Rush’s Vapor Trails Gets Much-Needed Remix

Rush_VaporTrails_Remix_Cover-800x800Rush’s Vapor Trails is a great album …but it kinda sounds like crap. Harsh, abrasive, cluttered… it’s a real shame that the mix let it down so badly, because the material and the performances deserve to be heard in their best light, and they’re just …not. But David Bottrill to the rescue! He’s given the album the remix treatment, better framing the sonic nuances of the band as they returned to recording after a rough few years on the personal front. The new version will be available either separately or within the new RUSH: THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1989-2007 boxed set. They’re both due for release on October 1 in the USA and October 4 here in Australia. Here’s the press release: Continue reading

New Fender Custom Shop Goodies

Fender Custom Shop Geddy Lee Jazz Bass

It’s always fun seeing what the Fender Custom Shop comes out with throughout the year. It seems that every few months there’s another interesting reissue, unique reimagining or ‘I can’t believe they’re making that!’ artist model. It just so happens that with this newest round of offerings the Custom Shop has made two instruments that have tipped my ‘Oh awesome‘ trigger, as well as two that are simply cool. The two that are currently making me pawn my kidneys are the Limited Geddy Lee 1972 Jazz Bass and the Closet Classic™ Rosewood Telecaster. Are you kidding me? Geddy Lee’s Moving Pictures bass and George Harrison’s Let It Be rooftop-gig Telecaster? Shut up and be owned by me already!!! Anyway, here’s the press release with plenty of info about each model. Continue reading

Alex Lifeson & Mojotone Introduce The Lerxst Omega

Lerxst Omega

Okay, so the Marshall Silver Jubilee is one of the coolest amps ever, right? And you don’t see them on the used market very often because when someone finds one they tend to not let it go. Alex Lifeson used one on the recording of Rush’s Clockwork Angels album, and he wanted to take that sound on the road. I guess either he didn’t want to risk the original amp, or maybe it was a rental or something. Mojotone to the rescue! Mojotone tech Steve Snyder created an amp for Alex based on the Silver Jubilee but with some refinements, and Alex responded,

“I am so blown away by the fantastic job you and your colleagues have done creating the Lerxst amp for me. We pulled the Marshall last night after A/B-ing the two. The tonal character is quite similar but the response of the Lerxst has greater immediacy, sustain and grip. It sounds so good!”

So he had them build another for backup. And now you’ll be able to buy your own! Continue reading

CD REVIEW: Rush – Clockwork Angels

The release of a new Rush album is always cause for celebration among Our People. Progressive, melodic, virtuosic, energetic, verbose, thoughtful – Rush is music for those of us who like to ponder, think, analyse, and discuss as well as rock out. And Clockwork Angels gives fans more fodder for discussion and immersion than any Rush release to date. It’s their first concept release since side one of Hemispheres and it goes all out, with an accompanying novel to be released later this year. It tells a tale of a steampunk world, oppressive leadership, a surreal carnival, flying ocean liners dashed by deceptive lights on the horizon – it’s almost like a Terry Gilliam film has been teased into a musical rather than visual narrative. And it matters: when you take the lyrical and thematic content on board, Clockwork Angels is an immersive experience. And yet that’s not the reason why this is being called the best Rush album since Moving Pictures by so many fans. The reason is, it’s simply good music. Thought Vapor Trails and Test For Echo sounded urgent and energetic? They’re almost naps compared to the power of Clockwork Angels.

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Happy Rush Day, Australia!

Today Rush’s new album Clockwork Angels is released in Australia (most other countries have to wait until Monday). It’s utterly, absolutely killer. Lots of people are saying it’s their best since Moving Pictures, and it certainly has its own magical vibe. I guess the closest thing I can compare it to is stuff like the title track of Test For Echo, but there’s a lot more going on than just that. If you’re in Australia, you can get it now (try the link to the right of this article). If you’re in the rest of the world you’ll only have to wait a few more days!

One more thing:


Listen to Rush’s new single!

Below is a teaser of Rush’s new single “Headlong Flight,” but head here to hear the whole thing! “Headlong Flight” is from the new Rush album, Clockwork Angels, which is out in June via Anthem/Roadrunner Records.

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New Rush album out June 8 – single out next week!

You’ve heard two songs from it previewed on the excellent  Time Machine live album, now get ready for the real deal! Rush will release Clockwork Angels on June 8, with new single “Headlong Flight” hitting the airwaves and internets on Friday April 20. That’s next week! I can’t wait for this one, and I know a lot of I Heart Guitar readers are big Rush fans too. Fingers crossed for an Australian tour. Please?



Legendary rock band Rush have unveiled details of its highly anticipated, new album, “CLOCKWORK ANGELS.”   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. “CLOCKWORK ANGELS,” the band’s 20thstudio album, will be released on June 8th .

