Archive: Blog Entries from May, 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Clockwork Angels: The Watchmaker's Edition wins Audie Award for package design
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We learned back in February that Neil Peart and Kevin J. Anderson's Clockwork Angels: The Watchmaker's Edition had been nominated for an Audie Award (Audie) which recognize excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. The winners were announced at the Audies Gala this past Thursday evening at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City and Clockwork Angels: The Watchmaker's Edition came away with the win in the category of Package Design. You can check out the full list of winners in this Washington Post article. The Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition of the audiobook for Clockwork Angels: The Novel was released last March. The special package was designed by Hugh Syme and contains the seven CDs of the unabridged audiobook, a special booklet, a Clockwork Angels timeline, and an I can't stop thinking big mini poster, all packaged in a full-color WORKING clocktower. You can order one for yourself on Amazon here.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 5/31@9:04AM: The Consequence of Sound bracket poll to determine the Greatest Drummer of All Time that I mention below ended yesterday at 5PM and Neil Peart ran away with the victory, defeating John Bonham with 87% of the vote.

Rights management company Ole announced earlier this week via a press release that they had purchased Core Music, the 40-year home of Rush's music publishing, and will be handling the music publishing affairs of the band for the foreseeable future. From the release:

... Says ole Chairman and CEO Robert Ott, "ole is very honored to have been chosen by Rush to manage their incredible living legacy and to be a partner in their ongoing creative journey in music publishing. ole looks forward to working hard to ensure that Rush's music continues to find new and wider audiences."

Geddy Lee, singer/bassist of Rush, said, "We are pleased with the news of Core Music's deal with ole and happy that our publishing will be handled by a Canadian company with worldwide expertise."

"With the changing times in the music business, the responsibilities of a publisher have become much more complex. This deal will allow me to devote my time and energy to managing the live touring and recording aspects of Rush's ongoing career," said Ray Danniels, President of SRO/Anthem and Rush's longtime and only Manager. ...

Ole CEO Robert Ott declined to comment on the exact terms of the deal but did tell Billboard the following:

... "I am not going to talk about money, unless we are going to talk about 'Big Money,'" the opening track on Rush's 1985 album, "Power Windows." ... Ott noted that the catalog could produce greater revenue and profits because "there hasn't been a lot of synch business in the past...There is more openness to exploring opportunities on that side now." But he added that ole would be "very careful about the ideas we bring to the table to promote their music." Beyond synch, Ott says there might be more ways to work the catalog outside North America, too. "This band has a worldwide audience," Ott notes. "We will look for opportunities everywhere the band has toured." Finally, Ott notes that he is proud ole was chosen to cultivate the Rush catalog going forward. "It's not every day you get to work with a catalog that made up the soundtrack of your life," Ott says.

It's not completely clear what all of this means to Rush fans except that it's likely that we will be hearing more Rush music in commercials, movies, video games, TV shows, etc. in the coming months/years.

After nearly 4 years without any certifications, Rush's 2 most recent concert videos were certified Platinum by the RIAA this past May 14th. Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland was certified both Gold and 2X Platinum, and last year's Clockwork Angels Tour was certified Gold and Platinum. A Gold certification in the Music Video Longform category requires sales of 50,000 units while Platinum certification requires 100,000 unit sold. Prior to that, the last batch of certifications they received was back in September of 2010 for their videos R30, Rush in Rio and the Rush documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage. Rush has not received a certification for a studio album since August 31, 2001 when Roll the Bones was certified Platinum.

We learned earlier today that Neil Peart will be releasing the follow-up to his 2011 book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time via ECW Press this coming Fall on October 14th. The book will be another collection of his blog posts from the past few years and is titled Far and Near: On Days Like These. From the Amazon description:

Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Neil Peart has stories to tell. His first volume in this series, Far and Away, combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers.

Now Far and Near brings together reflections from another three years of an artist's life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music. With passionate insight, wry humor, and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes, and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind.

These popular stories, originally posted on Peart's website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector's volume.

A hard-cover edition of the book is currently available for pre-order at this location.

Keram - Come To LifeCanadian-born actor and musician Keram Malicki-Sanchez has collaborated with Alex Lifeson and 20 other renowned artists for his Come to Life album which was officially launched via a listening party for Indiegogo contributors Wednesday evening in Toronto. The album is now available for digital purchase via a number of outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and eMusic; and physical copies can be purchased via CDBaby. In addition to playing guitar on the album, Alex Lifeson is also executive producer. The album's cover art and tracklisting can be seen in this Exclaim.ca article along with a preview of the 11-minute track The Devil Knows Me Well - which features Alex Lifeson on guitar. You can listen to the preview online at this location. Malicki-Sanchez discusses the project and Lifeson's contribution in this YouTube video (at about the 2:35 mark).

A new book from veteran music writer Max Mobley titled Rush FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Rock's Greatest Power Trio is set to release in the next couple of weeks. According to the author, it will likely begin shipping from Amazon and other online retailers as early as next week. Mobley has written for a number of music magazines including Crawdaddy! and Premier Guitar, and has interviewed Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson twice. He's also a huge Rush fan and has seen countless Rush shows dating back to the A Farewell to Kings tour. The book comes in at 400 pages and you can check out a copy of the introduction in this post. There are already a couple of 5-star reviews of the book posted over at Goodreads.com. You can order your copy of Rush FAQ at this location.

After narrowly defeating Journey in the previous round, Rush went up against fellow prog rockers Kansas in the final round of Ultimate Classic Rock's Hall of Fame contest. Voting is open through this coming Sunday, June 1st and it's a tight race, so go vote for Rush! You can vote once per hour. And Consequence of Sound is running a bracket poll to determine the Greatest Drummer of All Time and Neil Peart has made it into the fourth and final round where he's up against the legendary John Bonham. To place your vote just visit this location.

RatCon 2014This year's annual RatCon 2014 Rush fan convention will be held on July 11-12 at the newly dubbed Club Carnie in Marlboro, NJ. The event's tagline is Forty years of "BLAH BLAH BLAH" and it will include a heated pool, Rush-themed food and beverages, contests, prizes, a live Rush tribute band and more! Earlier this week the RatCon organizers opened up registration for the event via their website and announced that the tribute band for the convention will be Delaware's own kRush. For all the details and to secure your spot at the event, visit the RatCon website and follow RatCon on Facebook.

Pro Ultimate Frisbee team The Toronto Rush are the first Canadian franchise in the AUDL (American Ultimate Disc League) and ended up going undefeated and winning the AUDL championship in their inaugural season last year. According to this Toronto Star article, the team is named after our favorite Canadian power trio. They put together a really cool highlight reel from their home opener earlier this month which features the music of Rush as seen here (thanks John "Wheels" H).

Reader AnotherPairOfEyes discovered a Rush reference in Frederick Reiken's 2001 novel The Lost Legends of New Jersey. It's a coming of age story set in the New Jersey suburbs of the early 1980s. In the chapter Lost Meadows the characters are driving home from a Rush concert, and have a lengthy discussion about Red Barchetta.

The Guardian music blog's 10 of the Best series featured Rush this past week, where they presented their list of 10 of the Best Rush songs. It's an eclectic list that includes such songs as By-tor and the Snow Dog, Afterimage and The Garden. You can check out the full list online here.

