MTV.Com just released an ARTICLE about the R30 DVD package and discussions about the upcoming new Rush CD.Lee hopes the band will write quickly and have the new album ready for a summer 2006 release. However, he's not sure it's a realistic goal. "Vapor Trails took 14 months and Feedback took three weeks, so at this stage it's safe to say that we have no idea when the next one will be ready."
As reported at Power Windows, the DVD re-issue of Exit...Stage Left is set for a February release date in the U.S. Source: Zoe/Rounder Release Dates.
The renowned Rush bassist/vocalist on the R30 anniversary DVD, band history, cool covers, "flamenco bass," the Fender Jazz and more ..."Geddy Lee's inventive, kinetic bass lines and distinctive vocals have been the foundation of Rush's decade-spanning career since he and childhood friend Alex Lifeson formed the band in the Toronto area in 1968."Read the entire interview by clicking |HERE|.
According to a Billboard.Com Article, Lifeson confirms that many past Rush concert videos will be transfered to DVD.To the delight of long time fans, their well-worn VHS copies of "Exit...Stage Left," "Grace Under Pressure Tour" and "A Show of Hands" will soon be replaced with DVD reissues.Read the entire article by clicking |HERE|.
"Everything's been remixed to 5.1, and that was the intention -- to keep it all intact, except for the remix," guitarist Alex Lifeson tells Billboard.com. "So it's available in surround." It remains to be decided if the releases will be made available individually or packaged together. "I'm guessing a box set -- that would make more sense," Lifeson says.
Music In Review: Rush 1974-1981 is a 48-page book and 2-DVD set from the UK company known as "Classic Rock Legends". Set to be released in the US on January 10th, the DVD provides commentary from several radio DJ's about the impact of Rush music. Though repleat with many innaccuracies, there are some worthy attributes to this package (Rare footage from Don Kirschner's Rock Concert in 1974 and the Pink Pop Festival in 1979). Click |HERE| to pre-order this from Amazon.com
The Sunday morning VH-1 Classics show "Hanging With", where members of classic rock bands talk about their career and the work they have done over the years will feature Rush during the Sunday Dec. 11th airing. Encores will air on December 15th, 16th and 17th (Click HERE for showtimes).
BREAKING NEWS: According to WDHA-FM of New Jersey, Rush will be entering the studio after the new year with a target of releasing their next studio album by the Fall of 2006.
Additional news courtesy of Power Windows: "We're going to go in the studio early next year and start writing. Its time for a new record, time to move forward...we're going to hopefully finish the record by the summer, and think about hitting the road around this time next year." - Alex Lifeson audio interview with Detriot's WRIF
Vitamin Records, producers of several String Quartet-based Rush Tribute albums, are set to release their next offering in January. Piano Tribute to Rush will be released on January 10th and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.Com now by clicking |HERE|. Additional details on this album can be found at the Vitamin Records website.Pulsing through the drum beats and guitar riffs of Rush's songs are undeniable melodies. These hooks are brought to the surface on The Piano Tribute to Rush. The elemental soul of such hits as 'The Spirit of Radio' and 'Tom Sawyer' is extracted from their complex arrangements with simple piano. A must-have release for any Rush fan, this album promises to appeal to anyone with an appreciation for great songs and incredible musicianship.
"Canadian rock legends RUSH will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show 'Rockline' airing Wednesday, December 14. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out www.rocklineradio.com."
Amazon.Com is now taking pre-orders for this exciting new DVD release from the professor. Click |HERE| to place your order."Anatomy of a Drum Solo presents newly-recorded, in-studio footage of Neil discussing, in detail, his approach to soloing. Using a solo recorded in September, 2004 in Frankfurt, Germany, as a framework, Neil talks about each segment of this nine-minute tour de force that is a feature of each Rush performance. He describes the inspiration and the conceptual thinking behind each part of the solo and discusses, and often demonstrates, the technique necessary for playing that segment. Also included are two 'explorations' - completely improvised workouts at the drums, each over thirty-minutes long; a never-before-released solo recorded in Hamburg, Germany in September, 2004 ("Ich Bin Ein Hamburger"); 'O Baterista', Neil's Grammy Award-nominated solo (previously released on the Rush in Rio DVD); two full Rush performances from Frankfurt '04, all shot from the perspective of the drum cameras; interviews with Lorne Wheaton, Neil's drum tech, and Paul Northfield, Rush co-producer and engineer; a full-color booklet, a photo gallery and more." -Hudson Music
Available at the The Rush Backstage Club for $500, this is sure to be a rare Rush treat for the true fan.This is a 400 page coffee table book with all of Rush's tour books to date, a total of 15 books. The books have been reproduced and bound together in a black, cloth-wrapped 12" x 12" book. The front cover is debossed in black and silver foil with the starman logo. There is a two-page introduction written by Neil Peart, detailing his involvement in the design and content of every Rush tour book going back to 1977.
There are 500 limited edition copies available now. These copies have been signed in silver ink by Geddy, Alex, and Neil. Also, these are numbered 1 to 500 by Neil himself (because he has the best handwriting!). Each book comes with a custom slipcase debossed in black and silver foil with the starman logo.
Below are some new bullets as reported at the official site Rush.Com.R30 DVD Contest: It's that time again! Rush.com is giving you a chance to win a $500 shopping spree at The Backstage Club to celebrate the release of the R30 DVD! And we'll throw in an autographed copy of the DVD too! To access the contest page go the Rush.com News section (Nov. 17). Solve the puzzles and listen to some great tunes. Good luck!
