By: Gary Graff
Three days after its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Rush batted .500 at Canada's Juno Awards on Sunday night (April 21) in Saskatchewan.
The trio won the Juno for Rock Album of the Year for -- Rush's eighth career Grammy -- for 2012's "Clockwork Angels" but lost in the Group of the Year category to Marianas Trench.
"Clockwork Angels" debuted at No. 1 in Canada when it was released 10 months ago, and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. Guitarist Alex Lifeson tells us that the album benefited from a different approach than Rush has taken to its albums in the past, which included touring while still working on the project:
“It was very different for us. Usually when we commit to the record, that's all we're focused on and, you know, we kind of dive into it...But to break it up like this was something very different and new for us. We'd started with the record, we'd written five songs when the pressure was coming down to go back on the road and pick up, well, start the Time Machine Tour. And we just tried to make that into an opportunity where we could showcase a couple of the songs, live with them a bit, get into that sort of playing mode and then go straight back into the studio...It was nice to break it up that way because we came in with kind of a different vibe and different attitude for each of those writing stages. I think it's evident on the record that things were done at a different time and there's a little bit of separation between the songs, yet they are very connected.”
Rush hits the road again Tuesday (April 23) in Austin, Texas, for nine U.S. dates before heading to the U.K. and Europe in May and June, returning to these shores on June 21 for another North American swing.
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