The SLC & Red Rocks reviews have pretty much said it all. I'll add some of my thoughts now that I've seen the S&A show.
It was a fucking oven in the seating area. I felt like a rotisserie chicken! I had to leave a few times in the second set to get some air up on the lawn. They started about 30-35 minutes late to let the sun set behind the fences at the back of the amphitheater.
We got "Distant Early Warnings" instead of "Summertime Blues" as far as the setlist was concerned.
For me, first time hearing "Entre Nous", "Circumstances" and "Passage to Bangkok" live which made the trip well worth it. Rush hasn't played OKC since 1992 so I've had to travel to Dallas or Kansas City to see them since.
Glad to see "Mission" brought back. My favorite song off of Hold Your Fire. Also glad "Between the Wheels" stayed in the setlist after being dusted off last tour. Loved hearing "Witch Hunt" and "Natural Science" again!
I did want to get one of the red tour posters but they were sold out when I tried to get one. too bad, they don't seem available online. I have noticed that the merch at the show was priced higher than what they are priced on Rush's website store. The "baseball jersey" tour shirts are $69 online and were $80 at the show.
our seats were pretty close to the stage, on the far right. my ears were ringing pretty hard after the show.
great mix of people in attendance. Most were dudes, like me, in their 40s (I'm close enough at 39) but there were some youngsters in their 20s there which I liked seeing. That tells me that Rush is still a relevant band. Some parents brought their youngsters. Some good mullets in the crowd as you'd expect. Some good looking women (most were with boyfriends/husbands, of course).
Smirnoff Music Center
The Main Monkey Business
The Larger Bowl (with McKenzie Brothers intro)
Between The Wheels
Workin’ Them Angels
Armor And Sword
The Way The Wind Blows
Distant Early Warning
The Spirit of Radio
Tom Sawyer (with South Park intro)
One Little Victory
A Passage to Bangkok
Fuck Yeahhhhhhhhhhh !
Glad to hear that you got a "D.E.W.". I was hoping for one at Red Rocks, but I knew they played it in SLC, so I wasn't surprised when I heard the intro to "Summertime Blues". The upside is that they lean towards the Blue Cheer version, so you get a couple of "YYZ-like" bass and drums breaks where Geddy and Neil can cut loose some more.
I'm with you as far as "Natural Science" goes too. They could play a whole "Permanent Waves" set and I'd be thrilled.
Ive been listening to all the 80's and 90's cd this past week. Lovin' Hold Your Fire all over again. Im thinking Second Nature should be sung at every concert as a matter of public policy.
I cut my teeth on '80s Rush. First tour I got to see them was Power Windows and that album will always be special to me. I know many fans pan the '80s but I'm one of those weirdos that likes it all.
Second Nature would indeed be very relevant these days!
I too love Permanent Waves. When I looked at the set list and saw entre nous, i was stoked.
Long live my toronto bretheren!