Archive: Blog Entries from June, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Vancouver open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 7/8@9:35AM: The Gorilla vs. Chicken battle got some coverage from Spinner (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 7/1@9:50PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

UPDATE - 7/1@4:43PM: Here's a review from CTV News.

UPDATE - 7/1@2:18PM: Here is a photo gallery posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 7/1@8:32AM: Here's a review from the Vancouver Sun, along with a couple of reports from Straight.com here and here.

UPDATE - 7/1@7:57AM: Reader RushFanForever was at the show last night and reported seeing/meeting Rush friend and collaborator Ben Mink. Reader Kelly D reports that during 2112 a guy in a chicken suit came out wearing a Bruins jersey along with a guy in a gorilla suit wearing a Canucks jersey - and the gorilla beat the crap out of the chicken as shown in this YouTube video. :)

UPDATE - 6/30@4:52PM: Here's a preview article from Straight.com.

Rush jumps across the border back into their homeland of Canada for the 2nd-to-last show of the 2011 Time Machine Tour. They'll be playing the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC to close out the month of June. There's only one more show left after tonight! For everyone going to the show, have fun, be safe and be sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 30th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 37
Venue: Rogers Arena
Place: Vancouver, BC

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Portland open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 7/1@2:18PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

UPDATE - 6/30@9:20PM: Here's a photo gallery posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 6/29@9:02PM: Here's a review from The Oregonian (thanks Rush.Pike).

Rush heads to the Pacific Northwest to play the Sleep Country Amphitheater in Ridgefield, WA tonight for stop #36 on the 2011 Time Machine Tour - the 3rd to last show on the tour. For everyone going tonight, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us.

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 28th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 36
Venue: Sleep Country Amphitheater
Place: Ridgefield, WA (outside Portland)

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Part 2 of Neil Peart iDrum magazine interview now online
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iDrum Issue 2Back in March Lick Library launched a very cool and unique new interactive online drumming magazine called iDrum. Neil Peart graced the cover of their debut issue and the magazine also featured the first part of an in-depth video interview with Neil which you can check out online at this location. Issue #2 of iDrum is now available online and features the second part of Neil Peart's interview. You can check it out at this link. Neil covers a wide range of subjects including how he conditions himself to prepare for touring, his show-day rituals, his recent inner-ear issues, studying with Freddie Gruber and Peter Erskine, his Time Machine Tour kit and more. It's an extremely in-depth and interesting interview so be sure to check it out. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Concord open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 7/1@9:52PM: Here's a review from Guitar Player magazine (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/29@2:25PM: Here's a review from Crawdaddy! Magazine.

UPDATE - 6/29@8:49AM: Here's a photo gallery from KTVU.com (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

UPDATE - 6/28@7:36AM: Here's a short little article from the San Francisco Chronicle's The Poop blog where the author demonstrates the disparity between the men's and women's bathroom lines at the show last night. And here's a photo gallery from SoundSpike. Thanks to RushFanForever for the links.

UPDATE - 6/27@5:17PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

Rush heads back to Cali to play the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord for one more show before heading to the Pacific Northwest for the final few dates of the tour. For everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 26th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 35
Venue: Sleep Train Pavilion
Place: Concord, CA

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Las Vegas and RushCon open thread
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UPDATE - 6/30@8:02AM: Here's a review from Las Vegas Weekly.

UPDATE - 6/27@11:01AM: Here's a review of sorts from John Katsilometes of The Las Vegas Sun (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/25@6:49PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

UPDATE - 6/25@6:45PM: Here are a couple of photo galleries from last night's show; one from Examiner.com and another from the Las Vegas Sun.

Las Vegas RushConRush brings the Time Machine Tour to Sin City tonight to play the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The concert will coincide with the 11th annual RushCon (aka RushCon X1) which kicks off tonight after the show with an extravaganza at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. Then there's the convention itself on Saturday at the Hooters Hotel and Casino - Night Owl Room. Online registration is now closed but you can still register in person at the door or during early check-in. For all the details visit RushCon.org, and if you can't make it you can follow all the action on Twitter and Facebook. For everyone going to tonight's show and/or RushCon, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us.

Date/Time: Friday, June 24th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 34
Venue: MGM Grand Hotel
Place: Las Vegas, NV

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011Rush rode the Time Machine up the Southern California coast this past week playing a show in San Diego on Sunday and back-to-back shows at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on Monday and Wednesday respectively. Tonight they'll head to Sin City to play the MGM Grand Arena and then make their way to the Pacific Northwest by way of Northern California, playing shows in Concord, Portland, Vancouver and finally closing out the tour in Seattle. Several celebrities were spotted at the LA shows including Jack Black, Danny Carey of Tool, Tommy Thayer (KISS), Tom Morello (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Matt Scannell (Vertical Horizon), Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots), actor Adam Baldwin, publisher Andrew Breitbart and music industry insider Bob Lefsetz. Lefsetz wrote up a glowing report of the show in the latest edition of his popular Lefsetz Newsletter which you can read at this link.

RushCon X1RushCon 11 (aka RushCon X1) takes place this weekend in Las Vegas. The festivities kick off tonight with the Rush concert at the MGM Grand followed by an after party at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. Then there's the convention itself on Saturday at the Hooters Hotel and Casino - Night Owl Room. Online registration closes today at 12PM Vegas time but you may also pay at the door or during early check-in. For all the details be sure to visit RushCon.org, and if you can't make it you can follow all the action on Twitter and Facebook.

Back on March 21st Neil Peart taped an interview for the CBC's Strombo which aired last Friday night. The complete episode was posted online earlier this week to the CBC's Strombo website and you can check it out here. The interview is about 20 minutes long and Neil talks about a number of subjects including drumming, the early days of Rush opening for other acts like Kiss and Aerosmith, touring and his new book Far and Away. Neil's track-by-track breakdown of Moving Pictures that was posted online to the Strombo website a few weeks ago was not included in the telecast and looks to have just been a web exclusive. You can check out that 15-minute video at this link. There was also a 4-and-a-half minute preview video that the show posted online the week prior to the interview airing - part of which was included in the telecast. You can check that out at this link.

The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour is a new Canadian television comedy series from the creators of the Trailer Park Boys which is set to debut on Showcase on July 22nd. The CBC reported earlier this week that Alex Lifeson will make a guest appearance on the show:

... The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour reunites actors Mike Smith, Robb Wells and J.P. Tremblay for a six-part miniseries, debuting July 22. The show begins with the boys accidently ingesting a variety of psychedelic drugs that make them believe they are creating a sketch comedy show. The trio portray a range of quirky characters, including the three stars of a fictional children's TV series called The Happy Funtime Hour. The trio have moved from Sunnyvale trailer park - the setting for Trailer Park Boys - to the fictional town of Port Cockerton. Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, actor Jay Baruchel and other comedians have guest spots in the series, written and developed by Smith, Wells and Tremblay. ...

It's not clear exactly what Alex's guest role will consist of, but at one time in the show's development Alex had been cast as a mad scientist character. He ultimately had to turn down the role which was then given to Maury Chaykin who then passed away last summer, leaving some question as to whether this role was re-cast or just dropped from the show.

David Barrett TrioSpeaking of Alex, all three of the David Barrett Trio tracks that he produced - Hollowbody, Sonar, and Disappearance - are now available for listening on SoundCloud at this link (thanks RushFanForever). Hollowbody and Sonar are also available for download on Amazon (Hollowbody, Sonar) and iTunes (Hollowbody, Sonar). David talks about the songs and how his collaboration with Lifeson came about in this January post on his blog.

Rush's Fly by Night was named one of Toronto's top 50 rock songs of all time by Post City Magazine. Here's what they had to say about it:

"Fly by Night" RUSH - it all began with the hiring of legendary drummer Neil Peart, who replaced John Rutsey for the band's second album and helped take the Willowdale group to dizzying heights of musical complexity.

They also posted 2 accompanying articles by Rush friend and Rheostatics co-founder Dave Bidini where Dave describes the contributions of both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to rock music.

Vertical Horizon frontman and friend of Neil Peart Matt Scannell (who was at the 2nd LA show as I'd mentioned above) recently answered fan questions for a video that was posted to the Vertical Horizon website. Matt mentions Rush and Neil Peart a few times in the video when talking about influences and collaborations. You can watch the video at this link. The Rush mentions occur at the 7:00, 8:05 and 11:28 marks respectively. Thanks to sbabsovitch for the heads up.

