Archive: Blog Entries from August, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Alex Lifeson interview at MusicRadar.com
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[Alex Lifeson interview: Rush guitarist on steampunk, solos and Moving Pictures]

A new interview with Alex Lifeson conducted by Joe Bosso was just posted over at MusicRadar.com. The interview was conducted last week on Alex's 57th birthday just before the Minnesota State Fair show. The interview focuses on several of the same topics that Alex recently covered in his interview with Allentown's The Morning Call, such as the tour and the new album. He also discusses Rush's recent surge in popularity - especially with women:

... I think the documentary, above anything else, made us accessible to women. Believe me, it hasn't gone unnoticed that we're seeing a lot more women at our shows than ever before, and that's probably not by accident. Something is definitely bringing women in. I think the documentary affected them somehow. ... Perhaps a lot of women - maybe their husbands or boyfriends were lifelong fans - might never have thought of coming to see us live, but they saw the documentary and see us in a new light. ...

On the idea of playing Moving Pictures in its entirety:

... Actually, the idea came from Neil. He had seen Steely Dan play last year, and they were doing a different album every night. So that got him thinking that maybe we should do something like that. We always needed to address the song Camera Eye because it's the most-requested track in our catalogue. So the decision to do Moving Pictures from beginning to end meant that we could do Camera Eye but also do something interesting that we knew our fans would enjoy. It's been absolutely terrific, I must say. We start playing Moving Pictures, and by the time we're done, it feels like time just flew by. The fans love it, we love it - I'm really glad at how it's being received. ...

He adds this interesting tidbit regarding the Limelight solo:

... I've always enjoyed the elasticity of that solo, particularly the way it sounds on the record. It has a certain tonality I just love. I do like playing the solo live, but I think I prefer listening to it on the album. On record, it has a magical quality to it - it really conveys the pathos of the song and the lyrics. I've never been able to re-create that live. I get pretty close, but it's never exactly the way it is on record. I'll keep trying, though. ...

And he expands on their plans for recording the new album Clockwork Angels:

... When we finish the tour, we'll review the songs we wrote. There's bound to be some changes and modifications. In fact, I think both Caravan and BU2B will be re-recorded. ... Because they've grown. And, you know, why not? We'll see what happens and see if we can better them - although we are happy with them as they are now. The title track, Clockwork Angels, is becoming quite an epic, so we'll have to see where that goes. It's going to be a lot of fun getting back in the studio, especially at this point in the game, when we're playing at our peak. ... we haven't made any decisions as to where we'll record when we pick things up again. You know, I have my own studio at home, so I'd love to do the guitars there. The thing about Nashville is, that's where Nick lives. He'd been away from home a lot, and I think he was really hoping that we'd agree to work there. We didn't have a problem with that. It's good for us to go away sometimes and be a little more focused - certainly, there are distractions when you're home. So going to Nashville and working for a week was no big deal. Blackbird is a terrific studio. Great gear, great rooms, a wonderful staff - it was a no-brainer to be there. Moving forward, however, we'll see. You know, Neil lives in Los Angeles, so I'm sure he wouldn't mind if we did the drums there. I want to do the guitars in my home studio. I don't know how Geddy feels about going to separate studios to do vocals and bass tracks. It's all a ways off, though. We still have a bunch of touring to do. ...

It's a well-done, extensive interview that I think every Rush fan will enjoy. You can check it out at this link. Thanks to Dalton for the heads up.

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Rush Time Machine Tour: Allentown Fair open thread
12:42PM EST | link | comments (77) |

UPDATE - 9/1@2:26PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 9/1@9:30AM: Here's a review from The Express-Times.

UPDATE - 9/1@9:14AM: Here's a review from The Morning Call (thanks BTH).

Rush takes the Time Machine to the Allentown Fair this evening where it's going to be a HOT one; temperatures are going to reach the mid-90s! For everybody going to the show tonight have fun, stay cool, be safe, and be sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 31st @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 28
Venue: Allentown Fairgrounds Grandstand
Place: Allentown, PA

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Sonic Reality's Neil Peart Drums Vol. 1: The Kit released
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Sonic Reality's Neil Peart Drums Volume 1Last week Sonic Reality announced via a press release that their new Neil Peart series drum sample instrument library Neil Peart Drums Volume 1: The Kit is now shipping for the Infinite Player software powered by Kontakt. The version for FXPansion's BFD software was announced as shipping earlier this month. For information on purchasing the product visit esoundz.com or check out this list of Sonic Reality retailers. I'd first reported that Sonic Reality had completed a Neil Peart drum sampling session engineered by Nick Raskulinecz way back in April of 2008 but it's taken over 2 years to develop the end product. You can listen to 4 different demo samples at this link. There's also a behind-the-scenes video from the recording sessions for the sample library posted to Sonic Reality's YouTube channel. The video shows Nick Raskulinecz and the Sound Reality guys setting up the mics and then a couple of minutes of Neil pounding away on his kit.

Thanks to BW&BK for the heads up.

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Rush ICON compilation released today
7:36AM EST | link | comments (13) |

Universal releases yet another Rush compilation today as part of their new ICON series. The package includes 12 Rush songs from the period when the band was on the Mercury record label (through 1987), including some very interesting selections not included on past compilations. Here's the complete tracklist:

1) Working Man
2) Fly By Night
3) The Necromancer
4) The Twilight Zone
5) Closer to the Heart
6) Circumstances
7) Freewill
8) Limelight
9) The Analog Kid
10) Red Sector A
11) Marathon
12) Force Ten

You can order Rush ICON at this link.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Columbus open thread
11:24AM EST | link | comments (117) |

UPDATE - 8/30@3:17PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Here's a review from the Columbus Dispatch.

Rush continues their journey east, playing the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH this evening for stop #27 on the Time Machine Tour. For several weeks rumors were swirling that this show would be filmed. Unfortunately I'm now hearing that this won't be the case and that plans to film the Columbus show have been scrapped in favor of another show later in the tour. I have no information on what the reasoning behind this decision was, or which show will end up being filmed. In either case, it should be a great show to a packed house. Earlier this week it looked like the show had been sold out but Live Nation pushed the stage back and opened up a few more sections, so as of right now tickets are still available. There are several pre-show gatherings happening at the Gordon Biersch Brewery, O'Shaughnessy's Pub and The Frog Bear & Wild Boar. I'll be at the Gordon's gathering if you'd like to stop in and say hello. For everybody going to the show tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Sunday, August 29th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 27
Venue: Nationwide Arena
Place: Columbus, OH

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Minnesota State Fair open thread
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UPDATE - 9/1@9:31AM: Here's a review from CityPages.com.

UPDATE - 8/28@5:03PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 8/28@11:43AM: Here's a review from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune (thanks Jim M). The crew wore some special Big Al'z 57th Birthday t-shirts modeled off of the label on Heinz 57 bottles to celebrate Lerxst's birthday. Reader hermy snapped this photo of his son with Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider who is sporting one of the shirts.

UPDATE - 8/28@9:56AM: Here's a review from the Pioneer Press (thanks katskahnne). It sounds like Alex had a good birthday:

... Lifeson - who celebrated his birthday Friday with the onstage presentation of a foot-long Pronto Pup and a pork chop on a stick - let loose with the kind of classic rock solo filled with the grandeur of guitar gods. ...

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Rush plays the Grandstand at the Minnesota State Fair this evening for show #26 on the Time Machine Tour and to celebrate Alex Lifeson's 57th birthday. Fellow longtime rockers KISS will also be playing the Fair later next week, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune recently featured a couple of articles on the fans of both bands. There's this article which focuses on the love 'em or hate 'em attitude most people have regarding the two bands. And our own Rush/Geddy Lee superfan PetieLee was profiled (along with her awesome Rush tatoos) in this article titled Some fairly fanatical fans. For everyone going to the show have fun, be safe, share your photos/videos/reports and wish Alex Lifeson a happy birthday for us all ... And don't forget to keep voting for Rush in the NASA Space Rock contest (the cheating by certain Trekkies seems to have been curtailed for the time being)!

Date/Time: Friday, August 27th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 26
Venue: Minnesota State Fair
Place: St. Paul, MN

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 8/28@7:54PM: I'm now hearing that plans to film the Columbus show have been scrapped in favor of another show later in the tour. I have no information on what the reasoning behind this decision was, or which show will end up being filmed.

Rush Time Machine TourRush rolled the Time Machine through the US heartland this past week playing shows in Wichita, St. Louis, Chicago and Omaha. This coming week they'll make their way east starting off with a show at the Minnesota State Fair tonight where fans can wish Alex Lifeson a Happy Birthday, then onto Columbus, Allentown, Syracuse and New Jersey before taking another extended break. Sharing the bill with Rush at the Minnesota State Fair will be fellow longtime rockers KISS, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune recently featured a couple of articles on the fans of both bands. There's this article which focuses on the love 'em or hate 'em attitude most people have regarding the two bands. And our own Rush/Geddy Lee superfan PetieLee was profiled (along with her awesome Rush tatoos) in this article titled Some fairly fanatical fans. Rumors still abound that the show at Nationwide Arena in Columbus will be filmed. That show had been sold out but just yesterday Live Nation pushed the stage back and added a few more sections. Before you purchase any tickets be sure to check out the updated seating chart at Ticketmaster! Most broker sites still have the old seating chart up which is causing a bit of confusion.

