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Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

Sun, Jul 14, 2024

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Geddy Lee to bring his My Effin' Life: In Conversation spoken word book tour show to Quebec City on July 13th - 2nd show added. Details, tickets and more here.
Neil Peart's Silver Surfers coffee table book coming this September and now available for pre-order. Details, cover and more here.
Alex Lifeson's Envy of None project expected to release follow-up album in 2024. Details and more here.
Geddy Lee's The Lost Demos featuring the 2 new unreleased My Favorite Headache tracks Gone and I Am ... You Are now streaming. Download links, details and more here.
All episodes of Geddy Lee's new docuseries Geddy Lee Asks: Are Bass Players Human Too? now available to stream on Paramount Plus. Details, previews, video links and more here.
Alex Lifeson participates in the annual Andy Kim Christmas Show at Massey Hall December 6th. Details, videos, photos and more here.
Geddy Lee's In Conversation spoken word book tour for his memoir (ORDER HERE) wraps up in London. Photos, videos, reviews and more here.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson perform at Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in Los Angeles! Details, photos, video and more here.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson perform at London tribute concert for Taylor Hawkins. Details, videos, photos and more here.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson perform Closer to the Heart with Primus and Matt Stone on drums at South Park 25th anniversary show. Details, video, photos here.
Fri, Jul 12, 2024@11:01AM | comments

Alex Lifeson's 1996 solo album Victor will be reissued on double vinyl this coming August 9th, nearly 30 years after the album's original January, 1996 release. The reissue will also be available on CD and include 4 bonus instrumental tracks. The 4 bonus tracks are instrumentals that have been available for listening on since late 2021; Kroove, Banjo Bob and Serbs were released together as the Lerxst Demo Archives in August, 2021, and Cherry Lopez Lullaby was added later that year in October. From the product description:

Alex Lifeson is reintroducing his solo album "Victor," which was originally released on January 9, 1996. This marks Alex's sole venture into solo work, for which he handled the songwriting, production, and mixing himself.

"Victor" is making its vinyl debut. The reissue features the original album, completely remixed by Alex personally, offering significantly enhanced audio quality specially prepared for this release. Additionally, the album's fourth side features four instrumental tracks.

Among the album's guest appearances are I Mother Earth's lead vocalist Edwin and Les Claypool from Primus.

1. "Don't Care" (4:01)
2. "Promise" (5:44)
3. "Start Today" (3:46)
4. "Mr. X" (Instrumental) (2:24)

5. "At The End" (6:07)
6. "Sending Out A Warning" (4:10)
7. "Shut Up Shuttin' Up" (4:05)
8. "Strip And Go Naked" (Instrumental) (3:49)

9. "The Big Dance" (4:04)
10. "Victor" (6:23)
11. "I Am The Spirit" (5:32)

12. "Cherry Lopez Lullabye" (3:22)
13. "Serbs" (3:46)
14. "Kroove" (4:52)
15. "Banjo Bob" (4:10)

You can pre-order the album on Amazon at this location (or on CD here). Geddy Lee is also re-releasing the 2019 Record Store Day vinyl version of his 2000 solo album My Favorite Headache on August 9th. This version will mirror the RSD release, and will include the same 2 bonus instrumental tracks from that edition. You can pre-order it on Amazon here.

Conan O'Brien has a show on Sirius XM's Conan O'Brien Radio with his longtime producer Jordan Schlansky called the Conan and Jordan Show. Jordan Schlansky has a very specific favorite mastering of Rush's Tom Sawyer - the song that opens the show - so Conan decided to invite Geddy Lee onto the show to surprise him. Conan opens the show by asking Jordan about why he likes this particular pressing, and at one point introduces Geddy Lee. Ged sticks around and chats for about 5-10 minutes. The entire appearance was captured on video and you can check it out below or on YouTube.

Blogger Jay Roberts posted a reprint of a popular article he wrote back in June of 2000 titled YYZ: The Rush Pilgrimage which describes a Rush pilgrimage Roberts and a pal took in June, 2000. They used the original "A Rush Fan's Guide to Toronto" by Bruce Holtgren as a starting point and went from there. It's a great read if you are planning a trip to Toronto and want to check out all the Rush sites.

Phish's Trey Anastasio was the subject of a new interview in Rolling Stone in the lead-up to his 60th birthday and Phish's summer tour. At one point he talks about how most longtime bands absolutely loathe one another, with a few exceptions (thanks RushFanForever):

... A lot of bands smile onstage together. And as soon as they get offstage, they go in six different directions, as fast as they possibly can. Almost always. They can't even be in catering together. We really, sincerely like each other. It's weird, after all these years. The only other bands I've ever met where that wasn't the case was Rush and U2. They really liked each other. But Rush knew each other in middle school. ...

American Songwriter posted an article this past week on the meaning behind Rush's Limelight from their breakout Moving Pictures album. The article explores what the song is about and how it represents lyricist Neil Peart's demeanor. You can check it out online here (thanks Joe C). Speaking of Limelight, the song was the subject of a recent video posted on the Drumeo YouTube channel as part of their series where they recruit drummers to add a drum part to a popular song that they've never heard before. Their latest video features The Mars Volta drummer Philo Tsoungui adding a drum part to Rush's Limelight. The most surprising part of the video is the fact that she'd never heard Rush before, yet did a very respectable job. You can listen to her drum part, along with her reaction after hearing the original below or on YouTube.

On this past week's episode of the Something for Nothing Rush FanCast (episode #182), hosts Steve and Gerry attempt the impossible feat of ranking EVERY single Rush song. You can listen in below or wherever you get your podcasts:

On the latest episode of Rush Roundtable (#235) on the Rushfans YouTube channel, the panel continues their discussion of Vapor Trails with How It Is:

That's all for this week. Stay cool and have a great weekend!

Fri, Jul 12, 2024@10:46AM | comments
Geddy Lee on Sirius XM's The Conan and Jordan ShowConan O'Brien invited Geddy Lee onto his Sirius XM radio show to surprise his co-host Jordan Schlansky, who is a huge Rush fan ...
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Fri, Jul 5, 2024@7:51PM | comments
Alex Lifeson Victor reissueAlex Lifeson's 1996 solo album Victor will be reissued on double vinyl this coming August 9th, with pre-orders now available ...
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Fri, Jul 5, 2024@12:54PM | comments
Peter Collins - photo vi @TheRealLerxst on IGFriday Rush updates! RIP former Rush producer Peter Collins, Alex interviewed for Guitar World special feature celebrating 70 Years of the Strat, "Celebrating Gordon Lightfoot" tribute concert featuring Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson now streaming, Henderson Brewing Company to release new book "Toronto in 100 Beers" with a foreword by Alex Lifeson, and more ...
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Tue, Jul 2, 2024@11:28PM | comments
August 2024 Guitar WorldNew Alex Lifeson interview for "Guitar World" magazine special feature celebrating 70 Years of the Fender Stratocaster ...
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Tue, Jul 2, 2024@10:52PM | comments
Toronto in 100 BeersRush beer makers Henderson Brewing Company have announced the release of a new book titled "Toronto In 100 Beers" featuring a foreword from Rush's Alex Lifeson ...
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Mon, Jul 1, 2024@10:11AM | comments
Alex and Ged perform at Gordon Lightfoot tribute in Toronto 5.23.24A tribute concert celebrating the legacy of late Canadian music icon Gordon Lightfoot took place back in May at Massey Hall in Toronto. Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson made a surprise guest appearance, and the concert is now available for streaming ...
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Sat, Jun 29, 2024@2:25PM | comments
Peter Collins - photo vi @TheRealLerxst on IGAccording to an Instagram post from Alex Lifeson, former Rush producer Peter Collins has apparently passed away ...
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Fri, Jun 28, 2024@11:45AM | comments
Alex and Ged perform at Gordon Lightfoot tribute in Toronto 5.23.24Friday Rush updates! Gordon Lightfoot tribute concert featuring Ged/Al will air on the CBC for Canada Day, video rendering of Neil Peart Memorial at Lakeside Park, Rush and Henderson Brewing introduce "Big Al's Birdie Brew" with hilarious new video featuring Alex, Alex participates in "Fairways Fore Hope" charity golf event, and more ...
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Thu, Jun 27, 2024@2:45PM | comments
Big Al and Henderson Brewing introduce Big Al's Birdie BrewRush and Henderson Brewing Company have added "Big Al's Birdie Brew" to their collection of Rush beers, introducing the new brew in a social media post and hilarious video featuring Big Al this morning ...
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