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Rush 2015 Tour
RUSH 2015 TOUR Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson discus Rush's possible plans for a 2015 Rush tour, setlist requests and more. Details here.
The Who Hits 50
Geddy Lee performs The Seeker at The Who Hits 50! Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concert November 11th. Details, reports and photos here.
R40 6-disc DVD/Blu-ray box set now available. See preview of unreleased tracks I've Been Runnin' and The Loser. Details here.
Neil Peart on Strombo
Complete Neil Peart Strombo Show interview now available online. Details here.
Geddy Lee with Michael Chabon taping PBS Speakeasy
Geddy Lee tapes episode of Speakeasy with author Michael Chabon in New York City. Details, reports and photos here.
Issue 2
Clockwork Angels graphic novel 6th and final issue preview! Details, previews and more here.
Neil Peart at Le Studio
Neil Peart visits the abandoned Le Studio in his latest 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.
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.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Alex Lifeson attends the TJ Martell World Tour of Wine Dinner and Auction last night
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The 11th annual TJ Martell World Tour of Wine Dinner & Auction took place yesterday evening at the Capitale in New York City. The event honored Rush and Doug Shafer (President of Shafer Wines) for their charitable efforts, and Alex Lifeson was in attendance as seen in the above photos (thanks to Press Pass NY's John DeNobile for the photos). According to reports, one of the auction items donated by Rush was a pair of VIP tickets and a meet-n-greet to a future Rush concert. So this would seem to indicate that - despite the lack of any official announcement - the band does plan to tour at some point in the near future. Great news! Proceeds from the event and auction will go to benefit the TJ Martell Foundation efforts to support Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS research. For more information visit the TJ Martell Foundation website.


Stewart Copeland talks about jamming with Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson in new interview
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Police drummer Stewart Copeland recently sat down with for an interview to discuss the new 2 Unite All benefit compilation album that he's involved with to help raise funds for humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza. They get on the subject of Copeland's Sacred Grove jam sessions that he conducts with other musicians at his home studio, and he talks about one particular session with Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson (thanks RushFanForever):

... I had the Rush guys, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson, over here, and we jammed through the night. We banged every drum, Neil and I had the drum battle from hell, Alex played every guitar, cello, horn, it was just music all night. And then I started cutting it and putting it together, and Les Claypool came over and he sang [Rush's 1975 epic] "By-Tor and the Snow Dog" or something like that over the sessions. And so I'm editing it together, and I pull out my fancy-schmancy film-scoring tools, my orchestral samples, and built this huge track. And then my hard drive crashed! And I sent it to two or three different "drive doctors," who all charged a fortune, and none of them could rescue the disc. And I hadn't even done a rough mix. I was a little crushed by all that. That kind of popped the balloon on the whole thing. ...

Copeland also hosted a jam session with Peart,Tool drummer Danny Carey, and Les Claypool back in 2011. That track/video was titled Count Drumula! and featured all four guys trading off on drum duties along with Claypool on a stand-up bass and Carey playing a trombone. You can see a video from that session here.

Happy 25th anniversary Presto!
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25 years ago today Rush released their 13th studio album, 1989's Presto. The album was Rush's first with Atlantic Records and was produced by Rupert Hine, who went on to also produce 1991's Roll the Bones. Presto peaked at #16 on the Billboard album charts and was certified Gold by the RIAA on January 11, 1990. It was recorded at Le Studio in Morin Heights and at McClear Place in Toronto in the Summer of 1989. The album's first single Show Don't Tell peaked at #1 on the US Mainstream Rock charts; The Pass went to #15 and Superconductor to #37. A remastered version of the album appeared on last year's Rush: The Studio Albums 1989-2007 box set, and an SACD version was released this past summer. Here's the official music video for The Pass:


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair wears Rush t-shirt during Jimmy Kimmel Live performance
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Nickelback drummer Daniel Adair wore a bootleg YYZ Toronto, Flight 21-12 Rush t-shirt during the band's performance of their new song What Are You Waiting For? on Jimmy Kimmel Live this past Tuesday night. You can watch the performance below or on YouTube at this location (thanks Eric at Power Windows). Adair is a huge Rush/Peart fan as is indicated in his bio on his official website:

... I listened to an album my brother had called "Hemispheres" by Rush. It was intense! I heard music differently all of a sudden and I had to learn how to drum like that! I became obsessed with the drums, air drumming in my room all night and playing along to albums all day. I taught myself in the beginning, learning all the licks from John Bonham, Neil Peart, Tim Herb Alexander, Lars Ulrich, and many others. ...


