with Uriah Heep, Rory Gallagher, Nazareth, relegated to a 20-minute, half-hour sets. So we would pick up these club dates where we would play for a couple of hours, and that was a really exciting night, because nobody knew who we were, and we won the crowd over that night. The place was just roaring by the end of it, and we all just thought, 'Texas is awesome!'" ...

You can read the entire interview online at this location.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray released earlier this week on Tuesday in North America, along with a one-night theatrical premiere this past Monday. The 2-hour, 25-minute theatrical cut of the film consisted of concert footage of the 2nd set only along with the Can't Stop Thinking Big tour documentary, at the end of which is a short interview with the gnomes which includes a playful jab at the comments/commenters on rushisaband.com! The film will also be getting a television premiere on VH1 Classic next Sunday, December 1st from 9-11:30PM. Given that commercials will be shown throughout the broadcast, the television cut will likely just consist of the 2nd set concert footage that was shown in theaters and not include the documentary. Eric over at Power Windows has transcribed the liner notes from both the CD and video and made them available online here, and John at Cygnus-X1.net has scanned the CD/DVD booklet and made it available here. The Power Windows site has also added Clockwork Angels Tour artwork to the desktop wallpaper page. You can see the official trailer for the film here and order your copy at this location (DVD, Blu-ray, CD). For those of you looking to pick up the DVD/Blu-ray in person, Best Buy is running a t-shirt giveaway with every purchase; details here. Rush is also offering a limited edition deluxe package exclusively available at the Rush Backstage Club for $99.99. Clockwork Angels Tour is also available for digital purchase on iTunes, and is also available on Spotify and other online streaming services. Several videos from the DVD are available for viewing on YouTube including Subdivisions, Red Sector A, Middletown Dreams and The Garden. Some reviews of the release are starting to come out including this one from Jeff Miers of The Buffalo News who gives it 4 stars. There's also this great review from PopDose (thanks whdupree). Prog magazine in the UK is giving away a copy of the CD, DVD and Blu-ray along with a Geddy Lee Signature Squier Bass. For all the details and to enter just go to this link. For my next poll I'm asking everyone what aspects of the DVD/Blu-ray they like. Please take the poll and let us know.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have been hitting the interview circuit over the last couple of weeks promoting the Clockwork Angels Tour release. Geddy spoke with VH1 last week to break down 8 tracks from it in this 14-minute video interview and he also chatted with Radio.com for a video interview which you can check out on YouTube here. Alex did a few radio interviews over in the UK including one with BBC WM and another with Planet Rock. Billboard also posted a great interview with Alex last Friday where, in addition to discussing the live release, Alex talks about Rush's plan to take a year off:

... "We've committed to taking about a year off," ... "We all agreed when we finished this ('Clockwork Angels') tour (in early August) we were going to take this time off and we weren't going to talk about band stuff or make any plans. We committed to a year, so that's going to take us through to the end of next summer, for sure. That's the minimum. We haven't stopped or quit. Right now we're just relaxing. We're taking it easy and just enjoying our current employment." ... Lifeson acknowledges that he and ... Geddy ... "typically get a little bored, and so we enjoy writing and working together and I wouldn't doubt that some time in the new year we'll probably gravitate towards each other and start doing some writing. It's going to be interesting to see where we do go next. You know, the album is dying as a format. We're so used to it and we're so old school in that format, but will we get more mileage by doing a few new songs at a time, or do we do another album? It's hard to say what the future holds, and it's just changing so rapidly. It's always hard to speculate where you're going to go." ...

He also revealed who has his vote for the 2014 Rock Hall induction:

... "I put my votes in," says Lifeson, whose impromptu "blah, blah, blah" speech was a highlight of the 2012 induction ceremony. "Certainly with Deep Purple and Yes and Nirvana, I think they're all candidates, and I think Kiss deserves to be in there, too. We have lots of great memories of working together with them, and I think they've been influential and worked for a very long time and worked very hard. I think for all the indifference we had before, actually going through it and feeling the love in the room and the sense of community we felt with all the other musicians that are in there, it's a good thing provided it's inclusive and it's broad." ...

Darren Redick and Alex LifesonAlex will also be a guest on Planet Rock's One Man And His Prog show with Darren Redick this coming Sunday at midnight (7PM EST). Over the course of the 1-hour show Darren talks with Alex about a number of subjects including the Clockwork Angels Tour release. He also has Alex choose some deep Rush tracks to play including Natural Science, Losing It and Finding My Way, with Alex providing some stories and commentary with each one. The show can be heard at PlanetRock.com on Sunday, November 25th at midnight (7PM EST) and again on Thursday, November 28th at 9PM (4PM EST). Alex recorded the show while he was in London for the Classic Rock Awards last week. Alex will also be Philip Wilding's guest on the Prog Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio this coming Sunday. And Geddy Lee will be a guest on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl this coming Thursday, November 28th from 3-4PM for a special Thanksgiving interview special titled Classic Vinyl Influences with Geddy Lee.

Rush announced last month that they will be partnering with independent retail outlets to sell an exclusive 10" picture disc single of The Garden for a Record Store Day sponsored Black Friday event on November 29th. The disc will feature artwork from the animated screen projections shown during the song's performance on the Clockwork Angels tour and will include both the studio version of the song and the live version from the Clockwork Angels Tour live release. The complete video of Rush's performance of The Garden from the Clockwork Angels Tour video can be seen on YouTube.

Yesterday Clockwork Angels: The Novel author Kevin J. Anderson announced plans for a graphic novel version of the book he co-wrote with Neil Peart. BOOM! Studios will be releasing the graphic novel in six issues, scripted by Anderson, beginning next April to coincide with the paperback release of the novel from ECW Press.

This past July the Canada Post officially released a Canadian Recording Artist stamp series featuring Rush and other Canadian artists. Earlier this week the sale of a special, limited edition, signed day-of-issue cover for the Rush stamp was announced via this press release. All proceeds of the sale will go to support Toronto's First Post Office. Only 10 of these special envelopes are in existence and each is signed by all three members of the band. Each is printed on 100% cotton paper and shows an early-era photo of the band with the starman logo as a watermark. They are numbered out of ten and come with a certificate of authenticity signed by both the band's management and the museum's curator. The text on the back celebrates Rush's Rock Hall induction and reads as follows:

On April 18, 2013, the Canadian band Rush was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. To celebrate that event, and to coincide with the release of a Rush stamp by Canada Post on July 19, 2013, Toronto's First Post Office has created a limited number of these commemorative covers. Toronto's First Post Office is a National Historic Site and museum operated by the Town of York Historical Society.

The covers were made available for $500 each but are unfortunately already sold out.

Rush released their long-awaited remix/remaster of Vapor Trails back on September 30th and the album debuted on the US Billboard 200 album charts at #35. After dropping to #137 the following week it has since fell off the charts. Jacobus Raj at The Star Online posted a short review of the remix this past week which you can check out here, and there's also this PopMatters review from a couple of weeks ago. 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. Speaking of which, Ireland's RTE Ten is running a contest where they are giving away one of these box sets. For details and how to enter just go here.

Yahoo! Music posted a list of the 5 Greatest Drum Solos According to Animal of the Muppets and coming in at #2 was Neil Peart's YYZ solo (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). And along those same lines (except involving a real person rather than a muppet), MusicRadar.com posted an interview with Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner earlier this week where Bittner chooses his 12 Essential Drum Albums. Rush's Exit ... Stage Left made his list and here's what he had to say about it:

"The reason why I picked Exit... Stage Left is because it's impossible to pick just one Rush studio album. Rush are my favorite band, and Neil Peart is my favorite drummer. I can't possibly sum up the band in one record, but I can say that Exit... Stage Left epitomizes a period in time when Neil was most influential in my life.

