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CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOR
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
September 20th, 2012
The "Clockwork Angels" Tour spanned from:
September 7th through December 2nd, 2012 and April 18th through August 4th, 2013
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Rush: Stellar Trio Thrills With Old and New
Leave it to Rush, the thinking man's rock band, to put together an evening of interesting yet
powerfully progressive music last night in Nationwide Arena. The fans that filled the floor, much
of the lower section and part of a papered-over upper level heard and saw three hours of impressive
Singer Geddy Lee has said in interviews that with 20 albums to its name and more than four
decades as a performing band, it's getting harder to pick songs for the Canadian power trio's
tours. The "Clockwork Angels" tour was terrific, though, mixing in the old and the new.
After an introductory film that showed what appeared to be a mad scientist's lab and/or the Rush
dressing room, the band blasted into
Subdivisions. Lee (electric bass, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (electric guitars and a variety
of foot pedals that provided vocal and keyboard effects) and Neil Peart (drums and cymbals in an
octagonal kit that rotated) immediately showed that their chops are intact. Not only did the band
sound good, but Lee's vocals were spot-on.
The first hour of the concert had Rush performing many of its stellar album tracks, including
The Big Money,
The Body Electric,
Bravado (which has a great couplet, "We will pay the price / But we will not count the
After a 15-minute break, there was an odd video that referenced Rush's current album,
Clockwork Angels. Those fans who have read the novel of the same name, co-written by Rush
lyricist Peart and science-fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson, might have understood what the video
Rush then played much of the
Clockwork Angels album, starting with
Caravan, with its inspirational verse "In a world where I feel so small / I can't stop
thinking big." The album was a throwback to concept albums like
2112, and while it may not be as memorable as that classic, it has some good variety.
Rush wasn't alone, though - they were joined in the second half by an eight-person string
section on a separate platform; the group wore matching T-shirts and head-banged along to the
thunderous rock below them. Lee sometimes turned around and urged them on.
Rush then returned to good album cuts, such as
Red Sector A and crowd favorite instrumental
YYZ (which a new generation of fans has heard on
Guitar Hero II). The fans clapped along to
The Spirit of Radio, and Rush came out a minute after it ended, flinging out merchandise
Tom Sawyer and parts of
2112 for an encore.
The following pictures were taken by CarrieLu and Syrinx Starr
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