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Geddy Lee comments on the passing of prog-rock pioneer Greg Lake

(image)The news broke earlier today that legendary progressive rock pioneer Greg Lake had passed away yesterday at the age of 69 from cancer. Lake gained prominence as a founding member of the progressive rock bands King Crimson and ELP, both of which were huge influences on Rush. Geddy Lee posted the following comments on Lake's passing via his geddyimages Instagram page this afternoon:

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Vote for your favorite Rush #ThankYouRush contest finalist

(image)Last week Rush and Rounder Records launched a #ThankYouRush Ultimate Fan Package Giveaway contest via social media where 5 lucky winners will receive a Rush: Time Stand Still prize package with the Grand Prize package including a Rush R40 commemorative guitar. Contestants had to submit a photo or video (45 seconds max, in landscape) via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ThankYouRush where they pledge their allegiance to Rush. The entry period has concluded and the 10 finalists have been chosen out of the over 1000 entries received. It's now up to the fans to decide who will win by voting for their favorite entry at this location. The winners will be announced next Monday, December 5th. Here's Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith with his #ThankYouRush message:

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Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins on whether he could replace Neil Peart in Rush in new interview

(image)Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was recently interviewed by Eddie Trunk for his SiriusXM radio program and when Trunk brought up the idea of whether he could replace Neil Peart in Rush, here's what he had to say:

"Dude, I'd get fucking crucified, man. You know how many fucking dorks would wanna kick my ass if I tried to be in RUSH? It'd be like a nation of dorks chasing me and trying to kill me. [Screaming] You're not Neil Peart! Don't even think about it!"

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Updates and other random Rush stuff

(image)Rush will be releasing a 2112 40th anniversary Super Deluxe box set this coming December 16th, just in time for the Holidays. The standard edition is a 2CD+DVD set which includes a CD of 2112 remastered (again), another CD of some rock celebrity covers of the various songs on the album along with some live Massey Hall outtakes, and a DVD of the Live at Capitol Theatre 1976 show along with some other bonus videos. There's also a 3 LP version with the same content as the CDs along with a few bonus goodies. The Super Deluxe edition contains both the 2CD+DVD and 3 LP sets along with some additional bonus content. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appeared on The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2 this past Sunday to discuss the new box set and spin a couple of the included cover songs. They also spoke about the Rush: Time Stand Still documentary and Rush's future plans (or lack thereof). Here's what they had to say about the bittersweet feel of the band's (presumably) final tour:

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Rush 2112 40th anniversary Super Deluxe edition coming next month

(image)(image)Rush's new R40 tour documentary Rush: Time Stand Still premiered in theaters across North America this evening. Before the film a short interview with Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown was shown where the pair talk about Caress of Steel and how it was the precursor and "practice run" for 2112. After the interview snippet an ad was shown for a 2112 40th anniversary "Super Deluxe" edition that's due to release on December 9th. There weren't any other details given, but Amazon does have a listing (their listing gives the release date as December 16th) along with a photo of the package and cover artwork posted on their website. The package is also available for pre-order here.

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Rush fans featured in latest trailer for the Rush: Time Stand Still R40 tour documentary

(image)The long-awaited Rush R40 Live tour documentary is titled Rush: Time Stand Still and will premiere in a special, one-night screening in theaters across North America this coming Thursday, November 3rd. US fans can get their tickets via Fathom Events or at participating theater box offices, and Canadian fans can get their tickets via Cineplex theatres or Landmark Cinemas. Rush has just released a new 45-second trailer for the film featuring several Rush fans which you can check out below or on Facebook here, and there's also this trailer. There are also a couple of clips from the film available for viewing including this one where Geddy, Alex and Howard Ungerleider reminisce about touring with KISS back in the '70s and tell the story of The Bag. There's also this 3-minute clip where we meet "Rush-Fan-In-Chief" Jillian Maryonovich - one of the fabulous group of women behind the long-running RushCon Rush fan convention. The screening will include first viewing of exclusive extras including a 20-minute mini-documentary titled Rush: A Salute to Kings where Gene Simmons (KISS), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), and the band's producer Nick Raskulinecz share their unique stories about Rush over the last 40 years. You can watch a 2-minute clip from this mini-doc where Chad Smith talks about how Rush's 2112 changed his life on YouTube at this location, and watch the trailer here. Another of the extras that will be shown at the screening is a short animated film produced by FANTOONS called The Early Days of Neil Peart which you can preview here. The DVD/Blu-ray of the film will release on November 18th and is now available for pre-order (DVD, Blu-ray). Here is the product description along with a tracklisting, including bonus content:

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Rush: Time Stand Still documentary debuts at #2 on Billboard Music Video chart

(image)The new Rush R40 Live tour documentary Rush: Time Stand Still officially released last month on DVD/Blu-ray and is now available to order online (DVD, Blu-ray) or purchase in stores. The documentary ended up debuting at #2 on the Billboard Music Video chart, and has maintained that position into its 2nd week on the charts, just behind The Beatles' Eight Days a Week (thanks John at Cygnus-X1.net). Several retailers are offering in-store promotions with the purchase of the DVD/Blu-ray including Best Buy, FYE and others as outlined in this promotional video. The DVD/Blu-ray includes 67 minutes of unreleased footage from the band's Presto tour, but it does not include any of the pre-film content shown during the documentary's screening in theaters last month. The film runs for just over an hour-and-a-half and is primarily a documentary about the band's R40 Live tour, with particular focus on it likely being the band's final tour, along with a good deal of attention paid to Rush's rabid and loyal fan base. Trailers and clips from the documentary are available online at the Rush YouTube channel, and you can check out several reviews of the film in this post. John over at Cygnus-X1.net has transcribed/scanned the artwork and liner notes and made them available online (liner notes, scans). Last week Rush and Rounder Records ran a #ThankYouRush Ultimate Fan Package Giveaway contest via social media where 5 lucky winners would receive a Rush: Time Stand Still prize package with the Grand Prize package including a Rush R40 commemorative guitar. Contestants had to submit a photo or video (45 seconds max, in landscape) via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ThankYouRush where they pledge their allegiance to Rush. 10 finalists were chosen and then whittled down to the 5 prizewinners via an online fan vote that closed yesterday. You can check out all the winners along with their entries at this location.

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Rush to donate Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award prize to Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research

(image)Earlier this month Rush was announced as the 2017 recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The band will be honored for their achievements and longstanding career in the music industry, social activism and support of humanitarian causes at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at the Sheraton Centre on Thursday, April 20th, 2017. Here's what the band had to say about the award:

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Rush reference on tonight's episode of Family Guy

(image)(image)Tonight's episode of the animated FOX sitcom Family Guy (Season 15, Episode 7 - High School English contained a major Rush reference. The episode has Peter Griffin in a library where he reads three classical tales, one of which is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The episode then has the cast act out the novel in abbreviated form with Peter Griffin as Huck Finn and Chris Griffin playing the part of Tom Sawyer. At one point Huck asks Tom what he's doing so far from home, to which he replies, "Rush is playing here tonight. They wrote a song about me." Jim (the runaway slave) played by Cleveland then shows up. Huck asks what they should do next, and Tom rips off his shirt to reveal a Rush concert t-shirt underneath and shouts, "Rush concert!" The scene ends with the three at a Rush concert with Rush performing Tom Sawyer as seen in this video clip. Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the heads up.

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Rik Emmett's new album RES9 featuring Alex Lifeson releases tomorrow

(image)Alex Lifeson makes a guest appearance on Triumph guitarist Rik Emmett's new solo project RES9 (Rik Emmett Resolution 9), which releases in multiple formats tomorrow, November 11th via Mascot Label Group. Lifeson plays the 12-string guitar on the track Human Race and also appears alongside Dream Theater's James LaBrie on End of the Line. You can listen to both of these tracks via the official lyric videos on YouTube (End of the Line, Human Race), and listen to samples of all of the album's eleven tracks here. The members of RESolution9 are from Rik's touring quartet and include Dave Dunlop on guitar, Steve Skingley on bass, and Paul DeLong on drums, with Dave and Steve co-producing the project. In addition to guest spots from Lifeson and LaBrie, Emmett's former Triumph bandmates bassist Mike Levine and drummer Gil Moore also appear on the album. Here's what Lifeson had to say about the project:

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Canadian electronic duo DVBBS team up with Alex Lifeson on Closer to the Heart remake

(image)Canadian electronic duo DVBBS are teaming up with Rush's Alex Lifeson on a remake of Closer to the Heart. From BWW Music:

Canadian-born duo DVBBS (pronounced 'dubs') who are also brothers Chris and Alex Van den, Hoef, have taken the EDM scene by storm with their action-packed big room sound over the last few years. This year they have been busy touring, collaborating and making new music with some of the biggest artists in the music business. Their current collaboration has them in the studio with Canadian Rock Legends Rush working on famed song "Closer to the Heart". "When we first had dinner with Ray Daniels, Rush manager, we couldn't be any more excited hearing the stories", Chris said. "I grew up a drummer so Neil Peart was a legend to me and a strong influence my whole childhood and music career. They're the greatest Canadian band of all time so when we were given the chance to remake a song and implement new music and production with Alex Lifeson, you can imagine how excited we were. Can't wait to play people the song, and bridge the gap between generations says Alex." ...

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Lyric video for Rik Emmett's new song End of the Line featuring Alex Lifeson

(image)Alex Lifeson makes a guest appearance on Triumph guitarist Rik Emmett's upcoming new solo project RESolution9 (Rik Emmett Resolution 9). The band's new album is titled RES9 and will release in multiple formats next Friday, November 11th via Mascot Label Group. Lifeson plays the 12-string guitar on the track Human Race and also appears alongside Dream Theater's James LaBrie on End of the Line, which you can now listen to in the official lyric video which was released earlier today. You can also check out the official lyric video for Human Race on YouTube at this location, and listen to samples of all of the album's eleven tracks here. The members of RESolution9 are from Rik's touring quartet and include Dave Dunlop on guitar, Steve Skingley on bass, and Paul DeLong on drums, with Dave and Steve co-producing the project. In addition to guest spots from Lifeson and LaBrie, Emmett's former Triumph bandmates bassist Mike Levine and drummer Gil Moore also appear on the album. Here's what Lifeson had to say about the project:

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Alex Lifeson's A Brush of Hope charity auction painting Aquarium now available for bidding

(image)The Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual A Brush of Hope charity auction fundraiser kicked off yesterday and Alex Lifeson is once again one of the many Canadian celebrities participating by donating their original paintings. Alex's painting for this year is titled Aquarium, and is now listed on the auction's ebay.ca site here (thanks Gerry). Alex has participated in the auction nearly every year since 2006, including last year with his painting Blind Date Picnic which ended up selling for nearly $4800! The Brush of Hope online charity will run through November 8th at Noon. You can check out and place your bid on Alex's painting along with all the others at this location. For all the latest news and information be sure to follow A Brush of Hope on Facebook.

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Official 52-page Rush coloring book now available from FANTOONS

(image)FANTOONS recently added a 52-page Rush coloring book to their inventory of officially licensed Rush swag, and the book is now available to order via Amazon. They also recently launched a selection of Rush-themed Hanukkah and Christmas cards just in time for the holidays. You can check out the Holiday cards along with a bunch of other cool, officially-licensed Rush FANTOONS merchandise at their Etsy store here. For those of you who don't know, FANTOONS is an ongoing comic strip based on Rush and some other great bands that was created by David Calcano back in 2012. If you follow rushisaband on Facebook and/or Twitter, you've likely run across some of the amazing Rush-themed comic art from FANTOONS that I've shared over the last few years. You can check out some samples of their work on Facebook and at fantoons.tv. Last year they released a 170-page Rush Toons book filled with comics and artwork featuring our favorite band Rush. I had the honor of writing the book's foreword and highly recommend it; it's a definite must have for any Rush fan.