"When I was a freshman and sophomore in high school, I would come home every day and play along to this record - at least to the best of my ability. I set up drums up so they were just like Neil's, having everything as exact as I could - the same everything. It was that important to me.

"I could go on about how awesome the record is. The drum solo is still one of my favorites ever - ever. It's definitely my favorite Neil Peart solo. The actual drum sound on the record is amazing, too, which is saying something because sometimes the sound on live records can be lacking.

"OK, if I had to pick a favorite studio album of Rush's, it would be Moving Pictures. That's a brilliant album all the way around. The Permanent Waves/Moving Pictures period is my favorite Rush time."

Noisey posted an article earlier this week titled More Instruments Than People: Live Setups of Success And Excess where Rush was one of the artists featured. Here's some of what they had to say:

Like the salmon painstakingly vaulting towards procreation choose to swim against the stream, Rush write prog songs about Tom Sawyer and nerdy instrumentals based on the Morse Code interpretation of Toronto's airport code (Y.Y.Z.). And even though they're the biggest band in Canadian history-outselling parochial acts like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones-Rush eschew the gear bounty they're surely entitled to. ...

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley - KISS Kruise 3The 3rd KISS Kruise took place a few weeks ago and at one point the whole band sat down for a Q&A session. KISS frontman Gene Simmons spoke about touring with Rush in the early days of the band and tells one particular story about when the two bands were sharing a bill at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco with the Tubes, who were managed by venue owner Bill Graham. While the venue not surprisingly treated the Tubes very well, giving them an assortment of food and snacks, Rush was roundly ignored. KISS stepped in and Simmons told the promoter, "You're going to feed these guys or we're not getting up on stage... Everybody got fed". Simmons then goes on to speak kindly of Rush and even does a humorous Rush impression. You can watch Gene tell the story below or on YouTube at this location:

Today is the 8th anniversary of the release of Rush's 30th anniversary live DVD R30, and yesterday was the 24th anniversary of the release of Rush's 13th studio album - 1989's Presto. That's all for this week. Have a great weekend everyone!!

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Geddy Lee to appear on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl
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UPDATE - 11/27@9:08AM: NOTE: The show was originally schedule to air tomorrow, but apparently it was moved up and will instead premiere right now at 9AM.

Classic VinylGeddy Lee will be a guest on Sirius XM's Classic Vinyl this coming Thursday, November 28th for a special Thanksgiving interview special titled Classic Vinyl Influences with Geddy Lee. From the Classic Vinyl website:

Classic Vinyl gives thanks for decades of complex thought-provoking-progressive rock from Canada's Geddy Lee. Hear Rush's lead singer and bass player remember 10 of the artists that were influential to him early in his Hall of Fame Career

The show premieres on Thursday from 3-4PM on Sirius XM. Check the Sirius XM website for a full schedule including rebroadcasts. Thanks to Ellen for the heads up.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel from Kevin J. Anderson coming April 2014
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Clockwork Angels: The Novel author Kevin J. Anderson announced plans for a graphic novel version of the book via his blog earlier today:

... BOOM! Studios, one of the largest comics publishers in the US, will be releasing CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Graphic Novel in six beautiful issues, scripted by me, beginning next April, simultaneous with the trade paperback release of the novel from ECW.

Even before the novel was published, at San Diego Comic Con (July 2012) I talked about the idea with several of the comics publishers I had worked with. I received a lot of interest, but when I mentioned the project to Ross Ritchie, the owner and publisher of BOOM!, his response was so extraordinarily enthusiastic that I knew we had found the right home. I showed him color photocopies of Hugh Syme's artwork and gave him a black-and-white Advance Reading Copy of the novel. We were set.

Timing was the next challenge, allowing us the right amount of time to do a good job on the scripts and art, while not tripping over the Rush tour schedule or the novel release. But now I can finally spill the beans.

I completed the first script (written during my trip to Poland last week), and Neil and I have approved an artist suggested by BOOM! but we're awaiting specific samples and a "test page" before we can officially announce who it is. Throughout the text of the novel, I sprinkled numerous Easter Eggs from Rush lyrics, and we already plan to do a similar thing with *visual* Easter Eggs throughout the comic art. ...

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Gene Simmons talks Rush in KISS Kruise 3 Q&A session
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Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley - KISS Kruise 3The 3rd KISS Kruise took place a few weeks ago and at one point the whole band sat down for a Q&A session. KISS frontman Gene Simmons spoke about touring with Rush in the early days of the band and tells one particular story about when the two bands were sharing a bill at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco with the Tubes, who were managed by venue owner Bill Graham. While the venue not surprisingly treated the Tubes very well, giving them an assortment of food and snacks, Rush was roundly ignored. KISS stepped in and Simmons told the promoter, "You're going to feed these guys or we're not getting up on stage... Everybody got fed". Simmons then goes on to speak kindly of Rush and even does a humorous Rush impression. You can watch Gene tell the story below or on YouTube at this location (thanks John I. S.):

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Alex Lifeson to appear on Planet Rock's One Man And His Prog with Darren Redick on Sunday
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UPDATE - 11/22@1:33PM: Note that Alex will also be Philip Wilding's guest on the Prog Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio this coming Sunday at 6PM (1PM EST).

Darren Redick and Alex LifesonAlex Lifeson will be a guest on Planet Rock's One Man And His Prog show with Darren Redick this coming Sunday, November 25th at midnight (7PM EST). Over the course of the 1-hour show Darren talks with Alex about a number of subjects including the Clockwork Angels Tour release. He also has Alex choose some deep Rush tracks to play including Natural Science, Losing It and Finding My Way, with Alex providing some stories and commentary with each one. The show can be heard at PlanetRock.com on Sunday, November 25th at midnight (7PM EST) and again on Thursday, November 28th at 9PM (4PM EST). Alex recorded the show while he was in London for the Classic Rock Awards last week. While in the studio Alex also recorded a short interview with Redick which aired last week and can be heard online at this location.

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Clockwork Angels Tour concert film to get TV premiere on VH1 Classic Sunday, December 1st
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According to DirectTV's online schedule, Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour concert film will be getting its television premiere on VH1 Classic on Sunday, December 1st from 9PM to 11:30PM (thanks Chad). With the 2 and a half hour running time and taking into consideration commercials, my guess is that the television cut will be similar to the theatrical release but minus the documentary. So they will likely just be showing the 2nd set concert footage from the video. The Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray released earlier this week on Tuesday in North America, with a one-night theatrical premiere on Monday. You can see the official trailer for the film here and order your copy at this location (DVD, Blu-ray, CD). For those of you looking to pick up the DVD/Blu-ray in person, Best Buy is running a t-shirt giveaway with every purchase, and Rush is also offering a limited edition deluxe package exclusively available at the Rush Backstage Club for $99.99.

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New Alex Lifeson interview from the Classic Rock Awards
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UPDATE - 11/22@11:12AM: It looks like the video has been removed.

Alex Lifeson at the Classic Rock Awards1stockshop has posted a 2-minute video interview with Alex Lifeson from the red carpet of last week's Classic Rock Awards where Lifeson was presented with the Spirit of Prog award. Alex talks about the award, his co-presenter Brody Dalle, his future plans, and more. It's not exactly clear who's doing the interview but you can listen to it at this link (thanks RushFanForever). For complete coverage of the Classic Rock Awards check out this post.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rush stamp collectible available from Toronto's First Post Office
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Rush limited edition stamp collectibleThis past July the Canada Post officially released a Canadian Recording Artist stamp series featuring Rush and other Canadian artists. Today the sale of a special, limited edition, signed day-of-issue cover for the Rush stamp was announced via a press release, with all proceeds of the sale going to support Toronto's First Post Office. Only 10 of these special envelopes are in existence and each is signed by all three members of the band. Each is printed on 100% cotton paper and shows an early-era photo of the band with the starman logo as a watermark. They are numbered out of ten and come with a certificate of authenticity signed by both the band's management and the museum's curator. The text on the back celebrates Rush's Rock Hall induction and reads as follows:

On April 18, 2013, the Canadian band Rush was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. To celebrate that event, and to coincide with the release of a Rush stamp by Canada Post on July 19, 2013, Toronto's First Post Office has created a limited number of these commemorative covers. Toronto's First Post Office is a National Historic Site and museum operated by the Town of York Historical Society.

The covers are available for $500 each, with all proceeds going to support Toronto's First Post Office. If you are interested in purchasing one of the covers, contact the museums's curator/director Janet Walters ASAP at 416-865-1833 or via email at tfpo@total.net. Thanks to The B-Man for the heads up.

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Geddy Lee sporting a new, shorter haircut? Not!
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Not Geddy LeeUPDATE - 11/19@12:23PM: Stop the presses! The mystery seems to have been solved. It looks like the mystery man is not Geddy, but rock journalist Pete Makowski (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net for the keen eye). Looks like Halfin was having some fun at everyone's expense. Whew! Keep rockin' that long hair Geddy!

Back in the 1970s all three members of Rush sported long-hair past their shoulders as was the style of the time. But when the 1980s came around both Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart changed things up and cut their hair, trying several different hairstyles over the years before settling on fairly mundane, shorter haircuts in the '90s. Geddy Lee was the one holdout during this entire era. He trimmed his hair a little shorter in the '80s and tried a pony tail for a while, but has kept his hair at least shoulder length over the years. However, rock photographer Ross Halfin quietly posted a couple of photos from last week's Classic Rock Awards in London (where Alex Lifeson was awarded the Spirit of Prog award) over the last few days that seem to show Geddy Lee sporting a new, very short haircut. Halfin posted 2 photos to his online diary, one of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson and another of Geddy Lee with Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath (this is according to the captions on the photos in the diary entry). But he makes no mention of Geddy in the actual diary entry itself. It wasn't even clear or apparent from any of the photos or reports from the Classic Rock Awards that Geddy was even in attendance; there are no other images of Geddy from the ceremony or reports mentioning him. Perhaps nobody recognized him?! It's hard to even picture Geddy with short hair, so I'm having trouble even reconciling whether it's actually him in the photos or not. I'm not sure who else it could be though, and Halfin has photographed Geddy enough not to get him mixed up with anyone else. Is it Halfin just having some fun? You be the judge! Thanks to Cygnusx1991 for the heads up.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray/theatrical release open thread
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UPDATE - 11/21@12:13PM: Rounder Records has posted yet another track from the video to YouTube. Here's Subdivisions.

UPDATE - 11/21@9:31AM: John at Cygnus-X1.net has scanned the CD booklet and made it available online here.

UPDATE - 11/20@3:42PM: Note that Clockwork Angels Tour is also now available on Spotify.

UPDATE - 11/19@3:50PM: Eric over at Power Windows has transcribed the liner notes and made them available online here.

UPDATE - 11/19@11:15AM: With today's Clockwork Angels Tour release, there are several giveaways/contests going on across the interwebs. Prog magazine in the UK is giving away a copy of the CD, DVD and Blu-ray along with a Geddy Lee Signature Squier Bass. For all the details and to enter just go to this link. There are a few Twitter giveaways going on too including one from Regal Cinemas where they are giving away one of Neil Peart's drums, and another from Music Vault where they are giving away the DVD (just retweet to enter). A few more preview videos are popping up online too including this one of Neil Peart's Where's My Thing? drum solo at the Modern Drummer site.

UPDATE - 11/19@8:39AM: There's a lot of great feedback regarding the theatrical screening in the comments. Besides some issues with the sound at some theaters, most folks seemed to enjoy it despite the fact that they only showed the second set from the show along with about a half hour of interviews. And of course - the gnomes gave a great shout-out to RIAB towards the end!

Tomorrow is the official North American release date for Rush's highly-anticipated Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray; it released late last week in some parts of Europe and today is the official UK release. US and Canadian fans will get a chance for a sneak peek of the film tonight when a 2-hour and 25 minute cut of the concert video will be shown in theaters from coast-to-coast for a special, one night only screening. Fans can find theaters and buy tickets for the theatrical release at the Fathom Events website in the US, and at Cineplex.com in Canada. There's also a 30-second trailer for the theatrical release available on YouTube, another trailer on the Rush YouTube page, and the official movie poster. The band has released several previews of tracks from both the CD and video over the last few weeks. On Wednesday Pandora Premieres began streaming the complete audio from the CD which you can check out here, and Radio.com has videos of Red Sector A and Middletown dreams available on YouTube. There's also a 90-second preview clip of 2112 from the film available at this location, and the complete video of Rush's performance of The Garden can be seen on YouTube. This video of The Garden has also been getting some airplay on VH1 Classic's Rock Fest. Rush 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. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson hit the interview circuit this past week promoting the Clockwork Angels Tour release. Geddy spoke with VH1 earlier in the week to break down 8 tracks from it in this 14-minute video interview and he also chatted with Radio.com for a video interview which you can check out on YouTube here. Alex did a few radio interviews over in the UK including one with BBC WM and another with Planet Rock. Billboard also posted a great interview with Alex earlier today. The concert was filmed/recorded on November 28th of last year in Dallas, TX and the primary footage consists of this entire concert. As a bonus they also include 3 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. One of the special features to be included on the DVD/Blu-ray is a cartoon short parody of The Family Guy called The Family Goy, starring the voices of Geddy, Alex and Neil. You can check out a 1-minute preview of the cartoon on YouTube. You can see the official trailer for the film here and order your copy at this location (DVD, Blu-ray, CD). For those of you looking to pick up the DVD/Blu-ray in person, Best Buy is running a t-shirt giveaway with every purchase; details here (thanks Mark R). Rush is also offering a limited edition deluxe package exclusively available at the Rush Backstage Club for $99.99. If you already have a copy of the DVD/Blu-ray let us know what you think. For those going to the theatrical screening tonight, give us your thoughts/reviews in the comments. Rush on!!

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Alex Lifeson talks Clockwork Angels Tour, Rock Hall ballot, Rush's future and more in new Billboard interview
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Alex Lifeson was recently interviewed for Billboard magazine and talks about a number of subjects including the band's Clockwork Angels Tour concert film which gets a theatrical premiere tonight and releases on CD/DVD/Blu-ray tomorrow. Here's Alex on Rush's future plans:

... "We've committed to taking about a year off," ... "We all agreed when we finished this ('Clockwork Angels') tour (in early August) we were going to take this time off and we weren't going to talk about band stuff or make any plans. We committed to a year, so that's going to take us through to the end of next summer, for sure. That's the minimum. We haven't stopped or quit. Right now we're just relaxing. We're taking it easy and just enjoying our current employment." ... Lifeson acknowledges that he and ... Geddy ... "typically get a little bored, and so we enjoy writing and working together and I wouldn't doubt that some time in the new year we'll probably gravitate towards each other and start doing some writing. It's going to be interesting to see where we do go next. You know, the album is dying as a format. We're so used to it and we're so old school in that format, but will we get more mileage by doing a few new songs at a time, or do we do another album? It's hard to say what the future holds, and it's just changing so rapidly. It's always hard to speculate where you're going to go." ...

Alex also reveals who has his vote for the 2014 Rock Hall induction:

... "I put my votes in," says Lifeson, whose impromptu "blah, blah, blah" speech was a highlight of the 2012 induction ceremony. "Certainly with Deep Purple and Yes and Nirvana, I think they're all candidates, and I think Kiss deserves to be in there, too. We have lots of great memories of working together with them, and I think they've been influential and worked for a very long time and worked very hard. I think for all the indifference we had before, actually going through it and feeling the love in the room and the sense of community we felt with all the other musicians that are in there, it's a good thing provided it's inclusive and it's broad." ...

You can read the entire interview on Billboard.com here.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 11/16@1:19PM: Note that the Radio.com 6-song stream is no longer available. They instead now have on-demand versions of Red Sector A and Middletown Dreams available here.

This coming Tuesday, November 19th Rush will be releasing their highly-anticipated Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray. It has already released in parts of Europe and UK fans can get their hands on it on Monday. Indeed, reader rushfanben already has his copy and sent along some photos of the CD and DVD packaging (CD and DVD, CD set, DVD). The film will also be shown in theaters across North America the night before the release on Monday, November 18th. Fans can find theaters and buy tickets for the theatrical release at the Fathom Events website in the US, and at Cineplex.com in Canada. There's also a 30-second trailer for the theatrical release available on YouTube, another trailer on the Rush YouTube page, and the official movie poster. Rush is also offering a limited edition deluxe package exclusively available at the Rush Backstage Club for $99.99. On Wednesday Pandora Premieres began streaming the complete audio from the CD which you can check out here, and Radio.com began running a 24-hour preview of six of the tracks from the album yesterday. The six song preview was supposed to end at Noon today and be replaced by just 2 songs.(Middletown Dreams and Red Sector A) but as of this post the full, 6-song preview is still going on at this location.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have been hitting the interview circuit this past week promoting the Clockwork Angels Tour release. Geddy spoke with VH1 earlier in the week to break down 8 tracks from it in this 14-minute video interview and he also chatted with Radio.com for a video interview which you can check out on YouTube here. Alex did a few radio interviews over in the UK including one with BBC WM and another with Planet Rock. He will also be Philip Wilding's guest on the Prog Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio this coming Sunday. There's also a 90-second preview clip of 2112 from the film available at this location, and the complete video of Rush's performance of The Garden can be seen on YouTube. This video of The Garden has also been getting some airplay on VH1 Classic's Rock Fest (thanks Sean). Rush 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. As a bonus they also include 3 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. One of the special features to be included on the DVD/Blu-ray is a cartoon short parody of The Family Guy called The Family Goy, written by Seth MacFarlane and starring the voices of Geddy, Alex and Neil. You can check out a 1-minute preview of the cartoon on Funny or Die here. You can check out the official trailer for the film here and pre-order your copy at this location (DVD, Blu-ray, CD). Speaking of the Clockwork Angels Tour, the official Billboard Boxscore attendance and sales figures for the remaining 15 US shows not yet reported from the 2013 leg of the tour were FINALLY released this past week. There were no sellouts reported but attendance was still strong with around 85% capacity in most cases. The highest-grossing date on the tour so far remains the May 24th show at the O2 in London, and the most attended show so far is now the July 4th show in Milwaukee. The highest-grossing US date was the August 2nd show in Denver. Figures for most of the Canadian and European dates have yet to be reported. Note that the capacity figures reported do not always correspond to the actual physical capacity of the venue, but instead reflect the number of tickets that were made available for sale. You can check out all the numbers in the tour section.

Classic Rock Magazine's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour annual awards ceremony took place yesterday at the Roundhouse in London and Alex Lifeson was awarded the Spirit of Prog award. From Classic Rock's live coverage of the event, here's what Alex had to say when accepting the award from Rick Wakeman:

... many thanks to the wonderful folks at Classic Rock. I'm wondering if we got a sympathy vote because we're from Toronto. I got a call from the mayor saying he heard they were serving Krak-en here. He's going to be disappointed. ...

Alex also presented an award earlier in the evening with Brody Dalle. Rock photographer Ross Halfin was at the ceremony and got a great shot of Alex with Jimmy Page and Tony Iommi that he posted to his online diary:

... At the end of the night I got Alex Lifeson, Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page, then in walked Ozzy and Geezer so I got them all together - it made my night. Even Alex Lifeson said it was strange standing with two people whose songs he played as a teenager, and Pete Makowski made the final point to Alex and I that they all started as blues bands - Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Rush. ....

Here's a photo gallery of the awards ceremony which includes a nice one of Alex up at the podium accepting his award. The gallery also includes short interviews with all of the winners, including Alex, which you can listen to on SoundCloud.

Neil Peart at Bryce PointNeil Peart once again updated the news page on his website this past Friday. The November, 2013 entry is titled Angel's Landing and Neil describes what he's been doing with all his free time since Rush's Clockwork Angels tour ended this past summer, including driving his new Aston Martin Vanquish, going on some hiking trips and revisiting his Ghost Rider book. Neil sounds very happy to have some time off from working. You can check out the entire update online here. Speaking of Neil, Hudson Music Senior Drum Editor Joe Bergamini's full-color retrospective/transcription book companion to Neil Peart's third instructional DVD Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance has been nominated for Best Educational Book in this year's Modern Drummer Readers Poll. The book was released back in October of last year and contains musical transcriptions, historical writing, instructional text, and a beautiful collection of photographs. Just go to the Modern Drummer website to vote for the book between now and December 15th. You can preview the book and order a copy at this location.

Rush Marshall FridgeA couple of weeks ago we learned about a contest being run by New York City's Q104.3 in partnership with Rush 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. Since then we've learned that Rush is running this same promotion with several other partners too - including Guitar World, Planet Rock and Nights With Alice Cooper.

Noisy.com posted an article earlier this week called Bass Baddasses: 6 Heroes Every Bassist Should Look Up To and the first bassist profiled is of course Geddy Lee:

Let's start off with an easy one, shall we? Geddy Lee is a name you should have heard of before you even picked up a bass guitar. As the front man for the 80s power prog-rock gods Rush, Geddy is well known for his astonishing song writing talent, distinctive vocals, and incredible rhythm. Backed by two equally amazing musicians, Rush has run the gambit from classic rock to 80s synth pop and back again. Switching time signatures three or four times in one song, Geddy never losses a beat while singing and stopping to play keyboards all at the same time. Backed with his signature Fender Jazz bass, you know it's him when he takes the stage.

Eric at Power Windows posted this 3rd grade language studies test recently administered by teacher (and obvious Rush fan) Robert Baker at Leonard Lawrence Elementary School in Omaha, NE. All the questions pertain to Rush. It even includes a dig aimed at Steve Lillywhite who reneged on his agreement to produce Grace Under Pressure. Great stuff. :)

RollingStone.com posted the results of their latest Readers Poll to determine the 10 Greatest Canadian Rock Stars and Rush came in at #2:

Anyone who doesn't know Rush is Canadian can probably figure it out about four seconds into their 1981 video for "Limelight." It begins with a wolf running in front of a hopelessly remote house, practically lost in a mountain of snow. There don't appear to be any neighbors around for at least one hundred miles and inside, the Canadian trio is playing in front of a large window that looks out into the vast Canadian wilderness. ...

Former Air Guitar World Champion and star of a recent Dr. Pepper commercial - Nordic Thunder - recently made an appearance on the YouTube talk show Lil Bub and rips into a blazing air-guitar performance of Tom Sawyer. You can check it out online at this location at about the 3-minute mark. Thanks to LanceTheShred for the heads up.

Earlier this year we learned that Chromey - the 1974 chrome Slingerland drum kit once owned and played by Neil Peart - would be taking up residence at the Percussive Art's Society's Rhythm! Discovery Center museum as part of a new drum set exhibit called DRUMSet: Driving the Beat in American Music. It's taken a while to get the exhibit up and running and it's only just opened this past week just in time for the 2013 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) this weekend. Chromey is the centerpiece of the exhibit and sits alongside a Buddy Rich kit, a Gene Krupa kit, a John Bonham kit, a Ringo Star kit, and the kit used on Thriller. The museum is located at 110 West Washington Street in Indianapolis, IN. They are expecting big crowds and admission to the Rhythm! Discovery Center museum will be free for all PASIC badge holders this weekend only, although the exhibit will be open through 2015. Over the last several years Chromey has been making the rounds to music stores, Rush events, and trade shows to help raise money for charity. It was the first drum kits Neil used in the band, and it was played on his first four albums and five tours. Thanks to Tom B for the heads up and the photos.

