Archive: Blog Entries from January, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

I Still Love You Man short film tour video now online
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The popular 2009 comedy bromance I Love You Man starring Jason Segel & Paul Rudd featured Rush as an integral part of the storyline and even included a concert performance cameo from the band. It was one of the major factors in Rush being propelled into pop culture prominence over the last couple of years. As an ode to the band's appearance in the movie, Segel & Rudd along with Geddy, Alex and Neil filmed a short 5-minute-plus sequel to the film called I Still Love You Man which was shown at the end of Rush's live shows on the 2010 Time Machine Tour. The short film features a backstage encounter with Rush and the 2 friends from I Love You Man - Sydney Fife and Peter Klaven played respectively by Segel and Rudd. Actor Jason Segel uploaded the full 5-minute-plus movie to Funny or Die late last night and you can check it out below or at this link.

Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

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Rush June 30th Vancouver date at Rogers Arena now confirmed
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 2/1@7:05AM: The fan pre-sale is now listed at the Music Today site and will begin at 10AM PST.

UPDATE - 1/31@1:13PM: The show is now listed at Ticketmaster. As expected, there will be RUSHVIP and AMEX Front of the Line pre-sales beginning tomorrow, February 1st at 10AM PST. They also listed that other various pre-sales will begin on Wednesday, February 2nd. Although not yet listed at the Music Today website, I expect there will also be a fan pre-sale beginning tomorrow morning at 10AM.

There has been a lot of confusion over the last couple of weeks regarding the status of the supposed Rush show on June 30th at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. When the dates for the 2nd North American leg of the 2011 Time Machine Tour were announced a couple of weeks ago it was mentioned that a Vancouver date would occur but no details were given at the time. Then later that week the Rush iPhone app began listing the show as scheduled for June 30th at Rogers Arena, but sometime last week the date was removed from the app's listings. Now it looks like this June 30th date at Rogers Arena has finally been officially confirmed as reported by Classic Rock 101 and listed at Rush.com. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 4th through Ticketmaster although it's not listed as of yet. That means that if there are pre-sales they will take place this week, likely starting tomorrow. I'll keep this thread updated with information as we learn it. Thanks to hermy for the heads up.

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[More North American dates for Rush's Time Machine Tour 2011]
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[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour MSG pre-sale open thread]
[Rush to film April 15th show at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour ticket sale and pre-sale info]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour pre-sale info and open thread]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour North American dates announced]
[Rush Time Machine Tour Dublin pre-sale; Helsinki & Sweden added]
[Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 UK/Ireland pre-sales open thread]
[Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 official announcement!]

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011A couple of weeks ago Rush.com sent out a newsletter announcing the remaining North American dates for Rush's 2011 Time Machine Tour. This summer leg of the tour will include 13 dates in 12 cities across North America with just one lone Canadian date taking place in Vancouver. There's been a lot of confusion regarding the status of this supposed Vancouver show. The Rush.com tour page still has a message stating Vancouver date to be announced! Last week the Rush iPhone app began listing the show as scheduled for June 30th at Rogers Arena. Then sometime in the last few days they removed the date from the app's listings. It's unclear exactly what's going until we hear some official word from Rush. But until then I'm going with the assumption that they are just still working out details with the venue and the show will still take place on June 30th. When it is officially announced I'll be sure to post all of the relevant pre-sale information. Music Today fan pre-sales for the shows in Greenville, San Diego, Las Vegas, Concord, Portland and Seattle took place this past week, ending yesterday. Rush VIP pre-sales and CITI Cardmember pre-sales, along with various radio, Live Nation and venue pre-sales for those dates with the exception of Greenville also took place this past week. Pre-sales for the Greenville show are underway today until 10PM which are using the passwords BILO (thanks A-CELL-OF-AWARENESS) and TIME (thanks hermy). General ticket sales for the San Diego show kick off today at 10AM (PST); for the Greenville, Las Vegas and Concord shows tomorrow at 10AM and Monday, January 31st at 10AM for the Portland and Seattle shows.

Earlier this week we learned the exciting news that Neil Peart's 5th full-length book is titled Far and Away: A Prize Every Time and is due to be released via ECW Press this coming May 1st. Neil had been hinting for some time now that he'd be releasing a new book and friend Matt Scannell remarked just a few weeks ago on Used Bin Radio that Peart had a book in the works. Much like his regular postings at NeilPeart.net, the 260-page book chronicles Neil's tour travels from the last few years. From Amazon's product description:

Following in the tradition of Ghost Rider and Traveling Music, Rush drummer Neil Peart relates nearly four years of band tours, road trips, and personal discoveries in this introspective travelogue. From the ups and downs of a professional artist to the birth of a child, this revealing narrative recounts 22 adventures from rock's foremost drummer, biker enthusiast, husband and father. Both playful and insightful, Peart's love of drumming and the open road weaves throughout the stories as Neil explores horizons that are both physical and spiritual, sharing his observations about nature, society, and the self. Full-color photos round-out this tour of the open road that will resonate with Rush fans and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.

The book can be pre-ordered via Amazon at this link. In celebration of this news, I thought that for my next poll I'd ask everyone which of Neil's 4 current full-length books is their favorite. Take the poll and let us know.

On Tuesday the indie film Adventures of Power was released to DVD. Adventures of Power 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 including a Tom Sawyer air drum-off. It first hit the film festival circuit back in early 2008 and made its theatrical debut last fall. Back in 2009 Neil Peart and Ari Gold paid a visit to the Drum Channel studios to film an air drum-off video which you can check out here. The DVD contains over 60 minutes of bonus material including deleted scenes with Jane Lynch, a rare music video with Adrian Grenier, and the 25-minute Drum Channel interview and air drum-off with Neil Peart. Andrew Olson conducted a great interview with filmmaker Ari Gold which you can check out over at his Neil Peart fansite. There was a DVD launch party and charity auction kickoff last night in Los Angeles which featured a live performance by the Adrian Grenier's indie folk-rock band the Honey Bros. The charity auction/fundraiser supports music education via VH1 Save the Music and will run through March 16th. It features drums from Ringo Starr, Neil Peart, Lars Ulrich, Marky Ramone, Ween, Weezer, Judas Priest, Dresden Dolls, and many more. For more info visit adventuresofpower.com. Here's the film's official trailer.

While on the subject of Rush members in movies, Alex Lifeson made a cameo appearance as a cross-dressing cop in the second Trailer Park Boys movie - Countdown to Liquor Day - which was released to DVD back in late 2009. Reader RushFanForever located the scene in which Alex appears on YouTube and you can check it out at this link. Alex also appeared in the first Trailer Park Boys movie and more recently made an appearance as a border guard in the 2009 vampire horror-comedy Suck. For those of you with NetFlix, all three films are now available for streaming on-demand. Alex's next film project will be playing psychiatrist Dr. Michael Fig in the indie film Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy, due out later this year.

There's also another Canadian indie film coming out later this year titled Kankered which contains a number of Rush references. The film follows 3 inseparable friends - Alex, Trent and Marc - whose world gets turned upside down when Marc meets Lea. The friends' room in the film is decorated with various Rush posters as seen in the images above, and the film's trailer features Rush's unreleased early track Garden Road. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

The Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a rare Rush Feedback poster. Three of the posters will be given away and the contest runs through February 8th. For more information and to enter the contest go to this link. Thanks to hermy for the heads up.

The latest issue of Classic Rock's Prog magazine recently hit the shelves and contains the results of their 2010 Reader's Poll. Rush came in at #3 in the Best Band category, Alex Lifeson came in at #4 in the Best Guitarist category, Neil Peart was #3 in the Best Drummer category, Geddy Lee was named the Best Bassist and the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage won in the Best DVD category. You can check out the scans by clicking on the thumbnails above. Thanks to Desmond for the heads up and the scans.

CJ Ramone on RushHuge Rush fan in NYC recently shot some video of their friend and Ramones bass player C. J. Ramone professing his love of Rush and stating why he thinks Rush should be inducted into the Rock Hall in 2012. You can watch the video here and read a transcript below:

My very first public appearance was with a band - we did all cover songs - but the highlight of our set was when we did Temples of Syrinx by Rush. Incredible song. Incredible album - 2112. Geddy Lee - such a big influence on my playing. Just unbelievable, unreal talent. They deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame probably more than a lot of bands that are already there. Rush in 2012 - wanna see them there.

In the latest installment of his music discovery podcast and blog Bands Like Rush, Ben Sommer talks to 2 members of Wichita-based .end of story. Ben notes a great similarity between the band's sound and late-era Rush (Snakes & Arrows, Caravan, etc.). You can listen to the podcast at this link. To find out more about .end of story check out their website here.

Reader rmull was recently watching children's show The Sharing Show on the Sprout Network with his 2-year-old son. The show features 3 puppets; Patty the Pig, Rick the Rabbit and Curtis the owl. In this particular episode Ricky was taking some puppet dogs for a walk and introduces the dog's names as Darrin, Pepe, Alex, Geddy, and Neil. :)

Rush t-shirtReader freewilly located this cool Rush t-shirt for sale at 8BALL.co.uk. It features the famous image of Alex and Geddy with their double-necks with a white star in the background. You can check it out at this link.

The 2011 Winter NAMM show took place a couple of weekends ago at the Anaheim Convention Center. Neil Peart's Time Machine Tour kit was on display and Gibson Guitars unveiled the new Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess pictured here and in this Guitar International photo gallery. Max Mobley of Crawdaddy! Magazine covered the show and was inspired to write this humorous piece for the magazine's Riot Gear! column.

We learned yesterday that the 2012 Rush wall calendar will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of Rush's Signals on September 9th, 1982. As I'd mentioned in last week's Friday updates post, reader snowdog2113 has an extensive collection of old Rush TV interviews and appearances on VHS video that he has recently started converting to a digital format and posting online to YouTube. One of the vids he uploaded is a Signals-era MTV interview with Alex Lifeson where he discusses the album and the song Countdown in particular, recounting how he and his bandmates were deeply affected by witnessing the launch of the space shuttle Columbia and which inspired them to write the song. Today also coincidentally happens to be the 25th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Here's the interview:

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

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

2012 Rush Wall calendar celebrates Signals 30th anniversary
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Next month on February 12th, Rush's Moving Pictures will celebrate its 30th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion NMR Distribution released their 2011 Rush wall calendar last year with a Moving Pictures theme. The year prior they celebrated the Permanent Waves 30th anniversary with a Permanent Waves themed 2010 wall calendar. And they will continue this pattern in 2012 by celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of Signals with a Signals-themed 2012 wall calendar. Signals was released on September 9th, 1982. The calendar is now listed at the NMR Distribution website and can be pre-ordered for wholesale. It should be released to the general public sometime this Summer. Thanks to Marshall for the heads up.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New book from Neil Peart: Far and Away: A Prize Every Time
12:35PM EST | link | comments (72) |

According to Amazon.com, Neil Peart's 5th full-length book is titled Far and Away: A Prize Every Time and is due to be released via ECW Press this coming May 1st. Neil had been hinting for some time now that he'd be releasing a new book and friend Matt Scannell remarked just a few weeks ago on Used Bin Radio that Peart had a book in the works. Much like his regular postings at NeilPeart.net, the 260-page book chronicles Neil's tour travels from the last few years. From Amazon's product description:

Following in the tradition of Ghost Rider and Traveling Music, Rush drummer Neil Peart relates nearly four years of band tours, road trips, and personal discoveries in this introspective travelogue. From the ups and downs of a professional artist to the birth of a child, this revealing narrative recounts 22 adventures from rock's foremost drummer, biker enthusiast, husband and father. Both playful and insightful, Peart's love of drumming and the open road weaves throughout the stories as Neil explores horizons that are both physical and spiritual, sharing his observations about nature, society, and the self. Full-color photos round-out this tour of the open road that will resonate with Rush fans and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.

The book can be pre-ordered via Amazon at this link. Thanks to wherezmyz for the heads up.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Adventures of Power featuring Neil Peart released on DVD today
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UPDATE - 1/26@9:21AM: Andrew Olson conducted a great interview with filmmaker Ari Gold which he's posted over at his Neil Peart fansite at this link.

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 including a Tom Sawyer air drum-off. It first hit the film festival circuit back in early 2008 and made its theatrical debut last fall. Back in 2009 Neil Peart and Ari Gold paid a visit to the Drum Channel studios to film an air drum-off video which you can check out here. The film was released to DVD today and you can order a copy at this link. The DVD contains over 60 minutes of bonus material including deleted scenes with Jane Lynch, a rare music video with Adrian Grenier, and the 25-minute Drum Channel interview and air drum-off with Neil Peart. There will be a DVD launch party and charity auction this Thursday, January 27th in Los Angeles which will feature a live performance by the Adrian Grenier's indie folk-rock band the Honey Bros. The charity auction/fundraiser will support music education via VH1 Save the Music and will feature drums from Ringo Starr, Neil Peart, Lars Ulrich, Marky Ramone, Ween, Weezer, Judas Priest, Dresden Dolls, and many more. For more info visit adventuresofpower.com. Here's the film's official trailer:

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour pre-sale info and open thread
2:22PM EST | link | comments (113) |

Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 1/28@10:33AM: The password TIME also works for Greenville (thanks hermy).

UPDATE - 1/28@10:30AM: Password for the Greenville pre-sales today is BILO (thanks A-CELL-OF-AWARENESS).

UPDATE - 1/27@2:16PM: The Vancouver date is no longer listed on the Rush iPhone app. For now, I'm assuming they are just still trying to work out details with the venue and I'll leave the date listed on the tour page as is. There's a KGB radio pre-sale for San Diego going on today using password KGB along with a Live Nation pre-sale with password ROCKSTAR. There are also Live Nation pre-sales using that same password for the shows in Las Vegas, Concord, Portland and Seattle.

UPDATE - 1/25@1:00PM: Music Today fan pre-sales, Rush VIP pre-sales and CITI pre-sales for San Diego, Las Vegas, Concord, Portland and Seattle are on the clock! Good luck!!

UPDATE - 1/25@10:02AM: Greenville Music Today fan pre-sale is on the clock! As of right now, it doesn't look like there is a Rush VIP pre-sale for this show.

Last Monday Rush.com sent out a newsletter announcing the remaining North American dates for Rush's 2011 Time Machine Tour. This summer leg of the tour will include 13 dates in 12 cities across North America with just one lone Canadian date taking place in Vancouver on June 30th at the Rogers Arena. Pre-sales for the shows in New Orleans, Austin, El Paso, Phoenix and Los Angeles took place last week and general ticket sales for these shows kicked off this morning. Although still not officially announced, Music Today fan pre-sales for the dates in Greenville, San Diego, Las Vegas, Concord, Portland and Seattle will commence tomorrow morning at 10AM local venue time and all 6 are currently listed at the Music Today website. I'm still expecting some kind of email announcement via the Rush.com mailing list later today or early tomorrow, but it's possible they won't send one. The status of the supposed June 30th show in Vancouver is still unknown. The only official word we've received regarding this date was via the Rush iPhone app last week; it's still not listed at Rush.com (although there is a message stating Vancouver date to be announced!), Ticketmaster or the venue's website. Rush VIP and CITI Cardmember pre-sales are also listed at Ticketmaster for most of these dates beginning tomorrow at 10AM with the exception of Greenville. The BI-LO Center uses Ticketmaster so it's unclear why that date is not yet listed at the Ticketmaster website. The Rush tour page states that CITI pre-sales will not be available for Greenville, but it's assumed that Rush VIP pre-sales will be despite the show not yet being listed. For those of you unfamiliar with the pre-sale circus, I've put together a guide to ticket pre-sales which you can check out at this link. It'll tell you the differences between the various pre-sales, how they work, and what you will need to do to prepare for them. I will keep this thread and the tour page updated with any new information as we learn it.

Related Posts:
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour pre-sale info and open thread]
[More North American dates for Rush's Time Machine Tour 2011]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour pre-sale info and open thread]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour MSG pre-sale open thread]
[Rush to film April 15th show at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour ticket sale and pre-sale info]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour pre-sale info and open thread]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour North American dates announced]
[Rush Time Machine Tour Dublin pre-sale; Helsinki & Sweden added]
[Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 UK/Ireland pre-sales open thread]
[Rush Time Machine Tour 2011 official announcement!]

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011Late Monday night Rush.com sent out a newsletter announcing the remaining North American dates for Rush's 2011 Time Machine Tour. This summer leg of the tour will include 13 dates in 12 cities across North America with just one lone Canadian date taking place in Vancouver on June 30th at the Rogers Arena. Music Today fan pre-sales, Rush VIP pre-sales and CITI Cardmember pre-sales for the shows in New Orleans, Austin, El Paso, Phoenix and Los Angeles kicked off on Wednesday. The fan pre-sales will run through Noon today with the Rush VIP and CITI pre-sales ending at 5PM (local venue time), with the exception of the Austin fan pre-sale which closed early. Various radio, Live Nation and venue pre-sales kick off this morning at 10AM and will run until 5PM (local venue time) for the shows in New Orleans, El Paso, Phoenix and Los Angeles. If you know any of the passwords please let us know. The Live Nation password is ROCKSTAR (thanks Barry G). For any radio pre-sales, just check your local rock radio station website. Reader Barry informed me that KDKB in Phoenix is sponsoring a pre-sale with password KDKB. Regular ticket sales for these 6 dates will begin this coming Monday, January 24th at 10AM. Although not officially announced yet, Music Today fan pre-sales for most of the remaining dates should kick off sometime next week - probably on Tuesday. The Rush.com newsletter should be sending out some kind of announcement regarding this in the next few days. Rush VIP and CITI Cardmember pre-sales are also listed at Ticketmaster for most of these dates beginning next Tuesday. Rush VIP pre-sales will be available for all remaining dates, and CITI pre-sales will be available for all the US dates except Greenville. For those of you not familiar with the pre-sale circus, I've put together a guide to ticket pre-sales which you can check out at this link. It'll tell you the differences between the various pre-sales, how they work, and what you will need to do to prepare for them. I will keep the tour page updated with any new information as we learn it.

In Neil Peart's November news update at NeilPeart.net, he appealed to fans to donate a small amount to the Chilean Red Cross before reading his post titled The Power of Magical Thinking. The fans came through big time, racking up $5000 in donations which was then matched by Bubba himself bringing the grand total up to $10,0000. Earlier this week the team at NeilPeart.net posted an update thanking the fans along with a great picture of Brutus presenting the check. You can read the entire message at this link.

The 2011 Winter NAMM show took place last weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center and Gibson Guitars unveiled the new Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess pictured here and in this Guitar International photo gallery. Alex spoke a little about this guitar in an interview from late last summer:

... I've been working with Gibson on putting together a Les Paul Axcess model, which would be an Alex Lifeson signature guitar. It'll have the Floyd Rose, the piezo pickup in the bridge and single-coil taps in the volume pots. Basically, we've taken everything you could want in a guitar and we're putting it into a really true utility instrument in a fantastic platform. ...

Neil Peart's Time Machine Tour kit was also on display at the NAMM show. Reader hermy sent me some awesome pics which you can check out by clicking on the thumbnails, and here are some great closeup pics that were posted over at the Mike Portnoy forum. There's also this video and this video.

A couple of weeks ago we learned that Alex Lifeson has a role in the new indie film Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy. Alex will be playing the role of Dr. Michael Fig; a character made specifically for the film who does not appear in the book. Dr. Fig works in a mental hospital where Billy Boyd's character Woodsy is committed for a breakdown after consuming too much Ecstasy. A video clip of Alex as Dr. Fig was posted to the film's Facebook page last week. The video runs about 1 minute and features respected psychiatrist Dr. Michael Fig discussing his radical new treatment. You can watch it at this link. The film is slated to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Speaking of indie films, we learned a couple of weeks ago that the 2008 indie film Adventures of Power will be released to DVD this coming Tuesday, January 25th and is now available for pre-order. The movie 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 including a Tom Sawyer air drum-off. It first hit the film festival circuit back in early 2008 and made its theatrical debut last fall. Back in 2009 Neil Peart and Ari Gold paid a visit to the Drum Channel studios to film an air drum-off video which you can check out here. To celebrate the DVD release, Ari Gold will be running a fundraiser/auction to support music education via VH1 Save the Music. For more info visit adventuresofpower.com. Here's the film's official trailer.

A new book on the history of progressive heavy metal which I had first told you about way back in 2008 was finally released last month. It's titled Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal and was written by former Metal Maniacs editor Jeff Wagner with a foreword by Steven Wilson. Rush is prominently featured in the book as one of the early pioneers of the genre. You can read some reviews of the book here and here. From the publisher's website:

Revered former Metal Maniacs editor Jeff Wagner analyzes the heady side of metal in this exhaustive history of a relentlessly ambitious musical subculture. Beginning with 1970s progressive rock acts Rush and King Crimson, Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal unfurls a colorful tapestry of sounds and styles, from the 'Big Three' of 1980s prog metal-Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, and Dream Theater-to extreme pioneers Voivod, Watchtower, and Celtic Frost. The flirtation between heavy metal and progressive rock grows with bold creative leaps, spawning countless valiant launches toward infinity. Today, the spark of inspiration thrives in obscure outposts such as Scandinavia, Florida, and Japan, bursting into full flame with the successes of prog metal overlords Opeth, Meshuggah, Tool, Between the Buried and Me, and their progressive peers ...

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Speaking of progressive heavy metal, reader Hank N let me know that heavy metal band Benedictum will be releasing their new album Dominion next month. One of the bonus tracks for the international release is a cover of Rush's 2112: Overture/The Temples of Syrinx. You can listen to a short preview of the track at this link.

Longtime Rush roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret) celebrated his 60th birthday this past January 16th. Tony has been a roadie with Rush since way back in 1977 and was a guest speaker at last year's RushCon. On behalf of myself and all RIAB readers, Happy 60th Birthday Tony! Thanks to cincyrushgirl for the heads up.

Reader RushFanForever located an old Toronto Sun article from September 10, 1976 that was transcribed at Triumph fan site RockAndRollMachine.net. It reviews a 1976 show at the Gasworks in Toronto by then new Canadian power trio Triumph. Geddy Lee apparently was at the show with members of Blue Oyster Cult:

... Other performers were part of the audience. Singer Geddy Lee from Rush, checking out the competition while he awaits the release of his own band's live-at-Massey Hall album, brought a couple of members of Blue Oyster Cult with him. ...

This recent post at Milwaukee Brewers fan blog Milwaukee Brewin' makes the argument that pitcher John Axford should use Rush's Tom Sawyer as his new entrance music (thanks anim8nate).

Reader Julie pointed me to this touching blog post from a friend of the late John Rutsey - former drummer of Rush who passed away in 2008.

