Archive: Blog Entries from October, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Happy Halloween! I threw together a quick Halloween theme for the site this morning. All the red is now orange and we have Geddy, the Wicked Witch of the West up in the right corner. I'm not sure of the origins of this photoshopped image but I've always thought it was funny. The Rush Starman Pumpkin pic is courtesy reader Joy P. Plus here's another Rush-inspired jack-o-lantern which was posted over at Wired.com (thanks byteme). Cool, huh? Now ... onto the updates.

Other than the release of a teaser video of YYZ from the Snakes & Arrows DVD earlier this week, there hasn't been much news from the Rush camp as of late. Things have been eerily quiet. The calm before the storm perhaps? Hopefully they are busy mulling over the details of putting together a tour in 2009. I've also heard a rumor that the boys may be so quiet because they are working; i.e. recording a song or two. Which is certainly plausible based on earlier rumors and Alex Lifeson's musings. Now to put on my speculation hat... Let's suppose the band is still seriously considering touring next year but would like some new material to tour on. Suppose they decided to push the release of Retrospective 3 waaaay out to the end of January just to give them time to add a couple of new songs to it. This would boost sales and then they could use this release to have something to tour on. Maybe. We'll see. Again - this is complete speculation on my part. Ignore it or feel free to add some speculation of your own in the comments.

On Monday we all were treated to a huge Rush reference on NBC's Chuck. For all the details see this post and to watch the complete episode online go here.

Wednesday was the 30th anniversary of the release of Hemispheres as well as the 27th anniversary of Exit ... Stage Left and the 23rd anniversary of Power Windows. Certainly a busy day in Rush history. In celebration of this momentous event, in my current poll I'm asking everyone whether their first copy of Hemispheres was on vinyl, 8-track, cassette tape or CD. So if you haven't already, please take the poll and let us know.

On Tuesday we learned that 2112 will be the first in a series of officially licensed, limited edition framed gold records commemorating classic Rush albums to be made available by Photo File. Limited to an edition of only 2,500, this framed and matted depiction of the 2112 album includes a 24KT gold-plated record and an image of the album cover along with an individually numbered text plate. Framed dimensions are 18x24 inches and the manufacturer's suggested retail price is $239. To order go here.

Michael of NeilPeartDrumsticks.com has posted over 100 images from the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert on his MySpace page. You can check them out here. Thanks to Asif K for the heads up.

Neel Kashkari graces the pages of Time magazine this week. Neel is the man who the Treasury Department has chosen to lead the US's financial bailout. I mentioned back in this post that he was an apparent Rush fan - at least judging by his highschool yearbook. In Time this week they picture Neel with the following caption:

Neel Kashkari oversees $700 billion U.S. bailout plan, still embarassed by Rush quotes on high school yearbook page.

Thanks to Mike K for the heads up and the scan.

Soundtweaker alerted me to the fact that MTV now has beta-launched a site called MTVMusic where you can watch just about any music video including 15 Rush videos. You can find a more comprehensive list right here on RIAB in the music videos section.

Here's a Rush-inspired air-brushed goalie mask that reader RushFan21 located at EyeCandyAir.com. Cool.

Here's an amusing blog post by writer Jeffrey Liles where he reminisces about a Rush Roll The Bones era review he wrote earlier in his career.

A reminder that just 1 week from tomorrow on Saturday, November 8th Detroit-based prog-rockers Tiles will be playing in my neck of the woods at the Phantasy Concert Club in Lakewood, OH. Tiles' most recent album Fly Paper has a number of Rush connections. Alex Lifeson plays on the track Sacred and Mundane, the album was produced by Terry Brown, and Hugh Syme did the album art in addition to playing keyboards on 2 tracks. I interviewed guitarist Chris Herin and Terry Brown regarding the album back in February. I will be at the show and if you are in the Cleveland area I hope you can make it too. If you can come please let me know and I should be able to hook you up with some free swag at the show! Cleveland State radio station WCSB 89.3 is promoting the show and will be playing songs from Tiles and the supporting bands on DJ Keith Miller's radio show which airs Wednesdays from 1-3PM. They'll also be doing some ticket giveaways too.

And as another reminder, next Saturday, November 8th at 7PM photographer and Rush fan John Kane will be exhibiting a collection of his Rush concert photographs at the Front Street Coffee House in Salem, MA. The exhibit is titled Workin' Them Angels: Rush through the Camera Eye and you can RSVP at rushexhibit@gmail.com. There will also be an after party concert with the premier Rush cover band, Lotus Land, at the Dodge Street Bar and Grill across the street from the show. In addition, Donna Halper (the person who discovered Rush) will be a guest speaker and conduct a brief Q&A. To commemorate the event, John produced this poster featuring one of his fine art paintings of Rush. The poster, a limited edition of 60, will be sold at the show for $10 at the opening. He has also created a Cafe Press store where you can purchase both larger 16x20" prints and t-shirts of the image for $20 each. The event will also include a $5 raffle of some of John's photographs of Rush, and a t-shirt. The photos will be on exhibit for the entire month of November.

Supernatural is an American fictional TV show dealing with paranormal investigations. The 2 main characters (brothers and paranormal investigators) typically conduct their investigations posing as federal agents with the names of famous people. In last night's episode (Season 4, Episode 7: It's The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester) they introduce themselves as agent Geddy and agent Lee. You can see it for yourself in this YouTube video in the last few seconds of the clip. Thanks to Lerxst Is God for the heads up.

Have a safe and happy Halloween and weekend everyone!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Happy 30th anniversary Hemispheres!
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UPDATE - 10/29@9:55AM: The Power Windows site reminded me that today is also the 27th anniversary of Exit ... Stage Left and the 23rd anniversary of Power Windows! This certainly was a busy day in Rush history.

Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of Rush's 6th studio album, Hemispheres. Hemispheres was produced by Terry Brown and recorded between June and August of 1978 at Rockfield Studios in South Wales, UK. It peaked at #47 on the US Billboard charts, was certified Gold on December 14, 1978 and was certified Platinum on December 1, 1993. A remastered version was also released in 1997. Here's what the allmusic review has to say about the album:

While such albums as 1980's Permanent Waves and 1981's Moving Pictures are usually considered Rush's masterpieces (and with good reason), 1978's Hemispheres is just as deserving. Maybe the fact that the album consists of only four compositions (half are lengthy pieces) was a bit too intimidating for some, but the near 20-minute-long "Cygnus X-1 Book II - Hemispheres" is arguably the band's finest extended track. While the story line isn't as comprehensible as "2112" was, it's much more consistent musically, twisting and turning through five different sections which contrast heavy rock sections against more sedate pieces. Neil Peart had become one of rock's most accomplished lyricists by this point, as evidenced by "The Trees," which deals with racism and inequality in a unique way (set in a forest!). And as always, the trio prove to be experts at their instruments, this time on the complex instrumental "La Villa Strangiato." Geddy Lee's shrieking vocals on the otherwise solid "Circumstances" may border on the irritating, but Hemispheres remains one of Rush's greatest releases.

In this week's poll I'm asking everyone whether their first version of this classic album was on vinyl, 8-track, cassette or CD. If you haven't already, Take the poll and let us know. Here's La Villa Strangiato:

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Officially licensed limited edition framed gold 2112 album
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Rush's 2112 will be the first in a series of officially licensed, limited edition framed gold records commemorating classic Rush albums to be made available by Photo File. Limited to an edition of only 2,500, this framed and matted depiction of the 2112 album includes a 24KT gold-plated record and an image of the album cover along with an individually numbered text plate. Framed dimensions are 18x24 inches and the manufacturer's suggested retail price is $239. To order go here.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Reminder: Rush reference in tonight's episode of Chuck
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Chuck Season 2, Episode 5UPDATE - 10/30@1:51PM: There's a great writeup on the episode by Sarah Jersild over at Zap2it.com.

UPDATE - 10/28@11:52AM: You can also watch it at NBC.com.

UPDATE - 10/28@10:03AM: In case you missed the show last night you can catch the entire thing online at hulu.com. The first Rush reference occurs at about the 22-minute mark, then the big reference happens at the 33-minute mark. I won't bother explaining it... just watch.

As I'd mentioned a couple of weeks back, tonight's episode of the Emmy Award Winning NBC action/comedy Chuck will contain a major Rush reference. Episode 5 of season 2 is titled Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer and will air at 8PM EST. If you're not familiar with the show, it centers on Chuck Bartowski - a computer geek who becomes a secret agent after receiving an encoded e-mail from an old college friend now working in the CIA. The message is subliminally encoded with the only remaining copy of the world's greatest spy secrets and when Chuck opens the email he unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data into his brain. For more detailed spoilers about tonight's episode check out this post.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

YYZ video from the Snakes & Arrows DVD
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[YYZ from Snakes & Arrows DVD]

The Rush.com newsletter sent out an email yesterday pointing to a video teaser of YYZ in its entirety from the Snakes & Arrows DVD. You can watch the video at this link. On the Rush Hashanah special which aired on VH1 Classic a few weeks ago they aired 2 other video teasers from the DVD both of which are now up on YouTube; The Spirit of Radio and Far Cry. The DVD will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray on November 25th and is available for pre-order from Rounder, the Rush Backstage Club, Amazon and other online vendors. For complete details and tracklisting check out the official press release in this post.

Related Posts:
[Rush Snakes & Arrows DVD teaser]
[Rush Snakes & Arrows DVD official press release]
[Rush Snakes & Arrows Live DVD details]
[Rush Snakes & Arrows Live DVD release date update]
[Rush DVD status update; tentative November 4th release]
[Rush live DVD status?]
[Richard Chycki working on the new Rush live DVD]
[Rotterdam show #2 open thread]
[Rush newsletter: Live DVD filming, Questions for the band, European contest]

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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The big event of the last week was the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert which took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City Saturday night and was streamed live on the Drum Channel. You can read a recap of the event and see some pictures in this post from yesterday. We also got to see some pictures from last week's taping of VH1 Classic's new That Metal Show which featured an Eddie Trunk interview with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. And there was a new interview with Alex Lifeson in the latest edition of the Crawdaddy! webzine. The interview was well-done and entertaining but didn't have any new information.

This upcoming week marks an important anniversary for Rush. Wednesday, October 29th will be the 30th anniversary of the release of Rush's progressive rock masterpiece Hemispheres. In celebration of this momentous event, for my next poll I'm asking everyone whether their first copy of Hemispheres was on vinyl, 8-track, cassette tape or CD. Take the poll and let us know.

For last week's poll I asked what your favorite song off of Counterparts was. The winner with 17% of the vote was Animate and coming in a close second was Leave That Thing Alone! with 16%. Rounding out the top 5 were Cut To The Chase (13%), Nobody's Hero (11%) and Cold Fire (10.5%). You can check out the complete results here.

The Rush Backstage Club is now offering the Snakes & Arrows DVD for pre-order on both DVD and Blu-ray (thanks mrdriven). They also are selling all of the 2008 tour shirts at $10 off the regular price (thanks lateralus).

Rush friend and photographer Andrew MacNaughtan has 3 new autographed Geddy Lee prints available for purchase. You can check them out at Andrew's website here. Thanks to robertkincaid96 for the heads up.

As a reminder, next week's episode of NBC's Emmy Award Winning action/comedy Chuck will contain a big Rush reference. Episode 5 of Season 2 will air on NBC this coming Monday, October 27th at 8PM EST and is titled Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer. For all the details see this post.

Reader Jamie H alerted me to a couple of articles at gawker.com that give us some more details about Neel Kashkari - the poor soul tapped by the Treasury Department to lead the US's financial bailout whom I mentioned back in this post as being a huge Rush fan. This article contains a scan of Neel's 1991 highschool yearbook page which depicts Neel in full preppy regalia superimposed over a picture of a Ferrari. Several quotes are featured including 2 from Rush songs. The guys sounds like he was sort of a jerk in highschool.

Canadian rockers Sloan are currently touring and played the Halifax Metro Centre last Sunday. Band members gave a nod to Rush during the show:

... "Patrick and I saw Rush here, but I bet I was more excited," grinned singer/bassist Chris Murphy. "Me and my friend both smuggled a beer in and we were both going to chug it as soon as Geddy Lee said something," guitarist Patrick Pentland recalled. "He didn't talk to the audience for an hour-and-a-half. ...

Sean Scallon penned an article for the American Chronicle recently which uses Rush's 2112 to illustrate a point. You can check it out here.

Reader Lynn-2112 sent me a scan of a new Hughes and Kettner amp ad from a Woowind & Brasswind catalog which features Alex Lifeson. You can check it out here.

We have a couple of very cool Rush-related events coming up on Saturday, November 8th - just 2 weeks from tomorrow. Detroit-based prog-rockers Tiles will be playing in my neck of the woods at the Phantasy Concert Club in Lakewood, OH on November 8th. Tiles' most recent album Fly Paper has a number of Rush connections. Alex Lifeson plays on the track Sacred and Mundane, the album was produced by Terry Brown, and Hugh Syme did the album art in addition to playing keyboards on 2 tracks. I interviewed guitarist Chris Herin and Terry Brown regarding the album back in February. I will be at the show and if you are in the Cleveland area I hope you can make it too. If you can come please let me know and I should be able to hook you up with some free swag at the show! Cleveland State radio station WCSB 89.3 is promoting the show and will be playing songs from Tiles and the supporting bands on DJ Keith Miller's radio show which airs Wednesdays from 1-3PM. They'll also be doing some ticket giveaways too.

Also coming up this November 8th photographer and Rush fan John Kane will be exhibiting a collection of his Rush concert photographs at the Front Street Coffee House in Salem, MA. For all the details check out this post. John recently sent me a poster advertisement for the event which includes a very cool image of the band which I mentioned last Friday. John has gotten such a postive response from the poster he is making it available for purchase at CafePress as a 16x20 poster or t-shirt. You can check out his CafePress store here.

Reader Mark I let me know that the band Weezer has a video blog, and in this recent entry from August they play a little snippet of YYZ as they explain their tour itinerary. You can check it out here.

Reader Ross let me know that he is part of a late night radio show at the University of Central Florida. His specific role is Rush Correspondent. Rush and rushisaband.com get a mention in this recent broadcast at about the 50-minute mark. You can listen at this link.

There were a couple of other notable anniversaries which took place this past week. On October 23rd, 2005 I put up my official first post from rushisaband.com. Yes... it's hard to believe I've been at this for 3 years now. I just wanted to take a moment to thank everybody who visits and supports this site. You guys are great - I couldn't do it without you. I also should note that we have well over 5000 registered users now!

The other notable anniversary was the 15th anniversary of Neil Peart's MuchMusic interview with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien on October 22, 1993. You can watch it below or at this link.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Buddy Rich Memorial Concert recap
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UPDATE - 10/30@9:00PM: Michael of NeilPeartDrumsticks.com has posted over 100 images from the concert on his MySpace page. You can check them out here. Thanks to Asif K for the heads up.

Last Saturday the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Pre-show activities began around 6:15PM and the show itself got underway around 7:45PM. The entire event was streamed live on the Drum Channel. For the pre-show they had a camera set up with Drum Channel founder Don Lombardi and Stephen Perkins (of Jane's Addiction) sitting down with most of the show participants (not Neil though). They even took a few calls from viewers including RIAB's own windycitygirl (Jennie from Chicago!). The event included performances from Neil, Nick Rich with the Buddy Rich Band, John Blackwell, Terry Bozio, Chad Smith, Jeff Berlin, Will Lee, Tommy Igoe and a surprise appearance from Peter Erskine. The complete schedule was as follows:

Introduction with Cathy Rich

Tommy Igoe: Little Train, Preach And Teach, La Fiesta

John Blackwell: No Jive, Nutville, Mind Of Jay

Donnie Marple Solo performance

Terry Bozzio featuring Efrain Toro: Some Skunk Funk, Venture Brothers Medley w/Cowboy BeBop, Machine

Intermission (15 min)

Tommy Igoe featuring Will Lee: The Chicken, Willowcrest, La Fiesta

Peter Erskine: (last minute add)

Nick Rich: Beulah Witch; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

Chad Smith: Dani California, Hocus Pocus, Birdland

Neil Peart: Love For Sale, Time Will Tell, Cottontail/One O'Clock Jump, YYZ

Despite a few minor glitches, the Drum Channel did a pretty good job of televising the event; not bad for their first try. The user was able to toggle between 5 different cameras although the backstage camera was malfunctioning most of the time.

Neil Peart's kit from the concert arrived at Dale's Drum Shop in Harrisburg, PA earlier this week. Reader Scott G got the following email from the Dale's email list:

It's here and set up fresh from the show - played heads and all!

Stop in and see it when you can.

We plan on having this great piece of drumming history on display for a long time. We want everybody to be able to check it out up-close, but eventually it's going to have to be packed up and stored for safekeeping.

Cymbals from the show were not an option for us so we're working with Sabian on getting some accurate replicas to keep this as historically correct as possible.

If you didn't make the show and can't get here before we pack it up you'll still be able to see and hear the kit on the next Buddy Rich Memorial Concert DVD.

