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#201 Showdonttell25


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 04:58 AM

2 days after my 14th birthday 7/17/04 MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Time of my life! Got to see Rush 9 more times after that night between Phoenix and Las Vegas including 2 of the last 4 on the R40 tour.

July 17, 2004 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada
   July 27, 2007 Cricket Wireless Pavillion Phoenix, Arizona
   July 28, 2007 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada
   May 1, 2008 Cricket Pavilion Phoenix, Arizona
   August 14, 2010 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada
June 16, 2011 US Airways Center Phoenix, Arizona
June 24, 2011 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada  
November 25, 2012 US Airways Center Phoenix, Arizona  
  July 25, 2015 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada
   July 27, 2015 US Airways Center Phoenix, Arizona

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 01:09 PM

View Postdriventotheedge, on 19 June 2012 - 04:13 PM, said:

Power Windows tour, Seattle Coliseum, May 1986. Stood on the floor about 15 rows back. There were no chairs/seats on the floor and your spot was where you ended up. Festival standing I call it.

I was with a girlfriend who helped make me a Rush fan. I of course knew who they were and had 2112 and listened to them somewhat casually before meeting her. She however, was heavily into them and played them all the time and over time they got under my skin and are still residing there.  Posted Image  Turning me onto Rush was one of the few positive things I can say about her.

Oh, and I in turn got her into The Doors.
Had it wrong. P/G tour. Tacoma was right and the rest of the story is as well.

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 04:49 PM

Had various albums especially 2112, Power Windows, A Farewell to Kings and Permanent Waves but the Hold Your Fire tour in the UK was the 1st time I saw them.

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Posted 14 May 2021 - 10:31 AM

August 15, 2004 Darien Lake for R30. I got into Rush sometime around 2000 but unfortunately couldn't go in 2002.

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Posted 18 October 2021 - 05:09 PM

June 12th 2011. I was 8 at the time. I got into Rush from my Dad and I was able to see them one more time during the R40 Tour. Rush was also my first concert.

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 12:57 PM

I cannot believe that I never posted in this thread back in the day!  Oh well, I shall do so now.

It was February 17, 1990 - The opening show on the Presto Tour!

The location was in the Greenville Memorial Auditorium in Greenville, South Carolina.


Some friends and I had tickets and we were on our way back from Atlanta for a fun weekend, and it was a great show (naturally).  The first time we heard the rather wacky combination of Xanadu & Superconductor!

Mr. Big opened for them, and I just remember thinking that guy on bass can really play.  "That guy" turned out to be Billy Sheehan, of course.

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 08:25 PM

1984-gup- 1st row floors-ged side seat #2-maple leaf gardens- cost 45.00- lined up outside of a ticketmaster location -27 hours- never slept-on rush video 09/21/84. im there-priceless-

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Posted 24 October 2021 - 11:00 AM

1982 - Signals "New World Tour".



The Spirit of Radio
Tom Sawyer
Digital Man
Vital Signs
The Camera Eye
Closer to the Heart
The Analog Kid
Broon's Bane
The Trees
Red Barchetta
The Weapon
New World Man

2112 Part I: Overture
2112 Part II: The Temples of Syrinx
La Villa Strangiato
In the Mood
YYZ/Drum Solo

See it here (how lucky is this?):


Dig the Expos jersey on Geddy at end...

I will tell you when they played In The Mood at the end of shows, it was so cool....

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Posted 25 October 2021 - 12:49 PM

September 1984. P/G Tour at MSG.

I've seen them 28 times.  At least once on every tour since 1984 as they've passed through NJ/NJ.   2 times for HYF (Rutherford NJ and MSG), and 2 times per tour from T4E until the end.  (SNA Tour, 3 times).

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Posted 25 October 2021 - 08:02 PM

View PostShowdonttell25, on 10 May 2021 - 04:58 AM, said:

2 days after my 14th birthday 7/17/04 MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

One week after my 14th birthday, Feb 25th 1979, Municipal Auditorium (3000 seats, maybe?), Austin, Texas, Hemispheres tour (April Wine opened).

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Posted 26 October 2021 - 12:39 PM

10/1/77. AFTK's tour with UFO opening at the Santa Monica Civic. I believe the tickets were $10 for 8th row.

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Posted 28 October 2021 - 04:44 AM

December 1st, 1978. Dayton Hara Arena. Hemispheres tour. I remember they started with Bastille Day and played pretty much all of Hemispheres. It was awesome. I was about 10 ft from the stage right smack dab in the middle.

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Posted 28 October 2021 - 11:00 PM

View PostChronos, on 17 June 2012 - 11:57 PM, said:

Power Windows tour, Jan. 30, 1986, Cow Palace, San Francisco, Steve Morse opening.

We were in the total nosebleed section, um, "wreathed in smoke."

I was there!

My first show was at the Cow Palace.  1984  GUP!

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Posted 29 October 2021 - 09:08 AM

View PostNova Carmina, on 16 March 2021 - 06:46 AM, said:

April 29, 1986 -- Kansas City, MO. Kemper Arena, Power Windows Tour. It was my mom's birthday, but she and my dad drove me (I couldn't drive yet) the two hours to KC and dropped me and my brother off at the show. They went out to eat, and then sat in the car until the show was over!

Good times.

While I knew this was your first show, hearing these details is nice (not to mention mighty trusting parents - dropping their children off at a big arena right next to a river).

My first show was August 1, 2002 in Bonner Springs. Had I been into them more and been able to swing it, 1997 may have been my first time.

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Posted 09 November 2021 - 06:14 PM

July 7th, 2002 at Darien Lake.  I was 17 and it was the greatest thing that had ever happened to me.

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Posted 16 November 2021 - 06:38 AM

12/15/91 Roll The Bones tour. Memorial Auditorium. Buffalo, NY.

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