2012 CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR
Sat, Nov 3 @ 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL

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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#11 - Posted 11/06/2012 1:01 PM by geliamd [contact]

Tampa/Nov 3rd
... my observations:superior musicianship, they played balls-out and masterfully.AND,it seemed they had a blast doing it:lots of crowd interaction and playfullness (from Alex? Shocker! HaHa).It was a great night of fun and appreciation on both sides of the lights. Individually: Neil is ever the inferno of energy and concentration,a sustained intensity that really is extraordinary for any drummer of any age. Geddy, always the consumate musical multi-tasker, beat that poor bass up and it gave everything it had in it. Alex, the amazing one-man string string section, was deadly accurate all night, at the top of his game ... which is saying a lot.
Kudos to Lighting and Video: never distracting, perfectly integrated/complimentary;obviously skillfully planned, prepared, and executed (although the out-tro video was pretty much lost to crowd noise seeking another encore). Sound. Ugh. I was seated 20 feet right of the house board and this is an outdoor partially covered amphitheater. Maybe it's just me but all I can say is: badly bottom-heavy - it just swallowed the strings and it severely covered Alex often, I thought. Solos and power cords cut-through, but the arpeggio work/lower registers/nuances and subtleties were often lost. I have no allusions about live sound and maybe this was the best that could result from that equiptment at that venue; for me,though it was 'less than optimal'. Now the 'show' itself: great song choices/order, worked perfectly: greatpace/flow, never predictable, never fatiguing.
'Rush' is not easy to play, even for them at times; and yet they make it look easy and sound fresh while having fun doing it; wow. Hats-off to each and every person involved who undoubtedly work their butts off over and over in order to make this history happen. We appreciate and thank you profusely!!! To Rush and their loved ones,how can we begin to express our gratitude for all your sacrificing and sharing all these many miles? Rush is family, commradery, friendhip, spitituality, tolerance, creativity,and brotherhood; it all comes out magically in their live performance.
#10 - Posted 11/06/2012 9:06 AM by tallybucsfan [contact]

A few observations from Rush's Clockwork Angels performance in Tampa on November 3, 2012. In short another quality performance, one which actually exceeded expectations.

The trio took the stage just after 7:45, following a (by now) expected video introduction. It was a steam punk meets the Wizard of Oz tale with the three munchkins (?) being visited by a government official. The purpose is not particularly clear nor is that the focus. It was an enjoyable and quirky way to get the crowed into the mood.

At the end of the video production, the first chord of Subdivisions filled the amphitheater, and we were on the way.

The first act consisted of largely 80's material. In fact, the person behind me at one point yelled, "What decade are we in?" "The Big Money", "Force Ten", and "Grand Designs" followed. (You can Google the set list.) It was great to hear songs not heard for some time - quality favorites - and in the wake of Snakes and Arrows and Moving Pictures v. 2 tours of recent years, some of these songs have not been heard live. Particularly enjoyable were Territories and The Analog Kid...

After a short break, the highlight of the evening began. Act II covered Clockwork Angels, an ambitious and artistic project of Neal Peart, recalling the album theme productions of 2112 and Hemispheres. I do not believe the quality of this performance and experience - most notably, the visual experience, can be overstated. For the next 35 - 45 minutes the audience was treated to an artistic performance that would rival any performance of any genre throughout the world. The animation was particularly stellar. The animators who prepared the accompanying video are clearly masters at their craft and can be matched with any animation I have ever seen. Likewise, the lighting melded the video production on the screen and the performance on stage flawlessly. The title track "Clockwork Angels" was magical and followed by the almost sinister "Anarchist." By the time we were at the "Wreckers" point in the tale it was hard to tell where the lighting and the screen and the stage ended and began. I expected a downpour inside the theater. Between one of the songs Geddy Lee remarked, rather genuinely, "That was fun." As we ended with "The Garden" I realized I had been totally engaged in this world created by Neal Peart and put out there by his band mates, the production crew, and enhanced by the orchestral accompaniment on stage. The Clockwork Angles portion of the show was truly a quality experience at the highest level of production.

