Thursday, 26 May 2011

RUSH - LG Arena Birmingham

Full set list

  • The Spirit of Radio
  • Time Stand Still
  • Presto
  • Stick it out
  • Workin them Angels
  • Leave that thing Alone
  • Faithless
  • BU2B (From Clockwork Angels)
  • Freewill
  • Marathon
  • Subdivisions
  • Tom Sawyer
  • Red Barchetta
  • YYZ
  • Limelight
  • The Camera Eye
  • Witch Hunt
  • Vital Signs
  • Caravan (From Clockwork Angels)
  • Love 4 Sale (Drum Solo)
  • Closer to the Heart
  • 2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
  • Far Cry
  • La Villa Strangiato (With Polka intro)
  • Working Man (With reggae intro and Cygnus X-1: Book 1 outro)
My personal highlights were Marathon (an old favourite from 1985's Power Windows album). Far Cry from the latest Snakes and Arrows album and my all time favourite Working Man from the debut album RUSH way back in 1974 and has stood the test of time sounding equally brilliant today.

With fellow RUSH fanatic Brian Moreland

The New World Man symbol

Geddy on the big screen

As you would expect no RUSH concert would be complete without a massive light show and video screen display. The intro was a hilarious video of the band in various guises experimenting with 'The Time Machine'. They obviously have a great sense of humour and don't take themselves too seriously.

The Time Machine Tour began on June 29, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is expected to end July 2011. It has taken in 85 gigs across the world. As well as featuring the album Moving Pictures also included as well is material from the band's upcoming studio album Clockwork Angels.

Alex Lifeson - One of the worlds greatest and most underated guitarists it has to be said. Probably gets overshaded to some extent by his other two bandmates but make no mistake he is up there with the best of em. He must have used at least half a dozen or more different guitars tonight.

Neil Peart - commonly regarded by music fans, critics and fellow musicians as one of the greatest rock drummers of all time. He is also regarded as one of the finest in-concert drum soloists without which no RUSH concert would be complete. He is also the main lyricist with a totally eclectic cstyle.

Geddy Lee - Amazing ability to operate various pieces of instrumentation simultaneously. This is most evident during live shows when he must play bass, supply lead vocals, manipulate keyboards, and trigger foot pedals during the course of a show. As I said amazing stuff!

RUSH are quite simply the greatest and most influential band in the world in my opinion of course. Ranked third in consecutive gold or platinum albums after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and followed by millions of devoted fans worldwide. They are literally the most revered band by the most respected of other rock musicians and have carved out an amazing forty year carrer .. so far. Being a cult band they are something of an acquired taste or a 'marmite' band if you prefer, either loving or hating.For me it is just awesome the amazing sound that three guys can create time and time again.
This was to be my fourth RUSH gig.'The Time Machine Tour' was to feature the album 'Moving Pictures' in its entirity for the first time ever. Including for the first time ever live 'The Camera Eye'.

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