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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 11:48 AM

Went to see Rush Last night and I was very imprssed with what I saw. This was my first concert seeing them. very solid and tight throught the show.

Geddys bass playing was awesome. Really stood out throught the whole show. It was nice to hear it be involved and shine in the songs. His voice soundd just as good now as it did 30yrs ago. They soound and music that they produced coming from the stage was so full and powerfull from just thre musicians. It would be difficult to find another trio that even come close to what they did.
Neil Pert and Lifeson were also very good. Lifeson is a different kind of rock guitar player, not your typical in some ways. He had some great solo's especially on The Mission.
Very melodic.
I respect a band of the calibur of Rush who defintely has their own sound and style that no one else has and be able to draw almost 10,000 people to a show after being around for thirty plus years. Their music I think is an acquired taste and not for everybody. Not your typical radio airplay that you hear these days.

The stand out songs for me was " The Main Monkey Business", "Far Cry" , "Natural Science" and "YYZ"

Set 1: Limelight, Digital Man, Entre Nous, Mission, Freewill, The Main Monkey Business, The Larger Bowl, Secret Touch, Circumstances, Between The Wheels, Dreamline.

Set 2: Far Cry, Workin' Them Angels, Armor And Sword, Spindrift, The Way The Wind Blows, Subdivisions, Natural Science, Witch Hunt, Malignant Narcissism, Drum Solo, Hope, Summer Time Blues, The Spirit Of Radio, Tom Sawyer. Encore: One Little Victory, A Passage To Bangkok, YYZ.

INDYSTAR REVIEW

Rush raises questions about human condition
By David Lindquist
david.lindquist@indystar.com

Rush presented the most philosophical rock show of the summer Sunday night at Verizon Wireless Music Center



It wasn't a concert designed to pacify casual fans, as soul-searching lyrics from drummer Neil Peart guided the program while several hit singles didn't make the 28-song set.
Before a halftime intermission, Peart, vocalist-bass player Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson strung together obscurities and an occasional standard to craft a sonic essay on the human condition.
"Limelight" and "Freewill" were the mainstream standouts, with the former focused on the pitfalls of fame and the latter filled with advice against rituals and superstition.
While Lee's sky-scraping voice didn't appear to be entirely warmed up at the show's outset, he played an elastic and melodic bass from beginning to end -- often providing a soul to the band's overly dense progressive rock tunes.
Current album "Snakes & Arrows" supplied the centerpiece of the concert's first half via a song titled "The Larger Bowl," which finds Peart as perplexed about humanity as ever.
"Why such different fortunes and fates," Lee sang, "some are blessed and some are cursed."
To illustrate the haves and have-nots, video images contrasted a cruise ship's deck chair and a penitentiary's electric chair, plus a palace and a slum during the performance of "Bowl."
"Entre Nous," from 1980, and "Mission," from 1987, carried more optimistic messages.
"The spaces in between leave room for you and I to grow," Lee sang during "Entre Nous." "Mission," meanwhile, paid tribute to the planet's brightest minds: "A spirit with a vision is a dream with a mission."
After the break, Rush played five consecutive selections from "Snakes and Arrows."
With the musicians more locked in and aggressive than before the break, disbelief about the general state of affairs continued to be the lyrical theme.
"It's a far cry from the world we'd thought we'd inherit," Lee sang during "Far Cry." "It's a far cry from the way we thought we'd share it."
Lifeson squeezed a mandolin solo into the heavy-swinging "Far Cry," and he later extracted an impressive unplugged tone from his electric guitar.
These are two more wrinkles for the ultimate multi-tasking trio. Peart triggers a multitude of sounds from his drum kit, and Lee plays bass, keyboards and some synthesized tones through foot pedals.
"Snakes" selection "Spindrift" proved to be a minor-key masterpiece. The tune wasn't a sing-along for the audience of 9,789, but the questions of its chorus -- "What am I supposed to say? Where are the words to answer you when you talk that way?" -- encapsulated the night's overriding message
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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 11:57 AM
Can't wait for the show here.

Rush is always good live. Seen many shows and never a bad one. some better than others but never bad. even when touring for albums that I didn't like much.

