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Yes, I know I’ve been away for quite some time. I don’t know if I’m back for good or not, but I saw something and I felt like writing a short post about it. So there 😉

A great many bands (we’re talking bands that play large theatres or arenas/stadiums, not bar bands) have ‘background music’ or ‘pre-show music’ playing (obviously) before they take the stage. Just to give the audience something to listen to before the big event starts. Rush (one of my favourite bands, as regular readers might know) has, for years, played a selection of music compiled by their drummer, Neil Peart. I don’t know how common it is for a member of the band to actually pick the pre-show music, but it’s damn cool and should happen more often.

Anyway, Rush.com just posted a list of all of the songs that have been in the pre-show rotation for the current tour. What surprised me somewhat was how many of the songs on the list are favourites of mine. I think I’m going to have to check out a few of the artists that I’m not aware of (Porcupine Tree & String Ensemble).

Here’s the list for anyone who’s interested (courtesy the Rush Is A Band blog)

Tommy Overture – The Who
Mojo Pin – Jeff Buckley
Trains – Porcupine Tree
Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
In the Court of the Crimson King – King Crimson
Fear of a Blank Planet – Porcupine Tree
Welcome to the Machine – Pink Floyd
Eria Tarka – The Mars Volta
Roundabout – Yes
Looking for a Place to Happen – The Tragically Hip
Aqualung – Jethro Tull
Last Goodbye – Jeff Buckley
Baba O’Reilly – The Who
Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
2112 Overture – String Ensemble
The Temples of Syrinx – String Ensemble
I Know What I Like – Genesis
The Prophet – Yes
Grace – Jeff Buckley
18 People Live in Harmony – Dredg
Dazed and Confused – Led Zeppelin
Bobcaygeon – The Tragically Hip
21st Century Schizoid Man – King Crimson
Inertiatic E. S. P. – The Mars Volta
The Sound of Muzak – Porcupine Tree
Echo – Vertical Horizon
Fifty Mission Cap – The Tragically Hip
So Real – Jeff Buckley
Time – Pink Floyd
Good Days, Bad Days – Richard Butler
No Opportunity Necessary – Yes
Anesthetize – Porcupine Tree
Say Hello 2 Heaven – Temple of the Dog
Babe I’m Gonna Leave you – Led Zeppelin
Open Car – Porcupine Tree
Evenflow – Pearl Jam
Hells Bells – AC/DC
Crosstown Traffic – Jimi Hendrix
Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
Thick as a Brick – Jethro Tull
How Many More Times – Led Zeppelin
Us and Them – Pink Floyd

Question – do they play ALL of ‘Thick as a Brick’?


Written by The Canuck

August 16, 2007 at 10:39 am

Posted in music

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  1. I’ve always been split about whether I like Rush. WRIF here in Detroit plays them all the damn time, and while I have great admiration for their libertarian tendencies (to say nothing of the fact that Geddy Lee is one of the goddamned coolest bass players AND Jewish rockers out there — his very nickname is Yiddishkleit, for godsake), they always just seemed a bit too cold to be really good rock. I don’t know. Rock and roll, REAL rock and roll, usually comes from the gut, the heart, or the gonads. Perhaps there’s room for some brains in there, but not at the risk of taking it too far from its roots. Otherwise you wind up in stasis, like all modernist tendencies.

    Joseph Waldman

    March 25, 2008 at 10:15 pm

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