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Rush: Time Stand Still R40 tour documentary theatrical premiere tonight

Thu, Nov 3, 2016@2:02PM | comments

UPDATE - 11/10@12:38PM: Here are a few more reviews from HMV (thanks RushFanForever), The Huffington Post, Drew's Reviews (thanks RushFanForever), and GeedDad.

UPDATE - 11/4@10:34AM: The RushCon Facebook page has some great photos from the Canadian premiere and after-party posted.

UPDATE - 11/4@10:31AM: Here's an additional clip from the film where they are discussing their Dodge Funcraft that they band traveled around in back in the early days.

UPDATE - 11/3@10:07PM: It looks like Rush will be releasing a 2112 40th anniversary "super deluxe" edition on December 9th according to a pre-film ad shown in theaters that was prefaced by a short interview with Alex and Terry Brown talking about the album.

UPDATE - 11/3@6:05PM: NOTE: Fathom Events is running a Facebook contest where they are giving away a Geddy Lee Rush Fender Bass, with full color custom Rush pick guard and Starman image on the guitar body. Just go here to enter (thanks RushFanForever).

The new Rush R40 Live tour documentary Rush: Time Stand Still will premiere in a special, one-night screening in theaters across North America this evening. US fans can get their tickets via Fathom Events or at participating theater box offices, while Canadian fans can get their tickets via Cineplex theatres or Landmark Cinemas. The screening will include first viewing of exclusive extras including a 20-minute mini-documentary titled Rush: A Salute to Kings where Gene Simmons (KISS), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), and the band's producer Nick Raskulinecz share their unique stories about Rush over the last 40 years. You can watch a 2-minute clip from this mini-doc where Chad Smith talks about how Rush's 2112 changed his life on YouTube at this location, and watch the trailer here. Another of the extras that will be shown at the screening is a short animated film produced by FANTOONS called The Early Days of Neil Peart which you can preview here. Several trailers and clips from the film are available including this 45-second trailer featuring several Rush fans; the official theatrical trailer; this clip where Geddy, Alex and Howard Ungerleider reminisce about touring with KISS back in the '70s and tell the story of The Bag; and this 3-minute clip where we meet "Rush-Fan-In-Chief" Jillian Maryonovich - one of the fabulous group of women behind the long-running RushCon Rush fan convention. Speaking of RushCon, this year's convention will kick off tonight with the official Canadian premiere of the documentary in Toronto at 7:30 PM at the Cineplex in Dundas Square, Toronto (the screening is SOLD OUT). The premiere party will include an after-show Q&A with the filmmakers and RushCon attendees will end the night at an exclusive VIP after-party.

Geddy Lee's brother and one of the film's producers - Allan Weinrib - has been hitting the interview circuit to promote the film. He appeared on Breakfast Television (video here), and also spoke with London's FM96 (audio here). Both Allan and director Dale Heslip also appeared on Q107 today to discuss the film (thanks RushFanForever). Some reviews of the film have also been posted this past week including this one from Rolling Stone where they list off ten things that they learned from watching the film. There's also this 4-star review from the Toronto Sun (thanks Ron in TO), this short review from Now Toronto, and another 4-star review from the Montreal Gazette (thanks RushFanForever).

The DVD/Blu-ray of the film will release on November 18th and is now available for pre-order (DVD, Blu-ray). Here is the product description along with a tracklisting, including bonus content:

'Rush built their following the right way. No hype, no b@llsh!t, they did it from the ground up. Their legacy is incredible and their influence undeniable.' - Dave Grohl

This feature-length documentary film chronicles the final major tour for legendary rock band Rush. It is an intimate view 'under the hood' of a historic moment from the perspective of the band, their fans, crew, and management. Featuring interviews with the band throughout their sold-out 2015 40th Anniversary tour, the film also shows rarely seen backstage footage capturing the final moments of life on the road. Highlighted as well is the impact on the band's fans and the world that has been built around the beloved Canadian trio. This is the final touring chapter of a band that has meant so much to so many fans around the world. With narration by Paul Rudd. Running time: 1 hour 37 minutes of documentary footage with an additional 67 minutes of never-before-released bonus content.

'It's true that Rush doesn't mean today what it did in '76 or even '96. It may mean more.' - Rolling Stone

Track Listing:
When I Was a Kid
It's a Really Hard Life
A Huge Accomplishment
Building R40
Hello Toronto
'Ride On' Neil
Your Weakest Point
Marathon Not a Sprint
At Road's End


'Live from the Rabbit Hole'
-Show Don't Tell
-The Pass
-Closer to the Heart
-Manhattan Project
-War Paint
-Tom Sawyer
-2112: Overture / La Villa Strangiato / In The Mood

The Professor's Warmup

Judging by the title of the bonus content (Live from the Rabbit Hole) and the setlist, this is likely some pro-shot live footage from the Presto tour - possibly their March 8th, 1990 show at the Palace in Auburn Hills, for which there are several pro-shot/pro-edited bootlegs floating around. You can pre-order your copy of Rush: Time Stand Still on DVD or Blu-ray.

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