Last week my brother, son and I went to see Rush in concert at the USANA Amphitheatre in Jordan, UT.
Short Take: They still rock. USANA, however, doesn’t.
This tour, called the Time Machine tour, was not in support of a new album, although they did play some songs from an album in progress. The premise, basically, was play as much as they can from their 30 stellar years. And they did. 3+ hours with a short intermission.
They played tight, as usual – rendering their amazingly complex, rich, and literate songs with relish and except in a few cases true to their original forms.
As a guitar player, I don’t understand out Alex Lifeson can remember much less play these complex tunes – but he does. And how the heck does Geddy Lee play that bass that intricately, as well as sing, trigger effects with foot pedals, and play keyboard? Neil Peart… to me he defines drums and how they can contribute to songs. Oh.. and he writes the lyrics, and not a love song amongst them.
Amazing talent *3 yields **3 the music. We loved it!
I’ll definitely see them again. As long as they want to bring it, I’ll watch it.
But… not at USANA. The location has real potential – a lovely setting, easy parking, easy access to vendors. But it has one HUGE flaw… it is too flat. I’m 6’ tall, had great seats and struggled to see. Those around me shorter couldn’t and were pretty pissed about dropping money on “good” seats. Rush delivered, but USANA didn’t. I’ll not go back there, period.
Oh… and RUSH should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.