Rush wrapped its 2002 Vapor Trails tour by playing South America for the first time, with the finale in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
Rush wrapped its 2002 Vapor Trails tour by playing South America for the first time, with the finale in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. The energy infusing the trio's performance of 29 awesome cuts during that concert defies that it has been together 30-plus years. But an unbilled fourth member helped push Rush to these heights: the collective voice of the 40,000-strong crowd, which radiated joyous excitement as it cheered, clapped and sang—even to the instrumental "YYZ." "Bravado" and the rare acoustic arrangement of "Resist" are pure exhilaration, and "2112" is another mindblower. Serious musicians will appreciate the alternate camera angles that concentrate on one particular player, allowing every nuance to be studied. And a documentary of the trip feels like a home movie, complete with goofy humor and blooper moments. A companion CD is also available.—CLT