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Monday, March 31, 2014

John Wesley's Disconnect featuring Alex Lifeson released
10:51AM EST | comments (9) |

UPDATE - 4/3@1:40PM: For Spotify users, the entire album is available at this link.

Guitarist John Wesley's latest album Disconnect releases today in the UK and tomorrow in the US/Canada. Rush's Alex Lifeson makes a guest appearance on the album, playing a guitar solo on the track Once a Warrior. 30-second previews of all the tracks on the album are available for listening online here and the official music video for the title track can be seen at this location. Thaddeus Wert at Progarchy.com calls the album his favorite of 2014 so far in his review which you can check out here. Wesley was interviewed for both The Prog Report and the Huffington Post earlier this month and in both interviews spoke a bit about the album, Porcupine Tree and working with Alex Lifeson. At one point in the Prog Report interview Wesley talks about how he and Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson connected through Rush's music, and how much Alex Lifeson's guitar sound influenced Porcupine Tree's sound on their last few albums (at about the 9-minute mark):

... there was this heavy guitar element to Porcupine Tree that was coming out. I hate to say it but we have to give credit to Alex Lifeson for that. It was kind of a weird sub-conscious thing ...

Later in the interview (at the 16:45 mark) Wesley talks at length about how Alex Lifeson came to appear on Disconnect, and calls his solo on Once a Warrior "classic Alex". You can listen to the entire interview online at this location and order your copy of Disconnect at here.

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#9 - Posted 4/2/14 @7:12AM by flimbo

Pretty terrible album really. And Al's solo is a nothing great. Too random.
#8 - Posted 4/1/14 @6:46AM by jupeguy [contact]

Alex, please go even heavier on the next album. Neil, double bass, quadruple time through every song, and Geddy get your low,unintelligble, growl ready...extreme death metal all the way!!
#7 - Posted 3/31/14 @9:59PM by cakes and sparrows [contact]

it's spelled 'Once a Warior' on Spotify. Not sure if that's a typo.
#6 - Posted 3/31/14 @8:57PM by joerock213 [contact]

Alex, get all the heavy stuff out of your system with these little projects and come back to Rush with clarity.
#5 - Posted 3/31/14 @6:47PM by jiminseattle [contact]

Alex, put all your heavy chops into the next Rush album!
#4 - Posted 3/31/14 @3:50PM by gornhay [contact]

He needs to lay more of those mothers down on Rush albums.
#3 - Posted 3/31/14 @3:40PM by vaporsdad. [contact]

And its frickin AWESOME!!!
#2 - Posted 3/31/14 @3:35PM by vaporsdad. [contact]

It's available on Spotify
#1 - Posted 3/31/14 @11:47AM by Runkerry

1st. Look forward to hearing Big Al on this one.

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