Rush Newcastle City Hall 14th February 1978

Rush Newcastle City Hall 14th February 1978
rushtix78By 1978 Rush has become massively popular with rock fans, and played two sold out shows at Newcastle City Hall on 14th and 15th February, 1978 with support from the Tyla Gang, fronted by ex-Ducks Deluxe “Godfather of Boogie” Sean Tyla. I attended the first night’s concert. From the tour programme: “Rush take approximately eight hours to set up their show for public viewing. It takes sixteen people in total to perform the necessary functions to convert an empty stage into a finely produced performance…..”Xanadu”: Any one who saw the band on the last part of our most recent.. British tour, will perhaps remember this one as having been featured in our show during this time, on the album it forms an eleven minute tour-de-force, and is certainly the most complex and multi-textured piece we have ever attempted. RushFarewellKingsIt also contains one of Alex’s most emotive and lyrical guitar solo’s, as well as a very dramatic vocal from Geddy….our immediate future is, of course, touring. We will be touring the United States and Canada extensively until February of 1978, when we plan to return to Europe for an extensive six week tour, encompassing all of Great Britain and continental Europe as well. … Our only hope is perhaps to contribute something enjoyable and important to those we meet along the way, and surely there are few things more enjoyable or more important than good music. If that’s all that Rush is, that’s all that we would be.” Rush were, and remain, very different to many other rock bands. They have always succeeded in producing music which is heavy, thoughtful, and musically intricate and perfect, blending elements of classic rock with prog. Their concert in 1978 was astounding, and many of my friends felt it was one of the best things they had ever seen. Setlist: Bastille Day; Lakeside Park; By-Tor & The Snow Dog; Xanadu; A Farewell to Kings; Something for Nothing; Cygnus X-1; Anthem; Closer to the Heart; 2112 Parts I – VII; Working Man; Fly by Night; In the Mood. Encore: Cinderella Man

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mitch on March 24, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I was at the 1977, ’78, ’79 and ’80 shows. I remember there was empty seats at the 1977 concert but word soon spread how good this band were and a year later they played two sold out nights.

    The 1978 concert was probably the best Rush concert I’ve been to. The main set finished with 2112 and ATTENTION ALL PLANETS OF THE SOLAR FEDERATION, WE HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL, WE HAVE ASSUMED CONTROL……sounded over the the PA as they left the stage – a spine tingling moment.

    They played two encores – a medley of Working Man / Fly By Night / In The Mood and then Cinderella Man.


    • Posted by vintagerock on March 24, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Mitch Yes Rush were truly epic at the time. I was also at the 1980 gig, although I left early to go down to the Mayfair to see the Clash. I’ll write about that tomorrow Cheers Peter


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