RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith launched his own podcast on May 13 through Music Radar called “In Conversation with Chad Smith”. The series bills itself as a non-traditional interview format offering insight into the personal and professional lives of musicians. Smith’s guest for the first installment was RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson, whom he sat down with in Los Angeles a few days before RUSH was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last month.
No, I did not film this, but this guy had amazing seats!
Author, Rush fan and RIAB reader Phil Simon has kicked off a new Kickstarter project which aims to publish a non-fiction book by Rush fans for Rush fans.
Dave Grohl recently had the honor of giving the speech for Rush’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction this week, and he is as star struck with his drumming idols as we all are.
Grohl admitted that inducting Rush into the Hall – and later performing with them on stage for a version of ‘2112â€² – was “one of the most special nights of my life.”
I love ya, John Rutsey (RIP), but fans being upset about him not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should also be upset that a guy who got cut from the Ravens last year didn’t get a Super Bowl ring.
“Once again, Rock And Roll Hall Of Shame: even when you finally get it right, you still get it wrong,” wrote one fan of the group on the Rush Is a Band Facebook page.
Ok, there’s no drummer, but this is still well done! And you have to give props to the drum programming.
The Summer of contests continues with this one being offered from Rhythm Magazine and Sabian Cymbals.
Win a meet and greet with Neil Peart’s drum tech Lorne Wheaton for an onstage tour of Neil’s kit! Plus! See the band perform live in London
Enter this exclusive competition and you, along with a friend, will be in with a chance to meet Neil’s right-hand man, drum tech Lorne Wheaton who will take you onstage for a guided tour of Neil’s phenomenal drum set-up (click here for a sneak preview). The kit tour will take place at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday 25th May, and the prize also includes two pairs of tickets to watch the band perform that evening.
To be in with a chance of winning we want to know how much of a Peart fan you really are. In no more than 25 words, explain why you are the world’s biggest Neil Peart superfan and deserve this all-access pass to check out Neil’s kit. The more creative you are the better! Closing date for entries is 9am on Friday 20th May.
Finally! Someone has published books with drum transcriptions of big name bands and not made it dull and professorial! Alfred’s released two new song books cataloging the drum transcriptions of two rock heavyweights, Led Zeppelin and Rush. I’m interested to see how they’ve notated “Black Dog” for the breaks and “When The Levee Breaks” to see if they incoprorated the delay on the bass drum. When/if you play that particular groove, do you add in the bass drum delay on your bass drum part? Listen back to the track if you’re drawing a blank. Terrific track. Go Alfred!
Original Rush drummer John Rutsey died this past weekend at the age of 55, according to Toronto radio station Q107. Rutsey’s death was announced by Rush’s management company, Anthem Management. The cause of death was not disclosed. Rutsey and guitarist Alex Lifeson formed Rush in 1968, with bassist/singer Geddy Lee joining a short time later. Rutsey played on the band’s self-titled 1974 debut album, but left the group due to health concerns. A diabetic, Rutsey was unable to commit to long-term touring and elected to step down.