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Sat, Oct 1, 2022

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to perform at the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in Los Angeles TONIGHT, but it will unfortunately NOT be streamed live! Details 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.
Alex Lifeson's Envy of None project's self-titled debut album is now available - order it here. Details, streaming links, interviews, videos, merch, contests and more here.
Clockwork Destiny - the final novel in Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels trilogy - slated for release on June 14th. Pre-order here. Details here.
Property From the Archives of Alex Lifeson raises over $3 million at Julien's Music Icons auction. Details, photos and more here.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson attend Primus' A Tribute to Kings show at Toronto's Massey Hall. Details, photos and more here.
Rush Moving Pictures 40th anniversary box set now available for purchase. Details, videos, reviews, chart positions and more here.
Geddy Lee plays a carriage driver named Tom Sawyer in CBC's Murdoch Mysteries. Details, behind-the-scenes videos/pics, and more here.
Official Rush-branded beer now available from Henderson Brewing Company. Details, special promotions, videos and more here.
Stern Pinball and Rush have released an official, Rush-themed line of pinball machines. Details, photos, videos, interviews and how to purchase one here.
Watch Rush's Alex Lifeson perform Led Zeppelin medley with Crown Lands and others at Andy Kim Christmas show. Details, photos, video and more here.
Listen to Tom Morello's I Have Seen the Way featuring Alex Lifeson and Kirk Hammett, from his new album The Atlas Underground Flood. Details here.
Geddy Lee memoir due to release in Spring 2023 from Harper Collins. Details here.
Neil Peart's Silver Surfers coffee table book coming soon. Details here.
Watch Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson present The Tragically Hip with the Humanitarian Award at the 2021 JUNO Awards. Details and video here.
Fri, Sep 30, 2022@11:25AM | comments

This past Tuesday evening The Foo Fighters hosted the second of two tribute concerts for their late drummer Taylor Hawkins; the first having taken place at Wembley Stadium in London back on September 3rd. This second concert was held at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, and served as the US-based counterpart to the epic, 6-hour London-based event. That London concert included reunions of the James Gang, The Pretenders, and Them Crooked Vultures, along with performances from members of Van Halen, AC/DC, Queen, Oasis, The Police and - most importantly for Rush fans - Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. Geddy and Alex made a return appearance for the LA concert, performing the same 3 songs they performed in London, albeit with a couple of different drummers. Dirk and Lerxst took the stage towards the end of the show, after an introduction from Jack Black as reported by Prog magazine and seen in this video:

... [Rush] were introduced by comedian/actor/musician Jack Black, who told stories of his two encounters with Taylor Hawkins, both at The Forum.

The first was at Dave Grohl's star-studded birthday show in 2015, where the Foos men were joined onstage by the likes of Lemmy, David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper, Slash and others. The second occasion was at Rush's final show, where Hawkins wasn't onstage.

"He wasn't blowing minds," says Black. "He was in the audience, just like you. And he was watching one of the best fucking shows of all time. You know what I'm talking about? They're about to come out right now. It is my honour to introduce one of Taylor's favourite bands, of all time. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up... for Rush!" ...

They then performed 2112: Overture with Dave Grohl on drums just as they did at the London show, but for Working Man they swapped in drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, then finished off with YYZ with Tool's Danny Carey behind the kit. Unfortunately the show was not streamed live like the Wembley show, but was instead filmed for a later release. Despite that, several fan-shot videos of Rush's performance have popped up over the past few days with this one being one of the better ones. The concert also featured Joan Jett, Chevy Metal and the Coattail Riders, The James Gang, Them Crooked Vultures, Wolfgang Van Halen, Def Leppard with Miley Cyrus, Motley Crue's Niki Sixx and Tommy Lee, The Cars' Elliot Easton with Josh Homme, Nancy Wilson and Pink, The Police's Stewart Copeland, Alanis Morissette, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler with Lars Ulrich and Sebastian Bach (who sported a Rush tanktop), Soundgarden's Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil with Krist Novoselic and Taylor Momsen, Queen, and - of course - The Foo Fighters. Check out this post for more coverage of the event, including photos, videos and more.

