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Setlists For Young Voices Auction

Starting tonight, 100+ setlists from renowned musicians will go to auction online to benefit international youth writing and activism centers and organizations on behalf of Setlists For Young Voices.

Setlists For Young Voices is a new initiative developed and launched by Nick Hornby (novelist, screenwriter, co-founder of Ministry of Stories, a London-based youth writing center), with the help of Dave Eggers (novelist, co-founder of San Francisco youth writing center 826 Valencia), and Michael Chabon (novelist, screenwriter).

The auction’s proceeds will benefit both Ministry of Stories and The International Congress of Youth Voices, which will bring international teen writers and activists together in San Juan, Puerto Rico this Summer. The auction begins tonight at 7 pm PT / 10 pm ET, and will end in ten days on May 2nd.

Included are three setlists from Rush’s 2013 Clockwork Angels tour.  The auction and all setlists can be found here.

“These Were My Heroes”: Geddy Lee On Rush And His Love Of The Bass - udiscovermusic

In an interview with uDiscover Music, Geddy Lee talks about his ‘Big Beautiful Book Of Bass’ and the musical heroes he’d loved to have played with. - April 17, 2019

Alex Lifeson guest on Don Felder's 'American Rock ‘N’ Roll' - now available

Alex Lifeson is one of many guest performers who appears on former Eagles' guitarist and songwriter Don Felder's new album, American Rock and Roll, hitting stores today, April 5th. Lifeson appears on the track "Charmed", performing acoustic rhythm on the bridge and electric guitar end solo
"A former lead guitarist and songwriter of The Eagles, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, and New York Times bestselling author Don Felder, announces his highly anticipated all-new album American Rock ‘N’ Roll. The new album is slated for release on April 5, 2019 on BMG and is available for pre-order on January 25th, 2019. The album features some of the biggest names in music including Sammy Hagar, Slash, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Peter Frampton, Joe Satriani, Mick Fleetwood, Chad Smith, Bob Weir, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Alex Lifeson and more. The album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bernie Grundman." - MusicMahemMagazine.com, January 25, 2019
In a new interview with KSHE.fm, Felder talked about working with Alex:
"Alex and I play golf every year at the same children's hospital out in Palm Springs, and as a matter of fact, we have a picture of him and me backstage where he used to play of double neck a song or two from Rush. I had my own double neck and was about to play and said, 'Alex, come over here. You play one neck and I'll play the other.' After I had heard from Neil Peart that Rush was pretty much done, I figured, 'God, Alex has got to be sitting around doing nothing, bored to death. I'd love him to play on this record.' So I contacted him. We wound up playing on a really fantastic song called 'Charmed.'" - Don Felder, KSHE.fm, April 9, 2019

The Making of Farewell To Kings: The Graphic Novel from Fantoons

Fantoons announces The Making of Farewell To Kings: The Graphic Novel from Fantoons, the official RUSH graphic novel chronicling the making of the band’s classic album A Farewell to Kings; the first in their ongoing relationship with RUSH.  The 144 page hardcover book is set for release September 10, 2019.  Preorder now.
“We worked incredibly hard to create a graphic novel that celebrates the music of RUSH, and the creation of the album of ‘A Farewell to Kings’ as a work of art” says Fantoons LA-based creative director, David Calcano. “We think this book will be something for comics and music fans alike to cherish.”
This epic, fully authorized graphic novel chronicles the birth of RUSH’s classic album A Farewell to Kings. Relive the production trials and triumphs alongside Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee & Neil Peart as they create the masterpiece of progressive rock that gave birth to such tracks as “Closer to the Heart,” and the majestic “Xanadu”. The book is co-written by Fantoons’ David Calcano and Lindsay Lee, and features artwork by Juan Riera and Ittai Manero. The story was written with input from RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson and album producer Terry Brown, who also penned the foreword.

Geddy Lee joins Les Claypool's Lennon Delirium Onstage in Toronto

Today on his Facebook page, Les Claypool (Primus) posted:
Last night was a pinnacle moment for this Ol’ Colonel’s career. My dear friend and childhood superhero GeddyLee decided to join The Delirium onstage in Toronto for our rendition of Sean’s Dad’s, "Tomorrow Never Knows".

As Geddy slinked out of the shadows with my Pachyderm bass in his mighty grips, the crowd slowly swelled to a frenzy of recognition. The energy and excitement was so palatable that it brought a joyful tear to my eye. Like Joe DiMaggio stepping back up to the plate, Geddy proceeded to show us all why he is one of the greatest to ever wield a four string piece of furniture. It was pure magic and I imagine I'll feel the tingle on the back of my neck for some time.

Alas, our recording equipment went on the fritz so it will only live in our minds...and on the handful of cellphones that were fortunate enough to capture the glory. Good times.

- Les Claypool
Geddy Lee also commented on Instagram:
Last night the good folks of the Claypool/Lennon Delirium kindly invited me to invade their show during the closing number..The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows"...it was such a blast to jam with these talented guys and most especially to appear with my pal .. the inimitable Les Claypool .. . thanks for the awesome show boys!

Alex Lifeson to appear at West End Phoenix Benefit May 31st

Alex Lifeson is one of many artists performing at the Double or Nothing Fundraser and Party for West End Phoenix Newspaper on May 31st. Alex will join Chris Walla from Death Cab for Cutie and the Rheostatics.  For tickets visit westendphoenix.com.

"Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland" Vinyl Edition Coming June 7th

Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland is coming to vinyl for the first time in its entirety on June 7, 2019. (Previously only the Moving Pictures segment of the show was pressed to vinyl as Moving Pictures: Live 2011.  Preorder from the Rush Backstage Club.

Rush To Be Featured In ABC's 'Schooled' April 10th Episode

Blabbermouth is reporting that Rush will be featured on ABC-TV's comedy "Schooled" on Wednesday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. "Schooled" is a direct spinoff of ABC's long-running '80s comedy "The Goldbergs".

"In this all-new episode, character Johnny Atkins, who always wears a RUSH concert T-shirt, shows his love for the band in a new way. In "Schooled", Johnny is working at William Penn Academy as a custodian and reflects about his time in high school working at his school's radio station. He claims he put together a show called "Rush Hour", featuring 30 minutes of the greatest band in the world, RUSH.
"Schooled" posted a photo to Twitter of janitor Johnny wearing a Moving Pictures t-shirt under is coveralls back in December.

Geddy Lee "The Soundtrack Of My Life" - Classic Rock

The Classic Rock Special KISS Collectors Edition (#261) is on newsstands, and includes a feature with Geddy Lee talking about "The Soundtrack Of My Life." - Thanks to Geoff Clark and RushFanForever for the headsup!