Archive: Blog Entries from April, 2007

Monday, April 30, 2007

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 4/30@11:11PM: I'd mentioned that I would have another feature for registered users up probably tomorrow. Well, I put it up a little early. Just look over to your right about the calendar and you'll see the new Rush is a Band poll/survey. The first question is How will you be getting or how did you get your copy of Snakes & Arrows? I'll be updating the question about every week or so. Have fun!

UPDATE - 4/30@10:15PM: The Rush Backstage Club seems to have screwed up earlier today and had a Feedback lithograph up (like I posted below) as their next prize when they'd meant to have a Snakes & Arrows one up. I thought that seemed weird. Anyways, they've corrected the page. Here's the correct contest:

This 18" X 24" lithograph is produced on high quality, heavy art paper. This limited edition litho is number 394/500. This is a big-time collector's item! The winner of this contest will be announced on May 15th. Our system only accepts one entry per email address. Good luck!

Thanks to Joe C for the heads up.

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Less than one day left until the US release of Snakes & Arrows! For those lucky fans across the pond it's already available. What a great time to be a Rush fan! I thought I'd take care of some random Rush news that I've been meaning to post before the frenzy hits tomorrow.

On the website front, I've hit over 1000 registered users! Wow. I will also have another site feature for registered users up soon - probably tomorrow. I've just sent out another batch of RUSH IS A BAND bumper stickers. To get one of your own just donate at least $3 to the site! Thanks to everyone who's donated. I appreciate it.

In case you missed the multiple Rush radio specials that played over the weekend, they are available for your listening pleasure (minus songs and commercials) over in this post. And for all of you XM Radio subscribers, a 28-hour Rush special called The Rush Hours will air tonight starting at midnight.

Registration for RushCon 7 is now open! RushCon 7 will be held Friday, Sept. 21st through Sunday, Sept. 23rd at the Days Inn Toronto with special events on Wednesday, Sept. 19 and Thursday, Sept. 20. It should be an especially fun time this year since Rush will be in town. I went last year and had a blast and will be attending this year as well.

After 2 rounds of meet and greet pass giveaways last month, there's a new contest up at the the Rush Backstage Club. This one is for an 18"x24" limited edition Feedback lithograph. You can enter here. From the site:

This 18" X 24" lithograph is produced on high quality, heavy art paper. The psychedelic colors of the Feedback album look great on any wall. There were only 500 of these produced and this is number 486. This is a big-time collector's item! The winner of this contest will be announced on May 15th. Our system only accepts one entry per email address. Good luck!

Thanks to readers AFarCryfromFBN and figerade for the heads up.

There's some good news regarding the charting of Far Cry. After several weeks stuck at #3 it has finally broken into the #2 spot on the MediaBase Mainstream Rock Chart!

About a month ago I reported that Neil Peart would be on the cover of the June 2007 issue of DRUM! Magazine. The issue is now on newstands will be on newstands soon and Michael from Neil Peart Drumsticks supplied me with a cover scan. Michael is also featured in a short article in the issue! As I reported a couple days ago, Michael is running a very cool contest giveaway currently over on his website here.

Reader Sean pointed me to this article at ZioShow.com where they sit down with front-of-house engineer Brad Madix who will be going on tour with Rush. He talks about how they'll be using Metric Halo's SpectraFoo software on the tour. Madix has been working with Rush since back on the Roll the Bones tour.

A few weeks ago I reported how Rush would be releasing all 3 of their concert DVDs individually on May 1st (tomorrow). There were several rumors about bonus tracks based on false information listed by some online retailers. Power Windows is now reporting that the individual DVDs will be identical to those included on the Replay x 3 box set - no bonuses.

Power Windows also has reported that the DJ Z-Trip remix of Tom Sawyer, originally from the Small Soldiers soundtrack, will be one of several remixes found on the soundtrack for the All-Pro Football 2K8 videogame which releases on June 30th. You can listen to the track on the game's official website here.

jman pointed me to this cool little Rush quiz which is featured on the CBC homepage. The quiz consists of 10 fun questions and is titled Hoser Heroes: Test your knowledge of Rush.

Spindrifter located this post from the AOL Sports blog titled Geddy Lee: Rocker, Blue Jays Season Ticket Holder. The post contains a nice pic of Geddy behind home plate.

And figerade let me know that Rush's Moving Pictures came in at #73 on Rock 101's (Vancouver) Classic Rock 101 Records of All Time Countdown.

I know I've probably forgotten something but that's it for now!

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Snakes & Arrows review at AllMusic.com
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AllMusic.com's Thom Jurek recently reviewed Snakes & Arrows and really liked it; giving it a rating of 4 out of 5 and concluding the review with this statement:

... Snakes & Arrows is one of the tightest conceptual records the band has ever released. Musically, it is as strong as their very best material, without a lapse in texture, composition, production, musicianship, or sheer rock intensity. There are real heart and fire in this album. It was well worth waiting for.

You can read the entire review at this link. Thanks to reader samscott for the link.

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[Snakes & Arrows review in Toronto Sun]
[Snakes & Arrows reviews, round 1]
[Another Snakes & Arrows review]
[Snakes & Arrows review]

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Snakes & Arrows review in Toronto Sun
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Sun music critic Darryl Sterdan has reviewed Snakes & Arrows and gave it a rating of 3.5 out of 5. The entire review can be read at this link. Here's an excerpt:

... Snakes and Arrows, for the most part, stays on the path established by 2002's Vapor Trails and their nostalgic 2004 covers EP Feedback. The songs are simple and direct. The arrangements and performances are economical and restrained. The lyrics are dark and topical, preoccupied with questions of faith and war and politics. The overall vibe is slow and mellow. The sound is warm and contemporary, thanks to co-producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters).

Fear not, fans: It's still a Rush album. Geddy Lee's bass clangs along below his nasal wail. Alex Lifeson reels off searing guitar licks and fiery solos. Neil Peart's drum fills sound like trigonometry.

Even so, the leaner and meaner Snakes and Arrows does not sound quite like your dad's Rush albums. Though it does sound like a Rush album your dad might like. ...

He then goes on to describe each song individually.

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[Snakes & Arrows reviews, round 1]
[Another Snakes & Arrows review]
[Snakes & Arrows review]

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All 3 Rush radio specials now online; FMQB, Q107 & Sirius
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UPDATE - 5/22@4:32PM: I just added the Rockline interview from May 9th to the player.

UPDATE - 5/6@1:06PM: Thanks to Counterparts members barney rebel and thorswitch the IceRadio special (minus songs) is also now available for download here. I also added it to the player below.

In addition to the FMQB Inside Snakes & Arrows special and the Q107 Rush Special, the Rush Sirius Classic Rewind special is now available online here. Many thanks to Counterparts member Tst4eko for recording the FMQB and Sirius specials and thorswitch for hosting them. The songs and commercials have been edited out in case you were wondering. You can listen to all 3 interviews using the player below.

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Q107 Snakes & Arrows world premier radio special available
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As I'd mentioned Friday, I recorded the Q107 Jeff Woods Snakes & Arrows world premier special Friday night. I finally was able to edit out the songs and commercials and have made it available for download here. You can also listen using the player below.

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

New Alex Lifeson interview from Japanese TV
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Alex interview for Japanese TVUPDATE - 4/28@10:36PM: Hey - Geddy was interviewed too. Check it out here. It's about a 5 minute interview along with The Spirit of Radio video.

Reader pblaster found this recent Japanese TV interview with Alex Lifeson on YouTube. Unfortunately the questions are in Japanese so all you can understand are the answers (unless you speak Japanese of course). The interview goes on for about 6 and a half minutes and the rest is the music video for Closer to the Heart. You can watch it here.

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Snakes & Arrows free poster giveaways at indie record stores
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Similar to when Vapor Trails was released, independent record stores across the US will be giving away free 18"x24" posters with a purchase of Snakes & Arrows. Several readers have reported seeing these advertised at their local indie store. For instance, Michael O let me know that Rhino Records in Claremont, CA is giving away the posters. And Spindrifter pointed me to this Blabbermouth article which details a special promotion in addition to the poster at Cleveland/Pittsburgh-area independent record store chain, The Exchange:

The Exchange, an independent music retailer with 20 stores in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, will participate in a special promotion with Anthem/Atlantic recording artists RUSH. RUSH's new "Snakes & Arrows" CD will be specially sale-priced for only $6.99 ($18.98 list price) at all Exchange locations from Tuesday, May 1 through Sunday, May 6. A very limited-edition RUSH poster will be given out with purchase. There is a limit of two CDs and one poster per customer (while supplies last). The event is being sponsored by WTAM in Cleveland, Cleveland Free Times magazine and the Pittsburgh City Paper.

So it's essentially a 2-for-1 sale. And best of all - it's in my hometown! I think I'll be hitting a few of these stores around Cleveland next week.

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FMQB Inside Snakes & Arrows special available
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The Rush FMQB Inside Snakes & Arrows special is now available for your listening pleasure. The songs and commercials have been edited out in case you were wondering. Many thanks to Counterparts member Tst4eko for recording and editing the file and thorswitch for hosting it. It's available for download here or you can listen using the player below.

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Snakes & Arrows reviews, round 1
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The reviews for Snakes & Arrows are beginning to pour in and rather than post each individually, I thought I'd just lump them together in groups.

I'll start off with the one bad review in the bunch. This one is from the University of California at San Diego's The Guardian. The entire review can be read at this link. Here's an excerpt:

... This new venture kicks off with two relatively decent tracks - "Far Cry" and "Armor and Swords" - which, on a greater album, could serve as decent filler. From there, Rush descend into hollow religious insights, pun-filled political sleepers and lyrics cheesed in anti-Bush rhetoric that even Neil Young wouldn't touch (in "The Way the Wind Blows," singer Geddy Lee wants to know why we let our "child get left behind") - not to mention three, count them, three droning instrumentals. ...

Blah, blah, blah. Just another guy that doesn't get it. Let's forget that one and move on.

Reader whywhyzed provided me with this lukewarm review from the Sun UK newspapers. They gave it 3 out 5:

Much has been made of the cool Canadian music scene fronted by the likes of Arcade Fire and The Dears. But spare a thought for Rush, arena fillers for more than 30 years with their steadfastly naff prog-metal. There's no real change here yet you can't help admire their big, bold tunes and insane lyrics such as "pariah dogs and wandering madmen barking at strangers and speaking in tongues." If you see music as form of escapism to some Tolkienesque fantasy world, why not indulge in a spot of air guitar to this one in the privacy of your own home. Just don't let a) your partner, b) your friends or c) your dog catch you at it. CS

This editorial review from Amazon.com is a good one. I even forgive the reviewer for spelling Neil's name wrong. :) Here's the entire review:

A return to their former glory days, Snakes and Arrows shows this seminal prog rock band reclaiming some of the sonic territory that they'd lost over the past few years. It's not certain what contributed to this artistic rebirth, but Rush has crafted a historical and emotional odyssey that shows many both where they've been and where they're going--from the baroque soundscapes of "The Main Monkey Business," reminiscent of their earliest work to the seductive almost folkloric urgency of "The Way the Wind Blows," which is as dangerous, anxious, and prophetic as anything that Arcade Fire or Mars Volta is doing currently. Main Lyricist Neal Peart has spent the last decade getting over the death of his wife and daughter, and those tragic events have given his songwriting more depth and gravity as he explores the strengths and limitations of faith in both metaphoric and literal detail. While never didactic or ponderous, this disc is really an instruction manual for how one conducts themselves with grace and hope through unendurable pain and the vagaries of life. Gone is much of the shrillness of their earlier incarnations--Geddy Lee's trademark high pitch shrieks have mellowed considerably and Alex Lifesong's guitar playing has an assurance and freedom that can only come with age.
--Jaan Uhelszki

Billboard.com also reviewed the album and - surprisingly enough - it's quite positive. Here's the whole thing:

Initial impression with these proggers' first album since 2002 is that the venerable trio from the Great White North is doing its best to keep up with complicated concept-metal bands like Mastodon the group's no doubt inspired. Closer inspection, though, reveals that most of the proceedings are fairly clean-cut and midtempo, with guitars only intermittently attaining heavy density (amidst the Cream-like blues-rock of the wartime statement "The Way the Wind Blows," for instance). Still, despite the lyrics' typically diverting barrage of paradoxical metaphors and philosophical bumper-stickers, and one commendable, down-to-earth homage to "factory town" life built on a Link Wray-reminiscent twang riff ("Workin' Them Angels"), three of the album's most notable tracks are instrumental: "The Main Monkey Business" (mythic with exotic world percussion), "Hope" (folksy, new age loveliness) and "Malignant Narcissism" (booty-shaking, jazz-funk fusion). Here and elsewhere, as usual, time changes will keep the customers satisfied. -Chuck Eddy

This next one is courtesy CameraEye from over at the Rush Tour Forum. It's a very positive and very detailed review from Hard Rock Haven. The entire review can be read at this link. The review starts off with this excerpt:

In life some things are best categorized as facts, one being that Rush is one of rock's greatest bands of all time. The band has an undying will to exceed their previous performances whether it be live or in the studio. Fact! Lifeson, Lee and Peart are top of the bill performers live. Fact! Peart is a gifted songwriter whose lyrics are poetical and esoteric, create yet another focal point in the wave of musical expertise provided by the band and provide enjoyment for fans and listeners. Fact! You could go on and on. Are there any other bands like that? Might be, but like with white wine; you can have plain and simple white wine sweet and tasty served cold, or you could decide to have a sparkling Champaign tickling your senses. Rush however equals no less than Dom Perignon Rose! ...

Reviewer Edwin Van Hoof then goes on to review each song individually and ends with this:

... Snakes & Arrows is yet another gem that unlike the aforementioned Dom Perignon needs no aging. With the quality of song material at hand, one tends to wonder if there's ever a point where the band runs out of ideas. Every single song is a hit, and even those few which need several spins and are tougher to digest, have all the key ingredients for a Rush classic song. On top of that the band has made a wise decision to bring in Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver) who delivers his finest work to date. The sound is multi layered, crystal clear, energetic and vibrant without lacking its tremendous (needed) power. For die hard fans as well as for fans of all genres in rock, this is a must have. And while you're at it make sure to get your hands on the special edition in MVI format, which has to be an even better experience!

And lastly, reader mervwilliams just got the latest issue of Classic Rock magazine and tells me that there's a great review of Snakes & Arrows in it that ends with the quote, The masters are back, they have assumed control. Indeed. :)

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A trio of Rush online newspaper interviews
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I came across 3 recent interviews in various online newspapers last night and this morning so I thought I'd lump them all into one post. The first is a Reuters/Billboard interview with Geddy and Alex released yesterday titled New songs on tap as Rush releases Arrows. Nothing really new in this interview except the last couple paragraphs were interesting:

... "There's a lot of playing on this record," Lifeson said. "To me it's got our whole history in it, somehow. It's got little bits of the way we wrote songs in the past, the kind of chords we might have used, but not in a nostalgic kind of way."

In fact, Lifeson and Lee agree that many of the new songs hew back to the intricate, prog-rock stylings on which Rush staked its reputation in the '70s -- and in turn have inspired more recent rock bands whose work and sound techniques interest Rush.

"We like to feel we're current," Lee said. "We listen to a lot of younger bands, especially Alex. A lot of those bands cite us as an influence. It's ironic that bands that have been influenced by our playing or our past have some instruction for us, too. They help us grow."

That pattern has helped Rush become a kind of rite of passage band, handed down from one generation of fans to the next. The trio maintain a particularly strong live following, so expectations are high for a 42-show North American tour that begins June 13 in Atlanta and will be followed by dates around the world, perhaps returning to the States in 2008.

Yet another hint that they will return next year for a second US leg of the tour.

The next 2 articles both are interviews with Neil Peart. The first from The Globe and Mail is titled A rock-solid survivor in an unpredictable world and the second, from the Toronto Star and titled Closer to the heart, contains an interesting hint about the tour setlist:

... To keep things interesting [on tour], though, he promises Rush feels somewhat "liberated" from its catalogue after doing a pure greatest-hits tour three years ago, and will this time be honing in on new material and "old songs that we haven't played for years or that we've never played." One such gem from 1979 is in the works, although he won't say which. ...

Now Rush didn't actually release an album in 1979 so my bet is he's talking about a song off Hemispheres that they haven't played in a while. Hmmm...

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Rush TV interview on CBC this Thursday
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Rush will be appearing on the CBC program The Hour on Thursday, May 3rd according to this press release:

Canadian rock band Rush is scheduled to sit down for an interview on "The Hour" tonight. Should be interesting to see if guitarist Alex Lifeson wants to chat about his altercation with deputies in Florida on New Year's Eve 2003. Lifeson had sued in U.S. federal judge claiming deputies violated his civil rights while subduing him and his son during a skirmish at a party in Naples. But last month the judge ruled that deputies did not use excessive force. (CBC)

Thanks to Sean for the heads up.

