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Friday, August 31, 2012

Rush releases official music video for The Wreckers
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Rush - The WreckersEarlier today Rush posted the official lyric video for The Wreckers - the second single from Clockwork Angels - to their YouTube channel. The video is shot in the same style as the video for Headlong Flight, depicting a puppet show-like shipwreck along with the lyrics for the song. You can watch the video below or at this location (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 9/1@9:30AM: Rolling Stone posted the first chapter of Clockwork Angels: The Novel yesterday to their website. It's also available on Amazon.com when you go to preview the book, and the pdf sampler containing the first 3 chapters is here.

Rush's long-anticipated Clockwork Angels tour finally kicks off one week from today at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. There's still very little known about the set list or stage show at this point, but Alex Lifeson did touch on the subject a little in a recent interview with Brazilian metal magazine Roadie Crew. Here's a loose translation from the original Portuguese:

The set list always changes when we start rehearsing. So I do not know, honestly, if we will play the whole new album live. Certainly, however, we will play several songs from it. It is important for us to create a good mixture of all our stuff. We can not play for five hours, it's not possible to do something like that. So, we have to be careful and precise. For now, I can say that we're working on some songs we had not played for many years. Furthermore, we will be using the string orchestra to present some special things as well. It will be a different and very interesting tour.

There's also this photo of Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton that recently surfaced online from tour rehearsals with what seems to be 2 members of the string section in the background (thanks TMMB). Note that Ticketmaster has started releasing seats for several of the shows and that VIP tickets still remain for many (but not opening night). According to a post on the official Rush Twitter feed earlier this week, VIP ticket sales will close 10 days prior to each show date. In my last poll I asked everyone how Clockwork Angels stacks up against other Rush albums. The results are in and 21% of you think it's their best since Moving Pictures, 13% say it's their best since Counterparts, and 8% think it's their best ever. You can check out the complete results here. For comparison, I asked this same question when Snakes & Arrows came out, and for that album the results were swapped - with 13% saying it was their best since Moving Pictures and 21% saying it was their best since Counterparts. And only about 4% said Snakes & Arrows was their best ever. So the consensus seems to be that Clockwork Angels is a stronger album than Snakes & Arrows. The album is currently sitting at #121 on the Billboard 200 charts, down from #107 last week. With the tour approaching, for my next poll I thought I'd ask everyone what Clockwork Angels song (not yet played - so no Caravan/BU2B) they are most looking forward to hearing on the Clockwork Angels tour. Take the poll and let us know.

UK newspaper the Sheffield Star published an interview with Geddy Lee yesterday where they spoke with him about the Clockwork Angels album among other subjects. Here's what Geddy had to say about Rush fans:

... "I don't think there is a typical Rush fan because the diversity within the Rush community is striking, at least from the stage looking out. "I see young guys who look too hip to be Rush fans standing beside a guy who looks my age and has come with his kid and handed Rush down like a father teaches his kid to throw a baseball. "There's always going to be the muso fan; players who come to see us because of our chops and that's how we started. We are musos and are always into that thing that makes you want to play better, faster, with more confidence. "Some nights you feel you can play anything and that's part of the addiction of being a musician. You're looking for the perfect evening where the three of you are in that sweet spot all night long; it does happen but not as often as you would want. On the nights where you feel stiff, you're the same player, but some nights are more magic than others. I love it. "We've had a long run and feel really fortunate about that. We've come all this way, we want to get our money's worth by playing all these songs, just like the fans."

You can read the entire interview at this location.

Kevin J. Anderson's Clockwork Angels: The Novel will be officially released over this coming weekend but several fans are already receiving their special Gold and Silver editions. The official world premiere book launch of the novel took place last Thursday evening at the Richmond and John Chapters (142 John Street) book store in Toronto. Anderson was in town for a guest appearance at this past weekend's Fan Expo but the Chapters event was open to the general public and was the first time the novel was made available for sale. Anderson gave a speech, answered questions, and autographed books for fans. He posted a detailed report of the weekend's events to his blog earlier this week, including several great photos. Here's what he had to say:

I arrived in Toronto Thursday afternoon for this weekend's exclusive pre-release of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel. I was picked up at the airport with a warm welcome from Erin and Sarah from ECW Press, who took me immediately over to the ECW offices where I signed copies of the book for special accounts and did an interview for Quill & Quire (you can read the interview here.) That night, at the flagship Chapters store I gave a talk and did the first-ever signing and release for the novel to a nice crowd. Afterward, I went out with my friend Mark Lefebvre from Kobo for some fine craft beer in Toronto (Mark had done thorough investigation beforehand). Next morning I did some writing, another interview, then took a tour of the Kobo offices before heading off to the FanExpo in the Toronto Convention Center. In the afternoon I met up with my friend Jonathan Flamm and ECW at the FanExpo, where we got our badges, signed some books at ECW, walked the show floor. For my formal autographing session I had a lot of fans who brought Star Wars books, X-Files books, Dune books, and especially Clockwork Angels. I had 15 copies of Resurrection, Inc, and sold all of them (I should have brought more!) So, it was a long and busy day, time to relax-with a fine celebratory dinner. The entire staff of ECW joined Neil Peart and me at a fine restaurant to toast the release of what is surely the best steampunk fantasy adventure novelization of a rock album ever! ...

There was also some coverage of the event at the T-MAK World website, along with some photos:

... At the Chapters bookstore on John Street, Anderson and ECW Press hosted a book signing which also included a little intro about the book as well as a reading by Anderson. There were Rush fans in attendance and the ones we talked to said they were very eager to read the book which is based on the story of the latest album by the Canadian rock band released earlier this year. We spoke to Anderson briefly and he let us know that he is a huge Rush fan and as such the book is littered with quotes from Rush lyrics! I predict it won't be long before Rush fans start posting online all the quotes they find....

Clockwork Angels bookEric at Power Windows posted his review of the novel earlier this week, giving it an 8 out of 10:

... The novel itself is brief, clocking in at only 290 pages which includes all of Hugh Syme's original album artwork and more (one treat is a new illustration of a city wall which reads "The Watchmaker, Est. MMCXII" [I'll give you a moment while you remember your Roman numerals...]). While the novel does a fine job expanding on the album, the fast pacing of the story itself seems to have left little room for the author to build upon the relationships of the characters. This likely may have been intentional on the author's part, but this Rush fan would have liked something even more epic!

Anderson is running a social media promotion where if you change your Twitter or Facebook avatar to the cover of Clockwork Angels: The Novel from now until at least September 15th, he'll give you a free pdf of his short novel Veiled Alliances, the prequel to his Saga of Seven Suns science fiction epic (Neil Peart's favorite of Anderson's works). For details visit Anderson's blog. You can pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here. Anderson will be attending several other Clockwork Angels book signings and fan conventions over the coming weeks. For a complete list check out this post at Anderson's blog.

Powerplay issue #144Rush is featured as the cover story in the latest issue (#144) of the UK's Powerplay magazine. John at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed the entire article yesterday and made it available online at this location. Alex Lifeson is interviewed and discusses the Clockwork Angels album among other subjects. When asked whether the band would ever slow down Alex said the following:

Well, we were supposed to slow down a little while ago." he laughs. "I recall sitting with my wife one time and saying 'You know what? I think it's time that we slowed this whole thing down a little' and then it went and accelerated again!" he laughs. "We have this tour that will finish some time next summer, I guess, and I know that we all enjoyed making this record so much that I'm sure I'll get together with Geddy; we live five minutes from each over, always have, and I don't see us taking an extended break at this late stage of the game. Maybe in the winter or early 2014 we'll get together and start throwing some ideas around. We're riding this wave right now and it's hard to say what offers or opportunities might come our way. I don't see any reason why we'd stop right now."

And when asked about whether there was any one defining Rush moment that he could think of from the band's long career, Alex had this to say:

... "there have been many amazing things that happened to this band, but probably the one outstanding moment," he offers, "was after Neil's double tragedy ... The first show on the "Vapour Trails" tour was in Hartford, Connecticut. Ged and I walked over to the drum kit and leaned in, past Neil's hardware, looked at Neil and we smiled at each other and we all shared this moment when we couldn't believe that we were here again after that long, dark journey. It connected us in such a powerful way. We were all teary at that point. That was a pretty momentous moment. I can still picture it to this day."

You can read the entire article/interview here.

Alex Lifeson - Guitar Player - November, 2012Speaking of Lerxst, the November, 2012 issue of Guitar Player magazine features Alex Lifeson on the cover. The cover tagline reads Alex Lifeson: Blending Old & New on Clockwork Angels. You can check out the cover at this location. The issue will hit newsstands on October 2nd and be mailed to subscribers on September 11th.

According to the Celebrity Net Worth website, Neil Peart is one of the 30 Richest Drummers in the World, coming in at #26 with an estimated net worth of $22 million. Neil has a long way to go if he wants to move into the number 1 slot; topping the list was Ringo Starr with an estimated net worth of $300 million. You can check out the entire list at this location. The figures were obtained using all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager's fees, agents' fees, and lifestyle.

Jian Ghomeshi - 1982Canadian broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi is releasing his first book next month titled 1982. Ghomeshi is the host of Q with Jian Ghomeshi and has interviewed Rush a number of times on the show. In the lead up to the book's release, Ghomeshi posted a video to his YouTube channel where he asks different celebrities about their memories of being 14 - Ghomeshi's age in 1982. Geddy Lee is one of those interviewed and you can check out what he had to say at this YouTube link. 1982 releases on September 18th in Canada. 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.

I'd received a few reports this past week that Rush's Tom Sawyer was used as introductory music for both Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell at the Republican National Convention this past Wednesday. This is notable because 2 years ago the Rand Paul Senate campaign got into a little trouble with Rush's legal team over their use of Rush's music during their campaign appearances. However, in this case the introductory music was actually performed by the G. E. Smith band and not from a recording - so I don't think there are any legal implications (I might be wrong). Rob over at The Rush Vault happened to be at the Convention for work and caught Paul's introduction on video. You can watch/listen to it on YouTube at this link. And here's the official video of Paul's speech from the RNC YouTube channel - including the Tom Sawyer intro.

The folks at RushCon are sponsoring a charity auction to benefit Kitt Crusaders. The item in question is a unique Neil Peart Sabian 10" Splash Cymbal from the 2010 Time Machine Tour. Bidding on the item is currently sitting at $1600 and the auction ends in about an hour. For details or to place your bid visit this link.

Reader RushFanForever noticed this photo of bass guitar legend Jeff Berlin with Rush that Berlin had posted to his Facebook page back in July. Berlin is one of Geddy Lee's favorite bass players and Neil Peart played drums on Jeff Berlin & Vox Humana's Champion in 1985.

