Rush reveal plans for new album, tour

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Rush have announced plans to return to the road in support of their forthcoming album Clockwork Angels. The progressive rock icons will visit Boston this fall for a performance at the TD Garden on Wednesday, October 24. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $86 to $126, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

Clockwork Angels, Rush’s 20th studio album and first since 2007’s Snakes & Arrows, will hit stores on June 12. The album will include previously released songs “Caravan” and “BU2B”, as well as brand new single “Headlong Flight”.

“‘Headlong Flight’ was one of those songs that was a joy to write and record from beginning to end,” said singer/bassist Geddy Lee in a press release. “[Guitarist] Alex [Lifeson] and I had blast jamming in my home studio one day before the 2nd leg of the Time Machine Tour and I did not revisit that jam until a year later. Alex and I assembled the song to be an instrumental and its original title was ‘Take that lampshade off yo head!’ but once we saw the lyrics Neil had written for ‘Headlong Flight,’ I knew that the spirit of the lyrics matched the instrumental perfectly and it was just a matter of making them fit and writing the melodies.”

Drummer Neil Peart explained that much of the song’s inspiration came from his drum teacher Freddie Gruber. “While working on the lyrics for ‘Headlong Flight,’ the last song written for Clockwork Angels, I tried to summarize my character’s life and adventures,” added Peart. “My own ambivalence colored the verses, while Freddie’s words inspired the chorus ‘I wish that I could live it all again.'”

The official lyric video for “Headlong Flight” is streaming below.

Rush will kick off the upcoming tour in New Hampshire with a show at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on Friday, September 7. Tickets for that show, which range in price from $74 to $94, will also go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. The band will also play the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Wednesday, October 10.

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