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Rolling Stone Magazine Review: Hemispheres Box Set

On November 16th, 2018 Rolling Stone Magazine published a 4.5 out of 5 star review of the Hemispheres 40th Anniversary Box set, titled Rush’s ‘Hemispheres’ Reissue Celebrates Band’s Prog-Rock Era Peak. From the review:  “Part of Hemispheres‘ greatness lies in its consistency; there’s no drop-off whatsoever once the title opus ends. “Circumstances” compresses the band’s trademark anthemic prog into a dazzlingly dense four minutes; “The Trees” tells a fable-like story of intolerance, with an environmentalist twist; and “La Villa Strangiato,” an episodic instrumental inspired by Lifeson’s dreams, puts the band’s legendary chops and rhythmic daredevilry on glorious display.” Read the full review here.

 

Alex Lifeson’s 2018 Limited Edition Print

Alex Lifeson’s Limited Edition Print of “20,000 Feet Over The Sea” is now available! Only 100 prints have been made of ‘20,000 Feet Over The Sea’. Each print is numbered and Alex Lifeson has personally signed each individual print. Makes a wonderful gift! Click here to purchase your own. Each print is $200 CDN. All prints ship using an expedited shipping method. The cost of shipping and handling within Canada is $25, to the USA is $40, and Internationally is $75. Proceeds go towards The Kidney Foundation of Canada.

 

Rolling Stone Magazine: Geddy Lee on “Hemispheres”

Geddy Lee chats in depth about Rush’s Prog-Rock Opus ‘Hemispheres’ in Rolling Stone Magazine.  Among other topics, he discusses his current obsession and declares the Alex Lifeson style of dreaming inspired “La Villa Strangiato”.  Read more in the complete article.

 

Hemispheres 40th Anniversary

On November 16th, 2018, Rush will release a 40th Anniversary edition of their groundbreaking 1978 album Hemispheres. “Hemispheres was one of our most challenging and demanding records to make,” says Alex Lifeson. “From its inception in a Wales farmhouse where it was written over a 4 week span,” Lifeson continues, “to the very difficult mixing sessions in two London recording studios, it stands as a key transitional album in Rush’s long recording history.” Hemispheres 40th Anniversary will be released in three physical formats: Super Deluxe, 2CD Deluxe and 3LP Vinyl. Pre-order all editions and exclusive merchandise now at Rush Backstage

 

Pre-Order Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass

This December 2018, Geddy Lee will release the Big Beautiful Book of Bass, a 408-page book that profiles Geddy’s love of all things bass and his personal collection of vintage electric bass guitars, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s. “It’s not surprising that sooner or later I’d dive down the proverbial rabbit hole into the world of vintage bass guitars.”—Geddy Lee You can pre-order the Big Beautiful Book of Bass in three editions: Ultra Limited, Luxe Limited and Standard. Read more about the book and all the places you can pre-order your copy here. Note the Ultra and Luxe Limited Editions are available only through Rush Backstage in limited quantities, standard edition can be pre-ordered

 

Blueprints

Our talented pals at @Fantoons have revealed a new Blueprints collection, that is premiering at San Diego Comic Con 2018 (Rush pop-up at Small Press 0-07). Check out the new take on the original Moving Pictures album cover, which is available in a limited run (75) online now here.  

 

Jones Beach

Summer reminds us of Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh, NY. Over the years, Rush has performed at Jones Beach 8 times  (1992, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013). The venue was a highlight on the tour for many reasons, not the least of which was the hospitable management and staff who greeted the band with great warmth and enthusiasm each time.  The setting of the theatre made for a great outing for fans who wanted to relax on the beach during the day, and then take in the concert at night. Alex tells an interesting story about how Rush somewhat unknowingly shaped one of the major renovations at the

 

Feedback Throwback

On June 29, 2004, Rush released the EP, Feedback featuring 8 cover songs that were chosen by the band as favorites during their early years.  The opening track on the record is Summertime Blues, a perfect fit for this time of year!  The lyrics of Summertime Blues tell of a young guy who has “the blues” because of having to work during the summer, when he would rather be out having fun.  Perhaps Rush’s “Working Man” continues to tell the story of this young man as he is now slightly older and still discontented with his work obligations?  Have a look below at the lyrics for each song and decide

 

When Rush opened for New York Dolls

Reposted from WEST END PHOENIX Story by Alex Lifeson, Illustration by Casey McGlynn The date was October 27, 1973, and Rush was opening for the New York Dolls. They were a pleasant enough group of fellows who spoke to us not at all, but enthusiastically enjoyed the vibrant conversation and company of their “friends” (I think they were), who also dressed like New York Dolls, but drunker. The venue for the gig was the Victory Theatre, built in 1921 and home to burlesque in Toronto until it closed in 1975. We were honoured to have worked the same stage as strip artistes Knackers Knock, Ineda Man and Cupcakes Cassidy, whose