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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports June 2012 Update - Where Words Fail, Music Speaks

Neil Peart News, Weather, and Sports Update - June 2012
After a five-month drought, Neil Peart has finally posted a new update on his website in his traditional News, Weather, and Sports blog. The June 2012 update, titled Where Words Fail, Music Speaks covers a number a topics.

Neil begins the entry by discussing the Revolver Magazine Golden Gods Awards, where Rush was presented with the Ronnie James Dio Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement. At the award ceremony, after a last-minute cancellation by Alex, Neil had to step in and accept the award. As fans know, Neil is a very private man, so his discussions surrounding his trepidation at speaking at the event is insightful and eloquent.

Fast forward a month or so and the band is to be presented with the Governor-General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts -- another moment of being in the limelight for Neil. I enjoyed one comment Neil made about the entire spectacle of the event:
Once or twice Alex, Geddy, and I caught each other’s eye and just looked at each other. Delighted, of course, but . . . bemused might be the word. If words didn’t fail so epically.
Neil also talks about his meeting with The Who's Peter Townshend during the Governor General's event:
We were ushered backstage to meet up with Matt and thank him warmly for doing us that honor, then into Pete Townshend’s dressing room. Usually I don’t care much about meeting celebrities, like the actors or athletes who come to Rush shows, but this was one meeting and photo op I was more than glad to attend.

To briefly recap a long history, The Who were my first favorite band. In my mid-teens, my bedroom was papered in magazine photographs and posters of The Who, hung with pop-art mobiles I made from photos of them, and my dresser had a Union Jack painted across its top (a triumph of clumsy masking and brushwork). In the middle of one wall I had painted the bass-drum logo from Keith Moon’s famous “Pictures of Lily” kit. (Another challenge for my mediocre artistry with paints.) I possessed every one of their singles, albums, and compilations, and every magazine that mentioned them. On the “drumset” I made across my bed from old magazines, in the layout of Keith’s drums, I could play along with all of their songs.

Around that time I had a high-school science teacher who was exasperated by my constant finger-tapping on my desk. When I said I couldn’t help it, he said, “What are you—some kind of retard?”

Seriously.

He sentenced me to a detention in which I would have to sit and tap on a desk for one hour. I played Tommy from memory; the teacher had to leave the room.

To the teenage me, Pete Townshend set the example for what a rock musician should be: “He smashes guitars—and reads books!”

So . . . meeting him now, forty-odd years later, I remained full of admiration, respect, and gratitude—for his example.

As we shook hands, I was pleased to tell him that my first concert, at age fifteen, had been The Who, with the Troggs and the MC5 opening. He smiled at the notion of losing my concert virginity to that mix!
Neil touches upon other topics including his recording session with Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon and their song Instamatic as well as his feelings about Clockwork Angels:
The three of us, and the friends and collaborators around us, are very excited about Clockwork Angels. We modestly believe that it represents our best work on every level of our craft, and we sincerely (earnestly) hope other people will agree.
You can read the entire entry at this LINK.

And to check out every News, Weather, and Sports entry Neil has made dating back to 2005, they are all available at the News, Weather, and Sports Archives.

Clockwork Angels Track Audio Samples Now Online

Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
Samples from each track of Rush's forthcoming album Clockwork Angels are now available at, of all places, WalMart.Com.

Outside of the first three singles from the album, this is the first time the general public can have a listen to a 30-second sample from each of the remaining nine tracks from the album.

Have a listen and share your comments below.

To pre-order your copy of Clockwork Angels, please click HERE.

Thanks to reader Michael Lynch for the head's up.

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[Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed from The Digital Fix - May 9th, 2012]
[Producer Nick Raskulinecz talks Rush's Clockwork Angels - May 8th, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed Track by Track - May 7th, 2012]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tracklist, Trailer and Official Announcement Now Available - April 11th, 2012]
[Headlong Flight Single from Clockwork Angels Release Update - April 4th, 2012]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover and Tour Book Artwork Revealed? - April 3rd, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Update - First New Song Title Revealed - Headlong Flight - March 28th, 2012]
[First Single from Clockwork Angels Coming Friday, March 30th? - March 15th, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Release Date: May 29th, 2012 - March 2nd, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Due Out in May According to PROG Magazine - February 20th, 2012]
[It's A Wrap: Rush Finish Recording Clockwork Angels - December 20th, 2011]
[New Guitar World Interview with Alex Lifeson - Talks Clockwork Angels - December 13th, 2011]
[New Geddy Lee Interview With Billboard Magazine - Update on Clockwork Angels - December 5th, 2011]
[Geddy Lee Update on Clockwork Angels - October 29th, 2011]
[Clockwork Angels Update from Rush Producer Nick Raskulinecz - September 21st, 2011]



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Clockwork Angels: The Novel Official Press Release - Neil Peart to Narrate the Audiobook

Rush: Clockwork Angels Novel by Kevin J. Anderson
Author Kevin J. Anderson, who has penned the official novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels concept album has just posted the official press release for the novel on his website. From the press release:
The music throughout the Clockwork Angels album—the band’s 20th studio album—forms the backbone of a colorful adventure story, which is now fully realized in Clockwork Angels: The Novel (ECW Press, hardcover, September 2012). The story tells of a young man caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. On a quest to follow his dreams, he travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, airships and steam engines, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life.
The press release also indicates that the hard-cover edition of Clockwork Angels: The Novel will contain full-color illustrations by long-time Rush artist Hugh Syme.

