2012 CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR
Fri, Sep 7 @ Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH

REVIEWS AND POST-SHOW ANALYSIS: The show is over - what did you think? Give your review or just recount your experience.

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#15 - Posted 09/19/2012 11:53 AM by simon r

LAST? Just back from my 12 day trip from UK visiting 4 cities so first review a bit late. I did like the small venue at Manchester and great view from seats in Block 108 about 20 rows from STAGE front floor level. The first set was superb plus the bonus of 4 Power Windows tracks made it for me and Analog Kid
as I am a true analog man!!

I thought Alex coped well telling his joke when Geddy`s keyboard refused to work! The 8 string ensemble worked well with new cd tracks and complemented band well. I personally thought it was 2 tracks too many off CA but loved hearing Wreckers and Garden live as they are superb. Garden should be a one to play for many a tour!

Regarding the sound it must be where people sit as I have not had this problem
sitting either side of Alex/Geddy on this tour. Considering it was first date I found it excellent as it takes a few shows to get into stride but they always give a good show whatever.

Basically for fans of PW you will love this and to do Middletown in Indy I just hope you get to a show where this is played as fans have been asking for this probably since PW tour which never came to UK!!
#14 - Posted 09/12/2012 6:08 PM by rg1 [contact]

#7 sloppiest concert ever? Maybe we were at different shows....
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#11 - Posted 09/11/2012 7:30 AM by JaredMax [contact]

Think about why we love Rush. Is a great part of it not because of their concise, crisp sound that imprinted our brains in Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures? Crisp sounds where we're able to decipher what sound is being made by what. In Friday's show, the audio mix was so poor that it was essentially "muddy". When I wanted to hear Neil's drums isolated, I heard other crap. When I wanted to hear Alex's guitar rip, it didn't happen. "The Anarchist" was a great opportunity to show off, and it failed to hit that mark. You know that mark -- the same one that Alex kills in "The Trees" before the final verse of lyrics.

Seeing the setlist from the 2nd show in Bristow annoyed me because the guys swapped mid 80s for more mid 80s. They traded one favorite in Bravado for another favorite in "The Pass" But, losing "Spirit of Radio" in a show that painfully lacks quintessential Rush is a mistake. Not that 2112 isn't a great addition, but why lose "Spirit" for 2112, opposed to ditching a mid-80s B-side instead?

I know I don't speak for all. I took watch of several fans who reacted in wild excitement to hearing songs that I always skip past when they appear on my iPod. There were many happy campers there to hear some of these songs. But, the majority were not thrilled -- not, at least the tens of people I chatted with after the show -- and read comments by.

My FAVORITE moments: hearing songs that I wasn't sure I'd hear. "Wish Them Well" is my favorite track on the new album (in a different way than "Headlong Flight" or "The Wreckers"). The song was soooo special to hear live from mere feet away. I know it will sound even more crisp in October in Brooklyn. I hope "The Garden" will have better crispness the next time, too. Such a delicate song that deserves intricate audio but didn't connect as such in Manchester. Again, maybe it was the building. The audio was worse than Rush complains about its mix of the Vapor Trails CD.

I LOVED that the band embraced change. Not only did they add the string section, but they broke up Neil's solo into three parts. Brilliant experiment! Loved it.

I LOVED that Alex was able to rattle a lengthy joke off the top of his head to cover the technical glitches that silenced the band before they were able to play "Manhattan Project".

BTW - "Manhattan Project" -- GREAT song from Power Windows. It was the only one I needed to be pulled out of the vault. For me, the others they played from Power Windows don't belong in a vault -- rather in a drawer. "Big Money" was a hit -- so, I don't include it in this class.

So -- that's that. A frustrating show, but it was wonderful, nonetheless. I'm grateful to Rush and so happy I made the trip -- after all, I'm kinda like that kid who's the protagonist in Clockwork Angels, that New World Man, that uncle's nephew on the country farm, starving to escape and drive.

