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ConcertsRush at Motorpoint Arena Sheffield U.K 5/16/2011

Posted on Wednesday, June 01 2011 @ 19:31:56 CDT by Pete Pardo
Progressive Rock

The 'Time Machine Tour' finally beamed down to the U.K and for the massed middle aged hoard waiting to hear them play 'Moving Pictures' in its entirety it couldn't come soon enough. Geddy & the boys were celebrating the 30th anniversary since the release of the album and this was a perfect way to celebrate in front of thousands of like minded fans.

Before we got to that point we had a small matter of revisiting about one and a half hours worth of back catalogue material and the preceding mini film. The film to be honest was very well done and set the scene perfectly, depicting the house band 'Rash' and a 'Time Machine' invention which transported the band through the ages of music…those crazy Canadians! Who said they had no sense of humor. Then it was Rush hit after hit, 'Spirit Of Radio' kicked us off quickly followed by 'Time Stand Still' and I could have left a happy man at that point.

It seems the years have been kind to Rush with performances night after night, year after year getting better and they seem to still be enjoying it. With a lighting rig the size of an alien mothership hanging above them springing into motion at sporadic intervals and a sausage machine on stage churning out a never ending string of well…sausages it perfectly fits these prog masters sense of fun while playing their much loved songs. An onscreen countdown reminded us that it was time for 'Moving Pictures' in its entirety. Gone is the South Park intro for 'Tom Sawyer' and a flawless performance of 'YYZ' bring hairs on end. An almost 10 minute drum solo and encore set ending with 'Working Man' sent home fathers & sons with a tear in their eye. What a way to spend a Monday night…now when do that Rash band tour???

1. The Spirit of Radio
2. Time Stand Still
3. Presto
4. Stick It Out
5. Workin' Them Angels
6. Leave That Thing Alone
7. Faithless
8. BU2B
9. Freewill
10. Marathon
11. Subdivisions
(Countdown then video intro)
12. Tom Sawyer
13. Red Barchetta
14. YYZ
15. Limelight
16. The Camera Eye
17. Witch Hunt
18. Vital Signs
19. Caravan
20. Drum Solo
21. Closer to the Heart
22. 2112 Part I: Overture
23. 2112 Part II: The Temples Of Syrinx
24. Far Cry
25. Encore:
25. La Villa Strangiato
26. Working Man
27. Outro
(Video outro)

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