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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.
R40
R40 6-disc Blu-ray box set coming this November! Now available for pre-order. Details here.
Far and Near
New Neil Peart book Far and Near: On Days Like These now available! Order your copy at this location. Details here.
Experiencing Rush
New book from Durrell Bowman titled Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion coming this November, now available for pre-order. Details 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.
Geddy Lee ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Geddy Lee takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Details and video here.
Neil Peart
New Neil Peart news update for August, 2014 at NeilPeart.net titled Magnetic Mirages. Check it out here.
Lee Lifeson Art Park
New park in Toronto's Willowdale neighborhood to be named the Lee Lifeson Art Park. Details here.
Rush: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence
New book Rush: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence from Robert Freedman now available. Details here.
Issue 2
Clockwork Angels graphic novel issues #1, 2 3, 4 and 5 now available! Details, previews and more here.
Rush Presto SACD
Rush Presto SACD now available from Audio Fidelity, 20% discount code available. Details here.
Rush FAQ
New Rush FAQ book by Max Mobley now available for purchase. Details here.
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

5 Rush albums featured in Prog magazine's 100 Greatest Prog Albums Of All Time
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As I'd mentioned early last month, the August issue of Prog magazine featured the 100 Greatest Prog Albums Of All Time as chosen by their readers and a number of prog-rock artists. The covers of Rush's Hemispheres, 2112 and Moving Pictures albums are all pictured in the album cover collage artwork, and all 3 of these albums along with Rush's Permanent Waves and A Farewell to Kings albums made the list. John over at Cygnus-X1.net recently transcribed the entire article and made it available online here. Permanent Waves came in at #69, A Farewell to Kings at #53 and Hemispheres at #23. Here's what they had to say about 2112 and Moving Pictures which came in at numbers 15 and 13 respectively:

15. 2112 (Rush)
We Say: This was the album that was most likely to have introduced legions of young heavy rock fans to the appeal of progressive music. The side one-long conceptual piece 2112 remains one of the Canadian trio's best-loved songs. The shorter material on side two still holds up well.

You Say: "2112 itself is an incredibly well-written and executed composition, a good story and, musically, a masterpiece of dynamics - no band has been able to repeat since then." -Gyorgy Dragon

...

13. Moving Pictures (Rush)
We Say: Rightly considered the jewel in the Rush crown - albeit a crown festooned with sparkling gems from throughout the band's glittering 30-year [sic] career. As with many groups populating our Top 20, it's difficult to choose between so many great works, but Moving Pictures truly stands out as a unique classic.

You Say: "It's the absolute best Rush album and the ultimate bridge between the 70s ambitious prog and the 80s new-wave prog." -Diogo Salles

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Grapes Under Pressure 3 charity fundraiser with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson kicks off today
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UPDATE - 10/1@3:43PM: There were several great photos of Alex and Geddy from the day's events posted on Twitter over the last few days using the hashtag #GUP3.

UPDATE - 9/27@3:32PM: Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati is at today's event and tweeted out this photo of himself with Alex and Geddy.

Grapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community, and Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors. In recent years he and Alex Lifeson have conducted a number of charity auctions and events to raise money for the organization as part of an initiative that they cleverly call Grapes Under Pressure. This weekend Geddy and Alex will host their 3rd Grapes Under Pressure event as described on the Grapes For Humanity website:

Building on the phenomenal success and tremendous response from their first two extravaganzas, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson team up again for the third installment of their "not so annual" Excellent Harvest Adventure. Geddy and Alex will welcome you aboard our private train from Toronto's Union Station as we enjoy breakfast enroute to Stratus Vineyards. Stratus, a 62-acre beautifully modern winery near Niagara-on-the-Lake, combines science with tradition and relies on the centuries-old method of "assemblage" to produce wines of amazing depth and complexity while maintaining a reputation of being one of the world's most sustainable wineries. A champagne reception awaits you upon arrival at Stratus. As you tour this stunning property, guests can try their hand at picking grapes and learn about cutting-edge winemaking techniques while drinking and tasting the "The Best of Niagara" from a variety of local producers of wine, beer and food products. Award-winning Chef Michael Steh of The Chase will prepare a gourmet vintners lunch as special guest winemaker, JL Groulx, leads us through his handcrafted Stratus vintage selections. Participate in the excitement of a silent auction as well as other special surprises before the late afternoon train ride back to Toronto. ...

Back in April, Grapes for Humanity auctioned off a 2-day trip to Toronto including today's Grapes Under Pressure 3 event as described in this post. The first 2 Grapes Under Pressure events took place in 2009 and 2011 respectively and helped raise thousands of dollars for charity. Photos and a recap of Grapes Under Pressure 2 can be seen in this post and also here. In addition to today's event, according to Rush.com, phase 2 of Grapes Under Pressure 2 will kick off next week with a huge online auction:

... Next week, Geddy & Alex will launch phase two of GUP3 which will boast the largest ever single auction of Rush signed & vintage paraphernalia including vintage instruments, vinyl test pressings, touring gear, rare autographed items and more.

In the meantime, we leave you with the first awesome item on the list: Geddy Lee's shoes worn on the R30 tour.

See them here @geddyimages and watch his instagram to see more items unveiled as we lead up to next Friday when you will be able to start bidding...!

In other news, Geddy Lee has an Instagram page now! Thanks to Asif K for the heads up.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Alex Lifeson at Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf TournamentAlex Lifeson dominated the Rush news cycle this past week with his appearance at the 7th annual Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament and All-Star Concert to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital this past Monday at the Moorpark Country Club in Moorpark, CA. The event was hosted by sports artist Scott Medlock and legendary Doors guitarist Robby Krieger. Alex Lifeson is pictured in this photo from the KISS Facebook page with fellow attendees Patrick Warburton, Dan Dutton, Paula Trickey, Tommy Thayer and Alice Cooper. Alex also participated in an all-star concert the evening of the tournament where he performed a number of songs including Rush's Working Man (video) and The Spirit of Radio (video) with an all-star lineup including Krieger, Sebastian Bach, Tommy Thayer and many others. He also played on I'm a Man (video) and The Doors' Hello I Love You. More videos can be seen on YouTube here and there's also this recap and photo gallery of the concert from Concertologist.com.

Keram - Come To LifeAlex also performed at the official CD release party for Canadian-born actor and musician Keram Malicki-Sanchez's Come to Life album last month at the Supermarket Restaurant and Bar in Toronto. Alex executive-produced the album and plays guitar on the 11-minute track The Devil Knows Me Well and also on Mary Magdalene. Earlier this week Keram posted a great quality video from the CD release party of Alex performing The Devil Knows Me Well with Keram's band which you can check out on YouTube at this location. There are also several photos from the event posted here. The album is available for digital purchase via a number of outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and eMusic; and physical copies can be purchased via Amazon or via CDBaby.

And continuing with the Alex Lifeson news, hand-crafted acoustic guitar maker Loucin Guitars of Oakville, ON announced earlier this week that they've added Rush's Alex Lifeson as their newest client. They are currently crafting him a custom LD model made out of a beautiful Indian Rosewood set with tons of gorgeous sapwood as seen here. Loucin Guitars founder Garren Dakessian was featured in an InsideHalton.com article Wednesday where he talks about getting the opportunity to make a guitar for Lifeson:

... "I am a huge Rush fan. It was a dream to do something for Alex Lifeson," said Dakessian. "I heard about it last Thursday and I haven't slept since. My wife said to me, 'What are you, 12?'" ... "The band gets hundreds of offers a week. 'Use my guitar, my pedal.' I told him, I didn't want an endorsement. I just wanted to build him a guitar for his personal collection. He loved that idea." ...

You can follow their progress with the guitar on Twitter and Facebook and learn more about Loucin Guitars by checking out their website at loucinguitars.com.

Although it has been listed with an October 14th release date for some time now, Neil Peart's next book Far and Near: On Days Like These already began shipping from Amazon and other retailers earlier this week, and you can order your copy at this location. The book is a follow-up to Peart's 2011 book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time and is another collection of his NeilPeart.net blog posts since that last book was released. A limited edition hardcover version of the book was made available back in August but quickly sold out.

