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Kevin J. Anderson speaking at RushCon 2012 - photo courtesy RushCon
Kevin J. Anderson working on sequel to Clockwork Angels titled Clockwork Lives, also editing anthology of stories based on Rush songs including 2113 novella. Details here.
Geddy Lee ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Geddy Lee takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Details and video here.
Neil Peart
New Neil Peart news update for August, 2014 at NeilPeart.net titled Magnetic Mirages. Check it out here.
Lee Lifeson Art Park
New park in Toronto's Willowdale neighborhood to be named the Lee Lifeson Art Park. Details here.
Rush: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence
New book Rush: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence from Robert Freedman now available. Details here.
Far and Near
New Neil Peart book Far and Near: On Days Like These coming October 14th, now available for pre-order. Details here.
Issue 2
Clockwork Angels graphic novel issues #1, 2 3 and 4 now available! Details, previews and more here.
Rush Presto SACD
Rush Presto SACD now available from Audio Fidelity, 20% discount code available. Details here.
Doctors Geddy and Alex
Rush receive Honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from Nipissing University, accept via video. Details and video here.
Rush FAQ
New Rush FAQ book by Max Mobley now available for purchase. Details here.
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Kevin J. Anderson signing books at RushCon 13 - photo courtesy RushConDuring his speaking appearance at RushCon this past Sunday, Clockwork Angels author Kevin J. Anderson broke the news that he is working on 2 new Rush-related writing projects. The first project is a new companion novel to Clockwork Angels titled Clockwork Lives (as in the plural of life) that he and Neil Peart are about a third of the way finished with. The book will feature minor characters from Clockwork Angels and expand on their stories. The other project he's working on is an anthology of Rush-based stories that he'll be co-editing with John McFetridge for ECW Press (publisher of Clockwork Angels and Neil Peart's books). They have a team of award-winning and bestselling authors lined up to contribute short stories based on Rush songs, with Anderson himself contributing a novella titled 2113. You can watch a short video of Anderson making the Clockwork Lives announcement on the RushCon Facebook page at this link. No further details or release dates are available at this time.

Guitarist John Wesley's latest album Disconnect released back in April and Alex Lifeson makes a guest appearance, playing a guitar solo on the track Once a Warrior. Wesley is best known to Rush fans as the touring guitarist for Porcupine Tree. A live video of Wesley and his band performing Once a Warrior - including Wesley's tackling of Lifeson's solo - can be viewed on YouTube at this location. Wesley is the subject of an interview feature by Anil Prasad in the upcoming October, 2014 issue of Guitar Player magazine. The feature includes a short sidebar interview with Alex Lifeson where Alex talks about his involvement with Disconnect. When asked why he wanted to contribute to the album Alex says the following:

I could tell that John and I shared the same discipline in our guitar playing in terms of context and content; that's evident throughout Wes' songs on the album. The dynamics employed in his songwriting, and the strong vocal and guitar performances on every track make Disconnect cohesive and meaty. It was a privilege to be a part of it.

The October, 2014 issue of Guitar Player should be hitting newsstands next week, but you can see some preview scans of the feature by clicking the thumbnails above. You can learn more about John Wesley by visiting his website or following him on Facebook, and you can order your copy of Disconnect here.

Vertical Horizon Echoes from the UndergroundVertical Horizon's latest album Echoes from the Underground released late last year, and Neil Peart plays drums on the tracks Instamatic and South For The Winter. You can check out a video of Neil Peart in the studio tracking Instamatic at this location. There's also some older video of Neil in the studio with the band from back in early 2012. Neil had also made a guest appearance on Vertical Horizon's 2009 album Burning the Days, playing drums on three of the tracks along with penning the lyrics for one. Vertical Horizon frontman and Neil Peart's good friend Matt Scannell was recently interviewed for Guitar Player (thanks RushFanForever) and spoke about what it was like to work with Neil:

... It's a testament to how incredible he is to be able to say that recording with Neil Peart, the legend, is actually just like recording with Neil Peart, one of your best friends. He's one of my favorite human beings. But what you quickly realize with Neil is that he's just a guy who has a job, and he's really good at his job. ... One thing people might not realize about Neil's drumming is how much he plays for the singer. It's uncanny how sensitive he is to the voice. He wants to build you up as a singer and build up the vocal performance. As the singer in the band, it's really incredible to hear him propel me forward and raise me up. "Instamatic," to me, is one of the greatest performances of his incredible career. It's a master class in rock drumming and I was thrilled beyond belief to have him appear on our record. ...

Speaking of Neil, former Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk was recently interviewed by Music Times and revealed his 5 favorite drum solos, one of which is Neil Peart's YYZ solo from Exit...Stage Left:

"I played that drum solo at my talent show in high school," Wilk said. "I think Neil Peart has such an incredible mind to have created that drum solo. It's an iconic drum solo! That's not an easy thing to do. Every piece of that drum solo is a beautiful piece of work, and is executed with mass precision. That drum solo probably meant more to me than all the other drum solos that we're talking about, because when I was 12 or 13 it was the first drum solo that I saw that made me say, 'I want to do that.'"

Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) is a huge Rush fan, as he demonstrated in the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and in his speech at Rush's Hollywood Walk of Fame induction a few years back. Corgan was recently interviewed for the Chicago Sun-Times and discusses how Rush continues to inspire him (thanks Eric at Power Windows):

.... the Canadian rock giants [Rush] have taught him that "the right way to get older is no apologies, do your thing, and when you get out there, you can still walk off the stage feeling you're one of the best at what you do. You don't feel they're leaving anything on the table or phoning it in," he says. "That's the spirit that made you love them in the first place." ...

BBC Radio 2 has revealed their list of the Top 20 Greatest Guitar Riffs in musical history (in no particular order) as voted for by listeners, and Rush's The Spirit of Radio made the cut (thanks Runkerry).

Metro Weekly posted their list of the 50 Best Rock Albums of the '90s earlier this week and Rush's 1993 album Counterparts made the cut at #13:

Rush never really went away, but they did have a controversial synth-heavy period in the '80s that some fans love and some fans loathe. They'd gone back to a straightforward rock style with Presto (1989) and Roll the Bones (1991), but it was Counterparts, with those massive opening drums on "Animate," that got Rush fans really excited again. The album blasted all the way to #2 on the Billboard Album Chart, their highest placement ever. The hard-rocking single "Stick it Out" was major hit at rock radio, spending several weeks at the top, and the follow-up "Cold Fire" hit #2. Counterparts builds on the positive steps taken on Presto and Roll the Bones, and one-ups them with a whip-smart collection of songs that are - - of course - performed with Godlike precision. There is still nobody in rock today who can touch Rush for pure musicianship, and they've been doing it for 40 years. Amazing.

Listverse posted a list of 10 Artists You Didn't Realize Were One-Hit Wonders earlier this week and Rush topped the list (thanks Eric at Power Windows). Although initially this might sound like a slam on Rush, they actually praise the band for still being relevant after 40 years despite only having 1 top 40 hit:

... This Canadian prog-rock trio is fourth behind The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Aerosmith for the most gold and platinum albums by a band, yet critics were constantly all over their case for their pretentious, sci-fi themed lyrics and high-pitched vocals. But this scandal-free band never fell into the rock-and-roll stereotypes that plagued the longevity of countless acts before and after them. Rush's enduring popularity shows no indication that they only had one Top 40 hit.

And now we go from a perceived Rush slam to an actual Rush slam. Rush made Noisey's list of the 123 Worst Musicians of All Time, where they say that Rush is the soundtrack to being a f**king dork. Nice. Just for some perspective, The Beatles also made their list. I'd say this is probably the most mean-spirited and ignorant music list of all time. Thanks to Matt M for the heads up.

Hot Rod magazine is running a poll to determine the Greatest Car Song of All Time and Rush's Red Barchetta is one of the many choices provided. It's currently way out in front but if you haven't voted yet, you can vote here (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

Ultimate Classic Rock posted their list of the Top 10 Nerdiest Rush Songs earlier this week, and 2112 came out on top with Subdivisions coming in at #2 (thanks LanceTheShred). You can check out the entire list at this location. And in celebration of Labor Day this coming weekend, they also ran a poll to determine which song better represents the working class hero; Styx's Blue Collar Man or Rush's Working Man. Rush is currently waaay out on top as you can see here.

