Rush Roars Back To 'Rio'
Veteran Canadian rock trio Rush will release the triple-disc live album and double-disc DVD "Rush in Rio" in September. Anthem/Atlantic is eyeing a Sept. 23 release for the album. A spokesperson for CVeteran Canadian rock trio Rush will release the triple-disc live album and double-disc DVD "Rush in Rio" in September. Anthem/Atlantic is eyeing a Sept. 23 release for the album. A spokesperson for Coming Home Productions tells Billboard.com the release date for the DVD, to be issued by Anthem/Coming Home/Zoe/Rounder, is yet to be determined, due to logistical issues.
As previously reported, "Rush in Rio" was recorded last Nov. 23 on the last show of the band's Vapor Trails tour. The disc features 28 songs, ranging from staples such as "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight," "The Spirit of Radio" and "YYZ" to newer album cuts like "One Little Victory," "Earthshine" and "Secret Touch." Said bassist Geddy Lee on his official Web site, "It was quite an evening with another incredible crowd and we managed pull off a pretty darn good performance to boot."
The DVD version of "Rush in Rio" includes all 28 songs from the CD, augmented with a documentary with footage from other shows in the Brazilian cities Porte Allegre and Sao Paolo. Fans will be able to view the action from multiple cameras, and, according to Lee, will be treated to "extra stuff like pictures of Big Al [guitarist Alex Lifeson] at home in his pajamas and some other unusual things hidden in there somewhere."
Rush has been inactive since the end of its last tour, but will regroup Wednesday (July 30) to play the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto benefit, alongside the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Justin Timberlake.
Addressing rumors that the band may take an extended break before a new project, Lee wrote, "after a reasonable amount of time off I'm sure we will wander back into the studio and attempt to make another collection of esoteric yet unrepentantly bombastic rock ditties. After which (providing that goes well of course) we will probably throw ourselves back out there on the road so we can give and take the abuse that we and you so richly deserve!"
Here is the tracklist for "Rush in Rio":
"Distant Early Warning"
"New World Man"
"Roll the Bones"
"Closer to the Heart"
"One Little Victory"
"Red Sector 'A'"
"Leave That Thing Alone"
"The Rhythm Method"
"La Villa Strangiato"
"The Spirit of Radio"
"By-Tor & the Snow Dog"