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Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

Fri, May 22, 2015

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

RUSH R40 LIVE TOUR is underway! Rush played the Toyota Center in Houston last night! Get the setlist along with photos, video, reviews and reports here, with full tour coverage 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 ...
12 Months of Rush! Mercury-era Rush reissued on vinyl for 2015. Fly By Night, Caress of Steel, 2112, All the World's a Stage, A Farewell to Kings and Hemispheres now available. Details 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.
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel single-volume edition coming June 9th. 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.

Rush R40 Live 2015 Tour

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Wed, May 20, 2015@2:25PM | comments

UPDATE - 5/21@9:16PM: Here's a review from the Houston Press.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 20th @ 7:30PM (doors open at 6PM)
Show Number: 7
Venue: Toyota Center
Place: Houston, TX
Twitter: #R40HOU | #R40Live
Instagram: #R40HOU
YouTube: Houston Rush R40 Live Tour
Setlist: Version A
Photos: Houston Chronicle | Cygnus-X1.net | KshipMedia.com
Reviews: Houston Chronicle | Houston Press

UPDATE - 5/21@10:50AM: Here are some great front row center shots from KshipMedia.com.

UPDATE - 5/21@9:41AM: Here's a growing gallery of photos from Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 5/21@8:38AM: Here's a review and photo gallery from the Houston Chronicle.

UPDATE - 5/20@11:28PM: Set 2 is about complete and also followed the Version A setlist. I'm assuming the encore won't be any different than the past 6 shows, so I'll go with this as the final setlist for now. If anything changes I will update things in the AM. A BIG thanks to Bob K and Chris B for texting in with the updates. Good night!

UPDATE - 5/20@9:49PM: It's intermission. Up until this point they have played the Version A set as expected with no surprises. Full setlist so far here.

UPDATE - 5/20@8:41PM: The show should start any minute now. A RIAB reader who is at the show got a look at the setlist posted by the soundboard, which confirms the Version A setlist - at least for set 1. If there's any deviation from that I will post an update here. Otherwise I'll update the setlist at intermission time at this location (or sooner if I am able).

UPDATE - 5/20@7:36PM: The venue is filling up and the show should get underway in a little over an hour from now. You can follow along as the setlist gets updated here.

Rush wraps up their 3-date stint across the state of Texas tonight where they'll play the Toyota Center in Houston for show #7 of the R40 Live tour. After tonight's show they will make their way across the Southeastern US for 5 more dates to finish off the first leg of the tour. In his recent Classic Rock interview Alex Lifeson confirmed that the band has "three sets - A, B, C - which we'll be rotating throughout the tour". The band has already gone through 2 rotations of these three setlists, so for tonight's show we are expecting to see the Version A set that was played in Tulsa and in St. Louis. That said, Rush could always still surprise us with something new. For more discussion on that, check out my pre-show SPOILER review below the fold. I'll post any deviations from the expected Version A setlist to this post. Otherwise, you can just follow along as I update the setlist here. The Toyota Center site says the doors to tonight's show will open at 6PM, with a 7:30PM show start time, which means the band will likely hit the stage 7:45-ish. For everybody going to the show tonight, have fun, stay safe and be sure to share your reports, reviews, photos and video with us. Rush on!!!!

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Tue, May 19, 2015@12:00PM | comments
Classic Rock - July 2015The July, 2015 issue of Classic Rock magazine is currently being mailed to subscribers in the UK and 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 ...
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Tue, May 19, 2015@9:48AM | comments
Rush HemispheresRush's Hemispheres vinyl reissue was released yesterday as part of their 12 Months of Rush Mercury-era reissue campaign and is now available for purchase ...
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Mon, May 18, 2015@12:52PM | comments
Rush R40 LiveRush continues their trek across Texas tonight where they'll play the American Airlines Center in Dallas for show #6 of the R40 Live tour. Get updates and the setlist along with photos, video, reviews and reports here ...
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Sat, May 16, 2015@1:16PM | comments
Rush R40 LiveRush begins their 3-show stint across the Lone Star State tonight where they'll play the Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, TX - the 5th overall and the first outdoor show of the R40 Live tour. Get updates and the setlist along with photos, video, reviews and reports here ...
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Fri, May 15, 2015@12:18PM | comments
Rush R40 LiveFriday Rush updates! R40 Live tour kicks off in Tulsa, DVD filming news, Geddy Lee Fender interview, Hemispheres vinyl reissue next week and more!
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Thu, May 14, 2015@12:48PM | comments
Rush R40 LiveRush's R40 Live tour rolls into the Gateway City tonight for show #4 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Get updates and setlist SPOILERS along with photos, video and reports here ...
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Tue, May 12, 2015@12:49PM | comments
Rush R40 LiveRush will bring the R40 Live tour machine into the Twin Cities tonight where they'll play show #3 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Get updates and setlist SPOILERS along with post-show photos, videos, reviews and reports here ...
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Tue, May 12, 2015@11:33AM | comments
Not Tom Sawyer contest from DW DrumsDW Drums is running a Not Tom Sawyer contest where an entrant needs to submit a video of themself playing their favorite Rush song - except Tom Sawyer. The winner of the contest will get a Neil Peart Performance Series Time Machine Snare drum. ...
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Mon, May 11, 2015@3:41PM | comments
Live Nation #R40Memories SweepstakesLive Nation kicked off an #R40Memories Sweepstakes last week where the grand prize winner will get a trip for two to Las Vegas to see Rush, complete with a meet-n-greet, air fare, hotel accommodations, merch pack and $200 spending money. ...
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