Glad you enjoyed the show. Thanks for the review.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 12:45 PM
RUSH is an awesome band and I started listening to them in 1976. I have tickets to thier Toronto show and really looking forward to it.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 02:33 PM
I'm ready to see them on Thursday!!
 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 03:26 PM
I've never been disappointed by a Rush show. Saw them at Jones Beach when they came around here, while I loved the show many fans seemed upset that so much from Snakes and Arrows was played and so few standards. I prefer that bands change it up rather than play the same thing every time they come around. Going back to see them at MSG Sept. 17th.
 

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I've never been disappointed by a Rush show. Saw them at Jones Beach when they came around here, while I loved the show many fans seemed upset that so much from Snakes and Arrows was played and so few standards. I prefer that bands change it up rather than play the same thing every time they come around. Going back to see them at MSG Sept. 17th.


Rush has always mixed things up rather well. I enjoy that also.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 09:39 PM
I've been reading some of the Reviews form the RUSH forms and the Tour is going great. Geddy's mastery display on Bass is always a highlight throughout each show. Neil has stated that Ged's voice is exceptionally well this year.

Im really looking forward to the show.

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 09:52 PM
I really respect an older band that plays lots of new stuff unlike the Stones or Deep Purple. The Who also played a ton of their new album last tour.
 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 11:05 PM
Just saw them last Thursday, 16th time since 1984.

Geddy's playing and singing are at a level that, quite frankly, he has never been at. Just absolutely amazing. I loved the setlist - they've always been evolving and changing and never really played a "greatest hits" show (save for the R30 tour, I guess) - and I've always thought that has been a key to their long-term success. I think that's what has kept them off some lame summer triple bill with REO and Styx where one original member is playing hits from the 70's. Same lineup since 1974 and all albums at least certified gold - that's quite an incredible accomplishment.

I could go on forever about those guys - Geddy Lee is why I play the bass. Being a fan of any band at any time, there is no other greater moment in my experience than the night that Alex Lifeson bought me a drink, but that's a really long story.

 

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  posted on 8/27/2007 at 11:10 PM
Geddy is responsible for a lot of folks taking up bass.

I saw them on my 18th birthday at Indiana University (the year was 1979 for those counting) and then again in Augusta in 1984 or 5, shortly after I moved down here. BOC opened for them on that tour. Wish they'd come town through again.

Neil Peart is every bass player's favorite musician, according to Bass Player magazine one year.

 

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  posted on 8/28/2007 at 10:23 AM
Neil Peart is the Great man.....the Professor on the Drum Kit

 

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  posted on 8/28/2007 at 10:27 AM
BHawk, you need to tell that Lifeson story!

And I think the reason most bassists who read Bass Player magazine voted for Neil Peart is that, of course, most Rush-type bassists read that magazine!!!

 

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  posted on 8/28/2007 at 11:29 AM
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BHawk, you need to tell that Lifeson story!

And I think the reason most bassists who read Bass Player magazine voted for Neil Peart is that, of course, most Rush-type bassists read that magazine!!!


Why are bassists voting on drummers? Lost me a bit.

Favorite Rush show was the Farewell To Arms Tour. Tickets were $2.99 in advance and $3.99 day of the show. Max Webster was the opening act. Rush used so much smoke and effects it looked like a Kiss show. they were trying to build the fanbase. I guess it worked.

 

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  posted on 8/28/2007 at 01:04 PM
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BHawk, you need to tell that Lifeson story!


Sure! I actually wrote this a few years ago to post on a Rush message board, I had to dig it out of an old email where I had saved it.

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In early 1999 the clock was winding down on the venerable Maple Leaf Gardens. A dear friend of mine (and fellow Rush uber fan) had obtained tickets for the third to last game ever at the Gardens, the Leafs vs. the Capitals on January 30th. I was living in Chicago at the time, my friend was living in Kansas City. We made plans for a full-length visit to Toronto, replete with visits to the Hockey Hall of Fame and, of course, The Orbit Room. As many know, this was, in the Rush timeline, the "Dark Time." Neil had lost both Selena and Jackie and the future of the band was completely uncertain.

