RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson was interviewed on the June 21, 2012 edition of “Nights With Alice Cooper”. You can now stream the chat using the audio player below.
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RUSH‘s 20th studio album, “Clockwork Angels”, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, selling 103,000 copies in its first week of release. The disc marks RUSH‘s highest chart debut since 1993’s “Counterparts”, which also entered at No. 2. The Canadian trio has yet to land at No. 1 despite having 28 releases make the Billboard chart in the past four decades. “Clockwork Angels” also beat out the band’s previous effort, 2007’s “Snakes Arrows”, which sold 93,000 copies to debut at No. 3.
Lifeson recently told M-Music And Musicians that he is saddened that albums are no the premier musical format.
“We grew up with albums, and for us, the album was always the thing,” he said. “We’ve never been a singles band. We’ve released singles, sure, and we’ve had some moderate success with some, but we’ve never been that kind of band. So yes, I’m sorry to see the album and everything it represented go. It was like a book, and now you’re buying chapters that don’t always relate to the whole book.”
Despite this, Lifeson said it “was fun” releasing a couple of songs from the band’s new album, “Clockwork Angels”, as teasers. “It got us thinking that in the future we might record two or three songs and release them every six months,” he said. “But for now, especially with a project this size, an album was the only way to go.”