Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Concert Review: Rush April 12, 2011 United Center Chicago,IL

The Canadian power trio Rush are a lot of things to a lot of people. Loved by many! Hated by just as many! There's the fly by night (no pun) fans who only go for the hits. There's the hardcore, never miss a tour fans. And the even MORE hardcore fans who travel for multiple shows per tour.

 When vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer/lyricist Neil Peart hit the stage at Chicago's United Center on April 12 for the second leg of their Time Machine Tour, I think it's safe to say there was a mixture of ALL kinds of fans there (minus the haters). The band is known, after all, for it's amazing musicianship, spectacular live performances and almost 40 years of hit songs. And the Time Machine Tour is no exception with a close to 3 hour exercise LOADED with hit after hit!

 The show was set to start at 7:30 but the show actually began at around 7:40 with a nice intro video before the band hit the stage to the opening chords of "The Spirit Of Radio" and the cheers of a packed house! The stage was decked out in time machine type gadgets that blew steam, sparks and fire at various points in the show as well as a couple screens displaying all the action for those in the cheap seats. The band played songs going as far back as their first self titled album up to a pair of NEW tracks, "Caravan" and "BU2B", from the bands in the works album "Clockwork Angels". The band sounded tight as they played to the crowd. And the crowd in return fed them plenty of energetic cheers as they sang along to their favorite Rush classics from "2112: Overture/Temples Of Syrinx" to "Subdivisions".

 After the first set came to an end the band took a short intermission before coming back on to another short video piece before going right into "Tom Sawyer" and the other 6 tracks off "Moving Pictures" consecutively. If some of the crowd wasn't won over by the first set, they were by the end of TS! As always Neil Peart's drum solo was a high point in the show as was "Closer To The Heart", a song that had been left out of the bands set list for nearly 16 years (with the exception of 2 Brazil shows back in '02).

 Closing the show were the crowd favorites "La Villa Strangiato" and "Working Man" before the band exited the stage while an outro movie featuring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel from the film "I Love You Man" played on the jumbo trons. All in all it was a wonderful night and a great show. Rush never disappoint when it comes to live performances, and this night was one to remember.

Set 1:

1. Video Intro
2. The Spirit of Radio
3. Time Stand Still
4. Presto
5. Stick It Out
6. Workin' Them Angels
7. Leave That Thing Alone!
8. Faithless
9. BU2B
10. Freewill
11. Marathon
12. Subdivisions


Set 2:

13. Tom Sawyer
14. Red Barchetta
15. YYZ
16. Limelight
17. The Camera Eye
18. Witch Hunt
19. Vital Signs
20. Caravan
21. Drum Solo
22. Closer to the Heart
22. 2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx
23. Far Cry


24. La Villa Strangiato
25. Working Man
26. Video Outro

1 comment:

  1. a 3 hour exercise? Damn you ARE really good at this!!

    Capt. Zoid


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