Rush: The 2010 Time Machine Tour Live in Las Vegas Baby!

Canadian Rock band RUSH is currently conquering America with their 2010 The Time Machine Tour!

Being a HUGE Rush fan, the opportunity arose to see the legendary Progressive Rock band RUSH live in Las Vegas, Nevada last Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The show was nothing short of amazing!

I bought a ticket to the show last minute and walked outside The Hotel where I was staying to a shuttle bus that would take the excited Rush fanatics over to the gig straight away. I was so eager to get their, I arrived early and was the first on the bus. I was singing various Rush songs to myself and banging my hands away on the seat in front of me (doing my best Neil Peart drum solo) for a good ten minutes while the engine of the bus hummed away. I began to wonder… am I going to be the only one at this show?

Within about 15 minutes or so another 15 to 20 people boarded the shuttle and away we went! I began to chat with the fellow Rush fans around me and lo and behold, I met several cool guitar players. I asked them if they’d seen Rush before and between the three of us, we’d seen the band a collective 60 times! In a snap we arrived at the stadium and it was jam packed with people of all ages. Kids, teenagers, moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas… all there and all ready to rock! I grabbed a couple souvenir T-shirts and wondered over to my seat. The place was PACKED! 17,000 seats and not an empty seat in the joint!

Aside from the obvious killer catalog of music to choose from, Rush had several shows within the show itself. What do I mean by that? Well to begin with, there was amazing lighting that was remotely controlled and was zooming around and transforming (much like a real life Transformer). They had a huge mega screen with awesome imagery constantly cutting and moving along in perfect time with their beat. They even filmed and starred in a series of funny Time Machine themed shorts that involved Geddy Lee sporting funny facial hair and a Yiddish accent, Alex Lifeson hardly resembling himself but much closer to Humpty Dumpty with a thick Czech accent and Neil Peart donning a police badge, push broom mustache and Irish accent. They also spared no expense to add cool time machine gadgets about the stage, tubes that shot smoke and fire and there was even an actor who pushed a shopping cart on stage to feed the time machine. I think he may have even exited stage left, but don’t hold me to that!

The concert opened with the time machine motif launching the band into Spirit of the Radio. The crowd was energized and the band was flawless. Geddy was jumping around, running from side to side and hopping back and fourth. His bass lines where dead on perfect and his fingers just seem to effortlessly float across the maple neck of his Fender Jazz. Even though I didn’t have great seats, the mix sounded great. Alex is, in my opinion, one of the most under-rated guitarists out there. His licks were perfect from start to finish. He shreds as good as anybody and he brought a full array of guitars to boot! Then there was Neil who sported his trademark relaxed expression (like someone about to yawn) while he unleashed the most killer, hard hitting precision drumming ever seen or heard. These cats are the best in the biz.

For those of you who have seen the movie I Love You, Man, you will particularity enjoy the closing film they showed after the encore. I don’t want to give everything away, but it involves a hysterically funny scene backstage after a Rush concert where Geddy, Alex and Neil arrive to the dressing room only to find Paul Rudd and Jason Segelslappin da bass” and eating Neil’s special sandwich. You really outta check it out!

Set List 1:

THE SPIRIT OF RADIO
TIME STAND STILL
PRESTO
STICK IT OUT
WORKIN’ THEM ANGELS
LEAVE THAT THING ALONE
FAITHLESS
BU2B
FREE WILL
MARATHON
SUBDIVISIONS

Set List 2:

TOM SAWYER
RED BARCHETTA
YYZ
LIMELIGHT
CAMERA EYE
WITCH HUNT
VITAL SIGNS
CARAVAN
LOVE 4 SALE
CLOSER TO THE HEART
2112 OVERTURE / TEMPLES
FAR CRY

Encore:

LA VILLA STRANGIATO
WORKING MAN

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  • Hi Mick
    I had the opportunity to take my 13 year old daughter to the RUSH show at the ACC in Toronto last month and it was incredible. We had killer seats 6th row beside Geddy and they were amazing…

    My daughter could not get over the crowd and how 20,000 people could play a drum solo at the same time…

    A totally solid show from some of Canada’s top players.

    cheers grant

    • Hi Grant- you should get an award for being such an awesome dad! Rush was better than ever and I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the show as much as I did. Canada produced a masterpiece with Geddy, Neil and Alex… aye 😉 Mick

  • Mark

    I seen RUSH in Tampa 10-1-10 Awesome!

  • Hi Tim, they certainly are the real deal! Like a fine wine, they get better with age and I hope they keep doing it for as long as possible. If that means they have to drive on stage on “Rascals,” fine, do it fellas ;P

  • I got to see Rush in Columbus, OH and it was inspiring! Great show and great crowd. It also inspired me to pick up the DVD “Beyond The Lighted Stage.” I remember hearing “Working Man” back in 73-74 on WMMS in Cleveland, OH when I was about 8 years old and was smitten. These guys are the real deal. Thanks for sharing, Mickey!

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