Rush News

Peart Receives Zildjian Cymbal Plaque Award

"Zildjian representatives John DeChristopher, Lennie DiMuzio, Jim McGathey and Paul Francis paid a visit to Neil Peart when Rush pulled into Boston for one night at the Fleet Center. During the visit Lennie presented Neil with a Cymbal Plaque Award in recognition of his contributions to the art of drumming and his long time relationship with Zildjian. The award featured a vintage cymbal from Armand Zildjian's personal collection.", October 28, 2002

"One Little Victory" included in "Need for Speed - Hot Pursuit 2"

Need for Speed - Hot Pursuit 2, the latest release in the Need for Speed racing franchise includes two versions of "One Little Victory" in the soundtrack. Released July 9th, the game includes both the original studio version as well as an instrumental edit.  The complete soundtrack includes: Hot Action Cop - "Fever for the Flavor"; Hot Action Cop - "Going Down It"; Uncle Kracker - "Keep It Comin'"; Bush - "The People That We Love"; Rush - "One Little Victory"; Pulse Ultra - "Build Your Cages"; Course of Nature - "Wall of Shame"; Buzzhorn - "Ordinary".

"Exit Stage Right - The String Quartet Tribute to Rush"

No "Invisible Symphony", finally a REAL classical tribute to Rush! Exit Stage Right - The String Quartet Tribute to Rush is now available, and covers nearly the entire Exit Stage Left album from a classical chamber quartet approach; the album's cover includes a nod to the ESL as well, with a curtain drawn back to expose a violin.

A tribute by real Rush fans, the album was arranged, produced, mixed, and mastered by Todd Mark Rubenstein, who also co-handles the album's cello and bass duties. In the linernotes, Todd thanks (among others) "Neil Peart, Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson for a lifetime of musical genius and the gift of great songs with brilliant performances that will be an inspiration to musicians of all genres for generations to come".

Rush Reunion at Superstar Birthday Party/Alex Jams with Extreme

"A gathering of several big rock music names came together May 11th to celebrate the 37th Birthday of Steve Hoffman - a part of SRO Management and brother to Sunshine Jive's Robby Hoffman. Reporting in for me is none other than Robby himself! 'On hand were all members of Rush, including Neal (mispelled!) Peart. All original members of Extreme, Valentine/Open Skyz and The Tea Party. The night started out with an all-star jam - Extreme (Gary, Pat and Paul) with Alex Lifeson on guitar doing Aerosmith's Sweet Emotion. Nuno joins the stage for Get The Funk Out and than turns it into a full Extreme re-union jam of all their classics including some Zeppelin and Aerosmith favorites as well. The night heats up when Nuno gets on drums and Robby Hoffman takes over on guitar for Custard Pie and Aint Talkin Bout Love. Then Valentine/Open Skyz join the stage with some friends. If thats not enough, The Tea Party takes the stage and covers a wide variety of classics. To end the night, Extreme take the stage one more time, joined by Jeff Martin (The Tea Party) for some of the best jamming ever witnessed. The birthday was not complete until Nuno and Gary closed the night with More Than Words...'" -, May 21, 2002

"U.S. Protests Mexi-Canadian Overpass"

"U.S. Protests Mexi-Canadian Overpass", detailing the building of an overpass from Mexico to Canada which bypasses the U.S. One U.S. citizen complains "the honking, the chickens, the sound of thousands of cars going back and forth to Canada and Mexico is more than I can take. I can hear those goddamn radios blaring Mariachi music and Rush all day and night." - The Onion, May 15, 2002

Coming Soon:

With little fanfare but after a long legal battle, Rush has won the rights to from cybersquatter Bob Ames.
"Work is being completed on the official Rush website and it will have all the bells and whistles. You'll find tour dates, streaming music, words from the guys, and more!" - Rush Backstage Club, April 5, 2002

Alex Lifeson's "Andromeda"

Alex Lifeson composed and performed the theme music for the first season of Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, the Star Trek creator's final series which premiered the week of Oct. 2, 2000. The theme is now available as the opening song of the Andromeda soundtrack album. It is rumored that star/executive producer Kevin Sorbo (of Hercules fame) never liked the theme, and was behind changing the theme after the first season.
"It all began when co-executive producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe was talking to executive story editor Ethlie Ann Vare, a former rock journalist (Hollywood Reporter, E! Entertainment Television, ROCK magazine). He said that the top band on his wish-list to do music for Andromeda would be Rush. Inspired, Vare made some strategically-placed calls. Since Alex Lifeson is as big a science fiction lover as some science fiction fans are Rush lovers, he seemed a good fit for the job. Lifeson composed and performed the Andromeda theme, 'March of the High Guard'. Lifeson created the whole piece in his home studio, overdubbing an astonishing 20,000 guitars for a sound quite unlike any other main title theme on television." -, Aug. 2000.
"The strongest composition on this collection is actually Alex Lifeson's invigorating 'Season One Main Title.' The cue lasts for only 59 seconds, but it packs a punch that, for the most part, is lacking throughout the rest of the CD...With the exception of Lifeson's lone contribution, the 25 cues on the collection are all written and played by Matthew McCauley...While McCauley's artificial Andromeda arias are invariably expressive, his tunes are also consistently mediocre and, in many respects, surprisingly rough-edged." - Review

Dave Bidini "The Sweet Rush Of Adolescence"

In The Sweet Rush Of Adolescence, a touching article by The Rheostatic's frontman Dave Bidini, Dave reminisces about his teenage years and "Rush, the first band with which I was truly obsessed with", changing tastes while growing up, and eventually recording with hero Neil Peart in 1992 for the Rheostatic's album Whale Music:
"The Barenaked Ladies were there, too; they'd laid in their background vocal to 'California Dreamline' earlier in the day and together we watched Neil warm up, a chimeric figure in his beaded African hat under the low studio lights. Head lowered, torso centered, feet kicking, his hands glancing over the drums, Neil played all afternoon. His touch was soft when it had to be, but propulsive, too, like a distance runner tugging the flow of blood to his heart. It's one thing to see your hero perform from a distant seat in Maple Leaf Gardens, but it's something else to feel close to his work, as I did that day. At one time in my life, I'd dreamed of what it would be like to simply attend a Rush concert, and there I was at the studio, not 20 feet from where he was crafting a part for a song that would appear on our album....As Neil commanded his kit, he painted my adolescence before me, evoking everything about it." - Dave Bidini, Toronto Star, January 6, 2002

Rocket Science "Foolscap"

click to orderThe long awaited debut album from Rocket Science, Foolscap, was released October 9th, from Sonic Unyon Records. Foolscap was co-produced and recorded by Geddy Lee in his home studio, and includes his nephew Rob Higgins on bass and vocals. Geddy also provided backing vocal on "Space Suit" (previously available on Rocket Sciences' 5 song EP).
"It is rock, rock with a kind of technical edge to it. I have a home studio and we have been working here and gone into the smaller studios around town to do some sessions now and again. It has been fun for me and I think fun for them as well." - Geddy Lee, JAM! Showbiz, Jan. 18, 2000
The album is available in most Canadian retail record stores, but is only available outside Canada via mail order at this time. To order, send a check or money order for $15.49 (Canadian) or $10 (US) payable to Rocket Science, to 54 Phoebe St., Toronto, ON, Canada M5T1A9. - Rocket Science Online

Chronicles DVD Now Available

Rush Chronicles, the first Rush Region 1 DVD (playable in US and Canadian players) hits store shelves today.  Unlike the original VHS version, the DVD contains the "Le Studio" video of Tom Sawyer, versus the live version from the Exit Stage Left concert video. In addition, two videos from the Through the Camera Eye VHS compilation released in 1985 which were not included on the Chronicles VHS release are included as bonus "hidden" videos on the Chronicles DVD. The only previously released on VHS videos (included on Through the Camera Eye) not included on the Chronicles DVD are Countdown, Vital Signs, and The Body Electric.

Geddy Lee September 2001 "Guitar Center" Interview

Geddy Lee is interviewed in the September 2001 Guitar Center Catalog. Topics include his current bass setup, his home studio, as well My Favorite Headache and the current state of Rush. The catalog cover features a caricature of Geddy giving Willie Nelson a ride on a Harley Davidson motorcycle (both Geddy and Willie are interviewed in the catalog; the Harley is part of a contest).  Click here for more.

Alex Lifeson Produces Lifer

click to orderProduced by Alex Lifeson, the eponymous second album by the band Lifer was released August 14th. An edited version (minus explicit lyrics) is also available. Lifer (formerly 'Driver'; formerly 'Strangers With Candy') landed a six-album record deal with Universal/Republic Records after winning first-place in February 2001's MTV Ultimate Cover Band Contest.

Regarding their choice of producer, guitarist Aaron Fincke said, "We wanted a player, rather than just a standard producer," and said that the band expects to "sell a couple hundred thousand more copies" of their album because of Lifeson's reputation as a musician and performer. "We can only do so much with our songs, but he helped to clean up all of them." - The Crusader Online (Susquehanna University Newspaper), November 17, 2000.

Geddy Lee's "My Favorite Headache"

Geddy Lee released his first solo album on November 14th: My Favorite Headache debuted at #52 on The Billboard 200, and ranked #7 on the Billboard's Top Internet Album Sales Chart after its first week. For more information visit the My Favorite Headache News Archive
"Following more than a quarter-century of success with Rush - including 22 albums, all certified RIAA gold-or-better, with cumulative worldwide sales of over 35 million - My Favorite Headache finds Lee joined in the studio by guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Ben Mink and drummer Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden). The album's 11 diverse new Lee compositions were co-written with Mink (best known for his collaborations with k.d. lang [webmaster note: better known to Rush fans for Mink's electric violin on Signal's "Losing It", also as a member of "FM" who toured with Rush in the early 80's]). This landmark recording sees Lee taking on a number of instruments - along with his bass and vocal duties - including piano, guitar, percussion, and various programming elements. Recorded in Seattle, Vancouver, and Toronto, the album was produced by Lee, Mink, and renowned studio whiz David Leonard (Santana, Barenaked Ladies, Prince), and also features drummer Jeremy Taggart (Our Lady Peace) on one track." - Atlantic Records/Geddy Lee Newsletter, September 19, 2000

RUSH Makes VH-1'S 100 Greatest Artitsts Of Rock

Rush was voted as #28 on the five part/five hour program hosted by Carmen Electra which aired in mid-November.  During the program, Rush was supported with comments by Vinnie Paul, Vernon Reid and Sebastian Bach:
"My first impression of Rush was "God On Drums." Neil Peart... I mean everything he did was unbelievable. And you can't forget Geddy and Alex man. God... great great band." - Vinnie Paul (Pantera)

"Musically... you know they've carved an incredible niche. They've created their own language." -  Vernon Reid (Living Colour)

Sebastian Bach (Skid Row): "I actually proposed to my wife because of one of their I heard these words and it just kind of....{slapping himself} kind of slapped me back into reality and I went back and put the ring on her finger cause of... cause of a Rush song."

Rush Quoted In Esquire To Inspire Votes

"And as the nation yawns and rolls over, heedless of the thrumming media harpies and their 'Decision/Vote/Choice 2000' business, we realize: Rush was right. Not the talk-radio fattie-the band. People, whom do you think Rush was trying to reach with 'If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice'? Correct it was you. So now more than ever: Rush powered by Neil Peart-chief lyricist, Ayn rand devotee, bitchin' drummer and more. Turns out Mr. Peart is an ardent libertarian. (They're the ones who want to abolish taxes and legalize pot, we think.) As such, societal themes permeate the Rush canon, among them freedom, self-reliance, and Thai stick. Peart noted the individualism of Tom Sawyer; he celebrated the worth of philosophers and 'ploughmen'; and long before Napster, he gave us his eloquent lamentation on record-company greed: 'For the words of the profits were written on the studio wall/[and]concert hall/And echoes with the sounds of salesmen/ooooofffff salesmen!' Our Point? Not sure, but maybe it's that the Libbies deserve another look-if only because their convention will probably not showcase Fleetwood Mac and might even feature a Canadian power trio whose logo involves a naked guy and a pentagram. Whatever: Rock the vote!" - Esquire Magazine, November, 2000