Enjoy!

According to the Drum Channel, they will soon be making highlights from the show available online but presumably for subscribers only. They also promise that the entire event plus backstage, pre-show and rehearsal footage will be made available on DVD sometime next year. Several bootleg videos from the event appeared on YouTube earlier this week but were promptly taken down. However, I've collected several photos which you can check out in the slideshow below. Thanks to PhantomFears at Counterparts, rushfan4life at The Rush Forum, Cathy Rich and reader Asif K for the pics.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Alex Lifeson interview for Crawdaddy!
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[Interview with Rush's Alex Lifeson]

Alex Lifeson was recently interviewed by Max Mobley of the webzine Crawdaddy!. It's a well-done interviews except for the fact that nothing new was discussed at all. Most of the focus is on the last tour and the band's history. They mention how Allaire Studios where Snakes & Arrows was recorded is being shut down. Alex also mentions how they came very close to performing Faithless on the second leg of the tour:

... We all really wanted to do "Faithless", and we talked about actually doing it on the last half of the tour. We prepped it and we ran through it a couple of times, but in the end we just decided to kind of stick with what we had and just change up some of the older stuff. ...

They talk a lot about the band's history and influence on younger bands and Alex mentions the fact that September 18th was the 40th anniversary of the first incarnation of Rush (he must read rushisaband.com!):

... I think that's a big part of the influence that Rush plays with younger bands. It may not be so direct as to be musical. I think our influence is in terms of our philosophy and the way that we've done it. You know it's 35 years later and we're still playing; in fact, September 18th was our 40th anniversary since we started the band. That's the first date we did as Rush, you know, Geddy and I and (original drummer) John Rutsey. ...

Alex also discusses his involvement with iVideosongs.

... I have to say, I think I was a little uncomfortable with the whole concept from the beginning just because I'd never done anything like that before. But once we started rolling and getting into it, I had a lot of fun with it, and I realized that it's kind of an important thing for anybody that wants to learn a Rush song or how I play. It's a wonderful way to convey the essence of what playing is to me. I love playing guitar; I understand that I may have a unique style that's made up of all the influences that I've absorbed over the years. So what I show is not pure instruction, but how I approach the instrument. ... I think it comes across as being very casual and fun and I think, again, it conveys that idea that it's a wonderful thing to be able to play the guitar. It's a fantastic instrument and it gives you so much pleasure....

The interview is a nice read, but I was really hoping for some information about the band's future; the Snakes & Arrows DVD, another tour, new album, etc. Thanks to Evie S for the heads up.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Geddy and Alex That Metal Show interview pictures
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UPDATE - 10/22@4:40PM: That GoTickets.com mystery Rush date mentioned below has been debunked. They just have it listed wrong. It's for the Oregon Ballet Theatre's performance of Rush: The Ballet. I figured it was something like this. Thanks to rushisgreat for the heads up.

Last Wednesday night Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were interviewed by Eddie Trunk for VH1 Classic's upcoming new program That Metal Show. rbichamp from The Rush Forum was lucky enough to attend the taping and took a few pictures which you can see by clicking on the thumbnails above. There will be 8 shows for the first season which premiers on November 15th. It's not clear yet when the Rush interview will air, but it will be the last show of the season and also feature Ace Frehley. Eddie Trunk posted an update to his blog last week talking about the appearance. Here's an excerpt:

... Yesterday's final two shows featured Ace Frehley and Alex and Geddy from Rush as in studio guests. What a way to wrap up Season 1! I can not thank Alex and Geddy enough. The guys flew to NYC in and out on the same day just to do my show only. It's an honor to be able to call the Rush guys friends over the last few years and I am so grateful. To have artists of this caliber willing to step up for me like this is unreal. We had some fun with the guys and talked about their new DVD. They both were entertaining and very funny and seemed to have a good time. Was also cool to see Ace and Rush interact backstage. Rush opened more shows for Kiss then any band in the 70's and the stories and old memories were flowing in the halls and around the makeup room. Was just great to watch these legends interact and catch up. ...

According to some secondhand reports of the taping, they were asked if they would be taking a break for a while and Geddy stated I think we will be doing one more tour. And he said it in a fashion as to not insinuate one more tour EVER, but rather one more tour before taking any extended break. So this seems to add credence to the rumor that the band will be touring next summer. I'm also still hearing that there is an offer from Live Nation on the table and the band should be making a decision within the next few weeks. Adding fuel to the fire is this post at GoTickets.com claiming that Rush will be playing the Keller Auditorium in Portland on April 18th. I find this highly unlikely since that venue has a maximum capacity of 3000 plus the fact that no other brokers have the show listed. It's a bit early to be talking about tour dates I'd say!

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Happy 5th anniversary Rush in Rio!
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Today is the 5th anniversary of the release of Rush's 5th live album Rush in Rio. The album was also released as a live 2-disc DVD set and was recorded on November 23, 2002 at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro - the final show on the Vapor Trails Tour (the bonus tracks for Between Sun & Moon and Vital Signs from Disc 3 were recorded at earlier dates on the tour). It was certified Gold by the RIAA on February 10, 2004 and reached as high as #33 on the Billboard charts. O Baterista was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance - Rush's 4th nomination in that category.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Happy 15th anniversary Counterparts!
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Today is the 15th anniversary of the release of Rush's 15th studio album, Counterparts. Counterparts was Rush's highest charting album in the US peaking at #2. The album was recorded between April and June of 1993 at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec and McClear Place in Toronto. It was produced by Peter Collins. The album's first single Stick It Out (watch video) reached as high as #1 on the mainstream rock charts, Nobody's Hero (watch video) and Cold Fire both reached #3. In this week's poll I'm asking everyone what their favorite song off of Counterparts is. If you haven't already, Take the poll and let us know.

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Reminder: Rush on Off the Record with Joe Benson
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UPDATE - 10/19@8:43PM: Apparently from all the reports I've heard, this interview is really just a bunch of clips from older interviews and little to nothing new at all. I haven't listened to it myself but it doesn't sound like it's worth the time. Hopefully they'll be conducting some more substantive interviews in the coming weeks.

Rush will appear on the nationally-syndicated radio program Off the Record with Joe Benson today/tonight. Neil Peart and Geddy Lee are scheduled to sit down with Joe. For a list of stations and air times check out this link.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Buddy Rich Memorial Concert open thread
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UPDATE - 10/20@4:56PM: Reader Professordrums let me know that Neil's Buddy Rich Memorial Concert kit has arrived at Dale's Drum Shop in Harrisburg, PA as was mentioned Friday. Check it out if you are in the area.

UPDATE - 10/20@9:52AM: Here's a great review along with pics and videos from rushfan4life at The Rush Forum.

UPDATE - 10/20@9:39AM: Here's a bootleg video of the big band version of YYZ from the concert (thanks timbale). And Cathy Rich has uploaded a few images from the after party to her MySpace page including this one with Neil Peart in it (thanks Asif K).

VIDEO REMOVED

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UPDATE - 10/19@12:01PM: Thanks to TheAntipop at Counterparts here's an mp3 recording of the big band version of YYZ.

UPDATE - 10/18@11:12PM: It's over. Wow. That was incredible. I hope everyone enjoyed it - I sure did. Looks like Neil did too.

UPDATE - 10/18@10:41PM: Neil!!!

UPDATE - 10/18@9:49PM: Surprise guest: Peter Erskine.

UPDATE - 10/18@7:43PM: The show has started - switch to the main feed now. Cathy Rich is introducing the show. If you are having trouble with the feed switch the resolution from High to Low (upper right).

UPDATE - 10/18@7:29PM: Our own windycitygirl called in and chatted with Terry! :) The show should be starting shortly ...

UPDATE - 10/18@7:06PM: John Blackwell ...

UPDATE - 10/18@6:51PM: Tommy Igoe now ...

UPDATE - 10/18@6:39PM: Chad Smith just walked in ...

UPDATE - 10/18@6:35PM: Terry Bozio and some other dude are chatting. Don Lombardi (founder of the Drum Channel) is there too.

UPDATE - 10/18@6:24PM: Aha. The backstage cam is where the action is right now.

UPDATE - 10/18@6:19PM: They've started streaming the pre-show although it's just a shot from the back of the theater showing a lot of empty seats and people setting up the stage.

