Rush is a Band

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

Sat, Feb 13, 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 ...
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@9:46AM | comments

Classic Rock has posted the second part of their interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson where the pair reflect on the history of Rush. They had posted the first part where they discuss the early years of Rush up through 1975 last week, which you can check out here. In this installment they discuss the period from 2112 through Hemispheres. Here's Geddy on the story behind 2112:

... My memory is that Neil (Peart, drummer and lyricist) had this idea for 2112 and that was the starting point for the whole record. He wrote the story for 2112, based on Anthem by Ayn Rand - an anti-totalitarian science fiction story. Neil and I had also read another of Ayn Rand's books, The Fountainhead, and that was an inspiration to us. The Fountainhead is a story about an architect who was determined not to compromise his aesthetic, his vision, and he would do just about anything, even radical things, to stand up for his art and his right to be an individual. That spoke volumes to us while we were making 2112. It gave us confidence, in a way. We felt we were being pressured to compromise our art. People don't like it when you term hard rock or prog rock as art, but to us, as creators of that music, it is our art. ...

You can read the entire second part of the interview here and read part 1 here. Presumably they'll continue to post subsequent portions of the interview in the coming weeks. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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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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Wed, Feb 3, 2016@2:46PM | comments
Geddy and Alex in junior highClassic Rock has posted a new interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson where the pair reflect on the early years of Rush; from their first meeting in junior high school 50 years ago, up until 1975 when the new guy Neil Peart took over the lyric-writing duties. ...
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