UltimateClassicRock.com recently compiled their list of what they think are the Top 10 Rush Songs of the '70s. You can check it out at this linkc (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

In last week's Friday updates post I had mentioned a minor Rush/2112 reference in the recently-released action movie The Expendables 2. At one point in the film Sylvester Stallone and his crew travel in a cargo plane/gunship with the number XP2112 printed on the side. Reader 427RUSH located an online photo gallery of the XP2112 plane from when the shot they scene for the movie. The plane was a firefighting aircraft Canadair CL-215 and you can check out the photos at this link.

Reader Hemispheres2112 (aka Alec) just had his 17th birthday and had an awesome Rush Clockwork Angels themed cake made to celebrate the occasion. You can check it out here.

CSNPhilly.com columnist Reuben Frank recently posted his list of the Top 10 snubs, mistakes in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rush made his list of top snubs at #9 (thanks BTH):

Are they prog? Not really. Are they metal? Not really. Rush created that middle ground between prog and metal and has ruled it for almost 40 years, selling more than 100 million units world-wide. Heck, their new record - "Clockwork Angels" - must be the best 20th record ever released by anybody. Dazzling live band, too. Don't believe it? Listen to: "2112."

Next month marks the 35th anniversary of the release of Rush's 5th studio album - A Farewell to Kings. The album was released sometime in September of 1977, but the exact date is lost to history. A Farewell to Kings was Rush's first US Gold-selling album and was eventually also certified Platinum. The album peaked at #33 on the Billboard album charts and produced one of Rush's most successful singles and a classic rock radio staple - Closer to the Heart. A 5.1 surround sound version of the album was included in last year's Sector 2 box set. Here's the video for the epic track Xanadu:

That's all for this week. Have a great Labor Day weekend everybody! Only one week until the tour!!

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Rush's Tom Sawyer used as Senator Rand Paul's intro music at the Republican National Convention
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UPDATE - 8/31@11:47AM: Here's the official video of Paul's speech from the RNC YouTube channel - including the Tom Sawyer intro (thanks Mark).

I'd received a few reports this past week that Rush's Tom Sawyer was used as introductory music for both Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell at the Republican National Convention this past Wednesday. This is notable because 2 years ago the Rand Paul Senate campaign got into a little trouble with Rush's legal team over their use of Rush's music during their campaign appearances. However, in this case the introductory music was actually performed by the G. E. Smith band and not from a recording - so I don't think there are any legal implications (I might be wrong). Rob over at The Rush Vault happened to be at the Convention for work and caught Paul's introduction on video. You can watch/listen to it below or at this link.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rush Powerplay magazine cover feature now online
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Powerplay issue #144As I'd mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Rush is featured as the cover story in the latest issue (#144) of the UK's Powerplay magazine. John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the entire article and made it available online at this location. Alex Lifeson is interviewed and discusses the Clockwork Angels album among other subjects. When asked whether the band would ever slow down Alex said the following:

Well, we were supposed to slow down a little while ago." he laughs. "I recall sitting with my wife one time and saying 'You know what? I think it's time that we slowed this whole thing down a little' and then it went and accelerated again!" he laughs. "We have this tour that will finish some time next summer, I guess, and I know that we all enjoyed making this record so much that I'm sure I'll get together with Geddy; we live five minutes from each over, always have, and I don't see us taking an extended break at this late stage of the game. Maybe in the winter or early 2014 we'll get together and start throwing some ideas around. We're riding this wave right now and it's hard to say what offers or opportunities might come our way. I don't see any reason why we'd stop right now."

And when asked about whether there was any one defining Rush moment that he could think of from the band's long career, Alex had this to say:

... "there have been many amazing things that happened to this band, but probably the one outstanding moment," he offers, "was after Neil's double tragedy ... The first show on the "Vapour Trails" tour was in Hartford, Connecticut. Ged and I walked over to the drum kit and leaned in, past Neil's hardware, looked at Neil and we smiled at each other and we all shared this moment when we couldn't believe that we were here again after that long, dark journey. It connected us in such a powerful way. We were all teary at that point. That was a pretty momentous moment. I can still picture it to this day."

You can read the entire article/interview here.

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New Geddy Lee interview with UK newspaper the Sheffield Star
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UK newspaper the Sheffield Star recently published an interview with Geddy Lee where they speak with him about the band's Clockwork Angels album among other subjects. Here's what Geddy had to say about Rush fans:

... "I don't think there is a typical Rush fan because the diversity within the Rush community is striking, at least from the stage looking out. "I see young guys who look too hip to be Rush fans standing beside a guy who looks my age and has come with his kid and handed Rush down like a father teaches his kid to throw a baseball. "There's always going to be the muso fan; players who come to see us because of our chops and that's how we started. We are musos and are always into that thing that makes you want to play better, faster, with more confidence. "Some nights you feel you can play anything and that's part of the addiction of being a musician. You're looking for the perfect evening where the three of you are in that sweet spot all night long; it does happen but not as often as you would want. On the nights where you feel stiff, you're the same player, but some nights are more magic than others. I love it. "We've had a long run and feel really fortunate about that. We've come all this way, we want to get our money's worth by playing all these songs, just like the fans."

You can read the entire interview at this location.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rush feature in August issue of Brazilian magazine Roadie Crew
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Roadie Crew - RushRush is featured on the cover of the August, 2012 issue of Brazilian metal magazine Roadie Crew. They speak with Alex Lifeson about the Clockwork Angels album and upcoming tour along with a few other subjects. Reader andrelam recently picked up the issue and translated portions of it to English, highlighting some of the more interesting tidbits. The cover tagline reads Rush: Marking Generations and the article itself is titled RUSH: Artists in the True Sense of the Word. Alex touches on how it would be interesting to him if Rush were to release one or two songs - similar to what was done with Caravan/BU2B - but without any connection with a new album. He also hasn't read the Clockwork Angels novel yet but plans to. Alex also talked a bit about the upcoming Clockwork Angels tour set list. Here's a loose translation of what he had to say:

The set list always changes when we start rehearsing. So I do not know, honestly, if we will play the whole new album live. Certainly, however, we will play several songs from it. It is important for us to create a good mixture of all our stuff. We can not play for five hours, it's not possible to do something like that. So, we have to be careful and precise. For now, I can say that we're working on some songs we had not played for many years. Furthermore, we will be using the string orchestra to present some special things as well. It will be a different and very interesting tour.

Also, he said that they will not be playing 2112 in its entirety but that the idea is under consideration for a future tour. Finally, he mentions that it's very likely that they will bring the tour to South America on the second leg in 2013.

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Rush Clockwork Angels authentic guitar and bass tab books now available
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Clockwork Angels guitar tabBack in July Alfred Music Publishing released the authentic guitar tablature book for Rush's Clockwork Angels album. They now also have the authentic bass tablature book available as well. You can purchase the guitar tablature here and the bass tablature here. There are also sample pdfs available at the publisher website (guitar, bass). Alfred Music Publishing also has several other Rush guitar, bass and drum transcription books available which you can check out here. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

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Geddy Lee shares his age 14 memories with Jian Ghomeshi
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Jian Ghomeshi - 1982Canadian broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi is releasing his first book next month titled 1982. Ghomeshi is the host of Q with Jian Ghomeshi and has interviewed Rush a number of times on the show. In the lead up to the book's release, Ghomeshi posted a video to his YouTube channel where he asks different celebrities about their memories of being 14 - Ghomeshi's age in 1982. Geddy Lee is one of those interviewed and you can check out what he had to say below or on YouTube (thanks simont2112):

1982 releases on September 18th in Canada. 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.

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Alex Lifeson cover feature in November, 2012 issue of Guitar Player
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UPDATE - 8/29@3:44PM: According to the Rush Twitter feed, the issue will hit newsstands on October 2nd and be mailed to subscribers on September 11th.

Alex Lifeson - Guitar Player - November, 2012The November, 2012 issue of Guitar Player magazine features Alex Lifeson on the cover. The cover tagline reads Alex Lifeson: Blending Old & New on Clockwork Angels. You can check out the cover at this location. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up and Jeff Y for the cover image.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Neil Peart among the 30 Richest Drummers in the World
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According to the Celebrity Net Worth website, Neil Peart is one of the 30 Richest Drummers in the World, coming in at #26 with an estimated net worth of $22 million. Neil has a long way to go if he wants to move into the number 1 slot; topping the list was Ringo Starr with an estimated net worth of $300 million. You can check out the entire list at this location. The figures were obtained using all publicly available information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager's fees, agents' fees, and lifestyle. Thanks to Dominic N for the heads up.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Happy birthday Alex Lifeson!
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Alex young and oldOn this day back in 1953, our favorite guitarist - Alexandar Zivojinovich (aka Alex Lifeson) - was born in Fernie, British Columbia. He turns 59 today which makes him the youngest member of Rush, being born about a month after Geddy Lee and just under a year after Neil. Next up is Neil, who'll turn the big 6-oh on September 12th. In honor of this occasion here's some video of a much younger (and harrier) Alex arguing with his parents over his future as a musician back in 1972. It's taken from the Alan King documentary Come on Children. Happy birthday Lerxst!! May you have many more.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Clockwork Angels: The Novel Toronto world premiere book launch report and photos
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UPDATE - 8/28@9:40AM: Eric at Power Windows has reviewed the novel, giving it an 8 out of 10:

... The novel itself is brief, clocking in at only 290 pages which includes all of Hugh Syme's original album artwork and more (one treat is a new illustration of a city wall which reads "The Watchmaker, Est. MMCXII" [I'll give you a moment while you remember your Roman numerals...]). While the novel does a fine job expanding on the album, the fast pacing of the story itself seems to have left little room for the author to build upon the relationships of the characters. This likely may have been intentional on the author's part, but this Rush fan would have liked something even more epic!

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The official world premiere book launch of Kevin J. Anderson's Clockwork Angels: The Novel took place Thursday evening at the Richmond and John Chapters (142 John Street) book store in Toronto. Anderson was in town for a guest appearance at this weekend's Fan Expo but the Chapters event was open to the general public and was the first time the novel was made available for sale. Anderson gave a speech, answered questions, and autographed books for fans. He just posted a detailed report of the weekend's events to his blog, including several great photos. Here's what he had to say:

I arrived in Toronto Thursday afternoon for this weekend's exclusive pre-release of CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel. I was picked up at the airport with a warm welcome from Erin and Sarah from ECW Press, who took me immediately over to the ECW offices where I signed copies of the book for special accounts and did an interview for Quill & Quire (you can read the interview here.) That night, at the flagship Chapters store I gave a talk and did the first-ever signing and release for the novel to a nice crowd. Afterward, I went out with my friend Mark Lefebvre from Kobo for some fine craft beer in Toronto (Mark had done thorough investigation beforehand). Next morning I did some writing, another interview, then took a tour of the Kobo offices before heading off to the FanExpo in the Toronto Convention Center. In the afternoon I met up with my friend Jonathan Flamm and ECW at the FanExpo, where we got our badges, signed some books at ECW, walked the show floor. For my formal autographing session I had a lot of fans who brought Star Wars books, X-Files books, Dune books, and especially Clockwork Angels. I had 15 copies of Resurrection, Inc, and sold all of them (I should have brought more!) So, it was a long and busy day, time to relax-with a fine celebratory dinner. The entire staff of ECW joined Neil Peart and me at a fine restaurant to toast the release of what is surely the best steampunk fantasy adventure novelization of a rock album ever! ...

