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Updates and other random Rush stuff

Fri, Jul 17, 2009@11:37AM | comments removed/disabled

It's the dead of summer and there's no Rush tour or album looming anytime in the near future, so it's not all that surprising that there's very little going in Rush-land right now. The only significant news to come out this week was the official press release announcing the results of DRUM! Magazine's Reader's Poll, where Neil Peart was voted Drummer of the Year - although we'd already known about that. Earlier this week we celebrated Bastille Day and learned of a new contest at the Rush Backstage Club. And yesterday we found out that in celebration of Rush being selected to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year, Knucklebonz has created a special 500-run limited edition Hollywood Walk of Fame version of their Rush Starman statue with gold trim which is imprinted with the signatures of all 3 band members. It should be available for purchase soon.

RushCon 9 takes place in Toronto next weekend. There's still time to register if you haven't yet. Online registration is open until next Wednesday, July 22nd.

Katy Perry was one of the performers at this past weekend's T In the Park music festival in Scotland. She closed out her set with her hit song I Kissed a Girl and towards the end of the song the band broke into the ending of Rush's Cygnus X-1! It's not clear if this was Perry's idea or her band's (or both). You can listen to it at this BBC radio link - just fast forward to the very end of the clip at around the 2 hour and 55 minute mark. Thanks to pro747 at Counterparts for the heads up.

Reader RushFanForever dug up an old book from 1989 titled Shakin' All Over - The Rock N' Roll Years In Canada. Rush gets a mention in 2 of the chapters. In Chapter 12 the book lists The 16 Most Important Videos in Canadian Pop one of which is Rush's Closer to the Heart video. Here's what they say about it:

Reader SaskRushFan came across this very cool shipping label which reads RUSH: The Great Canadian Way. Indeed.

Reader The Clansman 2112 wanted me to give an MLB All Star Break update for his rushisaband Fantasy Baseball League (mentioned back in this March, 2009 post). Currently the top three spots are held by Cygnus X1, Bytor & The Clansmen and life is a diamond respectively. Good luck in the 2nd half to everyone participating!

Several weeks ago Warner Music Japan reissued Rush's first 12 studio albums along with Retrospective 1 and Retrospective 2 as Mini-LP Super High Material CDs (SHM-CDs). Although these are not remastered recordings, the SHM-CDs supposedly improve the original audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic and will play in any CD player. SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. The CDs are packaged as mini-lps in cardboard sleeves, faithfully reproducing the original LP's style and artwork. You can check out some closeup images of all the mini-lp artwork compared to the original LPs at this link. The price of the CDs has been drastically reduced through Amazon.com; down from around $48 to $31. You can also find .

And since we're well into the Dog Days of summer I thought the following video sent in by reader A-CELL-OF-AWARENESS was very appropriate.

Have a great weekend!

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