Archive: Blog Entries from March, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Goldmine magazine special Rock Hall issue featuring new interview with Geddy Lee
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Rush Goldmine Rock Hall special issueUPDATE - 3/31@8:49PM: The article also contains an interview feature with Rush's fellow Rock Hall inductees Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. Here's what Ann Wilson had to say about Rush:

... I know that Rush deserves to be there. Rush being inducted is a fine moment in rock justice, if there ever was one. I mean that. Those guys are so beloved, and so true to themselves and they are such an amazing band. It has always been a question mark to me sometimes when it comes to people who have been inducted vs. others who have not been inducted. It is sometimes a dog whistle that I can't understand. Where Rush is concerned, it is dead on and it's who should be in there.

And when the interviewer said that they hope Heart gets to jam with Rush at the end of the event, here's what Nancy said:

Me too. I am a super Rush fan. We didn't grow up Rush fans because there was a secret dog whistle that only males could hear. We watched the documentary "Beyond the Lighted Stage," because they are really good friends with our producer. Ben Mink and I thought it would be really cool to see that. I got way into it. I loved the way they had their chicken basting machines and their washing machines as their backline. I loved their intelligence and their humor. I brought it to the tour bus and I watched it with Ann. We have been big Rush fans ever since.

Thanks once again to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up and interview snippets.

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Goldmine magazine has released a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction special issue which contains a feature on Rush including a new interview with Geddy Lee. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the entire article and made it available online at this location. Here are Geddy's comments on what his reactions were when he heard that the band would finally be inducted:

I was pleased, y'know? It wasn't one of those fist-pump things or anything, but I was especially pleased and relieved for our fan base, who made it into a real cause célèbre for the last couple of years. I know how much it means to them. I was pleased they could finally get the monkey off their back. I was also happy and honored to hear this news. ... It's not something I ever thought about, no. It was never really in my control, and I try to take the attitude of, "If you can't control something, don't worry about it." I can't say I ever obsessed over it, no, but I realize it's a great honor, and I'm happy to receive it.

You can read the entire article online here.

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In the Studio with Redbeard Rush Rock Hall induction special coming the week of April 15th
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Rush and the Rock HallSyndicated radio program In the Studio with Redbeard will be airing a special the week of April 15th celebrating Rush's upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From the In the Studio website:

The In The Studio/Facebook poll we conducted said clearly that the majority of Rush fans wanted to celebrate the long-awaited induction of Rush into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by hearing stories and music by Rush members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart about their early albums in Rush, Fly By Night, 2112, A Farewell to Kings, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves, and of course Moving Pictures . So book it for the Rock Hall induction week of April 15. - Redbeard

Just like most of the recent In the Studio Rush specials, it doesn't sound like there will be any new or recent interview segments included. Instead it will probably just consist of recycled interviews from past In the Studio appearances. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Geddy at a Blue Jays gameDespite the uncooperative weather in many locales, spring has arrived and that means baseball season here in the US and Canada. The 2013 major league baseball season kicks off next week, and it's no secret that Geddy Lee is a huge fan of the game. He's been talking a lot about his hometown team the Toronto Blue Jays in several recent interviews and thinks their chances for making the playoffs are pretty good this year. The Blue Jays must have liked all the positive press he's been giving them lately because this past week they announced that Geddy would have the distinct honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Blue Jays home opener against the Cleveland Indians this coming Tuesday, April 2nd. This will be a great way to kick off what stands to be a very big month for Rush. Later in the month on April 18th they'll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and just a few days after that they'll kick off the 2013 leg of the Clockwork Angels tour in Austin, TX. Speaking of the tour, remember to enter the Rush Backstage Club's contest to win a meet & greet with Alex & Geddy if you haven't already. Also, the band has updated the Rush mobile app for the 2013 tour, adding in all the tour dates and some new wallpaper (thanks Mark R). Hopefully I'm wrong, but from everything I've been hearing lately it looks like the band will not be adding any further dates to the 2013 tour at this point. The Ottawa Bluesfest is gearing up for Rush's upcoming July 8th performance at the festival. Yesterday Rush was their artist of the day and they featured a backstage video from the band's 2010 appearance at the festival on their Facebook and Twitter pages which you can check out here.

Rush and the Rock HallEarlier this week the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released some more details on the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month where Rush will be inducted. The induction ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 18th and then be broadcast on HBO on May 18th. In addition to Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters inducting Rush, John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. will perform for inductee Albert King, with Mayer giving the induction speech; Don Henley will induct Randy Newman, who will perform with Jackson Browne and John Fogerty; and Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will perform in honor of the late Donna Summer. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains will perform with Heart, and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden will induct them. Also, Usher will perform a tribute to Quincy Jones and Cheech and Chong will induct producer Lou Adler in honor of both artists' Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Rolling Stone magazine website posted an article earlier this week where they spoke with the Rock Hall Foundation president Joel Peresman about the ceremony:

... The 2013 induction ceremony has made waves with Rush fans, who have been loudly petitioning for the Canadian rockers' inclusion for many years. It's unclear what material Rush will perform at the ceremony, but it's quite possible they will perform with Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl. "Dave and Taylor were one of the first people we thought about to induct Rush," says Peresman. "They said 'yes' in about two seconds. I'm hopeful [they'll play together]. More than a few times in the past, people have got caught in the moment and decide to perform. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction event typically concludes with an all-star jam, though it's a bit hard to picture one within this year's diverse lineup. "I can see Chuck D rapping something and Flavor Flav doing something with the guys from Rush onstage," says Peresman. "You have Dave Grohl around, Don Henley there . . . Who knows what will happen? We have some very interesting people." ...

Last week the Rock Hall released a number of reduced-price tickets for the induction ceremony in both the Orchestra and Loge levels. Tickets in these sections had originally been priced between $350-750 but were offered for just $100. Since those tickets were released the show quickly sold out, although tickets are still available on a number of broker websites, and VIP ticket packages are available (see rockhall.com for details). The Rock Hall is also running a contest through Facebook where the winner will get a trip for 2 to LA for the ceremony.

Last month while Geddy Lee was hitting the interview circuit in New York City, he stopped in to the MLB Networks studio to talk some baseball, and a short, 1-minute video from the interview was released online at the time. In celebration of Wednesday's news that Geddy will be throwing out the first pitch at the Blue Jays home opener Tuesday, MLB Networks released the entire 4-and-a-half minute interview for viewing online via the Blue Jays website. Geddy talks about how he became such a big baseball fan along with what his thoughts on the Blue Jays chances are this year. You can watch the interview online at this location. The Blue Jays open up their season in Toronto against the Cleveland Indians this coming Tuesday, April 2nd. Geddy will also be talking some baseball on Sirius XM's Deep Tracks this coming Monday, April 1st at 2PM for an hour-long interview feature titled Around The Basses with Rush's Geddy Lee. You can get all the details at the Deep Tracks website. Geddy will also be a guest on Toronto sports radio station The FAN 590's Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown on opening day to discuss the Blue Jays and throwing out the first pitch.

Metal Hammer March 2013There's a large feature on Rush in the March, 2013 issue of Metal Hammer magazine titled Rush and the Weird Rise of Prog Metal. John over at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed the entire article earlier this week and made it available online at this location. They speak with Geddy Lee about Rush's contributions as pioneers of heavy progressive music. Towards the end of the article Geddy addresses the band's upcoming 40th anniversary:

.... "I don't think about things like the 40th anniversary. We have no plans to celebrate it. We did enough for the 30th. So, if anything is being planned, it will be without our involvement. We are still looking forward, not back." ...

So this unfortunately makes it sound unlikely that the band will embark on any kind of 40th anniversary tour. You can read the entire article online here.

Music For Newtown is a charity auction that ran all this past week with the aim to unite the music community in support of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. Dozens of musicians donated items for the auction including a signed Neil Peart drumhead and sticks, and a signed (by all three members) 8x10 photo of the band donated by Rush. The auction was sponsored by Republic Records with all proceeds benefiting the Sandy Hook School Support Fund set up through Newtown Savings Bank/United Way of Western Connecticut. For all the details be sure to follow Music For Newtown on Facebook and Twitter, or visit their website at musicfornewtown.org and the auction website here.

The special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition of the audiobook for Clockwork Angels: The Novel officially released earlier this month. The special package was designed by Hugh Syme and contains the unabridged audiobook along with a working clocktower. Author Kevin J. Anderson was recently interviewed for Media Mikes and spoke a little about the Watchmaker's Edition:

... Neil has a gorgeous voice and he wanted to do this. This novel is very close to him and me as well. And what could be better than having Neil Peart read it himself? The novel and the audiobook itself were released last September. "The Watchmaker's Edition" is a very snazzy special edition, with a modeled clock tower with a working clock inside. It has beautiful artwork all around it by Hugh Syme, the cover and album artist. (He's done all of the artwork for Rush's albums dating the way back to "2112″. ) It also has a nice poster inside with a timeline for the "Clockwork Angels" project for Rush and my work as well. Any die-hard Rush fan should have this. ...

The special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition is available for purchase through Amazon at this location.

