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posticon Review - Rush - Glasgow SECC - 14th September 2004


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Glasgow SECC - 14th September 2004


This was my first experience of seeing Rush in concert, although I was a fan throughout most of the 80s. I lost interest after Hold Your Fire. To me, Rush are at their best when Alex Lifeson is taking the lead - riffing rather than layering textured guitar work over Geddy's synths. Much of their material from Grace Under Pressure onwards leaves me cold, to be honest, but I was looking forward to the show after reading some glowing reports.

The large hall at the SECC was absolutely packed - a sell-out. After a funny film section with Jerry Stiller, they kicked off with a medley of older material (Finding My Way, A Passage To Bangkok, Bastille Day and Anthem, to name but a few). The Spirit Of Radio followed on from the medley. Impeccably played. The pacing throughout the first half was absolutely perfect, blending a mix of older and newer material very well indeed. Although I love early Rush, Alex Lifeson has never been a favourite soloist of mine. Definitely a great all-rounder, but his solos never moved me particularly. Tonight however I am forced to eat my words. His lead playing is astonishingly good. I am hugely impressed.

Visually, the show was absolutely spectacular - the visual effects cannot be faulted, and were easily the best I have ever seen. The lighting and the back-projections really enhance the songs, and are a treat to watch. Rush also know when to lay off the effects and several songs were devoid of visuals, letting the crowd concentrate on the band instead.

One of the "songs" that got the best reaction in the first half of the show was YYZ - an instrumental! Can't think of many bands where instrumentals are the highlights of the show. La Villa Strangiato in the second half got a similar reaction!!

After the first set (an hour and a half), there was a short break and then Tom Sawyer kicks off the second half. After this, the pacing went a bit adrift for the next half hour or so. They played too much post-80s material together, and one song was pretty much indistinguishable from the other. Peart's drum solo brought some welcome relief (never thought I'd ever say that about a drum solo!). Then Geddy and Alex came back on for a short acoustic set (Resist and Heart Full of Soul). The show then got back on track with an awesomely good final section. 2112 was greeted with rapturous applause, and was one of the highlights of the show for me. They didn't play the full version, but it was superb. Xanadu, La Villa Strangiato, one classic after another. I'm not a big fan of Working Man, but the crowd loved it.

A well-deserved encore of Summertime Blues, Crossroads and Limelight rounded things off beautifully.

Apart from the lull at the start of the second half, I couldn't fault the show. Rush played a set drawn from all eras, and even threw in some surprises - Between The Wheels was good to hear. They're bound to miss someone's favourite (I would have liked Mission and Freewill), but a 3 hour set of varied material really can't be bettered.

Oh, and the Darn That Dragon film is hilarious!


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Re: Review - Rush - Glasgow SECC - 14th September 2004


Big J i was also there and it would of been much better if the 3 guys infront me weren't there , they kept talking in each others ear and it was really annoying me and my dad. They left for some reason during YYZ and all of a sudden the show got much better and i really loved that song but then those guys came back and got even more annoying. One of the guys tried to phone is mate a couple of times during songs and tried to have a conversastion over the phone emoticon. It would of been much better if the seats werent there because it would of allowed me to move away from those guys. The music was good but i couldnt get a good view at all. At least i won't have this problem at Deep Purple , front row emoticon .

By the way i still don't have the Dio show

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Re: Review - Rush - Glasgow SECC - 14th September 2004


John,
     What an awesome show, pretty much agree with your review, also thought the Who cover was excellent.

Sorry I didn't get to meet up with you but we got caught in heavy traffic on the way up and just made the strat of the show.

Got your discs today, once again many thanks mate.

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Re: Review - Rush - Glasgow SECC - 14th September 2004


Some excellent photos of the Rush Glasgow gig http://www.sorted-uk.org/rushgallery/secc1.htm

Not taken by me, I hasten to add!

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Re: Review - Rush - Glasgow SECC - 14th September 2004


Mike, John......got an e-mail from a guy who recorded the show says the sound quality is awesome, hope to get a copy soon.

If interested PM me.

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