Reader Fritz R's wife Jennifer is a writer who created a literary blog called Always, Capra together with her friend and children's book illustrator Jana C. The blog is written from the point of view of a teenage girl writing letters to her favorite celebrities (living or dead) and in the process revealing some kind of truth about life, love, growing up, etc. This week Capra has written a very sweet, funny letter to Rush. It reflects Jennifer's own journey from merely tolerating her husband's Rush obsession to finally getting it, which is a very common theme among many of us fans (me included) whose significant others watched Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage with us last year. You can check it out at this link.

Reader snowdog2113 has an extensive collection of old Rush TV interviews and appearances on VHS video that he recently started converting to a digital format and posting online to YouTube. He has over a dozen vids uploaded so far, many of which are some rare gems that I'd never seen before. I highly suggest you check them out at this link.

The Toronto-focused blog Torontoist runs a regular feature on Toronto in the movies called Reel Toronto. This week's installment highlighted famous music videos that were shot in Toronto including Rush's Subdivisions video. Here's what they had to say:

Ah, "Subdivisions." It opens with a helicopter shot of the intersection at King and Bay Streets, and only gets better from there. You can see the Scarborough RT, the DVP-401 interchange, and what looks like the PATH system (or at least the generic bowels of some downtown offices). The Warden-Finch neighbourhood has the honour of playing the seventh circle of cookie cutter suburban hell.

What Toronto high school gets to play the role of the soul-crushing monster that is education in suburbs? If Wikipedia is to be trusted (and if you can't trust them, who can you trust?) it's Scarborough's L'Amoreaux Collegiate. You can see the bland, grey exterior just short of the two-minute mark. Just look at those cool dudes with all their chicks, probably on the way to have a rockin' good time at Bridlewood Mall!

At about 2:45 we take a Goin' Down the Road-style trip down Yonge Street at night. And towards the end we see our oppressed hero playing video games at the now-defunct Video Invasion. The Bathurst-Wilson landmark has since changed hands a few time, most recently serving as a What a Bagel.

(Other Wikipedia trivia? That bad-ass synth is an Oberheim OB-X.)

Thanks to Ajax5 for the heads up.

Rock producer and promoter Don Kirshner passed away this past week at the age of 76 (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). From the LA Times:

... Don Kirshner, rock impresario, music publishing powerhouse, television host and behind-the-scenes music supervisor (before there was such a job title) and song-picker for the Archies and the Monkees, died Monday in Boca Raton, Fla., at age 76. Over the course of half a century in the music business, he served as a bridge connecting songwriters with opportunity, and provided a televised stage in the 1970s and early '80s on which some of the rock era's most important bands performed.... With his syndicated late night show 'Don Kirshner's Rock Concert,' which ran from 1973-1981, he delivered to America some of the world's biggest bands, which performed for way below their usual fees because of the publicity the broadcast generated. His taste in booking crossed boundaries, and was influential in the 1970s for highlighting budding hard rock bands such as Black Sabbath, Rush, Montrose and Kansas. For rock fans away from major metropolitan areas, the show served as a lifeline to musicians they might not have otherwise seen...

Rush appeared on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert back in 1974 playing Best I Can, In the Mood and Finding My Way, helping to greatly heighten the band's exposure. Here's the video from that performance:

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

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour pre-sale info and open thread
8:21AM EST | link | comments (106) |

Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 1/21@12:01PM: The Live Nation pre-sale password for all dates is ROCKSTAR (Thanks Barry G).

UPDATE - 1/21@11:50AM: The Austin Music Today pre-sale looks like it closed a little early. The others should be up until 12PM (local venue time).

UPDATE - 1/20@3:00PM: It looks like the Vancouver show will be at the Rogers Arena on June 30th according to the iPhone app (thanks again hermy).

UPDATE - 1/20@1:48PM: According to some reader reports, the Rush iPhone app was just updated with the news that Rush will be playing Vancouver on June 30th. No further details are yet available. Here's a screenshot courtesy hermy.

UPDATE - 1/20@12:19PM: Oops. I was a day early on the radio, Live Nation and venue pre-sales; those will take place tomorrow. Carry on...

UPDATE - 1/20@8:55AM: Various radio, Live Nation and venue pre-sales will take place today from 10AM until 5PM (local venue time) for the shows in El Paso, Phoenix and Los Angeles. The Live Nation password is usually the same across all venues; as soon as I have that I will report it here but it sounds like it might be BU2B. For any radio pre-sales, just check your local rock radio station website. These pre-sales generally don't yield the same quality of seats as the fan, Rush VIP and CITI pre-sales.

UPDATE - 1/19@2:52PM: It's been a busy afternoon so I apologize for the lack of updates. As of 2 hours or so ago, pre-sales for all 6 dates are underway. For those of you wondering about the remaining 7 dates, those will be going on fan pre-sale next week although we are still awaiting the official announcement from Rush - which should come early next week.

UPDATE - 1/19@10:52AM: Note that the Austin date is listed at Ticketmaster but tickets are actually sold via evenue.net. That site has this link listed for the CITI pre-sale and the page currently says Starts Wednesday, January 19 at 10:00AM. The Rush VIP pre-sale should begin at 10AM through the main ticket link. I guess we'll see what happens in 10 minutes or so. :)

UPDATE - 1/19@10:45AM: Pre-sales for the New Orleans and Austin shows begin in about 15 minutes. For the fan pre-sales, be sure to go to the Music Today site and register if you haven't already. No password is required for fan pre-sales. Once registered you can login and you will then see all 6 dates listed on the Music Today site with a link that says ticket info. Once the pre-sale begins, this link will change to say buy tickets. You'll need to refresh your web browser around 10AM (LOCAL venue time) to see this link. Then you click on buy tickets and you are on your way. Don't be afraid to throw away tickets that you don't want and try again. The system will also occasionally get backed up and say that there aren't tickets available. Just keep trying and something will show up eventually. For the CITI cardmember and Rush VIP pre-sales, simply go to the Ticketmaster website. No passwords are required for CITI and Rush VIP pre-sales either, although you'll need to enter the first 6 digits of your CITI Card for the CITI pre-sale. For more details see my guide to ticket pre-sales. Good luck!

Late Monday night Rush.com sent out a newsletter announcing the remaining North American dates for Rush's 2011 Time Machine Tour. This summer leg of the tour will include 13 dates in 12 cities. Dates and venues for the 11 US cities on this leg are now known, but information regarding the lone Canadian date in Vancouver is still forthcoming. Music Today fan pre-sales for the shows in New Orleans, Austin, El Paso, Phoenix and Los Angeles will kick off later this morning at 10AM (local venue time) and are all currently listed at the Music Today website. Rush VIP and CITI Cardmember pre-sales are also listed at Ticketmaster for these 6 dates. For those of you not familiar with the pre-sale circus, I've put together a guide to ticket pre-sales which you can check out at this link. It'll tell you the differences between the various pre-sales, how they work, and what you will need to do to prepare for them. I will keep this thread along with the tour page updated with any new information as we learn it. Let the pre-sale madness begin!! Good luck! :)

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Neil Peart news update: fans raise $5,000 for Red Cross
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Brutus presents check to Red CrossIn Neil Peart's most recent news update at NeilPeart.net, he appealed to fans to donate a small amount to the Chilean Red Cross before reading his November post - The Power of Magical Thinking. The fans came through big time and the team at NeilPeart.net just posted the following update along with a great picture of Brutus presenting the check:

When we first posted this story, we asked readers to make a donation-even one dollar-to the Red Cross of Chile. The motive came from the story itself-because Brutus and Our Eponymous Founder were traveling in South America (between Brazil and Argentina) when the 33 miners were miraculously rescued, and they were powerfully moved by witnessing the event on live television. A few days later, the band performed in Santiago, Chile, dedicated the song "Stick It Out" to the miners, and showed a photograph of "Los 33" on the rear screen.