There are a couple of neat new Rush items available through Amazon to tell you about. Just in time for back to school, there's this cool new Rush Starman tin lunch box that I'd mentioned a couple weeks ago. These are selling fast so get one while you can; be cool or be cast out! Then there's this new Rush Logo Evolution t-shirt that showcases the band's name written with all of the various album logo fonts, surrounding the starman logo. You can grab one of these at this location (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

The month of September kicks off this coming Monday, September 1st (also Labor Day). September was a HUGE month for Rush releases over the years so there are several upcoming anniversaries to mention including A Farewell to Kings (September, 1977), Roll the Bones (September 3, 1991), Hold Your Fire (September 8, 1987), Signals (September 9, 1982), Test for Echo (September 10, 1996), Caress of Steel (September, 1975), and All the World's a Stage (September 29, 1976). Neil Peart and his wife Carrie Nuttall also are celebrating an anniversary this coming month; they were married back on September 9, 2000. And we can't forget about Neil's upcoming 62nd birthday on September 12th! Here's Kevin J. Anderson announcing his new Clockwork Lives writing collaboration with Neil Peart from this past weekend's RushCon:

Have a great Labor Day weekend everybody!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Alex Lifeson on his involvement with John Wesley's Disconnect in new Guitar Player interview
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Guitarist John Wesley's latest album Disconnect released back in April and Alex Lifeson makes a guest appearance, playing a guitar solo on the track Once a Warrior. Wesley is best known to Rush fans as the touring guitarist for Porcupine Tree. A live video of Wesley and his band performing Once a Warrior - including Wesley's tackling of Lifeson's solo - can be viewed on YouTube at this location. Wesley is the subject of an interview feature by Anil Prasad in the upcoming October, 2014 issue of Guitar Player magazine. The feature includes a short sidebar interview with Alex Lifeson where Alex talks about his involvement with Disconnect. When asked why he wanted to contribute to the album Alex says the following:

I could tell that John and I shared the same discipline in our guitar playing in terms of context and content; that's evident throughout Wes' songs on the album. The dynamics employed in his songwriting, and the strong vocal and guitar performances on every track make Disconnect cohesive and meaty. It was a privilege to be a part of it.

The October, 2014 issue of Guitar Player should be hitting newsstands next week, but you can see some preview scans of the feature by clicking the thumbnails above. You can learn more about John Wesley by visiting his website or following him on Facebook, and you can order your copy of Disconnect here.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy 61st birthday Alex Lifeson!
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Alex young and oldOn this day back in 1953, our favorite guitarist - Alexandar Zivojinovich (aka Alex Lifeson) - was born in Fernie, British Columbia to Serbian immigrants, Nenad and Melanija Zivojinovich. He turns 61 years young today which catches him up with his bandmates; Alex is the youngest member of Rush, being born about a month after Geddy Lee and just under a year after Neil. In honor of this occasion here's some video of a much younger (and hairier) Alex arguing with his parents over his future as a musician back in 1972. It's taken from the Alan King documentary Come on Children. Happy birthday Lerxst!! May you have many more.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart working on sequel to Clockwork Angels titled Clockwork Lives
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UPDATE - 8/24@5:35PM: So it sounds like Clockwork Lives won't necessarily be a sequel to Clockwork Angels but instead will be featuring minor characters from Clockwork Angels and expanding on their stories (thanks Kelly D).

UPDATE - 8/24@3:57PM: I had missed this before, but Anderson actually announced via his Facebook page (and at RushCon) the details behind the 2113 novella last night:

For those of you NOT lucky enough to be at Rushcon, I made an announcement this afternoon about an anthology of Rush-based stories I'll be coediting with John McFetridge for ECW (publishers of Clockwork Angels). We have a gang of award-winning and bestselling authors already lined up to contribute stories based on Rush songs. And I'll be doing a novella called "2113".

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Kevin J. Anderson signing books at RushCon 13 - photo courtesy RushConClockwork Angels author Kevin J. Anderson promised earlier this week that he'd be making a big announcement (or two) during his speaking appearance at RushCon this afternoon. The RushCon Facebook page just posted a short video of Anderson making the announcement which you can check out below or at this link. The big news is that he and Neil Peart are about one third of the way through writing a sequel to Clockwork Angels titled Clockwork Lives. Anderson even read the first couple of pages to the RushCon attendees.

As far as the 2nd announcement goes, yesterday evening longtime RIAB member and RushCon 14 attendee Kelly D tweeted out the following news that she received from Anderson:

BREAKING: @TheKJA to release novella called "2113" in @rushtheband story anthology @cygnusx1net @rushisaband

It's not clear whether Anderson elaborated on this news during his appearance or not. Anderson then posted some details later in the evening via his Facebook page:

For those of you NOT lucky enough to be at Rushcon, I made an announcement this afternoon about an anthology of Rush-based stories I'll be coediting with John McFetridge for ECW (publishers of Clockwork Angels). We have a gang of award-winning and bestselling authors already lined up to contribute stories based on Rush songs. And I'll be doing a novella called "2113".

More news as we learn it.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 8/24@1:31PM: Kevin J. Anderson spoke at RushCon today and revealed his second promised big announcement. Here's another tweet from Kelly D with the news:

BREAKING: @TheKJA and Neil Peart are in the process of writing new book called Clockwork Lives. . .!!!!!! @cygnusx1net @rushisaband

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UPDATE - 8/23@4:52PM: Although Kevin J. Anderson isn't scheduled to speak at RushCon until tomorrow, it seems that longtime RIAB member and RushCon 14 attendee Kelly D managed to get some info on what at least one of KJA's big announcements is in regards to. Here's what she tweeted out less than an hour ago:

BREAKING: @TheKJA to release novella called "2113" in @rushtheband story anthology @cygnusx1net @rushisaband

More news as we learn it.

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Kevin J. Anderson signing books at RushCon 13 - photo courtesy RushConTonight's the night! The 14th annual RushCon Rush fan convention begins this evening with an opening mixer at the Chelsea Eaton Churchill Ballroom, kicking off a 3-day, Rush-filled extravaganza in Rush's hometown of Toronto. Sunday's guest speaker at the Con will be Clockwork Angels author and good friend of Neil Peart - Kevin J. Anderson. Anderson tweeted out earlier this week that he'll be making a big announcement (or two) at the Convention this weekend:

And I will have a big announcement at @RushCon this weekend. Oh man, a big one. Maybe two. If you guys can handle it. @rushisaband

There's no other indication or clues as to what the announcement will be so there has been plenty of speculation over the past week (how about a Clockwork Angels movie?!). In addition to Anderson, the other guest speakers will be Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider, Rush roadie Tony "Jack Secret" Geranios, and author Martin Popoff. The convention will also include a Saturday night Rush tribute band show with Lotus Land; Rush-themed trivia, games, multimedia shows, door prizes, etc.; the Rush charity auction; a closing party on Sunday night at Alex Lifeson's Orbit Room with the David Barrett Trio; and more. You can still register online at this location or just register at the door this evening. For all the RushCon details just go to RushCon.org, and be sure to follow all the RushCon action on Facebook and Twitter.

Neil PeartAfter a long hiatus, Neil Peart once again updated the news page on his website yesterday. The August, 2014 entry is titled Magnetic Mirages and in it Neil details a couple of recent trips he took to the islands off the coast of California with his friends Craiggie and Chris Stankee. It's a long update (3 pages) and - as is typical with Neil's prose - is chock full of a number of historical anecdotes and reminiscences from Neil's past, but no news about Rush or the band's future plans unfortunately. You can read the entire update online at this location. And speaking of Neil, as part of MusicRadar.com and Rhythm magazine's online Drum Expo 2014 earlier this week, Neil Peart sat down with David West for an interview where he talks at length about his pursuit of excellence as a drummer. He speaks about all of the different teachers he's had over the years, his influences, his practice techniques and more. Here's Neil discussing the importance of being respected by fellow musicians:

... "There is nothing I would rather have than the respect of other musicians for what I do, but respect is something you have to earn continually. A lot of times people only respect dead musicians because they can't let you down. Everyone has had that experience of being a fan of someone who suddenly really lets you down. "As a musician it's my responsibility to get better and if people are admiring the work I do then that's even more inspiration to improve and to take it up a notch. The hunger for improvement and exploration and all that really does derive from the acclaim. I know people give me that respect so I feel I have to earn it."

You can read the entire interview online at MusicRadar.com here. As part of Drum Expo 2014 MusicRadar.com is also running a poll to determine the greatest drum song intro, and Rush's The Spirit of Radio is one of the choices. So go vote for Rush!

There was another Rush reference on Wednesday night's episode (Season 2, Episode 7 - Lamia) of the FX police drama The Bridge which complements the reference that occurred on the season 2 premiere last month. In that episode the character Daniel (played by Matthew Lillard) - who has substance abuse problems - goes to see his AA sponsor (played by Brian Baumgartner) who is wearing a Rush Grace Under Pressure t-shirt, and the 2 have a discussion involving Rush. Wednesday night's episode opened with the 2 characters in Daniel's apartment, both wearing Rush t-shirts (this time Daniel has the Grace Under Pressure shirt and his sponsor wears a Rush explosion t-shirt), doing cocaine and rocking out to Rush's The Spirit of Radio. The episode is available online for FX subscribers (you have to login with your cable TV provider) at this location.

NMR Distribution recently added a Rush Starman tin lunchbox to their large line of Rush merchandise seen here. This classic tin lunchbox measures 7.75" x 6.75" x 4" and is now available for purchase at this location. NMR Distribution also makes Rush playing cards, posters, and the official Rush calendar. The 16-month, 2015 Rush wall calendar also features the Rush Starman and is available here.

The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage made Rolling Stone's list of the 40 Greatest Rock Documentaries earlier this week, coming in at #29 (thanks RushFanForever):

Few bands have had such a divide between critical praise and fan adulation as Rush. Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen's straightforward doc chronicles the Canadian group from its beginnings as a high school band to the arena-filling prog behemoths they would become. Trent Reznor, Les Claypool, Jack Black, Kirk Hammett, Gene Simmons and Billy Corgan all appear to laud the group's music and influence, but this one makes the list for the treasure trove of archival footage geared toward the Rush completist (including a teen Alex Lifeson fighting with his parents about not finishing school). When the film was released, the self-described "world's most popular cult band" were still three years away from their Hall of Fame induction, but Stage functions as the cinematic accompaniment to that cherry-on-top honor. JN

Robert Freedman is an author, journalist, communications professional and keeper of the Rush Vault website who released a new book from Algora Publishing titled Rush: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence a couple of weeks ago. Here are some comments about the contents of the 178-page book from the author's website:

... Thanks to the work of lots of other people, including Chris McDonald and Durrell Bowman, whose books and Ph.D. dissertations paved the way for many of us who spend a lot of time thinking about the band's music, I found lots of great work to draw on. The one thing that was missing, in my view, was an overarching narrative that put everything the band has done under a single, unifying theme. It was my intention to do that in my book by showing how all of the band's music can be understood as an expression of classical liberalism rooted in Aristotelian individualism. ...

You can read an excerpt from the book's foreword which I had the honor of writing, and check out an excerpt from an early review of the book by Rush, Rock Music, and the Middle Class author Chris McDonald in this post. The book is available for purchase directly from the publisher, or from Amazon and other online retailers. And speaking of Rush and philosophy, Progarchy.com contributor eheter posted an article earlier this week where he argues that Neil Peart's lyrical philosophy is an example of Stoicism. It's a lengthy article which uses several examples from Rush's library of lyrics to illustrate the author's point. It's titled The Stoic Wisdom of Neil Peart and you can read it online here.

Calum Slingerland at Noisy.com posted a retrospective review of Rush's Moving Pictures this past week which you can check out here.

Geddy Lee made a stop at Long & McQuade in Yorkville earlier this week and posed for a photo which you can check out on the Long & McQuade Regina Facebook page (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

Runners World magazine is running a poll to determine the Best Running Songs and Rush's Marathon was one of the songs nominated in the 2nd heat. Unfortunately it did not make the final cut, coming in a distant 6th out of the 8 songs in their heat. You can check out the results so far at this location (thanks Ken M).

Geddy Lee ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeEarlier this week, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were nominated to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Geddy Lee was nominated by Primus bassist and Rush friend Les Claypool in this video, and Alex Lifeson was nominated by Bubbles from the Trailer Park Boys in this video. On Wednesday Geddy Lee accepted the challenge and posted the following video to Rush's YouTube channel, which includes a guest appearance from the Rush bobblehead dolls. He then forwarded on the challenge to Ed Robertson of the Bare Naked Ladies, actor Jay Baruchel and baseball legend Randy Johnson. Since Geddy made the challenge, all 3 of his nominees have accepted; Jay Baruchel's video is here, Randy Johnson's video is at this link and you can watch Ed Robertson's challenge video here.

