Legendary rock band RUSH have announced details of a UK Arena tour in May 2013. Full dates are as follows
Wed 22nd – Manchester Arena
Fri 24th – London, O2 Arena
Sun 26th – Birmingham, LG Arena
Tues 28th – Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
Thurs 30th – Glasgow, SECC
These are the first UK dates since the band brought their 3½ hour Time Machine Tour in May 2011 – the tour was met to widespread critical acclaim and included a sold out date at London’s O2 Arena. “RUSH are one of the last great bands standing” – Metal Hammer, “Canadian legends confirm their status as the world’s biggest and best cult band” – Kerrang, “It’s a blend of power, subtlety, soaring choruses and some of the most intelligent lyrics ever written.” – The Sun 5/5 live review.
This follows the band unveiling details of its highly anticipated, new album, ‘Clockwork Angels’. This is the renowned trio’s first new collection of original material in over five years and their first studio release via Anthem/Roadrunner Records. ‘Clockwork Angels’, the band’s 20th studio album, will be released in the UK on June 11th (see track listing below).
In the UK, the album will be released on June 11th in exclusive Classic Rock Fan Pack form – providing a unique collectible package containing the 12 track studio album alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together by Classic Rock. The Fan Pack cover will also feature brand new exclusive artwork from RUSH’s longtime collaborator Hugh Syme (who also designed the ‘Clockwork Angels’ artwork). The Fan Pack format will also come with free gifts including a ltd ed ‘Clockwork Angels’ keyring & artwork poster and will be available to buy via more than 2000 retail outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and online music retailer. The Fan Pack is available for pre-order now at www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/rush, where all early bird orders will receive a personalised RUSH poster. Roadrunner Records will simultaneously release the record digitally. The standard physical release of the RUSH album will follow through Roadrunner Records on July 9th 2012.
The recording of ‘Clockwork Angels’ began in April 2010 with Grammy Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES) – who also collaborated with the band on their last studio album, 2007’s ‘Snakes & Arrows’. RUSH co-produced both records. The first two songs, ‘Caravan’ and ‘BU2B’, were completed during that first session at Nashville’s Blackbird studios and performed nightly during the wildly successful Time Machine Tour, which ran from June 2010 to June 2011. Work on ‘Clockwork Angels’ resumed in the fall of 2011 at Revolution Recording in Toronto after the tour’s finale, with additional strings (arranged by David Campbell) recorded at Hollywood’s Ocean Way Studios earlier this year. Lyrically, ‘Clockwork Angels’ chronicles a young man’s quest across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams. The story features lost cities, pirates, anarchists, an exotic carnival, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. The novelization of ‘Clockwork Angels’ is being written by science fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson in collaboration with RUSH drummer and lyricist Neil Peart.
RUSH heralded the release of ‘Clockwork Angels’ with a new single ‘Headlong Flight’. Landing at rock radio in mid April the song is already #1 at Classic Rock in the USA and A-Listed at the UK’s Planet Rock radio. Details of a full-scale North American tour to support the new album have also been announced – the tour runs throughout September, October, November and December 2012.
Available June 11th
3. Clockwork Angels
4. The Anarchist
6. Halo Effect
7. Seven Cities Of Gold
8. The Wreckers
9. Headlong Flight
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden
With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours, RUSH – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart – is not only one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, but remains one of the most popular. The RIAA has certified RUSH for the third most consecutive gold/platinum studio albums by a rock band, topped only by THE BEATLES and THE ROLLING STONES. RUSH’s vast catalog includes such classics as 1974’s self-titled debut, 1976’s ’2112′, 1981’s ‘Moving Pictures’, 1996’s ‘Test For Echo’, and 2002’s ‘Vapor Trails’. RUSH’s most recent studio album, 2007’s ‘Snakes & Arrows’, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, marking the band’s highest chart debut since 1993, as well as their eleventh top 10 album in the U.S. The album’s first single, ‘Far Cry’, hit the top 5 at mainstream rock radio, with airplay on over 100 radio stations in the US. Additionally, the ‘Snakes & Arrows’ track ‘Malignant Narcissism’ was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category. In addition to their commercial success, RUSH has also been recognized with a number of Juno Awards and multiple Grammy nominations, including one for the acclaimed documentary ‘Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage‘ at this year’s gala event. Enjoying a recent pop culture renaissance, RUSH made a rare television appearance – their first in over 30 years – on Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report’ and a memorable cameo in the film ‘I Love You, Man’. A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature summed up the renowned rock trio’s continuing artistic vitality by observing, “It’s true that RUSH doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.”
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