The band is sharing an advanced taste of the music with a hard-riffing album trailer based on the “Clockwork” cover art on Billboard.com .

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Rush signs to Roadrunner Records

Oh cool! Maybe the extra push Roadrunner will give the band will increase my chances of ever seeing Rush live here in Australia. Bring it on!

And y’know what this means? Rush and Dream Theater are now labelmates!


Roadrunner Records has announced a new worldwide partnership with Anthem Records and rock trio Rush. The band will remain on Anthem/Universal Music in Canada only.

“We have tremendous respect for Roadrunner Records and what Cees Wessels and Jonas Nachsin have built on a worldwide level. After years of Roadrunner pursuing the band, Tom Lipsky presented a deal that worked and the timing was right. We wanted to be at a label focused on the rock genre — and that’s Roadrunner,” said Ray Danniels, manager of Rush.

“In another life I worked with Rush and their great management team more than 30 years ago and to have Rush finally on the Roadrunner label is a dream come true. I am grateful for Ray Danniels’ confidence in this new partnership,” said Cees Wessels, Roadrunner Records Chairman.

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NEWS: Moog rereleases Taurus bass pedals

Wow! Moog is rereleasing the very cool Taurus Bass Pedals, as used by Rush’s Geddy Lee, Yngwie Malmsteen, and a whole bunch of other guys. Essentially the foot pedals of an organ, you can use these to create pedal tones to solo over or, if you’re sitting down or are a bit of a dancer, to play actual bass lines.

I first read about this on the awesome Premier Guitar mailout.

Here’s the press release:

Asheville, N.C. (December 4, 2008) — Decades after their famous run in the seventies, Taurus Bass Pedals are still highly sought after among collectors. They’ve been known to sell for as much as $5,000 on eBay. Now Moog Music is bringing back the Taurus Bass Pedals in a limited edition quantity for a limited time only.

The new edition reproduces the Taurus I sound engine, combining it with modern features, rugged construction and an affordable price. However, only 1000 of these new Taurus pedals will be built; the first 250 customers to order one will receive a $300 discount from the $1995 price (a $500 deposit is required).

The Taurus Bass Pedals offer ends on February 15, 2009, and Moog expects to ship the pedals in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Preliminary specifications include:

• 100% Analog Sound Engine based entirely on original TAURUS I circuits

• “Taurus I” style (one and half octaves on the floor)

• 2 VCO Oscillators, ADS Contour Generator, 1 VCF Filter, Output VCA

• Presets: 16 Banks x 4 presets = 48 Total Programmable Bass Sounds

• Bank 0 contains the Original Taurus I Presets: Var, Taurus, Tuba and Bass

• Midi: Din and USB, Merging and Routing

• Arpeggiator: Midi Sync and Tap Tempo (Internal)

• CV Inputs: Volume, Filter, Pitch and Gate

For more info: Moog Music

NEWS: Rush releases Snakes & Arrows Live, considers final tour?

Rush has just released their Snakes & Arrows DVD, and fans are speculating that clues given by singer/bass player Geddy Lee in an interview with Billboard magazine (read about it here on the Rush Is A Band blog) are a hint that the band may be reaching the end of its life as a touring entity.

According to the interview,

… Lee says “Snakes & Arrows Live” will have to hold Rush fans over for a while. The trio is currently “on a break” and “a little burnt out right now,” though he has every confidence there will be another Rush album in the future.
“I think we’re gonna stay quiet for awhile and then start writing — when we’re going to start writing I can’t say just yet,” Lee notes. “It may be in the fall, maybe the spring, maybe the following spring. But eventually we’ll start writing some songs and recording them, and hopefully that will be followed up by another tour down the road a couple years from now.”

Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has seemingly backed up reports Rush may play one final tour in 2011. Portnoy mentions on his forum that he was at a taping of Eddie Trunk’s ‘The Metal Show’ on VH1 Classic. Mike writes:

I was called once again to bless the audience with my presence at a taping of this new show that will be on VH-1 Classic in Nov/Dec.

Today they shot two shows and the guests on the first show were Geddy and Alex. It was pretty cool, as we were waiting outside a limo pulled up and they both walked out. I think I may have said, “Holy Shit it Geddy!” and some guy behind me thought Alex was Mr. Peart which caused a series of frantic texts and calls to friends.

They were very reserved on the show although they did mention that there would be “one more tour”. Alex made a funny quip about how “there’s drugs backstage… like aspirin, cholesterol medicine, etc.” Geddy mentioned how between sets he “checks on baseball scores”.
It was pretty cool, so I thought I’d share.

CLICK HERE to buy the Rush: Snakes & Arrows Live standard DVD
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