Regrettably, not all were so engaged, and, judging by the number in the crowd that had actually sat down at this point, many were eager for their familiar favorites. Rush did not disappoint and led us back with the bridge piece "Manhattan Project." The song evoked the feel of "The Garden" but was clearly well-known and very well-received. "Red Sector A" brought up a surprised roar from the crowd (by those who had not peeked at the set list).

At this point, Rush was ready to unleash, and they hit us with YYZ - with the strings still in accompaniment. Alex and Geddy alternated jamming with them and having fun with the crowd. "The Spirit of Radio" came next and everyone was celebrating. Alex, at this point, seemed to be enjoying himself and played with the crowd as his fingers flew with the familiar refrain and making googly eyes throughout.

Rush said good night after this, really not fooling anyone. We knew they would be back. They threw (or shot) some shirts into the audience and electrified the air with the one song they could not omit, "Tom Sawyer." Everybody loved it and Alex continued his antics, very much toying with the words in the song and with the audience. The energy level was high and all was good. With Tom Sawyer over, the unmistakable opening chords of "2112" elicited another roar from the crowds. From the intro to the "Temples of Syrinx" the place was rocking. At last, when all planets of the Solar Federation had been informed of the change in power, we knew it was over. The trio left the stage, and the show concluded with the final part of the video.

What separated this show from the others was the high level of production. The steam punk stage decor perfectly matched the three part video shorts and the Clockwork Angels production. Surprisingly, there were a few glitches; sometimes it was difficult to hear Geddy's bass, and during the drum solo it appeared that the middle drum and symbol from the "rear" electronic portion of the drum kit were simply not hooked up. Nevertheless, this was a thoroughly enjoyable experience which only serves to confirm this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.
#9 - Posted 11/05/2012 8:14 PM by craig [contact]

been to many shows, and always try to keep up! the only mistake all night was during where's my thing, right before the drum solo. the boys went out of time after neil dropped a stick. other than that, perfection!
#8 - Posted 11/05/2012 6:37 PM by Xanadu_2112 [contact]

Loved the string section, loved the techno drum solo by Neil, loved the whole show... to say I love Rush would be an understatement.

I was dissapointed by how many people did not know the songs from the new album and how a lot took the time to go buy a beer or something. To me, that was sacrilegious. I sang my heart out on The Garden and I'm not ashamed to say that I even shed a tear on that one.
#7 - Posted 11/04/2012 3:51 PM by lisah [contact]

#6, I was also surprised that they didn't play at anyother places in Florida. Maybe that means that Palm Beach will be a stop on the 2013 leg. Here's hoping, anyway. Been to Florida 6 times on vacations, love the beaches, love the people too. RUSH ON!!
#6 - Posted 11/04/2012 1:53 PM by JPG.2112 [contact]

Great show last night at the "Lawyer Referral Service" Amphitheater. The 80s tunes were great, but the best was the second set. Clockwork Angels (with the strings)really played well live (with one minor exception). 7 Cities was played with alot more strings than the studio version and lost some of its power, but it was still really good. I believe the studio version was alot better than the live performance, but that is really being picky. It was also amazing to hear Red Sector A, Manhattan Project and YYZ with the strings. It brought a new aspect to the music and only made the sound more rich and complete. I hope the 2013 leg also comes to Fl (and probabbly will since they only had one stop where they usually have at least two.
#5 - Posted 11/04/2012 1:00 PM by nalweng [contact]

Excellent show. I am a fan of the Power Windows stuff so was psyched to hear those as well as Body Electric. From our seats the bass finally got punchy & clear for Where's My Thing. Kick drum was a bit boomy most of the night but a bit better for set 2. Clockwork Angels segment was mind blowing with Geddy singing his heart out and scorching guitar work from Alex. Of course The Professor has that jazzy swing now going along with his crisp attack. Loved his techno solo. String section really worked well with The Boys, glad they added them for the tour. Been seeing them since Hemispheres, this show is as good as it gets if you open up to the new material!
#4 - Posted 11/04/2012 1:33 AM by rg1 [contact]

