Archive: Blog Entries from February, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Alex Lifeson Lerxst Omega Guitar Amplifier now available
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On Rush's 2012 Clockwork Angels tour Alex Lifeson has been using custom Lerxst Omega amplifiers from MojoTone. Today they announced that they are partnering with Alex Lifeson to make these available for sale. From the press release:

... After working with engineers at Mojotone, one of the leading custom amp builders in North America, Lifeson is putting his name on an exact replica of the custom amplifier used in his guitar rig. Dubbed the Lerxst Omega, the amp will be available to the public immediately.

The Lerxst® Omega amplifier was created by Mojotone based on a vintage Marshall amp Lifeson used in the studio while recording the band's latest album, "Clockwork Angels." ...

... "It sounds so good!" stated Lifeson, moments after receiving the very first build of his new signature amp. "We pulled the Marshall last night after A/B-ing the two. The tonal character is quite similar, but the response of the Lerxst® has greater immediacy, sustain and grip." ...

The all hand-wired Lerxst® Omega amp and matching Celestion G-12M loaded Tall 4x12 speaker cabinet are now available for purchase via the lerxstamps.com website.

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New Geddy Lee interview with Jim Kerr Morning Show on Q104.3
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Geddy Lee on Q104.3UPDATE - 2/28@1:58PM: Here's a gallery of photos from today's interview (thanks kjbird).

Geddy Lee joined Q104.3's Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning Show today in the studio to discuss Rush's upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Clockwork Angels tour, baseball, his kids and more. The entire 18-minute interview was posted online earlier today and you can listen to it below or at this location.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have been in New York City over the past few days conducting a number of interviews. Just this morning they were on VH1's Big Morning Buzz. They also did an interview earlier this week with Eddie Trunk which will air on his Q104.3 radio show on March 15th. And Geddy talked baseball with the MLB Network on Tuesday.

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Reminder: Rush on VH1's Big Morning Buzz today at 10AM
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UPDATE - 2/28@3:17PM: The interview has been posted online and you can watch it below or at this location. Carrie Keagan is a big fan and spends much of the time gushing over the boys. They also talk about the band's Rock Hall induction and upcoming tour:

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UPDATE - 2/28@1:27PM: Here's a behind-the-scenes photo of Alex and Geddy with Carrie Keagan (thanks Doug the Diesel).

Alex Lifeson, Carrie Keagan and Geddy LeeAs I'd mentioned on Tuesday, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson stopped in to the VH1 Studios yesterday afternoon to tape some interview segments for VH1's Big Morning Buzz program. The episode airs today at 10AM EST on VH1. From the show's website:

Carrie Keagan hosts as Bill Bellamy, Dule Hill, Alex Lifeson & Geddy Lee (Rush) and OneRepublic stop by.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rush to play the Ottawa Bluesfest on July 8th
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The lineup for this year's Ottawa Bluesfest was just announced this morning and Rush will be headlining the Festival on Monday, July 8th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM via Capital Tickets. We are still expecting Rush to add another Canadian date on July 10th, possibly as part of the Quebec City Summer Festival. I'll be adding the show to the tour section this morning. More details as we learn them.

Related Posts:
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour concert video to release September 24th]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Summer tour pre-sale update, additional dates rumored]
[Rush Clockwork Angels official Summer tour date announcement]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour official tour dates; Halifax and Hamilton]
[Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels North American tour rumor update]
[Rush Spring 2013 Clockwork Angels North American tour official tour date and pre-sales announcement]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour official attendance and sales figures]
[Rush confirm plans for 2013 North American Clockwork Angels tour]
[Robe Lighting website feature on Rush's Clockwork Angels tour; confirms 2013 North American tour?]
[Rush to film Phoenix and Dallas shows for live DVD release]
[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]
[Clockwork Angels tour opening night in Manchester open thread]
[Follow the Clockwork Angels tour on Twitter]
[Official Rush 2012 Clockwork Angels tour announcement and dates!]

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rush on the interview circuit in New York City today, will appear on VH1's Big Morning Buzz show Thursday
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UPDATE - 3/1@9:24AM: Both Alex and Geddy also visited the Sirius XM Studios in NYC on Tuesday as shown in these photos from Getty Images (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 2/27@7:28AM: Eddie Trunk's interview with Alex and Geddy will air on his Q104.3 radio show on March 15th according to this tweet.

UPDATE - 2/26@9:17PM: Apparently Rush was also in the Nights with Alice Cooper studio today as shown in this Facebook photo. There's also a short, 1-minute video from Geddy's MLB Network interview today at this location. And Eddie Trunk has posted a few photos of him with Geddy and Alex to his Twitter feed.

WSJ Spreecast chatGeddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were in New York City today doing the PR interview circuit to promote Rush's upcoming 2013 leg of the Clockwork Angels tour. Earlier this afternoon they were part of a live, 30-minute Spreecast chat hosted by the Wall Street Journal. And tomorrow afternoon they will stop in to the VH1 Studios to tape some interview segments for VH1's Big Morning Buzz program (thanks Thomas P). According to the VH1 TV schedule page, the interview will air this coming Thursday at 10AM. Geddy Lee was also at MLB Studios in New York today for an interview where he talked baseball for an article that was published for USA Today online titled Rush singer Geddy Lee expecting big year for Blue Jays. Reader Dario D happens to work at MLB Networks and posted some great photos of Geddy's visit (Alex showed up too) to her Facebook page. Geddy and Alex also sat down with NYC-based DJ and That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk earlier today for an interview. Trunk posted this message to his Twitter feed earlier this afternoon:

Guess what I am doing today? Hanging with Geddy & Alex from @rushtheband in NYC! Photos and audio to come. Doing interview for my radio show

No word yet on when that interview will air. Geddy was also spotted at the offices of US Weekly/Rolling Stone today as well, most likely for yet another interview (thanks Brian D).

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Wall Street Journal Spreecast live chat with Rush today at 3:30PM
7:12AM EST | link | comments (26) |

UPDATE - 2/26@4:31PM: WSJ Spreecast chatThey got off to a late start but ended up chatting with Geddy and Alex for about half an hour. If you missed it you can watch the entire thing online here. Over 1000 people were online watching the event and several great questions were asked, although no earth-shattering news was revealed.

UPDATE - 2/26@3:23PM: The live chat begins in just a few minutes. You can follow it below or at this location:

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UPDATE - 2/26@10:54AM: Here's a Wall Street Journal blog post advertising today's live chat.

Conor Dougherty of The Wall Street Journal will be moderating a Spreecast live video chat with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson today at 3:30PM EST. Spreecast is a video social platform where fans can ask questions by signing in via Facebook/Twitter/email, or as a guest just to view. Fans can watch, comment in the chat box, submit questions or can even request to come on screen and ask Rush questions live. Just go to the link for the chat on Spreecast at this location for all the details.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Omnium Gatherum covers Rush's Subdivisions
4:30PM EST | link | comments (51) |

Omnium Gatherum - BeyondThe follow-up to Finnish death metal band Omnium Gatherum's 2011 release New World Shadows is titled Beyond, and is set to release next Tuesday, March 5th in North America via Lifeforce Records. The band recorded a cover of Rush's Subdivisions as part of the album's bonus material, and the track can already be purchased as a standalone mp3 on Amazon and via iTunes. You can give the track a listen on YouTube below or at this location:

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Neil Peart and wife Carrie Nuttall attend Global Green USA's 10th annual Pre-Oscar Party last week
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Neil Peart and his wife Carrie Nuttall attended Global Green USA's 10th annual Pre-Oscar Party last Wednesday, February 20th at the Avalon Hollywood and were photographed by the media upon arrival along with all of the other celebrity guests. They are included in a number of online photo galleries including this one from Global Green, this Monsters and Critics photo gallery and Contact Music has a large number of photos posted in this photo gallery.

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Rush Clockwork Angels tour concert video to release September 24th
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UPDATE - 2/27@10:05AM: Power Windows is now reporting that Rush's management has said that no release date has yet been determined. That said, it will still likely release sometime later this Fall close to Christmas.

The Power Windows website reported this morning that the planned Clockwork Angels tour concert video will be releasing this Fall on September 24th. Last month there had been a false report by MusicTap.net that the DVD would be released as early as May. The Fall release date makes much more sense since the Clockwork Angels tour itself won't end until August. Rush filmed both the Phoenix and Dallas shows last November for the planned DVD release. Reports at the time indicated that the Dallas show would be the primary source for the film with the Phoenix footage used mainly as a backup. Although the tentative release date is given as September 24th, past experience tells us that this date will likely be pushed back at least a few weeks, putting the actual release closer to an October/November timeframe.

Related Posts:
[Rush Clockwork Angels Summer tour pre-sale update, additional dates rumored]
[Rush Clockwork Angels official Summer tour date announcement]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour official tour dates; Halifax and Hamilton]
[Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels North American tour rumor update]
[Rush Spring 2013 Clockwork Angels North American tour official tour date and pre-sales announcement]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Live tour DVD will NOT release in May]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour official attendance and sales figures]
[Rush confirm plans for 2013 North American Clockwork Angels tour]
[Robe Lighting website feature on Rush's Clockwork Angels tour; confirms 2013 North American tour?]
[Rush to film Phoenix and Dallas shows for live DVD release]
[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]
[Clockwork Angels tour opening night in Manchester open thread]
[Follow the Clockwork Angels tour on Twitter]
[Official Rush 2012 Clockwork Angels tour announcement and dates!]

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Rush makes Billboard's list of Music's Top 40 Money Makers
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Billboard has compiled a list of the 40 highest-paid musicians of the past 12 months and Rush made the cut coming in at #28 with a total of $8,719,834.30 (thanks Marc-André). Here's what they had to say:

With or without recognition from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rush fans are tremendously loyal, turning out en masse for tours and ponying up for records, the latter to the tune of more than 500,000 physical units in 2012. These guys are perennials.

Other rock acts that came in higher than Rush were The Rolling Stones (#26), Red Hot Chili Peppers (#25), Nickelback (#17), Coldplay (#9), Dave Matthews Band (#6), Van Halen (#4), Roger Waters (#3) and Bruce Springstein (#2). Topping the list was Madonna with a whopping total of $34,577,308.62. You can check out the entire list at this location.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Early Tuesday morning Rush announced via the Rush.com newsletter 13 more dates for the Summer leg of the 2013 North American Clockwork Angels tour. Late last week they had announced shows in Hamilton and Halifax on July 6th and 12th respectively, making a total of 15 for the Summer leg so far. VIP pre-sales for all of these shows except Milwaukee (not a Live Nation event) kicked off Tuesday at Noon, along with Music Today Fan pre-sales for all 15 dates. As of this post VIP ticket packages remain for all of the dates except Hamilton and Halifax. Music Today Fan pre-sales, AMEX Front of the Line pre-sales for the Canadian shows, CITI pre-sales for most of the US dates, and Live Nation pre-sales for the Canadian shows ran over the last few days and ended yesterday. Live Nation pre-sales for most of the US dates are running today until 5PM local venue time using a password of dazzle. There are also a few radio-station sponsored pre-sales running; there's a Chicago pre-sale sponsored by WLUP that is using a password of LOOPRUSH; a WTPA 92.1 pre-sale for Hershey using the password RADIO; and 103.5 The Fox is running a Denver pre-sale with the password ANGELS (thanks jfred). If you know of any other pre-sales going on and/or the passwords, please let us know. General ticket sales for the Canadian dates along with Milwaukee Summerfest kicked off this morning at 10AM (Halifax is tomorrow at 10AM) and all the other US general ticket sales begin on Monday morning at 10AM. You can find all the times and relative links for the pre-sales and general ticket sales in the tour section. For questions regarding how all the various pre-sales work, be sure to read my guide to ticket sales and pre-sales.

In Rush's announcement of the Spring dates last month they listed most of the cities to be included on the Summer leg, one of which was Boston. But no Boston date was included in the tour itinerary released on Tuesday. For weeks I'd been hearing that there would be a Boston date on July 13th but my guess is that a scheduling conflict forced them to remove this date at the last minute. Indeed, several New England readers forwarded me a Live Nation email newsletter they had received which mistakenly showed an advertisement of a Boston show at the Comcast Center on 7/13. Since the 7/12 Halifax date is now finalized, there definitely won't be a 7/13 date in Boston (Rush does not do back-to-back shows) although it's possible they are still working to reschedule it. Several people have also noticed the large gap of dates between the 7/6 Hamilton and 7/12 Halifax shows. Boston could potentially fit in there somewhere, but from all the rumors I've been hearing over the last week, the 7/8 and 7/10 dates will be filled by 2 more Canadian dates in London, Ottawa and/or Quebec City. The Quebec City rumor is based on speculation included in this report by the Quebec Journal from earlier in the week saying that Rush may play at the Quebec City Summer Festival. The Festival runs through July 14th so I guess it's possible they could play there on 7/14 after the Halifax show too. Maybe they'd even break out Bastille Day in celebration! :) I'm guessing that these possible additional dates will be announced soon - probably within the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately I haven't heard of any possible additions to the Western leg of the Summer tour, which is unusually light as it includes only 6 shows. More information as I learn it.

Juno AwardsThe nominees for the 2013 Juno Awards were announced Tuesday morning and Rush has been nominated for Group of the Year and Clockwork Angels has been nominated in the Rock Album of the Year category. The 2013 Juno Awards will take place at Regina's Brandt Centre and air live on Sunday, April 21st on CTV. Warner Music Canada in conjunction with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) will be releasing a Juno Awards 2013 Nominee Compilation album on March 19, 2013, and included on the CD is Rush's Headlong Flight. All proceeds from sales of the CD will go directly to Canadian music education charity MusiCounts. You can check out all the details along with the complete tracklisting here.

A week from today on March 1st, a special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition of the audiobook for Clockwork Angels: The Novel will be released. The special package is designed by Hugh Syme and contains the unabridged audiobook along with a WORKING clocktower. Author Kevin J. Anderson received his author's copy earlier this week and posted a detailed description along with photos over at his blog:

... The seven CDs of the novel are specially packaged, and include a special booklet created by Hugh Syme and me, a Rush/KJA/Clockwork Angels timeline, a mini poster ("I can't stop thinking big"), and a full-color clocktower to hold it all. Neil just wrote today to say "It really is a nice piece of work. Prettier than I could have hoped, from every side, and inside, too. Fine materials and finishes. The individual CD jackets are lovely, and the Timeline is a clever touch. I am proud of this piece of work. (And it does keep good time!)" ...

The special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition releases next Friday and is now available for pre-order through Amazon at this location.

Speaking of books and Neil Peart, earlier this week Neil updated the Bubba's Book Club section of his website where he reviews and recommends books that he's been reading. It's been over a year since Neil's last update back in September of 2011 so he's making up for lost time by reviewing a whopping 21 titles! You can check them out along with all of Neil's previous Bubba's Book Club installments at this location.

According to Ultimate Classic Rock, the next single from Rush's Clockwork Angels album is The Anarchist. In celebration of the release, they posted an 8/10 review of the song Wednesday at this location:

... This one's dominated by Alex Lifeson. He has a knack for crunchy barre chord riffs that descend chromatically, swinging for your eardrums like a metallic jackhammer. He also has a flair for explosive dungeons-and-dragons, sword-wielding arpeggios bathed in flange. They're all here; 'The Anarchist' is a sonic flip book of Lifeson's many guitar specialties. ... There are a few intriguing, unexpected touches: Neil Peart's textural post-chorus tom-tom dance, and the eerie, Middle Eastern strings that swoop in like vultures during the bridge. But 'The Anarchist' is - first and foremost - an affirmation of Rush's geekiest, greatest musical trademarks.

The folks at RushCon announced the dates for this year's convention late last week following the announcement of the Hamilton and Halifax Rush dates. This year's RushCon will take place the weekend of July 5-7th in Toronto and center around a round-trip bus caravan to Rush's Saturday, July 6th appearance at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton. For all the details just go to RushCon.org, and be sure to follow RushCon on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all the latest RushCon news.

The CBC ran a contest last week in celebration of Valentine's Day where folks could submit a romantic mixed tape story. Reader Cathy C ended up winning the contest with her story about a romantic Rush mixed tape her husband had made for her when they first started dating back in 2000:

... I associated RUSH with Geddy Lee's scratchy nails on chalk board voice ... In an effort to convince me otherwise, my boyfriend created a mixed tape for me of RUSH songs that I'd never heard before. These included Open Secrets (Hold Your Fire), Alien Shore (Counterparts), Ghost of a Chance (Roll the Bones), Grand Designs (Power Windows), Entre Nous (Permanent Waves) and my favorite, Resist (Test for Echo). ... It is one of the most romantic things he's ever done and suffice it to say that I am now indeed a RUSH fan and in awe of Neal Pearts lyrical abilities. I've been to many concerts with my now husband and RUSH holds a particular place in my heart that very few women understand. ...

The article also includes a scan of the handwritten note mentioned. You can check it out along with the full story on the CBC website here.

Rik Emmett and Alex LifesonCanadian guitarist Rik Emmett of Triumph included a reference to Rush in his latest newsletter (thanks presto28):

Hopeful Signs for the Future; in my music biz class yesterday, in the Powerpoint presentation, I played a Rush video of 'Free Will'. The class was totally into it. They groaned in complaint when I stopped it at the solos. One of my fave Neil Peart lyrics - I quote it all the time. [If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. The unit is on Entrepreneurial Thinking.]

Alex Lifeson gets a mention in this new Gibson.com article from earlier this week title Everything You Need to Know About the ES-335:

... the ES-355, in white, has also been played often by Rush's Alex Lifeson. "I got the 355 in 1976, and that became my main guitar probably until '81 or so." Another white 355 has been back in Lifeson's gigging armory in recent years. ...

Brad Birzer of Progarchy.com posted a great article yesterday profiling his favorite Rush album - 1984's Grace Under Pressure:

My favorite Rush album has been, at least going back to April 1984, Grace Under Pressure. I realize that among Rush fans and among prog fans, this might serve as a contentious choice. My praise of GUP is not in any way meant to denigrate any other Rush albums. Frankly, I love them all. Rush has offered us an outrageous wealth of blessings, and I won't even pretend objectivity. I love Rush. I love Grace Under Pressure. ...

Rob Zombie, founder and frontman of metal band White Zombie as well as a writer and director, will be releasing his next film The Lords of Salem on April 19th. Time Out New York included the film in their Spring movie preview and described it as follows (thanks Michael R):

If you've come to admire the directorial career of Rob Zombie (don't laugh, horror haters), then you know his wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, who appears in all of his work. She gives a rich performance in Rob's new one, as a Rush-loving DJ turned coven member.

This shouldn't come as a big surprise as Zombie is a well-known Rush fan. He's often spotted in public wearing a Fly by Night shirt. You may also recall that Zombie's remake of the original Halloween movie included Rush's Tom Sawyer on the soundtrack, and his 2010 album Hellbilly Deluxe 2 contains a track titled Werewolf, Baby which contains an obvious nod to Rush's La Villa Strangiato towards the beginning of the song.

Back in December TMZ.com ran a story on how boy band sensation Harry Styles of One Direction was spotted in West Hollywood getting a new tattoo with his then girlfriend Taylor Swift. In the photo accompanying the article he's proudly sporting a Rush Presto t-shirt. On Wednesday One Direction released a new video for their cover of Blondie's One Way or Another and Styles is once again clearly seen sporting the Presto t-shirt at about the 28-second mark. You can check out the video on YouTube at this location (thanks superscience).

For all the Rush fans on Facebook, I wanted to take a moment to spotlight a relatively new Rush Facebook fan page which regularly posts a bunch of old and rare photographs of Rush. There are some real gems over there and I highly suggest checking it out.

DB3After releasing a series of instrumental singles back in 2011 including Hollowbody, Sonar and Disappearance, the Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio is set to release their first full-length studio album next Tuesday, February 26th. The self-titled album is produced by Alex Lifeson, Rich Chycki, and Alan Parsons, and features Toronto musicians David Barrett (guitars), Jason Farrar (bass) and Alexander Sascha Tukatsch (drums). Financing for the production was done solely with the help of crowdfunding via RocketHub, and the graciousness of the band's producers, engineer and art house. In celebration of the album's release, the band will host a CD listening party this coming Tuesday at Alex Lifeson's Toronto nightclub The Orbit Room at 8PM (doors open at 7PM). They'll then be holding a CD release party at The Mod Club in Toronto on Thursday, April 18th where they'll be performing the entire album live. The album is already available on iTunes at this location and the physical CD can now also be ordered via the band's website. The album liner notes are available for pdf download at this link. You can check out a video for the album's opening track Dive below or at this location. There's also this in-studio footage with Alex Lifeson where Alex conducts a pre-production session with the band as they develop the ending for Great Eastern Sun, the last track on the album. Be sure to keep an eye on the band's Facebook page and website for all the latest updates.

That's all for this week. Hopefully we'll get a few more tour date announcements next week. Have a great weekend and good luck buying your Rush tickets!

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio new self-titled album to release next week
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DB3After releasing a series of instrumental singles back in 2011 including Hollowbody, Sonar and Disappearance, the Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio is set to release their first full-length studio album next Tuesday, February 26th. The self-titled album is produced by Alex Lifeson, Rich Chycki, and Alan Parsons, and features Toronto musicians David Barrett (guitars), Jason Farrar (bass) and Alexander Sascha Tukatsch (drums). Financing for the production was done solely with the help of crowdfunding via RocketHub, and the graciousness of the band's producers, engineer and art house. In celebration of the album's release, the band will host a CD listening party this coming Tuesday at Alex Lifeson's Toronto nightclub The Orbit Room at 8PM (doors open at 7PM). They'll then be holding a CD release party at The Mod Club in Toronto on Thursday, April 18th where they'll be performing the entire album live. The album is already available on iTunes at this location and the physical CD will soon be available for order via the band's website. The album liner notes are also available for pdf download at this link. You can check out a video for the album's opening track Dive below or at this location:

There's also this in-studio footage with Alex Lifeson where Alex conducts a pre-production session with the band as they develop the ending for Great Eastern Sun, the last track on the album. Be sure to keep an eye on the band's Facebook page and website for all the latest updates.