There were some articles floating around the Interwebs this past week regarding a list of singers with the greatest vocal range that ConcertHotels.com had published. Based on their limited criteria it determined that Guns 'N Roses frontman Axl Rose had the widest range. VVN Music dug a little deeper and loosened the criteria for inclusion and instead found out that Faith No More's Mike Patton had the widest range, covering an impressive 6 octaves. Geddy Lee was included on the expanded list with a range of 3 octaves, 4 notes. You can check out the full list at VVN Music here (thanks RushFanForever).

Speaking of Geddy, St. Louis Today reported this past weekend that a very rare piece of baseball memorabilia owned by Geddy Lee would be making a visit to Busch Stadium in St. Louis this week during the Cardinals series with the New York Yankees. The memorabilia in question is a ball signed by nearly all of the baseball players who are members of the 3000-hit club including Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron. Geddy apparently asked Cardinals equipment manager Rip Rowan to get the signatures of Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki to add to the ball, although it's not yet clear if he was successful. Lee purchased the ball to add to his collection, and has added signatures to it so that it may be the only baseball held by both Cobb and Clemente.

Geddy Lee throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Blue Jays home openerKeeping on the subject of Geddy Lee's baseball obsession, this past Tuesday night rapper 50 Cent threw out the first pitch at the Mets game and was way off target as seen in this viral video. This inspired Rolling Stone to post a list of The Best and Worst First Pitches by Musicians, and Geddy Lee's epic first pitch at the Blue Jays home opener last year made the best of cut:

Geddy's not only a prodigious bassist, he's also an obsessive baseball fan. So of course, when he was asked to throw out the first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays' 2013 opener, he delivered the goods. It started with his power-walk to the mound, then continued right through his pitch (solid mechanics, man!) As an added bonus, we're 100-percent sure he wore his own glove for the occasion. Also, by tossing a strike, he instantly contributed more to the team than the guy catching him, oft-injured pitcher Brandon Morrow.

Last night the West Seneca (New York) East High School concert band performed the world premiere of an eight minute symphonic medley of Rush songs titled All The World's A Stage. The medley includes Tom Sawyer, YYZ, Closer To The Heart and 2112 Overture/Finale. Representatives from Rush's management (Anthem/SRO) were in attendance for the premiere and apparently the musical score will be published by Core Music Publishing (the music publishing division of Anthem that was recently sold to Ole) and soon will be available to bands everywhere (thanks Eric at Power Windows). Here's some video of the performance courtesy Ken Hoffman:

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

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Neil Peart's new book Far and Near: On Days Like These coming October 14th
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Neil Peart will be releasing the follow-up to his 2011 book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time via ECW Press this coming October 14th. The book will be another collection of his blog posts from the past few years and is titled Far and Near: On Days Like These. From the Amazon description:

Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Neil Peart has stories to tell. His first volume in this series, Far and Away, combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers.

Now Far and Near brings together reflections from another three years of an artist's life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, and characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music. With passionate insight, wry humor, and an adventurous spirit, once again Peart offers a collection of open letters that take readers on the road, behind the scenes, and into the inner workings of an ever-inquisitive mind.

These popular stories, originally posted on Peart's website, are now collected and contextualized with a new introduction and conclusion in this beautifully designed collector's volume.

A hard-cover edition of the book is currently available for pre-order at this location. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Keram's Come to Life album featuring Alex Lifeson now available
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Keram - Come To LifeCanadian-born actor and musician Keram Malicki-Sanchez has collaborated with Alex Lifeson and 20 other renowned artists for his Come to Life album which was officially launched via a listening party for Indiegogo contributors yesterday evening in Toronto. The album is now available for digital purchase via a number of outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and eMusic; and physical copies can be purchased via CDBaby. In addition to playing guitar on the album, Alex Lifeson is also executive producer. The album's cover art and tracklisting can be seen in this Exclaim.ca article along with a preview of the 11-minute track The Devil Knows Me Well - which features Alex Lifeson on guitar. You can listen to the preview online at this location. Malicki-Sanchez discusses the project and Lifeson's contribution in this YouTube video (at about the 2:35 mark).

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ole acquires Rush catalog
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In a press release from earlier today, rights management company Ole announced that they had purchased Core Music, the 40-year home of Rush's music publishing. From the press release:

ole has purchased Core Music, the 40-year home of Rush's music publishing, and will manage the music publishing affairs of the band for the foreseeable future.

Says ole Chairman and CEO Robert Ott, "ole is very honored to have been chosen by Rush to manage their incredible living legacy and to be a partner in their ongoing creative journey in music publishing. ole looks forward to working hard to ensure that Rush's music continues to find new and wider audiences."

Geddy Lee, singer/bassist of Rush, said, "We are pleased with the news of Core Music's deal with ole and happy that our publishing will be handled by a Canadian company with worldwide expertise."

"With the changing times in the music business, the responsibilities of a publisher have become much more complex. This deal will allow me to devote my time and energy to managing the live touring and recording aspects of Rush's ongoing career," said Ray Danniels, President of SRO/Anthem and Rush's longtime and only Manager.

As part of the ole-Core deal, Pegi Cecconi, who has overseen the administration of Core Music since inception, will continue to work full-time at the management and label home of Rush, SRO/ANTHEM, but will also take on a consulting role with ole in regards to the vast Rush catalogue.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ole CEO Robert Ott declined to comment on the exact terms of the deal but did tell Billboard the following:

... "I am not going to talk about money, unless we are going to talk about 'Big Money,'" the opening track on Rush's 1985 album, "Power Windows." ... Ott noted that the catalog could produce greater revenue and profits because "there hasn't been a lot of synch business in the past...There is more openness to exploring opportunities on that side now." But he added that ole would be "very careful about the ideas we bring to the table to promote their music." Beyond synch, Ott says there might be more ways to work the catalog outside North America, too. "This band has a worldwide audience," Ott notes. "We will look for opportunities everywhere the band has toured." Finally, Ott notes that he is proud ole was chosen to cultivate the Rush catalog going forward. "It's not every day you get to work with a catalog that made up the soundtrack of your life," Ott says.

It's not readily apparent what all of this means to Rush fans except that it's likely we may be hearing more Rush music in commercials, video games, TV shows, movies, etc. in the coming years. Thanks to Paul V for the heads up.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Rush RatCon 2014 registration now open, tribute band announced
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RatCon 2014We learned back in March that this year's annual RatCon 2014 Rush fan convention will be held on July 11-12 at the newly dubbed Club Carnie in Marlboro, NJ. The event's tagline is Forty years of "BLAH BLAH BLAH" and it will include a heated pool, Rush-themed food and beverages, contests, prizes, a live Rush tribute band and more! The RatCon organizers have just opened up registration for the event via their website as described in this press release:

RatCon, the largest independent yearly gathering of Rush fans in the United States, is pleased to announce the opening of registration for this year's event scheduled for Friday, July 11 - Saturday, July 12 on its website ( http://www.rushrat.com ). Registration is limited to 100 people. Registration ends at 21:12 hours EDT on Saturday, June 28.

Price of admission for RatCon 2014 is $175 for both days. Single day passes are also available. Commemorative T-shirts with shipping can also be purchased separately on the website.

