Archive: Blog Entries from December, 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Have a happy Rush New Year!!
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RushI hope everyone has a great New Year's celebration this evening as we say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014! As the year comes to a close, I'd just like to take some time out to thank all of the Rush fans who have visited my site over the past year and have helped me out by offering words of encouragement, contributing links, posting comments and sending along Rush-related news and information. A special thank you to everyone who has clicked on an ad, purchased products through my Amazon links or made a donation to the site. I wouldn't be able to keep the site up and running without your help. Thanks!!! 2013 was a monumental year for Rush with the band finally getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, embarking on a second leg of their highly successful Clockwork Angels tour and releasing an accompanying live video, and releasing their long-awaited remix of 2002's Vapor Trails. Despite the fact that 2014 will mark the 40th anniversary since the release of Rush's first album back in 1974, the band has indicated that they will not be embarking on any kind of R40 tour and will instead spend most of the year on a break from the band. That said, we've already learned that we'll at least be getting a re-issue of the debut album next year to mark the occasion, and hopefully the band will do something else special to celebrate. Assuming there won't be a tour or new album, how would you like to see the band celebrate its 40th anniversary? Take the poll and let us know. Happy Rush New Year!!!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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RushI hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas this past week and was able to spend some quality time with family and friends (and get lots of Rush swag under the tree!). Because of the Holidays there isn't much to report in the Rush news department for this last installment of the Friday Rush updates for 2013. Yesterday we learned that Rush will be releasing a re-issue of their debut album next year to celebrate the 40th anniversary since its release back in 1974, and earlier in the week the upcoming Clockwork Angels graphic novel became available for pre-order. Other than that things were pretty quiet.

Since the year 2013 is coming to a close, there have been a flurry of end-of-year, best-of lists released over the last few weeks. Rush's recently-released Clockwork Angels Tour made a few of these lists including Scott Ian's best of 2013 list at LoudWire.com (thanks ou812112). Q104.3 is running their Year that Rocked: 2013 poll and Clockwork Angels Tour is one of the options in the Best Classic Rock Movie category. Rush is also included in the Best Live Performance category. Be sure to place your vote for Rush at this location. On that note, now that Clockwork Angels Tour has been released for over a month now and most fans have had a chance to see it, I'd thought I'd ask everyone how they think it stacks up against all of Rush's other live releases. Take the poll and let us know. Reviews of Clockwork Angels Tour continue to trickle in including this one from blogger and Rush fan Dave Sokolowski.

WatchMojo.com posted their list of the Top 10 Rock Bassists (thanks Mark H) earlier this week and Rush's Geddy Lee topped the list at #1.

Photographer Deirdre O'Callaghan is putting together a new book called The Drum Thing. The planned book will contain collections of photographs and interviews with some of the drum world's biggest names including Neil Peart, who will also be writing the foreword. The Drum Thing Twitter feed posted a scanned excerpt of a quote from Neil Peart from the book earlier this week:

... When I pick up the sticks and settle my feet on the pedals, I have a couple of favourite rhythmic foundations that I fall into every day - repeating patterns (ostinatos) that are both comfortable and inspiring. I nearly always begin by improvising over a 3/4 "waltz" lilt, and gradually build intensity, then modulate through a couple of Latin rhythms I like. I often try out new ideas that - if they are successful - may well appear in my solo in that night's performance ...

O'Callaghan is appealing for funding to finish off the project through a Kickstarter campaign located here. In addition to helping to get the book into production, your pledge will get you some cool extras including launch invites, signed swag and more, depending on how much you contribute. For all the details, preview photos/videos and more, check out the Kickstarter campaign page.

Speaking of Neil Peart, he and his wife Carrie Nuttall attended Global Green USA's 10th annual Pre-Oscar Party this past February 20th at the Avalon Hollywood. A red carpet YouTube video interview with Neil from the event recently surfaced online and you can check it out below or at this link (thanks Sean). Neil talks for nearly 2 minutes about what he appreciates about the work Global Green USA is doing and what he does to be green in his own life.

2013 was a huge year for Rush with the band finally getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, embarking on a second leg of their highly successful Clockwork Angels tour and releasing an accompanying live video, and releasing their long-awaited remix of 2002's Vapor Trails. Despite the fact that 2014 will mark the 40th anniversary since the release of Rush's first album back in 1974, the band has indicated that they will not be embarking on any kind of R40 tour and will instead spend most of the year on a break from the band. That said, we've already learned that we'll at least be getting a re-issue of the debut album next year to mark the occasion, and hopefully the band will do something else special to celebrate. I hope everyone has a great weekend and a Happy New Year!

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Rush debut album 40th anniversary re-issue coming in 2014
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RushAccording to a Toronto Globe and Mail article posted yesterday, Rush will be releasing a re-issue of their 1974 debut album to celebrate the 40th anniversary since its release next year (thanks Rob B). The article cites an interview with Universal Music Canada's VP of catalog marketing Ivar Hamilton:

... Hamilton cites the Canadian hard-rock trio Rush as an example of active partners in the process, saying the band members are "very involved" in next year's 40th-anniversary reissue of the group's self-titled debut album. ...

