Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2112-40th Anniversary Desktop Wallpaper and Linernotes

I've just finished uploading 12 new desktop wallpaper images for your viewing pleasure which you will find on my Rush Art Gallery of Desktop Wallpaper page here. In addition, last week I transcribed the linernotes essay by Rob Bowman which you can check out here. Thanks as always to John Patuto for providing the original scans.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Transcript: 'Trio Gives Fans A 20-Year Rush' - Tampa Tribune, March 4, 1994

I have a fresh transcript for your enjoyment. "Trio Gives Fans A 20-Year Rush", a long lost interview with Geddy Lee given during the Counterparts tour, is a syndicated story that appeared in the March 4, 1994 issue of the Tampa Tribune. Geddy talks about the aggressiveness of the album, the old songs "relearned" for the setlist, and that the show was NOT to be confused with a 20th Anniversary reunion show (That isn't what this group is about. Rush is a current, alive group.") - Thanks to Heiko Klages for sending the original article.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

"2112-40th Anniversary Edition" linernotes now available

I have just finished transcribing and uploading the linernotes from the new "2112-40th Anniversary Edition." These linernotes are EXTENSIVE, including tons of quotes from the band both old and new, on topics from the thoughts that led to 2112, how the music was recorded, to the creation of the artwork and eventual success. The linernotes also include quotes from the artists who provided covers for this collection, and it is interesting to know they were all worried about pissing off hardcore Rush fans. You can check them out here.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Transcript: 'All Hail The Heirs Apparent!' - Maclean's, July 1, 1976

Here we are on the verge of the release of the 2112 40th Anniversary Edition, when a long lost article from the original release era has been found. Check out, 'All Hail The Heirs Apparent!' from the July 1976 issue of Canada's Maclean's magazine, which praises the band's successes based on their endless touring, while staying "recklessly normal". - Thanks to RushFanForever for the sending the article my way!  

Monday, November 7, 2016

Just a few updates for November

I thought I'd make a note of some updates to the site.  First, obviously I've given the site a new coat of paint in celebration of the documentary, Time Stand Still (I hope you like it!).  Next, I've added the covers of both Time Stand Still and 2112-40th to the Desktop Wallpaper page.  I have also added quite a few wallpapers to the Smartphone Wallpaper page.  And finally be sure to check out the updated Rush Bibliography page (aka "books"), which now includes a "Rush Fiction" section with a complete listing of all Rush novelizations and short stories.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Transcript: "All Together Now: Rush Does Its Own Thing" - Chicago Tribune, December 17, 1987

I have a new transcript for your enjoyment.  From the December 17, 1987 edition of the Chicago Tribune check out "All Together Now: Rush Does Its Own Thing", a long lost interview with Neil Peart where he discusses their 12th studio album released in 13 years (just think about that for a moment!), "Hold Your Fire". 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Transcript: 'Just My Type: Geddy Lee Interview by Dan Patrick' - Sports Illustrated, October 26, 2015

I've just transcribed 'Just My Type: Geddy Lee Interview by Dan Patrick' from last October 26th's issue of Sports Illustrated. This interview took place shortly after last year's World Series, and Geddy talks about the Series as well as his experiences singing the Canadian National Anthem in '93 as well as throwing out last year's first pitch in Toronto.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Transcript: "Act Natural, Lee" - Entertainment Weekly, December 15, 2000

I just added a transcript from the December 15, 2000 issue of Entertainment Weekly: "Act Natural, Lee" is a basic Q&A with Geddy published shortly after the release of My Favorite Headache.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Transcript: "Presto Brings Magic Back To Rush Performance," Toronto Star, May 10, 1990

I've just transcribed another long lost interview, this one is with Geddy Lee, interviewed during the Presto tour, as it appeared in the May 10, 1990 issue of the Toronto Star.  In "Presto Brings Magic Back To Rush Performance," Geddy talks about the rebirth of the band with Presto, and also discusses how they went about choosing the opening bands on tour. "Whenever we pick an opening act, we're supplied with a list of who's available. How that list comes to be is always beyond me...and all we try to do is pick a decent band that will work with us. For this tour, we thought it would be nice to have a French act [Voivod] play with us. To be frank, that's as far as we thought about it." - Thanks again to Heiko Klages for supplying the original article!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Rush Sampling Added: "Fright Night" by Capaz on Ultimo Cigarro

Just added to the Tributes & Samplings page, "Fright Night" by Capaz on Ultimo Cigarro.  This song includes a sample of Rush's "A Passage To Bangkok" throughout.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Transcript: 'For The Record: Exit...Stage Left Album Review' - Brandon Sun, November 23, 1981

My latest transcript is from the November 23, 1981 edition of the Brandon Sun: 'For The Record: Exit...Stage Left' is a review of the album where the critic applauds the production for making the live show sound close to the original studio versions, while criticizing Neil's drum solo as "coming up short". - Thanks to J Harrison for sending the transcript!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Few Site Additions for Your Review

A few website additions for your review...  If I'm missing anything, please drop me a line! - Thanks to Paul Knox-Roberts, Tod Odonnell and Joe Pesch for the headsup!

To the "Rush Covers" page, I added "Tom Sawyer" performed by The United States Airforce Rock Group on the album Mach 1, released in 1983; this is a collection of upbeat anthems, and is now the earliest known Rush cover in print.

Next, a few additions to to the "Pop Culture References" page... During the television show "Person of Interest" (episode "Bad Code", season 2, episode 2), 2112 is part of a tab code which Finch enters into a telephone handset.  Another television show, "Ray Donovan" (episode "Federal Boobie Inspector", season 4, episode 4), sees Ray and another character discussing Canadian rock bands and include Rush.  And finally, as previously posted, the movie "The Infiltrator" was released July 13th, featuring "Tom Sawyer" during the opening credits scene, and it is also the lead track on the film's soundtrack.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Transcript: "Interview With Geddy Lee" - WPHD, November 14, 1987

My next transcript addition is a telephone interview With Geddy Lee on Buffalo's WPHD radio, the morning of Rush's performance there on November 14, 1987. It's fairly detailed and longer than a typical radio interview, and Geddy also took a few calls from listeners. The transcript of the radio broadcast appeared in The Spirit of Rush; I've done some minor editing and clean-up for readability.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Transcript: "A Reluctant Rush To Success" - Rock Magazine, August 1984

My latest transcript is "A Reluctant Rush To Success", another long lost interview with Geddy Lee from the August 1984 issue of Rock Magazine. Published over 30 years ago, this interview is very telling of the band's thoughts during the Grace Under Pressure tour, as according to Geddy, "In some ways, I think we've reached a point where Rush is basically an album-by-album situation. One moment, it's like we're the band we've always been and will be around forever. The next moment, we're thinking 'how long can I keep doing this, or do I even want to continue this?'"  Geddy also forewarns us with the statement "If it happens, don't be looking for any farewell tour or final album. We'll know instinctively when we've had enough. And when we know, that will be the time to quit."

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Transcript: 'Rush: They Are What They Are' - Scene, June 28, 1984

32 years ago today, Rush played the first of two nights at the Richfield Coliseum near Cleveland. Rush appeared on the cover of that week's Northeast Ohio Scene newspaper, and Geddy Lee is interviewed in the accompanying feature 'Rush: They Are What They Are.' Geddy talks about the albums themes, producer Peter Henderson, new sounds from the use of the latest technology, and their plan to continue as a touring band. - Thanks to Joe Pesch for the article and John Patuto for the transcript!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Transcript: 'Dine With Rush Theme For Polydor's Radio Promotion' - RPM Weekly, March 6, 1976

My next transcript is a brief Rush mention in the March 6, 1976 issue of Canada's RPM Weekly; 'Dine With Rush Theme For Polydor's Radio Promotion' includes a photo of all three members of Rush (even Neil!) at dinner with two contest winners. - Thanks to Joe Pesch for the original article!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Transcript: "Rush Still On A Journey Of Discovery, 20 Albums On" - Total Guitar, January 2012

It's hard to believe that Clockwork Angels was released four years ago this month. My latest transcript is "Rush Still On A Journey Of Discovery, 20 Albums On" from the January 2012 issue of Total Guitar magazine.  Timed to promote the release of Time Machine Live In Cleveland, it was written in late 2011 while the band was in the studio recording the album, it includes one of the first confirmations that the album would be a concept album, and the prophetic statement regarding the upcoming tour that "Lifeson doesn't rule out playing [Clockwork Angels] in its entirety."

Friday, June 17, 2016

Transcript: 'Updating The Rush File - Rush Rolling Along On Low-Profile Fame' - Toronto Star, December 13, 1991

Today's transcript addition is 'Updating The Rush File - Rush Rolling Along On Low-Profile Fame', from the December 13, 1991 edition of the Toronto Star. Geddy and Neil are interviewed, and the writer notes how the mainstream press had continued to criticize Rush even though they had by then yielded 15 years of success, and how they were more popular in the United States than in Canada. Geddy notes "There's a friend of ours in New York who's in with a circle of critics. And for years he's told us how unpopular it is to like certain bands, and we're one of them."

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Transcript: 'Rush Looks Back With Cold, Critical Eyes' - Toronto Star, May 11, 1990

I have transcribed 'Rush Looks Back With Cold, Critical Eyes', another long lost interview with Neil Peart from the May 11, 1990 issue of the Toronto Star. In this review, Neil famously compares earlier Rush songs to childhood drawings, explains the complexity of songs from Presto, and perhaps most importantly, the need to continue as a touring band.