Archive: Blog Entries from September, 2006

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Alex Lifeson to host Trailer Park Boys movie TV special
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Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrackUPDATE - 7/2@10:04AM: Thanks to RushFanForever for finding the special on YouTube. You can watch it here.

UPDATE - 10/1@9:22AM: Here's the latest press release on the film. No new information though.

If you've been following this site for the past month or so, you no doubt are aware that the Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrack will be released this Tuesday along with the Canadian theatrical release of the movie on Friday. Alex Lifeson was heavily involved in the soundtrack. He compiled a Canadian "supergroup" called The Big Dirty Band and produced as well as played on their version of the 60s hit I Fought the Law for the soundtrack. Geddy Lee also played on the song and both Alex and Geddy also appear in the video which was released a couple weeks ago. Alex also plays on Liquor and Whores as a member of Bubbles and the Shit Rockers - and The Spirit of Radio is included on the soundtrack as well. The movie also contains a cameo from Lerxst where he plays, very appropriately, a cop.

So here's the rundown of the events of the week ahead. On Tuesday, Oct 3rd the movie soundtrack will be released on Anthem records in Canada. Also, the world premier screening will occur in Toronto with a "supergroup" concert to follow. I'm unsure whether this will be recorded and/or televised but Showcase TV will air a Trailer Park Boys: The Movie-Behind the Scenes special. Here's the synopsis:

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie - Behind The Scenes gives both Trailer Park Boys' fans and film-lovers an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of the highly anticipated feature film which is based on the hugely popular Showcase series. Loaded with exclusive clips from the film, behind the scenes footage and cast and crew interviews, this hilarious half-hour is sure to entertain.

On Friday, Oct 6th the movie will be released across Canada and Showcase TV will air a special hosted by Alex Lifeson called Trailer Park Boys 101. Here's the synopsis:

From his unique perspective as not only a Trailer Park Boys fan but a guest star on one of its most popular episodes, Rush's Alex Lifeson guides the audience on an insider's tour of the world of Trailer Park Boys. Packed with hilarious clips from the first six seasons as well as producer interviews, this half-hour Showcase special is a must-see for not only fans of the hit series but for those who have been wondering what all the buzz is about.

Related Posts:
[Music video for The Big Dirty Band's I Fought the Law on YouTube]
[Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrack available for preorder]
[The Big Dirty Band premiers I Fought the Law on MySpace!]
[The Trailer Park Boys movie: soundtrack tracklist and a cameo from Officer Alex Lifeson]
[The Big Dirty Band and I Fought the Law: single to be released Sept. 12 with video shortly after and ... live dates!?]
[Rumors within rumors in a spiral array: Richard Chycki, Rush and the Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrack]
[Nick Raskulinecz to produce new Rush album]
[Alex and Geddy to record a song for Trailer Park Boys movie?]
[New Trailer Park Boys movie trailer online]

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Rik Emmett and Alex Lifeson pic from summer guitar workshop
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Rik Emmett and Alex LifesonA couple weeks back I reported how Rik Emmett (Triumph) had published a Q&A about his time spent with Alex Lifeson at the GuitarWorkshop Plus this past July in his September newsletter. Rik has a photo of himself and Lerxst at the workshop with all the attendees featured on his website along with this caption:

Rik and Alex Lifeson hamming it up during their excellent adventure at the GWP [Guitar Workshop Plus] on July 19 in Oakville Ontario. Yes, it is true - all 160 guitarists present jammed together on the main riff from Working Man.

Very cool. 160 guitars! I would have loved to hear that. Thanks to reader Chad for the heads up.

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Guitar Hero 2 featuring YYZ available for preorder
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In May it was announced that the long-awaited sequel to the popular Guitar Hero video game for the Playstation 2 would be featuring Rush's YYZ along with at least 55 other songs from various artists. Guitar Hero II will be released on November 7th and is now available for preorder. A trailer of the game featuring both guitar and bass parts for YYZ in its entirety can be viewed here and another shorter trailer here.

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[Guitar Hero 2 featuring YYZ preview online]
[YYZ to be featured in Guitar Hero 2 video game]

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New live video: Xanadu from the Exit ... Stage Left video
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Exit ... Stage Left video[Xanadu from the Exit ... Stage Left video]

I just found this on YouTube - probably my favorite performance from Exit ... Stage Left. It's Xanadu. Watch it here.

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Friday, September 29, 2006

The latest new album news: producer confirmed; 9 songs written, 12 planned
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[Rush working on new album]

Jam! magazine gives us the latest update on the new album. We've known this for a while now, but it looks like this is the official confirmation that Nick Raskulinecz will produce the next album:

Canadian rock legends Rush will be co-producing their new studio album for Anthem Records with Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters). The American producer will be flying up to Toronto next week to meet with the band, which is in the demo phase right now.

"It's early stages. We have nine songs written so far," says guitarist Alex Lifeson. "We're going to continue until we have about 12 songs and finish up preproduction at the end of October, so we'll be really well prepared and then go in the studio in November and start recording." ...

So it looks like they plan on filling out the album with a dozen songs or so; which probably means no side-long epics. :)

Asked about how the songs are developing, Alex Lifeson states the following:

... "there's a quality about this record that's very expansive and musically lyrical. It's very melodic. I've written almost exclusively on acoustic guitar. When Geddy and I write, I'm playing acoustic and he's playing bass, so there's a different character to the way the writing is developing.

"To me, it seems so apparent immediately whether a piece of music works or not when it's written on acoustic. You're not fooled by some distorted sound or some effect you put on guitar or something like that. This is pure in its essence and you know right away whether this chorus works or whether this verse works.

"So I'm really excited about the way this is going to develop once we start recording it."

Interesting. I'm psyched. Thanks to reader ken for the heads up.

Related Posts:
[New Neil Peart interview up at billboard.com]
[Neil Peart interview report with new album news]
[Nick Raskulinecz to produce new Rush album]
[Neil Peart site update: new album news, a side project and the West Coast Kit]
[Geddy Lee hopes for new album and tour in early 2007]
[New album news from NeilPeart.net!]
[Close encounters of the Alex Lifeson kind ... and new album news]
[New album, tour and book: NeilPeart.net News Update!]

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Alex Lifeson's Painting to be auctioned for Kidney Foundation of Canada
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Here's some Alex Lifeson news from Power Windows:

Alex Lifeson, along with about 90 other Canadian celebrities, has created a painting for "A Brush of Hope", a project of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, which will be sold on www.ebay.ca between Nov 2 and 12. Besides the Ebay auction, the paintings will be on display at Kitchener City Hall between Oct 11 and 13, and again at the Kidney Foundation's Funny Fall Gala on November 10th. For more information, contact the Western Ontario Chapter of The Kidney Foundation of Canada at (519) 742-2023, or visit www.kidney.on.ca for info on the Funny Fall Gala. - Sep. 29, 2006

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Happy 30th birthday All the World's a Stage!
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30 years ago today Rush released their first live album, All the World's a Stage.

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Roadshow: first impressions - a semi-review
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I went on motorcycle ride across Texas with Neil Peart last night. At least that's what it felt like. I'm a few chapters into Neil's new book Roadshow: Landscape With Drums and am thoroughly enjoying it. I can't really call this a review yet since I'm only one third into it, but I'll give my opinion so far; a semi-review if you will.

The quality of the writing is right in line with his other three books but one observation I've made so far is that it's funny - I mean laugh-out-loud funny at times. If I had to describe Neil's 4 books in one word I'd maybe use descriptive for The Masked Rider, inspirational for Ghost Rider, nostalgic for Traveling Music and, for Roadshow, funny or whimsical might work; at least from what I've read so far.

There are also several really cool portions where Neil explains some bits of Rush trivia that I've always wondered about. For instance, if you ask most diehard Rush fans who Dirk, Lerxst and Pratt are- they'll probably be able to tell you that these are nicknames for Geddy, Alex and Neil respectively. These nicknames were canonized by the band on the R30 tour when they were proudly displayed during the intermission Rush-bobblehead puppet movie, That Darn Dragon. But although having heard these nicknames, I've never heard a solid explanation as to their origins. Neil clears things up on page 90 of Roadshow:

Over the years, I have been called Bubba, the Professor (after the "Gilligan's Island" character), the Submariner (after my hairline, which allegedly resembled the superhero's vee-shaped cowl), and Pratt, which was a play on the various buthcherings of my simple Anglo-Saxon surname, "Peert," which the other guys were amused to hear everybody, from hotel staff to fans, insist on pronouncing "Pert," "Part," "Pairt," and even "Pee-art." (I prefer to think my friends' choice of nickname for me has no relation to the English slang work "prat," meaning "ass.") ... Pratt was the name that endured, morphing into Nels Pratt, then just Nels, which Alex and Liam usually called me, or Mr. P., as Geddy preferred. To the rest of us, Alex was usually "Lerxst," which came from a long-ago, exaggerated pronunciation of his name as "A-lerxst." Geddy was commonly "Dirk," which derived from an invented name for an archetypical rock bass player, or secret agent - Dirk Lee. - p. 90

Ever since I started this site, I often get questions from fans about all things Rush. They figure that since I have this website, I must know a lot. That might be true, but I have yet to receive my Phd in Rushology - I'm working on it though. Anyways, one question I've been asked several times is "what are those funny hats Neil wears, why does he wear them and where can I get one?". I had some idea of what they were: some version of a kufi; an African prayer cap, but that's about it. Neil gives us the lowdown on page 91.:

... One side of the case held a row of hanging black pants and T-shirts - my stage clothes - beside a stack of drawers containing several pairs of dancing shoes, a wide variety of African-style hats (made for me by a Toronto milliner named Sheila, they were based on prayer caps I had collected in Africa, and an Israeli version Geddy had bought for me on his travels - they were great for keeping sweat out of my eyes) ...

I thought this next excerpt was just a very interesting bit of trivia about a lyric contained in the song "Analog Kid":

... The other Ohio town I liked to pass through was Beach City, just to the east, near Canton. The summer before I turned fifteen, my family camped outside Montreal to visit the World's Fair, Expo '67, and at the campgroun, I mete a girl from Ohio. Her father was extremely watchful (warning her that Canadian boys had "Roman hands and Russian fingers"), and we never even kissed, but I fell hopelessly in fourteen-year-old love, and wrote to her all that summer, to Beach City, Ohio.

I remember sitting on the front steps of our house waiting for the mailman, and when her letters trickled off, I was devastated. Maybe her father made her stop writing to me. In any case, I always remembered her ("the fawn-eyed girl with sun-browned legs" in the song "The Analog Kid"), and the name of that town in Ohio. ...

Beach City is not far from where I live - and I've known a couple fawn-eyed girls from the Canton area myself back from my college days at the University of Akron. It's really neat to hear Neil talk about travelling through my stomping grounds of Northeast Ohio and describing the show that I went to at Blossom Music Center in the Cuyahoga Valley from his standpoint. He talked about the rain - which I clearly remember - and mentioned that it was a "good show"; I remember it as a great show. :)

This book is really good. Neil continues to top himself with each subsequent book, attacking the role of author with the same vigor and dedication that he does his role of drummer. If you're a Rush fan, read it. If you're not a Rush fan, read it. :)

Related Posts:
[Neil Peart's new book Roadshow released]
[Selected excerpts from upcoming Neil Peart book, Roadshow]

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Alex Lifeson's guitar doctor
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[Guitar Doctor]

This little article on guitar repairer (is that a word?) John Warden makes mention of Alex Lifeson. Apparently Alex (and some other big names) has used this guy's services:

... Some of music's biggest names, including rocker Bruce Springsteen, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and legendary classical musician Andres Segovia, have sent their instruments to Warden for adjustments or repairs. ...

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Richard Cheese's lounge cover of The Trees released today
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A few weeks ago I posted about how LA cover band and comedy act Richard Cheese and Lounge Against The Machine were slated to release their new CD Silent Nightclub today. The CD contains a lounge-style cover of The Trees which you can listen to a snippet of using the player below (or access directly here).

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Geddy released
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[Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle, "Geddy"]

It's not what you're thinking. No, Geddy wasn't involved in an Alex-esque brawl with police in a Naples hotel. The Geddy referred to here is a turtle. What could be better for a slow Rush news day than a story about a turtle named Geddy? (Get it.. slow.. turtle.. ) :)

... On Friday, September 8, 2006 the National Aquarium in Baltimore's Marine Animal Rescue Program released a rehabilitated endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle. The turtle stranded in June on Hooper's Island in the Chesapeake Bay. It had ingested a recreational fishing rig and had a hook lodged deep in its esophagus. Aquarium veterinarians surgically removed the hook and the animal was rehabilitated in the Aquarium's hospital pool. ... The turtle, named Geddy, was released with a satellite tag affixed to its back that will transmit information about where it goes. The tag could track Geddy's movements for up to several months until the adhesive fails and the tag falls off. The satellite tag was provided through the generous support of The Herbert Bearman Foundation, Inc., who also chose the name of the turtle.

Thanks to National Midday Sun forum member Nick for this breaking news.

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I got nothin'
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Nada. Not much going on in the world of Rush the last couple of days. The boys are hunkered down in a studio somewhere in the Toronto area working on pre-production for the new album. So take advantage of this lull and check out this video of toddler Holly rocking out to Bastille Day. Hopefully I'll have more to report soon.

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Music video for The Big Dirty Band's I Fought the Law on YouTube
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The music video for The Big Dirty Band's I Fought the Law is now up on YouTube. Thanks binks! Enjoy!

Related Posts:
[Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrack available for preorder]
[The Big Dirty Band premiers I Fought the Law on MySpace!]
[The Trailer Park Boys movie: soundtrack tracklist and a cameo from Officer Alex Lifeson]
[The Big Dirty Band and I Fought the Law: single to be released Sept. 12 with video shortly after and ... live dates!?]
[Rumors within rumors in a spiral array: Richard Chycki, Rush and the Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrack]
[Nick Raskulinecz to produce new Rush album]
[Alex and Geddy to record a song for Trailer Park Boys movie?]
[New Trailer Park Boys movie trailer online]
[Trailer Park Boys "Closer to the Heart" guitar auction]
[Trailer Park Boys: Closer to the Heart]
[Trailer Park Boys Movie Trailer Featuring Music by Rush]

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Details Online Regarding Commemorative Drum Kit and Drum Sticks
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For any collectors out there with deep pockets, Power Windows reports the following:

Details are now online at GuitarCenter.com regarding the commemorative drum kit and drum sticks. As was posted here last month, DW Drums has produced thirty limited edition R30 tourkits, replicas of the kit Peart used during the R30 tour complete with gold plated hardware and custom album logos. Although the kit will include all three snares and complete set of Paragon cymbals, it will not include the Roland V drums. Only 30 will be available, and although the suggested retail price will be $53,000, they will be available to order from Guitar Center for $30,000. The kits will not be available for order until on October 30th at 8am, and there will be no pre-orders. The R30 Drum Kit will be in Guitar Center's October catalog, and will also be available on NeilPeart.net. In addition, Pro-Mark has produced limited edition R30 Neil Peart drum sticks to be available at Guitar Center and Musician's Friend stores on October 1st. Two sets will be available: one will include sticks for Test For Echo, Grace Under Pressure, and Counterparts, while another will include sticks for Presto, Roll The Bones, and 2112. Each set will include a chance to win a copy of Roadshow or Anatomy of a Drum Solo. For more information on the sticks, visit neilpeartdrumsticks.com. - Sep. 22, 2006

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrack available for preorder
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Alex LifesonUPDATE - 9/23@9:38AM: It's on YouTube now! You can watch it here. Thanks binks!