No other details regarding the re-issue are currently available, but it will likely include a re-master of the album, new and expanded liner notes and hopefully some other goodies. More information as we learn it.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Rushmas!!
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Christmas 2512For all of those who celebrate the holiday - merry Christmas and happy Rushmas everyone! I hope Santa left everyone a bunch of cool Rush swag under the Christmas tree last night. My guess is that a lot of lucky Rush fans received the Clockwork Angels Tour concert video, Vapor Trails Remixed and/or the Atlantic-era box set. So what did Santa bring you? A couple of years back, Eric over at the Power Windows site put together this JibJab holiday greeting from the Rush elves. I liked it so much I thought I'd bring it back this year too. Happy Holidays everybody!!

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel now available for pre-order
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Clockwork Angels: The Graphic NovelWe learned last month that Boom! Studios would be releasing a graphic novel version of Kevin J. Anderson's Clockwork Angels novel in a series of 6 issues beginning next March. The first issue along with a complete 6-issue subscription are now available for pre-order at the Boom! Studios website (Issue #1 for $3.99, 6-issue Subscription for $29.99). The series will be scripted by Anderson with artwork by Nick Robles. Anderson posted an update on the project to his blog earlier today including some more info on Nobles and why they chose him:

... We were very pleased to see the samples from Nick Robles, best known for his work in the gaming industry, and we felt that his style had the right kind of flavor, a flair for color, sense of wonder, innocence, fabulous imagination. Neil and I both loved his work. And when Nick started sending a flood of concept sketches of the characters-Owen Hardy, Mr. Paquette, Lavinia, the Pedlar, the Watchmaker, the Anarchist-and steamliners, the pedlar's steampunk cart, we knew we had the right guy. AND he's a Rush fan, so what more could we ask for? ... Nick is thrilled to be working with BOOM! Studios on the Clockwork Angels project and is very humbled to be bumping shoulders with a professional comic company and the myriad of other big names on the team. In his own words, "I've never felt so gratefully overwhelmed with a project, and the faith put in me. I hope this is the start to a wonderful career, and I can't wait until the first book is finished and in print." ...

Related Posts:
[Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel from Kevin J. Anderson coming April 2014]
[Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart talk Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel in new USA Today article]

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy International Rush Day!
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International Rush DayToday is the 21st day of the 12th month - often written as 21/12 in many parts of the world. It's the Winter Solstice and the occasion has also become a sort of unofficial Rush holiday among fans over the years. Last year it was particularly significant and widely recognized because the year was also the 2112 pre-centennial, and even Rush themselves got in on the action. This year the festivities promise to be a bit more muted, but it's still always an occasion worth celebrating. What better excuse do you need to listen to Rush all day long, watch Rush DVDs, wear Rush paraphernalia, and otherwise celebrate Rush fandom? To make it especially significant, do something extra special at exactly 9:12PM this evening; 21:12 in military time. Happy International Rush Day!

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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12 Days of RushWith the approach of the Holidays, things have been pretty quiet on the Rush news front this past week. Rush has been running their 12 Days of Rush daily giveaway since last Friday and will continue to do so right up until Christmas next week. Speaking of which, there are only 5 more shopping days left! Rush has a lot of great swag available this year including the Clockwork Angels Tour concert video, Vapor Trails Remixed and the Atlantic-era box set. Check out all of the Rush merchandise available on Amazon here, and make sure all the Rush fans in your life (including yourself!) have all the Rush swag they need under the Christmas tree come next Wednesday. While keeping on the subject of the Holidays, Clockwork Angels Tour made the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's 2013 holiday gift guide for music lovers; and Ultimate Classic Rock's writers posted a list of what they want for Christmas from rock's greatest bands, including Rush. Ted Asregadoo wants the band to play Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres in its entirety, and Dave Swanson wants the band to knock out a blistering, straight to the gut hard rock album in the vein of their 1974 debut and their second offering Fly By Night. Speaking of Rush's debut, Loudwire.com included Working Man at #9 on their list of the Best Metal Riffs of the 1970s (thanks ou812112).

The band has been keeping a low profile since the release of Clockwork Angels Tour last month, but both Geddy and Alex took some time out last weekend to attend the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues U.S. premiere in New York City. The pair were spotted at an after party at Cipriani 42nd Street Sunday evening. Geddy was sporting a fake Ron Burgundy mustache-on-a-stick as seen in this Access Atlanta photo gallery, and Alex Lifeson and his wife can be seen in this Getty Images photo. Anchorman 2 released this past Wednesday, December 18th. One of the film's stars is actor Paul Rudd, who also starred in 2009's I Love You Man in which Rush appeared.

Speaking of new movies, in celebration of the recent release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, VH1 posted their list of 10 Classic Hard Rock Songs That Pay Homage To The Hobbit (thanks Sean) this past week. Both Rush's The Necromancer and Rivendell made the cut.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their inductees for the 2014 class earlier this week. Rush was of course inducted earlier this year as part of the 2013 class, so Rush fans finally didn't have anything to complain about. Fans of Yes and Deep Purple did though; both of these bands were snubbed this go-around despite a lot of popular support (both bands made the top 5 on the Rock Hall's fan ballot). Prog-rock pioneers Yes are one of Rush's biggest influences, and both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson indicated in recent interviews that they had voted for Yes on their 2014 inductee ballots along with Deep Purple (as former inductees Rush was eligible to vote). Yes bassist Chris Squire was interviewed for K-Earth 101 last week and was asked about the Rock Hall nomination. He mentioned that if Yes was chosen for induction he'd like to have Rush give the induction speech (a moot point now). Although Yes and Deep Purple didn't make the cut, Rush's long-snubbed, 70s-era tourmates KISS will be inducted along with Nirvana and Peter Gabriel. As early touring mates, Rush and KISS developed a deep friendship and respect for one another, despite playing very different styles of music. KISS frontman Gene Simmons was interviewed for Rolling Stone following the induction announcement. The interviewer mentioned how KISS helped Rush out early in their career by bringing them on tour with them, and how much credit Rush gave them for this:

Well, to take a Canadian band on their first tour in America was like, "Who?" But as soon as I heard "Working Man" and heard Geddy [Lee] sing. I was like, "What the hell? This is like a Canadian Led Zeppelin!"