There was also some coverage of the event at the T-MAK World website, along with some photos:

... At the Chapters bookstore on John Street, Anderson and ECW Press hosted a book signing which also included a little intro about the book as well as a reading by Anderson. There were Rush fans in attendance and the ones we talked to said they were very eager to read the book which is based on the story of the latest album by the Canadian rock band released earlier this year. We spoke to Anderson briefly and he let us know that he is a huge Rush fan and as such the book is littered with quotes from Rush lyrics! I predict it won't be long before Rush fans start posting online all the quotes they find....

Clockwork Angels bookClockwork Angels: The Novel will be officially released across the US and Canada on September 1st and in the UK by the second week of September. You can pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here. Anderson will be attending several other Clockwork Angels book signings and fan conventions over the coming weeks. For a complete list check out this post at Anderson's blog.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 8/24@5:07PM: There were a couple of articles posted this afternoon on the subject of the Clockwork Angels novel where they chat with author Kevin J. Anderson; one from The Quill and Quire and another from The Globe and Mail.

Things have been relatively quiet on the Rush news front over the past week as the band prepares for the first show of the Clockwork Angels tour in Manchester, NH just 2 short weeks from now. The Clockwork Angels album finally slipped out of the top 100 on the Billboard 200 Chart in its 10th week of release, coming in at #107. The Daily Athenaeum posted an article this past Monday highlighting the triumphant return of several classic rock acts including Rush. Here's what they had to say about the band's Clockwork Angels album:

... Vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee and company are well known as much for their progressive, complex songwriting approach as they are for their uncanny ability to create catchiness out of that methodology - and this is in full display on Rush's newest release. The album, "Clockwork Angels," and its subsequent single, "Headlong Flight," have been out since mid-June for your listening pleasure. The song pulls you in with a signature Geddy Lee bass line which is, of course, pushed way up in the mix and a bit on the trippy side. This bass line then gives way to an edgier, more distorted rhythm guitar line than you would expect from the band. Lee seems to have changed his vocal stylings, as well, opting for a more tempered and less nasal approach. While there are several solid head-bobbing moments, the song's biggest flaw is that there seems to be a big hook missing somewhere in the chorus. Nothing here sticks in your head like "Limelight" or "Tom Sawyer." While the song is not a home run, it does have several advantages against Kiss's track. The band still has energy, a point aided by great musicians like Lee and world-renowned drummer Neil Peart. It still feels like the band is creating and exploring 38 years after their debut, and the results show the group still cares about the quality of its music and is pushing itself to the limits of creativity. ...

As was mentioned last week, the album has also been nominated for Album of the Year in the 2012 Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards, and Rush is up for Band of the Year as well. To cast your vote for Rush go to this location.

The official world premiere book launch of Kevin J. Anderson's Clockwork Angels: The Novel took place yesterday evening at the Richmond and John Chapters (142 John Street) book store in Toronto. Anderson is in town for a guest appearance at this weekend's Fan Expo but the Chapters event was open to the general public and was the first time the novel was made available for sale. Anderson gave a speech, answered questions, and autographed books for fans. Here's a photo from the event courtesy the WestSideBeemerBoyz Twitter feed. I also received a couple of photos from reader TMMB2112 which you can check out by clicking on the thumbnails above. In a recent interview by Phil Simon for the Huffington Post Anderson elaborates on how he and Neil Peart developed the novel:

... We brainstormed the structure of the story, the characters, the sequence of events, while we spent a day together climbing a 14,000-foot peak in Colorado (because what could be a better place for brainstorming?); the ideas kept flowing even as the oxygen level decreased. Later, as Rush continued on tour and I worked on other deadlines, and Neil kept writing the lyrics for other pieces of the story, we let the story lie fallow for a while, but when he had all the songs written, then I could start working. But the album is more than just words set to music; it wasn't until I finally heard the rough cuts of the tracks, with Neil's drums, Geddy Lee's [Rush's lead singer] vocals and bass, Alex Lifeson's guitars, that it all changed from black-and-white Kansas to Technicolor Oz. Then the story was real, and I was able to get to work, writing chapter after chapter as I listened to song after song. I would send the very rough drafts to Neil for his input, and he was like a conductor taking it to a higher level, suggesting changes and additions that tied strands together and pumped up the story. ...

Clockwork Angels bookIn addition to yesterday's Chapters appearance and his guest slot at the Fan Expo this weekend, Anderson will be attending several other Clockwork Angels book signings and fan conventions over the coming weeks. For a complete list check out this post at Anderson's blog. SF Signal posted their review of Clockwork Angels yesterday, giving the novel a 4 out of 5 rating:

... After a slow start, Clockwork Angels barrels through a world of alchemy, multiple universes and steamships, using a manipulative war between chaos and order as the canvas for a philosophical discourse based on lyrics by Neil Peart. Not just for Rush and KJA fans, but enjoyable for those who like different worlds and allegorical fables. ...

You can also check out the SciFi Pulse review of the novel here, and pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here. Yesterday Anderson posted the first two chapters of his first novel Resurrection, Inc. to his blog along with this introduction:

My first novel RESURRECTION, INC. (originally published in 1988) has recently been reissued in eBook and in hardcopy. This book was inspired by the songs on the Rush album "Grace Under Pressure"-Someone to talk to and someone to sweep the floors; no swimming in the heavy water and no singing in the acid rain; suddenly, you were gone from all the lives you left your mark upon; are we the last ones left alive?; every muscle tense to fence the enemy within; one humanoid escapee, one android on the run; blind images flashing by, like windshields toward a fly... I see my novel, characters, and situations when I listen to the songs. ...

Sci-fi author and blogger David Mack is a huge Rush fan and wrote a very interesting piece for his blog last month which notes the similarities between the story told in Clockwork Angels and Rush's Fountain of Lamneth from Caress of Steel. You can check it out at this location (thanks Tom P).

Pussy Riot show the court's verdict in Moscow 8/17/12 (Mikhail Metzel/Associated Press)Earlier this week Geddy Lee joined other artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul McCartney, and Madonna, and spoke out in support of the Russian feminist punk-rock band Pussy Riot. Pussy Riot recently made headlines when they were jailed for a performance inside a Moscow cathedral where they criticized President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church. From CBC News:

... Geddy Lee, frontman of Canadian rock band Rush, called the verdict a "shocking abuse of power" and a "Neanderthal overreaction to a fairly harmless prank. Clearly artistic freedom has no place in modern-day Russia," he wrote in an email to Evan Solomon, host of CBC's Power & Politics. ...

Rush and The RunawaysKim Fowley was the producer and mastermind behind the '70s all-girl group The Runaways. He is currently in the process of trying to get the band to re-group for a tour. Fowley was recently interviewed by Legendary Rock Interviews and commented on a scene from The Runaways biopic movie where the band reacts against negative treatment from another band. The scene is supposedly based on the way Rush behaved towards The Runaways when they opened for Rush in 1977:

... Rush had pseudo-intellectual lyrics and very heady stuff that was all HP Lovecraft, and that doesn't always go over so well in Detroit. Add to that the complicated musical interludes and screaming vocals, and it's not hard to understand the appeal of the Runaways. They also weren't very nice to the girls. If you watch the movie there's an incident in which the girls rebel against an older bunch of guys they're on the bill with. That was Rush, and that actually happened, terribly, to them. ...

Rocker Joan Jett caused quite a flap a couple of years ago discussing this subject back when she was making the interview rounds promoting the film. Her former bandmate Cherie Currie later entered the fray. The Runaways actually attended a party in Rush's honor in December of 1976 as pictured here but didn't tour with them until a couple of months later in February of 1977 where the alleged incident(s) would have taken place.

Dave Bidini recently wrote an article for the National Post where he reminisces about the songs of the summer. One of the songs he profiles is 1975's Fly by Night from Rush:

... Fly By Night was to 1975's summer playlist what grindcore is to acoustic folk. Its opening chords sounded mean and nasty, even though, hearing them now, the guitar is more lightly flanged than fuzztoned, although I wouldn't have known the difference at the time. There was also something about the chorus, full of punches and accents in strange places at a time when a lot of pop songs just kind of loped along stepping easily from place to place. Throughout the song, the sun climbed and the day grew hot, but I remember not swimming the rest of the afternoon, instead laying there sunburnt and wanting to hear Fly By Night again, wondering if what I'd heard the first time was, in fact, real.

You can read the entire article at this location. Bidini is a Canadian musician, author and founding member of the Rheostatics who is also good friends with Geddy Lee. A couple of years ago Geddy optioned the film and TV rights to Bidini's 2005 book Baseballissimo.

Slate's David Weigel recently wrote a series of articles on progressive rock music and Rush gets a mention in the latest installment (thanks Brian C):

... Rush, who came late to the prog wave (1974), have trimmed back the pretention while flaunting the virtuosity. As a reward, they can still play stadiums, in basically any country. They just happen to be the most sellable artists in a niche genre. Virtuoso metal and math rock, bands like Mastodon and Protest the Hero, have nestled into the same place. That's one fractal of modern-day prog. ...

Rush 2112According to reader Mr. K and a few others, there's a minor Rush/2112 reference in the recently-released action movie The Expendables 2. At one point in the film Sylvester Stallone and his crew travel in a cargo plane/gunship with the number XP2112 printed on the side. If anyone has or can get a photo/screenshot of this, let us know.

Speaking of 2112 references, Standard Films is a snowboard film company that has produced a snowboarding film every year since 1991. 2012's film will be their 21st so they have titled it appropriately 2112. They even use a red star in the logo. For more information check out their website here (thanks Andy).

And continuing on this subject, Chicago-based band Local H has a t-shirt available at their official merchandise store that pays tribute to 2112. It depicts the Rush star-man dressed up in some party gear with the text Local H and 2012 in the familiar Rush 2112 font and colors. You can check it out at this location (thanks Micko).

Reader Doug B recently came across a YouTube video clip of a new Pioneer radio demonstrating bluetooth audio streaming. The display is fuzzed out but not enough to miss the fact that they are streaming Clockwork Angels. You can check it out at this link.

Eric at Power Windows recently updated the smartphone wallpaper download section of his website, creating a completely new collection of Rush album art customized for use as iPhone wallpaper. You can check it out at this location.

In light of the recent engagement of 27-year-old Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne to 37-year-old Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and the ensuing nickname of Chavril for the couple, Canada.com decided to take a satirical look at some other celebrity hook-up possibilities including this one involving Geddy Lee:

Rush bassist Geddy Lee and beloved poet Dennis Lee. Arguably the cutest couple of them all, "Lee-Lee" not only sounds like the name of a panda given to the Calgary zoo by the government of China, but imagine how epic the poems "Alligator Pie" or "Garbage Delight" would sound when accompanied by some sweet-ass bass licks.

Football season is nearly upon us and reader The Clansman 2112 wanted me to let everyone know about his Rush is a Band fantasy football league that he's put together. They only need 3 more teams and the live draft will be held the evening of Saturday, September 1st. If you are interested in participating just go to this link and use the league number 39135 with password freewill.

Speaking of football, reader charliecameron and several others reported that NBC Sunday Night Football used Rush's The Anarchist as outro music to their commercials this past weekend.

This coming Monday, August 27th Alex Lifeson celebrates his 59th birthday. In honor of this occasion here's some video of a much younger (and harrier) Alex arguing with his parents over his future as a musician back in 1972. It's taken from the Alan King documentary Come on Children. Happy birthday Lerxst!! May you have many more.

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

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Clockwork Angels: The Novel world premiere book launch tonight
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UPDATE - 8/24@11:53AM: Here are a couple of photos from last night's event courtesy reader TMMB2112.

UPDATE - 8/24@9:30AM: Here's a 4/5 book review from SF Signal (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

UPDATE - 8/23@9:06PM: Here's a photo from the event courtesy the WestSideBeemerBoyz Twitter feed.

Clockwork Angels book

The official world premiere book launch of Kevin J. Anderson's Clockwork Angels: The Novel will take place this evening at 7PM at the Richmond and John Chapters (142 John Street) book store in Toronto. Anderson is in town for a guest appearance at this coming weekend's Fan Expo but the Chapters event is open to the general public and will be the first time the novel will be available for sale. Anderson will give a speech, answer questions, and autograph books. For further details, visit chapters.indigo.ca. In a recent interview by Phil Simon for the Huffington Post Anderson elaborates on how he and Neil Peart developed the novel:

... We brainstormed the structure of the story, the characters, the sequence of events, while we spent a day together climbing a 14,000-foot peak in Colorado (because what could be a better place for brainstorming?); the ideas kept flowing even as the oxygen level decreased. Later, as Rush continued on tour and I worked on other deadlines, and Neil kept writing the lyrics for other pieces of the story, we let the story lie fallow for a while, but when he had all the songs written, then I could start working. But the album is more than just words set to music; it wasn't until I finally heard the rough cuts of the tracks, with Neil's drums, Geddy Lee's [Rush's lead singer] vocals and bass, Alex Lifeson's guitars, that it all changed from black-and-white Kansas to Technicolor Oz. Then the story was real, and I was able to get to work, writing chapter after chapter as I listened to song after song. I would send the very rough drafts to Neil for his input, and he was like a conductor taking it to a higher level, suggesting changes and additions that tied strands together and pumped up the story. ...

In addition to the Chapters appearance and his guest slot at the Fan Expo, Anderson will be attending several other Clockwork Angels book signings and conventions over the coming weeks. For a complete list check out this post at Anderson's blog. A couple of weeks ago a free pdf version of the Clockwork Angels sampler booklet was made available for download at this location. The preview booklet includes introductions by Neil Peart and Anderson, the first three chapters in the novel, lyrics to Caravan and some of the artwork. Anderson also still has hardcopies of the booklet to give away. For details on how to obtain a hardcopy check out these instructions. You can check out the SciFi Pulse review of the novel here, and pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here. Yesterday Anderson posted the first two chapters of his first novel Resurrection, Inc. to his blog along with this introduction:

My first novel RESURRECTION, INC. (originally published in 1988) has recently been reissued in eBook and in hardcopy. This book was inspired by the songs on the Rush album "Grace Under Pressure"-Someone to talk to and someone to sweep the floors; no swimming in the heavy water and no singing in the acid rain; suddenly, you were gone from all the lives you left your mark upon; are we the last ones left alive?; every muscle tense to fence the enemy within; one humanoid escapee, one android on the run; blind images flashing by, like windshields toward a fly... I see my novel, characters, and situations when I listen to the songs. ...

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[Clockwork Angels: The Novel world premiere book launch]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel preview booklet free pdf download]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel highlights posted at The Lofty Oaks]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel special signed and numbered editions on sale now]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel special signed and numbered editions on sale this Friday]
[Clockwork Angels novel sampler booklet giveaway]
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[Clockwork Angels: The Novel official press release]
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[Kevin J. Anderson's novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels album due out this Fall from ECW Press]
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Runaways producer Kim Fowley claims Rush mistreated them
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Rush and The RunawaysKim Fowley was the producer and mastermind behind the '70s all-girl group The Runaways. He is currently in the process of trying to get the band to re-group for a tour. Fowley was recently interviewed by Legendary Rock Interviews and comments on a scene from The Runaways biopic movie where the band reacts against negative treatment from another band. The scene is supposedly based on the way Rush behaved towards The Runaways when they opened for Rush in 1977:

... Rush had pseudo-intellectual lyrics and very heady stuff that was all HP Lovecraft, and that doesn't always go over so well in Detroit. Add to that the complicated musical interludes and screaming vocals, and it's not hard to understand the appeal of the Runaways. They also weren't very nice to the girls. If you watch the movie there's an incident in which the girls rebel against an older bunch of guys they're on the bill with. That was Rush, and that actually happened, terribly, to them. ...

Rocker Joan Jett caused quite a flap a couple of years ago discussing this subject back when she was making the interview rounds promoting the film. Her former bandmate Cherie Currie later entered the fray. The Runaways actually attended a party in Rush's honor in December of 1976 as pictured here but didn't tour with them until a couple of months later in February of 1977 where the alleged incident(s) would have taken place.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Geddy Lee speaks out in support of Pussy Riot
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Pussy Riot show the court's verdict in Moscow 8/17/12 (Mikhail Metzel/Associated Press)Pussy Riot is the Russian feminist punk-rock band that recently made headlines when they were jailed for a performance inside a Moscow cathedral where they criticized President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church. The band's arrest and subsequent trial have inspired a wave of protests across Europe and North America, along with support from artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul McCartney, Madonna and Rush's Geddy Lee. From CBC News:

... Geddy Lee, frontman of Canadian rock band Rush, called the verdict a "shocking abuse of power" and a "Neanderthal overreaction to a fairly harmless prank."

"Clearly artistic freedom has no place in modern-day Russia," he wrote in an email to Evan Solomon, host of CBC's Power & Politics. ...

Thanks to Ross Rivas for the heads up.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Dave Bidini reminisces about the Summer of '75 and Fly by Night
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Dave Bidini recently wrote an article for the National Post where he reminisces about the songs of the summer. One of the songs he profiles is 1975's Fly by Night from Rush:

... Fly By Night was to 1975's summer playlist what grindcore is to acoustic folk. Its opening chords sounded mean and nasty, even though, hearing them now, the guitar is more lightly flanged than fuzztoned, although I wouldn't have known the difference at the time. There was also something about the chorus, full of punches and accents in strange places at a time when a lot of pop songs just kind of loped along stepping easily from place to place. Throughout the song, the sun climbed and the day grew hot, but I remember not swimming the rest of the afternoon, instead laying there sunburnt and wanting to hear Fly By Night again, wondering if what I'd heard the first time was, in fact, real.

You can read the entire article at this location (thanks RushFanForever). Bidini is a Canadian musician, author and founding member of the Rheostatics who is also good friends with Geddy Lee. A couple of years ago Geddy optioned the film and TV rights to Bidini's 2005 book Baseballissimo.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 8/17@4:44PM: Here's a Clockwork Angels review from today's Joplin Globe.

After bouncing back into the top 20 last week due to Amazon's 99-cent deal, Rush's Clockwork Angels album has fallen to #81 on the Billboard 200 in its 9th week of release. Clockwork Angels also finally became available on Spotify this past week (thanks Josh), and BlogCritics posted this excellent review of the album saying the following:

... In the end, Clockwork Angels is another demonstration that old bands like Rush, Asia, Van Halen, and Metallica not only still have high-octane gas in their tanks, they're still capable of work that moves beyond what they've done before. Whether you want to take the time to dive into the storyline and analyze Peart's poetic visions or not, the material on the album is absorbing, often intense (in the best sense of the term), and hits you physically, mentally, and perhaps emotionally. If it's not the best album of the year, I really want to hear the other contenders for the throne. Further, I wonder if Clockwork Angels will ultimately be measured against other concept albums from the '60s to the present and be found one of a very august company.

The album has also been nominated for Album of the Year in the 2012 Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards, and Rush is up for Band of the Year as well. To cast your vote for Rush go to this location. Don't forget that last month Clockwork Angels was also nominated for Album of the Year in the first annual Prog magazine Progressive Music Awards which will take place next month in London. Voting will be closing soon, so if you haven't voted for Rush yet you can do so at this location.

Clockwork Angels bookLast week SciFi Pulse posted their A+ review of Kevin J. Anderson's Clockwork Angels novelization, saying the following:

Dazzling locales, memorable characters and high adventure that will make you think long after you're done. What more can you ask from a book?

Today they posted an exclusive interview with Anderson where the author discusses the novel along with his other collaborations with Neil Peart. When asked about all the nods to Rush lyrics contained in the novel Anderson had the following to say:

... I have been immersed in Rush music and lyrics for most of my life, and so when I wrote the prose, I found many natural ways to drop in familiar lines from songs. But I wanted it to be "natural" rather than a clunky nudge and wink. If you aren't familiar with the lyrics, I doubt you'll even notice the nods. But if you do know Rush, you'll appreciate them.

You can check out the entire interview at this location. Anderson posted the following information to his blog last Friday regarding the world premiere book launch of Clockwork Angels: The Novel:

Toronto fans, we will be launching CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel, first time ever on sale, on Thursday evening, August 23 at the Richmond and John Chapters (142 John Street) at 7:00pm. I'll be in Toronto as a guest at Fan Expo throughout the weekend, but this event-open to the general public-will be the first time the novel is available for sale. I will give a talk, answer questions, and autograph books...lots of them, I hope!

For further details, see chapters.indigo.ca. This event is free, and I do not charge for autographs.

US fans, you'll have to wait an extra week. I WILL have plenty of copies for sale on August 31 at DragonCon in Atlanta.