Orange Amplifiers has organized a fund-raising charity auction called Music Aid for Joplin to benefit victims of the US tornado disaster in Joplin, Missouri. Among the items donated are a money-can't-buy 14" Sabian Paragon Crash cymbal personally signed by Neil Peart and personalized with the winner's name, and an Orange CR50BXT bass amp signed by Geddy Lee. The auction will begin on July 18th at FameBureau.com and end on August 24th. For more information read the press release at this link.

As I'd made known to you last month, NMR Distribution will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of 1982's Signals with a Signals-themed 2012 wall calendar. The calendar is now available for pre-order through Amazon and other retailers. Although an official release date of September 1st is given, judging by past years the calendar will likely ship sometime in late July or early August. Along with this official wall calendar, Mead Calendars will be releasing their own version of a Rush 2012 calendar which is also now available for pre-order. This 16-month calendar depicts a different Rush album cover for each month as shown in this image. Thanks to plunge for the heads up.

Reader Jordan let me know that Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage filmmaker Sam Dunn will be at the Jacob Burns theater in Pleasantville, NY on Monday, August 1st to do an interview and Q&A after a screening of the Rush documentary. For all the details check out this link.

The Slate's sports podcast Hangup and Listen has a weekly trivia question and this week's question was Rush-related. The question references Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez who committed his first error of the year this past week and asks, What does that error have to do with the Rush album Signals? You can listen to the podcast at this link and the question is asked around the 15-minute mark. Thanks to Rob for the heads up.

Comedian and That Metal Show co-host Jim Florentine was a guest on this past Tuesday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Florentine recently became engaged and at one point in his interview Jimmy asks him when the wedding will take place. He explains that immediately after giving his fiancee the engagement ring she asked him when he wanted to get married. So he then says to his wife...

Florentine: [to his wife] Did you ever here of that rock band Rush? Do you know they have an album out called 2112? Well- that's when I want to get married.
Jimmy: you're basing it around an album.
Florentine: Pretty much. But [the wedding] will be in 2012- next July.

You can watch the clip at this link and the Rush mention occurs at about the 1:30 mark.

It's hard to believe but one year ago tomorrow on June 25th, 2010 Rush was awarded their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here's video of the Hollywood Reporter's coverage of the event including Billy Corgan's introduction along with Alex and Geddy accepting the award and some post-ceremony interview clips:

That's all for this week. For everyone in Las Vegas for the Rush show and/or RushCon - have a blast!

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bob Lefsetz reports on Monday's Rush show in Los Angeles
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Music industry insider Bob Lefsetz attended Rush's Monday concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre and wrote up a glowing report of the show in the latest edition of his popular Lefsetz Newsletter.

... Now was I sitting at home thinking I needed to go to the Rush show? NO! But when I heard Alex Lifeson wanted me to come, I was there. You could call me a groupie, but I love the musicians, they're so different from the business people, they focus on creativity, they're not about flash or cash, they're positively human, I interact at every opportunity, they're soul mates.

And I was surprised at the assembled multitude backstage. There's a plethora of closet Rush fans.

Actually, they're not so closeted. That's what I told Alex, in a hallway outside his dressing room. He said he figured that Rush's music wasn't really my cup of tea. And I told him I get more e-mail about Rush than any other band. Wondering why they're not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, telling me to watch the documentary, Rush fans are PASSIONATE!

And it struck me how normal Alex was. He told me he married his high school sweetheart, they met when he was fifteen, they're still together, his grandkids were there! So different from the image. Then again, he's Canadian! ...

... And it doesn't matter that the mainstream press ignores them. That people poke fun. To those who go, it's vitally important. Not a phase, something that hooks you and you grow out of. No, if you're a Rush fan, you're a fan for life!

And the band knows this.

And does its best to satiate you.

No one left early Monday night, no one wanted his money back.

They just couldn't wait until Alex, Neil and Geddy came through town again.

Lefsetz also reported on seeing Jack Black in attendance at the show:

Jack Black was in my row, three seats away. Taking pictures on his cell phone, grooving, drumming along on his belly. And when the lights came up for intermission... He was seen, word spread, the vultures descended. It was almost scary. You think you want to be that famous, but you don't. And Jack's taking pictures with each and every one of them. Backstage, in the inner sanctum, he was even accosted there. He was telling this parent to shoot from above, for the proper effect. I had to go up to him, had to ask...how do you do it? Jack said: "I signed up for this. I'm here for your entertainment."

Thanks to Skip for the heads up.

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Alex Lifeson to guest on new Showcase TV series The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour
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The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Time Hour is a new Canadian television comedy series from the creators of the Trailer Park Boys which is set to debut on Showcase on July 22nd. This CBC article reports that Alex Lifeson will make a guest appearance on the show:

... The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour reunites actors Mike Smith, Robb Wells and J.P. Tremblay for a six-part miniseries, debuting July 22. The show begins with the boys accidently ingesting a variety of psychedelic drugs that make them believe they are creating a sketch comedy show. The trio portray a range of quirky characters, including the three stars of a fictional children's TV series called The Happy Funtime Hour. The trio have moved from Sunnyvale trailer park - the setting for Trailer Park Boys - to the fictional town of Port Cockerton. Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, actor Jay Baruchel and other comedians have guest spots in the series, written and developed by Smith, Wells and Tremblay. ...

It's not clear exactly what Alex's guest role will consist of, but at one time in the show's development Alex had been cast as a mad scientist character. He ultimately had to turn down the role which was then given to Maury Chaykin who then passed away last summer, leaving some question as to whether this role was re-cast or just dropped from the show. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Jim Florentine mentions Rush on Jimmy Kimmel Live
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Comedian and That Metal Show co-host Jim Florentine was a guest on this past Tuesday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Florentine recently became engaged and at one point in his interview Jimmy asks him when the wedding will take place. He explains that immediately after giving his fiancee the engagement ring she asked him when he wanted to get married. So he then says to his wife...

Florentine: Did you ever here of that rock band Rush? Do you know they have an album out called 2112? Well- that's when I want to get married.
Jimmy: you're basing it around an album.
Florentine: Pretty much. But [the wedding] will be in 2012- next July.

You can watch the clip below or at this link. The Rush mention occurs at about the 1:30 mark.

Thanks to Cygnusx1991 and RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Los Angeles show number 2 open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 6/23@9:12PM: Here's a review from the Hollywood Reporter.

UPDATE - 6/23@4:22PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

UPDATE - 6/23@4:17PM: Here's a review from KLOS/TourBusLive.com along with this Facebook photo gallery (thanks JillyBean). JillyBean also tells me that she spotted Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) at the show.

UPDATE - 6/23@4:10PM: Here's a review from NoiseCreep.com.

UPDATE - 6/23@2:18PM: Apparently actor Adam Baldwin and journalist Andrew Breitbart were at the show hanging out together according to this tweet from Baldwin last night (thanks therockstar30):

Awesome!! Hanging with my 3 kids & @AndrewBreitbart & his kid at #Rush Concert during intermission! ~ #Priceless #ILoveLA! #WishYouWereHere

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UPDATE - 6/23@1:35PM: Brad of Used Bin Radio let me know that - in addition to Danny Carey - Tom Morello (Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree) and Matt Scannell (Vertical Horizon) were also at the show and hanging out backstage.

UPDATE - 6/23@7:20AM: Reader cougar69351w spotted Danny Carey of Tool at the show.

Rush plays the second of their 2 back-to-back shows at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, CA tonight. Just like on Monday night, there should be a lot of celebs/VIPs in attendance for this one so keep a look out. After tonight's show there will be just 5 dates of the 2011 tour left! For everyone going tonight, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 22nd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 33
Venue: Gibson Amphitheatre
Place: Los Angeles, CA

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Rush's Fly by Night makes Toronto's top 50 rock songs of all time
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Rush's Fly by Night was named one of Toronto's top 50 rock songs of all time by Post City Magazine. Here's what they had to say about it:

"Fly by Night" RUSH - it all began with the hiring of legendary drummer Neil Peart, who replaced John Rutsey for the band's second album and helped take the Willowdale group to dizzying heights of musical complexity.

There are also 2 accompanying articles by Rush friend and Rheostatics co-founder Dave Bidini where Dave describes the contributions of both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to rock music. Thanks to Power Windows and RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Los Angeles show number 1 open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 7/17@6:01PM: Here's a review from mxdwn.com.

UPDATE - 6/23@11:49AM: Music industry insider Bob Lefsetz attended the show and wrote up a glowing report of the show in the latest edition of his popular Lefsetz Newsletter.

UPDATE - 6/22@9:09PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

UPDATE - 6/22@7:35AM: Here's a review from the LA Daily News.

UPDATE - 6/21@8:30PM: Here's another confirmed celebrity sighting at last night's show. According to his website, current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer was at the show and got to meet Alex Lifeson backstage as shown in the accompanying photo (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/21@5:28PM: Here's a review from 100.3 The Sound (thanks 1 of the 7).

UPDATE - 6/21@11:56AM: So far the only confirmed celebrity sighting has been Jack Black (thanks HoldYourFire).

UPDATE - 6/21@10:44AM: Here's a photo gallery from the LA Daily News (thanks paul).

Rush plays the first of 2 back-to-back shows at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, CA tonight. Judging by LA shows from the past, there should be a lot of celebs/VIPs in attendance for this one. For everyone going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us.

Date/Time: Monday, June 20th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 32
Venue: Gibson Amphitheatre
Place: Los Angeles, CA

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Neil Peart's Strombo interview now online
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Back on March 21st Neil Peart taped an interview for the CBC's Strombo which just aired this past Friday night. The complete episode was just posted online to the CBC's Strombo website and you can check it out at this link. The interview is about 20 minutes long and Neil talks about a number of subjects including drumming, the early days of Rush opening for other acts like Kiss and Aerosmith, touring and his new book Far and Away. Neil's track-by-track breakdown of Moving Pictures that was posted online to the Strombo website a couple of weeks ago was not included in the telecast and looks to have just been a web exclusive. You can check out that 15-minute video at this link. Thanks to burma.girl for the heads up. Here's the 4-and-a-half minute preview video that the show posted online last week:

You can watch the complete 20-minute version of the interview at this link.

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Geddy Lee, Neil Peart items included in Orange amplifiers Music Aid for Joplin charity auction
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Orange Amplifiers has organized a fund-raising charity auction called Music Aid for Joplin to benefit victims of the US tornado disaster in Joplin, Missouri. Among the items donated are a money-can't-buy 14" Sabian Paragon Crash cymbal personally signed by Neil Peart and personalized with the winner's name, and an Orange CR50BXT bass amp signed by Geddy Lee. The auction will begin on July 18th at FameBureau.com and end on August 24th. For more information read the press release at this link.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: San Diego open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 7/4@8:49AM: Here's a short review from the San Diego Reader (thanks Power Windows).

UPDATE - 6/24@12:07PM: Here's a review from The Christian Science Monitor.

UPDATE - 6/23@4:08PM: Here's a photo gallery from NBC San Diego (thanks Power Windows).

UPDATE - 6/20@8:20AM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

Rush takes the Time Machine Tour to the Golden Coast tonight to play the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in sunny San Diego, California. For everyone going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us.

Date/Time: Saturday, June 18th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 31
Venue: Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Place: San Diego, CA

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011The third and final leg of Rush's 2011 Time Machine Tour is well underway. Rush steadily made their way westward over the past week playing shows in New Orleans, Austin, El Paso and Phoenix. This upcoming week they'll make their way up the California coast playing a show in San Diego tomorrow night and then back-to-back shows at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles early next week. Then it's on to Vegas next weekend where Rush will entertain all of the RushCon X1 attendees Friday night. After that Rush will head to the Pacific Northwest for the final few shows of the tour. Hard to believe that it's almost over! Speaking of the Rush tour, a couple of weeks ago MusicRadar.com launched a poll on their website to determine The Best Live Act in the World Today and Rush was one of the 30 artists included in the poll. Rush ended up winning the poll overwhelmingly and the complete results were posted to the MusicRadar.com website yesterday. All I can say is ... duh!

Roll the Bones Gold CDAudio Fidelity announced earlier this week that they will be releasing a limited edition 24 Karat Gold CD version of Rush's Roll the Bones on July 19th. This will be the first Rush release from Audio Fidelity although another company - Mobile Fidelity - has previously released limited edition Gold CD versions of 4 other Rush albums; 2112, Moving Pictures, Signals and most recently Permanent Waves. Also of note, reader Hugh A contacted Audio Fidelity and was told that there would be more Rush releases coming. You can pre-order your copy of the Roll the Bones Gold CD at this link.

Neil Peart's appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman last week garnered a whole lot of buzz in the press including some very kind words from an unlikely source - Rolling Stone:

... Neil Peart went on the Late Show With David Letterman and played an epic six-minute drum solo. Almost nobody else on the planet could pull off such a stunt without putting the audience to sleep, but for Peart is undoubtably one of the greatest drummers alive and it was practically effortless. Members of Paul Shaffer's CBS Orchestra chime in here and there, but Peart - playing a humongous, rotating kit - carries the whole thing on his back.

He appeared on the show to promote his new book Far And Away: A Prize Every Time and the Rush's ongoing Moving Pictures world tour. The show is amazing, but next time out they need to play 2112 straight though. Next to a Genesis reunion with Peter Gabriel, it's the greatest prog tour imaginable.

The appearance also prompted a long Rush discussion on last Friday's episode of The Mike O'Meara Show podcast. At one point host Mike O'Meara asks his producer Robb if he recorded Neil's appearance on The Late Show, then proceeds to gush about Neil and Rush for about 5 minutes. You can give it a listen at this link at about the 8:50 mark.

At one point in the episode of The Late Show where Neil made his appearance, Dave attempted a weak joke involving a fake Neil Peart Plus shampoo bottle. Then his producer Alan proceeded to berate the audience for not appreciating the joke enough. You can watch the bit on YouTube at this link.

Late last year after the 2010 Time Machine tour Alex Lifeson lent his studio and production expertise to the Toronto-based David Barrett Trio. The Trio recorded three tunes in Alex's home studio - Hollowbody, Sonar, and Disappearance - with Alex producing and Rich Chycki handling the engineering duties. Back in March Hollowbody was made available as an MP3 download via Amazon.com and iTunes. Last month the second track Sonar was also made available for download at both Amazon.com and iTunes. The third track Disappearance is now available for listening on YouTube and should also soon be available for download. David talks about the songs and how his collaboration with Lifeson came about in this January post on his blog.

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly (June 24th) there's a sidebar with actress/comedian Amy Poehler where she talks about her first album, which happens to be Rush's Signals:

I grew up with classic rock: Blue Oyster Cult, Boston, Led Zeppelin. That was cool music. With Signals, I must have been 10 or 11. The Grease double album may have been earlier, but I was one of those girls who actually liked Rush. Still am!

You can check out a scan by clicking on the thumbnail above. Thanks to PhillyMike for the heads up and the scan.

Gibson.com compiled a list of the top 10 backstage tour riders earlier this week and Rush made their list at #4. From the article:

In the Beyond The Lighted Stage documentary, the members of Rush talk of their excitement when they first realized they could order alcoholic beverages to be provided backstage by the promoter. Guitarist Alex Lifeson is even pictured posing proudly with a case of Heineken. Lifeson's love of a Heiney must have waned over the years, because by 1990 the rider specifically stated "absolutely no Heineken," while outlining a selection of fine liquors to provide for the band.

Here's a scan of an actual Rush backstage rider from 1990 at The Smoking Gun that I had posted last year.

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci was recently interviewed for Ultimate Classic Rock to discuss the band's upcoming 11th studio album and first without former drummer Mike Portnoy - A Dramatic Turn of Events. John had a few things to say regarding Rush including mentioning Dream Theater possibly covering an entire Rush album live. You can check out the interview at this link. And Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess has been developing a universal app for the iOS called SampleWhiz which he talks about in this YouTube video (thanks rosmakloma). The coolest thing about the video is - of course - his t-shirt. :)

A group of Rush fans have organized a YouTube channel dedicated to the legendary Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec where Rush recorded several albums including Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures. From the channel website:

A tragedy many Rush fans may not know... the world famous 80's and 90's LeStudio recording studio of Morin Heights was closed many years ago. The property has changed hands a few times, with many efforts and goals amongst several ownerships never panning out, or reaching the finish line. The struggle with this piece of Canadian music history continues, and the end of the story is yet unwritten. As of now, the defunct structure (trashed inside due to partial demolition for renovations that never happened) sits quitely deep in the Laurentian Mountains - no water, no power, no heat, for years... slowly deteriorting due to apathy and zero upkeep. This was the birthplace of Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures, plus six other Rush studio albums (and countless other worldwide artists). LeStudio was home to the world's second groundbreaking SSL 4000E console (the first going to Abbey Road Studios in the UK) which put this studio on the map not only for Rush, but many other artists through the 80's and 90's. Andre Perry was the creator of this magical retreat, where artists could enjoy solitude and natural settings (essentially go cottaging by a lake in the mountains) to get their creative juices flowing and totally forget the pace of civilization. This haunting place is dying a slow and steady death of neglect, and most Rush fans don't know about it. Stay tuned to the lestudiochannel and we will not only take you inside today, but will keep you informed of its unfolding fate.

You can check out the latest video update from the channel at this link.

Rush gets a mention in this PC Magazine review for the Soundmatters Foxl v2 Bluetooth wireless speaker. They used Rush's Temples of Syrinx to test out the speaker's performance:

... the prog rock stylings of Rush let the speaker stretch its legs a bit. Neil Peart's drums in "The Temples of Syrinx" sounded loud and energetic, despite not having much weight due to the speaker's matchbook-size bass radiator. Geddy Lee's vocals cut out slightly around the high end, but in fairness Geddy's voice is barely within the range of human hearing to begin with. Still, the speaker left me with the feeling that it could have used a lot more power behind its treble. ...

Rush is featured in this promotional video for the iPad Concert Theater from The Personal Theater - makers of do-it-yourself kits to turn your mobile device into a personal theater. Thanks to Erik for the heads up.

The Canadian Music Scene website will soon be featuring a series of Rush-related interviews. From the site:

Coming shortly... an interview with Howard Ungerleider on the Time Machine Tour Setup and other interesting activities that his company, PDI (Production Design International) are involved in including full colour lasers!

a series of interviews we conducted with various crew members of RUSH... see behind the scenes what it takes to setup RUSH's Time Machine Tour... Great pictures from before the shows in Cleveland, Detroit, Hamilton, and Montreal...

last Friday, May 20th we had Terry Brown down to Ghost Rider Studios were we conducted an in length video interview in HD... I covered Terry's career from his beginnings at Olympic Studios, to his time with RUSH and a few of his new projects including Josh Teark and Blurred Vision...

all of these projects are in the editing stage, we hope to have Howard's interview up by next week!

All the internet and video interview are well in progress we hope to release them in time for RushCon:X1...

Speaking of RushCon, RushCon 2011 (aka RushCon X-1) will take place next weekend on June 24-25th in Las Vegas, coinciding with the Rush concert at the MGM Grand Hotel on Friday. For all the RushCon event details check out this link, and go here to register.

Reader anthemowl sent me this YouTube video of young Rush fan Lauren1RockStar performing a beautiful arrangement of Rush's Time Stand Still.

Back on March 21st Neil Peart taped an interview for the CBC's Strombo which will finally air tonight. According to reports from fans who attended the taping Neil talked about touring, his new book Far and Away and also did a track-by-track breakdown of Moving Pictures. You can watch Neil's full interview on the CBC's Strombo tonight at 11:05PM EST. The episode should also be posted online by sometime tomorrow. As a sneak peak of sorts, earlier this month the show posted online the portion of the interview where Neil breaks down the Moving Pictures album to their website. You can check out the 15-minute video at this link. Then earlier today they posted a 4-and-a-half minute preview of the interview that will air tomorrow. Neil talks about the evolution of his drumming over the years, his influences, and his drum solos. You can check out the preview below or at this link.

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

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Neil Peart's Strombo interview to air tomorrow night; preview video available
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Back on March 21st Neil Peart taped an interview for the CBC's Strombo which will air tomorrow night. According to reports from fans who attended the taping Neil talked about touring, his new book Far and Away and also did a track-by-track breakdown of Moving Pictures. As a sneak peak of sorts, earlier this month the show posted online the portion of the interview where Neil breaks down the Moving Pictures album to their website. You can check out the 15-minute video at this link. Then earlier today they posted a 4-and-a-half minute preview of the interview that will air tomorrow. Neil talks about the evolution of his drumming over the years, his influences, and his drum solos. You can check out the preview below or at this link.

You can watch Neil's full interview on the CBC's Strombo tomorrow night at 11:05PM EST. The episode will also be posted online the following day. Thanks to UltimoGuitarist and RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Rush named The Best Live Act in the World Today by MusicRadar.com
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Rush liveA couple of weeks ago MusicRadar.com launched a poll on their website to determine The Best Live Act in the World Today and Rush was one of the 30 artists included in the poll. Rush ended up winning the poll overwhelmingly and the complete results were posted to the MusicRadar.com website earlier today. Here's what they had to say about Rush:

So there we have it. The greatest live act in the world today is a Canadian trio who have been taking their hugely popular brand of progressive rock on the road for nigh-on four decades. Rush are still selling out arenas across the globe and anyone who attended the recent Time Machine shows in the UK will confirm that they were nothing short of captivating for three and a half hours. Geddy, Alex and Neil, we salute you.

Thanks to rosmakloma for the heads up.

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Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Phoenix open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 6/20@7:34AM: Here's a review from The State Press.

UPDATE - 6/17@6:40PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

UPDATE - 6/17@12:23PM: Here's a review from The Phoenix New Times.

UPDATE - 6/17@7:54AM: It's a little late now, but here's a nice preview article from Examiner.com.

Rush continues marching the Time Machine across the Southwest tonight where they'll play the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona for stop #30 of the 2011 tour. For everyone going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 16th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 30
Venue: US Airways Center
Place: Phoenix, AZ

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Rush makes Gibson.com's Top Ten Tour Riders of the Stars
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UPDATE - 6/17@7:09AM: Here's a scan of an actual Rush backstage rider from 1990 at The Smoking Gun that I had posted last year (thanks RushFanForever).

Gibson.com has compiled a list of the top 10 backstage tour riders and Rush made their list at #4. From the article:

In the Beyond The Lighted Stage documentary, the members of Rush talk of their excitement when they first realized they could order alcoholic beverages to be provided backstage by the promoter. Guitarist Alex Lifeson is even pictured posing proudly with a case of Heineken. Lifeson's love of a Heiney must have waned over the years, because by 1990 the rider specifically stated "absolutely no Heineken," while outlining a selection of fine liquors to provide for the band.

Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dream Theater's John Petrucci talks Rush in new interview
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John Petrucci - Dream TheaterDream Theater guitarist John Petrucci was recently interviewed for Ultimate Classic Rock to discuss the band's upcoming 11th studio album and first without former drummer Mike Portnoy - A Dramatic Turn of Events. John had a few things to say regarding Rush:

... Where I lived, on Long Island, you had the radio stations that always played Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and AC/DC and all that. I grew up on all that stuff. I got turned onto bands - you know, the first time I heard Rush, the first time I heard Yes. Then, my mind started to want to connect and reach out to some other things. Then, Iron Maiden came along, and Metallica, and all this other stuff. ... You know, as kids were weren't jazz musicians or anything. But, the circle of friends and the neighborhood I lived in, we were really big Rush freaks and Yes fans. We would listen to 'Close to the Edge' and 'Hemispheres' and '2112′ - the more artsy, progressive stuff. Some of the guys were into King Crimson and Genesis and all that. ... There's no plans right now to [cover a classic rock album], but certainly there's ones that would be great. ... I mentioned the bands that we were influenced by, it would be great to do a Rush album, or something like that. We'll see. ...

Thanks to ou812112 for the heads up.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: El Paso open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 6/15@2:27PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

UPDATE - 6/14@7:40PM: Here's a preview article from the El Paso Times which gives a shout-out to rushisaband.com (thanks Rushian Roulette).

Rush travels from one end of Texas to the other tonight to play the Don Haskins Center in El Paso. This is Rush's first show in El Paso in nearly 15 years. The last time being November 30, 1996 on the Test for Echo tour when they played the UTEP Special Events Center. For everybody going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us.

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 14th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 29
Venue: Don Haskins Center
Place: El Paso, TX

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Audio Fidelity to release limited edition 24 Karat Gold CD version of Roll the Bones
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UPDATE - 6/13@9:23PM: Reader Hugh A contacted Audio Fidelity and was told that the Roll the Bones Gold CD would be released on July 19th, and that there would be more Rush releases coming.

