I was given two VIP tickets to last night's Rush show at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn (south of Seattle), WA. Did I mention they were VIP??? Anyway, I saw Rush on the T4E and VT tours, both long shows, both at the Gorge, both standing for the entire show with dudes bigger than me in front of me. Very tiring. But last night, in the VIP area, I had an UNOBSTRUCTED view of the entire stage. I was a little right (Geddy's side) of center stage and it was sweet! With the binocs at the ready, the view was great. Then there was the sound. What a great sounding venue! There were points when Alex could've been boosted a hair, but from where we were (maybe 30 feet from the soundbooth), it sounded really good. My bass playing was really inspired by Geddy when I was younger, but the way he's been playing since the Counterparts days (back and forth with the index finger, speedy-like) has driven me nuts. He does it ALL THE TIME live (and on recordings too!) and it really muddies up the bottom end. Think of the studio version of YYZ under the guitar solo. Cool stuff. Now, live, it's just digga-digga-digga-digga-digga, etc. Very busy, very annoying. Other than that (and I can look past that. Really, I can!), the show was awesome. VIP made a real big difference, as I wasn't planning on going (no $$$). Oh, yeah, I took a bunch of pix and you can see them here. Just look up the Rush in Seattle album and enjoy.