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3.95 | 77 ratings | 3 reviews | 39% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

Set I:
1. Subdivisions
2. The Big Money
3. Force Ten
4. Grand Designs
5. The Body Electric
6. Territories
7. The Analog Kid
8. Bravado
9. Where's My Thing?/ Here It Is! (drum solo)
10. Far Cry

Set II:
11. Caravan*
12. Clockwork Angels*
13. The Anarchist*
14. Carnies*
15. The Wreckers*
16. Headlong Flight* / Drumbastica (drum solo)
17. Peke's Repose (guitar solo) / Halo Effect*
18. Seven Cities of Gold*
19. Wish Them Well*
20. The Garden*
21. Dreamline*
22. The Percussor (I) Binary Love Theme (II) Steambanger's Ball (drum solo)
23. Red Sector A*
24. YYZ*
25. The Spirit Of Radio

26. Tom Sawyer
27. 2112

28. Limelight (soundcheck recording)
29. Middletown Dreams
30. The Pass
31. Manhattan Project*

*With the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble

Total Time: 242 minutes

Line-up / Musicians

- Alex Lifeson / electric & acoustic guitars, bass pedal synthesizer, electric piano, backing vocals
- Geddy Lee / lead vocals, bass guitar, bass pedal synthesizer, keyboard & synthesizer
- Neil Peart / drums, electric drums & percussion

Additional: Clockwork Angels String Ensemble

Releases information

Release date: November 19th
DVD/BLU-RAY (Anthem/Zoe Vision/Rounder)
CD (Anthem/Roadrunner Records)

Interview With Dwush
Family Goy
Family Sawyer
The Watchmaker (intermission tour film)
Office Of The Watchmaker (closing tour film)

Thanks to BrunoSamppa for the addition
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RUSH Clockwork Angels Tour ratings distribution

(77 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(39%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (6%)
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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Heavy, RPI, Symph, JR/F Canterbury Teams
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.

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Rush released this new DVD to coincide with the release of the "Clockwork Angels Tour" live CD. The DVD concert content is identical apart from a few crowd moments and of course the special features. Onto the content of this extraordinary concert. First the good news, it is way better than the last DVD release where Geddy's voice did not cut the mustard. This time around the band have chosen songs Geddy can still sing so it is fairly much back to the retro 80s. At first I was worried about the choice of the band not to include classic 70s Rush such as Bytor, Working Man, and virtually anything from the 70s back catalogue. Without reservation the setlist they chose is a surprise and I must admit I grew to love this setlist for a number of reasons. The main reason is the versions of these songs are better than the studio versions, certainly heavier especially Alex Lifeson's lead breaks. The band clearly enjoy returning to the 80s and Geddy is far more comfortable in the voice range. These songs are less proggy than the 70s and far more straight forward in terms of musicianship, especially Neil Peart's drumming style, which is perhaps the reason he is given a plethora of opportunities to go solo and we are treated to very long drum solos on more than one occasion.

The set opens with Subdivisions and it powers along nicely, especially the wonderful synth stabs. I love how the crowd get into this gem from "Signals" mouthing every word. The band are decked out well, Geddy does not wear that Rash T shirt or the Blah Blah Blah design but instead has more serious black attire. Peart wears a "Clockwork Angles" design on his shirt and hat, and Alex is looking resplendent in his suit jacket over a star laden T. The band then launch into crowd pleasers from "Power Windows" The Big Money, Territories, and Grand Designs, the scathing critique on mainstream music. This track is one that has not been played live often and does not feature on the live "A Show of Hands" unlike the others. Also from "Hold Your Fire" is Force Ten, and from "Grace Under Pressure" is The Body Electric, and The Analog Kid from the wonderful "Signals" album. "Roll The Bones" track Bravado follows, then the band vacate the stage with its quaint popcorn machine working overtime, and Peart has a chance to shine on one of his trademark drum solos. Rather than use all his usual gimmickry and gadgets, he just rocks out with some incredible triplets and speed drumming on the snare and splashing cymbals. No doubt he is a master drummer and he is always seen to be so serious, unlike the other members of Rush who often goof about on stage with some hysterical choreography. Peart gets an ovation from the crowd after he plays with precision on Where's My Thing?/Here it is! And it is far different than the version on "Roll the Bones". This version is not the (Part IV, "Gangster Of Boats" Trilogy) version as you can understand as it is more or less a vehicle to give the band a breather and Peart drums up a storm, twirling his drumsticks, often throwing them in the air and always catching them. After this the band return for one more rocker before the half time break.