Additionally, the audiobook will be available from Brilliance Audio and will be narrated by Neil Peart himself.

You can pre-order the novel, which should be released in September to coincide with Rush's North American tour, via this LINK.

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[Clockwork Angels Novel Artwork Revealed - May 11, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Novel Now Available for Pre-Order - March 19, 2012]
[Novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels to be Penned by Kevin J. Anderson - February 09, 2012]

Classic Rock Clockwork Angels FanPack Preview E-zine Now Online

Rush - Clockwork Angels Fanpack Revealed Rush - Clockwork Angels Fanpack Revealed
Back in April, we let you know that the UK's Classic Rock Magazine was packaging Rush's forthcoming album Clockwork Angels with additional content and releasing the album a full three weeks early to UK residents:
Classic Rock Presents Rush - Clockwork Angels (fanpack edition) features the new album in full plus a 132 page magazine that forms the 'ultimate sleevenotes' to the new record, with extensive and exclusive interviews with Neil Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

Inside is everything you need to know about Clockwork Angels: full track-by-track rundown by the band, an interview with producer Nic Raskulinecz, long time cover artist Hugh Syme and more - all with exclusive unseen shots.
Classic Rock has now provided a preview E-Zine of the 132-page magazine online at this LINK.

For those of you who didn't pre-order the Fanpack, you can still do so at this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the link.

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[Classic Rock Presents Rush - Clockwork Angels Fanpack Revealed - April 11th, 2012]



Saturday, May 26, 2012

Alex Lifeson Talks Clockwork Angels Track-by-Track

Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
In a new MusicRadar interview, Alex Lifeson talks about Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album on a track-by-track basis. From Alex:
“We wanted something that was bold and stripped down,” says guitarist Alex Lifeson of Rush’s Clockwork Angels. “The goal was to make it real in your face and very much the sound of a three piece – a hard rock record in the classic sense. I’m happy to say that it really did come out the way we anticipated and hoped for.”
With numerous reviews already surfacing about the album, many have cited the title track as one of the stand-outs on the album. Here's what Alex had to say about the third track on the album:
Clockwork Angels

“I was just messing around at home and came up with a pretty lengthy piece, and most of it’s what Clockwork Angels turned out to be.

“Ged and I both like to work on a day. We don’t really bring stuff in, nor do we refer to soundcheck jams any more. We’re both just excited to start on something new. But I had this thing floating around, so I gave him a copy of it, and he really liked it and saw great potential in it. We rearranged it and developed some of the parts a little bit more in the verses. From there, the song just came together.

“I love the strumming in the verses; it’s so energetic. And the pre-verse sections are so dreamy; they take you to another place. There's also that blues section in the middle, which comes out of nowhere, but it really emphasizes the lyric. And then it just falls back into that beautiful, climbing arpeggio. It gives me goose bumps every time.

“Near the end, there’s a vocal harmony that Ged does that almost sounds like a prayer. He sang it for one of the other parts, but it got flipped around. I think Nick is responsible for that. He said, ‘Hey, check this out,’ and we listened to it and figured, ‘Oh, we have got to have that in there.’ It’s really nice, especially since you don’t know where it’s from.”
Check out the entire article/interview via this LINK.

Thanks to reader RushFanForever for passing along the news.

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[Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed from The Digital Fix - May 9th, 2012]
[Producer Nick Raskulinecz talks Rush's Clockwork Angels - May 8th, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed Track by Track - May 7th, 2012]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tracklist, Trailer and Official Announcement Now Available - April 11th, 2012]
[Headlong Flight Single from Clockwork Angels Release Update - April 4th, 2012]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover and Tour Book Artwork Revealed? - April 3rd, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Update - First New Song Title Revealed - Headlong Flight - March 28th, 2012]
[First Single from Clockwork Angels Coming Friday, March 30th? - March 15th, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Release Date: May 29th, 2012 - March 2nd, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Due Out in May According to PROG Magazine - February 20th, 2012]
[It's A Wrap: Rush Finish Recording Clockwork Angels - December 20th, 2011]
[New Guitar World Interview with Alex Lifeson - Talks Clockwork Angels - December 13th, 2011]
[New Geddy Lee Interview With Billboard Magazine - Update on Clockwork Angels - December 5th, 2011]
[Geddy Lee Update on Clockwork Angels - October 29th, 2011]
[Clockwork Angels Update from Rush Producer Nick Raskulinecz - September 21st, 2011]



