Rush World Tour Kicks Off Tomorrow in Atlanta; Madison Square Garden Date Announced; New Single "Spindrift" Impacts Airwaves: Limited Edition Vinyl Slated for Release June 19th; MVI Available June 26th
Rush -- Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart -- kick off their much-anticipated "SNAKES & ARROWS TOUR" on June 13th in Atlanta. The launch of the global trek -- the band's first full-scale world tour since 2004 -- follows an impressive #3 debut on the Billboard 200 for the band's new Anthem/Atlantic album, "SNAKES & ARROWS."
Rush has just announced advance ticket sales for their September 17th show at Madison Square Garden in New York City -- the final U.S. date on the tour (see itinerary). Advance tickets are available through an exclusive Rush fan pre-sale beginning today and ending this Thursday, June 14th. In addition, American Express Cardmembers can purchase tickets this week before they go on sale to the general public on June 16th.
With the new album's second single, "Spindrift," now impacting radio, Rush will release a special limited edition vinyl version of "SNAKES & ARROWS" on June 19th. There will be only 5,000 copies of this 2-LP set available, each pressed on 180-gram HQ audiophile vinyl at RTI for the best possible sound.
Rush has also announced that on June 26th, "SNAKES AND ARROWS" will be released as one of the first albums in the new MVI format. MVI (Music Video Interactive) is a DVD-based product that plays in all DVD players, computers, and video game consoles with DVD drives. The Rush release will include the entire "SNAKES AND ARROWS" album in 96kHz/24 bit hi-resolution stereo, the entire album in 5.1 surround sound, and a 45-minute in-studio documentary on the making of the album -- titled "Rush: The Game of Snakes and Arrows."
The Rush MVI will also offer the ability for fans to create their own mobile ringtones of all the tracks on the MVI using UrTone technology, as well as digital extras like wallpapers, buddy icons, and more. When fans register their MVI, they will unlock even more Rush content including an exclusive poster from the band. Deluxe packaging will complete the release. The audio tracks on the MVI are pre-encoded for easy transfer to your computer, portable music player, or recordable CD. To learn more about the MVI format, please visit www.mvimusic.com.
The #3 premiere of "SNAKES & LADDERS" -- the renowned rock trio's first new collection of original material in nearly five years -- marked Rush's highest chart debut since 1993, as well as the group's eleventh top ten album in the U.S. The band's extraordinary body of work -- which includes such acclaimed works as 1976's "2112," 1981's "MOVING PICTURES," 1996's "TEST FOR ECHO," and 2002's "VAPOR TRAILS" -- has achieved worldwide sales exceeding 35 million units.
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"Snakes & Arrows" Rush
Click image to listen to music samples from the CD. Review by Amazon.com: A return to their former glory days, Snakes and Arrows shows this seminal prog rock band reclaiming some of the sonic territory that they'd lost over the past few years. It's not certain what contributed to this artistic rebirth, but Rush has crafted a historical and emotional odyssey that shows many both where they've been and where they're going--from the baroque soundscapes of "The Main Monkey Business," reminiscent of their earliest work to the seductive almost folkloric urgency of "The Way the Wind Blows," which is as dangerous, anxious, and prophetic as anything that Arcade Fire or Mars Volta is doing currently. Main Lyricist Neil Peart has spent the last decade getting over the death of his wife and daughter, and those tragic events have given his songwriting more depth and gravity as he explores the strengths and limitations of faith in both metaphoric and literal detail. While never didactic or ponderous, this disc is really an instruction manual for how one conducts themselves with grace and hope through unendurable pain and the vagaries of life. Gone is much of the shrillness of their earlier incarnations--Geddy Lee's trademark high pitch shrieks have mellowed considerably and Alex Lifesong's guitar playing has an assurance and freedom that can only come with age. --Jaan Uhelszki
NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 12, 2007 --
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