Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rush Clockwork Angels tour Dallas open thread
12:28PM EST | comments (83) |

UPDATE - 12/7@10:01AM: Here's a review from Jam Magazine.

UPDATE - 11/30@7:22AM: Here's a review along with this profile of Dallas Rush fan Evan Chronister from the Dallas Observer (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 11/29@3:03PM: Here's a review and photo gallery from Pegasus News.

UPDATE - 11/29@10:19AM: Here's a gallery of photos that was posted over at

UPDATE - 11/29@8:00AM: Here's a great review from The Dallas Morning News (thanks Jeff G).

UPDATE - 11/29@7:13AM: From the various reports that I can piece together, the band played a slightly extended A setlist where they played 1 extra Clockwork Angels song. They had been alternating 2 tracks from the album between their 2 setlists, but for last night's show they played both. They also played the track that they had swapped out of the B setlist in Phoenix Sunday night. Complete setlist here. Official photos from the show are posted at

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourTonight Dallas gets its turn to be caught in Rush's camera eye as they bring the Clockwork Angels tour to town to film the second of 2 back-to-back shows for a future live DVD release - Sunday's show in Phoenix was also filmed. Rush is due to play some version of their Night A setlist tonight, but it's very likely they'll switch things up a little due to the filming like they did in Phoenix on Sunday. 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 Dallas Morning News posted a short article previewing the show this morning.

Rush: Lights, camera, prog rock. The group's American Airlines Center concert is being filmed for an upcoming DVD. Mario Tarradell says, "The current Rush tour in support of the superb new album Clockwork Angels, which I reviewed in July, is getting rave notices. I'm not surprised by that. I caught Rush in concert two years ago at Center - that was the tour where they played 1981′s landmarkMoving Picturesin its entirety - and they were awesome onstage. So I expect nothing less from these Canadian music legends."

To everybody going to the show tonight, have fun, stay safe, smile BIG for the cameras, make a lot of noise and be sure to share your reports, reviews, and photos with us. RUUSSSHHHH!!!!!

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 28th @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 33
Venue: American Airlines Center
Place: Dallas, TX

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#83 - Posted 12/1/12 @1:25PM by Enigmaticus [contact]

I think that the fans in Dallas had a more rewarding experience then those of us who had attended the concert in Phoenix. I wonder if there will be more even selections from "Roll The Bones," by the time that Rush reaches Europe. What are your opinions on this matter?
#82 - Posted 11/30/12 @11:33AM by jaeger [contact]

Evan's dad is a great dad.
#81 - Posted 11/30/12 @10:15AM by caressof2112 [contact]

Celebrity well kind of sighting. Erik Kramer, es Lions and Bears quarterback. Said hi to him, seemed nice enough.
#80 - Posted 11/30/12 @10:10AM by kjbird [contact]

#77/#79 Great posts - i happen to agree with you both. LOVE hearing them play the deep cuts that haven't either been played or ever played. I'm a big CA fan, and all in Dallas were so fortunate to get BOTH WTW and ScoG - wow. Both shows i went to were setlist B, so i missed ScoG. I agree with the hoped for inclusion of BU2B, but at least i was able to hear that on TMT.
#79 - Posted 11/30/12 @9:54AM by Pale Facsimile [contact]

Neil has said on multiple occasions that after a more retrospective tour (R30, TMT), they don't feel burdened to play all the big hits the next time around, and feel free to play whatever they want (S&A, CA). In the internet age, fans know where to get the setlist (except before the first show obviously), and if they don't want to spend the money, they don't have to. And the notion that "the very casual fans won't pony up $100+ for a ticket" is totally off. This tour I went to Bridgeport (Row 17, center), and Buffalo (Row 5, Alex's side), and there were people who looked bored in the seats to my right at both shows (in B-port, it was a teen and his father who both had the Rush jerseys on). It's their loss. To me, it comes down to how much you're into the band you're seeing. If you love them, you'll love the show. I understand the casual fans' point of view, however, because if I go see a band I don't like as much as I love Rush (or Queen or Metallica), I'd want the band to play their hits. My girlfriend and I saw a free concert by Shinedown a few years ago, and 4 of their first 5 songs were most of their hits (Sound of Madness, 45, Save Me, Fly From the Inside). We ended up leaving after about 40 minutes because we'd gotten all we wanted and were ready to go home and cool off in the A-C.

