Rush rocks the big screen in upcoming concert movie

by Mark Burger

During its 40 years at the forefront of progressive rock ’n’ roll, the Canadian-based group Rush has sold more than 25 million albums in the United States alone and more than 40 million albums worldwide. The group has received 24 gold, 14 platinum and three multiplatinum albums, and in 2013 its trio of members was selected for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

At the Rush induction, the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl hailed them: “Their influence is undeniable… and their legacy is that of a band that stayed true to themselves no matter how uncool they may have seemed to anyone. I think it’s safe to say that Rush are indeed a band that has balls… and they’ve always been cool.”

Now, fans can experience an indepth and appropriately hard-rocking exploration into Rush in a special concert experience on the big screen, as the rock doc extravaganza RUSH: Clockwork Angels Tour will be screened at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Greensboro Grande Stadium 16 (3205 Northline Ave.).

Filmed during the group’s “Clockwork Angels Tour” in Dallas and Phoenix, the film features exclusive behind-thescenes footage, interviews with band members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, and an in-depth glimpse into the tour experience.

“Rush rocks, plain and simple, and their fans are truly passionate,” observed Dan Diamond, senior vicepresident of NCM Fathom Events, which is presenting the screening at more than 350 theaters nationwide. “The RUSH: Clockwork Angels Tour up on the big screen, front-row center with theater sound, will be a concert experience their fans will never forget.”

Among Rush’s many chart-topping hits are “Tom Sawyer,” “Limelight,” “Force Ten,” “The Spirit of Radio” and “Time Stand Still” (a particular favorite of mine). Rush was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame of 1994, and the band was also the subject of the award-winning 2010

documentary feature Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage. The same year, Rush received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rush’s sales statistics places the group third, behind only the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band.

Tickets are $12.50. For advance tickets or more information about this or other screening events, visit The official Rush website is, appropriately enough,

Piedmont Books in Winston- Salem rings in the holidays

This Saturday, Piedmont Used Books in Winston-Salem will ring in the holiday season — and likely some sales — during its “Holiday Open House,” which takes place all day long from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Throughout the day, there will be free holiday treats, special item discounts, and likely a surprise or two. (Yours truly has occasionally been known to frequent Piedmont Books for those rare, hard-to-find cinematic obscurities.)

Piedmont Books is very much a “mom and pop” operation — “Mom” being Jean Werley and “Pop” being her husband Shane — and, indeed, they are often aided and abetted by their children.

In addition to used books, Piedmont Books also sells CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games at considerable discounts and according to Jean Werley is “the home of the ‘guaranteed trade credit’” for books and other items purchased in the store. Customers who return items with the sales tag still affixed will receive credit toward future purchases.

Having been in business for more than five years, including four at its current location, the Werleys have maintained a traidtion of holding anniversary celebrations at the store, but this year they decided to add a holiday theme to thank regular and new customers.

Piedmont Books is located at 3800 Reynolda Road, Suite 140 in the Olde Town Shopping Center in Winston-Salem. For more information, call 336.923.2437 or visit