Rush News

Rolling Stone: "Geddy Lee Says New Album Will Be Ready By Early 2012" has posted a new interview, "Rush's Geddy Lee Says New Album Will Be Ready By Early 2012".  Geddy talks about the Time Machine tour, choosing a setlist to satisfy 'mainstream fans' versus 'core fans', the possibility of performing another album all the way through on tour, mainstream awareness and more.  He also answers one question many fans have asked, regarding changing the setlist from night to night:
"'s a three-hour show, and it's really hard to remember as it is. There were a couple of tours where we did multiple days and we would switch off. I think we had three or four songs we were switching from night to night. And it kind of wreaks havoc from show to show, because so much of the lighting rig and choreography and films and everything are computer programmed. It definitely keeps everyone on their toes to switch up from night to night. For us, the amount of work that goes into one of our shows is kind of challenging enough without making it even harder on us."
Regarding the status of Clockwork Angels, he said:
"We're almost finished writing. We wound the machine back up about three weeks ago. After a sluggish start, we've had a very fruitful couple of weeks in terms of writing. I'm very pleased with the direction that the material has taken. And I think we have one or two more songs that we'd like to write, and then we'll start recording in earnest. Hopefully we'll have all of the recording done before Christmas. Then we'll mix it some time in the next year, and then get it out...I hope it'll be out by the spring anyway."

Lullaby Versions Of Rush

There are a few recording artists currently producing lullaby versions of popular music.  Earlier this year, one of these artists, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star", released an album of Rush covers.

Lullaby Versions of Rush holds 11 tracks of blissfully sleepy renditions of Rush.  What's that you say?  "The Spirit of Radio fills me with adrenaline, how can it put me to sleep?"  Trust me, these tracks are dripping with snooze. - Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!
Tracklist: The Spirit of Radio, Tom Sawyer, Closer To The Heart, Freewill, Limelight, Working Man, Fly By Night, The Trees, Red Barchetta, Subdivisions, YYZ
For other Rush cover albums, check here.

Five Albums That Changed My Life: Matthew Rudzinski of Killwhitneydead

Matthew Rudzinski of metalcore band Killwhitneydead shared his 'Five Albums That Changed My Life' with AOL's Included is Moving Pictures:
"Think back to 1981 when MTV was in its infantile stages and seemed to be starved for content to broadcast. I may be wrong but I am pretty sure almost every song from Rush's 'Exit Stage Left' concert video were extracted and a different song was played every hour. Being 9-years-old at the time and seeing three guys play the likes of 'Red Barchetta (one of my favorite songs of all time), 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Limelight' on my television hourly instantly catapulted them to the status of "Godlike" in my eyes. This is possibly the most perfect album in my collection. Sonically, lyrically and thematically 'Moving Pictures' had it all for a 9 year old kid seeking guidance in the world and now at age 39 it remains, in my opinion, one of the best albums ever released." - Matthew Rudzinski,, October 28, 2011 Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

Geddy Lee Options Dave Bidini's Baseballissimo

"Geddy Lee, lead singer of Rush, has optioned the film and TV rights to Dave Bidini's Baseballissimo. Published in 2005 by McClelland & Stewart, Baseballissimo is the writer's story of his travels to the small town of Nettuno, the baseball capital of Italy since 1944." - Quill & Quire, June 24, 2010 - Thanks to John at for the headsup!

Update #1: "'Goon' co-writer and star Jay Baruchel is warming up to co-script sports comedy 'Baseballissimo' with writing partner Jesse Chabot." -, September 11, 2011

 Update #2: "Jay Baruchel and his writing partner Jesse are working the script now. They’ll have the script delivered to us by Christmas. It’s great. We’ve had tons of interest in terms of getting the film made without actually having a working script. So it looks really positive. Those guys did a 10 page treatment of the film and I feel like they really get it. And Geddy [Lee, as in, of Rush, who is connected to the film] has run a band for 25 years, so he’s a natural producer. He’s a great communicator, and he’s great at gathering people together. We’re hoping for TIFF in 2013, which probably means shooting around the end of next fall. When Baseballissimo came out, it wasn’t that well promoted, but the people who liked the book really liked the book. It’s so neat that it’s had this second life 12 years after it came out. It just goes to show that if you have a good story and you believe in a good story, you never know where it’s going to lead." - Dave Bidini,, October 27, 2011

Macrographs - Fine Art Digital Paintings Inspired by Rush

Macrographs, fine art digital paintings inspired by the works of Rush, is helmed by UK digital artist Graham Whieldon.  Previous offerings from Marcographs include the digital rendering of "The Fountain of Lamneth".

