Archive: Blog Entries from March, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 3/31@7:55PM: Rush's Time Machine DVD loses out to Feist in the Music DVD of the Year category at the Juno Awards (thanks Paul at The Canadian Music Scene).

Clockwork AngelsIt was an exciting week for Rush fans as the rumors of a Clockwork Angels listening party that was to take place this past Tuesday turned out to be true, and some details began leaking out Wednesday afternoon. Several dozen journalists and industry insiders showed up and were treated to the entire Clockwork Angels album. They all had to sign confidentiality agreements and agree not to publish anything related to what they had heard for at least 72 hours - which would be this afternoon. So be on the lookout for more details today. From Sniglets at Counterparts:

... if you would have wanted Rush albums in the 80s to have a harder edge then this is your record. The songs are like a winding journey and definitely has a more modern day concept feel to them. Keyboards are present on the record so if you loathe them, sorry! He didn't compare it to any particular album and that was a relief. He said just take 80 to 91 in a blender and that was it. ...

Headlong Flight will be the title of the first single to be released from the album, which they are still aiming to release on May 29th. Since Tuesday's listening party, Roadrunner has been out shopping Headlong First to various folks in the radio industry and the Twittersphere has been abuzz with reactions - all very positive. The track is about 7.5 minutes long and has been described as epic by those who have heard it along with some comparisons to By-tor and the Snow Dog. Here's a sampling of some of the reactions:

In studio right now w Mark from Roadrunner listening to new tune from @RushIsABand called "Headlong Flight." It's awesome. #ByTorIsASnowDog
Lou Brutus - Sirius XM

Just heard new Rush song "Headlong Flight" ..... Holy Fucking Shit!!!!! 7 and a half minutes of pure genius!!!!!! @rushisaband

I haven't had goosebumps like this in years. This is Rush at their finest. Seriously. Fuck this is amazing. @rushisaband

New Rush song sounds like updated "By-Tor." Epic, cool guitar break downs. "I stoke the fires of the big steel wheels...
Dominic Nardella - Sirius XM

Just listened to the new Rush song "Headlong Flight". My pants are tight!..and moist from losing control of my bladder during the massive Alex Lifeson solo. @rushtheband
Mike Hsu - WAAF in Boston

@rushtheband New RUSH single from upcoming CD called "Headlong Flight"...Old school RUSH fans rejoice! It ROCKS 74-77 era! Just awesome!!
Grover Collins - WUBE/WYGY in Cincinnati

From what I understand, none of these radio folk actually have the single in hand - they just had it played for them by a Roadrunner representative. There's conflicting information as to when the single will actually get released, but one radio industry source informed me that a 5.5-minute edit would be hitting radio on April 19th. That's not to say that we couldn't possibly have some kind of online release before then - either of the entire song or perhaps a sample clip. The other information to come out of Tuesday's Lunch and Listen was that Roadrunner would be launching a huge PR campaign for the album over the coming weeks/months, unlike anything Rush fans have seen before. Along those lines, I'm already aware of at least 3 major rock magazines (Classic Rock, MOJO, etc.) that will be running cover features on the band/album over the next few months, and there's also talk of some late-night TV appearances. Also, reader jupeguyowensound let me know that The Fan 590 in Toronto had Humble (from the Humble and Fred podcast) on this morning and he mentioned that he had just interviewed Alex Lifeson a couple of days ago. This probably means that the guys have started hitting the interview circuit, so be on the lookout.

Rush - Time Machine 2011: Live in ClevelandThe 2012 Juno Awards ceremony (the Canadian equivalent of the US Grammy Awards) takes place this weekend at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, ON and Rush's live concert video Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland is nominated for Music DVD of the Year. Rush won a Juno award in this category for Rush in Rio back in 2004 and last year for Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. It's not clear whether any members of Rush will be in attendance for the ceremony, but filmmakers Dunn and McFadyen will be. Here's some photos of the pair from a Juno event last night courtesy Paul at the Canadian Music Scene. The main televised awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, but most of the actual awards - including Music DVD of the Year - are given out Saturday night at a gala dinner.

Neil Peart was interviewed for the latest issue of classic and collector car magazine Hagerty where he talks about his love of classic cars, car model-building, and his own personal collection of classic cars and car models. From the interview:

... The bulk of his model collection today is in that small 1/43 scale. "I acquired a couple of genuine masterpieces of miniaturization," Neil says. "A Ferrari GTO with tiny sliding plastic windows, opening doors, and perfect engine detailing, and a Bugatti Type 35 with the piano wire attaching the bodywork rendered perfectly, as are the leather upholstery and bonnet straps. I define these delightful creations as expensive-and worth it." ...

... Neil has commissioned 1/24 renderings of his personal cars: a Porsche 911 Speedster, BMW Z8, and a pairing of the Aston Martin DB5 and the modern DBS. Says Neil, "These tiny jewels of intricate craftsmanship give me pleasure just in contemplating them."

The article also includes several great photographs of Neil and his collection of cars. You can read the entire article/interview online here.

Upper Canada College will be hosting their annual Believe in Blue Gala on May 12th at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum. Among the prizes to be auctioned off at the sold-out affair is a dinner party with Geddy Lee! From the Gala's official blog (thanks Paul N):

Get Closer to the Heart of Geddy Lee at Barberians
No Subdivisions here!! Join Rush's lead vocalist and bassist, Geddy Lee for an intimate dinner for eight at famed Barberians Steak House. An avid wine collector with a spectacular collection of which most would be envious, Geddy can help you navigate Barberians 30,000 bottle wine cellar that accompanies the great food that Barberians has been known for since 1959. Be entertained by this award-winning musician who has a story or two to tell after decades in the music industry. Dates to be coordinated with Geddy Lee and Barberians.

Speaking of Geddy, yesterday evening he participated as a celebrity judge for RAW! The Great Toronto Tartare-Off at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York. The event was sponsored by Grapes for Humanity where Geddy Lee is a member of the board. Proceeds from the event will go towards a child's education by constructing a needed school in Guatemala and $0.95 of every dollar raised will be donated to the project. Other judges included Corey Mintz, Josh Josephson and Amy Rosen of The National Post.

Evan LangoriaMatt Crossman of Sporting News recently sat down for dinner with Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria for an interview which was published to their website earlier this week. Longoria took up the drums a few years ago and among the subjects that came up in the interview was Rush:

... Longoria's most prized possessions are his dogs and his 2008 AL championship ring, but he has another great piece of memorabilia: a drumhead signed by members of the rock group Rush. ... Cool story how he got the drumhead: Rush's singer, Geddy Lee, a huge baseball fan, collects balls autographed by pitchers who have thrown no-hitters. When Rays righthander Matt Garza threw one in 2010, a Lee representative called the Rays to ask for a ball. A Rays clubbie named David Westmoreland (everyone calls him Westy) said, sure, if you send Longoria the signed drumhead. ...

You can read the entire interview at this link.

Voting for DRUM! Magazine's 17th annual Drummies! opened up earlier this month. Neil Peart is in the Drummie Hall of Fame for Drummer of the Year after winning the award for 4 straight years from 2007-2010, but you can still vote for him in any of the other categories. To place your vote, visit Drum! Magazine's website at this link.

Back in 2009 Warner Music Japan reissued Rush's first 12 studio albums as Mini-LP Super High Material CDs (SHM-CDs). According to a listing on CD Japan (thanks David S), all 12 titles will be getting re-released once again in Japan on May 23rd. My assumption is that the Sector box set masters were used for these re-releases but there's no confirmation of that at this time.

California-based rock instrumental trio Points North just released their debut album a couple of weeks ago. It's titled Road Less Traveled and contains a tribute to Rush titled Grace Under Pressure. From The Sun Journal:

... "Grace Under Pressure" offers a respectful nod to Rush. Duffy and Aiello pay skillful homage to guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart. ...

You can purchase Road Less Traveled on Amazon here and find out more about the band on their official website.

Rush's YYZ gets a mention in a recent Victoria Advocate article titled A lousy decade punctuated with greatness which discusses some of the high points of music in the 1980s. Here's what they had to say about the song:

For those unfamiliar with Rush, "YYZ" is a perfect introduction into what an amazing trio of musicians make up this band. The song begins with the drums, which are then joined by the guitar and bass, all playing YYZ Morse Code, the identification code for Toronto's airport. Geddy Lee's bass licks are phenomenal while Neil Pert is, well, Neil Pert. The pair trade off runs, segueing into Alex Lifeson's guitar solo, which has a mythical Far Eastern flair.

It's Rush vs. The Beatles in the final round of Lone Star 92.5's Classic Rock Madness contest. To place your vote for Rush go here.

Reader double-agent wanted me to let everyone know that Fort Hood Radio will be playing one hour of Rush music next Tuesday, April 3rd from 12-1PM CST.
You can tune in online or requests songs at www.forthoodradio.com.

Jason Plumb and The Willing - all is more than bothThe debut album from Canadian singer-songwriter Jason Plumb's solo project Jason Plumb and The Willing released earlier this week. The album is titled All is More Than Both and features a guest appearance from Alex Lifeson on the track LOSIN' which you can listen to below or at this link. We first learned about Alex's involvement back in September via a blog post from producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda. The post featured this behind-the-scenes recording session video from last May with Alex wailing away on a solo over the track. The album also features appearances from Ed Robertson and Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies along with several other Canadian musicians. You can purchase the LOSIN' track with Alex Lifeson via Amazon or via iTunes, or purchase the entire All is More Than Both album (Amazon, iTunes). On a related note, Jason Plumb and the Willing bass player Gord Smith has a side project called Creosote, and his debut album Area Man also releases today. The album includes a rocking cover of Rush's Mystic Rhythms which you can preview/purchase via Amazon or via iTunes, and the entire Area Man album is also available for purchase (Amazon, iTunes).

That's all for this week. Let the Clockwork Angels media blitz begin!! Have a safe and happy weekend.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Clockwork Angels update: listening party, first song title/single revealed as Headlong Flight
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UPDATE - 4/5@1:37PM: Here are some comments about the track from DJ_Carter, who was played the radio-edit of the song:

... The opening chords sound almost EXACTLY like a heavier version of Bastille Day. ... There's some Bastille Day rhythms, a more raw guitar tone that sounds less polished and more Hemispheres-y, an absolutely bone-shattering drum break in the middle that sounds like a modern version of Neil's break in By-Tor, and some really audible and fun shifts in the structure of the song, a la the transitions in Natural Science. If I had to encapsulate the sound in just a few words, it would be Caress of Steel crossed with Vapor Trails. Headlong Flight doesn't feel as heavy as BU2B; it's very much Vapor Trails-y, but with much more tasty bass. Truly, the bass in this song is killer. I think we can count on seeing a lot more of the Leave That Thing Alone live solo stuff on this record. ... One thing that was really encouraging about this track was the fact that Neil's drumming was very fast in certain places. BU2B was ... heavy but plodding, not challenging or rhythmically complex. Headlong Flight is totally different. This is Neil at his best, and the break I mentioned earlier feels like his classic fills. There is indeed a guitar solo, towards the end of the track. But it's a solo in the sense that Alex's solo from Caravan was a solo. He's shredding, no doubt about it, but it isn't like a Freewill type of shredding that has a pattern and a resolution. Very frenetic and exciting, though! ...

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UPDATE - 3/30@7:30AM: Roadrunner continues to shop the Headlong Flight single around the radio community. Grover Collins is the Program Director at WUBE/WYGY in Cincinnati, OH and tweeted the following yesterday evening:

Just heard new RUSH single from upcoming CD "Clockwork Angels" called "Headlong Flight"...Old school RUSH fans rejoice! It ROCKS 74-77 era!

@rushtheband New RUSH single from upcoming CD called "Headlong Flight"...Old school RUSH fans rejoice! It ROCKS 74-77 era! Just awesome!!

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UPDATE - 3/29@5:46PM: And here's a Facebook post from Mike Hsu who works the mid-day shift at WAAF in Boston (thanks Snaked):

Just listened to the new Rush song "Headlong Flight". My pants are tight!..and moist from losing control of my bladder during the massive Alex Lifeson solo. @rushtheband

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UPDATE - 3/28@8:51PM: There's a lot of conflicting information out there regarding when the single will get released, and I'm trying to sort it all out. In this day and age, a release can mean many things - which just adds to the confusion. We might get a short 30-second or 90-second clip, or it may be released for listening online, or it may get an early release on satellite radio, or it gets released to radio in general, or it gets release for purchase... you get the picture. Suffice it to say that we should get a chance to finally hear Headlong Flight sometime in the next few weeks - the sooner the better!

UPDATE - 3/28@7:51PM: Another tweet from Dominic Nardella:

New Rush song sounds like updated "By-Tor." Epic, cool guitar break downs. "I stoke the fires of the big steel wheels..."

And there's this from Sniglets at Counterparts:

Sorry I have been unable to post on here as I have been busy with work. Listening party happened a bit later than scheduled yesterday as it was more after 1 pm. I wasn't there but my friend was and he said if you would have wanted Rush albums in the 80s to have a harder edge then this is your record. The songs are like a winding journey and definitely has a more modern day concept feel to them. Keyboards are present on the record so if you loathe them, sorry! He didn't compare it to any particular album and that was a relief. He said just take 80 to 91 in a blender and that was it. Single should be out on or about April 1st. It is being sent to radio this weekend. My guess is this one doesn't leak. More as I hear more. It was basically a text conversation about it and I haven't had really the time to get in touch with him as he has other assignments.

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UPDATE - 3/28@4:48PM: I have also received confirmation that Headlong Flight will indeed be the first single and that a 5.5-minute edit will be hitting radio on April 19th. The listening party did indeed take place yesterday, and Roadrunner is keeping a very tight lid on the track, so it's unlikely that it will leak. Although there's a possibility we'll get to hear a sample online sometime before the radio release.

Clockwork AngelsA couple of weeks ago I reported a rumor that Roadrunner Records would be hosting a listening party for journalists and industry executives on Tuesday March 27th where they'd be playing Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album. Well, March 27th was yesterday and I can now confirm with reasonable certainty that this Lunch and Listen party did actually happen - although it's possible that it was today rather than yesterday. I don't have much information myself, but the Twittersphere is starting to buzz with some leaked information. Lou Brutus of Sirius XM tweeted the following just a short time ago:

In studio right now w Mark from Roadrunner listening to new tune from @RushIsABand called "Headlong Flight." It's awesome. #ByTorIsASnowDog

And there were these two tweets from Dominic Nardella (also at Sirius XM) earlier this afternoon:

Just heard new Rush song "Headlong Flight" ..... Holy F**king Shit!!!!! 7 and a half minutes of pure genius!!!!!! @rushisaband

I haven't had goosebumps like this in years. This is Rush at their finest. Seriously. F**k this is amazing. @rushisaband

So there you have it - one track from the new album is called Headlong Flight, and it's over 7 minutes long! More as I learn it.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Jason Plumb and the Willing's All is More Than Both featuring Alex Lifeson released today
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Jason Plumb and The Willing - all is more than bothThe debut album from Canadian singer-songwriter Jason Plumb's solo project Jason Plumb and The Willing releases today. The album is titled All is More Than Both and features a guest appearance from Alex Lifeson on the track LOSIN' which you can listen to below or at this link. We first learned about Alex's involvement back in September via a blog post from producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda. The post featured this behind-the-scenes recording session video from last May with Alex wailing away on a solo over the track. The album also features appearances from Ed Robertson and Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies along with several other Canadian musicians. You can purchase the LOSIN' track with Alex Lifeson via Amazon or via iTunes, or purchase the entire All is More Than Both album (Amazon, iTunes).

Creosote - Area ManOn a related note, Jason Plumb and the Willing bass player Gord Smith has a side project called Creosote, and his debut album Area Man also releases today. The album includes a rocking cover of Rush's Mystic Rhythms as described on the Soccer Mom Records website:

... Rush's original "Mystic Rhythms" is a mid-tempo synthesizer and keyboard-driven song. Smith turned in into the guitar-driven rock song he thought it should have been. He got to gush to Rush's Alex Lifeson about breathing life into the song while recording Jason Plumb and the Willing's new album All Is More Than Both. ...

You can preview/purchase the Mystic Rhythms cover via Amazon or via iTunes, and the entire Area Man album is also available for purchase (Amazon, iTunes). Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria talks Rush in new interview with Sporting News
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Evan LangoriaMatt Crossman of Sporting News recently sat down for dinner with Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria for an interview which was published to their website earlier today. Longoria took up the drums a few years ago and among the subjects that came up was Rush:

... Longoria's most prized possessions are his dogs and his 2008 AL championship ring, but he has another great piece of memorabilia: a drumhead signed by members of the rock group Rush.

Longoria started playing the drums in 2009, when teammate Gregg Zaun had a set at Tropicana Field.

"I never wanted to play in front of him. I'm a perfectionist. I don't want anybody to see me do something and look stupid doing it," Longoria says. "I would get to the field two hours early and play his kit without anybody there, at noon. I'd be back there full sweat, and guys would just be getting to the field, and I'd be playing the drums."

Cool story how he got the drumhead: Rush's singer, Geddy Lee, a huge baseball fan, collects balls autographed by pitchers who have thrown no-hitters. When Rays righthander Matt Garza threw one in 2010, a Lee representative called the Rays to ask for a ball. A Rays clubbie named David Westmoreland (everyone calls him Westy) said, sure, if you send Longoria the signed drumhead. ...

You can read the entire interview at this link.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Neil Peart talks classic cars and car model-building in new interview with Hagerty magazine
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[Small Beginnings: Models fueled Rush drummer's passion for cars]

Neil Peart was interviewed for the latest issue of classic and collector car magazine Hagerty where he talks about his love of classic cars, car model-building, and his own personal collection of classic cars and car models. From the interview:

... Neil describes himself as "a car lover since infancy." Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, he had many Dinky Toys and Corgi Toys. His father attended a car show in Buffalo, New York, each winter, and upon his return would bring Neil a 1/25-scale promotional model of the latest Pontiac or Oldsmobile. "I thought those were really special," Neil says. "I was fascinated by shiny, monstrous, noisy, grown-up cars, and had toys to play with until I could have the real thing." ...

... Though he didn't keep any of his old toys and models, Neil has since amassed quite an impressive model collection focused primarily on sports cars and GT cars of the 1950s and '60s, plus a handful of pre-war Bugattis. In the mid 1980s, Neil discovered 1/43 hand-built models, and since then he has made a point of visiting a network of shops around the globe.

The bulk of his model collection today is in that small 1/43 scale. "I acquired a couple of genuine masterpieces of miniaturization," Neil says. "A Ferrari GTO with tiny sliding plastic windows, opening doors, and perfect engine detailing, and a Bugatti Type 35 with the piano wire attaching the bodywork rendered perfectly, as are the leather upholstery and bonnet straps. I define these delightful creations as expensive-and worth it." ...

... Neil has commissioned 1/24 renderings of his personal cars: a Porsche 911 Speedster, BMW Z8, and a pairing of the Aston Martin DB5 and the modern DBS. Says Neil, "These tiny jewels of intricate craftsmanship give me pleasure just in contemplating them."

The article also includes several great photographs of Neil and his collection of cars. You can read the entire article/interview online here. Many thanks to Todd V for the heads up.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 3/23@3:46PM: Here's that video of Neil Peart in the studio with Vertical Horizon that I mentioned below. It looks like Neil plays drums on 2 tracks; Instamatic and another unnamed track.

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Clockwork AngelsAssuming the rumors are true, Rush's new label Roadrunner Records will be hosting a Lunch and Listen session this coming Tuesday, March 27th for 120 industry executives and promoters where they will be playing Rush's Clockwork Angels album. There's also a rumor that a single (or song sample) will then be released later in the week on Friday, March 30th. So let's hope the rumors are true! In other Clockwork Angels news, both Exclaim.ca and The Arizona Republic are backing up the May 29th release date that was first revealed via Amazon.com a couple of weeks ago in separate articles highlighting upcoming album release dates. Note that the Arizona Republic article is using a piece of fan-created artwork for the album's cover - it's not the official album cover. There's not much new to report since last week regarding the upcoming Clockwork Angels tour which will kick off this Fall. As it stands right now, the band is still in the process of routing the tour but dates are beginning to firm up. Generally speaking, it looks like Rush will be hitting dates in the Midwest and Eastern Canada in September-October, and the Southeastern US in October-November. So far I've only heard of 3 firm dates though; one in Bristow, VA on Sunday, September 9th, one planned date at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, September 11th, and another at the Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, IN planned for Thursday, September 13th. Since last week I've also heard that there will be dates in Tampa and Atlanta in November with a Ft. Lauderdale date also rumored along with a Cincinnati Riverbend date in September. Remember that nothing is official until it's announced by Rush.com. More as I learn it.

Clockwork Angels bookMore details regarding the Kevin J. Anderson novelization of Clockwork Angels were revealed earlier this week when Amazon began listing the book for pre-order. The title is listed as Clockwork Angels: The Novel with a working release date of September 1st, 2012 via ECW Press. The listing also indicates that Anderson and Peart will be credited as co-authors and the book will be 264 pages long. Anderson first announced the collaboration last month via Facebook and his blog:

... I worked together with Neil to flesh out the epic story told over the course of the music, as well as the artist Hugh Syme whose paintings fill the CD booklet. In a young man's quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. To whet your appetite, Rush released the first two tracks, "Caravan" and "BU2B"-listen to those songs to get an idea of the story's beginning. I'm writing the chapters now, incorporating the lyrics into the narrative, and having a fantastic time. More details to come, but for now-to quote a line from Caravan: "I can't stop thinking big."

Speaking of Neil, we learned last month that he would once again be working with Vertical Horizon on their new album, which they are currently working on at Studio City Sound in Los Angeles with sound engineer Tom Weir. We also learned that DW had made a custom kit for Neil for use in the recording sessions via this YouTube video from the January Winter NAMM show where Weir interviews John Good and Scott Donnell of Drum Workshop. We received our first glimpse of the kit and Neil in the studio with Vertical Horizon earlier this week when Sabian posted a series of photographs to Facebook from a March 19th recording session. Then last night Vertical Horizon posted another pic of the kit to their Facebook page and promised there would be some video posted later today. Neil had also made a guest appearance on Vertical Horizon's 2009 album Burning the Days, playing drums on three of the tracks along with penning the lyrics for one.

Geddy Lee will be participating as a celebrity judge for RAW! The Great Toronto Tartare-Off this coming Thursday, March 29th, at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York from 6-8:30PM. The event is sponsored by Grapes for Humanity where Geddy Lee is a member of the board. Tickets to the event are $125 and can be purchased online or reserved by calling Annette at 416-445-9920. Proceeds will go towards a child's education by constructing a needed school in Guatemala and $0.95 of every dollar raised will be donated to the project. Other judges include Corey Mintz, Josh Josephson and Amy Rosen of The National Post.

There was yet another Rush reference on FX's Archer during last night's Season 3 finale Space Race: Part 2. In this episode the mural on Krieger's van gets updated with a Caress of Steel-themed mural with the lettering reading Caress of Krieger (screenshot here). This makes the 3rd such Rush-themed mural that has appeared on his van; on the finale of season 2 the van had an Exit ... Stage Left-inspired mural which read Exit ... Van Left (screenshot here), and earlier in season 3 the mural had been updated to a Rush Hemispheres theme (screenshot here). There was also a major Rush reference on episode 8 of season 3 just a few weeks ago. In that episode Kreiger is trying to learn YYZ on his Neil Peart-inspired drumkit.

Legendary Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash confirmed yesterday in an interview with the Toronto Globe and Mail that he will be attending the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland next month where Guns 'N Roses will be getting inducted. In the interview Slash remarks on the exclusion of Rush and other bands from the Rock Hall:

... "It's sort of a bittersweet thing too because there's so many artists that aren't inducted, that came way before Guns did, that really actually almost deserve more to be in there and they're not in there, the guitarist said in an interview Wednesday, listing off Canadian band Rush, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and Kiss as examples. "So it's really hard to sort of feel victorious ... that to me just doesn't seem right." ...

You can read the entire article at this link.

The VH1 heavy metal documentary series Metal Evolution will be released to DVD this coming Tuesday, March 27th and can be pre-ordered here. The 11-episode series was the brainchild of Rush documentary and Time Machine video filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen and built on the mission first put forth in their groundbreaking Metal: A Headbanger's Journey documentary - in which Geddy Lee had appeared. The final episode in the series (episode 11) focuses on the Progressive Metal genre of heavy metal and heavily featured Rush, including interview segments with all 3 members along with former producer Terry Brown. You can watch that entire episode online at this link. Geddy had also appeared in episode 2 of the series to discuss the contributions of American garage rock band Blue Cheer to the origins of heavy metal. Geddy's brother Allan Weinrib is the production manager for the show and has been the Executive Producer and Head of Production and Development at Banger Films (Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen's film production company) since December of 2010.

Sounds Fan Library 1983John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the Sounds Fan Library special issue written by Steve Gett in 1983. Gett later edited and expanded the content for of this article for his book Success Under Pressure which you can read here. John found that there was additional content in the Sounds special issue that didn't make it into the later biography. You can check out his transcription along with all the photographs at this link.

The A.V. Club Toronto has recently been profiling past MuchMusic VJs for their VJ Re-search series. This past week they profiled Bradford How and for his Prime Slot they featured his 2002 Brad TV Christmas Special:

... With Toronto's Friendly Rich And The Lollipop People in tow, How goes caroling in Rosedale trying to find the home of Geddy Lee. When that doesn't succeed, he settles for chugging egg nog and humiliating a production assistant sitting with her head in her hands.

You can watch this excerpt from the Christmas Special on YouTube at this link.

Reader Lex Rushon recently came across this video news story covering the late Andrew MacNaughtan's Grace: Africa in Photographs project. The video was conducted around Christmas of last year and includes interview segments with Andrew along with Geddy and Alex from the art exhibit's opening gala. MacNaughtan passed away suddenly this past January of a heart attack.

NPR Music posted an article to their The Mix series earlier this week titled 50 Failed First Impressions where they feature 50 debut albums that they argue did not live up to the later successes of the band in question. Rush's debut album makes their list and you can check out the article at this link (thanks alparrot).

Reader rushrulez went to the Van Halen concert in Toronto this past weekend and took the 2112 GO train home from Toronto to Oakville. You can see a picture of the 2112 train here (thanks RushFanForever).

Reader The Clansman 2112 still has a couple of spots open for his annual rushisaband Fantasy Baseball League. It's a 20 team Roto league and they'll have a live online draft on the evening of Sunday March 25th. It's free to join but only serious managers need apply! To join up go to this link and use the League ID 2389 with Password atmsite.

This coming Thursday, March 29th marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the first single from Rush's 2002 Vapor Trails album - One Little Victory. The release marked the end of Rush's 5-year hiatus following the personal tragedies of Neil Peart in the late '90s. Here's the band performing the song live from the Rush in Rio DVD:

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

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Metal Evolution series featuring Rush coming to DVD March 27th
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The VH1 heavy metal documentary series Metal Evolution will be released to DVD this coming Tuesday, March 27th and can be pre-ordered here (thanks RushFanForever). The 11-episode series was the brainchild of Rush documentary and Time Machine video filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen and built on the mission first put forth in their groundbreaking Metal: A Headbanger's Journey documentary - in which Geddy Lee had appeared. The final episode in the series (episode 11) focuses on the Progressive Metal genre of heavy metal and heavily featured Rush, including interview segments with all 3 members along with former producer Terry Brown. You can watch that entire episode online at this link. Geddy had also appeared in episode 2 of the series to discuss the contributions of American garage rock band Blue Cheer to the origins of heavy metal. Geddy's brother Allan Weinrib is the production manager for the show and has been the Executive Producer and Head of Production and Development at Banger Films (Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen's film production company) since December of 2010.

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Rush reference on season 3 finale of FX's Archer
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There was yet another Rush reference on FX's Archer during last night's Season 3 finale Space Race: Part 2 (thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up). In this episode the mural on Krieger's van gets updated with a Caress of Steel-themed mural with the lettering reading Caress of Krieger (screenshot here). This makes the 3rd such Rush-themed mural that has appeared on his van; on the finale of season 2 the van had an Exit ... Stage Left-inspired mural which read Exit ... Van Left (screenshot here), and earlier in season 3 the mural had been updated to a Rush Hemispheres theme (screenshot here). There was also a major Rush reference on episode 8 of season 3 just a few weeks ago. In that episode Kreiger is trying to learn YYZ on his Neil Peart-inspired drumkit.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Slash confirms Rock Hall induction appearance, remarks on the exclusion of Rush and other bands
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Legendary Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash recently confirmed in an interview with the Toronto Globe and Mail that he will be attending the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland next month where Guns 'N Roses will be getting inducted. In the interview Slash remarks on the exclusion of Rush and other bands from the Rock Hall:

... "It's sort of a bittersweet thing too because there's so many artists that aren't inducted, that came way before Guns did, that really actually almost deserve more to be in there and they're not in there, the guitarist said in an interview Wednesday, listing off Canadian band Rush, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick and Kiss as examples. "So it's really hard to sort of feel victorious ... that to me just doesn't seem right." ...

You can read the entire article at this link. Thanks to Power Windows for the heads up.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Photos from Neil Peart recording session with Vertical Horizon
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UPDATE - 3/23@3:51PM: Here's video of Neil Peart in the studio with Vertical Horizon. It looks like Neil plays drums on 2 tracks; Instamatic and another unnamed track.

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UPDATE - 3/23@10:54AM: Vertical Horizon has posted to their Facebook page a new pic of Neil's DW kit in the studio and promise some video later today (thanks hermy).

We learned last month that Neil Peart would once again be working with Vertical Horizon on their new album, which they are currently working on at Studio City Sound in Los Angeles with sound engineer Tom Weir. We also learned that DW had made a custom kit for Neil for use in the recording sessions via this YouTube video from the January Winter NAMM show where Weir interviews John Good and Scott Donnell of Drum Workshop. A few weeks ago Vertical Horizon updated their Pledge Music site with the following message:

Okay this BIG news has come out online, and it's not definite yet ... but we're working to make it happen. I won't comment publicly online about it yet, but since it's out there I wanted you to see this. Neil and I are working on the scheduling, and DW has kindly made him a new kit to try and facilitate. Thanks for your support. Matt

And it looks like their work paid off since earlier this evening Sabian posted a series of photographs to Facebook from a March 19th recording session with Neil and his friend and Vertical Horizon frontman Matt Scannell which you can check out here (thanks mark omalley). Neil had also made a guest appearance on Vertical Horizon's 2009 album Burning the Days, playing drums on three of the tracks along with penning the lyrics for one.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Clockwork Angels novelization by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart now available for pre-order
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Clockwork Angels bookLast month we learned that sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson would be writing a novelization of Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album which would be released in the Fall by ECW Press. The book is now available for pre-order through Amazon.com with a working release date of September 1st, 2012 and under the title Clockwork Angels: The Novel. The listing also indicates that Anderson and Peart will be credited as co-authors and the book will be 264 pages long. Anderson first announced the collaboration last month via Facebook and his blog:

... I worked together with Neil to flesh out the epic story told over the course of the music, as well as the artist Hugh Syme whose paintings fill the CD booklet. In a young man's quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. To whet your appetite, Rush released the first two tracks, "Caravan" and "BU2B"-listen to those songs to get an idea of the story's beginning.

I'm writing the chapters now, incorporating the lyrics into the narrative, and having a fantastic time. More details to come, but for now-to quote a line from Caravan: "I can't stop thinking big."

The Clockwork Angels album itself is due out from Roadrunner Records on May 29th. Thanks to tomsawyer912 for the heads up.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Clockwork AngelsEarlier this week we received our first somewhat credible rumor regarding the release of a single from Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album when Sniglets over at Counterparts put up a post that corroborated a rumor that I'd first heard a couple of weeks ago:

Roadrunner Records is inviting 120 industry executives and promoters on Tuesday March 27th at 11 AM for a "Lunch and Listen" to the new Rush record. I saw an invite to this through a good friend of mine who is attending it and works for the NY Post. He also told me a single is going to be coming that following Friday so that puts us at the 30th for a new song. ...

I'm fairly confident that the listening party is happening, but whether a full single will also be released that week remains to be seen. For some perspective, the first single from Snakes & Arrows (Far Cry in case you forgot) was released 5 years ago this past Monday on March 12th, 2007 - about 8 weeks before the release of the album on May 1st. Assuming Clockwork Angels does get released on May 29th and the single's release follows the same timeline as Far Cry, then 8 weeks prior to that would put it either in the last week of March or first week of April - so a March 30th date certainly seems plausible. Regarding the May 29th release date that was first revealed via Amazon.com a couple of weeks ago, exclaim.ca is now backing up that date in this article highlighting upcoming Canadian release dates (thanks Tim S). The other rumor that I'd first mentioned in my last Friday Rush updates post was that a 5.1 mix of the album will be made available in addition to the regular CD mix. Regarding the tour, last week Neil Peart confirmed what we had already known - that Rush would be touring in the Fall. As it stands right now, the band is still in the process of routing the tour but dates are finally starting to firm up. Generally speaking, I've been hearing that the band will be hitting dates in the Midwest and Eastern Canada in September-October, and the Southeastern US in October-November. So far I've only heard of 3 firm dates though; one in Bristow, VA on Sunday, September 9th, one planned date at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, September 11th, and another at the Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, IN planned for Thursday, September 13th. Remember that nothing is official until it's announced by Rush.com though, so don't start booking any flights just yet. :) Now that some of the shows are firming up, I'm hoping to get some more dates in the near future too. Stay tuned.

Just yesterday we received the news that Neil Peart has been confirmed as one of the panelists for LA Music Academy's 3rd Drummer Reality Camp. Neil will be part of a roundtable discussion taking place on Friday, June 29th which will also include Doane Perry and other special guests. The camp runs from June 27th-30th and is $495 for the entire week. For more information view the announcement at this link, and click here to sign up.

Golden GodsDetails regarding the fourth annual hard rock and heavy metal award show the Revolver Golden Gods were revealed earlier this week, and Rush was announced as the recipient of the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. From the Revolver magazine website:

... RUSH's Neil Peart commented, "We are honored and delighted to receive this honor - especially because it will be presented by Jack and Kyle. Our 'lifetimes' are not over yet, and we dearly hope our 'achievements' are not either, so I suppose you could say that to us this is the 'So Far, So Good' award." Of presenting the award, Black commented, "RUSH was the most impressive band, musically, when I was just learning about rock. Weirdly, they got your body moving in interpretive-dancing ways, but it was still aggressive. Their stuff was just so complex and so tasty!" ...

The event will take place Wednesday, April 11th at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets can be purchased via this link, and it will also be broadcast live in its entirety on XBOX LIVE, as well as on the XBOX and Revolver Facebook pages at 9PM EDT (6 PM PDT).

This past Tuesday Geddy Lee was announced as a celebrity judge for RAW! The Great Toronto Tartare-Off which will take place on Thursday, March 29th, at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York from 6-8:30PM. The event is sponsored by Grapes for Humanity where Geddy Lee is a member of the board. Tickets to the event are $125 and can be purchased online or reserved by calling Annette at 416-445-9920. Proceeds will go towards a child's education by constructing a needed school in Guatemala and $0.95 of every dollar raised will be donated to the project. Other judges include Corey Mintz, Josh Josephson and Amy Rosen of The National Post.

Sonic Elements - XYZ: A Tribute to RushA couple of years back Sonic Reality released their Neil Peart series drum sample instrument library Neil Peart Drums Volume 1: The Kit. It features drum samples from Neil Peart himself and was produced with the help of Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz. Over the last several months Sonic Reality's Dave Kerzner has been working with a number of artists on a prog-rock project called Sonic Elements which utilizes the drum samples from Neil Peart Drums Volume 1 to create cover versions of several Rush tracks and tracks from other prog-rock artists. The project announced via their Facebook page this past weekend that they'll be releasing a 5-song EP of these Rush covers called XYZ: A Tribute To Rush on April 21, 2012 (4.21.12) digitally and as a limited-edition CD. The featured tracks will be Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta, YYZ, Limelight and a bonus track titled Trifecta. The performers include Rik Emmett (Triumph), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Billy Sherwood (Yes), Randy McStine, Matt Dorsey, Dave Kerzner and Neil Peart Drums from Sonic Reality. Trifecta is an original track written by Billy Sherwood and Dave Kerzner that uses the drum track from YYZ. You can listen to samples from the project on SoundCloud, and to keep up on their progress follow them on Facebook.

Jammit!Rush continued its partnership with Jammit! earlier this week, adding Tom Sawyer to the list of Rush tracks already available for the Jammit! app; 2112, Limelight and YYZ are also available. The app is now also available for Mac desktops and will soon be available on Windows too. For more information and to listen to some demo tracks, visit the Rush page at the Jammit website. The Jammit app is available for both the iPhone and iPad, as well as Mac Desktops.

In my Friday Rush updates post a couple of weeks back I'd mentioned that there was a Rush Starman reference in the the upcoming Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg comedy film That's my Boy. In the red band trailer for the movie Sandler's character is seen driving a beat-up, red Pontiac Fiero with the Rush Starman logo on the front hood. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows I now have a much better screenshot of the car than the one I had posted originally. The film releases on June 15th and you can watch the trailer at this link.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada's A Brush of Hope charity auction took place back in October and Alex Lifeson's 8" X 16", acrylic on stretched canvas Sun Dance painting ended up being sold for an astonishing $7,000. The 2011 Brush of Hope charity auction was a huge success and ended up raising a total of $24,000. Back in November The Kidney Foundation of Canada produced 250 limited edition prints of Alex's 2007 painting for A Brush of Hope that they are currently selling to raise money for the charity. Get yours today at this link.

Beware of Mr. BakerWe learned couple of weeks ago that Neil Peart is one of several drummers featured in Jay Bulger's documentary on legendary drummer Ginger Baker, Beware of Mr. Baker. The documentary premiered at the SXSW film festival in Austin this past weekend and ended up winning the Documentary Grand Jury prize (thanks RushFanForever). Last week the Hollywood Reporter posted a 3-minute preview clip in which Neil Peart appears a couple of times. You can check it out at this link with Neil making an appearance at the 1:50 and 2:15 marks. You can watch the trailer for the film at this link although Neil Peart does not appear in it.

Reader The Clansman 2112 wanted me to let you all know spots are open for his annual rushisaband Fantasy Baseball League. It's a 20 team Roto league and they'll have a live online draft on the evening of Sunday March 25th. It's free to join but only serious managers need apply! To join up go to this link and use the League ID 2389 with Password atmsite.

John at Cygnus-X1.net let me know that according to the next issue segment of the May, 2012 issue of High Times Magazine, Alex Lifeson will be interviewed for their June issue. :)

Jason Plumb and The Willing - all is more than bothSpeaking of Lerxst, back in September we learned via a blog post from producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda that Alex Lifeson had contributed some guitar tracks to Canadian singer-songwriter Jason Plumb for his solo project Jason Plumb and The Willing. The blog post features a behind-the-scenes recording session video from last May with Alex wailing away on a solo over a track. This track was officially released via YouTube earlier this week. It's titled LOSIN' and you can listen to it below or on YouTube or SoundCloud. The complete album is titled All is More Than Both and releases on March 27th. It also features appearances from Ed Robertson and Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies along with several other Canadian musicians. On a related note, Jason Plumb and the Willing bass player Gord Smith has a side project called Creosote, and on their debut album they are including a cover of Rush's Mystic Rhythms. The album is titled Area Man and will release via Soccer Mom Records on March 27th.

That's all for this week. Exciting times are ahead for Rush fans! Have a great weekend and a happy St. Patrick's Day!!

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Neil Peart confirmed as a panelist for LA Music Academy's Drummer Reality Camp
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Neil Peart has been confirmed as one of the panelists for LA Music Academy's 3rd Drummer Reality Camp. Neil will be part of a roundtable discussion taking place on Friday, June 29th which will also include Doane Perry and other special guests. The camp runs from June 27th-30th and is $495 for the entire week. For more information view the announcement at this link, and click here to sign up. Thanks to Andy Olson for the heads up.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

First single from Clockwork Angels rumored to be released Friday, March 30th
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UPDATE - 3/19@11:12AM: Exclaim.ca backs up the May 29th release date in this article highlighting upcoming Canadian release dates (thanks Tim S).

Clockwork AngelsA few weeks ago a rumor came across my desk that Rush's record label Roadrunner Records would be hosting a Clockwork Angels listening party for industry executives, promoters and journalists at the end of this month. I was waiting for some independent confirmation before sharing the information and now Sniglets over at Counterparts has corroborated the rumor and added the following details:

Roadrunner Records is inviting 120 industry executives and promoters on Tuesday March 27th at 11 AM for a "Lunch and Listen" to the new Rush record. I saw an invite to this through a good friend of mine who is attending it and works for the NY Post. He also told me a single is going to be coming that following Friday so that puts us at the 30th for a new song. ...

