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Friday, June 29, 2012

In The Mood: The Favourite Albums Of Rush's Geddy Lee

In The Mood: The Favourite Albums Of Rush's Geddy Lee
Geddy Lee recently sat down with Mick Middles of The Quietus to discuss his favorite albums. His top thirteen list includes some obvious choices along with some more eclectic selections:
Bjork Post

This is probably the most surprising album on this list and, I know, it is hard to see any connection between Rush and Bjork. Maybe there isn't one. But I don't thing she gets the credit that she deserves. Journalists tend to focus on the things she says and does and, of course, what she is wearing. She is a very visual artist so perhaps that is understandable. But people tend to forget just what a fantastic and truly original artist she really is. She is not afraid to try new things, either. In fact she thrives on it. It would have been very easy for her to have gone the pop route and built on her hit singles. There must have been pressure for her to do that but it is not what she is about. Just great music powered by an immense imagination.
You can check out the entire list via this LINK.

Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the link.

Ottawa Citizen Article on Rush: Truly Canadian

Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
The Ottawa Citizen has just posted an interesting, retrospective article on Rush titled Truly Canadian:
There is nothing more Canadian than Rush.

It has been almost 40 years since the trio from the suburbs of Toronto started confounding some listeners and delighting others with complicated musical arrangements and the weirdest lyrics on the airwaves — dystopian fantasies, the stultifying effects of growing up in the suburbs and the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

Rush was “always an acquired taste,” said Rolling Stone in 2008, the one and only time the magazine deigned to devote a cover article to one of Canada’s most significant cultural exports.
Check out the entire article via this LINK.

Thanks to RushFanForever for the link.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Clockwork Angels Charting Update - Week #2

Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
Update (06/28/2012 9:00am EST): The complete charting results for week #2 are in:
  • Top 200 Albums: #10
  • Top Rock Albums: #4
  • Top Hard Rock Albums: #2
  • Top Canadian Albums: #7
  • Top Digital Albums: #24
  • Top Taste Maker Albums: #4

  • Billboard has just announced that Rush's Clockwork Angels, after debuting at the #2 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart last week, has dropped down to position #10 with approximate sales of 27K units; a drop of 74%.

    Comparatively speaking, 2007's Snakes & Arrows, which debuted in the #3 spot dropped down to #20 in its second week while 2002's Vapor Trails, which started its run in the charts at the #6 spot, fell to #29 in week 2.

    Here's how it ranks in other related Billboard Album charts:
  • Rock Albums Rank: #4
  • Hard Rock Albums Rank: #2
  • Additional charting information should be available by Friday which will indicate how the album is doing on the Canadian charts as well.

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    [Rush's Clockwork Angels Debuts at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart - June 20th, 2012]
    [Rush Release Clockwork Angels - To Rave Reviews - June 12th, 2012]
    [Producer Nick Raskulinecz on Rush's Clockwork Angels - June 11th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Lyrics and Liner Notes and Album Artwork - oh my! - June 6th, 2012]
    [New Audio Samples From Clockwork Angels Now Available - June 3rd, 2012]
    [Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels Radio Special - June 2nd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Track Audio Samples Now Online - May 31st, 2012]
    [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, June 26, 2012

    Geddy Lee on Singing Neil Peart's Lyrics - New Video Interview

    Roadrunner Records has just posted a new video interview with Geddy Lee where Rush's frontman discusses how he approaches singing the lyrics that Neil Peart creates.
    “It’s an interesting dynamic because it’s a relationship we’ve had for over 30 years,” explains Geddy. “Obviously, me being the spokesperson for his lyrics is an intimate and difficult relationship just in the sense that I have to really believe what I’m singing – because if I don’t, you can tell. You can’t fake something like that.”

    “So, for me,” continues Lee, “I have to try and get into his headspace and I have to try and understand the lyrics from a point of view that’s meaningful to me even if it’s not always the same as the writer’s intent.”
    You can watch the video below or directly at this LINK.



    Saturday, June 23, 2012

    Neil Peart Interview with Sirius XM's Jim Ladd Now Online

    Neil Peart's hour-long interview that originally took place on June 13th with legendary DJ Jim Ladd on Sirius XM's Deep Tracks station is now online.

    During the interview, Neil discusses not only the creative process behind the making of Clockwork Angels but a deeper look into each individual track. Neil also narrates the prose introductions from each song which, during the original airing of the interview, led to the playing of each song in order.

    Neil expands on the story line behind each song which gives us some insight on the complete story-line that will be presented in the novel. Neil speaks in his usual eloquent and verbose manner which makes for a very interesting listen.

    You can listen to the interview below or via this LINK.


    Thanks to reader RushFanForever for passing along the link.

    Friday, June 22, 2012

    Rush's Sound Engineer Rich Chycki Discusses Clockwork Angels

    Interview: Geddy Lee and Billy Corgan Talk Albums vs. Singles
    Rush's Sound Engineer Rich Chycki, who recorded Clockwork Angels and mixed Snakes & Arrows as well as other Rush offerings including Moving Pictures 5.1 and the recent Rush Sectors box sets, has updated his blog with his thoughts about recording Rush's new album.

    From the entry:
    Hi all,

    It feels like it’s been a time of all things ‘Rush’ over the past while. As you all know by now, we spent most of the late fall and early winter 2011 recording Clockwork Angels at Revolution Studios in Toronto, Canada. I had selected that room for its cavernous but controlled drum room and I was pleased with the recorded results, as was Neil. The clockwork stage kit is one of the best kits I’ve ever had the pleasure of recording.
    Check out the entire entry via this LINK.

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

    Thursday, June 21, 2012

    Interview: Geddy Lee and Billy Corgan Talk Albums vs. Singles

    Interview: Geddy Lee and Billy Corgan Talk Albums vs. Singles
    Update (06/26/2012): Part two of the interview is now online. Thanks to RushFanForever for the link.
    MusicRadar has just posted the first of a two-part lengthy interview/discussion with Geddy Lee and Smashing Pumpkin's and Rush fan Billy Corgan. The discussion centers around "...the merits - and challenges - of the album as art form..."

    From the article:
    It's a good time to be Geddy Lee, and it's also a good time to be Billy Corgan. Within a week of each other, both artist's bands, Rush and The Smashing Pumpkins, have released albums (Clockwork Angels and Oceania, respectively), that stand among their finest work.

    Significantly, both albums break the mold for Music Business 101 in 2012 in that they're concept pieces – Clockwork Angels is a self-contained narrative, while Oceania is part of the Pumpkins' adventurous Teargarden By Kaleidyscope project. That both groups, Rush and The Smashing Pumpkins, have hit creative highs while rejecting the notion that 'the hit single is king' was the starting point for a discussion MusicRadar recently had with Lee and Corgan in which the two talked about how they navigate through the murky waters of the music business and rise to the challenges of what Corgan calls the "iPod era."

    It's a fascinating conversation, and what follows is Part One of our interview:

    You've both released albums that can be appreciated from beginning to end – that right there is a concept. Do you feel as if you're somehow attempting to revitalize a format that others are discarding? Or is it more a way to revitalize what the band is doing?

    Geddy Lee: "I don't think we look at it as revitalizing a thing outside of the band. To me, it's just dependent on what ideas you have cooking and what you want to accomplish – for us, between the three of us. It seemed, at this stage, we were chomping at the bit to do something a bit more ambitious and to see if we could stretch out and tell a story in a longer form. We didn't set out to do an album that was 66 minutes long. [laughs] That's kind of the way it ended up.

    "But it was also really important that these songs not only be a concept and tell a story in a sort of rock opera tradition, but stand out as individual songs, and that's really the trick and that's the tough part, to make them make sense in the context of each other but also stand as individuals. From my point of view, it's not so much a concern for the medium as a personal kind of band goal."
    Check out the entire article at this LINK.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the article.

    Life Lessons - An Interview with Alex Lifeson of Rush

    Life Lessons - An Interview with Alex Lifeson of Rush
    Classic Rock Revisited has just posted a new interview with Alex Lifeson in an article titled Life Lessons - An Interview with Alex Lifeson of Rush. In the interview, Alex discusses several topics including the dark period for Rush after Neil's tragedies and the first steps back as a band with the release of Vapor Trails:
    Rush took an extraordinarily long time, fourteen months, recording the album. The album was not an immediate hit. The band’s loyal fan base was thrilled to hear Rush back in action, although the music was clearly not the best the band had ever created. One of the most shocking aspects of the album was the lack of guitar solos by Lifeson. This was a man who became famous for his exceptional way of blending melody with balls to the wall musical passages.
    Along with some discussions surrounding the making of Clockwork Angels, Alex had this to say about the upcoming tour - and the setlist:
    With the tour for Clockwork Angels looming in the distance, Lifeson reveals the band is not yet sure what songs, both new and old, will end up making the final set list. “We’re still trading emails regarding the set. Right now, the set is probably somewhere around four hours long. Our target is about three hours and ten minutes of music. We need to really pull it back. There are a lot of older songs that we want to bring back for this tour. There are a lot of great classic rock songs that we haven’t played in a very long time. We don’t what to short change those songs but, of course, you always want to play your most current stuff. It is tempting to look at Clockwork Angels as the whole thing but we will see. We start rehearsals next month and we’ll have a better idea of how we want to approach that whole thing.”
    Check out the entire interview at this LINK.

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

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    Rush's Clockwork Angels Debuts at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart

    Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
    Update: (06/21/2012 9:00am EST): The official Billboard Top 200 Chart has now been updated. In addition to taking the #2 spot in the Top 200 Albums Chart, Clockwork Angels also ranked extremely well in other various categories:
  • Digital Albums Rank: #3
  • Rock Albums Rank: #1
  • Hard Rock Albums Rank: #1
  • Taste Maker Albums Rank: #1
  • Canadian Albums Rank: #1
  • Not a bad showing at all...
    Update: (06/20/2012 10:00pm EST):More charting statistics were made available via this MarketWatch story which shows Clockwork Angels at #2 in Japan, #10 in Norway, #11 in Germany and Holland, and #21 in Switzerland.
    Update: (06/20/2012 2:00pm EST)According to this article from the Toronto Sun, Clockwork Angels has also debuted in the #1 spot in Canada!
    Billboard has just announced that Rush's Clockwork Angels has debuted in the #2 position on their Top 200 Album Charts. This equals the best debut Rush has ever had which last occurred back in 1993 with the release of Counterparts. Unfortunately, Rush has never achieved the #1 spot from either a debut week or subsequent week of sales.

    Clockwork Angels had estimated first week sales in the U.S. of approximately 103,000 units which makes it one of the fastest-selling Rush albums in recent history. By comparison, 2007's Snakes & Arrows, which debuted at the #3 spot, had first week sales of approximately 93,000 in the U.S.

    According to figures just released by SoundScan (Thanks Eric from Power Windows), here is the breakdown of the first-week sales of Clockwork Angels:
  • Total Sales: 104,707
  • LP (Vinyl): 2,361
  • CD: 72,007
  • Digital: 30,339
  • From the Billboard announcement:
    At No. 2 on the Billboard 200, rock band Rush clocks its best sales week in 10 years as "Clockwork Angels" debuts with 103,000. The group last sold more when 2002's "Vapor Trails" bowed at No. 6 with 110,000. "Clockwork Angels" is Rush's second album to hit No. 2 following 1993's "Counterparts." A No. 1 album continues to elude the act.
    An interesting fact to consider regarding the #2 spot of Clockwork Angels is the impact the sale of the Classic Rock Fan Pack edition of the album had on the Billboard ranking. Fan Pack sales were registered as United Kingdom sales (despite where they were shipped to) and, thus, would not have counted towards the Billboard rankings. However with Usher's Looking 4 Myself taking the #1 spot this week with estimated sales in the 128,000 range, it's not likely that the Fan Pack sales would have made that much of a difference in Clockwork Angels ranking.

    Congratulations to the band!

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    [Producer Nick Raskulinecz on Rush's Clockwork Angels - June 11th, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Lyrics and Liner Notes and Album Artwork - oh my! - June 6th, 2012]
    [New Audio Samples From Clockwork Angels Now Available - June 3rd, 2012]
    [Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels Radio Special - June 2nd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Track Audio Samples Now Online - May 31st, 2012]
    [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, June 19, 2012

    The Edge Walk Angels - Six Rush Fans Plan Charity Stunt

    Rush Clockwork Angels Tour
    They call themselves “The Edge Walk Angels” and on October 14th, 2012, these six Rush fans from across the globe will meet in Toronto to perform what many are calling a crazy stunt - all in the name of charity. The fans, Mike Sword, Pamela Amos and David McLeod from Scotland, Ray Subject from Canada, Jennifer Ayers from the USA and Tracey Thomson from Australia, will participate in the CN Tower Edge Walk.

    From the group's site:
    We are “The Edge Walk Angels” - 6 ‘mad’ ‘crazy’ RUSH fans with a tendency to be a little ‘nuts’ as described above. We are 3 Scots, a Canuck, a Merkin and an Ozzie all making our pilgrimage to Toronto to see RUSH in concert, and also raise funds for the nominated RUSH Eucon 2012 charity; The Downs Syndrome Association.

    We are doing the CN Tower Edge Walk, at Toronto’s iconic landmark, The CN Tower, 1100ft/356m above the ground. See the video to understand! Few have ventured and most have walked away repeating the quotes above!

    It scares the bejeezus out of us all, but we all WANT to be ABLE to do it …what we needed was an incentive!! That incentive is your support and our doing it for charity.
    For more information on the “The Edge Walk Angels” and to make a donation to their great cause, please visit their website HERE. You can also check them out via their Facebook Page.

    Thanks to Mike Sword for sharing the news.

