Monday, July 14, 2008

Rush and Rock Band news updates
2:50PM EST | comments (60) |

I have a few news updates on the Rush and Rock Band front to report. Last week I reported the rumor that Rock Band 2 would include Rush's The Trees as one of the featured tracks. This is no longer a rumor; the entire tracklist for the game was revealed just a couple of hours ago via the Rock Band forums and The Trees is on it. You can check out the entire list at this link. Thanks to Lennox2288 for the heads up.

There's an article in today's New York Times talking about how video games such as Rock Band are increasingly being used to market music. Rush is mentioned and Andy Curran of Anthem was interviewed for the piece:

... Rock Band has been an especially important promotional vehicle for bands that no longer get the radio play they once did. "On the last tour we started seeing young people who had heard of the band from Guitar Hero and Rock Band," said Andy Curran, an executive at Anthem Records, the record company for the band Rush. So Rush gave Rock Band an alternate version of its song "Working Man," which proved so popular that the group is now thinking of making it available through Apple's iTunes store. It is also talking with MTV about selling a full album through Rock Band, Mr. Curran said, as well as some other projects. ...

Thanks to Sidecut for the heads up.

Last week master track versions of Working Man and Closer to the Heart were made available for download for the game. The Working Man track is especially notable because it includes an alternate guitar solo. Alex Lifeson discussed the origins of this alternate-master track in this video interview that was posted on the Rock Band website last week. Thanks to the wonders of YouTube you can listen to the track at this location or watch the video below.

And don't forget that I've teamed up with Atlantic Records to help promote a Rush + Rock Band online sweepstakes that they are running where you could win a prize pack including a Rock Band Special Edition game, a signed Rush lithograph, a Rush t-shirt, Snakes & Arrows and Snakes & Arrows Live! The contest runs through July 21st and you can visit this page to enter. Rush and Rock Band are also teaming up with to offer a similar contest which you can enter at this link.



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#60 - Posted 7/15/08 @5:43PM by GedHed [contact]

#52: Just saw that a little bit ago myself. Go PetieLee!
#59 - Posted 7/15/08 @12:40PM by xanadurush [contact]

PetieLee - Hey there - finally we meet up again! We're front row. We'll be staying at the Embassy. E-mail me & lets get together before the show. I'm going to miss my boys. . . but it has been an amazing 2 years!

#58 - Posted 7/15/08 @12:13PM by Kelly D [contact]

P.S. GRgreg, college girls don't know everything. But some of us pretend that we do :P
#57 - Posted 7/15/08 @11:20AM by Sub-Xanadu Man [contact]

Well Lance. You inspired me to give myself a more "rush appropriate name" for the site. Hence I'm no longer Byrddogg and will be referred to from now on as Sub-Xanadu Man. LOL Not sure thats any better but it's something. :-)
4 more days till the Bristow show!!!
#56 - Posted 7/15/08 @11:04AM by Snoscootr [contact]

#54, 55 Thanks!
We ended up with tickets last minute Sec D like 5 rows from stage! The setup was waaaay far way from where we were but still good times. We were looking around before the show, and saw Neils bus a mere 50 yards away. (I'll post another picture, yo can amost see it on the left) The stage is actually out on the water, so we figured the only way Neil was getting to the bus was right by us. They ran right along the railing (See Escape Route Picture) So I waited for 1/2 of YYZ with camera ready hoping to get a decent shot @ Neil, and to my surprise, Alex and Geddy came by to a waiting limo as well(Just missed Alex)
#55 - Posted 7/15/08 @10:43AM by windycitygirl [contact]

snoscootr - NICE PICS!! thanks for sharing. the money shot--yes, very cool. some ladies here are gonna go nuts seeing Geddy. but I am glad to see how relaxed Neil actually looks, like "whew, done!"

the other pic of the venue on the water--that is awesome. looks like a neat place?!
#54 - Posted 7/15/08 @10:36AM by hergest [contact]

Snoscootr...what a priceless picture of Geddy and Neil heading out... how did you manage to get that!
#53 - Posted 7/15/08 @10:34AM by I love Rush [contact]


My 6 y/o daughter was looking over my shoulder when I was watching your video on you tube......

She goes
"Wow, he pretends to play the drums really well Mom!"

I agree!
#52 - Posted 7/15/08 @10:32AM by hergest [contact]

PetieLee...WOW! What a great photo of you on!!! That is so cool that you're on their site! Congratulations!
#51 - Posted 7/15/08 @10:30AM by Bx3 [contact]

Wow...get a load of those Barbie doll bikinis in the soundcheck photos! LOL. Not leaving much to the imagination, and obviously modified!

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