Originally Posted by Sanitarium78
Yes, it is a tour for the diehard fans. Who else is gonna know these songs but them? As far as the 70s stuff goes, I love that era but for almost 30 years now they have played a very limited selection of songs from it. Do you think they just skip that stuff for no good reason? It's obvious that Geddy can't or just doesn't wanna sing that high anymore. At first he probably just didn't want to, but as the years have gone by it's because he can't hit those insanely high notes like he used to. I don't think some people realize how high his voice was back then. Even with downtuning and rearranging he still struggles sometimes to do the couple of songs they do play regluarly like 2112 and CTTH.
Most stuff from Permanet Waves onward Geddy can still sing all right. But you can hear on the new album how much his range has diminished. It would be great of they did play more from the 70s but even Geddy has said himself he sounds horrible when he sings the stuff now. For the R30 tour they rehearsed A Farewell To Kings but Geddy couldn't sing it right so it was dropped. If he couldn't do that song eight years ago there's no way he could pull off most of the stuff from that decade now.
The reason I don't consider people complaining about the lack of 70s material as a valid one is because this is nothing new for Rush. They said goodbye to most of their 70s catalog by the mid 80s. If it was something recent then yes the complaint would have some merit. But at this point the fans should've already accepted it and move on. They aren't playing anything from the 70s and that's not changing anytime soon.
I honestly don't think Rush has long left though. I believe Rush will have one more tour in 2014 to celebrate their 40th anniversary and that will be it for them. Maybe they'll go all out and play more 70s material then, but don't expect the vocals to sound too good.
A diehard fine would probably recognize all of the songs, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't prefer older songs. Nobody has said that they expected a bunch of '70s songs, so I don't see how the complaints are invalid. As you said, on the recent tours they have played a small selection of them, and I think that's all anybody was asking for here. I know Geddy can't hit those high notes these days, but they could pick a couple songs he could still do well. And that's exactly what they were doing since the Vapor Trails tour.
With all that said, it's not a major problem to me and I'm very happy they at least have Working Man in there. My complaint was mostly due to the number of songs from Power Windows, which I think is one of their weakest albums. I don't mind hearing a song from it (I do like The Big Money and some others), but four? They have much better stuff from the '80s that they could focus on.