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I thought I had seen a rock show, and then I saw Rush

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Posted by admin On June - 10 - 2008

-A.S. I called the show epic as we walked back to our car last night, and the other three guys I was with could not agree more. I think the only other times I have called a show that is the first time I saw Phish and the first time I saw Phish with Scuba. This was epic in a much different way though.

Right off the bat I knew I was in for a treat. As Rush tore through their opening song, a whole light rig was lowered over Alex Lifeson as he shredded through his first solo of the night. As soon as the solo ended, the rig was lifted again. If that’s not rock and roll, I don’t know what is.
The light show was like nothing I have ever seen. On top of more lights than I cared to count, there were three huge screens that switched between shots of the band, visualizers and sometimes animations and clips that went along with the song. After a face melting “Free Will” the band went into “The Main Monkey Business” with the screens depicting everything from King Kong to monkeys boxing and monkeys boning.
To open the second set, Geddy Lee launched into “Far Cry” and both the stage and audience exploded as the pyrotechnics went off. In the middle of the second set, it was time for Neil Peart to show off why he’s one of the best rock drummers around. As if the ridiculous solo he was in the middle of wasn’t enough, the entire rig spun around to reveal a different set that had been sitting behind him.
To close out the second set, the band played fan favorite “Tom Sawyer,” which was introduced by a hilarious clip of the South Park kids as Lil’ Rush and Cartman accidentally singing about Huck Finn. During the first song of the encore, a dragon flew across the screens and huffed as if to breath fire, which set off more pyrotechnics on stage. The show reached it’s climax as the band rocked the fu** out on “YYZ” for the last song of the encore, sending the throngs of people to their cars, nearly deaf from the incredible aural assault.

2 Responses

  1. Teibs and Shore Said,

    I heard “YYZ” on the radio as you were at the concert and got bummed I wasn’t crashing. Sounds bad-ass dude.

    Posted on June 10th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

  2. David H Said,

    I think i shouldnt have passed on that ticket……

    Posted on June 11th, 2008 at 1:04 pm

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