Rush Shed Light on New Studio Album

Rush Shed Light on New Studio Album
Rush are keeping their fans happy these days, what with the movie Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage hitting big screens and the band playing their classic 1980 album Moving Pictures album in its entirety on a tour that kicks off this month. And while buzz has been growing that the band are hard at work on a new album, they've now confirmed that they are indeed deep into the recording process for the disc, which is to be titled Clockwork Angels.

Guitarist Alex Lifeson has said that Rush are more than halfway done recording the disc, reports Reuters. The band are recording at Blackbird Studios in Nashville with Nick Raskulinecz, who also recorded the group's last album, Snakes & Arrows, which came out in 2007.

Fans have got an early glimpse of the new material by way of two songs that have been released online, "Caravan" and "BU2B" (you can check out "BU2B" below). Lifeson says that "certainly these two songs are pretty heavy indications of where the record's going but there are a lot of different tonalities and soundscapes on the material that we've written so far, so I'm interested to see where we go on these next few songs."

After the band take a break from recording to head out on the aforementioned tour, dates for which can be found here, they will head back to the studio to finish recording. Lifeson says they are aiming to wrap up Clockwork Angels in the fall for a spring 2011 release date, adding that the band will be in "top form" after their tour; notably, this is the first time Rush have gone straight into the studio after coming off the road.

In other news, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will get a DVD release on June 29; it will premiere on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia three days earlier. Lifeson said he is "very pleased" with the movie, which was made by Canadian filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen.