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Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

Sat, Feb 17, 2018

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Alex Lifeson plays on Fu Manchu's 18-minute epic track Il Mostro Atomico from their new Clone of the Universe album. Listen to the complete track and get all the details here.
Alex Lifeson talks life after Rush, writing, acting and more in new Globe and Mail interview, says Rush is "basically done". Details here.
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Lives: The Graphic Novel coming this June, now available for pre-order. Details here.
Rush A Farewell to Kings 40th anniversary box set now available to order (3-CD, 4-LP, Super Deluxe edition). Details, videos, interviews and more here.
Alex Lifeson featured in episode 5 of the new Trailer Park Boys series Out of the Park USA, now streaming on Netflix. Details, preview videos, music video featuring Alex here.
Geddy Lee appears on AXS TV's The Big Interview with Dan Rather. Details, videos, summary here.
Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass coming Fall 2018. Details here.
Alex Lifeson performs Neil Young's Cinnamon Girl with Arkells at Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. Details, photos, video here.
Geddy Lee discusses recording music and making memories at Le Studio in new Q interview - Le Studio was destroyed in a fire on August 11th. Details here.
Geddy Lee performs Take Off! with Bob & Doug McKenzie at live reunion fundraiser event. Details, video here.
Alex Lifeson guest appearance on Marco Minnemann's new album BORREGO. Order the album here. Details here.
Martin Popoff's new book Rush: Album by Album now available. Details here.
Check out Rushisaband.com's searchable archive of Rush tour date listings, powered by TourDateSearch.com - which contains searchable tour date archives for OVER 1000 BANDS ...
Fri, Feb 16, 2018@11:58AM | comments

Dave Bidini's West End Phoenix monthly community newspaper for Toronto's West End launched this past October and Rush's Alex Lifeson contributes a "storytelling comic" titled The Meaning of Lifeson to the publication, which is illustrated by artist Casey McGlynn. The newspaper will be holding a concert fundraiser dubbed Phoenix Rising on Thursday, March 29th at The Great Hall on Queen Street in Toronto, and Alex Lifeson will be one of the participants. The event will be hosted by Tom Wilson (Lee Harvey Osmond) and also participating will be the Rheostatics, Whitehorse, Nasim Asgari and Special Guests. For ticket information visit this link, and to learn more about the West End Phoenix, visit the website at westendphoenix.com.

Speaking of Alex Lifeson, SoCal fuzz rockers Fu Manchu released their 12th studio album Clone Of The Universe last Friday, and Lifeson makes a guest appearance on the album's 18-minute, side-long centerpiece Il Mostro Atomico which you can listen to at this location or via most streaming services. Fu Manchu's Scott Hill recently spoke with Revolver magazine about how the collaboration came to pass:

... Our manager is friends with his manager, and they were talking. Without asking us, our manager was like, "Hey, would Alex want to play on their new record?" His manager asked him and got back to our manager, like, "Oh yeah, he totally will. Send him a song!" When he told us, we were all like, "Holy shit!" We immediately reverted back to the Rush fans we were in seventh grade! [Laughs] So we sent him the four-track, which was a little lower than normal demo quality and he was like, "This is great. What do you want me to do on it?" We were like, "Holy shit, he's asking us?!? Dude, do whatever you want, wherever you want!" So we got in the studio and recorded the song, and then we sent it to him in Canada; he sent us back a bunch of stuff, and it all just sounded insane. He was like, "Use whatever you want," so we picked this one section of stuff that he did; it's in the first part where the band drops out - he's playing a really effected guitar riff along with the bass and drums, and then the bass and drums drop out. He's doing stuff with a bunch of different effects, all these sci-fi sounds and pick slides, and we were just flipping out listening to it. We still can't believe it! [Laughs] ... He could have been doing leads over it, and we would have been like, "Fuck yeah!" But he really added to it; that riff that he played, that wasn't even in the song! I remember leaving the studio that night after we first got it back from him, and we were all like, "Fuck, this is insane!" ...

RollingStone.com describes Lifeson's contribution to the epic Il Mostro Atomico track below:

... Lifeson's contributions can be heard in the first half of "Il Mostro Atomico." The song (whose Italian title translates to "The Atomic Monster") starts out with one of the band's signature bottom-heavy, fuzzed-out grooves. At the 3:58 mark, Lifeson plays a loose, bluesy riff over a hypnotic pattern from Fu Manchu bassist Brad Davis and drummer Scott Reeder. Around 4:15, the Rush guitarist adds adds some tasteful effects, giving his part a spacey, echo-y sound. As the rhythm section drops out, the riff continues to mutate, leading into a trippy ambient swell around 5:10. The full band kicks in around 5:53, and Fu Manchu's lead guitarist, Bob Balch, takes over with a fluid psychedelic solo. From there, the mostly instrumental song moves on through various sections, touching on boogie-friendly psych (listen for a Lifeson pick scrape at 7:04; a couple minutes later, Hill enters on vocals, howling "Light the throttle"); space rock bathed in synth-like guitars; and a dubby, percussion-accented breakdown. ...

