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RushCon 2014: Kevin J. Anderson To Edit Anthology Of Rush-Based Stories
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Writer Kevin J. Anderson will co-edit an anthology based on the songs of the band Rush, the author announced this weekend in Toronto, Canada, at RushCon, an annual fan convention celebrating all things Rush.

The writer will be coediting the book with John McFetridge for ECW, which published Clockwork Angels: The Novel, Anderson’s companion novel to Rush’s 2012 album Clockwork Angels.

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Happy 60th Birthday To Ron Howard
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Ron Howard, who is one of the few true artistes of a higher caliber in Hollywood and who has excelled as a virtual Renaissance man in that industry as an actor, director, and producer, celebrates his 60th birthday today.

It almost seems that for the entire world, there has never been a time that Ron Howard hasn’t been in our consciousness in one way or another. From his earliest starts as a pint-sized cute redhead who follows Robert Preston around in The Music Man, to being the son of the conscientious TV star Andy Griffith on CBS’s The Andy Griffith Show as Opie Taylor, to seemingly sprouting up overnight and becoming a tall teenager with multitudes of growing pains as one Richie Cunningham on the smash sitcom Happy Days (which just unbelievably celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year), Ron Howard seemed to tackle all of those aforementioned roles with a grace and an aw-shucks charm that never turned him off to audiences because of it — it was quite the contrary actually.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Rush ‘Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits (1974-1987)’
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As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deals for February 2014, the MP3 version of Rush’s Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits (1974-1987) is on sale for only $5. If you’d like a physical copy of Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits, the CD is available for $8.49 and is an “AutoRip,” which means it includes a free MP3 version of the album that you can access immediately.

This hits album, which was released 11 years ago today on February 11, 2003, contains 16 classic songs from Rush, which is my favorite band in the world, so I can go on and on about how every song in this collection is amazing and worth having, but allow me to name just a few: there’s the hits – “Tom Sawyer,” “The Spirit Of Radio,” and “Limelight,” as well as “Working Man,” “Subdivisions,” and “Fly By Night.”

Browse the main sale page to see all 100 albums on sale for only $5 each in MP3 format through the end of February 2013, and be sure to check out the current $5.99 Live Albums Sale, which includes the Rush live album Working Men.

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Rush To Release 40th-Anniversary Edition Of Self-Titled Debut Album
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Canadian rock trio Rush are set to release a 40th anniversary edition of their self-titled debut album this year, according to The Globe And Mail. The band is said to be “an example of active partners in the [reissuing] process,” according to the article, who cites Ivar Hamilton, VP of catalogue marketing for Universal Music Canada. No other details about the release were revealed.

The eponymous LP, released on March 1, 1974 through Moon Records, is best known not for what’s on it, but rather what’s not on it — the masterful drumming and philosophical lyrics of the great Neil Peart, who didn’t join the band until Rush’s second album, 1975’s Fly By Night. Instead, the 8-song Rush features original member John Rutsey on drums and blues-rock tunes with sex and rock-n-roll-themed lyrics by singer/bassist Geddy Lee.

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Free Streaming: Rush’s ‘Vapor Trails’ Gets The Remix Treatment
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Vapor Trails, the 2002 record by long-standing Canadian prog rock trio Rush, has been given a facelift treatment, as a remixed version gets released this week on CD* and MP3, and is streaming online for free for a limited time.

The record, the band’s first in six years at that point, sported “mixes that were loud and brash, according to bass player/singer Geddy Lee, and a mastering job that was “harsh and distorted,” detriments that Lee had realized not too long after the album was originally released. He summed up his feelings about the record when he stated that although he felt Vapor Trails was an “imperfect piece of work that got out there,” he still believes that the songs were very strong and a huge catalyst to a welcoming audience that made the album and the following tour become rousing successes for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Rush ‘Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits (1974-1987)’
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As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deals for September 2013, the MP3 version of Rush’s Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits (1974-1987) is on sale for only $5.

This hits album contains 16 classic songs from Rush, which is my favorite band in the world, so I can go on and on about how every song in this collection is amazing and worth having, but allow me to name just a few: there’s the hits – “Tom Sawyer,” “The Spirit Of Radio,” and “Limelight,” as well as “Working Man,” “Subdivisions,” and “Fly By Night.”

