Saturday, November 14, 2020

Transcript: Geddy Lee Flies Solo Rush Frontman Makes An Album While Band Takes A Break By Steve Morse, Victoria Advocate, December 1, 2000

Today is the 20th anniversary of the release of Geddy Lee's solo album, My Favorite Headache. To mark the occasion I have transcribed "Geddy Lee Flies Solo: Rush Frontman Makes An Album While Band Takes A Break", from the December 1, 2000 edition of the Victoria Advocate. - Thanks to JSW for the original article!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Rush Referenced in Joe Hill's "The Fireman"

To the Rush References in Pop Culture page I've added another Rush reference I came across while reading The Fireman, by Joe Hill, published May 17, 2016.  The character known as the Marlboro Man obviously has no taste in music when he says "I know Arlo Granger, and the guy is a fuckin' liar. He told me once that he got backstage at a Rush concert and snorted coke with Neil Peart. I wish the guys in Rush snorted coke. Maybe it would amp 'em up and they'd try playing some real rock and roll for once, instead of that limp-dick prog-rock bullshit."

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Transcript: Rush Continues Live Tradition, Springfield News-Leader, January 10, 1999

Different Stages was released 22 years ago today.  From the January 10, 1999 issue of the Springfield News-Leader, I've transcribed "Rush Continues Live Tradition", a review of Rush's "forgotten" live album (the only Rush album never remastered or reissued to vinyl).  Of course it included the obligatory derision of Geddy's voice...that's to be expected. - Thanks to JSW for providing the article!

Monday, October 26, 2020

Transcript: "Rush: A Band with Power Windows", Northeast Ohio Scene, December 12, 1985

Published 35 years ago, "Rush: A Band with Power Windows" was the cover feature of the December 12, 1985 edition of Northeast Ohio's "Scene" magazine. An interview with Alex Lifeson, topics include the band "slugging it out for 11 years" since their founding, their current hobbies, the album's themes, working with their new producer Peter Collins, and more. - Thanks to John Patuto for providing the transcript!

Monday, October 19, 2020

Transcript: "Rush: Challenging The Mind As Rock's Senior Statesmen" - Boston Globe, October 19, 1993

Check out "Rush: Challenging The Mind As Rock's Senior Statesmen" a new transcript of an article published in the Boston Globe on October 19, 1993, the day of the release of Counterparts. "Unlike many hard-rockers who are still trying to satisfy their egos and libidos, Rush writes new songs that attack racism and sexism, sympathize with a friend who died of AIDS,, defend a woman concerned with physical abuse and warn about putting up with corporate and societal lies." - Thanks to JSW for sending the original article!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Rush sighting in Great News from May 16, 2017

The television show Great News, had a great Rush sighting that I've just added to the Rush References page.  During the episode "The Red Door" (season 1, episode 7), Chuck (John Michael Higgins) has a Madame Tussaud's wax statue of himself in his attic, which Carol (Andrea Martin) hides on the roof of the building. Chuck's co-workers think he's about to throw himself off the building, and shower him with praise. Carol says "listen to that, all those people care about you." Chuck replies "I feel like Tom Sawyer". Carol nods and replies knowingly "Like you're at your own funeral." Chuck exclaims "No, like I'm an amazing song by Rush!" Click here for the video. - Thanks to Tod O'Donnell for the headsup!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Transcript: "A Rock-Solid Survivor In An Unpredictable World" - Toronto Globe And Mail, April 28, 2007

Another long lost Neil Peart interview, "A Rock-Solid Survivor In An Unpredictable World" has been added to the transcript archive.   Published in the April 28, 2007 edition of the Toronto Globe & Mail, Neil talks about how Nick Raskulinecz made him do things he wouldn't regularly do, as well as some of the influences which are manifested on Snakes & Arrows. - Thanks to RushFanForever for sending the original article!

Friday, September 18, 2020

Transcript: "Rock Trio Rush Shares Its Music, Not Its Privacy" - Atlanta Journal and Constitution, March 4, 1992

Another long lost interview with Neil Peart, published nearly 29 yeas ago, from the March 4, 1992 edition of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. In "Rock Trio Rush Shares Its Music, Not Its Privacy", Neil discusses the private nature of the band, and their growing improvisation on stage. - Thanks to JSW for providing this article!

Monday, September 14, 2020

Rush tshirt sighted in "Julie and the Phantoms"

While watching yesterday's football games, I kept seeing a commercial for the new Netflix series, Julie and the Phantoms, including a scene where one of the phantoms is wearing a Rush t-shirt.   The show debuted on Netflix September 10th.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Transcript: "Tax Grab Could Drive Artists Out" - Vancouver Province, November 19, 1981

I have recently transcribed "Tax Grab Could Drive Artists Out" from the November 19, 1981 issue of the Vancouver Province. Focusing on Canada's then elimination of income averaging annuity contracts (IAACs), it includes comments from Rush's manager Ray Danniels that the band would be considering leaving Canada to reside elsewhere. - Thanks to RushFanForever for sending the original article!

Monday, August 31, 2020

Transcript: "Rush Trip Out!" - RIP, February 1992

I have transcribed "Rush Trip Out!", a feature interview with Geddy Lee from the February 1992 issue of RIP magazine. Geddy talks about some of the themes and meanings in the album Roll the Bones, how he'd consciously changed his vocal range over the previous few albums, and more. - Thanks to Heiko Klages for providing the original article!

Friday, August 28, 2020

Transcript: "Entwistle Was On Fire!" - MOJO, August 2015

The August 2015 issue of Mojo magazine was dedicated to The Who, and in "Entwistle Was On Fire!" Geddy Lee discusses how the bassist's sound inspired him, and how their conceptual sound inspired 2112. - Thanks to Darren Michaloski for providing the transcript!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Transcript: "Remembering Neil Peart" - Percussive Notes, April 2020

From last April, I've added the special "Remembering Neil Peart" commemorative issue from Percussive Notes magazine, "an intimate look into his character as told by a handful of his friends from within our industry who enjoyed the type of personal relationship with Neil that is only possible behind-the-scenes." - Thanks to John Patuto for the transcript!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Transcript: "The Book of Plies" Foreword by Neil Peart September 6, 2017

I recently learned that DW's The Book of Plies written by John Good includes a foreword written by Neil Peart, which I've added to my Transcript Archive.  This foreword may sound familiar when you read it...the text is taken from "Growth Rings: A Short film narrated by Neil Peart".

Monday, August 17, 2020

Transcript: "Rush Hour! David Bowker Meets Those Crazy Rock N' Roll Dudes, Rush" - International Musician And Recording World, April 1990

Thanks again to Mark Walton for providing the transcript of another long lost article, "Rush Hour! David Bowker Meets Those Crazy Rock N' Roll Dudes, Rush", from the April 1990 issue of International Musician And Recording World. Alex Lifeson and producer Rupert Hine are interviewed, talking about the recording of Presto. Thanks @MarkWalton67

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...