Canadian melodic rocker legends Rush were in The Netherlands for one concert in the new big venue near the Amsterdam Arena and the famous Heineken Music Hall.
The so called Ziggo Dome is to be a competitor to the Rotterdam Ahoy harvesting between 15.000 and 17.000 people.
Being a fan from quite early on (my first album was Caress Of Steel) I knew that Lifeson, Lee and Peart would do something different, as they always do on each tour.
A huge screen behind the band, a nicely decorated stage and musicians still on top of their game.
From the first notes of Subdivisons on, the atmosphere was truly great and the trio proceeded with more of their biggest hits The Big Money, Force Ten and Limelight.
An incidental smile from Neil Peart, the legend behind the drum-kit and a god to many contemporary young gifted drummers, was cherished by all.
Focused and concentrated it felt like he wasn't not missing a single note. Lifeson, not grinning as much as we usually see him do, but playing very well and tight.
The technology of today gives him the opportunity to produce a massive and rich sound with less labor.
Lee is still an amazing bass player and although his voice tends to become a tiny bit more mellow each year, his ability to sing while he plays the bass,
the pedals and throws some keyboards in as well, is still unsurpassed.
Great light show and of course some funny animations, some of them we've seen before. More of the older stuff was performed, the highlight being Limelight,
but before the band sayd goodbye for a short break we had the superb instrumental song Where's My Thing? with a much anticipated drum-solo by Peart.
No doubt he's still one of the extraordinary greats from the seventies.
One of my favorite tracks of this millennium is Far Cry which was the last song performed before the break.
The surprise, at least one of them, was that Rush brought a chamber orchestra with them to accompany them on numerous tracks,
most of them from their latest album Clockwork Angels. Rush played almost an hour's worth of material of that album and not only the big screen showed images,
short films and animations especially made for this album, also there were numerous smaller screens above the stage with meters and other images displayed.
Lovely sight and a real treat to hear this new music with a symphonic arrangement.
An impressive drum-solo -yet again- by Neil Peary was followed by an oldie dedicated to the horrors of World War II: Manhattan Project.
After another classic (Red Sector A), even the orchestra couldn't resist to swing along on Yyz, one of their best instrumentals,
copied many times, but never improved so far to my knowledge.
The band left the stage after playing The Spirit Of Radio, when the crowd went crazy and naturally everyone was screaming for more.
As could be expected Peart, Lifeson and Lee returned for a great encore: not only Tom Sawyer but also a major part of 2112 was played and left the people in ecstasy.
Rush, will all their skills and routine, the tasteful short movies, photo series,
animations and especially the short movies in which they ridicule themselves and play parts like they were fully trained actors.
With the kind of humor these guys present, they must have been fans of Monty Pythons's Flying Circus.
The trio has always stated that if one of them wants to stop playing or is forced to stop, that will be the end of the band.
Seeing them on stage after some 40 years of performing live, I just cannot imagine they will not come back for another tour.
It's no secret that I for one intend to be there!!
The Big Money
The Analog Kid
Where's My Thing? (With Drum Solo)
Set 2: (with Clockwork Angels String Ensemble)
Headlong Flight (With short Drum Solo)
(Guitar solo intro)
Seven Cities of Gold
Drum Solo (The Percussor)
Red Sector A
The Spirit of Radio (without String Ensemble)
2112 Part I: Overture
2112 Part II: The Temples of Syrinx
2112 Part VII: Grand Finale