Rush News

Alex Lifeson, One Of Guitar Player's 50 Rhythm Guitar Gods

The October issue of Guitar Player includes the cover story "50 Rhythm Guitar Gods" with the following from Alex Lifeson:
“I’ve tried to develop a style that combines broad arpeggios and suspended chords,” explained Lifeson. “They’ve been my two main target areas. Suspensions have been my trick for many years to make a trio sound big.” Not very often are you treated to a body of rhythm work like Lifeson’s, from classic riff rock (“Working Man”) through heavy prog (“Xanadu”) onto the textural ‘80s and ‘90s, deftly riding the heavier sonic zeitgeist all the way to 2011. Along the way, Lifeson has also incorporated more feels into his vernacular as well, including reggae (Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures) and funk (Roll the Bones). Lifeson has done it all, and never at the expense of his own personal voice." - Guitar Player, October 2011
Thanks to Frank Panacci for the headsup!

Rush Signs To Roadrunner Records!

Today Roadrunner Records issued a press release announcing that Rush has signed with the indie label.
"We have tremendous respect for Roadrunner Records, and what Cees Wessels and Jonas Nachsin have built on a worldwide level. After years of Roadrunner pursuing the band, Tom Lipsky presented a deal that worked and the timing was right. We wanted to be at a label focused on the rock genre – and that’s Roadrunner," said Ray Danniels, manager of Rush.
While the press release demonstrates excitement by both Roadrunner and Rush manager Ray Danniels, it is unclear how exactly this will affect Rush.  The fact is that Roadrunner is an independent label which is owned and distributed by WEA (i.e. Warner Elektra Atlantic), or in otherwords both are subsidiaries of one large umbrella.  This is apparently a lateral move from a major label to an independent label that is distributed by a major label.  This is supported by the fact that Rush owes/owed Atlantic one more studio album under their previous aggrement; apparently the previous aggreement is being fullfilled by the new arrangement with Roadrunner, although that is purely supposition at this time.  In addition, the time period of this record deal remains unspoken.  Read the complete press here.  For a video press release click here. - Thanks to Brad, John, Frank, Darren and everyone else who emailed for the headsup!

Bubba's Book Club - September 2011

Neil Peart has updated his website with a the September 2011 issue of Bubba's Book Club.  In this issue, Neil discusses only one book, After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, by Aldous Huxley.  Click here for more.

Costco Connection, interview with Geddy Lee and Rush Giveaway

The September issue of the Costco Connection [available in stores or online here] features a promotion for the Rock Icons series including Rush's Icon 2 (released July 19th), including a brief interview with Geddy Lee.
The Costco Connection: You’re Rush’s main vocalist and bass player, but you also play keyboards, control sequencers and work bass pedals with your feet. Given the technical mastery all those duties require and the sheer difficulty of it all, have you ever thought about bringing in other musicians to share some of your workload?

Geddy Lee: Oh yeah [laughs], I used to bring it up at the beginning of every tour because there were times when it felt quite daunting to have to deal with all the electronic apparatus when I really just wanted to sing and play bass. So, yeah, I’ve had to wrestle with that question quite often. But, in the end, we’re quite a tight unit, the three of us. And we just kind of figure that our fans would rather see us up there with our technology rather than see us fill up the stage with sidemen. We opted to go the difficult route. But I did get them [guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart] to share some of the sequencing responsibilities. So that helps a bit.

CC: Even just singing and playing bass is very difficult for most musicians. Was that a trick for you in the beginning?

GL: Yeah, especially on some of our songs. Sometimes you write a song that has a really cool riff, and then you write the melody later, and record it separately. Then when you go to rehearse it, you go, “How do I do this?” because one part has very little in common with the other part. It’s hard to get your brain synchronized … you kind of split your brain in two, and, if you practice it enough, it starts to come naturally. Sometimes you have to compromise a bass part a tiny bit to let it fit more comfortably into your brain pattern, but generally I’ve found it’s like Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule [Author Malcom Gladwell says that the best way to achieve success in any field is to spend 10,000 hours honing your craft]. Just keep playing it, [and you will] eventually get it."
The magazine includes as a chance to win a Fender Geddy Lee signature bass or a framed, numbered 2011 limited edition Moving Pictures Litho signed by each member of Rush:
"Costco has one Fender Geddy Lee Bass® guitar to give away. For a chance to win, email your name, address and daytime phone number to, with “Fender Geddy Lee Bass” in the subject line. Or, mail a postcard or letter to: Fender Geddy Lee Bass, The Costco Connection, P.O. Box 34088, Seattle, WA 98124-1088. Value is $1,399.99.

