Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Concert Review: Rush Brings "Moving Pictures" And More To Mohegan Sun

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 -
Tom Sawyer
Red Barchetta
Camera Eye
Witch Hunt
Vital Signs
Drum Solo
Closer To The Heart
2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx
Far Cry
- encore -
La Villa Strangiato
Working Man


Anonymous said...

Here's my comments.

Mohegan Sun was about my 25th Rush concert. Since 1981, I've only missed the Grace Under Pressure tour.
I love Rush music and I am a super fan, but here is the absolute truth about the July 19 Rush concert at Mohegan Sun: The band played well, however it was one of the worst sounding concerts I've attended and I've witnessed plenty of crummy sounding concerts since 1971, unfortunately. My seat at Mohegan was dead center, about row 26 and I was about 20 feet in front of the engineer. That means I heard what he heard. The problem was with the low end. Bass guitar and bass pedals were way too loud and also distorted. Bass drum and floor toms were boomy and created massive ringing overtones through the sound system throughout the show. I really noticed this problem during the drum solo, which was technically good but sounded terrible. Since bass drum is used almost constantly, this contributed to the problem all evening. Also, Alex was far down in the mix because of the massive bass and I could not hear the ride cymbal or high-hat unless it was opened/closed. Just another case of incompetent sound engineering. That so-called engineer should fired and hung up by his you know whats. I've seen Rush three times at Mohegan Sun and Yes twice there and the sound for all these concerts sucked. It is not the venue, because with today’s technology, any place can be made to sound good. It's the rotten sound engineers these bands keep hiring for some reason. Maybe they work cheap, but you get what you pay for. I walked out of there totally disgusted and am considering swearing off live shows from now on. We'll see...

Isorski said...

Great review - this tour is indeed awesome! I just saw the band last night in Washington and posted a review with almost 30 minutes of video at bit.ly/cVgo5s. Enjoy!

Rush said...

It will be awesome to see RUSH perform MOVING PICTURES in it’s entirety. I was able to see Rush 3 times on the original Moving Pictures tour, Max Webster opened for them in Louisville Ky, It was so awesome!! Thanks Ticketwood.com for offering me discounted Rush Tickets . They were using a movie screen behind them that projected really cool images during the show. They were so far ahead of everyone else at the time… and still are.

Jess said...

I will see RUSH in concert on 3/30/11 @ the bank atlantic center in sunrise FL. Cant wait! ive seen them perform before and they rocK!! Check out total tickets for the best seats during their tour! http://tinyurl.com/66tx8fc