Monday, November 19, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Los Angeles open thread
3:05PM EST | comments (32) |

UPDATE - 11/21@9:08PM: Here's a review from Rock Square.

UPDATE - 11/21@1:04PM: Here's the LA Times review of the show.

UPDATE - 11/21@8:51AM: Here's a review from the Hollywood Reporter. And yet another celebrity sighting - actress Katrina Law.

UPDATE - 11/20@7:14PM: Here's a photo gallery slideshow from LA Weekly.

UPDATE - 11/20@1:20PM: Brad from Used Bin Radio was at the show last night and reports seeing Robert Trujillo from Metallica and Matt Scannell from Vertical Horizon. Also spotted was Tool drummer Danny Carey.

UPDATE - 11/20@12:07PM: Here's a great gallery of photos that was posted over at

UPDATE - 11/20@7:19AM: Reports indicate that the band played the same Night A setlist that they had played in San Jose last week; complete setlist here. Official photos are also now posted at Some celebrities that were spotted at the show include actor Eric McCormack, actress/model and Playboy centerfold Carrie Stevens, actor Nate Barlow, poker director Matt Savage, and actor Adam Baldwin.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourRush will play the 2nd of 3 shows in Southern California tonight when they bring the Clockwork Angels tour to the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. They are due to play some version of their Night A setlist, but certainly might decide to change up a song or two. As soon as I learn about any setlist deviations or verify which setlist was played, I'll be sure to post it here. As is typically the case for LA shows, there should be a few celebrity sightings at the concert tonight, so be on the lookout. The band will then be staying in town for tomorrow's Guitar Center RockWalk induction ceremony before heading to San Diego for Wednesday's show there. For everyone going to tonight's show - have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, photos and any celebrity sightings with us. RUSH!!

Date/Time: Monday, November 19th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 29
Venue: Gibson Amphitheatre
Place: Universal City, CA

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#32 - Posted 12/3/12 @5:45PM by What-A-Rush

Exactly 2 weeks later I decided to read the L.A. Times review of the show on 11-19-12. I have to say his viewpoint was interesting, if nothing else. I'm sure he outraged many fans with his review, but he was just expressing an OPINION when all is said and done. To his credit, he did acknowledge that he understands the devotion that we as fans have toward Rush. He appreciates certain aspects of the band after seeing them live, which left him "impressed". He just doesn't think that they're significant enough to receive a Hall of Fame induction. So what? The funny thing about this review is that he's basically saying what many on RIAB have said for several years: they don't need to be in the Hall when they have such a rabid fan base, so why get upset at his critique? Like it or not, that's a very fair point.That being said, I respectfully disagree with his opinion, but I'm certainly NOT offended by it. That's what music commentary and criticism is all about. Truth be told, I actually think this was one of the most honest and objective reviews I've read so far as the tour has come to an end. I'm actually enjoying reading the reviews BOTH pro and con, and even then, of the latter, they're few and far between. Frankly, the fans are sometimes more brutal than any critic can ever be, rightly or wrongly, if the comments regarding the setlist are any indication! Again, overall, a very fair and well-written review. Thanks RIAB!
#31 - Posted 11/22/12 @11:21PM by ythesun [contact]

Among other gems, LA Times "pop music critic" Randall Roberts writes the following:

"Like hundreds of other rock bands, Rush is good but not notable."

@Liledit on Twitter. What an asshat. Fire away, friends.
#30 - Posted 11/21/12 @7:37PM by broughttoyoubytheletterj [contact]

Yeah...I'd have to go with Eric Johnson & Rory Gallagher as best warm-ups.
#29 - Posted 11/21/12 @5:01PM by katskahnne [contact]

#28 - I learned decades ago to ignore anything the LA(ME) Times has to say about music. Remember Robert Hilburn? A running joke.
#28 - Posted 11/21/12 @2:26PM by driventotheedge [contact]

Unfortunatly first tour I have missed in 35 years last minute life events held me back this go around. However have been reading the reviews, like I expected top notch performance from our Boy's

Read the review from LA Times all I can say is the guy is an asshalf and his title says it all

By Randall Roberts

Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic

Go review pop music and leave rock to people with a brain.

Rush on And as Geddy says Hope to see you real soon.
#27 - Posted 11/21/12 @10:08AM by dinoman [contact]

@#7 - They first toured without an opening band for the Test For Echo tour in 1997.
#26 - Posted 11/21/12 @10:06AM by dinoman [contact]

Y&T opened at one of the tours in the mid-80's, but I can't remember which.
#25 - Posted 11/21/12 @4:08AM by Proton2112 [contact]

I recall Rory Gallagher opening for Rush in Chicago during the Signals tour in '82. I also recall Mr. Big in '90, but the memory of who opened between those tours is lost in the mists of time. Eventually, due to age, the three-hour shows will be dropped to two, and they'll be bringing back opening bands.
#24 - Posted 11/21/12 @2:43AM by MajorSkalle [contact]


Apparently they had a full one-time reunion in New York a week or two ago.
Must've been amazing.
#23 - Posted 11/20/12 @11:10PM by Earthshine [contact]

#11 BOC opened for Rush in 86, eh? That would have been BOC's Club Ninja tour? That would have been a great double bill.
Not to stray off topic too much, but I love BOC, especially the guitar skills of Donald 'Buck Dharma' Roeser. Had the pleasure to chat with him after shows when I was attending every time they came around. Really nice guy

Unfortunately, with Allen Lanier and Joe Bouchard retired, its now just Buck and Eric Bloom, I guess that makes them the '2-Oyster Cult'?

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