Here's Radio.com's preview stream of the Clockwork Angels Tour concert video:

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

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Alex Lifeson talks Clockwork Angels Tour video in new Planet Rock interview
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Darren Redick and Alex LifesonWhile Alex Lifeson was in London to accept his Spirit of Prog award yesterday, he made an impromptu visit to the Planet Rock studios for a short interview with Darren Redick (thanks GedFan for the heads up). You can listen to the interview below or at this location:

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Alex Lifeson awarded the Spirit of Prog in the 2013 Classic Rock Awards
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UPDATE - 11/16@9:10AM: Here's another short, post-ceremony video interview with Alex (thanks RushFanForever):

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UPDATE - 11/15@11:13AM: Here's a photo gallery of the awards ceremony which includes a nice one of Alex up at the podium accepting his award. The gallery also includes short interviews with all of the winners, including Alex, which you can listen to below or on SoundCloud:

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UPDATE - 11/15@8:49AM: Here's a short Prog magazine article on Alex's award from last night. They mention that Alex Lifeson will be Philip Wilding's guest on the Prog Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio on Sunday.

UPDATE - 11/15@7:27AM: Rock photographer Ross Halfin was at the ceremony and got a great shot of Alex with Jimmy Page and Tony Iommi that he posted to his online diary (thanks superscience):

... At the end of the night I got Alex Lifeson, Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page, then in walked Ozzy and Geezer so I got them all together - it made my night. Even Alex Lifeson said it was strange standing with two people whose songs he played as a teenager, and Pete Makowski made the final point to Alex and I that they all started as blues bands - Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Rush. ....

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Classic Rock AwardsClassic Rock Magazine's Classic Rock Roll Of Honour annual awards ceremony took place today at the Roundhouse in London and Rush's Alex Lifeson was awarded the Spirit of Prog award. From Classic Rock's live coverage of the event:

... 2202: Fish says: "Prog used to have a bad name - you'd never let your daughter go out with a prog musician. Now you can hold your albums above your head with price. Wonderful! This is a self-proclaimed grumpy old man and I completely agree with that... he's an imperfect gentleman, which I find is the best kind. Mr Rick Wakeman!" The man himself comes up to announce...

2205: WINNER: Spirit Of Prog, sponsored by USM/UMC - Alex Lifeson of Rush

It seems that Rush documentary movie Beyond The Lighted Stage is the gift that keeps on giving for the Canadian band... after spending decades in the doldrums of uncool, they're suddenly talk of the town. Those who enjoyed the bonus scene of the three members having dinner may not have been surprised at how Lifeson behaved during his Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame acceptance speech -- although Geddy Lee and Neil Peart certainly were. Let's see how this goes...

Wakeman: "This is a man I truly admire. He formed the band in 1968. His wife came up with the band name shortly after they first made love. He was in hospital earlier this afternoon after misunderstanding he instructions on a Dyson ball cleaner..." He more or less admits he's trying to outdo Lifeson's Blah-blah routine. But he finishes: "This is very well deserved."

Lifeson: "many thanks to the wonderful folks at Classic Rock. I'm wondering if we got a sympathy vote because we're from Toronto. I got a call from the mayor saying he heard they were serving Krak-en here. He's going to be disappointed..." Well, you couldn't follow the Hall Of Fame, could you?

Fish recalls how Lifeson once walked all the way down a concert hall and mooned him. "You can't come back from that." ...

Alex also presented an award earlier in the evening with Brody Dalle:

... Alex Lifeson and Brody Dalle come up to present the next award. Fish describes their relationship as "an unlikely friendship" and they immediately argue like a married couple, before announcing ... WINNER: Musicians' Union Maestro - James Dean Bradfield, Manic Street Preachers...

While Alex was in London today for the ceremony he hit the radio interview circuit to help promote the band's upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour live release. He appeared on BBC WM's Paul Franks Show earlier today, and was also a guest on Planet Rock Radio (thanks GedFan).

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Alex Lifeson talks Clockwork Angels Tour video in new BBC interview
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Alex Lifeson appeared on BBC WM's Paul Franks Show today for a new interview where he discusses the band's upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour concert video. Alex chats by phone for about 10 minutes about the band's busy year including the upcoming concert film/album, the Rock Hall induction, the band's future plans (or lack thereof) and more. You can listen to the interview online at this location at about the 1:47:30 mark (thanks Eric at Power Windows). This coming 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 film will also be shown in theaters across North America on November 18th. Fans can find theaters and buy tickets for the theatrical release at the Fathom Events website in the US, and at Cineplex.com in Canada. Yesterday Pandora Premieres began streaming the complete audio from the CD which you can check out here, and Radio.com is running a preview of six of the tracks from the album which you can check out here.

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Rush Clockwork Angels Tour streaming video preview from Radio.com now available
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UPDATE - 11/16@1:19PM: Note that the Radio.com 6-song stream is no longer available. They instead now have on-demand versions of Red Sector A and Middletown Dreams available here.

As they announced earlier this week, Radio.com is hosting an exclusive streaming video preview of Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour concert video today and tomorrow. From Radio.com:

Rush is releasing Clockwork Angels Tour on CD, mp3, DVD and BluRay on November 19, but Radio.com is giving you a six song preview. Starting at noon EST on Thursday, November 14 and lasting for 24 hours, you can watch an exclusive live stream of the "Grand Designs," "Middletown Dreams," "Territories," "The Body Electric," "Red Sector A" and "The Wreckers." After that, starting at noon EST on Friday, November 15, we'll have "Middletown Dreams" and "Red Sector A" available on-demand, plus an exclusive interview with Geddy Lee from our Radio.com studios.

You can watch the video stream of the above-mentioned 6 tracks right now below or at Radio.com. You can also listen to a complete audio preview of the entire Clockwork Angels Tour CD on Pandora Premieres at this location.

This coming 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 film will also be shown in theaters across North America on November 18th. Fans can find theaters and buy tickets for the theatrical release at the Fathom Events website in the US, and at Cineplex.com in Canada.

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Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels Tour official US attendance and sales figures
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Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourThe official Billboard Boxscore attendance and sales figures for the remaining 15 US shows not yet reported from the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour were FINALLY released this week. There were no sellouts reported but attendance was still strong with around 85% capacity in most cases. The highest-grossing date on the tour so far remains the May 24th show at the O2 in London, and the most attended show so far is now the July 4th show in Milwaukee. The highest-grossing US date was the August 2nd show in Denver. Figures for most of the Canadian and European dates have yet to be reported. Note that the capacity figures reported do not always correspond to the actual physical capacity of the venue, but instead reflect the number of tickets that were made available for sale. I've already added the numbers to the tour section and have also listed them below.

Fri, April 26: BB&T Center - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Attendance / Capacity: 6,245 / 7,552
Gross Ticket Sales: $549,795

Fri, May 3: PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
Attendance / Capacity: 7,902 / 8,583
Gross Ticket Sales: $607,010

Sun, May 5: Farm Bureau Live - Virginia Beach, VA
Attendance / Capacity: 5,307 / 5,800
Gross Ticket Sales: $360,608

Tue, May 7: 1st Mariner Arena - Baltimore, MD
Attendance / Capacity: 6,570 / 12,848
Gross Ticket Sales: $539,231

Sat, May 11: Marc Etess Arena - Atlantic City, NJ
Attendance / Capacity: 4,500 / 4,823
Gross Ticket Sales: $566,630

Fri, June 21: Giant Center - Hershey, PA
Attendance / Capacity: 7,972 / 8,564
Gross Ticket Sales: $699,975

Sun, June 23: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY
Attendance / Capacity: 9,692 / 10,647
Gross Ticket Sales: $748,560

Tue, June 25: SPAC - Saratoga Springs, NY
Attendance / Capacity: 7,557 / 8,129
Gross Ticket Sales: $491,853

Fri, June 28: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL
Attendance / Capacity: 7,626 / 8,382
Gross Ticket Sales: $657,505

Tue, July 2: Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
Attendance / Capacity: 9,965 / 10,445
Gross Ticket Sales: $487,860

Thu, July 4: Marcus Amphitheater - Milwaukee, WI
Attendance / Capacity: 14,423 / 22,861
Gross Ticket Sales: $714,020

Sun, July 28: Sleep Country Amphitheater - Ridgefield, WA
Attendance / Capacity: 8,552 / 9,214
Gross Ticket Sales: $482,640

Wed, July 31: USANA Amphitheatre - West Valley City, UT
Attendance / Capacity: 11,216 / 11,637
Gross Ticket Sales: $626,706

Fri, August 2: Pepsi Center - Denver, CO
Attendance / Capacity: 10,409 / 11,266
Gross Ticket Sales: $816,641

Sun, August 4: Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO
Attendance / Capacity: 8,450 / 8,789
Gross Ticket Sales: $654,900

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pandora Premieres streaming the COMPLETE audio from Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour
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Pandora Premieres is currently streaming the complete audio from Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour CD. These are the full clips, not previews. You can listen to the album right now on Pandora at this location (thanks Alan S). Pandora Premieres will be running the preview through next Monday, November 18th. This coming 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 film will also be shown in theaters across North America on November 18th. Fans can find theaters and buy tickets for the theatrical release at the Fathom Events website in the US, and at Cineplex.com in Canada.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Geddy Lee talks baseball, Clockwork Angels Tour film in new interview
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UPDATE - 11/13@9:30AM: Here's the video of Geddy's interview on YouTube (thanks RushFanForever):

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As we reported yesterday, Radio.com will be hosting an exclusive streaming preview of Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour concert video this coming Thursday. They also sat down with Geddy for an interview where he speaks about the film, and a few other topics including baseball. A local Sacramento CBS station posted the interview earlier today and you can read some excerpts from it along with some video at this location. Next 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).

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour preview from Radio.com this Thursday
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UPDATE - 11/13@11:41AM: So much for this exclusive preview. Pandora has the whole thing streaming online here. Although it sounds like Radio.com will be posting previews of the actual videos too - not just audio.

UPDATE - 11/12@1:48PM: Reader joesaracer noticed that the Barnes and Noble website listing for the CD has 30-second sample clips posted for all the tracks.

Radio.com will be hosting an exclusive streaming preview of Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour concert video this coming Thursday. From Radio.com:

... for 24 hours starting at noon EST on Thursday (Nov. 14), we'll have six performances from the DVD available exclusively to stream on Radio.com.

The sold-out arena tour in support of 2012′s Clockwork Angels, Rush's 19th studio album, saw the Canadian rockers playing material not performed since the '80s, alongside a string section in many cases. For our exclusive preview, we'll show you footage of some of those rarely performed songs as well as two performances with the "Clockwork Angels String Ensemble."

The Radio.com exclusive performances will include: "Grand Designs," "Middletown Dreams" and "Territories" from 1985′s Power Windows; "The Body Electric" and "Red Sector A" from 1984′s Grace Under Pressure; and "The Wreckers" from Clockwork Angels.

For two weeks following our exclusive stream, two of the performances - of "Red Sector A" and "Middletown Dreams" - will be available to stream on-demand. ...

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Neil Peart and Joe Bergamini's Taking Center Stage book nominated in 2013 Modern Drummer Readers Poll
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Hudson Music Senior Drum Editor Joe Bergamini's full-color retrospective/transcription book companion to Neil Peart's third instructional DVD Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance has been nominated for Best Educational Book in this year's Modern Drummer Readers Poll. The book was released back in October of last year and contains musical transcriptions, historical writing, instructional text, and a beautiful collection of photographs. Just go to the Modern Drummer website to vote for the book between now and December 15th. You can preview the book and order a copy at this location. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

New Neil Peart news update at NeilPeart.net
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[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: November, 2013 - Angel's Landing]

Neil Peart at Bryce PointNeil Peart has once again updated the news page on his website. The November, 2013 entry is titled Angel's Landing and Neil describes what he's been doing with all his free time since Rush's Clockwork Angels tour ended this past summer, including driving his new Aston Martin Vanquish, going on some hiking trips and revisiting his Ghost Rider book. Neil sounds very happy to have some time off from working:

... this is a portrait of a happy man. And we do not use the word "happy" lightly. The attainment of where he is standing (Angels Landing) will be recounted soon, but the back story is important, too. The rock combo he had played in for thirty-nine years was on "indefinite hiatus," and his bandmates (the Guys at Work) had agreed not to even talk about work for at least a year. ...So for the first time in over a year, he wasn't counting down the days until his next departure. For the first time in ten years, he was free of work obligations and schedules, and for these few days, he was even free of family commitments. Some months ago his wife Carrie announced that she was planning a trip to Chicago and New York City with her mother and their daughter to visit friends of hers, and asked him to join them. When he thought about airports, luggage, hotels, and big cities, he said, "You know what? I've had enough of all that for a while. You girls go and have a good time. I'll stay home-maybe go on a roadtrip for a few days." ...

You can check out the entire update online here.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

VH1 posts Clockwork Angels Tour full 8-song audio preview and new Geddy Lee interview
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UPDATE - 11/8@5:45PM: As several folks have pointed out it looks like VH1 has pulled a fast one on us. Despite billing the preview clip as an exclusive album premiere of select tracks from the album, all but one of the 8 clips are either studio recordings or previously-released live recordings. The only one from the upcoming album seems to be the 2112 clip, which had already been posted a couple of weeks ago. Talk about bait and switch! Anyways, at least the interview is new.

VH1 sat down with Geddy Lee recently to talk about the band's upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour concert CD/DVD/Blu-ray. Geddy discusses and breaks down 8 tracks from the release in the 14-minute interview which you can check out below or at this location. They also include FULL audio previews of all 8 tracks discussed which you can listen to below or at this link. The 8 tracks previewed are Caravan, YYZ, Carnies, The Anarchist, The Wreckers, The Garden, The Spirit of Radio, and 2112. 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). Thanks to Paul L for the heads up.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Things have been fairly quiet in Rush-land over the past week as we await the upcoming theatrical release of the band's Clockwork Angels Tour concert film on November 18th and the CD/DVD/Blu-ray release the following day on November 19th. Fans can find theaters and buy tickets for the theatrical release at the Fathom Events website in the US, and at Cineplex.com in Canada. There's also a 30-second trailer for the theatrical release now available on YouTube, along with the official movie poster. 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. One of the special features to be included on the DVD/Blu-ray is a cartoon short parody of The Family Guy called The Family Goy, starring the voices of Geddy, Alex and Neil. Last week Rush posted a 1-minute preview of the cartoon to Funny or Die and you can check it out at this location or at the bottom of this post. There's also a 90-second preview clip of 2112 from the film available at this location, along with the full audio clip of the song available on SoundCloud, and the complete video of Rush's performance of The Garden can be seen on YouTube. Rush 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. Speaking of the tour, we had the attendance and sales figures for one more show from the 2013 Clockwork Angels Tour trickle in this past week; the band's June 30th show at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids grossed $612,081 with an attendance of 8,726/9,726.

