Entries tagged with: Rush
photo: Rush at MSG in June (more by P Squared)
Yesterday we posted that Rush drummer Neil Peart considered himself retired from drumming. Well, in case you were wondering if that meant that Rush was like, no longer a band, Geddy Lee has come forward to clarify that Neil is just retired from touring. The band had already said that their most recent tour might be their last. As Geddy said to Classic Rock:
"There's really nothing to say. I think Neil is just explaining his reasons for not wanting to tour, with the toll that it's taking on his body. That's all I would care to comment on it.So that probably answers that. Watch a three-hour concert video video of Rush from 2012 so that you can get a sense of what the world is now missing below.
"We'll get together eventually and chat about things. But in my view, there is certainly nothing surprising in what he said. Neil just feels that he has to explain with all the thousands of people asking, 'Why no more tours?' He needs to explain his side of it."
photo: Rush at MSG in June (more by P Squared)
In a recent interview with Drumhead magazine, legendary drummer Neil Peart of Rush says that he considers himself retired from drumming.
Lately Olivia [ Neil's daughter] 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. I would rather set it aside then face the predicament described in our song 'Losing It' ['Sadder still to watch it die, than never to have known it'].
This is pretty surprising language, as Rush haven't announced anything (it's basically impossible to imagine them continuing on without Neil), although they have indicated that this most recent tour may have been their last.
We'll wait for more news on this, but in the meantime you can watch Neil playing the "Drum Solo of Life" in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie below.
photos by P Squared Photography
Rush @ MSG 6/29/2015
Toronto invaded Brooklyn last night (6/29) when Sloan played Rough Trade and the slightly more popular Rush played the slightly larger Madison Square Garden. The MSG show was the NYC stop on their 40th anniversary tour, which they also say is "likely their last major tour of this magnitude." The set spanned their entire career, opening with "The Anarchist" and "Headlong Flight" off their most recent album, 2012's Clockwork Angels, and ending with two off their self-titled 1974 debut, "What You're Doing" and "Working Man." In between we got favorites like "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of Radio," and a run of parts I, II, IV and VII of "2112."
During the intermission, they played a comedy film they made that stars I Love You, Man's big Rush fans Jason Segel and Paul Rudd. Jason, Paul, and others (like Tom Morello) also appeared on screen behind Rush to rap along to "Roll the Bones." (Video of that happening in Austin, below.) They played another comedy bit on screen before the encore, which starred fellow Canadian Eugene Levy as his old "Mel's Rock Pile" bit from SCTV.
More pictures from the MSG show, and the setlist, below...
Rush's 2015 arena tour was announced last week, and tickets for the whole tour go on sale at 10 AM local time this Friday (1/30). Meanwhile, tickets are on various presales now. The NYC stop happening June 29 at MSG has an ongoing Citi presale that started Tuesday, and venue/Live Nation/radio presales began today. Use the password RUSHMSG for that one.
photo: Rush at Jones Beach in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Prog legends Rush celebrate 40 years as a band this year with a massive 34-city North American arena tour kicking off in May and running through August. The tour hits the NYC-area twice, first at Prudential Center on June 27 and then at Madison Square Garden on June 29. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 30 at 10 AM. There's a VIP Packages presale starting Friday (1/23) at 10 AM, a Citi presale starting Tuesday (1/27) at 10 AM, and a venue/Live Nation/radio presale starting Thursday (1/29) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
photos by Greg Cristman
2013 has come and gone but we still have a couple year-end posts to go. Greg Cristman shot a whole lot for us last year -- everything from metal to synthpop and all points in between -- and he picked his 25 favorites from '13 which are in this post.
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
Photos by Greg Cristman; words by Fred Pessaro
Rush @ Jones Beach, 6/23/2013
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and quite possibly the greatest still-running power trio in hard rock, Rush headlined Jones Beach Ampitheater last night (7/23), playing a two-set extravaganza that spanned their career. The band's new LP Clockwork Angels is the focus of this tour (much like the last), with the band backed by an orchestra during a second set. Setlist and pictures from the show, featuring spinning drumsets, instrumental insanity and... terrible steam-punk inspired stage adornments, are below next to the setlist.
Before and after: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
As you surely remember, last October's Hurricane Sandy put a lot of things underwater. One of them was outdoor concert amphitheater Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre. Live Nation has been busy renovating ever since the water receeded:
Along with much of the coastal regions throughout New York and New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy inflicted catastrophic damage on the venue. Sandy generated a storm surge of 8--10 feet, and the ground floor, sub-structures and pathways under Jones Beach Theatre, which sits right on Zachs Bay, were submerged. Much of the 14,000 seat venue was impacted from the surge, from the stage to the seats, the backstage and concessions and VIP areas were all severely damaged.The renovated Nikon at Jones Beach Theater was finished just in time for the 2013 season that kicks off Friday (5/31) with...Rascal Flatts.
