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Experiencing Rush
New book from Durrell Bowman titled Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion now available for purchase. Details here.
Neil Peart at Le Studio
Neil Peart visits the abandoned Le Studio in his latest NeilPeart.net news update for October, 2014. Check it out here.
Far and Near
New Neil Peart book Far and Near: On Days Like These now available! Order your copy at this location. Details and Neil Peart interview here.
Alex Lifeson at Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament
Alex Lifeson performs at Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament and All-star Concert. Photos and videos available here.
R40
R40 6-disc Blu-ray box set coming this November! Now available for pre-order. Details here.
Kevin J. Anderson speaking at RushCon 2012 - photo courtesy RushCon
Kevin J. Anderson working on sequel to Clockwork Angels titled Clockwork Lives, also editing anthology of stories based on Rush songs including 2113 novella. Details here.
Lee Lifeson Art Park
New park in Toronto's Willowdale neighborhood to be named the Lee Lifeson Art Park. Details here.
Rush: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence
New book Rush: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence from Robert Freedman now available. Details here.
Issue 2
Clockwork Angels graphic novel issues #1, 2 3, 4 and 5 now available! Details, previews and more here.
Rush Presto SACD
Rush Presto SACD now available from Audio Fidelity, 20% discount code available. Details here.
Rush FAQ
New Rush FAQ book by Max Mobley now available for purchase. Details here.
Rush 2015 Tour
RUSH 2015 TOUR
Alex Lifeson reports in Rolling Stone interview that Rush is planning some kind of 2015 Rush 41st anniversary tour!!! Details here.
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Geddy lee comments on the death of Jack Bruce
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Legendary Cream bassist Jack Bruce passed away today at the age of 71. Bruce was a huge influence on Rush's Geddy Lee, who posted the following message to Rush.com this afternoon:

The sudden passing of Jack Bruce is terribly sad news. One of the greatest rock bassists to ever live and a true and profound inspiration to countless musicians. He was one of my first bass heroes and was a major influence on my playing and my music. My heartfelt condolences to his family and fans. - Geddy Lee

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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R40 Blu-ray box setIn less than 3 weeks on November 11th Rush will release their R40 40th Anniversary Collectors Box Set (6 Blu-ray discs or 10 DVDs). The set will include Rush's 5 most recent live videos (Rush in Rio, R30, Snakes & Arrows Live, Time Machine, Clockwork Angels Tour) along with an R40 bonus disc, all contained in a 52 page hardback book measuring 305mm x 225mm (12" x 9"). The bonus disc will include the Laura Secord Secondary School 1974 footage (the FULL show including the 2 unreleased tracks I've Been Runnin' and The Loser, along with their cover of Bad Boy), the Passaic, NJ Capitol Theatre show from 1976, Lock and Key live from 1988, Rush at the Molson Amphitheatre in 1997, the I Still Love You Man video from 2011 and the Rush portion of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction in 2013. For complete details of what's contained in the set, just read the Rush.com press release, and check out this 1:30-minute video trailer. You can pre-order the R40 box set on 6 Blu-ray discs or 10 DVDs. In part 2 of Phil Simon's interview with Neil Peart that was posted earlier today, Neil spoke a little about the box set and what he thought stood out about the release:

... one of the standout editions [in the R40 box set] was the Test for Echo Toronto show. ... It was a tremendously emotional memory-that particular show and that particular material. When I watched the way I played then ... just after I studied with Freddie Gruber, ... I played a certain way on that tour that I really liked to watch: real graceful and I was concentrating very much on technique. All of that was fresh and kind of unique to that tour and yet it had never been released. At the time it was filmed (that Toronto show) there were apparently some technical difficulties with audio and we were told it was useless. It just sat in the vault for all these years. So having that resurrected is important to us personally and autobiographically and also I still really like that body of work represented by Test for Echo album and what we presented on that tour too. The solo I was doing was interesting to me in terms of what I was doing and the evolution of myself as a soloist. For all of those reasons, I'm particularly glad that that saw the light of day again.

In addition to the R40 box set Simon spoke with Neil about Rush opening bands, and what he's been doing with his time off from the band. Part 1 of the interview was posted online earlier this month for a piece that ran in the Huffington Post. In the Huffington Post piece Neil talked about his new book Far and Near: On Days Like These, describing some of the themes contained in the book and compares writing to music. Part 3 of the interview should be posted by the end of next week and will include Neil's answers to the fan questions Simon collected via his website last month.

Alex and Geddy at GUP3Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson's Grapes Under Pressure 3 charity eBay auction ran a couple weeks ago from Friday, October 3rd through Monday, October 13th and ended up raising thousands of dollars for Grapes for Humanity. Geddy posted a message to Rush.com earlier this week thanking everyone for participating in the auction:

On behalf of Alex, myself and the entire GUP team I'd like to say a huge ginormous THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH to all of our fans, friends, and followers who took the time and spent their hard earned money to support this Grapes Under Pressure 3 Ebay auction in support of Grapes for Humanity Canada. Your money will go a super long way to help rebuild health care facilities in the Philippines that were damaged or destroyed in the Haiyan Typhoon. You have helped a lot of people!

Thank you all for caring!

my best to you,
Geddy Lee

Some standout items from the auction were a Vintage Silver Rush Road Case that went for $5,250.50, a Signed Limited Edition Fender Geddy Lee Replica Jazz Bass that sold for $11,200, a Signed Alex Lifeson Signature Gibson Les Paul Axcess that went for $11,000, a Rush ReDISCovered Signed Vinyl Test Pressing that sold for $1,125, and a Rush Signed Moving Pictures Live Test Pressing that went for $2,505. Grapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community, and Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors. In recent years he and Alex Lifeson have conducted a number of charity auctions and events to raise money for the organization as part of an initiative that they cleverly call Grapes Under Pressure. The first 2 Grapes Under Pressure events took place in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

Hand-crafted miniature guitar and drum manufacturer Axe Heaven announced earlier this week that they now have miniature replicas of Neil Peart's Hockey Theme and Time Machine drum kits available. The Hockey Theme kit is a miniature reproduction of the custom DW kit Neil used to record his version of The Hockey Theme for TSN's NHL broadcasts back in 2009. The Time Machine kit is a miniature reproduction of the kit Neil used on both the Time Machine and Clockwork Angels tours. Visit AxeHeaven.com for all the details and to purchase your miniature replica kit. They also have additional miniature instruments, including miniature versions of both Alex Lifeson's and Geddy Lee's guitars, and Neil Peart's Snakes & Arrows kit.

Reader Mark S spotted a Rush-autographed guitar on a recent episode of Pawn Stars as seen here. And yours truly spotted a Geddy Lee bass on display at the new Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, OH as seen here. Speaking of Rush guitars, Brian at Private Reserve Guitars recently conducted a video review of Gibson's custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess electric guitar. You can check out the review on the Musician's Friend YouTube channel here (thanks Mark R).

Reader RushEsq let me know that the USC Trojans Marching Band played a condensed version of Rush's Tom Sawyer during their halftime show at last weekend's USC/Colorado football game. You can watch it online at this location at about the 6:20 mark.

Metal Sludge ran a poll a couple weeks ago to determine The Best Single Word Classic Rock Band Name Of All Time and Rush came in at #3 behind KISS and Aerosmith (thanks Doug B.

Reader Kelly D spotted a Rush reference in the direct-to-dvd Scooby Doo film Scooby Doo! Frankencreepy which released this past summer. Towards the beginning of the film the gang is doing a live webchat with fans, and the first fan is a stereotypical nerd with the handle Alexsuperfan2112.

