RUSH plans to bring a string ensemble out on tour with the band for the first time ever in its career, according to The Pulse Of Radio. Orchestrations provided by well-known arranger David Campbell are used on several tracks from the band’s new album, “Clockwork Angels”, and guitarist Alex Lifeson told The Pulse Of Radiothat the trio intends to recreate that sound on the road. “We can’t take a symphony. We’ll take a group of musicians — let’s say an efficient ensemble of strings,” he said. “We’ll probably have about eight, somewhere between eight and 10 musicians. A couple of cellos and the rest will be violins.”
Lifeson told Billboard.com that the band may have the string section perform during older numbers in the setlist as well.
RUSH begins its North American tour on September 7 in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Lifeson suggested that Campbell, who is also the father of alternative artist Beck, may join them for a few shows.
“Clockwork Angels”, RUSH‘s first new studio set in five years, sold 103,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart.