dtpoet Posted October 21, 2012 Share Posted October 21, 2012 (edited) I've been a fan since I was 13. I'm 44. I've seen tours from P/G thru RTB - none since. I was "with" many of you on opening night, watching the setlist unfold and even playing the songs as it did. I've been excited about this day for several months, especially since I would be taking my 17 yr old to his first concert. My first pleasant surprise came when we got to our seats. Our seats were on the lower section, but since they were across the arena, I figured the guys would look like ants. Not so. Sweet. The start. I knew we were getting set B, which was fine. Our view was great. The sound wasn't as loud as I anticipated (no hearing plugs required). There was a hiccup during Big Money as I believe Neil's bass drum pedal broke! A tech frantically tried to fix it during the song. GED said it was the drum head, but it seem clear to me that tech was trying to get the pedal in place. I was hoping for an Alex joke, but the fix was made immediately after the song. Hmm, wonder if that will make the next book!? Lol. The rest of the first set was clean. Im a product of the "synth era" so 4 songs from PoW is just fine and dandy by me!! If there was any fault in the sound, I'd say it was not being able to hear Ged's high bass notes at all. Even the lower notes were lower in the mix then the guitars, drums, and keyboards. This was "fixed" for the 2nd set. The CA songs were fabulous!! Proplecwent nuts for both Anarchist & Carnies. I gotta say though - live - Wish Them Well was my favorite CA song. It had energy and pop and it flowed from beginning to end. Overall, I loved the strings!!! You can feel the difference between the live strings and triggered strings. Besides, they brought a rocking energy with their presence; grooving and swaying. They were awesome!! The arena becoming standing room only at the end with the classics. Most of the audience sat most if the time - BUT - I think that has more to do with the arena itself rather than anything with Rush. The seats are very compact. Even sitting, you were one good sneeze from elbowing the person next to you. Some observations; (1) I was amazed at how kids were there. I don't mean teenagers, folks. I mean kid-kids; 9, 10, etc. (2) grandpas. Not your user your usual I-had-kids-early-in-life old people. I mean, where's-my-cane old! (3) woman. The notion that chicks don't dig Rush is a myth in my book, my friends. They were everywhere. (4) confused by the 2 guys a section over who totally jammed out to CA but sat for YYZ, SOR, etc. I'll be baffled by them for awhile. My son pointed them out to me. (5) smartphones. I could see so many of them on in the floor section, I thought it was an added light sequence for the show. All in all, after not seeing them for over 20 years, I did not go away disappointed in the slightest. In fact, the experience will probably get better over time. Rush songs are great. Rush songs live are priceless. All I know is that sometimes - the moment can indeed meet the ecpectation of the dream.... Edited October 21, 2012 by dtpoet Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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