Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Congratulations are in order for Rush! The Canadian prog-rockers have matched their highest chart spot ever on the Billboard 200 with their new album, Clockwork Angels, which debuted at #2 on the chart this week. The album pushed 103,000 copies in the U.S. in its debut week, the band’s highest sales showing since 2002’s Vapor Trails, which sold 110,000 units. Rush also previously had a #2 hit with their 1993 album, Counterparts.

Rush will support the release of Clockwork Angels with a massive North American tour this fall. The Clockwork Angels Tour sets off at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on September 7 and continues for 33 days before wrapping up at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on December 2.

What to expect from the band on the tour? Speaking with Rolling Stone, guitarist Alex Lifeson recently stated that Rush are planning to play “a major portion” of the album on the road.

But they won’t go all the way and play Clockwork Angels in its entirety on this initial trek. “Not on the first leg of the tour,” Lifeson said. “But perhaps if people become more familiar with it, or if it becomes a very strong demand, then we’d consider it for the second leg.”

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