Other than the tour, the big news of the past week was a recent interview with Alex Lifeson that appeared in Allentown's The Morning Call newspaper on Wednesday (**SETLIST SPOILERS**). Alex spoke about the Moving Pictures album, the tour and revealed several new details regarding the band's upcoming Clockwork Angels album. From the article:

... the band has six songs pretty much ready to go and three others almost done. The group plans to write at least a couple of additional songs after the tour. ... "There is the epic song, 'Clockwork Angels,' which is really taking shape. It's a multi-parted piece, very dynamic," Lifeson says. "Then there's some stuff that's very melodic and on the softer side, on acoustic, with a strong melody. So there's great diversity there. Honestly, I can't wait until we start really working on these songs. We've sort of got them to the stage where Geddy and I were happy with the arrangements and then Neil kind of comes in and starts working on his drum arrangements, and they go from there. So they're sort of in that pre-drum stage right now, and it's great to see them come to life." ...

You can read the entire article at this link (**SETLIST SPOILERS**).

Neil Peart with headphones - Wichita, 8/20/10Neil Peart continues to battle inner ear issues on the tour and has been wearing headphones in lieu of in-ear monitors ever since the 2nd Red Rocks show back on August 18th. Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton posted the following to his MySpace page last Thursday:

Feeling for the boss, who is dealing with an inner ear issue. Back on the cans for a while. Mood: anxious
3:46 PM Aug 19

As an apology for the canceled/rescheduled 2nd Chicago show back on July 7th, Rush had free baseball caps passed out to all concertgoers on their way out of Monday's makeup show at the Charter One Pavilion. The cap is light gray with a blue Rush 1974-2112 baseball logo on the front, an embroidered number 3 on the side and the words The Rain Date - Rush - Chicago 2010 stitched on the back. These have inevitably already made their way to eBay.

The night before the St. Louis show Geddy Lee attended the Cardinals-Giants baseball game. Cardinals coach Tony La Russa acknowledged Geddy Lee in the post game interview, stating that he was a special guest of the Cardinals. You can see a photo of La Russa and Geddy after the game by clicking on the thumbnail.

Portraits of Bluesfest 2 took place yesterday evening at the Cube Gallery in Ottawa. Portraits from July's Ottawa Bluesfest created by 13 local artists including a couple of Rush-themed ones were on display and available to purchase in a charity auction. The 2 Rush-themed portraits were a 12x12 oil on canvas painting of Geddy Lee by Phillip Craig, and a cartoon drawing of the band playing live by Zeke Zavacky. You can check out all of the portraits at this link.

I'd mentioned back in the Los Angeles thread how major league baseball pitcher turned photographer Randy Johnson had taken some photos from that show that ended up being posted on Rush.com. Apparently he was also at the Irvine show taking photos from the sound booth; reader Mitch18ss snapped this photo of Johnson behind the lens. Speaking of Irvine, there's a great bootleg of this show available for listening in the Listening Room at RushTrader.com.

Also at RushTrader.com is a recently posted rare old interview with Geddy Lee from 1989. It was a radio interview conducted by John Sebastian of the 60's pop group The Lovin' Spoonful. The two discuss Rush's career to that point and new album at the time, Presto. You can give it a listen at this link (thanks Ant).

Late last week we learned that NASA was conducting a Space Rock contest where they are asking folks to vote for their favorite wakeup songs to be played on the upcoming STS-133 Space Shuttle mission. One of the songs being considered is Rush's Countdown. Over the past week there has been a flurry of voting with the lead bouncing back and forth between Countdown and the Star Trek Theme. But now Steppenwolf's Magic Carpet Ride has jumped into the fray and pushed Rush back into third place because of one enthusiastic Star Trek fan's admitted cheating. Cheating or not, the top 2 songs will be chosen so it's important that we put Rush back into the top 2. You can vote for Rush at this link. You may vote as many times as you wish. Vote often!

Earlier this week we learned that VH1 will be airing an updated version of thier 100 Greatest Music Artists of All Time special over 4 nights starting with a 2-hour program on Monday, September 6th. The list was determined by polling well-known music artists and industry experts including Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. VH1 conducted the same poll back in 1998 as their first ever countdown special. At that time Rush did not make their list, but this time they come in at #75. You can read the official press release at this link.

Rush is featured in the latest issue of the Columbus-based free music magazine Melt. The August/September 2010 issue has Rush gracing the cover along with a 2-page article on their upcoming show at the Nationwide Arena on Sunday. You can check out the article by clicking on the thumbnails. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

The latest issue of Guitar World's special Guitar Legends series focuses on the 30 Greatest Classic Rock Guitar Heroes. Featured on pages 48-9 is our own guitar hero and birthday boy Alex Lifeson. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

Speaking of Lerxst the birthday boy, Gibson.com recently posted an article profiling Alex Lifeson and the Gibson guitars that he currently uses and has used over the years. The article is titled Caress of Steel: Rush's Alex Lifeson and His Guitarsenal and you can check it out at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

The Canadian vampire horror/comedy flick Suck was released to theaters in Canada back in October of 2009 and had its US premier at the SXSW Film Festival in March in Austin, TX on Wednesday March 17th. Alex Lifeson makes an appearance in the movie as a border guard. You can get a glimpse of Alex in the film's trailer at this link (at about the 1:50 mark). We learned a few weeks ago that the movie will be released to DVD and Blu-ray in the US on September 28th and is already available for purchase in Canada. The film is getting a limited theatrical release sponsored by horror magazine Fangoria starting this coming coming Thursday, September 2nd through D&E Entertainment - the same distributor that handled the Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage theatrical release. All the details along with theaters/showtimes can be found at this link.

Reader Ant from over at RushTrader.com let me know that he recently dug up and posted an old interview with Geddy Lee to the site. This rare radio interview was conducted back in 1989 by John Sebastian of the 60s pop group The Lovin' Spoonful for a radio broadcast. Geddy talks about Rush's career up to that point and discusses the band's Presto album. You can listen to the interview at this link. There's also currently a great bootleg of the Irvine show from earlier this month posted in the Listening Room section of the website.

Reader chino23 let me know of a small Rush reference on last night's episode of the Canadian police drama Rookie Blue (season 1, episode 10). At one point one cop asks another what kind of music he likes and the other cop replies HUGE Rush fan.

In the latest installment of his music discovery podcast and blog Bands Like Rush, Ben Sommer talks to guitarist/singer/songwriter Jared Mullins of San Diego power rock trio Heavy Glow. Ben describes the band as ... Cream crossed with early Rush circa Fly By Night, only with a white-boy baritone blues singer. The podcast also includes 2 full tracks from their most recent self-titled album; Grinning In The Dark and Trailin' St. Judas Blues. To find out more about the band check out their website at this link. You can listen to the podcast or read a transcription at this link.

Reader BigLeaf sent me this Toronto Star article on the recent demolition of McClear Place Studios in Toronto where Rush frequently recorded. From the article:

No, the receptionist at the McClear recording studio told the Rush fan, the members of the band were not around.

Moments later, a man wearing cycling attire and pushing a bicycle walked by the fan. The fan barely noticed - though the cyclist was Rush drummer Neil Peart.

"I guess he thought he was a bike courier or something," said former McClear transfer engineer Dean Allen, "because he was all dressed up in bike gear. Rolled right past him, and the guy didn't even know."

Peart made his incognito entrance into a studio that was itself easily ignored. To its right was the Club Toronto bathhouse, to its left townhomes. The nondescript McClear building, at 225 Mutual St., near Carlton and Jarvis Sts., was only one storey tall. ...

Last year Canadian rapper D-Sisive released his album Let the Children Die where he extensively samples Rush's The Necromancer for the song The Super Bowl is Over. You can listen to the track on YouTube at this link. Thanks to Claudio D for the heads up.

The Drum Channel recently posted to their YouTube channel a short preview video from their upcoming DVD release of Mike Portnoy's appearance on their Art of Drumming program with Terry Bozio. In the video Portnoy discusses Neil Peart and how he influenced his drumming. You can watch the video below or at this link (thanks speckbrot).

