Rush’s Alex Lifeson Working On New Collaborative Project With Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Etc.)

It looks like Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is working on a new project with Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, etc.). The drummer said the following about that:

“Working on a new collaborative release together with Rush’s Alex Lifeson. Watch this space for more details to follow soon.”

Geddy Lee On Rush: “There Are Zero Plans To Tour Again”

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Geddy Lee was asked about the current state of Rush. He responded with the following:

“I can’t really tell you much other than that there are zero plans to tour again. We’re very close and talk all the time, but we don’t talk about work. We’re friends, and we talk about life as friends. I can’t really tell you more than that, I’m afraid. I would say there’s no chance of seeing Rush on tour again as Alex [Lifeson], Geddy, Neil [Peart]. But would you see one of us or two of us or three of us? That’s possible.”

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Fu Manchu Premiere New Song “Il Mostro Atomico” Feat. Rush’s Alex Lifeson

Fu Manchu are streaming their new song “Il Mostro Atomico” feat. Rush’s Alex Lifeson, via Rolling Stone. This track is from their new album “Clone Of The Universe,” which will be released on February 9.

Click the LINK to go to the stream.

Lifeson commented:

“In the summer of 2017, I was approached by the band to add some guitar to the tracks they’d already recorded for IL Mostro. I’d known of Fu Manchu for many years and thought that it would be a fun project to work on, as I typically come from another guitar direction and welcomed the challenge to do something a little different. The track was already quite dense with a riffy guitar presence and it forced me to think in terms of rhythm, ambience and edge. I really had a lot of fun and my only regret is I had a few other conflicting projects that didn’t allow me the time to spend on filling in more space.”

Fu Manchu guitarist/vocalist Scott Hill also added:

“We recorded the full song in 1 take. After listening to the song with all the effects / noises, (Scott) Reeder asked me to try 4 lines of words in about the exact middle of the song. I went home that night and wrote the 4 lines of words and they fit perfectly. Then we got word that Alex Lifeson agreed to play some guitar on the song………HOLY SHIT……………We sent him the song and said to play whatever – wherever he wanted to. He sent back the song with awesome riffs / Sci-Fi effects / and even some pick slides!!!!!!!!!! He made the song 10000000 times cooler / better!!!!!! Can’t wait to play this 18 minute song live!”

Alex Lifeson On Rush: “We Have No Plans To Tour Or Record Any More. We’re Basically Done”

Alex Lifeson was recently interviewed by The Globe And Mail, and pretty much confirmed that Rush are done. He said the following:

“It’s been a little over two years since Rush last toured. We have no plans to tour or record any more. We’re basically done. After 41 years, we felt it was enough.”

Despite this, he has been keeping busy with other projects:

“I’ve actually been busier lately than I have been in a while. I’m writing a lot. I’m writing on four or five different little projects. I get these requests to do guitar work with other people. It’s really a lot of fun for me. It’s low pressure: I get to be as creative as I want to be and I can work a little outside of the box, which is really attractive to me.”

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Fu Manchu Reveal Details For New Album “Clone Of The Universe”

Fu Manchu have announced that their new album “Clone Of The Universe” will be released on February 9. You can see the cover art and track listing below. It is also worth noting that Alex Lifeson (Rush) guests on the band’s new track “IL Mostro Atomico“.

“Clone Of The Universe” Track Listing:

01. “Intelligent Worship”
02. “(I’ve Been) Hexed”
03. “Don’t Panic”
04. “Slower Than Light”
05. “Nowhere Left To Hide”
06. “Clone Of The Universe”
07 – “IL Mostro Atomico”

Guitarist Scott Hill commented:

“We are excited to get out and play this stuff, especially ‘Il Mostro Atomico‘. We think it’s some the strongest music we’ve ever done. We really love the overall sound of the album and having Alex (Lifeson) play on it is just incredible. It gives it that special validation for the idea that we had to try something like a side long song.”