If you’d like a physical copy of Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits, the CD is available for $8.49 and is an “AutoRip,” which means it includes a free MP3 version of the album that you can access immediately.

Browse the main sale page to see all 100 albums on sale for only $5 each in MP3 format through the end of September 2013.

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Movie Review: Rush
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Rush
Director: Ron Howard
Screenwriter: Peter Morgan
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Pierfrancesco Favino
Universal Pictures
Rated PG-13 | 122 Minutes
Release Date: September 27, 2013

Academy Award winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) reunites with writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), on Rush, a film about the ’70s rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Rush stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers) as English playboy James Hunt and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) as Niki Lauda, a methodical Austrian racing driver and brilliant mechanic.

Ron Howard has made some great films: Apollo 13, Willow, A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon, and, of course, 1982’s Night Shift. He’s made a lot of disappointing, forgettable films too: The Dilemma, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Edtv – just to name a few. Rush is somewhere in-between, a gorgeous looking film by cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (Dredd, Slumdog Millionaire) with two fantastic performances, but a script that is labored, cliché, and – dare I say it – slightly misogynistic.

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Happy 60th Birthday To Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson
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Big birthday greetings today to Alex Lifeson, one-third of the Canadian legendary power trio Rush, whose guitar work and his approach to it puts him firmly square in legendary territory. Lifeson, who also celebrates the milestone of the 40th anniversary of the release of the band’s debut album this year, turns 60 years old today.

Alex Lifeson is a sort of lone wolf of Rush via the perception of him by most of the band’s listeners, and even though he and frontman/bassist Geddy Lee were cultivated by childhood friendship and are always linked as such, it’s still the titanium attack of Neil Peart on the backbreaking backbeat that gets more attention. Ultimately, there remains that Peart/Lee kind of familiarity that gets tread upon long before one gets to Lifeson, even after all these years of the band’s existence. But the guitarist is a concrete explosive anchor for this band. Many people think it’s Peart, but Lifeson always seems to be the vibrant weigh station when the rest of the band takes off into its sonic oddities and delectables in its medicine chest. Lifeson has those too of course and also goes to those areas indeed, with a guitar style that is like a jumbly aural cornucopia of sound, at once fast, loose, intense, dynamic; a Lifeson solo is brimming with buoyancy, with life, technical and soulful, and there aren’t many guitarists, even those “all-time ones” (a list that Lifeson is also a part of), that can do that.

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Watch Members Of The Foo Fighters Perform ‘2112 Overture’ In Full Rush Garb!
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Members Of The Foo Fighters Perform '2112 Overture' In Full Rush Garb!

Back in December, it was announced that this year my favorite band of all time, Rush, was finally (finally!) and deservedly going to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Well, it’s official, Rush is now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

The ceremony, which also saw Heart, Public Enemy, and several other artists added to the Hall, was held on Thursday, April 19, 2013 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, with Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters doing the induction honors for Rush. And not only did the Foo boys give the speech about the Canadian trio, but they also teamed up with producer Nick Raskulinecz to perform the “Overture” from Rush’s 2112 live on stage while sporting the Rush 2112-era look, complete with white satin robes and wigs!

Watch the video here below of the performance capture by fan video – be sure to watch til the end for some cool shit!!!

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Music Deal: A ‘Rash’ Of Rush Albums For Only $5 Each!
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Amazon is currently running a spectacular MP3 album deal that all fans of the band Rush cannot ignore — only $5.00 each for select titles in their rich history of work, and most of those albums are some of the band’s best in their long and still-going career, which saw last year as being one of the biggest and most successful years in recent memory for the band, with an extremely successful tour for their newest album Clockwork Angels and finally, a long-time-coming induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio; the official induction and accompanying ceremonies will take place early this year.

Hailing from Canada, Rush has been defying music critics and delighting progressive and hard rock fans for over 40 years. The trio mixes a basic framework of classic rock with impossibly amazing arrangements and hyper rhythms to create ear popping music which scores of bands try to emulate to much lesser degrees. All told, Rush set a standard and carved a niche in music which cemented their status as one of rock and roll’s best.

NOTE – Below is a breakdown of all the titles on sale, with a little bit of history and the stand-out tracks. Note, though some of the MP3 versions listed below are on sale, some of the CD versions are also on sale for as low as $4.99 and are “AutoRip,” which means that you get the MP3 download for FREE when you purchase the CD.

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