"It's official: Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock has the most epically prog-rock finale of any music video game yet. Rush have teamed with Activision for the fall release, which features a story-based Quest Mode that includes with hero wannabes playing the entirety of '2112', a seven-part suite from the Canadian band's 1976 album of the same name. The story of the game's final segment roughly follows Rush's opus, and will be narrated by lead singer Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson. 'In our story, the caves of 2112 are where our hero finds the lost guitar,' says Lee. 'This rediscovery of music is much like the Guitar Hero warriors' journey to find the Demi-God of Rock's Legendary guitar, which has been trapped in a cavern.' Watch exclusive footage from the game here...The venues include Rush-inspired caves and a faithful rendering of the now-defunct CBGB...Despite added emphasis on storytelling and quest progression, however, the game remains focused on rock. 'I think it's a great way to introduce people of all ages to music of various styles by all kinds of different bands,' says Lifeson, 'while providing a launching pad for kids who want to get into playing music.'" - Rollingstone.com, July 20, 2010
Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock hit store shelves today. What is unique in this edition of Guitar Hero is the inclusion of "2112" in its entirety, as well as narration by Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. Click here to order. - Thanks to Stew G for the headsup!
Moving Pictures/2112 Classic Albums is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, as well as a specially priced Blu-ray/2CD combo (containing both the Blu-Ray and both original albums on CD). Check out Classic Albums' trailer here.
"Continuing the tradition of this celebrated series, 2112 & Moving Pictures Classic Albums carries us through the creation of these musical masterpieces via brand new interviews, demonstrations, archive videos, and use of the original multi-track tapes. The titan trio of bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer Neil Peart, joined by original producer Terry Brown, weigh in on the mammoth melodies, resounding riffs, and dynamic drum fills behind these immense aural soundscapes. Many others contribute to the commentary, such as Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and acclaimed Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke. 112 minutes in total, this DVD digs even deeper with 50 minutes of bonus material not included in the upcoming VH1 Classic broadcast.
"These legendary albums mark pivotal points in Rush's career. 2112, released in 1976, broke the band into major music chart domination, going #1 in their native Canada and in the Top 75 in the USA, where it was certified triple platinum. Moving Pictures added fuel to their rising stardom, opening them up to a mass audience with heavy-hitting hits like "Tom Sawyer." Going #1 and quadruple platinum in Canada, as well as hitting #3 in the USA and the UK, this 1981 release remains their biggest selling album to date.
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Suck, the Canadian vampire rock and roll comedy film rock and roll starring an all star cast of actors and musicians, is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Lifeson has a small roll as a U.S. border officer; click here for a short composite clip of Alex's scenes.
"Alex Lifeson should just fuckin’ quit Rush and be an actor, he’s so funny. He did all these little things, like playing with the typewriter and other subtle things that were so funny. I kept saying, 'Dude, be an actor!'" - Writer/Director Rob Stefaniuk, Now Magazine, September 2009
"What if someone who was a star on Friday suddenly had to get up with the rest of us this morning and wait in line for the bus, tube or train? Where would they be going? Rush drummer Neil Peart doesn’t need much time to think about it. He tells QMI: 'One of the first things I wanted to be was a forest ranger. I love the work they do. Another early ambition was to be a teacher, either English or History. Or advertising – there’s so much creativity there I laugh out loud sometimes at good slogans. Just before joining the band I was in the farm equipment business. My dad likes to joke that I’d have made a good parts manager.'"- UltimateGuitar.com, September 6, 2010
RUSH makes VH1's '100 Greatest Artists Of All Time', premiering today, September 6th: "VH1 goes back to its music roots and revisits the age-old question: 'Who is the greatest music artist for all time?' Determined by a poll of well-known music artists and music experts in the industry, VH1 will reveal this definitive (and sure-to-be highly controversial) list declaring who is the greatest of the great. Hosted by Jim Shearer (VH1's "Top 20 Video Countdown"), the 4-night special, VH1's '100 Greatest Artists of All Time,' premieres Monday, September 6 at 10/9c with a 2-hour premiere..." - Top-40Charts.com, August 25, 2010