UPDATE - 9/22@5:04PM: The video for I Fought the Law is now posted on The Big Dirty Band MySpace page! Friggin' awesome. It's in quicktime and embedded on the page under the "General Info" section. Thanks to Subdivision40 for the heads up.

Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrackThe Rush Backstage Club is now offering the Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrack for preorder here. It's listed for $17.99 USD and will ship on the release date of October 3rd. You can listen to 4 tracks from the soundtrack (including Alex Lifeson's Big Dirty Band version of I Fought the Law) at The Big Dirty Band MySpace page and the film's website. The full tracklist with song lengths is:

1. Big Dirty Drums 1:51
2. I Fought the Law - The Big Dirty Band 3:51
3. The Spirit of Radio - Rush 4:56
4. Trailer Park Life - J-Roc 2:41
5. Credulence 1:43
6. Sweet Leaf - Alexisonfire 6:26
7. All Touch - Rough Trade 3:32
8. Shithawks 2:23
9. I'm On Fire For You Baby - April Wine 3:36
10. Bobcaygeon - The Tragically Hip 5:00
11. Orca - Wintersleep 3:38
12. Swamp Water - Swollen Members 3:16
13. Ricky's Day in Court 4:00
14. Liquor & Whores - Bubbles & The Shit Rockers 3:03

The music video for I Fought the Law has also been released and is currently in rotation on Canadian video channel, MuchMusic. I don't have MuchMusic and I haven't seen the video online anywhere (like YouTube) though. If you've seen it, let us know what you think.

Related Posts:
[The Big Dirty Band premiers I Fought the Law on MySpace!]
[The Trailer Park Boys movie: soundtrack tracklist and a cameo from Officer Alex Lifeson]
[The Big Dirty Band and I Fought the Law: single to be released Sept. 12 with video shortly after and ... live dates!?]
[Rumors within rumors in a spiral array: Richard Chycki, Rush and the Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrack]
[Nick Raskulinecz to produce new Rush album]
[Alex and Geddy to record a song for Trailer Park Boys movie?]
[New Trailer Park Boys movie trailer online]
[Trailer Park Boys "Closer to the Heart" guitar auction]
[Trailer Park Boys: Closer to the Heart]
[Trailer Park Boys Movie Trailer Featuring Music by Rush]

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Guitar Player Magazine's Top 10 Rush riffs
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Guitar Player November 2006[The Top Ten Rush Riffs of All Time]

The November 2006 issue of Guitar Player Magazine features an article on Rush in their Lessons section's Lick Library. The article goes over the Top Ten Rush Riffs of All Time and the print version of the article contains all the sheet music. The songs are as follows:

Working man
Fly By Night
Closer to the Heart
Free Will
Broon's Bane
Limelight
Red Barchetta
Tom Sawyer
YYZ
Thae Spirit of Radio

And here's the transcript of the introductory blurb from the article:

Long hailed as the kings of progressive rock, Rush is a riff band in the truest sense, which makes for a great Lick Library. Sporting skin-tight ensemble interplay that reveals a depth of musical maturity well beyond the Dungeons & Dragons-style mythos found in many of their song lyrics, the band stands as one of the rock's riffiest units. But one thing Rush can never be accused of is humorless stoicism. The band has been known to use the Three Stooges theme song as a concert fanfare and drag washing machines onstage. On the other hand, you won't find a harder-working group of musicians.

Formed in Toronto, Canada, in 1969 by guitarist Alex Lifeson, bassist Geddy Lee, and drummer John Rutsey, the band began concocting its durable catalog when Neil Peart joined the group as drummer and lyricist just prior to recording the self-titled first album in 1974. The trio's tireless work ethic yielded a stream of classic albums that established the trio as the fifth best-selling rock band of all time, with 23 gold and 14 platinum albums-including three multi-platinum awards-to their credit. Emphasizing the "prog" end of the rock spectrum, Fly by Night, 2112, A Farewell to Kings, Permanent Waves, Presto, Roll the Bones, Vapor Trails, and the much-lauded Moving Pictures are guitar-centric albums filled with songs as recognizable for their signature instrumental riffs as they are for their vocal melodies.

Over the years, Lifeson has played Gibson ES-335s, Les Pauls, and a very special 1977 ES-355 (used on everthing Rush recorded between 1977 and 1981), as well as Fender Stratocasters-which he began hot-rodding with replacement pickups before such things became commonplace-powered by Marshall, Gallien-Krueger, and Carvin amplifiers. Currently, his rig consists of PRS guitars through his signature Hughes & Kettner amp. Lifeson was also a pre-Van Halen endorser of the Floyd Rose locking tremolo system, and has always employed a wide variety of signal processors. In concert, both Lee and Lifeson have been known to cover synth and bass parts on sets of Moog Taurus bass pedals. (Lee also plays keyboards.) These additional elements-in tandem with Peart's humongous drum kit-enable the trio to produce a massive live sound that continues to draw sell-out crowds, garner awards, and keep audiences clamoring for more.

Because some Rush songs are so riff-laden, I felt compelled to include multiple examples in several of the following entries. So roll the bones, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to rip into ten classic Rush riffs that read more like 20.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Neil Peart's new book Roadshow released
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It's here; a little early too. Neil Peart's 4th book, Roadshow: Landscape with Drums, A Concert Tour by Motorcycle, which chronicles his travels on the R30 tour, has been released. He's been making the interview circuit to promote the book the last couple of weeks. He's conducted interviews with Jim Ladd of KLOS, Billboard.com, Eddie Trunk for VH1 Classic, Mark Goodman for Sirius Satellite Classic Rewind and Maxim Radio on the Bower Show. In the interviews he's spoken extensively about the book. Here's the synopsis from the publisher:

For thirty years, Neil Peart had wanted to write a book about "the biggest journey of all in my restless existence: the life of a touring musician." Finally, the right time, and the right tour . . .

In the summer of 2004, after three decades, twenty gold albums, and thousands of performances spanning four continents, the band Rush embarked on a celebratory 30th Anniversary World Tour. The "R30" tour traveled to nine countries, where the band performed fifty-seven shows in front of more than half a million fans. Uniquely, Peart chose to do his between-show traveling by motorcycle, riding 21,000 miles of back roads and highways in North America and Europe - from Appalachian hamlets and Western deserts to Scottish castles and Alpine passes.

Roadshow illuminates the daunting rigors of a major international concert tour, as well as Peart's exploration of the scenic byways and country towns along the way. His evocative and entertaining prose carries the reader through every performance and every journey, sharing the bittersweet reflections triggered by the endlessly unfolding landscape. Observations and reflections range from the poignantly, achingly personal to the wickedly irreverent.

Part behind-the-scenes memoir, part existential travelogue, Roadshow winds through nineteen countries on both sides of the Atlantic, in search of the perfect show, the perfect meal, the perfect road, and an elusive inner satisfaction that comes only with the recognition that the journey itself is the ultimate destination.

The inner workings of the tour, the people Peart works with and the people he meets, the roads and stages and ever-changing scenery - all flow into an irresistible story. ...

