Friday, August 7, 2020

Pop Culture Sighting - "Spinster"

The film "Spinster" was released last August, about a 39 year old woman who suddenly finds herself single and back in the dating scene; the trailer includes a brief scene where she replies to her date "I guess I never really listened to Rush". Thanks Tod for the headsup!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Transcript: "Rush: The Fine Art Of Metal" - RIP, June 1989

Thanks to @MarkWalton67 for transcribing "Rush: The Fine Art Of Metal", an interview with Geddy Lee after the release of A Show of Hands, from the June 1989 issue of RIP magazine.  Part way through the article the author defends Rush against other music press who were no longer acknowledging them with "perhaps, because Rush has been around for so long, it's easy for the music press to cast them aside as old news"; of course, Rush would remain active for more than 25 years after this was published!

Friday, July 24, 2020

Transcript: "Rush Takes Things Slow In Studio" - Sacramento Bee, September 11, 2002

I have transcribed "Rush Takes Things Slow In Studio", an interview with Alex Lifeson which appeared in the September 11, 2002 edition of the Sacramento Bee. Alex talks about the early steps the band took when Neil Peart returned to the band after his tragedies, the lack of guitar solos and keyboards on Vapor Trails, and sounding like a bad Rush tribute band when preparing for the Vapor Trails tour. - Thanks to RushFanForever for sending the original article.

Monday, July 13, 2020

The Neil Peart Transcript Collection

Since first adding the Rush Transcript Archive to my website nine years ago, it has grown to nearly 1,900 articles for your perusal and enjoyment - nearly double what it was when first launched. The articles are listed in chronological order, and sprinkled through those items are every known article or essay written by Neil Peart.

For the last few months I've been wanting to collect all of Neil's writings in one central location for easy and quick review, and I finally accomplished this goal. At the top of my Transcript Archive page you'll now see a button for "The Neil Peart Collection", a collection of all known newsletters, magazine articles, tour book essays, linernotes, blog entries and more, written by Neil Peart.

Visually, this list of content is striking. We all knew he was a prolific writer, but seeing it condensed in one list is awe inspiring, and I only wish I could continue to add to it in the future...

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Transcript: "Life(son) Beyond Rush" - Toronto Star, January 13, 1996

Another long lost Victor article.  I've transcribed "Life(son) Beyond Rush", a review of Alex Lifeson's solo album Victor from the January 13, 1996 edition of the Toronto Star.  "True to his nature, Lifeson shares the limelight, keeping his surname out of the band name, keeping guitar solos to a minimum and giving major credit to his many helpers." - Thanks to JSW for sending the article!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Transcript: "Archives Press Kit" - Mercury Records, February 21, 1978

Written February 21, 1978, I have transcribed the "Archives Press Kit" promoting Rush's first boxed set. Released to capitalize on the attention brought on by 2112 and A Farewell to Kings, Archives is a simple repackaging of Rush's first three albums, and in turn the press kit is a short biography of those three releases. - Thanks to Joe Pesch for providing the original press kit!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Transcript: "Alex Lifeson, Rush's Class Act" - Industrial Music, January 1992

I recently transcribed a 28 year old interview, "Alex Lifeson, Rush's Class Act" from the January 1992 issue of Industrial Music magazine. Interviewed during the Roll the Bones tour, Alex opens up about Steve Lilywhite, recording spontaneous guitar solos, minimizing keyboards, and more... - Thanks to Heiko Klages for sending the original article!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Transcript: "Geddy Lee: Is Reading the New Rock 'n' Roll?" - Classic Rock, August 2019

Hard to believe it has been over a year and a half since Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass was released. Here's an interview with Geddy from Classic Rock magazine's August 2019 issue, "Geddy Lee: Is Reading the New Rock 'n' Roll?", transcribed by John Patuto. "Attracting huge crowds is nothing new to Rush's frontman, but the numbers who are turning up to his book signings have genuinely surprised him."

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Transcript: "Even Rockers Can Get Caught In A Rush Of Mid-Life Crisis" - Toronto Star, January 23, 1996

With the leak of an upcoming expanded anniversary edition of Victor in the works, I've transcribed "Even Rockers Can Get Caught In A Rush Of Mid-Life Crisis", a very rare interview with Alex Lifeson talking about Victor from the January 23, 1996 edition of the Toronto Star. - Thanks to JSW for sending the article!

