Archive: Blog Entries from October, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rush-inspired fine art digital paintings: Snow Dog now available
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Just over 3 years ago UK-based digital artist Graham Whieldon launched his website of Rush-inspired fine art digital paintings at macrographs.com. When he first launched the site he had only one completed painting for sale; a print inspired by Rush's epic song The Fountain of Lamneth from their Caress of Steel album. Last year he released a Red Barchetta-inspired print, and just this past week he unveiled Snow Dog - a beautiful print inspired by Rush's By-tor and the Snow Dog:

Snow Dog - standing guardian at the gate between Nether and Overworlds, haloed by the fizzing glow of the ever burning Northlight, eyes reflecting the volcanic fires that herald the approach of her sworn enemy - Prince By-Tor.

Whieldon also released a 2112-inspired print titled 2112 VIII earlier this year:

2112 VIII - the Syrinx has fallen... the wheel comes around once more and the future repeats the past. The gigantic analogues lie toppled and silent, valves dark, ribbons of memory scattered like charred spiderweb.

You can see previews of his work and purchase the prints by visiting the Macrographs website. You can also follow Macrographs on Facebook.

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ProMark releases new Neil Peart Clockwork Angels collector's sticks
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Neil Peart Clockwork Angels Collector's Six-PackLast week ProMark announced the release of their new Neil Peart Clockwork Angels Collector's Edition Stick Six-Pack. From the press release:

... The top selling ProMark Shira Kashi oak drumsticks have been given the golden touch, autographed by drummer Neil Peart and copper-ink branded with six RUSH tour logos. Each brick contains six pairs of sticks and Collector's Edition labels to satisfy any die-hard RUSH fan. Dealers now have a chance to get their hands on these legendary collections, however, only a limited amount will be produced. The offer is valid through December 2012. ...

For more information visit the ProMark website. Thanks to rosmakloma for the heads up.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Charlotte open thread
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UPDATE - 11/2@2:00PM: Here's a great photo gallery that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 10/31@7:22AM: Reports indicate that the band played the standard A setlist and not the slightly altered one that was played in Buffalo last week; complete setlist here. Official photos have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush's Clockwork Angels tour continues to stay one step ahead of Hurricane Sandy as they head south to Charlotte, NC tonight just out of the storm's reach. The band is due to play some version of their Night A setlist, but it's unclear which one. Much to everyone's surprise in Buffalo Friday night they swapped in a track to the A set that had not yet been played at all on the 2012 tour. So it's not clear whether we'll hear that same A set, or the one they played in Brooklyn last week (or something else!). As soon as I find out which set was played, I'll be sure to post it here. According to a recent tweet from the WestSideBeemerBoyz Twitter feed, it looks like Neil and Michael braved the outer edges of the Frankenstorm and biked their way to Charlotte:

Backwoods Kentucky, the outer vortex of Frankenstorm - rain, wind, wet leaves, 42 degrees. What fools we mortals be...

Hopefully they, the rest of the band, and the crew all arrived in one piece! Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the hurricane. For everyone going to tonight's show - have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 30th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 23
Venue: Time Warner Cable Arena
Place: Charlotte, NC

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Interview with Rush A&R man Andy Curran
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Andy CurranIn the lead up to Rush's show in Buffalo this past weekend, Buffalo sports radio station WGR 550 spoke with Rush A&R man Andy Curran for an interview. Andy talks about a number of subjects including hockey, Rush's recent surge of popularity, the band's Rock Hall nomination, Rush's tour regimen, the band's longevity and more. You can listen to the 20-minute interview at this location (thanks sm2112).

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Clockwork Angels VIP package merchandise finally shipping
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UPDATE - 10/29@6:59PM: Reader thedigitalman also received his VIP package merchandise today and sent along these photos.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourVIP ticket packages for the North American leg of Rush's current Clockwork Angels tour were sold through VIP Nation rather than Live Nation as they were on the Time Machine tour. The ticket packages once again cost in the $300 range and included a variety of Rush tour merchandise and a VIP ticket guaranteed to be in the first 15 rows. The big difference this go-around was that ticketbuyers were not made aware of the exact location of their seat until the day of the show, with the best seats going to those who bought their tickets first. Regarding the merchandise portion of the packages, they initially promised that package buyers would receive the swag before the date of the show, but just like on the Time Machine tour there were unexpected delays in putting the packages together. The delays were so bad this time that I've only now finally started receiving reports of fans receiving their merchandise - well over half way into the tour. Reader Andy had bought a VIP ticket package for opening night in Manchester and received his package merchandise just today. So it's anticipated that VIP Nation is shipping out the packages for each show in chronological order. Andy also sent along this photo of the contents of the package which include a black Clockwork Angels tour shirt (design on front only), a collectible Clockwork Angels tour poster (numbered, limited), a tour program, a Rush explosion tote bag, and a set of official guitar picks. Also included is a commemorative tour laminate that was given out to fans when they picked up their tickets.

Related Posts:
[Interview with Clockwork Angels String Ensemble violinist and concert master Joel Derouin]
[Getting to know the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour setlist update]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tourbook now available online]
[Clockwork Angels tour opening night in Manchester open thread]
[Clockwork Angels tourbook and other merchandise now available at the Rush Backstage Club]
[New Rush Backstage Club contest: Win a Rush meet & greet!]
[Follow the Clockwork Angels tour on Twitter]
[Rush's Clockwork Angels tour to include a string section]
[Official Rush 2012 Clockwork Angels tour announcement and dates!]

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Cleveland open thread
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UPDATE - 10/30@9:35PM: Here's a review and some photos from Random Thoughts Escaping.

UPDATE - 10/30@1:19PM: Cleveland artist Derek Hess has created a very cool Clockwork Angels tour poster commemorating the show and made it available for sale online at this location (thanks to my bro Matt for the heads up).

UPDATE - 10/30@9:44AM: Here's a review from UltimateClassicRock.com.

UPDATE - 10/29@1:25PM: Here's a review from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

UPDATE - 10/29@10:25AM: Here's a photo gallery that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 10/29@8:34AM: Official photos have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 10/29@12:18AM: Rush played their standard B setlist tonight - the version 3 one that they had been playing since the St. Louis show rather than the slightly altered one they played in Boston last week. Here's the complete setlist from the show.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourTonight Rush brings the Clockwork Angels tour to the venue where they filmed their Time Machine live concert video back in April of 2011 - Quicken Loans Arena in beautiful Cleveland, OH. On the afternoon of that show a gathering was staged just a few blocks away from the venue in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to protest Rush's continued exclusion from The Hall. No such protest is necessary today as earlier this month Rush was finally selected as a nominee for induction in 2013. The band is due to play some version of their Night B setlist, but it's unclear which one. After consistently switching back and forth between the same A and B sets since their Columbus show last month, they decided to mix things up for the last 2 shows. In Boston they made a small change to the B setlist, swapping out one of the Clockwork Angels tracks with another that has been a regular part of the A setlist. And in Buffalo Friday night they added a track to the A set that had not yet been played at all on the 2012 tour. So there's no telling whether we'll hear that same B setlist or some other version tonight. There is one particular song that would be a fitting add for a Cleveland crowd; we shall see. As always, if there are any deviations from this setlist I'll post them here as soon as I am able. For everyone going to the show - have fun, stay safe (and dry - it's a rainy day in Cleveland) and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Cleveland rocks with Rush tonight!!!

Date/Time: Sunday, October 28th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 22
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena
Place: Cleveland, OH

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Interview with Clockwork Angels String Ensemble violinist and concert master Joel Derouin
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Clockwork Angels String Ensemble membersRob over at the Rush Vault recently caught up with Clockwork Angels String Ensemble concert master and violinist Joel Derouin for an interview before Rush's October 20th show in Newark. Rob talks with Joel about his background, how the string section came together, the string sections on Clockwork Angels, how the tour is going and more. Here's Joel's description of the string arrangements:

They're different. The violins are playing guitar parts, the cellos are playing bass parts. Sometimes we're matching their (Geddy and Alex's) parts. David is such an incredible writer, that the music we're playing kind of infiltrates their music and their sound. I think it's really enhancing. For a three-piece band, Rush sounds huge. They're like an orchestra to begin with. So when you add us to it, with the natural sound of real strings, it really sparkles.

And here are Joel's comments on Rush:

The guys are incredible. They're the nicest human beings I've ever met. They're very, very generous. Being a part of this tour has been one of the best situations I've ever been in in my career. To be sure, the tour has been a sacrifice, especially for my family, but it's Rush, so what can I tell you?

You can read the entire interview at this location. Rob did a good job of keeping spoilers out of the interview so it's a safe read (except for the caption of the accompanying video). Also be sure to check out Rob's profile of each member of the String Ensemble in this post. Below is a short video (*SPOILERS*) of Joel with Audrey Solomon and Adele Stein from an appearance on Kim Mitchell's Q107 radio show when the band played Toronto:

Related Posts:
[Getting to know the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour setlist update]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tourbook now available online]
[Clockwork Angels tour opening night in Manchester open thread]
[Clockwork Angels tourbook and other merchandise now available at the Rush Backstage Club]
[New Rush Backstage Club contest: Win a Rush meet & greet!]
[Follow the Clockwork Angels tour on Twitter]
[Rush's Clockwork Angels tour to include a string section]
[Official Rush 2012 Clockwork Angels tour announcement and dates!]

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Friday, October 26, 2012

New backstage video interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
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The Wall Street Journal sat down with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson backstage at a recent show to talk about Clockwork Angels, the tour, their Rock Hall nomination, and more. You can view the 4-minute interview below or at this location:

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Rush Clockwork Angels tour Buffalo open thread
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UPDATE - 10/29@5:32PM: Here's a photo gallery posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 10/28@10:32AM: Here's a great review from Jeff Miers of The Buffalo News (thanks Willie K) and another from HockeyBuzz.com.

UPDATE - 10/27@2:36PM: Official photos have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 10/27@2:15AM: Rush pulled out another setlist change for us for tonight's show. They swapped out one of the songs in the first set for a track they have not yet played on the 2012 tour; complete setlist here.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush takes the Clockwork Angels tour steamliner to the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY tonight. It's expected that they'll be playing their Night A setlist - the same that was played in Brooklyn (*SPOILERS*) earlier this week. Although they did make a minor change to the B set in Boston Wednesday night, so you never know. As always, if there are any deviations from this setlist I'll post them here. Debra Ross is a publisher at KidsOutandAbout.com and also a big Rush fan. She's taking her 2 daughters to the show tonight and published an article declaring that today is Take Your Daughter to Rush Day in Buffalo, NY! For everyone going to tonight's show - have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. RUUUSSSSHHHH!

Date/Time: Friday, October 26th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 21
Venue: First Niagara Center
Place: Buffalo, NY

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 10/26@4:05PM: The Tiles giveaway contest is now closed. Thanks for playing everybody!

