16 DEC 11 DAVID SHANNON
Legendary Canadian power trio Rush are at work on their 19th album, marking a discography that spans from their 1974 self-titled debut album to the present. Renowned for their live performances through the years, the band collected numerous awards for their contributions to the art of playing live, and in keeping with this tradition Rounder has released a DVD that captures the band's latest tour, Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland, which features over 20 songs from Rush's extensive catalog, as well as two new tracks to be included on their upcoming spring 2012 release, Clockwork Angels.
Recorded live on April 15, 2011, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, the concert stays true to the band's acclaimed live work ethic, with a fantastic light show, cool animated stage effects, and a couple of cleverly self-deprecating video spoofs shown during concert intermissions, all of which are included on the DVD. But what will likely fascinate fans most are how well the two new tracks stand up to Rush's deep back catalog.
"BU2B," featured in the show's first set, harkens back to the band's roots as a blues-inspired heavy metal outfit before establishing a more prog-rock sound. The song rocks like an anthem, with hooky, straight-ahead riffs from Alex Lifeson and Getty Lee (whose vocals have barely aged) and drum god Neil Peart banging away like he's channeling early inspiration Keith Moon (air drumming audience members can be seen throughout the show). The second set's new tune, "Caravan," wends through head-nodding riffs as well and like "BU2B" tracks Rush's early hard-rocking edge. Time Machine 2011 proves that for a band like Rush, time is truly an illusion.