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Geddy Lee featured in Tidings Magazine December 2011

Geddy Lee is featured in the December issue of Tidings, Canada's national food and wine magazine.  You can read the full article online here.  Geddy discusses the Grapes for Humanity Charity, what he eats to stay healthy while touring, and his (gulp!) retirement plans. - Thanks to John at for the headsup!

Big Sugar's Gordie Johnson and Alex Lifeson's doubleneck

In a new interview with Big Sugar's Gordie Johnson, he discusses meeting Alex Lifeson and Alex giving him is first ivory doubleneck, which he apparently returned to Alex around 1998:
"I didn't have to sign a single paper. He'd just met me, but he already knew about Big Sugar. And essentially he walked up to a stranger and handed it to me," Johnson said of the guitar he used to record "Fairwell to Kings," and play in the video for "Digging a Hole," its ivory white double necks jutting out like the tusks of a mastodon with every piercing note.

"I got really paranoid at one point that it would get stolen, so I gave it back to him. ... By the time we started making (the 1998 Album) "Heated," I kinda got to thinkin 'this belongs in the Rock Hall of Fame, not under my bed in Little Italy in Toronto."
Click here for the full story at

Alex Lifeson Interview on Planet Rock

"Planet Rock spoke to Alex Lifeson in the studio where he and his Rush bandmates are currently recording their brand new studio album, Clockwork Angels.  In the interview he reveals that the band are aiming to release their new album in the spring and they are hoping to tour in the summer, with European dates almost a certainty. He also reveals that the band are looking at perhaps doing some festival shows in 2013.  The guitarist also gives an insight into how the new album will sound, revealing that the songs are starting to take an epic shape."  Click here to hear the interview.

Andrew MacNaughtan's "Grace, Africa In Photographs"

Rush's longtime photographer Andrew MacNaughtan's latest project is Grace, Africa In Photographs, featuring photographs taken in Tanzanina and Keyna in November 2010 "capturing the spirit and beauty of the landscapes, wildlife and people to raise funds for the prevention, care and advocacy of children in HIV/AIDS affected regions."

The book, which can be purchased here (available in Canada only), includes commentary on the photos given by over 30 artists including Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.  For more information visit and

On November 16th, Andrew appeared on Canada's The Morning Show to discuss the book; you can watch the video here.

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Rolling Stone: "Rush Roar Back Into the Limelight With New LP"

A short article/interview featuring Geddy Lee is found the November 24th issue of Rolling Stone, and is accompanied by an advertisement for Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland.
Rush spent the past two years looking back - performing their 1981 classic Moving Pictures in its entirety. But at the same time, the Canadian prog heroes started cranking on thier 20th LP, Clockwork Angels. "We're almost finished writing," says frontman Geddy Lee.  "Hopefully we'll have all of the recording done before Christmas."
Last year, Rush tested the waters, releasing two tracks from the album the Metallica-ish riff monsters "Caravan" and "BU2B" - and playing them on tour. "We figured we had nothing to lose," says Lee. "It was a lot of fun for the fans, and fun for us." The disc is shaping up to be the trio's heaviest in decades. Says Lee, "The two tracks we released point in the direction we're going."
Rush haven't scored a Top 40 hit since 1982's "New World Man," but they've maintained one of rock's biggest cult audiences. And last year's acclaimed documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage helped make them more popular than ever. "We feel invigorated," says Lee. "I think we've come to a point in our lives where we're playing the best we've ever played as a live band.
"You don't know how long that's going to go," he adds. "Rock & roll does have its limits as far as the aging process. You want to go out there and play while you're at your peak." - Andy Green
- Thanks to Paul Pierson for the headsup, Ed at RushIsABand for the transcript, and RushFanForever for the scan!

"Celebrating Buck O'Neil's 100th" - Geddy Lee's Baseball Collection Mention

In today's edition of "The Kansas City Star", there is special 8-page insert "Celebrating Buck O'Neil's 100th An Eight-Page Commemorative Section."  (Another great who was never inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame).  Among other items, the insert mentions the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, which includes a collection of 400 baseballs donated by Geddy Lee in 2008.

Here is the online version of the newspaper insert.  If you click on the link "The Negro Leagues," you then have the option to visit "Five can’t-miss exhibits at NLBM".  The fourth item listed is "4. Ty Cobb autographed baseball and more", which includes the following:
"Two cases each contain 200 signed Negro Leagues baseballs. All 400 baseballs were donated by Geddy Lee, the lead singer and bass guitarist from the rock group Rush. Lee is a huge baseball fan and sports memorabilia collector. Lee, who had visited the museum while stopping in Kansas City, bid on those signed baseballs at auctions for the express purpose of donating them to the museum.  'The great thing about this is you have guys who are Hall of Famers, like Cool Papa Bell ... Judy Johnson, Leon Day ... to guys who were cup of coffee guys, but they’re all important, because they're part of the story,' Kendrick said. 'You have guys like country singer Charley Pride, who a lot of people don’t know played in the Negro Leagues. You have the three women who played in the Negro Leagues - Toni Stone, Connie Morgan and Mamie Peanut Johnson...'"
- Thanks To Scott McBean for the headsup!