For a complete list of upcoming appearances/signings check out this post at Anderson's blog. Last week a free pdf version of the Clockwork Angels sampler booklet was made available for download at this location. The preview booklet includes introductions by Neil Peart and Anderson, the first three chapters in the novel, lyrics to Caravan and some of the artwork. Anderson also still has hardcopies of the booklet to give away. For details on how to obtain a hardcopy check out these instructions. You can check out the Lofty Oaks review of the novel from earlier this week here, and pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

Neil Peart photo by Andrew TolsonThere were a few new Rush magazine features to report this past week. Maclean's magazine ran an interview with Neil Peart earlier this week where they spoke with Neil at the band's Toronto rehearsal studio regarding the Clockwork Angels album among other subjects. Neil said the following regarding how he'll approach his drum solo on the upcoming tour:

... [In the past], my ambition was not a humble one, to try to play with superhuman perfection in the studio and then reproduce that every night. Once I had defined myself as a compositional drummer, I thought, "Well, I want to be an improvisational drummer." I think in the recorded drum parts on this album, you can sense the excitement and danger: "This guy never played that before, and he just barely made it." I'm going to cut myself completely loose this tour; I'd always composed and choreographed a tour solo and then improvised within that framework, and this time, I'm throwing that out.

You can read the entire article/interview at this location. As a companion piece to the Neil Peart interview they also ran an article on Rush's six most-beloved concept songs which you can check out here.

July, 2012 Metal HammerThe July, 2012 issue of Metal Hammer magazine contains an article on Rush titled Kingdom Come. Earlier this week John at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed the entire article and made it available online at this location. Alex Lifeson is interviewed and discusses the recording of Clockwork Angels, the band's Time Machine Tour, the Rush documentary and more. Here's what Alex had to say about his bandmates:

... They're such a tight rhythm section," Alex states, admiringly. "Those guys have telepathy between them. I'm standing in front of Neil and I can feel his playing and the nuances and the subtleties in his playing are just out of this world. When those guys get together it's amazing to watch them work out stuff, because they just do things at the same time without even talking about it. It's pretty amazing." ...

The magazine is a special issue paying tribute to Black Sabbath and contains a sidebar piece where Lifeson heaps praise on the heavy metal pioneers and also explains how Rush met Ozzy Osbourne during the recording of A Farewell To Kings:

"We met Ozzy Osbourne back in 1977, when we were at Rockfield [residential recording studio near Monmouth, Wales] working on our album A Farewell To Kings. He'd stopped by briefly at the studio and my recollection is he was looking for drugs ha ha ha! Unfortunately he left disappointed! We all had a good chuckle about it at the time.

"Black Sabbath are very important to heavy music. Tony Iommi had such an awesome sound, and their riffing was spectacular. They were really the quintessential heavy metal band of that period. They were much heavier than some of their contemporaries like Uriah Heep. They definitely had a sound about them that put them in a category all their own. If Black Sabbath didn't exist, the world would be a quieter place! And they certainly influenced a lot of people.

"My favourite Black Sabbath song has to be Iron Man, because the vocal line was so cool. And it's just a great riff. That droning opening guitar note is so perfect."

The issue contains an additional sidebar piece titled What Rush and Machine Head Have In Common along with a 9/10 review of Clockwork Angels. You can check out the entire feature complete with scans of the included photographs at this location.

Powerplay issue #144Rush is also featured as the cover story in the latest issue (#144) of the UK's Powerplay magazine. Alex Lifeson is interviewed and discusses the Clockwork Angels album.

Reader King Lionhead let me know about this Mental Floss article highlighting 15 albums named after numbers. Rush's 2112 is featured at #15:

If you've already listened to this album, you've likely figured out from the title track that "2112" refers to a year in the future. It's just part of the whole concept album about a futuristic dystopian society. But you may not have known that Ayn Rand may have been its inspiration...

Speaking of Ayn Rand, Neil Peart gets a mention in this CNN article on Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and his connection with Rand.

Eric at Power Windows posted earlier this week about Pittsburgh-based Christian rock band ApologetiX, who record song parodies with a Christian twist. They have released 17 albums over the last 20 years including two Rush parodies: Tom Saw Ya parodies Tom Sawyer and was released on 2002's Grace Period, and Timeline from 2011's Wise Up And Rock parodies Limelight.

Eric at Power Windows discovered a page on makeup effects artist Louise Mackintosh's website dedicated to her work with Rush on the Time Machine tour intro and intermission videos. She was responsible for making the guys into cavemen and also turning Alex Lifeson into a large jolly salesman. The page includes several great photographs which you can check out here.

Cathy Rich, Brian Morgan and Alex Kluft are in the process of raising funds via Kickstarter for a Buddy Rich documentary titled Welcome to Nutville. They plan on interviewing a number of drummers including Neil Peart for the film. For more information check out this link.

Several Chicago area Rush fans will be holding a big pre-show party and raffle at The Beer Bistro before Rush's September 15th show at the United Center. In addition to good company, good food and good drink, they'll be raffling off a piece of Rush artwork by Jamie Lester along with a Les Paul (Epiphone) guitar with all proceeds going to The American Cancer Society. You can purchase your raffle tickets online at this link. For more details on the event, check out the Facebook event page.

UK digital radio station Planet Rock is currently running a poll to determine the best rock song of all time. You can place your vote for your favorite Rush song at this link.

John at Cygnus-X1.net recently came across an online MMO game titled 2112. There doesn't seem to be any direct Rush tie-in, but it's pretty cool nonetheless.

This past Tuesday, August 14th was the 38th anniversary of Neil Peart's first show playing with Rush at the Civic Center Arena in Pittsburgh opening for Uriah Heap and Manfred Mann. Some audio from that show where the band plays Finding My Way recently found its way to YouTube. You can listen to it below or at this link (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

That's all for this week. Only 3 short weeks until opening night of the Clockwork Angels tour! Have a fantastic weekend everybody!

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Kevin J. Anderson talks Clockwork Angels: The Novel in new SciFi Pulse interview
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Clockwork Angels bookLast week SciFi Pulse posted their A+ review of Kevin J. Anderson's Clockwork Angels novelization, saying the following:

Dazzling locales, memorable characters and high adventure that will make you think long after you're done. What more can you ask from a book?

Today they posted an exclusive interview with Anderson where the author discusses the novel along with his other collaborations with Neil Peart. When asked about all the nods to Rush lyrics contained in the novel Anderson had the following to say:

... I have been immersed in Rush music and lyrics for most of my life, and so when I wrote the prose, I found many natural ways to drop in familiar lines from songs. But I wanted it to be "natural" rather than a clunky nudge and wink. If you aren't familiar with the lyrics, I doubt you'll even notice the nods. But if you do know Rush, you'll appreciate them.

You can check out the entire interview at this location. Anderson posted information to his blog last Friday regarding the world premiere book launch of Clockwork Angels: The Novel:

Toronto fans, we will be launching CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel, first time ever on sale, on Thursday evening, August 23 at the Richmond and John Chapters (142 John Street) at 7:00pm. I'll be in Toronto as a guest at Fan Expo throughout the weekend, but this event-open to the general public-will be the first time the novel is available for sale. I will give a talk, answer questions, and autograph books...lots of them, I hope!

For further details, see chapters.indigo.ca. This event is free, and I do not charge for autographs.

US fans, you'll have to wait an extra week. I WILL have plenty of copies for sale on August 31 at DragonCon in Atlanta.

For a complete list of upcoming appearances/signings check out this post at Anderson's blog. Last week a free pdf version of the Clockwork Angels sampler booklet was made available for download at this location. The preview booklet includes introductions by Neil Peart and Anderson, the first three chapters in the novel, lyrics to Caravan and some of the artwork. Anderson also still has hardcopies of the booklet to give away. For details on how to obtain a hardcopy check out these instructions. You can check out the Lofty Oaks review of the novel from earlier this week here, and pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Maclean's magazine feature on Rush concept songs
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Maclean's magazine ran an article today on Rush concept songs as a companion piece to their Neil Peart interview from earlier this week. In the article they profile six of Rush's most-beloved concept songs including their first full-blown concept album - the recently-released Clockwork Angels album.

Rush's first full-length concept album is a dense, churning work whose individual songs are relatively short but cohere into a 66-minute whole. The narrative, set in a steampunk alternate world, reflects Peart's ongoing preoccupations with disillusionment, state control vs. individual freedom, and Don Quixote (the ballad Halo Effect brings to mind Quixote's fascination with his ideal, Dulcinea). But overall, it's more melodic than its predecessors, and it ends with the surprisingly reflective piece called The Garden. Here, the album's hero hoes his own row, leaving others to fight their battles, and acknowledges, in a nod to David Foster Wallace's epic novel, that "time is still the infinite jest." According to Peart, "Only at my age can such wisdom be attained."

Here's what they had to say about their first concept song - 1975's By-tor and the Snow Dog from the band's Fly by Night album:

Clocking in at a relatively svelte 8'39", Rush's very first multi-part suite is drawn from their second album, Fly by Night. Not only did the bookish Neil Peart take over from John Rutsey as the band's drummer, but he also took up the lyric-writing reins. Led Zeppelin-influenced songs with lines such as "I just want to rock and roll you woman" were scrapped in favour of pieces like this: a suite about a battle between a "centurion of evil" and a beast with "ermine glowing in the damp." As Lee's bass snarls and Peart pummels his drums, the fight rages through a section called "7/4 War Furor" (making explicit the band's fascination with odd-metre time signatures), and ends with the canine victorious. Thanks to him, "the land of the Overworld is saved again." Granted, the lyrics are over the top, but there's an element of Rush's vaunted humour here: the antagonists were, in fact, inspired by their manager Ray Danniels' real-life pooches.

You can read the entire piece online at this location.

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Rush cover feature in Powerplay magazine
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Powerplay issue #144Rush is featured as the cover story in the latest issue (#144) of the UK's Powerplay magazine. Alex Lifeson is interviewed and discusses the Clockwork Angels album. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rush July, 2012 Metal Hammer magazine feature now online
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July, 2012 Metal HammerAs I'd mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the July, 2012 issue of Metal Hammer magazine contains an article on Rush titled Kingdom Come. John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the entire article and made it available online at this location. Alex Lifeson is interviewed and discusses the recording of Clockwork Angels, the band's Time Machine Tour, the Rush documentary and more. Here's what Alex had to say about his bandmates:

... They're such a tight rhythm section," Alex states, admiringly. "Those guys have telepathy between them. I'm standing in front of Neil and I can feel his playing and the nuances and the subtleties in his playing are just out of this world. When those guys get together it's amazing to watch them work out stuff, because they just do things at the same time without even talking about it. It's pretty amazing." ...

The magazine is a special issue paying tribute to Black Sabbath and contains a sidebar piece where Lifeson heaps praise on the heavy metal pioneers and also explains how Rush met Ozzy Osbourne during the recording of A Farewell To Kings:

"We met Ozzy Osbourne back in 1977, when we were at Rockfield [residential recording studio near Monmouth, Wales] working on our album A Farewell To Kings. He'd stopped by briefly at the studio and my recollection is he was looking for drugs ha ha ha! Unfortunately he left disappointed! We all had a good chuckle about it at the time.

"Black Sabbath are very important to heavy music. Tony Iommi had such an awesome sound, and their riffing was spectacular. They were really the quintessential heavy metal band of that period. They were much heavier than some of their contemporaries like Uriah Heep. They definitely had a sound about them that put them in a category all their own. If Black Sabbath didn't exist, the world would be a quieter place! And they certainly influenced a lot of people.

"My favourite Black Sabbath song has to be Iron Man, because the vocal line was so cool. And it's just a great riff. That droning opening guitar note is so perfect."

The issue contains an additional sidebar piece titled What Rush and Machine Head Have In Common along with a 9/10 review of Clockwork Angels. You can check out the entire feature complete with scans of the included photographs at this location.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

New interview with Neil Peart in Maclean's magazine
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UPDATE - 8/13@4:25PM: When I first read the article I had missed one key part of the interview where Neil talks about how he'll approach his drum solo on the upcoming tour (thanks Earthshine_sf). Here's what he had to say:

... [In the past], my ambition was not a humble one, to try to play with superhuman perfection in the studio and then reproduce that every night. Once I had defined myself as a compositional drummer, I thought, "Well, I want to be an improvisational drummer." I think in the recorded drum parts on this album, you can sense the excitement and danger: "This guy never played that before, and he just barely made it." I'm going to cut myself completely loose this tour; I'd always composed and choreographed a tour solo and then improvised within that framework, and this time, I'm throwing that out.

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Neil Peart photo by Andrew TolsonMike Doherty of Maclean's magazine recently sat down with Neil Peart at the band's Toronto rehearsal studio to discuss the Clockwork Angels album among other subjects. When asked about his current take on the concepts of fate, circumstance, and free will, Neil had the following to say:

I remain the optimist: you just do your best and hope for the best. But it's an evolving state of mind. I still totally believe in individual rights and individual responsibility and in choosing to do good. On the liberal side of things, they go to an extreme of how people need to be led, and they can't handle freedom. Pure libertarianism believes that people will be generous and help each other. Well, they won't. I wish it were so, and I live that way. I help panhandlers, but other people are, "Oh look at that-why doesn't he get a job?" While I believe in all that freedom, I also believe that no one should suffer needlessly. A realization I had lately: it is impossible to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and be a Republican. It's philosophically absolutely opposed-if they could only think about what they were saying for a minute. That's when you get caught up in the webs of what people call themselves and how they behave. You just become adaptable and try to lead a good life in ways that make sense, regardless. Because I know at the end of it, if I'm going to meet Jesus or Allah or Buddha, I'm going to be all right.

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

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Vote for Rush in the 2012 Classic Rock Awards
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Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2012The UK's Classic Rock magazine has opened up voting for their 2012 Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. Rush is up for Band of the Year and their Clockwork Angels album has been nominated for Album of the Year. Rush was presented with the Living Legend award back in 2010. This year that honor will go to ZZ Top. To cast your vote for Rush go to this location.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Clockwork Angels: The Novel world premiere book launch
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Clockwork Angels bookAuthor Kevin J. Anderson just posted information to his blog regarding the world premiere book launch of Clockwork Angels: The Novel:

Toronto fans, we will be launching CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel, first time ever on sale, on Thursday evening, August 23 at the Richmond and John Chapters (142 John Street) at 7:00pm. I'll be in Toronto as a guest at Fan Expo throughout the weekend, but this event-open to the general public-will be the first time the novel is available for sale. I will give a talk, answer questions, and autograph books...lots of them, I hope!

For further details, see chapters.indigo.ca. This event is free, and I do not charge for autographs.

US fans, you'll have to wait an extra week. I WILL have plenty of copies for sale on August 31 at DragonCon in Atlanta.

For a complete list of upcoming appearances/signings check out this post at Anderson's blog. Earlier this week a free pdf version of the Clockwork Angels sampler booklet was made available for download at this location. The preview booklet includes introductions by Neil Peart and Anderson, the first three chapters in the novel, lyrics to Caravan and some of the artwork. Anderson also still has hardcopies of the booklet to give away. For details on how to obtain a hardcopy check out these instructions. You can check out the SciFi Pulse review of the novel from earlier this week here, and pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush's Clockwork Angels shot back into the top 20 to #13 in its 8th week of release thanks in large part to Amazon.com's incredible 99-cent mp3 download deal last week. The album received a nice little greatest gainer tag for its move from #70 last week to #13 this week, and it also was #2 on both the Rock Albums chart and the Hard Rock Albums chart. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the album's sales increased 258% to 20,027 over last week when it sold 5,587 copies. The album has sold a total of 197,249 copies in the US to date. The Quietus posted a great review of the album earlier this week, saying the following:

... Simply put Clockwork Angels is an extremely accomplished piece of music composed and performed absolutely flawlessly by three undeniably mature and worldly human beings. Comparisons - other than in terms of conceptuality - with previous incarnations of the band's sound are neither relevant or something that they'd want us to look for. This is Rush of 2012, with the benefit of the kind perspective and wisdom that only their kind of awesome longevity can afford and whether you're a die-hard or a recent convert, you should embrace this wholeheartedly and hold on awful tight.

The band is currently hunkered down in Toronto practicing for the tour. Last week tour security Michael posted the following to the official Neil Peart Twitter feed:

Another long day making intro videos. Full rehearsals come in two weeks then back on the scooter trash road! MM

Some tour setlist rumors are also finally starting to trickle in. The latest bit of news I've heard is that the band plans on playing all of the Clockwork Angels album minus Caravan and BU2B, both of which were thoroughly covered back on the Time Machine tour. I've also heard the unsurprising news that 5 songs from Moving Pictures will be included in the setlist. It's still relatively early though, so things could certainly change. As always, take these rumors with a big grain of salt.

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 back in late June. Anderson had several copies left after the event and offered to mail out copies to fans who sent him a SASE. Due to numerous requests for the booklet, a free pdf version was also made available for download earlier this week. You can download your pdf copy at this location. The preview booklet includes introductions by Neil Peart and Anderson, the first three chapters in the novel, lyrics to Caravan and some of the artwork. Anderson also still has hardcopies of the booklet to give away. For details on how to obtain a hardcopy check out these instructions. The novel itself releases around the end of this month, and advance review copies have already been sent out. Anderson received his own personal copy on Wednesday and blogged about it, complete with a few photos. He was also recently interviewed by the Calgary Herald and had the following to say regarding how he came to be friends with Neil Peart and finally collaborate with him on the Clockwork Angels novel:

My very first novel was almost entirely inspired by [Rush's] Grace Under Pressure album. I saw a story in that album; I'm not sure it was the story that they thought it was, but it inspired my imagination. I wrote the novel and published it. After I had the printed copies, I just signed three copies and then addressed it to the three members of Rush and just mailed it off to Mercury Records. I sort of forgot about it for a year. Neil, in the meantime, read it and wrote me back. We started a correspondence that's been going on for close to 25 years now. We wrote a story together a while ago and we've always been playing around with the idea of doing a crossover novel and an album.

The first reviews of the novel are also starting to be released. SciF Pulse gives it an A+ grade, saying the following:

Dazzling locales, memorable characters and high adventure that will make you think long after you're done. What more can you ask from a book?

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

Rush is the subject of a 4-page feature in the September, 2012 issue of Stereophile magazine with the cover tagline reading Interview: Rush - Rock 'n' roll survivors on their new release Clockwork Angels. They sit down with Alex Lifeson and chat about the band's Clockwork Angels album, focusing specifically on the album's sound and mastering. You can check it out by clicking on the thumbnails above and John at Cygnus-X1.net has also transcribed the article and made it available at this location.

Rush is featured on the cover of the September, 2012 issue of Goldmine magazine with the tagline Power Play: Rush returns to its roots with Clockwork Angels. In the 7-page article they speak with Alex Lifeson about the Clockwork Angels album track-by-track, along with some insight into some of his solos/riffs from other classic Rush tracks.

Lifeson also spoke with Goldmine about the possibility of another solo album sometime in the future:

...I've got an hour or two of songs that I've written and recorded over the years for the sake of doing it and having fun with it. I might do another [solo album] one day, but there are a lot of other things that I want to do in life, and it really was quite a commitment. Having said that, it's a lot easier to do two or three songs and put them out and then wait six months and do it again. You don't have the weight of an LP doing it that way. Maybe I will; I don't know, we'll see.

Eric at Power Windows has also transcribed the article and made it available online at this location.

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 a Rush Legacy theme, featuring 12 classic photos from the band's long history. John at Cygnus-X1.net has scanned all the images from the calendar and made them available online at this location. 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.

Earlier this week we learned that Rush song royalties are being included in a $300 million bond issuance by Sesac Inc. From Fox Business News:

Bob Dylan's music was the soundtrack for the counterculture of 1960s America. Now it has become a selling point for an unusual bond offering being marketed to institutional investors and wealthy individuals. A privately held Nashville, Tenn., company is preparing a $300 million bond backed by the cut it receives as a middleman between music companies and songwriters and the outlets that broadcast their music. The company, Sesac Inc., has the exclusive rights to the public broadcast or performance of the music of Mr. Dylan, pop singer Neil Diamond, Canadian rock band Rush and jazz singer Cassandra Wilson. ...

Rush was featured on the June cover of Canadian indie record store magazine Needle. The magazine contains a short feature on Rush and Clockwork Angels that is completely derived from excerpts from the Classic Rock fanpack magazine. John at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed the entire article earlier this week and made it available online at this location.

Reader Leif pointed me to this article over at the Analog Planet blog which discusses non-fill pressing defects with vinyl albums and uses Rush's Clockwork Angels vinyl edition as an example. The author claims that the album suffers from this defect and goes on to criticize the sound quality. You can check it out at this location.

The People's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame blog has opened up voting for their next batch of inductees. Rush is one of the eligible nominees. To cast your vote, visit the site at this link (thanks George).

Speaking of Rock Halls, radio station 94.9 The Rock's out of Oshawa, Ontario has put together a Rush the Hall Petition (thanks Todd) to put Rush in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their goal is to reach 10,000 signatures. Petitions of this sort rarely have any affect on anything, but there you have it.

Author Stephen King has co-written a novella with Joe Hill titled In the Tall Grass. The first part of the novella was published in the June-July issue of Esquire magazine, with the conclusion following in the August issue. According to cemeterydance.com, the story includes a Rush reference (thanks Dave H):

... It's a nasty little story about what happens to people who unwisely choose to listen to the Canadian rock group Rush while traveling cross-country.

Reader Soundtweaker pointed me to a Tetraknot magazine video interview with drummer/producer/engineer Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson). When asked about his favorite bands he mentions Rush and gives high praise to the new album:

... When you are a drummer you have to just worship Rush. It comes with the job. They had a record come out just last month ... it's awesome - it's one of my favorite ones they've done in years. Genius. It's heavy...

You can listen to the interview on YouTube at this link. The Rush part comes in at about the 5:30 mark.

Blogger/musician Ben Sommer (bensommer.com, bandslikerush.com) recently put together a blog post where he compiles his list of the Top 20 Rush songs from the perspective of a fan of all the eras of Rush. You can check out his very eclectic list at this link.

Reader rosmakloma let me know that fab.com is offering Toronto YYZ airport code t-shirts for sale at this link.

Andrew Olson has added 2 new replica drumkits to the Neil Peart replica kits page on his Neil Peart fansite; Sean C's Yamaha Kit and Shawn Freeman's 'Blakrome' Replica.

Richard R. Biancone Jr. recently wrote an opinion piece for the Cumberland Times-News where he uses Rush's Closer to the Heart to illustrate a point. The article is titled We should try to do it closer to the heart and you can check it out at this location.

Back in April we first heard that thrash metal pioneers Anthrax would be including a cover of Rush's Anthem on an upcoming tribute EP. The EP will commemorate the 1 year anniversary of the release of tha band's Worship Music album and is slated for release around September 13th. It will also include covers of AC/DC's T.N.T., Boston's Smokin' and Journey's Keep on Runnin'. Artisan News Service sat down with Anthrax members Scott Ian and Frank Bello earlier this week to discuss the EP and specifically the Anthem cover:

Scott Ian: It's songs that in some way, shape or form we've been playing or jamming on for our whole lives. Because you really don't want to have to work too hard on these things. Although the Rush song is a bit of a bitch. I can't say that's an easy one. But it's a song we all know and we're all familiar with. So then - of course - you take on the challenge of really trying to nail it and do it justice.

Frank Bello: Even the bass parts - I have to get every little part of Geddy down because I'm a fanatic with that stuff and I have to. I don't want to leave it. I'm still working on the little bits. It's great - I love it.

Rush was apparently made aware of the cover via drummer Charlie Benante's YouTube clip of him laying down the drum track:

Scott Ian: Charlie [Benante] bumped into Neil Peart at the Golden Gods Awards a few months ago and Neil actually said to Charlie, "yeah- we heard you guys were covering Anthem. That's so cool. We put the clip of you playing drums up on our website", or something like that. I swear to God - Charlie was like ... the light, the glow that was coming off of him after that. I've never seen anything quite like it.

You can watch the entire interview below or on YouTube here:

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

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Rush September, 2012 Goldmine magazine cover feature now online
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As I'd mentioned earlier this week, Rush is featured on the cover of the September, 2012 issue of Goldmine magazine with the tagline Power Play: Rush returns to its roots with Clockwork Angels. Reader Kelly M sent me a scan of the 7-page article where they speak with Alex Lifeson about the Clockwork Angels album track-by-track, along with some insight into some of his solos/riffs from other classic Rush tracks.

Lifeson also has a little to say about the possibility of another solo album sometime in the future:

...I've got an hour or two of songs that I've written and recorded over the years for the sake of doing it and having fun with it. I might do another [solo album] one day, but there are a lot of other things that I want to do in life, and it really was quite a commitment. Having said that, it's a lot easier to do two or three songs and put them out and then wait six months and do it again. You don't have the weight of an LP doing it that way. Maybe I will; I don't know, we'll see.

Eric at Power Windows has also transcribed the article and made it available online at this location.

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Rush September, 2012 Stereophile magazine feature now online
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As I'd mentioned earlier this week, Rush is the subject of a 4-page feature in the September, 2012 issue of Stereophile magazine with the cover tagline reading Interview: Rush - Rock 'n' roll survivors on their new release Clockwork Angels. In the 4-page article they speak with Alex Lifeson about the band's Clockwork Angels album, focusing specifically on the album's sound and mastering. You can check it out on the Stereophile website here.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Clockwork Angels back in the top 20 in its 8th week of release
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UPDATE - 8/9@10:31AM: The official Billboard charts are out. The album received a nice little greatest gainer tag for its #13 spot on the Billboard 200. It also was #2 on both the Rock Albums chart and the Hard Rock Albums chart.

Thanks to Amazon.com's incredible 99-cent mp3 download deal last week, Rush's Clockwork Angels has shot back into the top 20 to #13 in its 8th week of release. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the album's sales increased 258% to 20,027 over last week when it sold 5,587 copies. This propelled the album from #70 last week to #13 this week. The album has sold a total of 197,249 copies in the US to date. The official Billboard chart reflecting the new numbers should be updated sometime tomorrow morning. Thanks to Andrew N for the info.

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Rush royalties included in $300 million bond offering
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UPDATE - 8/8@3:28PM: Here's the full article posted over at the Fox Business News website (thanks RushFanForever).

According to an article in today's Wall Street Journal, Rush song royalties are being included in a $300 million bond issuance by Sesac Inc. From the article:

Bob Dylan's music was the soundtrack for the counterculture of 1960s America. Now it has become a selling point for an unusual bond offering being marketed to institutional investors and wealthy individuals. A privately held Nashville, Tenn., company is preparing a $300 million bond backed by the cut it receives as a middleman between music companies and songwriters and the outlets that broadcast their music. The company, Sesac Inc., has the exclusive rights to the public broadcast or performance of the music of Mr. Dylan, pop singer Neil Diamond, Canadian rock band Rush and jazz singer Cassandra Wilson. ...

Thanks to The Rush Vault for the heads up.

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Clockwork Angels: The Novel preview booklet free pdf download
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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 back in late June. Anderson had several copies left after the event and offered to mail out copies to fans who sent him a SASE. After being overwhelmed with requests, they have now decided to make a free pdf version of the sampler booklet available for download as well. You can download your pdf copy at this location. The preview booklet includes introductions by Neil Peart and Anderson, the first three chapters in the novel, lyrics to Caravan and some of the artwork. Anderson also still has hardcopies of the booklet to give away. For details on how to obtain a hardcopy check out these instructions. The novel itself releases around the end of this month, and advance review copies have already been sent out. 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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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Rush cover feature in September, 2012 issue of Goldmine magazine
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UPDATE - 8/8@12:10PM: Thanks to reader Kelly M I now have scans of the article. It's an interview with Alex Lifeson where he discusses the Clockwork Angels album track-by-track along with some insight into some of his solos/riffs from other classic Rush tracks.

He also has a little to say about the possibility of another solo album sometime in the future:

...I've got an hour or two of songs that I've written and recorded over the years for the sake of doing it and having fun with it. I might do another [solo album] one day, but there are a lot of other things that I want to do in life, and it really was quite a commitment. Having said that, it's a lot easier to do two or three songs and put them out and then wait six months and do it again. You don't have the weight of an LP doing it that way. Maybe I will; I don't know, we'll see.

----- snip -----

Rush is featured on the cover of the September, 2012 issue of Goldmine magazine which you can check out here. The tagline reads Power Play: Rush returns to its roots with Clockwork Angels and . Thanks to Kelly M for the heads up.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Anthrax members discuss covering Rush's Anthem in new interview
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Back in April we first heard that thrash metal pioneers Anthrax would be including a cover of Rush's Anthem on an upcoming tribute EP. The EP will commemorate the 1 year anniversary of the release of tha band's Worship Music album and is slated for release around September 13th. It will also include covers of AC/DC's T.N.T., Boston's Smokin' and Journey's Keep on Runnin'. Artisan News Service recently sat down with Anthrax members Scott Ian and Frank Bello to discuss the EP and specifically the Anthem cover:

Scott Ian: It's songs that in some way, shape or form we've been playing or jamming on for our whole lives. Because you really don't want to have to work too hard on these things. Although the Rush song is a bit of a bitch. I can't say that's an easy one. But it's a song we all know and we're all familiar with. So then - of course - you take on the challenge of really trying to nail it and do it justice.

Frank Bello: Even the bass parts - I have to get every little part of Geddy down because I'm a fanatic with that stuff and I have to. I don't want to leave it. I'm still working on the little bits. It's great - I love it.

Rush was apparently made aware of the cover via drummer Charlie Benante's YouTube clip of him laying down the drum track:

Scott Ian: Charlie [Benante] bumped into Neil Peart at the Golden Gods Awards a few months ago and Neil actually said to Charlie, "yeah- we heard you guys were covering Anthem. That's so cool. We put the clip of you playing drums up on our website", or something like that. I swear to God - Charlie was like ... the light, the glow that was coming off of him after that. I've never seen anything quite like it.

You can watch the entire interview below or on YouTube here (thanks Eric at Power Windows):

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Rush featured in September, 2012 issue of Stereophile magazine
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UPDATE - 8/9@10:16AM: The article is now available on the Stereophile website here. They speak with Alex Lifeson in the article about the band's Clockwork Angels album, focusing specifically on the album's sound and mastering.

Stereophile - September, 2012Rush is the subject of a 4-page feature in the September, 2012 issue of Stereophile magazine. The cover tagline reads Interview: Rush - Rock 'n' roll survivors on their new release Clockwork Angels. Thanks to Randy and robsnsx for the info.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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The Clockwork Angels album has fallen 9 spots from #61 last week to #70 on the Billboard 200 album chart in its 7th week of release. This past Wednesday Amazon.com began running an incredible deal where they offered up the entire album as a digital download (including the digital booklet) for only $0.99! This deal caused sales of the digital album to go through the roof, propelling it to #1 on the Amazon bestseller chart. The deal has since ended and the album is currently sitting at #2. Planet Rock named Clockwork Angels the best album of the year so far (thanks Lifeson_Times) and the album continues to get good reviews in the press and online. MetaCritic's metascore for the album is currently a strong 79 based on 11 reviews from major publications. Here are a couple more reviews that have come in over the past few weeks:

[cokemachineglow.com] 70/100
[Beats per Minute] 80/100

Classic Rock fanpackThe Clockwork Angels Classic Rock fanpack magazine has been transcribed and scanned and is now available online at both the Power Windows site and at Cygnus-X1.net (thanks guys!!). The 132-page magazine includes extensive and exclusive interviews with all 3 band members, along with a full Clockwork Angels track-by-track rundown by Geddy Lee, and interviews with producer Nick Raskulinecz and long time cover artist Hugh Syme, and more. There's also a special iPad version of the fanpack available which you can purchase from iTunes.

West Side Beemer BoyzThe Clockwork Angels tour Twitter feed that I'd first mentioned last week has now morphed into the official Neil Peart Twitter feed complete with a call out on the NeilPeart.net homepage. The feed has been dubbed the WestSideBeemerBoyz and even has a cool logo to boot. Here's the feed's description:

Neil Peart Official - Join Neil, Michael, Brutus, and pals as they ride the Clockwork Angels Tour 2012-13 from a two-wheel motorrad perspective!

There have already been a bunch of great posts made to the feed since last week. Here's a good one from yesterday that gives us some insight into what the band is currently up to:

Another long day making intro videos. Full rehearsals come in two weeks then back on the scooter trash road! MM

I can't wait to see those new vids! You can follow the WestSideBeemerBoyz on Twitter at @praetorianx1.

Guitar Center is running a sweepstakes in celebration of their 48th anniversary where the grand prize is a VIP Rush concert experience in Los Angeles. The grand prize package includes:

* VIP trip for 2 to Los Angeles to see Rush in concert
* Chance to win $1,000,000 during the Guitar Center Anniversary Dice Roll
* VIP experience of Guitar Center's RockWalk induction of Rush
* Fender Road Worn Geddy Lee Jazz Bass Guitar
* $500 spending cash

The tickets will be for either Rush's November 17th show at the Honda Center or the Gibson Amphitheatre show on November 19th. Rush will be inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk on either November 18th (according to the contest Rules & Regulations page) or November 20th (according to the official press release). The official press release also contains these extra details regarding the RockWalk induction:

... Each Guitar Center RockWalk induction will be held at the retailer's historic Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. The inductions, which are invite only, will include an induction speech and ceremony, in which the musicians' handprints will be immortalized for the millions of music fans who visit Hollywood each year. ...

For all the contest details and to enter just go to this link.

Rush was featured in last Friday'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.

Clockwork Angels bookKevin J. Anderson's novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels album will release in about a month from now. This past Friday ECW Press in partnership with the Rush Backstage Club made a limited number of Gold and Silver signed editions of the novel available for sale, but sold out of both editions by the weekend. However, Anderson announced via his blog earlier this week that he would be offering signed copies (by him, not Neil Peart) of Clockwork Angels: The Novel 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.

Another way to get a signed copy of the novel is to attend one of the several book signings and appearances that Anderson has scheduled over the next several weeks. He posted a list of all the conventions he'll be attending (including RushCon) to his blog last Friday. Anderson also has an appearance scheduled for August 23rd at Chapters bookstore in Toronto (thanks Andrew W). You can pre-order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

Carter Biel at The Lofty Oaks website was lucky enough to receive an advanced review copy of the Clockwork Angels 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 well into the book and has written a total of 7 blog posts which you can check out at the following links (SPOILERS!): part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7. He'll also be writing more posts as he progresses through the novel.

Kerrang! July 21, 2012 coverThe 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 transcribed the entire feature earlier this week 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.

July, 2012 Metal HammerThe July, 2012 issue of Metal Hammer magazine contains an article on Rush titled Kingdom Come where 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.

RushCon 2012The folks at RushCon put out a request earlier this week for items to donate to their charity auction. From Facebook:

... It is that time again! Time for me to ask if there is anyone out there that would like to donate something cool and Rush-y to the RushCon Charity Auction. If you have anything you feel you can part with, please send me an email and let me know! I have some great items already, but always looking for more. :) Thanks, everyone!! auction@rushcon.org

The 12th annual RushCon will be held in Toronto at the Hard Rock Cafe on October 12-14, 2012 to coincide with the Rush concert on October 14th (and October 16th). For all the details just go to RushCon.org, and be sure to follow RushCon on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all the latest RushCon news.

Jason Keller at the A.V. Club penned a great article earlier this week titled Dead zones: Why we shouldn't overlook recording artists' worst work. He uses Rush and particularly 1987's Hold Your Fire album to help make his point:

... Most Rush fans will agree that even at the band's stretch of lowest inspiration, it still can still crank out some good songs. But upon reexamination, many of albums that fall squarely in the middle of Rush's supposed low point-I'll call it the band's "dead zone"-aren't just relatively good. They're really good.

For example: 1987's Hold Your Fire. When it was released amid the fading glow of Rush's Permanent Waves/Moving Pictures heyday, Hold Your Fire must have felt like a weak echo. The thing is, even a weak echo of prime Rush is pretty fantastic. ...

You can read the entire article at this link.

Satirical website The Onion recently included a Rush reference in their American Voices series. They asked some fake Americans what they thought about the recent computer virus that targets Iran's nuclear facilities and is believed to be causing AC/DC's Thunderstruck to blast at full volume from Iranian scientists' workstations in the middle of the night. Here's what Salvage Inspector Brittany Tobias had to say (thanks Ralph H):

AC/DC is a good start. Then, slowly, they can be introduced to Boston, then some Rush, then Judas Priest, and then on to Mötorhead, after which they'll be so enlightened that they'll discontinue any nuclear weapons program.

Goldmine magazine recently posted an article where Blind Guardian guitarist Marcus Siepen counts down the 10 albums that changed his life (thanks RushFanForever). Number 10 on his list is Rush's Grace Under Pressure:

Surprise, surprise, I am not listing "Moving Pictures." "Grace Under Pressure" was my first Rush album and it still impresses me big time - what huge walls of sound those three guys can create, even live on stage, without all the options you have in the studio. I love this band, and actually many of their albums deserve a place on this list, but I guess "Grace Under Pressure" will always be my fave. Maybe because it was my first contact with this band.

Reader Russell G noticed a Rush reference in a series of webisodes for the SyFy channel's Warehouse 13. They are currently running a short series of webisodes called Grand Designs (another possible Rush reference) where Pete accidentally triggers an artifact that transforms the team into two-dimensional diorama versions of themselves, and returns the Warehouse to its original, unstable design. In episode 5, Lena finds the aisle where the artifact is located - aisle YYZ-2112. You can watch the webisode online at this link. The Rush reference comes in at about the 2:15 mark. You may recall that back in Season 1, Episode 9 of the Warehouse 13 television show there was a major Rush Snakes & Arrows reference. In that episode agents Myka and Pete are examining a drawing of an ouroboros - a snake swallowing its tail and forming a circle. Myka comments that the picture is a symbol of self-reflection and simplicity. Pete then adds ... and the best Rush album since Roll The Bones. Snakes & Arrows rocks!

Blogger Ben Sommer (bensommer.com, bandslikerush.com) recently put together a blog post where he performs some geeky analysis of Rush's album's sales data through 2007. He also posted a nice review of his favorite Rush album - 1989's Presto.

Back in April we first heard that thrash metal pioneers Anthrax would be including a cover of Rush's Anthem on an upcoming tribute EP. Some more information regarding the EP came to light this past week via a recent Loudwire interview with Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante:

To commemorate the first year of 'Worship Music' being out, we're putting together a little companion EP with some fun s--t on it," he said. "It started out as what I call 'The '70s EP.' It's made up of some cover songs from our favorite bands - consisting of Rush, Thin Lizzy, Boston, Journey... We're still working on it now, but I think it's gonna be really cool.

Gibson.com also adds that the EP is expected to release around September 13th and also include covers of AC/DC's T.N.T., Boston's Smokin' and Journey's Keep on Runnin'. Here's a one-minute YouTube video of Benante laying down the drum track for Anthem:

That's it for this first week of August. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Win a VIP Rush concert and RockWalk induction experience in Los Angeles from Guitar Center
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UPDATE - 8/3@11:23AM: Here's the official RockWalk induction press release (thanks Eric at Power Windows) which contains some more details:

... Each Guitar Center RockWalk induction will be held at the retailer's historic Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. The inductions, which are invite only, will include an induction speech and ceremony, in which the musicians' handprints will be immortalized for the millions of music fans who visit Hollywood each year. ...

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UPDATE - 8/3@9:25AM: This VVN story (thanks Sean) says that Rush will be inducted on November 20th - which contradicts the November 18th date given in the contest Rules & Regulations page.

UPDATE - 8/2@8:37AM: The contest Rules & Regulations page states that Guitar Center's RockWalk induction ceremony will take place in Hollywood on November 18th - the day between the band's 2 LA area shows.

Guitar Center is running a sweepstakes in celebration of their 48th anniversary where the grand prize is a VIP Rush concert experience in Los Angeles. The grand prize package includes:

* VIP trip for 2 to Los Angeles to see Rush in concert
* Chance to win $1,000,000 during the Guitar Center Anniversary Dice Roll
* VIP experience of Guitar Center's RockWalk induction of Rush
* Fender Road Worn Geddy Lee Jazz Bass Guitar
* $500 spending cash

The tickets will be for either Rush's November 17th show at the Honda Center or the Gibson Amphitheatre show on November 19th. This is also the first we've heard that Rush will be inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk, presumably on or around the LA concert dates. For all the details and to enter the contest just go to this link. Thanks to RedSectorA for the heads up.

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Clockwork Angels Classic Rock fanpack magazine now available online
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Classic Rock fanpackThe Clockwork Angels Classic Rock fanpack magazine has been transcribed/scanned and is now available online at both the Power Windows site and at Cygnus-X1.net (thanks guys!!). The 132-page magazine includes extensive and exclusive interviews with all 3 band members, along with a full Clockwork Angels track-by-track rundown by Geddy Lee, and interviews with producer Nick Raskulinecz and long time cover artist Hugh Syme, and more. There's also a special iPad version of the fanpack available which you can purchase from iTunes.

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Anthrax to include Rush's Anthem on upcoming tribute EP
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Back in April we first heard that thrash metal pioneers Anthrax would be including a cover of Rush's Anthem on an upcoming tribute EP. Some more information regarding the EP just came to light via a recent Loudwire interview with Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante:

To commemorate the first year of 'Worship Music' being out, we're putting together a little companion EP with some fun s--t on it," he said. "It started out as what I call 'The '70s EP.' It's made up of some cover songs from our favorite bands - consisting of Rush, Thin Lizzy, Boston, Journey... We're still working on it now, but I think it's gonna be really cool.

Gibson.com also adds that the EP is expected to release around September 13th and also include covers of AC/DC's T.N.T., Boston's Smokin' and Journey's Keep on Runnin'. Here's a one-minute YouTube video of Benante laying down the drum track for Anthem:

Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Clockwork Angels mp3 album available today at Amazon for $.99!
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UPDATE - 8/2@10:41AM: The $0.99 sale has propelled the album to #1 on Amazon! It's STILL available for just $0.99 too.

UPDATE - 8/1@10:10AM: Note that the copy also comes with the digital booklet, so if you want the booklet it's probably worth the $0.99 just for that (thanks Will C).

Amazon.com is running an incredible deal today where they are offering up the entire Clockwork Angels album as a digital download for only $0.99! Granted most of us have already bought the album, but for those who haven't yet this is just about too good to pass up. It'd also make a great gift for any casual fan friends you might have who haven't purchased the album yet. You can purchase your digital copy of Clockwork Angels for just $0.99 at this location. Thanks to Sean for the heads up.

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

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