Costco also has one framed, numbered 2011 limited edition Moving Pictures Litho signed by each member of Rush to give away. For a chance to win, email your name, address and daytime phone number to, with “Moving Pictures Litho” in the subject line. Or, mail a postcard or letter to: Moving Pictures Litho, The Costco Connection, P.O. Box 34088, Seattle, WA 98124-1088. Value is $160.00.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. One winner will be chosen for each item. Purchase will not improve odds of winning. Sweepstakes is sponsored by Universal Music Enterprises, 2220 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Open to legal residents of the U.S. (except Puerto Rico) who are age 18 or older at the time of entry. One entry per household per prize. Entries must be received by October 1, 2011. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by mail on or before November 1, 2011..."
Thanks to Sindrew and Paul Southward for the the headsup!

Orange Amplifiers' Music Aid for Joplin Auction Ends This Week

Orange Amplifiers' Music Aid for Joplin fund-raising auction is currently underway, and will come to a close Wednesday, August 24th.  The auction is to help those affected by the worst tornado season to hit the USA in more than 50 years. 153 people were killed in Joplin, Missouri and the Glory Days Music Store also fell victim to the disaster. As a result of this, Orange will be donating a rare and valuable Union Jack half-stack worth at least $6,000 – the last of only 20 made.

The company has also encouraged support from other manufacturers and suppliers and the list of items being added to the auction is being updated daily.  Included in the list of contributions is Sabian cymbals 'money-can't-buy' 14” Paragon Crash, personally signed by Rush’s Neil Peart to be personalised with the winner's name.  Also included is an Orange CR50BXT bass amp signed by Rush’s Geddy Lee also personalized with the winner’s name.

Rush Transcript Archive

Last month I began working on updating the "News Archives" for the albums released since 2000. This has led to a major project, the creation of "The Rush Transcript Archive"; but first, some quick back history.

The individual album News Archives began back in 2000 with the release of My Favorite Headache, when I began keeping track of various online news transcripts and the like. I later created similar archives for Vapor Trails, Feedback, Snakes, etc. Over time, however, those News Archives got lost in the depths of my various pages and were not exactly easy to find, especially to new or infrequent users to this site. With that in mind, I decided to move most of the contents of these News Archives to a single centralized page.

I quickly went to work on it and soon realized something was lacking...there was very little online content from before the year 2000. This problem was easily solved, however. As a member of the National Midnight Star mailing list, I remembered receiving transcripts of everything from magazine and newspaper articles to radio interviews and more, all shared from Rush fans from around the globe via TNMS. To flush out the pre-2000 content, the old NMS transcripts have been invaluable. In addition to TNMS, I have hundreds of news clippings to be found in my Tour Archive, some of which were also worthy of transcribing. And of course, I've been collecting various magazines featuring Rush through the years. I've been working on transcribing these as well, and many have also been transcribed already by other Rush websites and messageboards. So that's the back story.

I've added the new "Rush Transcript Archive" to the "Literature" tab on the main menu.  Included are numerous magazine cover stories from the 80's and 90's which had nearly been lost, including transcripts from multiple issues of Guitar Player, Metal Hammer, Guitar World, Modern Drummer, Circus, Kerrang, Guitar For The Practicing Musician and more. Also included are more recent transcripts of Classic Rock, Ontario Golf, Prog, Vintage Guitar, Guitar World, Bass Player, Bass Guitar, DRUM!, Rhythm magazines and more, many of which were provided by John Patuto at

This massive archive is an ongoing work in progress, and I'll be adding to it frequently in the future. Please feel free to email any suggested additions (high resolution scans work best). To be notified of new additions to the Rush Transcript Archive, follow my Twitter feed at, or follow me on Facebook.

