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Well, when I found out that Rush was putting out a new DVD I knew that I had to be the first guy on my block to get it!

 

"Rush in Rio" is a 2 DVD set and booklet package. The concert was the final show on their "Vapor Trails" world tour. The set list is 28 songs rangeing from their very first album to present.

 

Included (on disk 2) is "The Boys in Brazil" an interview/documentary which is one of the best I've ever seen of the band.It is very insightful and interesting and adds a lot to this package. There is also multi-angle versions of YYZ,O Baterista(drum solo), and La Villa Stragiato as well as a couple of 'easter eggs'for you to unlock.(I have misplaced my remote control so I can't access them yet :mad: )

 

As to the concert footage, one word...AWESOME! The band was in top form and played for nearly 3 hours! The crowd is huge and just wild. There is almost a riot when the band launches into YYZ the crowd was SINGING it, you can tell that the band is blown away by that!

 

Geddy Lee's voice is in great shape. He sings the higher pitched early songs as well as ever. You get to see his hands on the bass quite alot and his technique is very easy to see, especially against the white pickguard on his main Jazz bass. He plays two other Jazz basses during the show, another black and maple with a tortise shell pg. and a very pretty transparent red w/ flamed top and maple board.Geddy's backline is 3 commercial grade,coin operated, Maytag dryers (mic'd of course)filled with tour shirts which are thrown to the audience during the show.

 

Alex Lifeson plays about a dozen different guitars during the course of the show and is his usual wacky self.He does a sort of "free association" ramble during La Villa Strangiato that is hilarious.

 

Neil Peart is spot on all night and does his traditional 'astounding drum solo' afterwhich Geddy and Alex give him a break and perform "Resist" as an Acoustic duo!

 

About the only complaint that I have is that the crowd sound is mixed too high and, especially in the beginning of the show, detracts from the sound of the performance. Of course they're playing in a stadium filled with almost 60,000 people(!) and on the documentary you learn that the equipment was so late getting to the stadium that the band didn't even have time to soundcheck! So I guess it's amazing that it came out as well as it did.

 

There is a whole lot to see here and I know that if you are even a casual fan of Rush you will enjoy this DVD. It's worth the price to have it in your collection.

 

Well, this is my first attempt as a "Reviewer" hope I haven't bored you to tears!

 

Cheers

Nothing is as it seems but everything is exactly what it is - B. Banzai

 

Life is what happens while you are busy playing in bands.

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I was negligent in getting to the store in time and they had already sold out of this DVD! I'll be getting mine with their next shipment sometime this week. However, here are rough reviews from my guitar player and drummer:

 

Guitarist: "I've got a LOT of music DVDs and this is without a doubt the best. Just incredible. I cried 4 different times while watching it, it was so awesome."

 

Drummer: "Neal Peart man...dude...just... Neal Peart, you know what I'm saying?"

 

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I'm continually impressed with the way a band that has had only one top 40 hit in 30 years can continue to sell so well. Just proves that talent and skill will win out in the end. Cool.

 

I love Rush.

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For any of you who want a preview of the Rio DVD, there's one on their website under Touring>From the road - it's available in both low and high bandwidths - you need quicktime to view it... It's about a minute long and has sections of about 4 or 5 songs...

Enjoy!

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Yes. I second the review! This is a GREAT DVD. (The sound IS a little muddy especially the vocals but overall it's extremely well done!

 

Best Buy has a two for $35 sale on right now.

(The DVD and the 3 CD version.)

 

I'm not sure if the CDs are worth it or not-if you already own "Different Stages" (live). The mixes are better on that album and it has most of the same material-some variables of course.. The DVD is.Highly recommended!

"When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have."

Edgar Watson Howe

"Don't play what's there. Play what's not there" Miles Davis

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I just was told that Borders Books has the DVD for 20 bucks and "Specs" (I don't really know what that is has it for the same price PLUS a five buck rebate.Rush also sells everything plus shirts, tour bklts. on www.rush.com

 

I forgot to mention the obvious: The Rio CDs will have Vapor Trails material on it! If you own the DVD you might not need 'em-depends on disposable income outgo. ;)

 

Can anyone here recommend the best (only?) biography/book on Rush? Thanks.

"When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have."

Edgar Watson Howe

"Don't play what's there. Play what's not there" Miles Davis

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I just returned from the store with the Indiana Jones DVD box set. I haven't opened it yet, so perhaps i'll exchange it.

 

I saw two of the shows on that tour and they were fantastic. They were 5 days apart, and on the second show, 'The Trees' and 'Freewill' had just been added to the set that night for us.

 

Rush has been one of my very favorite bands since Moving Pictures when i was 11 years old or so. Lifeson is one of my biggest influences. Him and Garcia mostly. I'm so glad to see that they're doing well despite the rough times Neil has been through lately in particular.

 

Gotta go to the store now!

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Oh Boy!! Gotta get that for sure!! They just keep on keepin on! Amazing, absolutely amazing.

- Jon

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You have the right to remain in the groove, any solos cannot be used against you, you have the right to snap and pop, if you cannot snap and pop, two fingers can provide the funk just fine.

 

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Yeah. I got it, and it's great!

 

The only complaint I have is that the overall levels are too high, and digital clipping seems to set in at many points.

I used to think I was Libertarian. Until I saw their platform; now I know I'm no more Libertarian than I am RepubliCrat or neoCON or Liberal or Socialist.

 

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I just watched the first half of the DVD! I picked it up at Tower Records this evening. It's really, really, REALLY well done.

 

I have one minor nitpick. Geddy's left hand could have been visible a lot more often. We get a lot of good view of his various right hand techniques, but the left is conspicuously hidden most of the time.

 

Lifeson's H&K system sounds awesome. The guy has some really beautiful instruments. By contrast, Geddy plays only the Jazz. It's interesting to see that Geddy has switched to front-loading commercial laundry dryers for his bass amplification needs. ;)

The Black Knight always triumphs!

 

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Update: I watched the second half of the concert last evening along with the "Boys In Brasil" documentary feature. Wow! What a bonus that documentary is! I would even recommend watching the documentary before viewing the concert. It gives a lot of background on why they went to Brasil in the first place, obstacles along the way, and poignant insights into the players' lives and personalities. Required viewing for Rush lovers, and also, I think, for Rush "haters." This should warm up a few jaded hearts.

The Black Knight always triumphs!

 

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At last.

The RIR DVD was released on the 26th of Nov here in Sweden so I've been drooling to get it and yesterday it finally arrived.

 

Comments?

 

Goose bumps big as golf balls all the time:)

 

Cheers

--->Tommi

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Rush are one of my all time favorites. Seen them live 4 times. The first time was the 1978 Hemispheres tour. This DVD brings back some of those great memories. It was a really nice suprise to hear By-Tor live again. :thu:

 

But I completely agree with lowfreq about the camera moving around too much. Oh well, ya can't have everything I guess.

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