Archive: Blog Entries from July, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rush the subject of new course at Tiffin University
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Tiffin UniversityTiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio will be offering a new course this fall titled Rush: Progressive Rock and Modern Society. From the Advertiser-Tribune:

... [the course will] explore the musical and cultural issues of the 1970s and '80s, according to course instructor and adjunct professor Nathan Santos. Santos proposed the course and is designing the curriculum for the 2014-15 academic year. He said students in the special topics course are to analyze progressive rock, along with its musical elements, lyrical themes, historical, social and cultural content and its significance within the development of popular music styles. The 15-week course, for three credit hours, already is filling up, he said. The course is centered on the music and styles of Rush ... Santos said students are to look at the style changes the band went through over the years and how bands withstand changes to continue to create music. "It is a good lesson for our students who are pursuing a career in the music field," he said. "The band played an important part in our culture and heritage and the commercial music industry." Rush is the focus of the course, but also a starting point, he said. Other topics include literature, philosophy, politics, technology, songwriting, biographys, life on the road and album covers. Santos has been teaching at TU since 1998, mostly music history. ... "I had always thought a course focused on (Rush) would be a neat idea, (but) never had the chance to do it," he said. ... "Rush is trying to communicate a message," he said. "We want to take that and look at where we are today and how we got there."

Thanks to RushFanForever and John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy 61st birthday Geddy Lee, and happy 40th anniversary of Neil Peart joining Rush!
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UPDATE - 7/29@9:46PM: Ultimate Classic Rock put together a nice article detailing the events surrounding Neil Peart's joining of Rush, including some relevant past interview snippets with the band. And Rush.com sent out a newsletter commemorating both events (Geddy's birthday and Neil Peart's 40th anniversary), complete with details on some new swag from the Rush Backstage Club to celebrate.

Neil and GeddyOn this day back in 1953, our favorite singer/bassist - Gary Lee Weinrib (aka Geddy Lee) - was born in Willowdale, Toronto. That makes Geddy 61 years young today! Not only is today Geddy's birthday, but it also marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most important events in Rush history; 40 years ago on July 29th, 1974, Neil Peart joined Rush, replacing original drummer John Rutsey. He's been the new guy in the band ever since. The day after Neil joined the band Rush bought equipment for their first tour at Long and McQuade Music in Toronto, including Geddy's black Rickenbacker, Alex's Gibson Les Paul Deluxe and Neil's Slingerland kit (aka Chromey)... and the rest - as they say - is history. Happy birthday Geddy! And happy 40th anniversary to the new guy!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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The Wilderness of Manitoba's upcoming Between Colours albumAlthough Rush has been on hiatus so far this year, Alex Lifeson has been keeping himself very busy with a number of side projects. He appeared on John Wesley's Disconnect album where he played a guitar solo on the track Once a Warrior, he executive produced and played guitar on Keram Malicki-Sanchez's Come to Life album, and he's been working with the David Barrett Trio on their 2nd full length CD. And that's not all! Earlier this week we learned that Lifeson also makes a guest appearance on The Wilderness of Manitoba's upcoming Between Colours album. From Exclaim.ca:

... Between Colours will be out on September 16 on Pheromone Recordings. The album was laid down at Revolution Recording in Toronto with producer Joe Dunphy (Skydiggers, By Divine Right, Elliott Brood). Guests include Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (who plays a guitar solo) and Rheostatics member Michael Phillip Wojewoda (who contributes theremin), plus a handful of drummers. The album is split into two distinct sides, with the first five songs representing "day" and back half representing "night." It's apparently an evolution from the band's past work, and a press release describes it like this: "The expanding instrumentation and layered guitar and synth effects combine to create one-listen pop hooks and adventurous sonic exploration." ...

The article includes the album art along with a track listing, but doesn't indicate what song Alex's guitar solo appears on. There's also a preview of the track Leave Someone over at SoundCloud.

Live Kings Photo SetCygnus Photo SetA couple of weeks ago the Rush Backstage Club released two special limited edition Rush photo sets; a Kings Live Set and a Cygnus Live Set. Each is limited to 50 sets and include 3 iconic photographs of the band from rock photographer Fin Costello, and unfortunately it looks like both sets are now sold out. For all the details, visit the Rush Backstage Club (Live Kings Photo Set, Cygnus Photo Set). On a related note, the Andrew MacNaughtan Photographic Arts site recently sent out a newsletter regarding some recently discovered rare Rush prints from the late Andrew MacNaughtan's photo archive. You can get all the details in this post or at www.andrewmacnaughtan.net

Audio Fidelity's SACD version of Rush's Presto became available for purchase via the Audio Fidelity website earlier this month, and is now also available from other online retailers such as Amazon as of July 15th. If you purchase it directly from Audio Fidelity you can use the code SCARS20 at checkout to get 20% off of your order. Presto is 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.

John Petrucci - Dream TheaterGuitar World recently published a feature where they interview Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci to talk about Rush's 2112 - the album that changed his life. From the interview:

If I had to pick a favorite band of all time, it would be Rush. ... 2112 was the first time I heard something where, lyrically, it didn't have to just be about the typical rock and roll topics, that it could be about something more heady or esoteric, something that makes you think. That really influenced me as a lyricist. I was also blown away by how a three-piece band could sound so majestic and huge and play in a style that's inherently rock and roll yet still pushes the boundaries of what they're doing musically-this idea of being experimental, using different time signatures and not really being concerned about song length and traditional constraints. I can't tell you how huge of an impact that had on me. 2112 basically set the course for my musical career and how I approached Dream Theater.

Rush showed up on a couple more Music Times lists over the past week. In the first, they threw together 8 Bands Where Every Member Writes Songs and Rush made the cut at #6:

Though Rush drummer Neil Peart rarely contributes musical composition to the band's songs, which are mostly written by bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson, he's been the band's primary lyricist since he joined back in 1974, which means all three members of Rush are consistently collaborating.

And Rush'a All the World's a Stage made their list of 8 Album Titles Inspired By Literature, coming in at #2:

The title of Rush's 1976 live album All The World's A Stage is taken from a famous line from William Shakespeare's As You Like It, which lyricist Neil Peart would reuse in 1981 for the song "Limelight," about the alienating life of a famous musician.

Speaking of All the World's a Stage, the August 2014 issue of Modern Drummer magazine contains a feature titled Great Drum Covers where they profile some classic LP artwork with a drum-centric attitude. Rush's live album All the World's a Stage is one of the albums featured as seen here (thanks Asif K).

John RutseyToday is the 40th anniversary of original Rush drummer John Rutsey's last show playing with Rush which took place at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario on July 25, 1974. In recognition of this anniversary, Ultimate Classic Rock posted an article earlier today where they look at the history of Rush with Rutsey, focusing on how he helped form the band, why he eventually left and how he was snubbed at Rush's Rock Hall induction last year. 4 days after Rutsey left the band on Geddy Lee's 21st birthday, Rutsey's replacement Neil Peart joined the band. So this coming Tuesday, July 29th is not only Geddy Lee's 61st birthday, it's also the 40th anniversary of this important day in the annals of Rush history. Neil's first show with the band took place a couple of weeks after he joined the band on August 14, 1974 at the Pittsburgh Civic Center Arena opening for Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann. Here's a bootleg audio recording of Finding My Way, the song they opened their set with:

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

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci on Rush's 2112
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John Petrucci - Dream TheaterGuitar World recently published a feature where they interview Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci to talk about Rush's 2112 - the album that changed his life. From the interview:

If I had to pick a favorite band of all time, it would be Rush. ... 2112 was the first time I heard something where, lyrically, it didn't have to just be about the typical rock and roll topics, that it could be about something more heady or esoteric, something that makes you think. That really influenced me as a lyricist. I was also blown away by how a three-piece band could sound so majestic and huge and play in a style that's inherently rock and roll yet still pushes the boundaries of what they're doing musically-this idea of being experimental, using different time signatures and not really being concerned about song length and traditional constraints. I can't tell you how huge of an impact that had on me. 2112 basically set the course for my musical career and how I approached Dream Theater.

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

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Alex Lifeson guest appearance on The Wilderness of Manitoba's upcoming Between Colours album
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UPDATE - 8/4@9:06PM: Reader RushFanForever sent a Facebook message to the band and learned that the track Alex Lifeson plays on is titled Shift.

The Wilderness of Manitoba's upcoming Between Colours albumAccording to Exclaim.ca, Alex Lifeson makes a guest appearance on Toronto-based folk rock trio The Wilderness of Manitoba's upcoming Between Colours album. From the article:

... Between Colours will be out on September 16 on Pheromone Recordings. The album was laid down at Revolution Recording in Toronto with producer Joe Dunphy (Skydiggers, By Divine Right, Elliott Brood). Guests include Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (who plays a guitar solo) and Rheostatics member Michael Phillip Wojewoda (who contributes theremin), plus a handful of drummers. The album is split into two distinct sides, with the first five songs representing "day" and back half representing "night." It's apparently an evolution from the band's past work, and a press release describes it like this: "The expanding instrumentation and layered guitar and synth effects combine to create one-listen pop hooks and adventurous sonic exploration." ...

The article includes the album art along with a track listing, but doesn't indicate what song Alex's guitar solo appears on. There's also a preview of the track Leave Someone over at SoundCloud.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rush limited edition live photo sets now available at the Rush Backstage Club
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UPDATE - 7/25@10:06AM: It looks like both sets are now sold out.

Live Kings Photo SetCygnus Photo SetA couple of weeks ago the Rush Backstage Club released two special limited edition Rush photo sets; a Kings Live Set and a Cygnus Live Set. From Rush.com:

The Live Kings Photo Set contains three iconic photographs taken during the A Farewell to Kings Tour by renowned rock photographer Fin Costello. The Cygnus Photo Set contains candid photographs of Geddy and Neil during the A Farewell to Kings Tour and of Alex during the recording of the Hemispheres album also by photographer Fin Costello. Limited to only 50 sets, printed on high-quality photographic paper, each photo has been hand numbered and then signed by the respective band member, and every frame comes with a designated Certificate of Authenticity indicating both the photo and its number in the collection.

For all the details and to purchase the sets, visit the Rush Backstage Club (Live Kings Photo Set, Cygnus Photo Set).

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Recently discovered rare Andrew MacNaughtan Rush prints now available
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Andrew MacNaughtan - photo courtesy Paul BeaulieuThe Andrew MacNaughtan Photographic Arts site recently sent out the following newsletter regarding some recently discovered rare Rush prints:

... A very small amount of high demand prints have been found. In clearing out Andrew's Studio we have found some great prints we thought were long gone and because so many of you have asked about them we have decided to make them available for a limited time.

These include some of the most popular prints and print series in the history of Andrew's Art Store including the popular and instantly sold out 30th Anniversary Series. We are so happy to be able to share them with all of you who have been so loyal and kind to Andrew and his memory.

