Rush show yesterday night, the guys still have it

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by BillyRay, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. BillyRay


    Jan 20, 2008
    The last time I went ot see them live was on the first leg of the Snakes and Arrows tour in 2007, so it had been a while. I was a bit apprehensive because I know Geddy's voice isn't what it used to be and it showed in 2007 but I figured it could very well be the last time to see them live.

    I don't think this will be the case. They tailored the show to Geddy's voice with plenty of easier to sing numbers from the 80's. Hearing songs such as Big Money, Analog Kid and Territories live was a real treat.

    The second part of the show was a bit more longwinded, with them playing almost entirely the new Clockwork Angels album. I really don't like the album all that much. Plus it started to rain, heavily, and Geddy was like almost doing a countdown of the remaining tunes before they got to the old (and much better, in my very humble opinion) stuff, so I wasn't alone. The vibe turned almost sour and I'm pretty sure the band felt it.

    I don't fault them for playing their new stuff though. They aren't jukeboxes and some of these numbers they've been doing for 35 years and they were never a 20-25 shows a year band, so they've played them probably thousands of time.

    After the Clockwork Angels stuff, they had to stop since thunderstorms were approaching. So no 2112, Tom Sawyer, YYZ, Red Sector A, etc. Still, I can't fault them again, probably wasn't their decision and even if it was, it was hella dangerous. Plus I know they will be back I'm sure, barring unforseen circumstances :bassist:

    I know there aren't many tour dates left, but if you have the chance to see them, go for it. It was worth standing in the rain and wind.
  2. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Glad you enjoyed the show overall . . . but your post seems to refute your post title.
  3. BillyRay


    Jan 20, 2008
    In what way ? They are 60 for the most part and are still one the tightest sounding rock band out there. I don't like the new album (bough it, listened to it twice), but that's also true of plenty of their 90's stuff and I still go see them whenever I can.
  4. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Sorry . . . I was being a little bit of a smart aleck. You had mentioned in the post title that "the guys still have it," yet you went on to say that "Geddy's voice isn't what it used to be and it showed" and that their new material wasn't very good.

    Just having a little fun. I know they are still superb musicians and tighter than a rubber glove.
  5. I will be seeing them in Denver on August 2.

    I have not seen Rush since the early 80s. Count me in that group that got a little disallusioned when they went keyboard/New Wave. The Signals release was pretty much the end for me.

    But I saw them dozens of times during their classic 70's period, when they used to do the entire 2112 Overture and Geddy flat frickin' nailed it (along with the other two). They would come to Columbus, Ohio and sell out the same auditorium two nights in a row (Veteran's it still there?).

    Realizing that they may hang it up for good any day now, I look forward to my one last nostalgic show.
  6. BillyRay


    Jan 20, 2008
    I don't think they will hang it up soon, they still have the drive to experiment with new things: there was a string ensemble with them on stage during the Clockwork Angels songs. It was interesting, albeit to me a huge part of the appeal of the band is that it had always been "just three guys".
  7. portlandguy


    Feb 15, 2011
    Portland, OR
    going to see them on July 28th here in Portland (Clark county, WA)

    My 32nd RUSH show - seen them on every tour since Presto (I was 13)
  8. BillyRay


    Jan 20, 2008
    Plus, here is what is posted on their website today:

    I love how they apologized in French and in English. Not many bands would do that stuff. Classy guys.
  9. I'm seeing them tomorrow :hyper::hyper: I, for one, loved Clockwork Angels.
  10. I will always love these guys. I have never seen them in concert, sad to say. As for "Clockwork Angels" took several listenings, but I love it.
  11. Went to the Glasgow, Scotland show a few weeks ago. Was mighty glad I'd checked the setlist when I bought the tickets a year before, as I too had drifted away from them after about Grace Under Pressure. However, a renewed interest after the excellent Time Machine tour (and having a brief selfgasm as Geddy in a Rush tribute!) had me getting blown away by Clockwork Angels, and forcing myself to listen to Power Windows, Presto, etc. I had to start thinking of them as a completely new band. That helped. Once over that hurdle, it was like getting a brand new Rush album every week!
    I do miss the weird stuff though, sigh....
  12. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

