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Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

Thu, Jul 2, 2015

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

RUSH R40 LIVE TOUR Rush played Madison Square Garden in NYC June 29th to close out the 2nd leg. Get updates and the setlist along with photos, video, reviews and reports here.
Rush graces the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine's July 2, 2015 issue! The issue hit newsstands on Fri, June 19 and the complete cover story is available online. Details here.
Neil Peart talks about his travels on the R40 Live tour in his latest news update for June, 2015. Check it out here.
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels companion novel Clockwork Lives due Sept 15. Limited edition, signed hardcover available for pre-order. Details, sample chapter, ebook sample, cover art and more here.
The July, 2015 issue of Classic Rock includes a cover feature on Rush along with new interviews with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson where they discuss the future of the band and a possible extension of the R40 Live tour ...
12 Months of Rush! Mercury-era Rush reissued on vinyl for 2015. Moving Pictures LP plus vintage t-shirt now available for pre-order. Details here.
Alex Lifeson talks R40 Live tour and Rush's future plans in new Canadian Press interview: "we're not finished as a band". Details here.
Alex Lifeson appeared on the Renman Live web show on Wednesday, April 22nd. Get all the details and watch the entire interview here.
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel single-volume edition coming July 7th. Details here.
Rush and Ray Danniels honored at 2015 Juno Gala Dinner & Awards ceremony. Geddy Lee aceepted Rush's Humanitarian Award, and Ray Danniels was presented with a Special Achievement Award. Details, photos, and FULL video of the event here
Geddy Lee appeared on the debut episode of season 14 of That Metal Show, and premiere episode of Rock Icons. FULL episodes now online. Details here.
R40 6-disc DVD/Blu-ray box set now available, debuts at #2 on Billboard. See previews of unreleased tracks I've Been Runnin' and The Loser. Details here.

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Rush recently released a 272 page coffee table book titled Art of Rush, which celebrates the 40 year relationship of Rush and their longtime artist and illustrator Hugh Syme. Syme recently sat down with Billboard to talk about the book and his relationship with Rush. Here's what he had to say when asked about his favorite Rush art design:

... I tend to think more about technical prowess, so I'll probably err more towards the juggler for Hold Your Fire or inukshuk on Test For Echo. I quite like that cover, and it was fun to work on because I got to build that model and then photograph it and strip it into the scene. Power Windows is dear to me because I painted that in and around the death of my father, so it was cathartic for me. I like Counterparts for its glib simplicity. I think Signals was even more glib and ridiculous; it came after quite a few dead ends. At one point we entertained the idea of morse code and I was going to have the band each strapped into their own electroencephalograph equipment and have some technicians come in, and while they were recording and playing in the studio and snip a specific section of each of their heartbeats or brainwaves at a specific moment in the music. It was all getting too intelligent, so one day I said, "Let's just have a dog sniffing a fire hydrant." ...

He also echoes much of what he said in his recent Daily Tribune interview regarding the band's future:

... I've heard a few fairly firm final references -- but not from the band. In a way I think what you're talking about is already in place; they used to do nine months and then take three months off, so I think they have scaled back consistently over the years. I think what they're doing now seems like a pretty manageable amount of dates for them. My feeling is there's going to be some kind of demand from Europe, and they always get such a great response when they go to Rio. So if they get the right kind of offers they may just do it because, what the hell, they want to and they can. But that's just me thinking out loud. I think as a band, letting go of their entire career and closing the doors is an improbability. I just don't see them kind of going gently, just ignoring music. I think something's going to happen in a couple of years, even if they're deluding themselves into thinking this is a swan song. I think they will do another album -- I just happen to believe that. ...

The article also contains the complete text of Neil Peart's foreword from the Art of Rush. Here's an excerpt:

...It is likely no coincidence that 2112 was the project that really came together for Hugh as well. The bold, luminous front cover with its striking colours punched the viewer with the same uncompromising energy that the music expressed, while on the inside cover (after years of pleading we finally got a proper gatefold cover!), the Starman would become an iconic symbol for four decades. Although Hugh and I always rejected the idea of "logos," and constantly changed typefaces and images from one project to the next, that one star, circle, and naked man -- the individual against oppression -- has endured and recurred. It's just undeniable. ...

You can read the entire interview online here and purchase the Art of Rush at
this location.

Wed, Jul 1, 2015@4:08PM | comments
Billy Corgan and Jimmy ChamberlinSmashing Pumpkins' founder and frontman Billy Corgan revealed in a Periscope video last week that his recent reunion with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin started at a Rush concert. The video was partially transcribed by Alternative Press ...
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Tue, Jun 30, 2015@5:44PM | comments
Rush Rolling Stone coverRolling Stone has posted more from their interviews with Rush to their website for a piece titled 22 Things You Learn Hanging Out With Rush. The article contains 22 bonus questions not included in the original Rolling Stone article ...
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Mon, Jun 29, 2015@12:21PM | comments
Rush R40 LiveRush makes their way to the Big Apple tonight to play Madison Square Garden in New York City for what stands to be another epic show to close out the 2nd leg of the R40 Live tour. Get updates and the setlist along with photos, video, reviews and reports here ...
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Sun, Jun 28, 2015@4:03PM | comments
Chris Squire - YesRead what Geddy Lee had to say regarding the sad news that legendary bass player and Yes founding member Chris Squire passed away yesterday at the age of 67. ...
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Sat, Jun 27, 2015@12:24PM | comments
Rush R40 LiveRush's R40 Live tour makes its way to New Jersey tonight to play the Prudential Center in Newark for stop #22 of the tour. Get updates and the setlist along with photos, video, reviews and reports here ...
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Fri, Jun 26, 2015@1:58PM | comments
Geddy LeeGeddy Lee recently sat down with for a 3-minute interview where he explains the origins behind his right-hand picking technique ...
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Fri, Jun 26, 2015@12:14PM | comments
Rush R40 LiveFriday Rush updates! R40 Live tour updates, R40 up for Progressive Music Award, new Neil Peart book from Brad Birzer, and more ...
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Thu, Jun 25, 2015@12:00PM | comments
Rush R40 LiveRush brings the R40 Live tour to the City of Brotherly Love tonight to play the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for show number 21 of the tour. Get updates and the setlist along with photos, video, reviews and reports here ...
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Thu, Jun 25, 2015@10:28AM | comments
R40The fourth annual Prog magazine Progressive Music Awards have been announced and will take place at London's Underglobe on Thursday September 3rd. Rush's R40 box set is nominated in the Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award category, and voting is now underway ...
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