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Live Review: Rush @ O2 Arena

Live Review: Rush @ O2 Arena
Canadian rock trio Rush (Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson,) play O2, Greenwich, London. 24th May 2012 (Simon Jay Price)

Canadian rock trio Rush (Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson,) play O2, Greenwich, London. 24th May 2012 (Simon Jay Price)

The trio is known to be iconic and extravagant in everything they do, and the “Clockwork Angels” tour couldn’t be anything different. The first set started late because of a wild fox that was loose in the arena. The song choice was moody and enigmatic and the lighting and set design went along with it.

Canadian rock trio Rush (Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson,) play O2, Greenwich, London. 24th May 2012 (Simon Jay Price)

The second act of the show was introduced with a film presented on a large cinema screen with a story about “The Watchmaker” starring Rush as three 3 comical dwarves. Cue the music and “Caravan” and some stunning visual effects for the “Clockwork Angels” part of the show. With a stage setting filled with objects that represented a big time machine.

Canadian rock trio Rush (Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson,) play O2, Greenwich, London. 24th May 2012 (Simon Jay Price)

Neil Peart and his revolving drumset took to the stage. Cloud explosions followed at the arrival of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. A massive pyrotechnic display greeted the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble. The crowd were whipped up into frenzy of excitement and the music loud, precise and brilliantly played had people roaring at every moment Lifeson or Lee came to the front of the stage.

Canadian rock trio Rush (Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson,) play O2, Greenwich, London. 24th May 2012 (Simon Jay Price)

The sound of London’s largest venue was not clear throughout the concert and sometimes it was hard to hear properly the words sung by Geddy Lee and also Alex Lifeson’s guitar tone, which is usually pretty clean and spotless.

Canadian rock trio Rush (Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson,) play O2, Greenwich, London. 24th May 2012 (Simon Jay Price)

The 3 hour show was split into two acts and the encore, and before reaching the long-awaited songs from their album 2112, there was 10 minutes drum solo, The Percussor, perfectly performed by Neil Peart.

Canadian rock trio Rush (Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson,) play O2, Greenwich, London. 24th May 2012 (Simon Jay Price)

At their age, they were formed in 1968, and over 40 million albums sold, Rush still puts on one amazing and entertaining show.

Review by Thanira Rates. Thanira is also a great photographer and has her site here: http://www.thanirarates.com/
She also writes for Brazilian publications.

Set 1:
• Subdivisions
• The Big Money
• Force Ten
• Grand Designs
• The Body Electric
• Territories
• The Analog Kid
• Bravado
• Where’s My Thing?
• Far Cry
Set 2:
• Caravan
• Clockwork Angels
• The Anarchist
• Carnies
• The Wreckers
• Headlong Flight
• Halo Effect
• Seven Cities of Gold
• The Garden
• Manhattan Project
• Drum Solo
• Red Sector A
• YYZ
• The Spirit of Radio
Encore:
• Tom Sawyer
• 2112 Part I: Overture
• 2112 Part II: The Temples of Syrinx
• 2112 Part VII: Grand Finale

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