Rush Review from Molson Amphitheater Toronto July 13th 2010

Rush Time Machine Show
Toronto July 13th 2010
Molson Amphitheater

Saw the show last night and thought it was very good. The only "very good" rating is a purely personal one as I had sent Rush an email stating that there were a few songs in their catalogue that I didn't really like, and asked them not to play them. I think they misread the email and thought they were the songs I DID like and put them all in the first set. I did however enjoy Workin Them Angels, the instrumental Leave that Thing Alone, Freewill and Subdivisions.

The 2nd set was much better as I liked most of the songs. Yes they played all of Moving Pictures (or is that moving Pitchers) but I've seen most of those songs played on previous tours so it wasn't that spectacular to me. However, I reaallly enjoyed Camera Eye which hasn't been played in over 20 years. I also loved Witch Hunt which has got to be one of Rush's darkest songs. The new songs Caravan rocked. 2112 Overture/Temple of Syrinx is always a blast. Those longing for the days of hearing Closer to the Heart which had been dropped the last few tours, were not disappointed as Rush still played this song as if it was fresh and new. They even rearranged the last verse by playing it in 6/8 time as opposed to the regular 4/4 time.

The show closer of Working Man had the first two verses being played in a white mans reggae style before rocking out to the instrumental section in regular 4/4 time.

The video's that preceded each set, and closed the show was really funny and dealt with the early years of Rush. Gotta love those bar waitresses.

The lighting and stage set was probably the best I've ever seen by Rush. Ya gotta have the flashing, blinking lights and video show if you're a band like Rush as the three of them don't do much physical action on stage. If you're not sure what I mean, compare the physical stage energy of Iron Maiden to Rush.

Over all for me, it was a very good show which was hampered by the lack of my personal favorite songs, but I'm sure others thought the show was great. Highly recommended to the die hard fan and to those casual fans who only know the radio songs.

Spoiler Alert...

Set 1
The Spirit Of Radio
Time Stand Still
Stick It Out
Workin' Them Angels
Leave That Thing Alone
BU2B (Brought Up To Believe)

Set 2
Tom Sawyer
Red Barchetta
The Camera Eye
Witch Hunt
Vital Signs
Love 4 Sale
Closer to the Heart
2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
Far Cry

La Villa Strangiato
Working Man

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