WireImage.com has photos of Rush in concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Texas on Friday night. Check out the pictures here.
Greg Kot of Metromix reviewed the Rush concert Saturday night at the Tweeter Center in Chicago, which ran an amazing 3 hours and 27 minutes. “Unlike many bands of its vintage, Rush resists nostalgia,” Kot writes. “It played as much material from recent albums as it did from its ’70s heyday, though this strategy sometimes came at the expense of quality. The lame rap parody ‘Roll the Bones’ inexplicably remains in the set list, and ‘The Pass’ and ‘Bravado’ are the type of clichid power ballads Rush would have once dismissed. But the new songs from ‘Vapor Trails’, the band’s strongest album in a decade, roared; on ‘One Little Victory’, Peart sounded like he was going to run over Lifeson and Lee if they didn’t keep up with his rampaging attack.” Read more.
Jane Stevenson of the Toronto Sun was on hand at the Rush homecoming show at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on Wednesday. Frontman Geddy Lee told the crowd, “It’s so very nice to be home. It’s been quite some time since we’ve been here. We appreciate being back. We can tell you that!” Stevenson writes, “Rush’s straightforward first set on their stripped-down stage kicked off neatly and nicely, without any fanfare, with Tom Sawyer, but barely delved into ‘Vapor Trails’, offering up just a single new song, ‘Earthshine’.” Canoe.ca has since removed the article.
Michael Hollett of Now Toronto chatted with Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson ahead of their tour stop in Toronto next Wednesday. When asked if rock was back, Lifeson responded, “Definitely. The economy is getting a little worse in North America. When the economy is good nobody wants anything too heavy or deep, so pop makes a huge resurgence. Through the 90s there was a long period of economic growth and materialism, and music reflected it with boy bands and cute, fluffy female artists. There was no deep commitment to the music at all.” Read more.
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson tells Eric R. Danton of The Baltimore Sun that the group had no interest in becoming a nostalgia act. “We could never be happy doing something like that,” he said. “I think for us, … it’s very hard for us to stay in one place; we always have to be moving forward.”
Atlantic Records reports the veteran rockers on their label are treating fans without any opening act on their current tour — because they are playing a 3 HOUR set. Guitarist Alex Lifeson tells Guitar World, the performances feature “Songs that we’ve never played live, or…songs that we played years ago, but haven’t played in a long time. We really want to shake it up…I think our fans will love that.”
Mike Ross of the Edmonton Sun chatted with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson who admits he’s not the stereotypical rock star who gets mobbed everywhere he goes, but that’s fine with him. “For us, the music is always the important thing,” the guitarist says. “It’s not the guys in the band – and we’re pretty boring guys. We’re just middle-class Canadians. We all have families. We all grew up with those middle-class kind of virtues. I don’t feel like a rock star.”
Angela Pacienza of the Canadian Press spoke with Geddy Lee ahead of Tuesday’s ‘Vapor Trails’ release, an album Lee thought might never get made. The band was left in limbo after Drummer Neil Peart lost his 19-year-old daughter, Selena, in a 1997 car accident and his wife, Jackie Taylor, to cancer less than a year later. Lee said, “We put any thought of Rush’s future away. In some sense we believed it probably was over.”
Dan Aquilante of the New York Post reviewed Rush’s new album ‘Vapor Trails’ out today, and wasn’t very impressed. Aquilante said, “…As usual the result will thrill fans – and bore the rest of us who thought dinosaur rock was extinct.” The full review at nypost.com has since been removed.
GetMusic.com has a huge feature with Rush ahead of the release of ‘Vapor Trails’ on Tuesday. The A List with Anthony DeCurtis has Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson talking about the difficulty in making the album, coming together after the tragedy of drummer Neil Peart losing his wife and daughter, the freedom of having no deadline, and advance listens of every track on the album. Getmusic.com has since removed the video.