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Posted 08 February 2015 - 07:10 PM

First Rush show was in January 78 in CT Rush opened for Blue Oyster Cult. Totally blew them away. I remember lasers, mirror balls, Xanadu with the tubular bells, , Cygnus X11 with what at th time seemed like an awesome back screen video. I remember Fly by Night, Bastille day and in the Mood, and Cinerella Man. Best show I saw to that point! Seem to recall people booing BOC when they first came on... 😄

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Posted 16 February 2015 - 06:18 PM

A good question falling down the list to a distant memory...anyone thoughts on FTK tour or Signals (or any in between)?

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 10:02 AM

March 17th and 18th Hollywood Florida.

My first two Rush concerts (first concerts for any band ever). Back to back nights of Signals tour bliss. I don't remember a ton of it but I remember the crowds moans and groans anytime Geddy said "here is another song from Signals". It was crazy. I loved that album. It was my first official release as a major fan of the band. I picked up on them after they released Moving Pictures. Anyway awesome time. My friends older brother drove both nights our seats were damn good (section 116 lower bowl close to the stage for those who remember the Sportholes layout) and it was the first time I really felt like a teenager spreading my wings.

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 07:12 PM

Geez! That's going back a long, long, time ago! I think I was 12 or 13 when I saw my first Rush concert, AFTK Tour. My step-brother took me. I've only missed 2 tours since then... Roll The Bones (I had a massive case of the stomach flu!) and R30 (F***ing Ticketmaster Canada and 3rd party back then wanted $350+ when I think the face value was around $50-$60 for Toronto).

I can't really remember the AFTK but Signals was pretty cool at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. I think the Payolas opened up for them! Don't remember much about the set list though.

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Posted 20 February 2015 - 04:11 AM

I saw them the first time in 1983 in Düsseldorf (Germany). Nazareth was the support Band. Long time ago!!! I remember, that a lot of People doesn't really like Signals at that time. For some people there was too much synth on the Album. I often heard that saying on that evening.  But for me it was a great concert. I like Signals very much, eseacilaly Losint It. What a great song...

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 12:49 PM

Well, I remember AFTK, and what I remember best about it was when they Cygnus X-1 when they really started using projection.  That was awesome even though I was a bit toasted during the show.  I remember being stage right 1/4 way back.  Personally a trip back then.

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 02:17 PM

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 02:19 PM

View PostTodem, on 18 February 2015 - 10:02 AM, said:

March 17th and 18th Hollywood Florida.

My first two Rush concerts (first concerts for any band ever). Back to back nights of Signals tour bliss. I don't remember a ton of it but I remember the crowds moans and groans anytime Geddy said "here is another song from Signals". It was crazy. I loved that album. It was my first official release as a major fan of the band. I picked up on them after they released Moving Pictures. Anyway awesome time. My friends older brother drove both nights our seats were damn good (section 116 lower bowl close to the stage for those who remember the Sportholes layout) and it was the first time I really felt like a teenager spreading my wings.
That's because you have superior taste in Rush music.

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 02:20 PM

View Postlakai, on 20 February 2015 - 04:11 AM, said:

I saw them the first time in 1983 in Düsseldorf (Germany). Nazareth was the support Band. Long time ago!!! I remember, that a lot of People doesn't really like Signals at that time. For some people there was too much synth on the Album. I often heard that saying on that evening.  But for me it was a great concert. I like Signals very much, eseacilaly Losint It. What a great song...
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Posted 21 February 2015 - 02:21 PM

View PostMindcore, on 19 February 2015 - 07:12 PM, said:

Geez! That's going back a long, long, time ago! I think I was 12 or 13 when I saw my first Rush concert, AFTK Tour. My step-brother took me. I've only missed 2 tours since then... Roll The Bones (I had a massive case of the stomach flu!) and R30 (F***ing Ticketmaster Canada and 3rd party back then wanted $350+ when I think the face value was around $50-$60 for Toronto).

I can't really remember the AFTK but Signals was pretty cool at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. I think the Payolas opened up for them! Don't remember much about the set list though.

The Payolas!  I liked them a lot.   "You've got the eyes of a stranger...."

