Archive: Blog Entries from June, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Clockwork Angels graphic novel #3, standard coverSummer is in full swing, and Rush is taking a break, so there's not much in the way of Rush news to report this week. Probably the biggest item of note was this past Wednesday's release of the third of six issues of the graphic novel version of Clockwork Angels. In addition to the standard cover that is 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. The second issue was released on April 30th and is also available in both the standard and limited edition covers. According to a Boom! Studios representative, the graphic novel is supposed to be on a monthly release schedule but has seen several production delays.

Alex Lifeson and Steve MorseMusicRadar.com posted an article earlier this week where they asked 40 well-known guitarists to name another guitarist who they count among their favorites and who is especially inspirational to them. Alex Lifeson named Dixie Dregs founder and current Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse as a guitarist that he particularly admires:

... "I've come across many players over the years and I've learned a lot from a lot of players, but I think one of the most underrated players - and he's respected, but he just didn't get the recognition he deserved - is Steve Morse.

"I remember when we were playing with The Steve Morse band and he'd be there when we were there at soundcheck, at three or four o'clock in the afternoon, and I'd just watch him and he'd be wandering around the hall playing and warming up.

"They'd always play a different song every night for their soundcheck and he was just such an amazing player. He has such an amazing ability. I always thought that he should have been huge in whatever he did. He was definitely successful in whatever bands he worked in, but I don't think that he ever had the kind of recognition that he so deserved. So I'd have to say Steve Morse."

And speaking of Alex Lifeson, Satchel of the hair metal parody band Steel Panther was recently interviewed for MusicRadar.com and revealed Steel Panther's 10 Tips for Reaching Metal Glory. Coming in at #5 on his list was the very sage advice, Listen to Rush, and he had some kind words of praise for Lerxst:

"Lately I've been listening to Alex Lifeson from Rush. He's great. He's got a great tone. It's not heavy metal, it's more progressive rock, but everybody knows Rush. He's a great guitar player. Jeff Beck is great, he's not heavy metal but he's a great player with a really cool tone. He can do a lot with just one note and make it sound really cool."

Audio Fidelity's SACD version of Rush's Presto is slated for release this coming Tuesday, July 1st and is currently available for pre-order. This 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.

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 of months ago. Prog magazine just opened up voting for their 2014 Progressive Music Awards and the box set is up for The Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award. You can go vote for it at this location. And speaking of Prog magazine, they are also asking their readers to help determine the 100 Greatest Prog Albums Of All Time for an upcoming issue. They are asking folks to list their top 10 prog albums along with a sentence for each choice. For all the details visit the Prog magazine website (thanks RushFanForever).

Ready Player One is the critically-acclaimed, 2011 sci-fi book from author, self-described seventies/eighties protonerd and Rush fan Ernest Cline. Ready Player One makes reference to several bands/songs of the '70s/'80s including Rush, with a particularly significant reference to the 2112 album. The book is now one step closer to becoming a film with the news that Warner Brothers has hired comic book movie writer Zak Penn to rewrite the script so it can start being shopped around to a number of interested directors. It'll be interesting to see how many (if any at all) of the Rush references will make the cut in the final script. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

Music Times posted their list of 7 Bands Whose Drummers Are Their Most Famous Member earlier this week and Rush came in at #1:

When a drummer becomes a band's most famous member, it's usually because they also sing, or were previously famous, or have a wild life off stage. However, Neil Peart has become the most famous member of Rush simply out of his sheer talents as a drummer, and nothing more. He also writes the band's lyrics, but only Rush fans and music journalists really know that.

The World Cup security team embarassed themselves this past week by inadvertently revealing their WiFi password after a photograph taken inside the security center, and showing the password on a whiteboard in the background, appeared in the newspaper Correio Braziliense. Written on the whiteboard was the SSID WORLD CUP with a password b5a2112014. Although the password is leet speak for Brazil 2014, Rush fans took note of the 2112 portion of the password. You can check out the photograph here.

This upcoming Sunday, June 29th is the 10th anniversary of the release of Rush's 2004, 8-song covers album/EP Feedback. The album features covers by 1960s-era bands that were influential to Rush such as The Yardbirds, The Who and Buffalo Springfield. The subsequent tour in support of the album was called the R30: 30th Anniversary Tour and here's the band's performance of The Who's The Seeker (track #4 on Feedback) from the R30 DVD:

That's all folks! Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Clockwork Angels graphic novel issue 3 now available
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Clockwork Angels graphic novel #3, standard coverThe third of six issues of the graphic novel version of Clockwork Angels releases today and is now available for purchase. In addition to the standard cover that is 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. The second issue was released on April 30th and is also available in both the standard and limited edition covers. According to a Boom! Studios representative, the graphic novel is supposed to be on a monthly release schedule but has seen several production delays.

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[Clockwork Angels graphic novel issue 3 now available for pre-order]
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[Kevin J. Anderson on the Clockwork Angels graphic novel]
[Clockwork Angels graphic novel issue #1 preview]
[Clockwork Angels graphic novel cover art updates]
[Clockwork Angels graphic novel cover art preview]
[Clockwork Angels graphic novel preview, new interview with Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart]
[Neil Peart and Kevin J. Anderson talk Clockwork Angels graphic novel in new interview]
[Kevin J. Anderson talks Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel in new interview]
[Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel now available for pre-order]
[Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart talk Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel in new USA Today article]
[Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel from Kevin J. Anderson coming April 2014]

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Alex Lifeson on Steve Morse in new MusicRadar.com interview
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Alex Lifeson and Steve MorseMusicRadar.com posted an article earlier today where they asked 40 well-known guitarists to name another guitarist who they count among their favorites and who is especially inspirational to them. Alex Lifeson named Dixie Dregs founder and current Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse as a guitarist that he particularly admires:

... "I've come across many players over the years and I've learned a lot from a lot of players, but I think one of the most underrated players - and he's respected, but he just didn't get the recognition he deserved - is Steve Morse.

"I remember when we were playing with The Steve Morse band and he'd be there when we were there at soundcheck, at three or four o'clock in the afternoon, and I'd just watch him and he'd be wandering around the hall playing and warming up.

"They'd always play a different song every night for their soundcheck and he was just such an amazing player. He has such an amazing ability. I always thought that he should have been huge in whatever he did. He was definitely successful in whatever bands he worked in, but I don't think that he ever had the kind of recognition that he so deserved. So I'd have to say Steve Morse."

You can check out the entire article online at this location (thanks RushFanForever).

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Geddy and AlexLast Thursday all three members of Rush were awarded Honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. The band had planned to attend the ceremony but unfortunately their plane was forced to return to Toronto due to inclement weather. They then attempted to accept the awards via video, but that didn't work either due to technical issues. However, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson did manage to record their acceptance speeches and post the video online (Geddy, Alex). Both Geddy and Alex hit the interview circuit late last week to discuss the honor and all the difficulties they encountered in trying to get there. There's this CBC Radio interview with Alex Lifeson, two separate radio interviews with Geddy and Alex from KISS 100.5, and this short interview with Geddy from the North Bay Nugget:

... [It is] very cool, I like it a lot," says Lee. "I can razz my son about it, who is a real doctor. He did it the hard way." ... "I'm very disappointed we weren't able to come," says Lee. "I was really looking forward to it. We asked 'why can't you drop us off at Sudbury?', but the pilot said we couldn't. By the time we got back it was too late for us to drive up." Lee also said was most disappointed about not being able to mingle with the students. ...

There's also this YouTube video of the Rush portion of the ceremony. So far Neil Peart hasn't posted any kind of acceptance speech, but I imagine he will at some point.

Clockwork Angels graphic novel #3, standard coverThe third of six issues of the graphic novel version of Clockwork Angels is now available for pre-order and will release this coming Wednesday, June 25th. In addition to the standard cover that is 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. The second issue was released on April 30th and is also available in both the standard and limited edition covers. According to a Boom! Studios representative, the graphic novel is supposed to be on a monthly release schedule but has seen several production delays.

Audio Fidelity's SACD version of Rush's Presto is slated for a July 1st release and is currently available for pre-order. This 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.

The new book from veteran music writer Max Mobley titled Rush FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Rock's Greatest Power Trio was released earlier this month. 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 250 pages and includes a foreword from Donna Halper. You can check out a copy of the introduction in this post and read a couple of 5-star reviews of the book at Goodreads.com. Order your copy of Rush FAQ at this location.

We learned earlier this week that Alex Lifeson is one of the many Canadian celebrities that will be participating in the Smilezone Foundation's second annual charity golf tournament at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club next month on Monday, July 14th (Bastille Day!). You can get all the details in this article from insideHalton.com. Alex Lifeson is an avid golfer and is a part owner of Coppinwood Golf Club. For more information or to register for the event, visit www.smilezone.com. And speaking of Alex Lifeson and his charitable contributions, Alex is one of the 50 Canadians featured in the The Kidney Foundation of Canada's 50th Anniversary magazine. Alex shares his personal story of his father's struggles with kidney disease. You can read the magazine online at this location; Alex is featured on page 9 (thanks RushFanForever).

Return to Zero bar sceneReturn to Zero is a Lifetime original movie that first premiered on the network last month back on May 17th. The film is a drama written and directed by Sean Hanish and is based on a true story, where a successful couple named Aaron (Paul Adelstein) and Maggie (Minnie Driver) are expecting their first child, but their life gets devastated as they find that the child is dead in the mother's womb. About 40 minutes into the film the character Aaron is out at a bar with his female coworker Dana (Sarah Jones). Their conversation turns to a discussion about sex, which includes a bizarre reference to Geddy Lee. You can read the a transcript of the exchange in this post and watch it online at the Lifetime website. The Geddy Lee reference occurs at about the 40-minute mark and runs for a couple minutes.

Projection, Lights and Staging News (PLSN) announced earlier this week that longtime Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider will be the 2014 recipient of the Parnelli Visionary Award. He'll be presented with the Award at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 22nd. Congratulations Howard!

Reader RushMuppet let me know that Animal from the Muppets has his own official Spotify playlist and one of the featured tracks is Rush's YYZ. Animal is the drummer of Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, the fictional band from The Muppet Show.

Earlier this week WatchMojo.com posted a video where they run down their top 10 Rush songs. Not surprisingly, Tom Sawyer tops their list at #1. You can watch the countdown video at this location.

The Guardian's The Observer posted their list of The 10 best ... metal bands today and Rush made the cut at #4:

Polar opposites to AC/DC's monomania, Canadian trio Rush have ceaselessly evolved throughout their 40-year career, tend towards intricate musical arrangements, and have never shied away from Big Concepts in their lyrics. Indeed, the premise underlying the title track of their 1976 breakthrough album, 2112, so closely resembles the plot of Anthem by neocon poster girl Ayn Rand that NME denounced the band as "crypto-fascists". As much prog-rock as metal in the 70s, they alienated some of their more puritanical fans the following decade with their extensive use of synthesisers. Frontman Geddy Lee has such a distinctively high-pitched singing voice that Pavement once wondered whether "he speaks like an ordinary guy". Apparently so.

Rush ReDISCovered LP box setMax Webster frontman/founder and Q107 DJ Kim Mitchell posted a video to the Q107 website Monday where he unboxes Rush's recently released Rush ReDISCovered LP Box Set which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of Rush's debut album. He's been playing tracks off the LP on-air all this past week. Max Webster were early touring and label mates of Rush, and collaborated with the band for the track Battle Scar off of Max Webster's 1980 album Universal Juveniles. You can check out the video below or on YouTube at this location. If you haven't already, you can order your copy of Rush ReDISCovered here.

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

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Alex Lifeson featured in Kidney Foundation's 50 Kidney Stories 50th anniversary magazine
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Alex Lifeson Kidney FoundationAlex Lifeson is one of 50 Canadians featured in The Kidney Foundation of Canada's 50 Kidney Stories 50th anniversary magazine. Alex shares his personal story of his father's struggle with kidney disease on page 9 of the magazine which you can read online here (thanks RushFanForever:

... [Alex's] father's strong work ethic and irrepressible spirit carried him successfully throughout his life, including a courageous journey to Canada from Yugoslavia in 1947 and a number of health challenges, culminating in a final battle with kidney failure from 2000 to 2003. "My father was someone who was able to adapt to constant change all his life," Alex says, "and if he ever did complain, he always made a joke out of it. I remember being with my dad at the hospital when the doctor told him there was nothing more they could do for him and that he should live the last years of his life the best he could on dialysis. I remember like it was yesterday, my dad sitting up in bed, saying, 'but I feel like I am 24'." ...

Alex has been heavily involved with the Kidney Foundation over the last decade, helping to raise thousands of dollars for the charity through his Brush of Hope paintings, and also serving as an official spokesman.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Clockwork Angels graphic novel issue 3 now available for pre-order
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UPDATE - 6/19@10:11AM: The issue is actually not yet available for purchase; it's only available for pre-order right now and will release next Wednesday, June 25th. According to Boom! Studios, the graphic novel is supposed to be on a monthly release schedule but has seen several production delays (thanks Rob S).

Clockwork Angels graphic novel #3, standard coverThe third of six issues of the graphic novel version of Clockwork Angels is now available for pre-order and will release next Wednesday, June 25th. In addition to the standard cover that is 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. The second issue was released on April 30th and is also available in both the standard and limited edition covers.

Related Posts:
[Clockwork Angels graphic novel issue 2 releasing this week]
[Kevin J. Anderson on the Clockwork Angels graphic novel]
[Clockwork Angels graphic novel issue #1 preview]
[Clockwork Angels graphic novel cover art updates]
[Clockwork Angels graphic novel cover art preview]
[Clockwork Angels graphic novel preview, new interview with Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart]
[Neil Peart and Kevin J. Anderson talk Clockwork Angels graphic novel in new interview]
[Kevin J. Anderson talks Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel in new interview]
[Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel now available for pre-order]
[Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart talk Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel in new USA Today article]
[Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel from Kevin J. Anderson coming April 2014]

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Rush reference in Lifetime original movie Return to Zero
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Return to Zero bar sceneReturn to Zero is a Lifetime original movie that first premiered on the network last month back on May 17th. The film is a drama written and directed by Sean Hanish and is based on a true story, where a successful couple named Aaron (Paul Adelstein) and Maggie (Minnie Driver) are expecting their first child, but their life gets devastated as they find that the child is dead in the mother's womb. About 40 minutes into the film the character Aaron is out at a bar with his female coworker Dana (Sarah Jones). Their conversation turns to a discussion about sex, which includes a bizarre reference to Geddy Lee:

Dana: 3 beers and you are already sloppy. You're not getting laid tonight.
Aaron: Poor Geddy Lee.
Dana: Who's Geddy Lee?
Aaron: The lead singer of Rush.
Dana: You are old.
Aaron: He is also head of the rhythm section of my personal humpty-hump band.
Dana: Hmmm... Poor little Geddy Lee.
Aaron: He's not little. He's of average to maybe above average height.
Dana: I'm sure he'll be able to lay some sweet beats down once the band gets back together.
Aaron: Jesus Christ ... he's the bassist.
Dana: Too bad. I'm a sucker for drummers.

The entire film is available for viewing online at the Lifetime website. The reference occurs at about the 40-minute mark and runs for a couple minutes. Thanks to PC for the heads up.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Alex Lifeson to participate in charity golf tournament
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Alex Lifeson golfingAlex Lifeson is one of the many Canadian celebrities that will be participating in the Smilezone Foundation's second annual charity golf tournament at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club next month on Monday, July 14th. From insideHalton.com:

... Proceeds from the local tournament will benefit the Oakville Hospital Foundation. The event will be co-emceed by Nick Kyprenos of Rogers Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada's Glenn Healy. The cost for a foursome is $3,500. Each foursome is paired with a celebrity, while the cost also includes a barbecue lunch and dinner, free alcoholic drinks throughout the day, an auction and a gift package that includes a golf shirt and Adidas shoes. ...

Alex Lifeson is an avid golfer and is a part owner of Coppinwood Golf Club. For more information or to register for the event, visit www.smilezone.com.

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Kim Mitchell unboxes the Rush ReDISCovered LP Box Set
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Rush ReDISCovered LP box setMax Webster frontman/founder and Q107 DJ Kim Mitchell posted a video to the Q107 website yesterday where he unboxes Rush's recently released Rush ReDISCovered LP Box Set which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of Rush's debut album. He'll be playing tracks off the LP on-air all this week. Max Webster were early touring and label mates of Rush, and collaborated with the band for the track Battle Scar off of Max Webster's 1980 album Universal Juveniles. You can check out the video below or on YouTube at this location (thanks BW&BK). If you haven't already, you can order your copy of Rush ReDISCovered here.

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[Rush ReDISCovered debut album LP box set coming in April]
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Howard Ungerleider to receive Parnelli Visionary Award
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Howard UngerleiderProjection, Lights and Staging News (PLSN) has announced that longtime Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider will be the 2014 recipient of the Parnelli Visionary Award:

The governing body of the Parnelli Awards announces that Howard Ungerleider will be the 2014 recipient of the Parnelli Visionary Award for his outstanding career and scores of innovations in the lighting and special effect fields. Ungerleider will be presented with the 2014 Parnelli Visionary Award at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Nov. 22, 2014. "Howard is a pioneer who took concert lighting to a new level, leaving everybody else to try to catch up," says Parnelli Producer/PLSN Publisher Terry Lowe. "His work with Rush has inspired many in this business, and he's known as one of the nicest, most respected guys in this business, too." ...

Congratulations Howard! Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 6/14@6:01PM: Here are some new radio interviews with Geddy and Alex where they discuss their honorary degrees (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/13@5:28PM: Here's a short interview with Geddy from the North Bay Nugget where he discusses the band's honorary degrees (thanks RushFanForever):

... [It is] very cool, I like it a lot," says Lee. "I can razz my son about it, who is a real doctor. He did it the hard way." ... "I'm very disappointed we weren't able to come," says Lee. "I was really looking forward to it. We asked 'why can't you drop us off at Sudbury?', but the pilot said we couldn't. By the time we got back it was too late for us to drive up." Lee also said was most disappointed about not being able to mingle with the students. ...

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Geddy and AlexYesterday afternoon all three members of Rush were awarded Honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario. The band had planned to attend the ceremony but unfortunately their plane was forced to return to Toronto due to inclement weather. They then attempted to accept the awards via video, but that didn't work either due to technical issues. However, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson did manage to record their acceptance speeches and post the video online (Geddy, Alex). Alex Lifeson was interviewed on the CBC Radio's Points North program yesterday to talk about the honor and all the difficulties they encountered in trying to get there. You can listen to the 8-minute interview online at this location. There's also this YouTube video of the Rush portion of the ceremony.

The new book from veteran music writer Max Mobley titled Rush FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Rock's Greatest Power Trio was released last week and is now available for purchase. 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 250 pages and includes a foreword from Donna Halper. You can check out a copy of the introduction in this post and read a couple of 5-star reviews of the book at Goodreads.com. Order your copy of Rush FAQ at this location.

Audio Fidelity's SACD version of Rush's Presto is slated for a July 1st release and is currently available for pre-order. This 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.

While touring the Ricky, Julian and Bubbles Community Service Variety Show last year, footage from The Trailer Park Boy's May 9, 2013 performance at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland was collected for a concert film. The film was released as a Netflix Original program back on Sunday June 1st in the US and is titled Trailer Park Boys: Live in Fu**in' Dublin. The beginning of the film shows an excited Bubbles tell Ricky and Julian that he has won a Rush internet contest to determine Rush's biggest fan. To enter the contest, Bubbles had Ricky and Julian help him recreate Rush's Closer to the Heart video - kimonos and all - as pictured in this screenshot. Bubbles dresses up as Alex, Julian as Neil and Ricky (with fake nose) is Geddy Lee. A portion of the video shoot can be seen towards the beginning of the film at about the 2-minute mark. Alex Lifeson sends Bubbles a video telling him that he won, and the boys all gather around a laptop computer to watch it at about the 5-minute mark in the film (screenshot here). Alex congratulates Bubbles on the video, but points out that Ricky's performance really sucked. He also informs him that as winners of the contest he and 3 friends will get flown to Dublin in a private jet to see the band's show there along with a $1000 spending money. The film's opening credits then run with Rush's Limelight playing in the background as the guys get on the Rush plane to Ireland. They then get arrested for drug possession after they land and are sentenced by a court to serve community service by throwing a puppet show discouraging drug and alcohol use. The actual live concert footage is then shown starting at around the 19-minute mark. The show includes a partial live performance of Closer to the Heart and Limelight by Bubbles at about the 1-hr, 10-minute mark. At the end of the film they then play the actual Rush video for Closer to the Heart alongside the Trailer Park Boys recreation as the credits run.

