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Another Rotterdam review

Post by Higgy » Tue Oct 05, 2004 10:31 am

Today in another Dutch paper, called the Algemeen Dagblad (nation wide), there is another Rotterdam review.

I translated it into English (at least did my best.....)

Superior Swan Song from RUSH

Concert * * * * *

Heard: Ahoy Rotterdam 1-10
By: Robert Haagsma

Rotterdam ? Ahoy in Rotterdam may be the scenery of spectacular concerts more often, but rarely the audience will have left the venue so euphoric as after the show from RUSH.
The band made the impression to set something right. And they had to..For more than 12 year the Canadian trio seemed to have forgotten Europe. That the memory of the Dutch proved to be a lot better, when the concert in Rotterdam was sold out in no time.
The show was a part of the 30 year anniversary of RUSH. In those three decades the band scored hardly any hits. In spite of this the band got a lot of fans worldwide and made records full with renewing pop, rock and symphonic music, in which the virtuose play- especially from drummer Neil Peart- and the intelligent songtexts ? again from Neil Peart ? cought the eye.
RUSH compensated their long absence perfectly with a concert which lasted three and a half hours. Songs of all their studio albums were played. An observant RUSH fan knows that only the album Presto from 1989 wasn?t represented.
And so, in a with infatuated fans filled sportspalace, a show unfolded from which most passionate fans only could have dreamt for years.
The tremendous effort from the band made the evening extra special.
It must have been a war of attrition on stage; the music of RUSH is very complex. Nevertheless the show didn?t reduce for any moment. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson (guitar) often walked to eachother, made jokes, played solo?s and worked very hard.
Hidden behind a drum set, so big that it?s worth a mention in the Guinesss book of records, Neil Peart proved to be one of the best rock drummers of all times. Powerfull, tastefull and subtle he layed the foundation for the more than 30 songs passing the show.
The Rotterdam gig was the last of their world tour. RUSH played as if this was their last show ever. And perhaps it was?
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Post by Slaine mac Roth » Tue Oct 05, 2004 12:30 pm

Well it seems as if you have intelligent journos in Holland :-D
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