Friday, December 7, 2012

Classic Rock's Best of the Year Rush feature now online
8:10PM EST | comments (56) |

Rush Classic Rock coverAs we learned yesterday, the January, 2013 issue of the UK's Classic Rock Magazine is a special edition featuring The Best Of 2012. The issue features five different cover photos with the headline Band Of The Year? with each cover depicting a photo of 5 bands deserving this distinction; Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Black Country Communion, Rivals Sons and ... RUSH! John over at has transcribed the included Rush feature article and made it available online at this location. The article is an interview with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee where the pair reflect back on 2012, including the highly successful Clockwork Angels album and tour, the tragic death of Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan, the band's future plans, and more.

... So what's next for Rush?
Alex: If we do a 40th anniversary tour, we probably won't make a record in that time, so that tour will probably be a retrospective. But I don't know. We've been touring a lot, and I wouldn't want us to get overexposed.
Geddy: The idea of touring year in year out is exhausting. There's got to be a point where we cut that back. But as long as we have the desire to keep being creative together, we'll keep moving forward.

And if that anniversary tour does happen, why not put The Fountain of Lamneth back into the set?
Alex: That would be a bit of a stretch! Maybe down the road somewhere. God, it's been so long since we revisited that era...

All the more reason to do it!
Alex: Um ... You know, there's a chance. I'd say one in a million.
Geddy: And I'm sticking with those odds.

So it sounds like the band is planning to embark on an R40 world tour in 2014 where they will play Caress of Steel in its entirety. Right?! ;)



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#56 - Posted 12/11/12 @8:33PM by CapsFan2112 [contact]

I love these comments. For years Rush has built their image on being true to themselves, and their fans loved that. They've been the champions of being yourself, and not being afraid to be different. And now as soon as one of them makes a comment that some of their fans don't like, rather than respectfully disagree and just move on, people are claiming that Geddy went too far.

The irony is so great. Stay classy, "fans".
#55 - Posted 12/11/12 @11:25AM by simon r

As a wise Scotsman once sang this means nothing to me oh VIENNA!!He did fill in for Thin Lizzy many moons ago.They are still around in some format.
Seems we are jumping a tour but hey lets have your R40 set lists. XANADU must be overdue for an airing and always nice to have BY TOR back!! I agree with others it would be nice to have Losing it and Different Strings with the string ensemble in 2013.
#54 - Posted 12/11/12 @12:51AM by wellweatheredleather [contact]

Moving away from the political banter, and sticking to the subject of the original blog: An R40 would be great, but as far as albums in their entirety go, I'd pick Permanent Waves over Caress of Steel. My main reasoning is that Ged can still sing them all, and Different Strings would be fantastic live. Signals all the way through would be great as well. Ah hell, why not Counterparts? But anyway, just seeing them reach the milestone is awesome enough, and IF they are inducted into the ROHF (I only say "if" because I won't be disappointed if they aren't),I can die a happy man, and won't be able to see them at 40. haha
#53 - Posted 12/10/12 @11:20AM by More Evil Twin of ByTor

I do not understand the bile spewed by "fans" of Rush, just because of their political comments. So if you lean conservative, all liberals are a-holes, or vice versa? Huh?!? I guess you only makes friends with people who agree with you ... that's what we call "ignorant" in polite society.

What's funny is, there was a time (not long ago) when Rush was considered to be "the" hard rock band for Republicans. My, how the wind shifts.

Just enjoy the music. If you're going to pick your bands based on their political allegiances (which have NOTHING to do with their talent), that's a deep personal problem, and something you might want to get checked out. I'd rather learn from people that I don't necessarily agree with.

BTW, it's a really cool little interview. Although I'd say The Necromancer is goofier than The Fountain of Lamneth.
#52 - Posted 12/10/12 @9:58AM by jeweloutofreach

There is some interesting discussion here for which I certainly appreciate. I agree with what Geddimus Prime has stated and this is the truth. The political system in America is completely "influenced" by a globalist banking cartel. There are some incredible resources out there in which one can obtain the truth but this is up to the individual. We are citizens of the United States of America which is a corporation- one big corporation. A bank can create millions in order to help folks "influence" and cajole another individual to do just about anything. This is where the notion of money is the root of all evil comes from. As humans, we have proved that the love of money sits at the top of our "wish list". Money makes all our problems go away. Or does it? I think the entertainment industry has proven that money cannot and will not buy true happiness.

Joy, love, family, shelter and a warm meal can be worth more. "The Garden" may actually hint at this but so does the true Garden which is where Neil was inspired to come to his grand conclusion at the end of CA.

Politicians these days are steering us towards a global community. America is the enemy. The United States of America is not. One world globalism will be realized shortly. I am somewhat surprised by the political comments that Geddy made but he knows how to play the game. Maybe this is why RUSH is now the darlings of the rock world. It all makes sense. Geddy embracing global liberalism and Neil making waves on the environmental front along with his never ending rip on God and Jesus.

America WAS about freedom and liberty with God being the center of a moral foundation but the American concept went right out the window due to the sickening concept of slavery which allowed the seeds of globalism to be sown.

Molding minds and altering perceptions takes a little time but the entertainment industry influence along with ushering God out of the equation has really altered the current mind set of this nation. Toss in technology and the whole process is moving at an accelerated pace.

As RUSH embraces globalism their media success rises. Lyrical content has changed and has done an about face. Geddy's line is very telling. Mitt and BO are no different than Tom and Jerry. Mitt is gone and now it is the Big John and BO show. All US Citizens will be forced to pony up MORE unless the "public servants" save the day. The same saviors that rack up the trillions of debt are now going to save us. Laughable but who buys this deception and who helps push it? Why does Geddy care? Why does Neil care? RUSH has sold out. They all sell out. On stage it is the 2112 overture. In interviews it is embracing liberalism and shunning God. Money does funny things to people...
#51 - Posted 12/10/12 @9:32AM by chutch15 [contact]

I'd prefer more new music to an R40 tour.
#50 - Posted 12/10/12 @8:34AM by 4syrinx [contact]

nodrush telling people to shut-up...stay classy junior...and dig this...could it be that the conservative side is sick and tired of paying for the do-nothings of this country...and then we are lectured by some slick Chicago community agitator that gets elected simply by being "cool"...that we are not "giving" enough of the money that we bust our ass for...the clown truly has no vision...
#49 - Posted 12/10/12 @8:26AM by Chicken [contact]

Guess your right...maybe the words need to be updated...."less than half the world the other half takes".........

Rock On!
#48 - Posted 12/10/12 @2:56AM by Willowdale

Love Geddy's political comments!! It's the way the majority of America & the rest of the world feels!!!

Hillary will surely win in 2016, and by the time the Repubs get a chance again in 2024, they will be a completely different "looking" party.

"Different Eyes See Different Things, Different Hearts Beat On Different Strings". True Dat!!!
#47 - Posted 12/9/12 @6:34PM by Chicken [contact]

Shut up?

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