REMINDER - R30 DVD RELEASE DATES: Remember, the release date for the R30 DVD in North America will be November 22. Fans in the UK and Europe will be able to get the DVD on November 28. Click HERE to pre-order from Amazon.com
HO HO HO: Holiday time is coming and the Backstage Club has tons of new items for sale. Check it out at www.rushbackstage.com
NEIL DVD RELEASE DATE: Hot off the presses! The initial release date for Neil Peart's new DVD, "Anatomy of a Drum Solo", is December 20! Look for a pre-order link right here in the coming days...
As reported at the official site Rush.Com as well as various other online news sites (See: This Link or This Link), Neil Peart gives an in-depth view of the history of Rush and the makings of the R30 DVD.
Noel Megahey of the DVDTimes.Co.Uk site has posted a very detailed (and favorable) review of the upcoming R30 DVD set. Read Noel's comments on this DVD by clicking HERE.
As reported at Power Windows, Alex made an appearance on stage at the Orbit Room this past Friday (November 11th) to help celebrate the Orbit Room's 11th anniversary. "Playing along side houseband The Dexters, for the first time in eleven years, they actually played a Rush song on stage - a version of the Spirit Of Radio! The set also included "For What It's Worth" (see Feedback) and Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit".
In the latest news regarding the on-going "New Years Eve Incident", the Naples Daily News is now reporting that Geddy Lee and Neil Peart may become plantiffs in the case.November 4th, 2005
"Members of the internationally known rock group Rush are seeking "tens of millions of dollars" in federal court from Collier County Sheriff's Office deputies and the Naples hotel where their lead guitarist was involved in a New Year's Eve scuffle.
In an amended complaint recently filed to a civil lawsuit, Alex Zivojinovich's fellow band members could now become plaintiffs in the case, and end up testifying locally in depositions or at trial.
Filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Myers, the amended complaint requests that singer Getty Lee Weinrib and drummer Neil Peart, as well as different Rush management companies, become new plaintiffs.
The lawsuit is seeking damages in excess of $75,000.
Zivojinovich's lawyer Michael McDonnell said the actual damages to the band add up to "tens of millions of dollars."
The amended lawsuit states that the injuries suffered by Zivojinovich at the hands of deputies caused a reduction in the band's touring performances and recording sessions, which resulted in a loss of revenue.
But Richard Giuffreda, a Fort Lauderdale attorney who represents the deputies and is being paid from a Sheriff's Office insurance fund, said the judge in the case would have to allow the other band members to be brought into the case. He expects the judge will, but said that doesn't mean the allegation will be proven.
As court dates continued to change in the criminal case over the last few years, Zivojinovich embarked on an international 30th anniversary tour with Rush, a Canadian-based band that has won international acclaim with hits such as "Tom Sawyer." Under terms of his bond, he was allowed to travel out of the area as part of the tour.
"My only thoughts are that I simply don't know of any evidence of that (loss of band revenue)," Giuffreda said. "You can allege anything you want in America. Ultimately, you have to prove it. Sitting here, I don't know of any evidence to prove it."
Zivojinovich, known on stage as Alex Lifeson, was involved in a scuffle with deputies at the Registry Resort on New Year's Eve 2003.
A Collier sheriff's deputy acknowledged that he punched Zivojinovich in the nose as he was charging up the stairwell of a hotel to go to the aid of his son, who was being zapped with a stun gun. Officers say Justin Zivojinovich became unruly as he got up on the house band platform. The incident occurred in a stairwell as Justin was being escorted from the hotel.
Alex Zivojinovich, who suffered a broken nose and was also zapped with a stun gun several times, is accused of spitting his blood on one deputy and pushing another down a stairwell of the hotel. In a plea deal, he received no jail time and was put on probation. That recently ended early. "
According to Jon Collins, author of the upcoming Rush biography Chemistry, the book is "actually in the hands of the publisher right now - hurrah! I hope to get copies to send out by the end of this week." You can pre-order this book at Amazon.Com by clicking |HERE|.
As reported at Power Windows, Geddy Lee was interviewed during BBC Radio 2's "The Maple Music Revolution", "A major two-part series where Bob Harris looks beneath the surface to discover the reasons for the emergence of a unique, creative and dynamic government-funded Canadian music scene." Visit BBC Radio 2 and click on the "Listen Again" section. Geddy Lee can be heard at 24 minutes and 36 minutes into the show (requires Real player). Part 2 will air live Saturday November 5th, 2005
As reported on Neil Peart's official site, work on his instruction video, Anatomy of a Drum Solo is nearly complete. According to Neil: "Too many elements of it are still in the -changeable - stage for me to say too much more about it, but I can say that I'm very excited with how it's coming together."
Neil goes on to discuss information on his upcoming book: "My book about the R30 Tour, Roadshow: A Concert Tour By Motorcycle (shortened by one subtitle this week - leaving out Landscape With Drums), is all ready for its final revision, just as soon as I get all this video stuff off my desk. I have collected a pile of input from my editors Paul McCarthy and brother Danny, plus a select few readers, and for now, it's kind of nice to let it sit and 'cool off' until I'm ready to attack it single-mindedly."
Rush.Com has released a video clip from the upcoming R30 DVD. Click HERE to view the clip which was taken from the introduction/Overture segment of the concert. This is a flash movie so you'll need the appropriate software/plugins.
Hudson Music has revealed details behind Neil's forthcoming DVD."Anatomy of a Drum Solo presents newly-recorded, in-studio footage of Neil discussing, in detail, his approach to soloing. Using a solo recorded in September, 2004 in Frankfurt, Germany, as a framework, Neil talks about each segment of this nine-minute tour de force that is a feature of each Rush performance. He describes the inspiration and the conceptual thinking behind each part of the solo and discusses, and often demonstrates, the technique necessary for playing that segment."Special Features look to include:
* Alternate Edits-During parts of Neil's analysis of 'Der Trommler,' the viewer can choose between two different edits, one with related playing examples in full screen and one with Neil in view while the playing example is shown in a separate inset. These spots are identified by an on-screen icon.
* Audio-only bonus marimba tracks, 'Momo's Dance Party' and 'Pieces of Eight,' composed and performed by Neil, which can be accessed at various points in the program.
* Camera-Option---During Neil's performance of 'Der Tommler', the viewer can choose between the program edit and two, isolated cameras, for different views.
* Home footage of J.R. Flood, one of Neil's first bands, circa 1970.
As reported at All Headline News, Rush's producer and director Pierre Lamoureux sheds light on the upcoming "R:30 - Rush Live In Frankfurt, Germany" DVD package that is set to hit stores November 22. "There is a lot of work that has gone on with the band over the last year," Lamoureux says in an exclusive with All Headline News.
"We have the entire Rush catalog in our hands. Not just the studio material they have released on albums, but every single demo or song that has not been released as well. We are setting Rush up for the future for releases that will be able to have 5.1 audio mixes along with SACD formats down the road."
Billboard Magazine Online just posted an interview with Geddy who discusses the rationale behind releasing the R30 DVD. "...when we were touring Europe on the last tour, we hadn't been to those countries in 10 years -- some of them 20 years. And there was such an exuberant response from the crowd; it just seemed like a unique opportunity to capture the band in that kind of environment."
Details of the new RUSH 30 DVD have been announced. The release will come as a double DVD, or a limited edition package containing a bonus double CD, as well as a guitarpick (while supplies last) and backstage pass. "Celebrating their $21-million grossing, sell-out 30th Anniversary World Tour, Rush - Geddy Lee on bass and vocals, Alex Lifeson on Guitar and Neil Peart on drums - deliver an explosive performance. The set list spans Rush's incredibly diverse 30-year career. Filmed using 14 hi-definition cameras at the Festhalle, Frankfurt on 24th September 2004."
The Deluxe Edition includes 2 Discs: featuring the Frankfurt concert on one; and interviews, rare and classic footage from the late seventies to the Tsunami relief benefit concert in 2005 on the other. Also included are two audio CDs of the Frankfurt concert, only available as part of this deluxe package.
DVD Disc 1
1. R30 Overture (Finding My Way, Bastille Day, Anthem, A Passage to Bangkok, Cygnus, Hemispheres)
2. The Spirit of Radio
3. Force Ten
7. Red Barchetta
8. Roll The Bones
9. The Seeker
10. Tom Sawyer
12. Between the Wheels
13. Mystic Rhythms
14. Der Trommler
16. Heart Full of Soul
19. Working Man
20. Summertime Blues
DVD Disc 2
1. Fly By Night, Church Sessions Video 1975
2. Circumstances, Live in Studio 1978
3. La Villa Strangiato, Live in Studio 1978
4. Farewell to Kings, Live in Studio 1978
5. Xanadu, Live in Studio 1978
6. Various songs - soundcheck at Ivor Wynne Stadium 1980
7. Closer to the Heart, Compilation Video 1977-1977
8. Freewill, Performed at the Toronto Rocks/Stones Concert
9. Closer to the Heart, Tsunami Relief performance featuring Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies and Bubbles of The Trailer Park Boys.
CD Disc 1
1. R30 Overture - Finding My Way, Bastille Day, Anthem, A Passage to Bangkok, Cygnus, Hemispheres)
2. The Spirit of Radio
3. Force Ten
4. Animatev 5. Subdivisions
7. Red Barchetta
8. Roll The Bones
9. The Seeker
10. Tom Sawyerv 11. Dreamline
CD Disc 2
1. Between the Wheels
2. Mystic Rhythms
3. Der Trommler
5. Heart Full of Soul
8. Working Man
9. Summertime Blues
* Interview with John Martin at the Ivor Wynne Stadium
* 1977 In studio interview at Le Studio
* Montreal 1982 Interview footage with all 3 band members
* 1991 Interview for the release of Vapor Trails
* 2003 CBC/Juno Award piece at the bands induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, 1994
As reported at All Headline News, Rush will be one of a number of bands included in four-part series on the history of heavy metal and hard rock music. Other banks to be featured include Black Sabbath, Van Halen, KISS, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, and Def Leppard. News on when the documentary is to air wasn't available.
As reported at All Headline News, Alex is facing new charges stemming from the New Year's Eve incident back in 2003. According to the article, "Sheriff Deputies from Collier County file(d) a lawsuit against Alex Lifeson for attacking them while they attempted to arrest his son on December 31, 2003" The story is also detailed in a news article by VH-1.
As reported at All Headline News, Rush plans to announce "...a new official book to add to their list of items being released during the next year. The book will consist of every tour book the band has ever had and combine them all for one large historic pictorial of the group's 31-year history.The book is currently under construction but is likely to hit stores by January 2006."
According to the author, Jon Collins, the release of his in-depth book on Rush (which can be pre-ordered by clicking |HERE|) has been delayed until late October (or mid-November according to Amazon.Com's publication schedule). The delay, Mr. Collins indicates, is due to the addition of recent Rush news."It covers the complete history of the band from origins to the present day, including side projects and other activities. Over 60 people have been interviewed, in person, by phone or by email, and several hundred interviews with band members have been referenced - in all there are at least 1500 separate citations in the text...There's still plenty more to do, but we're on track for September." - Jon Collins
The new fan-tribute to the Lord of the Rings universe will contain an in-depth interview with Geddy Lee about the impact of Tolkien's Middle-earth on Rock music. Geddy also briefly appears in the DVD's trailer, which can be viewed HERE.
Click HERE to purchase the DVD at Amazon.Com."Geddy Lee, bassist and lead singer for the seminal rock group Rush, has granted an exclusive interview to the producers of the feature documentary, Ringers: Lord Of The Fans. His heartfelt comments on the power of J.R.R. Tolkien's stories make it easy to understand how the world of Rock & Roll was forever changed by The Lord of the Rings. The fine connections between these two art forms is sharply drawn by Mr. Lee, as he explains the wonderful influence of Middle-earth on his early songwriting..." - TheOneRing.net -
The new Canadian documentary, "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey", which will be premiering at the 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival includes an interview with Geddy Lee. According to the film's description:"Journeying through America and Europe, following tours and attending open-air metal fests, the filmmakers document people's opinions about the scene. Fans weigh in, as well as metal gods including Rush's Geddy Lee, Ronnie James Dio, Alice Cooper, Motörhead's Lemmy, musician and horror icon Rob Zombie, Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil and Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson. "
As reported at All Headline News not only will Rush be releasing the R-30 DVD on November 15th, and not only will Neil's DVD be released on December 13th, and not only will Rush be re-releasing their entire VHS catalog on DVD in both box and individual sets, but FINALLY pre-production and the early stages of writing have begun on the new album!
As reported at The Naples Sun Times, autographed guitars from Alex and Rush are being donated to Naples as part of a Hurrican relied auction that is being held. Additionally, as reported by Power Windows and the Wall Street Journal, Rush donated several thousand dollars for guitarsto bands in the Sri Lanka area who were impacted by last year's devastating tsunami.
As reported at Power Windows and Drum! Magazine Online, the October issueof this magazine, which went on sale September 10th, will have Neil on the front cover. The image reflected on the cover is reportedly THIS ONE. The article features "A Lifetime of Drumsets" and will be available on the message forums of this site in the near future.
According to the official band site, "The Backstage Club has just released the 2006 Wall Calendar. This year's calendar features the album and touring artwork of Rush. The factoids throughout the calendar highlight significant dates in the touring and album history of the band. It may only be September now, but this calendar has 16 months including the last four months of 2005."
Check it out at www.rushbackstage.com
According to the official band site, Rush.Com, the R30 DVD which is based on the soldout Frankfurt, Germany show in October 2004 will be released in late fall of 2005. Additionally, the site went on to say: Neil Peart is currently working on the follow up to his instructional drum video "A Work In Progress." The follow up will be released as a DVD and is set for release in late fall 2005. The new DVD is produced by Hudson Music and is entitled "Anatomy of Drum Solo".
As reported in a News Article at the CNW Group, Alex will be taking part of the Eighth Annual Golfapalooza Tournament on September 2, 2005 at Angus Glen Golf Club.
As reported back in March, "The Placer Highschool Drumline, from Auburn California, (performed) a medley of Rush at (their) "Winter Drumline and Guard Spectacular". The piece entitled "Red Star" open(ed) with "YYZ", then (went) into the intro of "The Spirit Of Radio" and end(ed) with "Tom Sawyer".
A video of the performance is now available online. Click HERE to view the clip.
According to the official Rush.Com site, "Houston-based Pro-Mark Corporation has created a limited-edition version of the legendary 747 Neil Peart model drumstick. Sporting a unique red imprint, these collectible drumsticks have been created especially for the S.S. Professor Drum Set Tour. They will be available ONLY at the retail stores that are participating in the tour, and come with a Certificate of Authenticity."
For more information and an image of the drumsticks, click HERE.
There was a recent, in-depth interview done with Carrie Nuttall about her book Rhythm & Light. Read the article HERE.
An interesting article over at blogcritics.org discusses Canadian music in general and lists out the top 20 most influential and "important" Rock acts to come from the great white north. Along with Rush (coupled with "Tom Sawyer"), which came in at #1, bands such as April Wine, Bare Naked Ladies and old Rush touring partner Max Webster made the list.
As reported at Power Windows and official game site Darkstar.com, ack-story to the project: Anthem, Bastille Day, The Twilight Zone, Cygnus X-1, Cygnus X-1 Book II, Tom Sawyer, YYZ, The Camera Eye, Witch Hunt, Vital Signs, Subdivisions, Red Sector A, The Enemy Within, Red Lenses, Mystic Rhythms, Manhattan Project, Time Stand Still, Test for Echo, Time and Motion, Limbo, One Little Victory and Nocturne."The official game site goes on to say:
"Music for Darkstar has been provide by legendary Canadian Rockers, Rush. With over 20 songs from their 30-plus-year career represented in Darkstarm Sci-Fi has not seen this mixture of rock music and Sci-Fi animation since the 80's cult classic Heavymetal."
As reported at Power Windows the Swedish band Spearfish has included a cover of the Rush classic "Limelight" on their latest album called Area 605.
As reported at the official site Rush.Com:Sabian Cymbals and DW Drums will be presenting Neil Peart's 30th Anniversary drum set in an exclusive tour across America. Each drum clinic will be hosted by Lorne Wheaton, whom has worked with Neil Peart. For the press release and a list of cities on the tour, please click HERE. For clinic times, please contact your local music store that is hosting the Neil Peart 30th Anniversary drum tour.
According to Neil's official website NeilPeart.Net, the legendary Rush percussionist will be working on a new book and instructional drumming DVD shortly. Direct quotes from his site are below, along with a little humor to boot:New Book
As of July 1st, 2005, I have just finished the first draft of a book about the R30 tour, with the unwieldy title of ROADSHOW: Landscape With Drums, A Concert Tour By Motorcycle.
(Hey, I just want the title to tell what it's about!)