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Rush radio interviews; Alice Cooper, Kim Mitchell, Q107 and more
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UPDATE - 4/27@3:42PM: Reader perfektspace let me know that KKRW out of Houston has 7 songs from Snakes & Arrows up on their site that you can listen to in their entirety! Just go to this link. The songs available for listening are Far Cry, Armor and Sword, Workin' Them Angels, The Larger Bowl, Spindrift, Bravest Face and Malignant Narcissism. You may notice that this list includes the 3 songs that were not included in last night's Q107 interview.

There are a lot of band interviews happening over the next week so I thought I'd recap. Earlier this week, reader Ken P told me that Alice Cooper had announced on his radio show that he had interviewed Alex and Geddy. Well we now know when the interview will air. From the Nights with Alice Cooper website:

THURSDAY - 5/3/2007 - Alice Cooper is your professor of rock 'n' roll knowledge, and he WILL hit you on your knuckles with a ruler! But only if you ask nicely. Alice has trivia on the Doors, very rare rock for a Closet Classic, then- drum roll please!- it's Coop's interview with RUSH. Yes, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson drop by to chat, so that's one you won't want to miss! Plus, it's the start of Coop's special autographed Vermont Teddy Bear contest at nightswithalicecooper.com! Don't miss Nights with Alice Cooper this evening for action-packed radio lunacy!

That should be an interesting interview. Thanks to Power Windows for the tip.

Back on April 18th I reported that Geddy and Alex would be appearing on Q107's Kim Mitchell show the day after the album release (Wednesday, May 2nd) live from the Hard Rock Cafe. They are also running a contest for you and a guest to be invited along on the interview! Contest details here. If you're not aware, Kim Mitchell is a founder of Canadian classic rock band Max Webster who has collaborated with Rush in the past. It was recently announced that Max Webster will be reuniting for a 30th Anniversary Concert and Live Radio Special happening Thursday, May 24th at The Docks. There will be several guest performances and I'm wondering if it's possible that any members of Rush will be surprise guests? Maybe they'll talk about it in the interview.

The Q107 Jeff Woods Snakes & Arrows world premier special aired last night on several radio stations across Canada. About a half hour of the show was dedicated to interview segments with the band while for the rest of the 90 minutes (minus commercials) they played all but 3 songs from Snakes & Arrows. The songs they did not play were Workin' Them Angels, Spindrift and Bravest Face. Most of the interview segments consisted of the band talking specifically about the songs being played; how they came about musically and lyrically. Jeff mentioned that a transcript would be available on the Legends of Classic Rock site at some point in the future but gave no specifics. I recorded the interview but it's very big and it'll take me a while to cut out the songs/commercials. If you haven't heard it yet, I suggest trying to catch one of the rebroadcasts on one of the stations listed here. Most stations have streaming available for free these days.

I did not get a chance to listen to the interview on Sirius Classic Rewind but from what I've heard it was not that great. The only new song they played was Far Cry. I will try and a get a hold of the interview portion of the special and post it at some point.

And tonight, the FMQB Inside Snakes & Arrows special will air on radio stations across the US. You can view a list of stations with air times here.

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Snakes & Arrows on vinyl to be released June 19th - available for preorder
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On Monday I let you know that the rumors regarding a Snakes & Arrows LP release were true; Allmusic.com had a listing for the LP version under Rhino catalog number 177084. It is now available for pre-order (2 LPS - $34.99) at MusicDirect.com at this location with a release date of June 19th listed. Thanks to reader figerade for the heads up.

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New Contest at NeilPeartDrumsticks.com
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Neil Peart Drumsticks is the premier location on the net for all things to do with Neil Peart Pro-mark drumsticks. Owner/operator Michael DF Lowe catalogs the history of Neil Peart's drumsticks in a series of beautiful photographs. From time to time he also runs a contest and he's just launched a new one with some wonderful prizes. For details on this latest contest check out the site here. Michael is giving away sets of commemorative drumsticks, hats, t-shirts and more.

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Rush talks Malnar and Team America in new interview
9:13AM EST | link | comments (16) |

[Rush shows humour on new album]

JAM! Music recently spoke with Rush about the song Malignant Narcissism and its ties to the Trey Parker and Matt Stone Flick Team America: World Police. From the article:

... "We're all big Matt Stone fans, and South Park fans, so we we were all fans of that movie," Rush singer-bassist Geddy Lee said yesterday in Toronto. "And (Rush drummer-lyricist) Neil (Peart) is friends with Matt Stone. And Matt and Trey Parker were both Rush fans at some point. So they keep in contact. And (Neil) said, 'Look, we want to do this song called Malignant Narcissim, and (Matt) was thrilled. He said, 'Great!' "

But when the band found out their Snakes & Arrows co-producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver) had never seen the movie, they set up a special screening while recording with him in the Catskills.

"We were recording during American Thanksgiving," Lee said. "And we planned this big dinner, actually in this big drum room, in this big recording room. So we set this giant table up and everybody and the crew, even the chef who was cooking for us that night, sat down with us and had this big meal. And at the end of it, we all crowded around the control room and on their big giant screen that comes down for when they're doing film work there, we watched World Police as our big celebration."
Raskulinecz laughed his butt off.

"Oh, yeah, how could you not?" Lee said. "It's so ridiculous. I think it should offend, but it's funny. They'll offend anyone. They're equal-opportunity offenders."

Thanks to Gord D for the link.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 4/26@1:58PM: As promised, here is the list of stations with air times that will be broadcasting the Rush FMQB Inside Snakes & Arrows special.

It goes without saying that the next week will be extremely hectic in Rushland. A few lucky fans in Europe (and a few in the US too!) have already been able to purchase Snakes & Arrows. Fans in the UK will be able to get their hands on the CD Monday if not sooner. Us state-siders have to wait until Tuesday. For the impatient (who haven't already downloaded it) several radio premiers of the album will run starting tonight and throughout the weekend. The Q107 preview special will run at stations all over Canada starting tonight. For a complete list of stations and times go here. The Rush special on Sirius Classic Rewind also will air tonight at 10PM with rebroadcasts Saturday, April 28th at 12PM EST; Sunday, April 29th at 11PM EST; and Tuesday, May 1st at 3PM EST. And XM Radio will air a 28-hour Rush special called the RUSH HOURS starting at midnight on April 30th.

Regarding the FMQB special, I've been told that a list of stations and air times will be released later today. Until then, here are some clips of Alex and Geddy plugging the show.

Thanks to Mark S for supplying the clips.

In addition to all the radio premiers/specials, a number of radio stations and record stores across the country are running various contests/promotions and/or listening parties in the lead up to the release of the album. There are a lot of them, so I won't even try to list them all here. Check your local rock station(s) and/or record store(s) for details.

A few users over at Prog Archives have put up their reviews of the new album if you're interested. Out of 8 reviews, it has an average of 4 out of 5 so far. I also hear that Kerrang! Magazine - who is traditionally not Rush-friendly - has also reviewed the album and given it a 4 out of 5.

Reader xenomuse has created a neat Rush mash-up clip that contains riffs from several Rush songs mashed together. It's very neat. You can access it here or use the player below to give it a listen.

A couple months ago the news came out that US performing rights organization SESAC had signed Rush. They have a neat Rush eCard with a Far Cry theme up on their site here (thanks ouchie at Counterparts).

Rush Didact has set up a petition to Anthem urging them to release a remastered version of Vapor Trails. I know there are a lot of Rush fans that loved this album but were disappointed with the production. If you're one of those fans you can sign the petition.

On July 7th the Live Earth Concert to Combat Global Warming will take place at several venues all over the world. The US portion will take place at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Rush is not currently listed as one of the headliners but reader AFarCryfromFBN noted that Rush will be playing in NJ on July 6 and July 8. So Rush will be right in the neighborhood ... maybe they can squeeze it in? We'll see.

And finally, our favorite music producer - Nick Rasculinecz - will be producing the next Coheed and Cambria album! If you aren't familiar with Coheed and Cambria, they are a modern-era progressive rock band that has often been compared to Rush. Thanks to snakenole at Counterparts for the heads up.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

XM radio to air 28-hour Rush special
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XM Radio will be airing a 28-hour special starting at midnight on April 30th called the RUSH HOURS. From the site:

Join XM for Rush Hours. It's a 28 hour odyssey into the making of the new Rush album "Snakes & Arrows". The band's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson join XM's Lou Brutus for conversation about their new songs, how they were created, what the album means to them and other topics and music spanning their thirty plus years career. Listen for an interview segment and music every hour on XM channels the Deep Tracks - XM 40, Boneyard - XM 41, and The Verge - XM 52.

For a complete schedule visit this link. Thanks to NCDigitalMan for the news.

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Alex Lifeson on cover of June 2007 Guitar One magazine
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Guitar One Alex LifesonThe June 2007 issue of Guitar One Magazine is out on newstands and Alex Lifeson is on the cover. The issue is a Prog Rock special issue and the cover tagline reads Alex Lifeson Does Retro on Snakes & Arrows. Contained within is a long interview with Alex along with several great studio pics. In addition there is short article that dissects 8 of Lerxst's great, underrated riffs like the opening to Bastille Day. Thanks to Grayleo for the info.

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Rush-inspired handcrafted jewelry for Mother's Day
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Between Sun and MoonI mentioned this last week but if you want your order from Between Sun & Moon to arrive by Mother's Day you need to order today to ensure prompt shipment. If you aren't already aware of it, Between Sun & Moon is an online handcrafted jewelry store with Rush-inspired merchandise. As she has done several times in the past, the owner Katy is offering an exclusive coupon for Rush is a Band readers. Show your wife, mother or grandmother how much you appreciate her by ordering her a custom handmade bracelet with her children's names or birthstones. Place your custom order online by April 25th. Use discount code: RUSHISABAND for Free Priority Mail shipping with any $30.00 purchase. Gift packaging is always free! Thanks Katy!

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Q107 Snakes & Arrows radio special to air tomorrow night
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UPDATE - 4/25@8:29PM: This radio special will not by exclusive to Q107 (although that's where it'll air first) but will be aired throughout Canada from April 26th through the 30th. There is a complete list of stations along with air dates/times up on Rush.com here. Thanks to NCDigitalMan for the heads up.

UPDATE - 4/25@3:15PM: I forgot to include the time! It will air tomorrow night at 10PM EST. Which is a bummer because that's the exact same time that the special on Sirius Classic Rewind airs too.

Earlier last week Jeff Woods of Toronto's Q107 was lucky enough to interview all 3 members of Rush. He'd taken question suggestions from fans the week prior and ended up asking many of these questions in his interview. He then posted several of the questions along with answers from Alex and Geddy on his blog last week and on Friday a 3-minute teaser clip of the interview was put online. The interview was to be part of a 90-minute special where they'd play music from the new album interspersed with the interview segments. We now finally know when the special will air. Dick Tree over at Counterparts just heard on Q107 that it will air tomorrow night (Thursday) and that they are saying they'll play the entire album.

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Snakes & Arrows lyrics revealed
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*** SPOILER ALERT ***

Power Windows has transcribed all the lyrics from Snakes & Arrows over at this link. If you don't want to read the lyrics yet, don't click on the link. :) I'll also have them up in my Lyrics section come next week.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Snakes & Arrows CD artwork, released early?!?
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UPDATE - 4/25@7:16AM: Ok, it's looks pretty certain at this point that these early releases were not sanctioned by the band or record company. It's more than likely that these few rogue stores either put the CD out on the shelves by mistake or to get a jump on the competition.

UPDATE - 4/24@10:40PM: Before I sign off for the night I want to emphasize that these are just rumors. All we know for sure is that someone obtained a copy of the CD and said they bought it in a store (as yet unnamed) in Long Island, NY. Anything beyond that is complete speculation at this point.

UPDATE - 4/24@9:38PM: You can read the CP thread discussing this here. This may be just a few rogue stores in NY, but I'm really not sure at this point. One person claims that their friend bought a copy at a Best Buy in Virginia. I'll keep you posted as I learn more.

UPDATE - 4/24@8:52PM: Hold the phone! It looks like atreyu2112 actually bought the CD in a store and I'm hearing several reports of the album appearing on shelves in New York, Virginia and elsewhere. It looks like perhaps because of the leak they've decided to release it early? If anybody manages to buy it somewhere, let us know where you got it!

*** SPOILER ALERT ***

atreyu2112 over at Counterparts has a copy of the Snakes & Arrows CD (how? I don't know) and took pictures of the packaging including the CD booklet. There are 9 pictures in all. Do not click on these links if you don't want to see the packaging yet!

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2nd Toronto show fan presale tomorrow at 10AM
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As I reported yesterday, Rush has added a second Toronto show at the Air Canada Centre to the tour itinerary. The show will take place 3 days after the sold out Wednesday show on Saturday, September 22nd. There is a fan presale starting tomorrow at 10AM and going through Thursday at 5PM. The password is SPINDRIFT and tickets can be ordered at this link. According to Rush.com, this will be the last show in North America before heading out on the European leg.

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FMQB Rush Snakes & Arrows radio special details, track list
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UPDATE - 4/26@1:59PM: Here is the list of stations with air times that will be broadcasting the Rush FMQB Inside Snakes & Arrows special.

Several weeks ago we found out about an hour-long Rush Snakes & Arrows world premier radio special that was to air the weekend before the release - this coming weekend - titled Inside Snakes & Arrows. big lou over at Counterparts got his hands on the cue sheet for the special which details which tracks will be played:

CD Track #1 - Opening segment - Length: 18:49
In Cue: "Welcome to Inside Rush: Snakes & Arrows..."
Songs: "Far Cry" "Spindrift"
Out Cue: "...on the Rush Radio Network in just a moment."

CD Track #2 - Segment #2 - Length: 14:30
In Cue: "Welcome back to Inside Rush..."
Songs: "The Larger Bowl" "Bravest Face"
Out Cue: "... and Alex Lifeson right after this."

CD Track #3 - Segment #3 - Length: 7:50
In Cue: "Welcome back to Inside Rush..."
Songs: "Workin' Them Angels"
Out Cue: "...and Geddy Lee in just a moment."

CD Track #4 -Closing segment - Length: 11:00
In Cue: "Welcome back to Inside Rush..."
Songs: "Armor & Sword"
Out Cue: "...on the Rush Radio Network."

In related news, Nicky Horne of UK digital radio station Planet Rock was supposed to preview some songs from Snakes & Arrows this evening (right now UK time) but this has been bumped to Friday. He says he'll be playing 4 or 5 of the tracks. Apparently the reason behind the show being bumped had something to do with legal action that Atlantic is taking against a UK music journalist who allegedly leaked the material to the internet. I'm not clear on all the details or whether they're talking about the MalNar leak or the album leak. Thanks to Distant Early Warning for the info.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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A lot has happened in the past week, and the coming week should be no different. Last Thursday Snakes & Arrows leaked onto the interwebs - which is inevitable in this day and age - and over the weekend we learned that Wal-mart.com's listing for Snakes & Arrows now includes 30-second clips of all 13 tracks. In less than a week, Snakes & Arrows will be released in Europe with its North American release the day after. To tide us over (those who haven't downloaded the leaked version yet at least) Porcupine Tree's Fear of a Blank Planet - which features a guest appearance from Alex Lifeson - released today.

On the tour front, a second Toronto show was just added yesterday for Saturday, September 22nd - right smack in the middle of RushCon weekend. There's an AMEX presale beginning tomorrow at 10AM and the regular sale starts Friday at 10AM. See here for details.

Rush will be appearing on Rockline on Wednesday, May 9th with a rebroadcast Monday, May 14th.

On Saturday, Michael Yarberry sent me some exclusive first pics of Neil Peart's new Snakes & Arrows drumkit. Hopefully you were able to see them because I unfortunately was asked to take them down by DW Drums yesterday. If you didn't see them, you can at least read about them in this post.

Brendan1234 pointed me to this article from page 2 of yesterday's Washington Post Sports section. It's difficult to describe but if you're a sports fan and a Rush fan, you'll really like it. Apparently the print edition also has a cool pic of Geddy jammimg on his Fender.

Jeff Wood's Legends Of Classic Rock radio show has a 4-part series coming up where they'll be featuring The 40 Greatest Classic Rock Singers of All Time as chosen by listeners. To vote go to this link. You can choose up to 3 singers from a list of 150 (or write one in) and Geddy Lee is on the list of course.

Far Cry continues to chart well although it's been bumped a couple spots to #5 on the Mediabase Mainstream Rock charts due to the new Ozzy single. It's also #5 on the MediaGuide Mainstream Rock chart and holding at #3 on the Radio and Records chart. WorkingMom also let me know that Far Cry ringtone are available for T-Mobile now.

And on a serious note, I think everybody was universally saddened by the tragedy at Virginia Tech last week. And although this is a Rush site and I try not to bring the outside world into the going-ons here, I felt compelled to do something. If you feel the same way I do, the school has set up a Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund which you can contribute to at this link. And on a related note, reader Jaybird (who lives in Virginia), wrote a little piece on his blog about Earthshine (the song and the real thing) and the tragedy:

Earthshine is one of my favorite songs on the CD. I got pretty emotional listening to it and thinking about the dark days here in Virginia this past week.

Life can bring unbearable pain and suffering. At some point, though, you're able to gaze at the stars and feel the wonder of life once again. I hope all the wounds in Blacksburg and elsewhere will soon heal and that the joy of living returns to those who can't feel it now.

I can certainly relate; Rush has helped me navigate several tough times in my own life. That's what makes them so special to me.

While we're on the subject of the healing power of Rush (and music in general), reader snowdog987 requested that I tell you about Tunes 4 the Troops. They're an organization that collects CDs, DVDs, etc. and sends them to the troops on the frontlines. What better way to support the troops than to send them a copy of the new Rush album?!?

And let's not forget about the Rush to Fight AIDs project. For details and updates see their MySpace page here.

In one my recent updates I pointed you to some lego Rush figurines that were up on eBay. Reader RushKid has made some figures of his own. In addition to the full band pic displayed, he has several closeups of the individual pieces which I'm sure he'd be happy to share with you if you're interested.

I'll end with a bit of Rush humor that reader danny alerted me to. One of the elementary schools in the Lubbock ISD in Lubbock, Texas is called Rush Elementary. Take note of their school logo as shown on this page. I'd say that someone in the PTA is a Rush (the band) fan. What's really interesting is that in addition to using the Rush logo on their t-shirts, it says established 1953 - the year Geddy and Alex were born! Nobody tell the lawyers at Anthem!! :)

Oh yeah... get your setlists in if you haven't yet!

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Rush on Rockline May 9th
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Rush will be appearing on Rockline on Wednesday, May 9th with a rebroadcast Monday, May 14th. I'm trying to get confirmation as to whether it will be all 3 members or just Geddy and Alex. Thanks to Kristy for the heads up.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Second Toronto show added; Saturday, September 22nd
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After the first show in Toronto on September 19th quickly sold out, it looks as if Rush has decided to add a second date! They'll also be playing the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, September 22nd. This is great news for RushCon; no need to book a tribute band for the Saturday night festivities. The show will go on presale this Wednesday at 10AM and regular sale Friday at 10AM. Details can be found on the Ticketmaster website here. Thanks to reader Jarad for the heads up.

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New Porcupine Tree album featuring Alex Lifeson releases tomorrow
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British prog-rock band Porcupine Tree releases their new album Fear of a Blank Planet tomorrow. The album features a guest appearance from Alex Lifeson on the 17-plus-minute track Anesthetize. The album is being offered on a regular CD format as well as a special 2-disk limited edition. The limited edition contains the stereo CD and a full 5.1 surround sound mix of the album on DVDV. Both discs are housed inside miniature card LP sleeves, and come in a box with a 40 page book of Lasse Hoile images. Samples from the new album can be heard at the band's MySpace page here.

In a recent interview with ProgArcives, frontman Steven Wilson was asked what it was like working alongside Alex Lifeson he had this to say:

... I really didn't know [Alex Lifeson] knew anything about Porcupine Tree until I read an interview with him in a British magazine. He mentioned really liking Porcupine Tree, and I fell of my chair when I read that because I grew up listening to Rush and I've always thought Alex was one of the most underrated guitarists in rock. So, I got in touch with him through the journalist, who had also done an interview with me around the same time, coincidentally. And we were right in the middle of writing at that time, so it was kind of an obvious thing to invite him to play on the record. It's like it's come full circle for me now, as the people I grew up listening to are now playing on Porcupine Tree records. So you can imagine the buzz, its incredible! ...

Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Snakes & Arrows on vinyl
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It has been rumored for some time now that Snakes & Arrows would be available on vinyl and it looks like we finally have some solid information confirming this. Allmusic.com now has a listing for an LP version of Snakes & Arrows under Rhino catalog number 177084. Many thanks to reader Scott C for the heads up.

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New Geddy Lee interview in today's National Post
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[Rush, unhurried]

Geddy Lee talks about Snakes & Arrows and various other subjects in this new interview from Canada's National Post. Here's an excerpt:

.. As preparations for their upcoming tour (which kicks off in mid- June) have reminded them, Rush don't have a habit of making life easy on themselves.

According to Lee, "I talked to Neil the other day, and he's just finished the first week of six hours a day pounding the skins. He said, 'I'm in a house of pain.' I said, 'I'm in a house of pain mentally, 'cause I'm trying to learn all these new songs and sing them at the same time for the first time-- that's a mental pretzel I have to figure out.' " ...

... "Sometimes we need reminding that we are a rock band," he admits. "We make music, and it's an absurd way to make a living, if one is really objective about it. But it's also a unique opportunity to never grow up, to get your ya-ya's out, to rock on stage. I hope that we haven't lost that freewheeling thing, and that's why I think our music has always stayed kind of heavy, kind of loud -- that's the part of our youth that we cling to. We don't want to let go of that." ...

Thanks to reader David L for the link.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Snakes & Arrows sample clips for all 13 tracks up on Walmart.com
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UPDATE - 4/25@7:54AM: You can also here the samples at this German site.

A couple weeks back I posted about how Wal-mart was offering a version of Snakes & Arrows with an exclusive video download. Power Windows obtained the following details about the package:

In addition to the CD and Limited Edition offered elsewhere, Walmart is offering a CD version "with Exclusive Video Download". According to their website, "this package will include a video clip from the upcoming VH-1 Special on Rush." This upcoming VH-1 Special is obviously news in itself, but it has been confirmed that the "exclusive video" is a video of Geddy and Alex's appearance on XM's "Artist Confidential" from 2004. The video is obtained via a special code which is included either in the Walmart packaging or embedded in the CD itself, which allows the purchaser to download the video. Note, this video will NOT include the acoustic performances of "Heart Full of Soul" and "Resist", which were a part of the original audio broadcast which aired on XM Radio in Oct. 2004.

In their listing for this version on their website, Wal-mart is now offering 30-second preview clips of all 13 tracks on the album. As of this post, they seem to be the only online vendor to be doing this. So for those of you didn't download the leaked version and just want a small taste of the tracks, you can check them out at Wal-mart.com at this link. Thanks to Brian for the heads up.

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Modern Drummer Drum Gods special issue features Neil Peart
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Drum GodsRedSectorA over at Counterparts alerted me that Modern Drummer has put out a special collector's edition issue titled Drum Gods. The issue showcases 25 legendary talents who changed drumming. Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Keith Moon and John Bonham are just a few of the drummers profiled.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Exclusive first pics of Neil Peart's new Snakes & Arrows drumkit!
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UPDATE - 10/1@2:31PM: Since everybody's seen these things up close and personal now, I thought I'd throw the pics back up.

UPDATE - 4/23@2:25PM: At the request of DW Drums I am taking down the drumkit photos. They admit to giving permission to photograph the drums, but did so without realizing they might be published to the masses. I'm not going to argue with them as they were very courteous about it. So hopefully you got to take a look at them before they were taken down. And if you didn't, they are absolutely beautiful. They are red with black trim and have the Snakes & Arrows snake encircling the arrow logo in gold on the sides.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Reader Michael Yarberry and a friend were touring DW drums yesterday and unbelievable as it may seem, they turned the corner to see Neil Peart's new Snakes & Arrows drumkit being made as well as being boxed and shipped! Not only that, he was given permission to photograph the pics and I have made them available here for your viewing pleasure in all their high-res glory. Michael is a drummer of 33 years and also supplied some informative captions for the pics.

In Neil's last News update on his website he included a teaser pic (see here) of the kit all packed up and had this to say about it:

... It incorporates several technical innovations developed by John Good since he designed the tobacco sunburst recording kit I used on Snakes and Arrows (formerly the "West Coast" kit, originally built for Matt Scannell's sessions early last summer). Many people have described those drums as the "best they've ever heard," but the new ones are going to be even better.

So far it's just a stack of bare shells, as you can see, but even they sound amazing when John strikes them in his special "timbre-matching" way.

As for the finish and hardware, that's going to be a surprise. I'll only say, "Black is the new gold," and "Red is the new black." ...

Many, many thanks to Michael Yarberry for taking these beutiful photographs and to DW Drums for letting him do it!

* All photos were taken with permission by Michael Yarberry on a DW factory tour on April, 20 2007. © 2007 Michael Yarberry

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Cool Snakes & Arrows tour map application
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S&A tour mapAndrew Olson has mapped out the North American leg of the Snakes & Arrows tour on live.com here. You can look at maps of the amphitheater locations and look at most of the amphitheaters using the bird's eye view. It's a very cool application. Thanks Andy!

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Q107 Rush interview teaser clip now available
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Earlier this week Jeff Woods of Toronto's Q107 was lucky enough to interview all 3 members of Rush. He'd taken question suggestions from fans the week prior and ended up asking many of these questions in his interview. He then posted several of the questions along with answers from Alex and Geddy on his blog a couple days ago. Then yesterday thanks to reader Shane T we learned that they'd be posting a teaser interview clip sometime today and, as promised, they have. The clip is about 3 minutes long and can be heard at this link.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Snakes & Arrows available for download... legally and illegally
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UPDATE - 4/20@10:12PM: First off, did I actually say SOILER instead of SPOILER? I guess I did. I only noticed about 4 hours after the fact and was about to fix it but thought.. nah.. that's just as appropriate a word as anything I suppose. :)

If you're wondering why I've let this thread go on as long as it has, allow me to explain myself. The issue of album leaks and illegal downloading is one of those topics that make emotions run high on both sides. I figured I'd let everybody vent, voice their opinions and yell back and forth a bit just to get it out of their system. So I've cut people a lot of slack. In subsequent posts I won't be as lenient. I don't like personal attacks made by or against any of my users, so please refrain from that kind of behavior; opinions are one thing - personal attacks are another. So vent away for now, get it out of your system ... then move on. Once the album releases next week, all this will soon be forgotten I'm sure.

On the issue of spoilers (or soilers?), I will try and give warning where I think warning is necessary. And I ask that those of you leaving comments containing spoilers do the same. This is just a request - a courtesy if you will - by me. I won't be banning anyone over leaving spoilers. However, if you're one of the folks who absolutely do not want to hear anything about the new album before May 1st, I'd suggest that you just stay out of the comments altogether until then. Because I can't guarantee that someone won't slip up (unintentionally or intentionally) and give up some info that you may not want to see.

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UPDATE - 4/20@8:14AM: *** SOILER ALERT *** A few folks who did decide to download the album have decided to leave their reviews of it in the comments on this post. So be warned.

UPDATE - 4/19@11:53PM: I also kindly ask everyone to refrain from posting send me the link comments. Please keep that kind of talk offline. Thanks for your cooperation.

Yes, the inevitable has finally happened. Snakes & Arrows has been leaked. Frankly I'm impressed that it's held out this long; 12 days before release. I highly suggest that you do not download it. Be strong!!! Also note that any links to download the leaked copy placed in the comments will be removed and may result in the disabling of your account.

Instead of attempting to obtain an illegal copy, why not just preorder a legal copy! Of course you'll have to wait for that too ... but you'll feel better about yourself. You can now pre-order Snakes & Arrows on iTunes in the US. Thanks to NCDigitalMan for the heads up (on the iTunes thing - not the leak).

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Sirius Octane Rush interview April 26th
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Sirius Octane DJ Kayla announced this morning that there will be a special on Rush on channel 15, Classic Rewind, April 26th at 10PM. From the website:

All three members of Rush stop by the SIRIUS Studios for an exclusive interview. Join Geddy Lee, Neil Pert and Alex Lifeson as they talk about all sorts of things including their new CD Snakes & Arrows, their upcoming tour, what they like to do when they're not on the road and much more.

It will also be rebroadcast Saturday, April 28th at 12PM EST; Sunday, April 29th at 11PM EST; and Tuesday, May 1st at 3PM EST. Thanks to Drew over at Counterparts for the info.

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Rush's Exit ... Stage Left makes list of top 25 live albums
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[Top 25 Live Albums]

IGN.com Music likes to make a lot of top 25 album lists, and Rush has appeared on many of them. Back in February 2112 made their top 25 prog rock albums list at #10, and Permanent Waves made honorable mention on their top 25 metal albums list. Their latest top 25 list covers the best live albums and Exit ... Stage Left makes the cut at #18. Here's what they say about it:

Canada's leading power trio export has released no less than four live albums throughout their career. That said, this early '80s effort is the best of the bunch, capturing Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neal Pert at the height of their prog rock intensity. All the essentials are here from "Spirit of Radio" on down to "Tom Sawyer," "Red Barchetta," and a heart warming rendition of "Closer to the Heart." Toss in such cult classics as "The Trees" and searing instrumentals like "YYZ" and you're set!

Other than the butchering of Neil Peart's (Neal Pert??) name, it's a nice little blurb. Thanks to Stephen D for the link.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Neil Peart recommended reading update
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[Neil's Picks for Quality Reading, Issue #8 - April, 2007]

Neil Peart has updated the Bubba's Book Club section of his website for the month of April. Unlike his last update in January when he reviewed seven books, this time he just focuses on one; What is the What by Dave Eggers - which he has a lot of good things to say about. Thanks to Jeanette for alerting me.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
4:26PM EST | link | comments (42) |

UPDATE - 4/19@9:32AM: Regarding the Rush Q107 interview, reader Shane T emailed Jeff Woods and obtained the following information. At least one (possibly more) teaser interview clip, featuring Geddy, Alex and Neil, will be released this Friday, April 20th. He also said that the following radio station homepages will have the local airdates and airtimes of the special when it's released: q107.com, q107fm.ca , y108.ca, thehawk.ca, rock101.com.

It's update time once again and there's a lot going on as usual. The new album is less than 2 weeks away from release! Canadian dates for the Snakes & Arrows world tour went on presale yesterday and will go on regular sale this weekend. So tickets for all shows on the tour are now on sale in some capacity. I hope everyone had good luck getting tickets. If you have tickets, don't forget to check-in for the show(s) you're attending in the Tour Section!

About 50 users have taken up the Setlist Competition challenge so far. For those who don't know, readers Spindrifter and Liverpool.78 came up with the idea of having a little informal setlist competition/game. All the details can be found in this post. Just read the rules and enter your setlist in the comments. This is more of a game than a competition; no prizes or anything nor a formal winner. After opening night we can compare everybody's setlist to the real setlist and see how close we came. Have fun!

Many thanks to everyone who has donated to the site. If you haven't received your RUSH IS A BAND bumper sticker yet you should very soon. I'm trying to send them out in weekly batches on Mondays. If you want one of your own, just make a donation to the site and I'll send you one! (See donation button to the right under important items)

Mother's day is fast-approaching (May 15th!) my fellow Rush fans. If you aren't already aware of it, Between Sun & Moon is an online handcrafted jewelry store with Rush-inspired merchandise. As she has done several times in the past, the owner Katy is offering an exclusive coupon for Rush is a Band readers. Show your wife, mother or grandmother how much you appreciate her by ordering her a custom handmade bracelet with her children's names or birthstones. Place your custom order online by April 25th. Use discount code: RUSHISABAND for Free Priority Mail shipping with any $30.00 purchase. Gift packaging is always free! Thanks Katy!

More emails are a-flyin' from Amazon and Best Buy regarding the Snakes & Arrows Limited Edition DVD Album. This time they confirm the June 5th release date first reported by Power Windows back on April 5th. This date seems pretty solid now seeing as the Rush Backstage Club lists the release date as June 5th. Speaking of the Rush Backstage Club, they have now given the DVD album a new moniker; MVI (Music Video Interactive disc). I like DVD-Album better. :)

Details on the Jeff Woods Q107 interview with Rush came out recently. Jeff posted several of the questions he received from fans along with answers from Alex and Geddy. No news yet on exactly when the interview will air. Geddy and Alex will also appear on the Kim Mitchell show on the day after the album release live from the Hard Rock Cafe. They are also running a contest for you and a guest to be invited along on the interview! Contest details here. Thanks to koje for the heads up.

I added the 98.5 WNCX (Cleveland) Alex Lifeson interview to the radio interviews post a few days ago. Nothing earth-shattering; it's much like the others, but I hadn't mentioned it yet. I'll let you know as I add more.

And here's a little news courtesy Power Windows regarding the early unreleased Rush track Garden Road:

This one slipped under the radar ... Rush's unreleased "Garden Road" is covered by Mos Generator on the Sucking the 70s: Back in the Saddle Again 2-CD classic rock covers compilation released February 27 (click for sample). A cover of "Working Man", performed by the Suplecs, was included on this album's predecessor, Sucking The 70s, released in 2002. ...

If you've never heard Garden Road you can listen to a live version of it using the player above. It's an unreleased Rush original that hasn't been performed since their 1974 tour.

Here's a satirical article from The Daily Probe entitled Rush Chalks Up Dismal Record Sales to Shitty Songs. Don't get too mad - it's just satire. :)

In other news, Geddy Lee was spotted at the Jays-Red Sox game last night and was officially dubbed the Fan of the Game. Thanks to Katy and Brian C for the heads up.

