Rush love live albums, and apparently, so do their fans. They’ve just announced their Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour album and DVD, recorded last year in Dallas. It’s their tenth live release, so a cynic might think that there’s nothing new here, even for the most hardcore fans.
Those cynics would be wrong. The album features live versions of every song on the band’s latest studio album, 2012’s Clockwork Angels. Another new twist to this live album is that Rush is accompanied for the first time by other musicians: a string ensemble joins them for all of the songs from Clockwork Angels. Additionally, they play on a few classics: “Dreamline” (making it’s fifth appearance on a live Rush album), “Red Sector A” (fourth), “Manhattan Project” (second) and “YYZ” (seventh).
The band also busted out some rarely played gems from their catalog on this tour: “Grand Designs,” “The Body Electric,” “Territories,” all make their first appearances on a Rush live album here.
And yes, they also do tried and true versions of some of their biggest classics, but if you’re a fan, there’s nothing wrong with hearing another live version of “Subdivisions” (making it’s fifth live album appearance), “The Big Money” (third), “Far Cry” (third), “Tom Sawyer” (seventh) or “The Spirit Of The Radio” (making it’s eighth live album appearance, more than any other song). Oh yeah, and there’s three Neil Peart drum solos on the album.
Rush has been having a great year and a half: since the June 2012 release of Clockwork Angels, they’ve done a marathon 11 month tour, during which time they were finally inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame following a moving and hilarious speech by Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins. The night of the induction, bassist/singer Geddy Lee told Radio.com, ““It really means a lot to me, because I love those guys as musicians and as people. And to me, the Foo Fighters are an example of: you can have enormously talented people rise to the top of the music industry who are just normal and fun to hang out with. It’s a great honor that they’re giving us this award.”
Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour is set for release on November 19.
— Brian Ives, Radio.com