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Official Rush 2017 wall calendars now available

(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.

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Alex Lifeson rehearsal video for tomorrow's Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Golf Invitational and All-star Jam

(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.

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Rush featured in this week's DLC release for Rocksmith

(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.

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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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From The Riser, A Drummer's Perspective II featuring a foreword by Neil Peart now available

(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:

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Alex Lifeson talks Limelight in new Behind the Vinyl interview for Toronto's Boom 97.3

(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.

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Neil Peart's new book Far and Wide: Bring that Horizon to Me! now available

(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:

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Happy 63rd birthday Alex Lifeson!

(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.

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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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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to receive key to the city of Toronto

(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." ...

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Official launch of Lee Lifeson Art Park to take place October 1st

(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:

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Rush producer Terry Brown and brother Phill subject of upcoming Q&A sessions at Metropolis Studios in London

(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.

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Updates and other random Rush stuff

(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:

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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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Martin Popoff's Rush: Album by Album coming May, 2017

(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:

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Jacob Moon to play at new Lee Lifeson Art Park September 17th

(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):

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Allegaeon covers Rush's Subdivisions on their upcoming album Proponent for Sentience

(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.

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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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