Archive: Blog Entries from June, 2012

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Geddy Lee BBC Radio interviews now online
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UPDATE - 7/9@10:38AM: The Ken Bruce interview is now online at this link.

Geddy Lee is making the BBC Radio interview circuit this weekend. Yesterday he was interviewed for BBC Radio 5's Up All Night program. The interview is available online and you can listen to it here starting at around the 51-minute mark (thanks Eric at Power Windows). Also, as I'd mentioned last week, BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris Sunday radio program will have Geddy Lee on as a guest tomorrow. Although that interview won't air on radio until tomorrow, it's already available online at this link. Not surprisingly, in both of these interviews the Clockwork Angels album is the main subject of discussion, but Geddy does touch on some other subjects such as the tour. In the Bob Harris interview Geddy hints at a long, multi-leg Clockwork Angels tour mentioning that it'll last for 2 years on and off. And finally, Geddy will be appearing on Ken Bruce's radio show on BBC Radio 2 this coming Monday July 3rd for the Tracks of my years segment. You can listen to that live at this link (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 6/30@8:55PM: Here's a photo of Neil Peart at the LA Music Academy Drummer Reality Camp roundtable discussion.

After its #2 debut on the Billboard 200 album charts last week, Rush's Clockwork Angels once again made the top 10 in its second week of release, just squeaking by at #10. The exact sales numbers for the week from SoundScan were 26,756 units sold compared to 103,172 last week. In addition to their #10 position on the Billboard 200, here's how Clockwork Angels did on all the other various charts:

Top 200 Albums: #10
Top Rock Albums: #4
Top Hard Rock Albums: #2
Top Canadian Albums: #7
Top Digital Albums: #24
Top Taste Maker Albums: #4

The album continues to get good reviews in the press and online. MetaCritic's metascore for the album is currently a strong 82 based on just 8 reviews from major publications. Here are some recent reviews received over the past week or so:

[The West Australian] 4/5
[Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier] A
[Cultural Transmogrifier Magazine]
[The Lofty Oaks]
[The Weekender] 2.5/5
[Beats Per Minute] 8/10
[Modern Rock Review]
[VVN Music]

The whirlwind of band interviews and magazine features also continued over the past week. There were Rush features in the latest issues of Rolling Stone, Terrorizer and Fireworks. Geddy Lee was featured on the cover of both Bass Player and Bass Guitar magazine, and also in a Roadrunner video interview. Part 2 of MusicRadar.com's Geddy Lee and Billy Corgan interview was posted online earlier this week, along with a short slideshow/interview where Geddy named his 5 favorite bass players. There was also this video interview with Billy Corgan where he talks about his fanboy love of Rush. In addition to all of that, Neil Peart's Jim Ladd Sirius XM interview was posted online earlier this week, and BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris Sunday radio program will have Geddy Lee on as a guest this coming Sunday, July 1st to help celebrate Canada Day and chat about the Clockwork Angels album. Just this morning The Quietus posted an interview with Geddy Lee where Geddy reveals 13 of his favorite albums along with some commentary on each one. You can check that out at this link.

On the tour front, tickets for Rush's June 2, 2013 show in Amsterdam go on sale next Monday, July 2nd. There hasn't been any word from Rush regarding any pre-sales. If any Dutch readers out there have any information to share, please let us know.

Neil Peart is participating as a panelist for the LA Music Academy's 3rd Drummer Reality Camp, which kicked off this past Wednesday and will run through tomorrow. Neil will be part of a roundtable discussion taking place today which will also include Jim Keltner, Doane Perry and other special guests. The Pasadena Sun ran a story on the camp over the weekend which included several comments from Neil Peart. For more information visit this link. Hopefully some photos/video from the roundtable discussion will surface later this afternoon.

Clockwork Angels bookA sampler booklet of Kevin J. Anderson's novelization of Clockwork Angels was given out to industry professionals and booksellers at the Book Expo America in New York City earlier this month. Anderson announced via his blog earlier this week that he has several copies of the booklet left that he will be giving away to fans. For all the details check out the blog post. The Clockwork Angels novel will release via ECW Press this September to coincide with the launch of Rush's North America tour. You can pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels at this location, and the hardcover edition here. There's also this post over at the Rush Vault which makes a compelling argument/prediction as to why Clockwork Angels should/will be made into a movie.

Last Monday, June 18th at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Geddy Lee along with over 600 other distinguished Ontario residents were recipients of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee commemorative medal. The special medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne and were presented to distinguished Ontario residents who have already been invested with the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario. All living Order of Canada and Order of Ontario recipients were invited. Lt. Governor Onley, Governor General David Johnson and other prominent Canadians presented the prestigious awards. CBC Anchor Peter Mansbridge hosted the gala and also received a medal.

Neil Peart - Raindance Over the RockiesEarlier this week Eric at Power Windows posted an excerpt from one of Neil Peart's early, unpublished books - Raindance Over the Rockies: Across The Mountains By Bicycle. In Raindance Neil shares the adventures of his bicycle trip from Calgary to Vancouver during the summer of 1988. The excerpt is the first two pages of the 21-page book and you can check it out at this location.

Orange Amplifiers is sponsoring a contest where they are giving away an AD200B and 410 Cab signed by Geddy Lee. For all the details and to enter just go to this location.

Headlong FlightRush's Headlong Flight single continues to hang in the top 10 on the rock charts. It's currently down one position from #6 to #7 on the Mainstream Rock Charts this week.

Earlier this week Digital Music News reported that Rush is withholding its Clockwork Angels album from Spotify. The validity of this news still hasn't been confirmed and there's been no update from Digital Music News or any other sources.

Neil Peart's red Tama Art Star custom drum kit which he used in the early '80s recently went up for auction via Julien's Auctions a few weeks ago. The auction ended recently and the kit ended up selling for $35,000 (thanks vaporsdad).

Joanne Laucius of The Ottawa Citizen wrote a glowing piece on Rush and their Canadian-ness yesterday titled Truly Canadian with the subtitle, If you're Canadian, it's likely you own a Rush album. The world's most polite band is good in a different kind of way. Just like us. It's a great read and you can check it out at this link.

The Rush Backstage Club is now selling a limited edition Clockwork Angels lithograph for $19.99. Only 500 of these hand-numbered posters are available and each measures in at 24" x 17.5". To order yours visit the Rush Backstage Club at this link.

Rush's Clockwork Angels made JAM! Music's list of the top albums of the year so far coming in at #10. You can check out the list at this link (thanks ou812112).

Business leadership consultant/trainer/coach Matt Heller recently used Rush as an example in making a point about leadership in a blog post titled Give Your Peeps a Chance (thanks Rob S).

It's been nearly a year since he last updated his website, but Ben Sommer has finally posted another installment of his music discovery podcast and blog Bands Like Rush. In this latest podcast Ben talks to Sanmeet Sidhu of the one-man prog/art rock outfit Red Orchid:

... Sanmeet readily admits he fits more into the art rock sub-genre rather than prog - Pink Floyd and associated atmospherics are the most prominent feature of his music. Although its not available anywhere else, you can still hear his 2009 album Sky is Falling on Rhapsody. It is a good bit more "Rush-like" than his newest album. ...

You can watch/listen to the podcast at this link.

Aardschok - July 2012Dutch Reader Michael L let me know that Rush is featured on the cover of Dutch heavy metal magazine Aardschok. Geddy Lee is interviewed and they also include a 90/100 review of Clockwork Angels.

The AUDL (American Ultimate Disc League) just announced this week that the next franchise to be joining the ranks of its new Pro Ultimate Frisbee League is The Toronto Rush, who are - according to this Toronto Star article - named after our favorite Canadian power trio. Thanks to Ezra G for the heads up.

Reader Greg N let me know that Rush tribute band Wavelength will be the headlining performer next Sunday, July 1st at the Canada Day Celebrations at The Waterfront at Downtown Burlington - Spencer Smith Park in Burlington, Ontario. The all ages show starts at 7PM and you can get all the details here.

Neil Peart is featured in a full-page add for Modern Drummer in the latest edition of the magazine. Reader Jackson P sent along this photo. In other Neil Peart news, Mike Portnoy barely beat out Neil for Drummer of the Year in this year's DRUM! Magazine Drummie Awards.

Seattle-based bass guitar builder Mike Lull was the subject of a recent Seattle Times article (thanks Doug in Seattle) and he tells an interesting story involving Geddy Lee:

... One day in 1981, a roadie for Rush came in with a Richenbacher double-neck bass/guitar belonging to Geddy Lee. When Lull returned the bass to the Edgewater Hotel, Lee walked in with a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist.

"He opens it, and it's cash - lots of it," Lull says, adding that before credit cards had no limits, touring band members had to carry their own money. "They don't take your check in Japan," Lull says.

He had brought along his 1959 Fender bass in hopes that Lee would sign it. Lee plugged it in and played it through his stadium rig "and it was unbelievable," Lull remembers.

"Great bass," Lee said, offering to buy it. Lull declined (he'd just been paid $700), but later sold it to [Jeff] Ament. ...

John at Cygnus-X1.net was recently inspired to take the Fly By Night album cover image and extend the wings of the owl out using his photoshop skills. Reader hermy then took it a step further, extending the upper part of the owl's wings as well to produce this stunning image.

10 years ago yesterday marked an epic day in Rush history. On June 28, 2002 Rush played the Meadows Music Center in Hartford, Connecticut for the opening night of their Vapor Trails tour, bringing to a close the band's 5-year hiatus after the personal tragedies suffered by Neil Peart in the late '90s. They've come a long way since! Here's a great bootleg video of the band's performance of Between Sun and Moon from that evening:

That's all for this week. Happy Canada Day this Sunday to all of our Canadian readers! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Geddy Lee reveals his 13 favorite albums in new interview
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The Quietus posted an interview with Geddy Lee this morning where Geddy reveals 13 of his favorite albums in no particular order along with some commentary. Here's what Geddy had to say about one of the albums on his list - Led Zeppelin's debut:

To some it might seem like an unlikely Led Zeppelin album to choose but, for me, it captures a moment. Led Zeppelin came to Toronto. I remember staying up all night to get tickets. I think I am right in saying that this album had only just been released and we went to see them. We were very young and, as such, a little bit on edge and eager to sample anything. Then I heard 'Communication Breakdown' and a trigger went off in my head. That was my punk rock, really. The surge of power was something I had never experienced before. There are greater and more adept and adventurous Led Zeppelin albums and we all know which they are. But this was just the kind of explosion you can only really enjoy when you are young.

Here's the complete list:

The Who - Who's Next
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Genesis - Nursery Cryme
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Pink Floyd - Meddle
Joni Mitchell - Blue
Jefferson Airplane - Bless Its Pointed Little Head (Live)
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?
Bjork - Post
Yes - The Yes Album
Radiohead - OK Computer

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Billy Corgan talks Rush in new Fuse TV video interview
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Alex, Billy and GeddyFuse TV posted an interview yesterday where they speak with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins about why he's such a Rush fanboy, what it was like interviewing the band, his favorite Rush album, and why Rush has been dismissed by the critical class. Corgan recently interviewed Geddy and Alex Lifeson for an FMQB Clockwork Angels special and had also been prominently featured in the Rush documentary along with giving a speech at Rush's Hollywood Walk of Fame star unveiling a couple of years back. MusicRadar.com also recently posted a 2-part interview they conducted with both Corgan and Geddy Lee which you can check out here. You can watch the Fuse TV interview with Corgan below or at this link (thanks BPD).

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Geddy Lee cover feature in latest issue of Bass Guitar magazine
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Geddy Lee is featured on the cover of the latest issue (July, 2012) of UK-based Bass Guitar magazine. The tagline reads Interviewed: Geddy Lee. "Your bass sound goes where you go!" The Rush legend digs deeper than ever before. Rush posted the cover to their Facebook page here earlier this morning.

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Rush's Clockwork Angels hangs on to the top 10 on the Billboard 200 in its 2nd week of release
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UPDATE - 6/28@2:36PM: Here's a Grade A review from the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

UPDATE - 6/28@1:46PM: Here's a nice article/review from Cultural Transmogrifier Magazine (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/28@9:30AM: Billboard.com has updated its website with the latest charts. In addition to their #10 position on the Billboard 200, here's how Clockwork Angels did on all the various charts (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net):

Top 200 Albums: #10
Top Rock Albums: #4
Top Hard Rock Albums: #2
Top Canadian Albums: #7
Top Digital Albums: #24
Top Taste Maker Albums: #4

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UPDATE - 6/28@9:25AM: Here's a great review from Carter Biel at The Lofty Oaks.

UPDATE - 6/27@11:15AM: Here's the official top 10 announcement from Billboard.

After a stellar debut at #2 on the Billboard 200 album charts last week, Rush's Clockwork Angels barely hangs on in the top 10 in its second week of release at #10. The exact sales numbers for this week from SoundScan are 26,756 units sold compared to 103,172 last week. By comparison, Rush's previous album - Snakes & Arrows - fell to #20 in its second week of release after a debut at #3, so the fact that its still in the top 10 is welcome news. The official announcement of this week's top 10 from Billboard.com is expected later this morning, and the Billboard 200 album charts should be updated by Friday morning. The album continues to get good reviews in the press and online. MetaCritic's metascore for the album is currently a strong 82 based on just 8 reviews from major publications. Here are some recent reviews received over the past week or so:

[The Weekender] 2.5/5
[Beats Per Minute] 8/10
[Modern Rock Review]
[VVN Music]

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[Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels one-hour radio special hosted by Billy Corgan now online]
[Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz talks Clockwork Angels track-by-track in new MusicRadar.com interview]
[Geddy Lee Classic Rock bonus content video interview now online]
[Rush Clockwork Angels liner notes, lyrics now available online]
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[Rush Clockwork Angels official announcement, video trailer with Headlong Flight preview, cover art and track list!]

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Geddy Lee August Bass Player cover feature now online
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UPDATE - 8/23@1:33PM: The article is now also available online at the Bass Player website (thanks Mr. K).

Geddy Lee - Bass Player magazine August, 2012Last week I let you know that Geddy Lee is featured on the cover of the August, 2012 issue of Bass Player magazine with the tagline Geddy Lee: further exercises in self-indulgence. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the entire feature and made it available online at this location. The article feature itself is titled Full Steam Ahead and Geddy discusses the new album, with some special focus paid to the bass playing. There's also a one-page Inside Geddy's Gear feature with Geddy's bass tech John "Skully" McIntosh.

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Clockwork Angels novel sampler booklet giveaway
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UPDATE - 7/22@10:36AM: The folks at RushCon have announced that Anderson will be Sunday's guest speaker at this year's convention. Kevin will read from Clockwork Angels and share his experience creating the novel with Neil Peart. Books will also be on sale and Kevin will be doing a book signing.

Clockwork Angels bookA sampler booklet of Kevin J. Anderson's novelization of Clockwork Angels was given out to industry professionals and booksellers at the Book Expo America in New York City earlier this month. Anderson announced via his blog yesterday that he has several copies of the booklet left that he will be giving away to fans. From the blog post:

For the Book Expo America in New York, ECW Press produced a beautiful sneak preview booklet for Clockwork Angels: The Novel, which includes introductions by myself and by Neil Peart, the first three chapters of the novel, three of Hugh Syme's illustrations, and the lyrics for "Caravan" from the Rush CD Clockwork Angels.

I promised to make the booklet available to my fans. If you'd like a free copy, click the link below to download the form. Print it and follow the instructions. I'll even autograph the booklet.

Download instructions

You still have to send a stamped return envelope-and if you're not from the US, you'll have to figure out how to include US postage. (I can't mail it back to you with Canadian, British, or Rwandan postage, for example.) ...

The Clockwork Angels novel will release via ECW Press this September to coincide with the launch of Rush's North America tour. You can pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

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[Kevin J. Anderson's novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels album due out this Fall from ECW Press]
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Geddy Lee picks his 5 favorite bass players in new MusicRadar.com interview
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MusicRadar.com has posted a new slideshow/interview with Geddy Lee where Geddy picks his 5 favorite bass players, commenting on each one. Geddy's five picks in no particular order along with his comments are:

1. Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane)
"Back in the early days, Jack Casady. I thought he was probably one of the most inventive players I'd ever heard and was really the reason I fell in love with Jefferson Airplane."

2. Jack Bruce (Cream)
"Jack Bruce of course was my hero when I first started playing. Just him coming out with that bluesy, jazzy style on bass and he brought a kind of aggressive tone to the Cream."

3. Chris Squire (Yes)
"Chris Squire is incredibly inventive and imaginative writer of bass melodies. He'll always be a pinnacle of great bass players."

4. Jeff Berlin
"He's more of a jazz bass player now but he used to play kind of fusion, rock and jazz with Bill Bruford on Bill's solo records. Bruford was a fantastic band and Jeff is still among the top bass players out there, different calibre, he's just off the planet."

5. Les Claypool (Primus)
"We must not forget Les Claypool from Primus. A true style-seeking venture on bass, really original, an incredible player and he's influenced me with his attitude towards bass playing."

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Geddy Lee on singing Neil Peart's lyrics in new video interview
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Roadrunner Records has posted a new 4-minute video interview with Geddy Lee where Geddy discusses what's involved with singing lyrics written by Neil Peart. From the interview:

... It's an interesting dynamic because it's a relationship we've had for over 30 years. Obviously, me being the spokesperson for his lyrics is an intimate and difficult relationship just in the sense that I have to really believe what I'm singing - because if I don't, you can tell. You can't fake something like that. So, for me I have to try and get into his headspace and I have to try and understand the lyrics from a point of view that's meaningful to me even if it's not always the same as the writer's intent. ...

You can watch the entire interview below or at this link.

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Geddy Lee Orange Amplifiers contest
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Geddy Lee and Orange AmpsOrange Amplifiers is sponsoring a contest where they are giving away an AD200B and 410 Cab signed by Geddy Lee. For all the details and to enter just go to this location. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Part 2 of MusicRadar.com interview with Geddy Lee and Billy Corgan now available
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Billy Corgan and Geddy LeeLast week MusicRadar.com posted part 1 of an interview where they sat down with both Geddy Lee and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. Corgan recently interviewed Geddy and Alex Lifeson for an FMQB Clockwork Angels special and had also been prominently featured in the Rush documentary along with giving a speech at Rush's Hollywood Walk of Fame star unveiling a couple of years back. Corgan also has a new album out, and in part 1 of the interview he and Geddy talk about a number of subjects including their new albums, albums vs. singles, the constantly changing music business, and fan websites. You can read all of part 1 of the interview at this link. Part 2 has now also been posted and in this portion of the interview Geddy and Billy discuss the mastering loudness wars, concept albums, the importance of jamming and their signature vocal styles. You can check it out at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

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Rush withholding Clockwork Angels from Spotify?
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UPDATE - 8/17@7:49AM: The album finally became available on Spotify this past week (thanks Josh).

Digital Music News is reporting that Rush is apparently withholding its Clockwork Angels album from Spotify. From the report:

... RUSH is now the latest band to withhold their music from Spotify, specifically their latest album, Clockwork Angels. Representatives for the band (at Atlantic and Roadrunner) have yet to respond to a weekend inquiry, though sources have pointed Digital Music News to a deliberate windowing [withholding] move.

RUSH's management group was contacted early this morning; Spotify agreed to look into the matter while pointing to a similar situation at other streaming services.

Which means physical retailers, iTunes, and other sales-oriented outlets have the album, and Spotify will have to wait. Taking it a step further, iTunes has gotten 'red carpet treatment' on this one: Clockwork Angels has been Mastered for iTunes, and there may have been an exclusive (or semi-exclusive) release window of several days. The album was officially released on June 12th; iTunes had it June 8th. ...

... Of course, this discussion assumes that RUSH will ultimately release this album on Spotify. ...

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Rush June, 2012 Fireworks Magazine feature now online
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Fireworks June, 2012As I'd mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the June, 2012 edition of the melodic rock magazine Fireworks features Rush on the cover along with a 2-page spread on the band's Clockwork Angels album. The cover tagline reads, wind them up, watch them go! the legendary Rush return with Clockwork Angels. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the entire article and made it available online at this location. Geddy Lee is interviewed for the article and talks a bit about the upcoming tour:

... "We tried to do 'A Farewell To Kings' in rehearsal for the last tour a couple of years ago and it just wasn't working, and we didn't want to have to change the key or anything. There are a few songs we've tried that don't seem to work anymore for us," admits Lee. ... "We're going to work through the fall this year and then come back out in the spring next year, probably to Europe and other places," Geddy explains. "I seem to be able to stay healthier in the summer tours, playing outside when it's hot helps me, but arena tours are really hard for a singer. There are so many temperature changes that it gets really easy to get waylaid by a cold or something like that. I certainly enjoy the summer tours better." How much of the new album are they going to play in the live show? The bass player pauses for thought. "We're not sure exactly yet, but it's going to be quite a bit of it. We'll do a long show, probably over three hours again, so we'll have a lot of time to do a good chunk of this as well as a lot of other songs." ... "The support of our fans gives us the confidence to move forward, the confidence to keep experimenting, and it's a huge vote of confidence to know that your fans want you to progress, and I can't begin to tell you the value of that to the band, whether it's overt or subconscious. We know it's there and we're really grateful for that." ...

You can read the entire article along with a short review of Clockwork Angels at this link.

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Neil Peart to participate in the LA Music Academy's Drummer Reality Camp this week
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UPDATE - 7/6@7:43AM: The Drum Channel has posted part 1 of a video of the roundtable discussion, although a subscription is required to view it (thanks Andrew Olson).

UPDATE - 6/30@8:56PM: Here's a photo of Neil Peart at the LA Music Academy Drummer Reality Camp roundtable discussion.

Back in March we learned that Neil Peart would be participating as a panelist for the LA Music Academy's 3rd Drummer Reality Camp, which runs this coming Wednesday, June 27th through Saturday, June 30th. Neil will be part of a roundtable discussion taking place on Friday, June 29th which will also include Jim Keltner, Doane Perry and other special guests. The Pasadena Sun ran a story (thanks Eric at Power Windows) on the camp over the weekend which included several comments from Neil Peart:

... Neil Peart of Rush, widely considered one of the world's best rock drummers, says that even 40 years into an incredibly successful career, he seeks out teachers who inspire and challenge him. "I've been fortunate to have three really good teachers in my drumming career, from the beginning up until quite recently," says Peart, ... The Canadian drummer, who lives in West L.A., hopes to inspire burgeoning drummers at the camp in much the same way his teachers have inspired him. He also cites the unique sense of community among drummers as a key aspect of the camp. "It's pretty well recognized among all musicians that drummers are tighter - and looser - with each other than any other players," Peart says. "Two drummers get together and immediately their hands are moving around and they're talking about what they do with an excitement that's rare. There's no such thing as jealousy, vanity or competitiveness among drummers, for the most part." ... For Peart, jazz greats Jack DeJohnette and his teacher, Peter Erskine, top the list of drummers he admires. Erskine's teaching had a particularly "huge impact" on his playing, says Peart, who is Rush's lyricist. "He led me along a path and gave me exercises to work on. And once I applied myself, I found a whole new freedom in that I've been wanting to get more improvisational." Peart says he used this improvisational technique on Rush's highly anticipated new album, "Clockwork Angels." "It all came together in the recording of the drum parts that I was able to play completely improvisational," he says of the new album. "It was fun and gave me a whole new character to my playing I'd never had before. So even after playing drums for more than 40 years, there's somebody that had some valuable information to help my development." ...

The camp is open to drummers ages 14 and over who have had at least one year of private instruction, and costs $495 for the four-day session, which includes clinics, concerts, lectures, private lessons, a tour of the DW Drums factory in Oxnard and a roundtable discussion. For more information and to sign up visit this link.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Geddy Lee awarded with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee commemorative medal
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This past Monday night at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Geddy Lee along with over 600 other distinguished Ontario residents were recipients of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee commemorative medal. The special medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne. From Cashbox Magazine:

... Commemorative medals were presented to distinguished Ontario residents who have already been invested with the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario. All living Order of Canada and Order of Ontario recipients were invited. It is unusual for these recipients to come together in one place said The Honourable Ontario Lt. Governor David Onley.

Lt. Governor Onley, Governor General David Johnson and other prominent Canadians presented the prestigious awards. CBC Anchor Peter Mansbridge hosted the gala and also received a medal. ...

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Geddy Lee to appear on BBC Radio's Bob Harris Sunday program next week to celebrate Canada Day
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BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris Sunday radio program will have Geddy Lee on as a guest next Sunday, July 1st. Geddy will be there to help celebrate Canada Day and also chat about the Clockwork Angels album. For more information visit the BBC Radio 2 website. Thanks to Andy for the heads up.

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Rush feature in the latest issue of Terrorizer magazine
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Rush is the subject of a 3-page feature in the latest issue of Terrorizer magazine titled Times of Grace. From the magazine's website:

In the latest issue of Terrorizer, we speak to rock legend Geddy Lee and recall the spectacular highlights of his career steering his band Rush.

"You can't go back and change anything. I've had a great ride, and if it was all to stop tomorrow, I really don't have any regrets," says the frontman.

He also says why the explosion of punk actually helped them achieve rock superstardom. "Punk got so hip and punk was so simple that it legitimised us. At the time, we were considered a rather crude progressive rock band, compared to masters like Yes and Genesis. Yet, punk immediately elevated us into accomplished musicians since most of them couldn't play."

Read more of in the new issue of Terrorizer!

Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Rush feature in latest issue of Rolling Stone
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Rolling Stone July 5, 2012The July 5th issue of Rolling Stone magazine contains a one-page feature on Rush titled Inside Rush's New Sci-Fi Rock Opera: The prog gods return with heavy concept album, monster fall tour. The short feature contains selected snippets from the 2 recent online interviews the magazine conducted with Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson. Eric at Power Windows has transcribed the article and made it available online at this location.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Neil Peart's Jim Ladd Sirius XM radio show interview now online
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Back on June 13th Neil Peart was a guest on Jim Ladd's radio show on SiriusXM Deep Tracks channel 27. The format of the interview was a track by track discussion of the entire Clockwork Angels album, with Neil reading the prose from the liner notes leading into the playing of each of the 12 tracks in order, along with interview questions before/after each song that shed light on the accompanying novel. The entire interview minus the tracks themselves has been posted to YouTube, and you can listen to it below or at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 6/24@10:02AM: Here's a review from VVN Music (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net), and a short video review (at about the 2:15 mark) from KXAN (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/23@5:50PM: Here's a short, 2-minute interview with Alex Lifeson from Chop Shop Radio (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/23@5:48PM: Here's another great Clockwork Angels review from Modern Rock Review.

UPDATE - 6/22@2:22PM: The latest edition of Classic Rock's Prog magazine recently hit the shelves and the issue contains a great review of Clockwork Angels which you can check out by clicking on the scans (thanks Tony R). It also includes a very cool steampunk-themed image of the band. Eric at Power Windows has also transcribed the review at this link.

Rush's Clockwork Angels album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 in its first week of release, matching 1993's Counterparts which had been their highest charting album to date. The exact figures were a total of 104,707 units sold with LP (Vinyl) sales of 2,361, CD sales of 72,007, and digital sales of 30,339. The album charted even higher in the band's native country of Canada, where it debuted at #1 with close to 20,000 units sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The exact total Canadian sales numbers were 19,625 units sold with LP (Vinyl) sales of 367, CD sales of 14,311, and digital sales of 4,947. It did well internationally as well, debuting at #2 in Japan, #10 in Norway, #11 in Germany and Holland, #4 in Finland and #21 in Switzerland. In addition to taking the #2 spot in the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, Clockwork Angels also ranked extremely well in other various categories with a #3 ranking on the Digital Albums Chart, and #1 on both the Rock Albums Chart and Hard Rock Albums chart. The album also continues to get great reviews in the press and online. MetaCritic's metascore for the album is currently a strong 81 based on just 6 reviews from major publications. PopMatters recently gave Clockwork Angels a 7/10 review saying the following:

... The strong themes and narrative arcs reveal a freshness in the band's songwriting I haven't heard in a long time. If you focus solely on the music, you won't find much that distinguishes Clockwork Angels from Rush's greatest feats. Sure, Lee's ability to hit those high notes while managing to run his fingers up and down the fretboard is impressive, and Lifeson's guitar solos are ever-difficult, but you know that about Rush. But through taking their requisite musical skills and channeling them into a story with real depth, they've produced the best LP they've made in over twenty years; I can easily see this attaining a cult following amongst devoted fans. This record is one that doesn't merely rely on flashy displays of musicanship and portentous song structures; there is a depth to Clockwork Angels that demands attention beyond a casual listen. Reading the liner notes and analyzing the story are an absolute must to appreciate what's going on here. Best of all, in doing so you're likely to discover a real vitality in Rush, one I think fans new and old will find to be a real breath of fresh air. We're two years away from Rush having existed for forty years, and it's with great pleasure I can say they haven't lost their stride yet. It may be hard to recapture the glory days, but for musicians as talented as these three, it isn't difficult to keep putting out quality material.

Here's a roundup of some more reviews that have come in over the past week:

[Consequence of Sound] 4/5
[PopMatters] 7/10
[The Objective Standard]
[The A.V. Club] A-
[Musicians for Freedom]
[Zoiks! Online]
[Rolling Stone] 3.5/5
[Toronto.com] 3/4
[ASU's The State Press] 4.5/5

The other bit of big Rush news this week was Alex Lifeson revealing in an interview with Billboard that the band will be bringing an 8-10 piece string ensemble on tour with them later this year. Back in April we first heard rumors that Rush was considering bringing an orchestra or string section in some capacity on their Clockwork Angels tour. These rumors were met with a lot of skepticism from fans initially, but when the album was released and it became apparent that strings were included on several of the tracks, the rumor started to gain some traction. Here are Alex Lifeson's comments from the Billboard interview:

... "Our intention is to take strings out on the road," guitarist Alex Lifeson tells Billboard.com. Orchestrations, arranged by David Campbell, feature on several of "Clockwork Angels' " tracks, and Lifeson says Rush will employ a small string ensemble, likely eight to 10 pieces, to recreate those pieces and to be added to some of Rush's older material. "It's just something different for us, and I can't wait to hear what it sounds like."

Lifeson says Campbell will be writing arrangements for the tour, which kicks off Sept. 7 in Manchester, N.H., and will likely appear at some of the shows as well. "Certainly in the beginning he'll be out for a bit," the guitarist says. "I think his intention is to use these musicians he's been working with for a long time, who he trusts, and once they're settled in he doesn't have to be around all the time and he can come out whenever he feels like it."

Lifeson says the production is "still in a planning stage" but promises that "it's a whole new show. It's new staging, new lighting, everything is new and fresh about it. I would say that it's an evolutionary extension of what the (2010-11) Time Machine Tour was, but we are definitely freshening it up and bringing and there'll be a lot of new video stuff going on." And, of course, Lifeson and his mates expect to dedicate a considerable amount of stage time to "Clockwork Angels," a concept album that will be followed by a novel co-written by drummer/lyricist Neil Peart and Kevin J. Anderson.

"The set list is quite fluid these days," Lifeson reports. "We're dropping and replacing songs constantly, and that's the way it always goes before we get into rehearsals. There's a great deal of pressure on us now to do the whole record, which we don't anticipate. I think our intention is probably to prepare the whole thing; whether we'll do it or not we're still not sure, especially on the first leg of the tour. There's still a lot of older stuff we want to do, and we've got some great songs lined up from the past. We'd be loathe to drop them to add more of 'Clockwork Angels,' at least on the first leg. It's always nice to switch up on the second leg and make it a little different." ...

Note how Alex hints at the band adding a second leg to the tour. Geddy also hints at a second leg in this French language Le Soleil article (thanks Frederic D), saying that he hopes to add Halifax and/or Quebec City to the tour itinerary in 2013. So it's sounding more likely that the band will add a 2013 North American leg at some point. Rehearsals begin next month and hopefully after that point we'll start to hear some more details regarding the tour. This past week Alex was also interviewed for Rolling Stone, interviewed at ClassicRockRevisited.com and appeared on the Nights with Alice Cooper radio show last night.

Billy Corgan and Geddy LeeEarlier this week MusicRadar.com posted part 1 of an interview where they sat down with both Geddy Lee and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. Corgan recently interviewed Geddy and Alex Lifeson for an FMQB Clockwork Angels special and had also been prominently featured in the Rush documentary along with giving a speech at Rush's Hollywood Walk of Fame star unveiling a couple of years back. Corgan also has a new album out, and he and Geddy talk about a number of subjects in the interview including their new albums, albums vs. singles, the constantly changing music business, and fan websites. You can read all of part 1 of the interview at this link. In part 2 of the interview Geddy and Billy will discuss the mastering loudness wars, concept albums, the importance of jamming and their signature vocal styles. On a related note, here's an article at Grantland that talks about Corgan's new album and makes heavy mention of Rush. It's titled Billy Corgan's Quest for Cool with the subtitle the best Smashing Pumpkins album in nearly 20 years and what their front man can learn from Rush.