Last month Rush released The Anarchist as the next single from last year's Clockwork Angels album. The single has finally broke into the top 20 on the Mainstream Rock Charts where it currently sits at #20.

Last Fall Volkswagen released a commercial for the 2012 Passat which featured a man stopped at a traffic light in a Passat rocking out to Rush's Fly By Night (watch it on YouTube here). Reader RushFanForever recently noticed this video outtake from Rush's October Wall Street Journal interview where Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are asked about the commmercial:

... "Sometimes the right idea gets sent to you and it's funny, and you go, 'yeah, funny's good, we'll go with that'! I think we just react to humor." ...

Ari Gold is the writer, director and star of the 2008 air-drumming film Adventures of Power, which featured a cameo appearance by Neil Peart. This past week Gold made the Guinness Book of World Records when he led a performance of the largest ever air-drum ensemble. One of the air-drum moves the group performed was the Adventures of Power vs. Neil Peart Tom-Rototom-Crash 360 - Spin MegaFill as shown in this video and in the photo above. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

The Now Newspaper recently ran an article on South Surrey artist Dave Benning who draws ultra-lifelike acrylic paintings of rock icons, including Rush:

... "When I did the Rush painting, I wasn't a huge fan (of the band) and didn't know a lot about them, so I listened to them for a week beforehand and the whole time I was painting that one," ...

Here is a photo of Benning at a Rush meet-n-greet holding his Rush painting with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Will work for Rush tickets! Just like he did last year, author and RIAB reader Phil Simon is offering to speak for "free" at your organization... but there's one important catch:

Readers of my books and blog posts know that I'm an obsessive Rush fan. I mean, restraining orders. (I'm kidding...sort of.) ... Here's the deal: I'll come to your organization or conference to do a one-hour talk about whatever you like. I'll waive my normal fee. I'll only ask that you do the following:

* Buy a decent number of copies of The Age of the Platform and/or Too Big to Ignore
* Cover my travel expenses (flight, hotel, parking, a bit of food)
* Buy my Rush ticket (usually about $160 USD, and yes, worth every penny)

Clever plan. If you feel like taking Phil up on his offer, you can contact him through his website. Phil Simon is a sought-after speaker, Huffington Post contributor, author of several management books, and a recognized technology expert who consults companies on how to optimize their use of technology. He also loves to stick a bunch of Rush references in all of his books. :)

Sloan bassist Chris Murphy was recently profiled for CBC Radio 2's My Playlist feature, and includes Rush's Subdivisions on his playlist.

The drumming world is mourning the loss of Robert Zildjian who passed away at age 89 yesterday. Zildjan was the founder of musical cymbal manufacturer Sabian - the cymbals that Neil Peart and countless other drummers use. RIP.

Eddie Trunk posted the complete, 38-minute interview he conducted with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson last month to his website earlier this week. Geddy and Alex talk about a number of subjects including Clockwork Angels and the accompanying tour, the upcoming 2nd leg of the tour, the band's future, the Rock Hall induction, baseball and more. You can watch to the interview below or on YouTube at this location.

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend and - for everyone who celebrates it - have a great Easter too!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Geddy Lee to appear on The FAN 590's Prime Time Sports
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Toronto sports radio station The FAN 590's Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown will have Geddy Lee on as a guest this coming Tuesday, April 2nd - opening day for the Toronto Blue Jays where Geddy will have the great honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. McCown announced Geddy's appearance on this afternoon's edition of Prime Time Sports. You can listen to the announcement via the show's 6PM hour podcast here at about the 22-minute mark. Thanks to Warren C for the heads up.

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Geddy Lee talks baseball in new MLB.com interview
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Last month while Geddy Lee was hitting the interview circuit in New York City, he stopped in to the MLB Networks studio to talk some baseball, and a short, 1-minute video from the interview was released online at the time. In celebration of the news yesterday that Geddy will be throwing out the first pitch at the Blue Jays home opener Tuesday, MLB Networks released the entire 4-and-a-half minute interview for viewing online via the Blue Jays website. Geddy talks about how he became such a big baseball fan along with what his thoughts on the Blue Jays chances are this year. You can watch the interview online at this location. The Blue Jays open up their season in Toronto against the Cleveland Indians on April 2nd.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Geddy Lee to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Toronto Blue Jays home opener April 2nd
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UPDATE - 3/27@10:31AM: Here's the official press release.

Geddy at a Blue Jays gameThe official Toronto Blue Jays Twitter feed just posted the following tweet:

Rush frontman, Geddy Lee will be throwing out the Ceremonial First Pitch on @BlueJays #HondaOpeningNight April 2

The Blue Jays open up their season in Toronto against the Cleveland Indians on April 2nd. Geddy has been talking baseball in several of his recent interviews and thinks the Blue Jays have a good chance of getting to the World Series this year. Geddy is a big Blue Jays (and baseball in general) fan and can often be spotted in his seats right behind home plate. Thanks to PetieLee for the heads up.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rock Hall induction ceremony update from RollingStone.com
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UPDATE - 3/26@1:11PM: The Rock Hall has updated the induction's event page and now confirm that Chris Cornell will induct Heart, and they also add that Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains will perform with them.

Rush and the Rock HallThe Rolling Stone magazine website posted an article this morning with some updates on the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month where Rush will be inducted.

... The 2013 induction ceremony has made waves with Rush fans, who have been loudly petitioning for the Canadian rockers' inclusion for many years. It's unclear what material Rush will perform at the ceremony, but it's quite possible they will perform with Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl. "Dave and Taylor were one of the first people we thought about to induct Rush," says Peresman. "They said 'yes' in about two seconds. I'm hopeful [they'll play together]. More than a few times in the past, people have got caught in the moment and decide to perform. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction event typically concludes with an all-star jam, though it's a bit hard to picture one within this year's diverse lineup. "I can see Chuck D rapping something and Flavor Flav doing something with the guys from Rush onstage," says Peresman. "You have Dave Grohl around, Don Henley there . . . Who knows what will happen? We have some very interesting people." ...

The induction ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 18th and then be broadcast on HBO on May 18th. In addition to Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters inducting Rush, John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. will perform for inductee Albert King, with Mayer giving the induction speech; Don Henley will induct Randy Newman, who will perform with Jackson Browne and John Fogerty; and Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will perform in honor of the late Donna Summer. Although it still has not officially been announced yet, Heart revealed via their Facebook page that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden will be doing the honors for them. Also, Usher will perform a tribute to Quincy Jones and Cheech and Chong will induct producer Lou Adler in honor of both artists' Lifetime Achievement Awards. The latest issue of Rolling Stone magaazine (Issue 1179 - March 28, 2013) also has a feature titled Rush's School of Rock where Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are played one song from each of their 5 fellow inductees and asked to comment on them. In typical Canadian fashion, they have mostly nice things to say about all the inductees. They played them Heart's Barracuda, Donna Summer's Last Dance, Randy Newman's You've Got a Friend in Me, Crosscut Saw by Albert King and Public Enemy's Fight the Power. You can read what they had to say by checking out this screenshot of the article. Last week the Rock Hall released a number of reduced-price tickets for the induction ceremony in both the Orchestra and Loge levels. Tickets in these sections had originally been priced between $350-750 but were offered for just $100. Since those tickets were released the show quickly sold out, although tickets are still available on a number of broker websites, and VIP ticket packages are available (see rockhall.com for details). The Rock Hall is also running a contest through Facebook where the winner will get a trip for 2 to LA for the ceremony.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Video of the full, 38-minute Eddie Trunk Rush interview now online
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Last month Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson hit the interview circuit in New York City and caught up with radio DJ and That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk for an interview that aired on Trunk's Q104.3 radio show back on Friday, March 15th. The day after it aired, someone posted audio of the second half of the interview (the last 18 minutes of it) to YouTube at this location. The complete interview was much longer, clocking in at nearly 38 minutes, and Trunk has just posted video of the full interview to his website here. Geddy and Alex talk about a number of subjects including Clockwork Angels and the accompanying tour, the upcoming 2nd leg of the tour, the band's future, the Rock Hall induction, baseball and more. You can listen to the interview below or on YouTube at this location.

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Signed Neil Peart drumhead and sticks up for bidding in Music For Newtown charity auction
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UPDATE - 3/25@4:30PM: There's also a signed (by all three members) 8x10 photo of the band up for bidding (thanks kmpt).

Neil Peart drumhead and sticks: Music For Newtown auctionMusic For Newtown is a charity auction beginning at 3PM EST today and running all this week which aims to unite the music community in support of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. Dozens of musicians have donated items for the auction including a signed Neil Peart drumhead and sticks donated by Rush which you can check out online here. The auction is sponsored by Republic Records with all proceeds benefiting the Sandy Hook School Support Fund set up through Newtown Savings Bank/United Way of Western Connecticut. For all the details be sure to follow Music For Newtown on Facebook and Twitter, or visit their website at musicfornewtown.org and the auction website here.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

New Rush feature in the March, 2013 issue of Metal Hammer
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Metal Hammer March 2013There's a large feature on Rush in the March, 2013 issue of Metal Hammer magazine titled Rush and the Weird Rise of Prog Metal. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the entire article and made it available online at this location. They speak with Geddy Lee about Rush's contributions as pioneers of heavy progressive music. Towards the end of the article Geddy addresses the band's upcoming 40th anniversary:

.... "I don't think about things like the 40th anniversary. We have no plans to celebrate it. We did enough for the 30th. So, if anything is being planned, it will be without our involvement. We are still looking forward, not back." ...

So this unfortunately makes it sound unlikely that the band will embark on any kind of 40th anniversary tour. You can read the entire article online here.

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Geddy Lee to appear on Sirius XM's Deep Tracks
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Sirius XM Deep TracksGeddy Lee will be a guest on Sirius XM's Deep Tracks on Monday, April 1st for an interview feature titled Around The Basses with Rush's Geddy Lee. From the Deep Tracks website:

Rush bassist Geddy Lee gives us his picks and predictions for the base runners in the 2013 MLB season, and discusses and plays music from the influential bass players in his life. Listen to this hour-long exclusive discussion with Deep Tracks host Earle Bailey!

Airtime: Monday April 1, 2 pm ET
Rebroadcasts: Tuesday April 2, 11 pm ET; Thursday April 4, 6 am ET; Saturday April 6, 12 pm ET

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Much to the delight of their Atlantic Canadian fans, early last week Rush announced that they'd be adding a 2nd Halifax show to the Clockwork Angels tour itinerary on July 14th. Then this past Friday afternoon they announced that they'd be filling the July 10th slot on the tour with a return to the Festival d'été de Québec (Quebec City Summer Festival) where they had played a show back in the Summer of 2010. Tickets for both of these shows went on sale this past weekend. The addition of these 2 dates brought the number of shows on the Eastern leg of the Summer North American tour up to 12. They are still scheduled to play just 6 shows out West for the 2nd leg and at this point it's looking unlikely that Rush will be adding any further dates. The Spring leg of the tour kicks off one month from tomorrow on April 23rd in Austin, and the band is currently hunkered down in rehearsals. With the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour looming, the Rush Backstage Club is bringing back its contest to win a meet & greet with members of Rush! For all the details and to enter go here. Also on a tour-related note, Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton has made some updates to his website at LorneWheaton.com including new pictures and video.

Rush and the Rock HallJust 5 days before the tour kick-off next month, Rush will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Earlier this week Ticketmaster released several reduced-price tickets for the induction ceremony in both the Orchestra and Loge levels. Tickets in these sections had originally been priced between $350-750 but were made available for just $100! I'm not sure how long this deal will last, so get them while you can. It looks like they may be out of the Orchestra level seats now, although Loge level seats remain. The induction 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 that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden will be doing the honors for them. Alex and Geddy were interviewed for the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine (Issue 1179 - March 28, 2013) for a 1-page feature titled Rush's School of Rock where the pair were played one song from each of their 5 fellow 2013 Rock Hall inductees and asked to comment on them. In typical Canadian fashion, they have mostly nice things to say about the inductees. They played them Heart's Barracuda, Donna Summer's Last Dance, Randy Newman's You've Got a Friend in Me, Crosscut Saw by Albert King and Public Enemy's Fight the Power. Here's what they said about Public Enemy:

LIFESON: I never listened to stuff like this, but I always found it fascinating.
LEE: You can groove to this. I know people who were really into this kind of music and had lots of respect for Public Enemy. Obviously it's a different way of delivering the message, and the rhythms were so infectious. I do a little rap on "Roll the Bones", and even "Tom Sawyer" to a certain degree has a spoken-word intro. It's not rap, essentially, but in a way it's our version of it.
LIFESON: Yeah, we invented rap [laughs].

You can check out a screenshot of the entire article here.

RushCon 13The folks at RushCon released several more details regarding this year's convention late last week including travel information and the event schedule. The 13th annual RushCon will be held in Toronto on July 5-7th, 2013 to coincide with the Rush concert in Hamilton, ON on July 6th. The convention will consist of 3 days of Rush-filled events, including a Friday night opening mixer with a private tour of Massey Hall, a Saturday day trip to Lakeside Park, the Rush show in Hamilton Saturday night, an Anthem Records tour on Sunday, a full day of convention events at the Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday, and a private party at the Orbit Room Sunday night! You can register now online at this location. 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.

Rush Record Store Day t-shirtRush has made available a Rush-themed t-shirt for Record Store Day this coming April 20th which can now be pre-ordered in both men's and women's sizes via BullMoose.com. The t-shirt comes in black with a red and blue design on a cream-colored background. The design depicts the iconic Rush starman logo with the words Record Store Day and the April 20th date. To learn more about Record Store Day check out their website at RecordStoreDay.com.

Last Friday CBC Radio's Q with Jian Ghomeshi announced that Rush's Closer to the Heart had won their contest to determine the official Canadian 70s rock anthem:

... Inspired by the passionate fight going on in Massachusetts right now over which song will become its official state rock song. We decided to launch our own Q contest to find Canada's official 70s rock anthem and you sent us a deluge of nominations. The Q team powered through the flood of entries and after some passionate deliberations a winner was chosen... RUSH. "Closer to the Heart". ...

Thrash metal pioneers Anthrax have included a cover of Rush's Anthem on their tribute EP Anthems which released earlier this week. The EP also includes covers of Thin Lizzy's Jailbreak, AC/DC's TNT, Cheap Tricks' Big Eyes, Boston's Smokin' and Journey's Keep On Runnin', along with a new Anthrax original track Crawl. Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian spoke a little about Rush and the Anthems EP in a recent interview with Radio.com:

... the EP was named after [Rush's], "Anthem." Rush's version, which opens their second album (1975's Fly By Night) is not one of their big radio hits, but Ian says that his bandmates are Rush fanatics and wanted to go for a deep cut: "I'm certainly a Rush fan but [Drummer] Charlie [Benante] and [bassist] Frankie [Bello] and Joey are like, Rush nerds. They know every single thing about Rush." ... Ian says he's not surprised that they are finally [being inducted in the Rock Hall]. "People take Rush seriously, they're not everyone's cup of tea, but everyone has a respect for that band whether you like them or not." ...

You can purchase Anthems through Amazon here or via iTunes at this location. You can also listen to the track on YouTube here.

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. The film features Zombie's wife Sheri Moon as a Rush-loving DJ turned coven member. Blabbermouth also reports that the soundtrack will include Rush's The Spirit of Radio along with classic tracks from The Velvet Underground, Manfred Mann, Rick James and an original score by Zombie's guitarist John 5. The soundtrack releases on April 16th and is now available for pre-order at this location. Zombie is a well-known Rush fan and is 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.

Reader Alex L pointed me to this recent interview with drummer Ian Mosley of English prog-rock band Marillion. He had some nice things to say about Rush and Neil Peart in the interview:

... Neil Peart is an amazing player. We opened up for Rush on our Misplaced Childhood tour. He is a great player and Rush is a phenomenal band. They have also been around a long time and are huge here in England. They are also a bunch of great guys, they deserve to be elected into the Hall of Fame. ...

You can read the entire interview online at this location.

John at Cygnus-X1.net posted an old gallery of rare Rush concert photos to his website earlier this week. The photos are from a show Rush played at Aviation Field, Forest Park in St. Louis back on April 13th, 1975 during the KSHE 95 Kite Fly Festival. The gallery even caught the attention of the St. Louis Dispatch who mentioned it in their Joe's St. Louis column (thanks morgannauk) earlier this week. The gallery even shows an image of all 3 Rush members signing autographs (Neil too!). You can check out the gallery online at Cygnus-X1.net. And speaking of KSHE 95, the station will be sponsoring a show at the Pageant in St. Louis on Saturday, April 13th to celebrate Rush's Rock Hall induction with Rush tribute band Thunderhead: The Rush Experience.

Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson released his solo album The Raven That Refused to Sing last month and recently sat down to discuss the album with German magazine Spiegel. In the interview he's asked about what one band he'd like to produce and answers Rush.

A few weeks ago Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson hit the interview circuit in New York City and caught up with radio DJ and That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk for an interview that aired last Friday night on Trunk's Q104.3 radio show. In case you missed it, someone posted audio of most of the interview (18 minutes of it - the first couple of minutes were cut off) to YouTube earlier this week at this location. Geddy and Alex talk about touring, the band's future, the Rock Hall, baseball and more. We didn't learn much in the way of new information, but it was an enjoyable interview nonetheless. Geddy did mention that the band plans on taking a year or so off after this tour before starting another project, but still left things wide open as far as the band's future goes. You can listen to the interview below or on YouTube at this location. Eddie will also be posting video of the full interview to his website at a later date.

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

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Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem soundtrack to include Rush's The Spirit of Radio
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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. The film features Zombie's wife Sheri Moon as a Rush-loving DJ turned coven member. Blabbermouth also reports that the soundtrack will include Rush's The Spirit of Radio along with classic tracks from The Velvet Underground, Manfred Mann, Rick James and an original score by Zombie's guitarist John 5. The soundtrack releases on April 16th and is now available for pre-order at this location. Zombie is a well-known Rush fan and is 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.

