Rush, Masters of Rock Remastered and on Tour
As part of their ongoing 30th anniversary celebration, Anthem/Atlantic recording group Rush has unveiled specially remastered editions of four of their classic albums. The reissues include 1989’s RIAA gold-certified Atlantic debut, “PRESTO,” 1991’s RIAA platinum “ROLL THE BONES,” 1993’s RIAA gold “COUNTERPARTS,” and 1996’s RIAA gold “TEST FOR ECHO.” All four collections have been completely remastered by renowned engineer Adam Ayan (Phish, Linkin Park, Pearl Jam) at Bob Ludwig’s Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, Maine. The Rush remasters arrived in stores on Tuesday, August 31st and will still be available at a special low price.
The four reissues come as the visionary rock trio — Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart — has just wrapped up the North American leg of their 30th Anniversary “An Evening with Rush” tour. Following a sold-out two-night stand at New York City’s legendary Radio City Music Hall, the band headed back across the border for a show at Montreal’s Bell Centre and a triumphant homecoming concert at Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre.
“The band’s series of sold-out shows at Radio City emphasized the group’s very best attributes as musicians and as showmen,” raved the New York Post. “It was a fitting gig for a band celebrating its 30th anniversary. There’s just no denying the massive sound made by what boils down to just a guitar/bass/drum trio… The band’s three-hour set was a display of the group’s respect and devotion for its legion of fans.”
Having played to packed houses across North America, the band headed across the Atlantic for their first European tour in over a decade. The much-anticipated journey kicked off its British itinerary with two shows at London’s Wembley Arena on September 8th & 9th, followed by sold-out stops in Birmingham (two shows), Manchester, and Glasgow. After the UK, Rush will continue to perform in a number of countries, including Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, and The Netherlands.
“FEEDBACK,” Rush’s most recent Anthem/Atlantic release, marks one of the most unique collections of the band’s extraordinary career. The set — released June 29th — sees Lee, Lifeson, and Peart commemorating the start of their third decade by putting their idiosyncratic stamp on cover versions of eight rock classics from the Sixties. Included are takes on such groundbreaking staples as Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” and “Mr. Soul,” the Yardbirds’ “Heart Full of Soul” and “Shapes of Things,” the Who’s “The Seeker,” and Blue Cheer’s still-extreme rendition of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” (recently featured as the official theme song to World Wrestling Entertainment’s annual SummerSlam pay-per-view).
Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 1974, Rush has been universally regarded as one of the most inventive and dynamic groups in rock, famed for their virtuoso musicianship, epic soundscapes, and dramatic lyricism. Each of the band’s 24 albums to date — including such acclaimed works as 1976’s “2112,” 1981’s “MOVING PICTURES,” 1991’s “ROLL THE BONES,” and 2002’s “VAPOR TRAILS” — has been certified gold-or-better.