Geddy Lee - Bass Player magazine August, 2012Geddy Lee is also featured on the cover of the August, 2012 issue of Bass Player magazine with the tagline Geddy Lee: further exercises in self-indulgence. The article feature itself is titled Full Steam Ahead and Geddy discusses the new album, with some special focus paid to the bass playing. There's also a one-page Inside Geddy's Gear feature with Geddy's bass tech John "Skully" McIntosh.

Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki updated his website on Tuesday with a blog post where he discusses the recording of the Clockwork Angels album:

... The making of this album was a further development of technique and technology and also a return to some old ways. In my work with some of Rush's older masters like Moving Pictures, I learned that at that time much of the processing for guitars was committed to tape - a good example being the solo in Limelight, which is a stellar performance wrapped in lush sonics. Alex and I applied much of the same methodology for Clockwork, where a song like Carnies for example, with complex modulations, panning, eq and echo were committed as a premix during the recording phase for simplicity and reproducibility down the road. And Alex did some amazing solos in preproduction that were again, tweaked with vintage and modern technology during the recording phase so they would sit well within the production guidelines that the band had set. ...

You can read the entire post at this link.

We learned earlier this week that the June, 2012 (issue #52) edition of the melodic rock magazine Fireworks features Rush on the cover along with a 2-page spread on the band and the Clockwork Angels album. The cover tagline reads, wind them up, watch them go! the legendary Rush return with Clockwork Angels. For more information visit this link.

Clockwork Angels audiobook narrated by Neil PeartKevin J. Anderson's novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels album will release via ECW Press this September to coincide with the launch of Rush's North America tour. Neil Peart has recorded the audiobook version of the novel and author Kevin J. Anderson gave the following update regarding the audiobook via his blog on Wednesday:

... Before Neil could read the audio, we had to get all the editing finished on the prose, all the corrections made, all the last-minute fine-tuning done. And we had to wrap up before Rush began their intense rehearsals for the tour.

I received the final galley pages of the novel to proofread, while Neil went into the studio to record the audiobook, and I tried to stay one day ahead of him so I could send in corrections and sentence changes before he recorded the words. I received email reports from him every day, telling me Our Hero's progress across the steampunk landscapes of Albion, Poseidon City, Atlantis, and the Seven Cities, his encounters with the Watchmaker, the Anarchist, the Wreckers...all while I was up in Seattle with Brian Herbert brainstorming the intricate plot for MENTATS OF DUNE. My head was in two universes (not counting the real one) but every night I took a few hours before bed to proofread as much as possible, send in more corrections...and we finally got it done.

I can't wait to hear it myself, but since I've read the novel six times in the past three months, I think I'll let the imagination-dust settle for a little bit! ...

You can pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

Headlong FlightRush's Headlong Flight single continues to move up the rock charts, boosted by the album's release. It's now sitting in the top 10 on the Mainstream Rock Charts at #6.

Back in April we learned that pioneering American thrash metal band Anthrax would be including a cover of Rush's Anthem on an upcoming tribute album. Some more details regarding the album were posted to Eddie Trunk's website earlier this week (thanks Will C):

To celebrate the creative success and critical acclaim of the band's 2011 album, Worship Music, Anthrax are planning on releasing a special EP due out in September of this year. During a recent interview with Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, told Loudwire that the band is currently working on an EP of cover songs. It will pay tribute to some of Anthrax's favorite bands, more specifically, bands from the 1970s. "To commemorate the first year of Worship Music being out, we're putting together a little companion EP with some fun s-t on it," says Benante. "It started out as what I call The '70s EP. It's made up of some cover songs from our favorite bands, consisting of Rush, Thin Lizzy, Boston, Journey ... We're still working on it now, but I think it's gonna be really cool." Anthrax have already covered God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath's Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and numerous KISS songs such as She and Love Her All I Can. The one year anniversary of Worship Music falls on September 13th, 2012.

Here's a one-minute video of Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante laying down the drums for the track.

Earlier this week Power Windows reported that an unused photo of model Paula Turnbull from the Permanent Waves album cover photoshoot, taken by Fin Costello, recently surfaced online. The pose is similar to the photo which eventually was used on the Permanent Waves album cover. You can check out the photo at this location.

Reader ENTREWHO sent me this website for Louisiana-based IT company Lamneth Inc., and also let me know that the license plate on the owner's work truck reads wrknman. I'm guessing he's a Rush fan. :)

On October 14th, 2012 six Rush fans from across the globe who have dubbed themselves The Edge Walk Angels will meet in Toronto to do the CN Tower Edge Walk all in the name of charity. The 6 fans are Mike Sword, Pamela Amos and David McLeod from Scotland, Ray Subject from Canada, Jennifer Ayers from the USA and Tracey Thomson from Australia. From the group's website:

... We are "The Edge Walk Angels" - 6 'mad' 'crazy' RUSH fans with a tendency to be a little 'nuts' as described above. We are 3 Scots, a Canuck, a Merkin and an Ozzie all making our pilgrimage to Toronto to see RUSH in concert, and also raise funds for the nominated RUSH Eucon 2012 charity; The Downs Syndrome Association.

We are doing the CN Tower Edge Walk, at Toronto's iconic landmark, The CN Tower, 1100ft/356m above the ground. See the video to understand! Few have ventured and most have walked away repeating the quotes above!

It scares the bejeezus out of us all, but we all WANT to be ABLE to do it ... what we needed was an incentive!! That incentive is your support and our doing it for charity. ...

For more information on the The Edge Walk Angels and how you can donate to their efforts, please visit their website here or on Facebook.

Rush's The Trees made Media-ite's list of the The Top 10 Songs Guaranteed To Annoy Liberals at #6:

Rush's obsession with Ayn Rand's philosophy during their early career means there are plenty of songs that could've made this list, but "The Trees" makes the cut because I said so. It's essentially a parable that rails against forced equality among anthropomorphic trees. Choice lyrics: "Now there's no more oak oppression / For they passed a noble law / The trees are all kept equal / By hatchet, axe, and saw"

And in more list-making news, Rush's Xanadu made Xfinity's list of the Worst Song Lyrics of All Time (thanks Ziegler).

MusicRadar.com recently asked Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci to come up with his list of the 11 greatest prog-rock albums of all time. Rush made his list twice with 2112 at #8 and Hemispheres at #9 (thanks RushFanForever). Here's what he had to say about 2112:

Rush are my biggest influence and favorite band. Just the idea of this concept album, of a story being told and songs as vehicles to tell the story - it's unbelievable. I would get lost in this album. I wanted to know what they were talking about. 'Who's this guy? What's happening?' It took you to another world. Beyond his incredible drumming, there's Neil Peart as a lyricist. I would say he's been the biggest influence on me in that respect. The way the tale evolves is astonishing, using the guitar as an actual part of the story - that really drew me in. To this day, 2112 is one of the greatest albums I've ever heard.

Our own air guitarist/drummer extraordinaire Lance LanceTheShred Kasten will be performing at The U.S. Air Guitar Championships D.C. Regional at the 9:30 Club in D.C. tomorrow. Lance is featured in this NBC Channel 4 video news story and demonstrates some of his mad skillz while wearing a Rush t-shirt and air-guitaring to some 2112. Check it out at this link.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson stopped by Toronto's Q107 last Monday afternoon for a Clockwork Angels album Q&A session with Jeff Woods. The interview is now available online and you can watch it below or at this link.

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

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Alex Lifeson on Nights with Alice Cooper tonight
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UPDATE - 7/24@8:02AM: The interview is now available at the Nights with Alice Cooper website (thanks RushFanForever).

Nights with Alice CooperJust a reminder that Alex Lifeson will be a guest on Alice Cooper's radio program, Nights with Alice Cooper this evening. From the show's website:

Thursday - 06/21/2012
Hey freaks, it's your night-ghoul Alice Cooper! On this evening's little radio program, he's got a Cooper's Cover from WASP and Freaky Facts about blood and hair! Then it's a Bonus Cooper's Cover from Guns N' Roses and-wait for it-he'll chat with Alex Lifeson from RUSH and spin some new RUSH music!!! Whoo-hoo! Plus, you'll get to hear a brand-new one from ZZ Top! And if you're good, Alice'll spin your favorites from Hendrix, Van Halen, The Cars, Boston, Judas Priest and even his own songs! Nights with Alice Cooper - the rare radio show that's well done!

For more details check out nightswithalicecooper.com, and for a list of stations go here.

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Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki talks Clockwork Angels
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Rich ChyckiRush sound engineer Rich Chycki updated his website on Tuesday with a blog post where he discusses the recording of the Clockwork Angels album:

... It feels like it's been a time of all things 'Rush' over the past while. As you all know by now, we spent most of the late fall and early winter 2011 recording Clockwork Angels at Revolution Studios in Toronto, Canada. I had selected that room for its cavernous but controlled drum room and I was pleased with the recorded results, as was Neil. The clockwork stage kit is one of the best kits I've ever had the pleasure of recording.

The making of this album was a further development of technique and technology and also a return to some old ways. In my work with some of Rush's older masters like Moving Pictures, I learned that at that time much of the processing for guitars was committed to tape - a good example being the solo in Limelight, which is a stellar performance wrapped in lush sonics. Alex and I applied much of the same methodology for Clockwork, where a song like Carnies for example, with complex modulations, panning, eq and echo were committed as a premix during the recording phase for simplicity and reproducibility down the road. And Alex did some amazing solos in preproduction that were again, tweaked with vintage and modern technology during the recording phase so they would sit well within the production guidelines that the band had set.

Geddy's recording was also expanded to include some additional vintage gear, if you recall the Fairchild I tweeted while we were in the studio . The rest of Mr. Lee's secret sonic recipe will have to stay secret. ...

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

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Geddy Lee cover feature in the August, 2012 issue of Bass Player
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Geddy Lee - Bass Player magazine August, 2012Geddy Lee is featured on the cover of the August, 2012 issue of Bass Player magazine with the tagline Geddy Lee: further exercises in self-indulgence. The article feature itself is titled Full Steam Ahead and Geddy discusses the new album, with some special focus paid to the bass playing. There's also a one-page Inside Geddy's Gear feature with Geddy's bass tech John "Skully" McIntosh. Thanks to rushmaniac15 and Dawn O for the heads up and cover scan.

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New Alex Lifeson interview at ClassicRockRevisited.com
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ClassicRockRevisited.com has posted a new interview with Alex Lifeson where Alex talks about the new album. There's not much in the way of new information but Alex does touch on the upcoming tour:

... With the tour for Clockwork Angels looming in the distance, Lifeson reveals the band is not yet sure what songs, both new and old, will end up making the final set list. "We're still trading emails regarding the set. Right now, the set is probably somewhere around four hours long. Our target is about three hours and ten minutes of music. We need to really pull it back. There are a lot of older songs that we want to bring back for this tour. There are a lot of great classic rock songs that we haven't played in a very long time. We don't what to short change those songs but, of course, you always want to play your most current stuff. It is tempting to look at Clockwork Angels as the whole thing but we will see. We start rehearsals next month and we'll have a better idea of how we want to approach that whole thing." ...

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

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MusicRadar.com chats with Geddy Lee and Billy Corgan in new interview
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Billy Corgan and Geddy LeeUPDATE - 6/21@11:48AM: On a related note, here's an article at Grantland that talks about Corgan's new album and makes heavy mention of Rush. It's titled Billy Corgan's Quest for Cool with the subtitle the best Smashing Pumpkins album in nearly 20 years and what their front man can learn from Rush (thanks chip14220).

MusicRadar.com has posted part 1 of an interview where they sat down with both Geddy Lee and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. Corgan recently interviewed Geddy and Alex Lifeson for an FMQB Clockwork Angels special and had also been prominently featured in the Rush documentary along with giving a speech at Rush's Hollywood Walk of Fame star unveiling a couple of years back. Corgan also has a new album out, and he and Geddy talk about a number of subjects in the interview including their new albums, albums vs. singles, the constantly changing music business, and fan websites! Here's what Geddy has to say about that last subject:

... OK. What I do is largely stay away from the sites that talk about our band because there's so much chatter that I don't want to be influenced by. Our fans come to see us, and there's a fair exchange going on in that room. I'm working my ass off for them, and they're hearing the songs they want to hear, hopefully, and showing me some love, throwing it back up on stage to me.

"That's the only thing that I can see as part of my job. If I start mining for opinions on hundreds of websites that have fan forums, I'll be totally distored in my view of myself. I'll lose myself in all that." ...

So Geddy probably isn't reading this right now. :) You can read all of part 1 of the interview at this link. In part 2 of the interview Geddy and Billy will discuss the mastering loudness wars, concept albums, the importance of jamming and their signature vocal styles.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Rush's Clockwork Angels debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200
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UPDATE - 6/21@9:46AM: The official Billboard Top 200 Chart has now been posted (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). In addition to taking the #2 spot in the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, Clockwork Angels also ranked extremely well in other various categories:

[Digital Albums Rank: #3]
[Rock Albums Rank: #1]
[Hard Rock Albums Rank: #1]
[Taste Maker Albums Rank: #1]
[Canadian Albums Rank: #1]

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UPDATE - 6/21@8:12AM: Here's the Market Watch press release (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net) announcing the album's debut chart numbers:

... "CLOCKWORK ANGELS" has also debuted at #1 in the band's native Canada. In other international news, the album has already achieved the band's highest chart debuts in over a decade from Japan - #2, Norway - #10, Germany, Holland - #11, and Switzerland - #21. In addition to the commercial success, "CLOCKWORK ANGELS" has also received a raft of critical acclaim, including Rolling Stone and USA Today who heralded the release as "an ambitious, sophisticated effort by a band that sounds surprisingly vital after 20 studio albums." In the UK -- where the album was also released as an exclusive non-chart eligible fan pack format which included a 132 page booklet covering the entire history of the band -- "CLOCKWORK ANGELS" garnered a 5 out of 5 review in The Sun, Britain's largest newspaper. Had the 40,000 fanpacks sold been chart eligible, the album would have debuted at #1 in the UK as well. ...

Notice the mention that the 40,000 fanpacks sold were not chart eligible for some reason. Had those counted in some capacity towards US sales then the album may have had a shot at #1.

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UPDATE - 6/20@5:39PM: The album has debuted at #1 in Canada with close to 20,000 unit sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The exact total sales numbers were 19,625 units sold with LP (Vinyl) sales of 367, CD sales of 14,311, and digital sales of 4,947.

UPDATE - 6/20@11:48AM: Eric at Power Windows has obtained a more detailed breakdown of the sales numbers for the album, reporting total sales of 104,707 with LP (Vinyl) sales of 2,361, CD sales of 72,007, and digital sales of 30,339.

Just as we had anticipated, Rush's Clockwork Angels album has debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album charts in the US. The official word from Billboard:

... At No. 2 on the Billboard 200, rock band Rush clocks its best sales week in 10 years as "Clockwork Angels" debuts with 103,000. The group last sold more when 2002's "Vapor Trails" bowed at No. 6 with 110,000. "Clockwork Angels" is Rush's second album to hit No. 2 following 1993's "Counterparts." A No. 1 album continues to elude the act. ...

This debut also tops 2007's Snakes & Arrows, which debuted at #3 with first week sales of around 93,000 in the US. Note that sales of the UK Clockwork Angels fanpack were not included in this week's total as those were technically sold in the UK regardless of where they were shipped. The album continues to get great reviews in the press and online. MetaCritic's metascore for the album is currently a strong 84 based on just 5 reviews from major publications. Here's a roundup of all the reviews we have so far:

[Hellhound.ca]
[The A.V. Club] A-
[Musicians for Freedom]
[Zoiks! Online]
[Rolling Stone] 3.5/5
[Toronto.com] 3/4
[ASU's The State Press] 4.5/5
[NOW Magazine] 4/5
[TMR Zoo]
[The Toledo Blade]
[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] 3.5/4
[The Irish Times] 3 stars
[Exclaim.ca]
[Ultimate Classic Rock] 8/10
[The Village Voice]
[Time Magazine]
[Cleveland Channel 5 News]
[The Imaginative Conservative]
[Blinded by Sound]
[Yahoo! Music Canada]
[The Calgary Herald] 3.5/5
[USA Today] 3 stars
[PopDose]
[Buffalo News] 4/4
[Peffer Reviews] A+
[Montreal Gazzette] 4.5/5
[Examiner.com] 9.3/10
[AllMusic.com] 4/5
[Something Else!]
[MSN.com]
[Toronto Sun] 4/5
[Toronto Globe and Mail] 3.5/5
[Audio Times]
[Riff Magazine]
[Planet Mosh]
[The Digital Fix]
[Martin Popoff]
[MusicRadar.com]

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[Rush's Clockwork Angels set to debut at #2 on the Billboard 200]
[Rush's Clockwork Angels release open thread]
[Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels one-hour radio special hosted by Billy Corgan now online]
[Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz talks Clockwork Angels track-by-track in new MusicRadar.com interview]
[Geddy Lee Classic Rock bonus content video interview now online]
[Rush Clockwork Angels liner notes, lyrics now available online]
[Alex Lifeson talks Clockwork Angels track-by-track in new interview]
[Clockwork Angels biography/essay by Neil Peart available online]
[Rush Clockwork Angels official announcement, video trailer with Headlong Flight preview, cover art and track list!]

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels review roundup
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UPDATE - 6/22@8:18AM: Here's a 4/5 review from Consequence of Sound.

UPDATE - 6/21@4:11PM: Here's a 7/10 review from PopMatters (thanks LedRush).

UPDATE - 6/20@10:21AM: Roadrunner is now reporting that the album has hit #2 with over 103K sold!

Rush's 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels, debuted on the Billboard charts this week at #2, with sales of over 103,000 copies. This is the band's second time hitting #2 (they did it with Counterparts in 1993), and a substantial first-week improvement over their last album, 2007's Snakes & Arrows, which debuted at #3 with 93,000 copies.

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UPDATE - 6/20@10:00AM: Both Hits Daily Double and Artisan News Service (thanks Power Windows) are reporting that Clockwork Angels will debut at #2 with close to 100K units sold, although the official Billboard chart has not yet been released. That said, it seems inevitable since Usher's album has sold an estimated 124K, assuring it the top spot - and Adele's 21 has moved down a bit with around 60K sold. Here's the Artisan News Service story:

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Rush's Clockwork Angels album officially released one week ago today and the glowing reviews keep rolling in. Even Rolling Stone magazine liked it, giving it a 3.5/5:

It's got a dystopian sci-fi plot and lyrics like "All I know is that sometimes the truth is contrary." But the first Rush album in five years isn't just one of the band's Rushiest; it's also very good - frenetic and heavy, low on prog thought puzzles, high on power-trio interplay that could put guys half their age in the burn ward. Nickelback-like meathead modern-rock production actually adds power to these ancient masters' gnomic turgidity: Even the seven-minute tripartite title track burns rubber, and Neil Peart's dragon-tailed paradiddles and Alex Lifeson's helix solos make the koanic hokum of Peart's lyrics feel like a sermon from the peak of Mount Nerd.

MetaCritic's metascore for the album is currently a strong 84 based on just 5 reviews from major publications. Here's a roundup of all the reviews we have so far:

[Consequence of Sound] 4/5
[PopMatters] 7/10
[The Objective Standard]
[The A.V. Club] A-
[Musicians for Freedom]
[Zoiks! Online]
[Rolling Stone] 3.5/5
[Toronto.com] 3/4
[ASU's The State Press] 4.5/5
[NOW Magazine] 4/5
[TMR Zoo]
[The Toledo Blade]
[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] 3.5/4
[The Irish Times] 3 stars
[Exclaim.ca]
[Ultimate Classic Rock] 8/10
[The Village Voice]
[Time Magazine]
[Cleveland Channel 5 News]
[The Imaginative Conservative]
[Blinded by Sound]
[Yahoo! Music Canada]
[The Calgary Herald] 3.5/5
[USA Today] 3 stars
[PopDose]
[Buffalo News] 4/4
[Peffer Reviews] A+
[Montreal Gazzette] 4.5/5
[Examiner.com] 9.3/10
[AllMusic.com] 4/5
[Something Else!]
[MSN.com]
[Toronto Sun] 4/5
[Toronto Globe and Mail] 3.5/5
[Audio Times]
[Riff Magazine]
[Planet Mosh]
[The Digital Fix]
[Martin Popoff]
[MusicRadar.com]

Sales of the album have been very strong, propelling it to as high as #3 on the iTunes album chart and #1 on the Amazon Best Seller list for Music. According to both Billboard.com and Hits Daily Double, Clockwork Angels is set to debut at #2 on the US Billboard 200 with close to 100,000 units sold, second only to Usher's Looking 4 Myself. Rush has never had a number 1 album but if the album charts at #2 it will match the #2 debut of 1993's Counterparts. The official Billboard charts will release tomorrow.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Rush's Clockwork Angels tour to include a string section
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Back in April we first heard rumors that Rush was considering bringing an orchestra or string section in some capacity on their Clockwork Angels tour. These rumors were met with a lot of skepticism from fans initially, but when the album was released and it became apparent that strings were included on several of the tracks, the rumor started to gain some traction. And now Alex Lifeson has confirmed the rumor in a new Billboard interview:

... "Our intention is to take strings out on the road," guitarist Alex Lifeson tells Billboard.com. Orchestrations, arranged by David Campbell, feature on several of "Clockwork Angels' " tracks, and Lifeson says Rush will employ a small string ensemble, likely eight to 10 pieces, to recreate those pieces and to be added to some of Rush's older material. "It's just something different for us, and I can't wait to hear what it sounds like."

Lifeson says Campbell will be writing arrangements for the tour, which kicks off Sept. 7 in Manchester, N.H., and will likely appear at some of the shows as well. "Certainly in the beginning he'll be out for a bit," the guitarist says. "I think his intention is to use these musicians he's been working with for a long time, who he trusts, and once they're settled in he doesn't have to be around all the time and he can come out whenever he feels like it."

Lifeson says the production is "still in a planning stage" but promises that "it's a whole new show. It's new staging, new lighting, everything is new and fresh about it. I would say that it's an evolutionary extension of what the (2010-11) Time Machine Tour was, but we are definitely freshening it up and bringing and there'll be a lot of new video stuff going on." And, of course, Lifeson and his mates expect to dedicate a considerable amount of stage time to "Clockwork Angels," a concept album that will be followed by a novel co-written by drummer/lyricist Neil Peart and Kevin J. Anderson.

"The set list is quite fluid these days," Lifeson reports. "We're dropping and replacing songs constantly, and that's the way it always goes before we get into rehearsals. There's a great deal of pressure on us now to do the whole record, which we don't anticipate. I think our intention is probably to prepare the whole thing; whether we'll do it or not we're still not sure, especially on the first leg of the tour. There's still a lot of older stuff we want to do, and we've got some great songs lined up from the past. We'd be loathe to drop them to add more of 'Clockwork Angels,' at least on the first leg. It's always nice to switch up on the second leg and make it a little different." ...

You can read the entire interview at this link.

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New Alex Lifeson interview at RollingStone.com; talks Clockwork Angels, tour setlist and more
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Rolling Stone has just posted a new interview they conducted with Alex Lifeson where Alex talks about the Clockwork Angels album among other subjects. Most of what's discussed has already been brought up in other interviews but Alex did have some more details regarding the upcoming tour and setlist:

.. [choosing a setlist is] always very difficult, and having come off a tour where we featured an album in its entirety, it makes the idea of featuring the whole of Clockwork Angels that much more appealing. I think for the first leg of the tour, at the very least, we'll do most of the record - not all of it, but we'll do most of it. The material that's coming up amongst the three of us in the e-mails that we're sharing is the older material. There's a lot of stuff in there that we haven't played before, and we haven't played in a long time so it's got a freshness to it this time around. We'll always have to play that handful of songs that we've had the most commercial success with, but mixing it up with some other material that we haven't played in a long time is really great. It's shaping up to be a pretty good set. ...

So Alex confirms that most of Clockwork Angels will be included in the setlist along with a good bit of older material. Alex also hints that there will be a second leg to the tour, making it sound like a 2013 leg - outside of the already scheduled European dates - may be in the cards. He goes on to clarify whether all of Clockwork Angels will be played in a later question:

... I don't think [we'll play the whole album]. Not on the first leg of the tour. But perhaps if people become more familiar with it, or if it becomes a very strong demand, then we'd consider it for the second leg of the tour. It's always good to mix it up on the tour, so we'll see. But for now, I think we're doing a major portion of it. There are only a few songs that we're leaving out at this point. ...

And on whether they thought about playing any other album in its entirety on the tour, Alex says the following:

... Yeah, we talked about that for this tour as well, but once Clockwork Angels came together, rather than taking four, five, or six songs from it and leaving room for exploring another full album ... now, we're including the 55 minutes of it. It takes up a big chunk of the set. ... 2112 kind of makes sense, I suppose. Permanent Waves, we've played every song on that record on every tour, so I don't even know if it's worth it to do that with that one. 2112 would be the logical one, I suppose. It came so long ago, though, and we're really about wanting to be pretty fresh. It was great with Moving Pictures, primarily because we got to play "Camera Eye" and that became a favorite of all of ours. Really, it was one of the high points for me because it's a challenging song to play, and it came off great live, I think. ...

Alex also talks a little about the Vapor Trails remix and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You can read the entire interview at this link. Rolling Stone also posted their 3.5/5 review of Clockwork Angels today:

It's got a dystopian sci-fi plot and lyrics like "All I know is that sometimes the truth is contrary." But the first Rush album in five years isn't just one of the band's Rushiest; it's also very good - frenetic and heavy, low on prog thought puzzles, high on power-trio interplay that could put guys half their age in the burn ward. Nickelback-like meathead modern-rock production actually adds power to these ancient masters' gnomic turgidity: Even the seven-minute tripartite title track burns rubber, and Neil Peart's dragon-tailed paradiddles and Alex Lifeson's helix solos make the koanic hokum of Peart's lyrics feel like a sermon from the peak of Mount Nerd.

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Alex Lifeson to appear on Nights with Alice Cooper this Thursday
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Nights with Alice CooperAccording to Rush's Facebook page, Alex Lifeson will be a guest on Alice Cooper's radio program, Nights with Alice Cooper this coming Thursday, June 21st. For more details check out nightswithalicecooper.com.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Rush featured in the June, 2012 issue of Fireworks Magazine
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Fireworks June, 2012The June, 2012 (issue #52) edition of the melodic rock magazine Fireworks features Rush on the cover along with a 2-page spread on the band and their new Clockwork Angels album. The cover tagline reads, wind them up, watch them go! the legendary Rush return with Clockwork Angels. For more information visit this link. Thanks to HoustonRushFan for the heads up.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels Q107 interview with Jeff Woods now online
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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson stopped by Toronto's Q107 Monday afternoon for a Clockwork Angels album Q&A session with Jeff Woods. The interview has been posted online and you can watch it below or at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 6/19@9:23AM: Here's an A- review from The A.V. Club.

UPDATE - 6/18@4:27PM: Here's a great review from Zoiks! Online, and another from Musicians for Freedom (thanks Mike).

UPDATE - 6/18@1:14PM: Here's a 3.5/5 review from Rolling Stone magazine.

UPDATE - 6/18@11:56AM: Here's a 3/4 review from Toronto.com.

UPDATE - 6/18@9:44AM: Here's a 4.5/5 review from ASU's The State Press (thanks paul).

This past Tuesday was the official North American release of Rush's 19th full-length studio album - Clockwork Angels. Sales of the album have been very strong, propelling it to #3 on the iTunes album chart and #1 on the Amazon Best Seller list for Music. According to both Billboard.com and Hits Daily Double, Clockwork Angels is set to debut at #2 on the US Billboard 200 next week with close to 100,000 units sold, second only to Usher's Looking 4 Myself. It's also doing great in Canada and other parts of the world. The album has been getting universally great reviews from all corners. Here's a rundown of most of them so far:

[The A.V. Club] A-
[Musicians for Freedom]
[Zoiks! Online]
[Rolling Stone] 3.5/5
[Toronto.com] 3/4
[ASU's The State Press] 4.5/5
[NOW Magazine] 4/5
[TMR Zoo]
[The Toledo Blade]
[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] 3.5/4
[The Irish Times] 3 stars
[Exclaim.ca]
[Ultimate Classic Rock] 8/10
[The Village Voice]
[Time Magazine]
[Cleveland Channel 5 News]
[The Imaginative Conservative]
[Blinded by Sound]
[Yahoo! Music Canada]
[The Calgary Herald] 3.5/5
[USA Today] 3 stars
[PopDose]
[Buffalo News] 4/5
[Peffer Reviews] A+
[Montreal Gazzette] 4.5/5
[Examiner.com] 9.3/10
[AllMusic.com] 4/5
[Something Else!]
[MSN.com]
[Toronto Sun] 4/5
[Toronto Globe and Mail] 3.5/5
[Audio Times]
[Martin Popoff]

Over the past week the band has been furiously hitting the interview circuit to promote the album. There was Planet Rock's Clockwork Angels special this past Saturday, the FMQB Clockwork Angels special that's been airing all week (available online here), Geddy Lee's Bob & Tom interview, Q107's Q&A session with Alex and Geddy, Geddy's interview from The National (available for viewing online), Alex and Geddy's appearance on Q with Jian Gomeshi (available online here) and Neil Peart's Jim Ladd interview. There have also been a few interviews in the press and online, including one with Neil Peart from RollingStone.com, one with Geddy Lee from the Toronto Sun, along with an interview with Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz where he breaks down Clockwork Angels track-by-track from the producer's point-of-view. Scans of the album art along with transcriptions of the liner notes and lyrics are available online at Cygnus-X1.net (scans, transciptions), and Eric at Power Windows has a bunch of Clockwork Angels-themed desktop wallpapers available here. Many fans have noticed that there is a glaring error on the back of the album sleeve for some copies of the Canadian pressing of the album. These copies have a time of 0:00 printed for the track lengths of all the songs. So far there's been no word on whether replacements for these copies will be issued. Roadrunner is running a contest where they are giving away 6 copies of the vinyl edition of the album. For all the details and to enter go here. Now that we've all had time to give Clockwork Angels a listen a few times (or a few 100 times!), I thought it was time for a new poll where I ask everyone what their favorite track off the album is so far. Take the poll and let us know.

There's not a whole lot to report on the tour front since rehearsals won't begin until July, but the subject did come up in a few of the Clockwork Angels interviews over the past week. In Neil Peart's Rolling Stone interview, Neil doesn't rule out playing the album in its entirety:

... we never know until we get to rehearsals. We always pick at least a half-dozen songs more than we end up playing, because the show gets too long. The songs we pick are the songs we want to play, and this time we picked a whole bunch of older ones that we want to bring back and present in a different way. So our wishlist always exceeds what's possible. ...

And in Neil Peart's Jim Ladd interview on Wednesday, reader Most Endangered Species reported the following in the comments (comment #25):

... When asked if they'd ever consider adding other pieces to their tour, Neil gave sort of a long stammering pause (seeming to choose his words carefully) before saying they are "talking about" augmenting the live performances with an orchestra. The way he stumbled at the beginning of his answer led me to the same conclusion as #14 below, that he let the cat out of the bag. ...

So the rumor that the band may tour with an orchestra or string section may not just be a rumor after all.

Clockwork Angels audiobook narrated by Neil PeartKevin J. Anderson's novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels album will release via ECW Press this September to coincide with the launch of Rush's North America tour. The official press release announcing the novel was released a couple of weeks ago and revealed that the audiobook will be narrated by Neil Peart himself. According to a tweet from Anderson earlier this week, Neil was in the studio recording the audiobook on Wednesday:

Neil's in studio recording audiobook of CLOCKWORK ANGELS, I'm in Seattle proofing typeset pages & we're both in the world of the Watchmaker

You can pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

RushCon 2012The folks at RushCon opened up registration for this year's convention earlier this week and also released some more details regarding the weekend's events. The guest speaker this year will be none other than Rush pyrotechnician/tour photographer John Arrowsmith. Events will include a bunch of fun Rush-themed games, a photographic tribute to the late Andrew MacNaughtan, a Rush tribute band, a Rush charity auction and more! Also, Neil Peart's 1974 Chrome Slingerland drum kit (aka Chromey) will be on display. The 12th annual RushCon will be held in Toronto at the Hard Rock Cafe on October 12-14, 2012 to coincide with the Rush concert on October 14th (and October 16th). For all the details just go to RushCon.org, and be sure to follow RushCon on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all the latest RushCon news. Here's the RushCon promo that was played before the listening party on Tuesday.

