Saturday, April 2, 2016

Rush release 2112 comic book video suite for album’s 40th anniversary

Rush have released a lyric video for the full “2112” suite as the album marked its 40th anniversary on April 1.

The clip features an animated comic book retelling of side one of the band’s breakthrough release, which was recorded over a two-week period with producer Terry Brown at Toronto Sound Studios.

The album’s title track delivers an epic seven-part suite that remains a touchstone for progressive rock four decades later.

The project showcases lyrics by drummer Neil Peart that were heavily influenced by the work of Russian author Ayn Rand, with tales of a dystopian universe set in the year 2112.

“I think it's one of the most important pieces of work that we've done,” guitarist Alex Lifeson tells Rolling Stone. “I think the influence that it had on a lot of listeners, just judging from the comments I read in the mail and even comments from other bands that have been influenced by us, that's really a signature record for all of them. And that's a wonderful thing.

“If you're going to leave something as your legacy, having something that is so influential on other people that it has improved their lives or just made them more understanding of something, I think that is the ultimate.”

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