Vapor Trails Tour

From June 2002 to November 2002


The Vapor Trails Tour marked the first tour for the band in nearly six years after the band entered a hiatus due to personal tragedies in drummer Neil Peart’s life. The tour kicked off June 28, 2002 at the Meadows Music Center in Hartford, Connecticut and culminated in a three show stint in Brazil, the last night of which was recorded November 23, 2002 at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. This resulted in the release of the triple CD and dual DVD Rush in Rio in October 2003.

Rush played in front of some of the largest crowds of their career during this tour, the largest of which was a capacity of 60,000 in São Paulo. Incidentally, the show at Maracana Stadium represented the second largest attendance for a headlining Rush concert with 40,000 people.

Tour Dates

Date Location Venue
June 28, 2002 Hartford, Connecticut Meadows Music Centre
June 29, 2002 Scranton, Pennsylvania Montage Mountain Amphitheatre
July 1, 2002 Charlotte, North Carolina Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 3, 2002 Virginia Beach, Virginia Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 4, 2002 Raleigh, North Carolina Alltel Pavilion @ Walnut Creek
July 6, 2002 Saratoga Springs, New York Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 7, 2002 Darien Center, New York Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 9, 2002 Bristow, Viginia Nissan Pavilion
July 11, 2002 Holmdel, New Jersey PNC Bank Arts Center
July 12, 2002 Mansfield, Massachusettes Tweeter Center
July 14, 2002 Camden, New Jersey Tweeter Center
July 15, 2002 Wantagh, New York Jones Beach
July 17, 2002 Toronto, ONT Molson Amphitheatre
July 19, 2002 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Marcus Amphitheatre
July 20, 2002 Tinley Park, Illinois Tweeter Center
August 1, 2002 Bonner Springs, Kansas Sandstone Amphitheatre
August 2, 2002 Maryland Heights, Missouri UMB Bank Pavilion
August 4, 2002 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverbend Music Center
August 6, 2002 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Post-Gazette Pavilion
August 8, 2002 Columbus, Ohio Polaris Amphitheatre
August 9, 2002 Noblesville, Indiana Verizon Wireless Music Center
August 11, 2002 Clarkston, Michigan DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 12, 2002 Clarkston, Michigan DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 14, 2002 Nashville, Tennesee AmSouth Amphitheatre
August 16, 2002 The Woodlands, Texas C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
August 17, 2002 San Antonio, Texas Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 19, 2002 Dallas, Texas Smirnoff Music Center
August 21, 2002 Albuquerque, New Mexico Journal Pavilion
August 23, 2002 Salt Lake City, Utah Delta Center
August 24, 2002 Englewood, Colorado Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
September 8, 2002 Vancouver, British Columbia GM Place
September 10, 2002 Edmonton, Alberta Skyreach Centre
September 12, 2002 Calgary, Alberta Pengrowth Saddledome
September 14, 2002 Seattle, Washington The Gorge
September 15, 2002 Portland, Oregon Rose Garden
September 17, 2002 Concord, California Chronicle Pavilion
September 18, 2002 Sacramento, California Autowest Amphitheater
September 20, 2002 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheater
September 21, 2002 Las Vegas, Nevada MGM Grand
September 23, 2002 Los Angeles, California Staples Center Arena
September 25, 2002 San Diego, California Coors Amphitheater
September 27, 2002 Phoenix, Arizon Cricket Pavilion
September 28, 2002 Irvine, California Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
October 5, 2002 Mexico City, Mexico Foro Sol
October 10, 2002 Tampa, Florida St. Pete Times Forum
October 11, 2002 West Palm Beach, Florida Mars Music Amphitheatre
October 13, 2002 Atlanta, Georgia Phillips Arena
October 15, 2002 Baltimore, Maryland Baltimore Arena
October 16, 2002 Rochester, New York Blue Cross Arena
October 18, 2002 Montreal, Quebec Bell Center
October 19, 2002 Quebec City, Quebec Colisee Pepsi Arena
October 22, 2002 Toronto, Ontario Air Canada Centre
October 24, 2002 New York, New York Madison Square Garden
October 25, 2002 Hershey, Pensylvania Giant Center
October 27, 2002 Philadelphia, Pensylvania First Union Center
October 28, 2002 Boston, Massachusettes Fleet Center
October 30, 2002 Chicago, Illinois The United Center
November 1, 2002 Ames, Iowa Hilton Coliseum
November 2, 2002 Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center
November 4, 2002 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena
November 6, 2002 East Rutherford, New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena
November 8, 2002 Uncasville, Connecticut Mohegan Sun Casino
November 10, 2002 Manchester, New Hampshire Verizon Arena
November 20, 2002 Porto Alegre, Brazil Olympic Stadium
November 22, 2002 São Paulo, Brazil Estadio Morumbi
November 23, 2002 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Maracana Stadium
July 30, 2003 Toronto, Ontario Downsview Park

Vapor Trails Tour


Set One

“Tom Sawyer” (with Three Stooges intro)
“Distant Early Warning”
“New World Man”
“Roll the Bones”
“Earthshine” (from Vapor Trails)
“The Pass”
“The Big Money”
“Between Sun and Moon” or “The Trees” alternated during second leg
“Vital Signs” or “Freewill” alternated during second leg
“Closer to the Heart” (Only in Mexico City; Manchester, New Hampshire; and shows in Brazil)
“Natural Science”

Set two

“One Little Victory”
“Ceiling Unlimited” or “Ghost Rider” alternated during second leg
“Secret Touch”
“Red Sector A”
“Leave That Thing Alone”
“O Baterista” (drum solo)
“Resist” (acoustic)
“2112” (“Overture”/”The Temples of Syrinx”)
“La Villa Strangiato”
“The Spirit of Radio”


“By-Tor and the Snow Dog” (abbreviated)
“Cygnus X-1 (prologue)”
“Working Man”