Rush's long-time lighting and stage director Howard Ungerleider was recently interviewed by PLSN (Projection, Lights and Staging News) for their February 2013 issue:“For Rush’s latest album, Clockwork Angels, science fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson expanded drummer Neil Peart’s lyrics into a novel that depicts a colorful world of Steampunk, lost cities and a protagonist caught between the forces of chaos and order. For the live concert experience, Howard Ungerleider’s lighting design, or “choreography,” dances with video elements during the three-hour show.”Howard also reveals that he had the chance to listen to Clockwork Angels in full prior to its release in order to help him with the overall design of the show:“Designing a new Rush tour is a process where I don’t receive a lot of information from the band until the 11th hour most of the time. This 2012-13 tour was a little bit different, because I was able to listen to the album before it was mixed. Alex (Lifeson) would play me little bits now and then in his car. With this album, Alex invited me to the studio, and I think they were thinking I’d hear a couple of songs, but the engineer let me listen to all of it, which was great!”In addition to all the information surrounding the creation of the lighting show, Howard also talks about his relationship with the members of Rush:“The band members are true professionals, and what’s also great is they all have a great sense of humor. Just look at the humorous videos they create and show just before they hit the stage. They are made up as characters with pot bellies, funny wigs and all. Even when we’re not on tour and we go over to Alex’s (Lifeson) house for a party, he comes out as a character, so yeah, great bunch of guys, very level-headed.”You can check out the entire article at this LINK as well as a fantastic photo gallery of Rush in action HERE.
Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for the news.