Rush News

Rush Gig Poster Book

Coming December 1st, RushBackstageClub have put together a 208 page book drawing together a selection of gig posters from their 45+ year history.  "Within these pages, you’ll learn about the first time Neil Peart ever took the stage with Rush, how Santa Claus (!) opened for Rush, and just how extensive their touring really was. You’ll see ads and gig posters promoting everything from Rush’s first concert in America to the largest crowd they ever played (a benefit show in Toronto) to their final act, at the fabled Forum in Los Angeles. A must for fans of one of the most storied rock acts of all time, Rush."  Click here to order.

Tom Morello's "The Atlas Underground Flood" featuring appearance by Alex Lifeson

Tom Morello has announced the details of his new album The Atlas Underground Flood, which features a variety of guest performers including Alex Lifeson on the track "I Have Seen the Way" (along with Kirk Hammett & Dr. Fresch).  Speaking of the new album, Morello said "The Atlas Underground Flood finishes what The Atlas Underground Fire started. Fire and Flood are my London Calling. Admiring The Clash at their apex moment, I sought to make a double album where artistic intent supersedes genre.  I aimed to forge a central curated vision to tie together a sonically fearless, wild, and wide-ranging musical ambition with a tremendous cast of collaborators. And of course, there are many guitar solos.”  Coming December 3rd, the album is now available for preorder.

Neil Peart's Wife And Daughter Accept 'Lifetime Achievement Award' On His Behalf At PASIC

Blabbermouth announced that Neil Peart was posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Percussive Arts Society (PAS) at this year's Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis on Thursday, November 11.  Peart's wife Carrie Nuttall and daughter Olivia accepted the award on his behalf at the event, where they were joined by Chris Stankee, global director of artist relations for Sabian cymbals.

A photo of Nuttall giving her acceptance speech, with Olivia and Chris standing nearby, was shared by fellow drummer Dave Stark on Facebook.  For more info visit Blabbermouth.net.

Alex Lifeson To Perform At 'Andy Kim Christmas' Show In Toronto

Blabbermouth has reported that Alex Lifeson is among the guest musicians who will perform at the 17th annual Andy Kim Christmas, set to take place on December 8 at the Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

The Andy Kim Christmas has been gathering friends and fans together to celebrate the spirit and generosity of the musical community with all proceeds going to charity. Last year, the concert brought people together from coast to coast on television, raising over $200,000 to bring its cumulative money raised to over $1.8 million. The program is the brainchild of music legend, and one of the evening's performers, Andy Kim.

During this one-of-a-kind charity event, patrons will be treated to a classic variety entertainment show that includes holiday performances by some of the country's most sought-after singer/songwriters and performers. Scheduled guests are BILLY TALENT, THE SHEEPDOGS, Ron Sexsmith, Alex Lifeson, Jully Black, Tyler Shaw, Sloan, William Prince, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Jake Clemons, MEN WITHOUT HATS, PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, Theo Tams, Beverly Mahood, Georgia Harmer and CHOIR, CHOIR, CHOIR.

Thank you RushFanForever for the headsup, for more visit Blabbermouth.net.

A Brush Of Hope 2021, Alex Lifeson's donated Charcoal Sketch "1971"

Alex Lifeson has again donated to the annual A Brush of Hope - Celebrity Paintings for The Kidney Foundation of Canada. This year Alex has donated an original charcoal sketch titled "1971": "Drawn in 1971, then 18 year old Alex completed this sketch of a live model while attending an art class during the formative years of Rush. Piece is charcoal on art paper, measures 18"x24" and is hand signed and dated on the front by Alex Lifeson."  Go here to bid.

New Song from Alex Lifeson: "Cherry Lopez Lullaby"

Today Alex Lifeson shared a new song titled "Cherry Lopez Lullaby" to the "music" section of his website:

"This was written during the mix session of Clockwork Angels while in LA for months starting early 2012.  I did an interview with High Times and the interviewer brought along a friend, an esteemed grower who provided a sample of his creation named Cherry Lopez.  Because I was on an EST body clock, I was up most mornings @ 5:00 AM.  I'd order coffee, sit on my hotel room balcony, read the paper and wake and bake then dive into making some fun sounds while the city was waking up.  I had some borrowed acoustic and electric guitars for the duration, thankfully, as sitting around waiting to go to the studio was tedious and certainly, a bowl of Cherry kept my appetite healthy." - Alex Lifeson.com, Oct 29, 2021

Neil Peart's Legacy Honoured with "Spirit of Drumming" Scholarship

Join Modern Drummer magazine in celebrating the life and legacy of Neil Peart by inspiring an up and coming, young drummer with an incredible opportunity!  In memory of Neil, with the support of his family, Modern Drummer is proud to present an up-and-coming drummer with the annual “Neil Peart Spirit of Drumming Scholarship”.

