In a press release just sent out it was announced that rock icons Rush has inked a new deal with Roadrunner records, and put them on a label that is better suited to their genre.
According to Ray Daniels, Rush’s manager,“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.”
“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,” said Cees Wessels, Roadrunner Records Chairman.
“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,” said Tom Lipsky, President of Lipsky Music, LLC, who brokered the significant deal for Roadrunner.
The first release on the label will be a live album with tracks culled from various shows from their extremely successful Time Machine Tour which wrapped up this summer.
Now Rush, who have sold more than 40 million records and are 3rd only to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the most Gold/Patinum albums by a rock band, are paired with new label mates such as Dream Theater, Nickelback, Korn, Rob Zombie, and Megadeth, as well as a host of other up and coming rock bands.
The band is currently working on their next studio album, titled “Clockwork Angels”, which will be released in 2012. The album was delayed due to the success of the tour.
The band has been with Atlantic Records since 1989 after jumping from Mercury for the album