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Another Neil Peart interview
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[Neil Peart Visits The Bower Show]

Monday we got to listen to Neil Peart speak with Mark Goodman on Sirius Satellite Classic Rewind. He also recently did another interview for Sirius - this one on Maxim Radio (Sirius Channel 108) for the Bower Show. A transcript of the interview is posted at the Sirius website here. Again, no new information - he just covers all the same topics that he's covered in his other recent interviews, focusing on his new book. But there is this interesting Jack Black story:

We opened our show through the last tour with a film, it was a dream sequence, and at the end, Jerry Stiller wakes up, and says, "Whoa! Did I miss the show?" And then he calls us to the stage. We originally wanted Jack Black to do that. We called his people, and they said he wasn't available. When I met Jack he said, "I never heard about that! I would have done it, I'm at your service!" So when we played in Irvine Meadows in Southern California, he came to the show. I told him, well, we keep these dryers on stage, we have t-shirts in them, and at the end of the show, Geddy and Alex pass the shirts out to the audience. So we asked him to come out and do that, and he said, "Oh, yeah!" Well, it turned into performance art. While we're playing "2112," he somersaults onto the stage, striking rock poses in front of Geddy on stage, he climbs up on the dryer, he starts stripping, he's down to his boxers with the "plumber's crack," he immerses himself in posing, then he sommersaults off stage, and we're looking at each other going "What just happened?"

I've seen pictures from this show and I always wondered whose "plumber's crack" it was. Now I know. Funny. :) Thanks to reader Ken for the heads up.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Show of Hands video on YouTube
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UPDATE - 9/20@9:26AM: They're all up there now. Thanks lmpec!

Nearly the entire A Show of Hands video is now up on YouTube - all but 2 tracks I think. You can watch them all here. But if you haven't already, you really should buy Replay X 3 and watch them in DVD quality.

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Rush featured on Wikipedia
9:50AM EST | link | comments (3) |

A couple of readers (Al, xanadu2112) sent me this bit of news. The online encylopedia, Wikipedia, features an article every day and today's feature is, you guessed it ... Rush! I use Wikipedia extensively on this site - I find it's probably the best reference resource on the web. Cool.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Neil Peart Sirius satellite radio interview online
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The Neil Peart Sirius satellite interview from earlier today is now available online. You can listen to it using the player above or access it directly here. Like his other interviews of late, Neil mostly discusses his new book Roadshow. Some other topics; the R30 dryers, multi-show fans, intrusive fans, his motorcycle, touring, writing lyrics and drummer jokes. In essence, it echoes much of what was said in his billboard interview; but it's always great to listen to Neil speak.

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Rik Emmett reports on guitar workshop with Alex Lifeson
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Rik Emmett and Alex LifesonThis past July, Alex Lifeson was a participant in GuitarWorkshop Plus; a Toronto-based musicians workshop which offers several courses for guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and vocals over 3 summer sessions. Also at the workshop was fellow Canadian musician and founding member of Triumph, Rik Emmett. Power Windows just reported that Emmett published a Q&A about his time spent with Alex Lifeson at the workshop in his September Network Newsletter:

Q: "I would love to hear about your time with Alex Lifeson."

Rik: He talked about his upcoming Greek holiday [we were in a Greek restaurant]: his love of good food and wine: his friendship with Pink Floyd crew people: how he shares Leaf tickets with Geddy, and is amazed at how people are rabid for them [even though he can take it or leave it, mostly leave it]; he chatted about opening act friendships he'd struck up with Eric Johnson, Morse, about the time he met Jimmy Page, and how he was like a nervous schoolboy, and he also spoke of when Geddy met Robert Plant ... The conversation also came from Brian Murray, who runs the workshop...they talked a lot - a LOT - about golf, since Alex plays a lot but is also a part owner in a course now north-east of the city ... [I don't play - I just listened to most of this] ... Lots and lots of shop talk about guitars & amps, etc. Alex has a new raft of endorsement deals.

We played an extended jam on a D tuning he's been writing in, which morphed into a version of 'Norwegian Wood'. After a lengthy Q & A, we played a 12 bar blues-y funk thing [loosely based on the groove of Steely Dan's "Home at Last" feel] ... and then we did a jam for the whole audience [about 160 guitars] on the chord progression of the old Rush classic "Working Man" - and Alex launched into a Geddy Lee vocal impression which brought the house down.

[The workshop] went great. Lots and lots of Q & A ... Plenty of jokes and anecdotes. He is a sweet and gentle fellow, and it was quite touching to see how rabid his fans are. Every single person, and the instructors and faculty, all lined up for autographs and photos. The meet & greet lasted over an hour.

Q: "Any chance that Uncle Rikky would show up on a future tour for a few shows????"

Rik: I dunno ... I kinda sorta doubt it, to be honest. When he talks about stadium shows in South America, and playing the huge halls all over the world: when he [gently, not with any bragging or anything] gives you insight into the privileged world of mega-wealth, and mega-success, the circles that he can travel in, the kinds of choices that Rush makes for itself, because it can afford to pretty much do whatever it likes, in whatever kind of creature comfort surroundings it chooses, you realize that it's a different league, a different set of rules. When they sometimes take on an opening act, an Eric Johnson, or a Steve Morse, it's because the double-bill makes sense in a kind of 'prog' way, or in a high-end Pink Floyd-ish kind of "technical" way: they tend towards the 'monster' musicians who dominate aspects of the guitar magazines. Because I am more of an eclectic singer-songwriter, it puts me into a different category. Besides, they don't really need an opening act in most markets. And if & when they do, they'd probably choose one that enhances their ticket sales by thousands [not hundreds]. A lot of music lovers would like to think that they are very open-minded and liberal in their tastes, but when you get them together in their respective groups, they tend towards a mob mentality of 'exclusion'. And Alex said, more than a few times, that Rush fans are very dedicated, very loyal, and very opinionated about what they don't like. To my perception, the 'core values' of their music [and any 'bill' they might put together for a gig] has to include the gymnastics of odd time signatures, of virtuoso ensemble playing, of lengthy intricate solos, of big riffs & themes, of esoteric lyric writing along social & political themes, etc. It's weird, in a way. They've used cartoons to open shows. They've openly engaged in pure shtick [the washers & dryers on stage instead of amps is a good example]. But they are also a very serious, conscientious band about a very narrow kind of quality, and it's the kind that has to say 'progressive' to a fan of that music..."

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Reminder: Neil Peart interview on Sirius satellite radio today
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Last week I reported that Neil Peart will be interviewed by Mark Goodman on Sirius Satellite Classic Rewind, Channel 15 today at 12PM EST. If you don't have Sirius, you can go to the website and signup for a free 3-day online trial. It's easy, I just did it and I'm listening to the program right now. I should be able to record it (fingers crossed), but I'm not giving any guarantees and I'm unsure when I'll have it up online.

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Rush in OZ
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Neil Cladingboel and his Rush collectionI first became aware of an online petition effort to get Rush to finally tour Australia (they never have) a few months ago and had meant to post about it but just haven't gotten around to it. Then a persistent Aussie fan (and sci-fi author), Neil Cladingboel, contacted me and got me thinking about the petition again. To assist the effort he decided to put together a portal site specifically dedicated to the effort to get Rush to tour Australia. I thought it was a very clever and nicely done site and so decided to feature it here. It's called Rush in OZ. Neil will even send you an ebook copy of his first novel if you sign the petition; yes, a clever marketing ploy but also generous of him. :)

I really feel for those fans down under, but unfortunately doubt that Rush will ever make it there. But who knows? Maybe some day. It's certainly worth a try. So help them out and sign the petition if you can.

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Rush reference in Artie Lange's Beer League movie
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Beer LeagueArtie Lange is a tv and movie actor, stand up comedian, radio personality and Rush fan best known for being one of the original cast of MADtv and for taking over for Jackie Martling on The Howard Stern Show, where he often makes mention of Rush. His new movie Beer League was just released and contains a Rush reference. Here's the report from Counterparts member Buttmanos who recently saw the movie:

Artie, 37, who lives at home with his mom, brings a girl back to his bedroom in order to have sex. The girl is concerned that the walls are too thin, and that Artie's mom will hear. Artie replies something like this: "are you kidding? No one can hear shit in here! You can play drums in here! You can play the f-ckin drum solo for TOM SAWYER in here!". The girl asks: "what is tom sawyer?" Artie answers: "it's a rush song......dont worry about it." Then it cuts to the next scene. ...

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Neil Peart sighting at Dalai Lama appearance
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Dalai LamaThis past week, the Dalai Lama made a visit to Pasadena, California and, according to a fan who emailed me, Neil Peart was there. I have no reason to doubt this fan (on the contrary - his story makes complete sense to me, and I believe it), but I'll have to file this as "rumor" until I can find any cooborating evidence. This fan's son, a buddhist, attended the event and reported seeing both Neil Peart and his wife, Carrie Nuttall there. Here's his report:

... my son said that Neil had "filled in" his receding hair line
slightly, had a braided pony tail (about 6 inches), and stands tall,
well over 6 feet. My son approached him while in the club lounge after
Neil's wife left to scout the hall, and said: "excuse me sir, are you
"the professor?" To which, Neil replied: " I am, most certainly not
the professor anymore. And Neil winked at him, to avoid further
conversation as if to say, yes I am but I don't know you, so please
excuse me. And my son left him alone. ...

I don't see any reason why this fan would make something like this up, so I certainly believe it. For one thing, it completely "fits" with what Neil has been saying in interviews regarding how "religious themes" have served as lyrical inspiration for him on the next album. Indeed, in this article Neil states:

... "I looked for the good side of faith," Peart says. "To me it ought to be your armor, something to protect you and something to console you in dark times. But it's more often being turned into a sword, and that's one big theme I'm messing with." ...

I find the description of Neil as "filling in" his receding hairline and having a braided ponytail again (harkening back to the Power Windows days) very interesting. It's certainly possible - I haven't seen any recent pics of Neil, so I have no idea what he looks like these days. However, as I just reported, on October 1st, we'll get to see Neil's first TV interview in nearly 10 years on VH1 Classic. If he has a ponytail, then that makes this fan's story that much more believable. :)

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Neil Peart VH1 Classic interview air dates
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Eddie Trunk recently reported in his blog that he had interviewed Neil Peart earlier this week for VH1 Classic. He just announced the air dates on his website in the tv section:

VH1 Classic EXCLUSIVE! My interview with the legendary and reclusive Neil Peart will air on VH1 Classic in October! It will premiere 10/1 at 8:30PM EST and repeat 10/2 @ 2:30PM and Midnight, 10/3 @ 5PM, and 10/5 @ 5:30PM. All times EST. Don't miss my talk with Neil about his new book and all things Rush!

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Friday, September 15, 2006

More from the Complete Neil Peart Billboard interview now online
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[Rush Drummer Peart Chronicles Life On The 'Road']

UPDATE - 9/15@3:41PM: Yet another update. Apparently the book is already available directly from the publisher (Rounder Books) here. However, the price given is about 4 bucks more than at Amazon and other online stores - and that doesn't include shipping. Also, Amazon doesn't give a specific release date (the 25th was just what was listed in the "Product Details" next to the publisher) - so this makes me think that they might have it sooner than September 25th too. I've already pre-ordered mine from Amazon; I can wait another week or so I guess. But if you're anxious, go on and order it. And if you do, let us know what you think!

UPDATE/CORRECTION - 9/15@3:21PM: Actually, this new article doesn't seem to be the entire interview. The one bit from the first article that they left out of this one was the part where Neil discussed his lyrical inspiration for the new album as being garnered from religious themes. This makes me think that they might still be keeping portions of the complete interview for later articles.

Earlier this week, Billboard.com released snippets of an interview they conducted with Neil Peart. The entire interview is now online. The interview is mostly about Neil's traveling and his soon-to-be-released 4th book Roadshow; and how it all relates to Rush. No real "new" information - but a lot of interesting insight and commentary from Neil as usual. Neil's book will be released on September 25th and you can preorder it here. Selected excertps from the book can also be read on Neil Peart's website here.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Rush Neil Peart on MySpace update
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[Neil Peart on MySpace]

I've known about this for a few days now but just got around to posting about it; too much other Rush news going on. About a month ago several Rush fans noticed that Neil Peart was linking to a Rush MySpace page off of his NeilPeart.net links page. Since he linked to it we all assumed it was legit - and it was as it turns out. But ... an Anthem representative said that it was not supposed to have gone live yet, that they hated the page, and they are revamping Rush.com and will adapt the myspace page to match it. And the page is now defunct. Then sometime in the past week or so, NeilPeart.net starting linking to Neil's own MySpace page here. Which, since Neil links to it, is also assumed to be legit. The page has an R30 background and is nicely laid out, with the ability to listen to three different Neil Peart recordings; Momo's Dance Party, O' Baterista and Cottontail. Cool. Neil has 493 friends. :)

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Vote for ... Chronicles?! ... as DVD of the year ?!?
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[Classic Rock Magazine Classic Rock Awards]

UK magazine Classic Rock has opened voting for its annual Class Rock Awards. Up for DVD of the year - listed as "The greatest rock DVD release of the last 12 months" - is Rush's ... Chronicles?!? I assume this is a screwup on their part and they meant to put R30 and/or Replay X 3. So, go vote for Chronicles I guess. I did. I also left a nasty comment. :)

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Neil Peart to be interviewed on Sirius Satellite radio this Monday
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[Neil Peart Visits Classic Rewind]

Here's another Neil Peart radio interview alert for all you Sirius Satellite radio subscribers. This coming Monday (September 18th) at 12PM EST, Neil will be interviewed by Mark Goodman on Sirius Satellite Classic Rewind, Channel 15. It will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, September 20th at 5PM EST. Many thanks to reader Kevin in San Diego for the heads up.

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Eddie Trunk Neil Peart interview update
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Eddie Trunk recently posted in his blog that he would be interviewing Neil Peart for VH1 Classic this week. It looks like the interview happened yesterday. Here's his report:

Being in this business now over 20 years there aren't many artists I haven't interviewed in the rock world and I knocked another one off that list today when I had the honor of doing a TV interview with the great Neil Peart. I was a huge fan of the early Rush material and have total respect for this great band and what they have accomplished in their 30 year history. I interviewed Alex and Geddy several tims but as Rush fans know, Neil is very private and does not do things like TV interviews very often. Neil had seem my interviews with his two band mates and I was honored he wanted to break his relative silence with me. We spoke about Rush, drums and his upcoming new book Roadshow. I have not met many artists like Neil Peart. He is one of the most unassuming, nicest guys I have met. Just a great person to talk to and a "regular" guy (and I mean that in the best of ways!). The only time Neil gets reserved is when you make a stink of the fact that he's Neil Peart, one of the greatest drummers on the planet! He just doesn't like a "scene" and simply says "I hit things with sticks, it's not a big deal". Neil's books are a great read and it was such a thrill to have some time with him today. I'll post in the TV section when this interview will air and also have photos up soon. Neil was also interested in doing my radio show but wants to come in the studio VS a call in, so when his schedule permits we will make that happen. On the Rush front the guys have a new CD about half done and will resume work in November. We all know Neil is a drum icon and a great player, but take it from me, he is also a super person and great interview subject. I only wish we had more time but hopefully he can do the radio soon.

I think Eddie is a bit of a Rush fan - you think? :) So no real details yet but he said he'll be posting in his TV section when the interview will air along with some pictures. He also mentioned that Neil will also try and do an in-studio interview for Eddie's radio show sometime in the near future when his schedule permits. I'll keep you posted as I learn more.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Big Dirty Band premiers I Fought the Law on MySpace!
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Lifeson and Lee mugshot[The Big Dirty Band on MySpace]

UPDATE - 9/15@10:12AM: Looks like they just added the song Trailer Park Life (J-Roc to the MySpace page.

