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Rush @ Gibson Ampitheater 8/11/10

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure Rush, whose current lineup solidified in 1973 with the addition of drummer Neil Peart, are now # 2 in the running for longest-lasting famous rock band that never broke up or changed their lineup. That’s a four year gap from ZZ Top (formed Texas, 1969), who are also showing no signs of going anywhere - in fact they played the Pacific Amphitheater just a few days after this show. But they’d better keep eating right and exercising if they don’t want to be overtaken.

Because Rush was looking awfully healthy last week at the Gibson. To a man, they look fit, play and sing almost exactly the same as they did thirty years ago (Geddy Lee’s vocals may be topping off about an octave below their seventies heights, but that’s not such a terrible sacrifice), and they defied fans’ expectations for an evening billed as the “Time Machine Tour” by occasionally setting the machine forward and playing some surprisingly epic new songs. And judging by the unchained ecstasy witnessed in the seats, and the looks of pained anxiety on the faces of folks begging for spare tickets outside, their fan support remains unflagging, in both size and intensity. Count them in for the long haul.