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Rush Clockwork Angels Summer tour pre-sale update, additional dates rumored
1:53PM EST | link | comments (21) |

UPDATE - 2/22@12:38PM: The 103.5 The Fox pre-sale for Denver is going on right now using the password ANGELS (thanks jfred).

UPDATE - 2/22@9:55AM: Live Nation pre-sales for most of the US dates begin at 10AM local venue time via Ticketmaster. From what I can tell the password will be dazzle, but I'll double check that at 10AM.

UPDATE - 2/22@9:40AM: VIP pre-sales for Hamilton are now sold out, general ticket sale begins in about 20 minutes!

UPDATE - 2/21@7:48PM: Reader between the wheels let me know that WTPA 92.1 out of Hershey is having a pre-sale tomorrow from 10AM to 5PM using the clever password RADIO.

Early Tuesday morning Rush announced via the Rush.com newsletter 13 more dates for the Summer leg of the 2013 North American Clockwork Angels tour. Late last week they had announced shows in Hamilton and Halifax on July 6th and 12th respectively, making a total of 15 for the Summer leg so far. VIP pre-sales for all of these shows except Milwaukee (not a Live Nation event) kicked off Tuesday at Noon, along with Music Today Fan pre-sales for all 15 dates. As of this post VIP ticket packages remain for all of the dates except Halifax. Music Today Fan pre-sales for Halifax, Vancouver and Denver are sold out, but will remain open for the other 12 shows until 5PM local venue time today or while supplies last. AMEX Front of the Line pre-sales for the Canadian shows in Hamilton, Calgary and Vancouver are ongoing as are CITI pre-sales for most of the US dates. These will also end today at 5PM local venue time. Live Nation pre-sales for the Canadian shows (including Halifax) are ongoing using a password of dazzle. Live Nation pre-sales for most of the US dates will run tomorrow from 10AM to 5PM local venue time and should also be using a password of dazzle. There will also be a few radio-station sponsored pre-sales running tomorrow. One that we know about is a Chicago pre-sale sponsored by WLUP that will be using a password of LOOPRUSH. There's also a Y108 pre-sale for the Hamilton show going on today although I'm unsure of the password. And 103.5 The Fox is running a Denver pre-sale tomorrow although I'm not sure of that password either. If you know either of these passwords, or know of any other pre-sales going on, please let us know. General ticket sales for the Canadian dates kick off tomorrow at 10AM (Halifax is Saturday at 10AM) and the US general ticket sales begin on Monday. You can find all the times and relative links for the pre-sales and general ticket sales in the tour section. For questions regarding all the various pre-sales be sure to read my guide to ticket sales and pre-sales.

In Rush's announcement of the Spring dates last month they listed most of the cities to be included on the Summer leg, one of which was Boston. But no Boston date was included in the tour itinerary released on Tuesday. For weeks I'd been hearing that there would be a Boston date on July 13th but my guess is that a scheduling conflict forced them to remove this date at the last minute. Indeed, several New England readers forwarded me a Live Nation email newsletter they had received which mistakenly showed an advertisement of a Boston show at the Comcast Center on 7/13. Since the 7/12 Halifax date is now finalized, there definitely won't be a 7/13 date in Boston (Rush does not do back-to-back shows) although it's possible they are still working to reschedule it. Several people have also noticed the large gap of dates between the 7/6 Hamilton and 7/12 Halifax shows. Boston could potentially fit in there somewhere, but from all the rumors I've been hearing over the last week, the 7/8 and 7/10 dates will be filled by 2 more Canadian dates in London, Ottawa and/or Quebec City. The Quebec City rumor is based on speculation included in this report by the Quebec Journal from earlier in the week saying that Rush may play at the Quebec City Summer Festival. The Festival runs through July 14th so I guess it's possible they could play there on 7/14 after the Halifax show too. Maybe they'd even break out Bastille Day in celebration! :) I'm guessing that these possible additional dates will be announced soon - probably within the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately I haven't heard of any possible additions to the Western leg of the Summer tour, which is unusually light as it includes only 6 shows. More information as I learn it.

Related Posts:
[Rush Clockwork Angels official Summer tour date announcement]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour official tour dates; Halifax and Hamilton]
[Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels North American tour rumor update]
[Rush Spring 2013 Clockwork Angels North American tour official tour date and pre-sales announcement]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Live tour DVD will NOT release in May]
[Rush Clockwork Angels tour official attendance and sales figures]
[Rush confirm plans for 2013 North American Clockwork Angels tour]
[Robe Lighting website feature on Rush's Clockwork Angels tour; confirms 2013 North American tour?]
[Rush to film Phoenix and Dallas shows for live DVD release]
[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]
[Clockwork Angels tour opening night in Manchester open thread]
[Follow the Clockwork Angels tour on Twitter]
[Official Rush 2012 Clockwork Angels tour announcement and dates!]

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Neil Peart's Bubba's Book Club recommended reading updated
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[Bubba's Book Club - Issue 17]

Neil Peart has updated the Bubba's Book Club section of his website where he reviews and recommends books that he's been reading. It's been over a year since Neil's last update back in September of 2011 so he's making up for lost time by reviewing a whopping 21 titles! You can check them out along with all of Neil's previous Bubba's Book Club installments at this location.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2013 Juno Awards: Rush nominated for Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year
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UPDATE - 2/20@5:21PM: Warner Music Canada in conjunction with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) will be releasing a Juno Awards 2013 Nominee Compilation album on March 19, 2013, and included on the CD is Rush's Headlong Flight.

... The JUNO Awards 2013 Nominee Compilation album is a not-for-profit project with proceeds going directly to MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with CARAS, helping to keep music alive in schools across Canada. MusiCounts' mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances or cultural background, have access to a music program through their school. MusiCounts includes Band Aid musical instrument grants, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, scholarships, and other music education initiatives.

You can check out all the details along with the complete tracklisting here.

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Juno AwardsThe nominees for the 2013 Juno Awards were announced this morning and Rush has been nominated for Group of the Year and Clockwork Angels has been nominated in the Rock Album of the Year category. The 2013 Juno Awards will take place at Regina's Brandt Centre and air live on Sunday, April 21st on CTV. Thanks to Paul at The Canadian Music Scene for the heads up.

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Rush Clockwork Angels official Summer tour date announcement
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UPDATE - 2/21@10:44AM: Live Nation pre-sales for the Canadian dates of Hamilton, Calgary and Vancouver today at 10AM local time using password dazzle. The Hamilton pre-sale is already underway.

UPDATE - 2/20@5:57PM: Some more VIP ticket packages for Hamilton and Portland were released earlier today. Passwords are no longer required to purchase the VIP packages now.

UPDATE - 2/20@12:45PM: I'd mentioned below that it's possible that Rush may insert a show on either July 8th or 10th (8th seems more likely) at the Quebec City Summer Festival. This is based on speculation included in this report by the Quebec Journal although nothing is confirmed yet (thanks Raymond B).

UPDATE - 2/20@10:55AM: The Summerfest pre-sale kicks off at 10AM CST via Ticketmaster and using the password ANGELS. The CITI pre-sales for Chicago and Kansas City also will begin at 10AM CST.

UPDATE - 2/20@9:56AM: CITI pre-sales for Hershey, Jones Beach, Saratoga Springs, Grand Rapids, and Cincinnati begin in just a few minutes. These pre-sales require a CITI credit card and the password is the first 6 digits of your credit card number. CITI pre-sales for the rest of the US shows will occur at 10AM local venue time.

UPDATE - 2/20@7:13AM: The Portland VIP pre-sale is sold out and the Denver Music Today pre-sale is also sold out. Today's Summerfest pre-sale will be run via Ticketmaster and use the password ANGELS. CITI card pre-sales for most of the shows begin today at 10AM local venue time.

UPDATE - 2/19@2:54PM: VIP and Fan pre-sales for the Pacific timezone cities of Vancouver and Portland begin in just a few minutes!

UPDATE - 2/19@2:09PM: VIP and Fan pre-sales for the Mountain timezone cities of Denver and Salt Lake City are underway!

UPDATE - 2/19@1:13PM: It looks like both the Hamilton and Halifax VIP pre-sales are SOLD OUT. Halifax Music Today fan pre-sales also are sold out.

UPDATE - 2/19@12:54PM: VIP and Fan pre-sales for the Central timezone cities of Chicago, Milwaukee (Fan pre-sale only), Calgary and Kansas City begin in a few minutes!!

UPDATE - 2/19@12:17PM: In addition to Hamilton, there's an AMEX Front of the Line pre-sale for Calgary too; tickets on sale NOW!

UPDATE - 2/19@11:58AM: VIP and Fan pre-sales for Hershey, Wantagh, Saratoga Springs, Grand Rapids, Cincinatti, and Hamilton begin in a few minutes!! Also, there's an AMEX pre-sale going on RIGHT NOW for Hamilton...

UPDATE - 2/19@11:45AM: AMEX Front of the Line pre-sales for Hamilton are on sale now!

UPDATE - 2/19@10:54AM: I've added all the dates and pre-sale info into the tour section. All the shows are now listed at both the VIP Nation website (except for Milwaukee) and the Rush Music Today website (for the Fan pre-sales). The Milwaukee Summerfest show will not have a VIP Nation pre-sale (it's not a Live Nation event) but it will have a Music Today fan pre-sale. Summerfest will also be running their own pre-sale tomorrow from 10AM-10PM. All of the VIP and Fan pre-sales begin today at Noon local venue time. That means that all of the venues in the Eastern time zone begin at 12PM EST, those in the Central time zone at 12PM CST, etc. This means that the Halifax pre-sale begins in just a few minutes at 12PM AST! It also means that the pre-sales for Hershey, Wantagh, Saratoga Springs, Grand Rapids, Cincinatti, Milwaukee (Fan pre-sale only), and Hamilton begin in about 1 hour from now! Some but not all of the shows are now also listed at Ticketmaster. For questions regarding all the various pre-sales be sure to read my guide to ticket sales and pre-sales.

UPDATE - 2/19@9:28AM: Most of the dates are now listed at the VIP Nation website as well as the Rush Music Today site. I forgot to note that in Rush's original announcement of the Spring dates last month they had mentioned Boston as one of the cities to be included on the Summer leg, but obviously no Boston date was announced today. My guess is that there will still be an as yet unannounced show there on either July 8th or 10th, as well as a possible appearance at the Quebec City Summer Festival on one of those 2 dates. For questions regarding all the various pre-sales be sure to read my guide to ticket sales and pre-sales.

Early this morning Rush announced via the Rush.com newsletter the remaining dates of the Summer leg of the 2013 North American Clockwork Angels tour. Late last week they had announced shows in Hamilton and Halifax on July 6th and 12th respectively, and today have added another 13 shows to make a total of 15 for the Summer leg. Just as we had speculated, the Summer North American leg of the tour will kick off in Hershey, PA on June 21st, then travel the Northeast and Midwest for a total of 9 shows before ending up in Halifax on July 12th. After a 12-day break, things will pick up again out West on July 24th in Calgary for a short run of 6 dates before ending at the Spring Center in Kansas City on August 4th. All of the cities included in this batch had actually already been mentioned in Rush's announcement of the Spring dates last month. We had hoped they would add a few more, but it looks like the band is keeping things simple with only 2 short legs of 9 and 6 dates respectively. They are also playing indoor stadiums rather than outdoor sheds for the most part. Pre-sales for 14 of the 15 dates kick off TODAY at Noon local time (Milwaukee pre-sale starts Wednesday). Here's the announcement with all the details from Rush.com:

RUSH: CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR

ADDITIONAL DATES ANNOUNCED INCLUDING CITIES NOT PLAYED IN OVER A DECADE!

RUSH TO VISIT 20+ CITIES THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA IN 2013

Pre-sales for newly announced shows begin TODAY, TUESDAY FEB 19th at NOON!

RUSH Clockwork Angels Tour will visit an additional 15 cities from June to August across North America, following the previously announced spring dates. The second leg will begin in Hershey on June 21st and complete in Kansas City on August 4th. ...

Following the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, Rush kick off their Clockwork Angels North American Tour 2013 on April 23rd in Austin, TX and will visit Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Nashville, Raleigh, Virginia Beach, Baltimore, Uncasville, and Atlantic City this spring. After returning from their European dates, a second leg will begin in June which will include stops in Hershey, Wantagh, Saratoga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Calgary, Vancouver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, Hamilton, and will finally return to Grand Rapids and Halifax for the first time in decades.

CLOCKWORK ANGELS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ITINERARY

Apr-23 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center On Sale Now
Apr-26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center On Sale Now
Apr-28 Orlando, FL Amway Center On Sale Now
May-1 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena On Sale Now
May-3 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena On Sale Now
May-5 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach On Sale Now
May-7 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena On Sale Now
May-9 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun On Sale Now
May-11 Atlantic City, NJ Etess Arena On Sale Now
Jun-21 Hershey, PA Giant Center On Sale Mon. Feb. 25
Jun-23 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones BeachTheater On Sale Mon. Feb. 25
Jun-25 Saratoga, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center On Sale Mon. Feb. 25
Jun-28 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre On Sale Mon. Feb. 25
Jun-30 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena On Sale Mon. Feb. 25
Jul-2 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center On Sale Mon. Feb. 25
*Jul-4 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest On Sale Fri. Feb. 22
Jul-6 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum On Sale Fri. Feb. 22
Jul-12 Halifax, NS Halifax Metro Centre On Sale Sat. Feb. 23
Jul-24 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome On Sale Fri. Feb. 22
Jul-26 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena On Sale Fri. Feb. 22
Jul-28 Portland, OR Sleep Country Amphitheater On Sale Mon. Feb. 25
Jul-31 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre On Sale Mon. Feb.25
Aug-2 Denver, CO Pepsi Center On Sale Mon. Feb. 25
Aug-4 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center On Sale Mon. Feb. 25

*non-Live Nation event
Itinerary subject to change.

Pre-sales begin at noon on Tuesday, February 19th in select markets for Hershey, Wantagh, Saratoga, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Halifax, Calgary, Vancouver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Kansas City.

To purchase your RUSH Tour package, please visit http://www.vipnation.com/programs/rush---clockwork-angels-tour/ The link is password protected for the first 24 hours for Rush members starting at noon local time on Tuesday, Feb 19th. The password is 2013Rush.

To purchase Presale Tickets and Presale Merchandise please visit http://rush.musictoday.com This fan pre-sale via Music Today begins Tuesday, Feb 19th at noon local time and is open until Thursday, Feb 21st until 5pm local time.

Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets for new US dates (with exception of Milwaukee) through Citi's Private Pass® Program beginning February 20th in select markets. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

AMEX® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets for Hamilton, Calgary and Vancouver shows through American Express Front of the Line program beginning Tuesday, Feb 19th at 10am. For complete presale details visit www.americanexpress.ca/frontoftheline.

For Milwaukee Summerfest, the pre-sale begins Wednesday, Feb 20th at 10AM and public on-sale starts Friday, Feb 22nd at 11am via www.summerfest.com

For those that want to join RUSH at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 28th Annual Induction Ceremony live at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, please visit www.rockhall.com for details. Inductees include RUSH, HEART, PUBLIC ENEMY, DONNA SUMMER, ALBERT KING, RANDY NEWMAN, QUINCY JONES, AND LOU ADLER. With special appearances by John Mayer, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Don Henley, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Gary Clark Jr., Usher, and more to be announced.

See you out on the road!

I'll be updating the tour section this morning with all the details.

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[Rush Clockwork Angels tour official attendance and sales figures]
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Clockwork Angels: The Watchmaker's Edition details, photos posted
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In just a couple of weeks on March 1st, a special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition of the audiobook for Clockwork Angels: The Novel will be released. The special package is designed by Hugh Syme and contains the unabridged audiobook along with a WORKING clocktower . Author Kevin J. Anderson received his author's copy and just posted a detailed description along with photos over at his blog:

... The seven CDs of the novel are specially packaged, and include a special booklet created by Hugh Syme and me, a Rush/KJA/Clockwork Angels timeline, a mini poster ("I can't stop thinking big"), and a full-color clocktower to hold it all. Neil just wrote today to say "It really is a nice piece of work. Prettier than I could have hoped, from every side, and inside, too. Fine materials and finishes. The individual CD jackets are lovely, and the Timeline is a clever touch. I am proud of this piece of work. (And it does keep good time!)" ...

The special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition releases on March 1st and is now available for pre-order through Amazon at this location.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 2/16@8:46AM: As expected, the Edge Magazine issue featuring Neil Peart that I'd mention below is now available online for free download (thanks Mark R). The article was written before the start of last year's Clockwork Angels and Neil describes his preparation routine for touring.

UPDATE - 2/15@1:40PM: Here's some late-breaking news. Now that the July 6th date in Hamilton has been announced, the folks at RushCon have revealed that this year's RushCon will revolve around that date, running the weekend of July 5-7th. The convention will still take place in Toronto but will involve a bus trip to Hamilton to see the show on Saturday. For all the details check out the RushCon website.

Rush finally threw us a tour date bone late last night when they announced via Rush.com the official addition of shows in Hamilton and Halifax for the Summer leg of the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour. They'll be playing a show at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, ON on Saturday, July 6th; and they'll be returning to Halifax, NS for the first time in 26 years for a date at the Halifax Metro Centre on Friday, July 12th. VIP and Fan pre-sales will begin next Tuesday at the usual time of 12PM local time (note that Halifax is 1 hour ahead of EST, so that's 11AM EST). Both shows are listed at the VIP Nation website already although not at the Music Today website yet. The VIP pre-sales will use a password of 2013Rush for the first 24 hours; no password is required for the fan pre-sales. General ticket sales for the Hamilton show will begin next Friday, February 22nd at 10AM through Ticket Master Canada, and general ticket sales for the Halifax show will be handled by Ticket Atlantic/Evenko and begin next Saturday, February 23rd at 10AM (9AM EST). For all the details on the 2013 tour be sure to check out the tour section, and for questions regarding all the various pre-sales be sure to read my guide to ticket sales and pre-sales.

Now that we have 2 official dates announced for the Summer Clockwork Angels tour, we can try to speculate as to the rest of the Summer tour itinerary based on the rumors we've heard thus far and Rush's typical tour scheduling habits (no back-to-back shows, 10-12 date legs with 10-12 day break, etc.). As per Rush's announcement of the Spring leg a few weeks ago, the cities on the Summer leg will include but not be limited to Hershey, Wantagh, Saratoga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Boston, Calgary, Vancouver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Kansas City. They then also called out separately that there will be shows in Halifax and Grand Rapids for the first time in many years. We now know that the Halifax date will be on July 12th, in addition to a previously unannounced Hamilton date on July 6th. From the rumors that I've been able to compile so far, it seems that Rush may have given us a clue as to the order the tour will follow when providing this list of cities. They have the Chicago, Cincinnati and Milwaukee dates listed in that order, and this matches up with the rumored dates I've heard for these cities; that Rush will play on June 28th at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL; on July 2nd at the Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati; and on July 4th at the Milwaukee Summerfest (the July 5th date at the Marcus Amphitheater has been filled, plus they wouldn't play back-to-back anyways with the July 6th Hamilton show; 6/30 is also still a potential date for this). So based on this, I'm guessing that Rush will kick off the Summer tour in Hershey around June 20th or 21st (likely at Hersheypark Stadium), then head to Jones Beach and Saratoga Springs in late June. Then they'll play the Chicago, Cinci, Milwaukee and Hamilton dates. I had been hearing rumors that they'd play Boston at the Comcast Center on July 13th, but now that we know they'll be in Halifax on July 12th that seems unlikely. That leaves June 30th, July 8th and July 10th open for shows and my guess is that Grand Rapids and Boston will fill up 2 of those - with June 30th in Grand Rapids (since its closer to Chicago and Cinci) and July 8th or 10th in Boston making the most sense (since Boston is in relative proximity to Halifax). Although they might also push the Boston date to July 14th (Bastille Day!). Another plausible scenario would put the Milwaukee date on 6/30 and Grand Rapids on 7/4. That would make 10 or 11 dates for that leg of the tour which falls within the pattern Rush has been taking with their tours lately. After their standard 10-12 day break they'll likely head out West to hit the remaining dates they listed in Calgary, Vancouver, Portland, Salt Lake City (which I'm hearing will be on July 31st at the Usana Amphitheater), Denver and Kansas City. To make it an even 10-12 shows they'll probably add at least 3 more dates to the Western leg. That would still leave room for another North American leg or even a South American leg in August/September if they so choose, although I haven't heard any indication that this will happen. Keep in mind that all the speculation on the tour dates above is just that - speculation based on rumors. Nothing is official until Rush makes the announcement. If you think my speculation is way off base, or have some speculation of your own to add, please share in the comments.

Keeping on the subject of the Clockwork Angels tour, longtime Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider was interviewed for the February, 2013 issue of PLSN (Projection, Lights and Staging News) to discuss the lighting and stage show on Rush's Clockwork Angels tour. Howard also talks about how much he enjoys working with Rush. You can check out the entire interview online at this location along with this great photo gallery of the Clockwork Angels tour stage show.

