It has been 44 years and Rush is still alive. They are not one of those bands touring on pure nostalgia. They are not in concert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a multi-platinum album. No, Canada’s glorious hard rocking, progressive metal band is back with their 19th album. Rush tickets are already on sale and selling well for the Clockwork Angels Tour. The tour begins in September, three months after the release of the album. On September 7, 2012 Rush will pull into Manchester, New Hampshire to play the Verizon Wireless Arena. The tour will take the band through 30 North American cities, ending on December 2, 2012 in Houston, Texas at the Toyota Center.
The touring compliment will be the same as it has been since 1974, with Geddy Lee on bass guitar and singing lead, Alex Lifeson on guitar and singing backup, and Neil Peart on drums. These three have cultivated a reputation that inspires love or hate. The movie I Love You Man made Rush a central part of Paul Rudd and Jason Segal’s development as twisted best friends. Some of the fans have even been called the trekkies of rock, which is why it is surprisingly, but not shocking, that Kevin Anderson, a science fiction and friend of Peart, is creating a novelization of the album.
Perhaps, if the book comes out in time, fans can read the book and pretend the concert setlist is a soundtrack to the story of a young man and his quest through a world of steampunk and alchemy, filled lost cities, pirates, anarchists, an exotic carnival, and even a Watchmaker.
To date, three singles have been released from the album. “Caravan” and “BU2B” have been played during the last Time Machine Tour. “Headlong Flight” is the only single set to be released in the New Year. “Caravan” charted in both Canada and the United States. “BU2B” only charted in Canada.