Legendary rock band RUSH have announced details for the first offerings through their recently announced partnership with Roadrunner Records. On November 8, Anthem/Roadrunner will simultaneously release a two disc live album entitled “TIME MACHINE 2011: LIVE IN CLEVELAND” as well as “MOVING PICTURES: LIVE 2011” on vinyl and digital formats.
Captured in April at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena during the renowned trio’s extensive Time Machine World Tour, “TIME MACHINE 2011: LIVE IN CLEVELAND” marks the band’s first live album recorded at a U.S show, a deliberate nod of gratitude to the first city to support Rush on its radio airwaves. The wildly popular tour featured a set filled with classic hits, fan favorites, and a glimpse into Rush’s forthcoming 20th studio album “CLOCKWORK ANGELS.” As a centerpiece for the concerts, the band performed their landmark album “MOVING PICTURES” in its entirety – a first in the band’s long and illustrious career. Rave reviews of the tour included The Hollywood Reporter’s declaration that “the current Time Machine jaunt is nothing less than a must see…for nearly three hours, with intermission, Rush proved why it remains among rock’s elite live acts.” Full track listing for “TIME MACHINE 2011: LIVE IN CLEVELAND” attached below.
“MOVING PICTURES: LIVE 2011” marks the first live recording of the band’s most successful album to date. Originally released in 1981, this year marks the 30th anniversary of “MOVING PICTURES,” which features some of RUSH’s most well-known songs like “Tom Sawyer,” “Limelight,” and “YYZ.”
In related news, RUSH is also releasing “Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland” on BluRay and DVD formats on November 8 via Rounder Records in the U.S. and Eagle Rock Entertainment abroad. VH1 will be airing a 2-hour concert culled from the footage as part of their annual “Rushashana” program on September 29. This fall, Rush will be returning to the studio to resume work on their highly anticipated 20th studio album, “CLOCKWORK ANGELS” due out in 2012.
With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours, RUSH – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart – is not only one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, but remains one of the most popular. The RIAA has certified Rush for the third most consecutive gold/platinum studio albums by a rock band, topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Rush’s vast catalog includes such classics as 1974’s self-titled debut, 1976’s “2112,” 1981’s “MOVING PICTURES,” 1996’s “TEST FOR ECHO,” and 2002’s “VAPOR TRAILS.” Rush’s most recent studio album, 2007’s “SNAKES & ARROWS,” debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, marking the band’s highest chart debut since 1993, as well as their eleventh top 10 album in the U.S. In addition to their commercial success, Rush has also been recognized with a number of Juno Awards and multiple Grammy nominations, including one for the acclaimed documentary “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage” at this year’s gala event. Enjoying a recent pop culture renaissance, Rush made a rare television appearance – their first in over 30 years – on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and a memorable cameo in the film “I Love You, Man.” A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature summed up the renowned rock trio’s continuing artistic vitality by observing, “Its true that Rush doesn’t mean today what it did in’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.”