Monday, March 22, 2021

Transcript: "What's The Rush?" - Des Moines Register, October 31, 2002

It's been a while since I transcribed something. Here's an interview with Geddy given late in the Vapor Trails tour with the Des Moines Register, October 31, 2002. In "What's The Rush?", Ged says "We've just been a consistent, hardworking band. It's not a very sexy story, what can I tell you?" - Thanks to SWT for the original article!

Monday, March 8, 2021

Rush Reference in "Goon: Last of the Enforcers"

In the 2017 sequel film Goon: Last of the Enforcers, during the final game Liev Schreiber chirps to his fighting opponent, “Do you like Kim Mitchell? That's what I thought. I bet you don’t like RUSH either you fuckin....." then proceeds to throw down. Check it out in here, starting about 1 minute into the clip... - Thanks to Tod O’Donnell for the headsup!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Transcript: "Geddy Lee of Rush" - Greenwich Shoppers Helper, November 10, 1987

I have just transcribed "Geddy Lee of Rush", an interview which appeared in the November 10, 1987 issue of the Ohio Greenwich Shoppers Helper.   Geddy addresses the maturity of the band and the music reflected on Hold Your Fire...   "As much as some of our fans would hate to view it like that...we're changing and our music's changing with us." - Thanks to RushFanForever for providing the original article!

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Tourbooks for Rush, Fly By Night and Caress of Steel - new transcripts and wallpaper

Last October, official tourbooks for the Rush 1974, Fly By Night, and Caress of Steel tours were published as the "Missing Tourbooks Collection".  Each tourbook offers many rare photographs as well as three never before seen press reviews written by Raymond Michael for Buffalo's Courier Express.  You can now check out each tourbook by visiting the Rush Bibliography page, or simply visit the Rush, Fly By Night or Caress of Steel discography pages and click on their respective Tourbook tabs.  All photographs are also now available as wallpaper; accessible on each album's Wallpaper tab, or on the main Wallpaper page. - A huge thank you to John Patuto for providing the transcripts and raw scans!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Transcript: "Rush's Music Reflects Work Ethic" - Orange County Register, February 15, 1983

I have transcribed another long lost interview with Neil Peart published 38 years ago this month in the Orange County Register during the Signals tour. In "Rush's Music Reflects Work Ethic" Neil reaffirms the band's work ethic five years after the band had finally achieved success in his view, and notes how Rush was incorporating more synths into their sound, while his lyrics had moved from sci-fi themes to personal relationships. - Thanks to RushFanForever for providing the original article!

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Ready Player Two - small Rush reference

Finally was able to read Ready Player Two which was published in November. You may remember the first book had a slew of Rush references. This one picks up where the first book left off (after a deranged A.I. takes control of the OASIS), with all new pop culture references. In this book in the real world, Wade Watts (aka Parzival) lives at "2112 Monsalvat Boulevard" (Monsalvat was the mythical castle of the Knights of the Roundtable searching for the Holy Grail in Richard Wagner's opera, Parzival).

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Transcript: "Neil Peart: The Measure of a Life" - Rhythm, November 2020

Remembering Neil Peart on this sad day with "Neil Peart: The Measure of a Life", the complete transcript of Rhythm magazine's special commemorative issue published last November. - Thank you to John Patuto for sharing the transcript.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Transcript: "Neil Peart Doesn't Play for Stardom" - Detroit Free Press, November 7, 1982

I have transcribed "Neil Peart Doesn't Play for Stardom", a long lost interview with Neil Peart from the November 7, 1982 issue of the Detroit Free Press. Neil digs deep into the inspiration behind Subdivisions, including memories of growing up in St. Catherines. He also talks about the last minute addition to the album which became a hit single, New World Man. That said, the interviewer gets many facts about Rush's history wrong, as you will no doubt notice. - Thanks to Darren Michaloski for sending the original article!

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!