Sunday, March 11, 2012

Song of the Day: Rush--Paint It Black / The Spirit of Radio

The Canadian badasses at the Toronto Rocks benefit in 2003:

Look at the size of that audience! 450,000 to 500,000 people, Canada's largest ticketed outdoor event.

Lifeson tears up the solo.

Those are real clothes dryers behind Geddy; in the late '90s he stopped using amps onstage (running his bass directly to the soundboard). He needed something to fill in the space to balance out Lifeson's wall of amps.

In 1996, he had a fridge.

For the Vapor Trails tour (2003), there were three dryers loaded with special T-shirts ("I GOT THIS T-SHIRT FROM DRYER NUMBER 3"). The stage crew even added dummy mics for more humor.

On the R30 tour, he swapped one of them out and added a vending machine stocked with memorabilia (bobbleheads and such).

For Snakes and Arrows, Geddy put three working rotisserie ovens and an "attendant."

Most recently, on the Time Machine tour, there was a Steampunk time machine/sausage maker.

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