Archive: Blog Entries from June, 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Rush Legends of Classic Rock extended interview available
12:43PM EST | link | comments (59) |

Last weekend, FMQB Productions and the Legends of Classic Rock presented an hour-long radio special titled In Conversation with Rush where Q107's Jeff Woods interviewed Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. The special was made available online last week and a number of subjects were covered including the Time Machine tour, the Moving Pictures album, the Rush documentary, and the band's upcoming 2011 album Clockwork Angels. An extended 1-hour video version of the interview without any music has now been posted to the official Explore Music YouTube channel in 6 parts and can be viewed at this link (thanks RushFanForever). One thing that particularly stuck out for me is when Geddy states the following towards the end of the interview:

... I'd like to do a series of concerts with an orchestra. I think that would be a really good experience for our band, and I think our music is made for it. That's something we keep talking about and then gets pushed aside. I think sooner than later I'd like to make that happen...

Neil Peart had also mentioned performing with an orchestra in a NeilPeart.net news update last year. So could we maybe see Rush performing 2112 with an orchestra in 2012? I hope so. :)

Rush Legends of Classic Rock interview part 1:

[Rush Legends of Classic Rock interview part 2 >>]
[Rush Legends of Classic Rock interview part 3 >>]
[Rush Legends of Classic Rock interview part 4 >>]
[Rush Legends of Classic Rock interview part 5 >>]
[Rush Legends of Classic Rock interview part 6 >>]

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Opening night in Albuquerque open thread
1:47PM EST | link | comments (323) |

UPDATE - 7/2@2:03PM: For the sake of completeness, I've included the final setlist as I have listed in the tour section below the fold.

UPDATE - 7/1@9:55PM: Here's reader Todd V's detailed review of the show from his blog.

UPDATE - 7/1@5:25PM: Here's a review of the show from Glide Magazine (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/30@4:52PM: Just as he promised, Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton has launched his new website at LorneWheaton.com. It includes a whole section on the Time Machine kit with plenty of great photos (thanks hermy).

UPDATE - 6/30@4:47PM: The Pro-mark drumsticks site posted several pro-shot photos of Neil Peart playing his new kit from last night's show. You can check them out at (*SPOILERS*) this link (thanks rosmakloma).

UPDATE - 6/30@10:01AM: Here's the (*SPOILERS*) opening video for the 2nd set.

UPDATE - 6/30@8:18AM: There are now a bunch of official photos up in the Rush.com Multimedia: Rush on the Road section (thanks The Sphere).

UPDATE - 6/30@7:37AM: There are (*SPOILERS*) a bunch of bootleg videos posted up on YouTube already!

UPDATE - 6/30@12:43AM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 9 *** Show's over! Some details regarding the final songs in the 2nd set and the encore below the fold. I'm out... Good night!

UPDATE - 6/29@11:57PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 8 *** Some details regarding the songs in the 2nd set so far below the fold.

UPDATE - 6/29@11:22PM: The opening video is now (*SPOILER*) up on YouTube (thanks showdonttell25).

UPDATE - 6/29@10:58PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 7 *** Well, this is a surprise... The entire setlist was just posted over at Rush.com! It follows the rehearsal setlist except for those 2 swapped songs. More details/discussion below the fold. In light of this, I'll no longer need to post setlist updates but I will continue to report any details that fans send along. And be sure to check out RUSHnATL's photo feed if you want to be really spoiled.

UPDATE - 6/29@10:46PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 6 *** Last 3 songs before intermission below the fold along with a few miscellaneous details. Other than swapping the order of the 5th and 6th songs, the entire first set followed the rehearsal setlist.

UPDATE - 6/29@10:24PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 5 *** Next 2 songs below the fold. Still following the rehearsal setlist. RUSHnATL's photo feed now contains several still shots of the opening video.

UPDATE - 6/29@10:16PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 4 *** Next 2 songs below the fold. Swapped the order of these 2 songs but otherwise it follows the rehearsal setlist.

UPDATE - 6/29@10:03PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 3 *** Next 2 songs below the fold. Still following the rehearsal setlist.

UPDATE - 6/29@9:52PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 2 ***I'll be posting the setlist and show details as they happen. Opening 2 songs are below the fold and jibes with the rehearsal setlist...

UPDATE - 6/29@9:42PM: The opening video has begun!

UPDATE - 6/29@9:06PM: Reader RUSHnATL is also at the show and has set up a photo feed which currently contains 2 pics from inside the venue.

UPDATE - 6/29@8:54PM: John Arrowsmith has uploaded a bunch of spoilerific pics from rehearsals in Albuquerque to the (*SPOILERS*) Rush.com Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Included are several closeup photos of the guys on stage rehearsing, and their equipment/gear can be seen in detail.

UPDATE - 6/29@8:49PM: Reader Todd Vernon has uploaded a couple of photos from inside the venue to his Flickr feed.

UPDATE - 6/29@8:11PM: Reader Todd Vernon is at the show and has set up a Flickr feed where he'll be posting photos throughout the show. So far there's just this photo of fans outside the venue.

UPDATE - 6/29@7:42PM: *** SPOILER UPDATE 1 *** Eric of the Power Windows site is at the show tonight and set up a Twitter Feed for live updates. You can see what they played for soundcheck below the fold.

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 29th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 1
Venue: Hard Rock Pavilion
Place: Albuquerque, NM

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Rush Time Machine TourRush will be kicking off the Time Machine Tour tonight at 7:30PM (MST) in Albuquerque, NM at the Hard Rock Pavilion. The band arrived in Albuquerque over the weekend and conducted a full production rehearsal Sunday evening. For details on the rehearsal including the setlist and stage setup, check out (SPOILERS!) this post (SPOILERS!). I plan on posting tonight's setlist to this thread (with appropriate spoiler warnings) as it happens as well as any other interesting details regarding the show. If you are going to the show and are willing to text/email me setlist/show updates, please let me know. For everyone going tonight, have fun and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush!!!

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Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage DVD/Blu-ray released today
7:42AM EST | link | comments (67) |

UPDATE - 7/1@9:57AM: The DVD is available at Wal-mart for a low, low price of $11.88 (thanks bueneboy).

UPDATE - 6/29@1:49PM: Here's an interesting interview with the filmmakers at ComingSoon.net (thanks RushFanForever).

The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage finished up its theatrical run last week and had its television premiere this past Saturday evening on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia. Today the film gets released to DVD/Blu-ray complete with over an hour of bonus materials. Best Buy is running a deal where they'll give you a free Moving Pictures t-shirt with purchase of the DVD/Blu-ray. The DVD/Blu-ray seems to be selling very well as it is currently the #4 best-seller in Movies/TV at Amazon.com (thanks jonfiredaman02).

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Monday, June 28, 2010

SPOILER ALERT: Time Machine Tour rehearsal setlist
3:01PM EST | link | comments (362) |

Rush Time Machine TourUPDATE - 7/2@2:02PM: For the sake of completeness, I've included the final setlist as I have listed in the tour section below the fold.

UPDATE - 6/29@8:55PM: John Arrowsmith has uploaded a bunch of spoilerific pics from rehearsals in Albuquerque to the (*SPOILERS*) Rush.com Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Included are several closeup photos of the guys on stage rehearsing, and their equipment/gear can be seen in detail.

UPDATE - 6/29@1:37PM: Reader hermy let me know that Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton posted a photo of himself with Neil's new kit to his MySpace page. You can check it out below the fold.

UPDATE - 6/29@11:48AM: A very detailed photo of Neil Peart with his new Time Machine Tour kit (presumably from the tour book) is floating around the various messageboards too. You can check it out at (*SPOILERS*) this link or below the fold (thanks Bigleaf).

UPDATE - 6/29@11:29AM: Peartdrumsticks at Counterparts very astutely noticed that the Rush Backstage Club has the Time Machine Tour tourbook listed for sale along with a couple of shots of the inside of the book. In the pictures you can make out Geddy, Alex and Neil's stage setup - although the photo is very low-res. However, Peartdrumsticks blew up the photos and compared them with some of John Arrowsmith's teaser photos. You can check out the blown-up images at (*SPOILERS*) this link (*SPOILERS*).

UPDATE - 6/29@9:38AM: I've added a photo of the rehearsal stage setup that's been floating around the message boards. You can check it out below the fold.

UPDATE - 6/28@5:47PM: I made a brief update to the setlist below. Nothing changed - just more info regarding one of the songs.

Rush held a full production rehearsal for the Time Machine Tour at the Hard Rock Pavilion in Albuquerque, NM last night and I've received a few setlist reports from fans who were within earshot. So without further adieu, you can view the rehearsal setlist below the fold (MAJOR SPOILERS!! ... obviously). In other tour news, readers Louis2112 and DallasRUSHian note that the back of the new Time Machine Tour Moving Pictures t-shirt at the Rush Backstage Club reads Time Machine Tour 2010: USA/Canada/S.A.. This seems to be indirect confirmation that Rush will indeed include a South American leg of the tour as I'd reported earlier this month. Rush.com has revamped the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section of the website. Rush tour photographer John Arrowsmith will be regularly posting tour photos to this section of the site beginning with tomorrow's show. And Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton reported in his latest MySpace status update that he'll be launching his new website at LorneWheaton.com tomorrow.

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Rush Time Machine Tour merchandise now available
7:24AM EST | link | comments (59) |

Rush Time Machine Tour t-shirtUPDATE - 6/29@10:17AM: They've added another t-shirt to the Time Machine Tour line; the Reactive Burnout Jersey (thanks Louis2112).

UPDATE - 6/28@9:58AM: Readers Louis2112 and DallasRUSHian note that the back of the Moving Pictures t-shirt reads Time Machine Tour 2010: USA/Canada/S.A.. This seems to be indirect confirmation that Rush will indeed include a South American leg of the tour as I'd reported earlier this month.

The Rush Backstage Club now has Time Machine Tour merchandise available for purchase including 4 new t-shirt designs. You can check out all the new swag at this link. The Time Machine Tour kicks off tomorrow at the Hard Rock Pavilion in Albuquerque, NM. Thanks to Louis2112 for the heads up.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage television premiere tonight
5:05PM EST | link | comments (167) |

UPDATE - 6/28@12:18PM: Here's a review of the film from the New York Times' TV review department (thanks Steve H).

The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage finished up its theatrical run this past week and will get its television premiere this evening at 9PM on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia. Unfortunately the Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special that was slated to air on VH1 Classic at 8PM just before the documentary has been pulled for an unspecified reason. The film will also be released on DVD/Blu-ray this coming Tuesday, June 29th complete with over an hour of bonus materials.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Rush Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony open thread
11:35AM EST | link | comments (180) |

UPDATE - 7/2@7:33AM: Kelly D let me know that radio talk show host Norm Goldman mentions being at the ceremony in a recent blog post.

UPDATE - 6/28@2:08PM: Reader Vyan let me know that CNN has some nice video comverage of the ceremony at this link. Then there's this coverage from CanWest News Service, and this coverage from RTT News. Reader RushFanForever let me know that the Smashing Pumpkins Facebook Page has several photos from the ceremony posted at this link. I've added several more excellent photos to my Walk of Fame web album courtesy reader KatSkahnne. There are a bunch of great videos on the official Hollywood Walk of Fame YouTube channel. And reader JillyBean of TourBusLive.com sent a bunch of fantastic, pro-shot photos which you can check out in this web album or view the slideshow below.

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UPDATE - 6/26@1:40PM: Here's a little write-up on the ceremony in the Patriot Ledger which focuses on Donna Halper's role in getting Rush their star. And the Walk of Fame has its own YouTube channel with several videos from the ceremony including a few videos where Alex and Geddy are interviewed (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/26@9:37AM: Here's a big slideshow gallery of official press photos from the event (thanks double-agent). And here's a great gallery of photos from RulerOfPlanetMalnar. Reader Paul D sent me this video which includes the introductory speech from the President of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce along with Donna Halper's introduction speech:

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UPDATE - 6/25@9:13PM: Here's a write-up on the ceremony from The Hollywood Reporter which also includes a 6-minute video showing Billy Corgan's introductory speech along with Alex and Geddy accepting the award (thanks The Sphere):

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UPDATE - 6/25@9:02PM: There are a bunch of fantastic pro-shot AP/Canadian Press photos posted at The Canadian Music Scene website. And I added yet more photos to the Hollywood Walk of Fame photo album courtesy Moving-Pictures91 and Steve W:

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UPDATE - 6/25@7:29PM: Donna Halper has graciously allowed me to post her speech from today's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. You can read it at this link.

UPDATE - 6/25@5:31PM: I added some more photos to the Hollywood Walk of Fame photo album courtesy Simon Q:

UPDATE - 6/25@5:24PM: Here's a video of Geddy and Alex accepting the award and giving little speeches:

UPDATE - 6/25@5:21PM: Here's a video of Geddy signing autographs and holding a baby!

UPDATE - 6/25@5:16PM: Here are some great photos courtesy Ken C (aka kenster2112):

UPDATE - 6/25@4:23PM: Here's a report from reader Ross R:

I just got back from Rush's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. There were maybe 500 people corralled into an area in front of the 'stage' where Geddy and Alex made their acceptance speeches. First, the MC gave a biographical speech of Rush, followed by Donna Halper and Billy Corgan. Corgan's speech was funny; he quoted some Rush lyrics, talked about his first band which was a Rush tribute band, and joked about Geddy's voice. Geddy then spoke, and mentioned that Neil was on his motorcycle to their first show. Alex, cracked some jokes, such as thanking Keebler cookies. He also thanked all Rush fans.

The media were present, as there were about 8 large video cameras pointed directly at the stage.

The whole ceremoney from start to finish lasted about 35 minutes. Before the ceremony began, they had Rush music playing on some loud speakers. ...

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UPDATE - 6/25@4:08PM: More photos courtesy The Hollywood Reporter Twitpic feed.

UPDATE - 6/25@3:04PM: Here's a photo from The Hollywood Reporter Twitter feed (thanks hermy).

UPDATE - 6/25@2:24PM: The word is that Neil Peart will not be there and has already headed to Albuquerque.

UPDATE - 6/25@12:05PM: Reader David E tells me that there are apparently already a few hundred people waiting in line for the ceremony!

Hollywood Walk of Fame StarmanThe ceremony awarding Rush the 2,412th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will take place at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Musician's Institute in just a couple of hours at 11:30AM PST (2:30PM EST). Donna Halper along with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will be on hand at the ceremony to introduce the band. If you'll be attending the ceremony please send in your reports, photos and videos. I'll post everything I receive to this thread. Congratulations Rush!

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
11:05AM EST | link | comments (18) |

UPDATE - 6/26@8:27PM: John has uploaded a few more rehearsal photos to his website.

UPDATE - 6/26@1:47PM: RatCon photos here, here and here. They look like they are having a blast.

UPDATE - 6/25@2:08PM: Unfortunately it looks like VH1 Classic has now removed the Rush Classic Albums special from its schedule. It also no longer appears on the listings for all the major cable/satellite providers. My guess is that someone at VH1 Classic screwed up. :(

Hollywood Walk of Fame StarmanToday's Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony for Rush will kick off a huge week for our favorite Canadian power trio. Tomorrow the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will get its television premiere along with the TV premiere of the 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums documentary on VH1 Classic. Then this coming Tuesday, June 29th Rush embarks on the Time Machine Tour at the Hard Rock Pavilion in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Rush documentary gets released on DVD/Blu-ray. In addition to all that, the east coast Rush fan gathering RatCon 2010 takes place this weekend in Baltimore, MD. It's a particularly good time to be a Rush fan.

In just a few hours at 11:30AM PST (2:30PM EST) the ceremony granting Rush the 2,412th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will take place at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Musician's Institute. Donna Halper along with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will be on hand at the ceremony to introduce the band. I'll be posting an open thread in celebration of the ceremony shortly, where I'll be sharing any pictures and videos that I can gather.

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage finished up its theatrical run this past week and will get its television premiere tomorrow evening at 9PM on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia. As an added bonus, the Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special will air on VH1 Classic at 8PM just before the documentary. The film will also be released on DVD/Blu-ray on June 29th complete with over an hour of bonus materials. Earlier this week we learned that moviepostershop.com had made available the movie poster from the film in 2 sizes; 27"x40" for $24.99 and 11"x17" for $14.99. Due to overwhelming interest from Rush fans coming from rushisaband.com, Wednesday moviepostershop.com began offering an exclusive 25% discount for RIAB readers. Just enter the coupon code rushband when ordering your poster. The coupon code is good through July 7th. Reader phreakboy also let me know that NMR/Aquarius will be making a 24"x36" version of the poster available in the near future. The Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage official YouTube channel continues to add exclusive preview clips on a regular basis. They now have a total of 12 videos posted.

Rush 2112/Moving Pictures classic albumAs I'd mentioned above, the Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special will air on VH1 Classic tomorrow at 8PM before the television premiere of the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. The special will also be released to DVD/Blu-ray this Fall on September 28th. According to Altsounds.com, the DVD/Blu-ray will contain 50 minutes of bonus footage (thanks RushFanForever).

The Rush Time Machine Tour kicks off this coming Tuesday, June 29th at the Hard Rock Pavilion in Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton's MySpace page, the band has finished up production rehearsals in Los Angeles and are ready to head on to Albuquerque to get ready for opening night. Over the past couple of days the official Sabian Cymbals Facebook page has posted a couple of teaser photos showing the symbals from Neil Peart's new Time Machine Tour kit. You can check out the pics by clicking on the thumbnails above. Rush tour photographer and pyrotechnician John Arrowsmith now has 4 pages of production rehearsal teaser images posted to his website. If you haven't seen them yet you can check them out at this link (possible *SPOILERS*). John also tells me that from here on out he'll be posting photos to the Rush.com Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Speaking of the tour, reader Thomas P pointed out that Live Nation is now promoting some limited no service fee tickets through the month of June, including Rush tickets.

This weekend, FMQB Productions and the Legends of Classic Rock are presenting an hour-long radio special titled In Conversation with Rush where Q107's Jeff Woods interviews Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. They cover a number of subjects including the Time Machine tour, the Moving Pictures album, the Rush documentary, and the band's upcoming 2011 album Clockwork Angels. The interview will air on radio stations across the country this weekend and throughout the summer. John at Cygnus-X1.net has also made the interview available for download in 4 segments at this link. You can also listen using the player below.

On Monday Billboard.com posted a new interview with Alex Lifeson where Alex talks about the upcoming album and tour. He reveals that Rush actually has a total of 6 songs recorded including the recently-released tracks Caravan and BU2B. The Caravan single has been getting decent airplay on rock radio stations and has broken into the top 20 on the Mediabase Rock Chart. At the time of this posting it's #14.

Speaking of Lerxst, earlier this week we learned that Alex now endorses the Paul Reed Smith Hollowbody 12. You can check out all the details in this post.

RatCon 2010RatCon 2010 - billed as The Astral Door to the Time Machine Tour - will take place this weekend at Club Xanadu (The Shred's House) in beautiful Severna Park, MD (outside Baltimore). Events will include an ON-SITE 3-hour concert from Rush tribute band Cygnals tonight, an outdoor big-screen viewing of the Classic Albums Rush special and the television premiere of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage tomorrow night and - interspersed throughout - a lot of great Rush-themed food, beverage, games, prizes, conversation and loads of Rush music! You can check out all the details and learn about the origin of the Rush Rat and RatCon at the website here. You can also follow RatCon on Facebook. And to see how much fun we all had at RatCon 2009 last year go to the RatCon 2009 tab on the RatCon site and check out all the pictures.