R40 Blu-ray box setLast week Rush posted an official announcement at Rush.com regarding the planned November 11th release of their R40 40th Anniversary Collectors Box Set (6 Blu-ray discs or 10 DVDs). The set will include 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 will include the Laura Secord Secondary School 1974 footage (the FULL show including the 2 unreleased tracks I've Been Runnin' and The Loser, along with their cover of Bad Boy), 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. For complete details of what's contained in the set, just read the Rush.com press release. You can also check out this higher resolution image of the cover. The R40 box set has a slated release date of Tuesday, November 11th, and you can pre-order it on 6 Blu-ray discs or 10 DVDs. Along with the official press release announcement, the band also released a 1:30-minute trailer which you can check out at this location.

The fifth of six issues of the graphic novel version of Clockwork Angels was released last week and is now available for purchase. In addition to the standard cover that is available in comic and book stores, there is an exclusive, limited edition cover available via BOOM! Studios and the Rush Backstage Club. The first issue of the graphic novel was released back on March 19th and there were a number of different covers and subscription options made available as described in this post. The second, third and fourth issues are also available in both the standard and limited edition covers and can be purchased via the Rush Backstage Club, BOOM! Studios, Amazon.com, or your local comic/book store. The sixth and final issue in the series should be available sometime next month.

JamBase featured Black Prairie's bluegrass-inspired cover of Rush's Limelight for their Cover Alert series this past week (thanks Adam R):

Portland, OR's Black Prairie recently completed a tour in which they regularly performed their own inventive spin on Rush's 1981 hit "Limelight." The band, which features members of The Decemberists and plays acoustic-based instruments, aren't exactly the kind of act you'd expect to cover a prog-rock classic, yet they pull off "Limelight" with aplomb. Fiddle player Annalisa Tornfelt handles vocals on "Limelight" and is backed by the instrumentation of dobro, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums and accordion. ...

Here's a YouTube video of the band playing the song during their recent set at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. And speaking of Rush covers, Pittsburgh-based Rush tribute band Distant Signals is featured in this Cleveland Scene article leading up to the band's 5th anniversary show this Saturday at Brothers Lounge in Cleveland.

Scott Dalrymple, Ph.D., is the president of Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri and apparently is also a big Rush fan. The president recently made headlines (thanks Michael M) for offering to pay for students' text books for an entire year if they can beat him at the Madden 25 video game. He put forth the challenge in this video where he is proudly wearing a Got Geddy? t-shirt.

Craig Calcaterra of NBC.com's HardballTalk penned an article earlier this week titled Geddy Lee's baseball obsession makes it really hard for me to hate Rush:

I mean, I'll continue to hate Rush, as it's one of the organizing principles of my life.* But I can't hate Rush's lead singer and bass player, Geddy Lee. The guy just seems too genuine. And he love, love, loves baseball. ...

Speaking of Geddy, he made NOW Toronto's Music Notes Spotted column yesterday, where they reveal that Geddy was spotted having dinner with friends at DaiLo on College on Saturday night.

Ultimate Classic Rock posted their list of Rock's 10 Best Long Songs earlier this week and Rush's Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage made the cut at #3:

While '2112' saved Rush's career and is viewed as the pinnacle of their '70s output, 'Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage' is everything great about the band in a much more concise package. The sci-fi lyrics, about an interstellar explorer being sucked into a black hole, are as frightful as they are fanciful. The music, meanwhile, is as aggressive as any the band ever recorded. When Geddy Lee wails "Sound and fury drown my heart; every nerve is torn apart," you would swear you were on board the Rocinante as it was pulled into oblivion.

I mentioned in last week's Friday updates post that Rapper Pharrell Williams was seen sporting a Rush Test For Echo t-shirt at a recent concert at the Stockholm Globe Arena. One fan on the RIAB Facebook page managed to capture a photo of himself with Williams where he's sporting the shirt as seen here (thanks Will P).

Rush's Hemispheres made WBAB 102.3's list of Clunker Free Albums earlier this week - which they describe as albums where you can hit Play and let it rock your world until the very last note. You can check out the full list here (thanks RushFanForever).

