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.”

Watch Primus Perform Rush’s “A Farewell To Kings” During Nampa, ID Show

As previously reported, Primus are performing Rush’s “A Farewell To Kings” in full during their current tour. That trek officially kicked off yesterday (August 10) at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, ID and footage of the band covering the aforementioned album during the show can be found below:

[via The PRP]

Les Claypool Appears To Have Been Getting Lessons From Geddy Lee Ahead Of Primus’ Upcoming Rush Tribute Tour

As previously reported, Primus will be paying tribute to Rush by covering “A Farewell To Kings” in full during a U.S. headlining tour. Now, it appears that Les Claypool has been getting ready for the trek by training with Geddy Lee himself. Claypool recently shared a picture of himself with Lee, along with the caption: “learning from the master…”

[via The PRP]

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:

Alex Lifeson (Rush) Says He Contributed To A New Track With Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) & Kirk Hammett (Metallica)

It looks like Alex Lifeson (Rush) and Kirk Hammett (Metallica) will be featured on a new track from Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine). Lifeson recently revealed the news during an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock.

Lifeson said the following:

“I think this is a project that [Morello]’s working on with a bunch of different musicians. I don’t really know what the future holds for it, but I really loved doing it.”

“He said, Put whatever you want on it — the more, the merrier. He was going to give it to Kirk Hammett, and Kirk was going to do the same thing.”

He also added:

“Being the contrarian, I did all of [these other styles], not just heavy rock stuff. We were all talking to each other while we were doing it, and we just had such a riot. I sent my stuff in and it went to Kirk then, and he sent his stuff in.”

Lifeson also revealed that he has already listened to an early mix of the track:

“It’s really some fun music. It’s so Tom Morello, his parts. I just smiled the whole way through listening to it. I thought it was really, really cool the way it turned out.”

Rush’s Alex Lifeson And Coney Hatch’s Andy Curran Have “Done An Album’s Worth Of Material” For Their New Project

Rush’s Alex Lifeson and Coney Hatch’s Andy Curran are working on a new project, which they are tentatively calling Envy Of None. Notably, the band have already finished “an album’s worth of material.”

Lifeson told Sweetwater the following about the project:

“Andy approached me about four years ago, shortly after the last Rush tour, about just adding some guitar on some of the things that he was doing. And I did that. A few months later, he sent another one, and did that. And then we started getting more serious.

And then we found a great singer, Maiah Wynne, from Portland, Oregon — just a fabulous, fabulous voice and a really smart songwriter and vocal performer. So we’ve basically done an album’s worth of material that we hope to release sometime soon. I’m really excited about that.”

He also added:

“We’re just working on that part of it. All the music is recorded. We are mixing currently. We’re in a good place, but it’s very challenging. The industry is so, so very different than it was certainly 10 years ago, never mind last year. We’ll see. Hopefully late summer, early fall we might have something. But we are very, very excited about it. It’s pretty cool stuff, I think.”

[via Metal Injection]

Wolfmother Drop Off Primus’ “A Tribute To Kings” Tour

Wolfmother have been forced to drop off of Primus’ “A Tribute To Kings” tour due to visa issues. The trek, which will find Primus performing Rush’s “A Farewell To Kings” in full, will now feature The Sword, Battles and Black Mountain on select dates.

Tour Dates:

With Battles:

08/10 Boise, ID – Outlaw Field
08/11 Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse Amphitheater
08/13 Spokane, WA – Riverfront Park
08/14 Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park
08/17 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield
08/18 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater

With The Sword:

08/28 Asheville, NC – ExploreAsheville Arena
08/30 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock
08/31 Atlanta, GA – Roxy Theater
09/03 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
09/04 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
09/05 Charlotte, NC – Metro Amphitheater
09/07 Houston, TX – The Bayou
09/09 Austin, TX – ACL Live @ Moody Theater
09/10 New Orleans, LA – The Saenger Theater
09/11 Irving, TX – Toyota Music Factory
09/14 St. Louis, MO – Music Park
09/16 Indianapolis, IN – The Lawn
09/17 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion
09/18 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
09/20 Columbus, OH – Express Live Pavilion
09/21 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theater
09/22 Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hill Amphitheater
09/24 Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
09/25 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Lot
09/26 Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theater
09/28 New York, NY – Beacon Theater
09/29 Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion

With Black Mountain:

10/01 Philadelphia, PA – MET Opera House
10/02 Essex Junction, VT – Midway Lawn Chamlain Valley Expo
10/03 Westbrook, ME – Main Savings Pavilion
10/05 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
10/06 Richmond, VA – Virginia Credit Union LIVE!
10/08 Milwaukee, WI – BMO Pavilion
10/09 Kansas City, MO – Grinder’s
10/10 Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheatre
10/13 Salt Lake City, UT – Complex Live
10/15 Berkeley, CA – The Greek
10/16 Raso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheater
10/17 Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theater
10/19 San Diego, CA – Cal Coast
10/21 Denver, CO – The Mission
10/22 Denver, CO – The Mission
10/24 Las Vegas, NV – The Theater At Virgin Hotels
10/25 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theater