We arrived late Wednesday evening, leaving ourselves plenty of time for a long weekend that would culminate with the Leafs game on Saturday night. We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast on Palmerston Boulevard, right around the corner from the Orbit Room (the location of the b & b was strategically chosen, of course). Thursday we spent all day walking around and exploring the city (and taking each other's pictures in front of the Ontario government building in Moving Pictures poses, naturally) and a very nice fellow gave us tickets to see the pro lacrosse team that evening at the Gardens. A free bonus trip to the old barn!

Friday morning we head out to find a place to eat, and of course, TO in January, it was indeed, um, frosty. We walked passed the entrance to the Orbit Room and the sign in front said "Tonight - The Dexters!"

Oh my. Would Alex be sitting in tonight? Would we actually be able to see Alex freakin Lifeson play guitar in his cozy little nightclub?

Needless to say, we were more than a tad exited all day, pretty much like a couple of teenagers. My friend always had a special, well, place in her heart for Alex, it took her forever to pick out something to wear! We laid out our plans, how we would play it cool no matter what happened. Personally, I've always thought it is cool to meet celebrities and the famous, but this was on a whole 'nother level and I didn't want to go out of my way to be yet another awestruck fan. The first album I ever bought with my own lawn-mowing money was Moving Pictures in 1982 at the ripe old age of 12. I haven't missed a tour since Grace Under Pressure and proudly own pretty much every recording they've ever put out. But, to actually meet one of them....

The Orbit Room is a second floor establishment, to get up there you have to walk up a fairly steep flight of stairs. We get to the top of the stairs and stop to pay the cover, I look over, and there's Big Al himself, sitting on a stool off to the side of the stage, freshly lit DuMaurier in hand, talking to a couple. The place really isn't that big, bandstand on one end of a long room with a long bar on one wall and scant tables opposite. We rushed over to the bar and were lucky enough to get the last two seats. Here's where we plant for the evening! It was a typical bar crowd in a typical packed hot nightclub (which was fine due to the fact it was at least 400 below outside).

The Dexters started playing, bluesy grooves as I recall. After a song or two, Alex came up to join the band. I'm not exactly sure which model of guitar it was, but I'm fairly certain it was the Gibson he played in the Exit...Stage Left video, the sunburst looking ax he played on "Tom Sawyer" that they used as a video in the early days of MTV. One thing I remember vividly is even thought he was jamming on a blues tune, he definitely sounded like Alex Lifeson. I had pretty much told myself that I wasn't going to go up to him, just didn't feel like I had to. I thought just being there was enough. But then I started thinking. Rush could be done. Neil has been through the purest of hell and he never really liked touring anyway. Would this be the last chance I would ever get to see Alex play? I did agree with myself that well, hell, I'm sure never going to have this opportunity ever again! We sat and enjoyed the music and got into a lively conversation with a couple sitting next to us that was doing their best to convince us to scalp our Leafs tickets and use the money to go to one of the high-rise hotels and get a jacuzzi suite that overlooks the city. This was hilarious because 1) Once in a lifetime chance to see the Leafs in the Gardens and 2) my friend and I had a platonic relationship. Hilarious conversation nonetheless.

So, the Dexters finished their first set. Having knocked back my third CC Manhattan (Courage!) I decided, you know what, I'm going to go up to Alex Lifeson and tell him...thank you. Just that. It was all I really wanted to say to him anyway.

I walked towards the stage and Alex was sitting on a stool off to the side. Again, it's important to remember that in that setting, Alex seemed to be no big deal to any of the patrons there. I'm not so sure that many of the people there either had no idea who he was or it just wasn't that big of deal to begin with. So, I walked up, and said (drum roll) "Alex?"

"Yeah!" he responded with a smile.

"Alex, I don't want to bother you or take up any of your time, but..."

Alex, with a dismissive smile, "Don't be silly!"

"Well, my friend and I came a long way in hopes of seeing you and enjoying your place here. I've been a fan off everything you've done for quite a long time and I just wanted to say 'Thank you'" as I stuck out my hand.

He shook my hand (first of all, Alex is a fairly large man in stature. Second of all, his hands are enormous), and said "No, thank you! Did you say you were he with someone?" I said yes and pointed down to my friend at the bar, "She's sitting over there, she's too nervous to come and say hi."

