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Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy 62nd Birthday, Neil Peart!

Neil Peart turns 62 today, Friday, September 12. Neil Peart News would like to wish the Professor a Happy Birthday!

To celebrate the occasion (as well as the R40 year for Rush), we've put together a brand new timeline of Neil Peart's early years, covering 1952-1974. You'll also find a lot of other historical information to provide some context. We hope you enjoy it!


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

R40 Blu-ray box set coming in November

Update: 9/17/14 posted a press release and a trailer today (with a higher-res version of the cover art that I've replaced below).

Rolling Stone posted an article about the release as well.


Update: 9/15/14

R40 is now available for pre-order on Amazon.


UK website SpinCDs has posted a listing for box set of 6 Rush Blu-rays releasing on November 17, 2014. The price listed on the site is 119 pounds (about $194 US dollars). This set includes Rush's past five concert releases on Blu-ray format. Here are the some other highlights:

  • Rush in Rio on Blu-ray for the first time
  • 56-page hardback book
  • Bonus disc:
    • An unreleased 1997 Test for Echo Molson Amphitheatre performance. Songs include: 1) Limelight 2) Half the World 3) Limbo 4) Virtuality 5) Nobody's Hero 6) Test for Echo 7) Leave That Thing Alone/Drum Solo 8) 2112 (all seven parts).
    • Capitol Theatre 1976 performance. Songs include: 1) Bastille Day 2) Anthem 3) Lakeside Park 4) 2112 5) Fly By Night/In The Mood
    • Lock and Key 1988
    • I Still Love You Man 2011
    • Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2013


Thanks to Rushisaband for the head's up!

Details from SpinCDs site:

2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Rush's eponymous debut album in 1974. This superb collector's box set brings together live performances by Rush from each decade of their career. It includes "Rush In Rio", "R30", "Snakes & Arrows Live", "Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland" and "Clockwork Angels Tour" plus a bonus disc of previously unseen live material stretching from 1974 to 2013. Rush are renowned for the energy and excitement of their live concerts and this set brings together some of their finest performances. The 6 Blu-ray discs are contained in a stunning 56 page hardback book measuring 305mm x 225mm with the 6 discs contained in 5 additional rigid insert pages. The 56 pages of the book are filled with memorabilia and photographs documenting 40 years of Rush live in concert. This is the ultimate collection of Rush live performances, beautifully presented.

Bonus Features

See attached sheets for details of bonus features on each set.

The ultimate set of Rush live concerts on Blu-ray.

Includes "Rush In Rio" on Blu-ray for the first time.

Fantastic presentation making R40 the must-have item for any serious Rush collector.

Bonus disc contains the rarely performed full 7-part version of "2112" filmed in 1997 amidst over 3 hours of largely unseen material.

Incredibly loyal Rush fanbase who are very strong buyers of live concerts.

Eagle Rock

Format: Music Blu-ray Box Set: 6 Discs

Cat No: ERBRD5236

Barcode: 5051300523671

Screen Format: 16:9 / 4:3

Running Time: 19hrs 7 mins approx.

Certificate: E

Subtitles: None



Disc One - Rush In Rio


1) Tom Sawyer   2) Distant Early Warning   3) New World Man   4) Roll The Bones   5) Earthshine   6) YYZ   7) The Pass   8) Bravado   9) The Big Money   10) The Trees   11) Freewill   12) Closer To The Heart   13) Natural Science   14) One Little Victory   15) Driven   16) Ghost Rider   17) Secret Touch   18) Dreamline   19) Red Sector A   20) Leave That Thing Alone   21) O Baterista   22) Resist   23) 2112   24) Limelight   25) La Villa Strangiato   26) The Spirit Of Radio   27) Encore Medley: By-Tor And The Snow Dog / Cygnus X-1 / Working Man

Bonus Features:

The Documentary - The Boys In Brazil

MX Multiangle versions of: (1) YYZ   (2) O Baterista   (3) La Villa Strangiato

Easter Eggs: (1) By-Tor And The Snow Dog animation   (2) Anthem (1975 performance)

Sound Formats: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo

Disc Two - R30


1) R30 Overture (Finding My Way / Anthem / Bastille Day / A Passage To Bangkok / Cygnus X1 / Hemispheres)   2) The Spirit Of Radio   3) Force Ten   4) Animate   5) Subdivisions   6) Earthshine   7) Red Barchetta   8) Roll The Bones   9) Bravado   10) YYZ   11) The Trees   12) The Seeker   13) One Little Victory   14) Tom Sawyer   15) Dreamline   16) Secret Touch   17) Between The Wheels   18) Mystic Rhythms   19) Red Sector A   20) Der Trommler   21) Resist   22) Heart Full Of Soul   23) Medley: 2112 / La Villa Strangiato / By-Tor And The Snow Dog / Xanadu / Working Man   18) Summertime Blues   19) Crossroads   20) Limelight

