Rush have released a teaser video shot during the first show of their R40 tour – likely to be their last-ever large-scale road trip.
The run of North American shows started in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 8, where frontman Geddy Lee told the crowd: “We’re celebrating way too many years of music.”
The show extended to two sets and an encore, totalling 24 songs, a drum solo and four video features, and included material the band hadn’t performed in years.
Confirming the tour earlier this year, Rush described it as “most likely their last tour of this magnitude.” Manager Ray Danniels later said it was “between possible and probable” that it wouldn’t be followed with anything similar.
Guitarist Alex Lifeson explained last month that, aside from family commitments, drummer Neil Peart’s chronic tendonitis was also a factor in their decision – but hinted that more was to come from at least two members of the band.
Rush in Tulsa
Video: The World is…
Main Monkey Business
One Little Victory
Roll The Bones
Distant Early Warning
Video: No Country for Old Hens
The Spirit Of Radio
Cygnus X-1 Book Two: Hemispheres Prelude
Cygnus X-1 Book One: The Voyage Part 1
Cygnus X-1 Book One: The Voyage Part 3
Closer To The Heart
2112 Overture/Temples of Syrinx/Presentation/Grand Finale
Video: Mel’s Rockpile
What You’re Doing
Video: Exit Stage Left