Friday, November 4, 2016

Rush to release expanded 40th anniversary edition of 2112

Rush will release multiple expanded 40th anniversary editions of their 1976 album classic, “2112”, on December 16.

The 2CD/DVD edition will include a newly remastered CD of the original album by Abbey Road Studios, and an additional CD of rare, live and previously unreleased material including newly-recorded tracks from “2112” featuring Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters along with Nick Raskulinecz, Billy Talent, Steven Wilson, Jacob Moon and Alice In Chains. The set’s third disc is a DVD featuring a newly restored vintage 1976 Rush concert recorded at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, plus bonus videos of the Grohl/Hawkins/Raskulinecz track and Billy Talent track, and a new 25+ minute interview featuring Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and longtime producer & engineer Terry Brown.

The new "2112" remaster originally appeared on the much-acclaimed 2015 hologram vinyl edition of the album; this marks the Abbey Road Studios master first time on CD.

A 3-LP 200-gram vinyl edition includes all of the above plus a special laser-etched LP side, the 2015 hologram on 2112’s side B and a unique turntable mat featuring the band’s iconic Starman character.

A Super Deluxe edition presents both CDs, the DVD, all three LPs plus its bonus items, and several exclusive collectable items including two 12-inch x 12-inch lithos, one featuring Hugh Syme’s original Starman pencil sketching, the second showcasing a 1976 Massey Hall ticket stub; a reprint of the 1976 Massey Hall handbill and three buttons featuring each band member, all housed in a box lined with velvet flocking.

For the first 1,000 Super Deluxe pre-order purchases at, and, the purchaser will receive a limited edition 7-inch pressing of the album’s first single “The Twilight Zone” (b/w “Lessons”) and a custom red star 45 large hole adapter ring, both newly designed by Syme.

All three versions feature extensive liner notes by renowned rock historian Rob Bowman and newly designed artwork by longtime Rush art director Hugh Syme.

The set’s rare recordings include “Solar Federation,” spotlighting the isolated Neil Peart vocals that close the song “2112” in “Grand Finale,” two outtakes from the 1976 Massey Hall concerts including “Something For Nothing” and a nearly complete 15+ minute performance of “2112,” as well as a recently-rediscovered live version of the album track “The Twilight Zone,” which has only been performed twice in the band’s long history.

Considered a creative landmark, “2112” also delivered Rush’s commercial breakthrough, becoming the band’s first album to reach the Billboard LP chart and the first Rush album to achieve Gold sales status in the U.S. (it was later certified Platinum). The project was also Rush’s first platinum album in Canada, spawning a now-legendary Canadian tour that culminated in a three-night stand at Massey Hall in Toronto, which was recorded for Rush’s first live album, All the World’s a Stage.

Rush performed a 40th anniversary tour in 2015; the “R40” tour is rumored to be the last one of its kind and the end of the band’s touring life.

“2112” 40th anniversary
Release date: December 16


01. “2112”
I “Overture”
II “The Temples of Syrinx”
III “Discovery”
IV “Presentation”
V “Oracle: The Dream”
VI “Soliloquy”
VII “Grand Finale”
02. “A Passage to Bangkok”
03. “The Twilight Zone”
04. “Lessons”
05. “Tears”
06. “Something For Nothing”


01. “Solar Federation”
02. “Overture” – Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz
03. “A Passage to Bangkok” – Billy Talent
04. “The Twilight Zone” – Steven Wilson
05. “Tears” – Alice In Chains
06. “Something for Nothing” – Jacob Moon
07. “2112” – Live at Massey Hall 1976 Outtake
08. “Something For Nothing” – Live at Massey Hall 1976 Outtake
09. “The Twilight Zone” – Live 1977 Contraband
10. ‘2112’ 1976 radio ad

Live at Capitol Theatre 1976

01. “Bastille Day”
02. “Anthem”
03. “Lakeside Park”
04. “2112”
05. “Fly By Night”
06. “In the Mood”

Bonus Videos

01. “Overture” – Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz
02. “A Passage to Bangkok,” behind the scenes with Billy Talent
03. “2112 – 40 Years Later,” Q&A with Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown

See also:

Rush preview The Early Days Of Neil Peart animated video
VIDEO: Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer explains how Rush changed his life
VIDEO: Rush superfan featured in Time Stand Still preview
VIDEO: Rush preview Time Stand Still documentary
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