The Buddy Rich Memorial Concert takes place tonight at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The event begins at 7:30PM EST with preshow activities at 6PM. It will be streaming live via the Drum Channel website and recorded in Hi-def for worldwide release sometime next year. A number of drum virtuosos and musicians will be featured including Neil, Nick Rich with the Buddy Rich Band, John Blackwell, Terry Bozio, Chad Smith, Jeff Berlin, Will Lee and Tommy Igoe. You can check out the complete details at the Drum Channel website, in this Sabian.com press release and in this ad for the event. Here's the program for the concert:

Introduction with Cathy Rich

Tommy Igoe: Little Train, Preach And Teach, La Fiesta

John Blackwell: No Jive, Nutville, Mind Of Jay

Donnie Marple Solo performance

Terry Bozzio featuring Efrain Toro: Some Skunk Funk, Venture Brothers Medley w/Cowboy BeBop, Machine

Intermission (15 min)

Tommy Igoe featuring Will Lee: The Chicken, Willowcress, La Fiesta

Nick Rich: Beulah Witch; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; The Beat Goes On with Cathy Rich

Chad Smith: Dani California, Hocus Pocus, Birdland

Neil Peart: Love For Sale, Time Will Tell, Cottontail/One O'Clock Jump, YYZ

It's not clear to me whether the pre-show activities beginning at 6PM will be streamed live or not. I guess we'll find out at 6PM. :) For everybody going have a great time! Hopefully there won't be any technical issues with the streaming.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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This past Wednesday Geddy and Alex kicked off the band's first interview as part of a Rush PR blitz for the Snakes & Arrows DVD, taping their appearance with Eddie Trunk for VH1 Classic's new That Metal Show. This Sunday Geddy and Neil will be on Off the Record with Joe Benson and we should see the boys giving several more interviews over the next couple of weeks. From a secondhand report on the Eddie Trunk interview, it sounded like Geddy hinted that the band would be touring next year, adding credence to the rumor I first posted last week. Hopefully we'll get some confirmation on this front soon.

Tomorrow night the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert will take place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. It will be streamed live at the DRUM Channel website beginning at 7:30PM. Tickets are still available for purchase if you are in the NYC area. Reader rosmakloma pointed me to a link where you can view the program for tonight's concert. Here's the schedule/itinerary:

Introduction with Cathy Rich

Tommy Igoe
"Little Train," "Preach And Teach," "La Fiesta"

John Blackwell
"No Jive," "Nutville," "Mind Of Jay"

Donnie Marple
Solo performance

Terry Bozzio featuring Efrain Toro
"Some Skunk Funk," Venture Brothers Medley w/Cowboy BeBop, "Machine"

Intermission (15 min)

Tommy Igoe featuring Will Lee
"The Chicken"

Nick Rich
"Beulah Witch," "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"

Chad Smith
"Dani California," "Hocus Pocus," "Birdland"

Neil Peart
"Love For Sale," "Time Will Tell," "Cottontail/One O'Clock Jump," "YYZ"

So Neil will be capping off the evening's festivities with the Rush classic YYZ. It should be fantastic. I've also learned that Neil's kit from the concert will be on display and for sale at Dale's Drum Shop in Harrisburg, PA early next week. Reader Dave S forwarded me this email he'd received from their mailing list:

***SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR NEIL PEART FANS:***
This Saturday after Neil is finished playing his custom DW set for the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert at Hammerstein Ballroom NY, his one-of-a-kind set will be carefully packed up and delivered in it's entirety - just as Neil left it - straight to Dale's to be seen, and heard, close-up. It's due very early next week. This set will be featured in the next Buddy Rich Memorial Concert DVD w/ Neil Peart playing it. We'll also have some stills from the show with him playing the kit and a Certificate of Authenticity From Drum Workshop for the future owner of this great litttle piece of history.

It'll be one of the best-documented collectables in a LONG time.

And, how often can you say you own a custom kit that was played by a living legend at a Buddy Rich Memorial concert, hand-picked and crafted by John Good, and purchased from Buddy's former drum tech's drum shop?

The Set features DW Collectors drums in Neil Peart specs, custom Classic Marine Pearl finish, Audix D6 internal bass mic w/ May no-drill adapter, and 24kt gold-plated stands.

Stop in and see it!

The release date for Rush's upcoming Atlantic-era greatest hits package, Rush: Retrospective 3, has been pushed back from December 5th to January 27th according to Amazon.com. Last week I asked everyone what their favorite song from the Retrospective 3 tracklist was. It was a close race. Less than 1% separated the top 3 songs; The Pass, Earthshine, and Ghost of a Chance. Rounding out the top 5 were Bravado and Far Cry. You can check out the complete results here.

There are a couple of Rush album anniversaries occurring this upcoming week; on Sunday Counterparts celebrates 15 years since its release on October 19, 1993 and Rush in Rio was released 5 years ago this coming Tuesday October 21st. In light of this my next poll asks everyone what their favorite song off of Counterparts is. Take the poll and let us know.

Earlier this week I told you how Episode 5 of Season 2 of the Emmy Award Winning NBC series Chuck - which airs 2 weeks from tonight - is titled Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer and contains a big Rush reference. Also as a reminder, all three members of Rush will be making a cameo in the upcoming Paul Rudd film I Love You Man as I'd reported back in June. The movie will be released on January 16th. Rudd talked about the cameo in this IESB.net interview. The Power Windows site also mentioned a few more minor Rush references in this post earlier this week:

... Comedy Central's "Adult Swim", which has offered up many hilarious Rush references in the page, has included yet another one during an episode of Frisky Dingo (episode "The Middle", original air date Sep. 30th of last year - note, "parental guidance suggested"!). On the new Chaos In Motion video by progressive metal band Dream Theater released Sep. 23rd, guitarist John Petrucci pays homage to his heroes during the introduction to the closing medley by performing the opening to "Xanadu". Meanwhile, Zeitgeist: Addendum, the second installment to the conspiracy theory documentary movie series, was released free online on October 3rd; during the introduction to the third chapter (around the 54:20 mark), the opening bass notes from "Cygnus X-1" are played. In addition, on the DVD release for Be Kind Rewind released back on June 17th, Jack Black is filmed giving an autograph to a man wearing a Rush t-shirt during the "Passaic Mosaic" special feature. ...

A few weeks ago I alerted you to the fact that Neil Peart's bus driver Dave (made famous through Neil's Roadshow book) had been hired by ABC News to hit the campaign trail with the bus - affectionately known as Camp Brutus. He promised to post more details to his MySpace page and that's exactly what he did. He had quite an adventure which you can read all about in his MySpace blog. There are also a bunch of great pictures posted. Thanks to Asif K for the heads up.

Reader Mark R let me know that Amazon is selling Permanent Waves for download for just $0.99! It's a one-day sale so get them while their hot!

Last month I let you know that photographer and Rush fan John Kane will be exhibiting a collection of his Rush concert photographs at the Front Street Coffee House in Salem, MA on Saturday, November 8th. For all the details check out this post. John just sent me a poster advertisement for the event which includes a very cool image of the band. You you can check it out here.

Reader rushman10 let me know that Cleveland's classic rock station WNCX recently inducted Rush into their Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

Here's a neat little article on Rush tribute band Limelight titled Music is a RUSH for these guys.

411mania.com posted a list of the top 4 innovative drummers earlier this week. Neil Peart came in at #4 behind Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and Keith Moon. Here's what was said:

The Canadian is one of the best at blending harder rock styles with smoother Jazz beats, giving him a hugely versatile arsenal. Widely considered one of the best Rock drummers of all time, Peart was the first to reverse his sticks and use the thicker end. This style gave him a much harder attack, a technique which has been replicated many times since.

Thanks to robertkincaid96 for the heads up.

Reader Bryan S sent me a separated at birth reference involving Geddy Lee from Rocky Mountain News. :)

And I'll leave you this week with this video of Neil Peart from the first Buddy Rich Memorial Concert way back in 1989:

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Geddy and Alex That Metal Show interview with Eddie Trunk
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Alex, Eddie and GeddyWednesday night Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were interviewed by Eddie Trunk for VH1 Classic's upcoming new program That Metal Show. There will be 8 shows for the first season which premiers on November 15th. I'm not sure exactly when the Rush interview will air, but it will be the last show of the season and also feature Ace Frehley. Eddie Trunk posted an update to his blog last night. Here's an excerpt:

... Yesterday's final two shows featured Ace Frehley and Alex and Geddy from Rush as in studio guests. What a way to wrap up Season 1! I can not thank Alex and Geddy enough. The guys flew to NYC in and out on the same day just to do my show only. It's an honor to be able to call the Rush guys friends over the last few years and I am so grateful. To have artists of this caliber willing to step up for me like this is unreal. We had some fun with the guys and talked about their new DVD. They both were entertaining and very funny and seemed to have a good time. Was also cool to see Ace and Rush interact backstage. Rush opened more shows for Kiss then any band in the 70's and the stories and old memories were flowing in the halls and around the makeup room. Was just great to watch these legends interact and catch up. ...

