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Rush

Formed: 1968
From: Toronto, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Rush news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Rush To Be Featured In Guitar Hero 5

Canadian rock legends Rush will be featured in the upcoming new video game, Guitar Hero 5. Their song "The Spirit Of Radio" will appear in the game, taken from their recent live album, "Snakes & Arrows Live." More details on this and the game will be revealed shortly.

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Rush Denies Concept Album Rumours

Canadian rock legends Rush has denied the rumours that their next studio album will be another concept album along the lines of their classic "2112." Bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee says: "We haven't even discussed our next work yet. Right now we’re all taking a well-needed break. We’re pooped and we’re not spring chickens anymore, so we do need that break."

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Rush Tops Billboard Music DVD Chart

Rush has clinched the number one spot on Billboard's Top Music Video Chart with their brand new DVD, "Snakes and Arrows Live." You can check out a clip from the DVD of the band performing the song, "The Larger Bowl" below. More...

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Metallica, Slipknot And More Nominated For Grammys

The shortlists have been announced for the 2009 Grammy Awards which will be held at the Staples Centre In Los Angeles, California. The nominees and categories are as follows:

Best Hard Rock Performance

Disturbed - "Inside The Fire"
Judas Priest - "Visions"
The Mars Volta - "Wax Simulacra"
Motley Crue - "Saints Of Los Angeles"
Rob Zombie - "Lords Of Salem"

Best Metal Performance

Dragonforce - "Heroes Of Our Time"
Judas Priest - "Nostradamus"
Metallica - "My Apocalypse"
Ministry - "Under My Thumb"
Slipknot - "Psychosocial"

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

David Gilmour - "Castellorizon"
Metallica - "Suicide & Redemption"
Nine Inch Nails - "34 Ghost I-IV"
Rush - "Hope (Live For The Art Of Peace)"
Zappa Plays Zappa - "Peaches En Regalia"

Best Rock Album

Coldplay - "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends"
Kid Rock - "Rock And Roll Jesus"
Kings Of Leon - "Only By Night"
Metallica - "Death Magnetic"
The Raconteurs - "Consolers Of The Lonely"

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Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson Discusses The Future

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson recently did an interview with Toledoblade.com and spoke on a variety of issues, including what the band has planned next. Some excerpts from the chat can be viewed below.

Rush has a third greatest hits package (Retrospective 3) due early next year. After that release, its contract with longtime record label Mercury/Atlantic is up. And already there’s online fan speculation about what’s next for the Toronto band. Will Rush re-sign with Atlantic and return to the studio? Or will the band instead hit the road next year to celebrate its 35th anniversary? First things first, Lifeson said.

“Right now we just want rest,” Lifeson said. “We’ve been working really hard for the last seven or eight years on numerous records, tours, and DVDs; it’s been pretty constant through that whole period. We really feel like we need to step back and recharge our batteries and just not think about the band and what we’re going to do. You never know, Geddy and I might do some casual writing in the spring, but I’m guessing we probably won’t do anything until the fall of next year. At that time ... we’ll set out what we’re doing.

“There are a number of options open to us. I think the most likely is that we’ll record another record and tour off that. Working with [Snakes And Arrows producer] Nick Raskulinecz, he’s pushing us to think about doing another sort of concept record ... instead of just a thematically conceptual album like the most current records are. Whether we’re up for that kind of thing, I’m not so sure. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Read the full article at Toledoblade.com.

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Rush Posts Another DVD Clip Online

Rock legends Rush has uploaded another clip from their forthcoming new DVD, "Snakes And Arrows Live." You can check out the band performing the classic song, "Spirit Of Radio" below.

"Snakes And Arrows Live" will be released on November 25th and features three discs which includes a live show filmed in the Ahoy Rotterdam arena in the Netherlands, alternate cuts, behind the scenes features, outtakes and more. More...

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Rush Posts New DVD Clip Online

Canadian legends Rush has posted a video online of the band performing the song, "Far Cry" from their forthcoming Snakes and Arrows DVD. You can check it out below.

The DVD is expected to be released on November 25th and will also be available on Blu-Ray. More...

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Rock Revolution Game To Feature Big Metal Names

According to Psxextreme.com, fans of Guitar Hero and/or Rock Band take note: Rock Revolution is scheduled to drop on October 14 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and will boast both guitar and drum peripherals. You'll be able to create your own tracks, test out each individual instrument, and of course, have a legitimate blast with several friends. Like it or not, the other two blockbuster music franchises now have some very stiff competition, and these are the songs that could propel Rock Revolution to a stunning sales victory. More...

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Rush Announces Live DVD Release Date

According to Rushisaband.com, RUSH filmed their Tuesday, July 22nd at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta, GA. The main purpose for the filming was to capture video of the new songs - 'Red Barchetta', 'The Trees', 'Ghost Of A Chance', '2112', and Neil's drum solo for bonus footage on the upcoming DVD, but the entire show was filmed for posterity. There were two very large swinging boom HD cameras on either end back by the end of the seated section just before the lawn. Those swung back and forth for the entire show. There were two manned stationary cameras on the side of either far section (one for Geddy Lee and one for Alex Lifeson). They had two cameras behind Neil with one attached to his kit, one camera on top of a pole over where the sound board was located and Alex had a stationary camera at his feet. There were also two on platforms near the spotlights on the roof in the back. These were all in addition to the standard in-house cameras in the photo pit. Apparently the footage was to head immediately back to FogoLabs for processing after the show so it could be ready for the DVD - which now has a working release date of November 4th if all goes according to schedule. Alex and Geddy will be taking the next several weeks off before putting their attention towards adding their finishing touches to the DVD and Neil is working on the packaging.

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Details Revealed On The Death Of Ex-Rush Drummer

It has been revealed that the the tragic death of original Rush drummer John Rutsey was caused by a heart attack he suffered in his sleep due to a lifelong battle with diabetes.

The following message was published in the National Post on May 15: "Rutsey, John Howard - It is with deep sadness that John's family announces his untimely passing due to complications from his lifelong affliction with diabetes, at age 55. Donations may be made in John's memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 7100 Woodbine Avenue, Suite 311, Markham, ON, L3R 5J2 (online: www.jdrf.ca, by phone: 905-944-4631). Online Condolences: newbiggingfh@rogers.com."

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Original Rush Drummer Dies Aged 55

John Rutsey, one of the founding members of Toronto rock legends Rush, passed away this weekend. He was fifty five years old. As of yet no information regarding the cause of death has been announced.

Rutsey played on the bands first album but departed from the group due to concerns over his health as he was diabetic and such as was unable to do long tours with the band.

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Rush To Begin New Studio Album Next Year

Rueters has issued the following report from Billboard's Gary Graff:

Canadian power-rock trio RUSH hopes to start work on a new studio album next year, but will serve up a double helping of live material before then.

First up, on April 15th, is Snakes & Arrows Live,"which features such rarities as 'Circumstances' and 'Entre Nous', tunes the band had never performed on stage before last year.

The CD comes from a show last October at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, and video footage will appear on a DVD scheduled for the late summer or early fall, said guitarist Alex Lifeson.

"We shot it in HD, and I hear it looks really dramatic," said Lifeson, who supervised the stereo mix for the CD.

Rush begins the latest leg of its world tour on April 11th in Puerto Rico; dates are on tap through July 22nd in Atlanta.

Lifeson said he and bandmates Geddy Lee and Neil Peart are also thinking a bit about a follow-up to last year's studio release Snakes & Arrows, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

"I'm guessing that we're probably going to take a little bit of the break at the end of this tour," he said. "I don't see us really doing much in the way of any new material probably until the spring of next year, and then we'll see where we go. We generally prefer to just start on that first day and sit down and start jamming; it's such an exciting moment, and it becomes it's own living thing. We seem to be much more balanced and a lot happier working that way."

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Rush Announce 2008 Tour Dates

RUSH have announced the following North American tour dates for 2008:
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Rock And Metal Featured In Grammy Nominations

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards will be held at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Sunday, February 10th, 2008.