Easily the best song on Set One is Far Cry from "Snakes And Arrows" with fire balls and flames and some crazy lighting effects which are a taste of things to come in Set Two. The lighting is fairly subdued overall in Set One so that the band are able to take things up a step in the second set. Indeed, the lighting in Set Two is the best I have seen on a Rush DVD and really enhances the concert experience. The crowd really get into dancing and jiving and singing the lyrics, in particular note the group decked out in bright red whooping it up in the front row.

At some point in Set One a weird monkey arrives to take some popcorn and it is part of any Rush concert to have one of those moments. There have been clothes dryers where metal- heads come and get their T shirts, and frying chickens on a rotisserie in another concert. I like the popcorn idea, and the water tanks but the best thing about the set design is the Steam Punk décor of the stage. There are three huge video screens, one for each member and tons of fire and steam in the second set. The lights are glorious with rays of light and beams scanning the crowd and they flash in sync to the rhythms in wonderful multi- coloured arcs.

Onto Set Two which is the best part of the whole DVD. This is the Clockwork Angels Set with 9 cuts from the recent album. Hearing the tracks live is a wonderful experience for me personally as I adore the studio album. Some tracks are missing such as the two BU2B tracks but overall the album is here and some of these live versions are heavier and more innovative than the studio tracks. I especially love how the Clockwork Angels String Ensemble add to the mystique and magic of The Anarchist and Carnies. Headlong Flight is a definitive highlight and it is great to see Alex thrashing out that riff and spiralling into some incredible lead breaks. Geddy has some bass solos in the set and his voice is superb throughout as all the songs are well in his range, I mean he is pushing 60 now so who can blame him for not tackling Bytor and the Snow Dog these days. There is a drum solo on Headlong Flight called Drumbastica and Alex solos on Peke's Repose seguing into Halo Effect. The lights are spellbinding on Seven Cities of Gold, then the album is concluded with Wish Them Well, and the brilliant virtuoso The Garden, that Lee claims is his favourite and I dare say is not alone in that sentiment. It was nice to revisit the album again as I had not played it for a while and the live treatment of it is as good as it gets.

I have to mention too the String Ensemble's verve and enthusiasm as they really get into these songs, dancing, swaying, jumping and generally giving it one hundred percent in presentation as well as actual musicianship. One decadent girl in particular stands out with her gothic eye makeup and waggling tongue. The Ensemble really add something extra to the concert experience and are not drowned out by Rush. I was surprised that they did not include BU2B2 with the strings going solo with Geddy as it was an opportunity, though the worst track on the CA album no doubt. David Campbell was the conductor and he is no stranger to blending rock with classical music. Campbell has been involved in such diverse projects as either muso or arranger with Muse, Black Sabbath, Meatloaf, Biffy Clyro, Metallica, Maroon 5, The Mars Volta, Kiss, Paul McCartney, Neil Diamond, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper and Carole King. His resume is overcrowded with classic moments such as his work on "Kiss Alive IV", The Mars Volta's "Frances the Mute", Metallica's "Death Magnetic" and Muse's "The 2nd Law". He is also the arranger on the "Clockwork Angels" studio album so it is great he can return to the live stage.

After a deserved standing ovation the band return to snippets of their back catalogue with Dreamline, the single from "Roll the Bones", and the band thank the String Ensemble who depart along with Alex and Geddy, then there is an oddity called The Percussor, which is actually a Peart drum solo in various sections, the best being Steambanger's Ball. Here Peart goes for the gadgetry on cymbals that sound like guitar chords and weird sounds on the blocks. He does not go for the cool jazz thing this time though and it sounds like a "Clockwork Angels" outtake. Surely he must be the most inventive drummer in terms of actual drumming style and gimmicks. He has a lot of fun with the crowd then the band return to belt out Red Sector A from "Grace Under Pressure". YYZ follows and is always welcome from "Moving Pictures" masterpiece, perhaps one that cannot be missed as a concert favourite. The version on "Rush in Rio" is the best but, as usual, the band are at their blistering best with those insane fractured rhythms and screaming lead breaks. The crowd absolutely freak out as the first riffs chime in of Spirit of Radio from "Permanent Waves". Everyone screams as usual when Geddy sings "Concert halls" and the lights splash across the crowd. The reggae section of the song is pronounced and especially the bassline of the song. This is certainly one of the highlights of the concert.

