According to Billboard, Rush have just signed a new label deal with Roadrunner Records. The Canadian prog rock legends’ first release via Roadrunner will be a live album, followed by their new studio album Clockwork Angels in 2012.
The band’s manager Ray Daniels had the following to say about their new label home:
“After years of Roadrunner pursuing the band, Tom Lipsky [President, Lipsky Music LLC] 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.”
Roadrunner Records Chairman Cees Wessels added the following:
“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.”
While this may make some metal fans a little uneasy seeing Roadrunner further pursuing more rock groups, there is no denying the heavy influence Rush have played in both rock and metal. Plus, their fan base is enormous and extremely loyal, making this an awesome grab for Roadrunner. And keep in mind, die hard prog fans, that this now puts Rush on the same label as Dream Theater and Opeth! Imagine the possibilities of this.