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Geddy Lee's Ludicrous Machines - New SPIN Interview

Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
David Marchese of SPIN magazine recently conducted an interview with Geddy Lee. The contents of that interview are now online in a piece entitled Geddy Lee's Ludicrous Machines: Rush Frontman Talks New Album, Tour. In it, Geddy discusses the evolution of the 'concept' theme behind Clockwork Angels:
You guys have done conceptually-driven music in the past — 2112 is the most famous example. Is there anything different about how Rush puts together concept-pieces today as opposed to how it did in 1976?

It felt different this time. I think because we were taking the approach of making the songs work as individual pieces, we didn't have to worry about the necessity for an overture or trying to bring musical themes back. That approach would've felt formulaic to us. The three times we attempted side-long concept pieces in the past, the music was really like one song broken up into many parts. The thread connecting the music on Clockwork Angels is the story-line. That's the key difference.
There was also talk about the upcoming tour:
On the "Time Machine" tour that you guys finished last year, you were playing the entirety of [1981's] Moving Pictures. This time you'll be playing a lot of new material. Do you have to psych yourself up for the fact that fans are not going to have the same response to the songs simply on account of lack of familiarity? Are you in a different headspace going into this year's tour?

We're very excited about doing this stuff — more so than the old stuff — but we're not sure how much patience the audience has for it. We're not sure how much they will dig it. I think the fact that we played two songs [from Clockwork Angels] and put them in the show [last year], and saw that there was such an immediate reaction emboldened us. It gave us confidence when we were finishing the record to think of maybe playing a big chunk of it live.
To read the entire interview, click HERE.

Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for passing along the interview.

Rush Add Three New European Dates - Will Perform at the Sweden Rock Festival

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour
Rush have just announced three new dates during the 2013 leg of their Clockwork Angels Tour. The new dates are:
June 2nd, 2013 -- Ziggo Dome -- Amsterdam, Holland
June 8th, 2013 -- Sweden Rock Festival --Solvesborg, Sweden
June 10th, 2013 -- Hartwell Arena -- Helsinki, Finland.
The Sweden Rock Festival will take place from June 6th through the 9th with tickets going on sale September 25th.

There's still no word on additional US dates either this year or in 2013, however the general consensus is that the band will likely be extending their tour into the Summer of 2013 with dates in the U.S. (of course, this is only speculation as there has been no official announcement ... yet)

For a complete listing of all Clockwork Angels tour dates, please click HERE.

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[Rush Add Second Toronto Show - Release European Fan Pre-Sale Information - May 15th, 2012]
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[Rush Announces Clockwork Angels Tour Pre-Sale Details - Begins April 23rd - April 21st, 2012]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Concert Pre-Sale Information Now Available - April 19th, 2012]
[Rush Release Official Clockwork Angels Tour Information and Dates - April 19th, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Tour Dates Begin to Surface - April 18th, 2012]



Metal Express Interview with Alex Lifeson

Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
Mick Burgess from Metal Express Radio recently sat down with Alex Lifeson for a very in-depth and informative interview. The majority of the questions from the interview focused on the making of Clockwork Angels, particularly Alex's solo efforts on some of the tracks:
Your guitar work throughout especially on the likes of “Clockwork Angels” and “Wish Them Well” is your most inventive for a while. Did you bring those solos to the writing process complete or were they a result of a spontaneous jam?

It`s funny because the solo in “Clockwork Angels” and also the solo in “The Garden” which are two of my favourite solos that I`ve ever done, were throwaway solos. After we`d written those songs and worked on the arrangements, Geddy went away for a few days, so I continued working and filling things in a little bit and I threw down a couple of solos in just a few takes and that was it. The thing is that after a while they kind of grow on you and you don`t think about them when you’re doing them as they were so natural and spontaneous so those solos were two throwaways that I did very early on before those songs were really fully developed. With me, when I don`t think too much about what I`m doing that`s when I tend to do my best work.

Why did you decide to fade out the solo on “The Wreckers”?

Well there`s so much going on, there`s an orchestra playing, strings and keyboards stuff going on. The solo per se is not a flashy solo, it`s more a double stringed screen that exists under there so it`s more of a whole composition of sound rather than a straight ahead solo like in “Wish Them Well”. It just felt right to fade the solo out.
Burgess continues the interview by touching upon topics such as Rush's upcoming 40th Anniversary (R40), the remastering of older albums and Vapor Trails:
Talking of re-mastering your albums, Vapor Trails was quite a raw album which had quite a harsh sound. You remixed “One Little Victory” and “Earthshine” for the Retrospective III compilation and they sounded fantastic and a lot warmer. Are you considering remixing that album?

We`ve been talking about it for years but every time we try to make a move on it something else comes up and because it`s a back burner issue it gets left. We were very close a while back and Rich was going to start remixing it when we finished this record but other things were slotted in but we`ll get to it one of these days.
Click HERE to read the entire interview.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the interview.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Rush On The Cover of the July 2012 Issue of Classic Rock Magazine - Article Now Online

Rush Classic Rock Magazine - July 2012
Rush appear on the cover of the July 2012 issue of Classic Rock Magazine and appear in a seven-page spread within the issue. The tagline on the cover reads:
Steampunks. Musical scientists. Goofballs.
The Rise and Rise of the World's Biggest Cult Band
The article discusses the band's reaction to the death of their photographer Andrew MacNaughtan, the process of creating Clockwork Angels and their "ascension in the public's eye":
Since 2007's Snakes & Arrows, Rush have drifted, with a reassuring lack of guile on their part, towards the mainstream. An appearance on the The Colbert Report angered some diehard Rush fans when Stephen Colbert 'accidentally' walked on set as the band were in the middle of Tom Sawyer (Lee: "Some fans were really offended by that. They've made such a bond emotionally to the music that it's hard for them to take lightly. It was funny, but to them it was sacrilege. Lighten up, would you? We're just having some fun."). Then there was a glowing revival piece in Rolling Stone, a series of sell-out tours, a cameo in Judd Apatow's I Love You Man and the acclaimed and award-winning Beyond The Lighted Stage, which have all contributed to their ascension in the public's eye.
The entire article is now online and can be read HERE.

To purchase a copy of the magazine directly from Classic Rock, please click HERE.

Thanks to reader Simon Sweetman for providing the article scans.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Clockwork Angels Tour Book Essay by Neil Peart Now Online

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour Book
Roadrunner Records, Rush's music label, has just released the essay that is expected to appear in the upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour Book. As with all of Rush's Tour Books, Neil Peart penned the essay.

In it, Neil discusses, among several topics, the inspiration of the Steampunk Theme of Clockwork Angels:
My friend Kevin J. Anderson was among the pioneers of a genre of science fiction that came to be called "steampunk" - a more romantic, idealistic reaction against the "cyberpunk" futurists, with their scenarios of dehumanized, alienated, dystopian societies. Our own previous excursions into the future, 2112 and "Red Barchetta," had been set in that darker kind of imagining, for dramatic and allegorical effect. This time I was thinking of steampunk's definition as "The future as it ought to have been," or "The future as seen from the past" - as imagined by Jules Verne and H. G. Wells in the late nineteenth century.
You can read the entry essay at this LINK.

It is also available at http://www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk/artist/Rush under the "Biography" tab.

Thanks to Eric Hansen from Power Windows for the news.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

MIDIpedals.Com Interview With Rush Roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret) - Part 2

 Tony Geranios
Back in March and April, MIDIpedals.com posted parts 1 and 1.5 of an extensive interview that they conducted with long-time Rush roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret).

Terry Goyette of MidiPedals just informed me that Part 2 of the interview is now available on their website.

From MidiPedals:
Part 2 of our interview with Jack Secret is here! Topics include, his nickname, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, upcoming tour rehearsal, sausage, chicken, Barbies, his shop in Vegas, and much more!
Each interview segment can be accessed HERE.

Thanks to Terry Goyette for passing along the news.

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[MIDIpedals.Com Interview With Rush Roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret) - Part 1.5 - April 25th, 2012]
[MIDIpedals.Com Interview With Rush Roadie Tony Geranios (aka Jack Secret) - March 10th, 2012]



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Rush Add Second Toronto Show - Release European Fan Pre-Sale Information

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour
Last night, Rush sent out an updated news letter with details about the various pre-sales for the recently announced UK and European dates. In addition, due to popular demand, a second Toroto show has been added on October 16th, 2012 at the Air Canada Centre.

Below are the details listed in the newsletter:

Germany Fan Pre-Sales, VIP Packages and General Ticket Onsale Information

June 4th 2013 - Cologne, Germany @ The Lanxess Arena (Einlass: 19 Uhr,Beginn: 20 Uhr)
June 6th 2013 - Berlin, Germany @ O2 World Arena (Einlass: 19 Uhr, Beginn: 20Uhr)
The Exclusive fan pre-sale for RUSH tickets in Germany will begin Tuesday, May 15th at 9:00 AM (local time) on Ticketmaster. Public On-sales will begin on Saturday May 19th at 9 AM (local time). Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.de
(Hotline: 01805.969 000 555, Verbindungspreise: 0,14 /Min. aus dem deutschen Festnetz, max. 0,42 /Min. aus dem deutschen Mobilfunknetz)

