Guitarist Alex Lifeson Wades Into Rush Concept Album Debate
Rush bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee recently told classicrockmagazine.com that – contrary to rumours – the band have no plans to record a brand new concept album next time around. (See Top Story, above.)
Now Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has echoed Lee’s sentiments.
Lifeson told MusicRadar a concept album isn’t on the agenda, even though producer Nick Raskulinecz, who helmed Rush’s last studio effort, Snakes & Arrows, is urging them to do record one.
“It’s a very funny thing,” Lifeson says. “We’re in this mode of not working now, kind of enjoying being bums. And Nick is calling us with all of these heavy conceptual ideas. I think he thinks we have to make our grand statement – like it’s now or never.”
According to Lifeson, Rush haven’t discussed concrete plans for recording their next album, but “we’re thinking fall. After the summer I think we’ll be ready to work again.”
Lifeson said the next Rush release could well be a double-CD.
But he added: “That’s the only concept we’re after: ‘Is it good?’ If there’s a storyline attached, well, I don’t know… I’m not thinking along those lines. Didn’t we do that already?
“Rush aren’t into repeating themselves.”
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