I personally love this setlist. I've been a huge RUSH fan for almost 8 years now (didn't really get into them until the year I graduated college), and I readily admit that there are deep cuts I still have yet to discover (I knew every song this tour except TBE...I already knew most of P/G, but had to go back and do some "research" after I heard TBE live).
#78 - Posted 11/30/12 @5:05AM by BTWilson

PS: My one regret is that Seattle did not get SCOG. :)
#77 - Posted 11/30/12 @4:57AM by BTWilson

Have to concur with #70 on the merits of this setlist. Geddy has often acknowledged that they try to mix it up for the dedicated fans. But I can't imagine these guys ever trying to pander to the "casual" fans (or pander to anyone for that matter). This tour reflects the exact setlist I'd like to see... "what Rush wanted to play." (Thank you #60 for the direct quote.) I'm long past quibbling over this selection or that choice. I want to see what the band is juiced to play!

Don't get me wrong; I'm old school. I grew up on the "classic era" of 74-82. I first got into them in 77-78. The first albums my brother and I owned (and are ingrained in my DNA) were All The Worlds A Stage and Hemispheres. (We later caught up with the Kings album, then the early stuff. Caress of Steel is still my personal favorite.) First show was here in Seattle 1980 -- Permanent Waves. Still the best show I've ever seen. The same thing that struck me then still impresses me now: their generosity in concert, ie. quantity of amazing material and high caliber of performance. Night after night. And yes, I did fall out for a period in the 80's. I did see the Power Windows tour and remember my disappointment at the lack of "old stuff". Almost everything was Permanent Waves and forward.

But I got totally re-engaged with the Vapor Trails album and tour. Went back and filled all the holes in the catalog I had missed thru the 80s-90s. And you know what people? It's ALL good. So I am totally happy that they mix it up every tour, and recently even night to night. Too bad they don't do the Grateful Dead thing and totally mix it up every night. But then they would have to have a pool of 100 songs rehearsed, and video/lighting/pyro programmed for each. (Of course the Dead is another story. Yes they mixed it up, but they NEVER rehearsed.)

So, I didn't mean to write a novel here. But the one ongoing (never-ending) debate for this tour is what they have chosen to play. The new album is fantastic. If you don't like it stay home. Better yet, go! You will be exposed to an hour of totally righteous new material with legs. I'm happy they have never been apologetic about coming out blazing with "a song or two from our new album." Why shouldn't they be jazzed about it? The best album a band has made is always their last album. (At least, this is true with good bands. And who is really in the ball park with THIS band??)

Great to hear the positive reports from Phoenix and Dallas. Looking forward to the DVD release ASAP. Thanks guys. I'll see you again next summer.
#76 - Posted 11/29/12 @6:49PM by CraigJ [contact]

#75 - The only thing that would have made the PHX show better was SCoG. But I'm not complaining. CA was my favorite part of the show, specifically the title track, The Anarchist and the Percussor.
#75 - Posted 11/29/12 @6:21PM by lisah [contact]

#74, The only thing that could improve the quality of CA, is, hearing it played almost in its entirity played LIVE!!! Which is what I am sooo looking forward to, tomorrow night,and again on Sunday night. This way I get to hear both WTW and SCOG. You just can't beat that!!! Hope fully we will get another chance to hear this setlist, sometime after June 2013! I'm keeping my fingers crossed and saving my money. I plan on taking my son to the next show. Whether that comes next year or in2014. I want him to be able to see and hear the band that his mom is always talking about. I told him I would try to get some good VIP tickets. I think it's the best way to experiance the entire RUSH epic. Simply Unforgetable. Simply Rush! Accept no substitutes!
#74 - Posted 11/29/12 @5:15PM by jmoist

Right on, lisah #70. CA is a very good Rush record containing strong song writing that in my opinion requires repeated, serious listenings with head phones (what Rush record doesn't, right?). Several of my friends and fellow Rushians thought that CA was just ok until diving into it with phones. I have become more and more impressed with CA after each listen. Producer Nick managed to take what they were driving at with S&A and made it much better with CA. The result is the essence of Rush with some modern and unexpected twists, a truly progressive result. Great decision by Rush to retain Nick for the CA sessions!

Great points jupeguyowensound #59. Didn't Geddy himself once say something like "we're one of the world's largest cult bands"? There are very few people who "sort of" like Rush - most either love them or hate them.

I thoroughly enjoyed this concert, and hope that they schedule a 2nd US tour leg. Long live Rush!

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