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Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson Discusses The Future Of Rush

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson recently did an interview with Toledoblade.com and spoke on a variety of issues, including what the band has planned next. Some excerpts from the chat can be viewed below.

Rush has a third greatest hits package (Retrospective 3) due early next year. After that release, its contract with longtime record label Mercury/Atlantic is up. And already there’s online fan speculation about what’s next for the Toronto band. Will Rush re-sign with Atlantic and return to the studio? Or will the band instead hit the road next year to celebrate its 35th anniversary? First things first, Lifeson said.

“Right now we just want rest,” Lifeson said. “We’ve been working really hard for the last seven or eight years on numerous records, tours, and DVDs; it’s been pretty constant through that whole period. We really feel like we need to step back and recharge our batteries and just not think about the band and what we’re going to do. You never know, Geddy and I might do some casual writing in the spring, but I’m guessing we probably won’t do anything until the fall of next year. At that time ... we’ll set out what we’re doing.

“There are a number of options open to us. I think the most likely is that we’ll record another record and tour off that. Working with [Snakes And Arrows producer] Nick Raskulinecz, he’s pushing us to think about doing another sort of concept record ... instead of just a thematically conceptual album like the most current records are. Whether we’re up for that kind of thing, I’m not so sure. We’ll have to wait and see.”

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1. Jenny writes:

Sounds pretty good to me, these guys are great.

# Nov 30, 2008 @ 9:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Cynic writes:

Snakes And Arrows had some ups and downs, but the ups were great.

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 1:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. weasel321 writes:

I have always loved Rush. It would be great to see another record and tour. He's right though, they do need to take some time off and recharge.

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 7:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. godlike writes:

What they need to do is, recapture the sound they had before 1982.... Moving Pictures was their last great album.. but even it, wasnt nearly as good as their music from the 70s..!!

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 9:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. weasel321 writes:

"godlike": Agreed. The stuff after '82 was good but, not their best.

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 9:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. godlike writes:

My favorite Rush album was their first...with the late John Rutsey on drums..!
An incredible album from start to finish..!!

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 10:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Fuck_A_Name writes:

^what was the name of the album godlike? I've been meaning to get into some more rush lately, and what better place to start than the best and first album I guess?

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# Dec 1, 2008 @ 12:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. godlike writes:

FAN - that album is actually just called "Rush".... white cover with pink lettering..!!

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 12:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Hardcore in Hell Paso writes:

Hey FAN if you wanna get into Rush I recommend starting off with "Farewell to Kings" and "Caress of Steel".

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 12:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. That_One_Guy writes:

I've never heard anything from their first album, I'll have to try to find that one somewhere.

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 1:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Cynic writes:

I haven't heard "Caress of Steel" but "Farewell to Kings", "2112", "Hemispheres" or "Moving Pictures" are all good places to start. Hell, Rush have so many good albums picking a random one would be mostly a safe bet.

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 1:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. godlike writes:

The best place to start is their first.... that's where tracks like "Working man", "What your doing", "Need Some Love", "Finding my way" and the epic "Here Again" came from.... that first album is alot bluesier than the ones that followed...!!
There is even a live version on Youtube of Here Again, check it out@ Rush - "Here Again (Live)"

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 2:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. SHREDDER13 writes:

Everyone knows that Rush in concert blows anything else away.

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 2:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. That_One_Guy writes:

sh**, I have heard their first album, then. "Working Man" and "Finding My Way" are incredible songs. I need to get that album.. All I have from them right now are "2112" and "Moving Pictures".

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 2:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. godlike writes:

My first concert was Rush on their Moving Pictures tour in '81 = AMAZING..!!
I seen em again in '93 with Primus as the opener..... what a show for bass player fans...!!

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 2:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. That_One_Guy writes:

That would be a killer show.. Les Claypool and Geddy Lee are 2 of the best bass players ever, in my opinion.

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 2:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Fuck_A_Name writes:

Damn! Where the hell was everybody when i asked for an Opeth reccomendation? lol

I guess I'll just have to download the entire discography? No problem, just need to start putting more memory on my computer before I download Napalm Death's 14 albums!

Primus, another band i need more songs from. Funny story actually, the bass player from primus only made that band because he auditioned for metallica's bass spot after Cliff died, and they said no, because he was too good! So he went off and formed Primus. lol

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 2:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. That_One_Guy writes:

Opeth? Dude, download everything they have. You can't lose with Opeth. By the way, the Claypool / Metallica story.. that's not true, is it? If so, that's f***ing hilarious.

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 2:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Fuck_A_Name writes:

lol yeah i was gonna start DLing Opeths albums once i was done with Death/Deicide/Napalm/Suffocation/Ludacris/Testament/Ice Cube/Dimmu, etc, etc etc lol

and yes that is actually a true story. I think Lars admitted it in an interview taken by the author of the book "the Headbanging History of Heavy Metal" Excellent read btw, full of interesting tidbits all over the place. (I had no idea Trey Azagoth was a Slipknot fan!WTF?)

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# Dec 1, 2008 @ 2:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Blindgreed1 writes:

FAN: I agree with TOG regarding Opeth. Bruno recently turned me on to them. I started with Still Life, and will pick up Your Arms My Hearse this weekend. I'm not a huge fan of the death vocals but I like the way he pulls it off in telling the story. Musically they are simply bad a$$.

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 2:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Chazz writes:

It would be cool to see another Rush album in the near future. Snakes & Arrows was awesome!

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 3:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. weasel321 writes:

FAN: you are correct. Les played "Master of Puppets" for his try out. Lars said they loved him but, he was too good for the band. If you look on YouTube, search Primus master of puppets you can watch Les play the intro to the song at Woodstock. Another Primus album would be great also.

# Dec 1, 2008 @ 4:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. That_One_Guy writes:

Blindgreed: "My Arms, Your Hearse" is an excellent release by Opeth. "Demon of the Fall" in my opinion is Opeth's best song (that I've heard -- I don't have their first 2 CDs or their new one though), and their cover of Celtic Frost's "Circle of the Tyrant" is incredible, too. By the way, I picked up the new Testament CD yesterday. Thanks for the recommend, it's great.

# Dec 3, 2008 @ 11:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Netromancer writes:

I honestly dont think you can go wrong with any Opeth album. Gotta say I love 'em all. As for Rush I saw them back in, I want to say, '99. Bout a 2 hour show and they did 2112 in full. No booze, no herb, and I count it as one of the best shows Ive ever seen.

# Dec 3, 2008 @ 11:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. That_One_Guy writes:

I'd kill to see Rush live. "2112" I think is my favorite song by them, but I love almost everything they've ever put out.

# Dec 3, 2008 @ 12:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. bat2112 writes:

Netro - That was the Test for Echo tour, '96-'97, that they did 2112 in it's entirety....and def one of their best i agree.

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