Rush's Neil Peart takes a ride in his Ohio time machine: Exclusive

Neil Peart has written an exclusive article for Cleveland's Plain Dealer newspaper in support of this week's release of Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland.  You can read the full article here.

Grapes For Humanity Charity - Update

UPDATE: Over the weekend of the Charity Auction, Grapes For Humanity also put on "Alex and Geddy's Excellent County Adventure" on Saturday September 17th to Huff Estate Winery in Bloomfield, Prince Edward County. Check it out here. - Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

The Grapes For Humanity Auction has come to a close.  Check out this message from Geddy! 
I would like to take a moment to thank all those fans and friends who participated in the GRAPES UNDER PRESSURE eBay auction to benefit GRAPES FOR HUMANITY CANADA. With your help we managed to raise over $50,000 dollars! When combined with monies raised in our other G.U.P. events we will be able to significantly improve the lives of disadvantaged and injured people around the globe and more immediately will aid THE HALO TRUST in establishing a pilot project in Savannakhet Province, Laos, to address the urgent problem of casualties caused by cluster bombs.
Alex, Neil, myself and the entire G.U.P. Team,  thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Alex Lifeson to perform at 7th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Concert

Alex Lifeson will be one of the featured musicians at the 7th annual Andy Kim Christmas Show in Toronto next month.  The event happens Wednesday, December 14 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre.  Lifeson joins the list of first performers confirmed for the benefit, including Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning from Broken Social Scene, members of Finger Eleven and Ron Sexsmith.  Montreal-born Kim has sold more than 33 million albums and is the man behind such massive hits as “Sugar Sugar” (The Archies) and “Rock Me Gently.”  To date, the annual event has raised more than $60,000 for select charities. - Andy Kim Music, November 8, 2011 - Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

Guitar Aficionado Winter 2011

In Guitar Aficionado’s Winter 2011 issue, Rush’s esteemed guitar and bass duo, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee, discuss their decades-long love affair with the world’s finest wines.  Click here for more info. - Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

Win A Sectors Press Sheet from Consequence of Sound

To commemorate the release of Rush's Sectors boxed sets, Consequence of Sound is giving away a limited edition print featuring the album covers of Caress of Steel, Exit…Stage Left, and A Show of Hands straight from the printer.  For a chance to win, visit

Alex Lifeson on Humble And Fred Radio Podcast

Alex Lifeson was a guest of Toronto's Humble and Fred morning show this morning, and the show is now available for listening at, or for download here.  Alex first appears around the 35 minutes into the show. - Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!

Win An Autographed "Moving Pictures" Lithograph

Timed to coincide with the release of Rush's "Sectors" boxed sets, is giving away a 'Moving Pictures' lithograph signed by all three band members.  Click here to enter.

Roadrunner Records' Mastadon and Machine Head discuss Rush Influence

With the release of Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland just around the corner, Roadrunner Records recently caught up with Mastadon's Troy and Brann and Machine Head's Robb Flynn to discuss how Rush influenced them as individuals and the impact they have had on their careers.  Click here for more. - Thanks to Frank Ray for the headsup!

"Rush Over Brooklyn" Samples "Tom Sawyer"

Rapper MC El-P has remixed his "Drones Over BKLYN" as "Rush Over Brooklyn" using a sample of "Tom Sawyer." The remix is being sold to benefit a fund for Mr. Dibbs, a veteran turntablist battling liver disease. Click here to stream the track and and to buy it. - Thanks to Ed at RushIsABand for the headsup!

A Brush Of Hope 2011 - Lifeson's Painting Sells for $7,000

Alex Lifeson donated another painting to "A Brush Of Hope", benefiting Canada's Kidney Foundation.  Alex's painting sold for $7,000.  The massive online auction kicked off October 20th and ran through October 30th at  The proceeds of the auction benefit those suffering with kidney disease.  Click here for more information; visit their Facebook page.

"Neil Peart talks about Taking Center Stage"

Hudson Music has posted a new video "Neil Peart talks about 'Taking Center Stage'"; check it out here. has posted "Neil Peart talks the inspiration behind Taking Center Stage" - October 26, 2011

In addition, Rhythm Magazine is giving away a 14" Remo Time Machine drum head and three copies of Neil Peart's new DVD Taking Center Stage, all signed by Neil Peart himself.  For a chance to win visit

Neil Peart's third instructional video, Taking Center Stage: A Lifetime of Live Performance, was released October 14th and is available here.
  • Over 6 hours of footage
  • Neil’s personal drum rehearsals
  • Set-up and soundcheck footage
  • Backstage interview as Neil warms up for a Rush concert
  • Detailed discussion of classic Rush drum parts, with slow-motion, drums-only demonstrations and e-Book with transcriptions
  • Live, drum-camera performances of every song on the Time Machine tour
  • One-hour interview, explanation, and demonstration of new Rush song, “Caravan”
Guitar Center has announced "The Ultimate Neil Peart Prize Package Sweepstakes" for US residents.  Click here for details.  In addition, during the month of October, Sabian is holding a special promotion where if you buy a Paragon cymbal you will receive a copy of the video free!

