Rush @ Radio City Music Hall (7/19/2004)

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Artist: Rush
Venue: Radio City Music Hall – NYC
Date: 7-19-2004

New York City truly rocked this evening as Rush brought their 30th Anniversary Tour to the historic Radio City Music Hall. It is possibly one of the best sounding theaters ever built and to be able to sit as close for this show as I was made it a stellar evening. For several years Rush shows have been entitled “An Evening With Rush”, which means no opening band would be on the bill. This is a smart move for Rush to have taken as otherwise they would need to limit their set to a little over an hour and a half and when it comes to their music, the diehards don’t care about the openers. With Rush material, as far as the classics are concerned these are all long tunes and it’s more enjoyable to simply have them with no one else to watch. The group does a brief intermission and as result is able to offer some of the best tunes from their 30 year history. To start off the nights show, the band started with a humorous video bit featuring Jerry Stiller (from King Of Queens and most notably Seinfeld). From there a kick-ass instrumental medley of some of the earliest material was performed. This was very interesting to experience as I don’t think they ever did this before.

Looking over the set list below, you can see that this was a show full of great music. Geddy, Alex and The Professor giving their all to their most ardent supporters. The stage was adorned with not only Dryers this time around but a small refrigerator and a couple of other appliances. It was almost like having a small kitchen and utility room on stage. Amusing to look at to say the least. In the dryers, are numerous shirts that the guys will toss out to the audience giving those who catch them and worthwhile collectible and memory. As far as crowd talk, the spokesman is Geddy Lee and he really doesn’t say much. It’s ok with me, as I am there for music and not crowd banter. He did mention his appreciation for the support over all the years. Showcasing the bands sense of humor was the brief animated film called “That Darn Dragon” which was featured just before the second set was to begin. It was very funny. Neil Pearts drum solo is always the highlight for many of the audience attendees. Neil continually raises the bar on creativity and delivering of excellent drumming.

In addition to doing a 30th Anniversary Tour, Rush was also supporting their new CD entitled “Feedback”. This piece would be quite different from the usual delivery by the group as instead of progressive musings and deep lyrics, the band would be tooling around with covers that they enjoyed playing over their career. Songs by the Who, Birds and The Cream are on this piece. As a matter of fact a number of them were performed that night. Everything was very well received. Tour book fans like me would definitely treasure the edition for this tour as it was loaded with archive photos and information. It is my hope that some amount of recording was done for this tour for it would make a good live release. I look forward to many more years of Rush as a touring band as they show no signs of stopping yet. This evening was proof of that.

Set List:
1. Overture Medley (Finding My Way, Anthem, Bastille Day, Passage To Bangkok, Cygnus X-1, Hemispheres) – Instrumental
2. The Spirit Of Radio
3. Force Ten
4. Animate
5. Subdivisions
6. Earthshine
7. Red Barchetta
8. Roll The Bones
9. Bravado
10. YYZ
11. The Trees
12. The Seeker
13. One Little Victory
14. Tom Sawyer
15. Dreamline
16. Secret Touch
17. Between The Wheels
18. Mystic Rhythms
19. Red Sector A
20. Neil Peart Drum Solo
21. Resist – acoustic
22. Heart Full Of Soul – acoustic
23. 2112 Overture
24. Temples Of Syrinx
25. La Villa Strangiato
26. By-Tor And The Snow Dog
27. Xanadu
28. Working Man
29. Summertime Blues – encore
30. Crossroads – encore
31. Limelight – encore

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