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4 stars The most written story about a assassination is the death of J.F. Kennedy. It's in the same city that almost 50 years later Rush played their concert for the "Clockwork Angels" tour. The release of the show is almost 50 years later, precisely, November 19th. To push thing further, i make sure to watch it November 22th! This time, the picture quality is more enjoyable than on the "Time Machine" Tour, were the arena seems to have been immersed in a fog, probably cause by those big machines on stage... The first half of the show is concentrated in the 80's songs, so much that we can call it the 80's tour. We have two songs that have not been played for a long time : "Grand Designs" and "The Body Electric". The band has reserve the new album "Clockwork Angels" for the second set with songs that are hits and misses, those songs are played with the string ensemble orchestra.

The camera work is something that we'll never pleased everyone, i am not to severe on that aspect, as long has we get a mix of close and distant shots, which is the case here. There is some shots from the audience with some heads blocking the views, but it doesn't happened often. Rush are known to play the studios songs to perfection, but they added a little improvisation part on the song "Force Ten". From the first song "Subdivisions", you know that there is something wrong; the drums of Neil can't be heard. There is some improvement the rest of the show, but still the audio mix is low on the drums and the bass. Alex's guitar are a bit too loud.

As the addition of the string ensemble, i always have reserve to bring some strings instruments when a rock band play some heavy rock. It can be interesting during the quieter parts. I have listen to "The Anarchist", "Carnies" and "Wish them Well" many times, and i can't get any feelings from those songs and the live versions didn't change anything for me. But on the other hand, "Clockwork Angels" and "The Garden" are simply great songs that will become future classics in the Rush repertoire. The band close the concert with some old songs including the always enjoyable "Spirit of Radio".

Nice performance with a nice picture quality, probably their best ever in all their DVDS with a dominant blue lighting, but the audio could have been better, especially when you have a great drummer that has the best drum kit, and a nice bass player with Geddy Lee. As for the extras, the main feature is the documentary, the rest is short segments of lighter subjects that we'll make you laugh a little. Don't forget that there is 4 more songs of the same quality in the bonus section and a "Easter eggs" easy to find on the main menu.

rdtprog | 4/5 |


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