Archive: Blog Entries from July, 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Clockwork Angels: The Novel highlights posted at The Lofty Oaks
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UPDATE - 8/5@11:11AM: Part 9 - the last in the series - has been posted.

UPDATE - 8/3@9:53AM: Part 7 of the novel highlights has been posted.

UPDATE - 8/2@1:11PM: Part 6 of the novel highlights has been posted.

UPDATE - 8/1@10:08AM: Part 5 of the novel highlights has been posted.

UPDATE - 8/1@10:08AM: Part 5 of the novel highlights has been posted.

UPDATE - 7/31@8:57PM: According to a post over at Kevin J. Anderson's blog, he'll be offering signed copies of Clockwork Angels for $24.99 via AnderZoneShop.com:

... you can order [an autographed hardcover] through AnderZoneShop.com for the cover price of $24.99. To be clear, this is signed by me (Kevin J. Anderson) and not by Neil Peart, but there's no extra charge. I will even personalize the copy, if you make a note in the "comments" field. Copies will ship at the beginning of September, as soon as I receive and sign them. (International customers, be aware that international shipping is pricey... I don't set that!) We also have bundles up if you would like to buy Clockwork Angels: The Novel along with my first novel Resurrection, Inc. (which was inspired by the Rush album "Grace Under Pressure," and was the book that originally brought me together with Neil) or a bundle with my new novel Death Warmed Over, the first in my Dan Shamble, Zombie PI series, which will be released at the same time as Clockwork Angels: The Novel. Save $5 with each bundle.

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Clockwork Angels bookWe are about one short month away from the release of Kevin J. Anderson's novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels album. Carter Biel at The Lofty Oaks website was lucky enough to receive an advanced review copy of the novel from ECW Press and over the past week has written a series of blog posts as he reads the novel. The posts so far are - as he describes it - a sort of play by play movie trailer of highlights:

I don't think it is possible to "give away" a book like you can a movie. Books have much more happening on many levels. Plus the action is scrolling in your own mind with characters, scenes and settings of your own device. In that light I have decided to write a series of posts about "Clockwork Angels - The Novel" by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, as I am reading it. A sort of play by play movie trailer of highlights. I'll try not to divulge any real plot secrets or serious spoilers. I just wish to relay a few thoughts and insights as to go along with my reading. This will all lead up to an official review of the book in total. ...

He does a good job of setting the scene and giving a high-level description of what's going on in the novel without giving away any important plot points, but the posts do contain some spoilers so consider yourself warned. That said, the Clockwork Angels album itself is sort of a spoiler for the novel anyways, and we've all already heard the entire album and read the lyrics. He's currently about half-way through the book and has written a total of 4 blog posts which you can check out at the following links (SPOILERS!): part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4. He'll also be writing more posts as he progresses through the novel. You can pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

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[Clockwork Angels novel sampler booklet at Book Expo America]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel official press release]
[Clockwork Angels novelization cover art now available]
[Clockwork Angels novelization by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart now available for pre-order]
[Kevin J. Anderson's novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels album due out this Fall from ECW Press]
[Author Kevin J. Anderson to write novelization of Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album]

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Rush Kerrang! magazine feature now online
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Kerrang! July 21, 2012 coverLast week I let you know that the latest issue of UK magazine Kerrang! contains a 2-page feature on Rush by Simon Young titled Conquering Mount Rush-more. The article includes a 10-point list of reasons why Rush are awesome, along with comments from Geddy Lee. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the entire feature and made it available online at this location. Point number 1 on the list reads They inspired everyone!. Here are Geddy's comments on that:

"We've met so many bands who're massive fans, like The Mars Volta, but we've not had any [Wayne's World style] 'we're not worthy!' moments. When Foo Fighters came through Toronto a couple of years ago, Dave Grohl invited Alex and I to play YYZ [Moving Pictures, 1981] with them. They nailed it. It's a compliment when great musicians are fans of what you do."

You can read the entire article here. Thanks John!

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Happy birthday Geddy Lee!
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Geddy then and nowOn this day back in 1953, our favorite singer/bassist - Gary Lee Weinrib (aka Geddy Lee) - was born in Willowdale, Toronto. That makes Geddy 59 years young today! Happy birthday Geddy! May you have many more. Today is also the 38th anniversary of Neil Peart joining Rush! Also, 38 years ago tomorrow Rush bought equipment for their first tour at Long and McQuade Music in Toronto, including Geddy's black Rickenbacker, Alex's Gibson Les Paul Deluxe and Neil's Slingerland kit.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Rush featured in July, 2012 issue of Metal Hammer magazine
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July, 2012 Metal HammerThe July, 2012 issue of Metal Hammer magazine contains an article on Rush titled Kingdom Come by Dom Lawson on page 94. Alex Lifeson is interviewed and discusses the recording of Clockwork Angels, the band's Time Machine Tour, the Rush documentary and more. The magazine is a special issue paying tribute to Black Sabbath and contains a sidebar piece about how Rush met Ozzy Osbourne during the recording of A Farewell To Kings. Ozzy stopped by Rockfield Studios in Wales where Rush was recording - he was apparently looking for drugs and couldn't find any. Alex Lifeson also cites Iron Man as his favorite Black Sabbath song. There is also another sidebar piece as titled What Rush and Machine Head Have In Common. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Rush feature in the UK's The Sun newspaper
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Rush is featured in today's edition of UK newspaper The Sun for an article titled Rush: We've found a groove ... It's only taken 38 years. The article showcases the band's new Clockwork Angels album, declaring it the band's finest since the classic Moving Pictures in 1981. The article also contains interview snippets from all 3 band members. Here are some comments from Geddy:

... "We were allowing ourselves more improvisation on stage - that great feeling of not quite knowing where you were going or how you were going to get out of it. It was really exciting. We were really pushing ourselves. Later we said, 'Wouldn't it be great to have those moments on record too?' "

So Peart, perhaps rock's greatest drummer, abandoned his customary meticulous preparation.

"Neil just said, 'Look, I'm not going to figure out all the arrangements, I'm just going to do it on the fly'," said Geddy.

"What he got out of it was that he was just playing, just flying. He wasn't a slave to the traditional structure. He was experimenting throughout. We all were. You can see that we're really going for it. We're jamming - it's loose, accidental, experimental, and it works.

"We found a groove, the three of us. It only took us 38 years to get our groove on!" ...

You can read the entire article at this location.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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The Clockwork Angels album has fallen 10 spots from #51 last week to #61 on the Billboard 200 album chart in its 6th week of release. Rush released The Wreckers as the second single from the album to radio this past Wednesday, and it should also be available for purchase digitally as a single next week. You can check out the single's artwork here. UltimateClassicRock.com reviewed the track earlier this week, giving it a 9/10. The barrage of band interviews finally settled down a bit as Rush and their road crew hunkered down for tour rehearsals beginning this past week. A new official Neil Peart Twitter feed was set up yesterday called Clockwork Motorrad where Neil and Rush tour security Michael will be tweeting updates from the road on the Clockwork Angels tour. The feed's description reads:

Neil Peart Official - Join Neil and tour security Michael as they ride the Clockwork Angels Tour 2012-13 from a two-wheel moto-tour perspective!

You can follow them on Twitter at @praetorianx1. There have already been a bunch of great tweets made since yesterday including this photo of Neil all dressed up with his bike, and this photo of Michael and Neil at dinner.

There was one new interview this past week where Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson both spoke with Music & Musicians magazine about the Clockwork Angels album and upcoming tour. Alex Lifeson's interview from his appearance on the Nights with Alice Cooper radio show last month was posted online earlier this week. In the 9-minute interview Alex chats with Alice about the Clockwork Angels album, the Rush documentary, making a tour setlist, chickens and more. You can check it out online at this link.

Clockwork Angels bookClockwork Angels: The Novel author Kevin J. Anderson announced earlier this week via his blog that ECW Press would be offering for sale special signed and numbered editions of the novel. The special editions went on sale this morning at 10AM. Here's the official press release that Anderson included in his post:

... The Silver Edition, slipcased and autographed by both Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, will be a beautiful addition to any collection. This limited edition of 300 copies is available from both ecwpress.com/clockworksilver and rushbackstage.com, for $74.95.

The Gold Edition is a must have for die-hard fans. Slipcased and signed by both authors, The Gold Edition is accompanied by a lithograph image from the book, signed by artist Hugh Syme, and a unique autographed page of the original CLOCKWORK ANGELS manuscript. Both pieces are presented in an attractive frame with an engraved and numbered plate. With only 302 copies available, the Gold Edition will retail for $299.95, and is available exclusively from rushbackstage.com. ...

Unfortunately the Silver Edition is now completely sold out at both ecwpress.com and the Rush Backstage Club, but the Gold edition is still available via rushbackstage.com for $299.95.

Clockwork Angels audiobook narrated by Neil PeartAlso, late last week the folks at RushCon 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. Anderson also announced the appearance on his blog and added the following information regarding the audiobook version of the novel:

... this afternoon I was in the studio recording a special afterword for the Brilliance unabridged audio edition of the novel (which is read by Neil Peart). Over the past two days, I worked with artist Hugh Syme to develop a lavish illustrated booklet, 32 pages, which is exclusive to the physical edition of the audiobook. It's been approved by Neil and already off to press. The audio will be released simultaneously with the hardcover novel on September 1, and both are available for preorder now.

