Alex Lifeson (Rush) Says He Contributed To A New Track With Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) & Kirk Hammett (Metallica)

It looks like Alex Lifeson (Rush) and Kirk Hammett (Metallica) will be featured on a new track from Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine). Lifeson recently revealed the news during an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock.

Lifeson said the following:

“I think this is a project that [Morello]’s working on with a bunch of different musicians. I don’t really know what the future holds for it, but I really loved doing it.”

“He said, Put whatever you want on it — the more, the merrier. He was going to give it to Kirk Hammett, and Kirk was going to do the same thing.”

He also added:

“Being the contrarian, I did all of [these other styles], not just heavy rock stuff. We were all talking to each other while we were doing it, and we just had such a riot. I sent my stuff in and it went to Kirk then, and he sent his stuff in.”

Lifeson also revealed that he has already listened to an early mix of the track:

“It’s really some fun music. It’s so Tom Morello, his parts. I just smiled the whole way through listening to it. I thought it was really, really cool the way it turned out.”

Rush’s Alex Lifeson And Coney Hatch’s Andy Curran Have “Done An Album’s Worth Of Material” For Their New Project

Rush’s Alex Lifeson and Coney Hatch’s Andy Curran are working on a new project, which they are tentatively calling Envy Of None. Notably, the band have already finished “an album’s worth of material.”

Lifeson told Sweetwater the following about the project:

“Andy approached me about four years ago, shortly after the last Rush tour, about just adding some guitar on some of the things that he was doing. And I did that. A few months later, he sent another one, and did that. And then we started getting more serious.

And then we found a great singer, Maiah Wynne, from Portland, Oregon — just a fabulous, fabulous voice and a really smart songwriter and vocal performer. So we’ve basically done an album’s worth of material that we hope to release sometime soon. I’m really excited about that.”

He also added:

“We’re just working on that part of it. All the music is recorded. We are mixing currently. We’re in a good place, but it’s very challenging. The industry is so, so very different than it was certainly 10 years ago, never mind last year. We’ll see. Hopefully late summer, early fall we might have something. But we are very, very excited about it. It’s pretty cool stuff, I think.”

[via Metal Injection]

Rush’s Alex Lifeson Releases New Instrumental Tracks

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has premiered two new instrumental songs, “Kabul Blues” and “Spy House.” You can check those out at alexlifeson.com. The tracks, which feature bassist Andy Curran and drummer David Quinton Steinberg, were released to promote the new Alex Lifeson Epiphone Les Paul Standard Axcess electric guitar. Lifeson said the following about that instrument:

“The introduction of the Epiphone Alex Lifeson Axcess model based on my Gibson Les Paul Axcess model has all the same attributes and characteristics that I desired so much when we originally designed it. The look, the sound, the playability and the utility — it’s all there for the player at any level. I’m very proud of this guitar.”

Rush’s Alex Lifeson And Geddy Lee “Still Talk About” Working On New Music Together

During a recent interview with Make Weird Music, Rush’s Alex Lifeson revealed that him and Geddy Lee “still talk about” the possibility of working on new music together. However, he went on to say that scheduling conflicts and the coronavirus pandemic ended up putting the idea on hold.

Lifeson said the following:

“After we finished the last [RUSH] tour in 2015, I started just writing on my own and doing some stuff. Geddy was working on his book. We talked about getting together and doing some stuff together, but it got very, very busy for him, even after he finished writing the book — taking it on the road. So we never got a chance to sit down and start working or just having some fun together. We still talk about it, and I’m sure we will. Of course, now with the pandemic, it’s kind of wrecked things for a bit. But we’re both eager to get back together and kind of get back into that thing that we’ve done since we were 14 years old that we love to do. And we work really, really well together. So we’ll see what happens with that.”

He also reflected on the first anniversary of Neil Peart’s death:

“After Neil passed, it was very difficult to get inspired or motivated to play. As you can imagine, we were very, very close. You lose anybody that’s close, it’s a profound thing. And I think both Geddy and I expected to be better with it. Neil was sick for three and a half years, and no one really knew about it. Well, lots of people knew about it, but it wasn’t public, the information. So we thought that we would be prepared for the end when it came, and we weren’t. We both really struggled with it.

Same thing happened when [Neil’s] daughter passed away. I didn’t play for quite a long time at all; music just didn’t seem that important. And it was the same thing with this. And then COVID hit, and now we’re all sort of in a different mental space.

For me, that first year of grieving is the milestone, and once you get past that, I think you… I don’t know. It’s an anniversary that you process, and it becomes a little easier to handle.

With Neil, I’m always seeing pictures, and I’m always reminded of him, and all that stuff, and that was difficult, but now that it’s [been] a year, I find that I think of the good times that we had together more than the sadness. And we had so many great times — we laughed so much over all those years. Aside from the work that we did and being a partner to one of the greatest drummers in history, and bass players for that matter, I just remember the laughing and the smiles and all of that stuff. So it rounds out the picture and makes it a little easier to move forward.”

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Rush’s Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson Thank Everyone For “Outpouring Of Love” Following Neil Peart’s Death

Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have taken to social media to thank everyone for their support following the tragic death of Neil Peart. The duo said the following:

“Our most heartfelt thanks go out to family, friends, musicians, writers and fans from around the globe for the incredible outpouring of love and respect for Neil since his passing. These touching tributes help to lessen the pain of this terrible loss and remind us all to celebrate his remarkable life and our connections to it. – Geddy & Alex“

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