Rush News

"Working Man" performed by Esterly released on "Reset" EP

Last Friday the artist, producer and composer Esterly released his debut covers EP, Reset, which includes his cover of Rush's "Working Man".
 "Feeding the Chicago natives’ fascination with avant garde film scores, Esterly embarked on a pioneer project. Taking notes from visionary composers such as Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman, Esterly meticulously selected culturally influential classics to cover with cinematic flare recreating the very narrative each song represents through his sonic alchemy. 'This project is a challenge to myself to reimagine these songs in a cinematic viewpoint,' says Esterly. 'Within a three minute track, could I create the rise and fall of a cinematic arc inside a song people already know and love?'” - divinemagazine.biz

Overtime Angels presents ‘A Night For Neil’ - The Neil Peart Memorial Celebration

Overtime Angels, Inc have announced "A Night For Neil", a night of internationally-known music all-stars paying tribute to the legendary drummer and lyricist, Neil Peart of Rush, debuts at the Meridian Centre on Saturday, May 16t.
 
N4NA is presale code for Overtime Angels Regualr Presale. This presale starts Wednesday, February 26th at 10am ET and ends Thursday, February 27th at 10pm. Public onsale Friday, February 27th at 10am.
 
 

Permanent Waves 40th Anniversary Edition Coming May 29th, Preorder Now

UPDATE: This release has been pushed back, now with a tentative release date of May 29th....

The Permanent Waves 40th Anniversary Edition is now available for pre-order at Amazon with a release date of May 29th. Click here for to order the 2c edition, 3LP edition, or the Super Deluxe Edition.

All versions include the original album remastered in 2015 at Abbey Road Studios (previously released as part of the 12 months of Rush vinyl editions), and bonus content made up of various live recordings captured during the Permanent Waves tour.

1. Beneath, Between & Behind (Live in Manchester)
2. By-Tor & The Snow Dog (Live in London)
3. Xanadu (Live in London)
4. The Spirit Of Radio (Live in Manchester)
5. Natural Science (Live in Manchester)
6. The Trees (Live in Manchester)
7. Cygnus X-1 (Live in London)
8. Cygnus X-1 Book II (Live in London)
9. Closer To The Heart (Live in Manchester)
10. Jacob's Ladder (Live in Missouri)
11. Freewill (Live in London)

From the Super Deluxe Edition:

Celebrating 40 years of Rush’s Permanent Waves, the Super Deluxe Edition will feature two CDs, three 180-gram audiophile black vinyl LPs and a 40-page hardcover book filled with reimagined artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme, unreleased photos from the band’s archive and an exclusive twelve-thousand plus word essay. The Abbey Road Mastering Studios 2015 album remaster is made available on CD for the first time. CD 2 is loaded with unreleased bonus live tracks from three stops on the Permanent Waves World Tour 1980: Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England; Hammersmith Odeon, London, England; and Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, all newly mixed by the band’s longtime producer Terry Brown.

Permanent Waves is the band’s first of many iconic visits to Le Studio recording studio in Morin Heights, Quebec which has been nicknamed Rush’s Abbey Road Studios. A blank sheet of Le Studio letterhead was newly discovered, so the first of many collectibles included is a 20-page 5”x7” Le Studio notepad. The two replica tour programs represent the official Permanent Waves World Tour 1980 program and with the inclusion of U.K. performances the very rare, unofficial The Words & Pictures Volume II UK-only tour program is included. The Super Deluxe Edition’s finishing touches feature 3 band member replica backstage laminates, a 24”x36” double-sided poster showcasing the original album cover model and photos of each band member recording at Le Studio, and three Neil Peart handwritten lyric sheets for “The Spirit Of Radio,” “Entre Nous” and “Natural Science.”

Permanent Waves is the band’s first departure from in-depth, ten-minute plus conceptual song crafting and is deemed as a poignant moment they reinvented themselves and their sound. “We’ve taken it (the conceptual album) to its logical limit and it’s time to do something else,” remarked Geddy Lee. To further reinvent themselves, the band opted to record at Le Studio in Quebec which has been highly credited in the evolution of the Rush sound and would soon become their home away from home for future albums to come. Giving birth to two of the band’s most important songs in their stable, “The Spirit Of Radio” along with “Freewill” offered fans a long overdue experience: regular radio play. Additionally, the album features the cinematic “Jacob’s Ladder,” the album’s third single “Entre Nous,” the Geddy Lee lyric penned “Different Strings” and the barometer for pure progressive rock “Natural Science.”

