Bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee of Canadian rock legends RUSH was interviewed on Friday, December 21 on the U.K. digital radio station Planet Rock. During the chat, which can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below, he discussed the new deluxe reissue of the band’s classic album “2112”, the upcoming U.K. leg of the “Clockwork Angels” tour, how fans have responded to the new material live, their upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and more.
RUSH captured the “Clockwork Angels” tour by filming in Phoenix and Dallas on November 25 and November 28, respectively. The shows were recorded for a DVD release in 2013.
The North American leg of the “Clockwork Angels” tour kicked off on September 7 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire and wrapped on December 2 in Houston, Texas.
In addition to adding a lot of rarely played songs to their opening set, RUSH brought a string ensemble out on tour with the band for the first time ever in its career. Orchestrations provided by well-known arranger David Campbell were used on several tracks from the band’s new album, “Clockwork Angels”, and RUSH recreated that sound during the tour.
“Clockwork Angels” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, selling 103,000 copies in its first week of release. The disc marked RUSH ‘s highest chart debut since 1993’s “Counterparts”, which also entered at No. 2.