Full admission includes a commemorative T-shirt, food, beverages, games, contests, special giveaways and the fellowship of the most devoted group of Rush fans anywhere. On Saturday a special Rush tribute band will be playing live all afternoon. Many other surprise guest appearances and activities are also planned.

"RatCon in a nutshell is like a giant family reunion," said co-founder Lance 'The Shred' Kasten, "All of the festivities are in one place with non-stop Rush fun beginning to end."

In addition, the event will change locations from "Club Xanadu" (Lance Kasten's home, site of RatCons 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013) in Severna Park, MD to "Club Carnie" (Mike 'Mr Driven' Rosenthal's home) in Marlboro, NJ. The amenities at "Club Carnie" include an elevated stage for the band, a heated swimming pool, an outdoor bar, an outdoor widescreen HD TV and massive Rush-themed decorations that need to be seen to be believed!

RatCon was founded in 2009 by Kelly Drew, Petie Lee Guerrero and Lance Kasten after becoming friends through the comment threads on the website Rush Is A Band ( http://www.rushisaband.com ), run by Ed Stenger. 'Rats' is the funny name they started calling themselves, a reference to the bounty of "pellets" (new music and tours) the band had been dispensing, very much keeping with the self-deprecating humor the members of Rush themselves enjoy.

The tribute band for the convention will be Delaware's own kRush. For all the details on RatCon 2014 visit the website and follow RatCon on Facebook.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Rare autographed baseball owned by Geddy Lee awaits Derek Jeter's signature
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Geddy Lee's rare autographed baseballSt. Louis Today reports that a very rare piece of baseball memorabilia owned by Geddy Lee will be making a visit to Busch Stadium in St. Louis this week. The memorabilia in question is a ball signed by nearly all of the baseball players who are members of the 3000-hit club including Ty Cobb and Hank Aaron.

... The owner of the ball has asked Cardinals equipment manager Rip Rowan to get the signatures of Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki* -- two more members of the 3,000-hit club. That's the prerequisite for getting on the ball. ... The ball is owned by Rush's lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee. A renowned collected of memorabilia and a huge baseball fan, Lee is also a Cardinals fan. He has come around the ballpark and spent time with the club before, and he has had long friendships with a few around the club. Lee purchased the ball to add to his collection, and has added signatures to it so that it may be the only baseball held by both Cobb and Clemente and ... if all goes well this week ... Jeter. ...

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Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour and Time Machine Tour certified Gold, Platinum by the RIAA
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After nearly 4 years without any certifications, Rush's 2 most recent concert videos were certified Platinum by the RIAA this past May 14th. Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland was certified both Gold and 2X Platinum, and last year's Clockwork Angels Tour was certified Gold and Platinum. A Gold certification in the Music Video Longform category requires sales of 50,000 units while Platinum certification requires 100,000 unit sold. Prior to that, the last batch of certifications they received was back in September of 2010 for their videos R30, Rush in Rio and the Rush documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage. Rush has not received a certification for a studio album since August 31, 2001 when Roll the Bones was certified Platinum. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 5/23@1:58PM: It now looks like the Presto SACD will be releasing on July 1st according to Amazon.

With the band being on an extended break, there's not much in the way of Rush news to report lately. However, we do have a couple of new Rush items coming down the pike, both of which are slated for a June 17th release. Author and veteran music writer Max Mobley will be releasing his new Rush book Rush FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Rock's Greatest Power Trio, and Audio Fidelity will unveil their SACD version of Rush's Presto. Rush FAQ author Mobley has interviewed Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson twice and seen countless Rush shows dating back to the A Farewell to Kings tour. His new book comes in at 400 pages and you can check out a copy of the introduction in this post and pre-order your copy of Rush FAQ at this location. Presto will be the 3rd Rush SACD release from Audio Fidelity; they've already released versions of both Counterparts and Hemispheres. Like these 2 previous releases, the Presto SACD was mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. You can pre-order your copy at this location.

Keram - Come To LifeCanadian-born actor and musician Keram Malicki-Sanchez has collaborated with Alex Lifeson and 20 other renowned artists for his upcoming Come to Life album. The album was funded through an IndieGogo campaign and will be released this coming Wednesday, May 28th in Canada on Constant Change Music. In addition to playing guitar on the album, Lifeson is also executive producer. The album's cover art and tracklisting can be seen in this Exclaim.ca article along with a preview of the 11-minute track The Devil Knows Me Well - which features Alex Lifeson on guitar. You can listen to the preview online at this location. The album will be launched with a Toronto listening party for Indiegogo contributors on May 28th. It will then be made available on Bandcamp, through digital retailers such as Amazon, and on CD through CD Baby. You can find out all the details including how to secure your own copy of Come to Life on the IndieGogo page here. There's also this YouTube video where Malicki-Sanchez discusses the project and Lifeson's contribution (at about the 2:35 mark).

Speaking of Alex Lifeson side projects, guitarist John Wesley's latest album Disconnect released early last month and Lifeson makes a guest appearance, playing a guitar solo on the track Once a Warrior. Wesley is best known to Rush fans as the touring guitarist for Porcupine Tree. Wesley and his band recently finished off an East Coast tour in support of the album and a video from one of the band's live performances of Once a Warrior - including Wesley's tackling of Lifeson's solo - can be viewed on YouTube at this location. Wesley was recently interviewed by Tripp Lanier for his New Man Podcast, and he speaks at length about how he met Alex Lifeson and how Alex came to appear on Disconnect. You can listen to the interview online here and order your copy of Disconnect here.

There was a Rush reference in the latest episode of the new USA Network show Playing House (Season 1, Episode 5 - Drumline) which aired Tuesday night. Lead character Maggie attends her high school drumline reunion where she reconnects with an old crush who her friend Emma and her refer to as the guy in the Rush t-shirt. Later at the reunion the guy is shown wearing a Rush Fly By Night t-shirt as seen in this screenshot. The girls end up getting arrested and when Rush t-shirt guy picks them up from jail in his van Maggie is now wearing the Rush t-shirt as seen here. In the final scene of the episode they then play Limelight in the background and on through the ending credits. You can watch the episode online at this location.

RIAB reader Derek Hale is a contributor to Kuyperian Commentary, which is a site devoted mainly to a Christian audience discussing politics, culture, Christian theology, truth, beauty, goodness, etc. Lately he's been writing an on-going series of posts on why Christians should listen to and enjoy prog rock, focusing on the foundational five albums that his readers should purchase and listen to. Rush's Moving Pictures is the third of the five and you can read his take on the album at this location.

After narrowly defeating Journey last week, Rush is now up against fellow prog rockers Kansas in the final round of Ultimate Classic Rock's Hall of Fame contest. Voting is open through next Sunday, June 1st so go vote for Rush! And Consequence of Sound is running a bracket poll to determine the Greatest Drummer of All Time and Neil Peart has made it into the fourth and final round where he's up against the legendary John Bonham. To place your vote just visit this location. When presented with this very same question (Peart or Bonham) drummer Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Hellyeah) chose Bonham in a recent Lubbock Avalanche-Journal interview, although it was a tough choice for him: "Oh man, that is hard, I love them both but I have to pick Bonham. No one in rock 'n' roll has had the same feel since.".

