Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour San Diego open thread
2:49PM EST | comments (24) |

UPDATE - 11/23@10:39AM: Photographer Alan Hess posted this great gallery of photos from the show.

UPDATE - 11/22@1:01PM: Here's a review from The Republika.

UPDATE - 11/22@10:27AM: There's a great photo gallery from the show posted over at

UPDATE - 11/22@9:57AM: Reader Frank F was at the show and reports that Rush played the same, standard Night B set that they played in Seattle last week; complete setlist here. Official photos have been posted over at

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourHappy 11/21/12 day everybody! Rush makes their last 2012 stop in California tonight when they bring the Clockwork Angels tour to the Vally View Casino in beautiful San Diego. They are due to play their Night B setlist but if they decide to make any changes, I'll be sure to post them here. This makes show number 30 on the 2012 tour with only 5 more to go after tonight. They'll go to Vegas on Friday before heading into Phoenix and Dallas where they'll be filming both shows for an upcoming live DVD. 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. RRUUUSSSSHHHHH!!!!!!

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 21st @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 30
Venue: Vally View Casino
Place: San Diego, CA

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#24 - Posted 11/23/12 @6:15PM by dogslikeRUSH [contact]

thanks 4syrinx, I figured it was just a case of the shutter catching the finger in an odd position. still looks funny though - especially if it was done during "wish them well"
#23 - Posted 11/23/12 @2:23PM by 4syrinx [contact]

In response to Ged's middle finger. I was 5th row directly in front of him. I happen to have eyes on him when that occured. It looke as though he was simply adjusting his frames.
#22 - Posted 11/22/12 @4:36PM by dogslikeRUSH [contact]

Thanks for the pics, Jag2112. Is that Geddy giving the middle finger in the 2nd to last pic? If so I would love to know the context of that gesture.
#21 - Posted 11/22/12 @2:12PM by HoldYourFire [contact]

I'm always happy to see Rush and, like always, they delivered a fantastic performance last night. However, I previously saw them on this tour in Hartford and in LA and the sound and crowd spirit at those shows elevated them well above this one.

That said, Rush should never play this facility again. In fact, no one should. The sound is notoriously terrible and most locals avoid it. The last time I was there was a Rush concert back in the mid 90s. I think Rush did fairly well with the sound, all things considered, but the sound just reverberates around the hall and muddles everything.

The Republika review negatively noted that about 20% of the upper seats were not filled, suggesting that Rush's time as a big time act is coming to a close. We're certainly not reliving the Moving Pictures tour, but that's a presumptuous statement in consideration of the high attendence at other shows and venues on this tour. I'd say that the reputation of the facility, combined with Thanksgiving and poor local promotion had an impact.

Although clearly the vast majority of the crowd was unfamiliar with the new Clockwork Angels material, it was nice to see that many of the new songs actually recieved more enthusiastic applause than the first set 80s material. The CA material reflects much more accomplished composition on the whole when compared to the 80s material, although I appreciate it all. I really don't understand why they alternate Seven Cities as it really deserves to be played each time. So glad Rush has been with us all these years. Next stop San Antonio for one last show this year!
#20 - Posted 11/22/12 @1:23PM by rashisaband

Great show... I would enjoy just about any setlist the band chooses so I was happy with the selection. More important... my wife said it was the best show we've seen of the 5 tours we've been to together. Having her gush after the show made it all worthwhile! I was pleasantly surprised to find that the tickets I won from Kgb were even better than the floor seats I bought. In the end too many tall people holding cell phones up to record kept us from being able to see well, so some folks we have been chatting with who had moved to some empty seats in the stands came and invited us to sit by them where we had a really good view! And my son and his girlfriend who came with us (but were in a different section) got to sit with us! All around a very good night! Though the fireworks caught me off guard EVERY time makeing me jump! Especially the first time... my wife was talking to me so I was distracted and when they went off I just about hit the roof!
The light show was amazing. I will definitely buy the dvd when it comes out.
#19 - Posted 11/22/12 @10:22AM by Jag2112 [contact]

Here's a link to a nice set of pics from the San Diego show...enjoy ...
#18 - Posted 11/22/12 @3:06AM by RushInHawaii [contact]

PS "clearly" and "particularly", that is. It's late and I'm tired . . . .
#17 - Posted 11/22/12 @3:03AM by RushInHawaii [contact]

Fantastic show! The acoustics were just fine. The mix was very good - could really hear Alex very cleary, particulary his solos which were excellent. Geddy's voice was VERY good. I don't think the string section added much, and after a couple songs I ignored them. "Headlong Flight" was particularly good. And it was "Middletown Dreams" tonight, not "Limelight". So glad we made the trip!!
#16 - Posted 11/22/12 @2:54AM by mitch18ss [contact]

Great show! I caught two shirts! Well, I was fourth row Geddy's side and had to dive over a chair to snag the Geddy Afro shirt and I gave the disinterested, unworthy guy beside me $50 for his 'I Love Lamp' shirt. Score!
#15 - Posted 11/21/12 @10:52PM by broughttoyoubytheletterj [contact]

No cameras were allowed @ Key Arena...

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