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#1 fraroc

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 03:34 PM

We all have our favorite tours, our favorite setlists for whatever reason....But what setlists just don't do it for you?

In my honest opinion the setlists for the Presto, Roll The Bones, and Counterparts tours all suffered from the same issue. Cutting hits in favor of new songs. For the Presto tour, The Spirit Of Radio was literally cut from the setlist for first 24-25 dates of the tour. Yes I know, they put it back in the setlist not even a quarter into the tour, but it still bothers me. TSOR was their first REALLY big radio-friendly hit and that song in conjunction with Tom Sawyer immortalized Rush in the mainstream music industry.

Roll The Bones tour completely cut Subdivisions out of the setlist towards the end of the tour and Counterparts and the second leg of the Test For Echo tour had no Subdivisions AT ALL. Now I know, Subdivisions is a hit but not a Tom Sawyer hit, but they really should have found a way to keep it in.

Vapor Trails, R30, S&A, Time Machine, CA, and R40 really fixed this problem by keeping the main hits (Tom Sawyer, The Spirit of Radio, Subdivisions), save for a few like Limelight and CTTH, but we can't win it all.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 03:41 PM

The problem with the least favorite is that i can just go with their first tour in 1974, because they haven't really released anything except for their debut album and some songs from Fly By Night

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 03:48 PM

I'd literally see them for any of their known setlists. I'd like enough of each set for it to be worth it.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 04:40 PM

i wasn't crazy about the time machine tour setlist but damn were the performances great

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 04:54 PM

Of the ones I know about, the S&A tour has to be the worst...all that shit from S&A could test Zumbi's fandom.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 05:09 PM

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 14 November 2015 - 04:54 PM, said:

Of the ones I know about, the S&A tour has to be the worst...all that shit from S&A could test Zumbi's fandom.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 05:14 PM

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 14 November 2015 - 04:54 PM, said:

Of the ones I know about, the S&A tour has to be the worst...all that shit from S&A could test Zumbi's fandom.
I love that overall set list, but yeah...even for an S&A fan, 2-3 songs from that album could've been cut.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 05:40 PM

I feel like the worst setlists for casual, non die-hard Rush fans were the S&A and CA tours. For both those tours, it seemed that every other song was a new song which only die hards care about, the casuals could give a soaring rats ass. Or a deep cut, which again, only the die hards know and care about.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 05:55 PM

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 14 November 2015 - 04:54 PM, said:

Of the ones I know about, the S&A tour has to be the worst...all that shit from S&A could test Zumbi's fandom.
It's almost like it was a tour for the album, Snakes & Arrows

Edited by Union 5-3992, 14 November 2015 - 05:55 PM.


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Posted 14 November 2015 - 06:03 PM

s&a tour 2008 setlist kicked ass

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 06:10 PM

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View Postlaughedatbytime, on 14 November 2015 - 04:54 PM, said:

Of the ones I know about, the S&A tour has to be the worst...all that shit from S&A could test Zumbi's fandom.
It's almost like it was a tour for the album, Snakes & Arrows
Yep, that's why it sucked donkeys.

Glad I didn't spend a dime on it.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 06:13 PM

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 14 November 2015 - 06:10 PM, said:

View PostUnion 5-3992, on 14 November 2015 - 05:55 PM, said:

View Postlaughedatbytime, on 14 November 2015 - 04:54 PM, said:

Of the ones I know about, the S&A tour has to be the worst...all that shit from S&A could test Zumbi's fandom.
It's almost like it was a tour for the album, Snakes & Arrows
Yep, that's why it sucked donkeys.

Glad I didn't spend a dime on it.
Fair enough, I figured you went expecting not to hear S&A or something. There are people that would go and then act like they weren't expecting songs from the album

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 06:49 PM

I know that a tour is usually done in support of a new record, but I have to agree that four songs tops from the new record should be the maximum.  When you have as many records as Rush, there's a lot to cover.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 07:02 PM

disagree completely that only 4 new songs should be played at a gig!  if a band is fired up over their new material they should play as much of it as they want.  i'd rather hear new songs played with excitement than the same old songs played by the motions.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 07:15 PM

I thought the Vapor Trails tour setlist was great, and I don't recall there being more than about 4 tunes from the new record.  I might be remembering wrong.  I think Snakes had about 9 or 10 - seemed like almost the whole album.

What does the band usually do?  About 50% new album tunes?

Edit:  looks like they did most of Kings when it was new, all of Hemispheres (at least for some shows), four tunes from Waves, six from Pictures, seven from Signals . . . hmm, I guess they do focus on most of the new album.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 09:29 PM

View PostAnthemic, on 14 November 2015 - 07:02 PM, said:

disagree completely that only 4 new songs should be played at a gig!  if a band is fired up over their new material they should play as much of it as they want.  i'd rather hear new songs played with excitement than the same old songs played by the motions.

I thnk its a pretty good idea. It's like a Jump To Conclusions Mat for Rush tours.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 09:31 PM

I think VT was recorded pretty piecemeal so when it came time to run the songs for rehearsal they found they couldn't play them live. The last two seem like they happened more organically.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 09:33 PM

Time Machine was utterly horrible. I flew from Utah to Chicago to see it with a buddy and his friend, who was there to officially review the show for an independent Chicago newspaper. He asked for a quote he could use and I told him I was extremely disappointed, and that they mailed it in. Bad selections from the Counterparts album, too many Snakes and Arrows songs, the lousy encores and those stupid movies. He went ahead and published it. I still have all the photos he took from right in front of the stage. I eventually had some autographed.

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 09:59 PM

View Postedhunter, on 14 November 2015 - 09:33 PM, said:

Time Machine was utterly horrible. I flew from Utah to Chicago to see it with a buddy and his friend, who was there to officially review the show for an independent Chicago newspaper. He asked for a quote he could use and I told him I was extremely disappointed, and that they mailed it in. Bad selections from the Counterparts album, too many Snakes and Arrows songs, the lousy encores and those stupid movies. He went ahead and published it. I still have all the photos he took from right in front of the stage. I eventually had some autographed.

Obviously, you can't feel that way about R40, right?

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Posted 14 November 2015 - 10:02 PM

I dont even understand the outrage over 3 SA songs on the time machine tour or the 3 CA songs on R40. They always play 3 of their newest songs on tours following a release. God forbid they be proud of their work




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