Allan and DalePaul at the Canadian Music Scene recently sat down with Allan Weinrib and Dale Heslip of Fadoo Productions for an interview where the pair give the behind-the-scenes scoop on all of Rush's tour videos. Fadoo Productions are responsible for Rush's last several tour videos and Geddy's brother Allan is the Head of Production. If you ever wondered who played Koogle in the Time Machine Tour video, or where the name Harry Satchel came from, then you are in for a treat. Allan and Dale describe how they come up with all of the crazy ideas expressed in Rush's tour videos, how the band weighs in on the decisions, and what it takes to make these ideas a reality. The interview contains several hilarious anecdotes and a bunch of great behind-the-scenes photos. Be sure to check it out online here.

Rush monitor engineer Brent Carpenter posted a 1-hour and 18-minute tutorial video to educational website Lynda.com earlier this week. The instructional video is titled Live Sound Engineering Techniques: On Tour with Rush with Brent Carpenter. From the tutorial's description:

Follow along with Brent Carpenter on tour with Rush, as he demonstrates what it is like to be a live sound engineer for a major rock show. We shadow Brent and the Rush sound crew as they prepare for the Denver, Colorado, show on their Clockwork Angels tour, where the band is set to perform for 12,000 fans. After the gear is loaded into the venue, Brent explains how he and the crew set up the rigging, amp racks, and fly the speaker arrays to make sure well-balanced stereo sound reaches every seat in the arena. He also shows how he sets up his console to mix the onstage sound for Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart and configures the in-ear monitor system and balance of audience mics for each member of the band. Then we get to sit backstage with Brent and watch what he does during line check, sound check, and the actual show. After the fans file out, see how all the equipment comes back down and is packed away so the cycle can start all over in the next city. ...

The tutorial in split up into multiple sections, most of which require a Lynda.com membership to view. But the introduction and a select number of other sections are free to preview. You can check it out online here, and see one of the free preview videos on YouTube where Brent goes over miking Neil's kit here.

Rush and Philosophy: Heart and Mind United co-editor Durrell Bowman has a new Rush book in the works titled Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion which is slated for a 2014 release. Bowman has posted an outline of the book to his website here. Bowman is a musicologist who has written several essays on Rush and their music.

Speaking of books, in last week's Friday Rush updates post I'd mentioned that photographer Deirdre O'Callaghan is putting together a new book called The Drum Thing. The project announced Wednesday via Twitter that Neil Peart will be writing the foreword. The planned book will contain collections of photographs and interviews with some of the drum world's biggest names including Neil Peart. O'Callaghan is appealing for funding to finish off the project through a Kickstarter campaign located here. In addition to helping to get the book into production, your pledge will get you some cool extras including launch invites, signed swag and more, depending on how much you contribute. For all the details, preview photos/videos and more, check out the Kickstarter campaign page.

This past Friday motorcycle equipment company Aerostich sent out an email newsletter which includes some words from spokesman Neil Peart where he talks about being a satisfied customer of their original Transit jacket and pants. Their online store is currently offering 30% off these items, and you can check out all the details online here (thanks Power Windows).

Brad Birzer at Progarchy.com wrote a great retrospective piece on Rush's Power Windows album this past week titled Power Windows: Rush and Excellence against Conformity. And Rush's Counterparts made VH1 Music's list/gallery of Metal's 10 Biggest Grunge Makeovers.

It's that time of year again! Since tomorrow is the first day of Winter (and also International Rush Day), I thought we could all benefit from some winter advice from Geddy Lee!

That's all for this week. Have a merry Christmas, wonderful Winter Solstice and happy Rush Day everyone!!

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Canadian Music Scene interview with Allan Weinrib and Dale Heslip of Fadoo Productions
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[Allan Weinrib and Dale Heslip: Fadoo Productions - Toronto, Ontario]

Allan and DalePaul at the Canadian Music Scene recently sat down with Allan Weinrib and Dale Heslip of Fadoo Productions for an interview where the pair give the behind-the-scenes scoop on all of Rush's tour videos. Fadoo Productions are responsible for Rush's last several tour videos and Geddy's brother Allan is the Head of Production. If you ever wondered who played Koogle in the Time Machine Tour video, or where the name Harry Satchel came from, then you are in for a treat. Allan and Dale describe how they come up with all of the crazy ideas expressed in Rush's tour videos, how the band weighs in on the decisions, and what it takes to make these ideas a reality. The interview contains several hilarious anecdotes and a bunch of great behind-the-scenes photos. Be sure to check it out online here.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion coming in 2014
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Rush and Philosophy: Heart and Mind United co-editor Durrell Bowman has a new Rush book in the works titled Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion which is slated for a 2014 release. Bowman has posted an outline of the book to his website here. Bowman is a musicologist who has written several essays on Rush and their music. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Geddy Lee attends Anchorman 2 premiere in New York City
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UPDATE - 12/16@7:31PM: It looks like Alex Lifeson and his wife also attended the premiere as shown in this Getty Images photo (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

