Fools rush in where angels fear to tread - but for Canadian rockers Rush, their Clockwork Angels tour lived up to its name at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, writes Glenn Ashley.
This was a heavenly treat for fans of the trio who impressed as ever, just like clockwork.
SLIDESHOW: Press the play button to watch Glenn Ashley’s slideshow of photos from the event.
The recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees never fail to put on an impressive show, both musically and visually.
With a brilliant light show and stage set that was a mix of Close Encounters and a hint of Steampunked Terry Pratchett, the band were in dazzling form.
Geddy Lee’s rangy vocals wailed above his pounding bass, mixed with Alex Lifeson’s truly superb solos on guitar, backed up by the impressive Neil Peart, buried somewhere behind a mass of drums.
It was great to see just how many kids had been taken along by dads away from the X Factor stuff to see a “proper rock band” and they can’t have been too disappointed, even if they didn’t know all the songs.
Rush don’t do three minute songs so their set was spread over two halves starting with Subdivisions, Big Money and Force Ten.
The highly impressive back screen giving more than ample illustration to the music. The ten tracks making up part one of the show ending with Where’s My Thing and Far Cry.
After a short break, for the loo and more beer, we were hit by Caravan and it’s pyros as the Clockwork Angels Ensemble joined the fray.
The new title track was next before the Anarchist.
As usual Geddy Lee’s rangy vocals wailed above the pounding base he was waving around the stage, mixed with Alex Lifeson’s truly superb solos on guitar backed up by the impressive Neil Peart buried somewhere behind a mass of drums, you could just make out his head peering out through his kit.
The set then weaved its way through tracks like Halo Effect, 7 Cities of Gold and the Garden before climaxing at the legendary Spirit of Radio which brought the few people still in their seats to their feet.
And the set was complete. Until after a short break, when we were treated to Tom Sawyer and 2112 to finish the night off.
A memorable concert that must have left all who were there more than content with the night’s entertainment.
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