(image)Alex Lifeson will once again be participating in The Kidney Foundation of Canada's annual A Brush of Hope charity auction this year according to this Facebook post from Friday (thanks RushFanForever). As they have for several years running, Alex Lifeson along with dozens of other Canadian celebrities have donated paintings to be auctioned off to raise money for the charity. Alex has participated in the fundraiser nearly every year since 2006, including last year with his painting Blind Date Picnic which ended up selling for nearly $4800! Alex's painting for this year is titled Aquarium (no preview available yet). The Brush of Hope online charity auction kicks off on October 29th at Noon and will run through November 8th at Noon on www.ebay.ca. For all the latest news and information be sure to follow A Brush of Hope on Facebook....(image)
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(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 on 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. The band has released the official lyric video for Human Race which you can watch below or on YouTube at this location. The members of RESolution9 are from Rik's touring quartet: 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:...(image)
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(image)A new book from author and rock journalist Martin Popoff titled Rush: Album by Album will be released via Voyageur Press in May of 2017. This will be the third Rush book from Popoff who also authored the 2004 Rush biography Contents Under Pressure, along with Rush: The Unauthorized Illustrated History back in 2013 (an updated edition was released earlier this year). From the book's description:...(image)
(image)Back in the summer of 2014 the North York community council approved plans for a new, arts-themed park in the Toronto neighborhood of Willowdale named after 2 of its most famous former residents - Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. The Lee Lifeson Art Park is just about completed and should be open to the public very soon. Reader Grant S let me know that the perimeter fencing around the park construction has been removed and Zylyp on Facebook (who lives near the park) posted this photo last week showing the park near completion. It also sounds like there will be some kind of ceremony/dedication occurring next month according to this post on Jacob Moon's Facebook page (thanks RushFanForever):...(image)
(image)Colorado-based melodic death metal band Allegaeon will be releasing their fourth full-length album on September 23rd via Metal Blade Records. It's titled Proponent for Sentience and includes a heavy cover version of Rush's Subdivisions. The band released a video of the cover yesterday which you can watch below or on YouTube at this location. You can pre-order a copy of Proponent for Sentience at this link, and learn more about Allegaeon via their Facebook page. Thanks to Gil W for the heads up....(image)
(image)The long-anticipated 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 on November 3rd. 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:...(image)
(image)We learned earlier this week via a listing on Fandango that the long-anticipated Rush R40 Live tour documentary will be released later this fall, and will be getting a special, one-night screening in theaters across North America on November 3rd. This morning Rush sent out an official newsletter with all the screening details including a new website at rushtimestandstill.com, and also announcing that the DVD/Blu-ray of the film will be released on November 18th. Here are all the screening details:...(image)
(image)Rush's Moving Pictures is one of the forty Canadian albums from the '60s through the first half of the '00s to have been nominated for the 2nd annual Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize. The list was revealed earlier this week at the Polaris Music Prize gala in Toronto. From Billboard.com:...(image)
(image)On this day back in 1952, our favorite drummer - Neil Ellwood Peart - was born in Hamilton, Ontario. Neil is the old man of Rush and turns 64 today; Geddy and Alex both recently turned 63. This past Friday, September 9th was also Neil and his wife Carrie Nuttall's 16th wedding anniversary. They were married back in 2000. Happy birthday Pratt, and happy anniversary Neil and Carrie!...(image)
(image)(image)Last month we learned of a new official Rush 18-month, 12"x12" wall calendar from BrownTrout Publishers that is slated to release in 2 weeks on September 15th and can be pre-ordered here. NMR Distribution has also released their own official Rush calendar which you can purchase via Amazon at this location. The NMR Distribution calendar is a 16-month calendar that features the classic pink Rush explosion logo on the cover and a number of photos from the band's R40 Live tour. The Browntrout calendar celebrates the upcoming 40th anniversary of the release of Rush's A Farewell to Kings, which debuted on August 29th, 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. You can pre-order your copy at this location, and purchase the NMR Distribution calendar here....(image)
(image)Alex Lifeson will be participating in the Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Golf Invitational and All-star Jam tomorrow, August 29th at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, California. The tournament itself will start at 11AM with a 19th hole post-tournament cocktail party, and a 7PM All-Star Jam featuring Krieger, Sebastian Bach, Lita Ford, Alice Cooper, Alex Lifeson, and many other musical guests. TourBus Live was at today's rehearsals and caught some video of Alex playing The Spirit of Radio which you can watch below or on Facebook. All the events are open to the public, so if you want to play in the tournament, attend the 19th hole cocktail party or attend the All-Star Jam you have to register and buy tickets via the website here. Alex Lifeson took part in the event 2 years ago back in 2014, but had to skip it last year due to Rush's R40 Live tour. You can check out full coverage from the 2014 event including photos, videos and more in this post. At the 2014 event Alex performed a number of songs including Rush's Working Man (video) and The Spirit of Radio (video) with an all-star lineup including Krieger, Sebastian Bach, Tommy Thayer and many others. He also played on I'm a Man (video) and The Doors' Hello I Love You. More videos can be seen on YouTube here....(image)
(image)Rocksmith is a music video game produced by Ubisoft who's main feature is allowing players to plug in virtually any electric guitar and play. It is available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. This week's featured DLC release for the game is a five-song Rush pack including Closer To The Heart, Fly By Night, Freewill, Working Man, and La Villa Strangiato - which is now the longest song in the Rocksmith library at 9:35 (dethroning Freebird at 9:08). This is the second Rush DLC pack, with the first having been offered up back in 2012 and including Red Barchetta, Tom Sawyer, YYZ, Subdivisions, Limelight and Headlong Flight as a bonus track. With the release of the Rush II pack, and counting the included The Spirit of Radio track, Rush now has a total of twelve songs in the Rocksmith library, tying them with Jimi Hendrix and Rise Against for the most represented in the game. Thanks to Tim for the heads up....(image)
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Vikings didn't wear horned helmets.
