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RUSH CLOCKWORK ANGELS DEBUTS AT #1 [share this release] TORONTO, ON (20 JUNE 2012) Legendary rock band Rush remains on form with their 20th studio album, CLOCKWORK ANGELS (Anthem/Universal Music Canada), which has today debuted at #1 on the Nielson SoundScan Album chart with first week sales in excess of 19,600 in Canada. This marks the bands first #1 debut for a studio album in the SoundScan era. Lyrically, CLOCKWORK ANGELS chronicles a young mans quest across a lavish and colourful world of steampunk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams. The story features lost cities, pirates, anarchists, an exotic carnival, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. The novelization of CLOCKWORK ANGELS is being written by science fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson in collaboration with Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and will be released this September by ECW Press. The recording of CLOCKWORK ANGELS began in April 2010 at Nashvilles Blackbird studios with Grammy Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) who also collaborated with the band on their last studio album, 2007s SNAKES & ARROWS. Rush co-produced both records. The songs Caravan and BU2B were completed during that first session and performed nightly during Rushs wildly successful Time Machine Tour, which ran from June 2010 to June 2011. Work on CLOCKWORK ANGELS resumed in the fall of 2011 at Revolution Recording in Toronto after the tours finale, with additional strings (arranged by David Campbell) recorded at Hollywoods Ocean Way Studios earlier this year. Rush will begin their North American tour dates supporting CLOCKWORK ANGELS this September, including six Canadian dates. With more than 40 million records sold worldwide and countless sold-out tours, Rush Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart is not only one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, but remains one of the most popular. Rushs vast catalogue includes such classics as 1974s self-titled debut, 1976s 2112, 1981s MOVING PICTURES, 1996s TEST FOR ECHO, and 2002s VAPOR TRAILS. In addition to their commercial success, Rush has also been recognized with a number of Juno Awards and multiple Grammy nominations, including one for the acclaimed documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage at last years gala event. Enjoying a recent pop culture renaissance, Rush made a rare television appearance - their first in over 30 years - on Comedy Centrals The Colbert Report and a memorable cameo in the film I Love You, Man. A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature summed up the renowned rock trios continuing artistic vitality by observing, Its true that Rush doesnt mean today what it did in76 or even 96. It may mean more. CLOCKWORK ANGELS 2012 CANADIAN TOUR DATES Sep 26 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre Sep 28 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre Sep 30 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place Oct 14 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Oct 16 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Oct 18 Montreal, QC Bell Centre