Rush is a Band

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

Mon, Dec 10, 2018

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass coming December 18th, now available for pre-order. Details, book signings, limited editions, and more here.
Rush Hemispheres 40th anniversary box set released, now available for purchase. Details, interviews, contests and more here.
The December issue of Classic Rock magazine contains a new interview with Geddy Lee where he discusses his Big Beautiful Book of Bass, his future plans and life after Rush. Details here.
Alex Lifeson performs at Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Golf Classic and All-star Concert. Details, video, photos and more here.
Geddy Lee talks about the upcoming Hemispheres 40th anniversary box set, whether he will record another solo album, the current state of Rush, and more in new Rolling Stone interview. Details here,
Grapes Under Pressure 4: Geddy and Alex's Excellent Harvest Adventure: a charity event hosted by Geddy and Alex took place on October 13th. Details, reports, photos, videos and more here.
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Lives: The Graphic Novel now available, TV/Film rights optioned. Details, previews, interviews and more here.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert: Encore DVD/Blu-ray featuring Rush's 2013 induction now available. Details here.
Edge Factor's Masters of Resonance documentary featuring Neil Peart and the R40 drum kit now available for pre-order on iTunes. Details, screenings, trailers and more here.
Alex Lifeson in new CBC comedy-drama Crawford. Details, trailers, video previews and more here.
Alex Lifeson talks acoustic guitars, side projects and more in September, 2018 Guitar Player magazine interview. Details 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.
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, Dec 7, 2018@2:45PM | comments

The 14th annual Andy Kim Christmas in support of CAMH Gifts Of Light took place this past Wednesday night at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on the Exhibition Grounds in Toronto, and Alex Lifeson was one of the many artists to participate. Alex was very involved with the show, and sat in on guitar with Andy Kim, Tom Cochrane and Kim Mitchell. He played with Andy Kim on performances of his hit songs Rock Me Gently and Sugar Sugar, and with Cochrane on Life is a Highway and Boy Inside the Man. The highlight of the evening for Rush fans was Alex's performance with Max Webster founder Kim Mitchell, where he sat in on the Max Webster classic Lager & Ale, along with their 1980 Rush collaboration Battle Scar. The event was hosted by Russell Peters and also included performances from Broken Social Scene, Billy Talent, Ron Sexsmith, Hayden, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bif Naked, Theo Tams and Peter and Leah of July Talk.

Due to popular demand, Geddy Lee has added one more book signing event before the Holidays, and will be signing copies of his upcoming Big Beautiful Book of Bass at IndigoSpirit at First Canadian Place in Toronto on Monday, December 17th, in addition to his previously scheduled signing event on December 18th at Bookend Books in New Jersey. Unfortunately both events are SOLD OUT although you can sign up to be put on a waiting list for the Toronto signing here. The Rush.com announcement also promises more signing events will be coming in the New Year. Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass is slated for release on December 18th and you can pre-order it at this location.

The latest issue of Prog magazine (Prog #93) hit newsstands last Friday and includes an extensive 8-page Hemispheres cover feature including an interview with Geddy Lee where he dishes on the making of Rush's 1978 prog masterpiece. There's also a bonus, 4-page interview with Ged where he talks about his aforementioned Big Beautiful Book of Bass. John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the entire cover feature and made it available online at this location. Rush's new Hemispheres 40th anniversary box set released a few weeks ago and is now available as a 2 CD or 3 LP set along with a Super Deluxe edition that includes both the 2 CDs and 3 LPs along with a bonus Blu-ray disc. The set uses the Abbey Road Studios 2015 remastered edition of the album, along with a newly restored bonus recording of the band's June 1979 Pinkpop Festival performance in the Netherlands (with the 2112 performance replaced with one from a Tucson show in November 1978). The Super Deluxe edition also includes a 5.1 Blu-ray mix of the album (from Rush engineer Rich Chycki), 4 bonus videos, a 40-page hardcover book with unreleased photos, new artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme, and several other exclusive items. John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the liner notes and made them available online here, along with scans of all the contents here. You can order the box set now via Amazon (2 CD, 3 LP, Super Deluxe edition), and also check out this unboxing video.

Back in October steel drum orchestra Pan Rocks announced that they will be releasing a steel drum Rush tribute album featuring Mike Portnoy. Recording is underway and Pan Rocks founder Tracy Thornton has been posting several photos and videos of their progress to his Instagram including these showing Portnoy laying down some tracks.

Guitar World recently posted a list of their Top 10 Acoustic Guitar Riffs and Rush's Closer to the Heart made the cut (thanks RushFanForever):

One of the legendary group's most well-known acoustic numbers-not to mention one of their more beloved songs in general-"Closer To the Heart" is graced with an absolutely lovely picked acoustic intro courtesy of the band's master guitarist, Alex Lifeson.

Louder posted an article titled Rush: a guide to their best albums this past week, where they review Rush's entire catalog by breaking each album down into different categories (thanks RushFanForever).

Here's Alex Lifeson performing Battle Scar with Kim Mitchell at this past Wednesday night's Andy Kim Christmas Show:

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

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Thu, Dec 6, 2018@7:35AM | comments
Alex Lifeson and Kim Mitchell at 2018 Andy Kim Christmas ConcertThe annual Andy Kim Christmas Concert took place last night in Toronto, and Alex Lifeson performed "Lager & Ale" and "Battle Scar" with Kim Mitchell at the event ...
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Wed, Dec 5, 2018@11:12PM | comments
Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of BassDue to popular demand, Geddy Lee has managed to squeeze in one more book signing event before the Holidays, and will be signing copies of his upcoming "Big Beautiful Book of Bass" at IndigoSpirit at First Canadian Place in Toronto on Monday, December 17th. Tickets go on sale TOMORROW AT 10AM ...
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Fri, Nov 30, 2018@12:14PM | comments
Prog 93 coverFriday Rush updates! Geddy Lee talks Hemispheres and his upcoming "Big Beautiful Book of Bass" in new Prog magazine interview, Rush to release "Rush in Rio" on vinyl for the first time this coming January, and more ...
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Fri, Nov 23, 2018@10:51PM | comments
Prog 93 coverThe upcoming issue of Prog magazine (Prog #93) has a Hemispheres cover feature including an interview with Geddy Lee ...
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Fri, Nov 23, 2018@11:27AM | comments
Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of BassFriday Rush updates! Black Friday sales, "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass" book signing next month, "Hemispheres" 40th anniversary box set, Alex Lifeson radio interview, Rush in Rio vinyl release coming in January and more ...
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Tue, Nov 20, 2018@11:21AM | comments
Rush in Rio 4-LP setRush announced earlier today that they'll be releasing a 4-LP vinyl edition of their 2003 live album "Rush in Rio" ...
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Sat, Nov 17, 2018@12:21PM | comments
Robbie Krieger and Alex Lifeson at 2016 Medlock-Krieger Golf TournamentAlex Lifeson's appearance on Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori this morning is now available for listening online ...
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Fri, Nov 16, 2018@3:00PM | comments
Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of BassGeddy Lee will kick off the December 18th release of his "Big Beautiful Book of Bass" next month with a book signing event at Bookend Books in Ridgewood, New Jersey where Geddy will sign copies of the book for fans ...
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Fri, Nov 16, 2018@11:33AM | comments
Rush Hemispheres box setFriday Rush updates! Hemispheres 40th anniversary box set released, Alex to appear on Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori tomorrow, Alex Lifeson guests on John Mayall's new album "Nobody Told Me", Alex to perform at 14th annual Andy Kim Christmas concert, excerpts from Geddy Lee's "Big Beautiful Book of Bass", new FANTOONS merch, and more ...
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