Geddy Lee spent some of his downtime from Rush by attending the Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues U.S. premiere in New York City this past weekend. Geddy was spotted at an after party at Cipriani 42nd Street yesterday sporting a fake Ron Burgundy mustache-on-a-stick. You can check out the dapper-looking Geddy in this Access Atlanta photo gallery (thanks mcon529). Anchorman 2 releases this coming Wednesday, December 18th.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Live sound engineering techniques with Rush monitor engineer Brent Carpenter
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UPDATE - 12/18@10:08AM: Here's one of the free sample videos that is posted on Lynda.com's YouTube channel. In this 6-minute video Brent goes over what's involved with miking Neil Peart's drumkit.

Rush monitor engineer Brent CarpenterRush monitor engineer Brent Carpenter posted a 1-hour and 18-minute tutorial video to educational website Lynda.com yesterday. The instructional video is titled Live Sound Engineering Techniques: On Tour with Rush with Brent Carpenter. From the tutorial's description:

Follow along with Brent Carpenter on tour with Rush, as he demonstrates what it is like to be a live sound engineer for a major rock show. We shadow Brent and the Rush sound crew as they prepare for the Denver, Colorado, show on their Clockwork Angels tour, where the band is set to perform for 12,000 fans. After the gear is loaded into the venue, Brent explains how he and the crew set up the rigging, amp racks, and fly the speaker arrays to make sure well-balanced stereo sound reaches every seat in the arena. He also shows how he sets up his console to mix the onstage sound for Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart and configures the in-ear monitor system and balance of audience mics for each member of the band. Then we get to sit backstage with Brent and watch what he does during line check, sound check, and the actual show. After the fans file out, see how all the equipment comes back down and is packed away so the cycle can start all over in the next city. ...

The tutorial in split up into multiple sections, most of which require a Lynda.com membership to view. But the introduction and a select number of other sections are free to preview. You can check it out online here. Thanks to William M for the heads up.

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Chris Squire wants Rush to induct Yes into the Rock Hall
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UPDATE - 12/17@5:00PM: There's a small Rush mention in this Rolling Stone interview with KISS frontman Gene Simmons where he discusses the band's induction. The interviewer mentions how Rush give KISS a lot of credit for bringing them to a bigger audience and Gene says:

Well, to take a Canadian band on their first tour in America was like, "Who?" But as soon as I heard "Working Man" and heard Geddy [Lee] sing. I was like, "What the hell? This is like a Canadian Led Zeppelin!"

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UPDATE - 12/17@10:34AM: The Rock Hall announced the inductees this morning and unfortunately both Yes and Deep Purple were excluded. However, KISS, Nirvana and Peter Gabriel will be inducted.

Chris Squire - YesThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is expected to announce their list of inductees for 2014 this coming week. Rush was of course inducted earlier this year, so Rush fans finally won't have anything to complain about when the inductees are revealed this time around. Rush's induction may have helped open the doors for other progressive rock acts as prog-rock pioneers and one of Rush's biggest influences - Yes - is one of the artists nominated this year. Yes bassist Chris Squire was recently interviewed for K-Earth 101 (thanks Pierre K) and was asked about the Rock Hall nomination and who he'd like to have give the induction speech if they were ultimately inducted:

I haven't given it much thought, maybe those Rush guys who got in last year! I'm pretty good friends with Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins (of the Foo Fighters) and they did a great speech for Rush... so probably not them, since they just did one. But if you know Geddy (Lee), let him know that that would be fine by me. I don't know how these things work, though, I don't know how much control we have, how much control the voting committee has, and of course we're still kind of wondering how many members of Yes would be inducted.

Other rock acts on this year's list of prospective inductees include Deep Purple, KISS and Nirvana. These acts along with Yes all have many connections to Rush. Deep Purple and Yes have all been cited by Rush as being huge influences on the band. As early touring mates, Rush and KISS developed a deep friendship and respect for each other, despite playing very different styles of music. Both Deep Purple and KISS have been on the ballot in the past but never chosen for induction. Nirvana only became eligible this year and will almost certainly be selected for induction. As Squire mentions in his interview, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl along with his Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins inducted Rush in last year's ceremony, and Rush are all huge fans of Grohl's work with both the Foo Fighters and Nirvana. As 2013 inductees, the members of Rush were eligible to vote for the 5 nominees that they think are most deserving of induction in 2014, and both Geddy and Alex have already mentioned having submitted their ballots and voted for these artists in recent interviews. For the 2nd year in a row, the Rock Hall posted an online poll where fans can choose their top 5 nominees; Rush won last year's poll with over one quarter of the vote. The top 5 winners of this poll will get counted as one fan ballot vote in the final tally and KISS, Nirvana, Deep Purple and Yes all made the cut. The Future Rock Legends website has made their predictions for the 2014 class as well, and Yes makes their list along with KISS and Nirvana, but they think that Deep Purple will likely get snubbed again.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray was released back on November 19th and 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, and 2 weekends ago it had its television premiere on VH1 Classic and Palladia. The TV version will be re-broadcast periodically over the next few weeks, so check your cable/satellite listings if you want to catch it. You can order your copy of Clockwork Angels Tour 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 available on Spotify and other online streaming services as well. The album made TMakWorld.com's list of the top 10 rock albums of 2013, coming in at #8 (thanks RushFanForever).

