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All roads have led to this. Forty-one years in the making, the R40 Live tour took a very real journey back through time. Beginning with the grand design: a state-of-the-art stage set that pivots, rolls and dives, and brings Clockwork Angels in to bombastic, colorful life before marching stridently back in time (through theatre stages, a panoply of band and fan shots, the accrued memories of a life spent playing live) to a mocked-up school gym and the band playing there; a solitary bass amp set on the chair behind Geddy Lee, a mirror ball spiraling crazily above, casting thin rods of light like a light rain across the crowd, "Working Man" coming to a shuddering halt as the band's beginning becomes their end. Rush recorded and filmed R40 LIVE over two sold-out shows in the band s hometown of Toronto on June 17 & 19, 2015 in the middle of what was rumored to be their last grand-scale tour. The set list includes classics "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of Radio" and "2112" as well as rarities "Xanadu," "Jacob's Ladder" "Lakeside Park," not to mention, for the first time ever live, Losing It. R40 LIVE is the ultimate career-spanning live retrospective of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart; a celebration of 40+ years of epic rock. Captured with 14 cameras in full HD quality, the concert is presented in feature film style with true Dolby stereo, 5.1 surround sound, and DTS HD surround sound.
1. The World is .. The World is ...
2. The Anarchist
3. Headlong Flight
4. Far Cry
5. The Main Monkey Business
6. How It Is
8. Roll the Bones
9. Between the Wheels
10. Losing It (with Ben Mink)
12. No Country for Old Hens
13. Tom Sawyer
15. The Spirit of Radio
16. Natural Science
17. Jacob's Ladder
18. Hemispheres: Prelude
19. Cygnus X-1/The Story So Far (drum solo)
20. Closer to the Heart
23. Mel's Rockpile (with Eugene Levy)
24. Lakeside Park/Anthem
25. What You re Doing/Working Man
26. Exit Stage Left
One Little Victory
Distant Early Warning
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Update: Just so you have an idea, their 1984 "Grace Under Pressure" tour live concert (in 2CH Stereo) sounds much better!
I purchased this DVD for posterity. I was fortunate enough to see this tour, and to note, this was the first time seeing them live since 'Signals', with my very first time seeing them live being the 'Hemispheres' tour and each album's tour up to 'Signals'. So yeah, BIG fan from the Terry Brown production days. Which leads me to comment agreeingly with some of the reviews I read regarding the final audio mix...disappointing at best.
The powers-that-be should've gotten together to have Terry Brown come back to produce / mix / finish / wrap up (since it ended being their final tour) the (insert music/production/writing/song compostion, superaltive adjectives of your choosing here) that is RUSH. Any doubts??? Find and play a copy of 'All the World's a Stage' (perferably vinyl) from 1976...that's right 40 YEARS of technolgy ago with Terry Brown at the helm. Today's audio engineering, mixes and masterings are sadly focused on the output to the ear being through ear buds and no longer mixed for the audio fan that's wanting to hear the music the way it's intended to be, and it seems this fell prey to that mentality.
But back to the 'show' itself, both being there and seeing it here. POWERFUL, AWE-INSPIRING, etc, as always then and now. From performance to the conceptual theme (great job Howard U, et'al) This DVD is a great and very fitting, Farewell to Kings!
It changed something in me. Where I'd normally rotate through all of Rush's CDs, and listen to them exclusively and all the time, I didn't listen to any Rush music for something like 9 months. I had no desire to. I just kept thinking that they should have quit while they were ahead, but now they're awful sounding has-beens like the Rolling Stones and they really don't like touring anymore. I've been a Rush fan since about 1980, and I haven't missed a concert tour since about 1982. I do have a business to run, so I can't follow them around the world like some people do. Those are the kinds of fan that scare Neal Peart. I met a few of those "true Rush fans," and their a weird bunch. Back to the point, it really made me sad that I had lost that loving feeling, so to speak.
I bought this blu-ray because I'm a loyal merchandise buyer, and I wanted it for posterity. I was very relieved that Alex still has his chops. He sounded great and looked like he was having fun. Geddy played superbly, as always, and Neal didn't miss a beat and actually smiled a few times when he wasn't concentrating too hard. Geddy still has to contort his face and neck and sing without consonants to hit the money notes, but getting old sucks, as my own body will attest.
This is a good buy. You won't be disappointed, whether you are a "true Rush fan," or a normal Rush fan. It's got good sound quality and plenty of high-def cameras. I like being able to actually see the cartoons. From where we were sitting, most of the screen was blocked. It was a treat to see what I missed.
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