I got to see them in Seattle in '76 during the 2112 tour, not long after I bought Caress of Steel. I saw them again in San Diego during the Moving Pictures tour.
I got to see them one final time in Houston during the Vapor Trails tour, right after Neil Peart came back from his sabbatical, but before they ended the tour in Rio De Janeiro .
Yes, I own the Rush in Rio DVD, as well as every DVD that has anything to do with Rush. If you haven't yet seen "Beyond the Lighted Stage, then you really must....
Their album run from '75 through '78 (Fly By Night, Caress of Steel, 2112, Farewell To Kings, and Hemispheres), contains some of my all-time favorite tunes by Rush, and are by far, the pinnacle of their output.
With their increased radio play, Permanent Waves ('80) and Moving Pictures ('81) saw them get away from the concept album and start becoming more mainstream.
After that, the trendy "new wave" movement, (which is just a euphemism for turning rock into pop), saw a decline in the quality of their albums for the rest of the '80s, with just a few truly great songs spattered about, here and there.
I consider Test for Echo ('96) the best album they had made up to that time, since Moving Pictures.
Dammit Janet....you went and got me monologueing again.....time for bed.
Edited by _Warchylde_, 14 March 2017 - 03:30 AM.