New Found Prints Include:
* Neil with Drum Kit V (Snakes & Arrows)
* Red Rocks Reverse
* Roll the Bones
* Neil (Under Bridge)
* Neil Snakes & Arrows Recording Session - Autographed
* Rush Snakes & Arrows Recording Session - Autographed by all 3 Band Members (Very rare Original set of 3 Prints)
* Rush B&W Couch
* Neil Live - Autographed by Neil

And as promised:
* Geddy Lee 30th Anniversary -Autographed by Geddy
* Alex Lifeson 30th Anniversary -Autographed By Alex
* Neil Peart 30th Anniversary -Autographed By Neil

Please note some of these items are listed as "not numbered", which means they were spare prints Andrew had made to use in case of errors or to donate to some of the Band's charitable endeavors. We have kept this in mind in our pricing and have made them less expensive than those that are numbered. The value on those prints has greatly increased in the past decade. Ultimately we felt these were better shared with you fans who have been asking for them, than sitting in storage.

So check out the store and enjoy. www.andrewmacnaughtan.net

Many thanks again to all of you from Andrew's Family and his Rush Family for your continued support and kindness. Being able to share his work with all of you after losing him means so much to us all.

Andrew MacNaughtan was Rush's longtime photographer and close friend who passed away in early 2012 of a heart attack. To purchase any of the prints listed above, just visit www.andrewmacnaughtan.net.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Although Rush hasn't been up to much lately, there was a good bit of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson news to report this past week. A couple of short, new interviews with our favorite front-man/bassist surfaced along with the news that Geddy will be featured in an upcoming Primus biography. Earlier this week Classic Rock magazine released a special, 244-page issue to celebrate their 200th edition. The issue includes a short, 1-page interview with Geddy Lee with the tagline The Rush Man on Life and Love Outside the Band where Geddy talks about family. Eric over at Power Windows has transcribed the 1-page interview and made it available online here. When asked whether his children are Rush fans here's what Geddy had to say:

I don't think so! I think it was difficult for my son, as a teenage boy in Canada, where we're considered very mainstream. I think it was hard for him at school to be independent, so he tried to create a life away from being my son. He's an academic now and I'm incredibly proud of him. And he's about to become a father himself. I think it was easier for my daughter, as a girl at a girls' school, because they weren't so bothered about Rush and my kind of music.

Geddy was also the subject of a cover feature for the latest issue of Terroni magazine. The magazine is published by the Terroni Italian restaurant chain in Toronto and Los Angeles. Although the interview focuses on Geddy's wine collecting and there's not much talk of Rush, the feature's tagline mentions that the band is in the midst of planning a 41st anniversary tour, which is a good sign. We haven't heard any word regarding the anticipated 2015 tour since Alex Lifeson first mentioned it in a Rolling Stone interview back in March. You can read the entire 2-page interview feature online at this location and there's also this transcription posted over at Power Windows. As I'd mentioned above, Geddy Lee is one of the many artists interviewed for author/journalist Greg Prato's new Primus biography Primus: Over the Electric Grapevine. The book is an oral history and biography of Primus as told through a series of over fifty interviews with a number of the band's peers in the music industry including Rush's Geddy Lee. Primus first opened for Rush on the Roll the Bones tour and have remained good friends with the band ever since. The book is slated for release on September 16th and can be pre-ordered at this location.

Alex Lifeson was one of many Canadian celebrities that participated in the Smilezone Foundation's second annual charity golf tournament at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club this past Monday. Toronto Sports Media writer Mark Szaniawski attended the tournament and tweeted out a photo of himself with Alex Lifeson that you can check out here.

We learned a couple of weeks ago that a new, arts-themed park in the Toronto neighborhood of Willowdale will likely be named after 2 of Willowdale's most famous residents - Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. The proposed Lee Lifeson Art Park is slated to begin construction next year as described in Willowdale Councillor John Fillon's written proposal to the North York Community Council last month. The idea was first put forth at a consultation meeting held on April 22, 2014 and was very favorably received by residents. InsideToronto reported yesterday that the proposal is scheduled to come before the North York community council on August 12th and is expected to be approved:

... The name has been applauded by residents at two community meetings and Lee and Lifeson are pleased with the honour, Willowdale Councillor John Filion said. "They were wonderful about it. They asked a lot of questions," he said about meeting with the band mates about the idea in May. "They said they would be honoured to have a park like this named after them." ... Lee and Lifeson launched Rush as students of Fisherville Junior High School, northeast of Bathurst Street and Drewry Avenue, in the late 1960s. "All their early rehearsals were at their parents' homes in Willowdale. Most of their early gigs were at local high schools, like Earl Haig," Filion said. "They're very connected to Willowdale and they're very renowned musicians." ...

The park will be built next year northeast of Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue between Hillcrest and Princess avenue, east of Gladys Allison Place. A sign with the park's proposed name is currently posted on Hillcrest Avenue near Yonge and Sheppard as shown in this photo.

Audio Fidelity's SACD version of Rush's Presto became available for purchase via the Audio Fidelity website last week, and is now also available from other online retailers such as Amazon as of this past Tuesday, July 15th. If you purchase it directly from Audio Fidelity you can use the code SCARS20 at checkout to get 20% off of your order. Presto is 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.

Wednesday evening I was a guest on the inHALE-exHALE podcast on Blog Talk Radio. I talked Rush with host Kevin Hale for about 25 minutes and you can listen to the conversation online here.

Attention all planets of the Solar Federation! In a very interesting coincidence (or is it?), a team of astronomers recently conducted a survey of 22 red giant stars, and one of them stood out because of its unusual spectrum. The red star in question is named HV 2112! You can read all about the discovery on astrophysicist Brian Koberlein's blog here (thanks Eric at Power Windows). Speaking of 2112, Prog Sphere posted their list of the Top 30 Progressive Rock Concept Albums earlier this week and Rush's 2112 made the cut at #10 (thanks RushFanForever):

The science fiction theme comes front and center in the first few seconds of the song, erupting with a trippy spacy intro that was very rare for the time. While the music is very hard rock centered, the concept and theme of the music gives it a very progressive dimension to it.

