Rush is a Band

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

Wed, May 6, 2015

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

RUSH R40 LIVE TOUR Rush will kick off their R40 Live 2015, 35-date, North American tour this Friday, May 8th! Get all the details, latest rumors and SETLIST SPOILERS 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.
12 Months of Rush! Mercury-era Rush reissued on vinyl for 2015. Fly By Night, Caress of Steel, 2112 Hologram Edition, All the World's a Stage and A Farewell to Kings now available. Details here.
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel single-volume edition coming May 12th. Details here.
Neil Peart recovers some lost luggage in his latest NeilPeart.net news update for March, 2015. Check it out 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
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels companion novel Clockwork Lives due in September, now available for pre-order. Details, sample chapter, ebook sample, cover art and more 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.
Neil Peart talks R40 setlist and more in extensive, new Sirius XM Deep Tracks interview with Jim Ladd. 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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Wed, May 6, 2015@4:06PM | comments

The Slapshot Diaries is a new website project from filmmaker Mike Downie and musician/author Dave Bidini in partnership with Toronto-based FUSE Marketing. The project was launched last month with the goal being to publish and preserve hockey stories as told by some of the game's greatest players. One of the stories featured on the site comes from former Canadian hockey player Steve Shutt, who was an integral part of the Montreal Canadiens team that won five Stanley Cups in the 1970s. Shutt also happened to go to Fisherville Junior High in Willowdale with Geddy Lee, and tells a story about when he and Geddy went to their first really big rock show at North York Centennial Arena featuring the Toronto bands The Mandala and The Paupers when they were 14:

... ["The Paupers" had] a sound: the fuzz bass played by Denny Gerrard. Me and Geddy looked at each other and decided right then that we were going to play bass, too. ... That week, we begged, borrowed and maybe stole money to buy our own bass guitars and two small amps. ... After a couple of weeks, I thought I was getting the hang of playing and sounding pretty good, so I went over to Geddy's house to show him. ... I got out my bass out and said "Okay, let's do some scales." Geddy looked at me and said, "Um, I can't do scales." My confidence started to rise. "I'll show you," I told him. "Just follow me." Maybe I did have some talent. Geddy said, "Wait, before we do that, let's listen to this record." I told him that would be fine. The record started on the cheap portable player and he said, "Listen, can you hear the bass?" Then he said, "Look at this," and started playing. His bass came alive. It pounded the speakers of the 12″ amp and sounded great. I didn't know if he was copying the record or not because I couldn't even hear the bass on the record. He did the same thing on the next song and the next one after that. I went home and put my bass away and I don't think that I ever picked it up again. I guess, looking back, it would have been tough for anyone to compare with the best bass guitar player in the world. I think that both of us made the right decision. ...

You can read the entire story online here (thanks Skip D).

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Tue, May 5, 2015@11:22AM | comments
Rush Cover ContestRush's rights management company Ole has teamed up with Indaba Music for a Rush cover song contest where the winner will get $5,000, 2 tickets and a meet & greet for Rush's August 1st show in LA, and more. ...
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Tue, May 5, 2015@8:22AM | comments
Geddy Lee - Fender.comFender.com posted a new interview with Geddy Lee yesterday where Geddy talks about Rush's 2013 Rock Hall induction, the band's longevity, his relationship with the bass guitar, his new grandson and Rush's upcoming tour ...
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Mon, May 4, 2015@5:08PM | comments
Rush R40 LiveFans who purchased VIP ticket packages for the R40 Live tour have already started receiving their merchandise, including a copy of the R40 Live tourbook, which contains some setlist spoilers in the video credits (*** SPOILERS ***) ...
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Fri, May 1, 2015@3:58PM | comments
Mike Portnoy with TilesDrummer Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs, Dream Theater) recently sat in for a live performance of Rush's The Spirit of Radio with Detroit-based prog rockers Tiles at their show at the Token Lounge in Detroit on April 25th, and video of the performance is available online ...
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Fri, May 1, 2015@9:50AM | comments
Rush R40 LiveFriday Rush updates! R40 Live tour updates, Clockwork Lives excerpt now available, vinyl reissues, FANTOONS book, Rush in new Being Canadian documentary, and more! ...
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Thu, Apr 30, 2015@10:42PM | comments
Rush Closer to the Heart singleEarlier today Guitar World posted a short interview with Alex Lifeson where he discusses the writing of Closer to the Heart ...
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Thu, Apr 30, 2015@2:39PM | comments
Fender signature jazz bass 2015Geddy Lee discusses his new Fender USA signature jazz bass in a 7-minute video interview ...
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Wed, Apr 29, 2015@4:45PM | comments
Rush Fan StoriesThe Rush Fan Stories book project has posted an update to their website at rushfanstories.com ...
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Tue, Apr 28, 2015@4:01PM | comments
Neil Peart R40 drumsticksPromark has announced the release of the limited edition Promark Oak 747 Neil Peart Wood Tip R40 Anniversary Tour drumsticks. ...
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