Last week Rush played two shows in Toronto for their 40th anniversary R40 tour. Credit should be given when credit is due and any band able to fill a venue like the Air Canada Centre after 40 years has created a seriously dedicated fan base for themselves. The venue was rocking both pre and post show which proves the adornment Rush has gained over the years from their fans.
The homecoming feeling was obvious inside the ACC as Rush was welcomed home. The show was very visually appealing which really complimented the music and added to the ambience of the set. The mixture of sounds from acoustic to electric to percussion was spot on and there is just something god-like when Geddy gives Neil the green light to just go and do his thing. He was able to draw the crowd in for almost 10 minutes straight with his mesmerising solo.
Unfortunately, 40 years of making music takes its toll on you no matter who you are. This seemed to be the case with Geddy’s vocals. It was noticeable that some of the high notes were not as easy to hit as they once were and his voice sounded tired at times. However, they did play for 3 hours with only a short intermission which is impressive.
The best part about it was the vast demographic of people in the audience. The person sitting behind me had flown all the way from Albuquerque for the show and was going to Denver later this year. In front of me was a mother with her two children, both had to be less than ten years old. I even had the opportunity to meet a fan who attended Rush’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I must say I was really impressed with the fans I met at the show and as someone who went into the show indifferent I admit I left thoroughly pleased and I was definitely not the only one.