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Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

Sun, Jun 16, 2024

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Geddy Lee to bring his My Effin' Life: In Conversation spoken word book tour show to Quebec City on July 13th - 2nd show added. Details, tickets and more here.
Neil Peart's Silver Surfers coffee table book coming this September and now available for pre-order. Details, cover and more here.
Alex Lifeson's Envy of None project expected to release follow-up album in 2024. Details and more here.
Geddy Lee's The Lost Demos featuring the 2 new unreleased My Favorite Headache tracks Gone and I Am ... You Are now streaming. Download links, details and more here.
All episodes of Geddy Lee's new docuseries Geddy Lee Asks: Are Bass Players Human Too? now available to stream on Paramount Plus. Details, previews, video links and more here.
Alex Lifeson participates in the annual Andy Kim Christmas Show at Massey Hall December 6th. Details, videos, photos and more here.
Geddy Lee's In Conversation spoken word book tour for his memoir (ORDER HERE) wraps up in London. Photos, videos, reviews and more here.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson perform at Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in Los Angeles! Details, photos, video and more here.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson perform at London tribute concert for Taylor Hawkins. Details, videos, photos and more here.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson perform Closer to the Heart with Primus and Matt Stone on drums at South Park 25th anniversary show. Details, video, photos here.
Fri, Jun 14, 2024@10:07AM | comments

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is taking place this week, and Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, gave his keynote address to kick things off on Monday. Federighi is a huge Rush fan and snuck in a couple of Rush references into the address, as he's done in years past. At around the 16:30 mark of the keynote, while demonstrating some new features from Apple's latest offering, Rush's Headlong Flight is shown on the music widget on his phone's control center screen as seen here. Then later on at around the 54:20 mark, Federighi's tote bag is shown and it has a Rush button on it as seen here. You can watch the entire keynote address online at this location.

Despite Geddy Lee's My Effin' Life: In Conversation spoken word tour ending this past December, Ged announced back in April that he'd be doing a special one-off show at the Grand Théâtre de Québec as part of the Quebec City Summer Festival on July 13th at 1PM. Due to the first show selling so well, he decided to add a second show taking place shortly after the first at 4PM. The shows will take place in the 500-seat Salle Octave-Crémazie room, and some VIP tickets that include an autographed copy of his memoir have been made available (although there aren't many left). Tickets are $57 CAD ($140 VIP) and are on sale at this location while they last. The first show is nearly sold out, but the second still has plenty of great seats available.

The 37th Annual TD Toronto Jazz Fest runs for 10 days later this month from June 21-30, and for the first time ever they are also hosting an online auction as part of the festivities, with all proceeds going towards supporting local and Canadian artists. Rush's Alex Lifeson has donated a signed guitar to the auction, as described in this Toronto Sun article:

Alex Lifeson ... is auctioning off a signed crimson red Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster guitar as part of the TD Toronto Jazz Fest's first ever online auction. The instrument is also an Artist Proof Prototype which means it was built by Fender in 2021 specifically for Lifeson to try out that was based on a Stratocaster he used "back in the day." Bids for the guitar, and other items, are being accepted between June 1-30, with the festival's inaugural gala being held on June 20 at the Windsor Arms Hotel with a roaring '20s theme before celebrating Cuban jazz and salsa. ...

For all the details visit torontojazz.com, and you can place your bid on the Alex Lifeson guitar here.

The Peart Family Foundation is running their Cancer Relief Charity Auction all this week and through the weekend. To check out all the amazing items available, and to place a bid, visit this location.

The Professor of Rock YouTube channel ran an episode this past week on novelty songs, one of which was Bob & Doug McKenzie's 1981 hit Take Off, featuring Rush's Geddy Lee on vocals. They give a brief history of the McKenzie Brothers characters, how the song came about, and how Geddy became involved. You can watch it on YouTube at this location around the 6:30 mark (thanks RushFanForever).

On the latest episode of Rush Roundtable (#231) on the Rushfans YouTube channel, the panel continues their Vapor Trails album discussion with the track Peaceable Kingdom:

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

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Wed, Jun 12, 2024@11:15AM | comments
Rush reference at Apple WWDC 2024Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is taking place all this week, and Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, made some Rush references in his keynote address earlier in the week ...
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Fri, Jun 7, 2024@10:12AM | comments
Today Was Yesterday featuring Alex LifesonFriday Rush updates! "Today Was Yesterday" release music video for "My New Low" featuring Alex Lifeson, Alex Lifeson signed guitar up for bidding in TD Jazz Fest auction, tix available for Ged's "My Effin' Life: In Conversation" tour stop in Quebec City July 13th, and more ...
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Fri, Jun 7, 2024@9:50AM | comments
Alex Lifeson guitar at TD Toronto JazzFestRush's Alex Lifeson has donated a signed guitar to the first-ever TD Toronto Jazz Fest auction ...
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Wed, Jun 5, 2024@10:00AM | comments
Today Was Yesterday featuring Alex Lifeson"Today Was Yesterday" have released the official music video for "My New Low" featuring Rush's Alex Lifeson from their self-titled debut album ...
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Fri, May 31, 2024@11:35AM | comments
Alex and Ged perform at Gordon Lightfoot tribute in Toronto 5.23.24Friday Rush updates! Ged/Al surprise performance at Gordon Lightfoot tribute show in Toronto, "Rock Candy" magazine Rush cover feature, tix available for Ged's "My Effin' Life: In Conversation" tour stop in Quebec City July 13th, and more ...
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Thu, May 30, 2024@10:51AM | comments
Rock Candy 44The latest edition (issue #44) of "Rock Candy" magazine comes out today and it includes a massive, 24-page cover feature on Rush ...
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Fri, May 24, 2024@10:39AM | comments
Alex and Ged perform at Gordon Lightfoot tribute in Toronto 5.23.24Friday Rush updates! Ged/Al surprise performance at Gordon Lightfoot tribute show in Toronto, tix available for Ged's "My Effin' Life: In Conversation" tour stop in Quebec City July 13th, golf outing with Alex up for bidding in PTGA charity auction, Ged/Al comment on 30 years of Toronto's Budweiser Stage, and more ...
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Fri, May 24, 2024@10:35AM | comments
Alex and Ged perform at Gordon Lightfoot tribute in Toronto 5.23.24A tribute show celebrating the music of late Canadian icon Gordon Lightfoot took place last night at Massey Hall in Toronto and Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson made a surprise guest appearance ...
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Fri, May 17, 2024@10:12AM | comments
Geddy Lee in QCFriday Rush updates! Geddy Lee adds 2nd show to his "My Effin' Life: In Conversation" tour stop in Quebec City July 13th, golf outing with Alex Lifeson up for bidding in PTGA charity auction, Geddy Lee in CFNY "The Spirit of Radio" doc, and more ...
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