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

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Happy Birthday Alex Lifeson!
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Alex young and oldOn this day back in 1953, our favorite guitarist - Alexandar Zivojinovich (aka Alex Lifeson) - was born in Fernie, British Columbia. He turns 57 today which makes him the youngest member of Rush, being born about a month after Geddy Lee and just under a year after Neil. Happy birthday Lerxst! May you have many more. Next up is Neil, who'll turn 58 on September 12th.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rush on display at Portraits of Bluesfest 2 this evening
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Portraits of Bluesfest 2 will take place this evening from 7-10PM at the Cube Gallery in Ottawa. Portraits from July's Ottawa Bluesfest created by 13 local artists including a couple of Rush-themed ones will be on display and available to purchase in a charity auction. The 2 Rush-themed portraits are a 12x12 oil on canvas painting of Geddy Lee by Phillip Craig, and a cartoon drawing of the band playing live by Zeke Zavacky. You can check out all of the portraits at this link.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Alex Lifeson reveals Clockwork Angels details in new interview
3:20PM EST | link | comments (94) |

[Rush jumps into epic Time Machine]

Alan Sculley of Allentown's The Morning Call newspaper recently interviewed Alex Lifeson (**SETLIST SPOILERS**) regarding the band's upcoming show at the Allentown Fair next Tuesday. Alex talks about the Moving Pictures album, the tour and a good bit about the band's upcoming Clockwork Angels album:

... The timing for Rush's tour is a bit unusual for the band. Traditionally, it has only toured after a CD has been released or between album projects. This tour comes in the middle of writing and recording "Clockwork Angels."

"The idea was to get back on the road, tour, and then come right back into continued writing and then recording in tour shape," Lifeson says. "There's nothing that compares to the kind of shape you get into playing-wise when you're on tour." ...

... Lifeson says the band has six songs pretty much ready to go and three others almost done. The group plans to write at least a couple of additional songs after the tour. At this point, the CD is shaping up to be a musically varied work.

"There is the epic song, 'Clockwork Angels,' which is really taking shape. It's a multi-parted piece, very dynamic," Lifeson says. "Then there's some stuff that's very melodic and on the softer side, on acoustic, with a strong melody. So there's great diversity there. Honestly, I can't wait until we start really working on these songs. We've sort of got them to the stage where Geddy and I were happy with the arrangements and then Neil kind of comes in and starts working on his drum arrangements, and they go from there. So they're sort of in that pre-drum stage right now, and it's great to see them come to life." ...

Epic song?! Multi-parted piece?! Yes!! You can read the entire interview at this link (**SETLIST SPOILERS**). Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Related Posts:
[New Alex Lifeson interview at Billboard.com]
[Caravan/BU2B CD single now available for pre-order]
[Rush Caravan release open thread]
[Rush reveal new album title as Clockwork Angels]
[Two new Rush tracks available for digital download June 1st]
[Rush to release new song to radio next month]
[Geddy Lee reveals new song title in Rolling Stone interview]
[Rush to release 2 songs from upcoming album as CD single]

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Rush Time Machine Tour: Omaha open thread
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UPDATE - 8/26@9:51AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Here's a review from the Omaha World-Herald.

Rush transports the Time Machine to Omaha, NE tonight for their first show in that city in nearly 20 years. The last time they played Omaha was at the Civic Auditorium Arena on the Roll the Bones tour back on November 4, 1991. For everyone going to the show have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports... And don't forget to keep voting for Rush in the NASA Space Rock contest (you can vote multiple times)!

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 25th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 25
Venue: Qwest Center
Place: Omaha, NE

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Rush makes VH1's updated Greatest Music Artists of All Time list
10:45AM EST | link | comments (18) |

[Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones Top VH1's 100 Greatest Music Artists of All Time List]

UPDATE - 9/5@11:35AM: VH1 now has the special listed as premiering on Monday, September 20th rather than September 6th.

VH1 will be airing an updated version of thier 100 Greatest Music Artists of All Time special over 4 nights starting with a 2-hour program on Monday, September 6th. The list was determined by polling well-known music artists and industry experts including Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. VH1 conducted the same poll back in 1998 as their first ever countdown special. At that time Rush did not make their list, but this time they come in at #75. From the press release:

VH1 goes back to its music roots and revisits the age-old question: "Who is the greatest music artist for all time?" Determined by a poll of well-known music artists and music experts in the industry, VH1 will reveal this definitive (and sure-to-be highly controversial) list declaring who is the greatest of the great. Hosted by Jim Shearer (VH1's "Top 20 Video Countdown"), the 4-night special, VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of All Time," premieres Monday, September 6 at 10/9c with a 2-hour premiere.

This definitive countdown covers all genres of music - from rock to pop to rap to metal - to answer who is worthy to possess the title as "the greatest music artist of all time." Over the 200 musicians including Alicia Keys, Ozzy Osbourne, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Iggy Pop, Nas, Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Geddy Lee (Rush), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Michael Diamond (Beastie Boys), Daryl Hall, John Oates, Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Gene Simmons (KISS), Adam Levine (Maroon Five), 50 Cent, Nelly Furtado, Mandy Moore, Carrie Underwood, Adam Clayton (U2) and many more voted on who they believe deserves this highly coveted title.

In 1998, VH1 launched the same list as the channel's first countdown special; however; much has changed since the dawn of the new millennium. VH1 puts this debate up for a vote again to see which rock pioneers still matter and which new acts rate in the age of download-to-own music and ever-changing pop culture. The countdown will include special, rarely-seen performance footage along with brand new, totally original interviews with music's most famous faces including interviews by Adele, Backstreet Boys, Brandy, Bret Michaels, Chris Daughtry, Hall & Oates, Keane, Ozzy Osbourne, Ray J, Sheryl Crow, Usher, Whitney Houston and many more. ...

... The poll reflects changing tastes. The list features over 30 artists who did not make the cut in 1998 including ABBA, Journey, Hall and Oates, Rush, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Sade and Cheap Trick. ...

... TheGreatest.VH1.com will have exclusive extras including interviews and commentary. Additionally, online visitors will be able to participate by using VH1's voting tool that allows users to pick their favorite artists, weigh in their opinions and socially broadcast their take on the list through Twitter.com and Facebook.com. ...

You can check out the entire list of 100 artists at this link.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

New short video interview with Geddy and Alex at Rush.com
3:37PM EST | link | comments (46) |

Geddy and Alex in Saratoga SpringsThere's a new video interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson posted in the Rush.com Multimedia: Rush Video section of the site. It's a short 3-minute-plus interview conducted backstage at the SPAC show in Saratoga Springs back on July 23rd. The guys are asked about their thoughts regarding all the festival shows they played in early July. Geddy does most of the talking and Alex is his typical goofy self. You can watch the interview by going to Rush.com and navigating to the Multimedia: Rush Video section. Thanks to gornhay for the heads up.

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Rush Time Machine Tour: Chicago open thread
12:33PM EST | link | comments (80) |

UPDATE - 8/24@12:21PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Here's a short writeup from the Chicago Sun Times regarding last night's show (thanks doug.baker).

UPDATE - 8/24@7:08AM: As an apology for the canceled/rescheduled show, Rush had free baseball caps passed out to all concertgoers on their way out last night. The cap is light gray with a blue Rush 1974-2112 baseball logo on the front, an embroidered number 3 on the side and the words The Rain Date - Rush - Chicago 2010 stitched on the back. Yet another classy move from Rush. Thanks to malterb for the heads up and Wayne R for the images.

Neil Peart with headphones - Wichita, 8/20/10UPDATE - 8/23@3:19PM: I've been getting several emails regarding why Neil Peart has been wearing headphones rather than inner ear monitors for the past few shows (since the 2nd Red Rocks show). Apparently there have been recurrent technical issues with the inner ear monitors that have been causing him some discomfort and so he's been choosing to wear the headphones. From Lorne Wheaton's MySpace page:

Feeling for the boss, who is dealing with an inner ear issue. Back on the cans for a while. Mood: anxious
3 days ago

UPDATE - 8/23@1:48PM: This shouldn't affecting anything with regards to tonight's show, but apparently one of the road crew's buses broke down upon arriving at the venue today. A replacement bus has already arrived. I think this show is cursed! :) Thanks to Wayne R for the heads up and the photo.

Rush heads back to the Windy City tonight to play the makeup show for their July 7th Chicago date that had been canceled due to weather. Thankfully this evening's forecast calls for clear skies. For everyone going to tonight's show have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports... And don't forget to keep voting for Rush in the NASA Space Rock contest (you can vote multiple times)!

Date/Time: Monday, August 23rd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 24
Venue: Charter One Pavilion
Place: Chicago, IL

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: St. Louis open thread
12:24PM EST | link | comments (55) |

UPDATE - 9/3@7:23AM: Here's a bootleg video of Geddy talking about the pigeons (thanks jmreidfo).

UPDATE - 8/24@4:17PM: Here's a review from examiner.com (thanks byteme).

UPDATE - 8/24@1:23PM: I'd mentioned that Geddy Lee was at the Cardinals-Giants game the night before the St. Louis show, but reader dr. T adds some details. Cardinals coach Tony La Russa acknowledged Geddy Lee in the post game interview, stating that he was a special guest of the Cardinals. You can see a photo of La Russa and Geddy after the game by clicking on the thumbnail.

Here's a review from the Riverfront Times (thanks Mark G). There's also this news story from KSDK.com titled Rock band Rush pokes fun at Kings of Leon. From the article:

At Sunday night's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater concert in St. Louis, Rush bass guitarist and lead singer Geddy Lee made reference to Kings of Leon's apparent aversion to pigeon poop.

During one of the first few times Lee addressed the audience, he said, "So this is where they had that pigeon thing, huh?"

