Reasons & and 9 are pretty good.
Recently in Alex Lifeson Category
He's 57 years old today.
The Lehigh Valley News has an interview with Alex that covers work on the new album and memories of making Moving Pictures. An excerpt:
Lifeson says the band has six songs pretty much ready to go and three others almost done. The group plans to write at least a couple of additional songs after the tour. At this point, the CD is shaping up to be a musically varied work.
"There is the epic song, 'Clockwork Angels,' which is really taking shape. It's a multi-parted piece, very dynamic," Lifeson says. "Then there's some stuff that's very melodic and on the softer side, on acoustic, with a strong melody. So there's great diversity there. Honestly, I can't wait until we start really working on these songs. We've sort of got them to the stage where Geddy and I were happy with the arrangements and then Neil kind of comes in and starts working on his drum arrangements, and they go from there. So they're sort of in that pre-drum stage right now, and it's great to see them come to life."
New interview with Alex over at Rolling Stone today.
Six songs recorded so far for Clockwork Angels. Sounds like they'll be touring behind it next year once it comes out:
Lifeson says Rush hopes to finish recording during the fall in time for a release in the spring of 2011, followed by a more extensive world tour.
On playing Moving Pictures in its entirety, which was Neil's idea:
Plus, 'Camera Eye' has been probably the top song on our request list from fans for several years, so it really gives us an opportunity to include it in the set and to present it with the full album."
Brief interview about the documentary, upcoming tour, and new album over at Rolling Stone today.
Regarding being approached about the documentary:
"We thought, 'How foolish are these guys?' " Rush frontman Geddy Lee says. "We're just this dull band. I remember Neil [Peart] asked them rather pointedly, 'What's your angle? What's the story you want to tell?' They said, 'Well, to be honest, we don't know.' We liked that and said, 'Good luck, let you know what you want us to do.' "
Good interview over at the Globe and Mail with Geddy and Alex. Nice photo too.
When asked about Rush's late-career mainstream acceptance, Lee suggests it likely took root years ago. "Some of our fans have been profoundly affected by what we do," says the soft-spoken singer. "You hear about people who have been comforted by our music. And maybe, after a period of time, that fan base is growing up and coming to grips with their own experiences, and wanting to write books about them, and saying thank-you in movies."
Check out the slide show too.
Good 15-minute interview with Geddy and Alex from earlier this week. Lots of talk about the documentary and their early history. A bunch of good questions are asked and answered.
A new song, Caravan, from Clockwork Angels will be released on June 1, 2010, along with the album track BU2B (which I'm guessing is an instrumental).
Rush's 20th studio album will be released some time in 2011.
Both "Caravan" and "BU2B" will also be offered as a special Limited Edition CD single, available to fans through the band's official website as well as through various pre-sale tour packages. For full details, please visit Rush's official website at www.Rush.com.