The Press Release:
Today, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Permanent Waves, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush premiere their new official conceptual music video for “The Spirit of Radio.” The animated video captures the magic, spirit and growth of the FM radio format with a nostalgic nod to the pioneering DJ’s broadcasting music into homes around the world. The video also pays homage to Rush’s friend, soul brother and fellow bandmate Neil Peart whose music and lyrics continue to capture the hearts and imaginations of the fans.
Watch the full video for “The Spirit of Radio” below:
The Press Release:
On May 29th, UMe/Mercury/Anthem label group continues its extensive Rush 40th anniversary album series with a new, imagination-capturing expanded edition of all the magic music that comprises the band’s remarkable 1980 release, Permanent Waves.
Permanent Waves, Rush’s seventh studio album, was originally released in January 1980, and its forward-thinking music signaled a new direction for the Canadian band as it entered a new decade. The six songs encompassing the album encapsulated the breadth of Rush’s formidable progressive chops meshed with its knack for creating radio-friendly arrangements, all elements that were embedded within the grooves of their previous album, 1978’s widely acclaimed Hemispheres. Permanent Waves also signified Rush’s first of many recording sessions at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec, which was at one point nicknamed the trio’s own personal Abbey Road recording studio. Continue reading Universal Music Announces 40th Anniversary Editions For Rush “Permanent Waves”→
Though the details are just now flowing in and making their way across the news channels, it is with incredible sadness that I share the news that legendary drumming virtuoso, Neil Peart “The Professor” of Progressive Rock and Metal icons Rush has died. Peart was 57 years of age and was taken from us by brain cancer.
While I work to get more details about this horrible news, I am sharing a number of images that were shot from a Rush show back in 2007. Neil was one of my top favorites in the drumming medium and an absolutely incredible lyricist. I hope these images bring some solace in this incredibly sad time and with that said “Ladies and Gentlemen The Professor on the drum kit”…..
“It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mat of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma). We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family’s need for prvacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time. Those whishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil’s name. Rest In peace brother”. Continue reading Legendary Rush Drummer Neil Peart Has Died (1952-2020)→
Back in June I shared the quick trailer for “Rush: Cinema Strangiato” to properly herald the films One Night Only presentation and if you didn’t see said trailer post just click HERE to be up to speed. The moment has arrived my friends and this film is premiering tonight AND only tonight at select theaters across the country and in NYC’s own beautiful Village East Cinema. Let’s examine the Official Poster, some premise and “The Cast” LOL
The Scoop: The Holy Trinity of Rock returns to the big screen on Wednesday, August 21, when the first “Annual Exercise in Fan Indulgence” Cinema Strangiato brings Rush fans together in movie theatres worldwide. Featuring R40+, this global fan event will give audiences a special look into some of the best performances from R40 LIVE, including songs such as “Closer to the Heart”, “Subdivisions”, “Tom Sawyer” and more, as well as unreleased backstage moments and candid footage left on the cutting room floor. R40+ also includes unseen soundcheck performances of the fan-favorite “Jacob’s Ladder”, exclusive new interviews with Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, producer Nick Raskulinecz, violinist Jonathan Dinklage and more. As a special bonus, fans will get a glimpse into the madness and passion that went in to the making of Geddy Lee’s new book, Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass – featuring a brand-new interview from the man himself.
Alex Lifeson on Guitar
Geddy Lee on Bass and Keyboard
Neil Peart on Drums
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though I love Rush quite a bit, I am not yet 100% sure that I am seeing this film with the rest of the legions. I’m still pretty tired from rocking out last night with “The Hottest Band In The World – KISS!!!” and if you know how much that band means to me you will understand. It’s pretty exciting to find the legendary Rush showcased on the big screen and this will very likely see release as a must have Blu-ray, DVD or Digital release once its available to the public. I’ll close up now but before I do I wonder who among the readership is planning on seeing this tonight. Feel free to chime in down below in the comments section no matter where you are seeing it. I’d love to hear from you all.
I’m pretty much a lifetime fan of the band Rush as I was first exposed to them back when “Permanent Waves” was released, or maybe it was “Hemispheres”, but I digress. I do own all of the bands work and have seen them a number of times over the years. That led me to be excited at the reveal of this brand new trailer about the one night only film release “Rush: Cinema Strangiato”. Let’s take a look.