"Time Machine," indeed.
Rush's sold-out show at Quicken Loans Arena Friday night coaxed out the loudest inner 16-year-old air-drummers
and -guitarists Cleveland has ever seen. With a jam-packed time-warp set list and stunning visual display, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart really rocked the house.
Energy and volume was equaled on both sides, blow by glorious blow, as filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen captured the crowning glory of the band and C-town's amped fans for an upcoming live DVD release.
Adrenaline-fueled renditions of "Freewill," "La Villa Strangiato," and "YYZ" were just perfect, with Lee and Lifeson's virtuoso playing taking center stage. And newer tracks "Faithless," "BU2B," and "Caravan" — replete with ironic "led zeppelins" flying over a building that looked suspiciously like a bombed out Terminal Tower — showed the trio's future won't be spent seated on creative laurels.
Moving Pictures in
it's its entirety was expectedly stunning, including the "The Camera Eye" suite.
Does any fan (or critic) really need to address Peart's drumming or his solos? Pushing 60, the man is still the most proficient and possessed percussionist in the rock business.
Visually and musically arresting, live shows don't get better than this. And if you were there, you get to live it all over again in 2012 with a DVD souvenir. H.G. Wells would have approved. —Peter Chakerian