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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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Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Alex Lifeson interview and R40 preview clip of unreleased I've Been Runnin' track at Radio.com
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R40 Blu-ray box setIn less than 2 weeks on November 11th Rush will release their R40 40th Anniversary Collectors Box Set (6 Blu-ray discs or 10 DVDs). The set will include Rush's 5 most recent live videos (Rush in Rio, R30, Snakes & Arrows Live, Time Machine, Clockwork Angels Tour) along with an R40 bonus disc, all contained in a 52 page hardback book measuring 305mm x 225mm (12" x 9"). The bonus disc will include the full Laura Secord Secondary School 1974 footage including the 2 unreleased tracks I've Been Runnin' and The Loser, along with their cover of Bad Boy. Alex Lifeson recently sat down with Radio.com to discuss the box set and also preview a clip of I've Been Runnin', which you can watch below or on YouTube. Here's what Alex had to say about the track:

... John [Rutsey] wrote the lyrics back then. Geddy and I would generally write the music. Sometimes we would have band rehearsals and it would be all three of us, but it was always difficult to work out songs like that. It was easier for us to work on the music together and then teach it to John and go from there. We still do that with Neil [Peart], in fact. John did write the lyrics in those days for the most part. It was so weird when he didn't want us to use his lyrics on the first album when we started to record it. It was a very strange time for us, just before he left the band. But to be honest with you, I'd totally forgotten about "I've Been Runnin'" until I saw it come up for this box set. That one was really lost to me. But it was a shuffle-y, Delta bluesy kind of song that we were inspired by via Led Zeppelin. ...

You can read the entire interview at Radio.com here. The bonus disc also contains the Passaic, NJ Capitol Theatre show from 1976, Lock and Key live from 1988, Rush at the Molson Amphitheatre in 1997, the I Still Love You Man video from 2011 and the Rush portion of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction in 2013. For complete details of what's contained in the set, just read the Rush.com press release, and check out this 1:30-minute video trailer. You can pre-order the R40 box set on 6 Blu-ray discs or 10 DVDs.

Related Posts:
[Rush R40 40th Anniversary Collectors Box Set official press release]
[Rush R40 Blu-ray box set now available for pre-order]
[R40 6-disc Blu-ray box set coming this November]

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

See Neil Peart's Time Machine kit with drum tech Lorne Wheaton at Just Drums in Toronto
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Roland Canada will be hosting an event at Just Drums in Toronto on Saturday, November 15 which will feature Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton showing off Peart's Time Machine hybrid drum kit. From the Facebook event page:

...Get your picture taken with Neil's kit, chat with Lorne, and learn how this Hybrid Kit all works. Join Roland Canada V-Drums Specialist Darren Schoepp at 1pm and 3pm for an Interactive Presentation that includes the history of Neil Peart and V-Drums, a detailed look at the technology of the Time Machine Kit, and a Q&A session with Darren and Lorne. Come see an exclusive custom TD-30KV Steam Punk themed V-Drums kit honoring Neil, and check out many other custom V-Drums finishes. Additional Experience: hands-on Hybrid kit demo stations, V-Drums test drive zone, one day V-Drums Contest, V-Drums Specialists demonstrations, and in-store specials are all happening from noon - 4pm. ...

For all the details visit the Just Drums website and check out the event on Facebook. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

