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The History of John Rutsey and Rush - UltimateClassicRock.com

40 years ago this past weekend was when John Rutsey last performed with Rush.  Within days, Neil Peart would take up the drum throne.  On Friday UltimateClassicRock.com posted "The History of John Rutsey and Rush" recounting both Rush's early history, as well as how he was remembered recent years. 

Alex Lifeson guest appearance on Wilderness of Manitoba's album "Between Colours" coming September 16

Toronto atmospheric folkies the Wilderness of Manitoba have announced their next album, Between Colours, will be released September 16 on Pheromone Recordings.  Guests include Alex Lifeson who plays a guitar solo on one track, as well as Rheostatics member Michael Phillip Wojewoda on theremin.  Check back soon for preorder link; for more info visit exclaim.ca.

"John Petrucci of Dream Theater Discusses '2112' - The Record That Changed My Life" - Guitar World

Today Guitar World posted a new story where John Petrucci of Dream Theater discusses '2112', "The Record That Changed My Life":
“If I had to pick a favorite band of all time, it would be Rush.

"As a teenager, I was already familiar with the group and its albums like Moving Pictures and Signals. But once I discovered 2112, it opened me up to this whole concept that rock music could be bigger than just a tune—that it could be used as a vehicle to tell a story or to transport you to some other world.

"The idea of a big piece like that being broken down into numbered sections like they were chapters in a book was just unbelievable to me, and it’s a technique that I continue to use to this day.

“I have so much respect for [Rush drummer] Neil Peart, especially as a lyricist. And 2112 was the first time I heard something where, lyrically, it didn’t have to just be about the typical rock and roll topics, that it could be about something more heady or esoteric, something that makes you think. That really influenced me as a lyricist.

“I was also blown away by how a three-piece band could sound so majestic and huge and play in a style that’s inherently rock and roll yet still pushes the boundaries of what they’re doing musically—this idea of being experimental, using different time signatures and not really being concerned about song length and traditional constraints. I can’t tell you how huge of an impact that had on me. 2112 basically set the course for my musical career and how I approached Dream Theater.”
- Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

Geddy Lee "Family" Feature in Classic Rock's 200th Issue

Yesterday the UK's Classic Rock magazine's mammoth 200th issue hit the newsstands, and in the Family section there is a new interview with Geddy Lee.  The subheading reads "The Rush Man On Life And Love Outside The Band," and I have transcribed the article for your reading pleasure here. - Thanks to Reed Lover for sending the article!

Lee and Lifeson to be honoured with a Toronto park

Update, July 16: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson: Rush members’ names proposed for art park in Willowdale:  "...Lee and Lifeson are expected to be honoured when a unique creative space in Willowdale is named the Lee Lifeson Art Park. A report on the proposed name is scheduled to come before North York community council Aug. 12.

"The name has been applauded by residents at two community meetings and Lee and Lifeson are pleased with the honour, Willowdale Councillor John Filion said. “They were wonderful about it. They asked a lot of questions,” he said about meeting with the band mates about the idea in May. “They said they would be honoured to have a park like this named after them.”

"The park will be built next year northeast of Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue between Hillcrest and Princess avenue, east of Gladys Allison Place. While it will be a local space meant for area residents, it will be more than an ordinary park.

"“Two years ago, I came up with the idea to create a park that would focus on the arts and would be a celebration of creativity, where people could go to be creative or go to enjoy others’ creativity,” Filion said. “All the arts will be represented there but the focus will be on music and sound. This is really a new concept, there isn’t a prototype anywhere. It’s nothing we’re copying from anywhere else.” When it came time to think of a name for the park, Lee and Lifeson’s names “just jumped off the page,” Filion said." - check out the full story from the North York Mirror.


July 7: "Two of the founding members of Rush could be honoured in the name of a new Toronto park. Cllr. John Filion, who represents the Willowdale neighbourhood where the band started in the 1960s, thinks a new park to be opened in 2015 near North York Centre subway station should be called "Lee Lifeson Art Park," after Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.
"The miniature Xanadu, which is due to open in 2015, will have an arts theme, specifically related to music and sound, Filion wrote in a letter to North York Community Council. He said the idea has the support of the North York Arts and Willowdale Central Ratepayers' Association and was favourably received at two meetings with local residents earlier this year.

"Lee and Lifeson grew up in Willowdale and founded Rush with original drummer John Rutsey. The pair attended Fisherville Junior High School, wrote songs, and played shows in the neighbourhood. After decades in the limelight, the band was given a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 1999.

"The community council adopted the recommendation at its June meeting. Parks, Forestry and Recreation will produce a report on the by August 12." - blogto.com, July 5, 2014

Geddy Lee Featured in Terroni magazine #6

Geddy Lee is featured on the cover of the current issue of Terroni magazine.  Included is "A Conversation With Geddy Lee" where he talks about his 40 year obsession with fine wine, and the intro of the article does confirm Rush is in the midst of planning a 41st anniversary tour. The issue is online and can be viewed here- Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

Geddy Lee Featured In "Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine"

Geddy Lee is one of a host of musicians interviewed in Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool, the new book by Greg Prato.  Set for release on September 16, you can preorder your copy here.
"Usually when the “alternative rock revolution” of the early 1990s is discussed, Nirvana’s Nevermind is credited as the recording that led the charge. Yet there were several earlier albums that helped pave the way, including the Pixies’ Doolittle, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Mother’s Milk, Jane’s Addiction’s Nothing’s Shocking, and especially Primus’ 1991 album Sailing the Seas of Cheese.

"This fascinating and beautifully curated oral history tells the tale of this truly one-of-a-kind band. Compiled from nearly fifty all-new interviews conducted by journalist/author Greg Prato—including Primus members past and present and many more fellow musicians—this book is sure to appeal to longtime fans of the band, as well as admirers of the musicians interviewed for the book.

"Interviewees include: Tim Alexander, Trey Anastasio (Phish), Matthew Bellamy (Muse), Les Claypool, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Chuck D (Public Enemy), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde, Geddy Lee (Rush), Mickey Melchiondo (Ween), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Matt Stone (South Park), Tom Waits, and many more."
- Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

Geddy Lee Supports "Save the Sam The Record Man Sign"

UPDATE: Last week the final resting place of the "Sam The Record Man" sign was decided when the Toronto City Council voted to have the sign moved to the roof of 277 Victoria Street, a city-owned building on the east side of Yonge-Dundas Square, and have Ryerson University pick up the bill.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2013: After closing their doors in 2007, the Sam the Record Man Yonge street location in Toronto was later purchased by adjacent Ryerson University.  Part of the purchase agreement was Ryerson's promise to eventually remount the iconic dual disk neon Sam The Record Man sign.  After backing out on that promise, a Facebook page SOS: SAVE OUR SAM the Record Man Sign was launched, and an online petition has been created.  Geddy Lee has given his support of the effort, with the following letter sent to the Toronto City Council:
"The Sam the Record Man store and sign were important fixtures in Toronto's musical landscape as well as its Civic history. Sadly, all that remains now are our memories of the store and this magnificent neon sign. Ryerson and the city of Toronto should absolutely preserve what myself and many of its citizens consider to be an important symbol of our past and of that store's contributions to our culture." -Geddy Lee
To give your support of the effort, sign the petition! - Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

Audio Fidelity Presto SACD Edition Giveaway Contest

The latest Audio Fidelity hybrid SACD release is Rush's Presto.   Although it has a release date of July 15th, copies are now shipping.

To celebrate this release, Audio Fidelity is offering a 20% Discount to readers of the Power Windows website.   To receive your discount, simply head over to www.audiofidelity.net, click on the Presto "buy" button, and then enter SCARS20 when prompted at checkout.  The discount code will remain active through September 30, 2014.

In addition, Audio Fidelity is giving away Presto Hybrid SACDs to three lucky Power Windows readers!  For a chance to win, simply send an email to pwrwindows at yahoo dot com with the subject line PrestoSACD; in the body of the message, include your mailing address and the answer to three Presto trivia questions:
  1. What Presto track was not performed on tour until 2010?
  2. What Presto track title references a line in a movie?  Name both the song and the movie.
  3. And now the hard one: what Presto track was originally intended to be an instrumental?
The contest will run through July 31st, only one entry per email address will be allowed.  Good luck!

"Diehards" by Erin Feinberg, featuring essay by Neil Peart

After an initial small release in 2013, the photography book Diehards by Erin Feinberg has been reissued with a July 1, 2014 publication date.  Diehards turns the camera the other direction and focuses on the energy and spirit that fuels every live show—the fans.  The book includes original essays from Bruce Springsteen and Neil Peart, an excerpt of which follows:
"In London, England, on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, I took another photograph from my drums, this time at the end of the show, just before the encore...Returning to London to play with Rush in the late ‘70s had been hugely important to me, and so it remained every time—at the Hammersmith Odeon, the Wembley Arena, and this time, at the new O2 Arena. Like playing in Toronto, Montreal, or—in recent years—Los Angeles, London was a kind of 'hometown gig' to me.""
Inspired by the diverse character and culture of music fans, Feinberg spent a decade photographing audiences across all genres and from every vantage point. From the “Deadheads” out in the parking lots, to the “Kiss Army” up in the rafters; the fans screaming around the stages for U2 and Lady Gaga, to the mosh pits at the Warped Tour and Mayhem Music Festival; Feinberg captured the raw energy and emotion in more than one­ hundred stunning images of fans under the spell of the music.

“I discovered a unique bond among these enthusiasts that transcends language, ethnicity, gender, and even the very music we are celebrating—because the music defines who we are.” Says Feinberg, “Through my lens I’ve witnessed fan subcultures born of this devotion.”

A wide range of audiences are seen throughout Diehards – the fans of U2, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Jimmy Buffet, The Grateful Dead, Phish, Bob Dylan, Judas Priest, Metallica, Motorhead, Ozzy Osbourne, Jay Z, Public Enemy, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Led Zeppelin, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Manson, James Taylor, Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, the Ramones, Madonna, Social Distortion, Against Me!, Green Day, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, the Foo Fighters, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Rush, The Flaming Lips and many more.

For more info visit diehardsbook.com. - Thanks to Amy Franklin for the headsup!

Music Radar's "40 guitarists on their favourite players"

Music Radar has posted a story featuring "40 guitarists on their favourite players".  Included is Alex Lifeson who discusses his favorite guitarist, Steve Morse:
"I've come across many players over the years and I've learned a lot from a lot of players, but I think one of the most underrated players - and he's respected, but he just didn't get the recognition he deserved - is Steve Morse.

"I remember when we were playing with The Steve Morse band and he'd be there when we were there at soundcheck, at three or four o'clock in the afternoon, and I'd just watch him and he'd be wandering around the hall playing and warming up.

"They'd always play a different song every night for their soundcheck and he was just such an amazing player. He has such an amazing ability. I always thought that he should have been huge in whatever he did. He was definitely successful in whatever bands he worked in, but I don't think that he ever had the kind of recognition that he so deserved. So I'd have to say Steve Morse."
- Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

Alex Lifeson and the Kidney Foundation of Canada - Where Hope Resides

As The Kidney Foundation of Canada marks its 50th Anniversary in 2014, their 50th Anniversary magazine includes 50 Canadians affected by kidney disease who have shared their own very personal stories. Included is Alex Lifeson; in "Where Hope Resides", he tells of his father's own diagnosis and kidney failure. You can read it here. - Thanks to Rushfanforever for the headsup!

Rush receive honorary doctorate of music degrees from Nipissing University

UPDATE 6/18: Related News
As was previously announced, during yesterday's convocation ceremony Rush received honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario.  Click here for a video of the ceremony.  While they were unable to attend in person, both Geddy (video) and Alex (video) upload acceptance speeches.  
..."Convocation is the highlight of the year and we are honoured that these extraordinary individuals will help us celebrate our graduates," said Dr. Mike DeGagné, President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University. "The nine honourees are remarkable Canadians who have helped make our world better. It is very rewarding that they each recognize the distinct value of Nipissing University and support our mission and vision to the extent that they are accepting our highest honour, solidifying their connection to our institution..."
- Thanks Donovan, Ed, John and Darren for the headsup!

Rush Rediscovered LP Box Set Now Available - Unboxed by Kim Mitchell

UPDATE: Yesterday on his radio show Kim Mitchell unboxed the ReDISCovered boxed set.  You can see it here- Thanks to Gavin Oliver for the headsup!

Today Rush reDISCovered, the Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) reissue of the debut album RUSH on vinyl to mark Rush's 40-year recording career, part of Universal's reDISCovered vinyl series, is now available. If you haven't already you can order your copy here.

Following the April 29th release of Rush reDISCovered, Rush's debut re-entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #127.
In March of 1974, Rush released their self-titled debut through the band's own indie label, Moon Records in Canada, and quickly sold out of the initial 3500 copies originally pressed. Moon Records would soon become Anthem Records, which launched in 1977, and continues to serve as the band's only Canadian record company.

To mark the band's 40-year recording career Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will celebrate with the vinyl reissue of the original Moon Records (pre-Mercury) release of Rush, as part of Universal's reDISCovered vinyl series. Housed in a sturdy, custom box with a lift-off top, this landmark album is pressed on 200g, audiophile grade vinyl, from the original 1974 analog stereo masters, cut to copper plates using the Direct Metal Mastering (DMM) process at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Rush also features the original Moon Records jacket art, complete with the original MN-100-A/B Matrix etching, and will include a 16"x22" reproduction of the first Rush promo poster, three 5"x7" lithographs of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey, a 12"x12" Rush Family Tree poster, and a digital download card for a free digital copy of this newly remastered release.

Featuring the band's original line up, Lee, Lifeson and Rutsey, Rush's eponymous 1974 debut features eight hard-hitting rockers including "Finding My Way," the fast-paced "Need Some Love," "Take A Friend," "What You're Doing," the southern rock vibe of "In The Mood," and their U.S. breakthrough anthem "Working Man" which was made famous by Cleveland, Ohio's WMMS radio station. Other tracks include the more melodic "Here Again" and the atmospheric "Before and After," which gradually builds into a burst of power chords and heavy guitar riffs.

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"There are so many memories associated with the re-release of our very first album that one hardly knows where to begin. Like most first albums, it is sort of a miracle that it came into being at all. We originally recorded most of the songs in a studio in downtown Toronto, between the hours of 2 a.m. until 8 a.m. AFTER we had finished playing 5 sets a night at a local rock club. You can imagine the logistics of that.. good thing that we were so.. er... resilient!

We managed to record an album's worth of material in a matter of days and the engineer who worked with us then mixed the entire record in one evening. After the club date ended we came in to hear the final mix and we were crushed with disappointment, it sounded so ..well... polite .... nothing at all like the way we sounded live and not at all what we wanted. He simply did not understand us. So the next day we ran to our manager for help and we were directed to an ex-pat British engineer and producer named Terry Brown.

We met with Terry and instantly felt we were on better footing. After he had come to hear us play live, he suggested that we come to his studio, Toronto Sound, and re-record many of the overdubs and record a few of the "newer" songs that we had written and then re-mix the rest. It wasn't perfect but it sounded sooo much better and more importantly it sounded like us! Terry saved the album.. no question about that! It began a very happy collaboration between us that endured until 1981 after we had completed the Signals album." - Geddy Lee on the making of Rush self-titled debut album

Rush Lighting Director Howard Ungerleider to Receive Parnelli Visionary Honor

Projection, Lights and Staging News (PLSN) has announced that Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider will be the 2014 recipient of the Parnelli Visionary Award to be presented at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Nov. 22, 2014.
“Howard is a pioneer who took concert lighting to a new level, leaving everybody else to try to catch up,” says Parnelli Producer/PLSN Publisher Terry Lowe. “His work with Rush has inspired many in this business, and he’s known as one of the nicest, most respected guys in this business, too.”

Many companies turned to Ungerleider when developing new products. “A lot of manufacturers would send me their fixtures to break,” he says. One is High End.

“Howard Ungerleider is a pioneer in the entertainment industry,” says High End founder and Parnelli Visionary Honoree Richard Belliveau. “For as long as I have known Howard he has strived to provide his clientele with new and innovative ideas. New and innovative ideas can sometimes require more work and time for a designer like Howard to implement. Howard unselfishly spends his time to make sure those innovative ideas get implemented and in a successful fashion for his client. The results can be breathtaking.”
For more visit PLSN.com. - Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

Charity Auction of Neil Peart Autographed Drum Head used in 1977

UPDATE: The auction has closed, the drumhead sold for $2,025.

The owners of Neil Peart's Chrome drum kit have announced a new auction of one of Neil's drum heads:
Click here to bid on a 12" autographed drum head used in concert by Neil Peart. This 12" Ludwig head was mounted on the historic drum kit that was once owned and used by Neil Peart from 1974-1977. This head was last used around May or June of 1977. This head was hand signed by Neil Peart in 2010.

100% of the proceeds from this auction are to benefit DrumsForCures, a non-profit charity organization that produces DRUMSTRONG events to raise awareness and funds for cancer survivorship, education and research globally that support people with cancer and those who love them.  Bids started at $21.12. The auction ends on June 15th. Good luck bidders!!

Tim McGraw - Rush fan

During his concert last Saturday night's concert, Tim McGraw wore a Hold Your Fire tour t-shirt.  McGraw has stated "I'm a huge '70s classic rock fan...Big Rush fan...". - Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

"Rush FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Rock's Greatest Power Trio" by Max Mobley - Now Available

Originally slated for a June 17th release date, Rush FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Rock's Greatest Power Trio written by Max Mobley with a foreword by Donna Halper, is now available.  You can order it here!
Synopsis: Rush FAQ documents the amazing story of the world's greatest Canadian prog rock power trio, from its origins in a church basement in Willowdale, Ontario, to its induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Covering 40 albums, 10 DVDs, thousands of mesmerizing live shows, and millions of rock's most loyal fans, the story of Rush is as epic and unique as its music. Rush has been maligned by the press for decades, and misunderstood by a legion of mainstream rock fans and rock glitterati. And yet only the Beatles and Rolling Stones have earned more gold and platinum records. Few artists, if any, have been as influential as Rush's three virtuoso bassist-keyboardist-vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer-lyricist Neil Peart. Rush's focus has always been about its muse and its music. As such, Rush FAQ studies the evolution of the band's sound, from the early days of Zeppelin-esque blues-rock to complex, synth-laden opuses to the return of concept-album bombast with the critically acclaimed Clockwork Angels. With wit, humor, and authority, music industry veteran and unabashed Rush geek Max Mobley examines the music, gear, personalities, and trials and tribulations of one of rock and roll's truly legendary acts. It is a story Rush fans will treasure and rock and roll fans will admire.

"Driverless cars and Red Barchettas: Did Rush predict a Google-controlled future?" - SFGate


Today the San Francisco Chronicle's Peter Hartlaub published a story which asks "Did Rush predict a Google-controlled future":
Make fun no more, Rush haters. More than 30 years after the release of Rush’s “Red Barchetta,” one of the more popular and thematically “out there” songs from the band, it’s all coming true. Peart appears to have correctly predicted the inevitable tech company-controlled future.
Check out the full story at SFGate.com.