Guitar maker Linda Manzer created the Sunflower Guitar to give to the people of Ukraine, and to inspire people to donate vital humanitarian aid to the beleaguered nation. On its journey to Ukraine, the guitar is passing through the hands of many wonderful people who support the cause, including Rush's Geddy Lee, who offered his message of support via this video.

Hi there. I'm Geddy Lee playing this incredible instrument made by Linda Manzer in honor and in support of Ukraine and the terrible fight that they are enduring. So I stand with Ukraine and with Linda, and with all those great musicians who have held this beautiful instrument in their own hands. And I ask you too to donate and help. Let's fight the good fight. Thank you.

You can learn more about the Sunflower Guitar Project and make a donation yourself at sunflowerguitar.com.

A Night for Neil: The Neil Peart Memorial Celebration concert and charity fundraiser will finally take place next month on Saturday, October 22nd at the Meridian Centre in Neil Peart's hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario. The event had originally been planned to take place in May of 2020, but was postponed several times since due to the uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions in Canada brought on by the Pandemic. For all the details and to purchase tickets, follow the event on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and/or subscribe to the email list at this location. Overtime Angels' Lance Kasten (and longtime RIAB reader) was this past week's featured guest on the Something for Nothing podcast and spoke at length about the concert and what fans can expect. You can listen to the interview below or wherever you get your podcasts:

A new book on Rush's seminal Moving Pictures album is slated for release early next year. Author Will Romano's 300-page Moving Pictures: How Rush Created Progressive Hard Rock's Greatest Record will release via Backbeat publishing on January 2, 2023 and can now be pre-ordered at this location. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

Speaking of Moving Pictures, The Daily Trojan posted an article this past week where they highlight a few classic rock albums and pair them with some recent modern favorites. One of the albums featured is Moving Pictures, which they compare with The Slow Rush by Tame Impala:

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala is one of the most interesting acts in music today. His precision and complete dedication to his music makes each and every album an entrancing listening experience from beginning to end. His latest effort, "The Slow Rush," is no different. Songs such as "One More Hour" give listeners a fantastic seven-minute run full of drops and crescendos that feel like they belong in the final scene of the best movie you've ever seen rather than closing an album.

The clarity and thoughtfulness of Parker's work feels reminiscent of one of the most precise bands of all time, Rush. Their 1976 stunner "2112" begins with the 20-minute-long song of the same name that moves with such intense vision through a winding, undulating story that leaves the listener breathless by the end.

The other tracks are filled with similar passion for precision and reflection, such as "Lessons" which recalls the contemplative tone of "On Track." Both Rush and Tame Impala have captured the ups and downs of life and great music, and it's so interesting to see how genre and time can interplay to have both bands achieve such massive success from their dedication to the craft.

Loudwire posted their list of 10 Prog Rock Bands That Went Pop this past week and Rush was included:

Rush also couldn't resist pop. As longtime Rush fans are aware, 1980's Permanent Waves finds the combo exploring new wave and reggae; the album spawning a knowing hit with "The Spirit of Radio." They followed it the next year with the congenial Moving Pictures - it opens with Rush's most enduring popular song, "Tom Sawyer."

Adventure travel blog The Planet D recently posted an article outlining the 13 Best Adventure Travel Books to Inspire Wanderlust and Neil Peart's Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road made the cut at #5:

Neil Peart had a devastating 10-month period where he lost both his wife and his daughter. Overcome with sadness and grief, he isolated himself from the rest of the world in his home by a lake.Feeling lost and without direction, he decided to embark on an epic motorcycle journey across North America, Mexico, and Belize, covering a distance of 55,000 miles. This inspiring book follows Neil as he recounts his journey, he describes not only the memorable landscapes but the people who helped him back on the right emotional path. This is a personal odyssey of one man's quest for self-discovery and healing. It reminds us that adventure is not just a way to explore off-the-beaten-path locations, but to find communities that teach us something, whether that's how to deal with grief or learn a new meaning to life.

Epiphone posted a video this past week demonstrating their Alex Lifeson Signature Les Paul Axcess Standard guitar (thanks RushFanForever).