But before construction could even commence, more than 3 million gallons of sea water had to be pumped out of the venue, which then had to be cleaned from top to bottom. Hundreds of tons of debris and damaged structures and equipment had to be removed from the site...
...The stage and boardwalk and their substructures had to be completely rebuilt from scratch. More than 9 miles of special MCM cable had to be replaced in the tunnels and access ways below the venue. All the doors on the main level, more than 200 in total, had to be replaced. Where possible the venue's infrastructure was redesigned to mitigate any future damages (i.e. the main electrical system was relocated to the second floor, above the 100 year floodplain) and replacement appliances and equipment were upgraded to energy efficient models.
Concerts at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater that you might be more interested in include, Fleetwood Mac on June 22, Bob Dylan/Wilco/Beck on July 27, and Depeche Mode/Bat for Lashes on September 8. The outdoor venue's entire summer schedule is below.
Rush at Barclays Center, Oct 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Juno-nominated rock gods Rush will head out for a spring tour in late April, tagging North American dates and heading across the pond before coming back for more shows on our shores. Look for the power trio to hit the New York area as part of that round of Clockwork Angels shows at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on June 23. VIP packages and a fan presale are open now, with CITI presale hitting at 10AM on Wednesday (2/20) and regular sale hitting on Monday (2/25).
All tour dates and a video of the band ripping through the classic "A Passage to Bangkok" are below.
by Bill Pearis
Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.
It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.
Rush at Barclays Center, October 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
In a just-held ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. that was hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were announced after nominees surfaced a short two months ago. Among this year's class are Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Heart, Albert King and the long-snubbed Rush, along with receipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.
Reportedly, Rush was the clear beneficiary of the recently instituted popular vote, and the band had the following comment:
"We are honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 3 of us are especially appreciative of our loyal fans whose support and dedication has gone a long way to making this possible. P.S. And special thanks to our moms for voting 6000 times!" - Alex, Geddy, & NeilThe induction takes place in April 2013, followed by a telecast of the ceremony on HBO. Congrats guys!
This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:
We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..
Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.
Pandora's principal asset is the music.
Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.
The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.
Rush at Barclays Center, 10/22/2012
Rush played last night at Barclays Center (10/22) as part of their steam-punk influenced Clockwork Angels tour. The Brooklyn crowd got a dosage of "rocket sauce", similar to the power trio's showing on Friday (10/20) at Prudential Center, a healthy balance of classic with later material. The setlist and pictures from the Brooklyn show, with all its rotating drum risers, ridiculous stage tchotchkes, multiple drum solos, and terrible video interludes, are in this post. Did I mention jaw-dropping instrumentation and great, great songs? More below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Rush @ Prudential Center, 10/20/2012
The three appear to be having a blast, too. Rush can get away with burying the classic material because its fanbase is so rabid -- true Rush maniacs (and the arena was loaded with them) know the repertoire backward and forward and will lustily cheer anything in the catalog. The band, to their credit, does not take advantage of this. The three musicians continue to push themselves. On the Clockwork Angels Tour, Rush was accompanied by an eight-piece string section, complete with a conductor. There was nothing staid or fussy about the Clockwork Angels strings: these men and women rocked out as hard as the band did, and that includes the cellists, who were bobbing up and down in their seats to "YYZ." -[Star-Ledger]Canadian hard rock greats and Hall of Fame nominees Rush played Prudential Center on Friday (10/20), their first of two NYC area dates, dipping into classics like "2112" in addition to material from their 19th LP, Clockwork Angels. The power trio had last night off, but will play Barclays Center in Brooklyn tonight (10/22, tickets). More photos from Friday's show, plus the setlist, are below.
Kraftwerk at MoMA in April (more by Greg Cristman)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2013 nominees: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Meters, Randy Newman, NWA, Procol Harum, Public Enemy, Rush, and Donna Summer.
For the first time in its history, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will offer fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. Beginning on Thursday, October 4 and continuing through December 5, the public can vote for the five nominees they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a "fans' ballot" that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2013 inductees.The Induction Ceremony will take place at Nokia Theatre in LA on April 18, 2013 and will air on HBO.
Canadian hard rock gods Rush have released the new single "Headlong Flight" from their ninteenth LP Clockwork Angels, due on June 12th. The uber-influential trio will follow-up the release with a string of North American dates in September that will include a pair in the NYC area: Prudential Center in East Rutherford, NJ on 10/20 and on 10/22 in the spankin' new Barclays Center (!) in Brooklyn. All dates are listed below.
Along with co-owner Jay-Z's promised shows and Andrea Bocelli, the Barclays show is one of the first music events to be announced in the new space, which sits on Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn. Tickets for Prudential go on Citi presale on 4/24 at 10AM and regular sale on 4/27 at 10AM. Tickets for the show at Barclays Center are on sale Friday, 4/27 at well (with presales probably happening too).
All tour dates, that "Headlong Flight" video, and more classic Rush, below...
Tom Tom Club have scheduled another show, this time at Irving Plaza on January 12th and tickets are on sale.
Matisyahu just finished playing a bunch of sold out Hanukkah shows at venues much larger than Mercury Lounge where he is billed as part of "An evening with Cloud Runner (Matisyahu & Friends)." It happens January 26th and tickets go on sale at noon.
The Max Weinberg Big Band and" a Special Set By Andy McKee Plus Guests" is happening at Irving Plaza on January 7th. Tickets are now on "Live Nation" and "Music Geeks" Presales. General sale begins Thursday at 10am.
Tickets for the Scott Kelly (Neurosis) / Wino (Saint Vitus) / Man's Gin (Cobalt) show happening at Mecury Lounge go on AmEx presale at noon.
Punch Brothers are headlining Bowery Ballroom on January 15th. Tickets are on sale.
Rush will hit the road again for the 2011 leg of their "Time Machine Tour" where they'll perform their breakthrough LP Moving Pictures in its entirety. The tour hits Madison Square Garden on 4/10. Full ticket info is still forthcoming, but a fan pre-sale is currently ongoing. The tour's 2010 setlist is below with all dates.
Rush is currently working on their new LP Clockwork Angels for a 2011 release. The LP features "Caravan", which is available at iTunes now along with the "b-side" (is that term relevant in a digital age?) "BU2B".
If you are a fan of Rush, check out their recent documentary Beyond The Lighted Stage which chronicles the band from start to finish. The scene where Alex Lifeson tells his parents that he is quitting High School to become a guitarist is worth the price of admission alone. Pick up a copy.
All dates, the setlist and some videos below...
Washed Out and Small Black have a show coming up at The Bell House which is on sale.
Don't forget that the Crystal Stilts / 1990s show that was supposed to happen last week, was rescheduled for this Friday, 4/30, at the Bell House and combined (or were they always on the old date too?) with The Oranges Band and The Forgery Series. Tickets are on sale.
Rush are touring this summer with NYC-area shows at Jones Beach, PNC Bank Arts Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and Mohegan Sun Arena. Tickets are still on sale for those shows.
Crosby, Stills & Nash, She & Him, The Fab Faux, Al Green, Empire of the Sun, Edward Sharpe, Cake & other tickets recently went on sale.
Faith No More, Silversun Pickups, Ween, Hole, Junip, America, Foreigner, Tears for Fears, Warpaint & other tickets went on sale not too long ago too.
Gainsbourg, Je t'Aime... Moi Non Plus
The Tribeca Film Festival runs this year from April 21st to May 2nd, and the offerings include a number of music flicks, many with in-person Q&A's attached. The schedule includes two new biopics Gainsbourg, Je t'Aime... Moi Non Plus and the life of The Blockheads' Ian Dury Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. There's also Rush:Beyond the Lighted Stage with members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson in attendance, and Last Play at Shea, which focuses on the stadium's history as a music venue and includes footage of Shea's last concert, by Billy Joel, who will be at the screening.
Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez Lopez directed The Sentimental Engine Slayer which makes its North American premiere at the festival on April 22nd with Omar in attendance.
Less than two weeks later Omar headlines a concert at Highline Ballroom. Omar was set to play a NYC show less than two weeks later, but it has been postponed.
Free programs include Tribeca Drive-In movie series from April 22-24 at the World Financial Center, which will screen Big and other films.
Festival packages are on sale now. For individual films, tickets go on AmEx presale starts today at 11am. Then there's a presale for "downtown" residents only (in person, with proof of zip code below Canal St) on Sunday, April 18th. Finally, tickets go on sale to the public Monday, April 19th at 11am. "Tickets for the Festival will be $16.00 for evening and weekend screenings and $8.00 for daytime weekday and late night screenings. TFF will also offer a selection of screenings that include in-depth panel discussions with filmmakers and talent for $25.00."
Info on the above-mentioned films and more, below...
DOWNLOAD: Sloan Wainwright - Silent Night (MP3)
This was maybe going to be a post about how the-band-recently-signed-to-Secretly-Canadian Bodies of Water posted some free Christmas songs for download on their MySpace page, but then this message they posted on the homepage of their regular website seemed even more interesting...
12.21.07 - I can't understand why anyone likes these musical groups and singers:And to that Steely Dan might say...
Perhaps you are offended by this. If so, I feel glad. You need to be shaken up. You need to have whatever skewed values you've cultivated over the years CHALLENGED. Listen again to this stuff - you will see that it is junk. (I say all this with the utmost sincerity, but I'm sure that in a year or two 'synchronicity' will be on heavy rotation in my house. This goes for all of these except for Steely Dan. I will never, ever like Steely Dan as long as I live.)