2012 CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR
Tue, Oct 16 @ Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON

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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#3 - Posted 10/17/2012 11:13 AM by Marathon1973 [contact]

Well said Northguy.

Last night at the ACC was incredible and to be honest the best in form RUSH that I have seen over the past few tours. High energy from the get go and the guys tighter than ever.

I'm sick of hearing about all of these so called RUSH FANS who only want to hear the classics. They just did the TIME MACHINE tour which gave you three hours of classics. A few years back R30...once again classic filled set list. RUSH have a new incredible piece of work called Clockwork Angels which obviously some of you so called RUSH FANS seem to never have heard of. In case you didn't notice this is the Clockwork Angels Tour 2012.

If you are a true fan of the band you support the entire body of work whether you like it or not. It was a breath of fresh air to see them break out a selection from POWER WINDOWS and I was very happy to see them play Grand Designs, Territories, Middletown Dreams.

As for the second set and 9 of 12 from Clockwork Angels it was incredible, I only wish it had lasted longer. The staging and lighting told the story beautifully and with the string section it only took the entire set to a higher level.

No sound issues where we were sitting and I honestly think it is luck of the draw where you sit. All the tones were crisp and clear with everyone balanced perfectly. The strings came through chrystal clear. Only regret was not getting Manhattan Project on this date as I would have loved to see the strings on that.

Basically no matter how much you like or hated the set, the point is that RUSH are still in their prime and on top of their game. Can't say the same about some of the new up and comers who can't even really play their instruments without the help of overdubs and lots of studio work. On the flip side, there are a few too many washed up bands still taking a kick at the can who could pack it in. RUSH are not one of them.

Compeltely agree that it is awsome to see so many torches being passed within families and I am very happy to say that I was present with my 4 year old daughter (1st RUSH show) and my 8 year old daughter (2nd RUSH - 1st was TM 2010). They loved every single minute of the 3 hour show. They are both talking now about how they want to learn to play drums and instruments now. Another positive considering most kids want to be pop stars.

THANK YOU RUSH for the continued top notch shows, and congrats on Clockwork Angels it is an epic addition to your catalogue and pleasure hearing live.
#2 - Posted 10/17/2012 10:37 AM by analog_kid [contact]

Couldn't agree with you more, Northguy, on everything you said. You got your "classic hits" on the Time Machine tour and, one could argue, on the S&A tour as well (when they dusted off Entre Nous, Circumstances, and Bankok!!).

I was at the show on Sunday night and it blew my mind. Loved the 80's tunes - that's a great era for the band, in my opinion, one that has been neglected in recent tours.

Rush rules!!
#1 - Posted 10/17/2012 9:10 AM by northguy

Well...it's the morning after the night before and I have to say Rush was amazing! Everything I expected and hoped for. Having seen the setlist rotation on their current tour, I knew what to expect, dusted off my 80's albums the past couple weeks and listened to most of the songs I knew were coming.

I loved both sets, but particularly the run of Clockwork Angels songs in set #2.

In my opinion, CA is perhaps their best album since Moving Pictures and I would have been happy to hear the entire album (they played 9 of the 12 songs from the album). The use of the string ensemble really works well...I mean really, really well. And the band played these songs as if they had been peforming them for years. Has a better rock song than Headlong Flight been released by anyone, anywhere the past couple years?

Some people have complained about the heavy rotation of '80's songs from Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, etc. in set #1 and wished they would have played more of the classic "hits". However, I saw the Time Machine tour two years ago and got my fill of those great classics. The first set of those 80's songs was performed and sounded much better than I thought they would - but then again, with Neil, Alex and Geddy I didn't expect anything less. All three were on their game, but it seemed to me that Alex was particularly on fire - all his solos were simply spot on and he brought the ACC down in Analog Kid.

BTW - noticed so many father/son groupings like mine (this concert was a birthday gift from my 20-something sons). Seems like we're passing on the torch to the next generation :>)
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