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

Encore:

  • La Villa Strangiato
  • Working Man

Rush: 2/28/1992

I was a big Rush fan in the 70’s and early 80’s. Some of the later stuff did not speak to me the same way, but the Roll the Bones album was pretty good, and Rush always puts on a great stage show, so I figured I would go and see them again.

Primus was the opening act. I had not heard of them (yet), but the friend I was with was pretty excited about them. They came out, and honestly, I was not impressed. I did not think Les Claypool was that good, personally, but my friend was diggin’ it, so I hung out.

Rush came out, and as always, had a very visual-intensive show. Great lights and videos, and the band was tight. I had not seen them since the Moving Pictures tour (sorry, no stub from that show… gates were crashed and teargas deployed, but got to see them anyway), so it had been a while. They still sounded great and performed well. I would have liked to have heard more older tunes, especially “Working Man,” which was noticeably absent, but it was still a great show.

Afterwards, my friend was convinced that Primus blew Rush off the stage. Personally, I was inclined to disagree. Although it was not the Rush I saw on the Hemispheres tour, they were still great.

Here’s the full setlist.

Setlist:

  • Force Ten
  • Limelight
  • Freewill
  • Distant Early Warning
  • Time Stand Still
  • Dreamline
  • Bravado
  • Roll the Bones
  • Show Don’t Tell
  • The Big Money
  • Ghost of a Chance
  • Subdivisions
  • The Pass
  • Where’s My Thing?
  • Drum Solo
  • Closer to the Heart
  • Xanadu
  • Superconductor
  • Tom Sawyer

Encore:

  • The Spirit of Radio
  • 2112 Part I: Overture > Finding My Way > La Villa Strangiato > Anthem > Red Barchetta

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!