Neil Peart Remarries, Rush To Record In Early 2001

"Peart tied the knot with photographer Carrie Nuttall in a small private ceremony Sept. 9 in Montecito, Calif., near Santa Barbara. The couple is planning a larger reception for Oct. 8, also in Southern California, the bride's home region. Peart has been on a long hiatus from Rush since the death of his daughter in a car accident in 1997 and the loss of his wife to cancer less than a year later. The drummer is now expected to re-join bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in a Toronto studio early in 2001..." - CDNOW, Sep. 20, 2000

US Congress Debates Coolness Of Rush

"Washington, DC - Continuing its long-running debate on the subject Monday, members of Congress argued the merits of Canadian power trio Rush. 'The philosopher and the plowman, each must play his part?' asked House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX). 'C'mon. Neil Peart must be the most pretentious lyricist in arena-rock history. Gentlemen, forget these bloated, overrated '70s dinosaurs.' Countered longtime Rush loyalist Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR): 'Keep talking, man, the tunes say it all: 'Passage To Bangkok'? 'By-Tor And The Snow Dog'? That part in 'Red Barchetta' where [Rush bassist/vocalist] Geddy [Lee] sings about the gleaming alloy aircar shooting toward him two lanes wide? Look me in the eye and tell me that doesn't rock, motherfucker!' The deliberations are expected to continue throughout the week." - The Onion, vol.36, issue 27, August 9, 2000. The Onion is a nationally syndicated news parody, via print, radio, and internet media.

Rage Against The Machine Choose Not To Cover "Working Man"

Although not included in the final track list, a cover of "Working Man" was a potential contender for inclusion on Rage Against the Machine's live album, Renegades:
"Among contenders to be recorded for inclusion on the album include Dylan's 'Maggie's Farm,' Eric B. and Rakim's 'Microphone Fiend,' EPMD's 'I'm Housin',' the Rolling Stone's 'Street Fighting Man,' Devo's 'Beautiful World,' and Rush's 'Working Man'..." - CDNOW, July 27, 2000

Alex Lifeson on "The Dexters: Hip To The Tip - Live At The Orbit Room"

The Dexters: Hip To The Tip - Live At The Orbit Room the new album from the house band of Alex's Toronto bar is now available.  "Big Al" Dexter plays on two tracks, "Born Under A Bad Sign" and "1967 Again". The enhanced disk also includes a video tour of the Orbit Room, plus other features.

Band Of The Century

"It's official, Rush is the most important Canadian band of the century, according to JAM! readers. Results of an online poll conducted during the final weeks of 1999 gave the power trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart an early lead that was never relinquished. The only real challenge to Rush's dominance came in recent weeks, when the death of The Band's bassist Rick Danko seemed to fortify support for the group, pushing them to within three points of Rush. To indicate how strong recent voting has been for The Band, consider that at one point, Rush had a two-to-one lead over their nearest competition in the voting. As of New Year's Eve, Rush finished with 22 percent of the vote, followed by The Band with 19 percent. The Tragically Hip, who treated fans to a surprise concert at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto before hosting a large slate of groups at the Air Canada Centre on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, finished third with 13 percent." - JAM! Showbiz, Dec. 31, 1999

"I would say this kind of recognition, especially when it comes along during a period of inactivity from a band point of view, that you get a real charge out of something like that. It makes you feel really good, because it makes you realize something you've done with your life has had some effect. I just like to thank our fans for being as amazing as they have been all these years ... I count my blessings." - Geddy Lee, JAM! Showbiz, Jan. 18, 2000