And let's not forget about the fan-organized, Rush tour-related charity Rush to Fight AIDs that I posted about a few weeks back. It's cranking along and donations are starting to flow in already! For details on the project and information as to how you can help out visit the Rush to Fight AIDs MySpace page.

And this is a little reminder about the Rush is a Band presale and preorder promotion put on by MusicToday. To sign-up for the promotion simply send an email containing your Age, Full Name and Address to riabbiggestfanzz@aol.com. You can sign up anytime from now through April 30th. Three winners will be chosen and each winner will receive a prize pack containing a Limited-Edition Rush T Shirt (ONLY available for purchase through the Musictoday Rush Online Advance Ticket Presale) and a copy of Snakes & Arrows on CD.

That's all for now.

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More Far Cry Updates
9:51AM EST | link | comments (52) |

Far CryI mentioned a couple days ago that Far Cry made Sirius Satellite Radio's Octane 20 list last week; they came in at #6. Sirius has published the full list on their website and you can check it out here. You usually don't see Rush on a list with the likes of bands like Clutch, Static-X, Disturbed and Linkin Park so this is really cool. With the exception of Tool and Metallica most of those bands weren't even around prior to 1990!

Speaking of Sirius, reader George R (also a blogger at Sirius Backstage under the moniker theamazingchuy) let me know of a cool application on the Sirius Backstage website which allows you to search for songs and it will produce a list of when the artist or song was played. Go here to find out on what show and time Far Cry was played; looks like it's definitely getting a lot of spins.

Mr. Rush alerted me that Far Cry is now available at Verizon Ringtones Deluxe. You can get it here.

The Canadian version of ESPN, TSN has been using Far Cry for game recaps and highlights. They also have a segment called Wired where they have a hockey player mic'd. The past couple nights during the playoffs it has been sponsored by the new RUSH album and Rush.com. Cool. Thanks to BY-TOR for the heads up.

And if you thought the Far Cry non-review at Digital Spy was bad, wait until you read this one from 24dash.com. Yet another uninformed, Rush-bashing non-review ... f**king ridiculous. Thanks to David D for pointing me to the link.

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[Far Cry review from the Buffalo News]
[Far Cry hard copy pics]
[Far Cry featured on iTunes Canada site]
[Far Cry open thread]
[Far Cry promo image ... longer clip coming? 45-second clip!]
[New album release date May 1st; Far Cry sample online]

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Alex Lifeson versus the Ritz-Carlton: Alex reacts to case dismissal
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Justin and Al in court[Rush guitarist reacts to court decision]

UPDATE - 4/18@7:25AM: In a very interesting twist to this story, it looks like Deputy Christopher Knott - one of the officers involved in Alex's countersuit - has been fired for sexually harassing women. Here's the full story from the Naples Daily News. This guy sounds like a real piece of work. Thanks to Doug for the heads up.

It's essentially common knowledge among Rush fans now but for those of you who don't know, Alex Lifeson and his son were arrested in Naples, FL on New Year's eve 2004 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Naples, Florida. There is a great running history of the case over at the Power Windows site if you're unfamiliar with the incident. The latest development had been that Alex was filing a countersuit against the Ritz-Carlton and the officers involved in the incident. The suit was to go to trial later this month but last week we learned that the case had unfortunately been dismissed. Alex shared his reaction in an exclusive interview with RockRadio.com this morning:

... Lifeson told us that no one could have seen things going this way: "I was quite shocked with the judge's ruling, as all my lawyers were shocked. And I think that if you probably asked the defendant's lawyers, they would have to admit that they were surprised, too. The ruling was just so overwhelming."

Lifeson also told us that he still believes in his case, so he and his lawyers will continue to move forward: "All we can do is go to appeal. I know what happened to me -- I know what happened in that stairwell, I know the brutality of these police officers, and I know the way the hotel behaved. And, you know, someone else's opinion is someone else's opinion, but I was there, and I know what it was like." ...

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Rush Q107 interview details
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UPDATE - 4/19@9:33AM: Reader Shane T emailed Jeff Woods and obtained the following information regarding the interview. At least one (possibly more) teaser interview clip, featuring Geddy, Alex and Neil, will be released this Friday, April 20th. He also said that the following radio station homepages will have the local airdates and airtimes of the special when it's released: q107.com, q107fm.ca , y108.ca, thehawk.ca, rock101.com.

This past Saturday I mentioned that Jeff Woods of Toronto's Q107 would be interviewing all 3 members of Rush this week and was taking suggestions from fans for what questions to ask. He spoke with Alex and Geddy yesterday and Neil today, and updated his original blog post with these words and ... answers to many of the questions! (see below):

UPDATE Tues April 17 2:48pm
I had an hour with Neil today. First time ever. With few exceptions (Bowie, Steven Tyler, Ray Manzarek), rarely have I met someone so passionately and articulately expressive.
With thanks to Neil, Geddy & Alex - I'm going to bring you a fantastic Rush premiere on the radio, with lots of 'extras' online thereafter. Here's the challenge - the radio show is 90 minutes and not even including music I have 90 minutes of the guys in conversation! That, and there's 8 or 9 (of 13) songs that I feel like I have to play! Fans will be able to hear 'em all, regardless, when the album comes Tues May 1.

UPDATE! Monday Aprill 16 1:25pm.
Alex and Geddy were just in my office and have answered a bunch of questions .... I have posted some of the answers with more to come. They got to most of them but had to run to another interview (sorry if I made you late guys - great to see you). I'm saving some for Neil with whom I'll speak later this week.

Thanks to everyone around the globe for particpating! I'll post the run-dates and times of all the radio special Rush Snakes and Arrows World Album Premiere soon here on the blog too.

What I think is really cool is that he individually addressed nearly all the comments/questions people left him and posed as many as he could to the band in the interview. View the comments on his blog post to see some of the answers. Here are some samples (I truncated a few of the longer questions). But you will definitely want to read all the answers yourself:

Q: Just wondering which song EACH member feels is the highlight of the album and what new ground each member has attained while recording Snakes and Arrows.
Alex - Working them Angels
Geddy - Larger Bowl

Q: I would ask them if they're considering some dates in this side of the world, specifically Brazil, Argentina and/or Chile, my homeland.
Alex & Geddy say - Trying, hopefully in '08

Q: I'd love to know if the band would consider playing an "unplugged" type of show where the fans could get more accoustical interpretations of their songs, ala 'Resist' and 'Heart Full of Soul' as they did on the R30 tour.
Geddy says: How does that one go? Kidding, actually yes, and Alex says: I'd watch.

Q: Not to make you guys feel old, but what keeps the creative juices flowing after all these years?
Geddy and Alex agree: It's meat.

Q: Will there be a possibility that Geddy,Alex and Neil will record the old song from 1974: Garden Road.
Alex and Geddy say: No, sorry, and cool (the Rotterdam bit).

Q: What other bands have Alex and Geddy been listening to these last couple of years? Any movies they've particularly enjoyed?
Geddy says: The lives of others - best movie of the last year.
Alex says: I love Porcupine Tree and Mars Volta ... and of course PussyCat Dolls (smiles).

Q: For Alex, not sure if this was true or not, but apparently this past summer you were taking part in a guitar camp or something of the sort here in Toronto, I'm just wondering if you would be doing something like that again.
Alex says: Yes I did and would consider doing it again.

Q: I just want to let the band know the many of us fans feel that they overlook GREAT songs ... is there any chance for us rush nuts out there to hear some more obscure rush songs or revamp the show on this tour?
Alex and Geddy haven't confirmed the set list but do acknowledge there's a chance you'll hear a song you've hoped for.
editorial: ghost of a chance that is ....

Q: ... do [Rush] plan on ever coming back to Atlantic Canada? It has been 20 years since they have played a show here.
Alex and Geddy say: We'll try to get back before the end of this tour and will try to cover off as many Cdn cities we haven't scheduled yet ... will be another leg in '08!

Q: How much of Snakes and Arrows will be appearing in the upcoming tour setlist?
Geddy says: hopefully at least 7 or 8 songs.

Q: Hearing far cry, it seems Nick R has really meshed well with you guys and made you churn out some of the best stuff in a long time. How much say/suggestions do producers have on the live tour portion of your work?
Geddy says: He's trying to, but so far no.

Q: Will "Circumstances" be on the tour setlist?
Gedd says: Maybe.

Yes... that was just a small sampling - read the comments on his post yourself to get the full scoop. So Jeff hints that Ghost of a Chance will be played this tour along with 7 or 8 songs from S&A and ... maybe Circumstances! We also learn that they plan on doing another leg of the tour in 2008, possibly including South American dates ... and that's just the tip of the iceberg. I can't wait for the full interview to air. Thanks to jon l (who had his question answered too by the way) for the heads up.

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Matt Scannell talks Neil Peart in Drumhead magazine interview
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Matt and Neil[On Neil Peart: No Rush]

A month ago, I reported that Drumhead magazine had an interview with Matt Scannell in this month's issue where he discusses his friendship with Neil Peart. If you don't know who Matt is, he's one of the founders of the pop band Vertical Horizon and a good friend of Neil Peart. Peart talks about their friendship extensively in his two most recent books Roadshow and Travelling Music. The full interview is now online at this link. Matt talks extensively about his collaboration with Neil last summer, which is detailed in this post. Neil wrote lyrics for one song called Even Now and recorded the drum tracks on 3 songs. There's still no information on when these songs will see the light of day. It's a great interview and certainly worth the read.

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New Andrew MacNaughtan Snakes & Arrows charity prints
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Andrew MacNaughtan charity printsLongtime Rush friend/photographer Andrew MacNaughtan has 3 new Snakes & Arrows charity prints available. He also has a blurb up on his site where he talks about making the 45-minute documentary that will appear on the DVD Album version of Snakes & Arrows:

Hello Everyone!

For years, I've wanted to make a documentary of Rush in the recording studio, and tell the story of the process of making an album. So, it was the opportunity of a lifetime to be a "fly on the wall" and capture rare footage of the guys at work on their upcoming release, Snakes & Arrows. The documentary, entitled The Game of Snakes & Arrows, was filmed over the course of 20 days at a beautiful studio in New York's Catskill Mountains.

The band gave me unprecedented access into their creative process and I had the privilege to witness first hand the writing and recording of their songs. In fact, I was able to capture on film a rare moment of Geddy jamming on his bass as he created a new song for the album.

To complement the documentary and to celebrate the release of the new CD, Rush have agreed to sign a very limited edition of prints to raise money for several of my favorite charities. These photos were shot exclusively at the studio sessions, during the filming of the documentary. This is a rare opportunity to own a little piece of Rush history, and it's all for a good cause!

Cheers,

Andrew MacNaughtan

Thanks to reader Doug for spotting this.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Canadian presale information
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Rush Snakes & Arrows TourUPDATE - 4/17@7:12AM: Rush.com was updated with the correct links for Canadian presales. It is through Ticketmaster although the title of the page says Rush Music Today Presale? Whatever. Here's the link. And the presale looks like it is for all 6 Canadian dates (including Montreal and Quebec City). Here's what the blurb on the page says:

RUSH FAN CLUB PRESALE!
SNAKES AND ARROWS TOUR

Over the course of their decades-spanning career, the Canadian power trio Rush emerged as one of hard rock's most highly regarded bands.

Through this exclusive offer, get your RUSH tickets before the general public!

PRESALE runs from APRIL 17TH at 10AM through to APRIL 19TH at 5PM

Enter the code "LEELA" in the PROMOTIONS & SPECIAL OFFERS box to get your tickets FIRST!

*6 ticket limit

Thanks Eric D for the head up.

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If you've been following my recent post on Canadian presales you know that information only started trickling in this morning and has been difficult to come by, not to mention a little confusing. There is now information up on TicketMaster Canada detailing presales for the London, Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary shows all stating that presales begin tomorrow at 10AM. We still don't have any solid information about the Quebec City and Montreal shows though.

The London, Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary dates all list a Fan Club presale which begins at 10AM. The Calgary show also has several other presales in addition and the Toronto show has an AMEX presale. Not much is said about what Fan Club they're referring to but a couple of hours ago the Rush email list sent out the following bulletin:

Canadian tour dates go on sale Tuesday, April 17th at 10am local time and close on Thursday, April 19th at 5pm local time. To get access to the pre-sales tickets you need to do the following:
1) Go to http://www.rush.com .
2) Click on the "Tour" link.
3) Click on the link to the appropriate show.
4) You will need the password "leela" to purchase your pre-sale tickets.

It's still a little unclear whether MusicToday will handle the presale or not, but I'm guessing no - I think TicketMaster is. Neither of the two MusicToday presales so far required any kind of password and by this time they had posted information on their site. As of right now, no information about Canadian presales are listed on their site and nobody can seem to get a straight answer from them. Also, why would TicketMaster Canada advertise a Fan Club presale if they weren't handling it? So if you plan to purchase tickets for any of the Canadian dates, I'd advise you to have the TicketMaster Canada site queued up in your browser and your credit card at hand tomorrow morning just before 10AM ... and the password is LEELA. Good luck!

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Far Cry chart updates, now on UK iTunes
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Far CryFar Cry continues to do well on rock radio in the US. It's still holding steady this week at #3 on the MediaBase Mainstream Rock chart.
It moved up one notch from #4 to #3 on the Radio and Records Rock chart. And it's at #6 on the MediaGuide Mainstream Rock chart. It continues to fall outside the top 20 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart however. Billboard uses distinctively different criteria than the other charting services including sales numbers and video airplay (I think).

We also have some really cool new Sirius Satellite radio chart information courtesy Drew. The list hasn't been updated on the website yet, but Far Cry was #6 this past week on Octane's Rock 20 countdown. Octane counts down the 20 best new hard rock songs of the week as requested by listeners. It's notable because of the company it's keeping; it's thrown in there with a bunch of tracks from more modern heavy rock bands such as Clutch, Static X, Finger Eleven and others.

Readers Chris S and Lee B alerted me that Far Cry is finally available on iTunes in the UK.

And finally, check out this horrible Far Cry review from Nick Levine at Digital Spy:

Rush deserve our begrudging respect. For almost 40 years they've devoted themselves to that most unfashionable of rock genres: prog. They've survived personal tragedy, widespread disinterest and being saddled with a bassist who looks a bit like Janet Street-Porter to make it this far. Folks, it's time to doff your caps.

Still, no one under the age of 50 needs to hear their new single. 'Far Cry' is full of noodley bass solos, repetitive drum breaks and gibberish lyrics like "pariah dogs and wandering madmen, barking at strangers and speaking in tongues". Note to Rush: do us a favour and leave the woe unto the world stuff to Al Gore. Stick to your day job, which - in case you've forgotten - is making music for men who like to combine a combover with the remnants of a shoulder-length mullet.

What?? That's a review? Disliking the song is one thing, but why resort to remarks about combovers and mullets? Ridiculous. If you have a second and are so inclined, join the others who have called him out on the ludicrousness of his review and leave him a comment.

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Rush Snakes & Arrows tour update, Canadian presale info
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Rush Snakes & Arrows TourUPDATE - 4/16@11:47PM: I was wrong on the Ottawa show. Ticketmaster is only handling presales for the show. Although it is a bit confusing since they don't list it as such; they list it as on sale. Regular tix need to be purchased through the venue and go on sale this weekend.

UPDATE - 4/16@11:00PM: Okay. To add to the confusion I just received this email from the Rush mailing list:

Canadian tour dates go on sale Tuesday, April 17th at 10am local time and close on Thursday, April 19th at 5pm local time. To get access to the pre-sales tickets you need to do the following:
1) Go to http://www.rush.com .
2) Click on the "Tour" link.
3) Click on the link to the appropriate show.
4) You will need the password "leela" to purchase your pre-sale tickets.

This must be the Fan Club presale that has been mentioned... and I assume it's through MusicToday, but they don't explicitly say that. If you go to Rush.com right now and do what they say, all the links still read information coming soon. Clear as mud. I'm not sure exactly what to tell you except be ready tomorrow at 10AM. :)

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UPDATE - 4/16@10:51PM: Doh! Missed this before.. the Ottawa show goes on regular sale tomorrow at 10AM. No presale.

UPDATE - 4/16@10:44PM: There's info for presales for the London, Toronto and Calgary shows up on Ticketmaster Canada. They all mention a Rush Fan Club presale but there's still nothing on the MusicToday site. Weird. Toronto also has an AMEX presale listed, as I mentioned earlier. And Calgary has four separate presales listed; Fan Club, Front of the Line, House of Blues and CJAY 92. Thanks to VoodooChild for the heads up.

UPDATE - 4/16@2:50PM: Reader Victor S emailed the Ticketing Customer Service Department at MusicToday and asked about Canadian presales through MusicToday and was told by a representative that these presales are scheduled to begin tomorrow at 10AM local venue time. It wasn't clear whether the presales will be for all the dates or just a few. I assume that they'll have the dates listed on their site this evening. They aren't currently however.