You can pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

Moving Signals and WavesBack in April the Sonic Elements progressive rock project from Sonic Reality released a 5-song Rush tribute EP titled XYZ: A Tribute to Rush. The tracks on the EP were recorded using Sonic Reality's Neil Peart Drums, along with contributions from several well-known progressive rock musicians. Sonic Elements is expanding the project and will be be releasing a full album's worth of Rush covers by the end of the summer titled Moving Signals and Waves. Here's what Sonic Reality's Dave Kerzner had to say about the album in a recent interview with Andrew Olson:

I'm producing, engineering and playing keys on a full album of Rush covers featuring Neil Peart of Rush on drums via his Sonic Reality sample library "Neil Peart Drums" plus special guests from bands like Yes, Porcupine Tree, Asia FJP, It Bites, Triumph and more. Due to be out on iTunes and on CD by the end of the Summer. :)!

You can listen to some early mixes of The Spirit of Radio and Subdivisions on SoundCloud here.

The official 12-month Rush 2013 wall calendar is now available for purchase through Amazon and other retailers. The 2013 cover uses the same artwork that was used on the Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Rush documentary DVD/Blu-ray cover and has the words Rush Legacy written on it. You can order your copy at this location. The 2012 wall calendar had a Signals theme, celebrating the album's 30th anniversary, and can still be purchased at this location if you don't already have a copy.

It's wedding season and one Rush-fan couple recently decided to have a string quartet perform Rush's The Spirit of Radio as they exited the church. You can check out a video of it at this link (thanks Freddi B).

In celebration of Rush and the Clockwork Angels album release, Toronto-based chef Matt Kantor interpreted and deconstructed the music of Rush into a nine-course dinner that was held last week at The Cookbook Store in Yorkville (Toronto). Fans who paid $150 a plate were treated to a gourmet meal that included a variety of Rush-themed dishes including a red bruschetta inspired by Rush's Red Barchetta, a lime-flavoured meringue inspired by Limelight, and the centerpiece of the meal - the La Villa Strangiato. From The National Post:

... As the centrepiece of an epic, ninecourse prog-dinner extravaganza at The Cookbook Store in Rush's hometown Toronto, Kantor served up a wild-looking dish in which [La Villa Strangiato]'s various movements were represented side-by-side. There was a lamb ball with dill on top of a spinach-and-yogurt purée (the Hellenic Danforth and Pape), calamari tentacles dyed with beet juice (Monsters!), tapioca "caviar" soaked in paprika and oil (The Ghost of Aragon), octopus with a deep-fried chickpea (Monsters! (Reprise)) - And somehow, as in Rush's song, the parts came together into a whole - in this case, a salty-and-sweet Mediterranean dish - that made sense of its sprawling list of ingredients. ...

All proceeds from the meal went towards the late Andrew McNaughtan's Art Gives Hope charity. Blogger Brilynn Ferguson was there and posted this gallery of photos from the event.

Rush HemispheresRush 2112For its weekly poll last Friday RollingStone.com asked its readers what were the greatest prog albums of all time. Yesterday they published the top 10 winners and Rush albums made 3 out of the top 10 spots. At #10 was Moving Picturs, at #8 was Hemispheres, and 2112 came in at #2:

It may not seem like it now, but Rush's 1976 LP 2112 was an extremely brave move for the band. Two years earlier the group got the attention of Mercury Records with their Led Zeppelin-esque song "Working Man," but once they got signed they shifted gears with new drummer Neil Peart into proggier territory. The resulting albums, Fly By Night and Caress of Steel, didn't exactly set the world on fire, and the label wanted more commercial material for their next disc. The band took things in a different direction, risking it all on a grandiose concept record about a dystopian future in the year 2112. Radio didn't touch it, but the album found a rabid fan base that's never let go of the music. Some of the big rock groups of the day now play county fairs, while Rush are still packing arenas worldwide.

On a related note, ModernDrummer.com also published their list of the top 20 Classic Prog Albums this past week and Rush's 2112 made the list at #14:

2112 is the first essential Rush album, the one that garnered widespread acclaim for the band. Neil Peart's godlike rep was built upon his technical and muscular approach to cuts like the opening twenty-minute title track.

Jeff Wagner posted his list of the 10 best heavy metal instrumentals for NoiseCreep.com this past week and Rush's YYZ made the list:

Impossible to choose between this track and 1978's "La Villa Strangiato," but I'll go with "YYZ" for its concision and influence. Nearly every young rocker picking up a guitar, bass or pair of drumsticks has attempted to tackle this colorful, energy-packed composition. In just four and a half flowing minutes, the terrific trio cram in as much musical information as in the 9+ minute "Strangiato." "YYZ" is daunting complication made friendly.

Speaking of YYZ, Nathaniel Miller of the Odessa American wrote an article for today's edition titled dash dash / dot dash/ dot dot dash dot where he pays tribute to the track:

... you never forget your first. That one song that made you stop and ask, "Holy crap, instruments can be played like that?" For me, it was Rush's "YYZ" off their Moving Pictures album. The band gives the song its title from the IATA airport code for Toronto Pearson International Airport and starts the song off by playing YYZ in Morse code. "Back up, Nathaniel," you're thinking. "Did you just say that intro for one of rock's greatest songs is in Morse code?" Starting off with drummer Neil Peart playing on Crotales, bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson join in playing YYZ in Morse code in 5/4 time. Really, go on and listen. The band plays Y (dash dot dash dash) Y (dash dot dash dash) and Z (dash dash dot dot). Take 30 seconds to follow along. Music nerds, Lee and Lifeson play the root note of C for the dashes and the tritone F# for the dots. Don't ask me about how the rest of the song goes. Despite the many covers of YYZ, I'm still convinced it's a song that can't be properly duplicated. ...

GazzetteXtra.com published a 3-part series this past week where 3 of the magazine's writers talk about their favorite drummers and what makes them great. Here's what they said about Neil Peart in part 1:

... There's a reason his nickname is "The Professor." Add in the fact that he is Rush's lyricist and he becomes even more appealing. Growing up, his studio work was amazing, but when I heard Peart live on "All the World's a Stage," I knew I wanted to be a performing musician. ...

Geddy Lee in Sunshine Sketches of a Little TownSunshine Sketches of a Little Town is a sequence of stories by Canadian author Stephen Leacock that was first published 100 years ago in 1912. In celebration of the 100th anniversary, the CBC aired a film adaptation of the book back in February in which Geddy Lee made a small cameo appearance. Geddy Lee's character appears throughout the film sitting in a barber chair but with a towel over his head and a disguised voice. He only reveals himself at the end of the movie during the credits as shown in this video:

The film is now available for purchase as a DVD via the CBC website (thanks RushFanForever). Speaking of Geddy, this Sunday, July 29th is Ged's 59th birthday! Happy birthday Dirk. May you have many more. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Clockwork Angels: The Novel special signed and numbered editions on sale now
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UPDATE - 7/27@12:06PM: ECW Press has also sold out of the Silver edition.

UPDATE - 7/27@10:38AM: NOTE: Both the ecwpress.com and rushbackstage.com websites are having major issues handling the load to their servers, although things look a little better now. It looks like only the Gold edition is available at the Rush Backstage Club currently. The Silver Edition can be purchased via ecwpress.com.

Clockwork Angels bookClockwork Angels: The Novel author Kevin J. Anderson announced earlier this week via his blog that ECW Press would be offering for sale special signed and numbered editions of the novel starting today at 10AM. From the official press release that Anderson included in his post:

... The Silver Edition, slipcased and autographed by both Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, will be a beautiful addition to any collection. This limited edition of 300 copies is available from both ecwpress.com/clockworksilver and rushbackstage.com, for $74.95.

The Gold Edition is a must have for die-hard fans. Slipcased and signed by both authors, The Gold Edition is accompanied by a lithograph image from the book, signed by artist Hugh Syme, and a unique autographed page of the original CLOCKWORK ANGELS manuscript. Both pieces are presented in an attractive frame with an engraved and numbered plate. With only 302 copies available, the Gold Edition will retail for $299.95, and is available exclusively from rushbackstage.com....

Both editions are now available for purchase although it looks like the Rush Backstage Club has already sold out of the Silver Edition. You can still get it via ecwpress.com though. The Gold edition is still available via rushbackstage.com.

Clockwork Angels audiobook narrated by Neil PeartAlso, last week the folks at RushCon 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. Anderson also announced the appearance on his blog and added the following information regarding the audiobook version of the novel:

... this afternoon I was in the studio recording a special afterword for the Brilliance unabridged audio edition of the novel (which is read by Neil Peart). Over the past two days, I worked with artist Hugh Syme to develop a lavish illustrated booklet, 32 pages, which is exclusive to the physical edition of the audiobook. It's been approved by Neil and already off to press. The audio will be released simultaneously with the hardcover novel on September 1, and both are available for preorder now.

You can pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here. The Rush Backstage Club is also running a promotion starting today where every order (while supplies last) will receive a copy of the Clockwork Angels novel sampler booklet. They have 500 copies available to give away.