In celebration of Rush and the Clockwork Angels album release, Toronto-based chef Matt Kantor will be interpreting and deconstructing the music of Rush into a nine-course dinner to be held at The Cookbook Store in Yorkville (Toronto) in July. It was originally planned for just one night, but due to popular demand they added a second. From the website:

In celebration of perhaps the greatest rock band ever and their amazing new album "Clockwork Angels", Matt Kantor, Chef of Secret Pickle, Hidden Kitchen and an arguably somewhat crazy individual, will be interpreting and deconstructing the music of Rush into a nine-course dinner. And we'll be doing it in Rush's hometown of Toronto Ontario. Coming July 18 2012. Dinner to be held at The Cookbook Store in Yorkville. One night only. We'll be pouring some really cool wines and beers as well. $150 all inclusive with proceeds to go to late Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan's Art Gives Hope. ... This dinner is TWO nights only, it will be July 18th and July 17 or 19, to be announced soon. So get on the list, we'll be sending more information sometime around June 19

For all the details and to reserve a spot, visit rushasfood.ca.

Headlong FlightRush's Headlong Flight made Loudwire's list of the Top 40 Rock and Metal Songs for June coming in at #34 (thanks Kelly M). The track has also slipped into the top 10 on the Mainstream Rock Charts at #9.

As part of their Decebrity Playlist series, last week Decibel magazine posted part 1 of a playlist of Rush songs as chosen by several hard rock and heavy metal artists. Part 1 included commentary from King's X bassist dUg Pinnick, Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Shane Clark (3 Inches Of Blood), Sean Reinert (Cynic), Chris Corey (Last Chance to Reason), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne). The magazine posted part 2 of the article yesterday which includes comments from 8 other artists including Rob Caggiano (Anthrax), Vince Verkay (Evoken), Chris Letchford (Scale The Summit), Lee Pomeroy (Headspace/Rick Wakeman's Ere), Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy/Spiritual Beggars/Mercyful Fate), Kelly Schaefer (Atheist), Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), and Markus Vanhala (Insomnium/Omnium Gatherum). They've also compiled all the artists' choices into a Spotify playlist. You can read part 2 of the article at this link and catch part 1 here.

Indie film the Amazing Cynicalman will debut at 7pm, June 13th at the Main Art Theater in Royal Oak Michigan.
The main character in the movie wears a Rush Test for Echo t-shirt for a flashback scene as pictured here. For more info go to www.cynicalman.com. Thanks to Jim M for the heads up.

Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill mugThe Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win an autographed Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill mug. For all the details and to enter just go to this link. Thanks to rushgirl1065 for the heads up.

Minyanville.com recently posted a Q&A with founder and managing member of Ironfire Capital LLC, Eric Jackson. The subject of Rush and hockey mullets comes up towards the end:

MV: ... I think we're similar age, and I can tell you, Rush was just huge when I was in my teens. And that's just America. Were they like Beatles-sized in Canada? I'm picturing every Junior League hockey game starts with "O Canada" and segues into "Spirit of the Radio," ice sculptures of Geddy Lee in every town square, stuff like that. Please tell me I'm understating it.

EJ: Yes, I grew up in the sticks in Canada, where the winter nights were long, and all the boys had hockey mullets -- and were very proud of them! Geddy was "The Man"! Every guy had tight jeans and long hair, and would try to imitate him with matching air guitar moves in the playground at school. It didn't seem humanly possible to sing like Geddy, but it was still damn cool. At my school, you could not speak badly of Rush, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin. All those guys were consider "rock royalty."

My favorite radio station growing up actually called themselves "The Spirit of Radio." They didn't even bother with the call letters.

Someone told me recently all the Rush guys had moved to Naples, FL. Somehow that doesn't seem to fit for me. I picture them either on tour or snowmobiling and ice fishing up in Sudbury, Ontario.

MV: Totally agree. Geddy Lee at an early bird special doesn't work for me. At least his mullet has lived on; Bono's apparently doesn't fly at Elevation Partners board meetings. ...

The new Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg comedy film That's my Boy opens today. 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. The film also features Rush's Limelight in the opening credits. You can watch the trailer at this link.

Brando at the blog Circle Jerk at the Square Dance put up a post for his Top Ten Wednesdays column called How did we celebrate the release of the new Rush album?. Number 1 on the list: Spent the day with the album on repeat and an extended drum solo in our pants. :)

In celebration of the Clockwork Angels release, MTVHive.com has posted a list of Five Songs That Sample Rush. You can check it out at this link.

Chris McDonald is the author of Rush, Rock Music, and the Middle Class: Dreaming in Middletown, which just received the 2010 book prize from IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music) Canada yesterday. He was a guest on the CBC Radio program airplay with Dave White earlier this week to talk about Rush and the new album. You can listen to the 6-minute interview at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

In a recent interview with Salt Lake City Weekly, Primus frontman and bassist Les Claypool relays a fishing story which involves Geddy Lee:

... When Primus broke big in the early '90s, the Northern California three-piece was touring with Rush. During a San Francisco stop, Claypool offered to take Rush's bassist, Geddy Lee, out ocean fishing. Lee agreed.

Claypool's fixer-upper Sea Ray blew a fan belt halfway across San Pablo Bay. So, there he was, leopard-shark fishing but stranded with his childhood hero for seven hours until they got a tug out.

"I think about all that I've done on the ocean over the years, and I'm surprised I'm still around. We've done some pretty stupid shit," says the avid fisherman. "You don't realize it when you're young. You're invincible." ...

Here's an interesting story in the Winnipeg Free Press (thanks Eric at Power Windows) involving an old friend of Geddy Lee:

RUSH'S OLDEST FAN: Clockwork Angels, the new Rush CD, dropped Tuesday and 89-year-old Winnipeg fan Ralph Bent couldn't be happier for his personal buddy, Geddy Lee, just 58. Lee is the bass player of the Toronto-based band known for his wailing vocals. A mutual love of baseball creates the strongest bond between the two, who met through Bent's fashion-designer daughter, Brenda, who plays tennis with Lee. Ralph recently returned from Toronto where he went to the Blue Jays/Yankee game with his rocker pal. He now has a small collection of bats signed by famous baseball stars. "Geddy has a fabulous collection of baseballs," says Bent, eyes twinkling. And now Bent is a real Rush fan. "When Rush was in Winnipeg last, I was invited down early to the meet-and-greet. I'd never been to a rock concert before. Geddy said, 'I've got some special earplugs for you.' After the show, I got home and I could hear all these noises -- my ears were ringing and I thought the water was on outside the house, but it was from the concert!" Before anybody was famous, Brenda, Geddy Lee and Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy worked in Toronto restaurant Peter Pan. Ralph also knows Cuddy now. Brenda later married the restaurant's chef, Susur Lee, who's dazzled the cooking world in TV chef competitions. Brenda's girlfriend Nancy Young married Geddy Lee.

Here's the 4-minute-plus video interview with Geddy Lee that Roadrunner posted earlier this week where Geddy talks about the Clockwork Angels album. You can check it out below or at this link:

That's all for this week. Happy Father's Day to Geddy, Alex, Neil and all the other fathers out there!

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Decibel magazine's celebrity Rush playlist part 2
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As part of their Decebrity Playlist series, last week Decibel magazine posted part 1 of a playlist of Rush songs as chosen by several hard rock and heavy metal artists. Part 1 included commentary from King's X bassist dUg Pinnick, Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Shane Clark (3 Inches Of Blood), Sean Reinert (Cynic), Chris Corey (Last Chance to Reason), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne). The magazine has just posted part 2 of the article which includes comments from 8 other artists including Rob Caggiano of Anthrax who chose Bravado off of Roll the Bones as his favorite Rush track:

I'll preface this by saying that I pretty much love every single thing Rush has ever done over the years. The band's greatness and the depth and scope of their career really came into perspective for me while trying to figure out which one of their songs to talk about here. I literally didn't know where to begin! Ultimately I ended up going with a tune called "Bravado" off of the album Roll The Bones. It's a record I've been listening to a lot lately and "Bravado" is one of the standout tracks. As a lot of Rush songs do, "Bravado" really takes me somewhere else when I listen to it. It's an epic song. I love the overall "mood" created by Alex Lifeson's airy but "dark" guitar parts and Geddy Lee's driving bass and somber vocals. However, the thing that really stands out for me with this tune is Neil Peart's drum arrangement! It's one of the most "musical" drum parts of his whole career in my opinion. Neil's playing is crisp, clean and precise as always but his sense of dynamics and musicality here is just staggering. The way he plays off of Geddy's vocal phrasing/melody is both masterful and mind-blowing. It's also a perfect example of the balance that can be had between technical restraint and technical prowess. If I was a drummer, I would study the shit out of this song!

Other artists featured in part 2 are Vince Verkay (Evoken), Chris Letchford (Scale The Summit), Lee Pomeroy (Headspace/Rick Wakeman's Ere), Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy/Spiritual Beggars/Mercyful Fate), Kelly Schaefer (Atheist), Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), and Markus Vanhala (Insomnium/Omnium Gatherum). They've also compiled all the artists' choices into a Spotify playlist. You can read the entire article at this link and catch part 1 here.

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Rush's Clockwork Angels set to debut at #2 on the Billboard 200
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UPDATE - 6/15@8:38AM: I added a few reviews to the list below: NOW Magazine (4/5), TMR Zoo and The Toledo Blade.

Billboard.com reports that Rush's Clockwork Angels album is set to debut at #2 next week on the Billboard 200, just behind Usher's Looking 4 Myself:

Usher is heading for his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "Looking 4 Myself" should easily top the list next week. Industry sources say the album will sell around 120,000 to 130,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 17. ... Other albums aiming for high debuts next week on the Billboard 200 include Rush's "Clockwork Angels," ... Rush's latest -- the band's first studio album since 2007 -- may sell around 80,000 to 90,000. Its last set, "Snakes & Arrows," flew in at No. 3 with 93,000. ...

Hits Daily Double reports the same thing, but with slightly higher sales estimates:

... Canadian prog-rock icons Rush's debut for the Roadrunner label, Clockwork Angels, is the next biggest debut, with estimates in the 85-95k range. That would match, or best, the total of their last album, 2007's Snakes & Arrows on Atlantic, which bowed with 93k. The veteran band's following is among the most loyal-and unabashedly geeky-in all of rock. ...

So unless Adele's 21 bumps them, it looks like Clockwork Angels should debut at #2. Billboard will release the week's album chart next Wednesday, June 20th. The album is #3 on iTunes and is still holding at #1 on the Amazon Best Seller list for Music. Several more reviews of the album came out in the last few days. Here's a rundown of all of them so far:

[The A.V. Club] A-
[Musicians for Freedom]
[Zoiks! Online]
[Rolling Stone] 3.5/5
[Toronto.com] 3/4
[ASU's The State Press] 4.5/5
[NOW Magazine] 4/5
[TMR Zoo]
[The Toledo Blade]
[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] 3.5/4
[The Irish Times] 3 stars
[Exclaim.ca]
[Ultimate Classic Rock] 8/10
[The Village Voice]
[Time Magazine]
[Cleveland Channel 5 News]
[The Imaginative Conservative]
[Blinded by Sound]
[Yahoo! Music Canada]
[The Calgary Herald] 3.5/5
[USA Today] 3 stars
[PopDose]
[Buffalo News] 4/5
[Peffer Reviews] A+
[Montreal Gazzette] 4.5/5
[Examiner.com] 9.3/10
[AllMusic.com] 4/5
[Something Else!]
[MSN.com]
[Toronto Sun] 4/5
[Toronto Globe and Mail] 3.5/5
[Audio Times]
[Martin Popoff]

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Neil Peart to appear on Jim Ladd's Sirius XM radio show tonight
5:27PM EST | link | comments (57) |

UPDATE - 6/14@9:40AM: Reader Most Endangered Species gave a great summary of last night's interview in the comments (comment #25). Here are some of the highlights:

... The format of the interview was a track by track discussion of the whole Clockwork Angels storyline, with Neil reading the prose from the liner notes leading into the playing of each of the 12 songs in order, with brief interview questions before/after each song that shed light on what we'll see in the novel. Seemed that Ladd did his homework about the songs and the storyline, and he gathered several questions from a colleague at Sirius who is a big Rush fan. ... Neil said he just finished recording the audiobook and joked that because of that he was very warmed up to read these liner notes intros. ... When asked if they'd ever consider adding other pieces to their tour, Neil gave sort of a long stammering pause (seeming to choose his words carefully) before saying they are "talking about" augmenting the live performances with an orchestra. The way he stumbled at the beginning of his answer led me to the same conclusion as #14 below, that he let the cat out of the bag. ...

So the rumor that the band may tour with an orchestra or string section may not just be a rumor after all.

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Just a reminder that Neil Peart will be a guest on Jim Ladd's radio show on SiriusXM Deep Tracks channel 27 tonight. His show begins at 7PM EST and Neil is scheduled to appear at 9PM EST.

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Rush as Food charity dinner to take place in Toronto on July 18th
3:44PM EST | link | comments (21) |

UPDATE - 7/19@10:33PM: Here's a photo gallery of Wednesday night's festivities courtesy Brilynn Ferguson.

UPDATE - 6/14@4:04PM: Matt just let me know that due to the overwhelming response, they will be adding a second night on July 17th or 19th.

... This dinner is TWO nights only, it will be July 18th and July 17 or 19, to be announced soon. So get on the list, we'll be sending more information sometime around June 19 ...

In celebration of Rush and the Clockwork Angels album release, Toronto-based chef Matt Kantor will be interpreting and deconstructing the music of Rush into a nine-course dinner to be held at The Cookbook Store in Yorkville (Toronto) on July 18, 2012. From the website:

In celebration of perhaps the greatest rock band ever and their amazing new album "Clockwork Angels", Matt Kantor, Chef of Secret Pickle, Hidden Kitchen and an arguably somewhat crazy individual, will be interpreting and deconstructing the music of Rush into a nine-course dinner. And we'll be doing it in Rush's hometown of Toronto Ontario. Coming July 18 2012. Dinner to be held at The Cookbook Store in Yorkville. One night only. We'll be pouring some really cool wines and beers as well. $150 all inclusive with proceeds to go to late Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan's Art Gives Hope. ... As this dinner is one night only, we can only accommodate about 14 people. Please fill out the form below and we'll see about getting you on the list. Maybe we'll see about adding a night if it gets too busy. :)

For all the details and to reserve a spot, visit rushasfood.ca.

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Clockwork Angels audiobook narrated by Neil Peart
3:22PM EST | link | comments (14) |

UPDATE - 6/21@8:29AM: Kevin J. Anderson posted the following regarding the audiobook yesterday to his blog:

With the novel-and the audiobook-due to be released at the beginning of September, to coincide with the launch of Rush's Clockwork Angels tour, we had no time to lose. Before Neil could read the audio, we had to get all the editing finished on the prose, all the corrections made, all the last-minute fine-tuning done. And we had to wrap up before Rush began their intense rehearsals for the tour.

I received the final galley pages of the novel to proofread, while Neil went into the studio to record the audiobook, and I tried to stay one day ahead of him so I could send in corrections and sentence changes before he recorded the words. I received email reports from him every day, telling me Our Hero's progress across the steampunk landscapes of Albion, Poseidon City, Atlantis, and the Seven Cities, his encounters with the Watchmaker, the Anarchist, the Wreckers...all while I was up in Seattle with Brian Herbert brainstorming the intricate plot for MENTATS OF DUNE. My head was in two universes (not counting the real one) but every night I took a few hours before bed to proofread as much as possible, send in more corrections...and we finally got it done.

I can't wait to hear it myself, but since I've read the novel six times in the past three months, I think I'll let the imagination-dust settle for a little bit! ...

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Clockwork Angels audiobook narrated by Neil PeartKevin J. Anderson's novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels album will release via ECW Press this September to coincide with the launch of Rush's North America tour. The official press release announcing the novel was released a couple of weeks ago and revealed that the audiobook will be narrated by Neil Peart himself. According to a tweet from Anderson earlier this afternoon, Neil is recording the audiobook today:

Neil's in studio recording audiobook of CLOCKWORK ANGELS, I'm in Seattle proofing typeset pages & we're both in the world of the Watchmaker

You can pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

RushCon 2012 registration now open, Clockwork Angels listening party tonight
7:59PM EST | link | comments (14) |

UPDATE - 6/14@7:53PM: Here's the RushCon promo that was played before the listening party:

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RushCon 2012The folks at RushCon have opened up registration for this year's convention and also released some more details regarding the weekend's events. The guest speaker this year will be none other than Rush pyrotechnician/tour photographer John Arrowsmith. Events will include a bunch of fun Rush-themed games, a photographic tribute to the late Andrew MacNaughtan, a Rush tribute band, a Rush charity auction and more! Also, Neil Peart's 1974 Chrome Slingerland drum kit (aka Chromey) will be on display. The 12th annual RushCon will be held in Toronto at the Hard Rock Cafe on October 12-14, 2012 to coincide with the Rush concert on October 14th (and October 16th). For all the details just go to RushCon.org, and be sure to follow RushCon on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all the latest RushCon news. RushCon in partnership with Rush Radio are sponsoring a Clockwork Angels listening party tonight beginning at 9PM EST. You can listen in online at RushRadio.org and join fans from around the world in an online chat. The party will get started in the chat room a half hour from now at around 8:30PM EST with the music starting at 9PM. The album will play 2 times back to back. You can RSVP at this link and listen to the radio spot advertising the event here.

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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Q with Jian Gomeshi interview now available online
12:29PM EST | link | comments (11) |

Alex and Geddy on QAs I'd reported yesterday, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were guests on Q with Jian Gomeshi this morning. The interview runs for over 40 minutes and is now available for listening online at this link. From the Q website:

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of legendary Canadian rock band Rush talk about their latest studio album "Clockwork Angels". After nearly 38 years, twenty studio albums and thousands of live concerts together they talk intimately about how they stay fresh in the studio and when they know it will be over.

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New Neil Peart interview at RollingStone.com
12:19PM EST | link | comments (35) |

Rolling Stone has just posted a new interview with Neil Peart where Neil discusses the Clockwork Angels album, which just released today. He also touches on the upcoming tour in support of the album and whether they'll be playing the entire thing, which he doesn't rule out:

... we never know until we get to rehearsals. We always pick at least a half-dozen songs more than we end up playing, because the show gets too long. The songs we pick are the songs we want to play, and this time we picked a whole bunch of older ones that we want to bring back and present in a different way. So our wishlist always exceeds what's possible. ...

Neil also addresses his longstanding association with the writings of Ayn Rand and whether her words still speak to him:

Oh, no. That was 40 years ago. But it was important to me at the time in a transition of finding myself and having faith that what I believed was worthwhile. ... For me, it was an affirmation that it's alright to totally believe in something and live for it and not compromise. It was a simple as that. ... Now I call myself a bleeding heart libertarian. Because I do believe in the principles of Libertarianism as an ideal - because I'm an idealist. .... And so, I've brought my view and also - I've just realized this - Libertarianism as I understood it was very good and pure and we're all going to be successful and generous to the less fortunate and it was, to me, not dark or cynical. But then I soon saw, of course, the way that it gets twisted by the flaws of humanity. And that's when I evolve now into ... a bleeding heart Libertarian. That'll do.

The interview closes with Neil being asked whether he thinks he'll still be working like this in 10 years:

I don't think it'll be possible, honestly. What I do is so athletic that I'm glad I've been able to hold onto my peak this long. And like I said before, I dedicate myself all the time to that kind of physical stamina and fitness levels and not to let it go. ... The next two years are mapped out pretty well, and that's enough. We usually only plan one year in advance. So, that's the other funny thing about longevity, because we watched one year go by and two, three four ... each one one at a time, but we never planned, ever, more than a year in advance. Now we're planning the next two years, so that's more than enough future for anyone to dare to presume.

You can read the entire interview at this link.

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Rush's Clockwork Angels release open thread
8:56AM EST | link | comments (332) |

UPDATE - 6/14@9:14AM: Here's a review from Exclaim.ca, another from the Irish Times and another from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (thanks highwater). Also, Billboard reports that Clockwork Angels should land one of the top few spots in the Billboard 200 this week. Unfortunately it looks like Usher is a lock for #1, but #2 is a definite possibility. The chart should be posted next Wednesday, June 20th.

UPDATE - 6/13@2:19PM: Here's an 8/10 review from Ultimate Classic Rock (thanks Don).

UPDATE - 6/13@11:16AM: I added a few more reviews to the list below. The album is now #3 on iTunes and is still holding at #1 on the Amazon Best Seller list for Music.

UPDATE - 6/12@11:52AM: The album is now also available for purchase as an Audiophile 96kHz/24bit download via HDTracks.com (thanks Jeremy).

UPDATE - 6/12@11:42AM: Roadrunner has just posted a 4-minute-plus video interview (thanks simont2112) with Geddy Lee to their YouTube channel where Geddy talks about the Clockwork Angels album. You can check it out at this link and I've also embedded it at the bottom of this post.

UPDATE - 6/12@10:25AM: Clockwork Angels is currently the #1 best seller in Music on Amazon.com, and #20 in MP3 Downloads!

UPDATE - 6/12@9:56AM: The album is currently sitting at #4 on the iTunes album charts, and is numero uno on Amazon's Top 100 Movers & Shakers album chart!

Today is the official North American release of Rush's 19th full-length studio album Clockwork Angels.

The band has been hitting the airwaves promoting the album over the past week and will continue to do so into the coming week. There was Planet Rock's Clockwork Angels special on Saturday, the FMQB Clockwork Angels special, Geddy Lee's Bob & Tom interview yesterday, Q107's Q&A session with Alex and Geddy, and Geddy's interview from The National last night (available for viewing online). Today Alex and Geddy will be on Q with Jian Gomeshi, and Neil will be on Jim Ladd's Sirius XM show tomorrow. There have also been several interviews in the press and online, and the album is getting great reviews from all corners. Here are a few of them:

[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] 3.5/4
[The Irish Times] 3 stars
[Exclaim.ca]
[Ultimate Classic Rock] 8/10
[The Village Voice]
[Time Magazine]
[Cleveland Channel 5 News]
[The Imaginative Conservative]
[Blinded by Sound]
[Yahoo! Music Canada]
[The Calgary Herald] 3.5/5
[USA Today] 3 stars
[PopDose]
[Buffalo News] 4/5
[Peffer Reviews] A+
[Montreal Gazzette] 4.5/5
[Examiner.com] 9.3/10
[AllMusic.com] 4/5
[Something Else!]
[MSN.com]
[Toronto Sun] 4/5
[Toronto Globe and Mail] 3.5/5
[Audio Times]
[Martin Popoff]

If you haven't already, you can purchase the album on CD or on Vinyl, or digitally via Amazon or via iTunes.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Rush to appear on Q with Jian Gomeshi tomorrow
8:32PM EST | link | comments (8) |

UPDATE - 6/12@12:23PM: The interview is now available for listening online at this link.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will be guests on Q with Jian Gomeshi tomorrow. From Rush's Facebook page:

Tune in to hear Geddy & Alex in conversation with CBC/Q host Jian Gomeshi on Tuesday, June 12 at 10 AM & again at 10PM in every time zone on CBC Radio One, and PRI across the US. For details visit cbc.ca/q

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Neil Peart to appear on Jim Ladd's Sirius XM radio show Wednesday
8:05PM EST | link | comments (6) |

Neil Peart will be a guest on Jim Ladd's radio show on SiriusXM Deep Tracks channel 27 this coming Wednesday, June 13th at 9PM EST. Thanks to Dominic Nardella at Sirius XM for the heads up.

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Rush Clockwork Angels Q&A session with Jeff Woods today at 5PM
4:29PM EST | link | comments (18) |

UPDATE - 6/11@10:52PM: Reader Andrew W was lucky enough to attend the Q&A and sent along these photos.

UPDATE - 6/11@5:17PM: Alex and Geddy are on live right now at this link.

Live with RushJust a reminder that Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will be stopping by Toronto's Q107 this afternoon at 5PM as part of a Clockwork Angels album premiere Q&A session with Jeff Woods. You can tweet your questions for Geddy and Alex to #Livewithrush. For more information and to listen/watch the broadcast live, go to this link.

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New Geddy Lee interview from the Bob & Tom show
4:19PM EST | link | comments (3) |

Geddy Lee was guest on the syndicated radio show Bob & Tom today. Geddy speaks for a little over 10 minutes about the Clockwork Angels album and a few other subjects. Nothing we haven't already heard before, but a nice listen nonetheless. You can listen to the interview online at this link. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up and John at Cygnus-X1.net for the link.

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Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels one-hour radio special hosted by Billy Corgan now online
12:06PM EST | link | comments (39) |

FMQB Productions in association with Anthem/Roadrunner Records will be airing a 1-hour Clockwork Angels special titled Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels beginning today. The special is hosted by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins and he talks with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee about the new release, making music, and much more. It will be airing on radio stations across the country and is now also available online via SoundCloud at this link (thanks Firefighter SAL).

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Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz talks Clockwork Angels track-by-track in new MusicRadar.com interview
11:05AM EST | link | comments (13) |

Nick Raskulinecz in the studio with Neil PeartMusicRadar.com has posted a new interview with Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz where he breaks down the Clockwork Angels album track-by-track from the producer point-of view. From the article:

"Part of my responsibility as a producer - the biggest part of my job, really - is to be there for the artist and to help them see their vision through," ... "This album was Rush's vision," says Raskulinecz. "It wasn't mine. I was there to make sure it was played as brilliantly as they could play it, sung as high as Geddy Lee could sing it, and have the guitar solos bring me to tears. "I feel like we achieved all of those elements. There's so much emotion that we captured, just total from-the-gut expression. Three dudes making music - that's Rush!" ...

Raskulinecz then goes on to give his unique perspective on all 12 tracks from the album, including these comments on The Anarchist:

"One of my favorites, but I could say that about all the songs. To me, it's all about the riff, and this riff takes me back to the old days. That was one of the cool things about working on this record, helping Rush to know that it was OK to be like this. 'You guys can do this. You guys did it a long time ago, you can do it again. You own it!' "There's a lot of interplay happening between everybody. There was a demo, but we added a keyboard and the high strings - it morphed. Vocally, it was about getting Geddy up in that high register where he belongs. His energy level is pretty cool here. "I've said this for years: Alex Lifeson is the chameleon of rock guitar. He's got so much feeling. He brings me to tears when he plays; in fact, he's in tears while he's playing it! Some of his solos were from the demos, some he played in the studio a few times, and there were a few that he tracked multiple times. In every case, he had pure emotion."

You can read the entire interview/article at this link. Thanks to isaac for the heads up.

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Geddy Lee to appear on the CBC's The National tonight
8:07AM EST | link | comments (22) |

UPDATE - 6/11@10:54PM: The interview is now available online at this link (thanks RushFanForever).

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Geddy Lee on the CBC's The NationalUPDATE - 6/11@9:41PM: You can also watch the preview from last night's show at this location (thanks RushFanForever).

The CBC's The National will be airing an exclusive interview with Geddy Lee on tonight's program. The interview was conducted by Peter Mansbridge and you can watch a short preview online from yesterday's broadcast at this location at about the 42:15 mark. You can watch the interview on the CBC News Network this evening at 9PM or online at the CBC website. Thanks to zebec for the heads up.

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New Geddy Lee interview in the Toronto Sun
7:37AM EST | link | comments (5) |

There's a new Geddy Lee interview in the Toronto Sun where Geddy talks about the band's Clockwork Angels album. Geddy talks about the conceptual nature of the album, comparing it to The Who's Tommy:

... "You know, so many of our albums were really concept albums, we just didn't say it out loud," said Lee, 58, while seated in his manager's offices in Toronto recently.

"This is more overt. We're admitting to it ... I think (Tommy's) a good reference to me because what I love about Tommy is you pull songs off Tommy and they stand on their own ... They're rock songs that are not necessarily dependent on the other rock songs on that album to be good and to be valid and that was something I was after with this album." ...

You can check out the entire article/interview at this link. The interview also appears in JAM!, who also have some additional content posted where Geddy discusses the creative process. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Planet Rock's Rush Clockwork Angels album special now available online; album review update
7:42PM EST | link | comments (107) |

UPDATE - 6/11@4:59PM: Here's an glowing A+ review from Peffer Reviews (thanks Rob S)

UPDATE - 6/11@4:12PM: Here's a 4.5/5 star review from the Montreal Gazzette (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

UPDATE - 6/11@8:56AM: Here's a 9.3/10 review from Examiner.com (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 6/11@7:31AM: Here's a 4 out of 5 AllMusic review (thanks Shredder2).

Planet RockAs I'd mentioned a couple of days ago, Darren Redick of UK digital radio station Planet Rock spoke to Geddy Lee about Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album in a one-hour special that aired earlier today. The entire program is now available online for streaming at the Planet Rock website at this location. They play several tracks from the album interspersed with interview segments where Geddy comments on the songs.

Although the official North American release of Clockwork Angels occurs this coming Tuesday, June 12th, fans across the world have already been receiving copies of the special Classic Rock fanpack edition of the album. Reviews of the album have been trickling in over the past couple of days. The Toronto Sun gave the album 4 out of 5 stars saying the following:

Meet the new world men. Same as the old world men - but better. A rejuvenated Rush find their way forward by looking back on their 19th disc, re-embracing long-form conceptual work - this full-length narrative follows a young traveller through a steampunk dystopia - while streamlining their sound and playing with reawakened passion and propulsion. Catch the spirit, catch the spit.

Billboard included the album as part of their 40 hot releases of the summer:

It's been more than five years since Rush's last studio album, "Snakes & Arrows," which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. "But we really haven't been away," manager Ray Danniels says, noting that the Canadian rock trio has actively toured behind the release in recent years. For "Clockwork Angels," co-produced by Nick Raskulinecz, Rush has "revisited the idea of a concept record," Daniels says, adding, "This is their 20th record. I'm thrilled that we got there."

Here's a 3.5/5 Clockwork Angels review from the Globe and Mail:

It's back to the future as Canada's favourite prog rockers return to the long-form structures and interlinked lyrics that marked the likes of 2112. (Hey, it's the pre-centenary, right?) While the playing is as fiery and flamboyant as ever, the solos are sharply song-focused, lending the music a strong sense of melodic direction, from the multi-textured title tune to the steely funk of Seven Cities of Gold.

MSN.com has a more detailed review at this link which closes with the following comment:

... Although Snakes & Arrows was an excellent album, Clockwork Angels is even better, thanks in part to the thematic and musical focus of Peart, Lifeson, and Lee, and in part to just how vibrant a rock record it is. At times the band rocks as hard as they did on 2112, and others they sound as soulful - that's right, even prog nerds have soul - as they ever have, and they do so with supreme skill and confidence. With the perspective of time, Neil Young's notion of burning out versus fading away seem a little dated now. Instead, with a band like Rush hitting another peak as their career comes closer to its end, there's a third Young phrase that seems even more fitting: "Long may you run."

And here's a great review from Tom Johnson at Something Else!.

FMQB Productions in association with Anthem/Roadrunner Records will be airing their own 1-hour Clockwork Angels special titled Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels beginning next week on Monday, June 11th. The special will be hosted by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins. From the FMQB website:

Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins will interview members of one of his favorite bands, Rush, as the Canadian Rock veterans prepare to release their 20th studio album Clockwork Angels. Corgan will chat with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson for an upcoming FMQB Productions special, Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels, airing on radio stations across North America starting June 11. Clockwork Angels arrives in stores on June 12. ...

Here's the album's title track on SoundCloud:

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
12:29PM EST | link | comments (167) |

UPDATE - 6/9@12:43PM: Here's a great review from Tom Johnson at Something Else!.

UPDATE - 6/8@4:41PM: Here's a 3.5/5 Clockwork Angels review from the Globe and Mail:

It's back to the future as Canada's favourite prog rockers return to the long-form structures and interlinked lyrics that marked the likes of 2112. (Hey, it's the pre-centenary, right?) While the playing is as fiery and flamboyant as ever, the solos are sharply song-focused, lending the music a strong sense of melodic direction, from the multi-textured title tune to the steely funk of Seven Cities of Gold.

And MSN.com has a more detailed review at this link (thanks MTB2112) which closes with the following comment:

... Although Snakes & Arrows was an excellent album, Clockwork Angels is even better, thanks in part to the thematic and musical focus of Peart, Lifeson, and Lee, and in part to just how vibrant a rock record it is. At times the band rocks as hard as they did on 2112, and others they sound as soulful - that's right, even prog nerds have soul - as they ever have, and they do so with supreme skill and confidence. With the perspective of time, Neil Young's notion of burning out versus fading away seem a little dated now. Instead, with a band like Rush hitting another peak as their career comes closer to its end, there's a third Young phrase that seems even more fitting: "Long may you run."

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UPDATE - 6/8@2:07PM: Reader Alejandro T from Chile just received his copy of the vinyl edition of Clockwork Angels and sent along this photo.

