According to a posting on the RUSH fan site RushIsABand.com, RUSH has launched a countdown clock splash page on the band's official web site formatted by HHMMSS where the first two digits are the hours, the next two are the minutes and the last two are the seconds. It began ticking with a reading of 480000 at 7 a.m. EST this morning and will count down to this Thursday, April 8 at 7 a.m. There is no word on the exact nature of the announcement, but new tour dates are said to be a good guess.
RUSH has reportedly commenced work on the follow-up to 2007's "Snakes & Arrows" at Cherry Beach Sound in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Guitarist Alex Lifeson is believed to be engineering the sessions, although this information has not yet been corroborated by an official source.
RUSH drummer Neil Peart told The Canadian Press at the end of March that the band was planning to complete pre-production on two new songs in the coming weeks, with a possible tour to follow.
"We're going to put those (songs) together and if they turn out well, we'll maybe even release them (on their own)," he said. "We're saying, what if we do a little songwriting and then a little touring to play those songs, and then get back to the songwriting again? It would be an interesting way to shake up our usual way. There's nothing I can confirm yet ... these things are immensely complicated and so much involved, all I can say is that we're considering that."