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Roadrunner Records has announced today that they have added Canadian prog rock power trio Rush to the family. Check out the press release from Roadrunner below for more details.

Press release

Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce a new worldwide partnership with Anthem Records and rock trio Rush. The band will remain on Anthem/Universal Music in Canada only.

“We have tremendous respect for Roadrunner Records, and what Cees Wessels and Jonas Nachsin have built on a worldwide level. After years of Roadrunner pursuing the band, Tom Lipsky presented a deal that worked and the timing was right. We wanted to be at a label focused on the rock genre – and that’s Roadrunner,” said Ray Danniels, manager of Rush. [read]


Rush received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame last Friday, appropriately in front of the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard. And while their star was number 2412 and not 2112, as many of their fans might have preferred, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee, both of whom were in attendance, were nonetheless pleased by the honor.

Noticeably absent was drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. The notoriously press-shy Peart was said to be riding a motorcycle to the band’s first tour date in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday.

On hand to induct the musicians were Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan and Donna Halper, a former music director at Cleveland’s WMMS-FM who was among the first to champion the band’s 1974 self-titled debut album. [read]

Today we’re going to analyze Rush’sTom Sawyer,” a hit off of their 1981 Moving Picture’s album that’s been a staple of album oriented radio ever since. Here’s the drum track by the amazing Neil Pert.

1) You’ve really got to hand it to Neil, not only is the time rock-solid, but it feels so good as well. Once I posed about how you can tell a hit just from the high-hat track of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” and the exact same thing applies here. It feels like a hit.

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Rush have announced that on their upcoming Time Machine Tour, during which the band will not only perform many of their classics, give fans a taste of new material, but will also – for the first time ever – play the album Moving Pictures in its entirety.

The group is currently working on their 20th studio album with producer Nick Raskulinecz (co-producer from 2007’s Snakes & Arrows), but decided that the lure of a North American summer jaunt was one they couldn’t resist.

“We were off for a year and a half, and now it’s just pouring,” says guitarist Alex Lifeson. “Everything is totally crazy and there’s not a minute left in the day. We’ve got these half-dozen songs, and we’ll probably go in the studio and work on a couple of them and see how it goes, perhaps release something – and I say perhaps – and then we plan on being on the road.”

While not quite 30 years old, Moving Pictures is within spitting distance of its ‘pearl’ anniversary. Released 12 February 1981, it ranks as Rush’s most-successful album, selling over four million copies and containing radio staples such as Tom Sawyer, Limelight and the Grammy-nominated instrumental YYZ. [read]

Love Rush‘s Neil Peart? Love hockey? Then you’re bound to be in hog heaven, as the Canadian sticksman and hockey enthusiast has rewritten The Hockey Theme.

The tune, which has been used to open Hockey Night In Canada telecasts, got a rock makeover by Peart, and you know what that means: lots and lots of drums, more than most humans can handle.

Peart collaborated with producer Nick Raskulinecz (who produced Rush’s last album, Snakes & Arrows) for the new-and-improved version of The Hockey Theme, which had its broadcast premiere last week during a Toronto-Philadelphia game. (You can check out a YouTube clip below.)

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