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Geddy Lee talks baseball in new Rolling Stone interview
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Geddy Lee throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Blue Jays home openerIn a follow-up to his Rolling Stone interview for last week's R40 Box Set release, Rolling Stone has posted another interview with Geddy Lee where he talks baseball.

... From singing the praises of new Cubs manager Joe Maddon ("He's brilliant") to fending off fantasy baseball questions ("Too early. Way too early,") he gave us his quick takes on the Major League Baseball season that was, and, of course, what he expects from his beloved Toronto Blue Jays in 2015....

You can read the entire interview at

Signed prints of Alex Lifeson's A Brush of Hope paintings now available
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As he has done for the past several years, Alex Lifeson once again participated in The Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual A Brush of Hope charity auction earlier this month. Alex Lifeson along with dozens of other Canadian celebrities donated paintings to be auctioned off to raise money for the charity. Alex's painting for this year was a photorealistic rendering of himself enjoying some wine with Geddy Lee which ended up selling for a whopping $10,100! The Kidney Foundation of Canada just announced today that they now are offering limited-edition signed prints of 2 of Lifeson's paintings from previous auctions, namely his 2009 Greek Salad painting and last year's self portrait:

Now, the Kidney Foundation of Canada - Atlantic Branch and Alex have teamed up to produce these two limited edition set of prints. Only 300 prints have been made of Self Portrait #1 and only 200 prints have been made of Greek Salad. Each print is numbered and Alex Lifeson has personally signed each individual print. That's right, each print has Alex Lifeson's ORIGINAL signature on it. The print is on high quality, heavy stock. In addition, each print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by the Executive Director of the Atlantic Canada Branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, confirming that the print that you have purchased is one of only 300. The certificate also shows the print number (eg. Print No. 33 Limited Edition of 300). The certificate is printed on linen paper, making it ideal for framing with the art print or for displaying on its own.

For all the latest news and information be sure to follow A Brush of Hope on Facebook.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson talk R40 tour, Rock Hall induction and Rush's future in new interview
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Rush 2015 TourLeading up to the release of the R40 Box Set a couple of weeks ago, posted a couple of interviews with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson where they discuss the 2 unreleased, pre-Peart Rush tracks featured on the set. Earlier today posted several more excerpts from these interviews, where Geddy and Alex talk about the band's Rock Hall induction last year, their acting side projects, charitable efforts, a possible R40 tour, and Rush's future plans. Geddy reiterates the fact that they'll be getting together with Neil Peart soon to determine what the band will do next. Lifeson is unsure whether they'll tour first our write first:

... Some days I feel like being back out on the road and taking advantage of the fact that it's our 40th anniversary, and on other days, I kind of sit around here messing with musical ideas and I think, "We've got to get together and start writing." I think that whatever we do, it's not going to be until next year. I was over at Ged's the other day, in fact-he's just redone his little [home] studio, [and] we were both chomping at the bit to get together and start writing. He wants to try out his millions of new bass guitars that he's got now. So we'll do some writing, and we'll see where that goes. ...

Geddy also really wants to play and write:

... I just want to play. I wouldn't mind going back on tour. I'm really dying to play, I have all of these new old instruments that I'm dying to try out. My curiosity tends to lean towards playing live. ...

The pair also remark that they would consider playing another full album live, like they did with Moving Pictures on the Time Machine Tour. Alex goes on to discuss the potential format of an R40 tour, and would prefer to have at least a couple of new tracks to try out live:

... I think it'd be more of a 40th anniversary celebration, much like R30 was. A fun trip back to the past with maybe some looking forward. In my mind, ideally, we'd go out with a couple of new songs, and revisit some old stuff, maybe stuff we haven't previously played. ... When we bring back some of these songs-I wouldn't call them "obscure," but songs that have been performed less often-they really go over well. "Jacob's Ladder" is one that, every tour, is on everyone's wish list. It's a long song, and it would take up a big portion of the set, we just weren't sure whether or not it would be interesting to do that. We thought the same thing with "The Camera Eye." We avoided playing that live until we did the Moving Pictures thing. And that ended up being our favorite song to play. Never mind if it went over well or not, we loved playing it every night. I would love to do "Fly By Night," for example. I said, "for example," by the way. I think it could be really great live, if we did a heavier version, because it's really poppy and clean. ...

Be sure to check out the complete interview at here.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Geddy Lee to be featured in upcoming VH1 Rock Icons series
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Neil Peart at Le StudioIn Neil Peart's latest news update at, Neil wrote about a recent visit he took to the abandoned Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec - the studio where Rush recorded several of their most iconic albums. He mentioned in an offhanded way that Banger Films (the guys who brought us Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage) was making some kind of documentary/show about Geddy Lee, but didn't give much in the way of detail:

... Having said that Le Studio was the most important place in my life, it follows that the most important collaboration in my life has been with Geddy. That's all I really wanted to say on camera-though I don't think those actual words occurred to me until later. In any case, the interviewer, Sam, had his eye on "the show" they were making. Naturally enough, he was looking for some incisive remarks from me, maybe some kind of "dirt"-if not blood. Preferably bad blood. He was careful about it, trying to bring me around to that sort of nitty-gritty by apologizing for "being like a three-year-old, asking the same question again and again." But a complex relationship that has endured for over forty years is not going to be defined in a sound bite. It's like asking a spouse of that duration to define the other-tread carefully! ...

Then earlier this week, the folks at the Le Studio YouTube channel posted a video update indicating that they were partially responsible for getting Banger Films access to the Le Studio property (thanks Claudio D):

... with a little help from yours truly! Made public last month in Neil's blog entry "Science Island", it was revealed that Banger Films taped interviews on site at LeStudio for use in a project they are working on. This Channel played a small part in getting Banger Films and Neil their wish...

In the video update they mention that the filming was being conducted for an upcoming VH1 series called Rock Icons. So it sounds like Geddy Lee will be one of the artists featured in this series. That's about all we know at this point though. More as we learn it.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Geddy Lee to appear on Q104.3's Out of the Box Sunday night
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UPDATE - 11/17@12:45PM: The short, 8-minute interview with Geddy has been posted online here (thanks RushFanForever). Geddy talks about Rush's Rock Hall induction last year, the R40 Box Set, and the band's future.

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Geddy Lee will be making a guest appearance on Q104.3's Out of the Box with Jonathan 'JC' Clarke tomorrow night. Geddy's been on the interview circuit all this past week promoting Rush's R40 Box Set. For all the details check out the Q104.3 website (thanks Mandi B). On a related note, Neil Peart's interview with Jeff Woods for his Legends of Classic Rock syndicated radio show is also slated to air Sunday night.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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R40 Blu-ray box setIt was a huge week for Rush news with the release of Rush's R40 40th Anniversary Collectors Box Set this past Monday and Geddy Lee's performance of The Seeker at The Who Hits 50! benefit concert Tuesday, along with some new interviews from Geddy Lee and Neil Peart including some 2015 tour news. Rush's R40 40th Anniversary Collectors Box Set (6 Blu-ray discs or 10 DVDs) includes 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 includes the full Laura Secord Secondary School 1974 footage including the 2 unreleased tracks I've Been Runnin' and The Loser, along with their cover of Bad Boy. Previews of both of the unreleased tracks are available on Rush's YouTube channel (I've Been Runnin', The Loser), and you can read interviews with Alex and Geddy discussing the tracks on (Geddy, Alex). As I'd mentioned above, the R40 bonus disc includes the full Laura Secord Secondary School 1974 footage. It also includes 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. The Rush Backstage Club (and Best Buy) are also offering a special edition of the set that includes an extra R40 Completist disc (in addition to the bonus disc) that contains different content based on whether it's the Blu-ray or DVD version, with the ultimate goal being to ensure that the same content is included in both the DVD and Blu-ray packages. You can all the details regarding the Completist DVD in this post and check out the liner notes at You can order the R40 box set on 6 Blu-ray discs or 10 DVDs.

Rush 2015 TourWith the release of the R40 box set this week and all the talk of a 2015 Rush tour, Rolling Stone posted a new interview with Geddy Lee earlier this week where he addresses these topics and more. On the subject of a 2015 tour, Geddy says there's been no decision yet, despite Alex Lifeson's comments from earlier this year:

... We're still talking," ... "Everybody has a different idea how they want to spend the next couple of years, so we haven't come to a decision. I'm ready and happy to play if everyone else agrees. I think in the next couple of months we'll decide to do something or not." ... "My guess is that there would be a tour [before making an album]," ... "But I'm itching to just play and record. I would like to make another album, but I don't know where the other guys' heads are at about that. I know Alex is ready to write."... Lee says he's not implying that drummer Neil Peart is the holdout. "It's a group thing," ... "It's one of those things where everybody enjoyed their break so much. It doesn't feel like it was very long ago that we played our last show in Kansas City. So it's like, 'Do we have to talk about this already?' But slowly we're getting around to figuring it out." ... Unlike many of their peers, Rush would never even consider a project that didn't involve every member. "I couldn't abide that," ... "We're like the Three Musketeers, all for one and one for all. If one guy has had enough, then that's it. It's over." Even if Rush deactivates at some point in the next decade, Lee can't imagine moving away from music. "I love to play and I love to write," ... "I would be totally up for continuing to work. It's in my blood. If the guys that I love to play with aren't available and I was dying to play, I would do something on my own." ...

They also elicited questions for Geddy via Twitter using the hashtag #AskGeddyLee and posted a few of the questions along with Geddy's answers this morning. There are several setlist-related questions that may disappoint fans of mid-70s-era old Rush. Here are a few of his comments regarding specific songs:

Fly By Night: I don't know, man. That song scares me. ... It's a high song. It's also a time and a place. I wouldn't say no, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

The Necromancer: "We are men from Willowdale." Yeah, I don't know. Same thing. That whole Caress of Steel period is stuck in a strange and funny moment in our history. I really don't know how that would stand the test of time.

Cygnus X-1 Books 1 and 2:
Ah, well, that would be cool. Yeah, that would be super cool.

Cut To The Chase":
I like that song. I don't know if the others guys do, but I like that song.

Chemistry: Oh, great. I wrote that song in my basement when I lived in the country. That was one of the first songs I demoed on my own and then brought to the band. And then Neil did his lyrical magic on it. That's a cool song. I like that song.

So there's some hope for Cygnus X-1 but probably not The Necromancer. However, when the interviewer mentioned that fans want to hear stuff from the first three or four albums Geddy said:

If we agree to go out and it is going to be some sort of anniversary thing, then I'm sure we'll pull some of those old songs out.

Despite the uncertainty regarding a 2015 tour, Neil Peart's drum tech Lorne Wheaton tweeted out the following last weekend, muddying the waters even more:

Guess it's time Bubba & I started to think about a new kit. :0) The "Time Machine" is officially retired after next weekend.

No need for a new kit if there's not going to be a tour, right? Lorne will be showing off the kit at a Roland Canada event at Just Drums in Toronto tomorrow afternoon. Lorne sat down with Kim Mitchell on Q107 in Toronto for an interview to discuss this event which you can listen to at this location (thanks Don C). So in hopes that an official tour announcement is coming, Skip Daly over at has updated the site to reflect a 2015 tour and is asking fans to make their requests. So make your voice be heard and vote, and be sure to follow on Facebook.

In celebration of the release of the R40 Box Set, CBC Music posted a series of Rush-themed articles all this past week. Veteran Canadian musician and Rush friend Dave Bidini kicked things off by looking back at the band's 40-year legacy in this article. They topped off Rush Week with a series of Neil Peart video interviews including a 25-minute, 2-part, sit-down interview where Neil talks about motorcycles and writing (specifically his new book Far and Near: On Days Like These), along with Rush's 40 year legacy (part one, part two). There was also this video where he dissects his various drumsets along with a photo gallery where he shares his thoughts on Rush's 10 Best Songs. Also as part of their Rush Week, CBC Music ran a Twitter contest all this past week to determine Canada's biggest Rush fan, where the winner - to be announced today - wins an R40 box set. There's also an article celebrating the history of Rush in pop culture, a list of 40 things you didn't know about Rush, 11 great songs that sample Rush, and ten Rush quotes to live by.

