Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson streams first new music in a decade

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is streaming his first new music in close to a decade in sync with the launch of a new signature guitar line.

To mark the occasion of his collaboration with Epiphone and the release of the new Alex Lifeson Epiphone Les Paul Standard Axcess guitar, Lifeson is debuting two brand new songs: "Kabul Blues" and "Spy House."

Portions of both instrumental tracks can be heard in a new video that sees the rocker sharing the story of his guitar evolution through the years, while they can be heard in their entirety exclusively at AlexLifeson.com.

In addition to his 1996 solo album, “Victor”, Lifeson has a long history of appearances on projects by other artists through the years, including recordings with Tom Cochrane, John Mayall, Fu Manchu and Triumph guitarist Rik Emmett, among others.

Created by Lifeson and the luthiers at Epiphone in Nashville, Tennessee, the Alex Lifeson Epiphone Les Paul Standard Axcess is now available worldwide.

Through an extensive collaboration between Alex and Gibson, Epiphone pushed the boundaries of the classic Les Paul to create the exclusive Alex Lifeson Les Paul Standard Axcess. The guitar includes a pair of powerful Epiphone pickups — the Pro Bucker 3 bridge pickup and the Ceramic Pro neck pickup; it also includes coil-splitting options via the push-pull volume controls and a Graph Tech Ghost Floyd Rose system. Together these features give the player access to both traditional magnetic humbucker tones as well as the Ghost's realistic acoustic tones.

For added flexibility, you can blend acoustic and magnetic voices to create a rich layered sound and then route them through either a traditional mono jack or use two cables to access the individual magnetic and piezo outputs.

"The introduction of the Epiphone Alex Lifeson Axcess model based on my Gibson Les Paul Axcess model has all the same attributes and characteristics that I desired so much when we originally designed it," says Lifeson. "The look, the sound, the playability and the utility — it's all there for the player at any level. I'm very proud of this guitar."

Rush performed their final concert in Los Angeles in 2015; drummer Neil Peart passed away in January of 2020 at the age of 67 after a three-and-a-half year battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer, Glioblastoma.

See also:

Rush: Neil Peart 2021 Drumset Scholarship details announced
Rush: Neil Peart hometown memorial concert postponed
Rush: Geddy Lee to appear in virtual Vancouver Symphony Orchestra event
Rush: Neil Peart hometown tribute update
Search Rush at hennemusic