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  posted on 10/11/2012 at 07:23 AM
Damn they are good!! They played almost the whole new album during the second set, and also had a string section. When the strings left the stage Geddy claimed, "and now we will bid a farewell to strings." I found that amusing. It was the first time I had heard the new material and I really liked it. Hearing 2112 live was phenomenal. I think Analog Kid was one of my favorties of the night too. A new song called The Garden was really cool, especially with their whole stage setup.

They have quite the creative stage setup, and the little short movie they play during the setbreak and at the end is hysterical. It almost looks like something Terry Gillium would do; its right out of Time Bandits or Monty Python. They somehow turned Rush into gnomes that fck with the guy from the office of the tax collector. Here is a video I found of it from another show. Not only are they phenomenal musicians, they have a wonderful sense of humor.

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Set One
1.Subdivisions
2.The Big Money
3.Force Ten
4.Grand Designs
5.The Body Electric
6.Territories
7.The Analog Kid
8.Bravado
9.Where's My Thing?
10.Far Cry

Set Two
11.Caravan
12.Clockwork Angels
13.The Anarchist
14.Carnies Play
15.The Wreckers
16.Headlong Flight
17.Halo Effect
18.Seven Cities of Gold
19.The Garden
20.Manhattan Project
21.Drum Solo
22.Red Sector
23.YYZ
24.The Spirit of Radio
Encore:
25.Tom Sawyer
26.2112 Part I: Overture
27.2112 Part II: The Temples of Syrinx
28.2112 Part VII: Grand Finale



 
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  posted on 10/11/2012 at 08:47 AM
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Damn they are good!! They played almost the whole new album during the second set, and also had a string section. When the strings left the stage Geddy claimed, "and now we will bid a farewell to strings." I found that amusing. It was the first time I had heard the new material and I really liked it. Hearing 2112 live was phenomenal. I think Analog Kid was one of my favorties of the night too. A new song called The Garden was really cool, especially with their whole stage setup.

They have quite the creative stage setup, and the little short movie they play during the setbreak and at the end is hysterical. It almost looks like something Terry Gillium would do; its right out of Time Bandits or Monty Python. They somehow turned Rush into gnomes that fck with the guy from the office of the tax collector. Here is a video I found of it from another show. Not only are they phenomenal musicians, they have a wonderful sense of humor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNpAYRXqqGw

Set One
1.Subdivisions
2.The Big Money
3.Force Ten
4.Grand Designs
5.The Body Electric
6.Territories
7.The Analog Kid
8.Bravado
9.Where's My Thing?
10.Far Cry

Set Two
11.Caravan
12.Clockwork Angels
13.The Anarchist
14.Carnies Play
15.The Wreckers
16.Headlong Flight
17.Halo Effect
18.Seven Cities of Gold
19.The Garden
20.Manhattan Project
21.Drum Solo
22.Red Sector
23.YYZ
24.The Spirit of Radio
Encore:
25.Tom Sawyer
26.2112 Part I: Overture
27.2112 Part II: The Temples of Syrinx
28.2112 Part VII: Grand Finale





Sounds like a fantastic show! Speaking of Rush, I happened to catch their recently released documentary "Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage" this past Sunday on the Palladia channel. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to any music fan. Their sense of humor and that they don't take themselves too seriously really came through in the film. It was very enjoyable and very informative. A must see for every Rush fan. I'll have to watch out for some youtube footage of this tour and maybe pick up the new album.

 

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  posted on 10/11/2012 at 09:39 AM
Man, what a setlist! Glad you had a blast.

Only saw RUSH once when the opened for Bob Seger in 1977.

 

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  posted on 10/11/2012 at 12:04 PM
Sounds cool but just not enough old material in that set list to interest me at this point. Glad they may finally make the Rock Hall of Fame. Am a huge fan of their early stuff through 'Signals' but only like a handful of songs since then.

 

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  posted on 10/11/2012 at 12:22 PM
Great set list for Rush fans!, Not so much for those just looking for the hits. Going on Sunday and Tuesday in T.O. - looking forward to it as I have since 1976!!

 

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  posted on 10/11/2012 at 12:27 PM

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Great set list for Rush fans!, Not so much for those just looking for the hits. Going on Sunday and Tuesday in T.O. - looking forward to it as I have since 1976!!



