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Sunday, February 28, 2010

CBC: Rush might play closing Olympics ceremony

Update: 11:00 p.m. - No Rush.


A report from CBC News lists Rush as one of the possible performers at the Closing Ceremony. After the Opening Ceremony rumors, I wouldn't bet on it.

Here's the quote from the CBC News story:

The closing of the Vancouver Olympics on Sunday is expected to be more light-hearted than the show that opened the Games on Feb. 12.

The big farewell celebration may even poke fun at Canada, according to Vancouver Organizing Committee head John Furlong.

Furlong promised some "pretty amazing Canadian talent" will make sure the party rocks.

Reports indicate Michael Bubl�, Diana Krall and rock band Rush may all perform at the closing, which gets underway at 5:30 p.m. local time.

Those names haven't been confirmed, but some features of the closing can be counted on -- the march of athletes into BC Place, the playing of the national anthem of Greece, the extinguishing of the Olympic flame.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Replica kit updates - 2/24/10

I've added three new kits to the Replicas and drum kits inspired by Neil Peart page. Thanks to all the drummers for sending in their photos!

Also, feel free to leave comments or questions at the bottom of the replica pages for the drummers.

Chainsaw's Thunderdrums

Sander Viller's Premier Cabria kit 

Jamie's Mapex Voyager kit


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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Rush expected to perform at Winter Olympics opening ceremony (updated x2)

Update: 2/16/10 - 11:50 a.m.: Ed at Rushisaband posted a nice "post mortem" about how the rumors about Rush playing the Olympics Opening Ceremony got started. Still no official word on what really happened.

Update: 2/13/10 - 12:33 a.m. Pacific: The opening ceremony is over, and Rush didn't perform. Here's what Ed at said:

UPDATE - 2/13@12:32AM: Well, obviously no Rush tonight. Notice how the show was themed around the different provinces of Canada moving from east to west? Also notice how Ontario and the Great Lakes region were skipped over? What I'm now hearing is that this portion of the show was scrubbed due to nature of today's tragic events. Apparently it had a full rock and roll metropolitan vibe to it and was cut for sensitivity. The word is now that Rush may tentatively play at the closing ceremony. Sorry everybody - I'm as pissed off as you are.


It appears that Rush is indeed expected to perform at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. According to this post at

A week ago rumors started flying around that Rush would be performing at the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Vancouver tomorrow. Dress rehearsals have been taking place all this week and according to this release from the Canadian Press, Rush is indeed expected to perform:

"In an age where news travels as fast as a sled hurtling down a skeleton track, the sustained secrecy surrounding Friday's opening ceremonies at the Vancouver Games is an Olympic feat in of itself.

Only in the past few days have small amounts of information dribbled out as Twitter-happy fans have leaked rehearsal information.

Recent reports indicate that Bryan Adams and Sarah McLachlan have been spotted rehearsing for the show.

Meanwhile, Rush and 16-year-old Montreal jazz singer Nikki Yanofsky also seem to be involved. A publicist for the veteran Toronto rock trio and Yanofsky herself both responded to questions from The Canadian Press with no-comments, citing non-disclosure agreements.

"NDA, non-disclosure, we're not allowed to say anything," Yanofsky said when asked if she would perform. ... "


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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

American Motorcyclist Article now on

The September 2009 article on Neil Peart that appeared in American Motorcyclist is now on

Click here to read the American Motorcyclist article: "Rocker & Roller"


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Monday, February 08, 2010

New NEP News Update: "Fire on Ice"

Neil has posted a February 2010 update to his website called "Fire on Ice."


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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Neil Peart interview in St. Catherine's Standard

In this interview, Neil talks about fame, being a new father, the Hockey Song, and ideas for the new Rush album.

Click to read the interview: The Beat Goes On.


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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Article in The Walrus about Rush

This is one of the better articles I've read about the rise of Rush in the mainstream.

The Walrus March 2010 "Living on a Lighted Stage" by Jason Anderson.


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Interview with Neil Peart at

This is an interesting interview with Neil Peart from an unlikely source.

Interviews - Guitar Center


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