Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rush bringing string ensemble on tour

The release of Rush’s new album, “Clockwork Angels,” means yet another road trip for the Canadian rockers.

Currently in preparations for the tour, Rush will launch their North American dates on September 7th in Manchester, NH.

In addition to new music, Rush will be offering a taste of something they’ve never done before in a live setting.

"Our intention is to take strings out on the road," guitarist Alex Lifeson tells Billboard.

Orchestrations, arranged by David Campbell, feature on several of "Clockwork Angels" tracks, and Lifeson says Rush will employ a small string ensemble, likely eight to 10 pieces, to recreate those pieces and to be added to some of Rush's older material. "It's just something different for us, and I can't wait to hear what it sounds like."

Alex says Campbell will be writing arrangements for the tour and will likely appear at some of the shows as well. "Certainly in the beginning he'll be out for a bit," the guitarist says. "I think his intention is to use these musicians he's been working with for a long time, who he trusts, and once they're settled in he doesn't have to be around all the time and he can come out whenever he feels like it."

Lifeson says the production is "still in a planning stage" but promises that "it's a while new show. It's new staging, new lighting, everything is new and fresh about it. I would say that it's an evolutionary extension of what the (2010-11) Time Machine Tour was, but we are definitely freshening it up and bringing and there'll be a lot of new video stuff going on."

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