RUSH R40 Live Concert Film out today / SiriusXM Town Hall Q&A Hosted by Michael Moore to air 11/25
November 20, 2015 – Nashville, TN – R40 Live, an extraordinary document of Rush’s career-spanning 40th anniversary tour, was released today. Rush recorded and filmed R40 Live over two sold-out shows at the Air Canada center in the band’s hometown of Toronto on June 17 and 19, 2015. The epic live shows by the Rock Hall of Famers were captured with 14 cameras, in order to give fans the best possible viewing experience.
The band, comprised of bassist/keyboardist/lead singer Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer Neil Peart, undertook a 35-city tour this summer to celebrate their 40-plus years together. The sold-out tour, which included stops in Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York, Seattle, St. Louis, Toronto, Tulsa, and Vancouver, was one of the most successful tours of the year, according to Pollstar.
Each performance along the tour featured a retrospective of songs from every era of Rush’s career, presented in reverse chronological order. As the show progressed, the stage sets, gear, and props also moved backwards through time, and each show concluded with the band playing on what appeared to be a high-school gymnasium stage.
The first set on R40 Live includes fan favorites “Roll the Bones,” “Subdivisions,” and for the first time ever, “Losing It,” featuring violinist Ben Mink, who appeared on the original studio recording. The second set opens with classics “Tom Sawyer,” “The Spirit of Radio,” and “Jacob’s Ladder,” which hasn’t been part of the band’s live set since 1980, and winds down with “Closer to the Heart,” “Xanadu,” and “2112, and an encore of “Lakeside Park/Anthem,” and “What You’re Doing/Working Man.”
The R40 tour inspired a great deal of critical praise. Writing in the Arizona Republic, Ed Masley noted, “they honored four decades of pushing each other to new heights of musical excellence by offering fans an entertaining overview of their career that put the focus, as expected, on flexing their musical chops,” and The Hollywood Reporter’s Jeff Cornell called the band’s Los Angeles show “a powerful and memorable career-spanning set for the ages.”
The Houston Chronicle’s Craig Hlavaty observed, “Rush remains one of those rare musical acts that can bridge the generations without anything getting lost in translation,” while Creative Loafing’s Gabe Echazabal summed it up succinctly: “There is absolutely nothing like a Rush concert. Nothing.”
In his review of R40 Live, PopMatters critic Chris Gerard writes, “Rush is one of rock music’s enduring powerhouses…Their fans are among the most loyal in rock, and it’s easy to understand why. With Rush it’s always something new and different, and never half-assed. They give it their best every time, and R40 Live is no different.”
Major League Baseball legend and Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, who is a longtime fan and friend of the band, took the photo that adorns the cover of R40 Live.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson recently stopped by the SiriusXM studios for an exclusive in-depth Q&A session, as part of SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series.
The “Town Hall” special, hosted by Michael Moore, featured Lee and Lifeson answering questions from SiriusXM listeners about their celebrated career, including their R40 LIVE tour.
The SiriusXM Town Hall with Rush will air on Wednesday, November 25 at 6:00 pm ET on SiriusXM’s Classic Rewind, via satellite on channel 25.
R40 Live is available in the following configurations:
- 3-CD/1 Blu-ray set
- 3-CD/1 DVD set
- 3-CD set (audio only)
- Single-disc Blu-ray
- Single-disc DVD
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