RUSH Signs with Roadrunner Records!!

Rush has signed with Roadrunner Records!  They’ve not dumped their old label but will continue working with Anthem/Universal Music in Canada only.

Ray Danniels, manager of Rush states:

“We have tremendous respect for Roadrunner Records, and what Cees Wessels and Jonas Nachsin have built on a worldwide level. After years of Roadrunner pursuing the band, Tom Lipsky presented a deal that worked and the timing was right. We wanted to be at a label focused on the rock genre – and that’s Roadrunner.”

Cees Wessels, Roadrunner Records Chairman states:

“In another life I worked with Rush and their great management team more than 30 years ago and to have Rush finally on the Roadrunner label is a dream come true. I am grateful for Ray Danniels’ confidence in this new partnership.”
Tom Lipsky, President of Lipsky Music, LLC, who brokered the deal for Roadrunnerstates:

“Rush has a tradition of excellence and independence, both in the studio and on the live stage, and they remain as prolific today as at any point in their career. We are excited to be their label partners.”

What we can look forward to with this signing is that the band will be releasing an album which will consist of live configurations which was recorded during their Time Machine tour. Details of the release will be revealed in the coming weeks.

With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours and NOT inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame – blasphemy! –  Rush – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart – is not only one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, but remains one of the most popular. The RIAA has certified Rush for the third most consecutive gold/platinum studio albums by a rock band, topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Rush’s vast catalog includes such classics as 1974’s self-titled debut, 1976’s 2112, 1981’s Moving Pictures, 1996’s Test For Echo, and 2002’s Vapor Trails. Rush’s most recent studio album, 2007’s Snakes & Arrows, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, marking the band’s highest chart debut since 1993, as well as their eleventh top 10 album in the U.S. Their 20th studio album, entitled Clockwork Angels, is due in 2012.

Side note:  Now that I’m completely all riled up about this, I did some Googling around and came across an article written in 2009 on MSNBC’s MusicToday which dicusses why prog rock has been ignored by the nomination committee for so long.

“It’s not really that this one sold this many albums or this many tickets.  It’s really What’s the significance of that artist? And why should they be inducted?’” – president and CEO Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.

Based on their own criteria, I again, ask…why hasn’t Rush been inducted!  Here’s another article written in 2007 in which Fox News purportedly revealed some of the names of the nomination committee.,2933,298681,00.html

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