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”→
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.
Since this is only about a post about a special edition single for RSD, I’ll let the press copy do its job. Read on McDuff.
The Press Release:
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Rush’s sixth studio album, “A Farewell To Kings”. To kick-start the celebration, on April 22, 2017, UMe/Anthem/ole will release a limited edition, 12” single for “Cygnus X-1” as an exclusive for Record Store Day, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Featuring “Book I: The Voyage” and “Book II: Hemispheres,” this is the first time these tracks will be released as a single and the pressing will be limited to only 5000 copies. “Cygnus X-1”; is pressed on 180g vinyl and features brand new artwork by Hugh Syme, Rush’s longtime artwork and creative director.
Side A: Cygnus X-1 – Book I: The Voyage Side B: Cygnus X-1 – Book II: Hemispheres
Released in 1977, “A Farewell To Kings”; is the studio follow-up to “2112” and is a continuation of Rush’s musical growth, as they continued to push traditional rock boundaries and explore new ground, both musically and lyrically. Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, “A Farewell To Kings” was the band’s first U.S gold-selling album, receiving the certification within two months of its release, and was later certified platinum.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: This is sure going to be something cool for the Rush fanatics of the world as this particular song is a monster of a track. My favorites on “FTK” still fall to “Xanadu” and “Closer To The Heart” but I will talk more about those when I compose my Music Milestone piece for the full album in September when the anniversary actually hits. Be sure to get on point with whatever dealer sells albums in your region so you don’t miss out on this exclusive LP. Let me know what you readers think about this special edition release and the tune itself down in the comments section below.