Over 40 million album sales worldwide doesn’t lie so Roadrunner Records signed prog rock trio Rush to its stable of talent. The band will remain on Anthem/Universal Music in Canada only.
Manager Ray Danniels spoke of his longstanding admiration for the label and their dogged pursuit of the band saying, “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.”
The first release from Rush through this deal will be various live configurations, recorded during their highly successful Time Machine tour that wrapped earlier this summer. Details of the release will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Recording studio owner Tom Lipsky, President of Lipsky Music, credited with brokering the deal for Roadrunner says, “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.”
Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart are one of the most popular recording artists in rock history topped only by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Their 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.