Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Rush 2013 Clockwork Angels tour opening night in Austin open thread
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UPDATE - 4/25@4:47PM: Here's a photo gallery from CultureMap Austin.

UPDATE - 4/25@3:17PM: Here's a photo gallery from The Austinist.

UPDATE - 4/25@8:39AM: Here's a review and photo gallery from The Horn.

UPDATE - 4/24@5:49PM: Rush has released a short, 2:45 mini-documentary of last night's show in Austin to promote the 2013 Clockwork Angels tour. The video features footage of fans before, during and after the show along with video of the band playing on stage. There are no real setlist spoilers, but it does have footage of the stage set-up. You can watch the video below or on YouTube here.

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UPDATE - 4/24@5:07PM: Alex and Geddy are featured in a photo from last night's show in Rolling Stone's Hottest Live Photos of 2013 photo gallery.

UPDATE - 4/24@1:18PM: Here's a review of the show from the Austin Chronicle.

UPDATE - 4/24@1:01PM: Rush Fans in Central Texas coordinated a sign attack at last night's show where they passed out signs which contained the word Blah (in reference to Alex Lifeson's Rock Hall induction speech) which were held up when Geddy said, Hello Austin. featured a photo of the signs in their official photo gallery from last night, and reader DeWayne H sent along some photos of the actual signs too.

UPDATE - 4/24@12:40PM: Official photos from last night's show are now posted at

UPDATE - 4/24@11:07AM: John over at has posted a gallery of photos from last night's show.

UPDATE - 4/24@10:30AM: It looks like the band had some good barbecue after the show according to these two Twitter posts.

UPDATE - 4/24@9:49AM: Here's a Facebook photo gallery from Rush keyboard tech Jack Secret.

UPDATE - 4/23@11:26PM: They are almost finished with the 2nd set. Unless they surprise us in the encore, it looks like Night A - version 4.

UPDATE - 4/23@10:36PM: The intermission is over and the introductory video for the 2nd set was also the same as on the last leg. Judging by the 1st set, they are playing either Night A - version 4 or Night A - version 6. Geddy apparently has a new bass and Alex has broken one guitar string 3 songs into the second set. A big thanks to Kelly D for the live updates!

UPDATE - 4/23@9:44PM: Now it's looking like they are doing a Night A set instead of B as we had anticipated. Maybe Night A - version 4 or Night A - version 6.

UPDATE - 4/23@9:23PM: Rush threw in a surprise for the 5th song, although it's nothing they didn't play on the last leg. So they might be doing Night B - version 5.

UPDATE - 4/23@9:18PM: Geddy and Alex are making blah blah jokes. Following Night B setlist 3 songs in so far.

UPDATE - 4/23@9:05PM: Rush has taken the stage in Austin. The opening video was the same as last tour as was the opening track.

Rush Clockwork Angels 2012 tourThe time is now again! Rush ended the 2012 leg of the Clockwork Angels tour nearly 5 months ago in Texas, and that's where they'll pick things up again on the 2013 leg tonight at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. It'll be their first show of 2013 and their first show as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, so it should be a doozy. The band has indicated in interviews that they would not be altering the setlist at all for this leg, and that things would stay relatively the same; where they alternate between an A and B setlist, swapping out a few songs here and there. There was a grainy image of the setlist floating around online yesterday, and going by that they'll be playing the Night B, version 3 setlist - which makes sense since they ended on the Night A set on the last leg. But we'll just have to wait and see to be sure. I'm 99% certain there won't be any songs played that they didn't already play on the last leg though unfortunately. However, I hear that we might get some new visuals. As always, I'll report any notable setlist or show changes in this post (with appropriate spoiler warnings). The Rush Backstage Club has released some new Clockwork Angels merchandise in celebration of the new tour which you can check out here. Rush Fans in Central Texas are sponsoring a pre-show meet-up at The Brick Oven for anyone interested. For everyone lucky enough to be attending tonight's show, be sure to share your reports, photos and videos with us. Have a blast! Rush is back!!!

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 23rd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 1
Venue: Frank Erwin Center
Place: Austin, TX

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[Rush Spring 2013 Clockwork Angels North American tour official tour date and pre-sales announcement]
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[Official Rush 2012 Clockwork Angels tour announcement and dates!]



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#88 - Posted 4/26/13 @12:23AM by broughttoyoubytheletterj [contact]

Steely Dan gave opportunity to around 150 studio musicians throughout their catalog...drums, guitar, bass, saxophone, hoards of back-up singers (who would of thunk) Micheal McDonald! even keyboards, if Donald thought it served the song for the better, from one song to the next. Along with the superb recording/mastering which was their goal since their debut. Totally different than any approach RUSH has taken. ("we always made the most of a 3 piece")...
Just shows how the smartest greatest musicians/producers, achieve their highest potential.
#87 - Posted 4/26/13 @12:00AM by broughttoyoubytheletterj [contact]

Someone who gets it!
#86 - Posted 4/25/13 @6:03PM by Tom [contact]

I am pretty much happy with whatever Rush want to play, i want them to surprise me even if that means leaving some of my favourites out of the set. I like what Neil said in recent interviews acknowledging that they try stuff out and sometimes it works out well, sometimes not so well. This is why I like Rush way more than Rolling Stones (though they are excellent live), is that they take chances, try things out. The rhythm section of Lee and Peart holds it own against just about anyone, and Lifeson, what a virtuoso, he's a chameleon! He does exactly what is right for the song - genius!
#85 - Posted 4/25/13 @3:03PM by lerxstgrogan [contact]


Steely Dan has toured every two years for the last 15 years (my friend plays in the band) and just announced a 40+ date tour this summer.
#84 - Posted 4/25/13 @12:44PM by ToadBrother [contact]

#76 - It would be cool to see Rush do a residency somewhere for a week or two and just play tons of back catalog an album at a time. You could make the show quite a bit shorter, maybe a full album and then a sort of "hits" set-list, but the whole thing no longer than 2 hours. If you're in just one venue, then there's only one setup and one breakdown at the end.

It would be nice for them to sort of slow down rather than Neil hitting 63 or 64 and saying "That's it, can't play three hours of drums three or four times a week, so this is the end of the road."
#83 - Posted 4/25/13 @12:41PM by jiminseattle [contact]

Everywhere has its share of people that don't get it. They don't know what they are missing. That is so cool that you are going to meet KJ and rock on together. What a treat. RIAB rocks and Rush well what can I say that hasn't been said a million times. What a blessing for those of us who DO get it.
#82 - Posted 4/25/13 @12:37PM by lisah [contact]

Jim, I just hope I get my voice back before Cincey. I wouldn't want KJ to have to do my screaming for me! HAHA! With every listen CA becomes more amazing! Especially when it reminds me of you guys on RIAB! You guys really get it! I couldn't beleive the Austin paper review , the reviewer was NOT a huge Rush fan. Why do they even bother to send these guys to the shows! Even Austin has it's share of people who don't get it! I guess that's their loss! At least I don't have to listen to them on this site. RUSH ON!
#81 - Posted 4/25/13 @11:31AM by jiminseattle [contact]

Lisa: We are all (well most of us) going to listen to CA and the entire suite of Rush albums till our ears bleed. :>)
#80 - Posted 4/25/13 @11:03AM by lisah [contact]

I do have to say I really love hearing, "Where's my thing" more and more. Well, one more tme in Cincey. I'm really going to miss them after this tour ends. Probably have a couple years before the next tour. What the hell are we going to do with ourselves ? Any suggestions?
#79 - Posted 4/25/13 @10:28AM by jiminseattle [contact]

Saw it Lime, sweet eh!

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