DW Edge magazine #10The 2012-13 edition (issue #10) of Drum Workshop's Edge magazine newsletter features Neil Peart on the cover along with a new article written by Neil titled Gearing Up for the Road. The issue was apparently in a promotional bag for attendees of last month's Winter NAMM show in Anaheim and recently started popping up on eBay. It should also be available for free download at the Drum Workshop's Edge magazine website in the near future. Speaking of Neil, voting in Modern Drummer magazine's 2013 Readers' Poll will be closing later today. Neil Peart is up for voting in several of the categories, so if you haven't yet - go vote!

Rush 2014 40th anniversary wall calendarEarlier this week the cover art for the official Rush 2014 wall calendar was revealed by NMR Distribution via this product listing on their newly revamped website. Not surprisingly, the 2014 calendar will celebrate Rush's upcoming 40th anniversary of the release of their first album back in 1974. The cover art includes the Rush explosion logo from the band's eponymous 1974 debut in the background with an early, 70s-era live photo of the band superimposed in the foreground with the words 40TH ANNIVERSARY | 2014 WALL CALENDAR. The 16-month 2014 calendar will officially release sometime this summer and should be available for pre-order via various online outlets in the near future. NMR distribution will also be releasing a new 24"x36" commemorative tour poster for the band's first show with Neil Peart on drums - Rush's August 14th, 1974 appearance at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. You can check out the listing for the poster online at this location.

Yesterday was Valentine's Day and to celebrate the occasion CBC Music created a bunch of free printable musical valentines including one Geddy-themed Valentine which you can check out here. It has a dreamy photo of Geddy with a sailboat in the background and a verse from Closer to the Heart written on it.

Rumor has it that a Rush-themed t-shirt for Record Store Day this coming April 20th is in the works and will be available for purchase online via the Record Store Day website (thanks Lynn E). To learn more about Record Store Day check out their website at RecordStoreDay.com.

Guitar World March 2013The March, 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine has a short interview on page 33 with Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro where he discusses the band's current setlist and how he likes to insert Rush riffs during certain songs:

... I like to secretly throw in all kinds of stuff during our sets. During [Up the Beach] I'll throw in a piece of Rush's '2112'. Nobody ever catches it. But you'll see me and Stephen [Perkins-drummer] look at each other and smile like, "if Perry [Farrell-vocalist] ever knew we were playing Rush in Jane's Addiction!" [laughs] ... Here's a little-known fact: at the end of [Three Days], I usually break into Rush's 'Xanadu.'" ...

The issue also happens to contain guitar and bass tabs for Fly By Night. Last year Navarro was interviewed in his car by the PopCandiesTV YouTube channel and the interviewer asks him about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dave then explains how much of a travesty it is that Rush hasn't been inducted (at the time of the interview at least). You can check out the video at this link.

Earlier this week Blabbermouth reported that a new KISS biography titled Nothin' To Lose: The Making Of Kiss - 1972-1975 will be released on August 20th. The 544-page hardcover book is written by Gene Simmons and Ken Sharp and includes original interviews with Paul Stanley, Gene, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss, as well as producers, engineers, management, roadies, costume and stage designers, fans, and musical contemporaries from the time, including members of Rush. Rush toured extensively with KISS as their opening act back in the mid '70s. The book is available for pre-order at this location.

This past weekend Ultimate Classic Rock posted their list of the Top 10 Rush Songs of the '80s and topping their list was Limelight.

The Grammy Awards took place this past weekend and Buzzfeed decided to mark the occasion by compiling this eye-opening list of 18 artists that have never won a Grammy, one of whom is Rush of course. Rush is in very good company as such legendary rock acts as Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who, Journey, KISS and Jimi Hendrix have also never won a Grammy. You can check out the entire list online at this location.

This week's episode of the audiojunkies podcast (episode #6) focuses solely on Rush. Hosts Cam, Lee and Mark talk about Rush for 60 minutes. You can give it a listen online at this location.

Reader Pat let me know that professional golfer Rocco Mediate was interviewed for Golf World magazine to discuss his recent victory in his Champions Tour debut this past Sunday. Mediate is good friends with Alex Lifeson and describes how Rush is a part of his warm-up routine:

Rocco Mediate warmed up Sunday ... the way he always warms up at a tournament, with a Venti ice coffee from Starbucks that included a quad shot of espresso and a splash of light mocha. From an iPhone speaker in his back pocket, his favorite band, Rush, was playing his favorite song ("The Garden") from their new album. "Alex Lifeson is a very dear friend," Mediate said of the band's guitarist and backing vocalist. ...

Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson is set to release his next solo album The Raven That Refused to Sing in a couple of weeks and sat down with MusicRadar.com to discuss the album (thanks Kelly M). One of the songs is coincidentally called The Watchmaker and Wilson mentions Rush when describing the track:

... "We got some great bass sounds on the album, thanks to Alan [Parsons]. There's kind of a bass solo on this song, but it's one that I wrote out and planned meticulously. In the past, there haven't been a lot of opportunities for me to explore that. In my solo work, however, I've backed off heavy guitar stuff, which has opened up all of this space for things like keyboards and woodwinds but also this big, upfront lead bass sound. Think Geddy Lee or Chris Squire of John Entwistle." ...

Peter Brocklehurst has posted the next couple of chapters of his Neil Peart diary to his The Legends of Brocklehurst blog. In these chapters Peter covers the events leading up to the European leg of the Roll the Bones tour, where he was once again tasked with driving Neil from show to show. You can check out these installments and Peter's previous chapters at The Legends of Brocklehurst blog.

Thrash metal pioneers Anthrax will be including a cover of Rush's Anthem on their upcoming tribute EP Anthems. The EP is slated for release on March 19th and is available for pre-order at this location. A few weeks ago RollingStone.com made the track available for streaming online at this location. Apparently Rush has already heard the track and given it their seal of approval as pointed out in this RollingStone.com article:

... "A friend of ours sent [Rush guitarist] Alex Lifeson the track ["Anthem"], and he sent an email back saying he thought we did an incredible job with it and the arrangement," guitarist Scott Ian tells Rolling Stone. "And his actual quote was, 'I don't know that we could've done better; we certainly could've done worse.' We couldn't believe it. We were flipping out that Alex Lifeson even knows who our band is." ...

The track is now also available on YouTube. You can listen to it below or at this link:

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

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Rush Clockwork Angels tour official tour dates; Halifax and Hamilton
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UPDATE - 2/15@11:11AM: The Hamilton show is now listed at Ticket Master Canada, and the Halifax show listing is now posted at Evenko (Ticket Atlantic partner).

UPDATE - 2/15@10:37AM: The VIP Nation site is now correctly listing the Halifax date as July 12th.

UPDATE - 2/15@9:59AM: I've added both dates into the tour section. Both are listed at the VIP Nation website but they have the date for Halifax incorrectly listed as July 11th. The VIP Ticket package pre-sales and Music Today fan pre-sales will go on sale for both shows this coming Tuesday, February 19th at 12PM local time (note that Halifax is 1 hour ahead of EST, so that's 11AM EST). The VIP pre-sale will use a password of 2013Rush for the first 24 hours. The Music Today site does not yet have the dates listed. General ticket sales for the Hamilton show will begin next Friday, February 22nd at 10AM through Ticket Master Canada although they don't have the date listed yet. General ticket sales for the Halifax show will be handled by Ticket Atlantic and begin next Saturday, February 23rd at 10AM (9AM EST). For all the details on the 2013 tour be sure to check out the tour section, and for questions regarding all the various pre-sales be sure to read my guide to ticket sales and pre-sales.

Shortly after midnight Rush.com announced details regarding 2 of the Canadian dates to be included in the Summer leg of the 2013 North American Clockwork Angels tour; a show at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, ON and their long-awaited return to Halifax. From Rush.com:

RUSH returns to Halifax and Hamilton

RUSH is excited to announce that after 26 years, they are returning to Halifax, Nova Scotia to perform as part of their Clockwork Angels Tour, on FRIDAY JULY 12 at the Halifax Metro Centre.

They are also pleased to announce a return to Hamilton, Ontario on SATURDAY, JULY 6 at Copps Coliseum.

Both shows will have a pre-sale begin Tuesday, February 19 at noon local time with tour packages password protected for you for the first 24 hours.

Visit http://bit.ly/Rush2013Packages
Password will be 2013Rush

You can also visit rush.musictoday.com/Rush/calendar.aspx for the Fan Club pre-sale that begins Tuesday, February 19 at noon local time and ends Thursday, Feb 21 at 5pm local time.

For those that are American Express card users, there will also be a Front of the Line pre-sale available for the Hamilton show. Please visit www.americanexpress.ca/fronoftheline for more details.

Hopefully the rest of the Summer dates will be coming soon. I'll be updating the tour section this morning with all the details.

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[Rush Spring 2013 Clockwork Angels North American tour official tour date and pre-sales announcement]
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[Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour rumor update]
[Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour announcement coming soon?]
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Neil Peart featured in latest issue of Drum Workshop's Edge magazine
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UPDATE - 2/16@8:46AM: As expected, the issue is now available online for free download (thanks Mark R). The article was written before the start of last year's Clockwork Angels and Neil describes his preparation routine for touring.

DW Edge magazine #10The 2012-13 edition (issue #10) of Drum Workshop's Edge magazine newsletter features Neil Peart on the cover along with a new article written by Neil titled Gearing Up for the Road. The issue was apparently in a promotional bag for attendees of last month's Winter NAMM show in Anaheim and recently started popping up on eBay. It should also be available for free download at the Drum Workshop's Edge magazine website in the near future. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rush official 2014 40th anniversary wall calendar artwork revealed
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Rush 2014 40th anniversary wall calendarThe cover art for the official Rush 2014 wall calendar has been revealed by NMR Distribution via this product listing on their newly revamped website. Not surprisingly, the 2014 calendar will celebrate Rush's upcoming 40th anniversary of the release of their first album back in 1974. The cover art includes the Rush explosion logo from the band's eponymous 1974 debut in the background with an early, 70s-era live photo of the band superimposed in the foreground with the words 40TH ANNIVERSARY | 2014 WALL CALENDAR. The 16-month 2014 calendar will officially release sometime this summer and should be available for pre-order via various online outlets in the near future. NMR distribution will also be releasing a new 24"x36" commemorative tour poster for the band's first show with Neil Peart on drums - Rush's August 14th, 1974 appearance at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. You can check out the listing for the poster online at this location. Thanks to plunge for the heads up.

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Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider discusses the Clockwork Angels tour stage show in new PLSN interview
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Longtime Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider was interviewed for the February, 2013 issue of PLSN (Projection, Lights and Staging News) to discuss the lighting and stage show on Rush's Clockwork Angels tour. Howard also talks about how much he enjoys working with Rush:

... "The band members are true professionals, and what's also great is they all have a great sense of humor. Just look at the humorous videos they create and show just before they hit the stage. They are made up as characters with pot bellies, funny wigs and all. Even when we're not on tour and we go over to Alex's (Lifeson) house for a party, he comes out as a character, so yeah, great bunch of guys, very level-headed. The freedom that they give me with my lighting is very important and allows me to give them my best. I've done other acts where you're micro-managed to the point where you can't really be creative, which is not a good thing. When I use video, it's to bring you closer to the artist while not taking away from seeing the band on stage at the same time. It gives you a little bit of insight with the robotic cameras that we're using now - you can get right in on top of Neil Peart playing the drums, for instance. I'm using the perspective of the fan from the audience - I want to see different angles, viewpoints. I want to do lighting choreography, not only to the music, but also to the lyrics that trigger those cues. Half the show is run manually, which is a great experience!"

You can check out the entire interview online at this location along with this great photo gallery of the Clockwork Angels tour stage show. Thanks to Greg N for the heads up.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Guitarist Dave Navarro on how he likes to insert Rush riffs into Jane's Addiction sets
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Guitar World March 2013The March, 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine has a short interview on page 33 with Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro where he discusses the band's current setlist and how he likes to insert Rush riffs during certain songs:

... I like to secretly throw in all kinds of stuff during our sets. During [Up the Beach] I'll throw in a piece of Rush's '2112'. Nobody ever catches it. But you'll see me and Stephen [Perkins-drummer] look at each other and smile like, "if Perry [Farrell-vocalist] ever knew we were playing Rush in Jane's Addiction!" [laughs] ... Here's a little-known fact: at the end of [Three Days], I usually break into Rush's 'Xanadu.'" ...

Thanks to Jim B (via John at Cygnus-X1.net) for the heads up. The issue also happens to contain guitar and bass tabs for Fly By Night. Last year Navarro was interviewed in his car by the PopCandiesTV YouTube channel and the interviewer asks him about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dave then explains how much of a travesty it is that Rush hasn't been inducted (at the time of the interview at least). You can check out the video below or at this link:

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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It was a relatively quiet week for Rush news as we continue to wait for the official announcement of tour dates for the Summer leg of the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour. I haven't received any definitive information on when these dates will be announced but I'm expecting it will occur within the next few weeks - possibly as soon as early next week. As per Rush's announcement of the Spring leg a couple of weeks ago, the cities on the Summer leg will include but not be limited to Hershey, Wantagh, Saratoga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Boston, Calgary, Vancouver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, Halifax and Grand Rapids. They'll likely add a few more cities to this list and split up the Summer leg into a couple of stretches consisting of 10 or so dates each. So far I've heard that Rush will play on June 28th at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL; on July 2nd at the Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati; the Milwaukee Summerfest for a show around the 4th of July (June 30th is also a possible date for this); early July at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, ON; on July 13th in Boston at the Comcast Center; and on July 31st for a show at the Usana Amphitheater in Salt Lake City. Based on these dates and the fact that the European leg ends on June 10th, I'd speculate that Rush will begin the Summer leg towards the last half of June, run a stretch of dates in the East and Midwest through mid-July, take a break, pick things up again in late July out West and finish off in late Summer. That would still leave room for a South American leg too if they so choose, although I haven't heard any indication that this will happen. For all the details on the 2013 tour be sure to check out the tour section, and for questions regarding all the various pre-sales be sure to read my guide to ticket sales and pre-sales.

Rush and the Rock HallTickets for the upcoming April 18th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony where Rush will be inducted are now on sale to the general public. Multiple price levels are available as shown in this seating diagram but the $75 and $100 level tickets are currently sold out leaving only the higher-priced $350, $500 and $750 levels available. It's not clear whether any of the cheaper tickets will be released at a later date, but there are several available on various ticket broker sites. The ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 18th and Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will be inducting the band. The other inductees are Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, and Donna Summer. Slated to appear at the induction are John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr., who will perform for King, with Mayer giving the induction speech; Don Henley, who will induct Newman; and Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson, who will perform in honor of Summer. Although not officially announced yet, Heart revealed via their Facebook page last week that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden will be doing the honors for them. So what do you think about the Foo Fighters being chosen to induct Rush into the Rock Hall? Take the poll and let us know. Reader (and author) Phil Simon has also created a Facebook group and associated event for the induction for those who plan to attend.

Coheed and CambriaSpeaking of Rush's Rock Hall induction, a couple of Rush's prog-rock peers commented on Rush finally getting the nod in recent interviews this past week. Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez addressed the numerous comparisons of his band to Rush in this interview with radio.com explaining that he's never been a big Rush fan but has recently come to respect the band and their place in rock history:

... Sanchez, admits that it was after all of the comparisons that he's gone back and given several of Rush's albums a critical listen, confessing he actually likes a few. "Some of those records are very important," he adds. Referring to Rush's upcoming Hall Of Fame induction, Sanchez says, "They have a thing that they do, and I think it's important for rock and roll so I think they totally deserve it." ...

Chris Squire - YesCoheed and Cambria released their latest album The Aftermath: Descension this past week. Legendary bassist Chris Squire of Yes was also recently interviewed and asked about Rush's Rock Hall induction, and here's what he had to say to RollingStone.com when asked whether he was upset that Rush was getting inducted before Yes:

... I can't object to that. Logistically, it's probably difficult for whoever the committee is to bring in Yes. Rush is fairly simple. It's the same three guys and always has been. They deserve to be there, no doubt about that. But there still seems to be a certain bias towards early-Seventies prog rock bands like Yes and King Crimson. ...

Yes' upcoming tour will feature complete performances of three of their classic albums from the 1970s: 1971's The Yes Album, 1972's Close to the Edge and 1977's Going for the One. Geddy Lee has often cited Squire as one of his biggest influences as a bass player.

Geddy Lee on How I Met Your MotherThis past Monday Geddy Lee along with several other Canadian celebrities made a guest appearance on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The episode focused on Robin's Canadian teen sensation alter-ego Robin Sparkles. The gang are watching a fake Canadian documentary TV show called Underneath the Tunes that is a take-off on VH1's Behind the Music. The episode focuses on Robin's fall from grace and one of the musicians interviewed in the documentary is Geddy Lee. Geddy had 3 lines in reference to the day when Robin Sparkles lost it and went grunge. The lines were "a little piece of Canada died that day", "That day is now known in music history as the day that grunge was born", and "Halifax, Nova Scotia - Walnut Crunch" in reference to being asked about the place and type of donut he was eating at Tim Horton's at the time. The entire episode is available for streaming online at this location.

Pastrami on ryeSpeaking of Geddy, over the last year ThrashHits.com has been occasionally featuring an article for their Heavy Metal Sandwich series where they ask various hard rock and heavy metal artists to describe their favorite type of sandwich. Earlier this morning they featured Geddy Lee who described his favorite sandwich as a pastrami on rye with dijon mustard and pickles on the side:

... "I'm a big meat fan so this is great. It's a pastrami sandwich but you call it salt beef and in Montreal it's called Montreal smoked meat... Well, just smoked meat. I had a great sandwich in Langer's in Los Angeles while we were recording Clockwork Angels. I love going around the world and eating pastrami sandwiches - there are a couple of places in London that I have to try. Mishkin's is one. You know what? Talking about pastrami like this has given me an idea about the stage props for this tour..."

Thrash metal pioneers Anthrax will be including a cover of Rush's Anthem on their upcoming tribute EP Anthems. The EP is slated for release on March 19th and is now available for pre-order at this location. A few weeks ago RollingStone.com made the track available for streaming online at this location and apparently Rush themselves have given it their stamp of approval. Anthrax's Charlie Benante recently told Classic Rock magazine the following:

... Benante is delighted to report that Rush congratulated Anthrax on their cover of the Canadian's track Anthem. ... "We actually got some feedback from Rush. It was awesome because it was 100 percent positive. Someone sent it to them and it was Alex Lifeson that wrote back and said how much they enjoyed it. It was pretty awesome." ...

Speaking of Rush covers, Chicago-based rock duo Local H released a 5-song EP this past Tuesday called The Another February EP. It contains the radio edit of the Another February track from last year's studio album Hallelujah! I'm a Bum along with 4 cover songs, one of which is a cover of Rush's 2112 Overture / Temples of Syrinx. The band has been playing the song live over the last year and finally released this studio version of the track on SoundCloud back in December in celebration of International Rush Day. You can purchase a digital version of the EP on iTunes or at Amazon as well as the individual track (on iTunes, on Amazon).

Rik Emmett and Alex LifesonCanadian guitarist Rik Emmett of Triumph was recently interviewed for Glide Magazine and had plenty of great things to say about Alex Lifeson in reference to this photo that appears on his website. The photo is from the 2006 GuitarWorkshop Plus where Emmett and Lifeson did a workshop together. You can read the entire interview online at this location.

The Grammy Awards take place this weekend and - not surprisingly - rock music is extremely underrepresented among the Grammy nominees. Jeff Miers of the Buffalo News decided to take matters into his own hands to correct this egregious error and came up with his own personal Alternative Grammys where Rush and other rock acts are very well represented:

Best Rock Album: Rush, "Clockwork Angels" - A revered band at the peak of its prowess.
Best Guitar Solo: Alex Lifeson, "Headlong Flight," (Rush) - A jaw-dropping, dynamic, epic improvisation.
Best Drum Sound: Neil Peart (Rush), "Clockwork Angels."

Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart's Clockwork Angels: The Novel was officially released in the first week of September and debuted at #18 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers list. You can order the standard audiobook version of Clockwork Angels (narrated by Neil Peart) at this location, and the hardcover edition here. Anderson was recently interviewed about the novel in for the Authors On Tour podcast which you can check out online at this location.

Golden GodsVoting for the fifth annual hard rock and heavy metal award show the Revolver Golden Gods opened last week and Rush's Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee are up for the Best Guitarist, Best Drummer and Best Bassist awards respectively. You can vote for Rush in these categories online at this location. At last year's Golden Gods Awards ceremony Rush was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Neil Peart attended to accept the award on behalf of the band.

Ultimate Classic Rock BowlLast week Rush made it to the finals in the 2013 Ultimate Classic Rock Bowl where they were up against Guns 'N Roses. It was a tight race but Rush ended up the victor as voting closed last night at midnight. Over the last few weeks Rush has defeated such lofty opponents as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith and Van Halen. You can view the complete bracket at this location.

The release date for Audio Fidelity's Super Audio CD (SACD) version of Rush's Counterparts has once again been pushed back a few weeks (thanks Scott G). It is now listed at Amazon with a release date of Tuesday, March 5th rather than February 19th and is available for pre-order. For more information visit the Audio Fidelity website.

Paul at The Canadian Music Scene will be interviewing Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton (aka Gump) in the near future and is taking questions from fans. So if there's something you always wanted to ask Lorne, shoot Paul an email at paulbeaulieu@thecanadianmusicscene.com.

