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.

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Geddy Lee Has “Accepted” That Rush Will Probably No Longer Tour

Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson recently guested on The Stombo Show to talk about the 40th anniversary if “2112” and more. During the interview, the two also pretty much confirmed that Rush won’t be touring anymore.

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Blabbermouth shared some excerpts of the chat:

On the bittersweet feel of the final tour:

Alex: “Anything you do for the last time has a sense of longing and a bit of sadness, I think. And after doing this, for Geddy and myself, for 46 years, for 47 years, it did seem a little… you took in every second of every show and made sure you scanned the whole crowd and put it in your memory banks.”

Geddy: “And there’s also a bit of denial that gets you through it. You go, ‘Ah, this won’t be the last one. We’ll take a break and then we’ll get back together and we’ll do another one… ’cause you don’t want it to end.”

On whether he still thinks that RUSH will tour again:

Geddy: “Not really. I think I’ve accepted that it’s probably the last one as a tour. So we’ll see!”

On whether they occasionally send e-mails to drummer Neil Peart saying, ‘Hey, we can do this one-off”:

Geddy: “Yeah. we send all those things, but the responses are not as enthusiastic. [Laughs] We talk.”

Alex: “It’s okay. You know, it is what it is. I’ve been playing a lot lately and I’ve been doing some writing, just to keep my fingers in it, and I’m finding it’s really satisfying. I’m doing some charity gigs with other guys, old guys like me who don’t have gigs anymore who get together, and it’s a very positive, productive thing that you’re doing, and it’s fun to get together and play, whenever you get a chance to play. So it’s not like it’s over, you know.”

On whether they can see the places where they want to play that aren’t necessarily RUSH:

Geddy: “I think we all have ideas about things we could do [outside RUSH]. I think the tour was kind of emotional, and I think we… at least my attitude is that I needed a good clearing of my mind before knowing where my heart wants to go next as an artist. And I think that’s a natural process and one that shouldnt be forced. So I think that’s sort of where we are at right now.”

“I’ve had some approaches, but I’m not ready to do anything yet… Records with other people… I don’t want to do something just to do it. To me, it has got to be meaningful to me. It has got to be meaningful… I know that I’ll know it when it presents itself to me.”

Alex: “I think when we write together, that’s a real special thing. We haven’t, but we’ll see.”

Rush To Release “Time Stand Still” Blu-Ray/DVD & 40th Anniversary Edition Of “2112”

Rush fans will be exited to hear that the band has some new releases coming out this year. The first is a new Blu-ray/DVD featuring the band’s “Time Stand Still” documentary about their “R40” tour. That effort will be available on November 18, and will feature 67 minutes of previously unreleased footage.

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“Rush: Time Stand Still” Track Listing:

01. When I Was a Kid (3:05)
02. It’s a Really Hard Life (10:46)
03. A Huge Accomplishment (8:26)
04. Building R40 (4:57)
05. Fan-Tastic (18:57)
06. Hello Toronto (9:41)
07. Ride On” Neil (2:31)
08. Your Weakest Point (6:43)
09. Marathon Not a Sprint (11:04)
10. At Road End’s (17:00)

Bonus Content – “Live From the Rabbit Hole”:

01. Subdivisions (5:34)
02. Superconductor (5:55)
03. Show Don’t Tell (6:19)
04. The Pass (5:14)
05. Closer To The Heart (5:05)
06. Manhattan Project (5:07)
07. Scars (4:49)
08. War Paint (5:50)
09. Tom Sawyer (5:44)
10. 2112: Overture” / La Villa Strangiato / In The Mood (11:48)
11. In The Professor’s Warmup (5:34)

The second is a new 40th anniversary edition of their album “2112,” which is set to be released on December 16. The album was remastered, and it will come as a set with two CDs and a DVD featuring a 1976 live show, which was recorded at Passaic, N.J.’s Capitol Theatre. There will be a super deluxe version with a three-LP 200-gram vinyl with a laser-etched side, a 2015 hologram from the second side, and an exclusive turntable mat as well.

