John over at Cygnus-X1.net has scanned and transcribed the Clockwork Angels tourbook and made it available online (*SPOILERS* images, transcription). Be warned that the tourbook contains several tour spoilers obviously. The images are a combination of photos from the Time Machine tour and Clockwork Angels recording sessions, with a few miscellaneous others sprinkled in. The text is comprised of the Neil Peart essay The Future As Seen From The Past that was made available online a few months ago at Rush.com (it has since been taken down but is also available at NeilPeart.net). There's also some tongue-in-cheek information on the band's gear. Alex Lifeson's piece includes some horrendously long website url to a stoopidrush.com domain that promises more information ... I won't spoil the surprise though. They also include a nice little tribute to the late Andrew MacNaughtan (who passed away earlier this year) along with some humorous joke portraits of the band:
A choice memory about working creatively with Andrew dates from 1992, when Rush was preparing for our Roll the Bones tour. My bandmates and I decided to have a little fun with the usual tourbook portraits - beginning a tradition that continued right up to the book for the Time Machine tour, in 2010-11.
All of us lived in Toronto in those days, so it was easy for us to get together with Andrew and plan our "surprises" (sometimes kept secret even from each other). We aimed for something that would show some humor, and also, perhaps, a little ... inner essence.
That first set of three portraits does not disappoint on those levels, I hope, but it is also noteworthy that even these "joke" settings were lighted and framed with artful care. They are light-hearted and silly, but photographed with a professional's craft and an artist's vision.
I once defined the highest possible plane of communication to be "art with jokes." That is a rarefied summit even to attempt, but once in a while, with Andrew, we made it.
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