The band played a couple of shows in Southern Cal this past weekend to debut the album and ended their set with Il Mostro Atomico both nights. You can watch live video of the performance from their show Saturday night at The Casbah in San Diego at this location. They'll be hitting the road for a full tour early next month. For more information visit the Fu Manchu website at fu-manchu.com.

Chicago Now's Six Pack took a look at some of the best trios in rock for a feature this past week, including our favorite power trio at the top of the list:

1) Rush - You want a power trio, look no further than these Canadians. Rush has run the gamut from 20-minute epic song to progressive rock to synthesized rock to guitar-based rock. Regardless, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart are the masters of what they do.

Top 6 songs - "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of the Radio," "Freewill," "Subdivisions," "Fly By Night," "Limelight."

Ready Player One is the critically-acclaimed, 2011 sci-fi book from author, self-described seventies/eighties protonerd and Rush fan Ernest Cline. Ready Player One makes several references to '80s pop culture, with particular attention to cult films, classic arcade video games and music. The book contains several references to Rush including a particularly significant one involving the band's 2112 album. A film adaptation of the book directed by Steven Spielberg and with a script by Zak Penn and Cline is currently slated for release on March 29th. The latest trailer for the film was released yesterday and one of the characters is wearing a Rush 2112 t-shirt at about the 44-second mark as seen in this screenshot (if you blink you'll miss it). This, along with Tom Sawyer being prominently featured in the film's first trailer, bodes well for the possibility of seeing more Rush featured in the film, including the significant role played by 2112 (fingers crossed!). You can watch the latest trailer for the film below or at this location, and learn more about the movie at the official website or on Facebook/Twitter.

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

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Thu, Feb 15, 2018@6:02PM | comments
Rush t-shirt in Ready Player One t-shirt, close-upThe latest trailer for Ernest Cline and Steven Spielberg's upcoming Ready Player One film was released earlier today and a Rush 2112 t-shirt can be seen being worn by one of the characters at about the 45-second mark ...
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Wed, Feb 14, 2018@5:45PM | comments
Phoenix Rising fundraiserDave Bidini's West End Phoenix monthly community newspaper will be holding a Phoenix Rising concert fundraiser on Thursday, March 29th at The Great Hall on Queen Street, and Alex Lifeson will participate ...
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Fri, Feb 9, 2018@12:23PM | comments
Fu Manchu - Clone of the UniverseFriday Rush updates! Alex Lifeson on Fu Manchu's new 18-minute epic track Il Mostro Atomico, Neil Peart dubs himself the former drummer and lyricist of Rush, Geddy Lee watches birds in Australia, and more ...
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Thu, Feb 8, 2018@10:54AM | comments
Fu Manchu - Clone of the UniverseSouthern California fuzz rock pioneers Fu Manchu will be releasing their 12th studio album "Clone Of The Universe" tomorrow via their personal label At The Dojo Records. Rush's Alex Lifeson makes a guest appearance on the album's 18-minute, side-long centerpiece "Il Mostro Atomico", which has just been made available for streaming via RollingStone.com ...
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Tue, Feb 6, 2018@1:12PM | comments
Geddy Lee photographing birds in AustraliaGeddy Lee is currently vacationing down under in Australia, and paid a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney earlier this week to grab some photos of a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo as seen in his most recent Instagram post ...
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Sat, Feb 3, 2018@12:42PM | comments
Bill Bruford - UnchartedLegendary progressive rock drummer Bill Bruford has just released a new book titled "Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer". Neil Peart penned a review of the book for the University of Michigan Press where he calls himself the "former drummer and lyricist" of Rush ...
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Fri, Feb 2, 2018@11:46AM | comments
Alex Lifeson in CBC's CrawfordFriday Rush updates! Alex Lifeson in new CBC comedy-drama Crawford, Neil Peart joins the elite California Channel Islands All Eight Club, Neil's brother Danny releases new book of poetry, 2112 reference on CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait and more ...
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Thu, Feb 1, 2018@11:56AM | comments
Another Mountain to Climb - Danny PeartNeil Peart's younger brother Danny Peart has released a new book of poetry titled "Another Mountain to Climb" ...
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Wed, Jan 31, 2018@12:06PM | comments
Alex Lifeson in CBC's CrawfordAlex Lifeson will have a small role in Trailer Park Boys creator Mike Clattenburg's new CBC comedy-drama Crawford, starring Jill Hennessy and John Carroll Lynch. Hennessy reveals several details about the show, including Lifeson's role in a recent Toronto Star article/interview ...
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