Watch Mike Portnoy and Stu Hamm Cover Rush’s “YYZ” for David Z Fundraiser

Progressive Music legend  Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, Dream Theater) has teamed up with bassist Stu Hamm, guitarist Paulie Z and keyboardist Walter Ino to record a cover version of the RUSH classic “YYZ”, filmed while they were in quarantine. The clip was premiered this past Tuesday (July 14) as part of the David Z Foundation’s third annual fundraising campaign livestream. This past January, Portnoy shot down rumors that he will tour with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson as the replacement for late RUSH drummer Neil Peart. Peart died on January 10th. Watch the clip here. Continue reading

Surviving Members of Rush Comment on Neil Peart’s Death, Other Rockers React

As new spreads around the globe of the passing of drumming and Progressive Music Giant Neil Peart, reactions have been swift and the outpouring deep. Beginning with a statement from Rush band members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, many icons of the music world themselves, including many great Canadians, commented on the profound impact Peart had on us all. Fans have joined in the world over with their tributes as well.  We’ll have more information about this tragic and terrible loss for the music world as it develops. Continue reading

Geddy Lee Gives Another Update On The Future Of Rush

In a new interview with the Guardian, Geddy Lee affirmed that Rush is not coming back in any form in the future. Lee went on to say that he does miss playing in the band, now retired that performed their final performance on August 1, 2015, at the Forum in Los Angeles. Neil Peart is officially retired from music, although Geddy and Alex Lifeson both have indicated they may regroup at a later date to make music again. Continue reading

Alex Lifeson Says Rush Is “Basically Done.”

In December of 2015, Rush drummer Neil Peart suggested that he had retired from the band, which Geddy Lee said was untrue. Geddy admitted that their 2015 shows would “probably” be their last, but that “probably” left hope for the future in fans eyes. Now Alex Lifeson has confirmed that the band is done. Continue reading

Neil Peart Claims He Is Retired From Rush

 Neil Peart of Rush, Photo credit Matt Hayward

Neil Peart of Rush, Photo credit Matt Hayward

In an interview with Drumhead Magazine Neil Peart of Rush has intimated that he is retired from music. He has released an anecdote that suggests he has accepted that he is retired.

Lately Olivia has been introducing me to new friends at school as ‘My dad — He’s a retired drummer.’ True to say — funny to hear. And it does not pain me to realize that, like all athletes, there comes a time to… take yourself out of the game.”

 

This news comes on the heels of Geddy’s Lee’s recent admission that the touring future of Rush was in doubt since the members couldn’t agree about future bookings. Both Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson have recurring health problems (tendonitis) that have put the future of the band, and the future career of one of the most iconic drummers ever in doubt.

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Rush Guitarist To Appear On Renman Live On April 22nd

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Renman Music & Business, the music industry mentoring website founded by Steve Rennie (aka “Renman”), will broadcast another episode of its Renman Live web show next week, Wednesday, April 22, with special guest, legendary Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson. The show will air live starting at 5:00 p.m. PDT / 8:00 p.m. EDT on the Renman MB YouTube channel. Head over to Renman Music & Business for more info and to submit questions in advance. Viewers can also ask questions live on air by calling the Renman Live hotline: 1-310-469-9067 during the show.

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Rush And Live Nation Announce R40 Live Tour

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Rush and Live Nation announced that the “R40 Live Tour” would commence this May in North America, and visit 34 cities starting in Tulsa, OK. Celebrating 40 years as an international touring band, Rush is planning a set list representative of their entire catalog.

Tickets for the R40 Live tour will go on sale starting January 30 in select markets at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

Tour Dates for “R40 Live Tour”:

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, MO – 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

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