Year in Music 2017

Rush Planning Anniversary Tour for 2015

Andrew McNaughtan
Rush

To celebrate over 40 years as a band, Rush is plotting a worldwide tour that would kick off next year.

According to Rolling Stone, the prog rock outfit will unite for what it's referring to as a "41th anniversary" tour, tentatively starting in the spring of 2015.

"The three of us just had a meeting," guitarist Alex Lifeson told Rolling Stone. "We said, 'Let's not talk about anything band-wise for the next year. Let's separate ourselves and come back rejuvenated.' Unfortunately, the other people at that meeting didn't hear what we were talking about, so there are already plans being made for spring of 2015. It's going to be a 41st anniversary tour, or whatever they're going to call it."

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Little is known in terms of specifics about the tour, other than its potential spring start date. That said, Lifeson notes that he thinks the band is "probably going to lean towards making it a real sort of fan event, and really try to put something together that's very pleasing for the fans across the board. That's always been difficult, for us to sort of balance things."

Though it formed in 1968, Rush didn't release a proper album until 1974, its self-titled effort -- 40 years ago. Drummer Neil Peart also joined the band that year.

Rush wrapped up its tour behind "Clockwork Angels," its last album, last year, and opted to take 2014 off, Lifeson telling Billboard that the three-piece was "committed to taking about a year off."

"Clockwork Angels" hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 upon its release, selling 103,000 copies in its first week.