October 1993 . 15th Studio Recording

Roll the Bones 1991 Neil Peart – Burning for Buddy: A Tribute to the Music of Buddy Rich 1994

About Counterparts

Counterparts is the band’s 15th studio album, released on October 19, 1993.

Counterparts shows Rush returning to its guitar/bass/drum foundation, and becoming less dependent on synths and technology. This can be heard throughout, from the songwriting, to the performance, to the production. Counterparts also marks the return of co-producer Peter Collins, who produced Power Windows and Hold Your Fire before Rupert Hine stepped in and co-produced Presto and Roll The Bones.

The term ‘counterparts’ is described as both “duplicate” and “opposite” – a definition that so intrigued Neil that he contemplated to himself:

“…considered in this way, contraries are reflections of each other, and not necessarily contradictions.”

Instrumental track “Leave That Thing Alone” earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Instrumental”.

  • Credits
  • Liner Notes
  • Awards/Chart Positions


Produced by

Peter Collins and Rush

Mixed by

Mixed by Michael Letho
Assisted by Simon Pressey and Brett Zilahi


Rush and Peter Collins

Additional keyboards

John Webster


Bob Ludwig
Gateway Studios
Portland, Maine


Ray Danniels
SRO Management Inc.

Executive Production

Anthem Entertainment
Liam Birt and Pegi Cecconi

Art Direction and Design

Hugh Syme


Andrew MacNaughtan

Liner Notes

Geddy Lee – Bass guitar, vocals, synthesizers
Alex Lifeson – Electric and acoustic guitars
Neil Peart – Drums, cymbals, electronic percussion

Le Studio
Recorded at Le Studio
Morin Heights, Quebec
April – June, 1993
Assisted by Simon Pressey
McClear Pathé, Toronto
Assisted by Bill Hermans

Orchestration on “Nobody’s Hero” arranged and conducted by Michael Kamen
Preproduction at Chalet Studio by Lerxst Sound, assisted by Everett Ravestein

The Three Stooges® & © 1993 Norman Maurer Productions, Inc., L.A., CA

Primate provided by Monkey Business, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Tour Manager and President: Liam Birt
Production Manager: Nick Kotos
Stage Manager: Skip Gildersleeve
Concert Sound Engineer: Robert Scovill
Lighting Director: Shawn Richardson
Stage Left Tech: Jimmy Joe Rhodes
Center Stage Tech: Larry Allen
Stage Right Tech: Jim Johnson
Keyboard Tech: Tony Geranios
Monitor Engineer: Bill Chrysler
Personal Assistant and Tour Photographer: Andrew MacNaughtan

Concert Sound: Electrotec: Ted Leamy, Larry (Kahuna) Vodopivec, Marc Tooch, David (H.B.) Stogner
Lighting: See Factor: Larry Hovick, Mike Frantz, Donny Lodico, JIm Floyd, Marty Capiraso, Mario Corsi, Simon Honner, Jack Funk, designed by Howard Ungerleider and Shawn Richardson
Vari-lites: Steve Owens, Stewart Felix, Kevin (Stick) Bye
Projectionist: Bob Montgomery
Concert Rigging: IMC: Billy Collins, Mike McDonald, Marc Renault, Simmaryin (Speed) Love
Laser: Laserlite FX: Charles Passarelli, John Popowycz
Carpenters: Elmer (Moe) Haggadone, George Steinert, Sal Marinello
Drivers: Tom (Witey) Whittaker, Arthur (Mac) MacLear, Tom Hartman, Stan Whittaker, Ron Sagnip, Danny Shelnut, Jim Dezwarte, Dave Cook, Red McBrine
Tour Merchandise: Mike McLoughlin, Shannon McLoughlin, Pat McLoughlin
Tour Accountants: Liam Birt & John Whitehead (Drysdale & Drysdale)
Booking Agencies: International Creative Management, NYC, The Agency Group, London, The Agency, Toronto

Assistance, inspiration, comic relief, and/or just plain friendly service provided by D.I.Y. Studios, Pooey’s Roadhouse, Chucklehead’s Comedy Café, Harvard Lampoon, B. Zee Brokers, PrimusMr. BigEric Johnson (bands and crews), MST-3K, John K., Gamera (is turtle meat), Lesley & Harris, TJB, The Larry Sanders Show, Bryn Smith, Peter Zezel & THE LEAFS!!, Mark Langston & The Angels, 417th TAC Squadron, Ian Duff, midi-Scoozeball, Eat To The Beat caterers, John Forbes, Peter Brockbank, Neal Dibiase, the Claremont Triangle: Koodster, David, Caroline, Pooey–Studio Morin Heights: Judy, Simon, Peter, Francine, Ruth Sylvain–McClear Pathé: Bob, Bill, Jane, Tony, Pam, Suzanne, Nick & M.J., Cavedr’k & Josh–SRO: Ray, Pegi, Sheila, Kim, Kari, Anna, Bob–and our counterweights and counterparts: our families.

We appreciate technical assistance from Jim Burgess and Saved By Technology (or was it Destroyed by?), Wal basses, Paul Reed Smith guitars, Gallien-Krueger, Ludwig drumsAvedis Zildjian cymbals, and – Î©?

Brought to you buy the letter “?”

In Memory of Pat Lynes and Lee Tenner

© 1993 Atlantic Records
© 1993 Anthem Entertainment


Billboard 200
UK Albums Chart
Certified Gold by RIAA
December 7, 1993


Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart



Goddess in my garden
Sister in my soul
Angel in my armor
Actress in my role

Daughter of a demon-lover
Empress of the hidden face
Priestess of the pagan mother
Ancient queen of inner space

Spirit in my psyche
Double in my role
Alter in my image
Struggle for control

Mistress of the dark unconscious
Mermaid of the lunar sea
Daughter of the great enchantress
Sister to the boy inside of me

My counterpart — my foolish heart
A man must learn to rule his tender part
A warming trend — a gentle friend
A man must build a fortress to defend

A secret face — a touch of grace
A man must learn to give a little space
A peaceful state — a submissive trait
A man must learn to gently dominate