Primus' "A Tribute To Kings" tour, to include complete performance of "A Farewell to Kings" allbum

Today Live Nation announced that Primus will be embarking on their "A Tribute To Kings!" tour this summer, which will include a complete performance of Rush's entire album, A Farewell To Kings, in addition to their own music.  Presales start at 2/19 at 10am local. Get more info here.

Today RollingStone.com posted an interview with Primus' Les Claypool, where he explained that this tour has been in the works for some time, before the the passing of Neil Peart:
“We’re trying to be very sensitive about doing the tour and not having it be, ‘Hey, all about Neil,’ ” Claypool says. “It’s about admiration for these amazing musicians and friends.”

"I talked to Geddy about it, yeah. I texted with him — I keep in touch with Geddy — just to make sure we weren’t trodding on something weird. So I checked in with him to see what he thought of it, and he was excited about the notion.

"He just got excited; he thought it was a great idea. You know, we go way back with those guys, so I think it made him feel good that it was going to be us that was going to do this thing. But I don’t know, you’d have to ask him. I can’t put words in his mouth, but he seemed excited about it."

Anthem: Rush in the 1970s (Rush Across the Decades) by Martin Popoff coming May 12th

Anthem: Rush in the 1970s (Rush Across the Decades), the first of a three part Rush biography collection by Martin Popoff, is set for release May 12th by ECW Press.  Preorder the hardcover edition at Amazon.
"With extensive, first-hand reflections from Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart, as well as from family, friends, and fellow musicians, Anthem: Rush in the ’70s is a detailed portrait of Canada’s greatest rock ambassadors. The first of three volumes, Anthem puts the band’s catalog, from their self-titled debut to 1978’s Hemispheres (the next volume resumes with the release of Permanent Waves) into both Canadian and general pop culture context, and presents the trio of quintessentially dependable, courteous Canucks as generators of incendiary, groundbreaking rock ’n’ roll." 
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Like Geezer Butler in Black Sabbath, to reiterate, Geddy indeed began on guitar. Alex, however, missed this part of Lee’s evolution.

“I didn’t know Ged when he played guitar. So the transition was already completed by the time we started jamming together and playing. Because that’s what we did after school. We’d plug into his amp and play. There was one guitar and one bass. So I’m not really sure about that transition. I’m sure he was interested in guitar like everybody was interested in guitar. But once we actually started playing and learning instruments, that was his chosen one. Just think John Rutsey in that early days―the drums became his thing but I don’t know if in his heart he wanted to be a drummer. I think he wanted to be a guitarist as well. But everybody had their job that they sort of gravitated to.”

Says Geddy, “I was nominated to be the bass player when the first band I was in, the bass player couldn’t be in our band. I think his parent’s prohibited him or something, and we had no bass player so they said, ‘You play bass’ and I said okay, and that was how simple it was. That happens to a lot of bass players. Everyone wants to be a guitar player, but I was happy to be bass player. Bass player is like being a major league catcher. It’s the quickest way to the majors. Nobody wants to be a bass player. It’s a great instrument, it really is, awesome way to spend your time. I had teachers you know; I’m just carrying on the tradition of Jack Bruce, Jack Cassidy, Chris Squire, a fine tradition of noisy bass players that refuse to stay in the background. So I feel that’s my sacred duty, to carry on what they started.”

Neil Peart dies of brain cancer

"Suddenly, you were gone
From all the lives you left your mark upon"
Never were those words more true than today, when we learned of the shocking passing of Neil Peart this past Tuesday, January 7th, after a three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastom).  Always fiercely private, he kept his illness a secret to all but a few.  In one of life's ultimate cruelties ("The Stars Look Down" indeed), Neil retired from drumming in 2015 only to be diagnosed with cancer a year later.  He leaves behind his wife Carrie and daughter Olivia.   Here's a collection of news items announcing his death and those that have come out to pay tribute to his loss.