That's my overall reaction to this thread.
My take: Leave the R40 set lists (all of them) alone. They were, in fact, perfect. Was there a song X, Y, or Z fan could have done without? Yes, of course. Over the course of 40+ years the band has built a variety of fans with a variety of preferences. But there were also plenty of songs that made X, Y, or Z fan grin ear-to-ear. For my money, the band did a remarkable job of A) touching on the vast canon of their career, and B) putting a little something in there for everyone... including themselves. That's hard to do. They could have mailed it in as a "best of" setlist. They could have played Dreamline... again. They could have done a lot, lot worse.
Sure, Ged sounded great on some songs and terrible on others. I saw some back-to-back shows where he was inconsistent on the same songs. But that's life and touring and a life of touring for 4 decades. Indeed, it was painful at moments, but I am just thankful they gave us one more spin.
Quit complaining about people actually having an opinion rather than just blind and deaf gushing over every release.
Thank you, Eagle. I had a post in response, but I decided: why bother?
You said it nicer than I would have anyway.
I just get tired of people getting criticized for having a brain in their heads and actually using it.
Dumbing down of the world.
Obviously, I am coming back to this a bit late.
But, yeah, really...
My suggesting the band did a good job of trying to balance the various fan demands in created the set list is dumbing things down? Its not acknowledging there is a lot of complexity and diversity to the history of the band? It's not simply saying I appreciated the fact they put some thought into the list and did not, as I mentioned, just do a "Greatest Hits" thing? Or are you suggesting maybe should I should just join the AARP TRF crowd and fall into one of the "Rush sucks after 'X' album" camps that permeate the forum?
My admitting there were times where Ged's voice was a bit painful to listen to, but I was still thankful to have the opportunity to hear them again, was blind and deaf gushing? I wasn't acknowledging that there were times were Ged was not having his best night?
Your comment of "I just get tired of people getting criticized for having a brain in their heads and actually using it" literally made me laugh out loud. First of all, I was indeed knocking the overall tone of the thread, but I was not knocking any one person. I was knocking the fact people come back to the same tired arguments over and over and over again when reality has not changed.... these guys are old and can't play the same way they did decades ago. Apparently understanding *that* requires more brainpower than some people have. Secondly, you seemed to have badly missed the two key messages in my post. For someone apparently claiming to have the higher intellectual ground here, it seems pretty obvious you do not.
Here's the thing.... I can pretty clearly demonstrate that I do have a brain and I do use it. I generally think you are equally one of the people on the forum who do those things, as well. I just have to wonder if you misplaced those things for a while.
PS For the record, I actually think the R40 release is not their best live work by a long shot. What I am able to partition in my mind, though, is the fact it is representative of where the band was at that stage of their lives and careers. Maybe I was foolish to expect something more than that... or maybe I am a realist.
Edited by WorkingAllTheTime, 06 February 2016 - 06:33 AM.