Back in July we learned that Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio would be offering a new, 15-week, music history course titled Rush: Progressive Rock and Modern Society taught by Professor Nathan Santos. The course explores the musical and cultural issues of the 1970s and '80s where students 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 course is centered specifically on the music and styles of Rush where students look at the style changes the band went through over the years and how bands withstand changes to continue to create music. The course is well under way now and recently had Rush discoverer and media scholar Donna Halper give a guest lecture via Skype. The 1 hour, 15 minute lecture was posted to YouTube yesterday and can be seen below or at this location.

October was another big month for Rush releases, 2 of which celebrated anniversaries this past week. Rush's 15th studio album Counterparts celebrated its 21st anniversary last Sunday, and the band's 5th live album and 1st live concert DVD Rush in Rio celebrated its 11th anniversary on Tuesday. This coming Wednesday, October 29th Power Windows, Exit ... Stage Left and Hemisperes all celebrate anniversaries as well. That's it for this week. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Part 2 of Phil Simon's Neil Peart interview now available
12:42PM EST | link | comments |

R40 Blu-ray box setSeveral weeks ago Phil Simon interviewed Neil Peart for a Huffington Post piece that was posted online earlier this month. In the Huffington Post piece Neil talked about his new book Far and Near: On Days Like These, describing some of the themes contained in the book and compares writing to music. The Huffington Post piece focused specifically on Neil's new book, but Simon also spoke with Neil about several other topics, and was able to post part 2 of his conversation with Neil online at his personal website earlier today. He has the Huffington Post excerpts posted as part 1 here. In part 2 of his interview Simon spoke with Neil about Rush opening bands, what he's been doing with his time off from the band, and the upcoming R40 box set:

... one of the standout editions [in the R40 box set] was the Test for Echo Toronto show. ... It was a tremendously emotional memory-that particular show and that particular material. When I watched the way I played then ... just after I studied with Freddie Gruber, ... I played a certain way on that tour that I really liked to watch: real graceful and I was concentrating very much on technique. All of that was fresh and kind of unique to that tour and yet it had never been released. At the time it was filmed (that Toronto show) there were apparently some technical difficulties with audio and we were told it was useless. It just sat in the vault for all these years. So having that resurrected is important to us personally and autobiographically and also I still really like that body of work represented by Test for Echo album and what we presented on that tour too. The solo I was doing was interesting to me in terms of what I was doing and the evolution of myself as a soloist. For all of those reasons, I'm particularly glad that that saw the light of day again.

Part 3 of the interview should be posted by the end of next week and will include Neil's answers to the fan questions he collected via his website last month.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Donna Halper guest lecture for Tiffin University's Rush: Progressive Rock and Modern Society course
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Donna Halper guest lecture at Tiffin UBack in July we learned that Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio would be offering a new, 15-week, music history course titled Rush: Progressive Rock and Modern Society taught by Professor Nathan Santos. The course explores the musical and cultural issues of the 1970s and '80s where students 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 course is centered specifically on the music and styles of Rush where students look at the style changes the band went through over the years and how bands withstand changes to continue to create music. The course is well under way now and recently had Rush discoverer and media scholar Donna Halper give a guest lecture via Skype. The 1 hour, 15 minute lecture was posted to YouTube earlier today and can be seen below or at this location (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

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Gallery of over 250 photos from Grapes Under Pressure 3 wine event with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
9:59AM EST | link | comments |

UPDATE - 10/23@4:06PM: It looks like the gallery has now been password-protected, so it was apparently not supposed to be shared. Oops!

A few weeks ago Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson kicked off their Grapes Under Pressure 3 charity fundraiser by hosting a trip to Ontario's wine country for a number of Grapes for Humanity donors. The trip included a private train ride from Toronto's Union Station to Stratus Vineyards near Niagara-on-the-Lake. Participants were then greeted with a champagne reception and a hands-on tour of the vineyard where they learned winemaking techniques while drinking and tasting the The Best of Niagara from a variety of local producers of wine, beer and food products. A huge gallery of over 250 photos from the event, including plenty with Geddy and Alex were recently posted online at this location (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). The 2nd phase of Grapes Under Pressure 3 consisted of a charity eBay auction that ran a couple weeks ago from Friday, October 3rd through Monday, October 13th and ended up raising thousands of dollars for Grapes for Humanity as described in this post. Grapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community, and Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors. In recent years he and Alex Lifeson have conducted a number of charity auctions and events to raise money for the organization as part of an initiative that they cleverly call Grapes Under Pressure. The first 2 Grapes Under Pressure events took place in 2009 and 2011.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Grapes for Humanity Grapes Under Pressure 3 charity eBay auction message from Geddy Lee
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Alex and Geddy at GUP3Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson's Grapes Under Pressure 3 charity eBay auction ran a couple weeks ago from Friday, October 3rd through Monday, October 13th and ended up raising thousands of dollars for Grapes for Humanity. Geddy posted a message to Rush.com a short time ago thanking everyone for participating in the auction:

On behalf of Alex, myself and the entire GUP team I'd like to say a huge ginormous THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH to all of our fans, friends, and followers who took the time and spent their hard earned money to support this Grapes Under Pressure 3 Ebay auction in support of Grapes for Humanity Canada. Your money will go a super long way to help rebuild health care facilities in the Philippines that were damaged or destroyed in the Haiyan Typhoon. You have helped a lot of people!

Thank you all for caring!

my best to you,
Geddy Lee

Reader Stephen T tracked some of the items in the auction and recorded the winning bids:

* Rush Vintage Silver Rush Road Case USED on many Rush tours (w/ Signed Letter): $5,250.50 (28 bids)

* Rush Signed Limited Edition Fender Geddy Lee Replica Jazz Bass Custom Shop Relic: $11,200.00 (3 bids)

* Rush Signed Alex Lifeson Signature Gibson Les Paul Axcess - Signed by Rush: $11,000.00 (7 bids)

* Rare Rush ReDISCovered (1974) Signed Vinyl Test Pressing 200 g vinyl LP; 1 of 4: $1,125.00 (11 bids)

* Rare Rush Signed Moving Pictures Live Test Pressing 200 gram vinyl; 1 of 4 made: $2,505.00 (30 bids)

Grapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community, and Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors. In recent years he and Alex Lifeson have conducted a number of charity auctions and events to raise money for the organization as part of an initiative that they cleverly call Grapes Under Pressure. The first 2 Grapes Under Pressure events took place in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Neil Peart Hockey Theme and Time Machine drum kit miniature replicas now available from Axe Heaven
10:23AM EST | link | comments |

Eric at Power Windows reports that hand-crafted miniature guitar and drum manufacturer Axe Heaven has announced that they now have miniature replicas of Neil Peart's Hockey Theme and Time Machine drum kits available. The Hockey Theme kit is a miniature reproduction of the custom DW kit Neil used to record his version of The Hockey Theme for TSN's NHL broadcasts back in 2009, complete with the logos of the original six NHL teams. The Time Machine kit is a miniature reproduction of the kit Neil used on both the Time Machine and Clockwork Angels tours. Visit AxeHeaven.com for all the details and to purchase your miniature replica kit. They also have additional miniature instruments, including miniature versions of both Alex Lifeson's and Geddy Lee's guitars, and Neil Peart's Snakes & Arrows kit.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Music scholar Durrell Bowman's new book Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion was released earlier this month via Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and is now available for purchase. It had originally been slated for a November 16th release. From the book's editorial review:

In Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion, music scholar Durrell Bowman guides readers through Rush's long career, explaining through the artful combination of biography, history, and musical exegesis how to listen to this unique act. From Rush's emergence as an early blues-rock power trio of guitar, bass, and drums into the godfathers of progressive hard rock, Bowman marks the band's first breakthrough with its landmark, sci-fi/individualist album 2112. From there, readers explore Rush's movement from "prog rock" extended compositions into shorter, potential-radio-play "post-prog" songs, leading to Rush's most successful album Moving Pictures in 1981. In its later career, Rush adventurously mixed progressive hard rock and music technology, generating a new power trio sound that featured further stylistic evolutions. As Bowman makes clear, it is the band's stalwart path and many influences on fans, musicians, and others that resulted in Rush's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Bowman is a cultural musicologist, musician, IT consultant and accomplished author who co-edited the 2011 book Rush and Philosophy: Heart and Mind United. You can order your copy of Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion at this location.