Drummer Glenn Stuart of the B Street Band recently dropped by the NJ 101.5 studios to promote their appearance at the Big Jersey BBQ and at one point got into an argument with DJ Steve Trevelise over the pronunciation of Neil Peart's last name. The topic of the hour was Who's your favorite drummer? and when a listener called in to talk about Neil Peart is when the argument ensued. Trevelise was on the right side of the argument, correctly pronouncing Peart's name with a long e. You can listen to the exchange online at this location.

Framed memorabilia design company Frameworth recently entered into a partnership with Rush as their exclusive distributor for framed memorabilia and are now offering a new line of high-quality framed Rush posters and Gold/Platinum albums as seen here.

Caleb JohnsonBack on Wednesday, March 5th American Idol contestant Caleb Johnson called Rush his favorite band of all time and then proceeded to belt out a truncated, 2-minute version of Rush's Working Man as his choice of song for the show's Home Week, impressing both the fans and judges with his soulful performance. This past Wednesday night on the show - nearly 3 months later - Johnson was crowned the winner of American Idol's 13th season. You can watch Caleb's introductory segment and performance of Working Man below or at this location. In the beginning of the segment Caleb explains his choice of Working Man for his Home Week song, telling stories about his hometown and the personal relevance of Rush and the song to him. He concludes his segment by saying that, I'm really excited and thrilled to sing some Rush on American Idol. There's also this post-show interview with Caleb where he responds to the judge's comments and talks about his love of Rush. Johnson will be releasing a solo album this August.

That's all for this week. For all of my fellow US readers, have a great Memorial Day weekend. And a belated happy Victoria Day to all the Canadians. The historical Victoria Day as immortalized in Rush's Lakeside Park takes place tomorrow on May 24th ("... everyone would gather on the 24th of May..."). Have a great weekend and stay safe everybody!!

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Rush fan Caleb Johnson wins American Idol season 13
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Caleb JohnsonBack on Wednesday, March 5th American Idol contestant Caleb Johnson called Rush his favorite band of all time and then proceeded to belt out a truncated, 2-minute version of Rush's Working Man as his choice of song for the show's Home Week, impressing both the fans and judges with his soulful performance. Last night on the show - nearly 3 months later - Johnson was crowned the winner of American Idol's 13th season. You can watch Caleb's introductory segment and performance of Working Man below or at this location. In the beginning of the segment Caleb explains his choice of Working Man for his Home Week song, telling stories about his hometown and the personal relevance of Rush and the song to him. He concludes his segment by saying that, I'm really excited and thrilled to sing some Rush on American Idol.

There's also this post-show interview with Caleb where he responds to the judge's comments and talks about his love of Rush. Johnson will be releasing a solo album this August.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rush reference on latest episode of USA Network's Playing House
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There's a Rush reference in the latest episode of the new USA Network show Playing House (Season 1, Episode 5 - Drumline) which aired last night. Maggie attends her high school drumline reunion where she reconnects with an old crush who her friend Emma and her refer to as the guy in the Rush t-shirt. Later at the reunion the guy is shown wearing a Rush Fly By Night t-shirt as seen in this screenshot. The girls end up getting arrested and when Rush t-shirt guy picks them up from jail in his van Maggie is now wearing the Rush t-shirt as seen here. In the final scene of the episode they then play Limelight in the background and on through the ending credits. You can watch the episode online at this location. Thanks to Kevin F for the heads up.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Rush Presto SACD from Audio Fidelity to release June 17th
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UPDATE - 7/1@9:48AM: Yet another delay; it now looks like the SACD will be releasing on July 15th according to Amazon.

UPDATE - 5/23@1:58PM: It now looks like the SACD will be releasing on July 1st according to Amazon.

Rush Presto SACDLast week we learned that Audio Fidelity would soon be releasing an SACD (Super Audio CD) version of Rush's Presto album. The SACD is now available for pre-order at Amazon with a listed release date of June 17th. Audio Fidelity has already released SACD versions of both Counterparts and Hemispheres. Like these 2 previous releases, the Presto SACD was mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. You can pre-order your copy at this location.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

New Rush FAQ book set for release on June 17th
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We first learned about the new Rush book Rush FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Rock's Greatest Power Trio back in January where its original release date was given as April 29th. But according to the publisher Backbeat Books, it is now slated for a June 17th release. Author Max Mobley is a veteran music writer (Crawdaddy!, Premier Guitar) who has interviewed Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson twice and seen countless Rush shows dating back to the A Farewell to Kings tour. The book comes in at 400 pages and you can check out a copy of the introduction in this post and pre-order your copy of Rush FAQ at this location.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush ReDISCovered LP box setRush celebrated the 40th anniversary of the release of their 1974 debut album with a special Rush ReDISCovered LP box set containing a re-mastered version of the album on 200g vinyl which released a couple weeks ago. First week sales of the release briefly propelled the album back into the Billboard 200 album charts at #127, but it has since fallen back off the chart. You can get all the details regarding what's contained in the set by watching this promotional video and checking out the Rush.com press release. Also, John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed/scanned the contents of the box set and made them available online (scans, liner notes). Darryl Sterdan reviewed the release for the Winnipeg Sun this past week and gives it 3.5 stars:

Make that ReVINYLized. Four decades after it introduced Toronto's premier power trio to the planet (or at least the neighbourhood), Rush's 1974 pre-Peart, pre-prog debut album returns in all its analog glory. And a fairly glorious return it is: The eight-song, 40-minute disc - which includes early gems like the sludgy Working Man, the riffy Finding My Way and What You're Doing, along with the cowbell-plonk choogle of In the Mood - has been expertly and superbly upgraded via Direct Metal Mastering, with the original masters being cut straight to copper plates at Abbey Road Studios. To put it another way, minus the tech-talk: Alex Lifeson's guitars are razor-sharp, John Rutsey's drums are more distinct (though still a tad thin), Geddy Lee's bass pops from the mix and his Valkyrie vocals are crisp and vibrant. Naturally, the sonic upgrade is preserved on 200-gram audiophile-grade vinyl inside a faithful recreation of the original Moon Records packaging, right down to the matrix etching on the disc. And of course, it doesn't stop there: It all comes housed in a box with a reproduction of the first Rush promo poster, three band member lithograph, a Rush Family Tree poster and other tchotchkes. As usual with vinyl boxes, the fly in the ointment is the download card: Considering this will set you back $50, you should be able to get lossless files instead of low-grade MP3s. Still, those in the mood for some old-school Rush won't be disappointed.

The band is running a Twitter contest through next Thursday, May 22nd where they'll be giving away a copy of the box set signed by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. For all the contest details and how you can enter, just visit this location. In celebration of the release I've asked everyone what their favorite track off the debut album is. Take the poll and let us know! If you haven't already, you can order your copy of Rush ReDISCovered here.

The paperback edition of Clockwork Angels: The Novel was officially released earlier this week. The paperback edition includes a new Headlong Flight cover by Hugh Syme, and can be ordered at this location. The hardcover edition of the book released back on September 1, 2012 and debuted at #18 on the New York Times bestselling list. The 1st of a 6-issue graphic novel version of the book released back on March 19th.

Rush Presto SACDAccording to a listing on their website, Audio Fidelity will soon be releasing an SACD (Super Audio CD) version of Rush's Presto album. No release date is given, but the listing states that the SACD will retail for $29.99 and was mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. Audio Fidelity has already released SACD versions of both Counterparts and Hemispheres.