Graham has recently completed his latest masterpiece based on Rush's "Red Barchetta", featuring the Ferrari 166MM Barchetta in its final resting place, available in a limited edition of 200 prints.  For more information, visit
"I wanted to paint the car not during the chase but after, in it's quiet, rural setting. This painting is about the heady smell of old oil and dust and leather and the memory of the chase in the droning lazy scent of a late country afternoon, a brief snapshot of a calm place between the lyrics. I can hear muted water running in the kitchen somewhere off to the left and the comforting chime of unintelligible words as somebody washes up for dinner, full of excitement and spent adrenaline and tales to be told." - Graham Whieldon, Macrographs
Thanks to John at for the headsup!

Alex Lifeson talks about Rush's first single

Today posted a brief interview where Alex Lifeson discussed Rush's first single:
On 8 November, Rush will release Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland, a 2-CD set with an accompanying video on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as Moving Pictures: Live 2011, on vinyl and digital formats. We've seen and heard them all, and can tell you they're amazing in every possible way.  With such kick-ass holiday packages looming, we decided it was the perfect time to speak with guitarist Alex Lifeson about Rush's first recorded work...some 38 years ago.  Back in 1973, way before they were full-time, totally awesome stadium and arena-fillers, Rush, then comprised of Lifeson, Geddy Lee and the band's original drummer, John Rutsey (Neil Peart joined in 1974), issued a single on their own Moon Records label. The A side was a cover of Buddy Holly's Not Fade Away and the B side was a Lee/Rutsey original called You Can't Fight It.  As you might expect, the 45 was raw, loose, rocking and bursting with youthful charm. Alex Lifeson picks up the story...

Popmatters: "Drag the Dream Into Existence: Reassessing Rush’s Masterpiece"

Check out "Drag the Dream Into Existence: Reassessing Rush’s Masterpiece" written by Sean Murphy for
"Every band, if they are lucky, is able to create a definitive work—a document that embodies their unique qualities. Most great bands, at some point in their career, successfully produce an enduring statement. Some artists, like The Beatles or Pink Floyd, are able to capture—or create—the Zeitgeist on more than one occasion On the other hand; there are plenty of worthwhile and beloved bands who have never quite been capable of distilling the necessary ingredients of a classic recording. Finally, there are those almost unfathomable works that only a handful of bands can claim credit for. These exceptional albums are wholly original yet fully accessible and remain influential and imitated long after their release."  Click here for more.

Rush Content on "That Metal Show" (October 8th episode)

On last Saturday's "That Metal Show" (October 8th), Eddie Trunk wore a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shirt which read "Hall of Shame & Disgrace", and on the back listed bands which have been ignored by the hall including Rush.  Next, the category for the weekly Top 5 was "Hard Rock Drummers", and Neil ended up as #3 behind John Bonham (2) and...Mike Portnoy (#1).  This was done tongue in cheek, as Mike was apparently intentionally left off the board completely, and he stepped out of the wings at the last moment and put himself as #1.  Mike was asked again about why he left Dream Theater, and he explained it really came down to he wanted the band to take a one year break after recording/touring for 25 years straight, but the rest of the band disagreed with him.  Guitarist John Sykes also appeared on the show, and announced that Portnoy and Sykes are currently recording a new album as a trio with a surprise bass player to be announced, and that they plan on touring.  Lastly, for "The Throwdown", everyone voted on their favorite album between Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures, with Permanent Waves winning 3-2.

You can watch the full program here.

Freddie Gruber Dies

UPDATE: Neil Peart has written an obituary for Freddie Gruber which appeared today on the Hudson Music website.- Oct. 13th

"Famed jazz drummer Freddie Gruber - who taught and influenced a generation of rock drummers - died Oct. 11 in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness. He was 84. According to DrummerWorld, Gruber got his start in New York during the be-bop era, performing with the late Charlie Parker and became a roommate and longtime friend of drumming legend Buddy Rich. Gruber was also responsible for helping Rush drummer Neil Peart 'reinvent' his style in the 1990s. 'He was easy you know because he wasn't nuts,' Gruber said of meeting Peart in a clip from the band's 2010 documentary 'Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage.' 'It was fun. We didn't have to go to some strange land.' The musician also taught and influenced the likes of Frank Zappa drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, Journey's Steve Smith and Chick Corea drummer Dave Weckl along with acclaimed session drummers such as Jim Keltner, Kenny Aronoff and Anton Fig. 'Dispensing the Zen-like wisdom of Yoda with the caustic delivery of Don Rickles, Freddie has enlightened and altered the playing habits of countless students...' JazzTimes said of Gruber in a 2004 interview. In 2010 [sic - correction in 2011], cymbal manufacturers Zildjian presented Gruber with a lifetime achievement award. Although Peart has made no statement yet regarding Gruber's passing, other drummers and even Pearl Drum Corporation took to Twitter to express their condolences. 'We lost the great master drum teacher,' Mark Schulman (Pink, Cher, Billy Idol) tweeted. 'He taught me twice in my life and has been a mentor and inspiration...RIP." -, October 12, 2011

