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Roadrunner Records Announces Signing Of The Legendary Rush

Roadrunner Records just announced the signing of the legendary progressive rock band Rush. The full announcement is as follows:

"Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce 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.

“Rush has a tradition of excellence and independence, both in the studio and on the live stage, and they remain as prolific today as at any point in their career. We are excited to be their label partners,” said Tom Lipsky, President of Lipsky Music, LLC, who brokered the significant deal for Roadrunner.

The first release from RUSH through this deal will be various live configurations, recorded during their highly successful Time Machine tour that wrapped earlier this summer. Details of the release will be revealed in the coming weeks."

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1. O Matron writes:

This is odd.

# Aug 31, 2011 @ 1:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. R10 writes:

Odd to say the least,post 1. Im shocked actually at hearing this. First Queensyche,now Rush? Hmmmm....

# Aug 31, 2011 @ 1:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Krammer writes:

Looks like Roadrunner is just trying to sweep up as many big names as they can, regardless of genre. They signed Korn a few years back. (NAMES, people, not gonna argue about how good they are)

# Sep 1, 2011 @ 12:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. WOLF7 writes:

Why, Rush, why?

"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."

Ok, sounds nice, but I wonder if this is a good move for Rush. Seems like all the bands that sign with RR do nothing but complain about their internal politics.

Well, maybe Rush will be an exception as they're huge, but still... very odd indeed.

# Sep 1, 2011 @ 1:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Drum_Junkie writes:

When the economy is in a recession, smaller companies are either bought up by the larger corporations or forced to close their doors. I think RR is trying to stay viable in a shrinking market. By signing a 'sure thing' like Rush it improves their bottom line and their corporate image. For Rush, can also be a win, since they have the financial backing of a strong label. I doubt we have to worry about Rushs musical quality suffering. They have more than enough clout to do as they please. I'm sure the Rush managment looked at RR's business model to see if they were a forward thinking company. I can see this as a win-win - possibly even a win-win-win.
With the increased revenue that Rush should bring, RR can invest more into finding and signing some of the great underground artists MU reports on.
At least that's my 'glass-is-half-full' viewpoint.

# Sep 1, 2011 @ 8:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

Why is this odd? Roadrunner is known for signing various types of bands (recently anyways)....Kiss, Porcupine Tree, Steve Miller Band, Lenny Kravitz, Nickelback, etc.

RR records is clearly trying to stay on top of the mountain in terms of metal record companies.

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# Sep 1, 2011 @ 10:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. spiral_architect writes:

ROADRUNNER SEEMS LIKE A STRANGE FIT FOR RUSH

# Sep 1, 2011 @ 12:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. R10 writes:

Rush just seems like one of those legendary bands that could self release thier stuff if they wanted to. How soon before we hear rumours of a potential Rush/ Opeth/ Porcupine Tree tour? Getting kinda excited thinking about it to be honest. Hopefully RR puts some money into signing young and up and coming bands also.

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