Rock on! See you in Brooklyn, hopefully after the Power Windows reunion tour has run its course,
#10 - Posted 09/11/2012 7:30 AM by JaredMax [contact]

THIS IS A LONG REVIEW -- TWO POSTS
--> Disregard the previous posts #8 and #9

Two days before the show, I decided I'd seize the Friday and drive 260 miles to see the show. It was a fulfilling experience. A rush, indeed. Much fun and education in hangig out with other Rush fanatics -- and, reaffirming my belief that I'm small potatoes compared to some Rushians -- like one who told me that this was his 144th Rush show. For me, it must be somewhere in the mid to upper 20s in concert count. This was my third opening night show. With that said...

I'm a performer. I host a sports talk show on ESPN Radio in NYC from 4-6am every weekday. I know what it means to be committed to one's craft and to strive for perfection every day, knowing it's an unrealistic dream. I thank Rush for being such role models in showing by example that "good work is the key to good fortune". I have ultimate respect for Neil, Geddy and Alex. I had much compassion for them on Friday night, knowing the perfectionists they are regarding their music and stage performance. Microphones and guitars failed to connect with speakers several times. As if it wasn't enough trying to incorporate a string section for the first time -- and, play a set it'd never done before -- before an audience of fanatics with giant expectations, Rush was sacked by technical gremlins. All these ingredients make for one stressful night for those who own the performance. I don't blame Rush for what was the sloppiest concert I've ever seen them play.

I left the arena thinking, "They could've used another week of rehearsals". The string section was a gimmick more than an asset. Because the audio was so poor at the arena (muffled, non-crisp from various sections of the building), I was unable to decipher what noises were being made by Rush - and those coming from the strings. I was in the tenth row, dead center. I saw a couple of violinists standing, but others sat. There didn't seem to be anything uniform about it. Maybe this is what Rush wants -- but, it didn't seem to match their concert sharpness. I know, though that when I see Rush in Brooklyn in late October, the show will be at its best. Geddy, Alex and Neil will be more relaxed, and the songs will flow with greater swagger. A special tune like "The Wreckers" won't just play through without sparkle -- as I thought it did. But, just as the Super Bowl Champion NY Giants didn't play Week 1 like the Super Bowl team they were in their previous game in February, the super band wasn't at its peak, opening night. Never have been before my eyes -- be it Pensacola for the Counterparts tour and Hartford for Vapor Trails (Although, that was a VERY special night).

Unlike that June evening in Hartford when Ged announced the premiere of "Between Sun and Moon", Friday night's show in Manchester didn't leave me smiling after the band broke into songs not heard live for 25 years. Well, there were a couple of moments that had me screaming -- I'll get to them.

I'm not a fan of the mid-to-late 80s period. It's my least favorite Rush. So, feeling like I was at a Power Windows reunion tour disappointed me. When the sixth song of the show began, I left my seat to get a couple of beers. I'm still baffled as to why the band would position three B-side tracks of three B-side Rush albums (in my opinion) back-to-back-to-back. Are they pleasing themselves? Are they appealing to a particular type of Rush fan? While I was thinking that "1-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-1 S-O-S" meant Save Our Show, the guys kept playing these numbers.

Just a thought: You can still play B-sides and get the crowd rocking -- Just have to pick B-sides from DIFFERENT eras. It was too much from one period. A plate with too many vegetables and not enough steak or garnish. Why not a B-side from Roll The Bones and Presto, one from Permanent Waves or Vapor Trails? Bring back "Ceiling Unlimited" or "War Paint" -- or debut "How It Is" or "Everyday Glory" or "Heresy" -- opposed to stuffing three songs in a row to remind thousands why they shelved Rush largely between Signals and Presto. Sorry so harsh -- Rush concerts are rare -- we all want to hear our favorites.

While I was frustrated to hear the Power Windows and Grace Under Pressure revival, I was like a little girl screaming at The Beatles when Bravado began -- and even more vocal when Rush followed with Where's My Thing. For years, I've wondered why this song got shelved when it's so much better than "Leave That Thing Alone. The song kicked in funky fashion from the getgo. Loved how crisp it sounded. But, this was a rare crisp moment. (more in next post)
#9 - Posted 09/11/2012 7:15 AM by JaredMax [contact]

(continued)

Seeing the setlist from the 2nd show in Bristow annoyed me because the guys swapped mid 80s for more mid 80s. They traded one favorite in Bravado for another favorite in "The Pass" But, losing "Spirit of Radio" in a show that painfully lacks quintessential Rush is a mistake. Not that 2112 isn't a great addition, but why lose "Spirit" for 2112, opposed to ditching a mid-80s B-side instead?

I know I don't speak for all. I took watch of several fans who reacted in wild excitement to hearing songs that I always skip past when they appear on my iPod. There were many happy campers there to hear some of these songs. But, the majority were not thrilled -- not, at least the tens of people I chatted with after the show -- and read comments by.

My FAVORITE moments: hearing songs that I wasn't sure I'd hear. "Wish Them Well" is my favorite track on the new album (in a different way than "Headlong Flight" or "The Wreckers"). The song was soooo special to hear live from mere feet away. I know it will sound even more crisp in October in Brooklyn. I hope "The Garden" will have better crispness the next time, too. Such a delicate song that deserves intricate audio but didn't connect as such in Manchester. Again, maybe it was the building. The audio was worse than Rush complains about its mix of the Vapor Trails CD.

I LOVED that the band embraced change. Not only did they add the string section, but they broke up Neil's solo into three parts. Brilliant experiment! Loved it.

I LOVED that Alex was able to rattle a lengthy joke off the top of his head to cover the technical glitches that silenced the band before they were able to play "Manhattan Project".

BTW - "Manhattan Project" -- GREAT song from Power Windows. It was the only one I needed to be pulled out of the vault. For me, the others they played from Power Windows don't belong in a vault -- rather in a drawer. "Big Money" was a hit -- so, I don't include it in this class.

So -- that's that. A frustrating show, but it was wonderful, nonetheless. I'm grateful to Rush and so happy I made the trip -- after all, I'm kinda like that kid who's the protagonist in Clockwork Angels, that New World Man, that uncle's nephew on the country farm, starving to escape and drive.

Rock on! See you in Brooklyn, hopefully after the Power Windows reunion tour has run its course,
#8 - Posted 09/11/2012 7:15 AM by JaredMax [contact]

Two days before the show, I decided I'd seize the Friday and drive 260 miles to see the show. It was a fulfilling experience. A rush, indeed. Much fun and education in hangig out with other Rush fanatics -- and, reaffirming my belief that I'm small potatoes compared to some Rushians -- like one who told me that this was his 144th Rush show. For me, it must be somewhere in the mid to upper 20s in concert count. This was my third opening night show. With that said...

I'm a performer. I host a sports talk show on ESPN Radio in NYC from 4-6am every weekday. I know what it means to be committed to one's craft and to strive for perfection every day, knowing it's an unrealistic dream. I thank Rush for being such role models in showing by example that "good work is the key to good fortune". I have ultimate respect for Neil, Geddy and Alex. I had much compassion for them on Friday night, knowing the perfectionists they are regarding their music and stage performance. Microphones and guitars failed to connect with speakers several times. As if it wasn't enough trying to incorporate a string section for the first time -- and, play a set it'd never done before -- before an audience of fanatics with giant expectations, Rush was sacked by technical gremlins. All these ingredients make for one stressful night for those who own the performance. I don't blame Rush for what was the sloppiest concert I've ever seen them play.

I left the arena thinking, "They could've used another week of rehearsals". The string section was a gimmick more than an asset. Because the audio was so poor at the arena (muffled, non-crisp from various sections of the building), I was unable to decipher what noises were being made by Rush - and those coming from the strings. I was in the tenth row, dead center. I saw a couple of violinists standing, but others sat. There didn't seem to be anything uniform about it. Maybe this is what Rush wants -- but, it didn't seem to match their concert sharpness. I know, though that when I see Rush in Brooklyn in late October, the show will be at its best. Geddy, Alex and Neil will be more relaxed, and the songs will flow with greater swagger. A special tune like "The Wreckers" won't just play through without sparkle -- as I thought it did. But, just as the Super Bowl Champion NY Giants didn't play Week 1 like the Super Bowl team they were in their previous game in February, the super band wasn't at its peak, opening night. Never have been before my eyes -- be it Pensacola for the Counterparts tour and Hartford for Vapor Trails (Although, that was a VERY special night).

Unlike that June evening in Hartford when Ged announced the premiere of "Between Sun and Moon", Friday night's show in Manchester didn't leave me smiling after the band broke into songs not heard live for 25 years. Well, there were a couple of moments that had me screaming -- I'll get to them.

I'm not a fan of the mid-to-late 80s period. It's my least favorite Rush. So, feeling like I was at a Power Windows reunion tour disappointed me. When the sixth song of the show began, I left my seat to get a couple of beers. I'm still baffled as to why the band would position three B-side tracks of three B-side Rush albums (in my opinion) back-to-back-to-back. Are they pleasing themselves? Are they appealing to a particular type of Rush fan? While I was thinking that "1-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-1 S-O-S" meant Save Our Show, the guys kept playing these numbers.

Just a thought: You can still play B-sides and get the crowd rocking -- Just have to pick B-sides from DIFFERENT eras. It was too much from one period. A plate with too many vegetables and not enough steak or garnish. Why not a B-side from Roll The Bones and Presto, one from Permanent Waves or Vapor Trails? Bring back "Ceiling Unlimited" or "War Paint" -- or debut "How It Is" or "Everyday Glory" or "Heresy" -- opposed to stuffing three songs in a row to remind thousands why they shelved Rush largely between Signals and Presto. Sorry so harsh -- Rush concerts are rare -- we all want to hear our favorites.

While I was frustrated to hear the Power Windows and Grace Under Pressure revival, I was like a little girl screaming at The Beatles when Bravado began -- and even more vocal when Rush followed with Where's My Thing. For years, I've wondered why this song got shelved when it's so much better than "Leave That Thing Alone. The song kicked in funky fashion from the getgo. Loved how crisp it sounded. But, this was a rare crisp moment.

Think about why we love Rush. Is a great part of it not because of their concise, crisp sound that imprinted our brains in Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures? Crisp sounds where we're able to decipher what sound is being made by what. In Friday's show, the audio mix was so poor that it was essentially "muddy". When I wanted to hear Neil's drums isolated, I heard other crap. When I wanted to hear Alex's guitar rip, it didn't happen. "The Anarchist" was a great
#7 - Posted 09/11/2012 7:14 AM by JaredMax [contact]

Two days before the show, I decided I'd seize the Friday and drive 260 miles to see the show. It was a fulfilling experience. A rush, indeed. Much fun and education in hangig out with other Rush fanatics -- and, reaffirming my belief that I'm small potatoes compared to some Rushians -- like one who told me that this was his 144th Rush show. For me, it must be somewhere in the mid to upper 20s in concert count. This was my third opening night show. With that said...

I'm a performer. I host a sports talk show on ESPN Radio in NYC from 4-6am every weekday. I know what it means to be committed to one's craft and to strive for perfection every day, knowing it's an unrealistic dream. I thank Rush for being such role models in showing by example that "good work is the key to good fortune". I have ultimate respect for Neil, Geddy and Alex. I had much compassion for them on Friday night, knowing the perfectionists they are regarding their music and stage performance. Microphones and guitars failed to connect with speakers several times. As if it wasn't enough trying to incorporate a string section for the first time -- and, play a set it'd never done before -- before an audience of fanatics with giant expectations, Rush was sacked by technical gremlins. All these ingredients make for one stressful night for those who own the performance. I don't blame Rush for what was the sloppiest concert I've ever seen them play.

