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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rush: Live In Rio 2002; Full 170 Min Concert

The entire set is terrific, a nearly three hour performance by a band completely on top of their game. Whether they were energized by the craziness of the day's events, or because it was the last show of their 66-date tour, the power with which they play is palpable. Never before has Rush sounded so great on an official live recording (and Rush has many of them). Lee's bass playing is as forceful as it ever has been, Alex Lifeson's criminally underrated guitar work shines throughout, and as for the great Neil Peart, well, his drumming continues to inspire awe. Though the lengthy set focuses on the band's 2002 album "Vapor Trails" (as it rightly should), the set list mines the band's vast back catalogue, as 15 of the band's 17 studio albums are represented (1975's "Caress of Steel" and 1987's "Hold Your Fire" are the only exclusions). Whether it's an old song or a newer one, the reaction from the Rio crowd is always ecstatic.

"We're not very smart," says bassist/singer Geddy Lee, when asked why it took the progressive rock legends so long to make their first appearance in South America in November of 2002. The band say they were genuinely surprised to learn just how popular they are in Brazil, as their three-date mini-tour of the country drew an incredible 125,000 people.

1. Tom Sawyer
2. Distant Early Warning
3. New World Man
4. Roll The Bones
5. Earthshine
6. YYZ
7. The Pass 
8. Bravado 
9. The Big Money 
10. The Trees 
11. Free Will 
12. Closer To The Heart 
13. Natural Science 
14. One Little Victory 
15. Driven 
16. Ghost Rider 
17. Secret Touch 
18. Dreamline 
19. Red Sector A 
20. Leave That Thing Alone 
21. O Baterista 
22. Resist 
23. 2112 
24. Limelight 
25. La Villa Strangiato 
26. The Spirit of Radio 
27. (By-Tor and the Snow Dog/ Cygnus X-1, Working Man)

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