Archive: Blog Entries from November, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour San Antonio open thread
2:58PM EST | link | comments (22) |

UPDATE - 12/6@9:31AM: Here's a review from Carter Biel at The Lofty Oaks.

UPDATE - 12/6@9:31AM: Here's a review from Carter Biel at The Lofty Oaks.

UPDATE - 12/2@10:38PM: Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons went to the show and the Toronto Sun had a little write up about it in today's edition:

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons experienced the "thrill of a lifetime" Friday night. And he didn't even have to put on a uniform or leave his hometown of San Antonio. Gibbons took his wife and two children to a concert at the AT&T Center ... and then backstage to meet Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of the Toronto-based band Rush. "They were big down here when I was in high school, I always liked them," said Gibbons from San Antonio before leaving for the 111th winter meetings at the Opryland Hotel. ...

----- snip -----

UPDATE - 12/1@12:30PM: Here's a review from the San Antonio Express-News.

UPDATE - 12/1@11:26AM: Here's a gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 12/1@9:16AM: Rush played the same B setlist that was played in Phoenix last weekend; complete setlist here. Official photos have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush continues their trek across the Lone Star State tonight when they bring the Clockwork Angels tour to the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. It's show number 34 and the 2nd to last date on the 2012 tour. After tonight Rush will close out the tour in Houston on Sunday. The band is due to play some version of their Night B setlist, but may swap out a track or two as has often been the case. As soon as I find out what version of the set was played along with any changes, I'll be sure to post it here. The San Antonio Current posted this preview article earlier in the week which contains some previously published interview segments with Alex Lifeson. There's also this preview article from The San Antonio Express Weekender. For everybody going to the show tonight, have fun, be safe, and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush on!!

Date/Time: Friday, November 30th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 34
Venue: AT&T Center
Place: San Antonio, TX

gallery: [view] [upload] [YouTube videos]
reviews: [reviews] [setlist]

Share

Updates and other random Rush stuff
12:01PM EST | link | comments (37) |

UPDATE - 11/30@1:07PM: Reader Tony R sent me a lightened version of the screenshot from the movie TED that betters shows the Rush Starman poster on the wall.

It's hard to believe, but only 2 more dates remain of Rush's 2012 Clockwork Angels tour. They'll play San Antonio tonight and then close things out in Houston on Sunday. This past week saw the band playing shows in Las Vegas, Phoenix and Dallas where both the Phoenix and Dallas show were filmed for an upcoming live DVD release. The Dallas crowd lucked out in that they got to hear one extra track from Clockwork Angels; the band had been consistently swapping out 2 songs from the album for their A and B setlists, but they played both for the Dallas show. Rumor has it that the Dallas show will be the main source for the DVD, with Phoenix being used for backup - so the band likely wanted to capture all the Clockwork Angels tracks in one show. Although it's still not clear how the Phoenix material will be utilized. Maybe some of the Phoenix tracks will be bonus material? Or maybe they'll intersperse some of the Phoenix footage with the Dallas? More details should be forthcoming next year closer to the CD/DVD release, which should occur next Fall. After Sunday the band will take a long, 5-month break until they pick things back up again in Europe next May. All signs point to Rush adding a 2nd North American leg next summer but there's still been no official word.

The official Rush tour photo gallery website at RushShowPhotos.com has begun offering customizable Rush Christmas cards from now through the Holidays. You can choose either a 4x8 flat card (20 for $40 or 50 for $75) or a 5x7 folded card (10 for $40 or 25 for $60). Simply go to the RushShowPhotos.com and click on the Buy link for any photo - then choose the Create a Card option. You'll then be able to customize your card with the photos available on the site along with a personal message. There are dozens of different holiday templates to choose from.

Rush and the Rock HallEarly last month the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their annual list of nominees for induction and much to our surprise Rush was finally included on the list. They also announced that for the first time ever the Rock Hall would offer the public a chance to participate in the induction process by creating an online fan poll that would 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 24.8% of the vote; Deep Purple is next with 16.8%. Voting will end this coming Monday, 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, which they will then announce sometime next week. I would be very surprised if Rush is not included on this list, and according to my latest poll so would most RIAB readers. You can read Geddy Lee's reaction to the band's nomination in this post and Alex Lifeson's here.

Jet City StreamThis coming Sunday, December 2nd at 9AM PST (12PM EST) Seattle-based digital radio station Jet City Stream will be airing a new interview with Neil Peart conducted by Michael Shrieve for his Notes from the Field program. The interview took place backstage at Seattle's Key Arena when Rush played there earlier this month. Michael chats with Neil for 40 minutes about music, drums, life, books and more. You can listen in live at JetCityStream.com and the program will also be posted online via SoundCloud the next day.

Rush - The WreckersRush's The Wreckers - the second single from Clockwork Angels - moved into the top 4 on the Mainstream Rock Charts last week although as of today it has dropped back to #7. The song also made Ultimate Classic Rock's list of the Best 2012 Songs coming in at #4 (thanks Chris S):

Rush pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the year by releasing a conceptual album that is sonically reminiscent of some of their best past work. 'The Wreckers' is part of that work, but strong enough to stand on its own, and musically the band have dialed back their approach to the three-piece format that served so well in their classic era, before every track became buried under layers of synths. There are orchestrations here, but the focus is on the core of drums, bass and guitars, and Rush are still one of the most lyrically intelligent rock groups in the world.

Classic Rock Magazine's 2012 Classic Rock Awards took place a couple of weeks ago at the Roundhouse in London. Rush was nominated in both the Band of the Year and Album of the Year (for Clockwork Angels) categories and won them both. Most of the awards including the 2 that Rush won were voted on by fans in an online poll that launched back in August. Rush obviously could not be there to accept their awards since they were playing the KeyArena in Seattle that night, but acknowledged the honor via this Twitter post. Accepting the awards on behalf of the band was James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers. Bradfield was interviewed for a special iPad edition of Classic Rock Magazine covering the 2012 Awards. Reader Boolee sent along some scans of the interview which you can check out by clicking on the thumbnails above.

Former KISS drummer Peter Criss recently released his new autobiography Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss and tells a funny story involving Rush on pages 330-31:

... When we first started headlining, we toured with Rush. Gene and Paul were more standoffish, but Ace and I really became good friends with them. They were good old Canadian boys who liked to smoke pot and drink scotch, really down-to-earth guys. And they came up with a character that they called the Bag. One of them would put a large brown paper bag over his head. Then they drew a face on the bag and they cut out eye holes so that, if whoever was under the bag was smoking a cigarette, smoke would come out one of the eyes. It looked very creepy. The Bag was very rude and nasty to women. So we'd invite him to the party just to cause chaos and anarchy. He'd come in and start insulting the women who were there, calling them whores and sluts. ...

Ace Frehley also mentions The Bag in his autobiography No Regrets that was released last year. Peter Criss's version gives a lot more detail, but in Ace's version he attributes The Bag idea exclusively to Alex Lifeson. You can read Ace's version of the story in this post and order Peter's book on Amazon here.

Speaking of touring with Rush, Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos was recently interviewed for the Legendary Rock Interviews website and talked a little about when the band opened for Rush back in 1976 (thanks blazebutler):

You know, we didn't actually do a tour with RUSH, we did a half dozen dates with them in about a period of a year. The first one was in Rockford down at the Armory at the end of 1976 and they gave us about 5 feet of stage (laughs) and uhh... no sound check and they wouldn't speak to us of course. Back then they were just a guitar, bass and a double kick set of drums. They didn't have a lot of gear to start but it seemed like each date we played they added stuff! One day Alex would add an acoustic guitar.. the next date they would have 2 acoustic guitars on stands... the next they would have some synth stuff and Neil would add bells or chimes and extra stands! So we didn't have much room! (Laughs) So after about the fourth show they had begun to warm up to us a bit I suppose. One day before a show one of their roadies came down to our dressing room with a hand full of joints and said Geddy sent these and wants you guys to come up and say hello! They ended up being the nicest guys in the world after they realized that we weren't competing with them or anything.

Earlier this week Rush made us aware via Facebook and Twitter of an eBay auction that's currently underway for a Rush Autographed Gibson Les Paul with all proceeds going to the Canadian Diabetes Association. For more information or to place your bid go to this location.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend New York classic rock station Q104.3 compiled their annual list of the top 1043 songs as chosen by their listeners, and 14 Rush songs made the cut including 5 in the top 100: Tom Sawyer at #21, The Spirit of Radio at #48, 2112 at #51, Closer to the Heart at #74 and Limelight at #88. You can see how all the other Rush tracks did by going to this location and searching on Rush. Thanks to jtbald for the heads up.

Rock Square recently caught up with Porcupine Tree keyboardist Richard Barbieri for an interview and the subject of Rush came up a few times. It turns out that Barbieri only recently discovered Rush and had plenty of good things to say about them:

... I only just started listening to Rush about a year ago. I'd never heard Rush before. I started listening to Rush and I started to hear all these riffs I'd heard in Porcupine Tree or very similar, like the track "Signify." I said to Steven, "I heard a Rush track like that," and he just smiled.

I saw a Rush DVD and I really enjoyed it. I think I enjoyed it because of the strength of the band and the connection they have with each other. There's just something you can feel. It just works. ... even if you're not totally into the music, you know there's something magical and connected going on there. I felt that with Rush, they've got it whatever it is. ...

Barbieri also mentions recently meeting Alex Lifeson and the pair plan on golfing when their schedules allow. You can read the entire interview at this link (thanks Rob T).

Sports writer Sean Highkin recently wrote an article comparing Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey to Rush. It's titled Daryl Morey, The Anarchist and you can check it out at Highkin's blog at this link (thanks Daniel G).

Peter Brocklehurst has posted Chapters 5-7 of his Neil Peart diary to his The Legends of Brocklehurst blog. You can check out these installments and Peter's 4 previous chapters at The Legends of Brocklehurst blog.

Reader Stergios K noticed a Rush reference in the recent Seth MacFarlane film Ted. In one scene towards the beginning of the movie (about the 8:45 mark) the main character and Ted are watching TV and a Rush Starman poster can be seen on the wall. It's dark, so it's hard to see - but it's in the upper right of this screenshot.

There was a humorous Rush reference in this past Tuesday's episode of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. In the opening news segment Colbert relays a news story out of Canada about a 24-year-old Canadian grinch who was arrested for harassing children and telling them Santa Claus wasn't real. Colbert then goes on to say that there is no Santa Claus ... but only in Canada:

... but don't worry Canadian kids, you still have a Santa - it's just a Canadian Santa. Every year I believe it rotates to a different Canadian celebrity. Last year it was Nelly Furtado Claus (shows a picture of Nelly Furtado in a Santa hat), this year it's Rush (shows a picture of Rush with Santa hats on - see above). So that jing-jing-jingle you hear on the roof is just Neil Peart breaking into a 45-minute high hat solo.

You can watch the segment below or at this location. Rush was a guest on The Colbert Report back in 2008 where they played Tom Sawyer - their first TV performance in over 30 years.

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend everyone, and have a fun time at the Rush show tonight San Antonio!!

Share

Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Neil Peart interview to air on Jet City Stream this Sunday
10:34AM EST | link | comments (12) |

UPDATE - 11/30@3:26PM: Here's a Seattle Music Insider article previewing the article which includes some comments from the interviewer Michael Shrieve on how he was able to land the interview (thanks grauw013):

... He's very difficult to get ahold of! I first contacted drummer Terry Bozzio, who put me in touch with Don Lombardi, who is head of Drum Workshop drum company, who all three of us endorse and play, and Don put me in touch with Neil's drum tech, who then spoke to Neil and from there it was set up. However, Neil's personal security guy would not allow me to have anyone in the room except myself and my producer who recorded the interview." The two drummers discuss a lot more than just drumming. "I was so impressed with Neil, and we had a great conversation about music, drums, life, and books!" Shrieve added. ...

----- snip -----

Jet City StreamThis coming Sunday, December 2nd at 9AM PST (12PM EST) Seattle-based digital radio station Jet City Stream will be airing a new interview with Neil Peart conducted by Michael Shrieve for his Notes from the Field program. The interview took place backstage at Seattle's Key Arena when Rush played there earlier this month. Michael chats with Neil for 40 minutes about music, drums, life, books and more. You can listen in live at JetCityStream.com and the program will also be posted online via SoundCloud the next day.

Share
Customizable Rush Christmas cards now available at RushShowPhotos.com
9:49AM EST | link | comments (42) |

The official Rush tour photo gallery website at RushShowPhotos.com has begun offering customizable Rush Christmas cards from now through the Holidays. You can choose either a 4x8 flat card (20 for $40 or 50 for $75) or a 5x7 folded card (10 for $40 or 25 for $60). Simply go to the RushShowPhotos.com and click on the Buy link for any photo - then choose the Create a Card option. You'll then be able to customize your card with the photos available on the site along with a personal message. There are dozens of different holiday templates to choose from.

Share

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Dallas open thread
12:28PM EST | link | comments (83) |

UPDATE - 12/7@10:01AM: Here's a review from Jam Magazine.

UPDATE - 11/30@7:22AM: Here's a review along with this profile of Dallas Rush fan Evan Chronister from the Dallas Observer (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 11/29@3:03PM: Here's a review and photo gallery from Pegasus News.

UPDATE - 11/29@10:19AM: Here's a gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 11/29@8:00AM: Here's a great review from The Dallas Morning News (thanks Jeff G).

UPDATE - 11/29@7:13AM: From the various reports that I can piece together, the band played a slightly extended A setlist where they played 1 extra Clockwork Angels song. They had been alternating 2 tracks from the album between their 2 setlists, but for last night's show they played both. They also played the track that they had swapped out of the B setlist in Phoenix Sunday night. Complete setlist here. Official photos from the show are posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourTonight Dallas gets its turn to be caught in Rush's camera eye as they bring the Clockwork Angels tour to town to film the second of 2 back-to-back shows for a future live DVD release - Sunday's show in Phoenix was also filmed. Rush is due to play some version of their Night A setlist tonight, but it's very likely they'll switch things up a little due to the filming like they did in Phoenix on Sunday. As soon as I find out what version of the set was played along with any changes, I'll be sure to post it here. The Dallas Morning News posted a short article previewing the show this morning.

Rush: Lights, camera, prog rock. The group's American Airlines Center concert is being filmed for an upcoming DVD. Mario Tarradell says, "The current Rush tour in support of the superb new album Clockwork Angels, which I reviewed in July, is getting rave notices. I'm not surprised by that. I caught Rush in concert two years ago at Superpages.com Center - that was the tour where they played 1981′s landmarkMoving Picturesin its entirety - and they were awesome onstage. So I expect nothing less from these Canadian music legends."

To everybody going to the show tonight, have fun, stay safe, smile BIG for the cameras, make a lot of noise and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. RUUSSSHHHH!!!!!

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 28th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 33
Venue: American Airlines Center
Place: Dallas, TX

gallery: [view] [upload] [YouTube videos]
reviews: [reviews] [setlist]

Share
Rush reference on The Colbert Report last night
7:56AM EST | link | comments (30) |

There was a humorous Rush reference in last night's episode of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. In the opening news segment Colbert relays a news story out of Canada about a 24-year-old Canadian grinch who was arrested for harassing children and telling them Santa Claus wasn't real. Colbert then goes on to say that there is no Santa Claus ... but only in Canada:

... but don't worry Canadian kids, you still have a Santa - it's just a Canadian Santa. Every year I believe it rotates to a different Canadian celebrity. Last year it was Nelly Furtado Claus (shows a picture of Nelly Furtado in a Santa hat), this year it's Rush (shows a picture of Rush with Santa hats on - see above). So that jing-jing-jingle you hear on the roof is just Neil Peart breaking into a 45-minute high hat solo.

You can watch the segment below or at this location. Rush was a guest on The Colbert Report back in 2008 where they played Tom Sawyer - their first TV performance in over 30 years. Thanks to 2112-YYZ for the heads up.

Share

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rush mention in new Peter Criss autobiography Makeup to Breakup
4:24PM EST | link | comments (43) |

UPDATE - 11/28@4:42PM: Here's a photo of Peter Criss with Rush taken from the book. Thanks to Ethan G for the scan and RushFanForever for the heads up.

Former KISS drummer Peter Criss recently released his new autobiography Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss and tells a funny story involving Rush on pages 330-31:

... When we first started headlining, we toured with Rush. Gene and Paul were more standoffish, but Ace and I really became good friends with them. They were good old Canadian boys who liked to smoke pot and drink scotch, really down-to-earth guys. And they came up with a character that they called the Bag. One of them would put a large brown paper bag over his head. Then they drew a face on the bag and they cut out eye holes so that, if whoever was under the bag was smoking a cigarette, smoke would come out one of the eyes. It looked very creepy. The Bag was very rude and nasty to women. So we'd invite him to the party just to cause chaos and anarchy. He'd come in and start insulting the women who were there, calling them whores and sluts. ...

Ace Frehley also mentions The Bag in his autobiography No Regrets that was released last year. Peter Criss's version gives a lot more detail, but in Ace's version he attributes The Bag idea exclusively to Alex Lifeson. You can read Ace's version of the story in this post and order Peter's book on Amazon here. Thanks to Twon for the heads up.

Share

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Phoenix open thread
11:17AM EST | link | comments (177) |

UPDATE - 11/30@7:05AM: Here's a review and some photos from Andy Olson.

UPDATE - 11/27@7:05AM: Here's a gallery of photos from photographer Lauri Svendsen.

UPDATE - 11/26@12:49PM: Here's the Arizona Republic's review of last night's show which also includes a photo gallery.

UPDATE - 11/26@12:37PM: Here are some photos from reader CraigJ.

UPDATE - 11/26@11:53AM: Here's a review and a photo gallery slideshow from the Phoenix New Times.

UPDATE - 11/26@7:09AM: Rush played yet another slightly altered version of their B setlist last night. They substituted in one of the regular A setlist tracks in the 2nd set - making version 6 of the Night B set. You can view the complete setlist here. Official photos have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com. Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz was spotted backstage, and former baseball pitcher (now turned photographer) Randy Johnson was seen taking photographs (thanks CraigJ).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourPhoenix will be caught in Rush's camera eye tonight as they bring the Clockwork Angels tour to town to film the first of 2 back-to-back shows for a future live DVD release. Rush is due to play some version of their Night B setlist tonight, but it's not clear what affect the filming may have on their choice of songs. As soon as I find out what version of the set was played along with any changes, I'll be sure to post it here. The Arizona Republic posted a preview article for the show in today's edition where they list 10 Essential Rush Songs. To everybody going to the show, have fun, be safe, smile big for the cameras and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. RUSH!!!!!

Date/Time: Sunday, November 25th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 32
Venue: US Airways Center
Place: Phoenix, AZ

gallery: [view] [upload] [YouTube videos]
reviews: [reviews] [setlist]

Share

Friday, November 23, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Las Vegas open thread
1:58PM EST | link | comments (41) |

UPDATE - 11/28@11:06PM: Here's another review from the Las Vegas Weekly.

UPDATE - 11/25@8:46PM: Here's a review from Las Vegas Weekly.

UPDATE - 11/24@10:41AM: Here's a gallery of photos from the show that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 11/24@9:13AM: It looks like the Vegas crowd received the same slightly altered Night A setlist that was played in Buffalo last month (thanks Unit 3 and afrknob). Official photos are posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush heads into Sin City tonight to bring the Clockwork Angels tour to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for stop #31 on the tour. Rush is due to play their Night A setlist but if they decide to change things up at all, I'll be sure to post it here. After tonight they'll head into Phoenix and Dallas where they'll be filming both shows for an upcoming live DVD. Here's a preview of tonight's show from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. For everyone going tonight - have fun, stay safe and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush on!!!

Date/Time: Friday, November 23rd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 31
Venue: MGM Grand
Place: Las Vegas, NV

gallery: [view] [upload] [YouTube videos]
reviews: [reviews] [setlist]

Share
Updates and other random Rush stuff
11:34AM EST | link | comments (25) |

UPDATE - 11/23@12:37PM: Here's a bit of late-breaking news. Ultimate Classic Rock has posted their list of the Top 10 Albums of 2012 and Rush's Clockwork Angels came in at #2 behind Van Halen's A Different Kind of Truth (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net):

Rush are quite simply a band to whom the rules don't apply. There's absolutely no logical reason why an uber-geeky Canadian progressive rock trio ought to be able to release a conceptual album in 2012 and not only get away with it, but still tour at the arena level. But with 'Clockwork Angels,' Rush not only pulled it off, they did so with such style that - almost alone of any classic rock band in the world - they've actually increased their critical respect. The much-maligned rockers are not only selling out arenas, they are also (finally!) in the running for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

----- snip -----

Rush made their way across SoCal this past week, bringing the Clockwork Angels tour to Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Diego. As is usually the case, several celebrities were spotted at Monday's LA show including actor Eric McCormack, actress/model and Playboy centerfold Carrie Stevens, actor Nate Barlow, poker director Matt Savage, actor Adam Baldwin, Robert Trujillo from Metallica, Matt Scannell from Vertical Horizon, Tool drummer Danny Carey, and actress Katrina Law. Tonight they'll play Sin City before working their way east to Phoenix and Dallas where they'll be filming both shows for an upcoming live DVD. After that they will finish off the 2012 tour with stops in San Antonio and Houston before taking an extended break. They'll be back out on the road in Europe next May. Those of us in the US and Canda should get another chance to see the band next summer; rumor has it that Rush has already begun the process of routing another run of North American dates for the July-September timeframe. Hopefully we'll get some official word on that front soon.

This past Tuesday between their LA and San Diego tour stops, Rush was inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in a private ceremony that took place at Guitar Center's Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. Jim Ladd gave an introduction speech followed by a short acceptance speech from Alex Lifeson. After that the band put their hands in the concrete and posed for photographs. Noisecreep.com posted video of the ceremony to YouTube at this location and Artisan News Service also covered the event. Getty Images has a bunch of photos of the induction posted at this location, as does ImageCollect.com. For complete coverage check out this post.

Neil Peart with Don GeorgeLast Friday Neil Peart once again updated the news page on his website with a story titled Witness to the Fall (contains tour setlist SPOILERS). Neil chronicles his travels between stops on the 2nd leg of the Clockwork Angels tour, including a little political discussion inspired by the Presidential election and the array of political signs he encountered. He also describes a meeting with Don George - his very first drum teacher - before the first Toronto show last month. It was the first time he'd seen Don in 45 years. Neil goes on to describe his recent struggles with tendinitis, his foray into social media with the West Side Beemer Boyz Twitter feed, he and Michael's attempts to stay one step ahead of the Frankenstorm, and the untimely death of Shane Danniels - son of Rush manager Ray Danniels - earlier this month. Shane was diagnosed with a brain tumor a few months ago and passed away on November 1st. He ends with some more political talk and his reaction to the outcome of the election, attempting to explain his current political beliefs. You can read the entire update at this location. Speaking of Neil Peart, his drum tech Lorne Gump Wheaton has launched his revamped website at LorneWheaton.com. The revamped site includes a sleek new design along with a ton of new photos, videos, Lorne's Edge Magazine interview and more.

Rush 2112Last week Rush posted the cover art and other details for the 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition of 2112. You can check out a high-res version of the cover here, and here is an image of the Super Deluxe Edition showing the hardbound cd case, the comic book open to a page, the cd and the blu-ray disc. On December 18th the band will be releasing a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. All 3 versions will contain a digitally remastered CD with 3 unreleased live tracks along with a DVD or Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album. Also included in each version will be expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics, unreleased photos and brand new liner notes by David Fricke. The Super Deluxe version will be housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges. The DVD/Blu-ray also contains a digital version of this comic book. For all the details and technical specs, check out the Rush.com press release. If you haven't already, you can pre-order your copy today at Amazon (CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, CD+BD Deluxe Edition, CD+BD Super Deluxe Edition).

Rush is featured in the latest issue of Canadian men's magazine Sharp for an article titled Rush's Rock Renaissance. The article discusses Rush's surge in popularity in recent years, focusing specifically on their Rock Hall nomination. It features interview segments with Geddy Lee, Randy Bachman (of Bachman Turner Overdrive), producer Nick Raskulinecz, author Chris MacDonald (Rush, Rock Music and the Middle Class), Jian Ghomeshi, and RushCon creative director Jillian Maryonovich. Here are some comments from Geddy Lee on the band's unique style of music:

... "We're not a Top 40 band," says Lee. "So it's not easy for someone on the street, who'd never been exposed to us, to listen to a Rush song and say, 'Hey! Love that, man. How catchy!' It takes a little effort to get into our music. We've marginalized ourselves in a way. We're a strange little band." ...

Clockwork Angels bookThe latest issue of the ECW Press newsletter focuses on the Clockwork Angels novel and is tailored specifically to Rush fans. It includes details on a contest to win their last signed copy of Clockwork Angels: The Novel. The newsletter also contains an excerpt from My First Guitar by ECW Press author Julia Crowe where Alex Lifeson describes his first guitar:

"I was twelve years old when I received my first guitar from my parents for Christmas in 1965. It was a Kent Classic - a classical guitar that I put steel strings on."

There's also a short article included where Kevin J. Anderson describes his experience at last month's RushCon in Toronto:

... The RushCon attendees were warm and welcoming, very enthusiastic, and they asked questions about the creative process, details of the story, close connections with the lyrics. The line of fans for my book signing was the most gratifying I've had in years. I could have hung around with them for much longer - but we all had a concert to get to. ...

You can check out the newsletter online at this link.

Just in time for the Holidays, Mercury Records is offering up yet another reissue of Rush's back catalog. As part of their 5 Classic Albums series, they recently made available a 5 Classic Rush Albums package which includes Fly By Night, 2112, A Farewell To Kings, Moving Pictures and Signals. The albums are the standard 1997 remasters (NOT the 2011 remasters from the Sectors box sets), are packaged in individual jewel cases, and housed in an overall slip-case box.

AxeHeaven Rush miniature gift setAxe Heaven in conjunction with The Power Windows site is offering a 15% discount on their revamped line of miniature replica Rush instruments. Included is a new replica of Geddy Lee's '72 Jazz Bass authorized by Fender along with Alex Lifeson's Gibson EDS-1275 Doubleneck or his Gibson ES-355, Geddy Lee's Rickenbacker 4001, and Neil Peart's Snakes & Arrows Drum Kit. You can also get the Rush three-piece miniature gift set, which includes the complete Neil Peart Snakes & Arrows drum kit set, Alex Lifeson's ES-355 and Geddy Lee's 4001. To get the 15% discount just use the coupon code PWRPROMO15. AxeHeaven is also offering a special 20% Black Friday discount today only - just use the coupon code 2012BFRI.

Reader rushmixtape5 noticed a Rush reference on a past episode of MTV's Ridiculousness. In Season 2, Episode 1 (first aired April 30, 2012) Justin Beiber was on the program. Towards the beginning of the show host Rob Dyrdek joked with Beiber - who is Canadian - about Canadian pride. Rob then showed a montage video of Canadians doing failed stunts played to the tune of Rush's Fly By Night. You can check it out online at this location with the Rush piece coming in at about the 2:25 mark.

A current commercial for CitiBank's iPad app contains a Rush 2112 reference (thanks David L). The 15-second spot shows a woman sitting in an airport using her iPad. She looks up and notices her flight is delayed. The flight information screen lists a flight 2112 departing to Toronto. You can watch the commercial on YouTube here and check out a screenshot here.

Reader David_MSP noticed an Alex Lifeson mention in the latest edition of guitar case manufacturer Xikar's email newsletter. They apparently presented Alex with a custom Clockwork Angels cigar case at a recent show:

[here] is a custom travel case we designed for Alex Lifeson, the guitarist for Rush. Alex had the travel case sitting on stage with him at the concert he played in New York City where Ron Melendi from De La Concha presented it to him.

You can see a photograph of the cigar case by clicking on the thumbnail above.

Rush documentary filmmaker Sam Dunn was recently a guest on CBC Radio 2 with George Stroumboulopoulos and the topic of Rush came up in the interview. After playing La Villa Strangiato the pair then discuss the band's impact on music and culture for about 10 minutes. You can listen to the interview online at this location from about the 2:35:00 to 2:46:00 mark. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Here's the video of Rush's Guitar Center RockWalk induction ceremony:

I hope everyone here in the US had a great Thanksgiving and is surviving Black Friday. That's all for this week. Have a great weekend!

Share

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sharp Magazine Rush feature: Rush's Rock Renaissance
4:04PM EST | link | comments (24) |

Rush is featured in the latest issue of Canadian men's magazine Sharp for an article titled Rush's Rock Renaissance. The article discusses Rush's surge in popularity in recent years, focusing specifically on their Rock Hall nomination. It features interview segments with Geddy Lee, Randy Bachman (of Bachman Turner Overdrive), producer Nick Raskulinecz, author Chris MacDonald (Rush, Rock Music and the Middle Class), Jian Ghomeshi, and RushCon creative director Jillian Maryonovich. Here are some comments from Geddy Lee on the band's unique style of music:

... "We're not a Top 40 band," says Lee. "So it's not easy for someone on the street, who'd never been exposed to us, to listen to a Rush song and say, 'Hey! Love that, man. How catchy!' It takes a little effort to get into our music. We've marginalized ourselves in a way. We're a strange little band." ...

You can check out the entire article online at this location.

Share
Rush Clockwork Angels tour San Diego open thread
2:49PM EST | link | comments (24) |

UPDATE - 11/23@10:39AM: Photographer Alan Hess posted this great gallery of photos from the show.

UPDATE - 11/22@1:01PM: Here's a review from The Republika.

UPDATE - 11/22@10:27AM: There's a great photo gallery from the show posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 11/22@9:57AM: Reader Frank F was at the show and reports that Rush played the same, standard Night B set that they played in Seattle last week; complete setlist here. Official photos have been posted over at RushShowPhotos.com.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourHappy 11/21/12 day everybody! Rush makes their last 2012 stop in California tonight when they bring the Clockwork Angels tour to the Vally View Casino in beautiful San Diego. They are due to play their Night B setlist but if they decide to make any changes, I'll be sure to post them here. This makes show number 30 on the 2012 tour with only 5 more to go after tonight. They'll go to Vegas on Friday before heading into Phoenix and Dallas where they'll be filming both shows for an upcoming live DVD. For everyone going to tonight's show - have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, photos and any celebrity sightings with us. RRUUUSSSSHHHHH!!!!!!

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 21st @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 30
Venue: Vally View Casino
Place: San Diego, CA

gallery: [view] [upload] [YouTube videos]
reviews: [reviews] [setlist]

Share

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rush to be inducted into the Guitar Center RockWalk today
9:45AM EST | link | comments (55) |

UPDATE - 1/8@7:24PM: Guitar Center posted a new video covering the ceremony including a short, new 2-minute interview with the band conducted by Ladd. You can check out the interview below or on YouTube at this link (thanks rosmakloma):

----- snip -----

UPDATE - 11/21@9:13AM: Noisecreep.com has posted a video of the induction which includes Jim Ladd's introduction speech, Alex's short acceptance speech and the band sticking their hands in the concrete. You can check out the video below or at this location.

----- snip -----

UPDATE - 11/21@8:50AM: Here are some more photos from ImageCollect.com.

UPDATE - 11/20@8:14PM: Artisan News Service covered the induction and have posted a 1:30-minute video clip to YouTube which includes Alex's very short acceptance speech and video of the band putting their hands in the concrete. You can check out the video below or at this link (thanks hermy):

----- snip -----

UPDATE - 11/20@6:18PM: Getty Images has a bunch of photos of the induction posted at this location (thanks hermy). Eric from Power Windows also posted this photo. He reports that after a brief introduction by Guitar Center, Jim Ladd gave a speech and then the band put their hands in the concrete.

UPDATE - 11/20@12:06PM: Apparently Jim Ladd will be speaking at the ceremony but its not clear whether he'll be the only speaker (thanks Dominic N).

As we'd first learned back in August, Rush will be inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in a ceremony to take place today at Noon (3PM EST) in Los Angeles. Here are some details from the press release including some comments from Geddy Lee:

... The exclusive, invite only induction ceremony is set to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Noon at Guitar Center's Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. A special guest speaker will open the event by reflecting upon Rush's musical impact and welcoming the band to the stage.

"We are very pleased to have been chosen by our peers and fellow musicians for induction in Guitar Center's Rock Walk," said Rush's Geddy Lee. "It is an honor to have our names added to this illustrious list of great and highly talented musicians."

"Not only is Rush extraordinary as a band, but each member is incredibly talented in their own right," said Dave Weiderman, Chairman of Guitar Center's RockWalk. "With nearly thirty years together, this group has consistently delivered skilled musicianship, experimental-drive and stylistically diverse rock to music fans worldwide. In short - Rush is long-deserving of being honored by Guitar Center's RockWalk." ...

There's still no word on who the special guest speaker will be or if there will be any kind of online coverage of the event. More details as we learn them.

Share

Monday, November 19, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Los Angeles open thread
3:05PM EST | link | comments (32) |

UPDATE - 11/21@9:08PM: Here's a review from Rock Square.

UPDATE - 11/21@1:04PM: Here's the LA Times review of the show.

UPDATE - 11/21@8:51AM: Here's a review from the Hollywood Reporter. And yet another celebrity sighting - actress Katrina Law.

UPDATE - 11/20@7:14PM: Here's a photo gallery slideshow from LA Weekly.

UPDATE - 11/20@1:20PM: Brad from Used Bin Radio was at the show last night and reports seeing Robert Trujillo from Metallica and Matt Scannell from Vertical Horizon. Also spotted was Tool drummer Danny Carey.

UPDATE - 11/20@12:07PM: Here's a great gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 11/20@7:19AM: Reports indicate that the band played the same Night A setlist that they had played in San Jose last week; complete setlist here. Official photos are also now posted at RushShowPhotos.com. Some celebrities that were spotted at the show include actor Eric McCormack, actress/model and Playboy centerfold Carrie Stevens, actor Nate Barlow, poker director Matt Savage, and actor Adam Baldwin.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush will play the 2nd of 3 shows in Southern California tonight when they bring the Clockwork Angels tour to the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. They are due to play some version of their Night A setlist, but certainly might decide to change up a song or two. As soon as I learn about any setlist deviations or verify which setlist was played, I'll be sure to post it here. As is typically the case for LA shows, there should be a few celebrity sightings at the concert tonight, so be on the lookout. The band will then be staying in town for tomorrow's Guitar Center RockWalk induction ceremony before heading to San Diego for Wednesday's show there. For everyone going to tonight's show - have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, photos and any celebrity sightings with us. RUSH!!

Date/Time: Monday, November 19th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 29
Venue: Gibson Amphitheatre
Place: Universal City, CA

gallery: [view] [upload] [YouTube videos]
reviews: [reviews] [setlist]

Share
Win a signed copy of Clockwork Angels: The Novel from ECW Press
12:06PM EST | link | comments (3) |

Clockwork Angels bookThe latest issue of the ECW Press newsletter focuses on the Clockwork Angels novel and is tailored specifically to Rush fans. It includes details on a contest to win their last signed copy of Clockwork Angels: The Novel:

We're giving away a copy of Clockwork Angels signed by Neil Peart and Kevin J. Anderson. This is the very last signed copy we have, and it comes in a cool Clockwork slipcase. The prize pack also includes the audiobook and an album sampler. To be entered to win, Like us on Facebook or reply to this email with "Hey ECW Press, my favorite Rush song is _________" and fill in the blank. For a bonus entry, share our page with your friends. Contest closes December 16, 2012.

The newsletter also contains an excerpt from My First Guitar by ECW Press author Julia Crowe where Alex Lifeson describes his first guitar:

"I was twelve years old when I received my first guitar from my parents for Christmas in 1965. It was a Kent Classic - a classical guitar that I put steel strings on."

There's also a short article included where Kevin J. Anderson describes his experience at last month's RushCon in Toronto:

... The RushCon attendees were warm and welcoming, very enthusiastic, and they asked questions about the creative process, details of the story, close connections with the lyrics. The line of fans for my book signing was the most gratifying I've had in years. I could have hung around with them for much longer - but we all had a concert to get to. ...

You can check out the newsletter online at this link.

Related Posts:
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel released, new interview with author Kevin J. Anderson]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel Toronto world premiere book launch report and photos]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel world premiere book launch tonight]
[Kevin J. Anderson talks Clockwork Angels: The Novel in new SciFi Pulse interview]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel world premiere book launch]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel preview booklet free pdf download]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel highlights posted at The Lofty Oaks]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel special signed and numbered editions on sale now]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel special signed and numbered editions on sale this Friday]
[Clockwork Angels novel sampler booklet giveaway]
[Clockwork Angels audiobook narrated by Neil Peart]
[Clockwork Angels novel sampler booklet at Book Expo America]
[Clockwork Angels: The Novel official press release]
[Clockwork Angels novelization cover art now available]
[Clockwork Angels novelization by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart now available for pre-order]
[Kevin J. Anderson's novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels album due out this Fall from ECW Press]
[Author Kevin J. Anderson to write novelization of Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album]

Share

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton launches revamped website
6:12PM EST | link | comments (3) |

LorneWheaton.com screenshotNeil Peart's drum tech Lorne Gump Wheaton has launched his revamped website at LorneWheaton.com. The redesign was first announced about a month ago, but it's taken a few weeks to work out all the kinks. The revamped site includes a sleek new design along with a ton of new photos, videos, Lorne's Edge Magazine interview and a cool bit of trivia about how Lorne got his Gump nickname:

There was a goaltender for the Montreal Canadians name Lorne "Gump" Worsley and since my name is Lorne, Geddy just started calling me , "Hey, Gump!"

Be sure to check out the site when you get a chance. You can also follow Lorne on Twitter at LorneGumpWheaton. Thanks to hermy and rosmakloma for the heads up, and Andy Olson for the screenshot.

Share

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Anaheim open thread
1:58PM EST | link | comments (24) |

UPDATE - 11/20@11:40AM: Here's a photo gallery slideshow from OCWeekly.com.

UPDATE - 11/19@4:34PM: Official photos are now posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 11/19@12:29PM: Here's a review from the Orange County Register (thanks Mike A).

UPDATE - 11/19@11:41AM: Here's a review and a few photos from NoiseCreep.com.

UPDATE - 11/19@9:48AM: Here's a gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 11/18@5:37AM: Reports in the comments (thanks everyone!) indicate that the band played the slightly altered B set that they had played in Atlanta earlier this month; complete setlist here. It looks like Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon was in the house; he tweeted a few pics from the show. Kevin J. Anderson was also in attendance.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush continues their trek through California tonight when they bring the Clockwork Angels tour to sunny Anaheim to play the Honda Center. They are due to play their Night B setlist, likely the one they played in Seattle earlier this week, but might change up a track or two. As soon as I verify which setlist was played, I'll be sure to post it here. For everyone going to tonight's show - have fun, stay safe and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. Rush on!!

Date/Time: Saturday, November 17th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 28
Venue: Honda Center
Place: Anaheim, CA

gallery: [view] [upload] [YouTube videos]
reviews: [reviews] [setlist]

Share

Friday, November 16, 2012

New Neil Peart news update at NeilPeart.net
10:36PM EST | link | comments (63) |

[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: November, 2012 - Witness to the Fall]

Neil Peart with Don GeorgeNeil Peart has once again updated the news page on his website with a story titled Witness to the Fall (contains tour setlist SPOILERS). Neil chronicles his travels between stops on the 2nd leg of the Clockwork Angels tour, including a little political discussion inspired by the Presidential election and the array of political signs he encountered. He also describes a meeting with Don George - his very first drum teacher - before the first Toronto show last month. It was the first time he'd seen Don in 45 years:

... In 1965, at the age of thirteen, I started drum lessons with Don at the Peninsula Conservatory of Music in St. Catharines, Ontario. When he stopped teaching there a year or so later, I didn't see him again until the day of that first show in Toronto, on October 14, 2012.

In recent years Don and I had been in touch by mail and email, and he sent me videos of his current teaching ideas and methods. I was pleased to see that he was obviously still a gifted and dedicated teacher. For his part, when talking about this long-ago student, Don was once quoted, "Neil didn't have another teacher for thirty years, so I must have done something right."

And he did - Don gave me a strong enough direction toward what I needed to know that I could follow it through those decades. Most of all, he gave me the encouragement that I could be a drummer, if I worked at it. Essentially, Don kept me climbing that mountain for three decades, until I needed Freddie Gruber and Peter Erskine to guide me to higher elevations. ...

Neil also relays his recent struggles with tendinitis, his foray into social media with the West Side Beemer Boyz Twitter feed, he and Michael's attempts to stay one step ahead of the Frankenstorm, and the untimely death of Shane Danniels - son of Rush manager Ray Danniels - earlier this month. Shane was diagnosed with a brain tumor a few months ago and passed away on November 1st:

... It was the day of our show in Atlanta, and that night Geddy gave a subtle reference to Shane in his introduction to "The Garden," which had been one of Shane's favorite songs.

Two nights later, after the final show in that leg, in Tampa, I flew to Toronto with the other Guys at Work in their "bus" (Challenger C-605), and spent some time with Ray. I knew how it felt to lose a child. After fifteen years, I think of Selena every single day, and from time to time (birthdays, black anniversaries), I am still rendered helpless with grief at that unbearable loss.

Before heading for the airport to get back to my own (second) family in Los Angeles, I attended the memorial gathering, and it was achingly sad and hard for me to bear. My sorrow must have been obvious, because it seemed like Ray was comforting and supporting me.

And in the following days I received messages from several friends asking if I was okay. ...

He ends with some more political talk and his reaction to the outcome of the election, attempting to explain his current political beliefs:

...this was an anxious election for those of us who worry about true individual rights (key question, perhaps: "Does a woman own her body?"), compassionate government, and the separation of church and state.

I define myself as a "bleeding-heart libertarian," unwilling to let people suffer unnecessarily (even if it's "their own fault"), so I am repelled by the cold-hearted and crypto-racist attitudes of the so-called "Christian" right. Michael is what Republicans call a "RINO," or "Republican in name only," which can probably be defined as "right-wing liberal" - politically conservative, socially liberal, and not sympathetic to religious influence on society at large. As he clarifies it, "I'm a registered die-hard Republican. I only seem liberal because I believe hurricanes are caused by low barometric pressure and not by gay marriage. My party left me!"

Generally, while believing in individual rights and responsibilities, we favor the classic liberal values of generosity and tolerance, and fear the religious oppression that has wormed its way into modern Republican platforms. (And that is a good metaphor.) ...

Be sure to read the entire update at this location.

Share
Updates and other random Rush stuff
12:33PM EST | link | comments (20) |

UPDATE - 11/16@3:32PM: Reader Dave T spotted Cleveland Chef Michael Symon wearing a Fly By Night t-shirt on the ABC afternoon cooking/variety show The Chew.

Rush kicked off the third and final leg of the 2012 Clockwork Angels tour this past Tuesday at the KeyArena in Seattle. They then headed down the coast to California where they played the first of a string of 4 shows in The Golden State at the HP Pavilion in San Jose last night. From there they will head to Anaheim, LA, San Diego, Vegas and then on to Phoenix and Dallas where we learned earlier this week that Rush will be filming both shows for a future live DVD release. It makes sense that they'll be filming both shows in order to capture both the Night A and Night B setlists although the actual 2013 DVD release will likely be some kind of hybrid of the 2 shows rather than both shows in their entirety. After Dallas Rush will finish out the tour with shows in San Antonio and Houston. I'm still hearing that the band has plans to add a second North American leg in the late Summer, but we have yet to hear any official word. I've also been getting several questions about attendance numbers for the shows. So far none have been released but we'll likely see some before year's end. They usually release them all in one fell swoop, so as soon as I get the information I'll be sure to share it.

Classic Rock Magazine's 2012 Classic Rock Awards took place this past Tuesday evening at the Roundhouse in London. Rush was nominated in both the Band of the Year and Album of the Year (for Clockwork Angels) categories and won them both. Most of the awards including the 2 that Rush won were voted on by fans in an online poll that launched back in August. Rush obviously could not be there to accept their awards since they were playing the KeyArena in Seattle that night, but acknowledged the honor via this Twitter post:

Sorry we couldn't be there, playing in Seattle but thanks to @ClassicRockMag readers for the Album of the Year and Band of the Year awards!

Accepting the awards on behalf of the band was James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers. For a complete rundown of the evening's events and a list of the winners, go here.

This coming Tuesday, November 20th in Los Angeles Rush will be presented with yet another honor as they will be inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk. The exclusive, invite-only ceremony will take place at 12PM PST at Guitar Center's Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. All 3 band members are expected to attend although there's no word on who the guest speaker will be.

Rush 2112Yesterday evening Rush posted the cover art for the 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition of 2112 that they had announced earlier this week, and that we had first learned about a few weeks ago. You can check out a high-res version of the cover here, and here is an image of the Super Deluxe Edition showing the hardbound cd case, the comic book open to a page, the cd and the blu-ray disc. On December 18th the band will be releasing a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. All 3 versions will contain a digitally remastered CD with 3 unreleased live tracks along with a DVD or Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album. Also included in each version will be expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics, unreleased photos and brand new liner notes by David Fricke. The Super Deluxe version will be housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges. The DVD/Blu-ray also contains a digital version of this comic book. For all the details and technical specs, check out the Rush.com press release. You can pre-order your copy today at Amazon (CD+DVD Deluxe Edition, CD+BD Deluxe Edition, CD+BD Super Deluxe Edition).

According to their Club newsletter from earlier this week, Audio Fidelity will be releasing an SACD (Super Audio CD) version of Rush's Counterparts next month along with an SACD of Yes's Close to the Edge. These will be the company's first SACD releases in over 10 years. There was no specific release date given (it just says December) and there isn't any listing at the company's website as of yet, but you can view the advertisement included in the newsletter here.

The world famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's new set of studio recordings celebrating the music of Rush was released earlier this week and is now available for purchase. 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 includes dramatic reinterpretations of 9 Rush classics including Tom Sawyer, The Spirit Of Radio, Red Barchetta, Limelight and more. Their version of 2112: Overture is available on SoundCloud at this link, and the entire album is also available for listening on Spotify. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has posted scans of the liner notes and album art as well. More details are available in the official press release and you can purchase your copy at this link.

RocksmithThe Rush DLC pack for the Rocksmith video game was released earlier this week. It includes Red Barchetta, Tom Sawyer, YYZ, Subdivisions, and Limelight - plus you can purchase Headlong Flight separately as a bonus track. Rocksmith is a music video game produced by Ubisoft who's main feature is allowing players to plug in virtually any electric guitar and play. It is available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. You can check out the video trailer for the Rush pack here.

Neil Peart's first collaboration with author Kevin J. Anderson was a short story titled Drumbeats about a drummer on a bicycle trip in Africa who discovers more than he bargained for. The story was originally published in the short story collection Shock Rock II in 1994 which has been out of print for some time. However, it's now available once again in a new short story collection edited by Mark Leslie titled Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

Reader King Lionhead let me know that Rush made Ultimate Classic Rock's list of 11 Classic Rock Artists That Shaped Heavy Metal coming in at #10. Here's what they had to say:

When it comes to popular progressive rock bands, Rush are at the top of the heap. The Canadian power trio's first two albums - 1974's self-titled and 1975's 'Fly by Night' - were metal-tinged affairs; the former showcased the band's love of Led Zeppelin and Cream, the latter featured the debut of drummer Neil Peart. It wasn't until 'Caress of Steel' that they veered off into prog territory, clearly showing their intentions with the 20-minute, six-part epic 'The Fountain of Lamneth.'

KROQ is running a poll on their website to determine the greatest rock drummer of all time and Neil Peart needs your vote. So go vote for Neil! (thanks John)

There was a Rush reference in last night's episode of the NBC series Up All Night (Season 2, Episode 7 - Thanksgiving). At one point in the show the Brinkleys arrive home after shopping for last minute Thanksgiving supplies and find that Scott and his friends have invaded their home and are doing keg stands while Tom Sawyer blares out of the stereo. You can view the episode online at NBC's website here. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

Saturday, November 17th (tomorrow night) Rush tribute band Hemispheres will be performing their 10th anniversary show at The Cup Complex in Linden, NJ. For all the details check out the band's Facebook page. On a related note, Phoenix-based Rush tribute band Freewill will be performing the entire 2112 album with the Phoenix symphony string section on December 28th. The performance will include an eight piece string section including Clockwork Angels String Ensemble member Adele Stein. For more information check out the band's website.

Roman Rogowieckiego and Geddy LeeBack in May of this year Roman Rogowieckiego of Warner Music Poland sat down with Geddy Lee for a 21-minute video interview. Six months later they finally decided to post the video to YouTube. Geddy talks about the Clockwork Angels album, touring, and much more. You can view the interview below or at this location:

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

Share

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rush 2112 Deluxe Edition 5.1 reissue cover art revealed
7:02PM EST | link | comments (43) |

UPDATE - 11/16@8:02AM: Amazon has posted an image of the Super Deluxe Edition which shows the hardbound cd case, the comic book open to a page, the cd and the blu-ray disc. You can check out the image here (thanks rosmakloma).

Rush 2112Rush has just posted the cover art for the 5.1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition of 2112 that they had announced earlier this week, and that we had first learned about a few weeks ago. You can check out a high-res version of the cover here. On December 18th the band will be releasing a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. All 3 versions will contain a digitally remastered CD with 3 unreleased live tracks along with a DVD or Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album. Also included in each version will be expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics, unreleased photos and brand new liner notes by David Fricke. The Super Deluxe version will be housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges. The DVD/Blu-ray also contains a digital version of this comic book. For all the details and technical specs, check out the Rush.com press release. You can pre-order your copy today at Amazon:

[pre-order CD+DVD Deluxe Edition]
[pre-order CD+BD Deluxe Edition]
[pre-order CD+BD Super Deluxe Edition]

Related Posts:
[Rush releases details regarding the Super Deluxe reissue of 2112]
[Super Deluxe CD/BD reissue of 2112 coming December 18th]

Share
Rush Clockwork Angels tour San Jose open thread
1:45PM EST | link | comments (38) |

UPDATE - 11/27@7:16AM: Here's a photo gallery from Concert Blogger.

UPDATE - 11/26@9:53AM: Here's a review from FanBolt.com.

UPDATE - 11/16@12:22PM: Here's another batch of photos courtesy John over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 11/16@10:58AM: Here's a review of the show from SpinningPlatters.com (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net).

UPDATE - 11/16@7:11AM: Rush played their Night A setlist as expected; complete setlist here. Official photos from the show have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush heads down the down the coast from Seattle to sunny California tonight to bring the Clockwork Angels tour to the HP Pavilion in San Jose, the first of a series of 4 shows in The Golden State. They are due to play some version of their Night A setlist, likely the one they played in Tampa a couple weeks ago. But it always possible that they'll change up a song or two like they did in Buffalo last month. As soon as I verify which setlist was played, I'll be sure to post it here. For everybody going to the show - have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. RRUUUSSSSHHHHH!

Date/Time: Thursday, November 15th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 27
Venue: HP Pavilion
Place: San Jose, CA

gallery: [view] [upload] [YouTube videos]
reviews: [reviews] [setlist]

Share
Geddy Lee video interview with Warner Music Poland
10:37AM EST | link | comments (17) |

Roman Rogowieckiego and Geddy LeeBack in May of this year Roman Rogowieckiego of Warner Music Poland sat down with Geddy Lee for a 21-minute video interview. Six months later they finally decided to post the video to YouTube. Geddy talks about the Clockwork Angels album, touring, and more. You can view the interview below or at this location (thanks simont2112):

Share

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of Rush now available for purchase
4:56PM EST | link | comments (22) |

UPDATE - 11/16@9:39AM: John over at Cygnus-X1.net has posted scans of the liner notes and album art.

UPDATE - 11/15@7:56PM: The album is also available for listening on Spotify.

The world famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's new set of studio recordings celebrating the music of Rush was released yesterday and is now available for purchase. 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 includes dramatic reinterpretations of 9 Rush classics including Tom Sawyer, The Spirit Of Radio, Red Barchetta, Limelight and more. Their version of 2112: Overture is available on SoundCloud at this link. 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 purchase your copy go here.

Share
Fender Squier Clockwork Angels bass now available at the Rush Backstage Club
4:50PM EST | link | comments (11) |

UPDATE - 11/15@10:45AM: Greg and the Morning Buzz (NH Radio show) is auctioning off an autographed (by all 3 members) one of these basses for their Lend A Helping Can drive. For all the details visit this link (thanks MIDIpedals).

Rush Squier Clockwork Angels BassJust in time for the Holiday, the Rush Backstage Club now is now selling a Fender Squier Clockwork Angels Bass for $599.99 USD. From the description:

Get your very own RUSH branded Squier Clockwork Angels Bass. Featuring the Clockwork Angels "Wings" logo on the pick guard and a the "Rush" logo branded into the head of the guitar, this limited edition release is the ultimate addition to your RUSH (or guitar) collection.

Customized Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass '77: From the age of Funk and dawn of Punk comes this retro-inspired Vintage Modified Jazz Bass! Features include a gloss Black-finished Agathis body and one-piece maple neck with attractive white binding and white pearl block inlays on the 20-fret maple fingerboard. That soulful sound emanates from a pair of single-coil Duncan Designed? Jazz Bass pickups; other features include chrome hardware and machine heads, black plastic Stratocaster knobs, a three-ply Black/White/Black pickguard, and a four-saddle chrome bridge.

For all the details and purchase information visit the Rush Backstage Club.

Share
Rush to film Phoenix and Dallas shows for live DVD release
2:24PM EST | link | comments (52) |

UPDATE - 11/15@3:32PM: Here's an article from the Arizona Republic on the band deciding to film in Phoenix.

UPDATE - 11/15@9:42AM: Here's an article from the Dallas Morning News discussing the filming.

Rush has just announced that they will be filming both the Phoenix and Dallas shows for a live DVD release. From Rush.com:

Rush will capture the Clockwork Angels tour by filming in Phoenix and Dallas on Nov 25th and 28th respectively. Be a part of the show - get your tickets here for Phoenix or Dallas.

The shows are being filmed for an upcoming DVD set for release in 2013.

No further details were given. Rush has filmed every tour since Vapor Trails so it's not surprising that they want to capture the Clockwork Angels tour on film as well. More details as we learn them.

Related Posts:
[Clockwork Angels VIP package merchandise finally shipping]
[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!]

Share

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Rush wins Band of the Year and Album of the Year at the 2012 Classic Rock Awards
5:58PM EST | link | comments (12) |

UPDATE - 11/28@4:50PM: As mentioned below, James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers accepted Rush's awards on their behalf. Bradfield was interviewed for a special iPad edition of Classic Rock Magazine covering the 2012 Awards. Reader Boolee sent along some scans of the interview which you can check out by clicking on the thumbnails.

Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2012Classic Rock Magazine's 2012 Classic Rock Awards took place this evening at the Roundhouse in London. Rush was nominated in both the Band of the Year and Album of the Year (for Clockwork Angels) categories and won them both. Most of the awards including the 2 that Rush won were voted on by fans in an online poll that launched back in August. Rush obviously could not be there to accept their awards since they are playing the KeyArena in Seattle tonight, but acknowledged the honor via this Twitter post:

Sorry we couldn't be there, playing in Seattle but thanks to @ClassicRockMag readers for the Album of the Year and Band of the Year awards!

Accepting the awards on behalf of the band was James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers. For a complete rundown of the evening's events and a list of the winners, go here.

Share
Rush Clockwork Angels tour Seattle open thread
1:47PM EST | link | comments (77) |

UPDATE - 11/30@10:54AM: Here's a review titled You never forget your first Rush! from Seattle Music Insider (thanks Eric at Power Windows).

UPDATE - 11/15@7:48PM: Here's a review and small gallery from reader PLesinski.

UPDATE - 11/15@7:03AM: Here's a great gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net, and here's a review plus gallery from ProgArchives.

UPDATE - 11/14@2:01PM: Trent Moorman of Vice.com was at the show and got inspired to write a satirical article about an imagined interview with Neil Peart titled Hallucinating at the Foot Massage Parlor with Rush Drummer Neil Peart.

UPDATE - 11/14@7:52AM: Official photos from the show are now posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 11/14@7:20AM: Reports indicate (thanks Unit 3 and SeattleRushKid) that the standard Night B setlist was played - the same that was played in Cleveland a few weeks ago as opposed to the slightly altered versions from the Boston and Atlanta shows. The complete setlist can be seen here.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush once again fires up the engines of the mighty Clockwork Angels tour steamliner tonight in Seattle to kick off the 3rd and final leg of the 2012 tour. They are due to play some version of their Night B setlist but there's no telling which one. The last 3 dates where they played set B was in Boston, Cleveland and Atlanta - and for each one of those shows the setlists were slightly different. As soon as I get word of which setlist was played, I'll be sure to post it here. For everybody going to tonight's show - have fun, stay safe and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. RUSH into the West!!!

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 13th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 26
Venue: KeyArena
Place: Seattle, WA

gallery: [view] [upload] [YouTube videos]
reviews: [reviews] [setlist]

Share

Monday, November 12, 2012

Vote for Rush in Guitar World 2012 Readers Poll
9:10PM EST | link | comments (13) |

Guitar World magazine has opened up online voting for their 2012 Readers Poll (thanks Sean). Alex Lifeson is up for the Hall of Fame category, Rush's Clockwork Angels is up for Best Rock Album, and Rush is up for Comeback of the Year (???). So go vote for Rush!

Share
Audio Fidelity to release Rush's Counterparts on SACD
8:17PM EST | link | comments (7) |

According to their Club newsletter, Audio Fidelity will be releasing an SACD (Super Audio CD) version of Rush's Counterparts next month along with an SACD of Yes's Close to the Edge. These will be the company's first SACD releases in over 10 years. There was no specific release date given (it just says December) and there isn't any listing at the company's website as of yet, but you can view the advertisement included in the newsletter here. Thanks to Mark D for the heads up.

Share
Rush releases details regarding the Super Deluxe reissue of 2112
10:39AM EST | link | comments (22) |

Rush 2112A couple of weeks ago we learned that Mercury Records will reissue a Super Deluxe version of Rush's classic 2112 album this coming December 18th, although few details were given at the time. Then last week Amazon.com began listing 3 different versions of the package for pre-order: a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. Now Rush.com has posted details regarding the 3 different versions and what is included in each:

JUST IN TIME FOR DECEMBER 21/12 - Deluxe Editions of 2112

In time for 21/12 celebrations, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release deluxe editions of Rush's landmark album 2112 that will feature 5.1 Surround Sound Mixes, Unreleased Live Tracks and the First Ever Rush Comic Book, available globally starting December 18, 2012.

There will be 3 configurations of 2112: DELUXE EDITIONS (CD/DVD and CD/Blu-Ray) and a special SUPER DELUXE EDITION (CD/Blu-Ray/Hardbound book case). The deluxe editions contain a CD/DVD or CD/Blu-Ray material including the remastered 2112 CD with 3 live bonus tracks and a DVD or Blu-ray disc with a 5.1 surround sound audio mix and an interactive digital comic book, a new album cover by original album designer Hugh Syme, liner notes and unpublished photos.

The super deluxe contains the CD/Blu-Ray and is meticulously assembled in a hardbound bookcase packed with a 40-page comic book representing every song on 2112.

2112: SUPER DELUXE EDITION

2 DISC: CD + BLU-RAY version
Housed in a hardbound book with a 40 page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges (Star Wars "The Clone Wars," The Simpson's "Treehouse of Horrors #17″) and a 24 page book with expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics and unreleased photos. New liner notes written by David Fricke, Rolling Stone.

2112: DELUXE EDITIONS (DVD Version and Blu-Ray Version):
2 DISC: CD + DVD AUDIO/VIDEO
2 DISC: CD + BLU-RAY

Expanded artwork, liner notes, lyrics and unreleased photos by original album designer Hugh Syme. Brand new liner notes by David Fricke, Rolling Stone.

CD - Digitally remastered plus 3 unreleased bonus live tracks:
- Overture (Northland Coliseum, Edmonton, AB - June 25, 1981)
- The Temples of Syrinx (Northland Coliseum, Edmonton, AB - June 25, 1981)
- A Passage To Bangkok (Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England - June 17, 1980)

DVD AUDIO/VIDEO AND BLU-RAY CONTAIN:
- Digital Comic Book - experience the comic book formatted for widescreen televisions during playback of the album.
- Photo Gallery - unreleased photos and handwritten lyrics by Neil Peart

DVD AUDIO/VIDEO SPECS:
-5.1 Surround Sound mix by Richard Chycki in PCM (DVD-Audio players) and 48kHz / 24-bit Dolby Digital (DVD-Video players)
- 96kHz / 24-bit PCM Stereo (DVD-Audio players) and 48kHz / 24-bit Dolby Digital Stereo (DVD-Video players)

BLU-RAY SPECS:
-5.1 Surround Sound mix by Richard Chycki in 96kHz / 24-bit PCM and DTS-HD Master Audio
- 96kHz / 24-bit PCM Stereo
...

Share
Signals 30th anniversary In The Studio special now online
9:52AM EST | link | comments (8) |

Rush's 1982 classic Signals album is the subject of an hour-long In The Studio with Redbeard rockumentary radio show which is airing all this week celebrating the 30th anniversary of the September 9, 1982 release of the album. The show features previously-aired In The Studio interview segments with all 3 band members where they discuss the album. The entire, 25-minute interview portion of the show is now available online at the In The Studio website.

Share

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Rush DLC for Rocksmith coming next week
3:42PM EST | link | comments (10) |

UPDATE - 11/13@1:40PM: The Rocksmith Rush DLC pack is now out. It includes Red Barchetta, Tom Sawyer, YYZ, Subdivisions, and Limelight - plus you can purchase Headlong Flight separately. Here's the video trailer:

RocksmithAccording to The HeroFeed, Rocksmith will be releasing a Rush DLC pack next week. From the website:

Next week marks the Rocksmith debut of the Canadian trio of progressive rock RUSH! We had some previous knowledge of this DLC arriving as you may remember, but there is still a bit of a mystery of whether or not we will be getting their latest single off 2012′s Clockwork Angels, Headlong Flight. Hints on Facebook have confirmed the inclusion of tracks such as: Red Barchetta, Tom Sawyer, and YYZ(ed) while leaked tracks such as Subdivisions, and Limelight haven't been officially revealed the video below confirms them. You may notice that Headlong Flight is missing which raises questions about whether the track was pulled, is a single, or maybe just coming later this year (Canadian Artists anyone?) All shall be revealed on Tuesday, so for now start preparing your guitars for the holy trinity!

Rocksmith is a music video game produced by Ubisoft who's main feature is allowing players to plug in virtually any electric guitar and play. It is available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Thanks to Tomcat84 for the heads up.

Share

Friday, November 9, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
12:31PM EST | link | comments (62) |

UPDATE - 11/9@1:20PM: Prog Magazine has opened up voting for its 2012 Readers' Poll. So go vote for Rush!

Rush finished off the 2nd leg of the 2012 Clockwork Angels tour this past Saturday night in Tampa. After a much-deserved 10-day break they'll pick things up again this coming Tuesday out West for another 10-date stint starting with a show at the KeyArena in Seattle. From there they'll work their way down the coast and into the Southwest to finally finish off the 2012 tour on December 2nd in Houston. iHeartradio is sponsoring a Rush Ultimate VIP Experience contest where you could win a trip to see Rush anywhere in the US in the front row along with a meet-n-greet and other great prizes. You can enter the contest through a number of US rock radio stations including 100.7 WMMS in Cleveland, Rock 93.3 in the Hudson Valley, and 99.3 The Fox in Vancouver. I've been getting a lot of questions about whether Rush will be filming any of their shows for a live DVD release. Chances are that they will but there's been no official word yet. They've filmed every tour since Vapor Trails so it stands to reason that they'll film this tour as well. However, it's unlikely that any of the remaining 2012 dates will be filmed so it'll probably be one of the 2013 dates - either one of the European shows or from the anticipated 2013 North or South American legs.

After 20 consecutive weeks, the Clockwork Angels album has finally fallen off the the Billboard 200 album charts. Last week it was #163 but this week it is no longer charting. 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 #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 a couple of months ago and has been generally well-received by Rush fans and book reviewers alike. The Toronto Globe and Mail posted this great review of the book earlier this week. And Rock Cellar Magazine recently interviewed author Kevin J. Anderson about the novel, how he became a Rush fan and Rush's influence on his writing:

... [Rush] songs were stories that really spoke to me. You see, I was this nerdy kid with a bad haircut and glasses and until then, I'd be listening to the radio and hearing songs about somebody complaining because his girlfriend left him. I was the kid who would say, "Well, it must be nice to have had a girlfriend." I just couldn't relate to all these "Ooh, baby baby," songs I'd hear on the radio. Then suddenly, I hear Rush for the first time and I'm listening to these epic 20-minute long songs about dystopian science fiction worlds, where this guy finds a guitar and learns how to play it, then gets stomped on by the system. Then I'd listen to Farewell to Kings and the song Xanadu, with the caves of ice and immortality. Then Cygnus X-1, which is about this guy with a space ship who flies off into a black hole and into another dimension. I mean, I had no idea this kind of music was out there, and it sure beat the heck out of "Ooh, baby baby!" ...

The entire interview is available online here. You can order the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here.

Rush 2112A couple of weeks ago MusicTap.net announced that Mercury Records will reissue a Super Deluxe version of Rush's classic 2112 album this coming December 18th. No further details were given at the time, but a tweet from Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki shortly after the announcement confirmed that it would include a 5.1 surround sound remix of the album. Chycki also updated his blog this past week with the following information:

... Like the other Rush surround releases to date - Moving Pictures, A Farewell To Kings, Fly By Night, and Signals - 2112 has been remixed at a 96 khz 24 bit high resolution from the original multitrack masters in a 're-creation' direction taking advantage of the 3-dimensional soundscape of surround, rather than a complete re-interpretation of the mix. I have had quite a few questions about the technical side of the process so time depending, I'll try to get an article put together about it and get it posted here or published. ...

Earlier this week Amazon.com began listing 3 different versions of the 2112 Deluxe Edition for pre-order: a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition. The difference between the DVD and Blu-ray versions seems apparent; one includes a DVD Ausio disc and the other a Blu-ray Audio disc. But there's no indication of what's included in the Super Deluxe Edition, although it costs over $20 more than the standard Deluxe Editions. 2112 was included as part of the Sector 1 box set release last year, but no 5.1 release of the album was included.

As we'd first learned back in August, Rush will be inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in a ceremony to take place on November 20th in Los Angeles. Guitar Center posted a press release yesterday with more details regarding the ceremony along with some comments from Geddy Lee:

... The exclusive, invite only induction ceremony is set to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Noon at Guitar Center's Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. A special guest speaker will open the event by reflecting upon Rush's musical impact and welcoming the band to the stage.

"We are very pleased to have been chosen by our peers and fellow musicians for induction in Guitar Center's Rock Walk," said Rush's Geddy Lee. "It is an honor to have our names added to this illustrious list of great and highly talented musicians."

"Not only is Rush extraordinary as a band, but each member is incredibly talented in their own right," said Dave Weiderman, Chairman of Guitar Center's RockWalk. "With nearly thirty years together, this group has consistently delivered skilled musicianship, experimental-drive and stylistically diverse rock to music fans worldwide. In short - Rush is long-deserving of being honored by Guitar Center's RockWalk." ...

Rush will be in Los Angeles to play the Gibson Amphitheater on November 19th and remain in town for the ceremony the next day.

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 next week 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.

Last year veteran English progressive rock band Nektar announced that they'd be releasing an album of cover songs including a cover of Rush's The Spirit of Radio. The album is titled A Spoonful Of Time and is finally slated for release this coming November 27th. Marillion keyboardist Mark Kelly guests on the track. A version of the song was uploaded to YouTube last month which you can listen at this link. The album is available for pre-order on Amazon at this location.

Ariel Bitran recently wrote an article for Stereophile magazine where he compares the CD and vinyl versions of Rush's A Farewell to Kings. The article is titled Enter the Void of Cygnus X-1: A Vinyl vs. CD Comparison (Kinda) and you can check it out at this location. Bitran also wrote an article describing his top 5 guitar solos and making his list was Alex Lifeson's solo on Limelight:

... First his guitar moans. Then, like wisdom or a beacon of light shooting from someone's forehead, Lifeson pierces his stratosphere of gloomy tension with a blocky set of high-pitched phrases, not resolving the tension from before, but providing a new light to his previous agony. A dive bomb is followed by a set of blistering bends. Lifeson hangs on dearly to the final note providing no actual resolution from the tension between the overcast beginning and the hopeful second half. ...

Alex Lifeson - CBC MusicSpeaking of Alex, in celebration of Guitar Month the folks at CBC Music have compiled their list of the 25 greatest Canadian guitarists ever and sitting at #1 is Rush's Alex Lifeson:

1. Alex Lifeson.
The most impressive thing about Rush guitarist Lifeson may be his ability to keep up with his virtuoso bandmates Neil Peart and Geddy Lee. For over 4 decades, Lifeson has been seamlessly transitioning from complicated rhythm patterns to searing solos. His influence on shredders is undeniable, though his own playing borrows from jazz, reggae and funk. Guitar nerds love him for heady prog finger exercises like '2112' and 'YYZ.' Everyone else loves him for timeless rock riffs like 'Working Man' and 'The Spirit of Radio.'

Peter Brocklehurst has posted Chapter 4 of his Neil Peart diary to his The Legends of Brocklehurst blog. In this installment Peter describes the letters Neil wrote to him during his stint in jail back in 1984, and also how Neil came to visit him after he was released from prison while the band was recording in England back in 1985. You can check out this installment and Peter's 3 previous installments at The Legends of Brocklehurst blog.

David Searns of Williamsville, NY based staffing firm Haley Marketing used his recent Rush concert experience in an article on the company's Ask Haley blog claiming that staffing firms could take a lesson Rush.

Danny See and Tony GeraniosRush fan Danny See conducted an in-depth video interview with longtime Rush Roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret) at the Prudential Center show in Newark on October 20th, 2012 and posted it to YouTube earlier this week. The 30-minute video is split into 3 segments with the first part featuring a video interview with Tony going over his new keyboard rig backstage at the show. The second portion is audio only and features Danny asking Tony a series of miscellaneous questions including one from his contest winner and another from yours truly. The remainder of the video consists of a tour of the band's entire stage setup, and then Danny once again interviews Tony as he shows off all of the on-stage keyboards and explains how everything works. The video then ends with a slide show of behind-the-scenes photos. You can watch the entire interview below or at this location (*SPOILERS*):

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

Share

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Rush Guitar Center RockWalk induction set for November 20th
8:21PM EST | link | comments (30) |

As we'd first learned back in August, Rush will be inducted into Guitar Center's RockWalk in a ceremony to take place on November 20th in Los Angeles. Guitar Center posted a press release earlier today with more details regarding the ceremony along with some comments from Geddy Lee:

... The exclusive, invite only induction ceremony is set to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Noon at Guitar Center's Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. A special guest speaker will open the event by reflecting upon Rush's musical impact and welcoming the band to the stage.

"We are very pleased to have been chosen by our peers and fellow musicians for induction in Guitar Center's Rock Walk," said Rush's Geddy Lee. "It is an honor to have our names added to this illustrious list of great and highly talented musicians."

"Not only is Rush extraordinary as a band, but each member is incredibly talented in their own right," said Dave Weiderman, Chairman of Guitar Center's RockWalk. "With nearly thirty years together, this group has consistently delivered skilled musicianship, experimental-drive and stylistically diverse rock to music fans worldwide. In short - Rush is long-deserving of being honored by Guitar Center's RockWalk." ...

Rush will be in Los Angeles to play the Gibson Amphitheater on November 19th and remain in town for the ceremony the next day.

Share
Alex Lifeson tops CBC's list of the greatest Canadian guitarists
9:36AM EST | link | comments (43) |

Alex Lifeson - CBC MusicIn celebration of Guitar Month, the folks at CBC Music have compiled their list of the 25 greatest Canadian guitarists ever (thanks Brad O). Topping their list is Rush's Alex Lifeson:

1. Alex Lifeson.
The most impressive thing about Rush guitarist Lifeson may be his ability to keep up with his virtuoso bandmates Neil Peart and Geddy Lee. For over 4 decades, Lifeson has been seamlessly transitioning from complicated rhythm patterns to searing solos. His influence on shredders is undeniable, though his own playing borrows from jazz, reggae and funk. Guitar nerds love him for heady prog finger exercises like '2112' and 'YYZ.' Everyone else loves him for timeless rock riffs like 'Working Man' and 'The Spirit of Radio.'

Share

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Super Deluxe reissue of 2112 now available for pre-order
10:40AM EST | link | comments (22) |

Rush 2112UPDATE - 11/8@7:26AM: Rush sound engineer Richard Chycki posted an update to his blog yesterday where he talks a little about the reissue:

... Like the other Rush surround releases to date - Moving Pictures, A Farewell To Kings, Fly By Night, and Signals - 2112 has been remixed at a 96 khz 24 bit high resolution from the original multitrack masters in a 're-creation' direction taking advantage of the 3-dimensional soundscape of surround, rather than a complete re-interpretation of the mix. I have had quite a few questions about the technical side of the process so time depending, I'll try to get an article put together about it and get it posted here or published. ...

----- snip -----

A couple of weeks ago we learned that Mercury Records will reissue a Super Deluxe version of Rush's classic 2112 album this coming December 18th. No further details were given at the time, but a tweet from Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki shortly after the announcement confirmed that it would include a 5.1 surround sound remix of the album. Amazon.com is now listing 3 different versions of the 2112 Deluxe Edition for pre-order: a CD plus Audio DVD Deluxe Edition, a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and a CD plus Audio Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition (thanks Gis Bun). The difference between the DVD and Blu-ray versions seems apparent; one includes a DVD disc and the other a Blu-ray disc. But there's no indication of what's included in the Super Deluxe Edition, although it costs over $20 more than the standard Deluxe Editions. More information as we learn it. 2112 was included as part of the Sector 1 box set release last year, but no 5.1 release of the album was included.

Share

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New video interview with longtime Rush roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret)
8:50PM EST | link | comments (23) |

Danny See and Tony GeraniosAs I'd mentioned in a Friday Rush updates post a few weeks ago, Rush fan Danny See conducted an in-depth video interview with longtime Rush Roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret) at the Prudential Center show in Newark on October 20th, 2012. The 30-minute interview is split into 3 segments. The first part features a video interview with Tony going over his new keyboard rig backstage at the show. The second portion is audio only and features Danny asking Tony a series of miscellaneous questions including one from his contest winner and another from yours truly. The remainder of the video consists of a tour of the band's entire stage setup, and then Danny once again interviews Tony as he shows off all of the on-stage keyboards and explains how everything works. The video then ends with a slide show of behind-the-scenes photos. You can watch the entire interview below or at this location (*SPOILERS*):

Share

Monday, November 5, 2012

Nektar covers Rush's The Spirit of Radio on new album
12:39PM EST | link | comments (173) |

Last year veteran English progressive rock band Nektar announced that they'd be releasing an album of cover songs including a cover of Rush's The Spirit of Radio. The album is titled A Spoonful Of Time and is finally slated for release this coming November 27th. Marillion keyboardist Mark Kelly guests on the track. A version of the song was uploaded to YouTube last month which you can listen to below or at this link.

The album is available for pre-order on Amazon at this location. Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the heads up.

Share

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Tampa open thread
11:55AM EST | link | comments (125) |

UPDATE - 11/15@9:40AM: Here's a review from Guitar International.

UPDATE - 11/8@9:29AM: Here's a front row photo gallery that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 11/5@11:41AM: Here's a review from TampaBay.com's SoundCheck.

UPDATE - 11/5@9:48AM: Here's a review from the Tampa Bay Times.

UPDATE - 11/4@9:20PM: Official photos have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 11/3@11:46PM: Rush played their standard Night A set; complete setlist here.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush closes out the 2nd leg of the 2012 Clockwork Angels tour tonight at the ridiculously-named (but otherwise nice venue) 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in beautiful Tampa, FL. The band is expected to be playing their Night A setlist, but it's always possible that they'll make an adjustment or two - like they have for a few recent shows. As always, if I here of any deviations from the standard A setlist I'll be sure to post them here. The weather looks great for the concert; clear skies and around 70 degrees. For everyone going to the show - have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Saturday, November 3rd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 25
Venue: 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
Place: Tampa, FL

gallery: [view] [upload] [YouTube videos]
reviews: [reviews] [setlist]

Share

Friday, November 2, 2012

Updates and other random Rush stuff
11:40AM EST | link | comments (32) |

The 2nd leg of Rush's 2012 Clockwork Angels tour is beginning to wind down. This past week Rush stayed 2 steps ahead of the Frankenstorm and made their way west to Buffalo and Cleveland, then turned south to Charlotte and Atlanta. They continue to alternate their Night A and Night B setlists from show to show, but made one small adjustment to the Night A set for last Friday's Buffalo show, swapping out one song (1st set, 5th song) with a track that they had not yet played at all this tour. They made this same change for the Night B setlist last night in Atlanta too. Otherwise they've been playing the standard A and B sets that they've been playing since St. Louis. Tomorrow the band will close out the 2nd leg of the 2012 tour in Tampa before taking another well-deserved 10-day break. In the run-up to the show, Tampa Bay Online caught up with Alex Lifeson for an interview yesterday. Alex talks about a number of subjects including Rush's current tour setlist and why the band chose the songs they did. You can read the entire interview at this location (*SETLIST SPOILERS*). After their break they'll head out west for a series of 10 dates ending with a December 2nd show in Houston to put the final stamp on the 2012 tour. 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 2013 tour announcement in the near future - hopefully before the Holidays. Atlantic Canada Rocks is hoping to lure Rush to Atlantic Canada for next year's tour through a social media campaign called Rush The Hill that they launched last week. Rush hasn't played a show in Atlantic Canada since 1987. For more information on the Rush The Hill campaign, visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter. The Rush Backstage Club has made available online several Clockwork Angels-themed items that up until now had only been for sale on tour. You can check out what's available at this link. Scott from Atlanta spotted Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz at the Atlanta show rocking out right in front of the stage in the pit area and tweeted the following pic. For complete tour information along with an interactive tour map be sure to check out the tour section.

Earlier this week we finally got some hard evidence that the merchandise included as part of the Clockwork Angels tour VIP ticket packages has starting shipping. VIP 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. Readers Andy and thedigitalman received their package merchandise earlier this week and also sent along some photos of the contents of the package which you can check out in this post. The contents 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.

Rush and the Rock HallThe 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 at this location. 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 24.4% 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. If you haven't voted yet, make sure you do.

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.

Andy CurranIn the lead up to Rush's show in Buffalo last 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.

The Clockwork Angels album held steady on the Billboard 200 album charts in its 20th week of release, retaining its standing from last week at #163. 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 #6.

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. On a related subject, Neil Peart's 1974 Chrome Slingerland drum kit (aka Chromey) is on display all this weekend at PASIC in Austin, TX. For all the details and complete coverage visit the Facebook event page.

DB3After releasing a series of instrumental singles last year including Hollowbody, Sonar and Disappearance, the Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio is set to release their first full-length studio album in 2013. The RocketHub-financed album was produced by Alex Lifeson, Rush sound engineer Rich Chycki, and Alan Parsons. The album's CD release party is planned for early 2013 at The Mod Club in Toronto. Be sure to keep an eye on the band's Facebook page and their new website for all the latest updates. Here's the video trailer for the new album.

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.

Alex, Billy and GeddyBilly Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins was a guest on Q with Jian Ghomeshi earlier this week. Corgan brings up Rush a couple of times in the interview to help illustrate some points he was trying to make regarding the music industry. You can listen to the interview online at this location with the Rush portions coming in at the 7:20 to 8:55 mark, and the 13:30 to 16:05 mark (thanks RushFanForever). Corgan interviewed Geddy and Alex Lifeson over the summer for an FMQB Clockwork Angels special and had also been prominently featured in the Rush documentary along with giving a speech at Rush's Hollywood Walk of Fame star unveiling a couple of years back.

James over at the Resist Rush collectors website wanted me to let everyone know that he recently added over 130 7-inch/45s to his shop page. These are rare and collectible releases from around the globe; from Australia to Venezuela.

Reader Alan P let me know about a web application framework based on Node.js that is named after our favorite bass player Geddy Lee. It's called GeddyJS. The copyright on their website even reads copyright 2112.

NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! news quiz for Monday, October 29th included a Rush reference. The question: Mitt Romney recently received an unusual celebrity endorsement ... from whom? One of the answers is given as Geddy Lee, in 2112 (incorrect obviously). Thanks to David C for the heads up.

A couple of weeks ago I posted the first installment of Peter Brocklehurst's The Legends of Brocklehurst blog. Over the last 2 weeks Peter has updated the blog with Chapters 2 and 3 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.

Back on May 9th, 1993 The Harvard Lampoon inducted Rush as Musicians of the Millennium in a ceremony at Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. The event was covered by the CBC in this news story that has been available on YouTube for several years. The news video only contained a few highlights from the ceremony and some short interview segments with the band while the entire ceremony was 20-25 minutes long. Rush fans Kacy Ray and Fric Simpson from Miami Springs drove thirty hours and spent $230 to see the brief ceremony and caught the entire ceremony on a camcorder. Ray just recently dug up the video and made it available on YouTube here (thanks skin2112).

That's all for this week. I hope everyone had a happy Halloween. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Have a great weekend everybody!

Share
Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio to release their first full-length album in 2013
9:18AM EST | link | comments (4) |

DB3After releasing a series of instrumental singles last year including Hollowbody, Sonar and Disappearance, the Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio is set to release their first full-length studio album in 2013. Here are the details:

Following in the tradition of Les Paul and a host of multi-platinum selling instrumental artists (Chet Atkins, Jeff Beck, Mike Oldfield, Pat Metheny, Brian Setzer, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, among others), David Barrett Trio is proud to introduce to you their first full length musical offering.

The album is produced by Alex Lifeson (Rush), Rich Chycki (Rush, Dream Theater), and Alan Parsons (Pink Floyd, Beatles), and features Toronto musicians David Barrett (guitars), Jason Farrar (bass) and Alexander Sascha Tukatsch (drums).

Belmonte, the sole vocal composition features Paul Reid on vocals and Juno award winning keyboardist Doug Romanow. The song was produced by Alan Parsons in May, 2012 at Noble Street Studios in Toronto.

Financing for the production was done solely with the help of crowdfunding via RocketHub, and the graciousness of our producers, engineer and art house.

2012 was a stellar year for the trio in Toronto, which included a monthly residency at The Orbit Room, headline shows at The Mod Club, as well as opening for the legendary Canadian prog band Saga for their cd release at The Sound Academy to an audience of 2500 enthusiastic music fans. Teaming up with Hot House Creative helped to focus the group's strong visual component and internet presence.

D'Addario Canada and Pigtronix Futuristic Analog Technology, as well as Mack Amps, have embraced David Barrett and the trio and are looking forward to launching marketing campaigns in 2013 which will include performance workshops, guitar effects clinics, and a signature model amplifier. Google Canada will be featuring the trio at a live performance in their new Toronto Headquarters in 2013, and their cd release party is planned for early 2013 at The Mod Club in Toronto.

With a professional support crew including veteran engineer Mark Prinsloo and lighting director Peter Genrick, David Barrett Trio delivers a fantastic sounding and visually exciting show. When the band hits the stage dressed in their stylish suits and hit the opening chords of their dramatic hour long sets, crowds are drawn in to their musicianship, artistry and onstage charisma.

Be sure to keep an eye on the band's Facebook page and their new website for all the latest updates. Here's the video trailer for the new album :

Share

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Atlanta open thread
12:54PM EST | link | comments (66) |

UPDATE - 11/11@10:49AM: Here's a 3rd row photo gallery from reader ikepigott.

UPDATE - 11/7@2:33PM: Here's a gallery of photos that was posted over at Cygnus-X1.net.

UPDATE - 11/4@4:11PM: Here's a review from the Paradiddler.

UPDATE - 11/2@7:18AM: Official photos have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com.

UPDATE - 11/1@10:43PM: Other than the one change outlined below, the band played the B set; complete setlist here.

UPDATE - 11/1@9:57PM: Scott from Atlanta spotted Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz at the show rocking out right in front of the stage in the pit area. He tweeted the following pic too. They are well into the 2nd set now and following the B setlist except for the one change from earlier.

UPDATE - 11/1@8:36PM: According to @2ndNightTweeter on Twitter, the band is mixing things up again with the setlist. They replaced the 5th song in the first set with the same track they inserted in that position in Buffalo last week (*SPOILERS*). Otherwise they are following the standard B setlist so far.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush takes the Clockwork Angels south to play the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta, GA tonight - one of the few outdoor venues on the 2012 tour and the first since the September 9th Jiffy Lube Live show. It's expected that the band will be playing their Night B setlist, but it's always possible that they'll make an adjustment or two. If I here of any deviations from the standard B setlist I'll be sure to post them here. The weather forecast for tonight's show calls for clear skies and temps in the low 50s to upper 40s, so bundle up! For everyone going to the show - have fun, stay safe (and warm) and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 1st @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 24
Venue: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Place: Alpharetta, GA

gallery: [view] [upload] [YouTube videos]
reviews: [reviews] [setlist]

Share
Alex Lifeson talks Clockwork Angels tour setlist in new interview
10:57AM EST | link | comments (34) |

In the lead up to Rush's upcoming Saturday show at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre in Tampa, Tampa Bay Online caught up with Alex Lifeson for an interview. Alex talks about a number of subjects including Rush's Clockwork Angels tour setlist and why the band chose the songs they did. Here's what he had to say when asked how much longer the band can last:

Hopefully for a long time. We got into this at a young age, and fortunately it worked out well for us. This band means so much to us and apparently to a lot of our fans as well. I hope we can keep going for years. We still have a lot left in us.

You can read the entire interview at this location (*SETLIST SPOILERS*).

Share
 

 

 

 

Rush is a Band is maintained by Ed Stenger/rushisaband
All Rush-related content is © 2002-2014 Anthem Entertainment unless otherwise noted.
Rush is a Band is in no way associated with nor endorsed by Rush and/or Atlantic Records, Mercury Records, Roadrunner Records and/or Anthem Entertainment; their parents or their affiliates.
Rush et al and any/all related names, marks and/or insignias
are trademarks of Atlantic, Mercury and/or Roadrunner Records.
For promotional & private use only. It is strictly prohibited to republish,
reproduce, redistribute, or profit from the content found herein.

... of Salesmen


R40 6-disc Blu-ray Box Set

R40 10-disc DVD Box Set

Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion

Rush: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Excellence

Far and Near: Days Like These by Neil Peart

Rush Presto SACD

Clockwork Angels graphic novel issue 3

Clockwork Angels graphic novel issue 2

Clockwork Angels graphic novel issue 1

Rush Rediscovered LP box set

12x12 RUSH 2015 Calendar

Rush: The Rise Of Kings

Rush FAQ

Clockwork Angels: The Novel paperback edition

CONTRIBUTE!
Receive a FREE
[RUSH IS A BAND bumper sticker]
with any donation
of $3 or more.




Random Sample...

... hold the one you need [go >]