According to Thespectrum.com, a Minnesota man accused of defrauding Dixie Regional Medical Center of services by pretending to be 1970s-era rockers failed to make his initial appearance Tuesday in 5th District Court.
Phillip Michael Schaeffer, 54, of Monticello, Minn., is charged with two counts of communications fraud stemming from visits to the hospital in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in which he allegedly first pretended to be 60-year-old Canadian RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson and then 67-year-old English PINK FLOYD guitarist and singer David Gilmour.
An investigative report filed with the court states a man claiming to be Lifeson incurred $23,328.27 in hospital bills shortly before Christmas in 2011 and left the hospital against medical advice after an overnight stay.
In November 2012 and February 2013, the same man allegedly returned for services, racking up more than $15,000 in bills and then more than $34,000 in bills under Gilmour’s name, leaving after a night’s stay each time against medical advice.
Read more at Thespectrum.com.
Jeff Woods of ExploreMusic recently conducted an interview with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Canadian rock legends RUSH. You can now watch the chat below.
RUSH‘s first new collection of original material in over five years and their first studio release via Anthem/Roadrunner Records, “Clockwork Angels”, is likely to sell between 85,000 and 95,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on June 12.
RUSH‘s 18th studio album, “Snakes & Arrows”, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart in May 2007 with sales of 93,000 copies. The disc was the first collection of all-new RUSH material since 2002’s “Vapor Trails” and the 27th RUSH release to make the Billboard album chart. The band’s chart peak was in 1993, when “Counterparts” debuted at No. 2.
The recording of “Clockwork Angels” began in April 2010 with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES) — who also collaborated with the band on their last studio album, 2007’s “Snakes & Arrows”.
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, an exotic carnival, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. The novelization of “Clockwork Angels” is being written by science fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson in collaboration with RUSH drummer and lyricist Neil Peart.
“Clockwork Angels” track listing:
03. Clockwork Angels
04. The Anarchist
06. Halo Effect
07. Seven Cities Of Gold
08. The Wreckers
09. Headlong Flight
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden