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December 15th, 2010
Neil Peart Mobile App
Neil Peart Mobile App -- FREE Download
The Neil Peart application and mobile website has been available to anyone who purchases a pair of his limited edition Time Machine Tour PW747W, but Pro-Mark in the Christmas spirit and wants EVERYONE to join in on the fun!

All you have to do is text RUSH to 247365 or scan the QR code on the label of any LIMITED EDITION PW747W and you'll get a link to the mobile site along with an opportunity to download the Pro-Mark Neil Peart mobile app! Of course, standard text message rates will apply, and if you're on a limited data plan, keep your eye on the amount of data you're transmitting!

More information on the app is available at this LINK.

Thanks to Pro-Mark for supplying this app to everyone!
December 14th, 2010
Alex Lifeson Signs Carparelli Guitars For Charity
Alex Lifeson Signs Carparelli Guitars For Charity
Alex Lifeson has been busy on the charity front of late. He recently signed a Carparelli S3 guitar which was donated to Autism Speaks Canada for a future auction. Additionally, Alex signed the Jim Warren Freedom Guitar for Carparelli; the guitar has been signed by various artists including the Beach Boys and Kris Kristofferson and will receive additional artist's signatures before being auctioned off for charity in February of next year.

For more information about this story and the upcoming auctions, please click HERE.

Thanks to GeddyWannaBe for passing along the initial story and for Eric from Power Windows for filling in some of the blanks.

December 9th, 2010

Rush News Bullets
The holiday season is upon us, the Holiday Rush Contest is in full swing, and pre-sales for the 2011 leg of the Time Machine Tour are currently underway. So as you're all busily shopping for Rush paraphernalia to stuff into stockings this year, here are some of the latest news stories surrounding the band.

  • Rush on Glee?: PJ Bloom, the music supervisor of the hit FOX television show Glee, recently told Vanity Fair that he would love to see an episode focus on the music of Rush:
    "Personally, I'd also love to see the '80s hair-band episode, the punk-rock episode and, of course, the Rush episode - but then who wouldn't want to see the New Directions sing 'Tom Sawyer'?!"
    . Seriously? As Eric from Power Windows commented when this story broke, "Hey, Don't Stop Believing, it can happen :-)"

    Click HERE to read the entire article.
  • Geddy Lee on the Cover Of December Classic Rock Magazine: Geddy Lee is pictured on the December 2010 edition of Classic Rock Magazine which also includes a four-page article/interview with Rush's frontman regarding their new album, their recent "Living Legends" award, and the Time Machine Tour. Below is an excerpt:
    Q. Is there anyone Rush would like to dedicate it (the award) to?
    A. Our fans. Our amazing fans, especially here in the UK. We haven't always been as attentive to them as we should, but I appreciate their loyalty and support.

    Q. Rush have been playing new material at their shows in North America. Is the new album nearly finished?
    A. No, it's a long way from finished. About half of it is written, hopefully it'll be done by the end of 2011.

    Q. As a band, do you have any preference whether you play indoor or outdoor shows?
    A. I like both. In May, I think we'll be playing indoors. In the future though doing some European festivals is something we would like to do.
    Click HERE to purchase a copy of the edition. Thanks RushFanForever for passing along the news.
  • Geddy Lee Featured in Book about The Early Years of MTV: A new book, titled MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video and written by Rock journalist and author Greg Prato features interview segments with Geddy Lee as well as several other famous rock musicians. Geddy's quotes, which are largely based on MTV related topics, are reflected throughout the book and include passages on some of Rush's earliest videos (e.g. Tom Sawyer, Subdivisions, Distant Early Warning and The Big Money.)

    The book is 427 pages long and can be ordered via this LINK. Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for sharing the news.
  • Behind the Subdivisions Video: As many Rush fans know, Jacob Moon's solo interpretation of Rush's classic song Subdivisions has been a hit with fans - and the band - for some time now. So much so that Jacob was invited to perform the song at Rush's induction into the Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2010. Now, Ron Kebic of REK'd Productions has a new video online called Behind the Subdivisions, a behind the scenes glimpse at some of the technical challenges of, and inspiration for, "Subdivisions".
    We also have one more video in post production - "Behind the Subdivisions...technically speaking" which we complete what we have dubbed the "Subdivisions Trilogy" ("Subdivisions by Jacob Moon", "Behind the Subdivisions" and "Behind the Subdivisions...technically speaking"). "Behind the Subdivisions...technically speaking" is geared more towards the audiophiles and musicians who are interested in the more technical nature of him performing it solo and in particular the methods Jacob used in "Subdivisions by Jacob Moon"
    Many thanks to reader RushFanForever for passing along the news.
  • That's all for now. For everyone attempting to score some tickets to next year's tour, best of luck! I plan on attending either the Hershey Park, PA show, the MSG (NY) show or perhaps even the Cleveland show. Time will tell. :)
    December 6th, 2010
    Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour
    Rush To Film Cleveland Performance
    Rush has just announced that they will be filming the April 15th, 2011 performance in Cleveland, Ohio for a full-length release. From Rush.Com:
    As a tribute to the US city that first played their music, Rush confirms that the Cleveland performance of their Time Machine show on April 15th at the Quicken Loans Arena will be filmed for full-length release. Cleveland is remarkable for being one of the very first US cities where the band performed, in addition to being the first city to provide American airplay. This will be a must-see event for Rush fans in Cleveland - and for everyone able to make the road trip as it is will also mark the first live full-length filming on US soil.
    Tickets for Cleveland go on sale on Saturday, December 11th with pre-sales for Rush fan-club and CITI cardmembers beginning December 7th.

    In addition, we've learned that Rush "will donate a dollar from each ticket sold to several charities, including Doctors Without Borders, and the band also plans to donate a portion of its proceeds at the end of the tour. " (Thanks Eric from Power Windows).
    December 5th, 2010

    The 4th Annual Cygnus-X1.Net Holiday Rush Contest Is On!
    In celebration of the holiday season and the amazing year that was 2010 for Rush fans the world over, Cygnus-X1.Net is holding its 4th Annual Holiday Rush Contest!

    As in years past, we're giving away a great prize package filled with Rush goodies including:
  • The documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
  • The other great video release Classic Albums: 2112 and Moving Pictures
  • A Time Machine Tour Tour Book
  • A 2011 Rush Wall Calendar
  • The CD-Single of Caravan and BU2B
  • And finally a custom, Cygnus-X1.Net "CX1" Logo Stein.
  • For more information on the contest and for full entry rules, please click HERE.

    The contest will end on or about December 24th with a winner being announced shortly thereafter.

    Good luck, everyone - and Happy Holidays from Cygnus-X1.Net.
    December 2nd, 2010
    Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
    Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Nominated for a Grammy Award
    Nominees for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards have been announced with the acclaimed documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage receiving a nod in the Best Long Form Music Video. category. Below is a list of all of the nominees in this category:
    No Distance Left To Run
    Will Lovelace, Dylan Southern & Giorgio Testi, video directors; Thomas Benski, Laura Collins & Lucas Ochoa, video producers

    When You're Strange
    (The Doors)
    Tom Dicillo, video director; John Beug, Jeff Jampol, Peter Jankowski & Dick Wolf, video producers
    (Eagle Vision)

    The Greatest Ears In Town: The Arif Mardin Story
    (Arif Mardin)
    Doug Biro & Joe Mardin, video directors; Doug Biro & Joe Mardin, video producers
    (Nunoise Records)

    Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage
    Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen, video directors; Sam Dunn & Scot McFadyen, video producers

    Under Great White Northern Lights
    The White Stripes
    Emmett Malloy, video director; Ian Montone & Mike Sarkissian, video producers
    (Third Man/Warner Bros.)
    For more information on the Grammy Awards, click HERE.

    The awards ceremony will take place on February 13th, 2011 at 8:00PM and will be telecast on CBS.

    Thanks to GeddyWannaBe for the heads-up.
    December 1st, 2010
    Rush and Philosophy
    Rush and Philosophy Now Available for Pre-Order
    It's been nearly 18 months since long time Rush and philosophy author Durrell Bowman, along with co-editor Jim Berti announced that they were creating an anthology of various information on the topic of Rush and Philosophy. The final product, a 288 page paperback book, is now available for pre-order via Amazon.Com.

    Below is an excerpt from Amazon:
    Fiercely independent of trends, Rush has maintained a clear mission and purpose throughout their career. With a unique sound, best described as the "Rush sound," the band has been able to blend thought-provoking lyrics and music for almost four decades. The Rush style of music can trigger the unusual combination of air-drumming, air-guitar, singing along, and fist-pumping, just as much as it can thoughtful reflection and deep thinking, making Rush "The Thinking Man's Band."

    Rush and Philosophy does not set out to sway the public's opinion, nor is it an awkward gushing of how much the authors love Rush. Rush and Philosophy is a fascinating look at the music and lyrics of the band, setting out to address thought-provoking questions. For example, elements of philosophical thinking from the likes of Jean Paul-Sartre, Ayn Rand, and Plato can be found in Peart's lyrics; does this make Peart a disciple of philosophy' In what ways has technology influenced the band through the decades? Can there be too much technology for a power-trio? Can listening to Rush's music and lyrics lead listeners to think more clearly, responsibly, and happily? Is the band's music a "pleasant distraction" from the singing of Geddy Lee? In what ways is Rush Canadian? How can a band that has been referred to as "right-wing" also criticize big government, religion, and imperialism?

    Rush and Philosophy is written by an assortment of philosophers and scholars with eclectic and diverse backgrounds who love Rush's music and who "get" the meaning and importance of it. They discuss Rush with the enthusiasm of fans and the seriousness of college professors. The book will be a must-read for the many fans who have long known that Rush deserves as much respect as the ideas, concepts, and puzzles about human existence they write and compose music about.
    The book is scheduled to be released on May 1, 2011. You can pre-order your copy via Amazon.Com via this LINK. It is currently priced at $13.57.
    November 29th, 2010
    Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour
    Rush Announces North American Dates for 2011 Time Machine Tour
    Rush have just announced the North American dates for their 2011 leg of the Time Machine Tour:
    Rush confirm The Time Machine Tour will visit new cities throughout North America and play a few return engagements beginning March 30th in Ft. Lauderdale and running through April 22nd in 2011 with dates in Greensboro, Nashville, Louisville, Toledo, Hershey, New York's esteemed Madison Square Garden, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Hamilton, Montreal and Baltimore. The tour also returns to North America in June with performances in select markets that will include cities such as New Orleans, Austin, Vancouver and a very special return play in Los Angeles - more information on these dates and more soon!

    Tickets for RUSH go on sale in select markets beginning December 6th at LiveNation.com

    Tickets for the Rush performances will go on sale in Hershey (PA), Detroit and Baltimore beginning Monday, Dec. 6th, with additional on-sales to follow. To benefit the relief efforts in Haiti, one dollar of each ticket sold will be donated through several charities including "Doctors Without Borders". Rush will also contribute a portion of their proceeds at the culmination of the tour.

    For Rush Fan Club tickets, as well as fan club exclusive merchandise offers, visit http://rush.musictoday.com

    For Rush Time Machine packages, visit http://www.livenation.com/Rush-tickets/artist/807344
    Rush have also confirmed that they will bring the Time Machine tour to Rotterdam, Holland on their European leg on May 27th, 2011. Tickets for the Rush show at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Holland will go on sale on Friday December 3rd via www.livenation.nl.

    To see all of the dates from the 2011 Tour, click HERE.
    November 28th, 2010

    Alex Lifeson To Perform at Andy Kim Xmas Concert
    Alex Lifeson has been tapped to perform at Andy Kim's Xmas Concert at the Mod Club in Toronto on December 15th.
    Once again, legendary singer-songwriter Andy Kim has rounded up an impressive line-up of talent to join him at his annual charity concert in Toronto. This year's Andy Kim Christmas Show, at the Mod Club Dec. 15, will also feature Rush's Alex Lifeson, Ron Sexsmith and Platinum Blonde.
    For more information on this event, please click HERE.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.
    November 24th, 2010
    Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour
    Rush Extends 2011 Time Machine Tour to Finland/Sweden
    Rush have added three more dates to the 2011 European Leg of their Time Machine Tour. They'll now open the Euro leg on May 4th with a date in Helsinki Finland at the Hartwall Arena. They then travel to Sweden for a date at the Stockholm Globe Arena on May 6th and another show at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden on May 8th.

    There will be a fan pre-sale that will commence on November 26th and the general on-sale will begin on November 30th. See www.rush.com for more details.

    For a complete list of the 2011 Time Machine Tour Dates, click HERE.

    In addition to the new dates, Rush announced some information on the fan pre-sale for the Dublin, Ireland show:
    The fan pre-sale for the Dublin show will go live at 9AM GMT on Thursday, November 25th.

    The link will be coming via ticketmaster on Wednesday, but we can tell you now the password will be "first". As in first time to Ireland!

    We are aware the emails take a bit to get into each and every fan inbox on our list, so in the essence of time for this one, should the link comes in within 24hours of the 9AM on-sale, we will post it on rush.com in the news section. You'll still need the password "first" to access it, which you now already have.
    There has still be no word on additional North American dates yet, but with all the activity surrounding the Rush camp of late, it's likely we'll hear something very soon.
    November 23rd, 2010
    Cygnus-X1.Net: Reskinned
    Cygnus-X1.Net: Reskinned
    Welcome to Cygnus-X1.Net, Version 3.0!

    After a number of years running this site using a quasi-Caress of Steel theme, I decided to change things up (quite) a bit. There are now five different, randomly selected banners that appear on the top of each page; all highlighting an aspect of each Rush studio album. Sub-banners and menu buttons have also been spruced up to align with the new theme. And there's also a very Rush-centric new flash opening at the root of the site (Click HERE to view it).

    None of this would have been possible without the incredible work from graphic artist Carl McDonnell of McDonnell Creative Design Solutions. You may recall the exceptional Rush-inspired wallpaper that he shared with us back in October. After being so impressed with his work on that piece, I approached him about creating a new banner for this site.

    Carl was thrilled at the aspect of creating a new banner, but as we both bounced ideas off of one another, we knew that a complete redesign of the entire site was in order (including the Star Trek side of the shop which will be going online within a week or so). In addition, Carl suggested focusing on the 'CX1' logo as a new identity for the site; one that will be embraced in many ways in the near future.

    Carl's attention to detail coupled with his love of Rush really came through with all the new graphics that he created for the site.

    I hope you enjoy the 'new look' of Cygnus-X1.Net and, of course, enormous thanks go out to Carl for his tireless work.
    November 19th, 2010
    Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour
    Rush Announces 2011 European Dates / Promises More North American Dates Soon
    Update: Click HERE for a full page article on Rush that appeared in 'The Sun'; UK's biggest selling daily newspaper.

    Additionally, though not announced by Rush, tickets for a May 29th show at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany are already on sale. (Thanks Eric from Power Windows)
    Rumor no more: In a news announcement posted last night, Rush formally announced a handful of Time Machine 2011 tour dates in Europe including their first stop ever in Ireland.

    Rush has confirmed they will be extending the Time Machine Tour and coming to Europe this spring. The following dates are confirmed, including Rush performing in Ireland for the first time ever. More additional European announcements to come.