Guitarist John Wesley's latest album Disconnect released early last month and Rush's Alex Lifeson makes a guest appearance, playing a guitar solo on the track Once a Warrior. Wesley is best known to Rush fans as the touring guitarist for Porcupine Tree. Wesley and his band finished off an East Coast tour in support of the album this past Friday at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA. A video of the band's live performance of Once a Warrior - including Wesley's tackling of Lifeson's solo - can be viewed on YouTube at this location. Prog Sphere has included the album in their list of the 10 Best Albums of 2014 So Far. You can order your copy of Disconnect here.

A one day celebration of Rush and their 40th anniversary will be taking place at the Dreadnought Rock club in Scotland tomorrow, Saturday, May 17th. Rushfest Scotland will consist of a full day of Rush-themed events culminating in a 2-hour set from Scotland's premier Rush tribute band Moving Pictures. For all of the details visit the website or follow them on Facebook.

After defeating Judas Priest last week in round one, Rush is up against Journey this week in Ultimate Classic Rock's Hall of Fame contest. Voting for this round is open through this Sunday, May 18th so go vote for Rush! And Consequence of Sound is running a bracket poll to determine the Greatest Drummer of All Time and Neil Peart made it into the 3rd round last week by defeating one of his idols - Keith Moon. In this next round Neil is up against one of his biggest fans - Mike Portnoy. To place your vote just visit this location

Rock Hall Rush Fan Promotion!Rush was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back on April 18th of last year at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Rock Hall officially opened a 2013 inductees exhibit just prior to the induction ceremony that was up for most of the past year. The Rush portion of the exhibit included a Neil Peart snare drum, Alex Lifeson's double-neck guitar and a Geddy Lee bass along with various other items. The exhibit also included a three-screen multimedia presentation that tells the stories of the inductees. You can check out some photographs of the exhibit at the Rock Hall website. If you'll be in or near Cleveland anytime this year, I highly recommend checking out the Museum and all the great exhibits that it has to offer. Last year the Rock Hall graciously offered an exclusive discount to the Museum for RushIsABand readers, and they have reinstated the discount for this year as well. With this exclusive offer you can receive $2 off admission in addition to a 20% discount on any new membership. Simply print out this pdf file and present it at the Rock Hall box office to receive your discount. The offer runs through the end of this year. They are also offering a 10% discount on all online orders made via rockhallstore.com through September 30th by using the code FANCLUB14 at checkout.

Foo Fighters drummer and Rush fan Taylor Hawkins appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week with his new side project band The Birds of Satan who just released their self-titled EP a few weeks ago. Hawkins also has another side project covers band called Chevy Metal which has a Rush starbabe as their logo. Hawkins has been spotted wearing his Chevy Metal Starbabe t-shirt on several recent occasions, including the appearance on Jimmy Kimmel as can be seen in these videos.

Reader chrxtopher noticed a Rush reference in the headline for an article on the front page of Vulture.com this past Wednesday. In reference to an article titled When and Where Will Glee Be Set in Season 6? it states: "Least likely answer: the Temples of Syrinx, circa 2112 A.D.". :)

For SB Nation's Helmet Helper column this week, Eric Murtaugh suggests a new helmet design for the Rice Owls football team that incorporates the cover of Rush's Fly By Night album. You can check out the design in the article here.

This Sunday, May 18th will mark the 40th anniversary of Rush's very first concert in the US. This first gig was at an outdoor festival in East Lansing, Michigan at the North Side Drive-In. It was a rainy day and only 1,300 people showed up when several thousand were expected. WMMQ posted an article about the show's anniversary earlier this week which included this poster advert for the event (thanks Wayne R).

Keram - Come To LifeWe learned earlier this year that Canadian-born actor and musician Keram Malicki-Sanchez had collaborated with Alex Lifeson and 20 other renowned artists for his upcoming Come to Life album. The album was funded through an IndieGogo campaign and will be released this coming May 28th in Canada on Constant Change Music. In addition to playing guitar on the album, Lifeson is also executive producer. The album's cover art and tracklisting were revealed earlier this week via this Exclaim.ca article along with a preview of the 11-minute track The Devil Knows Me Well - which features Alex Lifeson on guitar. You can listen to the preview online at this location. The album will be launched with a Toronto listening party for Indiegogo contributors on May 28th. It will then be made available on Bandcamp, through digital retailers, and on CD through CD Baby. You can find out all the details including how to secure your own copy of Come to Life on the IndieGogo page here. There's also this YouTube video where Malicki-Sanchez discusses the project (at about the 2:35 mark).

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

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Rush fan 2014 promotion
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Rock Hall Rush Fan Promotion!Rush was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back on April 18th of last year at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Rock Hall officially opened a 2013 inductees exhibit just prior to the induction ceremony that was up for most of the past year. The Rush portion of the exhibit included a Neil Peart snare drum, Alex Lifeson's double-neck guitar and a Geddy Lee bass along with various other items. The exhibit also included a three-screen multimedia presentation that tells the stories of the inductees. You can check out some photographs of the exhibit at the Rock Hall website. If you'll be in or near Cleveland anytime this year, I highly recommend checking out the Museum and all the great exhibits that it has to offer. Last year the Rock Hall graciously offered an exclusive discount to the Museum for RushIsABand readers, and they have reinstated the discount for this year as well. With this exclusive offer you can receive $2 off admission in addition to a 20% discount on any new membership. Simply print out this pdf file and present it at the Rock Hall box office to receive your discount. The offer runs through the end of this year. They are also offering a 10% discount on all online orders made via rockhallstore.com through September 30th by using the code FANCLUB14 at checkout.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Clockwork Angels: The Novel paperback edition now available
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The paperback edition of Clockwork Angels: The Novel was officially released today. The paperback edition includes a new Headlong Flight cover by Hugh Syme, and can be ordered at this location. The hardcover edition of the book released back on September 1, 2012 and debuted at #18 on the New York Times bestselling list. The 1st of a 6-issue graphic novel version of the book released back on March 19th.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Rush Presto SACD from Audio Fidelity coming soon
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Rush Presto SACDAccording to a listing on their website, Audio Fidelity will soon be releasing an SACD (Super Audio CD) version of Rush's Presto album. No release date is given, but the listing states that the SACD will retail for $29.99 and was mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. Audio Fidelity has already released SACD versions of both Counterparts and Hemispheres. Thanks to chutch15 for the heads up.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Keram Malicki-Sanchez unveils new track featuring Alex Lifeson from upcoming Come to Life album
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Keram - Come To LifeWe learned earlier this year that Canadian-born actor and musician Keram Malicki-Sanchez had collaborated with Alex Lifeson and 20 other renowned artists for his upcoming Come to Life album. The album was funded through an IndieGogo campaign and will be released this coming May 28th in Canada on Constant Change Music. In addition to playing guitar on the album, Lifeson is also executive producer as described on the IndieGogo page:

RUSH Fans will want to hear these never before heard tracks featuring guitar work by Alex Lifeson! Alex did more than just play on the record, he became a mentor and executive producer, and in turn brought mixer Rich Chycki (RUSH, Aerosmith, Jonny Lang, Pink) on to mix "Mary Magdalene" which set a new standard for the rest of our mixes and mastering engineer Andy Vandette (Metric, David Bowie, Porcupine Tree) to master the the songs, thus some of the most important people responsible for making Rush records sound like they do.

The album's cover art and tracklisting were revealed earlier today via this Exclaim.ca article along with a preview of the 11-minute track The Devil Knows Me Well - which features Alex Lifeson on guitar. You can listen to the preview online at this location. The album will be launched with a Toronto listening party for Indiegogo contributors on May 28th. It will then be made available on Bandcamp, through digital retailers, and on CD through CD Baby. You can find out all the details including how to secure your own copy of Come to Life on the IndieGogo page here. There's also this YouTube video where Malicki-Sanchez discusses the project (at about the 2:35 mark).

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush ReDISCovered LP box setRush celebrated the 40th anniversary of the release of their 1974 debut album with a special Rush ReDISCovered LP box set containing a re-mastered version of the album on 200g vinyl which released last week. First week sales of the release have propelled the album back into the Billboard 200 album charts where it currently sits at #127. You can get all the details regarding what's contained in the set by watching this promotional video and checking out the Rush.com press release. Also, John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed/scanned the contents of the box set and made them available online (scans, liner notes). The band is running a Twitter contest through May 22nd where they'll be giving away a copy of the box set signed by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. For all the contest details and how you can enter, just visit this location. And MusicVaultz is also giving away a copy of the box set with this Rush Trivia Contest for Canadian residents. In celebration of the release I'm asking everyone what their favorite track off the debut album is. Take the poll and let us know! If you haven't already, you can order your copy of Rush ReDISCovered here.

The new unofficial Rush documentary Rush: The Rise Of Kings (1968-1981) released this past Tuesday in North America. Here's a short description of the 2-hour DVD from the Amazon editorial review:

...This film traces the history of Rush from the bar rooms of Toronto in the late 1960s to the world's largest arenas in the late 70s and early 1980s, by which time they were amongst the biggest bands on the planet. Through a stunning combination of rare and classic footage, the testimony of friends, colleagues and those who worked with the group across the years, plus exclusive and archive interviews and a host of other features, this programme makes the very unique history of Rush come alive in a manner previously undocumented.

John over at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed/scanned the liner notes earlier this week and made them available online (liner notes, scans). From the liner notes it looks like the list of people interviewed were Alan Cross, Ian Grandy, Jerry Ewing, Martin Popoff, Neg Raggett and Paul Northfield. A 3-minute video preview is also available and can be seen at this link. You can order you copy of the documentary here.

Clockwork Angels graphic novel #2, standard coverThe second of six issues of the graphic novel version of Clockwork Angels was released last week. In addition to the standard cover that will be available in comic and book stores, there is an exclusive, limited edition cover available via BOOM! Studios and the Rush Backstage Club. The first issue of the graphic novel was released back on March 19th and there were a number of different covers and subscription options made available as described in this post. Assuming a release schedule of one issue every 6 weeks, issue 3 should be out on June 11th.

Speaking of Clockwork Angels, the paperback edition of Clockwork Angels: The Novel will be available this coming Tuesday, May 13th with a new Headlong Flight cover by Hugh Syme, and can be pre-ordered here.

Rush is up against Judas Priest in Ultimate Classic Rock's Hall of Fame contest. Voting for this round is open through this Sunday, May 11th so go vote for Rush! And Consequence of Sound is running a bracket poll to determine the Greatest Drummer of All Time and Neil Peart has made it into the 2nd round where he's up against one of his idols - Keith Moon. To place your vote just visit this location

One of the answers in the We're a North American Band category on this past Monday night's episode of the American quiz show Jeopardy! made reference to Rush's Tom Sawyer:

This trio sang, "Today's Tom Sawyer he gets high on you, & the space he invades, he gets by on you"

The question was - of course - What is Rush?. Here's a video clip of the Rush reference segment that was uploaded to Facebook. There have been several Rush-related questions on the show in recent years. This is the first one of 2014, but there were three just last year; one back on July 16th, another back on April 8th used a Geddy Lee reference, and on March 1, 2013 a Neil Peart reference was used. Rush was also referenced on the show back in February of 2011.

Speaking of Rush TV references, there was a minor Rush reference on last week's episode of The CW's Supernatural (Season 9, Episode 20 - Bloodlines). In the episode Sam and Dean identify themselves as FBI agents Bonham and Peart. There have been several other Rush references on the show over the years, as detailed here. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was recently interviewed by Canoe to discuss his new side project The Birds of Satan and their self-titled EP which released a few weeks ago. The band's prog-meets-hard-rock sound was inspired by the likes of Queen, Aerosmith and Rush. When asked about what makes him such a huge Rush fan here's what Hawkins had to say:

I love all of them. (Bassist) Geddy Lee, he's a bad motherf-er. He comes off as this kind of quiet guy. Oh, my God, you get into a corner with that guy, he is so funny and he's a smartass and he's a bad ass. He's a motherf-er, one of the funniest goofiest guys in the world, he really is, and obviously a brilliant bass player, and they're just a great f-ing true rock and roll band and I love them. I've always loved them. And I owe them so much. And obviously you will hear a lot of Rush on my record. It comes right out of the gate kind of like a Rush album.

You can read the entire interview online here and learn more about The Birds of Satan at thebirdsofsatan.com.

A one day celebration of Rush and their 40th anniversary will be taking place at the Dreadnought Rock club in Scotland next Saturday, May 17th. Rushfest Scotland will consist of a full day of Rush-themed events culminating in a 2-hour set from Scotland's premier Rush tribute band Moving Pictures. For all of the details visit the website or follow them on Facebook.

This past Wednesday, May 7th was dubbed World Password Day by Intel Security to help raise awareness of the dangers of insecure passwords. The infamous favorite bad password of Rush fans was mentioned in this Popular Mechanics article discussing the holiday:

... The backers even created a Space Invaders-style game called Password Blaster in which you can zap bad passwords like "pass," "dylan," or "2112" (are you there, Rush fans?) by typing them. ...

Kevin Williams over at Progarchy.com posted an article last week describing the importance of Rush's Tom Sawyer and the Moving Pictures album in shaping his love of music. The article is titled The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship - Rush's Tom Sawyer and Moving Pictures, and you can check it out online here (thanks Bryan M).

Music Times posted an article earlier this week where they list 5 Bands Who Hit Their Stride After Adding a New Member. Coming in at #3 on thier list was Rush:

Though Rush's line-up has remained the core power trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart for 40 years, Peart wasn't a member of the band for its first six years. The band's eponymous debut featured drummer John Rutsey, and though the album features fan favorite "Working Man," it's a relatively straightforward and forgettable hard rock album. It wasn't until Neil Peart replaced Rutsey in 1974 that Rush's music took on its progressive shape that led the band to success.

Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach was interviewed on a recent edition of The Metal Gods rock show and brought up Neil Peart when discussing his upcoming autobiography:

... I would like it to be a positive, uplifting book. When I read page after page after page of how wasted and f**ed up and drunk or high some guy got ... it becomes sad to me; it's not glamorous or interesting. ... there'll be some of that in my book, obviously. But anybody can be drunk, anybody can be a junkie. Nobody can play the drums like Neil Peart from RUSH. That's interesting, that's something that's remarkable and rare. And when I read a book by Neil Peart, it's not the lowest common denominator, like the dreads of society or the worst things that you can think of. Actually, the opposite of that; it's the most positive things that he [chooses] to put down on a page. ...