July 23 at the same venue, Kings of Leon left the stage after just a few songs. A venue spokesperson made an announcement citing unexplained safety concerns. Subsequent reports indicate Kings of Leon members canceled the concert because pigeons perched on lighting apparatus overhead were defecating on stage. Some reports say the foul fowl fecal fallings landed in our near one band member's mouth.

Still, Sunday night, Lee said, "Well I don't care how much those pigeons s_ _ _, he's not leaving!"

Lee was pointing to Rush lead guitarist Alex Lifeson. The line drew a laughter and applause from Rush fans. ...

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UPDATE - 8/23@12:30PM: Here's a review from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (thanks morgannauk).

UPDATE - 8/23@9:41AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

Rush continues their trek eastward tonight where they'll play the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre outside St. Louis. Not surprisingly Geddy Lee took some time out to hit the Cardinals game last night. For everybody going tonight have fun, be safe, and be sure to share your photos/videos/reports. Don't forget to vote for Rush in the NASA Space Rock contest!

Date/Time: Sunday, August 22nd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 23
Venue: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Place: Maryland Heights, MO (greater St. Louis area)

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Wichita open thread
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UPDATE - 8/21@9:04AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Here's a review from The Wichita Eagle (thanks kevin).

Rush rolls the Time Machine into Wichita, KS tonight for the first time since their 1992 show at the Kansas Coliseum on the Roll the Bones tour. For everybody going tonight have fun, be safe, and be sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Friday, August 20th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 22
Venue: INTRUST Bank Arena
Place: Wichita, KS

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 8/20@8:01PM: Here's a late addition to the updates straight from NASA. NASA's Space Rock contest is asking folks to vote for their favorite wakeup songs to be played on the upcoming STS-133 Space Shuttle mission. One of the songs being considered is Rush's Countdown. You can vote for Rush at this link. Thanks to durga2112 for the heads up.

Rush Time Machine TourAfter tonight's show in Wichita Rush's Time Machine Tour will have reached the halfway point with 22 shows behind it and 22 more ahead. They'll then head back East to play shows in St. Louis, Chicago, Omaha and St. Paul next week. This past week Rush played Irvine, Vegas and 2 shows at Red Rocks. There had been several rumors flying around that one or both of the Red Rocks shows would be filmed for a live DVD, but that turned out to not be the case. From the latest rumors I've been hearing over the past several weeks, the show at Nationwide Arena in Columbus will be the one that gets filmed. It's unlikely that they'll officially announce anything regarding this in advance so we'll have to just wait and see.

Several prominent rockstar Rush fans were spotted at the show in Irvine including Tom Dumont of No Doubt, Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters and Tool drummer Danny Carey. Carey hung out with Neil at soundcheck and posted a photo of himself and Neil with the Time Machine Tour kit to the News Page on his website.

On Tuesday Rush.com finally made an official announcement regarding the October 17th date in Santiago, Chile. Tickets had already starting going on sale this past Sunday and according to several reports are selling like hotcakes; apparently over 10,000 tickets were sold on the first day! Here is a commercial from Chilean TV promoting the event. So unless Rush adds any more dates, the Santiago date will be the final show on the Time Machine Tour.

Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider was kind enough to give Paul of The Canadian Music Scene the opportunity before the Las Vegas show to sit with him and watch him run through all of the different lighting combinations that are used throughout the show. You can read about his experience at this link and check out a bunch of great photos here.

On the band's day off between the Red Rocks shows last week reader Todd V reported sighting Alex and Geddy in downtown Boulder, CO and was able to snap this photo. The two were having dinner at Frasca with Alex's son and two other guests and graciously took some time out to talk briefly with a few fans. Apparently they were drinking a 1974 vintage wine in celebration of the anniversary of their first US show with Neil Peart - the August 14th show at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh opening for Uriah Heap.

It seems that bicyclist and Rush fan Lance Armstrong recently watched the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and was so impressed that he had considered flying out to the 1st Red Rocks show according to a tweet he posted early Monday (thanks David):

Just watched the RUSH doc "Beyond the Lighted Stage". Loved it. May have to head down to Red Rocks tomorrow night and check em out.
12:33 AM Aug 16th

It doesn't look like he ever made it though. The DVD/Blu-ray continues to get good reviews including this one from Glide magazine and this one from LAist.com.

Speaking of the Rush documentary, Just like they did 2 years ago VH1 Classic will be airing a special in celebration of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah on Wednesday, September 8th called Rush Hashanah where nothing but Rush programming will air for 24 hours straight. Programs will include the Rush documentary, the premiere of the 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special, Rush in Rio, and the That Metal Show episode with Alex and Geddy. In addition to getting its TV premiere during Rush Hashanah, the Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums documentary will be released to video on September 28th and is now available for pre-order on both DVD and Blu-ray. They also are making a special DVD/Blu-ray combo version of the special available which also includes 2 CDs (4 discs total) that I assume are copies of the 2 albums. You can pre-order it at Amazon for $27.99. You can check out a short minute-and-a-half preview video at this link.

The 2011 Rush wall calendar was recently released by NMR Distribution and is now available to purchase at this link. The calendar celebrates the 30th anniversary of Rush's 1981 classic Moving Pictures album and feature several photos from that era. You can view a preview by clicking on the thumbnail above.

MusicInTheAbstract - owner and operator of the MitA's Rush Oddities site - recently posted several new Rush audio oddities/rarities to his website. You can check them all out in this post.

Alex Lifeson is featured on page 26 of the September issue of Premier Guitar magazine. A full-page photo of Alex is pictured in the Opening Notes section with the following caption:

Rush's Alex Lifeson wails with Al, his Floyd Rose-equipped Les Paul prototype, during Rogers Bayfest in Ontario. When putting the guitar together, the Gibson Custom Shop assisted Lifeson in experimenting with a number of trems. He says he eventually settled on a floating Floyd due to its responsiveness and natural feel.

Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

Geddy Lee was featured at TMZ.com yesterday as part of their 'Memba Them series where they show past and present photographs of famous people. They first show one of the Rush glam photos from the mid 70s and invite the reader to click through to see a recent photo of Geddy from Wednesday's Red Rocks show. Thanks to Craig C for the heads up.

This past March a Rush compilation titled Time Stand Still: The Collection was released in Europe. It contains 13 tracks from Rush's 1974-1987 Mercury era. The artwork that comes with the album features several rare and interesting band photos from the 1970s. Eric at Power Windows with some help from John at Cygnus-X1.net recently posted the photos to his wallpaper gallery at this link.

Consequence of Sound featured an article earlier this week where they attempt to list the 10 best songs over 10 minutes long. Rush's Cygnus X-1 duology made the cut and here's what they had to say:

In multiple circles, Rush fans dub "2112" the band's magnum opus. Here, today, I say unto you: read the storyline for these two pieces from Cygnus X-1 (courtesy of Wikipedia), both of which run over 10+ minutes each, and tell me that is not a bad-ass science fiction short story waiting to happen. While "2112" is a significant work in the Rush catalog on even concept alone, the Cygnus Duology, linked between Fly By Night and Hemispheres, is a definitive pair of pieces in terms of scale, style, and depth of subject matter. Thank you to Neil Peart for bringing that kind of fantasy mentality to Rush, otherwise we would still be sitting on the Canadian Zeppelin sound of Rush '74 (though "Working Man" still kicks ass).

Speaking of Cygnus X-1, reader chutch15 noticed that in last night's episode of Futurama (season 6, episode 10 - The Prisoner of Benda) the opening credits featured the subtitle What Happens in Cygnus X-1 Stays in Cygnus X-1. This is probably just a reference to the black hole Cygnus X-1 but you never know. Futurama has featured a couple of notable Rush references in the past including this classic reference in the episode Anthology of Interest II.

Neil Peart's former Slingerland drum kit - also known as Chromey - will be making a special appearance at Woodstock Harley Davidson in Woodstock, IL on September 5th to help raise money for Caden Mitchell, who has the rare genetic disorder Hunter Syndrome. You can check out this poster advertising the event for all the details and donate online at this link. Thanks to Andrew Olson for the heads up.

Reader random_sample recently sent me a couple of old Rush articles from Network - a now-defunct Canadian entertainment magazine that was distributed at Sam the Record Man stores. The first one is from the January/February, 1989 issue from just before A Show of Hands was released. It features interview segments from both Geddy Lee and Neil Peart. You can check out the scans be clicking the thumbnails.

The second article is from the November, 1993 issue of Network and also features interview segments with Geddy Lee and Neil Peart. The two discuss the making of the Counterparts album. You can check out the scans be clicking the thumbnails.

Rockabye Baby Music is an online record label that specializes in transforming songs from rock and pop acts into lullabies. They are currently running a poll on their website to help determine the next artist they should feature and Rush is one of the options. You can vote for Rush at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Here's a very cool time-lapse video of Wednesday night's concert at Red Rocks condensed down to one minute using still images from the Red Rocks webcam (thanks Nathan):

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

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Rush 2011 Moving Pictures-themed wall calendar now available
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UPDATE - 9/10@11:17AM: John at Cygnus-X1.net recently scanned all the images from the calendar and posted them online at this link.