       Thursday, May 12th Dublin O2    Saturday, May 14th Glasgow SECC    Monday, May 16th Sheffield Motorpoint Arena    Thursday, May 19th Manchester MEN Arena    Saturday, May 21st Newcastle Metro Radio Arena    Sunday, May 22nd Birmingham LG Arena    Wednesday, May 25th London O2

    Rush.com members will be receiving a pre-sale notification on Monday, November 22nd that begins on Tuesday, November 23rd.

    Tickets for the Time Machine Tour in Ireland & UK general on sale will commence at 9AM GMT on Friday, November 26th, 2010. Ticket links and details will be posted shortly.

    Additional European dates will be announced shortly!

    Also confirmed today, the Time Machine tour will return to North America for a selection of dates between March and July, primarily with Rush performing in markets not played on the previous tour run this summer.
    As indicated above, Rush will also be playing some dates in North America so the 'rumor' of a Madison Square Garden show seems more likely now.

    We'll have more news as it becomes available.

    Thanks to Carl McDonnell for the heads-up on the announcement.
    November 18th, 2010

    Rush Featured In AT&T Television Commercial
    AT&T has launched a national ad campaign for their new low-price High-Speed Internet service. Part of the campaign includes a commercial which features a man wearing a t-shirt with the classic Rush logo from their debut album. The man is seen riding a computer mouse and visiting several stores and locations. He finally ends up at a music store where he locates a matching Rush logo "onesie" (an infant's shirt for those who don't have kids).

    You can watch the complete ad via this LINK or via the embedded player below:

    Interested in purchasing the same t-shirt or "onesie"? Head on over to the Rush Backstage Club for a replica of the very same shirt.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the video/commercial.
    November 18th, 2010
    Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour
    Rush 2011 Time Machine Tour - Let the Rumors Begin
    Though the 2010 leg of the Rush Time Machine Tour ended just under a month ago, rumors surrounding a 2011 leg are in full force. Geddy Lee himself fueled the fire when he discussed the possibility of European dates when he appeared on UK's Planet Rock radio station last week to discuss the Living Legend award:
    "We're in discussions right now trying to firm up some dates so I think we're gonna try to come over here in the late spring. If all goes well - we're supposed to be going right back into the studio and finish the work that we started before the last tour but there's something about the way the Time Machine Tour came together that we'd like as many Rush fans as possible to experience it. So I think we're gonna try and bring that tour to Europe."
    Earlier this week, the Finnish television station SuomiTV reported that Rush would be playing at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland sometime in early May.

    However European dates aren't the only ones popping up in the rumor mill. DJ Terrie Carr of New Jersey's WDHA 105.5FM Rock of NJ radio station (right here in my back yard) reported that Rush would be playing a date at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City sometime in either February or March. Further, a reliable source told me that Rush might also be playing at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania on April 13th.

    Obviously, these are all rumors at this point but it does seem promising that Rush will, in fact, continue the Time Machine Tour in 2011. We'll post more information (hopefully, confirmed dates) as they become available.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows and Ed from RushIsABand for the rumors :)
    November 16th, 2010

    Start Me Up: The Top 10 Riffs of the 1980s
    Gibson.Com has posted a list of the Top 10 Guitar Riffs of the 1980's. "Somewhere deep in the primordial ooze of rock and roll there exists a phenomenon known as the "riff," with the power to make a decent song great, and a great song an all-time classic.".

    Coming in at #10 on the list is Alex Lifeson for Limelight:
    10. Rush, "Limelight"

    You've got to love Alex Lifeson. Blessed (or cursed) with sharing trio space with one of the best bass players on the planet and probably the best drummer on Earth, Lifeson still manages to stand out with imaginative solos and, in the case of this Moving Pictures tour de force, major league riffage - his best since "Passage to Bangkok."
    You can see the complete list via this LINK.
    November 15th, 2010

    Neil Peart in Modern Drummer Magazine
    Modern Drummer Magazine has released a special collectors issue this month titled The Drummer: Classic Rock.
    Inside Stories Of The Greatest Players In The History Of Drumming.

    An educated, entertaining, essential addition to every drummer's library - and to the history of modern drumming - The Drummer: Classic Rock Collector's Edition magazine builds on content from Modern Drummer's Top-selling The Drummer book with expanded coverage of drumming royalty from the golden age of rock 'n' roll.

    Featuring: John Bonham, Ginger Baker, Alex Van Halen, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Keith Moon, Ian Paice, Mitch Mitchell, Ringo Starr, Bill Bruford, Charlie Watts, Jim Keltner, Phil Collins, Russ Kunkel, John Densmore, Liberty DeVitto, Carter Beauford, Don Brewer, Robert Wyatt, Neal Smith, Clive Bunker, Danny Seraphine, Barriemore Barlow, Carmine Appice, and many more.
    Click HERE for a sneak-peak of the section covering Neil Peart.

    To order the special edition, click HERE.

    Thanks to reader ArsenalFC for passing along the news.
    November 10th, 2010
    Geddy Lee / Living Legend Award
    Rush Receive Classic Rock's "Living Legend" Award
    Geddy Lee was on hand at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards ceremonies earlier this week where he accepted the Living Legend award for Rush. You can read more about the ceremony via this LINK.

    In addition to the ceremony, Geddy was interviewed about the recent tour, plans for the new album and a potential extension of the Time Machine Tour in Europe next summer:
    The band has just completed the Time Machine Tour across North and South America, which saw Moving Pictures played in its entirety.

    "It's our most popular album and it's the one that seems to have passed the test of time most gracefully," observes Lee.

    "I'm not sure we're quite ready to put that tour away," he adds.

    "Now we're thinking we might come back in spring and play some shows in Britain."
    The quote above was taken from a lengthy interview/article with Geddy Lee that appeared on BBC website. The article, titled Rush: Still Living in the Limelight also touches upon Rush's recent resurgence in popularity.

    There's also an audio extract of the interview available HERE .

    Finally, a few pictures of Geddy at the Classic Rock ceremonies can be viewed at the Getty Images website. Simply search for Geddy Lee Classic Rock to view them.

    Thanks to reader RushFanForever for supplying some of the links.
    November 8th, 2010
    Rush to Receive Honors at Billboard Touring Awards
    Rush Receive "Legend of Live" at Billboard Touring Awards
    The Billboard Touring Awards were held last Thursday night where Rush were honored with the Legend of Live award. The complete story on the event can be read HERE. Additionally, there are three related articles/interviews about the event and Rush's honor that can be read at the links below:
    Rush: Legend of Live

    Neil Peart: A Life of Lighted Stages

    Rush: Steady As They Go
    Alex Lifeson was the only member of Rush in attendance during the award ceremony. You can see some pictures of Alex from the event by accessing the Getty Images website and searching for 'Alex Lifeson'.

    Also make sure to check out the comments section of this news story for Rush-related videos from the ceremonies.

    Many thanks to reader RushFanForever for passing along the links.
    November 5th 2010
    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports - November 2010 Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports - November 2010
    Neil Peart's News, Weather, and Sports Update
    Neil Peart has posted a new update to the News, Weather, and Sports section of his website. In addition to the moving update, Neil also had a message - and request - for all visitors to his site:
    Dear Readers,

    The staff here at neilpeart.net-Our Eponymous Founder, plus Greg Russell, Minister of All Things Creative, and Brutus, the Manager over at Bubba's Bar 'n' Grill-want to try something new.

    Brutus and Our Eponymous Founder recently toured South America (see attached story), and were moved by the amazing rescue of the trapped miners in Chile while they were there. During the more than two months that "Los 33" were trapped underground, the Chilean Red Cross administered "Camp Hope" on the surface, for the estimated 2,000 gathered family members and international media awaiting the rescue.

    The resources of Chile's "La Cruz Roja" had already been strained by the terrible earthquake that rocked the country in February of this year-one of the strongest ever recorded, measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale, it caused massive destruction and killed nearly 500 people.

    So we'd like to help-and ask for your help in doing it.

    We're suggesting a donation of a mere $1.00-in return for the following story that all of us have worked so hard on (either by "living" it, writing it, photographing it, or making it look nice).

    We thank you all.
    There is a link on Neil's site that will allow you to make your donation via PayPal. The cause is obviously a worth one where a single dollar (or more) can make an enormous difference.
    Neil's November entry is titled The Power of Magical Thinking which details his extensive motorcycle tour of South America.
    We all have our own brands of magical thinking, and mine brought me to this "pass," as it were. While my supernatural beliefs do not include skygods or "visualization techniques," they do embrace the equally irrational pursuits of dreaming, daring, and hoping. Those are the very qualities that made me believe I could do a concert tour of Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, by motorcycle. When the South American tour was being planned, for October, 2010, I started to dream about riding it; then I dared to think it out loud, and from then on, it was a matter of hope.
    In his typical detailed and image-based fashion, Neil brings the reader into his journeys south of the border, bringing to life his experiences - both positive and negative - during his epic 3,000 mile (5,000 km) ride. One particular passage stood out to me, highlighting the celebrity of Rush in South America...
    They led us to the city limits, pulling over by a toll booth. The attendant leaned out and asked me, "Baterista?" I nodded as he pulled out his cell-phone camera to commemorate the event. A pair of Santiago officers on big BMW motorcycles took over from there, leading us through the nice-looking city, with the snow-frosted Andes still visible to the east.

    Finally, we were pulling into the stadium, and parked in a tunnel inside. Brutus and I stepped off the muddy motorcycles and shared a strong hug of relief. We had survived 5,000 kilometers, 3,000 miles - and made it to all of the shows. Our work was done.

    Well - not mine, exactly, because now, at last, we come to the final show . . .
    Finally, Neil reveals just how moved he, and his bandmates were, surrounding the events about the trapped Chilean miners, hence his request for a donation to support the cause. Neil's final passage in this update sums up his feelings, the tour and perhaps the history of Rush fittingly.
    When I talked with my bandmates at soundcheck, I learned that they had also been moved by watching the rescue of the Chilean miners. Geddy planned to dedicate that very song, "Stick It Out," to the miners, while a photo of them would appear on the giant screen behind us. Also, Alex's guitar would be decorated with the symbolic number of the rescue, "33."

    So all of that is part of the "background" of this photo, the magic unseen but surely felt, in so many smiling faces among the 36,000 people, the flashing cameras, the Chilean flag in the middle, a hilarious sign to the right, and one to the left that I had Michael enlarge and enhance. It reads, touchingly, "All My Life/ For Rush."

    ("Me too, buddy - me too.")

    At the end of forty-four shows for me, my bandmates, and our incredible crew, and at the end of 23,132 motorcycle miles for me and my riding partners, Michael and Brutus, Alex and Geddy and I stood (or sat, in my case) on that stage and looked out at that cheering, heaving, chanting crowd, and saw, heard, and felt . . . the power of magical thinking.
    "All My Life/ For Rush." Indeed, me too...

    Click HERE to read the entire entry and to make a donation.
    November 4th, 2010

    Nick Raskulinecz on Producing Rush
    Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz was recently interviewed by MusicRadar about the state of the music business, his work with Rush, along with Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains and his thoughts about the upcoming Clockwork Angels album.
    Obviously, Rush like what you do - you're working with them again on the upcoming Clockwork Angels. I've heard the first two tracks, Caravan and BU2B. Are they an indication of what we can expect on the rest of the record?

    "Yep. There's going to be a lot of cool stuff. We've got six other songs ready to record, and they're probably going to want to write some more when they finish this tour. We'll sit down and figure out how to record everything else. I can already tell you that the title track is going to be one of the coolest things they've ever done. It's going to be epic.

    "I told them, 'Don't try to write a single. Don't try to do anything conventional. Give me Rush from back in the day.' They don't need to write something for the sake of radio play. They're Rush! [laughs] So I think the record is going to be a little more bare bones, a little less produced. It's going to be more direct, with killer riffs, solos, pounding drums and Geddy singing up high the way he should. That, to me, is the sound of Rush."
    You can read the entire interview, which is titled Nick Raskulinecz on producing Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains at this LINK.

    Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the link.
    November 3rd, 2010

    Drink Bravely with Mark Oldman - Episode 14: The "Lifeson Ledge"
    The Alex Lifeson video with Mark Oldman that we mentioned back in mid-October is now online and can be viewed below.
    Mark Oldman takes off to the Great White North to visit with Rush's Alex Lifeson, the legendary rock guitarist and one of the wine-passionate "Bravehearts" featured in Oldman's Brave New World of Wine. We learn how Alex's wife accidentally swipes one of his cherished bottles and how the musician devises a solution to prevent further incursions -- an ingenious idea Mark dubs a "Lifeson Ledge". This is cautionary tale for all drinkers interested in discouraging the unauthorized removal of their favorite vino.

    Thanks to Laura Romain for passing along the news.
    November 1st, 2010
    Rock Band 3 Featuring Subdivisions by Rush
    Subdivisions Available for Rock Band 3
    Rush's classic 80's single Subdivisions will be available as a DLC for Rock Band 3 on November 2nd.
    "Get your first taste of Rush Pro Mode-style next week when the single 'Subdivisions' comes to the Rock Band 3 Music Store! The song comes from Rush's 1982 album Signals and is one of five Rush songs inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in March 2010. The track will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii on November 2 for $1.99. The Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrade expansion is $0.99."
    In addition to playing guitars and drums, Rock Band 3 allows you to also play keyboards which plays nicely into Subdivision's heavy synth sound.

    You can watch a RB3 trailer which includes Subdivisions at this LINK.
    October 31st, 2010
    Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
    Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage - London, UK - One Night Only!
    The critically acclaimed documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage is being brought to Cineworld Haymarket, London by Arts Alliance Media, in association with Classic Rock magazine, Universal Music Group and Banger Films.

    The documentary will be shown on Monday, November 8th at 6:00pm sharp. Tickets go on sale for Ł10 on November 1st, 2010 at 9am at www.cineworld.co.uk.

    The film will be followed by a one-off exclusive Q & A session with Geddy Lee. Also answering questions will be the directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn. The Q&A will be hosted by Philip Wilding.

    Rumor has it that Geddy may reveal the band's plan for a European leg of the Time Machine Tour during the Q&A session.

    Geddy Lee will also be accepting the Living Legend Award at the prestigious Classic Rock Awards at The Roundhouse, London on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010. It will be the first time the main award has been presented to a band, previous recipients include the likes of Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper and Lemmy.
    October 29th, 2010
    Rush Wall Paper Courtesy of Carl McDonnell
    Rush News Bullets
    Though the Time Machine Tour has been over for nearly two weeks now, and Rush are no doubt resting up at home and preparing for the holiday season, there is still plenty of Rush news to go around. In addition to the news, you may have noticed some subtle changes to the site. I've begun incorporating fonts from the Rush Font Project throughout the site. I hope you enjoy the new, enhanced look.

  • Rush-Themed Wallpaper: Carl McDonnell of mcdonnellcreative.com asked me to share this impressive Rush-inspired wallpaper with everyone. Here's what Carl had to say:
    "...My name is Carl McDonnell and I've been a Rush fan since 1982. I'm a graphic designer based in Dublin, Ireland and I just thought I'd send you this Rush themed wallpaper that you may want to share with people from your site. It's a multi-layered composition executed in Photoshop. None of the elements used are from original Rush artwork. I've dropped around ten (some are subtle) visual hints to both songs and albums, as well as the band members themselves. The attached .zip file contains widescreen, regular, iPad and iPod formats...."
    You can download the collection in zip format via this LINK. Thanks again, Carl!
  • Rush Among the 150 Greatest Debut Albums: The latest version of Classic Rock Magazine ran a feature listing the 150 Greatest Debut Albums of all time. Rush's self-titled debut album made the cut. The entire list can be seen HERE which calls out the track Working Man as the stand-out track.

    You can order a copy of the UK Rock Magazine with the full list via this LINK.

    Thanks to reader RushFanForever for passing along the news.
  • Geddy Lee Graces the Cover of the October 2010 Musicians Friend Catalog : The Musicians Friend October 2010 Catalog has a great picture of Geddy Lee sporting his signature Fender Jazz Bass on the cover. Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for sending along the link.
  • A Brush Of Hope" 2010 Update: As we reported back in early September, Alex Lifeson was expected to create another original painting which was to be donated to the "A Brush Of Hope" auction, benefiting the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Unfortunately, we've learned the following from founder Tim Fox:
    "Unfortunately, [Alex Lifeson's] touring schedule prevented him from getting a painting in."
    Even though Alex isn't participating this year, I still encourage everyone to visit the A Brush Of Hope Facebook page. Note that the auction is currently underway, and will run through October 31st.
  • I'll leave you with a quick anniversary note. It was on this day back in 1985 that Rush released Power Windows. Happy 25th, PoW!
    October 25th, 2010
    Rush Biography: Chemistry
    Rush Biography 'Chemistry' Available in Paperback
    Jon Collins' 2005 biography on Rush titled "Chemistry" will be made available in paperback in North America on Monday, November 1. The book, which was released in the United Kingdom earlier this month, has been re-proofed to correct all of the typos, errors and inaccuracies that appeared in the original hard-cover version.
    Acclaimed Marillion biographer Jon Collins draws on hundreds of hours of new interviews to tell the full in-depth story of the enduring Canadian trio who refused to compromise their music and avoided the typical rock and roll lifestyle. From early days in Canada to platinum albums, stadium shows, and the world's stage, taking in tragedy, triumphs, and a wealth of great music, this is the meticulous and definitive study of one of rock's great enigmas. From early triumphs such as the classic concept album 2112, on to their first hit single "Spirit of Radio" and beyond to Moving Pictures, "Tom Sawyer," and more pop-oriented 1990s material, Rush have continued to make groundbreaking and original music that has sold in the millions.
    You can pre-order your copy via Amazon.Com at this LINK.

    Many thanks to reader RushFanForever for the news who, in an unrelated story, also has confirmed for us that the version of Resist which is appears in the four-cd anthology The Rounder Records Story is from Rush In Rio. See the original news story on this anthology HERE.
    October 22nd, 2010
    Rush Time Machine Tour 2010
    Time Machine Tour Ranked #1 on Billboard's "Hot Tours" Chart
    The North American leg of Rush's Time Machine Tour has been ranked as the #1 tour according to Billboard's Hot Tours Chart. The tour grossed $18,989,834 and sold 270,757 tickets against a maximum capacity of 319,077 (85% capacity on average).
    Rush takes the No. 1 ranking on Hot Tours chart with totals reported from the Time Machine Tour that played North American venues from late June through early October. The tour schedule included concerts at outdoor amphitheaters and arenas along with appearances at state fairs in Minnesota (Aug. 27), New York (Sept. 2),and an Aug. 31 stop at the Great Allentown Fair in Allentown, Pa. which celebrated its 158th year of operation. The top gross among the reported concerts came from a two-performance engagement at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. The Denver-area outdoor venue sold more than 16,000 tickets for both shows (Aug. 16, 18) grossing just over $1.5 million. The largest amphitheater crowd for a single performance came from the Houston market with 15,225 fans in attendance at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on Sept. 25. Among the arenas on the schedule, the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas produced the top gross with $993,351 in sold tickets for a concert on Aug. 14. The best attendance among the arenas was at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The 20,000-seat venue's Aug. 29 performance drew 11,402 fans.
    You can check out the entire article at Billboard.Com via this LINK.
    October 22nd, 2010
    Neil Peart's Fire on Ice
    Neil Peart's Fire on Ice: Making of "The Hockey Theme"
    A 90-minute documentary on the making of Neil Peart's drum-centric version of the new "Hockey Theme" is now available on DVD.

    Product Details:
    Neil Peart gives a behind the scenes tour of the making of "The Hockey Theme". Canada's TSN (The Sports Network) decided to recreate the hockey theme; they wanted to use iconic Canadians to help in the revisal. The Hockey theme is recognized as Canada's second national anthem so when they decided to recreate it, they wanted to use the best, and the first person that came to mind was Rush drummer, Neil Peart. Neil also discusses a custom drum kit made by DW Drums with all of the different hockey team logos on it.
    You can order your copy via this LINK.
    October 21st, 2010
    Rush Fan Club Brazil Fest
    Rush Fan Club Brazil Fest 2010
    Vagner Cruz, who runs the Brazil Rush Fan Site Rush Fa-Clube Brasil, wanted me to pass the word about a Rush Brazil Fest that will be taking place at the Rock N' Drinks at the Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 18, 2010.

    Click HERE for more information on the event.

    You can also view a full-size version of the event advertisement HERE.

    Thanks to Vagner for letting us know about this exciting event.

    October 15th, 2010
    Rush: Time Machine Tour South American Leg
    Time Machine Tour Update: Hola Argentina and Chile!
    Update: Rush was met with great enthusiasm in Chile, as witnessed by the incredible fans that attended the show and the numerous, favorable reviews that followed. Below are several links to those reviews. Please use Google Translator to translate them to your native language:

    Canal 13 Television station: LINK
    Radio Cooperativa: LINK
    La Tercera (online): LINK
    La Tercera (printed article): LINK
    La Tercera (Photo Album): LINK
    El Mercurio Newspaper: LINK
    El Mercurio (Photo Album): LINK
    El Mercurio (HD Photo Album): LINK
    La Nación Newspaper: LINK
    Publimetro Newspaper: LINK

    In addition, here's a a video where Geddy Lee dedicates Stick It Out to the 33 trapped miners who were finally rescued last week.

    Many thanks to RushIsABand for sharing the links.
    Rush is now entering the final weekend of their historic Time Machine Tour as they play the first dates ever in Argentina and Chile. Tonight, the band will take the stage at the Estadio G.E.B.A. in Buenos Aires, Argentina and then close out the tour on Sunday with a show at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile. Early ticket sales results from the date in Chile suggest that at least 35,000 seats have been sold so it's bound to be another great and energetic show.

    Chile's Radio Futuro recently conducted an interview with Alex Lifeson where Alex discusses the tour and more about the upcoming Clockwork Angels album. Click HERE for the English Google translation of the article.

    In other tour news, Pollstar recently released their list of the Top 100 Selling Tours of 2010. Click HERE for the PDF list. As of September 30th, Rush ranked #33 on the list with a total of 350,342 tickets sold or an average of 9,220 tickets per show (38 in total at that point). With their shows in South America, Rush will certainly shoot up the list.

    Finally, as the tour winds down, I've been enhancing the historical Rush tour date listing on the site. Numerous additions, corrections and enhancements have been made, most notably the ability to download any tour in a Microsoft Excel or CSV file format. Each of Rush's past tours can be downloaded as an individual file, or you can download the entire Rush Tour Dates Archive in a single file.

    Finally, many more pictures from the current Time Machine Tour have been added to the Image dB section of the site, with more on the way. Thanks to everyone who contributed them.

    For all those attending the two final shows this weekend, have a great time!
    October 15th, 2010

    TSN's Hockey Montage Features Rush's Caravan
    The Canadian Sports Network TSN debuted a new Hockey montage commercial featuring Rush's Caravan as the theme music. As hockey players are discussing the ultimate goal in hockey, the drive towards the Stanley Cup, the line from Caravan "I can't stop thinking big..." is played in the background. This marks the second time TSN collaborated with Rush. As most fans know, Neil Peart recorded a new, drum-heavy version of the Hockey theme earlier this year.

    The new commericial can be viewed below.

    Thanks to RushIsABand for the news.
    October 14th, 2010
    Mark Oldman's new book, OLDMAN'S BRAVE NEW WORLD OF WINE
    Interview with Mark Oldman: Wine Author and Rush Fan
    Back in September, we let you know about a new book by Mark Oldman titled, OLDMAN'S BRAVE NEW WORLD OF WINE. In it, Alex Lifeson is one of the many celebrity wine lovers to be profiled.

    Recently, Mark Oldman was interviewed about his love of wine - and Rush.
    1WineDude: OK, I've got to ask this first: you're getting front-row seats to RUSH concerts in N.J. and hanging out with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee? How does that go down? That's so awesomely beyond awesome that "awesome" doesn't describe its awesomeness?

    Mark Oldman: That show was electrifying - both for the audience and, it seemed, for the band. Rush is shredding it better than ever and experiencing more love than ever before. Last year I had the opportunity to interview Alex in his wine cellar, so stay tuned for a fun video of that launching on my site in a few weeks.
    We'll post the link to the video once it becomes available. The complete interview can be read HERE.

    Thanks to Laura Romain for passing along the news.
    October 12th, 2010

    Geddy Lee Interview on Brazil's TV UOL
    Geddy Lee was recently interviewed by Brazil's TV UOL where he discussed the progress on the new album Clockwork Angels, whether the current tour will be filmed for a future DVD release and thoughts about the documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. Here are some excerpts from the video interview:
    On the next RUSH studio album:

    Geddy: "The new album is still in production. We've recorded two songs so far, one of them called 'Caravan' and the other one called 'Brought Up To Believe' ['BU2B']. That's the beginning two songs of a whole kind of a concept album called 'Clockwork Angels'. We have about four other songs... five songs written, but not recorded yet. And we still have a couple of more songs that we want to write and then put the whole thing together. So I don't think the album will be ready for about a year."

    On whether there will be a new DVD/CD documenting the current tour:

    Geddy: "We record every night. We don't film every night but we have lots of cameras around. So invariably by the time this [tour] is finished we'll put together some sort of live representation of it. But what form that will take I'm not sure yet."

    On the recent award-winning film "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage":

    Geddy: "It's a weird experience to watch that for me. First of all, I don't like to watch myself talking about myself; it's strange [and] not normal. But I was very complimented to hear the nice things that the other musicians had to say. And I was very relieved that the people that made the film had a good sense of humor, and that the sense of humor that we have in the band came through in that film. So that made me happy. And so although it's not my favorite thing to do - to watch a movie about us - I'm glad that so many people seem to enjoy it."
    You can view the entire interview via this LINK.

    Thanks to Blabbermouth for the news and excerpts.
    October 8th, 2010
    Rush: Time Machine Tour South American Leg
    Rush Embark on South American Leg of Time Machine Tour
    Update (10/11/2010): 130 photos from the two Brazilian shows are now online courtesy of Vagner Cruz of the Rush Fan Club Brazil website.
    Update (10/09/2010): Below are links of two reviews and a photo gallery from the Sao Paulo, Brazil show last night.

        Ao se auto-parodiar, o Rush constrói o próprio mito
        English translated review: Rush Builds their own myth with self-parody.

        Rush reúne 38 mil pessoas no Estádio do Morumbi
        English translated review: Rush brings together 38,000 people at Morumbi Stadium.

        Click HERE for a photo slideshow from the Sao Paulo show.
    The four-date South American leg of Rush's Time Machine Tour launches tonight at the Estadio Morumbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This marks Rush's triumphant return to Brazil after an eight year absence. After tonight's performance, the band will head over to Rio de Janeiro to play a show at the Praca da Apoteose on Sunday.

    After their stop in Brazil, Rush will make their way over to Buenos Aires, Argentina for a show on the 15th at the Estadio G.E.B.A.. This will mark the first time Rush has played in Argentina. Their final stop on the South American leg of the tour will be in Chile (another first for Rush). They'll be playing at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile on the 17th.

    According to published reports from La Tercera, a Chilean newspaper, the seating capacity at the Estadio Nacional is 55,000 with about 70% of the tickets having been sold thus far (Thanks Claudio Vargas).

    The Chilean newspaper El Mercurio also recently conducted a short phone interview with Geddy Lee. The rough English translation can be read here. In it, Geddy hints at the possibility of filming some aspect of the shows in South America.

    For all our friends in South America seeing Rush, have fun and let us know how the shows are.
    October 7th, 2010

    A Pair of Neil Peart Interviews
    There are a couple of interesting interviews that include segments with Neil Peart that were recently published. The first one, Mike Heppner and the Talking Man Project, is actually quite humorous. Here are a couple of excerpts from it:
    State your name, your profession, and why you think Mike Heppner has asked you to participate in this survey.
    Neil Peart: My name is Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for the band Rush, and part-time author. I have published four books more-or-less in the travel genre, a number of magazine articles, and continue writing illustrated stories for my Web site, neilpeart.net. There I also review books I like, in a department called Bubba's Book Club. I once gave a nice review to Mike Heppner's second novel, Pike's Folly, and like most writers, Mike can't resist someone who appreciates his work, so we became friends.

    Have you ever been in a fistfight? If so, did you win? If not, make something up.
    Neil Peart: My last fistfight occurred at age eight, against another skinny little third-grader, David Carson. The epic battle took place after school, under the row of tall, spooky spruce trees filled with nesting grackles, a block from Gracefield School. The trees are gone now, but I like to imagine my old schoolmates staging annual reenactments at the site, gathering in a circle as one of them (they take turns) recreates my incredible 'windmill' attack, arms flailing at David for nearly twenty seconds, until I got tired and he pinned me down.

    Why do you write? Would you still be happy writing if you knew your work had no hope of ever being published?
    Neil Peart: I have been writing 'recreationally' since . . . around the time of that lost fistfight. Draw your own connections.
    Click HERE to read the entire article/interview.

    In celebration of National Poetry Day, a number of musicians were asked "...about the joys - and occasional tribulations - of setting verse to music...". This is what Neil had to say:
    In 1975 I was trying to write a song inspired by the dark mood and subtle psychology of the film Citizen Kane, which features the opening lines of Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I looked up the poem and was overwhelmed by its imagery and emotional power. The song Xanadu was taken over by the poem in a way that has never happened since. I added the "adventure travel" aspect to the song's story before I'd travelled further than the rock clubs of North America. I portrayed Coleridge's idea of immortality as a grim curse. Citizen Kane is the opposite: mortality as a punishment. There's a joke that goes, "Rush is what happens when you let the drummer write the songs", which is funny, but of course I only write the lyrics. The line in the song Animate "daughter of a demon lover" pays homage to these powerful lines from Kubla Khan: "As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted/ By woman wailing for her demon lover." Now that's rock.
    Pretty insightful. You can check out the entire article and read how other musicians responded at this LINK.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.
    October 7th, 2010
    Neil Peart's Hockey Theme Drum Kit
    Neil Peart's Hockey-Theme Drum Kit Now On Display
    Back on January 15th, a rock-laced version of the Hockey Theme performed by Neil Peart made its official debut prior to a Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs game. The Hockey Hall of Fame website has just announced that the custom drum kit that Neil used for the recording of the theme is now on display.
    Hockey Night in Canada" theme song drum kit The drum kit used by Neil Peart, famed drummer of Canada's legendary rock group RUSH is now on display inside the TSN/RDS Zone. The drum set was used by Peart to record TSN/RDS's updated "Hockey Night in Canada" theme song.
    Click HERE for additional news on the new hockey theme along with a video of Neil's performance.

