GEOFF TATE’S OPERATION: MINDCRIME TO UNLOCK PART ONE OF EPIC MUSICAL TRILOGY WITH RELEASE OF “THE KEY” ON SEPTEMBER 18TH ON FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL

geofftate'soperationmindcrime2-640 On September 18th, Geoff Tate’s new band, Operation: Mindcrime, will be releasing its long-awaited debut album, The Key, on Frontiers Music Srl.

Perhaps one of Tate’s most ambitious recordings to date, The Key examines what one might do if they discovered “the key” to changing the way we view the world, the way we look at time, the way we travel, and could essentially change the human condition… for better or for worse.

Fresh from the creative mind of Geoff Tate, The Key features a dozen songs (see entire track listing below) and marks part one of an epic musical trilogy that initiates that very question within a web of international politics, the world economy and social ethos.

A trailer featuring snippets of four songs from the album (Burn, Re-Inventing the Future, Life Or Death? and The Fall) can be heard by clicking here. Pre-orders of the album now being taken here and here.

The Key is the debut album under Tate’s new Operation: Mindcrime banner, a creative platform that continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensryche vocalist’s iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music’s most resolute forces and frontmen.

Geoff Tate has sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensryche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three Grammy nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nomimations, and one MTV Music Video Award along the way.

The landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust Tate’s unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered Queensryche to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles and radio staples Silent Lucidity and Jet City Woman.

By the time the band released Promised Land in 1994, Geoff Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind one of the most innovative bands in mainstream music.

From Mindcrime and Promised Land through 2009’s overlooked gem American Soldier – Tate’s ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans – Tate’s 13-album tenure with Queensryche was marked by exploration, intrigue, bold risks and gratifying results. The Key continues in that fine tradition.

“Musically, this album is quite adventurous,” says Tate of his first release in a new worldwide deal with Frontiers Music SRL. “Of course there are key elements in the music, melody and phrasings that are really identifiable, but throughout my career I’ve opened my eyes and ears to new standards and arrangements, and that’s what keeps things fresh and exciting as an artist – we’ve thrown out the rules for this record, and it’s been really liberating. I’m a fan of old prog, and that music didn’t stick to rules. It’s inspiring and enjoyable to be able to explore, and it’s great being in a position to write without constraints.”

The results are a series of albums that don’t languish in nostalgia, instead offering listeners an opportunity to delve into a world of ideas and inspiration that Tate has been nurturing for the better portion of the last decade. Instead of asking, “Who killed Mary?,” Operation: Mindcrime now asks, “What are the implications of changing the world?”

“Like every album I’ve ever done, people will hear and experience it differently, and that is something that I look forward to,” continues Tate. “Music is an intimate experience – your inspirations are unique to you, and will be heard differently through every set of ears and experiences – but isn’t that really what makes art exciting? It inspires us all in different ways and for different reasons, and this album is no different. There are quite a few sections of this album that help propel the story with segues and dialogue, but the lyrics don’t lay out a breadcrumb trail and tell the story in a linear fashion, there’s a puzzle. We have several characters, and three other people singing lead vocals on the first album. That made it even more fun for me and helps give the album its own special character.

“Musically, there’s quite a smorgasbord, we’ve played with sound and established a sound palate – heavy guitar, obviously, cool drumming… all the music is very sophisticated, and there are interesting time changes, the band is playing with different countings and we switch throughout each piece. We can perform the verse in one feel, the bridge in another, and transition to a new chorus, very challenging stuff and lots of different sounds that people probably haven’t heard on one of my albums before – new and different guitar sounds and vocal treatments, very dynamic stuff.”

Joining Tate on The Key are a hard-hitting cast of familiar faces and new collaborators: bass players Dave Ellefson (Metal Allegiance) and John Moyer (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob), drummers Simon Wright (AC/DC), Scott Mercado (Candlebox) and Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne), guitarists Kelly Gray (Queensryche) and Scott Moughton (Geoff Tate), keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) and vocalist Mark Daly (The Voodoos).

Tate makes one point exceptionally clear – Operation: Mindcrime isn’t a band, it is a musical project of like-minded people uniting to achieve a common goal. While the songwriting rests predominantly on the shoulders of Tate, Gray and Gane, it’s up to every contributor to add their influence and help color the landscape.

“The songs on these records tell a story, and each song is a scene or chapter – every scene is different. The words tell the story, the musical bed, the chord progressions and melodies, they set the pace. That’s how I envisioned this album in total, very theatrical and definitely cinematic.

