Rush is a Band

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

Wed, Jul 18, 2018

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Alex Lifeson in new CBC comedy-drama Crawford. Details, trailers, video previews and more here.
Edge Factor's Masters of Resonance documentary featuring Neil Peart and the R40 drum kit. Details, screenings, trailers and more 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.
Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass coming November 13th, now available for pre-order. Details 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 ...
Mon, Jul 16, 2018@7:19PM | comments

Yardbirds drummer Jim McCarty's latest solo album Walking in the Wild Land has several Rush connections including being co-produced and mixed by former Rush producer Terry Brown, featuring Alex Lifeson on the track Soft In A Hard Place, and Hugh Syme adding keyboards and orchestration to three of the album's tracks. McCarty was recently interviewed for Metal Express Radio and addressed the album's many Rush connections (thanks Eric at Power Windows). Here he talks about how Alex Lifeson became involved:

... Alex is a big fan of the Yardbirds and Rush did covers of Heart Full of Soul and Shape of Things on their Feedback EP a while ago and he also worked with Terry Brown who produced some of the older albums. Terry thought it`d be a good idea to ask him and Alex thought it`d be a great idea to do it. ... He recorded his parts in his own studio and sent them over. ... [Soft in a Hard Place is] a softish song and he put that hard edge into it which worked well with the song. He basically did what he thought would go with the song and I think it turned out great. I`m really happy with it. ...

Longtime Rush album artist and occasional pianist/keyboardist Hugh Syme added some keyboards to the tracks Changing Times, Dancing Leaves and So Many Questions. Here's what McCarty had to say about Syme's involvement:

... It was Terry`s idea as I wanted some string parts and he said Hugh was very good at that. Hugh is actually an artist rather than a professional musician and he did a great job. I wanted something quite subtle and he did it just the way that I wanted. Hugh is English and he brought a real English feel to it. ...

You can listen to Soft in a Hard Place below or on YouTube as this location, and order the album via Amazon here. Alex has 2 solos in the song; one at the 2:20 mark and another at the 4-minute mark.

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Fri, Jul 13, 2018@7:32PM | comments
Alex and Geddy backstage at the Foo Fighters showThe Foo Fighters played a show at the Rogers Centre in Toronto last night as part of their Concrete & Gold tour, and Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were in attendance as special guests of the band. ...
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Fri, Jul 13, 2018@11:17AM | comments
Alex Lifeson in CrawfordFriday Rush updates! Alex Lifeson appears in last night's episode of the CBC comedy-drama "Crawford", ticket now available for Edge Factor's "Masters of Resonance" premiere August 8th at the GRAMMY museum in LA, Official Rush 2019 wall calendar celebrating the 35th anniversary of "Grace Under Pressure" now available, and more ...
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Thu, Jul 12, 2018@8:51PM | comments
Masters of ResonanceEdge Factor's "Masters of Resonance" documentary featuring Neil Peart and the R40 drum kit will make its world premiere at the GRAMMY Museum at LA Live August 8th, and ticket pre-sales are currently underway, with general sales kicking off next Thursday ...
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Wed, Jul 11, 2018@1:53PM | comments
Alex Lifeson in CrawfordAlex Lifeson has a small role in the new CBC comedy-drama Crawford and is prominently featured in the preview for tomorrow night's episode ...
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Sat, Jul 7, 2018@9:56AM | comments
Rush 2019 wall calendar coverBrownTrout Publishers has released their official 2019 Rush wall calendar, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the 1984 release of Rush's "Grace Under Pressure" album. ...
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Fri, Jul 6, 2018@11:36AM | comments
1975 Postcard to Donna Halper from Neil PeartFriday Rush updates! Donna Halper shares a 1975 postcard from Neil Peart and a reader shares a 1977 letter from Alex Lifeson, "Clockwork Lives" graphic novel, Dave Grohl on how he could never replace Neil Peart in new Rolling Stone interview, and more ...
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Thu, Jul 5, 2018@6:01PM | comments
1975 Postcard to Donna Halper from Neil PeartDonna Halper recently uncovered a rare, never-before-seen postcard she received from Neil Peart back in April, 1975 ...
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Fri, Jun 29, 2018@9:11PM | comments
Alex, Dave Grohl and GeddyFoo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl took some time out from touring to sit down with Rolling Stone for an interview this past week and was asked whether he could replace Neil Peart in Rush ...
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Fri, Jun 29, 2018@11:24AM | comments
Clockwork Lives: The Graphic NovelFriday Rush updates! "Clockwork Lives" graphic novel now available, "Masters of Resonance" documentary featuring Neil Peart and the R40 kit pre-release screening in Toronto last Friday, Ultimate Classic Rock ranks all 167 Rush songs, "Feedback" turns 14 and more ...
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