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Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

Thu, May 19, 2022

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Rush Moving Pictures 40th anniversary box set now available for purchase. Details, videos, reviews, chart positions and more here.
Alex Lifeson's Envy of None project's self-titled debut album is now available - order it here. Details, streaming links, interviews, videos, merch, contests and more here,
Geddy Lee plays a carriage driver named Tom Sawyer in CBC's Murdoch Mysteries. Details, behind-the-scenes videos/pics, and more here.
Official Rush-branded beer now available from Henderson Brewing Company. Details, special promotions, videos and more here.
Stern Pinball and Rush have released an official, Rush-themed line of pinball machines. Details, photos, videos, interviews and how to purchase one here.
Watch Rush's Alex Lifeson perform Led Zeppelin medley with Crown Lands and others at Andy Kim Christmas show. Details, photos, video and more here.
Listen to Tom Morello's I Have Seen the Way featuring Alex Lifeson and Kirk Hammett, from his new album The Atlas Underground Flood. Details here.
The Ohio State University Marching Band performs the music of Rush for halftime show. Details, video and more here.
Newly expanded and updated 2nd edition of Hugh Syme's The Art of Rush now available for purchase. Details here.
Geddy Lee memoir due to release in Fall 2022 from Harper Collins. Details here.
Clockwork Destiny - the final novel in Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels trilogy - slated for release on June 14th. Pre-order here. Details, cover art and more here.
Neil Peart's Silver Surfers coffee table book coming soon. Details 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.
Wed, May 18, 2022@1:55PM | comments

The late Neil Peart grew up in the St. Catharines, Ontario community of Port Dalhousie, the lakefront home of Lakeside Park which inspired the lyrics to the 1975 Rush song of the same name. One of the lines from those lyrics mention a "merry-go-round wheezing the same old melody", referring to the century-old Lakeside Park Carousel which will re-open this weekend for Victoria Day after having been mostly shut down since 2019. Park visitors can still ride the carousel for only a nickel as described in this article:

... Celebrating its 101th anniversary in the park, there were several occasions where St. Catharines nearly lost this completely wood-carved piece of history. In 1950, Sid Brookson, who had managed Lakeside Park since 1928, purchased the park from the Canadian National Railway. However, by the 1960s, the effects of pollution in the lake were becoming more evident and eventually made the beach unusable. In 1970, Brookson closed the midway and planned to auction off all the rides, including the carousel. However, a local antiques dealer, Dorothy Crabtree, recognized the importance of the carousel and wanted to see it kept in Lakeside Park. That same year, she wrote a letter to the local paper, asking simply, "How many people really care what happens to the merry-go-round in Port Dalhousie?" The response from the public was overwhelming. So the City of St. Catharines agreed to maintain the carousel as city property if the asking price of $25,000 could be raised by the public to purchase it. Crabtree was able to raise $20,000 by the deadline and Brookson lowered his asking price. On July 13, 1970, Crabtree donated the merry-go-round to the citizens of St. Catharines but it came with a big request. The City had to keep the price at a nickel per ride with that price maintained to this day some 52 years later. During 2019, the beachfront at Lakeside Park was seriously flooded and the ride had to be shut down. COVID-19 completely shut it down in 2020 and it was open only sporadically last year. However, 2022 is looking good for the carousel which will be open on weekends from this weekend until Thanksgiving and daily from July 1 to September 5. ...

In addition to riding the carousel, folks who visit the Park this weekend can also check out the Neil Peart Pavilion. Back in 2020 the St. Catharines City Council, with the full support of the community, voted to name the newly rebuilt pavilion at Lakeside Park the Neil Peart Pavilion at Lakeside Park in honor of the hometown icon who passed away in January of 2020. The Council also established the Neil Peart Commemorative Task Force, with the objective to commission a public work of art commemorating Peart's life and legacy. Last January the Task Force officially began welcoming artists to submit requests for pre-qualification via the city's website, and revealed the seven finalists back in September along with the launch of a fundraising campaign for the Memorial. In an interview with the Something for Nothing podcast back in October, Task Force chair David DeRocco indicated that the Task Force had planned on making a decision on the final artist by March of this year. That obviously did not come to pass, so it's assumed that they are still in the process of making that final decision. In the meantime, fans can still make a donation towards the Neil Peart Memorial at Lakeside Park at www.EngageSTC.ca/Neil-Peart.

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Mon, May 16, 2022@8:10PM | comments
Stone Temple Pilots' Robert DeLeo on AXS TV's Rock & TellStone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo was a recent guest on AXS TV's "Rock & Tell", where he showed off the "Big Book of Bass" Deluxe Edition that he received as a gift from Rush's Geddy Lee ...
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Sun, May 15, 2022@12:18PM | comments
Rush and Primus backstage at Toronto's Massey Hall - May 14, 2022.  Photo via @geddyimages on IGRush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson attended Primus' Friday night show at Toronto's Massey Hall as part of their "A Tribute to Kings" Rush tribute tour ...
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Fri, May 13, 2022@11:05AM | comments
Alex Lifeson Julien's guitar auctionFriday Rush updates! Alex Lifeson on auctioning off his guitar collection in new Guitar magazine interview, more "Envy of None" interviews, "Moving Picture" box set, Primus' "A Tribute to Kings" Rush tribute tour comes to Toronto's Massey Hall, and more ...
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Fri, May 13, 2022@10:00AM | comments
Alex Lifeson Julien's guitar auctionAlex Lifeson recently sat down with Guitar magazine's Darran Charles for an interview to discuss his "Envy of None" project, why he's auctioning off his guitar collection, and more ...
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Fri, May 6, 2022@10:26AM | comments
Envy of NoneFriday Rush updates! New "Envy of None" interviews, "Moving Pictures" 40th anniversary box set; Marco Minnemann and Kendall Yates collaborate with Alex Lifeson on new track "Malibu", and more ...
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Thu, May 5, 2022@10:24AM | comments
Malibu featuring Kendall Yates, Marco Minnemann and Alex LifesonMulti-instrumentalist Marco Minnemann has released a new track titled Malibu which features Rush's Alex Lifeson on guitar and Kendall Yates on vocals ..
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Fri, Apr 29, 2022@11:45AM | comments
Rush Moving Pictures 40th anniversary Super Deluxe Edition box setFriday Rush updates! "Moving Pictures" re-enters the Billboard 200 album charts at #11, "Envy of None" releases official music video for "Never Said I Love You", new book "Rush - The Complete Scores" coming this July, and more ...
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Tue, Apr 26, 2022@3:58PM | comments
Rush - The Complete ScoresA new book titled "Rush - The Complete Scores" which includes the full music and lyric transcriptions of 40 classic Rush songs will be released this coming July ...
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Tue, Apr 26, 2022@2:41PM | comments
Rush Moving Pictures 40th anniversary Super Deluxe Edition box setSales from Rush's "Moving Pictures" 40th anniversary edition have propelled the album back onto the Billboard charts, including a #11 position on The Billboard 200, #18 on The Artist 100, and #1 on the Top Rock Albums chart ...
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