Saturday, 28 May 2011

Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart: Rush DVD release date announced

Concord Records will release a RUSH DVD with an undetermined title on September 27, most likely referring to a live DVD of RUSH's April 15 performance at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

RUSH's Cleveland performance of its "Time Machine" show was filmed as a tribute to the U.S. city that first played the band's music.

Cleveland is remarkable for being one of the very first U.S. cities where RUSH performed, in addition to being the first city to provide American airplay. This also marked RUSH's first live full-length filming on U.S. soil.

The "Time Machine" tour was an evening with RUSH, where the band performed its classics, gave a taste of the future and — for the first time ever — featured the "Moving Pictures" album live in its entirety. more

Dave Reeves: South of Sheol new CD!

Dave Reeves:
This be my official album launch video. My album South of Sheol is out now. Details of where to buy and download are in the vid, along with a very special preview ;)

Thank you all for your love, friendship and support. There are numerous people behind the scenes that made this album possible. But without your love and support it woud never have happened. So thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Dingle1 friends and fans RULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll be following up with some tour announcements and an exclusive interview. Subscribe to stay tuned.

Album launch. South of Sheol is officially out now!!

Carlo Losavio: The ecstasy of gold

The ecstasy of gold (Ennio Morricone) By Carlo Losavio

Lukasz Kulczak: PLAY 4 SK- PLAY 4 SK- Łukasz Kulczak

Chris Mannarelli: Ernie Ball Music Man Dreamscape Challenge

Ernie Ball Music Man Dreamscape Challenge - Chris Mannarelli

Oli Snow: daniele gottardo's guitar competition

Oli Snow - The daniele gottardo's guitar competition entry

Menno Gootjes: Thijs van Leer and Focus - Eruption

Thijs van Leer and Focus performing an excerpt from the classic rock piece 'Eruption', featuring Menno Gootjes on guitar, when the band played Gebouw-T in Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands, on Sunday afternoon, May 8th, 2011.
Thijs van Leer - vocals, Hammond organ, flute
Menno Gootjes- guitar
Bobby Jacobs - bass guitar
Pierre van der Linden - drums

Ronny Heimdal: rainy day in fusion land

A Rainy Day. by Ronny Heimdal

Carl Verheyen: Dutch dates announced

Band Dutch Leg

Su September 18th, 2011 - Cafée de Stier - Eibergen, 18.00 hrs
Mo September 19th, 2011 - Panama - Amsterdam, 20.00 hrs

Tom Quayle, Rick Graham: 3 day master class now booking!

Tom Quayle:
On August the 12th Rick Graham and I will start our 3 day workshop/extended masterclass session for up to 15 guitarists. The course will run from the 12th-14th of August. This annual workshop ran last year with great success and was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend with tons of playing, learning and eating/drinking! This year promises to be even better with a completely new line up of topics in the rock/fusion genre ranging from technique development, creating your own sound, moving from rock to fusion, advanced timing concepts and improvisational techniques plus many others. There will be lots of playing and jamming opportunities and as last time, every attendee will go away with a CD packed full of all the material taught in PDF form with video examples, mp3 backing tracks and licks galore. We have a purpose built school designed for teaching groups, with superb facilities and gear on hand for you guys to use.

Tickets for the 3 days are £250 which represents superb value for money as lessons run from 10am to 5pm every day with lessons taught by both Rick and myself each day. Payments can be made in one lump sum or over 3 payments with the first payment securing your place on the course.

Saltaire is beautiful part of the world and has world heritage status as a historic town set in the heart of Yorkshire with art gallerys, superb bars and restaurants and some of the best beers and curry you could ever wish for. There are some great hotels to suit all budgets, within walking distance of the school and we arrange social events for each evening. Last years attendees became friends for life and learnt as much from one another as from Rick and I.

The level of the course is upper intermediate to advanced with a basic knowledge of major scale modes and 7th chords a minimum requirement. A reasonable technical control of the instrument and a willingness to play with other guitarists is a bonus too.
If you have any questions at all feel free to contact me at for information, to book your place or get advice when booking hotels in the area.

Check out last years workshop here with videos, pics and a review from one attendee.

George Marios: apple strudel noodle doodle

Noodle Doodle over a groove i wrote

Jason Becker: Coming Soon...

Coming Soon... the first player announced forJason Becker's "Not Dead Yet" Festival Amsterdam (November 2011)... can you wait?!?! Jason Becker's "Not Dead Yet" Festival Amsterdam (November 2011)

Soon this picture will be full of names... full of people that play lots of cool notes... lots of players who want to play for Jason Becker... watch this space for upcoming announcements and book that date in your diary.

Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart: Rush Birmingham 2011 review

I recall first going to see Rush back in 1978 in the Bristol Colston hall. They played two nights in a row at the 2000 seater venue and we queued outside the venue to get the tickets... no online ticketing like today. I recall Rush were supported by fellow Canadians Max Webster, who also played a blinding set.

This was Rush's second tour of the UK supporting the Hemispheres album, playing the whole of the first side of the LP and the classic track TheTrees!

The concert was needless to say amazing, great light show, consummate musicianship, and that feeling of... hey these guys can play. Also belting out classics like Xanadu, By-Tor and Snow dog (anyone know how he makes those noises on guitar?) and 2112, armed only with their trusty double necks and Taurus bass pedals... with the professor on the drum kit keeping time and adding fills like an atomic clock. I'd never seen anything quite like it before. So it's no surprise to me that I'm still a big fan of the band who have been 40 years in the business.

Rush 1978

So let's hit that time machine button and discuss the latest show... I did try and look back to recall the number of shows of Rush I've seen, but I think it's been so many I've lost count. From fire breathing dragons to giant inflatable bunny rabbits... yes... their shows have it all.

As a build up the gig, I set my mp3 player to artist = Rush for the whole week, just wall to wall Rush through the ages. Really great to sing-a-long to all those tracks again... how did I remember all those lyrics with out the aid of an auto queue?

The day of the gig arrives, fill the car up with gas... cry at the cost of filling the tank... get some "road sweets". Then the back to get changed and the key thing... what t-shirt to wear? Rush or something you may know I have a few Rush T-Shirts... but may be something a little more special... dig into the t-shirt locker... uummm of course... the Jason Becker Not Dead Festival T Shirt! No one else will have one of those... Check!

Going to see Rush is a family and friend affair... I get a last minute email from my friend who can't make it to the show... "Say hello to Geddy and the boys for me, seems strange not joining you and the jolly boys on this pilgrimage up the M5." Yes it does that... but we head out anyway, a man down.

The car hums to Rush tunes as we barrel down the motorway to our final destination with Rush... This time, like last time, we had booked to see Rush at the Birmingham Arena, now sponsored by LG. The place has much improved since we were last there. Lots of seats, food stalls and bars... and the occasional new shiny loo, or was it a wash hand basin?!

The outside of the hall has had a clean up too since the last time we saw Rush... may be three years ago?

Then there was the T-shirt stall. Option anxiety ensues... so many designs to choose from... How is a man to decide? Well in my case you don't... just buy as many as you can... and hope on one notices when that are no t-shirts left!

Scan the horizon... wall to wall t-shirts of every colour and hue. Hoodies, baseball caps, bags, tour guides... list goes on... but I'm focused on t-shirts!

Then out of the corner of my eye... bingo... it's expensive... but what the hell... you never know when the wheels will fall off the Rush Time Machine!

The hall is big and full with Rush fans... and fans of all ages... and yes there were more than 7 girls in the audience too!

I sit down in my seat to enjoy the show...

Spoiler Alert!

If you're like me these won't be spoilers... they are a prerequisite for the build up to the live show! I'd been watching youtube videos all week and interviews with the guys from earlier in the tour. Plus the Alex Lifeson gear tour videos...

The show opens with a video clip.( I didn't film these) but they tell you what these guys are all about. The video starts and then they opened with the familiar The Spirit Of Radio!!

Rush Time Machine Tour - 2010-08-13 Irvine CA Intro - Tapehead2 dvd boot

The band covers an array of numbers from there huge pantheon of titles over the ages. Stick It Out from the heavier Counterparts in 1993, Time Stands Still on Hold Your Fire (1987). Faithless ( Snakes and Arrows ) and the new Caravan and BU2B. All played with Rush's immaculate stage craft, state of the art lighting rig and sound system.

The first part draws to a close all too quickly... but I plan to meet up with Matt Williams from Liquid Note Records at half time... we chat about music and Rush... Rush and guitar... guitar and music :)

I grab a quick photo as evidence... he is well... but for some reason he appears a strange greenish hue from my mobile phone camera!

RUSH "2nd Set Intro/Tom Sawyer" Albuquerque NM June 29th 2010

The second half started again with a funny movie, where the band hit the time machine button and belt out a clip from "Tom Soyeee" er... Tom Sawyer.

Rush LIVE - Time Machine Tour - The Camera Eye and Witch Hunt - Saint Louis, Missouri 2010

They cover tracks from the Moving Pictures era... I hear Witch Hunt, great track and Camera Eye... the first time for a long time! This sounds great live... re-invigorated... I begin to hope the new live DVD will have all these goodies and more too. More tracks flow from the vaults and from the recent past, Snakes and Arrows, Working Them Angels... Far Cry, La Villa Strangiato and a dynamic performance of Working Man. Plus classics like the instrumental, Leave That Thing Alone... which I did capture on my new mini video camera... not the best quality hence some video editing picture montage... but still OK.

Rush: Leave that thing alone Time Machine Tour 2011 Birmingham

The concert closes with another film, which Hollywood Actors Paul Rudd ( Dinner for Schmuks ) and Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother ) will emerge as the largest on earth Rush fans, backstage after the show.

Jason Segel & Paul Rudd Meet Rush

Here's to the next Rush tour!!