Watch “Growth Rings” Short Film Narrated By Late Rush Drummer Neil Peart

Edge Factor have released a short film called “Growth Rings.” The clip, which was co-written and narrated by the late Neil Peart (Rush), can be seen below. Here’s a description of the film:

“‘Growth Rings’ Co-written by Jeremy Bout and recorded by Neil Peart of RUSH, one of the greatest drummers of all time, this short film honors the way in which music marks moments in our lives. Just as the life of a tree can be understood through it’s growth rings, we can look at the milestones and eras of our lives and reminiscence of the songs and bands that resonated with us during those times.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rush’s Neil Peart Honored With Pavilion In Port Dalhousie

According to The St. Catharines Standard, a pavilion in Port Dalhousie has been named after late Rush drummer Neil Peart. After receiving more than 80% of online votes, the St. Catharines city council unanimously voted to name the venue Neil Peart Pavilion at Lakeside Park yesterday (June 3). Port Dalhousie Coun. Bruce Williamson commented:

“The public voting on naming is obviously fairly conclusive. Neil Peart’s been one of our most famous local individuals and a lot of his songs have local roots, including the namesake park.”

Rush Share Unboxing Video For Super Deluxe Edition Of “Permanent Waves” 40th Anniversary Expanded Reissue

Rush have shared an unboxing video for the super deluxe edition of their 40th anniversary expanded reissue of “Permanent Waves.” That effort will be released on May 29 and more details on it can be found HERE.

Rush Share Live Versions Of “The Spirit Of Radio” And “Freewill” From 40th Anniversary Expanded Reissue Of “Permanent Waves”

Rush have shared a live version of “The Spirit Of Radio” from a 1980 show in Manchester and a live version of “Freewill” from a 1980 show in London. You can stream those below. Both tracks will come with the 40th anniversary expanded reissue of “Permanent Waves,” which is set to be released on May 29. More details on that can be found HERE.

Rush’s 40th Anniversary Expanded Reissue Of “Permanent Waves” Pushed Back To May

Rush’s 40th anniversary expanded reissue of “Permanent Waves” is now set to be released on May 29. The effort can be pre-ordered HERE in the following formats: Super Deluxe Edition, two-CD Deluxe Edition, three-LP Deluxe Edition, and Deluxe Digital Edition.

The following was said about the release on

“The Super Deluxe Edition includes two CDs and three high-quality 180-gram black vinyl LPs. The set encompasses the Abbey Road Mastering Studios 2015 remastered edition of the album for the first time on CD, along with previously unreleased and newly restored bonus content newly mixed from the original analog live multi-tracks by the band’s original producer, Terry Brown. The unreleased bonus live tracks come from three stops on the Permanent Waves World Tour 1980: (1) Manchester Apollo in Manchester, England; (2) Hammersmith Odeon in London, England; and (3) Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Super Deluxe Edition of Permanent Waves-40th Anniversary will also include several exclusive items, including a 40-page hardcover book with unreleased photos, reimagined artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme, and an extensive & exclusive 12,000-word essay; a replica of the Permanent Waves 1980 official tour program; The Words & Pictures Volume II, a replica of the band’s rare 1980 UK-only tour program; a 24×36-inch two-sided wall poster of the original album cover model photo shoot and photos of the band recording at Le Studio; three replica bandmember 1980 tour backstage laminates; three Neil Peart-handwritten lyric sheets for “The Spirit Of Radio,” “Entre Nous,” and “Natural Science”; and a 20-page 5×7-inch notepad emblazoned with Le Studio letterhead.

The second configuration of Permanent Waves-40th Anniversary will be released in a two-CD Deluxe Edition digipak that includes the remastered original album and the live bonus tracks, plus a 20-page booklet with unreleased photos and reimagined artwork by Syme.

The third Permanent Waves configuration will be offered as an audiophile black vinyl 180-gram three-LP Deluxe Edition featuring the original album on LP1 and all 12 bonus live tracks on LPs 2 & 3, all housed in a slipcase, along with a 20-page booklet with unreleased photos and Syme’s new artwork. Jacket 1 features Syme’s original 1980 album artwork in a single-pocket jacket, while Jacket 2 contains the Permanent Waves 1980 Tour bonus content in gatefold form.

The fourth configuration, the Deluxe Digital Edition featuring the original album and all 12 bonus live performances.

CD2 in the Super Deluxe Edition and the Deluxe Edition will feature 11 of the 12 live bonus tracks due to CD run time constraints. “A Passage To Bangkok (Live in Manchester)” was previously available on the 2112 – Deluxe Edition in 2012 so will not be featured on CD2 for both of these configurations.”

The full track listing can be found on as well.

Late Rush Drummer Neil Peart To Be Honored At “A Night For Neil” Memorial Celebration

Late Rush drummer Neil Peart will be honored during a special “Night For Neil” memorial celebration at the Meridian Centre in St Catherines, Ontario on May 16. The event, which is being organized in cooperation with Peart’s family, will feature various performers and speakers paying tribute to the legend. Tickets will go on sale on February 28 and proceeds will go towards Overtime Angels, St. Catharines Hospital and Walker Cancer Centre, The Juravinski Hospital & Cancer Centre in Hamilton, Ontario, and The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ontario.

Rush’s “Permanent Waves” To Receive 40th Anniversary Expanded Reissue In March

Rush’s “Permanent Waves” will be receiving a 40th anniversary expanded reissue on March 27. The effort can be pre-ordered in the following formats: super deluxe edition, 2 CD set, 3 LP set, and digitally.

The following description of the super deluxe edition was shared on Amazon:

“Celebrating 40 years of Rush’s Permanent Waves, the Super Deluxe Edition will feature two CDs, three 180-gram audiophile black vinyl LPs and a 40-page hardcover book filled with reimagined artwork by original album designer Hugh Syme, unreleased photos from the band’s archive and an exclusive twelve-thousand plus word essay. The Abbey Road Mastering Studios 2015 album remaster is made available on CD for the first time. CD 2 is loaded with unreleased bonus live tracks from three stops on the Permanent Waves World Tour 1980: Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England; Hammersmith Odeon, London, England; and Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, all newly mixed by the band’s longtime producer Terry Brown.

Permanent Waves is the band’s first of many iconic visits to Le Studio recording studio in Morin Heights, Quebec which has been nicknamed Rush’s Abbey Road Studios. A blank sheet of Le Studio letterhead was newly discovered, so the first of many collectibles included is a 20-page 5”x7” Le Studio notepad. The two replica tour programs represent the official Permanent Waves World Tour 1980 program and with the inclusion of U.K. performances the very rare, unofficial The Words & Pictures Volume II UK-only tour program is included. The Super Deluxe Edition’s finishing touches feature 3 band member replica backstage laminates, a 24”x36” double-sided poster showcasing the original album cover model and photos of each band member recording at Le Studio, and three Neil Peart handwritten lyric sheets for “The Spirit Of Radio,” “Entre Nous” and “Natural Science.”

Permanent Waves is the band’s first departure from in-depth, ten-minute plus conceptual song crafting and is deemed as a poignant moment they reinvented themselves and their sound. “We’ve taken it (the conceptual album) to its logical limit and it’s time to do something else,” remarked Geddy Lee. To further reinvent themselves, the band opted to record at Le Studio in Quebec which has been highly credited in the evolution of the Rush sound and would soon become their home away from home for future albums to come. Giving birth to two of the band’s most important songs in their stable, “The Spirit Of Radio” along with “Freewill” offered fans a long overdue experience: regular radio play. Additionally, the album features the cinematic “Jacob’s Ladder,” the album’s third single “Entre Nous,” the Geddy Lee lyric penned “Different Strings” and the barometer for pure progressive rock “Natural Science.””

Super Deluxe Edition Track Listing:

Disc 1:

01. “The Spirit Of Radio”
02. “Freewill”
03. “Jacob’s Ladder”
04. “Entre Nous”
05. “Different Strings”
06. “Natural Science”

Disc 2:

01. “Beneath, Between & Behind” (Live in Manchester)
02. “By-Tor & The Snow Dog” (Live in London)
03. “Xanadu” (Live in London)
04. “The Spirit Of Radio” (Live in Manchester)
05. “Natural Science” (Live in Manchester)
06. “The Trees” (Live in Manchester)
07. “Cygnus X-1” (Live in London)
08. “Cygnus X-1 Book II” (Live in London)
09. “Closer To The Heart” (Live in Manchester)
10. “Jacob’s Ladder” (Live in Missouri)
11. “Freewill” (Live in London)

It’s worth noting that the vinyl will also come with “A Passage To Bangkok (Live in Manchester).”

The set also comes with the following bonus items:

* Official Permanent Waves World Tour 1980 Program
* The Words & Pictures Volume II – U.K. Tour Program
* Three Neil Peart Handwritten Lyric Sheet Lithos
* Three Band Member Backstage Laminates
* Le Studio 20-page Notepad
* Double-sided 24″x36″ Poster

[via Blabbermouth]

Rush’s Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson Thank Everyone For “Outpouring Of Love” Following Neil Peart’s Death

Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have taken to social media to thank everyone for their support following the tragic death of Neil Peart. The duo said the following:

“Our most heartfelt thanks go out to family, friends, musicians, writers and fans from around the globe for the incredible outpouring of love and respect for Neil since his passing. These touching tributes help to lessen the pain of this terrible loss and remind us all to celebrate his remarkable life and our connections to it. – Geddy & Alex“