Bonus Features:

Interviews: (1) 1979 Hamilton, Ivor Wynne Stadium   (2) 1981 Le Studio, Quebec   (3) 1990 Artist Of The Decade   (4) 1994 Juno Hall Of Fame Induction   (5) 2002 Vapor Trails Tour

From the Anthem vault: (1) Fly By Night   (2) Finding My Way (mpeg1 from Rock Concert)   (3) In The Mood (mpeg1 from Rock Concert)   (4) Circumstances   (5) La Villa Strangiato   (6) A Farewell To Kings   (7) Xanadu   (8) The Spirit Of Radio (Soundcheck 1979 Ivor Wynne Stadium)   (9) Freewill (Toronto Rocks 2003)   (10) Closer To The Heart (Canada For Asia 2005)

Easter Eggs: (1) Rush hits St John's (1988)   (2) Alex Lifeson interview for Artist Of The Decade (1990)

Sound Formats: DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo

Disc Three - Snakes & Arrows Live


1) Limelight   2) Digital Man   3) Entre Nous   4) Mission   5) Freewill   6) The Main Monkey Business   7) The Larger Bowl   8) Secret Touch   9) Circumstances   10) Between The Wheels   11) Dreamline   12) Far Cry   13) Workin' Them Angels   14) Armor And Sword   15) Spindrift   16) The Way The Wind Blows   17) Subdivisions   18) Natural Science   19) Witch Hunt   20) Malignant Narcissism - De Slagwerker   21) Hope   22) Distant Early Warning   23) The Spirit Of Radio   24) Tom Sawyer   25) One Little Victory   26) A Passage To Bangkok   27) YYZ

Bonus Features

Oh, Atlanta! The Authorized Bootlegs

(1) Ghost Of A Chance   (2) Red Barchetta   (3) The Trees  (4) 2112 / The Temples Of Syrinx

Sound Formats: DTS-HD Master Audio, PCM Stereo

Disc Four - Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland


1) The "Real" History Of Rush Episode No.2 "Don't Be Rash"   2) The Spirit Of Radio   3) Time Stand Still   4) Presto   5) Stick It Out   6) Workin' Them Angels   7) Leave That Thing Alone   8) Faithless   9) BU2B   10) Freewill   11) Marathon   12) Subdivisions   13) The "Real" History Of Rush Episode No.17 ".and Rock and Roll is my name."   14) Tom Sawyer   15) Red Barchetta   16) YYZ   17) Limelight   18) The Camera Eye   19) Witch Hunt   20) Vital Signs   21) Caravan   22) Moto Perpetuo (featuring Love For Sale)   23) O'Malley's Break   24) Closer To The Heart   25) 2112 Overture / The Temples Of Syrinx   26) Far Cry   27) La Villa Strangiato   28) Working Man

Bonus Features

Outtakes from "The "Real" History Of Rush Episodes 2 & 17"

"Tom Sawyer" featuring the cast of "The "Real" History Of Rush Episode 17"

"Need Some Love" live at Laura Secord Secondary School, 1974

"Anthem" live from Passaic, New Jersey 1976

Sound Formats: DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo

Disc Five - Clockwork Angels Tour


1) Subdivisions   2) The Big Money   3) Force Ten   4) Grand Designs   5) The Body Electric   6) Territories   7) The Analog Kid   8) Bravado   9) Where's My Thing? / Here It Is!   10) Far Cry   11) Caravan   12) Clockwork Angels   13) The Anarchist   14) Carnies   15) The Wreckers   16) Headlong Flight / Drumbastica   17) Peke's Repose / Halo Effect   18) Seven Cities Of Gold   19) Wish Them Well   20) The Garden   21) Dreamline   22) The Percussor (i) Binary Love Theme (ii) Steambanger's Ball   23) Red Sector A   24) YYZ   25) The Spirit Of Radio   26) Tom Sawyer   27) 2112

Bonus Features:

Bonus tracks: (1) Limelight (soundcheck recording)   (2) Middletown Dreams   (3) The Pass   (4) Manhattan Project

