Rush Clockwork Angels tour Los Angeles open thread

Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 3:05PM

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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'?
#22 - Posted 11/20/12 @9:03PM by Bigleaf [contact]

By the way, Robert Trujillo's girlfriend (I assume?) caught a shirt at the end.
#21 - Posted 11/20/12 @6:04PM by Bigleaf [contact]

Robert Trujillo from Metallica was rocking out right in front of me in PIT Row EEE dead center.
#20 - Posted 11/20/12 @8:58AM by mcon529 [contact]

Saw as openers, all in St. Pete Florida:

Presto: Mr Big

Roll The Bones tour: Primus

Counterparts: Candlebox
#19 - Posted 11/20/12 @8:45AM by snowdog20 [contact]

My personal favorite, even though I'm a huge Primus fan, was Eric Johnson on the RTB tour. I get chills remembering the last notes of "Cliffs of Dover" piercing through the vastness of the St. Louis Arena and the simultaneous realization of knowing my heros were coming up next.

Sweet memories... flashing very quickly by...
#18 - Posted 11/20/12 @7:53AM by bucklemyshoe [contact]

Also VoiVod and Tragically Hip
#17 - Posted 11/20/12 @7:27AM by jupeguyowensound [contact]

Payolas, RedRider, FM also were opening acts I remember seeing.
#16 - Posted 11/20/12 @7:09AM by snowdog20 [contact]

Primus opened for Counterparts at the Chicago and Peoria shows. There were different opening bands on the different legs of that tour. Hope LA had a blast last night. I'm still in my post Rush concert haze...will snap out of it soon.
#15 - Posted 11/19/12 @10:20PM by caravan44

A ton of star sightings tonight. My friend is sitting next to Eric McCormack...he says a bunch of athletes and musicians are in the house. He is snapping pics.
#14 - Posted 11/19/12 @10:13PM by guitarlb [contact]

#11, I recall I Mother Earth opening Counterparts in Toronto (great band but Edwin's voice was wrecked) and they haven't had an opening act since. RTB in Hamilton had Andy Curran (now of Anthem) and Buffalo was Vinnie Moore. He just shredded the joint. Whatever happened to him I wonder?
Some of the opening acts in the 80's were odd I thought. Chalk Circle anyone?Blondie?
I miss Max Webster...vastly underrated and truly Canadian. (Time Stand Still)
Have fun tonight all!!!
#13 - Posted 11/19/12 @10:07PM by dreww76 [contact]

Candlebox opened for Rush on the 94' Counterparts tour, that was the last time they has an opening act. The Test for Echo tour was the start of the longer shows.
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