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 11:28 PM

Lets see....my first Rush show (of 28 thus far) was the Signals tour (Lexington, KY 10/30/82).  I was a 14yo high school freshman (and drummer), having been turned onto Rush just a year or two earlier from a drum teacher.  I did not own EVERY Rush record at this point but was REALLY into their more current stuff (PWaves-->Signals).  I had yet to even see them on TV, so the anticipation of actually seeing them move onstage (especially Neil behind the kit) was incredibly high. Come to think of it, I might have seen a video for Tom Sawyer or Limelight on MTV but definitely not that often.  My seat was in the back corner of the lower arena. I pretty much watched the show through binoculars. It was also my first time actually seeing (and smelling) someone smoke pot (3-4 rows behind me).   I also remember seeing a guy directly in front of Geddy with a home made tshirt that said "Get Ready For Geddy"---I was so jealous--thinking Geddy might actually wave at him or something!  Needless to say I was blown away by the show.  I couldn't believe they actually had a huge movie screen behind them! It was so freaking cool --like when they played Red Barchetta--there was a car moving along a highway!! Wow!!  My memories of Neil--how calm and cool he was--but still so aggressive. I remember thinking, "wow, he almost never looks up--so concentrated on the job at hand"... He was dressed really cool too. White shirt and a skinny black tie (almost looked like a waiter).  I also couldnt believe how ambidextrous he appeared.  For example, the opening hi hat sequence of The Weapon: he played with his left hand (as seen in the P/G live DVD).  Not really a big deal, but NOT something I was expecting to see.  Same with Tom Sawyer--I assumed the high hat part was played with both hands---wrong, just the right.  As a young impressionable drummer--I though it was so cool.  Speaking of The Weapon, I totally remember the Count coming on the screen, but having no idea who the guy was OR what he was saying. Lastly, I remember Alex coming out for the final song wearing a mask---made him look like a member of DEVO or something (black plastic type hair do)....it was the day before Halloween after all.  Anyway, those are my memories of that epic night!

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 12:26 PM

Phew .. Been ages since I've been in here. Won't bore people with why.

First saw Rush at the Glasgow Apollo on February 17th 1978 on the Kings tour. Very very few of us girls in the crowd in those days! Sorry Foghorn, they only played 2 nights in Glasgow on the Kings tour not 3.

Signals tour - I saw them on the 24/25 May at Ingliston just outside of Edinburgh. Bloody awful place.

37 years later, still flying off to see them somewhere lol

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Posted 23 February 2015 - 10:42 PM

View PostFoxxiStarr, on 22 February 2015 - 12:26 PM, said:

Phew .. Been ages since I've been in here. Won't bore people with why.

First saw Rush at the Glasgow Apollo on February 17th 1978 on the Kings tour. Very very few of us girls in the crowd in those days! Sorry Foghorn, they only played 2 nights in Glasgow on the Kings tour not 3.

Signals tour - I saw them on the 24/25 May at Ingliston just outside of Edinburgh. Bloody awful place.

37 years later, still flying off to see them somewhere lol

Were you a member of the Glaswegian Choir?


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Posted 24 February 2015 - 01:55 PM

View Posttimhorton, on 23 February 2015 - 10:42 PM, said:

View PostFoxxiStarr, on 22 February 2015 - 12:26 PM, said:

Phew .. Been ages since I've been in here. Won't bore people with why.

First saw Rush at the Glasgow Apollo on February 17th 1978 on the Kings tour. Very very few of us girls in the crowd in those days! Sorry Foghorn, they only played 2 nights in Glasgow on the Kings tour not 3.

Signals tour - I saw them on the 24/25 May at Ingliston just outside of Edinburgh. Bloody awful place.

37 years later, still flying off to see them somewhere lol

Were you a member of the Glaswegian Choir?

Yep Tim, I'm part of the Glaswegian Choir on Exit Stage Left. You can hear me scream during the intro to CTTH

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 09:26 AM

I've seen them every tour since 1977. UFO also played, and another band I can't remember. It was the Farewell To Kings tour. I loved the Signals tour! I don't get how folks were turned off when they went to synths and keyboard?? Already have tickets in hand for R40!!

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 08:42 PM

View PostFat Stick, on 25 February 2015 - 09:26 AM, said:

I've seen them every tour since 1977. UFO also played, and another band I can't remember. It was the Farewell To Kings tour. I loved the Signals tour! I don't get how folks were turned off when they went to synths and keyboard?? Already have tickets in hand for R40!!

Their keyboard material is good, but it's what we are missing when the keys are out front. The guitar is getting pushed to the background ("why do I have to find a new space") and the bass is gathering dust. With spring training here, a baseball analogy - We have two of the best home run hitters in the history of the game and we send them up to the plate to bunt!

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 09:25 PM

I saw the Signals Tour....February 1983 in San Diego.

Golden Earring (Twilight Zone & Radar Love) was the opening band.

Great set-list...A lot of Moving Pictures and Signals songs. I remember Xanadu followed by La Villa Strangiato as the highlight.

They also played Broon's Bane/Trees



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Posted 27 February 2015 - 08:23 AM

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View Postlakai, on 20 February 2015 - 04:11 AM, said:

I saw them the first time in 1983 in Düsseldorf (Germany). Nazareth was the support Band. Long time ago!!! I remember, that a lot of People doesn't really like Signals at that time. For some people there was too much synth on the Album. I often heard that saying on that evening.  But for me it was a great concert. I like Signals very much, eseacilaly Losint It. What a great song...
Wilkommen !!!

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