Intro to American Music
The year was 2009 and the band was Rush. It was a June night when my father and I went to went to the United Center. We came expecting to hear the stellar drum play of Neil Peart, the ripping guitar runs of Alex Lifeson, and the unique catchy vocals of Geddy Lee. Yet it was more than the music that made this night memorable, it was the Rush faithful and the spectacular lights and sounds inside the UC. It was the Snakes and Arrows tour and they opened with “Limelight”, kept the crowd up with “Working man” and then for the last song of a three song encore the interesting techno-rock sound of “YZZ” captured the mood of that electric night.
A blast of light through the darkness signaled the start of the concert and immediately I recognized the compatibility of the lights and songs. Every large drum hit Neil Peart struck, a flash of light would explode in the background, and each run Alex Lifeson competed would accompany changes in colors or direction of lasers on the stage. I found these lights to captivate and ultimately complete the performance; while the music and grandioso elements of the arena added to the concert, the lights and colors brought the music outside of your ears and into your eyes. Each intricacy that was detailed in the varying songs were accompanied and accented perfectly to establish the mood in which their music was meant to portray.
But it was not only the stage effects that brought tens of thousands of fans to see Rush, it was their unrivaled innovative sound. Solid riffs laid down first let us fans know which song is coming and was the soul of their songs. Drum runs and set ups turned a catchy guitar part to a sound intricately surrounded with ever changing and evolving elements. Lastly and essentially is Geddy Lee’s vocal parts, his voice is not imitated by anyone, but he uses it beautifully in the changing of pitch to act almost as a second rhythm part in contrast to the guitar. This...