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A step in the right direction for live Rush videos
on October 27, 2011
My love of Rush began with Hemispheres, so I have seen and heard it all. I just saw the theatrical release of this movie and it's a step up from the quality of their concert films of late. It's always boggled my mind that a band that has cut such a definitive and noteworthy swath for themselves has really dropped the ball when it comes to their concert films. In general, the editing seems to follow the lyrics instead of the music. While there are many parts that cut to the appropriate member for their requisite riff/solo/transition, there were at least 4 times where they cut away from Neil's full riff. Even when they stayed on the appropriate member for their riff, why do they feel the need to cut to a different (often inferior) angle right in the middle of it? There's some comfort in the fact that we know Neil's solo will get center stage, but the camera work in general is not superior. Overall the cutting is too "energetic", and I'd love to see a cut of a concert film that lingers a bit longer here and there instead of succumbing to MTV editing.
There are many great moments on this disk, though. I counted numerous goosebumps, and I got particular pleasure from the shot of kids in the audience who really seem to be enjoying themselves. There's a special magic about the band that comes from almost 40 (!) years of following their hearts, and that energy comes through in their performance. There are some spectacular moments here, chief among them the jam on Working Man in the encore. While the guys may have thickened a bit over the years, there's no other band that rocks as hard and as true as these guys. Also, their newer material comes across particularly well, probably since it's more within their current habits and vocal ranges. BU2B and Caravan are both blistering. But old standards sound great, with Freewill and Subdivisions really shining. Honestly I could have done without parts of Moving Pictures, like The Camera Eye, but since this was a historical inclusion, there it is. Witch Hunt was surprisingly solid, and the lyrics fit now more than ever).
If you love the band, you'll likely love this movie. There are also some very entertaining bumpers featuring the band (it makes so much sense that Neil is the cop) and a couple of very funny "oom-pa" versions of Rush songs.
I'd always give 5 stars to the band, but this video gets 3-1/2.