I said that to my buddy last night. This show is not for the casual fan. I tend to like that though. Best of bands get a little old after a while. The new music they are making is fantastic I think...then again, what the hell do I know!! ;-)

My wife works for a social media company called Tout. Its 15 second videos you can shoot and then push to your facebook page or wherever else. I have the app on my phone and have been shooting short little videos. Sound isn't great, but you get the idea. Here is my page if you want to take a look. The are some other shows and things from my life on there too!! Welcome to my world. ;-)

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  posted on 10/11/2012 at 05:04 PM
This really was a great show at a nice "small arena" - who knew there was such a thing?

The visual display was utterly amazing. Rush's screens and films and lights are all top notch; whoever their visual designer is, this person is an ARTIST. The show would have been great for that alone.

I concur that the setlist was amazing. My favorite Rush material is from 1973 - 1981. I consider "Exit Stage Left" their peak. However, I have seen them 6 times and was very ready for something other than a greatest hits show. I know that on this site, a lot of ABB fans are eager to hear a show that sets aside Statesboro, OWO, whipping Post, Rocking Horse, and other frequently played numbers in favor of lesser played gems. Well, Rush has a big cult audience that has seen them many times, so they pulled out a number of less obvious tunes. I mean, I could not believe it. An entire first set where stuff from "Signals was the oldest material...and then a second set in which they start off with NINE new songs in a row.....these are ballsy artists. The audience was not as rowdy as it could have been, as a result, though they were appreciative.

Toward the end of the show, though, when Rush served up the one-two punch of "YYZ" and "Spirit of Radio," the place went nuts. Ditto with the encore. Also, Neil really had something more like 3 drum solos - one in "Where's My Thing" for example.

Great night. The sound was muddy at times. I have been spoiled by too many theater shows. This was my 6th grade daughter's first concert, and she said of the arena sonics, " It sounds like listening to Rush underwater!" I will have to take her to a good theater concert next...

 

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This really was a great show at a nice "small arena" - who knew there was such a thing?

The visual display was utterly amazing. Rush's screens and films and lights are all top notch; whoever their visual designer is, this person is an ARTIST. The show would have been great for that alone.

I concur that the setlist was amazing. My favorite Rush material is from 1973 - 1981. I consider "Exit Stage Left" their peak. However, I have seen them 6 times and was very ready for something other than a greatest hits show. I know that on this site, a lot of ABB fans are eager to hear a show that sets aside Statesboro, OWO, whipping Post, Rocking Horse, and other frequently played numbers in favor of lesser played gems. Well, Rush has a big cult audience that has seen them many times, so they pulled out a number of less obvious tunes. I mean, I could not believe it. An entire first set where stuff from "Signals was the oldest material...and then a second set in which they start off with NINE new songs in a row.....these are ballsy artists. The audience was not as rowdy as it could have been, as a result, though they were appreciative.

Toward the end of the show, though, when Rush served up the one-two punch of "YYZ" and "Spirit of Radio," the place went nuts. Ditto with the encore. Also, Neil really had something more like 3 drum solos - one in "Where's My Thing" for example.

Great night. The sound was muddy at times. I have been spoiled by too many theater shows. This was my 6th grade daughter's first concert, and she said of the arena sonics, " It sounds like listening to Rush underwater!" I will have to take her to a good theater concert next...

 

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  posted on 10/11/2012 at 05:46 PM
Very Cool!!! Diggin the first set list. These guys are doing a good job of mixing the setlist up on recent tours, some very cool obscure deep tracks at times. They came through Indy a few weeks ago but I passed. Watching the money.....
I had not listen to Clockwork Angels in a few and got it out on my daily run yestraday. THUNDEROUS!!!!!!

[Edited on 10/11/2012 by jszfunk]

 

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  posted on 10/12/2012 at 07:24 AM
Well said Jim. The visual display was pure art; really good stuff. Here is a clip from the other night of Where's My Thing that you mentioned. I also love that they have scientists and other people walking around on stage. They really do have a funny sense of humor. Man, Neil is a beast.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0-27S2DL18

 

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  posted on 10/12/2012 at 12:02 PM
Sounds like a Great Show!
The one and only time I saw Rush was at Winterland in San Fran. 74 or 75.
They were 2nd on the bill I think. The announcer comes out and says
"Ladies and Gentleman, Mahogany Rush!" Ooops, wrong Band.
The house lights come back on for 20-30 minutes. I'm sure the announcer
got his Ass chewed.
Then finally, lights go down. "Ladies and Gentleman, RUSH!"