There is an encore and we see the band sprint away to some dark corner as the crowd roar for more and of course the band return to spread some icing on the cake. The encore consists of a grand version of classic rush with Tom Sawyer, always nice to hear another "Moving Pictures" track, though I would have preferred Limelight. The band turn back the clock as a starry scene appears on the screen and we are treated to the brilliant crunching irregular chords of 2112, a quintessential Rush jewel. It is the only 70s cut so we have to soak this up and bathe in its glorious splendour, with some cool animation at the intro with a humorous edge. It is not the full version of 2112 naturally, as that would be overdoing it I guess, but this is lengthy including, not just the intro and Temples of Syrinx, but some of the instrumental break from other parts of the song. It ends the first DVD in a veritable blaze of glory. After this Peart pelts off stage with some fan giving chase and the security lady turns to the camera in amazement.

DVD 2 continues the music with a soundcheck recording of Limelight (Yes! There it is, my favourite Rush song so I can't complain). It is virtually a karaoke version with Lee missing most lyrics out in the rehearsal. Then there is Middletown Dreams, a forgotten track from "Power Windows". Next it's The Pass, the greatest track from "Presto", with the band bathed in a pleasant blue light tinge. There are many crowd POV shots making us feel as though we were among them. This is followed by Manhattan Project also from "Power Windows", and the String Ensemble resurface to help out again with admirable skill. This song features some quirky animation, and it is a better version than the studio with some great violin and guitar work. Peart gives those snares a real workout too.

The Special features of Rush DVDs are always fun and here is no exception. We get to watch the films that the audience were treated to and they range from mildly amusing to delightfully clever, with the members of Rush having way too much fun as weirdo gnomes or oompa loompas with squeaky voices in a Steampunk setting. I would rather have seen a more serious animation of the album content though the babe action is worth a look, and this anime is not as stupid as some of the animations on "Snakes and Arrows". Other features are the obligatory documentary on the tour "Can't Stop Thinking Big", always a treasure to be a fly on the wall. The Behind the Scenes featuring Jay Baruchel offers some insight as to what went on in the tour, and the outtakes are funny enough, using green screens and really silly behaviour by all involved. There's an interview with Dwush, which is Rush dressed as those gnomes and it really is very silly; "are we getting paid for this?" Then there are some oddball moments such as Family Goy, that is animation with Rush look alikes and Family Guy style characters. Stewie wants to be Peart who feels misunderstood and wears a 2112 T. Snoopy, Ringo and Road Runner make bizarre cameos and there's a lot of toilet humour. Family Sawyer is also rather odd, more gnome action as the band play a wacky hillbilly instrumental version of Tom Sawyer. Overall the features are well worth checking out at least once. The Easter Egg is Alex's gross joke.

The DVD booklet has some attractive photos, with tour personnel listed, a pic of the flames rising near the String Ensemble, one pic of each Rush band member and some live pics. With 16 pages, more photos could have been included instead of all the tour crew lists, however it is nice to get any book these days as often none are provided. The DVD liner itself is a pic of the stage with Rush under a spectrum of light beams. The DVDs are designed with the beige and red colours that coincide with the "Clockwork Angels" CD colour scheme.

This is a great 2 DVD package, with clear clarity audio production, decent editing, gorgeous sumptuous coloured lighting and well executed features and menus. It is not as silly as the "Snakes and Arrows" menus but the band still have their moments of hilarity, though they are probably enjoying the films they make more than the audience. All in all it is a great DVD experience, clocking over 3 hours, and well worth shelling out for especially if you are weighing up between this and the CD version. It is better to view the band on stage playing these great tracks so this is the better option. The music is the same as on the CD so one is not missing out by purchasing the DVD. I recommend it as yet another awesome Rush DVD!

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2 stars What do you think about Clockwork Angels? If you believe it's the greatest Rush album since ...(write your fav) then you'll love this DVD. What do you think of Rush''s 80's? If you believe that's the best decade for the band then this DVD will bring a lot of emotions that you didn't feel sin ... (read more)

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