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Enter to win a signed Time Machine drumhead to support the Percussive Arts Society

(image)The Percussive Arts Society is running a contest/raffle where you could win a Time Machine tour drumhead signed by all three members of Rush. Raffle tickets are available for as little as $10 each and the drawing will take place on November 12th. The drumhead is framed in museum grade glass and valued at $2,500. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Percussive Arts Society. For all the details and to purchase tickets, visit this location (thanks Chris S).

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Geddy Lee travels to Miami to get signatures from Ichiro and Bonds

(image)Avid baseball fan Geddy Lee made a trip to Florida yesterday to take in a few Florida Marlins games and add to his autograph collection. Geddy has a number of autographs from players in MLB's 3,000-hit and 500-home run clubs, and added Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and hitting coach Barry Bonds to his collection Friday afternoon. Ichiro reached the 3,000-hit milestone last Sunday, and Bonds holds the MLB home run mark with 762. While at the game Geddy took some time out for a video interview where he talks about how he became such a big baseball fan and how it's a great distraction from the rigors of the road. Here are some interview snippets from the article, and you can watch the video interview below or at this location.

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Neil Peart featured in Edge Factor documentary Behind Closed Doors

(image)Edge Factor is a media company that produces inspiring and educational documentaries that tell the stories of innovative teams who design and build cutting-edge products. One of their latest film projects is a 20-minute documentary titled Behind Closed Doors which they have made available for watching online at their website for a limited time here. The film includes a segment on DW Drums and Neil Peart's R40 tour kit, where Neil talks briefly about drumming and why he practices so hard, and DW's John Good discusses the making of Neil's R40 kit. The interviews are not recent and look to have been conducted prior to Rush's R40 Live tour last year. You can watch the film online here and the segment on Neil Peart begins around the 9-minute mark. Thanks to Eric at Power Windows for the heads up.

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Happy 63rd birthday to Geddy Lee!

(image)On this day back in 1953, our favorite singer/bassist - Gary Lee Weinrib (aka Geddy Lee) - was born in Willowdale, Toronto. That makes Geddy 63 years young today! Not only is today Geddy's birthday, but it also marks the 42nd anniversary of one of the most important events in Rush history; 42 years ago on July 29th, 1974, Neil Peart joined Rush, replacing original drummer John Rutsey. He's been the new guy in the band ever since. The day after Neil joined the band Rush bought equipment for their first tour at Long and McQuade Music in Toronto, including Geddy's black Rickenbacker, Alex's Gibson Les Paul Deluxe and Neil's Slingerland kit (aka Chromey)... and the rest - as they say - is history. Happy birthday Geddy! And happy 42nd anniversary to the new guy!

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Alex Lifeson attends Broadway musical School of Rock Tuesday night in New York City

(image)School of Rock is a current Broadway rock musical based on the 2003 film of the same name that starred Jack Black as teacher Dewey Finn. The original 2003 film contains a scene well-known to Rush fans who have seen the movie, where Finn gives his student drummer a copy of Rush's 2112 to help improve his drumming (seen in this video clip). Alex Lifeson attended a performance of the musical this past Tuesday night in New York City and took some time out to pose with the cast as seen in this Twitter post.

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Photos of wall mural at A.Y. Jackson S.S. painted by Alex Lifeson while a student there

(image)Most Rush fans know that Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson grew up in the Willowdale neighborhood of Toronto and first met at Fisherville Junior High School. After that Lifeson went on to attend George Vanier S.S. and then A.Y. Jackson S.S. while Lee was at nearby Newtonbrook S.S. Reader Tim Scammell also attended A.Y. Jackson school in the early '80s and alerted me to a neat story involving Alex and his time at the school. Apparently Alex painted a mural on the wall of the band room that is still there to this day, complete with Alex's signature (A. Zivojinovich). Tim recently took a trip back to his old school to check on the mural and snap a few pics. He posted the photos to his blog this past weekend along with some background on the mural and a report on what he found:

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Geddy Lee and other Canadians say farewell to The Tragically Hip

(image)The past Saturday night beloved Canadian band The Tragically Hip played their final show to a sold-out crowd at the Rogers K-Rock arena in the band's hometown of Kingston. Earlier this year frontman Gord Downie revealed that he had terminal brain cancer, prompting The Hip to embark on one last tour to say farewell to their fans. The CBC broadcast the show live, triggering an impromptu national holiday across Canada Saturday night. From the New York Times (thanks Ellen D):

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Updates and other random Rush stuff

(image)Earlier this week TeamRock.com posted the fourth part of their interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson where the pair reflect on the history of Rush. They had posted the first and second parts back in February, and the third part earlier this summer. In this installment they discuss the period from Vapor Trails on through the present day, and touch briefly on what the future may hold. Here's Alex Lifeson on the band's legacy:

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New interview with SRO/Anthem's Pegi Cecconi for FYI Music News Industry Profile

(image)Longtime SRO/Anthem Vice President is the subject of the latest FYI Industry Profile for FYI Music News. Cecconi talks about her long history in the Canadian music business, focusing primarily on her work with Rush. Here's Cecconi talking about her first dealings with Rush and Ray Danniels:

... "Rush are as big as they are because of Ray Danniels' total loyalty. I was brought under that wing. When I fight for fuckin Rush, as far as I'm concerned they're the Beatles, there's nothing else. You sit there with people having big stars, and we'd be the pain in the ass- 'you're not getting this or that.' That part was fun. Ray's thing was I want more so you'd figure out what more you could give them." ... "I met Ray when I was booking bands at my high school, Roland Michener Secondary School in South Porcupine, Ontario. He was my agent and he used to try to sell me Rush. I'd say' no way. I can get a four-piece band for the same price as a trio. If Rush had ever played my high school the shit would have been beaten out of them!' ...

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Rush's Limelight being played at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland

(image)The Republican National Convention has been taking place this past week in Cleveland, and the LA Times has been keeping track of the music being played on the convention floor using a Spotify playlist as seen here. One of the songs that is regularly being played is Rush's Limelight. Their song selections have garnered a lot of attention this week in that most of the artists involved have protested the association of their music with the Republican party, most notably Queen in regards to their use of We Are the Champions. Blue Nation Review wrote an article about this yesterday titled SONG THEFT: Why the Playlist at the GOP Convention Is More Newsworthy Than the Speakers and Rush gets a lengthy mention:

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Rush's Tom Sawyer featured in new film The Infiltrator

(image)The Infiltrator is a new American crime drama based on the true story of U.S. Customs special agent Robert Mazur, who helped bust Pablo Escobar's money-laundering organization in the 1980s by using his alias "Bob Musella". The film officially releases tomorrow and stars Bryan Cranston as Mazur, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, John Leguizamo and Amy Ryan. The film's soundtrack will release digitally this coming Friday, July 15 (CD available August 12) and includes a number of '80s hits including Rush's Tom Sawyer as seen here. Based on reports from early screenings of the film (thanks Scott D), the first scene of the movie opens with Tom Sawyer being played over the first minute or so of action. You can learn more about the film at imdb.com and watch the trailer below:

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Alex Lifeson records tracks with producer Terry Brown for upcoming Jim McCarty solo project

(image)According to FYI Music News, Alex Lifeson was recently in the studio with former Rush producer Terry Brown putting guitar tracks down for Jim McCarty's (Yardbirds, Renaissance) next solo project. No further details are available at this time, although judging by this Instagram post, Canadian drummer Ben Riley is also involved. Although Rush is currently on hiatus, Alex Lifeson is keeping himself busy. He also will be making a guest appearance on Triumph guitarist Rik Emmett's upcoming solo project, and he'll be participating in the Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Golf Invitational and All-star Jam later this month. Lerxst will also be celebrating his 63rd birthday on Saturday, August 27th.

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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson discuss the history of Rush from Vapor Trails onward

(image)TeamRock.com has posted the fourth part of their interview with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson where the pair reflect on the history of Rush. They had posted the first and second parts back in February, and the third part earlier this summer. In this installment they discuss the period from Vapor Trails on through the present day, and touch briefly on what the future may hold. Here's Alex Lifeson on the band's legacy:

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Geddy Lee talks The Tragically Hip in new CBC Music interview

(image)Beloved Canadian band The Tragically Hip will finish off their current tour on Saturday, August 20 with a hometown show at Kingston's Rogers K-Rock Centre. The CBC will be broadcasting the show across all of its radio, TV and streaming channels, commercial-free. In the lead-up to the concert, CBC sat down with Geddy Lee at Rush's management's office in Toronto to talk about The Hip and their place in the history of Canadian music. Geddy discusses the distinct Canadian-ness of the band, when The Hip opened for Rush in the early '90s, his favorite Hip album, their cover of Rush's Limelight and more in a series of short video interviews which you can check out here. Here's some of what Geddy had to say:

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Jeff Buckley's record collection includes seven Rush albums

(image)Yesterday Sony Legacy launched a new website (thanks RushFanForever) at JeffBuckleyCollection.com that gives a virtual tour through the record collection of the late singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, who tragically passed away in 1994. The site is curated by Buckley's mother Mary Guibert, who also manages his legacy and recordings. The site allows the user to select a letter, and the alphabetically-organized collection then zooms in on all of Buckley's albums where the artist name begins with that letter. Click on the letter R and you'll see that Buckley was a big Rush fan, having seven of the band's albums in his collection, namely Grace Under Pressure, Hemispheres, Hold Your Fire, Moving Pictures, Permanent Waves, Power Windows and Signals. Neil Peart is a fan of Buckley's and speaks fondly of his 1994 album Grace in his 2004 book Traveling Music: The Soundtrack to My Life and Times.

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Lorne Wheaton shows off Neil Peart's R40 Live drum kits in new video from GearFest 2016

(image)Sweetwater Music's 15th annual Gearfest took place last month in Fort Wayne, IN and consisted of two days of free workshops, gear demos, deals, giveaways, and more. DW Drums along with Neil Peart drum tech Lorne Wheaton were on hand with both of Neil Peart's R40 Live drum kits to answer questions, give tours, and provide photo ops for fans. The kits were one of the centerpieces of the event and were prominently on display near the entrance. Sweetwater posted a video a few days ago where Nick D'Virgilio talks with Lorne Wheaton for around six minutes about the kits, his background as a drum tech and what the future holds for the kits. You can watch the video below or at this location (thanks Robert), and check out some photos taken by reader Ron Reed in this post.

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Rik Emmett performs Human Race from his upcoming album featuring Alex Lifeson

(image)We learned last month that Alex Lifeson will be making a guest appearance on Triumph guitarist Rik Emmett's new solo project RESolution9 (Rik Emmett Resolution 9). A couple of weeks ago Mascot Label Group announced the signing of RESolution9 to a multi-album deal and revealed some more details including that the album will have a tentative release date of November, 2016, and that Alex Lifeson plays on 2 of the 11 tracks on the album:

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Updates and other random Rush stuff

(image)On this day back in 1953, our favorite singer/bassist - Gary Lee Weinrib (aka Geddy Lee) - was born in Willowdale, Toronto. That makes Geddy 63 years young today! Not only is today Geddy's birthday, but it also marks the 42nd anniversary of one of the most important events in Rush history; 42 years ago on July 29th, 1974, Neil Peart joined Rush, replacing original drummer John Rutsey. He's been the new guy in the band ever since. The day after Neil joined the band Rush bought equipment for their first tour at Long and McQuade Music in Toronto, including Geddy's black Rickenbacker, Alex's Gibson Les Paul Deluxe and Neil's Slingerland kit (aka Chromey)... and the rest - as they say - is history. Happy birthday Geddy! And happy 42nd anniversary to the new guy!

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Official Rush 2017 wall calendar celebrates A Farewell to Kings' 40th anniversary

(image)(image)An official Rush 18-month, 12"x12" wall calendar will release on September 15th from BrownTrout Publishers and is now available for pre-order. The calendar celebrates the upcoming 40th anniversary of the release of Rush's A Farewell to Kings, which was released in September, 1977. The cover depicts the iconic album cover, with the internal images showing various photos of the band from the A Farewell to Kings era as seen here. From the product description:

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Updates and other random Rush stuff

(image)Most Rush fans know that Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson grew up in the Willowdale neighborhood of Toronto and first met at Fisherville Junior High School. After that Lifeson went on to attend George Vanier S.S. (Secondary School) and then A.Y. Jackson S.S. while Lee was at nearby Newtonbrook S.S. Reader Tim Scammell also attended A.Y. Jackson school in the early '80s and earlier this week alerted me to a neat story involving Alex and his time at the school. While a student there, Alex apparently painted a mural on the wall of the band room that is still there to this day, complete with his signature (A. Zivojinovich). Tim recently took a trip back to his old school to check on the mural and snap a few pics. He posted the photos to his blog last weekend along with some background on the mural and a report on what he found:

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