You're Canadian and a baseball fan. So why baseball over hockey?
I did enjoy baseball as a child, but I grew up a hockey fan watching the Leafs as a child. But unlike most Canadians, I did not play the game, and I rediscovered baseball while touring the U.S. in the late '70s and I fell in love with the game and its history.
We've heard you play fantasy baseball. What's your team name?
Yes, I am a huge devotee of the hobby, but I can't tell you.
Biggest stud/dud on you fantasy roster?
Stud is Adam Wainwright and dud is Jose Lopez.
Tell us about your donation to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum?
A few years back, I visited the Negro League Museum in Kansas City and was so impressed with the exhibits and moved by the story, which many baseball fans like myself are surprisingly unaware of. I happen to be a collector of baseball memorabilia and a friend of mine spotted this collection at an auction, so we hatched a plan to buy them and donate them to the museum. I just thought that they belonged in the museum and not in private hands. The collection was divided into two lots of 200 balls each, and we were successful in purchasing one of the lots. But after my donation became public, I discovered who had purchased the second lot, and after approaching them, they were kind enough to allow me to purchase the remainder of the balls in order to donate the complete collection of over 400 balls to the museum. I recently visited the museum again, and the balls are now beautifully displayed.
Rush finished off the first third of the US portion of their Time Machine Tour this past weekend in New York, playing the SPAC and Jones Beach. They'll pick things back up out west in Salt Lake City next Thursday, August 5th. Tickets are now available for the 2 Brazilian dates that were recently added to the tour. You can purchase tickets at this link. For anyone planning a trip to Brazil to see one of the shows, Brazilian Rush fan site Test For Echo has set up an informational forum specifically for English-speaking Rush fans regarding the Brazilian tour dates. We are also still awaiting official word on more South American dates. I'm still hearing that the October 17th date in Santiago, Chile is a go. They're presumably just finalizing some things before making the official announcement.
Rush's official tour photographer and pyrotechnician John Arrowsmith has been regularly posting his fantastic tour photos for each show to the Rush.com Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. We found out earlier this week that high quality prints of these photos are now available for purchase at this link. You can buy the photos in a variety of sizes and finishes starting at $40. Rush.com has also added a Road Flicks section to the website which features a couple of Quicktime videos from the tour. The first video is titled Bootleggers! and features guys selling bootleg t-shirts at opening night in Albuquerque. In the second video John Arrowsmith talks pyro and explains the inner workings of Alex's Time Machine amps. You can watch both videos at this link (obvious SPOILERS).
Yesterday Geddy Lee celebrated his 57th birthday and it was also the 36th anniversary of the new guy Neil Peart joining the band. On the day following Neil Peart's addition to the band - 36 years ago today - Rush bought equipment for their first tour at Long and McQuade Music in Toronto, including Geddy's black Rickenbacker, Alex's Gibson Les Paul Deluxe and Neil's Slingerland kit.
As I'd mentioned last week, the CD version of the Caravan/BU2B single is no longer available at the Rush Backstage Club. The release was a limited run and the Backstage Club does not currently plan on releasing any more copies for sale. However, you can still purchase digital copies of both Caravan and BU2B at this link. As many readers have pointed out to me, several copies of the CD (all of them maybe) have BU2B as track 1 despite Caravan being listed first on the sleeve. I emailed the Rush Backstage Club about this and they stated that as far as they knew, the track order should have Caravan first. My own personal copy has BU2B first as does every single person I've spoken to who also has a copy. If the copy you received is the alleged correct version which has Caravan as track 1 please let us know in the comments. I'm still not clear as to whether this was an error with the entire pressing or not. The Caravan single has been getting increasingly more airplay on rock radio stations of late and has been hovering around the top 5 on the Mediabase Rock Chart. At the time of this posting it's #5.
We learned earlier this week that Universal will be releasing yet another Rush compilation as part of their new ICON series. It will retail for just $7.99 and contain 12 songs including Working Man, The Twilight Zone and Limelight. The compilation will be released on August 31st and can be pre-ordered at this link.
Neil Peart's personal website at NeilPeart.net underwent a Time Machine-themed redesign late last week courtesy the crew at Tandem Digital. It's really just a re-skinning; same content, different look and feel based on the Time Machine Tour theme. I was also told to expect a new story from the road from Neil Peart to be posted within the next week or so.
RushCon 10 wrapped up a couple of weekends ago in Toronto. The convention was a huge success and the organizers promise to post an official recap in the near future. Until then, don't forget that there will be a mini RushCon in Las Vegas the weekend of Rush's gig there on August 14th. For all the details and to register for the Vegas event go here.
Speaking of RushCon, fresh off her appearance there a couple of weekends ago, Rush discovererDonna Halper appeared on internet radio talk show Used Bin Radio on Tuesday, July 20th. In case you missed it, the podcast is now up at this link. Donna's bit starts at about the 47-minute mark and runs about 50 minutes.
Upscale men's clothier Distante (1510 Sansom) did a Rush job the other day. The store altered some shirts that the Canadian rock band wore onstage at the Susquehanna Bank Center and also made some custom leather ankle straps for Rush drummer Neal Peart, which Distante's Baba Taiye Renfrow hand-delivered to the Ritz-Carlton.
A couple of months ago we learned that the Rush 2112/Moving PicturesClassic Albums special would be released to DVD and Blu-ray on September 28th. The special had also been slated to run before the television premiere of the Rush documentary on VH1 Classic but was pulled at the last minute. It's still expected that it will air on VH1 and VH1 Classic sometime before the DVD release later this summer but there's no specific date yet. This past weekend we discovered that Amazon.com had posted a short minute-and-a-half preview video up on their Rush page. The video shows Neil Peart, David Fricke, Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown talking about Limelight. You can check out the video below or at this link.
On this day back in 1953, our favorite singer/bassist - Gary Lee Weinrib (aka Geddy Lee) - was born in Willowdale, Toronto. That makes Geddy 57 years young today! Happy birthday Geddy! May you have many more. Today is also the 36th anniversary of Neil Peart joining Rush! Also, 36 years ago tomorrow Rush bought equipment for their first tour at Long and McQuade Music in Toronto, including Geddy's black Rickenbacker, Alex's Gibson Les Paul Deluxe and Neil's Slingerland kit.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Rush featured in August 2010 Classic Rock Magazine
Universal has announced a new series of compilations called "ICONS", with the tag line "Great Artists, Great Songs, Great Value!". Each ICONS release will include "12 hits for only $7.99". Featured ICONS include artists ranging from KISS to Diana Ross, and of course, RUSH.
RUSH Icons will be released August 31st, and "featured songs include their debut album's 'Working Man,' 2112's 'The Twilight Zone' and classic rock radio staple 'Limelight.'"
Neil Peart's personal website at NeilPeart.net underwent a Time Machine-themed redesign late last week courtesy the crew at Tandem Digital. It's really just a re-skinning; same content, different look and feel based on the Time Machine Tour theme. I was also told to expect a new story from the road from Neil Peart to be posted within the next couple of weeks during Rush's tour break.
Official Rush Time Machine Tour photos now available for purchase
UPDATE - 8/6@8:30AM: They've made some changes to their pricing scheme and are now offering several photo packages for sale along with 5x7 prints starting at $20. All the photos come with a watermark displaying when and where that photo was taken, but John has been uploading non-watermarked versions of the photos as well for those who would rather not have the watermark.
I'd mentioned this in both of the Rush Time Machine Tour open threads over the weekend, but thought I'd rehash for those who had missed it. Rush's official tour photographer and pyrotechnician John Arrowsmith has been regularly posting his fantastic tour photos for each show to the Rush.com Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Due to popular demand, high quality prints of these photos are now available for purchase at this link. You can buy the photos in a variety of sizes and finishes starting at $40. Many thanks to Rush and John for making these available.
Rush closes out the first third of the US portion of the 2010 Time Machine Tour tonight at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY. They'll then take a 2-week break and crank things back up out west in Salt Lake City on August 5th. For everyone going to tonight's show have fun, be safe, and don't forget to share your photos/videos/reports.
A couple of months ago we learned that the Rush 2112/Moving PicturesClassic Albums special would be released to DVD and Blu-ray on September 28th. The special had also been slated to run before the television premiere of the Rush documentary on VH1 Classic but was pulled at the last minute. It's still expected that it will air on VH1 and VH1 Classic sometime before the DVD release later this summer but there's no specific date yet. Amazon.com recently posted a short minute-and-a-half preview video up on their Rush page. The video shows Neil Peart, David Fricke, Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown talking about Limelight. You can check out the video below or at this link.
Rush brings the Time Machine to the Empire State of New York this weekend where they'll play the SPAC in Saratoga Springs tonight and Jones Beach tomorrow. For all of those going to tonight's show have fun, be safe, and don't forget to share your photos/videos/reports.
Date/Time: Friday, July 23rd @ 8:00PM Show Number: 12 Venue:SPAC Place: Saratoga Springs, NY
UPDATE - 7/23@1:54PM: Eric at Power Windows let me know that the ICON series as reported by MusicTap.net is yet another series of compilations similar to the GOLD series. So we can expect another Rush compilation in the near future.
Rush takes the Time Machine Tour to the state of New York this weekend playing back-to-back shows at the SPAC tonight and Jones Beach tomorrow before taking a much-deserved break. When they crank up the Time Machine again they'll be transported a couple of weeks into the future and 2000 miles to the west, playing the USANA Amphitheatre outside Salt Lake City on August 5th. This past week Rush closed out the Canadian leg of the tour at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto last weekend, then played the Mohegan Sun Arena Monday and the Susquehanna Bank Center on Wednesday. For those of you who ordered VIP ticket packages for the tour, it looks like the packages have finally started shipping.
Last weekend when Rush played Toronto, Alex Lifeson called into Toronto's Q107 and chatted with Joanne Wilder about a wide range of subjects including the tour, the upcoming album, their Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, the Rush documentary, and the new iPhone app. The entire interview was posted to the Q107 website and you can listen to it at this link. Alex also did an interview with St. Catherines' HTZ-FM which you can listen to at this link.
The CD version of the Caravan/BU2B single is no longer available at the Rush Backstage Club. The release was a limited run and the Backstage Club does not currently plan on releasing any more copies for sale. However, you can still purchase digital copies of both Caravan and BU2B at this link. The Caravan single has been getting increasingly more airplay on rock radio stations of late and has broken into the top 5 on the Mediabase Rock Chart. At the time of this posting it's #4.
... Another industry veteran, Ed Stenger, who runs a Rush fan website, Rushisaband.com, shed some stroke perspective as well. "It's no surprise to me that Neil Peart has won Drummer of the Year 3 years running. The man has become synonymous with drumming over his 40+ year career. Every drummer knows who he is and wishes they were half as skilled. "...
Industry veteran? I'm flattered but I hardly fit that description. :)
... Meanwhile, Beyond the Lighted Stage, a documentary about the deathless Canadian prog trio Rush, deservedly won the audience award at this years' Tribeca film festival. If it can't make a non-believer like their music, it does a brilliant job of explaining why people do. Rather surprisingly, drummer Neal Peart emerges from the film as a kind of Morrissey for the Dungeons and Dragons set: aloof, mysterious, considered a poet by his fans and a rightwing crank by his detractors (he's famously a fan of the conservative's novelist of choice, Ayn Rand), he is given to writing songs about misfits getting a rough time from the cool kids in school. ...
In this past week's Sports illustrated there's an article about LeBron James and his move to the Miami Heat. There's also a sidebar article on page 22 about great trios throughout history which makes mention of Rush concocting their album 2112 back in 1975 (the album was recorded in Toronto in 1975 and released in 1976). Here's what they say:
1975 - Canadian band Rush, also known as the Holy Triumvirate, concocts 2112, solidifying its place as chief dorks of the prog rock movement.
Thanks to analogkid_wk for the heads up and the scan.
Power Windowsreported earlier this week that the interactive video game DarkStar will not be using any Rush music in its soundtrack. The game has been in development for over 10 years now and the plan since its inception was to use Rush's music extensively. Unfortunately negotiations with Universal hit a snag in recent months and the studio has been forced to pull all Rush music. You can check out the details in this July 1st press release.
Fresh off her appearance at RushCon this past weekend, Rush discovererDonna Halper appeared on internet radio talk show Used Bin Radio this past Tuesday night. In case you missed it, the show will soon be available via podcast at this link.
Quebec-based ukulele band Lucky Uke released an album of classic rock covers last month which includes a cover of Rush's The Spirit Of Radio. You can listen to the track on their website at LuckyUke.com using the player in the upper left on their home page, and you can purchase the track at this link. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.