Got a shirt from Alex tonight...took some awesome photos from front row...lots of faces from Alex...sounded better than the show at Manchester...no techinical issues that I heard...I did see Alex motioning to the techs...was good to hear seven cities of gold, which wasnt played on the Original setlist A..and didnt mind 2112 swapout for Working Man...overall was an excellent show...first time being on Alex's side in a while...grateful for Geddy to come visit stage right..The Wreckers and Headlong Flight are awesome played back to back...Neil was a machine...great solos...overall very satisfied.....still hoping for another South Florida stop...spring training right around the corner :)
#3 - Posted 11/04/2012 1:29 AM by The Analog Kid [contact]

I've seen 6 shows with my Dad since R30, 4 of which have been at the amphitheater in Tampa. Along with being the bests seats we've ever had (3rd row center) it was the best concert I've ever been to. Of course, us Rush-ans say it every time, but this time I MEAN IT. Geddy's voice was the best I've heard. Alex looked at my dad and I and smiled just as they kicked off Subdivisions, and even Neil caught a glimpse of me air-drumming to 2112 and started laughing (I SWEAR!) Surreal is an understatement. The boys were spot on tonight, but what stuck out the most was how much fun they were having. I've never seen them enjoy themselves so much on stage as I did tonight. It's truly amazing what these guys can do at this day in age. And not to get all sentimental, but with my Dad going on his 36th show since he was 11 years old at Ivor Wynn Stadium, to me seeing my first show at 11; and now tonight, going to see this band has become more than just a concert. It's very special to be able to have those moments with your Dad and experience the bonding that comes from being together witnessing such a meaningful part of your life...Rush. It's a blessing these guys can keep on rocking and we can be there to witness it. Knowing the end has to be at least somewhat near, you really cherish these types of moments and will never forget them. As they say, nothing lasts forever! RUSH ON
#2 - Posted 11/04/2012 1:23 AM by The Analog Kid [contact]

I've seen 6 shows with my Dad since R30, 4 of which have been at the amphitheater in Tampa. Along with being the bests seats we've ever had (3rd row center) it was the best concert I've ever been to. Of course, us Rush-ans say it every time, but this time I MEAN IT. Geddy's voice was the best I've heard. Alex looked at my dad and I and smiled just as they kicked off Subdivisions, and even Neil caught a glimpse of me air-drumming to 2112 and started laughing (I SWEAR!) Surreal is an understatement. The boys were spot on tonight, but what stuck out the most was how much fun they were having. I've never seen them enjoy themselves so much on stage as I did tonight. It's truly amazing what these guys can do at this day in age. And not to get all sentimental, but with my Dad going on his 36th show since he was 11 years old at Ivor Wynn Stadium, to me seeing my first show at 11; and now tonight, going to see this band has become more than just a concert. It's very special to be able to have those moments with your Dad and experience the bonding that comes from being together witnessing such a meaningful part of your life...Rush. It's a blessing these guys can keep on rocking and we can be there to witness it. Knowing the end has to be at least somewhat near, you really cherish these types of moments and will never forget them. As they say, nothing lasts forever! RUSH ON
#1 - Posted 11/04/2012 1:17 AM by Hemisferios [contact]

Wow! A lot of surprises for me, I kept away from knowing the setlist for the first time since R30, also from watching bootleg videos! It was fun not knowing what's coming and it was a big surprise listening to Grand Designs, Territories, Analog Kid and even Big Money and Red Sector A.

The sound was great, the venue is pretty awesome, the crowd was too! Have no regrets with the set list, except for The Pass, I wish they played that one tonite, missed it!

The videos where a bit less funny than in the past, but still, great to see them so involved and into them! Looking forward to R40, can't wait for the mother of all tours!
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