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Rush R40 Live tour Boston open thread

Tue, Jun 23, 2015@12:47PM | comments

UPDATE - 7/8@3:33PM: Here are some photos from this show as well as the Newark show from

UPDATE - 6/30@10:49AM: Here's a review of sorts from Donna Halper. She also covers her longtime friendship with the band and reminisces about what that relationship has meant to her over the years.

UPDATE - 6/24@10:54PM: Here's a review from the Boston Globe (thanks Jason F).

UPDATE - 6/24@9:54AM: Here's a gallery of photos from

UPDATE - 6/23@10:45PM: The show's over! They played setlist B as anticipated. Good night Boston!

UPDATE - 6/23@9:06PM: Drummer Mike Portnoy is at tonight's show as seen in this tweet.

UPDATE - 6/23@8:52PM: Resuscitation time! Setlist B so far as anticipated.

UPDATE - 6/23@6:45PM: The show should be getting underway in about 1 hour. Setlist B is expected, but I'll let everyone know if anything changes.

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 23rd @ 7:30PM
Show Number: 20
Venue: TD Garden
Place: Boston, MA
Twitter: #R40BOS | #R40Live
Instagram: #R40BOS
YouTube: Boston Rush R40 Live Tour
Setlist: Version B
Photos: |
Reviews: Boston Globe | Donna Halper

Rush takes the R40 Live tour machine to the TD Garden in Boston tonight for the first of a series of 4 dates on the US east coast to finish up the 2nd leg of the tour. After tonight they'll hit Philly, Newark and close things out in New York City next Monday. They'll then take another well-deserved break before picking things back up on July 9th in Kansas City. After mixing things up for the DVD filming setlist in Toronto last week, the band returned to their A set for Montreal on Sunday night. So I'm guessing that the Boston crowd will be seeing setlist B tonight, and I went ahead and entered that set into the Boston setlist page. I'll update it if anything changes and finalize it once the show is over. For more discussion on the possible setlist along with a preview of the show, check out the pre-show SPOILER review below the fold. The doors for tonight's show open at 6:30PM with a 7:30PM start time listed, so Rush will probably hit the stage at 7:45-ish. For everyone going to the show, have fun, be safe and make sure to share your reports, reviews, photos and video with us. Rush on!!

*** WARNING ***







*** pre-show SPOILER review *** It looks like Rush has settled back into their 3-setlist rotation for the time being, and since Montreal was treated to the A set, Boston will likely be seeing the B set tonight (B for Boston!). I still think we'll be seeing that special D setlist with Losing It that Rush played for the DVD filming in Toronto last week though. Ben Mink resides in Vancouver so it's very likely we'll see it then. I also keep hearing that the band will do something special for the shows in New York City and Los Angeles as well, so that could mean we'll see Losing It there too. Since A was played in Montreal, and assuming Boston will get the B set tonight, Philly would get C and Newark A. That would then set things up for them to finish off in New York City with a repeat of the D setlist with Losing It and Ben Mink once again. Or maybe they'll surprise us with something else. We'll have to just wait and see. Here are some other quick notes about the anticipated setlist and the show:

* The opening video (The World Is ... The World Is ...) depicts cartoon versions of the band that evolve as time moves forward in a time lapse sort of progression - with outfits, hair styles, backdrops and music to match. It also includes a custom road sign for each city, and ends with silhouettes of the band being dumped onto the stage as the screen rises up to introduce the band playing the opening track.
* The entire setlist is played in reverse chronological order, beginning with Clockwork Angels, and ending in the encore with a short snippet of the unreleased, early '70s track Garden Road.
* As the show progresses back in time, the stage props and instruments also devolve to coincide with the songs being played. Props are swapped out by roadies in red, R40 mover outfits.
* Photos of fans (submitted by fans via prior to the tour) are shown on the big screen at multiple points throughout the show.
* How It Is had never been played live prior to this tour.
* During the rap section of Roll The Bones a video is played with the following celebrities lip-syncing the rap: the Trailer Park Boys, Paul Rudd & Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, Les Claypool, Tom Morello, and Peter Dinklage.
* The intermission video (No Country for Old Hens) shows outtakes from the intermission videos from all of the band's recent tours, ending with the South Park Tom Sawyer video that segues into the band playing Tom Sawyer to open the 2nd set.
* For the 2nd set, Neil Peart's R40 drum kit is replaced with a retro, late '70s-era replica kit dubbed El Darko featuring double bass drums.
* The Camera Eye is dedicated to the late Andrew MacNaughtan with an in loving memory photo shown at the end of the song.
* Every show/setlist so far has been identical from Jacob's Ladder on through the encore.
* Jacob's Ladder makes its first live appearance since 1980.
* Cygnus X-1 Book Two: Hemispheres - Prelude had not been played since 1994.
* Cygnus X-1 Book One - The Voyage: Part 3 was last played live in 1980, although Prologue was played in 2002.
* Xanadu includes both Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee using doubleneck guitars.
* The Mel's Rock Pile skit before the encore reprises Eugene Levy's character from an old SCTV skit as seen here.
* Lakeside Park was last played live in 1978, and this performance is truncated, leaving out the bridge/last verse.
* What You're Doing was last played live in 1977.
* The closing video (Exit Stage Left) shows video of the band exiting the stage taken from various live footage. It then shows the 3 band members trying to get into their dressing room and being thwarted by the puppet from A Farewell to Kings, who is having a party with all the other characters from Rush's album covers. He says Rush isn't on the list and sends them away. Alex Lifeson says the memorable line, "Fuck you puppet!". The band then walks off into the sunset down the hall, wondering what they should do now. ...

Photos from Instagram using hashtag #R40BOS: