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CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOR
Verizon Wireless Arena - Manchester, NH - September 7th, 2012
The "Clockwork Angels" Tour spanned from:
September 7th through December 2nd, 2012 and April 18th through August 4th, 2013
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"Opening Night Magic Enters High Above Manchester NH"
Opening Night. I've seen Rush in concert ever since the Grace Under Pressure tour, but I could never say I saw them on "Opening Night".
And not only did I (and my brother Mario) take in our first opening night, we did so from the best seats we've ever had -- 3rd row right in front of Geddy.
To say the entire night was a magical experience simply does not convey the energy that permeated throughout the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH that night. A packed crowd roared in anticipation as the concert started about 15 minutes late. But once the lights went down and the opening bizarre yet hilarious film started to role, you could tell that everyone was lit up with anticipation.
Without revealing the set list, which you can check out HERE, Rush rocked through the both sets with precision and power; the crowd singing along and fueling the band with a steady stream of energy. Song after song was highlighted with amazing lighting and pyrotechnical effects. If you thought the spider light work from the Time Machine Tour was something, just wait until you see what they pulled off this time around.
Through every song, Geddy sang with a passion and clarity that I've not heard from him in a long time. Not only was he hitting those high notes of years gone by, but he was sustaining notes for impossible lengths; so much so that you could see amazement in the eyes of the fans before we collectively exploded in shouts of approval (and a little disbelief).
Alex, simply put, was on fire. Oh, how he makes it look so effortless. But the consummate goofball wasn't without a minor snafu during Tom Sawyer...yet watching him laugh it off, turn beat red and 'talk' with the crowd in front of him about it was one of those moments you don't soon forget. I'm sure Alex won't, either...
And finally, the Professor. Talk about precision, and stamina...and force. Sitting so close, you can absolutely get a feel for how hard Neil hits his drums. Over and over and over again -- for 3 hours. He is Superman. Period.
So, during the entire night, as I streamed the set list, I also managed to snap off a few (hundred) pictures. When the show ended, and I looked down at the camera, I was stunned to see I actually snapped off 573 pictures.
Yikes! You'd think I didn't watch the show at all! But I did. It was great, and below are the best 403 pictures from the lot.
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