The scholarship, originally announced at the 2020 Modern Drummer Festival by Carrie Nuttall-Peart, provides the recipient with 52 weeks of free drum lessons from world-class drum instructor Dom Famularo, along with a 1 year subscription to Modern Drummer All Access, plus a selection of classic Rush album releases from Universal Music Enterprises.

Potential recipients of the scholarship must be qualified entrants to participate. A “qualified entrant” is defined as someone who is between the ages of 14 and 21, is not a professional musician, and is not a party to any sponsorship or entertainment contract that, in Modern Drummer’s judgment, conflicts with the spirit of the scholarship.

Potential recipients must submit up to a 2-minute video of their playing AND a short essay describing why this scholarship will be significant to both their life and their drumming. The impact on their drumming that has been inspired by Neil’s playing and legacy.

All submissions must be received prior to November 26, 2021.   Click here for more.

Ohio State Marching Band celebrates the music of Rush

Today the Ohio State Marching Band celebrated the music of Rush, and I may be prejudiced as a Rush fan, but it was incredible, and is a must see below!  I'm sure Neil would be proud!

To honor the early 2020 passing of one of the greatest drummers in history, Rush’s Neil Peart, the Ohio State Marching Band added a little more percussion to the mix for the halftime show Saturday.

Peart was a member of the progressive rock band for more than 40 years before he died from cancer. To help recreate Peart’s sonic impact, the percussion section was expanded by 20 toms and 20 extra cymbals mounted on four racks. They were at the front of the formation and played by the band’s five percussion alternates for this week.

The band blistered through some of Rush’s greatest hits, including “Red Barchetta,” “Fly by Night” and “Tom Sawyer.” Formations replicated Peart and Rush guitar player Alex Lifeson, and spelled out “2112” and “YYZ,” titles to Rush songs. - Ohio State News, Oct 9, 2021

Hugh Syme Talks "The Art of Rush: Serving A Life Sentence - Second Edition" And More

Originally published in 2015, The Art of Rush: Serving A Life Sentence, the newly expanded and updated coffee table book will be released next month by IDW Publishing on October 12th. Covering his complete 40 plus year tenure as Rush's art director, the book contains Syme's original illustrations, paintings, photography, and the incredible stories behind each album that he has designed with the band since 1975. The book's narration was written by music journalist Stephen Humphries and includes in-depth interviews with each Rush band member and the artist. The second edition is newly expanded and updated to include content released by the band since 2015.

Last week I spoke to Hugh about The Art of Rush: Serving A Life Sentence and more. During the time we had available, I asked Hugh questions about his Rush art that I had not seen asked before and that took us on a roundabout journey talking about his Life Sentence as the de facto art director for Rush, a title that he never assumed to be set in stone...

Check out my interview here.

RUSH, CONEY HATCH Legends Compose Music For "All Or Nothing Toronto Maple Leafs" Amazon Original

Coney Hatch bassist Andy Curran, who has been working with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson in a project dubbed Envy Of None, has issued the following update: 'We’re excited to announce that we have composed new music for the upcoming Amazon Original, All Or Nothing Toronto Maple Leafs, available only on Prime Video October 1⁠.'   Click here for more.

Geddy Lee is writing a memoir to be published fall 2022

Today Geddy posted on Instagram:

So, how did I kill time during the pandemic? Little did I know that as of March 2020 I'd be locked down for over a year and a half—the longest time I'd spent in Toronto since I was nineteen and hit the Northern Ontario bar circuit with Rush.

Although Nancy and I had to cancel a bunch of adventures we'd been planning, there were some shiny silver linings to be found at home: teaching my grandson the finer points of baseball and birdwatching, tending to my pups (one of whom was quite ill) and spending the evenings with my lovely better half, glass of Armagnac in hand, as we watched every European mystery show ever produced. Oh, and another thing: I began to write. Words, that is.

My friend and collaborator on the Big Beautiful Book of Bass, Daniel Richler, saw how I was struggling in the aftermath of Neil's passing, and tried coaxing me out of my blues with some funny tales from his youth, daring me to share my own in return. So I did—reluctantly at first, but then remembering, oh yeah, I like wrestling with words. It's a less physical version of arguing with musical notes, without a Ricky doubleneck breaking my back! And soon my baby-step stories were becoming grownup chapters. Being the nuclear obsessive that I am, I'd write and re-write them, reassessing perspectives in the narrative not just by scouring my memory banks but my diaries and piles of photo albums too. I was piecing together a mystery of a different kind.