UPDATE - 4/16@12:57PM: Here's some info regarding the Ottawa show on Sept. 21st at Scotiabank Place courtesy Spindrifter. It's another AMEX presale starting tomorrow at 10AM. Also see this article too if you plan on going to this show (thanks Denis).

UPDATE - 4/16@12:10PM: The TicketMaster Canada link for the Toronto show is now also listing a Fan Club Presale from Tue, 04/17/07 10AM to Thu, 04/19/07 12PM. Fan Club? Not sure what this means but all the MusicToday presales ran from the Tues at 10AM through Thursday at 12PM, so maybe this means that MusicToday will be doing a presale for this show too? But then again... why would Ticketmaster be advertising that?

UPDATE - 4/16@10:16AM: AHA! Looks like the Toronto presale is an AMEX presale. So you need an AMEX card for it. Bummer. It also runs through Thursday the 19th at 5PM.

UPDATE - 4/16@10:12AM: Toronto show! The presale through TicketMaster Canada for the September 19th show in Toronto will begin tomorrow at 10AM. I'm unsure how long it will last but if it's like most TM presales it'll end at 5 or 6... I'm saying 5 for now. I may be wrong on that and I'll let you know as I find out more. For info go here. Thanks to VoodooChild for the heads up.

UPDATE - 4/16@10:05AM: The Canadian presale information is beginning to roll in. The first show that I have some info on is the September 12th (Neil's birthday!) show in London, ON at the John Labatt Centre. There will be a presale conducted this Thursday from 9AM-5PM. Go here and enter the password SNAKES. Thanks to reader Denis J for the info. Rush.com has not been updated with this information and I'm still unsure if there will also be a MusicToday presale.

As of yesterday, tickets for the Snakes & Arrows tour are now on regular sale for all US and most European dates. Tickets for the Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki shows go on sale tomorrow at 9AM (local venue time). For details see the Tour Section - all dates are now loaded in. As far as Canadian dates go there is still very little information to go on. All we have is what is posted at Rush.com; that tickets go on sale this weekend. Outside of that I can't find any solid information, but I'm betting we'll see something on Rush.com tomorrow. None of the venues in question even have the dates listed on their calendars.

As far as how well the tour is selling tickets the answer is very well. Pollstar tracks ticket sales the number of fan requests for an act's tour itinerary (thanks Jaybird) and posts a top 50 list every week. Rush is way on top after being #9 last week.

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie now playing
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Animated Neil PeartUPDATE - 4/15@10:17AM: There's a short interview with Neil Peart in today's Toronto Star where Neil discusses his involvement with the film. The article is titled Rush's Peart shows off comedic chops as drum-playing watermelon seed in Aqua Teen. One of the more interesting tidbits; for the Drum Solos of Life that appear in the film, Neil gave them a bunch of 30-second clips from his drum solos to choose from that sounded spiritual.

Yesterday I mentioned that the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie featuring Neil Peart released yesterday. Several fans have seen it and we now have more details of Neil Peart's role in the movie. Apparently Neil plays a miniature version of himself and only has a few lines. He first appears inside a watermelon which he travels around in with his melon-slice alien friend (voiced by Chris Kattan). He is permanently attached to his lime green drumset with the bass drums secured to his feet so that when he walks he has to kick the bass drums forward, making a resonating "thud" with each step. Neil is never referred to by his last name and Rush is never mentioned. Neil also has the ability to resurrect the dead by playing his Drums of Life; he resurrects Meatwad in the film. I did not see the movie myself but got the info from a couple of emails (thanks cpb) and a post from The Deathless Horsie over at Counterparts. If you saw it, please share your review/thoughts in the comments.

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Rush interview with Q107 next week
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[Question for Rush?]

UPDATE - 4/14@10:45PM: Dino also tells me that 97.7 HTZ FM (Niagra region) is sending a DJ to interview Neil this Monday in Toronto. It sounds like the band is doing another round of interviews in Toronto next week where they're currently rehearsing. It's nice to hear that Neil will be involved this time around.

Jeff Woods of Toronto's Q107 will be interviewing Rush (including Neil Peart!) next week and is taking suggestions from fans for what questions to ask. Just go to this blog post and leave your suggestion in the comments (not the comments here - the comments on the Q107 blog post). Here's the post:

If you were going to sit down with Geddy, Alex and Neil from Rush - what is the one question you'd want to ask about the band or their music? Or maybe you have questions specific to one of the three?

I'm scheduled to chat with the guys next week and would love to include a few questions from fans.

If you have one, please go ahead and ask by clicking below on 'send comments'.

Your deadline for this is Monday April 16 at 10am.

Much of the conversation with the guys and music from the new album Snakes & Arrows will be featured in the Rush "Snakes and Arrows" World Album Premiere on the station, in advance of the May 1st release date. Listen for precise airdate and time.

I think the special he's referring to is the FMQB special that I mentioned a couple weeks ago. Thanks to koje for the heads up.

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Setlist Competition open thread
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As I alluded to yesterday, readers Spindrifter and Liverpool 78 came up with the idea of having a little informal setlist competition/game. So they asked me to set up a thread for it. The simple rules as laid out by Spindrifter are as follows. Each user will have 28 songs to select split up into 2 parts. Each part is broken into 14 songs each with a break after the 14th. The songs selected can be from any of Rush's studio or live albums (including Feedback) and you are allowed to choose 1 of Neil Peart's drum solos and up to 2 acoustics. As I said before, this is just for shits and giggles; no prizes or anything nor a formal winner. After opening night we can compare everybody's setlist to the real setlist and see how close we came. Have fun!

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Spindrift sample
9:01AM EST | link | comments (101) |

Wow. Whenever I leave my computer for the night it's inevitable that something really cool happens. Rush put a little sample of Spindrift up on Rush.com late yesterday. Listen to it here.

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Friday, April 13, 2007

New Geddy Lee Sporting News interview
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As I mentioned in my last post, Matt Crossman of the Sporting News recently interviewed Geddy Lee and now has the full interview transcribed on his blog here. He talks baseball and Rush with Geddy. Matt is a self-described unapologetic Rush nerd as well as a sports writer so it's a very cool interview. He asks extremely insightful and important questions like this one:

SN: I was watching SportsCenter one day about 10 or 12 years ago, and Randy Johnson was still with Seattle. Suddenly Dan Patrick says, "after the game, Randy Johnson met with Rush. Geddy, I've always loved the album '2112.'" There's that, and repeated references to you guys on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Which is a more lofty pop culture accomplishment, getting on SportsCenter or getting on MST3K?

Lee: MST3K, for sure. No offense to Dan Patrick. I'm a big fan of the sports shows. But MST3K, I mean, that's forever. I was a huge MST3K fan, by the way. I still have a bunch of them on tape.

Awesome. :)

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Alex and Geddy FMQB interviewUPDATE - 4/13@2:59PM: Spindrifter noted that FMQB.com has a recent pic of Alex and Geddy from their FMQB interview (see below) posted on their website. It's captioned:

At the recording for the exclusive FMQB radio special Inside Rush: Snakes & Arrows, FMQB's Mike Parrish grabbed this shot with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee.

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My database server is/has been moved today so if you notice any odd happenings that's probably the reason. The site might be down for a couple minutes here and there.

As I posted earlier today, I've implemented Personal Contact Forms for users to facilitate easy communication amongst registered users. For details, see this post.

I've started adding European dates to the Tour Section. I have all the UK dates and the Rotterdam dates loaded in. I should have them all by the end of the weekend.

Reader Spindrifter and others want to have an informal setlist competition for the upcoming tour. I should have some rules and a thread for posting the setlists up sometime over the weekend. There are no prizes or anything planned at this time; it's just for shits and giggles.

Dirk let me know that the Snakes & Arrows CD and DVD Album are now available for preorder from the Rush Backstage Club. They list the release date of the DVD Album as June 5th so I'd go with that; you can't get much more official than the Rush Backstage Club.

The Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie, which features the vocal talents of Neil Peart, premiers today! I doubt I'll get a chance to see it, but if anybody does please share your thoughts. On the same subject, reader chutch15 informed me that on last night's Aqua Teen episode, the creators did a "live" performance of the Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary song. During which, at the bottom of the screen, they kept putting up "Aqua Fakts" with info about Rush, including that Alex is the only one of Rush that has not been involved in ATHF yet, etc.

2 more Geddy radio interviews have been added to the radio interview post. One is from Detroit's WCSX. It was recorded last week on April 5th and can be accessed here. Thanks to Michael for the heads up. The other was aired yesterday morning on Baltimore's 98 Rock. It can be accessed here. Thanks to Earthshiner and Digital Scott 2112 for the heads up. Both have also been added to the player in this post.

A couple weeks ago I mentioned that in the week prior to the release of Snakes & Arrows, FMQB Productions will be releasing a one-hour radio special featuring an interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson titled Inside Rush: Snakes & Arrows. Firefighter SAL tells me that Geddy & Alex were in New York last week to record the interview and it is on target to air on select stations between April 27th and May 1st. FMQB will post a listing of stations with air dates as the show nears. Here are the details from the site:

Reader Sean pointed me to a very interesting website that allows fans to request that a band come to their city. These requests go to promoters and give incentive for bookings in a particular city. Apparently Dream Theater and many other bands are using the site in an official capacity. As of right now there are about 12 different cities looking for Rush across the globe and growing rapidly. So for all those Rush fans in overlooked cities, you now have an outlet to voice your request for Rush to play your town.

Matt Crossman of the Sporting News let me know that he recently interviewed Geddy Lee and will soon have the interview transcribed on his blog for us. He talks baseball and Rush with Geddy. As soon as it's up, I'll put up a separate post.

In the odd Rush stuff department - in addition to the Geddy Lee lego figure there are now also an Alex Lifeson lego figure and a Neil Peart lego figure available on eBay.

And as a reminder, the fan-organized, Rush tour-related charity Rush to Fight AIDs that I posted about a couple weeks ago is really taking off! For details on the project and information as to how you can help out visit the Rush to Fight AIDs MySpace page.

And this is a little reminder about the Rush is a Band presale and preorder promotion put on by MusicToday. To sign-up for the promotion simply send an email containing your Age, Full Name and Address to riabbiggestfanzz@aol.com. You can sign up anytime from now through April 30th. Three winners will be chosen and each winner will receive a prize pack containing a Limited-Edition Rush T Shirt (ONLY available for purchase through the Musictoday Rush Online Advance Ticket Presale) and a copy of Snakes & Arrows on CD.

That's all for now. Have a great weekend!

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New site feature, posting email addresses and the MalNar leak
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Since implementing the registration-based comment system (over 800 users now!), I've received a lot of requests to help facilitate communication between registered users. People have either had to use me as a go-between or publicly post their email address to the site in order to get in touch with people. None of these 2 situations are ideal. The problem came to a head with the MalNar leak post. After a while every other post was a request by someone for somebody to email them the song - and they'd post their email address. This is not good. Posting your email to a public site is like throwing a bloody piece of meat in shark-infested waters; the spammers come a-swarming. So I've implemented a Personal-Message-like (like on most messageboards) system for users to use to get in touch with eachother. It's not exactly like a PM though because with this system, if you choose to send a message to another user, that user will be able to see your email address; they will receive an email coming from you. Most PM systems on boards actually have an inbox set up for each user so the email need not be displayed. Something like that is beyond my capabilities at this time. This will work more like a personal contact form for each user. Next to your name in the comments on a post, a contact link will appear. This will take other users to a contact form where they can type in a subject/message and the form will send an email to the email address you registered with. Your email address will never be publicly displayed. But when the user receives the email, they will see it as coming from your email address. All this happens "behind the scenes"; the email is sent by the RUSHISABAND website on your behalf. Now since I figured that the vast majority of users would be cool with this, I set it up as an opt-out feature. Meaning that as of this moment everybody can be contacted this way. You can choose to opt-out though by just going to manage your account and checking the block messages box. As always, if you notice any bugs with anything - let me know.

Now on the subject of the MalNar leak, since I have this Personal Contact Form-thing in place now I politely ask that people refrain from posting any requests to the comments for someone to send them the song. Please keep all that type of discussion offline. I don't want it to look like myself or this site condones the illegal sharing of music between users. And I don't want to piss off Rush or their management. I've already been removing any direct links to download the file or file-sharing links to obtain the song. I will continue to do that too. I'm not threatening to ban anyone or anything - this is just a request.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Ticketmaster presale tomorrow
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Rush Snakes & Arrows TourUPDATE - 4/13@10:35AM: Got some more presale passwords- see below. Thanks TerriD, Randy S and others for the info.

Round 2 of the Rush tour presale through MusicToday has ended. Hopefully everyone was able to get some good tickets.

Ticketmaster will also be running a presale for select shows beginning tomorrow morning at 9AM. Most of these are sponsored by local radio stations and may require a password. Where I have information regarding radio station sponsorship/passwords I've included it with the date's listing in the Tour Section and I'll also include it here. In the last presale virtually all the passwords were FARCRY (it was LIMELIGHT for one). Here are the venues conducting presales tomorrow with ticket links:

  • Wed, Jul 4 - [tickets] Darien Lake PAC in Darien Center, NY (Sponsor: 97Rock)
  • Mon, Jul 30 - [tickets] Coors Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
  • Sun, Aug 26 - [tickets] Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, IN (Sponsor: WFBQ)
  • Tue, Aug 28 - [tickets] DTE Energy Music Center in Clarkston, MI (Sponsor: WCSX, PASS: ARROWS)
  • Sat, Sep 1 - [tickets] Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH (Sponsor: WEBN, PASS: FROG)
  • Sun, Sep 2 - [tickets] Germain Amphitheater in Columbus, OH (Sponsor: QFM96, PASS: FARCRY)
  • Sat, Sep 8 - [tickets] First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL (Sponsor: WLUP)
  • Sun, Sep 9 - [tickets] Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN (Sponsor: KQRS, PASS: FARCRY)

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The latest Alex versus the Ritz-Carlton news: case dismissed
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Alex Mugshot[Judge Clears Deputies In Arrest Of Rush Guitarist]

I reported this a couple days ago and now it's showing up in the mainstream press. For those of you who don't know, Alex Lifeson and his son were arrested in Naples, FL on New Year's eve 2004 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Naples, Florida. There is a great running history of the case over at the Power Windows site if you're unfamiliar with the incident. The latest development had been that Alex was filing a countersuit against the Ritz-Carlton and the officers involved in the incident. The suit was to go to trial later this month and Alex actually discussed the case at length in his recent radio interviews. Unfortunately for Alex the case has been dismissed. From the WFTV.com article:

Collier County deputies didn't use excessive force in an altercation with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson at a hotel on New Year's Eve 2003, a federal judge ruled.

Lifeson, whose real name is Alex Zivojinovich, had sued in federal court claiming that deputies violated his civil rights by using excessive force to subdue him and his son during a skirmish at a party at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples. Tasers were used on the pair, and Lifeson's nose was broken.

But U.S. District Judge Paul A. Magnuson wrote in a ruling last week that deputies' actions "were objectively reasonable." The judge also ruled that the Ritz hotel and a security employee weren't negligent in the case.

Lifeson's Naples lawyer, Michael McDonnell, said he plans to appeal. ...

For all you lawyerly types, here's a link to the official court documents (thanks to ouchie at Counterparts). Too bad for Alex, he sounded like he was really looking forward to his day in court. Thanks to reader Eric W for the heads up.

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RushCon 7 official details
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As I mentioned on Tuesday, RushCon 7 will be held at the Days Inn in Toronto on September 21-23, 2007 with special events Wed, Sept. 19 (the day of the Toronto Rush show) and Thurs. Sept. 20. They've also made a snazzy new website so rather than recount all the details here, just go to this link. In addition to the regular convention, the folks at RushCon have also planned a special event to coincide with the Darien Lake Buffalo Show on July 4th which is currently on presale (ends at noon today). Details here.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Madison Square Garden add-on show in September
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Ok - if the Malignant Narcissism leak news wasn't enough, I have something more for you. No more leaks, but I've received word from a reliable source that there will be a Madison Square Garden add-on show sometime in September with tickets going on sale June 16th. This show will most likely take place at the tail end of the North American tour in late September.

This news isn't completely unexpected. Rumors have been flying about Rush playing Madison Square Garden and a few other dates either as add-ons in late 2007 or in 2008 for a few weeks now. Apparently Eddie Trunk even said in his radio show Friday night that when he'd interviewed them, Geddy and Alex had hinted that they'd probably be returning to play Madison Square Garden at the tail end of the tour.

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Malignant Narcissism leaked
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UPDATE - 4/13@1:14PM: I politely ask everyone to refrain from posting their email address in the comments and/or asking people to send them the file. I don't want to incur the wrath of Rush or its management nor give the impression that this site or myself condones/encourages illegal filesharing. I've enabled Personal contact forms for users so this (posting email addresses) should no longer be necessary. See this post for details. I've also decided to close the comments on this particular thread. Thanks for your cooperation.