The Chilean Red Cross- Cruz Roja Chilena-had organized the above-ground facilities for the rescue, though their resources were already strained by the terrible earthquake in February of 2010. The staff here at neilpeart.net-Our Eponymous Founder, designer Greg Russell, and the manager over at Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill, Brutus-decided we wanted to help.

So we thought we'd try something new: ask the readers to help us help. And people stepped up-Big Time!
Over 2,000 people made donations, many of them more than the "suggested minimum," and within a little over a month, almost $5,000 had been raised.

Our Eponymous Founder volunteered to match that amount-and we are all very proud to present this check to Cruz Roja Chilena.

We would also like to give kudos to Andres Gutierrez and the rest of the staff at The Red Cross in Calgary for arranging to get the funds directly to Cruz Roja Chilena. They can surely use all our help.

Well done everybody!

Thanks to gornhay for the heads up.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

More North American dates for Rush's Time Machine Tour 2011
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 1/18@5:39PM: Music Today fan pre-sales for the shows in New Orleans, Austin, El Paso, Phoenix and Los Angeles will kick off tomorrow morning at 10AM (local venue time) and most of them are all now listed at the Music Today website. The LA dates aren't up yet but should be by tomorrow morning. Rush VIP and CITI Cardmember pre-sales are also now listed at Ticketmaster for these 6 dates.

UPDATE - 1/18@10:30AM: Note that the Rush.com tour page states the following right at the top: Vancouver date to be announced! So there should be a total of 13 dates on this leg with Vancouver being the only Canadian date.

Rush pulled another late night surprise (at least for us Easterners) and announced the dates for the 2nd North American leg of the 2011 Time Machine Tour last night. From the Rush.com newsletter:

RUSH.com will be announcing the remaining Time Machine Tour dates this Tuesday, January 18th!

However, seeing as 6 of the shows will go up for pre-sales starting THIS WEDNESDAY, January 19th at 10 AM (local) through Friday, January 21st at noon - we wanted to ensure this email got to you in time to be ready!

As usual - rush.com members will have access to pre-sales for 2 days prior to the general on-sales (along with CITI® card members for US/Live Nation shows).

In order to alleviate multiple emails to you, know that whenever a pre-sale password may be needed for this group of shows, the password will be BU2B.

SHOWS ON-SALE THIS WEEK:

The following shows will have pre-sales that begin this Wednesday, January 19th at 10:00 AM (local) through Friday, January 21st at noon for rush.com members.

CITI® card members will also be able to access pre-sales Jan 19-21 from 10:00 AM to 5pm (local).

The general on-sale will begin January 24th at 10:00 AM Local.

June 10 - New Orleans @ Arena
June 12 - Austin @ Frank Erwin Center
June 14 - El Paso @ Don Haskins Center
June 16 - Phoenix @ US Airways Center
June 20 - Los Angeles @ Gibson Ampitheatre
June 22 - Los Angeles @ Gibson Ampitheatre

The following shows will go on sale the following week with more details to be posted - Greenville, San Diego, Las Vegas, Concord, Portland, and Seattle! ...

Although the announcement doesn't include them, the tour page at Rush.com also has dates for the remaining shows listed as follows:

June 8 - Greenville @ BI-LO Center
June 18 - San Diego @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
June 24 - Las Vegas @ MGM Grand
June 26 - Concord @ Sleep Train Pavilion
June 28 - Portland @ Sleep Country Amphitheater
July 2 - Seattle @ The Gorge

More sales and pre-sales information will be forthcoming and I'll be updating the tour section throughout the day.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Video clip of Alex Lifeson as Dr. Fig in Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy
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A couple of weeks ago we learned that Alex Lifeson has a role in the new indie film Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy. Alex will be playing the role of Dr. Michael Fig; a character made specifically for the film who does not appear in the book. Dr. Fig works in a mental hospital where Billy Boyd's character Woodsy is committed for a breakdown after consuming too much Ecstasy. A video clip of Alex as Dr. Fig was posted to the film's Facebook page a few days ago. The video runs about 1 minute and features respected psychiatrist Dr. Michael Fig discussing his radical new treatment. You can watch it at this link. The film is slated to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Thanks to billy d for the heads up.

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2011 Winter NAMM Show: Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess, Neil's kit
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UPDATE - 1/21@10:01AM: Here are some great closeup pics that were posted over at the Mike Portnoy forum (thanks hermy).

UPDATE - 1/17@12:07PM: Guitar International has posted a bunch of closeup photos of the guitar on their website (thanks hermy).

The 2011 Winter NAMM show is underway this weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center and yesterday Gibson Guitars unveiled the new Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess pictured here. Alex spoke a little about this guitar in an interview from late last summer:

... I've been working with Gibson on putting together a Les Paul Axcess model, which would be an Alex Lifeson signature guitar. It'll have the Floyd Rose, the piezo pickup in the bridge and single-coil taps in the volume pots. Basically, we've taken everything you could want in a guitar and we're putting it into a really true utility instrument in a fantastic platform. ...

Thanks to Power Windows for the image and the heads up.

As I'd mentioned in last week's Friday update, Neil Peart's Time Machine Tour kit is also on display at the NAMM show. Reader hermy sent me some awesome pics which you can check out by clicking on the thumbnails. There's also this video and this video.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011Dates look to be about firmed up for the 2nd North American leg of Rush's 2011 Time Machine Tour although there has been no official announcement yet. The only official news we've received regarding this leg was back in late November when Rush revealed that they'd be hitting New Orleans, Austin, Los Angeles, Vancouver and several other cities in the West/Southwest, but did not give any specific dates/venues. My sources are now telling me that this leg of the tour will kick off at the New Orleans Arena on June 10th with ticket sales beginning on Monday, January 24th. Not sure if that means regular ticket sales or pre-sales though. If regular sales, then that means pre-sales will be next week and an official announcement would need to come out this weekend, otherwise sometime next week seems the likely timing for an announcement. Reader JohnnyTRacer sent me some additional news that lends some weight to the notion that an official announcement is looming. 92.3 KGON in Portland sent out an email to members yesterday declaring that they had 2 major concert announcements coming up this Monday, January 17th and next Monday, January 24th. Stay tuned for more details and keep an eye on your inbox for some official news from Rush. In other tour-related news, reader Steve T let me know that Quicken Loans Arena started a ticket auction yesterday for floor seats (section 1,2,3) for the April 15the Cleveland show which will be filmed for a DVD release. The auction runs through Wednesday, January 19th, 9PM CST. To bid on tickets just go to this link. And reader july141789 let me know that he received a notification yesterday to arrange for delivery of the swag from the Rush VIP ticket package he purchased for the April 19th show in Hamilton. They seem to be much more on the ball regarding the VIP ticket packages this go-around.

The big news this past week was a new Guitarist magazine interview with Alex Lifeson where Alex discusses a wide range of subjects including the Time Machine Tour, his gear, the Rush documentary and the Moving Pictures album. There's not much in the way of new information but he did say the following when asked about the band's plans for the upcoming year.

... "Originally the plan was to get back into writing and then recording this year but this tour was so successful with the demand for us to carry on and play a little bit longer. So we played with the ideas and as we got closer to the end of the tour we realised we were going to get a lot of push to continue it. And we wanted to, we didn't think we were going to have quite as much fun as we've had with it.

"The whole idea of doing Moving Pictures and not sharing it, particularly in the UK, was a real concern of ours. So Ged and I will get back to writing in the new year. We'll get through the Christmas holidays and start writing through January and February. We only have two or three more songs that we feel we need for the album. So we can start reworking the material and get it in great shape. Then we'll prepare for the tour in March, finish in July, take the summer off then start work in earnest in September." ...

So if Alex and Geddy are carrying through with their plan, the pair may be in the process of writing new material as we speak! It's unlikely they can get the new album released by end-of-year if they don't start recording until September, so we're probably looking at an early 2012 release. You can read the entire article at this link.

Alex is also keeping busy on various side projects. We learned earlier this week that he is working as a producer for the Dave Barrett Trio, and last week we found out that he has a role in the new indie film Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy. Alex will be playing the role of Dr. Fig; a character made specifically for the film who does not appear in the book. Dr. Fig works in a mental hospital where Billy Boyd's character Woodsy is committed for a breakdown after consuming too much Ecstasy.

Attendance numbers for both Brazilian dates from the 2010 Time Machine Tour finally came in. The October 8th show at the Estadio do Morumbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil had an attendance of 26,015 (out of a possible 50,600) and grossed a whopping $3,337,130. The October 10th show at the Praca da Apoteose in Rio de Janeiro was attended by 10,308 fans (out of a possible 32,400) and grossed $1,049,950. I've also updated the the tour section with the numbers.

We learned last week that the 2008 indie film Adventures of Power will be released to DVD on January 25th and is now available for pre-order. The movie 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 including a Tom Sawyer air drum-off. It first hit the film festival circuit back in early 2008 and made its theatrical debut last fall. Back in 2009 Neil Peart and Ari Gold paid a visit to the Drum Channel studios to film an air drum-off video which you can check out here. To celebrate the DVD release, Ari Gold will be running a fundraiser/auction to support music education via VH1 Save the Music which he recently wrote about in this blog post at ModernDrummer.com (thanks ou812112). For more info visit adventuresofpower.com. Here's the film's official trailer.

The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will be one of 12 musically themed films to be shown at the Juno Awards Film Festival taking place March 21-27 in Toronto. The film was also recently nominated for a Grammy Award. The Grammy Awards ceremony takes place on Febraury 13th, which coincidentally is one day after the 30th anniversary of Moving Pictures.

Vertical Horizon frontman and friend of Neil Peart - Matt Scannell - was a guest on internet talk show Used Bin Radio this past Tuesday. I wasn't able to listen in to the show but from what I hear Matt talked a good bit about his friendship with Neil and collaboration with him on Vertical Horizon's 2009 album Burning The Days on which Neil plays drums on 3 songs along with writing the lyrics for one. Neil and Scannell had become friends when Neil moved to Los Angeles as Neil describes in his two most recent books Roadshow and Travelling Music. A podcast of Matt's interview should be posted online soon at this link.

Canadian thrash metal band Sacrifice included a cover of Rush's Anthem on the Canadian release of their 2009 album The Ones I Condemn. The track was also included on a recent limited release 7" vinyl split with Canadian thrash punk band Propagandhi who covers Corrosion of Conformity's Technocracy on the flip side. The first pressing of the 7" vinyl had sold out quickly but due to overwhelming demand, War On Music Records has announced a second and final pressing. You can listen to the track on YouTube at this link. Thanks to BW&BK for the heads up.

Q Magazine has compiled their list of the top 10 drummers in the February edition of the magazine. Neil Peart came it at #3 behind Keith Moon and Stewart Copeland. Here's what they had to say:

3. Neil Peart: Rush's professor of paradiddle

A drummer joke: What's the last thing a band wants their drummer to say? "Want to try one of my songs?" Unless it's Neil Peart, of course, the rhythmic brain behind Canadian "power trio" Rush, and the group's primary lyricist and songwriter. Equally renowned for his roiling tom-tom breaks and improbably gigantic kits - for a time he boasted back-to-back electronic and acoustic rigs - Peart also introduced future generations of math-rock nerds to the mysteries of 5/4 time signatures and the paradiddle-diddle.

Reader Chip H let me know that Sevendust guitarist John Connolly was recently interviewed for Skope magazine and talked a bit about Rush:

... RE: What was the first concert you went to?

JC: There were so many, it's hard to remember. The one that I was the most impressed with was Van Halen. Rush and Kiss were great live, and I love AC/DC, but Eddie Van Halen focused on technique and dedication to actually playing. Van Halen delivered technically, what Rush delivered intellectually. Eddie just knocked me on my ass! When Eddie appeared, nobody knew what that was. One moment he would be doing something, and the next moment he'd be doing something else!

RE: If you could invite anyone to play at your birthday party, who would it be?

JC: I want to say Van Halen, but I'll pick Rush for two reasons. First, the rest of Sevendust would get the chance to participate, and second, I've had the chance to meet Eddie and Wolfie, but I've never had the chance to meet Neil Peart, and I'm a big fan! ...

Official RushCon Rush tribute band Limelight will be performing a show at the Wolf's Den at the Mohegan Sun on Thursday, February 3rd. For more information go to this link.

The BBC Radio's 7 Day Sunday show used Rush's I Think I'm Going Bald as intro/outro music for a story they covered last week about a scientific breakthrough on the study of baldness. You can listen to it on line at this link at about the 40:48 mark. Thanks to Jon P for the heads up.

Reader squeaky wheel informed me of the sad news that producer/engineer Pat Moran has died. Moran was an engineer on Rush's A Farewell to Kings and Hemispheres. You can read the story at this link.

At last weekend's halftime show for the NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints, Michael Wilton and Chris DeGarmo from Queensryche along with bass player Mike Inez (Alice In Chains, Heart) and drummer Ben Smith performed a medley of rock songs including Rush's The Spirit of Radio (thanks Andrew). You can check out some video of the performance below or at this link.

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

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Alex Lifeson working as producer with the David Barrett Trio
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David BarrettDavid Barrett is an accomplished, Toronto-based guitarist who has played with some of the biggest names in Canadian music, produced several solo albums, and composed music for film and television. In recent years he's played lead guitar with The Classic Albums Live series, was the Director Of Special Events at The Toronto Fingerstyle Guitar Association, and is currently a coach at The League Of Rock. He also recently formed the David Barrett Trio with Sascha Tukatsch and Jason Farrar and has recorded a few tunes with the help of his friend and mentor Alex Lifeson. From a recent post on Barrett's blog:

Exactly a year ago, I played my new solo album The Dead Arm for guitar hero and mentor Alex Lifeson. He liked it and mentioned that maybe we should consider doing something together in the future. I agreed. He advised me to write a ton of music which we would then later sift through and pick the best tunes to develop. His other advice was to include some other musicians to further develop the songs. I asked Sascha Tukatsch to play drums and Jason Farrar to play bass. We arranged the music and worked really hard on it. Their contributions and enthusiasm have been truly outstanding! After the Rush Time Machine tour ended and Big Al was rested, we went into his studio and recorded three tunes: Hollowbody, Sonar, and Disappearance. Rich Chycki engineered. Rich produced my first solo album back in 1995, everything I've learned about recording I've learned from Rich, I don't think there's anyone better. And Big Al's approach to arranging, performance, and production was truly illuminating. We also had a lot of laughs in the studio, more than I can remember on any sessions I've ever done. We've finished these three and will release them soon, once we figure out the details. I just wanted to let everyone know that we've got some new music ready to be released and that we're very excited about the whole thing!

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Monday, January 10, 2011

New Alex Lifeson interview in Guitarist magazine
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[Interview: Alex Lifeson - The Canadian prog legend speaks to Guitarist]

Alex Lifeson was interviewed by Guitarist magazine late last year and the interview was made available online earlier today. Alex discusses all of the usual subjects including the Time Machine Tour, his gear, the Rush documentary and the Moving Pictures album. There's not much in the way of new information but he did say the following when asked about the band's plans for the upcoming year.

... "Originally the plan was to get back into writing and then recording this year but this tour was so successful with the demand for us to carry on and play a little bit longer. So we played with the ideas and as we got closer to the end of the tour we realised we were going to get a lot of push to continue it. And we wanted to, we didn't think we were going to have quite as much fun as we've had with it.

"The whole idea of doing Moving Pictures and not sharing it, particularly in the UK, was a real concern of ours. So Ged and I will get back to writing in the new year. We'll get through the Christmas holidays and start writing through January and February. We only have two or three more songs that we feel we need for the album. So we can start reworking the material and get it in great shape. Then we'll prepare for the tour in March, finish in July, take the summer off then start work in earnest in September." ...

So if Alex and Geddy are carrying through with their plan, the pair may be in the process of writing new material as we speak! It's still hard to say whether they can get the new album released by end-of-year if they don't start recording until September; an early 2012 release looks more likely at this point.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Happy New Year Rush fans! As I'd mentioned in last week's 2010 wrap-up post, 2011 looks to be yet another epic year for Rush. The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is nominated for a Grammy Award and the band kicks off their 2011 Time Machine Tour in late March where they'll be filming their April 15th show in Cleveland for their next live DVD - the first ever full-length US Rush show to be filmed for video release. So it's likely we'll see a live DVD release later in the year along with the potential release of the band's Clockwork Angels album and another re-issue of the Rush catalog. Now that 2011 has arrived, it's the perfect time to purchase a copy of the Rush 2011 Wall Calendar which celebrates the upcoming 30th anniversary of the release of Moving Pictures. If you don't have one yet, you can order your copy at this link. This first week of 2011 has been quiet as far as official Rush news goes, but there were still several interesting Rush-related news nuggets to share. So let's get right to it.

Toronto filmmaker Rob Heydon poses with Alex Lifeson on the set of Irvine Welsh's EcstasyWe learned on Wednesday that Alex Lifeson will be appearing in yet another feature film. Toronto filmmaker Rob Heydon recently completed shooting for his feature film adaptation of Scottish author Irvine Welsh's book Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance. According to the film's Facebook page, Alex Lifeson is among the cast of the film and can be seen pictured with the filmmaker on the set at this link.

We learned earlier this week that the 2008 indie film Adventures of Power will be released to DVD on January 25th and is now available for pre-order. The movie 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 including a Tom Sawyer air drum-off. It first hit the film festival circuit back in early 2008 and made its theatrical debut last fall. Back in 2009 Neil Peart and Ari Gold paid a visit to the Drum Channel studios to film an air drum-off video which you can check out here. To celebrate the DVD release, Ari Gold will be running a fundraiser/auction to support music education via VH1 Save the Music which will feature drums from Ringo Starr, Neil Peart, Lars Ulrich, Marky Ramone, Ween, Weezer, Judas Priest, Dresden Dolls, and many more. For more info visit adventuresofpower.com. Here's the film's official trailer.

Rush's 1981 classic Moving Pictures is the subject of an hour-long In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show which aired all this past week celebrating the 30th anniversary of the February 12, 1981 release of the album. The show features interview segments with all three members of Rush where they discuss the album. It's not obvious whether any of these segments are new, although it's clear that several are taken from past In The Studio interviews. The interview segments from the special have been posted online to the In The Studio website in the player on the home page.

The Rush Petition website was just revamped this past week in preparation for the upcoming 2011 leg of Rush's Time Machine Tour. To vote for the songs you'd like Rush to play, go to this link.

Rush's upcoming 19th full-length studio album Clockwork Angels made the A.V. Club's list of the 48 most anticipated entertainments of 2011 coming in at #26. Here's what they said:

26. Rush, Clockwork Angels (TBD, spring)

Kicking off with an ominous clank of machinery, "Caravan"-the first single from Rush's upcoming full-length, Clockwork Angels-telegraphs its intent: As drummer and chief lyricist Neil Peart explained, Clockwork will be a concept album with a strong steampunk motif. Rush couldn't have picked a more ideal subgenre of science fiction to appropriate. The band has always spliced old-fashioned ideas like infectious melody and rock bombast with progressive arrangements, intellectual heft, and a highly advanced sense of futurism. Not to mention that, like steampunk, a potentially great new Rush album circa 2011 is a welcome, thrilling anachronism.

In an interview Alex Lifeson gave in late August with Allentown's The Morning Call, he had the following to say regarding the new album:

... "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. ...

In a recent interview with Chile's Radio Futuro (loose English translation), Alex expands on these comments a bit when asked about the new material. Here's a rough English translation:

It's difficult to know until we are in the studio and record it, that's how it starts shaping up and acquires its own life because of the changes that are made while you record it. I think we need to write 2 or 3 more songs to be able to finish the composition of the new album. From the six we have written, there are a couple that are very long. One of them is Clockwork Angels, and it's very long in particular, with various parts and in an epic style of composition, maybe like the ones we did before, those long pieces, with a more extended format. But there are also various melodic pieces; one of them is in acoustic format, very friendly. It's a good blend of many things. Until we have everything ready and a more consummate idea of the album, it is difficult to know how it will be, but it will have a lot of energy for sure.

Geddy Lee stated in an interview with Brazil's TV UOL late last year that the album would not be ready for about a year, so it's anticipated that the release will be late this year or possibly early 2012. The band will instead be focusing on the second leg of the Time Machine Tour this Spring/Summer, and then hopefully finishing up the album this Fall.

Speaking of the tour, the official announcement of cities/dates for the summer portion of the 2011 Time Machine Tour should be happening sometime in the next few weeks. So far we know that the band will be hitting New Orleans, Austin, Los Angeles, Vancouver and several other cities in the West/Southwest but we don't have any specific dates/venues yet. Otherwise all we know regarding the band's upcoming activities is that they'll begin rehearsals in early March according to Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton via his MySpace page. Lorne also recently mentioned that he will be taking the Time Machine Tour kit to the 2011 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA next weekend from January 13-16 (thanks hermy).

The 2011 Rock in Rio Festival will take place in its original home of Rio de Janeiro this Fall. According to this Argentinean website (loose English translation here) Rush is one of the bands the organizers are pursuing to perform at the concert alongside already confirmed acts Metallica, Slipknot, Motorhead, Coheed and Cambria and Sepultura. I somehow doubt this will happen but it would be quite a show if true. Thanks to Alejandro T for the heads up.

The Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage won Film of the Year in UK digital radio station Planet Rock's end-of-year poll (thanks Distant Early Warning). The film was also recently nominated for a Grammy Award. The Grammy Awards ceremony takes place on Febraury 13th, which coincidentally is one day after the 30th anniversary of Moving Pictures.

There's a new contest at the Rush Backstage Club where you could win a Time Machine Tourbook. For all the details and to enter go to this link. Thanks to hermy for the heads up.

Modern Drummer magazine has opened up online voting for their 2011 Readers Poll. To cast your ballot and vote for Neil Peart just go to this link. Voting is open through February 15th. Thanks to rushrulez for the heads up.

Last month Pro-mark offered up their Neil Peart mobile application for free download. Reader hermy let me know that they have updated the app with their final version of video of Rush live in Chile. For details check out this link.

Rush discoverer and all-around awesome lady Donna Halper was a recent guest on the Peter B. Collins radio show. Donna speaks with Collins on a wide range of subjects including her new book Boston Radio 1920-2010 and - of course - Rush. You can listen to the podcast at this link.

Reader Tim H pointed me to yet another Rush reference on Fox's Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld. While discussing the recent Huckleberry Finn censorship fiasco yesterday, Andy Levy mentions that next they'll be removing the keyboards from Tom Sawyer. You can listen to the reference at this link at about the 3:45 mark.

