Rush say they "really don't care" about being part of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame that snubbed them this year.
Guitarist Alex Lifeson told Rolling Stone that they might still accept an induction if it were offered, but added: "There are a lot of other bands that should be in there before we should be in there ... If the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame doesn't want us in there, that's fine. I don't care."
He says Rush are more honoured to receive the Governor General's Performing Arts Award a couple of weeks ago. "That's really the highest accolade you can get in this country for the performing arts, and it's recognized nationally, and I felt so proud as a Canadian to be in this esteemed group of artists that have been there for the last 20 years."
Meanwhile, after releasing "Clockwork Angels" their first album in five years the band will hit the road with a string ensemble to recreate the ambitious scores on the new record, and perhaps add new scores to older Rush songs.
Their new stage show is an entirely fresh production after their 2010/11 "Time Machine" tour, says Lifeson, and the set-list could change from show to show.
"The set list is quite fluid these days," he said. "We're dropping and replacing songs constantly, and that's the way it always goes before we get into rehearsals.
"There's still a lot of older stuff we want to do, and we've got some great songs lined up from the past. We'd be loath to drop them to add more of Clockwork Angels, at least on the first leg. It's always nice to switch up on the second leg and make it a little different."
The new tour kicks off on September 7 in Manchester, N.H. Will you be there? What do you think of the new record? Let us know in the comments.