Rush is a Band

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

Sun, Sep 23, 2018

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Edge Factor's Masters of Resonance documentary featuring Neil Peart and the R40 drum kit now available for pre-order on iTunes. Details, screenings, trailers and more here.
Alex Lifeson in new CBC comedy-drama Crawford. Details, trailers, video previews and more here.
Tix available for Grapes Under Pressure 4: Geddy and Alex's Excellent Harvest Adventure, a charity event hosted by Geddy and Alex where participants take the 2112 train from Toronto to the Niagara Wine Region for a day of good wine and food, all to benefit Grapes For Humanity. Details and ticket info here.
Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass coming December 4th, now available for pre-order. Details here.
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Lives: The Graphic Novel now available. Details, previews, interviews and more here.
Geddy Lee reminisces about Massey Hall in new CBC interview. Details, videos, transcripts and more here.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert DVD/Blu-ray featuring Rush's induction of YES now available. Details here.
Alex Lifeson performed with the Rheostatics at a fundraiser for the West End Phoenix community newspaper Thursday night in Toronto. Details, photos, video here.
Geddy Lee inducted The Barenaked Ladies into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the JUNO Awards in Vancouver March 25th! Details, video, photos and more here.
Alex Lifeson plays on Fu Manchu's 18-minute epic track Il Mostro Atomico from their new Clone of the Universe album. Listen to the complete track and get all the details here.
Alex Lifeson talks life after Rush, writing, acting and more in new Globe and Mail interview, says Rush is "basically done". Details here.
Rush A Farewell to Kings 40th anniversary box set now available to order (3-CD, 4-LP, Super Deluxe edition). Details, videos, interviews and more here.
Alex Lifeson featured in episode 5 of the new Trailer Park Boys series Out of the Park USA, now streaming on Netflix. Details, preview videos, music video featuring Alex here.
Check out Rushisaband.com's searchable archive of Rush tour date listings, powered by TourDateSearch.com - which contains searchable tour date archives for OVER 1000 BANDS ...
Fri, Sep 21, 2018@11:57AM | comments

Today the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame releases their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert: Encore DVD/Blu-ray featuring highlights from the Rock Hall's induction ceremonies from 2010-2013, including Rush's 2013 induction. The video complements their earlier release of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert DVD/Blu-ray back in April that featured highlights from the Rock Hall's induction ceremonies from 2014-2017. From the editorial review:

Each year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honors rock music's pioneering figures during a prestigious black-tie ceremony. As the Hall of Fame enters its third decade, it's these singular induction ceremonies-featuring the biggest names in classic rock from the '60s, '70s and '80s-that have become nearly as epic as the artists they celebrate. This 2 Blu-ray Disc set features poignant reunions, moving and often hilarious induction speeches, and 44 iconic performances.
Among the highlights from the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 induction ceremonies:

* The legendary Canadian power trio Rush performing fiery classics Tom Sawyer and The Spirit of Radio for their fervent fans.
* Red Hot Chili Peppers leading a searing all-star jam session of Higher Ground anchored by Slash and Ron Wood.
* Heart going Crazy on You before being joined onstage by fellow members of Seattle rock royalty from Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
* Alice Cooper ripping into ferocious versions of Eighteen and Under My Wheels before closing the set with Rob Zombie on School's Out.
* The Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan is joined onstage by John Mellencamp for a chilling performance of Season of the Witch.

Features complete Hall of Fame induction speeches, including:
* Don Henley inducting Randy Newman
* Neil Young inducting Tom Waits

The video can be ordered now as 2 Blu-ray discs or on 4 DVDs (Blu-ray, DVD).

Neil Peart and the R40 drum kit are prominently featured in the Edge Factor documentary Masters of Resonance, which had its first pre-release theater screening as part of the Rush Family Reunion event at the Fox Theatre in Toronto back in June. The documentary's official world premiere took place last month at the GRAMMY Museum at LA Live, and included a post-screening conversation with storyteller and founder of Edge Factor, Jeremy Bout, DW's John Good, and drummer Paul Wertico. The film will be hitting the festival circuit soon and be released to video-on-demand streaming channels later this fall. It is also now available for pre-order on iTunes at a special pre-sale price of $9.99 (50% off), with an expected release date of October 19th. Releases on other platforms are lined up for December. For more information about the film and to keep up on the latest news, visit the website at mastersofresonance.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. You can watch the trailer on YouTube at this location.

Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Lives: The Graphic Novel made StudyBreak.com's list of the 8 Most Important Graphic Novels of 2018:

This steampunk graphic novel is an exercise in adaptations. It's based on bestselling sci-fi author Kevin Anderson and Rush drummer Neil Peart's novel of the same name, which is developed from their previous "Clockwork Angels" novel, which is an accompaniment to Rush's album of the same name. Whew. "Clockwork Lives" follows a woman who receives an unlikely gift from her alchemist father upon his passing - a blank book to be filled with other people's stories, and her own. Coming from a quiet life in a small village, she now finds her life full of adventure and purpose.

This year's Rush Eucon European Rush fan convention takes place next weekend at The Box in Crewe. The 2-day event will feature Rush tribute bands Machines on Friday night and Bravado on Saturday. Other activities include Rush Fans Got Talent, the legendary Rush Quiz and the famous Eucon charity raffle and auction. Proceeds from the event will go to support Jessie's Fund. For all the details and to purchase tickets visit the Rush Eucon 2018 Facebook page and also follow them on Twitter.

Treble magazine recently posted their list of 10 Epic Opening Tracks and Rush's 2112 made the cut:

Stakes were high when the Canadian prog power trio recorded the side-long titular suite to their 1976 breakthrough album. Sales of their previous album, Caress of Steel, had been anemic. Mercury Records were sighing in annoyance and tapping their watches. Granted one more chance to save their careers, Rush hunkered down and constructed a 20-minute musical allegory loosely based on objectivist author and world champion scowler Ayn Rand's brief novel Anthem. "2112" tears through nastily-inclined totalitarians like Alex Lifeson tears through Dean Markleys. The story writes itself. Dullard priests bluster, wayward man finds an abandoned guitar, teaches himself "Maggot Brain," gives priests a PowerPoint on merits of said guitar, priests snort their derision, man shuffles home dejectedly, has a dream about simpler times, offers himself up as a martyr despite nobody really asking him to, and then faster than you can say "CSI: Syrinx" the exiled forefathers show up and boot those stuffy priest asses back down to entry-level positions in the mailroom. So if you're ticked off about the invasive tendrils of theocratic fascism getting all up in your business, fear not: 94 years from now the Elder Race is gonna be all over that bitch. - Paul Pearson

Comedian Margaret Cho was a guest on CP24 in Toronto's morning show earlier today, and she showed up wearing a Rush 2112 t-shirt as seen in this video clip (thanks Louis P). It looks like some version of this shirt:

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

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Tue, Sep 18, 2018@2:35PM | comments
Masters of ResonanceEdge Factor's "Masters of Resonance" documentary featuring Neil Peart and the R40 drum kit is now available for pre-order on iTunes, with an expected release on October 19th ...
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Mon, Sep 17, 2018@4:27PM | comments
Early photo of RushSometime back in September of 1968 - about 50 years ago - the initial incarnation of Rush played their first paid gig at The Coff-In coffeehouse located in the basement of an Anglican Church in Toronto. Happy 50th anniversary Rush!!
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Fri, Sep 14, 2018@11:55AM | comments
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame In Concert EncoreFriday Rush updates! Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert: Encore DVD/Blu-ray featuring Rush's 2013 induction coming next Friday, Neil Peart turns 66 and more ...
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Wed, Sep 12, 2018@6:39AM | comments
Neil Peart then and nowNeil Peart was born on this day back in 1952. Happy 66th birthday Pratt!!!
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Fri, Sep 7, 2018@10:01AM | comments
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame In Concert EncoreFriday Rush updates! Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert: Encore DVD/Blu-ray featuring Rush's 2013 induction coming Sept. 21, official 2019 Rush wall calendar celebrating 35 years of Grace Under Pressure now available, a month full of Rush anniversaries, and more ...
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Wed, Sep 5, 2018@3:28PM | comments
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame In Concert EncoreThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be releasing a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert: Encore DVD/Blu-ray featuring Rush's 2013 induction on Friday, September 21st, and it's now available for pre-order ...
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Fri, Aug 31, 2018@11:13AM | comments
Alex Lifeson on season finale of CrawfordFriday Rush updates! Alex Lifeson in the season finale of CBC's Crawford, Rush Funko Pop! Rocks figurines at Fan Expo Canada, RushCamp 2018, and more ...
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Tue, Aug 28, 2018@2:13PM | comments
Alex Lifeson on season finale of CrawfordWatch a video clip of Alex Lifeson reprising his role as a cereal executive in the season finale of the CBC comedy-drama Crawford, airing later this week ...
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Mon, Aug 27, 2018@7:01AM | comments
Happy birthday Alex - by FANTOONSAlex Lifeson turns 65 years young today. Happy birthday Lerxst!! Blah blah blah!!!
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