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RUSH in Concert!! Share your RUSH Live in Concert experiences

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Im 25 and named after Alex Lifeson and I finally witnessed them live last night for the first time in my life in ATL (actually it was a little north of that but who cares.) They were phenomenal! Neil's drumset was a plush set of DW's with a burgundy finish and black vertical lines to accentuate, and to top it off, the gold hardware around each shell with clocks and timpieces to give the full "TIME MACHINE TOUR" feeling was amazing!! Lifeson's effortless but emotional solos tore through the crowds soul and raised even the newest of RUSH fans to their feet!! Geddy couldn't have sounded any better vocally, considering his age he is a musical miracle to be able to carry on a 3-hour show and sustain each note like it was straight from the album. They started the 2nd set out by playing the entire MOVING PICTURES album front to back beginning with Tom Sawyer and throwing in fan favorites like Witch Hunt and Vital Signs. La Villa Strangiato and Working Man closed out the show for their encores as light sprinkling rain started to fill the lawn of the Amphitheatre. Conclusion = Best group of musicians that ive ever seen live!! End of Story!!
 
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Neer

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Saw Rush at MSG during the Moving Pictures tour. The band FM (with Ben Mink) opened for them. Smoked the best weed of my life that night. Unfreaking believable. Anyway, I wasn't the biggest Rush fan, but they were good. Also saw them the next year.
 

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1978 Milwaukee Auditorium. - A Farewell to Kings Tour. One of my first concers. Great.

1980 0r 81. Milwaukee arena - Went with a girl who had an almost comical wide butt. Not fat, just wide hips. Tiny waist too. I really wanted to unwrap her and see what she looked like, but after trying to kiss her I got the friends only speech.

Roll the Bones Tour Alpine Valley Wisconsin-, Unexpectedly fantastic show, perhaps the best sound I've heard in any concert.

2005 or 2006 Montreal Bell Centre-Solid show, dinousaur cartoon opening. I admit to falling asleep in the middle but I made a nice comeback.
 

MuseCafeChris

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November 1982, Signals tour, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit. Somehow my dad managed to score us eighth row center tickets simply by standing in line (we were sophomores in high school and none of us had the balls to cut class and wait for tix, so he offered to buy them for us after he got off the graveyard shift).

The only things I remember clearly:

1. Our whole row toppled over the second they started the show opener, "The Spirit of Radio" (everyone was standing on their seats and someone fell, initiating a domino effect)

2. Geddy altered the lyric and sang "one likes to believe in the spirit of baseball" instead. :dunno
 

beckerman

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...... They started the 2nd set out by playing the entire MOVING PICTURES album front to back beginning with Tom Sawyer and throwing in fan favorites like Witch Hunt and Vital Signs.....
I love RUSH and I'm glad you had a great time...BUT...I just had to laugh at this.

I've seen them 5 times in the last 30 years and it's always great
 

flume

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I love RUSH and I'm glad you had a great time...BUT...I just had to laugh at this.

I've seen them 5 times in the last 30 years and it's always great
;)
It's very cool to see younger people catching on to how much Rush as to offer - regardless of their age.
 

Scott57

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Seemed they opened for every band I saw in the early to mid-70s. Best one was right in front of the stage where they played at a local high school.
 

B Money

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I worked at a record store in the late 80s, and we had a "Ticketron" terminal there. For those that don't know, Ticketron was the precursor to Ticketmaster. Anyway, as an employee we weren't supposed to buy tickets for ourselves using the terminal (why, I don't know). Suffice to say that we could get the best seats to any event, since we always had first dibs to buy tickets before the general public.
Anyway, Rush was coming to Rochester on the 'Roll the Bones' tour and I asked my friend (a diehard Rush fan) if he wanted me to get tickets for him). Inexplicably he said no. So the moment tickets went on sale, I bought two tickets for me and my girlfriend. Row 1, seats A & B. The first tickets sold!
So the night of the show we arrive at the War Memorial. It was a trip being led by the usher to the very front row, I always wanted to know what it was like to be front row at an arena show. Before the lights went down, I happened to look up on side of the arena in the nosebleed seats, I spotted my friend way up there! Had to laugh he got such ****** seats when he could have been down there with us.

Eric Johnson was the opening act. He was technically great, but not a very engaging performer. Rush came on a played a great show!
 

stratotastic

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Saw them once in '93 I think it was. Wasn't a big Rush fan but went out of curiosity. To be honest it didn't do much for me. Everything seemed so...scripted, I guess. They're good musicians, though.
 

tone4days

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saw them first on the "exit stage left" tour ... drove to NYC to see them at radio city music hall and they played songs that would be on the next album ... on the signals tour, we followed them back to their hotel and got our programs autographed ... saw them on grace under pressure and power windows tours too ... always and inspiration to play better and be more inventive ... glad you enjoyed

do your friends call you lerxt? :D
 

PeaElAre

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Caught their stop in Dallas on Sunday night. Probably the best of the three times I've seen them. Also saw R30 six years ago in Dallas and the Counterparts tour in 1994 in Anaheim. I love how fun their show is. The video work and stage production is astounding and you've gotta love how they don't take themselves at all seriously.
 

Brooks

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texxas jam 1984, cotton bowl. grace under pressure tour. gary moore (w/ ian paice), bryan adams, ozzy (w/ jake e. lee), & 38 special were also on the bill. i was grounded but snuck out and went anyway. awesome show!!
 

jwny72

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I've seen 'em twice. First time was the Presto tour (sophomore or jr. year of high school), second was the Roll The Bones tour (freshman year of college). Great, great live band. Good times. At the time, I was a rabid fan. I don't listen to them much nowadays, but I'm sure they're still awesome live.
 

MRCHILL4

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saw them at jones beach on long island 18 years ago. mr.big opened for them. their sound was otherworldly ! it was a july evening beautiful. i clearly remember them doing xanadu.....wow ! i remember it being one of the best times i have ever had at any concert. i recall clearly peart hitting those bells. they sounded like giant church bells. awesome ! they seemed to be at the height of their musical powers then. i remember looking out over the ocean at the beginning of the song. really beautiful memory that i will always have of that concert.
 

jetsnation

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I worked at a record store in the late 80s, and we had a "Ticketron" terminal there. For those that don't know, Ticketron was the precursor to Ticketmaster. Anyway, as an employee we weren't supposed to buy tickets for ourselves using the terminal (why, I don't know). Suffice to say that we could get the best seats to any event, since we always had first dibs to buy tickets before the general public.
I was always first in line at my local Ticketron outlet and I once made a stink to the store manager when the ticketron woman tried throwing a few of the first tickets in her drawer. They were always pushing the button right before 9:00 to get in on time, but once you heard the printer go you knew the tickets were coming. I remember making a big stink when ZZ Top tickets went on sale. The manager of the store came over and made her give out the tickets she stashed.

If I was a Ticketron person I would have done the same thing. I went to a Ticketron outlet in 82 for Stones Tickets in Chicago. All three shows sold out and when the ticketron employees announced the show sold out everyone moaned. Then one of the Ticketron guys said not to worry because they were pulling tickets all morning. He then held up like 100 tickets to cheers from everyone.
 

clintb

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Saw them three times in the Milwaukee area. They always played great. But these days it seems like they inject more humor into their shows.

"Hold Your Fire" tour. Ground floor at an arena where the Bucks used to play whose name escapes me. Went with girlfriend. Don't remember much except that the sound wasn't that great. But I haven't been to any indoor concert where the sound was any good.

"Presto" tour. Alpine Valley. This is an outdoor venue and the sound was much better. Went with a group of friends and fellow Rush fans which made the experience much better. It was sort of like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOckQm-TpWk but maybe not quite so animated.

"Counterparts" tour. Bradley Center. Went with my future wife, friend, and his girlfriend. We had nosebleed seats. Experienced a little acrophobia. Awful sound in that section. However, the vibrations and beer seemed to have an arousing effect on my future wife so it wasn't a total loss. ;)

I don't go to concerts anymore, they are too expensive. Now I just buy the DVDs.
 

oasis02

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I lucked-into a pair of tickets at this year's Summerfest. A guy on Craig's had them for sale the day of the show, and you had to meet him at high noon or no sale. Luckily, I was five minutes away. Two nice tickets at half the price of face value.

It was the first time I'd seen them. Great show. Maybe six songs too long - it was extremely humid, but other than that it was great. Moving Pics in its entierity.

Bought a bass the following day! Fully Ged-Inspired.
 

jetsnation

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"Presto" tour. Alpine Valley. This is an outdoor venue and the sound was much better. Went with a group of friends and fellow Rush fans which made the experience much better. It was sort of like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOckQm-TpWk but maybe not quite so animated.
That's the one I went to at Alpine Valley, not Roll the Bones. Fantastic sound, Alpine Valley has such good acoustics. Although it took me half an hour to walk from the top of the lawn area to my seat. They pack like a million people on to the lawn. If you are at the top of the lawn it's like you are not even at a concert.
 

rob2001

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1978 Milwaukee Auditorium. - A Farewell to Kings Tour. One of my first concers. Great.

1980 0r 81. Milwaukee arena -
I was at both of those...can't remember which one I got arrested for smokin a joint and missed 1/2 the show.:jo

What I did see was very cool.
 




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