Chill Magazine June/July 2010Reader Jamie C let me know that the June/July issue of Chill Magazine has Rush on the cover and a feature story titled The Summer of Rush - Our Biggest Musical Export. The feature includes a 2-page interview with Alex Lifeson which you can check out online at this link (pages 20-21).

The Quill & Quire reported yesterday the following news regarding Geddy Lee and his friend Dave Bidini's book Baseballissimo:

Geddy Lee, lead singer of Rush, has optioned the film and TV rights to Dave Bidini's Baseballissimo. Published in 2005 by McClelland & Stewart, Baseballissimo is the writer's story of his travels to the small town of Nettuno, the baseball capital of Italy since 1944. The deal was arranged by Sarah Cooper of The Saint Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency.

There's also this CBC article which adds the following:

... Aside from being a Rush fan, Bidini also delivered the induction speech as the veteran Toronto rockers were ushered into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in March.

"Ged was one of the first people to really get behind the book, which was a thrill for me, obviously," Bidini wrote in an email on Thursday.

"It's early days yet, but I think he's a natural producer. And really, once you've helped run one of the greatest and most respected rock and roll bands of all time, the film biz has got nothing on you, I figure."

It's not yet clear what Geddy's plans are regarding the film and TV rights.

Last week I'd mentioned how ex-Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable passed away June 7th at the age of 40. Cable was a huge Rush fan and at his funeral earlier this week Rush was played as his coffin was carried into the church:

The unusual tone was set right from the off as the late wildman's black coffin, heaped with crimson carnations and emblazoned with AC/DC's lightning flash logo, was carried into the church to the strains of Canadian rock band Rush - whose percussionist Neil Peart Stuart idolised - blaring over the PA.

Reader Sandy Foster (aka mommy_of_zuzu) and her husband were recently the subject of a New York Times article titled In the Catskills, Comfort in a Gingerbread House. The article profiles the couple's 14-acre getaway in the Catskills complete with a Victorian cottage, a man-cave and a trailer. Sandy mentions how listening to Rush helped get her through some tough times. She describes how ecstatic she was when she finished building her Victorian cottage:

... "I was [ecstatic]. I remember the night I finished as clear as a bell: November 1. I was listening to Rush at very high volume over and over, it was freezing cold, I was starting to paint, but the moon was out. I looked up at the moon, twirling, with my arms out. I was ready to cry." ...

Sandy tells me that the song in question was High Water.

Reader, Rush fan, author and economics professor Steven Horwitz recently wrote an article for the Freeman online called Making a Calling Succeed - We can learn from the band Rush, where he uses Rush as an example of 3 guys who succeeded at their own calling.

Here's a cryptic video (possible *SPOILER*) that was posted to YouTube a few days ago. The file name is rushcarvanvidstagetoreh3.mp4 and the caption reads only Scr. test Rush LA TMT Caravan. So it looks to be a screen test for the stage video for Caravan from production rehearsals. Some of the images match up with those posted by John Arrowsmith so this could certainly be legit.

That's it for this week! I'll be posting an open thread for the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony shortly. Rush on!

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Rush Legends of Classic Rock radio special now online
8:11AM EST | link | comments (11) |

UPDATE - 6/30@11:06AM: The interview has been posted to the official Explore Music YouTube channel in 6 parts at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

[Rush Jeff Woods interview part 1]
[Rush Jeff Woods interview part 2]
[Rush Jeff Woods interview part 3]
[Rush Jeff Woods interview part 4]
[Rush Jeff Woods interview part 5]
[Rush Jeff Woods interview part 6]

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This weekend, FMQB Productions and the Legends of Classic Rock are presenting an hour-long radio special titled In Conversation with Rush where Q107's Jeff Woods interviews Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. They cover a number of subjects including the Time Machine tour, the Moving Pictures album, the Rush documentary, and the band's upcoming 2011 album Clockwork Angels. The interview will air on radio stations across the country this weekend and throughout the summer. John at Cygnus-X1.net has also made the interview available for download in 4 segments at this link. You can also listen using the player below.

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Geddy Lee options film/TV rights to Dave Bidini's Baseballissimo
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The Quill & Quire reported yesterday the following news regarding Geddy Lee and his friend Dave Bidini's book Baseballissimo:

Geddy Lee, lead singer of Rush, has optioned the film and TV rights to Dave Bidini's Baseballissimo. Published in 2005 by McClelland & Stewart, Baseballissimo is the writer's story of his travels to the small town of Nettuno, the baseball capital of Italy since 1944. The deal was arranged by Sarah Cooper of The Saint Agency on behalf of Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency.

There's also this CBC article (thanks Jamie C) which adds the following:

... Aside from being a Rush fan, Bidini also delivered the induction speech as the veteran Toronto rockers were ushered into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in March.

"Ged was one of the first people to really get behind the book, which was a thrill for me, obviously," Bidini wrote in an email on Thursday.

"It's early days yet, but I think he's a natural producer. And really, once you've helped run one of the greatest and most respected rock and roll bands of all time, the film biz has got nothing on you, I figure."

It's not yet clear what Geddy's plans are regarding the film and TV rights, but it's interesting news nonetheless. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rush Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony tomorrow
10:17AM EST | link | comments (68) |

Hollywood Walk of Fame StarmanUPDATE - 6/24@9:20PM: Here's an interview with Keith and Kevin Purdy from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (thanks Mars). As I'd mentioned below, these 2 extraordinary Rush fans were instrumental in getting Rush their star:

... "I think a lot of us were annoyed that they haven't been inducted in the (Rock and Roll) Hall of Fame," Kevin Purdy said Thursday. "So when we learned that fans could nominate artists for the Walk of Fame, we were like, 'We have to make this happen.' "

The Purdys reached out in 2008 to Donna Halper, who is credited with giving Rush its first U.S. radio exposure in 1974 when she was music director at a Cleveland rock station. Now a Boston-area communication professor and radio consultant, Halper said the Purdys did "90 percent of the legwork" in creating a presentation for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which oversees the Walk of Fame. ...

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Tomorrow morning at 11:30AM PST in Los Angeles, CA Rush's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star - the 2,412th star awarded - will be unveiled at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Musician's Institute. It was a little over 2 years ago when we first learned that Rush would be receiving this honor. The campaign to get Rush their star was spearheaded by longtime Rush friend Donna Halper - who is credited with discovering the band while working at WMMS-FM in Cleveland back in 1974 - and Rush fans extraordinaire Keith and Kevin Purdy. Donna Halper along with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will be on hand at the ceremony to introduce the band. From yesterday's Boston Globe:

When Canadian rockers Rush get a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame Friday, Donna Halper will be there. And well she should be. Halper, who teaches at Lesley University in Cambridge, is widely credited with breaking the band in the US when she was the music director at Cleveland's WMMS-FM in 1974. To its credit, Rush - bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer Neil Peart - never forgot Halper's help and invited her to introduce them at the ceremony in LA. (The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan also will be there at the band's request.) "I've been in broadcasting for close to 40 years, and they're one of the few people who've kept in touch," Halper told us yesterday. "They've made some money and lost some hair, but they're the same people today they were then. ... For once, the good guys win." Halper, who makes an appearance in the new documentary, "Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage," says it's a shame the power trio is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "Critics have a lot of contempt for Rush, for reasons I don't understand," said the Dorchester native. "People say they're a cult band - they're a thinking person's cult band ... I got an e-mail from a bishop who's a Rush fan - a bishop!"

Blabbermouth.net is also reporting that the Mann Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood will host 3 special screenings (at 2PM, 5PM and 8PM) of the documentary tomorrow in honor of Rush getting their star just blocks away from the theater.

If you are attending the ceremony please give us your report along with any pics and/or video you can get.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Neil Peart Time Machine Tour drum kit cymbals sneak peek
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UPDATE - 6/24@5:05PM: Here's yet another photo of the cymbals (thanks rosmakloma).

UPDATE - 6/23@4:37PM: There's also this cryptic video (possible *SPOILER*) that was posted to YouTube a couple of days ago. The file name is rushcarvanvidstagetoreh3.mp4 and the caption reads only Scr. test Rush LA TMT Caravan. So it looks to be a screen test for the stage video for Caravan from production rehearsals. Some of the images match up with those posted by John Arrowsmith so this could certainly be legit.

A photo which apparently shows the cymbals from Neil Peart's new Time Machine Tour drum kit was posted to the Sabian Cymbals Facebook page earlier this afternoon. Although there was no comment posted with the image, the symbols on the cymbals match the ones shown on the cover art for the Caravan single so these are no doubt a sneak peek of Neil's new kit. You can check out the photo at this link (thanks Alan S) or by clicking the above thumbnail.

In other tour-related news, Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton updated the status on his MySpace page on Monday (thanks rushrulez) with the following message:

1 more rehearsal day....then to Albuquerque NM for a June 29th tour start.
Mood: very happy

So according to this, Rush is done with production rehearsals in Los Angeles and ready to move on to Albuquerque. I'm assuming the band will be hanging around in Los Angeles until at least this Friday when they will be receiving their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. From my understanding of how these things work, they'll likely be doing a full production rehearsal at the venue in Albuquerque the night before the show.

Speaking of production rehearsals and sneak peeks, Rush tour photographer and pyrotechnician John Arrowsmith now has 4 pages of production rehearsal teaser images posted to his website. If you haven't seen them yet you can check them out at this link (possible *SPOILERS*). Only 6 more days until opening night!

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Alex Lifeson interview at Billboard.com
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[Rush 'Moving' On Tour, Recording New 'Clockwork']

There's a new interview with Alex Lifeson at Billboard.com where Alex talks about the upcoming album and tour. He reveals that Rush actually has a total of 6 songs recorded including the recently-released tracks Caravan and BU2B:

... Lifeson says Rush is "a little more than halfway done" recording "Clockwork Angels" with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who also helmed 2007`s "Snakes & Arrows." Two of the songs, "Caravan" and "BU2B," have been released online, and four others were recorded during sessions at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. "Certainly these two songs are pretty heavy indications of where the record's going," Lifeson says, "but there are a lot of different tonalities and soundscapes on the material that we've written so far, so I'm interested to see where we go on these next few songs." Lifeson says Rush hopes to finish recording during the fall in time for a release in the spring of 2011, followed by a more extensive world tour. ...

We'd already known that they had 6 songs written but had been under the impression that only Caravan and BU2B had been recorded. Thanks to robertkincaid96 for the heads up.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage movie posters now available
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UPDATE - 6/23@3:36PM: Due to overwhelming interest from Rush fans coming from rushisaband.com, moviepostershop.com is now offering an exclusive 25% discount for RIAB readers. Just enter the coupon code rushband when ordering your poster. The coupon code is good through July 7th.

When the movie poster for the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage was first revealed back in April one of the most commonly asked questions I heard from fans was where can I get one of the posters? I'm happy to say that I now have an answer to this question. The movie poster from the film can now be purchased online via moviepostershop.com. The posters come in 2 sizes; 27"x40" for $24.99 and 11"x17" for $14.99. Thanks to Louis2112 for the heads up.

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is finishing up its theatrical run this week and will get its television premiere this coming Saturday, June 26th at 9PM on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia. As an added bonus, we learned over the weekend that the Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special will air on VH1 Classic at 8PM just before the documentary. The film will also be released on DVD/Blu-ray on June 29th complete with over an hour of bonus materials.

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Alex Lifeson endorses the PRS Hollowbody 12
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PRS Hollowbody 12[The PRS "Hollowbody 12" Endorsed by Alex Lifeson]

According to the Paul Reed Smith Guitars website, Alex Lifeson has endorsed the company's new Hollowbody 12:

In May of 2010, the first "Hollowbody 12" prototype from the PRS factory was sent to Alex Lifeson for his feedback. He delivered the following comment: "The playability is instantly silky and facile, the tone bright, clear and shimmering, and the finishing details are a testament to the PRS craftsmanship. The broad fretboard is a joy to play, and I was blown away by the intonation-of course, split saddles!! Why doesn't everyone do that?"

Alex Lifeson gave his opinion, and now you can too. PRS will be building these guitars, to order only, as of July 1, 2010. Please see an authorized PRS dealer for details.

Thanks to Mars On The Horizon and chicodawg for the heads up.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rush Classic Albums special to air on TV before Rush documentary
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UPDATE - 6/25@2:08PM: Unfortunately it looks like VH1 Classic has now removed the Rush Classic Albums special from its schedule. It also no longer appears on the listings for all the major cable/satellite providers. My guess is that someone at VH1 Classic screwed up. :(

UPDATE - 6/22@1:42PM: Direct TV also confirms the broadcast (thanks questrider).

According to the Dish Network's program guide, the Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special will air on VH1 Classic next Saturday at 8PM before the television premiere of the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. VH1 Classic's program guide lists the Classic Albums special but doesn't include the details. These Classic Albums documentary specials are created by Eagle Vision. We learned last month that the special will also be released to DVD/Blu-ray this Fall on September 28th. Thanks to Billy B for the heads up.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 6/21@10:32AM: Here's the actual Jack Black Bonnaroo performance of The Metal referred to below (thanks TMMB).

UPDATE - 6/20@11:20AM: John Arrowsmith has uploaded more tour rehearsal photos to his website.

UPDATE - 6/18@4:00PM: Eric at Power Windows pointed out to me that the Jack Black Bonnaroo performance referred to below was likely their song The Metal. Here's a live performance of the song from January 2009. The Spirit of Radio reference looks like its part of the show.

UPDATE - 6/18@2:24PM: Several folks sent me this 8 out of 10 review of the Rush documentary from Wired.com.

http://arrowsmith-images.ca/Rush is hunkered down somewhere in Los Angeles rehearsing for the upcoming Time Machine Tour which kicks off in Albuquerque in less than 2 weeks. Yesterday we were treated to a bunch of teaser photos from the rehearsals courtesy Rush photographer/pyrotechnician John Arrowsmith. You can check out all the pics at this link. This morning I let you know that Chilean website HumoNegro.com is reporting that Rush has been confirmed to play the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile on October 17th along with a few other South American dates in Brasil and Argentina. And on Monday we got a look at an audition script for one of the short videos (possible SPOILERS) to be shown on the tour. In addition to playing their 1981 masterpiece Moving Pictures in its entirety on the tour, Rush will be showcasing their 2 new songs Caravan and BU2B. Both songs were released digitally earlier this month and have been very well-received so far. A CD version of the single will be released at the end of this month and can be pre-ordered via the Rush Backstage Club for $4.99. The Caravan single has been getting decent airplay on rock radio stations and has broken into the top 20 on the Mediabase Rock Chart. At the time of this posting it's #16. Caravan debuted at #44 and BU2B at #50 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart in its first week of release. Brad and Joe of internet radio talk show The Used Bin performed an interesting listening experiment on their show the day of the release back on June 1st. They decided to not listen to the songs until their radio broadcast that evening so they could share their first impressions and reactions to the songs on the air. You can check out the results of their experiment by listening to the podcast of the show at this link. Although most of the reviews of the songs have been very good, there are a few exceptions including this group of reviews from PopDose.com (thanks PhillyMike).

According to an interview with Rolling Stone magazine from earlier this week Geddy Lee says Rush is fired up for the tour and their upcoming album on account of all the renewed interest in the band due to the popularity of the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. Last week the film was released to theaters across North America and Europe. Due to high demand several theaters will continue showing the film over the next week leading up to the film's television premiere on Friday, June 26th. A list of US cities/theaters can be seen here, a list of Canadian cities/theaters are at this location, and international (UK and Brazil) release information can be found here. Earlier this week the film's official YouTube channel launched. So far they have 7 videos posted; the official trailer, the 2 preview clips that were released several weeks ago and 4 new exclusive preview clips from the movie. Reaction to the film has been overwhelmingly positive and there have been so many news stories, interviews and reviews covering the documentary that it's hard to keep up with them all. On June 10th filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen were guests on CBC Radio's Q with Jian Ghomeshi. You can listen to the interview at this link (thanks RushFanForever). Skip Daly wrote this very insightful review of the film for Guitar International which points out that the movie is as much about friendship as it is about the history of the band. The documentary will get its television premiere on June 26th at 9PM on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia. The film will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on June 29th complete with an hour of bonus materials. Reader fordman let me know that Best Buy is running a deal where they'll give you a t-shirt with purchase of the DVD/Blu-ray. You can check out the details at this link.

Last Friday I let you know that the weekend prior to the kickoff of the Rush Time Machine Tour, FMQB Productions and the Legends of Classic Rock will be presenting an hour-long radio special titled In Conversation with Rush where Q107's Jeff Woods will be interviewing Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. The interview - which has already taken place - will air on various radio stations throughout the summer. You can check out the details at the FMQB website.

Earlier this week we got to hear from Rush lawyer Bob Farmer regarding the recent Rush versus Rand Paul legal controversy. The Atlantic's Joshua Green sat down with the jovial lawyer for an in-depth interview which you can check out at this link.

MSN Canada recently posted their list of the Top 10 driving songs as chosen by their readers. Rush's Red Barchetta came in at #3. Here's what they said about it:

Anyone who's driven a convertible outside of the city knows what Geddy Lee was singing about in Rush's great driving hit, Red Barchetta: "Well-weathered leather / Hot metal and oil / The scented country air. / Sunlight on chrome / The blur of the landscape / Every nerve aware." Sounds like heaven.

Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

Reader Gourdy Lee let me know that in the June 24th issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Rush gets a brief mention when talking about Arcade Fire's new song The Suburbs. The article states the following:

Not since Rush's 'Subdivisions' has a Canadian band so precisely nailed the suburban ennui - and Arcade Fire manage to do it in only one time signature.

Sean let me know about a poll being run on Tallahassee's Gulf 104 asking folks who'd they'd like to see play Tallahassee. Rush is one of the options and you can vote for them at this link.

Ex-Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable passed away June 7th at the age of 40. His former bandmate Kelly Jones wrote this touching tribute to Cable in the Times Online which makes mention of Rush and how Stuart was a big fan:

... As kids we would make mix tapes. Freebird, Highway to Hell, Deep Purple, Rush - he loved Rush and he loved AC/DC and Bon Scott. The only time I saw Stuart blushing and star-struck was meeting Rush. ...

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

The Bonnaroo Music Festival took place last weekend in Tennessee and one of the performers was Jack Black's band Tenacious D. Reader Jeff M reports that at one point during their set last Friday, Jack Black made a reference to Rush's The Spirit of Radio. After some machine-like sounds could be heard coming from backstage Black says the following:

What's that noise? Is it a machine? It sounds like ... like, machinery. Is that machinery? All this machinery ... [pause] ...making modern music ... [pause] ... can still be broken hearted. Uh, open hearted.

He then runs away in fear and some huge robot/machine came stomping out on stage.

In the latest installment of his music discovery podcast and blog Bands Like Rush, Ben Sommer talks to Darren (Clutch) Jacobson of Colorado-based prog rock band Red Star Revolt. Ben talks with Clutch about the history of the band and Rush of course. If you listen to the podcast you can hear full-length versions of the tracks Prove Me Wrong and Dementia from Red Star Revolt's last self-titled album. To find out more about the band check out their website at this link. You can read the entire interview or listen to the podcast at this link.

Reader Marshall B let me know that NMR Distribution will soon be releasing a 1000-piece 20"x27" Rush jigsaw puzzle! It's not listed on their website yet but I do have a picture of the product which you can see by clicking on the thumbnail.

Here's a promo video for the Time Machine Tour:

Have a great weekend!

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Rush confirmed to play Santiago, Chile on October 17th?
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Rush Time Machine TourUPDATE - 6/28@9:58AM: Readers Louis2112 and DallasRUSHian note that the back of the new Moving Pictures t-shirt at the Rush Backstage Club reads Time Machine Tour 2010: USA/Canada/S.A.. This seems to be indirect confirmation that Rush will indeed include a South American leg of the tour.

A few weeks ago Chilean newspaper La Tercera reported that Rush would be playing the refurbished National Stadium in Santiago, Chile sometime in mid-October along with a few other South American dates. This didn't come as a huge surprise since I've been hearing reports for the past several months that Rush would be including South American dates on their 2010 tour. My latest information had been saying about 5 dates in mid-October. Now Chilean website HumoNegro.com is reporting that the show is confirmed for October 17th and mention that Rush's South American leg will also include Brazil and Argentina. There has still been no official word from the Rush camp though. Here's the loose English translation of the article:

A couple of weeks ago we reported that the Canadian trio Rush would be coming to Chile for the first time. Today we can exclusively confirm that the band will perform on October 17th in the refurbished National Stadium.

The tickets for the Rush show will be sold by Ticketmaster.

The South American tour will include Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Stay tuned! more details coming soon.

Thanks to remistofeles for the heads up.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour production rehearsal photos
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[Arrowsmith Images: Rush Time Machine Tour photos]

UPDATE - 6/20@11:21AM: More photos have been uploaded.

UPDATE - 6/19@7:55AM: John now has a new url, webhost and more bandwidth. Here's the new link and I've also updated it below.

UPDATE - 6/18@9:08PM: John's site has exceeded its bandwidth limitations due to all of us crazy Rush fans. :) He's working on sorting it out and will hopefully have things back up and running soon.

http://arrowsmith-images.ca/Rush began production rehearsals in Los Angeles this past week and the tour kicks off at the Hard Rock Pavilion in Albuquerque, NM in less than 2 weeks! Rush tour photographer and pyrotechnician John Arrowsmith has posted a bunch of teaser photos from the rehearsals to his website at this link. The images are true teasers - not giving away too much but just enough to make you wonder what you are looking at. There are several photos of equipment being set up, a couple of photos that look to contain partial views of the video backdrop, and one showing part of the setlist (unfortunately the part we already know they are playing). Many thanks to John for making these available. He promises more photos to come so keep checking his website.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Geddy Lee interview at RollingStone.com
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[Rush "Fired Up" By Career-Spanning Documentary]

A short new interview with Geddy Lee was posted earlier today over at RollingStone.com. Geddy talks a bit about the documentary, the Time Machine Tour and their upcoming album Clockwork Angels. He remarks on how all the renewed interest in the band due to the popularity of the documentary has the band fired up:

... the renewed interest from the film has "fired us up," Lee says reflecting on the band's past has made him appreciate the present. "There is something about feeling grateful at our tender ages that we are still together and still able to play and the juices are sill flowing. I think we consider ourselves very lucky and we want to take advantage of that moment."

Geddy also mentions that the band has 5 new songs written in addition to the two recently released tracks Caravan and BU2B. Thanks to robertkincaid96 for the heads up.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rush lawyer Bob Farmer discusses the Rand Paul controversy
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[By Popular Demand, the Definitive Rush-Rand Paul Interview]

Earlier this month we learned that Rush's legal team had asked the Rand Paul Senate campaign to stop using Rush's music at campaign rallies and in campaign videos. The original article from the Louisville Courier-Journal which broke the story was short on details and left many a Rush fan along with Rand Paul supporters scratching their collective heads as to why Rush would take this action. Readers of The Atlantic's Joshua Green were particularly curious and pushed Green into doing a bit of investigative journalism of his own. Green ended up tracking down Rush's lawyer Bob Farmer and had a long and extremely enlightening interview with the jovial lawyer (thanks Dave T). He talks about how the Rand Paul campaign has yet to contact him and reiterates the point that this was strictly a copyright issue:

... As you probably know, Rush controls its music very tightly. This was simply a copyright thing. I mean, first of all, they're Canadians, what do they know about American politics? They can't vote down there. The other problem was, Rand Paul was quoting the Rush lyrics in his campaign speeches ... because he found some kind of convergence or something between whatever it is he believes--I really don't know his politics--and these Rush songs. Well, you know, he probably thinks "American Pie" is about food! [Laughs heartily] You can't control what people think your music is about. So to us this is simply a copyright issue. ... this goes back to interpreting music in different ways. There's no way you can make a conclusion about various things. It's a simple issue, and, for me, a legal issue: he's using the music in ways that are illegal. ... Rush is one band that is open to a lot of interpretations, and if I had to start dealing with all the interpretations of Rush lyrics I'd never get anything done during the day. ...

You can read the entire interview at this link. He also includes a copy of the letter that he sent to the Rand Paul campaign, which - as I was surprised to see - uses rushisaband.com as a source! You can check out the letter at this link. I had to close down comments on the last post dealing with this subject due to way too many inflammatory remarks. So I ask everyone in advance to be civil in the comments; disagreement is ok but name-calling is not. Be nice. :)

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Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage official YouTube channel
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UPDATE - 6/17@3:53PM: They just added yet another video clip here. At this rate they'll have the whole movie posted in a few weeks. :)

UPDATE - 6/16@3:01PM: They just added another video clip here.

Last week Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage was released to theaters across North America and Europe. Due to high demand several theaters will continue showing the film over the next week leading up to the film's television premiere on June 26th. A list of US cities/theaters can be seen here, a list of Canadian cities/theaters are at this location, and international (UK and Brazil) release information can be found here. Reaction to the film has been overwhelmingly positive and there have been so many news stories, interviews and reviews covering the documentary that it's hard to keep up with them all. You can check out the most recent of these in this post from last week, and I'll keep adding more as I receive them. Yesterday the film's official YouTube channel launched. So far they have 5 videos posted; the official trailer, the 2 preview clips that were released several weeks ago and 2 new exclusive preview clips:

The documentary will get its television premiere on June 26th at 9PM on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia. The film will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on June 29th complete with an hour of bonus materials.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Possible script from Rush's upcoming stage show video
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A couple of months ago I let you know about an interesting casting call from Toronto casting agency Jigsaw Casting that was posted to their Facebook group page calling for Rush band member look-a-likes ages 15-19 for a short mock-u-mentary film on the early days of Rush. From the description:

...You could be featured in an upcoming short film about the band RUSH...

Jigsaw Casting Ltd. is looking for Rush band member look-a-likes and/or musicians in the age range of 15 - 19 yrs of age who fit the following characteristics to be featured in an upcoming short film about the history of the band RUSH. This film is based on the true story of the band. This is a comedic mock-u-mentary that explores the roots of the band, as told by each member. Starring the real Geddy, Alex and Neil as well as comedic actors to play them in their formative years.

Looking for look-a-likes and/or musicians to portray Rush Band members
(Age: approx 15- 19yrs)
Play bass, guitar, Drums - if you look like any of the members but do not play an instrument, please still submit. (The only character needed to have musical skills is Peart, the drummer)
Have a 1960's - 70's Band look - long hair is great but do not limit
Looking for teenage look-a-likes of the Rush band members
(**bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart who will appear in the film) ...

We speculated at the time that this film was likely for use as part of Rush's stage show on the Time Machine Tour and I was able to later confirm this. The actual casting call took place last month from May 11th-18th. Reader Mark's son tried out for the part of a young Neil Peart but unfortunately did not get the part. However, he did hang on to a copy of the script they had him read and passed it along to me. I'm not sure whether this script will ultimately appear in the video or if it was strictly for the auditions. So there are possible spoilers in it. If you want to check out the script you can do so below the fold (Possible *SPOILER*).

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage was released to theaters across North America and Europe this past week with the bulk of the North American showings taking place last night. The turnout for these showings so far has been unprecedented and the reception overwhelmingly positive. Surprised theater managers have been forced to add second screenings and additional dates as showings quickly sold out. There have been so many news stories, interviews and reviews covering the documentary that it's hard to keep up with them all. You can check out the most recent of these in my post from Wednesday, and I'll keep adding more as I receive them. Several locations will be showing the film over the weekend and into next week because of high demand, so if you happened to miss it last night you may still be able to catch it. A list of US cities/theaters can be seen here, a list of Canadian cities/theaters are at this location, and international release information can be found here. If you are unable to catch it in the theater, it will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on June 29th (complete with an hour of bonus materials) and get its television premiere on VH1 and VH1 Classic on June 26th.

As I'd mentioned a few weeks ago, Neil Peart's original Slingerland drum kit (which he used from Fly By Night through 2112) will be making an appearance at RushCon in Toronto on July 17th. In addition to that appearance Chromey - as it has affectionately been dubbed - was at the Rush documentary showing at the Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, IL last night and will also be there for tomorrow's showing. Reader Darren1973 snapped a few photos of the kit which you can check out above.

Less than two weeks ago Rush's new single Caravan along with its B-side BU2B were released for digital download via iTunes, Amazon and other online outlets. The songs are available for purchase separately or as a bundle which includes a PDF of the liner notes and lyrics. Earlier this week we learned that the Rush Backstage Club now has the CD version of the single available for pre-order at this link for $4.99. The website mentions that the CD will be released in late June. The artwork and packaging is identical to what is reflected in the PDF booklet that comes with the Caravan/BU2B digital download bundle. This is the same CD single that is included as part of the Rush VIP pre-sales ticket package. The Caravan single has been getting decent airplay on rock radio stations and is holding steady at #26 on the Mediabase Rock Chart. Caravan debuted at #44 and BU2B at #50 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 chart in its first week of release (thanks Scott G). Several great reviews of the songs have recently been posted at ProgArchives.com (thanks kevin).

Rush Time Machine TourRush's Time Machine tour kicks off in less than 3 weeks on June 29th in Albuquerque, NM. The tour got a mention in a recent USA Today article which discusses the recent popularity of bands playing full albums in concert (thanks Jordan F). In case you've been living under a rock for the past few months, Rush will be playing their entire Moving Pictues album on the tour. According to Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton, the band will be heading to Los Angeles for production rehearsals next week (thanks rushfan211276). From Lorne's most recent MySpace status update:

One more week in YYZ, then on to LA for production rehearsals. See you all soon
Mood: accomplished

This makes sense since the guys will need to be in Los Angeles on June 25th for the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. We received official confirmation earlier this week that the ceremony will take place on Friday, June 25th at 11:30 AM at 6752 Hollywood Blvd, near McCadden Place. In an interesting coincidence, the star will be the 2412th one granted; not quite 2112 but close enough. :)

Earlier today I let you know that the weekend prior to the kickoff of the Rush Time Machine Tour, FMQB Productions and the Legends of Classic Rock will be presenting an hour-long radio special titled In Conversation with Rush where Q107's Jeff Woods will be interviewing Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. You can check out the details at the FMQB website.

KnuckleBonz is an online company that creates realistic hi-end sculptures of various rock musicians and album art. A couple of years ago they released a popular limited edition Rush Starman statue that you can check out at this link. Yesterday we learned that they have finally developed statues for each member of Rush and all three are available for pre-order at this link for $115. The Neil Peart statue will ship sometime this Fall with the Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson statues shipping at a later date.

Paul at The Canadian Music Scene let me know that Canadian environmentalist organization the David Suzuki Foundation will be celebrating their 20th anniversary by launching a project that will bring together Rush and several other Canadian songwriters and performers for a compilation album called Playlist for the Planet. They'll also be running a songwriting contest starting June 17th for environmentally-themed songs to include on the compilation. From the website:

... your band will have the opportunity to join Broken Social Scene, Joel Plaskett, K'naan, Rush, Randy Bachman, Bruce Cockburn and many more of Canada's favourite musicians to create a Playlist for the Planet.

The project will include an online songwriting contest, which will launch on June 17. We're inviting independent Canadian songwriters to contribute their own environmentally themed songs. After the launch, artists can upload songs to Playlist for the Planet on the CBC Radio 3 website. Fans can then vote for their favourite songs.

Songs with the most votes will have a chance of appearing on the Playlist for the Planet compilation album, along with music by some of Canada's top musicians. Other prizes will be awarded as well.

Imagine Canadian songwriters from every genre creating original music that depicts the rich diversity of Canadian thoughts, feelings and ideas about how we can connect with nature.

In October 2010, a major label will release the downloadable Playlist for the Planet album. We hope to emerge with an anthem that we can all sing along to!

The David Suzuki Foundation has already received generous commitments from some of Canada's finest musicians to write a song about Canada, nature and the environment or to donate a previously released track to the Playlist for the Planet.

We will present a shortlist of the songs with the most votes to the panel of artists appearing on the Playlist for the Planet. The panel will choose at least two winners to be included on the album. ...

Voting for DRUM! Magazine's 15th annual Drummies reader's poll is now closed. A record number of 6500 drummers posted 120,000 votes in the 40 categories that comprise the Drummies. The magazine will announce the winners in late June. Neil Peart has won Drummer of the Year for the past three years along with several other awards.

Reader Citizen of the World let me know that last Friday morning on TEAM 1040 radio (Vancouver, Canada all sports station) they interviewed TSN broadcaster Glen Suitor. He spoke about recently being in some meetings concerning the Grey Cup (Canada's professional football championship) which is being held in Vancouver in 2011. Suitor mentioned that there are discussions with four artists concerning performing at the 2011 Grey Cup halftime show. One of the artists mentioned was Rush. Rush seems to be on good terms with TSN judging by Neil Peart's recent collaboration with the network on the re-recording of The Hockey Theme, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Rush ended up performing.

Reader Robert let me know about a Rush reference on Saturday's episode of the Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place (season 3, episode 20 Max's Secret Girlfriend). The characters Alex and Harper find out that their friend Max has a girlfriend and to keep her a secret from his parents he told the girl that his name is Tom Sawyer. When Alex hears about the fake name she says, Tom Sawyer? That is such an obvious lie. It's the name from the Rush song. Harper then adds ... and the classic book!. Alex then says, Wow that song was good. I didn't know they made a book out of it! You can watch the video clip of the episode at this link (at about the 3-minute mark).

There also was a Rush reference during the premiere episode of MTV's new show The Hard Times of RJ Berger. After most of the players are ejected from the school's basketball game, RJ is forced to suit up and Tom Sawyer is played as background music. Thanks to YtseRob2112 and Power Windows for the heads up.

Reader Subdivincent let me know about a recent interview with guitarist John Kadlecik, formerly of Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra (he was Jerry). He refers to Rush and Alex Lifeson several times in the interview. You can check it out at this link.

I went to see the documentary last night and had the opportunity to meet few local RIABers including How f---ing cool is Geddy Lee who graciously bought me a beer. It was an incredible movie and well worth the wait. Kudos to the filmmakers for a job well done. Being the huge Rush fan that I am it was quite an emotional experience for me, and I found myself either laughing, cheering or on the verge of tears (of joy mostly) for 99% of the film. I sensed that most of the people in the theater had a similar experience. After the movie my wife said to me I'm officially a Rush fan now which is a good demonstration of how this movie appeals to Rush fans and non-fans alike. I'm now anxiously awaiting the DVD so I can check out all the extras. One song/topic that received a lot of attention in the film is Rush's instrumental masterpiece La Villa Strangiato off of Hemispheres. One of the features on the bonus disc is a live performance of the song at the Pinkpop Festival in Holland from 1979 - the first time it was captured live on video. This performance has been floating around YouTube for a few years now and it's pretty amazing. If you haven't seen it before you can check it out at this link.

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

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Rush Legends of Classic Rock radio special
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UPDATE - 6/25@8:17AM: John at Cygnus-X1.net has made the interview available for download in 4 segments at this link. You can also listen using the player below.

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UPDATE - 6/24@9:08AM: Here's the list of stations that will be airing the special (thanks lilvictory).

UPDATE - 6/15@4:25PM: According to the Legends of Classic Rock blog, the interview has already taken place (thanks digitalDude) and they'll soon be releasing information as to when/where the special will air. Here's a photo of Geddy and Alex with Jeff Woods from the interview:

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The weekend prior to the kickoff of the Rush Time Machine Tour, FMQB Productions and the Legends of Classic Rock will be presenting an hour-long radio special titled In Conversation with Rush where Q107's Jeff Woods will be interviewing Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. From the FMQB website:

... In Conversation with Rush is a one-hour radio special featuring Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson with Jeff Woods as they revisit the classic album, Moving Pictures, go behind the scenes of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, and talk about their forthcoming 2011 album, Clockwork Angels. The show will also feature the new song, "Caravan" and selections from Moving Pictures.

In Conversation with Rush is available to air from June 25-27, as well as in conjunction with the Time Machine Tour dates ...

Thanks to lilvictory for the heads up.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Limited edition Rush Rock Iconz statues from Knucklebonz
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KnuckleBonz is an online company that creates realistic hi-end sculptures of various rock musicians and album art. A couple of years ago they released a popular limited edition Rush Starman statue that you can check out at this link. They have now finally developed statues for each member of Rush and all three are available for pre-order at this link for $115. The Neil Peart statue will ship sometime this Fall with the Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson statues shipping at a later date. From the description of the Neil Peart statue:

The hand painted statue of Neil Peart is displayed with his kick drum. All figures in the Rock Iconz series are limited editions and the Neil Peart figure is very exclusive with only 3000 pieces slated for production. This is an officially licensed product, with all designs approved by Rush.

The Neil Peart Rock Iconz statue is created using a team of highly skilled artists to sculpt a remarkable likeness of the legendary drummer. The limited edition figure will be cast in a poly-resin and hand-paint in fine detail. Each sculpture in the Rock Iconz series is hand-numbered and displayed on an attractive wooden base.

Thanks to Peart#1 for the heads up.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New Rush documentary interviews with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
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UPDATE - 6/15@11:04AM: Here are some reviews from Rotten Tomatoes; it's 100% on the Tomatometer! (thanks 1-2-bucklemyshoe)

UPDATE - 6/14@3:17PM: Here's a video news clip from Artisan News Service covering the theatrical release. It contains an interview snippet with Geddy and Alex along with the filmmakers (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/14@3:07PM: Here's a nice review from Las Vegas Weekly.

UPDATE - 6/11@11:01PM: Here's a great review from Geeks of Doom (thanks kevin).

UPDATE - 6/11@10:42AM: Here's a nice little article from WickedLocal.com which talks about the documentary and female Rush fans (thanks to Donna Halper for the link).

UPDATE - 6/11@8:31AM: More reviews:

Toledo Blade: ['Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage': Rush documentary even for non-fans]
The Buffalo News: [Last Laugh]
St. John's Telegram: [Rush, the movie, won't be here long]

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UPDATE - 6/10@4:24PM: Reader YYZ let me know that the documentary will be showing at the Donington Download Festival this weekend. This isn't listed on the official site so I thought it would be worth mentioning. Here's the complete Download Festival cinema schedule.

UPDATE - 6/10@1:40PM: Here's a great review of the documentary from Metal Tim over at Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles.

