Classic Rock Corner

Saturday Night: Rush At The Woodlands

Rush Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion September 25, 2010

For more images from Saturday's show, see our slideshow here.

The veteran Canadian nerd-rockers brought their Time Machine tour to The Woodlands Saturday night, with all that the name implies. The stage theme was a steampunk/circus big top mash-up, the video interludes consisted of temporal-themed comedy segments, and the band's set drew from the breadth of their catalog, reaching back to the mid-'70s as well as trying out a few new tracks from their upcoming album Clockwork Angels.

Rush's longevity (their eponymous debut album was released in 1974) and success (they trail only the Beatles and Rolling Stones in for most consecutive gold/platinum albums by a rock group) is testament not only to their work ethic and integrity, but to their rabid fans, who showed up in force to jam themselves into the Pavilion and see the band perform -- among other things -- their 1981 album Moving Pictures in its entirety.

They took the stage to "Spirit of Radio," one of their earliest radio hits, then segued into "Time Stand Still" from 1987's Hold Your Fire. The band knows their crowd, treating the audience to overhead shots of bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee's pedal array as well as drummer Neil Peart's kit, each of which were met with thunderous applause.

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