Rush is a Band

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

Tue, Jun 25, 2019

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Rush's Cinema Strangiato coming to theaters for one night only on August 21st. Details, trailer, tickets/showtimes and more here.
Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass Canadian and European book signing tour! Details, tickets, interviews, news coverage 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 coming June 14, now available for pre-order. 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.
New book Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History coming in October, now available for pre-order. Details 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.
Rush Hemispheres 40th anniversary box set released, now available for purchase. Details, interviews, contests and more here.
Alex Lifeson performs with Andy Kim, Tom Cochrane, Kim Mitchell and others at Andy Kim Christmas show, including Battle Scar with Kim Mitchell. Details, photos, videos 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, Jun 21, 2019@6:28AM | comments

Last week Rush and Anthem/Trafalgar announced the first annual Cinema Strangiato - a theatrical film experience that will bring Rush fans together for a special look into Rush's R40 Live tour, with new backstage footage, special guests, and performances. Cinema Strangiato will hit theaters worldwide for one night only on August 21st and tickets are now available at this location. Rush has also released an official, 1-minute trailer for the film which you can watch below or on YouTube at this location. For all the details and to sign up for email updates, visit www.cinemastrangiato.com. From the film's synopsis page:

The Holy Trinity of Rock returns to the big screen on Wednesday, August 21, when the first "Annual Exercise in Fan Indulgence" Cinema Strangiato brings Rush fans together in movie theatres worldwide. Featuring R40+, this global fan event will give audiences a special look into some of the best performances from R40 LIVE, including songs such as "Closer to the Heart", "Subdivisions", "Tom Sawyer" and more, as well as unreleased backstage moments and candid footage left on the cutting room floor. R40+ also includes unseen soundcheck performances of the fan-favorite "Jacob's Ladder", exclusive new interviews with Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, producer Nick Raskulinecz, violinist Jonathan Dinklage and more. As a special bonus, fans will get a glimpse into the madness and passion that went in to the making of Geddy Lee's new book, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass - featuring a brand-new interview from the man himself.

Geddy Lee wrapped up his 5-date, Big Beautiful Book of Bass European signing tour this past weekend. The tour had kicked off the previous week at Waterstones Piccadilly in London, UK. From London he moved on to Manchester, UK for a signing and Q&A at the Dancehouse Theatre, where he was interviewed for about an hour by Philip Wilding as seen in this YouTube video. Last Wednesday Geddy was in Glasgow before moving on to mainland Europe for a signing in Amsterdam last Thursday, and wrapping things up on Saturday at Sautter & Lackmann in Hamburg. Geddy spoke with the UK's Classic Rock magazine a couple of weeks ago to preview the event, and you can check out that interview here. He was also a guest on last Tuesday's edition of Need To Know Bassist on BBC Radio 6, and you can listen to that interview here. Here's what he had to say regarding future projects:

... I don't know what my next step is. Rush basically stopped touring in 2015, and although we remain pals, there's no plans to do any more Rush projects. Alex has been doing a variety of guest spots here and there, and he's digging that. And I've been working on this book, and now I'm shamelessly promoting the book, travelling around the world. So, when this is all done and the dust settles, I'll go back and look at those hundreds of bass guitars that are staring me in the face guiltily and I'll figure out what the next step is. ...

Geddy's expected to hold several more signing events over the coming months, so stay tuned to the site for details.

Multi-instrumentalist Marco Minnemann announced last month the release of a limited edition EP featuring a new track he co-wrote with Alex Lifeson titled Lover's Calling. The lengthy 7-minute piece also features Mohini Dey on bass and Maiah Wynne on vocals. The EP will be available as a limited collector's edition of 500 physical units only, to be sold exclusively at merch tables on the upcoming Aristocrats tour starting next week. Minnemann has collaborated with Lifeson on a few other projects over the past couple of years. Back in the summer of 2017 Lifeson made a guest appearance on Minnemann's album BORREGO, playing on 3 tracks, including one which he co-wrote with Minnemann - On That Note. He also appeared on the album Atheists And Believers - the 3rd album from Minnemann's prog-rock supergroup The Mute Gods, which released back in March.

Funko first introduced their Rush Funko Pop! vinyl figurines as a pre-release during Fan Expo Canada last summer, and just recently made them available in wide release, although retailers have had trouble keeping them in stock. They are now also available via Amazon as a pre-order slated for release next week on June 30th. You can order your set online at this location. For those not familiar with Funko, their Pop! Vinyl line are figures modeled in a style similar to the Japanese Chibi style, typically depicting licensed characters from franchises and other pop culture entities. You can find out more about Funko and their Pop! vinyl figures at funko.com, and pre-order your set here.

For the past two years, Jacob Moon and David Barrett have performed a free concert of Rush and Rush-inspired music at the Lee Lifeson Art Park in Toronto's Willowdale neighborhood. They plan to continue the FREE, crowdfunded event this year on Wednesday, July 24th, but they need your help to reach their goal of $3,113 to cover the costs associated with advertising, production, rehearsal, promotion, permit fees and personnel, so go help them out. Just like last year, the event will be livestreamed. To learn more about the event, its background/history and the crowdfunding campaign, go to this location.

Ultimate-Guitar.com posted their list of the Top 20 Non-Metal Guitarists Metal Players Should Be Listening to this past week and Rush's Alex Lifeson made the cut:

And what a better way to improve your playing than to listen to Alex Lifeson, the lead guitar player of Rush. His great soloing abilities can be heard in most of the band's works, but we would like to use the opportunity and share their famous instrumental "La Villa Strangiato."

UDiscoverMusic.com posted their list of 37 of the Best Music Documentaries and the 2010 Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage was included:

Enduring prog rock trio Rush are akin to deities in their native Canada, and have earned a devoted audience that's followed them for the best part of five decades. Their back catalogue includes seismic LPs such as 2112, Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures, and their long and winding career is treated with the reverence it deserves in Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn's Beyond The Lighted Stage, which - aside from a wealth of backstage and personal footage - includes enthusiastic testimonials from stellar artists as diverse as Billy Corgan, Gene Simmons and Trent Reznor.

Showtime's new crime drama City on a Hill premiered earlier this month and stars Kevin Bacon as FBI veteran Jackie Rohr in 1990s-era Boston who teams up on a case with assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (played by Aldis Hodge). At one point in the season premiere (Season 1, Episode 1 - The Night Flynn Sent the Cops on the Ice), Kevin Bacon's character does drugs and sings along in his car with Rush's Tom Sawyer for about a minute as seen in this video clip. The show airs Sunday nights at 9PM on Showtime.

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

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Thu, Jun 20, 2019@11:12AM | comments
Rush Cinema StrangiatoRush has released an official, 1-minute trailer for "Cinema Strangiato" - a one-night theatrical film experience that will bring Rush fans together for a special look into Rush's R40 Live tour, with new backstage footage, special guests, and performances. "Cinema Strangiato" will hit theaters on August 21st with tickets NOW ON SALE ...
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Tue, Jun 18, 2019@10:12AM | comments
City on a HillShowtime's new crime drama "City on a Hill", starring Kevin Bacon, premiered earlier this month, and at one point in the season premiere Kevin Bacon's character sings along in his car with Rush's "Tom Sawyer" for about a minute as seen in this video clip ...
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Fri, Jun 14, 2019@12:04PM | comments
Rush Cinema StrangiatoFriday Rush updates! Rush's "Cinema Strangiato" coming to theaters for one night only on August 21, Geddy Lee's "Big Beautiful Book of Bass" European signing tour kicks off in London this past weekend, Alex Lifeson discusses Rory Gallagher in new video interview, Alex attends Big Slick KC celebrity weekend, "Time Machine 2011" vinyl box set, Rush Funko Pop! vinyl figurines, Rush the Art Park returns for 2019 and more ...
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Wed, Jun 12, 2019@10:26AM | comments
Geddy Lee European book signing tourGeddy Lee kicked off his "Big Beautiful Book of Bass" European signing tour this past weekend in London, an then went on to Manchester this past Monday for a signing event that included a Q&A/interview with Philip Wilding which is now available to watch online ...
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Tue, Jun 11, 2019@11:02AM | comments
Rush Cinema StrangiatoRush and Anthem/Trafalgar have announced the first annual "Cinema Strangiato" - a theatrical film experience that will bring Rush fans together for a special look into Rush's R40 Live tour, with new backstage footage, special guests, and performances. "Cinema Strangiato" will hit theaters for one night only on August 21st with tickets going on sale Thursday, June 20th ...
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Sun, Jun 9, 2019@10:33AM | comments
Rory Gallagher BluesAlex Lifeson discusses Rory Gallagher in a new, 10-minute video interview promoting a collection of rare and unreleased recordings from the guitarist playing strictly blues material titled "Rory Gallagher Blues", which released back on May 31st ...
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Fri, Jun 7, 2019@11:36AM | comments
Geddy Lee Montreal book signingFriday Rush updates! Geddy Lee "Big Beautiful Book of Bass" Canadian and European signing tour, Alex Lifeson performs at West End Phoenix concert fundraiser in Toronto last week and will perform at 2019 Big Slick Celebrity Weekend charity fundraiser in Kansas City this weekend, ole rebrands as Anthem Entertainment, Hemispheres box set nominated for Progressive Music Award, and more ...
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Thu, Jun 6, 2019@2:39PM | comments
Rush Time Machine Live in Cleveland 4-LP setRush's 4-LP vinyl edition of their 2011 live release "Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland" releases tomorrow ...
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Thu, Jun 6, 2019@2:30PM | comments
Anthem EntertainmentRush's current record label and rights management company ole announced yesterday that they are rebranding themselves using the name Anthem Entertainment ...
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