Rush is a Band

A blog devoted to the band RUSH:
Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

Sun, Feb 14, 2016

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Rushisaband.com now has a searchable archive of Rush tour date listings, powered by a new website at TourDateSearch.com - which contains searchable tour date archives for OVER 1000 BANDS ...
Rush 2112 40th anniversary Prog magazine feature now available. Includes new interview with Geddy on 2112, R40 Live and the future of Rush. Details here.
Neil Peart has updated the news page on his website with the 4th installment in his BubbaGram series and also revealed that his next book will be titled Far and Wide: Bring That Horizon to Me!, due this Fall. Details here
Rush's vinyl reissue campaign continues! Hold Your Fire, Feedback, Snakes & Arrows now available. Details here.
Neil Peart on his 50-year career and retirement in new Drumhead magazine article/essay. Full article, Geddy Lee response and more here.
Rush's R40 Live CD/DVD/Blu-ray released on Fri, Nov 20 and has debuted at #24 on the Billboard album chart. Details, video/audio previews, tracklist and more here. Order the CD/Blu-ray Combo, CD/DVD Combo or just the CDs.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson make guest appearance on the NBC drama Chicago Fire titled 2112. Details, screenshots and recap here.
Kevin J. Anderson's anthology 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush is set to release on April 12, 2016 and is now available for preorder ...
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels companion novel Clockwork Lives now available. Details, sample chapter, interviews and more here.
Rush Toons book from FANTOONS now available. 170 pages of Rush-inspired comics, parodies, art and illustrations. Details here.
RUSH R40 LIVE TOUR After 35 shows, 34 cities and 3 unforgettable months, Rush's North American tour unfortunately came to a close August 1st at The Forum in Los Angeles. Get updates and the setlist along with photos, video, reviews and reports here.
Sat, Feb 13, 2016@1:24PM | comments

The latest edition of Prog magazine (Prog #63) hit newsstands a couple of weeks ago and contains a cover feature celebrating the upcoming 40th anniversary of Rush's 2112 album (the album was released sometime around the end of March/beginning of April in 1976). John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the feature and made it available online at this location. The main feature is titled We Have Assumed Control and includes a new interview with Geddy Lee where he talks about 2112 and its significance in the history of Rush. The article also includes a few old interview snippets from Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and album artist Hugh Syme. Here's Geddy Lee discussing how the album was mostly written on acoustic guitar:

... "Yeah, that was pretty much how we wrote it," says Lee. "It's a handy thing, the acoustic guitar - you didn't need an amp, you could do it in our Holiday Inn room, you could write in the back of the station wagon we were travelling around in. As long as you're strumming the acoustic hard, it sounds heavy, so if you write the part on it, you can imagine what it's going to sound like through electric guitars and amps. So, it's not a big stretch really to write that way. We went back and wrote [2007's] Snakes & Arrows that way too. "The strange thing with 2112, it just kind of flowed; one song came out of the other. I remember that Alex and I had some very definite ideas of the kind of music we wanted to write, even before we saw the lyrics, the overblown intro, the pacing, the movements that were involved. And then Neil had written these lyrics and it was almost magical how well they worked. We didn't really change any of them - they just inspired us to put the music together even more. It just started to happen." ...

The second part of the feature is a new interview with Geddy Lee titled New World Man where he looks back on the band's R40 Live tour and looks ahead to the future, including the possibility of a solo album or recording with Alex sans Neil:

... Given the current circumstances with the band, you've presumably at least thought about making another solo album?
Yeah. I think I would do another solo record. I have some ideas I've been working on. I love to play, and at this point, if there's going to be less of my time devoted to playing in Rush then I'm going to have to find a hobby.

Even if there isn't another Rush tour ever again, what are the chances of there being a new Rush album?
Never say never. We've never talked about not recording. That's something we could very well do next year. I don't know. All those things are on the table. The only thing that's been taken off the table is the idea of these big tours.

It was five years between Vapor Trails and Snakes & Arrows. It was five years between Snakes & Arrows and Clockwork Angels. By that reckoning, we're due another Rush album in 2017. How likely is that? If you had to rate that chance as a percentage, what would it be?
I'm down with that. I dunno. It's a good question. Honestly, I can't tell you. I wish I knew. I'd say there's a chance. I give it even odds.

How do you get Neil on board with a new album? How does that conversation go? Is it just a case of saying to him: "Get your arse down here!"?
It's more diplomatic than that. I'd say: "How do you feel about writing? Would you like to write something?" That simple.

So what would it take to get the three of you in the studio together?
I think it would just take a couple of phone calls, really. Forget all this nonsense about touring, I need to write some songs. [Pauses] I'm going to do it anyway. Alex and I have already talked about it. The only thing we haven't talked about is whether Neil's going to come along for that ride.

Have you had that conversation with him separately? Have you broached the subject of a new Rush album?
No.

But you're saying that you and Alex could do an album together, not as Rush?
Yeah.

Are you considering it?
It's an option.

And what would it sound like?
[Laughs] Probably like Rush without Neil. ...

In the last part of the feature, Geddy dissects 10 of Rush's albums. You can read the entire feature online here.

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Sat, Feb 13, 2016@9:46AM | comments
Rush kimonosClassic Rock has posted the second part of their interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson where the pair reflect on the history of Rush. In this installment they discuss the period from 2112 through Hemispheres ...
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Sat, Feb 13, 2016@9:08AM | comments
MP photo setTo celebrate yesterday's 35th anniversary of the release of Rush's Moving Pictures, Rush sent out a newsletter announcing a new signed and framed limited edition Rush Moving Pictures photo set ...
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Fri, Feb 12, 2016@11:54AM | comments
Guitar World March 2016Friday Rush updates! New Guitar World R40 Live interview with Alex and Geddy, new Rush 1975 live radio broadcast available, Clockwork Lives nominated for an Audie and more ...
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Fri, Feb 12, 2016@9:42AM | comments
Rush radio broadcast 1975A live recording of Rush made for a radio broadcast in 1975 titled Beneath, Between And Behind: F.M. Broadcast 1975 was released today and is now available for purchase at this location. ...
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Fri, Feb 12, 2016@7:40AM | comments
Moving Pictures coverOn this day back in 1981 Rush released their 8th and most commercially successful studio album, Moving Pictures. Happy 35th anniversary!!!
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Thu, Feb 11, 2016@11:02AM | comments
Clockwork LivesKevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's follow-up to their best-selling Clockwork Angels novel, Clockwork Lives, has been nominated for an Audio Award in the Multi-voiced performance category ...
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Wed, Feb 10, 2016@12:32PM | comments
Guitar World March 2016Rush's March 2016 Guitar World magazine feature is titled A Farewell to Kings and is now available online. In it, Guitar World's Joe Bosso sits down with Geddy and Alex to discuss the band's R40 Live tour, specifically the setlist selection, and also briefly touches on the band's future ...
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Fri, Feb 5, 2016@12:41PM | comments
Geddy and Alex in junior highFriday Rush updates! New Geddy/Alex interview, Rush and the 40th anniversary of 2112 in Prog magazine, In the Studio Moving Pictures 35th anniversary special and more ...
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Thu, Feb 4, 2016@2:31PM | comments
uDiscover R40 Live contestuDiscoverMusic.com is sponsoring a Rush R40 Live quiz and contest where you can win a PRS SE Alex Lifeson Acoustic Guitar played by Alex himself. ...
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