UPDATE - 6/10@8:06AM: The documentary will be shown tonight in theaters across the US and Canada so a flood of interviews and reviews are coming out in today's papers. There's a feature in today's edition of NOW magazine which includes an interview with Geddy and Alex complete with a few audio snippets, an interview with the filmmakers, and a 4 out of 5 star review. There's also a feature in today's National Post which also includes this review of the film. There's also an interview with the filmmakers in the Times Colonist. Here are some more reviews:

Artvoice.com: [Priests of the Temples of Syrinx]
Toronto Sun: [Rush doc doesn't care for cool]
Metro News Canada: [Humour is at the heart of Beyond The Lighted Stage]
Canwest News Service: [Getting closer to the heart of Rush]
theVarsity.ca: [ON SCREEN: Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage]
The Montreal Gazette: [Movie review: Closer to their heart]

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UPDATE - 6/9@10:25PM: Here are a couple of 3 out of 4 star reviews; one from the Toronto Star and another from The Globe and Mail. There's also yet another interview with Geddy and Alex discussing the documentary in today's Toronto Star.

UPDATE - 6/9@3:48PM: Reader Psico just pointed out that the documentary will be shown in several theaters in Brazil next week on June 17th. Check out this link for theaters and showtimes.

UPDATE - 6/9@3:05PM: Here's a short B+ review of the film from Entertainment Weekly.

A trio of new interviews with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee were published yesterday by various news publications, all of which centered on the Rush documentary Rush Beyond the Lighted Stage. There's not much in the way of new information in any of the interviews but they are interesting reads nonetheless. The first comes from Spinner magazine for an article titled Rush Doc Gets 'Beyond the Lighted Stage' and Closer to Their Heart (thanks RushFanForever). The article talks about the documentary and contains a few interview snippets with Geddy Lee along with filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen. Metro News Canada published a short article yesterday titled Rush documentary captures 40 years of 'one foot in front of the other' which contains one interview snippet each from Geddy and Alex. The longest of the three articles comes from EyeWeekly.com. In this interview EyeWeekly's Stuart Berman sat down with both Geddy and Alex and asked them a few questions about the documentary including a question about the video for Subdivisions, where Berman inquires as to whether it was the band's first attempt at a narrative video:

... Lee: That's true. It was kind of a homemade project, really, we did it with our friend Norm Stangl, who went on to make so many different productions for the tour. His forte was really special effects, so he just got some of the people he worked with together and jammed a little script together, as it were - I mean, the song is a script, it kind of says it all; they just basically brought the song to life.

Lifeson: We were actually in a rehearsal hall at Universal up on Steeles, and we just filmed it on one of our rehearsal days.

Lee: Yes, we actually shot it in the suburbs! ...

You can read the entire interview at this link.

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is being released to theaters across North America and Europe this week. A list of US cities/theaters can be seen here, a list of Canadian cities/theaters are at this location, and European release information can be found here. The documentary will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on June 29th in the US/Canada and July 5th in the UK. It will get its television premiere on VH1 and VH1 Classic on June 26th. You can check out all the coverage of the documentary's world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival including photos, videos, reviews, interviews and news articles in this post; for Canadian premiere coverage at Hot Docs see this post. The official trailer for the film can be viewed at this link along with these 2 preview clips.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Caravan/BU2B CD single now available for pre-order
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One week ago today Rush's new single Caravan along with its B-side BU2B were released for digital download via iTunes, Amazon and other online outlets. The songs are available for purchase separately or as a bundle which includes a PDF of the liner notes and lyrics. The Rush Backstage Club also now has the CD version of the single available for pre-order at this link for $4.99 (thanks rushfan211276). The website mentions that the CD will be released in late June. The artwork and packaging is identical to what is reflected in the PDF booklet that comes with the Caravan/BU2B digital download bundle. This is the same CD single that is included as part of the Rush VIP pre-sales ticket package. The Caravan single has been getting decent airplay on rock radio stations and has debuted at #26 in its first full week of release on the Mediabase Rock Chart.

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Rush feature in the Toronto Globe and Mail
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Geddy and Alex pose for Toronto Globe and Mail article[Awkward headbangers beware: It's finally cool to like Rush]

Today's Toronto Globe and Mail Arts section contains a big feature on Rush titled Awkward headbangers beware: It's finally cool to like Rush. The article focuses on Rush's recent surge in popularity, citing the Rush documentary, the tour, Chris McDonald's Rush, Rock Music and the Middle Class book, their appearance in the movie I Love You Man, and referencing several quotes and interview snippets from famous fans plus some interview snippets from Geddy and Alex themselves. There's also a side article where musician Selina Martin talks about female Rush fans and about being a Rush fan herself. Martin will include a cover of Rush's The Spirit of Radio on her upcoming album Disaster Fantasies. There's also a Rush timeline and several great photos. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Rush Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony confirmed for June 25th
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Hollywood Walk of Fame StarmanUPDATE - 6/24@7:45AM: Both Donna Halper and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will be introducing Rush at the ceremony.

UPDATE - 6/11@8:28AM: Apparently the band's star will be the 2,412th rewarded. :)

UPDATE - 6/7@7:47AM: The Hollywood Reporter is now also confirming the June 25th ceremony.

Nearly 2 years ago we learned that Rush would be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The campaign to get Rush their star was spearheaded by long-time Rush friend Donna Halper - the woman who is credited with discovering Rush while working at WMMS-FM in Cleveland back in 1974 - and Rush fans extraordinaire Keith and Kevin Purdy. Last month I'd heard from Kevin that the ceremony would occur on Friday, June 25th and this information has now been confirmed by the Seeing Stars website. They list the event on their Calendar of Hollywood Events Calendar as scheduled to occur on Friday, June 25 at 11:30 AM at 6752 Hollywood Blvd, near McCadden Place. No details regarding the ceremony other than the location and time have yet been released. Thanks to Kevin C for the heads up.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 6/7@12:57PM: Caravan has debuted at #26 on the Mediabase Rock Chart. Please call your local rock stations and request the song so we can push it even higher.

UPDATE - 6/4@9:39PM: Ticketmaster has finally e-mailed out the redemption instructions for the VIP pre-sales packages. They give you a redemption code and a link where you enter the code, your t-shirt size and address. They indicate that the packages will be sent out shortly after the DVD release on June 29th.

The news of the past week was dominated by Tuesday's digital release of Rush's Caravan single along with its B-side BU2B. The songs can be purchased separately or as a bundle which includes a PDF of the liner notes and lyrics. The songs have been selling very well and have been appearing at the top or near the top of both the iTunes and Amazon best-selling mp3 lists. The songs have also been getting a good amount of radio airplay and I imagine we'll see one or both of them on the rock radio charts next week. The Rush.com website has revamped its look and feel with the new Caravan and BU2B graphics/music as well. With the release also come the inevitable reviews, most of which are very good so far. There's this 8 out of 10 review from metal site Hellbound.com (thanks kevin), this one from Consequence of Sound, this review from Eschewing the Plain (thanks kevin), and this review from MusicRadar.com (thanks RushFanForever) kicks off with this paragraph:

Rush have issued two tracks, Caravan and BU2B, from their upcoming album, Clockwork Angels, on iTunes. And if this pair of aces is any indication of what we can expect from the Nick Raskulinecz-produced disc (recorded in Nashville, no less!), it's going to be one of their strongest efforts in years. ...

Agreed! In addition to being produced by Nick Raskulinecz, the songs were mixed/engineered by Rich Chycki who recently wrote about the experience in his blog complete with a couple of great photos. This one's for the gearheads:

... Blackbird is one of the best equipped studios there is. We had a pretty maxxed drum mic and guitar amp setup. I have Neil's kit loaded with tube mics - Tube 67s on all toms and ELAM 251's for overheads and surround rooms, plus a pair of M50's way up in the air.

We had a healthy selection of amps on hand, all fed with my latest toy - a Radial JD7 guitar splitter. Very clean. Amps onhand included a prototype Hughes & Kettner Core Blade, an Orange OR80, a HiWatt 100 Reeves, a 100 watt Marshall Super Lead, a JCM800, a Marshall 2555 (the non-grey Jubilee head),a Bogner Ubershall head, and an incredible 30 watt HiWatt head. I've never seen this particular model before and it sounded so sweet!

Once we had completed tracking, we took the tracks over to the Sound Kitchen just outside Nashville where I once again went analog for this mix session; this time I opted to use my old friend, the SSL G+. I hope everyone enjoys the new tunes. The guys are definitely firing on all cylinders!! ...

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Now that the 2 new tracks have been released most of us have had a chance to listen to them at least a few times (or a few hundred times!). So I thought that for my next poll I'd ask everyone which of the two songs they like better. Take the Poll and let us know.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were interviewed for CTV's Canada AM this past Wednesday morning. The interview focused mostly on the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and you can check it out at this link. There were also a couple of print interviews with Geddy and Alex also dealing with the documentary that appeared in the Toronto Sun over the holiday weekend. There's this one titled Rush film follows band's evolution, and this one titled Rush riding pop culture wave. And Chud.com weighed in this week with an 8 out of 10 review of the film (thanks Mars). The documentary's US distributors D&E Entertainment are also running a contest sponsored by Gibson Epiphone where they are giving away 10 limited edition signed Gibson Epiphone Les Paul guitars. For all the details on how to enter go to this link. The film's Canadian distributors have teamed up with HMV to run a separate contest for Canadian residents where you can win tickets to a Rush concert and copies of the DVD. For all the details on this contest click here (thanks thedigitalman).

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will be released to theaters across North America and Europe next week. The distributors continue to add cities/theaters due to high demand. A list of US cities/theaters can be seen here, a list of Canadian cities/theaters are at this location, and European release information can be found here. One of the first of these theatrical showings will occur at the Regent Theater in Arlington, MA this coming Sunday, June 6th where Donna Halper will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions. Donna was recently interviewed about the documentary (which she appears in multiple times) for The Arlington Advocate:

.... I'm very honored to do [the film]... I have a long history with the band. Sometimes, I'm amazed that we are still friends. I'm in the music industry for many years, and I've done a lot of favors for a lot of bands - I was a music director, so my job was to get them airplay, and I did that for hundreds of bands - but this is the only occasion where the band continues to acknowledge me.

In my early days working with the band, I was like a big sister to them. But now, they have gold and platinum albums, and they are millionaires - and yet that link is still there. ...

You can read the entire interview at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up. The documentary will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on June 29th in the US/Canada and July 5th in the UK. It will get its television premiere on VH1 and VH1 Classic on June 26th. You can check out all the coverage of the documentary's world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival including photos, videos, reviews, interviews and news articles in this post; for Canadian premiere coverage at Hot Docs see this post. To listen to Geddy and Alex discuss the documentary on the radio interview circuit check out this post, and go here for their CNN interview. The official trailer for the film can be viewed at this link along with these 2 preview clips.

Rush Time Machine TourRush's Time Machine tour kicks off in less than a month on June 29th in Albuquerque, NM. Since early this year I've been hearing reports that Rush would be including South American dates on the tour with my latest information saying 5 dates in mid-October. Last weekend Chilean newspaper La Tercera reported that the band has indeed been booked to play the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile sometime in mid-October. The exact date is still to be determined subject to a couple of Brazilian dates first being finalized. The article also addresses all the false alarms in recent years regarding Rush playing South America, but seem more sure about things this time. You can read the entire article in Spanish at this link and see a Google translation at this link. There hasn't been any official word yet from the band regarding a South American leg. In other tour-related news, we learned yesterday that Geddy Lee is now endorsing Orange bass amplifiers and will be using them on the upcoming tour. And some folks have finally started to receive their Music Today t-shirts!

Earlier this week we learned that Rush's legal team had asked the Rand Paul Senate campaign to stop using Rush's music at campaign rallies and in campaign videos. One web video that used Tom Sawyer has already had its audio track disabled. Reader mogulman let me know that political blog Talking Points Memo posted an article about the controversy yesterday that is riddled with Rush puns:

... Paul, who has quickly stepped into the limelight, used the Rush song "Tom Sawyer" in a Web video, and his campaign has also played "The Spirit of Radio" at a rally. In a far cry from the conservative Paul's discussion of protecting private property rights, his campaign actually used the libertarian-minded band's intellectual property without permission, attracting a letter from the band's lawyer for his attempt to get something for nothing. ...

There was a short interview with Geddy Lee in Satuday's National Post where Geddy talks a bit about Rush merchandise. You can check it out at this link.

A couple of Fridays back Neil Peart posted a news update to his website at NeilPeart.net. In this latest update he posted a few old photos of himself, giving some background on each one. A couple of the photos showed Neil playing in one of his first bands - JR Flood - and he makes some remarks about the Rogers kit he was using:

... Looking at this particular image can send me off in so many directions. My eyes go straight to those drums, the first good set I ever owned: gray ripple Rogers. Not long after that photo was taken, I stripped them down to the bare shells in my bedroom, painstakingly disassembling all of the hardware, and covered the gray ripple wrap with "chrome" wallpaper, to emulate Keith Moon's Tommy kit. .... Happily, the Rogers are still in the possession of my friend Brad, who has restored them beautifully, stripping off the cheesy chrome wallpaper to reveal the classic gray ripple finish. A couple of years back I had the opportunity to play them again, in Brad's basement, with him playing guitar, and we had a fine time. ...

Reader AlexFan is a friend of Brad's and generously shared this photo of the Rogers kit in its current state in Brad's basement. Very cool.

Last year we learned about a new TV venture from The Trailer Park Boys with a working title of The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour. The show was greenlit last November for six episodes that will air on Showcase in Canada. Alex Lifeson was initially slated to appear on the show as a mad scientist character but according to this Chronicle Herald article he is no longer involved with the show:

... Written and produced by its stars, The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour is inspired by the dark and edgy troupe comedy of shows like Monty Python's Flying Circus and The League of Gentlemen, with the trio playing 24 characters over the course of the series. The cast also includes guest stars Maury Chaykin as the mad scientist (a role originally pitched to Rush guitarist and Trailer Park Boys fan Alex Lifeson) and actor Jay Baruchel, star of the recent Canadian comedy The Trotsky. Trailer Park Boys alumni Pat Roach and John Dunsworth will also appear in guest roles. ...

Too bad. I think Big Al would have been perfect for the role! My guess is that he just couldn't fit it into his busy schedule over the next year. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Guitar World LegendsGuitar World magazine has put out a special Guitar Legends issue celebrating the magazine's 30th anniversary. The issue features The 30 Greatest Classic Rock Guitar Heroes including our own Alex Lifeson. You can purchase the magazine at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

In honor of Memorial Day last weekend, Spinner.com compiled a list of Songs About the Dearly Departed which included Rush's Afterimage. Here's what they said:

A song about dealing with the loss of a friend, this tune was dedicated to Robbie Whelan, who died in a 1983 car accident en route to the recording studio. Whelan, an assistant recording engineer, had worked on several early Rush albums. Later, drummer Neil Peart would use the 1984 song's opening lyrics -- "Suddenly you were gone from all the lives you left your mark upon" -- as a dedication to his late wife and late daughter in his memoir 'Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road.'

Thanks to Joe C for the heads up.

Reader tomsawyer912 let me know that Rush's Tom Sawyer came in at #17 on the Top 500 Countdown at Baltimore's 100.7 FM over the holiday weekend.

Reader Perry M let me know about this online poll at The Province asking readers what their favorite Canadian song is. Rush's Tom Sawyer is one of the options. You can go vote for it at this link.

Chris McDonald's academic study of Rush - Rush, Rock Music and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown - was recently reviewed by Canadian music/culture critic Carl Wilson. You can read the review at this link and purchase Chris's book at this link. Thanks to Tough Soul for the heads up.

In the latest installment of his music discovery podcast and blog Bands Like Rush, Ben Sommer talks to bassist/vocalist Carl Shultz of progressive rock band Elf Project. Ben talks with Carl about how Elf Project evolved out of a Rush tribute band and how he gets his amazing bass sound - modeled faithfully after Geddy Lee. If you listen to the podcast you can hear full-length versions of the tracks Serene and Lessons from their latest album Mirage. To find out more about the band check out their website at this link. You can read the entire interview or listen to the podcast at this link.

In anticipation of next week's theatrical run of the Rush documentary, here - once again - is the awesome trailer for the film.

That's it for this week. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Geddy Lee endorses Orange Bass Amps
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Orange AmpsAccording to the Orange Amplifiers website, Geddy Lee now endorses Orange bass amplifiers and will be using them on the upcoming Time Machine Tour:

ORANGE are proud to announce that rock legend GEDDY LEE of RUSH is now using our ORANGE BASS AMPS. ...

...The band recently announced a forty date North America tour where they will be playing, for the first time ever, their classic album 'Moving Pictures' live in its entirety. Geddy will be using 2 x Orange AD200 bass heads together with 2 x OBC410 4x10"Bass Cabinets on the tour. ...

Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rush wants Rand Paul Senate campaign to stop using its songs
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[Rock band Rush says Rand Paul campaign has no right to play its songs]

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned how Tea Party candidate Rand Paul (son of Congressman and former Presidential candidate Ron Paul) had won the Republican Senatorial primary in Kentucky, causing a lot of buzz in the press. Paul happens to be a Rush fan and is known to play/quote Rush at his campaign rallies and use Rush music in his campaign videos. It seems that Rush's legal team has become aware of Rand's unauthorized use of Rush's music and have asked them to stop. From the Louisville Courier-Journal:

... the Paul campaign wasn't using the music with the band's permission, according to Rush's attorney, Robert Farmer.

Farmer, general counsel for the Anthem Entertainment Group Inc. in Toronto, which is Rush's record label, has sent a letter to Paul campaign officials informing them that they have violated copyright laws -- and urging them to stop.

"This is not a political issue -- this is a copyright issue," Farmer said in an interview. "We would do this no matter who it is."

Besides, all three members of Rush -- Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart -- are Canadians, not Americans, he pointed out. ...

... Farmer said his next legal step depends on the formal response he gets from the Paul campaign. Defendants in civil suits over copyright infringement can be subject to damages and fines. ...

Thanks to RammsteinSkins for the heads up.

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Rush interview on CTV's Canada AM this morning
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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were interviewed for CTV's Canada AM this morning. The interview focuses mostly on the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage but the tour is also mentioned briefly. You can check out the interview at this link (thanks Show Dont Tell). There were also a couple of print interviews with Geddy and Alex also dealing with the documentary that appeared in the Toronto Sun over the holiday weekend. There's this one titled Rush film follows band's evolution, and this one titled Rush riding pop culture wave. The documentary's US distributors D&E Entertainment are also running a contest sponsored by Gibson Epiphone where they are giving away 10 limited edition signed Gibson Epiphone Les Paul guitars. For all the details on how to enter go to this link.

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will be released to theaters across North America and Europe next week. The distributors continue to add cities/theaters due to high demand. A list of US cities/theaters can be seen here, a list of Canadian cities/theaters are at this location, and European release information can be found here. The documentary will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on June 29th in the US/Canada and July 5th in the UK. It will get its television premiere on VH1 and VH1 Classic on June 26th. You can check out all the coverage of the documentary's world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival including photos, videos, reviews, interviews and news articles in this post; for Canadian premiere coverage at Hot Docs see this post. To listen to Geddy and Alex discuss the documentary on the radio interview circuit check out this post, and go here for their CNN interview. The official trailer for the film can be viewed at this link along with these 2 preview clips.

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[Rush documentary wins Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award]
[Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Canadian premiere]
[Rush documentary premiere tonight, in theaters 6/10, DVD 6/29]
[Rush documentary official trailer now online]
[Alex Lifeson discusses Rush documentary in new interview]
[Rush documentary coming to VH1 on June 26th]

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