    Monday, June 18, 2012

    Rush Bringing String Ensemble on Clockwork Angels Tour

    Rush Clockwork Angels Tour
    For several months now, there's been an on-going rumor that Rush would actually be touring with a full string ensemble. Given that several tracks from Clockwork Angels had some orchestral strings added to it only served to fuel the rumor. Then, last week, Neil Peart hinted at the inclusion of strings on tour during his Sirius XM interview.

    Today, the rumors have been confirmed from an article at Billboard.Com:
    With "Clockwork Angels," its first new album in five years, just out, Rush is planning a tour that will surprise many of the Canadian trio's fans.

    "Our intention is to take strings out on the road," guitarist Alex Lifeson tells Billboard.com. Orchestrations, arranged by David Campbell, feature on several of "Clockwork Angels' " tracks, and Lifeson says Rush will employ a small string ensemble, likely eight to 10 pieces, to recreate those pieces and to be added to some of Rush's older material. "It's just something different for us, and I can't wait to hear what it sounds like."
    Even though Rush plan on touring with the string ensemble, the set list has not been finalized as of yet:
    "The set list is quite fluid these days," Lifeson reports. "We're dropping and replacing songs constantly, and that's the way it always goes before we get into rehearsals. There's a great deal of pressure on us now to do the whole record, which we don't anticipate. I think our intention is probably to prepare the whole thing; whether we'll do it or not we're still not sure, especially on the first leg of the tour. There's still a lot of older stuff we want to do, and we've got some great songs lined up from the past. We'd be loathe to drop them to add more of 'Clockwork Angels,' at least on the first leg. It's always nice to switch up on the second leg and make it a little different."
    You can check out the entire article via this LINK.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

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    New Alex Lifeson Interview with Rolling Stone Magazine

    Rolling Stone Q&A with Alex Lifeson
    Last week Rolling Stone Magazine posted an interview with Neil Peart discussing the band's latest album, the upcoming tour and other topics. Not known for having much love for Rush, that piece was a bit of a surprise. On the heels of that article comes another interview from Rolling Stone Magazine; this time with Alex Lifeson.

    Titled Q&A: Rush's Alex Lifeson on 'Clockwork' Tour Setlist, Hall of Fame Prospects, the interview touches upon several topics including the set list for the upcoming Clockwork Angels Tour, the making of the album and the age-old story about Rush's exclusion from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    From the article:
    It's got to be tough to make a setlist when you have so much history to draw from.
    Yeah, it is. It's very difficult. We want to play the new material. We sort of go back and forth. "Should we play the whole thing? Or should we play most of it, or some of it, and mix it up?" It's always very difficult, and having come off a tour where we featured an album in its entirety, it makes the idea of featuring the whole of Clockwork Angels that much more appealing.

    I think for the first leg of the tour, at the very least, we'll do most of the record – not all of it, but we'll do most of it. The material that's coming up amongst the three of us in the e-mails that we're sharing is the older material. There's a lot of stuff in there that we haven't played before, and we haven't played in a long time so it's got a freshness to it this time around. We'll always have to play that handful of songs that we've had the most commercial success with, but mixing it up with some other material that we haven't played in a long time is really great. It's shaping up to be a pretty good set.

    I imagine you're tired of this subject, but I know a lot of people are furious that you guys aren't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. How do you feel about it?
    Honestly, we really, really don't care about it. It's someone's thing, and they can do whatever they want with it. They can have whomever they like. It's their thing.

    It's a little bit different here in Canada. We've received awards that mean an awful lot more to us than being in the Hall of Fame. We got the Governor General's Performing Arts Award a couple weeks ago. That's really the highest accolade you can get in this country for the performing arts, and it's recognized nationally, and I felt so proud as a Canadian to be in this esteemed group of artists that have been there for the last 20 years.
    Check out the entire article via this LINK.

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

    Friday, June 15, 2012

    Rush Clockwork Angels Interview with Jeff Woods of Q107 Toronto Now Online

    Rush In The Studio Live With Jeff Woods
    Back on June 11th, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson were the special guests on Jeff Wood's radio show on Q107; Toronto's Classic Rock station. That session is now available online at YouTube and can be viewed below.

    The 20+ minute interview has Geddy and Alex discussing the making of Clockwork Angels, particularly how Headlong Flight morphed from an instrumental (originally titled Take That Lampshade Off Yo Head) to the final version which turned into the album's latest single.


    Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the link.

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    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    RushCon 12 Announces Details and Open Registration

    RushCon12
    There are some new details now available on the upcoming 12th Annual North American Rush Fan Convention (RushCon). In addition, registration for this year's convention is now officially open.

    The three-day convention will take place in Toronto at the Hard Rock Cafe from October 12th through the 14th, 2012. The convention will coincide with the two concert dates from the Clockwork Angels Tour occurring on October 14th / 16th.

    The guest speaker, appearing on the 13th, will be John Arrowsmith; Rush's pyrotechnician and tour photographer. Other events during the convention include several Rush-related games (Countdown and Jeopardy), a charity auction, a photographic tribute to Andrew MacNaughtan, an Anthem Records office tour and more.

    For complete information on this year's convention, please visit www.rushcon.org or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    Neil Peart On Rush's New LP and Being a 'Bleeding Heart Libertarian'

    Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
    Rolling Stone has justed posted an interview/article with Neil Peart. Titled Neil Peart On Rush's New LP and Being a 'Bleeding Heart Libertarian', the interview discusses the band's latest concept record, their upcoming tour, there increased presence in pop culture and where Neil stands politically these days. Here are some key excerpts from the interview:
    This record examines a very different future than what you portrayed in Rush's 2112 album. Are they companion pieces in any way?
    No, in every way. It's really different. 2112 was released in 1976. I was younger than you are. We were feeling our way musically, lyrically, technically on our instruments. All of those things were in the growing stage. But if someone had asked me two years ago, honestly, "Do you think you guys will do a concept album with a full story?" I'd say, "No!" I would've laughed or sneered, honestly. So that's the nice thing, that this wasn't at all overly considered or plotted at all. It's just something among the three of us and our enthusiasms it grew. It was nice and organic.

    Is part of you tempted to just play this whole album straight through on this tour, like you did with Moving Pictures last time?
    Honestly, we never know until we get to rehearsals. We always pick at least a half-dozen songs more than we end up playing, because the show gets too long. The songs we pick are the songs we want to play, and this time we picked a whole bunch of older ones that we want to bring back and present in a different way. So our wishlist always exceeds what's possible.

    I feel like Rush has gotten more attention in the past few years than any time I can remember. How do you feel about that? Does it feel like vindication? Do you care at all?
    It is a vindication. I'm ambivalent, personally. Too much attention and hoopla doesn't agree with my temperament. I'm more introverted and I like to be an observer, so I'm ambivalent about that part, but it is a great vindication … and for our fans. Because as much as we're been vilified over the years, they were, too. It was always like, "Oh, what do you know? You're a Rush fan." You could definitely hear that in the schoolyard.
    Read the entire interview at this LINK.

    Rush Release Clockwork Angels - To Rave Reviews

    Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
    Update: ‘Clockwork Angels’ Tops Amazon Bestseller List.
    Update: Clockwork Angels is now available for purchase in a lossless 96kHz/24-bit FLAC Audiophile download from HDTracks.com
    After five long years since their 2007 Snakes & Arrows album, Rush have finally returned with the release of Clockwork Angels; their 20th studio effort. The album has certainly been a 'work in progress'; one that began over two years ago when the band released the first two singles from the album - Caravan and BU2B.

    Following the lengthy Time Machine Tour of 2010-2011, Rush put the finishing touches on Clockwork Angels, producing a twelve-track album that critics have universally applauded thus far.

    Below are links to interviews that have surfaced over the past few days:
    “Clockwork Angels” Proves Why Rush Still Exists - Statepress.com
    Rush: Clockwork Angels: The boys back at the top of their game after 30 years. - Sputnik Music
    Clockwork Angels Showcases Rush’s Pride - The Objective Standard
    Rush’s “Clockwork Angels” Finally My Generation Gets its “2112” - Zoiks Online
    Review: Clockwork Angels - Gentle Giant Prog
    Review: Clockwork Angels - FunkyM
    Rush - Clockwork Angels - Album Review - NOW Magazine
    RUSH - Martin Popoff Reviews Clockwork Angels - BW&BK
    Review: Rush, 'Clockwork Angels' - MSN.Com
    Judge To Rushment! - Yahoo! Music Canada
    Rock as Mythos: Rush's Clockwork Angels - The Imaginative Conservative
    Rush's New CD 'Clockwork Angels' - Cleveland Channel 5 News
    For the Record: Rush - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Rush is back in the limelight with 'Clockwork Angels' - toledoBlade.com
    An audacious 20th disc: Rush’s Clockwork Angels is a richly layered concept album - Ottawa Citizen
    RUSH, ‘CLOCKWORK ANGELS’ – ALBUM REVIEW - Ultimate Classic Rock
    Review: Rush - Clockwork Angels - Blinded by Sound
    'Clockwork Angels' from Rush is an Epic Tale - Buffalo News
    Rush’s Brave Retreat - Toronto.Com
    Rush’s Clockwork Angels is Colourful, Loose and Audacious - The Edmonton Journal
    Rush "Clockwork Angels" Review - Peffer Reviews
    Thankfully, Rush Can’t Stop Thinking Big - Montreal Gazette
    Rush Tours New Concept Album - Toronto Sun
    Rush Remains Impressively Relevant with 'Clockwork Angels' - The Examiner
    Rush Clockwork Angels Review - AllMusic
    Rush Clockwork Angels Review - Something Else Reviews
    Clockwork Angels full album reviewed track by track - MusicRadar
    Clockwork Angels is a wondrous, musical landscape that Rush fans new and old will certainly appreciate. The songs are beautifully intertwined with one another, creating the "concept album" feel through an evolving story-line set in a steampunk world.

    In 2007, Snakes & Arrows debuted at the #3 spot on the Billboard Top 200 album list; Rush's second-highest album debut ever (behind 1993's Counterparts). Pre-order activity has been strong over the past few months so with any luck - and help from the fans - perhaps Clockwork Angels will tick in above that mark.

    To order your copy of Clockwork Angels, please click any of the following links:
  • CD
  • Vinyl
  • Classic Rock Special Edition Fan Pack
  • MP3 with Digital Booklet (Via Amazon.Com)
  • MP3 with Digital Booklet (Via iTunes)
  • Lossless 96kHz/24bit FLAC Audiophile Format
  • Congratulations to Rush on the release of Clockwork Angels!

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    [Clockwork Angels Lyrics and Liner Notes and Album Artwork - oh my! - June 6th, 2012]
    [New Audio Samples From Clockwork Angels Now Available - June 3rd, 2012]
    [Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels Radio Special - June 2nd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Track Audio Samples Now Online - May 31st, 2012]
    [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]



    Monday, June 11, 2012

    Producer Nick Raskulinecz on Rush's Clockwork Angels

    Rush In The Studio Live With Jeff Woods
    Ahead of Clockwork Angels release tomorrow, MusicRadar has just posted an interview with the album's producer Nick Raskulinecz. In the interview, Nick touches upon each of the album's 12 tracks and his role as a producer:
    “Part of my responsibility as a producer – the biggest part of my job, really – is to be there for the artist and to help them see their vision through," says Nick Raskulinecz. The Grammy-winning producer, who first worked with Rush on 2007's Snakes & Arrows, reconvened with the group in 2010 to begin sessions for Clockwork Angels, the sterling concept album masterpiece which will be released tomorrow, 12 June.

    "This album was Rush’s vision," says Raskulinecz. "It wasn’t mine. I was there to make sure it was played as brilliantly as they could play it, sung as high as Geddy Lee could sing it, and have the guitar solos bring me to tears.

    “I feel like we achieved all of those elements. There’s so much emotion that we captured, just total from-the-gut expression. Three dudes making music – that’s Rush!”
    Check out the entire interview at this LINK.

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    [Clockwork Angels Lyrics and Liner Notes and Album Artwork - oh my! - June 6th, 2012]
    [New Audio Samples From Clockwork Angels Now Available - June 3rd, 2012]
    [Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels Radio Special - June 2nd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Track Audio Samples Now Online - May 31st, 2012]
    [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]
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    [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]



    Rush In The Studio Live With Jeff Woods

    Rush In The Studio Live With Jeff Woods
    Tonight at 5pm EST, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will be the special guests on Jeff Wood's radio show on Q107; Toronto's Classic Rock station:
    Q107 Toronto
    FM96 London
    Y108 Hamilton
    DaveFm Kitchener
    FM96 Kingston
    The Wolf Peterborough
    Rock 101 Vancouver 5pm mountain
    and at 6-7pm mountain on Q107 Calgary

    Tweet your questions for Geddy and Alex to #Livewithrush
    For more information and/or to post questions that Jeff might read to Geddy and Alex, click HERE.

    Thanks to RushFanForever for passing along the news.

    Friday, June 8, 2012

    Canada's Long & McQuade's Ultimate Rush Experience Sweepstakes

    Canada's Long & McQuade's Ultimate Rush Experience Sweepstakes
    Canada's Long & McQuade Music Stores has just announced the "Ultimate Rush Experience" sweepstakes. To enter, you need to fill out a ballot at any Long & McQuade location between June 1st and 30th. One grand-prize winner will receive a pair of tickets and meet 'n' greet passes for a Rush concert in select cities.*

    There will also be ten runner-up prizes given away which include Rush's new album, Clockwork Angels, and the DVD Live in Cleveland.

    *Grand prizes available to be won: A pairs of tickets and meet 'n' greet passes for Rush concerts in these cities
    Edmonton (Sept.30/12 - Rexall Place)
    Saskatoon (Sept.28/12 - Credit Union Centre)
    Winnipeg (Sept.26/12 - MTS Centre)
    Toronto (Oct.14/12 - Air Canada Centre)
    The contest runs June 1st through the 30th, 2012. One entry per person. Transportation to and from the concert is the winner’s responsibility.