2112 was also the subject of the latest Counterbalance column at PopMatters.com, where authors Jason Mendelsohn (a Rush fan) and Eric Klinger (not a Rush fan) debate the themes surrounding the album's title track. You can read their back-n-forth argument at this location. Continuing with the 2112 theme, Music Times posted a list of 11 Great Albums That Open With Their Longest Song and Rush's 2112 and Hemispheres made the cut at 9 and 10 respecitvely:

Continuing the prog tradition of sidelong songs was Rush, who proved to be a major force in progressive rock with its fourth album 2112, which opens with its 20-minute sci-fi epic title track. The band would take its progressive leanings to the extreme with its 1978 album Hemispheres, which opens with the 18-minute "Cygnus X-1: Book II - Hemispheres."

Music Times also posted their list of 6 Artists From The '70s Who Did Well In The '80s earlier this week and Rush took the top spot:

Prog-rock in the '70s was mostly contained to England, but Rush was one of the rare North American bands to tackle the genre, doing so with a hard rock intensity that Yes and Genesis often lacked. Though many of its prog peers went into the '80s with their best days behind them, Rush was cleverly morphing itself with the times, incorporating new wave into its sound to create three of its strongest albums: Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures, and Signals.

Yes drummer Alan White was interviewed for a feature in the Cleveland Plain Dealer earlier this week and spoke a little about Rush and the Rock Hall:

... What hasn't been accepted in at least some circles of America, despite the induction of Rush in 2013, is that prog-rock has a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "One would have thought so," White said when asked if he felt the enshrinement of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart had opened the door for other prog-rock bands. "I went to the awards ceremony for that," ... Lifeson's acceptance speech - several minutes of nothing but the word "blah," was a statement, at least in White's mind. "You heard the guitarist," White said. "I think he was making excuses: 'I don't know why we're getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Yes isn't. We modeled our music on Yes music, and they're not in yet.'" ...

A satirical story over at Over the Top Metal News garnered a lot of attention from some gullible Rush fans this past week. The story claims that Tom Hanks will be playing Neil Peart in an upcoming Rush bio movie titled Moving Pictures: The Rush Story. It would be cool if it was true, but it's not. :)

Cracked.com posted a list of disturbing song choices for ad campaigns and Walmart's use of Rush's Working Man in a commercial earlier this year made the cut at #3 with the tagline Walmart Honors Hard Work With a Song About How Much Work Sucks. You can check out the complete list online here.

Reader John T let me know of a Rush reference he noticed in the July 14th issue of People magazine. On one page of the magazine they profile ABC Family Baby Daddy co-stars Derek Theler and Jean-Luc Bilodeau who also happen to be roommates in real life. Bilodeau's profile includes a photo of him in his bedroom with a couple of Rush album's framed on the wall behind him, and a vinyl copy of Signals opened up on the bed he's sitting on. You can check out a photo of the profile here.

Tool guitarist Adam Jones was recently conducted a Q&A for VIP fans and a transcript was posted to the Tool fan site Fourtheye.net. Jones was asked the question, Besides Rush, what other bands were anchors in your life? and answered by saying, Rush was the band that made Adam appreciate music. The album 2112 changed his life and perspective on music. (thanks chris s).

BBC Radio 2 is attempting to determine the Top 100 Greatest Guitar Riffs with the help of their listeners and Rush's The Spirit of Radio is one of the song's nominated. If you are a UK resident you can vote for the song at this location (thanks Gabriel). And speaking of The Spirit of Radio, the song was included on Dr. William Irwin's happy song playlist that he posted for the Psychology Today website last month (thanks RushFanForever).

In celebration of Bastille Day this past Monday, the Keno Album Reviewer site posted a review of Rush's Caress of Steel album which you can check out here. The review received such a great response that they also decided to post a review of Clockwork Angels a couple of days later which you can read here.

The RatCon 2014 Rush fan convention took place this past weekend at Club Carnie in Marlboro, NJ and was a HUGE success. You can check out photos and videos from the event on the official RatCon Facebook page. Here's the video of LanceTheShred introducing Donna Halper and opening up the festivities, Donna's speech and kRUSH's first set:

Speaking of Rush fan conventions, the folks at RushCon have posted the full schedule of events for this year's convention which takes place August 22-24 in Toronto. For all the details and to register, just visit RushCon.org. That's all for this week. Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Update on proposed Lee Lifeson Art Park in Toronto's Willowdale neighborhood
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We learned a couple of weeks ago that a new, arts-themed park in the Toronto neighborhood of Willowdale will likely be named after 2 of Willowdale's most famous residents - Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. The proposed Lee Lifeson Art Park is slated to begin construction next year as described in Willowdale Councillor John Fillon's written proposal to the North York Community Council last month. The idea was first put forth at a consultation meeting held on April 22, 2014 and was very favorably received by residents. InsideToronto reported this morning that the proposal is scheduled to come before the North York community council on August 12th and is expected to be approved:

... The name has been applauded by residents at two community meetings and Lee and Lifeson are pleased with the honour, Willowdale Councillor John Filion said. "They were wonderful about it. They asked a lot of questions," he said about meeting with the band mates about the idea in May. "They said they would be honoured to have a park like this named after them." ... Lee and Lifeson launched Rush as students of Fisherville Junior High School, northeast of Bathurst Street and Drewry Avenue, in the late 1960s. "All their early rehearsals were at their parents' homes in Willowdale. Most of their early gigs were at local high schools, like Earl Haig," Filion said. "They're very connected to Willowdale and they're very renowned musicians." ...

The park will be built next year northeast of Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue between Hillcrest and Princess avenue, east of Gladys Allison Place. A sign with the park's proposed name is currently posted on Hillcrest Avenue near Yonge and Sheppard as shown in this photo (thanks Facebook user Warren D).

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Geddy Lee featured in special 200th edition of Classic Rock magazine
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UPDATE - 7/17@11:03AM: Eric over at Power Windows has transcribed the 1-page interview and made it available online here. When asked whether his children are Rush fans here's what Geddy had to say:

I don't think so! I think it was difficult for my son, as a teenage boy in Canada, where we're considered very mainstream. I think it was hard for him at school to be independent, so he tried to create a life away from being my son. He's an academic now and I'm incredibly proud of him. And he's about to become a father himself. I think it was easier for my daughter, as a girl at a girls' school, because they weren't so bothered about Rush and my kind of music.

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Tomorrow on July 16th, Classic Rock magazine will be releasing a special, 244-page issue to celebrate their 200th edition. The issue will include a short, 1-page interview with Geddy Lee with the tagline The Rush Man on Life and Love Outside the Band where Geddy talks about family. The 200th Classic Rock will be available on newsstands beginning tomorrow and has already started shipping out to subscribers. Facebook user Alan D already received his copy and posted a photo of the feature which you can check out here.

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Alex Lifeson participates in Smilezone charity golf tournament
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Alex Lifeson was one of many Canadian celebrities that participated in the Smilezone Foundation's second annual charity golf tournament at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club yesterday. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Oakville Hospital Foundation. Toronto Sports Media writer Mark Szaniawski attended the tournament and tweeted out a photo of himself with Alex Lifeson that you can check out here. For more information about SmileZone visit www.smilezone.com, and you can see some more photos from the event on their Twitter page.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

New Geddy Lee interview in latest issue of Terroni magazine
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UPDATE - 7/15@10:41AM: Eric over at Power Windows has transcribed the article and made it available online here.

Geddy Lee Terroni magazineGeddy Lee talks wine in a new interview and cover feature for the latest issue of Terroni magazine. The magazine is published by the Terroni Italian restaurant chain in Toronto and Los Angeles. Although the interview focuses on Geddy's wine collecting and there's not much talk of Rush, the feature's tagline mentions that the band is in the midst of planning a 41st anniversary tour, which is a good sign. We haven't heard any word regarding the anticipated 2015 tour since Alex Lifeson first mentioned it in a Rolling Stone interview back in March. You can read the entire 2-page interview feature online at this location (thanks RushFanForever).

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Geddy Lee featured in upcoming Primus biography
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Primus and author/journalist Greg Prato will be releasing a new biography in the fall titled Primus: Over the Electric Grapevine. The book is an oral history and biography of Primus as told through a series of over fifty interviews with a number of the band's peers in the music industry including Rush's Geddy Lee. Primus first opened for Rush on the Roll the Bones tour and have remained good friends with the band ever since. The book is slated for release on September 16th and can be pre-ordered at this location. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 7/13@8:52AM: Here's LanceTheShred introducing Donna Halper and opening up the festivities, Donna's speech and kRUSH's first set from yesterday's RatCon 2014 celebrations!

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Although Rush is on an extended break right now, Alex Lifeson seems to be keeping himself busy with a number of side projects including helping out with the sophomore CD release of Toronto-based band The David Barrett Trio. Alex had produced the band's first full-length studio album back in early 2013. The Trio has been working on their first full length live DVD and their second full length CD over the past year and are seeking funds via RocketHub to pay for mastering and manufacturing costs. The new album is entitled DB32 and features 9 new instrumental songs along with a ballad titled Coppermine which features vocals from Michael Sadler (Saga). Alex Lifeson has continued to offer his support and guidance throughout the making of the album. Earlier this week Alex visited the studio for a recording session with celtic guitar virtuoso Tony McManus who is guesting on the new album, and the session was documented in this Facebook photo gallery. You can keep up with the album's progress by visiting the RocketHub site and following them on Facebook, and purchase DB3 music on Amazon. Alex Lifeson is also 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 this coming 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 music journalist Anil Prasad posted the following to his Facebook page yesterday:

Yeeaaahhhh! Alex Lifeson will be participating in the upcoming John Wesley (Wes Dearth) piece in Guitar Player. You'll learn all about his contribution to Wes' new album 'Disconnect' and why he considers Wes a fantastic talent.

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.

Audio Fidelity's SACD version of Rush's Presto is now available for purchase via the Audio Fidelity website, and will be available from other online retailers such as Amazon this coming Tuesday, July 15th. If you purchase it directly from Audio Fidelity you can use the code SCARS20 at checkout to get 20% off of your order. Presto is 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.

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 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, including a foreword from Donna Halper, and you can check out a copy of the introduction in this post. Blinded by Sound posted a great review of the book earlier this week which you can check out at this location:

... The Rush FAQ provides a great overview of this band, as well as offering up the lesser-known band trivia that we have come to expect from the FAQ series in general. It is also a fitting counterpoint to the induction of Rush in the RRHOF, in terms of them finally being deemed "cool" by the rest of the world. No matter what level of Rush fan you are though, there is something for everyone in this new FAQ book.

Order your copy of Rush FAQ at this location.

There was a Rush reference on the season 2 premiere episode of the FX police drama The Bridge earlier this week. At one point the character Daniel (played by Matthew Lillard) - who has substance abuse problems - goes to see his AA sponsor (played by Brian Baumgartner) who is wearing a Rush Grace Under Pressure t-shirt. The 2 have a conversation about Daniel's continued alcohol problems and Daniel tries to change the subject by commenting on his sponsor's t-shirt. You can read a transcript of the interaction in this post and watch it online at this location. The reference occurs towards the beginning of the episode's 3rd segment at around the 17-minute mark.

Walt Hickey at FiveThirtyEight.com posted an article earlier this week where he details the findings of a study of classic rock radio he recently conducted. Hickey monitored 25 classic rock radio stations operating in 30 of the country's largest metropolitan areas for one week in June. He found that the 10-year period from 1973 to 1982 accounts for a whopping 57% of all song plays. This period of time also happens to be Rush's golden era, where they released their first 9 studio albums, 7 of which were certified Platinum - including the Multi-Platinum selling 2112 and Moving Pictures albums. Hickey found that Rush's indisputable biggest hit - Tom Sawyer from Moving Pictures - was the 15th most-played song in classic rock radio. The band was also #21 on the list of the most-played artists, with Kansas City as the city that played Rush the most. You can check out the complete findings online at this location. And speaking of Moving Pictures, Music Times posted a list of 13 Album Covers That Literally Represent The Title this past weekend and the album made the cut at #7:

The artwork for Rush's Moving Pictures actually interprets the term "moving pictures" in three different ways: people are literally moving pictures to another place, people are crying because they're emotionally moved by the pictures, and on the album's back cover, a movie crew is filming the entire thing. It's all incredibly stupid, but the music's great anyway.

And continuing with the Moving Pictures theme, Fender posted a list of Ten Great Fender Prog Rock Tracks last week, one of which was Rush's YYZ (thanks Phil Simon):

... "YYZ" perfectly embodies all this in a dazzlingly kinetic four-minutes-plus display of deft bass prowess that has had many a player hitting pause, backing up and saying, "How does he do that?" And you can bet your last Canadian dollar that those are the most nimble bass breaks since "My Generation" back in 1965 ...

Ultimate Classic Rock posted their list of Canada's Top 10 Rock Artists last week in celebration of Canada Day, and Rush came in 2nd behind Neil Young. You can check out the complete list online here.

Last year Geddy Lee weighed in on an effort to save Toronto's iconic Sam the Record Man neon sign by writing a letter to the Toronto city council. Ryerson University bought the store's old location back in 2008 and committed to remount the sign at some future point but later reevaluated the commitment, saying the costs were too high to reinstall the sign. Toronto city council and Mayor Rob Ford then decided late last year that the sign should be preserved and put on display near its original location, and have been working towards that goal for the past several months. They finally came to a decision on the sign earlier this week when City Council voted to have the sign reassembled on the roof of 277 Victoria Street, a city-owned building on the east side of Yonge-Dundas Square, and have Ryerson University pick up the bill.

The RatCon 2014 Rush fan convention kicks off this afternoon at Club Carnie in Marlboro, NJ and is all set to be the biggest RatCon yet. The organizers tell me that the event will be filled to capacity and include many extra goodies including a live webcam and an appearance from Donna Halper herself. The event's tagline is Forty years of "BLAH BLAH BLAH" and it will also include a heated pool, Rush-themed food and beverages, contests, prizes, live music from Rush tribute band kRush, and more. For all the details on RatCon 2014 visit the website and follow RatCon on Facebook.

Wolfgang's Vault posted remastered versions of over 13,000 live videos to their YouTube channel this past week including the full concert footage of Rush's December 10, 1976 show at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ. You can check it out below or at this location (thanks RushFanForever):

That's all for this week. A special shout-out to all of those attending RatCon this weekend. Have a blast!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rush reference on season 2 premiere of FX's The Bridge
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There was a Rush reference on last night's season 2 premiere episode of the FX police drama The Bridge. At one point the character Daniel (played by Matthew Lillard) - who has substance abuse problems - goes to see his AA sponsor (played by Brian Baumgartner) who is wearing a Rush Grace Under Pressure t-shirt. The 2 have a conversation about Daniel's continued alcohol problems and Daniel tries to change the subject by commenting on his sponsor's t-shirt:

... Daniel: Rush? Really?
Sponsor: You either drink or you don't. Yeah - I like Rush. So what?
Daniel: Are you Canadian?
Sponsor: No. I'm just a fan.
Daniel: Do you like them when you're sober? I mean that's impressive. I mean ... 2112 is an okay album but ...
Sponsor: Hemispheres dude?!
Daniel: Hemispheres is like ... ok it's fine.
Sponsor: Ok. What is your system?
Daniel: Ready? 2 beers a day.
Sponsor: What about vodka?
Daniel: No. No - vodka leads to pills and pills are not good for Mr. Happy Pants. It's 2 beers a day. Gives me something to look forward to.
Sponsor: Yeah. 2 beers a day is not gonna work 'cuz you're an addict Daniel.
Daniel: I may be buzzed now but tomorrow I'll be sober and you sir, will still be a Rush fan. ...

The reference occurs towards the beginning of the episode's 3rd segment at around the 17-minute mark. You can watch it online at this location. Thanks to Lelsie B for the heads up.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rush Presto SACD now available from Audio Fidelity, exclusive discount code available
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Audio Fidelity's SACD version of Rush's Presto is now available for purchase via the Audio Fidelity website, and will be available from other online retailers such as Amazon this coming Tuesday, July 15th. If you purchase it directly from Audio Fidelity you can use the code SCARS20 at checkout to get 20% off of your order. Presto is 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. Here's the official video of the album's opening track, Show Don't Tell:

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Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio set to release new CD
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After releasing a series of instrumental singles back in 2011 including Hollowbody, Sonar and Disappearance, the Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio released their first full-length studio album back in early 2013. The self-titled album was produced by Alex Lifeson, Rich Chycki, and Alan Parsons. The Trio has been working on their first full length live DVD and their second full length CD over the past year and are seeking funds via RocketHub to pay for mastering and manufacturing costs. The new album is entitled DB32 and features 9 new instrumental songs along with a ballad titled Coppermine which features vocals from Michael Sadler (Saga). Alex Lifeson has continued to offer his support and guidance throughout the making of the album. He recently visited the studio for a recording session with celtic guitar virtuoso Tony McManus who will be guesting on the new album, and the session was documented in this Facebook photo gallery (thanks RushFanForever). You can keep up with the album's progress by visiting the RocketHub site and following them on Facebook, and purchase DB3 music on Amazon.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rush included in FiveThirtyEight.com study of classic rock radio
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Moving Pictures coverWalt Hickey at FiveThirtyEight.com posted an article today where he details the findings of a study of classic rock radio he recently conducted. Hickey monitored 25 classic rock radio stations operating in 30 of the country's largest metropolitan areas for one week in June. He found that the 10-year period from 1973 to 1982 accounts for a whopping 57% of all song plays. This period of time also happens to be Rush's golden era, where they released their first 9 studio albums, 7 of which were certified Platinum - including the Multi-Platinum selling 2112 and Moving Pictures albums. Hickey found that Rush's indisputable biggest hit - Tom Sawyer from Moving Pictures - was the 15th most-played song in classic rock radio. The band was also #21 on the list of the most-played artists, with Kansas City as the city that played Rush the most. You can check out the complete findings online at this location.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Councillor John Fillon at new park siteA new, arts-themed park in the Toronto neighborhood of Willowdale is slated to begin construction next year and Councillor John Fillon - who represents the area - has proposed the park be named arter 2 of it's most famous residents - Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. From Fillon's written proposal to the North York Community Council last month:

The City has acquired lands to create a new park ... The park is being designed this year and will be constructed in 2015. The new park will have an Arts theme, specifically related to music and sound. It is appropriate to consider naming the park after musicians with a connection to the Willowdale area. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are founding members of the band Rush, which has a highly successful career spanning decades. ... Rush was started by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson when they were students at Fisherville Junior High School in Willowdale. They both grew up in Willowdale and attended school here. Early rehearsals and songwriting took place in the area, as did many of the band's early performances at local high schools. ...

The idea was first put forth at a consultation meeting held on April 22, 2014 and was very favorably received by residents. The naming is also supported by two local organizations, North York Arts and Willowdale Central Ratepayers' Association. The park would be called Lee Lifeson Arts Park and both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have already agreed to the naming if it becomes official.

Audio Fidelity's SACD version of Rush's Presto was supposed to have released this past Tuesday but has now been delayed 2 weeks until July 15th according to Amazon. 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 RatCon 2014 Rush fan convention will be held next weekend 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, live music from Rush tribute band kRush, and more. For all the details on RatCon 2014 visit the website and follow RatCon on Facebook.

Astronomy Magazine posted their list of 10 awesome pieces of astronomy-inspired music last week and Rush's Cygnus X-1, Book 1: The Voyage made the cut at #7 (thanks RushFanForever):

This Canadian band has produced some of the most listenable music in rock. "Spirit of Radio," "Tom Sawyer," "Trees," and the entire 2112 album spring to mind. But the lyrics for one of my favs, "Cygnus X-1," read like an astronomy text: "Invisible to telescopic eye ... Infinity, the star that would not die ... All who dare to cross her course ... Are swallowed by her fearsome force." Plus, Rush gave Cygnus X-1's position relative to Lyra, Pegasus, and Deneb. And they also correctly pegged the fact that the outer regions of black holes emit X-rays. A+, guys!

Reader Tim W recently noticed a Rush reference on a Chipotle drink cup - part of the restaurant's Cultivating Thought Author Series, where they feature original essays written by influential thought-leaders, authors, actors and comedians on their drink cups and food bags. The drink cup in question had written on it a Recipe for the perfect fountain drink by actor/comedian Bill Hader. Part of the recipe was 1 drum solo from 'YYZ' (Rush) of Sprite. You can check out a photo of the cup here.

After releasing a series of instrumental singles back in 2011 including Hollowbody, Sonar and Disappearance, the Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio released their first full-length studio album early last year. The self-titled album was produced by Alex Lifeson, Rich Chycki, and Alan Parsons. The Trio has been working on their first full length live DVD and their second full length CD over the past year and are seeking funds via RocketHub to pay for mastering and manufacturing costs. The new album is entitled DB32 and features 9 new instrumental songs along with a ballad titled Coppermine which features vocals from Michael Sadler (Saga). Alex Lifeson has continued to give valuable support and guidance and will be coming down for a session this month with celtic guitar virtuoso Tony McManus who is also guesting on the new album.

The Huffington Post posted a YouTube playlist of the Best Isolated Vocal Tracks Ever earlier this week and Geddy Lee's vocal track on Closer to the Heart made the cut. You can check it out online here (thanks ou812112).

MusicRadar.com recently interviewed System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan and asked him to pick his 10 essential drum albums. One of the albums he chose was Rush's Hemispheres and here's what he had to say (thanks RushFanForever):

"People don't usually pick Hemispheres as their favorite Rush album, but for me, lyrically and musically, it's a masterpiece. This is music on the level of Mozart and Bach. It's a lot to digest, but it coalesces into one image in your head. Oh, and it's got some of the best drumming you're ever gonna hear. Precision like a motherfucker, ideas that are beyond most other guys, and tremendous feel and spirit - Neil Peart can do it all. He helped to make a three-piece band sound like eight people. You can't get better than this."

On a related note, MusicRadar.com is running a poll to determine the greatest every prog-drumming album and Rush's Moving Pictures is one of the options. To vote for the album visit this page at MusicRadar.com (thanks RushFanForever).

Canadian FlagThis past Tuesday, July 1st was Canada Day - when Canadians celebrate the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the British North America Act which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. In honor of the holiday, a number of Canadian newspapers and news sites published various lists which celebrate Canadian music and heritage. Last week the Vancouver Courier posted a list of the Top 11 Craziest Canadian Facts that You Need to Know RIGHT NOW, and Rush got a mention:

2. Canadians' global reputation for being overly polite is the leading cause of celibacy among Canadians traveling abroad, followed by wearing socks and sandals and having a Rush song as your ringtone.

The Toronto Sun published their ultimate Canada Day playlist last weekend and Bob & Doug McKenzie's Take Off featuring a guest appearance from Geddy Lee made the cut:

It may be a novelty tune, but this little comedic gem from the duo's 1981 Great White North album is sure to get at least a few Elsinores flowing. No doubt some of you will be saying, "I remember this one, eh?!"

The Huffington Post Canada also published a Canada Day playlist and - although Rush didn't appear on the main list - Lakeside Park was featured as one of the reader suggestions (slide #29 of 46). They also published a list of the 100 Best Canadian Songs Ever. Unfortunately only one Rush song made the cut - The Spirit of Radio at #87:

One of the all-time classic tributes to the wireless music transmission, Rush's "The Spirit Of Radio" was a worldwide hit from their 1980 album "Permanent Waves." The song was a nod to Toronto alternative radio station CFNY, who were one of the first outlets to play Rush songs.

VH1 also got in on the Canada Day action, posting their list of the top 10 Canadian hard rock and metal bands, with Rush coming out on top at #1:

One of rock's greatest bands and in many ways the group that put Canadian rock on the map, this definitive power trio emerged as proto-metal hard rockers in 1974 before embracing the concept album format with 1976's '2112' and later incorporating elements of new wave and synth rock. Musician's musicians to a man and the ultimate cult band, Rush have sold over 40 million albums over the course of their 40 year career and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Geddy Lee celebrated the day by attending a Toronto Blue Jays game. Here's Geddy Lee singing the Canadian National Anthem at the 1993 MLB All-star game:

While Canadians celebrated their country's birthday this past Tuesday, those of us in the USA celebrate our wonderful country's 238th birthday today. Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend everybody!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

New arts park in Toronto's Willowdale community to be named after Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
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Councillor John Fillon at new park siteA new, arts-themed park in the Toronto neighborhood of Willowdale is slated to begin construction next year and Councillor John Fillon - who represents the area - has proposed the park be named arter 2 of it's most famous residents - Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. From Fillon's written proposal to the North York Community Council last month:

The City has acquired lands to create a new park ... The park is being designed this year and will be constructed in 2015. The new park will have an Arts theme, specifically related to music and sound. It is appropriate to consider naming the park after musicians with a connection to the Willowdale area. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are founding members of the band Rush, which has a highly successful career spanning decades. ... Rush was started by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson when they were students at Fisherville Junior High School in Willowdale. They both grew up in Willowdale and attended school here. Early rehearsals and songwriting took place in the area, as did many of the band's early performances at local high schools. ...

The idea was first put forth at a consultation meeting held on April 22, 2014 and was very favorably received by residents. The naming is also supported by two local organizations, North York Arts and Willowdale Central Ratepayers' Association. The park would be called Lee Lifeson Arts Park and both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have already agreed to the naming if it becomes official. Thanks to Nick C for the heads up.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Rush Presto SACD from Audio Fidelity delayed until July 15th
9:27AM EST | link | comments (14) |

Audio Fidelity's SACD version of Rush's Presto was supposed to have released yesterday but has now been delayed 2 weeks until July 15th according to Amazon. 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.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy Canada Day!
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UPDATE - 7/2@8:48AM: Fittingly enough, Geddy Lee celebrated Canada Day by attending yesterday's Toronto Blue Jays game. Ged can be seen in his regular seat behind home plate in this highlight video (thanks Kevin).

Canadian FlagToday is Canada Day - when Canadians celebrate the anniversary of the July 1, 1867 enactment of the British North America Act which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. So happy Canada Day to all of my Canadian readers - especially those 3 Canucks in Rush. In honor of the holiday, a number of Canadian newspapers and news sites have been publishing various lists which celebrate Canadian music and heritage. Last week the Vancouver Courier posted a list of the Top 11 Craziest Canadian Facts that You Need to Know RIGHT NOW, and Rush gets a mention (thanks RushFanForever):

2. Canadians' global reputation for being overly polite is the leading cause of celibacy among Canadians traveling abroad, followed by wearing socks and sandals and having a Rush song as your ringtone.

The Toronto Sun published their ultimate Canada Day playlist over the past weekend and Bob & Doug McKenzie's Take Off featuring a guest appearance from Geddy Lee made the cut:

It may be a novelty tune, but this little comedic gem from the duo's 1981 Great White North album is sure to get at least a few Elsinores flowing. No doubt some of you will be saying, "I remember this one, eh?!"

The Huffington Post Canada also published a Canada Day playlist and - although Rush didn't appear on the main list - Lakeside Park was featured as one of the reader suggestions (slide #29 of 46). They also published a list of the 100 Best Canadian Songs Ever. Unfortunately only one Rush song made the cut - The Spirit of Radio at #87 (thanks ou812112):

One of the all-time classic tributes to the wireless music transmission, Rush's "The Spirit Of Radio" was a worldwide hit from their 1980 album "Permanent Waves." The song was a nod to Toronto alternative radio station CFNY, who were one of the first outlets to play Rush songs.

VH1 also got in on the Canada Day action, posting their list of the top 10 Canadian hard rock and metal bands, with Rush coming out on top at #1:

One of rock's greatest bands and in many ways the group that put Canadian rock on the map, this definitive power trio emerged as proto-metal hard rockers in 1974 before embracing the concept album format with 1976's '2112' and later incorporating elements of new wave and synth rock. Musician's musicians to a man and the ultimate cult band, Rush have sold over 40 million albums over the course of their 40 year career and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

Happy Canada Day! Here's Geddy Lee singing the Canadian National Anthem at the 1993 MLB All-star game:

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