Neil Peart Makes a Guest Appearance at the KoSA Workshop

UPDATE: Back in July, we announced that Neil Peart had made a seemingly surprise guest appearance at the KoSA Summer Camp and Workshop at Castleton College in Vermont that month.  We have now learned that Neil also received KoSA's Lifetime Achievement that week, about which Neil has written the following:

Almost 20 years ago, I met Aldo Mazza backstage at a Rush concert in Montreal. We kept in touch, and in the early '90s, Aldo invited me to a Toronto performance by his masterly percussion quartet, R├ępercussion. I was amazed and delighted by their virtuosity, and Aldo and I discussed working together sometime on a percussion project. We never managed to make that happen, but Aldo also extended an open invitation to attend the percussion camp he organized every summer in Vermont. Finally, in July 2011, the stars aligned, and I was able to accept that invitation. And I’m glad I did—my experience at KoSA 16 in Castleton, Vermont, left me with the overall glow, “What a happy place!”

Everyone I met backstage seemed friendly and enthusiastic, happy to be there, and when Aldo and I spoke in front of about 100 attendees, the mood was positive, bright, and infectious. I noticed a lot of smiling faces in the crowd. Of course, it was because we all shared the same passion—the brotherhood of the drum—and we were all equally inspired and elevated by that relationship. Over our headset microphones, Aldo and I discussed a few topics from our own experience, and took some good questions from the audience. Then I nudged Aldo and said, “Can we play the drums now?” He laughed and said, “Yes—but first there’s something we must do.” He called out his wife, Jolan, and together they presented me with a Lifetime Achievement plaque, engraved with words that touched me deeply—kind of choked me up, really.

Then I stepped back to a little drumset, and joined a “faculty drum ensemble,” with Aldo playing djembe (he is annoyingly expert on all percussion instruments), Memo Acevedo playing bell, Marcus Santos on Dun Dun and bell, and Michael Wimberly on djembe. After an enjoyable interchange, I moved out front to join in on djembe—at which I am inexpert, but enthusiastic. (At the earlier soundcheck, Aldo had warned me not to hit so hard—I would hurt my hands. That’s never stopped me before, on hand drums or with sticks and pedals—when I’m whacking the snare and bass drum as hard as I can.)

At the end of that spirited convocation on our various instruments, Aldo played the agreed-upon figure for the conclusion, and we all came down together on the final flam. At that, we all burst out laughing—with the pure pleasure of sharing that conversation together, and ending so tightly. My smile lasted all the way home, and warms me yet.

Thank you, Aldo, Jolan, and everybody at KoSA 16! - kosamusic, Thanks to Mark Rosenthal and RushFanForever for the headsup!

Neil Peart's "Far And Away" Calendar

Neil Peart's Far And Away: A Prize Every Time, hit stores last April, and now, a new 2012 calendar is available for preorder at Neil's store,
"Bubba and his sidekick Brutus have put together some of their favorite images and excerpts from the book FAR AND AWAY: A Prize Every Time, by their friend and best customer, Neil Peart. (Among regulars, that book is affectionately known as “F ’n’ A.”)  From Yellowstone National Park to the winter woods of Quebec to the highways of North America, South America, and Europe, each month offers a scenic escape and some words to ponder.  Order now, in time for the Pagan Midwinter Festival!"
Neil Peart's first book in over four years, is now shipping.  Although it was originally slated for a May 1st release, it appears that April 1st was more appropriate.  The 260 page book is a polished compilation of Neil's "News, Weather & Sports" blog entries from the last four years.
"Following in the tradition of Ghost Rider and Traveling Music, Rush drummer Neil Peart relates nearly four years of band tours, road trips, and personal discoveries in this introspective travelogue. From the ups and downs of a professional artist to the birth of a child, this revealing narrative recounts 22 adventures from rock's foremost drummer, biker enthusiast, husband and father. Both playful and insightful, Peart's love of drumming and the open road weaves throughout the stories as Neil explores horizons that are both physical and spiritual, sharing his observations about nature, society, and the self. Full-color photos round-out this tour of the open road that will resonate with Rush fans and motorcycle enthusiasts alike." - ECW Press

Rush EuCon 2011 Coming To Glasgow October 1st

UPDATE: Rush EuCon 2011 was a massive success and managed to raise an amazing £873.60 for the MS Society!  Please check out all the photos of the event at and also - Thanks to William Winsborough for the headsup!

Eucon 2011, the annual European Rush Convention, is coming to Glasgow October 1st.  Featuring the Rush tribute band "Counterparts" as well as the classic rock covers band "Joe's Band", festivities will include rare Rush videos and music, a Rush themed charity auction and quiz, plus other Rush-themed surprises.  Food and drink will be available all day while you meet other Rush fans.

Eucon is officially supported by Rush's management (SRO/Anthem), and all proceeds will be donated to the MS Society.  For tickets and additional information visit,, or - Thanks to William Winsborough for the headsup!