    Thanks to RayM for passing along the news.
    October 2nd, 2010
    Mountains Come Out of the Sky Top 100 Canadian Singles The Rounder Records Story
    A Trio of Rush Related Releases
    Two new books and a 4-disc CD box set will all include a taste of Rush.

    A live version of Resist will appear in the four-cd anthology The Rounder Records Story which is being released on October 12th.
    "For forty years, Rounder Records has been on a singular mission to record the magnificent range of American roots music styles-bluegrass, New Orleans R&B, old time fiddling, singer-songwriter, blues, country, rockabilly, roots rock, Cajun and a few that cross enough boundaries to be genres of their own. The 87 songs selected for this 4CD set show the true breadth of the label's catalog, from the old time folk music of Ola Belle Reed to the Grammy sweeping triumph of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. The discs are arranged by decade, and it is fascinating to hear both the underlying consistencies and the ongoing evolution of the label's vision, while the list of musicians includes many of the defining names in roots music. Includes extensive notes by Washington Post journalist Geoff Himes."
    It's unknown which of the two live versions of "Resist" which appeared on the Rounder Records label (Rush In Rio and R30) will appear on this anthology.

    The Bob Mersereau book The Top 100 Canadian Singles was just released and contains, obviously enough, a listing of the Top 100 Canadian Singles (songs that is, not people) :) The entries were selected by around 800 musicians, broadcasters, members of the music industry and fans. Rush made a healthy showing with three entries on list: Tom Sawywer at position #12, The Spirit of Radio at #25, and Closer to the Heart at #35. The book also contains several interview snippets from musicians who made the list including Neil Peart.

    Finally, a new progressive-rock inspirted book from Will Romano titled Mountains Come Out of the Sky: The Illustrated History of Prog Rock is now available.
    From its artful beginnings (Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, the Mothers of Invention, and those progressive forebearers, the Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles), through the towering guitar solos, monumental synthesizer banks, and mind-boggling special effects of the Golden Age of Prog (Rush, Pink Floyd, Yes, ELP, Genesis, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, UK), through the radio-friendly "pop era" (Asia, the Phil Collins-led Genesis, and a reformed Yes), and right up to the present state of the art (Marillion, Spock's Beard, and Mars Volta), this is a wickedly incisive tour of rock music at its most spectacular. This is indeed the book prog rock fans have been waiting for, the only one of its kind, as fantastic as the subjects it covers.
    A complete chapter in the book is dedicated to Rush (pages 166-179).

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows and Ed from RushIsABand for sharing the news on these releases.
    October 1st, 2010

    Rush Interviewed On Brazil's 'Hoje Em Dia' Program
    During the September 18th, 2010 show at the Jiffy Lube Live venue in Bristow Virginia, both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson sat down with a reporter from the Brazilian TV program "Hoje em Dia" for an interview.

    Before the actual interview, which can be viewed below, the video segment included a back-stage tour and conversations with several members of the tour crew. It also focused quite a bit on the 'Spider Lighting' that Rush is employing during this tour.

    Though primarily in Portuguese, the actual interview segments with Geddy and Alex are in English and sub-titled in Portuguese.

    You can also view the video via this link.
    September 29th, 2010

    Rush Interview on CNN
    Third Update: Click HERE for the complete 25-minute CNN interview with Rush. Thanks RushFanForever!
    Second Update: Click HERE to view the John Roberts and Alex Lifeson jamming together.

    Update: The CNN interview is now online. Thanks RushFanForever.
    According to a posting on their official Facebook Page, Rush will be interviewed by John Roberts on CNN. The piece will air twice on CNN 'American Morning' between 6:00 and 9:00 AM on Thursday, September 30th, 2010. It will also repeat on Kyra Phillips' show between the 9:15-9:45 window and appear on www.cnn.com

    Canadian-born journalist John Roberts also made an appearance in Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage.

    Thanks to reader Carmful for the headsup!
    September 29th, 2010
    Rush to Receive Honors at Billboard Touring Awards
    Rush to Receive Honors at Billboard Touring Awards
    Billboard Magazine has just announced that Rush will be named this year's Legend of Live at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards in New York on November 4th, 2010.

    The Legend of Live honors groups or individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and acknowledges the recipients' commitment to the art of performing live and reaching fans through the concert experience.

    Previous award recipients include Rolling Stones promoter Michael Cohl (2004), Cellar Door Concerts founder Jack Boyle (2005), Sir Elton John (2006), pioneering agent Frank Barsalona (2007), the Allman Brothers Band (2008) and Ozzy Osbourne (2009).

    The Billboard Touring Awards wraps the 7th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which takes place November 3rd - 4th at the Sheraton in New York City, New York.

    For more information on the announcement, click HERE.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.
    September 28th, 2010

    'Living Legend' Honour for Rush
    According to numerous news reports, Rush are to receive a "Living Legend" honour at Classic Rock magazine's annual awards. The band are expected to fly to London to collect the title at the Marshall Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards on November 10th.

    Alice Cooper is scheduled to host the event at north London's Roundhouse venue.

    Previous recipients of the award include Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page and Motorhead frontman Lemmy.

    Geddy Lee commented: "We are thrilled to receive the 'Living Legend' award from Classic Rock. It's much better than the alternative! Seriously, we are humbled and very appreciative."

    Click HERE for more information on this honour.
    September 28th, 2010
    Rush's 2112 on Guitar Hero
    Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Featuring 2112 Released Today
    The latest installment of the Guitar Hero video game series, Warriors of Rock was released today. As we reported back in July, the sixth installment of the series features Rush's 2112. From the original Rolling Stone News Story:
    It's official: Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock has the most epically prog-rock sequence of any music video game yet. Rush have teamed with Activision for the fall release, which features a story-based Quest Mode that includes with hero wannabes playing the entirety of "2112," a seven-part suite from the Canadian band's 1976 album of the same name. The story of the game's final segment roughly follows Rush's opus, and will be narrated by lead singer Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson. "In our story, the caves of 2112 are where our hero finds the lost guitar," says Lee. "This rediscovery of music is much like the Guitar Hero warriors' journey to find the Demi-God of Rock's Legendary guitar, which has been trapped in a cavern."
    Click HERE to order your copy of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock from Amazon.Com

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the reminder about the release date.
    September 28th, 2010
    Rush and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominations Exclude Rush Once Again
    Update: Fans aren't the only ones upset about Rush's snub. Eddie Trunk just posted a scathing entry in his blog where he lashes out at the Hall of Fame. Additionally, Scot McFadyen, who directed Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage commented 'It's unfortunate' in an Entertainment Weekly article titled Rush documentary director on their latest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snub: 'It's unfortunate'.
    The nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 have been announced and, as shocking as it may sound, Rush has, once again, been excluded from the ballot. The band has been eligible for induction since 1999 yet despite growing popularity, sold-out tours, award-winning documentaries, glowing critical praise and the most dedicated fan base in the industry, the 'powers-that-be' of the Hall of Fame continue to dismiss Rush.

    Recent articles, like 21 - No, 12 Geeky Reasons Why Rush Should Be Inducted Into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from Wired.Com continue to make a case for the band's induction, yet all attempts continually fall of deaf ears.

    Though fans are becoming less concerned with the entire induction fiasco, as is Rush themselves, it still annoys many (myself included) when the list of nominees contain talents that are seemingly less deserving than Rush. Take this year's list of nominees which include:

       Alice Cooper
       Beastie Boys
       Bon Jovi
       Neil Diamond
       Dr. John
       J. Geils Band
       LL Cool J
       Darlene Love
       Laura Nyro
       Donna Summer
       Joe Tex
       Tom Waits
       Chuck Willis

    Not to take anything away from (most) of these artists, but when comparing the extensive career, the unending reach and the musical prowess of Rush to this list, few (if any) can hold a candle to our favorite Canadian Power Trio.

    So be it. Another September has come, another induction into the increasingly pathetic institution has once again passed Rush by, but life goes on.

    For those interested, the 26th Annual Induction Ceremony will take place on March 14, 2011 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be televised live on Fuse, Madison Square Garden's national music television network.
    September 28th, 2010
    Classic Albums - Rush 2112 / Moving Pictures
    Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums Documentary Now Available
    The long-awaited 2112 & Moving Pictures - Classic Albums documentary is now available.

    Click HERE to order the DVD.

    Click HERE to order the Blu-Ray.
    The acclaimed "Classic Albums" series is a definitive collection of the stories behind the albums that form the soundtrack to our lives. The latest addition to the series tells the story behind the making of two legendary albums from Rush. "2112" was the album that saw Rush break through to major chart success, going to No.1 in their native Canada and Top 75 in the USA where it would eventually be certified triple platinum. "Moving Pictures" opened them to a mass audience for the first time and remains the biggest selling album of their career. It also went to No.1 in Canada and went quadruple platinum there whilst hitting No.3 in both the UK and USA. Rush members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart talk us through the making of the albums, together with original producer Terry Brown via interviews, demonstrations, archive videos and use of the original multi-track tapes.

    Both the DVD and Blu-ray editions of "2112 & Moving Pictures - Classic Albums" will feature over 50 minutes of additional interviews, archive footage and new demonstrations not included in the broadcast version.
    For more information on the documentary, click HERE.
    September 27th 2010

    Time Machine Tour House Music List
    Have you ever wondered about the music that's playing over the loud speakers at a Rush concert before the band goes on? It's commonly referred to as the House Music List; at least it is in the Rush circles. During the Snakes & Arrows tour, Neil put together the house list (See it HERE.) and, not surprisingly, he's also the mastermind behind the music on the Time Machine Tour.

    For those of you wondering what the complete list was this time around, wonder no further. Here's the complete list, courtesy of Rush's tour photographer and pyrotechnician John Arrowsmith.
    Tommy Overture - The Who
    School - Supertramp
    Hells Bells - Bruford
    Dancing With the Moonlit Knight - Genesis
    Aqualung - Jethro Tull
    I Ain't Superstitious - Jeff Beck Group
    Peaches en Regalia - Frank Zappa
    Knife Edge - ELP
    I've Seen All Good People - Yes
    One of These Days - Pink Floyd
    What is and What Should Never Be - Led Zeppelin
    Cross-Eyed Mary - Jethro Tull
    Journey From Mariabronn - Kansas
    All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
    In the Dead of Night - UK
    Speed King - Deep Purple
    Watcher of the Skies - Genesis
    A Quick One While He's Away - The Who (Live from "Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus")
    In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson
    Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull
    Fool's Overture - Supertramp
    Good Times, Bad Times - Led Zeppelin
    The Prophet - Yes
    Young Man Blues - The Who
    Spanish Castle Magic - Jimi Hendrix
    I Know What I Like - Genesis
    Hush - Deep Purple
    From the Beginning - ELP
    Carry On My Wayward Son - Kansas
    Roundabout - Yes
    Time - Pink Floyd
    Thick As a Brick - Jethro Tull (10 min. live version)
    I would be remised if I didn't point out that my brother, Mario, was picking off the title and artist of nearly every song on this list when we attended the July 24th Jones Beach show.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.
    September 24th 2010

    Rush and a Mountaintop
    Science Fiction author Kevin J. Anderson, whose many novels have been largely inspired by the music of Rush, recently posted a blog entry on his MySpace page called Rush and a Mountaintop. In the entry, Anderson, who has been close friends with Neil Peart for years, discusses the two Rush concerts that took place last month at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado as well as some collaborative conversations he had with Neil during that time.
    It'll come as no surprise to my fans that I have long enjoyed the music of Rush. I've been going to their concerts since 1983, and Neil Peart's lyrics have inspired a great many stories and scenes in my writing.

    My first novel, Resurrection, Inc., is closely based on the Rush album "Grace Under Pressure." (It's been out of print for a while, but we've just made it available in ebook format on the Kindle and for other readers http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/17515.) I mentioned the Rush inspiration in the acknowledgments of the novel, and when I received my author's copies, I autographed a copy each for Neil, Geddy, and Alex, and sent them off to the record label and about a year later I received a letter from Neil, and we've been in touch ever since.
    Anderson's entry also includes some great photos of the surrounding area as well as a few pictures of Neil tackling a mountaintop.

    Click HERE to read the entire entry.
    September 23rd, 2010
    Rush: A Brief History of Time Part VI
    Rush: A Brief History of Time, Part VI
    Rush is now heading into the final week-plus of the North American leg of their Time Machine Tour. It's hard to believe that the tour, which began on June 29th, is nearly over for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Of course, Rush will be heading to South America on October 8th for four dates with the closing performance of the tour to take place on October 17th in Santiago, Chile.

    So as we approach a time where the tour will be viewed in a retrospective fashion, I thought it time to publish the sixth - and by far, the largest - installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time. There are some changes this time around. First off, the main BHoT Page, along with being indexed for each of the six installments of old Rush articles and interviews, now includes a complete listing of all the articles in chronological order.

    Also, because of the size of the sixth installment (50 entries in all), I decided to only showcase a few of those entries on the 'News Page'. Of course, all of the 50 entries for the sixth installment can be read HERE.

    Special thanks go out to Heiko Klages of Germany, RushFanForever, Eric Hansen from Power Windows, Ed Stenger from RushIsABand and Patrick Vella who generously contributed to this sixth installment. Thanks Guys!
    Up first are two articles from Billboard Magazine that appeared back in 1974. The first article, titled Rush, Mercury U.S. Deal talks about the signing of Rush by Mercury records and includes some record sales of their debut album. The second Billboard article from 1974 is called SRO Expands to Promo, Productions, Publishing. This one focuses on the growing success of SRO which was coupled with the growing success of Rush at the time.


    Up next is one of several entries coming out of the Sounds UK publications. This entry, titled We Have Assumed Control was written by Geoff Barton and discusses, in detail, a Rush concert in support of A Farewell to Kings that took place in Sheffield, UK.


    Up next is an interesting, lengthy piece that was published in the June 1979 edition of Canadian Musician Magazine. This one is simply called RUSH and focuses on the band's history and evolution from concept pieces to tighter arrangements that they were working on in preparation for Permanent Waves.


    Moving into 1982, Alex Lifeson appeared on the cover of the October 7th edition of Kerrang! Magazine which had a nice article on the band called New World Men. The piece was written by Steve Gett who also penned the Rush biography Success Under Pressure.


    Up next is a piece that appeared in the May 21st, 1983 edition of Sounds UK. Titled The Rush Sanctuary Breached and penned by prolific Rush scribe Geoff Barton, this two page spread has Geoff talking with the band about their history, Signals Tour and more.