Rush's Clockwork Angels tour made its way up the Eastern coast of the US this past week, playing Newark, Brooklyn and Boston. They continue to alternate their Night A and Night B setlists from show to show, but made one small adjustment to the Night B set for Wednesday's performance in Boston, swapping out one of the Clockwork Angels tracks with another from that album that has been a regular part of the Night A setlist. It's not clear whether this was just a one-off change or a permanent one. This weekend they will work their way westward to play Buffalo tonight and Cleveland on Sunday, then head south to round out the 2nd leg of the 2012 tour in Charlotte, Atlanta and Tampa. Debra Ross is a publisher at KidsOutandAbout.com and also a big Rush fan. She's taking her 2 daughters to the Buffalo show tonight and published an article declaring that today is Take Your Daughter to Rush Day in Buffalo, NY! The latest 2013 tour rumors have the band adding another 30 or so date stretch of North American dates in July-September of next year, with a possible South American leg thrown in at some point, likely in the Fall. As of right now the only official 2013 dates are their 10-show stretch of European dates that will run from late May into early June. There should be some kind of official announcement before the Holidays I would imagine. For complete tour information along with an interactive tour map be sure to check out the tour section.

Rush and the Rock HallIn the lead up to Sunday's Rush show at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Alex Lifeson spoke with the Cleveland Plain Dealer's John Petkovic about Rush's recent Rock Hall nomination, his friendship with his bandmates and Rush's longevity. Alex reiterates some of his other recent comments regarding the band's nomination:

... "We're happy for the fans that supported us over the years," Lifeson said during a phone interview before a show in Philadelphia. "But honestly, it's never really mattered to us." ... "I like to think that we're normal guys who never got caught up in the trapping of the record industry," Lifeson said. "I married my first girlfriend, I do the dishes at home and we're all still buddies. "That's why the whole Rock Hall nomination isn't that big of a deal," he added. "We've always been under the radar and just done what we wanted." ...

You can read the entire interview at this location. On a related note, earlier this week the Plain Dealer ran an article attempting to explain Rush's zealous fanbase by profiling a typical Rush superfan; Cleveland-based journalist Peter Chakerian (aka The Analog Dad on RIAB). Peter lists off some of his qualifications as a fanatical Rush junkie including this shout-out to rushisaband.com:

"I belong to several Rush online blog/message boards, including Rush Is a Band, which is owned-operated by Cleveland-based web developer Ed Stenger. Even if you're even a casual fan, if you're not a member of RIAB, you're really missing everything Rush-related."

Peter also shares his thought's on the band's Rock Hall nomination and how fans have differing opinions on the matter:

... [it] has splintered the usually united fans quite a bit. I'm not part of the militant camp of fans who 'won't step foot in the Rock Hall' unless Rush is in there. That's sorta silly to me. And I'm not part of the fan group saying 'they're too good' for the hall, telling Geddy, Alex and Neil to boycott the induction like Axl Rose and tell officials to pound salt. "I'm the party of the third part: They belong there, they deserve to be there. If induction hinges on longevity, influence and creativity, they have more than fulfilled the criteria. They'll be the upstanding guys that they are, accept the honor on behalf of all the fans, perform to skewed faces at the ceremony (just like Iggy Pop did) and all will be right in the world." ...

You can read the entire article here. Last summer I had posted photos of Peter and his son's Rush concert setup in Legos in a Friday updates post. For the first time ever the Rock Hall is offering the public a chance to participate in the induction process in a small way by creating an online fan poll that will count as one fan ballot towards the official vote on the ultimate list of inductees. As of this post, Rush still has a very comfortable lead in that poll with about 24.5% of the vote; Deep Purple is next with 17%. Voting ends on December 3rd when the fan ballot along with ballots from 600 or so rock historians, music industry insiders and past inductees will be counted up to determine the 5 or 6 inductees for inclusion in the 2013 class; the final announcement should be made shortly thereafter.

Rush 2112MusicTap.net reported on Tuesday that Mercury Records will reissue a Super Deluxe CD/BD version of Rush's classic 2112 album this coming December 18th. No further details were given, but a tweet from Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki on Wednesday confirmed that it would include a 5.1 surround sound remix of the album:

Yep, words out. I've been working on the surround remix of #Rush #2112 for months. Queue rear waterfall. #holygrail

2112 was included as part of the Sector 1 box set release last year, but no 5.1 release of the album was included.

The Clockwork Angels album gained 4 spots on the Billboard 200 album charts in its 19th week of release, up to #163 from its #167 showing last week. The latest single from the album - The Wreckers - continues to hold steady in the top 10 on the Mainstream Rock Chart where it currently sits at #7. Speaking of Clockwork Angels, voting for the 2012 Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards ends next week and Rush is up for Band of the Year and Album of the Year for Clockwork Angels. So if you haven't voted yet, you can cast your ballot for Rush at this location. Rush was presented with the Classic Rock Living Legend award back in 2010. This year that honor will go to ZZ Top.

The world famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is set to release a brand new set of studio recordings celebrating the music of Rush this coming November 13th. The orchestra is conducted by BAFTA award winning musician and composer Richard Harvey, and is well-known for their symphonic interpretations of Queen, Pink Floyd, ABBA and other artists. The CD will include dramatic reinterpretations of 9 Rush classics including Tom Sawyer, The Spirit Of Radio, Red Barchetta, Limelight and more. The official press release came out earlier this week and included a SoundCloud link to their version of 2112: Overture which you can listen to here. Here are some more details from the press release:

... Nearly sixty musicians and thirty vocalists transform nine of RUSH's greatest hits into even more intricate, soaring orchestral works. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra covers the best-known classics, from "Working Man", the self-titled debut album track that launched RUSH's career in the U.S. to "Subdivisions" from "Signals", the album that proved electronic rock could reside in the top ten. The band's most successful record, "Moving Pictures", is represented by rousing versions of "Tom Sawyer" and "Red Barchetta". Special guest guitarists include Steve Rothery of MARILLION on "Working Man" and Adrian Smith of IRON MAIDEN on "Red Barchetta". The Windrush Choir provides backing vocals and solos. ... The orchestra was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, conducted by BAFTA Award-winning musician and composer Richard Harvey. ... The album was produced by James Graydon and Richard Cottle, who also arranged all the music ...

For a complete track list and to pre-order your copy go here.

Rush's 1982 classic Signals album will be the subject of an hour-long In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show which will air the week of November 12th celebrating the 30th anniversary of the September 9, 1982 release of the album. The show will feature interview segments with Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson where they discuss the album, presumably from past In The Studio interviews. You can listen to a short, 1:30-minute preview of the show at the In The Studio website.

Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Novel debuted at #18 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list several weeks ago and has been generally well-received by Rush fans and book reviewers alike. Another great review of the book surfaced over the last week from Science-Fiction World which you can check out at this link (thanks Kevin H), and there's also this one from the Toronto Star. You can order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

Rhythm - 100 Drum Heroes - August, 2012Reader thomas let me know about this bit of news from late this past summer that had fallen under the radar. This past August Rhythm Magazine published a special 100 Drum Heroes issue. Neil Peart is featured on pages 52-3 of the magazine. Here's an accompanying photo gallery that was posted at MusicRadar.com and their entry for Neil Peart at #3:

After almost 40 years with Rush, prog drumming legend Neil Peart is still one of rock's most phenomenal and revered players. Since he joined the world's foremost power trio back in 1975, Neil has been the poster boy for prog - disciplined, metronomic and powerful. Neil's first role model for drumming excellence was Gene Krupa, and at 13 Neil convinced his parents to let him take lessons.Today, Rush are still pushing themselves and breaking new ground.

The fall issue of Professional Lighting and Production includes an interview with Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider on page 23 titled 15 Years of Illumination and Light. The entire issue of the magazine is available online at this location (thanks RushFanForever).

Drummer and emusic.com contributor A.E. Paterra recently wrote an article titled In Defense of Rush where he describes why he is such a big Rush fan (thanks cerebus). He also counts down his list of Five Rush Albums You've Always Wanted to Know About But Were Afraid to Ask.

I was excited when I was asked to write about five of my favorite albums. Instead, though, what I decided to do was focus on five albums most people would rank at the bottom of the barrel. True fans love these albums (then again, we love them all). Among less fanatic fans, most will talk about Moving Pictures, Hemisphere or 2112, but you won't get too many people saying, "Dude, man, 'Open Secrets' off Hold Your Fire is sooo tight!" But I will say that. In fact, I think I may have said that exact thing at some point. Hell, I love that song. And now, in sequential order, the Five Rush Albums You've Always Wanted to Know About But Were Afraid to Ask. ...

Reader Will C let me know that the A.V. Club recently interviewed comedian Lisa Lampanelli. Apparently she used to be a reporter for Rolling Stone and Hit Parader and she mentions how she was able to interview Rush a few times:

... AVC: You were tasked with covering a lot of the hair metal bands back then, right?

LL: Oh yeah. I don't like to brag, but I interviewed Billy Squier and Cinderella. You know, all the good ones.

AVC: Is that what you were into? Were you a headbanger back then?

LL: No, not in the least. But, because Hit Parader also covered Rush, Jethro Tull, and Yes, and that real faggy progressive-rock stuff I was into, I took advantage of that and got to interview Rush three times instead of .38 Special. ...

Canton, OH high school student Zachary Aufderheide was recently suspended from school for violating his school's dress code. The student has been growing his hair to donate it to Locks of Love. The local Fox news station covered the story in a recent newscast and Zachary is wearing a Rush t-shirt throughout the interview. You can check it out online at this location (thanks Peter C).

This coming Monday, October 29th marks the anniversary of the release of 3 Rush albums; Hemispheres in 1978; Exit ... Stage Left in 1981; and Power Windows in 1985.

Last week I posted the first installment of Peter Brocklehurst's The Legends of Brocklehurst blog. Peter has updated the blog with Chapter 2 of his Neil Peart diary which you can check out here. Peter is a roadie, driver, small-time criminal, and - among other things - a friend of Neil Peart. They first met in London back in the early 70s. This time of Neil's life is chronicled in his book Traveling Music and Peter is mentioned (although not by name). They remained friends and Peter ended up being Neil's driver and personal assistant during the European leg of the Hold Your Fire tour.

Pittsburgh-based Rush tribute band Distant Signals will be performing a special show at the 21 Lounge in Cleveland Saturday night - the night before Rush's Sunday show at Quicken Loans Arena. They will be playing over 3 hours of Rush music with their 2nd set specifically designed and tailored to Cleveland Rush fans. The show will be shot in HD video and audio, professionally mixed and mastered, and compiled to a DVD. For all the details check out the event's Facebook page.

Detroit-based prog rockers Tiles are celebrating their upcoming 20th anniversary with a new live release titled Off the Floor. Tiles has a number of connections to Rush; their last 2 albums (Window Dressing and Fly Paper) were produced by former Rush producer Terry Brown, Rush album artist Hugh Syme does all the album artwork for Tiles (he also played piano and keyboard on a few tracks), and Alex Lifeson performed on one of the tracks from the band's last studio album. In celebration of the anniversary and album's release, I'm giving away 3 copies of Off the Floor to the first 3 people who can email me with the name of track that Alex plays on. Just include the words Tiles giveaway, your answer and your mailing address in the email body.

It's hard to believe, but this past Tuesday, October 23rd marked the 7th anniversary of my first official post on rushisaband.com. I started the site because I noticed that despite the rich online Rush community, there weren't any sites at the time (there are now though of course) which provided an unfiltered Rush news feed/blog. I had the ability and the means, so I decided to take on the endeavor myself and was amazed at where it took me. I just want to take a moment to thank all of the Rush fans who have visited my site over the years and have helped me out by offering words of encouragement, contributing links, posting comments and sending me Rush-related news and information. A special thank you to everyone who has clicked on an ad, purchased products through my Amazon links or made a donation to the site. I wouldn't be able to keep the site up and running without your help. Thanks!

