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Experiencing Rush
New book from Durrell Bowman titled Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion now available for purchase. Details here.
Neil Peart at Le Studio
Neil Peart visits the abandoned Le Studio in his latest NeilPeart.net news update for October, 2014. Check it out here.
Far and Near
New Neil Peart book Far and Near: On Days Like These now available! Order your copy at this location. Details and Neil Peart interview here.
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.
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.
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.
Rush 2015 Tour
RUSH 2015 TOUR
Alex Lifeson reports in Rolling Stone interview that Rush is planning some kind of 2015 Rush 41st anniversary tour!!! Details here.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Music scholar Durrell Bowman's new book Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion was released earlier this month via Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and is now available for purchase. It had originally been slated for a November 16th release. From the book's editorial review:

In Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion, music scholar Durrell Bowman guides readers through Rush's long career, explaining through the artful combination of biography, history, and musical exegesis how to listen to this unique act. From Rush's emergence as an early blues-rock power trio of guitar, bass, and drums into the godfathers of progressive hard rock, Bowman marks the band's first breakthrough with its landmark, sci-fi/individualist album 2112. From there, readers explore Rush's movement from "prog rock" extended compositions into shorter, potential-radio-play "post-prog" songs, leading to Rush's most successful album Moving Pictures in 1981. In its later career, Rush adventurously mixed progressive hard rock and music technology, generating a new power trio sound that featured further stylistic evolutions. As Bowman makes clear, it is the band's stalwart path and many influences on fans, musicians, and others that resulted in Rush's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Bowman is a cultural musicologist, musician, IT consultant and accomplished author who co-edited the 2011 book Rush and Philosophy: Heart and Mind United. You can order your copy of Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion at this location.

The Mind of the Baseball CollectorGeddy Lee was featured in a Sportsnet documentary titled The Mind of the Baseball Collector this past Monday, October 13th at 7PM on Sportsnet in Canada. A short, 15-second video trailer is available online with the following description:

The Mind of the Baseball Collector looks at the addictive world of sports memorabilia collecting. The past comes to life through the collections and stories of: rock legend Geddy Lee, eclectic collector and lawyer Allan Stitt and the Guinness Book of World Records holder of the most autographed baseballs, Dennis Schrader.

The documentary was the last in a series of baseball documentaries for Sportsnet produced by Fadoo Productions - the production company behind the last several Rush live videos and where Geddy Lee's brother Allan is the Head of Production. Geddy is well-known for being a huge baseball fan and collector of memorabilia; back in 2008 he donated over 200 autographed baseballs to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. For those of who might be wondering, according to Fadoo Productions this documentary had nothing to do with the Geddy Lee show/documentary that was mentioned in Neil Peart's last NeilPeart.net news update.

During his speaking appearance at RushCon this past summer, Clockwork Angels author Kevin J. Anderson broke the news that he is working on 2 new Rush-related writing projects. The first project is a new companion novel to Clockwork Angels titled Clockwork Lives (as in the plural of life) that he and Neil Peart are working on. The book will feature minor characters from Clockwork Angels and expand on their stories. The other project he's working on is an anthology of Rush-based stories that he'll be co-editing with John McFetridge for ECW Press (publisher of Clockwork Angels and Neil Peart's books). They have a team of award-winning and bestselling authors lined up to contribute short stories based on Rush songs, with Anderson himself contributing a novella titled 2113. Since then we haven't heard much news regarding either of these projects except for an occasional tweet from Anderson mentioning that their work is continuing. This past week, Anderson also tweeted out a cryptic note about yet another Clockwork Angels-related project:

I am compiling CLOCKWORK ANGELS: THE COMIC SCRIPTS to be published by WordFire Press in Nov. All the Easter Eggs explained!

This seems to be related to the Clockwork Angels graphic novel series, which will see the release of the sixth and final issue within the next few weeks. Wordfire Press is Anderson and his wife Rebecca's publishing company.

VH1 published their list of 15 Breakthrough Classic Rock Albums That Made The Bands Superstars this past week and Rush's Moving Pictures made the cut:

Though previous albums (and singles) like 2112 had brought the band some success, it was their eighth album that brought the band into the mainstream with huge radio-friendly singles like "Tom Sawyer," "Red Barchetta" and "Limelight." The LP was one of the first to be certified multi-platinum by the RIAA and it eventually went quadruple platinum.

As a follow-up to their 10 Best Drumming Moments article earlier this month, The Guardian posted a list of the 10 Best Drumming Moments as suggested by their readers this past week. Guardian readers Addicks123 and Rosvanian suggested tha Neil Peart joining Rush should make the list:

Regardless of how you feel about Rush, very much the Marmite of the rock genre, it's hard to argue that Peart isn't an influential drummer. Rosvanian claims that "whether you rate him or not, he is the foremost drummer of his generation". Addicks123 believes that "any list of the best drummers that doesn't include Neil Peart hasn't really been thought through".

There's a Rush 2112 sighting on the back cover of the 25th anniversary edition of Zig and Zag's The Fridge in a Denim Jacket!, which releases next week. Zig and Zag were an Irish puppet duo that were popular in the late '80s and early '90s, and were known for making reference to rock bands and music in their books and TV shows. You can check out a scan of the back cover here. Thanks to Micko for the heads up.

Last week consummate nerd-rockers Weezer's ninth studio album Everything Will Be Alright In The End was released. To celebrate, Huffington Post Canada posted an article titled Revenge Of The Music Nerds: From Buddy Holly To Michael Jackson To Weezer where they counted down 15 other nerdy rockers. Coming in at #3 on their list was Rush (thanks Ben S):

Classic Canadian prog rockers Rush are nerds, and you may not have even noticed. Geddy Lee and his pals have always written songs that have dealt with themes of fantasy, science fiction, history and philosophy. Not exactly the sex, drugs and rock and roll themes of most hard rockers. Their steampunk-y album "Clockwork Angels" was even turned into a novel written by "Star Wars" scribe.

Chicago-based prog rockers The Ents released their new digital EP Traveling Lights via bandcamp last month. The EP includes a great cover of Rush's Fly By Night which you can listen to here (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

There was an odd Rush reference in this unfortunate news story about some Utah police pulling over a school bus transporting 67 kids for DUI earlier this week. In the dash-cam video included with the story, the police officers are clearing listening to Rush's Working Man in the background. Thanks to Fred N for the heads up.

Autumn is firmly entrenched in most parts of the US and Canada by now, so in order to help Rush fans keep warm, Old Glory is offering this Rush Starman zip hoodie. You can purchase one of these for yourself at this location. There's also this Fly By Night hoodie available too.

A heavy metal all-star band called Metal Allegiance featuring members of Pantera, Megadeth, Anthrax and Testament played a set of classic metal songs including Rush's Tom Sawyer during Motorhead's Motorboat cruise last month. Tom Sawyer was performed by Joey Belladona (Anthrax) on vocals, Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Chris Broderick (Megadeth) on guitars, Frank Bello (Anthrax) on bass, and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Winery Dogs) on drums. A bootleg video of the performance recently appeared online and can be seen below or on YouTube. You can check out the full Metal Allegiance set list from the cruise here.