The 2011 Rush wall calendar was recently released by NMR Distribution and is now available to purchase at this link. The calendar celebrates the 30th anniversary of Rush's 1981 classic Moving Pictures album and feature several photos from that era. You can view a preview by clicking on the thumbnail above.

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New Rush audio oddities/rarities from MitA
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It's been a long time but MusicInTheAbstract - owner and operator of the MitA's Rush Oddities site - has several new Rush audio nuggets to share with us all. You can listen by clicking the following links or just use the player below.

[Custom remix of 'The Way The Wind Blows' featuring bass, vocals, and drums only]
[Previously hidden guitar effects from 'The Way The Wind Blows']
["Acoustic" version of 'Armor & Sword' featuring Geddy and Neil]
[Live concert power-outage during "Force-10"]
[Custom mix of 'Good News First' revealing new guitar parts]
['We Hold On' without guitar]
["Far Cry' featuring isolated Alex Lifeson lead guitar parts]
[Hidden echo effect on Geddy vocal in 'Armor & Sword']
[Hidden acoustic guitar track from 'Earthshine']
[Rush Concert "Exit Music" - from January, 1980]
["Acoustic" Alex YYZ]
[Alex's hidden "sour-guitar" layer from coda of "Spindrift"]
["Geddy would like to do a song for you"]
["Le-poon-joon-joon-de-monkey-eater", says Geddy]
[Rush soundcheck - "Freewill" from 7-31-79]
[Rush soundcheck - "The Spirit Of Radio" from 7-31-79]
[Hidden rhythm guitar part - from "The Main Monkey Business"]
[Isolated lead guitar part from The Main Monkey Business]
[Isolated Geddy bass (and Neil drums) from "Spindrift"]

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Red Rocks show #2 open thread
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UPDATE - 8/19@12:44PM: Here's a time-lapse video of last night's concert condensed down to one minute created using the Red Rocks webcam (thanks Nathan):

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UPDATE - 8/19@7:38AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

Rush plays the 2nd of their 2 shows at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO tonight. Monday's show got off to a rocky start (pun intended) due to some technical issues but ended up being another great show. Rumors had been flying around that either one or both of the Red Rocks shows would be recorded/filmed but that seems unlikely at this point. From several rumors I've heard over the past few weeks, the Columbus show at Nationwide Arena will be the show that gets filmed. This type of thing is rarely announced beforehand, so we'll just have to wait and see. Reader Todd V reported sighting Alex and Geddy last night in downtown Boulder, CO and was able to snap this photo. The two were having dinner at Frasca with Alex's son and two other guests and graciously took some time out to talk briefly with a few fans. Apparently they were drinking a 1974 vintage wine in celebration of the anniversary of their first US show with Neil Peart - the August 14th show at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh opening for Uriah Heap. For everybody going to tonight's show have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 18th @ 8:00PM
Show Number: 21
Venue: Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Place: Morrison, CO (outside Denver)

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Celebrate Rush Hashanah on VH1 Classic next month
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[VH1 Classic Brings the Heat This September]

UPDATE - 8/19@7:33AM: Reader Presto_a RUSH fan_06-08-90 noticed that there also seems to be a DVD/Blu-ray combo version of 2112/Moving Pictures documentary available which also includes 2 CDs (4 discs total) that I assume are copies of the 2 albums. You can pre-order it at Amazon for $27.99.

Just like they did 2 years ago, VH1 Classic will be airing a special in celebration of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah on Wednesday, September 8th called Rush Hashanah where nothing but Rush programming (including the 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special) will air for 24 hours. From the press release:

"RUSH Hashanah" begins Wednesday, September 8 @ 7 PM*

When sundown hits, RUSH comes out to play this Rosh Hashanah. VH1 Classic celebrates the Jewish New Year with "RUSH Hashanah" starting at sundown on Wednesday, September 8 at 7 PM* for 24-hours straight. Tune in to the award-winning VH1 Rock Doc "RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage," for an up close and personal look at the Canadian musicians and jam to their "RUSH In Rio" concert. Take an in-depth look at Classic Albums "2112" and "Moving Pictures" premiering at 9:30 PM ET/PT and get even more RUSH when "That Metal Show" hosts Eddie, Don and Jim sit down with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

We've been wondering when we'd get to finally see the 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums special and now we have our answer. It had been slated to run before the television premiere of the Rush documentary on VH1 Classic back in June but was pulled at the last minute. The Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums documentary will be released on September 28th and is now available for pre-order on both DVD and Blu-ray. You can check out a short minute-and-a-half preview video at this link. The video shows Neil Peart, David Fricke, Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown talking about Limelight.

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[Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums preview]
[Rush Classic Albums special to air on TV before Rush documentary]
[Moving Pictures, 2112 Classic Album DVD due September 28th]
[Moving Pictures, 2112 Classic Album DVDs due in September]
[Rush Classic Albums special to air on VH1?]

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Red Rocks show #1 open thread
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UPDATE - 8/19@9:34PM: Here's a small gallery of photos from the show courtesy Steve M

UPDATE - 8/19@3:01PM: Here's a review from the Denver Post along with this great photo gallery (thanks GoldenRushFan).

UPDATE - 8/19@7:38AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 8/18@11:24AM: Reader Todd V reports an Alex and Geddy sighting last night in downtown Boulder, CO along with a photo. The two were having dinner at Frasca with Alex's son and two other guests. The two took time out to talk briefly with a few fans. Apparently they were drinking a 1974 vintage wine in celebration of the anniversary of their first US show with Neil Peart - the August 14th show at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh opening for Uriah Heap.

UPDATE - 8/17@11:53AM: Geddy Lee made today's MSNBC's Celebrity Sightings photo gallery where they have a picture of him performing at last night's show (thanks ancpratt2112).

UPDATE - 8/16@10:35PM: False alarm on the filming. Just the normal cameras for the rear screens were in place.

UPDATE - 8/16@7:41PM: Eric at Power Windows is at tonight's show and reports the following:

After much speculation, it appears that tonight's concert at Red Rocks WILL in fact be filmed for the next concert DVD. There is a camera track on the ground in front of the stage, and the guys in the merchandise booth said they believe it is being filmed for the DVD, but could not say more...

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Rush heads for the Rockies this week, taking the Time Machine Tour to the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO tonight for the first of 2 shows there. Rumor has it that one or both of these shows will be recorded/filmed, so stay tuned on that front. Red Rocks also has a live webcam available for viewing at this link. For everybody going tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Monday, August 16th @ 8:00PM
Show Number: 20
Venue: Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Place: Morrison, CO (outside Denver)

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Las Vegas open thread
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UPDATE - 8/19@4:59PM: Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider was kind enough to give Paul of The Canadian Music Scene the opportunity before the Las Vegas show to sit with him and watch him run through all of the different lighting combinations that are used throughout the show. You can read about his experience at this link and check out a bunch of great photos here.

UPDATE - 8/17@3:59PM: John at Cygnus-X1.net posted a gallery of photos from Rush fan Scott Harrison, who had some great seats. You can check out the gallery at this link.

UPDATE - 8/17@3:44PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 8/16@8:29AM: Here's a review from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and another from the Las Vegas Sun.

Vegas Baby! Fresh off their show in Irvine last night, Rush takes the Time Machine Tour to Sin City tonight, playing the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. As an extra bonus Primus will be playing a special midnight show at the Hard Rock after the Rush concert. Greetings to all of the RushCon Vegas attendees that are 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.

Date/Time: Saturday, August 14th @ 8:00PM
Show Number: 19
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
Place: Las Vegas, NV

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Irvine open thread
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UPDATE - 8/25@2:26PM: There's a bootleg of this show available for listening in the Listening Room at RushTrader.com.

UPDATE - 8/24@9:14PM: I'd mentioned in the Los Angeles thread how major league baseball pitcher turned photographer Randy Johnson had taken some photos from the show that ended up being posted on Rush.com. Apparently he was also at the Irvine show taking photos from the sound booth; reader Mitch18ss snapped this photo of Johnson.

UPDATE - 8/23@2:42PM: Brad and Joe of Used Bin Radio recount their experience attending the Los Angeles and Irvine shows in the August 17th episode which you can listen to at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 8/17@4:09PM: Reader Roger from NC reported spotting Tom Dumont of No Doubt along with Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters at the show.

UPDATE - 8/17@2:13PM: Here's a review from Reuters via Yahoo! News (thanks jameslabrie).

UPDATE - 8/17@7:31AM: Tool drummer Danny Carey was at the show and hung out with Neil at soundcheck. Here is a photo of Danny and Neil with the Time Machine Tour kit (thanks bobcat) taken from the News Page on Danny Carey's site.

UPDATE - 8/15@12:31PM: Here's a review from the OC Register.