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[Clockwork Angels: The Novel official press release]
[Clockwork Angels novelization cover art now available]
[Clockwork Angels novelization by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart now available for pre-order]
[Kevin J. Anderson's novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels album due out this Fall from ECW Press]
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Follow the Clockwork Angels tour on Twitter
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UPDATE - 8/2@1:10PM: The Twitter page has been officially announced over at NeilPeart.net.

West Side Beemer BoyzUPDATE - 7/28@9:54AM: Wait! Now the page is called WestSideBeemerBoys and has a nice cool logo to match. :)

UPDATE - 7/27@8:02AM: Michael has updated the title of the feed to Clockwork Motorrad and also updated the feed's description:

Neil Peart Official - Join Neil and tour security Michael as they ride the Clockwork Angels Tour 2012-13 from a two-wheel moto-tour perspective!

There have already been a bunch of great tweets made since yesterday including this photo of Neil all dressed up with his bike.

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A new Twitter page has been set up by Neil Peart's friend/riding partner and member of the Rush tour security team - Michael Mosbach - where he and Neil will be tweeting updates from the road on Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels tour. Here's the introductory tweet from earlier this morning:

Welcome one welcome all! This misfit band of a twitter page will be up to speed oddities of words and photos! Of the 2012 CA tour...

Praetorian and BubbaYou can follow them on Twitter at @praetorianx1. The band headed into full rehearsals earlier this week in preparation for the tour kickoff in Manchester 6 weeks from tomorrow. Geddy recently had this to say regarding the tour in an interview with Music & Musicians magazine:

We're going to be rehearsing for at least seven or eight weeks this summer to make sure that we can play these songs. Putting the tour together is a big job, and obviously we want our fans to love what we're putting together. ...

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Rush takes 3 of the top 10 spots in Rolling Stone's readers' poll of Favorite Prog Rock Albums
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Rush HemispheresRush 2112For its weekly poll last Friday RollingStone.com asked its readers what they thought were the greatest prog rock albums of all time. This afternoon they published the top 10 winners and Rush albums took 3 out of the top 10 spots. At #10 was Moving Picturs, at #8 was Hemispheres, and 2112 came in at #2, losing out to Dream Theater for the top spot. Here's what they said about 2112:

It may not seem like it now, but Rush's 1976 LP 2112 was an extremely brave move for the band. Two years earlier the group got the attention of Mercury Records with their Led Zeppelin-esque song "Working Man," but once they got signed they shifted gears with new drummer Neil Peart into proggier territory. The resulting albums, Fly By Night and Caress of Steel, didn't exactly set the world on fire, and the label wanted more commercial material for their next disc. The band took things in a different direction, risking it all on a grandiose concept record about a dystopian future in the year 2112. Radio didn't touch it, but the album found a rabid fan base that's never let go of the music. Some of the big rock groups of the day now play county fairs, while Rush are still packing arenas worldwide.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Wreckers will be the next single from Rush's Clockwork Angels
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Rush - The WreckersRoadrunner Records announced via their website today that Rush will release The Wreckers as the next single from their Clockwork Angels album to radio tomorrow. This comes as no surprise since the Clockwork Angels CD was released with a sticker on it promoting both the first single - Headlong Flight - along with The Wreckers. Headlong Flight was released online back on April 18th and made available for purchase on iTunes on April 24th. It has been in the top 10 on the Mainstream Rock Charts for several weeks and is currently sitting at #6. The Wreckers is now available for listening on SoundCloud at this location and will be available for purchase as a single next week it looks like.

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Alex Lifeson Nights with Alice Cooper interview now online
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Nights with Alice CooperLast month Alex Lifeson was a guest on Alice Cooper's radio program, Nights with Alice Cooper. The 9-minute interview is now available online at this location. Alex chats with Alice about the Clockwork Angels album, the Rush documentary, making a tour setlist, chickens and more. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Clockwork Angels: The Novel special signed and numbered editions on sale this Friday
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UPDATE - 7/23@7:14PM: The Rush Backstage Club is running a promotion starting today where every order (while supplies last) will receive a copy of the Clockwork Angels novel sampler booklet (thanks RushJunkie2112). They have 500 copies available to give away.

Clockwork Angels bookClockwork Angels: The Novel author Kevin J. Anderson announced earlier today via his blog that ECW Press would be offering for sale special signed and numbered editions of the novel starting this Friday. Here's the official press release that Anderson included in his post:

July 23, 2012 - ECW Press is thrilled to unveil two exciting special editions of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel (ECW Press, September 2012), the landmark literary collaboration between Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and bestselling SF author Kevin J. Anderson. These two numbered special editions of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel will be available for preorder on Friday, July 27.

The Silver Edition, slipcased and autographed by both Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, will be a beautiful addition to any collection. This limited edition of 300 copies is available from both ecwpress.com/clockworksilver and rushbackstage.com, for $74.95.

The Gold Edition is a must have for die-hard fans. Slipcased and signed by both authors, The Gold Edition is accompanied by a lithograph image from the book, signed by artist Hugh Syme, and a unique autographed page of the original CLOCKWORK ANGELS manuscript. Both pieces are presented in an attractive frame with an engraved and numbered plate. With only 302 copies available, the Gold Edition will retail for $299.95, and is available exclusively from rushbackstage.com.

The Gold and Silver editions of Clockwork angels will be available for preorder on Friday, July 27, at 10am ET, while quantities last. Special editions will ship on August 31, 2012.

Clockwork Angels audiobook narrated by Neil PeartAlso, late last week the folks at RushCon 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. Anderson also announced the appearance on his blog and added the following information regarding the audiobook version of the novel:

... this afternoon I was in the studio recording a special afterword for the Brilliance unabridged audio edition of the novel (which is read by Neil Peart). Over the past two days, I worked with artist Hugh Syme to develop a lavish illustrated booklet, 32 pages, which is exclusive to the physical edition of the audiobook. It's been approved by Neil and already off to press. The audio will be released simultaneously with the hardcover novel on September 1, and both are available for preorder now.

You can pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

Related Posts:
[Clockwork Angels novel sampler booklet giveaway]
[Clockwork Angels audiobook narrated by Neil Peart]
[Clockwork Angels novel sampler booklet at Book Expo America]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel official press release]
[Clockwork Angels novelization cover art now available]
[Clockwork Angels novelization by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart now available for pre-order]
[Kevin J. Anderson's novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels album due out this Fall from ECW Press]
[Author Kevin J. Anderson to write novelization of Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album]

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New Rush interview in Music & Musicans magazine
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UPDATE - 8/6@11:49AM: John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the article and made it available online here. The print article contains a small sidebar article on Geddy and Alex's gear that wasn't included in the online piece.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were recently interviewed for Music & Musicians magazine where they talk about the Clockwork Angels album and upcoming tour:

LIFESON: It seems that with every tour we feel like we're playing better and better. The show is getting tighter, and we sense greater confidence in our playing abilities. And in a production sense, the show has also developed with every new album and every new tour. So there are always ways to move forward. We've always set a high standard for ourselves in terms of our playing, and the fact that we're getting a lot of younger people in the audience indicates that they're looking for players. The show is over three hours, and there are not too many bands that do that these days.

LEE: We're going to be rehearsing for at least seven or eight weeks this summer to make sure that we can play these songs. Putting the tour together is a big job, and obviously we want our fans to love what we're putting together. So it's hard to see past that, to be honest. We'll figure it out.

According to Alex Lifeson's recent Humble & Fred radio interview, the band kicked off full rehearsals this week. You can read the entire interview at this link (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Rush official 2013 wall calendar now available
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The official 12-month Rush 2013 wall calendar is now available for purchase through Amazon and other retailers. The 2013 cover uses the same artwork that was used on the Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage DVD/Blu-ray cover and has the words Rush Legacy written on it. You can order your copy at this location. The 2012 wall calendar had a Signals theme, celebrating the album's 30th anniversary, and can still be purchased at this link if you don't already have a copy.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Moving Signals & Waves: A Tribute To Rush tribute album coming soon from Sonic Elements
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Moving Signals and WavesBack in April the Sonic Elements progressive rock project from Sonic Reality released a 5-song Rush tribute EP titled XYZ: A Tribute to Rush. The tracks on the EP were recorded using Sonic Reality's Neil Peart Drums, along with contributions from several well-known progressive rock musicians. Sonic Elements is expanding the project and will be be releasing a full album's worth of Rush covers by the end of the summer titled Moving Signals and Waves. Here's what Sonic Reality's Dave Kerzner had to say about the album in a recent interview with Andrew Olson:

I'm producing, engineering and playing keys on a full album of Rush covers featuring Neil Peart of Rush on drums via his Sonic Reality sample library "Neil Peart Drums" plus special guests from bands like Yes, Porcupine Tree, Asia FJP, It Bites, Triumph and more. Due to be out on iTunes and on CD by the end of the Summer. :)!

You can listen to some early mixes of The Spirit of Radio and Subdivisions below. Thanks to Andrew Olson for the heads up.