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Rush Backstage Club contest: Win a Rush meet & greet!
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Rush Meet & Greet passesWith the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour just one month away, the Rush Backstage Club is bringing back its contest to win a meet & greet with members of Rush! From the website:

The contest you have all been waiting for: Win a Meet and Greet with members of RUSH! We will draw one lucky winner for every city on the upcoming RUSH North American and UK Tour to win a pair of meet and greet passes to meet members of RUSH.

IMPORTANT: You MUST have tickets to the show already in order to be eligible to win the meet and greet passes. Tickets to the concert are not included with the meet and greet passes prize.

NOTE: When filling out the contest form, please fill in the "City" field with the city where you have tickets for a RUSH Clockwork Angels tour concert. Do not enter the city where you are from unless RUSH is playing a concert in that city and you have tickets to that concert. If you are going to see RUSH on this tour in several cities, you may enter ONCE for each show you are attending.

Only one entry PER PERSON PER CONCERT DATE. This contest closes on July 22, 2013. Draws will take place approximately 1-2 weeks prior to show date. If you are selected as a potential winner, you will have 48 hours to respond to our email stating that you are a potential winner for your city. If you do not respond within this window of time, your prize will be forfeited automatically.

For all the details and to enter go here. Rush kicks off the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour one month from tomorrow in Austin, TX.

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Rush on their fellow 2013 Rock Hall inductees in new Rolling Stone article
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Rolling Stone - Issue 1179 - March 28, 2013There's a short 1-page article in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magaazine (Issue 1179 - March 28, 2013) titled Rush's School of Rock where Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are played one song from each of their 5 fellow 2013 Rock Hall inductees and asked to comment on them. In typical Canadian fashion, they have nothing but mostly nice things to say about all the inductees. They played them Heart's Barracuda, Donna Summer's Last Dance, Randy Newman's You've Got a Friend in Me, Crosscut Saw by Albert King and Public Enemy's Fight the Power. Here's what they said about Public Enemy:

LIFESON: I never listened to stuff like this, but I always found it fascinating.
LEE: You can groove to this. I know people who were really into this kind of music and had lots of respect for Public Enemy. Obviously it's a different way of delivering the message, and the rhythms were so infectious. I do a little rap on "Roll the Bones", and even "Tom Sawyer" to a certain degree has a spoken-word intro. It's not rap, essentially, but in a way it's our version of it.
LIFESON: Yeah, we invented rap [laughs].

You can read the entire article by clicking on the thumbnail above. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up and the screenshot.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Reduced-price $100 Orchestra and Loge level tickets for Rock Hall induction ceremony released by Ticketmaster
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UPDATE - 3/26@9:54AM: Tickets now look to be sold out.

UPDATE - 3/22@10:51AM: It looks like they may be out of the Orchestra level seats now, although Loge level seats remain. They may always release more at a later date though.

Rush and the Rock HallTicketmaster has just released several reduced-price tickets for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in both the Orchestra and Loge levels. Tickets in these sections had originally been priced between $350-750 but can now be purchased for just $100 as of this post! I'm not clear what this means to those who had already purchased tickets in these sections for the higher price. Knowing the way Ticketmaster operates, my guess is that no refunds will be given. I'm not sure how long this deal will last, so get them while you can. Many thanks to Stephen T for the heads up. The induction 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 that Chris Cornell of Soundgarden will be doing the honors for them.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Anthrax's Anthems EP featuring a cover of Rush's Anthem released today
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UPDATE - 3/21@2:55PM: Here's a recent interview with Anthrax's Scott Ian where he talks about Rush and the Anthem cover:

... the EP was named after [Rush's], "Anthem." Rush's version, which opens their second album (1975's Fly By Night) is not one of their big radio hits, but Ian says that his bandmates are Rush fanatics and wanted to go for a deep cut: "I'm certainly a Rush fan but [Drummer] Charlie [Benante] and [bassist] Frankie [Bello] and Joey are like, Rush nerds. They know every single thing about Rush." ... Ian says he's not surprised that they are finally [being inducted in the Rock Hall]. "People take Rush seriously, they're not everyone's cup of tea, but everyone has a respect for that band whether you like them or not." ...

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UPDATE - 3/21@2:55PM: Here's a recent interview with Anthrax's Scott Ian where he talks about Rush and the Anthem cover:

... the EP was named after [Rush's], "Anthem." Rush's version, which opens their second album (1975's Fly By Night) is not one of their big radio hits, but Ian says that his bandmates are Rush fanatics and wanted to go for a deep cut: "I'm certainly a Rush fan but [Drummer] Charlie [Benante] and [bassist] Frankie [Bello] and Joey are like, Rush nerds. They know every single thing about Rush." ... Ian says he's not surprised that they are finally [being inducted in the Rock Hall]. "People take Rush seriously, they're not everyone's cup of tea, but everyone has a respect for that band whether you like them or not." ...

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UPDATE - 3/19@11:17AM: Here's a review from Examiner.com:

... The EP opens strong with Rush's "Anthem." Joey sounds exactly like a young Geddy Lee. It's remarkable. One would've thought Geddy was singing on the record. ....

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Thrash metal pioneers Anthrax have included a cover of Rush's Anthem on their tribute EP Anthems which released today. You can listen to the track below or on YouTube at this location. The EP also includes covers of Thin Lizzy's Jailbreak, AC/DC's TNT, Cheap Tricks' Big Eyes, Boston's Smokin' and Journey's Keep On Runnin', along with a new Anthrax original track Crawl. Wayne Parry of the Associated Press reviewed the EP and had nothing good to say about Rush although he liked it otherwise:

There's a revelation on Anthrax's "Anthems" EP: Rush's music is annoying, no matter who plays it. ... But the rest of this all-too-short disc is like hard-rock comfort food, hewing closely to the originals, with some special Anthrax sauce on the side. ...

Alex Lifeson also heard the track and gave it his seal of approval as pointed out in this RollingStone.com article from last month:

... "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." ...

You can purchase Anthems through Amazon here or via iTunes at this location.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Rush's Closer to the Heart wins Q's Canadian 70s rock anthem contest
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Rush concert photoOn Friday CBC Radio's Q with Jian Ghomeshi announced that Rush's Closer to the Heart had won their contest to determine the official Canadian 70s rock anthem:

... Inspired by the passionate fight going on in Massachusetts right now over which song will become its official state rock song. We decided to launch our own Q contest to find Canada's official 70s rock anthem and you sent us a deluge of nominations. The Q team powered through the flood of entries and after some passionate deliberations a winner was chosen... RUSH. "Closer to the Heart". ...

Thanks to Paul at The Canadian Music Scene for the heads up.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Eddie Trunk Q104.3 Rush interview available online
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A couple of weeks ago Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson hit the interview circuit in New York City and caught up with radio DJ and That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk for an interview that aired last night on Trunk's Q104.3 radio show. In case you missed it, someone posted audio of most of the interview (18 minutes of it - the first couple of minutes were cut off) to YouTube at this location (thanks simont2112). Geddy and Alex talk about touring, the band's future, the Rock Hall, baseball and more. We didn't learn much in the way of new information, but it was an enjoyable interview nonetheless. Geddy did mention that the band plans on taking a year or so off after this tour before starting another project, but still left things wide open as far as the band's future goes. You can listen to the interview below or on YouTube at this location. Eddie will also be posting video of the full interview to his website at a later date.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Rush Record Store Day t-shirt now available for pre-order
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Rush Record Store Day t-shirtLast month I'd mentioned in a Friday Rush updates post that Rush would be making a Rush-themed t-shirt available for Record Store Day this coming April 20th. The t-shirt design was recently revealed via BullMoose.com and can now be pre-ordered in both men's and women's sizes. The t-shirt comes in black with a red and blue design on a cream-colored background. The design depicts the iconic Rush starman logo with the words Record Store Day and the April 20th date. To learn more about Record Store Day check out their website at RecordStoreDay.com. Thanks to Lynn E for the heads up.

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RushCon 2013 event details released, registration opened
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RushCon 13The folks at RushCon have just released several more details regarding this year's convention including travel information and the event schedule. The 13th annual RushCon will be held in Toronto on July 5-7th, 2013 to coincide with the Rush concert in Hamilton, ON on July 6th. The convention will consist of 3 days of Rush-filled events, including a Friday night opening mixer with a private tour of Massey Hall, a Saturday day trip to Lakeside Park, the Rush show in Hamilton Saturday night, an Anthem Records tour on Sunday, a full day of convention events at the Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday, and a private party at the Orbit Room Sunday night! You can register now online at this location. 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.

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Rush to play the Quebec City Summer Festival on July 10th
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Just as we had been anticipating for a few weeks now, Rush has filled their July 10th date on the 2013 leg of the Clockwork Angels tour with a planned appearance at the Festival d'été de Québec (Quebec City Summer Festival). The band also played this same Festival back in the Summer of 2010. Tickets for the festival go on sale tomorrow, March 16 via infofestival.com. From the Rush.com announcement:

... Rush is bringing their epic Clockwork Angels Tour to the Festival d'été de Québec on July 10. They'll be playing the Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham in what will be their only show in Québec. And what a show ─ this will be a huge production with projections, special effects and even the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble to add a complex layer of sound to both their new work and their rich repertoire.