Here's the 3-minute promotional video for the Rush: The Rise of Kings documentary:

Geddy Lee and his momThat's all for this week. Have a great weekend! And a BIG happy Mother's Day to all the Rush fan moms out there, and the Rush moms themselves; Mary Weinrib, Melanija Zivojinovich and Betty Peart.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rush's debut album reenters the Billboard 200 album chart at #127
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UPDATE - 5/9@9:31AM: John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed/scanned the album art and liner notes (scans, liner notes).

Rush ReDISCovered LP box setRush celebrated the 40th anniversary of the release of their 1974 debut album with a special Rush ReDISCovered LP box set containing a re-mastered version of the album on 200g vinyl which released last week. First week sales of the release have propelled the album back into the Billboard 200 album charts where it currently sits at #127 (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). You can get all the details regarding what's contained in the set by watching this promotional video and checking out the Rush.com press release. The band is running a Twitter contest through May 22nd where they'll be giving away a copy of the box set signed by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. For all the contest details and how you can enter, just visit this location. And MusicVaultz is also giving away a copy of the box set with this Rush Trivia Contest for Canadian residents. In celebration of the release I'm asking everyone what their favorite track off the debut album is. Take the poll and let us know! If you haven't already, you can order your copy of Rush ReDISCovered here.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Rush reference on last night's episode of Jeopardy!
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UPDATE - 5/6@9:28PM: Here's a video of the Rush reference segment that was uploaded to Facebook.

One of the answers in the We're a North American Band category on last night's episode of the American quiz show Jeopardy! made reference to Rush's Tom Sawyer:

This trio sang, "Today's Tom Sawyer he gets high on you, & the space he invades, he gets by on you"

The question was - of course - What is Rush?. There have been several Rush-related questions on the show in recent years. This is the first one of 2014, but there were three just last year; one back on July 16th, another back on April 8th used a Geddy Lee reference, and on March 1, 2013 a Neil Peart reference was used. Rush was also referenced on the show back in February of 2011. Thanks to Trip E for the heads up and Rosalio for the screenshot.

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Rush: The Rise Of Kings (1968-1981) documentary released today
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UPDATE - 5/7@10:59AM: John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed/scanned the liner notes and made them available online (liner notes, scans). From the liner notes it looks like the list of people interviewed are Alan Cross, Ian Grandy, Jerry Ewing, Martin Popoff, Neg Raggett and Paul Northfield.

The new unofficial Rush documentary Rush: The Rise Of Kings (1968-1981) releases today in North America. Here's a short description of the 2-hour DVD from the Amazon editorial review:

...This film traces the history of Rush from the bar rooms of Toronto in the late 1960s to the world's largest arenas in the late 70s and early 1980s, by which time they were amongst the biggest bands on the planet. Through a stunning combination of rare and classic footage, the testimony of friends, colleagues and those who worked with the group across the years, plus exclusive and archive interviews and a host of other features, this programme makes the very unique history of Rush come alive in a manner previously undocumented.

A 3-minute video preview is also available and can be seen below or at this link. You can order you copy of the documentary at here.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Taylor Hawkins talks The Birds of Satan and Rush in new interview
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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was recently interviewed by Canoe to discuss his new side project The Birds of Satan and their self-titled EP which released a few weeks ago. The band's prog-meets-hard-rock sound was inspired by the likes of Queen, Aerosmith and Rush. When asked about what makes him such a huge Rush fan here's what Hawkins had to say:

I love all of them. (Bassist) Geddy Lee, he's a bad motherf-er. He comes off as this kind of quiet guy. Oh, my God, you get into a corner with that guy, he is so funny and he's a smartass and he's a bad ass. He's a motherf-er, one of the funniest goofiest guys in the world, he really is, and obviously a brilliant bass player, and they're just a great f-ing true rock and roll band and I love them. I've always loved them. And I owe them so much. And obviously you will hear a lot of Rush on my record. It comes right out of the gate kind of like a Rush album.

You can read the entire interview online here and learn more about The Birds of Satan at thebirdsofsatan.com.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush ReDISCovered LP box setRush is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of their 1974 debut album with a special Rush ReDISCovered LP box set containing a re-mastered version of the album on 200g vinyl which released this past Tuesday. You can get all the details regarding what's contained in the set by watching this promotional video and checking out the Rush.com press release. The Rush.com newsletter announcing the release earlier this week contained a few comments from Geddy about the making of the album:

"There are so many memories associated with the re-release of our very first album that one hardly knows where to begin. Like most first albums, it is sort of a miracle that it came into being at all. We originally recorded most of the songs in a studio in downtown Toronto, between the hours of 2 a.m. until 8 a.m. AFTER we had finished playing 5 sets a night at a local rock club. You can imagine the logistics of that.. good thing that we were so.. er... resilient!

We managed to record an album's worth of material in a matter of days and the engineer who worked with us then mixed the entire record in one evening. After the club date ended we came in to hear the final mix and we were crushed with disappointment, it sounded so ..well... polite .... nothing at all like the way we sounded live and not at all what we wanted. He simply did not understand us. So the next day we ran to our manager for help and we were directed to an ex-pat British engineer and producer named Terry Brown.

We met with Terry and instantly felt we were on better footing. After he had come to hear us play live, he suggested that we come to his studio, Toronto Sound, and re-record many of the overdubs and record a few of the "newer" songs that we had written and then re-mix the rest. It wasn't perfect but it sounded sooo much better and more importantly it sounded like us! Terry saved the album.. no question about that! It began a very happy collaboration between us that endured until 1981 after we had completed the Signals album."

- Geddy Lee on the making of Rush self-titled debut album

The band is running a Twitter contest through May 22nd where they'll be giving away a copy of the box set signed by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. For all the contest details and how you can enter, just visit this location. And MusicVaultz is also giving away a copy of the box set with this Rush Trivia Contest for Canadian residents. In celebration of the release I'm asking everyone what their favorite track off the debut album is. Take the poll and let us know! If you haven't already, you can order your copy of Rush ReDISCovered here.

NP on Telescope PeakEarlier this week Neil Peart once again updated the news page on his website. The April, 2014 entry is titled Telescope Peak Revisited and in it Neil describes a recent motorcycle trip to Death Valley and his climb of Telescope Peak, which was the title of a song he wrote lyrics for several years ago:

... Back in 2001, when I was in Toronto with the Guys at Work and trying to start on lyrics for a new album, naturally I had lots of "baggage" to work through. Some of that made it into songs; much did not. One of the lyrics I wrote for the Vapor Trails sessions was titled "Telescope Peak," and though at the time it didn't "sell" to the other guys, I still kind of like it. (Without bitterness, because "Ghost Rider" got put to music, and with coproducer Paul Northfield's encouragement, recorded, so at least one of my "songs of the American road" saw the light of performance. Good enough!)

But here was me in 2001, thinking back to October, 1999, and wanting to write a song called "Telescope Peak." The words still "sing" to me-an uptempo rocker in the verses, then hanging on the line "On the last lonely day" before dropping into a grinding groove for the bridges. The choruses, naturally, in gentler half-time. (When I'm writing lyrics, I always have an imaginary tempo and melody in mind, but never share that with the Guys at Work-just let them take it where it leads them. Good things happen that way.) ...

