It is a great honor, in more ways than one, for us to introduce Rush as the first announcement for Sweden Rock Festival 2013. Firstly, they are one of the most legendary and influential rock bands in history with total album sales exceeding 40 million; secondly, this marks the Sweden Rock Festival debut that so many have longed for; and last but not least - this will be Rush's first appearance at a European festival in 34 years!
Rush are arguably world champions of timing. Ever since their 1974 debut they have constantly been on par with the progress of rock, and more than once they have accelerated it. They have paved the way for such sub genres as progressive metal, synth rock and alternative metal. Their skill and discipline on their instruments have influenced countless musicians (to name but a few; Metallica, Queensrÿche, Dream Theater and the Foo Fighters). They have raised the intellectual bar for rock lyrics with their fascination for philosophy, natural science and literature. And lest we forget, they released and keep releasing successful and groundbreaking albums, including classics as "2112" (1976), "A farewell to kings" (1977), "Moving pictures" (1981), "Power windows" (1985), "Counterparts" (1993) and "Vapor Trails" (2002). The Canadian trio's new studio album "Clockwork Angels" will be released on June 11th. The first single, "Headlong flight", is out now.
In 2004, Rush played in Sweden for the first time in 25 years, selling out the Globe Arena in Stockholm. The overwhelming audience response marked the beginning of a passionate love story between the band and Sweden, and on June 8th 2013 they will be back again. The event promises to be a magnificent assault on all senses - Geddy Lee (vocals/bass), Alex Lifeson (guitar) and Neil Peart (drums) tell us that the stage production will be one of the greatest in Rush's entire history, and the biggest they have ever brought to Europe. Their show at Sweden Rock Festival will be the only festival appearance in Europe, and the band's first festival appearance since they played at Pinkpop in Holland in 1979. Rush will bring their full stage production to Sweden Rock!