Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Rush announces new tour. . .
That's right. Rush recently announced their "Time Machine" tour. My initial reaction was "Awesome, must go." I mean, they are playing Moving Pictures in its entirety, for the first time ever. And I still feel that, to this day, Moving Pictures is one of the best albums ever. Period.
Then I start to think about it. Don't get me wrong, I still love Rush. But where is the new material for this tour? Sure, they hint at some special surprises. What does that mean though? Are they going to play some new songs on tour? Maybe. But is it worth it for me to go see them for that?
I just can't help but feel they are falling prey to what I call the Dream Theater syndrome.
You know, pumping out live album after live album (due to tour after tour) with no real new material. Snakes and Arrows was a great album and a great tour. They seemed really energized and enjoying themselves. Then they announced Snakes and Arrows tour part 2. No new music, just another tour.
I couldn't make myself do that one. It just becomes too hard with a family, a 2 1/2 hour drive each direction and a resident's schedule. Add in to that the $200 price tag for two tickets by the time you add it all up. Rush puts on a great show, no doubt. I saw them for Roll the Bones, then for Vapor Trails, R30, and Snakes and Arrows. All of them great shows.
But I really would love some new material that I can become familiar with, then tour and play those live. But this Rolling Stones-esque money grab? It leaves me a little cold. Perhaps I am not the fan I once was.