Rush is a Band

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

Mon, Aug 19, 2019

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Rush's Cinema Strangiato coming to theaters for one night only on August 21st. Details, trailer, videos, tickets/showtimes 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.
Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass US book signing tour! Details, video, tickets and more here.
Rush: The Making of A Farewell to Kings graphic novel from FANTOONS coming in September, now available for pre-order. Details 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 ...
Fri, Aug 16, 2019@5:14PM | comments

The latest edition of Classic Rock magazine (issue #266) includes a feature where they join Geddy Lee on the UK leg of his Big Beautiful Book of Bass signing tour this past June. Philip Wilding follows Geddy around and interviews both him and Rush fans attending the events. An excerpt from the article is available in this 18-page sampler that Classic Rock has made available online (screenshot here). Here's a passage describing the scene in the lead-up to Geddy's June 8th signing at London's Picadilly:

It's a balmy Saturday afternoon in London's Piccadilly, and the queue snaking out of the door of Waterstones bookshop goes around the corner, then disappears into an alleyway and doubles back on itself. It's like a slowly moving tableau of the history of Rush; every album cover represented on worn cotton, spread across a series of bellies, some more pronounced than others. Following this happy throng through the shop and down the stairs to the basement, I find a grinning Geddy Lee standing there, a marker pen in hand ready to sign literally hundreds of copies of his book, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book Of Bass. Grown men walk through the door, see that the one-time Rush frontman is just a few feet away and gasp. One drops his iPhone, many nudge the person next to them and laugh almost hysterically. By the time they get to the signing table, Lee's manager Meg almost has to remind them to take a breath. Some freeze as they approach, glassy-eyed until Lee prompts them with: "Where have you come from today?" and "Do you play the bass?" There are people here from the US, from Brazil, from all over the UK, just waiting for their short moment in the light next to Lee. One man tries to tell Geddy how he saw him live with Rush and was convinced that Geddy was winking at him. Geddy sizes him up with a nod and says: "You're kind of a good-looking guy, might have happened." The man is so deliriously happy with this response that he's led away looking like he's been tasered. ...

Here are some comments from Wilding's chat with Geddy describing his feelings about the signing events:

... "Let's be honest," Geddy says, "I'd rather be playing music for three hours a night with my two goofy friends than doing this, but in lieu of that, this is kind of a nice thing." ... "I like meeting the fans. I like it when the families come, I like seeing three generations. The other day this guy said: "I brought my dad. He's eighty-two, he's never done a fist-bump.' I said: 'I'll teach him, don't worry.' Lot of tears, too, which kind of makes me well up. I had a woman come up to me and she said that the music really helped get her through a tough time in university. I said: 'I'm glad the music meant something to you,' and then she burst into tears! But its a really nice human experience for me, that the band has meant so much to them and they're never going to see that band." ...

The article also mentions offhandedly that Neil Peart is working on a new book, but does not provide any details or timetable. Note that Geddy also said Neil was working on a new book project in another Classic Rock interview from nearly a year ago. The issue will hit newsstands this coming Monday, August 20th.

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Fri, Aug 16, 2019@11:15AM | comments
Rush Cinema StrangiatoFriday Rush updates! new "Cinema Strangiato" preview clip, Geddy talks vintage watches in new interview, "Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History" excerpt and preview photos, FANTOONS "The Making of A Farewell to Kings" graphic novel review, 45th anniversary of Neil Peart's first show with Rush, and more ...
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Thu, Aug 15, 2019@1:52PM | comments
Rush Cinema StrangiatoWatch a new preview clip of the "Geddy Lee: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole" opening sequence from the upcoming "Rush: Cinema Strangiato" film, due out in theaters for one night only this coming Wednesday, August 21st ...
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Thu, Aug 15, 2019@11:44AM | comments
Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring HistoryJohn over at Cygnus-X1.net has posted an exclusive excerpt and photos from the upcoming book "Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History", including the foreword which was written by Primus frontman Les Claypool ...
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Thu, Aug 15, 2019@11:15AM | comments
Geddy Lee - Worn and Wound magazineGeddy Lee was recently interviewed for a piece in "Worn & Wound" magazine to discuss his vintage wristwatch collection and how he became interested in the hobby ...
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Tue, Aug 13, 2019@10:16AM | comments
Geddy bumper commercial on Adult SwimCartoon Network's adult-oriented nighttime programming block, Adult Swim, aired a bizarre Geddy Lee tribute bumper commercial during a break last night ...
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Fri, Aug 9, 2019@1:26PM | comments
Rush Cinema StrangiatoFriday Rush updates! new "Cinema Strangiato" details and preview video, Maiah Wynne's new song "Fearless Girl" featuring Alex Lifeson, RushCamp 2019, new book "Rush: Song by Song" now available, and more ...
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Fri, Aug 9, 2019@12:37PM | comments
Rush Cinema StrangiatoRush has released more details about the upcoming "Cinema Strangiato" film along with a preview video of "Distant Early Warning". The film is due in theaters for one night only on August 21st, with tickets now available ...
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Thu, Aug 8, 2019@10:18PM | comments
Rush: Song by SongA new Rush book titled "Rush: Song by Song" officially releases via Fonthill Media tomorrow and is now available to order via Amazon ...
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Thu, Aug 8, 2019@11:39AM | comments
Maiah Wynne - Fearless GirlPortland-based singer/songwriter Maiah Wynne recently released her new single "Fearless Girl", which features the Portland Cello Project and Rush's Alex Lifeson, and it's now available for streaming online ...
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