Since Rush played Boston's TD Garden Wednesday night, I thought I'd close out this week's post with this bootleg video of Alex Lifeson's Still No Guitar rant during La Villa Strangiato from their Boston show on the Time Machine tour back in September of 2010. You can check it out below or at this link (thanks Kelly D):

I hope everyone is enjoying my annual RIAB Halloween theme. I have to thank the talented Eric from the Power Windows site for providing the Rush Starman pumpkin image. Several other readers provided some of the Halloween-themed Rush pics in the image rotator including Kurt K, hermy and lamb saag. Have a great weekend everybody!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Alex Lifeson talks Rock Hall, friendship and Rush's longevity in new Cleveland Plain Dealer interview
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Rush and the Rock HallIn the lead up to this coming Sunday's Rush show at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Alex Lifeson spoke with the Cleveland Plain Dealer's John Petkovic about Rush's recent Rock Hall nomination, his friendship with his bandmates and Rush's longevity. Alex reiterates some of his other recent comments regarding the band's nomination:

... "We're happy for the fans that supported us over the years," Lifeson said during a phone interview before a show in Philadelphia. "But honestly, it's never really mattered to us." ... "I like to think that we're normal guys who never got caught up in the trapping of the record industry," Lifeson said. "I married my first girlfriend, I do the dishes at home and we're all still buddies. "That's why the whole Rock Hall nomination isn't that big of a deal," he added. "We've always been under the radar and just done what we wanted." ...

You can read the entire interview at this location. For the first time ever the Rock Hall is offering the public a chance to participate in the induction process by creating an online fan poll that will count as one fan ballot towards the official vote on the ultimate list of inductees. As of this post, Rush still has a very comfortable lead in that poll with about 24.5% of the vote; Deep Purple is next with 17%. Voting ends on December 3rd when the fan ballot along with ballots from 600 or so rock historians, music industry insiders and past inductees will be counted up to determine the 5 or 6 inductees for inclusion in the 2013 class; the final announcement should be made shortly thereafter.

Related Posts:
[Cleveland Plain Dealer profiles Rush superfan Peter Chakerian in wake of Rush's Rock Hall nomination]
[Geddy Lee on Rush's Rock Hall nomination in new interview]
[Alex Lifeson on Rush's Rock Hall nomination in new interview]
[Rush Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination news updates]
[It's official! Rush FINALLY nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!]
[Rush finally nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!?]

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Boston open thread
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UPDATE - 11/1@1:24PM: Here's a review from The Tufts Daily.

UPDATE - 10/30@11:13AM: Here's a review from EDGE on the Net.

UPDATE - 10/25@6:07PM: Here's a review from The Phoenix.

UPDATE - 10/25@12:29PM: Here's a gallery of photos from Ultimate Classic Rock.

UPDATE - 10/25@9:25AM: Here's a photo gallery that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 10/25@8:05AM: Reports indicate (thanks Kelly D and Paul V) that the Night B setlist was played with one small exception in the Clockwork Angels set where they swapped out one song with another from that album that has been a regular part of the Night A setlist; complete Boston setlist here. Official photos have also been posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush rolls into Boston tonight to play the TD Garden for stop #20 on the Clockwork Angels tour. It's anticipated that they'll be playing their Night B setlist - the same that was played in Newark (*SPOILERS*) over the weekend. As always, if there are any deviations from this setlist I'll post them here. For everybody going to the show tonight - have fun, stay safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. RUSH ON!!

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 24th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 20
Venue: TD Garden
Place: Boston, MA

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Super Deluxe CD/BD reissue of 2112 coming December 18th
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UPDATE - 10/24@9:25PM: Since the cat's now out of the bag, Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki chimed in via Twitter to admit that he's been working on the 5.1 remix of 2112:

Yep, words out. I've been working on the surround remix of #Rush #2112 for months. Queue rear waterfall. #holygrail

So this seems to verify that the reissue will indeed contain a 5.1 surround sound remix of the album as we had guessed.

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Rush 2112According to a post at MusicTap.net, Mercury Records will reissue a Super Deluxe CD/BD version of Rush's classic 2112 album this coming December 18th. No further details were given, but one would assume that the release would include a 5.1 version of the album. 2112 was included as part of the Sector 1 box set release last year, but no 5.1 release of the album was included. More details as we learn them. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Signals 30th anniversary In The Studio special
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Rush's 1982 classic Signals album will be the subject of an hour-long In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show which will air the week of November 12th celebrating the 30th anniversary of the September 9, 1982 release of the album. The show will feature interview segments with Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson where they discuss the album, presumably from past In The Studio interviews. You can listen to a short, 1:30-minute preview of the show at the In The Studio website. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of Rush; 2112 available on SoundCloud
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Earlier this month I let you know that the world famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is set to release a brand new set of studio recordings celebrating the music of Rush this coming November 13th. The orchestra is conducted by BAFTA award winning musician and composer Richard Harvey, and is well-known for their symphonic interpretations of Queen, Pink Floyd, ABBA and other artists. The CD will include dramatic reinterpretations of 9 Rush classics including Tom Sawyer, The Spirit Of Radio, Red Barchetta, Limelight and more. Yesterday they posted their version of 2112: Overture to SoundCloud which you can listen to at this link (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). Here are some more details from the press release:

... Nearly sixty musicians and thirty vocalists transform nine of RUSH's greatest hits into even more intricate, soaring orchestral works. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra covers the best-known classics, from "Working Man", the self-titled debut album track that launched RUSH's career in the U.S. to "Subdivisions" from "Signals", the album that proved electronic rock could reside in the top ten. The band's most successful record, "Moving Pictures", is represented by rousing versions of "Tom Sawyer" and "Red Barchetta". Special guest guitarists include Steve Rothery of MARILLION on "Working Man" and Adrian Smith of IRON MAIDEN on "Red Barchetta". The Windrush Choir provides backing vocals and solos. ... The orchestra was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, conducted by BAFTA Award-winning musician and composer Richard Harvey. ... The album was produced by James Graydon and Richard Cottle, who also arranged all the music ...

For a complete track list and to pre-order your copy go here.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Brooklyn open thread
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UPDATE - 11/5@2:54PM: Here's a Flickr photo gallery from billylazer.

UPDATE - 10/26@10:34AM: Here's the video of Andrea Tantaros on Fox talking about how she went to see the show and is a big Rush fan.

UPDATE - 10/23@10:04PM: Fox News political analyst and The Five co-host Andrea Tantaros apparently was at last night's show. She was on America's Newsroom this morning and mentioned that she went to the Rush concert so had to watch the taped debate when she got home. This led to a very brief discussion about the band and they came back from commercial break with Tom Sawyer playing. Then later today on The Five she also mentioned how she had gone to the show and that she has been a big fan since the 80s. Thanks to Dave and Sancho for the heads up.

UPDATE - 10/23@4:30PM: Here's a great photo gallery that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 10/23@9:29AM: As expected, the band played the Night A set; complete setlist here. Official photos from the show have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush will play the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY tonight for stop number 19 on the Clockwork Angels tour. They are due to play their Night A setlist - the same that was played in Montreal (*SPOILERS*) on Thursday. As always, if there are any deviations from this setlist I'll post them here. In the lead up to tonight's show, The Village Voice wrote a piece on Neil Peart's monstrous drum kit earlier this week titled Neil Peart's Rush to Excellence. They ask 2 drum experts whether every piece of Neil's kit is absolutely necessary:

... "It's clearly not just for show, I can assure you that," ... "A lot of those '80s guys that came out with these ridiculous sets with four bass drums and two gongs, that's all for show. There's really only three drummers that can truly justify a set that's the size of a f**king warehouse: Terry Bozzio, Mike Portnoy, and Neil."...

One of the drummers they spoke to was Steve "The Mad Drummer" Moore (aka the This drummer is at the wrong gig guy). They posted a follow-up piece online this morning where they continue their conversation with Steve which you can check out here. For everyone going to tonight's show - have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. RUSH!

Date/Time: Monday, October 22nd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 19
Venue: Barclays Center
Place: Brooklyn, NY

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cleveland Plain Dealer profiles Rush superfan Peter Chakerian in wake of Rush's Rock Hall nomination
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Peter Chakerian - photo by Scott Shaw, Plain DealerIn the wake of Rush's recent nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Plain Dealer ran an article in today's edition attempting to explain Rush's zealous fanbase by profiling a typical Rush superfan; Cleveland-based journalist Peter Chakerian (aka The Analog Dad on RIAB). Peter lists off some of his qualifications as a fanatical Rush junkie including this shout-out to rushisaband.com:

"I belong to several Rush online blog/message boards, including Rush Is a Band, which is owned-operated by Cleveland-based web developer Ed Stenger. Even if you're even a casual fan, if you're not a member of RIAB, you're really missing everything Rush-related."

Peter also shares his thought's on the band's Rock Hall nomination and how fans have differing opinions on the matter:

... [it] has splintered the usually united fans quite a bit. I'm not part of the militant camp of fans who 'won't step foot in the Rock Hall' unless Rush is in there. That's sorta silly to me. And I'm not part of the fan group saying 'they're too good' for the hall, telling Geddy, Alex and Neil to boycott the induction like Axl Rose and tell officials to pound salt. "I'm the party of the third part: They belong there, they deserve to be there. If induction hinges on longevity, influence and creativity, they have more than fulfilled the criteria. They'll be the upstanding guys that they are, accept the honor on behalf of all the fans, perform to skewed faces at the ceremony (just like Iggy Pop did) and all will be right in the world." ...

You can read the entire article here. Last summer I had posted photos of Peter and his son's Rush concert setup in Legos in a Friday updates post.

Rush and the Rock HallBoth Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson made their thoughts known regarding the nomination in 2 recent interviews. Here are Alex Lifeson's comments from his interview with The Record last week:

... "I'm really happy for the Rush fans who feel that it is really important, and I hope we're inducted for their sake," guitarist Alex Lifeson said by phone from a tour stop in Philadelphia. The band plays Saturday in Newark. "Personally it never really mattered to me, but at the same time it's nice to be nominated." Lifeson said induction into the Rock Hall in Cleveland would not compare to the band's having received one of the prestigious Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in March, the highest honor bestowed on artists by the Canadian government. "The acknowledgement we got from the Canadian government, and by extension Canadians, is very dear to us," Lifeson said. "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is more a popularity contest." ...

And here are Geddy's comments from his Star-Ledger interview:

... Rush finally earned a nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - prompting some zealots to suggest that the long-snubbed trio should tell the selection committee to take a hike. "That's not very Canadian," says Lee, laughing. "It's an honor, and any time somebody wants to honor you, you should be gracious. But it's never been something that's been super-important to us. Awards are outside of you. We're aware that it means so much to the fans, and since it does, it has to mean something to me. I almost feel like they're vindicated more than we are. "It's hard to put into words what it means to us that our fans have been so passionate. It makes us want to play all the better. They've invested so much - we try very hard to make the shows worth it for them." ...

These were the first interviews where the band has commented on the nomination. For the first time ever the Rock Hall is offering the public a chance to participate in the induction process by creating an online fan poll that will count as one fan ballot towards the official vote on the ultimate list of inductees. As of this post, Rush still has a very comfortable lead in that poll with about 25% of the vote; Deep Purple is next with 17%. Voting ends on December 3rd when the fan ballot along with ballots from 600 or so rock historians, music industry insiders and past inductees will be counted up to determine the 5 or 6 inductees for inclusion in the 2013 class; the final announcement should be made shortly thereafter.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Newark open thread
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UPDATE - 10/23@10:12AM: Here's a review from The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (thanks whdupree).

UPDATE - 10/23@9:31AM: Here's a review from The Star-Ledger.

UPDATE - 10/22@9:57PM: Here's a photo gallery from the show from Roadrunner Records.

UPDATE - 10/21@2:31PM: Official photos from the show are now posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 10/21@12:25PM: Here's a photo gallery and review of the show from John over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 10/21@9:47AM: Rush played their Night B setlist as expected; complete setlist here. Here's a review from The Star-Ledger.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush is back in the US tonight after a run of 3 Canadian dates where they'll be playing the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ for show number 18 of the 2012 Clockwork Angels tour. They are due to play their Night B setlist - the same that was played in Toronto (*SPOILERS*) on Tuesday. As always, if there are any deviations from this setlist I'll post them here. For everyone going to the show tonight - have fun, stay safe and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush!!!

Date/Time: Saturday, October 20th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 18
Venue: Prudential Center
Place: Newark, NJ

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 10/19@5:07PM: Here's an article from the Boston Herald previewing Rush's upcoming TD Garden show (thanks between2wheels).

UPDATE - 10/19@2:08PM: A recent episode of the CBC's comedy show 22 Minutes included a skit on Rush's recent Rock Hall nomination. They talk with "Geddy Lee" and a surprise guest shows up. You can watch it below or at this link:

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Rush's Clockwork Angels tour machine made its way to the hometown of Toronto this past week for two shows at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday and Tuesday, then headed north to Montreal yesterday for their final Canadian date of the 2012 tour. In addition to both Rush shows, RushCon 12 took place in Toronto over the weekend. The band will now head back to The States to finish off the second half of the 2012 tour with a series of shows in the Eastern US, another 10-day break, and then a stretch of dates out West. Fans who purchased VIP ticket packages are growing more and more frustrated with VIP Nation since nobody seems to have received their package of Rush swag yet. VIP Nation has not been very forthcoming with details on the cause of the delay. Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton will be relaunching his website at LorneWheaton.com sometime tomorrow so stay tuned for that. You can also follow Lorne on Twitter at @LorneWheaton. In celebration of the tour, the Rush Backstage Club now has a Rush Clockwork Angels "Trucker" hat for sale at this location. When Rush was in town for their Philly show earlier this week, they made the Philadelphia Inquirer's Out and About column (thanks PhillyMike):

Canadian rockers Rush ate dinner at Red Owl at the new Hotel Monaco Friday night. The band played at the Wells Fargo Center that night.

For complete tour information along with an interactive tour map be sure to check out the tour section.

RushCon 2012As I'd mentioned above, the 12th annual RushCon Rush fan convention took place in Toronto over this past weekend. The guest speakers this year were none other than Rush pyrotechnician/tour photographer John Arrowsmith, and Clockwork Angels: The Novel author Kevin J. Anderson. Events included a bunch of fun Rush-themed games, a photographic tribute to the late Andrew MacNaughtan, Rush tribute band Lotus Land, a Rush charity auction to benefit CARE Canada and an appearance by Neil Peart's 1974 Chrome Slingerland drum kit (aka Chromey). Rush's Sunday night performance at the Air Canada Centre capped off the weekend's events. In the lead up to the weekend festivities Beverly RushGirl Wintjes appeared on PRI's The World to discuss the convention and Rush's recent Rock Hall nomination. You can listen to her interview online at this location. There was also this great article from The National Post covering the convention, including several interview snippets from convention attendees and organizers. And author Kevin J. Anderson posted a report of his experience to his blog earlier this week including a bunch of great photos. For more details just go to RushCon.org, and be sure to follow RushCon on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all the post-convention RushCon news.

Rush and the Rock HallIn the lead up to Rush's show at the Prudential Center in Newark tomorrow, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were interviewed and had some comments regarding the band's recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination. Here are Alex Lifeson's comments from his interview with The Record:

... "I'm really happy for the Rush fans who feel that it is really important, and I hope we're inducted for their sake," guitarist Alex Lifeson said by phone from a tour stop in Philadelphia. The band plays Saturday in Newark. "Personally it never really mattered to me, but at the same time it's nice to be nominated." Lifeson said induction into the Rock Hall in Cleveland would not compare to the band's having received one of the prestigious Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in March, the highest honor bestowed on artists by the Canadian government. "The acknowledgement we got from the Canadian government, and by extension Canadians, is very dear to us," Lifeson said. "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is more a popularity contest." ...

And here are Geddy's comments from his Star-Ledger interview:

... Rush finally earned a nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - prompting some zealots to suggest that the long-snubbed trio should tell the selection committee to take a hike. "That's not very Canadian," says Lee, laughing. "It's an honor, and any time somebody wants to honor you, you should be gracious. But it's never been something that's been super-important to us. Awards are outside of you. We're aware that it means so much to the fans, and since it does, it has to mean something to me. I almost feel like they're vindicated more than we are. "It's hard to put into words what it means to us that our fans have been so passionate. It makes us want to play all the better. They've invested so much - we try very hard to make the shows worth it for them." ...

These were the first interviews where the band has commented on the nomination. On a related note, Willowdale, Ontario MPP David Zimmer gave a shout out to Rush and their Rock Hall nomination at a legislative session in Queen's Park on Monday (thanks RushFanForever):

"For Rush fans all over the world, and especially my constituents in Willowdale and all members of this legislature, congratulations to Willowdale's greatest rock band," Zimmer said. He said Rush was formed 44 years ago in his riding and they played many of the high schools before rising to fame.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson grew up in Willowdale and Queen's Park is featured on the cover of Rush's 1981 breakthrough album, Moving Pictures. For complete coverage on Rush's Rock Hall nomination check out this post.

The Clockwork Angels album dropped over 30 spots on the Billboard 200 album charts in its 18th week of release, down to #167 from its #135 showing last week. The latest single from the album - The Wreckers - continues to hold steady in the top 10 on the Mainstream Rock Chart where it currently sits at #7.

This past Sunday the six Rush fans from across the globe who dubbed themselves The Edge Walk Angels met in Toronto to do the CN Tower Edge Walk all in the name of charity. The 6 fans are Mike Sword, Pamela Amos and David McLeod from Scotland, Ray Subject from Canada, Jennifer Ayers from the USA and Tracey Thomson from Australia. They all went through with it and ended up surpassing their fundraising goal. You can watch a video of their walk on YouTube at this location. For more information on the The Edge Walk Angels and how you can donate to their efforts, please visit their website here or on Facebook.

Last month Hudson Music announced the release of a full-color retrospective/transcription book companion to Neil Peart's third instructional DVD Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance. The book is written by Hudson Music Senior Drum Editor Joe Bergamini with a foreword by Neil Peart. The book officially released this past Monday, October 15th and is now available for purchase via Amazon and other retailers. The book contains musical transcriptions, historical writing, instructional text, and a beautiful collection of photographs. You can check out a pdf sampler of the book here and a high-res version of the cover here. In celebration of the book's release both Eric at Power Windows and John at Cygnus-X1.net teamed up with Hudson Music to run separate contests to win a variety of items autographed by Neil Peart including a Bubba's coffe mug, a copy of Far & Away, a Taking Center Stage dvd and an Anatomy of a Drum Solo poster. On Tuesday both sites announced the winners of their respective contests. You can check out the Cygnus-X1.net winners here and the Power Windows winners here. If you didn't win that's ok because Drummer's Database is also running a contest to promote the new book. Their contest is open until November 3rd and you can enter at this location.

Peter Brocklehurst is a roadie, driver, small-time criminal, and - among other things - a friend of Neil Peart. They first met in London back in the early 70s. This time of Neil's life is chronicled in his book Traveling Music and Peter is mentioned (although not by name). They remained friends and Peter ended up being Neil's driver and personal assistant during the European leg of the Hold Your Fire tour. Back in 2006, Mr. Brocklehurst put together a diary of his times with Neil Peart over at The National Midday Sun messageboard. The site has since gone through a few overhauls and the posts are no longer available there, so Peter decided to create a new home for the stories at The Legends of Brocklehurst blog. You can check out the first installment at this link with further installments to be added in the near future.

Alex Lifeson made Ultimate Classic Rock's gallery of Funniest Guitar Faces this past week (thanks Keith C). And Gibson.com posted their list of the Top 10 Riffs of the '80s with Rush's Limelight coming in at #10 (thanks Jeremy):

You've got to love Alex Lifeson. Blessed (or cursed) with sharing trio space with one of the best bass players on the planet and probably the best drummer on Earth, Lifeson still manages to stand out with imaginative solos and, in the case of this Moving Pictures tour de force, major league riffage - his best since "Passage to Bangkok."

Reader byteme let me know that Rush's 2112 topped Tech Republic's list of the Top 10 best sci-fi inspired rock albums. Here's what they had to say:

1. Rush - 2112
John says: 2112 is the science-fiction rock album. From the ominous synth chords that introduce the piece to the spoken message of "Attention all planets of the Solar Federation" of The Grand Finale, it doesn't get any more rockin' or science fiction-in than 2112.
Jay says: Was there ever any doubt who would top this list?

Daniel Brockman at The Phoenix keeps the Rush-Ayn Rand connection discussion going (it never seems to end) with his article from earlier this week titled How Atlas Shrugged links Canadian prog-rock and our terrifying veep hopeful:

... In an interview this June with Rolling Stone promoting Clockwork Angels, Rush's latest, Peart responded to the Rand question by stating that he considers himself "a bleeding-heart libertarian," and expressed his disappointment in the way his initial concept of libertarianism got "twisted by the flaws of humanity." It was a washing of the hands, although it is interesting to consider his remarks in the context of his lyrics on Clockwork Angels, a solid platter from the band that nonetheless sees them continuing with themes of an all-controlling collective that squashes the opportunities of the gifted few. If Peart has slowly forsaken the overt worship at the temple of Rand, he still believes with a fiery passion in his rock-and-roll mission to ignite a righteous flame of individual indignation in the heart of his listeners...

In the run up to Rush's upcoming Newark and Brooklyn shows, The Village Voice wrote a piece on Neil Peart's monstrous drum kit titled Neil Peart's Rush to Excellence. They ask 2 drum experts whether every piece of Neil's kit is absolutely necessary:

... "It's clearly not just for show, I can assure you that," ... "A lot of those '80s guys that came out with these ridiculous sets with four bass drums and two gongs, that's all for show. There's really only three drummers that can truly justify a set that's the size of a fucking warehouse: Terry Bozzio, Mike Portnoy, and Neil."...

A few members of the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble were guests on Kim Mitchell's show on Toronto's Q107 this past Monday and a short, 2-minute video from the appearance was posted to YouTube. You can watch the video below or at this link (*SPOILERS*):

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

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Geddy Lee on Rush's Rock Hall nomination in new interview
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Rush and the Rock HallYesterday we heard Alex Lifeson's comments on Rush's recent Rock Hall nomination when he was interviewed for The Record in the lead up to the band's show tomorrow in Newark. Now it's Geddy Lee's turn. Geddy recently spoke with The Star-Ledger in the run-up to tomorrow's show for an interview and also had some comments on the nomination:

... Rush finally earned a nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - prompting some zealots to suggest that the long-snubbed trio should tell the selection committee to take a hike. "That's not very Canadian," says Lee, laughing. "It's an honor, and any time somebody wants to honor you, you should be gracious. But it's never been something that's been super-important to us. Awards are outside of you. We're aware that it means so much to the fans, and since it does, it has to mean something to me. I almost feel like they're vindicated more than we are. "It's hard to put into words what it means to us that our fans have been so passionate. It makes us want to play all the better. They've invested so much - we try very hard to make the shows worth it for them." ...

Geddy also talks a bit about the Clockwork Angels album, the tour and the tight friendship he has with his bandmates. You can read the entire interview at this location.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Montreal open thread
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UPDATE - 10/20@9:23AM: Official photos have been posted over at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 10/19@3:36PM: Here's a gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 10/19@8:23AM: Reports indicate that the Night A setlist was played as expected; complete setlist here. Here's a review from the Montreal Gazette.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush plays the last of 6 Canadian dates on the 2012 Clockwork Angels tour tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal. After tonight they'll head back to The States to finish off the remainder of the 2012 tour with a series of shows in the Eastern US, another 10-day break, and then a stretch of dates out West. The band is due to play their Night A setlist - the same that was played in Toronto (*SPOILERS*) on Sunday. If there are any deviations from this setlist I'll be sure to post them here. For everybody going to tonight's show - have fun, be safe and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. RUUUSSSHHH!

Date/Time: Thursday, October 18th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 17
Venue: Bell Centre
Place: Montreal, QC

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Alex Lifeson on Rush's Rock Hall nomination in new interview
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Rush and the Rock HallIn the lead up to Rush's upcoming show at the Prudential Center in Newark this Saturday, The Record spoke with Alex Lifeson via phone for an interview to discuss the Clockwork Angels album, the tour and Rush's recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination:

... "I'm really happy for the Rush fans who feel that it is really important, and I hope we're inducted for their sake," guitarist Alex Lifeson said by phone from a tour stop in Philadelphia. The band plays Saturday in Newark. "Personally it never really mattered to me, but at the same time it's nice to be nominated." Lifeson said induction into the Rock Hall in Cleveland would not compare to the band's having received one of the prestigious Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in March, the highest honor bestowed on artists by the Canadian government. "The acknowledgement we got from the Canadian government, and by extension Canadians, is very dear to us," Lifeson said. "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is more a popularity contest." ...

This is the first interview where a band member has commented on the nomination. You can read the entire article at this location. On a related note, Beverly RushGirl Wintjes recently appeared on PRI's The World in the run-up to this past weekend's RushCon in Toronto to discuss Rush's nomination from a fan's perspective. You can listen to the interview online at this location. For complete coverage on Rush's Rock Hall nomination check out this post.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Toronto show #2 open thread
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UPDATE - 10/17@3:33PM: Here's a review and photo gallery from T-MAK World.

UPDATE - 10/17@12:30PM: Here's a great gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 10/17@10:54AM: Official photos from the show are now posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 10/17@7:14AM: Reports indicate (thanks limelighter) that Rush played the Night B setlist as expected; complete setlist here.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush will stay put in the hometown of Toronto tonight to play the second of 2 back-to-back shows at the Air Canada Centre in YYZ; they also played there this past Sunday. The band is due to play their Night B setlist tonight - the same that was played in Philly (*SPOILERS*) on Friday. If there are any deviations from this setlist I'll post them here. A few members of the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble were guests on Kim Mitchell's show on Toronto's Q107 yesterday and a short, 2-minute video from the appearance was posted to YouTube (thanks John) which you can watch at this link (*SPOILERS*). There was also a great article in today's National Post covering RushCon which took place in Toronto over the weekend. For everybody going to the show - have fun, stay safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. RUSH IN YYZ!!!

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 16th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 16
Venue: Air Canada Centre
Place: Toronto, ON

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Toronto show #1 open thread
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UPDATE - 10/18@12:06PM: Here's a gallery of photos from the show posted over at the 94.9 The Rock website (thanks bucklemyshoe).

UPDATE - 10/18@9:30AM: Clockwork Angels: The Novel author Kevin J. Anderson was a guest speaker at RushCon this past weekend in Toronto and also attended the band's Sunday night show. He has posted a complete report along with several great photos to his blog at this location.

UPDATE - 10/17@10:23AM: Here's a review from the Toronto Globe and Mail.

UPDATE - 10/16@12:15PM: Here's a very negative review from 80sLegends.com; they didn't appreciate the setlist.

UPDATE - 10/15@10:55PM: A few members of the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble were guests on Kim Mitchell's show on Toronto's Q107 today and a short, 2-minute video from the appearance was posted to YouTube (thanks John). You can watch the video below or at this link (*SPOILERS*):

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UPDATE - 10/15@4:25PM: Here's a review from T-MAK World, and another from PostCity.com.

UPDATE - 10/15@3:38PM: Official photos from the show have been posted over at RushShowPhotos.com, and there's also this photo gallery that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 10/15@10:53AM: Here's a review from the Toronto Star.

UPDATE - 10/15@9:25AM: Reports from the show along with this review from The Toronto Sun seem to indicate that the Night A setlist was played as expected; complete setlist here.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush returns to the hometown tonight to play the first of 2 back-to-back shows at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The band is due to play their Night A setlist this go-around - the same that was played in Bridgeport (*SPOILERS*) on Wednesday. If there are any deviations from this setlist I'll post them here. Here's an article previewing the show from Wednesday's Toronto Star titled Geddy Lee on the sustained Rush. For everybody going to tonight's show - have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. A special shout-out to all those concertgoers who attended RushCon this weekend. RUSH!!

Date/Time: Sunday, October 14th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 15
Venue: Air Canada Centre
Place: Toronto, ON

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Philadelphia open thread
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UPDATE - 10/16@12:20PM: Rush made the Philadelphia Inquirer's Out and About column today (thanks PhillyMike):

Canadian rockers Rush ate dinner at Red Owl at the new Hotel Monaco Friday night. The band played at the Wells Fargo Center that night.

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UPDATE - 10/13@1:32PM: Here's a photo gallery from the show that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 10/13@8:46AM: All reports indicate that the Night B setlist was played as expected; complete setlist here. Official photos from the show have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 10/12@9:31PM: It's intermission now and the Night B setlist has been confirmed up through the first set (thanks Dominic N and dingus).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush takes the Clockwork Angels tour to The City of Brotherly Love tonight where they'll play the Wells Fargo Center for stop #14 on the tour. The band is due to play their Night B setlist - the same that was played in Edmonton (*SPOILERS*) a couple weeks ago. If there are any deviations from this setlist I'll be sure to post them here. Here's a short preview blurb from the Philadelphia Weekly's Go See It This Weekend column. For everyone going tonight - have fun, stay safe and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. RUSH!!

Date/Time: Friday, October 12th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 14
Venue: Wells Fargo Center
Place: Philadelphia, PA

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 10/12@1:46PM: Here's some late-breaking news; Alex Lifeson ended up coming in at #3 in Guitar World's bracket poll to determine the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Alex had made it into the final 4 and lost to Eddie Van Halen, but since he received the most votes otherwise he was placed at #3. You can check out the complete list here.

Rush's Clockwork Angels tour kicked back into gear after a 10-day hiatus this past week at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT. Despite some speculation that the band might take advantage of the 10-day break to mix things up with the setlist, they stuck with the pattern and played their Night A set as expected. Tonight they'll play in Philadelphia where they will likely pull out the same Night B setlist that was played in Edmonton. They then will head back to the homeland for a run of 3 Canadian dates where they'll play back to back shows in YYZ at the Air Canada Centre this coming Sunday and Tuesday, and then off to Montreal next Thursday. After a series of dates in the Eastern US, they'll head south and then take another short break before heading out West for the third and final leg of the 2012 tour. We know that the band will then hit the road again next May for a series of ten European dates, but there's still a question as to whether they'll be adding more North American dates in 2013. Every indication is that they will, but there's been no official word yet. It's likely they will do a series of dates before and/or after the European leg - much like what they did for the 2011 leg of the Time Machine tour. Hopefully we'll get some news on this front in the coming weeks.

Neil PeartNeil Peart took advantage of the band's 10-day break in the tour and updated the news page on his website yesterday evening with a story titled The Better Angels. Neil discusses his motorcycle travels between tour stops from the first leg of the Clockwork Angels tour intermingled with bits of philosophical musings. He also talks a little about the tour itself towards the end of the essay:

... Just before band rehearsals I wrote a piece for Drum Workshop's Edge magazine about my long preparations, physically and musically, and each of us brought that dedication to the rehearsal hall from the beginning. Over the course of many months, we built up the most musically adventurous and visually "active" show we have ever presented. Deciding to do two different shows on alternate nights, with a number of songs changing, and even a few "one-off" songs for special occasions, has been uplifting for us. Perhaps most uplifting of all has been adding "guest musicians" to our show for the first time in our lengthy career. Having the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble join us makes the second set really special. The eight string players were chosen by arranger David Campbell, who wrote the scores for the Clockwork Angels album as well as for a number of older songs in the set. ...

It's a long update, spanning 2 pages but well worth the read. Be warned however that there are a few tour spoilers towards the end of the essay. There's no mention of the band's Rock Hall nomination either, so Neil likely wrote the piece prior to the announcement or didn't care to comment. You can read the whole thing at this location.

RushCon 2012The 12th annual RushCon Rush fan convention kicks off this evening in Toronto and runs through the weekend. The guest speakers this year will be none other than Rush pyrotechnician/tour photographer John Arrowsmith, and Clockwork Angels: The Novel author Kevin J. Anderson. Events will include a bunch of fun Rush-themed games, a photographic tribute to the late Andrew MacNaughtan, Rush tribute band Lotus Land, a Rush charity auction to benefit CARE Canada and more! As the icing on the cake, Rush will be performing at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday and again on Tuesday. Neil Peart's 1974 Chrome Slingerland drum kit (aka Chromey) will also be on display. For complete information on all the events go here. Check in begins at 6PM at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel (465 Yonge Street) and limited tickets are still available at the door. 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. On a related note, Toronto's 94.9 The Rock is celebrating the convergence of Rush's Rock Hall nomination, RushCon and the upcoming Toronto Rush shows by declaring it Rush week. They are running a Rush Hunt contest where they are giving fans the chance to win tickets to see Rush's October 16th show at the Air Canada Centre and win all sorts of other Rush prizes too. For all the details check out this post or visit the 94.9 The Rock website.

