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Rush Live In Phoenix

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, October 9, 2002 @ 7:00 AM


"An Evening With Rush" Live In

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REVIEW BY: Oclaf

Well, what can one say? One of the best shows this year, the last time I saw these three, it was in El Paso, TX back in ’96, I believe. It was billed as ‘An Evening with Rush.’ Turns out this was the same thing.

Show got started late ‘cause I think most folks were thinking, "Oh an opening act will start," but once the word got out, there was a mad rush to get in, so it got started 15 minutes late. That was considerate. And they broke out with “Tom Sawyer.” The evening was on.

Even after what is about a five year layoff, due to extremely unfortunate events, all I can say is they still rock! Most notable thing to me is Geddy Lee actually has put on some weight, never envisioned that! But alas, I don’t care to note every song in the setlist, as to me that takes away from those who go to the shows. If you want to know what they are playing, go to the show. Live is where the truth comes out, and Rush are masters at doing it live. Funny how a three-piece band can do way more than half of the corporate crap that is today’s scene, and most folks don’t even realize it!

I am sure the band uses this line or a variant, but after the third song, they welcomed everyone and mentioned the long lapse, and due to the number of folks who came to the show, that whether we wanted it or not, but we would be "punished" by them playing 20 to 30 songs. And play they did.

One last thing, in my opinion, with these bands that have been around a while, they all need to drop the opener and just jam, the way Rush does. After 17 studio albums, who needs an opener? But if you get a chance to see these guys, DO IT! As with everyone, they may not tour forever. And that night was another that I will remember for a while.



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