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New York Festival of Light to feature the work of Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider
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The first annual New York Festival of Light will take place in New York City next week from November 6-8th and longtime Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider will be one of the featured artists. The Festival's goal is to enhance New York City's architecture through interactive, static and projected lighting installations. The New York Festival of Light Organization is raising funds via a Kickstarter campaign which you can learn more about here. To learn more about the Festival you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and visit the website at nyfol.org. Thanks to Danny M for the heads up.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Alex Lifeson to participate in Kidney Foundation's 2014 A Brush of Hope charity auction
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Alex Lifeson will once again be participating in The Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual A Brush of Hope charity auction this year. As they have for several years running, Alex Lifeson along with dozens of other Canadian celebrities have donated paintings to be auctioned off to raise money for the charity. Alex has participated in the fundraiser a number of times in the past, including his contribution of a self-portrait that sold for $7600 last year. Alex's painting for this year is a photorealistic rendering of himself enjoying some wine with Geddy Lee that can be seen on the Brush of Hope Facebook page. The 2014 Brush of Hope Masquerade Gala and silent auction takes place this coming Thursday evening at the Fredericton Convention Centre in Fredericton, NB. The live eBay auction then kicks off Friday at 12PM and runs through Sunday, November 9th. For all the latest news and information be sure to follow A Brush of Hope on Facebook. Thanks to J.R. for the heads up.

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Geddy Lee to perform at The Who Hits 50! Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concert next month
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The Who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a The Who Hits 50! world tour that kicks off later next month and runs through next year. Prior to the start of the tour, a benefit concert of Who music in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust will take place on November 11th at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London, England. The Who's house band will be joined onstage to perform Who classics by a number of famous artists including Rush's Geddy Lee. Also appearing will be Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Liam Gallagher, Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield, The Strypes, Brody Dalle, Tom Odell, Amy Macdonald, Andy Burrows, Rizzle Kicks and more. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 31st at 9AM through Ticketmaster UK. It's not known what Who song(s) Geddy Lee will perform, but Rush included The Who's The Seeker on their 2004 covers EP Feedback, so that is one of the likely possibilities. Thanks to Gary H for the heads up.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Geddy lee comments on the death of Jack Bruce
11:10PM EST | link | comments |

Legendary Cream bassist Jack Bruce passed away today at the age of 71. Bruce was a huge influence on Rush's Geddy Lee, who posted the following message to Rush.com this afternoon:

The sudden passing of Jack Bruce is terribly sad news. One of the greatest rock bassists to ever live and a true and profound inspiration to countless musicians. He was one of my first bass heroes and was a major influence on my playing and my music. My heartfelt condolences to his family and fans. - Geddy Lee

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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R40 Blu-ray box setIn less than 3 weeks on November 11th Rush will release their R40 40th Anniversary Collectors Box Set (6 Blu-ray discs or 10 DVDs). The set will include Rush's 5 most recent live videos (Rush in Rio, R30, Snakes & Arrows Live, Time Machine, Clockwork Angels Tour) along with an R40 bonus disc, all contained in a 52 page hardback book measuring 305mm x 225mm (12" x 9"). The bonus disc will include the Laura Secord Secondary School 1974 footage (the FULL show including the 2 unreleased tracks I've Been Runnin' and The Loser, along with their cover of Bad Boy), the Passaic, NJ Capitol Theatre show from 1976, Lock and Key live from 1988, Rush at the Molson Amphitheatre in 1997, the I Still Love You Man video from 2011 and the Rush portion of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction in 2013. For complete details of what's contained in the set, just read the Rush.com press release, and check out this 1:30-minute video trailer. You can pre-order the R40 box set on 6 Blu-ray discs or 10 DVDs. In part 2 of Phil Simon's interview with Neil Peart that was posted earlier today, Neil spoke a little about the box set and what he thought stood out about the release:

... one of the standout editions [in the R40 box set] was the Test for Echo Toronto show. ... It was a tremendously emotional memory-that particular show and that particular material. When I watched the way I played then ... just after I studied with Freddie Gruber, ... I played a certain way on that tour that I really liked to watch: real graceful and I was concentrating very much on technique. All of that was fresh and kind of unique to that tour and yet it had never been released. At the time it was filmed (that Toronto show) there were apparently some technical difficulties with audio and we were told it was useless. It just sat in the vault for all these years. So having that resurrected is important to us personally and autobiographically and also I still really like that body of work represented by Test for Echo album and what we presented on that tour too. The solo I was doing was interesting to me in terms of what I was doing and the evolution of myself as a soloist. For all of those reasons, I'm particularly glad that that saw the light of day again.

