Archive: Blog Entries from June, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rebroadcast of Neil Peart Drum Channel live chat now available
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[Rebroadcast of DC LIVE with Neil Peart, Doane Perry and Terry Bozzio]

Bozzio, Perry, PeartA couple of weeks ago on Thursday, June 18th the Drum Channel's DC Live program hosted a live chat with Neil Peart, Doane Perry (Jethro Tull) and Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa). The trio chatted about drumming and answered some fan questions for about an hour and a half and then performed an unbelievable half-hour drum jam session. If you missed the show the first time around or want to watch it a again, you can do so at the Drum Channel website here. Thanks to AFarCryfromFBN for the heads up.

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Happy 5th anniversary Feedback!
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5 years ago yesterday Rush released their 8-song EP Feedback which featured the band covering songs that were influential for the band members during the 1960's. The album was released in celebration of the band's 30th anniversary and the tour in support of the album was dubbed the R30: 30th Anniversary Tour. On the tour Rush performed The Seeker, Heart Full of Soul, Crossroads and Summertime Blues from the album. Feedback peaked at #19 on the Billboard album charts.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Neil Peart news update: Neil's going to be a father again!
8:04AM EST | link | comments (95) |

Neil Peart[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: June, 2009 - Under the Marine Layer]

Neil Peart has once again updated the News page on his website, describing some recent hiking/sightseeing trips in Southern California and focusing on one particular boat trip to Santa Cruz Island with Craiggie - an old hometown friend from St. Catharines, Ontario (where Neil grew up) who Neil happened to cross paths with in Southern California. He also has a little to say regarding Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill:

... With a nice long stretch of time at home in Southern California this year, I have been able to work on a good flow of prose writing, especially for the new cooking department, Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill....

But the real gem of this particular update is buried within Neil's usual prose about two-thirds into the update:

... At the same time, under that same marine layer, my wife Carrie was seven months pregnant. [Pause for sharp intake of breath and shiver of apprehension.] Our baby was growing and kicking, protected and insulated in its own oceanic fluid, its own marine layer. The anxious (not to say terrified) father kind of wished the baby could stay there, safe from harm, and not have to embark upon a life of menace and potential tragedy. He had lost before, and probably couldn't stand to lose again. People kept saying it was going to be all right, and he tried to keep telling himself that. Even in the June Gloom. ...

Neil and his wife Carrie are pregnant and look to be expecting baby sometime later this summer! As a Rush fan who watched helplessly from afar as Neil went through the dual tragedies of losing his only daughter Selena and wife Jackie over a decage ago, it's really wonderful to see that Neil has come to a place in his healing process where he is ready to be a father again. I know I don't typically get very emotional here, but I have to admit that I tear came to my eye when I read this latest update. A big congratulations to Carrie and Neil. It's not clear at this time how this big bit of news will affect any plans for Rush in the upcoming year, but my guess is that it may understandably delay things a little. We'll see. But for right now I feel nothing but joy for Neil and family. :)

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Although there was no major Rush news this past week, there were a whole bunch of minor items to report. On Saturday we learned about a new Rush and Philosophy book that's in the works, and on Monday I let you know about yet another Rush-themed t-shirt from Saltyrockz.com that will be released today. On Tuesday the Japanese Rush Mini-LP SHM-CDs of the band's first 12 albums were released, and we got a video preview of the Drum Channel's Neil Peart Master Class. On Wednesday we learned of a new feature called Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill which is coming soon to NeilPeart.net, we were alerted that Sirius/XM radio's The Boneyard will be conducting a Rush Interactive Weekend starting today at 6PM EST, and we found out about the latest contest at the Rush Backstage Club. And last but not least, the 2009 International Digital Media Alliance Excellence Awards took place Wednesday night at the Luxe Hotel in Beverly Hills and Rush's Snakes & Arrows Live took home the Excellence in Disc Audio (Blu Ray Disc) award.

As I'd mentioned above, Sirius/XM's The Boneyard will be featuring a Rush Interactive Countdown Weekend starting this evening at 6PM EST and running through the weekend. You can vote for your favorite Rush song by dropping them an email at Boneyard@siriusxm.com, then the Boneyard air staff will count down the top Rush songs all weekend.

It seems that Geddy Lee is currently taking a much-deserved vacation in Africa right now according to this article in the Toronto Star on Larry Walker's induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Earlier this week Warner Music Japan reissued Rush's first 12 studio albums along with Retrospective 1 and Retrospective 2 as Mini-LP Super High Material CDs (SHM-CDs). Although these are not remastered recordings, the SHM-CDs supposedly improve the original audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic and will play in any CD player. SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. The CDs are packaged as mini-lps in cardboard sleeves, faithfully reproducing the original LP's style and artwork. You can check out some closeup images of all the mini-lp artwork compared to the original LPs at this link.

The song A Nightmare to Remember off of the new Dream Theater album Black Clouds & Silver Linings contains the lyric the air is thick and still. Dream Theater are huge Rush fans so this is likely a nod to Rush's Witch Hunt. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

The makers of Rock Band are teaming up with Pepsi and MTV for a promotion involving Rock Band giveaways along with a contest for the best fan-made Rock Band video. Readers rushmixtape5 and TheHonestMan both noticed a commercial for the contest running on VH1 and MTV which uses Rush's Limelight. I've so far been unable to find a video of the commercial online, although RushFanForever located this Limelight video entrant in the contest.

The 2008 novel Primeval: Shadow Of The Jaguar by author Steven Seville contains several Rush references. The character Connor has 2112 on his mp3 player's playlist (page 43). In one part of the book the characters split up and are told to tune their radios to channel 2112 (pages 106,206). And in the acknowledgments the author states Nothing can survive in a vacuum, and as the song goes, no-one can exist all alone; he's obviously a Rush fan. Thanks to Power Windows for the info.

American pop-punk rockers Blink 182 will kick off their reunion tour on July 23rd in Las Vegas. They will be releasing one new song before the tour called Up All Night which guitarist Tom DeLonge described to Billboard as follows:

... got a little bit of (Pink) Floyd, a little bit of Rush, a little bit of blink in there. It's crazy, but it somehow sounds exactly like where we left off (in 2005). It's an amazing song...

DeLonge also recently told Rolling Stone (June 11th issue with Lady Gaga on the cover) the following regarding the song:

... One of our new songs sounds like we mixed Rush and post hardcore with some drums and bass beats....

There's a quick Neil Peart reference in the second episode of season two of the Japanese anime series K-On! which aired April 9th, 2009. When one of the characters goes to the music store to buy a Les Paul guitar, a Pearl Drums banner on the wall has been reworked to read Peart, the best reason to play drums. Check out a screenshot here. Thanks to Power Windows for the info and the screenshot.

Reader RushFanForever continues to dig up a number of cool Rush items from the archives for us. He found this video interview with Canadian musician and record producer David Foster. Foster was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame in 2007 along with Rush's manager Ray Danniels and the video includes a short clip of Alex and Geddy from the award ceremony talking about Foster (at about the 2:20 mark). Geddy mentions working with Foster on the 1985 charity single Tears Are Not Enough. RushFanForever also dug through the web archives (literally) and found a couple of old flash animations that were on the old Rush.com site circa 2004. There's this flash animation for Nocturne and this humorous animation of The Facts About Rush.

RushFanForever also dug up a copy of a 1983 book titled Heart Of Gold - 30 Years Of Canadian Pop Music by Martin Melhuish. It contains an entire chapter on Rush which you can check out by clicking on the thumbnails above.

Here are a couple of 2112 movie sightings courtesy Power Windows. In the trailer for the 2008 film Who's Your Monkey one of the characters is wearing a 2112 t-shirt. And in the 2008 film What Just Happened there's a scene late in the film where Robert DeNiro's character is trying to catch a plane home from Cannes and the plane's ID number is CS2112F.

Power Windows also reported on a Rush reference from Rifftrax.com, a website produced by the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 which creates downloadable audio commentaries to play over movies. During the Rifftrax for the horror film Saw, released May 13th, 2008, when investigators find the doctor's pen light at the scene of a victim of the jigsaw killer, Danny Glover states Get a rush on these prints. Bill Colbert quips Geddy Lee preferably.

Reader Andy S located this article in the UK's Guardian where several music artists were asked to name the best working band or singer in the world today. One of the artists was Rush's Geddy Lee and here's what he had to say:

Geddy Lee of Rush on Radiohead

Describing someone as "the best" is something you do at school in grade 5, but Radiohead are the most interesting of the big groups. In terms of communication and reach, it has to be U2, but I like Radiohead's intricacy and melodic content. They've got a willingness to experiment with melody and texture that a lot of bands don't have. Plus, they manage to stay fresh. It's more about attitude than technology. I've often thought Radiohead carry on what began as progressive rock nearly 40 years ago. There's a similar spirit and willingness to explore.

Back in January the NAMM show took place in Anaheim, CA and I'd mentioned in an updates post from January 23rd that Ludwig drums, which Neil Peart played in the late 80s and early 90s, was celebrating their 100th anniversary by creating several replica sets of famous Ludwig drum kits over the years. One of these was a very detailed replica of Neil Peart's Presto kit complete with gold-plated hardware, orchestra bells and a xylophone. Reader Dale C pointed me to this detailed writeup at the Ludwig Drums website on the background story behind the replica kit (which they dubbed the Ro Sham Bo kit).

B-Man pointed me to this list of Gibson Guitars favorite Canadian artists. Not surprisingly Rush tops their list:

It's literally impossible to talk about Canadian music and musicians without mentioning the genre's poster child, Rush. For over 35 years the trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart has pioneered new ground with just about every release, consistently displaying the band's technical prowess without sacrificing commercial appeal. The band's musical creativity has influenced countless younger acts to learn how to play their own respective instruments. And by the looks of it, the Rush machine doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The band just wrapped up the final leg of its Snakes & Arrows tour, and are reportedly headed back into the studio again sometime this fall.

Are you a Rush fan who likes to play poker while smoking, drinking coffee and sniffing incense? Then you'll need to check out these new items at RushSwag.com. There's a deck of official Rush poker cards, a Fly By Night ashtray, a 2112 ashtray, a 2112 coffee mug and a Rush 2112 incense pack. You can purchase these items along with a bunch of other cool Rush swag at RushSwag.com.

In case you missed it earlier this week, here's the video preview of the Neil Peart Drum Channel master class:

Have a safe and happy weekend everybody!

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Snakes & Arrows Blu-ray wins Excellence in Disc Audio award
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The 2009 International Digital Media Alliance Excellence Awards took place last night at the Luxe Hotel in Beverly Hills. Rush's Snakes & Arrows Live took home the Excellence in Disc Audio (Blu Ray Disc) award. From the press release:

Snakes & Arrows Live was directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux of FogoLabs. A full service production company based out of both Montreal and New York City, FogoLabs is not new to the IMDA/DVDA awards having won 8 Excellence Awards over the years, this their 9th, including 'Facility of The Year' two years running. "I always have a great time recording Rush. They play so well that it makes life easier even though you have 80 odd tracks for 3 musicians! Kudos go out to Rich Chycki and Alex Lifeson who mixed the music, to Andy VanDette who mastered the mixes and to Denis Normandeau, my audio partner of 9 years, who encoded the music to DTS-HDMA for the Blu-Ray here at FogoLabs." said François Lamoureux, president of FogoLabs after receiving the good news.

A complete list of the winners can be seen here. Thanks to lilvictory for the heads up.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New contest at the Rush Backstage Club
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Snakes & Arrows 2007 tour poster[Win A Unique Orange Snakes & Arrows Poster!]

The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a unique orange Rush 2007 Snakes & Arrows tour poster from the June 25th Pittsburgh show. The contest ends on July 6th and you can sign up to enter at this link.

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Rush Interactive Countdown Weekend on Sirius/XM's The Boneyard
11:53AM EST | link | comments (8) |

UPDATE - 6/24@12:53PM: According to this article in the Toronto Star on Larry Walker's induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Geddy Lee is on vacation in Africa right now. So my guess is that this interview is either pre-taped or a previously-aired interview.

