Rush’s New Album ‘Clockwork Angels’ Hits June 12, Tour Details Coming
Late last year, Rush bassist/keyboardist and lead singer Geddy Lee revealed that he hoped the band would have a new album out sometime this year, and official details for that album were recently released.
The tentative title Clockwork Angels has been confirmed as the official name of the album, and it will be released June 12 on Anthem/Roadrunner Records. It also was announced that a new single, “Headlong Flight,” will precede the album and be released April 19.
The statement announcing the album also said that a full-scale North American tour is being scheduled to support the album. More details on the trek will be announced soon.
Rush began recording the album in April 2010, and the group worked with Grammy winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, who previously has worked with the Foo Fighters and the Deftones, as well as on Rush’s last studio album, 2007’s Snakes & Arrows. Recording for the album took place in Nashville and Toronto.
The statement says the lyrics of the album chronicle “a young man’s quest across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams. The story features lost cities, pirates, anarchists, an exotic carnival and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life.
Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart is working on a novelization of the album with science fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson.
After recording began in April 2010, Rush went on the Time Machine Tour, where they often performed two new songs, “Caravan” and “BU2B,” which were widely speculated to be slated for inclusion on the band’s next release. Sure enough, these two songs show up as the first two tracks on Clockwork Angels.
The Time Machine Tour also resulted in a live DVD, “Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland. The video was the first time the band had released an official full-length performance video.