Tour Dates:

02/09 Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
02/10 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
03/02 Paris, France – Le Trabendo
03/03 Hengelo, NET – Metropol
03/05 Berlin, GER – Festsaal Kreuzberg
03/06 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
03/07 Oslo, NOR – Rockefeller
03/08 Stockholm, SWE – Debaser Medis
03/10 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi
03/11 Riga, LAT – Meina Piekdiena
03/13 Warsaw, POL – Poglos
03/14 Prague, CZE – Klub 007
03/15 Vienna, AUT – Arena
03/16 Budapest, HUN – A38
03/18 Zurich, SWI – Mascotte
03/19 Bern, SWI – Dachstock
03/20 Munich, GER – Hansa 39
03/21 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
03/23 Hamburg, GER – Markhalle
03/24 Cologne, GER – Bürgerhaus Stollwerck
03/25 Haarlem, NET – Patronaat
03/26 Leuven, BEL – Depot
03/27 London, UK – 02 Academy Islington
05/01 Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge
05/03 Dallas, TX – Curtain Club
05/04 Austin, TX – Barracuda
05/05 Houston, TX – White Oak
05/07 Atlanta, GA – Vinyl
05/08 Raleigh, NC – Kings
05/09 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
05/11 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
05/12 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
05/13 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
05/15 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
05/16 Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
05/17 Detroit, MI – El Club
05/19 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
05/22 Denver, CO – Streets of London Pub

Geddy Lee Has “Accepted” That Rush Will Probably No Longer Tour

Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson recently guested on The Stombo Show to talk about the 40th anniversary if “2112” and more. During the interview, the two also pretty much confirmed that Rush won’t be touring anymore.

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Blabbermouth shared some excerpts of the chat:

On the bittersweet feel of the final tour:

Alex: “Anything you do for the last time has a sense of longing and a bit of sadness, I think. And after doing this, for Geddy and myself, for 46 years, for 47 years, it did seem a little… you took in every second of every show and made sure you scanned the whole crowd and put it in your memory banks.”

Geddy: “And there’s also a bit of denial that gets you through it. You go, ‘Ah, this won’t be the last one. We’ll take a break and then we’ll get back together and we’ll do another one… ’cause you don’t want it to end.”

On whether he still thinks that RUSH will tour again:

Geddy: “Not really. I think I’ve accepted that it’s probably the last one as a tour. So we’ll see!”

On whether they occasionally send e-mails to drummer Neil Peart saying, ‘Hey, we can do this one-off”:

Geddy: “Yeah. we send all those things, but the responses are not as enthusiastic. [Laughs] We talk.”

Alex: “It’s okay. You know, it is what it is. I’ve been playing a lot lately and I’ve been doing some writing, just to keep my fingers in it, and I’m finding it’s really satisfying. I’m doing some charity gigs with other guys, old guys like me who don’t have gigs anymore who get together, and it’s a very positive, productive thing that you’re doing, and it’s fun to get together and play, whenever you get a chance to play. So it’s not like it’s over, you know.”

On whether they can see the places where they want to play that aren’t necessarily RUSH:

Geddy: “I think we all have ideas about things we could do [outside RUSH]. I think the tour was kind of emotional, and I think we… at least my attitude is that I needed a good clearing of my mind before knowing where my heart wants to go next as an artist. And I think that’s a natural process and one that shouldnt be forced. So I think that’s sort of where we are at right now.”

“I’ve had some approaches, but I’m not ready to do anything yet… Records with other people… I don’t want to do something just to do it. To me, it has got to be meaningful to me. It has got to be meaningful… I know that I’ll know it when it presents itself to me.”

Alex: “I think when we write together, that’s a real special thing. We haven’t, but we’ll see.”

Geddy Lee On Whether Or Not Rush Will Tour Again: “It Doesn’t Look Good At This Point”

Rush’s Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson answered fan submitted questions for Rolling Stone, and were asked about the band’s future plans. You can see some of Lee’s responses below:

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Lee on future touring:

“Are we going to tour again? That’s the question that I’d like to know myself. I can’t answer the question, because I have no idea myself, but it doesn’t look good at this point.”

“Not all of us agree on whether they want to tour again. It’s difficult because we all have a sort of different idea about touring and, at this moment, we are not all on the same page.”

Lee on the possibility of new music:

“We don’t have any immediate plans for that. Right now we’re on holiday. I hope once the New Year rolls around and the juices get flowing and we get hungry again, we can talk about that.”

Lee on whether or not the band is finished:

“Not in my mind. But I can’t speak for everyone.”

For now the band have a new live DVD called “R40 Live” set for a November 20 release.