Rush Clockwork Angels Tour Review (Sort of…)

Rush – Clockwork Angels Tour Review

(Sort of… 21st Century style aided by internet and social media previews)

Absolutely love Geddy’s new Bass amplifier stage rig. The steampunk humor is stunning. Popcorn anyone?

I have NOT been to the show but thanks to the internet web videos and social media I am able to be more deeply involved in a much-anticipated concert tour such as the Rush – Clockwork Angels Tour than ever before. I know the set list. In fact I know that there are 2 set lists. (Spoilers below) I know that Neil sports 3 mini drum solos rather than the traditional one solo singular drum solo. I also have seen the enhanced steampunk stage set up and a few of the visual graphics used in the show. In years past I tried to avoid contact with such details for fear of “ruining” the show when I do finally get the chance to attend in person. This time around I am embracing the deluge of instant information available. I followed live tweeters who revealed the set list in real-time as it was unfolding. I have watched a few fan filmed “Youtubes” of a songs; even posted a link to one of them here on the blog. I tracked the “spoilers” threads on the fan forums and blog sites. It was almost as if I was there in attendance.  Is this glut of instant information a good thing? Will it ruin my live experience?  Should I try to maintain radio silence as to concert information continues to leak?

The sheer volume of information available at near real-time is staggering. Attendees of the show were live tweeting photos, impressions and songs one right after the other. My Twitter timeline has been filled with many tasty Rush tour delights. The morning after the opening show I was treated to a number of fan filmed YouTube videos. All consisted of mediocre video quality and weak sound quality but they included the stage set up details and backdrop video graphics. In years past I would avoid such information but this time around I decided to shuck all caution to the wind and take part in as much of the initial hysteria as possible; and honestly speaking I am enjoying it. I have a list of things that I really want to see when I get into the arena to watch the live event. I think this pre-show training session will make my experience all the more better. I will be a better informed watcher. I will be able to anticipate and focus on particular parts of the show with more attention. Sometime a song goes by so fast you miss half of the effect of the presentation.

It’s time for this old goat to join the 21st century and embrace all the avenues of available information. As for this tour I choose to fill up on all the knowledge I can find. This way I can be completely ready to enjoy the show. I think it’s the sign of the times. The information revolution has forced performers to up their game to offer a high quality product that can survive an initial onslaught of instant information. If bad reviews spew forth from the first few shows the tour will sputter. If positive reviews come out of the first few events ticket sales will most likely swell. Good news travels fast; bad news travels on intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The good news for the Clockwork Angels Tour is that almost all the early Signals point to The Big Money! (Sorry, gratuitous double Rush lyrical reference.) I am amped up for the show. Here are the set lists and a link to the Tour schedule.

RUSH – Clockwork Angels Tour Dates (2012-2013)

Setlist A:

Set 1

Opening video

Subdivisions
The Big Money
Force 10
Grand Designs
The Body Electric
Territories
Analog Kid
Bravado
Where’s My Thing (with drum solo)
Far Cry

Intermission (string section comes in)

Set 2

Opening video

Caravan
Clockwork Angels
The Anarchist
Carnies
The Wreckers
Headlong Flight
Halo Effect
Wish Them Well
The Garden
Manhatten Project
Red Sector A
YYZ
Working Man

Encore

Tom Sawyer
The Spirit of Radio

Outro video

Setlist B:

Set 1

Opening video

Subdivisions
The Big Money
Force 10
Grand Designs
Middletown Dreams
Territories
Analog Kid
The Pass
Where’s My Thing (with drum solo)
Far Cry

Intermission (string section comes in)

Set 2

Opening video

Caravan
Clockwork Angels
The Anarchist
Seven Cities Of Gold
The Wreckers
Headlong Flight
Halo Effect
Wish Them Well
The Garden
Dreamline
Red Sector A
YYZ
Working Man

Encore

Tom Sawyer
2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx/Grand Finale

Outro video

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