I left the arena thinking, "They could've used another week of rehearsals". The string section was a gimmick more than an asset. Because the audio was so poor at the arena (muffled, non-crisp from various sections of the building), I was unable to decipher what noises were being made by Rush - and those coming from the strings. I was in the tenth row, dead center. I saw a couple of violinists standing, but others sat. There didn't seem to be anything uniform about it. Maybe this is what Rush wants -- but, it didn't seem to match their concert sharpness. I know, though that when I see Rush in Brooklyn in late October, the show will be at its best. Geddy, Alex and Neil will be more relaxed, and the songs will flow with greater swagger. A special tune like "The Wreckers" won't just play through without sparkle -- as I thought it did. But, just as the Super Bowl Champion NY Giants didn't play Week 1 like the Super Bowl team they were in their previous game in February, the super band wasn't at its peak, opening night. Never have been before my eyes -- be it Pensacola for the Counterparts tour and Hartford for Vapor Trails (Although, that was a VERY special night).

Unlike that June evening in Hartford when Ged announced the premiere of "Between Sun and Moon", Friday night's show in Manchester didn't leave me smiling after the band broke into songs not heard live for 25 years. Well, there were a couple of moments that had me screaming -- I'll get to them.

I'm not a fan of the mid-to-late 80s period. It's my least favorite Rush. So, feeling like I was at a Power Windows reunion tour disappointed me. When the sixth song of the show began, I left my seat to get a couple of beers. I'm still baffled as to why the band would position three B-side tracks of three B-side Rush albums (in my opinion) back-to-back-to-back. Are they pleasing themselves? Are they appealing to a particular type of Rush fan? While I was thinking that "1-0-0-1-0-0-1-0-0-1 S-O-S" meant Save Our Show, the guys kept playing these numbers.

Just a thought: You can still play B-sides and get the crowd rocking -- Just have to pick B-sides from DIFFERENT eras. It was too much from one period. A plate with too many vegetables and not enough steak or garnish. Why not a B-side from Roll The Bones and Presto, one from Permanent Waves or Vapor Trails? Bring back "Ceiling Unlimited" or "War Paint" -- or debut "How It Is" or "Everyday Glory" or "Heresy" -- opposed to stuffing three songs in a row to remind thousands why they shelved Rush largely between Signals and Presto. Sorry so harsh -- Rush concerts are rare -- we all want to hear our favorites.

While I was frustrated to hear the Power Windows and Grace Under Pressure revival, I was like a little girl screaming at The Beatles when Bravado began -- and even more vocal when Rush followed with Where's My Thing. For years, I've wondered why this song got shelved when it's so much better than "Leave That Thing Alone. The song kicked in funky fashion from the getgo. Loved how crisp it sounded. But, this was a rare crisp moment.

Think about why we love Rush. Is a great part of it not because of their concise, crisp sound that imprinted our brains in Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures? Crisp sounds where we're able to decipher what sound is being made by what. In Friday's show, the audio mix was so poor that it was essentially "muddy". When I wanted to hear Neil's drums isolated, I heard other crap. When I wanted to hear Alex's guitar rip, it didn't happen. "The Anarchist" was a great
#6 - Posted 09/11/2012 12:07 AM by rg1 [contact]

It sounded perfect from 2nd row right in front of Geddy...I heard some people complaining about the bass during the intermission but from where I was it was certainly not a 5.

Overall it was a very solid show....The boys seemed very relaxed..great setlist.....CwA material was great...The Wreckers was the hightlight of the show for me....first set was also awesome...great to see them pull out a lot of stuff they havent played in a long time....Neils solo in the first set was a nice surprise...The Body Electric, Analog Kid...Power Windows stuff all made for a great first set....Manhatten Project was also great....