Speaking of Alex Lifeson, Denver's Hard Rock Cafe on the 16th Street Mall recently went through a major remodel and got a new collection of nearly 200 pieces of memorabilia including a couple of Rush items courtesy Alex Lifeson. From Denver Westword:

...In the front window there's Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson's monstrous amplifier (one of three he used during the 2010 Time Machine tour). It weighs 460 pounds and took six people to move. Lifeson's Gibson Howard Roberts acoustic guitar is on the second floor. ...

Neil Peart autographed drum headDrumsForCures, Inc. is a non-profit charity organization that produces Drumstrong events to raise awareness and funds for cancer survivorship, education and research globally that support people with cancer and those who love them. They currently have a rare, autographed Neil Peart drum head up for auction to raise money for the charity. From the auction listing:

Up for auction we have a very rare historical piece of music memorabilia for any RUSH fan or collector. An original 12"concert tom drum head that was mounted on Neil Peart's first drum kit with Rush (1974 chrome Slingerland) This head was used during "All the Worlds a Stage" tour and was later signed by Neil Peart himself on 9/26/2010. A Certificate of Authenticity will also be provided.

For all the details and to place your bid, visit the eBay listing page. The auction runs through this coming Sunday, June 15th.

Adrien Begrand at Stereogum posted an article earlier this week where he ranks all 20 of Rush's studio albums from best to worst. Heading up the list were Signals at #3, 2112 at #2 and Moving Pictures in the top spot. The bottom 3 were Roll the Bones at #18, Caress of Steel at #19 and Test for Echo took home the prize for worst Rush album. There's no doubt that many Rush fans will disagree with this list but - to his credit - the author does write extensively about each album on the list and why he ranked it where he did. You can check out the full list at this location. He also includes a quick ranking of Rush's live albums, with All the World's a Stage coming out on top. From my experience, it seems there's more agreement among Rush fans regarding which Rush albums are the best (Moving Pictures, 2112, etc.), rather than which are the worst (although even the worst Rush album is better than most of the stuff out there). Along these lines, I've decided to take the bottom half of the Stereogum album rankings and ask readers which of those albums is their favorite. I took out Feedback (since it's a covers EP and not technically a studio album) and Vapor Trails because last year's remix muddies the waters a bit (rankings are likely to differ wildly depending on whether asking about the original or the remix). Take the poll and let us know!

Country singer Tim McGraw has stated in the past that he's a big Rush fan. He's currently on tour and made a stop at the Klipsch Music Center in Indianapolis earlier this week and showed just how much of a Rush fan he is by wearing a Rush Hold Your Fire t-shirt during his performance. Several bootleg videos of the show where the t-shirt can be clearly seen are available on YouTube such as this one.

If any of you are members of the professional social networking site LinkedIn, you may already be a member of the LinkedIn Rush fan group. Jason Turk started the group a few years back when he joined LinkedIn and it has since grown to over 700 members. In the interest of wanting to take the group further, but not having the time to do so, he recently asked me if I'd be willing to take over ownership of the group and I had no problem accepting. I will strive to keep it updated with all the latest Rush news and information, and welcome all the other members to do so as well. So if you are on LinkedIn, please join the group. Thanks Jason!

Here are Geddy and Alex giving their acceptance speeches via video after receiving Honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from Nipissing University yesterday (Geddy, Alex).

That's all for this week. To all the Rush Dads out there - including Geddy, Alex and Neil - have a wonderful Father's Day! And speaking of Geddy Lee and fatherhood, it looks like Geddy's son Julian recently became a new father. According to this short post from 92 Citi FM's Howard Mandshein last week, Geddy Lee has become a grandfather for the first time and now has a grandson named Finean (thanks RushFanForever). Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rush to receive Honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from Nipissing University today at 2PM; live video stream available
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UPDATE - 6/14@6:01PM: Here are some new radio interviews with Geddy and Alex where they discuss their honorary degrees (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/13@5:27PM: Here's a short interview with Geddy from the North Bay Nugget (thanks RushFanForever):

... [It is] very cool, I like it a lot," says Lee. "I can razz my son about it, who is a real doctor. He did it the hard way." ... "I'm very disappointed we weren't able to come," says Lee. "I was really looking forward to it. We asked 'why can't you drop us off at Sudbury?', but the pilot said we couldn't. By the time we got back it was too late for us to drive up." Lee also said was most disappointed about not being able to mingle with the students. ...

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UPDATE - 6/13@9:09AM: Alex Lifeson was interviewed on the CBC Radio's Points North program yesterday to talk about the honor. He explains how their plane was forced to turn around and how they ended up taping the videos. Apparently they had originally planned to accept the award via video, but were unable due to technical difficulties. So they instead just taped the videos and posted them online. You can listen to the 8-minute interview online at this location (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/12@6:53PM: Both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have posted video acceptance speeches online (Geddy, Alex).

Thanks once again to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the links.

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UPDATE - 6/12@4:25PM: Here's a YouTube video of the ceremony (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net):

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UPDATE - 6/12@3:16PM: Rush was just awarded their honorary degrees in absentia.

UPDATE - 6/12@2:37PM: According to this tweet from 106.3 The Moose brand manager and morning show host Monaghan, Rush will not be able to attend the ceremony, although it looks like they had planned on it (thanks squintyt4e):

RUSH will not be attending today's convocation ceremony at Nipissing University. Plane was forced to return to Toronto due to weather.