It's not clear whether the single would be released for purchase at this time, or just released online for listening (via YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.). Last week Amazon began listing the album for pre-order with a release date of May 29th and Best Buy quickly followed suit. Since then Best Buy has completely removed their listing and Amazon's listing no longer has the release date or pre-order option. This likely just means that they were asked to remove the information, and that the release date remains May 29th. That's not to say that it won't get pushed back, as is usually the case with release dates. But I would think that we should see it released before the end of June at the latest. The other rumor that I'd first mentioned in my last Friday Rush updates post was that a 5.1 mix of the album will be made available.

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Rush's Tom Sawyer now available for Jammit! app
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Jammit!Rush's continues its partnership with Jammit!, adding Tom Sawyer to the list of Rush tracks already available for the Jammit! app which includes 2112, Limelight and YYZ. The app is now also available for Mac desktops and will soon be available on Windows too. From Rush's Facebook page:

Jammit launches on the Mac desktop with Tom Sawyer!
Rush continues its partnership with Jammit to bring you a whole new way to experience "2112", "Limelight", "YYZ" and "Tom Sawyer."Jammit gives you access to the original Rush multi-track masters, with instrument-specific versions available for drums, bass, guitar and vocals, with the precise notation and tablature. In addition to being an exceptional learning tool, each Rush song can be analyzed by isolating the individual instruments from the rest of the mix, slowing down the speed (without changing the pitch) and looping difficult sections.

For more information and to listen to some demo tracks, visit the Rush page at the Jammit website. The Jammit app is available for both the iPhone and iPad, as well as Mac Desktops.

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Geddy Lee announced as celebrity judge for RAW! The Great Toronto Tartare-Off
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UPDATE - 3/30@3:03PM: The event happened last night and was covered by Toronto Life magazine:

... A panel of judges, consisting of John Higgins, Amy Rosen, Josh Josephson, Corey Mintz and, to the delight of many, Geddy Lee, was tasked with crowning one chef the King-or Queen-of Tartare ...

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Geddy Lee has been announced as a celebrity judge for RAW! The Great Toronto Tartare-Off which will take place on Thursday, March 29th, at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York from 6-8:30PM. The event is sponsored by Grapes for Humanity where Geddy Lee is a member of the board. From the Grapes for Humanity website:

... Watch Toronto's leading chefs go head-to-head competing for the title of King/Queen of Tartare whether their major ingredient is meat, seafood or vegetable. Sample a dozen different tartares and the wines to match. Vote on your favourites and see if they are in line with our panel of culinary experts and celebrity judges. See if your palate is in sync with our team of sommeliers who will determine the best wine matches. ...

Tickets to the event are $125 and can be purchased online or reserved by calling Annette at 416-445-9920. Proceeds will go towards a child's education by constructing a needed school in Guatemala and $0.95 of every dollar raised will be donated to the project. Other judges include Corey Mintz, Josh Josephson and Amy Rosen of The National Post.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Alex Lifeson guest appearance on new single LOSIN' from Jason Plumb and The Willing
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UPDATE - 3/15@4:40PM: On a related note, Jason Plumb and the Willing bass player Gord Smith has a side project called Creosote, and on their debut album they are including a cover of Rush's Mystic Rhythms (thanks RushFanForever). The album is titled Area Man and will release via Soccer Mom Records on March 27th. From the website:

Originally from Toronto's suburban sprawl, Smith has been in Regina most of his life. After losing his father at 12, his mother encouraged his interest in music by getting him his first drum set. Being a huge Rush fan early on contributed to his dedication to learning how to play...Pulling in his Canadian rock roots, Smith decided to cover a Rush song mostly because nobody else is ambitious enough to try. 'I picked a song that was in their late 80s keyboard funk, which was panned by fans. The songs are still there.' Rush's original 'Mystic Rhythms' is a mid-tempo synthesizer and keyboard-driven song. Smith turned in into the guitar-driven rock song he thought it should have been. He got to gush to Rush's Alex Lifeson about breathing life into the song while recording Jason Plumb and the Willing's new album All Is More Than Both.

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UPDATE - 3/14@11:54AM: The track is up on SoundCloud too (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

Jason Plumb and The Willing - all is more than bothBack in September we learned via a blog post from producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda that Alex Lifeson had contributed some guitar tracks to Canadian singer-songwriter Jason Plumb for his solo project Jason Plumb and The Willing. The blog post features a behind-the-scenes recording session video from last May with Alex wailing away on a solo over a track. This track was just officially released via YouTube yesterday. It's titled LOSIN' and you can listen to it below or at this link. The complete album is titled All is More Than Both and releases on March 27th. It also features appearances from Ed Robertson and Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies along with several other Canadian musicians. Thanks to LerxstGirl for the heads up.

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Rush Starman reference in new Adam Sandler movie That's My Boy
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In my Friday Rush updates post a couple of weeks back I'd mentioned that there was a Rush Starman reference in the the upcoming Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg comedy film That's my Boy. In the red band trailer for the movie Sandler's character is seen driving a beat-up, red Pontiac Fiero with the Rush Starman logo on the front hood. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows I now have a much better screenshot of the car than the one I had posted originally. The film releases on June 15th and you can watch the trailer at this link.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Rush to receive Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award
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Golden GodsDetails regarding the fourth annual hard rock and heavy metal award show the Revolver Golden Gods were announced earlier today, and Rush will be receiving the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. From the Revolver magazine website:

... The Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by XBOX LIVE, will go to prog-rock pioneers RUSH, who will release their highly anticipated 19th studio album, "Clockwork Angels", this year on Roadrunner Records. (Previous honorees include hard-rock and metal legends MÖTLEY CRÜE, Lemmy Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD and Ozzy Osbourne.) The award will be presented by Jack Black and Kyle Gass of TENACIOUS D, whose new record, "Rize Of The Fenix", hits stores on May 15. RUSH's Neil Peart commented, "We are honored and delighted to receive this honor - especially because it will be presented by Jack and Kyle. Our 'lifetimes' are not over yet, and we dearly hope our 'achievements' are not either, so I suppose you could say that to us this is the 'So Far, So Good' award." Of presenting the award, Black commented, "RUSH was the most impressive band, musically, when I was just learning about rock. Weirdly, they got your body moving in interpretive-dancing ways, but it was still aggressive. Their stuff was just so complex and so tasty!" ...

The event will take place Wednesday, April 11th at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets can be purchased via this link, and it will also be broadcast live in its entirety on XBOX LIVE, as well as on the XBOX and Revolver Facebook pages at 9PM EDT (6 PM PDT). Thanks to What-A-Rush for the heads up.

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Sonic Elements 5-song EP XYZ: A Tribute To Rush
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Sonic Elements - XYZ: A Tribute to RushA couple of years back Sonic Reality released their Neil Peart series drum sample instrument library Neil Peart Drums Volume 1: The Kit. It features drum samples from Neil Peart himself and was produced with the help of Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz. Over the last several months Sonic Reality's Dave Kerzner has been working with a number of artists on a prog-rock project called Sonic Elements which utilizes the drum samples from Neil Peart Drums Volume 1 to create cover versions of several Rush tracks and tracks from other prog-rock artists. The project just announced via their Facebook page over the weekend that they'll be releasing a 5-song EP of these Rush covers called XYZ: A Tribute To Rush on April 21, 2012 (4.21.12) digitally and as a limited-edition CD. The featured tracks will be Tom Sawyer, Red Barchetta, YYZ, Limelight and a bonus track titled Trifecta. The performers include Rik Emmett (Triumph), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Billy Sherwood (Yes), Randy McStine, Matt Dorsey, Dave Kerzner and Neil Peart Drums from Sonic Reality. Trifecta is an original track written by Billy Sherwood and Dave Kerzner that uses the drum track from YYZ. You can listen to samples from the project below or on SoundCloud, and to keep up on their progress follow them on Facebook. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

MIDIpedals.com interview with longtime Rush roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret)
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Jack SecretMIDIpedals.com recently posted part 1 of an extensive interview they conducted with longtime Rush roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret). Tony talks about the early days with Rush, connecting the non-MIDI Taurus Pedals to Geddy's Oberheim synths, and about the redundant MIDI and sampling setup when they are touring. You can listen to the interview at this location (Quicktime required). Part 2 is coming soon and will include information on what role he has played in setting up the gear when Rush is in the studio, as well as tour rehearsals.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 3/9@5:57PM: Voting for DRUM! Magazine's 2012 Drummie Awards is now open. You can go vote for Neil Peart at this link.

Clockwork AngelsEarlier this week the US release date of Rush's long-anticipated Clockwork Angels album was revealed when Amazon began listing the album with a release date of Tuesday, May 29th and made it available for pre-order. The pre-order option has since been removed, but the listing remains sans pricing (the Best Buy listing also has the same date). The list price was indicated as $19.14 ($17.99 at Best Buy) which may indicate that the release may contain more than just an audio CD. Indeed, rumor has it that a 5.1 mix of the album will be made available which may also account for the delayed release (it was originally scheduled to release in late April). I've also heard that we should be getting some audio samples via Rush.com and/or Roadrunner very soon. On the tour front, we finally received some official confirmation of a Fall tour when Neil Peart made the following comments in this Cape Breton Post article in reaction to the band being announced as a winner of a Governor General's Performing Arts Award this past Tuesday:

... "We are especially appreciative for the presentation of this lifetime achievement award now - while we are still active (Too active, our families might say!)" said Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart in an emailed statement, noting that the band was putting the finishing touches on its 20th studio album, "Clockwork Angels," with a fall tour planned. "Since our performance 'lifetimes' aren't quite over yet, this high honour is not just a reward; it is an inspiration. We will continue to try to earn it." ...

We've already known this to be true since earlier this year, but this is the first confirmation from an official band source. As it stands right now, the band is still in the process of routing the tour and solidifying dates, with holds on several venues across North America. Generally speaking, I've been hearing that the band will be hitting dates in the Midwest and Easter Canada in September-October, and the Southeastern US in October-November. For more details, check out my most recent post on the subject. Regarding the Governor General's Award, the award will be presented to the band by the Governor General in a private ceremony at Rideau Hall on May 4th. Then on May 5th there will be a public Awards Gala at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Hopefully Rush will be attending but this hasn't been confirmed yet.

Good Rush, Bad RushBob Cesca of The Huffington Post reported earlier this week that Rush's legal team has issued a cease & desist letter to Rush Limbaugh, demanding that he stop using the band's music on his radio show. Limbaugh has come under fire because of his recent inflammatory comments about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. The story caused quite a stir in the press and was covered by everyone from MSN to TMZ, and Rolling Stone magazine examines the legal issues involved in this article. It also sparked quite a lively debate on this site and across the interwebs.

We learned earlier today that Rush has made Billboard magazine's list of Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2012 coming in at number 32 with $5,819,304 in earnings. From Billboard.biz:

#32: Rush - $5,819,304
The Canadian prog-rock power trio remains a mighty draw on the road, thanks to the band's deep catalog of anthems like "Tom Sawyer," "Closer to the Heart" and "The Spirit of Radio," and the chops of bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart. The band's Time Machine tour continued through the first half of 2011, grossing $14.1 million in the United States and netting $4.8 million. Rush also made noise at retail, generating U.S. album sales of 431,000 units. Adding to the revenue mix: a concert recording titled "Time Machine: Live in Cleveland 2011" debuted and peaked at No. 54 on the Billboard 200 in November, with the live show kicking off a new deal with Roadrunner Records.

There was another Rush reference on FX's Archer during the latest episode Skin Game (Season 3, Episode 8) which aired last night. Towards the beginning of the episode, Archer is accompanying Krieger to his lab to see a surprise. When they enter the room there's a large Neil Peart style drumkit in the middle of the room. The conversation proceeds as follows:

Archer: Wow. Amazing. You can play YYZ.
Kreiger: First of all - it's YY-Zed. And second of all - no, I can't get it. It's impossible.

Then in the first scene after the opening credits:

Krieger: (to Pam) How dare you fail to recognize my greatest accomplishment to date?
Pam:: What, you finally nailed YYZ?
Krieger It's Zed! And ... no - Neil Peart (Pert) stands alone...

The drum kit even has some lettering on it in the same style as the first Rush album (which I think says Thunder Dome). You can see a screenshot here. This makes the second reference on the show this season. Just a couple of months ago there was another reference on the mid-season premiere of the show. In that episode Dr. Krieger had updated the mural on his van to a Rush Hemispheres theme; the mural depicts Krieger as both the naked man and the man-in-the-hat from the Hemispheres cover with the text Krieger: Vanispheres on it (see the screenshot here). That reference was a follow-up of sorts to yet another reference that occurred on the season finale of season 2. In that episode Krieger's van had an Exit ... Stage Left-inspired mural.

Classic Drummer Magazine celebrated its 10th anniversary last year with the launch of a Hall of Fame where they opened up voting for the inaugural class of inductees to their readers. They announce all twelve 2011 inductees in their most recent issue, but revealed four of them via their website, one of which was Neil Peart. They include a picture of him in the studio holding up his award.

Speaking of Neil Peart, the Music Empowers Foundation announced the launch of its latest online Music Matters fundraiser earlier this week. The fundraiser's goal is to raise $50,000 to further its mission of helping to bring innovative music education programs to children in underserved communities. The fundraiser will run through March 31 and includes an online auction of high-profile music items including a pair of autographed Neil Peart drumsticks which you can bid on here. You can check out the drumsticks and all the other items up for auction at the Music Empowers Foundation website here, or make a donation here.

Neil Peart Drums Volume 2: The GroovesEarlier this year Sonic Reality made available a pre-release version of Neil Peart Drums Volume 2: The Grooves - the follow-up to their Neil Peart Drums Volume 1: The Kit which they
released a couple years back. The Volume 2: The Grooves release includes 500 groove patterns from Neil Peart for use on your own songs. You can check out all the details and purchase the pre-release version at the esoundz.com website. Sonic Reality's Dave Kerzner is currently working with a number of artists on a prog-rock project called Sonic Elements which utilizes the drum samples from Neil Peart Drums Volume 1 to create cover versions of several Rush tracks and tracks from other prog-rock artists. Kerzner recently posted the following update to the project's Facebook page (thanks Eric at Power Windows):

Right now I'm working on an extra Neil Peart kit from the original session that was never released. This will be part of a stereo kit library for Reason, SampleTank, Battery and some other formats we're going to be supporting. Sounds great! ...

So they may have some new Neil Peart stuff for us soon.

Beware of Mr. BakerWe learned last week that Neil Peart is one of several drummers featured in Jay Bulger's documentary on legendary drummer Ginger Baker, Beware of Mr. Baker. The documentary will be featured at the SXSW film festival in Austin this month. The Hollywood Reporter recently posted a 3-minute preview clip in which Neil Peart appears a couple of times (thanks RushFanForever). You can check it out at this link with Neil making an appearance at the 1:50 and 2:15 marks. You can watch the trailer for the film at this link although Neil Peart does not appear in it.

DW Drums Neil Peart calendarDW Drums has made available six 2012 Artist Calendars as high-resolution PDF downloads, including one featuring Neil Peart. You can check them all out and download them here (thanks rosmakloma).

Rush Front of House Engineer Brad Madix was interviewed for the Adam Hall blog a few weeks ago to talk about Palmer Musical Instruments products and mentions his work with Rush (thanks Keith M):

... First of all, the Palmers just sound really natural. Like the sound right out of the cabinet. When rehearsing with Rush, Alex tweaks his sound around listening to his in-ear monitors. It was apparent very early on in the first set of rehearsals when I was there that we would have had huge issues with him tweaking his sound and then me moving a mic, then him re-tweaking, then me re-moving, etc. It just took that element out of the equation and allowed him to get on with getting his tone. ...

Madix also mentions that for his next gig he will be back out with Rush this April. Knowing that the tour won't actually start until the Fall, this either means that Madix likes to get a very early start, or this interview was conducted when the band still planned on touring in the summer.

The CBC Music Blog posted a story earlier this week titled Rear-view Mirror: Who reigns over Nerd Rock? (thanks RushFanForever) where they talk about Nerd Rock, featuring several artists/songs that fit that description including Rush's 2112:

Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins fame argued that Rush are one of the most overlooked bands of the rock era, and labored himself trying to learn album sides from the vault of Rush albums. Many claim that 2112 was their finest hour of genius and ludicris nerdom.

Rush fans in Central Texas will be hosting a gathering tomorrow evening at 7PM in South Austin, TX. They'll be watching the Time Machine Blu-ray on a 110" screen with a THX certified dolby surround system. They may also check out the Backstage Secrets: On The Road With The Rock Band Rush DVD if time allows. Chips, dips, crackers and a hot dish or two will also be provided. If you're interested in coming just send an email to RushFansInCentralTexas AT Gmail DOT com and they'll send you the address.

Back in June of 2010 we learned that Geddy Lee had optioned the film and TV rights to Dave Bidini's 2005 book Baseballissimo. Then a few months back Variety magazine reported that development on the film was moving forward with Jay Baruchel and Jesse Chabot as co-writers. Bidini was recently interviewed for Aux.tv and gave a little update regarding how development on the film was progressing, along with a few interesting Rush-related stories. You can listen to the podcast interview at this link with the Rush bits occurring at 30:30-30:33, 44:10-46:00 and 48:35-51:10. Bidini was also recently featured for a short Q&A session with CBC Music and was asked about what albums he's looking forward to in 2012:

RUSH. I think this is going to end being their great "later" period record.

Interesting statement. Thanks to RushFanForever for the links.

Rush's La Villa Strangiato is featured in this Victoria Advocate article where they profile some of the better rock songs from the 1976-1979 period. Here's what they had to say:

Guitarist Alex Lifeson, bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee and drummer Neil Pert set a high standard for musicianship. You will have to search hard to find a stronger collection of musicians. Indeed, Pert has morphed into the very archetype of drumming greatness. "La Villa Strangiatto" is an instrumental that contains several shifts and moods. The song even contains an homage to Looney Tunes with a rendition of Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse," usually recognized as the music played in the cartoons during scenes of complex machinery and assembly lines.

Guitar World is running a poll asking readers which artist they'd most like to see inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rush is in the running and needs your vote. So go vote for Rush! Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

Gibson.com ran a story recently titled Who Are You? 12 Guitar Stars' Real Names where they profile 12 different rock stars who use stage names, including Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson:

Aleksandar eivojinović and Gary Weinrib

Who? It's Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee from Rush. Lifeson is second-generation Serbian/Canadian, born to Nenad and Melanija eivojinović who moved to Toronto, Canada, before young Aleksandar was born. His adopted surname is semi-literal - eivojinović means "son of life." And Rush bassist Geddy Lee was born Gary Lee Weinrib. "My mother is Polish and she has a very thick accent," Lee has explained. "When I was about 12 years old, I had a friend who, whenever he heard my mother pronounce my name, he thought she was calling me, 'Geddy.' He started calling me 'Geddy,' and eventually, all of my friends started calling me 'Geddy,' and eventually my mother started to call me 'Geddy,' for real. And eventually, I changed my name legally to 'Geddy,' so that's the story and that's my name, Geddy." For the record, Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart's real name is... Neil Peart. Peart's middle name is Ellwood.

The Body Electric was a Canadian animated TV movie from 1985 that featured a Rush soundtrack. The plot for the 30-minute film combines themes from several Rush songs, most notably The Body Electric and 2112. Here's the synopsis from IMDB.com:

Red Sector A was a paradise...for a man's machines. The domed city was home to the last of the human race, where they lived in comfort, served by their robotic servants. Until one day a mysterious force turns the robots against their masters, and the machines cast the people out of Red Sector A into the wastelands outside. Years later, the robots have collapsed into dust without human maintenance, leaving two young people - Woody and Andrea - to live in the city. But the city is on the verge of a exploding as the shield generator approaches meltdown. Andrea and Woody have a few hours to escape Red Sector A, but the unknown force that caused the revolution is still present, and has it's own plans for them.

The soundtrack includes portions of the following Rush songs: Red Sector A, Hemispheres, 2112, Cygnus X-1, Different Strings, Jacob's Ladder, The Fountain of Lamneth, The Body Electric, Working Man and Marathon. The film finally found it's way to YouTube late last year and you can watch it below or at this link.

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

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Rush makes Billboard's list of Top 40 Money Makers 2012
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Rush has made Billboard magazine's list of Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2012 coming in at number 32 with $5,819,304 in earnings. From Billboard.biz (thanks Power Windows):

#32: Rush - $5,819,304
The Canadian prog-rock power trio remains a mighty draw on the road, thanks to the band's deep catalog of anthems like "Tom Sawyer," "Closer to the Heart" and "The Spirit of Radio," and the chops of bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart. The band's Time Machine tour continued through the first half of 2011, grossing $14.1 million in the United States and netting $4.8 million. Rush also made noise at retail, generating U.S. album sales of 431,000 units. Adding to the revenue mix: a concert recording titled "Time Machine: Live in Cleveland 2011" debuted and peaked at No. 54 on the Billboard 200 in November, with the live show kicking off a new deal with Roadrunner Records.

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Yet another Rush reference on latest episode of FX's Archer
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There was another Rush reference on FX's Archer during the latest episode Skin Game (Season 3, Episode 8) which aired last night (thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up). Towards the beginning of the episode, Archer is accompanying Krieger to his lab to see a surprise. When they enter the room there's a large Neil Peart style drumkit in the middle of the room. The conversation proceeds as follows:

Archer: Wow. Amazing. You can play YYZ.
Kreiger: First of all - it's YY-Zed. And second of all - no, I can't get it. It's impossible.

Then in the first scene after the opening credits:

Krieger: (to Pam) How dare you fail to recognize my greatest accomplishment to date?
Pam:: What, you finally nailed YYZ?
Krieger It's Zed! And ... no - Neil Peart (Pert) stands alone...

The drum kit even has some lettering on it in the same style as the first Rush album (which I think says Thunder Dome). You can see a screenshot here. This makes the second reference on the show this season. Just a couple of months ago there was another reference on the mid-season premiere of the show. In that episode Dr. Krieger had updated the mural on his van to a Rush Hemispheres theme; the mural depicts Krieger as both the naked man and the man-in-the-hat from the Hemispheres cover with the text Krieger: Vanispheres on it (see the screenshot here). That reference was a follow-up of sorts to yet another reference that occurred on the season finale of season 2. In that episode Krieger's van had an Exit ... Stage Left-inspired mural.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Rush's Clockwork Angels to release on May 29th, now available for pre-order through Amazon
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UPDATE - 3/19@11:14AM: Exclaim.ca backs up the May 29th release date in this article highlighting upcoming Canadian release dates (thanks Tim S).

UPDATE - 3/9@10:23AM: It's also listed on Best Buy's site (thanks hermy) with the same release date.

UPDATE - 3/8@11:19PM: FYI: the Amazon listing no longer has the pre-order option available.

UPDATE - 3/8@1:01PM: For those of you wondering why the Amazon list price is $19.14, which is a little high for an audio CD. Rumor has it that a 5.1 mix will be included, which may account for the higher price, and which also might account for the delay in the release date (it was originally scheduled to release in late April).

Clockwork AngelsLast week we received our first hint as to the release date of Rush's long-anticipated Clockwork Angels album when Amazon Japan began listing it with a release date of May 23rd. That listing has since disappeared, but now Amazon in the US is listing the album with a release date of Tuesday, May 29th and have it available for pre-order! No other information is given other than that the album is being released via Roadrunner Records. Pre-order your copy here! Thanks to Tim S for the heads up.

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Rush 2012 tour update: Neil Peart confirms Fall tour
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Clockwork AngelsYesterday in a Cape Breton Post article relaying his reaction to Rush winning a Governor General's Award, Neil Peart confirmed that the band would be embarking on a Fall tour (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net):

... "We are especially appreciative for the presentation of this lifetime achievement award now - while we are still active (Too active, our families might say!)" said Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart in an emailed statement, noting that the band was putting the finishing touches on its 20th studio album, "Clockwork Angels," with a fall tour planned. ...

We've already known this to be true since earlier this year, but this is the first confirmation from an official band source. As it stands right now, the band is still in the process of routing the tour and solidifying dates, with holds on several venues across North America. Generally speaking, I've been hearing that the band will be hitting dates in the Midwest and Easter Canada in September-October, and the Southeastern US in October-November. Last week I received word from one of my more reliable tour info sources that a date at the Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, IN is planned for Thursday, September 13th. Other possible dates are Jiffylube Live Pavilion outside Washington D.C. in September, and Atlanta and Tampa Bay in October. Although 97.1 The River in Atlanta is reporting (thanks fordman) that there will be an Atlanta date in November, but it's not clear what their source for this is. Adding to the confusion is the fact that the band already had holds on several venues from late last year when they had been pursuing their original plan of a Summer-Fall tour. So what does all this mean? It means that things are very much in a state of flux, and things can still rapidly change at any point - although I think it's safe to say that the band will be kicking off a Fall tour in North America in September. That said, my policy is to report what I hear and let my readers make of it what they will. I haven't heard anything regarding the band's plans into 2013, but my guess is that they will take an extended break for the Holidays and resume the tour early next year - possibly with a stint in Europe (just speculation at this point). As always, more information as I learn it.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Rush demands Rush Limbaugh stop using their music on his show
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Good Rush, Bad RushUPDATE - 3/12@5:12PM: Here's The American Spectator's take on this (thanks PhillyMike).

UPDATE - 3/9@1:20PM: Rolling Stone magazine examines the legal issues involved in this article, and Rage Against the Machine has also joined the fray (thanks RushFanForever).

Bob Cesca of The Huffington Post reports that Rush's legal team has issued a cease & desist letter (thanks Unit 3) to Rush Limbaugh, demanding that he stop using the band's music on his radio show. Limbaugh has come under fire because of his recent inflammatory comments about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. From the article:

Yesterday, I contacted Anthem Entertainment and Rush (the band) about Rush Limbaugh's airing of its music on his show, and today I was exclusively informed that the legendary Canadian rock group has formally demanded that the Rush Limbaugh Program stop using its music on the air.

For years now, Rush Limbaugh has been playing Rush music (get it?) as bumpers out of his commercial breaks, including the tracks "Bravado" and "The Spirit of Radio." In fact, when Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke and remarked about seeing sex tapes of Fluke in exchange for birth control pills, Limbaugh was playing the popular Rush track "The Spirit of Radio" under his rant.

Thankfully, that ends today. ...

You can read the entire cease & desist letter here. Peter Gabriel has also demanded Limbaugh stop using his music as well. Rush is a band. :)

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Signed Neil Peart drumsticks up for bid in Music Empowers Foundation fundraiser auction
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Neil Peart drumsticksUPDATE - 3/8@4:54PM: Bidding on the drumsticks is now open.

The Music Empowers Foundation announced the launch of its latest online Music Matters fundraiser earlier today.

The Music Empowers Foundation announced today the launch of its latest online fundraiser, "Music Matters." With a goal of raising $50,000, Music Empowers hopes to continue its mission of helping to bring innovative music education programs to children in underserved communities across the country. The fundraiser kicked off March 1 and will run throughout Music in our Schools Month, ending at midnight on March 31. ...

The fundraiser also includes an online auction of high-profile music items including a pair of autographed Neil Peart drumsticks which can be bid on starting later today. You can place your bid on the drumsticks and other items at the Music Empowers Foundation website here, or make a donation here.

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Rush wins Governor General's Award
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UPDATE - 3/7@8:54AM: Here's Neil Peart's reactions regarding the award from the Cape Breton Post:

... "We are especially appreciative for the presentation of this lifetime achievement award now - while we are still active (Too active, our families might say!)" said Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart in an emailed statement, noting that the band was putting the finishing touches on its 20th studio album, "Clockwork Angels," with a fall tour planned. "Since our performance 'lifetimes' aren't quite over yet, this high honour is not just a reward; it is an inspiration. We will continue to try to earn it." ...

Notice how he confirms a Fall tour. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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UPDATE - 3/6@1:18PM: According to this Ottawa Citizen article, a gala will be held on May 5th:

..The gala - which usually includes tribute performances for the award winners and a performance by the winning band - will be held at the NAC on May 5. Tickets go on sale March 6 at the NAC box office and ticketmaster.ca.

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The Governor General's Awards are a collection of awards presented by the Governor General of Canada, marking distinction in a number of academic, artistic and social fields. This year's awards were announced earlier today in Calgary and Rush was awarded a Governor General's Performing Arts Award. From CBC News:

Rush may be perennially overlooked by the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but the band is getting an award for lifetime achievement at home. The rock power trio has won a Governor General's Performing Arts Award. The band members are among the laureates announced Tuesday in Calgary. ... Rush, formed in 1968 by Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee, is one of rock's most influential bands with remarkable longevity and a track record that includes selling more than 40 million albums. There's been an ongoing campaign by Rush fans to have them inducted into the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But each year when the nominees are announced, the Canadian trio known for hits such as Closer to the Heart and Fly by Night, is overlooked. The three have been members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame since 1994. ...

Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Neil Peart inducted into the Classic Drummer Magazine Hall of Fame
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Classic Drummer Magazine celebrated its 10th anniversary last year with the launch of a Hall of Fame where they opened up voting for the inaugural class of inductees to their readers. They announce all twelve 2011 inductees in their most recent issue, but revealed four of them via their website, one of which was Neil Peart. They include a picture of him in the studio holding up his award. Thanks to rosmakloma for the heads up.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

1985 Rush-inspired cartoon The Body Electric now online
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The Body ElectricThe Body Electric was a Canadian animated TV movie from 1985 that featured a Rush soundtrack. The plot for the 30-minute film combines themes from several Rush songs, most notably The Body Electric and 2112. Here's the synopsis from IMDB.com:

Red Sector A was a paradise...for a man's machines. The domed city was home to the last of the human race, where they lived in comfort, served by their robotic servants. Until one day a mysterious force turns the robots against their masters, and the machines cast the people out of Red Sector A into the wastelands outside. Years later, the robots have collapsed into dust without human maintenance, leaving two young people - Woody and Andrea - to live in the city. But the city is on the verge of a exploding as the shield generator approaches meltdown. Andrea and Woody have a few hours to escape Red Sector A, but the unknown force that caused the revolution is still present, and has it's own plans for them.

The soundtrack includes portions of the following Rush songs: Red Sector A, Hemispheres, 2112, Cygnus X-1, Different Strings, Jacob's Ladder, The Fountain of Lamneth, The Body Electric, Working Man and Marathon. The film finally found it's way to YouTube late last year and you can watch it below or at this link (thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up).

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Clockwork AngelsMarch has arrived and there's still no official news regarding the release of Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album, although some semi-official news came out just yesterday when Amazon Japan began listing the album with a Japanese release date of May 23rd. No other details were given except that it's being released by Warner Music Japan. It's also listed on the website for Japanese music store HMV, which uses the unofficial Clockwork Angels artwork created by John at Cygnus-X1.net that's been floating around the net for months now (and that I've been regularly using). It's not yet listed on Amazon in the US, Canada or the UK though - but I suspect that it should be soon and that the release date will be around that same May 23rd date. US release dates are always on Tuesdays, so a May 22nd US release would make sense. I'm also still hoping that we'll see a single released online in the near future. There's also not been any official news regarding the Fall tour in support of the album, but I have received some unofficial news regarding at least one tour date from a reliable source. I've known for a few weeks now that the band has been putting holds on several North American venues in the Southeast and Midwest for September/October, and recently received news that a date at the Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, IN is planned for Thursday, September 13th. Assuming this information is accurate, this means that dates are beginning to solidify, which hopefully means an official tour announcement is imminent.

We learned earlier this week that it looks like Neil Peart will once again be working with Vertical Horizon on their next album. The band is currently working on the album at Studio City Sound in Los Angeles with sound engineer Tom Weir, and apparently DW made a custom kit for Neil for use in the recording sessions according to a YouTube video from last month's NAMM show where Weir interviews John Good and Scott Donnell of Drum Workshop. Shortly after the post appeared on RIAB Vertical Horizon semi-confirmed the news via an update on their Pledge Music site:

Okay this BIG news has come out online, and it's not definite yet ... but we're working to make it happen. I won't comment publicly online about it yet, but since it's out there I wanted you to see this. Neil and I are working on the scheduling, and DW has kindly made him a new kit to try and facilitate. Thanks for your support. Matt

Neil had also made a guest appearance on Vertical Horizon's 2009 album Burning the Days, playing drums on one of the tracks along with penning the lyrics for one.

Motorcyclist April, 2012Neil Peart gets featured in the April, 2012 issue of Motorcyclist Magazine. The main feature is titled Workin' Them Angles and was written by Motorcyclist Editor and Neil Peart's friend Brian Catterson. Catterson discusses riding with Neil during the final leg of the Time Machine Tour last year in the one-page article. There's also a sidebar titled The Bike That Changed My Life where Neil talks about his BMW R1100GS:

... "In '98, this bike also carried me out of the utter darkness left by double family losses, on a 55,000-mile ride to the farthest points of North America, from Alaska to Belize. Thus it was the 'star' of the book Ghost Rider, about my journey through grief and sorrow to gradual healing. ...

John at Cygnus-X1.net has made a pdf scan of the feature which you can check out on his site here. The Workin' Them Angles piece is also now available online at the Motorcyclist website.

Beware of Mr. BakerNeil Peart is also one of several drummers featured in Jay Bulger's documentary on legendary drummer Ginger Baker, Beware of Mr. Baker. The documentary will be featured at the SXSW film festival in Austin this month. You can watch the trailer for the film at this link although Neil Peart does not appear in it.

The New Yorker's Zev Borow posted a satirical piece on The Newer, Sexier Constitutions to the magazine's website earlier this week. The article references a new study showing that the U.S. Constitution is losing its appeal as a model for constitutional drafters because of the availability of newer, sexier and more powerful models. From the article:

Canada has ratified the first update to its Charter of Freedoms and Rights since its adoption in 1982. Based on the song "Limelight" by its most famous native sons, the prog-rock band Rush, it protects Canadians' pursuit of "the universal dream"-provided that, as the song says, citizens "put aside the alienation, get on with the fascination, the real relation, the underlying theme." Ratification was briefly in jeopardy due to a heated debate in Ottawa's House of Commons over whether singer Geddy Lee in fact sings "theme" or "spleen," but Prime Minister Stephen Harper saved the day; he cast the deciding vote after checking the correct lyrics on the Internet. Afterward Harper told a relatively (for Canada at least) anxious nation, "that's why you get an iPhone." ...

Even though 2012 has barely gotten started, NMR Distribution is already listing the 2013 Rush wall calendar on their website and have revealed the cover art. The 2013 cover uses the same artwork that was used on the Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage DVD/Blu-ray cover and has the words Rush Legacy written on it. The calendar will officially release sometime this summer and can already be pre-ordered through Amazon. The 2012 wall calendar has a Signals theme, celebrating the album's 30th anniversary, and can be ordered at this link.

GoonGoon is a new film starring Seann William Scott that was released in Canada this past Friday, February 24 and depicts a nice but dimwitted man played by Scott who becomes the enforcer for a minor league hockey team. Rush's Working Man gets played towards the beginning of the film during a montage sequence where Scott's character is learning how to skate. Goon will get a limited US release on March 30th and you can check out the trailer here.

Speaking of Rush references in movies, the red band trailer for the upcoming Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg comedy film That's my Boy was released yesterday. In the trailer Sandler's character drives a red sports car with the Rush Starman logo as pictured in this screenshot. The film releases on June 15th. Thanks to NUReviews for the heads up.

Rush's 2112 was the featured album on the latest edition of BBC Radio 2's Sound of the 70s this past weekend. Host Johnny Walker discusses the band's history along with the history of the album, and featured some personal 2112 stories from listeners. You can listen to the program online at this link (just click on Listen Now). He begins discussing the album at about the 13-minute mark. Thanks to Gedfan and Frazer Leask for the heads up.

Canadian metal band Artok include a cover of Rush's Subdivisions on their latest CD Above Ground, released in late 2010. The cover is particularly interesting because of the vocal harmonies and the fact that the keyboards are replaced by guitar. You can watch a video of the band performing the track on YouTube below or at this link, and find out more about Artok on their website here and on Facebook.

Noisecreep posted another installment yesterday in their series from Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal author Jeff Wagner. In this installment Wagner explores the Sophomore slump and whether it exists in heavy metal. He takes several heavy metal bands and compares/contrasts their first 2 albums. For Rush he looks at their self-titled debut as compared to their sophomore release Fly By Night.

Easy call. 'Rush' is like Led Zeppelin and Cream jamming and eating back bacon together. It's fully capable and crammed with energy. But it's derivative. 'Fly by Night,' however, adds Neil Peart to the mix, widens the musical scope, and offers monumental songwriting efforts like 'Anthem' and 'By-Tor and the Snow Dog.' No contest here. 'Fly by Night' wins.

Reader Ian P let me know of a small Rush reference on the latest episode of ABC Family's Switched at Birth which aired this past Tuesday, February 28. One of the show's main characters - a deaf teenage girl named Daphne - is sitting in a car having a discussion with a teenage boy named Wilke. The boy asks the girl to say Wilke is the greatest bass player since Geddy Lee in sign language.

Reader Chris B sent me a vintage, Signals-era group photo of Rush along with some crew members and Le Studio employees. The photo was apparently taken just after the Signals recording sessions at a baseball field in Morin Heights, Quebec. You can check it out here.

NomoDesign.com is a website which sells airport-themed posters and prints. The designs feature an airport's runway patterns along with its 3-letter code. They just made a Toronto Pearson International Airport design complete with YYZ letter code available for pre-order at this link (thanks Alek).

Reader OneZeroZeroOne let me know about a new book from author Kinnon McArthur titled Something To Cry About. The book is based on the true story of the author's early life in the late '60s/early '70s growing up with an abusive father, and contains a few Rush references. On page 72 the main character meets with a female attorney and notices scratched into a wooden table the words Rush 1975 . Then on page 286 he talks about his favorite band Rush:

... My favorite band, Rush, is from Canada. I first heard them at a college party in 1979 and they still perform today. They have provided the soundtrack to my life and their 2002 album, Vapor Trails, helped me get through my divorce. ...

Rush tribute band Wavelength will be playing a special show as the headliner for the closing night of the 2nd annual Niagara Music and Arts Expo on Saturday, March 10, 9PM at The Niagara Centre for the Arts. The show will benefit Project SHARE and attendees are requested to bring non-perishable food items to donate. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and are available at numerous locations around the Niagara Region.

Here's video of Geddy Lee's cameo in last month's CBC film Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. Geddy Lee's character appears throughout the film sitting in a barber chair but with a towel over his head and a disguised voice. He only reveals himself at the end of the movie during the credits as shown in the video.

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

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rush's Clockwork Angels now listed at Amazon Japan with a release date of May 23rd
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Clockwork AngelsAccording to a feature in the latest Prog magazine, Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album will be released sometime in May. In support of that information, Amazon Japan is now listing (thanks Dustin) the album with a Japanese release date of May 23rd - no other details are given except that it's being released by Warner Music Japan. It's also listed on the website for Japanese music store HMV (thanks RushFanForever), which uses the unofficial Clockwork Angels artwork created by John at Cygnus-X1.net that's been floating around the net for months now (and that I've been regularly using). It's not yet listed on Amazon in the US, Canada or the UK though - but I suspect that it should be soon. I'm still hoping that we'll see a single released online in the near future.

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Neil Peart featured in Ginger Baker documentary Beware of Mr. Baker
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Beware of Mr. BakerUPDATE - 3/8@9:32AM: Here's a SXSW Preview Clip (thanks RushFanForever) featuring Neil Peart in a couple of spots (1:50, 2:15 marks).

According to RollingStone.com, Neil Peart is one of several drummers featured in Jay Bulger's documentary on legendary drummer Ginger Baker, Beware of Mr. Baker. The documentary will be featured at the SXSW film festival in Austin this month. From RollingStone.com:

If you've got a problem with Ginger Baker, go ahead and hit him in the nose. He'd welcome it. "I ain't gonna sue you. I'm gonna hit you back," the crazy drummer tells the camera in this trailer for the new documentary Beware of Mr. Baker, which screens multiple times at SXSW in Austin beginning March 10th. Eric Clapton, Johnny Rotten, Carlos Santana, Charlie Watts and Neil Peart are just a few of the legendary musicians who attest to the musical gift of the drummer, best known for playing in Cream and Blind Faith before discovering the Afrobeat of Fela Kuti. Most of them can also vouch for Baker's ferocious approach to life. "Maybe you have to be a little mad to play the way he does," says Marky Ramone.

You can watch the trailer for the film below or at this link although Neil Peart does not appear in it.

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Canadian metal band Artok cover Rush's Subdivisions
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Canadian metal band Artok include a cover of Rush's Subdivisions on their latest CD Above Ground, released in late 2010. The cover is particularly interesting because of the vocal harmonies and the fact that the keyboards are replaced by guitar. You can watch a video of the band performing the track on YouTube below or at this link, and find out more about the band on their website here and on Facebook. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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