Had the opportunity to see Rush on the 25th in San Antonio. Great show. They played for 3 1/2 hours and had more energy(and sounded better) then most bands half their age.
Set List : --Montage of several songs from several albums(while they played..a montage of album covers/images of the band were shown on the video screens.) --Spirit of Radio --Force Ten --Animate --Tom Sawyer --Roll The Bones --Earth Shine --The Trees --One Little Victory --Dreamline --Red Sector A --Red Barchetta --Bravado --Mystic Rhythms --Between The Wheels --Neil's Drum Solo --The Seeker --YYZ --2112(Overture/Temples) --Resist --Summertime Blues --Working Man --Heart Full Of Soul --Subdivisions --Secret Touch --Xanadu
I picked up Rush live in Rio a few months ago and that's a great live album.
"If you want sumpin' a little stronger, homes, you gotta sip on some Mexican water. It's a little cloudy, and has an odd smell that makes you think it's not really for human consumption. But HOOOOOOOOOOOO-EEEEEEY! What a kick! Arriba~!"-LOP Board Member Uncle Eddy
I picked up their new EP "Feedback" yesterday. Really good stuff. When I first heard that Rush was going to do a CD of cover songs I was worried that it'd be godawful, but I was really surprised at the energy and enthusiasm shown in the 8 songs on Feedback. Highlights are their versions of the Yardbirds' "Heart Full of Soul", the Who/Blue Cheer's version of "Summertime Blues", and an amazing rendition of Cream's take on "Crossroads".
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts" --Bertrand Russell
Saw them last night (Tuesday 6/27) at Red Rocks, just outside of Denver. Set list was identical to what's posted above. Although, overall the framework of the set was similar to their last tour- 2002's Vapor Trails.
The opening medley was cool. It was like a mini "behind the music" documentary. The songs got progressively newer, in synch with the pictures on the screen. Nice touch how the first part of the medley was "Finding my Way"... the first song from the first album. They even threw in a little bit of "Bastille Day".
For this show, they ended the first half with "One Little Victory" then returned for part two with "Tom Sawyer" (or, the "Kerry Von Erich theme song"). They had video packages on the big screens before the first song of each set. Before the opener, there was a nifty animation montage featuring references to all the albums. Then it cut to what I thought was an incredibly UN-funny video with Jerry Stiller to bring the band out.
For the second opener, the video was sort of a "Thunderbirds are GO" homage, featuring Rush bobbleheads. The bobbleheads remained and bounced in sequence to "Tom Sawyer". The video screens would return at various points throughout the set. Usually they depicted some nifty designs or relevant graphics (ex: flying along a road for "Red Barchetta", a map of the suburbs for "Subdivisions", etc). OH yes, they even threw in "La Villa"...and Alex got to do his little vocal ramble. He did a little limmerick about "we have a saying where I come from...fool me once,", etc. Hmm..I suspect Alex might have seen Farenheit 9/11 over the weekend.
The encore set featured "Summertime Blues", "Crossroads" and "Limelight"
Only complaint was that the sound was un-even for the first half. That was most likely due to the rainstorm before the show and the high winds throughout the night. But it's a good show. Go see 'em!
Don't want to steal this post's thunder, but I'll be adding a DUAL review of this show to my website, soon.
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