The show was awesome. Started right on time (7:30 pm) and went all the way to 10:50 pm (with a 15 minute intermission between sets). I remember sitting in my seat getting my recording device ready, then suddenly the lights dimmed and the show started (with the Time Machine movie intro). The place was nearly sold-out, and the crowd was totally into the set (even the newer songs off Clockwork Angels: "BU2B" and "Caravan"). I can also put the myth aside that there's no female Rush fans at concerts. I saw a decent amount of chicks (many great-looking ones I may add) with their Rush T-shirts on, and I overheard a conversation between a few of them on how sexy Geddy Lee's voice was (LOL)! It was also surreal to see guys in their 40s and 50s air drum to Neal Peart's solos and fills (remember, they were my age when Rush was in their prime)! The whole crowd loved the Time Machine movies during the Introductions, and the movie at the conclusion of the show.
The guys may be pushing 60, but they aren't slowing down--and they continue to amaze and get better with age: The whole band was very tight, on the money, and they were so into the crowd and the set. I've read comments saying that this show was better (overall), than the previous one (that was filmed for an upcoming DVD release)! I suffered from temporary tinnitus from all the freaking EXPLOSIONS and pyro effects throughout the show (the explosion during "Far Cry" made me jump, and I almost pissed myself--I was full of soda and beer)! Neal's drum solo was amazing (can't believe he can drum that fast at 59), very creative, and all the fans around me were screaming like little school-girls! The band also performed one of the best-ever versions of Working Man--Alex Lifeson performed probably the best solo of that song ever, Geddy slapped and played that bass like a man on amphetamines (as well as hitting those impossible high notes), and Neal looked so serious--yet had to make funny faces during the song! These guys continue to defy their age. You gotta see them live--it's worth every penny.
Here's the set-list:
"First set introduction"
“The Spirit of Radio” - Great version: Alex is on fire, Geddy nails the SALESMEN notes
“Time Stand Still” - Surprised that this song was played! Geddy sang it well-don't worry
“Stick it Out” - Another surprise--sounded very heavy and raw!
“Workin’ them Angels” - Love this song live--one of my favorites off Snakes And Arrows
“Leave That Thing Alone” - Absolutely brilliant version - shows why Geddy Lee is a legend
“Faithless” - Love Alex's playing on this
“Brought You to Believe” - one of two new songs played (AKA BU2B), liked the song.
“Free Will” - Fantastic version, Alex really nailed the song-crowd was screaming throughout-Geddy hits the F5s!
“Marathon” - Another lost gem. I love the Power Windows stuff live--much better than the album version
“Subdivisions” - My personal favorite Rush song - superb version overall.
INTERMISSION (15 minutes)
"Second set introduction"
“Tom Sawyer” - As soon as this song started, the arena went apeshit--awesome version.
“Red Barchetta” - another great rendition
“YYZ” - I saw dozens of air drumming, air guitar, and air bass to this!
“Limelight” - Had an awesome solo by Lifeson--another superb version of the song.
“Camera Eye” - Oh man. This epic was intense. Crowd loved it, and I can still hear the synths!
“Witch Hunt” - Awesome version, LOVE the effects during the song
“Vital Signs” - What can I say? Awesome playing as usual
“Caravan” - the other song off of Clockwork Angels. I like it!
“Malnar” – Drum Solo - Neals Peart's drumming makes me jizz--and I'm not a drummer.
“Closer to the Heart” - I loved that they revived this song. Awesome version
“2112 Overture” - Whole arena was jumping up and down to this song and throwing out the HEYs (with a first-pump)!
“Far Cry” - Great version--the explosions scared me!
” La Villa Strangiato” - Epic version.
“Working Man” - My new personal favorite version ever (the musicianship was unbelievable!)!
1. I tried recording the audio, but the sound is worse than Sao Paulo 1981 (2nd night). There's good news though, I talked to some people during the intermission, and they said that they are recording the show, and going to put it on sites like "DIME" and "Guitars101."
2. Worth every penny.
3. Loved the set-list (and the whole Moving Pictures album? AWESOME)!!!!!
Here's some photos: http://www.steadymagazine.com/shows/photos-rush-04-17-11-time-machine-tour-palace-of-auburn-hills-auburn-hills-mi
And here's some Youtube channels with video: http://www.youtube.com/user/batman37#p/u http://www.youtube.com/user/rwpete http://www.youtube.com/user/synysterslayerz
I always knew I was a star And now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me-Freddie Mercury