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Go behind the scenes to get a backstage look at what it takes to present the legendary band Rush during the 2008 Snakes & Arrows Concert Tour. It may appear to be one of the most exciting and glamorous jobs in the world - but being a roadie with a top-rated world-famous rock and roll band can be a grueling marathon of 18 hour work days, on an easy day. A bad is actually a couple of days, 40 hours spent hauling gear, assembling huge stacks of speakers, lifting them a hundred feet in the air, tuning instruments for demanding musicians and being cut off from every lover, friend and relative you have. This series takes you to the show you never see when you take your seat for a concert by the legendary band Rush. All the backstage secrets are revealed.
This DVD includes 5 parts on two discs including:
Part 1: Sound
Sure it sounds easy. Turn on some speakers and listen to the show. Well, it's a lot more complicated than that. Everyone in every seat needs to hear the show equally well. That sound can be affected by the shape of the building, the temperature inside and even whether the audience is wearing long or short sleeves. And then there's the show the band hears. Each member of Rush needs to hear different instruments at different levels at different times during the show.
Part 2: Lights
You don't buy a ticket to hear a rock show; you buy a ticket to see a rock show. Of course that's not as simple as turning on the house lights and sitting back. Lighting sets the mood for each song. That means lights are meticulously placed which isn't that easy when each show is in a different building. Once they are set up perfectly, the must be directed by an artist who plays the lighting board like an instrument.
Part 3: Instrument Technicians
One of the most demanding and stressful jobs on the road is the instrument technician. Each one is charged with tuning and maintaining the magic wands these musical wizards wield. For the musicians to have a good show, their instruments must be perfect. Each night is an exercise in perfection for the four technicians on the Rush tour, guitar, drums, bass and keyboards.
Part 4: Lighting and Video
Let's face it, not every seat is in the front row, but everyone pays for a ticket. That means someone has to make sure everyone gets a good look at the band. So each concert is also a television show broadcast on a 50 foot screen.
Part 5: Road Manager
Most of the road crew are responsible for making sure their area of responsibility is working. But one person has to make sure the whole thing works, every night in every city. The road manager is the conductor of this huge orchestration and you better believe he is on his game all the time.
NTSC 16:9 - 2 discs - 250-minutes
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My fiance is a big Rush fan, so after seeing this on his wish list, I bought it for him. He's happy and I am happy because it arrived in perfect condition and very quickly :)Published 17 months ago by Dawn Bellavance
It's longer than 5 hours! Did you know that? This is not a good thing.
It's ridiculous. They don't have any "secrets. Read more
A must for Rush fan, this is not a typically DVD. Interviews from the guys behind the seen. You will not see the boys from the band but all the guys that work for and with them... Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Tchien Tchien Bouchard
It's a very good look at what it takes to put a Rush show together. The attention to details shows why these guys ate the best.Published on March 18, 2013 by Mark J Panko
just what he wanted. Such a big RUSH fan, it was fun watching him be so excited. A great hitPublished on January 15, 2013 by Angela Mase
An excellent video as the hard work and dedication from the entire Rush crew! A must have for the Rush fan collector.Published on December 5, 2012 by DrumKing
If you are a a closet roadie and always dreamed of being one for Rush,that in spite of the commentary of being a Rush roadie is hard work, the video does a great job of not killing... Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Briann
I was glad I purchased this DVD... It was very interesting.... I don't know how many more times I'll watch it.Published on November 27, 2012 by Jean Bryan
Great video of behind the scenes actions. Makes me wish I could join the group. A must for every Rush fan. It is well worth the cost.Published on July 4, 2012 by Robert Duet