Rush is a Band

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

Wed, Feb 10, 2016

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Rushisaband.com now has a searchable archive of Rush tour date listings, powered by a new website at TourDateSearch.com - which contains searchable tour date archives for OVER 1000 BANDS ...
Neil Peart has updated the news page on his website with the 4th installment in his BubbaGram series and also revealed that his next book will be titled Far and Wide: Bring That Horizon to Me!, due this Fall. Details here
Rush's vinyl reissue campaign continues! Hold Your Fire, Feedback, Snakes & Arrows now available. Details here.
Neil Peart on his 50-year career and retirement in new Drumhead magazine article/essay. Full article, Geddy Lee response and more here.
Rush's R40 Live CD/DVD/Blu-ray released on Fri, Nov 20 and has debuted at #24 on the Billboard album chart. Details, video/audio previews, tracklist and more here. Order the CD/Blu-ray Combo, CD/DVD Combo or just the CDs.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson make guest appearance on the NBC drama Chicago Fire titled 2112. Details, screenshots and recap here.
Kevin J. Anderson's anthology 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush is set to release on April 12, 2016 and is now available for preorder ...
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels companion novel Clockwork Lives now available. Details, sample chapter, interviews and more here.
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Graphic Novel single-volume edition now available. Details here.
Rush Toons book from FANTOONS now available. 170 pages of Rush-inspired comics, parodies, art and illustrations. Details here.
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.
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.
Wed, Feb 10, 2016@12:32PM | comments

A couple of weeks ago we learned that Rush is featured in the March, 2016 issue of Guitar World magazine. The feature is titled Farewell to Kings and John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the article and made it available online here. In it, Guitar World's Joe Bosso sits down with Geddy and Alex to discuss the band's R40 Live tour, specifically the setlist selection. They go through select songs from the setlist and give their opinions on each one. Here's what they had to say about fan-favorite Jacob's Ladder:

LIFESON: We played it when the album came out and brought it back. You make room for certain songs, and it felt right to feature it. We talked about doing it before, but we never felt excited about it. Once we started rehearsing it for this tour and refreshed it a bit, it became a favorite to play.

LEE: Alex's playing is spectacular. For me personally, I didn't want to play it at first because I thought some of the keyboard sounds were a little dated. I just wasn't sure I could get behind it live in an authentic sense. Once I freshened up the sounds, it kind of came together for me. I think it helped the melody and made everything sound more interesting. Our programmer, Jim Burgess, really did a great job with the new textures and sounds. I credit him with saving the song.

The article also briefly touches on the band's future:

... Owing to a few nagging health concerns, not the least of which has been drummer Neil Peart's chronic tendonitis, speculation has hung in the air recently that the R40 tour signaled Rush's unofficial retirement from the road, or at least major hauls. Asked to predict whether fans can expect to see an R50 tour a decade from now, Lee shakes his head and says, "Not at this point But you never know. As of right now, it's a little unpredictable." ...

You can read the entire article online here.

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Fri, Feb 5, 2016@12:41PM | comments
Geddy and Alex in junior highFriday Rush updates! New Geddy/Alex interview, Rush and the 40th anniversary of 2112 in Prog magazine, In the Studio Moving Pictures 35th anniversary special and more ...
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Thu, Feb 4, 2016@2:31PM | comments
uDiscover R40 Live contestuDiscoverMusic.com is sponsoring a Rush R40 Live quiz and contest where you can win a PRS SE Alex Lifeson Acoustic Guitar played by Alex himself. ...
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Wed, Feb 3, 2016@2:46PM | comments
Geddy and Alex in junior highClassic Rock has posted a new interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson where the pair reflect on the early years of Rush; from their first meeting in junior high school 50 years ago, up until 1975 when the new guy Neil Peart took over the lyric-writing duties. ...
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Wed, Feb 3, 2016@10:03AM | comments
Moving Pictures coverRush's 1981 classic Moving Pictures will celebrate the 35th anniversary of its release this coming February 12th and is the subject of an In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show which is airing all this week and is now available for streaming online ...
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Mon, Feb 1, 2016@3:26PM | comments
Prog 63The latest edition of Prog magazine (Prog #63) hit newsstands this past Friday and contains a cover feature celebrating the upcoming 40th anniversary of Rush's 2112 album, including a new interview with Geddy Lee ...
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Fri, Jan 29, 2016@12:04PM | comments
Route 66 MotelFriday Rush updates! New news update and new book from Neil Peart, Rush in March issue of Guitar World, Moving Pictures 35th anniversary radio special and more!
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Thu, Jan 28, 2016@5:38PM | comments
Guitar World March 2016Rush will be featured in the March, 2016 issue of Guitar World magazine, with the cover tagline reading, Rush Prime Cuts with Alex + Geddy ...
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Thu, Jan 28, 2016@12:30PM | comments
Moving Pictures coverRush's 1981 classic Moving Pictures will be the subject of an hour-long In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show which will be airing in the first week of February to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the February 12, 1981 release of the album. ...
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Mon, Jan 25, 2016@7:41PM | comments
Route 66 MotelNeil Peart has once again updated the news page on his website with the fourth installment in his BubbaGram series and also revealed that his next book will be titled Far and Wide: Bring That Horizon to Me!, is tentatively slated for release this Fall and is already available for pre-order ...
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