Rush at the O2 arena 25th May 2011

Great blog review here! http://www.theartsdesk.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=3771:rush-o2-arena&Itemid=27

It was fantastic to see the guys play the entire Moving Pictures album – the album which seriously kick started my rock career (thanks to my friend Bobby, who couldn’t make the gig – damn)

The sound was awful, but the show was great. Alex’s white Gibson 355 was the winner here. A “kinda” recreation of  his Permanent Waves era axe, I wish he had used it for all the songs. IMHO THAT is the Rush signature guitar sound. Raw, thick and incisive.

Mind you… The tobacco burst Les Paul  he used for 2112 (one of his many) had that raw “all the world’s a stage” les Paul

Marshall stack  tone very reminiscent  of the great Jimmy Page.

There’s a great Alex Lifeson interview at the gibson website in case you missed it.

…and New(ish) song BU2B is such a great tune… A proper Rush classic – really looking forward to the new album, with Nick Raskulinecz Richard Chycki (Foo Fighters etc) at the helm – They really managed to capture Rush’s sonic power on this tune. What a shame Allaire Studios is gone. Neil Peart’s The drum sounds are phenomenal, and  have never heard him groove like this.

andymitchellmusic.comthe official website of rock musician Andy Mitchell

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