The book is constructed around the 57 shows we did on that tour - all across the U.S., a couple in Canada, and 14 in Europe - plus the 20,000 miles of motorcycling I did between those shows, but it inevitably stretches out into the world around me.
I'll say no more about it yet, but judging by my past books, which have taken about 14 months to complete, I've got another six or eight months of work to do yet. The 'memory work' was the most urgent thing, as I felt kind of pressured to get the first draft down - didn't want to forget anything - and now begins the difficult, but pleasurable, process of making it all 'nice.'
We'll see what my editor, Paul McCarthy, has to say about it.
New Instructional DVD
In mid-July, I will start the filming of a new instructional DVD, this one to focus on the subject of drum soloing. The working title is Anatomy of a Drum Solo.
It will be based around an intricately-filmed solo from R30, plus the Grammy-losing 'O Baterista!' from Rush in Rio, and will include a wide variety of other 'ghosts of solos past.' All that, and me talking about it all.
(Maybe that's a better title, 'Ellwood Explains It All.')
and a Recap...
That's the news.
The weather is sunny (of course, I'm in Southern California), and as for sports - well, I don't know much about sports.
Some guy took some performance-enhancing drugs and hit a triple into the end zone during the fourth quarter with a four under par, but was whistled down for interference.
Then there was a fight.
An recent new article heralded the discovery of a Jupiter-size planet in the constellation of Cygnus. Further, it's surrounded by 3 suns. Cygnus...3... Sounds like a Rush Sighting to me. Hey, they can't all be winners.
According to numerous news feeds, the four members of Led Zeppelin were voted as the perfect fantasy rock band in the UK, by thousands of music fans polled by Planet Rock Radio. While Alex didn't make the top 10 list for best guitarists, Geddy checked in at #5 as best bassist and Neil came in behind John Bonham at #2. Additional details on the contest and complete results can be viewed by clicking HERE.
As reported at Power Windows "The publishers of the UK monthly music magazines Q and Mojo are releasing a special edition on Progressive Rock titled "Pink Floyd and the Story of Prog Rock", which will include an in-depth story on Rush with a new interview with Geddy Lee. On newsstands July 14th, the special issue will be available as a Q Classic special edition in the UK and a Mojo Classic special edition overseas (including the US)". The magazines can be ordered online at either Q or Mojo.
BobbysBrane.Com has released an extremely impressive computer animation movie of Neil Peart performing to YYZ. Check out the movie HERE. Warning: The file is over 42Mb but it's well worth the wait.
antiMUSIC.Com recently posted a retrospective review on the history of progressive rock. The review centers around Rush who "unlike the other prog superstars, [Rush] actually rocked." Read the full review by clicking HERE.
As reported at Power Windows, an advertisement on the back cover of the Canadian Entertainment Network magazine includes its list of the upcoming 2005 DVD releases from Fogo (www.fogolabs.com, a Canadian duplication company) which include: RUSH: R-30; RUSH: EXIT STAGE LEFT; RUSH: GRACE UNDER PRESSURE; and RUSH: A SHOW OF HANDS. At this time, no official release dates have been revealed however the R30 DVD is expected to be offered up on October 15th, 2005 with the other releases hitting the shelves in early 2006. Click HERE to view an image of the advertisement.
As reported at Rush.Com:"Pro-Mark Corporation, the world's largest manufacturer dedicated exclusively to the design, production, and distribution of drumsticks, mallets, and percussion accessories and legendary 'RUSH' drummer, Neil Peart, joined forces and recently completed a promotion that raised $60,000.00 for a Houston-based charity.
The charity, Child Advocates, Inc., works with children by providing court-appointed advocates to be the voice for those who are victims of neglect and abuse.?
As reported at All Headline News, the site of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame will be Toronto. The article goes on to say that "Geddy Lee of the rock trio Rush was inducted along with his bandmates in 1994 when the band celebrated 20 years of being a signed recording act. Now it is 11 years later and Lee believes it is only right that inducted members have a place to hang their hats." Lee says:"I'm very happy to hear that Toronto will be the home for the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. It is a great way for Canadians to celebrate our musical heritage and will be a fine cultural addition to our city.?
An Article at The Motley Fool site announced that "Canadian regulators have granted XM Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: XMSR) and Sirius (Nasdaq: SIRI) a license to market their subscriber services in the Great White North." Some of the 'strings' attached to the agreement indicate the requirement to air music from the nation's artists which, of course, would include Rush.
According to VH-1, Alex Lifeson is now taking the offensive regarding his New Year's Eve arrest, which he recently accepted a plea bargain on.On Thursday, attorneys for Lifeson (born Alex Zivojinovich) filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Fort Myers, Florida, against three Collier County sheriff's deputies, claiming they'd used excessive force when arresting him following a New Year's Eve 2003 altercation at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel restaurant in Naples, Florida, according to a report by The Associated Press.The suit also names Alex's son Justin and daughter-in-law Michelle as plaintiffs.
A couple of Rush Sightings, courtesy of Power Windows. First up was a somewhat predictable and yet surprising appearance of Rush on the "Today Show". No, not the band of course, but a quick clip from "I Think I'm Going Bald" during a segment on, what else, Male Pattern Baldness. The clip can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Next up: Speed - The Ride. Visit American Coasters.Com to watch a short video for "Speed - The Ride", a rollercoaster at the Sahara Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Rush's "Driven" from "Test for Echo" is used as the video's soundtrack.
The news all Rush fans crave to hear: Work on a new album to begin 'soon'. WDHA-FM (105.5), New Jersey's Rock station reported on the air today that, according to front-man Geddy Lee, he was ready to begin work on the next Rush album in the fall of this year. Citing 2005 as a 'family year', he was hoping to get bored enough over the summer in preparation for the rigors of recording a new album. He also stated that he hoped to begin the new disc sometime 'after the [baseball] World Series.
In the on-going saga of the Vapor Trails "Reissue" that was first announced months ago, Atlantic Records recently sent out an email to those who pre-ordered the disc from the site stating that their order was cancelled. No explanation was given and, oddly enough, the album is still available for pre-order on the site (Click: HERE). Further, you can apparently download each track directly from the site, though I have yet to confirm whether the tracks available are truly remastered.
As reported at Power Windows, Geddy Lee appeared in two magazine articles in the past week. The first, which can be read at www.citybites.ca discusses Geddy's appreciation for a fine bottle of wine. The article contains pictures of Geddy's vast Wine Cellar. Geddy also appeared in last week's Entertainment Weekly (the issue with Ray Romano on the cover). An article discussing the re-emergence of Progressive Rock contains a quote from Geddy along with pictures of Rush.
As reported at chartattack.com, "The NXNE Music And Film Festival and the White Ribbon Campaign have announced the lineup for the 8th Annual White Ribbon Concert, to be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2005. Confirmed participants include guitarist Alex Lifeson of Rush, All Systems Go's lead vocalist and guitarist John Kastner, Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, singer-songwriters Bruce Cockburn , Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Slean and Emm Gryner and Alexisonfire guitarist/vocalist Dallas Green, who will perform with singer Jully Black . NXNE's 2004 Fan Choice award winner Shawn Hewitt And The National Strike will start the evening off. More names will be announced shortly."
Read more about the event by clicking HERE.
Legendary percussionist, lyricist and writer Neil Peart has launched his own web site that features all of his novels, projects and more. Check out the beautifully crafted web site at www.neilpeart.net.
As reported in the Oregon Daily Emerald, the independent campus newspaper at the University of Oregon, the 3-member band Evelate has been long inspired by Rush. So much so that they took the band's name from one of the final lines of Vital Signs where Geddy sings "Everybody got to evelate from the norm..." using the word "evelate" in place of "elevate". Read the complete article by clicking HERE.
Today, in a Florida court room, Alex and son Justin accepted plea bargains in the on-going New Years Eve at the Ritz battle that had Alex and his son facing possible jail time due to several charges placed against them. As reported by the Naples Florida News:Later in the day, Alex made the following statement:"The lead guitarist for the rock group Rush and his son accepted plea agreements on Thursday morning in which they will serve no jail time on charges related to a New Year's Eve 2003 altercation with Collier County Sheriff's deputies. Alex Zivojinovich, known on stage as Alex Lifeson, and his son Justin, will serve 12 months probation and pay court costs as part of the agreement. The state made the offer a day after a judge reduced the third-degree felony charge that Justin was facing down to a misdemeanor charge. The felony could have resulted in him serving five years in prison. The agreement calls for Alex and Justin to plead no contest to a single misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence. Adjudication is being withheld, meaning there will not be a formal conviction on their records if probation is successfully completed."
"Today closes a difficult and painful period in the lives of my family, my friends, and myself. But the sun is shining and it feels good.Some court-room video is available by clicking HERE.
The past fifteen months have been an incredible tangle of emotions and stress, but the last two weeks have been spent in the glow of a love of a family united together and the unconditional support of friends old and new.
Life is not a perfect thing, and there are many opportunities for sadness, some greater than others. But it is our ability as humans to rise up out of the darkness and accept our fate with a sense of understanding and dignity, so that we may move forward in a more positive light and make the next day better than the last.
Compromise is the mark of a civilized society. It doesn't always seem fair up close, but from a few steps away it becomes clear that as an instrument of understanding, it is absolutely necessary if we are to live in a world of mutual respect and consideration.
And it is a spirit of acceptance, reconciliation and forgiveness that I choose to not spend another minute living a minute ago. There is still far too much light and beauty in the road ahead."
As reported by the Naples Daily News:
For the past year, John Cannivet said he has had to bite his tongue as he's read distorted versions of an altercation he witnessed between the lead guitarist for RUSH and Collier sheriff's deputies on Dec. 31, 2003.
As an employee of The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, where the fracas occurred, he hadn't been allowed to comment, even though he saw first-hand what happened in the stairwell of the hotel.
But now that he no longer works for the hotel, he has this to say: Collier County sheriff's deputies went way too far.
"It was extreme police brutality," said Cannivet, who was the assistant manager of stewarding until leaving that job in January. "The whole time all this was going down, I'm thinking, 'God, what did these people do? It must have been something really bad.' It just bothered me."
He believes he is a neutral source, not tied to the Sheriff's Office or hotel security. When he worked at the Ritz, his office was near the stairwell. He heard a fight going on, so he went to take a look.
His description of what unfolded is very different from that given by deputies.
Deputies in their arrest reports argue that they had no choice but to use force to subdue an unruly and intoxicated Alex Zivojinovich, known as Alex Lifeson in the internationally known rock group RUSH.
A deputy acknowledged that he punched Alex Zivojinovich in the nose as Alex was charging up the stairwell toward another deputy. Alex was zapped repeatedly with a stun gun, known as a Taser, before being arrested.
Deputies in their reports also defended their use of a stun gun on Alex's son, Justin Zivojinovich, who is accused of getting the ball rolling when he got onto the house band stage at the hotel during a New Year's Eve celebration and started talking into the microphone.
Motorcycling: The Perennial Gift is an interesting interview regarding Neil's approach to riding and how it impacts his life. Appearing in this month's magazine "BMW ON", Neil discusses how he "knew" he have a BMW motorcycle one day and how motorcycling "...doesn't get old. The same roads don't get tiresome..."
According to the Naples Daily News, a judge set a trial date of April 18 for Justin Zivojinovich, the son of RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson (real name Alex Zivojinovich).