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Rush as Food charity dinner held this past week in Toronto
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In celebration of Rush and the Clockwork Angels album release, Toronto-based chef Matt Kantor interpreted and deconstructed the music of Rush into a nine-course dinner that was held this past week at The Cookbook Store in Yorkville (Toronto). Fans who paid $150 a plate were treated to a gourmet meal that included a variety of Rush-themed dishes including a red bruschetta inspired by Rush's Red Barchetta, a lime-flavoured meringue inspired by Limelight, and the centerpiece of the meal - the La Villa Strangiato. From The National Post:

... As the centrepiece of an epic, ninecourse prog-dinner extravaganza at The Cookbook Store in Rush's hometown Toronto, Kantor served up a wild-looking dish in which [La Villa Strangiato]'s various movements were represented side-by-side. There was a lamb ball with dill on top of a spinach-and-yogurt purée (the Hellenic Danforth and Pape), calamari tentacles dyed with beet juice (Monsters!), tapioca "caviar" soaked in paprika and oil (The Ghost of Aragon), octopus with a deep-fried chickpea (Monsters! (Reprise)) - And somehow, as in Rush's song, the parts came together into a whole - in this case, a salty-and-sweet Mediterranean dish - that made sense of its sprawling list of ingredients. ...

All proceeds from the meal went towards the late Andrew McNaughtan's Art Gives Hope charity. Blogger Brilynn Ferguson was there and posted this gallery of photos from the event.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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The Clockwork Angels album has fallen only 3 spots from #48 last week to #51 on the Billboard 200 album chart in its 5th week of release. Cashbox magazine has posted their review of the album (thanks RushFanForever), saying the following:

... 'Clockwork Angel' sounds like the work of a much younger band, a much less famous band, almost the sound of a band demanding to be heard. That's probably the biggest surprise here and it shows in shorter, tighter songs and muscular musicianship. ...

It's a great review except for the fact that they get the name of the album wrong! :) The onslaught of band interviews continued this week with interviews from both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. Geddy was featured in interviews at MusicRadar.com, with Terrorizer magazine, with UAE newspaper The National, and also discussed the Grapes for Humanity charity in this Samaritan magazine interview. MusicRadar.com also posted a 5-part video interview where Geddy discussed the Clockwork Angels album. Alex Lifeson was featured in a special Jubilee edition of Classic Rock magazine where he reminisces about the year 1977, and was also featured in the September issue of Guitar World. In Alex's Guitar World interview he addresses the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame question:

... I look at it like this: Last week we received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, which is a very high honor in Canada. And we were also inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame, and all those sorts of things. So, in that sense, I'm quite satisfied with those accolades, particularly the Governor General's Award. That puts us in the company of some of the greatest Canadian creative minds of the last 20 years, since they started this.

I really don't feel the need to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because, at the end of the day, it's just somebody's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have a particular process, and they're welcome to do it however they want to do it. If they feel that they want to exclude a certain genre or certain bands from their hall of fame, they're welcome to do it. I don't need to be in there. I have no interest in going there. I think that so long as we keep this relationship, we probably both benefit. If Rush is not in there, the controversy continues, and it keeps Rush fans very pissed-off. There's some great bands in there that I really respect. Just recently, it was great to see the Chili Peppers get in - I love those guys. But I don't need it. I have no interest in going, and hope that we never will.

If I was a Rush fan, I'd be like, "No man, don't do it. Let's keep this to ourselves, this little special thing."

The latest issue of UK magazine Kerrang! continues a 2-page feature on Rush by Simon Young titled Mount Rush-more which profiles the band's rising popularity over the last decade. The issue hits newsstands in the UK next week.

According to reports from several members of the Rush road crew, preparations are underway for full tour rehearsals which will kick off next week. Also on the tour front, Music Today has begun shipping tickets for the first batch of Clockwork Angels tour dates and some fans have already received theirs. It's only 7 short weeks until the tour kick-off in Manchester!

The new David Barrett Trio (DB3) album - produced by Alex Lifeson - is just about done according to this Facebook update:

So after almost three years, we'll be done the DB3 album, we're mixing in late August, originally I thought it would just be me and Big Al in his studio making a guitar record, it turned into something where the credits will look something like this: Music written by DB, arranged by DB3 and Alex Lifeson. Engineered by Alexander 'Sascha' Tukatsch, Richard Chycki, and Alan Parsons. Produced by DB3, Richard Chycki, Alex Lifeson, and Alan Parsons. Mixed by Richard Chycki. Recorded at Lerxst Sound, Mixland, BAHM, and Noble Street Studios. DB/gtr, Jason/bass, Sascha/drums, Paul, everything else.

You can listen to a pre-release version of the album along with some previously-released DB3 tracks that were produced by Alex Lifeson on SoundCloud at this link.

Clockwork Angels bookThe folks at RushCon have announced that Clockwork Angels: The Novel author and friend of Neil Peart - Kevin J. 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. 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 (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

In celebration of Rush and the Clockwork Angels album release, Toronto-based chef Matt Kantor interpreted and deconstructed the music of Rush into a nine-course dinner that was held this past Wednesday and Thursday at The Cookbook Store in Yorkville (Toronto). Blogger Brilynn Ferguson was there and posted this gallery of photos from the event.

JacoWe learned earlier this week that Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo is financing a documentary on legendary bass player Jaco Pastorius. From USA Today:

... Tentatively titled Jaco, the documentary Trujillo took on two years ago is being directed by Stephen Kijak, who helmed 2010's Stones in Exile, about the Rolling Stones' creation of Exile on Main Street. Trujillo says he hopes to premiere the movie at the Toronto Film Festival in September. ...

According to the film's Facebook page Geddy Lee along with a number of other well-known musicians will appear in the film in some capacity.

Rush with their GGPAAs - Paul Beaulieu, The Canadian Music SceneBack on May 4th the Governor General of Canada - David Johnston - presented the Governor General's Performing Arts Award (GGPAA) for Lifetime Artistic Achievement to Rush during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Video footage of the band receiving the award along with their acceptance speech is now available online at the GGPAA.ca website. You can watch the 3-minute video at this location - just click on watch speech on the left side of the page. For full coverage of the Governor General's Performing Arts Award ceremony and Gala, check out this post.

ESPN radio sportscaster Jared Max was recently profiled in a special sports-themed issue of Out magazine and talks about the importance of Rush's music in his life:

... "I didn't realize I could be Jared, who is into sports, who is gay, who is into Rush," he says, referring to his favorite band. College, he recalls, was "two years of hellish depression, where the most pleasant thoughts of the day were what people were going to say about me at my funeral." He listened to a lot of Rush. "They had a song called 'Bravado,' " he recalls. "For me, that song was a secret weapon that kept me alive every day and said, 'Fuck you,' to the world." (These days, references to the Canadian rock band are a staple of his ESPN show). ...

You can read the entire article/interview at this link.

Reader Peter C and his 5-year-old son built a full concert setup with Legos and shared some photos with me.

MusicRadar.com interviewed Mike Mangini of Dream Theater and asked him to list his 10 most influential drum albums (thanks drmike). Rush's A Farewell To Kings comes in at #6:

"I got this record by a fluke purchase through the Columbia Records Club - you know, you get to choose 10 albums for a penny? A Farewell To Kings was so pivotal for me at the time. I was in the school band, and a lot of kids didn't think this was a cool thing - it wasn't rock 'n' roll. But when I heard this record it gave me the strength to not fight my wanting to be in the school band and finding the purpose to practice at it.

"I didn't find the purpose to practicing orchestra bells and chimes before - it all like a waste of time to me because I didn't enjoy it. A Farewell To Kings opened my eyes to the combination of percussion. I mean, who uses a vibraslap? What is that? Hello? [laughs] Who plays that? But it was used perfectly here.

"There's so many things about this record. The music, it's always so over the top. The visuals - I had experienced them with Led Zeppelin IV, but with A Farewell To Kings, man, it's like, if other kids were experimenting with pot, all I had to do was listen to this album and get what I needed. I could close my eyes and just go somewhere.

"It's aggressive, it has time changes and dynamics - it's truly incredible."

Reader louisg let me know about this Calgary Sun article profiling 7-year-old drumming sensation Jaxon Smith. From the article:

... he literally taught himself by watching music DVDs of bands like Rush, Muse, Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters," ...

Jaxon appeared on the Today Show earlier this week and also has Jimmy Kimmel lined up. You can see him in action in this YouTube video.

Canadian broadcaster Jian Gomeshi is releasing his first book this coming September titled 1982. Gomeshi is the host of Q with Jian Gomeshi and has interviewed Rush a number of times on the show. From the publisher's book description:

... It is a bittersweet, heartfelt book that recalls awkward moments such as Ghomeshi's performance as the "Ivory" in a school production of Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney's Ebony and Ivory; a stakeout where Rush was rehearsing for its world tour; and a memorable day at the Police picnic of 1982. ...

Gomeshi talks about the stakeout mentioned above with Geddy and Alex in the uncut version of their interview from a 2009 appearance on Q. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Here's part 5 of Geddy Lee's MusicRadar.com interview where Ged talks about Neil Peart and Nick Raskulinecz's unique relationship and how that aided the recording of the drum tracks for Clockwork Angels.

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

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Rush feature in the latest issue of Kerrang!
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The latest issue of UK magazine Kerrang! contains a 2-page feature on Rush by Simon Young titled Mount Rush-more which profiles the band's rising popularity over the last decade. The issue hits newsstands in the UK next week.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Rush September, 2012 Guitar World feature now online
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Guitar World - September, 2012As I'd posted yesterday, Rush is featured in the September, 2012 issue of Guitar World magazine for an article titled Rock Around the Clock. John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the entire article and scanned the images, making it available online at this location. They talk with Alex Lifeson about the band's Clockwork Angels album, focusing specifically on the guitar arrangements. They also ask Alex about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

... I look at it like this: Last week we received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, which is a very high honor in Canada. And we were also inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame, and all those sorts of things. So, in that sense, I'm quite satisfied with those accolades, particularly the Governor General's Award. That puts us in the company of some of the greatest Canadian creative minds of the last 20 years, since they started this.

I really don't feel the need to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because, at the end of the day, it's just somebody's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have a particular process, and they're welcome to do it however they want to do it. If they feel that they want to exclude a certain genre or certain bands from their hall of fame, they're welcome to do it. I don't need to be in there. I have no interest in going there. I think that so long as we keep this relationship, we probably both benefit. If Rush is not in there, the controversy continues, and it keeps Rush fans very pissed-off. There's some great bands in there that I really respect. Just recently, it was great to see the Chili Peppers get in - I love those guys. But I don't need it. I have no interest in going, and hope that we never will.

If I was a Rush fan, I'd be like, "No man, don't do it. Let's keep this to ourselves, this little special thing." ...

You can read the entire article here.

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Geddy Lee talks Clockwork Angels track-by-track in new MusicRadar.com interview
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MusicRadar.com has posted a new interview with Geddy Lee where he breaks down the Clockwork Angels album track-by-track. Here's what Geddy has to say about the album's closing track - The Garden:

"Again this is one of the original six and it changed almost not a hair from the original demo to its final version with the exception of a few more sophisticated performance embellishments and the additional strings.

"The original plan, we really stuck to it as there was something about the way we wrote that song that just worked from day one. It sounded authentic, relaxed and beautiful and really sweet. And that comes from having great lyrics too, the lyrics are beautiful, original in form and the song wrote itself."

You can read the entire interview at this link.

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Geddy Lee talks Grapes for Humanity in new interview
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Geddy Lee was recently interviewed for Samaritan magazine to talk about the Grapes for Humanity charity where he sits as a member of the board of directors. From the article:

... "I was very drawn to it because we did small projects. If we raised $50,000, we'd go to Honduras, build a clinic, and you saw the direct result of that money in action. And that's something, to me, that makes you feel really good because you know there's no waste there."

Along with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, Lee has hosted two "Excellent Adventure" events on behalf of Grapes For Humanity Canada.

"We organized these train trips to the wine country," Lee explains. "We get the generous help of a local winery - the first time we did it was in Niagara and Moray Tawse of Tawse Winery offered up his place. We bring people from the city, get a private car through the generous help of VIA Rail, and we take a train up to the winery. We spend the afternoon picking grapes; learning how that particular bit of cultural area operates, and have a fantastic lunch out at the vineyard." ...

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

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Rush feature in the September, 2012 issue of Guitar World
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Rush is featured in the September, 2012 issue of Guitar World magazine for an article titled Rock Around the Clock. They talk with Alex Lifeson about the band's Clockwork Angels album. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up and Steve S for the scan.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Alex Lifeson reminisces about 1977 in new Classic Rock interview
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Classic Rock special Jubilee issueClassic Rock magazine published a special Jubilee issue of their magazine last month in celebration of the rock music of 1977 - the year of the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Alex Lifeson is interviewed on page 85 and talks about the importance of 1977 to himself and to Rush, who released their classic A Farewell to Kings album that year.

... [Xanadu] was the first song we recorded, on the first day, and the engineer, Pat Moran, was blown away that we played this 11-minute song all in one take. We'd rehearsed it, we'd been playing it live, but Pat was astonished that we were able to just throw it down. ...

You can check out a scan of the article here. Thanks to Gavin O for the heads up and the scan.

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Rush Governor General's Performing Arts Awards acceptance speech now online
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Rush with their GGPAAs - Paul Beaulieu, The Canadian Music SceneBack on May 4th the Governor General of Canada - David Johnston - presented the Governor General's Performing Arts Award (GGPAA) for Lifetime Artistic Achievement to Rush during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Video footage of the band receiving the award along with their acceptance speech is now available online at the GGPAA.ca website (thanks Eric at Power Windows). You can watch the 3-minute video at this location - just click on watch speech on the left side of the page. For full coverage of the Governor General's Performing Arts Award ceremony and Gala, check out this post.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Geddy Lee to appear in Jaco Pastorius documentary
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JacoMetallica bassist Robert Trujillo is financing a documentary on legendary bass player Jaco Pastorius. From USA Today:

... Tentatively titled Jaco, the documentary Trujillo took on two years ago is being directed by Stephen Kijak, who helmed 2010's Stones in Exile, about the Rolling Stones' creation of Exile on Main Street. Trujillo says he hopes to premiere the movie at the Toronto Film Festival in September. ...

According to the film's Facebook page Geddy Lee along with a number of other well-known musicians will appear in the film in some capacity. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

New Geddy Lee interview with UAE newspaper The National
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A new but short interview with Geddy Lee was recently posted at the website of UAE newspaper The National. Geddy discusses the effects of aging on the band along with addressing whether the band will stay together until death do us part:

All three of us have our physical problems as we've got older, but Neil in particular is an incredible physical specimen with boundless energy. His three hours of drumming at our concerts comes after he's ridden maybe 250 miles on his motorcycle between shows on short sleep, night after night. I don't know how he does it. But we work pretty hard to stay fit. I've come to this interview straight from the gym. ... I think [we'll keep playing until death do us part]. We'd only stop if we felt we weren't playing up to standard or we weren't writing anything interesting anymore. But we've worked a lot in the past five years and I sense a big break coming up. What happens after that I have no idea.

You can read the entire interview at this location.

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Geddy Lee 4-part video interview at MusicRadar.com
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UPDATE - 7/16@6:46PM: Here's part 5 of the interview where Ged talks about Neil Peart and Nick Raskulinecz's unique relationship and how that aided the recording of the drum tracks for Clockwork Angels (thanks hermy).

UPDATE - 7/14@10:18PM: Note that it's actually a 5-part interview but the 5th part has not been released yet.

On Thursday MusicRadar.com posted part 1 of a video interview with Geddy Lee where Geddy talks about how the Time Machine tour delayed the release of the new album. Yesterday they also posted parts 2, 3 and 4 of the interview where they continue their discussion with Ged about the Clockwork Angels album. All 4 of these interview snippets were taken from the same Roadrunner Records session where several other recent Geddy Lee interviews were taken. In part 2 they talk about how studio techniques have changed through Rush's recording career, in part 3 Geddy talks about recording Clockwork Angels in Nashville and Toronto, and in part 4 he discusses switching instruments with Alex for one track during the recording sessions. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Ed talks Rush with Chris Lindsay on the My New Show podcast on the Rock Hard Radio Network
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Rock Hard Radio NetworkUPDATE - 7/16@8:02PM: Part 3.

UPDATE - 7/14@9:10AM: Here's part 2 of the Rush-themed podcast where Steve Truglio talks with Chris Lindsay and Rushgoober of The Rush Forum about Rush's new Clockwork Angels album. You can check it out at this link.

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Chris Lindsay for a special Rush-themed episode of the My New Show podcast on the Rock Hard Radio Network. We chat about Rush and the Rush is a Band website for about 50 minutes interspersed with some Rush music. From the description:

I asked Chris Lindsay from http://www.criticalwitpodcast.com/ if he wanted to do his own RUSH-Geekfest feature for ROCK HARD RADIO. He obliged with this chat with Ed who runs one of the longest running RUSH pages online today http://www.rushisaband.com/
I mix in a few tunes as per usual....

You can listen to the podcast below or at this link. A big thanks to Chris and Steve for having me on.

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Planet Rock Radio Rush giveaway contest
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Planet Rock contestAlthough the Classic Rock fanpack edition of Clockwork Angels was released several weeks ago in the UK, this past Monday, July 9th was the official UK release of the regular edition of the album. To celebrate, Planet Rock is running a contest where they are giving away copies of the album, a cool Rush canvas bag and a chance to win tickets to one of the band's UK shows next year. From the website:

This week Rush release their latest classic - CLOCKWORK ANGELS - and we have an awesome giveaway to celebrate. We are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Rush LIVE in the UK next May PLUS we have copies of the album and really cool Rush canvas bags to give away.

For more information and to enter the contest just go to this link.

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Rush Terrorizer magazine feature now online
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As I'd mentioned a few weeks ago, Rush is the subject of a 3-page feature in the July, 2012 issue of Terrorizer magazine titled Times of Grace where Geddy Lee is interviewed. John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the entire article/interview and made it available online at this location. They chat with Geddy about a number of subjects, asking some interesting personal questions such as in regards to the sacrifices Geddy has had to make in pursuit of a career in music:

"I think the sacrifices are all family-based, like time away from my kids. That's hard, and it affects them, no question. I have a great relationship with my kids, but I missed a lot of their lives, and I'm sure they've felt that one way or another. My wife's done an amazing job with them and I've tried to be there when I can. Also, she's sacrificed a lot in her life, the career which she had, in order to be that parent that was consistent. My daughter came along a little bit later in life, and my wife had a career as a fashion designer at that time, and because my career was in full throttle, she didn't want me to give up what I was doing so she took it upon herself to take that role on and that changed her life, and that's a huge sacrifice on her part for the sake of my career. Those are the kind of sacrifices that are only worth mentioning."

