Rush in Rio

Rush in Rio

5.0 6
by Rush

Rush in Rio captures the powerful trio in all their on-stage glory and majesty. Recorded on November 23, 2002 -- the final date of the Vapour Trails world tour -- at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rush in Rio collects classic Rush tunes, including "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of Radio," and "Closer to the Heart," alongside epicSee more details below


Rush in Rio captures the powerful trio in all their on-stage glory and majesty. Recorded on November 23, 2002 -- the final date of the Vapour Trails world tour -- at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rush in Rio collects classic Rush tunes, including "Tom Sawyer," "The Spirit of Radio," and "Closer to the Heart," alongside epic masterpieces such as "2112" and "La Villa Strangiato" and new favorites like "Ghost Rider" and "One Little Victory." It's a must-have for any serious fan.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Set for production as a live DVD from the Vapour Trails tour, the audio from Rush in Rio clearly stands as a startling historical and musical document. The live mix is simply superb and reveals the show as it happened, without overdubs or DAT splices. The band played in front of their second-largest crowd ever, 40,000 people on the final night of the tour. (The largest was 60,000-plus the night before in São Paulo in the rain.) Covering three CDs, this is one of those documents that can make a punter wonder why he ever doubted the glory, majesty, and heavy, overblown, pretentious rock power of Rush. Opening with thunderous crowd noise, "Tom Sawyer" -- with complete audience participation from the git -- it is somehow awe-inspiring to hear 40,000 people singing the song with Geddy Lee. These people are so crazy; they aren't left out of the mix because they couldn't be! But it works. There was no soundcheck that night due to production delays in the arena. This is the sound of a band going for it in spite of everything and on the wing -- and the sound, very live, very real, extremely dynamic -- and not only do they pull it off; they issue their best live outing ever. Seeing Rush live can be an experience, but only those people in Rio saw them like this: far from complacent veteran rock stars, they musically push their own envelopes to the breaking point and goad each other onto ever greater intensity. Lee's bass playing has never been this ferocious, so aggressive and driving -- on a live album anyway. Neil Peart pushes the entire band with his polyrhythmic assault and overdriven flourishes and fills; knowing this is the last date, he gives it all up in every single track. And Alex Lifeson, ever the band player, is, on this night anyway, simply the greatest arena rock guitarist in the world. The program ranges over the band's entire recorded output. The majority of the material comes from Farewell to Kings and after, though "Working Man," "2112," and a medley of "By-Tor and the Snow Dog" and "Cygnus X-1" are present here. Versions of "Roll the Bones," "The Big Money," "One Little Victory," "Ghost Rider," "Red Sector A," and "La Villa Strangiato" are given something like their definitive reads. Again, on well-known tracks like "Closer to the Heart," "Free Will," and "Spirit of Radio," the crowd participation would normally be off-putting. In this context, however, it is an asset. One can hear how this adulation and frenzy literally feeds the band, forcing the issue and making these breathtaking performances. To round out the encores on disc three Rush has included "board bootlegs" of "Between Sun & Moon" and "Vital Signs" that are more than worthy performances. They were taken from shows in Phoenix and Quebec. For those for whom Rush is a secret and guilty pleasure, it's time to indulge it openly by playing this for friends who erroneously insist that Sonic Youth or Strokes concert bootlegs are the epitome of "big-label live rock." For the faithful, you'll know. This one is bloody great.

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Disc 1

  1. Tom Sawyer
  2. Distant Early Warning
  3. New World Man
  4. Roll the Bones
  5. Earthshine
  6. YYZ
  7. The Pass
  8. Bravado
  9. The Big Money
  10. Trees
  11. Freewill
  12. Closer to the Heart
  13. Natural Science

Disc 2

  1. One Little Victory
  2. Driven
  3. Ghost Rider
  4. Secret Touch
  5. Dreamline
  6. Red Sector 'A'
  7. Leave That Thing Alone
  8. O Baterista
  9. Resist
  10. 2112

Disc 3

  1. Limelight
  2. La Villa Strangiato
  3. The Spirit of Radio
  4. By-Tor & The Snow Dog/Cygnus X-1
  5. Working Man
  6. Between Sun & Moon
  7. Vital Signs

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rush   Primary Artist
Don West   Voices
Gil Faria   Voices
Bruce French   Voices
Frank McGrath   Voices
George Steinert   Organ

Technical Credits

Chris Blair   Production Design
Pye Dubois   Composer
Geddy Lee   Composer
Alex Lifeson   Composer,Producer
Neil Peart   Composer,Liner Notes
Hugh Syme   Art Direction,Illustrations
John Michael Talbot   Composer
John Whitehead   Tour Accountant
Ross Ryan   Bass Technician
Brian Collins   Stage Crew
Ken Mitchell   Stage Crew
Liam Birt   Executive Producer,Tour Accountant,Tour Manager
Pegi Cecconi   Executive Producer,Staff
Jo Ravitch   Concert Sound
Brian Evans   Concert Sound
Dave Burnette   Contributor
Steve Hoffman   Staff
Colin Davis   Projection
Dave Cook   Contributor
Brad Madix   Concert Sound Engineer
Ric Britton   Guitar Techician
James Ellis   Contributor
Lorne Wheaton   Drum Technician
Jon Arrowsmith   Pyrotechnics
Tom Hartman   Contributor
Lashawn Lundstrom   Contributor
Brent Caarpenter   Stage Monitor Engineer
Ray Danniels   Management
Kevin "Kap" Kapler   Concert Sound
Rob Bairos   Animation
Cynthia Barry   Staff
Jon Cordes   Contributor
Bob Farmer   Staff
Michael Gibney   Contributor
Greg Hermanovic   Animation
Don Johnson   Contributor
Alan Kapler   Animation
Steve Kotzer   Contributor
Anna LeCoche   Staff
Rayanne Lepieszo   Staff
Arthur McLear "Mac"   Contributor
McLoughlin Family   Merchandising
MD Clair Bros.   Concert Sound
Michael Mosbach   Property Master
Shelley Nott   Staff
Sheila Posner   Staff
Randy Rolfe   Staff
Peter Rollo   Personal Assistant
Paul Simpson   Animation
Jarrett Smith   Animation
Norman Stangl   Projection
Lonnie Sweet   Contributor
Hilton Treves   Projection
Vapor Trails Tour Crew   Contributor
Ben Voigt   Animation
Farah Yusuf   Animation
James Barton   Producer,Engineer

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