    We'll enter and exit 1985 with a full page advertisement for Power Windows (available on Chrome Cassette or Album) :) and head into 1986 with a great piece that appeared in the January 1986 edition of Modern Drummer Magazine. Titled simply Neil Peart and written by Scott K. Fish, this lengthy Q&A session with Neil is actually quite revealing. Definitely one to check out.


    Next up is an article that appeared in the August 3rd, 1996 edition of Billboard Magazine. The article, titled Rush Aims For New Generation was written by Paul Verna and discusses the release of Test For Echo and how the band's sound was continuing to evolve over the years.


    Exiting the 90's and the 20th century, we'll move ahead to 2007 where Geddy Lee was the focus in the July 2007 edition of Bass Guitar Magazine. The article, titled Back to Basics was written by J.D. Considine and included photos by Dale May. It was essentially a look at the writing and recording process behind Snakes & Arrows.
    Again, this was just a small sampling of the 50 articles that made up the sixth installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time. Check out the rest via this LINK.

    September 21st, 2010
    Cygnus-X1.Net: A Tribute To Rush Online for 2112 Days
    Day 2112 ... and Counting
    Exactly 2112 days ago (or on December 9th, 2004), the Rush section of www.cygnus-x1.net officially went online, and what a journey it has been. Creating and maintaining a Rush related website was something I always wanted to do over the years, but never really had the opportunity to pursue. In fact, that desire stemmed from my first foray of maintaining a Rush-related online presence which dated back to the late 1980's. Back then, I ran a moderately popular Atari BBS called Skull Island. During the 3+ years that Skull Island was online, nearly 30,000 visitors made their way to my little corner of the online world, discussing all things Rush (along with some other assorted topics). Not too bad for a paltry little one-visitor-at-a-time, 300-baud system.

    So it was that experience of maintaining a Rush-related online presence that always stuck with me over the years. Finally in early 2004 my plans for Cygnus-X1.Net began to take shape and on June 1st of that year, the site went online. And even though the Rush content wasn't available at the initial launch of the site, work on what eventually would come to be "A Tribute to Rush" was already underway.

    Fast forward to December '04 and the first iteration of the Rush section of Cygnus-X1.Net went online. For those of you who never visited the site back then, you can see the style of the site via this link. I still look back fondly at that 'Sphere-themed' home page of the site in those days.

    So here we are, nearly six years and 15 million page views later and we're still going strong. It's hard to believe I've been at this for so long, and yet harder to believe how quickly the time has flown by. Cygnus-X1.Net has had its share of ups and down (mostly ups), but none, and I mean none of this would have been possible without the never-ending support, words of encouragement, occasional donations and numerous Rush-related contributions to this site that so many of you have made. Thank you, all! Very special thanks also have to go out to Eric Hansen of Power Windows and Ed Stenger of RushIsABand for their support, guidance and friendship over the years. Thanks Guys! And of course, beyond all of that, my thanks go out to Rush for providing the most critical ingredient to the creation - and longevity - of this site: Inspiration.

    2112 days down ... many, many more to come.
    September 20th, 2010
    The Rush iPhone App The Rush iPhone App
    The Rush App Now Available on Android Platform
    Back in July, Rush released 'The Rush App' for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. Now Rush has announced that the app is also available for phones and devices on the Android platform.
    For the first time ever Rush has helped develop a fun and useful application for the hard-core Rush fans. Get exclusive up to the minute news, music, and more in the palm of your hands.

    See brand new content and be a part of all things Geddy, Alex & Neil as they embark on the Time Machine Tour. Follow this application. We will continuously be featuring updates and improvements.
    -Directions, ticket info, and a full tour itinerary
    -Find the nearest places to dine, stay, points of interest, and transportation near each venue.
    -Rush News: Up to the minute information on all Rush activities
    -Rush Radio: More than 30 of your favorite Rush songs embedded in the application. Over $40 worth of music included as well as interesting facts on every song compiled by the band. Pick a song, and let it play while you explore the other functions on the Rush application.
    -30 Wallpapers: for the first time available, beautiful and formatted for the iPhone and the iPod touch, include original album artwork and behind the scenes, new & vintage photos that can be emailed or saved as your wallpaper.
    -Interactive game with Geddy, Alex and Neil: includes rare audio clips. It's a feature in this application that will be sure to shake you up.
    A dedicated website for the Rush App has been set up at www.rushapps.com.
    September 16th 2010
    Heart: Red Velvet Car with Geddy Lee on Whistle
    Geddy Lee Flexes His 'Whistle' Muscles While Time Stand Still Gets Covered
    Update: According to David Leonard, who spoke to Ben Mink about the 'whistle' credit given to Geddy Lee, it was "...an inside joke between Ben and Nancy Wilson. Ben says "Nancy heard some hi pitched thing in 'Death Valley'" and he (Ben) said "it's probably Geddy whistling". They gave Geddy credit. That's the story." And there you have it. An inside joke. Thanks to reader RushFanForever for getting to the bottom of this.
    Geddy Lee makes a guest appearance on the new Heart album Red Velvet Car on a track titled Death Valley. Apparently, Geddy contributed to the song by playing a whistle. This has spawned some confusion on the part of Rush fans, especially considering that the normal sound of a whistle isn't readily apparent on the track. Reader RushFanForever, who let me know about this story, has been reaching out to people in the 'Heart' camp to understand the nature of the 'whistle' that Geddy used. We'll let you know if anything new is uncovered. Interestingly enough, the album was produced by Ben Mink and engineered by David Leonard, both of whom had the same credits on Geddy Lee's My Favorite Headache.

    Meanwhile, Nelly Furtado, the Canadian pop singer, has performed a cover of "Time Stand Still" for the film Score: A Hockey Musical which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last week and is expected in theaters on October 22nd.

    Ms. Furtado also recently performed the song live at the Ravinia Festival on Friday, September 3rd. You can check out the video performance via YouTube.

    Thanks to RushFanForever, Eric from Power Windows and Ed from RushIsABand for sharing and spreading the news.
    September 15th 2010
    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports - September 2010 Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports - September 2010
    Neil Peart's News, Weather, and Sports Update
    Neil Peart has a posted a September update to the News, Weather, and Sports section of his website. The entry is titled 'CRUEL SUMMER' and has Neil discussing some 'issues' surrounding his motorcycle travels during the Time Machine Tour. Neil also touches upon various concert shows, such as the Salt Lake City date which opened up the second leg of the tour:
    Winding down through Big Cottonwood Canyon to Salt Lake City, we crossed that ever-expanding conurbation from east to west, arriving in plenty of time for a good show at the amphitheater that night. (After a break, my bandmates and I often feel as though we have probably forgotten all the songs, but of course they come right out againm plus we're all rested and refreshed, and don't hurt anywhere yet, so that first show back is always a pleasure for us.)
    Neil also talks about some adventures leading up to and including the Las Vegas date:
    Riding my own motorcycle out of the MGM Grand Arena that night after the show was certainly a novel experience (unique, even, as I have never actually left a show by motorcycle), and I confess that I was mildly thrilled at having our two motorcycles led by two police bikes, with flashing lights and everything (nice to have them in front of me, for once, instead of behind).
    But ultimately, the loneliness of being on the road, away from home, is what really hits home in this piece:
    After thirty-six years of touring life, I'm pretty good at blocking out thoughts that will only make me feel bad-but it is especially hard to maintain that "distance" with the video calls we've also been trying: looking right at your home, your family, your dog, and not being there.

    But if I couldn't be there, at least I got to be here, sitting by a lake on an August evening that was both beautiful and cruel.
    You can read the entire entry via this LINK.
    September 14th, 2010
    Rush and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
    21 - No, 12 Geeky Reasons Why Rush Should Be Inducted Into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    Ah, September; when the weather turns brisk, the days grow shorter, the leaves begin to change color and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame meet to discuss this year's induction class. We all know how this story has ended over the years; Rush is summarily ignored from the ballot and most fans, though annoyed at the ommission of the band, are fine with it.

    While the nominations for the 2011 inductions haven't occurred yet, Wired.Com has posted an interesting article on Rush's ommission called 21 - No, 12 Geeky Reasons Why Rush Should Be Inducted Into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    This month, the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame meets to assemble a slate to vote on for 2011's induction class. The factors that go into deciding who should be considered for induction aren't well known - this is a pretty secretive group. What is well known is that when you look at the list of previous nominees and inductees, there is a huge, glaring omission from the artists honored by the committee. Rush, the most successful power trio of all time and a group that has sold more consecutive gold and platinum records than everyone except the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, has never even had their name on the ballot.

    But there is more to the story than just the numbers, oh yes. Being geeks, we can come up with some geeky reasons why Rush should be given this one little victory and be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For your consideration:
    You can read all of their 12 interesting reasons HERE. Once the nominations are in, we'll be sure to let you know that Rush didn't make the cut again.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for passing along the article.
    September 14th, 2010
    Rush Time Machine Tour 2010
    Rush Resume the Time Machine Tour in Boston
    Tonight in Boston, at the TD Garden, Rush begins the final leg of the North American portion of their 2010 Time Machine Tour. The next month will find the band traveling through parts of the Northeast before heading west to play dates in Oklahoma and Texas. They'll then head back east for dates in Georgia and Florida where the Time Machine Tour of North America will end. The remainder of October will have Rush visiting South America, with dates in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

    As all Rush fans know, the last (and only time) the band made it down to South America was back in 2002 in support of the Vapor Trails tour. That, of course, led to the filming and recording of Rush in Rio. However there's a possibility that Rush won't wait for the return to South American before filming/recording the Time Machine Tour. A DJ at the Pittsburgh Rock Radio station WDVE 102.5 indicated yesterday that the band was planning on filming the September 16th show at the new Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The indoor hockey arena, home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, is a brand new facility and could make for a very good recording venue.

    There have been other filming rumors during the tour, most notably the two shows at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO, which didn't come to fruition but the Pittsburgh venue is promising. After all, Pittsburgh was the first city where Rush played with their new drummer Neil Peart :)

    For all of you attending the shows over the next few weeks, enjoy.
    September 13th, 2010

    Neil Peart Donates Cymbals to Little Kids Rock Organization
    Little Kids Rock is an organization established in 2002 that realizes the importance of music and how it can benefit children in many ways. They provide free rock n' roll instruments like drums and guitars as well as a musical education to students in under funded schools without proper music programs. So far the program has reached over 1,200 schools and over 54,000 students, helping kids in over 23 cities all over the United States.

    On top of everything else they do, Little Kids Rock is about to host their second annual "Right To Rock" event which will take place in New York City at the B.B. King Blues Club and Grill. The benefit will take place on October 21st from 6:30 to 9:30 and will feature live music, awards, and the announced winners of a very special auction containing custom, one-of-a-kind guitars (along with other rock memorabilia) from some of the greatest players out there.

    Each of the thirty artists involved in the auction have personally decorated a single Fender Stratocaster with their own design, making them rare, one-of-a-kind items. Other items like Neil Peart's cymbals and drumsticks signed by Ringo Starr will also be auctioned.

    For more information, check out the Little Kids Rocks website.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for passing along the story.
    September 12th, 2010
    Neil Peart Turns 58
    Happy Birthday Neil Peart
    Update: Gibson.Com just posted a short biography about Neil in celebration of his birthday. The article is titled This Day in Music Spotlight: Neil Peart's Journey to Rush.
    Today marks the 58th birthday of Rush Drummer and Lyricist Extraordinaire Neil Peart. Neil (born Neil Ellwood Peart) came into the world on September 12th in 1952 Hamilton, Ontario.

    He grew up in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Canada (now part of St. Catharines) working the occasional odd job including, as we learned last year, a Parts Manager for his father Tractor Supply company. His true ambition, however, was to become a professional musician. During adolescence, he floated from regional band to regional band and dropped out of high school to pursue a career as a full-time drummer. After a discouraging stint in England to concentrate on his music, Peart returned home, where he joined local Toronto band Rush in the summer of 1974. And the rest, as they say, is history.

    With Rush on a mini hiatus (at least for the next two days), Neil is able to celebrate his birthday with wife, Carrie, and their now one-year old daughter Olivia Louise.

    Happy Birthday, Neil. Many happy returns.
    September 10th, 2010
    Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage
    Beyond the Lighted Stage Certified 2X Platinum
    The Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA) has just certified Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage as a Double Platinum video seller. Because of how the RIAA views sales of videos, especially those with multiple discs, this likely indicates sales of at least 100,000 copies since the video's release about 2 months ago.

    Two other Rush concert videos received updated certifications as well. Rush in Rio has now been certified as a 7X Multi Platinum Seller while the R30 Concert video was certified as a 5X Multi Platinum Seller.

    You can check out all of Rush's official certifications via this LINK. On a related note, and as of this writing, both Vapor Trails and Snakes & Arrows remain the only two Rush studio albums that have yet to be certified Gold (sales of 500,000) by the RIAA.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.
    September 9th, 2010

    Neil Peart Featured in Rhythm Magazine
    In celebration of a quarter century as the UK's best-selling drumming magazine, Rhythm has interviewed a host of drum legends, including Neil Peart. Other interviewed drummers include Chad Smith, Terry Bozzio, Nicko McBrain, Steve Gadd, Travis Barker, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mike Portnoy and more.

    For more information on the 25th Anniversary edition of the magazine, click HERE.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for passing along the news.
    September 8th, 2010

    Alex Lifeson to Donate Another Painting to "A Brush of Hope"
    For the fifth consecutive year, Alex Lifeson will be donating an original painting to the "A Brush of Hope" auction which benefits the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
    "The foundation invites celebrities - mostly Canadian - to create a work of art on canvas, which will be auctioned off on eBay to raise money for kidney research in Canada...Last year the project raised $13,000. This year, (founder) Tim Fox hopes to raise at least $15,000, which shouldn't be too difficult, given the list of celebrities he's already got on board...'Alex is definitely a highlight for us,' says Fox. 'We asked him if he would paint for us, and I think, to be honest, he was very pleasantly surprised with how well his first painting sold. It sold for $3,000, and that really got him excited, so he painted the next year and it sold for $5,700. He has been with us every step of the way.'"
    Additional information on the benefit program can be read via this article: Turns Out Guitarist Lifeson Has a Few Goods Licks on Canvas.

    To view some of the available paintings, check out the A Brush Of Hope Facebook page. Additional paintings, including Alex's submission, will be posted over the next several weeks. The auction for the paintings will be held on Ebay.ca between October 21st and October 31st.
    September 4th, 2010
    Rush at PNC Arts Center - 09.03.2010 Rush at PNC Arts Center - 09.03.2010
    Rush Rocks New Jersey as Hurricane Earl Rolls Along
    Update: Click HERE for a review of the show from the NJ Star Ledger.
    Last night, before a capacity crowd at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, Rush went head to head against the once-fierce Hurricane Earl. Fortunately for all on hand, the hurricane provided nothing more than a nice cloud-filled sky and a brief downpour about an hour before show time. Geddy even went on to say "Hurricane? What hurricane? We've got a bunch of songs for you instead..." which, of course, was met by a roar of applause.