Remembering the enthusiastic Festival crowds in 2010, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson are excited to be back.

"We know that Rush will blow our many rock fans away. And because this is their only stop in the province, we expect people to be coming in from all over to see these three world-famous rock stars who are still going strong after almost 40 years", program director Louis Bellavance was proud to say. ...

This likely will be the last date added to the tour itinerary for 2013.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 3/15@1:25PM: Note: Rush just confirmed a July 10th date at the Quebec City Summer Festival as we had anticipated.

Rush's July 12th show in Halifax will be their first visit there in over 25 years, so it's not surprising that the show quickly sold out, leaving several Atlantic Canadian Rush fans ticketless. Much to the delight of these fans who were unable to get tickets to the July 12th date, earlier this week Rush decided to add a second show in Halifax on July 14th. So Rush will be celebrating Bastille Day with all of their Halifax-area fans. This is probably bad news for those Boston area fans who had hoped that Rush would be rescheduling the previously-announced Boston show - since July 14th had made the most sense for a rescheduled show there. Rush still has an open slot on July 10th between Ottawa and Halifax that could potentially be filled by a show at the Comcast Center. But from what I've been hearing, the band's July 10th slot will likely be filled by another Canadian date - the Quebec City Summer Festival being one likely option. Tickets for the July 14th Halifax show go on sale tomorrow at 10AM ADT (9AM EST), and there are also VIP ticket packages still available.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson - On TapThis past Wednesday Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were guests on the new syndicated nightly radio show On Tap Presented by VH1 Classic. The show aired from 7PM-midnight on Wednesday and included several pre-taped interview segments with Alex and Geddy at various times throughout the broadcast. A three-minute video clip of one of the interview segments was posted to the On Tap Facebook page earlier this week. In the clip host Nik Carter chats with Geddy and Alex about the band's upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and what it means to them. The On Tap studio is located in New York City so the interview was probably taped during Alex and Geddy's recent trip to the Big Apple. The pair are now likely getting ready to enter the rehearsal studio if they haven't already. According to a couple of recent tweets, Neil Peart's drum tech Lorne Wheaton is heading to Los Angeles this weekend for drum rehearsals:

Truck loaded and SoCal bound. Next stop......drum rehearsal!!! I look forward to seeing my boss

Tuesday Mar. 12.....off to the RUSH bat cave, to load one of our tour trucks. SoCal bound Sunday.......;0)

Dave Grohl SXSW keynote addressThe 2013 leg of the Clockwork Angels tour kicks off less than six weeks from now on April 23rd in Austin. And just 5 days before that they'll finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Speaking of which, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will be doing the honors of inducting Rush at next month's ceremony. Grohl also had the honor of making the keynote address yesterday at this year's SXSW festival and mentions Rush at about the 9:40 mark of this YouTube video of the speech:

... I would set up pillows in the formation of a drumset on my bed and play along to records until there was literally sweat dripping down the Rush posters on my walls ...

One of the many interviews Alex and Geddy conducted while visiting New York City a couple of weeks ago was with radio DJ and That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk. Trunk announced via his website yesterday that this interview will air tonight on his Q104.3 radio show:

... This Friday on Q104.3 show will be an all new interview with Geddy & Alex of Rush! I recorded it a week and a half ago and we talk about the new album, tour, old albums, baseball, and the bands future. Don't miss this all new exclusive interview this Friday. Show starts at 11PM ET. You can listen in the NYC area over 104.3 FM or anywhere in the US via the free stream at www.q1043.com or with the free iheartradio app. If using the app hit Q104.3/NY/Classic Rock. Please note I have no control on streams being available outside the USA. The show this Monday on SiriusXM is recorded. Back live there 3/25. Also I have video of the entire Rush interview. That will be posted first for AA Members of the site, then a week later for all here after the audio runs on all radio outlets. Look for that around 3/25 for members, the next week free to all. ...

You can stream Eddie Trunk's Q104.3 show live at www.q1043.com.

Thrash metal pioneers Anthrax have included a cover of Rush's Anthem on their upcoming tribute EP Anthems. The EP will be released this coming Tuesday, March 19th and is available for pre-order at this location. 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." ...

You can listen to the track on YouTube at this location and pre-order Anthems here.

Rush was featured on episode 3 of VH1's new pop culture memorabilia series For What It's Worth last week. The show follows hosts Gary Dell'Abate and Jon Hein as they explore the fascinating world of music and pop culture memorabilia. In the episode they visit photographic archivist Michael Ochs who has one of the world's largest collections of rock and pop culture photographs. At one point Jon Hein reveals that he's a huge Rush fan and asks Michael if he has any Rush photographs. Michael admits to not being a fan himself but proceeds to show Jon his collection which consists of an entire file cabinet. Jon then rifles through the cabinet and pulls out a few of the photos to sample. He singles out Rush's glam photo from the mid-'70s and proceeds to make fun of it. He then pulls out a photo of Neil Peart, remarking at how he's one of the best rock drummers of all time. And then finally shows a '70s-era photo of the crowd at a Rush concert. After this Gary breaks in with a public service announcement stating that since they taped this particular show Rush had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and therefore now deserve a second file cabinet. You can watch the episode online at this location. The Rush segment runs from about the 5:20 mark to the 7-minute mark.

The 2013 Sennheiser Music Express Awards were announced earlier this week and Rush won in several categories including Top Group, Top Live Arena Act and Top New Album (for Clockwork Angels). The online awards were determined by polling the readers of the Music Express Digital magazine. You can check out the complete results online at this location.

Reader undernorthernlights let me know about an AV Club story from earlier this week where they feature a tumblr feed consisting of photos of the rear ends of progressive rock artists. One of the photos featured in their story is this '70s-era image of Alex Lifeson checking himself out in a mirror with Geddy looking on.

Reader The Clansman 2112 wanted me to let you all know that several spots are open for his annual rushisaband Fantasy Baseball League. It's a 20 Team Roto League and they'll have a live online draft on the evening of Sunday, March 24th. They don't play for money - just for fun and bragging rights, so it's free to join. To sign up go to this link and use the League ID 10882 with Password atmsite.

Here's a 3-minute video excerpt from Alex and Geddy's Wednesday On Tap appearance:

That's it for this week. Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody! Many thanks to Eric at Power Windows for supplying the shamrock starman above.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Eddie Trunk Rush interview special to air tomorrow on Q104.3
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UPDATE - 3/16@1:57PM: Someone posted audio of most of the interview (18 minutes of it) to YouTube at this location (thanks simont2112).

A couple of weeks ago Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson hit the interview circuit in New York City and caught up with radio DJ and That Metal Show host Eddie Trunk for an interview that was to air at a later date. Trunk just announced via his website that this interview will air tomorrow night on his Q104.3 radio show:

... This Friday on Q104.3 show will be an all new interview with Geddy & Alex of Rush! I recorded it a week and a half ago and we talk about the new album, tour, old albums, baseball, and the bands future. Don't miss this all new exclusive interview this Friday. Show starts at 11PM ET. You can listen in the NYC area over 104.3 FM or anywhere in the US via the free stream at www.q1043.com or with the free iheartradio app. If using the app hit Q104.3/NY/Classic Rock. Please note I have no control on streams being available outside the USA. The show this Monday on SiriusXM is recorded. Back live there 3/25. Also I have video of the entire Rush interview. That will be posted first for AA Members of the site, then a week later for all here after the audio runs on all radio outlets. Look for that around 3/25 for members, the next week free to all. ...

You can stream Eddie Trunk's Q104.3 show live at www.q1043.com.

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Dave Grohl mentions Rush in his SXSW keynote address
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UPDATE - 3/15@7:18AM: The speech is also now up on YouTube - the part on Rush comes in at the 9:40 mark.

Dave Grohl SXSW keynote addressOn Thursday, April 18th Rush will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will be doing the honors of inducting Rush at the ceremony. Grohl also had the honor of making the keynote address at this year's SXSW festival today in Austin, TX and mentions Rush at about the 19:45 mark of this video of the speech (thanks barboy2112):

... I would set up pillows in the formation of a drumset on my bed and play along to records until there was literally sweat dripping down the Rush posters on my walls ...

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Rush to guest on VH1 Classic's On Tap tomorrow
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UPDATE - 3/13@5:39PM: On Tap airs tonight on these radio stations from 7PM to midnight. Most of the stations listed offer online streaming. According to the On Tap Facebook page, Geddy and Alex will be hanging out for the entire show and they'll be playing a good number of Rush tunes:

Do NOT miss tonight's show! We've got Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson of RUSH hanging out ALL SHOW LONG! Plus we'll spin plenty of Rush tunes and tons of rock and roll!