VIP packages will also be available to purchase, RUSH VIP Clockwork Angels Tour Package Includes:

* One reserved ticket located within the first 15 rows of the stage
* Exclusive Rush Tour Gift Item
* Official Tour Program
* Set of Official Guitar Picks
* Commemorative Concert Ticket
* Commemorative Tour Laminate

UK Fan Pre-Sales, VIP Packages and Regular Onsale Information

May 22nd 2013 - Manchester, England @ The MEN Arena
May 24th 2013 - London, England @ The O2 Arena
May 26th 2013 - Birmingham, England @ The LG Arena
May 28th 2013 - Sheffield, England @ Motorpoint Arena
May 30th 2013 - Glasgow, England @ SECC
Fan Club and Website pre-sales begin on Wednesday May 16th at 9 am local time
Planet Rock, Live Nation pre-sales begin on Thursday May 17th
Public On-sale will be Friday May 18th at 9am local time and will be available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk, www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketline.co.uk

The link to purchase UK fan club pre-sale tickets is: http://www.ticketline.co.uk/rush?presale=ilapzxf

VIP packages will also be available for purchase at: http://www.livenation.co.uk/vip/artist/rush-tickets

RUSH VIP Clockwork Angels Tour Package Includes:

* One reserved ticket located within the first 15 rows of the stage
* Exclusive Rush Tour Gift Item
* Official Tour Program
* Set of Official Guitar Picks
* Commemorative Concert Ticket
* Commemorative Tour Laminate

More European dates to be announced shortly.

Due to demand, a second show has been added in Toronto!

Oct 16, 2012 Toronto, Canada @ Air Canada Centre

Ticket pre-sales will begin next week. Details to come!

For a complete list of the Clockwork Angels Tour Dates, please click HERE.

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[Rush Announce Initial 2013 European Tour Dates - May 14th, 2012]
[Rush Announces Clockwork Angels Tour Pre-Sale Details - Begins April 23rd - April 21st, 2012]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Concert Pre-Sale Information Now Available - April 19th, 2012]
[Rush Release Official Clockwork Angels Tour Information and Dates - April 19th, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Tour Dates Begin to Surface - April 18th, 2012]



Monday, May 14, 2012

Rush Announce Initial 2013 European Tour Dates

Rush Clockwork Angels Tour
Update: Planet Rock will be holding a pre-sale on Thursday for their VIP's. Click HERE for more information. More to come...
Rush have just announced the first seven European tour dates for the 2013 leg of their Clockwork Angels tour.

Tentatively beginning on May 22nd in Manchester, England, the band will play four dates in England before returning to Glasgow, Scotland and then moving on to Germany. Here are the complete dates that have been announced:
May 22, 2013 Manchester, England -- Arena
May 24, 2013 London, England -- O2 Arena
May 26, 2013 Birmingham, England -- LG Arena
May 28, 2013 Sheffield, England -- Motorpoint Arena
May 30, 2013 Glasgow, Scotland -- SECC
June 4, 2013 Cologne, Germany -- Arena
June 6, 2013 Berlin, Germany-- O2 Arena
The official site indicates that more dates will be announced.

Also, according to this news posting, tickets for the UK dates will go on sale this Friday, May 18th. We'll have more information on sale and pre-sale data once it is announced.

For a complete list of all tour dates for the 2012-13 Clockwork Angels tour, please click HERE.

Related News Stories
[Rush Announces Clockwork Angels Tour Pre-Sale Details - Begins April 23rd - April 21st, 2012]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Concert Pre-Sale Information Now Available - April 19th, 2012]
[Rush Release Official Clockwork Angels Tour Information and Dates - April 19th, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Tour Dates Begin to Surface - April 18th, 2012]



Friday, May 11, 2012

Clockwork Angels Novel Artwork Revealed

Rush: Clockwork Angels Novel by Kevin J. Anderson
The artwork for the novelization of Clockwork Angels has just been revealed at Kevin J. Anderson's blog. From the author's blog entry:
We’re very pleased to show off the just-released cover for Clockwork Angels: The Novel—one of my most beautiful covers ever. The central image is from the forthcoming Rush album, with the type and cover design by Neil Peart. ECW will publish the hardcover in September (available for preorder now), a full-color volume with paintings and complete lyrics (and the novel itself, of course). From the sample pages I’ve seen already, this will be a gorgeous book.
Click HERE for a high-resolution shot of the cover which, not surprisingly, is essentially a repeat of the album cover.

Currently, Amazon has listed the price for the hard-cover edition of the novel at $16.90 and indicated that it contains 264 pages and is scheduled to be released on September 1st, 2012.

As we indicated during the original report, Anderson and Neil Peart have been friends for years now and have worked together in the past. In 1994, they collaborated on the 1994 short story Drumbeats. Neil also wrote the introduction to Anderson's 2006 short story compilation Landscapes.

Click HERE to pre-order the Clockwork Angels novel.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the artwork news.

Related News Stories
[Clockwork Angels Novel Now Available for Pre-Order - March 19, 2012]
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed from The Digital Fix

Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
The second complete review of Rush's forthcoming album Clockwork Angels has just been posted at The Digital Fix. Written by Dominic Hemy, this is another track-by-track review of the album in the same vein as the review posted earlier at MusicRadar.

Dominic has this to say about the sixth track Halo Effect which received praise from the MusicRadar review:
6. Halo Effect

This little three minute ditty is the first time the foot has come off the gas, but even this doesn’t quite fall into ballad region as the band hold in, but don’t disguise, the urge to let loose. ‘Halo Effect’ has third single written all over it as the uplifting chorus is tailor-made for vast stadium sing-alongs, and is guaranteed to become a fan favourite.
To read the entire review, click HERE.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for sharing the news.

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[Producer Nick Raskulinecz talks Rush's Clockwork Angels - May 8th, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed Track by Track - May 7th, 2012]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Tracklist, Trailer and Official Announcement Now Available - April 11th, 2012]
[Headlong Flight Single from Clockwork Angels Release Update - April 4th, 2012]
[Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover and Tour Book Artwork Revealed? - April 3rd, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Update - First New Song Title Revealed - Headlong Flight - March 28th, 2012]
[First Single from Clockwork Angels Coming Friday, March 30th? - March 15th, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Release Date: May 29th, 2012 - March 2nd, 2012]
[Clockwork Angels Due Out in May According to PROG Magazine - February 20th, 2012]
[It's A Wrap: Rush Finish Recording Clockwork Angels - December 20th, 2011]
[New Guitar World Interview with Alex Lifeson - Talks Clockwork Angels - December 13th, 2011]
[New Geddy Lee Interview With Billboard Magazine - Update on Clockwork Angels - December 5th, 2011]
[Geddy Lee Update on Clockwork Angels - October 29th, 2011]
[Clockwork Angels Update from Rush Producer Nick Raskulinecz - September 21st, 2011]



Geddy Lee Exclusive Interview on Planet Rock - May 10th

Planet Rock – Exclusive
Geddy Lee of Rush Interview

Update (05/10/2012 7:45pm EST): The interview with Geddy Lee can now be streamed at this location. Geddy's interview begins at the 41 minute mark.
Update (05/10/2012 10:00am EST): The Geddy Lee Interview just ended. Here are some highlights from it:
  • Geddy spoke about the theme behind Clockwork Angels indicating that the story line of the album centers around an "innocent" who goes out into the world with the perception that the world is a good place. He finds himself on a long road which becomes his life. Many things happen to him and the songs reflect the story of his growing up - of "his life".

  • Geddy stressed that while each song ties together with the overall theme of the album, it was important for each of the tracks "...to stand as individuals..."

  • On one of the tracks called The Wreckers, Geddy and Alex swapped instruments for the initial creation of the song. It was born from them jamming together while killing time. After they liked what they heard, they "...laid down the demo on 'wrong' instruments so-to-speak..."

  • Geddy confirmed that Rush would be heading to Europe in the Spring of 2013!

  • On the subject of a new concert CD/DVD, Geddy indicated that no discussion about filming the upcoming tour has taken place however it has become "...a regular thing for us..." and that it's "...nice to have that historical record so yea, we probably will film it at some point".

  • Planet Rock has just released the following announcement regarding an exclusive interview with Geddy Lee:
    Planet Rock – Exclusive
    Geddy Lee of Rush Interview


    Darren Redick – 2pm Thursday 10th May

    Immediate Release:

    Planet Rock will have an exclusive interview with Rush bassist Geddy Lee during Darren Redick’s show, Thursday 10th May 2012 from 2pm (UK time).

    Geddy will be in the Planet Rock studios to talk about the band's 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels.

    The new album is to be released on 11th June as a Classic Rock Fan pack and out in all good record stores from the 9th July through Roadrunner Records. This is their first album in five years and sees them reuniting with “Snakes & Arrows” co-producer Nic Raskulinecz.
    As indicated above, the interview will take place on Thursday 10th May 2012 at 2pm EST (or 9am EST).

    The interview will be streamed live at www.planetrock.com.

    Producer Nick Raskulinecz talks Rush's Clockwork Angels

    Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
    MusicRadar has just posted a lengthy interview/article with Rush's producer Nick Raskulinecz where the self-proclaimed unabashed, over-the-top Rush fan talks about Clockwork Angels:
    "There's a certain responsibility you have no matter what record you're producing," he says. "You want to help the band make the best record they possibly can, and with Rush, that can be a very tall order. Rush fans hold the band very dear to their hearts. You want to honor that, but you also want to push the band forward and allow them to be the best they can be right now."

    He pauses slightly, then adds with a laugh, "Of course, that stops when we're done for the night. That's when I sit down with the guys and go, 'All right, let's talk about 1977!'"
    Nick discusses several topics including the evolution of the songs, how many were born from jams and, what I found interesting, how the album transformed into a concept piece thanks to Neil Peart:
    When was Neil's concept introduced, and how did it affect what everybody was doing?

    "That really started to come to light in Toronto. Two weeks or so into it, as Geddy and Alex were writing more music, we all kind of looked at one another and said, 'Hey, this is really turning into something. It's tying together.' Then one day, Neil walked in the room and said, 'It's done. I finished it.'

    "For the next 20 minutes, Neil talked about this vision he had for the concept of the record, and it was one of those moments I'll never forget. Listening to him, watching him speak – it was amazing! I wish we were filming him so we could put it on YouTube. And right there, the whole record just clicked. Once Geddy and Al heard where Neil was going, they churned out some amazing music. I think Headlong Flight came the next day."
    Check out the entire article via this LINK.

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    [It's A Wrap: Rush Finish Recording Clockwork Angels - December 20th, 2011]
    [New Guitar World Interview with Alex Lifeson - Talks Clockwork Angels - December 13th, 2011]
    [New Geddy Lee Interview With Billboard Magazine - Update on Clockwork Angels - December 5th, 2011]
    [Geddy Lee Update on Clockwork Angels - October 29th, 2011]
    [Clockwork Angels Update from Rush Producer Nick Raskulinecz - September 21st, 2011]



    Monday, May 7, 2012

    Clockwork Angels Full Album Reviewed Track by Track

    Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
    Though the album hasn't officially been released yet, Joe Bosso from MusicRadar.Com has just posted his full-album, track-by-track review.

    Warning: There are obviously some spoilers in the review and parts of the remaining story below. Read at your own risk :)

    Bosso's introduction to his review is humorous and reflective of his deep appreciation for not only Clockwork Angels, but Rush as a creative, musical force:
    Somebody has got to sit Rush down and read them the rules – you know, the ones that state that they have to act their freaking ages and stop jamming around so damn much; that six and seven-minute songs with lots of badass musicianship are out; that there can’t possibly be new sounds to discover; that concept albums are so, like, Hemispheres; that songs are supposed to be verse, chorus, verse – c’mon, call in the pro LA tunesmiths already!

    And don’t forget to tell them to get at least five or six backing musicians on stage – that’s what all the really big bands do; that they need to write some tunes about chicks, for chrissake; that the drummer must play to the song – knock it off with all that, you know, “extra stuff.”

    And most of all, won’t somebody please tell these guys that groups that have been together for 38 years are supposed to suck? They’re not meant to have breakthroughs and keep getting better and better. Can't anybody send them the memo?

    But wait… hold on a second. If Rush decided to buckle down and behave, if they adhered to the standards and practices of Music 101, that would make them sound like practically every other band out there. They would become safe, predictable and oh so un-Rush-like.

    Fortunately, the three men (bassist-vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart) who power their way through the sprawling, open-hearted and wildly alive Clockwork Angels know that the best way to avoid creative stasis is to simply be themselves, and in doing so they’re growing in sophistication and revealing new depths of feeling at an astonishing rate.
    Booso gives a short, yet detailed description of each of Clockwork Angels' twelve tracks in his review. One of the stand-outs that caught my attention was his write-up on the album's sixth track Halo Effect:
    Can you possibly tell that a song is destined to become a classic the first time you hear it? Possibly - and if, for some reason, Halo Effect doesn't make it into the pantheon of all-time Rush greats, it'll come damn close.

    Over a gorgeous, double-tracked acoustic guitar figure, Geddy Lee sings richly, even-tempered and marvelously expressive. The track surges into a section of stomping power trio goodness, but the overall framework is acoustic, soon laced with elegant strings. "What did I do before there were words?" Lee asks, bathed in a breathtaking glow of cellos that carry him - and us - away.
    To read Bosso's complete review, please click HERE.

    Thanks to reader RushFanForever for passing along the news.

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    [It's A Wrap: Rush Finish Recording Clockwork Angels - December 20th, 2011]
    [New Guitar World Interview with Alex Lifeson - Talks Clockwork Angels - December 13th, 2011]
    [New Geddy Lee Interview With Billboard Magazine - Update on Clockwork Angels - December 5th, 2011]
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    Sunday, May 6, 2012

    Rush Receive Governor General's Performing Arts Award - "Inner Rush" Short Film & Choir Rush Tribute Now Available

    Rush Receive Governor General's Performing Arts Award
    Over the weekend, Rush were awarded the Governor General's Performing Arts Award during a gala ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. From Neil Peart via the Winnipeg Press:
    "We are especially appreciative for the presentation of this lifetime achievement award now - while we are still active (Too active, our families might say!)" said Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart in an emailed statement..."Since our performance 'lifetimes' aren't quite over yet, this high honour is not just a reward; it is an inspiration. We will continue to try to earn it."
    As previously reported, all three members of Rush were on-hand for the event. The ceremony included an impressive choral tribute to Rush which can now be viewed below or directly at YouTube.


    There are several photo galleries from the event which can be viewed HERE and HERE.

    Additionally, a short-film called Inner Rush was created to honor the band for the event:
    For the fifth consecutive year, the NFB has brought together acclaimed Canadian filmmakers and NFB producers to craft a series of short signature works honouring the recipients of Canada’s most prestigious performing arts awards, presented at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on May 5, 2012. Included in this year's tributes is the film "Inner Rush":

    Inner Rush celebrates the career of legendary rock trio Rush and members Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. Recipients of the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, Rush have had the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums in rock history after the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Inner Rush is directed by Toronto-based filmmaker and cinematographer Chris Romeike and produced by Gerry Flahive.
    The short-film can be viewed below or directly at this LINK.


    Congratulations to Geddy, Alex and Neil for this award. The recognition of their talent, dedication to their craft and years of entertainment for fans the world over is very well deserved and earned.

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    Friday, May 4, 2012

    Rush Featured in Classic Rock Presents PROG Magazine - New Clockwork Angels Details

    Rush Featured in Classic Rock Presents PROG Magazine - New Clockwork Angels Details Rush Featured in Classic Rock Presents PROG Magazine - New Clockwork Angels Details
    The April 2012 issue of Classic Rock Presents PROG magazine includes a one-page article featuring Rush titled Angels Are Go! which includes some new details behind the band's upcoming album Clockwork Angels.

    From the article:
    Peart started writing lyrics from scratch rather than drawing on his notebooks of passing ideas (what he calls his 'Scrapyard'). He drew inspiration from authors as diverse and Voltaire and Cormac McCarthy, with Michael Ondaatje and Joseph Conrad channelled on The Anarchist, and Daphne Du Maurier firmly in mind on The Wreckers. Peart also became fascinated by ancient traditions. "Soon I learned about an entire set of runic hieroglyphs for elements and processes. As the lyrical 'chapters' came together I chose one symbol to represent each of them:' These can be seen on the clockface on the sleeve.

    Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson originally worked on the music together in a basement studio, sometimes with Lifeson giving Peart two demos of a tune - one with a drum machine illustrating rhythmic ideas, the other a click-track. "Alex had put together one collection of ideas that turned out to be most of the song Clockwork Angels,' says Peart. "As soon as I heard its rhythmic feel, which was so different for us, my response was 'I want to play that!'"
    Click HERE to view a scan of the article or read the transcription of it over at Power Windows.

    Thanks to Mike Rosenthal for alerting us about the article and to Eric from PW for both the article scan and, of course, the transcription.

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

    Rush Visit Canada's House Of Commons

    Rush Visit Canada's House Of Commons
    Update: Check out this video posted by the Inside Politics blog posted containing an exchange between MPs Clement and Angus, who quote a number of Rush references during their debate.
    All three members of Rush visited Canada's House Of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa today ahead of Saturday's Governor's Award presentation. From The Canadian Press:
    OTTAWA - Lots of visitors stop by in the public galleries to watch question period, but few are "closer to the heart" of politicians than a visiting rock star. The prog-rock puns were flying faster than Neil Peart's drumsticks as MPs and ministers paid tribute to the members of Rush in the House of Commons. The iconic Canadian band are in Ottawa along with seven other recipients of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, the country's highest artistic honour.
    At this time, there is still no word on whether or not Rush plan on performing at the award presentation on Saturday night.

    Thanks to Eric from Power Windows for passing along this latest news.

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    Rush Wins Governor General's Performing Arts Award Update - Rush to Perform Live on May 5th?

    Rush Wins Governor General's Performing Arts Award Update - Rush to Perform Live on May 5th?
    Back in March we announced that Rush were to be among a few recipients of the prestigious Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. The gala event is to take place at at Ottawa's Rideau Hall this Saturday, May 5th and now there is word that Rush might play live. From the Ottawa Citizen:
    Will Rush perform at the National Arts Centre on Saturday night?

    It’s the annual gala show for this year’s recipients of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, and among the recipients is Rush, the enduring, distinctive and globally loved prog-rock trio from Toronto. The question is, will the members of Rush take the stage to perform during the show?

    “We’ve been sworn to secrecy, but there’s going to be one great surprise, one great musical surprise,” Thompson tells me. “I can’t say anything about whether it’s Rush or not Rush, but there’s one great musical surprise that’ll definitely be worth being there for.”
    While it's not likely that the band will perform live, it is expected that an appearance will be made by one or more members.

    We'll have more news as this story unfolds.

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