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New interview with Rush album artist Hugh Syme

Fri, Jun 12, 2015@12:44PM | comments

Last month Rush released a 272 page coffee table book titled Art of Rush, which celebrates the 40 year relationship of Rush and their longtime artist and illustrator Hugh Syme. Syme recently sat down with The Daily Tribune to talk about the book and his relationship with Rush:

... "From the very beginning I could sense that this band tried to make every album they do musically different, and felt the same way about the artwork," ... "I didn't want a logo to overpower everything, as it does in the case of Megadeth or Yes and so many other bands who've got a logo that needs to be front and center. I was just kind of lucky to find a band that was also willing to deviate from the norm every time and that allowed me the luxury and a lot of latitude to respond to each title as a unique event and not get stuck into one sort of style. We weren't stuck in any kind of template." ...

Syme also speculates on what the future may hold for the band:

... "If you think about it, that (scaling back) is already in place," Syme says. "They used to do nine months and then take three months off, you know? So I think in fairness they have scaled back consistently over the years. I just think they may have so much fun and they may get the invitation to do the Hammersmith (in England) or do nine venues in Europe. They may just do it because, what the hell. And, y'know, they always have such a great response when they go down to Rio; I wouldn't discount that either. It's just me thinking out loud. It's not anything I know about, just a feeling." ...

You can read the entire interview online here and purchase the Art of Rush at
this location.