The Clockwork Angels album dropped about 20 spots on the Billboard 200 album charts in its 17th week of release, down to #135 from its #116 showing last week. The latest single from the album - The Wreckers - continues to hold steady in the top 10 on the Mainstream Rock Chart where it currently sits at #8. The album was also recently added to Delta Audio on Demand (thanks RushFanForever) - so you can listen to Headlong Flight on your next Delta flight. ;)

Rush and the Rock HallLast week Rush was FINALLY announced as a nominee for induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The announcement kicked off a flurry of activity online and in the music press - even more so than usual due to inclusion of our long-snubbed heroes. Another reason for the increased activity was that for the first time ever the Rock Hall offered the public a chance to participate in the process by creating an online fan poll that will count as one fan ballot towards the official vote on the ultimate list of inductees. As of this post, Rush still has a very comfortable lead in that poll with about 25% of the vote; Deep Purple is next with 17%. Voting ends on December 3rd when the fan ballot along with ballots from 600 or so rock historians, music industry insiders and past inductees will be counted up to determine the 5 or 6 inductees for inclusion in the 2013 class; the final announcement should be made shortly thereafter. All past inductees are eligible to vote, so don't be shy in lobbying them via Twitter, Facebook and other mediums. Some recent inductees that are likely voters for Rush include Metallica, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns 'n' Roses, Alice Cooper, and Van Halen. Here's a photo of the full ballot from Rolling Stone contributor and music writer Rob Tannenbaum, although he's in the anti-hard rock crowd; no vote for either Deep Purple, Rush, Heart or Joan Jett. The general consensus from the press coverage over the past week is that Rush is a very good bet for induction (What do you think?). For a complete update on all of the news coverage related to the announcement, check out my post from earlier in the week. And don't forget to vote for Rush, vote for Rush again, and vote for Rush here too.

Premier Guitar November 2012A new interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appears in the November, 2012 issue of Premier Guitar magazine. The interview has been posted to the magazine's website and can be read at this location. Alex and Geddy discuss the Clockwork Angels album with particular focus on the songwriting and guitar parts. They also touch on the band's longevity and reflect on how long they'll be able to keep at it. Here's what Alex had to say on the subject:

... eventually, one day, we're not going to be able to do it anymore. That's a reality, and I don't think we should get too caught up in it. When it happens it happens, and that's it. We've had a great run, we've left a great legacy that we're proud of, and who knows what'll come after that? I mean, I think my fingers will still work for a little while longer [laughs]. I like to do stuff at home, to work with other people and continue to be musical, but there are other things in life, too-especially when you've dedicated so much of your life to touring. There's no doubt that we absolutely love what we do, and we know that we're very, very fortunate to have been able to do this. But eventually it does come to an end. I don't want to be 70 years old jumping around onstage. Maybe if we're still making great music, sure. But I kind of doubt it by that point. Most 70-year-old rock musicians I see now are not really that enjoyable to watch.

The interview was conducted just prior to the tour kick-off this summer so there's no mention of the tour itself or the band's Rock Hall nomination. You can read the entire interview at this location.

Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Novel debuted at #18 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list a few weeks ago and has been generally well-received by Rush fans and book reviewers alike. A couple more great reviews of the book surfaced over the last week including this one from BookReporter.com, and another from Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonders. Anderson was also interviewed by Female First to discuss the novel for a piece that was published to their website yesterday. You can order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

NeilYYZ at TNMS posted this photo of a Turkish restaurant/pub named Rush that a friend had sent to him. The pub is located in Icmeler, Turkey. Apparently the owner is named Rushood or something similar and after googling his name discovered the RUSH explosion logo. He liked it so much that he changed the name of the pub to Rush and appropriated the logo to use for his restaurant. His staff even have the logo on their t-shirts. Not surprisingly, business is booming since he changed the name. :)

Jack SecretDanny See will be conducting an interview with longtime Rush roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret) at the Prudential Center Show next Saturday, October 20th. He'll also be running a contest. Here are the details from his website:

Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Tony Geranios at the Prudential Center Show on October 20th and a first full feature look at his rig for the Clockwork Angels tour for the first time ever! Facebook user Danny See (https://www.facebook.com/jwevil) will get the details on his rig and show how everything works for those Rush fans who have been wondering and for those who love this kind of stuff. Keep your eyes peeled because you won't know when it will be released but when it is, you'll be the first to know about it.

Rush Contest:
Send Danny a message on facebook( https://www.facebook.com/jwevil) or an email at (mcnamararecords@gmail.com) or click "ENTER HERE" above,1 question per person pertaining to the rig and I will choose the best, well thought out question and ask him that question give you honorable mentions on air while interviewing Tony. ...

Actor and NFL football player Alex Karras passed away Wednesday at the age of 77. Karras played the role of a very strong and slow-witted thug named Mongo in the 1974 film Blazing Saddles. The (for Mongo) listing after the song Anagram on Rush's Presto album is a reference to the movie's Candygram for Mongo scene (video here).

Rush TabconThe 2012 Midwest Rush TabCon will take place this weekend at St. Francis High School's Little Theater in St. Francis, WI. For more information be sure to visit the Rush TabCon website and to view videos of past performances, check out the Rush TabCon page on YouTube.

The CBC's The National posted this great video news story on Rush's Rock Hall nomination last week. It features Paul from The Canadian Music Scene giving the Rush fan perspective along with some photos from last year's April 15th protest at the Rock Hall, and mention of Toronto radio station 94.9 The Rock's petition to get Rush inducted.

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

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Neil Peart news update at NeilPeart.net
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[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: October, 2012 - The Better Angels]

Neil PeartNeil Peart has taken advantage of the band's 10-day break in the tour and updated the news page on his website this evening with a story titled The Better Angels. Neil discusses his motorcycle travels between tour stops from the first leg of the Clockwork Angels tour intermingled with bits of philosophical musings. He also talks a little about the tour itself towards the end of the essay:

... Just before band rehearsals I wrote a piece for Drum Workshop's Edge magazine about my long preparations, physically and musically, and each of us brought that dedication to the rehearsal hall from the beginning. Over the course of many months, we built up the most musically adventurous and visually "active" show we have ever presented. Deciding to do two different shows on alternate nights, with a number of songs changing, and even a few "one-off" songs for special occasions, has been uplifting for us. Perhaps most uplifting of all has been adding "guest musicians" to our show for the first time in our lengthy career. Having the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble join us makes the second set really special. The eight string players were chosen by arranger David Campbell, who wrote the scores for the Clockwork Angels album as well as for a number of older songs in the set. ...

It's a long update, spanning 2 pages but well worth the read. Be warned however that there are a few tour spoilers towards the end of the essay. There's no mention of the band's Rock Hall nomination either, so Neil likely wrote the piece prior to the announcement or didn't care to comment. You can read the whole thing at this location.

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RushCon 12 takes place this weekend in Toronto
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UPDATE - 10/18@8:30AM: Here's Beverly RushGirl Wintjes appearing on PRI's The World to discuss RushCon and Rush's recent Rock Hall nomination. And here's Kevin J. Anderon's post-convention report that he posted to his blog yesterday.

UPDATE - 10/16@11:34AM: Here's a great article from The National Post covering the convention, including several interview snippets from convention attendees and organizers.

RushCon 2012The 12th annual RushCon Rush fan convention kicks off tomorrow evening in Toronto and runs through the weekend. The guest speakers this year will be none other than Rush pyrotechnician/tour photographer John Arrowsmith, and Clockwork Angels: The Novel author Kevin J. Anderson. Events will include a bunch of fun Rush-themed games, a photographic tribute to the late Andrew MacNaughtan, Rush tribute band Lotus Land, a Rush charity auction to benefit CARE Canada and more! To top things off, Rush will be performing at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday and again on Tuesday. Neil Peart's 1974 Chrome Slingerland drum kit (aka Chromey) will also be on display. For complete information on all the events go here. Check in begins at 6PM tomorrow, Oct 13th at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel, 465 Yonge Street. Limited tickets are still available but online sales will stop tonight at midnight. After that you can only buy at the door, so register now! 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. On a related note, Toronto's 94.9 The Rock is celebrating the convergence of Rush's Rock Hall nomination, RushCon and the upcoming Toronto Rush shows by declaring it Rush week (thanks bucklemyshoe). They are running a Rush Hunt contest where they are giving fans the chance to win tickets to see Rush's October 16th show at the Air Canada Centre and win all sorts of other Rush prizes too. From the station's website:

... The Rock's RUSH HUNT kicks off Tuesday, October 9th with Craig and Wendy. Listen for a new item each weekday, the first 94 people to bring all of our Rush Hunt items down to the Hard Rock Cafe, Dundas Square Saturday, October 13th have the chance to win some killer Rush prizes:

* One (1) Limited Edition Squier by Fender "Clockwork Angels" Jazz Bass '77*
* One (1) pair of tickets to the Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 show at the Air Canada Centre
* Two (2) spots (winner + guest) into Meet and Greet with members of RUSH before the show
* One (1) autographed lithograph by all members of the band
* One (1) Clockwork Angels Novel, written by Kevin J Anderson & Neil Peart
* One (1) pair of passes to 94.9 The Rock's presentation of RushCon at the Hard Rock Café -Yonge and Dundas Square October 13 - 14th, 2012

Bonus: All non-winning Hunters will be entered to win a four-pack of tickets to see Rush at the Air Canada Centre, Tuesday, October 16th!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Bridgeport open thread
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UPDATE - 10/12@11:40AM: Here's a review from Soundspike.com.

UPDATE - 10/11@3:05PM: Here's a gallery of photos from the show posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 10/11@7:32AM: Reports seem to indicate that the Night A setlist was played as anticipated; complete setlist here (*SPOILERS*). Official photos from the show have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush cranks up the Clockwork Angels tour machine again tonight for leg #2 of the 2012 tour, playing the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport - their first show as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees. The band is due to play their Night A setlist - the same that was played in Saskatoon (*SPOILERS*) a couple weeks back. If there are any deviations from this setlist I'll be sure to post them here. For everyone going to tonight's show - have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush on!!

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 10th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 13
Venue: Webster Bank Arena
Place: Bridgeport, CT

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New Premier Guitar interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
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Premier Guitar November 2012A new interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appears in the November, 2012 issue of Premier Guitar magazine. The interview has been posted to the magazine's website and can be read at this location. Alex and Geddy discuss the Clockwork Angels album with particular focus on the songwriting and guitar parts. They also touch on the band's longevity and reflect on how long they'll be able to keep at it. Here's what Alex had to say on the subject:

... eventually, one day, we're not going to be able to do it anymore. That's a reality, and I don't think we should get too caught up in it. When it happens it happens, and that's it. We've had a great run, we've left a great legacy that we're proud of, and who knows what'll come after that? I mean, I think my fingers will still work for a little while longer [laughs]. I like to do stuff at home, to work with other people and continue to be musical, but there are other things in life, too-especially when you've dedicated so much of your life to touring. There's no doubt that we absolutely love what we do, and we know that we're very, very fortunate to have been able to do this. But eventually it does come to an end. I don't want to be 70 years old jumping around onstage. Maybe if we're still making great music, sure. But I kind of doubt it by that point. Most 70-year-old rock musicians I see now are not really that enjoyable to watch.