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Alex Lifeson limited edition, signed A Brush of Hope print now available

(image)Alex Lifeson has been involved with the Kidney Foundation of Canada's A Brush of Hope charity auction for the past ten years. His latest entry was titled Aquarium and ended up raising $8700 CAD in the organization's annual online auction last month. Alex's 2015 painting was titled Blind Date Picnic and the Kidney Foundation has just made this painting available as a limited-edition print signed by Alex Lifeson. From the announcement:

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Listen to Alice in Chains' cover of Rush's Tears from the upcoming 2112 40th anniversary box set

(image)Rush will be releasing a 2112 40th anniversary Super Deluxe box set this coming December 16th, just in time for the Holidays. The standard edition is a 2CD+DVD set which includes a CD of 2112 remastered (the version from last year's 2112 vinyl reissue), another CD of some rock celebrity covers of the various songs on the album along with some live Massey Hall outtakes, and a DVD of the Live at Capitol Theatre 1976 show along with some other bonus videos. There's also a 3 LP version with the same content as the CDs along with a few bonus goodies. The Super Deluxe edition contains both the 2CD+DVD and 3 LP sets along with some additional bonus content. The cover songs included on the set are 2112: Overture from the Foo Fighters, A Passage to Bangkok from Billy Talent, The Twilight Zone by Steven Wilson, Something for Nothing by Jacob Moon and Tears by Alice In Chains, the latter of which now available for streaming online via YouTube and other streaming channels. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appeared on The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2 a couple of weeks ago to discuss the new box set and spin a couple of the included cover songs. You can listen to the entire, extended, 25-minute interview at this location, and listen to the entire 3-hour Strombo episode, including the complete Foo Fighters cover of 2112: Overture and a sample of Billy Talent's take on A Passage to Bangkok, here (at the 46 and 57:30 minute marks respectively). You can get all the details regarding the contents of the 2112 40th anniversary edition via the official Rush.com press release and also watch a 1-and-a-half minute promotional unboxing video which highlights the contents of the box set here. You can pre-order the 2112 40th anniversary edtion on Amazon (2CD+DVD, 3 LP, Super Deluxe).

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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to appear on The Strombo Show tomorrow

(image)Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will be making an appearance on tomorrow evening's edition of The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2. They'll be discussing the Rush: Time Stand Still documentary along with the upcoming 2112 40th anniversary Super Deluxe edition release. According to this tweet they'll also be spinning a couple of the covers included as bonus content on the package, specifically Billy Talent's cover of A Passage to Bangkok and the Foo Fighters' take on 2112: Overture. The 40th anniversary 2112 edition will release on December 16th and you can pre-order it on Amazon (2CD+DVD, 3 LP, Super Deluxe). The Strombo Show airs on CBC Radio 2 every Sunday from 8-11PM. Podcasts of the show are made available after the show airs at this location.

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Rush to receive the 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award

(image)Canadian Music Week has announced that Rush will be the 2017 recipient of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award. The band will be honored for their achievements and longstanding career in the music industry, social activism and support of humanitarian causes at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at the Sheraton Centre on Thursday, April 20th, 2017. Here's what the band had to say about the award:

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Listen to 1976 live outtake of Rush's Something for Nothing from upcoming 2112 box set

