Rush: 6/8/2011

I had seen Rush several times prior to this show, but my wife had never seen them so we decided to go and check them out. What was cool about this tour, dubbed the Time Machine Tour, was that they were performing the “Moving Pictures” album in its entirety. I had seen Rush on the “Moving Pictures” tour, but they did not play the entire album, so I was pretty psyched about seeing it performed.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that the ticket says Comp, with a cost of $0.00. No, we did not get freebies. We had bought the cheapest seats way in the back corner near the last row. But when we got there, they upgraded us to better seats. I suppose they figured it was easier to close the section and move everyone in that area in with the rest of the rock and roll mass. Fine with me. I had no complaint there.

The band opened with “The Spirit of Radio,” and it was just an audio and visual treat for the rest of the night. They played two solid sets (second set included all of Moving Pictures), and a rockin’ encore. By the time the last note of “Working Man” faded to silence, I was totally rocked out.

This would be my last time seeing Rush. Unless they decided to come back out of retirement (something bands NEVER do), I don’t think I will have another opportunity to see them again. Here’s the setlist. Rock on!

Set 1:

  • The Spirit of Radio
  • Time Stand Still
  • Presto
  • Stick It Out
  • Workin’ Them Angels
  • Leave That Thing Alone
  • Faithless
  • BU2B
  • Freewill
  • Marathon
  • Subdivisions

Set 2 (Moving Pictures):

  • Tom Sawyer
  • Red Barchetta
  • YYZ
  • Limelight
  • The Camera Eye
  • Witch Hunt
  • Vital Signs
  • Caravan
  • Closer to the Heart
  • 2112 Part I: Overture
  • 2112 Part II: The Temples of Syrinx
  • Far Cry


  • La Villa Strangiato
  • Working Man

7 thoughts on “Rush: 6/8/2011

  1. This is indeed an awesome setlist!
    Just to hear Camera Eye would be worth the price of the ticket alone and toss in a side order of 2212 and La Vallia??!!!
    Man oh Man!
    By the sounds of it RUSH is a done deal…after a 40 year run they earned it and did it there way!


    • Yeah, over the years, I think I got to see them about four times. They were always great. So the irony is that the last song I ever saw them perform was Working Man, which was my fav Rush tune when I first started listening to them. Bought the double-live album All The World’s a Stage when I was about 13, and fell in love with that live version of WM. Was a fan ever since.

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      • Man..the first time I heard Bastille Day from ATWAS it took me about 30 seconds to figure out what Geddy was singing..hahaha
        That is one ripping live album!
        Great find at 13!

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  2. I don’t think Rush will be getting back together. Not with Neil, at least. He apparently cannot play anymore. We saw them on the Vapor Trails tour. Never did get another opportunity to see them. Ticket just got so dang pricey! Stupid Ticketmaster.


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