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My Date with RUSH

     Friday night I had a date with RUSH. For those of you who may not know RUSH, they are the Canadian rock trio: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart. Geddy Lee is the voice and plays bass and keyboard. Alex Lifeson plays guitar. Neal Peart plays drums. These three guys combined create an AWESOME musical experience.

     New Orleans Arena was the venue.  We got to the arena in a nick of time. Barry bought a beer. We quickly found our section and settled into our seats moments before the show started full of anticipation. A friend from high school had asked me later that evening how many times we had seen RUSH, and I want to say this would be five; however, it may be four. I need to locate all my ticket stubs. I know for a fact: twice at New Orleans Arena and twice at UNO Lakefront Arena. However, I feel like there may have been one other time at UNO. Anyway, it doesn’t matter because we have seen them quite a few times, and they NEVER disappoint. They feel like my buddies even though we have never met, and I know the possibility of a meet and greet in the future is slim to none.

     There was NO opening act. The night was three hours of RUSH. This was the Time Machine Tour. Videos played throughout the night showed the band’s sense of humor. We were taken on a musical journey through RUSH time. Most of the songs played were from the  Moving Pictures album; however, there were songs played from each decade, as well as two news songs from an upcoming album.  Of course, “Tom Sawyer” is my favorite RUSH song. I never tire listening to it, especially live. Peart’s drum solo was AMAZING. He has an enormous drum set, which he plays with such incredible intensity. Lifeson’s guitar solo was spectacular. He played a twelve string guitar with such ease. And, let us not forget Geddy Lee. He is a master of the bass, and his voice is AWESOME. He can hit some pretty high notes.

     The evening flew by too quickly. Barry and I had a terrific time. We listened to RUSH all the way home. Until RUSH comes back to New Orleans, I’ll have to settle for the radio to hear my Canadian rock trio.

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