Jacob Moon: FascinationCanadian folk musician Jacob Moon's new CD Fascination includes covers of Rush's Limelight and Subdivisions and is now available for purchase at Kapipal. The album also includes 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 you can hear the entire track on Soundcloud here. Jacob will be embarking on a short European tour in support of Marillion over the next couple of weeks, but then will return to North America for a CD Release show at the Oakville Centre in Oakville, ON on November 22nd. Every ticket to the show will get you a free CD. For all the latest on the album and tour, visit Jacob Moon's website or follow him on Facebook. 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. A slightly different arrangement of this cover of Subdivisions is also included on Fascination and can be heard online here.

Vertical Horizon Echoes from the UndergroundVertical Horizon's new album Echoes from the Underground officially released early last month and the album is available for order from Amazon and other retailers. Neil Peart plays drums on the tracks Instamatic and South For The Winter. You can check out a video of Neil Peart in the studio tracking Instamatic 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 Music Times and spoke about what it was like to work with Neil:

...'Neil Peart has been one of my best friends; he's like a brother to me. When I was getting ready to make this record, he said, "Save a couple for me." I knew "Instamatic" was the right song for him. It felt like something he could just knock out of the park. Then I purposely chose "South for the Winter" because it was almost the antithesis of what one would expect from Neil. You know he is far more sensitive to the songwriter than people give him credit for. It felt to me like we needed someone with his sort of gravitas to bring the album to a close. This was sort of the climactic moment as far as the journey was going to go, and it felt like it was safe in his hands. He's as good as everyone thinks he is and dreams he might be if he were working on their song. ... On the last record on Burning The Days, [Neil] was up in Canada working with Rush on Snakes and Arrows. I sent him the demos of the songs and just a click-track, and he would record different ideas and send them to me. A slightly different tactic happened this time where we were actually able to get together in a rehearsal studio and record his performances from a reactionary standpoint. We actually have footage of that online on our YouTube channel. These songs were really constructed in the moment with the two of us in the same room. Having said that, "Instamatic" is really his vision. ...

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

The Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual A Brush of Hope charity auction took place last week and Alex Lifeson along with dozens of other Canadian celebrities donated paintings to be auctioned off to raise money for the charity. Alex's painting for this year was a self portrait that ended up being sold for a whopping $7,600! Alex has participated in the auction a number of times over the last several years but had to skip last year due to the Clockwork Angels tour. You can check out the auction listing online here, and follow A Brush of Hope on Facebook for all the latest news and information on the project.

Back in June of 2010 we learned that Geddy Lee had optioned the film and TV rights to Dave Bidini's 2005 book Baseballissimo. Variety magazine then reported back in 2011 that development on the film was moving forward with Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot as co-writers. There hasn't been too much news regarding the film since then, but today the Hollywood Reporter announced that veteran director Jacob Tierney will direct the film with a script by Baruchel, David Miller producing and Geddy Lee and Bidini executive producing. Dave Bidini is a Canadian musician, author and founding member of the Rheostatics who is also good friends with Geddy. Canadian actor Jay Baruchel is best known for his starring roles in the films She's Out of My League, The Trotsky, and How to Train Your Dragon, but Rush fans probably best recognize him as the star of Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour intermission video The Appointment.

The season 2 premiere of The CW's The Carrie Diaries (Season 2, Episode 1 - Win Some, Lose Some) aired back on October 25th and the episode contains a brief Rush reference during one scene. The show is set in the mid-1980s and is a prequel to Sex and the City with the plot focusing on the highschool years of Carrie Bradshaw. At one point Carrie mentions that her friends are out at a bar without her and that the place is the place for rock and roll. They then show a series of photos of 70s/80s rock bands including a photo of Rush where Geddy and Alex are wielding their doublenecks (screenshot here). You can watch the complete episode online at the CW website here with the Rush reference coming in at about the 18-minute mark. Thanks to Greg N for the info and John at Cygnus-X1.net for the screenshot.

Reader Jon P recently visited a local pub in York, UK and spotted a YYZ dark ale on tap as shown here. Apparently it was one of the guest beers at a Wetherspoons (fomerly The Punchbowl) in York.

I don't know what quite to make of this music video from popular Czech punk band Tri Sestry, but the drummer is wearing a Rush Roll the Bones t-shirt. Thanks to Sean C for the heads up.

Oregon-based fine art photographer Lance Hardy recently unveiled his new Rush-themed art project as shown here. The exhibit consists of hi-res photographs of actual models with Rush-themed imagery projected onto their bodies, all very tastefully done and with a very interesting and beautiful result. There's no body paint or photoshop effects used; it's all done with staging and image projection. You can check out some images from the exhibit on Lance's Facebook page and read about the project on his personal blog here and here.

Here's the 1-minute preview clip of The Family Goy short cartoon parody from Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour DVD/Blu-ray:

Today is the 2nd anniversary of the release of Rush's Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland concert film, and this coming Sunday will mark the 15th anniversary of the release of Rush's 4th live album Different Stages. That's all for this week. Have a great weekend everybody!

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Preview of Rush's Family Goy parody from the Clockwork Angels Tour DVD/Blu-ray
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UPDATE - 11/30@8:59PM: One other note about this. It turns out this was NOT a Seth McFarlane creation. He had nothing to do with it actually; it was created and written by Rush and their production team.

One of the special features to be included on Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour DVD/Blu-ray is a cartoon short parody of The Family Guy called The Family Goy, and starring the voices of Geddy, Alex and Neil. Rush has posted a 1-minute preview of the cartoon to Funny or Die and you can check it out below or at this location (thanks Eric at Power Windows). 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).

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Jacob Tierney to direct Geddy Lee produced film based on Dave Bidini's Baseballissimo book
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Back in June of 2010 we learned that Geddy Lee had optioned the film and TV rights to Dave Bidini's 2005 book Baseballissimo. Variety magazine then reported back in 2011 that development on the film was moving forward with Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot as co-writers. There hasn't been too much news regarding the film since then, but today the Hollywood Reporter announced that veteran director Jacob Tierney will direct the film. From the article:

Good Neighbors' Jacob Tierney and Jay Baruchel are reteaming on Baseballissimo, a theatrical dramedy being shopped this week at AFM by A71 Productions and Gefilter Productions. Veteran director Tierney has signed on to helm the indie, penned by Baruchel and writing partner Jesse Chabot (Random Acts of Violence). Baruchel, who earlier starred in Tierney's The Trotsky and Good Neighbors, is also on board to play a key role in the Canada-Italy co-production that is based on the book of the same name by Dave Bidini. The screen adaptation portrays a young Canadian minor league baseball player bound for major league stardom until his attitude gets in the way and he finds himself in a coastal town in Italy under odd circumstances. The indie film marks the first time Tierney will direct a script by Baruchel, with David Miller producing and Geddy Lee and Bidini executive producing. ...

Dave Bidini is a Canadian musician, author and founding member of the Rheostatics who is also good friends with Geddy. Canadian actor Jay Baruchel is best known for his starring roles in the films She's Out of My League, The Trotsky, and How to Train Your Dragon, but Rush fans probably best recognize him as the star of Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour intermission video The Appointment.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Jacob Moon's new album Fascination featuring a cover of Rush's Limelight now available
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Jacob Moon: FascinationCanadian folk musician Jacob Moon's new CD Fascination includes covers of Rush's Limelight and Subdivisions and is now available for purchase at Kapipal. The album also includes 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 you can hear the entire track on Soundcloud here. Jacob will be embarking on a short European tour in support of Marillion over the next couple of weeks, but then will return to North America for a CD Release show at the Oakville Centre in Oakville, ON on November 22nd. Every ticket to the show will get you a free CD. For all the latest on the album and tour, visit Jacob Moon's website or follow him on Facebook. 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. A slightly different arrangement of this cover of Subdivisions is also included on Fascination and can be heard online here. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Rush-themed t-shirts from Danforth & Pape
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UPDATE - 11/7@5:54PM: Danforth & Pape owner Paul Tippett really appreciates all the interest and enthusiasm for his designs, but has asked that folks hold off on any further order requests for the time being as they try to catch up with the backlog. They are a very small shop and have been overwhelmed with orders over the past few days. They hope to have an official website for featuring their products and accepting orders up and running soon.

