Archive: Blog Entries from April, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Rush Mobile signed vintage Rush poster contest
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The Rush Mobile store is running a contest where you could win one of 10 signed vintage Rush posters. All you need to do is sign up with Rush Mobile if you aren't already. If you are signed up you're already entered. From the website:

Join Rush Mobile and you could win a piece of Rush history!

In honor of the release of Retrospective III, we are giving fans the opportunity to win signed, vintage Rush posters. ACTUAL vintage posters - not re-prints - all signed by the guys. Click here to see them.

We have ten of them to give away and all you need to do is sign up for Rush mobile between April 30, 2009 and May 15, 2009. On May 18, 2009 we will randomly pick ten winners and let you know via text that you have won.

Already a Rush Mobile member? You're already entered. If not, join today to win.

Good luck.

*on participating US carriers

You can check out the posters at this link and sign up for Rush Mobile here. Thanks to Skip Daly for the heads up.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rush I Love You Man cameo extended video clip
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The Paul Rudd and Jason Segel bro-mantic comedy I Love You Man released over a month ago. The movie is filled with Rush references including a cameo from the band where they perform Limelight during a concert scene. The concert scene in the movie is edited down and only runs a minute or so. But an extended clip of the scene recently found its way online which includes the entire song along with a lot more of the band and of the co-stars rocking out; it runs over 4 minutes. The clip originally appeared on Fandango but it's now up on a few other sites as well. You can check it out at this link or just watch it below.

Thanks to twilightzone for the heads up.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rush Backstage Club new contest, baseball jersey sale
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[Win A Signed Snakes & Arrows CD]

The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win an autographed copy of the Snakes & Arrows CD signed by all three members. The site does not mention when the contest ends.
You can sign up to enter at this link. Thanks to plunge for the heads up. Also, they are running a sale through tomorrow on the vintage 2007 tour baseball jersey; it's only $19.99! This item was originally priced at $99.99 and then reduced to $59.99. Get them while their hot! Thanks to thomas h for the heads up.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Candlebox discusses touring with Rush in recent interview
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Seattle-based rockers Candlebox were guests on the syndicated radio talk show Bubba the Love Sponge this past Friday. You may recall that Candlebox opened several dates for Rush 15 years ago back on the Counterparts tour. At one point in the interview the band were asked who was the coolest band they ever toured with. Here's how they answered:

Rush. The coolest motherfuckers in the world. ... They gave us everything. I mean they were really cool - we used to play wiffle ball with Geddy ...

You can listen to the entire exchange using the player below or at this link.

Thanks to DDog for the clip.

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rush In The Studio with Redbeard interview now online
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As I'd mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Rush were guests on the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard this past week. The program centered on the band's earlier years specifically focusing on the 35th anniversary of the release of the debut album. It runs about 19 minutes and includes interview segments with both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. You can listen to it at this link.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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This past week we got a glimpse of some Rush articles past, present and future. The premier issue of Classic Rock's new quarterly magazine Prog featured an article on Neil Peart where the author Tim Ponting recalls an interview he conducted with Neil back in April of 1988 the morning after a gig at Wembley Arena. You can check out the article scans here. You can also see scans of a new Geddy Lee article in the April 2009 issue of Classic Rock in this post. Yesterday Rush.com posted a sneak peak of the June 2009 cover of DRUM! magazine which will feature Neil Peart answering questions from fans. DRUM! has also opened up online voting for their 2009 Drummie Awards.

Last week the Chicago Tribune ran a big feature on Rush fans on the front page of their Wednesday LIVE! section. The article was well-received by fans and was the subject of several letters to the editor, a few of which they published in Tuesday's edition including this one from RIAB reader malterb:

Thanks for the great story on Rush. My inbox has been flooded all morning from friends sharing the article. I went three times on the last tour-I went with two lawyers, a doctor, a CIO, my friend who owns the restaurant chain Biaggi's (22 locations), an actuary and myself, into computer forensics.
-Bruce Malter, Hawthorn Woods

Details regarding the Rush tribute band concert at RushCon have been released. The concert will be held at C'est What, a new venue located at 67 Front Street E. at Church Street. The show is free for paid RushCon Attendees and $10CND for everyone else. Doors open at 8PM with some musical fun and giveaways and the band (band TBA) hits the stage at 10PM.

Actor Tim Daly was on the Craig Ferguson Show last month and Ferguson brought up Rush in a bizarre context while interviewing him. Daly plays a doctor of alternative medicine on ABC's Private Practice and he mentioned that on the set there is an acupuncture chart for which they have to cover up a certain male acupressure point when filming the show. Craig then suggested they cover up the chart with a Rush poster and kept needling the confused Daly about whether he'd heard of Rush, seen them live, etc. Blue Oyster Cult was mentioned too. You can watch the video on YouTube at this link. Thanks to GhostWorks at Counterparts for the info.

Fans have finally started receiving their signed Retrospective 3 lithographs that came with their Deluxe Fan Pack versions of the CD/DVD set ordered via Rush.com. The lithographs that came with the first 150 of the packs were signed by all 3 members of Rush and reader Jason S scanned his for us. You can check it out here or by clicking the thumbnail.

Paranormal State is a docu-drama reality show on A&E which follows a group of college students who investigate paranormal activity. In a recent episode (season 3, episode 46, The Soul Collector) a Snakes & Arrows poster is seen hanging on a 10-year-old girl 's bedroom wall. :) You can see a screenshot here. Thanks to GhostWorks at Counterparts for the info and the screenshot, and reader RushFanForever for the heads up.

