Rush walked off with the Album Of The Year Award for Clockwork Angels at this year’s Progressive Music Awards. Obviously with the band well into rehearsals for their world tour, they couldn’t make it over to the Awards themselves, but were kind enough to send this message:
With all the great media coverage that has followed in the wake of the Awards themselves, it’s no surprise to find that artists who won at the Awards have benefitted from increased album sales. In Rush’s case, Clockwork Angels saw an increase in sales of 68% from Thursday to Sunday. That’s the power of Prog!
Rush have just started the North American leg of the Clockwork Angels tour. The band will be playing live in the Europe in May 2103.
Rick Wakeman, Genesis, Steven Wilson, Rush and Anathema were among the winners at the first Progressive Music Awards, held in Kew Gardens.
Some of the biggest names in prog turned up for the event, including Genesis, Asia, ELP, The Moody Blues, Roxy Music, Marillion, Steve Hackett, Fish, It Bites and Anathema.
The event was hosted by Gavin Esler of Newsnight. It’s the first time that the genre has been celebrated in such a fashion. As Wakeman himself said: “It’s about time prog got the respect it deserves for the way it’s created, and continues to create, some of the most important music around”.