July 14, 2013 12:59 pm
Updated: July 14, 2013 1:06 pm

Rush rocks Halifax

For the first time since 1987, Canadian rock icons Rush returned to Halifax in front of a sold out crowd at The Metro Centre.

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HALIFAX — Twenty-five years is a long time between visits, but Canadian rock icons Rush more than made up for it with a blistering three-plus hour set in front of a packed house at the Halifax Metro Centre Friday night.

Right out of the gates, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart had Halifax fans out of their seats with their classic Subdivisions. Making full use of pyro and a circus-themed stage, the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Famers pulled songs from Signals and Power Windows, with the highlight of set one being Limelight from the classic 1981 release Moving Pictures.

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Set two featured a number of tracks from their newest release, Clockwork Angels, complete with a seven-piece string ensemble clad in black tees and leather pants known as The Clockwork Angels String Ensemble. The second set finished up in fine fashion as Lifeson and Lee bounced around to the super-charged hit instrumental YYZ and fan favourite, The Spirit Of Radio.

After a brief respite, the encore got going with classic rock radio staple Tom Sawyer and wrapped up with a three-song homage to the band’s signature record 2112, wrapping up with Part VII The Grand Finale.

Fans hoping to get a glimpse of Halifax’s other big three, The Trailer Park Boys, got just that: A glimpse. Images of Ricky, Julien and Bubbles appeared briefly on the multiple screens, but there was no cameo from Sunnyvale’s finest, as had been rumoured.

“Sorry it took us so long Halifax, you were awesome tonight,” exclaimed Lee as the band walked off stage to thunderous applause.

Rush fans won’t have as long to wait to see their prog-rock heroes again. Rush plays the Metro Centre again Sunday night.

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