RUSH – Air Canada Centre, Toronto (Oct14’12)

Yes, Neil Peart is from the future.

I’m 47 years old.  Well, after about 35 years of being a fan, I finally saw Rush in concert.  Mind. Blown.  Oh man, they were good.  Incredibly good.

Rush has meant so much to me, growing up and as adult-me.  Sure, there have been periods when I haven’t followed all their releases, but then have played catch-up for much of those times.  They’re just three cool, great guys; virtuoso musicians; massively talented songwriters.  Oh, and great performers.

I was having a discussion with a friend recently about live shows.  I’ve never seen Springsteen, but have been a fan (again, missing some stuff) – but I was a huge Bruce fan in my youth.  I’ve seen concert films, but I know that doesn’t cut it.  But I’m not sure you can compare Springsteen and Rush when comparing live shows.

Springsteen is the height of energy, entertainment, and the channeling of the heart & soul of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Rush is something entirely different.  Pure, driving rock power; virtuoso musicianship; playing songs that work on entirely different levels.

I don’t think anyone writes lyrics like Neil Peart.  Throughout his songwriting career, he has been incredible at describing and revealing the true basics of life experience and humanity in his songs.  I feel my life being celebrated when I listen to them.  I am sure many would scoff, but I think that – far down the road – people looking back will use Shakespeare’s and Peart’s names in the same breath.  It’s the human condition, baby.  Scoff all you want, but they will.  😎

For the first time ever, Rush has on-stage accompaniment for part of a set on this tour.

Ged, Alex, Neil — thanks for all of it.  I really mean it.

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