Rush axeman Alex Lifeson recently pondered on what the future holds for the music industry, stressing the impending doom that seemingly awaits the album format. Chatting with Billboard, Alex touched on the given matter after expressing expectations for the trio to kick off the work on new material sometime during 2014. "It's going to be interesting to see where we do go next," he explained. "You know, the album is dying as a format. We're so used to it and we're so old-school in that format, but will we get more mileage by doing a few new songs at a time, or do we do another album?" the guitarist asked. "It's hard to say what the future holds, and it's just changing so rapidly," Lifeson concluded. "It's always hard to speculate where you're going to go." But when it comes to the present time, Rush are a holiday. "We've committed to taking about a year off," Lifeson explains. "We all agreed when we finished this ("Clockwork Angels") tour (in early August) we were going to take this time off and we weren't going to talk about band stuff or make any plans. We committed to a year, so that's going to take us through to the end of next summer, for sure. That's the minimum. "We haven't stopped or quit," the guitarist reassures. "Right now we're just relaxing. We're taking it easy and just enjoying our current employment." Finally, as one of the latest Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Alex gave his two cents about this year's ceremony. "I put my votes in - certainly with Deep Purple and Yes and Nirvana, I think they're all candidates, and I think Kiss deserves to be in there, too. We have lots of great memories of working together with them, and I think they've been influential and worked for a very long time and worked very hard." The latest Rush studio effort, "Clockwork Angels," saw its release in June 2012 via Roadrunner Records.
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