On August 31, various labels will release artist CDs for a series called ICON. You can expect releases for ABBA, Barry White, Bryan Adams, Don Williams, Gary Allan, Gladys Knight, Neil Diamond, Nirvana, No Doubt, Patsy Cline, Rush, Stevie Wonder, Three Dog Night, and Trisha Yearwood.
I'm not really sure what this means, but there you have it.
It's understandable why critics loathe prog - the song almost never comes first. If anything, the song is just a vehicle to indulge in musical masturbation. How is everyone going to know how awesome I am if I don't show off my mad skills at every single opportunity? Come on, people, look at me! Alex Lifeson is not that kind of guitarist. One possible explanation for Lifeson's reserved approach in a genre ruled by excess is that he's in a band with a bassist and drummer that are among the world's finest, and the best way to stand out is by not trying to compete with them. We'd prefer, however, to believe that after a little youthful indiscretion, Lifeson learned that it's better to do what's best for the song and, as the band's only guitarist, he knew that he would get plenty of moments to shine, even when Geddy Lee was on that big keyboard kick. But that still doesn't highlight the greatest weapon in Lifeson's arsenal: his chords. Listen to the opening of "The Camera Eye," that gonzo C chord in "Double Agent," the D-tuned oddness in "Stick It Out," or the chorus to "Digital Man"; the fact that he can shred with the best of them is a plus, but it's his rhythm work that best demonstrates Lifeson's depth and personality as a guitarist. Balance and restraint: in a perfect world, they'd be the new black - David Medsker
... Because, yet being a great band, they seem to keep their feet on the ground, only living for their craft: music. In fact, Steven Wilson's brainchild could be the new Rush, in the sense that, as much as they're enormously successful and respected, they seem to remain largely out of the limelight; this allows the band to keep progressing and refining their art without paying too much attention to album charts and record sales. ...
Thanks to GedHed for the link.
In the latest installment of his music discovery podcast and blog Bands Like Rush, Ben Sommer talks to Keyboardist Steve Mauk from the west coast prog rock band Mars Hollow. Ben talks with Steve about a number of subjects including the differences between the prog music scenes in Los Angeles and Mexico along with the oddly traditional route they've taken with the band and - of course - Rush. To find out more about the band check out their website at this link. You can listen to the podcast at this link.
Reader Robert S noticed this less-than-flattering Rush analogy in a recent article by the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla. He discusses how Major League Soccer doesn't pay enough to attract real talent, and when it does bring in some big names it's long after the peak of their careers. Here is the analogy used:
... The MLS is still marketing itself as a soccer retirement home. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Hey, maybe Geddy Lee's guitar rocked the 1980s. But if he insists on strutting on stage in a cutoff T-shirt with over- the-hill members of Rush these days, then it's played strictly for laughs. ...
* Specially Designed Rush Concert Shirt * Collectible Tour Poster (limited edition, numbered) * Official Rush Tour Program * Limited Edition Rush CD Single (Caravan/BU2B) * Rush Documentary DVD Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage * Rush compilation CD Working Men * Set of official Rush guitar picks
Fans purchasing the VIP tickets were charged the full amount for the ticket package immediately on their credit cards. They were also told that the limited edition CD and Rush documentary DVD would be shipped upon release - which meant the endof June - and that VIP package details including shipping information would be emailed to customers shortly after purchase. This gave the false impression that everything except the CD and DVD would be sent out a couple weeks after the ticket purchase... not so. What actually happened was that fans heard nothing until the beginning of June when Ticketmaster finally sent out redemption instructions. Fans needed to go to a website and essentially order the package again using a redemption code included in the email. Then the waiting game began once again. Nothing was heard until the beginning of July when Live Nation/FanFire sent out emails claiming that VIP items for customers who have completed the redemption process have started to ship and will be delivered shortly. Although nobody actually reported receiving any of the items. Then last week they sent yet another email saying Rush VIP items have shipped, packages will be delivered shortly! And FINALLY some folks started reporting having actually received the packages earlier this week! Counterparts member cavesoficeman took a couple of photos of the swag he received (see thumbnails above). The t-shirt has the Rush explosion logo on it and the poster is the Fly By Night owl cover. So the good news is that folks should start receiving their swag shortly... for real this time. I sincerely hope that Rush and their management are aware of how poorly this entire process was handled and will take steps to avoid the same thing happening for their 2011 tour.
Rush Time Machine Tourbook images now available online
Rush now has 10 shows under its belt and for show #11 brings the Time Machine Tour to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ tonight. For everybody going have fun, be safe, and be sure to share your photos/videos/reports.
The official Neil Peart Time Machine Tour retail model drumsticks from Pro-Mark are now hitting store shelves according to Michael of NeilPeartDrumsticks.com. You can also get a new exclusive Neil Peart Signature Series mobile application for your Smartphone with your purchase of a pair of the sticks. For all the details check out NeilPeartDrumsticks.com. If you are lucky enough to receive a pair of Neil's personal sticks from a concert, Michael would also love it if you send in your photo with the sticks to be posted on his Fan Gallery page.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Rush's 2112 the centerpiece of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
It's official: Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock has the most epically prog-rock finale of any music video game yet. Rush have teamed with Activision for the fall release, which features a story-based Quest Mode that includes with hero wannabes playing the entirety of "2112," a seven-part suite from the Canadian band's 1976 album of the same name. The story of the game's final segment roughly follows Rush's opus, and will be narrated by lead singer Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson. "In our story, the caves of 2112 are where our hero finds the lost guitar," says Lee. "This rediscovery of music is much like the Guitar Hero warriors' journey to find the Demi-God of Rock's Legendary guitar, which has been trapped in a cavern." Watch exclusive footage from the game above.
Peart, Lee and Lifeson join Kiss' Gene Simmons as Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock narrators. Simmons' contribution begins with an introduction asking players to "Come with me, and enter a world populated of Demi-Gods and Beasts. Transform from an everyday person and become the savior of rock & roll." ...
... The game retains the familiar Guitar Hero interface, with a few aesthetic changes - the imagery is filled with flames and molten lava, and the plastic guitars will come with detachable "axe wings" for gamers looking for a little more edge. The venues include Rush-inspired caves and a faithful rendering of the now-defunct CBGB. Additionally, Warriors of Rock will be the first in the Guitar Hero series to feature eight playable characters, each of whom will transform into rock warriors as players unlock subsequent challenges.
