Rock 'n' roll is one of two jobs in which you are encouraged to set your tools on fire when you're done with them—the other, of course, is dentistry. Hear hot licks with this GrouponLive deal to see Rush at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday, October 16, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $56, you get one ticket for seating in sections 306–307 or 323–324, starting in row 5 (up to a $93.50 value, including all fees).
- For $76, you get one ticket for seating in rows 1–20 of sections 101–104 (up to a $137.50 value, including all fees).
Few musicians can fingerpick the complicated bass lines of Geddy Lee. Even fewer can do it while hitting the stratospheric notes of his trademark tenor. And just about no one can do it while also manning a cluster of effects pedals and keyboards. And yet Lee does all of these things during the live performance of “Tom Sawyer,” one of the most famous songs from his definitive prog-rock band Rush, which recently received a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2013. Backing Lee, Neil Peart sits surrounded by 360 degrees of toms, crash and electronic cymbals, and sample-triggering drum-pads. On top of pounding out unmatchable beats anchored by jazz styles and head-scratching time signatures, Peart breaks percussive conventions by reversing his stick orientation and eating sandwiches off his snare. His massive drum kit swivels on a platform, complementing the on-stage swagger of guitarist Alex Lifeson, who, during “Closer To the Heart,” switches from pastoral acoustic strumming to light-bending distortion at the song’s climax.
In concert, Rush is known to charge through two sets of songs selected from their 19 full-length studio albums, from their self-titled debut to their 2012 release Clockwork Angels, a record that, according to Thom Jurek of Allmusic, "demonstrates why, after 36 years, Rush's fan base continues to grow." Across sprawling conceptual cuts and more succinct hits such as “The Spirit of Radio,” the band enlivens fans with their impressive stage show of pyrotechnics, steam, and projections.