Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rush to tour

Alongside the release of the powerful new single “Headlong Flight”, Live Nation announced today that Rush will embark on a North American Tour in support of their upcoming and highly anticipated new album, “CLOCKWORK ANGELS.” This year’s fall tour will visit approximately 33 cities beginning September 7th in Manchester, NH, and finishing December 2nd in Houston, TX, with stops along the way in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Columbus, Bridgeport, Philadelphia, Saskatoon, Seattle, Phoenix, Tampa, as well as dates in Canada and more (complete tour itinerary follows).

The Clockwork Angels Tour will visit the Southland for two L.A. – area shows: November 17th at Honda Center and November 19th at Gibson Amphitheatre. Tickets for both shows will go on sale on Friday, April 27th at 10 AM and will be available at and

“CLOCKWORK ANGELS,” the band’s 20th studio album, will be released on June 12th. This is the renowned trio’s first new collection of original material in over five years and their first studio release via Anthem/Roadrunner records. With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours, Rush – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart – is not only one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, but remains one of the most relevant.

Singer/bassist Geddy Lee remarked, “‘Headlong Flight’ was one of those songs that was a joy to write and record from beginning to end. Alex [Lifeson] and I had blast jamming in my home studio one day before the 2nd leg of the Time Machine Tour and I did not revisit that jam until a year later. Alex and I assembled the song to be an instrumental and it's original title was "Take that lampshade off yo head!" but once we saw the lyrics Neil had written for ‘Headlong Flight’, I knew that the spirit of the lyrics matched the instrumental perfectly and it was just a matter of making them fit and writing the melodies.”

Drummer and lyricist Neil Peart explained, “In late 2011, my drum teacher Freddie Gruber, towards the end of his long and adventurous 84 years, was reminiscing among friends and former students. Often he would shake his head and say, "I had quite a ride. I wish I could do it all again." That is not a feeling I have ever shared about the past -- I remain glad that I don't have to do it all again. While working on the lyrics for "Headlong Flight," the last song written for Clockwork Angels, I tried to summarize my character's life and adventures. My own ambivalence colored the verses, while Freddie's words inspired the chorus ‘I wish that I could live it all again.”

The RIAA has certified Rush for the third most consecutive gold/platinum studio albums by a rock band, topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Rush’s vast catalog includes such classics as 1974’s self-titled debut, 1976’s “2112,” 1981’s “MOVING PICTURES,” 1996’s “TEST FOR ECHO,” and 2002’s “VAPOR TRAILS.” Rush’s last studio album, 2007’s “SNAKES & ARROWS,” debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, marking the band’s highest chart debut since 1993, as well as their eleventh top 10 album in the U.S. The album’s first single, “Far Cry,” hit the top 5 at mainstream rock radio, with airplay on over 100 radio stations in the US and the track “Malignant Narcissism” was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category.

In addition to their commercial success, Rush has also been recognized with a number of Juno Awards and multiple Grammy nominations, including one for the acclaimed documentary “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage”. Enjoying a recent pop culture renaissance, Rush made a rare television appearance - their first in over 30 years - on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and a memorable cameo in the film “I Love You, Man.” A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature summed up the renowned rock trio’s continuing artistic vitality by observing, “It’s true that Rush doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.”

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Sep-7 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena On Sale Fri. Apr. 27

Sep-9 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live Amphitheater On Sale Soon

Sep-11 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center On Sale Soon

Sep-13 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse On Sale Soon

Sep-15 Chicago, IL United Center On Sale Sat. Apr. 28

Sep-18 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills On Sale Sat. Apr. 28

Sep-20 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena On Sale Soon

Sep-22 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center On Sale Soon

Sep-24 Minneapolis, MN Target Center On Sale Soon

Sep-26 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre On Sale Soon

Sep-28 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre On Sale Soon

Sep-30 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place On Sale Soon

Oct-10 Bridgeport, CT Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard On Sale Soon

Oct-12 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center On Sale Fri. Apr. 27

Oct-14 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre On Sale Soon

Oct-18 Montreal, QC Bell Centre On Sale Soon

Oct-20 Newark, NJ Prudential Center On Sale Fri. Apr. 27

Oct-22 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center On Sale Fri. Apr. 27

Oct-24 Boston, MA TD Garden On Sale Fri. Apr. 27

Oct-26 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center On Sale Sat. Apr. 28

Oct-28 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena On Sale Soon

Oct-30 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena On Sale Soon

*Nov-1 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre On Sale Soon

Nov-3 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre On Sale Soon

Nov-13 Seattle, WA KeyArena On Sale Soon

Nov-15 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion On Sale Soon

Nov-17 Anaheim, CA Honda Center On Sale Fri. Apr. 27

Nov-19 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre On Sale Fri. Apr. 27

Nov-23 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena On Sale Soon

Nov-25 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center On Sale Soon

Nov-28 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center On Sale Soon

Nov-30 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center On Sale Soon

Dec-2 Houston, TX Toyota Center On Sale Soon

*Atlanta tickets through usual outlets, not a Live Nation Event

Additional information to be announced. Itinerary subject to change.

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