KFIX Rock News: Rush Hire String Section For Tour

rushinRush, who will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next month, recently hired a string section to join them on stage for their “Clockwork Angels” world tour.

In a recent interview, band frontman Geddy Lee said, “We had orchestration on four or five of the songs, and we thought it would be a little more authentic bringing real strings as opposed to using our technology.”

“We rehearsed with the technology and we could have done it without the live thing. But we’d always talked about doing it, and it was like, ‘Let’s stop talking and just do it.’”

“It expanded from those four or five songs to all the songs in the ‘Clockwork Angels’ part of the set, plus it bled over into some older songs we’d always wanted to do with strings.”

Lee admits Rush were “a little bit nervous in terms of whether fans would like having all those people on stage with us” – but that it’s “turned into quite a positive.”

“It’s a big help to me. I have more fun – and that’s the idea. It’s nice to have the freedom.”

Guitarist Alex Lifeson agreed, saying, “They love the fact they’re on this tour together, playing with more freedom that they normally wouldn’t have,”

“We connect with them and have a lot of fun.”

See a full video of the interview here.

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