Rush: Time Machine 2011 – Live In Cleveland

All Rush’s world really is, it seems, a stage.

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When rock’n’roll judgement day arrives, Rush’s enduring dedication to the live album alone should enshrine them in that celestial afterlife.

Their first, All The World’s A Stage, came in 1976; Time Machine 2011 – Live In Cleveland [let’s spare them the ‘hello’ jokes] is their ninth.

It is a noble if anachronistic tradition, and in their hands the double-live record retains much of its original magic. There may be cavils about the setlist, at least in the first half of a show which might have benefited from some meaty sci-fi era intensity, but there can be none over the length. Over 26 songs, including, gloriously, all of an artfully-updated Moving Pictures, Rush offer something for everyone.

They have made their accommodations with age – Lee has developed a mellifluous vocal waft where once lay yelps – but their fire and their humour are fiercely present, and the years lend poignancy, especially here to Time Stand Still.

Of note to Rush-heads will be two new songs, BU2B and Caravan, both pleasingly retro bruisers.

Jon Hotten

Jon Hotten is an English author and journalist. He is best known for the books Muscle: A Writer's Trip Through a Sport with No Boundaries and The Years of the Locust. In June 2015 he published a novel, My Life And The Beautiful Music (Cape), based on his time in LA in the late 80s reporting on the heavy metal scene. He was a contributor to Kerrang! magazine from 1987–92 and currently contributes to Classic Rock. Hotten is the author of the popular cricket blog, The Old Batsman, and since February 2013 is a frequent contributor to The Cordon cricket blog at Cricinfo. His most recent book, Bat, Ball & Field, was published in 2022.