Classic Rock History posted an article earlier this week on Bands And Artists That Released Six Great Albums In A Row and Rush's 6-album period from Caress of Steel up through Moving Pictures is included.

Rolling Stone magazine posted their list of the 100 Best Songs of 1982 this past week and Rush's Subdivisions made the cut at #84 (thanks RushFanForever):

A key part of the Rush legend: when Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neal Peart hit the big time with Moving Pictures, they took it as a license to experiment. With "Subdivisions" and the rest of Signals, Geddy Lee heavily into synthesizers, a divisive move for sure. (As you can see in the great doc Beyond The Lighted Stage, fans LOVE to argue over this phase.) "Subdivisions" was the first keyboard-based song the Canadian trio wrote. But even with all this machinery making their modern music, it still felt open-hearted. Rush condemn suburban monotony, with the warning, "Conform or be cast out"-the same dilemma as 2112, for a new kind of Megadon.

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

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Tue, Sep 27, 2022@3:15PM | comments
Alex Lifeson, Omar Hakim, Geddy Lee and Dave Grohl at The Academy at Universal Music Canada for rehearsals ahead of the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts in LA - photo via @80AStudios on IGThe Foo Fighters will be hosting a second tribute concert for their late drummer Taylor Hawkins this evening at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, and Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will be performing ...
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Sat, Sep 24, 2022@12:05PM | comments
Geddy Lee with Sunflower Guitar for UkraineRush's Geddy Lee offers video message in support of guitar maker Linda Manzer's "Sunflower Guitar for Ukraine" project ...
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Fri, Sep 23, 2022@11:48AM | comments
Taylor Hawkins tribute concertsFriday Rush updates! Geddy and Alex rehearsing for upcoming Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in LA this Tuesday, Alex Lifeson honored at Ann Liguori Foundation's 24th annual Charity Golf Classic Award's Dinner, official Rush 2023 wall calendar from FANTOONS now available, Rush Eucon this weekend and more ...
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Thu, Sep 22, 2022@2:26PM | comments
Ann Liguori and Alex Lifeson at a pre-tourney dinner party for the 24th Annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic - photo via @theannliguori on IGCheck out photos of Alex Lifeson at Ann Liguori's is 24th Annual Charity Golf Classic, where he will be receiving the 2022 ALF Music Honoree Award at the Award's Dinner later this evening ...
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Sat, Sep 17, 2022@10:34AM | comments
Rush 2023 FANTOONS calendarRush has released a new, official 2023 wall calendar featuring artwork created by FANTOONS ...
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Fri, Sep 16, 2022@12:26PM | comments
Dave Grohl and Geddy Lee at London Taylor Hawkins tribute concert - photo via @geddyimages on IGFriday Rush updates! Geddy and Alex looking forward to Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in LA, RUSHfest Scotlands' "SONGS FOR NEIL VOL.3" charity album now available, Alex Lifeson to appear at Ann Liguori Foundation's 24th annual Charity Golf Classic next week, and more ...
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Mon, Sep 12, 2022@8:29AM | comments
Songs for Neil Volume ThreeToday is a bittersweet day for Rush fans as we recognize our 3rd September 12th without Neil Peart. Neil was taken from us on January 7th, 2020 after a long battle with glioblastoma. Today would have been his 70th birthday ...
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Fri, Sep 9, 2022@10:06AM | comments
Alex and Geddy playing Working Man with Dave Grohl on drums at Taylor Hawkins tribute show in London, Sep. 3, 2022Friday Rush updates! Geddy and Alex perform at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in London, "Signals" 40th anniversary today, Alex Lifeson to participate in Gibson's "Guitars For Peace" global charity auction, and more ...
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Thu, Sep 8, 2022@11:10AM | comments
Alex Lifeson holding Gibson Gives Guitar for Peace for Ukraine - juliensauctions.comGibson Guitars' philanthropic arm "Gibson Gives" is teaming up with the rock community to raise money and awareness for the Ukraine Relief effort via a "Guitars for Peace" charity auction where they will be selling off a limited edition run of four Les Paul Custom electric guitars. Rush's Alex Lifeson along with dozens of other musicians are participating ...
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