    I was on hand for the show, my second of this tour following the Jones Beach date. Also along for the ride were long time Rush fans and friends Joey P. and Ray M. We enjoyed a few hours of tail-gating prior to the show, dealt with one dead car battery along the way, and shared many memories of past Rush shows and our varied collection of Rush paraphernalia.

    The show itself was nothing short of spectacular as all three members were clearly on their game last night. Alex had a few guitar issues along the way (broken strings, failing guitar straps and a non-responsive axe during Closer to the Heart), but unless you were looking right at him during those moments, you would have never guessed anything was wrong. The music was loud but tight, Geddy's vocals were truly amazing, hitting the high notes of yesteryear, particularly on Free Will and the Professor was flashing smiles at his band mates throughout the night as he effortlessly mastered his drums.

    And then there was the crowd.

    From our perspective, the capacity crowd remained standing throughout the entire show -- fists pumping, air drumming, and singing along with every song. The new tracks, BU2B and Caravan were enthusiastically welcomed and the completion of Moving Pictures was met with a tremendous ovation. The magic continued as Neil Peart's drum solo, which has without question evolved since the Jones Beach show earlier in the tour, was mesmerizing. At one point, there was literally complete silence from the crowd as they seemingly were all transfixed on the Professor in center stage. That was amazing.

    The only minor down-side to last night's show was the lack of use of the 'Spider Lighting'. While the lighting was turned on throughout many songs, the structure never descended on and around the band as it did in shows past. For those taking in the show for the first time, they obviously didn't notice. But after seeing the amazing life-like structure earlier, I was anxiously awaiting its return. I'm not sure if there were technical difficulties with the movement of the lighting, or if the venue was somehow not conducive to it. Regardless, it was a minor setback on an otherwise fantastic night.

    Also during the show, I snapped off nearly 200 photos during the event. The best 140 of them are now online via this link. Enjoy.

    Rush will now take an eleven-day break before resuming the Time Machine Tour in Boston, MA on September 14th.
    September 2nd, 2010
    Mark Oldman's new book, OLDMAN'S BRAVE NEW WORLD OF WINE
    Alex Lifeson in Oldman's Brave New World of Wine
    Alex Lifeson is one of the many celebrity wine lovers to be profiled in Mark Oldman's new book, OLDMAN'S BRAVE NEW WORLD OF WINE. In the book - a fun-filled and carefully-researched tour of the best, most affordable, and most adventurous wines from around the globe - Alex discusses his favorite wines, wine-based experiences, and a few tricks he's picked up over the years.
    Bandmate Geddy Lee and I went to California's Turley Wine Cellars in late September of 1998 to spend a few days working the harvest. We pulled all of the leaves and spiders and all that stuff out of the bins, and so we were covered head-to-toe in grape juice. Later, Ged and I stopped at this restaurant for lunch. Our shirts and fingers were all purple-we were so proud! People were like, "Yeah, you guys are locals, aren't you? We'll get you some service right away, sir."
    -Alex Lifeson
    Alex's comments join those from dozens of other notable wine lovers, including actors Hilary Swank and Matthew McConaughey, novelist Jay McInerney, designer Zac Posen, and even Bill Nye, the 'Science Guy.' OLDMAN'S BRAVE NEW WORLD OF WINE will be available at book retailers everywhere on September 6th, but is available now at Amazon.Com.

    For more information, view the book's official trailer (www.markoldman.com/videos/brave_trailer) or visit MarkOldman.com.

    Thanks to Elizabeth Fox for passing along the news.
    September 2nd, 2010
    Neil Peart - Musician's Friend September 2010
    Rush News Bullets
    I'm back from a mini-vacation and am preparing to see Rush tomorrow (Friday) night at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. There's just one small problem with those plans. Okay, maybe one big problem: Hurricane Earl. The Category 4 Storm is headed right for the New Jersey coast and is expected to enter the area (you guessed it) Friday night. Perhaps we'll get our own custom Hurricane Rush Baseball caps from this event :) Regardless, I'm sure the show will go on -- but a hurricane as a back drop to a Rush concert will certainly be ... interesting. I'll have pictures and news from the show over the weekend.

    In the mean time, here are some notable Rush stories from the past several days.

  • Alex Lifeson Interviews: Alex has held several interviews of late, one on his recent birthday, to discuss the tour, the upcoming album, his guitar work and solos and more. The first lengthy interview appeared in MusicRadar and is called Alex Lifeson Interview: Rush Guitarist on Steampunk, Solos and Moving Pictures. This interview touched on a lot of subjects but one that caught my attention more than others was the possibility that Rush would re-record Caravan and BU2B once the band re-enters the studio:
    Caravan and Brought Up To Believe are pretty rocking. Are they a pretty good indicator of what we can expect from Clockwork Angels?

    "I don't know. I'm curious to see how it all develops. When we finish the tour, we'll review the songs we wrote. There's bound to be some changes and modifications. In fact, I think both Caravan and BU2B will be re-recorded."

    Really? Why is that?

    "Because they've grown. And, you know, why not? We'll see what happens and see if we can better them - although we are happy with them as they are now.

    "The title track, Clockwork Angels, is becoming quite an epic, so we'll have to see where that goes. It's going to be a lot of fun getting back in the studio, especially at this point in the game, when we're playing at our peak."
    There's also another short interview/article that appeared on the Gibson Guitar website called Alex Lifeson on Rush's New Cool which is somewhat derivative of the MusicRadar piece.
  • RUSHCON/FORCE/TEN Wrap Up: The 10th Annual RushCon convention, which took place in both Las Vegas and Toronto, was another huge success. The conventions this year "had over 300+ attendees, over $7500.00 raised for 2 charities, 2 guest speakers, 1 guest performer, 1 surprise guest, countless beers consumed, 9 hours of Rush concerts, 2 cities, 1 movie theatre, 3 Meet and Greets given away, 23 door prizes, 83 trivia questions answered, 62 auction items bid upon, 83 RushCon shirts sold, 309 hugs given, 18 songs sung at late night parties, and countless memories etched into our happy little brains."

    Check out the complete wrap-up write up which includes numerous pictures via this LINK.
  • Rush "ICONS" - Now Available: Rush "ICONS", the latest compilation from Universal, is now available and can be purchased via this LINK. The "ICONS" series includes artists ranging from KISS to Diana Ross, and have the tag line "Great Artists, Great Songs, Great Value!", and include "12 hits for only $7.99". The "featured songs include their debut album's 'Working Man,' 2112's 'The Twilight Zone' and classic rock radio staple 'Limelight.'". Despite this being yet another compilation, the low price and non-standard track listing has actually generated some decent sales thus far. I'll have liner notes and images (if there are any) uploaded within the next week.
  • Neil Peart Featured In September's "Musician's Friend" : The September Percussion Issue of the Musician's Friend catalog features Neil Peart on the cover and well as a foldout photo of Neil at his Time Machine Tour Kit. Click HERE for the online version of the catalog.
  • Dusting 'Em Off: Rush :Finally, check out an interesting retrospective view on Rush's debut album in an article called Dusting 'Em Off: Rush.
  • That's all for now. Let the epic battle of Rush vs. Hurricane Earl begin! Wish Rush (and me) luck!
    August 27th 2010
    Alex LIfeson Turns 57
    Happy Birthday, Alex!
    On this date in 1953, Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson (born Aleksandar Zivojinovich) came into the world in Fernie, British Columbia. As Rush fans know, Lifeson founded the band in the summer of 1968 and was also responsible for bringing front-man Geddy Lee into the mix.

    Though Alex is obviously best known for being the guitarist for Rush, he's also the part owner of the Toronto restaurant The Orbit Room, and is a licensed aircraft pilot, motorcycle rider, a gourmet cook and an artist.

    Happy Birthday, Alex! Many happy returns!
    August 25th 2010

    New Alex Lifeson Interview Reveals More Details on 'Clockwork Angels'
    The Allentown, PA newspaper The Morning Call has just posted a lengthy interview with Alex Lifeson titled Rush jumps into epic 'Time Machine'. With Rush about to play at the Allentown Fair at the end of the month, the article understandably focuses on the Time Machine Tour. However in addition to that information, Alex reveals some interesting tidbits about the forthcoming 'Clockwork Angels':
    "We've got this great feeling of promise for this album and some of the material on it," Lifeson says. "I think it's all going to work out really great."

    Lifeson says the band has six songs pretty much ready to go and three others almost done. The group plans to write at least a couple of additional songs after the tour. At this point, the CD is shaping up to be a musically varied work.

    "There is the epic song, 'Clockwork Angels,' which is really taking shape. It's a multi-parted piece, very dynamic," Lifeson says. "Then there's some stuff that's very melodic and on the softer side, on acoustic, with a strong melody. So there's great diversity there. Honestly, I can't wait until we start really working on these songs. We've sort of got them to the stage where Geddy and I were happy with the arrangements and then Neil kind of comes in and starts working on his drum arrangements, and they go from there. So they're sort of in that pre-drum stage right now, and it's great to see them come to life."
    Epic Song? I like the sound of that!

    You can read the entire interview at this LINK. Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news story.
    August 25th 2010
    Rush Chicago Rain-Out Hat Rush Chicago Rain-Out Hat
    Rush Hand Out Commemorative Baseball Cap at Chicago Show
    Update: Click HERE to read a news story on the custom Rush Hat.
    Rush played the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago on Monday night; a show that was originally rained out back in early July. This particular rained-out event drew a lot of attention due to the 'reaction' of one particular 'fan'. We'll leave it at that.

    Regardless, in a very classy move, Rush handed out custom baseball caps embroidered with 'The Rain Date - Rush - Chicago 2010' to everyone in attendance. Click the thumbnail images to the right to view some high-resolution images of the cap.

    So, the question now is -- who wants to sell one to me? :-)

    Thanks to reader Ken Brennan for the news and RushIsABand for the images.
    August 22nd 2010
    NASA STS-133 - Rush Countdown
    Vote for Rush in NASA's Space Rock Contest
    The final two Space Shuttle missions will be launching in November and January (2011) respectively. To commemorate the occasion, NASA is holding the 'Space Rock' contest:
    The wakeup song has been a part of the space program since the days of the Apollo missions, and now NASA is giving you two chances to be a part of this history! We need your help selecting wakeup songs to be played during the final missions of the Space Shuttle Program!
    Rush's Countdown from Signals is one of the choices for mission STS-133 which launches in November. You can cast your vote at this LINK.

    Countdown was originally played as one of the Space Shuttle wake up calls during STS-109 back in March of 2002. That mission had the former Space Shuttle Columbia servicing the Hubble Space Telescope. STS-109 spent a total of 10 days, 22 hours and 10 minutes in space. It was Columbia's 27th flight and its first since 1999 after undergoing modifications.

    STS-133 will be the 35th shuttle mission to the International Space Station. The Space Shuttle Discovery will deliver and install the Permanent Multipurpose Module, the Express Logistics Carrier 4 and provide critical spare components to the International Space Station. The Multipurpose Module will be a permanent fixture at the Station for supply storage.

    Voting will be open from now through the mission launch date which is currently set for November 1st. As of this writing, Countdown along with the theme to Star Trek are in a close race. Cast your vote today.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.
    August 20th 2010
    Rush 2011 Wall Calendar
    Rush 2011 Wall Calendar Now Available
    The 2011 Rush Wall Calendar, which celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Rush's best selling album Moving Pictures is now available at Amazon.Com.

    The Moving Pictures themed calendar marks the eighth Rush Wall calendar that's been released and follows last year's popular 2010 Permanent Waves Calendar.

    You can check out all of the previous Rush Wall Calendars in the series by accessing the Image Database. We'll also have the 2011 Calendar online in the near future.

    August 19th 2010
    Rush Time Machine Tour 2010
    October Chile Date Confirmed / Early Ticket Sales Impressive
    Rush officially annouced their plans to visit Chile in October for what is likely the final stop on the 2010 leg of the Time Machine Tour. The band will be playing at the Estadio Nacional (National Stadium) in Santiago, Chile on October 17th.

    Tickets went on sale this past Sunday, August 15th via Ticketmaster Chile and, according to an article posted in a local newspaper called "Las Ultimas Noticias", over 15,000 tickets have been sold over the first three days. That's a pretty fair showing considering this is Rush's first ever stop to Chile.

    Many thanks to reader Claudio J. Vargas of Concepción, CHILE for passing along the early ticket sales figures.

    August 18th 2010
    Rush Hashanah 2010
    Rush Hashanah Returns to VH-1 Next Month
    Back in 2008, VH-1 celebrated the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah by airing 24 hours of Rush content including several Rush concerts, Rush specials and, of course, music videos. This year, "Rush Hashanah" returns on September 8th at 7pm. Here's some additional information from the press release:
    When sundown hits, RUSH comes out to play this Rosh Hashanah. VH1 Classic celebrates the Jewish New Year with "RUSH Hashanah" starting at sundown on Wednesday, September 8 at 7 PM* for 24-hours straight. Tune in to the award-winning VH1 Rock Doc "RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage," for an up close and personal look at the Canadian musicians and jam to their "RUSH In Rio" concert. Take an in-depth look at Classic Albums "2112" and "Moving Pictures" premiering at 9:30 PM ET/PT and get even more RUSH when "That Metal Show" hosts Eddie, Don and Jim sit down with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.
    This marks the first official airing of the Classic Albums documentaries.

    To read the entire press release, click HERE.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.
    August 16th 2010
    Rush Time Machine Tour 2010 - Las Vegas, NV
    Rush Rocks Sin City
    Rush continued their Time Machine tour on Saturday night with a stop at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Coinciding with the show was the 10th annual RushCon convention.

    Below are a couple of favorable reviews of the concert:
    The Rush Time Machine: If you get it, that's cool. If not, that is also cool -- by John Katsilometes

    CONCERT REVIEW: Rush at the MGM Grand Garden -- by Jason Bracelin
    In addition to the reviews, reader Scott Harrison snapped off 45 close-up pictures from the Vegas show. You can check them out HERE.

    Rush will now play two shows at arguably one of the nicest outdoor venues in the U.S. -- The Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado. For all those attending the shows at Red Rocks, have a great time...
    August 13th 2010
    Rush Time Machine Tour 2010
    Rush 'Confirmed' to Visit Chile During the Time Machine Tour
    There have been hints and rumors of Rush visiting Chile dating back to the Snakes & Arrows tour. Now, according to the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio (See article translation courtesy of Google HERE), Rush is expected to play the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile on October 17th as part of the South American leg of the Time Machine Tour.

    According to the article, tickets will go on sale on Sunday, August 15th through Ticketmaster Chile.

    At this time, there still hasn't been any confirmation from Rush.Com, though with ticket sales slated for Sunday, the announcement should arrive shortly.
    August 13th, 2010
    Classic Albums - Rush 2112 / Moving Pictures
    Rush 2112/Moving Pictures Classic Albums Documentary Now Available for Pre-Order
    The long-awaited 2112 & Moving Pictures - Classic Albums are now available for pre-order from Amazon.Com.

    Click HERE to order the DVD.

    Click HERE to order the Blu-Ray.

    For more information on the documentary, click HERE.
    The acclaimed "Classic Albums" series is a definitive collection of the stories behind the albums that form the soundtrack to our lives. The latest addition to the series tells the story behind the making of two legendary albums from Rush. "2112" was the album that saw Rush break through to major chart success, going to No.1 in their native Canada and Top 75 in the USA where it would eventually be certified triple platinum. "Moving Pictures" opened them to a mass audience for the first time and remains the biggest selling album of their career. It also went to No.1 in Canada and went quadruple platinum there whilst hitting No.3 in both the UK and USA. Rush members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart talk us through the making of the albums, together with original producer Terry Brown via interviews, demonstrations, archive videos and use of the original multi-track tapes.

    Both the DVD and Blu-ray editions of "2112 & Moving Pictures - Classic Albums" will feature over 50 minutes of additional interviews, archive footage and new demonstrations not included in the broadcast version.
    Thanks to GeddyWanneBefor the news.
    August 9th 2010
    Rush Time Machine Tour 2010 Merchandise
    Rush Backstage Club Adds New Time Machine Merchandise
    More new Time Machine merchandise is available for purchase at the Rush Backstage Club! Check out all the new items including, new shirts, the Alchemist Hoody, the Rush messenger bag and more. These items have previously only been available for purchase on the Time Machine Tour and are now available for purchase at www.rushbackstage.com.

    August 7th 2010
    Rush Time Machine Tour 2010
    Rush Adds Argentina Date To Time Machine Tour
    Last month, we learned that Rush was going to extend the 2010 leg of the Time Machine tour by heading south to Brazil; visiting Sao Paulo on October 8th at Morumbi Stadium and Rio de Janeiro on October 10th at Praca da Apoteose. Rush.Com has also just confirmed that the band will make a visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 15th, playing at the Desarrollo al Rio. This will mark the first time Rush has played in Argentina.

    There is also an unconfirmed rumor that the band will close up the 2010 leg of the tour with a stop in Chile. More on that as it becomes available.

    Thanks to long-time reader and contributor Claudio C-08 for the news. Also check out Claudio's fantastic split-screen rendition of 2112 Discovery / Presentation at YouTube.
    August 5th 2010
    Rush: A Brief History of Time Part V
    Rush: A Brief History of Time, Part V
    Rush resumes their Time Machine Tour tonight in Salt Lake City, Utah after a two-week break. With that in mind, I thought it fitting to take our own Time Machine tour back in time to review another batch of old Rush articles and interviews in the fifth installment of the Rush: A Brief History of Time.
    We'll start off the fifth segment of this archive by transporting back to 1974 for a review of Rush's debut album. Titled 'Rush' Makes Name, this favorable review was published in the Las Cruces Sun Times back on December 20th, 1974.


    Rush 1976Up next is a three-page article from Circus Magazine titled Rush Release: Canada's Power Trio Is Switched On Live. Published back in 1976, this article by Anastasia Pantsios focuses on Rush's up-to-them short history and their success as a traditional power trio:
    Rush's ability to emulate the musical approach of the keyboard-dominated English cosmic groups without duplicating their sound is one of the advantages Rush finds in remaining a guitar/bass/drums trio, a format that has fallen out of favor in the 70s.

    Moving overseas, this next one-page Dutch article is titled Slaap Je Niet, Dan Rush Je Toch! which roughly translates to 'You Do not Sleep, Then You Still Rush'. This article was published back on September 7th, 1977. Check out the interesting portrait of "De Crew" ...


    Holding on to the 1977 era, we have two separate articles that came from the Winnipeg Free Press; both written by Jim Millican. Up first is the October 28th article Rush scores gold albums without Top 40 radio play which, as the title indicates, focuses on Rush's growing success through 'A Farewell to Kings' without the benefit of any significant air play. Next is the December 7th article titled Toronto's Rush top rock export which is somewhat of a quick review of Rush's history with some emphasis on A Farewell to Kings.


    Macleans Magazine - The Rush RevolutionUp next is a great five-page spread that was published on January 23rd, 1978 in Macleans Magazine. Titled, oddly enough, To Hell With Bob Dylan: Meet Rush. They're in it for the money and written by Roy MacGregor, this is actually a very interesting read that focuses, in part, on Rush Manager Ray Danniels and his commitment, financial and otherwise, to the band.
    Why they survived and became so successful has little to do with instantly-obvious talent and a lot to do with hard, hard work. "It's like when I phone up an electrician and he comes and gives me good service," says Neil Peart. "I'll call him back again and maybe recommend him to someone else." The road show is superb in visual terms and two hours in length, and their vast audience is ample evidence that there are many who love their music. Nobody can ignore them anymore.


    Closing out 1978 is an article that was published in Sounds UK back on February 25th, 1978. Titled Black Holes: Close Encounters with Rush and written by Geoff Barton, this four-page article intertwines a discussion about space, the history of Rush and a deep look into Cygnus X-1: Book I.


    Moving on to 1979, up first is a quick band-review simply titled Rush which was published, uncredited, in the HM Special Issue -- UK back in the Spring of '79.


    Up next is a rare, early -- and favorable -- review of Hemispheres which appeared in none other than Rolling Stone Magazine. The article was published in the March 22nd, 1979 edition of the magazine and was written by Michael Bloom. I found this line particularly interesting:
    "I affirm this band's ability to rock out, but I really want to give Rush a hard shove in the direction it's already heading."

    Up next is a nice full-page German concert advertisement from May 3rd, 1979 which also includes a smaller inset ad on the European 'Rush Through Time' live album release.


    The May 5th, 1979 edition of the Record Mirror (UK) magazine included an interesting article called The Brain Drain ... Barry Cain finds Rush acts faster than Anadin. Like I said...interesting. :-)


    Next comes a nice one page article from the May 12th, 1979 edition of Melody Maker (UK) magazine. Titled The Maple Leaf Stomp and written by Steve Gett, this article is a nice Rush and Max Webster concert review.


    We'll head into the eighties with, appropriately enough, a review of Permanent Waves which, as we all know, was released on January 1st, 1980. The review, titled Logical Positivism for Astral Minds was written by John Gill and was published in the January 26th, 1980 edition of Sounds (UK) Magazine.


    Up next is something really special. The June 1980 edition of Guitar Player Magazine included two in-depth articles on both Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. These were among the first really detailed articles on Geddy and Alex in a major publication. The first article, titled Alex Lifeson: Rush's Kinetic Lead Guitarist was written by Jim Schwartz and spans 14 pages. The second article is titled Geddy Lee: Hi-Tech Bassist and Synthesist with Rush was written by Tom Mulhern and spans 12 pages.


    Many people are aware of the July 2008 article on Rush in Rolling Stone Magazine called Rush Never Sleeps however this wasn't the first time RS did a feature on the band. The May 28th, 1981 edition of the magazine included an article called Rush: Power From the People which was written by David Fricke. The piece was sub-titled Ignored by critics and radio this hard-rock trio went straight to the fans which accurately captures the tone of the article:
    "We know we're doing well when we can sit back and say, 'That's a good record; the audience applauds for it, they like it,'" concludes Lee as he heads for the arena's dressing room. "To make records people enjoy and that we enjoy playing - that's our measure of success."

    Rush Sounds Magazine - 1983Up next is a huge 48-page multi-article/interview collection that appeared in Sounds Magazine back in 1983. Written largely by Steve Gett, this offering includes numerous color and black-and-white images of the band. Click HERE to view it however be warned: The PDF file is about 30MB in size.


    This next article offers up a nice view into the song writing process that Geddy and Alex employ. Titled Rush: The Saga Continues and sub-titled Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee Divulge Some of Their Trade Secrets, this four-page piece written by John Swenson was originally published in the May 1984 edition of Guitar World Magazine.
    Using keyboards in their arranging makes the guitar parts better, believes Lifeson: "When you play keyboard progressions on guitar. you end up playing chords on combinations you never really think to play."

    Holding on to 1984, this next piece titled Rush Release was published in May in the UK Magazine Melody Maker. Written by Derek Oliver, this well-written and favorable piece looks at the success of the band leading into their classic Grace Under Pressure album.


    In July of 1987, Guitar Player Magazine published a special Canadian edition called the Canadian Guitar Summit which included a secondary piece called Beyond Borders. This 17 page article, by Jim Ferguson, focuses on Canadian Guitar greats Alex Lifeson, Rik Emmett (Triumph) Liona Boyd and Ed Bickert. Definitely an interesting read!


    Our final entry for the 80's is an impressive 12 page entry in Metal Magazine simply called Rush: History, Portraits, Discography by Goetz Kuehnemund. It gives a nice retrospective review of Rush's career through the Hold Your Fire period. This offering comes with numerous color photos of the band, many not seen before anywhere else.


    As we enter the 90's, we return back to Macleans Magazine where, back on September 30th, 1991, an article titled Rush - Rock 'n' Roll Royalty was penned by Nicholas Jennings. The link brings you directly to Mr. Jenning's website where he has reproduced the original article.


    Up next is a piece from a 1992 copy of Spin Magazine called Confessions of a Rush Fan by Bob Mack. The title says it all for this short 2-page piece.


    Around the time when Alex Lifeson released his solo effort Victor, he was interviewed for a feature in the February 1996 edition of Guitar Shop magazine. The piece, titled Solo Signals and written by Mike Mettler, dives into the creative process that led to Alex's solo effort. Also check out the side article called Power Windows: Alex Lifeson's Hot Wheels which talks about his customized Black Mercedes 380SEC.


    A few months later in 1996, another interview/Q&A session with Alex appeared in the September 1996 edition of Guitar One Magazine. This entry, titled Alex Lifeson: The Making of a Guitar Legend was written by Wolf Marshall and spans ten pages in all.


    Our final entry this time around for the 1990's also features Alex Lifeson in a Guitar Shop Magazine article. Titled The Different Stages of Rush: Guitarist Alex Lifeson Reveals the Secrets Behind a 25-Year Legacy and written by Jeffrey L. Perlah, this six-page article is another in-depth Q&A session with the Rush guitarist which took place shortly after the band released their fourth live offering Different Stages.


    We'll enter the 21st century with a very in-depth look at the creative process behind the formation of Rush's 2002 offering Vapor Trails. The article, simple titled Alex Lifeson on the Making of Vapor Trails originally appeared in the May 7th, 2002 edition JAM! Showbiz Magazine (Online).


    And finally, closing out this fifth installment of Rush: A Brief History of Time is another Alex Lifeson-centric article. This one, titled Iron Man follows Alex while he works on his second-favorite past-time: Golf. This article was published in the December 2009 edition of Guitar Aficionado Magazine and was written by Gary Graff with photos by K.C. Armstrong.
    Once again, tremendous thanks go out to Heiko Klages, RushFanForever and Eric from Power Windows for their contributions to this segment.

    To see all five installments, click HERE. Enjoy!
    August 4th 2010
    Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports - August 2010
    Neil Peart's News, Weather, and Sports Update
    Neil Peart has posted an update to the News, Weather, and Sports section of his website. The entry, titled 'THEME AND VARIATIONS', focuses mainly on his motorcycle travels and a book/project he's been thinking about:
    Since at least 2004, during the Thirtieth Anniversary tour I wrote about in Roadshow, I have been talking about a theme for a book, and even chipping away at it (mostly in my head, but partly in these stories). I referred to that imaginary book as Roadcraft: How to Work the World, and the aim was to assemble a set of rules for travelers that deliberately paralleled rules about living, working, making music-metaphors, like.

    However, the more I continued to think about that goal, the more I realized it was not a book you could just sit down and write-it would have to accumulate, like experience, a journey, a life, and (indulge me here), a drum solo. In the flow of rhythm, dominant patterns arise and gather gravity over time, and suggest parallels that can be further developed and expressed-variations on a theme.

    It has become obvious to me that my ambitions for Roadcraft represent the project of a lifetime, really, to be gathered and shared along the way. And in any case, those observations would certainly demand more than one book-more than one lifetime. But, what the hey-I figure I'll just start trying to nail down any principles I can, for as long as I can, then pass the project down to the next generation of travelers . . .
    You can read the entire entry via this LINK.
    August 3rd, 2010
    Suck - the Movie Alex Lifeson in Suck
    Theatrical and Home Release of "Suck" Coming in September
    The Canadian-made star-studded 'Vampire Rock&Roll Comedy' Suck, which features a cameo by Alex Lifeson as a Canadian border officer, is finally headed to the big screen in the U.S. on September 2nd. The limited theatrical release will be followed by the release of the film on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 28th.

    The film originally premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. More information on the theatrical release can be viewed HERE.

    You can pre-order your copy of the film via Amazon.Com.

    Thanks to RushFanForever for the news.

    July 29th, 2010
    Geddy Lee Geddy Lee
    Happy Birthday Geddy Lee
    Geddy Lee (born Gary Lee Weinrib) turns 57 today. Happy Birthday, Geddy -- and many happy returns! "Gary" was born in the small Toronto village of Willowdale. As many fans know, his given first name "Gary" transformed into "Geddy" during his high school days thanks to his mother's heavily-accented pronunciation of his name.

    July 29th is also an important date in Rush history as it marks the date, back in 1974, when Neil Peart joined the group.

    July 27th, 2010
    Rush at Jones Beach - 07.24.2010
    Rush News Bullets
    Rush closed out the first leg of their 2010 Time Machine Tour on Saturday with a sold-out performance at the Nikon Theater at Jones Beach on Long Island, NY. I was in attendance and snapped off a few pictures during the show. The crowd - and the band - were electric that night and though there were a few technical difficulties with the main screen from time to time, no one seemed to notice or care. The band are now enjoying a well-deserved two week break and will resume the tour in Salt Lake City on August 5th. In the mean time, here are some recent news stories...

  • Donna Halper UsedBinRadio Interview Now Online: Donna Halper's interview on UsedBinRadio last week can now be listened to online via this LINK. Donna's segment on the podcast begins at the 47 minute, 10 second mark and continues for about 50 minutes. Thanks to RushFanForever (who called into the show) for the link.
  • NeilPeart.Net Re-skinned: Neil Peart's official website has been reskinned in the 'Time Machine' theme. We're also expecting a new "News, Weather, and Sports" update from Neil within the next couple of weeks.
  • Rush "ICONS" - Now Available for Pre-Order: Coming August 31st, Rush "ICONS", the latest compilation from Universal, is now available for pre-order via this LINK. The "ICONS" series includes artists ranging from KISS to Diana Ross, and have the tag line "Great Artists, Great Songs, Great Value!", and include "12 hits for only $7.99". The "featured songs include their debut album's 'Working Man,' 2112's 'The Twilight Zone' and classic rock radio staple 'Limelight.'". Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.
  • Time Machine Concert Photos for Sale: John Arrowsmith, Rush's official tour photographer, is now making many of his photographs available for sale. High quality prints of the photos that John has been regularly posting at Rush.Com are now available for purchase via this link. The photos are available in a variety of sizes and finishes starting at $40.
  • That's all for now. Look for the next article-packed edition of Rush: A Brief History of Time soon.
    July 21st, 2010
    Rush's 2112 on Guitar Hero
    Rush's 2112 Coming to Guitar Hero
    There's some exciting news for Guitar Hero (and Rush) fans. The band's iconic concept album 2112 is coming to the new Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock:
    It's official: Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock has the most epically prog-rock sequence of any music video game yet. Rush have teamed with Activision for the fall release, which features a story-based Quest Mode that includes with hero wannabes playing the entirety of "2112," a seven-part suite from the Canadian band's 1976 album of the same name. The story of the game's final segment roughly follows Rush's opus, and will be narrated by lead singer Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson. "In our story, the caves of 2112 are where our hero finds the lost guitar," says Lee. "This rediscovery of music is much like the Guitar Hero warriors' journey to find the Demi-God of Rock's Legendary guitar, which has been trapped in a cavern." Watch exclusive footage from the game here.

