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Alex Lifeson talks Clockwork Angels Tour, Rock Hall ballot, Rush's future and more in new Billboard interview

Mon, Nov 18, 2013@12:16PM | comments

Alex Lifeson was recently interviewed for Billboard magazine and talks about a number of subjects including the band's Clockwork Angels Tour concert film which gets a theatrical premiere tonight and releases on CD/DVD/Blu-ray tomorrow. Here's Alex on Rush's future plans:

... "We've committed to taking about a year off," ... "We all agreed when we finished this ('Clockwork Angels') tour (in early August) we were going to take this time off and we weren't going to talk about band stuff or make any plans. We committed to a year, so that's going to take us through to the end of next summer, for sure. That's the minimum. We haven't stopped or quit. Right now we're just relaxing. We're taking it easy and just enjoying our current employment." ... Lifeson acknowledges that he and ... Geddy ... "typically get a little bored, and so we enjoy writing and working together and I wouldn't doubt that some time in the new year we'll probably gravitate towards each other and start doing some writing. It's going to be interesting to see where we do go next. You know, the album is dying as a format. We're so used to it and we're so old school in that format, but will we get more mileage by doing a few new songs at a time, or do we do another album? It's hard to say what the future holds, and it's just changing so rapidly. It's always hard to speculate where you're going to go." ...

Alex also reveals who has his vote for the 2014 Rock Hall induction:

... "I put my votes in," says Lifeson, whose impromptu "blah, blah, blah" speech was a highlight of the 2012 induction ceremony. "Certainly with Deep Purple and Yes and Nirvana, I think they're all candidates, and I think Kiss deserves to be in there, too. We have lots of great memories of working together with them, and I think they've been influential and worked for a very long time and worked very hard. I think for all the indifference we had before, actually going through it and feeling the love in the room and the sense of community we felt with all the other musicians that are in there, it's a good thing provided it's inclusive and it's broad." ...

You can read the entire interview on Billboard.com here.

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