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Wed, Aug 4, 2021

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Rush Cinema Strangiato Director's Cut coming to theaters September 9th! Details, ticket info, and more here.
Neil Peart's Silver Surfers coffee table book coming soon. Details [here|ID:
Alex Lifeson has recorded 10 new songs for Envy of None project with Andy Curran, Maiah Wynne. Details, interviews and more here.
Listen to 2 NEW tracks from Alex Lifeson via new AlexLifeson.com website coinciding with release of new signature guitar! Details here.
Newly expanded and updated 2nd edition of Hugh Syme's The Art of Rush now available for pre-order. Details here.
Geddy Lee and mother Mary Weinrib were featured in the season finale of Dave and Virginia Grohl's docu-series "From Cradle to Stage". Details, clips, and more here.
Watch Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson present The Tragically Hip with the Humanitarian Award at the 2021 JUNO Awards. Details and video here.
Primus' 2021 A Tribute to Kings Rush tribute tour will go forward with rescheduled dates starting in August. Details here.
New FANTOONS book Neil Peart: The Illustrated Quotes now available. Details here.
Neil Peart passed away from brain cancer on January 7th, 2020. His widow, bandmates and manager share details of his illness and final years in new interview on the first anniversary of his death here.
Author Alexander Hellene's new Rush book Dreamers & Misfits: The Definitive Book About Rush Fans now available. Details here.
Mon, Aug 2, 2021@9:16PM | comments

Alex Lifeson has just posted three new '90s-era demo tracks online at AlexLifeson.com which he's calling the Lerxst Demo Archives Part 1. The tracks are called Kroove, Banjo Bob, and Serbs and you can listen to all three online via AlexLifeson.com. From Lerxst's description:

So here's the next installment of some Lerxst demo music from the past that's been sitting in a music folder for over twenty years. They kind of mark an era for me and highlight a style of writing and performing. These are all demo recordings of music created for personal fun that I thought might be interesting to share. I hope you enjoy them and the others to come soon.

KROOVE: This was written and recorded @1996 late one night in my home studio. It started with the main guitar pattern then I added the drum loop, keys and bass. The geetar pickin' section was especially fun to record. I've always liked that late night feel of this one.<

BANJO BOB: This was a fun session I did mid 1999. Originally recorded to a drum loop, I asked my good friend and Black Sheep drummer, Jim MacLellan, to have a go. He basically played to the finished track after I'd recorded all the elements. I love the false setup of the banjo and all the ugly undertones in the middle section. It was recorded at Lerxst Sound-Richmond Hill as there is a strict no banjo in the house policy dictated by Charlene.

SERBS: This is another track Jim played on sometime in early 1999. It actually started with the accordion section and then built in reverse. I tried to create a soft pulse character for the guitar verse then an overcompressed drum moment before the Serbs marched in. My parents wanted me to play the accordion like a nice Serbian boy from suburban Willowdale should but the guitar was calling me. I'll never know if I made the right decision ...

Lerxst also announced the tracks via this Instagram post:

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Fri, Jul 30, 2021@11:31AM | comments
Cinema Strangiato Director's Cut 2021Friday Rush updates! "Cinema Strangiato" Director's Cut coming to theaters September 9th, Neil Peart's "Silver Surfers" coffee table book coming soon, Alex Lifeson talks "Envy of None" and more in new Spin magazine interview, Happy 68th birthday to Geddy Lee, and more ...
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Thu, Jul 29, 2021@7:49AM | comments
Today is Geddy Lee's 68th birthday and also the 47th anniversary of Neil Peart joining Rush. Happy birthday Geddy!
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Wed, Jul 28, 2021@10:10AM | comments
Cinema Strangiato Director's Cut 2021Rush's "Cinema Strangiato" theatrical film experience first hit theaters 2 years ago, bringing Rush fans together for a special look into Rush's R40 Live tour, and a new "Director's Cut" of the film will be coming to theaters worldwide on Thursday, September 9th ...
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Tue, Jul 27, 2021@8:30AM | comments
Neil Peart's Silver Surfers classic car collection - photo via Gooding & CompanyNeil Peart's "Silver Surfers" classic car collection is the subject of coffee table book that he was working on prior to his untimely passing, and Rush.com has announced that the book will soon be published ...
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Mon, Jul 26, 2021@8:47PM | comments
Envy of NoneSpin magazine's Ryan Reed recently sat down with Alex Lifeson for an interview to talk about his "Envy of None" project, recent foray into social media, the upcoming Moving Pictures 40th anniversary reissue and more ...
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Fri, Jul 23, 2021@10:44AM | comments
Andertons Music Co. - The Captain Meets Alex LifesonFriday Rush updates! Alex Lifeson on his Epiphone signature guitar and "Envy of None" project in new Andertons Music Co. interview, update on Loucin guitars restoration of Alex's 1st guitar, Hugh Syme's "Art of Rush" expanded/updated edition, and more ...
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Mon, Jul 19, 2021@7:02PM | comments
Andertons Music Co. - The Captain Meets Alex LifesonUK music store Andertons Music Co. recently sat down with Alex Lifeson for an interview focusing on his new Epiphone Les Paul Standard Axcess signature guitar and long history with Gibson, along with his "Envy of None" music project ...
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Fri, Jul 16, 2021@10:05AM | comments
Monaco Streaming Film Festival interview with Alex Lifeson and Andy CurranFriday Rush updates! New Alex Lifeson interviews, Kevin J. Anderson on his longtime friendship with Neil Peart in new interview, and more ...
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Thu, Jul 15, 2021@10:39AM | comments
Epiphone Alex Lifeson Les Paul Standard Axcess Electric Guitar in Viceroy BrownUltimate Classic Rock posted more of their recent interview with Alex Lifeson this past Tuesday, with this installment focusing on his new Epiphone Les Paul Standard Axcess signature guitar, and long history with Gibson ...
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