UPDATE - 4/11@1:04PM: I'm following the lead of Counterparts and The Rush Forum and removing the links. Anyways, it's out there now.

MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! The 2-minute instrumental track from Snakes & Arrows - Malignant Narcissism - has been leaked to the net. I won't tell you where to find it but you might try this post at The Rush Forum (or just go here). I'm surprised it took this long for the first leak. One last comment about the song for now ... Geddy kicks ass.

Here are Neil Peart's comments on the song from his essay The Game of Snakes and Arrows:

... Toward the end of the sessions, Geddy was playing with a fretless bass between vocal takes, just riffing aimlessly, and Booujze was getting excited. He started recording some of those figures over the vocal mic, and fired us up with the idea of putting them together to create a short, quirky instrumental. This inspired the thirteenth track, for luck, "Malignant Narcissism" (an apt title for an instrumental with bass and drum solos, it came from Team America: World Police). For everyday use, that mouthful was soon abbreviated to "MalNar" (cue robot voice, "We are from the planet Malnar"). I had left a little four-piece drumset in the studio for Booujze to play around on, and I ended up recording "Malignant Narcissism" on that. Just for fun....

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Rush a guilty pleasure?
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[Undisputed Guilty Pleasure Bands]

I mentioned this in my updates post from yesterday, but it's garnered enough interest (disdain?) from people that I thought I'd give it its very own post. Rush-snubbing music tabloid Rolling Stone ran an article yesterday on their website titled Rolling Stone's List of the 25 Undisputed Guilty Pleasure Bands. And yes, Rush tops the list. For me Rush is strictly a pleasure - no guilt is involved but they're entitled to their opinion. I guess it's good that Rush is finally getting some attention from this rag; any publicity is good publicity they say. Reader Vic also tells me that in the new Rolling Stone print edition (Bad Girls cover) there is an article titled The New Fan Club Ticket Scam. Rush is mentioned as being one of the acts that don't charge anything for access to presale tickets. Good for them - and good for us fans too. Snakes & Arrows even gets a mention in their Spring Music Preview section. Maybe they'll even give Snakes & Arrows a positive review when it releases? Naaahhh - unlikely. :)

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Geddy Lee talks baseball in new ESPN.com interview
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[Talkin' baseball with Rush's Geddy Lee]

Geddy Lee has given yet another interview to ESPN where he talks baseball; specifically fantasy baseball and baseball memorabilia this time. Apparently Geddy is an avid collector of autographed baseballs and has amassed quite an assortment over the years. He also gives his under-the-radar fantasy picks and talks about his favorite and least favorite baseball parks. You can read the entire article here. Thanks to Spindrifter for the heads up.

Just last week Geddy gave an interview on ESPN Fantasy which you can watch here. And a few weeks ago there was a Geddy interview up on ESPN.com in their Celebrity Lounge section. And let's not forget the now infamous Geddy Lee Iron Diamond ESPN commercial for fantasy baseball. If you haven't seen the commercial yet you can watch it here. No doubt about it - Geddy is a baseball fan. Keep your eyes out for him behind home plate at the Toronto Skydome this summer - he's already been spotted at least once.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Nick Raskulinecz talks Snakes & Arrows
10:30PM EST | link | comments (19) |

Reader John E alerted me to this. It's a video interview of Nick Raskulinecz found at Brightcove where he discusses Snakes & Arrows. The exact time and place is not known to me at this time. It's a very cool interview; you will definitely want to check it out.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
5:29PM EST | link | comments (23) |

Today's presale is well under way and from the comments I've read in this post and this post people are generally having good luck with it. Make sure to share your experience with us. And once you have your tickets, check-in at your venue's discussion comments in the Tour Section.

Best Buy customers who had pre-ordered the Snakes & Arrows DVD album have received 2 emails from Best Buy in as many days. Yesterday's email confirmed that the release date had been pushed back to June 5th as first reported by Power Windows last Thursday. Today's email (just sent out) says No ... actually it's still May 22nd. At this point I'm not sure what's going on. Amazon.com still has it listed as May 22nd and MusicToday has it as May 15th. All I know for sure is that it will be released sometime after May 15th. :)

I've updated the radio interviews post yet again and added in the KKRW (Houston) interview with Geddy Lee making a total of 10 interviews. You can listen to all the interviews here.

It's official. RushCon 7 will be held at the Days Inn in Toronto on September 21-23, 2007 with special events Wed, Sept. 19 (the day of the Toronto Rush show) and Thurs. Sept. 20. Details are coming soon. In addition, the folks at RushCon are planning a special event to coincide with the Darien Lake Buffalo Show on July 4th which is currently on presale. Details in this post.

For those of you who don't know, Alex Lifeson and his son were arrested in Naples, FL on New Year's eve 2004 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Naples, Florida. There is a great running history of the case over at the Power Windows site. The latest development had been that Alex was filing a countersuit against the Ritz-Carlton and the officers involved in the incident. The suit was to go to trial later this month and Alex actually discussed the case at length in his recent radio interviews last week. Well ... according to this thread at Counterparts in reference to this court document (thanks to ouchie at Counterparts for providing this) the case has been dismissed. So there you have it. Bad news for Alex. Although I'm sure there are other legal avenues he can pursue. Thanks to reader Rush Fan for the heads up.

The Far Cry single continues to hold steady at #3 on the MediaBase Mainstream Rock Charts. Let's hope it can bust into the #1 slot in the next few weeks.

Last week Eddie Trunk had the honor of conducting a 45-minute video interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. He spoke about the interview in his Friday night radio broadcast and mentioned that he had heard Snakes & Arrows. This prompted many emails asking him his opinions on the new album. He posted this reply to these requests in his blog a couple days ago.

... Many have asked me for a detailed review of the new Rush CD. I'll provide that in this space soon once I've really had the chance to absorb it all. I'll also let you know when and where my recent TV interview with the guys will air. ...

Eddie is a big fan of the 70s-era Rush so it'll be interesting to hear what he has to say. Thanks to John L for the heads up.

This bit of news bodes well for the future. Fogolabs is the Montreal production house reponsible for putting together the R30 DVD. FogoLabs is presently archiving the complete recordings of Rush; over 1200 audio tapes spanning some 30 years of recordings and video archives. Wow. I wonder what will become of these recordings. Thanks to Sean for the news.

Reader Mark H alerts us that Allaire Studios (where Rush recorded Snakes & Arrows) mentions Rush in their Winter 2006-07 News blurb:

... Over in the Great Hall, one of Canada's most popular and longest running (thirty years!) bands, Rush were recording their new album for Anthem/Atlantic. Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson tracked and overdubbed at Allaire with producer Nick Raskulinecz and engineer Richard Chycki. What was initially a two week booking for the band grew into six as the band made themselves at home, eventually making use of both of our rooms. Matt Snedecor, a major Rush fan, got to assist his heroes. ...

Reader primemover just received the latest (May 2007) issue of Motorcyclist Magazine which includes an article dealing with Neil Peart and his motorcycle tours (based on his Roadshow book). This is the article that Neil discussed in his most recent News update on his website. Hopefully I'll have some scans and/or excerpts in the near future.

Reader 12bucklemyshoe alerted me to this article at Rolling Stone's website titled Rolling Stone's List of the 25 Undisputed Guilty Pleasure Bands. Guess who tops the list? Yup ... Rush. Guilty pleasure?! Pleasure - yes. Guilt - no.

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Rush ticket presale official announcement and open thread
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Rush Snakes & Arrows TourUPDATE - 4/10@9:34AM: I got this announcement from the RushCon folks late last night. They are planning a special event to to coincide with the Darien Lake Buffalo Show on July 4th which goes on presale this morning:

... Starting Tuesday, July 3, evening, we are planning on kicking off the events with a huge party in RUSH's hometown of Toronto with a full night of food, games, contests and live music! This great party will be followed the next day by an exclusive round trip bus tour to Lakeside Park, then on to Buffalo (which is only about an hour and 30 minutes from Toronto) for the concert that night, then back to our host hotel in Toronto.

If you wanna make Darien Lake a full-blown experience and party-down with a bus full of other RUSH fans, this is for you! (Most of us have the week off due to Canada Day and Independence Day celebrations in Canada and the US, so why not?!?!?)

Hotel information and more details on the event will be posted on our website, www.rushcon.org , in the next couple of days. Tickets for both the July 3rd event and the bus trip will go on sale on Friday, April 13th. ...

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I just received the official announcement from MusicToday for today's presale so I thought I'd relay it here and also open up the thread for all your presale stories/experiences. I hope everyone has good luck getting tickets! Here is the official announcement about the presale:

Upcoming RUSH Tour Dates and Ticket Presales!

Attention fans! Head to this Direct Link to the Rush Tour Itinerary to check the upcoming tour dates and ticket presales out!!!

Rush and Musictoday are bringing fans the opportunity to win cool RUSH prizes when you buy RUSH presale concert tix or pre-order the new RUSH album!

Snakes & Arrows is available in both CD and a brand new Audio DVD format! Be sure to check out the Snakes & Arrows Preorder for more information on the album and to preorder it in either format!

Buy RUSH Tickets or Preorder Snakes & Arrows

Rush Advance Ticket Presale Start Day and Time: Tuesday, April 10th at 10AM Local Venue Time

Direct Link to the Rush Tour Itinerary

Rush Presale Registration Instructions:

1. Visit the Rush Presale Website and enter your email address in the box where it says "Enter Email Address".

2. You will receive an e-mail from Tix@musictoday.com entitled "Rush Fan Community Email Validation." Open this e-mail and visit the validation link included in the e-mail.

3. You will then be redirected from the validation e-mail link back to the Rush Presale Website. The registration for presale tickets is now complete (Note: You will have to enter your e-mail address again during a later step in the process to purchase tickets.)

All fans who purchase RUSH pre-sale TICKETS in addition to pre-ordering the CD OR pre-ordering the CD / t-shirt combos will be entered into the Rush Snakes & Arrows Contest!!!

* 5 Grand Prize winners will receive a HARD COVER TOUR BOOK, comprising of every Rush tour program from 1977-2004. The book will be personally autographed to the winners by the band. In addition, each of these 5 winners will receive a Meet-and-Greet opportunity for the winner and one guest in the city where tickets were purchased.

* First prize winners will receive a Meet-and-Greet opportunity for the winner and one guest in the city where tickets were purchased. Every city will have one meet and greet winner!

Don't fret Canadian fans! Rush will be announcing tour dates and presales in those markets VERY soon! Keep checking back for further tour and presale updates!

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Monday, April 9, 2007

Next round of presales begin tomorrow!
12:39PM EST | link | comments (30) |

Rush Snakes & Arrows TourUPDATE - 4/9@10:44PM: The MusicToday site has been updated and the listed dates are now in sync with what is listed at Rush.com. So all is good. Good luck with getting tickets!

UPDATE - 4/9@3:21PM: IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR LA AND IRVINE SHOWS! Both the Hollywood Bowl show in LA and the Irvine show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater are currently on presale for AMEX card holders! I totally dropped the ball on this one and apologize for it. If this works like other Ticketmaster presales, it should go until 6PM PST. Again, this is only for AMEX card holders. AMEX Gold card members apparently get preferred seating too.

Round 2 of the Rush advance ticket presale conducted through Musictoday will start tomorrow at 10AM local venue time. Dates included in this presale are:

Jul. 04 - Darien Lake, NY @ Six Flags
Jul. 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *
Jul. 25 - Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul. 28 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena *
Jul. 30 - San Diego, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre *
Aug. 23 - Kansas City, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 24 - St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 26 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 28 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
Sep. 01 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Sep. 02 - Columbus, OH @ Germain Amphitheater
Sep. 06 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater *
Sep. 08 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater *
Sep. 09 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

* Not yet listed at MusicToday

Dates with an asterisk are not yet listed at the MusicToday site for some reason but are listed at Rush.com. I'm trying to determine the reason for the discrepancy. My guess is that the MusicToday site just hasn't been updated yet, but I'll let you know as I find out more.

I thought I would now go over the process for registering for the presale as I had laid out in this post from the 1st round of presales back on March 27th. You may also want to check out the comments from that post to read about different fans' experience with the presale.

I'll say this right off the bat since there seems to be some confusion about this; no password is necessary for the MusicToday presale tomorrow. Passwords are only necessary for some of the Ticketmaster presales that will take place on Friday. I'll have more details about the Ticketmaster presales later this week.

The first step is to register for the MusicToday presale if you haven't already. To do this visit the Rush Presale Website, enter your email address in the box where it says Enter Email Address and click Sign me up. You will then receive an email from Tix@musictoday.com entitled Rush Fan Community Email Validation. After opening this email and visiting the validation link included within you will be taken back to the Rush Presale Website. At this point the registration for presale tickets is complete (although you will have to enter your email address again during a later step in the process to purchase tickets). The complete itinerary of dates with presale ticket times can be found here.

Then you need to be ready at 10AM (local venue time) sharp to get your tickets. Chances are the MusicToday sight will be bogged down a bit so patience is needed. You will see the list of dates available for presale with a buy tix link for each. Choose your date/venue. You'll then be asked to choose the ticket level you want. After clicking continue you will either be given a message that no tickets are available at this level or you will be presented with some tickets to purchase. If you get the no tix available message or the seats displayed aren't to your liking, simply try again. You may have to try several times. Again, read the comments in this post to see how things went for different fans the first time around.

MusicToday is also running a Rush Presale and Preorder Contest. Here are the details.

All fans who purchase RUSH pre-sale TICKETS in addition to pre-ordering the CD OR pre-ordering the CD and tshirt combo will be entered into the Rush Snakes & Arrows Contest!!!

5 Grand Prize winners will receive a hard cover tour book comprising every Rush tour program from 1977-2004. The book will be personally autographed to the winners by the band. In addition, each of these 5 winners will receive a Meet-and-Greet opportunity for the winner and one guest in the city where tickets were purchased.

First prize winners will receive a Meet-and-Greet opportunity for the winner and one guest in the city where tickets were purchased. Every city will have one meet and greet winner!

And as a reminder, Musictoday is also running a promotion for Rush is a Band readers. To sign-up for the promotion (if you haven't already) simply send an email containing your Age, Full Name and Address to riabbiggestfanzz@aol.com. You can sign up anytime from now through April 30th. Three winners will be chosen and each winner will receive a prize pack containing a Limited-Edition Rush T Shirt (ONLY available for purchase through the Musictoday Rush Online Advance Ticket Presale) and a copy of Snakes & Arrows on CD.

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Alex and Geddy radio interview updates
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UPDATE - 4/10@1:51PM: There's another one. Houston's KKRW has posted their Geddy interview from last Wednesday. It's available for download here and it's also been added to the player.

Since my radio interview roundup post of last week, I've added 2 more interviews to the player; one from Geddy and one from Alex making a total of 9. The Geddy Lee interview is from 96.9 The Eagle out of Sacramento and is available for download here. Geddy talks mostly about baseball and his recent ESPN commercial. The Alex Lifeson interview is from QFM96 out of Columbus and is available for download here. When asked about setlists for the upcoming tour Alex states ... if you like the silk komano stuff, I think you'll find something you like this time around. :) Both interviews have also been added to the player.

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Rush individual concert DVDs now available for pre-order
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UPDATE - 4/9@12:09PM: It looks like the A Show of Hands DVD will include Lock & Key according to the tracklisting posted at Virgin Megastores. Thanks GB38457 for locating this!

In my Saturday updates post I mentioned this, but I thought I'd bring it to the forefront for those who may have missed it. Last June Rush released their 3 concert videos in one DVD set titled Rush Replay x3. At the time it was also claimed that each of the three concerts would also be released individually. Indeed, a few weeks ago Mercury revealed that the 3 individual DVDs would be released on May 1st to coincide with the release of Snakes & Arrows and they are now all available for preorder through Amazon. As incentive for purchasing the individual DVDs, it is rumored that each may include two bonus videos (i.e. Vital Signs, Countdown, extended version of Big Money, video for marathon etc.). The 3 DVDs with preorder links are Exit ... Stage Left, Grace Under Pressure Tour and A Show of Hands.

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Saturday, April 7, 2007

Weekend Updates: new tour section, MSG show, another Geddy interview and more...
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Stuff keeps happening, so I threw together another updates post. The first thing I will address is that little extra box you see at the top of this page. I've been threatening to do something special for the tour and I've finally followed through with the threat. I've loaded all the North American dates (European dates to follow soon) into a database along with all the pertinent ticket sale and venue information. You can view the entire list of dates here. With each date I list the pre-sale information where appropriate, the ticket sale information and then a few links to tourdate-specific comment threads. This information is all dynamic; which means that once the pre-sale ends for a given date, the pre-sale info goes away - stuff like that. So all the information is up-to-date. The home page tour feature basically allows you to select one particular date from the drop down and just see info for that date. It will default to the next upcoming date - which up until June 13th will be the Atlanta date. But you can also choose to set a date as your default. Just click the set as tourdate default link when viewing a particular date. Then each time you come back to the site that default date will appear. If you don't like having the tour date stuff cluttering up the home page you also have the option of turning it off. Just click the Turn special Rush Tour section off link (just under the Blogospheres heading). I rolled this out fairly quickly so it'd be ready in time for next week's presales, so if you notice any bugs or informational errors (wrong ticket link, wrong presale info, etc.) with it let me know. I hope you all like it!

