Rush to Release CD/DVD of ‘R40 Live’ Tour
Back in June, Rush filmed two shows of their R40 Live tour at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto with the intention of releasing it. Today (Sept. 18), the band announced that the CD/DVD set will be available on Nov. 20.
The band broke the news on their website, although they didn't divulge the name or the track listing. But they did note that it will contain nearly three hours of footage, including many songs that "have either never been performed before or never been captured on video." The DVD will also pay attention to the set design, which changed repeatedly during the show to reflect the era of the song that they were performing.
Next Friday, they will give a preview of the set by giving out a downloadable version of "Roll the Bones" from the CD.
This will be the second live album for Rush that was recorded in their hometown. 1981's Exit... Stage Left came from a show at Massey Hall. Their 1997 concerts at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre was filmed, but never released, with "Resist" from one of the shows finding its way onto the Different Stages album.
Rush have said that the R40 Live tour, which wrapped up in Los Angeles last month, would most likely be their last major tour, with Alex Lifeson suffering from arthritis and Neil Peart having chronic tendonitis in his arms and shoulder issues as a result of his style of playing. However, they insist that they are not breaking up, but they will have to figure out how to transition to this new stage of their career as a performing entity.
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