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Updates and other random Rush stuff

Fri, Jan 28, 2022@10:38AM | comments

The March, 2022 issue of Guitar World magazine includes a new interview with Rush's Alex Lifeson where he talks about his new signature Epiphone Les Paul Standard Axcess, his Envy of None project, and the likelihood of working with Geddy Lee again:

... As for making new music with his Rush band mate, Geddy Lee, one of these days, Lifeson says the door is always open, though neither of them are planning to walk through it any time soon. "We're not putting any pressure on it or anything," Lifeson says. "We had a lot of good years together and we still love each other very much. I talk to Geddy every other day - we're best friends. There's more to our life together than just writing music. So if it happens, it happens. And it'll happen when it happens."

The parts of the interview about the Envy of None project are a bit outdated, as it was conducted before their album release announcement and debut of their first single Liar earlier this month. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the entire article and made it available online here. You can find out how to get a copy of the issue and/or subscribe to the magazine at guitarworld.com.

In the latest episode of the Something for Nothing podcast, hosts Steve and Gerry create their ultimate Rush setlist with the help of Ted Asregadoo of the Planet LP podcast. You can listen to the show below or via your favorite podcast service:

Legendary KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons was recently interviewed for the Pillow Talk podcast, and mentions Rush's Geddy Lee when talking about KISS' retirement plans as transcribed by RockCelebrities.net:

... Before 2023, we're done, we're getting off the stage and no longer touring. Forever. And that's important because who and what we are is particular and peculiar, which is to say what we do sort of makes us the hardest working band in the show business. Period. I love Alex, I love Geddy and all the Canadian talent and everything but, if Geddy got into my outfit with seven, eight-inch platform heels and 40 pounds of additional armor, studs, bass, and stuff. Having to spit fire and fly through the air and walk around with an additional 40 pounds, my friends is going to pass out in half an hour. ...

Earlier this month, Rush and Stern Pinball released a line of Rush pinball machines as detailed in this official announcement from the band and this video trailer giving a first look at the pinball machines. The machines are available in Pro, Premium, and Premium Limited Edition models, and include Rush music, concert footage and custom speech from Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. Stern Pinball's website also features dozens of photo's of the machines, videos of the specific model features, and a hilarious 4-minute, behind-the-scenes video of Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, and Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies in the studio recording voice-overs. Robertson is an avid pinball machine collector and directed Ged and Al's voice-overs in the studio. The machine's Lead Designer, John Borg and Lead Programmer, Tim Sexton were guests on the latest episode of Marco Pinball's Pintech LIVE yesterday afternoon, and spoke at length with hosts Kyle Spiteri and Imoto Harney about the machine, their backgrounds in pinball development, their personal Rush fandom (John Borg is a HUGE fan), how they came up with the concept and design, how it was working with the band and Ed Robertson, and much more. They also spend a lot of time going over all the details about the game play, and gushing over the band. You can watch the entire 2-hour show below or on YouTube. The Rush pinball machines and accessories are available to order now through authorized Stern Pinball distributors and dealers around the world.

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend!

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