Rush is a Band

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

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Rush: The Making of A Farewell to Kings graphic novel from FANTOONS now available to purchase. Details, reviews and more here.
New book Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History coming in October, now available for pre-order. Details, excerpts, photos and more here.
Rush's Cinema Strangiato hit theaters worldwide on August 21st, tickets for encore showings NOW AVAILABLE. Details, videos, reviews and more here.
Rush Clockwork Angels Tour 5-LP vinyl box set coming in October, now available for pre-order. Details here.
Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass US book signing tour! Details, video, tickets and more here.
Alex Lifeson performs at concert fundraiser for the West End Phoenix community newspaper May 31st. Details, photos, videos and more here.
Geddy Lee performs with Claypool Lennon Delirium at Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. Details, video here.
Rush Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland 4-LP vinyl set now available. Details here.
Don Felder's American Rock 'N' Roll featuring Alex Lifeson now available. Details here.
Rush cover feature in latest Planet Rock magazine featuring a new interview with Alex Lifeson. Details here.
The Mute Gods' new album Atheists and Believers featuring Alex Lifeson on the track One Day now available. Details, video and more here.
Listen to John Mayall's Evil and Here to Stay featuring Alex Lifeson from his new Nobody Told Me album, now available for purchase. Details, preview audio and more 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 ...
Thu, Sep 19, 2019@2:14PM | comments

Daniel Tate is the curator of the popular Flyer Vault Instagram page, where he has shared thousands of Toronto-area music flyers that he has collected over the years. He'll be releasing a book version of his Instagram page with co-author Rob Bowman later this Fall titled The Flyer Vault: 150 Years of Toronto Concert History, which includes a foreword by Rush's Geddy Lee. From Exclaim!:

... Authored alongside Grammy Award-winning musicologist Rob Bowman, the book features a foreword penned by Rush's Geddy Lee and promises to be "a visual tour-de-force" that "captures a mesmerizing history of Toronto concert and club life, ​running the gamut of genres from vaudeville to rock, jazz to hip-hop, blues to electronica, and punk to country." ... "I started the Flyer Vault on Instagram in 2015 simply to upload all the flyers I saved when I was a little raver and hip-hop head back in the '90s and early '00s," Tate wrote in announcing the project on Instagram. "As the popularity of the project grew, I realized two universal truths: everyone loves music, and everyone loves nostalgia. Four years later, here we are." Tate added that book also includes anecdotes from Flyer Vault followers, and illustration from Dave Murray.

Earlier this year on the Instagram page he profiled an early Led Zeppelin show from August 18, 1969 at the Rock Pile in Toronto, which Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey attended as described by Geddy in this post:

"I know it sounds somewhat trite to say that an album changed your life but the first Led Zeppelin album had that kind of impact on me. The record was released early in 1969, and word of it's greatness was spreading with such intensity that by the time they were enroute to Toronto for a gig at the The Rock Pile, getting tickets had become nothing short of frenzied...I had zero money at the time and my mom was not very accommodating in such matters...my bandmates Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey had managed to scrape together enough coin but I couldn't...this required drastic measures and so I took the typewriter that my grandmother had bought me for my birthday and ventured down to Church St and pawned it in one of the shops that dotted that street. Success. I guiltily accepted the money and went straight out to buy my ticket for the show that was now being referred to as "Mighty Monday"! We lined up extra early for the 8 p.m. general admission show and we ended up in the 2nd row right in front of Jimmy Page...effin amazing! The band floated onto the stage and started rippin' into a killer version of the old Yardbirds classic, "Train Kept a Rollin"- they were super loud, and the summer heat kept rising in that old Masonic Temple and the crowd was so seriously jacked and stomping that I remember little bits of plaster falling from the ceiling of the place. They literally brought down the house! The unforgettable birth of heavy rock as far as my bandmates and I were concerned. I left the show breathless and ecstatic and it wasn't until the next day that I started trying to figure out how the hell I was going to get my typewriter out of hock before my mom found out!"

The book is slated for release on October 26th in Canada, and on November 19th in the US, and can be pre-ordered at this location.

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Sat, Sep 14, 2019@12:05PM | comments
Pan Rocks Rush tributeThe "Pan Rocks Rush" has released a short documentary chronicling their steel drum Rush tribute project - which included covers of Rush's "YYZ", "The Spirit of Radio" and "Tom Sawyer" - to YouTube ...
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Fri, Sep 13, 2019@11:39AM | comments
A Farewell to Kings graphic novel early release at Comic-ConFriday Rush updates! FANTOONS' "Rush: The Making of A Farewell to Kings" graphic novel released, Rush '80s-era bobbleheads dolls coming in December, Alex Lifeson on his Lerxst Omega Signature Amplifier in new Sweetwater video interview, Rush producer Nick Rasculinecz on working with Rush in new interview, and more ...
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Thu, Sep 12, 2019@8:00AM | comments
Neil Peart then and nowNeil Peart was born on this day back in 1952. Happy 67th birthday Pratt!!!
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Tue, Sep 10, 2019@10:18AM | comments
A Farewell to Kings graphic novel early release at Comic-ConFANTOONS' new graphic novel chronicling the making of Rush's 1977 album "A Farewell to Kings" officially released today and is now available to purchase ...
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Mon, Sep 9, 2019@7:21PM | comments
Alex Lifeson with his Lerxst ampAlex Lifeson recently sat down with Sweetwater Sound's Mitch Gallagher for a lengthy interview to discuss his Lerxst Omega Signature Amplifier among other things, including his thoughts on guitar tone, his many side projects and much more ...
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Mon, Sep 9, 2019@11:29AM | comments
Rush 1980s bobblehead dollsThe Rush Backstage Club has just announced that they will be releasing a 1980's edition of their popular Rush bobblehead dolls this December, with a limited quantity now available for pre-order ...
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Sat, Sep 7, 2019@10:05AM | comments
PartnerThe Polaris Music Prize recently released the video for its third and final SiriusXM Polaris Cover Session for 2019 featuring Windsor-based rock band Partner covering Rush's Limelight from their Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize-winning album Moving Pictures. ...
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Fri, Sep 6, 2019@11:20AM | comments
A Farewell to Kings graphic novel early release at Comic-ConFriday Rush updates! FANTOONS' "Rush: The Making of A Farewell to Kings" graphic novel, "Cinema Strangiato" encore showings, Gordon Lighfoot documentary featuring Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson plays on the the World's Largest Guitar Pedalboard, and more ...
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Sat, Aug 31, 2019@11:35AM | comments
Geddy Lee collection - 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric GuitarGeddy Lee will be auctioning off six vintage guitars from his massive collection at a Mecum Auction in Las Vegas this coming October ...
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