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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The barrage of Clockwork Angels band interviews continued this week, with Geddy Lee taking on most of the heavy lifting. Geddy was featured in several video interviews this week, his BBC Radio 2 interview with Ken Bruce was posted online, and John at Cygnus-X1.net posted Geddy's Bass Guitar magazine cover feature earlier in the week. Alex Lifeson was also in the mix; he was interviewed earlier this week for the Times of Oman by Gary Graff of the New York Times News Service, and also appeared on the Humble and Fred Radio show on Wednesday. The interviews focus on the Clockwork Angels album for the most part, but other subjects came up too. Alex had the following to say regarding the upcoming tour in his Times of Oman interview:

... Rush will start its Clockwork Angels tour on September 7, accompanied by a string section to recreate some of the new album's songs as well as some of the group's older material.

Composer/orchestrator David Campbell, who worked on the album, has written new arrangements for the live show

"It's just something else that's different for us," Lifeson says, "and I can't wait to hear what it sounds like. 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 Time Machine tour was, but we are definitely freshening it up and there'll be a lot of new video stuff going on." ...

Alex also mentioned in his Humble and Fred interview that the band was currently in pre-rehearsal mode and would be going into full band rehearsals on July 23rd. All four of Geddy's video interviews this week were extracted from the same Roadrunner Records session where several other recent Geddy Lee interviews were taken. Roadrunner has been releasing portions of the full interview one segment at a time to different magazines/websites. Hopefully we'll be able to watch the entire thing at some future point. In one snippet that was posted at the Prog magazine website, Geddy talks about Rush's relationship with their fanbase. In another snippet posted at the All Axess site, Ged talks about the reasoning behind remixing the versions of the songs Caravan and BU2B that appear on the Clockwork Angels album. In a video posted yesterday at MusicRadar.com, Geddy talks about how the Time Machine tour delayed the release of the new album. And Roadrunner posted a video to their YouTube channel yesterday where Geddy talks about British comedy.

The Clockwork Angels album has fallen from #26 last week to #48 on the Billboard 200 album chart in its 4th week of release. The album continues to get good reviews in the press and online. MetaCritic's metascore for the album is currently a strong 81 based on 10 reviews from major publications. Here are a few more reviews that have come in over the past several days:

[The Way the Wind Blows blog at The Daily Kos]
[Yahoo! Voices] (thanks Sean)
[LSMedia] 5/5

The album is also up for Album of the Year in Prog Magazine's Progressive Music Awards which will take place in September. To vote for Clockwork Angels go to this link. In my last poll I asked everyone what their favorite song off of Clockwork Angels was so far. The clear winner with about one-fourth of the vote was The Garden. Coming in 2nd with 18% was the title track, and battling it out for 3rd was The Anarchist, Headlong Flight and The Wreckers with between 11-13% of the vote. You can see the complete results here. For my next poll I thought I'd ask everyone how Clockwork Angels stacks up against other Rush albums. Do you think it's the best since Moving Pictures? Best since Counterparts? Best ever? Worst ever? Take the poll and let us know.

Classic Rock fanpackLast week Rush made a special iPad version of the Clockwork Angels Classic Rock fanpack magazine available. From iTunes:

Classic Rock Presents Rush Clockwork Angels - a special iPad version of the official deluxe fanpack for the album featuring bonus exclusive video interview with Rush's Geddy Lee. Now available to download with or without the album (please note album music remains inside the fanpack and cannot be extracted to iTunes)

You can download your copy at this link.

Clockwork Angels guitar tabAlfred Music Publishing has released an authentic guitar tablature book for Rush's Clockwork Angels album. Amazon has it listed as releasing on July 29th, but the publisher website indicates that it is already available for purchase. From the Alfred Music Publishing product description:

Rush's 20th studio album features all the classic elements that have endeared the band to several generations of fans and made them the most successful progressive rock group of all time! The book contains all the songs faithfully transcribed in authentic guitar TAB, beautiful full-color artwork, and a complete lyrics section. Titles: Caravan * BU2B * Clockwork Angels * The Anarchist * Carnies * Halo Effect * Seven Cities of Gold * The Wreckers * Headlong Flight * BU2B2 * Wish Them Well * The Garden.

There's also this sample pdf that the publisher has made available online. Alfred Music Publishing also has several other Rush guitar, bass and drum transcription books available which you can check out here.

Neil Peart - New York Times One-page Magazine - July 8, 2012Neil Peart was featured in last Sunday's One-page Magazine in the Sunday New York Times. The following quote from Peart is featured with the title How to Find Balance in Life along with a headshot:

As a drummer and a writer, when I get tired of wrestling with words, I can go beat up the drums. Maybe everyone should have a drum to carry around to express their feelings. That would be funny. As told to Spencer Bailey

You can check it out online at this link.

Headlong FlightRush's Headlong Flight single continues to move up in the top 10 on the rock charts. It's currently up one position from #6 to #5 on the Mainstream Rock Charts this week.

Yesterday John at Cygnus-X1.net posted the ninth installment of his Rush: A Brief History of Time series where he compiles scans and transcriptions of old Rush articles. You can check this latest batch out at this link. Also be sure to check out his chronological listing of all the collected articles from the series at the bottom of the page. This batch includes 118 new articles; 73 from the 80's, 17 from the 90's, 7 from the 2000's and 21 from the current 2010 decade. The majority of the earlier articles focus around the release of Signals and Grace Under Pressure while the latest articles focus on Snakes & Arrows and, of course, Clockwork Angels. Thanks John!

Earlier this week 411 Mania posted their list of the Top 8 Albums of 2012 So Far, and Rush's Clockwork Angels topped the list at #1:

Honestly, at this point in the year there wasn't much of a choice. Rush had not released an album in over five years and while the band has never been bad or even remotely mediocre, I felt that Snakes & Arrows was a little bit uninspired compared to the rest of the band's work. As such, I was looking for the venerable Canadian rock gods to deliver and to say they did so is an understatement. To me Clockwork Angels is, without any exaggeration, the band's best album in at least a couple decades. The group delivered a more focused and impressive effort here, loosely written around the idea of a man on a quest to follow his dreams. Neil Peart's lyrics are some of my favorites of his pretty much ever and the band's sound is just as good as they've ever been. There are a lot of bands who have lost their way well after they reach the ten year mark or even fifteen, buried under the weight of their back catalogue and impossibly high expectations. Rush has been rocking for over forty years and is still going as strong as they ever have before.

Along those same lines, the Vancouver Sun's Awesome Sound blog posted their list of their favorite albums of 2012 so far. Clockwork Angels is also included on their list. Here's what they had to say about it:

The best Rush album in a while, Clockwork Angels takes everything that made the Canadian prog-rockers great - Geddy Lee's voice soars, Neil Peart's signature drums are super tight and Alex Lifeson's killer guitar skills are razor sharp - and amps it up a notch. Great hooks, great concept, great record.

Matthew Surridge of fantasy/sci-fi magazine Black Gate recently wrote a 3-part series of blog posts on Rush and their Clockwork Angels album. The first two posts deal mainly with Neil Peart's development as a writer, and the third looks closely at the new album and how it treats certain themes and images that have often recurred in his lyrics. You can check out part 1 at this link (part 2, part 3).

Heavy - July/August 2012Rush is featured on the cover of the July/August edition (issue #141) of German magazine Heavy. Included is a 5-page interview with Geddy Lee along with a 11/12 review of Clockwork Angels. Thanks to Heiko K for the heads up and cover scan.

Earlier this week Eric at Power Windows posted about a Rush reference in the latest episode of Cartoon Network's Aqua Teen Hunger Force. In the episode Shirt Herpes (season 9, episode 3), Carl tells Shake about his Interplanetary Insanitarium fantasy world as depicted on his t-shirt, where after stealing the bass axe from a demon, he continued the bass solo, from a, it was like a Geddy Lee deep cut, Moving Pictures, maybe it was YYZ, I dunno... You can watch the episode on YouTube here. The Geddy reference comes in at about the 2:40 mark.

Phil Simon is a sought-after speaker, author of four management books, and a recognized technology expert who consults companies on how to optimize their use of technology. He also is a huge Rush fan that loves to stick a bunch of Rush references in all of his books. He was recently a speaker at Inspire Vegas, an event run by Delivering Happiness. His topic was how Rush inspires me as a writer. Phil talks about how he shares some of the same core values of the band, including a desire to put out his best work on my own terms. You can check out a video of his talk at this link.

Earlier this week Eric at Power Windows posted about the Rock & Brews restaurant franchise and how there is a huge Rush starman logo filling an entire wall of their LA location. Gene Simmons is part owner of the new franchise, and the first restaurant opened April 3rd in Los Angeles. The event benefited the Rock 4 Vets program, and was featured on the Gene Simmons Family Jewels episode KISS A Vet this past Monday and also in this YouTube video. You can check out a screen cap of the event depicting the starman logo here.

Reader George let me know that guitarist Alex Skolnick of Testament has been sporting a Rush shirt in a series of behind the scenes videos for their upcoming album Dark Roots of The Earth which you can check out at this link. Skolnick is a big Rush fan and covered a jazz version of Tom Sawyer for his Alex Skolnick Trio side project a few years back.

This year the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference will take place in Toronto, ON. Larry Walsh of fledging company The 2112 Group (named after the Rush album) will be attending the conference and posted an article at Channelnomics.com earlier this week describing his excitement that the 2112 Jet will be flying into YYZ. You can check out the article at this link.

Jammit!Jammit! has added The Camera Eye to the list of Rush tracks already available for the Jammit! app which includes Subdivisions, 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.

Several readers over the last week have sent me this video link of Chicago guitar salesman Alex Chadwick playing a history of 100 guitar riffs in one take. Included on his list is Rush's The Spirit of Radio at #47. You can check it out at this link and the Rush part comes in at about the 5-minute mark. The video garnered so much attention that msnbc.com picked up the story and posted about it last week.

Jonathan Mcleod put up a blog post earlier this week at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen site titled Canadian Content, Bleeding Heart Libertarians edition. He begins the post with the words You know, I kind of hate Rush. He then goes on to quote Neil's recent Rolling Stone interview, and ends the post by saying he hates the song Animate too. Feel free to let him know what you think.

Improv comedian Grep Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway) has a podcast called The Smartest Man in the World. His June 15th podcast (Dents) is taken from a live broadcast from the Improv in Washington D.C. At about the 42-minute mark Grep apologizes to Rush. Listen to the podcast if you dare, and you'll know why. Thanks to James H for the heads up and for sending the email that made Proops apologize.

Loblaws, a national grocery chain in Canada, bought Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens back in 2004, and now have a downtown grocery store on the ground level. Reader Patrick W let me know that the store has tables where you can sit and eat, and the tables have pictures under plexiglas of a number of famous acts that played the Gardens over the years. One of the tables includes an old photo of Geddy Lee with his double neck along with a story written by local sports journalist Stephen Brunt. The story is about Nirvana but mentions many other bands including Rush.

Tomorrow, July 14th is Bastille Day! On this day 223 years ago back in 1789 Parisians stormed the Bastille, freeing its inmates and taking the prison's large quantities of arms and ammunition, thereby setting in motion the French Revolution. More importantly, back in 1975 Rush decided to write a song about it. There's no bread, let them eat cake!

Have a great weekend everybody!

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Geddy Lee discusses British comedy in new video interview
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Geddy LeeRoadrunner Records has posted a short, new interview with Geddy Lee to YouTube where Geddy talks about British comedy. It's yet another interview snippet taken from the same Roadrunner Records session where several other recent Geddy Lee interviews were taken, including this one and this one from a couple of days ago, and this one from earlier today. You can check out the interview snippet below or at this link (thanks simont2112).

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Rush: A Brief History of Time, Part IX
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Rush: A Brief History of TimeJohn at Cygnus-X1.net has just posted the ninth installment of his Rush: A Brief History of Time series where he compiles scans and transcriptions of old Rush articles. You can check this latest batch out at this link. Also be sure to check out his chronological listing of all the collected articles from the series at the bottom of the page. This batch includes 118 new articles; 73 from the 80's, 17 from the 90's, 7 from the 2000's and 21 from the current 2010 decade. The majority of the earlier articles focus around the release of Signals and Grace Under Pressure while the latest articles focus on Snakes & Arrows and, of course, Clockwork Angels. Thanks John!

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Geddy Lee discusses how the Time Machine tour delayed the release of Clockwork Angels in new video interview
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MusicRadar.com has posted a short, new interview with Geddy Lee to their website where Geddy talks about how the Time Machine tour delayed the release of the new album. It's yet another interview snippet taken from the same Roadrunner Records session where several other recent Geddy Lee interviews were taken, including this one and this one from a couple of days ago. You can check out the interview snippet below or at this link (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Alex Lifeson Humble and Fred Radio interview
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Alex Lifeson on Humble and FredAlex Lifeson was a guest on the Humble and Fred Radio show this morning to talk about the Clockwork Angels album and the upcoming tour among other subjects. He chats with the guys for about 10 minutes and mentions that the band is currently in pre-rehearsal mode and will head into full band rehearsals on July 23rd. The interview is now available online at this link. Alex comes in about two-thirds of the way into the program at about the 64-minute mark. You can also listen using the player below. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Geddy Lee discusses remixing Caravan and BU2B for the Clockwork Angels album in new video interview
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All Axess has posted a short, new interview with Geddy Lee to their website where Geddy talks about the reasoning behind remixing the versions of the songs Caravan and BU2B that appear on the Clockwork Angels album. It's yet another interview snippet taken from the same Roadrunner Records session where several other recent Geddy Lee interviews were taken, including this one from earlier today. You can check out the interview snippet below or at this link (thanks simont2112).

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Geddy Lee discusses Rush's fans in new video interview
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Geddy LeeThe UK's Prog magazine has posted a short, new interview with Geddy Lee to their website where Geddy talks about Rush's relationship with their fanbase. The interview looks like it was taken from the same Roadrunner Records session where several other recent Geddy Lee interviews were taken. Roadrunner seems to be releasing portions of the full interview one segment at a time to different magazines/websites. Hopefully we'll be able to watch the entire thing at some future point. You can check out the interview snippet at this link.

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Rush Clockwork Angels authentic guitar tab book now available
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Clockwork Angels guitar tabAlfred Music Publishing has released an authentic guitar tablature book for Rush's Clockwork Angels album. Amazon has it listed as releasing on July 29th, but the publisher website indicates that it is already available for purchase. From the Alfred Music Publishing product description:

Rush's 20th studio album features all the classic elements that have endeared the band to several generations of fans and made them the most successful progressive rock group of all time! The book contains all the songs faithfully transcribed in authentic guitar TAB, beautiful full-color artwork, and a complete lyrics section. Titles: Caravan * BU2B * Clockwork Angels * The Anarchist * Carnies * Halo Effect * Seven Cities of Gold * The Wreckers * Headlong Flight * BU2B2 * Wish Them Well * The Garden.

There's also this sample pdf that the publisher has made available online. Alfred Music Publishing also has several other Rush guitar, bass and drum transcription books available which you can check out here. Thanks to TimeStandThere for the heads up.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Neil Peart featured in the New York Times One-page Magazine
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Neil Peart - New York Times One-page Magazine - July 8, 2012Neil Peart was featured in yesterday's One-page Magazine in the Sunday New York Times. The following quote from Peart is featured with the title How to Find Balance in Life along with a headshot:

As a drummer and a writer, when I get tired of wrestling with words, I can go beat up the drums. Maybe everyone should have a drum to carry around to express their feelings. That would be funny. As told to Spencer Bailey

You can check it out online at this link. Thanks to Rushguy for the heads up.

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Geddy Lee BBC Radio 2 interview with Ken Bruce now online
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Geddy Lee's appearance on BBC Radio 2's Ken Bruce radio show from last week is now available for listening online at this link (thanks RushFanForever). It was a multi-part interview which aired over a few days last week where Geddy picked 10 of his favorite songs for the station to play, and also shared some anecdotes/comments about each song.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Alex Lifeson talks Clockwork Angels in new interview
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Alex Lifeson was recently interviewed for the Times of Oman by Gary Graff of the New York Times News Service to talk about Rush's Clockwork Angels album. Alex covers many of the same topics that have been brought up in other recent interviews, and also talks a bit about the upcoming tour:

... Rush will start its Clockwork Angels tour on September 7, accompanied by a string section to recreate some of the new album's songs as well as some of the group's older material.

Composer/orchestrator David Campbell, who worked on the album, has written new arrangements for the live show

"It's just something else that's different for us," Lifeson says, "and I can't wait to hear what it sounds like. 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 Time Machine tour was, but we are definitely freshening it up and there'll be a lot of new video stuff going on." ...

You can read the entire article/interview at this link.

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Geddy Lee Bass Guitar magazine cover feature now online
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Last week we learned that 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. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the article and made it available online here. Geddy talks about Clockwork Angels with specific emphasis on his bass sound on the album.

... "What I'm doing at the start of a new record is to fine-tune this thing called my sound. I want to have it big and bold, but at the same time, I don't want to dominate the whole track. What helped us this time was that we made a conscious decision to limit the number of overdubs we were going to put on the album, to retain a bit more clarity. With [Rush's 2007 album] Snakes And Arrows, although we love the record and we love the songs on it, we felt that we overdid the overdubs and made the record a little dense. The sound that I have is the result of the experiments that we try out on the road. I experiment with my sound in what amounts to a live experiment room, namely the venues in which we play. We tour a whole bunch of different venues that are all fraught with their own audio issues. I aim for an on-stage sound that makes me feel like I'm filling the bottom end of the room, and yet I'm looking for the definition that sometimes it's hard to push through in an echo-y arena. So I take that sound that I've developed live, apply it to our writing, and see what suits the particular style of what we're writing. It's usually a matter of fine-tuning, which goes on in the earlier parts of the tour. It's not broad strokes; it's really a tweak here and there." ...

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Clockwork Angels Classic Rock fanpack magazine iPad version now available
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Classic Rock fanpackRush has made a special iPad version of the Clockwork Angels Classic Rock fanpack magazine available. From iTunes:

Classic Rock Presents Rush Clockwork Angels - a special iPad version of the official deluxe fanpack for the album featuring bonus exclusive video interview with Rush's Geddy Lee. Now available to download with or without the album (please note album music remains inside the fanpack and cannot be extracted to iTunes)

You can order your copy at this link.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 7/6@1:49PM: VIP tickets for the Amsterdam show are now available.

After debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200 album charts 2 weeks ago, and a #10 showing last week, Rush's Clockwork Angels dropped 16 spots to #26 in its 3rd week of release. In addition to the #26 position on the Billboard 200, the album came it at #5 on the Hard Rock Album chart, #9 on the Rock Album chart, and was #11 in Canada. 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 a few more reviews that have come in over the past several days:

[The Guardian] 4/5
[RTE Ten] 4/5
[Crush on Radio]
[Sputnik Music]

Geddy Lee made the BBC Radio interview circuit this past weekend to promote the Clockwork Angels album. Last Friday 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. BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris Sunday radio program also had Geddy on the program last Sunday and you can listen to that interview online at this link. In this 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 appeared on Ken Bruce's radio show on BBC Radio 2 last Monday for the Tracks of my years segment. You can listen to that interview at this link. We also just learned this morning that Geddy will be the guest on Planet Rock radio's My Planet Rocks show this Sunday at 7PM (UK Time). Geddy will be taking control of the radio station for an hour to play his favorite songs and talk about his greatest influences with Planet Rock's Rob Birnie. You can tune in online at planetrock.com.

Earlier this week Audio Times posted an interview with Brian Big Bass Gardner on his experience mastering Rush's Clockwork Angels album compared to 2007's Snakes & Arrows. You can read the entire interview at this link.

Sound and Vision magazine in partnership with HDTracks.com is running a contest where you could win one of three 96khz/24bit downloadable copies of Rush's Clockwork Angels. They are taking entries until midnight tonight and you can check out all the details at the Sound and Vision website.

Tickets for the June 2, 2013 show in Amsterdam went on sale earlier this week. You can purchase tickets at this link. The tour will kick off in Manchester, NH in just 2 months from tomorrow and Rush should be heading into rehearsals soon.

The first annual Prog magazine Progressive Music Awards were announced yesterday and will take place this September in London. Rush's Clockwork Angels is nominated for Album of the Year and their Sectors box set is nominated in the Grand Designs category. To place your vote for Rush go to the Progressive Music Awards website (vote for Clockwork Angels here, and Sectors here). For a complete list of categories and nominees along with all the other details, check out the Prog magazine website here.

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 a couple of weeks ago that he had several copies of the booklet left that he would be giving away to fans. As of today he still has some left, so for all the details on how you can get one check out the blog post. Also, Australian reader Neil C - who runs the Rush in Oz website - has coordinated with Anderson to obtain 50 copies of the booklet specifically for Australian fans. So if you are an Aussie Rush fan, check out the Rush in Oz website for all the details on how to obtain one of the 50 copies. 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 (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

Rock Hard July 2012Rush is featured on the cover of the German magazine Rock Hard. Included is a 5-page interview with Geddy Lee along with a 9/10 review of Clockwork Angels. Thanks to Heiko K for the heads up and cover image.

103.5 The Fox ran a poll bracket over the last few weeks with the goal of creating the ultimate Fantasy Supergroup. The winning supergroup looks like it will end up being a melding of Rush and Led Zeppelin with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant on guitar and vocals, with a rhythm section consisting of Geddy Lee on bass and Neil Peart on drums. Neil has already won in the drummer bracket, but the bassist bracket is still open for voting with Geddy way out ahead of John Entwistle. You can vote for Geddy at this link. Thanks to RustyLime69 for the heads up.

Reader Liverpool 78 pointed me to this Mirror article discussing the Mayan prediction of the end of the world occurring on December 21, 2012 - 12/21/12. :)

Reader Ross H sent me this screengrab of a Rush shrine within the world of the Minecraft video game.

UK magazine Metal Hammer posted a short, new interview with Geddy Lee to their YouTube channel yesterday where Geddy talks about Rush's first gig at the Coff-In back in 1968. The interview looks like it was taken from the same session where the two recent Roadrunner interviews were conducted - where Geddy discusses Clockwork Angels and singing Neil Peart's lyrics. You can watch the interview below or at this link.

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

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Geddy Lee to appear on Planet Rock radio's My Planet Rocks show this Sunday
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Planet RockGeddy Lee will be the guest on Planet Rock radio's My Planet Rocks show this Sunday at 7PM (UK Time). Geddy will be taking control of the radio station for an hour to play his favorite songs and talk about his greatest influences with Planet Rock's Rob Birnie. You can tune in online at planetrock.com.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Geddy Lee discusses Rush's first gig in new video interview
8:45PM EST | link | comments (16) |

UK magazine Metal Hammer has posted a short, new interview with Geddy Lee to their YouTube channel where Geddy talks about Rush's first gig at the Coff-In back in 1968. The interview looks like it was taken from the same session where the two recent Roadrunner interviews were conducted - where Geddy discusses Clockwork Angels and singing Neil Peart's lyrics. You can watch the interview below or at this link.

Thanks to simont2112 for the heads up.

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Rush's Clockwork Angels falls to #26 on the Billboard 200 in its 3rd week of release
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UPDATE - 7/5@5:28PM: Here's a 4/5 review from The Guardian.

After debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200 album charts 2 weeks ago, and a #10 showing last week, Rush's Clockwork Angels has dropped 16 spots to #26 in its 3rd week of release. In addition to the #26 position on the Billboard 200, here's how Clockwork Angels did on all the other various charts:

Top Rock Albums: #9
Top Hard Rock Albums: #5
Top Canadian Albums: #11
Top Taste Maker Albums: #7

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 a few more reviews that have come in over the past several days:

[The Guardian] 4/5
[RTE Ten] 4/5
[Crush on Radio] (thanks Isaac)
[Sputnik Music] (thanks paul).

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Rush among the nominees for Prog magazine's first annual Progressive Music Awards
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The first annual Prog magazine Progressive Music Awards have been announced and will take place this September in London. Rush's Clockwork Angels is nominated for Album of the Year and their Sectors box set is nominated in the Grand Designs category. To place your vote for Rush go to the Progressive Music Awards website (vote for Clockwork Angels here, and Sectors here). For a complete list of categories and nominees along with all the other details, check out the Prog magazine website here.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Win a 96khz/24bit downloadable copy of Clockwork Angels
11:55AM EST | link | comments (24) |

Sound and Vision magazine in partnership with HDTracks.com is running a contest where you could win one of three 96khz/24bit downloadable copies of Rush's Clockwork Angels. Here are the details from the Sound and Vision website:

... we have three copies - in glorious 96kHz/24bit resolution, from our friends at HDtracks - to give away to you, lucky readers! ... As usual, all we ask of you is to leave us a comment. The topic for discussion: How important is it to you that new releases be available in high resolution? ... Three winners will be chosen randomly from among those who leave on-topic comments. The winners will each receive one download code enabling them to access the 96kHz/24bit FLAC download of Clockwork Angels, courtesy of Roadrunner and HDtracks. Remember, please feel free to say what you like, so long as it's on topic. You will have to register, however - no anonymous commenters, we need a valid e-mail contact address to inform you of your win. We'll take entries until midnight (Eastern Time), on Friday, July 6, and notify the winner via e-mail by Monday, July 9th.
Good luck!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Brian Gardner on mastering Rush's Clockwork Angels album
2:34PM EST | link | comments (81) |

Geddy and Alex with mastering engineer Brian Audio Times has posted a new interview with Brian Big Bass Gardner on his experience mastering Rush's Clockwork Angels album compared to 2007's Snakes & Arrows.

... The last album in 2007 was mostly one inch two track and was more dense and had a thicker texture than the new album. Technically Nick Raskulenicz [producer on Clockwork Angels] had it together as always and made my work so much easier. Artistically with Clockwork Angels, there seemed to be a turn towards more presence and I noticed an artistic shift in the overall vibe, that being it was more an atmospheric feel being blended in, so any altering of EQ had to be done carefully but regardless the Brilliance of Rush would prevail. ...

... With Clockwork Angels, there was a definite turn towards more presence but again everything was pretty much set sonically and any altering of EQ had to be done carefully. Geddy definitely had say in some instances where a clarification of a vocal line or a bass line as did Alex in certain guitar sections. Neil slipped me a $20 to make sure the drums predominated ... kidding! ...

You can read the entire interview at this link. Thanks to daryllh for the heads up.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Amsterdam pre-sale
12:14PM EST | link | comments (6) |

UPDATE - 7/6@1:49PM: VIP tickets for the Amsterdam show are now available.

Last night the Rush newsletter sent out information for the fan pre-sale for the June 2, 2013 show in Amsterdam. The pre-sale began this morning at 10AM (Amsterdam time) and you can purchase tickets at this link. The newsletter also makes mention of a VIP tour package available at this link, but as of this post the Amsterdam date is not listed.

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