Here's video of Alex Lifeson performing Working Man with Sebastian Bach on vocals from Monday night's Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament All-Star Concert:

I'd mentioned in last week's updates post that I'd be implementing a new, more robust commenting system for RIAB which utilizes Disqus. The switchover took place this morning and the new commenting system is in place. The system I had in place was a bit outdated and clunky, so I think everyone will like this new system once they get used to it. It has all the bells and whistles of most modern-day commenting systems such as real-time updates, voting up/down of posts, integration with social media sign-ins, flagging, etc. It'll allow folks to use their existing social media logins (Facebook, Twitter, Google) to post on RIAB. All the old comments have been imported into the new system, and it will allow for you to link up your old comments with the new account based on email address if you so desire. To do this - after you sign in with whatever social media account you want to use - just go to your Disqus profile and Edit Settings. Then click on the Merging tab. The system will locate any existing RIAB comments which used your email address (assuming it's the same as your email for whatever account you signed in with) and ask you whether you want to merge these into your new account. These comments will then be listed as belonging to you from that point on. Don't be shy! Try out the new comments and let us know what you think. There are bound to be a few hiccups at first, so let me know of any issues you run into. Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Loucin Guitars adds Alex Lifeson to client list
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UPDATE - 9/25@9:40AM: Loucin Guitars founder Garren Dakessian was featured in an InsideHalton.com article yesterday where he talks about getting the opportunity to make a guitar for Lifeson:

... "I am a huge Rush fan. It was a dream to do something for Alex Lifeson," said Dakessian. "I heard about it last Thursday and I haven't slept since. My wife said to me, 'What are you, 12?'" ... "The band gets hundreds of offers a week. 'Use my guitar, my pedal.' I told him, I didn't want an endorsement. I just wanted to build him a guitar for his personal collection. He loved that idea." ...

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Hand-crafted acoustic guitar maker Loucin Guitars of Oakville, ON announced yesterday that they've added Rush's Alex Lifeson as their newest client. They are currently crafting him a custom LD model made out of a beautiful Indian Rosewood set with tons of gorgeous sapwood as seen here. You can follow their progress on Twitter and Facebook and learn more about Loucin Guitars by checking out their website at loucinguitars.com. Thanks to steve for the heads up.

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Video of Alex Lifeson guest appearance at Keram's Come to Life release party last month
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Keram - Come To LifeCanadian-born actor and musician Keram Malicki-Sanchez collaborated with Alex Lifeson and 20 other renowned artists over the past several years to create his Come to Life album. Alex executive-produced the album and plays guitar on the 11-minute track The Devil Knows Me Well and also on Mary Magdalene, which you can listen to on YouTube at this location. The album officially launched via a listening party in Toronto for Indiegogo contributors back in late May. An official CD release party was also held last month at the Supermarket Restaurant and Bar on August 12th in Toronto, and Alex Lifeson made a surprise guest appearance along with a few of the album's other contributors. You can read a recap of the event on Keram's blog and check out some photos here. Yesterday Keram posted a great quality video of that night's performance of The Devil Knows Me Well which you can check out below or on YouTube at this location. The album is available for digital purchase via a number of outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and eMusic; and physical copies can be purchased via Amazon or via CDBaby.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Alex Lifeson performs at Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament all-star concert
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UPDATE - 10/2@10:15AM: Here are a bunch of photos from the evening that were posted over at the TourBusLive.com Facebook page.

UPDATE - 9/24@9:56AM: Here's a recap and photo gallery of the concert from Concertologist.com (thanks RushFanForever).

Alex Lifeson at Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf TournamentThe 7th annual Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament and All-Star Concert to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital took place yesterday at the Moorpark Country Club in Moorpark, CA. The event is hosted by sports artist Scott Medlock and legendary Doors guitarist Robby Krieger. Alex Lifeson was among the many celebrities attending the tournament and can be seen in this photo from the KISS Facebook page with fellow attendees Patrick Warburton, Dan Dutton, Paula Trickey, Tommy Thayer and Alice Cooper. Alex also participated in an all-star concert yesterday evening where he performed a number of songs including Rush's Working Man (video) and The Spirit of Radio (video) with an all-star lineup including Krieger, Sebastian Bach, Tommy Thayer and many others. He also played on I'm a Man (video) and The Doors' Hello I Love You. More videos can be seen on YouTube here.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Neil Peart's Far and Near: Days Like These now available
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Although it has been listed with an October 14th release date for some time now, Neil Peart's next book Far and Near: On Days Like These is already shipping from Amazon and other retailers, and you can order your copy at this location. The book is a follow-up to Peart's 2011 book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time and is another collection of his NeilPeart.net blog posts since that last book was released. A limited edition hardcover version of the book was made available back in August but quickly sold out.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Clockwork Angels graphic novel issue 5 now available
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Clockwork Angels graphic novel issue 5The fifth of six issues of the graphic novel version of Clockwork Angels recently released and is now available for purchase. In addition to the standard cover that is available in comic and book stores, there is an exclusive, limited edition cover available via BOOM! Studios and the Rush Backstage Club. The first issue of the graphic novel was released back on March 19th and there were a number of different covers and subscription options made available as described in this post. The second, third and fourth issues are also available in both the standard and limited edition covers and can be purchased via the Rush Backstage Club, BOOM! Studios, Amazon.com, or your local comic/book store. The sixth and final issue in the series should be available early next month.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 9/21@10:53AM: Phil Simon has collected 40 questions for Neil and is asking fans to vote for the best ones. So go vote!

UPDATE - 9/20@11:02AM: I mentioned below that Phil Simon will be interviewing Neil Peart for a piece in the Huffington Post next week. Phil has asked fans to help him come up with a list of questions for Neil:

On Wednesday, I'll be interviewing Neil Peart of Rush, my favorite band. Our interview will run in The Huffington Post next Wednesday. I've drawn up some questions but would love to hear your suggestions. Just put them in the comments. I'll put the top six or seven up for a Wedgies vote and then create a poll. I'll ask him the two questions with the most votes, time permitting.

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R40 Blu-ray box setThis past Wednesday Rush posted an official announcement at Rush.com regarding the planned November 11th release of their R40 40th Anniversary Collectors Box Set (6 Blu-ray discs or 10 DVDs) which we had first heard about via a SpincCDs listing last week. The announcement contained a few more details that hadn't been in the SpinCDs listing, such as the full track list for the Laura Secord Secondary School set, which will be the FULL show including the 2 unreleased tracks I've Been Runnin' and The Loser, along with their cover of Bad Boy. The set will include 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 will include the Laura Secord Secondary School 1974 footage, 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. Here are the bonus disc details:

Disc Six - R40 Bonus Disc

Laura Secord Secondary School 1974: 1) Need Some Love 2) Before and After 3) Best I Can 4) I've Been Runnin' 5) Bad Boy 6) The Loser 7) Working Man 8) In the Mood (partial)

Capitol Theatre 1976: 1) Bastille Day 2) Anthem 3) Lakeside Park 4) 2112 5) Fly By Night/In the Mood

Lock and Key 1988

Molson Amphitheatre 1997: 1) Limelight 2) Half the World 3) Limbo 4) Virtuality 5) Nobody's Hero 6) Test for Echo 7) Leave That Thing Alone/Drum Solo 8) 2112 (all seven parts)

I Still Love You Man 2011

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction 2013: 1) 2112 featuring Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nick Raskulinecz 2) Tom Sawyer (3) The Spirit of Radio

For complete details of what's contained in the set, just read the Rush.com press release. You can also check out this higher resolution image of the cover. The R40 box set has a slated release date of Tuesday, November 11th, and you can pre-order it on 6 Blu-ray discs or 10 DVDs. Along with the official press release announcement, the band has also released a 1:30-minute trailer which you can check out at this location. And speaking of Rush Blu-rays, CEPro.com Senior Editor Robert Archer recently reviewed SnapAV's Episode subwoofers and utilized Rush's Clockwork Angels Tour Blu-ray in his testing:

... LFE information was also impressive considering the subwoofer's comparatively small cabinet when placed against competitive 12-inch woofer models. The sub's speed was probably most evident during Rush's Clockwork Angels Blu-ray disc. In tandem with the B&Ws, the combination clearly delineated Geddy Lee's bass and Neil Peart's drums with nice separation and punch. ...

The Wilderness of Manitoba's Between Colours albumAlex Lifeson makes a guest appearance on Toronto-based folk rock trio The Wilderness of Manitoba's Between Colours album which was released this past Wednesday in Canada. The track that Alex plays on is titled Shift and you can give it a listen on SoundCloud at this location. Between Colours is now available in Canada and can be purchased in the US via import. The band will be having an album release party at Lee's Palace on October 16th in Toronto, and will be embarking on a month-long Canadian tour in support of the album on September 19th. Pop Matters posted this review of the album saying the following about Shift:

... There are guest stars from Canada's rock past on Between Colours, and none is bigger than the presence of Rush's Alex Lifeson shredding some solo guitar on "Shift". Even if you didn't know Lifeson was on this album, you would listen to the virtuoso guitar solo on the song and go, yep, that's Alex Lifeson. ...

