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.”

Late Van Halen, Rush, Power Trip, Etc. Members Featured In NBC News’ 2020 “In Memoriam” Segment

Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen), Neil Peart (Rush), Riley Gale (Power Trip), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Peter Green (ex-Fleetwood Mac), Brian Howe (ex-Bad Company), and Jack Sherman (ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers) were among the musicians featured in NBC News’ 2020 “In Memoriam” segment. You can watch that video HERE.

Fu Manchu Release Cover Of Rush’s “Working Man”

Fu Manchu have released a cover of Rush’s “Working Man.” Proceeds from the track will be donated to brain tumor research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in honor of the late Neil Peart.

Fu Manchu commented:

“In Tribute to The Professor, Neil Peart, we are releasing our version of Rush’s ‘Working Man” that we recorded January 2020. All Proceeds will benefit Brain Tumor Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in his memory.

Members of our band and our manager were in the audience on August 1, 2015 when this was the final song played by Neil, Geddy and Alex. We are forever grateful for all of the music and memories.

Thanks to Carl Saff for donating his mastering services and to David Medel for donating his art services. Thanks to Jim Monroe for the studio time, engineering & mixing hook up. Thanks to Meg and everyone in the Rush family. Thanks to John Raso for going the extra mile to help us get this out.

This is a digital release only… for now.”

Neil Peart (Rush) To Be Honored At Modern Drummer Festival

LiveXLive have partnered with Modern Drummer to stream a virtual tribute concert for the late Neil Peart (Rush) as part of the Modern Drummer Festival. The event will take place on September 12 and it will feature: Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Rick Allen (Def Leppard), Ray Luzier (Korn), Eric Singer (KISS), Mike Portnoy (ex Dream Theater), Jason Bittner (Overkill), and more. Tickets can be found HERE with proceeds set to benefit brain tumor research.

The Sword Share Quarantine Cover Of Rush’s “Working Man”

The Sword have shared a quarantine cover of Rush’s “Working Man.” This performance serves as the third and final installment of the band’s “Conquest Of Quarantine” series. Bryan Richie commented:

“In the early 2000s we were given a CD by one of Kyle’s record store buddies with SLUSH scrawled across it and little did we know what a wild ride awaited us. This dude had taken his favorite Rush songs and dropped the pitch control on his record player as low as it would go – taking these classic Rush tracks and turning them into a C standard sludge fest with the most air drumable drums!! Does it doom? Heck yes it does. Enjoy our cover of the classic Rush track ‘Working Man‘ with a Slush’y spin.”

Primus Announce Rescheduled Dates For “A Tribute To Kings” Tour

Primus have announced the rescheduled dates for their “A Tribute To Kings” North American tour. The band will be performing Rush’s “A Farewell To Kings” in full on the trek, which will also feature Wolfmother, The Sword, and Battles on select dates.

2021 Tour Dates:

With Wolfmother & The Sword:

06/09 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
06/11 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
06/12 Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
06/13 New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
06/15 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
06/16 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
06/18-19 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
06/20 Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
06/22 Asheville, NC – Exploreacheville.com Arena
06/23 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
06/25 Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union Live!
06/26 Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion
06/27 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
06/29 Essex Junction, VT – Midway Law at Champlain Valley Expo
07/01 Westbrook, ME – Main Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
07/02 Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theatre
07/03 Scranton, PA – TBA
07/05 Lafayette, NY – Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards (no The Sword)
07/06 Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
07/08 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
07/09 Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony Summer Stage
07/10 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
07/13 Toronto, ON – RBC Echo Beach
07/15 Columbus, OH – Express Live! Outdoor
07/16 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
07/17 Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
07/19 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion

With Wolfmother & Battles:

07/20 Chicago, IL- Chicago Theatre
07/21 Indianapolis, IN – Amphitheater at White River Stage Park (no Battles)
07/23 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
07/24 Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion
07/25 Maryland Heights, MO – Saint Louis Music Park
07/27 Kansas City, MO – Grinders SKC
07/29 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
07/30 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
07/31 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex Outdoors
08/02 Phoenix, AZ – Commerica Theatre
08/04 San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
08/06 Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
08/07 Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
08/10 Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at Idaho Botanical Garden
08/11 Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse Amphitheater
08/13 Spokane, WA – Riverfront Park
08/14 Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park

With Battles:

08/17 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield
08/18 Bend, OR – Les Schab Amphitheater
08/20 Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theater

Primus frontman Les Claypool commented:

“Third time is the charm…we’ve postponed this ‘Tribute to Kings’ tour twice now. Once, because we opted to help send Slayer on their way into retirement, and once because mother nature decided to slap us all into isolation with a nasty virus. This time, I will get to go out there and get my ‘Geddy on’. I’ve got my Ricky shined up and have been practicing my Moog licks. 2020 has proven to be one nasty kick to the crotch on many levels.

This nation is divided beyond anything I’ve ever seen; from who’s wearing masks or not to who’s treating folks with common dignity…or not. Let’s hope 2021 will resolve us all into some form of unity. As far as touring, it will be nice to be back in the saddle again, see y’all next summer…’Geddy up!’”

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]