Sunday, April 11, 2010
The progressive rock maestros are back on tour again. This time, in celebration of their groundbreaking and best-selling album "Moving Pictures" they will be including for the first time ever a live performance of the album in it's entirety. Yes, Rush fans-"The Camera Eye" live. Is that something you might be interested in?
The itinerary for this tour, which begins June 29, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico can be found on www.Rush.com. You can also go to the unofficial fan website www.therushforum.com for more details.
"Moving Pictures" was certified quadruple-platinum on January 27, 1995 and it was the album that completely blue them up for all time. There was a steady build-up to that seminal moment, with the previous album "Permanent Waves" setting the tone for shorter, more radio-friendly tunes as opposed to the album-oriented pseudo-rock operas that were an unfortunate staple of 1970's bloated arena rock.
Rush in the studio recording "Moving Pictures", circa 1981-
There is no human being alive in North America who hasn't heard the universally-acclaimed prog-rock anthem "Tom Sawyer". Everything that makes this band what it is is encapsulated in this 4 minute and 34 second masterpiece. Amazing lyrics, incredible guitar and bass licks and of course it goes without saying, drum fills that are sublime in their absolute genius. This song blasted the band into the stratosphere, and deservedly so.
If you've never seen these cats live, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket. No matter how much the scalpers are charging they are worth every penny. If anyone out there thinks I'm exaggerating their influence, check this out-video of a stadium full of Brazilians singing along...TO AN INSTRUMENTAL...
These are three of the baddest motherfuckers to ever rock a stage. There have been other power trios that had incredible chops and were major influences during their time like Cream and The Police, but those bands flamed out as fast as they erupted. These cats have been out there since 1974 and are STILL going strong. Gotta give it to these guys-they are a musical phenomenon that must not be missed.
Geddy Lee-Lead vocal, bass guitar and synthesizers.
Alex Lifeson-Lead/rhythm guitars, background vocals.
Niel Peart-Drums and percussion.