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A Tribute To Rush


The progressive rock trio RUSH released their first album in 1974. Shortly thereafter, Alex Lifeson (guitars) and Geddy Lee (bass, vocals and keyboards) were joined by Neil Peart (percussion, lyricist). After over 40 years together the band has released a total of 20 studio albums, 11 live albums as well as numerous compilation albums, of which 24 have gone gold, and 14 platinum.

Here you will find current news, a complete discography with lyrics, a videography, listings of RUSH members' solo projects and guest appearances, as well as the most extensive RUSH tour archive to be found online or in print. Other resources include a wide-ranging listing of RUSH related literature, cover songs and albums, tributes, a pop culture section and more. Along with the information archive, this site includes a slew of RUSH offerings including album art wallpaper for your PC and Smartphone, and Windows users can utilize Themes inspired by the album art and music of RUSH.


Rush News

"I Still Love You Man" Quality Video Now Online

As we await the start of the 2011 leg of the Time Machine Tour, I thought I would pass this on. Jason Segel, co-star of I Love You Man, has uploaded the original "I Still Love You Man" video for your viewing pleasure, and it's not the low quality Youtube version which you have seen before!

Classic Rock's "Prog" 2010 Reader's Poll Results

The Winter issue of Classic Rock's Prog magazine recently hit the bookstore shelves and contains the results of their 2010 Reader's Poll. Rush came in at #3 in the Best Band category behind #1 Porcupine Tree and #2 Transatlantic, while Geddy Lee was named Best Bassist, Neil Peart was #3 in the Best Drummer category, Alex Lifeson was #4 Best Guitarist category, and Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage won in the Best DVD category. - Thanks to RushIsABand for the headsup!

Rush References in "Kankered"

Kankered is a new independent Canadian film tentatively set for release in September 2011. Filmed in Calgary, Alberta, in the film's trailer two Rush posters can be seen, and "Fancy Dancer" live from '74 can be heard in the soundtrack. For more information, visit the film's Facebook page. - Thanks to Nick Szostakiwskyj for the headsup!

"Adventures Of Power" - Now Available On DVD

Adventures Of Power is a comedy about one man's quest to prove his worth by winning an "air-drumming" competition. Often compared to Napoleon Dynamite crossed with Spinal Tap, the film is part comedy, part drama, with economic hardship and the need to prove one's worth juxtaposed against...air drumming!

For Rush fans, this film holds a treasure trove of goodies. The film includes a flashback scene where young Power is inspired to become a drummer after hearing "Tom Sawyer" on the radio. In addition, adult Power's bedroom is plastered with Rush and Neil Peart posters, and during one of the more hilarious scenes onlookers criticize Power for daring to air drum Neil Peart "without a stool". The coup de grâce comes at the end of the film, when Neil Peart himself has a rare cameo as the judge of the final air drumming competition; he must judge the performance of the most difficult air drumming song ever: "Tom Sawyer".

Remembering John Rutsey at "Ephemeral Jetsam"

Rush 1974Last week in her blog "Ephemeral Jetsam", a self proclaimed Rush fan remembers John Rutsey, sharing her relationship with Rush's co-founder which began with a phone call in 1989, becoming pen-pals, and their eventual friendship. Although personal in nature, her story tells us quite a bit more about John Rutsey's activities after 1974 than have been shared elsewhere. - Thanks to Skip Daly for the headsup!

Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal

Rush is featured in the new book Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal which hit bookshelves last month:
"Revered former Metal Maniacs editor Jeff Wagner analyzes the heady side of metal in this exhaustive history of a relentlessly ambitious musical subculture. Beginning with 1970s progressive rock acts Rush and King Crimson, Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal unfurls a colorful tapestry of sounds and styles, from the 'Big Three' of 1980s prog metal—Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, and Dream Theater—to extreme pioneers Voivod, Watchtower, and Celtic Frost. The flirtation between heavy metal and progressive rock grows with bold creative leaps, spawning countless valiant launches toward infinity. Today, the spark of inspiration thrives in obscure outposts such as Scandinavia, Florida, and Japan, bursting into full flame with the successes of prog metal overlords Opeth, Meshuggah, Tool, Between the Buried and Me, and their progressive peers." Click here for more information. - Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

Neil Peart's "News Weather and Sports" - January 2011

Neil Peart has updated his website with his latest edition of "News Weather and Sports". Unlike his typical reports, Neil provides an update of his call to raise funds for The Red Cross of Chile:
"The Chilean Red Cross— Cruz Roja Chilena—had organized the above-ground facilities for the rescue, though their resources were already strained by the terrible earthquake in February of 2010. The staff here at neilpeart.net—Our Eponymous Founder, designer Greg Russell, and the manager over at Bubba’s Bar ’n’ Grill, Brutus—decided we wanted to help. So we thought we’d try something new: ask the readers to help us help. And people stepped up—Big Time! Over 2,000 people made donations, many of them more than the 'suggested minimum,' and within a little over a month, almost $5,000 had been raised. Our Eponymous Founder volunteered to match that amount—and we are all very proud to present this check to Cruz Roja Chilena." - Neil Peart, "News Weather and Sports", January 2011

Remembering Don Kirshner

"Don Kirshner, rock impresario, music publishing powerhouse, television host and behind-the-scenes music supervisor (before there was such a job title) and song-picker for the Archies and the Monkees, died Monday in Boca Raton, Fla., at age 76. Over the course of half a century in the music business, he served as a bridge connecting songwriters with opportunity, and provided a televised stage in the 1970s and early '80s on which some of the rock era's most important bands performed.... With his syndicated late night show 'Don Kirshner's Rock Concert,' which ran from 1973-1981, he delivered to America some of the world's biggest bands, which performed for way below their usual fees because of the publicity the broadcast generated. His taste in booking crossed boundaries, and was influential in the 1970s for highlighting budding hard rock bands such as Black Sabbath, Rush, Montrose and Kansas. For rock fans away from major metropolitan areas, the show served as a lifeline to musicians they might not have otherwise seen..." LATimes.com, January 18, 2011 - Thanks to John at Cygnux-X1.net for the headsup!

The 2011 Modern Drummer Readers Poll

Voting is now open in the annual Modern Drummer Readers Poll. Neil Peart is on the ballot for best Prog Rock drummer. Voting is open to all visitors, and providing your name and address automatically makes you eligible for one of three FREE one-year subscriptions to Modern Drummer magazine. - Thanks to Frank Ray for the headsup!

"Victor" released 15 years ago today

Today we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of Alex Lifeson's first and thus far only solo album, Victor. Lifeson teamed up guitarist Bill Bell, I Mother Earth vocalist Edwin, Primus bassist Les Claypool, his son, Adrian Zivojinovich, as well as Blake Manning, Peter Cardinali, Colleen Allen and Dalbello. Lyrically dark in many of the tracks, for the most part the album was a complete departure from the Rush sound, seeing Lifeson venture out in many new directions.
"I didn't want to call it 'The Alex Lifeson Project' or the 'Big Shot, Big Deal Project'. Everybody that worked on the record was so into it, and I just felt that it would be fairer to have everyone involved as more of a band project, and to salute them for it." - Alex Lifeson, "Rockline", January 15, 1996

"As for the anger on the album, there were relationships breaking down all around me, I was having problems in my relationship. My wife and I realised that we'd started to take each other for granted; there'd been a lot of work, I'd been away a lot. It's uncommon to have stayed together as long as we have stayed together. We'd reached a crisis in our relationship and we needed to strip it down and analyse it and find where we were going. Other relationships around me were breaking down also, a lot of my friends who are the same age were really reaching a mid-life crisis. ... All this stuff was happening around me, and I just thought about the darker side of relationships and love. By nature I'm very optimistic, a little romantic, a little funny maybe, but I felt really impassioned by all the stuff that was going around, and that was reflected in that album." - Alex Lifeson, Classic Rock, July 2002
For more visit the Victor News Archive.

Help Rush Get The "Rockabye Baby" Treatment!

Back in August I let you know that Rockabye Baby, a record label which creates children's music versions of classic punk, metal and rock albums, has an online poll to determine what band should get the Rockabye treatment next. The label's current catalog includes 33 albums ranging from Black Sabbath to Pink Floyd and The Ramones. As of today, Rush is in the lead of their five contenders with 28% of the votes, leading their closest rival, the Foo Fighters with 24%. If you haven't already, vote now!

RUSH "Moving Pictures 30th Anniversary Wall Calendar

Its the New Year - have you grabbed the 2011 RUSH "Moving Pictures 30th Anniversary Wall Calendar" yet?. Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the release of Moving Pictures, the calendar is full of photos from the period, including alternate photos from the albums linernotes. Click here to order.

Rush On "Coverville"

In the Discography section of this website, you'll find our Rush Covers page containing a chronological listing of all known Rush songs which have been performed and released by other artists. If you have never had the pleasure of hearing many or any of these songs, you might be interested in Coverville, an online podcast radio show which focuses strictly on cover songs. The show features a combination of music and information about the cover artist as well the original artist.

Coverville #695: The Rush Cover Story, is an entire show focused exclusively on Rush, including 8 Rush covers (among them Richard Cheese, Wave Mechanics Union, Jamz Bee's Royal Jelly Orchestra, The Catherine Wheel, Jacob Moon, and more), as well as Rush's cover of The Yardbird's "Shapes of Things" from Feedback. In addition, Coverville #719 includes Candlewyck's "The Point Of Know Return"/"The Spirit Of Radio" live bluegrass medley, found on their album Candlewyck Live At The Palmetto Theater (the closest to a bluegrass Rush cover I've ever heard...still waiting on the inevitable Pickin' On Rush album!). - Thanks Tom for the headsup!

Rushpetition.com Relaunched for 2011

The creators of RushPetition.com have relaunched the popular setlist polling website in anticipation of the 2011 leg of the Time Machine Tour. Cast your vote on what songs you would like to see in 2011! - Thanks to Skip Daly for the headsup!

Moving Pictures 30th anniversary In The Studio special now available online

"As the documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage is nominated for a Grammy Award, North American syndicated rock radio show InTheStudio celebrates the 30th Anniversary of RUSH Moving Pictures with show producer and host Redbeard speaking with Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart about their 1981 masterpiece. Geddy Lee comments, 'We looked at all those songs as little films....we took a cinematic approach to writing. Moving Pictures gave us a kind of acceptance and credibility none of our records previously had done.' To find out where to hear this show or to listen ONLINE visit www.inthestudio.net" - Thanks to Kurt at InTheStudio for the headsup!

Note, the radio special is already available online; go to www.inthestudio.net and click on "Listen to In The Studio Now". The Rush special is one of the available tracks.