I should mention here that this Transcript Archive does not include transcripts of stories or literature which inspired Rush...those are found on the "Rush Inspirations" page. I should also mention that I have a massive collection of concert reviews from both the Snakes & Arrows and Time Machine tours; those reviews were not included in the Transcript Archive, and remain in the Tour Archives in the individual Snakes & Arrows Tour News Archive and Time Machine Tour News Archive. Those pages were just too massive, and include so much more than just transcript links, that I kept them as is. (Clear as mud, right?)

Video editor Glen Lazarro looks back on the making of the "Time Stand Still" music video

Video editor Glen Lazarro looks back on the making of the "Time Stand Still" music video, and includes the "spoof" video to the right which is not to be missed!:
"Producer Stuart Samuels called Sales Executive Steve Ostrow to book me for 7 days straight. I would have to be available 24 hours a day. Zbigniew Rybcznski wanted the freedom of working around-the-clock on two Music Videos. One for Rush and one for Mr. Mister. He wanted to, as he said, 'Edit Live.'

Director Zbigniew Rybcznski was know for his Oscar winning short 'Tango' and his supremely cool Music Video 'Close To The Edit' by 'The Art of Noise.'

His early work was shot and edited on film but lately he had become enamored with Video effects and had shot his last few projects on Videotape.  I personally thought he seemed more concerned with technology rather that esthetics.

The Floating Aimee Mann Video. An edit suite was set up in the control room of National’s largest stage where I would live for the next seven days. You can see the edit suite at 2:17 in the Rush Video.  Zibig moved his wife and children into one of the green rooms. Rush and Aimee Mann moved into adjoining rooms. I got a room in a Holiday Inn across the street from National I never saw.

Zibig had shot footage of country landscapes for Rush and the idea was to shoot short pieces of Rush performing the song against green screen and composite them together. When we started working he decided that he loved the stage and wanted to composite Rush over that instead. I suggested that we shoot them live in the stage but Zibig wanted everyone to 'float' around the stage. He also insisted that everything had to happen 'live.' Each new layer would be placed on top of the preceding layer without making protection copies or 'laying off' a copy, as we used to say. The green screen footage was shot with the same giant studio camera Aimee Mann is using in the Video. Zibig would give some vague direction to Rush, I would set up the effects, play the audio track and press record and multiple One-Inch tape machines would roll up on the third floor. For 3 days in a row. It didn’t matter what time it was. If Zibig got an idea at 3 in the morning he would wake everyone up (I was sleeping in the control room) and we would all go to work. We started on Saturday morning and on Tuesday night we finished." - Glen Lazarro, Thanks to Rushfanforever for the headsup!

2012 Rush Wall Calendars

There are two Rush Wall Calendar's currently available for preorder at this time.  The Official 2012 Rush Signals Wall Calendar will be available (Geddy's birthday!) and can be ordered here.

A second 2012 calendar features Rush's album covers and will also be available in July, and can be ordered here.

Alex Lifeson featured in Vintage Guitar and Total Guitar

Alex Lifeson is featured on the cover of the current (September) issue of Vintage Guitar which includes the feature story "Rush Keeps Rollin'".  The complete transcript is now available. - Thanks to John at for the transcript, with help from RushFanForever. 
"Critics have called them pretentious since the start, and not every rock listener signed on as a fan. But Rush has always focused on writing songs, playing, and performing to the best of their individual abilities. Through the group’s many musical changes, Alex Lifeson has provided unique guitar work, and played mandolin, bouzouki, mandola, along with other instruments." - Vintage Guitar
In addition, Alex Lifeson is also featured in the current issue of Total Guitar (#217) with:
"As the prog rockers wrap up their worldwide Time Machine Tour, guitarist Alex Lifeson gives Total Guitar a personal tour of his extensive live rig." - Total Guitar

Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal

Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal is a new comprehensive book released April 1st from Eddie Trunk, the host of VH1 Classic's That Metal Show, as well as XM Radio's Eddie Trunk Live and Friday Night Rocks in New York City. Eddie includes Permanent Waves among his favorite all time albums, and the book includes an entire chapter on Rush, who were guests on both That Metal Show in 2009 as well as two separate episodes of Hangin' With in 2005 and 2006.  Click here to order.
"Known as a leading expert on all things hard rock and heavy metal, Eddie Trunk continues to entertain fans on the radio and as the host of VH1 Classic's hit television program That Metal Show with his passion for music. In his debut book, Eddie discusses his most essential bands, his unique personal experiences with them, his favorite 'Stump the Trunk' anecdotes and trivia, as well as his favorite playlists. Whether you're a classic Metallica or Megadeth metalhead or prefer the hair metal of old-school Bon Jovi or Poison, Eddie Trunk's Hard Rock and Heavy Metal salutes all who are ready to rock!"
While promoting his book, on August 9th, posted a short interview with Eddie Trunk where he was asked about his rare chance to interview Neil Peart:
"I was working at VH-1 Classic. I'd interviewed Geddy and Alex, twice, and you know, Neil is shy and reserved and does not really do interviews. I'd gotten a call from a book publisher doing press for one of Neil's books, about him biking all over the country after the tragic loss of his wife and daughter. Neil wanted the interview to be with me because he'd seen me talk to Geddy and Alex and he felt like he trusted me- that I 'got' the band. It was a great honor. He showed up at the door with zero entourage. Just wearing a backpack and a baseball cap - the most unassuming guy in the world. You'd never know it was him. After, he went out for a smoke and I went outside with him. We kept talking out there, in the heart of New York City, and not one person passing by realized who it was. Just amazing." - Eddie Trunk Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

iDrum's Neil Peart Collection Competition

iDrum in association with DW drums, Sabian cymbals and ProMark sticks is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to bag some hightly collectable, not to mention valuable products from rock drumming legend, Neil Peart. 

The competition to own a piece of drum history, including a complete Neil Peart Evolution Snare Collection (that's four snares in a road case!), a three piece set of Neil's Sabian Paragon cymbals, as well as a BRICK of Neil's custom designed signature ProMark sticks. 

To enter simply subscribe to iDrum (it's free!).

Neil Peart's Time Machine drum setup in pictures

Today posted the story "Neil Peart's Time Machine drum setup in pictures", a sneak peak of what will be included in the upcoming August issue of Rhythm:
"'It's been my life's tangent,' says Neil Peart on the subject of the pursuit of excellence. Since he joined Rush back in 1975, Neil has been the poster boy for prog - disciplined, metronomic and powerful. When you meet him in person it is easy to see where the power comes from - he's an imposing guy, a fact often obscured by the gargantuan drum kit that usually surrounds him.  Watching Rush onstage during their current Time Machine tour, it is clear that something fundamental has changed. The band known for meticulously recreating their studio recordings live on stage are jamming. More than 35 years since Neil joined the world’s foremost power trio, Rush are still pushing themselves and breaking new ground.  Rhythm Magazine met up with Neil and his drum tech Lorne Wheaton backstage at London’s O2 Arena to talk about his kit, technique, influences and constantly developing as a drummer."  Click here for more.

All The World's A Stage Update

As we anticipate the release of Rush's Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland, I have given the site a facelift to celebrate the upcoming 35th Anniversary of Rush's first live album, All The World's A Stage, released on September 29th, 1976.
"With 2112, we felt we had reached a first plateau. We had realized the goals we set for ourselves before the second album. Musically, it looked like a logical place to do a live album. We had four albums' worth of material honed down into a live show. And the record company was hot for a live album." - Neil Peart, Circus Magazine, November 25, 1976
"All the World's a Stage, where you opened up the cover and, wow, there were three pages of pictures of us in action on stage...." - Geddy Lee, Sounds, November 1981

