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

Mon, Nov 30, 2015

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Rush's R40 Live CD/DVD/Blu-ray released on Fri, Nov 20. 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 hit the interview circuit to promote the R40 Live release: Sirius XM, Q107, Digital Trends, EW, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Q104.3, Prog, Canadian Musician
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson make guest appearance on the NBC drama Chicago Fire titled 2112. Details, screenshots and recap here.
Rush's vinyl reissue campaign continues! Counterparts and Test for Echo now available. Details here.
Neil Peart has updated the news page on his website with the 2nd installment of his BubbaGram series. Details 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 feature on the final days of the R40 Live tour in the October, 2015 issue of Classic Rock Magazine. 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.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015@8:38AM | comments

The Holiday season is now upon us and it's time to start thinking about gifts to buy for all of your Rush fan friends (or for yourself!). Luckily there are many options to choose from this year. First and foremost on the list is the band's recently released R40 Live concert video, which is available as 2 DVDs, 1 Blu-ray disc or 3 Audio CDs along with various combo packages. Previews of several tracks from the film are available for viewing on the Rush YouTube channel. R40 Live's tracklisting mirrors the Friday, June 19th Toronto show setlist, with One Little Victory, Distant Early Warning and Red Barchetta from the June 17th Toronto show as bonus material on the DVD/Blu-ray. The CD also includes audio for Clockwork Angels, The Wreckers, The Camera Eye and Losing It with Jonathan Dinklage as bonus material. You can order the various R40 Live packages at the following locations:

[3-disc CD/Blu-ray Combo]
[3-disc CD/DVD Combo]
[3 Audio CDs]
[Blu-ray only]
[DVD only]

For all the vinylphiles out there, just about all of Rush's albums were reissued on vinyl over the past year with a few more due to release over the next several weeks. Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, Hold Your Fire, and A Show of Hands are all due to release next month, with Feedback and Snakes & Arrows available in January. All titles are high-quality vinyl with a 320kbps MP4 Digital Audio download code. You can check out all of the vinyl reissues here.

Into bootlegs? On December 11th a live radio broadcast recording of a December, 1974 Rush appearance at the Electric Lady Studios in New York City will be released on both CD and 180-g vinyl. It's titled The Lady Gone Electric and was originally recorded in front of a small audience of around 10 people for FM radio broadcast. It's not an official Rush release, but is similar to the Spirit of the Airwaves and Rush ABC 1974 live releases from a few years back, in that it is essentially a packaged release of a radio broadcast bootleg recording that's been around for many years.

Calendars make great gifts, and this year Rush fans have two official calendars to choose from. There's this 12"x12", 18-month calendar from Browntrout Publishers. Then there's this 12"x12", 16-month calendar with a 2112 theme from NMR Distribution.

There were a TON of Rush books released over the last year or so including my favorite - this beautiful, Rush Toons book from FANTOONS packed with 180 pages of Rush comic strips, parodies, art and illustrations. For the more serious-minded Rush fan, there's Neil Peart: Cultural Repercussions, Rush: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence, and Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion. There's also Rush: The Illustrated History and the Rush FAQ to add to the long list of Rush biographies. Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart were busy this past year with their Clockwork Angels companion novel Clockwork Lives, the Clockwork Angels graphic novel and Clockwork Angels: The Comic Scripts.

There are also many Rush t-shirts available including this popular Evolution of the Rush logo t-shirt, and this KISS-themed Rush t-shirt depicting Geddy, Alex and Neil with KISS makeup and RUSH spelled out using the classic KISS font. You can see all the Rush t-shirts Amazon has to offer here.

If you are planning a holiday party (maybe an R40 Live watch party?), a set of Rush drink coasters will be a big hit. There are also a couple of Rush ashtrays for the smokers (Starman, Fly By Night), and some Rush mugs (2112, Moving Pictures) to fill up with coffee for recovering from your hangover the next morning.

For all of the Rush fan musicians (there are a lot of those!) out there, there's this Perris Leathers Rush Guitar Strap, this set of Rush guitar picks, and some 40th anniversary Neil Peart ProMark drumsticks.

Every Rush fan would love a set of Rush Bobblehead dolls, some Rush playing cards along with this Rush card tin, or a Rush lunchbox with a 2112 Starman or the Rush logo. Have other gift ideas for Rush fans? Let us know in the comments and have a happy #RushMas!

Fri, Nov 27, 2015@12:00PM | comments
R40 LiveFriday Rush updates! R40 Live, new Alex/Geddy interviews, JACO documentary featuring Geddy Lee, Rush up for 4 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards, and more ...
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Wed, Nov 25, 2015@9:32PM | comments
Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Michael Moore at Sirius XM Town Hall - Nov 13, 2015Rush's Sirius XM Town Hall interview premiered earlier this evening and Rush posted 3 video preview clips of the interview earlier this evening ...
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Wed, Nov 25, 2015@9:16PM | comments
R40 LiveRush's R40 Live CD/DVD/BD released last Friday, November 20th, and the video of Lakeside Park/Anthem has been posted online to YouTube. The reviews for the video have also been rolling in and generally positive ...
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Mon, Nov 23, 2015@9:47PM | comments
2015 Ultimate Classic Rock AwardsUltimate Classic Rock has opened up voting in their 2015 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards and Rush is in the running in several categories including Artist of the Year, Reissue of the Year for their vinyl reissue campaign, Live Album or Video of the Year for R40 Live, and Tour of the Year for the R40 Live tour. Go vote for Rush!!!
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Mon, Nov 23, 2015@4:20PM | comments
Alex and Geddy with Joanne WilderGeddy Lee and Alex Lifeson recently stopped by Toronto's Q107 to chat with Joanne Wilder about the band's recent tour and accompanying R40 Live concert video. The full interview is now available online ...
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Fri, Nov 20, 2015@5:44PM | comments
Geddy Lee - Digital TrendsDigital Trends' Mike Mettler chatted with Geddy Lee in a new interview for his The Audiophile column about the R40 Live tour and video release ...
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Fri, Nov 20, 2015@5:13PM | comments
R40 LiveIn yet another article/interview promoting today's release of R40 Live, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee sat down with Entertainment Weekly to share the stories behind some of the more iconic Rush songs ...
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Fri, Nov 20, 2015@12:10PM | comments
R40 LiveFriday Rush updates! R40 Live release day is here!! New Geddy/Alex interviews, Ged/Al guest appearance on Chicago Fire, and more ...
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Fri, Nov 20, 2015@8:32AM | comments
R40 LiveRush's R40 Live concert film officially releases today in North America just in time for the Holidays, and is available as 2 DVDs, 1 Blu-ray disc or 3 Audio CDs along with various combo packages. ...
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