Despite added emphasis on storytelling and quest progression, however, the game remains focused on rock. "I think it's a great way to introduce people of all ages to music of various styles by all kinds of different bands," says Lifeson, "while providing a launching pad for kids who want to get into playing music."
And there's also this accompanying video previewing the game that includes interview snippets with Alex and Geddy.
Thanks to Robert S for the heads up.
Donna Halper to guest on internet talk show Used Bin Radio tonight
UPDATE - 7/26@9:45AM: The podcast is up at this link (thanks RushFanForever). Donna's bit starts at about the 47-minute mark and runs about 50 minutes.
Used Bin Radio is a weekly internet radio talk show geared towards Classic, Modern and Progressive Rock. Hosts Joe and Brad are longtime Rush fans as well as RIAB readers and the subject of Rush often comes up on their show. I've been a guest on the program a fewtimesnow and have had a blast every time. The show airs live every Tuesday night at 11PM EST (8PM EST) and tonight's guest will be none other than Donna Halper - the woman credited with discovering Rush. Donna appeared in the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and was also a guest speaker at RushCon in Toronto this past weekend. During the show you can email questions for Donna to Usedbinradio@usedbin.com or call in at 888.405.7440. You can listen live to the program on purerockradio.net - just click on LISTEN LIVE. Past shows can be listened to via podcast at this link. It should be a great show so listen in if you get a chance.
Golfer Rocco Mediate to wear a Rush cap at the Canadian Open
If all the world's pro athletes were forced to make an in-their-prime career change, it wouldn't take a pollster to project the majority vote.
They'd mostly morph into rock stars, or rap stars. And you could count Rocco Mediate, the PGA Tour pro, among the first in line to make the switch.
At least this is what Mediate was saying on Monday between practice putts at St. George's Golf and Country Club in Etobicoke, where the RBC Canadian Open will commence its 101st edition on Thursday. Mediate, who famously tangled with Tiger Woods in an 18-hole playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open, is a big music fan. He is also a close friend of Alex Lifeson, the Toronto-bred guitarist for the rock band Rush.
And Mediate admires the acclaimed trio so much that this week he'll be a rare sight among PGA types. Not currently under contract to sport the obligatory logo of a sponsor on his cap, he'll pull on headwear bearing the logo of Lifeson's band.
"I absolutely would trade my job for Alex's. Tomorrow," said Mediate, 47. "He still loves what he does . . . and he's a psycho golfer. Psycho. He plays literally every day . . . He's probably about an eight handicap now, which isn't bad." ...
... Mediate, though he offered kind words for the golf course, seemed much happier to tell of the vicarious pleasure he takes in Rush's continuing success. The golfer was in L.A. a few weeks back to watch the band rehearse for its ongoing summer tour. And there he was Monday, wearing the name of a rock institution on a place usually reserved for the highest bidder.
"I just called Alex this morning and said, 'I need more hats, damn it,' " Mediate said. "This one's looking a little worse for wear - I've been wearing it so much - but I love it."
DarkStar is an interactive video game that's been in development for over 10 years. It's usually described as more of an interactive movie than a video game because the characters in the game are live actors. The game is of interest to Rush fans because the game's creators had planned on featuring the music of Rush for the soundtrack; about two dozen songs spanning 12 albums. The last we'd heard regarding the project was from DarkStar director/producer J. Allen Williams back in late 2009:
We are now negotiating with Universal and Atlantic to include the following songs to be featured in the feature length scifi film that serves as back-story to the project: Anthem, Bastille Day, The Twilight Zone, Cygnus X-1, Cygnus X-1 Book II, Tom Sawyer, YYZ, The Camera Eye, Witch Hunt, Vital Signs, Subdivisions, Red Sector A, The Enemy Within, Red Lenses, Mystic Rhythms, Manhattan Project, Time Stand Still, Test for Echo, Time and Motion, Limbo, One Little Victory and Nocturne. The band and their management has approved the use of all of these songs, but final negotiations must be completed with Universal and Atlantic before we can announce the final songlist. We're hoping we can include this entire list. - J. Allen Williams/Parallax Studio L.L.C., December 2009
Unfortunately negotiations with Universal hit a snag in recent months and the studio has been forced to pull all Rush music from the game. From a July 1st press release:
The band gave us a green light years ago, but tough negotiations with Universal more recently have gone nowhere - and at the end of the day, they own the RUSH masters. They simply want too much money, more than was ever talked about during this process.' commented Studio owner J. Allen Williams. 'At this point we've made the difficult decision to pull the music and produce an original score for Darkstar so we can release, and that is now in process. We wish it could have gone better for both RUSH and our project, but that's Hollywood for you. Clearance rights were our last worry as we were told repeatedly over the years that the band was behind us. Anthem encouraged us to talk about it in interviews, which we did.' said Williams. 'We are disappointed, of course, as I'm sure there will be fans who have been writing us for so long waiting to see their favorite band in Darkstar. I have a true love for RUSH and a vision that could have glorified them to a new generation of listeners. It sucks, it's sad, but that's the final word.' Darkstar began production in mid-2000, featuring the original cast of the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, Clive Robertson (Sunset Beach), and was veteran actor Peter Graves final performance. Darkstar is back on schedule for release now that these issues are resolved, a date to be announced late summer once new music is in place.
Rush brings the Time Machine Tour back to the US tonight playing the Mohegan Sun Arena - the first of 4 dates in the Northeast US before taking a 2-week break and heading out west. For everyone going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.
Date/Time: Monday, July 19th @ 8:00PM Show Number: 10 Venue:Mohegan Sun Arena Place: Uncasville, CT
Rush closes out their short Canadian leg of the Time Machine Tour tonight back in their hometown of Toronto, playing the Air Canada Centre. For everyone going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.
Date/Time: Saturday, July 17th @ 8:00PM Show Number: 9 Venue:Air Canada Centre Place: Toronto, ON
Speaking of Neil Peart drumkits, this recent article from Chris Stankee at Sabian.com describes the evolution of the steampunk-themed cymbals from Neil Peart's new Time Machine Tour kit. The article describes all the various design incarnations for the cymbals along with several pictures, and how they evolved into the final product which is currently incorporated into Neil's new kit on the Time Machine Tour.