The interview was conducted just prior to the tour kick-off this summer so there's no mention of the tour itself or the band's Rock Hall nomination. You can read the entire interview at this location. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Rush Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination news updates
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UPDATE - 10/19@2:10PM: A recent episode of the CBC's comedy show 22 Minutes included a skit on Rush's recent Rock Hall nomination. They talk with "Geddy Lee" and a surprise guest shows up. You can watch it below or at this link:

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UPDATE - 10/10@9:54PM: Here's a photo of the full ballot from Rolling Stone contributer and music writer Rob Tannenbaum, although he's in the anti-hard rock crowd; no vote for either Deep Purple, Rush, Heart or Joan Jett.

UPDATE - 10/10@4:46PM: TheWrap.com's Steve Pond is one of those that will be voting on the Rock Hall inductees and posted this photo of his unmarked ballot to Twitter.

UPDATE - 10/10@4:10PM: Phill Marder of Goldmine Magazine includes Rush in his 5 picks for induction in this article (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 10/9@9:26AM: Here's a great post over at Salon.com on Rush's nomination.

Rush and the Rock HallYes, Rush was actually nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week. Now that we've all given ourselves a collective pinch to make sure it wasn't all a dream (or nightmare depending on your point of view), I thought I'd give a recap of the events of the past few days and update everyone on the news coverage related to the announcement. It all began last Wednesday evening when Portland, Oregon classic rock radio station 92.3 KGON posted what looked like an official announcement regarding the 15 Rock Hall nominees including Rush to their Facebook page. Although KGON seemed to have jumped the gun a bit, the announcement ultimately turned out to be accurate, as shortly after midnight the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame made the official announcement via the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website, Facebook, YouTube and the news wires. The announcement kicked off a flurry of activity online and in the music press - even more so than usual due to inclusion of our long-snubbed heroes. Another reason for the increased activity was that for the first time ever the Rock Hall offered the public a chance to participate in the process by creating an online fan poll that will count as one fan ballot towards the official vote on the ultimate list of inductees. As of this post, Rush still has a very comfortable lead in that poll with about 26% of the vote; Deep Purple is next with 17%. Voting ends on December 3rd when the fan ballot along with ballots from 600 or so rock historians, music industry insiders and past inductees will be counted up to determine the 5 or 6 inductees for inclusion in the 2013 class; the final announcement should be made shortly thereafter. The general consensus from the press coverage over the past few days is that Rush is a very good bet for induction. NPR's Chris Molanphy broke down the nominees and gave his take on who he thinks will be inducted, giving Rush a category all their own and proclaiming that the voters will induct Rush if they know what's good for them:

The difference between fans of other Hall-snubbed bands and Rush fans is that in the former category most think the Hall is basically a joke. Rush fans, by contrast, are seriously insulted that rock's ultimate power trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart remain excluded, a decade and a half after they became eligible. ... Rush's brand of muscular, expansive progressive rock has long been unfashionable with rock critics and insiders, which explains why, until this year, they weren't even nominated. But you don't have to be a fan of the band (I'm not) to see it's high time they were inducted, already. However lugubrious Rush's music often is, it's more economical than that of the Grateful Dead and less self-pitying than that of Pink Floyd - longtime inductees, both. Still, Rush die-hards are likely steeling themselves to see their heroes snubbed again. In a way, Rush have the opposite problem as a disco act: they had to get past the prejudices of the nominating committee, not the voters. Having made it out of committee, I suspect the more populist voting body will wave Rush into the Hall, the "Spirit of the Radio" spurring them on.

LA Times music critic Randall Roberts - also not a fan of the band - posted a very well-written and respectful article on Thursday morning titled Rush vindicated: A Rock Hall of Fame berth for Canadian rock band. But he then put on his critic hat to ultimately argue that Rush doesn't deserve to be inducted, even going so far as to conspire with fellow critic Randy Lewis on this 11-minute video explaining Rush's unworthiness. They asked for feedback on the video and got it with a vengeance; as of right now the video has close to 300 comments with 300 dislikes and only 3 likes. Another article that caused quite an uproar along with nearly universal disagreement was Roger Friedman's tirade entitled Rock and Roll Hall of Shame: Nominees So Bad Press Release Issued After Midnight. Also giving their take on the nominees including some insightful commentary regarding Rush's inclusion were Future Rock Legends, Wired.com's Geekdad column, from Rock Hall Monitors and from Gonna Need a Bigger Boat. The CBC's The National posted this great video news story on Rush's nomination. It features Paul from The Canadian Music Scene giving the Rush fan perspective along with some photos from last year's April 15th protest at the Rock Hall, and mention of Toronto radio station 94.9 The Rock's petition to get Rush inducted.

Now we wait. Over the next 2 months the 600 or so voters will cast their ballots with the inductees being announced shortly after the December 3rd voting deadline. All past inductees are eligible to vote, so don't be shy in lobbying them via Twitter, Facebook and other mediums. Some recent inductees that are likely voters for Rush include Metallica, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns 'n' Roses, Alice Cooper, and Van Halen. Flea of the Chili Peppers posted the following tweet on Friday:

put public enemy, kraftwerk, and rush in the rock n roll hall of fame right away

So that's a good sign. Hopefully a good number of other past inductees feel the same way and will vote. What do you think are Rush's chances of actually being inducted in 2013? Take the poll and let us know. Also remember to vote for Rush, vote for Rush again, and vote for Rush here too.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Rush and the Rock HallRush picked a good time to take a short break from the Clockwork Angels tour; they now have a few days to let the news sink in that they've FINALLY been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Early yesterday morning the Rock Hall announced the next crop of nominees via their website, their Facebook page and the news wire, and - unlike the previous 14 years - Rush was actually on the list! Also nominated were Deep Purple, Heart, Public Enemy and a dozen others including Rush. The complete list can be seen at this location. The 15 nominees will now be whittled down to a list of 5 or 6 inductees by a group of 600 or so past inductees, music historians, and other music industry insiders. And for the first time ever, the Rock Hall is offering the public a chance to participate in the process by creating an online fan poll that will count as one of the votes - so go vote for Rush if you haven't already. As of this post Rush is way out in front with close to 27% of the vote. The results will be announced sometime in December and the induction ceremony will take place on April 18th at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Here's Rush's official reaction to the announcement that was posted to their official Facebook page yesterday:

"We are honored to be among the nominees for this year's Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame. We are especially thrilled for the many, many dedicated RUSH fans to whom this nomination is so very important." - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart

My personal feeling and the general consensus in the music press is that Rush is a shoo-in for induction. Do you agree? What do you think are Rush's chances of actually being inducted in 2013? Take the poll and let us know. Press coverage of the announcement was widespread and focused heavily on Rush's inclusion. Almost every story covering the subject so far contains Rush in the headline and leads off with some mention of the band and their history of being snubbed by The Hall. For complete coverage of the nomination announcement check out this post.

After playing a dozen shows across the Eastern US, the Midwest and Canada in the month of September, the first leg of Rush's 2012 Clockwork Angels tour came to a close this past Sunday in Edmonton. The band will pick things up again this coming Wednesday, October 10th at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT for the 2nd leg of the tour. This next leg will see the band continuing with a series of shows across the Eastern US and Canada before ending up down South in Tampa, FL. After another short break the band will head out West for the third and final leg of the 2012 tour. We know that the band will then hit the road again next May for a series of ten European dates, but there's still a question as to whether they'll be adding more North American dates in 2013. The early buzz is that they will but there's been no official word yet. It would make sense for them to do a series of dates before and/or after the European leg - much like they did for the 2011 leg of the Time Machine tour. This brings up the question whether - if inducted - Rush will be able to attend the April 18th Rock Hall induction ceremony in LA, or will they be busy with the tour? Hopefully some kind of official 2013 tour announcement will be forthcoming soon. This coming Tuesday, October 9th the Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn will be hosting a Rush Air Drumming contest where the winner will win tickets to the band's October 22nd show in Brooklyn. For all the details check out the event's Facebook page (thanks Matt S). Reader DawnRenee let me know that the October 11th issue of Rolling Stones magazine contains a short review of Rush's September 9th show in Bristow on page 63. You can read a scan of the full review here (*SPOILERS*).

The Clockwork Angels album has inched up one spot on the Billboard 200 album charts in its 16th week of release, increasing to #116 from its #117 showing last week. The latest single from the album - The Wreckers - continues its slow move up the Mainstream Rock Chart where it currently sits at #6.

Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Novel debuted at #18 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list 2 weeks ago. Last week it dropped to #27 and this week it's off the list altogether. The book was officially released in the first week of September and has been generally well-received by Rush fans and book reviewers alike. Author Kevin J. Anderson wrote an article for the Tor.com blog Wednesday where he discusses the novel and its steampunk theme. You can order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

Last month Hudson Music announced the release of a full-color retrospective/transcription book companion to Neil Peart's third instructional DVD Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance. The book is written by Hudson Music Senior Drum Editor Joe Bergamini with a foreword by Neil Peart. Although the official release date is given as October 15th, the book is already available for purchase via Amazon and other retailers. The book contains musical transcriptions, historical writing, instructional text, and a beautiful collection of photographs. You can check out a pdf sampler of the book here and a high-res version of the cover here. In celebration of the book's release both Eric at Power Windows and John at Cygnus-X1.net have teamed up with Hudson Music and are running separate contests where you could win a variety of items autographed by Neil Peart including a Bubba's coffe mug, a copy of Far & Away, a Taking Center Stage dvd or an Anatomy of a Drum Solo poster. All you need to do is submit your entry and answer 3 trivia questions. For all the details and to enter the Cygnus-X1.net contest go here, and for the Power Windows contest go here. Make sure to enter both contests! The entry deadline is October 15th and the winners will be chosen on October 16th.

The world famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is set to release a brand new set of studio recordings celebrating the music of Rush this coming November 13th. The orchestra is conducted by BAFTA award winning musician and composer Richard Harvey, and is well-known for their symphonic interpretations of Queen, Pink Floyd, ABBA and other artists. The CD will include dramatic reinterpretations of 9 Rush classics including Tom Sawyer, The Spirit Of Radio, Red Barchetta, Limelight and more. For a complete track list and to pre-order your copy go here.

Rush as Food cookbookIn celebration of Rush and the Clockwork Angels album release, Toronto-based chef Matt Kantor interpreted and deconstructed the music of Rush into a nine-course dinner that was held this past July at The Cookbook Store in Yorkville (Toronto). Fans who paid $150 a plate were treated to a gourmet meal that included a variety of Rush-themed dishes including a red bruschetta inspired by Rush's Red Barchetta, a lime-flavoured meringue inspired by Limelight, and the centerpiece of the meal - the La Villa Strangiato. All proceeds from the meal went towards the late Andrew McNaughtan's Art Gives Hope charity. Earlier this week Kantor released a Rush as Food cookbook based on the event. From the Rush as Food website:

... check out the evening in cookbook form, complete with photos, recipes, videos and interactive diagrams of some of the courses. Read about how the dinner was developed, and get perspective from diners. This amazing book was developed with help from documentary producer and photographer Brilynn Ferguson. You will not be disappointed!

The book is currently available for the iPad and will soon also be available for both the Kindle and Kobo eReaders.

Earlier this week the Andrew MacNaughtan Art Store website re-launched. The store will be selling some of MacNaughtan's remaining Rush prints to raise money for the late photographer's Art Gives Hope charity. Andrew MacNaughtan passed away earlier this year from a heart attack at age 47.

Roadrunner Records launched a contest earlier this week where they are giving away five Clockwork Angels lithographs signed by all three members of Rush. The lithographs are numbers 226 through 230 of a limited run of 500 and you can sign up to win one at this location. The contest runs through October 8th.

Roadrunner Records recently posted an audio interview with Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci that was conducted for the Wikimetal podcast when the band was on tour in Brazil. Petrucci and the interviewer talk a lot about the influence Rush has had on his playing and Dream Theater's music towards the beginning of the interview. You can listen to it at this location (thanks Sean).

Noisecreep.com included Rush in their photo gallery list of 10 Charitable musicians earlier this week. You can check out the complete photo gallery at this location.

The latest edition of Tool's online newsletter contains an interview with the band's longtime Lighting Director Mark Junior Jacobson. He tells the following tour story involving Alex Lifeson in the interview (thanks bob):

... One of my favorite [tour stories] was in 2001 when Tool played the Air Canada Center in Toronto. Howard Ungerleider (lighting designer for Rush since 1974) was at the show. He told me that Alex Lifeson was there, but was up in his box seats, and wanted to know if it was ok for him to watch from FOH (front of house: our lighting and sound control area in the middle of the crowd). Of course, I said yes. Howard brought him in and introduced him to us. At the time, the security team were using airport codes on the guest passes in order to signify the city. So there is Alex Lifeson with a pass on his jacket that said "YYZ". After the show we escorted him backstage. The band members did not know him yet, and did not know he was there, so they had quite a surprised look when they saw him in the hallway." ...

Guitar World has been conducting a bracket poll to determine The Greatest Guitarist of All Time, and Alex Lifeson made it into the Final 4 last week where he was matched up against Eddie Van Halen. Voting took place over the past week and closed this morning with Alex unfortunately losing.

Here's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's video announcement of the nominees for induction in 2013. Rush's piece comes in at about the 5:30 mark:

That's all for this week! Remember to vote for Rush, vote for Rush again, and vote for Rush here too. The tour returns next week. Have a great weekend!

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of Rush coming this November 13th
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The world famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is set to release a brand new set of studio recordings celebrating the music of Rush this coming November 13th. The orchestra is conducted by BAFTA award winning musician and composer Richard Harvey, and is well-known for their symphonic interpretations of Queen, Pink Floyd, ABBA and other artists. The CD will include dramatic reinterpretations of 9 Rush classics including Tom Sawyer, The Spirit Of Radio, Red Barchetta, Limelight and more. For a complete track list and to pre-order your copy go here. Thanks to Gaumont 77 for the heads up.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

It's official! Rush FINALLY nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!
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UPDATE - 10/8@12:54PM: Here's a video news story on Rush's nomination from the CBC's The National (thanks bucklemyshoe). It features Paul from The Canadian Music Scene along with some photos from last year's April 15th protest at the Rock Hall (I'm in there!).

UPDATE - 10/8@9:59AM: Here are a few good analyses of the 2013 class of nominees; one from Rock Hall Monitors, this one from NPR, and another from Gonna Need a Bigger Boat.

UPDATE - 10/5@11:52AM: Here's Wired.com's Geekdad column discussing Rush's Rock Hall nomination (thanks drmike).

UPDATE - 10/4@7:47PM: These 2 LA Times music critics decided to post an 11-minute video of themselves talking about how Rush doesn't deserve to be in the Rock Hall (thanks Sean). Please watch the video and tell them what you think. Oh and there's this idiot too (thanks Brad Hirsh of Used Bin).

UPDATE - 10/4@2:44PM: Grammy.com's coverage of the nomination announcement includes a poll where they ask which Grammy-winning or Grammy-nominated artist will end up being inducted. So go vote for Rush!

UPDATE - 10/4@1:51PM: New poll to celebrate the occasion. Now that they've finally been nominated, what do you think are Rush's chances of actually being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013? Take the poll and let us know.

UPDATE - 10/4@12:13PM: Here's a great write-up on Rush's nomination in the LA Times: Rush vindicated: A Rock Hall of Fame berth for Canadian rock band.

UPDATE - 10/4@10:50AM: The Future Rock Legends site has a nice write-up on their early impressions of the list of nominees here.

Rush and the Rock HallIt's a cold day in Hell and pigs are flying! Rush has FINALLY been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Last night the rumors began to fly when 92.3 KGON posted what looked like an official announcement to their Facebook page. Then early this morning the official word went out via the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website, Facebook and the news wire. Also nominated are Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and a dozen others including Rush. The complete list is at this location. The 15 nominees will now be whittled down to a list of 5 or 6 inductees by a group of 600 or so past inductees, music historians, and other music industry insiders. And for the first time ever, the Rock Hall is offering the public a chance to participate in the process by creating an online fan poll that will count as one of the votes - so go vote for Rush!. The results will be announced sometime in December and the induction ceremony will take place on April 18th at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. I've always thought that if Rush ever could just get past the Nominating Committee, they would be a shoo-in for induction. This also seems to be the emerging consensus from the music industry press since the announcement was made. Almost every story covering the subject so far contains Rush in the headline and leads off with some mention of the band. Here's Rush's official reaction to the announcement via the band's Facebook page:

"We are honored to be among the nominees for this year's Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame. We are especially thrilled for the many, many dedicated RUSH fans to whom this nomination is so very important." - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart

Here's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's video announcement of the inductees. Rush's piece comes in at about the 5:30 mark:

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Rush finally nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!?
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UPDATE - 10/4@6:40AM: Yes! It's official! Rush has been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Rush Rock HallPortland, Oregon classic rock radio station 92.3 KGON posted the following to their Facebook page earlier this evening:

Nominees for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2013 have been announced. Rush, Deep Purple, Heart, Procol Harum, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Randy Newman are among the names being submitted to voters for next year's induction honors.

Also on the list are Donna Summer, Chic, Joan Jett, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Meters, N.W.A. and Public Enemy.

Other than Heart, Joan Jett and Chic, this is the first time any of the other artists has been nominated.

In order to be eligible for induction, an artist had to release their first record at least 25 years prior. The ballots will now be sent out to members of the music industry with the results announced in early December.

The 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on April 18th, 2013.
What do you think?

Although the post claims that the nominees have already been announced, there has not yet been any official announcement by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame itself yet. In fact, all this past week the Rock Hall website has been hyping the fact that they'd soon be making the announcement via their Facebook page. So it looks like KGON probably jumped the gun a bit with this (somebody somewhere probably screwed up). That said, it doesn't necessarily mean the post isn't accurate and I'd venture to say that it probably is for real. The Future Rock Legends site predicted most of these nominees, and all the rumors I've been hearing up to this point are in line with the posted list. Here's what Future Rock Legends had to say about Rush's chances this year:

What else is there to say? It has to happen one of these years, right? Nominating Committee member Cliff Burnstein is Rush's former manager and he successfully steered a band he currently manages, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, into the Rock Hall last year.

I tend to agree with them. The recent addition of Burnstein to the Nominating Committee really boosted their chances. As an A&R man at Mercury Records in the '70s Burnstein was instrumental in getting Rush's fledgling career off the ground. I'm about 99% confident that this is the real list, and that Rush has FINALLY been selected as a nominee for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I'm guessing we'll get the official announcement from the Rock Hall via their Facebook page tomorrow. Fingers crossed but I'm feeling pretty good about this.

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Rush as Food cookbook now available
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Rush as Food cookbookIn celebration of Rush and the Clockwork Angels album release, Toronto-based chef Matt Kantor interpreted and deconstructed the music of Rush into a nine-course dinner that was held this past July at The Cookbook Store in Yorkville (Toronto). Fans who paid $150 a plate were treated to a gourmet meal that included a variety of Rush-themed dishes including a red bruschetta inspired by Rush's Red Barchetta, a lime-flavoured meringue inspired by Limelight, and the centerpiece of the meal - the La Villa Strangiato. All proceeds from the meal went towards the late Andrew McNaughtan's Art Gives Hope charity. Kantor has now released a Rush as Food cookbook based on the event. From the Rush as Food website:

... check out the evening in cookbook form, complete with photos, recipes, videos and interactive diagrams of some of the courses. Read about how the dinner was developed, and get perspective from diners. This amazing book was developed with help from documentary producer and photographer Brilynn Ferguson. You will not be disappointed!

The book is currently available for the iPad and will soon also be available for both the Kindle and Kobo eReaders.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Neil Peart's Taking Center Stage instructional DVD book companion now available
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Last month Hudson Music announced the release of a full-color retrospective/transcription book companion to Neil Peart's third instructional DVD Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance. The book is written by Hudson Music Senior Drum Editor Joe Bergamini with a foreword by Neil Peart. Although the official release date is given as October 15th, the book is already available for purchase via Amazon and other retailers. The book contains musical transcriptions, historical writing, instructional text, and a beautiful collection of photographs. You can check out a pdf sampler of the book here and a high-res version of the cover here. In celebration of the book's release both Eric at Power Windows and John at Cygnus-X1.net have teamed up with Hudson Music and are running separate contests where you could win a variety of items autographed by Neil Peart including a Bubba's coffe mug, a copy of Far & Away, a Taking Center Stage dvd or an Anatomy of a Drum Solo poster. All you need to do is submit your entry and answer 3 trivia questions. For all the details and to enter the Cygnus-X1.net contest go here, and for the Power Windows contest go here. Make sure to enter both contests! The entry deadline is October 15th and the winners will be chosen on October 16th.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Win a signed Rush Clockwork Angels lithograph
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Roadrunner Records is running a contest where they are giving away five Clockwork Angels lithographs signed by all three members of Rush. The lithographs are numbers 226 through 230 of a limited run of 500 and you can sign up to win one at this location. The contest runs through October 8th. Thanks to dinorush for the heads up.

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Andrew MacNaughtan Art Store now open
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Andrew MacNaughtan - NeilPeart.netFrom the Andrew MacNaughtan email newsletter:

Before his death in January 2012, MacNaughtan had been the principal photographer for rock icons Rush, photographing all their tours, promotional materials and album art. A long and storied relationship that began in the early 80's, Andrew a life long Rush fan, approached the band with a unique request, could he photograph them for his fledgling Music Magazine and Fan Club? For some reason the band saw something in young Andrew and slowly allowed him to be immersed in their world, first as an assistant in their offices then as the band assistant on the road. Eventually they allowed him to take that picture - and the rest is history.

Andrew never lost the joy of being a Rush Fan, he was always excited to hear new music or see the latest concert and the fact that he got to take part in the creative process was a privilege he never took for granted.

This was the inspiration for The Andrew MacNaughtan Art Store; to give back to the fans and to share his experiences with those he knew would truly appreciate it. He enjoyed meeting other fans who shared in his excitement, and he was extremely touched with the amazing reaction to his work.

So although difficult, with full cooperation of the band and Andrew's estate, we are pleased to be able to continue sharing his work. We will continue the important work of his foundation "Art Gives Hope" and look forward to expanding on his vision and goals.

A small inventory of Andrew's work with Rush will be made available. Although it's still a difficult time for all involved, everyone felt sharing these prints was the best way to continue to honor Andrew's work. There is a limited supply of these first edition, autographed prints so check them out now while they last.

Andrew MacNaughtan passed away earlier this year from a heart attack at age 47. Thanks to hermy for passing along the news.

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