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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson - On TapGeddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will be guests on tomorrow's episode of the new syndicated nightly radio show On Tap Presented by VH1 Classic. You can find out where to listen to the show on the On Tap website here. A three-minute preview clip of the interview was posted to the On Tap Facebook page earlier today. Host Nik Carter chats with Geddy and Alex about the band's upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and what it means to them. You can check that out below or on Facebook here.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Rush featured on VH1's For What It's Worth
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Rush is featured on the most recent episode of VH1's new pop culture memorabilia series For What It's Worth. The show follows hosts Gary Dell'Abate and Jon Hein as they explore the fascinating world of music and pop culture memorabilia. In last week's episode they visit photographic archivist Michael Ochs who has one of the world's largest collections of rock and pop culture photographs. At one point Jon Hein reveals that he's a huge Rush fan and asks Michael if he has any Rush photographs. Michael admits to not being a fan himself but proceeds to show Jon his collection which consists of an entire file cabinet. Jon then rifles through the cabinet and pulls out a few of the photos to sample. He singles out Rush's glam photo from the mid-'70s and proceeds to make fun of it. He then pulls out a photo of Neil Peart, remarking at how he's one of the best rock drummers of all time. And then finally shows a '70s-era photo of the crowd at a Rush concert. After this Gary breaks in with a public service announcement stating that since they taped this particular show Rush had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and therefore now deserve a second file cabinet. You can watch the episode online at this location. The Rush segment runs from about the 5:20 mark to the 7-minute mark. Thanks to Rubinowits for the heads up.

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Rush wins three Music Express Awards
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The 2013 Sennheiser Music Express Awards were announced yesterday and Rush won for Top Group, Top Live Arena Act and Top New Album (for Clockwork Angels). The online awards were determined by polling the readers of the Music Express Digital magazine. You can check out the complete results online at this location. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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Rush Clockwork Angels tour: second Halifax show added on July 14th
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UPDATE - 3/14@2:01PM: There's a Live Nation pre-sale running today using the password SWOON (thanks Maurice).

UPDATE - 3/12@12:51PM: VIP and Music Today fan pre-sales are underway. Note that the VIP Nation pre-sale for this show is using the password HaliRush (rather than 2013Rush like the other shows on this leg).

Rush.com announced this morning that they are adding a second show in Halifax on July 14th:

After the first show on July 12 sold out in minutes, Rush changed their schedule to accommodate a second show for the city they haven't been to in over 2 decades and announces a second show in Halifax on July 14 at the Metro Centre. "We are thrilled that the good folks of Halifax have forgiven our long absence from their beautiful city and have decided to come out and celebrate with us!!" said Geddy Lee. Come rock with Rush in Halifax on July 14!

Bastille Day in Halifax! Tickets go on sale this coming Saturday, March 16th at 10AM. A VIP pre-sale and Music Today Fan pre-sale will kick off tomorrow at 10AM. I'll be adding all the details to the tour section shortly. We are also expecting the band to add one more Canadian show on July 10th - the Quebec City Summer Festival being one likely option.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

New Tandem Digital website features Rush, Neil Peart videos
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Tandem Digital 2112Tandem Digital is the company that produces many of the custom concert videos that are seen playing in the background at Rush concerts. They also are responsible for designing Neil Peart's website at NeilPeart.net. This past week they launched a newly-designed website at tandemdigital.com which features several examples of the work they did for Rush including the introduction video to 2112 and the three-camera video of Red Barchetta, both from the Snakes & Arrows tour. From the website:

For the Red Barchetta video we mounted three cameras in the back of a pickup truck and drove around California for a couple of days, driving down the center line of the road to get nicely framed shots. Once the material was in the computer we reversed the action so it looked like we were shooting forwards.

They also have some great videos in the Neil Peart section of their site:

In 2005 Neil Peart hired Tandem Digital to produce his first original website, NeilPeart.net. Since then we have worked on three concert videos, which play during his drum solos. For the last two RUSH tours we animated a 3D drumming robot called "The Percussor", who can be found depicted in the pages of the novel that accompanies the latest RUSH album Clockwork Angels.

You can check out the Rush Concert Videos, the Neil Peart Videos and the
Neil Peart Drum videos online at tandemdigital.com. They also have most of the videos available on their YouTube channel. Thanks to John atCygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Updates and other random Rush stuff
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UPDATE - 3/8@1:43PM: Here's a minor late-breaking news item for your Friday enjoyment courtesy Eric at Power Windows. Norwegian prog rockers El Doom And The Born Electric will be offering an exclusive tour shirt on their upcoming UK tour which features a tribute to Rush's iconic Starman image.

Neil PeartRush's winter vacation is about to come to an end as the 2013 leg of Rush's Clockwork Angels tour kicks off in just a month-and-a-half from now on April 23rd. The week before that on April 18th they'll finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so things are about to get very busy for the band. Last week Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson hit the PR interview circuit in New York City to promote the tour and the induction, and are now likely beginning to prep for rehearsals. Neil Peart posted another news update to his website this past week where he describes what he's been up to on his extended winter break. Neil describes his February vacation in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec where he spent a lot of time skiing, snowshoeing and enjoying the natural surroundings. He then goes on to talk about his January hiking trip with his friend Greg Russell in the Santa Monica Mountains and spending time with his 3-year-old daughter Olivia. You can read the entire thing on Neil's website at this location. There still hasn't been any word on additional tour dates, but we continue to expect the band to at least add one more Canadian show on July 10th - the Quebec City Summer Festival being one likely option.

Guitar World April 2013The April, 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine contains a feature on Rush with the cover tagline Rush 2112: The Making of a Masterpiece. The article itself is titled Big Time Rush and includes an interview with Alex Lifeson where he discusses the making of 2112, the band's upcoming Rock Hall induction and more. John over at Cygnus-X1.net transcribed the article earlier this week and made it available online at this location. Here's what Alex had to say about the band's upcoming induction:

... our position has always been that if we're not part of that scene, that's okay. But I think for our fans, they were pretty pissed! And that's the thing about Rush fans. They're very vocal with their piss-iness. [laughs] So it's nice to have it happen. And we will go to the ceremony and graciously accept the honor, for us and also for our fans. We'll get up and play a few songs and make it a really special event. I know my mom's going, I think all our moms are going. They're pretty excited about it. ... there are certainly still lots of fans that are not happy with the decision to put us in the Hall of Fame. They feel that we should have stayed out. But it's not such a big deal. At the end of the day, let's all just be happy.

The interviewer also asked whether Alex thinks that the second side of 2112 gets overlooked, and Alex had some interesting things to say regarding one song in particular:

... Absolutely. And I think we in the band are guilty of that as well. We always think of that one song. But we loved the ones on the other side as well. "A Passage to Bangkok," "Something for Nothing," "Lessons" ... And I've often wanted to bring back "The Twilight Zone," because it's such a quirky little song. It would be really cool to attack it again with sort of our new way of approaching our older material. ...

After several delays Audio Fidelity's Super Audio CD (SACD) version of Rush's Counterparts was officially released this past Tuesday. The SACD is now available for purchase through Amazon and other outlets. For more information visit the Audio Fidelity website. According to readers Michael O and chutch15, there are some notable track length differences on the Counterparts SACD versus the original release. Stick It Out is 18 seconds longer and Nobody's Hero is 10 seconds longer on the SACD. There are about an extra four measures or so included at the tail end of each song.

There were a couple of significant Rush references on US television this past week. One of the $1600 answers on last Friday's episode of Jeopardy! made reference to Rush and Neil Peart:

Neil Peart of this band gets his sound with Pro Mark NP Signature 747 drumsticks

The question of course was - What is Rush? The contestant answered correctly although host Alex Trebek mispronounced Neil's last name. Rush was also referenced on the show back in February of 2011. And there was another Rush reference on Tuesday night's episode of Conan O'Brien during Conan's monologue. Conan was talking about how the Cardinals in Rome have begun the process of choosing a new Pope and went on to say the following:

... The top choice for the new Pope could be a Canadian. Isn't that amazing? If elected Pope his first act would be to grant sainthood to Wayne Gretzky, Celine Dion and Geddy Lee from Rush ...

He then points out a few folks in the audience who cheered his joke, remarking that they were a little Rush section over there, and saying that he just outed them as Rush fans. You can watch Conan's monologue online at this location.

Patrick McLoughlin - photo by Paul BeaulieuPaul at The Canadian Music Scene posted an article profiling Patrick McLoughlin of Showtech Merchandising earlier this week, where he picks his brain about the business of Rush merchandising:

... RUSH is on the top end of the scale when it comes to merchandising. Just like the quality of RUSH's music and shows the quality of the merchandising products needs to be at the same high level. RUSH does not get involved deeply in the design of the products but have the ultimate say whether it gets sold or not. Hugh Syme works closely with the band on album designs and tour programs. Patrick does a lot of the design for the products. ...

He also touches on the logistics of touring with a band like Rush:

... Showtech has a semi-tractor trailer that is on the road with the rest of the band's convoy. ... Patrick shares the tour bus with Skully, Scott Appleton, George, Lorne Wheaton, John Arrowsmith, Jack Secret and Howard Ungerleider. ... On days off they usually explore the city and in the case of John and Patrick they bring their inline skates to help keep them in shape. Days off provide the luxury of going to bed as early as you want, the problem is actually trying to get to sleep! Was Patrick's tour bus the place to party on the Clockwork Angels Tour... apparently not, that honour fell to the String Section's tour bus!