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Nippissing UniversityWe learned last week that Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario would be awarding Honorary Doctorate of Music degrees to all three members of Rush as the university celebrates the 2014 graduating class this week. According to the University's website, the ceremony will take place today at 2PM EST and a live video stream is available online here. It's still not known whether any members of the band will be in attendance to receive the award. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Denver's remodeled Hard Rock Cafe includes new Rush memorabilia
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Denver's Hard Rock Cafe on the 16th Street Mall just went through a major remodel and got a new collection of nearly 200 pieces of memorabilia including a couple of Rush items courtesy Alex Lifeson. From Denver Westword:

...In the front window there's Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson's monstrous amplifier (one of three he used during the 2010 Time Machine tour). It weighs 460 pounds and took six people to move. Lifeson's Gibson Howard Roberts acoustic guitar is on the second floor. ...

The article also includes photos of both Alex's amp and guitar as seen here.

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Alex Lifeson guest appearance in new Netflix movie Trailer Park Boys: Live in Fu**in' Dublin
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While touring the Ricky, Julian and Bubbles Community Service Variety Show last year, footage from The Trailer Park Boy's May 9, 2013 performance at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland was collected for a concert film. The film was released as a Netflix Original program this past Sunday June 1st in the US and is titled Trailer Park Boys: Live in Fu**in' Dublin. The beginning of the film shows an excited Bubbles tell Ricky and Julian that he has won a Rush internet contest to determine Rush's biggest fan. To enter the contest, Bubbles had Ricky and Julian help him recreate Rush's Closer to the Heart video - kimonos and all - as pictured in this screenshot. Bubbles dresses up as Alex, Julian as Neil and Ricky (with fake nose) is Geddy Lee. A portion of the video shoot can be seen towards the beginning of the film at about the 2-minute mark. Alex Lifeson sends Bubbles a video telling him that he won, and the boys all gather around a laptop computer to watch it at about the 5-minute mark in the film (screenshot here). Alex congratulates Bubbles on the video, but points out that Ricky's performance really sucked. He also informs him that as winners of the contest he and 3 friends will get flown to Dublin in a private jet to see the band's show there along with a $1000 spending money. The film's opening credits then run with Rush's Limelight playing in the background as the guys get on the Rush plane to Ireland. They then get arrested after they land and are sentenced by a court to serve community service by throwing a puppet show discouraging drug and alcohol use. The actual live concert footage is then shown starting at around the 19-minute mark. The show includes a partial live performance of Closer to the Heart and Limelight by Bubbles at about the 1-hr, 10-minute mark. At the end of the film they then play the actual Rush video for Closer to the Heart alongside the Trailer Park Boys recreation as the credits run. Thanks to khrush for the heads up.

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Neil Peart autographed drum head DrumsForCures charity auction
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Neil Peart autographed drum headDrumsForCures, Inc. is a non-profit charity organization that produces Drumstrong events to raise awareness and funds for cancer survivorship, education and research globally that support people with cancer and those who love them. They currently have a rare, autographed Neil Peart drum head up for auction to raise money for the charity. From the auction listing:

Up for auction we have a very rare historical piece of music memorabilia for any RUSH fan or collector. An original 12"concert tom drum head that was mounted on Neil Peart's first drum kit with Rush (1974 chrome Slingerland) This head was used during "All the Worlds a Stage" tour and was later signed by Neil Peart himself on 9/26/2010. A Certificate of Authenticity will also be provided.

For all the details and to place your bid, visit the eBay listing page. The auction runs through this coming Sunday, June 15th. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tim McGraw wears a Rush Hold Your Fire t-shirt at Indianapolis tour stop last night
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Country singer Tim McGraw has stated in the past that he's a big Rush fan. He's currently on tour and made a stop at the Klipsch Music Center in Indianapolis last night and showed just how much of a Rush fan he is by wearing a Rush Hold Your Fire t-shirt during his performance. Several bootleg videos of the show where the t-shirt can be clearly seen are available on YouTube such as this one. Thanks to Facebook user Cory C for the heads up.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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The new book from veteran music writer Max Mobley titled Rush FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Rock's Greatest Power Trio began shipping from Amazon and other retailers earlier this week and is now available for purchase. 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 250 pages and includes a foreword from Donna Halper. You can check out a copy of the introduction in this post and read a couple of 5-star reviews of the book at Goodreads.com. Order your copy of Rush FAQ at this location.

Nippissing UniversityNipissing University in North Bay, Ontario recently announced that they will be bestowing honorary degrees to all three members of Rush along with 6 other Canadians as the university celebrates the 2014 graduating class next week. It wasn't made clear in the announcement whether or not one or more of the band members will be attending the ceremony.

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2014 took place this past week in San Francisco, and in Monday's keynote presentation Apple introduced a number of new features in both OSX and iOS, including some new Safari browser search features. When demonstrating these features, Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi typed rush in the search bar and Rush's Wikipedia page came up as a suggested location. You can watch the Rush reference in Apple's video of the event online here at about the 28-minute mark and check out a screenshot here. Federighi is a big Rush fan and also used Rush as an example during an Apple special event back in September when demonstrating to the audience how to make an iTunes radio station.

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 last 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.

Over the past several weeks Ultimate Classic Rock has been running a bracket-style poll to determine the next inductee into their Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame. Rush was one of the nominees this go-around and after narrowly defeating Judas Priest, Journey and Kansas over the past few weeks they were officially inducted into the UCR Hall of Fame earlier this week. The last round against Kansas was especially close but Rush ended up winning with 50.8% of the vote. Congratulations to Rush and everyone who voted. Consequence of Sound has also been running a bracket-style poll over the last few weeks in order to determine the Greatest Drummer of All Time. Neil Peart made it to the final round after defeating Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon and Mike Portnoy, where he was pitted against the legendary John Bonham. Voting ended last Friday at 5PM and Neil ended up defeating Bonzo with a whopping 87% of the vote. You can check out the complete results here.

Rush and Google driverless carSan Francisco Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub describes himself as the San Francisco Chronicle's biggest Rush fan and this past Wednesday he posted an article titled Driverless cars and Red Barchettas: Did Rush predict a Google-controlled future? In the article Hartlaub performs a tongue-in-cheek analysis of Rush's Red Barchetta as it relates to Google's recent unveiling of the latest version of its driverless vehicle, a two-seater that has no steering wheel or other driver controls. On a related note, The Marist College Circle recently posted a Commuter's guide to great driving music and chose Rush's Tom Sawyer as one of the songs highlighted:

... Instead of screaming and cursing at the cars around you, a more sane activity is to participate in the classic art of steering wheel drumming. It's like having a full drum kit right in front of you, and a full kit is necessary if you want to rock out like Rush's Neil Peart. Widely regarded as one of rock's greatest drummers, Peart crafted the ultimate car drumming song with 1981's "Tom Sawyer," one of the band's most accessible and well-known tracks. The song contains everything from a steady beat, to a drum solo, to a section of 7/8 time-the perfect components to jam along to on the wheel while stuck in traffic.

VH1 posted their list of the 10 Most High-Pitched Singers In Heavy Metal And Hard Rock earlier this week and Geddy Lee made the cut at #7. Here's what they had to say:

The Rush bassist is a natural tenor, and though he doesn't always go for the highest of high notes, he isn't afraid to let it fly to put a song over the top, such as on the classic rock radio standard "Closer To The Heart".

Speaking of Geddy Lee, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello was recently interviewed for Ultimate Guitar and talked about how he grew up without a father and instead saw Steve Harris, Geddy Lee and Geezer Butler as surrogate dads:

... my heroes were bass players. I guess everybody needs somebody to look up to. I didn't grow up with a dad so my heroes I guess - or whatever you want to call them - heroes or father figures, guys to look up to that gave me a goal were my bass player guys. I call them Steve Harris, Geddy Lee and Geezer Butler. Those guys made me want to play bass. ...

CBS Sports writer and music junkie Matt Norlander tweeted out a challenge earlier this week where he created a list of rock stars and assigned a dollar amount from $1-10 to each one. He then asks the Twittersphere to create a 5-piece fictional rock band by spending $25. Geddy Lee is on the bass player list with a value of $7, and Neil Peart topped the drummer list with a $10 assigned value. Thanks to dman2332 for the heads up.

This coming Thursday, June 12th will mark the 2nd anniversary of the release of Rush's Clockwork Angels album. Can you believe it's been 2 years already!? To celebrate, here's video of a Clockwork Angels album Q&A session with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson hosted by Jeff Woods from around the time of the release. You can check it out below or at this link:

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

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Rush to receive honorary degrees from Nipissing University
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UPDATE - 6/11@2:09PM: It looks like the ceremony will take place tomorrow, June 12th at 2PM according to this article. There is also a live video stream available at this location.

Nippissing UniversityNipissing University in North Bay, Ontario has announced that they will be bestowing honorary degrees to all three members of Rush along with 6 other Canadians as the university celebrates the 2014 graduating class next week. From the announcement:

..."Convocation is the highlight of the year and we are honoured that these extraordinary individuals will help us celebrate our graduates," said Dr. Mike DeGagné, President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University. "The nine honourees are remarkable Canadians who have helped make our world better. It is very rewarding that they each recognize the distinct value of Nipissing University and support our mission and vision to the extent that they are accepting our highest honour, solidifying their connection to our institution." ...

It wasn't made clear in the announcement whether or not one or more of the band members will be attending the ceremony. Thanks to Bill C for the heads up.

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Driverless cars and Red Barchettas: Did Rush predict a Google-controlled future?
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Rush and Google driverless carSan Francisco Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub describes himself as the San Francisco Chronicle's biggest Rush fan and earlier today he posted an article titled Driverless cars and Red Barchettas: Did Rush predict a Google-controlled future? In the article Hartlaub performs a tongue-in-cheek analysis of Rush's Red Barchetta as it relates to Google's recent unveiling of the latest version of its driverless vehicle, a two-seater that has no steering wheel or other driver controls. His analysis brings him to the conclusion that the white haired uncle in the song is none other than George Lucas:

... I've listened to this song 17,827 times in my life, and never understood the second and third lines in this stanza until I looked them up today. But this all fits together now.

"The valley" = Lucas Valley Road.
"One-lane bridge" = Nicasio Valley Road Bridge.
"The riverside" = Nicasio Creek.
The "fireside" and "farm" = Skywalker Ranch.

Does George Lucas pay off the government to look away from his property? Does he secretly install a cloaking device above Skywalker Ranch to jam the Google Earth sensors? I'm pretty sure the answers to these questions are somewhere in the lyrics of Signals, Rush's follow-up album after Moving Pictures. Listening very closely for clues in "The Analog Kid."

Is it too late for humanity? Probably. But it's not too late to declare Neil Peart a prophet. Someone should go write his words on the subway walls. Or at least apologize for all the "worst song lyrics" lists he has appeared on.

I'm going to go hug my children now. You should do the same. Then I'm working on my theory that "2112" from Rush's 2112 is coming true as well. It all starts when the public schools cut their music programs, people...

You can read the entire article at the San Francisco Chronicle website here.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Max Mobley's new Rush FAQ book now available for purchase
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The new book from veteran music writer Max Mobley titled Rush FAQ: All That's Left To Know About Rock's Greatest Power Trio is now available and began shipping from Amazon and other retailers over the past few days. 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 250 pages and includes a foreword from Donna Halper. You can check out a copy of the introduction in this post and read a couple of 5-star reviews of the book at Goodreads.com. You can order your copy of Rush FAQ at this location.

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Rush used to demonstrate new Safari search features at WWDC
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The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2014 is taking place all this week and kicked off yesterday in San Francisco. In the keynote presentation Apple introduced a number of new features in both OSX and iOS, including some new Safari browser search features. When demonstrating these features, Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi typed rush in the search bar and Rush's Wikipedia page came up as a suggested location. You can watch the Rush reference in Apple's video of the event online here at about the 28-minute mark and check out a screenshot here (thanks Phil Simon). Federighi is a big Rush fan and also used Rush as an example during an Apple special event back in September when demonstrating to the audience how to make an iTunes radio station.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Tiles Off the Floor 02 giveaway contest: win a poster signed by Tiles and Terry Brown
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UPDATE - 6/2@5:54PM: The contest is over and the winners have been chosen. Congratulations to the grand prize winner Jack S of New Jersey who will be receiving a copy of Off the Floor 02 along with a poster signed by Tiles and Terry Brown. The 2 runners-up are Brian R and Andre B both of whom will receive a copy of Off the Floor 02. The answer to the question regarding the song that Alex Lifeson made a guest appearance on was Sacred & Mundane off of the 2008 Tiles album Fly Paper. Thanks for playing everybody!

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Tiles Off the Floor 02Detroit-based prog rockers Tiles have a number of connections to Rush; their last 2 studio albums (Window Dressing and Fly Paper) were produced by former Rush producer Terry Brown, Rush album artist Hugh Syme does all the album artwork for Tiles (he also played piano and keyboard on a few tracks), and Alex Lifeson performed on one of the tracks from the band's last studio album. Back in 2012 the band celebrated their 20th anniversary with a live release titled Off the Floor which was mixed by Terry Brown. They'll continue the celebration with a follow-up piece (also mixed by Terry) titled Off the Floor 02 which releases tomorrow. In celebration of the anniversary and tomorrow's release, the band has graciously offered to give away 3 copies of Off the Floor 02 along with one grand prize of a Tiles poster signed by the band and Terry Brown. To be eligible for the prize, just send an email (using the contact form or directly to rushisaband@gmail.com) with the answer to the following question between now and 5PM EST today:

On which Tiles song did Alex Lifeson guest, which also marked the first time in 25 years a member of Rush reunited musically with Terry Brown.

Be sure to include the words Tiles giveaway, your answer and your mailing address in the email body. One grand prize winner will be randomly selected from those providing the correct answer and will receive the autographed poster and a copy of Off the Floor 02. The 2 runners up will receive a copy of Off the Floor 02. To learn more about the Off the Floor project and to purchase a copy, just visit the website at this location. Here's a synopsis of the album:

The second installment of Tiles' 20th Anniversary celebration, "Off the Floor 02" continues with more live-in-the-studio performances of staples from the band's live sets. Taken from the same sessions as "Off the Floor (01)," the track list draws from each of the band's five studio albums and gives the listener more than carbon copies of the studio versions with a healthy dose of improvisation, a bit of re-imagining and even a little new music in the form of a bass & drums interlude.

For this 2-disc Limited Edition version, Tiles dug into their archives and dusted off a few tunes from their appearance at the 2005 Rites of Spring Festival. These songs are not reprised on either "Off the Floor" disc - and feature the only recorded full performance of the epic "Window Dressing." Also included are two bonus videos from the "Off the Floor" sessions.

"Off the Floor 02" provides a fresh look at some old songs, adds a few new things, and gives Tiles fans something to tide them over until the next studio release appears in 2015...

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Rush inducted into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Neil Peart named Greatest Drummer of All Time
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Rush UCR HOFOver the past several weeks Ultimate Classic Rock has been running a bracket-style poll to determine the next inductee into their Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame. Rush was one of the nominees this go-around and after narrowly defeating Judas Priest, Journey and Kansas over the past few weeks have now been officially inducted into the UCR Hall of Fame. The last round against Kansas was especially close but Rush ended up winning with 50.8% of the vote. Congratulations to Rush and everyone who voted. Consequence of Sound has also been running a bracket-style poll over the last few weeks in order to determine the Greatest Drummer of All Time. Neil Peart made it to the final round after defeating Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon and Mike Portnoy, where he was pitted against the legendary John Bonham. Voting ended this past Friday at 5PM and Neil ended up defeating Bonzo with a whopping 87% of the vote. You can check out the complete results here.

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