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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:00 pm    Post subject: Rush Wrestling With Faith On New Album Reply with quote

From : Billboard.com

September 11, 2006, 3:50 PM ET

Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

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Rush has penned eight songs for its next studio album, which should be out in early 2007, according to drummer Neil Peart. The artist tells Billboard.com his lyrics for the as-yet-untitled set were greatly influenced by his motorcycle journeys throughout the United States, chronicled in the new book "Roadshow: Landscape With Drums."

Peart says he was struck by the ubiquity of religious billboards that have sprung up on America's highways, which got him thinking about some weighty topics. "Just seeing the power of evangelical Christianity and contrasting that with the power of fundamentalist religion all over the world in its different forms had a big effect on me," he says.

"You try to put your own way of seeing the world into some kind of congruence with other peoples, and that's difficult for me," he admits. "I mean, I see the world in what I think to be a perfectly obvious and rational way, but when you go out into it and see the way other people think and behave, and express themselves on church signs, you realize, 'Well, I'm not really part of this club.'"

"I looked for the good side of faith," Peart says. "To me it ought to be your armor, something to protect you and something to console you in dark times. But it's more often being turned into a sword, and that's one big theme I'm messing with."

Musically, the new album is continuing in much the same vein as 2002's "Vapor Trails," which returned Rush to a more guitar/bass/drums-driven sound. But Peart is quick to add that the music is "remarkably organic in a way that I haven't heard [from Rush] before. We spent a month together in May working on those songs and developing our individual instrument parts for them. It's early to characterize it, but it's definitely fresh and different and that's certainly satisfying."

Peart, bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson will regroup next month to finish pre-production and will begin recording in November. However, as Peart writes at the conclusion of "Roadshow," he is ambivalent about putting himself through yet another massive world tour.

"It is true that in 1989 I announced that I wasn't going to tour anymore, and have said that every time since and have gone back and decided [to do it] for all good reasons," he says. "One of the main ones to me is that a band plays live, so if I want to consider our band as a living, working thing then that's the case. I haven't in my own mind committed to [another tour] yet, but of course I haven't ruled it out, either."

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks by-tor. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They freakin better!!!!!! Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great to see they are progressing!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet!

Isn't "Roadshow: Landscape With Drums." being released this month?

Hopefully it will open some eyes, as in my opinion he is quite right.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a really intriguing route for them to take? it seems to diverge almost completely from their recent releases. Perhaps this (admittedly fun) round of celebratory live videos has created a need to return to their high-minded concept-driven tendencies, which really haven't seen the light of day since Hold Your Fire (one of their most spiritually significant records, if I may throw in my two cents).
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrew? Is this THE Andrew from way back when? Shocked The kid we all thought would look like the Power Windows kid? Wink

And that is a very true two cents you have tossed in. I will agree with you that they haven't pursued that side of human nature since HYF. And I for one am anxious to hear the results!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just gimme new Rush!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, 'tis I, one of the lost children of By-Tor, and I wanted to say hello again to my faithful Rush friends. What's new, PV? I'm afraid I've betrayed my New Jersey heritage.

Until next time...

P.S. Rush is a great band, and I can't wait either. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay! Andrew IS Andrew! Welcome hame, mah boy! Where ya been, whatcha been doin', alla that!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrew! Andrew! What's up??? So good to see you!!!

And it's cool that you "betrayed" Jersey... NYC is just a suburb of New Jersey anyway so it's all good. Wink

Stick around for a while???
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Need a bit of duct tape, Sis?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope! Got my own roll now!

*pulls out shiney blue duct tape*

See???
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh the pretty blue duct tape! Rush on, and...*points at Andrew* be my guest!
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