“Clockwork Angels: The Novel” (ECW Press, September 2012), the landmark literary collaboration between RUSH drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and bestselling sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson, will be officially launched on Thursday, August 23 at the Richmond and John Chapters (142 John Street) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at 7:00 p.m. Anderson writes on his blog, “I’ll be in Toronto as a guest at Fan Expo throughout the weekend, but this event — open to the general public — will be the first time the novel is available for sale. I will give a talk, answer questions, and autograph books… lots of them, I hope!” The U.S. book launch will be held on August 31 at DragonCon in Atlanta, Georgia.

Anderson added that he worked with Neil Peart on the book to “flesh out the epic story told over the course of the music,” which involves “lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life.”

ECW Press recently unveiled two exciting special editions of “Clockwork Angels: The Novel” (ECW Press, September 2012). These two numbered special editions of “Clockwork Angels: The Novel” are now available for pre-order.

The Silver Edition, slipcased and autographed by both Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, will be a beautiful addition to any collection. This limited edition of 300 copies is available from both  ecwpress.com/clockworksilver and rushbackstage.com for $74.95. The Gold Edition is a must have for die-hard fans. Slipcased and signed by both authors, The Gold Edition is accompanied by a lithograph image from the book, signed by artist Hugh Syme, and a unique autographed page of the original “Clockwork Angels” manuscript. Both pieces are presented in an attractive frame with an engraved and numbered plate. With only 302 copies available, the Gold Edition will retail for $299.95, and is available exclusively from rushbackstage.com

Rush will be honored by musical instrument retailer Guitar Center with a place on their RockWalk. The induction ceremony, which is by invitation only, will take place Nov. 20. The induction will conicide with Rush’s tour stop at Los Angeles’ Gibson Theater on Nov. 19th. The ‘Clockwork Angels’ tour kicks off on Sept. 7th in Manchester, N.H.

The Canadian trio will place their hands in cement outside the Guitar Center flagship location on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood for passers-by to gawk at for all eternity.

The RockWalk was created in 1985 by Guitar Center to honor musicians and innovators who have, as their press release states, “made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues and R&B.” Unlike other, similar honors, recipients are chosen solely by past inductees, which include Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder and Martin Guitar founder C.F. Martin, III.

Rush singer/bassist Geddy Lee says that his love of wine has led him to serve on the Grapes for Humanity Global Foundation and he’s proud to reveal that the international charity has raised over $4 million via wine-related fundraisers.

The organization began in 2001 with the idea to support landmine victims as founder Arlene Willis lost her brother in a landmine accident. After starting by helping to build prosthetic clinics and aiding those with welfare issues, the organization continued to grow in their philanthropic efforts. Lee recently said: “I was very drawn to it because we did small projects. If we raised $50,000, we’d go to Honduras, build a clinic, and you saw the direct result of that money in action. And that’s something, to me, that makes you feel really good because you know there’s no waste there.”

Lee and bandmate Alex Lifeson have hosted ‘Excellent Adventures’ silent auctions that include wine excursions as part of the package. He explains, “We organized these train trips to the wine country. We get the generous help of a local winery. The first time we did it was in Niagara and Moray Tawse of Tawse Winery offered up this place. We bring people from the city, get a private car through the generous help of VIA Rail, and we take a train up to the winery. We spend the afternoon picking grapes, learning how that particular bit of cultural area operates, and have a fantastic lunch out at the vineyard.”

With a Rush theme the 2009 “Grapes Under Pressure” event raised $37,500, while 2011′s event moved to the Huff Estate Winery in Broomfield, Prince Edward County with 60 wine lovers taking part. In all, the trips combined with the Rush memorabilia offered at the silent auctions have raised over $350,000 for Grapes for Humanity Canada.

Lee says that even though his band priorities are about to take over, he’ll still try to be available for the organization where possible. He adds, “I’ve tried to help them as much as I can in the time I have. It’s a really good group of people who all have a really good heart and try to do something good outside our own sphere of civilization. We’ve raised a good amount of money for a couple of different causes, so I’d like to continue helping them.”