I know that many site readers are Facebook users (me included) and I've mentioned before that there's a Rush Is A Band Facebook group which I set up earlier this year. I've also just started using Twitter as another way to connect with people. You can find me at twitter.com/rushisaband. If you're also a Twitter user, let us know your handle in the comments so we can follow each other. Thanks to between2wheels for the suggestion.

Reader Mitch Ruibal has a weekly radio show called Wealth Wise Radio on San Diego 1700AM Saturday mornings from 11M-Noon. Mitch is a big Rush fan and uses Limelight to introduce their show as well as other Rush songs as their lead-in music. There's also a hidden Rush star-man on their website. Just go to wealthwiseradio.com, click on any of the state links and look in the lower left.

Counterparts member GhostWorks has a MySpace page where he has posted two Rush audio interviews conducted by Visions author Bill Banasiewicz from the Grace Under Pressure period. In the first interview Geddy discusses his keyboards and the second is a short Neil Peart interview. They are listed in the page's player as AAF01 and AAF02. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Reader and photographer Syrinxenator just published his new website which includes a gallery of recent Rush photos. You can check them out here.

Reader Mark W (aka AFarCryfromFBN) wanted me to take a moment to thank all the RIAB members who have supported his effort to raise money for the March of Dimes, March for Babies. The event takes place this Sunday, so please take a moment to check out Mark's site and give if you are able.

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend everybody!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Geddy Lee interview in April 2009 Classic Rock magazine
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Back in mid-February Classic Rock Magazine posted a brief preview of a Geddy Lee interview they conducted that was to be featured in the April 2009 issue of the magazine. The issue hit newsstands last month and reader RushFanForever has obtained scans of the article for us. You can check them out by clicking on the thumbnails above. In the 1-page interview Geddy discusses Retrospective 3, Snakes & Arrows and denies the rumor that their next album will be a concept album, saying that they haven't even discussed the next album yet. Also included is a positive review (7 out of 10) of Retrospective 3 from Dave Ling.

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Neil Peart June 2009 DRUM! Magazine cover feature preview
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Back in February I mentioned that Neil Peart had agreed to answer questions from DRUM! Magazine readers for a cover feature in their June 2009 issue. The email campaign ended on March 15th and the magazine ended up receiving over 1000 responses! Rush.com just posted a preview of the June 2009 cover featuring Neil Peart. You can check it out here or by clicking the thumbnail to your right. The issue hits stands on May 18th. Thanks to lilvictory for the heads up.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Neil Peart 1988 interview featured in new quarterly magazine Prog
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The UK's Classic Rock magazine recently launched a new quarterly magazine dedicated completely to progressive rock called Classic Rock presents Prog. The first issue went on sale March 25th and is described in this blog post. There's one feature on Rush - specifically Neil Peart - where the author Tim Ponting recalls an interview he conducted with Neil back in April of 1988 the morning after a gig at Wembley Arena. You can check out a scan of the article by clicking on the thumbnails above or at this link (thanks to TheAntipop at Counterparts for the scans). The provided link also has scans of articles on Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, Marillion, Jethro Tull and Dream Theater.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

DRUM! Magazine 2009 Drummie Awards
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DRUM! Magazine has opened up online voting for it's 2009 Drummie Awards. You can go vote for Neil Peart at this link. Neil Peart has won the Drummer of the Year award the past 2 years running as well as numerous other awards. I also highly suggest that you write-in NeilPeartDrumsticks.com as the best drummer website for question #15. Owner/operator Michael does a great job with the site and was the driving force behind promoting the signed Neil Peart DW drum head charity auction earlier this year.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Rush inspired handcrafted jewelry for Mother's Day
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Rush-inspired jewelry for Mother's Day from Between Sun and MoonIf you aren't already aware of it, Between Sun & Moon sells handcrafted jewelry inspired by and named after Rush lyrics and is owned and operated by Rush fan and Rush Is A Band reader Katy. Mother's Day is right around the corner (less than 3 weeks away!) and - as she has done several times in the past - Katy is offering an exclusive coupon for Rush is a Band readers. Even if the mother in your life isn't a Rush fan she will be a fan of Rush inspired jewelry by Between Sun & Moon. I've given my wife (definitely not a Rush fan!) a few of Katy's pieces and she absolutely loves them. Custom order Mother's Jewelry for your wife, mother or grandmother with her children's birthstones and names. It's a completely unique gift she will love for a lifetime. Mother's Day is Sunday May 10th, order your custom creations by April 29th and all other designs by May 5th to insure timely delivery. Use discount code RUSHISABAND for Free US Priority Mail shipping on orders $30.00 or more. For orders under $30.00 you can use discount code riab for Free US Standard Mail. All orders outside the US will receive an equivalent discount off Global shipping with these codes. Thanks Katy!