There had been some speculation that Alex and Geddy would maybe stick around New York City for the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert but from what Eddie states, this doesn't look like the case. From one secondhand report (thanks LanceTheShred) of the taping, they were asked if they would be taking a break for a while and Geddy stated I think we will be doing one more tour. In the context of the whole interview, the secondhand report also stated that it did not sound like Geddy was saying they'd be doing ONE more tour as in - Rush's last tour ever. Instead it appeared they were saying they'd be doing another tour before taking any extended breaks, and made it pretty clear they wouldn't be calling it quits anytime soon. So this seems to add credence to the rumor that the band will be touring next summer. Indeed, from what I've heard there is an offer from Live Nation on the table and the band should be making a decision within the next few weeks (assuming they haven't already decided).

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Rush: Retrospective 3 release date pushed back to January
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The release date for Rush's upcoming Atlantic-era greatest hits package, Retrospective 3, has been pushed back from December 5th nearly 2 months to January 27th according to Amazon.com (thanks to Will C for the heads up). The album will come in both a CD and a CD/DVD version with the DVD containing the Atlantic-era music videos. The tracklist was revealed last week and will contain one unreleased live track (Ghost of a Chance from the 2008 leg of the S&A tour) along with 13 studio tracks. The DVD will contain 10 Atlantic-era music videos along with live videos of The Seeker, Secret Touch and Resist. Also of interest are 2 remixed/remastered versions of One Little Victory and Earthshine off of 2002's Vapor Trails. Here's the complete tracklist:

Disc: 1 (CD)

1. One Little Victory (remix)
2. Dreamline
3. Workin' Them Angels
4. Presto
5. Bravado
6. Driven
7. The Pass
8. Animate
9. Roll the Bones
10. Ghost of a Chance (live)
11. Nobody's Hero
12. Leave That Thing Alone
13. Earthshine (remix)
14. Far Cry

Disc: 2 (DVD - Atlantic-era videos)

1. Stick it Out
2. Nobody's Hero
3. Half the World
4. Driven
5. Roll the Bones
6. Show Don't Tell
7. The Pass
8. Superconductor
9. Far Cry
10. Malignant Narcissism
11. The Seeker (live)
12. Secret Touch (live)
13. Resist (live)

Related Posts:
[Rush: Retrospective 3 greatest hits album tracklist revealed]
[Rush: Retrospective 3 greatest hits album due out in December?]
[Rush to end Atlantic relationship with new greatest hits package; in negotiations with Rounder]

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Rush to appear on Off the Record with Joe Benson
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Rush will appear on the nationally-syndicated radio program Off the Record with Joe Benson this coming Sunday, October 19th. Typically it's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson that do these types of interviews, but this time it will instead be Neil Peart and Geddy Lee. For a list of stations and air times check out this link. As I'd mentioned yesterday, Geddy and Alex were in New York Wednesday recording their interview with Eddie Trunk for VH1 Classic's new show That Metal Show. These will be the first of a series of interviews over the next couple of weeks to promote the upcoming Snakes & Arrows DVD, due out November 25th on both DVD and Blu-ray. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Buddy Rich Memorial Concert update
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UPDATE - 10/17@1:18PM: I recently learned that Neil's kit from the concert will be on display and for sale at Dale's Drum Shop in Harrisburg, PA early next week. Reader Dave S forwarded me this email he'd received from their mailing list:

***SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR NEIL PEART FANS:***
This Saturday after Neil is finished playing his custom DW set for the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert at Hammerstein Ballroom NY, his one-of-a-kind set will be carefully packed up and delivered in it's entirety - just as Neil left it - straight to Dale's to be seen, and heard, close-up. It's due very early next week. This set will be featured in the next Buddy Rich Memorial Concert DVD w/ Neil Peart playing it. We'll also have some stills from the show with him playing the kit and a Certificate of Authenticity From Drum Workshop for the future owner of this great litttle piece of history.

It'll be one of the best-documented collectables in a LONG time.

And, how often can you say you own a custom kit that was played by a living legend at a Buddy Rich Memorial concert, hand-picked and crafted by John Good, and purchased from Buddy's former drum tech's drum shop?

The Set features DW Collectors drums in Neil Peart specs, custom Classic Marine Pearl finish, Audix D6 internal bass mic w/ May no-drill adapter, and 24kt gold-plated stands.

Stop in and see it!

----- snip -----

UPDATE - 10/17@10:41AM: Here's a link where you can view the program for the concert including the itinerary (thanks rosmakloma):

Introduction with Cathy Rich

Tommy Igoe
"Little Train," "Preach And Teach," "La Fiesta"

John Blackwell
"No Jive," "Nutville," "Mind Of Jay"

Donnie Marple
Solo performance

Terry Bozzio featuring Efrain Toro
"Some Skunk Funk," Venture Brothers Medley w/Cowboy BeBop, "Machine"

Intermission (15 min)

Tommy Igoe featuring Will Lee
"The Chicken"

Nick Rich
"Beulah Witch," "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"

Chad Smith
"Dani California," "Hocus Pocus," "Birdland"

Neil Peart
"Love For Sale," "Time Will Tell," "Cottontail/One O'Clock Jump," "YYZ"

----- snip -----

This coming Saturday, October 18th the Buddy Rich Memorial Concert will take place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. It will feature a number of drum virtuosos and musicians including Neil, Nick Rich with the Buddy Rich Band, John Blackwell, Terry Bozio, Chad Smith, Jeff Berlin, Will Lee and Tommy Igoe. You can check out the complete details in this Sabian.com press release and in this ad for the event. Last week Michael of NeilPeartDrumsticks.com shared with us a photo of the drum kit that Neil Peart will be using for the concert (courtesy Neil's drum tech Lorne Wheaton). You can check out a full-res image by visiting Michael's website at this link. The concert will also be the debut of Buddy's 23 year old grandson Nick Rich playing for the first time in his grandfather's big band. A couple of weeks ago Cathy Rich posted a great picture of her son Nick with Neil Peart at rehearsals for the concert. And just a few days ago she posted yet another (thanks to Asif K for the heads up). In this pic is pictured Neil with Nick and many others including Chad Smith:

The concert will be streamed live globally by the Drum Channel, and recorded in Hi-def for worldwide release sometime next year. To purchase tickets go to this link.

In related news, apparently Geddy and Alex were in New York today recording their interview with Eddie Trunk for VH1 Classic's new show That Metal Show. So that tells me that they might just be hanging around in order to see the concert Saturday night. For those going, keep an eye out for them.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Rush reference in upcoming episode of Chuck
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Chuck Season 2, Episode 5SPOILER ALERT FOR WATCHERS OF CHUCK ON NBC

Chuck is an Emmy Award winning US action/comedy television series which airs Mondays on NBC. The show centers on Chuck Bartowski - a computer geek who becomes a secret agent after receiving an encoded e-mail from an old college friend now working in the CIA. The message is subliminally encoded with the only remaining copy of the world's greatest spy secrets and when Chuck opens the email he unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data into his brain. Apparently Episode 5 of Season 2 - which airs 2 weeks from tonight - is titled Chuck vs. Tom Sawyer and contains a big Rush reference. From spoilers listed on the ChuckTV.net fansite:

Spoilers - added 06.30.08

We flashback to 1983, when a much younger Jeff has just won the Moto Industries video game championship with his skill at Missile Command. Sporting a mullet and a mustache, our man Jeff has a pair of bikini-clad babes in his arms and a reporter asking him what's next. Um...

Back to present day, a crippling virus is sweeping through the Moto Industries computers. Chuck and Casey attempt to go in undercover as Nerd Herders (!) to find out what's going on, but are rebuffed by the Moto Industries engineers. Sarah tries her hand at it instead. Somehow a gorgeous blonde who doesn't know how to fix computers manages to gain access. They discover that terrorists have hijacked a dormant satellite and are planning to activate it and launch missiles starting a nuclear war. The code to deactive the satellite can be found on the final level of...Missile Command.

Now Chuck must find a way to beat the game before the worst happens, but there's a final secret weapon that he'll need to succeed: music from a certain Canadian band.

And even more details from io9.com:

So we were lucky enough to dig up some actual script pages from the fifth and sixth episodes of the new season of spy-database-brain comedy Chuck. They're "casting sides," which means they're for audition purposes. But they appear to be actual pages from the scripts.

In the fifth episode, we start off in 1983, where Jeff Barnes, sporting a mullet and mustache, has just won the Moto Industries Missile Command championship. He's asked what's next for him. Flanked by two bikini babes, he says: Why decide, when I've got so many tasty options? Then it's 25 years later, and he's working at the Buy More, wistfully muttering to himself about his "tasty options."

Some terrorists have taken over Moto Industries. Casey and Chuck show up to infiltrate the place, and Chuck tries to use his nerd skills to talk his way in with the geeks up front. But the PhDs at Moto Industries are not impressed with Chuck's paltry nerd-fu. "Why don't you help some old lady log onto AOL or something?" So Sarah has to go in and flash some cleavage to get the nerds' attention. The nerds fall all over each other to help fix her computer. Meanwhile, Casey decides to sneak around, leaving Chuck where it's safe - but as soon as Casey's gone, a terrorist turns up. But Chuck talks his way into Mauro Moto's penthouse.

A Moto Industries satellite is going to destroy everything unless Chuck can get the control codes, which can only be found on the last level of every Missile Command game, as we explained before. Maury Moto explains that the mathematics underlying Missile Command are too complex for anyone else to reach that level: "the music of the universe." "As much as I loved making games, I hated making weapons," he adds. The terrorists have forced Maury to play Missile Command, so they can access those codes. "How many will die for my weakness?" he asks. But Maury has to keep playing the game, or it'll explode. "The kill screen doesn't end," he explains. So Chuck and Casey have to escape, leaving Maury to explode.

Casey mistakenly believes that anybody who was into Missile Command would now be in their 30s and have jobs, wives and kids, but Chuck mouths: "No they don't." Meanwhile, he sees a TV broadcast about someone trying to beat the Missile Command high-score record, and "flashes" on the information. He realizes the terrorists are using the local TV station to control the satellite. Sarah heads over there.

Jeff explains the secret of Missile Command is "all about patterns. Heavy duty math. Before I play, I like to listen to Rush, and when I listen to Rush, I like to partake of a certain 100% natural, but not altogether legal, herbal enhancer... It's gotta be outta this world." Meanwhile, literally out of this world, the satellite is preparing to strike. Morgan is jealous of all the attention Chuck is paying to Jeff. It turns out Rush's music follows the exact same time signature as the game. And Rush's sheet music is in the "intersect," the spy database in Chuck's head. Because they're Canadian.

But Morgan gets over his jealousy enough to announce Chuck on-stage, with flashing lights, as "the King Of Sting, the Dancing Destroyer," etc. Chuck jumps up on stage and brandishes a single quarter. Chuck loses the first time, to the amusement of a crowd of jeering nerds who call him "king of the losers." But then he gets Morgan to play some Rush, and this time he beats the game, reaching the "kill screen" and then "beating the kill screen," finally getting to the satellite codes.

Meanwhile, Sarah takes out two terrorists holding the TV relay station, catching one unawares with a bag of chips in his mouth. She catches both their machine guns and brandishes them. Chuck gets her the codes just in time to stop the countdown, as Casey is preparing to try and shoot the satellite down.

Thanks to BenRaab for the heads up. This is eerily reminiscent of another Rush TV reference involving a vintage arcade game (Space Invaders) and the song Tom Sawyer which occurred in the Futurama episode titled Anthology of Interest II back in 2002. You can check out the reference in this video.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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It's been another big week of Rush news. Earlier this week the surprising rumor came out that Rush is seriously considering touring in 2009, probably as some kind of R:35 tour. Not only that, but the band is also mulling the idea of releasing some non-album connected songs online and/or as digital EPs in lieu of a new studio album. Whether this will actually come to fruition or not we'll all just have to wait and see, but it's given us all food for speculation if nothing else. We also learned yesterday the tracklist for the upcoming Rush: Retrospective 3 Atlantic-era greatest hits package. And although it doesn't look like there will be any unreleased live material there will be one live unreleased track - namely Ghost of a Chance - as was previously rumored. The package will include remastered versions of One Little Victory and Earthshine as well as a DVD of the Atlantic-era videos. In light of this, for my next poll I thought I'd ask everyone what their favorite song from the Retrospective 3 tracklist is. Take the poll and let us know.

In my last poll I asked everyone what VH1 Classic's Rush Hashanah special could have used more of. The winners in a virtual 3-way tie were Snakes & Arrows DVD footage, documentaries, and older concert footage - each receiving about 20% of the vote. Next up with 16% was interviews and music videos got 9%. Cowbell and Harry Satchel received about 7% each.

The CBC's Hockey Night in Canada is running a contest to determine a new Hockey Night in Canada Anthem. Alex Lifeson added a guitar track to one of the five finalist's anthems - Anthem #3 by elementary school music teacher Grahm McRae titled Eleventh Hour. The 5 finalists were whittled down to 2 last night and unfortunately Anthem #3 did not make the cut. The winner will be announced tomorrow.

Thanks to Michael of NeilPeartDrumsticks.com on Monday we got our first look at Neil Peart's kit for the upcoming Buddy Rich Memorial Concert. The concert happens next Saturday and will be streamed live on the DRUM Channel.

And on Tuesday we got a look at the guy in charge of the $700 billion bailout of the US financial system, who happens to be a Rush fan.

Earlier today we learned that New York based DJ Eddie Trunk will be co-hosting a new show on VH1 Classic called That Metal Show which premiers November 15th. He just announced yesterday via his blog that 2 of featured guests this season will be Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee.

A team of St. Catherine, Ontario artists recently unveiled a project where they created a series of double-sided banners featuring famous St. Cathariners and hung them up at various locations downtown. One of these banners is our favorite St. Catheriner, Neil Peart. You can check out a picture of Neil's banner, which is hanging outside police headquarters, at this link. Thanks to robertkincaid96 for the heads up.

In this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly (Paul Newman on the cover), the editors on the Letters page asked readers who should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It reads:

Rock & roll will never die...as long as there's a place in Cleveland designed to celebrate its existence. This year's crop of potential ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME inductees was recently announced. PopWatchers question the whereabouts of...

And then they list 4 artists with a picture and blurb including Rush. For the Rush blurb a reader named Karl writes:

Rush. They've had the same lineup for more than 30 years and continue to make great music on their own terms.

They also have a small picture of Alex and Geddy with their double-neck guitars. You can check out a scan of the article at this link (thanks Jim C). Thanks to Kelly D for the heads up.

And I leave you this week with a video of Incubus drummer Jose Pasillas playing Red Barchetta at a soundcheck (thanks rushfr:CP):

Have a great weekend!

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Alex and Geddy to be guests on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show
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Alex, Eddie and GeddyNew York based DJ Eddie Trunk will be co-hosting a new show on VH1 Classic called That Metal Show which premiers November 15th. He just announced yesterday via his blog that 2 of featured guests this season will be Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee:

... Shot two more episodes of my upcoming new VH1 Classic TV show "That Metal Show" yesterday. ... I am so happy with how things are going with this show and have my good friends Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson as co-hosts. The ball busting that goes on is awesome and many in the audience and crew at the tapings so far say they have never seen a show like this before. Even those not into metal seem to be loving it. I've been working on developing this for almost two years, and now that it's real and we are close to debuting the first show, it's really getting exciting! And if all that weren't enough I just scored two HUGE guests for the final two shows of season 1. I am so proud to say that we will be doing a show with my good friend Ace Frehley, and I am honored to say that Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush will be coming in from Canada just to do the show! I've had the privledge of working with the Rush guys several times, and I can not thank them enough for making the effort to do the show. Needless to say this will be a HUGE one. Sorry to say that the slots for the in studio audience are SOLD OUT, but you will see all the action when the shows air. The premiere/pilot episode of That Metal Show airs 11/15 at 11PM ET/PT and will repeat several times through the week on VH1 Classic. A new episode every week after on Saturday nights at 11PM. It's 30 minutes and been called "The View" for rockers. More details soon. ...

I few years back Eddie used to host an interview show on VH1 Classic called Hangin' With where he had interviewed both Alex and Geddy and also Neil on a separate occasion. You can watch the Hangin' With where Geddy and Alex where interviewed at this link. Thanks to Sean for the heads up.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Rush: Retrospective 3 greatest hits album tracklist revealed
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UPDATE - 10/9@10:45PM: There's actually no reason to think that any of the live videos are previously unreleased. They are probably from Rush in Rio or R30.

UPDATE - 10/9@6:08PM: Aha! Reader BigKev made the astute observation that the tracklist for Disk 1 is for the CD and Disk 2 is for the DVD! Notice how Disk 2 contains all of the Atlantic-era videos. So in light of this, the first disk has only one live song on it - namely Ghost of a Chance. And the DVD will contain 3 live videos for The Seeker, Secret Touch and Resist. These live videos are likely from Rush in Rio and R30.

