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Alex Lifeson to Guest on New Fu Manchu Album

Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Tairrie B. Photography
Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Tairrie B. Photography

Fu Manchu will release their 12th studio album, Clone of the Universe, on Feb. 9, 2018. A follow-up to 2014’s Gigantoid, this new project contains an appearance by Alex Lifeson, guitarist for Rush.

Lifeson guests on “Il Mostro Atomico,” an 18-minute, album-closing song that’s broken up into four sections. Fu Manchu are calling it the heaviest track they’ve ever recorded and, as guitarist and singer Scott Hill said in a press release, they’re itching to test it out in concert.

“We are excited to get out and play this stuff, especially ‘Il Mostro Atomico,'” he said. “We think it’s some the strongest music we’ve ever done. We really love the overall sound of the album and having Alex play on it is just incredible. It gives it that special validation for the idea that we had to try something like a side long song.”

The day Clone of the Universe is released, Fu Manchu play the Troubadour in Los Angeles, followed by the Casbah in San Diego the next night. After touring Europe throughout March, they’ll return to the U.S. for a three-week tour. You can see all the dates, the track listing and a brief preview of the record that they uploaded to Facebook, below.

‘Clone of the Universe’ Track Listing
1. “Intelligent Worship”
2. (I’ve Been) Hexed”
3. “Don’t Panic”
4. “Slower Than Light”
5. “Nowhere Left to Hide”
6. “Clone of the Universe”
7. “Il Mostro Atomico”

Fu Manchu 2018 U.S. Tour Dates
Feb. 9 – Los Angeles, CA, The Troubadour
Feb. 10 – San Diego, CA, The Casbah
May 1 – Phoenix, AZ, Rebel Lounge
May 3 – Dallas, TX, Curtain Club
May 4 – Austin, TX, Barracuda
May 5 – Houston, TX, White Oak
May 7 – Atlanta, GA, Vinyl
May 8 – Raleigh, NC, Kings
May 9 – Washington, DC, Rock & Roll Hotel
May 11 – Philadelphia, PA, Underground Arts
May 12 – New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
May 13 – Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
May 15 – Cleveland, OH, Grog Shop
May 16 – Columbus, OH, Ace of Cups
May 17 – Detroit, MI, El Club
May 19 – Chicago, IL, Bottom Lounge
May 22 – Denver, CO, Streets of London Pub

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