12 Days of RushRush announced yesterday that they'll running a 12 Days of Rush holiday promotion where they'll be giving away prizes each day from today on through Christmas. From the Rush.com newsletter:

Happy Holidays to all of our RUSH fans! We are getting in the holiday spirit and giving you 12 Days of Rush. Starting Friday December 13, we will be giving away a special RUSH prize each day until the 24th. What will be decking the halls? Check back on Rush.com, @rushtheband on Twitter or Rush on Facebook each day from December 13th to the 24th to see what new prize will be unveiled. Prizes may include a new RUSH DVD, a set of Bobblehead dolls or even something rare and collectible!

Since you're getting this email, you are already included in the list for the draw each day. However, we kindly ask you to update your info here so we can be better at sending area-specific emails to you for specific shows and events. Rush mailing list: http://www.rush.com/email/. Winners will be chosen at random. Please note, you only need to sign up once to be in the drawing each day. Good luck! ...

Back on Friday, November 29th Rush partnered with independent retail outlets to sell an exclusive 10" picture disc single of The Garden for a Record Store Day sponsored Black Friday event. 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. The disc sold very well and if you missed getting a copy for yourself, there are plenty available for sale on Amazon and other online sellers. Ultimate Classic Rock included the single on it's list of the top 10 songs of 2013, coming in at #3:

This intricate, impressively warm ballad from 2012's 'Clockwork Angels' was given new life this year as a Black Friday 10" single, which in our books (and by your demand) makes it eligible for this year's list. As you can see from the video below, it's also the perfect showcase for the real-life string section the trio brought along on its most recent tour.

Alex Lifeson sat down with MusicRadar.com last month for a multi-part video interview to discuss Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour release, among other topics. They posted part one of the interview where Alex discusses the Clockwork Angels Tour video back on November 29th, and posted part 2 of the interview earlier this week. In this second part of the interview Alex talks about his current guitar set-up and designing his Gibson signature. You can watch the entire 7-minute interview on YouTube at this location.

A few weeks ago Clockwork Angels: The Novel author Kevin J. Anderson announced plans via his blog for a graphic novel version of the book he co-wrote with Neil Peart. USA Today ran an article in Wednesday's edition containing some more details about the graphic novel including a sample of artist Nick Robles' character designs for the novel's young protagonist Owen Hardy, and some comments from both Anderson and Peart. The comic will be released as a six-issue Boom! Studios miniseries beginning next March. You can read the entire article online here.

Who the f**k is Arthur FogelCanadian concert promoter Arthur Fogel is the subject of the documentary Who the f**k is Arthur Fogel?, which released earlier this year. Fogel - a musician himself - is the President of Global Touring and Chairman of Global Music for Live Nation and is widely credited for revolutionizing the global concert touring industry with his hands-on approach. This Ron Chapman documentary features an in-depth interview with Fogel, as well as an appearance by Geddy Lee and many other artists including Bono, The Edge, Sting, Andy Summers, Madonna, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, and many more. It also includes many rarely seen concert performances including some footage of Rush. The film was screened at several Canadian film festivals earlier this year and will get its television premiere on EPIX next month on Wednesday, January 29th. You can check out the film's trailer at this location. The trailer doesn't include any interview footage with Geddy, but does contain some flashes of Rush in concert. Speaking of concert promoters, Rich Engler has published a new book titled Behind the Stage Door: A Promoter's Life Behind the Scenes. The book contains stories from Engler's career as a Pittsburgh-based concert promoter, and includes over 300 photos, posters, and admats from his personal collection. The book also includes a foreword by Rush's Alex Lifeson which you can check out here, and Engler also tells a story about one of Rush's 1975 Pittsburgh shows opening for KISS at the Stanly Theatre. For more information and details on how to purchase the book, visit Engler's website here.

An online campaign was kicked off earlier this week with the aim of convincing Google to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the March, 1974 release of Rush's debut album on Moon Records with a Google Doodle. Google periodically celebrates certain historic events by modifying the logo on their home page in some fashion to celebrate the given event. To let Google know that you support the idea and to share your ideas for the Doodle, just send them an email at proposals@google.com.

Reader Glen R recently saw Norwegian six piece heavy metal band Kvelertak in concert and noted that one of their guitarists (Bjarte Lund Rolland) was sporting a Rush t-shirt as shown in this photo.

Photographer Deirdre O'Callaghan is putting together a new book called The Drum Thing containing collections of photographs and interviews with some of the drum world's biggest names including Neil Peart. O'Callaghan is appealing for funding to finish off the project through a Kickstarter campaign located here. In addition to helping to get the book into production, your pledge will get you some cool extras including launch invites, signed swag and more, depending on how much you contribute. For all the details check out the Kickstarter campaign page.

A week ago Michael J. Nelson of MST3K fame tweeted out the following request:

Could someone make a supercut of every instance of "salesman" in Glengarry replaced with Geddy Lee' s from Spirit of the Radio? Thanks.

... and someone obliged him with this video (thanks NorthwestOfPegasus). The video even got the attention of UPROXX.

Cyril Neville is the youngest member of the Neville Brothers - the legendary first family of New Orleans R&B - and back on September 10th he released a solo album titled Magic Honey that includes a bluesey cover version of Rush's Working Man. Earlier this week he released an official video for the song which you can check out below or on YouTube here. Neville's son turned him on to the song and he's been closing out his live shows with it as he describes here:

... "My son Omari turned me on to that song," says Neville. "It wound up on my CD Magic Honey, and now we do it in the Royal Southern Brotherhood, closing out the show every night. We've been rocking houses from one end of Europe to the other with it." ...

You can order your copy of Magic Honey here. It's also available on iTunes as well, and you can purchase the Working Man track individually for download here.

That's all for this week. There's only 12 more shopping days until Christmas! Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

12 Days of RUSH: Daily Prizes Through December 24th!
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12 Days of RushRush is running a 12 Days of Rush holiday promotion where they'll be giving away prizes each day from December 13th on through Christmas. From the Rush.com newsletter:

Happy Holidays to all of our RUSH fans! We are getting in the holiday spirit and giving you 12 Days of Rush. Starting Friday December 13, we will be giving away a special RUSH prize each day until the 24th. What will be decking the halls? Check back on Rush.com, @rushtheband on Twitter or Rush on Facebook each day from December 13th to the 24th to see what new prize will be unveiled. Prizes may include a new RUSH DVD, a set of Bobblehead dolls or even something rare and collectible!

Since you're getting this email, you are already included in the list for the draw each day. However, we kindly ask you to update your info here so we can be better at sending area-specific emails to you for specific shows and events. Rush mailing list: http://www.rush.com/email/. Winners will be chosen at random. Please note, you only need to sign up once to be in the drawing each day. Good luck! ...

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart talk Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel in new USA Today article
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A few weeks ago Clockwork Angels: The Novel author Kevin J. Anderson announced plans via his blog for a graphic novel version of the book he co-wrote with Neil Peart. USA Today ran an article in today's edition containing some more details about the graphic novel including a sample of artist Nick Robles' character designs for the novel's young protagonist Owen Hardy, and some comments from both Anderson and Peart. The comic will be released as a six-issue Boom! Studios miniseries beginning next March. Here's what Anderson had to say:

... "It's just a beautifully painted world in the music that I tried to capture in the novel and now tried to turn into a different direction," says Anderson, who's working with artist newcomer Nick Robles. "Who knows, we might have ice follies someday or a Broadway musical." ...

And Peart adds the following when discussing the villains of the novel - The Anarchist and The Watchmaker:

... "Neither is your typical comic-book evil sociopath, but rather 'extremists' for order and for freedom. Good things taken too far - like good intentions, that excess paves many roads to damnation," the musician says. "As characters, they personify mystery, power and dark fascination, but they also have human weaknesses, like fear, pride and envy." ...

You can read the entire article online here (thanks RushFanForever).

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Official music video for Cyril Neville's cover of Rush's Working Man now online
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Cyril Neville is the youngest member of the Neville Brothers - the legendary first family of New Orleans R&B - and back on September 10th he released a solo album titled Magic Honey that includes a bluesey cover version of Rush's Working Man. Earlier this week he released an official video for the song which you can check out below or on YouTube here. Neville's son turned him on to the song and he's been closing out his live shows with it as he describes here:

... "My son Omari turned me on to that song," says Neville. "It wound up on my CD Magic Honey, and now we do it in the Royal Southern Brotherhood, closing out the show every night. We've been rocking houses from one end of Europe to the other with it." ...

You can order your copy of Magic Honey here. It's also available on iTunes as well, and you can purchase the Working Man track individually for download here. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Geddy Lee featured in Who the F**k is Arthur Fogel? documentary
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Who the f**k is Arthur FogelCanadian concert promoter Arthur Fogel is the subject of the documentary Who the f**k is Arthur Fogel?, which released earlier this year. Fogel - a musician himself - is the President of Global Touring and Chairman of Global Music for Live Nation and is widely credited for revolutionizing the global concert touring industry with his hands-on approach. This Ron Chapman documentary features an in-depth interview with Fogel, as well as an appearance by Geddy Lee and many other artists including Bono, The Edge, Sting, Andy Summers, Madonna, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, and many more. It also includes many rarely seen concert performances including some footage of Rush. The film was screened at several Canadian film festivals earlier this year and will get its television premiere on EPIX next month on Wednesday, January 29th. You can check out the film's trailer below or at this location. The trailer doesn't include any interview footage with Geddy, but does contain some flashes of Rush in concert.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Alex Lifeson on his guitar set-up in part 2 of MusicRadar.com video interview
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Alex Lifeson recently sat down with MusicRadar.com for a multi-part video interview to discuss Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour release, among other topics. They posted part one of the interview where Alex discusses the Clockwork Angels Tour video back on November 29th. In this second part of the interview Alex talks about his current guitar set-up and designing his Gibson signature. 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 month and you can order your copy at this location (DVD, Blu-ray, CD).

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Online campaign for Google Doodle to celebrate 40th anniversary of Rush's debut album
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RushAn online campaign has been started with the aim of convincing Google to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the March, 1974 release of Rush's debut album on Moon Records with a Google Doodle. Google periodically celebrates certain historic events by modifying the logo on their home page in some fashion to celebrate the given event. These have come to be known as Google Doodles. Although the campaign is shooting for a March 1st, 2014 date to commemorate the release, the exact date of the Moon Records release of the album has been lost to history and is usually just cited as March, 1974. The date of the Mercury Records release of the album had also been lost to history for many years, but some recent detective work by the Power Windows site places it as August 10, 1974. This might also be an appropriate date to use to commemorate the release. While it's a really good idea, very few details regarding who is behind this campaign are given on the group's website. They call themselves Rock The Internet - Rush RFC and announced the campaign via an email blast, although it's also not clear where they obtained the list of email recipients. To let Google know that you support the idea and to share your ideas for the Doodle, just send them an email at proposals@google.com.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

New book Behind the Stage Door from concert promoter Rich Engler features foreword by Alex Lifeson
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UPDATE - 12/11@8:14PM: Joe P has a copy of the book and provided some scans of Alex's foreword which you can check out here. Engler also tells a story about one of Rush's 1975 Pittsburgh shows opening for KISS at the Stanly Theatre.

Rich Engler - Behind the Stage DoorConcert promoter Rich Engler has published a new book titled Behind the Stage Door: A Promoter's Life Behind the Scenes. The book contains stories from Engler's career as a Pittsburgh-based concert promoter, and includes over 300 photos, posters, and admats from his personal collection. The book also includes a foreword by Rush's Alex Lifeson. For more information and details on how to purchase the book, visit Engler's website here. Thanks to Joe P for the heads up.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray was released back on November 19th and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Video charts, with the CD debuting at #33 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. It has since dropped off the Billboard 200 chart altogether although it remains on the Music Video chart (the exact position isn't publicly available). The film had a one-night theatrical premiere across North America the night before its release, and this past weekend it had its television premiere on VH1 Classic and Palladia. This television cut consisted of essentially the same 2nd set concert footage that was shown in theaters (they cut With Them Well and Dreamline), but did not include the Can't Stop Thinking Big documentary. It's likely that it will re-air periodically over the next few weeks, so check your cable/satellite listings if you want to catch it. Some more reviews of the release continued to roll in over the past week. There's this short review from EdgeOnTheNet.com, and Modern Drummer's Asif Khan had the following to say in this review of the release:

... The stunning live footage was shot in HD video, and the audio is available in 5.1 HD or 2.0. The disc also contains a documentary showing a glimpse of daily life on a world tour, a nice treat for hardcore fans. Having just celebrated his sixty-first birthday, a focused Neil Peart displays an incredible amount of stamina behind his beautifully crafted DW Time Machine Tour drumkit. Neil is known for his incredible solos, and this marks the first time since 1974 that his traditional spot is split up, in this case into three short but powerful parts, thoughtfully placed as segues throughout the set. Clearly Neil and his mates aren't worried about changing the formula-but long-time fans have nothing to worry about, as Clockwork Angels Tour proves that, four decades in, they're still performing at the top of their game.

There's also one interesting aspect of the live release that I haven't heard discussed much anywhere yet that reader Jeffrey F pointed out to me. Clockwork Angels Tour is the first Rush album (studio or live) that features the real-life likenesses of all three of the band members on the cover (clearly seen at least). Rush in Rio shows the band as just shadowy silhouettes, and A Show of Hands has caricatures of the band - but this is the first cover to clearly show the faces of the band. 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. Judging by the results so far, not too many folks like the cover despite this unique aspect of it (maybe because of this aspect of it?). You can order your copy of Clockwork Angels Tour 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 available on Spotify and other online streaming services as well.

This past Friday Rush partnered with independent retail outlets to sell an exclusive 10" picture disc single of The Garden for a Record Store Day sponsored Black Friday event. 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. The disc sold very well and many fans had trouble locating stores that still had it in stock or that weren't sold out. There may be a few left out there, so check the Record Store Day website for a list of participating stores. Also, there are plenty available for sale on Amazon and other online sellers. Sales of the picture disk helped propel The Garden to #5 on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart this past week.

The latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine contains a feature on page 10 where several well-known artists share their current favorite songs, albums and music videos. One of the artists featured is Geddy Lee who describes 5 of his favorite songs/artists including The Who's My Generation, the Fleet Foxes' Your Protector, Björk's Isobel, Led Zeppelin's Communication Breakdown and Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick. You can read all of Geddy's commentary on the songs in this post and check out a snapshot of the article here.

Neil Peart seems to be keeping busy during his downtime from Rush. He stopped by the Drum Channel studios yesterday with his friend and mentor Peter Erskine as seen in this photo that was posted to the Drum Channel Facebook page.

Rush released their long-awaited remix/remaster of Vapor Trails back on September 30th. Reviews of the remix continue to trickle in including this one from blogger Steve Hurley. 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, the box set made The Star-Ledger's pop and rock boxed sets Holiday gift guide for 2013.

A couple of weeks ago 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. On a related note, Joel Coyle at MoviePilots.com posted an article earlier this week calling for a movie version of the book. Kevin J. Anderson himself chimed in in the article comments reminding people about the graphic novel version.

This past July the Canada Post officially released a Canadian Recording Artist stamp series featuring Rush and other Canadian artists. A couple of weeks ago the sale of a special, limited edition, signed day-of-issue cover for the Rush stamp was announced via this press release, and all 10 that were available quickly sold out. The Canadian Center for Abuse Awareness obtained one of the UNSIGNED covers and it is currently up for auction to help raise money for the charity. The auction will run through December 13th. For all the details and to place your bid, visit the auction website at AbuseHurts.com.