Adventures of Power is an indie film which chronicles the adventures of air-drummer extraordinaire Power (played by filmmaker Ari Gold) and contains a cameo from Neil Peart along with a slew of Rush references. It first hit the film festival circuit back in early 2008 and made its theatrical debut last fall. According to the latest official newsletter from the film, it will be getting a DVD release on November 2nd.
Rush graces the cover of the latest issue (issue #9, July 2010) of Classic Rock's Prog magazine and is the subject of a 6-page feature article. Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee are interviewed along with Rush documentary filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFayden. Thanks to Anthony J for the heads up.
Reader Radio Spirit let me know that the latest issue of The Believer (July/August) contains a piece about Rush by Skylaire Alfvegren titled Grokking Rush. You can read an excerpt from the article at this link. The full version is available in the print edition of the magazine.
Reader PhillyMike pointed me to this PopDose.com article which discusses Rush's Time Stand Still as part of a series on power balads. You can check it out at this link.
Last fall Neil Peart was the subject of the cover feature in the September, 2009 issue of the American Motorcyclist - the magazine of the American Motorcyclist Association. The article contained several photographs of Neil with his motorcycle that were taken by photographer Holly Carlyle. Carlyle recently wrote about the experience on her blog and included all the shots of Neil she'd taken. You can check it out at this link (thanks Sean).
Rush continues their short Canadian leg of the Time Machine Tour on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City tonight as part of the Quebec City Summer Festival. The show is completely sold out so there should be a huge crowd on hand. For everyone going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.
A recent article from Chris Stankee at Sabian.com describes the evolution of the steampunk-themed cymbals from Neil Peart's new Time Machine Tour kit. The article describes all the various design incarnations for the cymbals along with several pictures, and how they evolved into the final product which is currently incorporated into Neil's new kit on the Time Machine Tour. From the article:
... Sitting in Neil Peart's kitchen, over a Scotch, he shared with me his elaborate concept for Rush's new album Clockwork Angels. There was so much to the story, and the concept was so visual. He explained the steampunk style to me, citing examples from H.G. Wells and Jules Verne's tales, including bizarre mechanical inventions powered by steam, elaborate clockworks, and alchemy, in an alternate timeline - "the future as it ought to have been." Neil could see that he was over my head, as usual, so he said think of the movies The Time Machine and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. That's steampunk! He showed me the alchemical symbols that he was using as chapter markers in the story and lyrics he had written. Gold, Copper, Winter, Annealing, Combine, Neptune, Essence, Dissolve and Mixture. This was the recipe for a visual concept that would mark his new drum set. What if we made the cymbals look like gears? What if we copper plated them? What if we painted, powder coated, engraved them? What if we incorporated those alchemical symbols? Yeah, yeah, yeah! All of that! And that's the gist of the e-mail that Mark got from us. ...
You can read the whole thing and check out the photos at this link. Thanks to Mark R for the heads up.
Neil Peart's Slingerland drum kit to be on display at Lakeside Park
... The kit was initially purchased by Peart in 1974 for a U.S.-Canada tour. Aside from All the World's a Stage (where the drums also appear on the album cover), the Chromey was used in the recording of three other Rush albums: Fly By Night, Caress of Steel and 2112 and went on five consecutive North American tours between 1974-77.
The kit was retired in 1977, and remained in storage for a decade until it became a prize in the July 1987 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, to be awarded to the person who performed the best drum solo, as judged by Peart himself. Mark Feldman, of New York City, was declared the winner and he kept them in storage for 22 years, until 2009.
At that point, it was put on eBay because Feldman wanted to raise funds to found a community drum school. In August 2009, [Dean] Bobisud was the high bidder at $25,100.
With the help of Michael DF Lowe, of www.neilpeartdrumsticks.com, and other experienced technical advisors, the kit was refurbished with vintage replacement equipment; it has been restored to its former original playing condition.
Bobisud now tours the kit around because he feels it belongs to the fans. He also uses the kit to raise money for charity, and it has appeared at major drum shows in Chicago and Indianapolis, and will be at RushCon this weekend....
UPDATE - 7/16@7:09AM: This wasn't much of an interview by all reports; just a few questions interspersed throughout the show followed by playing a Rush song. Move along, nothing to see here.
VH1 Classic Rock Nights is a new syndicated radio show hosted by WLUP's Eddie Webb. The show's website is reporting that Rush will be interviewed on tonight's program at 7PM and that they'll be playing Rush music throughout the show which runs through midnight. Since Rush is currently in Quebec City for tonight's show, I'm assuming this is a pre-recorded interview. For a list of stations which carry the program check out this link. Thanks to twon for the heads up.
For the first time ever Rush has helped develop a fun and useful application for the hard-core Rush fans.
Get exclusive up to the minute news, music, and more in the palm of your hands.See brand new content and be a part of all things Geddy, Alex & Neil as they embark on the Time Machine Tour. Follow this application. We will continuously be featuring updates and improvements.
Directions, ticket info, and a full tour itinerary Find the nearest places to dine, stay, points of interest, and transportation near each venue.
Rush Radio: More than 30 of your favorite Rush songs embedded in the application. Over $40 worth of music included as well as interesting facts on every song compiled by the band. Pick a song, and let it play while you explore the other functions on the Rush application.
30 Wallpapers: for the first time available, beautiful and formatted for the iPhone and the iPod touch, include original album artwork and behind the scenes, new & vintage photos that can be emailed or saved as your wallpaper.
Interactive game with Geddy, Alex and Neil: includes rare audio clips. It's a feature in this application that will be sure to shake you up. Up to the minute information on all Rush activities and much more!!!
There's no bread, let them eat cake There's no end to what they'll take Flaunt the fruits of noble birth Wash the salt into the earth But they're marching to Bastille Day La guillotine will claim her bloody prize Free the dungeons of the innocent The king will kneel, and let his kingdom rise
Bloodstained velvet, dirty lace Naked fear on every face See them bow their heads to die As we would bow as they rode by
And we're marching to Bastille Day La guillotine will claim her bloody prize Sing, o choirs of cacophony The king has kneeled, to let his kingdom rise.
Lessons taught but never learned All around us anger burns Guide the future by the past Long ago the mould was cast
For they marched up to Bastille Day La guillotine - claimed her bloody prize Hear the echoes of the centuries Power isn't all that money buys
- Rush, Bastille Day from Caress of Steel
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Rush Time Machine Tour: Toronto show #1 open thread
Rush brings the Time Machine Tour to their hometown of Toronto this evening to play the first of 2 shows there. This one will be in the outdoor venue at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre while they'll play the ACC on Saturday. Greetings to all of the early-bird RushCon attendees that will be in town for the show. For them and everyone else going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.
The postponed Wednesday, July 7 performance at Charter One Pavilion has been rescheduled to MONDAY, AUGUST 23.
NEW DATE - AUGUST 23 CHARTER ONE PAVILION / CHICAGO, IL Doors 6:30 pm / Show 7:30 pm
All tickets for the previously scheduled performance will be reactivated and honored at the rescheduled date. If fans feel that the barcodes may be illegible, they should ensure they bring picture ID and the credit card which was used to purchase the tickets. Venue parking available - fans will need to show their ticket for admittance to the parking garage. Refunds - if required at point of purchase through August 22nd. Questions can be directed to TicketMaster customer service at 800-653-8000
Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net and Eric at Power Windows, the Rush Time Machine Tourbook has been transcribed along with some of the images scanned, and made available online for your viewing pleasure. You can check it out at Cygnus-X1.net or at Power Windows. Neil Peart's writeup is particularly interesting as he talks about the concepts behind the whole time machine/steampunk theme of the tour and how all that might translate to the band's upcoming album Clockwork Angels:
... Geddy brought up a project that has long appealed to him-collecting all of our instrumentals into one album, and perhaps writing a new one to go with them.
"Maybe something a little more extended," he said, and my ears pricked up. Years back, we had done our share of long works, lyrical concepts and instrumentals (always remembering the subtitle of "La Villa Strangiato" from 1978, "An Exercise in Self Indulgence"), but lately we had tended to make our songs, if not concise, at least more compressed. So that, for example, an instrumental like "The Main Monkey Business" on Snakes and Arrows was enormously complex, but worked through its movements in six minutes, instead of nine or ten.
At that suggestion, wheels started turning in my head. Now that we were talking about doing something a little more ambitious musically, I wondered if it wasn't time to think that way in terms of lyrics and concepts, too. The chorus line in "Caravan" seems apt: "I can't stop thinking big."
I told the guys about an idea for a fictional world that had interested me lately, thinking it would make a great setting, maybe for a suite of songs that told a story. A genre of science fiction pioneered by certain authors (including my friend Kevin J. Anderson) had come to be called "steampunk," seen as a reaction against the "cyberpunk" futurists, with their scenarios of dehumanized, alienated, dystopian societies. Our own previous excursions into the future, 2112 and "Red Barchetta," had been set in that darker kind of imagining, for dramatic and allegorical effect, but I was thinking of steampunk's definition as "The future as it ought to have been," or "The future as seen from the past"-as imagined by Jules Verne, for example, in 1866, when he was writing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. ...
You can purchase your own copy of the tourbook at the Rush Backstage Club. Many thanks to John and Eric for taking the time to do this.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Rush Time Machine Tour: Ottawa Bluesfest open thread
UPDATE - 8/25@1:05PM:Portraits of Bluesfest 2 will take place this coming Thursday, August 26th from 7-10PM at the Cube Gallery. Portraits from 13 local artists including a couple of Rush-themed ones will be on display and available to purchase in a charity auction. You can check out all of the portraits at this link.
UPDATE - 7/12@1:50PM: There's no official word from Rush yet, but Live Nation is now listing a date at the Charter One Pavilion for August 23rd so it's likely that this is the makeup date (thanks comedianshaun).
Earlier this week Rush was forced to cancel their 2nd show at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago due to inclement weather when heavy rains caused damage to some of their equipment. They plan to reschedule the show for sometime in early September. This apparently wasn't good enough of an excuse for one alleged lifelong Rush fan who has filed a lawsuit against the band. From the Chicago Sun-Times:
... Christopher Langone, 42, a one-time Chicagoan who flew in from Upstate New York to attend the concert, filed a breach of contract lawsuit on Friday, saying the show was shut down because of the rain despite a ticket stub and other promotional materials saying calling it a "rain or shine" event.
"I traveled here to Chicago to see the show with old friends," Langone told the Sun-Times. "I've been a lifelong fan of Rush and we were very disappointed they canceled the show...especially when [the rain] stopped."
He's filed a class action suit, not only seeking reimbursement for the ticket but also his airfare and other travel expenses.
Langone says he purchased six tickets - at a cost of $80 apiece - $250 airfare, and a round of beers he bought at Charter One Pavilion before the concert was called off.
He's perused the online fan forums and says he believes others are in the same boat.
While a new concert date hasn't been announced, Langone says a rumored reschedule date of September would be out of the question. He's a Ph.D student at Cornell University and will be back in class.
Asked about suing a band he has long enjoyed, Langone acknowledged: "It feels a little strange."...
Thanks to Dave S for the heads up.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Rush Time Machine Tour: Sarnia Bayfest open thread
UPDATE - 7/9@2:20PM: Here's an article in the London Free Press discussing how the Bayfest stage had to undergo $30,000 in upgrades to accommodate Rush's stage show (thanks RushFanForever).
Assuming that Rush's issues from Wednesday night's canceled show have been resolved, the band will head to their native land of Canada to play the Rogers Sarnia Bayfest tonight. For everyone going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.
The Rush Time Machine caravan thundered into the Midwest this past week hitting Milwaukee Summerfest on Saturday and Chicago on Monday. It then ran into some real thunder trouble for the second Chicago show on Wednesday when heavy rains caused some equipment to short out and forced the band to cancel the show. All indications are that the show will be rescheduled sometime in early September. While all this was happening our South American Rush fan friends received some welcome news when Rush.com finally confirmed a couple of South American dates in Brazil. The band will hit Sao Paulo on October 8th at Morumbi Stadium and Rio de Janeiro on October 10th at Praca da Apoteose. It's expected that official confirmation of at least a couple more South American dates including Santiago, Chile on October 17th will be announced in the near future. Rush takes the Time Machine Tour back to their native land this week hitting Sarnia Bayfest today, the Ottawa Bluesfest on Sunday then 2 shows in Toronto later in the week.
Reader RushFanForever let me know that Toronto's Q107 is running a Rush trivia contest where you could win tickets to see Rush on Saturday, July 17th at The Air Canada Centre from The Q107 Private Suite. You can check out all the details at this link.
The CD version of the Caravan/BU2B single was released at the end of last month and can be purchased via the Rush Backstage Club for $4.99. Fans who have already received their copies have noticed that although the track listing lists Caravan as appearing first on the CD, in actuality BU2B appears first. It's not clear whether this is the case with all copies of the CD or whether this was a mistake or intentional. The Caravan single has been getting decent airplay on rock radio stations and has broken into the top 10 on the Mediabase Rock Chart. At the time of this posting it's #10.
They're one of my favorite bands growing up. I still love them. I'm proud of them as a band for continuing to push forward. I thought they were the most amazing thing I ever heard. They were one of the first bands that spoke to me. They were the first band that I thought was from my generation, even though they were obviously older. I particularly liked the lyrics and that influenced how I look at lyric writing. If you look at my lyrics, there's a lot of [Rush drummer] Neil Peart in there. When we first started the Pumpkins and Jimmy Chamberlin joined and I realized he knew every Rush fill, I was like, "OK. This is great." The prog element of the band is something that not everyone has understood, but Jimmy and I were both really into it.
The 10th annual RushCon Rush fan convention will take place next weekend from July 16-18th in Toronto, ON along with a one-day mini-con to occur on August 14th in Las Vegas. Registration is still open and the complete schedule is available at this link. The Vegas convention is really starting to shape up into a very cool event too. The venue for the convention will be the Courtyard Marriott Toronto Downtown. On Friday night there will be a harbor boat cruise with guest speaker Jack Secret and a special performance by Jacob Moon. On Saturday Donna Halper will be the guest speaker, Neil Peart's Chromey drum kit will be on display and Rush will perform live at the Air Canada Center. On Sunday will be the RushCon charity auction, a tour of Anthem and a special screening of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. There will also be plenty of games and prizes throughout the convention. For all the details check out the RushCon website and go to this link to view registration options. You can follow RushCon on both Twitter and Facebook.
Reader snowdog987 let me know that Rush made Entertainment Weekly's Hit List last week at #8 with this clever little blurb:
8. Fresh off their new documentary, Rush get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Canadian power trio were originally supposed to get one on 4/4, but then it switched to 5/4 and all the way to 11/8 before winding up on 6/8.
RockBand.com forum poster and apparent Rush junkie "Alvarado6411″ went to see Rush get their star on the Walk of Fame today. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were cool enough to walk around and sign things, Alvarado6411 was able to ask Geddy if we are "getting any more Rush songs in Rock Band?" Geddy was cool enough to respond with:
"Yea, GH: Warriors of Rock is getting a whole "2112″ level. Oh wait, you meant Rock Band, right? Yeah, the one with the keyboards; that one is getting one as well."
We should probably keep this as a rumor for now, but I have a sneaking suspicion (and a credible source) that this is true.
Thanks to Falcon for the heads up.
Reader Eric B discovered a recording from avant-garde composer John Cage at Ubu.com titled A Dip in the Lake. In the first movement of the song - Ten Quicksteps - Rush's Working Man is sampled. You can check out the recording at this link.
Here's one from the archives. Reader RushFanForever located an old article/interview with Rush from the January 23, 1978 edition of MacLean's magazine by Roy MacGregor titled To hell with Bob Dylan, Meet Rush. You can check out a scan of the article by clicking on the thumbnails.
Rifftrax.com is a website produced by the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 which creates downloadable audio commentaries to play over movies. During the Rifftrax for 2008 film The Happening there's a part when some trees start releasing a deadly toxin and Mike Nelson remarks Wouldn't this be a good time to start singing Rush's The Trees? He then proceeds to sing the first few lines in a mock Geddy Lee voice while Kevin and Bill beg him to stop. Thanks to Kerwin T for the heads up. Rush references are a regular occurrence with Rifftrax as they were with Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Reader Distant Echoes (formerly jediyyz) and 2 of his kids (also RIAB readers: Mermaid of the Lunar Sea and VitalSignsx1) are in a Rush-inspired band called Anthym and wanted me to let you know that they have released their first CD which you can check out at Amazon and iTunes.
UPDATE - 7/12@1:50PM: There's no official word from Rush yet, but Live Nation is now listing a date at the Charter One Pavilion for August 23rd so it's likely that this is the makeup date (thanks comedianshaun).
UPDATE - 7/8@10:31AM: Geddy Lee called in to WLUP around 9:15PM last night and explained that the show was canceled because some electronics had shorted out due to the rain. The show will be rescheduled for later this summer - most likely in early September (thanks Power Windows).
UPDATE - 7/7@9:47PM: I'm hearing several reports that the show has been canceled due to heavy rains. :(
Rush will play their second show at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago, IL tonight. For everyone going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 7th @ 7:30PM Show Number: 5 Venue:Charter One Pavilion Place: Chicago, IL
Rush will play the first of 2 shows at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago, IL tonight. Geddy Lee seems to be conducting his own tour of baseball parks between shows; he was spotted at last night's Cubs game. Reader windycitygirl alerts us that the venue has an informational message recorded if you call their number at 312-540-2668. The message mentions that parking opens at 5:30PM and is included with your ticket at the North Solider Field entrance; just show your ticket to park. For all the details just call the number above. For everyone going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.
Rush shifts the Time Machine Tour further to the east for stop #3 at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI tonight. Rush tribute band Animation will be playing the Classic Rock Stage starting at 3:30PM right up until 7PM. Reader hermy wanted me to let everyone know that several RIABers will be meeting up at JoJo's Martini Lounge on the Summerfest grounds beforehand at around 3-4PM. For everyone going tonight have fun and be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.
UPDATE - 7/2@7:44PM: One thing I'd forgotten to mention was that the 10th annual RushCon Rush fan convention will take place in 2 weeks this July 16-18th in Toronto, ON along with a one-day mini-con to occur on August 14th in Las Vegas. Registration is still open and the complete schedule is now available at this link. The Vegas convention is really starting to shape up into a very cool event. From the website:
June 28th 2010
RushCon Toronto schedule now posted. Have fun at the first couple Time Machine shows! See you in less than 2 weeks at RushCon!!!
Wow! Not that our Toronto convention won't be amazing, but Vegas is shaping up to be a doozy as well! Much to our happiness, we have learned that both Rush Fan Favorites Porcupine Tree (with Coheed and Cambria) and Primus will be playing shows that bookend RushCon.
Getting in to Vegas early? Join us for a little "pre-convention mixer" on 8/13 at 6:00pm at the Rush Lounge (located at the Golden Nugget) and kick off your weekend. Then catch Porcupine Tree with Coheed and Cambria that night, at The Joint. (Tickets on sale now.) Spend Saturday August 14th at RushCon Vegas at Hooters Hotel, then catch Rush at the MGM Grand at 8:00pm, followed by a special midnight show with Primus at the Hard Rock. (all separate events, with separate admissions of course. Attendees are responsible for all their own concert tickets.) It's a scientific fact, RushCon in Vegas will rock your face off. FACT.
With the start of a new Rush tour comes yet another line of merchandise from the Rush Backstage Club. On Monday the store launched its Time Machine Tour line of t-shirts and other miscellaneous items. You can check out all the new swag at this link. One item of note regarding the new t-shirts is that the back of the new 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. From other reports that I'm hearing the South American leg is already a done deal but some of the logistics are being finalized before an official announcement is made. This is definitely great news for all the South American fans out there.
Now that the setlist has been revealed to those who have chosen to peek at it, I thought that for my next poll I'd ask the question What do you think of the Time Machine Tour setlist?Take the Poll and let us know. In my last poll I asked everyone which of the 2 new Rush songs they liked better; Caravan or BU2B. It was a close race but Caravan came out on top with 42% of the vote to BU2B's 36%. Less than 3% of voters said they didn't like either tune. The Caravan single has been getting increasingly more airplay on rock radio stations and has broken into the top 10 on the Mediabase Rock Chart. At the time of this posting it's #9.
Rush gets mentioned a few times in the latest Rolling Stone magazine, and in a positive light no less! On page 10 there's a full page ad for the Time Machine Tour. On page 36 in the In The News section there's a paragraph titled Rush Hits the Big Screen which talks about the documentary and the tour along with a picture of Geddy:
Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, a documentary about the 40-year career of the prog-rock legends, has become an unexpected critical hit and won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival (the DVD is out June 29th.) "You don't think a film about a rock band is going to be taken that seriously," says frontman Geddy Lee. "It's a nice surprise." The group will launch a tour in late June, playing 1981's Moving Pictures (which includes the classics "Tom Sawyer" and "YYZ") in its entirety. "The renewed interest has fired us up," says Lee. "We want to take advantage of this moment."
Then on page 111 in the music reviews section there's a 4 star review of the documentary DVD:
A documentary about Rush shouldn't be this compelling - there are no Hammer of the Gods-style stories here. But filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFayden uncovered a tale of endurance and friendship in the prog-rock trio, tracking the band's survival even after drummer Neil Peart tragically loses his wife and daughter. South Park's Matt Stone puts it best: "If you didn't give it up for them before, you gotta give it up for them now, or you're just being a dickhead."
Thanks to mcsontos for the info and ReGorLaTroy for the scan.
Speaking of Rolling Stone and Rush, the first time the band was featured in the magazine was way back in 1981 when David Fricke interviewed them. It wasn't until 2008 that the band was next featured in the magazine. You can check out scans of the 1981 article by clicking on the thumbnails (thanks RushFanForever).
... Johnson also went on the road with his friend Geddy Lee from Rush, who is a baseball fan. "I met him 20 years ago and I went out with them on tour and traveled with them for three or four shows a few years back," Johnson said. When asked how it was on their bus, Johnson laughed, "It was on their plane. We were hanging out. It was back when I was playing baseball without a lot of free time to take pictures. They are my friends. I am a fan but a friend, too, and I hang out as a friend." ... He contends that "it is easier when they know who you are and are not part of a radio station giveaway." He also said he liked to talk shop with Thayil and Lee. "They are all down to earth," he said. "I've had an appreciation and a mutual respect. It's a great tie, that my profession let me meet people I listen to in my car!" ... Johnson points out the parallels are a result of mutual respect."I play drums a little so I can appreciate how good [Rush's] Neil Peart and [Dream Theater's] Mike Portnoy are. They are elite drummers," he said. ...
Tripp Lanier - host of The New Man podcast - recently interviewed [Porcupine Tree]'s John Wesley. Towards the end of the interview (starting at about the 29:45 mark) Wesley talks about motorcycling with Neil Peart and hanging out with his hero Alex Lifeson. You can listen to the podcast at this link.
Before there was Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage there was The Boys in Brazil - an hour-long documentary from Andrew McNaughtan that chronicled the band's experience playing in Brazil on the Vapor Trails tour. The concert was later released as the Rush in Rio live DVD and the documentary included as a bonus disc. The documentary has found its way to YouTube (thanks Sirius) and can be seen in six parts at this link.
# I am truly humbled to have developed a friendship with one of my childhood heroes...
# A big thank you to Bubba for his generous hospitality & the royal treatment he gave to me and Marlene at Rush's show tonight in Kansas City
# Not only is Neil Peart an exceptional drummer and an inspirational human being, he is an incredibly gracious host!
# As I have 2 days off from the DT tour, I'm flying to Kansas City to catch Rush...(thx to the gracious Mr. Peart for the personal invite!)
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The Rush Time Machine moves east one timezone to play the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City tonight for show #2. A mystery reader texted me from the Kansas City Royals baseball game last night letting me know that Geddy was in attendance and included a couple of photos. Reader Zachary B was also at the game and says that they played Limelight and The Spirit of Radio during a couple of breaks, and even put Geddy's mug up on the jumbotron. For all those attending this evening, have a blast and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.
Date/Time: Thursday, July 1st @ 7:30PM Show Number: 2 Venue:Starlight Theatre Place: Kansas City, MO
UPDATE - 7/1@2:39PM: Greg at Tandem Digital received several requests for still images from the videos to use as desktop pics so he threw together 7 of them (at 1200x630 resolution) from the 1st video. You can download them as a zip file at this link (ZIP file - 2M).
Tandem Digital is the company that produces many of the custom concert videos that are seen playing in the background at Rush concerts. Greg at Tandem Digital just alerted me to the fact that they have posted a couple of the videos from the Time Machine Tour to their YouTube Channel. Since there are some major spoilers happening here, I've hidden the details below the fold ...