In yesterday's update post I pointed you to this link at Bill Young Productions; the company that produces most of the radio and tv spots for major acts in North America. It had a few tv/radio spots advertising Rush shows and reader adamrush noticed something very interesting about the 30-second spot. It's a commercial advertising a June 9th show at Madison Square Garden on the S&A tour?!? This thoroughly confused me so I put up a thread at Counterparts about it and got a very lively discussion going. From what I could glean from that thread, a couple emails I received and a very interesting comment from Sean in the Eddie Trunk post from yesterday this is the conclusion I've come to for now. The spots shown are just test or approval spots. The date and venue used were just generic. The spot has been approved and used in several different cities - you may have even seen one. It'd basically be the same spot but with a specific real date and venue filled in. However the news is not all bad ... from what I can gather, Rush will very likely be playing Madison Square Garden and a few other dates either as add-ons in late 2007 or in 2008. Apparently Eddie Trunk even said in his radio show last night that when he'd interviewed them, Geddy and Alex had hinted that they'd probably be returning to play Madison Square Garden at the tail end of the tour (thanks Sean and Ellen for relaying this). This is good news for fans in some of the "missed" cities; there is still hope!

Speaking of the Eddie Trunk video interview with Geddy and Alex, in his radio show last night Eddie revealed a few tidbits from the interview. In addition to the Madison Square Garden business, Eddie said that The Main Monkey Business instrumental was a track we are all going to love .. and he said it with a chuckle (thanks Sean). Eddie also had suggested to Alex and Geddy that they play In the End on the upcoming tour and they just looked at him like he was crazy (thanks Electric Brain Elderly).

Reader Mark H let me know that 96.9 The Eagle out of Sacramento had posted their recent Geddy Lee interview from last week. You can listen to the interview here. I also added it to the player in this post too. Geddy talks mostly about baseball and his recent ESPN commercial in this interview.

Speaking of Geddy and baseball, here's the video of Geddy Lee on ESPNEWS Fantasy from yesterday. Reader Mark alerted us that this would be on and then Showdonttell25 over at Counterparts recorded it and stuck it on YouTube for us. Thanks guys!

The fan-organized, Rush tour-related charity Rush to Fight AIDs that I posted about earlier this week is really taking off! Jessica is getting the official backing of S-CAP and other fans from across the country are also reaching out to help. Reader leezgirl (Lisa O), who is connected with the AIDS Project Worcester is teaming up with Jessica and will be running a similar project in the metro Boston area. Jessica is also trying to get the word out to local radio stations that are sponsoring the various Rush shows and also to other Rush fan sites. So help spread the word if you can! For details on the project visit the Rush to Fight AIDs MySpace page (check out the blog entries for information on the metro Boston area project).

I'm sure you are all aware that last June Rush released their 3 concert videos in one DVD set titled Rush Replay x3. At the time it was also claimed that they'd eventually also be released individually.
Indeed, a few weeks ago Mercury revealed that the 3 individual DVDs would be released on May 1st to coincide with the release of Snakes & Arrows. Now Sean tells me that as incentive for purchasing the individual DVDs, each may include two bonus videos (i.e. Vital Signs, Countdown, extended version of Big Money, video for marathon etc.). Now I know why none of these were on Replay in the first place...

Rush is one of the bands highlighted in Saturday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a feature about veteran bands that are reuniting for tours and/or albums this year. I take issue with the fact that they're included in an article about bands that are reuniting but they do say some nice things about the band. The article is titled Back where they belong: Together and here's what they say about Rush:

You might remember: Geddy Lee's stratospheric voice, "Tom Sawyer" and the monumental drum solos of Neil Peart.
Reuniting because: They've never been apart, but they seem to take longer and longer between tours and albums.
You should care because: There's a new album - their first new material since 2002 - and it might be a while before they come back around.
Will it last? After more than 30 years, it's hard to imagine the world without Rush.
Where you can see them: Their five-month world tour begins at HiFi Buys Amphitheatre on June 13.

Thanks to jittles for the link.

And this is a little reminder about the Rush is a Band presale and preorder promotion put on by MusicToday. To sign-up for the promotion simply send an email containing your Age, Full Name and Address to riabbiggestfanzz@aol.com. You can sign up anytime from now through April 30th. Three winners will be chosen and each winner will receive a prize pack containing a Limited-Edition Rush T Shirt (ONLY available for purchase through the Musictoday Rush Online Advance Ticket Presale) and a copy of Snakes & Arrows on CD.

That's all for now. I'll be busy with holiday stuff tomorrow so I'll be fairly silent until tomorrow evening. For those of you who celebrate it, Happy Easter! Ed out.

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Friday, April 6, 2007

Eddie Trunk video interview with Geddy and Alex
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Reader Doug alerted me to this recent post on Eddie Trunk's blog:

4/5/07: Had the honor to once again spend the day with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush at the Atlantic Records office in NYC. I shot a 45 minute TV interview with the guys (shot in HD) for future use. VH1 Classic has been going through some changes and the studio is being redone so they were not able to shoot anything new with the guys this time around. However the band and label hired me directly to film an interview that they own and will use to air in several places and ways to promote the new CD. Not sure yet where it will show up, but I'll let you know when they tell me. I'll also have the audio from the interview to play on upcoming radio shows soon. As usual they were both super cool people and we spent lot's of time talking about the new CD (which sounds really good) as well as the upcoming tour, set list and some questions on their history. Really great to see them both again and I sincerely thank the guys for requesting me for this interview. Again, this was not for VH1 Classic, so I will let you know when I know where it will be shown. ...

Eddie had mentioned on his radio show last Friday that he would be interviewing Geddy and Alex this week; I guess this was it. It'll be interesting to see how and when the footage will be used. Eddie Trunk has interviewed Geddy and Alex many times before. His VH1 Classic interview with them from late 2005 can be viewed here. He also interviewed Neil Peart for the first time last fall; you can watch that interview here.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 4/6@8:43PM: Here's the video of Geddy Lee on ESPNEWS Fantasy from earlier today. Many thanks to Showdonttell25 over at Counterparts for making this available.

UPDATE - 4/6@3:20PM: Mark gives us the heads up that ESPNNEWS just announced about 15 minutes ago that Geddy will be appearing within the hour to talk about fantasy baseball. And adamrush noticed something very interesting regarding that Bill Young productions link I mentioned below. Go to the link and watch the 30-second spot... it's a commercial advertising a June 9th show at Madison Square Gardens on the S&A tour?!? I have no idea what to make of that. Could it be some kind of test spot? Or could New York Rush fans be in for a big surprise? I'll see if I can find out.

Another Friday and another busy week in Rushdom.

The saga of the Snakes & Arrows album formats continues. The release of the DVD album has been pushed back yet again to June 5th, and Wal-mart will be releasing a version of the album which includes an exclusive video download. See this post for all the details.

This week was radio interview week for Alex and Geddy. I obtained copies of 7 of the various interviews and wrote a little summary. You can listen to the interviews and read my summary in this post. In that same post there are also a few neat tidbits of info from the rumor mill courtesy Power Windows.

As far as the site goes, we now have well over 500 registered users and very few reported problems ... so all is well on that front. I have all the RUSH IS A BAND bumper stickers stuffed into envelopes and ready to ship out - I just need to stamp them. So those of you who donated to the site should be receiving them in the next week or so (except for you Aussies and Brits ... it'll take a little longer for you). If you want one of these stickers, just donate 3 or more dollars to the site (see right side of page) and I'll ship one out to you. I'm also working on a special Tour Section that I hope to roll out before the next round of presales which begin next week. It'll be a dynamically-driven list of all the tour dates with links to tourdate-specific comment threads where you can share information with other fans.

A couple days ago I told you about a fan-organized, Rush tour-related charity called Rush to Fight AIDs put together by rushisaband reader Jessica; a volunteer for the Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP) and also a big Rush fan. Rather than recount all the details here, I'll just direct you to the post and the Rush to Fight AIDs MySpace page. Help out if you can! :)

It's not officially confirmed yet but it looks like Rushcon 7 will be held in Toronto the weekend after the show in Toronto on September 19th. Details are coming soon I'm told.

Bill Young Productions is the company that produces most of the radio and tv spots for major acts in North America. Reader tristar sent me this link from their website where you can watch a few of the Rush TV spots.

The guitar used by Peter Gammons in the ESPN Fantasy baseball commercial that Geddy Lee was involved with is up for auction on eBay. It's signed by both Gammons and Geddy - all proceeds benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Thanks to NCDigitalMan for the heads up.

Andrew Olson noticed that Neil Peart had added a book recommendation to the Xtras page on his website; Pike's Folly by Mike Heppner. Andy also lets us know that Neil Peart has written the afterword to the recently released book by Lesley Choyce The Republic of Nothing.

Syriux notes that Neil Peart's essay to accompany the Snakes & Arrows album - The Game of Snakes and Arrows - is now available at Rush.com. The essay was already included in the UK press release for the album a couple weeks ago as discussed in this post.

I have a correction to report. In my last update I'd said that Neil Peart would be in the next issue of Modern Drummer. Apparently my source had his drummer magazines mixed up; it's actually DRUM! magainze that he'll appear in.

xanadu2112 alerted me to a Rush poll over at Guitar World's website where they ask you to vote for the Rush song that you would like to see transcribed in Guitar World. The choices are New World Man, Far Cry, Anthem, 2112 Overture, Working Man, La Villa Strangiato, Roll the Bones, Distant Early Warning, The Temples of Syrinx and Bastille Day.

Wolfgang's Vault is featuring a Rush concert this week. It's a show at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto from September 21st, 1984. It consists of 13 tracks with a running time of 59:13. All the details here.

Reader Mark S alerts us to a contest being run by Salt Lake City's 103.5 The Arrow where you can win front row tickets to the Usana Amphitheatre show.

John over at Cygnus-x1.net has reproduced the complete text and all the internal images of all the Rush tour books on his site here. When you have a few spare hours I suggest you check it out. :) Very cool.

Here are all the Rush tour dates Google-mapped courtesy RushArchives.com. Nifty.

Toronto Writer found a little article on Canada's top bands courtesy of Sympatico/MSN. Rush is mentioned of course. :)

Fletz over at the Rush Tour Forum wanted me to let everyone know that they're doing a little March Bandness poll of their own over there. Go see this thread to cast your vote.

And you'll want to check out this thread from Counterparts which shows several poolside pics of Geddy from back in his younger days... yes - poolside pics. :)

That's all for now. Have a great weekend!

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Radio interview roundup and Rush rumor mill
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The week's round of Geddy and Alex radio interviews is finally winding down. I managed to get my hands on 7 of the interviews which you can listen to yourself using the above player. Of all the interviews, the consensus seems to be that the WMMR interview with Geddy is by far the best and I tend to agree. I thought I'd give a summary of the more interesting bits of information gleaned from the interviews. Then I'll end off the post with some very cool Rush rumors regarding the album courtesy Power Windows! Here's my radio interview summary:

  • There was a lot of praise for Nick Raskulinecz all around. Both Geddy and Alex echoed the sentiment that Nick pushed them and that Snakes & Arrows is among their best work.
  • Alex confirmed that they were considering Bob Rock and Brian Eno as producers.
  • Geddy confirms that every song on the new album has its own cover and we can expect another great stage show with new videos.
  • Geddy did not deny the fact that the DVD album will be a limited edition of 25,000 copies. He also confirms that the DVD will contain a 45-minute making of documentary put together by Andrew MacNaughtan and that Andrew was there when they recorded the instrumental Malignant Narcissism.
  • Geddy convinced Alex to record a piece where he plays acoustic guitar which became the 2-minute instrumental Hope.
  • Far Cry came out of a quick jam session between Geddy and Alex.
  • Other subjects touched upon: baseball, golf, Rock Hall of Fame, Alex's Ritz-Carlton incident, Rush fans, etc.
  • Alex mentions that the new album has bits of the band's whole history in it and certain parts hearken back to early Rush.
  • There's a lot of acoustic guitar on the album and much of the album was written on acoustic.

Now for the rumors ... Apparently Power Windows had a telephone conversation with someone yesterday who had heard the album and had some interesting tidbits to share. Here are the tidbits:

  • Before the band interviewed Nick R, included on the shortlist of producers to be interviewed was Terry Brown.
  • Nick R told the boyz when he signed on that they had to bring back keyboards and Taurus pedals, to reclaim their previous sound...the band had to rent the Taurus pedals from the company they had GIVEN them to so many years before.
  • More details of the Malnar story Neil alluded to in his essay...Nick R asked Geddy if he had ever tried a fretless bass...Geddy hadn't so Nick got him one. Geddy was jamming away between takes, and Nick was amazed at how well he was playing as he had never owned a fretless bass, and hit "record" in the sound booth. He loved the result so much, that he brought in Neil and then Alex as well, and what resulted from the jam was Malignant Narcissism. My friend described it as "YYZ junior".
  • The Main Monkey Business is one of their most complicated instrumentals ever. Alex reportedly joked "I can't play it, there's too many notes".
  • WEA's A&R men are having trouble getting Far Cry played in some markets, as "classic rock" stations say it is "too hard". Accordingly, in those markets the A&R guys are pushing a track which starts off with acoustic guitar that builds and builds...basically more radio friendly (I can't remember the track title). So keep your ears out for a radio track other than Far Cry.
  • The band is already talking about recording another album with Nick R soon. On a related note, they are even considering playing in festivals in Summer 2008, something they have heretofore avoided.

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

DVD album update and yet another version of Snakes & Arrows with exclusive video download?!
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UPDATE - 4/9@9:37AM: Best Buy customers who had pre-ordered the Snakes & Arrows DVD album are now receiving emails confirming the June 5th release date.

UPDATE - 4/5@10:56PM: DELAYED AGAIN! Power Windows is now reporting that the DVD album has been delayed ... again. It is now due to be released June 5th. Production delays are rumored to be the culprit. At this rate we won't see this thing until Christmas!

Power Windows also has some more details regarding Wal-mart's CD with video download:

In addition to the CD and Limited Edition offered elsewhere, Walmart is offering a CD version "with Exclusive Video Download". According to their website, "this package will include a video clip from the upcoming VH-1 Special on Rush." This upcoming VH-1 Special is obviously news in itself, but it has been confirmed that the "exclusive video" is a video of Geddy and Alex's appearance on XM's "Artist Confidential" from 2004. The video is obtained via a special code which is included either in the Walmart packaging or embedded in the CD itself, which allows the purchaser to download the video. Note, this video will NOT include the acoustic performances of "Heart Full of Soul" and "Resist", which were a part of the original audio broadcast which aired on XM Radio in Oct. 2004.

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Two days ago most (but not all apparently) people who pre-ordered the Snakes & Arrows DVD album through Amazon.com received an email from them stating that the item was no longer available and instead suggested ordering the regular CD version. Then yesterday everyone who had pre-ordered the DVD through Best Buy also received an email confirming that the release had been pushed back to May 22nd as previously reported by Power Windows. And today Amazon.com's link to the DVD album was back up - this time correctly labeled as a DVD album and with the correct release date of May 22nd... get all that? :)

Now there is evidence of yet another version of the album; this time from Wal-Mart. Rush-O-Matic over at Counterparts noticed that the Wal-Mart website has two Snakes & Arrows products listed as available on May 1st; one is the regular CD and the other is a CD with exclusive video download. This 2nd version is not the DVD album or regular CD as it has a separate UPC code. It states that this package will include a video clip from the upcoming VH-1 Special on Rush. So it sounds like there will be some sort of Rush special aired on VH-1 in the near future. Cool stuff. I'll keep you posted as I learn more.

Related Posts:
[Snakes & Arrows DVD album Limited Edition update]
[Snakes & Arrows DVD album update]
[DVD Album format rumor for Snakes & Arrows verified!]
[UK Snakes & Arrows press release with Neil Peart essay]
[Another Snakes & Arrows review]
[Snakes & Arrows to debut new DVD Album format!?]
[Snakes & Arrows review]
[Snakes & Arrows track times, 3 instrumentals]

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee radio interviews now online
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UPDATE - 5/11@10:24AM: I just finally added the Geddy Lee interview from KGON in Portland. You can download it here.

UPDATE - 4/14@6:48PM: I just added the 98.5 WNCX (Cleveland) Alex Lifeson interview. It's available for download on the WNCX website here and I've added it to player. Thanks to Brian for the heads up.

UPDATE - 4/13@11:52AM: I just added 2 more Geddy Lee interviews. One is from Detroit's WCSX. It was recorded last week on April 5th and can be accessed here. Thanks to Michael for the heads up. The other was aired yesterday morning on Baltimore's 98 Rock. It can be accessed here. Thanks to Earthshiner and Digital Scott 2112 for the heads up. Both have also been added to the player.