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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This past week's news was dominated by Wednesday's big Chicago Tribune feature on Rush fans. The article appeared on the front page of the LIVE! section with the title Rush fans make their way out of the woodwork: After 35 years of criticism, Rush is now considered cool. The article spoke about how it is now considered cool to be a Rush fan. Alex Lifeson along with several prominent Rush fans were interviewed for the piece such as TBS sports announcer Chip Caray (grandson of legendary Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray) and SuperBad director Greg Mottola. Some regular fans were interviewed as well including RIAB member Chris Schneberger (aka cschnebe) who was featured in a couple of photographs with the article (see the scans above). The article also makes mention of the fact that Rush fans seem to be disproportionately made up of engineers, chemists, economists and businessmen. Count world-renowned organic chemist and Princeton University professor Erik Sorensen among this group. In the March 9 issue of Chemical Engineering News Sorensen is profiled:

... "When he's not out for a jog or dreaming up creative chemistry, Sorensen tends to another hobby - playing the drums. "Loud and fast," he specifies. Though he enjoys many styles of music, he's partial to the work of Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush."

Thanks to Louis B for the heads up.

Rush's recent slew of movie appearances/references (Adventureland, Fanboys, I Love You Man) is also discussed in this National Post article titled Hollywood rushes back to the 80s. Thanks to Cygnus2k for the link.

Earlier today I informed you that the new Vertical Horizon album which features Neil Peart playing drums on 3 tracks as well as lyricist on one track will finally see the light of day. Neil recorded the tracks nearly 3 years ago but the album had been on hold for various reasons. It's called Burning The Days and is due to be released sometime this summer. For details check out this post.

We celebrated the 25th anniversary of Rush's 10th studio album Grace Under Pressure this past Sunday. In celebration of this momentous event, I thought I'd ask you all what your favorite song off the album is. So take the Poll and let us know.

Also on the subject of Grace Under Pressure, Geddy Lee's recent interview with Jewish magazine Heeb reminded us all about how Geddy's parents were Holocaust survivors and that this was the inspiration for the song Red Sector A. Scott Benarde is the author of the 2003 book Stars of David: Rock 'n' Roll's Jewish Stories and one of the songs he features in his talks about the Holocaust to high school students is Red Sector A as described in this recent Palm Beach Post article.

On a sad note, Geddy's father-in-law John McCowan Young passed away this past week at the age of 90. Mr. Young was the father of both Geddy's wife Nancy and former Rush member Lindy Young. Our condolences go out to Nancy, Lindy, Geddy and all of their family. Thanks to RUSHGIRL for the news.

Rush will be guests on the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard next week. They'll be discussing the 35th anniversary of the release of the debut album which I had posted about a couple of weeks ago. You can listen to a short preview of the interview at this link. For a list of stations and air times go here. The interview should also be posted up on the show's website at some point the week after it airs. Speaking of Rush's 35th anniversary, in my last poll I asked you what your favorite early unreleased Rush song was; Bad Boy, Can't Fight It, Fancy Dancer, Garden Road or Not Fade Away. The overwhelming winner was Garden Road with over half of the vote. Coming in a respectable second with 22% was Not Fade Away. The complete results can be viewed here.

Continuing on the 35th anniversary theme, John over at Cygnus-X1.net recently posted a bunch of old Rush articles from the 1974-5 era that were sent in by a reader:

Rush: Deadly Serious About Their Music [page 1] [page 2]
Article from Eye Magazine, March 21st, 1974

Rush Rock Sound Crisp and Strong [link]
Album review from The Ottawa Citizen, May 30th, 1974

Rush Hot On Circuit [link]
Article in Billboard Magazine, October 19th, 1974

A Rush of Sound [cover] [page 1] [page 2]
Article from Music Canada Quarterly March, 1975

Rush [link]
Album review from Geoff Barton

Rush: Pebbles & Bam-Bam in Alphavill [cover] [page 1] [page 2]
Article from Creem, March, 1976

Several folks emailed about how the Rush.com site has put up a link to a new Alex Lifeson interview from Premier Guitar magazine. The article has actually been online for over a month now and I put up a post about it back in March. If you haven't checked it out yet, give it a read - it's a good article.

In today's Wall Street Journal actress and hardcore New York Mets fan Julia Stiles reports on opening day at the Mets' new stadium Citi Field. She mentions Rush at one point:

... The beer lines are slower because they insist on pouring it for you, but the only place you'll find a quicker ladies room is at a Rush concert -- I know from experience. ...

So does that mean she's a Rush fan? Or that she was dragged to a concert by a boyfriend? :) Thanks to dmowry for the heads up.

Reader Butch W let me know that Rush gets a mention in this Rolling Stone article regarding the fact Yes will be teaming up with fellow progsters Asia for a tour this summer.

April 2009 MojoEarlier this week we got to see scans of a Geddy Lee interview in the April 2009 edition of Mojo magazine. He was interviewed for their A Record That Changed My Life feature where he discussed the impact that the first Led Zeppelin album had on him as well his first Led Zeppelin show in 1969.

Geoff Tate of progressive metal band Queensryche was the featured guest on last Saturday's episode of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show. Geoff paid homage to Rush as he was introduced and had several kind words to say about the boys. For all the details and to see the video check out this post.

The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a signed, hardcover edition of Neil Peart's first book The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa. The contest closes on April 26th, 2009 and you can sign up to enter at this link.

A couple of years ago I made mention of Minnesota-based jazz trio The Bad Plus and how they are known for performing jazz covers of well-known rock songs including Rush's Tom Sawyer (which appeared on their 2007 album PROG). Here's a link containing video of a concert the trio performed last summer at the 10,000 Lakes Festival in Minnesota. You'll have to click on Tom Sawyer on the player to the right to see the song. Thanks to Brent for the heads up.

