Rush In Rio
Distant Early Warning
New World Man
Roll The Bones
The Big Money
Closer To The Heart
One Little Victory
Red Sector 'A'
Leave That Thing Alone
La Villa Strangiato
The Spirit Of Radio
By-Tor & The Snow Dog/
RUSH IN RIO, three-CD live album,
available in UK from East West Records,
includes 2 extra tracks.
This is the first DVD from Rush and, despite various production difficulties including the band's lack of prep time for a soundcheck, it's an amazing film. Shot with 22 cameras in Rio de Janeiro's Maracanä Stadium (previously the venue for mega-shows by the likes of Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, and even Frank Sinatra) this concert sees Rush playing to a 40,000-strong audience on 23 November 2002, the final event of their recent tour (after a five-year break) to promote their 17th studio album Vapour Trails.
Opening with Tom Sawyer, the band recycles other 1980s' tracks like New World Man, before launching into new material with Earthshine. Unlike many progressive rock bands Rush play artfully composed instrumentals - such as their momentous YYZ without danger of appearing self-indulgent, because such works maintain their commitment to creativity and musicianship. The Pass is introduced as one of the band's own favourites (which, by happy coincidence, is one of mine too), and this is followed by the likes of Big Money and The Trees, with lyrics that comment on capitalism and politics. Closer To The Heart was a late addition to the tour's set-list especially for the Brazilian audiences, because Rush discovered it was the most popular of their songs, down south. The often-neglected Natural Science precedes a brief intermission, but the band return to the stage in spectacular fashion with a cartoon dragon on the main projection screen, perfectly synchronised to physical fire effects to mark the beginning of One Little Victory.
It's mostly older material from then on, with the powerhouse 'Overture' from 2112, a livewire rendition of The Spirit Of Radio (still, I think, Rush's most successful 45-rpm single), a medley of By-Tor And The Snowdog/ Cygnus X-1 (only the intro, though), in an encore that closes with Working Man - a rarely performed track from their very first album.
At nearly three hours, Rush In Rio is magnificent entertainment, complete with Peart's frankly staggering variety of percussive beats, Lifeson's hilarious warbling rant about jazz, and well - there's also Lee's unusual stage-d�cor of washing machines! If your musical tastes include anything by Led Zeppelin, Rush may be regarded as the 'next generation' of innovative hard rock acts. Diehard fans will not be disappointed.
The second disc features Andrew MacNaughton's excellent documentary The Boys In Brazil (54 minutes), which details the planning and execution of Rush's first ever visit to Brazil for the tour's last three dates (all stadium shows) with the 60,000 crowd in San Paulo being the largest audience Rush have ever played to as a headline act. Other features are: MX multi-angle option (picture-in-picture) versions of the show's main three instrumental tracks with separate views focusing on each of the band. Plus hidden Easter egg extras: By-Tor cartoon and promo film of Rush's Anthem (from 1975).
This DVD coincides with the release of a three-CD live album (also titled Rush In Rio) available in UK from East West Records. It features two tracks (recorded at other venues on the tour) not included on the DVD. Between Sun And Moon is followed by an extraordinary rendition of Vital Signs.