Here's a big dose of Rush cuteness to start off the new year. 6-year-old Nina has PDD NOS, a mild form of autism and she loves to read, draw pictures, listen to music and sing. Rush is her favorite band and The Spirit of Radio her favorite song. Her parents thought it would be a good idea to record the music to the song for her to sing along to, and they made an adorable video which you can check out on Youtube. For more information on autism visit Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks also happens to be one of the many charities that Alex Lifeson is involved with.

This coming Sunday, January 9th marks the 15th anniversary of the release of Alex Lifeson's one and only solo album Victor. The album had been long out of print but was reissued by Wounded Bird Records in late 2009. It was not a huge success and only topped out at position 99 on the Billboard Charts, but remains a favorite of many a Rush fan. Guest musicians on Victor included Edwin (I Mother Earth), Les Claypool (Primus), Bill Bell and several others. Two promotional singles were released for the album; Promise and I Am The Spirit. There also was a music video released for Promise which you can check out below or at this link:

That's it for this first week of 2011. Have a great weekend and a Happy New Year everybody!

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Alex Lifeson to appear in new indie film Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy
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Toronto filmmaker Rob Heydon poses with Alex Lifeson on the set of Irvine Welsh's EcstasyUPDATE - 1/11@10:29AM: Reader RushFanForever found out some more about Alex's character from the filmmaker. Dr. Fig is a character made specifically for the film that; he is not in the book. He works in a mental hospital where Billy Boyd's character Woodsy is committed for a breakdown after consuming too much Ecstasy.

UPDATE - 1/9@2:38PM: Reader RushFanForever contacted the filmmaker and confirmed that Alex plays the part of Dr. Fig in the film.

Toronto filmmaker Rob Heydon recently completed shooting for his feature film adaptation of Scottish author Irvine Welsh's book Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance. From this Canadian Press article:

... the film stars Vancouver-born Kristin Kreuk of Smallville fame as Heather, who leaves her husband (Toronto native Dean McDermott) and dives into Scotland's drug-filled rave scene of the 1990s.

Scottish actor Adam Sinclair (who is Kiefer Sutherland's step-son-in-law) plays Lloyd, her love interest who's also caught up in the nightclub world of dance, drugs and dealers.

Other cast members include Scottish star Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings), Nova Scotia's Stephen McHattie and Toronto funnyman Sean Cullen. Welsh also makes a cameo, which he recently shot in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. ...

Alex Lifeson is also among the cast according to the film's Facebook page, and can be seen pictured with Heydon on the set at this link. It's not clear exactly what Alex's role is in the film, but in the picture Alex looks to be dressed as a doctor of some kind. The film will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Thanks to Mr. Bill for the heads up.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Adventures of Power featuring Neil Peart DVD release
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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 including a Tom Sawyer air drum-off. It first hit the film festival circuit back in early 2008 and made its theatrical debut last fall. Back in 2009 Neil Peart and Ari Gold paid a visit to the Drum Channel studios to film an air drum-off video which you can check out here. The film will finally be getting a DVD release this coming Tuesday, January 25th and can be pre-ordered at this link. To celebrate the release, Ari Gold will be running a fundraiser/auction to support music education via VH1 Save the Music which will feature drums from Ringo Starr, Neil Peart, Lars Ulrich, Marky Ramone, Ween, Weezer, Judas Priest, Dresden Dolls, and many more. For more info visit adventuresofpower.com. Here's the film's official trailer:

Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Rush Petition site revamped for 2011 Time Machine Tour
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011[Rush Petition]

If you've kept in tune with the online Rush fan community over the last few tours, you are probably familiar with the Rush Petition website which was just revamped this week in preparation for the upcoming 2011 leg of Rush's Time Machine Tour. The site was the brainchild of BOS Music co-founder, Rush fan and RIAB reader Skip Daly and his partner-in-crime Al Horta. The two created the site as a means for Rush fans to voice their opinion on which Rush songs they wanted to hear live. It was first launched prior to the Vapor Trails tour back in 2001 and has been re-launched prior to every tour since then. The band has admitted in interviews that they are familiar with the site and have taken it into consideration when building out their setlists. From the revamped website:

Hello Rush fans.

With additional legs of the "Time Machine" tour confirmed for 2011, we've decided to re-launch this site for another round of fan voting. In the interest of encouraging the band to pull some 'fresh' songs out of the vault, we have removed the songs that were performed in 2010. The song list (below) is still being limited to songs that Rush has not played live in the past 20 years - i.e. since the Presto tour (1990). Songs that were played live between 1991 and 2010 are excluded. As in the past, each person gets to select FIVE songs from the list below and submit their votes, with each individual being allowed to cast one "ballot". No guarantees, of course, but with any luck the band will keep an eye on the results and take the results into some degree of consideration. (We'll certainly be letting Anthem/SRO know the site is up and running again).

Please help spread the word about this page, and let's get some votes going!

Thanks!
-Skip Daly

To place your vote visit the website at RushPetition.com.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Moving Pictures 30th anniversary In The Studio special now online
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Rush's 1981 classic Moving Pictures is the subject of an hour-long In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show which is airing all this week celebrating the 30th anniversary of the February 12, 1981 release of the album. The show features interview segments with all three members of Rush where they discuss the album. It's not obvious whether any of these segments are new, although it's clear that several are taken from past In The Studio interviews. The interview segments from the special have been posted online to the In The Studio website in the player on the home page.

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Rush's Clockwork Angels makes the A.V. Club's 48 most anticipated entertainments of 2011 list
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[The waiting is still the hardest part: 48 of our most anticipated entertainments of 2011]

Rush's upcoming 19th full-length studio album Clockwork Angels made the A.V. Club's list of the 48 most anticipated entertainments of 2011 coming in at #26 (thanks squeaky wheel). Here's what they said:

26. Rush, Clockwork Angels (TBD, spring)

Kicking off with an ominous clank of machinery, "Caravan"-the first single from Rush's upcoming full-length, Clockwork Angels-telegraphs its intent: As drummer and chief lyricist Neil Peart explained, Clockwork will be a concept album with a strong steampunk motif. Rush couldn't have picked a more ideal subgenre of science fiction to appropriate. The band has always spliced old-fashioned ideas like infectious melody and rock bombast with progressive arrangements, intellectual heft, and a highly advanced sense of futurism. Not to mention that, like steampunk, a potentially great new Rush album circa 2011 is a welcome, thrilling anachronism.

In an interview Alex Lifeson gave in late August with Allentown's The Morning Call, he had the following to say regarding the new album:

... "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. ...

In a recent interview with Chile's Radio Futuro (loose English translation), Alex expands on these comments a bit when asked about the new material. Here's a rough English translation:

It's difficult to know until we are in the studio and record it, that's how it starts shaping up and acquires its own life because of the changes that are made while you record it. I think we need to write 2 or 3 more songs to be able to finish the composition of the new album. From the six we have written, there are a couple that are very long. One of them is Clockwork Angels, and it's very long in particular, with various parts and in an epic style of composition, maybe like the ones we did before, those long pieces, with a more extended format. But there are also various melodic pieces; one of them is in acoustic format, very friendly. It's a good blend of many things. Until we have everything ready and a more consummate idea of the album, it is difficult to know how it will be, but it will have a lot of energy for sure.

Geddy Lee stated in an interview with Brazil's TV UOL late last year that the album would not be ready for about a year, so it's anticipated that the release will be late this year or possibly early 2012. The band will instead be focusing on the second leg of the Time Machine Tour this Spring/Summer, and then hopefully finishing up the album this Fall.

Related Posts:
[Rush's Caravan makes Amazon's 100 Bestselling Songs of 2010]
[Alex Lifeson interview with Chile's Radio Futuro]
[New interviews with Geddy and Alex from the Brazilian press]
[New Geddy Lee interview with Brazil's TV UOL]
[Alex Lifeson reveals Clockwork Angels details in new interview]
[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]

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