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Interview with Alex Lifeson

There's a newer interview with Alex over at Modern Guitars. Lots of talk about the Snakes & Arrows Live DVD, some Retrospective II info, Vapor Trails remixing, and so forth. Interesting tidbit:

Alex: You know, it's funny that you mention that. I was up at my studio...I'm upgrading and changing my control room around a little bit. Rich and I have sort of "moved in together" in there. And I was cleaning up the back room...I've gotten rid of a bunch of stuff over the years...and I just found a case that was way up on the top shelf, and at the bottom of this box were a bunch of reel-to-reel, unlisted, unmarked, recordings...and I can only imagine that they're pre-'74. So, they would probably be from between '70 and '73...recordings from that period. So, they would probably have songs like "Run Willie Run," and "Slaughterhouse," and "Garden Road," and all of those early songs that we wrote and played during our bar days.

Skip: Oh, wow. I've got to tell you that I think the fans would eat that up, even if it was just something put out via the web site, in digital form, as an "official bootleg series" or something.

Alex: Yeah, I'll see what sort of shape they're in. I know a couple of the reels know those small reels, and I've got to think that even spooling them might be a problem, never mind me playing them. Anyway, I just discovered them, so who knows? There may be something in the near future.

The whole interview is nice and long and worth reading.

Snakes & Arrows DVD clip

Someone's uploaded a bit of VH! Classic's Rush Hashana from the other day and included the Fary Cry video from the upcoming DVD:

Looking good. Release date is November 25.

From the Winnipeg Free Press:
The members of Canadian rock band Rush have donated $100,000 from the sale of tickets to last weekend's Winnipeg concert to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The three band mates -- Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart -- also announced today they will be selling museum T-shirts at all of the remaining Canadian stops on their Snakes and Arrows Live concert tour, and donating all of the proceeds from those sales to the museum's $105-million private sector fund-raising campaign. "My band mates and I are proud to be associated with the creation of a Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg," Lee said in a written statement.
Quite cool! Word is that the shirts are already available for sale at the shows. Not sure if they'll have them for the US dates.

Second Leg of Snakes and Arrows Tour Underway

Rush launched the second leg of the Snakes and Arrows tour in Puerto Rico last Friday, April 11. Setlist is similar, but not exactly the same. No big surprises, though.


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