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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Phoenix open thread
11:17AM EST | comments (177) |

UPDATE - 11/30@7:05AM: Here's a review and some photos from Andy Olson.

UPDATE - 11/27@7:05AM: Here's a gallery of photos from photographer Lauri Svendsen.

UPDATE - 11/26@12:49PM: Here's the Arizona Republic's review of last night's show which also includes a photo gallery.

UPDATE - 11/26@12:37PM: Here are some photos from reader CraigJ.

UPDATE - 11/26@11:53AM: Here's a review and a photo gallery slideshow from the Phoenix New Times.

UPDATE - 11/26@7:09AM: Rush played yet another slightly altered version of their B setlist last night. They substituted in one of the regular A setlist tracks in the 2nd set - making version 6 of the Night B set. You can view the complete setlist here. Official photos have been posted at RushShowPhotos.com. Rush producer Nick Raskulinecz was spotted backstage, and former baseball pitcher (now turned photographer) Randy Johnson was seen taking photographs (thanks CraigJ).

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourPhoenix will be caught in Rush's camera eye tonight as they bring the Clockwork Angels tour to town to film the first of 2 back-to-back shows for a future live DVD release. Rush is due to play some version of their Night B setlist tonight, but it's not clear what affect the filming may have on their choice of songs. As soon as I find out what version of the set was played along with any changes, I'll be sure to post it here. The Arizona Republic posted a preview article for the show in today's edition where they list 10 Essential Rush Songs. To everybody going to the show, have fun, be safe, smile big for the cameras and make sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. RUSH!!!!!

Date/Time: Sunday, November 25th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 32
Venue: US Airways Center
Place: Phoenix, AZ

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#177 - Posted 1/27/13 @6:09PM by Gerry Lee [contact]

So for those who were at this show, did anybody see any cameras and if so how many? I've seen a lot of pictures and video form this show and haven't seen one.
#176 - Posted 12/3/12 @9:52PM by Enigmaticus [contact]

Thank you for responding #175. In my post #117, I had listed several songs which I feel would benefit by the support of a full symphony orchestra. I am glad that you have such a high opinion of "Power Windows," although we happen to disagree on Rush's final 5-star album.
#175 - Posted 12/3/12 @4:32PM by What-A-Rush

I'll be glad to answer your questions # 169. Regarding a full symphony orchestra on the (hopefully) upcoming R40 tour, truthfully I can take it or leave it. I thing having the string ensemble worked just fine. Having said that, I think they should seriously consider playing 'Different Strings' or 'Losing It' if they go that route. Both songs would have been PERFECT, if not obvious, for this tour. As far as 'Roll The Bones' in it's entirety, I have to say...no. To me, the material just isn't strong enough to be played front-to-back. Sure, it has it's shining moments, but there's quite a bit of filler on there as well. Ultimately I think that album missed the mark. Like yourself, I also think very highly of 'Power Windows', arguably the second BEST Rush album of all-time, right behind 'Moving Pictures'. So I was more than happy, or completely SHOCKED, rather, to hear five of the tracks played from that album at the show, I consider 'Power Windows' to be the final 5-star record of their career, and one that has held up over time very well! It's about time that album receives some LONG OVERDUE recognition! The guys seemed to have a blast showcasing that material as well! All I know is that the majority of the crowd on the floor were literally FLOORED by what they heard! Great move gentlemen, and great questions #169! Thanks RIAB!
#174 - Posted 12/3/12 @11:29AM by simon r

December and this still trundles on like Caravan! In defence of Kelly who I dont know-from her posts here she does travel all over to see the band.Alex obviously knew this hence his comment!
I agree with 173-good idea to reward the long serving fans-Its 1979 for me and I have seen every US tour since Vapor Trails-usually 3/4 shows. I was lucky to meet Geddy in London when they came over for screening of documentary few yrs ago and managed to shake his hand as they ushered him out of the door exit stage left!! Quite a few fans from UK travel over to US each tour even if they are coming here. Our 13 year ommittance makes us wary-how did we survive? Alas feel I will have to write to Mr Danniels.
#173 - Posted 12/2/12 @5:28PM by kjbird [contact]

#171-yes, it's an unfortunate reality.