Sirius/XM's The Boneyard will be featuring a Rush Interactive Countdown Weekend starting this Friday and running through the weekend. From the website:

Rush Interactive Countdown Weekend - Fri., 6/26 - Sun., 6/28

The Boneyard wants you to vote now for your favorite Rush song by dropping us an email to Boneyard@siriusxm.com. Then the Boneyard air staff will count down the Rush songs all weekend that get the most votes - in the order you placed them. The countdown begins Friday June 26 with Cane at 6pm eastern/3 pacific.

To promote the event, Geddy Lee will be appearing on The Boneyard's Lou Brutus show at 5PM EST today although it's not clear whether this will be a live appearance or a previously-taped interview. The interview will apparently also be re-run tomorrow and Friday as well. Thanks to rushfanatic500 for the heads up.

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Coming soon to NeilPeart.net: Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill
10:23AM EST | link | comments (10) |

Bubba's Bar 'n' GrillYou may have noticed a new big ad on the home page of Neil Peart's official site announcing the impending launch of Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill. It depicts a lit-up neon sign at night which reads Opening Soon! Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill: Good Simple Food. There is otherwise no indication of what this all means, but one can theorize that whatever it is it'll have to do with food in some way. Indeed, back in the Official Announcement Concerning the Illustrated Roadshow Companion, Neil wrote about a possible new addition to his website called Chef Ellwood's Kitchen:

.... Cooking, for example, might become a new department on the Web site called "Chef Ellwood's Kitchen." Or sports cars -- I have written a fair amount about motorcycles and motorcycling, but relatively little about cars, though four-wheelers have fascinated me since boyhood, and absorbed much time and interest in my life. Over the past year I have been forging a sometimes rocky relationship with a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, and it has engendered plenty of stories -- at least for people interested in that sort of thing. Perhaps I'll open a new department called "Bubba's Garage." ...

Cool. So maybe we can look forward to some cooking tips from Chef Elwood. Stay tuned... Thanks to hermy and Andrew Olson for the heads up.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Japanese Rush Mini-LP SHM-CDs now available
11:45AM EST | link | comments (22) |

[Rush SHM-CDs at Amazon]

UPDATE - 6/23@4:31PM: Here are some detailed images of the mini-lp artwork courtesy Eric at Power Windows and Jun'ya Suzuki of the Japanese Rush collector site The Sphere.

In a Friday updates post back in April I'd mentioned that Warner Music Japan would be reissuing Rush's first 12 studio albums as Mini-LP Super High Material CDs (SHM-CDs) in June. All 12 in addition to Retrospective 1 and Retrospective 2 are now available for purchase as an import through Amazon at this link. Although these are not remastered recordings, the SHM-CDs supposedly improve the original audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic and will play in any CD player. SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. The CDs are packaged as mini-lps in cardboard sleeves, faithfully reproducing the original LP's style and artwork. To purchase the Rush SHM-CDs and other Rush merchandise from Amazon, check out RushSwag.com.

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Neil Peart Drum Channel Master Class preview
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Last Thursday night the Drum Channel hosted a live chat with Neil Peart, Doane Perry (Jethro Tull) and Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa). The trio chatted about drumming and answered some fan questions for about an hour and a half and then performed an unbelievable half-hour drum jam session. If you missed the show it will be rebroadcast as an on-demand event this evening. You can also now purchase a Neil Peart Master Class from the Drum Channel for $14.95 which features a series of 10 lessons from The Professor himself. The Drum Channel's YouTube channel recently posted a preview video of the class which you can check out below:

There's also this short video of Neil Peart and his former drum teacher Freddie Gruber discussing their approaches to drumming:

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up. And if you missed the 13-minute drum jam video that was posted to the Drum Channel site Wednesday featuring Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio and Joey Herredia you can watch that here.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

New Saltyrockz.com Rush t-shirt available Friday
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A few months ago - partly due to a push from RIAB readers - online rock t-shirt store Saltyrockz.com released their first Rush-themed t-shirt. The shirt depicted a red Rush Star with the names Geddy, Alex, Neil superimposed over it. Due to the great response they got from this shirt, they later rolled out 3 more Rush shirts in April - one for each member of the band. Their latest Rush t-shirt design will be released this coming Friday and carries a Fly By Night theme, depicting an owl in flight with a YYZ tag tied to its leg. You can check out a preview of the t-shirt by clicking on the thumbnail above.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rush and Philosophy book in development
9:36AM EST | link | comments (35) |

UPDATE - 6/22@1:47PM: Eric over at the Power Windows site noted that the co-editor of this proposed volume - Durrell Bowman - has already published several essays on Rush and Philosophy:

Let Them All Make Their Own Music: Individualism, Rush, and the Progressive Hard Rock Alloy, 1976-77 by Durrell Bowman, chapter nine of Progressive Rock Reconsidered, edited by Kevin Holm-Hudson, Oct. 2001

Textu(r)al Undercoding and the Music of the Rock Band Rush: String Quartets, Death Metal, Trip-Hop, and other Tributes, November 2002 (1 March 2003 version, 2004 update)

Permanent Change: Rush, Musicians' Rock, and the Progressive Post-Counterculture, Dissertation, Ph.D. in Musicology, UCLA, 2003

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Open Court Publishing's Popular Culture and Philosophy book series are collections of essays by academic philosophers exploring the meanings, concepts, and puzzles within television shows, movies, music and other icons of popular culture. Since its inception in 2000 with Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing the series has published over 40 titles including Lord of the Rings and Philosophy, Star Wars and Philosophy, Bob Dylan and Philosophy and Pink Floyd and Philosophy. The publisher recently put out a call for papers via email for their upcoming Rush and Philosophy book:

Call for Papers: "Rush and Philosophy"

The rock band Rush resonates widely for musician-fans and others interested in structural complexity, individualism, and a range of literary and stylistic influences. The group has explored such genres as heavy metal and hard rock, progressive and synth-rock, and post-progressive "power trio," along with various secondary influences. However, the band has also wandered among such lyrical interests as relationships, fantasy-adventure, classical mythology, European and world history, science-fiction, libertarianism, atheism, science, and technology.

We are looking for short articles (of around twenty pages) to add to this proposed anthology for the series that began with "Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing" (2000), but since 2005 has also included (see http://www.opencourtbooks.com/categories/pcp.htm) music-related books about hip hop, Bob Dylan, U2, the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, and Jimmy Buffett. Writers in philosophy, musicology, economics, and psychology have already committed to "Rush and Philosophy," and they are exploring the following areas from across Rush's career (1974- ):

-personal tragedies, self-determination, and Sartre
-the anthropic cosmological principle and atheism
-Canadianness in Anglo-American genres and in lyrics and images
-tribute projects of the band's music in death metal, trip-hop, and classical strings
-the band's combination of secular humanism and mysticism
-libertarianism and left-libertarianism, rather than "right-wing"
-the cognitive function of riffs and other music in expressing difficult ideas
-a roundtable on political economy, Ayn Rand, and Rush's "2112"

Contributions from women, minorities, and people from outside of North America are most welcome!

Deadline for one-page abstracts: July 19, 2009 Deadline for completed first-drafts: August 31, 2009

Please send to Durrell Bowman and Jim Berti: db@durrellbowman.com; koors58@yahoo.com

There's currently no word on a release date. Other books on Rush and philosophy include 1998's Mystic Rhythms: The Philosophical Vision of Rush and 2002's A Simple Kind Mirror: The Lyrical Vision of Rush.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Updates and other random Rush stuff
12:48PM EST | link | comments (25) |

Bozzio, Perry, PeartThe highlight of the past week was last night's live chat with Neil Peart, Doane Perry (Jethro Tull) and Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa) on the Drum Channel. The trio chatted about drumming and answered some fan questions for about an hour and a half and then performed an unbelievable half-hour drum jam session. If you missed the show it will be rebroadcast as an on-demand event this coming Tuesday, June 23rd. You can also now purchase a Neil Peart Master Class from the Drum Channel for $14.95 which features a series of 10 lessons from The Professor himself. And if you missed the 13-minute drum jam video that was posted to the Drum Channel site Wednesday featuring Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio and Joey Herredia you can watch that here.

RatCon 2009 took place this past weekend at Club Xanadu in Severna Park, MD (outside Baltimore) and was a huge success. Yours truly attended the Saturday festivities and had a blast. You can check out all the details and see a few pics in this post. Rush discoverer Donna Halper was in attendance and shared her Rush discovery story with everyone, chatted about her experiences with Rush (and other subjects) and graciously answered all of our questions. She gave us an update on the ceremony for Rush's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which many readers have asked me about recently. It looks like the ceremony will not happen this year but likely will occur sometime next year. They are still working out the details.

RushCon 9Now that RatCon 2009 is in the books, we have RushCon 9 to look forward to. The event will take place the weekend of July 24-26th in Toronto, ON. In addition to all the usual RushCon events, this year there will be 2 exciting guest speakers; Michael Mosbach and Martin Popoff. Michael (aka Praetorian) has been Rush's head of security for 11 years and is the close friend and riding partner of Neil Peart. Martin is a rock journalist, critic and author who has written numerous books documenting various heavy metal and hard rock bands including the Rush biography Contents Under Pressure. He is also the co-founder of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles magazine. The theme of this year's convention is Elevate From The Norm and the tribute band will be RushCon veterans Limelight. So how many RushCons have you been too? Take the Poll and let us know. Here are the results of the last poll where I asked everyone what instrument(s) do you play?

Guitar Hero Smash HitsActivision released the latest addition to their Guitar Hero video game series this past Tuesday. Guitar Hero Smash Hits features 48 songs taken from five previous Guitar Hero releases, expanding them to be based on master track recordings and including support for full band play (first introduced in Guitar Hero World Tour). Rush's YYZ (first included on Guitar Hero 2) is one of the 48 featured tracks. For more information on the game you can visit the website at this link, and to order your copy go here.

Longtime reader Spindrifter has a baby cousin named Livia Hope Fortner who has Cystic Fibrosis. Livia's parents set up a website dedicated to Livia with the goal to raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis and Spindrifter wanted me to ask everyone to check out the website if you have a spare moment and consider donating if you are able.

American alt-rockers Better Than Ezra were guests on Elliot in the Morning this past Tuesday. Apparently they like to crank up Rush on the tour bus ... at 7AM in the morning! You can listen to the podcast at this link. The Rush part begins at around the 6:30 mark. Thanks to Gabby for the heads up.

Reader Jess let me know that comedian Artie Lange was recently on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show and made a humorous Rush reference which you can check out in this vid at about the 8-minute mark.

In this recent Sporting News article golfer and Alex Lifeson's buddy Rocco Mediate gives a profile of himself which include 2 Rush mentions:

... What's in my iPod: Rush, Dire Straits, Metallica, AC/DC, Megadeth

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Love to trade places for a day with ... Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson-just for one day-to see what it feels like to play music that always sounds that good. ...

Reader scottc let me know that 411mania's Dan Haggerty breaks down Rush's catalog with this album-by-album analysis of Rush's first 10 albums.

Here's one from the Rush Archives courtesy reader RushFanForever. You all may be aware of the fact that Geddy Lee produced the album No Static back in 1980 for a band called Wireless that was signed to Anthem. Here's a fan-made video of their song Pay to Ride that featured Geddy on backing vocals.

Apparently Rush played at Leaside High School in Toronto back in the early 70s. In the February, 2008 issue of the Leaside Alumni Newsletter they discuss the question as to whether this appearance by Rush was a myth or not and determined that Rush did indeed play there. They even introduced this photograph of John Rutsey and Geddy Lee onstage from the the school's 1974 yearbook as evidence along with several testimonials from alumni. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Reader Richard P let me know about a new book from author J. Maarten Troost called Lost on Planet China. Troost is a half-Dutch/half-Czech, Holland-born Canadian citizen who currently lives in California but is thinking of uprooting his family to China. He travels to strange places, takes root for years and writes about them. Being Canadian-born he was a Rush fan as a kid but was one of those fans who lost touch with the band after the release of Signals. In this latest book he visits Tai Shan which is the most climbed mountain in the world and the inspiration for the Rush song Tai Shan, and talks a bit about Rush in this excerpt (PDF file).

