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Sun, Aug 2, 2015

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

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.
12 Months of Rush! Mercury-era Rush reissued on vinyl for 2015. Moving Pictures LP plus vintage t-shirt now available! Details 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. LE signed hardcover available for pre-order, LE companion tarot card set available. Details, sample chapter 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 ...
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.

Rush R40 Live 2015 Tour

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Sat, Aug 1, 2015@12:00PM | comments

UPDATE - 8/2@8:31PM: Here's a review from JamBase.

UPDATE - 8/2@10:00AM: Here's Losing It:

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UPDATE - 8/2@9:20AM: Here's a video of Working Man from last night's show including the goodbyes at the end. Neil snapped a few photos from behind his kit before the band broke into the Garden Road riff. Geddy starts talking and then Neil sneaks out onto the stage and hugs his bandmates. Here's what Geddy says:

Thank you so much Los Angeles! On behalf of the greatest crew and organization in the world ... *pauses to pose with his bandmates* ... On behalf of our whole organization - thank you United States of America for 40 awesome years. And I do hope we'll meet again sometime. Bye bye!

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UPDATE - 8/2@9:10AM: The Canadian Consulate in LA had a little pre-show reception for Rush before the Irvine show and posted a short video to Twitter of the guys saying a few words (thanks Cheese Pavilion):

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UPDATE - 8/2@9:02AM: Other than Losing It, there were no other special surprises last night. Although Neil Peart did join Geddy and Alex to wave goodbye to the crowd at the end of the show rather than doing his usual sprint to the door as seen in this photo. Thanks for a great tour Rush!

UPDATE - 8/2@12:29AM: They went from Tom Sawyer into Red Barchetta to start the second set, so it does indeed look like setlist F.

UPDATE - 8/2@12:09AM: The band should be returning from intermission for the 2nd set soon. John over at already has a growing gallery of photos posted. As I'd mentioned already, it looks like they are playing setlist F - we should have a better idea after the 2nd song of set 2.

UPDATE - 8/1@11:44PM: ... and next up is Losing It with Jonny Dinklage on electric violin!! They should play Subdivisions next to close out the 1st set.

UPDATE - 8/1@11:42PM: The Anarchist, Headlong Flight, Far Cry, The Main Monkey Business, One Little Victory, Animate, Roll the Bones, Distant Early Warning so far ... looks like setlist "F" ("A" variant) probably ...

UPDATE - 8/1@10:59PM: They went right from opening with The Anarchist into Headlong Flight, which pretty much confirms that we'll get one of the D-E-F-G sets as expected.

UPDATE - 8/1@9:55PM: Bubbles (aka Mike Smith) from The Trailer Park Boys was at the show and posed with some fans outside the venue. Hmm... could he possibly be making a guest appearance at some point for a certain song?

UPDATE - 8/1@2:53PM: The LA Times just posted a short interview with Geddy Lee where he talks about fitness and his training routine:

I have to say I don't enjoy training. For me it's a necessary evil because I'm an active person whether I'm preparing for a tour or not. My wife and I do a lot of travel and walking and biking, and I refuse to give into the ravages of time. ... It's been night and day for the stage performances. Working out has been such a benefit to my life in general, but on stage I have much more energy and flexibility to do the activity I like to do on stage. And, more importantly, at the end of a show I'm not completely done in like I used to be.

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UPDATE - 8/1@2:50PM: As promised, Kevin J. Anderson just unveiled the cover for his new Rush-themed short story anthology 2113 at his RushCon appearance. Thanks Kelly D for the photo/report.

Date/Time: Saturday, August 1st @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 35
Venue: The Forum
Place: Los Angeles, CA
Twitter: #R40LA | #R40Live
Instagram: #R40LA
YouTube: Los Angeles Rush R40 Live Tour
Setlist: Version F
Reviews: JamBase

After 35 shows, 34 cities and 3 unforgettable months, Rush's North American R40 Live tour will unfortunately come to a close tonight at The Forum in Los Angeles. After this point, it's anybody's guess as to what the future holds for the band, but I have a feeling we will see Rush perform again in some shape or form somewhere down the road. Here's what Alex Lifeson had to say about the tour and the band's future in his recent interview with Eddie Trunk:

... I think in my gut that this is probably the last major tour that we'll do. I'd like to think that we'll do specialty gigs, maybe a week in New York or something like that. But we haven't even discussed that. We just want to get through this tour and see where we're at. We want to discuss whether we want to make another record anytime soon. ... Whatever this tour is, it's not the end of the band. It's just kind of reviewing where we're at in terms of major tours. ... Whatever it is - if it is the end of touring - I feel good that we're at least playing as well as we are, that we've developed a show that's really quite something in terms of our historical story and it's nice to go out on a note like that. ...

Rather than dwell on the future too much, let's focus on tonight's show, which should be something very special. From what I've heard, the LA crowd will get treated to one of the non-standard D-E-F-G setlists, including that extra song and a guest musician (same one as in Newark/NYC) - my guess is E (variation of B) or possibly F (A variation). That said, since it's the last show I'm betting Rush will have some other unforeseen surprises in store for the crowd as well. The RushCon Rush fan convention kicked off last night in LA with an opening party at the Club Nokia VIP Lounge, and the main convention takes place all day today at the Belasco Theatre starting shortly at 9:30AM PST, and you can still register at the door. The Rush Backstage Club, Kevin J. Anderson and Fantoons will all have booths onsite, and there will be plenty of games and prizes along with the charity auction. Author Kevin J. Anderson along with Vertical Horizon's Matt Scannell will talk about their collaborations with Neil Peart and spin tales from their own personal creative ventures. Anderson will also be unveiling the cover of his upcoming Rush-themed short story anthology 2113, and Scannell will give a live performance. The festivities will be capped off with tonight's show and then continue into Sunday. In addition to all the festivities, the Rush fan documentary crew will be on hand for some filming. For those not attending RushCon, there will also be a pre-show Rush Rat gathering at Rock Bottom in Long Beach - details here. The show has a 7:30PM start time so the band will probably get going at 7:45PM. For everyone going tonight, have fun, stay safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, photos and video with us. Thanks for an epic tour Rush!!!!!

Photos from Instagram using hashtag #R40LA:

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Thu, Jul 30, 2015@3:06PM | comments
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Thu, Jul 30, 2015@1:22PM | comments
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Thu, Jul 30, 2015@11:50AM | comments
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Fri, Jul 24, 2015@2:25PM | comments
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