According to Blabbermouth.net Canadian hard rockers Helix will play a benefit concert for the S.P.C.A. (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in Strathroy, Ontario on Friday, September 11. Prior to the show there will be will be an auction of various items that are being donated by fellow rockers including a drum skin signed by Rush.

Rush is mentioned in this Louisville Music Examiner article titled Glaring omissions from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here's what they had to say:

Never much of a band for hit singles (and no, Geddy Lee's Take Off with Bob and Doug Mackenzie Brothers doesn't count), this Canadian band has always sold albums with ease to the tune of 24 gold records. Their most recent album, Snakes & Arrows, debuted at #3 on the US charts, and its subsequent tour placed them in the top 10 profitable touring acts in 2007 and 2008. Like them or not, Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart are three outstanding musicians. OK, so the complex song structure. Lee's voice, and the length of their tunes may shy you away from them, but they are a quality band who is still relevant thirty-five years after their first release. (Oh and like you've never made that Spirit of Radio guitar sound with your voice. Right) Needless to say they are in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, but that's a little like winning the Grey Cup and not the Super Bowl.

LanceTheShred sent me this link to a humorous t-shirt you can buy online which aims to educate the public about the difference between the good Rush and the bad Rush. :)

Speaking of LanceTheShred, the RatCon 2009 website has been updated. Of note is that registration closes on May 22nd (registration is limited to 100 people) and the official RatCon hotel of choice is the Days Inn in Glen Burnie which is offering a special rate of $99. For all the details go to the RatCon 2009 website.

Also on the subject of Rush gatherings, RushCon 2009 is less than 100 days away! To take advantage of the special rate at the Days Inn downtown you need to make reservations by June 24th, and online/mail-in registration closes on July 15th. For all the details visit the RushCon website.

As mentioned above, last Sunday was Grace Under Pressure's 25th anniversary. The album's first single was Distant Early Warning which hit #1 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. Here's a video clip from MTV's premier showing of the song's video where VJ Mark Goodman provides some trivia about the video shoot (the video itself has been edited out).

Have a great weekend everyone!

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New Vertical Horizon album featuring Neil Peart due out this summer
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Neil Peart with Vertical HorizonAlmost three years ago now, Neil Peart let us all know about a side project he was working on involving his friend Matt Scannell and Matt's band Vertical Horizon in one of his News updates on his website. Neil and Matt had become friends when Neil moved to Los Angeles as he describes in his two most recent books Roadshow and Travelling Music. Neil contributed the lyrics to a Vertical Horizon song titled Even Now and also played drums on three tracks for the band's next album as Matt describes in this interview from back in 2007. That album was put on hold for a long time for various reasons but will finally see the light of day. It's titled Burning The Days and will be released sometime this summer although there's no hard date set as of yet. It's not known exactly what songs Neil Peart plays drums on, but you can view a tracklisting at this link. One track titled All Is Said And Done can be heard on the band's MySpace page, and the track Save Me From Myself is featured on Alternative Addiction's First Listen playlist at this link.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Alex Lifeson interviewed for Chicago Tribune feature on Rush fans
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[Rush fans make their way out of the woodwork: After 35 years of criticism, Rush is now considered cool]

UPDATE - 4/15@10:56AM: Reader gag2man sent these partial scans of the article which include the photos of Chris with his really cool RushCon 7 shirt. Chris is now internet famous. :)

UPDATE - 4/15@10:39AM: John over at Cygnus-X1.net pointed out that there's also a side article titled Cover band chronicles Rush's hits which profiles the Rush tribute band Chronicles. And the fan pictured/interviewed in the main article is RIAB member Chris Schneberger (aka cschnebe). Chris actually gave me a heads up to watch for this article last week. Very cool.

As any reader of this website already knows, Rush is popping up everywhere in pop culture lately. They were featured in Rolling Stone, were guests on The Colbert Report, have appeared in and been referenced in several recent movies, are getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, will be featured in an upcoming documentary, etc. The list goes on and on. In today's Chicago Tribune Rush is featured on the front page of the LIVE! section for an article titled Rush fans make their way out of the woodwork: After 35 years of criticism, Rush is now considered cool. The article talks about how it is now considered cool to be a Rush fan and interviews several prominent Rush fans such as TBS sports announcer Chip Caray, grandson of legendary Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Caray:

... "I'm a fan of Rush, to put it mildly. I tell people, and they go, 'Really?' which is sad. How many hate what they do? [Rush enjoys] what they do. One song goes, 'The pride of purpose in an unrewarding job.' I'm a 44-year-old who quotes Rush-so be it. I'm proud to be a fan, and I don't mind saying it. We're everywhere now." ...

and SuperBad director Greg Mottola:

... "The Rush fan is a serious guy," said Mottola, who also directed "Superbad." "He has a fervor in his eyes. I have a vivid memory of a Rush guy doing a drum solo at my high school talent show and taking more time than anyone needed. But Rush inspires that kind of ... insistence. They have this unswerving integrity, and it's translated to some fans into a sort of religion." ...

The article also includes a few Alex Lifeson interview snippets:

... Alex Lifeson, Rush's guitarist, said he has noticed that fans who grew up with Rush seem "a little more detail-oriented in their professional lives." He said, in middle age, they seem disproportionately made up of engineers, chemists, economists and businessmen.

"Just yesterday I got an e-mail from an astronaut," Lifeson said. "A guy up in the space station. He brought a copy of our last album with him into space. I mean, this is amazing. You know how many Rush fans there are within NASA? A lot. I'll leave it at that. And I'm not just talking about the guys out in the field. Our fans are inside, close to the big programs. They run everything." ...

... Everyone is a nerd these days. "We've only had to wait 35 years for this to happen," Lifeson said. Tolkien is mainstream. Comic book movies are the new westerns. And the idea of an 18-minute song called "Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres" would not seem out of place on a new Kanye album. "To be honest," Lifeson said, "I'm not listening to music like I was when I was in the '70s. And when I do, you know who's really great? I'd rather listen to Radiohead. Everything else-who has the patience?"

There's also a side article titled Rush: Your Questions Answered. Thanks to PDH for the heads up.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New contest at the Rush Backstage Club
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[Win A Masked Rider signed by Neil Peart]

The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a signed, hardcover edition of Neil Peart's first book The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa. The contest closes on April 26th, 2009 and you can sign up to enter at this link. Thanks to plunge for the heads up. Speaking of Neil Peart, go vote for him!

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Rush on In The Studio with Redbeard next week
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Rush will be guests on the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard next week. They'll be discussing the 35th anniversary of the release of the debut album which I had posted about a couple of weeks ago. You can listen to a short preview of the interview at this link. For a list of stations and air times go here. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Queensryche's Geoff Tate pays homage to Rush on That Metal Show
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Geoff Tate of progressive metal band Queensryche was the featured guest on the latest episode of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show. When Geoff was introduced he walked out to the stage and before sitting down asked the hosts if the chair he was about to sit in was where Alex Lifeson sat. Alex and Geddy were guests on the show back in late December. Host Eddie Trunk mentioned this and remarked at how honored they were to have them as guests. Tate then said maybe I should use another chair. He then patted the chair and said it's like ... godly and proceeded to bow his head with arms raised. After finally sitting down he had this to say:

Rush is one of those bands that really shaped our band when we were first starting out. You know - 2112, Caress of Steel. Those albums were the thing that we were all about ...

You can watch the video at the VH1 Classic website here. Thanks to malterb for the heads up.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy 25th anniversary Grace Under Pressure!
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UPDATE - 4/12@7:37PM: Reader Will C provided a clip from MTV's premier showing of the Distant Early Warning video where VJ Mark Goodman provides some trivia about the video shoot (the video itself has been edited out). You can check out the clip at this link and I've also included it down below the music video.

25 years ago today on April 12th, 1984, Rush released their 10th studio album Grace Under Pressure. The album marked a turning point in Rush's career in that it was the first album where the band used a producer other than Terry Brown, namely Peter Henderson. It was recorded in late 1983 and early 1984 at Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec. Grace Under Pressure peaked at #10 on the Billboard charts and was certified Platinum on June 26, 1984. The album's first single was Distant Early Warning which hit #1 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. Here's the video:

Here's the MTV premier clip:

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Geddy Lee Mojo Magazine interview
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April 2009 MojoIn yesterday's updates post I'd mentioned that Geddy Lee is in the April 2009 edition of Mojo magazine for their A Record That Changed My Life feature on page 27. Geddy discusses the impact that the first Led Zeppelin album had on him as well his first Led Zeppelin show in 1969. Reader RushFanForever got his hands on a scan of the article which you can check out by clicking on the thumbnail above or this link.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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The big news of the past week was Metallica's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech this past Saturday night. James Hetfield gave a shout-out to Rush and several other hard rock bands that have been neglected by the Rock Hall. You can watch the video and check out all the details in this post. On a related note, Rush is included on Time Magazine's list of the Top 10 Rock Hall of Fame Snubs (thanks Greg M). Here's what they said about Rush:

Rolling Stone has called Rush fans the "Trekkies" of rock - they defend their Canadian rock heroes vehemently. The band certainly has carved out a place in rock history. With 24 consecutive gold or platinum albums, they trail only The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Aerosmith. But commercial success belies a career that took the occasional wrong turn. Critics cite the band's over-fascination with synthesizers in the 1980s, but fans say the period is simply proof that Rush doesn't care about convention. That independent streak might keep Rush from the Hall, but it doesn't seem to bother them in the slightest - guitarist Alex Lifeson called the Hall selection process a "joke."

Also on the subject of the Rock Hall, The Washington Times recently ran a story titled Top 5: Critically Neglected Mainstreamers. Rush made their list at #3 and they referenced Hetfield's Rock Hall induction speech:

Per Mr. Hetfield: Thetrio has flown under the critical radar for 40 years, beginning as Canada's answer to Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath and morphing into a group of improbably popular prog-rock superstars. Their success (countless gold albums, numerous hit singles) has been achieved by their own lights, and their drummer, Neil Peart, is an Ayn Rand-inspired libertarian. What's not to like?

Monday we got to see a short interview with Alex Lifeson from the May issue of Guitar World, and also learned of a new contest at the Rush Backstage Club to win a R30 tour Stuttgart poster.

Saltyrockz.com has made available another batch of Rush-themed t-shirts; one for each member of the band. You can check out the details in this post. And Alfred Music Publishing announced the release of a new drum transcription songbook for Rush's 1976 classic album 2112.

Earlier this week Power Windows reported that Warner Music Japan will be reissuing Rush's first 12 studio albums as Mini-LP Super High Material CDs (SHM-CDs) this coming June. Although these are not remastered recordings, the SHM-CDs supposedly improve the original audio quality through use of new plastic materials and will play in any CD player. The CDs will be packaged as mini-lps in cardboard sleeves, faithfully reproducing the original LP's style and artwork.

