Rush’s Geddy Lee Planning To Release His Memoir In Fall 2022

Rush’s Geddy Lee has confirmed that he is working on a memoir. The book is expected to be released in fall 2022.

Lee said the following:

“So, how did I kill time during the pandemic? Little did I know that as of March 2020 I’d be locked down for over a year and a half—the longest time I’d spent in Toronto since I was nineteen and hit the Northern Ontario bar circuit with Rush.

Although Nancy and I had to cancel a bunch of adventures we’d been planning, there were some shiny silver linings to be found at home: teaching my grandson the finer points of baseball and birdwatching, tending to my pups (one of whom was quite ill) and spending the evenings with my lovely better half, glass of Armagnac in hand, as we watched every European mystery show ever produced. Oh, and another thing: I began to write. Words, that is.

My friend and collaborator on the Big Beautiful Book of Bass, Daniel Richler, saw how I was struggling in the aftermath of Neil’s passing, and tried coaxing me out of my blues with some funny tales from his youth, daring me to share my own in return. So I did—reluctantly at first, but then remembering, oh yeah, I like wrestling with words. It’s a less physical version of arguing with musical notes, without a Ricky doubleneck breaking my back! And soon my baby-step stories were becoming grownup chapters. Being the nuclear obsessive that I am, I’d write and re-write them, reassessing perspectives in the narrative not just by scouring my memory banks but my diaries and piles of photo albums too. I was piecing together a mystery of a different kind.

I’d then send these improved and even illustrated stories to Daniel, who’d clean up some of the grammar and remove a lot of the swearing (I love to fucking swear), and presto! In a voice that sounded, well, just like me, a presentable, epic-length account of my life on and off the stage was taking shape: my childhood, my family, the story of my parents’ survival, my travels and all sorts of nonsense I’ve spent too much time obsessing over. And Daniel said, “I think you’re writing a book. An actual memoir, in fact.” To which I replied, “Hmm… I guess I am.”

I’m rounding third on this as-of-yet untitled memoir, which will be published by HarperCollins, edited by Noah Eaker, and is scheduled for release in Fall 2022.”

“Director’s Cut” Of Rush’s “Cinema Strangiato” To Be Made Available On Demand For A Limited Time

Trafalgar Releasing and Anthem Entertainment have announced that the “director’s cut” of Rush’s “Cinema Strangiato” will be available on demand from October 1-10. More info can be found HERE. Notably, Rushcon will be hosting a live virtual “Interactive Watch Party” for the film on October 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

Here’s an official description of the film:

“The Holy Trinity of Rock returns to the big screen on September 9, 2021, when ‘Rush: Cinema Strangiato – Director’s Cut’ brings Rush fans together in movie theatres once again worldwide – this time to celebrate 40 years of ‘Moving Pictures.’ This global fan event takes an alternate ‘director’s cut’ of 2019’s feature, giving audiences a special look into R40 LIVE, with a revamped setlist including new additions of bonus tracks ‘One Little Victory’ and ‘Red Barchetta’ as well as ‘Cygnus X-1’ / ‘The Story So Far’ featuring Neil’s final recorded drum solo masterpiece. Additional favorites include songs such as ‘Animate’, ‘Closer to the Heart’, ‘Subdivisions’, and ‘Tom Sawyer’ along with backstage moments and candid footage left on the cutting room floor. The Director’s Cut also includes soundcheck performances of the fan-favorite ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, exclusive interviews with Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, producer Nick Raskulinecz, The Trailer Park Boys, violinist Jonathan Dinklage and more surprises.”

Kymberli Frueh, Trafalgar Releasing SVP of content acquisitions, also commented:

“We are delighted to bring ‘Rush: Cinema Strangiato – Director’s Cut’ into the homes of RUSH fans worldwide following its recent success at the box office. This will be the first time that the film is available in many countries where a theatrical event was not possible and offers fans around the world a chance to watch together.”

Rush’s Geddy Lee To Be Honored At Artists For Peace And Justice Gala

Rush’s Geddy Lee is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Artists For Peace And Justice (APJ) gala in Toronto, Ontario on September 11. According to Samaritan Mag, the musician is being honored for his “commitment to philanthropy,” including his support of Brain Cancer research, Toronto Food Bank, Alberta Floods, Doctors without Borders, Grapes for Humanity, United Way, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and Casey House.

Rush Team Up With Henderson For New Canadian Golden Ale

Rush have joined forces with Henderson to create their own Canadian Golden Ale. The beer will be available in Ontario on August 30 and guitarist Alex Lifeson had the following to say about it:

“Rush Canadian Golden Ale is golden in colour with a dense ivory head. It has an earthy aroma with hints of orange-peel, pine and spicy rye. While the emphasis is on refreshment, there are elements of pine, rye spice and a citric hop flavour that add to the subtle complexity of the beer.”

Rush To Screen “Director’s Cut” Of “Cinema Strangiato” In Theaters In September

Trafalgar Releasing and Anthem Entertainment have announced that the “director’s cut” of Rush’s “Cinema Strangiato” will be screened in select movie theaters on September 9. Tickets will begin to go on sale on August 3 and more info can be found HERE.

Here’s an official description of the film:

“The Holy Trinity of Rock returns to the big screen on September 9, 2021, when ‘Rush: Cinema Strangiato – Director’s Cut’ brings Rush fans together in movie theatres once again worldwide – this time to celebrate 40 years of ‘Moving Pictures.’ This global fan event takes an alternate ‘director’s cut’ of 2019’s feature, giving audiences a special look into R40 LIVE, with a revamped setlist including new additions of bonus tracks ‘One Little Victory’ and ‘Red Barchetta’ as well as ‘Cygnus X-1’ / ‘The Story So Far’ featuring Neil’s final recorded drum solo masterpiece. Additional favorites include songs such as ‘Animate’, ‘Closer to the Heart’, ‘Subdivisions’, and ‘Tom Sawyer’ along with backstage moments and candid footage left on the cutting room floor. The Director’s Cut also includes soundcheck performances of the fan-favorite ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, exclusive interviews with Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, producer Nick Raskulinecz, The Trailer Park Boys, violinist Jonathan Dinklage and more surprises.”

Kymberli Frueh, Trafalgar Releasing SVP of content acquisitions, also commented:

“We are proud to once again bring Rush to big screens worldwide in celebration of 40 years of ‘Moving Pictures.’ Rush has such a passionate following and we’re pleased to be able to share so many never-before-seen performances with fans through this new Director’s Cut of ‘Cinema Strangiato’.”

A clip of “Cygnus X-1” / “The Story So Far” featuring Neil Peart’s final recorded drum solo can be found below:

Rush’s Alex Lifeson And Geddy Lee “Still Talk About” Working On New Music Together

During a recent interview with Make Weird Music, Rush’s Alex Lifeson revealed that him and Geddy Lee “still talk about” the possibility of working on new music together. However, he went on to say that scheduling conflicts and the coronavirus pandemic ended up putting the idea on hold.

Lifeson said the following:

“After we finished the last [RUSH] tour in 2015, I started just writing on my own and doing some stuff. Geddy was working on his book. We talked about getting together and doing some stuff together, but it got very, very busy for him, even after he finished writing the book — taking it on the road. So we never got a chance to sit down and start working or just having some fun together. We still talk about it, and I’m sure we will. Of course, now with the pandemic, it’s kind of wrecked things for a bit. But we’re both eager to get back together and kind of get back into that thing that we’ve done since we were 14 years old that we love to do. And we work really, really well together. So we’ll see what happens with that.”

He also reflected on the first anniversary of Neil Peart’s death:

“After Neil passed, it was very difficult to get inspired or motivated to play. As you can imagine, we were very, very close. You lose anybody that’s close, it’s a profound thing. And I think both Geddy and I expected to be better with it. Neil was sick for three and a half years, and no one really knew about it. Well, lots of people knew about it, but it wasn’t public, the information. So we thought that we would be prepared for the end when it came, and we weren’t. We both really struggled with it.

Same thing happened when [Neil’s] daughter passed away. I didn’t play for quite a long time at all; music just didn’t seem that important. And it was the same thing with this. And then COVID hit, and now we’re all sort of in a different mental space.

For me, that first year of grieving is the milestone, and once you get past that, I think you… I don’t know. It’s an anniversary that you process, and it becomes a little easier to handle.

With Neil, I’m always seeing pictures, and I’m always reminded of him, and all that stuff, and that was difficult, but now that it’s [been] a year, I find that I think of the good times that we had together more than the sadness. And we had so many great times — we laughed so much over all those years. Aside from the work that we did and being a partner to one of the greatest drummers in history, and bass players for that matter, I just remember the laughing and the smiles and all of that stuff. So it rounds out the picture and makes it a little easier to move forward.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rush’s Geddy Lee To Appear At The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Virtual Gala Concert

Rush’s Geddy Lee will be taking part in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s “Resilient Symphony: The Show Must Go On” virtual gala concert on February 18. The event will support the VSO and the VSO School Of Music and tickets for it can be found HERE.

The VSO issued the following statement:

“These are imperfect times. It takes courage, imagination, and sheer determination to navigate this new world. The VSO and VSO School of Music are steadfastly committed to keeping the music alive and thriving.

On February 18, 2021 we invite you to join us for the VSO’s Gala Concert: The Show Must Go On: Stories of Resilience.

This is no ordinary Virtual Gala Concert – this is a once in a lifetime experience not be missed.

Join host Steve Maddock and special guests Maestro Otto Tausk, James Ehnes, Itzhak Perlman, Measha Brueggergosman, k.d. lang, Geddy Lee, Steven Page, Jens Lindemann, Stewart Goodyear, Bria Skonberg, Red Robinson, and the musicians of the VSO for an evening of music and stories. Stories you never get to hear – the missed flight; the story behind the story of the delayed start; the imposter Maestro; what the VSO did when Queen Latifah became ill two days before she was to appear with the VSO; stories of intrigue and mystery – all accompanied by inspiring music, amazing food, wine and ambiance – in the comfort and safety of your own home.

See you at theconcerthall.ca this February 18.”

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]