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Alex Lifeson The Double film score project update

Tue, Aug 16, 2011@2:58PM | comments

UPDATE - 8/17@2:39PM: Derek Haas on how Alex became involved with the film via a post on The Rush Forum:

... How this came about: Michael and I got to know Alex and Geddy when they were in LA finishing Snakes & Arrows. Alex is a movie-buff and literature-buff and he expressed interest in scoring films. (I hope you detect my admiration shining through... he's truly one of the greatest guys I've ever met. Geddy too, but that's a different story.) As we were putting THE DOUBLE together, Michael and I told Alex we'd love for him to be included any way he wanted. We did the movie for very little money so we weren't going to be able to afford him but we wanted to throw it out there. He was between the two tours so he asked us to send him the latest cut of the film and he started talking to the composer (Debney) via email and the phone. Then he just went to town... the guy is astonishing. And generous. The single is definitely not a RUSH song but you can sure here Alex's distinctive "voice" all over it. Still working it out on posting it. Really sorry I jumped the gun.

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We learned earlier this year of Alex Lifeson's involvement with the film score for a new spy thriller due out next month starring Topher Grace and Richard Gere titled The Double. The film was co-written by Derek Haas and director Michael Brandt and features original music by film composer John Debney with a little help from Alex Lifeson. Alex plays guitar on the score throughout the movie and also wrote the outro track which is titled Don't Look Back according to movie co-writer Derek Haas, who posted the information to The Rush Forum yesterday evening (thanks RushFanForever). Haas has promised to post the track online at some point although hasn't as of this post. We had already been aware from reports earlier this year that Scarlet Sins vocalist Sylvya NuVynska and Skinny Puppy founding member cEvin Key also play on the outro track, and that Rush sound engineer Richard Chycki handled the mixing duties. Some still shots from the movie were just recently released and the film will be released to theaters in the US on September 23rd.