a tribute to rush
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.
"By 1977, Rush had firmly established themselves as fine purveyors of glorious 20-minute sci-fi opuses that could fill entire album sides. But on this, their fifth studio release, the Canadian prog trio demonstrated their ability to be hooky, concise and, with "Closer to the Heart," radio-friendly. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the song's gentle, ringing 12-string acoustic guitar intro is that it was written by bassist Geddy Lee, rather than guitarist Alex Lifeson. The same figure is later repeated after a particularly ripping electric guitar solo-only this time the 12-string acoustic is smartly doubled by a six-string electric. When it comes to Rush, of course, the contributions of drummer extraordinaire Neil Peart can never be overlooked. Here, he adds plenty of bells and whistles throughout. Okay ... they're actually chimes." - Guitar World, November 23, 2011- Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!
"Even if he had never progressed beyond the brain-rattling riffing of '2112' and 'Xanadu,' Rush's guitarist would have left his mark on Metallica and other like-minded metalheads. But he went on to fill out Rush's power-trio sound with a seamless mix of lush arpeggios and rock crunch that sounded like at least two players at once. 'The guitar just had to make a broader statement,' he says. Alex Lifeson reserves his most daring playing for his solos – just try wrapping your head around the extraterrestrial lunacy of 'Freewill.'"
Update: more website additions, including the Moving Pictures: Live 2011 linternotes transcription, and more importantly, new wallpaper additions using the vinyl release's back cover, offered both as desktop wallpaper, as well as a Smartphone wallpaper.- Thanks again to John at Cygnus-X1.net!
This website has been updated to include various Live In Cleveland offerings, including transcriptions of both the CD and video linernotes, as well as the ever necessary Winamp skin plus the usual Smartphone, PSP and desktop wallpaper album art additions. - Thanks to John at Cygnus-X1.net for the interior album art images!
You can purchase the video on DVD and Blu-Ray, as well as CD. There is also be a separate vinyl release for Moving Pictures: Live 2011. (Note, the Blu-Ray is an exclusive Best Buy purchase for the first 30 days of the video's release)
"Here's more from our interview with Neil, where he talks about his new DVD, playing at KoSA and on Letterman, and deepening his grasp of drumset ergonomics with his teacher and dear friend Freddie Gruber (who sadly passed away at age eighty-four not too long after our conversation; you’ll find a tribute in the February 2012 issue of MD). The Rush rhythm master begins by musing on how all of us drummers share a special bond." - ModernDrummer.com, November 21, 2011- Thanks to Ed @ RushIsABand for the headsup!
"I didn't have to sign a single paper. He'd just met me, but he already knew about Big Sugar. And essentially he walked up to a stranger and handed it to me," Johnson said of the guitar he used to record "Fairwell to Kings," and play in the video for "Digging a Hole," its ivory white double necks jutting out like the tusks of a mastodon with every piercing note.Click here for the full story at TheTelegram.com
"I got really paranoid at one point that it would get stolen, so I gave it back to him. ... By the time we started making (the 1998 Album) "Heated," I kinda got to thinkin 'this belongs in the Rock Hall of Fame, not under my bed in Little Italy in Toronto."
The book, which can be purchased here (available in Canada only), includes commentary on the photos given by over 30 artists including Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. For more information visit 49st.com and artgiveshope.ca.
On November 16th, Andrew appeared on Canada's The Morning Show to discuss the book; you can watch the video here.
- Rock Photographer MacNaughtan's Art Book of Africa To Result In 500 Child Sponsors - SamaritanMag.com, November 17, 2011
Rush spent the past two years looking back - performing their 1981 classic Moving Pictures in its entirety. But at the same time, the Canadian prog heroes started cranking on thier 20th LP, Clockwork Angels. "We're almost finished writing," says frontman Geddy Lee. "Hopefully we'll have all of the recording done before Christmas."
Last year, Rush tested the waters, releasing two tracks from the album the Metallica-ish riff monsters "Caravan" and "BU2B" - and playing them on tour. "We figured we had nothing to lose," says Lee. "It was a lot of fun for the fans, and fun for us." The disc is shaping up to be the trio's heaviest in decades. Says Lee, "The two tracks we released point in the direction we're going."
Rush haven't scored a Top 40 hit since 1982's "New World Man," but they've maintained one of rock's biggest cult audiences. And last year's acclaimed documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage helped make them more popular than ever. "We feel invigorated," says Lee. "I think we've come to a point in our lives where we're playing the best we've ever played as a live band.
"You don't know how long that's going to go," he adds. "Rock & roll does have its limits as far as the aging process. You want to go out there and play while you're at your peak." - Andy Green- Thanks to Paul Pierson for the headsup, Ed at RushIsABand for the transcript, and RushFanForever for the scan!
Here is the online version of the newspaper insert. If you click on the link "The Negro Leagues," you then have the option to visit "Five can’t-miss exhibits at NLBM". The fourth item listed is "4. Ty Cobb autographed baseball and more", which includes the following:
"Two cases each contain 200 signed Negro Leagues baseballs. All 400 baseballs were donated by Geddy Lee, the lead singer and bass guitarist from the rock group Rush. Lee is a huge baseball fan and sports memorabilia collector. Lee, who had visited the museum while stopping in Kansas City, bid on those signed baseballs at auctions for the express purpose of donating them to the museum. 'The great thing about this is you have guys who are Hall of Famers, like Cool Papa Bell ... Judy Johnson, Leon Day ... to guys who were cup of coffee guys, but they’re all important, because they're part of the story,' Kendrick said. 'You have guys like country singer Charley Pride, who a lot of people don’t know played in the Negro Leagues. You have the three women who played in the Negro Leagues - Toni Stone, Connie Morgan and Mamie Peanut Johnson...'"- Thanks To Scott McBean for the headsup!
The Grapes For Humanity Auction has come to a close. Check out this message from Geddy!
I would like to take a moment to thank all those fans and friends who participated in the GRAPES UNDER PRESSURE eBay auction to benefit GRAPES FOR HUMANITY CANADA. With your help we managed to raise over $50,000 dollars! When combined with monies raised in our other G.U.P. events we will be able to significantly improve the lives of disadvantaged and injured people around the globe and more immediately will aid THE HALO TRUST in establishing a pilot project in Savannakhet Province, Laos, to address the urgent problem of casualties caused by cluster bombs.
Alex, Neil, myself and the entire G.U.P. Team, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
MusicRadar.com has posted "Neil Peart talks the inspiration behind Taking Center Stage" - October 26, 2011
In addition, Rhythm Magazine is giving away a 14" Remo Time Machine drum head and three copies of Neil Peart's new DVD Taking Center Stage, all signed by Neil Peart himself. For a chance to win visit MusicRadar.com.
Neil Peart's third instructional video, Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance, was released October 14th and is available here.
- Over 6 hours of footage
- Neil’s personal drum rehearsals
- Set-up and soundcheck footage
- Backstage interview as Neil warms up for a Rush concert
- Detailed discussion of classic Rush drum parts, with slow-motion, drums-only demonstrations and e-Book with transcriptions
- Live, drum-camera performances of every song on the Time Machine tour
- One-hour interview, explanation, and demonstration of new Rush song, “Caravan”
Neil Peart first announced the video in the February edition of "News Weather and Sports". Click here for the official press release from Hudson Music.
Check out takingcenterstage.net, for the preview trailer, the videos "Choosing The Setlist" and "Time Stand Still", as well as "The Making of Taking Center Stage" written by Hudson Music's lead editor and co-producer of Taking Center Stage, Joe Bergamini.
Filmed in various locations over the course of a year, Neil Peart takes you on a behind-the-scenes look at Rush's 2010-11 Time Machine tour. This includes rare and exclusive footage of Neil's personal pre-tour rehearsals and backstage events at a Rush concert (including a visit to the soundcheck, and an unprecedented backstage interview as Neil warms up for the show). Neil also presents a detailed look at every single song in the tour's set list. Each song features analysis and demonstrations by Neil, which are coupled with a detailed PDF eBook containing transcription of his parts. At the end of each song discussion, the viewer is transported onstage to a Rush concert to see the actual live performance of the song from the perspective of the drum cameras only. 6 hours, 40 minutes."
"The theme for our next collaboration seemed obvious: live performance, preparing for it and surviving it. In early 2010 we began collecting material...In April, 2010, the Hudson Music crew joined me at Drum Channel in Oxnard, California, and filmed several days of my rehearsals for the Time Machine tour. In July they filmed an entire Rush show, in Saratoga Springs, New York, with supplementary 'drum-cams' on me. They also captured the soundcheck and pre-show warmup, when I did a bit of talking to the camera, as I had during the Drum Channel filming in April. However, we would need to shoot some more 'talkie bits' to go before each of the songs from the live show, explaining about special problems or challenges in a particular song, and technical highlights. So, I thought, why not go somewhere really nice to shoot those?...I suggested Death Valley. Being the driest place in North America, averaging less than two inches of rain a year-and sometimes none-the chances of clear weather were good." - Neil Peart, NeilPeart.net, February 4, 2011