Friday, November 20, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
R40 Live set to release Nov 20
Rush's R40 Live video and CD will release on November 20. And if the "Roll the Bones" video preview is any indication, this promises to be an epic release. There are five R40 Live versions to choose from, which you can order from Amazon at the links below:
Filmed in their home town of Toronto at two sold-out shows on June 17 and 19, R40 Live will give the fans who saw the mind-blowing show a way to relive their memories -- and a chance for fans who didn't to experience it (sorry Europe, Brazil, and everywhere else). After watching the "Roll the Bones" video preview, it appears that this production focuses on the band, much like R30. I was immediately impressed with mix and the direction. In particular, the stereo mix seems to be much more balanced than what we've heard in past releases, and it appears we have David Bottrill (Vapor Trails remixed) to thank for that. I can finally hear the drums and bass -- as well as the guitar. We'll see how the 5.1 mix turns out, but I'm optimistic that this will be one of the best-sounding Rush live releases ever.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - Sep 2015 - "BubbaGram #1"
Neil Peart has posted a September 2015 update to his website entitled "BubbaGram #1."
The big news in this update is right at the beginning:
In recent months it became apparent that my experiences on the R40 tour in 2015 were much too vast and deep to fit into a couple of website stories. Plus I had far too many scenic and narrative photographs to fit in my usual format here. It would have to be a book.
Yet I did not want to neglect this forum and its audience--just "go dark" on everybody for the year or so it might take to put together a book. A fun solution to that conundrum might be . . . this! During the tour I had been sending occasional images of the day's travels to my circle of friends under the BubbaGramTM title, so I will continue that theme here. At semi-regular intervals I will post a photograph or two and an anecdote, to represent the work in progress.
My guess is we'll see quarterly updates from Neil.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
R40 Live album and video set to release Nov 20, 2015
According to an email sent out to industry professionals from Zoe/Rounder Records/Concord Music Group, it looks like the R40 Live album and video are scheduled to release on Friday, November 20, 2015.
Here's an excerpt from the email (courtesy of Rushisaband):
CD/DVD RELEASE DATE NOVEMBER 20, 2015
Unlike other concert DVD's where the looks is the same throughout, this show has an extremely extensive setup that changes multiple times throughout the show (as the set list moves back in time, the stage setup reflects the band's stage setup from that period in their career.)
* Amazing value with almost 3 hours of footage!
* Includes multiple songs that have either never been performed before or never been captured on video
Rumor has it that this was the band's last large-scale tour, making this an absolute necessity for a Rush fan to own...
In addition, the first single from the album, "Roll The Bones (Live)," is scheduled to be available on Friday, September 25.
More info as we get it. Thanks to Rushisaband for the head's up!
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Clockwork Lives releases today
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Happy 63rd Birthday Neil Peart!
Neil Peart turns 63 today, Saturday, September 12. Neil Peart News would like to wish Bubba a Happy Birthday!
In honor of Neil's birthday, we've compiled a few PeartFactsTM for your enjoyment:
- 40 million+: Albums sold worldwide by Rush
- 25 million: Albums sold in the U.S.
- 544,525: People who saw Rush on R30 tour1
- 200,000: Miles of motorcycling in first 10 years1
- 21,000: Miles driven on R30 tour1
- 1,500: Age of oak used in R40 drum kits
- 2012: The year Rush received the Revolver Golden Gods Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement award
- 1000s: Number of postcards sent to fans over the years
- 257: Pairs of drumsticks used on R30 tour (57 shows)1
- 213: Shows played on 2112 and All the World's a Stage tours (Aug 1976 - June 1977)
- 155: Shows played on the Rush tour (Feb 1974 - January 1975)
- 100: Shows played on the Moving Pictures tour (Sep 1980 - July 1981)
- 82: Book reviews in Bubba's Book Club
- 78: Singles released by Rush
- 50: Years playing drums (including one year of lessons starting in 1965)
- 41: Years making music with Rush
- 31: Years of bicycling1
- 24: Albums certified Gold
- 21: Years motorcycling1
- 20: Studio albums with Rush
- 19: Peak chart position for Feedback (US, 2004)
- 18: Months living abroad in London, England (June 1971 - Dec 1973)
- 17: Peak chart position of Rush Replay X3 (US, 2006)
- 16: Peak chart position for Presto (US, 1990)
- 15: Number of times voted "Best Recorded Performance" by the readers of Modern Drummer
- 14: Albums certified Platinum
- 13: Number of drum kits played on Rush tours (2 Slingerland, 2 Tama, 3 Ludwig, and 6 DW)
- 12: Cymbals used on "modern" drum kit (14 if you count both hi-hats)
- 11: Number of drums (toms, floor toms, snares, bass) on modern drum kit
- 10: Live albums made with Rush (11 if you count the upcoming R40 Live album [TBA])
- 9: Duration of "Der Trommler" drum solo (mins)
- 8: Peak chart position of "Tom Sawyer" (1981) and "Subdivisions (1982) singles (U.S.)
- 7: Grammy nominations (including one for his drum solo, "O Baterista" from Rush In Rio)
- 6: Published non-fiction books
- 5: Number of times Neil won DRUM! magazine's "Drummie" award
- 4: Concert toms used on "retro" drum kit
- 3: Movies appearing as "himself"
- 2: Novels co-written with Kevin J. Anderson
- 1: Number of major league sports theme songs arranged and performed: "The Hockey Song"
- Unknown: Times people have mispronounced "Peart" (for the record, it rhymes with "ear")
1Peart, Neil (2007-09-25). Roadshow: Landscape with Drums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle (p. 397). National Book Network - A. Kindle Edition.
Sunday, August 02, 2015
10 things to look forward to after Rush's R40 tour
Now that Rush has played their final R40 Live show in Los Angeles, many of us are unsure of what the future holds for the Holy Triumvirate. While a lot has been made of R40 Live being Rush's final tour -- and Los Angeles being their final show -- my feeling is it's not the end of the road for Rush. Instead, I see it as the beginning of a new chapter where they'll continue to write new music (and possibly perform live).
But don't take my word for it. Alex Lifeson said as much in a recent interview on the Eddie Trunk show:
"I think, in my gut, that this is probably the last major tour that we'll do. I'd like to think that we'll maybe do specialty gigs -- maybe a week in New York, or something like that... We want to discuss whether we want to make another record anytime soon. Whatever this tour is, it's not the end of the band. It's just reviewing where we're at, in terms of major tours... we're not waving goodbye."
So, while we ponder the band's new direction, here are some upcoming releases to look forward to -- in the coming months and beyond:
1. More Updates on NeilPeart.net: I fully expect Neil to continue to write and publish blogs and book reviews on his website. We should see an update from him in the next week or two, including his reflections on the final night of the tour.
2. Clockwork Lives (release date September 15, 2015). Written by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, this novel is a return to the Clockwork Angels universe. Having read one chapter, Clockwork Lives: The Bookseller's Tale, I expect another great read.
3. 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush: (No date announced) This anthology will include stories by David Farland, Mercedes Lackey, Greg van Eekhout, Dayton Ward, David Mack, Steven Savile, Brian Hodge, Michael Z. Williamson, Brad R. Torgersen, David Niall Wilson, Ron Collins, Mark Leslie, Larry Dixon, John McFetridge, and Tim Lasiuta. Bonus stories include a reprint of Richard Foster's story "A Nice Morning Drive" -- the original inspiration for "Red Barchetta" -- and Fritz Leiber's "Roll the Bones."
4. The R40 Live video release: While a date hasn't been announced, we do know that Rush filmed both Toronto shows on the R40 Live tour. Alex Lifeson said in the Eddie Trunk interview that it could be released by Christmas 2015. And being that this is the band's last "major tour," I expect to find a few surprises on it.
On the the "less certain" list:
5. More Neil Peart travel books: Neil's previous two books were based on his blogs. Now that he'll have a little more time, I expect that he'll write and publish a band-new book by 2016 (not that being busy ever stopped him!). I wouldn't be surprised to see him write something more introspective and historical, like he did in Roadshow and Traveling Music.
6. A new Hudson Music drum DVD or Drum Channel lessons: Even though Taking Center Stage was the ultimate DVD for fans of Neil Peart's drumming, I expect that Neil will continue to share his knowledge with the world -- especially with the way he's transformed his style in the past 10 years.
7. Soundtrack work by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. In one recent interview, Geddy and Alex talked about the prospect of doing soundtrack work for film. Given Geddy's interest in cinema, I think this will happen at some point. (See number 8 and 9 as well.)
8. Geddy Lee-produced movie based on the book "Baseballissimo." A few years back, Geddy Lee optioned Dave Bindini's book about baseball in the Italian farm leagues. Since then, the movie has been in development with director Jacob Tierney, producer David Miller, and writers Jay Baruchel, Dave Bindini, and Jesse Chabot.
9. Clockwork Angels movie. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Neil Peart said: "I thought, what a great semi-retirement project (a Clockwork Angels film) for the three of us, 'cause Geddy loves cinema, Alex for the soundtrack and me for the story. But I was hoping that's a project that the three of us would undertake at some point."
10. A new Rush album: My gut tells me that we will hear new music from Rush, even if they don't support it with a major tour. Neil has always said that writing new music is the most exciting part of the job for him, so I don't expect him to stop doing it just because they scale back their live performances.
Photos of the Night - Los Angeles, CA - August 1, 2015
For the final show of the R40 Live tour, here are two amazing photos from the end of the show by @OURoadWarrior and @CR_BROOKS_1. As you can see, Neil joined Alex and Geddy for a group hug at the front of the stage (probably for the first time ever). It's the end of another chapter for Rush, but we will see more from these three Canadians.
More to come...