    Thanks to reader Amanda Jane Bean for passing along the news.

    Own a Piece of Rush History - Neil Peart's Red Tama Drum Kit Auction

    Neil Peart's TAMA Drum Kit
    Back in 1987, Neil Peart, alongside Modern Drummer Magazine, sponsored an essay contest where one lucky winner would receive Peart's custom Red Tama Drum Kit; the very same used to record Signals, Grace Under Pressure and Power Windows. Neil also used the kit during the Grace Under Pressure tour.

    The very same kit is now up for auction at Julien's Live Auction site. From the listing:
    A Tama Superstar drum kit, custom made for Neil Peart, drummer from the band Rush. The kit was used by Peart for recording on three Rush albums, Signals (Anthem, 1982), Grace Under Pressure (Anthem, 1984), and Power Windows (Anthem, 1985), as well as all live shows played on the concert tours that followed the release of each album. Peart also played the kit in nine music videos for the singles that were released from each album. As well, Peart can be seen playing the kit in the RUSH concert video "Grace Under Pressure Tour 1984" (Anthem, 1985) which was recorded live at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada, on September 21, 1984. The kit was originally given away by Peart to the winner of a contest that was held in Modern Drummer magazine in 1987.
    Best of luck to those who are participating in this once (actually twice) in a lifetime chance to own a piece of Rush history.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

    Hour-Long Geddy Lee Interview on Planet Rock - June 9th

    Planet Rock – Exclusive
Geddy Lee of Rush Interview
    Planet Rock – Rush Album Special

    Planet Rock will be talking to Geddy Lee on Saturday 9th June at 7pm (UK time) about the new studio album "Clockwork Angels". In this hour long interview, Darren Redick talks to Geddy about the songs and the making of their 20th studio album.

    The interview will likely be made available for streaming for those who miss the original airing. Streaming location of Planet Rock radio specials are available at this LINK.

    Thanks to Jon Norman, the Head of Marketing for Planet Rock, for passing along the news.

    Decibrity Playlist: “Best of” Rush"

    Decibrity Playlist: “Best of” Rush
    Decibel Magazine (America's Only Monthly Metal Magazine) has just posted the first of a two-part series titled Decibrity Playlist: “Best of” Rush". In it, a Rush playlist is selected by several hard rock and heavy metal artists. Also included is commentary on the influence of Rush from each of the artists. From the article:
    We may not write about these Canadians very often, but it’s undeniable that Rush has had a profound effect on legions of artists that we do cover. So to celebrate next week’s release of the ubiquitous band’s 19th (!) full-length studio album, we compiled a “best of” Rush playlist that features tracks hand-picked by some of the many musicians who have been slappin’ da bass over the years.

    If we learned one thing, it’s that most of the artists below had a difficult time only picking one song. Just ask Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna, who managed to whittle his list down to three: “‘Fly By Night’ is the first Rush song I ever sang. ‘Tom Sawyer’, I got to play drums in my own band and sing at the same time—great fun, killer song! ‘Lakeside Park’—when I got the live album, I was so into that record from top to bottom.” As you’ll see from the explanations below, however, it’s pretty clear that everyone who participated agreed with the frontman’s ultimate conclusion: “I love Rush!” As usual, we’ve compiled the picks (which run in chronological order based on album release date) into a Spotify playlist.
    Check out the first part of the series via this LINK. Part 2 will be posted sometime in the future.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012

    Clockwork Angels Lyrics and Liner Notes and Album Artwork - oh my!

    Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
    With the release of Clockwork Angels almost upon us, you can now get a preview look at the album's complete lyrics, liner notes and artwork.

    The liner notes and lyrics are on the main Clockwork Angels Album Information Page while the artwork is available on the album's Image dB page.

    The liner notes include separate notes of thanks from Geddy, Alex and Neil; something they typically reserve for their tour book essays. Additionally, and fittingly, there is a tribute to their late photographer and friend, Andrew MacNaughtan.

    Some of the album's artwork was taken from a photo and, thus, is not of the highest quality. That will be remedied after the official release.

    Tremendous thanks to reader Wim van Beijsterveldt for passing along the scans of the CD booklet.

