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Rush is Ready with a Giant Reissue of 2112 (That Comes with a Side of Foo Fighters)

This year marked the 40th anniversary of Rush’s 2112, their epic Ayn Randian (think Anthem) prog opus that turned a generation of pimple-faced kids (me included) into wild air drummer with the “Overture.”

For years, my only copy was a cassette that I bought at K-Mart so I’d have something to listen to whilst tooling about in my mom’s 1973 Pinto. Since then, I’ve acquired a number of different reissues, including one that came out last year. Now I’m going to have to get this on December 16.


Here’s what you’ll get:

  • 2 CD/DVD remastered version of the album. (This is great since I’ve always thought that the original mix was thin and hissy.)
  • A special disc featuring re-recordings of songs done by uber-Rush fans like Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, Billy Talen, Porcupine Tree, Alice in Chains and more.
  • A collection of rare recordings and outtakes including some Neil Peart vocals(!!!)
  • Two tracks from the band’s 2112 performance at Massey Hall.
  • A lost live version of “The Twilight Zone.”
  • A 1976 concert in Passaic, New Jersey.
  • Three records featuring the aforementioned material on 200g vinyl.
  • And a lot more.

I’m in. Who’s with me?


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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