In addition to the CBC Music interviews, Neil Peart made an appearance on CBC Radio 2's The Strombo Show with George Stroumboulopoulos this past Sunday evening. The full podcast from the show is available online and you can listen to the Neil Peart interview beginning at about the 55-minute mark and running through the 2:11:00 point with a lot of Rush and other music interspersed throughout. A video of the interview sans musical interludes is also available on YouTube. Neil spends most of the time discussing the book, but does talk a little about Rush (but nothing about a tour or future plans). There was also Phil Simon's third and final portion of his interview with Neil Peart posted earlier this week where Simon asked Neil a couple of questions from fans that he collected via his website back in September. He asks Neil about songs that he'd like to play live as well as whether they'll be string sections on future tours. You can listen to Neil's responses at this location. Neil's interview with Jeff Woods for his Legends of Classic Rock syndicated radio show is also slated to air this weekend. Oh yeah, and Neil came in at #18 (??) on LA Weekly's list of the 20 best drummers of all time (thanks Joseph B). Whew!

On another subject, but related to the R40 box set release, Rush's 2 most recent live videos - both of which are included in the set - were quietly certified Platinum by the RIAA in the Video Longform category this past spring. Time Machine was certified 2X Platinum (200,000 units sold) while Clockwork Angels Tour was certified Platinum (100,000 units sold) this past May 14, 2014. The RIAA's database of Gold and Platinum certifications is freely available online and you can check out all of Rush's certifications here (just do a search for "Rush"). Although several Rush videos and compilations have been certified over the past several years, the last time a Rush studio album was certified was back in 2001 when Roll the Bones was given Platinum certification. Rush's last 3 studio albums have yet to receive even Gold certification (sales of 500,000 units) here in the US.

Geddy Lee taped an episode of PBS Speakeasy with Michael Chabon this past Friday afternoon at the McKittrick Hotel in New York City and had this to say about the experience:

"75 minutes flew by talking to one of my favourite writers and a truly awesome person" - Geddy Lee

The episode will air on PBS some time in April of next year. A small number of tickets were made available to the event and reader Kelly D along with a few other Rush Rats were able to attend. Kelly posted a number of tidbits from the appearance to her Twitter feed.

Speaking of Geddy, back in June of 2010 we learned that Geddy Lee had optioned the film and TV rights to Dave Bidini's 2005 book Baseballissimo. Variety magazine then reported back in 2011 that development on the film was moving forward with Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot as co-writers. Last year the Hollywood Reporter announced that veteran director Jacob Tierney will direct the film with a script by Baruchel, David Miller producing and Geddy Lee and Bidini executive producing. The film has begun casting, and it was announced this past week that actor Anton Yelchin has taken the lead role in the film and will play Kyle Buffone, a rising baseball minor-league player who gets detoured on the way to major-league stardom by pitching for the Peones, a baseball team in Italy. Dave Bidini is a Canadian musician, author and founding member of the Rheostatics who is also good friends with Geddy. Canadian actor Jay Baruchel is best known for his starring roles in the films She's Out of My League, The Trotsky, and How to Train Your Dragon, but Rush fans probably best recognize him as the star of Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour intermission video The Appointment.

Neil Peart signed MacallanThe folks at RUSHfest Scotland are running a world wide raffle to win a 12 year old bottle of The Macallan signed by Neil Peart to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The bottle comes with a certificate of authenticity and is no longer in production, so it is sure to go up in value. For all the details and to enter the raffle, just visit

Back in a couple of September Friday Rush updates posts I reported some sightings of rapper Pharrell Williams wearing a Rush Test For Echo t-shirt. It was first spotted during a concert at the Stockholm Globe Arena as seen in this Guardian article, and then a fan posted this photo of himself with Williams backstage wear he was also wearing the t-shirt. Williams is one of the judges on NBC's The Voice and was wearing the t-shirt Wednesday night also as seen in this screenshot. He must be a prog-rock fan since on the previous episode he was wearing a Yes t-shirt.