"North Stars: Canada’s Top 10 Guitarists" - Gibson

Alex Lifeson tops the list of Gibson's "North Stars: Canada’s Top 10 Guitarists":
1. Alex Lifeson: It must be hard being Alex Lifeson sometimes. Despite the fame and money, imagine having to match the drum and bass skills of Neil Peart and Geddy Lee for 37 years? Lifeson has done it, though. An undeniably great riff writer, he is also one of rock’s most idiosyncratic soloists, blending strong melodies with neo-jazz flurries across a Rush catalog that has leapt from Zep-esque slammers to acoustic ballads, from reggae-inflected pop to instrumental prog rock. An advocate of blending raw tone with technology (see the Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess), Lifeson remains one of rock guitar's relentless explorers of new sounds. And Rush have even become cool again. "I think that younger bands look at us as perhaps a model that you can do it your way. You can play the music that you want to play," Lifeson recently told "You can find your audience, you can grow." Lifeson continues to do so. -, July 28, 2011

Recording Session featuring Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland, Danny Carey and Les Claypool

UPDATE: Last week Neil Peart made available a clip of this jam session on his website; dubbed "Count Drumula", the musicians, Danny Carey and Les Claypool, Stewart Copeland and Neil Peart are billing themselves as CCCP.  No news yet if this was a one time occurance or if more will follow...stay tuned.
According to today's Tool newsletter, Neil Peart recently was part of a recording session with fellow drummers Danny Carey and Stuart Copeland as well as bassist Les Claypool:
"...recently DANNY got together for a drumming/recording session with NEIL PEART (RUSH) and STEWART COPELAND (THE POLICE). LES CLAYPOOL was also involved, but I'm not sure as to what capacity. Whether or not these guys will get together again, or anything will come from the initial 'session', I really don't know." -, April 29, 2011 - Thanks to Ed at Rushisaband for the headsup!

The Modern Guitar Rigs: The Tone Fanatic's Guide to Integrating Amps and Effects

Alex Lifeson is one of the artists featured in The Modern Guitar Rigs: The Tone Fanatic's Guide to Integrating Amps and Effects released this month by Hal Leonard Publishing.

Showing players how to take their sound beyond traditional tones and into the future, in this book Scott Kahn (editor in chief of explores topics of interest to guitarists looking to build pro-level rigs whether they're playing clubs at the indie band level, getting set for a major tour, heading into the studio to record a new CD, or just searching for ultimate tone. The Modern Guitar Rig explores advanced topics including:

• Rack gear: Multi-effects and dedicated signal processors, switching systems, foot controllers, wireless systems, and more
• Amp setups: Rack-mounted tube preamps and power amps, stereo rigs, wet/dry/wet and other configurations
• Guitar options: Piezoelectric pickups and splitting guitar signals to multiple amps
• Tools for recording tube amps: power attenuators, dummy load simulators, direct recording options
• Virtual guitar rigs and modeled guitar amps in the studio and on stage Each section and chapter addresses a different set of tools while delivering rich detail, supported by scores of illustrations, and describing a range of popular products for the contemporary guitarist. Kahn also looks at the guitar rigs of pro players and analyzes how their rigs are wired, configured, and controlled.

Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

"Drummer Neil Peart's body is finely tuned instrument" - Los Angeles Times

In today's Los Angeles Times is the story "Drummer Neil Peart's body is finely tuned instrument".  Writer James S. Fell visited with Peart backstage before this month's Vancouver show to discuss the fine art of fitness:
"Drummer Neil Peart's body is finely tuned instrument" - Los Angeles Times, July 23, 2011
Cue Simpsons-Comic-Book-Store-Guy voice: Best. Band. Ever!

If you're a good drummer, it's a physically demanding job. To be the greatest, you must follow a training regimen that goes beyond the lighted stage.

A recent reader's poll in Rolling Stone magazine proclaimed my fellow Canadian Neil Peart of Rush to be the greatest living drummer, and I, many drum magazines and TV's "Family Guy" agree. Accordingly, I endeavored to snag an interview with a man who rarely gives interviews. I wanted to discover how a rocker — a career not known for promoting health or longevity — can keep his body a skin-smashing machine after 37 years in the same rock trio giving calorie-combusting concert performances that would blow the lumbar discs and ventricles of lesser men.

