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Rush firing on all cylinders in Atlanta

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Maybe things will calm down a bit ... No, probably not.

Last week I completed a swing of six concerts in a month when I flew to Atlanta and attended the opening night of Rush's "Snakes & Arrows" tour.

I will say this. Flying an hour and 15 minutes sure beats driving 700 miles over 12 hours. I remember driving 500 miles to Nashville for the tour opener in 2004. I sure am glad I didn't have to repeat that.

I must also give a big thank you to my wife's cousin, Dustin Warner, for driving me all over Atlanta for two days. It worked out perfectly that the Sandusky native has lived in metro-Atlanta since 1999.

Rush played the HiFi Buys Amphitheatre to open the tour and didn't disappoint.

The band played 28 songs, with the show starting at 7:45 p.m. and finishing at 10:50 with a 25-minute break in the middle.

The boys opened with "Limelight" and then hit a three-song run of "Digital Man," "Entre Nous" and "Mission."

I must say, that was a great way to start the concert. "Digital Man" hadn't been played live since 1983 and "Entre Nous," which is on 1980's "Permanent Waves," had never been performed live. "Mission" was brought back for the first time in 17 years.

Rush also played nine songs from "Snakes & Arrows" that all sounded fantastic even for an opening-night show.

Other set highlights included "Natural Science," "Witch Hunt," "Subdivisions" and "Passage to Bangkok."

Of course, "Tom Sawyer" was played and was given a new hilarious introduction by the cartoon characters from "South Park."

The crowd was estimated at 13,000, which is good.

The HiFi made some money that evening as I saw a ton of people buying 24-ounce beers at $10 a pop.

I can't wait for Rush to stop at Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus later this summer.

Looking back, my wife and I traveled to the DTE Energy Music Theatre north of Detroit June 9 and caught the Chris Isaak/Stevie Nicks concert.

Isaak really surprised me, as he gave a spirited 65-minute show. He kept the crowd into it and of course played his hit, "Wicked Game."

Nicks' show was good at times, but I questioned the set list a bit as classics like "Talk to Me," "Leather & Lace," "Sara" and "Gypsy" were all left out.

She had the crowd going at the beginning with classics like "Stand Back," "Rhiannon" and "Landslide" but lost steam at the conclusion.

Oh well, my wife said she had a great time so all went well.

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