UPDATE - 10/9@5:45PM: As many of you have noticed, there seems to be several duplicates listed on disks 1 and 2. I'm not sure what's up with that - seems like a mistake. I'll see what I can find out.

As reported a few weeks ago, Rush will be releasing an Atlantic-era greatest hits package on Tuesday, December 9th titled Rush: Retrospective 3. The album will come in both a CD and a CD/DVD version. It's speculated that The CD/DVD version will contain a DVD of the Atlantic-era music videos although this has yet to be confirmed. The tracklist for the CD and the DVD was revealed earlier today and it will contain an few unreleased live tracks - an unreleased unreleased live version of Ghost of a Chance (from the 2008 leg of the S&A tour) on the CD along with 13 studio tracks; and live videos of The Seeker, Secret Touch and Resist on the DVD along with the Atlantic-era videos. Also of interest are 2 remix versions of One Little Victory and Earthshine off of 2002's Vapor Trails. Many fans have been calling for a remixed/remastered version of Vapor Trails for some time now, so it looks like they will at least partially get their wish with the release of Retrospective 3. Here's the complete tracklist:

Disc: 1 (CD)

1. One Little Victory (remix)
2. Dreamline
3. Workin' Them Angels
4. Presto
5. Bravado
6. Driven
7. The Pass
8. Animate
9. Roll the Bones
10. Ghost of a Chance (live)
11. Nobody's Hero
12. Leave That Thing Alone
13. Earthshine (remix)
14. Far Cry

Disc: 2 (DVD - Atlantic-era videos)

1. Stick it Out
2. Nobody's Hero
3. Half the World
4. Driven
5. Roll the Bones
6. Show Don't Tell
7. The Pass
8. Superconductor
9. Far Cry
10. Malignant Narcissism
11. The Seeker (live)
12. Secret Touch (live)
13. Resist (live)

Thanks to Chad for the heads up.

Related Posts:
[Rush: Retrospective 3 greatest hits album due out in December?]
[Rush to end Atlantic relationship with new greatest hits package; in negotiations with Rounder Records]

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

2009 Rush tour?
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Hold onto your hats folks. I have a doozy of a rumor to report. Back in April just before the 2008 tour started, Alex Lifeson gave an interview to Keith Spera of the New Orleans Times-Picayune where he said:

... just before we started rehearsals, Ged and I were talking about what we're going to do on the next tour. So I guess we're looking forward. I don't know what our plan is. I think we want to take a little bit of a break after this tour ends.

We're saying that, but I don't know what's going to happen. We might get itchy like Ged and I normally do; after a few months we'll want to start writing and get back into it. Whether we go back in the studio and make another record or do another tour...hard to say.

We've got so much catalog. I'd love to do a tour where we just play stuff that we've never played before. Don't play anything that we play now and call it the B-track Rush tour. Play some of the stuff nobody has ever heard us play live. That would be a lot of fun. There are lots of opportunities and directions that we can go. ...

This made it sound as if Alex was more looking forward to the next tour rather than the next studio album. And just a couple of months ago Alex gave an interview to the UK's Classic Rock magazine where he said the following regarding Rush's next studio album:

We really need to sit down and decide what we want to do with our next record. Whether we do an album or whether we just write songs over a period of time and release them as we go along. That's kind of attractive to me.

No album? Release songs as they go along? Unconventional to say the least. But at the time I wasn't really buying it. Shortly after this the rumor started going around that Rush would be leaving Atlantic records after releasing an Atlantic-era greatest hits album. This seems to have been at least indirectly confirmed with the news that a Retrospective 3 album will be released on December 9th, although there has not been any kind of official announcement.

So what does all this mean for the future of Rush? A couple of months ago if you had asked me what the chances of Rush touring again in 2009 were, I probably would have said a snowball's chance in hell. I figured that they'd probably start work on a new album next year, maybe release it early 2010 and tour in the summer of 2010. But guess what? The latest rumor I've been hearing is that they are seriously considering touring in 2009 as well as releasing some non-album connected songs online and/or as digital EPs. The big question is what to tour on if no studio album? Possibly an EP of some kind, but one thing they are seriously discussing is another nostalgic-type R:35 tour (similar to R30) which would run through the late spring and into the summer. In addition to mentioning the B-tracks tour, Alex has expressed a desire to get as much of their catalog on video as possible. This might suggest a tour where they play many songs not yet recorded live, and put out an R:35 DVD in 2010.

The more I think about this, the more sense this all makes. With the current state of the music industry it is becoming increasingly difficult for bands to make much money by selling albums. Most of their money is made through touring, merchandise, DVDs, and newly-emerging unconventional revenue sources such as Rock Band downloads. And with Rush rumored to be leaving Atlantic, it doesn't make all that much sense for them to sign up with another record label and release albums in the conventional way. One thing Rush has never been accused of is being conventional.

Whether any of these rumors are true or not, it definitely stands to be an interesting 2009 for Rush and their fans. Let the speculation begin! More as I learn it.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Man in charge of $700 billion rescue plan is a Rush fan
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Neel Kashkari, Rush fan[Mr. Rescue is Kash & Kari]

I generally try to avoid such important issues as politics and economics on this site, mainly because they seldom have anything to do with Rush. But I think I'll make an exception in this case. By now, we are all familiar with The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 which has been all over the news the past few weeks and was just passed by Congress on Friday. The man in charge of the rescue plan is ex-Goldman Sachs vice president Neel Kashkari, who happens to be a Rush fan. From the New York Post:

A 35-year-old former heavy-metal head who used to develop technology for NASA space missions has been tapped as the interim leader of the $700 billion rescue plan. ... Neel Kashkari, the financial whiz kid, fitness buff and avid Cleveland Browns fan tapped to save the free-falling economy. ... The ex-Goldman Sachs vice president lives in the pleasant Washington, DC suburb ... He was hired to work for the government after a Goldman Sachs boss recommended him to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who once headed the investment firm. ... Kashkari has a master's degree in engineering and obtained an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. And when he wasn't hitting the books, it appears he was rocking out to heavy metal. His high school yearbook is filled with quotes he chose from rock bands like AC/DC and Rush.

Somehow I find it reassuring that he's a Rush fan (and a Cleveland Browns fan too!). Thanks to MechBill2112 for the heads up.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Photo of Neil Peart's Buddy Rich Memorial Concert drumkit
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We've known for some time now that Cathy Rich and Neil Peart will be hosting another Buddy Rich Memorial Concert this coming Saturday, October 18t at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. It will feature a number of drum virtuosos and musicians including Neil, Nick Rich with the Buddy Rich Band, John Blackwell, Terry Bozio, Chad Smith, Jeff Berlin, Will Lee and Tommy Igoe. You can check out the complete details in this Sabian.com press release and in this ad for the event. Michael of NeilPeartDrumsticks.com has obtained a photo of the drum kit that Neil Peart will be using for the concert (courtesy Neil's drum tech Lorne Wheaton). You can check out a full-res image by visiting Michael's website at this link. The concert will also be the debut of Buddy's 23 year old grandson Nick Rich playing for the first time in his grandfather's big band. Here's a picture of Nick and Neil from rehearsals:

The concert will be streamed live globally by the Drum Channel, and recorded in Hi-def for worldwide release sometime next year. To purchase tickets go to this link.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Alex Lifeson adds guitar track to hockey anthem
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UPDATE - 10/7@10:34AM: Here's another article about the anthem from Surrey Now where the composer Grahm McRae is interviewed. He had the following to say regarding working with Alex:

... McRae flew to Toronto for a day of work in the studio to tweak the final version of his composition. "It's different than my original one, but I'm getting used to it," he said of the rendition, built on a foundation of guitar, bass and drums with a fanfare-style trumpet. It was especially cool to work with Lifeson on the anthem, McRae said. "He was amazing, a great guitarist, and I was always a complete progressive-rock fan, so Rush was right in there for me." ...

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The CBC's Hockey Night in Canada is running a contest to determine a new Hockey Night in Canada Anthem. Out of the 15,000 initial entries there are now only 5 left. These last 5 anthems were set to orchestra by award-winning producer Bob Rock who invited guitarists such as Kim Mitchell and Alex Lifeson to work with the contestants to add guitar tracks. These five finalists can be voted for online or via test and on Thursday night will be cut from five to two and the winner announced between periods during Saturday's Maple Leafs game. Alex Lifeson added a guitar track to Anthem #3 by elementary school music teacher Grahm McRae titled Eleventh Hour. You can listen to the track at this link or use the player below.


Thanks to skarni for the heads up.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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The big news this past week was VH1 Classic's airing of their 24-hour Rush Hashanah special where they gave us a sneak peak of the upcoming Snakes & Arrows DVD. They played both The Spirit of Radio and Far Cry from the DVD which will be released November 25th and is now available for pre-order on both DVD and Blu-ray. Both videos are now up on YouTube; you can check out The Spirit of Radio here (also included below) and Far Cry here.

Speaking of Rush Hashanah, the Jewish weekly magazine Forward had a short article titled Holy Prog Rock! discussing the special in their latest edition. What's most notable about the article is that they mention rushisaband.com!

... Rolling Stone magazine proclaimed the broadcast "a victory for both Canadian prog rock and awesomely clever puns," while fans on rushisaband.com, a blog devoted to the group, greeted the tribute with "mazel tovs" and a suggestion that the band's next concert DVD be named "Lechaim."

You can check out a scan of the article here (thanks PhillyMike).

In my last poll I asked you all which feature of the Snakes & Arrows DVD you are most anticipating. The results are in and - not surprisingly - most of you are anticipating the Rotterdam (37%) and Atlanta (24%) concert footage (duh...). I probably should have just assumed that and left those options out but it is what it is. Other than the concert footage 16% of you are most anticipating the 2007 tour outtakes, 11% the What's That Smell video and outtakes, and 8% are most anticipating the Blu-ray version. For this week's poll I thought I'd ask you about the Rush Hashanah special and what you thought it could have used more of. Take the poll and let us know.

Reader Chris H let me know that in this week's Cavalcade of Whimsy article on CollegeFootballNews.com the author describes his top five underrated/overrated aspects of the world. Number four was the following:

4: Overrated: Rosh Hashana. Underrated: Rush Hashana marathon on VH1 Classic.

I agree. :)

We also learned earlier this week that Neil Peart's tour bus driver Dave and his tour bus - aka Camp Brutus - has been hired out by ABC News to hit the 2008 campaign trail. The bus was given a makeover and will be used for interviews with various candidates around the country over the next few weeks. Dave wrote all about it on his mySpace page.

Yesterday we learned that KnuckleBonz - an online manufacturer of realistic hi-end sculptures of rock stars - have expanded their line to include statues based on album art. The first of these will be a limited edition Rush Starman statue. Sorry ladies, the statue is not anatomically correct. :) They retail for $115 and can be ordered via their website at this link.

The Buddy Rich Memorial Concert is only 2 weeks away. Rehearsals are underway and Cathy Rich recently posted this photo of Neil Peart and her son Nick at rehearsals on her mySpace page. Cathy is Buddy Rich's daughter and Nick Rich will be making his debut at the concert playing with his grandfather's big band. Thanks to Andrew Olson for the heads up.

Speaking of Andy Olson, he recently made a few notable updates to his Neil Peart fansite. He added three new postcards to his Postcards from Neil page and some more drumkits to the Replicas and drum kits inspired by Neil Peart page. He's also trying out some comment features on the main Replicas page, as well as each drumkit page. Now you can vote for your favorite Neil Peart replica kit, and leave comments at the bottom of the page. Cool. Thanks Andy!

Several readers emailed to let me know that Weezer recently played a show in Toronto and paid a little tribute to Rush. At one point in the show drummer Pat Wilson came out front to sing and play guitar and mentioned paying a tribute to the city. He then played the opening riff of Limelight and a bit of The Spirit of the Radio. At that point the bass player started in on Tom Sawyer and they played a bit of that. They finally played some of the opening of Red Barchetta and then broke into the Weezer song Automatic. Here's a YouTube video of part of it (thanks julio).

Triumph - the second best power trio from Canada - recently reunited after a 20-year breakup to play a few dates and are planning on embarking on a full tour next year. They played Rocklahoma over the summer and singer/guitarist Rik Emmett sat down with Glam-metal.com for a video interview which you can check out here. Rik mentions Rush at about the 11-minute mark saying:

... I mean - we love Rush. We all love Rush. Everyone loves Rush. But there's a lot of canoodling and fiddiddling that goes on in that band. It's a part of what they do. And they have to leave the space for that virtuosity of the drummer and the bass player and all that stuff. And Triumph doesn't really have that ...

Canoodling and fiddidling... heh hee. Thanks to Out of the Shock... at Counterparts for the heads up.

Tiles is a progressive rock band out of Detroit whose most recent album Fly Paper has a number of Rush connections. Alex Lifeson plays on the track Sacred and Mundane, the album was produced by Terry Brown, and Hugh Syme did the album art in addition to playing keyboards on 2 tracks. I interviewed guitarist Chris Herin and Terry Brown regarding the album back in February. Tiles will be embarking on a mini-tour of the Great Lakes region in a few weeks. So far they'll be hitting The Ritz in Warren, MI on October 24th and my neck of the woods at the Phantasy Concert Club in Lakewood, OH on November 8th (I'll be there).

Marshall Carlson of NWMissourinews.com lays out his Top 5 Albums Of All Time and Rush's Moving Pictures makes his list. Here's what he had to say:

Simply put, Rush's "Moving Pictures" album is an easy number three. This album is a brilliant display of the fundamental ideas of progressive rock innovation. As an example of their creativity, the instrumental song, "YYZ," was written as a tribute to a Canadian airport? In this album, Geddy Lee, Neil Pert and Alex Lifeson show the world just how good they can be.

Well said.

John at Cygnus-x1.net sent me this chock-full-of-Rush-references article from the Montgomery Advertiser called AUBURN FOOTBALL: Tigers in a rush to post one little victory. The author examines the week in Auburn Football using Rush references galore just because he's been listening to a lot of Rush lately. My kind of guy. I love it.

Toronto-based record store Sam the Record Man closed its doors last year. The store is a Toronto icon and was featured in the video for Subdivisions. It's now owned by Ryerson University. For several decades the store's two giant neon spinning record signs served as a beacon to music lovers shopping on Yonge Street. The iconic sign will be turned on one last time for the city's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival before being taken down and remounted in a new home on the Ryerson campus. Thanks to Sean for the heads up.

Reader JayBird had an interesting Rush experience recently while listening to a Washington DC radio show hosted by Kojo Nnamdi. Kojo sat down with Brian Greene, a professor of physics and author of a new book titled Icarus at the Edge of Time which is about a spaceship's encounter with a black hole. Jay knew right there that he had to call into the show. He has a complete write-up at his blog here.

And I'll leave you with this video of Neil Peart's drum tech Lorne Wheaton setting up Neil's kit prior to the show in Red Rocks this summer (thanks Agent Rush.v2).

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Limited edition Rush Starman statue from Knucklebonz
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Rush Starman statue[Rush 'Starman' Limited Edition Sculpture]

KnuckleBonz is an online company that creates realistic hi-end sculptures of various rock musicians. They are now expanding their line to include statues based on album art. The first of these will be a limited edition Rush Starman statue. From the website's product description:

The Rush 'Starman' Rock Iconz statue is a limited edition collectible, created by KnuckleBonz. The Starman figure stands approximately 9" tall and is painted in a hi-gloss silver paint in front of the red/black star to deliver a 3D version of the iconic Rush logo.

The statue comes with a certificate of authenticity. The figure is officially licensed through Rush and Anthem Entertainment.

KnuckleBonz creates hi-end sculpture that features the most highly influential artist in rock music. The Rush 'Starman' figure is the first interpretation of album art in the KnuckleBonz Rock Iconz Limited Edition Sculpture series.

The statue can be pre-ordered through their website for $115 USD. Only 3000 will be created and limited quantities will be available for the 2008 holiday season. You can check out a bunch of high-res pics of the product at this link. Thanks to Peart#1 for the heads up.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Rush Snakes & Arrows DVD teaser
11:25AM EST | link | comments (56) |

UPDATE - 10/3@7:23AM: The Spirit of Radio has also been uploaded to YouTube. You can watch it here (also included below). Thanks to snowdog2113 for the heads up.

If you watched any of the Rush Hashanah special which aired on VH1 Classic yesterday then you may already be aware that they aired 2 video teasers from the upcoming Snakes & Arrows DVD release; The Spirit of Radio and Far Cry both in their entirety. The Far Cry video has already been uploaded to YouTube and can be seen here (also included below). The DVD will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray on November 25th and is available for pre-order from Amazon and other online vendors. For complete details and tracklisting check out the official press release in this post.

Related Posts:
[Rush Snakes & Arrows DVD official press release]
[Rush Snakes & Arrows Live DVD details]
[Rush Snakes & Arrows Live DVD release date update]
[Rush DVD status update; tentative November 4th release]
[Rush live DVD status?]
[Richard Chycki working on the new Rush live DVD]
[Rotterdam show #2 open thread]
[Rush newsletter: Live DVD filming, Questions for the band, European contest]

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