Roll the Bones Gold CDAudio Fidelity has announced that they will soon be releasing a limited edition 24 Karat Gold CD version of Rush's Roll the Bones. It's listed as coming soon although no exact release date has yet been given, and it will retail for $29.99. This will be the first Rush release from Audio Fidelity although another company - Mobile Fidelity - has previously released limited edition Gold CD versions of 4 other Rush albums; 2112, Moving Pictures, Signals and most recently Permanent Waves. Thanks to Rush Didact for the heads up.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Austin open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 6/15@2:02PM: Here is a photo gallery from examiner.com (thanks munichhilton).

UPDATE - 6/13@9:20PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website. Here's a review from The Austin Chronicle (thanks RushFanForever).

Rush treks westward from New Orleans to Texas tonight to play the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. For all who are going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 12th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 28
Venue: Frank Erwin Center
Place: Austin, TX

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: New Orleans open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 6/29@7:58AM: Here's a review from Glide magazine (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/17@6:37PM: Here's yet another review from Keith Speira of the Times-Picayune.

UPDATE - 6/12@4:01PM: Here's a review from the Times-Picayune.

UPDATE - 6/11@8:50PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

Rush takes the Time Machine Tour to the Big Easy tonight to play the New Orleans Arena. Here's a nice preview article from Keith Spera of the Times-Picayune. For all who are going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us.

Date/Time: Friday, June 10th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 27
Venue: New Orleans Arena
Place: New Orleans, LA

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011Rush kicked off the third and final leg of the 2011 Time Machine Tour Wednesday night at the BI-LO Center in Greenville, SC. Tonight they head to the Big Easy to play the New Orleans Arena, and on Sunday they head west to Texas to play the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Speaking of Rush live shows, yesterday we learned that the title of the upcoming Rush live concert video of the band's April 15th performance at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland will be Time Machine. It is slated for release on both DVD and Blu-ray on September 27th. And if you haven't already, be sure to vote for Rush in MusicRadar.com's poll to determine The Best Live Act in the World Today. Rush is currently far out ahead of the pack with over 41% of the vote.

The past week was chock full of Neil Peart news, culminating with his appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman last night to round out the show's Drum Solo Week. Neil performed a 4-and-a-half minute truncated version of his tour solo. The full episode is now online at the CBS website and you can watch a YouTube video of Neil's solo at this location. MusicRadar.com caught up with Peart in New York City for an interview before his performance on the show this past Monday. Neil spoke at length about drum solos and described the solo he performed for the show:

... It's half improvised and half composed. I've tried to become more of an improvisational soloist over the past few years, pushing myself in the direction. So the first half of it follows a certain pattern of basic grooves - essentially, I try never to repeat, though - and then the second half is composed. I always say, 'I know where I'm going, but I don't always know how I'm going to get there.' To me, drum soloing is like doing a marathon and solving equations at the same time. Trying to edit everything for the Letterman performance is a lot for my tiny poo brain." ...

On Wednesday night's episode of the Late Show they did a humorous bit promoting Drum Solo Week at the expense of Representative Anthony Weiner, who is the latest US politician dealing with a sex scandal. They superimposed a photo of Weiner sitting behind Neil Peart's Snakes & Arrows kit and playing the drums with ... his weiner. :) You can watch the video at this link.

On Wednesday Neil updated the News page on his website with a story titled Singletrack Minds in the Sceptered Isle. In this installment Neil discusses his motorcycle travels throughout Ireland and the UK on the second leg of the 2011 Time Machine Tour including a bunch of spectacular photographs. You can read the update at this link.

Back on March 21st Neil taped an interview for the CBC's Strombo and a couple of weeks ago we learned that the interview would air next Friday, June 17th. According to reports from fans who attended the taping Neil talked about touring, his new book Far and Away and also did a track-by-track breakdown of Moving Pictures. As a sneak peak of sorts, earlier this week the show posted online the portion of the interview where Neil breaks down the Moving Pictures album to their website. You can check out the 15-minute video at this link.

The folks at Rhythm Magazine caught up with Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton at Rush's recent stop at the O2 Arena in London for a tour of Neil's Time Machine Tour kit. You can check out the 9+ minute video tour at this link.

iDrum Magazine debut issueBack in March Lick Library launched a very cool and unique new interactive online drumming magazine called iDrum. Neil Peart graced the cover of their debut issue and was also featured in an in-depth video interview which you can check out online at www.idrummag.com. The magazine recently announced via their Twitter feed that part 2 of their Neil Peart interview will be included in issue #2 of the magazine which is due out soon.

Les Claypool of Primus was recently interviewed by the San Francisco Examiner regarding the upcoming release of the band's first album in 11 years - Green Naugahyde. Claypool got on the subject of his performance of The Spirit of Radio at Rush's Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony last year and had this to say:

... "And it's funny, because I don't get nervous really," said the perpetually garrulous Claypool. "The things I get nervous about are strange things, like hanging out at my kid's school with all the parents. But that Rush thing I was really nervous about - we played 'Spirit Of Radio' with cello, vibraphone and marimba, and I said a little speech, and I actually kinda croaked a bit during the speech. And that's just not like me. But it was certainly strange playing in front of what looked like a society crowd. And the Rush guys! It was like everyone was wearing a monocle or something!" ...

Yesterday we learned that Universal will be releasing an enhanced 2-CD version of last year's Rush ICON compilation on Tuesday, July 19th. The first disc in the set will contain the 12 tracks on the original release, and the second disc will include a selection of 11 live tracks taken from Rush's first 4 live albums; All The World's A Stage, Exit Stage Left, Grace Under Pressure Live and A Show of Hands. For all the details including the tracklist check out this post. You can pre-order your copy at this link.

Songmaster Studios' online music education website iVideosongs.com first went live back in 2008. The site has video downloads of guitar pros demonstrating their playing technique and Alex Lifeson was one of the original artists featured. You can learn how to play Limelight, The Spirit of Radio and Tom Sawyer directly from Lerxst himself. Each downloadable video is shot in high definition with a 1280x720 resolution, is around 35-45 minutes long, and costs $4.99. Rush fan and RIAB member Darin Loccarini picked up the guitar back in 2003 and learned how to play some Rush tunes through iVideosongs. He was recently featured in an article discussing the online video lessons which you can check out at this link.

Speaking of Lerxst, reader Eric D let me know that Alex Lifeson was featured in the latest email newsletter from PRS Guitars in regards to him using their new NF3 guitar on tour. It also includes a photo of Alex with the NF3. From the newsletter:

Alex Lifeson on Tour With The NF3

As a follow-up to our April feature on the NF3, more people are getting to know the MIPA award winning Narrowfield instrument. When RUSH came to Baltimore on the Time Machine Tour in April, we took one to sound-check for Alex Lifeson. We had a chance to listen through his rig before the show and it sounded amazing to us. Alex liked what he heard as well and used the guitar live that evening. The tour continued into Europe where Alex put the NF3 into regular rotation. Currently the band is making its way across the US, giving stateside fans another chance to catch RUSH and the NF3 live.

RushCon 2011 (aka RushCon X-1) will take place in two short weeks over the weekend of June 24-25th in Las Vegas, coinciding with the Rush concert at the MGM Grand Hotel on Friday, June 24th. One of the planned events for the Saturday convention is a 3-D Rush photography show. From the RushCon website:

The journey of being a concert-going Rush fan doesn't end with the last note. Live the full 'fan experience' being told through moving 3D photography from beyond the front row. See the stories from the die-hard fans who hit the road following the tour, the friendships formed along the way, and the live Rush experience itself. You will feel as if you are there, and the images will jump off the screen in this exclusive RushCon multi-media event. Featuring the steroscopic photography of famous Rush Fan Christopher Schneberger, and Official 'Rush on the Road' Tour Photographer, John Arrowsmith! You won't believe your eyes!

Christopher has posted a few preview shots to the Counterparts Rush Messageboard here. For all the RushCon event details check out this link, and go here to register.

