Canadian rock legends RUSH have revealed their first offering from the forthcoming "R40 Live" concert film — "Roll The Bones", a song from their fourteenth studio album "Roll The Bones" that was originally released in 1991.
This "R40 Live" version of "Roll The Bones" was recorded in the band's hometown of Toronto on June 17 and June 19 during the sold-out shows at the Air Canada Centre on the "R40 Live" tour and was mixed by David Botrill (TOOL, MUSE).
"Roll The Bones (R40 Live)" features an array of special guests in the rap part of the song: Jay Baruchel (SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE), Les Claypool (PRIMUS), Peter Dinklage ("Game Of Thrones"), Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, AUDIOSLAVE), Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), "The Trailer Park Boys", and Jason Segel and Paul Rudd ("I Love You, Man").
It is the first time the band put the "Roll The Bones" song back in the setlist since the "Snakes & Arrows" tour in 2007/2008. During the "R40 Live" tour, "Roll The Bones" gained new life and became a fan favorite with an arena sing-along to the chorus "Why are we here? Because we're here — Roll The Bones."
The RUSH "R40 Live" concert film will be released on November 20. More details will be revealed soon.
RUSH's "R40 Live" tour wrapped on August 1 in Los Angeles, California at the Forum.
Asked how he is feeling about the idea of retiring from the road, RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson told The Canadian Press: "I have such mixed feelings about it. In one way, I feel relief. I think that 40 years is a long time to be touring the way we tour. I really like being home with my grandkids. At 61, I don't feel there's anything we need to prove."
He continued: "I still love playing. But in [drummer] Neil's [Peart] case, for example, his job is really tough. Playing the way he does is very, very difficult on his body. He has chronic tendonitis in his arms and he's had problems with his shoulders.
"It's just getting to the point, no matter how much we love doing it, that it's much more demanding and much more difficult."
Lifeson added: "I've always hated the idea of being one of those guys who's just up there, old and barely able to move — just doing it for fear of not doing it, or not making an extra buck or whatever.
"If this is the last major tour that we do, [I want to] go out with flying colors, where everybody remembers the show they went to as the best RUSH they've [seen].
"That's a nice legacy to leave behind — rather than the worn-out shadow of something you once were."