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Metal Allegiance supergroup covers Rush's Tom Sawyer on Motorhead's Motorboat cruise
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Metal AllegianceI'd mentioned in a Friday Rush updates post a couple of weeks ago that a heavy metal all-star band called Metal Allegiance featuring members of Pantera, Megadeth, Anthrax and Testament played a set of classic metal songs including Rush's Tom Sawyer during Motorhead's Motorboat cruise last month. Tom Sawyer was performed by Joey Belladona (Anthrax) on vocals, Alex Skolnick (Testament) and Chris Broderick (Megadeth) on guitars, Frank Bello (Anthrax) on bass, and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Winery Dogs) on drums. Since I first reported it, a bootleg video of the performance has appeared online and can be seen below or on YouTube (thanks Bob B). You can check out the full Metal Allegiance set list from the cruise here.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Durrell Bowman's Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion now available
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Music scholar Durrell Bowman's new book Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion was released earlier this month via Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and is now available for purchase. It had originally been slated for a November 16th release. From the book's editorial review:

In Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion, music scholar Durrell Bowman guides readers through Rush's long career, explaining through the artful combination of biography, history, and musical exegesis how to listen to this unique act. From Rush's emergence as an early blues-rock power trio of guitar, bass, and drums into the godfathers of progressive hard rock, Bowman marks the band's first breakthrough with its landmark, sci-fi/individualist album 2112. From there, readers explore Rush's movement from "prog rock" extended compositions into shorter, potential-radio-play "post-prog" songs, leading to Rush's most successful album Moving Pictures in 1981. In its later career, Rush adventurously mixed progressive hard rock and music technology, generating a new power trio sound that featured further stylistic evolutions. As Bowman makes clear, it is the band's stalwart path and many influences on fans, musicians, and others that resulted in Rush's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

Bowman is a cultural musicologist, musician, IT consultant and accomplished author who coedited the 2011 book Rush and Philosophy: Heart and Mind United. You can order your copy of Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion at this location.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Geddy Lee featured in upcoming Sportsnet documentary The Mind of the Baseball Collector
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UPDATE - 10/10@9:46PM: For those of you who might be wondering, according to Fadoo Productions this documentary has nothing to do with the Geddy Lee show/documentary that was mentioned in Neil Peart's last NeilPeart.net news update.

The Mind of the Baseball CollectorGeddy Lee will be featured in a Sportsnet documentary titled The Mind of the Baseball Collector which airs this coming Monday, October 13th at 7PM on Sportsnet in Canada. A short, 15-second video trailer was posted online earlier today with the following description:

The Mind of the Baseball Collector looks at the addictive world of sports memorabilia collecting. The past comes to life through the collections and stories of: rock legend Geddy Lee, eclectic collector and lawyer Allan Stitt and the Guinness Book of World Records holder of the most autographed baseballs, Dennis Schrader.

The documentary is the last in a series of baseball documentaries produced by Fadoo Productions - the production company behind the last several Rush live videos and where Geddy Lee's brother Allan is the Head of Production. Geddy is well-known for being a huge baseball fan and collector of memorabilia; back in 2008 he donated over 200 autographed baseballs to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Alex Lifeson at Medlock-Krieger Golf TournamentThis past week's Rush news was dominated by some new interviews with both Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, along with another NeilPeart.net news update and the GUP3 charity auction. A couple of weeks ago Alex Lifeson participated in the Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Charity Golf Tournament and All-Star Concert and gave a few, short red carpet interviews while attending the event. 3 of these interviews surfaced online over the past week, the first of which was with Argentinian rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon which I'd posted last weekend. In that interview Alex talks about the importance of participating in charity events, performing in Argentina with the flu, and more. You can watch this short, 2:30-minute interview on YouTube at this link. 2 more short interviews with Alex from the tournament then surfaced later in the week. Indie Power spoke with Alex for a little over a minute about his musical influences, and 70s-era rock music. You can check out that interview at this location. The second interview also runs about a minute and was filmed by Alex Kluft. Lifeson was asked about Rush's anticipated R40 tour and reiterated what he'd mentioned in his Rolling Stone interview earlier this year; that the band plans to tour in the spring and that the tour would last about a year. You can check out that interview below or at this location. For complete coverage of the Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament and All-Star Concert including photos and video, check out this post.

Phil Simon recently interviewed Neil Peart for the Huffington Post to talk about his new book Far and Near: On Days Like These and the interview was posted online yesterday. Neil describes some of the themes contained in his new book and compares writing to music:

... Writing and music have to be learned over time and practiced. The great thing about live performance, at least in music (and that prose writers miss out on), is that you have an audience to judge how well you're doing. That's one of the great things that we've had. Our background is in performance and I've come to realize in more recent years that our songs were written to play live. It seems like a simple thing but it's not. Our songs were not written to be listened to in headphones or on the radio. They were written to be played. ...

You can read the entire interview online here and order your copy of Neil Peart's Far and Near 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 couple of weeks ago interviewer Phil Simon collected some fan questions to ask Neil via his website. The Huffington Post piece was written specifically to focus on Neil's book, but Phil let me know that he should have a few of those questions along with Neil's responses posted on his personal website (philsimon.com) within a week or two.

Neil Peart at Le StudioSpeaking of NeilPeart.net blog posts, Neil posted his latest update earlier this week. The October, 2014 entry is titled Science Island and in it Neil describes a recent visit to Lac St. Brutus in the Laurentian Mountains. He recounts a trip to one particular island on the lake with his 5-year-old daughter Olivia. Olivia dubbed the island Science Island because of all of the scientific discussions about geology, meteorology, and biology she had with her father when visiting the island's natural wonders. Neil also talks a bit about rowing, swimming and other lake-related activities, along with a visit to his neighbor's (a few lakes away) house - someone Rush fans may be familiar with - former Rush engineer Paul Northfield. During the visit, the 2 spoke about a nearby Rush historical landmark:

... That night the subject of Le Studio's abandonment and ruination came up, and the very next day I had an email from Meghan at our office asking me to do an interview for the guys at Banger Films (makers of the Beyond the Lighted Stage documentary). They were making a show about one of the Guys at Work, Geddy, and wanted to talk to me. It was immediately obvious where that interview had to take place. ...

Neil then talks about visiting the abandoned studio that is so important to the history of Rush, and all of the memories and emotions it stirred up. He teases the news that Banger Films (the guys who brought us Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage) is making some kind of documentary/show about Geddy Lee, but never really reveals any other details about it:

... Those reflections from over two decades ago make a good segue to the part of the story the Banger guys wanted me to address: one of the Guys at Work, Geddy. Having said that Le Studio was the most important place in my life, it follows that the most important collaboration in my life has been with Geddy. That's all I really wanted to say on camera-though I don't think those actual words occurred to me until later. In any case, the interviewer, Sam, had his eye on "the show" they were making. Naturally enough, he was looking for some incisive remarks from me, maybe some kind of "dirt"-if not blood. Preferably bad blood. He was careful about it, trying to bring me around to that sort of nitty-gritty by apologizing for "being like a three-year-old, asking the same question again and again." But a complex relationship that has endured for over forty years is not going to be defined in a sound bite. It's like asking a spouse of that duration to define the other-tread carefully! ...

I've been unable to find any further information online regarding this supposed Geddy documentary, so if anyone hears anything, let us know. In addition to all the great Le Studio memories, the update also includes a number of amazing photographs of Neil in and around the grounds of the abandoned studio. It's definitely worth checking out. You can read the entire thing online at this location.

Keeping on the subject of Neil Peart, today is apparently Hug a Drummer Day and in celebration of this momentous occasion, The New Zealand Herald posted their list of the top 10 drummers of all time. Neil Peart came in at #2 behind Led Zeppelin's John Bonham:

Drummer and lyricist for Rush, Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances. He is known for his stamina and technical ability. Bandmate Geddy Lee called him "the professor on the drum kit."

Geddy Lee's shoesGeddy Lee and Alex Lifeson's Grapes Under Pressure 3 charity eBay auction kicked off last Friday evening and has been going full steam ahead ever since, with a number of rare and wonderful Rush memorabilia up for bidding. Here's the latest update from Rush.com:

The Grapes Under Pressure eBay auction has been fast and furious since went live on Friday! Some of the standouts include 53 bids for a signed Different Stages promo photo, 27 bids for a signed Moving Pictures Live test pressing, and 15 bids for Geddy's home studio used Ovation acoustic guitar. Things will really start to heat up as we move towards auction closing times on Monday evening, Oct. 13th.

You can watch the action here: http://bit.ly/GUP3auction

Or even better, join in the fun and make a bid! It's all for a good cause.

Included in the auction are:

- An autographed Geddy Lee Custom Shop Relic Fender Jazz Bass (limited edition, only 50 of these basses have been built as an exact replica of Geddy's stage bass).
- An autographed Alex Lifeson Signature Gibson Axcess Les Paul Guitar signed by Alex, Geddy and Neil.
- A Rush autographed DW Snare Drum with NHL Logos Limited Edition, one of only 6 built.

ALL proceeds will be directed to Grapes for Humanity, Canada www.grapesforhumanity.com

Grapes for Humanity Canada is proud to partner with Magna Children at Risk, and proceeds for this exclusive event will go directly to rebuild health care facilities in the Philippines which were damaged by the Haiyan Typhoon.

Thanks for your support!

Geddy & Alex
#GUP3auction

You can check out all the cool, signed items and place your bid on eBay here. And be sure to follow all the action on Twitter using the hashtag #GUP3auction.

The Rush EUCon 2014 Rush fan convention takes place this weekend at The Box in Crewe. Activities will include a quiz & raffle, a charity auction, a Rush Idol contest, and a performance from Italian Rush tribute band La Villa Strangiato. For all the details and to register just visit the website at rusheucon.co.uk, and for all the latest news you can follow Rush EUCon on Facebook and Twitter.

Hand-crafted acoustic guitar maker Loucin Guitars of Oakville, ON announced a couple weeks ago that they had added Rush's Alex Lifeson as their newest client and are currently crafting him a custom LD model made out of a beautiful Indian Rosewood set with tons of gorgeous sapwood. They've been posting their progress constructing the guitar on Twitter including some stunning photographs which you can check out here. Geddy Lee also seems to have a new toy to play with according to a post on the Netherlands-based Paul's Bass Matters Facebook page (thanks Michael B):

Today was a good day. It doesn't happen too often that you can make an all-time basshero happy with a new instrument, but today we did just that. Canadian rocklegend Geddy Lee has just bought this extreme beauty of a bass from us. Wow. We are looking forward to hearing what this baby can do in the hands of a man that's only been playing the worlds' biggest stages for 40 years... Today was a good day.

Radio.com posted their list of 10 Album Covers You Can Actually Visit this past Friday and Rush's Moving Pictures album cover - which depicts a scene in front of the Ontario Legislative Building at Queen's Park in downtown Toronto - made the cut.

OC Weekly posted their list of The 10 Best Prog Metal Bands this past week (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net) and Rush came out on top:

Make no mistake about it, Rush is not a heavy metal band, in the purest sense, but by all accounts they are almost as responsible for the sound and evolution of metal as much as Deep Purple, or even Black Sabbath. ...

Here's Alex Lifeson's short interview from the Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament and All-Star Concert where he mentions the R40 tour:

It's been 2 weeks since I've implemented the new Disqus-based comment system on the site, and - for the most part - the feedback has been positive. I know it's a big change from the old system, but give it a chance if you haven't tried it out yet. If you are having any issues signing in, check out this login troubleshooting guide, particularly this part on enabling cookies. Remember that all the comments from the old system have been imported into the new system, and Disqus allows 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 (or with a Disqus account) - 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. If you have any other questions or concerns, let me know. Have a great weekend!!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Neil Peart talks Far and Near in new Huffington Post interview
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UPDATE - 10/9@12:49PM: For those of you wondering about the fan questions for Neil that Phil Simon collected via his website a couple weeks ago, Phil let me know that he should have a few of those questions along with Neil's responses posted on his website (philsimon.com) within a week or two. The Huffington Post piece was written specifically to focus on Neil's new Far and Near book.

Phil Simon recently interviewed Neil Peart for the Huffington Post to talk about his new book Far and Near: On Days Like These. The interview is now available on the Huffington Post website and in it Neil describes some of the themes contained in his new book and compares writing to music:

... There is no such thing as a natural writer in that sense--without some type of schooling (often journalism, often a lot of failed unpublished words). For myself, I wrote for 20 years before I published and I'm so glad that I had all that practice. I'd go on a trip and write a little diary of it and share it with my friends and all that. I was learning how to do it and I've had good teachers--and the same with music all throughout my career with drumming.

Writing and music have to be learned over time and practiced. The great thing about live performance, at least in music (and that prose writers miss out on), is that you have an audience to judge how well you're doing. That's one of the great things that we've had.

Our background is in performance and I've come to realize in more recent years that our songs were written to play live. It seems like a simple thing but it's not. Our songs were not written to be listened to in headphones or on the radio. They were written to be played. ...

You can read the entire interview online here and order your copy of Neil Peart's Far and Near 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.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Alex Lifeson talks R40 in new video interviews from Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament
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Alex Lifeson at Medlock-Krieger Golf TournamentA couple of weeks ago Alex Lifeson participated in the Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament and All-Star Concert to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the Moorpark Country Club in Moorpark, CA. Alex gave a few, short red carpet interviews while attending the tournament, one of which was with Argentinian rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon which I'd posted over the weekend. 2 more short interviews with Alex from the tournament have surfaced over the last few days. Indie Power spoke with Alex for a little over a minute about his musical influences, and 70s-era rock music. You can check out that interview below or at this location. The second interview also runs about a minute and was filmed by Alex Kluft. Alex is asked about Rush's anticipated R40 tour and Alex reiterated what he'd mentioned in his Rolling Stone interview earlier this year; that the band plans to tour in the spring and that the tour would last about a year. You can check out that interview below or at this location. Thanks to Sean for the heads up. For complete coverage of the Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament and All-Star Concert including photos and video, check out this post.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Neil Peart visits the abandoned Le Studio in his latest news update at NeilPeart.net
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[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: October, 2014 - Science Island]

Neil Peart at Le StudioNeil Peart has once again updated the news page on his website. The October, 2014 entry is titled Science Island and in it Neil describes a recent visit to Lac St. Brutus in the Laurentian Mountains. He recounts a trip to one particular island on the lake with his 5-year-old daughter Olivia. Olivia dubbed the island Science Island because of all of the scientific discussions about geology, meteorology, and biology she had with her father when visiting the island's natural wonders. Neil also talks a bit about rowing, swimming and other lake-related activities, along with a visit to his neighbor's (a few lakes away) house - someone Rush fans may be familiar with:

... While I was at the lake by myself for the first week, I was happy to be invited to the home of my neighbors (a few lakes away) Paul Northfield and Judy Smith. Their little house on Lac Cochon is elegant and comfortable, good taste evident in art, lighting and music, and they are both fine cooks. Paul and Judy also have long associations with the place that first brought me to the Laurentians-nearby Le Studio, where the Guys at Work and I recorded at various times from 1979 until 1995.

Paul was the engineer on many of those sessions, from Permanent Waves right up to Vapor Trails in 2001 (though recorded in Toronto), on the Buddy Rich tributes he and I recorded in the early '90s, and on my second instructional DVD, Anatomy of a Drum Solo. Judy had been with Paul all through those years, and had managed Le Studio for five years in the mid-'90s. And of course they had known my "first family" all through that era. So we go back.

That night the subject of Le Studio's abandonment and ruination came up, and the very next day I had an email from Meghan at our office asking me to do an interview for the guys at Banger Films (makers of the Beyond the Lighted Stage documentary). They were making a show about one of the Guys at Work, Geddy, and wanted to talk to me.