Permanent Waves 40th Anniversary Edition Wallpaper Images

Just over two weeks ago I shared with you that I had added a "Permanent Waves 40th Anniversary Edition" page which has the complete linernotes including the 12,000 word essay written by Ray Wawrzyniak exclusively for the Super Deluxe edition.  I have updated that page to include the complete Desktop Wallpaper images from the Super Deluxe Edition.  Those images are also included on the main wallpaper page. - Thanks to John Patuto for help with the scans.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Transcript: "Rock 'N' Work: The Beat Goes On Backstage, Or It Doesn't Go Onstage" - Milwaukee Journal Insight, August 6, 1981

I have transcribed "Rock 'N' Work: The Beat Goes On Backstage, Or It Doesn't Go Onstage", from the August 6, 1981 issue of the Milwaukee Journal Insight". An interesting contrast between two different tours visiting Wisconsin's Alpine Valley Music Theater that summer, Rush and the Doobie Brothers, the feature length article goes into the minutiae of what it takes to put on a large scale show - and this is 39 years ago. Included are some interesting tidbits from Rush's Moving Pictures tour rider. - Thanks to Heiko Klages for providing the original article!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Transcript: "The Disasters of Rush", Music Maker (Holland), August 1979

41 years ago today, Rush played the final date of the Hemispheres tour at the Pinkpop festival in Geleen, Holland.  Today's transcript is an interview Geddy gave that day to Holland's Music Maker magazine.  41 years later, the article, "The Disasters of Rush", has been translated and transcribed by Alex van Loon for your reading pleasure! 

Sunday, May 31, 2020

New Discography Page - "Permanent Waves 40th Anniversary Edition"

I have added a "Permanent Waves 40th Anniversary Edition" page to my website, which has the complete linernotes including the 12,000 word essay written by superfan Ray Wawrzyniak exclusively for the Super Deluxe edition. Ray's essay is expansive, and tells the history of the album, breaking down each song, and is a joy to read.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Transcript: "What A Rush: After 22 Years, Band Wants To Spend An Evening With Its Loyal Fans", Vancouver Province, May 15, 1997

I have transcribed "What A Rush: After 22 Years, Band Wants To Spend An Evening With Its Loyal Fans" from the May 15, 1997 of the Vancouver Province newspaper. Manager Ray Danniels is interviewed, and explains how the band finally decided to move away from opening bands, avoiding exploiting their past with reissues, and more. - Thanks to RushFanForever for providing the original article!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Transcript: "Neil Peart: A Farewell to Kings", MOJO, April 2020

I've just added a transcript of "Neil Peart: A Farewell to Kings", a poignant tribute to Neil which appeared in last month's issue of MOJO magazine. Thanks to John Patuto for sharing his transcript!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Transcript: "Bum's Rush", Record Mirror, June 14, 1980

I've transcribed "Bum's Rush", an interview with Rush from the June 14, 1980 issue of "Record Mirror". This is one of those typical old British music rag interviews which is half serious, half joke, but includes this very succinct statement: "If God had wanted a soundtrack when he gave Moses the Ten Commandments then he would have commissioned Rush to do it. Heroic themes stoked and fried by the constant pulse of life and the forces of nature." This photo used in this old article has been making the rounds lately in promotional for the new 40th Anniversary of Permanent Waves... - Thanks to Joe Pesch for unearthing the original article!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Transcript: "Rushing Into Fame", Windsor Star, January 4, 1975

I have transcribed "Rushing Into Fame" from the January 4, 1975 issue of the Windsor Star. Written just over 45 years ago, this was published as Rush was entering the studio to record Fly By Night, and made enough of an impression on the band's management that they included copies of the press clipping in the Fly By Night media kit later that winter.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Transcript: "Exit the Warrior: Neil Peart - A Tribute", Planet Rock Issue #19

The April issue of Planet Rock magazine includes a very poignant tribute to Neil Peart, as "Exit the Warrior: Neil Peart - A Tribute"Thanks to John Patuto for sharing the transcript

Monday, March 23, 2020

Transcript: "Band Still Creates Rush 30 Million Discs Later" - Vancouver Sun, March 22, 1990

My latest transcript is a newspaper story that was published in the Vancouver Sun 30 years ago yesterday... In "Band Still Creates Rush 30 Million Discs Later", Alex Lifeson reacts to the growth of Rush fanzines such as "The Spirit of Rush" as well as the growth of 'video music' and late 80's heavy metal. - Thanks to Heiko Klages for providing the original article.