(image)Author and photographer David Phillips recently completed the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2010 coffee table book A Drummer's Perspective. The new book is titled From The Riser, A Drummer's Perspective II and features a foreword by Neil Peart, who also appears on the book's cover. The 180-page book features 270 previously unseen photographs taken by Phillips of over 130 legendary drummers. Here's what Neil Peart has to say about it:...(image)
(image)Alex Lifeson recently stopped by Toronto's Boom 97.3 for an interview as part of their Behind the Vinyl feature to play Rush's Limelight on vinyl and talk for about 5 minutes about the song and the Moving Pictures album, which celebrated its 35th anniversary earlier this year. You can watch the interview below or at this location. Alex was also featured in the station's Behind the Vinyl feature earlier this year to talk about Tom Sawyer as seen in this post....(image)
(image)Neil Peart's latest book is titled Far and Wide: Bring that Horizon to Me! and chronicles Peart's travels on Rush's 2015 R40 Live tour. Although the official release date from ECW Press is given as September 13th, the book is already available for purchase and is shipping from Amazon and other retailers. It is available in both hardcover and for the Kindle. Here's the book's description from Amazon.com:...(image)
(image)On this day back in 1953, our favorite guitarist - Alexandar Zivojinovich (aka Alex Lifeson) - was born in Fernie, British Columbia to Serbian immigrants, Nenad and Melanija Zivojinovich. He turns 63 years young today which catches him up with his bandmates; Alex is the youngest member of Rush, being born about a month after Geddy Lee and just under a year after Neil. In celbration of this occasion here's some video of a teenage Alex arguing with his parents over his future as a musician back in 1972. It's taken from the Alan King documentary Come on Children. Happy birthday Lerxst!! May you have many more, blah, blah, blah....(image)
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(image)According to this Fandango listing it looks like the long-anticipated Rush R40 Live tour documentary will be released later this fall, and will be getting a special, one-night screening in theaters across North America on November 3rd. The film is titled Rush: Time Stand Still and the synopsis reads as follows:...(image)
Hello Rush Fans! You didn't SERIOUSLY think we would go a whole year without a con? We know summer is going fast (and the nights are growing colder), so we decided to throw RushCon 16 in the golden light of autumn....(image)
(image)The Toronto Sun reported last night that Toronto Mayor John Tory will be presenting the key to the city to Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in a special ceremony this coming Saturday. From the Toronto Sun (thanks jupeguy):
... Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson ... will receive the honour during a special ceremony on Saturday. The duo, who were both born and raised in Toronto, will also have a park in Willowdale named after them at the event honouring their achievements over 40 years in the music industry. "Rush's sound, famous across the world, has helped shape Toronto's own musical identity, which always has been and continues to be a unique hybrid of styles and influences," Tory's spokesman, Amanda Galbraith, said in a statement to the Toronto Sun Wednesday.
"Very few bands can claim to have influenced a genre of music - but Rush can legitimately say they've done just that." ... "Their massive international fan base has helped to spotlight Toronto as a music capital for decades," Galbraith said. "It's amazing to know that all their success started right here in Toronto in a neighbourhood in Willowdale." ...
(image)Back in the summer of 2014 the North York community council approved plans for a new, arts-themed park in the Toronto neighborhood of Willowdale named after 2 of its most famous former residents - Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. The Lee Lifeson Art Park began construction earlier this year and after several months of work is now open to the public. Earlier today an inaugural launch event at the Park was announced for Saturday, October 1st via the City of Toronto's Celebrate Toronto newsletter:...(image)
(image)Former Rush producer Terry Brown along with his brother Phill Brown - also an accomplished producer who has worked with Led Zeppelin, Talk Talk and Jimi Hendrix - will be the subject of two Q&A sessions at Metropolis Studios in London, England on October 8-9th. The event will be hosted by Prog/Classic Rock magazine's Jerry Ewing and Malcolm Dome. The two producer brothers will be talking about their 50-year careers in music, and their first ever collaboration as producers of Blurred Vision's next album, a follow-up to last year's Organized Insanity. Blurred Vision will also be performing at the event. For all the details visit the TeamRock.com website....(image)
(image)This 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:...(image)