UPDATE - 8/14@2:57PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

The Rush Time Machine Tour caravan continues its journey southward down through California tonight, playing the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA. For everybody going to the show tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Friday, August 13th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 18
Venue: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Place: Irvine, CA

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine TourRush brought the Time Machine Tour out west this past week, playing Seattle, Mountain View and Los Angeles. It's probably no coincidence that the tour made a stop in Neil's now hometown of Los Angeles Wednesday; yesterday was his daughter Olivia's first birthday so he was able to spend the day celebrating with his family. They'll continue the tour tonight in Irvine, head to Vegas tomorrow night and play 2 shows at Red Rocks next week. RushCon will be hosting a mini-con in Las Vegas this weekend at the Hooters Casino Hotel to coincide with Saturday's Rush concert at the MGM Grand. You can find all the details at the RushCon website. Rush expanded the South American leg of their tour over the past week. Last Friday they announced the addition of a show at the Desarrollo al Rio in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday October 15th, and yesterday Chilean newspaper El Mercurio confirmed a show at the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile on October 17th.

For my last poll I'd asked everyone what they thought of the Time Machine Tour setlist. The results were overwhelmingly positive with nearly 60% of respondents saying they either loved it (34%) or liked it (23%). Another third of you said it was ok and less than 4% claimed they didn't like or hated the setlist. You can check out the complete results at this link. For anyone wondering, these results are virtually identical to those obtained when I asked the same question regarding the Snakes & Arrows setlist back in 2007. My next poll - also tour-related - came from a suggestion made by reader thedigitalman. Since Rush is playing Moving Pictures in its entirety for this tour, he wondered what other Rush album folks would like to see the band play in its entirety. Take the poll and let us know. Speaking of Moving Pictures, PopDose.com has been posting their list of the top 50 prog-rock albums over the last several weeks in chunks of 10. This past week they posted part 4 of the series and coming in at #18 was Rush's Moving Pictures. Thanks to PhillyMike for the heads up.

The Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums documentary will be released on September 28th and we learned earlier this week that it is now available for pre-order on both DVD and Blu-ray.

UK Drum magazine Rhythm is celebrating their 25th anniversary and recently asked readers to vote for the best drummer of the last 25 years. The results are in and Neil Peart came in at #4, behind Gavin Harrison at #3, Mike Portnoy at #2 and Joey Jordison at #1. Another drum magazine - DRUM! - declared last week as Neil Peart week and re-posted all of the Neil Peart features ever published in their magazine; from his 1994 interview discussing the Burning for Buddy project to last year's Thus Spoke Neil feature where Neil answered questions from readers.

To celebrate the arrival of MusicRadar's dedicated bass channel, they're asking readers to submit their nominations for the greatest electric bass player in history. For all the details and to nominate our favorite bassist Geddy Lee, check out this link.

The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage had its US television premiere back in late June on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia. Shortly after that it was released to DVD/Blu-ray. I received several emails from folks over the past couple of months regarding one topic that was left out of the documentary; namely how Rush came up with their name. This question was actually posed to Alex and Geddy on a Rockline appearance back in 2003. You can listen to the clip where they answer the question at this link. In the clip Alex makes light of the fact that it's not too interesting of a story which is why they may have opted to leave it out of the documentary. As the story goes, back in the summer of 1968 the band was trying to come up with a name and John Rutsey's older brother Bill suggested Rush. That's it. :)

The Canadian vampire horror/comedy flick Suck was released to theaters in Canada back in October of 2009 and had its US premier at the SXSW Film Festival in March in Austin, TX on Wednesday March 17th. Alex Lifeson makes an appearance in the movie as a border guard. You can get a glimpse of Alex in the film's trailer at this link (at about the 1:50 mark). We learned last week that the movie will be released to DVD and Blu-ray on September 28th and is currently available for pre-order. It'll also be getting a limited theatrical release sponsored by horror magazine Fangoria starting September 2nd through D&E Entertainment - the same distributor that handled the Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage theatrical release. All the details along with theaters/showtimes can be found at this link.

In reference to a Boston Globe article from last month on aging rock stars, Donna Halper wrote the following letter to the editor which appeared in the August 8th edition:

Keep on Rockin' I loved Neil Swidey's Perspective on aging rockers (July 18). But he omitted one band that's still getting it done with original members and with the same energy as in their younger years - Rush. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart have been touring and creating music since 1974 - I was a music director and DJ back then, and I helped them get their first airplay in the United States. Since then, Alex and Neil may have lost a little hair, but nobody in the band has lost the love for performing, and with a new documentary about them and new music on the way, Rush are introducing the band to a whole new generation.

Here's one Rush interview from last year that slipped under the radar. Last Fall Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee attended the Niagara Fall Wine Festival and were interviewed by Terry David Mulligan and Ken Weir of Tasting Room Radio. You can listen to the interview at this link; just scroll down to July 17th, 2010, hour two. Their interview starts at about the 11:45 mark. Thanks to pdx2112 for the heads up.

This past week I received a few scans of old Rush articles courtesy readers RushFanForever and Patrick from Malta. 2 of the articles are from the now-defunct Canadian metal magazine M.E.A.T. and one is from a 1984 issue of International Musician.

The first article is an Alex Lifeson interview from the March, 1992 edition of M.E.A.T. conducted by Drew Masters just before the Roll the Bones tour kicked off. You can check it out by clicking on the thumbnails.

The second article is another Alex Lifeson interview conducted by Drew Masters. This one is from the November/December 1993 issue of M.E.A.T. and Alex discusses the band's album Counterparts. You can check it out by clicking on the thumbnails.

This last article is from the July, 1984 issue of International Musician and is titled Rush's Grace Under Pressure: Sometimes the best step forward is a step backward and was written by Dan Hedges. You can check it out by clicking on the thumbnails.

The Coverville podcast discusses cover versions of songs from famous bands and reader Ken D let me know that Rush was the subject of one of the show's recent podcasts. You can check it out at this link.

Reader Damon pointed me to this article at JamBands.com titled Rush: Why No Female Fans. I'm sure many female readers of this site will take issue with the article's premise. :)

You can check out a short minute-and-a-half preview video of the 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums documentary below or at this link. The video shows Neil Peart, David Fricke, Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown talking about Limelight.

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

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rush confirmed to play Santiago, Chile on October 17th
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UPDATE - 8/17@8:51PM: Rush.com has finally made the official announcement (thanks patoagurto):

August 17, 2010
The RUSH Time Machine Tour will hit Santiago, Chile @ Estadio Nacional on Sunday October 17th. Get your tickets for the October 17th Chile show now! www.ticketmaster.cl/

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UPDATE - 8/16@2:57PM: Apparently about 10,000 tickets were sold in the first day of ticket sales yesterday! Here is a commercial from Chilean TV promoting the event (thanks kiwitron):

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Rush Time Machine TourAfter several months of rumors and semi-confirmations, Chilean newspaper El Mercurio is reporting (thanks Julio) that Rush is now officially confirmed to play the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile on October 17th as part of the South American leg of the Time Machine Tour. The article states that tickets will go on pre-sale through Ticketmaster Chile this coming Sunday, August 15th with regular ticket sales kicking off the following week. You can read a Google translation of the article at this link. I expect that Rush.com will be making an announcement regarding the date in the next couple of days. Just last week Rush.com announced that the band would be playing at the Desarrollo al Rio in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Friday October 15th. They'll also be playing 2 dates in Brazil; Sao Paulo on October 8th at Morumbi Stadium and Rio de Janeiro on October 10th at Praca da Apoteose, bringing the total number of South American tour dates up to 4.

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[Rush brings the Time Machine Tour to Buenos Aires October 15th]
[Brazilian newspaper reports Rush to play Sao Paulo October 6th]
[Rush confirmed to play Santiago, Chile on October 17th?]
[Rush South American Time Machine Tour leg in mid October?]

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rush 2112/Moving Pictures documentary available for pre-order
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UPDATE - 8/19@7:35AM: Reader Presto_a RUSH fan_06-08-90 noticed that there also seems to be a DVD/Blu-ray combo version of 2112/Moving Pictures documentary available which also includes 2 CDs (4 discs total) that I assume are copies of the 2 albums. You can pre-order it at Amazon for $27.99.

UPDATE - 8/11@5:58PM: I'd mentioned this in a Friday updates post back in June but many of you may have missed it; according to Altsounds.com, the DVD/Blu-ray will contain 50 minutes of bonus footage (thanks RushFanForever for the reminder).

The Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums documentary will be released on September 28th and is now available for pre-order on both DVD and Blu-ray. It had also been slated to run before the television premiere of the Rush documentary on VH1 Classic back in June but was pulled at the last minute. It's still expected that it will air on VH1 and VH1 Classic sometime in the near future but no specific date is yet available. You can check out a short minute-and-a-half preview video at this link. The video shows Neil Peart, David Fricke, Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown talking about Limelight.

Thanks to David_MSP for the heads up.

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Rush Time Machine Tour: Los Angeles open thread
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UPDATE - 8/23@2:41PM: Brad and Joe of Used Bin Radio recount their experience attending the Los Angeles and Irvine shows in the August 17th episode which you can listen to at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 8/17@3:43PM: Here are some photos from baseball player now turned photographer Randy Johnson that were posted up at Rush.com.

UPDATE - 8/16@12:01PM: Here's a review from suite101.com (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 8/15@2:40PM: Here is a review from Fender.com (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 8/12@8:48PM: Here's a review from the Orange County Register (thanks Bigleaf).

UPDATE - 8/12@8:13PM: AP movie critic Christy Lemire went to the show last night too and tweeted about it here and here (thanks Santos):

Going to the Rush concert tonight w/hubby. Look forward to being one of 15 women in audience. I am the priestess of the Temples of Syrinx.
9:48 AM Aug 11th

Head still buzzing from Rush last night. So tired, so lame. But it was awesome. Seriously have no idea how Geddy Lee still hits those notes.
about 11 hours ago via web

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UPDATE - 8/12@6:28PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello was at the show and posted this tweet about it earlier today (thanks Austin2112):

Saw Rush last night. And at the risk of sounding like one of those bromance dudes in "I Love You Man"...THEY TOTALLY RULE.

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Rush brings the Time Machine Tour to Southern California tonight, playing the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA. For everybody going to the show tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 11th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 17
Venue: Gibson Amphitheatre
Place: Universal City, CA (outside Los Angeles)

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Mountain View open thread
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UPDATE - 8/12@8:08AM: Here's a review from ümlaut (thanks 2112diablo) and this one from Crawdaddy's Max Mobley.

UPDATE - 8/11@5:19PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

UPDATE - 8/11@10:05AM: Here's a review from JamBase.

Rush begins their swing through the Golden State this evening, playing the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. For all of those going to the show tonight have fun, be safe, and be sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Monday, August 9th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 16
Venue: Shoreline Amphitheatre
Place: Mountain View, CA

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Rush Time Machine Tour: Seattle open thread
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UPDATE - 8/15@12:33PM: Here's a photo gallery from the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

UPDATE - 8/9@3:27PM: Here's a review from SeattleRockGuy.com (thanks Citizen of the World).

UPDATE - 8/9@9:06AM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section.

Rush takes the Time Machine Tour to the Pacific Northwest tonight, playing the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA. For anyone interested, Rush tribute band Anthem will be playing at the nearby Muckleshoot Casino for a FREE pre-concert warm-up show from 2-5:30PM. For everyone going to the show tonight have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Saturday, August 7th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 15
Venue: White River Amphitheatre
Place: Auburn, WA (outside Seattle)

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Rush brings the Time Machine Tour to Buenos Aires October 15th
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Rush Time Machine TourRush.com announced earlier today that the band would be adding a Buenos Aires, Argentina date to the Time Machine Tour. They'll be playing at the Desarrollo al Rio on Friday October 15th. This brings the total number of officially announced South American dates up to 3. They'll also be playing 2 dates in Brazil; Sao Paulo on October 8th at Morumbi Stadium and Rio de Janeiro on October 10th at Praca da Apoteose. We're still awaiting official confirmation of the Santiago, Chile date on October 17th. Thanks to Alex for the heads up.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine TourRush kicked off the next leg of their 2010 Time Machine Tour last night in Salt Lake City, UT after having taken an 11-day hiatus. They'll hit Seattle on Saturday and then make a swing through California next week. An article in the August 19th edition of Rolling Stone magazine titled Amphitheaters Struggle in Tough Summer Season talks about how this summer dozens of major shows have been canceled due to poor ticket sales and mentions Rush as one of the few exceptions: ... some acts are still selling well outdoors: Dave Matthews Band and Rush are strong virtually everywhere (thanks Ross R). Go Rush! As he usually does during any extended break, Neil Peart updated the News page on his website earlier this week with some stories from the road. The update is titled Theme and Variations and you can check it out at this link. Speaking of Neil Peart, UK Drum magazine Rhythm is celebrating their 25th anniversary by asking readers to vote for the best drummer of the last 25 years. Neil Peart is of course in the running and needs your help. To vote for Neil go to this link. The anniversary issue will also be featuring an interview with Neil.

Tandem Digital is the company that produces many of the custom concert videos that are seen playing in the background at Rush concerts. Early last month they posted a couple of the videos from the Time Machine Tour to their YouTube Channel and now have high-res versions along with screenshots available on their website here and here (obvious SPOILERS). In addition to all of that cool stuff, they have 3-D renderings of Neil's Time Machine Tour kit available for viewing at this link.

High quality prints of all of John Arrowsmith's official Rush tour photos were recently made available for purchase at this link. 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.

Rash t-shirtRush socksThe Rush Backstage Club has added a bunch of new Time Machine Tour-themed items to their Rush merchandise lineup. Included among the new items are shoelaces, earrings, socks, a windbreaker, several new shirt designs, yet another thong and much more. You can check out all the new stuff at this link. They are also running a meet-and-greet contest which you can enter at this link (thanks robertkincaid96).

A few weeks ago the official Neil Peart Time Machine Tour retail model drumsticks from Pro-Mark were made available to retailers. Pro-mark posted an official announcement on their website last week along with this cool advertisement for the sticks featuring Neil Peart. Thanks to Andrew Olson for the heads up.

I've finally made an archive of all the old RIAB polls available at this link. Speaking of which, for the current poll I'm asking the question What do you think of the Time Machine Tour setlist? If you haven't already, take the Poll and let us know.

A couple of weeks ago we learned that Universal will be releasing yet another Rush compilation as part of their new ICON series. It will retail for just $7.99 and be released August 31st. Allmusic.com has posted a low-res version of the cover along with the 12-song tracklist which includes some very interesting selections. You can check out all the details in this post.

On Saturday I alerted you to a short ESPN interview with Geddy Lee where Geddy talks sports with Jennifer Williams. You can check out the interview at this link.

The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage had its US television premiere back in late June on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia. Shortly after that it was released to DVD/Blu-ray. According to the Banger Films blog, Banger Films has teamed up with Toronto-based film production, distribution and consulting company Tricon to handle international television distribution of the film. So soon all of our international Rush fan friends should be able to see the documentary on TV.

Maroon 5 played a show in Toronto earlier this week and reader Andrew W reports that when singer Adam Levine introduced guitarist James Valentine, Valentine played a bit of Tom Sawyer. Valentine is a known Rush fan and was spotted on an episode of MTV Cribs back in 2004 sporting a Power Windows t-shirt.

In last week's issue of the Dallas Morning News QUICK magazine there's a Rush reference in their Fun With Lists section. In reference to last week's start of the Dallas Cowboys training camp, their top ten list is as follows:

Fun With Lists: Things we'd like to see at Dallas Cowboys training camp, opening Saturday in San Antonio

1) DeMarcus Ware, Martellus Bennett and Anthony Spencer performing Rush's seminal album Moving Pictures in its entirety ...

Thanks to David C for the heads up and the scan.

Reader ThomasG_2112 located a Rush reference in this recent article from Tech Republic titled 12 must-have cross-platform applications. One of the featured applications is the VLC media player and in the accompanying screenshot Rush's BU2B is playing.

Reader Radio Spirit let me know that the latest episode of Sound Opinions features an interview with Stephen Malkmus of Pavement. He briefly references Rush when discussing the band's move from the experimental album Wowee Zowee to the more accessible Brighten the Corners:

... People didn't really like [Wowee Zowee] very much on the critical side. A lot of my friends did, so that was enough. It was kind of a sales disappointment. Normal stuff that bands go through. Like Rush did for Caress of Steel. But instead of going farther like Rush, we pulled back and did Brighten the Corners. ...

You may recall that Pavement make reference to Geddy Lee in their song Stereo which contains the lyric What about the voice of Geddy Lee? How did it get so high? I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy. You can listen to the interview at this link; just look for show #244 from July 30th, 2010.

Reader David C dug out this old relic from 1983. It's a scan of the sleeve from a 2-album cassette release of Rush's first 2 albums; Rush and Fly by Night.

Triumph's Rik Emmett was recently interviewed for Gibson.com and spoke a little about fellow Canadian guitarist Alex Lifeson:

... I had seen [Rush] at a couple of places, a couple of bars in Toronto. I do remember when Triumph was playing at the Gasworks, a legendary Young Street bar in Toronto. Alex came down to one of the gigs that we were playing there. Mike Myers used a kind of a version of the bar - an incredibly idealized version of the bar - in one of the Wayne's World movies. It was just this long, narrow thin bar right on the Young Street strip. It was kind of like a proving ground - if you played there, you were now sort of into the bar circuit. I'd seen Rush there. Geddy had his nails painted black.

My strongest memory was Alex just tearing it up. He played a version of Jeff Beck's "Going Down," and he just tore it up on a 335. He came to say "Hi" and we had a drink at the bar, that sort of thing. I've known Alex through the years, and from time to time he and I have gotten together. There's a thing up here - a guy named Brian Murray runs a thing called Guitar Workshops Plus - and he'd been trying to get Alex out there for years and years. Finally we did one together. That was two or three summers ago. That was a lot of fun. We spent the day just hanging and telling stories and jammed together at night on acoustic guitars, then electrics after that as sort of a closing finale of the day. Alex is an extremely gracious guy. I don't really know the other guys well. I don't know Geddy and Neil very well at all. But every time I've ever had the pleasure of being in Alex's company, he's been an extremely gracious and humble type of guy. And he's not such a bad guitar player either! ...

Thanks to Eric D for the heads up.

In the latest installment of his music discovery podcast and blog Bands Like Rush, Ben Sommer talks to guitarist/singer/songwriter Andy Milk of Boston-based prog rock/punk trio The Vital Might. Ben and Andy discuss the recording & production process, how to achieve a big sound as a prog power-trio, moving from grunge to pop to metal to pretentious prog - all in one song, and Andy's vocal affinities with Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon. The podcast also includes 2 full tracks; a whacked out track called Make My Day from their debut album, and the heavy late-Rush style track Phantom Spaceman from their latest album Red Planet. To find out more about the band check out their website at this link. You can listen to the podcast at this link.

Reader RemixVaporTrailsNOW sent me this YouTube video of Frank Hannon (Tesla, Frank Hannon Band) doing a live cover of Rush's Working Man.

The Canadian vampire horror/comedy flick Suck was released to theaters in Canada back in October of 2009 and had its US premier at the SXSW Film Festival in March in Austin, TX on Wednesday March 17th. Alex Lifeson makes an appearance in the movie as a border guard. You can get a glimpse of Alex in the film's trailer at this link (at about the 1:50 mark). We learned earlier this week that the movie will be released to DVD and Blu-ray on September 28th and is currently available for pre-order. It'll also be getting a limited theatrical release starting September 2nd through D&E Entertainment - the same distributor that handled the Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage theatrical release. All the details along with theaters/showtimes can be found at this link.

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

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rush ICON compilation tracklist details
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A couple of weeks ago we learned that Universal will be releasing yet another Rush compilation as part of their new ICON series. It will retail for just $7.99 and be released August 31st. Allmusic.com has posted a low-res version of the cover along with the 12-song tracklist which includes some very interesting selections:

1) Working Man
2) Fly By Night
3) The Necromancer
4) The Twilight Zone
5) Closer to the Heart
6) Circumstances
7) Freewill
8) Limelight
9) The Analog Kid
10) Red Sector A
11) Marathon
12) Force Ten

You can pre-order Rush ICON at this link. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Rush Time Machine Tour: Salt Lake City open thread
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UPDATE - 8/12@8:06PM: Here's a short review from the Salt Lake Tribune (thanks kcp1062).

UPDATE - 8/12@11:30AM: The reviewer from the Daily Herald (Doug Fox) also posted a review along with some pics to his personal blog (thanks Big Mike).

UPDATE - 8/6@11:51PM: Official photos have been posted over at Rush.com in the Multimedia: Rush on the Road section. Here's a review from the Deseret News (thanks markrsn) and another from the Daily Herald (thanks Power Windows).

After taking an 11-day hiatus, Rush's Time Machine Tour continues tonight in Salt Lake City, UT. They'll play several dates out west before moving their way back east and then take another break in early September. For everyone going to tonight's show have fun, be safe, and be sure to share your photos/videos/reports.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 5th @ 8:00PM
Show Number: 14
Venue: USANA Amphitheatre
Place: West Valley City, UT (outside Salt Lake City)

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New items at the Rush Backstage Club
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UPDATE - 8/6@9:28AM: The Rush Backstage Club is also running a meet-and-greet contest which you can enter at this link (thanks robertkincaid96).

Rash t-shirtRush socksAs several folks have pointed out to me over the last couple of weeks, the Rush Backstage Club has added a bunch of new Time Machine Tour-themed items to their Rush merchandise lineup. Included among the new items are shoelaces, earrings, socks, a windbreaker, several new shirt designs, yet another thong and much more. You can check out all the new stuff at this link.

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Rush: A Brief History of Time, Part V
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Rush: A Brief History of TimeJohn at Cygnus-X1.net recently posted the fifth installment of his Rush: A Brief History of Time series where he compiles scans and transcriptions of old Rush articles. You can check this latest batch out at this link. He has also combined all the items from the 5 installments and presented them on one page here. This batch contains around 25 articles from various time periods include a dozen from the 70s, 9 from the 80s and 5 articles from the 90s. Also included is a JAM! Showbiz article from 2002 titled Alex Lifeson on the Making of Vapor Trails and a 2009 interview with Alex Lifeson from Guitar Aficionado magazine titled Iron Man. There are some real gems in this batch. I highly suggest you check it out when you get a chance. Thanks John!

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Vote for Neil Peart in Rhythm Magazine's greatest drummer poll
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[Who is the greatest drummer of the last 25 years?]

UPDATE - 8/12@9:10PM: The results are in and Neil Peart came in at #4, behind Gavin Harrison at #3, Mike Portnoy at #2 and Joey Jordison at #1.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of UK Drum magazine Rhythm. To celebrate they are asking readers to vote for the best drummer of the last 25 years. Neil Peart is of course in the running and needs your help. To vote for Neil go to this link. Thanks to Neil C for the heads up.

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Neil Peart news update: Theme and Variations
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[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: August, 2010 - Theme and Variations]

As he usually does during any extended break on tour, Neil Peart has updated the News page on his website with some stories from the road. This update is titled Theme and Variations and Neil describes some of his recent travels between shows on the Time Machine Tour. He makes this interesting travel analogy involving his current drum solo:

... when I stand before a Road Closed sign, it's all a matter of reading the "signs," literally and metaphorically, and deciding whether I wish to proceed in that direction, while accepting that I may not be able to. That is "Roadcraft," and it occurs to me that I have been finding a musical parallel lately.

This tour I have deliberately designed my drum solo to be more improvisational than ever before, and that has led me into some "adventures" that have their analogues to the art of traveling.

Even as I consider that comparison, it makes me smile-because sometimes on the drums it absolutely does feel that I'm playing myself into a Road Closed situation, with dark forest all around, treacherous puddles ahead, and an unknown outcome to this rhythmic path I've set myself upon. I can only hope I'll come upon a mobile home and some fresh gravel to lead me back to the "paved road." ...

He continues with several more road stories and then says the following regarding his attitude towards touring and how it is particularly difficult this go-around because of his baby daughter:

... I wouldn't trade jobs, or lives, with anyone. In our song "Bravado," there's a fitting line I adapted from John Barth, "We will pay the price, but we will not count the cost."

That cost has many facets-physical pain, exhaustion, psychological alienation from home, family, and friends, homesickness, performing even when you feel bad, and all the while, missing out on days and nights and countless little events in the lives of your loved ones. A whole part of your life goes on without you. Why the "fantasy" other people imagine doesn't include these elements is because they don't know what it's like to miss those moments of everyday life, so they don't value them highly enough.

But this time the price was made especially sharp for me. Before starting this tour, I had spent nearly every early morning with baby Olivia, all through her ten months of life, quietly watching sunrises together, playing on the floor with her toys and books, sitting side by side on the sofa, my arm around her little form, while I read aloud from What Makes a Rainbow?, Wake Up Little Ones, or Big Red Barn.

Then, after a month away, I returned home to an eleven-month-old baby who didn't know me, shied away from me, and clung to her mother.

I know I just have to hang back until she gets comfortable with me again-but it still aches. ...

All in all another bit of great prose from Neil.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Suck movie featuring Alex Lifeson DVD/Blu-ray release
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UPDATE - 8/2@9:38AM: RushFanForever also notes that the film will be getting a limited theatrical release starting September 2nd through D&E Entertainment - the same distributor that handled the Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage theatrical release. All the details along with theaters/showtimes can be found at this link.

The Canadian vampire horror/comedy flick Suck was released to theaters in Canada back in October of 2009 and had its US premier at the SXSW Film Festival in March in Austin, TX on Wednesday March 17th. Alex Lifeson makes an appearance in the movie as a border guard. You can get a glimpse of Alex in the film's trailer at this link (at about the 1:50 mark). The movie will be released to DVD and Blu-ray on September 28th and is currently available for pre-order (thanks RushFanForever).

Alex Lifeson as a border guard in <i>Suck</i> - photo courtesy suckthemovie.comSuck was shot entirely in Toronto and also stars Malcolm McDowell, Dave Foley, Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, Moby, Carol Pope, Jessica Pare, Alice Cooper and his daughter Calico, and Dimitri Coates. Alex and Rob Stefaniuk talk about the movie in this 102.1 The Edge interview podcast (at about the 14 minute mark, runs 9 minutes) from just before the Canadian premier at the Toronto Film Festival last September. Here are some photos of Alex from the Suck premier: [photo 1] [photo 2] [photo 3]. And here's a bootleg video of Alex at the Suck after party at the Phoenix Theatre in Toronto. He joined the band Burning Brides onstage for the song Flesh and Bone which appears on the movie's soundtrack. Here's the trailer:

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3-D renderings of Neil Peart's Time Machine Tour kit
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Tandem Digital is the company that produces many of the custom concert videos that are seen playing in the background at Rush concerts. Early last month they posted a couple of the videos from the Time Machine Tour to their YouTube Channel and now have high-res versions along with screenshots available on their website here and here (obvious SPOILERS). In addition to all of that cool stuff, they have 3-D renderings of Neil's Time Machine Tour kit available for viewing at this link. Many thanks to Greg at Tandem Digital for making these available.

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