Rush News

‘The Spirit of Radio’ Covered by 20-Person Collective The Polyphonic Spree

The Polyphonic Spree emerged in the 2000s as a large collective of musicians led by former Tripping Daisy frontman Tim DeLaughter, often donning signature white choral robes and often exploring a more orchestral and choral sound with a number of wind and brass instruments factored into the mix. They scored their best known song with 2003's "Light and Day."

Now the group has stepped up with their first ever covers album titled Afflatus released today, April 16th. 

Speaking of the decision to take on Rush's 1980 hit "The Spirit of Radio," DeLaughter states, "‘The Spirit of Radio’ actually goes back to high school. I covered it with my high school band, Regency, so for nostalgic reasons, we thought it would be fun to try it with the Spree.”

For more visit https://loudwire.com/rush-spirit-of-radio-covered-polyphonic-spree/

Alex Lifeson to appear live on "Make Weird Music" January 30th

Alex Lifeson will be appearing live on the Make Weird Music YouTube channel this Saturday, January 30th at 6PM EST.  Alex will be interviewed by Andre Cholmondeley and topics will include 25th anniversary of Alex's solo album Victor, and the 40th anniversary of Moving Pictures.  Click here to tune in. - Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

Neil Peart: The Illustrated Quotes now available

Neil Peart: The Illustrated Quotes, the latest book produced by Fantoons, is now available.  Originally set for hardcover release November 17, the release was delayed until January 19, 2021.  Co-written by David Calcano and Lindsay Lee who chose some of their favorites quotes and created elegant single panel cartoons as a love letter to Neil Peart’s written word.  Click here to order.


Oxfordshire Neil Peart charity show Prog For Peart set for July

Solstice, The Far Meadow, 25 Yard Screamer, This Winter Machine, Rain, warmrain, The Paradox Twin, IT and Hats Off Gentlemen, It's Adequate are among the bands on the bill for a Neil Peart tribute concert, Prog For Peart, which will raise money to combat Glioblastoma Multiforme; the killer disease that claimed the life of the Rush drummer.

Prog For Peart is two concerts each featuring eight prog bands held on two days to be held at The Northcourt, a 200 capacity venue in Abingdon, Oxfordshire on Friday 2nd July and Saturday 3rd July starting at midday on both days and running through until midnight.

 Tickets are priced at £33.23 for each day with weekend tickets at £49.75. Click here for details.

Kevin J Anderson's "Clockwork Destiny", book three in the Clockwork Angels trilogy on the way

Yesterday author Kevin J. Anderson posted "Some good news after last week's sad Rush anniversary: I just signed the contract with @ecwpress for CLOCKWORK DESTINY, the third novel in the Clockwork Angels trilogy, based on an idea Neil had while working on The Percussor's Tale. He and I brainstormed the story but he knew I'd have to write it without him. This is being done with the full approval of his wife. I'll start writing this spring."

Geddy Lee to Appear at Vancouver Symphony Gala

Geddy Lee will take part in a virtual evening of music and stories put on by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.  "The Show Must Go On: Stories of Resilience" will feature Lee, legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, country singer k.d. lang, former Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page, other classical musicians and the VSO.  You can learn more about the Feb. 18 event and buy tickets at the Symphony's website. Prices start at $100. For an additional fee, wine and a charcuterie will be delivered to your home.

RollingStone.com: "The Spirit of Neil Peart"

Today on the first anniversary of Neil Peart's death, RollingStone.com posted "The Spirit of Neil Peart", an emotional look back on Neil's life, which includes new interviews with Geddy and Alex, as well as Neil's wife, Carrie Nuttall.   The story at last touches on what Neil's final years were like, and also goes on to speculate about what we may see in the future.