Danforth & Pape is a small, UK-based t-shirt company that began producing and selling clever, Rush-themed t-shirts earlier this year. Among the shirts they sell are a double-sided Le Studio shirt featuring a list of all the albums Rush recorded at the iconic studio on the back; a Blah Blah Blah design inspired by a t-shirt Geddy often wears on tour; a Gibson logo-inspired Lifeson shirt; and their latest design which is a double-sided t-shirt based on the Rocinante spaceship from Rush's Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage. The company currently is only selling the shirts via orders placed through their Facebook page, but are working on creating an external site to feature their products as well (see above update). To check out all the shirts they have to offer, just visit their Facebook page. Thanks to owner/designer Paul Tippett and John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Alex Lifeson's A Brush of Hope painting raises $7,600 for the Kidney Foundation
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The Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual A Brush of Hope charity auction took place last week and Alex Lifeson along with dozens of other Canadian celebrities donated paintings to be auctioned off to raise money for the charity. Alex's painting for this year was a self portrait that ended up being sold for a whopping $7,600! Alex has participated in the auction a number of times over the last several years but had to skip last year due to the Clockwork Angels tour. You can check out the auction listing online here, and follow A Brush of Hope on Facebook for all the latest news and information on the project.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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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). We learned earlier this week that 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. The film will be getting a theatrical release on November 18th and tickets are already available for purchase at a number of theaters, and via the Fathom Events website. The official press release for the event was only just released yesterday despite the fact that we've known about the release since tickets began appearing on Fandango a couple weeks ago. Rush also posted the official movie poster to their Facebook page. The Wall Street Journal posted a 90-second preview clip of 2112 from the film which you can check out at this location, and there's also the full audio clip of the song available on SoundCloud. A couple of weeks ago Rolling Stone posted video of Rush's performance of The Garden which you can check out at the Rolling Stone website, or on YouTube. Rush 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.

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 last Wednesday evening at Gallery 78 in Fredericton, NB, with the live eBay auction kicking off the following day. The online auction for Alex's painting is underway and will run through the weekend. You can see all the details and place your bid here where the bid for Alex's painting has now surpassed $5000! For all the latest news and information be sure to follow A Brush of Hope on Facebook.

Rush Marshall FridgeNew York City's Q104.3 is running a contest where one lucky Rush fan could win a prize pack which includes 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.

The Foo Fighters will be playing a show in Mexico City next month on December 13th and posted a humorous video promoting the show to their Facebook page yesterday titled Entregando Lo Bueno (Bringing the Goods). The video features all of the Foo Fighters individually at their homes receiving a hand-delivered letter informing them that they are headed to Mexico. The scene where drummer Taylor Hawkins is handed his letter shows Hawkins outside washing his Chevy van. The van has a mural depicting the words Chevy Metal along with a Rush starwoman as shown here. You can watch the video at this location with the Rush reference coming in at about the 20-second mark.

Andrew Olson recently sat down with drummer Mike Portnoy before a Winery Dogs show in Seattle for an interview that he posted to his Neil Peart fan site. In addition to chatting about The Winery Dogs, Dream Theater and drumming, Mike and Andy also talked a good bit about Rush and Neil Peart. Here were Mike's comments on Rush's long overdue Rock Hall induction earlier this year:

I think it's amazing. I actually sent Neil and Alex an email a couple days beforehand congratulating them. And what I said to them in that email was, "It's one small step for Rush, and one giant leap for music in general." And that's true. And Neil actually wrote me back a couple days before they went in, and he was being as gracious and as humble as he is. He was saying, "Oh, it's not about us. It's about just the recognition for music-and Progressive music in general." He was looking at it as a win for everybody that is in this genre, and not just them. And that's true. It was a huge step for this type of music to be recognized. And hopefully now, you know, maybe Yes will get in there, or Deep Purple-it's crazy that some of these bands aren't in. It's crazy that it took this long for Rush to get in. But, at the end of the day, to coin Neil's phrase, it was "One Little Victory."

Be sure to check out the entire interview online at this location.

Speaking of Dream Theater members past and present, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci mentions Rush and Alex Lifeson in a recent Ultimate Classic Rock interview where he discusses the band's new self-titled album. Dream Theater worked with Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki on the album, and Rich helped Petrucci mimic some of Alex's guitar sounds on the track The Looking Glass. Petrucci had mentioned this track as being a purposeful tip of the hat to Rush in a recent MusicRadar.com interview. Here's what Petrucci had to say in the Ultimate Classic Rock interview (thanks ou812112):

... Rush is one of the common denominators in our band as far as a band that everybody loves and grew up with and was a big influence. You know, Alex has this unbelievable gift for creating these big arena rock guitar riffs that are in a major key and somehow just get the audience pumped from the first note. Things like 'The Spirit of Radio' and 'Limelight' and you name it - it's a challenge to do that, because it's not easy and you want it to be original and unique and have that kind of conviction and power. ... I learned all of [Rush's] stuff, played with all of my friends. Everybody was in a band and everybody played. We knew every Rush song. [Laughs] ... 'Hemispheres' was probably the biggest for me, with 'La Villa Strangiato' and [the other songs on that album] - that to me is the ultimate sound and blending of prog rock with metal and dark sides and great guitar and bass fusions, conceptual lyrics and all of that stuff. It kind of has it all. ...

Reader Jonathan L let me know that over the recent Canadian Thanksgiving weekend Montreal classic rock station CHOM 97.7 played a countdown of the top 500 rock songs of all time as voted by the CHOM 97.7 staff. Several Rush songs made the cut with Tom Sawyer breaking into the top 20 at #19. Here's how all the Rush songs came in:

19. Tom Sawyer
74. Spirit of the Radio
115. Freewill
154. Subdivisions
195. The Trees
240. Fly by night
272. Closer to the heart
300. Red Barchetta
368. Distant Early Warning
405. La Villa Strangiato
429. Lakeside Park

This past Tuesday, October 29th was the 35th anniversary of the release of Rush's 6th studio album and progressive rock masterpiece, Hemispheres, which was released back in 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. Tuesday also marked the 28th anniversary of the 1985 release of Power Windows, and the 32nd anniversary of the 1981 release of Exit ... Stage Left.

Here's the preview of Rush's performance of 2112 from the upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour video:

That's all for this week. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween yesterday and enjoyed my annual RIAB Halloween theme. I have to thank the talented Eric at the Power Windows site for providing the Rush Starman pumpkin image. Several other readers provided some of the Halloween-themed Rush pics in the image rotator including Kurt K, hermy and lamb saag. Have a great weekend everybody!

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Rush starwoman reference in Foo Fighters' video promo of upcoming Mexico City show
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Foo Fighters in Mexico CityThe Foo Fighters will be playing a show in Mexico City next month on December 13th and posted a humorous video promoting the show to their Facebook page yesterday titled Entregando Lo Bueno (Bringing the Goods). The video features all of the Foo Fighters individually at their homes receiving a hand-delivered letter informing them that they are headed to Mexico. The scene where drummer Taylor Hawkins is handed his letter shows Hawkins outside washing his Chevy van. The van has a mural depicting the words Chevy Metal along with a Rush starwoman as shown here. You can watch the video below or at this location. The Rush reference comes in at about the 20-second mark. Thanks to LisaC for the heads up.

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