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    [New Audio Samples From Clockwork Angels Now Available - June 3rd, 2012]
    [Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels Radio Special - June 2nd, 2012]
    [Clockwork Angels Track Audio Samples Now Online - May 31st, 2012]
    [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]



    Neil Peart Named Modern Drummer Magazine's "Best Prog Drummer/Best Educational DVD" for 2012

    Neil Peart Named
    The results of the Modern Drummer Magazine 2012 Readers Poll are now in and available in the magazine's July 2012 issue, which just hit the newsstands. Not too surprisingly, Neil Peart ended up winning in the Best Prog Drummer category as well as in the Best Educational DVD category for his instructional video Taking Center Stage

    From the magazine:
    As the old joke goes, if an entry for progressive rock drummer were in the dictionary, it would be Peart's face that you'd see. Neil's a bona fide cultural touchstone, nearly forty years into his career - but somehow he seems more active than ever. Last year saw the Rush drummer/lyricist appear on MD's December cover, release the book Far and Away: A Prize Every Time, participate in the legendary Canadian band's Time Machine tour, release the DVDs Taking Center Stage and Fire on Ice: The Making of the Hockey Theme, and anchor the first drum solo week on Letterman.
    Rounding out the top five Prog Drummers were Mike Mangini at #2, Todd Sucherman at #3, Marco Minnemann at #4 and Carl Palmer at #5.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012

    Ted Leo's Life With Rush: Closer to the Heart

    Ted Leo's Life With Rush: Closer to the Heart
    SPIN Magazine has just posted an article titled Ted Leo's Life With Rush: Closer to the Heart on their website. Ted Leo is an American punk rock/indie rock songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has played in the bands Citizens Arrest, Chisel, The Sin-Eaters, The Spinanes, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.

    The article is prefaced with:
    The punk rock lifer reps for the ultimate prog-rock band

    In advance of the June 12 release of Rush's new Clockwork Angels, punk-rock stalwart Ted Leo shares his tale of a life touched by the prog-rock cult heroes.

    "Plus c'est la change, Plus c'est la meme chose": A life with Rush in six scenes...
    In the article, Ted highlights five 'scenes' from his life growing up and the influence Rush had for him during that time. From riding in his family's van and listening to Red Barchetta over and over again, dreaming of alloy air cars joining the chase, to dealing with bullies and how Tom Sawyer saved the day to him to arguing the virtues of Rush and The Spirit of Radio at a dinner party, this is one article that Rush fans can certainly relate to.

    Check out the entire article via this LINK.

    Monday, June 4, 2012

    Geddy Lee Classic Rock Video Interview Now Online

    The CD that is included with the July 2012 issue of Classic Rock Magazine includes a humorous 7-minute video interview with Geddy Lee. The interviewer asks Geddy a series of questions including:
  • Have you ever used the phrase Do you know who I am? (Answer: Yes, with his wife in the morning...)
  • Have you ever stolen anything from a hotel room? (Answer: Yes, a power converter)
  • Have you ever been star-struck? (Answer: Yes, in meeting Pete Townshend at the Governor General's Awards Gala)
  • What would save first if your house was on fire?
  • Have you ever recorded a song you didn't like? (Tai Shan fans need not listen)
  • You can view the entire video below or directly at YouTube.


    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the link.

    New Video Interview with Geddy Lee from Stormbringer

    There is a new video interview with Geddy Lee that was conducted by Austria's Stormbringer.at.

    The interview, which took place in Cologne, Germany, clocks in at over 16 minutes long. In it, Geddy discusses the new album and the influence of the Steampunk theme on the concept story, his own past, the upcoming tour, and, perhaps most importantly, confirms that Rush have no intentions of retiring any time soon.

    You can watch the video below or via this LINK.


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

    Sunday, June 3, 2012

    New Audio Samples From Clockwork Angels Now Available

    Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
    Last week, we were treated to 30-second audio samples from each of the tracks of Clockwork Angels from WalMart. Those samples were based on the first 30 seconds of each song.

    Now, the Italian website ibs.it has posted new 30-second clips of each track, coming from different sections of each song, all including some of Geddy's vocals.

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

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    [Clockwork Angels Track Audio Samples Now Online - May 31st, 2012]
    [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]



    Saturday, June 2, 2012

    Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels Radio Special

    Rush Clockwork Angels Album Cover
    Update (06/11/2012): The one-hour special is now online at SoundCloud. Thanks Ed / RIAB!
    A one-hour long radio special titled Inside Rush: Clockwork Angels, created by FMQB Productions in association with Anthem Records, will air on radio stations across the nation during the week of the album's release (June 11th).

    The special will be hosted by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins. Corgan is expected to have conversations with all three members of Rush about the new album, the music creation process, the upcoming tour and more. In addition to airing on radio stations, the special will also be available on SoundCloud. We'll have more details on the special as they become available.

    And for those of you who haven't pre-ordered Clockwork Angels yet, you can do so via this LINK. Pre-order today and help Rush's new album debut at #1!

    Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news.

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    [Clockwork Angels Track Audio Samples Now Online - May 31st, 2012]
    [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]



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