RUSH Nails Finland Yet Again
by Nando the Commando

Time Machine Tour
May 4th 2011
Hartwall Arena
Helsinki, Finland

Last night, RUSH, the Canadian progressive rock power trio consisting of the holy musical triumvirate of Neil Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson marched with precision timing through their almost three hour double set in Helsinki in only their second ever visit to Finland.

There isn’t much to write about a RUSH concert that hasn’t already been said already with 40 million in album sales, a recent documentary entitled Beyond The Lighted Stage, countless reviews, books by Neil Peart along with a cornucopia of paraphernalia that can be found online.

The highlight of the show was the entire Moving Pictures album that kicked off the second set driving the mostly male crowd into a subdued Finnish frenzy of hoots, whistles and fist pumps. There were a few female fans in the audience and even several young dudes sitting atop their pops’ shoulders while enjoying the superb performance, a far cry from the moshpit style general admission crowds of Lakeland Civic Center Florida witnessed in 1988.

RUSH was tight all night. Precision mastered by those three musical wizards whose lifelong friendship and forged creativity continues to drive them into a new decade along with a new generation of fans. Two songs from RUSH’s forthcoming album entitled Clockwork Angels, both Brought Up To Believe and Caravan, were performed alongside timeless classics of the 70s and hits from their 80s heyday in addition to their more recent music from Snakes & Arrows (2007).

Aside from the audience basking in the entire glory that is the Moving Pictures album, fans were treated with other instrumental jam sessions with Leave That Thing Alone, 2112 Overture and La Villa Strangiato. A collective jaw drop occurred when the Professor himself tore through his vicious drum solo with calm madness and precision.

RUSH’s first album came onto the scene in 1974 and they continue to produce refreshing music with meaningful lyrics. Once this final leg of the Time Machine Tour comes to an end they’ll finish up their next album. RUSH fans around the world will soon devour the fresh material. Enough said about RUSH. Words can’t describe their stage performance or consistent staying power. A Finnish audience got nailed hard last night. And it woke up this morning begging for more. RUSH fucking rules. Period. End of story.

First Set:
The Spirit of Radio
Time Stand Still
Presto
Stick It Out
Workin’ Them Angels
Leave That Thing Alone
Faithless
BU2B
Freewill
Marathon
Subdivisions

Second Set:
Tom Sawyer
Red Barchetta
YYZ
Limelight
The Camera Eye
Witch Hunt
Vital Signs
Caravan
Drum Solo
Closer to the Heart
2112 Part 1: Overture
2112 Part II: The Temples of Syrinx
Far Cry

Encore:
La Villa Strangiato
Working Man

Links:
This article on RocknRollUnderground.com (with photos I’ve taken)
La Villa Strangiato clip that I shot
Rush.com
Rush (AllMusic.com)