The sonic journey of Rush’s newest concept album is now a full-length, steampunk adventure – a unique collaboration between legendary prog rock icon, Neil Peart, and internationally bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson.
CLOCKWORK ANGELS is a project like no other. Working closely with lyricist Neil Peart, prolific best selling sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson has adapted the epic adventure told in Rush’s latest concept album into an immense sci-fi novel.
The journey centres on a young man’s quest to follow his dreams. He cries out both in the novel and in the album’s first single, Caravan: “I can’t stop thinking big in a world where I feel so small.” He is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos, travelling through a lavish and colourful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals and a rigid watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life.
Released in conjunction with the album of the same name, CLOCKWORK ANGELS: THE NOVEL is the perfect compendium to Rush’s newest progressive rock masterpiece.
Rush have also announced details of a UK Arena tour in May 2013. Full dates are as follows
Wed May 22nd Manchester Arena
Fri May 24th London, O2 Arena
Sun May 26th Birmingham, LG Arena
Tues May 28th Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena
Thurs May 30th Glasgow, SECC
These are the first UK dates since the band brought their 3 ½ hour Time Machine Tour in May 2011 – the tour was met to widespread critical acclaim and included a sold out date at London’s O2 Arena. “Rush are one of the last great bands standing” – Metal Hammer, “Canadian legends confirm their status as the world’s biggest and best cult band” – Kerrang, “It’s a blend of power, subtlety, soaring choruses and some of the most intelligent lyrics ever written.” – The Sun 5/5 live review.
This follows the band unveiling 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 20th studio album, was released in the UK on July 9th 2012 to widespread critical and commercial acclaim.
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 popular. 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 most recent 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.
Additionally, the “SNAKES AND ARROWS” 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” at this year’s gala event. 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.”