Will Rush’s Show at First Niagara Center Be Their Last in Buffalo?
I’m starting to lean toward buying whatever seat I can still get for Rush’s October 26 show at the First Niagara Center. Not just because I absolutely love the new album ‘Clockwork Angels‘ but because it’s become increasingly more likely this will be the band’s last tour.
In an interview with Premier Guitar., Alex Lifeson hinted that there may come a time (soon) when Rush just won’t be able to do it anymore. If you’ve ever been to a Rush show, you know that it’s a three-hour, high-energy extravaganza. It’s actually pretty amazing that these three guys can still do it at such a high level.
Lifeson’s comments were in response to something drummer Neil Peart told Rolling Stone over the summer, when the 60-year-old drummer alluded to the fact that it would be difficult for him to work in 10 years because of the “physicality involved in playing every night.”
Geddy Lee sees a day when the band may have to scale back performances but alluded to the possibility that they just might stop touring all together.
“[T]here comes a point when you just have to accept that you’re approaching 60 and that maybe three hours of blistering rock is for a younger man,” he said. “So maybe it’s just inevitable that Rush tours down the road—if all goes well and there are Rush tours — aren’t three hours long.”
Let’s hope this isn’t Rush’s last tour, but even if it isn’t, you have to go to this year’s show at the First Niagara Center. The band’s recent setlist has included some amazing songs from the under-rated ‘Power Windows’ album and some gems from ‘Hold Your Fire’ and ‘Grace Under Pressure,’ too, that you likely haven’t heard live in some time.
The band is in their hometown of Toronto tonight (October 15), playing the second of two shows there.