Monday, November 18, 2013

Rush guitarist reveals band’s plans for 2014

As Rush release their new “Clockwork Angels Tour” DVD this week, guitarist Alex Lifeson is sharing the Canadian band’s plans for 2014 in a new interview with music industry magazine Billboard.

"We've committed to taking about a year off," says Lifeson. "We all agreed when we finished this tour (in early August) we were going to take this time off and we weren't going to talk about band stuff or make any plans. We committed to a year, so that's going to take us through to the end of next summer, for sure. That's the minimum. We haven't stopped or quit. Right now we're just relaxing. We're taking it easy and just enjoying our current employment."

That said, Lifeson acknowledges that he and singer/bassist/keyboardist Geddy Lee - who both live in the Toronto area while drummer Neil Peart resides in California - "typically get a little bored, and so we enjoy writing and working together and I wouldn't doubt that some time in the new year we'll probably gravitate towards each other and start doing some writing.”

“It's going to be interesting to see where we do go next,” he continues. “You know, the album is dying as a format. We're so used to it and we're so old school in that format, but will we get more mileage by doing a few new songs at a time, or do we do another album? It's hard to say what the future holds, and it's just changing so rapidly. It's always hard to speculate where you're going to go."

Available on DVD/Blu-ray and CD, “Clockwork Angels Tour” features Rush filmed and recorded in concert last November at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.

The 11-month marathon world tour crossed North America twice and ventured overseas to Europe in support of the band’s acclaimed 2012 studio release “Clockwork Angels.”

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