“How do we describe passion?” Tate asks in conclusion, cautiously answering his own question: “Music is a personal journey, and all you can do is write what moves you. That’s what passion is – it’s so difficult, yet it’s such an important human emotion. There are moments on this record that really impact me, the questions raised and the music those questions are set to… I don’t know if it will have that same effect on everyone else, but that’s where my passion and their passion meet. I do this because I love doing it. I love touring and I love playing live, performing with like-minded people in front of like-minded audiences, and being there in the moment together when all of our passions collide.”

And if, in the process, Geoff Tate can tell a story that turns people on end and keeps them talking long after the music has stopped playing? That’s not just icing on the cake, that’s what it’s all about…

That is Operation: Mindcrime..And come this September, fans will have The Key.

With music videos currently in production and a first single that’s expected to be released by the end of this month, further mind expansion is yet to come.

Operation Mindcrime’s The Key track listing:

Choices
Burn
Re-Inventing The Future
Ready To Fly
Discussions In A Smoke Filled Room
Life or Death?
The Stranger
Hearing Voice
On Queue
An Ambush Of Sadness
Kicking In The Door
The Fall

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TWISTED SISTER FRONTMAN DEE SNIDER RELEASES NEW SONG, “TO HELL AND BACK,” EXCLUSIVELY VIA OFFICIAL WEBSITE

deesnider640 In March of this year, Dee Snider and his Twisted Sister bandmates mourned the loss of their drummer, AJ Pero, and announced that the 2016 touring season (the 40th anniversary of the band’s formation) will be the end of the road for the world-dominating force of nature that is Twisted Sister. While perhaps he is best known as the lead singer of the ‘80s sensation, there is so much more to Dee Snider.

Dee Snider is continuing to make music on his own, releasing To Hell and Back exclusively via his website, deesnider.com as a free download. He co-wrote the song with Silvertide founder/guitarist Nick Perri. This track will be included in a new album that Dee is currently working on with Grammy®, Emmy® and Oscar® winning writer/producer Damon Ranger (Life Of Pi). The new project will also feature material from Dee’s past including his worldwide hits with Twisted Sister.

Later this summer, Dee and his band–Nick Perri (lead guitars), Dan McCafferty (rhythm/lead guitar), Nicolai Nifoussi (bass), Joe Franco (drums)—will launch a solo tour which will take him to Europe and South America for festival shows including Rock In Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Rock Of Ages Festival in Baliingen, Germany. He’ll also be performing a number of headlining shows in the U.S. starting with the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD on August 3.

He has starred in several reality TV shows including appearances in three seasons of Celebrity Apprentice, Gone Country with John Rich, MTV’s Rock The Cradle with his son Jesse Blaze, Growing Up Twisted, an A&E series featuring the entire Snider family and their Long Island lifestyle, ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, and Celebrity Holiday Homes. He has also been a frequent host on the MTV Networks and, with more than 20 years on the air in radio, his own long-running, nationally syndicated radio show House Of Hair can be heard on over 200 stations in North America and at Houseofhaironline.com.

Dee also recently launched a much-heralded podcast Snider Comments on the PodcastOne network. His career as a voiceover artist has resulted in Dee being heard in many radio and TV commercials, animated shows, documentaries and a yearlong stint as the voice on MSNBC.

In 2014, Dee was the recipient of the prestigious Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for his charitable work spanning several decades. Most notably, he spent twelve years as the national spokesman and Grand Marshal of the March of Dimes Bikers for Babies initiative (for whom he raised $325,000 with his Celebrity Apprentice win), established his annual Ride to Fight Hunger for Long Island Cares, and donated his Gold and Platinum album awards to Broadway Cares for auction.

Dee Snider tour dates:

7/10 Haapsalu, Estonia American Beauty Car Show
7/26 Wales, U.K. Steelhouse Festival
7/31 Baliingen, Germany Rock Of Ages Festival

8/1 Wacken, Germany Wacken Open Air Festival
8/3 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip Campgrounds (with Godsmack)
8/7 Three Forks, MT Rockin’ The Rivers
8/15 Milwaukee, WI Wisconsin State Fair
8/21 Manistee, MI Little River Casino Resort Event Center (with Lita Ford)
8/22 Sterling Heights, MI Freedom Hill Amphitheater
8/23 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair
8/19 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rock In Rio (with Angra and Doro Pesch)

Dee Snider on the web:

deesnider.com
facebook.com/facedeesnider
twitter.com/deesnider
youtube.com/user/DeeSniderDotCom

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DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW GUITARIST RITCHIE BLACKMORE SAYS HE IS CONSIDERING A BRIEF RETURN TO ROCK

RitchieBlackmore640 Nearly two decades after a switch to medieval music, former Deep Purple and Rainbow co-founder Ritchie Blackmore says he might play rock again – but not for long.

