Here’s a tip: if you ever get a chance to see a Canadian band on foreign soil, do it. You’ll end up with a completely different perspective.
It had been years since Rush played the UK and, like here in North America, they’ve enjoyed a new measure of recognition, respect and success. This was most puzzling to many in the UK music press. The general consensus seemed to be “Rush has sold out the O2? Are we talking about those geeky Canadian knob heads? Are you sure? How did THAT happen?”
The 22,000 fans so faithful and hardcore that they sang along with the instrumentals. “YYZ” and “La Villa Strangiato” may not have lyrics, but that didn’t stop these people.