Rush’s Time Machine DVD Makes Me Feel Like An NFL Quarterback!
The door bell rings. I run upstairs to the front door. As I reach for the handle, I hear the roar of a diesel engine as the UPS truck chugs out of my driveway and onto the street. There, at my feet is a small package with the unmistakable Amazon.com swoosh emblazoned on the side. Like little Charlie Bucket tearing into a Wonka bar in hopes of finding a golden ticket, I quickly rip open the box to find my brand new blu-ray of Rush's latest concert DVD. Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland.
Having seen the Canadian power trio live last year from the front row at Red Rocks Amphitheater, I was curious as to how the experience of watching it on my television would compare. I fired up the old television, cranked up the surround sound and leaned back in my barcalounger, hovering my finger over the play button on the remote.
So what happened next? Well for an enormous Rush fan like myself, I can only describe it as how Tom Brady must have felt the first time he saw super model Gisele give him the come hither look wearing only what the good lord had provided.
Opening with a quirky 5 or so minute film with the band members playing roles as a sausage maker (Geddy) and Irish cop (Neil) and an overweight, sleazy band manager (Alex) in a small diner where a young three piece polka band are playing in the corner. The name of the band? RASH.
If you're a Rush fan, you'll get it and chuckle quite heartily. From beginning to end it's a visually stimulating and aurally ambitious romp through the bands history including a standout performance of the entire 1980 album "Moving Pictures". As usual, the three lads from Toronto show that musical genius and a good work ethic can make 30-year-old music sound just like you're hearing it for the first time. If nothing else the bonus footage of the band playing a high school auditorium in the early 70s is worth the price of admission.