To coincide with RUSH's forthcoming UK October arena tour dates, the Canadian rock power trio will release its critically acclaimed "Snakes & Arrows" album as a "Special 2007 UK Tour Edition" comprising two discs (CD and DVD) on Monday, September 3.
Comprised of "Special Tour Edition" packaging, including a stunning 28-page full-color booklet, Disc 1 (CD) will feature the original stereo mix of the studio album, while Disc 2 (DVD) will include tons of interactive features audio mixes in 96 kHz/24-bit hi-resolution stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound. The DVD disc will also include "Rush: The Game of Snakes & Arrows", a unique 45-minute video documentary on the making of the album, MP3 files of every audio track, wallpapers, buddy icons, screensaver and a scrollable dialog written by Neil Peart that provides additional discovery into the creation of the songs. The documentary gives fans direct access to the band and producer in the recording studio. The band members provide audio commentary and there's a segment on the documentary where Neil Peart records his drum parts. There's also footage of the band jamming on their instruments plus verbal commentary into the ideas and insights behind the song and lyrics.
RUSH's 18th studio album, "Snakes & Arrows", debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart with sales of 93,000 copies. The disc is the first collection of all-new RUSH material since 2002's "Vapor Trails" and the 27th RUSH release to make the Billboard album chart. The band's chart peak was in 1993, when "Counterparts" debuted at No. 2.
"Snakes & Arrows" has sold 233,000 copies in the United States since its May 1 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.