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Live in Milwaukee, WI, June 13, 1997

Review by Gary Hill

Realizing that many do not consider Rush to be a progressive band, I should preface this by saying that I feel that there are periods of Rush music that certainly qualify as progressive. Since they were performing two of the epics from that period on this tour, I felt that this review qualifies as progressive rock.

Rush always puts on a very professional show, both visually and musically, although sometimes seeming to be a bit lacking on the emotional side. At this concert we were given an unusual treat when Alex Lifeson`s effects malfunctioned and he was unable to start a song. Geddy Lee and Neil Peart went into an impromptu jam which Mr. Lee called "a country western number". It was a nice example of the fun loving side of Rush, as were all the household appliances on the stage, and the toy dinosaur which showed up on the video screen. The main highlights of the show for me were the two epics 2112 and Natural Science. Most reports that I have seen say that Rush had never done a full-length live rendition of 2112 before this tour, and although many say that they were playing it a bit lower than usual to accomodate Geddy`s changing voice, I really did not hear that. Natural Science was another favorite of mine that I had never seen them perform live before, and it was wonderful, both musically and visually (the light show doing some wonderful things during this one).
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