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Fri, Sep 4, 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.
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels companion novel Clockwork Lives due Sept 15. Details, sample chapter, interviews and more here.
Rush's Atlantic-era albums will be reissued on vinyl over the next 3 months beginning with Presto and Roll the Bones on September 11th. Details here.
12 Months of Rush! Mercury-era Rush reissued on vinyl for 2015. Signals Blu-ray Audio 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 NeilPeart.net news update for June, 2015. Check it out 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.
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel single-volume edition coming Sept 15th. Details 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.

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Fri, Sep 4, 2015@2:00PM | comments

TBI Vision published an article yesterday on the recent surge in OTT and direct-to-consumer services designed to reach customers who are leaving the traditional TV space. According to the article, a new direct-to-consumer company out of Canada called TableRock Media plans on launching a new guitar show next year with Rush's Alex Lifeson:

... New players are, however, taking channels to market without ever having had exposure on a traditional EPG or pay TV platform. Out of Canada, TableRock was created by former GlassBox TV founders Jeffrey Elliot and Joseph Arcuri, the latter of whom is also a former president of AOL Canada.

Former Discovery Channel Canada president and HDTV founder Ken Murphy heads the new company's board, and with the team in place TableRock is now planning super-niche OTT channels.

"We saw that there is an opportunity in delivering niche content over OTT," Elliot says. "At the start of pay TV people said it was absurd to have a one-genre channel, but they worked, and in 2015 people are willing to pay for well-produced, curated, niche content delivered on-demand."

TableRock's first offerings, launching early next year, will focus on specific interest areas including aviation, guitars and motorcycles. "Each of these are multi-billion dollar industries and cover subjects that go under the radar in terms of conventional TV. They are too niche in the old way of doing TV, but work in OTT."

The company plans to make about 80% of its content, with a guitar show with Rush's Alex Lifeson and a motorcycle show with David Hatch, one of the TableRock exec team and the host of TSN series Motorcycle Experience.

Arcuri says TableRock's OTT channels can co-exist alongside pay TV, Netflix and YouTube because each fulfils a different purpose. "We liken it to breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacking," says Arcuri. "Netflix is dinner and YouTube is snacking. We are breakfast and lunch." ...

No further details are available at this time. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Fri, Sep 4, 2015@12:11PM | comments
Rush R40 LiveFriday Rush updates! R40 Live sales/attendance figures, new Rush calendars for 2016, Clockwork Lives and more!
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Thu, Sep 3, 2015@11:40AM | comments
Rush R40 LiveOfficial sales and attendance figures for Rush's R40 Live tour have been slowly trickling in over the past couple of months and Billboard Boxscore just reported another round of dates this past week, bringing the total to eight ...
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Wed, Sep 2, 2015@10:02AM | comments
Kids review Tom Sawyer for CBC MusicIt's Kids' Week on CBC Music and in celebration they've asked a group of kids to review a selection of Canadian rock songs, one of which is Rush's Tom Sawyer. ...
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Mon, Aug 31, 2015@2:33PM | comments
2016 Rush wall calendarA pair of 2016, official Rush wall calendars are now available for purchase; one from NMR Distribution and another from BrownTrout Publishers ...
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Sun, Aug 30, 2015@10:10AM | comments
Rush R40 LivePollstar.com recently released their list of the Top 100 Worldwide and Top 100 North American tours for the first half of 2015. Rush's R40 Live tour came in at #27 on the Worldwide list, and #14 on the North American list. ...
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Fri, Aug 28, 2015@12:00PM | comments
Time Off - courtesy FANTOONSFriday Rush updates! Clockwork Lives update, new Rush Toons book from FANTOONS, Alex Lifeson's 62nd birthday and more ...
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Fri, Aug 28, 2015@10:16AM | comments
Clockwork LivesKevin J. Anderson has made some signed, hard copy editions of Clockwork Lives available via his Wordfire Press website, and the Rush Backstage Club is offering a free download of a new sample chapter from the book ...
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Thu, Aug 27, 2015@7:02AM | comments
Alex young and oldAlex Lifeson turns 62 years young today. Happy birthday Lerxst!! Blah blah blah!!!
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Wed, Aug 26, 2015@5:47PM | comments
Shooting From The LipOver the last month or so Kevin Hale of the SHOOTING FromThe LIP podcast has been running a Rush 40 for 40 Super Fan Series where he plans on talking to 40 Rush superfans, with 8 episodes now in the books ...
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