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Updates and other random Rush stuff

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The Super Bowl took place this past weekend, and the Chiefs ended up on top after a close-fought game with the Eagles. There were plenty of great commercials too - which many Americans pay closer attention to than the game itself. One of those commercials featured Dave Grohl pimping Canadian Crown Royal whiskey, and thanking Canada for all its contributions to the world ... starting with Rush. Towards the beginning of the commercial they show Dave flipping through some LP records of Canadian artists, and he says, "Thanks for legends of music...", and the first one he comes across is a Rush LP (a fake import of some kind). The commercial aired during the 3rd quarter of the game and you can watch the whole thing below or on YouTube here.

Back in August of 2021 Rush teamed up with Henderson Brewing Company to release their first Rush-branded beer - Rush Canadian Golden Ale. Since then they've released a few more varieties of Rush-branded beer including Moving Pictures Ale, Moving Pitchers beer, and Signals Belgian Ale. They recently made the original Canadian Golden Ale available for shipping to the US via HalfTimeBeverage.com, and as of last week you can now also buy it at select stores in Pennsylvania:

... Shangy's Beer Authority announced earlier this week that they are now an exclusive distributor of the Rush beers beginning this week. On Friday, February 10th, they will begin carrying Golden Ale at their Emmaus and Macungie locations. A single 12oz bottle will run you $3.99, a full case is $59.99. The beer distributor opens at 9am and quantities are limited. Choose a path that's clear... and get there early.

To celebrate Rush beer coming to the US, the comedy team of Dirk and Lerxst released yet another hilarious beer-tasting video earlier this week which you can check out below or on YouTube. For all the details, and to make a purchase visit shophendersonbrewing.com.

Ultimate-guitar.com posted their list of 25 Bands and Artists That Should Have Released More Albums last Friday, and Rush came in at #24:

Obviously, with Neil Peart's passing, there's no chance we'll get any more material. Although we may argue that the band ended things on a high note, an album or two more couldn't have hurt.

Tinnitist.com posted a Classic Album Review of the Rush anthology The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974 - 1987 this past week, which you can check out here.

El Paso's KLAQ 95.5 posted an article this past week on Famous Musicians That've Shown Love & Support For The Mars Volta. The Mars Volta is from El Paso, and one of the artists referenced is Rush's Neil Peart:

The all time GREATEST drummer of all time, Rush's Neil Peart gave The Mars Volta some high praise in his days. On the Rush is a Band blog site, it was revealed that his love started with the 2005 Frances The Mute album, calling it a "brave, adventurous, highly musical piece of work". He's even given them praise in his book: Traveling Music: The Soundtrack of my Life and Times. As a huge Rush & Mars Volta fan, that just makes me appreciate Neil even more.

Loudwire.com recently sat down with Godsmack front-man Sully Erna to talk about his favorite albums when he was a teenager, and he mentions Rush's Moving Pictures:

... Sully also recalls how Rush's Moving Pictures inspired him to skip school to get better at drums. "I literally sat home, skipped school almost every day, strapped on headphones, and I studied Neil Peart and the Rush albums from top to bottom," Sully recalls. He adds, "I got to the point of learning 'Xanadu' and 'The Trees.' [Peart] starts using wood blocks, and I didn't have wood blocks. So that was the day that I got my ass out of my room and I went to school to simply go to the music room and steal the wood blocks and go back home. To this day, I'm not really sure why any teacher or student wouldn't have stopped a 15-year-old kid walking down the hallway with a hood on and a big thing wrapped in a blanket going down the hallway." ...

Speaking of Moving Pictures, the album turned 42 years old this past Sunday, February 12, and Classic Rock magazine marked the occasion by chatting with producer Terry Brown, who concluded his interview with this:

... Moving Pictures was a great album to make. The band was full of enthusiasm, the crew kept the gear humming and Le Studio was a very creative environment. I still love it. It stands up pretty well for a forty-year-old.

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

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