Interview: Rush’s Geddy Lee Talks About New Live Recording

[Photo: Getty Images]

[Photo: Getty Images]

Ever since the release of 1976’s All The World’s A Stage, Rush has been thrilling fans with their live albums which have come out at regular intervals throughout their long career. The recent Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees have used these recordings as bookends to their many different musical eras and to put their unparalleled musicianship on full display. The band is now poised to release the Clockwork Angels Tour which features performances from their 11 month 2012 tour which featured songs from the acclaimed album of the same name and rarely performed classics from their past. Rush singer and bassist Geddy Lee sat down with VH1 to talk about the new album and what place live records hold in the Rush legacy.

VH1: What’s the importance of live albums in the Rush discography?

Geddy Lee: Live albums are very important for Rush and they became sort of a closing chapter for us. And the way things used to work was we would do three or four studio albums and then we would do a live album and in that way kind of make it a historical document as to where the band was at in that period of time. We never expected that we would just keep going, you know, the lifespan of a band is unpredictable, and so it appeared for quite a while that every four records would be followed up with a live record and it’s a way for us to look back at that last period and see how our sound has changed and take a different approach to recording live every time.
But now the record industry has changed so much and DVDs have become such a fantastic souvenir of any one tour. And because it takes so much effort to design and put on one of our tours we feel it’s appropriate to record every new tour that we do, that has a new stage show, and a DVD seems to be the perfect outlet for that. It’s great for us as a historical document and it’s great for our fans as a souvenir of that tour that they came to.

Where was the new DVD shot?

We taped shows in Dallas (Texas) and Phoenix (Arizona) and we sort of used the best shots and the best angles from both those shows, but there are a number of songs that were rotated throughout our set and so some of those were taken from other shows. There were about six songs that were swapped out night to night and we wanted to make sure we had different versions of all those songs so the bulk of the show is, yes, Dallas, but there are bits and bobs from a few different cities.

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