Im a little disappointed about not playing Jacobs Ladder...as much as I love Working Man and TSOR, I would have traded them both for Jacobs Ladder...would have been nice to hear them end the show with 2112, but whatever....we will see what happens in Tampa.

I give the show a solid 9. Opening night....They looked very comfortable an energetic....Geds voice held up nicely....Alex interacting with the crowd and was on fire technically....Neil dominating on the throne...Overall good vibe and a great night...
#5 - Posted 09/09/2012 9:15 AM by Reckoner [contact]

Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester NH is, sound-wise, about a 5.5 out of 10. In this regard, the sound for Friday night's concert was not good- heavy on the bass, string mix largely un-discernible, depending upon where you were sitting, and the mix sounded dirty. That being said, the boys put on the usual great show, and I made up a playlist on my iPod right away of the setlist. It was great to hear songs from Power Windows! I only wish they had, in addition to Analog Kid from Signals, played "Losing It"- because they had violins aplenty anyway- and it's one of my fav songs. The new stuff will grow on you- I enjoyed listening to Clockwork Angels in my car the next day (because the mix and sound were GREAT!) and really getting a better sense of the songs after hearing them live and then going back to studio recording. Seriously considering giving TD Banknorth venue a chance in October- any fans have feedback about the relative merits of the TD sound system? For instance, if I give Manchester Verizon 5.5/10, what would you give the Boston venue? The boys played well for first night- I give it an 8.5 out of ten. Would like to see the show after they've fine tuned it a bit more in all respects.
#4 - Posted 09/08/2012 2:04 PM by billthez [contact]

How was the VIP Ticket situation?
#3 - Posted 09/08/2012 6:35 AM by Bookmdano [contact]

I was thinking the other day how I hoped that Rush would add Territories to their setlist ,so Now I am really excited about the Show Tomorrow night! Power Windows is definitely one of my favorite Rush Albums, so I'm glad to hear they are playing several songs ! I have been really getting into the Clockwork Angels CD now for the past several weeks so I just can't wait !
#2 - Posted 09/08/2012 1:18 AM by dolebopper [contact]

What a night!
I was stunned that the guys played so much off Power Windows! This is my favorite album-so I was stoked to hear Grand Designs, Manhattan Project, Big Money & Territories! Oh if they had also played Middletown Dreams and/or Mystic Rhythms....but not complaining here!

loved the jam into Neil's 1st solo!

2nd set loaded with Clockwork Angels material which I expected and loved. I think they could drop the one Clockwork track they had been playing previously on the Time Machine tour. I think it was bu2b. I would drop that song and maybe add something else that might sound cool with the strings. Speakinng of which, right on to have such a yooung, energetic group of musicians whom were obviously enjoying their opportunity to accompany one of the greatest bands ever! Personally, I believe Rush are the greatest band ever!

Loved how Alex stepped in to save an ackward moment mostly for Ged when he was having some technical difficulty. Al told a joke to the crowd-and did a pretty good job of it!. Later, had a brain freeze at the worst possible moment-the start of the solo section in Tom Sawyer and Al goes blank...that was hilarious and he laughed it off and made a couple gestures implying that he stinks...lol! that was so funny.

Over all I had a great evening, I loved the set list. I enjoyed the strings but they could be up in the mix a little more. The boys never fail to deliver. I would say it was clear much of the audience has still not wrapped their ears and minds around the new material. You could see the energy level sag some during the 1st part of the 2nd set. Come on people! The new album has been out for 3 months now-lets start listening now what are you waiting for? Loved also how Neil did a couple solos briefer in length-but simply awesome as to be expected from a master like Neil Peart.

Overall I give the show an "A"

I cant wait for the Boston gig which I have my tix for already-now Ive decided I gotta work the logistics to get up to Buffalo on fri the 26th of rocktober and find the fastest cheapest way to get down to wash dc the following day for my cousins wedding! Ahh..its worth it!

Great show!!!!!!
#1 - Posted 09/07/2012 8:46 PM by The Praetorian [contact]

RUSH RULES!!!!
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