Monday, June 18, 2012

New Alex Lifeson interview at; talks Clockwork Angels, tour setlist and more
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Rolling Stone has just posted a new interview they conducted with Alex Lifeson where Alex talks about the Clockwork Angels album among other subjects. Most of what's discussed has already been brought up in other interviews but Alex did have some more details regarding the upcoming tour and setlist:

.. [choosing a setlist is] 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. ...

So Alex confirms that most of Clockwork Angels will be included in the setlist along with a good bit of older material. Alex also hints that there will be a second leg to the tour, making it sound like a 2013 leg - outside of the already scheduled European dates - may be in the cards. He goes on to clarify whether all of Clockwork Angels will be played in a later question:

... I don't think [we'll play the whole album]. Not on the first leg of the tour. But perhaps if people become more familiar with it, or if it becomes a very strong demand, then we'd consider it for the second leg of the tour. It's always good to mix it up on the tour, so we'll see. But for now, I think we're doing a major portion of it. There are only a few songs that we're leaving out at this point. ...

And on whether they thought about playing any other album in its entirety on the tour, Alex says the following:

... Yeah, we talked about that for this tour as well, but once Clockwork Angels came together, rather than taking four, five, or six songs from it and leaving room for exploring another full album ... now, we're including the 55 minutes of it. It takes up a big chunk of the set. ... 2112 kind of makes sense, I suppose. Permanent Waves, we've played every song on that record on every tour, so I don't even know if it's worth it to do that with that one. 2112 would be the logical one, I suppose. It came so long ago, though, and we're really about wanting to be pretty fresh. It was great with Moving Pictures, primarily because we got to play "Camera Eye" and that became a favorite of all of ours. Really, it was one of the high points for me because it's a challenging song to play, and it came off great live, I think. ...

Alex also talks a little about the Vapor Trails remix and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You can read the entire interview at this link. Rolling Stone also posted their 3.5/5 review of Clockwork Angels today:

It's got a dystopian sci-fi plot and lyrics like "All I know is that sometimes the truth is contrary." But the first Rush album in five years isn't just one of the band's Rushiest; it's also very good - frenetic and heavy, low on prog thought puzzles, high on power-trio interplay that could put guys half their age in the burn ward. Nickelback-like meathead modern-rock production actually adds power to these ancient masters' gnomic turgidity: Even the seven-minute tripartite title track burns rubber, and Neil Peart's dragon-tailed paradiddles and Alex Lifeson's helix solos make the koanic hokum of Peart's lyrics feel like a sermon from the peak of Mount Nerd.

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#49 - Posted 6/20/12 @1:29AM by Urungus [contact]

#23 - side 2 (of the original vinyl) of ESL was recorded on the Permanent Waves tour. Jacobs
Ladder was not played on the MP tour, or any subsequent tour either.
#48 - Posted 6/19/12 @1:12PM by FavHeadache09 [contact]

going bakc ot the top of sogns that were played on Permanent Waves and other rush songs

no different strigns has NEVER been played live, as great as the PW tour was, which i have in Mp3 format, it was, along with Entre Nous, the song that didnt make the cut.

Jacob's Ladder was the last song on the setlist to be played untill the "oldies medley" they did, then it was never to be played from again,

if you guys actually look up ESL some of the songs are actually from the PW tour and not just the MP tour.... honestly, they wouldnt of played APTB on Mp, it wasnt the right song for that tour.

songs i wanna see?
Something for Nothing
Manhattan Project
Lock & Key
any of the fear trilogy (i hardly doubt that Freeze would be played)

songs i want them to bring back?
Roll The Bones
The Trees
The Way The Wind Blows
The Big Money
Secret Touch....

my fantasy setlist is ALOT different from your's but it's still something to see.
#47 - Posted 6/19/12 @11:06AM by Bry Tor [contact]

I love Alex, I really do but the truth is that Alex ALWAYS says this! We are doing a lot of the older material, we are playing songs we have never played live before, etc. And then the show comes out and there are very few changes to the set list. I would never call Alex a liar but I have learned over the years to be very skeptical about what Alex reveals in his interviews. Due to the terrible economy and my obligations to my family I am waiting until the tour starts and see the set list for myself before I part with any more of my hard earned and much needed cash to hear the same songs that I have over a thousand copies of in bootlegs and videos of Rush live. I still love them but I cannot afford them right now. IF there is a full orchestra or IF they do CA in its entirety or Signals in its entirety then I have to go. IF it is Tom Sawyer, Limelight, Working Man, Closer to the Heart, etc. I will pass because I am finding that as Rush puts out more and more great new music I am not pining for the oldies anymore. I have heard them a million times and I would much rather give that precious spot in the set list to a new song or a rare track rather then the safe bet. If I never hear Tom Sawyer or Limelight live again I am fairly certain I would live.
#46 - Posted 6/18/12 @10:40PM by Rushfreak [contact]

" RUSH " PLEASE dont forget to visit Rush to help you guys out on the setlist :)
#45 - Posted 6/18/12 @10:01PM by Thelonious [contact]

That Rolling Stone review reads like the work of someone who got a thesaurus for their birthday.
#44 - Posted 6/18/12 @9:32PM by musicofthespheres [contact]

so true, kelly d! :)

interesting to read his VT comments. If they decide not to complete the remix for artistic/personal reasons, ya gotta respect that. But I say just get it done...
#43 - Posted 6/18/12 @7:25PM by The_king_will_Neil [contact]

Thanks for the interpretation, #28.

#31 - Let me provide an interpretation of what you said: I wish them well.

So, how many combinations can we come up with of 55 out of 66 minutes?
#42 - Posted 6/18/12 @6:49PM by Most Endangered Species [contact]

As for guessing the songs to be left off (comments #10 thru #15), I wouldn't take Alex's "55 minutes" comment literally, I assume that was a rough estimate off the top of his hairplugs. I do agree with the general perception that this means BU2B2 plus 2 other songs, but I don't think "55 minutes" helps us narrow that down.

My educated guess would be that they will not play Wish Them Well mainly because they can't really replicate the vocal arrangement, the way Geddy becomes his own backup singer everytime he screams "Wiiiiiiish theeeeeem weeeeeeeell."

As for a 3rd song left off, that's harder for me to predict. They're all pretty worthy. I would guess 7 Cities of Gold by process of elimination. Maybe BU2B because they're already played it, but I don't think they'll do that because the song is too good.
#41 - Posted 6/18/12 @6:33PM by Most Endangered Species [contact]

Selfishly, I'd also love to hear the whole album together, but I agree with Alex's logic here. He said in this or the other interview that they would take a wait and see approach to see how the new material is received by the live audiences. While myself and dozens of other people who post in these RIAB comment sections would love to see the whole thing live, we still make up a pretty small portion of the audience.

If it were up to me, I would have considered starting off the tour by playing a handful of "special performances" in smaller venues where the die-hards could see them perform the whole album in its entirety.
#40 - Posted 6/18/12 @6:01PM by bucklemyshoe [contact]

Alex says about playing the whole album "........or if it becomes a very strong demand, then we'd consider it........ "

OK Ed - what's the next Poll question ?

Attention - are you out there ?

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