Here's the scene from last week's How I Met Your Mother episode which includes Geddy Lee's cameo:

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

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Anthrax's Anthems EP featuring a cover of Rush's Anthem now available for pre-order
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UPDATE - 2/17@6:24PM: Here's Charlie Benante discussing the track for a MusicRadar.com track-by-track analysis of the EP (thanks RushFanForever):

...For the EP, I didn't want to go into the latter part of Rush. It would have been very easy to pick something from Moving Pictures or Permanent Waves, but that, to me, would have been obvious. Anthem could have been a song that we played on our first album. It has that kind of vibe; it's got all the elements. To me, it stood out as the right choice."

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Thrash metal pioneers Anthrax will be including a cover of Rush's Anthem on their upcoming tribute EP Anthems. The EP is slated for release on March 19th and is now available for pre-order at this location. A few weeks ago RollingStone.com made the track available for streaming online at this location and apparently Rush themselves have given it their stamp of approval. Anthrax's Charlie Benante recently told Classic Rock magazine the following:

... Benante is delighted to report that Rush congratulated Anthrax on their cover of the Canadian's track Anthem. ... "We actually got some feedback from Rush. It was awesome because it was 100 percent positive. Someone sent it to them and it was Alex Lifeson that wrote back and said how much they enjoyed it. It was pretty awesome." ...

You can pre-order the Anthems EP on Amazon at this location.

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Geddy Lee describes his favorite sandwich in new interview
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Pastrami on ryeOver the last year ThrashHits.com has been occasionally featuring an article for their Heavy Metal Sandwich series where they ask various hard rock and heavy metal artists to describe their favorite type of sandwich. Today they featured Geddy Lee who described his favorite sandwich as a pastrami on rye with dijon mustard and pickles on the side:

... "I'm a big meat fan so this is great. It's a pastrami sandwich but you call it salt beef and in Montreal it's called Montreal smoked meat... Well, just smoked meat. I had a great sandwich in Langer's in Los Angeles while we were recording Clockwork Angels. I love going around the world and eating pastrami sandwiches - there are a couple of places in London that I have to try. Mishkin's is one. You know what? Talking about pastrami like this has given me an idea about the stage props for this tour..."

Metal rating? 6/6 because Geddy's such a big sandwich fan that his local deli has named a breakfast after him. More importantly, if you see any meat-oriented sandwiches on stage during Rush's world tour this year, you can directly attribute the idea to us. We want credit.

The local deli they mention above is Caplansky's Deli on College street in Toronto. Their sandwich they named after him is The Geddy and is described on the menu as follows:

Lox, salami and eggs all scrambled together with onions and served with rye toast, latkes & apple sauce just the way he likes it. Closer to the heart? You betcha

Back in the Fall of 2011, Unigirl Canada's Campus Cuisine featured Caplansky's Deli and received a personal video lesson on how to make The Geddy from owner Zane Caplansky which you can check out at this link.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Yes' Chris Squire, Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sanchez comment on Rush's Rock Hall induction in recent interviews
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Coheed and CambriaCoheed and Cambria is a modern-era progressive rock band from New York that is often compared to Rush because of their science-fiction-themed concept albums, progressive sound and frontman Claudio Sanchez's high-pitched, Geddy-esque vocal stylings. Sanchez addressed the comparisons in a recent interview with radio.com explaining that he's never been a big Rush fan but has recently come to respect the band and their place in rock history:

... Sanchez, admits that it was after all of the comparisons that he's gone back and given several of Rush's albums a critical listen, confessing he actually likes a few. "Some of those records are very important," he adds. Referring to Rush's upcoming Hall Of Fame induction, Sanchez says, "They have a thing that they do, and I think it's important for rock and roll so I think they totally deserve it." ...

Chris Squire - YesCoheed and Cambria released their latest album The Aftermath: Descension this past week. Legendary bassist Chris Squire of Yes was also recently interviewed and asked about Rush's Rock Hall induction (thanks DOUG1). Here's what he had to say to RollingStone.com when asked whether he was upset that Rush was getting inducted before Yes:

... I can't object to that. Logistically, it's probably difficult for whoever the committee is to bring in Yes. Rush is fairly simple. It's the same three guys and always has been. They deserve to be there, no doubt about that. But there still seems to be a certain bias towards early-Seventies prog rock bands like Yes and King Crimson. ...

Rush and the Rock HallYes' upcoming tour will feature complete performances of three of their classic albums from the 1970s: 1971's The Yes Album, 1972's Close to the Edge and 1977's Going for the One. Geddy Lee has often cited Squire as one of his biggest influences as a bass player. Tickets for the upcoming April 18th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony where Rush will be inducted are now on sale. Multiple price levels are available as shown in this seating diagram but the $75 and $100 level tickets are currently sold out leaving only the higher-priced $350, $500 and $750 levels available. It's not clear whether any of the cheaper tickets will be released at a later date, but there are several available on various ticket broker sites. The ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 18th and Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will be inducting the band. The other inductees are Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, and Donna Summer. Slated to appear at the induction are John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr., who will perform for King, with Mayer giving the induction speech; Don Henley, who will induct Newman; and Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson, who will perform in honor of Summer. Although not officially announced yet, Heart revealed via their Facebook page last week that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden will be doing the honors for them. So what do you think about the Foo Fighters being chosen to induct Rush into the Rock Hall? Take the poll and let us know. Reader (and author) Phil Simon has also created a Facebook group and associated event for the induction for those who plan to attend.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cover of Rush's 2112 included on Local H's The Another February EP
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Chicago-based rock duo Local H released a 5-song EP today called The Another February EP. It contains the radio edit of the Another February track from last year's studio album Hallelujah! I'm a Bum along with 4 cover songs, one of which is a cover of Rush's 2112 Overture / Temples of Syrinx. The band has been playing the song live over the last year and finally released this studio version of the track on SoundCloud back in December in celebration of International Rush Day. You can purchase a digital version of the EP on iTunes or at Amazon as well as the individual track (on iTunes, on Amazon).

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Geddy Lee to appear on How I Met Your Mother tonight
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UPDATE - 2/8@10:24AM: Here's the scene which includes Geddy Lee's cameo:

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UPDATE - 2/5@7:07AM: The full episode is now available for streaming on CBS.com at this location. Other than the line in the promo clip below, Geddy also says, "That day is now known in music history as the day that grunge was born" in relation to the day that Robin Sparkles lost it on stage. And he also says "Halifax, Nova Scotia - Walnut Crunch" in reference to being asked about the place and type of donut he was eating at Tim Horton's at the time she lost it.

How I Met Your MotherAs we learned a few weeks ago, several Canadian celebrities including Geddy Lee will be making a guest appearance on tonight's episode (Season 8, Episode 15: P.S. I Love You) of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Last week Hypable.com broke down a recently released promo video for the show that reveals some details about the episode's premise:

... The promo promises that we'll see how the Canadian teen sensation Robin Sparkles went from pop princess to queen of darkness! The episode will show us a mockumentary showing Robin's fall from grace, which will include appearances by a lot of big name Canadian stars. The episode will feature James Van Der Beek, Jason Priestley, Alan Thicke, Paul Shaffer, Alex Trebek, K.D. Lang, former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page, Rush frontman Geddy Lee, and former Canadian hockey player Luc Robitaille. ...

Geddy Lee on How I Met Your MotherThen over the weekend CBS released another promo video for the episode which shows the gang watching a mockumentary TV show called Underneath the Tunes that is a take-off on VH1's Behind the Music. The mockumentary talks about the day when the dark side of Robin Sparkles was revealed, and depicts Geddy Lee at about the 15-second mark saying, "a little piece of Canada died that day". You can watch the promo on YouTube at this location.

One of the stars of How I Met Your Mother is Jason Segel who also starred in the 2009 film I Love You Man where Rush made a guest appearance. Geddy filmed his spot back on January 10th based on this photo that Rush posted to their Facebook page a few weeks back.

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Triumph's Rik Emmett praises Alex Lifeson in new Glide interview
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Rik Emmett and Alex LifesonCanadian guitarist Rik Emmett of Triumph was recently interviewed for Glide Magazine and had plenty of great things to say about Alex Lifeson in reference to this photo that appears on his website. The photo is from the 2006 GuitarWorkshop Plus where Emmett and Lifeson did a workshop together. Here's what he had to say about Alex:

... He's a lovely guy. You know, he's a sweetheart and originally upon meeting Alex and spending time with him, you kind of get the impression that he's almost even a little shy and a little bit reserved but then the more you get to know him the more you realize he's very much like a renaissance man, like he has a tremendous artistic ability. I don't know if you are aware of the fact that he can oil paint and his paintings are really good. And of course he is a connoisseur of wine and he can fly planes. I mean, the guy is unbelievable. He's got all these renaissance man qualities so that if you sit down and you start to get in a conversation with him that has any depth you start to realize he can hold his own in any intellectual kind of thing. You know, that's more impressive than ever because of course everybody just thinks of him as this guitar player guy, gritting his teeth and playing all these heavy duty chords and stuff in Rush.

But yeah, he's a lovely guy and a great player. He really does have a very wide spirit about the making of music and the making of art. Obviously, when you're in a band like Rush, you're going to have a role and there are going to be certain things that over the years people come to expect: this is what Rush is and this is what Rush does. And their fans kind of go, "Hey, hey, don't get too far out of the mold here. We don't want you to step too far outside." But Alex has as many unexpected and unknown kinds of qualities about him as any other progressive musician/guitar player might. It's just they don't necessarily always show up in the Rush thing. Rush is driven a lot by the bass and drums, by the rhythm section, and then the fact that it's probably one of the most interesting and busy rhythm sections on the planet Earth (laughs). So that sort of gives Alex a certain role that he has to kind of play right there. I think another thing too is there was a time when they did solo albums. Alex did a solo record and Geddy did one and I think they kind of realized, yeah, you know if I'm going to make records, the best records I can make are with those other guys; I don't necessarily want to make them on my own. So he didn't really break free of the mold. Like when I left Triumph, I was leaving. The mold, for me, was going to break. There was no question about it. But I think in his case, he's in a band where he's very, very comfortable in that mold and it's been a very, very successful one. So I think that alters things a little bit. ...

You can read the entire interview online at this location.

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Rush wins the 2013 Ultimate Classic Rock Bowl
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Ultimate Classic Rock BowlLast week Rush made it to the finals in the 2013 Ultimate Classic Rock Bowl where they were up against Guns 'N Roses. It was a tight race but Rush ended up the victor as voting closed last night at midnight. Over the last few weeks Rush has defeated such lofty opponents as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith and Van Halen. You can view the complete bracket at this location.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 2/2@4:11PM: CBS released another promotional video for Monday's episode of How I Met Your Mother where Geddy Lee will make an appearance. The promo shows clips from a mockumentary show called Underneath the Tunes that is a take-off on VH1's Behind the Music . The promo talks about the day when the dark side of Robin Sparkles was revealed, and depicts Geddy Lee at about the 15-second mark saying, "a little piece of Canada died that day". You can watch the promo below or on YouTube at this location (thanks Mark):

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Early last week Rush announced the official North American Clockwork Angels tour dates for the 2013 Spring leg of the tour. The Spring leg will consist of a 9-date run of US dates, kicking off in Austin, TX on April 23rd and running through May 11th in Atlantic City. Pre-sales for these dates ended last week and the general ticket sale began this past Monday. In the announcement of the Spring dates Rush also revealed several of the cities that will be included in the Summer leg, including Rush's long overdue return to Halifax! The cities on the Summer leg will include but not be limited to Hershey, Wantagh, Saratoga, Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Boston, Calgary, Vancouver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, Halifax and Grand Rapids. They'll likely add a few more cities to this list and split up the Summer leg into a couple of stretches consisting of 10 or so dates each. So far I've heard that Rush will play on June 28th at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL; on July 2nd at the Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati; the Milwaukee Summerfest for a show around the 4th or 5th of July; on July 13th in Boston at the Comcast Center; on July 31st for a show at the Usana Amphitheater in Salt Lake City; and a Southern Ontario date (Copps Coliseum in Hamilton most likely) sometime in August. I'm expecting that the official announcement with the Summer dates will occur within the next few weeks. For all the details on the 2013 tour be sure to check out the tour section, and for questions regarding all the various pre-sales be sure to read my guide to ticket sales and pre-sales.

Rush and the Rock HallTicket pre-sales for the upcoming April 18th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony where Rush will be inducted ran all last week with the public on-sale slated to kick off shortly at 10AM PST (1PM EST) today. Multiple price levels are available from $75 all the way up to $750 as shown in this seating diagram. However, the cheaper tickets in the pre-sales went very quickly, leaving many fans with only the option of purchasing the more expensive seats. This will likely also be the case with the public ticket sale today. The ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 18th and Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will be inducting the band. The other inductees are Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, and Donna Summer. Slated to appear at the induction are John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr., who will perform for King, with Mayer giving the induction speech; Don Henley, who will induct Newman; and Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson, who will perform in honor of Summer. Although not officially announced yet, Heart revealed via their Facebook page last week that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden will be doing the honors for them. So what do you think about the Foo Fighters being chosen to induct Rush into the Rock Hall? Take the poll and let us know. Reader (and author) Phil Simon has also created a Facebook group and associated event for the induction for those who plan to attend.

How I Met Your MotherA few weeks ago we learned that several Canadian stars including Geddy Lee will make a guest appearance on this coming Monday's episode (Season 8, Episode 15: P.S. I Love You) of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Yesterday Hypable.com broke down a recently released promo video for the show that reveals some details about the episode's premise:

... The promo promises that we'll see how the Canadian teen sensation Robin Sparkles went from pop princess to queen of darkness! The episode will show us a mockumentary showing Robin's fall from grace, which will include appearances by a lot of big name Canadian stars.

The episode will feature James Van Der Beek, Jason Priestley, Alan Thicke, Paul Shaffer, Alex Trebek, K.D. Lang, former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page, Rush frontman Geddy Lee, and former Canadian hockey player Luc Robitaille. ...

One of the stars of How I Met Your Mother is Jason Segel who also starred in the 2009 film I Love You Man where Rush made a guest appearance. Geddy filmed his spot back on January 10th based on this photo that Rush posted to their Facebook page a few weeks back.

Author and music journalist Martin Popoff is following up his 2004 Rush biography Contents Under Pressure with a new illustrative history of the band titled Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History which is slated for release this coming May. For a description of the book and to pre-order your copy, go to Amazon at this location.

Rockabye Baby! is a record label that releases CDs of popular rock bands' music transformed into lullaby music for babies and parents. Their latest offering is a CD of lullaby renditions of Rush songs which released this past Tuesday and is now available to order. The CD contains lullaby versions of 12 Rush classics including Tom Sawyer, The Spirit of Radio, Limelight and more. You can listen to preview clips of all 12 tracks online at this location and order your copy on Amazon here. John at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the very cute liner notes and made them available online here.

Golden GodsDetails regarding the fifth annual hard rock and heavy metal award show the Revolver Golden Gods were announced earlier this week and Rush's Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee are up for the Best Guitarist, Best Drummer and Best Bassist awards respectively. You can vote for Rush in these categories online at this location. At last year's Golden Gods Awards ceremony Rush was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Neil Peart attended to accept the award on behalf of the band.

Ultimate Classic Rock BowlAnd speaking of voting for Rush, Rush made it to the finals in the 2013 Ultimate Classic Rock Bowl this past week where they are up against Guns 'N Roses in a close race. Over the last few weeks Rush has defeated such lofty opponents as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith and Van Halen, so let's keep the streak going and help them defeat G'NR too! You can vote for Rush at this location once every hour until the voting closes on Sunday at midnight. The results will be announced the Monday after. Music Radar is also running a poll where they are trying to determine the Greatest Bass Player of All Time. So go vote for Geddy Lee!

In what has become a recurring theme on FX's animated sitcom Archer, Krieger's van mural was updated with yet another Rush theme this past week. On the latest episode of the show (Season 4, Episode 2 - The Wind Cries Mary), the van's mural gets updated with a Fly By Night theme, showing the familiar album cover with the title as Van By Night and the owl's face replaced with an image of Krieger's face (screenshot here). This makes the 4th such reference to have occurred on the show. During the season 3 finale Space Race: Part 2 the van was given a Caress of Steel-themed mural with the lettering reading Caress of Krieger (screenshot here). On the finale of season 2 the van had an Exit ... Stage Left-inspired mural which read Exit ... Van Left (screenshot here), and earlier in season 3 the mural had been updated to a Rush Hemispheres theme (screenshot here). There was also a major Rush reference on episode 8 of season 3 last year. In that episode Kreiger is trying to learn YYZ on his Neil Peart-inspired drumkit.

Rush's Clockwork Angels album made Hellbound.ca's list of the top 10 albums of 2012 this past week, coming in at #2. Here's what they had to say:

There are a lot of things about Rush that were surprising in 2012, most of all the fact that the legendary Canadian prog rock band would see to release a steampunk concept album for their 19th studio album. As a longtime fan of the band, I have found myself continuously amazed with the level of creativity and, well, heaviness that the Toronto trio now possesses in their what, fifth decade together as a band? I thought Snakes and Arrows was a great album, but in comparison Clockwork Angels is a downright monster that shows off the many different levels this band is capable of working on. (Sean Palmerston)

Canadian cosmonaut Chris Hadfield with Rush's 2112Canadian cosmonaut Chris Hadfield was featured for a CBC Music piece earlier this week where he talks about music, his musical influences and Rush in a video from aboard the International Space Station. You can read the article and check out the video at this location.

John at Cygnus-X1.net posted the tenth installment of his Rush: A Brief History of Time series earlier this week where he compiles scans and transcriptions of old Rush articles. You can see this latest batch on John's website at this link. Also be sure to check out his chronological listing of all the collected articles from the series at the bottom of the page. This latest batch contains a whopping 113 new articles and advertisements spanning from 1975 all the way through to 2012. Thanks John!

Rush's first live album - 1976's All the World's a Stage - made NoiseCreep's list of the 10 All-Time Greatest Metal Live Albums on Wednesday. Here's what they had to say:

I know, 1981's Exit...Stage Left is a fine piece of work too, but almost too fine: Rush was so tight and precise at that point, the versions aren't very different from the studio counterparts. All the World's a Stage, however, finds the band's early metal outpourings bursting with electricity, energy and a wildness not quite captured on the albums. Geddy Lee's wails wail sharper, and when the band lock in together on highlights like "Anthem," "Bastille Day" and an impressive rendition of the entire "2112" song, you feel like you're in the presence of young gods.

SModcast is a weekly podcast featuring filmmaker Kevin Smith and his long-time producing partner Scott Mosier. On the latest episode (#239) Kevin Smith talks with director Rian Johnson and the 2 discuss Rush a bit at around the 22-minute mark. You can listen in to the SModcast online at this location (thanks Ian H).

Social Media & Software Editor at iLounge Jesse Hollington has included some Rush screenshots in his latest article on the Secrets & Features of iOS 6.1. When discussing iTunes he displays screenshots of Rush albums including Hold Your Fire. Thanks to rosmakloma for the heads up.

Roadrunner Records recently sat down with Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci to talk about the band's next album among other subjects. When talking about his influences Petrucci brings up Rush and Alex Lifeson (thanks ou812112):

... sometimes when I was younger and still to this day I was a huge Rush fan, so that sound, Alex [Lifeson]'s sound and that compositional approach, has always been part of my sound, and I don't think it's something I've never shook off and don't think I want to, because it's something I love, but some of those early big influences remain part of your identity. The challenge, throughout the years, is to make it your own. ...

Omnium Gatherum - BeyondThe follow-up to Finnish death metal band Omnium Gatherum's 2011 release New World Shadows is titled Beyond, and is set to be released on February 25th in Europe and March 5th in North America via Lifeforce Records. The band recorded a cover of Rush's Subdivisions and will include it as bonus material with certain album bundles purchased from the Omnium Gatherum shop as detailed here (thanks Ian). The track will also be available for purchase as a standalone mp3 on Amazon and via other digital music outlets on February 22nd.

Reader liquidmuse3 let me know that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were recently interviewed on the Sound Opinions podcast and talk about Rush and Neil Peart at about the 12-minute mark. You can listen to the podcast online at this location.

Peter Brocklehurst has posted Chapter 11 of his Neil Peart diary to his The Legends of Brocklehurst blog. In this chapter Peter covers the events leading up to the European leg of the Roll the Bones tour, where he was once again tasked with driving Neil from show to show. You can check out this installment and Peter's previous chapters at The Legends of Brocklehurst blog.

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Power Windows Rush fansite residing in it's current home on the 2112.net servers. A big congratulations to the site owner/operator Eric, and a hearty thanks for all he has done and continues to do for the online Rush community. I've gotten to know (as much as you can get to know somebody without ever meeting them) Eric via emailing back and forth over the last several years. He is a great, friendly and talented guy with a very cool website that's an invaluable source of information for Rush fans. I sometimes refer to his site as the Encyclopedia Rushitanica because of all the Rush information he's compiled there over the last 15 years. Happy 15th anniversary Power Windows!!

DB3After releasing a series of instrumental singles back in 2011 including Hollowbody, Sonar and Disappearance, the Alex Lifeson-produced David Barrett Trio is set to release their first full-length studio album this year. The album is produced by Alex Lifeson, Rich Chycki, and Alan Parsons, and features Toronto musicians David Barrett (guitars), Jason Farrar (bass) and Alexander Sascha Tukatsch (drums). Financing for the production was done solely with the help of crowdfunding via RocketHub, and the graciousness of the band's producers, engineer and art house. Last Friday they posted the video for the album's opening track Dive and earlier this week they posted some in-studio footage with Alex Lifeson. In this video Alex conducts a pre-production session with the band as they develop the ending for Great Eastern Sun, the last track on the album:

You can also check out part 2 of the session here. Be sure to keep an eye on the band's Facebook page and their new website for all the latest updates.

That's all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend and a great Superbowl Sunday!

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