R40 Live [3 CD/DVD Combo] Live
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R40 Live (Live At Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada / June 2015)
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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' and '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 and 5.1 surround sound. Package includes one DVD and three compact discs.
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Besides the excellent camera work, this is Rush live, so of course it's good. Neil Peart in particular is mesmerizing to watch. The man is an absolute machine, and he gets an ample amount of face time. Plenty of close-ups and extended shots to show off his incredible skills. The sound of the show overall is humongous, with a thick, hearty thump from Geddy and Neil, and Alex's guitar has a crisp, clean tone. The set list is awesome and extensive, the band sounds great, the camera work is impressive, the visuals and theme of the show are entrancing....not much more you could ask for. If you love Rush and enjoy their live shows, this is a nice one to get that commemorates the many successful eras of their career.
I can quibble about the fact that Force Ten, Time Stand Still, and Limelight were left out, but it's hard to feel anything but pure Rush joy when Subdivisions, Tom Sawyer, YYZ, The Spirit of Radio, 2112, Closer to the Heart, and Xanadu are played with such masterful execution and heart. Judging only on what's there, rather than what I might wish were also there, I can't think of a reason to rate this any lower than 5 stars.
Oddly, the CDs don't mimic the film exactly, and the concert is shown with some bonus performances afterward. I think it would be nice to have included them in the reverse-chronological play order with the other songs, but it's fine as a special encore, I suppose.
Rush is a band that brings generations of people together. They respect the fans and never give less than 100%. They're not like any other group out there, and this set celebrates their extraordinary career, as well as the bond between the band and the fans. Newcomers would do well to start with their top-tier albums, but this would not be a bad introduction to their live body of work. Longtime fans will of course snatch this one up as a matter of course, and I think they'll be very satisfied.
Rush is one of those bands that will be very missed, and this seems to be their last act, sadly. ALL I CAN SAY IS THANK YOU GUYS FOR SO MUCH LOVE DURING SO MANY YEARS!
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Performance was much more better than the last one I got, guess it was the one were they played the entirety of Moving Pictures, guess I was lucky to...Read more