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  1. QUOTE (Mystic Slipperman @ Jul 19 2010, 11:14 AM) QUOTE (Mara @ Jul 19 2010, 08:57 AM) QUOTE (pedro2112 @ Jul 19 2010, 01:04 AM) QUOTE (trenken @ Jul 18 2010, 05:25 AM) "Don't listen to anybody who is negative about the setlist/other parts of the show. This concert was AMAZING, and at no point was it dull or uneventful." Yeah, this is easy for you to say, you've only seen them once before, long after they passed their prime. You dont have anything to compare it to, and never got to see rush at the prime in the 80s. For those of us that have seen them many times, we just have more to compare it to so its easier to be critical of things like the setlist which is why youre seeing that so much here. Glad you had a good time though, thats all that matters in the end, im just explaining why some are being critical, theyve probably been to rush shows they liked more. Rush concerts are significantly better now than back in the 80s. Did you even see them back then? They are a lot more exciting now than in the 80's - and I saw from Signals - on. Not that they were dull, or any less precise and demanding of themselves than they are today; there's just an element to the shows now that wasn't there in the 80's. It's hard for me to describe exactly. Yep. I started seeing Rush in the 1980s too...and I think that they play with more feeling now and are more excited to be there. That counts for a lot. Seems to me that most every gig Rush has done since coming back in 2002 has been a celebration of sorts, a party. At least that's how it's been here in LA. That's they exact way I've felt about Rush on every tour since 2002. You can tell by both seeing them in person and on the live DVDs that they're just having fun now. They know how fortunate they are to still be able to do what they love. So they're smiling a lot more, at least Geddy and Alex are and just enjoying the icing on the cake of their career that these last few tours have been.
  2. I was inspired to do something after reading this thread last night. What I decided to do was make two Rush playlists on my iPod of songs that they're not playing this tour. It allows me to listen to them up until when I see them on Friday without spoiling any of the songs they'll be playing that night. So I still get my Rush fix in leading up to the show and then when the shows starts the set is "fresh" in a way for me.
  3. DS for me. All the live albums are good but there's just something downright magical with everything on DS.
  4. QUOTE (WCFIELDS @ Jul 18 2010, 07:47 PM) I doubt they will replace it.......don't they always say "we play what WE want to play"...? True they do seem to have that attitude with what they play. But when I saw them on the R30 tour they had been playing Summertime Blues at every show. But on the night I saw them they dropped it and replaced it with DEW. So I have witnessed it firsthand live that they are willing to switch a song up in the middle of the tour. So who knows? It's a possibility they can drop it for something else.
  5. QUOTE (Pause Rewind Replay @ Jul 18 2010, 02:40 PM) QUOTE (moedrabowsky @ Jul 18 2010, 09:46 AM) It went over like a wet fart in Albuquerque. and Kansas City, and Milwaukee, and Chicago, and Sarnia, and Toronto, and Ottawa, and Quebec... If the song is going over that bad at all the shows maybe they will replace it with something else more upbeat. You don't know how a song will go over with the crowd unless you play it live. At least they're giving it a shot and they know for the next leg of the tour not to bother with it if no one is responding to it.
  6. I will listen to the band up to the day of the show. But about a week before that I won't listen to anything that's in the setlist if I know what the set is gonna be. That way I don't spoil the songs by hearing them too much leading up to the show. What I never got is when people are tailgating in the parking lot before a show, they'll listen to something they know Rush will be doing. You'll hear TSOR or TS blasting out somewhere and I always think to myself "how are you gonna be excited for a song at the show that you just heard and hour or two ago when you were parting in the parking lot?" Maybe that's just me though
  7. QUOTE (Hemispheres89 @ Jul 18 2010, 05:47 PM) QUOTE (J2112YYZ @ Jul 18 2010, 01:16 PM) Great song by song review and of your concert experience. I wouldn't have accommodated just one person who wanted you to sit. If there's one buzzkill in the crowd don't please them. Tell them "you're at a rock concert and you're standing the f**k up!" This reminds me of when I saw Rush at the Molson amphitheater in Toronto in the summer of 1997. The crowd stood up when they hit the stage and then they proceeded to sit down for the whole show That's the only time i've ever experienced that at a hard rock concert. I'm with you in not understanding the behavior of some people at concerts. The ego of a person behind you asking you to sit as if it's somehow your duty to please them that night is downright ridiculous. I'm glad you enjoyed your live Rush experience. On the 23rd it will be my seventh time seeing them and i'll continue to go see them until I can't anymore. I'm still not bored of seeing them live and while there are a few better selections they can do, I don't complain about the set very much. Hopefully they still got enough left in the tank to continue touring for a long time to come. Thanks!! And I like your attitude. Do continue to see them for as long as humanly possible. I can tell you that you are in for a REAL treat this tour, but you've seen them way more times than i have, so you probably don't need me to tell you that. haha. Most people tend to sit at Rush concerts because, although it is a hard rock concert, there's also many slower/lengthier songs they play live. Another reason may be that Rush have an older fanbase as well as younger. Most older folks go as a husband/wife combination and are perfectly content sitting down. However, what they are quick to forget here (as in the woman demonstarted in my example) is that they were once young too... and when Rush was the hot new band that everybody was talking about, they were on their feet. I'm now that "young" kind of person and wish to stand, so she should have left me alone. It put a bit of a damper on things, however, it was NOT nearly enough to ruin my night. I hear there are already plans for the actual studio album tour NEXT summer, so I already can't wait for that! I woke up this morning feeling refreshed, but was ready for round 2!!! Let's hope they keep touring Being younger does play a bit into weather you prefer to sit or stand. But what I don't get is why someone is going to a rock concert and wanting to sit for the whole thing? Rush does play a few intramentals, has an intermission and a drum/guitar solo at every show so it's not like they don't give the people a chance to sit and relax a few times during the performance if they want to. As long as i'm able to stand I will attend concerts. If the time comes where I can't stand for the majority of shows or am unwilling to stand for them I will stop going. Yes, Rush is always a treat live. No sitting through any crappy opening bands who you aren't gonna care about anyways, just seeing the best band in the world play for 3 hours. It doesn't get better than that live
  8. I've always liked the song a lot myself. You're right that as time goes by and you get a bit older it means more. I'm not that old yet (I turn 32 next month) but it definitely has a more meaning to me now than it did when I first got into Rush back when I was 14.
  9. QUOTE (Hemispheres89 @ Jul 18 2010, 01:21 AM) First off, before I begin.. two things: a) RUSH IS THE F-ING GREATEST BAND EVER! b ) Don't listen to anybody who is negative about the setlist/other parts of the show. This concert was AMAZING, and at no point was it dull or uneventful. 1. The Spirit of Radio: My god, this was AMAZING, and there's no way I could foresee this being better in an outdoor venue. My only gripe here (and it's a tiny one) is that the intro video was a bit too long for me. At that point, I just wanted the band to COME OUT! And when I heard that opening riff, I could see the stage crew unfurl the cloth to reveal the drumset along with Geddy running up the shrt set of stairs connecting to the stage. MAJOR GOOSEBUMPS! 2. Time Stand Still: The crowd was still pretty wild for this, and I loved every second of the song! 3. Presto: "If I could wave my magic wand" Says it all right there. After that, the song was pretty cool although the majority of the crowd settled down. Probably the one song from the whole night that got the least response from the crowd upon initaiting it. 4. Stick It Out: I don't know if this is just "me" or not, but this song sounded particularly LOUDER than the other songs of the night. LOVED IT! 5. Workin' Them Angels: I had my fill on the S&A tour, but it wasn't as annoying as I thought it was gonna be, because I was already on a string of exciting songs and was already in a rocking, energetic frenzy. 6. Leave That Thing Alone: The only song of the entire night where I had to scratch my head for a few seconds to figure out which song it was. Wasn't bad, although not my favourite insrumental of theirs. 7. Faithless: MEEHHH!!!!!! 8. BU2B: This song came second to Caravan by studio comparison, but in concert, I reeally truly enjoyed this song. 9. Free Will: That jam in the middle was a total mindf*** just like always! 10. Marathon: ahhhhhh, now this was DEFINITELY a highlight of MY night, personally. It's not my favourite Rush song, but it was probably my greatest memory of the night to hear it performed live. Plus that explosion scared the crap outta me! 11. Subdivisions: Another pleasant tune to my ears, and I can NEVER get tired of this one. The good thing about this song is I knew intermission was coming up afterwards and I needed to get rehydrated because I was dripping sweat with enthusiasm. I was crying out "MORE RUSH!!!!!" 12. MP album: Just one song after another full of fists pumping in the air. The only "slow" parts for me were during Witch Hunt at times, but I loved everything else! 13. Caravan: I said it before and I'll say it again, I was looking forward to hearing this live. And I could tell by the looks on most people's faces, that they haven't heard this song before, and they seemed blown away for the most part! 14. Drum Solo: I thought it was waaaaay too similar to the S&A one, with literally a handful of SLIGHT modifications that were barely noticeable. Still not bad, although I have to admit something here: I feel bad for Neil. While watching him on the screen, it's apparent that he's not getting any younger and it looks like he' even hurting a little bit. 15. Guitar Solo/Closer To The Heart: I love the change they've made to the ending, it caught me by surprise! 16. 2112 - BLOODY JESUS!!!! It was note for note full of intensely hard rocking energy. I thought I had died and gone to rock n roll heaven. As a matter of fact, screw Moving Pictures for a minute. Just by having the 2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx in the setlist, makes the whole dan thing worthwhile. And yet, people still have the balls to complain. 17. Far Cry: GREAT SONG! But as a closer, I just don't understand. 18. La Villa Strangiato: I...had... my...hand..over...my...heart!! This is my favourite Rush song, and it was PEERRRRRFECT!! 19. Working Man: Terrific ending to a perfect night!!!! My only complaints were: 1. A lady behind me tapped my shoulder and asked me to sit down when the show first started. I was pissed, but I abided by her wishes. Only problem was, now I'm sitting down behind a bunch of standing people, thus hindering "my" enjoyment of the show. 2. People who consistently kept getting in and out of their seats for beer trips. I voiced my concern on this matter on several threads, including one I made on my own, and it just bothers me. I eventually blatantly stopped getting up, but instead tucking my feet in while still sitting. The same two people kept going out for beer. They spend 100 dollars on ONE rush ticket, and then spend just as amuch to buy beer at the concert and miss half the show. Plus, the girl beside me kept giving me stern looks because I consistently played air guitar and drums. But she looked bored stiff 99% of the time. What in god's name is wrong with people!!!!? In conclusion..BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE! For anyone who has yet to see them in the near future, you are indeed in for a treat!!! Great song by song review and of your concert experience. I wouldn't have accommodated just one person who wanted you to sit. If there's one buzzkill in the crowd don't please them. Tell them "you're at a rock concert and you're standing the f**k up!" This reminds me of when I saw Rush at the Molson amphitheater in Toronto in the summer of 1997. The crowd stood up when they hit the stage and then they proceeded to sit down for the whole show That's the only time i've ever experienced that at a hard rock concert. I'm with you in not understanding the behavior of some people at concerts. The ego of a person behind you asking you to sit as if it's somehow you're duty to please them that night is downright ridiculous. I'm glad you enjoyed your live Rush experience. On the 23rd it will be my seventh time seeing them and i'll continue to go see them until I can't anymore. I'm still not bored of seeing them live and while there are a few better selections they can do, I don't complain about the set very much. Hopefully they still got enough left in the tank to continue touring for a long time to come.
  10. QUOTE (Pause Rewind Replay @ Jul 17 2010, 03:01 PM) QUOTE (J2112YYZ @ Jul 17 2010, 02:48 PM) I like the song but i've heard the live version on a boot of this tour and you're right, it just doesn't work live. I don't get why Armor & Sword wasn't kept in the set? When I saw them on the first leg of the S&A tour A&S just worked so well and the crowd loved it. I've seen them live six times since 1996 and that was the best reaction i've ever heard one of their new songs get live. They even stopped for a minute after the song to let the applause die down. Faithless is definitely an odd choice there. You've posted me thoughts almost exactly. When I saw Faithless in the setlist (the only choice that made me ) my first 2 reactions were: A: Buzzkill B. Why didn't they keep Armor and Sword? Not only does it really rock live, but it would get somewhat the same message across, assuming that's what Rush had in mind when they chose Faithlezzzz. Also, isn't Faithlezzz right behind BU2B in the setlist? Putting half the arena to sleep before your new song seems counterproductive It does seem counterproductive to me as well. Especially when BU2B is lesser known of the two new songs. It might be a better idea to play a more rockin tune or a better known one before BU2B. But Rush does do some different stuff in their sets so I guess this is just the case here.
  11. I like the song but i've heard the live version on a boot of this tour and you're right, it just doesn't work live. I don't get why Armor & Sword wasn't kept in the set? When I saw them on the first leg of the S&A tour A&S just worked so well and the crowd loved it. I've seen them live six times since 1996 and that was the best reaction i've ever heard one of their new songs get live. They even stopped for a minute after the song to let the applause die down. Faithless is definitely an odd choice there.
  12. Armor & Sword gets my vote. The song just blows me away each time and I think it's the best song they've written in the last 20 years or so.
  13. Ghost Rider it's a tough call between that and Earthshine.
  14. Totem with Resist a very close second.
  15. Cut To The Chase. Tough one though, this was the album that was out when I was starting to get into Rush and collect their albums. So most of the songs hold a special place with me.
  16. Bravado. A very beautiful song both musically and lyrically.
  17. I like this album a lot. I liked the keyboards they did in the 80s but on this album they got back to truly being Rush again musically. Presto gets my vote. Mainly because back when this album came out and for a bit in the early 90s when I was getting into Rush, my local radio station used to play the song often. So it's one of the songs that helped introduce me to what Rush was about.
  18. Some very good stuff on this album. I went with Mission it's just a very uplifting song and can really brighten your day if you're having a crappy one.
  19. Marathon. I just love that chorus because the words really do ring true in life.
  20. Between The Wheels. I've had the pleasure of seeing this song live twice on the R30 tour and on the first leg of S&A. Both times it was amazing and it made me like the song even more.
  21. The Weapon. This song has some of my favorite lyrics from Neil.
  22. Tough one here but I voted for The Camera Eye. I've always been a fan of the epic songs. This was Rush's last long epic they wrote and it was a nice way to close end that part of their career.
  23. Hemispheres gets my vote. I'm not sure if it's my favorite Rush song because it's too hard for me to pick that but it's damn sure close to it. La Villa in a very close second as it's the best instrumental of all time and the single finest display of musicianship i've ever heard.
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