(image)Rush will be releasing a 2112 40th anniversary Super Deluxe box set in 2 weeks on December 16th, just in time for the Holidays. The standard edition is a 2CD+DVD set which includes a CD of 2112 remastered (the version from last year's 2112 vinyl reissue), another CD of some rock celebrity covers of the various songs on the album along with some live Massey Hall outtakes, and a DVD of the Live at Capitol Theatre 1976 show along with some other bonus videos. There's also a 3 LP version with the same content as the CDs along with a few bonus goodies. The Super Deluxe edition contains both the 2CD+DVD and 3 LP sets along with some additional bonus content. One of the songs on the bonus CD is a live 1976 Massey Hall outtake of Something for Nothing, and Rush has made the track available for streaming online here. The cover songs included on the set are 2112: Overture from members of the Foo Fighters, A Passage to Bangkok from Billy Talent, The Twilight Zone by Steven Wilson, Something for Nothing by Jacob Moon and Tears by Alice In Chains, the latter of which is available for streaming online via YouTube and other streaming channels. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson appeared on The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2 a few weeks ago to discuss the new box set and spin a couple of the included cover songs. You can listen to the entire, extended, 25-minute interview at this location, and listen to the entire 3-hour Strombo episode, including the complete Foo Fighters cover of 2112: Overture and a sample of Billy Talent's take on A Passage to Bangkok, here (at the 46 and 57:30 minute marks respectively). You can get all the details regarding the contents of the 2112 40th anniversary edition via the official Rush.com press release and also watch a 1-and-a-half minute promotional unboxing video which highlights the contents of the box set here. Joe Bosso raised the question of which side of 2112 is better in his review of the set for Music Aficionado last week. There's also this review from TeamRock.com. You can pre-order the 2112 40th anniversary edtion on Amazon (2CD+DVD, 3 LP, Super Deluxe).

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Updates and other random Rush stuff

(image)The new Rush R40 Live tour documentary Rush: Time Stand Still officially released today on DVD/Blu-ray and is now available to order (DVD, Blu-ray) or purchase in stores. Several retailers are offering in-store promotions with the purchase of the DVD/Blu-ray including Best Buy, FYE and others as outlined in this promotional video. The DVD/Blu-ray includes 67 minutes of unreleased footage from the band's Presto tour (from Rush's March 8th, 1990 show at the Palace in Auburn Hills), but it does not include any of the pre-film content shown during the film's screening in theaters last night and earlier this month. The theater screening was prefaced by a short animated film produced by FANTOONS called The Early Days of Neil Peart which you can preview here. They then showed a 20-minute mini-documentary titled Rush: A Salute to Kings where Gene Simmons (KISS), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), and the band's producer Nick Raskulinecz shared their unique stories about Rush over the last 40 years. You can watch clips from both Chad Smith's and Gene Simmons' portion of the documentary, and watch the trailer here. The film itself runs for just over an hour-and-a-half and is primarily a documentary about the band's R40 Live tour, with particular focus on it likely being the band's final tour, along with a good deal of attention paid to Rush's rabid and loyal fan base. Several trailers and clips from the documentary are available online at the Rush YouTube channel, and you can check out reviews of the film from the following publications:

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Alex Lifeson on Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth in new Rolling Stone interview

(image)Rolling Stone posted an article yesterday on Buffalo Springfield's classic protest song For What It's Worth. The song has been covered by many acts over the years, including Rush, who covered it on the band's 2004 Feedback EP. The article includes several interview snippets with artists talking about the song and their memories of it. Here's what Alex Lifeson had to say:

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Edge Factor documentary Masters of Resonance featuring Neil Peart coming in 2017

(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. Yesterday they posted a press release and video trailer announcing the upcoming 2017 release of their new documentary Masters of Resonance which features Neil Peart and the R40 drum kit. From the press release:

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Rolling Stone reveals 10 Things We Learned from the Rush: Time Stand Still R40 tour documentary

(image)The new Rush R40 Live tour documentary Rush: Time Stand Still will premiere in a special, one-night screening in theaters across North America this coming Thursday, November 3rd. Rolling Stone got an advanced screening of the doc and posted an article earlier this morning listing off ten things that they learned from watching the film. Some of what the film reveals we already knew - such as the fact that Neil Peart was reluctant to embark on the tour, Alex Lifeson is suffering from arthritis, and that it's unlikely that Rush will ever tour again. But some new details were revealed such as the extent of Neil Peart's various ailments, including the agonizing foot pain he endured on the 2nd leg of the tour:

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