Can't Stop Thinking Big (tour documentary) / Behind The Scenes (featuring Jay Baruchel) / Outtakes / Interview with Dwush / Family Goy / Family Sawyer / The Watchmaker / Office Of The Watchmaker

Sound Formats: DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo

Disc Six - R40 Bonus Disc

Laura Secord Secondary School 1974

Tracklisting TBC

Capitol Theatre 1976

1) Bastille Day   2) Anthem   3) Lakeside Park   4) 2112   5) Fly By Night/In The Mood

Lock and Key 1988

Molson Amphitheatre 1997

1) Limelight   2) Half the World   3) Limbo   4) Virtuality   5) Nobody's Hero   6) Test for Echo   7) Leave That Thing Alone/Drum Solo   8) 2112 (all seven parts)

I Still Love You Man 2011

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction 2013


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kevin J. Anderson announces 2113 novella and Rush-based story anthology

Update - 9/17/14

When I first posted this, I somehow missed one of the major announcements. Reading Kevin's most recent blog entry, I can see there are actually three Rush-related releases that Kevin is working on.

1. An anthology of Rush-inspired stories that he's co-editing.

2. A new novella that Kevin is writing entitled 2113

3. A sequel to Clockwork Angels entitled Clockwork Lives that Kevin is writing with Neil Peart.


At Rushcon 2014 this weekend, Clockwork Angels: The Novel author  Kevin J. Anderson had two big Rush-related announcements: A new novella he's writing entitled 2113, as well as an anthology of Rush-based stories he's co-editing.

Kevin also made the announcement via his NEW Facebook page:

For those of you NOT lucky enough to be at Rushcon, I made an announcement this afternoon about an anthology of Rush-based stories I'll be coediting with John McFetridge for ECW (publishers of Clockwork Angels). We have a gang of award-winning and bestselling authors already lined up to contribute stories based on Rush songs. And I'll be doing a novella called "2113".

Thanks to Kevin for the head's up!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Neil Peart update: August 2014 - "Magnetic Mirages"

Neil has updated his website with a new three-part story. You can read it here:

August 2014 - "Magnetic Mirages"

Neil writes about the eight Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California, including two recent trips to multiple islands. In the picture below, Peart had been "bombed" by some gulls on Anacapa Island.


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Neil Peart to appear at Music Expo 2014 (online)

MusicRadar announced that Neil Peart will appear at the online Music Expo 2014. Here's some info about Music Expo 2014 from MusicRadar:

The MusicRadar Drum Expo 2014 runs in association with Rhythm magazine on Wed 20 and Thurs 21 August. Stay tuned for more information on which gear companies will be taking part in this exclusive two-day online show for drummers.

No word on when Peart will appear. More info when it's available.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Happy R40 to Rush!

It was 40 year ago today, on Geddy Lee's birthday, July 29, 1974, that Neil Peart joined Rush. And so began one of the most enduring and successful musical partnerships. With Neil Peart, Rush would produce 19 studio albums (and counting!), and sell over 40 million albums sold worldwide.

Peart describes the day Rush came into his life in his book Traveling Music:

One hot July morning in the summer of 1974, a white Corvette pulled up in front of Dalziel Equipment. Another drummer from the area, John Trojan, climbed out of the passenger seat, and introduced me to the driver, Vic Wilson, one of the managers of a band from Toronto called Rush. All I knew about them was seeing those Bullrush, Mahogany Rush, Rush posters from the previous summer, but apparently they had been playing bluesy hard rock around the Toronto-area bars for a few years, and had recently released an independent Canadian album financed by the management company. The manager said the album had been picked up by an American record company, Mercury, and an American tour was being planned for later that summer. It sounded very exciting (though by that time I had learned to be skeptical of a manager's promises).

Peart got the gig, and Rush played their first show on August 14, 1974, opening for Manfred Man in front of 11,000 people in Pittsburgh. And while we don't have a recording of that first show (at least that I'm aware of), we do have the first Agora performance from August 26. I'm still amazed at how well the band was playing together after only a month. The following photo is from another Agora show on September 25, 1974:


Congratulations to Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart for 40 years of great music, and happy 61st birthday to Geddy Lee!

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Saturday, June 07, 2014

R41 Survey Results - Question 2: If Rush played one complete album on this tour what should it be?

This post includes the results from a Neil Peart News Facebook page survey (Question 2): If Rush played one complete album on this tour (like they did with Moving Pictures on Time Machine tour), what should it be?




Top 5 albums

1. Hemispheres (19%): Like the first survey, there are a lot of fans out there who want to hear Hemispheres in its entirety. For Rush to perform this album from beginning to end would mean some serious de-tuning (after all, when Hemispheres in the 1970s, was recorded outside of Geddy's stratospheric range). All depends on whether:

  • Rush wants to play Hemispheres again. The answer might be obvious to some ("Of course they do!"), but it might be a little more nuanced than that. As revealed in Beyond the Lighted Stage, making this album ended up being one of the more painful production experiences for the band. And these emotional connections seem to play a big part in how the band approaches their back catalog. For example, I can't ever see Rush playing Vapor Trails in its entirety either due to the the painful memories it surfaces for Neil Peart. (He wasn't even able to listen to Vapor Trails remixed.)
  • Rush can play Hemispheres without compromising the songs. After seeing Geddy try to sing "Prelude" in its (I believe) original key during the Counterparts tour, it's clear the band would need to bring it down a few steps -- like they did with the "2112" on the Test for Echo tour. However, there's only so far you can tune down a song before it loses its spirit. 

One glimmer of hope is that Rush brought back a de-tuned "Circumstances" on the 2007 leg of the Snakes & Arrows tour -- something I never saw coming. But then for the 2008 leg of that tour, Rush replaced "Circumstances" with another Hemispheres song, "The Trees." So, a lot of fans, I'd love to see Rush play all of Hemispheres. I just don't think it's very likely.

2. Signals (13%): Of all the albums in Rush's vast back catalog, this would be a great choice. Even though the members of Rush have expressed disappointment with this album -- specifically around the treatment of the guitar in the mix -- it still represents a bridge between the Rock/New Wave-influenced Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures and the more 80s keyboard-oriented Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, and Hold Your Fire.

Rush has played many of the songs from Signals in the past few tours, including: "Subdivisions" (opener for the Clockwork Angels Tour), "The Analog Kid" (also on the Clockwork tour), "The Digital Man" (Snakes & Arrows tour), and "New World Man" (Vapor Trails tour). Many of the B-side songs haven't been heard since the Signals tour, and "Losing it" has never been played live. Even if you're not a big fan of Signals, take a look at the way Rush approached these 80s keyboard-oriented songs on the Clockwork Angels tour. With the guitar taking its proper place in the mix, songs like "The Big Money," "The Analog Kid," "Grand Designs" and "Force 10" all come to life. I think the same thing would happen if Signals were played from beginning to end.

3. 2112 (12.6%): Yes, Rush played the song "2112" in its entirety on the Test for Echo tour in 1996 and 1997, and it was glorious. I still remember going to see them in San Diego and being completely surprised (even though the radio station doing a contest outside the arena even hinted at it).

While I love 2112 for what it represents -- the album where Rush discovered their true voice and also earned their musical independence -- there are some major showstoppers, like "The Twilight Zone" or "Tears." (Apologies to all the fans who would love to hear these songs.) My money might be on them bringing back the "2112" suite again, but even this is a slim chance, given its prominence in 1996/1997.

4. Permanent Waves (10.6%) - This is the other album that has a higher chance of being played in its entirety. First of all, Rush has added many its songs to the set list in the past 10 years. And it was a major surprise when they broke out "Entre Nous" on the "Snakes & Arrows" tour -- the first time they'd played it live, actually. The other thing this album has going for it is "Jacob's Ladder." According to the previous poll, this is the song most fans want to hear. 

5. Tie between:

A Farewell to Kings (8.6%) - Like Hemispheres, a lot of the songs on this album are outside of Geddy's range -- at least in the original tuning. When they've played cuts from this album in the past 10 years, they're either abbreviated ("Cygnus X-1") or rearranged ("Closer to the Heart"). Plus, it has "Madrigal" -- which I actually don't mind as much as, say, "Tears." But Rush was still learning how to write a their version of a ballad (they actually got close with "Closer to the Heart," but I'd call that a "half-ballad" with its heavy second half).

Grace Under Pressure (8.6%) - A few people pointed out that Rush could never play Grace Under Pressure in its entirety because of "Afterimage" and what it represents to the band (take a look at the dedication on Different Stages). I have to agree. Plus, it's worth noting that even when they were playing "Afterimage" on the Grace Under Pressure tour, they replaced it with "Kid Gloves." In addition, they've played a lot of material from this album it in the past 10 years. In fact, some songs -- "Red Sector A" and "Between the Wheels" -- have probably been overplayed in recent tours. What I'd like to see Rush bring back from this album are: "The Enemy Within" (especially if it's part of the Fear suite), "Red Lenses," and "Kid Gloves." 

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