Reader RushFanForever pointed me to a recent interview with current Smashing Pumpkins bassist Ginger Pooley where Ginger talks about how Geddy Lee was her biggest influence. You can watch the interview at this link. The Geddy Lee bit occurs at the 1:45 mark.

Dave Aronberg is currently a state Senator from Florida and is also running for Attorney General. In a blog post on tambabay.com he is asked 5 questions, the last of which is who is the greatest rock and roll band in history. His anwer is an emphatic Rush! And you know he's a serious fan because he pronounces Neil Peart's name correctly. :) Good for him. Thanks to earthshined for the heads up.

Documentary filmmaker Allan King passed away earlier this week at the age of 79. Rush fans may remember King from his 1972 film Come on Children which featured a young Alex Lifeson as shown in this clip:

This film and other Allan King documentaries can be purchased online at this link.

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend and a big Happy Father's Day to all the Rush Daddies out there.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Neil Peart live video chat on the Drum Channel tonight
9:16AM EST | link | comments (75) |

Bozzio, Perry, Peart[THURS 6.18 - DC LIVE with Neil Peart, Doane Perry and Terry Bozzio]

UPDATE - 6/19@9:44AM: If you missed the show it will be rebroadcast as an on-demand event this coming Tuesday, June 23rd. You can also now purchase a Neil Peart Master Class for $14.95 which features a series of 10 lessons.

UPDATE - 6/18@10:48PM: I just had to say just how amazing this is. This is Neil Peart live like you've never seen him before. Wow.

UPDATE - 6/18@10:39PM: The chat portion of the show is over. It's drum jam time now...

UPDATE - 6/18@9:05PM: It has begun! The three guys started off with a little hand drum session and are being introduced by Don Lombardi ...

Tonight at 9PM EST (6PM PST) Neil Peart along with special guests Doane Perry (Jethro Tull) and Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa) will be appearing on the Drum Channel for a live video chat to answer questions and talk about progressive rock drumming. You can watch the event live at this link.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Neil Peart drum jam video at the Drum Channel
8:26AM EST | link | comments (40) |

Neil Peart drum jam[Neil Peart Drum Jam]

The Drum Channel posted a 13-minute drum jam video yesterday featuring Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa) and Joey Herredia. From the website's description:

During a warm-up session with Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio, and Joey Heredia, the Drum Channel crew was so impressed, we started rolling the cameras and managed to capture this amazing musical performance.

We call this "Part 1" of the Neil Peart Drum Jam. The full length jam can be found as a "Bonus Lesson" in Neil's Master Class titled Frontiers of Composition and Articulation - available on DC later this week.

You can watch the video at this link. Thanks to Shane T for the heads up. Tomorrow at 9PM EST Neil Peart and Terry Bozzio along with Doane Perry (Jethro Tull) will be conducting a live chat on the Drum Channel to answer questions and talk about progressive rock drumming.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Video of CBC Radio's Q Rush interview now online
8:52PM EST | link | comments (24) |

A few weeks ago Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were guests on CBC Radio's Q with Jian Ghomeshi. Audio of the interview has been online for some time now, but we've also been anxiously awaiting the release of the video to the show's YouTube Channel. There was a delay in posting it due to some technical issues, but just as they promised, the video was posted yesterday. You can check it out at this link and I've also included it below.

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Guitar Hero Smash Hits featuring YYZ released today
9:02AM EST | link | comments (11) |

Guitar Hero Smash HitsActivision releases the latest addition to their Guitar Hero video game series today . Guitar Hero Smash Hits features 48 songs taken from five previous Guitar Hero releases, expanding them to be based on master track recordings and including support for full band play (first introduced in Guitar Hero World Tour). Rush's YYZ (first included on Guitar Hero 2) is one of the 48 featured tracks. For more information on the game you can visit the website at this link, and to order your copy go here.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

RatCon 2009 open thread
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UPDATE - 6/15@9:49PM: Some RatCon pictures courtesy Icademus. And some pictures of the tribute band concert at the Cygnals site (thanks Sub-Xanadu Man).

RatCon 2009UPDATE - 6/14@6:12PM: I ended up going to RatCon for the Saturday festivities and had an absolute blast. I think I can speak for all the RatCon attendees when I say how grateful I am to LanceTheShred, PetieLee, Kelly D and everyone else who was responsible for putting RatCon together or contributed in some way. I am also extremely grateful to Donna Halper for taking the time out of her busy schedule to share her Rush discovery story with everyone, to chat about her experiences with Rush (and other subjects) and to graciously and patiently answer all of our questions. She is truly a wonderful and inspirational person as well as an entertaining speaker. And a big shout out to a great Rush tribute band Cygnals who blew us all away with their performance last night. I also wanted to say thanks for all of the kind words from everyone regarding the website; I am truly humbled. It was great to finally meet many of you and put faces to screennames. :) I'll have some pics to post later.

I thought I'd open up a thread just for RatCon so that those going can connect with the rest of us and let us know what we are missing.

What: RatCon 2009
When: Friday, June 12th to Sunday, June 14th
Where: Club Xanadu - The Shred's House, Severna Park, Maryland
Why: Rush

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Although there was nothing major happening this past week, there were several minor news items to report. The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a special limited edition copy of Rush - The Complete Tourbooks! Go here to enter if you haven't already. This past Tuesday Rock Band Unplugged featuring Rush's The Trees was released. On Wednesday we learned a few more details about the planned rock-n-roll-themed Decades Music Theme Park which will feature a Rush-themed Spirit of Radio Concert Hall. The facade of the building will look like the old radio depicted on the cover of Rush's The Spirit of Radio greatest hits package, and they are also considering updating the seating so that there are 2112 seats! The Paul Rudd and Jason Segel bro-mantic comedy I Love You Man which features Rush references galore along with a cameo from the band will be released to Blu-ray and DVD this coming August 11th and is available for pre-order through Amazon at this link. And the 2010 Rush wall calendar will be released this coming July 15th and is now also available for pre-order through Amazon at this link.

RatCon 2009This weekend the East Coast Rush gathering RatCon 2009 takes place in beautiful Severna Park, Maryland outside Baltimore, and RushCon 9 is just 6 weeks away!

A few weeks ago Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were guests on CBC Radio's Q with Jian Ghomeshi. Audio of the interview has been online for some time now, but we've also been anxiously awaiting the release of the video to the show's YouTube Channel. There has been a delay in posting it due to some technical issues, but reader State of Grace let me know that the channel recently posted this message promising that the video will be out on Monday:

Rush fans. We believe we have sorted our technical issues getting this video up. We will be uploading the Rush interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson next Monday, June 15th. Thank you again for your patience! Team Qtube".

On a related note, reader RushFanForever located this photo of Alex and Geddy from their appearance on CBC News: Sunday a couple weeks ago.

Next Thursday June 18th at 9PM EST Neil Peart along with special guests Doane Perry (Jethro Tull) and Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa) will be appearing on the Drum Channel to answer questions and talk about progressive rock drumming. You'll be able to ask your questions live in the Drum Channel chat room, or email them in advance to info@drumchannel.com.

Reader armitage2112 let me know about the most recent Gizmodo Photoshop contest where users were tasked with adding technology to classic album covers. The author picked the top 50 submissions and among these was this interpretation of Rush's Hemispheres album cover.

Reader marshman98 spotted a 2112 reference on an episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon late last week. They have a gameshow bit called Spin the Wheel of Carpet Samples and after the first contestant spun the wheel she was given a score of 2112 which Fallon pronounced as Two thousand one hundred and twelve. There must a Rush fan on the writing staff. You can watch a video at this link.

Grapes for Humanity is a charitable organization that leverages the international wine community to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world. Reader RushFanForever recently became aware that Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors for the organization and is shown pictured on their website at this link.

The North by Northeast Festival (NXNE) takes place in Toronto from June 17-21 and will bring 500 bands to 50 venues across the city. One of these bands is Ruby Coast. The Ampersand at Canada's National Post recently had a quick interview with the band and one of the questions was the following:

Q: Pick: Anne Murray or Rush?
A: Really? Rush

That's a really tough one. :) Thanks to RushFanForever for the link.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that recently reunited Canadian thrash metal band Sacrifice will include a cover of Rush's Anthem on the bonus edition of their upcoming album The Ones I Condemn. According to BW&BN, the band has pulled the song from the album for an undisclosed reason but frontman Rob Urbinati claims that We will release it digitally or vinyl, or both; it will see the light of day! Thanks to B-Man for the heads up.

Slim over at Counterparts recently uploaded a couple of old Rush article scans. The first is from the July, 1979 issue of Beat Instrumental magazine and catches up with Geddy Lee on the Hemispheres tour.

The next article is from the July 1983 issue of an obscure British magazine called Music U.K.. It's an interview with Alex Lifeson by journalist Max Kay.

We all know by now how a few weekends ago Alex Lifeson took Chickenfoot members Sammy Hagar and Chad Smith out on the town in Toronto the night before Chickenfoot's show at The Mod Club Theatre in Toronto, for which Alex was in attendance. We knew that they were spotted in the Yorkville area of Toronto having dinner on the patio of the Hazelton Hotel. But apparently they closed out the night at Alex Lifeson's Orbit Room club according to this ENT blog post, with Chad Smith sitting in on drums with the band.

Neil Peart and Rush's 2112 make this list of great drum songs from San Diego Reader blogger Josh Board.

The Toronto Life article titled 50 Reasons to Love Toronto Right Now that was in the June, 2009 issue has been posted online at this location. Rush was reason #48: Because an antediluvian PROG-ROCK BAND from Willowdale upstaged Stephen Colbert. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

411mania.com's Dan Marsicano dissects Rush's Presto in this recent segment of What-The-Hell-Happened-To....

Last summer Geddy Lee donated a collection of about 200 autographed baseballs to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Reader Gregory F recently paid a visit to the museum and took this picture of the collection for us.

Reader PetieLee recently took a trip to Rush City, MN and took this cool pic road sign with it. Note the population of 2102; just 10 more people and it would have a population of 2112! :)

I hope that all those going to RatCon have a great time. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Rush 2010 wall calendar available for pre-order
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The 2010 Rush wall calendar will be released this coming July 15th and is now available for pre-order through Amazon at this link. The calendar will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Rush's 1980 classic Permanent Waves and feature several photos from that era. You can view a preview by clicking on the thumbnail above.

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I Love You Man movie featuring Rush now available for pre-order
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The Paul Rudd and Jason Segel bro-mantic comedy I Love You Man was released to theaters back in March and to date has grossed over 80 million dollars worldwide. The movie is filled with Rush references including a cameo from the band where they perform Limelight during a concert scene. You can watch an extended clip of the scene here. The film will be released to Blu-ray and DVD this coming August 11th and is available for pre-order through Amazon at this link. The 2-disc set will include an 18-minute Making Of feature, outtakes, extended and deleted scenes, a gag reel and commentary from director John Hamburg and actors Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. You can check out all the details at this link. Thanks to Sean for the heads up.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Decades Music Theme Park The Spirit of Radio Concert Hall details
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A couple of weeks ago I let you know about a new rock-and-roll-themed amusement park that will be built in Eloy, Arizona between Phoenix and Tucson called Decades Music Theme Park. It's currently still in the planning stages and they hope to begin construction next year with a target opening date in the fall of 2013. The park will feature interconnected Lands and Districts that represent each decade of rock music with interactive thrill rides, live music and other attractions including a Rush-themed concert hall. When I first reported the news the park's website had the name of the concert hall misspelled as the Spirit of the Radio Concert Hall rather than The Spirit of Radio Concert Hall. Apparently their website was flooded with emails from Rush fans about this small mistake along with many other comments/suggestions. The theme park's founder and Chief Creative Officer Marty West contacted me to let me know how much he appreciated everyone's feedback and that they had fixed their website. The description of the concert hall is now correctly titled and reads as follows:

The Spirit of Radio Concert Hall
Modeled from the Rush greatest hits album cover art "The Spirit of Radio"(Which originated from The album "Permanent Waves" released in 1980), this venue will be a more intimate indoor music theater. It will include 2,000 seats and serve as a regular space for tribute band performances, battle of the band competitions, a "New Artists' Exposure Series" and bands with smaller audience draws. We also hope to lure the VH1 Music Awards to host their annual event at this site on a rotating basis.