    I caught the first show of this tour, and much enjoyed it. There were problems - sound wasn't mixed well and they got disconnected in the middle section of YYZ - but I thought it was a great show. I thought the middle Clockwork Angels section went over great - I wasn't there, but maybe the "sour" mood you were picking up on was due to the impending weather more than how they felt about the material. Or maybe the crowd just received it differently than they did down here. I like Clockwork Angels, but I don't love it - haven't found a lot of hooks in it that really grab me so far, of their more recent material I far prefer Snakes and Arrows.
  13. Yeah the show Friday was awesome. :cool: They did mix a LOT of kick into the PA though, which kind of drowned out Geddy's bass, but otherwise all the musical stuff was spot on, the crowd was really engaged too. (I remarked that I must have looked like an idiot wailing along to Spirit of Radio, but I guess I redeemed myself when the whole stadium sang along to Tom Sawyer! LOL). Luckily it was indoors so no weather problems would hound us, although it was really nice out anyway. I quite enjoyed it.

    Plus the red-headed cellist in the string ensemble is hot. Did anyone else notice that?
    of course I'm assuming the personnel didn't change between shows...

  14. J Posega

    J Posega Cat Dad and Dingwall Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I saw them a couple months ago in Raleigh, and they were f**king spot on. They kicked ass all night long.

    Geddy was running around, jumping, alternating between bass and synth, AND hitting another MIDI footswitch to trigger pads/ loops. Though CA isn't as great an album as 2112 or Moving Pictures, like you said, they're old guys... thus, they can play whatever the f**k you want.

    The show made me really dig some of the middle-period synth heavy stuff that I had previously kind of overlooked.
  15. Have seen them a few times; first was in '92. They were better then than they are now, but they're still very, very good.

    Going to that August 2 show. I like Clockwork Angels so I think I'll enjoy it. I also don't dislike the synth period all that much.... a few people I know who saw them in Milwaukee said "I hope you like Power Windows".

    The only thing I question is why the Pepsi Center this time? I've seen them at Red Rocks twice, and nothing beats it. Only thing I can think of is the orchestra, but they were outdoors in Quebec City, so.... I don't know.
  16. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Thing about Ged's voice . . . I actually think he still has most of the range. It's just that he pronounces his vowels in a very open, wide way now. So his voice sounds somehow deeper, but the notes are still there, though maybe not as strong and consistent. Back in the 70's/80's his voice was in his head and nose a bit more, now it's in his chest/throat since Vapor Trails. He still had the sharp vowels in Test For Echo.

    (can you tell I'm a Rush fanboy?)
  17. I saw them in Ottawa on July 8th and Geddy was straining for some of the higher notes but the music was spot on.
    Clockwork Angels is their best cd in a long time (I'd say since Counterparts). The last song on the cd has a great melody. It's too bad they didn't use a similar songwriting technique throughout the cd, would have been great. Really like the first two tracks of the cd which were pre-'released' during the Time Machine Tour (Caravan & BU2B(?)).
    Their set list was comprised of mostly 80's Rush. Saying that, I don't recall Hold Your Fire, Presto or Roll The Bones material. I would have loved to have heard Territories at our show but I don't recall it being played. The only 70's I recall was 2112, no Farewell to Kings or Hemispheres material.
  18. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

    I didn't believe this, so I decided to test it. I just went to youtube in two tabs and ran the original vid of Tom Sawyer in one and the Time Machine Tour live version synched in the other. On that song, at least, you're right - he's singing at the same pitch, but the tone is different.

    But then I tried the same thing on 2112/The Temples of Syrinx, album version vs. Time Machine. On that piece, he's definitely dropping the high notes lower.

    I think the high Geddy Wail was mainly a thing of the 70s, trying to sound like Led Zeppelin or something. Even the 80s albums, while he probably could still do it, the melodies are written down in his more natural range (compare Temples of Syrinx to a song like Subdivisions). I suspect he was getting more confident being himself by that point and learning where his natural range was.
  19. seang15


    Aug 28, 2008
    Cary NC
    Dang, only 24 for me :-\
  20. Your show must have been pretty different because they played Force Ten, The Pass, Bravado and Territories on the 12th/14th up here. They also didn't play BU2B, the only CA song they avoided :)confused:) Indeed no 70s except 2112; I would kind of have liked to see them play Circumstances.