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“2112” 40th Anniversary Track Listing:

CD 1:

01. “2112”
I “Overture”
II “The Temples of Syrinx”
III “Discovery”
IV “Presentation”
V “Oracle: The Dream”
VI “Soliloquy”
VII “Grand Finale”
02. “A Passage to Bangkok”
03. “The Twilight Zone”
04. “Lessons”
05. “Tears”
06. “Something For Nothing”

CD 2:

01. “Solar Federation”
02. “Overture” – Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz
03. “A Passage to Bangkok” – Billy Talent
04. “The Twilight Zone” – Steven Wilson
05. “Tears” – Alice In Chains
06. “Something for Nothing” – Jacob Moon
07. “2112” – Live at Massey Hall 1976 Outtake
08. “Something For Nothing” – Live at Massey Hall 1976 Outtake
09. “The Twilight Zone” – Live 1977 Contraband
10. ‘2112’ 1976 radio ad

Live at Capitol Theatre 1976 DVD:

01. “Bastille Day”
02. “Anthem”
03. “Lakeside Park”
04. “2112”
05. “Fly By Night”
06. “In the Mood”

Bonus Videos:

01. “Overture” – Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz
02. “A Passage to Bangkok,” behind the scenes with Billy Talent
03. “2112 – 40 Years Later,” Q&A with Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown

Geddy Lee On Whether Or Not Rush Will Tour Again: “It Doesn’t Look Good At This Point”

Rush’s Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson answered fan submitted questions for Rolling Stone, and were asked about the band’s future plans. You can see some of Lee’s responses below:

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Lee on future touring:

“Are we going to tour again? That’s the question that I’d like to know myself. I can’t answer the question, because I have no idea myself, but it doesn’t look good at this point.”

“Not all of us agree on whether they want to tour again. It’s difficult because we all have a sort of different idea about touring and, at this moment, we are not all on the same page.”

Lee on the possibility of new music:

“We don’t have any immediate plans for that. Right now we’re on holiday. I hope once the New Year rolls around and the juices get flowing and we get hungry again, we can talk about that.”

Lee on whether or not the band is finished:

“Not in my mind. But I can’t speak for everyone.”

For now the band have a new live DVD called “R40 Live” set for a November 20 release.

Rush Announce “R40 Live” North American Tour

Rush have revealed the dates for their “R40 Live” North American Tour. The band will play 34 cities to commemorate 40 years of Rush. Tickets go on sale January 30.

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Tour Dates:

May 08 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
May 10 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 12 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
May 14 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
May 16 – Austin, TX – 360 Ampitheater
May 18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
May 20 – Houston, TX – The Toyota Center
May 22 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
May 24 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
May 26 – Atlanta, GA – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
May 28 – Greensboro, NC – The Greensboro Coliseum
May 30 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Jun. 08 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Jun. 10 – Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center
Jun. 12 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Jun. 14 – Detroit, MI – Palace Of Auburn Hills
Jun. 17 – Toronto, Ontario, CAN – Air Canada Centre
Jun. 19 – Toronto, Ontario, CAN – Air Canada Centre
Jun. 21 – Montreal, Quebec, CAN – Bell Centre
Jun. 23 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Jun. 25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Wells Fargo Center
Jun. 27 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Jun. 29 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Jul. 09 – Kansas City, KS – Sprint Center
Jul. 11 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Jul. 13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
Jul. 15 – Calgary, Alberta, CAN – Scotiabank Saddledome
Jul. 17 – Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN – Rogers Arena
Jul. 19 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
Jul. 21 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Jul. 23 – San Jose, CA – Sap Center At San Jose
Jul. 25 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
Jul. 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Us Airways Center
Jul. 30 – Irvine Meadows, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 01 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum