Let me start off by saying that Rush is my favorite band in the whole wide world. I've loved them since 3rd grade when my dad took me to a show on the Vapor Trails tour. 9 years later(I'm 17 now), they still remain as my favorites.
Last night was my 4th Rush show, and they blew me away as always. They were technically proficient as always, showing why they are regarded by some as the best in the world at their instruments. The new set is pretty cool. Replacing the rotisserie chicken on Geddy's side were these crazy time machine-type things. I'm not sure exactly what they were, but they looked cool.
Every time I see them, their videos between and during songs get more and more hilarious. This time they had various comedic skits frequently during the 2 sets. At the beginning of the second set, when they played Moving Pictures in full(
), they had short Monty Python-esque clips behind them. I'm not exactly sure why, but they were humorous. At the end of the show, after they left the stage, there was one final video. It showed the two guys from I Love You, Man backstage with Geddy, Alex, and Neil. It was very funny, and a great way to end an amazing show.
I thought their setlist was awesome. They played a couple songs that I don't think they've ever played live(Presto and Faithless). As well as Time Stand Still, which I don't think has been played on tour since Neil's daughter and wife died. They played all of the classics, of course, including Tom Sawyer, YYZ, Working Man, Limelight, 2112(unfortunately just Overture/Temples of Syrinx), Subdivisions, and La Villa Strangiato.
They also played the two new songs, BU2B and Caravan, which I thought were very well done. Caravan is my favorite of the two, but they were both performed perfectly.
The ubiquitous Neil Peart drum solo was there, too. This time it was much different than in the past few tours. He has new sounds on his electronic kit, and he didn't use the xylophone at all I don't think. Regardless of it being different, it was still fucking amazing. The world's best drummer showed the crowd why he was given that title.
The only qualm that I had about the set is that they didn't play anything from Vapor Trails(I was hoping that they would play One Little Victory, the song that got me into Rush when I was 8). They didn't play a few other songs that I wanted to hear, either, but I'm not complaining.
Rush puts on an amazing show, both musically and visually. The light show was an awesome accompaniment to the music. The 4 shows I've been to are definitely all on my top 10 shows ever. They will hopefully keep touring for more years to come, because I can't get enough.
The Spirit of Radio
Time Stand Still
Stick It Out
Workin' Them Angels
Leave That Thing Alone
Marathon(with extended guitar solo)
The Camera Eye
Alex Lifeson Solo
Closer to the Heart
2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx
La Villa Strangiato