“Just for a few days, next June,” Blackmore reveals, in a new interview with the French newspaper Le Parisien.. “But for now, I’m not decided on the persons I want to work with. I’ve got a good idea about the ideal candidates, but it wouldn’t be fair to say anything now. I will know exactly in one month who I want to have in this band to play Deep Purple and Rainbow songs. We will probably play three or four shows in June; that’s all.”

“I think that [former Rainbow singer] Joe [Lynn Turner] will not be part of the adventure, and he doesn’t know it yet,” Blackmore counters. “He does his thing, I like him, and I made good albums and good songs with him, like Street of Dreams. But I’m thinking about doing a mixture in the band, with famous people and not so famous ones. That’s my state of mind at the moment, and you’re the first person I talk to about it.”

When the journalist thanked Blackmore for the scoop, he stated “there should be about three or four people who might be interested.”

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JUDAS PRIEST ICONIC FRONTMAN ROB HALFORD SAYS THE BAND WILL START RECORDING NEXT YEAR

robhalford400 The Metal God, Rob Halford, says Judas Priest will start recording their next album in 2016.

Rejuvenated by the addition of new guitarist Richie Faulkner, the band released 17th album Redeemer Of Souls in 2014. And just a few months later, Halford said he was already thinking ahead to album no.18.

Now the frontman says he expects work to begin next year and adds that they can’t afford to wait too long to hit the studio again.

He tells Sixx Sense, “We’ll be heading out for the rest of this tour until Christmas time, take a break, and then more than likely in the studio early of 2016 and see how quickly we can turn this around. It won’t be a rush job, because we treasure everything we do, but I think that the mindset is there to make this record efficiently and hopefully have it out there for our Priest family as soon as we can.”

The positive reaction to Redeemer Of Souls was also a big driving factor in making the band want to record again as soon as possible.

Halford adds, “That really motivated us to crack the whip and get on with making the next record pretty quickly. The clock is ticking. We can’t afford to wait three years, or five years now, to make the record.

Who wants to go home and sit down for a year? And especially while the band is buzzing and the energy’s there creatively. We had so much stuff happening in the studio we had to put blocks on because we were on a time schedule with the label. So we do have some stuff kind of left over from Redeemer Of Souls.”

Judas Priest tour dates:

Jul 11: Biloxi Hard Rock Live, MS, US
Jul 13: Grand Prairie Verizon Theatre, TX, US
Jul 15: Sterling Heights Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, MI, US
Jul 16: Oshkosh Rock, WI, US
Jul 18: Cadott Rock Fest, WI, US
Jul 25: Barcelona Rock Fest, Spain
Jul 26: Madrid Auditorio Miguel Rios De Rivas, Spain
Jul 29: Szekesfehervar Fezen Festival, Hungary
Jul 30: Graz See Rock Festival, Austria

Aug 01: Wacken Festival, Germany

Oct 24: San Bernardino, Knotfest, CA

Nov 23: Bradford St Georges, UK
Nov 24: Glasgow Barrowlands, UK
Nov 26: Wolverhampton Civic, UK
Nov 28: Manchester Apollo, UK
Nov 30: Portsmouth Guildhall, UK

Dec 01: London O2 Brixton Academy, UK
Dec 04: Karlstad Lofbergs Arena, Sweden
Dec 05: Stockholm Ericsson Globe, Sweden
Dec 07: Tallin Saku Arena, Estonia
Dec 08: Vilnius Siemens Arena, Lithuania
Dec 10: Gdasnk Ergo Arena, Poland
Dec 12: Brno Rondo Arena, Czech Republic
Dec 16: Brussels Vorst Nationaal, Belgium

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WHEN HE FIRST HEARD IT, OZZY OSBOURNE REPORTEDLY HATED THE MIX OF “DIARY OF A MADMAN”

OzzyOsbourne400 According to bassist Rudy Sarzo, Ozzy Osbourne thought the mix of his classic album Diary Of A Madman was “crap.”

The band were on the tour bus when the final mix of the singer’s second solo album was handed to the him in 1981, and according to Sarzo, Ozzy’s face was a picture when he pushed play.

Sarzo tells The Metal Voice, “I can tell you this because I was on the bus when Ozzy got the mix version of the record and I saw his expression and I heard how he felt about it. He thought it was crap, the mix.

If you really look back at that record, it was the first album of the 80s to be mixed with so much ambience. It sounds like an 80s record and nobody had heard that before. It was completely different from the sound of Blizzard Of Ozz and Ozzy just had no idea that this was going to be the sound of the future.”

Last month, Sarzo was revealed as the new bass player for Devil City Angels, who release their self-titled debut album on September 18th through Century Media. The band was formed by former LA Guns guitarist Tracii Guns, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett, Cinderella bassist Eric Brittingham and Cheap Thrill vocalist Brandon Gibbs. But Brittingham moved on, with former Ozzy and Whitesnake man Sarzo coming on board.

Listen to Sarzo’s interview below.

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GUITARIST ULI JON ROTH SAYS HE HAS WRITTEN A NEW ALBUM, BUT HAS NOT RECORDED IT YET

ulijonroth400 Greg Prato of Bravewords spoke with guitarist Uli Jon Roth. Highlights from the interview appear below.

BraveWords: Is it true you already have original material written for your next solo release?

Uli Jon Roth: I have written a new album, but I have not yet recorded it. That’s what I’m in the process of organizing right now. In fact, this week, it is high on my agenda – I want to get a plan together, to finally make this happen. I really want to record this album, but I somehow need to make it happen. With all my constant being on the road, it’s not so easy. And part of my band is in England, part is in Germany, and part is in America. Logistics make it a little bit challenging, shall we say.

BraveWords: When do you hope to go in the studio?

Uli Jon Roth: All I can say is as soon as possible. But that’s all I can say, because I don’t have a real plan yet, and I’m in the process of sitting down and actually making a plan. So far, there are all these other things that came first, like another tour, and another tour, and another this, and another that. Now, I’m pushing this one pretty much to the top of the agenda.

BraveWords: Do you think that the Scorpions Revisited album will influence the way this upcoming album will sound?

Uli Jon Roth: Not with the material, because the Scorpions material that we used from back then, is forty-something years old. I do write differently now. But I did have one strong influence on my thinking, because for the first time I really recorded an album virtually live – although it was in a controlled environment. And I really enjoy that process of doing it. I’m a little tired of the old way that I did for almost my entire artistic life, where you’re in the studio, and carefully laying down track after track, and then turning it into one layered ‘whole’ – almost like an oil painting. That’s how the old masters used to paint. There is a great process, but at this point in my life, I think I prefer the more spontaneous kind of approach. And I will plan it out to a large degree, but I will leave certain things to chance – playing-wise, musically. And possibly, even record it in the same place that we recorded the Scorpions Revisited in – that theater in Hannover, which I like so much.

Read more at Bravewords.

source: bravewords.com

IRON MAIDEN SINGER BRUCE DICKINSON DISCUSSES HIS CANCER BATTLE AND SAYS HE HAS BEEN “VERY FORTUNATE”

brucedickinson400 While receiving the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award for Outstanding Contribution to U.K. Music, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson took time out to give an update on his recovery from cancer. He said that he’s been “very fortunate” and has had a “really good bounce-back.”

Dickinson told the BBC that he had two tumors. “One was three and a half centimeters — the size of a golf ball — and the other was two and half centimeters and getting a bit bigger. The only symptom was I had a lump in my neck […] I went to the doc and they went, ‘Ooh, that’s a bit weird’ […] [They] had a poke around and went, ‘You have head and neck cancer.” His reaction at the time? “That’s a bit of a blow, but you get on with it.”

As for his voice, that’s still going to take a while. “The whole thing is still healing up,” he continued. “So you can imagine, to get rid of that with radiation […] the inside of my head has been cooked pretty effectively, you know? […] I can sing, I can talk. I haven’t gone out and done the equivalent of trying to run 100 meters in the same way that I used to sing before, because, let it all calm down. I only finished coming out of treatment two months ago, for God’s sake. And the doctor said, ‘It’ll take a year for you to be better.’ Well, we’ve beaten that by about six months so far, you know? But I’m not going to try to push things to prove a point.”

Iron Maiden’s next album, Book of Souls, will be released September 4th. It’s their first-ever double album, with 11 songs totaling 92 minutes. Their plans to tour in support of the record were put on hold due to Dickinson’s condition. Read more about Book of Souls, here.

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SLAYER DRUMMER PAUL BOSTAPH ON LATE GUITARIST JEFF HANNEMAN, “I REALLY LOVED THE DUDE”

Slayer - 2015 Gary Graff of Billboard reports:

Joining Slayer for a second time has been a different kind of reign for drummer Paul Bostaph.

When Bostaph first replaced founding drummer Dave Lombardo in 1992, the group had completed its first decade and released its first five albums. “It was very intimidating,” Bostaph tells Billboard. But there was a big difference, “The Internet did not exist. There was no social media. If people didn’t like (the switch) we weren’t hearing about it all the time. We only heard through word of mouth, and I just had to go out and deliver to shut everybody up.”

Not so this time around, however. “People are pretty brutal with their opinions sometimes, so I guess you have to have thicker skin now,” says Bostaph, who began his second tenure with Slayer in 2013, after an acrimonious schism with Lombardo, who’d returned and replaced Bostaph in 2001. “At least I had been with the band for 10 years when I left, so I had equal tenure as the drummer at that point. I have a history of recording and touring with the band, so I think that’s actually helped win people over — again.”

Bostaph did not have to win over his bandmates, particularly the late Jeff Hanneman — who fellow guitarist Kerry King has said mandated Bostaph’s return before Hanneman died in May of 2013 of alcohol-related cirrhosis — and King himself, who immediately began recording tracks with Bostaph for the upcoming Repentless.

…”When I came back I fully expected to start working with Jeff,” the drummer says. “Jeff was part of the decision-making process of bringing me back. Kerry and I got to work and I assumed I’d see (Hanneman) sooner or later, probably sooner. But he passed away a couple weeks after I rejoined the band, which was devastating. I really loved the dude. As great as a songwriter as he was, he was also a great guy. When we go on stage every night I think of Jeff because we play a lot of his songs.”

Read more at Billboard.

Slayer is currently on Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (see dates below) and be onboard Motorhead’s Motorboat when it sets sail on September 28th out of Miami.

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival remaining dates:

July:

3 Ak-Chin Pavillion, Phoenix, AZ
4 Isleta Amphitheatre, Albuquerque, NM
5 Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
7 Harrah’s Council Bluffs, Council Bluffs, IA
8 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
10 Klipsch Music Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
11 DTE Energy Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
15 TD Echo Beach, Toronto, ON CANADA
17 Susquehanna Bank Arts Center, Camden, NJ
18 First Niagara Bank Amphitheater, Pittsburgh, PA
19 Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, CT
21 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
22 Erie Insurance Arena, Erie, PA
24 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
25 Xfinity Center, Boston, MA
26 Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
28 Orange Peel, Asheville, NC*
29 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta, GA
31 Alamo City Music Hall, San Antonio, TX

August:

1 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
2 Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, TX

source: billboard.com

AEROSMITH BASSIST TOM HAMILTON DISCUSSES “TOYS IN THE ATTIC,” HIS HEALTH AND VISUAL ART

aerosmith640 Greg Prato of the Long Island Pulse spoke with Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton. Portions of the interview appear below.

Long Island Pulse: Forty years later, how do you view Toys in the Attic?

Tom Hamilton: That one was really a moment of inspiration for us. Our second album, Get Your Wings, we were under a lot of pressure from the label because they weren’t happy with how our first album [Aerosmith] did. So, we got to that project and made a better album. When it came time to do Toys in the Attic, I think we all really wanted to step up and make a statement. The band was really getting good and our producer, Jack Douglas, was someone that we had a lot of faith in—he was becoming a great producer. Everybody just really wanted to go and kick ass. If you look at the changes between Get Your Wings and Toys in the Attic, you can see how much better we were at making records and writing songs.

Pulse: How are you doing with your throat cancer?

TH: Good. My doctor thought I was pretty much done with the cancer that I had in ’06 and then it came back a few years later. I was faced with losing my way of life…if not my life. But there’s a guy here in Boston that Adele referred to [Steven Zeitels], who does novel surgeries and was able to do a procedure that got the cancer out of my throat without having to ruin the rest of it. I just saw him the other day and he said, “You beat this one. You can keep coming to see me if you want, but I don’t think you need to worry about this cancer coming back.” I said, “I’ll come back to see you every six months from here until eternity, if it’s alright with you!”

