Rush was on tour for their exceptional “Snakes and Arrows” album and the show was documented in full on THIS LINK. Below is a larger representation of the gig from the permitted time that media is allowed to shoot photographs.
Venue: PNC Bank Arts Center (New York, NY)
Label: Atlantic Records
It seems as though we were celebrating Rush’s 30th Anniversary only yesterday but in truth we are now approaching year 33 of existence for the Canadian trio that we all know and love. Throughout their storied career, Rush has been a band that continually pushed the envelope of experiment with their sound, style and incredible live performances. After releasing some 25 albums (both studio and live) and several performance DVD’s, 2007 finds them in support of their most recent effort called “Snakes and Arrows”. It’s an album that has been very well-received by the fans and media alike, yet while many reviews have called it “a return to greatness” for the band – they have honestly not returned to any old or classic style and instead continue their climb upward into the annals of Rock music history. If one were to wonder why the album reminds them of something else Rush did in the past it would be because choice elements on it bear some similarity to that which is found on both “Counterparts” and “Presto” in this writer’s opinion. The PNC Bank Arts Center show would be the thirteenth show of some forty-nine stops that the band are making in North America this year. My first show was to be the one at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ but my friend called me just days before with an offer to join him to see the band in Camden, NJ the Friday evening that would precede my show. A weekend with Rush would not be a totally bad occurrence so off I would go. I’ll discuss that night in brief a little later on but now here we are rolling into the PBAC and I have to say that I just love this venue. I wanted to cover the show here since it’s easier to shoot photos without the risk of rain based on the structure above and having heard many reports of bad sound at the Jones Beach show earlier this week I felt I had made the right decision. The tour would have no opening act, an aspect to their concerts I am glad Rush has kept. At this stage of the game there are too many good songs and with such a back catalog of material to address I feel the time is better spent in the fans eyes as opposed to their sitting through an opening set from anyone.
Continue reading Rush @ PNC Bank Arts Center (7/8/2007)
Venue: Tweeter Center (Camden, NJ)
Label: Atlantic Records
I had been preparing myself to see Rush as they would support their newest CD “Snakes And Arrows” for the Sunday show that would be held at the PNC Bank Arts Center, but Lady Luck was on my side when happenstance would find a friend with an extra ticket to offer for the gig that was happening over in Camden, NJ at the Tweeter Center a couple of days earlier. I had never ventured to this arena for a show before and since this was Rush how could I resist the additional chance to see them. Of course when one considers that Camden had been labeled by the FBI as the nation’s most dangerous city I guess I could have entertained a little resistance but I digress, I figured that once inside the arena grounds we would be fine. This gig was also the chance to remain a fan for a change as opposed to always fighting the good musical fight for Hard Rock and Metal journalism. Of course I knew in my heart that I would comment on it somehow so here we go. Since this was now my first Rush show for the tour every moment would be a surprise for the most part with the exception of one of my friends deciding to spill all of the beans at his BBQ only a few days before we had all headed to the show. Needless to say the event was incredible and I will let the readers get to learn the A to Z scoop on the PNC Bank Arts center piece that will post a few days after this outline.
Continue reading Rush @ Tweeter Center (7/6/2007)