This past week the 2009 Major League Baseball season kicked off. Extreme baseball fan Geddy Lee took his usual perch behind home plate at the Toronto Blue Jays home opener this past Monday as shown in this photo at Yahoo! Sports (thanks RushFanForever). Toronto won that game 12-5.

April 2009 MojoGeddy Lee is in the April 2009 edition of Mojo magazine for their A Record That Changed My Life feature on page 27. Geddy discusses the impact that the first Led Zeppelin album had on him as well his first Led Zeppelin show in 1969. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

MSN's InMusic has a feature this week where they pay salute to several Canadian artists in a photo gallery, one of which is Rush. Check it out here. Thanks to ou812112 for the heads up.

Rush seems to have won WDVE's Greatest Band Ever contest that myself and several RIAB readers have been pushing, but I have yet to see any official announcement. They have closed voting but not updated the bracket.

Wave Mechanics Union is a full orchestral jazz covers project that included a jazz version of Rush's Available Light on their 2008 CD Second Season. They are currently deciding what their next jazz cover should be and are running a poll over at their website. Three Rush songs are in the running; Here Again, Vital Signs and Ghost Rider. Vital Signs is currently out in front. To place your vote go to this link. Thanks to 1-2-bucklemyshoe for the heads up.

Back in the Spring of 2007 when Rush's Snakes & Arrows album was released, one review of the album by Fox News entertainment/gossip columnist Roger Friedman really stoked the anger of many a Rush fan. Here's the review:

Rush is back. The big hair, fake falsetto heavy metal group that made the 1980s so irrelevant musically sold 84,000 copies for Atlantic Records last week with a new album called "Snakes & Arrows." Never underestimate the low standards of the buying public, I guess. Journey, Poison, shoulder pads and perms shouldn't be too far behind at this rate.

Well guess what? What comes around goes around. This guy lost his job last week for downloading an illegal copy of the new Wolverine movie and posting a review of it. You can read the story here. Karma is a bitch. Thanks to Stephen H for the heads up.

Reader MainMonkeyButler pointed me to this weekly prog-rock podcast called Capes and Lasers. This week's episode focuses almost entirely on 2112.

Apparently there's an apartment over the offices of Anthem at 189 Carlton St. in Toronto and - better yet - it's for rent! Reader Patrick W noticed a rental sign out front of the building on his streetcar commute. It looks like they have a 2 bedroom unit for rent. :)

Reader/blogger Jaybird recently put up a Rush-themed post which laments the demise of Washington's 94.7 Classic Rock radio station. The station recently decided to change its format to contemporary pop.

I have another old Rush magazine scan courtesy Kevin B. This one is an article from the April, 1983 issue of Circus Magazine. Alex Lifeson is interviewed from a show at Madison Square Garden on the Signals tour. You can check out the scans by clicking the thumbnails above.

And I leave you this week with this video of a Rush press conference in Helsinki at the tail end of the first leg of the Snakes & Arrows tour (thanks DigitalMan745):

Have a great weekend everybody!

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New 2112 drum transcription book from Alfred Music Publishing
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[Alfred Music Publishing Releases Two Epic Rock Songbooks for Drums: Led Zeppelin's Mothership and Rush's 2112]

UPDATE - 4/8@3:20PM: Speaking of drums, vote for Neil Peart!

Alfred Music Publishing have just announced the release of a new drum transcription songbook for Rush's 1976 classic album 2112. From the press release:

... Alfred expands their Classic Album Editions songbooks for drums with 2112 by Rush, the band's fourth album. Rush's earliest commercially successful hit, 2112 is considered to be their first true "classic" album. With a unique blend of heavy rock and progressive rock, Rush crafted a true masterpiece in the seven-movement suite "2112," a concept piece with lyrics by Neil Peart that tells the story of a futuristic society controlled by technology. Titles: 2112, A Passage to Bangkok, The Twilight Zone, Lessons, Tears and Something for Nothing. ...

The book retails for $14.95 and can be ordered through the Alfred Publishing site or from Amazon.com. Thanks to BW&BK for the heads up.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Saltyrockz.com Rush t-shirts available this week
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UPDATE - 4/8@7:26AM: Owner/operator of Saltyrockz.com and former rock journalist Howard Johnson (aka Hojo) also just put up a Rush-themed post at the Saltyrockz blog. This time he tackles the subject of Rush embroidery and denim jackets. Check it out here.

Last month - partly due to a push from RIAB readers - online rock t-shirt store Saltyrockz.com released their first Rush-themed t-shirt. The shirt depicts a red Rush Star with the names Geddy, Alex, Neil superimposed over it which you can check out here. Due to the great response they got from this shirt, they've decided to roll out 3 more Rush shirts this week - one for each member of the band. Each shirt has a silhouette of the band member superimposed over the Rush Star. Today the Geddy Lee shirt was released, Thursday will be Alex Lifeson's turn and Neil Peart on Saturday, April 11th. You can check out images of the three designs by clicking on the above thumbnails. To place your order and to see all of the other rock t-shirts available just go to Saltyrockz.com.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

New contest at the Rush Backstage Club
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Stuttgart Gig Poster[Win A 30th Anniversary Stuttgart Gig Poster]

UPDATE - 4/7@12:45PM: Vote for Rush! :)

The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a 30th anniversary Stuttgart tour poster. From the website:

This is the Gig Poster that hung on the walls in the Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany! September 19th 2004. It is 24" x 36". This is from the 30th Anniversary Tour. This contest closes at the end of the day April 12th, 2009. Our system only accepts one entry per email address.

You can sign up to enter the contest at this link. Thanks to plunge for the heads up.

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Short Alex Lifeson interview in May Guitar World
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I mentioned in an Updates post earlier last month that there was a short interview with Alex Lifeson in the May 2009 issue of Guitar World magazine. Reader RushFanForever got his hands on a scan of the article which you can check out by clicking on the thumbnails. It's a one-page interview where Alex talks briefly about Retrospective 3.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Metallica mentions Rush in Rock Hall induction speech
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Last night heavy metal pioneers Metallica were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Public Hall in Cleveland, OH by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In the run-up to the ceremony both guitarist Kirk Hammett and frontman James Hetfield have consistently mentioned Rush among the bands that they think also deserve to be inducted. They continued this refrain last night during their acceptance speech when James Hetfield gave Rush and other neglected hard rock bands such as Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple a nod. You can watch the video here:

In a pre-show interview Kirk Hammett echoed his choice of Rush as the band that he would choose for induction (thanks Jim):

In a perfect world, I would say Rush. They are one of the most consistent yet overlooked bands around. The amount of power and noise that they create out of just three musicians is really amazing. There's no one like them. Rush is like a combination of a Phillip K. Dick novel and Cream (laughter). When they came out, they were in between Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and us. They are so influential in the rock world. I hope that the people who vote for this stuff get the band in there soon, because they deserve it. If they do get voted in someday, I would be interested in being the person actually inducting them that night (laughter).

Thanks to everyone who emailed me the news. I was away from my computer for the past couple of days, so I couldn't post anything until this evening. For more videos from the induction ceremony check out this post at Blabbermouth.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 4/3@12:29PM: The 3 lucky book winners are Eric S, Kelly D and Kevin C. Thanks for playing! :)

The theme of the past week seems to have been Rush History 101. We celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Moon Records release of Rush's debut album, uncovered an old photo of Rush as Hadrian from 1969, cleared up some misconceptions regarding another old Rush photo, and I April Fooled you all with my pre-1974 Rush videos post. Continuing on that early Rush theme, Michael of NeilPeartDrumsticks.com just sent me yet another old picture of Rush with Mitch Bossi which also looks like it was taken during the same shoot as the photo discussed in my previous post. You can check it out at this link or click on the thumbnail above. On the subject of early Rush, I thought for my next poll I'd ask you which of Rush's early unreleased (not on an album at least) tracks is your favorite. The tracks are Bad Boy, Can't Fight It, Fancy Dancer, Garden Road and Not Fade Away. If you've never heard these before you can give them a listen using the player below. Then take the Poll and let us know which one you like the best.

Earlier this week Neil Peart updated the News Page on his website,
discussing time recently spent at his retreat in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec. He describes the recent installation of a cell phone tower close to his home there, and curses the intrusion of technology to his soulscape. He calls the red light from the tower the eye of satan and chronicles a quest he and his neighbor went on last winter to see the tower up close, complete with several beautiful photographs. You can read the the entire thing and check out the photos at this link.

It's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction time once again; the induction ceremony takes place this weekend at Public Hall in Cleveland, OH. MSNBC posted a great article earlier this week titled Why the Rock Hall says: No Rush for you! by Tony Sclafani which discusses the snubbing of Rush and other progressive rock acts by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame selection committee. There's also this poll at Newsvine asking the question Do bands like Rush belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?. You know the answer - go vote! (thanks to Power Windows for the heads up) And I highly suggest you read this article at Fox News that does a wonderful job of explaining the important distinction between the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation - the entity which selects inductees every year - and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum itself.

Wednesday was April Fools' Day and I hoodwinked many of you with my Rare pre-1974 Rush videos post. Buffalo's 97 Rock got in on the action with an April Fools' joke of their own which was centered around Rush. They reported that Rush played a surprise show at the old Buffalo Memorial Auditorium (which is in the process of being demolitioned) on March 31st. You can check out the article at this link.

On Wednesday we got to see a fantastic new interview with Geddy Lee in the latest Heeb magazine. Yesterday we were treated by RushFanForever to some scans of Geddy Lee's recent feature in Spin magazine. Reader PhillyMike let me know that Geddy is also mentioned in this week's Entertainment Weekly Bullseye section. Geddy is pictured as on target along with this caption:

The revival of Rush: Bullseye wishes he paid more attention in the '80s instead of being weirded out by all the guys in high school who tried to grow Geddy Lee hair.

You can check out a scan of the feature here or by clicking on the thumbnail above (thanks Kelly D for the scan). In the same issue, there's a letter to the editor from a reader asking where she could get one of the wines that Geddy mentioned he liked in his EW interview that ran a couple weeks ago. It turns out that only one barrel of the wine was made by the restaurant owner, who gives it only to important people.

The Rush-reference-filled movie I Love You Man - which features a cameo from Rush themselves - continued to do well in its 2nd week of release coming in 4th place with 12.6 million. Today sees the release of yet another film which contains a Rush reference. Adventureland is a comedy set in the summer of 1987 which centers around a recent college grad who takes a job at his local amusement park. The trailer for the film features Rush's Limelight although there's no Rush on the soundtrack (unlike the I Love You Man soundtrack), and there's a character in the film who is a Rush-obsessed park employee.

A couple weeks ago Harmonix - the makers of the popular Rock Band video game - announced that they'd be releasing a Rock Band Classic Rock Edition this coming May 19th which will include 2 Rush tracks; Closer to the Heart and Red Barchetta. Both tracks had already been made available for individual download last year. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

Thanks to Sean, I finally have the final sales numbers in for the 2008 Snakes & Arrows tour! The dates that had been missing were the western Canada dates along with Indianapolis, Atlanta and Milwaukee. I also updated the tour page. Here they are:

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park - Alpharetta, GA - July 22 - 10,559/12,000 - $701,025

Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis, IN - July 24 - 9,987/24,000 - $445,652

Marcus Amphitheater Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Summerfest - June 27 - 11,272/25000 - $787,005

GM Place - The Garage - Vancouver, B.C. - May 29 - 10,150/14,000 - $589,540 CDN

Rexall Place - Edmonton, Alb - May 27 - 8,779/11,250 - $496,569 CDN

Brandt Centre - Regina, SK - May 25 - 5,548/6,186 - $375,778 CDN

MTS Center - Winnipeg, MB - May 24 - 7,802/10,333 - $419,459 CDN

A World Without Divide: The Night Sarah Came Home is a science-fiction novel from first time author William Joseph which came out this past November. The book focuses on a group of college students who manage to survive a cataclysmic event in the near future brought about by a multi-national, governmental social-conditioning experiment called the Utopia Project whose leaders intend to re-populate and inhabit Earth with perfectly-conditioned members of their utopian society. You can learn more about the book and read a short excerpt at this link. The story has many parallels with Ayn Rand's Anthem and Rush's 2112 story, so the author thought I might enjoy it and was kind enough to send me a copy. Being both a science-fiction fan and Rush fan I really enjoyed it. He's offered to give away 3 more free copies to anyone who is interested - just shoot me an email. The first 3 people to email me get the books! The books have been spoken for!

AskMen.com have a feature up on their website titled 5 Things You Didn't Know: Rush. Thanks to robertkincaid96 for the heads up.

Several classic rock stations across the nation are conducting their annual March Madness battle of the bands competitions. Rush has made it to the Elite 8 in WDVE's Greatest Band Ever bracket. They are currently up against The Who. You know what to do. And UK magazine NME is running a greatest drummer poll where you can vote for Neil Peart. Thanks to Graham T for the heads up.

A few weeks ago I let you know that SaltyRockz t-shirts had released their first Rush t-shirt; a Rush star with the names Geddy, Alex, Neil overlain. You can check it out at this link. Next week they'll be releasing 3 more t-shirts; one for each member of the band. Here's a teaser image of the Geddy design.

I'll leave you this week with this rare, pre-1974 live video of Rush performing The Who's Won't Get Fooled Again:

Have a great weekend everybody!

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Geddy Lee Spin magazine feature
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A couple of weeks ago I let you know that Geddy Lee is featured in the April issue of Spin magazine for their In My Room feature. It's a two-page story titled Rush's Geddy Lee Invites us to pull up a chair in his Toronto study. There's a large picture of Geddy and his dog sitting in his study with captions where Geddy describes some of the more notable items he keeps in the room such as his Order of Canada medal and his first Fender bass. Reader RushFanForever has provided us with a scan of the article which you can check out by clicking on the thumbnails above.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Geddy Lee interview in Heeb magazine
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Geddy Lee in Heeb[A Show of Hands: Rock Heavyweight Geddy Lee]

Now that I've had my fun for the day, here's a real post. The latest issue of the Jewish magazine Heeb (issue #20) contains a great new interview with Geddy Lee which includes several humorous photos of Geddy mugging for the camera. Along with several run-of-the-mill interview subjects, Geddy discusses what it was like growing up Jewish and the role of Judaism in his life. When asked what Rush songs he relates to the most, he answers:

There are two specific songs on Roll The Bones (1991) that really get me-one of them is 'Dreamline.' I love the spirit of that song and the way Neil captures that feeling of wanderlust and invulnerability that comes in a particular trying time in your life. The other song is 'Bravado,' a totally romantic song and also an encouraging song about not holding back and being brave. I think going out on a limb and being contradictory to your inherent personality is a huge thing to do. Maybe that's why I feel connected to that.

When asked how long he can keep up being a rock star, Geddy states:

It's a question I asked myself all the time, but now I don't. Now I go with the flow. The day that we can no longer squeeze a new idea out of these old bones that's the day I pack it in.

You can read the entire interview at this link. Thanks to robertkincaid96 for the heads up.

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Rare pre-1974 Rush videos found ... APRIL FOOLS!
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UPDATE - 4/1@10:35PM: I hope you all enjoyed my little joke. Thanks for being good sports about it. :)

Later this year filmmakers Sam Duun and Scot McFadden will be releasing their much-anticipated Rush documentary. In the course of collecting material for the documentary, they have uncovered several pre-1974 Rush videos that have never been released to the public. Among these is a live recording of Rush playing a gig in the early 70s along with several home movies dating as far back as 1969. The live video is from an appearance opening for Stryken at the Xanadu Star Theater in Cleveland, OH in the summer of 1971 where the band performs a cover of The Who's Won't Get Fooled Again. In order to promote the documentary, the filmmakers have posted a short preview video online which you can check out at this location or by using the player below. For all the details regarding this rare footage and how it may be used in the documentary go to this link.


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