Pulse: This is also Pulse’s Art & Music issue. Do you collect art?

TH: I do have some nice artwork that my wife and I have accumulated over the years. One of the first things we bought was from some dealer on Central Park West. We were in our twenties and had no idea what we were doing. We were just referred to this guy by a friend, who said, “They have a Georgia O’Keeffe.” So we have a little watercolor by Georgia O’Keeffe. With just a few gestures, she created something that when you first look at it, it seems abstract, but then you realize exactly what it is. It’s a picture of a woman bending down to pick up a flower.

Read more at the Long Island Pulse.

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SOME INTERESTING FACTS YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT RUSH

rush400pix Brian Hiatt of Rolling Stone reports:

For years, Rush had an uneasy relationship with an oft-skeptical rock press. So fans got to know the band members’ diverse personalities largely from live shows, tour books, videos and drummer Neil Peart’s own prose. But as the band proved this month in their first-ever Rolling Stone cover story, they’re great profile subjects in a classic rock & roll mode, more than willing to get candid and irreverent. Here are some highlights more from their cover-story:

There’s a reason there are few, if any, unreleased songs from Rush’s studio sessions:

“That’s not how we’ve ever worked,” says Alex Lifeson. “The album is what it is. ‘We’re going to do eight songs. So let’s do those eight songs and concentrate on them and devote all of our time to them.’ Why would you write 20 songs and pick the 12 best? Does that mean that the other eight are just bullshit? You were wasting your time!”

Rush sometimes make up songs about crew members in their soundchecks:

“I provide the lyrics,” says Lifeson. “We had one that was great a few tours ago, actually quite a while ago, called Sex Boy. And it was this kind of cheesy, Euro-trash, electronic music.”

Lifeson originally planned to give a real speech instead of his infamous “blah blah blah” moment at Rush’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction:

“I was going over my written speech on the way over,” says Lifeson, “and thinking, ‘My brain doesn’t remember anything. It’s going to be awful. Might as well get up and just go blah blah blah. Oh! Wait a second!’ We were sitting at our tables and everyone else was doing their thing, and I told my wife. I didn’t tell anybody else, And Quincy Jones got up and gave his speech, which was a very long speech, but sincere. She leaned over to me during that speech and said, “And you’re going to go, ‘blah blah blah?'” And I said, ‘Stop it, you’re making me nervous!’ When we were walking up on stage, that was really when I committed to it. I thought, “Ok, I’m going to do it. This could be terrible. But I’m going to do it.” I think it was OK. I don’t know. I’m glad I did it, though. It’s the fucking Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! You should be irreverent, rather than thank your lawyer and your accountant and all that bullshit.”

While Rush were recording 1989’s Presto, Peart announced that he was going to quit touring:

“It was still possible then to foster the illusion that you could make a living without touring,” says Peart. “So I came to the guys and I said, ‘You know what? Let’s make records, no touring, I’m done with all that.’ But then the more I thought about it, the true test of a musician and especially of a band is performing live. The band we are was made by live performance. We built our own relationship, we built our relationship with fans, we built our tightness, our chops, from touring. So after much wrestling in my own mind I came to the realization that if I’m going to call myself a musician, if I want us to be a vital band, then I’m going to have to perform live.”

Lifeson was disappointed after he spent some time listening to a college radio station recently:

“It was all this contemporary music geared for that audience, and it was so disappointing listening to it. Really weak songwriting, insipid vocals and productions. It was really discouraging. I was sorry to hear that. You’re waiting for something to happen, musically. You’re waiting for some great thing. Like every generation or every decade seemed to have that big thing that carried it through. There’s nothing now, at least in rock.”

Lee originally wanted to be a guitarist:

“I had this attitude that nobody chooses to be a bass player,” he says. “The rest of the band decides that you’re gonna be the bass player – and that’s how it was for me. I was playing guitar in a basement band and our bass player’s mother wouldn’t let him play in the band anymore, so we had no bass player. So they all looked at me and said, you play bass. I said, well I don’t have a bass. They said, well go ask your mother if she’ll lend you some money. My mom loaned me 30 bucks, I worked it off in her variety store on Saturdays and I bought my Canora bass and that’s how it started for me. And then I fell in love with the idea of being a bass player ’cause nobody wanted to be a bass player.”

Read more at Rolling Stone.

source: rollingstone.com