|Legendary rock trio Rush (Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart) returns with the simultaneous release of a two-disc, first-ever live DVD and a three-disc live CD, both entitled RUSH IN RIO. The sets capture all the excitement of the band’s 2002 tour of North and South America. One of the largest-grossing tours of the year, the itinerary found Rush performing before hundreds of thousands of fans throughout Canada, the United States and, for the very first time, in Mexico and Brazil. RUSH IN RIO was recorded and filmed at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the final night of the tour in front of a spirited crowd of over 60,000.
The three-hour concert includes songs spanning the group’s entire 30-year career - from the mammoth guitar riffs of “Working Man” (from Rush’s debut album) to the contemporary crunch of their latest #1 rock smash, “One Little Victory” (from their critically acclaimed 17th studio album, 2002’s VAPOR TRAILS). All of the great Rush hits are present, including “Tom Sawyer,” “The Spirit of Radio,” “Closer to the Heart,” “New World Man,” “Distant Early Warning,” “2112,” “The Big Money,” “Freewill,” “YYZ,” “Dreamline,” “The Trees,” and “Limelight.” Also featured is a special never-before-performed acoustic version of “Resist” from 1996’s TEST FOR ECHO and an updated awe-inspiring Neil Peart drum solo (“O Baterista”).
In addition to the entire live performance, which was mixed by James “Jimbo” Barton (Metallica, Godsmack, Eric Clapton) and guitarist Alex Lifeson, both the DVD and CD packages include special bonus materials that will appeal to both new and long-time Rush fans.
The CD set contains two “authorized bootleg” tracks recorded earlier in the 2002 tour: “Between Sun & Moon,” a gem from 1993’s COUNTERPARTS album never before played live; and “Vital Signs,” from 1981’s classic MOVING PICTURES and appearing on a live album for the very first time.
The DVD was produced from a 22-camera shoot and is presented in 16x9 widescreen format. Audio options include Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and Dolby Digital Stereo. Among the numerous DVD bonus features are:
RUSH IN RIO is a truly stellar set that captures the energy, power, and virtuosity of one of music’s most dynamic ensembles.
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Rush: Geddy Lee (vocals, keyboards, bass); Alex Lifeson (guitar, background vocals); Neil Peart (drums, percussion).|
|Principally recorded at the Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, on November 23, 2002. Includes liner notes by Neil Peart.|
|Personnel: George Steinert (organ).|
|Audio Mixers: James Barton ; Alex Lifeson.|
|Liner Note Author: Neil Peart.|
|Recording information: Colisee, Quebec City, PQ (09/27/2002-10/19/2002); Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ (09/27/2002-10/19/2002).|
|Animations: Jarrett Smith; Greg Hermanovic; Alan Kapler; Ben Voigt; Farah Yusuf; Rob Bairos; Paul Simpson.|
|Illustrator: Hugh Syme.|
|Photographers: M. Rossi; Carrie Nuttall; Andrew MacNaughtan.|
|Unknown Contributor Roles: Vapor Trails Tour Crew; Lashawn Lundstrom; Dave Cook; Michael Gibney; Jon Cordes; James Ellis; Tom Hartman; Steve Kotzer; Lonnie Sweet; Arthur McLear "Mac"; Don Johnson ; Dave Burnette.|
|RUSH IN RIO is a unique 3-CD document that features an entire set recorded at a Rio de Janeiro show in November 2002 that was also the last date on the Vapor Trails international tour. Originally recorded for the Rush concert video/DVD of the same name, this collection is raw around the edges but still manages to capture the live might of this critically underrated progressive rock power trio. Playing South America for the first time, the Canadian threesome waded deep into their canon for this crowd of 40,000 rabid fans. In addition to serving up expected Rush perennials like "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight," and "The Spirit of Radio," Rush doled out a few more obscure nuggets including a medley of "By-Tor and the Snow Dog," "Cygnus X-1," and "Working Man."|
|More recent fare also gets trotted out including "Earthshine," "One Little Victory," and "Ghost Rider" from VAPOR TRAILS. Add the expected Neil Peart drum solo found within the instrumental tour de force "O Baterista," including a healthy swing jazz segment, and RUSH IN RIO proves to be another stellar addition to the band's catalog.|
Producer: James Barton; Alex Lifeson
Engineer: James Barton
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|Subdivisions: A Tribute to Rush ~ Various Artists|
|Release Date : 10/21/2003|
|Original Release Date : 2003|
|Catalog ID : 7567836722|
|Label : Atlantic (Label)|
|Number of Discs : 3|
|Studio/Live : Live|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00075678367229|
- 4 stars out of 5 - "Rush prove themselves the masters of virtuoso prog-metal."
- 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]here's more warmth and humanity here than non-converts might expect."