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Updates and other random Rush stuff

Thu, Mar 1, 2007@5:20PM | comments

UPDATE - 3/2@9:30PM: Oops. I'd also meant to include this comic strip Rush-sighting that was pointed out to me by reader Mike H. For Better or For Worse is a comic strip that chronicles the lives of a fictitious Toronto-area suburban family and their friends. On the strip's website they have sections where each of the characters writes a monthly letter to the fans/readers. Mike Patterson's wife Deanna is apparently a Rush fan, specifically of the song Subdivisions, which she opines upon in her March newsletter:

... Southern Ontario suburbia can be a scary place, and I don't want my kids growing up in a densely-populated area with no place to play and only strip malls to break up the monotony. You know that really popular Rush song called Subdivisions? That was written by guys from Willowdale. They were talking about the Toronto suburbs. "Some will sell their dreams for small desires, Or lose the race to rats, Get caught in ticking traps". Mike has broken free from his commuter lifestyle, and we don't want our kids to grow up thinking that we have to be feeder mice for the big city economy. ...

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Time for some random Friday afternoon updates.

First off, the rumor that came out yesterday about Rush's upcoming tour being billed as a farewell tour has been debunked! JordanRud over at Counterparts called Anthem. They said it was totally bogus - it was just a rumor after all. Whew! I for one am very glad we can put this to rest. But let's not forget the other part of that rumor - tickets on sale March 24th! That part of it is much easier to swallow I'd say. This means that tour dates should be coming within the next couple weeks.

As I noted yesterday I have a new feature on the site; the Time Stand Still Rush calendar. It's over on the right side of the page under the Random Sample. If you don't see it, make sure to refresh/reload the site and it should appear. I've already been told that it has problems in FireFox 2.0 on Windows XP (thanks Scott). If you notice any other issues with it let me know. I'll probably be playing around with and tweaking it this weekend.

A month ago I reported that the theatrical release date for the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie, which features the vocal talents of Neil Peart, was announced as March 23. Looks like this date has been pushed back to April 13th according to the movie's website.

I found this little article at the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum site. It's called What do music geeks do in the Internet era?. It mentions Rush of course, and it talks about how much the internet has changed things for the music fan; how rumors are debunked as quickly as they surface (we know all about that!) rather than lingering on for months (it talks about the infamous Neil has cancer rumor) and how easy it is to find music lyrics and obtain song samples. I know that I, and I assume a lot of other Rush fans, can relate to what's said. It's particularly poignant in light of the recent Rush rumors and their debunking. Anyhow, if you get a chance give it a read - I think you'll enjoy it.

Brooklyn-based musician Corn Mo was recently interviewed for the Gothamist. When asked What are some bands and songs that rock? he includes Rush's The Spirit of Radio. And when asked Do you have any fun stories of seeing concerts when younger? he answered as follows:

Peeing in a crowded bathroom at a Rush show. Strangers getting excited with each other because they played 2112. There was no line for the girl's bathroom.

And when asked Where did you find solace while growing up? he answered:

In my room, listening to Deep Purple, Van Halen, Judas Priest, The Scorpions, Jimi Hendrix, Rush, Kenny Rogers, and Abba.

I'm sure many of us can relate. ran an article today entitled Pump up the volume to bring on the burn where celebrities along with regular readers share their playlists that they use when working out. Rush's Earthshine is one of the songs mentioned. Thanks to reader Mike K for the heads up on this one.

I've added a few more bootleg videos to the site:

[Dreamline live from the Counterparts tour] This is yet another vid from the professionally-shot Counterparts concert bootleg called "A View From The Palace", that was filmed March 22, 1994 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. You can see several other vids from this same show here.

[Neil Peart Der Trommler drum solo live bootleg from R30 tour] This is a really nice bootleg of Neil's solo from the R30 tour.

[Between the Wheels live bootleg from R30 tour] This is from the R30 tour at the Evening News Arena in Manchester, England on 9/12/2004.