Rush: 3/10/1979

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I’ve seen Rush several times in my life, but here is the ticket stub from the first time I saw them, back in the late 70’s at the infamous Hollywood Sportatorium. The scanned image does not do the ticket justice. There is glitter mixed in with the ink, which at the time I thought was the coolest thing I had ever seen done with a concert ticket.

What can I say about Rush that hasn’t already been said. They are amazing in concert, and as a teenager, seeing them live was a big deal for me. I remember when I had bought “All the World’s a Stage,” Rush’s double live album years before I finally got to see them. That album stayed on my turntable for weeks. I played air guitar along with it, dreaming of becoming a guitarist.

UFO was the opening act for this show, and they were excellent. At the time, I had not heard of them, but I quickly came to appreciate how great they were.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Rush timeline, this was the Hemispheres tour and they had an impressive stage setup which included a video screen, which is common now but back then was pretty cool. Some of the songs that really stood out for me were “Cygnus X-1,” “2112,” and “Working Man.” But the whole show was great. I remember being really impressed by how three musicians were able to create so much music.

If you’ve also seen Rush in concert, feel free to share your memories in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by, and have a rockin’ day!

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