Mr. West also let me know that - as many had speculated - the facade of the building will look like the old radio depicted on the cover of Rush's The Spirit of Radio greatest hits package. Better yet, I made the suggestion (as many of you folks did) that they make the hall seat 2112 rather than 2000 and he loved the idea! He also sent along a few pictures which you can check out by clicking the thumbnails at the top of the post.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Rock Band Unplugged for the PSP featuring The Trees released
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Today Harmonix Music Systems - makers of the popular Rock Band video game - release Rock Band Unplugged which is a portable version of Rock Band for the Sony PSP. One of the featured tracks included with the game is Rush's The Trees which was also featured on Rock Band 2. To find out more about the game you can go to this link and to order a copy go here.

A few weeks ago Harmonix Music Systems released their Classic Rock Track Pack version of the game, which also includes Rush tracks; Closer to the Heart and Red Barchetta.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

New contest at the Rush Backstage Club
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Rush - The Complete Tourbooks special edition[Win A Rush Complete Tourbook!!!!]

The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a special limited edition copy of Rush - The Complete Tourbooks! From the site:

This is an ULTRA-LIMITED edition of "Rush - The Complete Tourbooks". This book is one of only 5 copies debossed with a special red foil on the cover. This is a 400 page coffee table book with all of Rush's tour books to date, a total of 15 books. The books have been reproduced and bound together in a black, cloth-wrapped 12" X 12" book. Every cover of every book is printed on cover stock. The front cover is debossed in black and red foil with the starman logo. There is a two-page introduction written by Neil Peart, detailing his involvement in the design and content of every Rush tour book going back to 1977.

The contest ends on June 22nd and you can sign up to enter at this link. Thanks to lilvictory for the heads up.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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The big news of the past week was the Geddy and Alex surprise appearance on the final episode of CBC News: Sunday over the weekend (video here). Geddy was also spotted at an exclusive dinner celebration of the 150th anniversary of the French Burgundy winemaker Maison Louis Jadot at Barberian's Steakhouse in downtown Toronto.

Guitar Hero Smash HitsEarlier this week we learned that Activision will be releasing the latest addition to their Guitar Hero video game series - Guitar Hero Smash Hits - this coming Tuesday, June 16th. The game will feature 48 songs taken from five previous Guitar Hero releases, expanding them to be based on master track recordings and including support for full band play (first introduced in Guitar Hero World Tour). Rush's YYZ (first included on Guitar Hero 2) will be one of the 48 featured tracks. For more information on the game you can visit the website at this link, and to pre-order your copy go here.

It also was recently announced that Rush will also be one of the featured artists on Guitar Hero 5 which is due out in September, although the specific song has not been revealed.

On a related note, the Classic Rock Track Pack version of the Rock Band video game was released last week and includes 2 Rush songs; Closer to the Heart and Red Barchetta. And this coming Tuesday, June 9th Rock Band Unplugged will be released which features The Trees (also featured on Rock Band 2).

The June 2009 issue of Classic Rock's new quarterly magazine Prog features an article titled The Top 50 Prog Albums Of All Time and the list includes 4 Rush albums. Also in the issue is an 8-page feature on Rush album art written by Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers. You can check out scans of both articles in this post.

Guitar World magazine posted an old interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to the GW Archive section of their website yesterday where the two list some of the songs that are closest to their hearts and say a few words about them. The article was also included in the Rush Guitar Legends special edition that was published back in December of 2007.

Reader Chad let me know that there is an interview with Rush in the March/April 2009 issue of Fireworks magazine.

The latest issue of Rolling Stone (June 11th issue with Lady Gaga on the cover) contains an interview with Blink 182. On page 20 towards the end of the article they discuss their next album and Tom DeLonge states the following:

... One of our new songs sounds like we mixed Rush and post hardcore with some drums and bass beats....

Thanks to artmac for the heads up.

Rush TabconThe 2009 Rush East Coast TabCon will take place this weekend at Pope John Paul II Elementary School in West Brandywine, PA. For more information be sure to visit the Rush TabCon website and to view videos of past performances, check out the Rush TabCon page on YouTube.

The student speaker at the Berklee College of Music's 2009 graduation ceremony (Sarah Noe) used a quote from Rush in her commencement speech. Here's the excerpt with the Rush quote:

... The Canadian rock band Rush had a song on its 1981 release Moving Pictures entitled 'Limelight.' It incorporates this idea of esse quam videri:

Living in the limelight
The universal dream
For those who wish to seem
Those who wish to be
Must put aside the alienation
Get on with the fascination
The real relation
The underlying theme

Some of us may find our futures in the 'limelight' or high-profile positions that demand compromise and exude pressure. And some of us may spend our days in more reserved situations. Either way we still have immense control over our destiny-we have the choice to be the best you or me that we can be. ...

Well said. You can read the entire speech at this link. Thanks to circumstantial tree at The Rush Forum for the heads up.

Doug Walters of the Charleston City Paper has been writing a series of articles on life-changing albums. Album #6 in the series is Rush's 2112. Here's an excerpt:

...Giant monstrous humbucker guitar blasting away with all that trippy delay. Big bold bass snaking everywhere but still holding everything together confidently. And the drums? 2112 is one of the albums that set the bar for rock drumming on planet Earth. Percussion you could have never even imagined in your wildest dreams. So clean. So tight. And yet so effortlessly fluid at the same time. ...

You can read the whole thing at this link.

This Washington City Paper article by sportswriter Dave McKenna includes the following Rush reference that I think most Rush fans - especially those into sports - can relate to:

... Washington is now 13-31 on the season. Whenever I see a reversed number pair like that, I think about 2112, the Rush album from 1976 that was just huge in my neighborhood when I was a kid.

I can't think of anything that would link that Rush record with the Nats' record. But I bet I'm going to go listen to "Temples of Sphyrinx" as soon as I finish typing this. ...

Apparently Tony Award winning actor J. Robert Spencer is a Rush fan as shown in this exchange from a recent Playbill interview:

Playbill: It's a fact that one of your two children is named for Geddy Lee of the rock band Rush. Was Rush instrumental in getting you to the stage?

Spencer: Their song "Tom Sawyer" really started it for me. I was in fourth grade living in Texas, my mom was driving me to the swimming pool, and I heard that song on the radio. I was just like, "What is this?" We heard the drum solo, and I pretty much said to my mom, "Mom, I want to play drums." I mowed a hell of a lot of lawns, and had a garage sale and sold all my "Star Wars" stuff and bought a drum set, and I see that moment as the beginning of the artistic journey for me. There's no way I would have gotten the shows I've done if I hadn't gotten my start in music at such a young age. ...

Thanks to Rushguy for the heads up.

Jeremy Taggart of Canadian band Our Lady Peace was recently a guest on the CBC's The Hour. In this hilarious outtakes video that was posted to their website Taggart gives an unforgettable drum lesson (including a Neil Peart reference) to the writers of the show. Thanks to RushFanForever for the link.

You may recognize a couple of the sampled guitar licks in the song Spirit by Duosseudo which is used as the soundtrack to this video at vimeo.com. Thanks to Eric Meyer for the heads up.

Supergroup Chickenfoot were interviewed on Boston's WAAF with DJ Mistress Carrie prior to the band's May 26, 2009 concert at the Middle East club in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The band were asked questions pertaining to which period of a band's career they preferred based on a characteristic of the band or one of its members. One of the questions that came up was Which Rush is better - Neil Peart with or without the moustache?. You can watch their responses at this YouTube link. A couple of weekends ago Alex Lifeson took Chickenfoot members Sammy Hagar and Chad Smith out on the town in Toronto the night before Chickenfoot's show at The Mod Club Theatre in Toronto, for which Alex was in attendance. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Reader unique43 let me know that The Paul Green School of Rock Hollywood will be performing two Rush tribute shows this weekend in Los Angeles. They'll be playing Saturday night at the Dakota Lounge and Sunday night at The Knitting Factory. For details go here.

I leave you this week with this video of the Western Branch High School Bruin Sinfonia performing their rendition of Red Barchetta (thanks Sean).

Have a great weekend everybody!

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Rush featured in June 2009 issue of Prog
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Earlier this year The UK's Classic Rock magazine launched a new quarterly magazine dedicated completely to progressive rock called Classic Rock presents Prog. The first issue went on sale March 25th and contained a feature article on Neil Peart which you can check out here. The June 2009 issue is now out on newsstands and features an article titled The Top 50 Prog Albums Of All Time which includes 4 Rush albums; A Farewell To Kings at #39, Snakes & Arrows at #34, Moving Pictures at #29 and 2112 at #27. You can check out a scan of the article by clicking on the thumbnails above.

The issue also includes an 8-page feature on Rush album art written by Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers which examines Hugh Syme's Rush album covers from Fly By Night up through Signals excluding Hemispheres. You can check out some scans by clicking on the thumbnails. Many thanks to MajorSkalle for the heads up and the scans.


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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson discuss some of their favorite songs
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Alex Geddy GW[Rush: 60 Minutes with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee]

UPDATE - 7/16@10:30AM: The Alex piece is originally from the July 2006 issue of Guitar World (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/4@8:54PM: Reader RushFanForever discovered that this interview is actually a combination of 2 separate interviews each with Alex and Geddy. The Geddy portion is from the January 2004 issue of Guitar World. I'm still not sure exactly which issue the Alex piece originated in, but both Alex and Geddy's interviews were later combined and included in the Rush Guitar Legends special edition that was published back in December of 2007.

Guitar World magazine posted an interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to the GW Archive section of their website yesterday where the two list some of the songs that are closest to their hearts and say a few words about them. I'm not clear on what issue the interview is from however. They discuss songs from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Tool and many others. You can check out the entire list and read what they say about each song at this link. Thanks to RedSectorA for the heads up.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Guitar Hero Smash Hits video game to feature YYZ
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UPDATE - 6/3@2:22PM: I forgot to mention that it was recently announced that Rush will also be one of the featured artists on Guitar Hero 5 which is due out in September, although the specific song has not been revealed. Thanks to Jim for the heads up.

Guitar Hero Smash HitsActivision will be releasing the latest addition to their Guitar Hero video game series - Guitar Hero Smash Hits - this coming Tuesday, June 16th. The game will feature 48 songs taken from five previous Guitar Hero releases, expanding them to be based on master track recordings and including support for full band play (first introduced in Guitar Hero World Tour). Rush's YYZ (first included on Guitar Hero 2) will be one of the 48 featured tracks. For more information on the game you can visit the website at this link, and to pre-order your copy go here. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Rush continues to be prominently featured in music video games lately. The Classic Rock Track Pack version of the Rock Band video game was released last week and includes 2 Rush songs; Closer to the Heart and Red Barchetta. And this coming Tuesday, June 9th Rock Band Unplugged will be released which features The Trees (also featured on Rock Band 2).

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Geddy Lee celebrates Maison Louis Jadot's 150th birthday
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[Barberian's celebrates Louis Jadot's 150th birthday with Geddy Lee, Jamieson Kerr and a meal money can't buy]

Toronto Life magazine's Daily Dish reported yesterday that Toronto restaurant Barberian's Steakhouse hosted 29 wine connoisseurs including Geddy Lee in its wine cellar last Thursday evening to celebrate the 150th birthday of the French Burgundy winemaker Maison Louis Jadot. Geddy can be seen pictured in the photo accompanying the article on the right side of the table 7th from the top (click on the thumbnail for the pic).

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