Ceremony Slated for November 20, 2012 with Induction Speech by a Special Guest
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Guitar Center is proud to announce the upcoming induction of renowned rock legends Rush, into the retailer’s historic RockWalk. The exclusive, invite only induction ceremony is set to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Noon at Guitar Center’s Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard. A special guest speaker will open the event by reflecting upon Rush’s musical impact and welcoming the band to the stage.
“We are very pleased to have been chosen by our peers and fellow musicians for induction in Guitar Center’s Rock Walk,” said Rush’s Geddy Lee. “It is an honor to have our names added to this illustrious list of great and highly talented musicians.”
“Not only is Rush extraordinary as a band, but each member is incredibly talented in their own right,” said Dave Weiderman, Chairman of Guitar Center’s RockWalk. “With nearly thirty years together, this group has consistently delivered skilled musicianship, experimental-drive and stylistically diverse rock to music fans worldwide. In short – Rush is long-deserving of being honored by Guitar Center’s RockWalk.”
Guitar Center’s RockWalk is dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues and R&B. As the newest RockWalk inductees, Rush’s handprints will reside alongside the handprints, signatures, and faces of other equally accomplished musicians and innovators such as Eric Clapton , George Martin, Jimmy Page, Iron Maiden, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Van Halen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Run-D.M.C. and Queen, among numerous others.
About Guitar Center’s RockWalk
Guitar Center’s RockWalk became a reality on November 13, 1985 with inaugural inductions including Stevie Wonder, Eddie Van Halen, Creator of the Gibson Les Paul guitar Ted McCarty, Martin Guitar founder C.F. Martin III, Marshall Amplifier creator Jim Marshall. At last, the Rock ‘n Roll world could claim for itself an institution every bit as compelling as Mann’s Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Located at Guitar Center’s Hollywood location on Sunset Boulevard, all Guitar Center RockWalk inductees are chosen solely by past honorees. In this way, inductees are chosen by real “music authorities,” those who would best be able to gauge his or her contribution to music history.
As the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments, Guitar Center is dedicated to supporting the global music community and providing musicians with opportunities to get their music heard. Guitar Center’s musicianship programs include the award winning music television series Guitar Center Sessions, the weekly radio show Connections Made By Guitar Center , and the acclaimed podcast series At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt as well as various competition based programs such as Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record , Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter , Guitar Center Drum Off , Guitar Center On-Stage and Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues .
With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours, Rush – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart – is not only one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, but remains one of the most popular. The RIAA has certified Rush for the third most consecutive gold/platinum studio albums by a rock band, topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Rush’s vast catalog includes such classics as 1974′s self-titled debut, 1976′s “2112,” 1981′s “MOVING PICTURES,” 1996′s “TEST FOR ECHO,” and 2002′s “VAPOR TRAILS.” Rush released their 20th studio album, “CLOCKWORK ANGELS,” on June 12 via Anthem/Roadrunner Records. The highly anticipated collection marks their first studio recording since 2007′s “SNAKES & ARROWS,” and debuted at #1 in Canada and #2 on the Billboard 200, matching the highest chart debut of the band’s career. In addition to their commercial success, Rush has also been recognized with a number of Juno Awards and multiple Grammy nominations, including one earlier this year for the acclaimed documentary “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage.” Enjoying a recent pop culture renaissance, Rush made a rare television appearance – their first in over 30 years – on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and a memorable cameo in the film “I Love You, Man.” Most recently, Rush has been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature summed up the renowned rock trio’s continuing artistic vitality by observing, “It’s true that Rush doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.” For more information please visit www.rush.com.
About Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates 238 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. We are also the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician’s Friend, Inc., and its catalog and Web site, www.musiciansfriend.com. In addition, our Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company’s Web site at www.guitarcenter.com.
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Legendary rock band Rush have unveiled details of its highly anticipated 2012 album, Clockwork Angels. The recording of Clockwork Angels began with Grammy Award winner Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) who collaborated with the band on their 2007 studio album, Snakes and Arrows - and Rush co-producing. Lyrically, Clockwork Angels chronicles a young man's quest across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams. The story features lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnival, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours, Rush - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart - is not only one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, but remains one of the most popular.
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RUSH TO VISIT 33 CITIES THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA IN 2012
Tickets on sale in select markets beginning April 27th at LiveNation.com
LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Alongside the release of the powerful new single “Headlong Flight,” Live Nation announced today that Rush will embark on a North American Tour in support of their upcoming and highly anticipated new album, “CLOCKWORK ANGELS.” This year’s fall tour will visit approximately 33 cities beginning September 7th in Manchester, NH, and finishing December 2nd in Houston, TX, with stops along the way in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Columbus, Bridgeport, Philadelphia, Saskatoon, Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tampa, as well as dates in Canada and more (complete tour itinerary follows). Tickets for the Clockwork Angels Tour will go on sale starting April 27th in select markets at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.
“CLOCKWORK ANGELS,” the band’s 20th studio album, will be released on June 12th.This is the renowned trio’s first new collection of original material in over five years and their first studio release via Anthem/Roadrunner records. With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours, Rush – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart – is not only one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, but remains one of the most relevant.
Singer/bassist Geddy Lee remarked, “‘Headlong Flight’ was one of those songs that was a joy to write and record from beginning to end. Alex [Lifeson] and I had blast jamming in my home studio one day before the 2nd leg of the Time Machine Tour and I did not revisit that jam until a year later. Alex and I assembled the song to be an instrumental and its original title was ‘Take that lampshade off yo head!’ but once we saw the lyrics Neil had written for ‘Headlong Flight,’ I knew that the spirit of the lyrics matched the instrumental perfectly and it was just a matter of making them fit and writing the melodies.”
Drummer and lyricist Neil Peart explained, “In late 2011, my drum teacher Freddie Gruber, towards the end of his long and adventurous 84 years, was reminiscing among friends and former students. Often he would shake his head and say, ‘I had quite a ride. I wish I could do it all again.’ That is not a feeling I have ever shared about the past — I remain glad that I don’t have to do it all again. While working on the lyrics for ‘Headlong Flight,’ the last song written for Clockwork Angels, I tried to summarize my character’s life and adventures. My own ambivalence colored the verses, while Freddie’s words inspired the chorus ‘I wish that I could live it all again.’”
The RIAA has certified Rush for the third most consecutive gold/platinum studio albums by a rock band, topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Rush’s vast catalog includes such classics as 1974′s self-titled debut, 1976′s “2112,” 1981′s “MOVING PICTURES,” 1996′s “TEST FOR ECHO,” and 2002′s “VAPOR TRAILS.” Rush’s last studio album, 2007′s “SNAKES & ARROWS,” debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, marking the band’s highest chart debut since 1993, as well as their eleventh top 10 album in the U.S. The album’s first single, “Far Cry,” hit the top 5 at mainstream rock radio, with airplay on over 100 radio stations in the US and the track “Malignant Narcissism” was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category.
In addition to their commercial success, Rush has also been recognized with a number of Juno Awards and multiple Grammy nominations, including one for the acclaimed documentary “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage.” Enjoying a recent pop culture renaissance, Rush made a rare television appearance – their first in over 30 years – on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and a memorable cameo in the film “I Love You, Man.” A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature summed up the renowned rock trio’s continuing artistic vitality by observing, “It’s true that Rush doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.”
Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass® Program beginning April 23rd in select markets. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
Exclusive Rush ticket packages are available, please visit http://vipnation.com for package details.
|CLOCKWORK ANGELS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ITINERARY|
|Sep-7||Manchester, NH||Verizon Wireless Arena||On Sale Fri. Apr. 27|
|Sep-9||Washington, DC||Jiffy Lube Live Amphitheater||On Sale Soon|
|Sep-11||Pittsburgh, PA||CONSOL Energy Center||On Sale Soon|
|Sep-13||Indianapolis, IN||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||On Sale Soon|
|Sep-15||Chicago, IL||United Center||On Sale Sat. Apr. 28|
|Sep-18||Detroit, MI||Palace of Auburn Hills||On Sale Sat. Apr. 28|
|Sep-20||Columbus, OH||Nationwide Arena||On Sale Soon|
|Sep-22||St. Louis, MO||Scottrade Center||On Sale Soon|
|Sep-24||Minneapolis, MN||Target Center||On Sale Soon|
|Sep-26||Winnipeg, MB||MTS Centre||On Sale Soon|
|Sep-28||Saskatoon, SK||Credit Union Centre||On Sale Soon|
|Sep-30||Edmonton, AB||Rexall Place||On Sale Soon|
|Oct-10||Bridgeport, CT||Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard||On Sale Soon|
|Oct-12||Philadelphia, PA||Wells Fargo Center||On Sale Fri. Apr. 27|
|Oct-14||Toronto, ON||Air Canada Centre||On Sale Soon|
|Oct-18||Montreal, QC||Bell Centre||On Sale Soon|
|Oct-20||Newark, NJ||Prudential Center||On Sale Fri. Apr. 27|
|Oct-22||Brooklyn, NY||Barclays Center||On Sale Fri. Apr. 27|
|Oct-24||Boston, MA||TD Garden||On Sale Fri. Apr. 27|
|Oct-26||Buffalo, NY||First Niagara Center||On Sale Sat. Apr. 28|
|Oct-28||Cleveland, OH||Quicken Loans Arena||On Sale Soon|
|Oct-30||Charlotte, NC||Time Warner Cable Arena||On Sale Soon|
|*Nov-1||Atlanta, GA||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre||On Sale Soon|
|Nov-3||Tampa, FL||1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre||On Sale Soon|
|Nov-13||Seattle, WA||KeyArena||On Sale Soon|
|Nov-15||San Jose, CA||HP Pavilion||On Sale Soon|
|Nov-17||Anaheim, CA||Honda Center||On Sale Fri. Apr. 27|
|Nov-19||Los Angeles, CA||Gibson Amphitheatre||On Sale Fri. Apr. 27|
|Nov-23||Las Vegas, NV||MGM Grand Garden Arena||On Sale Soon|
|Nov-25||Phoenix, AZ||US Airways Center||On Sale Soon|
|Nov-28||Dallas, TX||American Airlines Center||On Sale Soon|
|Nov-30||San Antonio, TX||AT&T Center||On Sale Soon|
|Dec-2||Houston, TX||Toyota Center||On Sale Soon|
|*Atlanta tickets through usual outlets, not a Live Nation Event|
Additional information to be announced. Itinerary subject to change.
About Live Nation Entertainment:
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network. Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five ecommerce sites, with almost 27 million monthly unique visitors. Live Nation Concerts produces over 22,000 shows annually for more than 2,300 artists globally. Front Line is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 250 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling nearly 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.
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