A Sneak Peek...
And this time Rush's "Snakes & Arrows Live" album, which was released on April 14, 2008.
The material for this album was composed of two performances during the first leg of the "Snakes & Arrows Tour", which was intended to promote the album, released in May 2007.
The two performances from which the materials for the album were selected were held at the" Ahoy Arena" in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on October 16 and 17, 2007.
This is the band's first live album which has focused on the songs of the album it is intended to promote, since the video that summed up the tour "Grace Under Pressure" was later released on the album as well. Thus, 9 of the 27 songs in this show are songs from the album "Snakes & Arrows", which means that during this performance, 70% of the album's 13 songs were played.
This show has also been released on DVD and Blu-ray, and anyone who owns the latest version can tell that the audio and viewing quality there is just amazing.
What's interesting about this show is that it includes some songs that the band did not perform much during their long career and those official live recordings of them were hard to find, such as: "Entre Nous" played for the first time, "Natural Science", "Witch Hunt", "Circumstances" which has not been played since the tour of the album "Hemispheres" as well as "A Passage to Bangkok" which has not been played since the warm-up tour before the release of the album "Moving Pictures", the song "Between the Wheels" and more.
This album sums up one of Rush's longest tours which, as is well known, did not go far beyond the borders of North America. It included 114 appearances, making it the band's longest tour, except the "Hemispheres" album tour. This tour was also one of the band's most commercially successful, earning more than $ 65 million.
And how is it possible not to mention the drum solo of the legendary Neil Peart? This time it is part of the instrumental section "Malignant Narcissism" and includes an excerpt from "Cotton Tail" - a song that Peart recorded with Buddy Rich's band for the project "Burning For Buddy, Vol. 1".
For Listening: Spotify