Justin is facing one count of resisting an officer with violence, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Alex is facing two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer related to the fracas in the stairwell of the posh hotel.
The third-degree felonies are punishable upon conviction by up to five years in prison.
A sounding hearing on his case is scheduled for April 27.
In the meantime, Justin Zivojinovich is scheduled to go to trial.
"We're ready (for trial)," prosecutor Rich Montecalvo told retired Senior Judge Charles T. Carlton in court Wednesday.
"We're ready," defense attorney Michael McDonnell said.
Originally slated for an Easter 2005 release, the comprehensive book on Rush has been pushed back for several reasons. Author Jon Collins writes:"The writing stage of the book is now finished and the text has been passed to a number of people for review. It covers the complete history of the band from origins to the present day, including side projects and other activities. Over 60 people have been interviewed, in person, by phone or by email, and several hundred interviews with band members have been referenced - in all there are at least 1500 separate citations in the text. I don't know what the final number of pages will be, but the current count is 148,077 words. There's still plenty more to do, but we're on track for September." - Jon Collins, author of Chemistry, Mar. 22, 2005Additional notes from the author include:"(The book) was due to be out in April, but the date has been moved to September for various reasons - not least Christmas, but also extra time taken due to the volume of information it incorporates. Apologies for the delay but I hope you'll agree it was worth it - feedback so far has been very positive."To view an image of the book's cover, click HERE.
Mercury/Polygram Records, Rush's former record label, has re-released the "Chronicles" CD compilation, this time packaged up with the DVD of the same name. Despite earlier claims, all tracks on the CD have not been remastered. You can order this CD/DVD combo-package at Amazon.Com
As reported at Power Windows, The Placer Highschool Drumline, from Auburn California, will be performing a medley of Rush at this Friday's "Winter Drumline and Guard Spectacular". The piece entitled "Red Star" opens with "YYZ", then goes into the intro of "The Spirit Of Radio" and ends with "Tom Sawyer". Placer High Drumline Coach Mark Leftridge writes that "although the line were newcomers to Rush, they were intrigued when a bass player and guitar player arrived at Drumline rehearsal. The music is by far the toughest music they have seen to date as we endeavor to split Neil's arms and legs across 11 drummers!! This is by no means a 'traditional' competition piece, but as this is our innagural year, we wanted to go in and make a statement and not worry about the expected pomp and circumstance of the event, rather to entertain drummers from all over the state." The Winter Drumline and Guard Spectacular takes place this Friday, Mar. 18th, at Del Oro High School in Loomis California. First line steps off! at 5pm PST, Placer High is at 6:00pm.
As reported at Media Gab Alex's court date has tentatively been set for May 16th. At this time, the possibility of a plea bargain prior to the trial date has yet to be discussed. Alex is facing two third-degree felony charges that could carry five-year prison sentences.
As reported at Power Windows and confirmed at Atlantic Records, the remastered edition of Vapor Trails will be available (soon). No release date has been issued, but the listing on Atlantic's web site seems to confirm the once-thought-of rumor.
According to an article on CBC.ca|Toronto, Rush front man Geddy Lee is a member on an advisory board who will help to "raise the level of architectural and planning standards with the goal of giving Toronto a more beautifal face..." by handing out The Pugly Awards to some of Toronto's best and worst buildings.
According to Rolling Stone Magazine, Rush grossed $21 million in 2004 during their "R30" Tour. Net earnings came in at $13.3M The gross sales for the "R30" tour brought in more money than Kiss and Ozzfest, the magazine noted.
According to Power Windows, Amazon.Com is now selling a model replica of the Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta which was the inspirational car behind the famed Red Barchetta song from Moving Pictures. Click HERE to purchase.
Rush was nominated for a Grammy Award for the fourth time in this career. Unfortunately, as was the case with the past three nominations, Rush lost out to another nominee. This year, nominated for best Rock Instrumental with "O Baterista" from Rush In Rio, Rush lost out to "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" by Brian Wilson, from Brian Wilson Presents Smile.
According to Todd Rubenstein from the TMRPRO Website, "The String Quartet Tribute To Rush 2112" is now shipping all pre-orders. The official release date of the tribute CD is March 8th, 2005 but pre-orders are still be accepted and all are shipping prior to the March release date.
Geddy Lee confirmed that Rush filmed their Sep. 24, 2004 R30 show "as a historical record of 'this' tour". A recent industry article, however, makes it seem that a great deal of cost and effort went into the recording for a simple "historical record": "Brad Madix leans over an 80-input Yamaha PM1D inside the cavernous Festhalle, the centerpiece of Frankfurt's Messe convention complex....A crew of 14 cameras is shooting footage for what will ultimately become Rush's second DVD music video. The fact that the cameras are HD, shooting in 1080p, indicates the band and its management plan a long and profitable revenue life for this project, well into the arrival of the next generation of high-density disc formats (HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc) and the proliferating number of high-def broadcast outlets in the U.S. and elsewhere...The video shoot was financed by the band and its Canadian management company, Anthem Entertainment, and will cost several hundreds of thousands of dollars by the time post-production and 5.1 mixing are finished. Thus, it wouldn't be surprising if the evening's emphasis naturally tended to be on the shoot over the show. 'The video is expensive, true, and it will be around for a long time in the form of a DVD,' Maxix concedes." For more information on this story, click on over to the FOH Online site (Rushing Into Something New Article). Source: Power Windows @ 2112.Net
A New Rush Metal Tribute, Subdivisions will be released by the label that released the 1996 tribute album Working Man on March 15, 2005. With pre mix editing by Terry Brown and artwork by Hugh Syme, the album will feature Vinnie Moore on guitar, Stu Hamm on bass and Mike Mangini on drums plus a slew of vocalists from Sebastian Bach to Kip Winger. For more information, click through to Magna Carta's official site.
The headline says it all. Test your true Rush musical and lyrical skills by clicking through to the Rush Name That Tune Game.
The Rush performance on the CBC Tsunami benefit will be posted on Rush.com on Feb 1st 2005. This is an exclusive to Rush.com and will only be available for viewing until March 2nd 2005. Make sure to check it out! The performance will not be available for download.
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has designed a special amplifier for Hughes and Kettner. The Alex Lifeson Signature Tri-Amp, will be available in stores in April, and will come with a special Rush CD, tour book, a Lifeson guitar pick and a certificate signed by Lifeson. Fifty dollars from each amp will go towards UNICEF, a charity that Alex strongly supports. Please stay tuned to Rush.com in the coming months for more information on this. Click HERE for more information on the AMP.
Why pay some greedy cynic on eBay 300 bucks for an autographed copy of Rhythm and Light he bought for 30 bucks a month ago? Come on over to Rush.Com for a sporting chance at getting it! The contest is in full swing! Check out http://www.rush.com for your chance to win an autographed copy of Rhythm and Light! The contest runs through February 4th.
Rush, along with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies and Mike Smith of the Trailer Park Boys, performed "Closer To The Heart" for the charity television telethon "Canada For Asia", in an effort to raise money for the Tsunami Disaster Fund. Click HERE to view exclusive photos of Rush in the studio preparing for the benefit.
The January 10th installment of the syndicated Sally Forth comic included the following Rush reference: when Sally tells her husband she saw someone at the store who "starts with an 'R' and ends with an 'H'", he responds "You saw the rock group 'RUSH' at Target?" Click HERE to view the comic strip.
Alex Lifeson still faces criminal charges after a scuffle with Collier County Florida sheriff's deputies at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, on New Year's Eve 2003. Below is the latest news story...
Criminal case against Rush guitarist expected to be resolved next month: "...It has been more than a year since Alex Zivojinovich, known on stage as Alex Lifeson, was arrested for scuffling with Collier County sheriff's deputies at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples at a New Year's Eve bash ringing in 2004. He is facing two third-degree felony charges that could carry five-year prison sentences. Lawyers for both sides will update the judge on the status of the case at a hearing March 9...The hearing, called a sounding, was postponed from Wednesday after a judge granted a motion supported by the prosecution and Zivojinovich's defense attorney, Jerry Berry of Naples...Berry and prosecutor Rich Montecalvo had no comment when asked whether Alex Zivojinovich has been offered a plea bargain. Berry said most depositions are completed, with only a few loose ends to be tied up. 'It's fair to say there is a good chance the case will be resolved in March,' Berry said." - Naples Florida News
The 47th Grammy nominations were announced today, and Rush has been nominated in the category of Best Rock Instrumental Performance for Neil Peart's drum solo, "O Baterista" from Rush In Rio! The Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 15, 2005. Rush has previously been nominated three times in the same category: "YYZ" lost in 1982 to The Police's "Behind My Camel"; "Where's My Thing?" lost in 1992 to Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover"; and "Leave That Thing Alone!" lost in 1995 to Pink Floyd's "Marooned". As they say, fourth time's a charm!
"We are exceedingly proud of Neil in particular for his outstanding virtuosity which is fully displayed in this drum solo piece" Geddy Lee, Canada.com
The complete list of nominees for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (for solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal. Singles or Tracks only) are: "Instrumental Illness" (The Allman Brothers Band, from One Way Out), "Onda" (Los Lonely Boys, from Los Lonely Boys), "O Baterista" (Rush, from Rush In Rio), "Whispering A Prayer" (Steve Vai, from Rockin' In The Free World), "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" (Brian Wilson, from Brian Wilson Presents Smile).
Geddy Lee will be one of many celebrity wine lovers to be profiled in the upcoming book, Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine, to be released Dec. 7, 2004. The book includes an exclusive profile of Geddy Lee and his wine preferences, proving himself to be keenly knowledgeable about a broad variety of wines, especially the intricacies of Burgundy, one of the most difficult regions to master. Geddy's wine-preference profile joins those of other notable wine lovers, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Morley Safer of 60 Minutes, novelist Jay McInernery, celebrity chef Mario Batali, Tori Amos, and even hip-hop star Ludacris. For more information visit www.markoldman.com
"A number of years ago I was traveling through the northern Rhone with a good friend, en route to a tasting at a winery when we decided to stop at a restaurant. When we sat down we noticed that they listed a 1978 [Comte de] Vogüé Musigny [red Burgundy] for about 80 dollars! Well, like most wine-geeks, we couldn't resist a bargain and even though it was early we decided to have lunch and enjoy what turned out to be one of the greatest bottle of Burgundies I've ever had. It may sound corny but the reward of finding a hidden treasure is taking the time to enjoy it with good food and good friends." - Geddy Lee, Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine
From the linernotes: "Rush's music is a mixture of hard rock and melodic rhythms and is bound together by themes of science fiction and fantasy. It is only fitting that Rush's grand, opus-like concept pieces be recreated in the baroque fashion. The Baroque Tribute to Rush revives the strength and unity that was produced in some of the Bands best work such as 'Madrigal' and 'Time Stands Still'. The enigmatic atmosphere of this album will haunt listeners in the true Rush fashion."
Tracklist: 1. Tom Sawyer - 2. Limelight - 3. Fly By Night - 4. Witch Hunt - 5. The Trees - 6. Madrigal - 7. Force Ten - 8. Distant Early Warning - 9. Closer To The Heart - 10. Flickering (original)
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