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Updates and other random Rush stuff

Fri, Mar 23, 2007@12:29PM | comments

UPDATE - 3/23@1:25PM: Now these ones are new. ;) Irvine, CA at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on July 25th with tickets on sale April 14th. I'm also hearing that they'll play in Mountanview, CA at the Shoreline Amphitheater around the same time - but no firm date yet. More as I get them ...

UPDATE - 3/23@1:09PM: I'm confusing myself here... already had those Florida dates up. :) Move along ... nothing to see here.

UPDATE - 3/23@12:49PM: Florida dates! West Palm Beach, FL at the Sound Advice Amphitheater on June 15th and Tampa Bay, FL at the Ford Amphitheatre on June 16th. Here's this link with details. Thanks Sean!

First off, there's a LOT of stuff going on today. As mentioned in this previous post the official, Rush-sponsored pre-sale signup form is now up at at this link. I just successfully signed up.

Also, regarding the press conference mentioned in this post from a couple days ago; it's actually a press release. Many thanks to Power Windows for clearing this up via his contacts at Anthem. Sorry about the confusion. My source probably just misheard or misinterpreted the info.

I've updated the latest tour dates post with several new dates: San Diego on July 30th, Virgina Beach on June 22nd, possible UK dates (still a little fuzzy), Camden on July 6th and Selma, TX on August 12th.

The Snakes & Arrows track list with track times has been revealed and it indeed looks like there'll be 3 instumentals. Not only that, the first review is in.

As far as the sight itself goes, I'll finally be switching over to a sign-up based commenting system due to rampant troll abuse. Details will be forthcoming. If you want me to reserve a username for you - shoot me an email, as many have done already.

Onto some more random Rush tidbits:

Rush's Far Cry has been featured on the main page of Mediabase's All Access music site all this week under the Mainstream Rock banner. The song debuted at #13 this past Monday and just today broke into the top 10!

Reader Scott alerted me to a press release that was put out by Atlantic records on Wednesday. It was posted to Here it is:

5 Things You May Not Know About Rush
1. The Canadian power trio have sold MORE records in the U.S. than The Police, The Who, The Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, Paul Simon, I really need to go on here, people? (source
2. Rush was named "Group of the Millennium" by the Harvard National Lampoon (and Harvard kids are WICKED smart).
3. Rush has 2 annual, international fan conventions (RushCon and EuCon). Highly doubtful we'll see BritneyCon or J-LoFest anytime soon.
4. ***The New Rush album Snakes + Arrows hits stores May 1ST!!!*** (#4 is always reserved for shameless promotion).
5. We conducted an empirically-extensive, painstakingly-performed, no-one-held-at-gunpoint poll, backed by science, reason, logic and one thunderous drumbeat, the result of which demonstrated without question or doubt that Rush Rules (...ah, you knew that one already).
Rush - Snakes + Arrows - Release Date May 1, 2007.

Reader Rick M spoke with the assistant producer of RockLine and it looks like RockLine will have a Rush Special show the week of the album release - probably the day after, which would mean May 2nd.

The latest issue of Wine Spectator (April 30th) has an interview with Alex Lifeson. The entire interview is only available to paid subscribers. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

Broadcast Newsroom has a nice little article up on their website titled Rush Mixes New Album Snakes & Arrows at Ocean Way. Here's an interesting excerpt:

... Snakes & Arrows was recorded with Grammy Award-winner Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver) and Rush co-producing, and mixed by engineer Rich Chycki in Ocean Way's Studio D on the Neve 88R console, where the band took full advantage of one of the world's largest collection of vintage outboard gear. ...

Interesting. It also has a much clearer image of the guys in the studio than this one.

Geddy Lee has donated his signature Fender Jazz Bass signed by Rush for an auction to benefit the Steven Hoffman Fund. There will also be a benefit concert in New York City on May 18 that Rush was invited to but is unlikely to attend. The late Steven Hoffman was a music manager that had worked with Rush in the past.

Reader D located this article on Geddy Lee's nephew Rob Higgins - singer-bassist for Dearly Beloved.

Reader Bill A let me know that his local station, 96.1 WBBB, has Far Cry at #1 this week and has Rush listed as the #1 Canadian rocker on their Top 8 Canadian Rockers list.

Reader batperez let me know that Utah's KBER 101.1 is holding a Pinewood Derby on April 7th. This adult derby has a grand prize consisting of the winner being flown by Atlantic Records to watch Rush in concert. No date or location for the concert has been given yet though. Details can be found on the station's website here.

Bob let me know that Moving Pictures was featured as the album of the day at this past Tuesday.

German reader Alex let me know that Far Cry is finally available for download on German iTunes and on MusicLoad.