RUSH At The MGM Garden Arena Las Vegas
Photos by Roc Boyum for LA Metal Media
LA Metal Media was at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas as Rush tore through 3 hours and 40 years of their incredible music with the energy, fire and mastery that most artists can only dream of.
After 40 years together and 20 gold and platinum studio albums, get ready for their final show at the LA Forum on August 1, 2015; a special day for Los Angeles!
The band has said this will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude and it ends right here in Los Angeles. Be sure to be part of this amazing concert that will highlight four decades of the band’s music that has become the soundtrack to so many of their fans’ lives.
For those who have not seen Rush at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, it is a special and unique experience; almost like going to Rush-Con. With people from all over the world driving and flying in to see the band, this is truly an international Rush experience. Conventional wisdom would have you believe that a Las Vegas show is all about the party.
While there is some truth in that, it’s more about the community of Rush fans all coming together to share their experiences of shows past and what this band means to them; and why the show that awaits them is going to be the best show they will see all year.
The R40 tour is different than previous tours as the shows on this tour start with a full curtain drawn at the front of the stage like a theater, not revealing the band’s stage set up on the other side. As their brief video intro finishes, the curtain lifts and the crowd roars as Neil Peart is bathed in white lights and begins the Anarchist as Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee come blasting in from either side of the stage.
R40 is two sets of a Rush chronological rewind, beginning with their latest LP Clockwork Angels and going all the way back to their very beginning with Working Man from their 1974 self-titled debut LP RUSH. The first set was represented with songs from Clockwork Angels, Snakes & Arrows, Vapor Trails, Counterparts, Roll The Bones, Grace Under Pressure and Signals, in that order. This set had many highlights; one of which was Geddy Lee’s introduction to the song One Little Victory, stating that this song was one Gigantic Victory for them as a band considering all that they had been through up to that point.
Fans know that the song One Little Victory from the LP Vapor Trails was their return LP after a 5 year hiatus.
The first set finished with Subdivisions, a fan favorite which gave way to their intermission.
Set two started off with a Moving Pictures double shot, consisting of Tom Sawyer and Red Barchetta. The set continued with songs from Permanent Waves which included Jacob’s Ladder, a song that had not been played live since 1980. The band went further into their musical journey of their past albums with Hemispheres and A Farewell To Kings which included Xanadu featuring Alex on a double neck guitar and Geddy on a double neck bass and guitar. They finished this set with a medley of the 2112 Overture /The Temples of Syrinx /Presentation and Grand Finale.
Their Encore went deep into their past with Lakeside Park and Anthem, (these songs had not been performed live since 1978 and 1992 respectively), What You’re Doing (not played since 1977), and the song that started it all for them, Working Man with a riff from Garden Road at the end.
R40 is a grand tour on a grand scale. Don’t miss the last show on this tour at The Los Angeles Forum on August 1, as every Rush fan is hopeful that this tour is not a Farewell To Kings! Be sure to check the Rush Las Vegas Photo Gallery Here!
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