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Rush

Rush In Rio DVD

Review by Bruce Stringer

After only one studio release between the 1998 triple live CD, Different Stages, and the Rush In Rio DVD and CD releases of recent months could this be the definitive moment to bring Rush back into the limelight in grand fashion? I believe so. With the recent brilliant Vapor Trails studio release being Rush's strongest - yet, still underrated - in years, the boys from Canada offer a rare glimpse into the hectic life of the touring musician with their Rio live concert show and documentary disc.

The concert footage is nothing short of astounding with visual aspects like lighting, animation and on-stage antics pure entertainment. If you have ever seen Rush live then this will be an amazing testament to their brilliance and for those of us who have never had the chance then this is an insight like no other into the enigma which is Rush.

Ironically, it is Geddy who features most prominently in the doco while the lunacy of Alex Lifeson seems to pop up at every corner. Understandably, Neil Peart retains his privacy and appears the polite gentleman when he does appear. With a couple of 'Easter Eggs' to highlight the release and some multi-angle action this is what we've all been waiting for.

With the recent announcement of a 30th anniversary 2004 UK / Europe / World tour from Alex (- who's a naughty boy?), there may be hope that more than the 40,000 fans in Rio will get to see these guys live in action very soon.

The bottom line - starting with the pro column, it just doesn't get any better than this, and it was a long time coming. I hope that the powers that be release more DVDs soon and include Grace Under Pressure and Exit…Stage Left with bonus material in the catalogue (with commentary from Terry Brown / Peter Henderson with the boys and rare clips, maybe). My favourite release of 2003.

Weighing in on the opposite end, it would be nice to have heard Freeze or some other less-played material. What was with the UK release? (Four weeks later than the rest of the world!)

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2003 Year Book Volume 1 at lulu.com/strangesound.

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