The final U.S. stop on the 2007 Leg of the Snakes & Arrows tour took place in New York City at the legendary Madison Square Garden. Originally, I wasn't planning on going to this show, despite it taking place in my neck of the woods, but earlier in the day I was contacted by Randy B who had been visiting this site for a while. Randy and I had been trading emails for a while but on that day, he told he he scored 9th row tickets to the show, and offered to hand one of them over to me. The rest, as they say, is history. Here's a re-cap of the show which I posted in the News section of the site on the following day:
Last night, Rush played to legions of fans at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City, thus closing the U.S. leg of the Snakes & Arrows Tour. The show was absolutely electric from the beginning as Geddy hid from Alex during the opening chord of Limelight to Geddy taunting Neil with his bass guitar until the stoic percussionist finally broke a smile to the amazing New York crowd.
Sitting 9 rows back from the action, the energy of the band was clearly evident throughout the show. Some minor technical difficulties with Alex's electric guitar occurred during a few songs, but the crowd barely noticed and Alex, the consummate professional, continued to play as if nothing was wrong.
There were no changes in the set list, save for the usual substitution (see: Set Lists) which was met with roars of approval. Neil's solo was extended several minutes and changed significantly from earlier shows in the tour. The crowd was absolutely mesmerized by Neil's intricate drum work and absolutely exploded once the 9-minute solo reached its climax. Clearly, turning 55 a few days back has not impacted Neil's stamina or creativity.
More so than the previous shows I have seen on this tour, the new songs from Snakes & Arrows were met with tremendous approval. The crowd sang along with many of the songs from the latest album and Far Cry felt like an old classic. Simply amazing. The show ended as it began, on a very strong and spontaneous note as Neil created a 15-second drum introduction to YYZ.
For one night in New York City, as fans of this Canadian Trio filled the streets of the city that never sleeps, Rush was king and all was right with the world.
Tremendous thanks go to reader Randy B who, just hours before show time, offered me a chance to see the boys from the 9th row. It was a great way to meet up with fellow Rush fans, and a night that none of us will soon forget.
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