Rush is the world's greatest cult band. That's why I think they haven't been inducted in to the rock and roll hall of fame because they were never "mainstream". But there are still one of my favorite bands of all time, hence the Rush poster on my wall in my room (circa 1978). As a fellow drummer myself Neil Peart is a god.
As a bassist Geddy Lee is my god and inspiration. They are the absolute best and kick ass band of all time. Clockwork Angels is being released on June 6 and "Headlong Flight" the third single being released digitally April 24.
Clockwork Angels was a work in progress in 2010. They released "Caravan" and "BU2B" as part of epic album and then went on tour. After they officially ended the Time Machine Tour they took a small break and then went back into the studio to finish the album.
Given that the concert will be on a Wednesday here, I don't know if I'll be able to go... I work Sunday-Wednesday 8-7, and the venue is about 45 minutes to an hour away, more with traffic. I should have vacation time by then, but I don't know if it would be enough, and probably won't find out for a few months. Shit.
I know this might be a rhetorical question to ask, but is the new rush album clockwork angels any good? is it older rush (ex: Fly by Night and Farewell to Kings) or more of the synthesizers (ex: Grace Under Pressure and Power Windows)? I really want someone's honest opinion about this album?
Is the new album any good? It is fucking good dude. The fact that Rush comes up with new stuff to add to albums is fantastic in my opinion. Bringing a string section and a classical piano into a progressive Rock group such as Rush is mind boggling, but in a very good way. This album shows what great geniuses they really are. This is only my opinion and I will let others give you their opinion.
Rush is a band that never ceases to amaze me. Trust me, even though I'm a teenager, I know almost everything there is to know about this band. I can't pick a favorite album or a favorite song, there's just so many different styles of progressive rock they're written. Whether it be the early days with the Rush Album, with Rutsey instead of Peart, writing rock songs similar to other 70's rock songs (but of course with that Rush style we love), to moving into the 80's, where they moved through the synthesizers and keyboard phase with albums like Hold Your Fire and Grace Under Pressure, then back to the harder rock style in the 90's-present, with awesome albums like Counterparts, Vapor Trails, and Snakes & Arrows. Throughout all 19 of their studio albums, there's not one song I dont like. Also, you'd expect 3 men approaching their 60's to reach their musical peak - but no, Rush just keeps getting more talented. Now along with "Is Clockwork Angels any good?" Yes, it's incredible. In fact I noticed caboose1177's comment and agree with it completely. Like I said, the trio is going back to their old hard rock songwriting roots, but this time, they've gone beyond it, at least in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, it's not crazy heavy, but it's the heaviest, most incredible 12 songs Rush has put out. The only thing missing is an instrumental, which was going to be Headlong Flight, but Geddy and Alex saw Neil's lyrics and knew they fit. From awesome basslines like in The Anarchist and Seven Cities of Gold, to awesome, progressive heavy rock songs like BU2B and Headlong Flight, to quiet, more melodic songs like The Garden, the album has everything. Even BU2B2, which is a simple orchestrated piece with only vocals, somehow gets stuck in my head. Bottom line? Clockwork Angels is fantastic, and worth every penny. That's about the end of my obsenely long Rush posts. If you actually took the time to read this, then.. Thanks for reading, i guess! :D