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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
11:39AM EST | comments (10) |

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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#10 - Posted 6/13/14 @9:26AM by Enigmaticus [contact]

#9.

Agreed. Even when accepting such accolades, both of these great men had given impassioned acceptance speeches. Still, it would have been cool to see Geddy, Alex and Neil don those impressive robes.
#9 - Posted 6/13/14 @8:39AM by LovinDaRush [contact]

Eloquent words (little quips by Alex expected!), made me feel somehow proud to love these guys and all the years of awesome music they've given us!
#8 - Posted 6/13/14 @6:36AM by limelighter [contact]

geddy looks pretty fashionable and cool. as usual.
#7 - Posted 6/13/14 @1:30AM by cakes and sparrows [contact]

off topic: i'm surprised that the most incisive, brilliant commentary about Rush's discography that I've seen in a long time, perhaps ever, has not been mentioned at this blog. i don't agree with everything (e.g. i'm a Caress of Steel fan) but it really blew me away. What a pleasure. Read it at stereogum.com.
#6 - Posted 6/12/14 @3:13PM by mitch18ss [contact]

The Chancellor however, pronounced it incorrectly.
#5 - Posted 6/12/14 @3:08PM by mitch18ss [contact]

Happening now! "Peart" pronounced correctly!
#4 - Posted 6/12/14 @3:00PM by conniemack99 [contact]

Looks like they are going to be accepting the award via video link at approximately 3:10 ET.
#3 - Posted 6/12/14 @2:34PM by squintyt4e [contact]

If these two tweets can be believed, they won't:

Monaghan ‏@Monaghan1063 2h

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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Country 600 CKAT ‏@country600ckat 2h

Nipissing advises Rush's plane was diverted back to Toronto because of inclement weather. Unable to attend today's convocation.
#2 - Posted 6/12/14 @2:28PM by conniemack99 [contact]

anyone know for sure if alex or geddy will be there? i am watching now but won't bother if they aren't even there.....
#1 - Posted 6/12/14 @12:25PM by mysticbeat [contact]

First>?
"The Professor"

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