UPDATE - 9/13@11:36AM: I just added the Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee "mugshots" from The Big Dirty Band MySpace page over to your right. If you have a MySpace account, you can view all the mugshots of the band members and a few other pics from the video shoot.

Trailer Park Boys movie soundtrackThe Big Dirty Band now has a MySpace page where you can listen to their version of I Fought the Law! I had heard a few rumors that the single would be released today but saw no evidence of it being available for retail. Then last night I received word from Anthem that it was being released for promotional use only and not for retail. I guess they decided to premier it on MySpace; good idea. It'll probably start to be aired on radio in Canada soon too I presume. Next comes the video which will premier next week, and the entire soundtrack on October 3rd (check out the tracklist here). Not only is I Fought the Law up on the MySpace page, but Alexisonfire's version of Black Sabbath's Sweetleaf is up there as well as Bubbles & The Shit Rockers (which also features Alex Lifeson) doing Liquor and Whores. There's also a big writeup/bio of how The Big Dirty Band came together.

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New Neil Peart interview up at billboard.com
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Neil Peart R30 Tour[Rush Wrestling With Faith On New Album]

UPDATE - 9/15@3:15PM: The entire interview is now up on Billboard.com here.

On this day in 1952, the greatest drummer of all time, Neil Ellwood Peart was born. Happy 54th birthday Neil! Neil seems to be celebrating this birthday by conducting a flurry of interviews to make up for the last 9 years or so. He recently spoke with Jim Ladd of Los Angeles's KLOS, he will be interviewed for VH1 Classic by Eddie Trunk sometime this week and an interview he did for billboard.com appeared online yesterday. We already know that Neil's new book, Roadshow, will be released at the end of this month; that Rush had about 8 songs put together for the new album already; and that Rush will get together to finish up pre-production on the new album next week, finally heading into the studio with Nick Raskulinecz in November. But Neil divulged some very interesting details about the new songs and expanded on his description of them being "spiritual" which he made back in his last website update. From the billboard.com article:

... his lyrics for the as-yet-untitled set were greatly influenced by his motorcycle journeys throughout the United States, chronicled in the new book "Roadshow: Landscape With Drums."

Peart says he was struck by the ubiquity of religious billboards that have sprung up on America's highways, which got him thinking about some weighty topics. "Just seeing the power of evangelical Christianity and contrasting that with the power of fundamentalist religion all over the world in its different forms had a big effect on me," he says.

"You try to put your own way of seeing the world into some kind of congruence with other peoples, and that's difficult for me," he admits. "I mean, I see the world in what I think to be a perfectly obvious and rational way, but when you go out into it and see the way other people think and behave, and express themselves on church signs, you realize, 'Well, I'm not really part of this club.'"

"I looked for the good side of faith," Peart says. "To me it ought to be your armor, something to protect you and something to console you in dark times. But it's more often being turned into a sword, and that's one big theme I'm messing with."

Musically, the new album is continuing in much the same vein as 2002's "Vapor Trails," which returned Rush to a more guitar/bass/drums-driven sound. But Peart is quick to add that the music is "remarkably organic in a way that I haven't heard [from Rush] before. We spent a month together in May working on those songs and developing our individual instrument parts for them. It's early to characterize it, but it's definitely fresh and different and that's certainly satisfying."...

And he says this regarding his thoughts about another Rush tour:

... Peart, bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson will regroup next month to finish pre-production and will begin recording in November. However, as Peart writes at the conclusion of "Roadshow," he is ambivalent about putting himself through yet another massive world tour.

"It is true that in 1989 I announced that I wasn't going to tour anymore, and have said that every time since and have gone back and decided [to do it] for all good reasons," he says. "One of the main ones to me is that a band plays live, so if I want to consider our band as a living, working thing then that's the case. I haven't in my own mind committed to [another tour] yet, but of course I haven't ruled it out, either." ...

I wouldn't worry too much about this. Like he said himself, he's been saying this since 1989 and Rush always ends up touring.

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Monday, September 11, 2006

The Trailer Park Boys movie: soundtrack tracklist and a cameo from Officer Alex Lifeson
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The Trailer Park Boys movie news just keeps pouring in. In a ChartAttack.com article from earlier today the soundtrack tracklist is revealed (as are some other interesting details) and an air date of September 18th is given for the first video/single (previous reports had been saying September 12th). From the article:

...The Soundtrack will be released by Anthem Records on October 3. The first single/video, a cover of the Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought The Law" performed by The Big Dirty Band, will first air on September 18.

The Big Dirty Band are comprised of Rush's Geddy Lee (bass) and Alex Lifeson (guitar), Thornley's Ian Thornley (vocals and guitar), Three Days Grace's Adam Gontier (vocals), Die Mannequin's Care Failure (vocals) and former Tea Party drummer Jeff Burrows. The video for the song - featuring the TPB characters of Ricky (Robb Wells), Bubbles (Mike Smith) and Julian (John Paul Tremblay) on the streets of Toronto - was directed by Juno Award winner Andrew McNaughton.

The soundtrack also features a performance of "Liquor & Whores" by Bubbles & The Shit Rockers, who include Lifeson and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings member and solo artist Tom Wilson.

Alexisonfire cover Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf," TPB character J-Roc (Jonathan Torrens) performs "Trailer Park Life," and the all-Canadian album also features songs from Rush, Rough Trade, April Wine, The Tragically Hip, Wintersleep and Swollen Members. Commentaries from Ricky, Bubbles and Julian are interspersed between tracks.

Former Headstones frontman Hugh Dillon appears in the movie as a new character called Sonny. The film, written and directed by Mike Clattenburg, is expected in theatres next month. You can read more about Trailer Park Boys - The Movie in the upcoming October issue of Chart.

Here are the tracks on Trailer Park Boys - The Soundtrack:

* Big Dirty Drums
* The Big Dirty Band - "I Fought The Law"
* Rush - "The Spirit Of Radio"
* J-Roc - "Trailer Park Life"
* Credulence
* Alexisonfire - "Sweet Leaf"
* Rough Trade - "All Touch"
* Shithawks
* April Wine - "I'm On Fire For You Baby"
* The Tragically Hip - "Bobcaygeon"
* Wintersleep - "Orca"
* Swollen Members - "Swamp Water"
* Ricky's Day In Court
* Bubbles & The Shit Rockers - "Liquor & Whores"

So it's still unclear to me whether the Big Dirty Band's I Fought the Law will be released as a CD single or not. It sounds to me like it will not - and just the video for the song will be released prior to the soundtrack. I had heard that the single was to be released tomorrow, but I couldn't find any evidence of this at all online or anywhere else. This was also the first I'd heard that Rush friend and photographer Andrew McNaughton directed the video, and that Alex Lifeson performed on Bubbles' Liquor and Whores track as part of his Shit Rockers band. :)

In addition to this great information, the film has begun to be screened here and there. Reports are starting to filter in. This one from Counterparts board member Three Eyes is particlularly interesting:

Last week I saw a test screening of the TPB movie with Richard Carter here at the Burbank AMC. It was great! Alex has a cameo as a cop and there is a snippet of A Passage to Bangkok as Trevor and Cory drive up on a snowmobile with wheels.

No spoilers here but I will say the movie uses stuff from the series that many of us are already familiar with presumably to introduce the characters to a new, wider audience. This has me thinking it will see an American release. Just the fact that they screened it in the U.S. is a good sign. Then again if the film tests poorly here it might only get rolled out in Canada.

So Alex gets a cameo as ... a cop!?! How absolutely perfect. :)

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Eddie Trunk will interview Neil Peart for VH1 Classic this week
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We recently learned that radio host and VH1 Classic VJ Eddie Trunk would be interviewing Neil Peart for his radio show and VH1 Classic. He told us about it in his blog a couple weeks back and he's just posted some more details. It looks like the interview will happen this week.

... I'll be interviewing Neil Peart from Rush this week for VH1 Classic. So psyched to talk to one of the worlds greatest drummers. As you know Neil has not done interviews in ages. He has a new book coming out we will talk about, plus of course Rush music. I'm honored Neil decided to break his silence by talking with me. He actually saw my VH1C interviews with Geddy and Alex and knows I'm a fan and know the band. I'll have air date/time and a report from my day with Neil mid week. ...

Eddie's right about Neil not giving interviews in years, but he actually broke his silence last week when he was interviewed by KLOS's Jim Ladd. In this interview he spoke mostly about his upcoming book, Roadshow, but also revealed that Rush will be getting together the week of September 18th to finish up pre-production and head into the studio in November. This will be his first televised interview in some time however; it's been close to 10 years (just before the dual tragedies of the deaths of his daughter and wife) since he's done one. You can check out one of his last televised interviews here. It's a MuchMusic interivew from 1997 that's a little eerie to watch in light of the tragedies that were to strike Neil's life shortly after. You can also watch the Eddie Trunk VH1 Classic interview of Alex and Geddy from late last year here. As always, I'll keep you posted as I find out more.

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Happy 10th anniversary Test for Echo!
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Rush's 16th studio album, Test for Echo, was released on this date 10 years ago.

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Saturday, September 9, 2006

The Big Dirty Band and I Fought the Law: single to be released Sept. 12 with video shortly after and ... live dates!?
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Alex, Jeff and GeddyUPDATE - 9/14@5:00PM: In case you missed this more recent post or got here via a search engine, The Big Dirty Band put up a MySpace page a couple days ago where you can listen to their version of I Fought the Law as well as a couple other songs from the soundtrack! There's also a "mugshot gallery" of all the band members.

UPDATE - 9/11@11:00AM: Counterparts board member Three Eyes was lucky enough to see an early screening of the film and had this to report:

Last week I saw a test screening of the TPB movie with Richard Carter here at the Burbank AMC. It was great! Alex has a cameo as a cop and there is a snippet of A Passage to Bangkok as Trevor and Cory drive up on a snowmobile with wheels.

No spoilers here but I will say the movie uses stuff from the series that many of us are already familiar with presumably to introduce the characters to a new, wider audience. This has me thinking it will see an American release. Just the fact that they screened it in the U.S. is a good sign. Then again if the film tests poorly here it might only get rolled out in Canada.

Alex cameo as a cop!?!? Fantastic.

-- snip --

UPDATE - 9/10@10:03AM: According to the Trailer Park Boys Movie website, the soundtrack for the film will be available through Anthem Records on October 3rd - the same day the movie will be released. No tracklist was given, but artists on the soundtrack include Alexisonfire, The Big Dirty Band, Rush, J-Roc and of course Ricky, Bubbles and Julian. There's also a contest to win a VIP trip to the world premier in Toronto on October 3rd:

You and a friend could party with the boys at the world premier screening and a rock-n-roll supergroup concert like no other!

This supergroup concert must be the "live dates" they mentioned- I doubt they'll perform beyond the premier, but you never know. The contest is also, unfortunately for us State-siders, only open to Canadians. I also sincerely doubt that this film will ever be released in the US. If anyone plans a roadtrip to the premier, let me know. I doubt I could go, but it'd be nice to be able to get some "live updates" to post here.

-- snip --

In his Summer Update blog entry from the end of last month, sound engineer Richard Chycki, who is rumored to be working on the next Rush album, mentioned how he got to record and mix a version of I Fought the Law for the upcoming Trailer Park Boys movie. The song will be featured in a "chase scene" from the film and was produced by Alex Lifeson and those involved include Alex and Geddy, Adam Gontier (Three Days Grace), Jeff Burrows (The Tea Party), Ian Thornley and Care (Die Mannequin). Jeff Burrows recently spoke out about the experience in The Windsor Star and divulged some new and exciting information:

... "When they called me about it, I was in Vancouver working on my new band," said Burrows, 38. "How could I say no?" ... "That was the band that convinced me I wanted to be a rock musician," he said.

The song they did was the often-covered I Fought The Law, by the Bobby Fuller Four. What could Burrows and two-thirds of Rush bring to it that others like The Clash and Green Day couldn't?

"It's got a real Rush feel to it because of Lifeson's guitar," he said.

Burrows was asked to play because Neil Peart was unavailable. ... The band calls itself The Big Dirty Band after the title of the movie, and there will be select live dates after the CD is released in October.

The single is coming out in the next week, said Burrows.

Peart is one of Burrows's idols, so filling in for him was a daunting task, he said.

"He's admired by a lot of drummers," said Burrows. "There's nothing flashy in what he does but it's very distinctive, very straightforward. He's called the professor, a mathematician on drums." ...

So the single comes out in the next week - September 12 to be exact if my sources are correct. And ... SELECT LIVE DATES!?!? I'd love some more details about this. Where? When? What songs would they play?! I've also learned via a Jeff Burrows fansite that on August 25 The Big Dirty Band recorded a video for the song that should be appearing on Canadian music channel MuchMusic in the near future. Pictures of Jeff in the studio and from the video shoot can be seen here. I'll keep you updated as I find out more.

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Friday, September 8, 2006

Neil Peart interview report with new album news
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Yesterday I mentioned that Jim Ladd would be interviewing Neil Peart on his KLOS radio show (Los Angeles) last night. Unfortunately since they don't stream the show (that and the fact that I don't live in LA) I wasn't able to tune in. But luckily, Counterparts messageboard member bydog and the Snowtor did! The interview was mostly about Neil's upcoming book but there was some cool Rush news relating to the new album too! Here's the report:

... It lasted about an hour and a half, with 4 or 5 songs mixed in throughout. One song was the original version of Working Man, which I thought was an odd selection, considering it's not Neil playing. I wonder what Neil thought about that.

Neil sounded great. Most of the interview was spent talking about the new book and Neil's unique ability to describe things so colorfully and vividly. Jim talked about reading the first paragraph and how that's all it took to hook him and suck him in. They talked about Neil's prose writing style and Neil said that it took him 20 years to perfect that style. Neil told a lot of fun little stories, most of which are in the book so I won't spoil it here.

The only bit of news that he mentioned regarding the current status of Rush was that they will be getting together the week after next and they plan to complete preproduction on the new album at that time. He said that they should be in the studio in November and no mention of any preliminary tour dates. ...

So Rush will be getting together the week of September 18th to finish up pre-production and head into the studio in November! This is consistent with the rumors that the album will likely be released this spring. This also makes sense as far as producer Nick Raskulinecz's schedule goes. He is currently in the studio producing the next Shadows Fall album. He'll probably be done with that in plenty of time to get started with Rush in November. Great news!

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The latest in Rush strangeness from MitA
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Here're 4 more nuggets of Rush weirdness from MitA. The first is the isolated Ben Mink solo from Losing It. Then we have Alex Lifeson whistling a tune during La Villa Strangiato and "Bubba" Lifeson "in the mood". The last is a live recording of a power outage during Marathon. You can listen to all 4 using the player above. Also be sure to check out all of MitA's archive of Rush oddities at his website.

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Metal: A Headbanger's Journey featuring Geddy Lee to air on VH1 tonight
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About a month ago I watched the documentary film Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, which chronicles the origins and history of heavy metal. Geddy Lee appears in 3 interview segments from the movie and I had compiled these clips into one little video and posted it online here. The critically-acclaimed documentary will make its television premier on VH1 Classic tonight at 8PM EST. It's a really great film, especially if you're a metalhead like me. If you miss it, VH1 Classic will re-air it throughout the weekend at 11PM on Friday, 5PM on Saturday and 1PM on Sunday. To find out more about the film, visit its website at metalhistory.com.

