Four decades of impact upon the rock community is what the members of Rush rolled into a massive stage performance during their ‘R40’ tour of North America earlier this year. Rumored to possibly be the last major tour for these prog veterans, Rush assembled what is arguably their largest production and a set list of monumental proportions.
As we previously reported, Rush carried out such live rarities as “Lakeside Park/ Anthem,” “What You’re Doing,” “Closer to the Heart,” “Xanadu” and “Losing It” over the course of their ‘R40’ trek. Paired alongside the anthemic “Headlong Flight” from 2012’s ‘Clockwork Angels’ and the definitive “2112” and you already have a worthwhile Rush show, but the band wouldn’t stop there.
The deep cuts were plentiful throughout the tour, and yet Rush still found the time to pull out the obligatory fan favorites including “The Spirit of Radio,” which is prominently displayed in the band’s new excerpt from the forthcoming ‘R40 Live’ effort. This title was recorded and filmed over two sold-out evening in Rush’s hometown of Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on June 17 and June 19, 2015, which makes for one fitting compilation.
‘R40 Live’ features cover artwork from baseball Hall of Fame legend Randy Johnson, who stepped into the role of live music photographer for a portion of the 2015 Rush tour. The image (included below) captures guitarist Alex Lifeson and bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee standing on drummer Neil Peart‘s riser; a rare moment that is worth framing on the front cover of this upcoming release.
“As a friend and fan of Rush, and the passion I have for photography to capture moments, it’s great that both can blend together in a lasting impression, here for the world to see,” says Johnson, a self-described “6’ 10” ninja in the photo pit.
The audio portion of ‘R40 Live’ was produced by Rush and David Botrill, who has handled previous releases from Tool and Muse. The film portion was directed by Dale Heslip and produced by Allan Weinrib. The entire live package will be presented to eager Rush fanatics upon it’s release on November 20.