Let me start off by saying that Rush is arguably the best band not in the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. They have sold over 25 million albums in the U.S. in their 36 year career and have one of the biggest fan followings in music. Rush's recent tour named "The Time Machine" has packed arenas in the US and Canada and the sold-out Mohegan Sun Arena Monday night could attest to that fact.
The evening began with a short video that, in recent years, showcased the band's love for acting. After making fun of themselves on screen, they brought the sold-out crowd to their feet with the opener "The Spirit Of Radio." Rush continued with their 1987 single "Time Stand Still" which found Geddy Lee reaching to hit those high notes that used to be second nature to his singing. "Presto" had guitarist Alex Lifeson dancing around his pedal board to switch guitar sounds throughout the song. With only one hour to work with for the first set, Rush did manage to throw in a couple songs from their last album, 2007's "Snakes & Arrows". They also included the brand new song "BU2B (Brought Up To Believe)" which was the heaviest rocker of the evening. The song fit in perfectly along with "Freewill" and "Subdivisons."
A short intermission concluded with a video time machine moving from the band's start date (1974) up to the year their breakthrough "Moving Pictures" was released (1981). The audience was instantly transformed back in time with the first notes of "Tom Sawyer" ringing through the arena. Rush proceeded to perform the album in its entirety with each song raising the volume of roar from the crowd. "YYZ" was pure intensity, which featured Alex and Geddy trading solos and "Limelight" had fans mimicking Neil Peart's drumming. After the second brand-new song (Caravan) of the evening, it was time for Neil Peart to shine with his jaw-dropping drum solo. With the adrenaline pumping, Rush concluded with the popular "Closer To The Heart," the epic "2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx," and heart pounding "Far Cry."
The encore displayed the full talents of guitarist Alex Lifeson with his outstanding solos during "La Villa Strangiato." An unexpected reggae beat started off the night's final song, "Working Man," before the band rocked the remaining notes. One more video featuring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel from the movie "I Love You, Man" played as fans exited the arena adding one more Rush experience to their lives.
The Spirit Of Radio
Time Stand Still
Stick It Out
Workin' Them Angels
Leave That Thing Alone
BU2B (Brought Up To Believe)
- intermission -
Closer To The Heart
2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx
- encore -
La Villa Strangiato