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Well, I really didn't know what I'd been missing all these years. Now, I'm sure I had what could be considered an optimal lawn-concert experience in a venue that has a capacity of 25,000. There were several good points about Tweeter Center not the least of which was the gorgeous view of Philly.

But enough about that. Let's talk about Rush. I've never been your huge Rush fan. In fact I am sure I have been a little anti at times. But if there was any question about my devotion before seeing them live, it is totally gone. The main thing I was concerned about is that their studio material is so clean and and well-produced (for my own scale of well-produced) that I was having a hard time imagining how the material would come across live, if it would be too perfect or have that energy. I shouldn't have doubted. Even from way, way back on the lawn the energy was great. The setlist included most of the favorites, and I was up and out of my "seat" as soon as I heard the opening to Subdivisions. At some point early on I was like "why am I the only jackass moving around?" (I don't know if you'd call it dancing) but as the giant novelty glasses of beer flowed there was more air instrumentalism and general enthusiastic pointing and horns-throwing. At some point the following amusing dialogue occurred:

snidegrrl: Did you think you would see monkeys fucking tonight?
angela_la_la: No, that had not occurred to me.

Some other highlights: the South Park intro to Tom Sawyer, Geddy filming the audience making a group greeting to Canada, obviously the drum solo, and the completely random and inexplicable chicken rotisserie machines set up on the stage. At points I was like, "is it worth it to be so far away?" but considering the non-egregious ticket price and relatively painless crowd experience, I think it totally was.

My weekend didn't stop there, though. After the concert we had to go get cheesesteaks (it's official: I don't really care that much for cheesesteaks) where some kid who probably wasn't even at the show complimented me on my Porcupine Tree shirt. We tooled around Philly a bit saturday and had the incomparable cheese fries at Chickie & Pete's. We zoomed home so I could meet up with femjays for sleepover, vegan cupcakes, and general silliness. Pictures of makeovers may exist, but I'm not telling! And when I got up sunday morning, I joined tzel for a trip to Linganore winery for tour & tasting! PHEW. Technically I think I still haven't caught up on sleep.

Which is probably why last night I dreamed that salami_salome and I were part of a RPG where you had to use real objects you actually own to represent powers in game and there was a real person who was an enforcer of sorts who came to reclaim your things who just happened to be T.R. Knight, not that I've been watching too much Grey's Anatomy. But then I woke up and had a light bulb moment about a game mechanic I thought would be really awesome and will now have to look up the Fudge rules and see if my nocturnal game design dovetails.

Yesterday was very much a monday. Work kind of stinks. I rolled up a blood elf paladin on Uther and fooled around with that most of the night. And that is as detailed I can be abuot anything due to time.


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Jul. 10th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
The mystery of the rotisserie can be found in Geddy Lee's Wikipedia article...in short, they replaced their amps with rack effects and needed something to "fill" the empty space left onstage. On the previous tour it was washers and dryers.
Jul. 10th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
I am still craving chicken after staring at those things the whole night.
Jul. 10th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
Re:"why am I the only jackass moving around?"
Because everyone was too stoned from smoking up in the parkinglot to move around much until the buzz wore off.

Re: Rush studio vs Rush live
Rush got started back in the day when bands sounded better live than they did in the studio because they actually had to play and sing in the studio without the aid of digital layering/clean up. They are known for being one of the most awesome live bands ever.
Jul. 10th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I meant to comment on the pot haze that was hovering over the lawn. Normally I wouldn't mind but it was INTENSE.
Jul. 10th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
I was disappointed to have missed them here but I just couldn't get organized (and had other stuff going on that day). Glad you got to see them - I've been a fan since the *mumbles* and love them live.
Jul. 10th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
Rush is truly amazing that is why les claypool rips them off!
Jul. 10th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
I saw them at Nissan (free tickets)..
I have seen them twice before that show as well.

I did like the SouthPark bit.. I did like the Rotisserie ovens as bass amps.. though his previous Washer and Dryer -running with Laundry in them was a bit better I think..

I thought the sound and performance was very subpar.
I'm just not into that band.. oh well..
I don't hate them though..
One of the worst shows I've seen in a long while.
Jul. 10th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
It's like we saw different shows! Or, you are snobby. ;)
Jul. 10th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
I'm thinkin' both might be true..
I like Limelight and Jacobs Ladder is cool.. Otherwise.. they really don't do much for me.
Jul. 10th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
I've always admired Rush because they're a trio in the studio and a trio onstage and they didn't do anything in the studio that they couldn't do onstage. They must love all that digital gear they tote around now.

But I always hated their weird-ass time signatures and the fact that many of their iconic songs change time signatures two, three, or even four times within the course of the song. It made learning their songs a real pain for me.
Jul. 10th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
1. Yay Rush! And no, I had absolutely no reason to suspect I'd be treated to monkey pr0n.

2. I think you would like a chicken cheesesteak, maybe. Next time, get the roast pork!

3. Those kids were indeed at Rush, I overheard them talking about it.

4. Geddy Lee's solo album is really pretty good. I have it if you'd like to take a listen.
Jul. 10th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
Roast pork! Noted!

I need to catch up on alllll the Rush albums I don't have before I consider solo stuff! I found Counterparts in the bargain bin yesterday.
Jul. 10th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
I love Counterparts. I think it's Rush's most underrated album. It represents a more mature perspective their previous albums didn't have, and I think the talk about the communication and relationships drove off some of the more hardcore no-girls-allowed fans.

My rip of Hemispheres is tragically bad since my disc is scratched. If you get that, can you burn me another one?
Jul. 10th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Sure thing.

Currently I am eyeing bargain bins for:
Caress of Steel
Farewell to Kings
Grace Under Pressure
Power Windows
Hold Your Fire
Test for Echo
Vapor Trails
Jul. 10th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
Do you have the first, self-titled album? I had it many years ago and sold it because I hated it. It's Peart-less and sounds a lot like a bad Led Zeppelin cover band. I'd be interested in hearing it again sometime, though. I think I listened to it twice when I was about 17.
Jul. 10th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
I do, in fact, have Rush. I think I can arrange for you to have a relisten.
Jul. 10th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
Hrm. What Real Life Objects were we using for said powers?

Jul. 10th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
You had some rings and a tiny sword that you used for dancing or something. When he came to take that away you were nearly in tears!
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