A concert photography book by Erin Feinberg titled Diehards was released earlier this year. The book focuses on photographs of concert audiences and includes an original essay by Neil Peart. Dusty Wright at the Huffington Post wrote a review of the book this past week and recommends it as a great holiday gift.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has introduced a new line of commemorative inductee t-shirts, including this one celebrating Rush's induction. For all the details check out the Rock Hall website here. Also, If you'll be in or near Cleveland anytime over the Holidays, I highly recommend checking out the Rush portion of the 2013 inductee exhibit at the Rock Hall along with all the other great exhibits that the Museum has to offer. To make things even easier for you, the Rock Hall has graciously offered an exclusive discount to the Museum for RushIsABand readers, where you can receive $2 off admission in addition to a 20% discount on any new membership (note that members get a 10% discount on all merchandise). Simply print out this pdf file and present it at the Rock Hall box office to receive your discount. The offer runs through the end of this month.

Los Angeles based hard rock band Heaven Below released a new 4-track EP titled Sleeping Giants this past Tuesday. One of the songs on the EP is a cover of Rush's Subdivisions which features a guest vocal appearance by William Shatner! You can listen/watch the official (and very weird) video of the song on YouTube below or at this link. Shatner says the subdivisions line in the chorus, and the video features his disembodied head during these parts of the song. And the really cool part is Shatner reciting the attention all planets of the Solar Federation... lines from 2112 at the end of the song (at around the 4:45 mark)! You can purchase a download of the track on Amazon or on iTunes. It's also on Spotify.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Geddy Lee shares his favorite songs in new issue of Rolling Stone
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Rolling Stone 1198The latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine contains a feature on page 10 where several well-known artists share their current favorite songs, albums and music videos. One of the artists featured is Geddy Lee who describes 5 of his favorite songs/artists:

The Who - My Generation

So much of what I wanted to do when I was growing up was fashioned after listening to The Who. The bass is almost the lead instrument here, and that speaks to me, obviously.

Fleet Foxes - Your Protector

I've spent so much time listening to this. I'm moved by the unusual melody and harmony structures, the production and the great singing.

Björk - Isobel

This is a beautiful song. Björk's voice just slays me. I love how much emotion she brings to her songs, even when I don't understand what she's singing about - which is quite often.

Led Zeppelin - Communication Breakdown

I'll never forget us sitting around my room in 1969, listening to this song. We were blown away. Zep started a heaviness that didn't really exist before that.

Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick

I know this betrays me as the progger I am, buy it was such a favorite piece of music for so many, many years. It was just pure prog magic. To me, it was the ultimate thing to aspire to.

You can check out a snapshot of the article here (thanks Paul V).

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Heaven Below covers Rush's Subdivisions with help from William Shatner on new Sleeping Giants EP
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Los Angeles based hard rock band Heaven Below released a new 4-track EP titled Sleeping Giants this past Tuesday. One of the songs on the EP is a cover of Rush's Subdivisions which features a guest vocal appearance by William Shatner! You can listen/watch the official (and very weird) video of the song on YouTube below or at this link. Shatner says the subdivisions line in the chorus, and the video features his disembodied head during these parts of the song. And the really cool part is Shatner reciting the attention all planets of the Solar Federation... lines from 2112 at the end of the song (at around the 4:45 mark)! You can purchase a download of the track on Amazon or on iTunes. It's also on Spotify. Thanks to Will C for the heads up.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Rush limited edition stamp collectible auction for The Canadian Center for Abuse Awareness
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UPDATE - 12/5@5:17PM: NOTE: The auction listing now confirms that this is NOT one of the 10 signed copies.

UPDATE - 12/4@10:18AM: Note: as some of the comments point out, it's not clear if this is one of the 10 signed prints that were sold last month, so buyer beware.

This past July the Canada Post officially released a Canadian Recording Artist stamp series featuring Rush and other Canadian artists. A couple of weeks ago the sale of a special, limited edition, signed day-of-issue cover for the Rush stamp was announced via this press release, and all 10 that were available quickly sold out. The Canadian Center for Abuse Awareness obtained one of the UNSIGNED covers and it is currently up for auction to help raise money for the charity (although it's not clear if this is one of the 10 signed covers). The auction will run through December 13th. For all the details and to place your bid, visit the auction website at AbuseHurts.com:

The first day cover comes with a mint condition, Canada Post Details magazine announcing the release of the 4th series of stamps celebrating Canadian Music Artists. This OFDC is now SOLD OUT across Canada. This magazine gives a synopsis of their careers & describes the stamp release. This OFDC features the fan-favourite cover of Rush's album, 2112. The OFDC is cancelled in Toronto, Ontario. Issue Date: July 19, 2013. A First Day Cover - is a specially made envelope printed with original artwork and graphics and includes 1 of the brand new Rush stamps attached to it. These are marketed only once on the official release date and then immediately out of print. This is marketed only in Canada and nowhere else in the world. ...

Thanks to Doug T for the heads up.

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour television premiere tonight
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Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour CD/DVD/Blu-ray was released back on November 19th, debuting 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, and it will also be getting a television premiere on VH1 Classic and Palladia this evening 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).

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