And although this past week's Rush news cycle was dominated by Geddy Lee and Neil Peart, there was a little bit of Alex Lifeson news to report too. The 11th annual TJ Martell World Tour of Wine Dinner & Auction will take place on Thursday, November 20th at the Capitale in New York City. The event will be honoring Rush and Doug Shafer (President of Shafer Wines), and confirmed earlier this week that Alex Lifeson will be attending the event. Proceeds from the event and auction will go to benefit the TJ Martell Foundation efforts to support Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS research. For all the details and to purchase tickets visit and the TJ Martell Foundation website.

And speaking of Lerxst, Three Doors Down guitarist Chris Henderson gushes about working with Alex Lifeson in this Memphis Flyer article (thanks RushFanForever):

... I can't explain how nice a guy and how smart he was. How cultured he was and how great a musician he is. I can't put into words how much his influence brought to my life before I met him and after I met him. There's not a week that goes by that I don't think of that experience. I spent three weeks with him in the studio. He taught me that the technical aspect of being a producer is not the most important part. The most important part is the song and how to delegate. If you want to change someone's art, they are going to fight you on it. If it's all about the art becoming better, you've got to get your point across. That's what Alex taught me. Instead of saying 'I'm a producer. I'm from Rush. You need to listen to me.' He wasn't like that. He came in and was like,' Think about it like this: What does the fan think? From a radio listener's perspective, you have about 13 seconds. They hit that seek button. That's the way it works. He taught us that. ...

Lifeson produced the band's 2002 album Away From the Sun. Keeping on the subject of gushing Rush fans, Weezer guitarist Rivers Cuomo sat down with Rolling Stone recently and was given 6 songs to listen to and share his comments, one of which was Rush's Limelight:

This song was huge on the radio when I was a teenager, but at the time I actually wasn't into Rush. It sounded to me like music that bass players and drummers loved, and I was a guitar player. The guitar didn't have enough distortion for me. But now this is one of my favorite Rush songs. The solo is incredibly sad, and the emotion of the song just builds and builds. It's an odd track - this singer with a really high-pitched voice, and these intellectual-sounding lyrics. It's amazing how popular something like that could be back then. I'd also like to point out that this song makes reference to the same Shakespeare quote that we did in "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived": "All the world's a stage." It's also in an Elvis Presley song.

Outside of the R40 Box Set release, the biggest event of this past week was Geddy Lee's performance of The Seeker at The Who Hits 50! Teenage Cancer Trust a benefit concert this past Tuesday, which helped to kick off The Who's 50th anniversary tour that kicks off later this month and runs through next year. The event took place at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London, England where The Who's house band was joined onstage to perform Who classics by a number of famous artists including Geddy Lee. As was widely anticipated, Geddy performed The Seeker - the one The Who song that Rush included on their 2004 Feedback covers EP. MC Chris Evans introduced Geddy who came out and said the following:

Well, Hello! Very happy to be here to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Who for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Thank you all for supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust. This is The Seeker!

He then cranked out the song with the help of The Who's house band. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder then came on and did Naked Eye, Won't Get Fooled Again and everyone joined him onstage for Listening to You, where Geddy hung out towards the rear stage and shared a mic with the keyboard player. Geddy also came out at the very end to applaud Roger Daltrey who made a surprise appearance and sang Substitute and Young Man Blues. You can read a full report and check out a this huge gallery of pro-shot photos on The Who's Facebook page. You can also follow the evening's events on Twitter using the hashtag #TheWhoHits50. Geddy's performance garnered some great reviews in the music press including this from Rolling Stone:

Geddy Lee, in contrast, put in a laidback performance on "The Seeker." The Rush singer, who had flown in from Canada especially for the gig and celebrates his own band's 40th anniversary this year, also played bass and later said he was "thrilled to support the Teenage Cancer Trust while celebrating the music of the Who, a band that changed my life."

And these kind words from The Guardian:

... Rush's Geddy Lee's leather-lunged take on The Seeker confirms that when the Who rock, they really rock. ...

There are a few bootleg videos of Geddy's performance floating around on Facebook and YouTube including this one.

Whew.. what a week for Rush news! Have a great weekend everybody!



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