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Rush: A Show of Hands (1989)

Not Rated | | Music | Video 1989
A visual record of Rush's 1988 "Hold Your Fire" Tour, shot on film, over 2 nights in Birmingham, England.


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Credited cast:
Geddy Lee ... Himself (bass guitar, synthesizers, vocals) (as Rush)
Alex Lifeson ... Himself (guitars, synthesizers, backing vocals) (as Rush)
Neil Peart ... Himself (acoustic and electronic percussion) (as Rush)


A visual record of Rush's 1988 "Hold Your Fire" Tour, shot on film, over 2 nights in Birmingham, England.

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1989 (USA) See more »

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Rush: Live See more »

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Did You Know?


When the band starts playing "La Villa Strangiato", Alex says things into the microphone that are mockingly censored on the video. The band's explanation for this "joke" is that Alex simply jabbered into the microphone (as he does, uncensored, on later concert videos), and his voice was not recorded. The "censored" warnings on-screen were a manufactured aspect of the joke. The band laments that viewers often don't get the joke. See more »


Though presented as a single concert, evidence of multiple shows spliced together can be seen at the beginning of the encore: During the opening to "2112", Alex Lifeson's guitar can be seen to change back and forth from a black one to a white one, between wide shots and close-ups. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD version, part of a boxed set called "Rush Replay x3" contains new soundtracks remixed in PCM Stereo, Dolby 5.1 and DTS. The original PCM audio mix from the Laserdisc and VHS versions is not on the DVD. See more »


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A great time capsule
19 May 2005 | by networx-1See all my reviews

A Show Of Hands is a great snapshot of the band at their best as the 80's wrapped up. If you can find the laser disc make sure you watch it before you buy it. The copy I have is inferior to the VHS as it was a bad pressing and doesn't track very well. When it does work the sound and picture are great. If you can only find the VHS grab it. Don't hold out for the laser disc. Like all great RUSH shows this one features a fabulous audience that feeds the band and makes them play harder as the show goes on. Neil's drum solo is fantastic, as always. It's a shame this one hasn't been transferred to DVD but I suspect that's because this video was released by a different label than the one the band is currently with. If you really want to see the band at their very best just watch Rush in Rio. Still, A Show Of Hands is a must have for all die-hard fans.

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