Ok I'm biased - I've been a Rush fan for years and they can do little wrong in my eyes. To show my hand I first heard them around 2012, All The World's A Stage time and then more when a drummer friend of my got into A Farewell To Kings. I myself went out and bought Hemispheres and was knocked out but that album and basically have bought every Rush studio album since... and a couple of live CD/DVDs etc. to boot.
I'd had the email reminding me of the gig and making it very clear Rush would be on stage at 7:30 since they were to play two sets with a 30 min intermission. Well they were about 10 mins late on based on the advertised time but then some of that was taken up with the now obligatory funny video intro. This was very good and very funny with Rush sending themselves up and displaying their character acting skills... er stick to the day job guys! :-)
Then into Spirit of the Radio as a kick off - what a kick off track. We then romped through old and new in the next hour with Geddy Lee in one of the very short intros saying - "We have 16,000 songs to play tonight" - hmm... not too far wrong there! An hour later he apologised for their old age and said they needed a break which was less than the 30 mins advertised and they were back. The whole of Moving Pictures was played at the start of that - what an album that is. That was released 30 years ago!!! Actually in the same month I started dating a 16 year old from the girls 6th form over the road from my school, the lady regularly referred to as Mrs F on here!
So some new tracks from the album that will be out once they finish it after the tour, some of Snakes and Arrows and many from the Time Machine the tour name referred to, Closer to the Heart, 2112 was a big hit with the crowd (OI!) etc. Finished on Working Man.
Sound was good - although the bass drum was a little too loud for me (I'm being picky here). Alex went through a collection of jaw dropping custom Les Pauls all bar one fitted with Floyd Roses - one being his new signature model which looked really nice and has the option of piezo output, a couple of PRS models notably a CE24, a Fender Tele and for the encore the old trusty white ES355, all through his Hughes & Kettner amps and custom cabs. His sound was impeccable throughout as was his playing.
I hope Rush continue to write, record, play and tour as frankly they don't age. They basically gave you a complete 3 hour full on set... not bad for a bunch of guys who within 3 - 4 years will all be able to get to the O2 for free on their bus passes!!! Oh and as we left enthusing about how good it had been we could still point to numerous "hits" they'd not played... Xanadu, Road to Bangkok etc.