Signed HYF tourbookBe sure to check out the entire article online at this location. And speaking of the Rush Backstage Club, they are currently running a new contest where you could win a Hold Your Fire tourbook signed by all 3 members of Rush. From the contest description:

This is a rare opportunity to win a very special RUSH collectible: A Rush Hold your Fire tourbook from the Hold Your Fire Tour, autographed by Geddy, Alex and Neil. Note, because this item is not brand new, it has aged with time and has a slight bit of noticeable wear. It is not damaged in any way whatsoever, but the winner should know that this item does show its "vintage" nature.

The contest closes on March 19th and only one entry per person is allowed. For all the details and to enter go to this location.

Earlier this week Yahoo! News published a story and photo gallery promoting the Tuesday night series premiere of CNBC's Treasure Detectives (thanks FirstFanInMichigan). One of the photos in the accompanying slideshow describes the discovery of a rare original Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia, the car featured in Rush's Red Barchetta:

This 1950 Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia was not really lost, but it was out of the public eye for nearly half a century (much like the car stashed in a barn in the 1981 song "Red Barchetta" by Rush). This rare intact example of the original Ferrari racing car (only 166 were made, per the name) went from disuse to the cover of the September/October 2006 issue of Cavallino Magazine and then was shown at the 2007 Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach, Fla.

The National Midnight Star was an email-based Rush fan newsletter that ran from June 1990 until the late 90's. The first 700 or so entries of the newsletter are available online at this link. Members of the NMS would often post one-line Deep Rush Thoughts to the newsletter and John over at Cygnus-X1.net decided to compile all of these Deep Thoughts in one place. You can check out the complete list of posted Deep Rush Thoughts that originally appeared on the NMS over at John's website here.

Rush's Moving Pictures album gets some love in this AllMusic article celebrating the music of 1981 (thanks Jon G).

Reader Gilbert M let me know that the Friday, February 22nd edition broadcast of the CBC Radio program As it Happens had a story about a Heavy Metal Literature course offered by English professor Martin Jacobsen at West Texas A&M University. The name of the course is Introduction to Literature, Heavy Metal As A Literary Genre and there are a few Rush references in the podcast which you can listen to online at this location. The story in question runs from the 44:45 mark until the 50:41 mark. There's a Rush reference starting at 47:14, and at the 49:50 mark the professor describes the following week's curriculum as Rush week where the class will read Ayn Rand's Anthem and study the lyrics of 2112, Anthem and Freewill.

Three separate writers at 411mania.com compiled a list of their top five prog rock bands earlier this week, and all three of them placed Rush at #1 on their respective lists (they also all had Pink Floyd at #2). Here's what Jeremy Thomas had to say:

I don't believe we've ever had three people with the exact same top two in this column before. I guarantee it hasn't happened in the last few years. The reason for that is because we all have such different tastes as music critics and fans. Thus, the fact that we all put Floyd and Rush in the top two tells you how dominating they are of this field. Rush is not the first prog rock band in history but they are certainly the group that by and large perfected it, at least in terms of progressive rock that was musically accessible. Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart (and John Rutsey before Peart) have created some of the most well-known and brilliant rock albums of all time, and they are finally getting their due this year in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is an honor that is long overdue.

Reader Gabe let me know about a new documentary about the historic Bayou club in Washington, D.C which closed in the late '90s. At about the 40 minute mark in the documentary they talk about how in the mid 1970's former Rush lighting man Tim Pace went from working Rush tours to working at club, and brought a whole bunch of Rush lighting equipment and their old lighting board with him. You can find more information about the documentary at this location.

Gibson.com posted their list of the Top 10 Rock Drummers of All Time last week and Neil Peart came in at #2 behind Led Zeppelin's John Bonham (thanks bervisx1). Here's what they had to say:

Drummer and lyricist for Rush, Neal Peart is hailed in many circles as the quintessential rock drummer. He's known for his ingenious drum parts and intense solos with lead passages that rock hard and prove the drums, indeed, can be a lead instrument. No Rush concert is complete without Peart's sparking, obligatory drum solo, and his syncopated drumming style certainly has its own distinct sound and aura. You can always tell when it's Peart playing.

Geddy Lee on Q104.3Geddy Lee was a guest of Q104.3's Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning Show last Thursday for an in-studio interview. Geddy discussed 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 is posted online and you can watch it at this location. There's also this gallery of photos from the interview. Earlier this week Q104.3 posted a 1-minute video of bonus footage from Geddy's interview called Four Questions with Geddy Lee. Geddy reveals the most surprising thing on his iPod, his thoughts on the Blue Jays chances of making the playoffs this year, and more. You can watch the footage below or at this location:

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend and don't forget to set your clocks ahead!

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Canadian Music Scene profiles Showtech's Patrick McLoughlin and the Rush Backstage Club
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Patrick McLoughlin - photo by Paul BeaulieuPaul at The Canadian Music Scene recently posted an article profiling Patrick McLoughlin of Showtech Merchandising, where he picks his brain about the Rush Backstage Club and the business of band merchandising:

... RUSH is on the top end of the scale when it comes to merchandising. Just like the quality of RUSH's music and shows the quality of the merchandising products needs to be at the same high level. RUSH does not get involved deeply in the design of the products but have the ultimate say whether it gets sold or not. Hugh Syme works closely with the band on album designs and tour programs. Patrick does a lot of the design for the products. ...

He also touches on the logistics of touring with a band like Rush:

... Showtech has a semi-tractor trailer that is on the road with the rest of the band's convoy. ... Patrick shares the tour bus with Skully, Scott Appleton, George, Lorne Wheaton, John Arrowsmith, Jack Secret and Howard Ungerleider. ... On days off they usually explore the city and in the case of John and Patrick they bring their inline skates to help keep them in shape. Days off provide the luxury of going to bed as early as you want, the problem is actually trying to get to sleep! Was Patrick's tour bus the place to party on the Clockwork Angels Tour... apparently not, that honour fell to the String Section's tour bus!

Be sure to check out the entire article online at this location.

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Alex Lifeson's April, 2013 Guitar World interview available online
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Guitar World April 2013Last week I'd mentioned that the April, 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine contains a feature on Rush with the cover tagline Rush 2112: The Making of a Masterpiece. The article itself is titled Big Time Rush and includes an interview with Alex Lifeson where he discusses the making of 2112, the band's upcoming Rock Hall induction and more. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed the article and made it available online at this location. Here's what Alex had to say about the band's upcoming induction:

... our position has always been that if we're not part of that scene, that's okay. But I think for our fans, they were pretty pissed! And that's the thing about Rush fans. They're very vocal with their piss-iness. [laughs] So it's nice to have it happen. And we will go to the ceremony and graciously accept the honor, for us and also for our fans. We'll get up and play a few songs and make it a really special event. I know my mom's going, I think all our moms are going. They're pretty excited about it. ... there are certainly still lots of fans that are not happy with the decision to put us in the Hall of Fame. They feel that we should have stayed out. But it's not such a big deal. At the end of the day, let's all just be happy.

The interviewer also made the following observation about the ending of 2112:

GW: "Grand Finale," the final section of "2112," concludes with the phrase, "Attention all planets of the solar federation. We have assumed control." The first sentence is made up of seven words. The second is made up of four. Each is uttered three times. Mathematically, that comes to 21 words for the first sentence, and 12 for the second. 2112.

Alex: Oh, I didn't know about that!

GW: So it wasn't intentional?

Alex: No. But that's pretty cool! That's the first time I heard that ... but yes, that's exactly what we were thinking!

GW: You learn something new every day.

Alex: Absolutely. I had no idea. ...

Be sure to check out the entire interview here.

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Rush reference on last night's Conan O'Brien
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Conan O'BrienThere was a Rush reference on last night's episode of Conan O'Brien during Conan's monologue. Conan is talking about how the Cardinals in Rome have begun the process of choosing a new Pope and goes on to say the following:

... The top choice for the new Pope could be a Canadian. Isn't that amazing? If elected Pope his first act would be to grant sainthood to Wayne Gretzky, Celine Dion and Geddy Lee from Rush ...

He then goes on to point out a few folks in the audience who cheered his joke, remarking that they were a little Rush section over there, and saying that he just outed them as Rush fans. You can watch Conan's monologue below or online at this location. Thanks to bucklemyshoe for the heads up.

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New Neil Peart news update at NeilPeart.net
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[NEWS, WEATHER, and SPORTS: March, 2013 - Winter Latitudes]

Neil PeartNeil Peart has once again updated the news page on his website with a story titled Winter Latitudes. Neil describes his February vacation in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec where he spent a lot of time skiing, snowshoeing and enjoying the natural surroundings. He then goes on to talk about his January hiking trip with his friend Greg in the Santa Monica Mountains and spending time with his 3-year-old daughter Olivia. You can read the entire thing on Neil's website at this location.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New Rush Backstage Club contest: win a signed tourbook
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Signed HYF tourbookThe Rush Backstage Club is running a new contest where you could win a Hold Your Fire tourbook signed by all 3 members of Rush. From the contest description:

This is a rare opportunity to win a very special RUSH collectible: A Rush Hold your Fire tourbook from the Hold Your Fire Tour, autographed by Geddy, Alex and Neil. Note, because this item is not brand new, it has aged with time and has a slight bit of noticeable wear. It is not damaged in any way whatsoever, but the winner should know that this item does show its "vintage" nature.

The contest closes on March 19th and only one entry per person is allowed. For all the details and to enter go to this location.

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Rush Counterparts SACD released today
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UPDATE - 3/6@5:32PM: According to readers Michael O and chutch15, there are some notable track length differences on the Counterparts SACD versus the original release. Stick It Out is 18 seconds longer and Nobody's Hero is 10 seconds longer on the SACD. You get about an extra four measures or so out of each song.

After several delays Audio Fidelity's Super Audio CD (SACD) version of Rush's Counterparts is officially released today. The SACD is now available for purchase through Amazon and other outlets. For more information visit the Audio Fidelity website.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Geddy Lee Q104.3 bonus interview footage now available
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Geddy Lee on Q104.3Geddy Lee was a guest of Q104.3's Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning Show last Thursday for an in-studio interview. Geddy discussed 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 is posted online and you can watch it at this location. There's also this gallery of photos from the interview. And just today Q104.3 posted a 1-minute video of bonus footage from Geddy's interview. Geddy reveals the most surprising thing on his iPod, his thoughts on the Blue Jays chances of making the playoffs this year, and more. You can watch the footage below or at this location:

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Rush and Neil Peart reference on tonight's episode of Jeopardy!
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One of the $1600 answers on tonight's episode of the American quiz show Jeopardy! made reference to Rush and Neil Peart:

Neil Peart of this band gets his sound with Pro Mark NP Signature 747 drumsticks

The question of course was - What is Rush? The contestant - Craig - answered correctly. Thanks to Dave for the heads up and screenshots. Rush was also referenced on the show back in February of 2011.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff
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Tickets for the 15 North American dates recently added to the Summer leg of Rush's Clockwork Angels tour all were on sale to the public as of Monday of this past week. Then on Wednesday the lineup for this year's Ottawa Bluesfest was announced and it was revealed that Rush will be headlining the Festival on Monday, July 8th. Tickets went on sale yesterday at 10 AM via Capital Tickets. It's still expected that Rush will be adding another Canadian date on July 10th, possibly as part of the Quebec City Summer Festival, although nothing has been confirmed yet. There's also still no word on whether Rush is working to reschedule the previously-announced show in Boston. The Power Windows website reported earlier this week that the planned Clockwork Angels tour concert video would be releasing this Fall on September 24th. They later retracted that date, citing Rush's management as saying that no release date has been confirmed as of yet. That said, it will still likely follow the same pattern as previous releases, and end up being available later this Fall close to Christmas. Last month there had been a false report by MusicTap.net that the DVD would be released as early as May. 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. On another tour-related note, the sales and attendance figures in the tour section for both legs of the Snakes & Arrows tour and the 2010 leg of the Time Machine tour are finally complete thanks to reader Sean. You can check them out here (2007 leg), here (2008 leg), and here (2010 Time Machine leg).

Geddy Lee on Q104.3WSJ Spreecast chatGeddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were all over New York City this past week doing the PR interview circuit to promote Rush's upcoming Rock Hall induction and the 2013 leg of the Clockwork Angels tour. On Tuesday afternoon they did a slew of interviews, one of which was a live, 30-minute Spreecast chat hosted by Conor Dougherty of The Wall Street Journal. Over 1000 people were online watching the event and several great questions were asked, although no earth-shattering news was revealed. If you missed it you can watch the entire thing online here. Geddy was also a guest of Q104.3's Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning Show yesterday for an in-studio interview. Geddy discussed 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 and you can watch it at this location. There's also this gallery of photos from the interview.

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson also stopped in to the VH1 Studios Wednesday afternoon to tape an interview for VH1's Big Morning Buzz program. The episode aired yesterday morning on VH1 and is available for viewing online at this location. Carrie Keagan is a big fan and spent much of the time gushing over the boys. They also talked about the band's Rock Hall induction and upcoming tour in the 6-minute interview.

Geddy Lee also paid a visit to the MLB Studios in New York Tuesday 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. There's also a short, 1-minute video of a portion of Geddy's interview that was posted online by MLB Networks at this location. 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 for an interview that will air on Trunk's Q104.3 radio show on March 15th. The pair also stopped in at the Nights with Alice Cooper studio Tuesday as shown in this Facebook photo, although it's not clear whether they were interviewed or if they just stopped by to say hi to their old touring buddy. Geddy was also spotted at the offices of US Weekly/Rolling Stone as well, most likely for yet another interview. And both Alex and Geddy visited the Sirius XM Studios as shown in these photos from Getty Images (thanks RushFanForever). Suffice it to say that a lot of band interviews should be surfacing in the coming days/weeks.

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.

The special Clockwork Angels: Watchmaker's Edition of the audiobook for Clockwork Angels: The Novel is officially released today. The special package is designed by Hugh Syme and contains the unabridged audiobook along with a WORKING clocktower. Author Kevin J. Anderson posted a detailed description of the package along with photos over at his blog a couple of weeks ago:

... 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 is now available for order through Amazon at this location.

On Rush's 2012 Clockwork Angels tour Alex Lifeson used custom Lerxst Omega amplifiers from MojoTone. Yesterday they announced that they are partnering with Alex Lifeson to make these available for sale. From the press release:

... 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.

Rush bobbleheadsThe Rush Backstage Club is once again offering for sale the very popular Rush Bobblehead dolls. They are available for purchase from the Rush Backstage website as a set for $59.99.

Billboard compiled a list of the 40 highest-paid musicians of the past 12 months earlier this week and Rush made the cut coming in at #28 with a total of $8,719,834.30. 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.

In the lead-up to the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour, Rush has released the third single from the album: The Anarchist. John over at Cygnus-X1.net got his hands on a copy of the single and put together a page with the artwork and liner notes at this location. The single contains the full 6:52 album version along with a 4:18 radio edit.

Guitar World April 2013The April, 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine recently hit newsstands and contains an article feature on Rush titled Rush 2112: The Making of a Masterpiece. The article includes an interview with Alex Lifeson where he discusses the making of 2112, the band's upcoming Rock Hall induction and more.

MusicRadar.com recently ran a poll to determine the Greatest Bass Player of All Time and Geddy Lee ended up coming in at #2. Here's what they had to say:

It's Geddy Lee. The Rush man has inspired thousands to pick up the bass guitar, and many of the other bassists in this rundown cite him as an influence. A leading frontman, songwriter and a remarkable bass talent, it's no surprise he remains perennially popular with you guys.

Beware of Mr. BakerNeil Peart is one of several drummers featured in Jay Bulger's documentary on legendary drummer Ginger Baker - Beware of Mr. Baker. The film screened in select theaters last month and will be released on DVD in May; it can be pre-ordered at this location. You can watch a clip from the film featuring Neil Peart in a couple of spots (1:50, 2:15 marks) at this location. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

Rock Hall 2013 inductees t-shirt designThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame store has started selling a commemorative 2013 Inductee Class t-shirt through their online store. The t-shirt comes in black and includes a design with all the names of the 2013 inductees including Rush. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

The Broward Beach New Times posted a satirical article today which lists 5 Musicians, Other Than Morrissey, Who Might Have Food Restrictions at Their Concerts. One of their selections is Rush and here's what they had to say:

Dietary Restriction: Only sausages being served on premises.
Press Release: Singer Geddy Lee proclaims, "After years of looking out at our audience and seeing a ratio of men to women that approximated 20:1 or 30:1 we decided to celebrate our fans with an honest to goodness sausage party. We will offer canned Vienna sausages, little cocktail wienies, and massive bratwursts!"

Jammit!Jammit! has added Vital Signs to the long list of Rush tracks already available for the Jammit! app which includes nearly the entire Moving Pictures album, Closer to the Heart, 2112, and Headlong Flight. For more information and to listen to some demo tracks, visit the Rush page at the Jammit website. The Jammit app is available for both the iPhone and iPad, as well as for Mac and PC.

Last month Escrow.com auctioned off an autographed bass guitar signed by all three members of Rush with all proceeds going to benefit The Fender Music Foundation charity. The black Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass ended up raising more that $10,000 as described in this DN Journal article. The article also includes this photo of Neil Peart signing the guitar.

Reader Michael R let me know that YouTube user mrjoneys2112 recently uploaded a bunch of old Rush bootlegs to YouTube at this location. If you enjoy Rush live bootlegs I highly suggest that you check them out.

Here is Geddy Lee's Q104.3 interview from yesterday:

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

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Rush featured in April, 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine
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Guitar World April 2013The April, 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine recently hit newsstands and contains an article feature on Rush titled Rush 2112: The Making of a Masterpiece. The article includes an interview with Alex Lifeson where he discusses the making of 2112, the band's upcoming Rock Hall induction and more.

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