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Rush Turns On The Time Machine

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 2, 2010 3:20PM

Photo by Andrew MacNaughtan
We know Rush is a band that seems to divide the masses. Either people love their winding and challenging songs peppered with twisty lyrics packed in more densely than the ring of a redwood or they don't. Us? We are old school fans of the band. It's been years since we last saw them -- we think it was probably at the tail end of the '80s -- and while we admit to having lost touch with the band's later material, the earlier stuff still hits the spot for us. As much as we can still respect the musicianship on their post-Presto years, nothing ever feels quite as satisfying as hearing the band kick out "The Tress," "The Spirit Of Radio," or "Tom Sawyer."

Luckily for us Rush is mounting a "Time Machine Tour" wherein they're playing their breakthrough album Moving Pictures in its entirety. They bring the show to Charter One Pavilion next week, and for the first time in two decades you can count on us to be in the crowd. While we're looking forward to the songs, we're also curious to see how the band's stage show has progressed over the years. Rush has also remained a busy touring act throughout the years so don't expect some out of touch musicians revisiting their glory days. Instead expect a power trio, emphasis on the "power," taking the stage to play a true classic with ferocity and dedication.

Rush plays on Monday and Wednesday, July 5 and 7, at Charter One Pavilion, Northerly Island, 7:30 p.m., $39.50 - $134.50, all ages