This coming Wednesday, August 27th our favorite guitar player Alex Lifeson will turn 61 years young! Happy almost birthday Lerxst! That's all for this week. Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Neil Peart news update at NeilPeart.net
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[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: August, 2014 - Magnetic Mirages]

Neil PeartNeil Peart has once again updated the news page on his website. The August, 2014 entry is titled Magnetic Mirages and in it Neil details a couple of recent trips he took to the islands off the coast of California with his friends Craiggie and Chris Stankee. It's a long update (3 pages) and - as is typical with Neil's prose - is chock full of a number of historical anecdotes and reminiscences from Neil's past, but no news about Rush or the band's future plans unfortunately. You can read the entire update online at this location.

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Geddy Lee accepts Les Claypool's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
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UPDATE - 8/21@10:58PM: Randy Johnson accepted the challenge as well; here's his video (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 8/21@10:27PM: Ed Robertson also accepted Geddy's challenge and posted this video (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 8/21@4:01PM: Jay Baruchel accepted Geddy's challenge and posted this video.

Geddy Lee ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeA couple of days ago, Primus bassist and Rush friend Les Claypool nominated Geddy Lee for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in this video. Yesterday evening Geddy Lee accepted the challenge and posted the following video to Rush's YouTube channel, which includes a guest appearance from the Rush bobblehead dolls. He then forwards on the challenge to Ed Robertson of the Bare Naked Ladies, actor Jay Baruchel and baseball legend Randy Johnson. We'll now have to see whether Alex Lifeson will also accept his challenge from Bubbles!

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Rush reference on last night's episode of FX's The Bridge
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The Bridge Ep 7, Season 2 Rush referenceThere was another Rush reference on last night's episode (Season 2, Episode 7 - Lamia) of the FX police drama The Bridge which complements the reference that occurred on the season 2 premiere last month. In that episode the character Daniel (played by Matthew Lillard) - who has substance abuse problems - goes to see his AA sponsor (played by Brian Baumgartner) who is wearing a Rush Grace Under Pressure t-shirt, and the 2 have a discussion about Rush. In last night's episode, it opens with the 2 characters in Daniel's apartment, both wearing Rush t-shirts (this time Daniel has the Grace Under Pressure shirt and his sponsor wears a Rush explosion t-shirt), doing cocaine and rocking out to Rush's The Spirit of Radio. The episode is available online for FX subscribers (you have to login with your cable TV provider) at this location. Thanks to Geddimus Prime for the heads up.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Neil Peart on his pursuit of excellence as a drummer in new Drum Expo 2014 interview
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Drum Expo 2014As part of MusicRadar.com and Rhythm magazine's online Drum Expo 2014, Neil Peart sat down with David West for an interview where he talks at length about his pursuit of excellence as a drummer. He speaks about all of the different teachers he's had over the years, his influences, his practice techniques and more. Here's Neil discussing the importance of being respected by fellow musicians:

... "There is nothing I would rather have than the respect of other musicians for what I do, but respect is something you have to earn continually. A lot of times people only respect dead musicians because they can't let you down. Everyone has had that experience of being a fan of someone who suddenly really lets you down. "As a musician it's my responsibility to get better and if people are admiring the work I do then that's even more inspiration to improve and to take it up a notch. The hunger for improvement and exploration and all that really does derive from the acclaim. I know people give me that respect so I feel I have to earn it."

You can read the entire interview online at MusicRadar.com here.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Les Claypool, Bubbles
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UPDATE - 8/21@10:50AM: Geddy Lee accepts the challenge!

Bubbles ice bucket challengeLes Claypool ice bucket challengeUnless you've been living under a rock for the past several weeks, then you are no doubt familiar with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It's an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head to help raise both awareness and funding for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease) research efforts. Participants usually nominate others to participate and within 24 hours of being challenged, are supposed to video themselves taking the challenge or else donate $100 to the charity. Once completed they can then call out a challenge to other people. Just today, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were nominated to participate in the challenge. Geddy Lee was nominated by Primus bassist and Rush friend Les Claypool in this video (thanks HighFidelityRob), and Alex Lifeson was nominated by Bubbles from the Trailer Park Boys in this video (thanks Clansman2112). We'll have to wait and see if either of them takes up the challenge. So far Neil Peart has not been challenged (at least not that I'm aware of).

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