Steel Assassin Cover "Red Sector A" for New Album

"We are currently in the recording studio, recording our brand new album, WWII: Metal Of Honor. As you might gather from the title, all the brand new songs deal with battles / events surrounding WWII.

"In addition to the eight brand new original tunes on the record, we will also be covering the RUSH song, 'Red Sector A'. As of this message, we have the drums recorded, and we'll be going in periodically to add the bass, guitars, vocals.

"The record should be released this fall. High Roller Records will release a vinyl version. We are in negotiations with some labels for the CD version."- Bassist Phil Grasso,, July 20, 2011 Thanks to Ed at RushIsABand for the headsup!

Rush Tops Rolling Stone Readers Poll: The Best Prog Rock Bands of All Time

UPDATE: Even if Rolling Stone's writers can't get it right, at least their readers have a clue...  From today's
Readers Poll: The Best Prog Rock Bands of All Time: "You chose Tool, Genesis, King Crimson...and a certain trio from Canada"

1. Rush: "Well, this poll wasn't even close. Rush won in a landslide – but this couldn't come as any surprise. The Canadian trio have perhaps the most intense and enthusiastic fan community in all of rock. The band deserves such commitment. While most of their peers have fallen apart due to greed or laziness, Rush has maintained the same line-up since 1975 and their concerts are as spellbinding as they ever were. It's also beyond dispute that Neil Peart is the greatest drummer on the planet. They just wrapped up an epic tour where they played Moving Pictures straight through, and are working on a new album. Here's hoping that they bust out 2112 the next time out. It's the only way to top that last tour." -, July 20, 2011 Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!
From today's
"Last week, we asked Rolling Stone readers to name their favorite dancing musicians of all time – and we compiled the votes into a top 10 list.  Our question for you this week is: What is the best prog rock band of all time?  You can vote here, on or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag." -, July 15, 2011 Thanks to Rushfanforever for the headsup!

Roll The Bones 24 KT Gold Disk By Audio Fidelity Now Available

As previously announced, Audio Fidelity's 24 karat gold remastered reissue of Roll The Bones hits store shelves July 19th.  This is sure to become a collectors item, so it you haven't done so already, click here to order.
"Roll The Bones," Rush's fourteenth studio album, released in 1991, is a fantastic blend of tempos, ideas, and musical explorations. The album marks further transition from the band's 1980s style to their sound in the 1990s - it still has Rush's dark mystique but it is a more pop-oriented album.  There are four popular radio staples, "Bravado," "Ghost Of A Chance," "Roll the Bones" and "Dreamline" with the former reaching #1 on the US Mainstream Rock chart, while "Where's My Thing" was Grammy nominated for Best Rock Instrumental.  The band reunited with producer Rupert Hine for his second Rush album and Roll the Bones became their first US Top 5 album since 1981 peaking at #3 on the Billboard Top 200. The album also won the Canadian band that country's 1992 Juno Award for best album cover design.  The album excels in the songwriting and the musicianship is first-rate: Geddy Lee's bass playing and vocals, Alex Lifeson's guitar work and Neil Peart continues his journey for the perfect drum sound.  Rush has been around for many years, and has gone though many musical phases, always willing to try new things  and to experiment musically, lyrically, and technologically. Roll The Bones lives up to its name, Rush took some chances... and still made a great record." -
Roll The Bones is the first gold release by Audio Fidelity, with additional Rush gold releases are expected to follow in the near future.  Rush's previous gold releases, 2112, Permanent Waves, Moving Pictures and Signals were released by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, who announced in 2008:
"After literally months of examination and discussions with the artists, due to the age and fragility of most of original first-generation analog masters to classic Rush titles, we've had to cancel plans to release the titles we had planned. They have deemed that the original masters should not be used for any future re-mastering, and we have to respect that decision. We apparently lucked out big-time with Permanent Waves as it was in pristine condition. Sorry for the bad news but we're not feeling so hot about it ourselves. I believe another indie label is now looking into releasing some Rush titles in the future but mastered from copy tapes." - Michael Grantham, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, March 2008