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[Heavy metal documentary featuring Geddy Lee: Update]
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Thursday, September 7, 2006

Jim Ladd to interview Neil Peart tonight
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I just saw this posted on a couple of different messageboards. Apparently Jim Ladd is interviewing Neil Peart on his KLOS radio show (Los Angeles) tonight. The show runs from 10PM-2AM PST. For us eastern timezoners that's 1AM-5AM ... Yikes! I have no idea when Neil will be on exactly and no way to listen to it anyways since they don't stream it. I also doubt I could stay up that late. So for all you insomniacs in the LA area tune in and let us know what you hear. Better yet, record it for us. :)

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Rush-themed Tenacious D merchandise
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Tenacious D Starman[Tenacious D official merchandise page]

If you're familiar with comedy/rock duo Tenacious D, then you probably know that both members Jack Black and Kyle Gass are Rush fans. Jack Black gave a nod to Rush in the hit 2003 film School of Rock and I recently found this live bootleg clip of The Sound of Urchin and Jack Black performing The Spirit of Radio on the 2001 Tenacious D / Sound of Urchin tour.

Well, Tenacious D's official merchandise page now features some Rush-themed items. You can purchase a magnet, keychain or t-shirt which pictures a parody of Rush's starman logo.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2006

New live video: Xanadu from R30
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[Xanadu live from R30]

The video of Xanadu from R30 is now up on YouTube. You can watch it here. In addition, the R30 introductory video "montage" is also available and can be viewed here. To check out all the R30 videos that are available for viewing around the net, go to this page. But if you haven't bought the DVD yet, shame on you. ;)

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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

More radio shows added at Rush.net
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[Rush Replay X 3 Contest Page: Rush Radio Specials]

The Official Rush and Rush Replay x3 Contest and Interactive Pages, Rush.net, has posted a few more old radio shows on their Bonus Features page. They now have a total of 16 shows up on the site. Just look for the huge banner saying "Rush Radio Specials". Click on this banner and you can listen to the following:

  • Rush - "Hemispheres" Radio Special 1978
  • Sean McKay and Rush - The 1982 "Exit ... Stage Left" Radio Special
  • NEW! Rush - "Signals" Radio Special 1982
  • Jim Ladd and Geddy Lee - "Signals" 1982 Innerview
  • Jim Ladd and Neil Peart - "Grace Under Pressure" 1984 Innerview
  • Mary Turner and Geddy Lee - Off The Record (1988) - "A Show of Hands"
  • In the Studio with Neil Peart (Grace Under Pressure & Signals) - hosted by Redbeard
  • NEW! Host Dan Neer with Rush - "Presto" Up Close (1990)
  • Mary Turner - Off the Record with Alex Lifeson (1993)
  • NEW! Host Jo Robinson with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson- World Premiere Broadcast of "Different Stages" (1998)
  • NEW! Host Jeff Woods with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee - "Vapor Trails" World Premiere
  • NEW! Rob Coburn with guests Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson - Vapor Trails Rockline (May 15, 2002)
  • Much More Music - The Story of Rush (2002)
  • Uncle Joe Benson - "Feedback" (Off the Record) 2004
  • R30 Rockline appearance - December, 2005
  • In the Studio - Moving Pictures 25th Anniversary With Redbeard (2006)

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Monday, September 4, 2006

The State of Rush
10:38PM EST | link | comments (5) |

Well, another Labor Day has come and gone and summer has unofficially come to a close. More importantly to us Rush fans, it's September - which is when Neil Peart said in his most recent website update would be when the band would reconvene to continue work on the next Rush studio album. We've recently learned that Nick Raskulinecz has been confirmed to produce this album (we're still waiting for the "official" word though). Also rumored to have been hired as sound engineer is Rich Chycki. Back in May the band had gotten together and, as Neil said, "had eight songs that we all liked, and I had worked out drum parts for six of them". So that's where things stand as of now with regards to the new album. There's also a lot of exciting things on tap for the next few months with regards to various side projects. Here's a rundown:

  • Neil Peart's new book is slated for release later this month on September 25th. It's titled Roadshow: Landscape With Drums, A Concert Tour by Motorcycle. Excerpts can be read on his website here and you can preorder the book here.
  • Eddie Trunk will be interviewing Neil for his radio show and VH1 Classic sometime in the near future according to Eddie's blog.
  • The new Trailer Park Boys movie will be released across Canada on October 6th. Alex Lifeson produced a version of I Fought the Law for the movie soundtrack which features Alex and Geddy, Adam Gontier (Three Days Grace), Jeff Burrows (The Tea Party), Ian Thornley and Care (Die Mannequin). The newest trailer for the movie featuring The Spirit of Radio can be seen here.
  • Two albums which feature guest appearances from Alex Lifeson will be released in Canada on October 3rd. Jakalope's Born 4 (Alex plays on the track Star 24) and Edwin's Better Days.
  • Neil Peart drums on three tracks on the new Vertical Horizon album - release date unknown. Vertical Horizon member Matt Scannell is a good friend of Neil's and one of the songs is a collaboration between Neil and Matt. Neil wrote all about the experience on his website here.

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Sunday, September 3, 2006

New Eddie Trunk MySpace page features Vapor Trails interview
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Alex, Eddie and Geddy[Eddie Trunk MySpace Page]

Eddie Trunk announced last week that he will soon be interviewing Neil Peart for both his radio show and for VH1 Classic. He also recently launched a MySpace page and guess what interview he chose to spotlight there? A Rush interview of course! It's the interview he did with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson for the Vapor Trails release. If you haven't heard it before, give it a listen. Also, while I'm at it, Eddie recently interviewed Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci of Dream Theater for VH1 Classic. No, Rush was not mentioned... but if you watch the interview you'll notice a familiar album cover prominently displayed in the album bins on the left. :)

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Saturday, September 2, 2006

Update on Alex Lifeson guest appearance on new Jakalope album
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One of Alex Lifeson's many guest appearance of late is on Canadian industrial rock band Jakalope's upcoming 2nd album Born 4, which I had posted on back in June. The album had been slated for a late summer release but the date was pushed back. It now looks like Born 4 will be released in Canada on October 3rd and is currently available for preorder. Jakalope was created in 2003 by Canadian industrial musician and producer Dave Ogilvie. Its members are constantly rotating but some of the core members include Katie B, Phil Caivano (Monster Magnet), Anthony Valcic (Fu) and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails). Alex plays on the track Star 24 (No Apologies).

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Jewsrock.org features essay on Rush and Ayn Rand
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[The Spirit of Rand]

Jewrock.org describes itself as "a non-profit group devoted to illuminating the intersection of rock and roll and Jewish culture". One of the featured essays on the site currently is entitled The Spirit of Rand and talks about the influence of Ayn Rand's writing on Rush's lyrics and Geddy Lee in particular, focusing on Geddy's Jewish heritage. It doesn't really contain any "new" information but it does a decent job of compiling quotes from different sources into a cohesive article describing how Geddy Lee's vocal stylings and Neil Peart's lyrics coalesced to brand Rush as uniquely connected to Ayn Rand and objectivist theory (Rush is the only rock group ever cited in the Journal of Ayn Rand Studies). It contains a few forgivable errors here and there but overall it's an interesting read. Thanks to rushisaband.com reader Mike for bringing this to my attention.

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Friday, September 1, 2006

Grace Under Pressure Video on YouTube
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Grace Under Pressure TourThe entire Grace Under Pressure Video is now up on YouTube - all 10 tracks. You can watch them all here. But if you haven't already, you really should buy Replay X 3 and watch them in DVD quality.

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