Rush Taking String Ensemble On Tour

Rush are set to take an 8-10 piece string ensemble on their forthcoming tour.

The band's new album, Clockwork Angels, features string arrangements by David Campbell, who is currently writing new arrangements in preparation for Rush's forthcoming tour, which kicks off in Manchester, NH in September.

Guitarist, Alex Lifeson has spoken about their touring decision:

"Our intention is to take strings out on the road. It's just something different for us, and I can't wait to hear what it sounds like."

Although Rush haven't yet settled on a set list for the tour, they have suggested that it's not likely to feature a performance of Clockwork Angels in full.

"The set list is quite fluid these days. We're dropping and replacing songs constantly, and that's the way it always goes before we get into rehearsals. There's a great deal of pressure on us now to do the whole record, which we don't anticipate. I think our intention is probably to prepare the whole thing; whether we'll do it or not we're still not sure, especially on the first leg of the tour. There's still a lot of older stuff we want to do, and we've got some great songs lined up from the past. We'd be loathe to drop them to add more of Clockwork Angels, at least on the first leg. It's always nice to switch up on the second leg and make it a little different."