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Geddy Lee

Last night, Jiffy Lube Live was the place to be if you love Rush as our favorite Canadian rock band will end large-scale touring by the time they reach L.A. Lucky for us, we got to see them before they start their next chapter!

Lead vocalist/Bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart took the hundreds of fans, young and old, in attendance of their R40 Live: 40th Anniversary Tour at Jiffy Lube Live on a journey they will never forget. The journey will take fans through four decades of Rush’s extensive rock repertoire from their last album 2012’s Clockwork Angels to their first self-titled album in 1974.

Lifeson

It’s difficult to believe that a band that mastered the craft of mesmerizing lyrics and beautifully composed instrumentals is saying goodbye to world of large-scale touring. Whether you’re a life-long concert follower or attending your very first LIVE Rush experience, like yours truly, you were certainly in for a treat on Saturday night.

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The night started off with a fantastic video detailing Rush’s history from their first adventure to displaying a road sign that states “Bristow – We Were Here First.” One of the coolest things that happened was the stage set kept being changed by the stagehands while the band played, going from a little steampunk at the beginning to a wall of amps by the second act.

For more than two hours, the fans here at Jiffy Lube Live heard hit after hit like the classics of “Tom Sawyer” and “Spirit of Radio” to recent hits like “Animate,” “The Anarchist” and “Headlong Flight” which featured a mean mini drum solo, courtesy of Neil Peart!

Neil Peart

The individual solos alone will make you feel blessed to hear Rush live in concert. It truly feels like their solos tell their entire life story. Lee’s vocals are as strong as they were forty years ago. Peart’s drum solos have truly set the bar high as far as rock drummers. He performs complex, amazing combos and makes it look easy.

Before Rush started their second act, they showed a hilarious video called “No Country for Old Hens” that showed the band’s comedic side as they dressed up in silly costumes and played with fellow comedy actors Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Jerry Stiller and the fab four of South Park as Lil Rush who counted down the band into “Tom Sawyer.”

By the end, the fans got an encore of four Rush songs before the band whole-heartedly thanked their fans. It’s so hard to believe that this is their LAST tour. To be honest, this is one of the best concerts I have ever attended and hoped they would come back to the area in the near future. But even though Rush will be leaving the Limelight of grandiose touring, their spirit will continue live on the radio and in the hearts and minds of their loyal fans.