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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Rock News for Thursday 8th April, 2010

Rush Announces their 2010 North American “Time Machine” Tour

Toronto – Thursday, April 8th 2010) - RushGeddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart – is without question one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, equally famed for both its virtuoso musicianship and provocative songwriting.

Announced today, The Time Machine Tour is an evening with Rush, where they will perform their classics, give a taste of the future – and for the first time ever – feature the Moving Pictures album live in its entirety.

The band is currently working on their 20th studio album with producer Nick Raskulinecz (co-producer from 2007’s Snakes & Arrows) and in addition to their classics plan to showcase a few new tunes live this summer.

“We were off for a year and a half, and now it's just pouring. 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,” says guitarist, Alex Lifeson.

This summer’s Live Nation promoted tour will visit approximately 40 cities throughout North America beginning June 29th in Albuquerque, NM and finishing October 2nd in West Palm Beach, FL with stops along the way in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Holmdel, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, and more along the way.

Rush has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and garnered untold legions of devoted and admiring fans. According to the RIAA, Rush's sales statistics place RUSH third after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band.

Released in 1981, Moving Pictures was their most successful album, certified 4x Platinum and features some of Rush’s most well known songs and perennial radio favourites Tom Sawyer, Limelight and the Grammy-nominated instrumental YYZ.

“Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” a documentary created by filmmakers Scot McFadyen & Sam Dunn (whose filmography also includes: “Iron Maiden; Flight 666,’ “Metal, A Headbangers Journey” and “Global Metal”) will premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 24th followed by the Canadian premiere at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival on April 29th. The band was also recently showcased in the comedy “I Love You Man” where they play themselves in a concert scene featuring actors Paul Rudd and Jason Segal as ubra-fans, a performance which has exposed the band to a whole new generation.

Inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame this past March alongside Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfoot, Rush has also been nominated for multiple Grammy awards and won a number of Juno Awards. They were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and bestowed the Order of Canada in 1997. Consistently celebrated and respected worldwide, Rush is the most successful Canadian rock band of all time and they remain one of the biggest grossing arena rock bands ever.

Tickets for Rush Time Machine Tour will go on sale beginning April 16th in San Francisco, Uncasville, Saratoga Springs, Denver, Chicago, Wantagh, Seattle and Holmdel at Tickets for performances in Milwaukee, Sarnia and Syracuse go on sale April 17th, check local listings for ticket information.

Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets through Citi's Private Pass® Program beginning April 13th in select markets. For complete presale details visit
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Carl Palmer selling drum kit, hard up for cash?!

Just saw this at E.L.P., Asia, Qango drummer, Carl Palmer's website:

'Own a piece of Rock N Roll History Carl Palmer Drum Set Available on eBay'
So if you're interested go here:

It even adds this at the bottom of the eBay ad:
'Schedules permitting, Carl is prepared to personally deliver the drum kit to the winner bidder anywhere in mainland UK together with a certificate of authenticity.'

Aerosmith / J.Geil Band - Fenway Park gig update

As posted late yesterday, Aerosmith and J.Geils Band will be playing a special hometown show at Fenway park, home of the Boston Red Sox on August 14th.
This little additional note from the site as an update to yesterdays posting:

On Saturday, August 14th Aerosmith and The J. Geils Band will descend upon Fenway Park to deliver the grandest slam to their hometown crowd. For the first time ever, the Bad Boys of Boston will be bringing their brand of major league rock straight to Fenway Park.

During Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees game, Steven Tyler from Aerosmith and Peter Wolf representing the J. Geils Band appeared in the booth alongside Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo in the bottom of the fourth to announce the event.

AF1 VIP ticket package pre-sales begin (right here on Monday, April 12th at 10am EDT. Don't get shut out, make sure you've got your AF1 Membership to participate.

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, April l7th through and by phone at 1-800-514-3849. Tickets will not be available at the Red Sox ticket office. For more information on AEROSMITH, including fan club pre-sale tickets, go to
Eddie Van Halen new book, in his own words
This story from the Van Halen News Desk:
Guitar World has just published a new book, Guitar World Presents VAN HALEN, which is in stock & shipping now at Van Halen Store. (Although the official release date is April 15th)

We at the VHND are happily surprised to discover that this book contains 3 early “Lost Interviews” with Eddie Van Halen which were conducted in ‘78, ‘79 & ‘80 that have never been published! That alone is worth getting the book for. Additionally, 10 classic interviews with Edward from the pages of Guitar World magazine are included.

“Eddie Van Halen In His Own Words: The inside story of the world’s greatest guitar hero and his legendary band! Featuring a complete history and in-depth interviews from every phase of his spectacular career.”

No musical entity has been more closely associated with Guitar World magazine over the years than Edward Van Halen – the man who, in the late seventies and early eighties, changed the course of guitar history. This collection of classic and new interviews with the great Edward tells the real story behind his earth-shaking technique, brilliant songwriting, and relationship with both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar. This is the authoritative book – revised and updated with new exclusive interviews and information on one of the greatest rock bands of all time and the guitar god at the center of it all.

The VHND highly recommends supplementing your bookshelf with this book. 266 pages. 14 black and white photos. Size 6″ x 9″. Softcover. Just $14.95. Order your copy now!
Note: Some people are asking if this is similar to the out-of-print “Guitar World Presents Van Halen” book published by Guitar World in 1997. Although 7 chapters are indeed exactly the same as the original book, half of the new book wasn’t in the old version. There are 4 new chapters which are taken from various Guitar World interviews that weren’t in the original book, plus 3 new “lost interviews” from ‘78 - ‘80 which were never published anywhere. Additionally, there are 14 photos which are new.

..... and finally ....

The rock website formerly known as has risen from the ashes ...
Well, not quite but the man behind the original site, 'Rikki Rocket' who also goes by a number of alias' including one known as 'Picklehead' - Don't ask me, the guy just likes to have fun! - is keeping his site's legacy up with a refreshed rock forum.
The forum there is a place that is not really for the faint hearted, the people there tell it like it is, but I will say that the majority of posters there, do know their hard rock, classic rock and metal!
The forum will offer - starting now! - the opportunity from time to time to win hard rock CD's, right now offering the prize of '5 Mystery Hard Rock CD's' as the current prize.
All you have to do is register and tell him your name ..., alias or otherwise!
It can be scary there ... You have been warned!

'Picklehead's Hard Rock Universe' can be found right here:

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