    Peart, Lee and Lifeson join Kiss' Gene Simmons as Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock narrators. Simmons' contribution begins with an introduction asking players to "Come with me, and enter a world populated of Demi-Gods and Beasts. Transform from an everyday person and become the savior of rock & roll."
    For more on the release, including some video footage of the game and an interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson about the project, click HERE.

    Thanks to readers Lee Simister, RushFanForever and Richard Rhodes for sending along the news.
    July 20th, 2010
    Neil Peart Time Machine Tour Drum Sticks
    Neil Peart "Time Machine" Drum Sticks Now Available
    Michael from NeilPeartDrumsticks.Com just let me know that the official Neil Peart "Time Machine Tour" drum sticks from Pro-Mark are now available:
    The new Time Machine retail model of Pro-Mark drumsticks are now hitting store shelves. Check with your favorite store today!

    To get a close up view of the new sticks drop by www.neilpeartdrumsticks.com.

    While there you will also find the details about getting the new exclusive Neil Peart Signature Series mobile application for your Smartphone.

    If you receive a pair of Neil's personal sticks from a concert ... remember to send in your photo with the sticks and sign, or no sign and the story, to be posted in the 2010 BUBBA's STICK CLUB on the Fan Gallery page. Already have a couple new members!
    Additional information on the unique drum stick app as well as online ordering information for the drum sticks themselves will be posted once available.

    Thanks to Michael for sharing the news.
    July 20th, 2010

    Pro Golfer Rocco Mediate To Wear Rush Hat at the Canadian Open
    Professional Golfer Rocco Mediate, who has multiple PGA Tour wins, recently indicated that we would adorn a Rush hat while playing at the 101st edition of the RBC Canadian Open later this week. From the article Feschuk: Canadian Open Challengers Ready to Rock:
    If all the world's pro athletes were forced to make an in-their-prime career change, it wouldn't take a pollster to project the majority vote.

    They'd mostly morph into rock stars, or rap stars. And you could count Rocco Mediate, the PGA Tour pro, among the first in line to make the switch.

    At least this is what Mediate was saying on Monday between practice putts at St. George's Golf and Country Club in Etobicoke, where the RBC Canadian Open will commence its 101st edition on Thursday. Mediate, who famously tangled with Tiger Woods in an 18-hole playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open, is a big music fan. He is also a close friend of Alex Lifeson, the Toronto-bred guitarist for the rock band Rush.

    And Mediate admires the acclaimed trio so much that this week he'll be a rare sight among PGA types. Not currently under contract to sport the obligatory logo of a sponsor on his cap, he'll pull on headwear bearing the logo of Lifeson's band.

    "I absolutely would trade my job for Alex's. Tomorrow," said Mediate, 47. "He still loves what he does . . . and he's a psycho golfer. Psycho. He plays literally every day . . . He's probably about an eight handicap now, which isn't bad."
    Check out the entire article via this LINK.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the heads up.
    July 19th, 2010
    DarkStar Video Game Update -- Rush Music Pulled
    The long-running interactive video game project known as DarkStar, which was to feature a complete soundtrack of more than 20 songs by Rush, has now announced that, due to broken negotiations with Universal and Atlantic, the video game will no longer include any songs by Rush:
    "'The band gave us a green light years ago, but tough negotiations with Universal more recently have gone nowhere - and at the end of the day, they own the RUSH masters. They simply want too much money, more than was ever talked about during this process.' commented Studio owner J. Allen Williams. 'At this point we've made the difficult decision to pull the music and produce an original score for Darkstar so we can release, and that is now in process. We wish it could have gone better for both RUSH and our project, but that's Hollywood for you. Clearance rights were our last worry as we were told repeatedly over the years that the band was behind us. Anthem encouraged us to talk about it in interviews, which we did.' said Williams. 'We are disappointed, of course, as I'm sure there will be fans who have been writing us for so long waiting to see their favorite band in Darkstar.

    I have a true love for RUSH and a vision that could have glorified them to a new generation of listeners. It sucks, it's sad, but that's the final word.' Darkstar began production in mid-2000, featuring the original cast of the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, Clive Robertson (Sunset Beach), and was veteran actor Peter Graves final performance. Darkstar is back on schedule for release now that these issues are resolved, a date to be announced late summer once new music is in place."
    It's a shame that after more than six years of waiting for this game that it will no longer be tied to Rush, but hopefully the original music the creators come up with will compliment the game nonetheless. Time will tell.
    July 17th, 2010
    Rush Time Machine Steampunk Cymbals
    Rush News Bullets
    Update: Images from the Time Machine Tour Book are now online. Enjoy!

    In one week, Rush will be heading to Jones Beach on Long Island, New York where yours truly will be in attendance; my first show on the 2010 Time Machine Tour (and hopefully not the last), while tonight marks the final show the band will play in the native Canada on this leg of the tour. Aside from the ongoing tour, here are some notable news stories that have recently surfaced.

  • Donna Halper to Appear on UsedBinRadio: Donna Halper, the Cleveland DJ who helped to bring Rush to the U.S. masses back in 1974, will appear on UsedBinRadio this Tuesday.
    "This week, we're pleased to welcome our featured guest, DONNA HALPER, into the bin. Media consultant, musical historian, author, teacher and former music director for WMMS Cleveland, Donna was a pivotal on-air figure for rock radio. As many Used Bin listeners will undoubtedly be aware, Donna was the first to play RUSH on the air in 1974, ultimately landing them their first recording contract, and the rest, as they say is history. We'll discuss her 36 year long association with our favorite Canadian trio, her induction speech at their recent Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony and the illustrious career of a true media legend
    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows and RushFanForever for the news.
  • Neil Peart Discusses Sabian Steampunk Cymbals: Click HERE for a great article on the making of the Sabian Cymbals with the Steampunk influence that adorns Neil's Time Machine Tour Kit.
    Sitting in Neil Peart's kitchen, over a Scotch, he shared with me his elaborate concept for Rush's new album Clockwork Angels. There was so much to the story, and the concept was so visual. He explained the steampunk style to me, citing examples from H.G. Wells and Jules Verne's tales, including bizarre mechanical inventions powered by steam, elaborate clockworks, and alchemy, in an alternate timeline - 'the future as it ought to have been'. Neil could see that he was over my head, as usual, so he said think of the movies The Time Machine and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. That's steampunk!
    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for the news.
  • Neil Peart Wins Drummer of the Year: The results from the Drum Magazine Drummies Awards are in and, once again, Neil Peart was voted in as the Drummer of the Year - 2010. Runner ups in the category included Travis Barker, Jimmy Sullivan, Mike Portnoy and Aaron Gillespie.

    Neil was also the runner up in the category of Best Live Drummber (won by Aaron Gillespie) and Progressive Rock Drummer (won by Mike Portnoy).
  • Rush Featured in July Prog Magazine:The July edition of the British Classic Rock Presents "Prog" Magazine has Rush featured on the cover and includes a six-page article on the band including interviews with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee, as well as 'Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage; documentary filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFayden. To purchase a copy of the magazine, click HERE.
  • Finally, I'm about half way through scanning the Time Machine Tour Book. I should have all the images online within the next few days. Enjoy-
    July 15th, 2010
    The Rush iPhone App The Rush iPhone App
    The Rush iPhone App
    For the first time ever Rush has helped develop a fun and useful application for the hard-core Rush fans. Get exclusive up to the minute news, music, and more in the palm of your hands.

    See brand new content and be a part of all things Geddy, Alex & Neil as they embark on the Time Machine Tour. Follow this application. We will continuously be featuring updates and improvements.
    -Directions, ticket info, and a full tour itinerary
    -Find the nearest places to dine, stay, points of interest, and transportation near each venue.
    -Rush News: Up to the minute information on all Rush activities
    -Rush Radio: More than 30 of your favorite Rush songs embedded in the application. Over $40 worth of music included as well as interesting facts on every song compiled by the band. Pick a song, and let it play while you explore the other functions on the Rush application.
    -30 Wallpapers: for the first time available, beautiful and formatted for the iPhone and the iPod touch, include original album artwork and behind the scenes, new & vintage photos that can be emailed or saved as your wallpaper.
    -Interactive game with Geddy, Alex and Neil: includes rare audio clips. It's a feature in this application that will be sure to shake you up.
    The APP is currently only compatible with an Apple iPhone and iPod Touch and requires iOS 4.0 or later. There is currently no information on whether or not the APP will make its way on to the Android market.

    A dedicated website for the Rush App has been set up at www.rushapps.com.

    The App, which is priced at $2.99 (US) is available worldwide via the Apple iTunes Store.
    July 15th, 2010
    Neil Peart's Chromey Drum Kit
    Neil Peart's "Chromey" Drum Kit Appearing at Two Niagara Events
    According to a recent news article posted at The Standard (of St. Catharines), Neil Peart's Classic Slingerland Drum Kit (aka the 'Chromey') will be on display for the public to see.
    The next month is going to be full of momentous events for mega-Rush fan Chris Irwin.

    For starters, he's getting married to Dr. Petra Cantrup, on Aug. 14, followed by a honeymoon in Turks & Caicos.

    On Tuesday, Irwin attended a Rush concert at the Air Canada Centre. And this weekend, he's attending RushCon, the largest annual North American gathering of fans of the legendary Canadian rock band.

    But one of the most exciting things will happen when the couple hosts their stag and doe on July 23 at the Welland Lion's Club. The Chromey, the 1974 chrome Slingerland drum kit that was once owned and played by Rush drummer and former Port Dalhousie resident Neil Peart, will make an appearance that night.

    The same drum kit will be available for the public to view at Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie on July 22, from 1-11 p.m., as well as July 24, from noon to 10 p.m. Fans can come to the park that was immortalized in a Rush song of the same name and have their photos taken and even play the drums to raise money for the Friends of the Carousel.

    "It's a bit surreal. It's a really cool thing," Irwin said, of having the kit at his stag and doe. "It's an iconic drum kit that (Peart) played from 1974-77. It's what the song Lakeside Park was recorded on, as well as (the album) 2112."
    Click HERE to read more about it.
    July 14th, 2010
    Rush Time Machine Tour 2010
    Rush Back Home Rocking Canada
    Rush have now completed the first three of five Canadian dates during the Time Machine Tour and by all accounts, the concert goers have not been disappointed. The band will play Quebec City on the 15th and their second Toronto show on the 17th before heading down the U.S. Eastern seaboard through Connecticut, Pennsylvania and finally New York. The July 24th show at Jones Beach in Long Island (the first show I'll be attending) will mark the end of the first section of this leg of the tour. Rush will then take a near-2 week break before resuming the tour on August 5th in Salt Lake City, UT.

    The postponed July 7th show in Chicago has been formally rescheduled for August 23rd. According to Rush.Com:
    The rained out Wednesday, July 7 performance at Charter One Pavilion has been rescheduled to MONDAY, AUGUST 23. All tickets for the previously scheduled performance will be reactivated and honored at the rescheduled date. If fans feel that the barcodes may be illegible, they should ensure they bring picture ID and the credit card which was used to purchase the tickets. Refunds - if required at point of purchase through August 22nd. Questions can be directed to TicketMaster customer service at 800-653-8000
    Also, thank you to all the folks who wrote in telling me about the 'other' unfortunate situation linked with the postponed Chicago show. However I've decided not to give that story any additional press.

    Below are a few reviews of the recent Rush concerts, including a very interesting retrospective look at one persons "relationship" with Rush.
    A Complicated and Enduring Relationship with Rush -- By Peter Simpson, Canwest News Service

    Rush Pulls Out All the Tricks -- By Chris Cobb

    Time Stands Still for Rush -- By Cory Smith

    Rush Gives Ottawa's Bluesfest Moving Pictures and Much More -- By Rahul Vaidyanath

    Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto - July 13, 2010 -- By Jason MacNeil

    Rattled by the Rush -- By Stuart Berman
    Finally, there are more pictures from each of the tour dates available for viewing at Rush.Com.
    July 11th, 2010
    Rush Time Machine Tour Book
    The Rush Time Machine Tour Book
    The transcription of the Rush Time Machine 2010 Tour Book is now online along with some of the internal images. Who knew Alex would look so, er, ah, 'interesting' in drag!

    As I've done with all the previous tour books, I'm currently in the process of scanning all of the images and should have them online within the next week or so. The tour book itself is a real gem; one every Rush fan should have in his or her collection. If you can't wait for the tour to arrive in your neck of the woods, you can order the tour book at the Rush Backstage Club.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for providing the transcription!

    July 8th, 2010

    It's Official - Rush To Visit Brazil in October
    Rush.Com has now officially announced that the band will, indeed, stop in Brazil for two shows in October. From Rush.Com:
    The RUSH Time Machine Tour will hit Sao Paulo on October 8th at Morumbi Stadium and Rio de Janeiro on October 10th at Praca da Apoteose. Information about the ticket on-sales will be released shortly!
    We'll have complete ticket purchasing details once they are made available.
    July 7th, 2010

    Second Chicago Show Postponed Due to Weather
    The second of two Rush concerts in Chicago at the Charter One Pavilion has been postponed due to 'Heavy Rain'. According to some tweets from Chicago's 97.9 The Loop, Geddy called in after the cancellation to explain that the band's electronics were shorting out due to the rain. The concert is expected to be rescheduled in early September, however stay tuned for an official announcement from the band.

    All tickets from the second show will be honored at the rescheduled date. Thanks to reader RushFanForever for the news.
    July 4th, 2010
    Rush Time Machine Tour 2010
    Rush Time Machine Tour Update
    Rush has now completed the first three stops on their Time Machine Tour; opening in Albuquerque, NM last Tuesday before making stops in Kansas City, MO and the Milwaukee Summerfest yesterday. The band will now take a day off before performing two shows in Chicago at the Charter One Pavilion.

    Official pictures from the first three shows have been posted at Rush.Com while several reviews have recently been published:
    Proven formula just fine with the fans -- (Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest)

    Rush Fills Amphitheater with Emotion, Energy -- (Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest)

    Rush seems stuck in 'Time Machine Tour' -- (Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre)

    Plus here's a nice preview article from the Chicago Tribune -- Take the quiz, and tell the truth: You love Rush
    Also, for those of you who don't mind some spoilers, you can now check out the Tandem Digital's rear screen videos from the tour (two in all) via this LINK.

    For those of you in the United States, have a happy and safe Independence Day!

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