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PNC Arts Center, Holmdel, New Jersey
TIME MACHINE TOR PICTURES
September 3rd, 2010
The "Time Machine 2010-11" Tour spanned from June 29th through October 17th, 2010 and March 30th through July 2nd, 2011
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On September 3rd, 2010, before a capacity crowd at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, Rush went head to head against the once-fierce Hurricane Earl. Fortunately for all on hand, the hurricane provided nothing more than a nice cloud-filled sky and a brief downpour about an hour before show time. Geddy even went on to say "Hurricane? What hurricane? We've got a bunch of songs for you instead..." which, of course, was met by a roar of applause.
I was on hand for the show, my second of this tour following the Jones Beach date. Also along for the ride were long time Rush fans and friends Joey P. and Ray M. We enjoyed a few hours of tail-gating prior to the show, dealt with one dead car battery along the way, and shared many memories of past Rush shows and our varied collection of Rush paraphernalia.
The show itself was nothing short of spectacular as all three members were clearly on their game last night. Alex had a few guitar issues along the way (broken strings, failing guitar straps and a non-responsive axe during Closer to the Heart
), but unless you were looking right at him during those moments, you would have never guessed anything was wrong. The music was loud but tight, Geddy's vocals were truly amazing, hitting the high notes of yesteryear, particularly on Free Will
and the Professor was flashing smiles at his band mates throughout the night as he effortlessly mastered his drums.
And then there was the crowd.
From our perspective, the capacity crowd remained standing throughout the entire show -- fists pumping, air drumming, and singing along with every song. The new tracks, BU2B
were enthusiastically welcomed and the completion of Moving Pictures
was met with a tremendous ovation. The magic continued as Neil Peart's drum solo, which has without question evolved since the Jones Beach show earlier in the tour, was mesmerizing. At one point, there was literally complete silence from the crowd as they seemingly were all transfixed on the Professor in center stage. That
The only minor down-side to last night's show was the lack of use of the 'Spider Lighting'. While the lighting was turned on throughout many songs, the structure never descended on and around the band as it did in shows past. For those taking in the show for the first time, they obviously didn't notice. But after seeing the amazing life-like structure earlier, I was anxiously awaiting its return. I'm not sure if there were technical difficulties with the movement of the lighting, or if the venue was somehow not conducive to it. Regardless, it was a minor setback on an otherwise fantastic night.
Below are some of the pictures I took during the event. Enjoy!