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Review (sort of) of the Pittsburgh Rush show.

Posted by Scott Plummer on July 5, 2008

Like I posted on Twitter, to borrow a phrase from Gary Vaynerchuk, the Rush concert in Pittsburgh on July 2nd rocked my face off. From the opening notes of Limelight, to the closing notes of YYZ Rush powered through an amazing set peppered with classics like Tom Sawyer, and The Spirit of Radio as well as deep cuts like Ghost of Chance and the crowd favorite A Passage To Bangkok.

The main highlight of the show, for me anyway, was the inclusion of 9 out of the 13 tracks off their latest, and possibly best album, Snakes and Arrows. Don’t get me wrong, I loved hearing Red Barchetta, 2112, Natural Science, etc. but this is, after all the Snakes and Arrows tour, and the music from that album should be featured.

Pittsburgh always seems to be a special show for Rush, as it was the first city they performed at with the classic Lee, Lifeson, Peart lineup. This evening was no different. Their playing was inspired. Alex’s lead/rhythm hybrid style of playing was spot on, Lee was on top of his game with his multi-instrument dexterity and vocals. Neil Peart, was, well Neil Peart. One of the best visuals of the night was seeing the intense concentration on my brother’s face during Neil’s amazing, marathon drum solo. My brother also happens to be a drummer.

This was the 7th time I have seen Rush live, and I have never been disappointed by a show. They are artists of the highest order who play for the fans, not for the ever increasingly hard to please music critics, and magazines. This is a band that deserves every award they have received, but have not received the one award they more than deserve. C’mon Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, let’s get Rush in there. I know they don’t care that they haven’t been inducted, but I am also pretty sure they wouldn’t turn it down either. While you’re at it Genesis and Yes should be there too. But that is a post for another time.



3 Responses to “Review (sort of) of the Pittsburgh Rush show.”

  1. john said

    i hear ya! this was the 15th time i’ve seen them and third on the S&A tour. they seem to get better with every tour (if that’s possible).

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