Rush is a Band

A blog devoted to the band RUSH:
Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson

Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Attention All Planets of the Solar Federation ...

Grapes Under Pressure 4: Geddy and Alex's Excellent Harvest Adventure: a charity event hosted by Geddy and Alex took place on October 13th. Details, reports, photos, videos and more here.
Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Lives: The Graphic Novel now available, TV/Film rights optioned. Details, previews, interviews and more here.
Alex Lifeson to participate in Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Golf Classic and All-star Concert October 27-29. Details here.
Rush Hemispheres 40th anniversary box set coming November 16th, now available for pre-order. Details here.
Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass coming December 4th, now available for pre-order. Details, limited editions, and more here.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert: Encore DVD/Blu-ray featuring Rush's 2013 induction now available. Details here.
Edge Factor's Masters of Resonance documentary featuring Neil Peart and the R40 drum kit now available for pre-order on iTunes. Details, screenings, trailers and more here.
Alex Lifeson in new CBC comedy-drama Crawford. Details, trailers, video previews and more here.
Alex Lifeson talks acoustic guitars, side projects and more in September, 2018 Guitar Player magazine interview. Details here.
Geddy Lee inducted The Barenaked Ladies into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the JUNO Awards in Vancouver March 25th! Details, video, photos and more here.
Check out Rushisaband.com's searchable archive of Rush tour date listings, powered by TourDateSearch.com - which contains searchable tour date archives for OVER 1000 BANDS ...
Tue, Oct 16, 2018@11:48AM | comments

Grapes for Humanity is an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community, and Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors. For the past several years he and Alex Lifeson have conducted a number of charity auctions and events to raise money for the organization as part of an initiative that they cleverly call Grapes Under Pressure, which includes a periodic Excellent Harvest Adventure charity outing to the Niagara Wine Region. The pair hosted their 4th such outing this past weekend where they and 150 guests took the train from Toronto to Peller Estate Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON. Over the past few days fans have been posting photos and video from the event to various social media platforms such as the Cygnus-X1.net Facebook group. Rush fan Lyle Dennis wrote up a report for his Medium.com site, including some great photos and a few interesting tidbits he gleaned from chatting with Geddy and Alex:

... We boarded the train in Toronto to the Peller Winery estate for the event. First I head him on the speaker and then in a surreal moment he and Alex walked along the train shaking hands and exchanging words with the approximately 150 attendees. After a few moments of waiting and watching I shook Geddy's hand and looked him in the eyes. It was a surreal moment and I couldn't believe it was true. That first encounter was very brief.

Two hours later we arrived at the estate and upon walking on the grounds there he was right in front of me just standing around chatting with Alex.

In the moment I had truly been waiting for I was able to walk up and tell Geddy firsthand how much he and his music meant to me and my life and how my dream of decades was taking place at that moment. He was genuine and gracious and said it meant a lot to him. I gave him a small gift of a miniature Rickenbacker black and white bass pendant which he thought was nice. We took a selfie together and my life was complete. My number one bucket list item had been checked off.

Afterwards I also had the chance to chat with Alex Lifeson who was equally gracious and forthcoming.

I asked Alex if he still stayed in touch with Neil. He absolutely confirmed that.

Next I inquired if there was any chance Rush may once again make new music. "No," he replied. Zero percent I asked? "Zero" he answered.

Alex did admit he continued to be creative. He said he was playing guitar every day and was working on collaborations with other musicians.

As for Geddy he has been wrapping up the writing of his Big Beautiful Book of Bass. We shook hands one last time as I boarded the train back to Toronto. He confirmed when I asked him that he would be doing a book signing tour. I told him I would see him again at that time. ...

So yet ANOTHER confirmation from Alex that Rush is done. The good news being that Alex continues to play and create music, and that Geddy does plan on doing some kind of book signing tour for his upcoming Big Beautiful Book of Bass. Here are a few notable Facebook postings with photos and video from the event courtesy the Cygnus-X1.net Facebook group:

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Facebook photos (Ged and Al with YYNot's CD)
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Facebook video (Al chatting with a fan on the train)
Facebook video (Al on the mic)

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Mon, Oct 15, 2018@6:24PM | comments
Alex Lifeson's 2018 Brush of Hope paintingAlex Lifeson is once again participating in The Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual A Brush of Hope charity auction this year with his painting Self Portrait #2, which is now available for bidding ...
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Sat, Oct 13, 2018@11:28AM | comments
2112Rush's 2112 is one of the 10 albums released between 1976 and 1985 to be nominated for the 2018 Polaris Heritage Prize, and voting is now open. Go vote for Rush!
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Fri, Oct 12, 2018@2:40PM | comments
Clockwork Lives: The Graphic NovelKevin J. Anderson announced earlier this afternoon that the television and film rights have been optioned for his Clockwork Lives novel that he co-wrote with Neil Peart ...
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Fri, Oct 12, 2018@10:00AM | comments
Robbie Krieger and Alex Lifeson at 2016 Medlock-Krieger Golf TournamentFriday Rush updates! "Grapes Under Pressure 4: Geddy and Alex's Excellent Harvest Adventure" this weekend, Alex Lifeson to participate in Medlock-Krieger Golf Classic and All-star Concert Oct 27-29, Hemispheres 40th anniversary box set, "Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass", and more ...
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Thu, Oct 11, 2018@11:22AM | comments
Robbie Krieger and Alex Lifeson at 2016 Medlock-Krieger Golf TournamentThe 11th annual Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Golf Classic and All-Star Concert to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will take place later this month on October 27-29 at the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, CA, and Rush's Alex Lifeson is one of the many guests scheduled to participate ...
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Fri, Oct 5, 2018@12:07PM | comments
Rush Hemispheres box setFriday Rush updates! "Hemispheres" 40th anniversary box set coming Nov. 16th and available for pre-order, Geddy Lee's "Big Beautiful Book of Bass" cover reveal and signed Limited Editions pre-order, steel drum orchestra Pan Rocks to release Rush tribute album featuring Mike Portnoy, and more ...
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Fri, Oct 5, 2018@9:27AM | comments
Rush Hemispheres box setRush will be releasing a Hemispheres box set to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the album's 1978 release. The set is slated for release on November 16th and will be made available as a 2 CD or 3 LP set along with a Super Deluxe edition ...
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Thu, Oct 4, 2018@9:49AM | comments
Pan Rocks Rush tributeSteel drum orchestra "Pan Rocks" announced this week that they will be returning to the studio this Fall to record a Rush tribute album featuring Mike Portnoy ...
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Tue, Oct 2, 2018@12:45PM | comments
Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass Ultra LE"Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass" Ultra and Luxe Limited Editions signed by Geddy Lee now available for pre-order via the Rush Backstage Club ...
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