Rush runs like 'Clockwork' in 3-hour Target Center gig

  • Article by: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 25, 2012 - 7:53 AM

Geddy Lee and the band stretched out over two long sets, one of which included their new album performed in full.

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rolff1Sep. 24, 1211:53 PM

I don't remember them playing "Dreamline" but I was rather immersed in the lightshow by that time. Great show as always by the boys from Canada.

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CygnusX1Sep. 25, 1212:00 AM

"Dreamline" was not played tonight. Great show however.

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mark2112Sep. 25, 1212:29 AM

They played 9 of the 12 songs from Clockwork Angels, not the full album. Dreamline was not played here, The Manhattan Project was. They alternate the two songs, along with a few others in the concert. The concert was great, the review needs to get the facts right.

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zammanSep. 25, 1212:32 AM

Seen them now 20 times and this one had to be one of, if not the best show. They are getting older, but they are getting better also...

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chrisstacySep. 25, 1212:49 AM

They didn't play the new album in its entirety. They left out "BU2B," "BU2B2" and "Wish Them Well."

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chrisstacySep. 25, 1212:57 AM

They didn't play "Dreamline" and it's "Dreamline" not "Dreamlines". Was this guy even at the show?

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chrisstacySep. 25, 1212:58 AM

And they haven't been together as Rush for 44 years. I believe it's 38, based on their self-titled debut album having been released in 1974.

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teriseSep. 25, 12 1:11 AM

there was more than 8000 people there. It almost seems like this was written by somebody who didn't attend the concert.

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andoverpeteSep. 25, 12 1:20 AM

As a Rush geek, I need to point out some of the errors in this review. (I’m guessing that Chris threw out some bait for a Rush nerd, and I’m always one to bite; I think I caught "all" the errors here). First, “Rock's shrillest, highest-squawking singer and his veteran band Rush pierced our sonic landscape again Monday,” is not true. Though Rush did pierce the sonic landscape again, Geddy lost, or rather, purposely abandoned, both his “shrill” and his “squawk” back in the early 80's when he transitioned from Moving Pictures to Signals to wisely save his voice, and by the time he hit the 1984 Grace Under Pressure tour, Geddy was downright crooning, and still is. For the past three decades, Geddy has been singing rather than squawking. Tonight, he was holding out tremolo notes like Dean Martin and Bobby Darrin; great control. Second, regarding attendance, both the floor and lower bowl were full, and the upper deck was pretty well represented. There were at least 12,000 people there, as an earlier poster posted, and not 8,000. And of the 12,000, there were at least 8,000 alone of the overweight, goateed, pale, black-shirted-suburban white guys, like me, and the background noise throughout the show was not sequencers or string sections, but the sound of 8,000 middle-aged nerds sucking in their guts between sips from their nine-dollar Bud Lights. Many of the same guys had their disgruntled wives in tow, along with their happy kids – the new generation is digging Rush. I had my offspring with me and he loved the show. He sang all the words to “Freewill” even though they didn’t play it, and we were okay with that. We didn’t expect, or desire, a “greatest hits” package. Also, Rush did not play Clockwork Angels in its entirety. They played, by my count, 8 of its 12 songs, which would be 2/3’s of its entirety, rather than its “entirety,” which would mean “all of it.” The best song they left out from CWA was “BU2B” and its reprise. A final correction: Rush did not play “Dreamlines,” which they never wrote. They wrote a song called “Dreamline,” though, but they didn’t play that one either. Chris (I admire and respect you, but), if you ever need any help with future Rush reviews, if you can garner me a press pass, I will help out. On a serious note, I’ve always been a great admirer of Neil Peart for his writing (both in and outside of the band) and for his top-notch drumming skills, but Geddy Lee runs that stage. He’s so natural and in-control. I guess I’ve always known this, but tonight reaffirmed it: Geddy Lee is the bandleader.

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parksoy125Sep. 25, 12 8:19 AM

Having this on the front page doesn't say much about Twin Citians music tastes. What year is it? Please put it back in the entertainment section before someone from out of town sees it.

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