Rush gearing up for new album and tour in 2010?

September 9, 2:15 PMCanada Music ExaminerRobert Rheubottom


Rush live during their 30th Anniversary tour.

Good news for Rush fans. There’s word circulating that the Canadian progressive rock trio may be gearing up for another album and tour.  The band has been on hiatus since touring behind their 2007 studio release Snakes and Arrows.  At least 2 of the band members, singer/bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson are anxious to get back to work on new material.

It’s possible drummer Neil Peart may have a different idea. Peart’s wife Carrie Nuttall recently gave birth to their first child which the band announced on their official website:

“The Rush family congratulates Neil and his wife Carrie on the birth of their healthy, beautiful daughter Olivia Louise Peart.”

With Peart under the thrall of domestic bliss, it may take some persuading on Lee and Lifeson’s behalf to crowbar their drummer away from his family.

But a recent post from NoiseCreep.com hints that the power trio may resume work soon and, if things go smoothly, have a new album ready in time for a tour next summer.

Rush co-produced Snakes and Arrows with producer Nick Raskulinecz and it appears he may be onboard to produce the next album as well.  “I think Nick calls the office once a week just to make sure we’re still planning on getting back to work at some point,” says  Lifeson.

The band had been working hard for 8 years leading up to their highly successful Snakes and Arrows tour.  But the tour, consisting of 120 shows performed at venues around the world, took its toll on group members. Afterwards, the band decided it needed to take a year off to relax and recuperate.

Although the band has not released an exact time frame on when they will regroup in the studio, Lifeson says he has been doing some writing and hopes he will get together with fellow Rush members soon to start planning their next album. “I would guess that sometime in the early fall we would get back together and start writing again, and then hopefully by next summer, we’d be ready to tour."

It might be a bit premature for fans to start booking hotel rooms for a Rush tour next summer tour, but it’s gratifying to know that it appears Rush aren’t ready to hang up their instruments anytime soon. It’s not a matter of “if” they’ll be back, it’s just a matter of “when?”

Rush in concert.

Rush in concert.

Great shots of Rush in action live from their Snakes and Ladder Tour and from their 30th anniversary tour.

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