In addition to the R40 box set Simon spoke with Neil about Rush opening bands, and what he's been doing with his time off from the band. Part 1 of the interview was posted online earlier this month for a piece that ran in the Huffington Post. In the Huffington Post piece Neil talked about his new book Far and Near: On Days Like These, describing some of the themes contained in the book and compares writing to music. Part 3 of the interview should be posted by the end of next week and will include Neil's answers to the fan questions Simon collected via his website last month.

Alex and Geddy at GUP3Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson's Grapes Under Pressure 3 charity eBay auction ran a couple weeks ago from Friday, October 3rd through Monday, October 13th and ended up raising thousands of dollars for Grapes for Humanity. Geddy posted a message to Rush.com earlier this week thanking everyone for participating in the auction:

On behalf of Alex, myself and the entire GUP team I'd like to say a huge ginormous THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH to all of our fans, friends, and followers who took the time and spent their hard earned money to support this Grapes Under Pressure 3 Ebay auction in support of Grapes for Humanity Canada. Your money will go a super long way to help rebuild health care facilities in the Philippines that were damaged or destroyed in the Haiyan Typhoon. You have helped a lot of people!

Thank you all for caring!

my best to you,
Geddy Lee

Some standout items from the auction were a Vintage Silver Rush Road Case that went for $5,250.50, a Signed Limited Edition Fender Geddy Lee Replica Jazz Bass that sold for $11,200, a Signed Alex Lifeson Signature Gibson Les Paul Axcess that went for $11,000, a Rush ReDISCovered Signed Vinyl Test Pressing that sold for $1,125, and a Rush Signed Moving Pictures Live Test Pressing that went for $2,505. Grapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community, and Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors. In recent years he and Alex Lifeson have conducted a number of charity auctions and events to raise money for the organization as part of an initiative that they cleverly call Grapes Under Pressure. The first 2 Grapes Under Pressure events took place in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

Reader Mark S spotted a Rush-autographed guitar on a recent episode of Pawn Stars as seen here. And yours truly spotted a Geddy Lee bass on display at the new Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, OH as seen here. Speaking of Rush guitars, Brian at Private Reserve Guitars recently conducted a video review of Gibson's custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess electric guitar. You can check out the review on the Musician's Friend YouTube channel here (thanks Mark R).

Reader RushEsq let me know that the USC Trojans Marching Band played a condensed version of Rush's Tom Sawyer during their halftime show at last weekend's USC/Colorado football game. You can watch it online at this location at about the 6:20 mark.

Metal Sludge ran a poll a couple weeks ago to determine The Best Single Word Classic Rock Band Name Of All Time and Rush came in at #3 behind KISS and Aerosmith (thanks Doug B.

Reader Kelly D spotted a Rush reference in the direct-to-dvd Scooby Doo film Scooby Doo! Frankencreepy which released this past summer. Towards the beginning of the film the gang is doing a live webchat with fans, and the first fan is a stereotypical nerd with the handle Alexsuperfan2112.

Back in July we learned that Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio would be offering a new, 15-week, music history course titled Rush: Progressive Rock and Modern Society taught by Professor Nathan Santos. The course explores the musical and cultural issues of the 1970s and '80s where students analyze progressive rock, along with its musical elements, lyrical themes, historical, social and cultural content and its significance within the development of popular music styles. The course is centered specifically on the music and styles of Rush where students look at the style changes the band went through over the years and how bands withstand changes to continue to create music. The course is well under way now and recently had Rush discoverer and media scholar Donna Halper give a guest lecture via Skype. The 1 hour, 15 minute lecture was posted to YouTube yesterday and can be seen below or at this location.

