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Rush - Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland CD (album) cover




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3 stars The sad ending of an once great singer?

Wnen you are a great singer and get old you can turn into one of there three categories: becoming another singer in the same body (Greg Lake from the 90's onwards), struggle the whole concert with the notes you can't reach anymore (Steve Walsh from the later eighties till today) or keep your magnificent voice even if your power has diminished a little (the late R.J. Dio, David Gilmour, Mark Farner).

After watching this DVD I believe that our beloved Geddy Lee fits in the second category. From the first notes of TSoR you can notice that he's not going well. Actually he's not singing bad but his problem is that he has to match some parameters made by himself in the 70's and 80's.

I know he was suffering from some cold or whatever this day. When you listen to a bootleg from this same tour (but in 2010) you can notice that he's struggling with the high notes the whole show but not as hard as in the dvd. Unfortunatelly this is not enough to make him render justice to his own standards.

My son loves Rush and ask for them all the time. But when I played the majestic "A desert passage" bootleg to him early in this morning he ask me if the singer was the same as in the dvd. He's almost three years old now and not a genius, so my point is clear I think (by the way the bootleg mentioned above is probably THE best Rush show ever, the full Hemispheres and AFtK minus one track plus 2112 highlights and early tracks).

Although the dvd wasn't released here in Brazil til the time I'm writing (one web friend lend me one) I'll probably buy it for their historic valour and the bonus videos. But it isn't the best Rush dvd even if its track list is very good.

A final point: the band is playing hard and well. They seem to enjoy the show, what makes more hard to quit their career right now; maybe shorter tours and shows with more days inbetween could help Geddy but it'd be a shame to continue the way it is shown on Time Machine. He and the Rush legacy don't deserve this.

moodyxadi | 3/5 |


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