Neil Peart first announced the video in the February edition of "News Weather and Sports"Click here for the official press release from Hudson Music.

Check out, for the preview trailer, the videos "Choosing The Setlist" and "Time Stand Still", as well as "The Making of Taking Center Stage" written by Hudson Music's lead editor and co-producer of Taking Center Stage, Joe Bergamini.
Filmed in various locations over the course of a year, Neil Peart takes you on a behind-the-scenes look at Rush's 2010-11 Time Machine tour. This includes rare and exclusive footage of Neil's personal pre-tour rehearsals and backstage events at a Rush concert (including a visit to the soundcheck, and an unprecedented backstage interview as Neil warms up for the show). Neil also presents a detailed look at every single song in the tour's set list. Each song features analysis and demonstrations by Neil, which are coupled with a detailed PDF eBook containing transcription of his parts. At the end of each song discussion, the viewer is transported onstage to a Rush concert to see the actual live performance of the song from the perspective of the drum cameras only. 6 hours, 40 minutes."
"The theme for our next collaboration seemed obvious: live performance, preparing for it and surviving it. In early 2010 we began collecting material...In April, 2010, the Hudson Music crew joined me at Drum Channel in Oxnard, California, and filmed several days of my rehearsals for the Time Machine tour. In July they filmed an entire Rush show, in Saratoga Springs, New York, with supplementary 'drum-cams' on me. They also captured the soundcheck and pre-show warmup, when I did a bit of talking to the camera, as I had during the Drum Channel filming in April. However, we would need to shoot some more 'talkie bits' to go before each of the songs from the live show, explaining about special problems or challenges in a particular song, and technical highlights. So, I thought, why not go somewhere really nice to shoot those?...I suggested Death Valley. Being the driest place in North America, averaging less than two inches of rain a year-and sometimes none-the chances of clear weather were good." - Neil Peart,, February 4, 2011

Rolling Stone: "Geddy Lee Says New Album Will Be Ready By Early 2012" has posted a new interview, "Rush's Geddy Lee Says New Album Will Be Ready By Early 2012".  Geddy talks about the Time Machine tour, choosing a setlist to satisfy 'mainstream fans' versus 'core fans', the possibility of performing another album all the way through on tour, mainstream awareness and more.  He also answers one question many fans have asked, regarding changing the setlist from night to night:
"'s a three-hour show, and it's really hard to remember as it is. There were a couple of tours where we did multiple days and we would switch off. I think we had three or four songs we were switching from night to night. And it kind of wreaks havoc from show to show, because so much of the lighting rig and choreography and films and everything are computer programmed. It definitely keeps everyone on their toes to switch up from night to night. For us, the amount of work that goes into one of our shows is kind of challenging enough without making it even harder on us."
Regarding the status of Clockwork Angels, he said:
"We're almost finished writing. We wound the machine back up about three weeks ago. After a sluggish start, we've had a very fruitful couple of weeks in terms of writing. I'm very pleased with the direction that the material has taken. And I think we have one or two more songs that we'd like to write, and then we'll start recording in earnest. Hopefully we'll have all of the recording done before Christmas. Then we'll mix it some time in the next year, and then get it out...I hope it'll be out by the spring anyway."

Lullaby Versions Of Rush

There are a few recording artists currently producing lullaby versions of popular music.  Earlier this year, one of these artists, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star", released an album of Rush covers.

Lullaby Versions of Rush holds 11 tracks of blissfully sleepy renditions of Rush.  What's that you say?  "The Spirit of Radio fills me with adrenaline, how can it put me to sleep?"  Trust me, these tracks are dripping with snooze. - Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!
Tracklist: The Spirit of Radio, Tom Sawyer, Closer To The Heart, Freewill, Limelight, Working Man, Fly By Night, The Trees, Red Barchetta, Subdivisions, YYZ
For other Rush cover albums, check here.

Five Albums That Changed My Life: Matthew Rudzinski of Killwhitneydead

Matthew Rudzinski of metalcore band Killwhitneydead shared his 'Five Albums That Changed My Life' with AOL's Included is Moving Pictures:
"Think back to 1981 when MTV was in its infantile stages and seemed to be starved for content to broadcast. I may be wrong but I am pretty sure almost every song from Rush's 'Exit Stage Left' concert video were extracted and a different song was played every hour. Being 9-years-old at the time and seeing three guys play the likes of 'Red Barchetta (one of my favorite songs of all time), 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Limelight' on my television hourly instantly catapulted them to the status of "Godlike" in my eyes. This is possibly the most perfect album in my collection. Sonically, lyrically and thematically 'Moving Pictures' had it all for a 9 year old kid seeking guidance in the world and now at age 39 it remains, in my opinion, one of the best albums ever released." - Matthew Rudzinski,, October 28, 2011 Thanks to RushFanForever for the headsup!