October was another big month for Rush releases, 2 of which celebrated anniversaries this past week. Rush's 15th studio album Counterparts celebrated its 21st anniversary last Sunday, and the band's 5th live album and 1st live concert DVD Rush in Rio celebrated its 11th anniversary on Tuesday. This coming Wednesday, October 29th Power Windows, Exit ... Stage Left and Hemisperes all celebrate anniversaries as well. That's it for this week. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Part 2 of Phil Simon's Neil Peart interview now available
12:42PM EST | link | comments |

R40 Blu-ray box setSeveral weeks ago Phil Simon interviewed Neil Peart for a Huffington Post piece that was posted online earlier this month. In the Huffington Post piece Neil talked about his new book Far and Near: On Days Like These, describing some of the themes contained in the book and compares writing to music. The Huffington Post piece focused specifically on Neil's new book, but Simon also spoke with Neil about several other topics, and was able to post part 2 of his conversation with Neil online at his personal website earlier today. He has the Huffington Post excerpts posted as part 1 here. In part 2 of his interview Simon spoke with Neil about Rush opening bands, what he's been doing with his time off from the band, and the upcoming R40 box set:

... one of the standout editions [in the R40 box set] was the Test for Echo Toronto show. ... It was a tremendously emotional memory-that particular show and that particular material. When I watched the way I played then ... just after I studied with Freddie Gruber, ... I played a certain way on that tour that I really liked to watch: real graceful and I was concentrating very much on technique. All of that was fresh and kind of unique to that tour and yet it had never been released. At the time it was filmed (that Toronto show) there were apparently some technical difficulties with audio and we were told it was useless. It just sat in the vault for all these years. So having that resurrected is important to us personally and autobiographically and also I still really like that body of work represented by Test for Echo album and what we presented on that tour too. The solo I was doing was interesting to me in terms of what I was doing and the evolution of myself as a soloist. For all of those reasons, I'm particularly glad that that saw the light of day again.

Part 3 of the interview should be posted by the end of next week and will include Neil's answers to the fan questions he collected via his website last month.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Donna Halper guest lecture for Tiffin University's Rush: Progressive Rock and Modern Society course
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Donna Halper guest lecture at Tiffin UBack in July we learned that Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio would be offering a new, 15-week, music history course titled Rush: Progressive Rock and Modern Society taught by Professor Nathan Santos. The course explores the musical and cultural issues of the 1970s and '80s where students analyze progressive rock, along with its musical elements, lyrical themes, historical, social and cultural content and its significance within the development of popular music styles. The course is centered specifically on the music and styles of Rush where students look at the style changes the band went through over the years and how bands withstand changes to continue to create music. The course is well under way now and recently had Rush discoverer and media scholar Donna Halper give a guest lecture via Skype. The 1 hour, 15 minute lecture was posted to YouTube earlier today and can be seen below or at this location (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

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Gallery of over 250 photos from Grapes Under Pressure 3 wine event with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
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UPDATE - 10/23@4:06PM: It looks like the gallery has now been password-protected, so it was apparently not supposed to be shared. Oops!

A few weeks ago Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson kicked off their Grapes Under Pressure 3 charity fundraiser by hosting a trip to Ontario's wine country for a number of Grapes for Humanity donors. The trip included a private train ride from Toronto's Union Station to Stratus Vineyards near Niagara-on-the-Lake. Participants were then greeted with a champagne reception and a hands-on tour of the vineyard where they learned winemaking techniques while drinking and tasting the The Best of Niagara from a variety of local producers of wine, beer and food products. A huge gallery of over 250 photos from the event, including plenty with Geddy and Alex were recently posted online at this location (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). The 2nd phase of Grapes Under Pressure 3 consisted of a charity eBay auction that ran a couple weeks ago from Friday, October 3rd through Monday, October 13th and ended up raising thousands of dollars for Grapes for Humanity as described in this post. Grapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community, and Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors. In recent years he and Alex Lifeson have conducted a number of charity auctions and events to raise money for the organization as part of an initiative that they cleverly call Grapes Under Pressure. The first 2 Grapes Under Pressure events took place in 2009 and 2011.

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