Rush is a Band

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

Thu, Mar 5, 2015

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

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.
12 Months of Rush! Mercury-era Rush reissued on vinyl for 2015. Fly By Night (Vinyl, Blu-ray Audio), Caress of Steel now available, special Hologram Edition of 2112 on March 17th. Details here.
RUSH R40 LIVE TOUR Rush will kick off their R40 Live 2015, 34-date, North American tour this coming May. Details and ticket sale information here.
Geddy Lee episode of Speakeasy with author Michael Chabon now airing on PBS stations. Details, video preview, and stations/times here.
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels companion novel Clockwork Lives due in September, now available for pre-order. Details, sample chapter and more here.
Neil Peart talks R40 setlist and more in extensive, new Sirius XM Deep Tracks interview with Jim Ladd. Details here.
Rush to receive the 2015 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Junos March 14, in Hamilton, ON. 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.
Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts companion to the graphic novel series now available. Single-volume, full-length Clockwork Angels graphic novel due this spring. Details here.
Neil Peart visits the abandoned Le Studio in his latest NeilPeart.net news update for October, 2014. Check it out here.

Rush R40 Live 2015 Tour

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Wed, Mar 4, 2015@5:14PM | comments

As the R40 Live tour draws near (just 2 months away!), the inevitable rumors are starting to swirl about the possibility of Rush adding more dates to the 35 North American shows they already have lined up. While Europe and South America seem to be a long-shot at this point, promoters on both continents seem to be actively courting the band to come there. The rumors I've been hearing include a few European festivals in the latter part of summer, and/or a September/October run of dates in South America. These kinds of rumors tend to pop up every time Rush tours, regardless of whether the band is realistically considering fitting these into their schedule or not. Promoters are often overly zealous and optimistic about the prospects of the band coming to their neck of the woods (especially in South America), so I'm still very skeptical at this point, although anything could happen I suppose. That said, there are also rumors about the band adding a few more shows to the North American leg. These sound a bit more plausible based on what was said in some recent interviews. In Alex Lifeson's Q107 interview back in late January, he was specifically asked about the omission of Cleveland from the tour itinerary and had the following to say at about the 11-minute mark:

... You know - we're still working on some things ... we're still trying to massage a couple of things. So we'll see what happens in the next little while ... the couple of omissions that are unfortunately present at this time - we're still working on it. ...

Also, Donna Halper was interviewed for the Rushcast podcast last month and was asked the same question. At about the 14-minute mark of the interview she mentions that she had spoken with Rush's management and that they had tried to fit Cleveland into the schedule but couldn't due to logistics. She then went on to say:

... they are still trying to get a date together for Cleveland. They are still working on it. ... the story isn't over yet. ...

I'm guessing that if they do decide to add dates, it would be more than just Cleveland (Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, etc.?). This all sounds promising, but the only aspect of adding dates that gives me pause is how they would fit them into the current schedule. Rush has followed a strict pattern for recent tours of playing a dozen-ish shows with at least one day in between, 10-ish days off, another dozen-ish shows, etc. Adding any shows would mean breaking from this pattern unless they just add another leg in mid-August or possibly extend that last late-July leg. They could potentially shorten their breaks between legs as well, but back-to-back shows are extremely unlikely. Geddy mentioned in his That Metal Show interview a couple of weeks ago that each member of the band is currently rehearsing on their own, and that they'll be getting together for band rehearsals in April. Rumor also has it that the band is meeting in Toronto this week or next for some tour video filming, and will make a final decision on any additional dates then. Hopefully there will be some good news on that front soon! As far as the setlist goes, all three members of the band have been fairly tight-lipped outside of a few vague comments. Recent interviews with both Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson tend to indicate that the tour will take a retrospective look at Rush's 40-year career and include a good bit of older material that the band will alternate from night to night in some way. There also won't be any new material (unless they decide to surprise us!), string section or opening band (they haven't had an opening band in over 20 years). It also sounds as if things will be stripped down a bit compared to other tours, with Neil not opting for a spinning kit or full V-drums setup this go-around. We can also probably safely assume that they will be taping the show at some point given that they've captured every tour since Vapor Trails for later release on DVD. They generally tend to tape shows towards the end of a tour, and usually like to have an extra day of rest beforehand. They also usually tape a couple back-to-back shows - one show as backup and another as primary. Given all this, I'd speculate (I don't have any inside info) that they'd be taping one of the west coast shows with LA a very likely possibility (although the Toronto shows might work as well). If you haven't already done it, you can make your setlist requests for the tour at RushPetition.com. Rush is very aware of the Rush Petition site and have admitted to considering it when picking out setlists for past tours.

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Sun, Mar 1, 2015@2:44PM | comments
Clockwork Angels novelClockwork Angels author Kevin J. Anderson was a guest on the most recent episode of the Rushcast podcast, and spent over 30 minutes talking with host Jay Mantis about Rush and his collaboration with Neil Peart on the Clockwork Angels novel and other related projects. ...
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Fri, Feb 27, 2015@11:43AM | comments
Geddy on That Metal ShowFriday Rush updates! Geddy Lee on That Metal Show and Rock Icons premieres, Caress of Steel and 2112: Hologram Edition vinyl reissue, Rush TV references on Better Call Saul and Archer, another bootleg radio broadcast and more ...
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Fri, Feb 27, 2015@11:17AM | comments
Rush: The Lady Gone ElectricA live radio broadcast recording of a December, 1974 Rush appearance at the Electric Lady Studios in New York City will be released on CD in Europe this coming April. It's titled The Lady Gone Electric and was originally recorded in front of a small audience of around 10 people for FM radio broadcast. ...
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Fri, Feb 27, 2015@9:35AM | comments
Archer Rush fanKreiger's van mural was updated with a Rush explosion logo theme in last night's episode of FX's Archer ...
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Tue, Feb 24, 2015@9:37AM | comments
Geddy Lee at Massey HallThe Toronto Globe and Mail ran a piece in today's edition about the efforts to renovate Toronto's historic Massey Hall which kicked off yesterday with a ceremony at the venue that Geddy Lee attended. Geddy sat down for a video interview and recalls the first concert he ever saw at Massey Hall ...
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Tue, Feb 24, 2015@9:05AM | comments
Caress of SteelRush continues their 12 Months of Rush Mercury-era vinyl reissues today with the release of Caress of Steel. You can order it now at this location ...
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Tue, Feb 24, 2015@8:00AM | comments
Better Call Saul Rush poster referenceThere was a Rush poster spotted in a scene from last night's episode of AMC's Better Call Saul (Season 1, Episode 4 - Hero) ...
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Sun, Feb 22, 2015@5:20PM | comments
Geddy on That Metal ShowThe full episodes of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show and Rock Icons featuring Geddy Lee are now available online at the VH1 Classic website ...
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Rush 2112The 12 Months of Rush Mercury-era vinyl reissues will include the release of a special Hologram Edition of 2112 on vinyl on March 17th, which you can pre-order now. Video preview available ...
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