You can read the entire update on Neil's website here.

Clockwork Angels graphic novel #2, standard coverThe second of six issues of the graphic novel version of Clockwork Angels was released this past Wednesday, April 30th. In addition to the standard cover that will be available in comic and book stores, there will be an exclusive, limited edition cover available via BOOM! Studios and the Rush Backstage Club. The first issue of the graphic novel was released 6 weeks ago back on March 19th and there were a number of different covers and subscription options made available as described in this post. If they continue with a release schedule of one issue every 6 weeks, issue 3 should be out on June 11th. Bloody Disgusting posted this lukewarm review of issue #2 yesterday.

Speaking of the Clockwork Angels graphic novel, author Kevin J. Anderson attended the Salt Lake Comic Con last month and ran into actor, Firefly alum and fellow Rush fan Adam Baldwin. Anderson posted this photo (thanks Tracy M) of himself and Baldwin (who is sporting a Clockwork Angels tour shirt) to instagram which shows the pair clasping hands and holding up issue #1 of the graphic novel. On a related note, Baldwin, his Rush t-shirt and other Firefly cast members were featured on The Chive's Daily Afternoon Randomness in this photo from last week at a Salt Lake Comic Con meet-n-greet. Thanks to Rick D and mac2112 for the heads up.

Details for Rush EUCon 2014 were announced earlier this week. This year's convention will take place the weekend of October 10-11th at The Box in Crewe. Activities will include a quiz & raffle, a charity auction to support Diabetes UK, a Rush Idol contest, and a performance from Italian Rush tribute band La Villa Strangiato. For all the details and to register just visit the website at rusheucon.co.uk, and for all the latest news you can follow Rush EUCon on Facebook and Twitter.

While on the subject of Rush fan conventions, The 14th annual RushCon will take place at The Great Hall in Toronto the weekend of August 22-24, and a couple more great guest speakers were announced earlier today. In addition to Kevin J. Anderson, veteran Rush roadies Tony Jack Secret Geranios and Howard Ungerleider will also be making an appearance! The convention will consist of 3 days of Rush-filled events, including a Friday night opening mixer (location TBD); Rush tribute band show; Rush-themed trivia, games, multimedia shows, door prizes, etc.; the Rush charity auction and more! You can get all the event details here, and register online at this location. 14 applications for the Rush Tribute Band contest were submitted and they've narrowed it down to 3 finalists. Now they need your help to determine the winner. To place your vote just visit the RushCon website here. One vote per person is allowed and voting will run through May 11th. For all the RushCon details just go to RushCon.org, and be sure to follow RushCon on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all the latest RushCon news. In addition to RushCon in August, North American fans can also attend the 6th annual Rush RatCon gathering in July. RatCon 2014 will be held on July 11-12 at the newly dubbed Club Carnie in Marlboro NJ; all previous RatCons have taken place at Club Xanadu outside Baltimore, Maryland. The event's tagline is Forty years of "BLAH BLAH BLAH" and it will include a heated pool, Rush-themed food and beverages, contests, prizes, a live Rush tribute band and more! Accommodations, pricing, tribute band announcement, and more info will be announced soon. Just visit the Facebook page and Facebook event page for details and updates. For more info about the origin of RatCon visit the website here.

Guitarist John Wesley's latest album Disconnect released last month and Rush's Alex Lifeson makes a guest appearance, playing a guitar solo on the track Once a Warrior. Wesley is best known to Rush fans as the touring guitarist for Porcupine Tree. Wesley and his band kicked off an East Coast tour in support of the album this past Tuesday in Teaneck, NJ at Mexicali Live. A video of his performance of Once a Warrior from that show - including his tackling of Lifeson's solo - has been posted to YouTube at this location (thanks Eric at Power Windows). Last night the band played at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City in support of Blackfield (Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson's final show with the band), and next Friday, May 9th they'll be playing a show in support of The Winery Dogs at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA. You can order your copy of Disconnect here.

Consequence of Sound is running a bracket poll to determine the Greatest Drummer of All Time and Neil Peart is of course in the running. To place your vote just visit this location

VH1 posted their list of the 10 Most Underrated Classic Rock Singers earlier this week and Geddy Lee made the cut at #10:

Love or hate it, the prog rock frontman's high, piercing voice is part of what makes Rush a legendary group. The bassist/singer's voice often gets overlooked due to the tightness of the band as a whole, but it's hard to imagine anyone else belting out classic cuts like "Tom Sawyer," "Fly by Night" or "2112."

Rush's compilation album The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987 made the Music Times' list of 7 Compilation Albums Definitely Worth Owning earlier this week. Here's what they had to say:

Though Rush fans may disagree with me (and I have felt their immense wrath before), the band's only start-to-finish great LP is 1981's Moving Pictures. However, Rush has a ton of excellent songs spread out over its entire career, and all of the best can be found on The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987. Most essential on this compilation is the track "2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx," which is the first seven minutes (the best part) of the band's twenty-minute "2112" suite, probably the band's greatest song.

Rush's Red Barchetta made this MSN Autos list of the Coolest cars in songs (thanks Peter C):

Sonically brilliant, this song is rather oppressive in its premise that driving has been outlawed. Inspired by the November 1973 Road and Track magazine article "A Nice Morning Drive," which had a futuristic doomsday vibe to it, the powerful song is named for the ultrarare, ultracool, classic Ferrari 166, known as the Barchetta ("little boat" in Italian). The tune also has hints of the 1981 movie "The Last Chase," where Lee Majors ("The $6 Million Man") drives the last car (a Porsche Can-Am style racecar he had hidden under his garage) to California as an act of defiance against the dictatorship running the country.

NMR Distribution - makers of Rush's official wall calendars - are adding another entry to their line of Rush posters. This new 36"x12" poster depicts 3 classic action photos of the band as seen here. You can check out all the Rush posters NMR Distribution has to offer at this location. Thanks to plunge for the heads up.

Greg Prato recently interviewed Saxon's Biff Byford for SongFacts.com and asked him about the band's first US tour where they opened for Rush:

... The very first tour we did was with Rush in the '80s. Which was great, since we're huge Rush fans. ... We knew them and we ate with them and we said hello a lot, but we didn't really have too much to do with them. They were a little bit untouchable in those days. But yeah, we had some great times. They once invited me on the bus to travel with them, but I didn't think it was fair that the rest of the guys wouldn't be on it. Sort of kick myself on that. I should have gone on it! ...

Progarchy.com posted an article earlier this week where author eheter writes a retrospective review of Rush's Moving Pictures. It's titled Synergistic Perfection: First - and Lasting - Impressions of Moving Pictures and you check it out online at this location (thanks Bryan M).

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

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Geddy Lee talks music and wine in new Wine Enthusiast interview
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Geddy Lee and some wineThe June, 2014 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine contains an article where they interview 6 celebrity winemakers, one of whom is Geddy Lee. Here's what Geddy had to say about the connection between music and winemaking:

Making music and winemaking are really quite different processes but I suppose that, at a point, both are dependent on craftsmanship. In music, after the initial inspiration occurs, the rest of a piece depends on your abilities and experience as a craftsman and this is largely what takes place in order for a winemaker to maximize what has grown in his vineyard.

You can check out the entire interview online at this location (thanks rolldaboz).

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