You know what i think would be a really cool thing one day? Is to somehow identify those fans that are the truly committed....based on longevity...who have been with and seen shows since the 70's. I hear of fans seeing Rush over 50 times plus over a span of 35 years (NOT over 3 years). Reserved seating, front row - they can sit if they want, stand if they want. Whatever. Nobody in their way - what a gesture of gratitude for accompanying the band on their journey. Every one of those fans gets a shirt, a M&G handshake and photo op. I'm sure there wouldn't be a dry eye among them if this were to manifest.

Obviously, unlikely scenario, a logistical nightmare...but how cool would that be.
#172 - Posted 12/2/12 @3:31PM by Enigmaticus [contact]

I cannot even imagine being in the front row of a concert, the closest that I have ever been to, or perhaps have ever wanted to be, to the performers was 7th row center at Cricket Pavillion during the 2002 Yes full circle tour. I had the opportunity to see "classic Yes" : (Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White) at that time; unfortunately, it was also my last Yes concert.

My first Yes concert (my third rock concert, overall) was during "The Ladder" tour at Union Hall in Phoenix, in 1999; I had great seats at that concert as well.

My second concert was The Moody Blues at Cricket Pavillion, with the accompaniment of a full symphony orchestra, during the "Strange Times" tour in 1999.
#171 - Posted 12/1/12 @5:43PM by 4syrinx [contact]

That is what this world has become... I don't care about anyone else it's ME. it's ME and I want it, so it must be. Many would accept a wristband if offered by security, or whoever, however that sort of thing happens, flash some tat, or wiggle the ass I rekkon. Does not make it right. Especially for the people who have ASSIGNED front row seats. There were 45 seats, or places for people to stand where a seat exists, if only ONE extra person slides in, well you the get the idea. And viola that is what happened to me in Phoenix. I had to stand behind some shorter people, I'm 6'5", rather than take my ASSIGNED spot because people were pushed out of the ASSIGNED seat areas and rather than be a jackass about it and jam my way back in to my ASSIGNED seat area. I was in row 1 and 1/2, I would imagine the folks in Row 2 who were behind me did not dig me standing a bit closer to them because I was forced to vacate my paid for spot. Enough of this, buy your ticket go to where said seat is and enjoy the show from there. And as far as the Boys throwing shirts into the crowd....Please.
#170 - Posted 12/1/12 @3:16PM by fs [contact]

if i do not have a ticket to a concert, and someone from either the arena staff or band's staff offers me a front row wristband, or a front row ticket, or a backstage pass, i am going to take it for sure. i would imagine many of us here would take them too.

if i see someone else at the show get a wristband/front row ticket/backstage pass, i am going to be happy for them.
#169 - Posted 12/1/12 @1:07PM by Enigmaticus [contact]

"Peace, peace Mercutio."

Ladies and gentlemen, could we please discuss the Phoenix concert's musical merits first? I am not quite certain how this thread had taken such an unexpected tangent. In any event, for those of us who have only had the opportunity to see Rush live in concert once every 10 years or so, I would certainly like to discuss your opinion about the set list.

Personally, I think that the attendees in Dallas had an entirely different experience. I would have most assuredly enjoyed seeing a few more selections from "Roll The Bones," in lieu of the 5 selections from "Power Windows," even though "Power Windows" has remained my favorite Rush studio album for the past 27 years.

Of course, I would like to ultimately have the pleasure of seeing the music of Rush played by a Rush with the accompaniment of a full symphony orchestra. What are your thoughts, regarding this matter? Do you think that Rush touring with a full symphony orchestra on their upcoming 40th anniversary tour would be an exciting way to interpret older classics? Should Rush play the "Roll The Bones" album in it's entirety, during their next tour?
#168 - Posted 12/1/12 @11:43AM by onelittlevictory [contact]

#164 I was there. She had no ticket. I overheard her bragging about it. There are plenty of ways to get a wristband. If you are looking to score points, try getting a front row ticket :)

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