I'd then send these improved and even illustrated stories to Daniel, who'd clean up some of the grammar and remove a lot of the swearing (I love to fucking swear), and presto! In a voice that sounded, well, just like me, a presentable, epic-length account of my life on and off the stage was taking shape: my childhood, my family, the story of my parents' survival, my travels and all sorts of nonsense I've spent too much time obsessing over. And Daniel said, "I think you're writing a book. An actual memoir, in fact." To which I replied, “Hmm… I guess I am.”

I'm rounding third on this as-of-yet untitled memoir, which will be published by HarperCollins, edited by Noah Eaker, and is scheduled for release in Fall 2022.

Cinema Strangiato Video On Demand Release October 1 - 10

 Following a successful global cinema release, Trafalgar Releasing and Anthem Entertainment are proud to announce that starting on October 1 at 9 p.m. ET through Sunday, October 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET, RUSH fans worldwide can view Rush: Cinema Strangiato - Director's Cut at home, on demand.

Visit www.cinemastrangiato.com for more information and to purchase access for $15.  On Friday, October 1 at 9 p.m. ET, RUSHCON will host a live virtual “Interactive Watch Party” for fans to connect and discuss the film when it premieres online. Those who purchase a watch party ticket will maintain access to the content for the entire duration of the VOD window, but only those who log in during the live October 1 event will be able to participate in the chat.  Click here for more.


Clockwork Destiny, the final volume in the Clockwork Angels novel series, now available for preorder and release April 5, 2022

Clockwork Destiny, the third and final volume in the New York Times–bestselling, award-winning steampunk trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson and legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart, is now available for preorder and set for release April 5, 2022.  Click here to order.

In Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, readers met the optimistic young hero Owen Hardy, as well as the more reluctant adventurer Marinda Peake, in an amazing world of airships and alchemy, fantastic carnivals and lost cities. Now Owen Hardy, retired and content in his quiet, perfect life with the beautiful Francesca, is pulled into one last adventure with his eager grandson Alain. This final mission for the Watchmaker will take them up to the frozen lands of Ultima Thule and the ends of the Earth. Marinda Peake must undertake a mission of her own, not only to compile the true life story of the mysterious Watchmaker, but also to stop a deadly new group of anarchists. The Clockwork trilogy is based on the story and lyrics from the last album of musical titans Rush, with Anderson and Peart expanding the world, stories, and characters. The two developed the final novel in the trilogy in the last years of Peart’s life, and more than a year after his passing, Anderson returned to that unfinished project, with the full support of Peart’s wife, bringing Owen and Marinda’s stories to a satisfying and stirring conclusion.

Geddy Lee To Be Honoured at Artists For Peace and Justice Fundraiser

Geddy Lee, who had been twice honoured for major humanitarian awards by the Canadian music industry alongside his bandmates, will accept a solo Lifetime Achievement Award this Saturday (Sept. 11) for his philanthropy at the Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) gala in Toronto.

Held annually during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) — this year outdoors at a private residence with safety protocols in place — the exclusive affair has raised more than $33 million to help provide access to education for the impoverished youth in Haiti, including the building of a free high school on a seven-acre campus in Port-au-Prince and a five-acre film and music tech training campus in Jacmel.

The award honours “[Lee’s] commitment to philanthropy,” the press release states, citing his support of Brain Cancer research, Toronto Food Bank, Alberta Floods, Doctors without Borders, Grapes for Humanity, United Way, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and Casey House.

 For more visit Samaritanmag.com (September8, 2021)

Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson has teamed up with Geddy Lee for a "super-secret" project

Geddy Lee has apparently teamed up with Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson for a "super-secret" project.  Speaking to Classic Rock magazine, Robertson discussed the bond he shares with Lee, before revealing that he's working with the Rush low-end master on something that he "can't talk about."  "Geddy is somewhere between my surrogate father and imaginary big brother," Robertson told Classic Rock. "I love him so much. I was in the studio with him yesterday for a super-secret project that I can’t talk about." - GuitarWorld.com, September 8, 2021

Rush Canadian Golden Ale by Henderson Brewing Co

Today Rush and Henderson Brewing Co has announced via Facebook that they are launching RUSH Golden Ale in Canada on August 30th, not available outside Canada.   Better people, better food, and better beer indeed!

 It started during the R40 tour when, after a gig, someone handed frontman Geddy Lee a bottle of Robinson’s “Iron Maiden -Trooper” beer.  Geddy took one look at it and jokingly asked where the Rush beer was.  That quip stayed in the mind of the band, and recognizing the growing craft beer movement, particularly in their hometown of Toronto, the band decided to look into it seriously.

Beer has always been an important part of the touring experience for the band.  That first after-show beer helping to draw a line between the focus of performing and the wind-down that follows.  After hundreds of shows in so many countries around the world, the band really began to see how different beer could be.

“When I get off stage, I really, really enjoy an ice-cold beer, it’s like a little reward,” commented Geddy Lee on a recent visit to Henderson Brewery.

The band chose Henderson as they are one of the fastest growing micro-breweries in Canada and have won many gold medals for their beer. As is true with all of Rush ethos, quality is key. It didn’t hurt that the hometown brewery also had a love for the band given Henderson had previously released a “Put Your Scarf On Geddy” limited edition Canadian Imperial Stout in 2016.

In the summer of 2020 Rush and Henderson began taste testing many prototype brews and early in 2021 the band and the brewery both felt they had come up with a brew they could stand behind.  Subtlety complex, refreshing and satisfying and uniquely Canadian, as the beer gets its taste from Canadian ingredients, including Rye.

“Rush Canadian Golden Ale is golden in colour with a dense ivory head. It has an earthy aroma with hints of orange-peel, pine and spicy rye. While the emphasis is on refreshment, there are elements of pine, rye spice and a citric hop flavour that add to the subtle complexity of the beer,” remarked Alex Lifeson, the band-proclaimed Beer Scientist.

Rush Canadian Golden Ale launches across Canada August 30th, with distribution primarily in Ontario to start.

 

Neil Peart's Classic Car Collection Auctioned

Gooding & Company is thrilled to announce its offering of the world-renowned rock drummer and lyricist Neil Peart’s collection of classic cars at its 17th annual Pebble Beach Auctions. The incredible opportunity to bid on these extraordinary classic cars, dubbed the “Silver Surfers” by the legendary musician, will take place at the company’s two-day sale on August 13 and 14.
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• 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window Coupe
• 1964 Aston Martin DB5
• 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Coupe
• 1964 Shelby Cobra 289
• 1965 Maserati Mistral Spider
• 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S
• 1973 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS
 
For more visit goodingco.com  
 
UPDATE: the auction took place last weekend, the results are as follows:
 
Lot 110: Corvette sold for $368,000
Lot 111: Maserati
sold for $274,400
Lot 112: Shelby Cobra
sold for $1,160,000
Lot 113: Aston Martin DB5 (did not meet reserve price and will sell later)
Lot 114: Jaguar e-type
sold for $318,500
Lot 115: Lamborghini Miura
sold for $1,325,000
Lot 116: Maserati Spider
sold for $522,000
 

Lerxst Demo Archives @ AlexLifeson.com

Alex Lifeson has added three early demos recorded "over twenty years" ago to his website, calling them Lerxst Demo Archives.  Included are three tracks, "Kroove" (which you may recognize as "Bittersweet Bundle of Misery" from the R30 live set), "Bango Bob" and "Serbs".

Cinema Strangiato "Director’s Cut" coming to theaters for one night only, September 9th

 "The Holy Trinity of Rock returns to the big screen on September 9, 2021, when Rush: Cinema Strangiato - Director's Cut brings Rush fans together in movie theatres once again worldwide – this time to celebrate 40 years of Moving Pictures. This global fan event takes an alternate “director’s cut” of 2019's feature, giving audiences a special look into R40 LIVE, with a revamped setlist including new additions of bonus tracks "One Little Victory" and “Red Barchetta” as well as "Cygnus X-1 / “The Story So Far” featuring Neil's final recorded drum solo masterpiece. Additional favorites include songs such as “Animate”, “Closer to the Heart", "Subdivisions", and “Tom Sawyer" along with backstage moments and candid footage left on the cutting room floor. The Director’s Cut also includes soundcheck performances of the fan-favorite "Jacob's Ladder", exclusive interviews with Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, producer Nick Raskulinecz, The Trailer Park Boys, violinist Jonathan Dinklage and more surprises." - CinemaStrangiato.com

Neil Peart's "Silver Surfers" Coffee Table Book

Rush.com has announced:

As you may have seen, Neil Peart’s meticulously curated car collection, dubbed the “Silver Surfers,” will be going up for auction next month at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance.

Neil’s love of classic cars was a lifelong passion, and prior to his passing, he was extremely proud to have completed his final book titled, “Silver Surfers.” The following passage from his first coffee table book explains, in his own words, how the collection name came about:

“The title Silver Surfers for my collection of cars occurred to me while driving my DB5 up and down the Pacific Ocean. Because it felt right to me, I guess – the idea that I was just one of the wave riders….

In search of natural peace, I often drove out that way and up in to the Santa Monica Mountains. Out past Malibu to Ventura County, I’d weave along barren ridges of rock and vegetation, the ocean always on one big side. The waves were slow and gentle, or churned out a powerful, rolling rhythm…”

We are happy that his wish to see this book published will be fulfilled, with a release date to be announced. This will certainly be a loving homage to the man and one of his true passions.