It's been a crazy week in Rush-land as we await the impending release of the band's Clockwork Angels album next Tuesday. However, in this day and age of the internet and a global marketplace, a release date doesn't have quite the same meaning as it used to. Fans in parts of Europe began to receive their Clockwork Angels fanpacks as early as last Saturday, and fans in North America have now also started receiving them. You can check out some photos of the fanpacks in this post. The official release in parts of Europe, Asia and Australia has already occurred, with the UK release on Monday and the North American release on Tuesday, June 12th. With the early release came the inevitable leaks, and Roadrunner has been playing music piracy whack-a-mole all week trying to plug them. Various 30-second samples of all the tracks on the album were released late last week at Walmart.com and this Italian website, and MitA compiled these all into one 12-minute mega-preview clip. Rush is also streaming the entire Clockwork Angels title track via their Facebook page and SoundCloud. John at Cygnus-X1.net got his hands on some scans of the fanpack and was able to transcribe the lyrics and liner notes to the album at this location. And Eric at Power Windows has put together some Clockwork Angels-themed desktop wallpaper at this link. Some reviews of the album are also starting to trickle in. The Toronto Sun gives the album 4 out of 5 stars saying the following:

Meet the new world men. Same as the old world men - but better. A rejuvenated Rush find their way forward by looking back on their 19th disc, re-embracing long-form conceptual work - this full-length narrative follows a young traveller through a steampunk dystopia - while streamlining their sound and playing with reawakened passion and propulsion. Catch the spirit, catch the spit.

Billboard included the album as part of their 40 hot releases of the summer:

It's been more than five years since Rush's last studio album, "Snakes & Arrows," which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. "But we really haven't been away," manager Ray Danniels says, noting that the Canadian rock trio has actively toured behind the release in recent years. For "Clockwork Angels," co-produced by Nick Raskulinecz, Rush has "revisited the idea of a concept record," Daniels says, adding, "This is their 20th record. I'm thrilled that we got there."

Darren Redick of UK digital radio station Planet Rock will be talking to Geddy Lee about the Clockwork Angels album in a one-hour special that will air tomorrow June 9th at 7PM (UK time - 2PM EST). The interview can be heard on Planet Rock - on digital radio, Sky 0110, Virgin Media 924, Freesat 730 and www.planetrock.com. Planet Rock is also running a contest where they are giving away copies of the fanpack along with a signed Neil Peart drumhead. Also, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will be stopping by Toronto's Q107 next week as part of a Clockwork Angels album premiere Q&A session with Jeff Woods. For details and to learn how you could win a ticket to the Q&A, see the Q107 website.

FMQB Productions in association with Anthem/Roadrunner Records will be airing a 1-hour Clockwork Angels special titled Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels beginning next week on June 11th. The special will be hosted by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins. From the FMQB website:

Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins will interview members of one of his favorite bands, Rush, as the Canadian Rock veterans prepare to release their 20th studio album Clockwork Angels. Corgan will chat with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson for an upcoming FMQB Productions special, Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels, airing on radio stations across North America starting June 11. Clockwork Angels arrives in stores on June 12. ...

Canadian music store chain Long & McQuade is running a contest where you could win a pair of concert tickets and a meet 'n' greet to one of Rush's Canadian dates on the upcoming Clockwork Angels tour. For details check out this link.

Austrian heavy metal site Stormbringer.at posted a 16-minute interview they conducted with Geddy Lee on a recent trip to Europe earlier this week. Geddy talks Clockwork Angels, covering several of the same topics that have been covered in other recent interviews. You can watch it at this link.

Clockwork Angels bookA sampler booklet of the Clockwork Angels novel was distributed to industry professionals and booksellers at the Book Expo America in New York City this past week, and author Kevin J. Anderson was on hand to sign some copies. Anderson posted several photos taken by photographer John DeNobile from the book signing on Tuesday to his blog earlier this week along with the following report:

... it was off to the BEA show for the day, lunch with my agents, and then an afternoon signing at the ECW booth where we gave out copies of the special color sampler booklet of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel - special introductions by Neil Peart and myself, the first three chapters, the lyrics to Caravan, and three color paintings from the book. I signed for a long line of people, and also gave out DEATH WARMED OVER postcards. ...

Clockwork Angels: The Novel will release via ECW Press this September to coincide with the launch of Rush's North America tour.

We learned yesterday Neil Peart's red Tama Art Star custom drum kit which he used in the early '80s is now up for auction via Julien's Auctions. From the listing:

A Tama Superstar drum kit, custom made for Neil Peart, drummer from the band Rush. The kit was used by Peart for recording on three Rush albums, Signals (Anthem, 1982), Grace Under Pressure (Anthem, 1984), and Power Windows (Anthem, 1985), as well as all live shows played on the concert tours that followed the release of each album. Peart also played the kit in nine music videos for the singles that were released from each album. As well, Peart can be seen playing the kit in the RUSH concert video "Grace Under Pressure Tour 1984" (Anthem, 1985) which was recorded live at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada, on September 21, 1984. The kit was originally given away by Peart to the winner of a contest that was held in Modern Drummer magazine in 1987. ...

For all the details check out the listing at this location.

Modern Drummer July 2012Speaking of Neil, the July, 2012 issue of Modern Drummer hit newsstands earlier this week and it contains the results of the magazine's 2012 Readers Poll. Neil Peart ended up winning in both the Best Prog Drummer and the Best Educational DVD (for Taking Center Stage) categories. From the magazine:

As the old joke goes, if an entry for progressive rock drummer were in the dictionary, it would be Peart's face that you'd see. Neil's a bona fide cultural touchstone, nearly forty years into his career - but somehow he seems more active than ever. Last year saw the Rush drummer/lyricist appear on MD's December cover, release the book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time, participate in the legendary Canadian band's Time Machine tour, release the DVDs Taking Center Stage and Fire on Ice: The Making of the Hockey Theme, and anchor the first drum solo week on Letterman.

Rounding out the top 5 Prog Drummers were Mike Mangini at #2, Todd Sucherman at #3, Marco Minnemann at #4 and Carl Palmer at #5.

As part of their Decebrity Playlist series, yesterday Decibel magazine posted a playlist of Rush songs as chosen by several hard rock and heavy metal artists. The article includes commentary from the artists themselves, such as these comments from King's X bassist dUg Pinnick on Xanadu:

I was watching Don Kirshner's Rock Concert on TV way back in the day. I had never heard of Rush, then the band played "Xanadu" live! It fucked me up for life! That song has everything great about non-commercial songwriting-it gives me goosebumps and makes me feel good inside. I really don't know why, maybe for me it was the first prog tune that wasn't dark and chaotic. All of the parts really flowed together as opposed to the normal mathematical prog trainwrecks within the same magnum opus that I was accustomed to and loved. The bass lines are very moving and Geddy was singing with a lot of soul. Love that band. King's X was managed by their manager Ray Daniels for a few years back in the day, but we never got to tour with them-contrary to the rumor that we did. I wish!

Other artists featured are Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Shane Clark (3 Inches Of Blood), Sean Reinert (Cynic), Chris Corey (Last Chance to Reason), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne). You can read the entire article at this link. Part 2 will feature even more artists and should be posted in the near future.

Ted Leo and Geddy LeeSpin Magazine posted an article to their website earlier this week titled Ted Leo's Life With Rush: Closer to the Heart. Ted Leo is an American punk rock/indie rock musician who has played in the bands Citizens Arrest, Chisel, The Sin-Eaters, The Spinanes, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. In the article Ted highlights five scenes from his life growing up which involve Rush. It's a great article that any Rush fan that grew up in the '80s should easily identify with. You can read the entire thing at this link.

Earlier this week the Power Windows site reported a Rush reference in the second story in Marvel Comics' Annihilators vol. 1 no. 2, June 2011. The story stars the space traveling adventurers Rocket Raccoon and Groot and is titled There Is Unrest In The Forest, There Is Trouble With The Trees.

Rush was featured as part of Metal Underground's Sunday Old School column this past weekend. They give a brief history/bio of the band and feature a few videos. You can check it out at this link.

Frontwoman and guitarist of the Roxy Gunn Project - Roxy Gunn - was recently interviewed for Glide magazine and had some nice words to say about her favorite guitarist Alex Lifeson:

Oh wow, honestly, Alex Lifeson from Rush has inspired me so much. When I was younger the technicality of Rush was kind of hard for me to understand at the time but, I don't know, there is something about the way he plays that is so complicated but so simple at the same time. I absolutely love him. ...

The A.V. Club posted their guide to the best of prog rock yesterday and included Rush as one of the bands profiled:

... The Police's reggae-accented, technically brilliant pop-rock inspired many of prog's surviving dinosaurs. One of The Police's most vocal champions was Rush, who spun that fresh inspiration into a string of albums (starting with Permanent Waves, prophetically released on January 1, 1980) that marked the band's most successful and creatively fertile decade. A prime example: the knife-edged hooks and Police-like reggae breakdown of Permanent Wave's anthemic "The Spirit Of Radio." Rush's extreme prog makeover marked a sea change in the genre, but it was short-lived. That last gasp of prog's first wave, though, produced some fantastic work. ...

RushFanForever discovered an extended version of a video taken from the Alan King documentary Come on Children of a young Alex Lifeson arguing with his parents over his future as a musician back in 1972. The shorter version that runs about 2 minutes has been online for a while, but this one is the full 7.5-minute clip.

Shinedown narrowly edged out Rush 53% to 47% in Loudwire's latest cage match (thanks Kelly M) this past week. Really?!

Rock photographer Ross Halfin recently posted an old photo of Neil to his online diary entry for March 15th along with these comments (thanks Toronto Writer):

A picture I like of Neil Peart from Rush - one of the truly great drummers. Funny, I always thought of Neil as a technical drummer, but he's a big fan of Keith Moon and if you listen to say Live At Leeds or Who's Next you can hear it in his playing. It was taken as he was about to go onstage at the Ice Palace, Helsinki

Sci-fi author Ray Bradbury died this past week at the age of 91. As a tribute to the late author, the LA Times posted their list of 10 musical works inspired by Bradbury's writings. Included on the list is Rush's The Body Electric:

Canadian power trio Rush draw on Bradbury's collection of short stories from 1969, "I Sing the Body Electric," itself inspired by a Walt Whitman poem, during their song "The Body Electric." Taken from the band's 1984 album "Grace Under Pressure," the song, written by avowed Bradbury fan/drummer Neil Peart, features androids, humanoids, system breakdowns, data overloads, lots of random sci-fi terms and "the mother of all machines," a reference to the plot line of the Bradbury story.

Long time Rush Collector Jim from Scotland is selling hundreds of Rare Rush Items through his website at www.resistmusic.com. If you're a collector his stuff is definitely worth checking out.

The last page of the Clockwork Angels fanpack CD booklet shown here references a url at watchmaker.classicrockmagazine.com where fans can receive some bonus content. Contained at this url is a behind-the-scenes video interview with Geddy Lee where Geddy talks about the making of Clockwork Angels for about 6 minutes, interspersed with in-studio footage from the recording of the album. You can check out the interview below or at this link. Also part of the Classic Rock bonus content is a very funny and entertaining, 7-minute video interview with Geddy Lee which you can check out below or at this link.

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

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Enter to win Rush concert tickets and a meet 'n' greet
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Canadian music store chain Long & McQuade is running a contest where you could win a pair of concert tickets and a meet 'n' greet to one of Rush's Canadian dates on the upcoming Clockwork Angels tour. From the website:

Fill out a ballot at your local Long & McQuade location between June 1st and 30th for your chance to win:

* A grand prize of a pair of tickets and meet 'n' greet passes for the Rush concert in select cities*
* 10 runner-up prizes of the new Rush album, Clockwork Angels, and the DVD Live in Cleveland.

For tour info, visit www.rush.com.

*Grand prizes available to be won: A pairs of tickets and meet 'n' greet passes for Rush concerts in these cities -
Edmonton (Sept.30/12 - Rexall Place)
Saskatoon (Sept.28/12 - Credit Union Centre)
Winnipeg (Sept.26/12 - MTS Centre)
Toronto (Oct.14/12 - Air Canada Centre)
Contest runs June 1 to 30, 2012. One entry per person. Transportation to and from the concert is the winner's responsibility.

For details check out this link. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Neil Peart's red Tama drum kit up for auction
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UPDATE - 6/27@6:06PM: The kit ended up selling for $35,000 (thanks vaporsdad)!

Neil Peart's red Tama Art Star custom drum kit which he used in the early '80s is now up for auction via Julien's Auctions. From the listing:

A Tama Superstar drum kit, custom made for Neil Peart, drummer from the band Rush. The kit was used by Peart for recording on three Rush albums, Signals (Anthem, 1982), Grace Under Pressure (Anthem, 1984), and Power Windows (Anthem, 1985), as well as all live shows played on the concert tours that followed the release of each album. Peart also played the kit in nine music videos for the singles that were released from each album. As well, Peart can be seen playing the kit in the RUSH concert video "Grace Under Pressure Tour 1984" (Anthem, 1985) which was recorded live at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada, on September 21, 1984. The kit was originally given away by Peart to the winner of a contest that was held in Modern Drummer magazine in 1987. ...

For all the details check out the listing at this location. Thanks to Greg N for the heads up.

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Clockwork Angels title track now streaming on Rush's Facebook page
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UPDATE - 6/7@7:03PM: Here is the track on SoundCloud for those who don't use Facebook (thanks Lucien):

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UPDATE - 6/7@3:39PM: False alarm on the Spotify streaming - it's only the songs that have already been released; Caravan, BU2B and Headlong Flight.

UPDATE - 6/7@2:30PM: Clockwork Angels is now available for streaming on Spotify (thanks mbaumbach)!

Rush has made the title track to their Clockwork Angels album available for streaming on their Facebook page. You can check it out by going to Rush's Facebook page and clicking on New Music! or just access it directly at this link.

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Planet Rock's Rush Clockwork Angels album special to air on June 9th
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Planet RockDarren Redick of UK digital radio station Planet Rock will be talking to Geddy Lee about Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album in a one-hour special that will air this coming Saturday June 9th at 7PM (UK time - 2PM EST). The interview can be heard on Planet Rock - on digital radio, Sky 0110, Virgin Media 924, Freesat 730 and www.planetrock.com. Thanks to Planet Rock's Jon Norman for the heads up.

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Decibel magazine's celebrity Rush playlist
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As part of their Decebrity Playlist series, Decibel magazine has just posted a playlist of Rush songs as chosen by several hard rock and heavy metal artists. The article includes commentary from the artists themselves, such as these comments from King's X bassist dUg Pinnick on Xanadu:

I was watching Don Kirshner's Rock Concert on TV way back in the day. I had never heard of Rush, then the band played "Xanadu" live! It fucked me up for life! That song has everything great about non-commercial songwriting-it gives me goosebumps and makes me feel good inside. I really don't know why, maybe for me it was the first prog tune that wasn't dark and chaotic. All of the parts really flowed together as opposed to the normal mathematical prog trainwrecks within the same magnum opus that I was accustomed to and loved. The bass lines are very moving and Geddy was singing with a lot of soul. Love that band. King's X was managed by their manager Ray Daniels for a few years back in the day, but we never got to tour with them-contrary to the rumor that we did. I wish!

Other artists featured are Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Shane Clark (3 Inches Of Blood), Sean Reinert (Cynic), Chris Corey (Last Chance to Reason), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne). You can read the entire article at this link. Part 2 will feature even more artists and should be posted in the near future.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Geddy Lee Classic Rock bonus content video interview now online
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UPDATE - 6/7@8:15AM: Note that the url (watchmaker.classicrockmagazine.com) of this bonus content is referenced on the last page of the fanpack CD booklet as shown here.

Classic Rock magazine has posted online a behind-the-scenes video interview with Geddy Lee that is part of the bonus content included with the fanpack. Geddy talks about the making of Clockwork Angels for about 6 minutes, interspersed with in-studio footage from the recording of the album. You can check out the interview below or at this link (thanks Hank2714).

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels liner notes, lyrics now available online
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Earlier this week some fans in Europe started receiving their Clockwork Angels fanpacks. John at Cygnus-X1.net got his hands on some scans of the liner notes from one of these lucky fans and has transcribed them along with the lyrics, making them available online at this link. Not surprisingly, the album is dedicated to the late Andrew MacNaughtan.