Nominees of interest include:

* Best Hard Rock Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.):
- 'Sweet Sacrifice' - EVANESCENCE. Track from: The Open Door [Wind-up Records, LLC]
- 'The Pretender' - FOO FIGHTERS. Track from: Foo Fighters [Roswell/RCA Records]
- 'I Don't Wanna Stop' - OZZY OSBOURNE. Track from: Black Rain [Epic]
- 'Sick, Sick, Sick' - QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. Track from: Era Vulgaris [Interscope Recods]
- 'The Pot' - TOOL. Track from: 10,000 Days [Volcano]

* Best Metal Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
- 'Nothing Left' - AS I LAY DYING. Track from: An Ocean Between Us [Metal Blade Records]
- 'Never Ending Hill' - KING DIAMOND. Track from: Give Me Your Soul...Please [Metal Blade Records]
- 'Aesthetics Of Hate' - MACHINE HEAD. Track from: The Blackening [Roadrunner Records]
- 'Redemption' - SHADOWS FALL. Track from: Threads Of Life [Atlantic]
- 'Final Six' - SLAYER. Track from: Christ Illusion [American Recording/Columbia]

* Best Rock Instrumental Performance (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal. Singles or Tracks only.)
- 'The Ecstasy Of Gold' - METALLICA. Track from: We All Love Ennio Morricone [Sony Classical]
- 'Malignant Narcissism' - RUSH. Track from: Snakes & Arrows [Anthem/Atlantic]
- 'Always With Me, Always With You' - JOE SATRIANI. Track from: Satriani Live! [Epic/Red Ink]
- 'Once Upon A Time In The West' - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN. Track from: We All Love Ennio Morricone [Sony Classical]
- 'The Attitude Song' - STEVE VAI. Track from: Sound Theories Vol. I & II [Epic/Red Ink]

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Rush Drummer Tells Tales From the Road

RUSH drummer Neil Peart has posted a lengthy message on his web site consisting mostly of tales of his travels between shows on the band's recent European tour. An excerpt follows:

"Back in April of this year, just before the 'Snakes & Arrows' tour, I did a TV interview for the Canadian music channel MuchMusic. The camera-man placed the interviewer and me in the rehearsal hall, in front of my drums, where I had been labouring for several weeks by then. Some of the interviewer's questions seemed to angle toward a certain starry-eyed view of my work, especially the touring side of it, and I tried to explain to him that I didn't consider touring, or even drumming, to be my life."

"He seemed perplexed, and to appraise me as clearly jaded and cynical, because his next question was, 'When did you start to feel that way?'" More...

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Rush's Available Light Covered In Jazz Project

"Available Light" from Rush's 1989 album Presto, is one of four tracks which have been recorded for an all new full orchestral jazz covers project to be released mid-to-late 2008. The as of yet unnamed band began as a recording project founded by composers Ryan Fraley & Ralph Johnson with vocalist Lydia McAdams. Besides Rush, the band is covering Queen, Yes, Led Zeppelin and more; there are samples of the four completed tracks (including "Available Light") currently available on their website with eight more tracks in the works. Judging from the samples, this covers album will be very unique, with classic prog songs lovingly rearranged for a full jazz orchestra with beautiful vocal accompanyment. Visit progjazz.com for more information, including a mailing list to be automatically notified once the CD is released.

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"Rock Band" Tracklisting Revealed

The Pulse of Radio reports: Harmonix Music announced the final track listing for its highly anticipated Rock Band video game on Thursday (November 1). The 58-song soundtrack includes dozens of original master recordings by artists such as FOO FIGHTERS, METALLICA, NIRVANA, BLACK SABBATH, RADIOHEAD, SMASHING PUMPKINS, FALL OUT BOY, THE KILLERS, THE ROLLING STONES, THE WHO, NINE INCH NAILS, SOUNDGARDEN, THE CLASH and many more, spanning alternative rock, classic rock, metal and punk from the '60s to the present. In addition to 45 tracks from established stars, the game will also feature 13 songs from independent up-and-coming acts.

Rock Band comes out on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms on November 20, and PlayStation 2 on December 18.

