Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Thursday, July 4 @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.
Now that Rush is (finally) in the rock ’n’ roll Hall of Fame, the Canadian trio’s voracious fans can relax. But they probably won’t. Few bands can boast the intense following Rush has—fans that, on 2003’s Rush in Rio concert DVD, sing along with “YYZ,” which is an instrumental piece. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart keep coming back to headline Summerfest because fans keep coming back to see them. Refusing to rely on their back catalog live, Rush last year released its 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels, a concept record about a young man following his dreams and the forces at work against him. The band has consistently been performing nine of that album’s 12 tracks, and the setlist is stretching to almost 30 songs. “This time, we picked a whole bunch of older ones that we want to bring back and present in a different way,” Peart, in a rare interview, told rollingstone.com. Collectively, the members of Rush are nearly 180 years old, yet their music remains simultaneously timeless and out of time.