These are the first UK dates since the band brought their 3 ½ hour Time Machine Tour in May 2011 – the tour was met to widespread critical acclaim and included a sold out date at London’s O2 Arena. “Rush are one of the last great bands standing” – Metal Hammer, “Canadian legends confirm their status as the world’s biggest and best cult band” – Kerrang, “It’s a blend of power, subtlety, soaring choruses and some of the most intelligent lyrics ever written.” – The Sun 5/5 live review.
This follows the band unveiling details of its highly anticipated, new album, “CLOCKWORK ANGELS.” This is the renowned trio’s first new collection of original material in over five years and their first studio release via Anthem/Roadrunner Records. “CLOCKWORK ANGELS,” the band’s 20th studio album, will be released in the UK on June 11th (see attached track listing). In the UK, the album will be released on June 11th in exclusive Classic Rock Fan Pack form – providing a unique collectible package containing the 12 track studio album alongside a specially created magazine with unseen behind-the-scenes content put together by Classic Rock. The Fan Pack cover will also feature brand new exclusive artwork from Rush’s longtime collaborator Hugh Syme (who also designed the Clockwork Angels artwork). The Fan Pack format will also come with free gifts including a ltd ed Clockwork Angels keyring & artwork poster and will be available to buy via more than 2000 retail outlets on newsstands nationally as well as the traditional high street and online music retailer.
Rush at Birmingham Arena 22/05/11 - terrible sound from Matt McMillan (47), 27/05/11
Have felt the need to write a review after seeing Rush for the first time in 19 years after the Roll The Bones Tour in 1992. Always loved the band and in many ways of the people I attended with they were my band as three had never seen them and one only for the second time: this was my fifth time.
I allowed Spirit Of Radio, Time Stand Still and Presto to sound as bad as they did as this is the usual length of time Rush sound engineers take to stabilise everything - however my disappointment continued for the whole evening mainly due to the terrible mix Neil Peart had all night!! Only on the screens could we see the vast array of percussion and drums Neil skilfully plays with such gusto as we certainly couldnt bloody hear them!! I couldnt put my finger on it until my mate suggested the PA is too small therefore too much is coming through too little - something has to suffer and sadly most of the time this was Neil.
He was right and it wasnt until Neil did Pieces Of Eight and he/we got the full works that he sounded his usual majestic self - indeed the worlds best rock drummer. He did sound better for the remainder of the set after this but not as good as I've certainly witnessed before and for this reason the night left a bad taste!! Several fan forums and radio stations have since discussed that forever Birmingham has had a reputation for destroying technically astute bands normal sound and I am left to question why in these days of modern technology is this allowed to happen time and time again.
As the same mate commented we saw bands in tuppeny hapenny venues 25 years ago which most of the time sounded like the album depending on the genre and paid £3 - £5 for the pleasure - most of these with a very uncomplicated mixing desk and a few choice amps for each instrument. Today we've travelled 300 miles and paid £63 to the so called mecca to come away feeling like this ...... slightly cheated!! It was only for the showmanship and the history of the back catalogue that guarantees if they come again so will we - only at a different venue!! Four stars show - two stars sound. Or was it just me?!!
Birmingham - LG Arena
Rush roll back the years from Ali and Nicky, 23/05/11
We saw Rush at LG Arena last night and thought they were worthy of their iconic prog status! Highlight was the band playing the brilliant new songs BU2B and Caravan from the new forthcoming album as well as all the old favourites. Low point Geddy's voice on 2112. Brilliant light show and fantasy backgrounds as well as fireworks and pyrotechnics. Still got it fellas even though we saw you in 1977 when you all had more hair. Rockin!!!
Birmingham - LG Arena
A Good Night from Jonny, 23/05/11
Lets get one thing straight from the start. I will never become bored of seeing and hearing such skill and musical mastery. The Trio, as always, performed to their musical best. One highlight for me was Neil's drum solo; tuneful and melodic, incorporating his synth drums, one of the few drummers that can hold the attention of the audience throughout.
However, although I enjoyed the night I do have some gripes! The after show video scence left everyone feeling disapointed, as we were all hoping they would be out to play a few more after it, but instead the lights came on and that was that.
The setlist: some of the omittions and tweaks made to their classic anthems just didn't work in my ears. I'm not sure why the band felt we would not want to hear some of the Rush tracks that genuinely make the world go round and why we needed to hear revamped versions of the tracks we already love.
Prehaps they feel after so many years at the top, they need to work extra hard to please us, or they are just bored of playing the same tracks the same way? Let me asure you guys that playing all the Rush Anthems the original way, is what most Rush fans would enjoy at a Rush gig. If you feel the need to tweak them with reggae beats and tempo changes, please, please, please leave it for the practice session. I hope the guys enjoy their time in the UK and have a succesful tour. Rush Rocks.
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Rush are a Canadian rock band from Toronto, formed in 1968. Their eponymous debut album was released in 1974 and since then they have released 19 further studio albums, all of which have achieved gold or platinum status in Canada, the US and the UK – they are behind only the Beatles and the Rolling Stones for the record of most consecutive gold or ... Read more