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Updates and other random Rush stuff

Fri, May 15, 2009@10:09AM | comments

We are definitely in a quiet period for Rush news. Hopefully the band's upcoming May 20th interview on CBC Radio's Q next week will give us some insight into Rush's plans for the remainder of the year, and a better idea of when to expect another album/tour.

Speaking of Q, reader RushFanForever noted this January Q interview with the Trailer Park Boys from Q's Q TV YouTube site. Rush gets a mention at around the 13:30 and 17:30 marks. You can watch it here.

According to an advertisement in the June 2009 issue of DRUM! Magazine (the Neil Peart issue), Alfred Music Publishing will be releasing an Ultimate Drum Play-Along book/cd for Rush to complement its Rush Bass Play-Along and Guitar Play-Along book/cds. There's no word on an exact release date yet; just that it will be Coming Soon.

While on the subject of transcriptions, one thing about Rush fans that has always amazed me is the fact that so many of them are musicians themselves. Now since there's not much else going on in Rush-land of late, I thought for my next poll I'd ask everyone what - if any - instrument they play. Take the Poll and let us know; check all that apply. In my last poll I asked everyone for their favorite song off of Grace Under Pressure and the resounding winner with over 31% was Between The Wheels. Red Sector A came in second with 15%. You can see the complete results here.

Today is the last day to vote for DRUM! Magazine's 2009 Drummie Awards. You can go vote for Neil Peart at this link. Neil Peart has won the Drummer of the Year award the past 2 years running as well as numerous other awards. I also highly suggest that you write-in as the best drummer website for question #15. Owner/operator Michael does a great job with the site and was the driving force behind promoting the signed Neil Peart DW drum head charity auction earlier this year.

The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a limited edition (numbered 37/88) Fly By Night lithograph from the July 4th Snakes & Arrows tour Darien Lake show. The contest ends on May 25th and you can sign up to enter at this link.

Jared Max is the sportscaster and sports director at WCBS NewsRadio 880 in New York who also happens to be a huge Rush fan and RIAB reader. Jared noticed yesterday morning that the New York Daily News had printed two editions with the same photo on its back page. The Sports Final edition had the headline Kid Gloves and the City Final edition Take Off, Eh?. He worked this into his newscast yesterday and provided us with an mp3 which you can listen to using the player below.

While on the subject of sports, it's the time of the baseball season when most MLB teams have played at least 33 games. See where I'm going with this? As many of you pointed out, as of this past weekend Geddy Lee's Toronto Blue Jays had a record of 21-12 (they're now at 23-14) and the Boston Red Sox are close on their heels; as of Wednesday their record was 21-12 as well (it's 21-14 now).

RushCon 9 takes place the weekend of July 24th in Toronto. The organizers have put out the official press release which you can check out here. Thanks to RushFanForever for the link.

Which is more awesome? Neil Peart's drumkit or a ... bookmobile? Yes - you read that right. Neil Peart's drumkit is currently in an Awesome-Off over at against a bookmobile. To vote for Neil's kit go to this link. Thanks to Ivana for the heads up. WTF? :)

Readers starman.2112 and dadof4 both informed me of a Rush reference on this past Sunday's episode of America's Funniest Home Vidoes. They did a segment called Main Street Canada and one of the segments depicted a man being pulled on a practice dog sled. While playing the video the over-dubbed voice said This hoser's in a hurry to get to the Rush concert or words to that effect.

Rush's Power Windows made Smashing Magazine's list of 100 Obscure and Remarkable CD Covers. Thanks to BigKev for the heads up.

The June 2009 issue of Toronto Life Magazine features a cover story titled 50 Reasons to Love Toronto. One of the reasons they give is the following:

Because an antediluvian PROG-ROCK BAND from Willowdale upstaged Stephen Colbert

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up. recently posted a list of the Top 10 Canadian Musicians of All Time and topping the list at #1 was Rush. Thanks to figerade for the heads up.

The website has been counting down the their list of the Top 10 Canadian Songs over the last few weeks. They're currently at #3 and so far only Rush's YYZ has made the list at #8. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Reader Karl S stumbled across the video for Dead End Countdown from the Quebec-based band The New Cities and noted that the guitarist Christian Bergeron was playing an Alex Lifeson signature Gibson ES-355. You can check out a screenshot by clicking on the thumbnail. Good eye!

Reader Rocinante located this cool YYZ Toronto cap which you can order from Red Canoe National Heritage Brands.

Entre Nous sent me this image of a Rush Lane street sign in Rose Lodge, Oregon on Highway 18.

Here's a cover of Limelight on piano with some beautiful vocals (thanks Sean).

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!