It was immediately obvious where that interview had to take place. ...

Neil then talks about visiting the abandoned studio that is so important to the history of Rush, and all of the memories and emotions it stirred up. He then gets to the meat of the update - the news that Banger Films (the guys who brought us Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage) is making some kind of documentary/show about Geddy Lee:

...Those reflections from over two decades ago make a good segue to the part of the story the Banger guys wanted me to address: one of the Guys at Work, Geddy. Having said that Le Studio was the most important place in my life, it follows that the most important collaboration in my life has been with Geddy. That's all I really wanted to say on camera-though I don't think those actual words occurred to me until later.

In any case, the interviewer, Sam, had his eye on "the show" they were making. Naturally enough, he was looking for some incisive remarks from me, maybe some kind of "dirt"-if not blood. Preferably bad blood. He was careful about it, trying to bring me around to that sort of nitty-gritty by apologizing for "being like a three-year-old, asking the same question again and again." But a complex relationship that has endured for over forty years is not going to be defined in a sound bite. It's like asking a spouse of that duration to define the other-tread carefully! ...

In addition to all the great Le Studio memories, the update also includes a number of great photographs of Neil in and around the grounds of the abandoned studio. It's definitely worth checking out. You can read the entire update online at this location.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

New Alex Lifeson video interview from Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament
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Alex Lifeson with Lucas GordonArgentinian rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon conducted a video interview with Alex Lifeson at the Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament a couple of weeks ago. The short, 2:30-minute interview is now available for viewing on YouTube below or at this link. Alex talks about the importance of participating in charity events, performing in Argentina with the flu, and more. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up. For complete coverage of the Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Invitational Golf Tournament and All-Star Concert including photos and video, check out this post.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Rare Rush memorabilia up for bidding in Grapes Under Pressure 3 charity eBay auction
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UPDATE - 10/8@2:34PM: Rush.com posted this update on the charity auction earlier today:

The Grapes Under Pressure eBay auction has been fast and furious since went live on Friday! Some of the standouts include 53 bids for a signed Different Stages promo photo, 27 bids for a signed Moving Pictures Live test pressing, and 15 bids for Geddy's home studio used Ovation acoustic guitar. Things will really start to heat up as we move towards auction closing times on Monday evening, Oct. 13th. ...

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Geddy Lee's shoesAs I'd mentioned in today's Friday Rush updates post, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson's Grapes Under Pressure 3 charity eBay auction kicked off a couple of hours ago and is now underway. From Rush.com:

Starting at 6pm ET today, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will launch the most rock memorabilia on eBay as part of their Grapes Under Pressure 3 initiative in support of Grapes for Humanity, an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community.

Included in this auction will be a wide range of rare, vintage & autographed Rush items! We've already unveiled Geddy's shoes worn on the R30 tour and the awesome 1980's era Rush road case.

These items and more start rolling out at 6pm ET until 10pm ET tonight, so check back in to see what other goodies get revealed and make your bid!

The auction closes in 10 days on October 13.

View the GUP3auction items here: http://www.ebay.ca/sch/grapes4humanity/ and BID!

ALL proceeds will be directed to Grapes for Humanity Canada www.grapesforhumanity.com

The focus of Grapes for Humanity is to provide a better quality of life for victims and survivors of disasters. We help these individuals become self-sufficient citizens to go on to lead fulfilling and productive lives. Funds are raised through various international wine events, wine auctions, corporate and private home wine tastings. Through our partners we direct the proceeds of these events to those in immediate need. Grapes for Humanity is an organization that is run on the strength of its volunteers. We pride ourselves on the fact that all monies raised go directly to our chosen partner.

You can check out all the cool, signed items and place your bid on eBay here. And be sure to follow all the action on Twitter using the hashtag #GUP3auction.

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