We laughed and I said, "Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you and shake your hand. I really appreciate all you've done with your music. I don't want to bother you, so have a great night." Or something along those lines. I've tried to keep most of the details of this evening as vivid in memory as possible, but as the nights grow colder, the children grow up and the old friends grow older...things can get a tad fuzzy from here to there.

I shook his hand again and he said "Thanks for the kind words," with an enormous smile. I walked back to the bar, feeling pretty damn good about myself, I must say! I got to tell Alex Lifeson thank you. That was more than enough for me.

But...the story does not end here.

I sat back down and my friend started hammering me with questions "what did he say? What was he like?" I told her what had went down and just how cool it was.

The bartender then walked up and put two fresh drinks on the bar. "These are on Big Al."

Whoa.

We were stunned with happiness and disbelief. Alex Lifeson just bought us a drink. Get outta town! We picked up our drinks and turned to each other with a toast and I said "Can't get any better than this!"

We then felt the presence of a large man behind the bar. Alex had come down to talk to us!

"So! You said you came a long way, where are you guys from?"

Again, whoa.

I told him Chicago and he instantly brightened up. "That's one of my all time favorite cities. Every time we pass through there I try to maximize the time." My friend told him Kansas City and he spoke warmly of all the great crowds they had gotten there. I asked him what he had been up to aside from hanging out in bars, he laughed and said "I've been hanging out in so many lately I forgot why I came in the first place." I asked what was going to happen next and he said "I just don't know. Neil needs time and we are going to give him as much as it takes." I asked just how bad it was and he replied, "As bad as you can imagine. Of all the people I've ever known I've never seen anyone go down as fast as Jackie did. After Selena died she just gave up. We tried and tried but nothing worked. It was really horrible." Wanting to lighten the mood, I asked him if he still go a charge out of playing live, "Oh my god, yeah. I think about it all the time. Playing in a club or playing in front of a giant crowd, it doesn't matter. Playing live has always been the one thing that gives me pure joy."

It was at about this time in the conversation that something really really funny happened. The place was now beyond packed. A girl made her way up to the bar and handed Alex a glass and said, "can I get some ice water?" Hey, he was behind the bar, right? He said "sure" and started looking around behind the bar going, "Uhhh, yeah....ummmm...." As if on cue, the bartender swooped in, rolled his eyes and grabbed the glass out of Alex's hand. Alex turned to us and said, deadpan, "Obviously, I just put up the money for the joint."

I asked him a few more Rush-related questions and we were all getting that feeling that the conversation was winding to an end, and he handled it perfectly, thanking us once again for coming in and being such great fans. He gave us both two-handed handshakes (no wonder the guy is so good on guitar, again, his hands are huge) and off he went....back up to the stage.

I remember getting home from that weekend and my brother asking me how my trip was. I grinned and said, "Oh, went to a Leafs game, did the tourist lunch at Wayne Gretzky's, went up the CN Tower and hit the Hockey Hall of Fame. Oh, and Alex Lifeson bought me a drink."



I hadn't actually read that story in quite awhile. I think what still sticks with me was just how damned nice the guy was. He talked to us like he had known us for years. I waited a long time (a couple of years at least) before I posted this story online because I had visions of Rush fans mobbing the club (which probably wouldn't have happened anyway) and I didn't want to ruin his goodwill in some strange karmic way.

I've met several celebrities and most of the time its really not a big deal, they're just people, after all. But, this one was pretty special.

 

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  posted on 8/28/2007 at 02:34 PM
BHawk, I remember hearing about Neil Peart's 19 year daughter getting killed in a car wreck, then his wife died from cancer. I remember thinking, "How much can one man take?" Glad to hear Rush is touring again. Wish I could see them. They are a great trio.

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  posted on 8/28/2007 at 03:04 PM
Their new album is great, perhaps the best studio album since 'Moving Pictures'.
I've heard some of the shows from the current tour and they are playing better than ever!

 

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  posted on 8/28/2007 at 04:00 PM
Hey Bhawk, thats a great story man.....a good memory. I love your reponse to your brother, LOL. His face must have dropped.

 

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