The Mind of the Baseball CollectorGeddy Lee was featured in a Sportsnet documentary titled The Mind of the Baseball Collector this past Monday, October 13th at 7PM on Sportsnet in Canada. A short, 15-second video trailer is available online with the following description:

The Mind of the Baseball Collector looks at the addictive world of sports memorabilia collecting. The past comes to life through the collections and stories of: rock legend Geddy Lee, eclectic collector and lawyer Allan Stitt and the Guinness Book of World Records holder of the most autographed baseballs, Dennis Schrader.

The documentary was the last in a series of baseball documentaries for Sportsnet produced by Fadoo Productions - the production company behind the last several Rush live videos and where Geddy Lee's brother Allan is the Head of Production. Geddy is well-known for being a huge baseball fan and collector of memorabilia; back in 2008 he donated over 200 autographed baseballs to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. For those of who might be wondering, according to Fadoo Productions this documentary had nothing to do with the Geddy Lee show/documentary that was mentioned in Neil Peart's last NeilPeart.net news update.

During his speaking appearance at RushCon this past summer, Clockwork Angels author Kevin J. Anderson broke the news that he is working on 2 new Rush-related writing projects. The first project is a new companion novel to Clockwork Angels titled Clockwork Lives (as in the plural of life) that he and Neil Peart are working on. The book will feature minor characters from Clockwork Angels and expand on their stories. The other project he's working on is an anthology of Rush-based stories that he'll be co-editing with John McFetridge for ECW Press (publisher of Clockwork Angels and Neil Peart's books). They have a team of award-winning and bestselling authors lined up to contribute short stories based on Rush songs, with Anderson himself contributing a novella titled 2113. Since then we haven't heard much news regarding either of these projects except for an occasional tweet from Anderson mentioning that their work is continuing. This past week, Anderson also tweeted out a cryptic note about yet another Clockwork Angels-related project:

I am compiling CLOCKWORK ANGELS: THE COMIC SCRIPTS to be published by WordFire Press in Nov. All the Easter Eggs explained!

This seems to be related to the Clockwork Angels graphic novel series, which will see the release of the sixth and final issue within the next few weeks. Wordfire Press is Anderson and his wife Rebecca's publishing company.

VH1 published their list of 15 Breakthrough Classic Rock Albums That Made The Bands Superstars this past week and Rush's Moving Pictures made the cut:

Though previous albums (and singles) like 2112 had brought the band some success, it was their eighth album that brought the band into the mainstream with huge radio-friendly singles like "Tom Sawyer," "Red Barchetta" and "Limelight." The LP was one of the first to be certified multi-platinum by the RIAA and it eventually went quadruple platinum.

As a follow-up to their 10 Best Drumming Moments article earlier this month, The Guardian posted a list of the 10 Best Drumming Moments as suggested by their readers this past week. Guardian readers Addicks123 and Rosvanian suggested tha Neil Peart joining Rush should make the list:

Regardless of how you feel about Rush, very much the Marmite of the rock genre, it's hard to argue that Peart isn't an influential drummer. Rosvanian claims that "whether you rate him or not, he is the foremost drummer of his generation". Addicks123 believes that "any list of the best drummers that doesn't include Neil Peart hasn't really been thought through".

There's a Rush 2112 sighting on the back cover of the 25th anniversary edition of Zig and Zag's The Fridge in a Denim Jacket!, which releases next week. Zig and Zag were an Irish puppet duo that were popular in the late '80s and early '90s, and were known for making reference to rock bands and music in their books and TV shows. You can check out a scan of the back cover here. Thanks to Micko for the heads up.

Last week consummate nerd-rockers Weezer's ninth studio album Everything Will Be Alright In The End was released. To celebrate, Huffington Post Canada posted an article titled Revenge Of The Music Nerds: From Buddy Holly To Michael Jackson To Weezer where they counted down 15 other nerdy rockers. Coming in at #3 on their list was Rush (thanks Ben S):

Classic Canadian prog rockers Rush are nerds, and you may not have even noticed. Geddy Lee and his pals have always written songs that have dealt with themes of fantasy, science fiction, history and philosophy. Not exactly the sex, drugs and rock and roll themes of most hard rockers. Their steampunk-y album "Clockwork Angels" was even turned into a novel written by "Star Wars" scribe.

Chicago-based prog rockers The Ents released their new digital EP Traveling Lights via bandcamp last month. The EP includes a great cover of Rush's Fly By Night which you can listen to here (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

There was an odd Rush reference in this unfortunate news story about some Utah police pulling over a school bus transporting 67 kids for DUI earlier this week. In the dash-cam video included with the story, the police officers are clearing listening to Rush's Working Man in the background. Thanks to Fred N for the heads up.

Autumn is firmly entrenched in most parts of the US and Canada by now, so in order to help Rush fans keep warm, Old Glory is offering this Rush Starman zip hoodie. You can purchase one of these for yourself at this location. There's also this Fly By Night hoodie available too.

A heavy metal all-star band called Metal Allegiance featuring members of Pantera, Megadeth, Anthrax and Testament played a set of classic metal songs including Rush's Tom Sawyer during Motorhead's Motorboat cruise last month. Tom Sawyer was performed by Joey Belladona (Anthrax) on vocals, Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Chris Broderick (Megadeth) on guitars, Frank Bello (Anthrax) on bass, and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Winery Dogs) on drums. A bootleg video of the performance recently appeared online and can be seen below or on YouTube. You can check out the full Metal Allegiance set list from the cruise here.

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

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Metal Allegiance supergroup covers Rush's Tom Sawyer on Motorhead's Motorboat cruise
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Metal AllegianceI'd mentioned in a Friday Rush updates post a couple of weeks ago that a heavy metal all-star band called Metal Allegiance featuring members of Pantera, Megadeth, Anthrax and Testament played a set of classic metal songs including Rush's Tom Sawyer during Motorhead's Motorboat cruise last month. Tom Sawyer was performed by Joey Belladona (Anthrax) on vocals, Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Chris Broderick (Megadeth) on guitars, Frank Bello (Anthrax) on bass, and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Winery Dogs) on drums. Since I first reported it, a bootleg video of the performance has appeared online and can be seen below or on YouTube (thanks Bob B). You can check out the full Metal Allegiance set list from the cruise here.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Durrell Bowman's Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion now available
3:02PM EST | link | comments |

Music scholar Durrell Bowman's new book Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion was released earlier this month via Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and is now available for purchase. It had originally been slated for a November 16th release. From the book's editorial review:

In Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion, music scholar Durrell Bowman guides readers through Rush's long career, explaining through the artful combination of biography, history, and musical exegesis how to listen to this unique act. From Rush's emergence as an early blues-rock power trio of guitar, bass, and drums into the godfathers of progressive hard rock, Bowman marks the band's first breakthrough with its landmark, sci-fi/individualist album 2112. From there, readers explore Rush's movement from "prog rock" extended compositions into shorter, potential-radio-play "post-prog" songs, leading to Rush's most successful album Moving Pictures in 1981. In its later career, Rush adventurously mixed progressive hard rock and music technology, generating a new power trio sound that featured further stylistic evolutions. As Bowman makes clear, it is the band's stalwart path and many influences on fans, musicians, and others that resulted in Rush's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Bowman is a cultural musicologist, musician, IT consultant and accomplished author who coedited the 2011 book Rush and Philosophy: Heart and Mind United. You can order your copy of Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion at this location.

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