Alex Lifeson

Rush to add strings to upcoming tour

Guitarist Alex Lifeson of Rush has told Billboard magazine that the band will be adding a string section for their upcoming tour in support of Clockwork Angels. The album was released last Tuesday and is expected to debut at number 2 this week.

Lifeson said that there would most likely by eight to ten strings in the ensemble with the music arranged by David Campbell. “It’s just something different for us, and I can’t wait to hear what it sounds like.”

As far as what the set list will look like, there will be a number of songs from the new album.

The set list is quite fluid these days. We’re dropping and replacing songs constantly, and that’s the way it always goes before we get into rehearsals. There’s a great deal of pressure on us now to do the whole record, which we don’t anticipate. I think our intention is probably to prepare the whole thing; whether we’ll do it or not we’re still not sure, especially on the first leg of the tour. There’s still a lot of older stuff we want to do, and we’ve got some great songs lined up from the past. We’d be loath to drop them to add more of Clockwork Angels, at least on the first leg. It’s always nice to switch up on the second leg and make it a little different.

In a separate, Rolling Stone interview, Lifeson also talked about the ongoing campaign to get Rush inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Honestly, we really, really don’t care about it. It’s someone’s thing, and they can do whatever they want with it. They can have whomever they like. It’s their thing.

It’s a little bit different here in Canada. We’ve received awards that mean an awful lot more to us than being in the Hall of Fame. We got the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award a couple weeks ago. That’s really the highest accolade you can get in this country for the performing arts, and it’s recognized nationally, and I felt so proud as a Canadian to be in this esteemed group of artists that have been there for the last 20 years.

VH1 Reveals “100 Greatest Artists Of All Time” Starting September 6

Jim Shearer,

Jim Shearer,

VH1 Reveals “100 Greatest Artists Of All Time” Starting today September 6. VH1 will be hosting a 4-night special that will feature the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” The new special will be hosted by Jim Shearer, the host of VH1’s “Top 20 Video Countdown,” and will feature some of the greatest musicians of all time. Shearer will take fans on a trip back in time from 1998 to see how much the list has changed in the new age of iPods and online videos. Various musicians helped decide on the list and included stars such as Alicia Keys, Ozzy Osbourne, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Iggy Pop, Nas, Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Geddy Lee (Rush), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Michael Diamond (Beastie Boys), Daryl Hall, John Oates and Noel Gallagher (Oasis). Gene Simmons (KISS), Adam Levine (Maroon Five), 50 Cent, Nelly Furtado, Mandy Moore, Carrie Underwood, Adam Clayton (U2) and others also voted on who they thought deserved the highly coveted title. VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” will kick off on today, September 6.

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