UPDATE - 4/10@1:49PM: Houston's KKRW has posted their Geddy interview from last Wednesday. It's available for download here and it's also been added to the player. Thanks to reader Brian for the heads up.

UPDATE - 4/9@10:33AM: Reader Matt alerted me that QFM96 out of Columbus has posted their interview with Alex Lifeson from last week up on their website here. I also added it to the ever-expanding player.

UPDATE - 4/7@9:29PM: Reader Mark H let me know that 96.9 The Eagle out of Sacramento had posted their recent Geddy Lee interview from last week. I recorded it and made it available for download here. Added it to the player too of course.

UPDATE - 4/6@9:20AM: I recorded Alex Lifeson's appearance on WZLX 100.7 in Boston on the Karlson & McMenzie show this morning. It's available for download here and I also stuck it in the player.

UPDATE - 4/5@1:54PM: TheTrinity over at Counterparts recorded Geddy's 93.3 WMMR interview today. I've made it available for download here and also added it to the player.

UPDATE - 4/5@9:36AM: I recorded Geddy on Q104.3 in New York this morning. You can listen to the interview here and I also added it to the player.

UPDATE - 4/4@9:23PM: Kozmo4Rush over at Counterparts recorded the Geddy Lee interview on 97.9 The Loop and I've made it available for download here. It's also been added to the player.

UPDATE - 4/4@7:20PM: Alex was interviewed this morning on 92 KQRS in Minneapolis and I now have a recording of it available here. It's also been added to the player.

UPDATE - 4/4@4:15PM: For a complete rundown of all the stations/times that Geddy and/or Alex will be interviewed see this post. As I get mp3s of these various interviews up online I'll post them here. If you are able to record one of the shows yourself or get your hands on an mp3, shoot the file to me and I'll post it.

2 of the Alex Lifeson radio interviews that took place earlier today are now online. The Doug Podell interview on Detroit's 101 WRIF is up thanks to Counterparts member Snaked, and the 107.7 The Bone interview is up thanks to RUSHISABAND reader tygr. You can access the interviews directly here (WRIF) and here (The Bone), or use the player above.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Snakes & Arrows DVD album Limited Edition update
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UPDATE - 4/5@10:46AM: IT'S BACK! Erebus noticed that the LE DVD Album version of Snakes & Arrows is now back up at Amazon. This time it's correctly listed as a DVD Album due for release on May 22nd.

UPDATE - 4/4@2:18PM: Reader Sean from NJ was contacted by Best Buy and said that they confirmed that the release date is in fact May 22nd. However, it still says May 15th on their website.

I've received several emails from people who had pre-ordered the Snakes & Arrows DVD album from Amazon.com regarding an email notice they received. The email said the following:

Hello from Amazon.com.

We are sorry to report that the following item is no
longer available from our supplier. However, we have learned that a
substitute is available under a different Item number. You may link
directly to our catalog page for the substitute using the URL beneath
the unavailable item:

Ordered item: Rush (Artist) "Snakes & Arrows [Limited Edition]"
Substitute: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000NVIXFK

The unavailable item has been cancelled from your order. If you would
like to purchase the substitute item, please visit our web site to
place a new order.

The substitute they recommend is just the regular CD. It's still unclear what all this means. Perhaps they were allotted X number of the items from their supplier and mistakenly accepted pre-orders for more than their allotted amount? So they sent emails out to everyone who ordered after they ran out? Did anyone here who ordered the DVD not get this email? I'm just speculating of course; it's all a bit confusing.

On Friday the link to the DVD at Amazon went dead and we learned from Power Windows that the release had been pushed back to May 22nd. As of this moment several other online vendors seem to still be taking pre-orders for the DVD. You can get it at Best Buy although the price has jumped up to $22.99 (from $15.99 last week) and they still claim it comes out May 15th. MusicToday also has it listed for $21.99. I'll keep you all updated as I learn more about this confusing situation.

Related Posts:
[Snakes & Arrows DVD album update]
[DVD Album format rumor for Snakes & Arrows verified!]
[UK Snakes & Arrows press release with Neil Peart essay]
[Another Snakes & Arrows review]
[Snakes & Arrows to debut new DVD Album format!?]
[Snakes & Arrows review]
[Snakes & Arrows track times, 3 instrumentals]

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Radio call-in interviews tomorrow
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UPDATE - 4/5@7:57AM: leezgirl mentioned in the comments that Alex will be on WZLX 100.7 in Boston at 8AM tomorrow (Friday) on the Karlson & McMenzie show which airs between 5:30-10AM. They also stream.

UPDATE - 4/4@7:00PM: Geddy was also just interviewed by Chicago radio DJ Zack Tyler on 97.9 The Loop. Kozmo4Rush over at Counterparts said he recorded it and will make it available. Alex was also interviewed this morning on 92 KQRS in Minneapolis and I should have a recording available soon.

UPDATE - 4/4@6:17PM: jkr77 at The Rush Forum has confirmed that Geddy will be interviewed tomorrow morning on Q104.3 in New York. He'll be calling in at either 6:15AM or 7:45AM. They have streaming and the interview will be available for downloading from the station's website afterward.

UPDATE - 4/4@4:10PM: Brad says that Geddy Lee will be interviewed at 5PM EST on KSHE in St. Louis. They also have streaming available.

UPDATE - 4/4@12:59PM: Reader tygr has made available the 107.7 The Bone interview at this link.

UPDATE - 4/4@12:51PM: The WRIF interview is now online here. Many thanks to Counterparts member Snaked for putting this up!

UPDATE - 4/4@11:59AM: Alex is currently up on 107.7 The Bone. And here's a nice little summary of the WRIF interview from John E.

Far Cry was one of the last songs written. Written in a few hours.

S&A was written entirely on Acoustic guitar. This was done so that the essence of the song could be determined immediately and not be hidden behind effects.

Alex had a hard time describing the sound of the record. He said it was fresh but retained elements from their entire history.

Nick wanted them to write 20 songs and pick the best to be recorded. They said "no", they don't work that way. Everything they record is like a child. Do you have 20 kids and just keep the ones you like ?

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UPDATE - 4/4@10:39AM: Julie over at Counterparts says that Alex Lifeson will be interviewed on 107.7 The Bone in the Bay Area on the Lamont and Tonelli show sometime this morning.

UPDATE - 4/4@9:56AM: tristar tells us that KKRW 93.7 in Houston will interview Geddy Lee at 9:15AM (10:15AM EST). They also have free streaming. Steven M also tells me that Clevelands 98.5 WNCX will be interviewing Alex Lifeson sometime tomorrow.

UPDATE - 4/4@9:10AM: It looks like we can add 93.3 WMMR to the list. No details yet though. Thanks to brent2112 at Rush Tour for the heads up.

UPDATE - 4/3@11:27PM: Showdonttell25 over at Counterparts says that the KDKB interview will happen tomorrow but ... air at a later date.

UPDATE - 4/3@10:59PM: Lady April from The Rush Forum informs me that Iris Harrison of KGON in Portland will be interviewing Alex and Geddy tomorrow. Her show is from 10AM to 2PM PST (1-5PM EST) and they do have streaming (free registration required).

UPDATE - 4/3@6:26PM: Doug Podell will be doing the interview during the 11AM hour on WRIF in Detroit and the station streams its broadcast.

Snaked over at Counterparts has confirmed that the band (most likely just Geddy and Alex) will be conducting radio phone interviews tomorrow. So far, confirmed stations are 93.3 KDKB in Phoenix (Alex Lifeson interview) and 101 WRIF in Detroit (either Geddy or Alex). If you know of any others, let us know. I'll update the post as I find out about more stations. Hopefully we can get our hands on some recordings.

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Rush to fight AIDs fan charity
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Rush to fight AIDs[Rush to fight AIDS]

UPDATE - 4/7@11:20PM: A lot has happened since I originally posted this. Jessica is getting the official backing of S-CAP and other fans from across the country are also reaching out to help. Reader leezgirl (Lisa O), who is connected with the AIDS Project Worcester is teaming up with Jessica and will be running a similar project in the metro Boston area. Jessica is also trying to get the word out to local radio stations that are sponsoring the various Rush shows and also to other Rush fan sites. So help spread the word if you can! Remember, for all the details on the project visit the Rush to Fight AIDs MySpace page (check out the blog entries for information on the metro Boston area project).

A couple weeks back I got an email from one reader - Jessica - who had been inspired by Rush's music to create a charity project to help out AIDs patients. Jessica is a volunteer for the Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP). They and organizations like them help their clients navigate their lives as normally and efficiently as possible while they are unfortunately spending much of their life savings on doctors and medications. One of the services they provide is a food bank. But organizations that house food banks are often not allowed to use their grant money to buy personal care items. One thing they've started doing is collecting hotel toiletries and packing them together to make mini hygiene kits for their clients. Jessica, being a Rush fan, thought about all the Rush fans that would be travelling this summer to go to Rush shows and how many of them would be staying in hotels. Her idea is to leverage the Rush fanbase to give any unused toiletry items from their hotel stays to her charity project. Rather than try to explain all the logistics, I'll just include these instructions/details from Jessica's Rush to fight AIDS mySpace page that she recently set up:

... 1. Collect any toiletry items from the hotels you stay in. We can use anything and everything, as long as it's unopened. If you need to save yours, grab them at night, and when your room is cleaned in the morning, they will leave another set.

2. Put everything in a Ziploc bag (the altitude up here can cause things to leak--yuck).

3. Get an appropriate sized padded envelope, and mail your collection to me at:

RUSH to fight AIDS
4833 Front Street
Unit B #184
Castle Rock, CO 80104

For those of you attending the Red Rocks show, I'll actually be there in the parking lot to take donations. I hope to meet a lot of you and personally thank you for your efforts.

If you have any questions about logistics, feel free to contact me--I can give you some tips so that this will be as easy as possible, especially if you are traveling to multiple shows and what not. You can message me here, or contact me by email at jaytee578@gmail.com. I should also mention the fact that even if you are not a Rush fan, but you like to travel, still feel free to contribute! I will welcome donations from anyone and everyone.

I'll gather donations for the duration of the entire tour, and then at the end, distribute them among the different AIDS projects in Colorado--CAP in Denver (www.coloradoaidsproject.org), SCAP in Colorado Springs (www.s-cap.org), WESTCAP in Grand Junction (www.westcap.info), NCAP in Fort Collins (www.ncaids.org), and BCAP in Boulder (www.bcap.org). The effects will be very far-reaching--no one can deny the reality of HIV/AIDS in our communities. I figured I would start with Colorado and then bring this to more of a nationwide effort if I have the quantity of donations to do it. Wouldn't THAT be amazing! ...

Jessica also wants to make clear that she is not affiliated with Rush in any official way, nor is S-CAP sponsoring her. She's just a random person with a good idea. So help her out if you can. To contact Jessica and for all the details on the project, go to the Rush to fight AIDS mySpace page.

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Far Cry hits #3 on Medibase mainstream rock charts
9:25AM EST | link | comments (25) |

Far Cry is now at #3 this week on the Mediabase mainstream rock chart, and it's still moving up fast! This song definitley seems to have some staying power. Let's hope it can make it to #1.

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Monday, April 2, 2007

New Rush Backstage Club contest
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Rush Meet and Greet[Win A Meet & Greet!!]

The latest Rush Backstage Club contest is up. The winner of the R30 Leather Jacket was John Lauer from Oregon. Here are the new contest details from the site:

The winner of this contest will win a meet & greet for two at the concert of their choice during the upcoming Snakes & Arrows Tour! The winner will meet members of the band, before the show. These lucky people will have the opportunity to say hello, and have their picture taken with the guys. This is something that adds a big boost to a night at the Rush concert.

This contest closes at midnight of April 15th, 2007. Simply enter your info below and we will randomly select the winner at the close of the contest.

Our system only accepts one entry per email address. Good luck!

I think this is the best contest yet. Good luck everybody! Thanks to reader figerade for the heads up.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
9:43AM EST | link | comments (22) |

UPDATE - 4/2@11:07AM: Doh! I knew I forgot something. The 2007 Juno Awards took place last night in Saskatoon and, as I reported in early February, R30 was up for Music DVD of the Year. Well, it lost to Sarah Harmer's Escarpment Blues. Thanks to Cygnus X-1 for reminding me of this.

I hope everyone had a nice April Fool's Day and enjoyed my little joke yesterday. There are several tidbits of Rush news to report so I thought I'd take care of them all in one fell swoop.

First off, tickets for the July 27th show at the Cricket Pavillion in Phoenix, AZ go on sale today at 10AM (Arizona time) - which is in a few hours. For tickets, go here.

Reader Mark S informs me that Neil Peart will be in the next issue of Modern Drummer. The latest issue had a promo ad for the next month announcing The Return of Neil Peart.

Power Windows has a neat new Snakes & Arrows theme up on his site (use Rush fonts for maximum effect) and Doug Clements, aka tst4eko, has created a few Snakes & Arrows userbars to add to the already huge collection of Rush userbars hosted by Power Windows at this location. Thanks guys!

Machine Head drummer Dave McClain said the following in a recent interview when asked about the band's influences:

There are a lot of influences that end up in our songs. One influence that we've had lately is the band Rush - one of my favorite bands of all time and a great musical influence. And they always had a great attitude about being commercially accepted. They always said if they were gonna be played on the radio, it would be because radio came to them. I think that's awesome!

Machine Head recently released their sixth studio album The Blackening. Frontman David Flynn had said in an MTV interview late last year that the band was on a Rush kick while recording this album.

Continuing on the theme of drummer Rush fans, reader Doug J spotted a Rush t-shirt on the drummer for Brooklyn-based alt-rock band The Hold Steady in their recent video for the song Stuck Between Stations. You can watch the video on YouTube.

Angst-filled British photographer Ross Halfin mentioned Rush in his diary entry from March 22nd in his typical bitter way:

... Simon "Semen" Kenton, my agent, is flying with me, being annoying. 'Let's go to the Tommy Hilfiger party tonight, GNR are playing.' He's boringly excited. It must be pointed out he loves bands like the Blue Oyster Cult and Hilfiger's brother anal Andy plays in a side band with Buck Dharma, the midget guitar player from BOC. Simon and I are only just on talking terms again after what I wrote about his favourite totalitarian drummer, Neal Peart (don't ask him for an autograph, he'll get you removed by his Gestapo bodyguard and deported to Lithuania). People have been shot for asking to get all three signatures on an album. Semen loves Rush, 'How dare fans try to speak to Neal, he's an artist, intellectual rock royalty.' He might have read a couple of long-winded books but that doesn't stop him being an intellectual plonker. You'll find all Neal's books under Semen's bedroom pillows. Semen then asks if I want to go to the Titan Missile Museum in Nevada as they have an intercontinental ballistic missile. Semen, who's now drunk three bottles of red wine, thinks it will inspire him in tougher deal-making. I could draw up a nice list of targets he could launch the missiles at ...

Believe it or not, Ross is a self-proclaimed Rush fan. He's referring to a diary entry from earlier this year where he dissed Neil's book Roadshow. Thanks to reader Gary C for sending this my way.

And check out this video of UltimoGuitarist jamming out Far Cry on the guitar. Very impressive.

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Sunday, April 1, 2007

New kooky Rush promo pic
12:41PM EST | link | comments (39) |

UPDATE - 4/3@8:28AM: Here's a high-res, color-corrected version of the image courtesy MitA.

This kooky new Rush promo pic seems very appropriate for this April Fool's Day. It's from a Norwegian article on Rush and was located by Counterparts member RedSectorA.

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Rush tickets for California shows on sale this morning
10:45AM EST | link | comments (22) |

I hope you guys enjoyed my little April Fools joke. :)

This post is not a joke however. It's just a reminder that Rush tickets go on sale for the following 2 dates in California at 10AM PST (about 2 hrs from now):

Aug. 01 - [tickets] Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
Aug. 03 - [tickets] Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavillion

Good luck!

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Snakes & Arrows to debut new 8TRACK Album format
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Snakes & Arrows 8TRACKRush's 19th studio album Snakes & Arrows, along with the new Stryken album, will be the first albums released on Warner Music's new "8TRACK album" format in addition to the standard CD format. The new format release is rumored to be a 25,000 copy limited edition, and will include a special 2112 page booklet containing Neil Peart's collected MySpace bulletins, Alex Lifeson's shopping lists and Geddy Lee's fantasy baseball stats. Amazon.com has also added a link for the Snakes & Arrows Limited Edition here.

The 8TRACK is an endless loop magnetic tape cartridge consisting of a single reel carrying a continuous loop of standard 1/4-inch, plastic, oxide-coated recording tape running at 3.75 inches per second. Program starts and stops are signaled by low-frequency tones. It's state-of-the-art technology. I think our fans will love it says a spokesman for Rush's management. Because of production delays the new format 8TRACK will not be available until sometime in the next 6 years.

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