June 24th, 2010
A listener named Zack e-mailed me recently asking for a Rush concert from the Hemispheres tour in celebration of the recent documentary about the band, Beyond the Lighted Stage and I’m happy to oblige.
Rush stopped here in Madison on this tour on 17 December 1978 and I’ve heard stories of the concert from a couple friends who were 18 at the time and hopped up on a cocktail of your typical late 70s drugs. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen a copy of that show available.
And so I am going with the boot Oak Oppression which captures Rush’s show at Cobo Hall in Detroit on 2 December. This tour saw the band at arguably their most classically progressive. “Xanadu” is done in full as is “2112″. Plus you get both books of Cygnus X-1: “Cygnus X-1″ and “Hemispheres”. And “La Villa Strangiato” is in the mix to boot.
It’s a soundboard recording. The sound is a bit flat but clear. I’m putting up the first part of the show today and will podcast the rest within the next couple days.
A Passage To Bangkok
By-Tor And The Snow Dog
Something For Nothing
Closer To The Heart
This is a video for “La Villa Strangiato” but I am unsure of its origins. Looks like a promotional video from the time of Hemispheres‘ release. Anyone out there know where this from?