The complete Rock Band soundtrack is (* indicates cover version):

THE ROLLING STONES - "Gimme Shelter"
AEROSMITH - "Train Kept a Rollin'"*
THE WHO - "Won't Get Fooled Again"
BOSTON - "Foreplay/Long Time"
MOUNTAIN - "Mississippi Queen"*
THE POLICE - "Next to You"
DAVID BOWIE - "Suffragette City"
BLACK SABBATH - "Paranoid"*
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT - "Don't Fear the Reaper"
THE RAMONES - "Blitzkrieg Bop"
DEEP PURPLE - "Highway Star"
KISS - "Detroit Rock City"
MOLLY HATCHET - "Flirtin'With Disaster"
THE OUTLAWS - "Green Grass & High Tides"
SWEET - "Ballroom Blitz"*
RUSH - "Tom Sawyer"*
BON JOVI - "Wanted Dead or Alive"
THE CLASH - "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
PIXIES - "Wave of Mutilation"
FAITH NO MORE - "Epic"
R.E.M. - "Orange Crush"
IRON MAIDEN - "Run to the Hills"*
FOO FIGHTERS - "Learn to Fly"
METALLICA - "Enter Sandman"
NIRVANA - "In Bloom"
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - "Vasoline"
WEEZER - "Say It Ain't So"
SMASHING PUMPKINS - "Cherub Rock"
RADIOHEAD - "Creep"
BEASTIE BOYS - "Sabotage"
HOLE - "Celebrity Skin"
GARBAGE - "I Think I'm Paranoid"
SOUNDGARDEN - "Black Hole Sun"
THE HIVES - "Main Offender"
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - "Go With the Flow"
THE STROKES - "Reptilia"
JET - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
OK GO - "Here It Goes Again"
NINE INCH NAILS - "The Hand That Feeds"
YEAH YEAH YEAHS - "Maps"
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - "Dani California"
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - "Welcome Home"
FALL OUT BOY - "Dead on Arrival"
THE KILLERS - "When You Were Young"
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS - "Electric Version"

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Maiden and Metallica To Be In Rush Documentary

Micol Marotti of PlaybackMag.com reports that boutique distributor Grindstone Media is hoping to have a hit on its hands with "Rush: The Documentary". The $1.5 million feature doc about the famed rock band is produced and directed by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn — the creative team behind the 2005's "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" — and executive produced by Grindstone president Paul Zimic.

McFadyen — currently in Helsinki, Finland with RUSH's Snakes & Arrows tour — finds it ironic that despite the band's influence on groups as diverse as the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and METALLICA, that this will be the first in-depth look at its history and influence.

"Most Canadians are aware of RUSH, but I don't think that the degree of their success or influence on the international music scene is recognized or respected. We're talking about a group that is ranked fifth in the world for most consecutive gold and platinum albums behind groups like THE BEATLES and the STONES," he says.

The doc will include new interviews with some of rock's biggest names — including members of METALLICA, NIRVANA and IRON MAIDEN — plus never-before-seen footage shot by singer Geddy Lee himself, which Grindstone hopes will attract Canadian broadcasters.

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Monster Magnet Guitarist To Appear On Rush Tribute

MONSTER MAGNET guitarist Ed Mundell will contribute a cover of the RUSH song "What You're Doing" to an upcoming RUSH tribute album, due in September on MainMan Records.

Mundell recently finished laying down tracks for MONSTER MAGNET's new studio album with producer Matt Hyde.

MONSTER MAGNET mainman Dave Wyndorf was forced to halt work on the CD in February 2006 after overdosing on prescription drugs.

Hyde, who worked with MONSTER MAGNET on their "Powertrip" and "God Says No" releases, stated about the band's new CD back in March 2006, "I believe it has the potential to be their best record since 'Powertrip'."

MONSTER MAGNET's last studio album, "Monolithic Baby", was released in 2004 via SPV.

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Porcupine Tree To Get Rush And King Crimson Guests

Famed guitarists Alex Lifeson (Rush) and Robert Fripp (King Crimson) are being lined up to guest on the new album from Porcupine Tree. As yet untitled, their new album should be released in the Spring by Roadrunner (in the UK/Europe at least).

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