Geddy Lee On Rush: “There Are Zero Plans To Tour Again”

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Geddy Lee was asked about the current state of Rush. He responded with the following:

“I can’t really tell you much other than that there are zero plans to tour again. We’re very close and talk all the time, but we don’t talk about work. We’re friends, and we talk about life as friends. I can’t really tell you more than that, I’m afraid. I would say there’s no chance of seeing Rush on tour again as Alex [Lifeson], Geddy, Neil [Peart]. But would you see one of us or two of us or three of us? That’s possible.”

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Rush To Release Deluxe 40th Anniversary Edition of “Hemispheres”

Rush will be releasing a 40th anniversary deluxe edition of “Hemispheres” on November 16. It will be available in the following options: super deluxe edition, two-CD deluxe edition, three-LP deluxe edition, and deluxe digital edition. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Alex Lifeson commented:

“‘Hemispheres’ was one of our most challenging and demanding records to make. From its inception in a Wales farmhouse where it was written over a four-week span to the very difficult mixing sessions in two London recording studios, it stands as a key transitional album in Rush’s long recording history.”

Blabbermouth offered a rundown of each configuration:

The Super Deluxe Edition includes two CDs, one exclusive Blu-ray Audio disc, and three high-quality 180-gram black vinyl LPs. The set encompasses the Abbey Road Studios 2015 remastered edition of the album for the first time on CD, along with previously unreleased and newly restored bonus content consisting of the band’s masterful June 1979 Pinkpop festival performance in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the Pinkpop recording engineer failed to capture the first several minutes of “2112”, so an amazing, unreleased performance of the song during the “Hemispheres” tour from Tucson, Arizona in November 1978 appears here in its place. The third bonus disc is the album newly mixed from the original multitracks in 5.1 surround sound on a Blu-ray Audio disc, along with four bonus videos: three shot in 1978 as promo videos, and one of “La Villa Strangiato”, originally shot at Pinkpop with newly restored stereo audio.

The Super Deluxe Edition of “Hemispheres – 40th Anniversary” will also include several exclusive items, including a 40-page hardcover book with unreleased photos and new artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme; an extensive, 11,000-plus-word essay by Rob Bowman; “The Words & The Pictures”, a replica of the band’s rare 1979 U.K. tour program; a 24×24-inch wall poster of the newly created Syme art; a Pinkpop festival replica ticket; a Pinkpop festival replica cloth VIP sticky pass; and a replica 1978 RUSH “Hemispheres” iron-on patch.

The second configuration of “Hemispheres – 40th Anniversary” will be released in a two-CD Deluxe Edition digipak that includes the newly remastered Hemispheres album; the Pinkpop festival performance and “2112” from Arizona; a 28-page booklet with unreleased photos and new artwork by Syme; and an edited, 5,700-word version of Bowman’s aforementioned essay.

The third “Hemispheres” configuration will be offered as an audiophile black vinyl 180-gram three-LP Deluxe Edition featuring the same audio content as the two-CD edition housed in a slipcase with double-gatefold packaging, along with a 24-page booklet with unreleased photos and Syme’s new artwork and the 5,700-word version of Bowman’s liner notes. Gatefold 1 features the original album with Syme’s 40th-anniversary artwork, while Gatefold 2 contains the Pinkpop festival and Arizona bonus content. A 5×5-inch digital download card sticker of Syme’s new 40th-anniversary art is also included.

The fourth configuration, the Deluxe Digital Edition, is the digital equivalent to the two-CD Deluxe Edition.

Hemispheres Super Deluxe Edition:

CD – DISC 1

Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres

Circumstances

The Trees

La Villa Strangiato

CD – DISC 2

Live at Pinkpop Festival – June 4, 1979

A Passage To Bangkok*

Xanadu*

The Trees*

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – The Sphere A Kind Of Dream*

Closer To The Heart*

La Villa Strangiato*

In The Mood*

Drum Solo*

Something For Nothing*

Live in Arizona – November 20, 1978

2112*

BLU-RAY AUDIO – DISC 3

96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround Mix

96kHz 24-bit Original Stereo Analog 2015 Remaster

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres*

Circumstances*

The Trees*

La Villa Strangiato*

Bonus Promo Videos

48kHz 24-bit Stereo Only

Circumstances (1978 Promo Video)*

The Trees (1978 Promo Video)*

La Villa Strangiato (1978 Promo Video)*

La Villa Strangiato (Live at Pinkpop Festival: June 4, 1979)*

3-LP VINYL

LP 1 – SIDE A

Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown

1. Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres

LP 1 – SIDE B

Circumstances

The Trees

La Villa Strangiato

LP 2 – SIDE C

Live at Pinkpop Festival – June 4, 1979

A Passage To Bangkok*

Xanadu*

LP 2 – SIDE D

The Trees*

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – The Sphere A Kind Of Dream*

Closer To The Heart*

La Villa Strangiato*

LP 3 – SIDE E

In The Mood*

Drum Solo*

Something For Nothing*

LP 3 – SIDE F

Live in Arizona – November 20, 1978

2112*

Hemispheres 2-CD Deluxe Edition/Digital Deluxe Edition:

DISC 1

Original Album – Produced by Rush and Terry Brown

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres

Circumstances

The Trees

La Villa Strangiato

DISC 2

Live at Pinkpop Festival – June 4, 1979

A Passage To Bangkok*

Xanadu*

The Trees*

Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres – The Sphere A Kind Of Dream*

Closer To The Heart*

La Villa Strangiato*

In The Mood*

Drum Solo*

Something For Nothing*

Live in Arizona – November 20, 1978

2112*

*Previously unreleased

Rush Pop! Vinyl Figures To Be Made Available At Fan Expo Canada

Funko have announced that they will be releasing Pop! vinyl figures of Rush. The limited edition figures will be made available exclusively at Fan Expo Canada, which is set to take place on August 30 – September 2 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Toronto, Ontario.

Rush Frontman To Release “Geddy Lee’s Big Book Of Beautiful Bass” Book In December

Rush’s Geddy Lee will be releasing a new book titled “Geddy Lee’s Big Book Of Beautiful Bass” on December 4. The effort will feature his collection of bass guitars and the stories behind 250 famous and rare basses, as well as interviews with John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Adam Clayton (U2), Bob Daisley, Les Claypool (Primus) Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and more. Richard Sibbald photographed the basses and Alex Lifeson wrote one of the forewords. Lee commented: “It’s not surprising that sooner or later I’d dive down the proverbial rabbit hole into the world of vintage bass guitars.”

Rush Premiere “A Farewell To Kings” Lyric Video To Promote 40th-Anniversary Reissue

Rush have premiered a new lyric video for “A Farewell To Kings” to promote their expanded 40th anniversary edition of “A Farewell To Kings”. You can check that out below:

Alex Lifeson On Rush: “We Have No Plans To Tour Or Record Any More. We’re Basically Done”

Alex Lifeson was recently interviewed by The Globe And Mail, and pretty much confirmed that Rush are done. He said the following:

“It’s been a little over two years since Rush last toured. We have no plans to tour or record any more. We’re basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.”

Despite this, he has been keeping busy with other projects:

“I’ve actually been busier lately than I have been in a while. I’m writing a lot. I’m writing on four or five different little projects. I get these requests to do guitar work with other people. It’s really a lot of fun for me. It’s low pressure: I get to be as creative as I want to be and I can work a little outside of the box, which is really attractive to me.”

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Rush To Release Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition Of “A Farewell To Kings”

Rush will release a an expanded 40th anniversary edition of “A Farewell To Kings” on Decmber 1. The set will simply be called “A Farewell To Kings – 40th Anniversary,” and it will be available as a Super Deluxe Edition, a three-CD Deluxe Edition, a four-LP Deluxe Edition, and as a Deluxe Digital Edition.

The following was shared about the various configurations on rush.com:

The Super Deluxe Edition includes three CDs, one Blu-ray Audio disc and four high-quality 180-gram vinyl LPs. The set encompasses the Abbey Road Mastering Studios 2015 remastered edition of the album for the first time on CD; a complete Rush concert recorded in February 1978 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, newly mixed by longtime Rush engineer and original A Farewell to Kings producer Terry Brown from the multi-track live tapes; four newly-recorded cover versions of songs from the original album by Dream Theater, Big Wreck, The Trews and Alain Johannes; and an instrumental studio outtake of the spacey sound effects the band has creatively titled “Cygnus X-2 Eh.” The Hammersmith show features, for the first-time ever, over 34 minutes of unreleased performances including a complete “2112” suite, “Lakeside Park,” a drum solo and “Closer To The Heart.” The Super Deluxe Edition’s audio content on its CDs is duplicated on its vinyl discs. Meanwhile, the Blu-ray Audio disc contains a brand new 5.1 surround mix of the album by four-time Grammy® nominated surround sound producer Steven Wilson, along with three original 1977 promo videos from a newly found 2-inch quad video master significantly improving the video quality for “Closer To The Heart.” The Super Deluxe package also includes an elaborate new 40th anniversary cover treatment by longtime Rush creative director Hugh Syme, who has also created a new piece of artwork for each of the album’s six songs, and an extensive 12,000-word liner notes by Grammy®-winning rock historian Rob Bowman.

The Super Deluxe Edition of A Farewell to Kings—40th Anniversary will also include several exclusive items, including a unique King’s Ring, with custom velvet pouch and neck chain; two lithographs with original artwork by Hugh Syme; a special 12-inch turntable mat featuring distinctive artwork by Hugh Syme; and a reproduction of Rush’s original 1978 A Farewell To Kings tour program.

A Farewell to Kings—40th Anniversary second configuration will be released in a three-CD Deluxe Edition, with the newly reasserted A Farewell to Kings album, the Hammersmith Odeon show, the four new cover songs, “Cygnus X-2 Eh” outtake, Hugh Syme’s song-specific artwork and Rob Bowman’s liner notes.

The third configuration will be offered as an audiophile 180-gram four-LP Deluxe Edition featuring the same audio content as the three-CD edition with double-gatefold packaging, 32-page vinyl-size booklet, the special 12-inch turntable mat, along with Syme’s artwork and Bowman’s liner notes.

The fourth configuration, the Deluxe Digital Edition, will feature the original album as disc 1, the complete Hammersmith concert unedited as disc 2, and the four covers songs plus the “Cygnus X-2 Eh” outtake as disc 3.