BigV? Were you at that show?




 

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  posted on 10/12/2012 at 02:57 PM
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Great set list for Rush fans!, Not so much for those just looking for the hits. Going on Sunday and Tuesday in T.O. - looking forward to it as I have since 1976!!



I said that to my buddy last night. This show is not for the casual fan. I tend to like that though. Best of bands get a little old after a while. The new music they are making is fantastic I think...then again, what the hell do I know!! ;-)

My wife works for a social media company called Tout. Its 15 second videos you can shoot and then push to your facebook page or wherever else. I have the app on my phone and have been shooting short little videos. Sound isn't great, but you get the idea. Here is my page if you want to take a look. The are some other shows and things from my life on there too!! Welcome to my world. ;-)

http://www.tout.com/u/jim_torykian


I am only a casual fan of their post 'Signals' material. I was and still am a hard core old school Rush fan. They were my first ever live rock concert experience in 1981. I am sure that fans of the newer post 'Signals' Rush love the set lists. It is not all about just the hits though as I love all of the old school Rush material including all of the obscure stuff.

 

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  posted on 10/12/2012 at 04:32 PM
Over the last few tours, they have covered quite a bit of their career through the setlists. The trick is to catch every tour.

Sounds like it was a great show. Thanks for the reviews. Looking forward to seeing them.

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  posted on 10/14/2012 at 06:27 AM
What is behind Geddy for this tour? I recall washing machines and rotissierie chickens previously.

I think it is interesting that many folks find Signals to be a cut-off album (me too). I am wondering if the people that feel that way are all in their mid-40's.

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  posted on 10/14/2012 at 08:08 AM
I am 45 and that is indeed how I feel. Some of the students I have taught felt that the pre Signals stuff is clunky and dated, that Rush really got it right AFTER the 1970s!!!

Geddy had a popcorn machine behind him as well.

 

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  posted on 10/14/2012 at 12:02 PM
going to see them at the Rock in Newark NJ on Satruday...looking forward to it...
 

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  posted on 10/14/2012 at 12:06 PM
A friend of mine went to the same show you went to. He loved it.

If you haven't already track down the Rush Documentary "Beyond the lighted stage". Its a great film.

The footage of young Alex and Geddy jamming in Alex's parents basement with all of their cool high school friends flopped on the floor is classic. Took me back to my youth growing up in the suburbs of Toronto. Its a great retrospective of their careers with some great input from music industry peers.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2012 at 09:09 AM
I'm 43 and Signals is the cutoff album for me too. I actually prefer the 1974-1981 music the most, but have learned to appreciate Signals over the years too and in concert, the Signals songs feel like classics. I saw them 3 times in the 80s (Signals, March 1983 was my 1st concert) and then saw 2 of the last 3 as well.

This setlist doesn't appeal to me a whole lot. I was going to take my 10 year old to the Atlanta date and make it his first rock concert. I'm not so sure now.

 

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  posted on 10/15/2012 at 05:44 PM
Last week's Rush show was my daughters' first concert. It was quite a spectacle, astonishing visuals and lights in addition to amazing music. I don't know if they would be as interested in the ABB!

The setlist is indeed heavy on latter day Rush, and I will say that that material sounds a lot better live than it did on disc. I am glad I went.

 

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  posted on 10/19/2012 at 01:26 PM
Going tomorrow night in NJ. I'm 50, and haven't seen them for close to 30 years. But it's my son's 16th birthday and I'll be taking him and 3 friends to the show.

The ticket says 7:30 pm. Any idea what time they've been going on? What time it ends?

Haven't been to the Prudential center in NJ. Anything I should know other than not to stry too far away from the arena. We're driving over from Long Island.

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  posted on 10/19/2012 at 02:49 PM
I just saw them in Toronto and the show was amazing. Ticket time said 8:00pm and they were on by 8:10pm sharp. So for a 7:30pm start time I'd assume they'd be on at 7:40pm.
 

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  posted on 10/19/2012 at 03:45 PM
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I just saw them in Toronto and the show was amazing. Ticket time said 8:00pm and they were on by 8:10pm sharp. So for a 7:30pm start time I'd assume they'd be on at 7:40pm.


Thanks. Exactly what I needed to know.

Mike

 
 


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