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Neil Peart named Best Prog Drummer in the 2012 Modern Drummer magazine Readers Poll
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Modern Drummer July 2012The July, 2012 issue of Modern Drummer hit newsstands today and it contains the results of the magazine's 2012 Readers Poll. Neil Peart ended up winning in both the Best Prog Drummer and the Best Educational DVD (for Taking Center Stage) categories. From the magazine:

As the old joke goes, if an entry for progressive rock drummer were in the dictionary, it would be Peart's face that you'd see. Neil's a bona fide cultural touchstone, nearly forty years into his career - but somehow he seems more active than ever. Last year saw the Rush drummer/lyricist appear on MD's December cover, release the book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time, participate in the legendary Canadian band's Time Machine tour, release the DVDs Taking Center Stage and Fire on Ice: The Making of the Hockey Theme, and anchor the first drum solo week on Letterman.

Rounding out the top 5 Prog Drummers were Mike Mangini at #2, Todd Sucherman at #3, Marco Minnemann at #4 and Carl Palmer at #5. Thanks to Jackson P for the heads up and the scans.

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Rush Clockwork Angels Q&A session with Toronto's Q107
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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will be stopping by Toronto's Q107 next week as part of a Clockwork Angels album premiere Q&A session with Jeff Woods. From the Q107 website (thanks RushFanForever):

Be Part of An Intimate Q&A with Rush!

The Mighty Q presents the world album premiere of Rush's Clockwork Angels, and you could be there when Rush stops by the Q107 World Headquarters!

To win your way into this exclusive event, enter right now! If you're lucky, you and a pal will join Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson live at Corus Quay with host Jeff Woods for an intimate Q&A about the new album! ...

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Punk rocker Ted Leo reminisces about growing up with Rush
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Ted Leo and Geddy LeeSpin Magazine posted an article to their website today titled Ted Leo's Life With Rush: Closer to the Heart. Ted Leo is an American punk rock/indie rock musician who has played in the bands Citizens Arrest, Chisel, The Sin-Eaters, The Spinanes, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. In the article Ted highlights five scenes from his life growing up which involve Rush, including this one from the Summer of 1981:

... The van was maroon and silver, with four gray-and-black captain's chairs and a gray bench in back. I was older than my siblings, and so commandeered the bench to spread out, in my tweenish need for space, with my books and my tapes and my Walkman. Very soon, that Walkman would start playing Run-DMC, the Crash Crew, Divine Sounds, etc. Then mostly the Misfits, Flipper, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, etc. But for now (and for some time before and after), I would sit there, amid the maroon and gray, and stare out at the six hours of alternating city and country, and that Walkman would play one thing and one thing only: Rush's Moving Pictures, and specifically, "Red Barchetta."

As we rolled through the greener parts of New England, I'd shoot out from the highway down half-hidden, mostly imagined country lanes, chased by the gleaming alloy air cars trying to enforce the Motor Laws until we got to the tumble-down motel near Goose Rocks Beach we'd always return to; and in the twilight, looking up at the big red barn by the tetherball court, knowing that the brilliant red Barchetta was once again safely hidden within, I'd keep my own company for a while, shutting out the noise of family and other tourists, and wish that I, too, had been born in a better, vanished time. ...

It's a great article that any Rush fan that grew up in the '80s should easily identify with. You can read the entire thing at this link. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Geddy Lee Classic Rock magazine CD extra video interview
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The July, 2012 issue of Classic Rock magazine features Rush on the cover along with a 7-page article that you can check out at this link. A CD is included with the issue and on it is a very funny and entertaining, 7-minute video interview with Geddy Lee which you can check out below or at this link. Geddy is asked whether he has ever used the phrase do you know who I am?, whether he has stolen anything from a hotel room, if he's ever walked out of a gig and also talks about being starstruck when meeting Pete Townshend at the Governor General's Awards Gala. Thanks to simont2112 for the heads up.

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Clockwork Angels novel sampler booklet at Book Expo America
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UPDATE - 6/6@8:51PM: Anderson posted several photos taken by photographer John DeNobile from the book signing on Tuesday to his blog earlier today. He also posted the following report to his blog yesterday:

... Then it was off to the BEA show for the day, lunch with my agents, and then an afternoon signing at the ECW booth where we gave out copies of the special color sampler booklet of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel - special introductions by Neil Peart and myself, the first three chapters, the lyrics to Caravan, and three color paintings from the book. I signed for a long line of people, and also gave out DEATH WARMED OVER postcards. ...

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Clockwork Angels bookA sampler booklet of the Clockwork Angels novel will be given out to industry professionals and booksellers at next week's Book Expo America in New York City. From author Kevin J. Anderson's blog:

ECW Press, the publisher of the hardcover edition of Clockwork Angels: The Novel, has produced an impressive sampler booklet to be given out to industry professionals and booksellers at next week's Book Expo America in New York City. I will be at the Book Expo autographing the booklets for ECW, appearing on panels, and also signing for other publishers.

The impressive Clockwork Angels booklet includes the first three chapters of the novel (which roughly cover the song "Caravan"), the lyrics to "Caravan," three full-color paintings by Hugh Syme, and original introductions by Neil Peart and by myself.

The Book Expo America is the largest publishing trade show in North America and caters to industry professionals, publishers, booksellers, agents, editors, distributors, and authors. It is held at the Javitz Center in New York City, Monday-Thursday June 3-7.

I will be signing a limited number of the booklets at the ECW booth, #2740, from 2:30-3:30 PM on Tuesday and from 10-11 AM on Wednesday. I hope to see some of you there.

After the Book Expo, we'll try to make some of the extra booklets available to other fans who cannot attend, through my website and through rush.com. I'll post details here as soon as I have them.

Clockwork Angels: The Novel will release via ECW Press this September to coincide with the launch of Rush's North America tour. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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New video interview with Geddy Lee at Stormbringer.at
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Austrian heavy metal site Stormbringer.at recently posted a 16-minute interview they conducted with Geddy Lee on a recent trip to Europe. Geddy talks Clockwork Angels, covering several of the same topics that have been covered in other recent interviews. You can watch it below or at this link. Thanks to snowdog2113 for the heads up.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels additional sample clips now available
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UPDATE - 6/7@4:50PM: The YouTube clip was removed.

UPDATE - 6/4@8:15AM: MitA has put together a 12-minute clip that combines both the Walmart and Italian clips, creating 60-second samples for each track which you can check out at this location.

On Thursday Walmart.com posted 30-second sample clips of all 12 tracks from the Clockwork Angels album. Now an Italian website has posted 12 different 30-second sample clips at this link (thanks vaportrails2002). Whereas the Walmart.com clips all seem to be the first 30-seconds of each song, the clips at this Italian site are not, so they are a much a more interesting sample. They have also been compiled into one 6 minute long YouTube clip (thanks harry6778 for uploading the vid and LanceTheShred for the heads up).

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[Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz talks Clockwork Angels in new MusicRadar.com interview]
[Rush Clockwork Angels full album review track-by-track]
[Rush Clockwork Angels feature in April, 2012 issue of Prog]
[Rush Clockwork Angels official announcement, video trailer with Headlong Flight preview, cover art and track list!]

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Some Rush fans already receiving their Clockwork Angels fanpacks
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UPDATE - 6/6@8:40PM: Fans in the US and Canada are also now beginning to receive their fanpacks too.

UPDATE - 6/4@10:05AM: Here's another photo (thanks Rollo).

In my Friday updates post from yesterday I'd mentioned that several fans had received notices that their Clockwork Angels fanpacks had already shipped. Now we have news from the German Rush Forum that - not only has it shipped - some German fans have already received their fanpacks! German Rush Forum member flo11012 posted earlier today that they'd received their fanpack and also included a great photograph. Thanks to Chris B for the heads up.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels one-hour radio special hosted by Billy Corgan to air week of album release
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UPDATE - 6/5@9:38AM: From the FMQB website (thanks Firefighter SAL):

Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins will interview members of one of his favorite bands, Rush, as the Canadian Rock veterans prepare to release their 20th studio album Clockwork Angels. Corgan will chat with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson for an upcoming FMQB Productions special, Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels, airing on radio stations across North America starting June 11. Clockwork Angels arrives in stores on June 12. ...

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FMQB Productions in association with Anthem/Roadrunner Records will be airing a 1-hour Clockwork Angels special titled Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels beginning the week of the album's release on June 11th. The special will be hosted by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins and he'll be talking to all 3 members of Rush about the new release, making music, and much more. It will be airing on radio stations across the country and also be available online via SoundCloud. More details coming soon.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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There are only 11 agonizing days left until the June 12th release of Rush's Clockwork Angels album in North America. Some lucky fans in Europe will get their hands on it as early as next Friday though, and the Classic Rock Clockwork Angels fanpack will release in the UK on Monday, June 11th. Some fans in the US have already received notices that their fanpacks have shipped and that they'll receive them in 7-10 days, so they may be getting the album a few days early too. The fanpack will include the album plus a 132-page magazine with extensive and exclusive interviews with all 3 band members, along with a full track-by-track rundown by the band, interviews with producer Nick Raskulinecz and long time cover artist Hugh Syme, and more. Earlier this week Classic Rock released a 10-page e-zine sampler of the larger 132-page fanpack magazine. The sampler contains a few sample pages including photos and interview snippets with all 3 band members which you can check out online at this link. For more details on what's included in the fanpack along with order information, go to this link. To help whet our appetites until the June 12th release, yesterday Walmart.com posted 30-second sample clips of all 12 tracks from the album which you can listen to at this link. Rush Radio in partnership with RushCon will be sponsoring a Clockwork Angels listening party on the North American release date of June 12th beginning at 9PM EST. You can listen in online at RushRadio.org and join fans from around the world in an online chat. The party will get started in the chat room around 8:30PM EST with the music starting at 9PM. The album will play 2 times back to back. You can RSVP at this link and listen to the radio spot advertising the event here. Audio Times columnist and RIAB reader Rob Palladino has posted a track-by-track review of Clockwork Angels which you can check out at this link (thanks snowdog2113).

Clockwork Angels bookThe official press release announcing the novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels album by sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson was released earlier this week via Anderson's website. From the press release:

... "This is a dream project for me," Anderson says. "I have always envisioned epic stories when listening to Rush music, and now working with Neil, it's possible to translate those stories to the printed page. Clockwork Angels: The Novel turned out even better than we had hoped. I think it's one of my very best books."

"As my 38 years with Rush will attest, I very much enjoy collaboration with like-minded artists," Peart says. "Working up this story with Kevin was one of the easiest, yet most satisfying projects I have ever shared-easiest, because we almost always simply agreed with each other's ideas, and most satisfying because I am so proud of the result." ...

You can read the entire press release at this link. Clockwork Angels: The Novel will be 264 pages long and release via ECW Press this September to coincide with the launch of Rush's North America tour. The press release also reveals that the hardcover edition will contain full-color illustrations by Hugh Syme and that the audiobook will be narrated by Neil Peart himself.

Speaking of Neil Peart, yesterday Neil updated the news page on his website with a story titled Where Words Fail, Music Speaks. Neil talks about the recent Golden Gods Award show where he accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the band; the Governor General Awards gala and meeting Pete Townshend; his collaboration with Vertical Horizon and a recent outing to see the Jack DeJohnette Trio perform at Catalina's jazz club in Hollywood, before ending with some musings on lifetime achievement:

... Well, great art never fails. And we can always try again-try to do better next time. There is always hope in the spirits of those who do try, in words, pictures, music, and everyday living.

"Lifetime achievement" is all about trying, really. The proper reward for any success is love and respect, and perhaps the only award for failure is the opportunity to try once more.

Even if it takes a desperate flight of 5,923 words and twelve photographs-only to fail again.

As Samuel Beckett said, "Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
There will be another time, another place, another story.
And there is always music.

Be sure to read the entire update at this link.

Terrorizer magazine will feature an interview with Geddy Lee in their next issue and posted a few excerpts online earlier this week here and here. Here's what Geddy had to say about the term progressive rock:

"For me, you look at a band like Radiohead, who I am always impressed with, I think they're enormously talented. To me, they're a progressive rock band. You don't have to sound a particular way to be a progressive rock band, and that's my view on it. We are a hard rock band, we are a progressive rock band, but our roots are in hard rock more than they are in ELP or something like that. It's different strokes for different folks. Radiohead are a kind of progressive alt band I guess, but the key is that they're trying to bring other things into their music, and that's what a progressive band does, tries to expand what they are by adding other influences without too much prerequisite."

Police drummer Stewart Copeland was recently interviewed for MusicRadar.com and discusses Rush and his friendship with Neil Peart. Both drummers appeared on Drum Solo Week on David Letterman last year and Neil had mentioned in another interview that Copeland was anti drum solo. Here's how Copeland reacted to that comment:

... Mmm... not so much. I pull Neil's chain on this at every possible opportunity, of course. You know, when I was a kid, I dreamed of playing a 17-hour drum solo. Then I grew up. ...

He was also asked about how Rush's early '80s music was somewhat influenced by The Police:

... "I had only heard of it. I didn't actually listen to Rush albums, and I couldn't tell you one from the other - although Neil is a good buddy. [laughs] We agreed to disagree on certain things, and it is a measure of his greatness as a human being that he is completely over whatever my feelings might be about Rush.

"This truly is the case: He's never heard me say a wonderful thing about his band. He's read a few comments that I wish he hadn't read. In unguarded moments, things tend to slip out. Musicians tend to be snippy about one another, and I'm generally not. I generally love all music and all players.

"There was a time when bands like Rush were the epitome of what The Police were theoretically against, which was an overemphasis on musicality. Our ethos in the early days was about the primal scream and that musical technique was a distraction from that mission. There may have been a few comments that I might have made regarding Rush's position on that debate, and it is really, really to Neil's credit that he's over that debate. And we get along great." ...

You can read the entire interview at this link.

Yesterday we learned that Rush's 2003 compilation The Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987 has re-entered the Billboard Top 200 album chart at #161 for the week of June 9th. It had peaked at #62 on the chart back in 2003 when it was released and remained in the top 200 for 7 weeks. My guess is that the surge in sales is likely due to a carry-over effect from pre-orders of the Clockwork Angels album, where people are ordering the compilation along with the new album. Whatever the reason, it's nice to see. Clockwork Angels releases a week from next Tuesday on June 12th in North America. It's expected that pre-orders of the album should propel it into at least the top 5 on the Billboard 200 for the week of its release, if not higher. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

Reader Ross from L.A. let me know that a photo of Geddy Lee with The Who's Pete Townshend from the Governor General's Awards Gala last month appears on page 39 of the June 7th edition (issue 1158) of Rolling Stone magazine. A shot of the whole band with Townshend has been floating around online since the night of the event which you can check out here. Townshend was at the gala to perform with award recipient Des McAnnuf's band. McAnnuf is the director who had put together a musical theatre version of Tommy back in 1993. Steve Gouveia is the guitarist for McAnnuf's band and he sent me this video of them performing Pinball Wizard with Townshend from the Gala.

Jammit!Jammit! has added Subdivisions to the list of Rush tracks already available for the Jammit! app which includes Tom Sawyer, Closer to the Heart, 2112, Limelight and YYZ. 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. Thanks to Andy G for the heads up.

Paul at the Canadian Music Scene let me know that BNN's Headline show hosted by Howard Green often features Bloomberg senior writer Roben Farzad. Besides being a financial guru, Roben is a huge Rush fan and mentions every time that he is on the show that it is almost criminal that Rush is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You can see Roben talk Rush in this clip around the 4:50 mark.

Inner Volition is the young Canadian band that was featured in a short Rush tribute film called Inner Rush that was produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The film was shown at last month's Governor General's Award ceremony at the National Arts Centre where Rush was presented with a Governor General's Performing Arts Award. Inner Volition was lucky enough to attend the ceremony and also meet Rush. The NAC website posted an article a couple of weeks ago where one of the members of Inner Volition described the experience:

omg honestly best night of my existence last night. As if going to the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards show wasn't enough, we got a bunch of pictures taken of us on the red carpet (awesome), got to watch an awesome awards show with lots of talented Canadian artists (amazing), and met & talked with RUSH (greatest Canadian band of all time)! Talked with Geddy Lee about bass playing for a while, talked with Alex Lifeson about guitar gear for a solid half an hour, and actually got to meet Neil Peart, the most reclusive man in rock!! :D soooo awesome! took a lot of pictures, and they were so great and nice to us, it was unreal! And after, when we went to a diner at 1:00 in the morning, I've never laughed so hard as when I was in the booth with the rest of the freaks (Inner Volition). I love my life.

In case you missed it the first time, the 6.5-minute Inner Rush video is now available on YouTube. You can check it out below or at this link.

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

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