Max Mobley of Crawdaddy.com recently penned an article discussing the state of the music industry and summer concert season which mentions Rush (thanks RushFanForever:

... Meanwhile, Rush is quietly packing amphitheatres for another go-around of their very successful Time Machine Tour. They're getting very little PR from their label, because they don't really need it. Rush, in spite of recent mainstream success, remains at their core a cult band. Besides, we Rush fans probably know what they're doing before their label does. At least it feels that way. In spite of the show being exactly the same as the one from last year, they are still selling them out, or nearly so. Rush's 2010 Time Machine Tour grossed almost 19 million dollars and sold over a quarter of a million tickets, making it number one on Billboard's Hot Tours for 2010, right behind my arch-nemesis Toby Marie Keith (yep, his middle name is Marie. Also, Pinkie Pie is his favorite My Little Pony). ...

Actor/writer Wil Wheaton tweeted the following this past weekend (thanks John H):

So it turns out that today is all about 2112 and Caress of Steel as I install a new VM on my lappy, and mod the hell out of my cellphone.

Reader Shawn let me know of a Rush reference in the new track from rapper Tech N9ne - Rock and Roll Nigga - on his recently-released 12th album All 6's And 7's. The particular line/reference is:

... Until we find them killas you know we will search for those who killed first, we gon' let the steel squirt, and this mentality's valid because we real hurt to ease the pain I listen to Geddy, Alex and Neil Peart. ...

You can listen to the track on YouTube at this link. The Rush reference occurs at about the 2:10 mark. He pronounces Peart wrong though... but I guess it wouldn't rhyme if he pronounced it correctly. :)

Reader narpet2112 noted that Rush's Countdown was quoted in this Rolla Daily News article about the last Space Shuttle launch next month. The author uses the line magic day when super-science mingles with the bright stuff of dreams. Just a couple of weeks ago was the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and a one-minute, edited clip of Rush's Countdown from 1982's Signals was beamed to the Shuttle as the wake-up music for the crew, specifically at the request of Mission Specialist Mike Fincke.

The Modern Rock Review website published an extensive feature on Rush a couple of weeks ago which includes two multi-part articles, two editorial articles, and a discography. You can check it out at this link.

Here's Neil Peart's drum solo performance on the Late Show with David Letterman last night:

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

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Rush Cleveland live DVD/Blu-ray to be titled Time Machine, releases on September 27th
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A couple of weeks ago the MusicTAP TAPSheet reported the following information regarding the upcoming Rush live DVD of the band's April 15th performance at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland:

Concord Records have a RUSH DVD with an undetermined title (for the moment, which makes it a new one) scheduled for September 27.

Then earlier today on their TAPNotes blog they revealed the title:

On September 27, Concord Records will release the previously mentioned Rush DVD. We now know it as Time Machine. Time Machine is planned for release on DVD, and Blu-ray.

Concord Records is the company that bought Rounder Records last year, and the last 3 Rush live DVDs were put out by Rounder. Although the release date is currently given as September 27th, judging by past experience it's very likely that it will end up being pushed back into October or even November. But it looks like we will most certainly have a new Rush live DVD by Christmas of this year. In a blog post from couple of weeks ago Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki mentioned that the "Cleveland DVD" is also underway. More details to be had when there are some.... Then in a more recent blog post from over the weekend he mentions that work on Rush live in Cleveland continues. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Related Posts:
[Rush live DVD to release September 27th on Concord Records]
[Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki checks in on the Moving Pictures 5.1 remix, Cleveland live DVD]
[Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Cleveland open thread]

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Rush ICON compilation enhanced 2-CD set to release July 19th
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UPDATE - 6/9@9:30PM: Barnes & Noble has the cover art (pretty drab design) along with a complete tracklist (thanks Power Windows):

Disc 1
1) Working Man
2) Fly Be 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
Disc 2
1) Bastille Day Live
2) 2112 Live
3) The Spirit of Radio Live
4) Tom Sawyer Live
5) La Villa Strangiato Live
6) Closer To the Heart Live
7) New World Man Live
8) Vital Signs Live
9) The Big Money Live
10) Mystic Rhythms Live
11) Time Stand Still Live

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Universal will be releasing an enhanced 2-CD version of last year's Rush ICON compilation on Tuesday, July 19th. The first disc in the set will contain the 12 tracks on the original release, and the second disc will include a selection of live tracks taken from Rush's first 4 live albums; All The World's A Stage, Exit Stage Left, Grace Under Pressure Live and A Show of Hands. You can pre-order your copy at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever and Power Windows for the info.

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Neil Peart performs on Late Show with David Letterman tonight
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UPDATE - 6/10@8:20AM: The full episode is now online at the CBS website. There are also some YouTube videos of the solo floating around, but those will likely be removed at some point. Here's the performance on YouTube (thanks Ziegler):

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David LettermanThis past Monday Neil Peart performed a drum solo on the Late Show with David Letterman as part of the show's Drum Solo Week. The episode airs tonight on CBS at 11:30PM and should be available online at the show's website sometime in the next couple days. Also appearing on the show this week were the Late Show's very own Anton Fig on Monday, Sheila E. on Tuesday and drum legend Roy Haynes last night. According to fans who attended the taping, Neil was a bit nervous and dropped a stick twice but ended up doing a second take. Neil spoke about his solo in an interview with MusicRadar.com before his performance on Monday:

... It's half improvised and half composed. I've tried to become more of an improvisational soloist over the past few years, pushing myself in the direction. So the first half of it follows a certain pattern of basic grooves - essentially, I try never to repeat, though - and then the second half is composed. I always say, 'I know where I'm going, but I don't always know how I'm going to get there.' To me, drum soloing is like doing a marathon and solving equations at the same time. Trying to edit everything for the Letterman performance is a lot for my tiny poo brain." ...

On last night's episode of the Late Show they did a humorous bit promoting Drum Solo Week at the expense of Representative Anthony Weiner, who is the latest US politician dealing with a sex scandal. They superimposed a photo of Weiner sitting behind Neil Peart's Snakes & Arrows kit and playing the drums with ... his weiner. :) You can watch the video at this link (thanks sesquatch).

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Neil Peart news update at NeilPeart.net
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[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: June, 2011 - Singletrack Minds in the Sceptered Isle]

London O2 crowdJust as Brutus promised us via a tweet last week, Neil Peart has updated the News page on his website with a story titled Singletrack Minds in the Sceptered Isle. In this latest installment Neil discusses his motorcycle travels throughout Ireland and the UK on the second leg of the 2011 Time Machine Tour including a bunch of spectacular photographs. He also talks about the London O2 show in reference to a photograph he took of the 13,517 fans from his vantage point behind the kit:

... To the right of my sixteen-inch cymbal is a girl at the barricade holding a pair of my drumsticks-sent out in response to the sign in front of her, referencing the "Prize Every Time" subtitle of Far and Away. In the middle, a guy holds up a banner reading "Kufi Swap"-one name for the African-style hats I wear onstage, which he is also wearing, wanting to trade. I sent him sticks, and let him keep the hat.

Just out of view to my right were the audience "stars" of the night for me-a man with his daughter, aged around ten or eleven, I'd guess, in the second row. Both of them wore Rush T-shirts, and the girl was holding a sign that began with "My Dad Made Me . . ." but I couldn't read the rest. During the show I glanced their way from time to time, and noticed that the dad was the obvious fan, while the girl had certain favorite Rush songs-ones she knew and could sing along with. Perhaps the sign referred to the moment during our performance of the "Overture" from 2112, near the end of the show-two crew members, Anson and Doug, appear in gorilla and chicken costumes, and act out some little absurdity. (I have noted before-"we entertain the crowd; the crew entertains us.")...

... Obviously the dad and his daughter were aware of those characters, because as soon as we started that "Overture," and the lights came up, I looked out and saw the dad wearing a gorilla mask, and the girl in a feathered yellow chicken mask. I guess that was what "My Dad Made Me" do-but that "gameness," her very presence with her dad, and her appreciation for the music, deserved the sticks I sent her, through Michael. ...

You can read the entire post at this link.

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Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour: Greenville open thread
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011UPDATE - 6/10@10:32PM: Here's a review from Metromix Greenville (thanks jittles).

UPDATE - 6/10@9:01AM: Here's a review from The Greenville News.

UPDATE - 6/9@2:38PM: Official photos are now posted at the Rush on the Road Photo Store website.

Rush kicks off the third and final leg of their 2011 Time Machine Tour tonight at the BI-LO Center in Greenville, SC. For all who are going to tonight's show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your photos, videos and reports with us.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 8th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 26
Venue: BI-LO Center
Place: Greenville, SC

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Neil Peart talks drum solos in new interview with MusicRadar.com
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Yesterday Neil Peart performed a drum solo on the Late Show with David Letterman as part of the show's Drum Solo Week. The episode will air this Thursday, June 9th. MusicRadar.com caught up with Peart in New York City for an interview before his performance on the show. Neil talks at length about drum solos and describes the solo he performed for the show:

... It's half improvised and half composed. I've tried to become more of an improvisational soloist over the past few years, pushing myself in the direction. So the first half of it follows a certain pattern of basic grooves - essentially, I try never to repeat, though - and then the second half is composed. I always say, 'I know where I'm going, but I don't always know how I'm going to get there.' To me, drum soloing is like doing a marathon and solving equations at the same time. Trying to edit everything for the Letterman performance is a lot for my tiny poo brain." ...

When asked about stagefright he describes the Eric Clapton factor:

... "Stewart Copeland calls it the 'Eric Clapton Factor,' because Eric Clapton hated not being able to go out and play the guitar casually - he had to be brilliant. In fact, Stewart Copeland himself stopped playing the drums for a few years after the first go-round with The Police because of the 'Eric Clapton Factor.' He just wanted to go out and play; he didn't want to have to be 'brilliant' all the time. It's a very strange occurrence, and I certainly feel it when it comes to drum solos. I'm naked out there without the band. I have to conquer my nerves and perform with skill and grace, without all the terrible things like flubs and drumsticks flying around." ...

Reports from fans who attended the taping indicate that maybe the Eric Clapton factor caught up with Neil as he apparently dropped a stick twice during the performance. Although the good news is that he was given a second take. When asked how much he works off the crowd's reaction and energy in a live show Peart says the following:

..."I do it all the time. Of course! It's called inspiration, and that's what live performance is really all about. You're feeding off that energy. One of the things that happened with the in-ear monitors was that it was hard to get a balance of the audience. So that was something that we've worked on. But yes, when you're playing, you definitely try to do something that works for you, works for the audience. And it happens during our songs, too - there are parts where you just feel it; everybody's knitted together and gets into this rhythmic frenzy."...

It's a great interview. Be sure to read the whole thing at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Vote for Rush as The Best Live Act in the World Today
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Rush liveLast week MusicRadar.com started taking nominations for the next poll on their website to determine The Best Live Act in the World Today. The poll went live this week and Rush ended up being one of the 30 artists included in the poll. As of this post they are way ahead of the pack with over 32% of the vote. So if you haven't voted yet, head on over to MusicRadar.com and vote for Rush! Rush resumes their 2011 Time Machine Tour tomorrow night at the BI-LO Center in Greenville, SC.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Les Claypool of Primus on performing at Rush's Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony
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Les Claypool of Primus was recently interviewed by the San Francisco Examiner regarding the upcoming release of the band's first album in 11 years - Green Naugahyde. Claypool got on the subject of his performance of The Spirit of Radio at Rush's Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony last year and had this to say:

... "And it's funny, because I don't get nervous really," said the perpetually garrulous Claypool. "The things I get nervous about are strange things, like hanging out at my kid's school with all the parents. But that Rush thing I was really nervous about - we played 'Spirit Of Radio' with cello, vibraphone and marimba, and I said a little speech, and I actually kinda croaked a bit during the speech. And that's just not like me. But it was certainly strange playing in front of what looked like a society crowd. And the Rush guys! It was like everyone was wearing a monocle or something!" ...

Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Neil Peart taping Late Show with David Letterman appearance today
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UPDATE - 6/7@7:40AM: Reader JMC attended the taping and gave a great report in the comments. Neil dropped a stick a couple of times but was able to do a second take. Apparently the solo was very similar to what he's been playing on tour. Be sure to check out the comments for the full report.

UPDATE - 6/6@7:51PM: Reader Ziegler took these pics of Neil's equipment outside the Ed Sullivan theater this evening.

UPDATE - 6/6@2:50PM: If you want to try to attend the taping, two episodes are being taped today and - from what I'm hearing - the one with Neil is the second one.

David LettermanA couple of weeks ago we learned via Entertainment Weekly that Neil Peart would be making an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman this Thursday, June 9th as part of the show's Drum Solo Week. TVLine then confirmed this information last week and offered up a few more details:

Band geeks unite: Late Show with David Letterman is kicking off its first ever "Drum Solo Week." The late-night staple is dedicating a week's worth of episodes to performances by some of the music industry's top percussionists, starting with a standout solo on Monday, June 6 from the Late Show's very own Anton Fig, the drummer in Paul Shaffer's band. The following night, Letterman welcomes Sheila E. and her world renowned skill with the sticks. On Wednesday, June 8, drum legend Roy Haynes takes the stage, boasting a career filled with Miles Davis and Sarah Vaughn collaborations (to name a few). And rounding out the week is a performance by Rush's Neil Peart, a drummer who is often regarded as one of rock music's greatest. ...

Since June 9th is the band's off-day between Greenville and New Orleans we had speculated that Neil would be pre-taping his performance, and a couple of riab readers claimed that the taping would take place today. This has now been confirmed via a Twitter post from Neil's friend and riding partner Brutus:

Bubba's in NYC to do the Letterman taping today. Show airs on Thursday.

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Learn Rush songs from Alex Lifeson himself with iVideosongs
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Darrin with his Alex Lifeson pickSongmaster Studios' online music education website iVideosongs.com first went live back in 2008. The site has video downloads of guitar pros demonstrating their playing technique and Alex Lifeson was one of the original artists featured. You can learn how to play Limelight, The Spirit of Radio and Tom Sawyer directly from Lerxst himself. Each downloadable video is shot in high definition with a 1280x720 resolution, is around 35-45 minutes long, and costs $4.99. Rush fan and RIAB member Darin Loccarini picked up the guitar back in 2003 and learned how to play some Rush tunes through iVideosongs. He was recently featured in an article discussing the online video lessons:

... Loccarini was front row at a RUSH show, holding up a poster that read, "Thanks for the iVideosongs Guitar Lessons." Mid-song, Mr. Lifeson gave Mr. Loccarini a warm 'You're welcome', pausing and handing him a signature guitar pick. "RUSH is a band that respects and appreciates their fans," Mr. Loccarini said afterward. "They know we are instrument-driven and dig their musical experimentation and virtuosity." He considers the guitar pick the crown jewel among the RUSH memorabilia he has amassed over thirty years following the group. ... When Mr. Loccarini discovered iVideosongs.com, he was elated. "I am not wealthy," says Mr. Loccarini, "But I'm single, work hard, and sacrifice a lot to do it because RUSH is more than a band to so many people. They are beacons of virtues like work ethic, commitment to excellence, balancing fame, fortune, perseverance, and humility." The Lifeson lessons are among some of iVideosongs' most popular downloads. ... In June, Mr. Loccarini has commenced his hard-earned dream vacation, following RUSH across North America on its Time Machine Tour, attending every show in every city. He already has his next sign produced: "Alex, more iVideosongs, please!"

You can watch previews of Alex's iVideosongs.com lessons at this link. Here's a preview of the Limelight lesson:

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Portion of Neil Peart's Strombo interview now online
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Back on March 21st Neil Peart taped an interview for the CBC's Strombo (formerly The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos). A couple of weeks ago reader zebec contacted the show's producer and was informed that Neil's interview would air later this month on Friday, June 17th. According to reports from fans who attended the taping Neil talked about touring, his new book Far and Away and also did a track-by-track breakdown of Moving Pictures. As a sneak peak of sorts, earlier today the show posted online the portion of the interview where Neil breaks down the Moving Pictures album to their website. You can check out the 15-minute video at this link.

The Rush drummer breaks down the band's classic album 'Moving Pictures', track-by- track...

'That was an important time musically and a great time for the three of us in terms of having a good time and sharing our goals and making music,' he says about the recording of the album, originally released in 1981. 'There was nothing self-indulgent or so-called pretentious about it. It was true boyish enthusiasm that was involved in creating all those things. We were progressing and learning and developing taste at the same time.'

Rush is playing 'Moving Pictures' in its entirety on its current Time Machine Tour. 'We still like to play these songs,' says Peart, 'and we're still proud of them.

Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Lorne Wheaton video tour of Neil Peart's Time Machine Tour kit
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The folks at Rhythm Magazine caught up with Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton at Rush's recent stop at the O2 Arena in London for a tour of Neil's Time Machine Tour kit. You can check out the 9+ minute video tour below or at this link. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush Time Machine Tour 2011Rush wrapped up the European leg of their 2011 Time Machine Tour this past weekend with stops in the two cities where they filmed their 2 most recent live DVDs. Last Friday night they played the Ahoy Rotterdam Arena in the Netherlands where they recorded Snakes & Arrows Live back in 2007, then on Sunday they hit the Festhalle Frankfurt where R30 was recorded. Speaking of Rush live DVDs, we finally received some details regarding the release of Rush's next DVD earlier this week via the MusicTAP TAPSheet for May 28th. From the report:

Concord Records have a RUSH DVD with an undetermined title (for the moment, which makes it a new one) scheduled for September 27.

Although it doesn't explicitly say it, I think it's safe to say that this refers to the live DVD of Rush's April 15th performance at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Concord Records is the company that bought Rounder Records last year, and the last 3 Rush live DVDs were put out by Rounder. Although the release date is currently given as September 27th, judging by past experience it's very likely that it will end up being pushed back into October or even November. But it looks like we will most certainly have a new Rush live DVD by Christmas of this year. In a blog post from couple of weeks ago Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki mentioned that the "Cleveland DVD" is also underway. More details to be had when there are some...

Rush will resume the tour back in the USA next Wednesday, June 8th with a stop at the BI-LO Center in Greenville, SC. Then they'll move steadily westward and up the west coast, playing a total of 12 more dates and finally finishing up the 2011 tour at The Gorge in Washington State. And if you don't already have it, you can get the official Rush Time Machine Tour mobile app for the iPhone, iPod and iPad at iTunes, and for Google Android at Amazon.com. MusicRadar.com is taking nominations for a poll they will be running to determine The Best Live Act in the World Today. You can nominate Rush at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

It sounds as if Neil Peart and his friend/riding partner Brutus are safe and sound back in North America, and we should be getting another news update at NeilPeart.net in the near future. Brutus tweeted the following yesterday:

Just read the first draft of Bubba's next story! Will be sent out shortly. I'll give the heads up. In Toronto now before riding the 07 west.

Neil Peart will also be making an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman next Thursday, June 9th as part of the show's Drum Solo Week. Since the band will be between tour dates on Thursday it looks like Neil's segment will be pre-taped, and from reports I've been hearing the pre-taping will take place this coming Monday, June 6th. For all the details, check out this post.

Speaking of Neil Peart, Neil's recent interview with Jeff Woods of the syndicated radio show The Legends of Classic Rock aired this past Sunday and was made available online earlier this week. You can listen to the 25-minute interview at this link or by using the player below.

And in yet another piece of Neil Peart news, Gibson.com posted their list of the The Top 10 Rock Drummers of All Time to their website earlier this week and Neil made the list at #2 second only to legendary Led Zeppelin sticks-man John Bonham. Here's what they had to say:

Drummer and lyricist for Rush, Neal Peart is hailed in many circles as the quintessential rock drummer. He's known for his ingenious drum parts and intense solos with lead passages that rock hard and prove the drums, indeed, can be a lead instrument. No Rush concert is complete without Peart's sparking, obligatory drum solo, and his syncopated drumming style certainly has its own distinct sound and aura. You can always tell when it's Peart playing.

RushCon 2011 (aka RushCon X-1) will take place in three short weeks over the weekend of June 24-25th in Las Vegas, coinciding with the Rush concert at the MGM Grand Hotel on Friday, June 24th. Demand for the Friday night Las Vegas Rush after-concert party was so high that the RushCon team decided to move it to a larger venue. From the RushCon website:

Great news! Due to the overwhelming response for our Rush After-Concert party, we have decided to move it to a larger venue. This way, no Rush fan is left out. Our after party will now be held at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. It is conveniently located a mere 5-minute walk from the Rush Concert. We will dominate the airwaves and screens (with Rush tunes and videos) at our private third floor takeover, which features a great bar, VIP area, and a giant patio overlooking the Strip. Rush fans will party it up in style!

The convention itself will still take place the following day at the Night Owl room in the Hooters Hotel. For all the event details check out this link, and go here to register.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned a new restaurant in Gothenburg, Sweden that was opened recently by members of the Swedish metal band In Flames. The restaurant is simply named Restaurant 2112 as a tribute to Rush's 2112 album. Metal Hammer magazine recently conducted a video interview on location at the restaurant with co-owner Peter Iwers who had this to say regarding the restaurant's name:

... 2112 is inspired from Rush. It was released in '76 ... it's one of the best records in the prog genre ... so we chose 2112 ...

You can check out the entire interview at this link. For more information on the restaurant you can go to their website or visit them on Facebook. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

Vivian Slaughter of Japanese metal band Gallhammer was recently interviewed by NoiseCreep.com and mentions Geddy Lee as being an influence:

... [I] picked up bass because I thought the bass sound is cool and I wanted to play simple riffs over and over. Also, guitar seems difficult to me [laughs]! I haven't been influenced by someone so much, but I like Geddy Lee. I never get tired of watching the Rush DVD. ...

Reader DaveTinNY recently took his car in for some service and was pleasantly surprised when he received his service ticket number. You can check out a photo at this link.

Eric at Power Windows located this old commercial on YouTube for the 2001 Nissan Maxima which features Rush's Tom Sawyer. You can check it out at this link.

The Drum Channel and the film Adventures of Power (featuring Neil Peart) have teamed up to sponsor an Air Drum Battle where entrants could win one of over 100 prizes with the grand prize being a 3000 dollar Pacific drum kit with DW hardware and pedals, and Sabian B8 Pro Performance Cymbals. The first round of voting closed this past weekend and I'm happy to say that our own air-drummer extraordinaire LanceTheShred has made it into the finals with his entry where he air-drums to Rush's Red Barchetta (watch it at this link).

The late documentary filmmaker Allan King released a film in 1972 called Come on Children which featured a young Alex Lifeson. The film gained some notoriety when portions of it were included in the Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage as shown here. Reader RushFanForever located another clip from the film on YouTUbe which also includes a young Alex. You can check it out below or at this link along with this extended version.

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

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

TVLine confirms Neil Peart appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman next week
7:46AM EST | link | comments (19) |

UPDATE - 6/3@7:55AM: No new details, but here's another news story confirming the appearance.

UPDATE - 6/2@12:14PM: Reader JMC claims in the comments that Neil will be taping his appearance this coming Monday, June 6th.

Earlier this week we learned via Entertainment Weekly that Neil Peart would be making an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman next Thursday, June 9th as part of the show's Drum Solo Week. TVLine confirmed this news yesterday and offered up a few more details (thanks Felix R):

Band geeks unite: Late Show with David Letterman is kicking off its first ever "Drum Solo Week." The late-night staple is dedicating a week's worth of episodes to performances by some of the music industry's top percussionists, starting with a standout solo on Monday, June 6 from the Late Show's very own Anton Fig, the drummer in Paul Shaffer's band. The following night, Letterman welcomes Sheila E. and her world renowned skill with the sticks. On Wednesday, June 8, drum legend Roy Haynes takes the stage, boasting a career filled with Miles Davis and Sarah Vaughn collaborations (to name a few). And rounding out the week is a performance by Rush's Neil Peart, a drummer who is often regarded as one of rock music's greatest. ...

June 9th is the band's off-day between Greenville and New Orleans but it's still not clear at this time whether Neil's appearance will be pre-taped or live.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

RushCon 2011 Las Vegas Rush after-concert party details
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RushCon 2011 (aka RushCon X-1) will take place in three short weeks over the weekend of June 24-25th in Las Vegas, coinciding with the Rush concert at the MGM Grand Hotel on Friday, June 24th. Demand for the Friday night Las Vegas Rush after-concert party was so high that the RushCon team decided to move it to a larger venue. From the RushCon website:

Great news! Due to the overwhelming response for our Rush After-Concert party, we have decided to move it to a larger venue. This way, no Rush fan is left out. Our after party will now be held at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip. It is conveniently located a mere 5-minute walk from the Rush Concert. We will dominate the airwaves and screens (with Rush tunes and videos) at our private third floor takeover, which features a great bar, VIP area, and a giant patio overlooking the Strip. Rush fans will party it up in style!

The convention itself will still take place the following day at the Night Owl room in the Hooters Hotel. For all the event details check out this link, and go here to register.

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