The Kidney Foundation of Canada has made available a limited edition, signed print of Alex Lifeson's A Brush of Hope painting from last year. Each of the 300 signed and numbered prints can be purchased for $250 CDN at this location (plus shipping and handling). Alex's painting for last year was a self portrait that ended up being sold for a whopping $7,600! Alex regularly participates in the auction and is an active supporter of the Kidney Foundation as seen here.

The 7th annual Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament and All-Star Concert to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will take place this coming Monday, September 22nd at the Moorpark Country Club in Moorpark, CA. The event is hosted by sports artist Scott Medlock and legendary Doors guitarist Robby Krieger. Rush's Alex Lifeson will be among the many celebrities attending the tournament, and will also be participating in an all-star concert taking place that evening. The concert will also feature Krieger, Alice Cooper, Sebastian Bach, Tommy Thayer (KISS), Danny Seraphine (Chicago), David Sikes (Boston), Lita Ford and many others. For the all the details and ticket information, check out medlockkriegerinvitational.com.

Author, Rush fan, tech consultant, and RIAB reader Phil Simon tweeted out yesterday that he will be interviewing Neil Peart next week for a piece in the Huffington Post:

Looks like I'll be interviewing @Praetorianx1 for @HuffingtonPost next week.

Neil will likely talk about his upcoming book Far and Near, due out next month, along with the band's upcoming R40 box set release. Hopefully he'll also reveal some more details about the Clockwork Angels sequel Clockwork Lives that he's in the process of writing with Kevin J. Anderson, along with the band's plans for a 2015 tour. Speaking of Clockwork Angels, Woot.com is currently offering the Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition audiobook for the low price of $44.99. The sale is for 1 day only or while supplies last so get yours now (thanks Brent N). Also, Neil Peart was one of the drummers featured for Drum Heroes Week at MusicRadar.com this past week. The feature includes a photo gallery of Neil along with several snippets from past interviews. You can check it out online here.

There are also a couple of silly Neil Peart news items to report. According to CheeseNewsWire.com Neil will apparently be consulting the Green Bay Packers football team in order to help their offense find their rhythm. Also, The Soup posted this YouTube video of an enthusiastic church band drummer that's been making the social media rounds along with the following commentary (thanks barboy2112):

"Quick! Church starts in 20 minutes and we don't have a drummer! Who do we know who can drum in the background of a ballad?"

"I know a drummer from a Rush cover band."

"Get him in here!"

Rapper Pharrell Williams was seen sporting a Rush Test For Echo t-shirt at a recent concert at the Stockholm Globe Arena. You can check out a couple of photos in this Guardian article.

American alt-rock group Wheatus recently performed a show at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City on August 19th and performed a cover of Rush's The Trees as seen in this YouTube video (thanks Sean).

Reader Count Floyd let me know of a Rush mention on the most recent episode of Jim Rome's show on Showtime (Season 3, Episode 8). At about the 25 minute mark of the episode, the Sklar Brothers are riffing on the back dated National Hockey League where "They still play tons of Rush, and everyone has a mullet."

Here's the video trailer for Rush's R40 box set:

Some changes are in store for rushisaband.com in the near future. I'll be implementing a new, more robust commenting system over the next several weeks utilizing Disqus. The final switchover is likely at least a couple weeks away but I thought I'd give everyone a heads up. It'll allow folks to use their existing social media logins (Facebook, Twitter, Google) to post on RIAB. All the old comments will be getting imported into the new system, and it will allow for you to link up your old comments with the new account based on email address if you so desire. Disqus has all sorts of neat features built into it, so I think everyone will really like it. That's all for this week. Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Signed prints of Alex Lifeson's 2013 A Brush of Hope painting now available
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The Kidney Foundation of Canada has made available a limited edition, signed print of Alex Lifeson's A Brush of Hope painting from last year. Each of the 300 signed and numbered prints can be purchased for $250 CDN at this location (plus shipping and handling). Alex's painting for last year was a self portrait that ended up being sold for a whopping $7,600! Alex regularly participates in the auction and is an active supporter of the Kidney Foundation as seen here.

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